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Thursday, May 5 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
MS Buddy: Opening Doors for Utah Multiple Sclerosis Patients through a Personalized iPad Lending Program

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ILEAD leadership institute brings together librarians to create innovative, participatory technology projects that address an identified community need. A 2015 ILEAD team in Utah developed a project connecting people physically and socially isolated by multiple sclerosis (MS) to information, resources, and support. The MS Buddy program loans customized, preloaded iPads to participants to help them learn more about their disease through vetted online content and support resources. Content is tailored for the participant’s geographical location, providing links to their doctor and health care facility, MS chapter, and public and health libraries. Initial evaluations have been excellent, with participants gaining the skills and confidence needed to use the various technologies and access meaningful information in between doctor visits, and increase their support connections. The team also created a detailed toolkit, enabling other public and health librarians and health care providers to adapt and implement a similar project in their communities.


Casey Cox

Tooele City Public Library
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Erica Lake

Associate Librarian, University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
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Katie Larsen

Library Technician, Tooele City Public Library
Tooele City Public Library
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Liesl Seborg

Senior Librarian, Salt Lake County Library Services
Silent Auction is my gig! | Also, talk to me about adult programs, authors, big events, technology, outreach and almost anything. :-)

Thursday May 5, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Meridian D&H

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