Award Report- Large Screen Monitor/TV for Educational Viewing
The Medical Library of the Northport VA Medical Center has always been the “go to” place for medical information. Now, thanks in part to a grant from NN/LM MAR it is now a “go to” place for small group learning.
Library Chief Mary Lou Glazer used the funds she was awarded to purchase a large screen flat-panel T.V./monitor. With support from the Northport VA’s facilities and IT departments, the bookshelves that were no longer necessary to house print journals were removed. In their place are now two conference tables, chairs, two computers/desks, a teleconferencing phone, and the flat-panel T.V./monitor on the wall.
The space is already popular and has been used for Online Ethics Journal Club meetings, Podiatry department lectures and seminars, new employee orientation, patient education programs, and a variety of large group meetings such as nurse training and telecommunications planning. Mini-med school, a popular health education program, is a monthly series of classes provided by clinical staff to the veterans/patients on a variety of health related topics. It is scheduled to now take place this coming year in our new conference area. The addition of the large screen flat-panel T.V./monitor allows for our attendees to comfortably view the presenters and their enhancements (PowerPoint presentations, slides, photos).
This reconfigured area allows the Northport VA Medical Library to enhance their educational services with this award. The records clearly indicate the increase in traffic in the library and bookings for educational use of the new space.
Thank you MM/LM Middle Atlantic Region for the opportunity to move the Medical Library into the future by creating a better learning envirornment!