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

Monday, August 18th, 2014







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 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)

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.

The Value Study as a Tool for Library Advocacy (Boost Box session)

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014


  • Joanne Gard Marshall, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Julia Sollenberger, Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center

Date / Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Summary: The speakers will present the results of the Value Study the most useful for library advocacy and discuss how results are being used by librarians across the country. Over 16,000 physicians, residents and nurses served by 56 libraries participated in the study. As a result, the findings can be used by both participating and non-participating libraries.

Librarians are using the results to advocate for the importance of the library through posters, presentations, newsletters and personal contacts with administrators, educators and clinicians. Time saved by health professionals is also being also converted into dollars saved to show cost-effectiveness. Our examples show that librarians are using the results, but customizing their advocacy efforts so that they have maximum impact on their institution.

Librarians are making frequent use of the resources available on the Value Study website:, containing an overview of the study results suitable for presentation. Librarians are welcome to use the full presentation or key slides as needed.  Specialized PowerPoint summary reports are also available based on geographic region, as well as AAHSL and non-AAHSL sites, and the profession of respondents. The site provides access to the data and all supporting materials, including the survey. Features encourage data use, benchmarking with similar types of libraries, as well as study replication. Links to peer reviewed journal articles based on the study results are also available on the site. Two new publications, one in a nursing journal and one in a health care management journal are about to appear. Results from these additional analyses will be discussed.

Beyond the SEA: August 20, 2014 – Can You Trust Figure 7? and a PubMed Update – Recording Now Available

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014


Date and Time: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Noon to 1:00 pm (EST)

Presentation 1: Can You Trust Figure 7?  – Using Library Promotion to Build the Profile of the Hospital Library by Hosting a Symposium.

Presenter: Jan Orick, Director of Biomedical Library, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.

Jan T. Orick, MLS, AHIP received her degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. After working as a solo librarian in Lafayette, LA and then Methodist Hospitals in Memphis, TN, she began work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the Biomedical Librarian in 1995. She serves in her current position as Director of the Biomedical Library since 1998 where she manages a staff of 4 and a library collection of over 4,000 electronic journals, books and multiple databases.  Jan is a member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and served as an officer of the Hospital Libraries Section. She is also active in the Southern Chapter of the MLA.

Summary: Jan Orick will share her approach in communicating the value of the St. Jude Biomedical Library (TN) through a yearly symposium targeted to pique the interest of her customers. Jan utilized funds received from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) Express Hospital Library Promotion Award to promote a symposium on plagiarism and scientific misconduct and remind their customer base of the library’s services.

Presentation 2: PubMed Update

Presenter: Rebecca Brown, Trainer/Curriculum Content Specialist, National Library of Medicine Training Center, Salt Lake City, UT.

Rebecca Brown has worked for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 2007. She started as the Kansas Technology and Outreach Coordinator for the MidContinental Region and then became a trainer for the National Library of Medicine Training Center in 2011.

Summary: Rebecca will provide an update of changes and features available in PubMed, showcasing MeSH on Demand and share additional user tips.

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.

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

How do I connect?

Go to this URL:
• 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.

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