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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, Eccles Health Sciences Library
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

Librarian, Salt Lake County Library
Liesl holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the iSchool of the University of Washington and an MA in English from the University of Utah. She has worked in public libraries for the past 18 years and has been with Salt Lake County Library since 2011. In 2016, Liesl... Read More →

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

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