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Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento) Health Information Ambassador Program

by Theresa Johnson, MLIS
Medical Librarian
Sutter Resource Library
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

In April 2013, the Sutter Resource Library received outreach funding support from NN/LM PSR, to enhance our pilot project to “bring the library to the patient.” This pilot was based on the Health Information Ambassador Program implemented at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego by Jackie Davis, MLIS, (MLA News June/July 2012). The program is a partnership between the medical library and the volunteer services department at the hospital. Jackie was very generous in sharing her knowledge and experience, as well as providing samples of a “Health Information Request” form and cover letter that we could customize. We used the same name for our pilot program, which became library HIA, for short. (more…)

NLM Seeks Input on the Future of the NN/LM: Responses Due by June 26!

The National Library of Medicine has issued Request for Information (RFI) NIHLM2014157, to seek input from a wide variety of current and potential user communities, including health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, for recommendations on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can maximize its effectiveness and efficiency in providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to health information. (more…)

MLA’s Educational Webcast – Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, “Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication,” held on April 16, 2014, was a success! (more…)

A Librarian Experiences EMT Training

by Adele Dobry
Nursing Informationist, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
University of California, Los Angeles

During my four years working at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, I have gradually increased my involvement with the Department of Nursing, with the goal of becoming an embedded librarian. I currently participate within nursing research committees and Magnet councils and my next step toward embeddedness is to join nurses in a clinical setting. However, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has strict guidelines on who can participate in a clinical setting, which requires certification. A nursing colleague suggested that I enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician course to meet these requirements, and upon completion, provided an invitation to round with her unit. (more…)

Evidence-Based Practice Workshops at Saint Agnes Medical Center: Enhancing Skills for the Professional Nurse

by Nancy Crossfield, MALS, AHIP
Library Services Manager, William O. Owen Medical Library
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Fresno, CA

In January 2014, I co-taught workshops on basic research for nurses at Saint Agnes Medical Center (SAMC), Fresno, CA. Tara Reed, Nurse Manager for medical-surgical (med/surg) units, developed the special training to empower nurses to seek and apply evidence-based practice (EBP) as a means of improving departmental quality and patient satisfaction. Many floor nurses did not understand that research was behind changes in patient care and were unable to verbalize or locate research driving current changes. 51% of the med/surg nurses had two-year degrees rather than the BSN, and 64% had been out of school for 10 years or more. Knowledge deficits existed. (more…)

Report on 1/13/14 Hospital Libraries Panel Discussion

by Raquel Abad, MLIS, Health Sciences Librarian
Blaisdell Medical Library
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA

On January 13, 2014, NN/LM PSR and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), co-sponsored a panel presentation regarding the current disturbing trend of hospital library closures. The session was held at the Stanford Hospital and Clinics Hoover Pavilion in Palo Alto, and was also made available for remote participation using WebEx. Total attendance was about 50 people. The panel presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session among both in-person and remote attendees. (more…)

MLA’s 2013 Fall Educational Webcast Series

Thank you to all the host sites and those who attended the webcast series, to make this program a success! The following webcasts were sponsored: (more…)

NN/LM PSR State Pages Get a New Look!

In October 2013, we significantly revamped the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region “state pages” (Arizona, California, Hawai’i, Nevada, and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific), and moved them to the eye-catching LibGuides platform! First launched over ten years ago, these pages are designed to help PSR Network members to better understand health needs in their specific geographic area and facilitate gathering health data and/or statistics for the area. This demographic and health-related data can assist in planning health information outreach projects, competing for NN/LM awards or NLM grants and funding, and measuring your library’s impact. (more…)

Reflections on the 2013 Binational Promotores Conference

by Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

I had the opportunity to attend the Binational Promotores Conference 2013, which was held at the California Endowment in Oakland, CA, on August 5, 2013. This insightful conference, conducted entirely in Spanish, attracted more than 220 individuals, including promotores from many parts of the U.S., promotores from Zacatecas, Mexico, and representatives from many Mexican consulates. The event was sponsored by the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, Health Initiative of the Americas. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Supporting Open Access: Librarians as advocates, researchers, educators, and role models

by Lauren Maggio
Director of Research and Instruction
Lane Medical Library & Center for Knowledge Management
Stanford University Medical Center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires that all peer-reviewed journal publications resulting from NIH funding be made publicly accessible within a year of publication in PMC. It is assumed that this policy will translate into increased information use by the public, including health professionals. However, studies of health professionals’ information use are rare, particularly in clinical settings and over extended periods of time. Research is needed to gauge the potential impact and contribution of the policy, as well as the effectiveness of libraries’ educational and marketing initiatives to ensure effective information use for evidence-based practice among practitioners. To contribute to this research, our 2012-13 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award investigated the information use of health professionals at Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC) using web log analysis and qualitative interviews, and translated our findings into hands-on workshops for librarians and information science students. (more…)