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Hospital Librarian Toolkit Launched

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

By David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

Back in January 2010, hospital librarians from the region, SE/A staff, and experts from around the U.S. converged on Baltimore for a Hospital Librarian Summit. The goal was to look at the future of hospital libraries and librarians, with an eye towards how the SE/A could best support them as they face unprecedented challenges. There were many wonderful discussions about multiple aspects of hospital librarianship, and a good deal was accomplished in a very brief time.

One of the major outcomes of the summit was a desire to create an updated, dynamic, and useful Hospital Librarian Toolkit. After a long brainstorming session, the various ideas were consolidated into main topics. Participants voted for the topics they felt were most important, and a ranked list was produced. From that list and utilizing SE/A expertise, a plan was devised, which has now come to fruition:

Resources for Hospital Librarians

In this LibGuide, we have pulled together resources that address the summit topics as well as other areas that have become increasingly important over the past two years. This guide is intended to be both dynamic and collaborative. The world of hospital librarianship is changing rapidly, so this guide will be updated regularly as issues arise. Collaboration is key and input from the region is vital. If you have questions, concerns, additions, deletions, suggestions, or any other ideas on keeping this guide current and vital, please let us know.

We thank everyone who has contributed to this guide and look forward to supporting hospital libraries and librarians in this ever-changing world.

Please contact David Midyette ( P.J. Grier ( or Sheila Snow-Croft ( with your suggestions and comments.

Diagnostic Error: A Multidisciplinary Exploration

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Instructors: Elaine Alligood, Mark Graber, Barb Jones, Linda Williams and Lorri Zipperer

Date:  Thursday, November 15, 2012

Registration and pre-session coffee: 8:30 am; Session time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Diagnostic error, a major factor in patient harm also increases medical costs ( A free, interactive workshop for medical decision makers and information professionals is being held on November 15th focusing on how multidisciplinary teams can contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error.   This innovative session will highlight evidence-based processes and the collaborative roles of clinicians and their librarians/ informationists as they work together to reduce factors contributing to diagnostic error. This class is set for November 15, 2012 in Room LL05 at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland Baltimore. Class time is from 9-4, which a break for lunch on your own.

Session content will cover:

  • Team-oriented approaches to understanding the role of information and evidence in the diagnostic process.
  • Case analysis and discussion of bias.
  • Partnering of librarians/informationists with clinical staff to strategize improvements
  • Application of failure analysis techniques to explore system and process improvement.
  • Design of evidence sharing innovations to reduce diagnostic error.
  • Strategies for implementation of proposed projects.

Multidisciplinary teams from organizations are encouraged to attend.  MLA CE credits will be provided.

Register for this class at

Beyond the SEA: October 17, 2012 - Healthy & Wise: Healthcare and the Internet of Things

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Date:  October 17th, 2012

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm (EDT)

Presenter: Kimberley Barker

Kimberley Barker is the Manager for Technology Education & Computing at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia, and also serves as Chair of the Technology Regional Advisory Committee. She believes that technology empowers people, allowing them to make better decisions and enrich their personal and professional lives. Kimberley also believes that anyone can learn anything, and that everybody deserves the chance to do so.  To that end, she enjoys matching users with the most appropriate technology for their needs, teaching them how to use it, and providing moral support and practical guidance as they incorporate it into their work. A confirmed Starbucks chai addict with a Steampunk sensibility, she plays World of Warcraft as time permits, and enjoys teaching her pre-schooler the finer points of “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock”.

Presentation: Healthy & Wise: Healthcare and the Internet of Things

Contact lenses that monitor blood sugar and alert the wearer? A wristband that measures hours of sleep and send the results to healthcare providers? They’re not science fiction; they’re not even years away from reality! Smart devices like these are part of the Internet of Things, and they’re in use right now across the world. Join Kimberley Barker as she provides an overview of the Internet of Things, as well as highlights some specific examples and details their impact on healthcare.

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.

Beyond the SEA: September 19, 2012 – The Electronic Health Record and My IHIS (Integrated Healthcare Information System) Adventure as a Physician Super User

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Date:  September 19th, 2012

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm (EDT)

Presenter: Becky Mehling, MLS

Rebecca Mehling, MLS is the Medical Librarian at University Hospital East (UHE), part of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Ms. Mehling’s professional experience spans more than 25 years, most as the sole medical librarian in several hospital libraries.  She has been the sole medical librarian at UHE, where she is responsible for all library operations, since 2002. Before coming to UHE she served as a Consumer Health Librarian and Library Consultant, assisting several hospital libraries with the planning and design of their consumer health libraries, collection development, and training volunteer staff.  Prior to this she was the sole medical librarian at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, Ohio, which is now part of the Columbus (OH) based Mt. Carmel Health System.

Presentation: The Electronic Health Record and My IHIS (Integrated Healthcare Information System) Adventure as a Physician Super User

Implementing a hospital based electronic health record system (EHR-S) is fraught with many challenges.  This presentation will focus on a solo medical librarian’s role as a physician super user at one hospital, during the implementation phase (Go Live) of its EHR-S. IHIS is the hospital’s branded version of EPIC. The presentation will also cover the training she received to prepare her for her physician super user role during the initial month long Go Live EHR-S implementation.

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.

Recording Available at:


What We Learned: Mississippi State University (MSU), Library eResources & Emerging Technologies Summit (LEETS) 2012

Friday, September 14th, 2012

On August 3-4, I attended the Mississippi State University Library eResource & Emerging Technologies Summit (LEETS) held at the Mitchell Memorial Library at MSU in Starkville, MS. The conference, divided into two days with eResources topics and discussion on the first day, followed by emerging technologies topics and presentations on the second day.

The first day’s presentations examined topics from demand-driven acquisition to developing an institutional repository to ensuring access to subscribed e-content. The day began with a keynote address by Tim Collins, president/CEO of EBSCO Publishing, who provided a unique look at upcoming eResources products and price structuring. He discussed that pricing will be more closely targeted to efficiently respond to libraries’ use of electronic resources

Another highlight from the first day of the conference was a presentation given by Regina Reynolds, Director of U.S. ISSN Center, and Head, ISSN Publisher Liaison Section, Library of Congress, as she shared the work of the PIE-J (Presentation & Identification of E-Journals) working group. She talked about efforts being aimed at more efficiently and more effectively indexing and labeling e-journal content, thereby making it both more discoverable and easier to use.

The second day provided equally timely and relevant presentations. Emerging technologies topics included: librarian’s roles in social media, cloud computing, making digital video accessible, augmented reality, app development, and of course a review of apps for librarians. Because I always appreciate a thorough, yet manageable, review of various emerging technologies and products, a few of my favorite presentations were presented as such

First, Rachel Renick, Public Services Librarian at Millsaps College, gave an outstanding review of a handful of free, easy-to-use mobile app development tools. She recommended the following tools in her presentation,: Conduit, Appsbar, Appcelerator, & Tiggzi. If you’ve been thinking about creating your own mobile app, give these tools a look

Nicole Hennig, Head of the User Experience Group at MIT Libraries presented ‘Apps4Librarians’, session modeled after applications she and her staff recommend to faculty and students seeking to enhance productivity, and stay more organized. The presentation and discussion were aimed at effective use of mobile technologies and how their placement within the education setting is appropriate and valuable. More than 50 suggested apps were discussed—among them ones for note-taking, presenting, cloud computing, and library research. The presentation concluded with tips on how to keep up with the latest apps.

More information about the 2012 MSU LEETS conference, including recorded presentations can be found at:

For more information, please contact Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator @