MAR Projects Funded 2011 - 2012

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New Roles for Information Professionals - Express Awards

Emergency Preparedness: Enhancing Communication and Access to Health Information Resources

Upstate University Health System, Health Sciences Library
Syracuse, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $10,000

The pilot project’s primary objective is to determine whether or not the incorporation of an iPad, loaded with emergency preparedness resources an online synchronous communication application will enhance the Emergency Preparedness Regional Partnership’s ability to prepare for catastrophic events through planning; provide a forum to strengthen collaboration among emergency preparedness partners throughout the healthcare system; facilitate the development of exercises and evaluations; facilitate the delivery of emergency preparedness training and education; provide information sharing and communication between preparedness partners; and build emergency response capability.

Outreach to Health Professionals - Express Awards

Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC)
Highland, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $9,999.66

The Southeastern NY Library Resources Council is planning to partner with the Dutchess County (NY) Department of Health and other departments in Dutchess County (Mental Health, Aging and Emergency Management), to expand the access to, and use of, freely available, quality health information by public health workers through a combination of education and training for the 130 person Health Department and to offer subsidized document delivery services through Loansome Doc and web-based interlibrary loan (ILL) request forms. One all-day conference will be held with follow-up workplace site visits.

Rochester Regional Library Council
Fairport, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $9,948

Provide a training program to health professionals in the rural counties surrounding Rochester, NY: Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, and Wyoming counties (total population of approximately 350,000). Training will be how to identify and use reliable web-based and free information resources when they have a need for patient care or patient safety information. The emphasis will be on unaffiliated health professionals, especially RNs and social workers, although other health professionals will also be welcomed to any sessions. To better reach target audiences in these rural areas, the training sessions will be delivered via live and recorded webinars as well as through on-site training. It is proposed that there will be five onsite sessions and four live webinars. The live webinars will be recorded and available on the CLIC-on-Health “For Local Health Professionals” site, as well as being freely available to anyone.


Outreach to Consumers - Express Awards

Booker Health Sciences Library – Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Neptune, NJ
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $9,914

The Booker Health Sciences Library’s Mobile Outreach project proposes to develop an iPad mobile teaching lab and an iPad based class on health information resources that are available for area service personnel, veterans, and military families in Monmouth County. The mobile lab will enable the Booker Health Sciences Library to extend its outreach services beyond health fairs to area VFWs and American Legion facilities that do not have computer facilities. The mobile lab will also allow the Library Services team to bring resources to the increasing number of homeless military personnel in the area. Library Services team members will travel to offsite locations in order to provide resource access to veterans and military families.

Syosset Public Library
Syosset, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $6,041.08

The Consumer Health Outreach to Older Adults project aims to develop an education program to train older adult patrons to use computers and the Internet to access health information. The objectives of the project are: (1) to teach older adults about and assist them in making use of the rich online information resources available to meet their daily health information needs (2) to adapt existing information training resources developed by the NLM and NIH for use by public libraries in the training of older adults, and (3) to increase the impact of the rich and authoritative e online health resources of the NLM and NIH in particular NIH Senior Health and MedlinePlus. Susan Santa will travel to a variety of local senior housing complexes in order to conduct training sessions.

Hazelwood YMCA
Pittsburgh, PA
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $8,300

The Winter Workshop Series will focus on providing existing YMCA social services consumers with workshops designed to increase families’ overall health knowledge as well as their awareness of NLM’s health resources. The Series will target YMCA consumers that are parents or caregivers of children ages 0-18 years and will specifically emphasize health information and resources that may be beneficial to the health of the whole family. The Series will consist of a total of six workshop sessions, including: Nutritional Literacy for You and Your Family; Balanced Family-Friendly Meal Options; Family Workouts; Child and Adult CPR/First Aid’ Information, Referral and Advocacy, and Final Session.


Technology Improvement - Express Awards

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley: Medical Libraries at Benedictine, Kingston, and Margaretville Hospitals
Kingston, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $3,475

Our plan is to acquire five iPads. One would be for the use of the Benedictine librarian, and one would be for the librarian at Kingston Hospital. The third and fourth would be made available for loan to nurse educators or nurse managers at Benedictine and Kingston Hospitals for them to use and demonstrate in the clinical areas. The fifth one would be for use by the Director of Education and the Director of Nursing at Margaretville Hospital. All three hospitals have wireless guest access that would support the iPads.

University of Rochester, Medical Center
Rochester, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $9,944

The Library proposes to purchase iPads and associated software and accessories for the librarians, technology support staff, and e-Learning staff to the Library. Hands-on experience and training in iPad technology will extend the knowledge base of those librarians and staff and prepare them to support the customers of the Library in their use of these mobile devices. In particular, the library is preparing for the planned 2012 rollout of iPads to first-and second-year medical students. These devices will be purchased and loaded with resources and apps that are deemed necessary for enhancing the students’ learning and information seeking.

Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $9960.90

iPads loaded with a defined group of textbook applications (apps), study/productivity tools, and medical related apps will be distributed as a pilot project to a cohort of ten faculty and ten students to determine the feasibility, efficacy, and preference for this type of technology in improving access to health and scientific information in the classroom, the initial clinical experience (ICE), and in the student’s self‐directed learning. Usage will be tracked, training will be provided, and the technology will be assessed to determine if requiring iPads is a viable technology solution for upcoming student classes.

Central New York Library Resources Council
Syracuse, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $6000

The award will purchase equipment for a small mobile computer lab. The Medical Circuit Librarian will use the mobile lab to supplement training and teaching at the hospitals on her circuit schedule. Currently, the hospitals on the circuit schedule include three rural hospitals (Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, NY; Oneida Healthcare Center in Oneida, NY, and Rome Memorial Hospital in Rome, NY). Additionally, the equipment will support the training lab at the Central New York Library Resources Council, providing support to medical library professionals and other information professionals.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Medical Library
Utica, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $6661.73

The award will purchase 6 desktop library computers to replace outdated ones.

The Commonwealth Medical College
Scranton, PA
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $10,000

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) librarians propose purchase of 10 tablets for use by second year medical students, as a pilot program to enable convenient and easy access to clinical and health information via library resources while students are out in the field. Students will be encouraged to take tablets with them into clinical settings, i.e., physician’s offices and hospital settings, for the benefit of patient education, to support their own learning and research, and to share with teacher physicians up-to-the-minute clinical information resources. Training of students to use tablets should be minimal beyond orientation, as TCMC students tend to be savvy with information technology.

Fox Chase Cancer Center / Talbot Research Library
Philadelphia, PA
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $2449

The award will fund 3 iPads and relevant hardware/software for medical librarians to enhance and expand outreach reference service, allow librarians to learn and use mobile applications of products, support clientele in using these tools, and increase visibility of the library and librarians in the institution. Project objectives:

  • To enhance reference service encounters outside the library.
  • To improve presentations on library resources at orientations outside the library.
  • To educate librarians in using and supporting mobile technology.
  • To expand service to include mobile technology.

New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $5,221.57

They intend to purchase an iPad for the Education and Curriculum Librarian to support and demonstrate new anatomy teaching technology, as well as 30 copies of the Netter’s Anatomy Atlas iPad application and 30 copies of Grant’s Dissector through Inkling to be used on 30 NYU School of Medicine iPads supplied to the anatomy lab. At the beginning of their anatomy course, students will receive a demonstration from the Librarian of how to access and use the iPads. The demonstration will include an overview of what is contained in each of the applications and how they can be used to support anatomy education. Students will be able to go back and forth between the 3D visualization and the reference applications in real time as they dissect the cadavers to support their learning and retention.

Robert Morris University and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Passavant (Dedicated Education Unit)
Moon Township, PA
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $9,981

Robert Morris Library and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, along with UPMC Passavant, propose to use state-of-the-art technology to augment and improve nursing education as well as patient education activities. By adding iPad2 devices and relevant apps, this project will improve the technology mix for accessing health information which includes workstations in the RMU Library and computing labs, remote access to library databases, circulating laptops, smartphones, iPod Touch devices, and current mobile device compatibility and accessibility initiatives. Nursing students will be the target audience, along with clinical instructors working with the student nurses on patient care units, as well as the RMU Clinical Faculty Instructor and Health Sciences Librarian.

Long Beach Medical Center
Long Beach, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $6,763

The Long Beach Medical Center Library is in great need to update their existing hardware that has led to a severe drop-off in the use of the library by its patrons, doctors, and nurses. Their computers are very old and as a result respond slowly and poorly. Their target audience is comprised of physicians, residents, interns, nursing staff, therapists, family members of patients, and about 200 medical students on yearly rotation in the hospital.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center / Health Quest
Poughkeepsie, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $1,213.98

iPads will be purchased to improve library services by allowing librarian/patron encounters to occur in any location. Improvements in services include immediate demonstrations, portability, instant access to e-resources in meeting settings, simplified exchange, and hands-on experience. Wireless access and portability will allow for a more proactive outreach to boost awareness of library resources and services, not only to in-house staff but also to underserved staff in areas such as outpatient therapy, oncology care, wound care, specialty surgery, ob/gyn clinic and home health.

Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $6,508.50

The availability of handheld computing devices has increased over the past several years, and adoption of these devices has become increasingly widespread. At Pennsylvania Hospital, as elsewhere, librarians and other information professionals are challenged to stay abreast of new devices, in order to support the clinicians who use them. The NN/LM MAR Technology Improvement Express Award would be used by the Pennsylvania Hospital Library to purchase 10 iPad devices (iPad2, 16 GB, Wi-Fi enabled), half of which would be used by library and other information professionals at the hospital, and half of which would be loaned out to clinicians to support their professional information needs.

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children of The Nemours Foundation
Wilmington, DE
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $7,782.82

This project proposes to outfit each of three General Pediatrics Residency teams with iPads; one each will be distributed to the senior resident, the attending physician, the librarian and the nurse. The residents work on block rotations, with the senior resident remaining with the team for approximately four weeks, and the attending physicians and medical librarian rotating through the teams weekly. Each team member will have the capability to access the electronic medical record (EMR) through the iPad on the Nemours secure network and perform his or her own searches within our library portal for access to electronic EBM and library resources.

Albany Medical College
Albany, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $1,462.70

The Schaffer Library of Health Sciences at Albany Medical College, in partnership with the Albany Medical Center (AMC) Archives, proposes a project aimed at digitizing, interpreting, and providing online access for the Albany Medical College student newspaper collection. The collection contains three former student newspapers, The Albany Medical Nexus, 1978-1999, The Differential, 2002-2003, and Student Perspectives, 2004-2005. The project goals are: 1) Digitize 2.4 cubic feet of the student newspaper collection through the purchase of a new scanner and software; 2) Provide online access by making the student newspaper collection available through the Albany Medical College’s website with accompanying metadata. By digitizing the content, we will be facilitating access to the historically important cultural information contained in the student newspaper collection.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Livingston, NJ
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $7,080.65

To create a climate of cooperative learning we will outfit a Health Sciences Library conference room with a 55-inch LED monitor with CPU and keyboard, a dedicated PC workstation, whiteboard and scanner. In addition, a laptop will be available upon request. These tools will promote social leaning, encourage collaboration, and provide a space in which interdisciplinary teams can gather. This natural extension of the library will offer users the freedom of wireless technology, access to web-based clinical information, and a venue in which dynamic learning can take place. Librarians will also use this space to teach medical resources, with an emphasis on EBM.

Hunter-Rice Health Sciences Library at Samaritan Medical Center
Watertown, NY
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $8,094.86

This project will replace and upgrade equipment purchased with previous NN/LM MAR funding for the Hospital Library Program’s Mobile Computing Project. Ultralight portable laptop computers and their accessories will make it much easier for the circuit librarian to carry a fully functioning computer directly to each location served by the Hospital Library Program. Additionally, by purchasing four new iPad2s the library will shorten the current wait time of three months or longer for iPads. A new scanner will be used to offer high-resolution scans of medical pictures, graphs, historical documents, and diagrams to our patrons.

Holy Name Medical Center
Teaneck, NJ
Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $8,640

The library will purchase a single sign-on resource that will allow our patrons easy access to the library’s e-resources from home, office, or hospital. We will do demonstrations of our resources near the cafeteria to allow clientele to view our new access portal for our e-resources.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - New York
New York, NY
Period of Performance: 12/19/2011-4/30/2012
Amount of Funding: $7,437.55

The Library of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York (PCOM-NY) seeks support to purchase portable laptops/iPads for the library in order to meet the increased demand for computers and medical electronic resources. We have limited library space so portable technology will be used to address this increased demand.


Exhibit Awards

January 2012
Wilmington, DE

Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health
Newark, DE

Professional Development Awards

April 1 - April 30, 2012

New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY

March 10 - April 30, 2012

Philadelphia Regional Chapter, Medical Library Association
Continuing Education Chair
Stratford, NJ

PubMed for Trainers
April 24, 2012

Weill Cornell Medical Library
New York, NY

March 21 - 23, 2012

Pinnacle Health System
Harrisburg, PA

PubMed for Trainers
April 24, 2012

Northport VA Medical Center Library
Northport, NY

2012 ILLiad International Conference
March 21 - 23, 2012

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Library
Albany, NY

February 14 - 16, 2012

Health Sciences Library, Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians
November 7 - 9, 2011

Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians
November 7 - 9, 2011

New York Medical College, Health Sciences Library
Valhalla, NY

November 7 - 9, 2011

St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center
Wood-Ridge, NJ

April 16 - 18, 2012

Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

April 16 - 18, 2012

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY

April 16 - 18, 2012

St. Michael's Medical Center
Newark, NJ

January 23, 2012 (Taught by Connie Schardt)

D. Samuel Gottesman Library, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

April 2012 (TBD)

Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey
Princeton, NJ

April 30, 2012

New York–New Jersey Chapter of the Medical Library Association


Good Idea Awards (Continuation of work started in the 2006-2011 contract)

Institute for Family Health
New York, NY
Period of Performance: 10/1/2011-4/30/2012

The project's first component will plan and design a comparison of the demographic similarities and differences among My Chart users who use MedlinePlus Connect in English and Spanish, as well as users that do not use either My Chart or MedlinePlus Connect. Specifically, the project will provide information about patient demographics (race, ethnicity, insurance status, age, language preference), clinical status (chronic illness), and use of services (number of clinical encounters) among users and non-users of My Chart and MedlinePlus Connect. The project's second component will plan and design new usability testing for users of MedlinePlus Connect. The usability testing will assess whether My Chart users: are able to identify the links to MedlinePlus Connect within My Chart; can navigate the links within MedlinePlus Connect, and can remember some of the health information they found as a result of using MedlinePlus Connect.

Period of Performance: 11/1/2011-4/30/2012

The HSLANJ GLI has a proven record of providing low cost, evidence-based electronic resources to participants for more than a decade. Expanding the Initiative to other members of the Middle Atlantic Region ensures that hospitals throughout the region have the same opportunity to license key medical resources at lower consortial rates and thereby provide their health care personnel with enterprise-wide medical resources when and where they are needed.

Period of Performance: 12/1/2011-4/30/2012

The initial NN/LM MAR contract to conduct the Value of Health Library and Information Services in Patient Care study (referred to hereafter as the Value Study) ended on April 30, 2011. Joanne Gard Marshall, Principal Investigator, presented a paper on the pilot study at the MLA 2011 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. During the question period, many questions were asked about additional analyses and dissemination activities that could be undertaken. The continued project will provide further analysis of the Value Study web survey data; further analysis of the interview data; preparation of articles for publication; and archiving the research data.