North Carolina Area Health Education Centers
The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program’s core service lines are Health Careers and Workforce Diversity, Student and Preceptor Services, Graduate Medical Support, Continuing Professional Development, Practice Support, and Library Services.
The NC AHEC Program, UNC Chapel Hill, has nine regional AHECs, covering all the counties of North Carolina. The AHEC Library Network office at HSL coordinates the nine regional libraries in the support of formal and informal educational activities of area health professionals and students. The AHEC Digital Library, developed at HSL, provides community hospital staffs, preceptors for health sciences students, and individual unaffiliated health professionals with access to current medical literature and other quality health information resources.
Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP)
The Carolina Health Informatics Program is an interdisciplinary research and training program committed to improving health through research, data sharing, development, and education. It draws faculty, health care professionals, and students from across the UNC campus to conduct basic and translational research and to offer graduate training in health informatics for scientists and clinicians in medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, and pharmacy.
The HSL houses the Health Informatics Coordinator for CHIP and the Collaboratory where scientists, clinicians, and students work together on informatics research initiatives. An HSL librarian is the instructor for a semester-long course, Health Informatics Seminar. HSL staff are participants on advisory boards, grants, and strategic planning forums providing direction to the CHIP academic and research programs.
NC TraCS accelerates clinical and translational research from health science to discovery to dissemination to patients and communities. TraCS provides learning opportunities and training for all types of researchers — from junior academics to community advocates — in areas that help accelerate the advancement of translational research.
TraCS has funded librarian or research assistant positions since 2009. Under the Library’s supervision, they helped TraCS set up and improve its information management processes; help identify major interdisciplinary and translational funding opportunities; and help collect, analyze and report impact measures for TraCS programs. HSL librarians teach in the required Responsible Conduct of Research program for new investigators and the orientation program for new research study coordinators and assistants.
School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
The School of Information and Library Science seeks to advance the profession and practice of librarianship and information science; to prepare students for careers in the field of information and library science; and to make significant contributions to the study of information. Faculty members further these goals by teaching and advisory work; by research and scholarly publishing; and by service to the school, the university, the state, and the professional community.
Library staff have a long-standing demonstrated commitment to the education and training of health information professionals. HSL employs information and library science graduate students, and librarians serve as preceptors for practicum students, host post-graduate fellows and visiting scholars, and serve as mentors of entry-level and mid-career professionals. Librarians also teach in SILS courses and occasionally are the instructor of record. Library staff have also been investigators and key personnel on grants with SILS faculty.
UNC Medical Center is a public academic medical center that provides patient care, educates health care professionals and advances medical research in partnership with the UNC School of Medicine. With more than 800 beds, the medical center in Chapel Hill comprises N.C. Memorial Hospital, N.C. Children’s Hospital, N.C. Neurosciences Hospital and N.C. Women’s Hospital.
HSL is the library for the UNC Medical Center. The Library has a Clinical Services Team that works in and with specific departments, such as Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Urology, and others. Librarians partner with clinicians and staff answering complex clinical care questions and conducting research, guideline development and updates, case presentation preparation, ACGME guideline assessment, and systematic reviews. HSL also works with the medical center to provide select clinical care information products for the UNC Health System.