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2014 Medical Librarians Month – Meeting Jane

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

For our 2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest, Basia Delawska-Elliott told us her story about making a difference in a patient’s life.

by Basia Delawska-Elliott
Health Sciences Librarian
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Portland, OR

Meeting Jane

I was just coming back from lunch when I ran into Jane at the hospital entrance. I was so glad to see her! Jane was a cancer patient, who used to be a library regular, but she had not come into the library for quite a while and I feared the worst.

Jane first came to see us having just received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Straight from the doctor’s office she marched into the library. I am sure that she was devastated and scared, yet she was determined to learn as much as she could and to stay in control of her treatment. I remember when she walked in to the library she had a look of determination on her face. She sat down, told me of her diagnosis and then before I could respond in any way she said “I am going to need a lot of information to beat this thing and I am hoping you can help me with that”. I immediately assured her that I would be glad to help in any way I could. Jane wasn’t the first cancer patient that came to the library seeking information, but she was definitely the most matter-of-fact about what she needed to do, and that set the tone for our relationship. (more…)

2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest Winner

Friday, November 14th, 2014

We are happy to announce Kathy Fatkin as the winner of the 2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest! Kathy has won a $1500 travel scholarship to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas. Thanks to all who entered and for telling us your story about how you have made a difference.  Additional entries will be posted over the next few days.

by Kathy J. Fatkin PhD, AHIP, RN
Medical Librarian, Researcher & Evidence-Based Practice Coordinator
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center
Idaho Falls, ID

I am a solo librarian working at a community hospital and like other health sciences librarians I work to provide health information that will improve lives. In my position I serve on the hospital’s nursing research council (NRC) and as a group the NRC works on evidence-based nursing practice. We have performed multiple literature reviews with summaries of evidence to guide clinical nursing practice. This activity gave me practice reading and evaluating research articles. I realized I have the skills not only to find current evidence but I could add value to my library services by including summaries of evidence to save time for the clinical staff. (more…)

Polio Then and Now: From Salk’s Game-Changing Vaccine to Today’s Resurgence

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Credit: CDC photo by S. Smith. Member of an Emergency Citizens Group in Oklahoma City, radioing information to headquarters during the 1963 Polio Eradication Campaign. Public Health Image Library (, #1624.

This is a guest post written by Ann Glusker, MLIS, MPH, Reference and Consumer Health Librarian at The Seattle Public Library.

The library world is a small one, and when I heard that a friend of a friend had worked with Jonas Salk, and that she would be interested in speaking about him and his work to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, a program was born!  What could be more timely than considering polio, which has yet to be eradicated, as we battle many other endemic diseases worldwide (and this was before the recent Ebola crisis)?   My planning partner and I asked Salk’s colleague, Kathleen Murray, and also Dr. Linda Venczel, who has worked on polio eradication for much of her career, including with the CDC and the Gates Foundation, to speak.  I’m happy to say that you can hear them present their program, “Polio Then and Now: From Salk’s Game-Changing Vaccine to Today’s Resurgence” this coming Tuesday, October 28, at 7 pm at the Seattle Public Library’s Central (downtown) location.

I have always been aware of polio, as my aunt had the disease (luckily with little lasting effect thanks to the innovations of Australian nurse Sister Elizabeth Kenny), but until I started reading more about it in advance of the program, I hadn’t really realized how terrifying it was.  It’s been recognized for a long time, perhaps dating back to the early Egyptians, but the epidemics that caused widespread fear really began in the 20th century (ironically, it’s thought, due to enhanced sanitation—if children didn’t get exposed to polio-laden water in very early life, when they still had maternal antibodies, it was harder for them to fight off the virus).  While most people with the virus are asymptomatic, the progress of the disease can be devastating to others, causing paralysis and even death.  Worst of all, it disproportionately affects children. (more…)

Webinar: Storytelling 101: Evolving Your Story and the Way You Tell It

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) National Meeting included this session that will be offered as a webinar on July 30, 2014 at 1pm Eastern.  Attendees will get an overview of the process and tips for developing and delivering a story in the most effective and powerful way possible – to support their community, their mission, and their goals.  Participants will learn from examples of consumers who have successfully applied the core storytelling elements to their work.  Featured spacers are AF4Q consumers Vazaskia Caldwell, Kathy Day, Alicia Staley, Patty Black, along with Dr. Josh Cutler.

July 30, 2014, 1pm – 2:30pm Eastern

All are welcome!  For log-in information visit the AF4Q site:

The Washington Health Alliance, a NN/LM PNR member is an Aligning Forces for Quality community:

Point-of-Care CME – a Legacy Health Library/CME collaboration

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Point of Care Continuing Medical Education image

Submitted by Carol Galganski, MSLS, MHSA, AHIP, Manager, Medical Libraries, CME, AV, Legacy Health, Portland, OR

As a result of a $15,000 NNLM/PNR award, Legacy Health physicians and clinicians now have a new format for earning AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, searching knowledge-based Library resources to answer their clinical questions at the point-of-care. This project teamed the Legacy Health’s Medical Library staff and electronic knowledge based resources with the Continuing Medical Education (CME) staff, online resources, and Oregon Medical Association accreditation to collaboratively develop this new opportunity for physician education.

The target population for this project was the credentialed Medical Staff from our five Legacy Health hospitals, approximately 2300 physicians. Additional clinicians eligible to participate in this project were nurses, nurse midwives and residents. Physicians (MD/DOs) earn 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per clinical search researched and documented, non-physicians are eligible to obtain a certificate of participation that translates into credit used by their professional organizations. During the 6 month period of performance, we worked with a variety of Legacy partners, – Supply Chain, Marketing, Information Services, and our Foundation. Another non-Legacy partner, Coordinator’s Choice™, the producer of the CME Tracker software used to document searches and credit, was another important partner in the implementation of this project. (more…)

Science Boot Camp for Librarians – West

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Guest post by Margaret Mellinger, Oregon State University Libraries
Over 120 attendees participated in the first western version of Science Boot Camp for Librarians, held on the University of Colorado
Boulder campus from June 19 – 21, 2013. The event was funded in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00008-C with the University of Washington.

The purpose of the Boot Camp — West was to help science librarians who did not major in, or recently study, scientific or medical fields gain a basic understanding of goals and methods in select disciplines. This event was modeled after the successful annual events held in Massachusetts. Boot Camps are comprised of an immersive, two-and-a-half-day program, featuring educational presentations on scientific and medical topics. Speakers for the Western version came from the University of Colorado system.

Day 1: After registration and lunch, we kicked off the boot camp with two speakers on the topic of physics. Dr. Ariel Paul, set the stage by giving us a whirlwind overview of the history of physics, using colorful analogies and memorable quotes. Dr. John Bohn filled us in on a hot (pardon the pun) topic in physics – the study of ultracold atoms. Following the physics session, attendees either took in the exhibit “Systematic Wonder: Science Observed through Rare, Historic, & Artistic Works” in Special Collections, or heard “Stories from the Collection: Highlights of the Colorado University Museum of Natural History” told by Jim Hakala, Senior Educator at the museum. Dinner was held on the club level of Folsom Stadium and featured a panel of CU women in science with Dr. Patricia Rankin, Dr. Andrea Iglesias, and Dr. Monique K. LeBourgeois, moderated by Flora Shrode (Utah State University).