Collection Equity Award Y3 - Oregon Health & Science University Library

These funds will be used to further develop and enrich OHSU Library’s collection of health- and medical-themed graphic novels. Graphic medicine facilitates learning, compassion, and a greater appreciation for the health sciences through the medium of comic-style art and narrative storytelling. This format is highly engaging to users and its dynamic nature is a welcome departure from the literature health sciences students and staff regularly consume for their education and work. As it stands, OHSU Library has a small graphic novel collection that is currently composed of 35 items. These items are popular with library users and circulate at a higher rate than the rest of OHSU Library’s print materials; recently, graphic novels have been integrated into course curricula. A significant portion of the collection is checked out at most times due to its small size and popularity amongst patrons. Increasing the collection to include a more robust number of titles will make this collection accessible to a greater number of users and further diversify it to include a wider spectrum of perspectives and health sciences topics.   


Project Lead: Tova Johnson


Age Group: Teens (13-18 yrs.), Adults (19-64 yrs.), Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Sexual & Gender Minorities: LGBTQIA+
Geographic Type: Medically Underserved Areas/Populations, Urban
Issues & Interests: Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health, HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health, NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations
Race & Ethnicity: Alaska Natives, American Indians, Asians/Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latin Americans, Middle Eastern/North African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Other Pacific Islanders, More than one race
Roles of Participants Project is Intended to Serve: Data Scientist, Educator - College & Post-grad, General Public, Health Professional, Library or Information Professional, Library Staff - Health Sciences, Public Health Professional, Researcher, Student - College & Post-grad

Award Details

Funding Source: Region 5
Project Category: Outreach
Period of Performance: May 1, 2023 - Apr 30, 2024
Project Status: Awarded

Project Funding