The core objectives of the SLSP are to provide Ontario public health units without an in-house library with access to up-to-date information and scientific resources, and to preserve the existing library infrastructure across the province. The SLSP is designed to support and strengthen relationships and promote knowledge exchange among public health units. Four existing health unit libraries (“hub health units” or “hubs”) were selected to provide services to health units without in-house libraries (“client health units” or “clients”). Currently, 24 client health units receive SLSP library services. Each library hub supports health units that are designated according to their number of employees and location.
The partnership relies on the support from other health unit libraries through the Ontario Public Health Libraries Association.
An evaluation of the SLSP’s overall performance, outcomes, and impacts after three years in operation found that the SLSP has been successful in developing and operating an innovative, cost-effective and impactful partnership to deliver a wide range of library services across Ontario’s public health system. It has not only increased health unit access to timely, up-to-date scientific information for better decision-making and program planning, it has done so by promoting collaboration, information sharing and knowledge exchange, and cost-effective sharing of resources. The evaluation findings demonstrate the SLSP’s potential to contribute to the use of evidence and tools that influence policy and program development, and to build core skills, capacity and competencies in Ontario’s health workforce.
Each hub health unit has a designated librarian who provides the following services:
If you work at a client health unit listed below, you can use the services of the designated library hub. If your health unit is not listed, continue to use your in-house library service.
Chatham-Kent Health Unit
Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit Lambton Public Health
Niagara Region Public Health Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Eastern Ontario Health Unit Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit Ottawa Public Health Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
Brant County Health Unit Grey Bruce Health Unit Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Huron County Health Unit Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services Perth District Health Unit Peterborough Public Health
Algoma Public Health Unit North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Northwestern Health Unit Porcupine Health Unit Renfrew County and District Health Unit
Sudbury & District Health Unit
Timiskaming Health Unit
We would like to thank everyone involved in the implementation of the SLSP services as well as those who participated in the foundational environmental scan report or were part of the working groups on SLSP.
For more information, please contact Beata Pach, Manager, Library Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.