A New Generation of Collaboration

June 8, 2020

For half a century, the Health Sciences Library has been a step ahead of the way we work, finding inventive and dynamic ways to partner with researchers and clinicians as new technologies and teaching methods transform health care all over the world.

In early 2020, the third floor of the HSL became home to some of Carolina’s most innovative projects in health affairs.

“This affords our partners the opportunity to better integrate the expertise of our team and utilize cutting-edge resources and technological developments in instruction and research,” says Nandita Mani, associate University librarian for the health sciences and director of the Health Sciences Library. 

Mani continues: “It further exemplifies how the library is a connector—linking our students, faculty and researchers to collaborative opportunities based on common goals and information needs. Having these partners together in our space is also a great way for serendipitous collisions of inquiry to occur.”

These projects will make use of this new collaborative opportunity.

Global Women’s Health, Project LABOR

An initiative of the School of Medicine, where a team of clinical researchers will study ways to improve pregnancy outcomes in resource-limited settings thanks to a $14 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Limiting Adverse Birth Outcomes in Resource-Limited Settings (LABOR) study will focus on the period of pregnancy between the onset of labor through delivery in three developing countries, including UNC-Chapel Hill’s flagship partnership in Zambia.

Carolina’s Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP)

A campus initiative that integrates interprofessional learning and collaboration in the health affairs schools, and schools of social work, business and education, to break down silos and enhance team-based and holistic delivery of care.

With a multidisciplinary faculty, including librarians, IPEP infuses curricula with interactive learning and collaborative environments, sending more practice-ready students into the workforce after graduation.

Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP)

An interdisciplinary research and training program of the School of Information and Library Science that applies computer and information science to human health.

CHIP is a community of students, researchers and practitioners working together to improve the health and lives of people through informatics and offering detailed workshops and trainings in the rapidly changing field of informatics.

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