This guest post is from Terry Ann Jankowski, Assistant Director for User Experience at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington, reporting about the project that was funded with a Medical Library Pilot Project Award received from the NN/LM PNR.
For the past 10 years, the Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) has operated in the University of Washington’s undergraduate library. It offers both drop-in and by appointment services to all UW students, staff and faculty. However, it was underutilized by the health sciences population because of its distance from the UW Health Sciences Library (HSL). In 2014 a public health student came to us and proposed that we offer appointments in HSL and OWRC@HSL was born. We offered 150 sessions that year at a 90% fill rate. Buoyed by success we applied for a Medical Library Project Award to offer more sessions, improve the publicity and work with the tutors to increase their understanding of the scientist as a writer.
With the funding we were able to offer almost 500 sessions during the year of the pilot with a 50% fill rate and reached 160 unique users. In addition, usage by the health sciences population at the OUGL site increased by 25% so it would appear that the greater publicity enhanced the visibility of the service overall. Tutors attended discussions with HSL librarians to learn about resources for students and we developed a LibGuide of resources for them. The science librarians on campus sponsored (with financial assistance from our pilot) a panel of editors from STEM journals talking about what it is like to publish in the sciences and several tutors attended that as well.
Two of the top challenges we faced were meshing the tutors’ schedules with our clientele’s schedules as well as settling on a permanent location for OWRC@HSL. A future topic of conversation is how to provide distance support. Both the OWRC and HSL are committed to continuing the service as funding permits and are exploring future directions for this exciting new resource.
Tuesday June 14
1:00-2:00pm PT, noon- 1:00pm Alaska, 2:00-3:00pm MT
Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Oregon Health & Science University Library will present about the Open Insight program which is designed to inspire an understanding and the adoption of open science practices and activities. Meg Brunner, staff librarian at the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, will present about the online toolkit of resources created to increase outreach and education for Washington state’s communities needing reliable substance abuse information. Read more »
While attending the Children’s Author luncheon at the Public Library Association conference in Denver this past April I couldn’t help but take note that Sherman Alexie began his talk by talking about a medical condition. The focus of his talk was not about medicine and medical care but he did focus several minutes humorously recounting his medical experience regarding the benign brain tumor that was removed. He involved the men in the audience by noting that few men take the initiative to seek preventative health care, including himself, because every time they go they receive a diagnosis. So why would you go?!
Alexie’s logic may be questionable but is is not an unusual perception by many men. Men tend to live unhealthier lives compared to women. They tend to drink and smoke more, take greater risks, and tend to delay or just not seek medical care such as regular checkups, health screening, or treatment. And, if you are a man of a racial or ethnic minority, your health is trailing behind even more than the general population. Read more »
Wednesday June 15
1:00-2:00pm PT, noon- 1:00pm Alaska, 2:00-3:00pm MT
Engaging Public Libraries in Community Health Information and Services is the name of the the next PNR Rendezvous presentation. In collaboration with the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest regional medical library (NN/LM PNR), University of Washington Information School MLIS candidate Liz Morris planned and executed outreach activities to gather input from public libraries in Idaho regarding their current efforts, needs, priorities and perceptions regarding community health information and services.
The broad goal of this work has been to further clarify and refine ways in which NN/LM PNR can continue to meet the health information needs of public libraries and their communities in Idaho (and across the network), via training or other services. Attend this Rendezvous to a) learn more about current trends in consumer health information in public libraries, b) discover key take-aways from the focus groups with the Idaho public library community, and c) share your perspective on community health outreach needs or activities at your library and in your community.
View a 1 minute promo video: https://youtu.be/3RJhfEqEAfM
Use this link to the project overview/description of Liz’s project: https://ischool.uw.edu/capstone/projects/2016/engaging-public-libraries-community-health-information-and-services Read more »
This is a summary of a presentation from the recent Medical Library Association annual conference in Toronto from Andrea Ball, Care Management and Population Health Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library
The Affordable Care Act has brought many changes to healthcare. This transformation is moving at a fast pace and librarians are trying to keep up. The University of Washington has established itself as an Accountable Care Network (ACN) striving towards the Triple Aim of improved health, increased patient satisfaction and reduced costs. As such, a new clinical librarian position was created with the title of Care Management and Population Health librarian. This position supports the organization in its ACN development through searching, LibGuide and Alerts development. Read more »
Effective June 1, Emily Glenn is moving to Omaha, Nebraska for her new position as Liaison Librarian with the Education and Research Services team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s McGoogan Library of Medicine.
Since joining the NN/LM PNR as Community Health Outreach Coordinator, Emily helped to increase the visibility of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources through paper and poster presentations, most recently presenting about HealthReach at the Northwest Regional African Immigrant Health Conference, and as pictured here, at the Alaska Public Health Association’s Annual Health Summit in Anchorage in January. She has delivered a number of courses on NLM and health information topics and resources, such as ClinicalTrails.gov, Public Health Information on the Web, Dazzling Data Visualization, and also served as a trainer to the Washington State Department of Health for the NN/LM Public Health Information Access Project. This spring, she facilitated the inaugural PNR Data Journal Club and then collaborated to develop a follow-on course using resources form the Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes forum, of which she was a member of the planning committee. Emily has also taken the lead for emergency preparedness in the region by serving as a consultant and trainer for the Health Sciences Library’s Response and Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN) project and by coordinating the PNR’s first virtual tabletop exercise in disaster preparation, Getting Back to Normal.
Emily hopes to keep in close touch with her friends and colleagues in the Pacific Northwest Region. In fact, she will have boots on the ground in Washington this summer to climb Mt. Rainier!
Please join us in congratulating Emily as she embarks on her exciting and new direction!