Briscoe Library hosts workshop on Asset Mapping for Community Engagement

Dan Duncan, ABCD

Dan Duncan of ABCD Institute at Northwestern University was the speaker at a workshop on asset-based community development hosted by Briscoe Library Outreach Services in February.

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 the UT Health Center Science Center Libraries in partnership with the South Central region of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), hosted an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop as part of a pilot project for CTSA institutions in the South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). H. Daniels (Dan) Duncan, a consultant and faculty member of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois was the presenter.

Attendees of the workshop learned how to build community connections and partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice that really work to impact community health. Participants included CTSA librarians, researchers and administrators, public health workers, area health

Workshop attendees learned how to build  partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice.

Workshop attendees learned how to build partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice.

professionals, public and academic librarians, community health workers, and AHEC Translational Advisory Boards (TABS).

On the following day, Friday February 22, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held for librarians and other personnel from CTSA institutions to brainstorm about how librarians can be actively involved with CTSA key functions, CTSA administration, grant applications, research output and impact tracking, community engagement, and other CTSA initiatives. Staff of the  NN/LM South Central Region also attended.

The anticipated outcome of the strategic planning session is a roadmap for librarian contributions and engagement with the work of the CTSAs. A report based on the strategic planning session will be prepared and distributed to the librarians who attended the planning workshop; library directors at CTSA funded institutions in the NN/LM SCR region, and to CTSA administrators.

The session was  led by Mary Flanagan of Strategy and Leadership, LLC. Mary is uniquely qualified through her work with the UT Health Science Center’s Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) to develop a strategic plan for implementing its CTSA grant. Mary facilitated a discussion about what librarians are already doing related to CTSA grants and how they can move forward in addressing researcher and community engagement needs.

Dr. Robert Clark, Director of the Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science (IIMS), gave a brief welcome to those gathered for the workshop, discussed the current status of the CTSA program under NCATS  and addressed the area of community engagement and CTSAs. NN/LM SCR Region Associate Director Michelle Malizia spoke after Dr. Clark and provided some background on why the National Library of Medicine has an ongoing interest in the work of CTSAs and exploring ways that resource libraries can be more involved in CTSA Community Engagement activities.

On March 7, 2013, an ABCD Workshop will be held from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Ramirez Library, 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd. (RACH Auditorium) in Harlingen, TX. Click here to register for this free workshop. For more information, contact Greysi Reyna at

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276—2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.


Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services