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Connecticut

Digitization of the William Van Duyn Tobacco Advertisement Collection
Organization: Yale University Library, Historical Library, Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Location: New Haven, CT
Type of Award: Express Digitization Award
Period of Performance: May 30, 2013 – April 30, 2014

William Van Duyn, a former smoker, collected advertisements and news articles related to tobacco, especially to cigarette smoking. These include cigarette advertisements by company and brand; other forms of tobacco advertisements including billboards (photographs taken by Van Duyn), merchandise catalogs, and sponsorship of racing; and newspaper and magazine articles and ephemera related to the anti-smoking movement and tobacco regulation and litigation. This award will provide funds to digitize the collection and make this information publicly accessible.

Train the Trainer: Social Work Students
Organization: University of St. Joseph, School of Social Work
Location: West Hartford, CT
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Performance Period: February 11, 2013 – April 30, 2013

The University of Saint Joseph will conduct activities in support of NN/LM NER’s efforts to increase awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources. At least 50 University of St. Joseph social work students will be trained using the databases of the National Library of Medicine, and at least 10 students will conduct a workshop in their placement agency/organization training a total of at least 50 direct service workers. Designated University of St. Joseph research librarians will receive advanced training on the resources and databases of the National Libraries of Medicine to support the scholarship and practice of University of St. Joseph faculty and students.

First Responder Resources
Organization: Hartford Hospital’s Health Science Library
Location: Hartford, CT
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: January 14, 2013 – April 20, 2013

Hartford Hospital Health Sciences Libraries will present and train the National Library of Medicine First responder resource, WISER including both CHEMM and REMM. The purpose of the training is to raise awareness, demonstrate ease of mobile accessibility and encourage use by service providers in their role in the greater Hartford community. The intended audience will be the instructors and students in the spring session of Hartford Hospital EMS Education program.

Document Delivery Services
Organization: University of Connecticut Health Center, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library
Location: Farmington, CT
Type of Award: Express Outreach Award
Period of Performance: April 2, 2012 – April 30, 2012

Provide document delivery via Loansome Doc or other means to community hospitals as referred by the NER Community Hospital Consultant or others.

Maine

Widen the Lens on Research
Organization: North Atlantic Health Science Libraries
Location: Rockport, ME
Type of Award: Sponsorship
Period of Performance: October 2014

NER sponsored the keynote speaker: Widen the Lens on Research at the 2014 NAHSL Annual Conference.

Digitization of Maine Medical Center Archival Photos
Organization: Maine Medical Center, Archives
Location: Portland, ME
Type of Award: Express Digitization Award
Period of Performance: June 13, 2013 – April 30, 2014

Funds will be used to scan 1,500 photographs. Items will be drawn from those photos that have been heavily requested, that are considered symbolic of the institution(s), and those that are exhibiting signs of deterioration. The goals are to create master preservation copies and editable versions of our images -“from one, many”, create digital images with associated metadata, replacing the current spreadsheet system, create accessible online exhibits using digitized materials from this project, and as appropriate, collaborate more fully with Maine Memory Network and in the future, other projects such as NLM Digital Collections.

Improving Patient Education at the Bedside
Organization: Maine Medical Center
Location: Portland, ME
Type of Award: Technology
Period of Performance: April 25, 2014

Patients will be able to view educational videos at the bedside. The video and graphic capabilities of the iPad, and the touch screen functionality will make them easy to use across various patient populations and with patients of varied technological abilities. The iPads will make available the vast resources available on MedlinePlus, including videos and patient education materials.

Digitizing 3-D
Organization: University of New England, Library Services
Location: Portland, ME
Type of Award: Express Digitization
Period of Performance: February 26, 2013 – April 30, 2013

Provide access to the three-dimensional and oversized two-dimensional artifacts of UNE Library Services’ New England Osteopathic Heritage Center (NEOHC), the Westbrook College History Collection (WCHC), and the Maine Women Writers Collection (MWWC).

Archives Software
Organization: Maine Medical Center Library
Location: Portland, ME
Type of Award: Technology Award
Performance Period: February 11, 2013 – April 30, 2013

Funds will be used for the purchase of PastPerfect 5.0 software. The purpose of this software in the Archives is to enhance both the intellectual and physical control of collections. Information relating to the archives holdings is currently held on the library’s OPAC and a variety of spreadsheets and files. The new software will facilitate the sharing of those images online as we broaden our outreach activities.

Clinical and Academic Resource Center at Maine Medical
Organization: Maine Medical Center Library
Location: Portland, ME
Type of Award: Knowledge Management (Continuation)
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013

The Library, partnering with the Sports Medicine program created a repository of locally generated research, clinical and academic content. These funds will be used to expand the content, and gather current practices and processes from the Research Institute. From an environmental scan, we learned that the Research Institute has been gathering content for principal investigators and other departments on an as-needed basis. A project to work closely with them will extend our knowledge of content areas, and expand our influence to standardize practice across the institution.

Community Engagement Project
Organization: Healthy Acadia
Location: Hancock County, ME
Type of Award: Focused Outreach (Continuation)
Period of Performance: May 15, 2012 – April 30, 2013

Healthy Acadia will coordinate multiple trainings on National Library of Medicine resources for service providers and the general public. Healthy Acadia will disseminate information about NLM resources through the use of targeted traditional and electronic media. The overall goals of the project are to enhance the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources among service providers as well as the general public across Hancock County, Maine, and to improve the health of the region through the increased use of NLM resources.

Document Delivery Services
Organization: Eastern Maine Medical Center, Hadley Parrot Health Science Library
Location: Bangor, ME
Type of Award: Express Outreach Award
Period of Performance: April 2, 2012 – April 30, 2012

Provide document delivery via Loansome Doc or other means to community hospitals as referred by the NER Community Hospital Consultant or others.

Washington County One Community
Organization: County of Washington
Location: Machias, Maine
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: January 23, 2012 – April 30, 2012

This project will provide at least three trainings of service providers to reach a total of at least 30 participants from public health, primary care and health services agencies to conduct training on National Library of Medicine resources such as PubMed, MedlinePlus and NIH SeniorHealth. In addition, schedule one or two trainings to reach a total of at least 20 participants from the public at local community based organizations including but not limited to career centers, workplace wellness programs at local businesses, YMCA, senior centers, Boys and Girls Club, etc. to conduct training on National Library of Medicine resources such as MedlinePlus and NIH SeniorHealth.

Community Engagement Project
Organization: Healthy Acadia
Location: Hancock County, ME
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: January 16, 2012 to April 30, 2012

This Focused Outreach continuation project support additional work to provide health information outreach to community based organizations and health services agencies in the Springfield, MA and Holyoke, MA areas including but not limited to: promoting and teaching MedlinePlus, PubMed and other National Library of Medicine resources to patients and providers; teaching information literacy skills specifically finding and evaluating reliable health information.

Clinical and Academic Resource Center at Maine Medical
Organization: Maine Medical Center Library
Location: Portland, ME
Type of Award: Knowledge Management
Period of Performance: November 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012

The Knowledge Management project at Maine Medical Center Library will initiate a repository of locally generated research, clinical and academic content. This award will fund the needs assessment, product development, staff and workflow design to implement this new service. The repository will serve as a cornerstone to a new service in our role as Clinical and Academic Resource Center at Maine Medical Center.
The pilot department for this project is our Sports Medicine program, a department which supports a rigorous, research-focused fellowship program. The immediate goal of this project will be to design a process by which a successful Knowledge Management service can be implemented for other Maine Medical Center departments.

Massachusetts

Silverman Symposium Posters Project
Organization: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Location: Boston, MA
Type of Award: Knowledge Management
Period of Performance: June 13, 2014 to April 30,2015

Produce a searchable, openly-accessible repository of Silverman Symposium posters, which facilitates public exposure to the quality improvement projects that are produced each year at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Knowledge Resources to Address Unasked Clinical Questions: A Survey Pilot, Analysis and Proposed Intervention
Organization: Baystate Health
Location: Springfield, MA
Type of Award: Knowledge Management
Period of Performance: June 13, 2014 to April 30,2015

Examine factors related to physicians’ clinical information seeking behavior and specifically, from data gathered from a refined survey circulated among a large group of Baystate Health physicians, identify the major factors contributing to unanswered clinical questions. The significance of the project is related to ongoing recognition of the Library’s role in quality patient care and evaluation of this project would consist of checkpoints that align the proposed intervention with the survey results.

Baystate Health Sciences Library & The Literacy Project Collaborate to Teach Health Literacy
Organization: Baystate Health
Location: Springfield, MA
Type of Award: Express Outreach Award
Period of Performance: June 13, 2014 to April 30,2015

Educate low-income residents of Franklin County on digital health literacy by expanding the existing Health Education and Literacy (HELAL) program to include instructor training and lesson plans, which will foster new skills for underserved consumers by teaching skills in how to critically evaluate health information websites and applications.

Supporting eScience Learning and Practice through the New England Region: A Strategic Approach
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015

Funds are provided to support the ongoing development of an eScience program operated in alignment with other NER programs. NER’s primary focus of the Information Technology and Policy Awareness program is the establishment of eScience as a program area to be managed by the Lamar Soutter Library. The eScience program will operate as a Community of Interest as well as a complement of activities and resources for the eScience community. This community will have the capacity to manage and provide the complex services designed to collect, maintain, and enable access to locally produced data resulting from clinical and science-based research. The community will be maintained through virtual, real-time, and in-person activities that foster collaborations among libraries representing academic health centers, science and engineering colleges, and pharmaceutical and private research institutions. The programs will provide a variety of resources, forums and activities around which individual and collaborative eScience projects can be established and nurtured. Resources funded by the eScience program include the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians, the Journal of eScience Librarianship, and the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum.

PHPartners Website
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015

The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health (PHPartners) is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries. The goal of PHPartners is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public's health. The purpose of the project is to maintain and enhance the content of the PHPartners website, http://PHPartners.org. The website is designed to be a portal to selected information resources that will be useful to a broad spectrum of the public health workforce. The site provides access to public health resources from participating Partners organizations, government agencies, professional and research organizations, libraries, and educational institutions. The project involves the continued enhancement of the website through the selection and organization of resources, development and revisions of topic pages, and enhancements to improve navigation and functionality. Additional objectives include responding to questions and comments from users, assisting with the development and promotion of the Health People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries, and promoting a greater awareness of PHPartners.org through exhibits, continuing education training programs, and presentations at professional meetings.

Public Health Information Access Project
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015

The Public Health Information Access (PHIA) Project increases the evidence-based practice capacities of public health departments (PHDs), by building a national, sustainable, cost-effective model for providing information resources to public health departments.

Each PHD hosts a customized Digital Library Page giving staff access to licensed e-resources made available through specialized pricing. The PHDs also work with local libraries for article delivery services, receive training with instructors drawn from NN/LM NER and the Lamar Soutter Library, and participate in ongoing review and quantitative and qualitative evaluation.

The initial PHIA Project launched in FTY 2010 with seven partners-- Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Colorado, and Connecticut. This phase of the project affirmed the need for continued training and access information resources to build a culture of evidence based practice. The Expanded Public Health Information Access Project extends the geographic scope and duration of the initial PHIA project. In addition to the initial seven sites, the project currently includes Alaska, Arkansas, Boston, MA, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The project continues to increase the resources available through the digital library, expand the number of partner PHDs, and provide ongoing training in evidence based practices.

Information Literacy for Students in Allied Health Programs: Developing a Curriculum and Training the Trainers
Organization: The Wilken’s Library at Cape Cod Community College
Location: West Barnstable, MA
Type of Award: Express Outreach
Period of Performance: February 3, 2014 to April 30, 2014

Many community colleges and other higher education institutions support extensive information literacy programs taught by librarians, particularly for associate degree nursing and dental hygiene programs. There has been less emphasis on the information needs of students in the many allied health certificate programs, including Certified Nurse Aid, paramedic, medical assisting, massage therapy, phlebotomy, physical therapist assistant, and others. This project focuses on developing and implementing information literacy programs addressing the information needs of students in the allied health professions including surveying the appropriate faculty at community colleges, developing a curriculum and training the librarians so they can in turn teach the students in the allied health fields.

MassAHEC HOSA State Leadership Conference
Organization: MassAHEC HOSA
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sponsorship
Period of Performance: September 6, 2013, to December 1, 2014

Provide funding to support a leadership and health information literacy training session for 100 youth interested in health careers. Student-centered leadership curricula will promote professional skills development, increase student involvement, and boost chapter recruitment. Advisors will benefit by delegating tasks that student officers routinely take on after they have acquired proper skills. People across the Commonwealth will benefit directly from the efforts of young people willing to step up and make a difference in their communities.

Digitization of Hirsh Health Sciences Archival Collections
Organization: Tufts University, Hirsh Health Sciences Library
Location: Boston, MA
Type of Award: Digitization Award
Period of Performance: June 13, 2013 to April 30, 2014

Working with the Tufts Digital Collection and Archives (DCA), located on Tufts’ Medford, MA campus, the a selected sub-set of collections from the Hirsh Archives will digitized and made publicly available. Documents and images to be scanned include the Mound Bayou and Columbia Point projects, pioneering public health initiatives started by Tufts University School of Medicine faculty (http://hdl.handle.net/10427/14798); early female and African-American students of Tufts University School of Medicine , and the Bingham Program, “the first regional medical program in the U.S.” which “brought physicians and patients from rural Maine to Tufts Medical Center and sent students and faculty to Maine hospitals.” (http://medicine.tufts.edu/Who-We-Are/History)

Description of Materials in the New England Pharmacy Prescription Images Database, 1876-1915
Organization: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Libraries
Location: Boston, MA
Type of Award: Express Digitization Award
Period of Performance: June 11, 2013 to April 30, 2014

The project provides funding for labor and costs related to transcription of the information on each prescription, as well as the creation of metadata to describe the images. This work will make the materials usable to and searchable by scholars, and will allow the creation of a data set that can used for historical epidemiology research. Since these records document both the prescription that were actually dispensed by each pharmacy, as well as the formulae used to compound them, they are valuable to students and researchers interested in the history of medicine, pharmacy, and public health, as well as those concerned with historical epidemiology and the use of natural products before the development of modern synthetic medicines.

Purchasing Computers for Hands-on ARCH Training at the JFK Family Services Center
Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital, Treadwell Library
Location: Boston, MA
Type of Award: Express Outreach
Period of Performance: May 30, 2013 to April 30, 2014

This project serves to expand the ARCH mission to the community of Charlestown after Chelsea and Revere. The goal of the ARCH project is to bring ARCH information outreach services to Charlestown through collaborating with the JFK Family Services Center. The JFK Family Services Center’s computer lab will be equipped with the budgeted new computers, Internet connected for staff and clients to be able to access www.arch-mgh.org, www.medlineplus.gov, and other resources linked from the ARCH website.

Improving the Health Information Literacy Skills of Older Adults and Caregivers, Health Professions Students, and Public Librarians
Organization: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 30, 2013 to April 30, 2014

The project supports the mission of the National Libraries of Medicine (NLM) to broaden access to health information, and address issues related to NNLM-NER Focus Areas, primarily Health Literacy, and secondarily Healthcare Workforce. The project has three goals. First, it aims to empower older adults who seek reliable online sources of health information by using a mobile computer classroom to offer them a series of health information literacy lessons at senior centers in Central Massachusetts. Second, it aims to increase future health professionals’ awareness and use of NLM’s online consumer health information resources (such as MedlinePlus, Tox Town, Household Products, Genetic Conditions, and HIV/AIDS Portal) and NLM Mobile Apps by offering a one-day Health Information Literacy Certification Program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, MA (MCPHS-W). Third, it aims to develop the role of public librarians in Central Massachusetts as health information mediators by increasing their awareness and use of NLM’s online consumer health information resources and NLM Mobile Apps and Sites by offering a one-day professional development program at the MCPHS-W, and partnering with them to offer a series of health information literacy lessons at their libraries. Pre- and post-surveys will be used primarily to evaluate the outcomes of this multi-faceted project.

Knowledge Management Panel Discussion
Organization: North Atlantic Health Science Libraries
Location: Falmouth, MA
Type of Award: Sponsorship
Period of Performance: October 28, 2013

NER sponsored the breakout session: Knowledge Management at the NAHSL Annual Conference.

Supporting eScience Learning and Practice through the New England Region: A Strategic Approach
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014

Funds are provided to support the ongoing development of an eScience program operated in alignment with other NER programs. NER’s primary focus of the Information Technology and Policy Awareness program is the establishment of eScience as a program area to be managed by the Lamar Soutter Library. The eScience program will operate as a Community of Interest as well a complement of activities for the eScience community. This community will have the capacity to manage and provide the complex services designed to collect, maintain, and make available locally produced data resulting from clinical and science-based research. The community will be maintained through virtual, real-time, and in-person activities that foster collaborations among libraries representing academic health centers, science and engineering colleges, and pharmaceutical and private research institutions. The programs will provide a variety of forums and activities around which individual and collaborative eScience projects can be established and nurtured. During Option Year 1, NER funded two separate subcontracts with the Lamar Soutter Library to offer eScience support throughout the region. In Option Year 2, the program areas covered by these two separate subcontracts (one focused on curriculum development, and the other focused on providing tools for librarians) are being combined into one proposal incorporating all aspects of the region’s eScience programming, training, tools, dissemination, and curriculum.

PHPartners Website
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014

The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health (PHPartners) is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries. The goal of PHPartners is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public's health. The purpose of the project is to maintain and enhance the content of the PHPartners website, http://PHPartners.org. The website is designed to be a portal to selected information resources that will be useful to a broad spectrum of the public health workforce. The site provides access to public health resources from participating Partners organizations, government agencies, professional and research organizations, libraries, and educational institutions. The project involves the continued enhancement of the website through the selection and organization of resources, development and revisions of topic pages, and enhancements to improve navigation and functionality. Additional objectives include responding to questions and comments from users, assisting with the development and promotion of the Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries, and promoting a greater awareness of PHPartners.org through exhibits, continuing education training programs, and presentations at professional meetings.

Public Health Information Access Project
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014

Since FY 2010 Public Health Departments (PHDs) in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Colorado, and Connecticut have been recruited and begun to host a customized Digital Library Page offering department staff desktop access to licensed resources made available through specialized pricing. The project includes a training component with instructors drawn from NN/LM NER and the Lamar Soutter Library.
The Expanded Public Health Information Access Project extends the geographic scope and duration of the initial Digital Library effort. At least three additional states would be added to the project in Option Year 1.
The project is designed to gain insight into what evidence-based information resources are needed within public health departments, and to provide support for a sustainable cost-effective national model for providing information services to public health departments. The purpose of the project is to better understand the usefulness of providing public health departments with access to and training for using selected licensed e-resources (databases, books, journal articles). The expanded, multi-year project would include both ongoing review and quantitative and qualitative evaluation.

Digitization Equipment
Organization: Baystate Medical Center Health Sciences Library
Location: Springfield, MA
Type of Award: Express Digitization
Period of Performance: March 7, 2013 to April 30, 2013

Digitization of New England Pharmacy Prescription Records, 1876-1915
Organization: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Libraries
Location: Boston, MA
Type of Award: Express Digitization Award
Period of Performance: February 13, 2013 to April 30, 2013

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, founded in 1823, has a number of unique collections which document pharmacy and patient care practices in the New England region. Among these is a collection of prescription recipe books. Currently, this unique resource is completely inaccessible to researchers and students because of the fragility of the materials, which makes it an excellent candidate for digitization. There is increasing interest in the collection; they are valuable to students and researchers interested in the history of medicine, pharmacy, and public health, as well as those concerned with historical epidemiology and the use of natural products before the development of modern synthetic medicines.

Train the Trainer: MedlinePlus & PubMed
Organization: Fitchburg High School HOSA
Location: Fitchburg, MA
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: February 13, 2013 to April 30, 2013

HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HOSA Partnership. HOSA will provide the following in support of NN/LM NER’s efforts to increase awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources among the HOSA members and youth in Northern Worcester County. The chapter officers and advisors will attend a one hour MedlinePlus training and a two hour PubMed training presented by the NN/LM NER Outreach Coordinator. They will in turn teach MedlinePlus to the chapter members. They will use the funding to pay for as many of their chapter’s 36 members registration for the State meeting.

Train the Trainer: MedlinePlus
Organization: Quabbin Regional High School HOSA
Location: Barre, MA
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: February 13, 2013 to April 30, 2013

HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HOSA Partnership. HOSA will provide the following in support of NN/LM NER’s efforts to increase awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources among the HOSA members and youth in Northern Worcester County. The chapter officers and advisors will attend a one hour MedlinePlus training presented by the NN/LM NER Outreach Coordinator. They will in turn teach MedlinePlus to the chapter members. They will use the funding to pay for the members travel to increase their exposure to health experiences outside their rural community experience and for technology for the chapter to use the NLM’s resources.

Train the Trainer: MedlinePlus
Organization: Wachusett High School HOSA
Location: Holden, MA
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: February 13, 2013 to April 30, 2013

HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HOSA Partnership HOSA will provide the following in support of NN/LM NER’s efforts to increase awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources among the HOSA members and youth in Northern Worcester County. The chapter officers and advisors will attend a one hour MedlinePlus training presented by the NN/LM NER Outreach Coordinator. They will in turn teach MedlinePlus to the chapter members. They will use the funding to pay for the 13 members State registrations, materials and supplies for a HOSA Awareness week and social at the end which aims to increase HOSA chapter membership and increase awareness of MedlinePlus and issues affecting teens.

Program Sponsorship
Organization: Leominster Public Library
Location: Leominster, MA
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Performance Period: February 23, 2013

The Leominster Public Library will sponsor a MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth program for librarians and council on aging directors from surrounding towns in the northern Worcester County area. The program is to be held in February 2013. The Leominster Public Library will collaborate with NER to plan the program.

Health Sciences Preparatory Program
Organization: University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Medicine
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Technology Improvement
Period of Performance: February 1, 2013 to April 30, 2013

Funds are used for computers for students in the Health Sciences Preparatory Program. These laptops allow students to use state-of-the-art information technology in preparing to enter the health care or biomedical research workforces. The laptops are loaned to the students for one academic year, returned and loaned to the next group each academic year. The goals of the Health Science Preparatory Program are to enhance student diversity in the professional and doctoral health sciences and enhance the educational preparedness of students for participation in health sciences programs.

Train the Trainer: MedlinePlus
Organization: Joint Coalition on Health of North Central Massachusetts
Location: Fitchburg, MA
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Performance Period: January 14, 2013 to April 30, 2013

JCOH and the NN/LM, NER will engage in a collaboration to train Peer Health Educators (PHEs) and their adult facilitators in web navigation specific to health information provided by NN/LM and other reliable, authoritative web sites; and assist youth to develop strategies for using their training to engage and educate their peers. Implementation will also include training health oriented adults and youth and interfacing with the school and town libraries as a tool for reaching a broader audience in environments where youth are likely to be accessing the internet. The primary target population will be the PHEs and their adult facilitators associated with the following school systems: Fitchburg Public Schools, Leominster Public Schools, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School and Fitchburg Charter School.

MassAHEC HOSA State Leadership Conference
Organization: MassAHEC HOSA
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sponsorship
Period of Performance: October 13, 2012

Provide funding to support a leadership and health information literacy training session for 100 youth interested in health careers.

Community Engagement Project
Organization: Baystate Medical Center Health Sciences Library
Location: Springfield, MA
Type of Award: Focused Outreach (Continuation)
Period of Performance: August 15, 2012 to April 30, 2013

This Focused Outreach continuation project support additional work to provide health information outreach to community based organizations and health services agencies in the Springfield, MA and Holyoke, MA areas including but not limited to: promoting and teaching MedlinePlus, PubMed and other National Library of Medicine resources to patients and providers; teaching information literacy skills specifically finding and evaluating reliable health information.

Standards of Care for Rehabilitation Services: How to Create, Organize and Maintain a Knowledge Management System to Support Clinical Practice
Organization: Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Medical Library
Location: Boston, MA
Type of Award: Knowledge Management
Period of Performance:

This project involves creating, organizing and maintaining a knowledge management system for the Standards of Care that are produced by the Department of Rehabilitation Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Each Stand of Care is written and created to demonstrate the best possible evidence based practice for rehabilitative services to patient, Physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech therapists are the authors and the Standards of Care Committee manages the process. Each standard is reviewed every 3 years. A project specialist and consultant will meet with the rehabilitative specialist to develop and on-going system for the Department. They will research existing applications and if needed, they may have to create a system using database software. The final outcome will be a system for the rehabilitation staff to use on an on-going basis. A survey will be done to evaluate the final system.

Improving Health Information in Middle School Children
Organization: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Libraries
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Outreach
Period of Performance: May 15, 2012 to April 30, 2013

The project is a health information outreach program for middle school children. The overall goals of the project are to improve health information literacy, knowledge and skills, and to improve the lead poisoning knowledge levels of the 6th grader in a public school in Worcester, MA.
The project uses community-based, interactive and age-appropriate strategies. It has five components developed around a serious health issue in Worcester communities – lead poisoning. The program includes three off-site (field trips) and two on-site components. They are designed to introduce the 6th graders to the role of libraries in higher education, educate the students about lead poisoning and improve their ability to identify, use and apply quality health information. The program also connects the 6th graders to community resources for lead poisoning and to NLM resources.

Funds will be used to purchase miscellaneous equipment (flatbed scanner, digital camera, storage) for digitation of hospital archives.

Supporting eScience Learning and Practice through the New England Region
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013

Funds are used to support the ongoing development of an e-Science program operated in alignment with other NER programs. NER’s primary focus of the Information Technology and Policy Awareness program is the establishment of an eScience as a program area to be managed by the Lamar Soutter Library. The eScience program will operate as a Community of Interest as well a complement of activities for the eScience community. This community will have the capacity to manage and provide the complex services designed to collect, maintain, and make available locally produced data resulting from clinical and science-based research. The community will be maintained through virtual, real-time, and in-person activities that foster collaborations among libraries representing academic health centers, science and engineering colleges, and pharmaceutical and private research institutions. The programs will provide a variety of forums and activities around which individual and collaborative eScience projects can be established and nurtured

Development of a Data Management Curriculum
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013

Plans for the project design evolved from the IMLS National Leadership Planning Grant LG-51-10-0141-10 and the NER E-science subcontract awarded to the University of Massachusetts in which the frameworks for a data management curriculum were developed. These frameworks include a set of learning objectives, lesson plans for seven course modules, a simplified data management plan, selected readings, four research case scenarios, and class content, assessment, and online prototype of the fifth course module. This project will build on this previous work by: 1) Developing the course content for the seven course modules outlined in the planning grant, including additional research case studies; 2) Delivering the content (online or in person) at partner institutions; 3) Expanding the partnership beyond those in the original grant; 4) Adding an online textbook component; and 5) Evaluating the curriculum content and delivery methods.

PHPartners Website
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013

The broad goal of this proposal is to enhance, maintain, and address design issues of the PHPartners.org website. The mission of the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health. The purpose of the Public Health Partners website is to provide a selective portal to information resources that will be useful to a broad spectrum of the public health workforce. The website provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet and links to key resources from participating Partners organizations and to selected resources from government agencies, professional and research organizations, libraries, and educational institutions.

Public Health Information Access Project
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013

Since FY 2010 Public Health Departments (PHDs) in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Colorado, and Connecticut have been recruited and begun to host a customized Digital Library Page offering department staff desktop access to licensed resources made available through specialized pricing. The project includes a training component with instructors drawn from NN/LM NER and the Lamar Soutter Library. The Expanded Public Health Information Access Project extends the geographic scope and duration of the initial Digital Library effort. At least three additional states will be added to the project in Option Year 1.
The project is designed to gain insight into what evidence-based information resources are needed within public health departments, and to provide support for a sustainable cost-effective national model for providing information services to public health departments. The purpose of the project is to better understand the usefulness of providing public health departments with access to and training for using selected licensed e-resources (databases, books, journal articles). The expanded, multi-year project includes both ongoing review and quantitative and qualitative evaluation

Document Delivery to Public Health Workers
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Express Outreach Award
Period of Performance: April 2, 2012 to April 30, 2012

Funds will be used to provide by document delivery services to public health practitioners in the region, registering them for the service and providing support and training services if requested. Participants will order articles through the National Library of Medicine’s Loansome Doc service and document delivery staff at LSL will process the journal article requests.

MassAHEC HOSA State Leadership Conference
Organization: MassAHEC HOSA
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sponsorship
Period of Performance: March 1, 2012

Provide funding to support a leadership and health information literacy training session for 100 youth interested in health careers.

Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training)
Organization: Springfield Technical Community College
Location: Springfield, MA
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012

In partnership with the NER, STCC will coordinate at least three HOSA meetings for NN/LM NER to provide a train-the-trainer on MedlinePlus. At least eight HOSA students will be trained to present in pairs for science classes at the Holyoke High School. HOSA students will provide a 30-45 minute demo of Medline Plus. Each pair of HOSA students will present to two science or health classes at the high school. In addition, STCC, Workforce STAT will provide at least one session for the HOSA students on presentation skills by a college professor. The purpose of the training is to raise awareness and use of NLM resources among youth in Holyoke, MA.

Health Literacy: Your Knowledge, Your Health
Organization: Central MA Area Health Education Center
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Express Outreach Award
Period of Performance: November 21, 2011 to April 30, 2012

To address the health literacy gap identified by the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, the Outreach Worker Training Institute (OWTI) of Central MA Area Health Education Center (CM AHEC) proposes to train community health workers (CHWs) to share tools and means to improve health literacy with consumers. In partnership with the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School and NNLM-NER, the OWTI will develop a course for CHWs and an online tutorial for consumers.

Helping Older Adults Search for Reliable Sources of Information on the Internet on Health, Drugs and Dietary Supplements
Organization: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Express Outreach Award
Period of Performance: November 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012

The aim of this project is to increase older adults' awareness of reliable websites that provide authoritative information on health, drugs, and dietary supplements by introducing them to MedlinePlus and other federal websites (e.g. NIHSeniorHealth, NIH, CDC, FDA), and teach older adults how to navigate MedlinePlus. As well, the project will increase older adults' knowledge and skills on evaluating health websites and the information they provide by teaching older adults how to apply a 9-item checklist to determine the reliability of the health information found on a website.

ARCH - Access to Resources for Community Health: A Community Outreach Project Serving Chelsea Senior Citizens
Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital, Treadwell Library
Location: Boston, MA
Type of Award: Express Outreach Award
Period of Performance: November 1, 2011 to April 30. 2012

This project consist of two integrated projects: 1) Upgrading the Computers at the Chelsea Senior Center, Chelsea MA and 2) Enhancing Hands-on ARCH Training at the Chelsea Senior Center, Chelsea MA. The project will build on the long-standing relationship between MGH CHA and the MGH Treadwell Library and will include the Chelsea Senior Center as the third partner. The funds will be used to replace the existing computers at the Chelsea Senior Center and to enhance hands-on ARCH training to senior citizens. The project will also serve to support Healthy Chelsea, a city-wide healthy community coalition established in 2009 and led by MGH Center for Community

Supporting eScience Learning and Practice through the New England Region
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012

This project supports the creation of an e-Science program operated in alignment with other NER programs. NER’s primary focus of the Information Technology and Policy Awareness program is the establishment of an eScience as a program area to be managed by the Lamar Soutter Library. The eScience program will operate as a Community of Interest as well a complement of activities for the eScience community. This community will have the capacity to manage and provide the complex services designed to collect, maintain, and make available locally produced data resulting from clinical and science-based research. The community will be maintained through virtual, real-time, and in-person activities that foster collaborations among libraries representing academic health centers, science and engineering colleges, and pharmaceutical and private research institutions. The programs will provide a variety of forums and activities around which individual and collaborative eScience projects can be established and nurtured.

PHPartners Website
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012

The broad goal of this proposal is to enhance, maintain, and address design issues of the PHPartners.org website. The mission of the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health. The purpose of the Public Health Partners website is to provide a selective portal to information resources that will be useful to a broad spectrum of the public health workforce. The website provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet and links to key resources from participating Partners organizations and to selected resources from government agencies, professional and research organizations, libraries, and educational institutions.

Public Health Information Access Project
Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
Location: Worcester, MA
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012

Public Health Departments (PHDs) in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Colorado, and Connecticut have been recruited to host a Digital Library Page offering the department desktop access to licensed resources made available through specialized pricing. The purpose of the project is to better understand the usefulness of providing public health departments with access to selected licensed e-resources (databases, books, journal articles). The project also hopes to gain insight into what evidence-based information resources are needed within public health departments.

New Hampshire

Oncology/Hematology and Infusion Services Department: Patient Education Express Outreach Technology Improvement Project
Organization: Littleton Regional Healthcare
Location: Littleton, NH
Type of Award: Technology Award
Period of Performance: June 13, 2014 to April 30,2015

By developing an enhanced model of patient education through the modification, addition, and updates to technology and web-resources, patients (and their caregivers) receiving care at LRH’s Infusion Center will receive authoritative, current, and understandable patient education, which will give them the resources to better follow instructions at home.

CONNECT (Collaborative Opportunity for Networking among New Hampshire/Vermont Community-based Teams)
Organization: Dartmouth College Biomedical Libraries
Location: Hanover, NH
Type of Award: Sub-contract
Period of Performance: May 10, 2014 to April 30,2015

Initiative to provide regional on-site training on the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine (NLM) health information resources to targeted providers (both affiliated and not affiliated with Dartmouth) and their interprofessional teams who work in community-based practices in rural and medically underserved areas in New Hampshire and in adjacent/neighboring areas in Vermont. The Biomedical Libraries will collaborate with OCER, who currently provide faculty development for over 600 community-based faculty, to build on their existing efforts and expand these offerings to non-affiliated providers and their teams, add innovative content and technology, and provide additional methods and continuous learning opportunities. This will be accomplished by conducting a needs assessment of targeted community-based providers and their teams to identify proficiency, usage, and skills with accessing and using health information; expand existing training materials specific to NLM resources, including use of innovative technologies; provide three regional on-site training sessions; and build a community of learners for ongoing dialogs/discussions around the use of health information in their practices. Pre- and post-evaluations will be used for assessing and evaluating increased usage, skills, and behavior/attitude/need for accessing and using health information resources.

North Country EMS: 21st EMS Conference Support and Training (Project)
Organization: Littleton Regional Healthcare, Gale Medical Library
Location: Littleton, NH
Type of Award: Express Outreach
Period of Performance: May 30, 2013 to April 30, 2014

The goal of this project is to strengthen the competencies and build capacity of EMS Professionals in the rural counties of New Hampshire and Vermont. With an objective to increase awareness among the emergency preparedness community in rural northern New Hampshire and Vermont about the toxicology and other electronic information resources available through National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases. In addition, raise awareness among EMS professionals about the regional health sciences libraries and librarians as their partners, and to discover new techniques to utilize in the practice of emergency medical services.

Northern New Hampshire Dental Health & Education Project
Organization: Littleton Regional Hospital-Gale Medical Library
Location: Littleton, NH
Type of Award: Express Outreach Award
Period of Performance: November 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012

The project will improve access to understandable dental health resources and services for health professionals and consumers in the service area; specifically: inform people living in the Littleton HSA about oral health resources, increase the number of people in the Littleton HSA who use the dental health care system appropriately, demonstrate the use of the “teach-back” method of instruction to nurses and assistants who provide home-care/follow-up instructions to patients, and update health care professionals about the impact of poor dental health on general health.

Rhode Island

Cough Spot
Organization: Cough Spot
Location: Woonsocket, RI
Type of Award: Express Outreach
Period of Performance: June 13, 2014 – April 30, 2015

Develop children’s awareness of the need and teach hygienic techniques to cover one’s cough & sneeze and promote NLM resources to caregivers.

Library Training Room Equipment
Organization: Library at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Location: Pawtucket, RI
Type of Award: Technology
Period of Performance: February 4, 2014 – April 30, 2014

Funds are awarded to purchase a projector, screen, and laptop to be used for library instruction.

Scanning Workstation
Organization: Women & Infants Hospital
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Type of Award: Technology Improvement
Period of Performance: November 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013

Funds will be used to purchase a Digital Sender Scanner to benefit the patrons and the community of Docline libraries that are served by the Dr. Edward Cardillo Health Sciences Library at Women & Infants Hospital.

Health Information Literacy Outreach Project
Organization: Rhode Island Welcome Back Center at Dorcas Place
Location: Providence, RI
Type of Award: Sub-contract; Focused Outreach (Continuation)
Period of Performance: May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013

The RI Welcome Back Center (RIWBC), based at Dorcas Place, is a statewide initiative designed to help unemployed/underemployed internationally educated medical practitioners re-enter their professions or alternative health careers in RI. To help participants achieve their goals, we provide ESOL instruction; re-credentialing/licensing support; clinical exposure opportunities; US healthcare system acculturation activities; licensing preparation study groups; and career planning/job development services.
The goal of the RIWBC Community Health Outreach Project is to improve health literacy and awareness of reliable online health information among RI’s minority populations, with emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino community. We will partner with The RI Community Health Workers Association and incorporate the curriculum developed during our previous project with NNLM, which focused on utilizing NNLM online resources, into the RI Community Health Workers Training Curriculum. Select RIWBC participants will undergo training and facilitate lessons/workshops designed to inform RI’s health and adult education providers about how to effectively promote reliable health information to underserved minority populations. This will result in greater awareness and understanding of quality online health resources among minority groups and the community overall, and in long-term systemic improvement in the way these resources are made available and articulated to minority and underserved groups.
The project will reach approximately 2,000 adults; 80% will report increased awareness of NLM resources and 60% will use these resources to find health information. Project evaluation will include process and outcome measures. Formative feedback from our community partners will be used to refine the lessons and document successful strategies for addressing challenges.

Vermont

Health Resources Portal
Organization: Vermont State Libraries
Location: Montpelier, VT
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: January 30, 2014 – April 30, 2014

This project will redesign the VT State Libraries website; health section to be specific. A health science librarian will help procure and annotate entries for inclusion of website; VT health science librarians will train VT public librarians and other interested parties on the newly redesigned website. Estimated number of sessions: 3-4 online sessions, to be recorded for future use. Future screen capture training (Camtasia) will be pursued following the initial grant with updates to resource training as needed.

Food & Nutrition Education Course
Organization: Vermont Higher Education Collaborative
Location: Montpelier, VT
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: January 21, 2014 – April 30, 2014

The Vermont Higher Education Collaborative will design a 2 credit Food & Nutrition Education Course for the Vermont K-12 educational community. The course content will be aligned with the Vermont licensure competencies for school-based health education, physical education, family and consumer science, school counseling, school nursing, plus school food service providers. This course will build health literacy within a public health perspective. Professionals in the course will use NN/LM NER resources and available learning modules (e.g. MedLinePlus nutrition, cholesterol tutorial) to develop K-12 classroom lessons and assessments.

You & Your Health: Finding Reliable Internet Sources of Information for Health, Drug and Healthy Diet
Organization: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Location: St. Johnsbury, VT 
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: January 15, 2014 – April 30, 2014

This project is to increase awareness of reliable websites that provide authoritative information on general and chronic health issues (specifically, obesity and diabetes), pain management, and  drug and drug use information.  We will make use of Medline Plus, NIH Senior Heath, CDC, FDA, and NIH.  Navigation in these sites will be taught through group demonstration and follow-up individual coaching in the Community Health Resource Center. Pre- and post-testing will provide an indication of increased knowledge regarding information availability and reliability.

Developing Standards Based Secondary Health Education Lessons Plans
Organization: Physical Education Department, Castleton State College
Location: Castleton, VT
Type of Award: Focused Outreach
Period of Performance: January 8, 2014 – April 30, 2014

The project will begin with an initial training of pre-service health education students and CSC faculty/staff by NN/LM NER staff. Training will be conducted in two sessions to accommodate the different schedules of students.  Following the initial training, CSC students enrolled in the Alcohol and Drug Curriculum class will begin created secondary health education lesson plans aligned with National Health Education Standard #1 Core Concepts (alcohol and other drugs) and Standard #3 Accessing Valid Health Information.  The instructor of the class will facilitate this process. Once the standards based lessons and supporting materials are complete, arrangements will be made by the project coordinator and project intern at local schools (middle and high school level) to execute the lessons by the CSC health education students. This will allow the CSC students the opportunity to teach their created lessons using the NLM resources and will also educate existing health teachers in the field about these resources as well. After the lessons have been taught in local schools, time will be spent reflecting on the delivery of the lessons.  Revisions to the lesson plans will be made as needed. 

Digitization of University of Vermont College of Medicine Yearbooks and Catalogs
Organization: University of Vermont, Dana Medical Library
Location: Burlington, VT
Type of Award: Express Digitization Award
Period of Performance: June 12, 2013 to April 30, 2014

Funds are granted to digitize a collection of 130 catalogs in 11 bound volumes, covering the years from 1855 to 1984. After 1880, catalogs began to include a few photographs of university buildings. The yearbooks start with the 1953 publication and were published every three years until 1962. In 1962 UVM College of Medicine yearbooks acquired the name “The Pulse” and began annual publication until the present, numbering 53 volumes in total. The catalog for each year contains a description of the course of study, names and specialties of faculty, and lists of currently enrolled and graduating students. The yearbooks focus on photographs of faculty and students, and portray both formal and informal medical education experiences.
The collection documents changes in medical education through wars, medical education reform, and changes in society. The practice of medicine and the growing importance of research can be traced through these volumes. The volumes to be digitized include photographs of Vermont and advertising from area businesses, providing a window on life at the University of Vermont and surrounding areas.

Community Health Center of Burlington, VT
Organization: Community Health Center of Burlington
Location: Burlington, VT
Type of Award: Technology
Period of Performance: April 15, 2012 to April 30, 2012

CHCB will provide computer terminals and a printer to provide internet access for patients. The project will improve access to understandable health and dental health resources for patients in the service area.

Library Engagement in eScience: What it’s All About?
Organization: North Atlantic Health Science Libraries
Location: Woodstock, VT
Type of Award: Sponsorship
Period of Performance: October 28, 2012

NER sponsored the breakout session: Library Engagement in eScience: What it’s All About? at the NAHSL Annual Conference.

NAHSL Annual Conference
Organization: North Atlantic Health Science Libraries
Location: Woodstock, VT
Type of Award: Sponsorship
Period of Performance: November 1, 2011

NER was a sponsor for the annual meeting.

Project Funded During 2006-2011 Contract

Project Funded During 2001-2006 Contract

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