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Implementation and Evaluation of the Value of Improved and Sustained Information Access by Library Expertise (VISIBLE) Program

  • Terri Rebmann (a1), Donghua Tao (a2), James Austin Turner (a1), Travis M. Loux (a3), Sanath Srinivasan (a1) and Alexander Garza (a4)...



To increase knowledge of National Library of Medicine resources by using a train-the-trainer approach.


Workshops were held in spring 2016 to increase knowledge of 4 National Library of Medicine tools. Data were collected before the workshop and immediately, 3 months, and 1 year after the workshop. Knowledge questions were scored as 1 point per question; an aggregated knowledge score could range from 0 to 16 points. A paired t test assessed the change in knowledge from before to after the workshop.


Four workshops were hosted, with a total of 74 attendees. The response rate for the surveys ranged from 50% to 100%. Knowledge scores changed significantly from 7.2 to 11.9 (t = 15, P < .001). One year after the workshop, more of the participants reported having informally trained others (56.8%) than reported providing 1 or more formal training session (8.1%)(P < .001).


Objective measures of knowledge and information dissemination showed that the National Library of Medicine workshop was successful and resulted in both short- and long-term gains. This workshop could be repeated with other populations to further disseminate information regarding the National Library of Medicine tools, which could help improve disaster response.


Corresponding author

Correspondence and reprint requests to Terri Rebmann, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, 3545 Lafayette Avenue Room 463, St Louis, MO 63104 (e-mail:


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Implementation and Evaluation of the Value of Improved and Sustained Information Access by Library Expertise (VISIBLE) Program

  • Terri Rebmann (a1), Donghua Tao (a2), James Austin Turner (a1), Travis M. Loux (a3), Sanath Srinivasan (a1) and Alexander Garza (a4)...


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