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SAVE March 7, 2016: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

When you hear “Big Data” what comes to mind? Research? That’s where the NN/LM focus has been–introducing health sciences librarians to the role they can play in managing and curating research data, introducing health sciences librarians to training resources and tools to teach students and researchers what should be considered when they produce data.
Big data does not just exist in the research setting. There is a lot of patient data that exists in each of our hospitals, medical centers, and healthcare systems. Doesn’t this quantity of patient data qualify it as big data too? Some of us say the answer is, “Yes.”

On March 7, 2016 the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental (MCR) and Pacific Northwest Regions (PNR) are sponsoring an event that will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice.

Librarian participants will have the opportunity to explore how they can contribute to the use of clinical data as evidence and the skills they can develop to support health care organizations in the use of data. Read more »

Introducing Annette Parde-Maass

Annette Parde-MaassAnnette Parde-Maass is the new Nebraska/Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. She is located at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her BA in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and MA in Information Science and Learning Technologies (emphasis in Library Science) from the University of Missouri in partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha. She previously worked at Midland University as the Librarian, Nebraska Wesleyan University in the library, Historical Studies, and National History Day: Nebraska, and at museums in Nebraska, Kentucky, and Ohio.

She lives in the Omaha area with her husband and two sons. She loves to travel. Annette has visited all of the MCR states. In the past three years added nine more states to the list she has visited, for a total of thirty-one (not counting airports).

EFTS Questionnaire

Many of our Full Network members do not participate in The Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS). It is a joint project of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Health Sciences Library, University of Connecticut and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) which allows participating libraries to electronically bill and pay for interlibrary loan items. In order to better understand the reasons for non-participation, we sent a questionnaire to those eligible for but not using the program in the spring of 2015.

EFTS Questionnaire

EFTS is an efficient and virtually error free method, used by many DOCLINE participants, for paying and receiving payment for interlibrary loans while eliminating most of the paperwork. As of the date of the questionnaire 71 (52 %) of eligible institutions in the region used EFTS, while 66 (48%) institutions did not participate. The non-participants were targeted for inclusion in the invitation to respond to the questionnaire. I revised a questionnaire that was sent to the same group in 2009 and integrated a couple of new questions. Six institutions were eliminated from the list of those receiving the questionnaire because they had no staff at the time. The questionnaire was initially emailed on April 30, 2015 with final responses due by May 12, 2015. Sixty institutions were invited to participate and 18 responded. Read more »

Engaging Faculty and Students with an NLM Traveling Exhibition

Ashley Creek
University of Saint Mary
Leavenworth, Kansas

Hosting a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is an affordable, easy way to bring the larger conversations about healthcare and medicine to your own library community. For the cost of shipping the exhibit to the next location (usually between $300-$700), you will be loaned six freestanding panels and have access to a wealth of supplementary material on the exhibit’s web site. Downloadable audio tours, lesson plans for teachers, online games, supplementary videos, and more are available with each exhibit. These online resources also make it possible to reach out to community partners to develop programming before the exhibit even arrives.

At the University of Saint Mary, we paired the display of the exhibit Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture with an interdisciplinary course on the topic. The course was co-taught by faculty from the Biology and Global Studies programs, with nine additional faculty participants representing a wide variety of academic disciplines coming together to explore the impact of the AIDS epidemic on American society. Since today’s college students were born well after the initial AIDS discovery and ensuing panic, faculty members talked about their personal experiences as well as the impact of AIDS on their fields of research. Read more »

Whooo Says…

Dear Whooo,

I am new to the health sciences side of librarianship, and find the work fascinating. I love that my work has such a direct impact on the health of individuals.

I have just finished reading the MLA News from October 2015 and was shocked to read that 40% of the medical libraries in the United States were closed between 1989 and 2006. After doing further investigation, I read the article “Looking at MCR Library Closures: What’s Happening and Why!” from the April 2015 Plains to Peaks Post which discussed the rate of health sciences library closures from 2011 through March 2015. In that time period, 613 NN/LM member libraries closed, for an average of 115 closings per year. I’m not sure what that does to the 40% closure rate listed above, but it certainly reflects a serious situation!

What is behind these closings, and why isn’t there some regulation or governing body statement to ensure the presence and use of a medical library in the hospital setting?

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Association for Information Science and Technology 2015 Annual Meeting

Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community

Courtney Butler
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
Kansas City, Missouri

ASIS&T LogoThanks to the generous professional development award presented by the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, I attended the 2015 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting in November. I am grateful for the opportunity.

The meeting was not strictly a library event but rather a conference for all information professionals. The theme was “Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community.” I chose this particular event because I hoped it would expand my understanding of information science as a field and provide inspiration for new and innovative research and programming directions within my own institution. I was not disappointed. Read more »

Loansome Doc Questionnaire

Loansome Doc is a system supported by the National Library of Medicine that allows anyone to connect with participating DOCLINE libraries to order articles, at low or no cost. Providing this kind of service helps drive one mission of the NN/LM which is “providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information.”

Only 26 (19%) of MCR DOCLINE participants provide Loansome Doc services to unaffiliated health professionals. A year ago a questionnaire was developed to determine why the other 81% of MCR DOCLINE participants aren’t providing Loansome Doc services to unaffiliated health professionals. I devised a questionnaire in Survey Monkey and identified 101 suitable institutions. An invitation was sent on February 19, 2015 and a response was requested within nine days. Thirty-one (30.7%) of those invited responded. Most of the respondents (20) were from hospital libraries. Other respondents were from academic libraries (7) and other libraries (4). Read more »

Mobile App Experience Project – 2nd Quarter Reviews

This year is flying by quickly and the Quarter 2 mobile app reviews are now available. Our 19 participants reviewed a total of 20 apps this quarter, ranging from productivity to diagnosis to meditation and everything in between. To learn the context of this project plus see previous app reviews, you can click on the links below.

While our reviews ask for more detailed information, the summaries below will help you learn basic information (app name, operating system, sponsor/publisher/creator, cost, web links, etc.), who the primary user is (professional/layperson), creator’s credentials, bias, currency of information, and ease of app’s navigation/access, etc. We also asked the evaluators to rate the app from excellent all the way down to “not worth your time or money.”

Take a look at the summary of the app evaluations below and perhaps it will help you select an app that is right for you or your clients. The full app reviews will be published on our web site in the future. Please note that the app evaluations submitted by the project participants are theirs alone and are not the evaluation of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Read more »