Sustainable Collaboration for Community Outreach: Lessons from the Spanish Access to Literature/Uso Directo (SALUD) Project * (BRIEF Communications) (Report)
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND Health sciences librarians have an active interest in community health information outreach projects [1-8]. Successful community partnerships are guided by each partner clearly defining goals. Accomplishing these goals requires time and personal contact to develop trust, active engagement of all partners, and careful planning [9, 10]. The investment required to develop partnerships makes project sustainability a desired outcome. The academic health sciences library exists to support the educational mission of the institution. By collaborating with other academic units, the library can meet its educational goals while building the sustainable relationships necessary for successful outreach projects.