The Division of Specialized Information Services began the Toxicology Information Outreach Project with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 1991. This project initially provided hardware, software, training, and access to the TOXNET databases at nine HBCUs. Since then, the project has expanded its training focus and, in joint training sessions with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), has provided training on toxicology and environmental health information resources for over 44 HBCUs. It is hoped that future plans for this outreach project will include sessions that inform instructors and students about the new TOXNET Web site and provide train-the-trainer sessions.
NLM works with and through an extensive regional and local medical library network. The eight Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and the over 4,500 medical libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provide an outstanding resource for outreach and training opportunities. Utilization of this network can be enhanced by training sessions for RML and NNLM librarians and by focused funding to RMLs that would provide resources for exhibiting the TOXNET Web site at regional and local environmental health meetings.
A cooperative project has been developed among NLM, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) (Partners in Information Access, 1998). The goal of this project, Partners in Information Access for Public Health Professionals, is to provide public health professionals with access to the information resources they need. Specific activities to date have included regional training programs on public health information resources, development of distance learning materials, and development of a Web site and links among the sponsoring organizations. This partnership offers the opportunity to reach a group of health professionals who