Library outreach, in all its forms, requires that librarians leave their own traditional space, and enter someone else's space. For health librarians wishing to connect with traditionally underserved and hard-to-reach populations, this requires not only learning about and appreciating the cultural differences that may distinguish those populations from the librarian, but also about the many health disparities that are likely to exist.
The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section plans to contribute to the 2018 WLIC theme of "Transform Libraries, Transform Societies" by exploring how health libraries are playing a role in transforming societies. They shall showcase examples of health librarians reaching out to traditionally underserved communities through their work. Within this theme, they also wish to explore and demonstrate alternative ways of measuring impact beyond traditional scholarly metrics.
Note: Deadline for submission of abstracts Friday, February 16, 2018