Archive for the ‘Evaluation’ Category
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
The PRRC (Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee) of MLA would be thrilled if you could ask your Chapters to review their member profiles on MLANET and indicate their areas of expertise and their willingness to serve as a mentor to a MLA member. It is easy to do, the steps are below.
Currently only about 10% of MLA members have entered information in these areas. Check your profile today, you might be able to help another librarian!
- Go to http://www.mlanet.org
- Select Member Center, then Member Login
- Select Go to My Member Area
- Select My MLA Contact & Profile Information
- Select My Contact and Expertise Info
- Scroll down and click Edit to update your areas of Professional Expertise or your interest in Mentoring other MLA members.
Friday, February 7th, 2014
Doing It Your Way: Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries
When: April 28-29, 2014
Where: The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
MAR is offering a 2-day symposium to help your library find its unique approach to research data management. We have a great cast of speakers to talk about issues you may be facing in your library.
- Registration opens today for NN/LM MAR Network members (from DE, NJ, NY or PA)
- For everyone else, registration opens February 21, 2014
- If registration fills up, registrants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a space becomes available
Details / Registration: http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_data2014
Friday, January 31st, 2014
NN/LM MAR announces a new round of funding for projects to be completed May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.
- New! Emergency Preparedness / Library Partnerships
- New! Health Information Awareness
- Outreach to Consumers: now includes funding for underserved, minority populations
- Medical Library Projects
- Exhibitor Awards: now includes K-12 nurses, health / science teachers or librarians
- Professional Development
- Outreach to Health Professionals: now includes funding for…
- community college faculty, librarians and/or students affiliated with health sciences programs at their college
- minority health students or health professionals, or health professionals serving medically underserved areas / populations
Apply now! Applications accepted until March 14, 2014: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/
To learn about funding MAR has awarded previously:
Friday, January 31st, 2014
NOTE: If MAR Network members are interested in this workshop, consider applying for a Professional Development Award. We have some limited funds available for events to be completed by 4/30/2014: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/prof_dev_awards2014.html
Limited Spaces Available: Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians
April 7 – 9, 2014
2.5 Days – 20 MLA Continuing Education Credits
Where: Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Take your search skills and librarian expertise to the next level by attending this 2.5 day workshop. This course provides a comprehensive framework and discussion of the librarian’s role in the systematic
review process, with special emphasis on successful completion of the literature search.
Sessions will feature a mixture of small and large group discussion, interactive lectures, and hands-on exercises. Topics covered will include: 1) Understanding the structure and purpose of systematic
reviews; 2) The reference interview and communication issues; 3) Approaches to comprehensive literature searching; and 4) Project organization.
Who should attend: Health science and medical librarians who aspire to learn more about the comprehensive literature search process and to advance their core knowledge required for systematic review collaboration.
For more information and registration: http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/systematicreview
Friday, January 31st, 2014
The Disappearing Medical Library: http://feedly.com/e/JDHy0jc-
Friday, January 24th, 2014
Presenter: Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
Date / Time: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 / 11 am – 12:30 pm (ET)
Summary: This session designed specifically for public library staff will provide an overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Registration priority will be given to NN/LM members in NY, NJ, PA and DE.
Friday, January 24th, 2014
In our health information outreach work we are expected to provide evidence of the value of our work, but there are varying definitions of the word “evidence.” The classical evidence-based medicine approach (featuring results from randomized controlled clinical trials) is a model that is not always relevant in our work. At the 2013 EBLIP7 meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Denise Kaufogiannakis presented a keynote address that is now available as an open-access article on the web:
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Evidence” Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice 2013 8.4
This article looks at various interpretations of what it means to provide “evidence” such as theoretical (ideas, concepts and models to explain how and why something works), empirical (measuring outcomes and effectiveness via empirical research), and experiential (people’s experiences with an intervention).
Kaufogiannakis points out that academic librarians’ decisions are usually made in groups of people working together and she proposes a new model for evidence-based library and information practice:
1) Articulate – come to an understanding of the problem and articulate it. Set boundaries and clearly articulate a problem that requires a decision.
2) Assemble – assemble evidence from multiple sources that are most appropriate to the problem at hand. Gather evidence from appropriate sources.
3) Assess – place the evidence against all components of the wider overarching problem. Assess the evidence for its quantity and quality. Evaluate and weigh evidence sources. Determine what the evidence says as a whole.
4) Agree – determine the best way forward and if working with a group, try to achieve consensus based on the evidence and organizational goals. Determine a course of action and begin implementation of the decision.
5) Adapt – revisit goals and needs. Reflect on the success of the implementation. Evaluate the decision and how it has worked in practice. Reflect on your role and actions. Discuss the situation
with others and determine any changes required.
Kaufogiannakis concludes by reminding us that “Ultimately, evidence, in its many forms, helps us find answers. However, we can’t just accept evidence at face value. We need to better understand evidence – otherwise we don’t really know what ‘proof’ the various pieces of evidence provide.
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Presenter: Elaine R. Martin, Director, Lamar Soutter Library and Director, NN/LM New England Region, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Date / Time: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Where: Online / No Registration Required
Summary: The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (MECDMC) offers openly available materials that librarians can use to teach research data management best practices to students in the sciences, health sciences and engineering fields, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The materials in the curriculum are openly available, with lecture notes and slide presentations that librarians teaching RDM can customize for their particular audiences. The curriculum also has a database of real life teaching research cases that can be integrated into the curriculum to address discipline specific data management topics.
This webinar will introduce attendees to the curriculum and the issues surrounding teaching research data management. Some libraries in New England have agreed to pilot the curriculum and we are looking for additional pilot sites outside our region. Attendees will be encouraged to review the curriculum and consider joining the collaboration by piloting the curriculum and participating in an evaluation process, which will be explained further during the webinar.
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Friday, November 29th, 2013
A study released today suggests that hospitals, government departments, associations and other organisations involved in healthcare gain a $9 return for every dollar they invest in health libraries.
Health Libraries Inc (HLInc) and Health Libraries Australia (ALIA HLA, a national group of the Australian Library and Information Association) commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning to survey health libraries across the nation and from this to assess the return on the annual investment in these services to their organisations.
The results provide a snapshot of the continued outstanding value of health libraries against a backdrop of significantly greater usage but declining investment. Patient and medical staff numbers and hospital expenditure are increasing, while health library budgets, space and staffing levels are decreasing. HLInc chair Jane Edwards and ALIA HLA convener Ann Ritchie said, “The investment in library and information services is small in the scheme of things just 0.1% of recurrent expenditure in Australian hospitals. The report suggests that a modest increase in spending would allow for significant incremental benefits.”
The indicative finding of $9 for every $1 invested is likely to be even higher. SGS assessed the benefits provided directly to health library users, including time saved and value of “out-of-pocket” expenses such as journal subscriptions. However, the user focus of the study omitted the return on investment in terms of patient care, and SGS said “it is highly likely that the benefits of industry libraries outweigh their costs considerably.”
This economic value assessment supports the findings of the ALIA/HLInc Questions of Life and Death, an investigation into the value of health library and information services report, published last year. Library and information service users were asked how they believed their use of the service over the last year had helped them 83% said it had helped them improve health outcomes for their patients and 76%//said it had changed their thinking and improved their diagnosis or treatment plan.
The full report Worth every cent and more: an independent assessment of the return on investment of health libraries in Australia with supporting materials: http://www.alia.org.au/news/2124/australian-health-libraries-return-investment