Mobile School Health Information Initiative (MoSHI)

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The Mobile School Health Information Initiatve (MoSHI) was funded by the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine from February 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011. Led by staff at the Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, MoSHI was an outreach program to connect K-12 librarians in the St. Louis metropolitan area with credible health information.


The goals of the funded project were to

  • Promote ideas on how credible health information on the web can foster interdisciplinary curriculum collaboration between teachers and the school library.
  • Gain experience using health information resources on the web to better serve student, administrator and parent needs, while giving them tools to improve their health literacy.

Background & Context

In early 2009, a school librarian in the Mini-Medical School event at Washington University suggested Becker Library should package information about credible health information resources for K-12 teachers.

Becker Library is fortunate to have a former school librarian on staff, located at the Family Resource Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital. After brainstorming with her, and 6 months of work, Becker Library and 3 other community allies hosted a pilot version of the MoSHI class in October 2009. The course was a success, and requests came to deliver it in school district librarian meetings. Such outreach was not funded as part of Becker Library's base budget, and one of the librarians in the pilot works part-time.

We applied for a Continuity of Health Information Award from NN/LM MCR, and renamed the pilot effort MoSHI.