The NER will fund a new Knowledge Management project proposal from the Clinical and Academic Resource Center at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland, ME. The Medical Library at Maine Medical Center is currently a pilot project participant in the NER’s Regional KM Initiative. At the core of the initiative lies a 5-year strategic plan to help develop and transition from traditional hospital libraries to more broadly defined healthcare knowledge services centers (HKSCs).
This additional project represents Stage Two of Maine Medical Center Library’s Knowledge Management Pilot. Their initial Knowledge Management project created a repository of locally generated research, clinical and academic content. That award funded an environmental scan, product development, staff and workflow design to implement this new service. The Library partnered with the Sports Medicine program to gather content, survey user needs and test repository software.
The second phase of the Knowledge Management project will expand the content area, and gather current practices and processes from MMC’s Research Institute. From their conduct of an environmental scan, it was learned that the Research Institute had been gathering content for principal investigators and other departments on an “as needed” basis. This second project will allow the Library to work closely with the Research Institute, extending the Library’s knowledge of content areas, while expanding their influence to standardize practice across the institution.