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Share Your Success: 2014 Winners Announced

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) is pleased to announce that Everly Brown at Health Sciences and Human Serves Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore and Dianne Johnson at Coy C Carpenter Library, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC have won our National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM) Share Your Success drawing for a $1,500 MLA 2015 travel scholarship. They will be able to charge up to $1,500 for airfare, hotel, and per diem to the NN/LM SE/A for the MLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

We want to thank everyone who submitted a story about your success. We had a large number of submissions this year, and for that, we are grateful. You made National Medical Librarians Month one of the more successful ones in our history. Congratulations, Everly and Dianne. We’ll see you in Austin, TX!

 

Upcoming Online Classes Available for Registration

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for a number of upcoming online classes starting in January and February.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics, Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

Public Health Information on the Web

  • January 20 – February 10, 2015
  • Thursday Webinars: January 22, 29, and February 5 (12-1pm ET)
  • Sheila Snow-Croft: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu
  • 4 MLA CE

Grants and Proposal Writing

  • February 10 – March 3, 2015
  • Thursday Webinars: February 12, 19, and 26 (12-1pm ET)
  • Sheila Snow-Croft: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu
  • 4 MLA CE

We will announce the Consumer Health Information Specialization Classes in January 2015.

Registrations for online classes are accepted up to 1 week after start date of the class, unless otherwise noted.

What I learned at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2014 meeting

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

By: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

This year’s APHA meeting had the theme of “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-being,” and many of the sessions I attended addressed these issues. During the opening session, APHA’s Executive Director, Georges Benjamin, MD, announced the APHA goal to create the healthiest generation in American history within one generation. He was then followed by announcements from other leaders who are taking steps to make this goal a reality. From the Partnership for a Healthier America looking at campus food and physical activity to Louisiana’s Well-Ahead initiative that celebrates voluntary changes to become more healthy, there are many out there taking those necessary baby-steps and celebrating good decisions. Our culture of personal freedom need not pull us down; positive improvements are possible. A session on “Healthography and the Food Environment” discussed research of the New Orleans food environment, access to healthy food, and unhealthy marketing in vulnerable neighborhoods. The results were not surprising; people in minority and low-income areas are exposed to more unhealthy marketing and have less access to fresh fruits and vegetables than those in more affluent areas. Only the areas in New Orleans with the most tourism escape this reality. As a vegetarian seeking healthy dining options while attending the conference, I personally saw the changes that have been made since I last visited the Big Easy over a decade ago. There are more options, but much education and effort will be needed to continue down the path to better health. Building the databases full of information and learning from this research are key to bringing in funding and conducting projects that can help bring about desired change.

Along with addressing grim realities and watching as colleagues struggle to change the world, this conference had lots of local music and fun. Jazz bands opened and closed big sessions and made impromptu appearances throughout the week. Also, I truly enjoyed dinner Sunday evening with this year’s Sewell Stipend recipients. The Sewell Memorial Fund’s mission is to “increase librarians’ identification with the medical and health care professionals they serve,” and the stipends, provided by the Public Health/Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association, help defray the cost of attending APHA annual meetings. http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/

Another highlight of this year’s meeting was getting to hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson talk about her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Wilkerson is an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker; she spent 15 years researching and writing and interviewed more than 1200 people for this masterpiece, according to her website http://isabelwilkerson.com. After the session, I started reading this book and have to admit that I had little prior knowledge about the migration of African Americans from the South to the North. Many of her words have remained in my mind since hearing her speak, and the book is fascinating. Our work with health disparities means we understand how crucial a role geography and social status play in health and well-being, and the factual characters in Wilkerson’s book epitomize these facts.

Although the APHA annual meeting is huge and often threatens to overwhelm, I always return to my office afterwards feeling refreshed and with a clearer vision of what I want to achieve in this position. It’s important to network and meet others with similar tasks and goals and to get a sense of the overall successes of colleagues and the field itself. This year was no different; from the powerful speakers down to the small sessions and paper and poster presentations, the energy and dedication of this nation’s public health workforce is inspiring.

Two articles have been published related to the Value of Libraries Study.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The first is in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, using results from the Study to show the impact of accessibility of library resources, staff, and services for practicing nurses: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-19-2014/No3-Sept-2014/Articles-Previous-Topics/Value-of-Library-and-Information-Services.html

The 2nd article is:  “Library and information services:  impact on patient care quality”, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(8), pp. 672-683:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-10-2013-0119

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Studyhttp://nnlm.gov/mar/about/value.html

 

NN/LM SE/A Evaluation and Assessment classes in 2015

Monday, December 8th, 2014

NN/LM SE/A Evaluation and Assessment classes in 2015

Reservations for the following on-site classes are being accepted for libraries and groups within the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. To schedule one or more of these classes for 2015, please contact Andrew Youngkin at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu. A limited number of sessions will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy (approved for 6 Medical Library Association contact hours)

In this workshop, participants will be able to show the value of their library’s services and will become familiar with tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection and reporting.

Answering the Right Questions: Data Collection for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)

In this workshop, participants will learn to apply good principles of data collection to assure that data – both qualitative and quantitative – will be useful in making project decisions. Topics for this workshop include:

  • Using evaluation questions to focus data collection
  • Conducting short, to-the-point interviews to collect outcome data
  • Using a “contact sheet” to organize interview notes and communicate findings with other team members
  • Using participatory methods to get information from a large number of community members
  • Using standard “counts” (attendance rates; drop-out rates) as evaluation data
  • Designing and administering short questionnaires

Finding Information in Numbers and Words: Data Analysis for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)

Participants will learn basic methods for compiling and analyzing qualitative and quantitative evaluation data to maximize their usefulness in project improvement and decision-making. Topics for this workshop include:

  • Analyzing qualitative data (e.g., developing and using codes, summarizing, interpreting)
  • Compiling and graphing descriptive statistics
  • Exploring the validity of evaluation findings

 

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