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It’s not too early to be thinking of Summer Reading – Special webinars from MAR

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Our February and March Boost Box sessions will be of special interest to libraries who use the themes set by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) or the Illinois Reading Enrichment and Development (iREAD) program:  Both summer reading themes involve a focus on health, wellness, sports and achievement.  If you are interested in learning more about resources to support your summer reading 2016 program, then tune in for the February and March 2016 NN/LM MAR Boost Box sessions.

Gear Up for Summer Reading 2016: Resources for Adults and Seniors / February 9, 2016 / Noon –1pm ET

Presenter:  Lydia Collins, NN/LM MAR Consumer Health Coordinator

Description:  Summer reading programs are a long standing tradition for public libraries across the nation. The 2016 summer reading theme from CSLP is “Wellness, Fitness, and Sports” and for iREAD it is “Read-For the Win!” Both summer reading themes involve a focus on health, wellness, sports and achievement.  Tune in to learn about National Library of Medicine and other reliable resources that you can use to support your summer reading program for adults and seniors. Ideas on how to engage these adult populations in a love of reading and healthy lifestyles will also be included. Lastly, learn where to locate freely available health information resources that you can order and distribute at your library this summer.

Summer Reading 2016 Playground: Resources for Children and Teens / March 8, 2016 / Noon – 1pm ET

Presenter:  Lydia Collins, NN/LM MAR Consumer Health Coordinator

Description:  Are you in charge of planning and organizing the summer reading program for children and/or teens at your library? Do you want ideas on how to use National Library of Medicine and other reliable resources to enhance your library’s offerings? If so, then join us for this informative webinar which will provide you with an introduction to fun and interactive health resources for children and teens on nutrition, sports, and healthy living. The 2016 summer reading theme from CSLP is “Wellness, Fitness, and Sports” and for iREAD it is “Read-for the Win!” Come and learn about freely available curriculum and online health tools that can be incorporated into your summer reading program for youth. Let NN/LM MAR help you prepare for a summer of reading, sports and wellness fun for youth in your community.

Health Literacy 3.0 (Boost Box)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Health Literacy 3.0 / January 12, 2016 / noon-1:00pm / no registration required/ 1 MLA CE

If you’re still counting syllables in sentences and checking readability formulas in the hopes of making health information health literacy appropriate, you might want to tune into this webinar.

Speaker Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas refers to these and other supposed best practices about simplification as “wardrobe malfunctions” in a field that has gone through much evolution in the last 25 years.

In an ever more complex worlds, Christina will talk about the limits of simplicity and discuss newer approaches to communicating health effectively.

Christina Zarcadoolas is a sociolinguist and internationally recognized expert in health literacy and public understanding of health and science. She focuses on analyzing and closing the gaps between expert & lay knowledge and understanding, paying particular attention to how people make meaning out of complex things. The New England Journal of Medicine called her critically acclaimed book, Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action, “required reading” for public health communication professionals.

Chris is a Professor at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health and prior to that she was at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and had a long tenure on the faculty at Brown University Center for Environmental Studies. She is the Founder and Director of the New York Roundtable on Public Health Literacy.

She recently launched which is an ever-expanding free library of communication and design lessons for health and safety communicators.

Mobile Technologies in Libraries – Changing the way we work (Tech Time)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

What:  TechTime

When:  January 21, 1:30PM   / Archives


Mobile Technologies in Libraries – Changing the way we work/ Ann Whitney Gleason MLIS, AHIP

The use of mobile technology in libraries to enhance resources and services is a growing trend. People all over the world  are already using mobile technology in their personal lives to find information, communicate with friends and family, shop, and keep track of daily appointments. Mobile technology allows people to look up information anytime, anywhere at the point of need, whether for work or personal needs. Librarians have been experimenting with making library resources accessible on mobile devices as well as providing services through the use of mobile technology in the library for several years now. In this presentation, we will explore some of the ways that libraries are leveraging mobile technology to change the way librarians work and to communicate with the people we serve.

Saving time with PubMed Subject-specific Queries (Focus on NLM Resources)

Friday, November 20th, 2015


Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!

Date / Time:  December 17, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required


Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities (Boost Box)

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Hospital and clinical librarians are not going to want to miss this one! Participants receive 1 MLA CE

Summary: In this session we will discuss the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. We will especially consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing.

Presenters: Heather N. Holmes, AHIP, is the Clinical Informationist for Summa Health System’s Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals in Akron, OH. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. She has presented at several international meetings including MLA and the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME) and was invited to the International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML) in Brisbane, Australia, in 2009. Holmes is a 2010 recipient of the National Library of Medicine’s biomedical informatics fellowship held in Woods Hole, MA, as well as one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers for 2011. She is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and the 2014 recipient of the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship. She is on the faculty in the department of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, as well as a member of the Master Teacher Guild.

Date / Time: December 8th /Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital: Magnet® Designation Process

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

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Submitted by Jean Jenkins, Medical Librarian/CME Coordinator, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY

Here’s my story of how I supported our hospital in the Magnet® designation process:

Like many solo hospital librarians, I wear many hats. I donned my web designer hat when the Nursing Research Committee requested a website to provide resources for nursing research at our community hospital. I saw this as a challenge, especially because I’m limited to using Sharepoint. Initially I met with the committee to brainstorm what resources to include. After reading books on website design and usability testing, I moved on to a card sort exercise. I wrote the resources on large sticky notes and then had the nurses arrange them in logical groups and choose labels for each group. I photographed the resulting organizational structure and used it to create the website.

As I worked on the design, I took advantage of the collective wisdom of medical librarians who had posted relevant information on MEDLIB-L. I also received assistance from PubMed Help in constructing a URL that would retrieve the articles in the American Journal of Nursing “Evidence-based Practice Step by Step” series and display the full-text links for our hospital.

I unveiled the website at a committee meeting last summer. Nurses offered further feedback and suggested improvements to the content and appearance of the site. One nurse created a poster template with the hospital and ANCC Magnet® logos. After making the suggested changes, the final design received the committee’s blessing. When it came time for a photograph of the Nursing Research Committee for the Nursing Annual Report, the committee chair invited me to join them. This medical librarian has become an honorary nurse!

I’ve attached a screenshot of the webpage and the photo of the Nursing Research Committee. (The photos were limited to 3-4 people; the full committee has 15-20 members.)

Nursing Research webpage


Nursing research committee

SUNY Buffalo: Collaborative Interprofessional Education Project

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

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Submitted by: Amy Gische Lyons, Interim Director, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

The University at Buffalo (UB) Health Sciences Library and the SUNY Buffalo State (SBS) E. H. Butler Library lead a collaborative Interprofessional Education (IPE) project. Participating in the project were librarians from the two libraries, and faculty and students from six health professions UB Schools and two health departments at SBS.

According to the World Health Organization, IPE occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Our project looked at innovative approaches to interprofessional instruction using online learning tools and technology-enhanced classrooms. Team instruction centered on student competencies in sharing evidence-based information resources for collaborative interprofessional healthcare decisions.

Using a flipped classroom model, thirty-nine students were asked to complete three instruction modules, 1) Evidence-based practice research skills, 2) PubMed searching and 3) Roles and responsibilities. Upon completing the modules, students were asked to use the skills learned to engage in an in-person education session to review a case study, from a multi-professional perspective and determine a patient care plan that was shared with the full group. Librarians and faculty served as facilitators during the in-person event, answering questions on content and strategic searching.

Evaluation and assessment of the readiness for IPE, understanding of EBP and PubMed were part of the event. Feedback of the event by students and faculty indicated that Interprofessional Education provided an opportunity for health professionals to better understand the role of each profession and work as a team to communicate and provide improved patient health care.

Students’ in-person event at SUNY Buffalo State

Students’ in-person event at SUNY Buffalo State


Students using enhanced technology to collaborate

Students using enhanced technology to collaborate





Excela Health: Going to the Dogs: Pet Therapy

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

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Submitted by: Marilyn L. Daniels, Manager|Library Services, Coordinator|Pet Therapy, Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe, PA

In November 2014, as an adjunct to my role as manager of Library Services for Excela Health, a three-hospital health system located in Westmoreland County in western PA, I assumed responsibility for Excela’s pet therapy services. As an animal lover from an early age but a one-person department, I was thrilled yet daunted by this new role for a service initiated through Volunteer Services as part of Excela’s approach to the patient experience.

Thinking this was the time for some old-fashioned technology, I started making phone calls, learning Excela had five active pet therapy volunteers with five dogs—a Brussels griffon, a German short-haired pointer, two Shetland sheepdogs (”Shelties”), and a West Highland terrier (”Westie”). From my past experience, I have learned that repeat volunteers are motivated by several factors—factors reinforced, in part, by a 2014 survey I located on “The Able Altruist” website reported by Janna Finch ( The three I expected would most likely play a key role for pet therapy volunteers were:

  1. schedule that suits the volunteer’s availability
  2. proof that the volunteer’s work is valuable and valued
  3. interaction with the department/service staff and with other volunteers

For those reasons, I spent the first two months getting to know my existing volunteers and their dogs. I determined what was and was not working for each volunteer, made necessary adjustments and rounded with each team to see first-hand the impact their interactions with patients, visitors and staff were having.

The librarian in me proved useful when I reviewed the existing policy, locating a 2008 article (since updated in March 2015) from the American Journal of Infection Control titled “Guidelines for animal-assisted interventions in health care facilities” as well as other information that I could use for comparison. Needless to say, as one with no previous pet therapy experience, I learned a lot!!!

By early 2015, I was ready to start expanding the program by contacting several local training facilities that provided pet therapy training/testing, inviting those with registered therapy dogs to contact me. As they did, I asked each to complete the:

  1. application all Excela volunteers are required to complete
  2. application I developed (and have since revised) which documents Excela’s health requirements for each dog and the organization through which each dog is registered as a therapy dog

Once the applications were returned, a representative for Volunteer Services obtained the screening, mandatory education, clearances and other documentation requisites needed by all Excela volunteers. These include Excela ID badges for the volunteers and their dogs, which often amuse those encountering the dogs once they begin their assignments.

When the volunteer process was completed, I met one-on-one with these new recruits and their canine(s). I determined one or more assigned locations based on their hospital preferences, and I rounded with each team for at least their first two visits. During those rounds, I was able to introduce them to the staff on their assigned area(s), alert them to signs and other particulars of those areas that will impact their visits, and observe them in action with their dogs in order to ensure a good “fit.” At other times, I made myself available for questions and concerns, assuring that the volunteers felt connected—to me and to Excela.

Additionally, I have started to receive special requests for patients in rooms not being covered on a given day or on floors not currently included in the rounds. Frequently these requests come from family members who have seen the dogs in one of the facilities. Recognizing how their own pets brighten their days, the pet therapy volunteers have been very cooperative and together with the nursing staff and the families, I have been able accommodate these requests. In fact, I am in the process of developing a policy and procedure to expedite this practice.

For February 23, 2015, which was International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, I designed a “thank you” post card and mailed it along with treats to each dog. On Monday, April 27, two of our long-standing volunteers and I taped a half-hour radio interview on pet therapy for a local radio station, WCNS, for their “Animal Talk with Tegan” segment. It aired that Saturday. On June 26, I hosted a “meet and greet” event at Rizzo’s Malabar Inn, Crabtree, PA, to provide my administrators and me with an opportunity to formally thank the pet therapy volunteers and give them a chance to meet each other and exchange stories. Although not in attendance, each dog was featured in a photo display I created so that the canine component was not overlooked at the event. Throughout the year, I also recognized each of the dogs and their humans with a birthday card for their special days.

Since July 1, each new volunteer has been completing a “Behavioral Survey,” which I developed as part of the application process for each new dog. Since therapy dogs are not required to retest annually, this survey helps me to determine if the dog is suitable for the health care setting from a social standpoint, regardless of when it was first registered.

In September, I fashioned a display for both the system quarterly leadership meeting and the physician social, where key stakeholders had a chance to see the progress of the service and interact with some of our volunteers and their dogs. In fact, at the leadership meeting, the dogs’ pictures were taken wearing pink sunglasses for a newly-released video that the health system made highlighting 3-D mammography, a new system service. The handout I developed and distributed at these events can now be used when one of the teams visits the Nurse Residency Program three times per year or when other opportunities arise to showcase the service.

As I approach my one-year anniversary coordinating Excela’s pet therapy services, more is in the works—a logo for Excela’s pet therapy services, a “Therapy Dog of the Month” program, “greeters” for CME/CE programs, collaboration with system hospice services and more. I can now understand why any article on pet therapy touts these factors as temporary benefits of a pet therapy visit for patients:

  • relieves stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue
  • lowers blood pressure
  • raises mood
  • reduces the perception of pain

I realize why families and other visitors respond so positively, knowing the temporary reprieve visits provide from the stress of loved ones’ hospitalizations. Still, as an employee myself, I have been most delighted to see the impact these teams have had on staff morale, too. When I walk down the hall with a team and hear staff acknowledging dogs by their names, indicating a fondness for these visits, it reinforces that pet therapy is a service that benefits everyone.

Having worked at Excela for more than 29 years, I have been involved in the start-up and/or restructuring of numerous programs and services but strictly from the standpoint of a medical librarian. Researching the validity or viability of a program under consideration or determining how other organizations are operating a service is an expected part of my daily role, which is gratifying. Still the literature I locate or the data I discover is handed off to others to review and incorporate into the project at hand. In this case, I have also been able to use the information I have uncovered, bringing an added dimension to my library role and enhancing my level of satisfaction for the research process.

Finally, I am pleased that the number of volunteers has increased to more than 15 and the number of active dogs is hovering around 20 with applications pending. The program now reaches into far more departments/units and waiting areas than it did a year ago, and it includes dogs as small as a 4-lb. Yorkie and as large as a 115-lb. Old English sheepdog. Yes, Library Services has “gone to the dogs”—Amelia, Bear, Bella, Booker, Canon, Dougie, Heidi, Higgins, Kane, Kasey, Kassidy, Kaylan, Kyle, Narco, Odie, Razz, Rosie, Roxanna, Riley, “little” Rusty, “big” Rusty, Stix, Stone, Tucker and Willow.   That’s a good thing—a doggone good thing!

dogs in pink sunglasses

Some of Excela’s therapy dogs


Friday, October 30th, 2015

PRINCETON, NJ (October 29, 2015)—More than 750 electronic resources from 15 vendors are available to all medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) through the Fall 2015 Offer curated by the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), and now the deadline to participate is extended from October 30 to November 13.

“There is still time for medical librarians to prepare an order,” explains HSLANJ Executive Director Robert T. Mackes. “I encourage anyone with questions to contact me—I am happy to work with them to see if the GLI can enhance their collections and save them money.”

Two factors allow participants to realize a costs savings of 15-70% off resources’ regular pricing—negotiations by the HSLANJ GLI, and the leveraging of group purchasing power since more than 120 medical and hospital librarians regularly participate. To receive a copy of the Fall Offer, please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or For more information, see

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MAR and SE/A, fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

The SHARE Approach – Putting shared decision making into practice (Boost Box)

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Join us at this exciting presentation! Participants receive 1 MLA CE

Presenters: Kevin Progar, Project Manager, Regional Health Literacy Coalition. Kevin is an experienced facilitator, health literacy advocate, and certified by AHRQ as a SHARE Approach Master Trainer.


Shared Decision Making (SDM) occurs when a health care provider and a patient work together to make a health care decision that is best for the patient. Research shows that SDM has measurable impacts on cost, quality, and outcomes. This presentation will highlight Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s SHARE Approach, which is a free to use evidence-based model for implementing shared decision making.

Date / Time: November 10th /Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required