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Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

Diagnostic Error Workshop: Perspectives from a Librarian/Clinician

by Frances Chu, MLIS, RN/NP
Associate Director of Reference & Outreach, Pumerantz Library
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA

On March 1, 2013, I attended the workshop Diagnostic Error: A Multidisciplinary Exploration, at Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children’s Hospital, with instructors Mark Graber, MD, Barb Jones, and Lorri Zipperer. The workshop focused on how clinicians make diagnostic errors and how librarians can be involved in a multidisciplinary team to address the issue of diagnostic error. Of interest to me, as a librarian and previously a clinician, were the studies about how clinicians think and make decisions, and how that can lead to diagnostic errors. (more…)

Information Treasure Hunt: Supporting Evidence-Based Practice @ Your Institution Redux

Due to popular demand, instructor Connie Schardt returned to the Pacific Southwest Region to provide a second offering of the one-day workshop, Information Treasure Hunt: Supporting Evidence-Based Practice @ Your Institution. The workshop focused on study design, critical appraisal, systematic reviews, and qualitative studies, ending with putting it all into practice. Nearly forty attendees braved the wet weather to attend the event, hosted at the Parnassus Campus of the UCSF Library & Center for Knowledge Management on November 30, 2012. (more…)

Report on Online NN/LM Class “Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Line”

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

A five-week online class titled “Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Line” was taught in November-December 2012, with instructor Holly Burt, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Outreach & Exhibits Coordinator. The course is based on a variety of materials freely available from the National Library of Medicine. I participated with librarians from around the country, including several from our region; Heidi Mortensen, Peggy Makie, Beverly McLeod, Lisa Olson, Carol Attwood, and Billie White. Following is a brief overview of the class content, including some useful links. (more…)

Reflections on the 2012 ANCC National Magnet Conference

by Adele Dobry, Health and Life Sciences Librarian, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
and Lori Tagawa, Community Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region

During October 10-12, 2012, the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted the 2012 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference. Adele Dobry of UCLA and Lori Tagawa of NN/LM PSR attended the conference, alongside over 7,000 nurses and nursing executives. The ANCC Magnet Conference serves as both a celebration of accomplishment for newly designated Magnet organizations and a showcase of best nursing practices for the Magnet community. With four plenary sessions, 120 concurrent sessions, and 180 poster sessions, it was a busy three days! (more…)

Report on MLA CE Course “Diagnostic Error: Team Up and Tackle It!”

by Erica Bass, BS, MLS, Library Director
Jerry L. Pettis VA Memorial Medical Center
Loma Linda, CA

On November 15, I attended the six-hour Medical Library Association Continuing Education class Diagnostic Error: Team Up and Tackle It! The course was offered in conjunction with the Diagnostic Error in Medicine: 5th International Conference held in Baltimore, MD, November 12-14, and sponosored by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Instructors for the course were Lorri Zipperer, Elaine Alligood, Linda Williams, and NN/LM MidContinental Region Library Advocacy Coordinator, Barb Jones. The overall goal of the course is to cover how multidisciplinary teams contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error, with a focus on evidence-based processes, and the impact of librarians. The course breaks down the diagnostic process into components, to reveal how medical misdiagnosis occurs. (more…)

Highlights of the NN/LM PSR Summer 2012 Questionnaire!

We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the recent RML questionnaire! We received nearly 140 responses, with information and valuable feedback that will enable us to continue to improve our programs and services to meet the needs of Network members. Overall, we were encouraged to see results suggesting that our work does make a difference for health sciences librarians and information centers in the region. Two illustrative examples include over 91% of respondents agreeing that the RML helped them obtain access to information resources, and more than 97% agreed that the RML makes them aware of relevant regional activities. (more…)

University of Guam Library Hosts NLM Traveling Exhibition “A Voyage to Health”

by Paul B. Drake
Assistant Professor, User Services & Document Delivery Librarian
University of Guam
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library

When the National Library of Medicine announced a new traveling exhibit, A Voyage to Health, in spring 2010, staff at the University of Guam Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library thought it was a good fit for us to host. A Voyage to Health presents efforts in Hawaii to reintroduce traditional navigation and voyaging. As the exhibit brochure states: “By restoring their heritage, this generation of voyagers seeks to heal the people.” (more…)

Information Treasure Hunt: Supporting Evidence-Based Practice @ Your Institution

This one-day symposium was held on March 2, 2012, at the newly renovated UCLA Library Conference Center, at the Charles E. Young Research Library. Funded by NN/LM PSR to enhance the role of librarians in supporting evidence-based medicine education and practice for health care practitioners, the symposium was organized by the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA), in cooperation with the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) and the Hawaii Pacific Chapter, Medical Library Association (HPCMLA). The symposium planning committee was chaired by Lisa Marks, Library Services Supervisor, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank. Roughly sixty enthusiastic attendees came to hear featured speaker Connie Schardt’s presentation highlighting the key types of clinical study designs, along with their strengths and weaknesses. She also thoroughly explained the terminology used to describe the results of clinical trials, as well as the criteria for judging the validity of therapy studies and systematic reviews. Ms. Schardt, who holds the position of Associate Director for Public Services at the Medical Center Library at Duke University, is a nationally recognized expert in the field. Other invited speakers included Cheryl Bartel, former UCLA librarian and current nurse for the Lake Elsinore School District, and Robert Johnson, clinical services librarian at the USC Norris Medical Library. (more…)

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Introduces Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

by Stephen Kiyoi, Second Year NLM Associate Fellow
NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region
UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

On February 3, 2012, the UCLA Library proudly hosted the inaugural event introducing the much anticipated ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. This code, created by the academic library community and reviewed by an outside panel of distinguished copyright experts, provides a guide to academic librarians as they manage risks and make important decisions for their institutions. The UCLA event featured Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, at American University’s Center for Social Media, and Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, at the Association of Research Libraries. Following is a summary of the main points of copyright, fair use, and the code. The complete code document is availalbe on the ARL web site. (more…)

Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Library Celebrates National Medical Librarians Month!

by Tom Shreves, MLIS
Manager, Library Services
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, West Los Angeles

In recognition of National Medical Librarians Month, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center’s Health Sciences Library is hosting a Special Exhibition and Open House. (more…)