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Share Your Success: Outreach Services and Support throughout South Carolina

Friday, September 26th, 2014

cdrBy: Steven P Wilson, MLIS, AHIP, MA, Web Architect and Outreach Librarian, School of Medicine Library at University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC,

As Coordinator of the USC Center for Disability Resources Library, I feel proud to share the many small but significant successes that we have achieved over the past decade. The collection, which is comprised of nearly 5,300 books, videos, DVDs, and brochures focusing on disabilities in general, and especially developmental disabilities, is now being borrowed by families of those with special needs and the professionals that work with them, nationwide.
When I began working as the coordinator for the collection, we lent our items out to just South Carolina residents, mailing the books and videos to the patrons’ homes and offices with postage-paid mailers included, so that even those in far off parts of the state would be able to take advantage of the collection, and without having to make the drive to Columbia. This service, which is completely free and largely paid for by grant monies and collaborative efforts by such organizations as the Center for Disability Resources, BabyNet/First Steps to School Readiness, the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library, has now lent out thousands of titles and responded to tens of thousands of information requests, to residents of South Carolina, many of whom lack adequate access to up-to-date disability and consumer health resources via their local public libraries plagued by insufficient budgets. Of course the same can often be said of similar patrons from other states who gradually began finding our web presence online and appealing to us to grant them access, as well. With approval from the CDR’s director, about seven years ago we began lending items out to those individuals as well, and I am especially proud of the fact that anyone in any of the fifty states may now take advantage of both our collection and our reference services, whether focused on developmental disabilities or consumer health topics.

Every month, in addition to the approximately 150 South Carolinians that directly benefit from our library, dozens of others outside of South Carolina do as well. For me this represents a wonderful break from the mold of primarily focusing on a single population’s needs, or of narrowly defining our library’s worth relative to just geographical location and regional influence. To be able to lend the collection to anyone, at any time–especially to able to let those selfsame folks know that they can even use us for their consumer health and disability resource needs from extremely up-to-date online resources that they might not be familiar with or have access to, such as MedlinePlus or the many excellent e-resources the USC School of Medicine subscribes to–is such an honor. It makes me really appreciate the “form” of librarianship, and the ideals that we as library students were taught to uphold back in school, learning about service, about finding ways to increase access to quality information for patrons, and to evaluating and championing the best in information in order to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, for the users that come to us looking for such.

I keep a bulletin board on my wall, chocked full of cards and letters from my patrons, thanking us for providing a much needed information service that they wouldn’t have access to in their own regions. And I am thrilled to see an ever-growing number of post cards and letters and Thank You cards coming from outside my own state of South Carolina. This one small collection represents for me what librarianship is all about. Every new item I affix to my bulletin board with a pushpin feels like a small but significant success, each and every time.

Beyond the SEA Webinar: September 17, 2014 – Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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

Presentation: Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Noon to 1:00pm (EDT)

Presenter: Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Summary: Many of us use questionnaires to learn about our stakeholders’ attitudes and knowledge. Let’s picture this as a burger: The data we collect is like the meat in the filling, and we wrap the data in a tasty bun (summaries, graphs, and charts) to present it.

Meat: We want to use the best ingredients for our filling and collect good data. The question “What is a ‘good’ response rate?” often comes up. What does “response rate” mean, and why is it important? And how do you know what your response rate is? We’ll go over practical steps you can take to increase the number of people who complete and return the questionnaires you send to them. We’ll also talk about some strategies for addressing low response rates.

Bun: Once you administered a questionnaire, what do you do with all those numbers? The next section of this webinar will be about preparing and presenting those numbers. It will provide a very quick review of basic quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics and suggestions for selecting types of charts or graphs to illustrate your data.

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Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour 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.

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Holiday Closure: NLM and SE/A Offices

Friday, August 29th, 2014

This is just a reminder that NLM and SE/A offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

August NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, August 11th, 2014

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?
What To Do When Every Moment Counts
Read more about Heart Attack and Stroke.





Surviving Sepsis
Taming a Deadly Immune Response
Read more about surviving sepsis.



Health Capsules:

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What I Learned – Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI) 2014, Baltimore

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Written By: PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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Last month I attended The University of Maryland, Baltimore – School of Nursing’s conference entitled the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI): Informatics enabling patient-centered care across the continuum. This event is a nationally recognized forum that is focused on the informatics needs of nurses. This conference interested me as nurses represent a significant outreach population for the Regional Medical Library. This action-packed conference is in its 24th year and the planning committee was stacked with leaders in the nursing profession. The SINI educational tracks and objectives were fourfold:

  • Describe ways of using informatics tools to support patient engagement and patient-centered care.
  • Identify new and evolving roles for clinicians and informaticians in providing patient-centered care across the continuum.
  • Address ongoing challenges in achieving interoperability, with consideration for devices and apps individuals and families use to monitor and manage their health.
  • Address ongoing challenges in using data from diverse sources to improve patient care and health outcomes and to control costs.

Those familiar with the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative will be pleased to know that during the general session it was announced that the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) would now lead TIGER’s efforts. TIGER’s vision was to enable nurses to use informatics and emerging technologies to make healthcare safer, more effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable by interweaving evidence and technology seamlessly into practice, education and research.

The opening plenary speaker was Philip Fasano – Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente (KP), who spoke on “Teaming to transform healthcare.” He felt that consumers demanded transparency, affordability and convenience using accessible e-tools such as secure messaging and desired a care-anywhere experience in their homes, schools, hospitals, etc. Some technologies that addressed consumers’ needs included telehealth, mhealth, predictive analytics and EHR real-time analyses. Notably 84% of U.S. hospitals were still implementing EHRs, however, all KP hospitals were at Stage 7 of EHR adoption (a HIMMS electronic medical record adoption model).

I attended a session that featured Patricia Dykes – Senior Nurse Scientist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital who presented “Participatory design and development of a patient-centered toolkit…in their plan of care.” Her program included a distillation of the research question, aims of the study, a review of the design methods used for the patient-centered toolkit, results and challenges. An outside foundation provided the demonstration funds used to develop and deploy the toolkit in the intensive care and acute care oncology units of the hospital. Interestingly, Dr. Dykes mentioned MedlinePlus in a positive way multiple times during her session. Engaging patients in the design process, having an awareness that patients wanted to be knowledgeable about their health conditions, plus a desire to have the appropriate tools for communication were valuable lessons learned.

Susan Matney – Informaticist from 3M Health Information Systems gave a talk on “Coding nursing assessments using Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) to support national standards for interoperability.” Because Meaningful Use drove the adoption of comprehensive terminologies, Dr. Matney’s approach crystallized the need to use the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) approved standard terminologies to bridge nursing vocabularies in various healthcare settings. As a useful tool to assist with terminology mapping, she discussed the Nursing Problem List Subset of SNOMED CT, which is available through National Library of Medicine’s Unified Medical Language System.

Several speakers delivered their perspectives on “Health IT adoption in home health agencies”. Home health agencies (HHAs) did not receive financial incentives through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. As a result, many struggled to adopt new health information technology solutions. HHAs must correctly identify challenges to reduce costs, improve quality, and optimize health outcomes. It was also important for HHAs to define clear procedures that enumerated their IT needs and created structured assessments for evaluating vendor products and services.

Lastly I listened to Heather Carter-Templeton’s presentation “Using mobile devices to access evidence-based information in a rural health clinic.” According to Heather, the literature contained few reports of systematic roll-outs of mobile devices providing evidence-based resources and offered little guidance for teaching nurses how to use mobile devices within the clinical setting. Thus the need for this qualitative descriptive study conducted in a rural Alabama health clinic with seven nurses recruited as subjects. Preliminary findings suggested: (a) perceptions that nurses demonstrated limited use of electronic evidence-based information programs (EEIBP) via mobile devices, (b) differences in interpretations of information literacy and evidence-based practice, and (c) past experience with mobile devices was an indicator of how enthusiastically EEIBP was embraced.

I gained a better understanding of the challenges nurses undergo while adopting new approaches to patient-care delivery and in furthering their reporting and research needs. I observed that their challenges and opportunities are not that different from our own. For network members having nursing constituencies, you may want to put the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics on your “to-do” list (funds permitting) or make sure that institutional nurse “champions” are aware that this conference exists. If you, or your colleagues desire greater detail on any of these sessions please let me know, as I am happy to share.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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