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OWRC@HSL: The story of bringing a writing center to a health sciences library

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

writing center posterThis guest post is from Terry Ann Jankowski, Assistant Director for User Experience at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington, reporting about the project that was funded with a Medical Library Pilot Project Award received from the NN/LM PNR.

For the past 10 years, the Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) has operated in the University of Washington’s undergraduate library. It offers both drop-in and by appointment services to all UW students, staff and faculty. However, it was underutilized by the health sciences population because of its distance from the UW Health Sciences Library (HSL). In 2014 a public health student came to us and proposed that we offer appointments in HSL and OWRC@HSL was born. We offered 150 sessions that year at a 90% fill rate. Buoyed by success we applied for a Medical Library Project Award to offer more sessions, improve the publicity and work with the tutors to increase their understanding of the scientist as a writer.

With the funding we were able to offer almost 500 sessions during the year of the pilot with a 50% fill rate and reached 160 unique users.  In addition, usage by the health sciences population at the OUGL site increased by 25% so it would appear that the greater publicity enhanced the visibility of the service overall. Tutors attended discussions with HSL librarians to learn about resources for students and we developed a LibGuide of resources for them. The science librarians on campus sponsored (with financial assistance from our pilot) a panel of editors from STEM journals talking about what it is like to publish in the sciences and several tutors attended that as well.

Two of the top challenges we faced were meshing the tutors’ schedules with our clientele’s schedules as well as settling on a permanent location for OWRC@HSL. A future topic of conversation is how to provide distance support. Both the OWRC and HSL are committed to continuing the service as funding permits and are exploring future directions for this exciting new resource.

PNR Partners webinar next week

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

PNR Partners
Tuesday June 14
1:00-2:00pm PT, noon- 1:00pm Alaska, 2:00-3:00pm MT

Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Oregon Health & Science University Library will present about the Open Insight program which is designed to inspire an understanding and the adoption of open science practices and activities. Meg Brunner, staff librarian at the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, will present about the online toolkit of resources created to increase outreach and education for Washington state’s communities needing reliable substance abuse information. (more…)

ACNs, process improvement and revamping the clinical librarian program

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

This is a summary of a presentation from the recent Medical Library Association annual conference in Toronto from Andrea Ball, Care Management and Population Health Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library

The Affordable Care Act has brought many changes to healthcare. This transformation is moving at a fast pace and librarians are trying to keep up. The University of Washington has established itself as an Accountable Care Network (ACN) striving towards the Triple Aim of improved health, increased patient satisfaction and reduced costs. As such, a new clinical librarian position was created with the title of Care Management and Population Health librarian. This position supports the organization in its ACN development through searching, LibGuide and Alerts development. (more…)

Upcoming PNR Partners webinar

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Join us next week for the next PNR Partners webinar session.  We have presentations from our members in Alaska and Oregon.  Erin Foster, who is completing her second year of her NLM Associate Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University library, will be telling us about developing an assessment tool to measure the information literacy of incoming Master of Public Health (MPH) students in the Epidemiology program. We will also hear from Sigrid Brudie of the University of Alaska, Anchorage Alaska Medical Library.  She will tell us about the highlights and challenges of medical library outreach to rural Alaska, from the state’s northernmost community of Barrow to its southernmost community of Metlakatla.

When: Thursday, March 24 at 1:00pm Pacific Time (Noon Alaska, 2:00pm Mountain)

To Join: go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/pnrpartners/  Audio is through the phone.

For more information about PNR Partners go to http://nnlm.gov/pnr/training/PNRpartners.html (more…)

PNR Partners webinar January 28

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Date: Thursday, January 28

Time: 1:00 pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00 pm MT

Join us to hear from two of our recipients who each received PNR Health Disparities Information Outreach funding. In, Somali Cultural Profile Project: Collaborating to Update Information about Culture and Health Disparities in the Somali Community, Christine Wilson Owens will describe the partnership and work of EthnoMed and the King County Somali Health Board in reviewing and enhancing the Somali Cultural Profile and Somali Community Resources pages on the EthnoMed website. (For those who may not be familiar with EthnoMed it is an online resource for healthcare providers serving immigrant and refugee patients.) Collaboratively, EthnoMed and the Somali Health Board pulled in community voices and health care provider perspectives to document information about the culture and the health experience of Somali immigrants in the Seattle area, with particular focus on highlighting health disparity issues affecting this immigrant community.

Library Services Manager at Tuality Healthcare, Judith Hayes had a unique feature to her project titled, Increasing Health Disparity and Resource Awareness at Tuality Healthcare. Tuality Healthcare’s Cultural Diversity Task Force collaborated with People, Places, Things to bring a dynamic, hands-on workshop to demonstrate techniques for facilitating critical information transfer across language divides. Vignettes were used to demonstrate sources of disparity and possible sources of resources and resolution. The one-hour presentations were designed jointly by Tuality and Teatro Milagro to address Tuality’s Specific Situation. The goals were to increase awareness of health disparities in the Tuality service area, increase awareness of available resources to help address health and cultural disparity issues at Tuality, and to improve the level of understanding between staff and clients of different cultural backgrounds.

Listening to the successes and challenges of these particular programs can inspire and generate energy to create your own program or adapt these and other funded projects to your own organization’s needs.  (more…)

Upcoming webinars: PNR Partners and PNR Rendezvous

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The PNR has two upcoming webinars this month.  The first is PNR Partners which showcases our PNR funded recipients.  Thursday, November 12th at 1pm Pacific Time (noon Alaska Time, 2pm Mountain Time), we have Shelley Dougherty, Executive Director  for Oregon Pacific AHEC who will tell us about her project,  Environmental Health Connection for Rural Oregon Schools, that engaged middle school students in the world of scientific inquiry to create healthier communities and prepare them academically as they explored career options.  We also will have Jackie Wirz, Research Data Specialist at Oregon Health & Science University who will present information about the Pacific Research Data Symposium where researchers, students, and librarians shared their work in the world of data.

Do you have some ideas for programs or services in your library but aren’t quite sure how to implement them? This is a great time to ask questions about funded projects and to consider applying for funding from the NN/LM PNR to start your own projects for your communities. To join the webinar:

  • Go to the following website and login as a Guest, using your own name: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/pnrpartners.
  • Once in the web meeting a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen call the 800 number and use the participant code given in the Notes box (lower left-hand corner) on the screen.

And if you have been curious about the connection between human health and animal health you will want to attend the next PNR Rendezvous which is, (more…)