Contract Summary and Objectives, 2013 - 2014
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all health care providers in the United States with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library, as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NER) develops mission-responsive programs built upon the following principles:
- A participatory approach to reformulating the Regional Advisory Council that reflects upon the dynamic forces in health care in order to develop programs and projects that enhances the roles of librarians to work towards changing the role and perceptions of the health information provider
- Leveraging the limited resources of Network members, state, and other library associations to provide a continuum of activities that achieve common programmatic goals
- A theme-based funding structure for projects that employ innovative practices in outreach that address our thematic focused areas: Escience, Health Information Technology/Electronic Medical Record; Healthcare Workforce; Health Literacy; and Healthy Communities
- Continuous monitoring, tracking, and evaluation of progress using the logic model and process map methodologies that help measure successful goals towards meeting outcomes
- Flexible design of training opportunities that employ in-person and distance-based instructional sessions for librarians, health care professionals, and consumers.
Based on its national mission and local characteristics, the following objectives for 2013-2014 build upon the progress made in the previous years in Network and Outreach program areas.
- Ensure basic health information access for all unaffiliated health professionals and the public health workforce.
- Offer DOCLINE training & support to Network members. Coordinate the contribution, review, and maintenance of serial holdings data to DOCLINE. - Two online or distance based sessions.
- Participate in the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan to act as a backup RML to the Mid Continental Region (MCR) in the event of an emergency. Implement the plan during emergencies as specified by MCR.
- Provide backup services for NLM customer service inquiries in the event of an emergency as directed by NLM.
- Develop and implement an educational program based on NLM resources as needed throughout the region. The program will be determined by the Focused Outreach Assessment, the Regional Advisory Committee, Community of Interests, and the Hospital Librarians Advisory Group.
- Integrate a variety of media including in-person relational meetings to communicate information on programs, policies, services, and resource updates to Network members, key stakeholders and leaders, and relevant organizations. - 10 in-person meetings across all program areas are budgeted.
- Obtain feedback on needs, and preferences from constituents to improve access to clinical and consumer information; report feedback finding to NLM including hosting site visits conducted by NLM site visit team.
- 9 Site visits for constituent relations and partnership building
- 10 Health Science Library association meetings will be attended throughout the region
- 1 regional association meeting in Hyannis, MA
- 2 in Rhode Island, 2 in Connecticut, 1 in Massachusetts, 2 in New Hampshire or Vermont, 2 in Maine
- Participate in NLM and RML meetings such as monthly teleconferences and the RML Directors’ meetings; participate in testing alternative methods of communication and reporting. - Attend RML Directors’ meeting in person, May 3, Boston
- Engage the Regional Advisory Council and its subgroups in advancing the development of NER programs according to NER Focus Areas.
- One All RAC Meeting, one Resource Library Directors’ meeting, one Hospital Library Advisory Group meeting, one COI Leaders meeting, one Academic Library Group meeting, and regional participation in the Mid Contract Review.
- Offer funding to members piloting new services in knowledge management
- Work within Communities of Interest to raise awareness of issues related to new roles:
- Health IT
- Healthy Communities
- Health Literacy
- Knowledge Management
- Health Care Workforce
- Community Colleges
- MedlinePlus Connect
- Clinicaltrials.gov Results
- Also, participate in the cross-regional K-12 collaboration
2013 - 2014 Outreach Programs Objectives:
The NER's annual educational program is based on the yearly assessment within the focused outreach areas, the Regional Advisory Committee, the Community of Interest groups, and the Hospital Library Advisory Group. Programs are put together on an as needed basis with special emphasis on the identified needs of these groups. The following is a description of the outreach and educational plans objectives.
- Collaborate with and extend NLM and NN/LM services and instructional support to practicing health professionals, specifically targeting underrepresented health practitioners and students
- Health professionals: Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, public health workers, pharmacists,
- Healthcare support: medical assistants, community health workers, allied health educators,
- Health Education: Community colleges (one Hispanic Serving Institution: Capital Community College in Hartford), training academies, AHEC’s, Colleges and universities with medical and nursing programs
- HealthIT: Regional Extension Centers and other entities working in HealthIT initiatives.
- Resources: PubMed, TOXNET, MedlinePlus, PHPartners.org, Evidence Based Practice in Public Health Website, ClinicalTrials.gov.
NER will continue working with professional health associations, public health agencies, community health centers, and librarians throughout the region to identify new audiences for services. Special emphasis will be placed in reaching populations that are underrepresented in the workforce or serve economically disadvantaged areas in both urban and rural communities. A localized approach to conducting outreach will provide a systemic method for entering into a community in a focused outreach approach to reach, as completely as possible, the entire realm of health and human service organizations, libraries, public health agencies, and other community based organizations. New audiences and new interests expand the scope of traditional outreach to include those groups affiliated with or working towards building the HealthIT infrastructure. These groups may be found in the health care setting where they are working in various stages of Electronic Health Record implementation. NER will work with state and regional primary care associations and other organizations that provide education and training to primary care staff. Larger community health centers will be contacted individually to discuss their staff educational programs and discuss opportunities for presenting resources at in-service sessions.
- Offer subcontracts and awards for health information outreach to providers and consumers
- Fund access to licensed resources to public health departments
- Conduct training sessions across all program areas (6 in-person, monthly web-based and as requested)
As a NER Community of Interest (COI), the health IT group will seek ways to assist in the realization of Health IT objectives as set forth by the U.S. DHHS ONC for HealthIT. Major areas are:
- New England Regional Extension Centers NER will act as a resource to regional librarians, offer guidance, and best practice information to expedite and enhance widespread adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
- Health Information Exchanges: through the COI, NER members will learn from the health information exchange (HIE) programs. Health science librarians within the region will learn about each state’s progress in making health information exchange and interoperability of EHRs.
- Community College Consortia: a component of the health IT Workforce Program will be to create health information technology education and training programs at community colleges, or expand existing programs at those institutions. The COI-HealthIT group will link with community colleges within New England in realization of program objectives. Transition roles for health science librarians as future trainers will also be explored. Opportunities for promotion of NLM resources, demonstrations, and in-class training of NLM information support resources will be explored with the community colleges.
- Audiences: Network members, health professionals, public health workers, information professionals, educators, community, faith-based, volunteer, and other types of organizations, including those serving minorities, special and underserved populations, health advocacy and self-help groups
- Resources: MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, ToxTown, Tox Mystery, LactMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, and other NLM resources relevant to consumer-based information.
NER will identify and develop contacts with new partners to improve access to National Library of Medicine consumer health resources and help local organizations increase their effectiveness in supporting the health needs of the public. Training will be offered distance based and in-person. Instructional support will highlight the benefits of National Library of Medicine health information resources for consumer health. MedlinePlus will be the primary resource for instruction. Instruction will also highlight NIHSeniorHealth.gov as well as Specialized Information Services resources like:
- ClinicalTrials and Clinicaltrials.gov Results
- Genetics Home Reference
- ToxTown, ToxMystery, TOXMAP, HazMap
- Household Products Database
- Dietary Labels Supplements Database, Drug Information Portal, DailyMed, MyMedicationList
Network members and community based organizations seeking opportunities to conduct outreach will be supported through assistance in project planning, proposal preparation and writing, and project evaluation. Individual libraries and organizations will be offered raining, site visits to discuss successful outreach projects, and consultations throughout the planning and development process. NER will offer the Grant and Proposal Writing course.
A web session will convene librarians at academic health centers with CTSA programs and will highlight the work of those libraries actively engaged in their institutions’ CTSA initiatives.
- Healthy Lifestyle Expo (Hartford Marathon), Hartford, CT, October 10, 2013
- American Public Health Association, Boston, MA, November 2, 2013 (Assist NLM staff with exhibit booth)
- American Association of School Librarians, Hartford, CT, November 14, 2013
- 10 regional, state, and local health fairs are budgeted. Four health fairs will take place within Focused Outreach areas.
- TedMed Live
- Using LibGuides
- What is HealthIT
- Digitization of special collections