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

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Presenters:

  • 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)

Where:             https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

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: http://nnlm.gov/mar/about/value.html, 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

Recording: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p80w6akgwtx/

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: 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.

Finding an Evidence-Based Medicine Study in PubMed

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Written by Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Contact Tony at: tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu

If you’re familiar with Evidence-Based Medicine, you are aware of the acronym PICO. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is a convenient way to organize a well-built and answerable clinical question. This is important for medical and health professionals in formulating a search strategy prior to investigating the vast amount of available medical and scientific literature. PICO is broken down as follows:

          P Patient, Population, or Problem
          I Intervention, Prognostic Factor, or Exposure
         C Comparison, Control, Context, or Intervention (if appropriate)
         O Outcome you would like to measure or achieve
        (T) Time, Therapy, or Type of Article (This could be optional)

As you become more familiar with PICO, note the different types of studies available within medical literature: Therapy, Diagnosis, Prognosis, Etiology, Prevention, and Quality Improvement. Once the study type is determined, choose the best study design or methodology to address a clinical question.

     Type of Question      Best Type of Study/Methodology
     Therapy
  • Systematic Review
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial
     Diagnosis
  • Controlled Trial
     Prognosis
  • Cohort Studies
  • Case Control Studies
  • Case Series
     Etiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Case Control Studies
  • Case Series
     Prevention
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Cohort Studies
     Quality Improvement
  • Randomized Controlled Trials

After using PICO to determine an answerable clinical question and the potentially highest level of study to look for, the next step is to search PubMed for the various studies. How do you locate each of the different studies?

A simple search in PubMed allows access a side bar of options to target specific article types.

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Scrolling through these options, you’ll locate Case Reports, Comparative Studies, Guidelines, Meta-Analyses, Randomized Controlled Trials, and Systematic Reviews. Selecting these study types prior to executing a search string may cause confusion when they disappear in PubMed results. It simply means that your search string located Randomized Controlled Trials but no Systematic Reviews, for example.

Publication Type [PT] is another option in locating both study characteristics and publication types. A full list of Publication Characteristics (Publication Types) can be found here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/pubtypes2006.html.

Examples of Study Characteristics within Publication Type [PT]
  • Case Reports
  • In Vitro
  • Clinical Conference
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Clinical Trial +
  • Multicenter Study
  • Comparative Study
  • Scientific Integrity Review
  • Census Development Conference
  •  Twin Study
  • Evaluation Studies
  •  Validation Studies

Utilizing MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is another way to locate studies not retrieved when searching for a Publication Type or Study Characteristic. These items are not listed within the filters or the [PT] field. In MeSH, you’ll be able to locate:

  • Crossover Studies
  • Cohort Studies
  • Random Allocation
  • Placebos
  • Treatment Outcome

Knowing that “Cohort Studies” is a MeSH term will give you the chance of locating the potential Prognosis, Etiology, and Prevention studies not found in the Article Type or [PT] section. Try searching with MeSH if you’re having a difficulty locating an article type or characteristic.

Finally, one last option would be to add a keyword within the search string and look at the “Search Details” section to see how PubMed interpreted the keyword entry.

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Locating a particular study or study type characteristic can be tricky in PubMed. However, we’re happy to provide tips and suggestions to help you navigate PubMed and other NLM resources. If your organization is interested utilizing PubMed to locate evidence-based medicine resources, NN/LM SE/A is pleased to offer PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe. This course is available as a 2 hour and 4 hour course. To schedule this course, please contact Tony Nguyen at tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

 

 

 

Free Online Class Announcement: Public Health Information on the Web

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Class:  Public Health Information on the Web

Where: Free, Online via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

Presenter: Sheila Snow-Croft, MLIS, MA, Public Health Coordinator. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A)

Contact Sheila at: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Register: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html

Date/Time: August 5-26, 2014

Three webinars will be broadcast during this class:

  • Thursday, 8/07/14: 11am – 12pm  ET
  • Thursday, 8/14/14: 11am – 12pm  ET
  • Thursday, 8/21/14: 11am – 12pm  ET

Summary:  The field of public health encompasses a wide array of disciplines including health education, epidemiology, and nursing. Digital literacy and the effective utilization of online information are among the core public health informatics competencies of the 21st century. This course will highlight web resources tailored to the public health workforce and public health information specialists.

The course uses Moodle, a free online course management system that does not require a software download. There will be three 1 hour Adobe Connect webinars along with discussions and assignments. If attending the live webinars is not possible, recordings will be available for viewing afterwards.

Participants who complete all requirements will be eligible for 4 Medical Library Association Contact Hours.

Call for Participation: New SE/A Tech PAC Webinars

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Written by Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS, Technology Program Advisory Committee Chair, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Contact Kimberley at: Grumpy_Cat@virginia.edu

On behalf of the Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Technology Program Advisory Committee (PAC), happy summer! We hope that you had some time for fun and relaxation and are beginning to look forward to autumn and whatever professional challenges await you and your institution.

We’ve been outlining our goals for the coming year and deciding how best to meet your needs. One of the Tech PAC’s multi-year goals (based on the results of the survey given in 2012), is to address head-on the technology issues that some of you face in your daily professional lives. To that end, in 2013, the Tech PAC offered the popular webinar “Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library,” which featured a discussion with panelists (librarians like you!) who overcame significant technology barriers in their workplaces in order to provide a service to their patrons. As it was well-attended and the feedback positive, the Tech PAC thought to host a series of webinars along those lines, but we need your help.

We’d like for the first webinar to address relationship-building between libraries and the technology departments which support them. To that end, we’d like to feature the partnership of one or more librarians and the tech people with whom they’ve built a relationship. Have you always been buddies? Great! There was a rocky start to your professional relationship, and you reached out to each other? Even better! We’re looking for real-life examples that could serve as models for others in the medical librarian community, so don’t be shy!

The second webinar in the series is tentatively titled, “How to speak IT,” and will focus on defining and contextualizing basic IT terms. Just as it never hurts to speak even a few phrases of the language of the country in which you’re travelling so, too, is it helpful to not be completely lost when your IT person is trying to explain something. Do you know a good “explainer”? Are you one yourself? Would you or they be willing to participate as a speaker? Get in touch!

Finally, we’d love to hear your ideas for webinars or other programs based on your technology needs. We’re here to help you and facilitate your access to/ understanding of technology, so please: make us feel useful and tell us how we can help. Contact me via Twitter (@KR_Barker) or email (Grumpy_Cat@virginia.edu). Thanks so much!

Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS

Chair, Tech PAC

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