Paul Wermager is the head of the Science and Technology Reference Department at UH Library. He has a broad background in the health care field, having worked as a Registered Pharmacist and an intensive care Registered Nurse for many years before becoming a librarian. He is currently working on a chapter dealing with health in Hawaii to be published by the University of Hawaii Press next year.
The National Library of Medicine's Internet Access to
Digital Libraries Grant funded the POI (Pathways to Online
Information) Project for $132,500. The purpose of POI is to provide a single web-accessible portal by which
biomedical researchers, students, faculty, and practitioners can search
the relevant digital resources available from the two organizations with
major biomedical holdings in the State: University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
(UHM Library) and Hawaii Medical Library (HML). Currently, patrons have
great difficulty in knowing what digital resources are available to them,
and from where.
A broad state-wide consortium of organizations has been created to provide for publicity of the product, link-sharing, web accessibility, and training of users. The broader consortium includes the core partnership (UHM Library, HML and JABSOM), large and small community-based health systems, nursing and public health organizations. This project will impact biomedical research and health care throughout the State of Hawaii, including rural, multiethnic and underserved communities.