The Plains to Peaks Post is published quarterly by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region, at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah.
10 North 1900 East, Building 589
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5890
Research Study: What is the Impact of the Librarian on Cost of Patient Care?
Current research has focused on the value of information, libraries, or librarians on patient care. Because administrators of health care institutions tend make decisions based on finances, the NN/LM MCR wanted to investigate the impact of the librarian on the cost of patient care. Below we describe the beginning of a research study that we project will take several years to complete.
There are many key functions professional librarians perform in the provision and dissemination of information, but the one service most closely linked to patient care is the expert literature search librarians provide to the healthcare clinician. Librarians are trained to be efficient and accurate in expert literature searching. Read more »
Member Interviews on Effective Practices on Health Sciences Librarianship
The NN/LM MCR heartily endorses the concept that learning is best accomplished through meaningful activities. We know that our Network members have considerable experience and knowledge to share regarding successful library practices. Embracing both concepts, the NN/LM MCR is using our YouTube channel to share this collective intelligence and the incredible wisdom of our talented Network members (Thank you Jeanne Le Ber, Emily Eresuma, Margaret Bandy, Susan Fowler, and Lauren Yaeger). Member interviews can be found here.
I was fortunate to be funded by the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award to attend the LOEX 2015 Conference, held in Denver April 30 – May 2, 2015. The LOEX Conference is a relatively small conference that brings together instruction librarians from the spectrum of educational institutions. It is a convergence of like-minded librarians and educators, meeting to share ideas and innovations in instruction and assessment of information literacy competencies. Read more »
Wow! Has a year gone by already? The Mobile App Sharing Project ended in April 2015. We’d like to thank all of the app evaluators for participating in this project. The project participants have reviewed a total of 48 apps using a systematic evaluation tool. Each app evaluation looked at basic information (app name, operating system, sponsor/publisher/creator, cost, web links, etc.), who the primary user is (professional/layperson), creator’s credentials, bias, currency of information, and ease of app’s navigation/access, etc. We also asked the evaluators to rate the app from excellent all the way down to “don’t bother wasting your money.”
Several of the reviewers shared their experiences in evaluating apps at a recent Breezing Along with the RML session, check out the recording here.
Take a look at this quarter’s app evaluations below and perhaps it will help you select an app that is right for you or your clients.
Congratulations and the Glinda Crown go to Shelley White, Librarian at Van K. Smith Community Health Library in Springfield, Missouri.
Shelly White with her Librarians in The Wonderful Land of Oz Award
Not only did Shelly complete the requirements to win, she also earned 12 hours of Medical Library Association CE credits along with the increase in skills and knowledge that goes along with MLA classes.
We asked Shelley to share a few comments on her experience playing the game. Read more »
Introducing Alicia Lillich
Alicia Lillich is the new Kansas/Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. She is located at The University of Kansas Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. Alicia previously worked in Reference and Instruction at Southwestern College and Butler Community College.
She recently moved to the Kansas City area with her husband, 22-month old son, a Basset Hound, and two cats. She loves to travel, bake, and try new foods.
I am the director of the hospital library in a large urban hospital. We seem to have a successful library and have lots of satisfied users. My staff is always busy and we have good relationships with the many departments we serve. My worry is that I am not convinced that our administration understands the value the librarians provide to the hospital departments. I always write an annual report, and communicate with my manager regularly, but I want to find ways to enhance my reporting to make sure administrators understand and appreciate our contributions. Do you have any suggestions?
Full and affiliate NN/LM MCR Network members were invited to complete the Spring 2015 questionnaire about programs and services offered in the Region. Four hundred forty-nine Network members in the region’s mailing list were invited; 120 of those invited responded as well as 16 more who used a general URL link distributed in the weekly RML news email. Forty were affiliate members, 80 were full Network members and status is unknown for 16 others – a 30.3% response rate. Respondents represented academic (43%), hospital (35%), public (12%) and other (10%) libraries and institutions. Responses were generally consistent with the population distributions of the six state NN/LM MCR region.
The questionnaire addressed three areas:
NN/LM MCR programs and services in general
Communications that increased awareness of technology developments and of electronic health records
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Social Media and Health Communication
Social media has become an increasingly growing influence in personal and professional life. The most recent Pew Survey on social media found that 79% of adult internet users have at least one social media account. While Facebook has the largest user base (at 71%) other platforms are growing at a high rate. Those include LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
More and more health providers and organizations are using social media as well. In a 2013 systematic review, it was found the benefits of social media for health communication are:
increased interactions with others
more available, shared, and tailored information
increased accessibility and widening access to health information