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Knowledge Management (KM) In Action: Silverman Symposium Posters Online

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

[Guest post by Margo Coletti]

First, some background: The Silverman Symposium is an annual celebration of quality improvement at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the BID community hospitals, now in its 8th year. The Symposium is sponsored by the Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality & Safety (the QI department at BIDMC). The Symposium consists of a morning lecture, followed by two afternoon poster sessions to showcase our own safety and quality improvement initiatives. Each year, over 100 posters are mounted and displayed, either on paper or electronically.  The number of posters has grown every year. For the 2015 symposium we had 183 posters. The poster session is our opportunity to show what we’ve accomplished and share our work with each other. During the session, we make connections, discuss our work, garner ideas, and learn from each other. This is knowledge sharing at its finest.

Last spring we asked ourselves: What happens after the Symposium? How can we help the ideas, the connecting, the learning, the sharing continue? Up until this year, the posters had been archived in PDF format on the Silverman Symposium website, but they were not searchable. They were not even discoverable unless the searcher knew the title and year of the poster. In the spring of 2014, after that year’s symposium, we approached a Silverman Institute director. We explained that we in Knowledge Services wanted to harness the knowledge represented by the posters and make it accessible after the symposium. This was an ideal opportunity to utilize and showcase our knowledge management (KM) skills.

With the approval and cooperation of the Silverman Institute, we applied for a Knowledge Management Pilot Project funding from the NN/LM NER. The goal of our project was to produce a searchable, openly-accessible repository of projects, represented by posters, in order to foster knowledge sharing both within the BID organizations and within the global healthcare community.  The objectives were to:

  1. Organize the Silverman Posters PDFs into one searchable repository that is openly accessible and discoverable via Google or any other web search engine.
  2. Design a database that can be used by Knowledge Services as a blueprint for similar projects.
  3. Raise the level of awareness of the quality and safety projects which are undertaken each year in BIDMC.
  4. Raise the visibility and value of Knowledge Services.

The grant allowed us to hire a consultant, Brandy King, MLS, to provide technical expertise in the software selection and database design. It also paid for the first year’s software license. Knowledge Services Director, Margo Coletti, AMLS, AHIP and Senior Information Specialist, Nathan Norris, MLS, AHIP, worked with Brandy King and with Silverman Institute Director of Regulatory Affairs, Kathy Murray. Brandy came on board in August, 2015, and the database software, Omeka, was selected in September.

The work that went into designing the database was shared by everyone on the team. We considered the needs of all of the stakeholders: the database owners (Knowledge Services), the content owners (Silverman Institute), the authors (BID staff members), and the end users (healthcare professionals both within and outside of the BID organization). The Omeka software proved problematic in some areas and we had to work around the quirks and limitations. The most challenging piece was the taxonomy. We considered several options for building a searchable vocabulary and in the end we agreed that the Institute of Medicine’s quality indicators would be of greatest value to the organization. Diane Young, MLS, Information Specialist, joined the team in January, 2015, for the most labor-intensive phase of the project, the data input. By April 9th, the day of the 2015 Symposium, we had loaded, edited and tagged 644 posters, dating from 2012 through 2015.

Silverman Symposium Posters Online can now be viewed at . It is a work in progress as we are still adding the back file from 2006 through 2011. And starting with 2016, we will be reassessing our tags, perhaps adding other indicators of quality such as patient safety goals.

Our project has had an immediate impact on our organization in its recognition of the function and abilities of Knowledge Services. On April 23rd, we presented the database at the BIDMC Leadership Meeting. After the meeting, we were approached by two different people, representing Nursing and Ethics respectively, to work with each of them on different KM projects.

The database itself has contributed to the mission of the medical center, “extraordinary care, where the patient comes first, supported by world-class education and research.” Each of the QI projects represented by the posters is an exercise in knowledge sharing that benefits patient care, teaching and research. It allows our staff to learn from each other and it allows people outside the institution to learn from us as well.

Finally, as the project uses database technology to harness our internal knowledge assets to benefit our community of users, it serves as an example of KM in action (the 3-legged stool of KM: people, technology and knowledge assets). As such, our project was featured in a CE class at MLA 2015, “Knowledge Sharing for Improvement: Hospital Librarians as Knowledge Managers.”

We are grateful to the New England Region for their support.

Submitted by Margo Coletti, Director, Knowledge Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN276201100010C with the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. These populations include but are not limited to men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos.


Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.


Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.


Awards are offered for up to $50,000.


Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.


The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site :


Primary Point of Contact:

Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist

Office of Acquisitions (OA)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105

Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488


Fax: 301-402-0642



 Secondary Point of Contact :

Shari Shor, Contracting Officer

Office of Acquisitions (OA)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105

Bethesda, MD 20892-5488

Office Phone: 301-496-6546

Fax: 301-402-0642



Funding: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Beginning in 2011, the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center has funded 21 of these disaster outreach projects.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies. Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, July 6, 2015 by 12 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015,” please visit:

Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43/R44)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes and in preventing disease and improving health. Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations.


NIMHD is committed to supporting a wide range of research aimed at the development of innovative diagnostics, treatments, and preventative strategies and making these products available and accessible to those individuals and communities bearing disproportionate burdens of illness. Technologies to address the unique challenges encountered in rural areas are of particular interest, including technologies to support healthy eating and active living, access and utilization of important government services and new scientific information and technologies that can help improve their quality of life; decrease food insecurity and decrease childhood obesity rates. Technologies to be developed may be new and innovative or they may arise from existing technologies that by redesign create increased and more attractive opportunities for health disparity populations to experience better health, improve their current health, prevent and treat disease, and maintain a long and healthy lifestyle.


Earliest Submission Date: June 23, 2015

Application Due Date: July 23, 2015

Learn more here: RFA-MD-15-009


Related funding opportunity: RFA-MD-15-008

Technologies for Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42)

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