Reuse Continued – NOVEL

Nancy Lombardo, EHSL


The Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) and the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society (NANOS) built a discipline specific open repository, the Neuro-ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL), to support international education and research. NOVEL has become the primary educational platform for NANOS. Working together since 2003 has led to strong relationships between EHSL and NANOS. All submissions are peer-reviewed by the NANOS Editorial Board. Materials accepted into NOVEL are cited by authors as an online educational publication. Authors retain rights to their content. After grant funding was exhausted, and years of financial support from NANOS, representatives of EHSL and NANOS negotiated a contract with a health sciences publisher to produce an illustrated curriculum and textbook to provide funding for the open repository. The Library’s role is to manage the repository, solicit new content and oversee the peer-review process. The Society’s role is to create the content, provide discipline-specific expertise, serve as editorial reviewers and establish the curriculum framework. The Publisher’s role is to provide the platform and manage the licensing, subscriptions, revenue collection and marketing of the products. Royalties from product subscriptions will create sustainable income to support growth and development of the open library-society digital repository, NOVEL.


Librarian, Head of Digital Publishing
Fellow, Academy of Health Sciences Educators
Nancy Lombardo, MLS, is a Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL), University of Utah. Her work for the past decade and more has focused on digital publishing and collections. She has worked on a number of significant collaborative projects, partnering the EHSL with national societies and University departments. The EHSL digital publishing efforts cover a broad range, from historical, to graduate program scholarly output, to innovative efforts on the health sciences. However, a big priority has been to create curricula to support education and training of health professionals. Some examples of this work are the Neuro-ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL: ) and the Moran Clinical Ophthalmology Resources in Education (Moran CORE: ) and Utah Dermatology Education Resources and Modules (Utah DERM). In addition, she is engaged with the Inter-Professional Education program in the health sciences and serves on the Executive Board for the Academy of Health Sciences Educators (AHSE).