Learning Resource Center

Learning Resource Center

The SWLAHEC Learning Resource Center is located at University Hospital and Clinics, Lafayette, LA.

Through its support of the Learning Resource Center, a medical library at UHC, SWLAHEC fulfills the AHEC purpose of facilitating continuing education for and information dissemination to health care professionals.

The mission of the Learning Resource Center is to support the training, continuing education, research, and clinical responsibilities of health care providers throughout the 13 parish region of southwest Louisiana. Essential parts of this process involve an ongoing review and development of medical information resources, instruction on techniques of information retrieval and management, effective utilization of information, as well as a successful reciprocal working relationship with other medical libraries.

LRC is a full member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (N/NLM) and a participant in DOCLINE, an interlibrary loan (ILL) request and routing system. In this way, LRC is capable of expanding information access and dissemination to health care practitioners in Lafayette as well as fulfill needs in more rural parts of the state.

From 2008 to 2012 staff filled 33,926 requests for health science information and counted 13,501 active library users. Furthermore, given the fact that LRC is located in a satellite teaching hospital for Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, staff routinely provides technical equipment and assistance for medical educators and their students.  From 2009 to 2012, the staff received 2,699 projector and laptop computer requests for the purpose of training 8,241 health care providers. The photocopier generated 147,063 copies in the course of conducting medical research.

A new role is emerging for LRC in the Southwest Louisiana region: Disaster Information Management. In the interest of serving community needs and preserving homeland security,  the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health have joined together to organize a program known as the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Within this framework, health science librarians have been identified as essential community participants in providing disaster resilience. This is predictable because hospital librarians, in particular, are in a position to directly serve the health care providers in an emergency. In response to this development, the Director of LRC attended the first DIMRC symposium in March of 2010 in Bethesda to gain additional understanding and tools for fulfilling this need to the community. Currently underway is a plan to introduce WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) to the relevant southwestern Louisiana professionals called to act on the front-lines of a disaster.

To contact head librarian, Kay Harper, call 337-261-6127 or email kharper@lgh.org

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