Health sciences library outreach to family caregivers: a call to service


  • Mary M. Howrey Executive Director/Medical Librarian, TLM Network Special Library, Member Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region, Transforming Lives & More Network, 9906 NW 76th Street, Tamarac, FL 33321



Family Caregivers, Information and Referral, Library Services to Special Populations, Community Outreach, Library Marketing


This commentary discusses the information needs of family caregivers and care recipients in the United States. Health sciences library services and outreach activities that support family caregivers include: (1) advocacy, (2) resource building, and (3) programming and education. Ethical issues related to the privacy and confidentiality of clients are outlined in the commentary for information service providers. Also, continuing professional education resources are identified to assist librarians in providing high-quality information services for this special family caregiver population, such as those designed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through the NLM 4 Caregivers program.

Author Biography

Mary M. Howrey, Executive Director/Medical Librarian, TLM Network Special Library, Member Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region, Transforming Lives & More Network, 9906 NW 76th Street, Tamarac, FL 33321

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