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Educational Needs Assessment 2010 Survey Results

1. We would like your suggestions for new technology classes. Below are some potential topics to use as a starting point. Select those of interest and please suggest additional topics.

Potential Classes Total # of Responses (n=136) % of all Responses
Designing online classes 79 58.1%
Mobile technologies 74 54.4%
Website development 65 47.8%
Digitization 50 36.8%
Advanced screencasting 36 26.5%
Free communication software 35 25.7%
Troubleshooting hardware/networking 29 21.3%

Additional topics:

  • As PubMed continues to change, a webcast on the changes would be helpful.
  • Free web conferencing, such as DimDim
  • Communicating with IT staff (for those of us who don't have our own library-oriented technology person)
  • More on expert web & database searching
  • Digital signage (advertising library resources, etc.)
  • The List: The most authoritative health information web sites:,, state GoLocal site (NLM GoLocal program), etc. & same sites in Spanish
  • Blending new technology with old; You know more than you think! (A class to incorporate current knowledge with small steps into use of new technologies, like how MyLife is similar to Facebook, for example.)
  • Advanced notification about PubMed changes to help us help our users adjust and optimize their searches. I'm on the Technical Bulletin list, but we are still usually advised at the time or slightly after changes are made.
  • Open access journals
  • Open source tools
  • Digitizing audio/video formats would be helpful
  • Electronic Records Management
  • Web 2.0 or Web 3.0 applications
  • Adult learning, advanced teacher training, developing curriculum, course design
  • Optimizing Serhold or LinkOut


2. We would like your suggestions for new public health classes. Below are some potential topics to use as a starting point. Select those of interest and please suggest additional topics.

Potential Classes Total # of Responses (n=132) % of all Responses
Epidemiology for beginners/librarians 72 54.5%
Evidence-based public health 69 52.3%
Health disparities 52 39.4%
Cultural competency 48 36.4%
Web 2.0 in public health 47 35.6%
Geographic Information Systems 43 32.6%
Public health information needs of consumers 39 29.5%
Health issues in the news 30 22.7%
Public health workforce outreach 29 22.0%

Additional topics:

  • GLBT Health Resources, HIV/AIDS Resources
  • Health Literacy
  • Retired healthcare workers; great resource for providing healthcare services to the underserved
  • More statistics PLEASE
  • Immigrant healthcare
  • Overview: epidemic risks for children & seniors. Those 2 populations are the most at-risk in any epidemic.
  • How about the American Indians? I think people would be fascinated with their health ideas. They are the original "American Public Health"; get librarian Delores Poncho of Texas' Alabama-Coushatta tribe, Dr. Low Dog of New Mexico. American Indians have a radically different approach to "American" "Federal" "medicine" and feelings about plants, and such; fascinating!


3. We would like your suggestions for new consumer health classes. Below are some potential topics to use as a starting point. Select those of interest and please suggest additional topics.

Potential Classes Total # of Responses (n=126) % of all Responses
Medicare and other senior health cost concerns 65 51.6%
Reliable nutrition resources 64 50.8%
Health resources for non-English speakers 48 38.1%
Diabetes resources 47 37.3%
Insurance resources 45 35.7%
Evaluating your consumer health project 43 34.1%
Health resources for persons with disabilities 37 29.4%
Cancer resources 34 27.0%
Health resources for elementary and middle school children 32 25.4%

Additional topics:

  • GLBT Health Resources, HIV/AIDS Resources
  • Health topics for college students
  • Women's health issues
  • Resources/assistance for those affected by a disaster
  • How to navigate through the healthcare agencies to have access to healthcare. Finding a Medical Home.
  • Parent or family-focused (pediatric) consumer health
  • Obesity resources
  • People are so ignorant about nutrition; get Dr. Anderson, the USDA cinnamon/diabetes researcher and a PhD nutritionist who can communicate plus do not discount the possible virus origin of the "diabetes epidemic"
  • Strategies for effectively supporting consumer participation in decision making. Understanding risk.
  • In addition to or as a separate class, the equipment used for the diverse variety of disabilities. I attended a class that included a tour of a disability resource center that also worked with the person with disability on a variety of equipment that amazed me. I remember thinking more people need to know about these resources to help the disabled.
  • Fitness resources; HIV/AIDS resources
  • Consumer health genetics information
  • America vs the rest of the world in healthcare (yes, it's big, but what do we know?)


4. We would like your suggestions for additional classes on NLM databases. Below are some potential ideas to use as a starting point. What databases are you interested in learning more about?

Potential Classes Total # of Responses (n=122) % of all Responses
MeSH in depth 73 59.8%
NCBI databases 56 45.9%
WISER (Wireless Information System fo Emergency Responders) 47 38.5%
Clinical Trials 43 35.2%
NIHSeniorHealth 32 26.2%
Household Products Database 29 23.8%
HIV/AIDS Resources & AIDSInfo 16 13.1%
Cancer resources 34 27.0%
Health resources for elementary and middle school children 32 25.4%

Additional topics:

  • GLBT Health Resources, any nutrition &/or weight loss info, any exercise info
  • PubMed: The changes have made searching more difficult. PubMed changes have affected my ability to provide the best hits per search. I'm searching for articles to improve patient health outcomes. What happened to Advanced Search with Fields?
  • Genetics databases
  • Expert PubMed searching, quality improvement in healthcare/resources, EBM web resources
  • Use of specialized physician-oriented databases, such as MDConsult and Up-To-Date, by librarians - perhaps negotiate access in a certain number of libraries in each state with access at reduced price as a public service.
  • Can you provide training on HCUPS and other data for mining from AHRQ? It seems I'm getting questions on this stuff because of quality improvement and it is hard to learn on your own.
  • More PubMed
  • Mobile MEDLINE, PICO interface
  • Refresher courses for medium to expert searchers
  • Higher level of NCBI databases - like when the scientists used to come and give the classes
  • CDC in depth


5. What other topics have we missed?

  • Information on healthcare. People are confused about the Health Care Reform and it is scaring mostly the senior adults. They are afraid due to lack of information in easily read language.
  • Citation management (free alternatives to Reference Manager, EndNote, etc...or even Reference Manager, EndNote); How My NCBI (My Bibliography) interfaces with the NIH grant application; How to Search for Evidence; How to Read a Paper
  • If there are major changes to any of the NLM databases, it is always good to have a webcast on those changes.
  • Go Local for minority (non-English speaking) for all region
  • Partnerships - who with, how to; better and more in depth grant writing workshops, FRBR, archives - all topics; sexuality education; health resources for children, teens, and/or young adults; connecting to community based resources
  • Promoting Research & Scholarly Activity in the Ambivalent (Busy, Apathetic, etc.) Physician
  • Advanced Grant Writing
  • Copyright issues, especially regarding "new" technology, and ILL
  • Information literacy for patients
  • I really struggle to find information on the MANAGEMENT of healthcare.
  • That all sounded pretty comprehensive.
  • Technical services/collection development-oriented topics. Maybe something along the lines of electronic resources acquisitions, which could include topics like negotiating licenses, troubleshooting (for ejournals), best practices for working with vendors, etc.
  • Healthcare Quality data/resources
  • It would help to have some new CHIS-approved courses for those who want to renew but not take the same thing.
  • Epidemics, disaster planning/resources
  • I suggest a refresher course for non-health-science librarians, especially reference librarians in public libraries, to get to know our work and our networks, like NN/LM, so they will know what colleagues to contact for a health-related question.
  • Training for the NIH grant investigators and open access practice
  • What about statistical data sources - like AHRQ or HCUP or the Center for Health Statistics? These resources are valuable and somewhat hard to start out using.
  • The cutting edge; PubMed is a bit conservative, so how do we find the cutting edge of medical research?
  • Fundamentals of effective teaching/learning
  • You had addressed it a little, I think, but a lot more on health literacy. I've found that although the info we provide is wonderful, but what are we doing to make sure they are comprehending and understanding the information? Even intelligent Masters prepared professionals at times don't digest the info - how can we, using our resources and tools, address this? Also, a class on how to incorporate library services in with Joint Commission and other safety accreditations. Something like: what can your library do to help your institution achieve magnet status or Joint Commission, etc.
  • Designing a research project
  • Not necessarily a topic, but more web-based offerings would be appreciated. Budget cuts make it difficult to get money for traveling.
  • You asked about advanced screencasting. I really think the beginning screencasting needs more attention around the network.
  • Maybe I missed this somewhere, but I would like more on how librarians can help nurses- using nursing databases, connecting with nurses in your organization, training nurses, etc. I'm in a new position where nurses are my primary patron group, and I definitely need some help in providing the best service I can.
  • Health resources for veterans and their families / and for persons with disabilities
  • Reference Refresher?
  • Elementary statistics for EBM - like p values, NNTT. Analyzing articles for evidence.
  • Resources to find Impact Factors and Times Cited
  • PubMed; always PubMed