Thursday, March 12, 2009
Operation Medical Libraries
Spent today literally buried under journals! West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is a proud participant in Operation Medical Libraries - a grassroots program started in 2007 by the UCLA Medical School Alumni Association in an effort to repopulate the medical school and hospital libraries in war-ravaged Iraq and Afghanistan. Originally called Books Without Borders, organizers partnered local hospital libraries with those many miles away, forming a bond between the librarians and their military contacts. Participants could either donate journals and/or textbooks (utilizing specific criteria- not outdated stuff!) or make a monetary donation to be used for shipping. There are now over 25 participating institutions across the US! I am really excited to be co-presenting a poster on our participation with Lisa Marks from Providence Saint Joseph Hospital in Burbank. (I finally dug myself out after packing up 20 USPS military boxes!) If you're interested, take a look at the blog: www.operationmedicallibraries.blogspot.com - it's been great to hear such positive feedback from our military contacts!!