In 2013, BHSL faculty incorporated this premise into the development and evolution of the Health Information Specialists Program with goals to:
* nurture collaboration between the BHSL and public libraries throughout the state
In 2012, BHSL faculty were asked to provide consumer health information training for staff members in the Metropolitan Library System (MLS).
Before courses commenced, participants and program coordinators from MLS and the BHSL held conference calls to introduce the program and gather feedback about course topics that participants were interested in.
Two courses, "Food for Thought" and "Caring for the Mind," were taught by NNLM SCR staff; BHSL faculty served as instructors for the other courses.
Each course in phase 2 was taught by BHSL faculty and was evaluated using MLA's standard evaluation form, and summary evaluation data are provided in Table 3 and Table 4.
Based on positive feedback from participants in the initial two years of the project, BHSL faculty decided to expand program participation beyond the partnership with MLS.
A series of five courses was offered in phase 3; courses were selected by BHSL faculty based on course evaluation data from the first two years of the program (Table 1).
Declan OConnor, BHSL chief executive, said the potential size of the US market opportunity is conservatively estimated at over $500m.
Jack OConnor, company founder and chief technology officer, who designed the patent-protected system, said BHSL is now aggressively ramping up its sales operations.
BHSLs technology changes poultry manure into energy, which is then utilized to offer heating for future batches of chicks, or sold back into the electricity grid.
Ann Swanson, executive director at the Chesapeake Bay Commission, said BHSLs solution has the potential to play a very significant role in reducing levels of pollution in the bay.