HSLM Library Profiles: Greenawalt Library at Northwestern Health Sciences University

Editors’ Note: Welcome to the newest feature of the HSLM Blog – Library Profiles!  To help us all get to know each other better, we are excited to feature a member’s workplace each month. How better to start than with our current Chair’s library? We all work in unique and interesting environments, and we’d love to take volunteers for a future feature. If you are interested, please let the blog editors know, and we will email you with more details (we promise to keep it fun!).  

LiveLearnServe (3)Description of Institution:  NWHSU is a small health sciences university (<1000 students). Our main programs are chiropractic, acupuncture & oriental medicine, massage and an undergrad completion program for those looking to complete a bachelor’s in health sciences.  We all have a post-bac pre-health program for students who already have their degrees but would like to take core science courses in preparation for applying for a professional health sciences program….i.e. medical school, dental school, veterinary school…etc.

The Library:  The library is staffed by three full time professional librarians and six mostly part-time paraprofessionals.  We support the university by offering library instruction for evidence-informed practice and information literacy.  We also provide literature searching for faculty and a fee-based literature searching service for practitioners.

HSLM Members:  Krista Jacobson (HSLM Chair & Public Services Librarian), Anne Mackereth (Director of Library Services), Susan Vossberg (Technical Services Librarian) Christine Warburton (Library Tech).

Fun Projects:  Susan Vossberg and Anne Mackereth recently wrapped a project with the Minnesota Historical Society digitizing a select group of pictures from our archives. http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16022coll56

The current plan is to digitize the rest of our archives and manage the digital repository for the whole institution.  Due to previous stops and starts, it is now lovingly referred to as that “DAM” project.

Library Mascot:  Skeletor—the skeleton

Toughest Challenge:  Finding a polite way to turn down doing literature searches for the children of NWHSU employees.