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Getting More Value from the Value Study: Using Evidence to Communicate your Worth

Friday, March 14th, 2014

MEDLI/BQSIMB Spring Meeting 2014

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014


Winthrop-University Hospital

286 Old Country Road, 2nd Floor

Mineola, NY 11501


9am-12:15pm (-2:15pm for Members)


BQSIMB Members: Free (includes continental breakfast and lunch during business meeting)

MEDLI Members: $25 (includes continental breakfast and lunch during business meeting)

Nonmembers: $30 (includes continental breakfast and program only)

Featuring:  Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, AHIP, FMLA

Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries & Technologies

University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

MEDLI ( and the BQSIMB ( will be bringing Julia Sollenberger to Winthrop-University Hospital for “Getting More Value from the Value Study: Using Evidence to Communicate your Worth” on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 9:00am-12:15pm.

Julia is the co-author of

  1. Marshall JG, Sollenberger J, Easterby-Gannett S, Morgan LK, Klem ML, Cavanaugh SK, Oliver KB, Thompson CA, Romanosky N, Hunter S.  The Value to Library and Information Services in Patient Care: Results of a Multisite Study.  J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Jan; 101(1): 38-46.
  2. Sollenberger J, Holloway, RG Jr. The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care.  JAMA. 2013; 310(1): 1231-123.

Questions? Please contact MEDLI President Theresa Rienzo

Systematic Reviews on the Schuylkill

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Registration is now open for this year’s MLA-Philadelphia Chapter one day combined annual business meeting and continuing education event, Systematic Reviews on the Schuylkill on April 24, 2014.

Keynote speaker Craig A. Umscheid, M.D., M.S.C.E, speech will be “Leveraging the Library to Improve Evidence-Based Practice Across an Academic Healthcare System.” Dr. Umscheid is the Director of the Center for Evidence-based Practice, Penn Medicine.

This will be followed by an update from current MLA President Dixie Jones, MLS, and time to meet with vendors, the chapter annual business meeting and lunch, and the continuing education event in the afternoon.

Susan Fowler, M.L.I.S , will present the free continuing education session, Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Librarians. Ms. Fowler is Clinical Librarian and Coordinator of Systematic Reviews at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

This program has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

For more information and to register go to:

Public Library Association

Friday, March 14th, 2014

For those of you planning to attend this week’s Public Library Association Conference, please join Health Happens in Libraries project staff on Saturday, March 15, at 9:15 AM in room 236 of the Indianapolis Convention Center, for a “ConverStation” on how your library has responded to customer needs regarding the Affordable Care Act, and to discuss the ACA aspects that are most relevant to your library and your patrons.
We know that libraries have been key partners in supporting the 4 million people who have already signed up for private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace. Library staff have provided referrals to reliable federal or state-based Marketplace resources in their communities. Patrons have relied on library technology resources to obtain health care coverage. And, libraries have partnered with trained ACA consumer assisters, community health experts, and other professionals to host information sessions and enrollment events. With six months of activity behind us and March being the last month for open enrollment, this is an excellent time for library staff to discuss our experiences with colleagues and apply the shared learning toward management of these services going forward. Please join us at this PLA event to share your perspective, or contact us with your thoughts at any time.

For additional ACA information, be sure to visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services booth # 1911 in the exhibition hall for official Marketplace resources. The National Library of Medicine booth # 843 will also have information on a variety of health resources for your community.


Liz Morris
Project Coordinator

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Winners of MLA’s Ida and George Eliot Prize—many are from our network:

  • Joanne Gard Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
  • Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Sharon Easterby-Gannett, AHIP, Medical Libraries, Lewis B. Flinn Medical Library, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
  • Lynn Kasner Morgan, Upper Montclair, NJ; Mary Lou Klem, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Susan K. Cavanaugh, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Camden Campus Library, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Kathleen Burr Oliver, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Cheryl A. Thompson, Howard W. Odum Institute for Social Science, University of North Carolina−Chapel Hill
  • Neil Romanosky, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University−New York, NY
  • Sue Hunter, Birnbaum Library, Pace University, New York, NY

Network Members are Now Published Authors!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Claire B. Joseph, Jules Redish Memorial Medical Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital

Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, Medical Library, Weill Cornell Medical College

Proving Your Worth / Adding to Your Value, Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 14:1, 69-79:

Missy Harvey, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region

Michael G. Harvey

Privacy and Security Issues for Mobile Health Platforms, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Health IT Literature Review Report and Interactive Data Visualization on the Health IT Dashboard

Friday, March 7th, 2014

ONC recently updated its Health IT Dashboard with the results of a comprehensive literature of the impacts of health IT titled: Health Information Technology: An Updated Systematic Review with a Focus on Meaningful Use Functionalities. The literature review updates previous systematic reviews with the new peer review literature published during the 2010 to 2013 time frame.

The literature review results include findings that the majority of new studies indicate that health IT enabled significant gains in health care quality, but efficiency and safety were still the subjects of relatively little research. In addition, this report has a complementary interactive data visualization that allows users to see the value of health IT across these outcomes. The report and data visualization are just one of many examples of what ONC has been doing to show the value of health IT and make data come alive.

Download the full report [PDF — 2.2 MB] from, or dig deeper into the literature with ONC’s interactive data visualization. With the data visualization you can:

  • Read about the effect of health IT on outcomes
  • Use a clickable interactive tree map that shows what Meaningful Use health IT functionalities have positive or negative impacts on healthcare outcomes.
  • Browse through a sortable and interactive table of 236 new health IT studies to explore what the new research evidence shows regarding the relationship between health IT and quality, safety, and efficiency.

NLM Resources for Patient Safety Awareness Week

Friday, March 7th, 2014

March 2-8, 2014 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, established by the National Patient Safety Foundation, which supports “Creating a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm.”  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) supports the work to keep patients and healthcare providers free from harm by making available quality health information.

Below is information from the NLM MedlinePlus “Patient Safety” health topic Web page that describes actions patients can take:

You can help prevent medical errors by being an active member of your health care team. Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care tend to get better results. To reduce the risk of medical errors, you can:

  • Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns. Take a relative or friend to your doctor appointment to help you ask questions and understand answers.
  • Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery
  • Tell your health care providers about all the medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. Tell them if you have any allergies or bad reactions to anesthesia. Make sure you know how to take your medications correctly.
  • Get a second opinion about treatment options
  • Keep a copy of your own health history

Also, the NLM has two prominent health information Web sites that assists patients and healthcare providers to learn more about particular health issues.  These Internet resources can help patients and providers get more involved with their medical care and research alternative treatments.

MedlinePlus  You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

PubMed  PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.  Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Great CE Opportunity

Friday, March 7th, 2014


In observance of Patient Safety Week (March 2-8), the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries CE Committee presents a continuing education opportunity, The Librarian’s Role in Failure Mode & Effects Analysis: A Knowledge Management Opportunity. This is an Adobe Connect recording of a program originally presented on January 27, 2014. It is taught by Jeannine Gluck, who has been trained in the FMEA process and has participated in FMEAs in her own institution.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis is a method used by quality improvement staff to identify and prevent failure before it occurs. The aim is to increase the safety of a clinical process. They ask where a process can go wrong, and the effects and causes of those failures. For the most serious among them, steps are redesigned to avoid the identified pitfalls. Librarians’ skills in managing information and knowledge can help the FMEA process. In short, others supply the clinical knowledge, and the librarian corrals that content into a form that helps ensure success of the endeavor. This practical webinar covers the basic steps in an FMEA, and for each, shows where and how the librarian’s skills can be applied.

Cost is $15. Registration is through NAHSL’s Wild Apricot site, at Once your registration has been received, you will receive an e-mail with further details. You can view the recording at any time, and earn one MLA CE credit by answering a couple of brief questions.

If you are a NAHSL member who has already registered for the webinar, e-mail me for access to the recording.

Jeannine Cyr Gluck, MLS, AHIP

Director of the Library (and NAHSL CE Chair)

Eastern Connecticut Health Network

71 Haynes St. Manchester, CT 06040

Embedded and Empowered: Making an Impact with Embedded Librarianship

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Your colleagues from the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey invite you to join them on Thursday, April 3rd for an exciting continuing education offering on embedded librarianship.

Please visit the HSLANJ Website for more information and registration details.

See you on April 3rd!

Libraries Building Strong Community Partnerships

Friday, March 7th, 2014

As trusted centers of the community, libraries are in a unique position to attract potential partners, and to provide resources and benefits to organizations with common goals. In a time of diminishing funds and increasing demands, partnerships are essential to meeting community needs, and to sustaining an active and engaging environment for customers. This month, we focus on tools and tips for successful partnerships and collaboration.

Key Resources:

From starting new partnerships, to sustaining healthy long-term relationships, WebJunction has resources to help, including two new webinars:

In Community Connections: Break with Tradition! discover how new partnerships can lead to programming and events that promote health, literacy and entertainment for the whole community. Presenters discuss efforts that extend the library’s reach and support, and strengthen community relationships, all at little or no cost.

Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement explores the positive partnership between medical libraries and public libraries. The project team leads an interactive session on how libraries can integrate best practices into local health information service priorities.