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Technology Improvement (Request for Proposal)

Queens Library Mobile Health Information Classroom

Queens Public Library
Queens, NY
Project Manager: Bridget Quinn-Carey
Period of Performance: April 15, 2013-April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding:  $10,000.00

Superstorm Sandy has had a devastating effect on the residents of Far Rockaway.  Two Queens public libraries were severely damaged and will be under repair for some time.  Mobile units are being used.  This award supports technology purchases for Queens Library to offer health information services within the mobile units. 

Technology Improvement from Superstorm Sandy

East Brunswick Public Library
East Brunswick, NJ
Project Manager: MaryEllen Firestone
Period of Performance: April 15, 2013-April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding:  $10,000.00

As a result of Superstorm Sandy, the East Brunswick Public Library sustained damages to its information technology infrastructure.  Power surges caused damage to servers and computers.  One of the servers that sustained damage maintains and provides Internet access to the library’s 24 public computers.  Library customers use the public computers to search the Internet for jobs, to access their email accounts and conduct research.  The library has been using an old, end-of-life server since the storm as we looked for funding to purchase a new server.  This award will support the library to replace the damaged server, with township funding making up the difference. 

Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project Technology Improvement from Superstorm Sandy

Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project
Rockaway Beach, NY
Project Manager: Robyn Hillman-Harrigan
Period of Performance: April 15, 2013-April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding:  $4,072.00

The Shore Soup Project intends to utilize technological resources received from this award to establish an ongoing health education program for local residents who are recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  In partnership with Queens Public–Peninsula Branch, health information librarians will hold information sessions at the Soup Shore during which attendees can find information regarding the health effects of mold and other health and community issues brought on by Sandy.  Soup Shore staff will also be trained to assist with health information needs.

Mobile Device Lending Program

Crouse Hospital, College of Nursing
Syracuse, NY
Project Manager: Kristine Delaney
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $7,495.46

A tablet lending program will introduce educators, students and support services (Library) to mobile technology and digital delivery of knowledge resources.  Pre-loaded devices will have digital versions of textbooks in support of the College curriculum, drug information and access to Library databases. Tablets will also be configured for secure access to the EHR providing students all resources needed for just-in-time information access to provide plans of care.  Devices will ease resource availability on hospital units, currently strained by demands of CPOE implementation.  Finally, tablets will provide equitable access to resources for nursing students and educators who may otherwise lack the resources of personal ownership.

Hackensack UMC PC Upgrade Project

Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library, Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, NJ
Project Manager: Deborah Magnan
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $4,850.64

The Samuel & Sandra Hekemian Medical Library and its Community Health Library (CHL) are in need of new computers for library staff members and CHL end‐users. Current computers are outdated and inefficient in providing access to health and other needed information.

mHealth: Exploring Mobile Health with iPads

Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC)
Bellport, NY
Project Manager: Christina Rivera
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $2,500

The Long Island Library Resources Council seeks to utilize an emerging technology—the Apple iPad—for innovative discovery and dissemination of health-related information in a mobile format.  iPads provide a number of unique medical and health-related applications (apps) that are designed for Apple devices and are available free of charge to our target audience, which is medical and health sciences libraries in Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island, NY.  As a secondary aim, the devices will contain selected readings on how libraries are currently implementing these types of devices into library programs and services.  This will include best practices information and current trends and issues involved with implementing these types of devices. Thus, allowing our target audience to gain current awareness and knowledge through self-guided readings.

It is All about the Apps

Health Sciences Library, Lutheran Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY
Project Manager: Irina Meyman
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $9,730.45

The Health Sciences Library would like to begin using the iPads as new form of  information management at the Lutheran Medical Center.  The iPad will provide, medical staff and out-of-state residents fast and easy access to the library resources and services.  We are planning to purchase 13 iPads and use them to create a collection of medical applications, electronic textbooks and databases.  This will greatly improve and enhance the delivery of healthcare information to the medical and nursing staff of the Lutheran Medical Center.

Mobile Instructional and Design Lab

Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University
St. Davids, PA
Project Manager: Mark D. Puterbaugh
Period of Performance: July 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

Eastern University will develop a Mobile Instructional and Design Lab (MIDL) to develop and use new technologies to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and growing mobile population.  MIDL will partner with Eastern University faculty to incorporate health information literacy into mobile formats.

Better Technology for Better Reference Service

New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY
Project Manager: Diana Cunningham
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $9,971

The purpose of this project is to implement technologies to increase the capacity to provide high-quality reference service and increase the visibility and role of the library’s departmental liaisons in reaching their client base, and to enhance the capability to serve our community through several related projects which are part of our strategic mission including the replacement of department web pages with LibGuides, a customized journal alert service, and an improved virtual reference service using LibAnswers with LibChat.

Medical Librarians Reaching Staff Where They Can Be Found:  Applying Mobile Technology to Hospital Library Services in the Southeastern NY Region

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council (SENYLRC)
Highland, NY
Project Manager: Patricia Carroll-Mathes
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $4,474.27

To enable SENYLRC member hospital librarians to engage more hospital healthcare staff where they are—conference rooms, library, hallway, offices, or offsite locations.  Having a mobile iPad  will allow for the encounter and demonstration of online resources to occur in any location.  In several hospitals, iPads will be used for patient education at the bedside, as well as to teach healthcare educators and nurses, other out-patient staff about the NLM patient information resources which can be promoted for patients, their families, and community members.

Mac Books for the D. Samuel Gottesman Library Training Room

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, D. Samuel Gottesman Library
Bronx, NY
Project Manager: Nancy R. Glassman
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

Librarians at the Gottesman Library maintain a very active teaching schedule.  Most training sessions are held in the training room.  It is vital that the library upgrade its technology in order to keep up with the needs of users.  Adding six MacBook Pro laptops will fulfill multiple objectives – enabling workshop attendees to learn more effectively in a familiar environment, allowing librarians to reach out to larger groups, and demonstrating to the Einstein community that librarians understand and are able to meet their needs.

Technology Upgrades to Improve Access to Library Resources at Beebe Medical Center

Beebe Medical Center, Health Sciences Library
Lewes, DE
Project Manager: Jean D. Winstead
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $7,209

The Beebe Medical Center (BMC) Health Sciences Library provides a variety of resources and services to physicians, clinicians and staff.  Beebe has not only been supportive of library initiatives but continued to utilize library services in new initiatives and promote the use of the library.  But more up-to-date equipment is needed to assist clinicians and team members with their medical resources needs.  Current equipment is heavily used and substantially out of date.  The librarian has no laptop which would be beneficial in promotional visits throughout the hospital and satellite locations.  iPads would be extremely helpful to provide training opportunities at satellite locations where there may be limitations to accessing resources.

Enhancement of Student Learning and Community Outreach through the Use of Portable Devices

Touro-Harlem Medical Library, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine/Touro College of Pharmacy
New York, NY
Project Manager: Shelly Warwick
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $9,746.85

This is a proposal to purchase 15 iPad tablets, plus accessories to: improve assistance in the library, show students how portable devices can be used to provide better patient care during clerkships and practice experiences, and enable enhanced teaching possibilities to small groups of students and community residents in non-computer classroom settings both through instruction by library personnel and by lending some or all of the iPads to others who wish to teach in non-computer classroom setting.

Capital District Hospital Library Catalogs Technology Improvement Project Proposal

Capital District Library Council (CDLC)
Albany, NY
Project Manager: Christopher Tosh
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) will purchase and implement web-based public access online library catalogs for 11 hospital libraries that are members of CDLC’s Hospital Library Service Program.  CDLC will also create a new union catalog of 11 hospital libraries.  Making these catalogs and their holdings available online will provide faster and more efficient access to library health and medical information resource holdings.  Efficient access to information will improve the provision of healthcare to the patients and clientele of these member hospitals.

Integrated Library System Upgrade
April 15-30, 2013

Health Sciences Library Consortium (HSLC)
Philadelphia, PA
Amount of Funding: $8,500

Funds will support professional services to migrate TCMC from an unsupported integrated library system (ILS) to a new open source ILS, called Evergreen.  Evergreen is in use by 1,000 libraries around the world, and was recently implemented as the choice for a statewide ILS for Pennsylvania public libraries.  HSLC will configure TCMC to run its own instance of the software in a virtual environment so it does not mix its collections with other school libraries hosted by HSLC.  Funds requested are to provide 1) licensing, 2) migration processing, and 3) training for the TCMC library staff.


Outreach to Health Professionals (Request for Proposal)

Assessment of Information Literary Skills and Training Needs of Hospice Nurses

Falk Library of the Health Sciences, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Project Manager: Michele Klein-Fedyshin
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), in collaboration with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), proposes to assess the information needs and information literacy of the hospice/ palliative care nurses working in the community in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR).  The primary goals of the project are to identify (1) current access to evidence-based practice resources, (2) skill levels in information literacy and (3) any need for training.

Northern New York Critical Access Hospital Project

Hunter-Rice Library, Samaritan Medical Center
Watertown, NY
Project Manager: Jeffrey M. Garvey
Period of Performance: July 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $8,652

The purpose of this project is to introduce and provide library services to four critical access hospitals in Northern New York.  The project will present two training sessions on finding authoritative health information using freely accessible Internet sources, provide access to documents identified and offer additional reference assistance as needed.  Upon termination of the project the Hunter-Rice Library will continue to provide access to basic library services.

Access to Free Online Health Information – Training Unaffiliated Health Professionals and Public Health Workers

Rochester Regional Library Council
Fairport, NY
Project Manager: Barbara Ciambor
Period of Performance: June 18, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $20,000

This project will continue work done, training unaffiliated health professionals, especially RNs and social workers in the five-county Rochester region, with a total population of approximately 1 million.  Public health agencies will also be included and the territory will be increased to extend training to the Western NY Public Health Alliance.

A Clinical Information Tool for Community Health Centers: A Feasibility Study

University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System
Pittsburgh, PA
Project Manager: Charles Wessel
Period of Performance: December 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $9,982

This project will explore the feasibility of developing a search tool for use in community health settings by maximizing the use of freely available relevant Internet clinical resources. A larger aim of this project is to assist in reducing information chaos in the community health setting by ensuring that the “necessary information is available and presented in a useable manner at the right time.” The target audience for the tool will be primary care health professionals practicing in a variety of community health care settings that lack access to a medical library, librarian and/or where expensive licensed information tools and resources is cost prohibitive. Previous studies have demonstrated the types of clinical resources utilized in primary care and will help to guide in developing the tool. The development team will be a content expert, a health sciences librarian with clinical information experience, and a knowledge integration librarian, with previous experience engineering federated search applications.

Outreach to Health Professionals: Minority Health Professionals (Request for Proposal)

Targeted HIV/AIDS Outreach to Consumers

AIDS Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania (ACSWP)
Pittsburgh, PA
Project Manager: Dr. Doyin Desalu
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

The AIDS Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania will enhance and expand targeted HIV/AIDS outreach to consumers at highest risk for the disease using portable electronic technologies such as iPads. Minority health professionals will be trained to provide presentations, trainings, tables at health fairs, and special commemorations will be visited as outreach opportunities to demonstrate HIV/AIDS information retrieval to African American and African Immigrant populations in the region.

Outreach to Consumers (Request for Proposal)

A Local Campaign for Health Literacy

Caregiver Resource Center
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County
Liberty, NY
Project Manager: Bonnie J. Lewis
Period of Performance: July 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $9,863.30

The Sullivan County Health Literacy Partnership will deliver health information literacy classes for residents of rural Sullivan County in a variety of settings around the county.   Health Literacy classes will be conducted in a variety of settings including senior centers, faith based organizations and other community group centers.

Bridging the Gap II: Outreach to Improve Public Awareness and Access to Health Information

Health Sciences Library – University of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
Project Manager: Ophelia Morey
Period of Performance: July 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

This project will target primarily the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL) adult library patrons including seniors who visit urban, suburban and rural library locations, in addition to health-related professionals who may serve these areas. The purpose of this project is to inform the target population about health information available from the partnership between the B&ECPL and the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library (UB HSL), including increasing awareness about resources and services of the National Library of Medicine.

Health Education and Literacy Project (HELP) Curriculum Enhancement

New York University School of Medicine, NYU Health Sciences Libraries
New York, NY
Project Manager: Joey Nicholson
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $9,998

Health Education and Literacy Project (HELP) is a community service project, run by NYU School of Medicine students, dedicated to providing health education and increasing health literacy through lessons at an adult education center in Central Harlem. This outreach project focuses on enhancing the existing curriculum through incorporation of technology in instruction and promoting access to and use of online health information sources, such as MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en Espanol.

Parkinson’s Disease Consumer Health Learning Center

New York Institute of Technology Medical Library
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Old Westbury, NY
Project Manager: Gerri Flanzraich, Jeanne Strausman, Mahnaz Tehrani, Allison Andors
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $6,703

This proposal hopes to obtain funding for the creation a Parkinson’s Disease Consumer Health Learning Center. This center will become part of the Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. The medical librarians will provide one-to-one consumer health information training sessions for the patients/caregivers from the Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center. Training will consist of showing patients/caregivers how to use a laptop to access consumer health web sites (like Medline Plus), and how to navigate within these websites. Patients/caregivers will also be shown other useful websites such as medical dictionaries, drug resources, equipment, Parkinson’s Disease associations, and web sites with services and resources for caregivers.

Outreach to Consumers: Target Population K-12 (Request for Proposal)

Educating K-12 Professionals to Meet the Health Information Needs of Special Needs Children and Their Parents:  A Collaborative Outreach Project of Albany Medical College and the East Greenbush Central School District

Schaffer Library of Health Sciences, Albany Medical College
Albany, NY
Project Manager: Elizabeth Irish
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $9,132

Schaffer Library of Health Science Library, Albany Medical College (AMC) are collaborating with EGCSD Pupil Personnel Services and Special Education Department to develop and provide two train-the-trainers sessions to professional school staff and to extend the knowledge gained in these sessions to parents of special needs children as appropriate.   AMC librarians will provide train the trainer sessions to EGCSD personnel.

Outreach to Consumers: Target Population Senior Citizens (Request for Proposal)

Consumer Health for Central New York: An Outreach Project for the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC)

Central New York Library Resources Council
Syracuse, NY
Project Manager: Deborah Emerson
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

This project will initially reach out to senior citizens in a four-county area in central New York State (Onondaga, Oneida, Madison and Herkimer Counties).  The Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) will partner with the region’s YMCAs and local public libraries.  CLRC will present programming that raises awareness of the many credible web sites available for the health information needs of seniors and families, with particular emphasis on those available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM). CLRC’s Medical Circuit Librarian will prepare a series of classes to introduce attendees to the resources and demonstrate how to use them effectively.

Access to Mental Health Literacy for Rural Pennsylvania Older Adults Pilot Program

Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, Inc. (PBHAC)
Harrisburg, PA
Project Manager: Rebecca May-Cole
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

The award will allow PBHAC to design, develop, and implement a pilot program designed to increase the mental health literacy of older adults who live in Pennsylvania. Traditionally, the responsibility for health literacy has fallen to the health care practitioner - the health care provider shared information, initiated testing, and determined care plans with little input from their patient. The Access to Mental Health Literacy for Rural Pennsylvania Older Adults Pilot Program proposes to shift this dynamic and to provide older adults with the information that they need in order to share the responsibility of mental health literacy and to become active partners in decisions regarding their diagnosis, treatment, and care options..

Outreach to Consumers: Target Population Caregivers (Request for Proposal)

Health Education and Advocacy through Health Ministers

United Methodist Church Union
Pittsburgh, PA
Project Manager: Joy Burt Conti
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $10,000

This project envisions improving access to health information by training Health Ministers and clients in the use of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) website and resources. The partnering institutions wish to address the health concerns of the local communities.  Together this partnership will train 100 Health Ministers to use and train others to use the NLM and other appropriate health information sources. The train-the-trainer model will be used to take the training throughout Western Pennsylvania.  These same Health Ministers will help over 100 clients use health information from the NLM and other reputable health resources to make informed decisions about their own health.


Professional Development Awards (Award Announcement)

2012 New Jersey Health Literacy Coalition Summit
September 21, 2012

Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ)
Princeton, NJ
Project Manager: Pete Cole
Amount of Funding: $628.65

This award will support members of HSLANJ to attend the September 2012 New Jersey Health Literacy Coalition Summit.  This summit aims to bring together a variety of professionals to deepen discussions of Health Literacy.  By supporting its members who want to attend the conference, HSLANJ hopes to show other conference attendees the importance of health literacy to health sciences librarianship, and to gain visibility as a partner in health literacy education and advocacy.

 

2012 New Jersey Health Literacy Summit
September 21, 2012

New Jersey Health Literacy Coalition
Jersey City, NJ
Project Manager: Elissa Director
Amount of Funding: $1,500

The New Jersey Health Literacy Coalition will apply this award toward speaker fees and printed materials for the 2012 New Jersey Health Literacy Summit “Advancing Health Literacy Solutions:  The Power of Community Partnerships.”  This summit will be attended by 200+ health professionals, community-based health educators, librarians and other stakeholders.

PubMed for Trainers
July 19, 2012

St. John’s University
Queens, NY
Amount of Funding: $700

The award will support Jaclyn Vialet to attend the PubMed for Trainers course.

Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA)
June 11 - 15, 2012

The Commonwealth Medical College
Scranton, PA
Amount of Funding: $1,500

The award will help defray support for Joanne Muellenbach and Bridget Conlogue to attend the Canadian Health Libraries Association.  Both will be presenting results of their 2011/2012 NN/LM MAR Technology Improvement Award:  “Integrating Library Resources, Technology and Point of Care.”

Conference / Courses
July 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Weill Cornell Medical College Library
New York, NY
Amount of Funding: $850 and $889

The award will support registration fees for Rhonda Allard to attend "Supporting Clinical Care: The 2012 Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians" and for Lisa A. Mix to attend Society of American Archivists (SAA) Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses.

PubMed for Trainers
October 25, 2012

Forbes Regional Hospital
Monroeville, PA
Amount of Funding: $600

This award will support Mary Beth Papciak to attend the PubMed for Trainers course.

Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians
August 6 - 9, 2012

Upstate Medical University Health Sciences Library
Syracuse, NY
Amount of Funding: $1,150

This award will support Clare Rauch to attend Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians.

Certificate in Copyright Management and Leadership
September 1, 2012 - February 28, 2013

Penn State Hershey – George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library
Hershey, PA
Amount of Funding: $1,380

This award will support Esther Y. Dell to attend the online program offered by the Center for Intellectual Property at University of Maryland, University College.

AHIP First-Time Applicant Award
October 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Medical Library Association
New Castle, DE
Amount of Funding: $1,500

The purpose of this award is to encourage 7 MLA-Phil Chapter member participation in the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) accreditation program and to foster professional growth and commitment.  The goal of this award is to encourage Chapter members to participate in MLA’s AHIP accreditation program.  Once this award cycle is completed we hope to have a cohort of new chapter members in the academy who recognize the importance of professional development, and whose commitment to professional development has been recognized by peers.

Forging a Path for Translational Science Support at Your Institution: A Roadmap for Success
November 12-13, 2012

Columbia University, Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library
New York, NY
Amount of Funding: $735

This award will support partial per diem for Kristi Holmes, PhD to offer the CE:  “Forging a Path for Translational Science Support at Your Institution: A Roadmap for Success”:  http://cech.mlanet.org/node/486. The primary goal of this course is to expand Columbia University STM librarians’ knowledge of translational science research and to improve their awareness and understanding of how they can best support the clinical and translational research communities that they serve, especially those researchers directly supported by the university’s CTSA award. As this topic is highly relevant to medical librarians, another goal is to open up this course to the membership of the NY-NJ MLA Chapter so that other medical librarians in the region can take advantage of this training opportunity.

Winner of the MAR National Medical Librarian Month Contest
January 1 - April 30, 2013

Schaffer Library of Health Sciences, Albany Medical College
Albany, NY
Amount of Funding: $1,020

As the recipient of the MAR National Medical Librarian Month – Share Your Story Contest, this award will support two registration fees for attendance at MLA 2013 in Boston, MA.

Systematic Reviews: Beyond the Basics
January 1 - April 30, 2013

D. Samuel Gottesman Library, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY
Amount of Funding: $1,500

This award will support Albert Einstein College of Medicine to host a course:  Systematic Reviews: Beyond the Basics.  The course will be held in February or March 2013.  The course will be certified for 6 MLA CE credits. Certificates will be distributed to attendees at the end of the class.  The instructors will be offering the course at the MLA Annual Meeting in Boston in May 2013.  Seven librarians at Albert Einstein will attend.  The Library’s training room seats 16. The session will be offered to 9 other local librarians on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge.

Instructors: Jan Glover, Education Services Librarian, Cusing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University and Karen Odato, Research and Education Librarian, Biomedical Libraries, Dartmouth College.

Systematic Review Workshop
April 8-13, 2013

Samuel J. Wood Library, Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY
Amount of Funding: $1,500

This award will support Colleen Cuddy to attend the HSLS Systematic Review Workshop:  the Nuts and Bolts for Librarians.

Teaching Research Data Management to Medical Librarians in MAR
January 1 - April 30, 2013

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Worcester, MA
Amount of Funding: $17,043

This award will support the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library, to develop and teach a two-day data management class for 35 librarians within MAR. Elaine Martin, DA, Director of the Lamar Soutter Library will serve as PI. Her librarian colleagues, Donna Kafel and Andrew Creamer, will serve as co-instructors. Nancy LaPelle, PhD will serve as the evaluation consultant.

This course uses the case study method to help prepare health sciences librarians for roles in scientific research data management. It explores the current and emerging roles for information professionals in managing large or small volumes of research data. The course provides participants with the skillset necessary to engage with researchers, and create a data reference interview and a research data management plan. The course will prepare students to approach researchers at their institutions about their data management and curation needs. The course examines the data practices of researchers in scientific fields such as biomedicine and engineering as examples of how researchers produce data and how they use these data for purposes of inquiry.

Students learn about the purposes and tools of research data production and data reuse, data lifecycles, data management practice, and the strategies for offering data consultancy services to researchers. Current issues regarding citing datasets, Open Access and data sharing policies, and embedding the health sciences librarian as a member of a research team will also be addressed. The course assignments include studying authentic research cases and completing the related readings, activities and exercises. Participants will put the content knowledge to use by learning about the fundamentals of data reference interview tools and drafting data management plans that they will present during the class.

Course Objectives:

• Learn to identify the types and formats of data in a research case
• Identify the various levels of ownership and stages of research data
• Describe the typical data lifecycle represented by a case
• Categorize patient data storage and security considerations
• Evaluate and appraise data publishing and storage options
• Indicate the various descriptors of raw data
• Record project identifiers for specific research data
• Review various naming conventions
• Recognize data format importance for long-term access needs
• List and select various ways to assure the security of their data
• Recognize data privacy requirements
• Identify data sharing and reporting requirements

Training Awards

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

Falk Library of the Health Sciences, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Project Manager: Carrie Iwema
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Amount of Funding: $4,000

This award will support salary, costs for travel (per diems, hotel, transport, etc) reproduction, communication and equipment or room rental for Carrie Iwema, PhD, MLS, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology to offer the MLA CE ABCs of DNA within MAR. At least 3 in-person offerings and one online offering will be held.

New Roles for Information Professionals Awards

Emergency Preparedness
April 8, 2013

New Jersey State Library
Eatontown, NJ
Amount of funding:  $9000.00

This award will assist the NJ State Library to co-host a disaster recovery summit, “Ports in a Storm: the Library as Disaster Recovery Center.”  This summit is sponsored by the New Jersey State Library in partnership with NN/LM MAR, Library Link NJ, and New Jersey Library Association.  After Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and New York in late October 2012, people went to their local library. Many community libraries were pressed into service as ad hoc Disaster Response Centers.

Even though they may have sustained great damage to their own buildings, librarians rallied and were in the forefront of providing services and information to those in need, and respite from the storm. Unless under water or without power, New Jersey and New York libraries were open, and were the place residents flocked to the morning after Sandy passed, accessing computers and free wireless to conduct business; to work from “home;” to contact relatives or their insurance companies; find tree removal specialists; fill out FEMA forms; or just to power up their devices and warm up.  Libraries truly served their communities as ports in a storm, even though many were not prepared to serve in this capacity as unofficial community Disaster Recovery Centers. 

The goal of this summit is to bring medical and public librarians together to discuss the library’s role as a Disaster Recovery Center, plan for continuity of services, and form partnerships with the emergency planning community, first responders, public health workers and community-based and faith-based groups with disaster-related responsibilities. 

NN/LM MAR Emergency Preparedness Liaison and Disaster Information Specialization
November 13-16, 2012

South Nassau Communities Hospital, Jules Redish Memorial Medical Library
Oceanside, NY
Amount of Funding: $4.000

This award supports NN/LM MAR emergency preparedness liaison training AND expenses to cover completion of the MLA Disaster Information Specialization for Claire Joseph.  MAR has designated regional emergency preparedness liaisons, who are involved in either local chapters or library groups.  This allows for a natural communication mechanism.  Liaison roles are as follows:

  • Role 1:  Liaisons will play a communications role since they have state connections through their regional library community.  MAR will rely on liaisons to use such communication channels to promote NLM and NN/LM emergency preparedness and disaster information courses.  MAR will call upon liaisons to assist in arranging such classes in their state, either in-person or online.

    Role 2:  Liaisons will promote the 'buddy' system.   Liaisons will be the contact person in their respective state, so that if a library needs assistance, the liaison will report to MAR and try to locate a library to assist and serve as a back-up.  In the event of a local or regional disaster, MAR will rely on liaisons to report the status of libraries in their respective state.

    Role 3:  Liaisons will promote roles librarians can play in emergency preparedness outreach to their community, public health workforce, first responders, etc.  Liaisons will be encouraged to solicit MAR funding to support such outreach projects.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Program, developed by MLA and the National Library Medicine (NLM), is a continuing education program that provides participants the opportunity to expand their roles by offering training in providing access to information for disaster and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Program offers an approved curriculum of courses and other educational activities that allow participants to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support their institutions and communities in times of disaster or public health emergencies.  This education/training award will support Claire Joseph to complete this certification and serve as a trainer to other Network members.

NN/LM MAR Emergency Preparedness Liaison
November 13-16, 2012

Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Lancaster General Hospital
Lancaster, PA
Amount of Funding: $1,200

This award supports NN/LM MAR emergency preparedness liaison training for Cynthia S. McClellan.  MAR has designated regional emergency preparedness liaisons, who are involved in either local chapters or library groups.  This allows for a natural communication mechanism.  Liaison roles are as follows:

  • Role 1:  Liaisons will play a communications role since they have state connections through their regional library community.  MAR will rely on liaisons to use such communication channels to promote NLM and NN/LM emergency preparedness and disaster information courses.  MAR will call upon liaisons to assist in arranging such classes in their state, either in-person or online.

    Role 2:  Liaisons will promote the 'buddy' system.   Liaisons will be the contact person in their respective state, so that if a library needs assistance, the liaison will report to MAR and try to locate a library to assist and serve as a back-up.  In the event of a local or regional disaster, MAR will rely on liaisons to report the status of libraries in their respective state.

    Role 3:  Liaisons will promote roles librarians can play in emergency preparedness outreach to their community, public health workforce, first responders, etc.  Liaisons will be encouraged to solicit MAR funding to support such outreach projects.

NN/LM MAR Emergency Preparedness Liaison
November 13-16, 2012

Upstate University Health System, Health Sciences Library
Syracuse, NY
Amount of Funding: $1,200

This award supports NN/LM MAR emergency preparedness liaison training for Cristina Pope.  MAR has designated regional emergency preparedness liaisons, who are involved in either local chapters or library groups.  This allows for a natural communication mechanism.  Liaison roles are as follows:

  • Role 1:  Liaisons will play a communications role since they have state connections through their regional library community.  MAR will rely on liaisons to use such communication channels to promote NLM and NN/LM emergency preparedness and disaster information courses.  MAR will call upon liaisons to assist in arranging such classes in their state, either in-person or online.

    Role 2:  Liaisons will promote the 'buddy' system.   Liaisons will be the contact person in their respective state, so that if a library needs assistance, the liaison will report to MAR and try to locate a library to assist and serve as a back-up.  In the event of a local or regional disaster, MAR will rely on liaisons to report the status of libraries in their respective state.

    Role 3:  Liaisons will promote roles librarians can play in emergency preparedness outreach to their community, public health workforce, first responders, etc.  Liaisons will be encouraged to solicit MAR funding to support such outreach projects.

NN/LM MAR Emergency Preparedness Liaison
November 13-16, 2012

Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA
Amount of Funding: $1,200

This award supports NN/LM MAR emergency preparedness liaison training for Priscilla Stephenson.  MAR has designated regional emergency preparedness liaisons, who are involved in either local chapters or library groups.  This allows for a natural communication mechanism.  Liaison roles are as follows:

  • Role 1:  Liaisons will play a communications role since they have state connections through their regional library community.  MAR will rely on liaisons to use such communication channels to promote NLM and NN/LM emergency preparedness and disaster information courses.  MAR will call upon liaisons to assist in arranging such classes in their state, either in-person or online.

    Role 2:  Liaisons will promote the 'buddy' system.   Liaisons will be the contact person in their respective state, so that if a library needs assistance, the liaison will report to MAR and try to locate a library to assist and serve as a back-up.  In the event of a local or regional disaster, MAR will rely on liaisons to report the status of libraries in their respective state.

    Role 3:  Liaisons will promote roles librarians can play in emergency preparedness outreach to their community, public health workforce, first responders, etc.  Liaisons will be encouraged to solicit MAR funding to support such outreach projects.

NN/LM MAR Emergency Preparedness Liaison
November 13-16, 2012

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, NJ
Amount of Funding: $1,200

This award supports NN/LM MAR emergency preparedness liaison training for Nancy Forsberg.  MAR has designated regional emergency preparedness liaisons, who are involved in either local chapters or library groups.  This allows for a natural communication mechanism.  Liaison roles are as follows:

  • Role 1:  Liaisons will play a communications role since they have state connections through their regional library community.  MAR will rely on liaisons to use such communication channels to promote NLM and NN/LM emergency preparedness and disaster information courses.  MAR will call upon liaisons to assist in arranging such classes in their state, either in-person or online.

    Role 2:  Liaisons will promote the 'buddy' system.   Liaisons will be the contact person in their respective state, so that if a library needs assistance, the liaison will report to MAR and try to locate a library to assist and serve as a back-up.  In the event of a local or regional disaster, MAR will rely on liaisons to report the status of libraries in their respective state.

    Role 3:  Liaisons will promote roles librarians can play in emergency preparedness outreach to their community, public health workforce, first responders, etc.  Liaisons will be encouraged to solicit MAR funding to support such outreach projects.

NN/LM MAR Emergency Preparedness Liaison
November 13-16, 2012

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children of The Nemours Foundation
Wilmington, DE
Amount of Funding: $1,200

This award supports NN/LM MAR emergency preparedness liaison training for Kristina Flathers.  MAR has designated regional emergency preparedness liaisons, who are involved in either local chapters or library groups.  This allows for a natural communication mechanism.  Liaison roles are as follows:

  • Role 1:  Liaisons will play a communications role since they have state connections through their regional library community.  MAR will rely on liaisons to use such communication channels to promote NLM and NN/LM emergency preparedness and disaster information courses.  MAR will call upon liaisons to assist in arranging such classes in their state, either in-person or online.

    Role 2:  Liaisons will promote the 'buddy' system.   Liaisons will be the contact person in their respective state, so that if a library needs assistance, the liaison will report to MAR and try to locate a library to assist and serve as a back-up.  In the event of a local or regional disaster, MAR will rely on liaisons to report the status of libraries in their respective state.

    Role 3:  Liaisons will promote roles librarians can play in emergency preparedness outreach to their community, public health workforce, first responders, etc.  Liaisons will be encouraged to solicit MAR funding to support such outreach projects.


Exhibit Awards (Award Announcement)

Two events: Health Literacy Coalition of NJ and New Jersey Science Convention
September 21, 2012 - October 10, 2012

UMDNJ Health Sciences Library at Stratford
Stratford, NJ
Project Manager: Micki McIntyre

The award will support Micki McIntyre to exhibit and promote NLM resources and HeathyNJ resources during the Health Literacy Coalition, September 21, 2012 at the Conference Center at Mercer, Mercer Community College, West Windsor, NJ and New Jersey Science Convention, October 9-10, 2012 at the Princeton Marriott at Forestal, Princeton, NJ.

Continuation from Year 1 Awards

Group Licensing Initiative (GLI)

Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ)
Princeton, NJ
Project Manager: Robb Mackes
Period of Performance: July 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

This additional round of funding will support a robust marketing campaign that opens group licensing membership to more than 300 hospital libraries in the Middle Atlantic Region, as well as other interested candidates; and creation of an end-user interface for online order entry.

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study Analysis and Data Archiving

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Project Manager: Joanne Gard Marshall
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

This additional funding will provide support to further analyze the data by specialty; draft articles for publication in a nursing journal and health administration journal; archive the data and allow interested parties to use the archived data at their own institutions.

Evaluating MedlinePlus Connect

Institute for Family Health
New York, NY
Project Manager: Diane Hauser
Period of Performance: August 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

This additional funding will provide a secondary analysis of the data collected about My Chart use from the 2011-2012 project.  The secondary analysis focuses on three research questions:  The first research question addresses the influence of IFH’s primary care providers’ suggestion for patients to use My Chart’s patient portal and search for information (in MedlinePlus.gov) though the MedlinePlus Connect link. The second research question addresses if My Chart users are likely to search for information on sensitive or potentially stigmatizing health topics (in MedlinePlus.gov) through the MedlinePlus Connect link. The third research question addresses if there are long-term trends in patient usage, such as the frequency of use of My Chart and MedlinePlus Connect, and to determine if an identifiable patient cohort of health information seekers can be identified.

Evaluating MedlinePlus Connect – A Comprehensive Planning Document

Institute for Family Health
New York, NY
Project Manager: Diane Hauser
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013

Under this contract, the Institute for Family Health (IFH) will produce a comprehensive plan that evaluates the use and impact of MyChart, MyHealth and MedlinePlus Connect on patient health outcomes. While the specific health outcomes to be evaluated and the corresponding evaluation methods are to be determined by the Contractors, the National Library of Medicine asks the Contractor to consider an evaluation framework that blends specific clinical and psychosocial outcomes as well as patient use of IFH’s clinical services within the evaluation framework. The emphasis within the evaluation framework (or proposed plan) should be less focused on the descriptive use of MedlinePlusConnect and My Chart by IFH patients than on a more comprehensive quantitative analysis of some clinical and psychosocial outcomes, as well as on changes over time in the use of IFH’s clinical services that are associated with patients’ use of MedlinePlus Connect and My Chart.