The management of health library outreach services: evaluation and reflection on lessons learned on the VIVOS project

Janet Cooper, Alison Yeoman, Christine Urquhart, Alyson Tyler

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the VIVOS project was to develop and evaluate methodologies, i.e., sets of methods, for determining the value and impact of "virtual outreach" information services in the health sector in the UK.

Methods: Five different projects were recruited initially, with another two added later. Methods were largely qualitative, with over 130 interviews conducted among health professionals, complemented by postal questionnaire surveys.

Results: Identified factors that affect the successful roll-out and continued development of the projects included the need for help-desk type services to provide sustained support for new users to the services.

Conclusions: Follow-up of the projects eighteen months after the end of the VIVOS project revealed that the long-term impacts for the participating library managers included the benefits of using evidence on service outcomes, enhanced recognition locally, and greater confidence in evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-433
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association
Volume91
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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