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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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PARTICIPATION IN FALL 2014 GROUP LICENSING OFFER IS OPEN TO ALL MAR AND SE/A LIBRARIES

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

PRINCETON, NJ (SEPTEMBER  23, 2014)—All medical librarians in the MAR and SE/A Regions are invited to participate in the Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), through their Fall 2014 Offer. Nearly 500 resources from 11 vendors are available through the Offer, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power.

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. More than 100 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR), and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served.

To receive a copy of the Fall Offer, please contact Robert Mackes at 570-856-5952 or rtmackes@gmail.com. The deadline to participate in the Fall Offer is Friday, October 31. New this fall: See the HSLANJ website, under “News” for articles previewing vendors’ new resources available through the Offer (http://hslanj.org/news).

For additional information on the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, come meet with the GLI’s Robert Mackes in October at any of the following chapter meetings:

  • October 19-21: MAC, Alexandria, VA
  • October 22-23: UNYOC, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • October 24: NYNJ Chapter, NY, NY
  • October 27-29: Southern Chapter, Mobile, AL

Feel free to contact Robert about scheduling a meeting or presentation about the GLI, at your next chapter, state organization or local consortium meeting, as well.

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Share Your Success: Impacting Patient Care Through Evidence-Based Practice

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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By Emily Brennan, MLIS, Research Informationist, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library, Charleston, SC, mmbrennane@musc.edu

In my role as Research Informationist at MUSC Library, I teach and employ evidence-based practice (EBP) thus impacting patient care on both an individual and systematic level. As Co-Director of the Pediatrics Residency EBP Curriculum, I round with interprofessional teams on the inpatient wards, providing answers to clinical questions that arise at the point-of-care. I am also involved in the weekly EBP noon conference in which residents present on an EBP topic. Clinical rounding, informal training, and structured instruction are also a part of the Year 3 College of Medicine Pediatrics Clerkship, in which I am a preceptor. Throughout their pediatrics rotation, medical students work in teams to complete a project that involves developing a clinical question based on a patient, then finding and appraising an article that answers that question. My involvement in the pediatrics residency program and clerkship ensure that evidence-based research is integrated into clinical expertise, leading to better patient care.

As a member of MUSC’s Center for Evidence-Based Practice, I am also involved with EBP on a more systematic level. The Center is housed jointly in the Library and the Quality Management department of the MUSC Hospital, and includes a Director, Elizabeth Crabtree MPH, PhD(c), librarian (myself), and Clinical EBP Analyst. The Center develops evidence-based hospital guidelines, clinical decision support tools, and provides EBP education for MUSC clinicians, staff and students. The Center for EBP uses interprofessional content expert teams to develop evidence-based order sets for the electronic health record (EHR).
In my role as lead librarian in the Center for EBP, I am responsible for performing literature searches on clinical questions of interest for a given disease process or topic. My expertise in conducting comprehensive literature searches ensures that the best research evidence is integrated into practice. Once I complete the search, I share the search strategy and relevant references with the Director of EBP through a shared reference management account. The Director then critically appraises, evaluates and summarizes the evidence. The content expert teams then review the evidence and develop recommendations that drive the development of order sets. This framework helps ensure the delivery of comprehensive, coordinated, evidence-based care across the clinical spectrum.

The Center teaches clinicians, staff and students about the theory, practice and dissemination of EBP through educational courses. Three courses focus on the process of EBP: 1) Nurse Scholars Course, 2) Interprofessional Pediatrics Course, and 3) College of Medicine Year 2 Students EBM Curriculum. The primary outcome assessment for these courses is the completion of an evidence summary that requires participants to formulate clinical questions, search the literature, appraise the evidence, identify quality measures, and develop practice recommendations that drive care for a particular clinical topic. The final evidence summary leads to either an updated hospital policy or clinical decision support tool, such as an EHR order set. I teach how to formulate a clinical question, differentiate study designs, search the literature, and manage references. The Director of EBP describes how to identify stakeholders, interpret statistics, appraise the evidence, select quality measures, and translate the evidence.

Participants who have completed either the Nurse Scholars or Interprofessional Pediatrics Course may participate in an Evidence-Based Practice Leadership Program. This program, starting in fall 2014, will equip clinicians to lead change, and implement and disseminate evidence. My responsibility in this course will be to prepare participants to disseminate the evidence, including writing an abstract, selecting a journal for publication or conference for presentation, and creating a professional poster.
In my roles as Research Informationist and a member of the Center for EBP, I am uniquely positioned to equip clinicians, staff and students with the skills necessary to make evidence-based decisions during every day clinical practice, as well as impact and standardize patient care on a systematic level.

Share Your Success and Enter for a Chance to Win One of Two $1500 Travel Awards to MLA 2015

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

October is National Medical Librarian Month, and NN/LM SE/A wants to celebrate your success. Last year’s “Share Your Success” event featured awe-inspiring stories about library advocacy and new roles for librarians. Joan Colburn, Director of Library and Knowledge Services at Mountain AHEC in Ashville, NC  won the drawing for the $1000 travel award for the 2014 MLA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

We are repeating the program this year and we are expanding the program to three kinds of stories to share on SEA Currents:

  1. Have you, as a librarian, made a difference in your work or your profession? Have you helped save a life? Have you found a solution to a problem others had searched for with no luck? Have you performed outreach and changed lives? Reached a new user population that your library had never reached before? Have you helped the family of a patient through the fear of uncertainty?
  2. Have you proven your worth to an administrator or told someone how important libraries are, changing his or her behavior?
  3. Have you explored new or non-traditional roles, expanding the realm of what a librarian does?

To enter the contest, tell us about your experience or share someone else’s story. Stories are how we demonstrate our value.

Articles will be published on the NN/LM SE/A SEA Currents blog throughout the months of October and November.

Authors and subjects of articles will be entered into a competition for two $1500 travel scholarships to MLA 2015 in Austin, TX. The scholarships can be used to cover travel: flight, hotel, and per diems.

We will accept entries until October 31, 2014. The winner will be announced on November 1, 2014.

Please submit articles to J. Dale Prince at dprince@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Good luck!

SEAside Webinar: September 22, 2014 – Every Voice Makes a Difference: Advocating for Health Science Libraries

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Due to technical difficulties, the recording for this webinar is unavailable at this time.

Date and Time: Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:00 to 3:30 pm EDT

Title: Every Voice Makes a Difference: Advocating for Health Science Libraries

Presenter: Dr. Camilia Alire

Summary: The webinar will discuss the rationale for health science library advocacy, provide basic tips on how to do it successfully, and where to access information on doing effective library advocacy.

Biographical Sketch: Dr. Camila Alire is Dean Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and an MLS from the University of Denver.

Camila is past president of ALA, ACRL (Association for College and Research Libraries) and national REFORMA. Library advocacy was her focus during all three presidencies. She has presented workshops on all aspects of library advocacy nationally and internationally.

Camila has co-authored books on library management, academic librarianship, emotionally intelligent leadership, and library service to Latinos. She was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities. She was honored in 2011 with the ALA/Lippincott Award for Distinguished Service; the CALA Presidential Recognition Award, and the ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award. She was awarded the ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change award and the national REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year award. Hispanic Business Magazine named Camila one year as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S.

MLA CE: Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join these conferences?
• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea
• Enter as a Guest
• Sign in with your first and last name.

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.

Inspiring People In Our Region: Nakia Woodward, Senior Clinical Reference Librarian, Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Nakia Woodward, Senior Clinical Reference Librarian

Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University

1. What is your position?

I am the Senior Clinical Reference Librarian at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine Library in Johnson City, TN. We have a small staff, so I get to do a little of everything from clinical reference, outreach (both consumers and clinicians) and instruction, to research. One thing I really love about my job is that there is no such thing as a typical day.

2. How long have you been a librarian? Your current position?

I have been a librarian for 10 years and I have been in my current position 3 ½ years.

3. What was the path that led you to your current position?

I was fortunate enough to find a job in my hometown working part-time as a paraprofessional and part-time for an NN/LM funded project as a consumer health librarian. I was then able to move into a reference librarian position when one became available.

4. What made you decide to be a librarian?

I first wanted to be a librarian at age 3 when I decided checking out books looked like fun. As I grew up I bounced around majors and career plans before realizing that librarianship is a wonderful profession for people who love being generalists.

5. What do you love most about your outreach work?

The impact I get to have as a medical librarian is mind-blowing. We, as health science librarians, are fortunate enough to see a direct impact of the work we do. I have had physicians tell me that because of searches I have conducted they changed treatment plans and it extended patients’ lives. That is such a humbling thing when you think about it.

6. What do you consider your biggest work related challenge?

Educating people outside the field about what we do and the myriad of services that librarians can provide. This challenge is especially hard when librarians are confronted with people and administrators who feel they already know what we do. We have to break their preconceptions and work to be considered part of an integrated team and not an ancillary service.

7. What do you consider to be the most fulfilling part of your job?

I love that feeling when a student, clinician, or consumer gets exactly the information they needed. I like the connections made between people and information at that point. When I have a patron who wants information for a medical condition and leaves feeling calmer and more in control because of what I helped them find, that makes me feel fulfilled. When we have a rural physician call for information on a condition and we can provide her with the same level of service that we do our on-campus physicians, I know that my work is worthwhile.

8. What do you see as the biggest health concerns in the communities you serve?

Access to care, prescription drug abuse, and obesity are huge issues in east Tennessee. We have had to adapt classes for our students, training for the public, and consumer handouts to reflect these issues. Many of our researchers focus on these areas and we’ve had to stay on top of these developments and initiatives.

9. What do you see as the biggest concerns in hospital and/or health sciences librarianship?

Libraries constantly have to prove their relevance and justify their cost. I think some administrators have the naïve view that databases can take the place of a library. It is crucial for us to get better at promotion and marketing our profession and our libraries to address this issue.

10. How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?

I was first hired by ETSU on a project funded by an award from NN/LM SE/A which was the start of my library career. This project was the beginning of the Simple Plan project that went on to train public library workers across the state of Tennessee with 12 hours of continuing education focusing on consumer health.

11. In what ways has NN/LM SE/A benefited you or your organization?

NN/LM SE/A is a priceless resource. Our library would not have been able to do most of its outreach efforts without support from NN/LM SE/A. They have provided us with project funding, training opportunities, ideas for future projects, and program development support. We are very fortunate to have assistance from the NN/LM SE/A.

12. Can you share a success story about the impact of health outreach in your community?

We just finished an NN/LM SE/A funded project which provided mini-iPads to clinicians in 8 faith-based clinics for the working uninsured and a desktop computer to go in the lobby for registering for the Affordable Care Act and to provide consumer health information. The clinic workers are determined that their patients will not receive a lower quality of service because they are uninsured. The equipment and training were well received and the clinics are all now using MedlinePlus.gov as their go-to consumer education resource.

13. What advice would you give others who are interested in doing health outreach work in their communities?

Partnership and collaboration are crucial to outreach success. The main reason so many of our projects have been successful over the years is because of strong partnerships. Partnering with NN/LM SE/A provides a fantastic foundation for a plan, but also partnering with local groups such as churches, faith-based clinics, public libraries, community centers, etc., can lead to many successful initiatives. Look for people who may be interested in outreach since health is an issue that impacts everyone. Some of our successful partnerships include the following:

  • We began a project a few years ago which provided consumer health information at Remote Area Medical clinics in our region. Members of our local health sciences library consortium partnering with public libraries would show up at 6:30 in the morning for the event. We performed on-site consumer health information searches for the uninsured attendees. We provided our contact information and many attendees contacted us to receive further health information. (NN/LM SE/A funded)
  • We have collaborated with Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and the Tennessee State Library and Archives to provide extensive training on consumer health to all non-metro library workers across the state of Tennessee. (NN/LM SE/A funded)
  • We partnered with the Tennessee Hospital Association to provide handheld devices to rural clinicians. We have provided hundreds of devices to rural clinicians to assist them in getting access to health information so they are not penalized for choosing to be rural practitioners. (NN/LM SE/A funded)

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland