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" USF Center for HIV Education and Research establishes new HIV/AIDS Collection at the de la Parte Institute Library"

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(Tampa, August, 2004)

Dr. Michael Knox, founder and director of the USF Center for HIV Education and Research, and Ardis Hanson, director of the Institute's Research Library, have agreed to develop and house an HIV/AIDS collection in the library. The HIV/AIDS collection will be comprised of existing and new HIV and AIDS monographs, journals, and media from the Library and from the USF Center for HIV Education and Research.

Academic journals, such as AIDS Patient Care, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, and IAS-USA Topics in HIV Medicine, will be supplemented by consumer publications, such as Pos and A&U: America's AIDS magazine. The Center and the Library will purchase materials to be housed as part of the library's permanent collection, make recommendations of salient materials for the collection, and both staff will collaborate on the review of user-focused research tools and in the development of materials for training users how to research topics in HIV/AIDS.

The University of South Florida Center for HIV Education and Research is located within USF's Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute and operates the federally funded Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC). The Center is jointly sponsored by the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at the USF College of Medicine and the USF College of Public Health. The Center serves health care professionals throughout Florida by providing education and information on the transmission, control, treatment, and prevention of HIV and AIDS and by conducting related research and community outreach. For more information on the USF Center for HIV Education and Research, visit http://www.usfcenter.org/.

The de la Parte Research Library has been an established resource for information on mental health research, policy, and treatment for 30 years. Its core monographic and serial collections on managed behavioral health, health care reform, outcomes and accountability, behavioral health services research, and public health policy is unique within the state university system. Library staff provide a number of specialised and individualized services, ranging from bibliographic instruction (how to use the library); literature reviews and syntheses; current awareness services covering behavioral health law and policy, services research, and treatment; weekly news updates on topical areas, and table of contents services. For more information on the library, visit http://library.fmhi.usf.edu/.

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