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Archive for April, 2012

New Titles in the Professional Development Library

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

We’ve added 12 new books to the SE/A Professional Development Library:

  • Hernon, Peter. Assessing service quality: satisfying the expectations of library customers /Peter Hernon and Ellen Altman. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010.
  • Crawford, Walt .Open access: what you need to know now. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011.
  • Kern, M. Kathleen. Virtual reference best practices: tailoring services to your library. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
  • Barber, Peggy and Wallace, Linda. Building a buzz: libraries & word-of-mouth marketing. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010.
  • The library PR handbook: high-impact communications /edited by Mark R. Gould. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
  • Bite-sized marketing : realistic solutions for the overworked librarian /Nancy Dowd, Mary Evangeliste and Jonathan Silberman. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010.
  • Landau, Herbert B. Winning library grants: a game plan. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011.
  • Kane, Laura Townsend. Working in the virtual stacks :the new library & information science. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011.
  • Pre- & post- retirement tips for librarians /edited by Carol Smallwood. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012.
  • Doucett, Elisabeth. Creating your library brand: communicating your relevance and value to your patrons. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.
  • Harris, Lesley Ellen. Licensing digital content: a practical guide for librarians. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
  • The ALA book of library grant money /edited by Ann Kepler. 8th ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012. (2 copies available)

As always, borrowing these books is free. For instruction on borrowing these items and a list of all titles, please visit our Professional Development Library page at:

Health Literate Organizations

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

While we promote health literacy for patients and consumers (, we should also take the opportunity to reach out to the decision makers and planners in our institutions to help them become health literate. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a discussion paper earlier this year describing the “Attributes of a Health Literate Organization.” As institutions make decisions about how to help patients become more literate about their health care, librarians can aid in the process by sharing information with various groups in the institution. This can be an excellent opportunity to shine as a crucial player in the healthcare decision making process and also market your library to key stake holders. Please take a moment to read the document from the IOM to see how you can help your partners in health care increase their health literacy. For more information, please contact the RML @ 800-338-7657 (choice number 1 on menu) or

IOM Link:        


National Public Health Week in the SE/A

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

by Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator

This week is National Public Health Week (NPHW), organized annually by the American Public Health Association, in an effort to spotlight issues important to the public’s health. This year’s theme is “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time.” For overall information see Books and resources, a planner’s guide and toolkit, media outreach materials, legislative information, downloadable logos and many other resources are available. For events across the country, see the calendar at

Each day of the week will focus on a different aspect of the overall theme:

  • Monday – A Healthier America and YOU: The impact your health has on your community
  • Tuesday – Your Community: The impact your community’s health has on the nation
  • Wednesday – Your School: How education and school policies can improve students’ health
  • Thursday – Your Workplace: How healthy employees and healthy businesses can effect real change
  • Friday – Your Nation: How the nation’s health is dependent on all individuals and communities.

 Also, Friday is also National Public Health Student Day.

 Here are just a few of the activities SE/A Network members are doing to spotlight National Public Health Week. Feel free to add your own institution’s activities in the comments section of this blogpost. Together, one community at a time, we can make a Healthier America!

  •  The Health Sciences Library at Mercer School of Medicine in Savannah is doing a book sale. 
  • St. Petersburg College Health Education Center in Florida, together with the National University of Health Sciences, is having a panel discussion on “Healthy Living – How To Incorporate It Into Your Daily Life.”
  • The Graduate Program in Public Health and MPH Class of 2013 at Eastern Virginia Medical School are sponsoring an event called “Got Wellness? Get It…” and the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library will have a booth to promote free consumer health information.
  • North Carolina State University is doing  a display on healthy and safe walking with pets
  • Geethra Sridaran will be providing a health literacy class for South Cobb Regional Library, part of a series of these classes she has been providing on her own time for public librarians in the area.
  • Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama Birmingham is hosting a PHSA-sponsored poster display on injury prevention, having an HIV-testing day at the library, and staffing a booth at the Public Health Research Day event on Tuesday where they’ll be demoing their new evidence-based public health LibGuide.
  • The NIH Library in Bethesda is making this a month long activity by (1) highlighting staff that support researchers working in the field of public health, (2) promoting National Public Health Week, (3) promoting a public health resource, and (4) discussing ways to stay abreast of what is going on in the field.  Look for their work at (

Beyond the SEA: April 18, 2012 - Electronically Embedded: Librarians and the Electronic Medical Record

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Date:  April 18th, 2012

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm (EST)

Presenter: Janet Schneider

Bio:  Janet Schneider is recently-retired Chief of Library Service at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida.  She was instrumental in the formation of one of the first VA patient education library programs in the nation in 1976, and has spent her professional career in promoting the librarian as an integral part of the health care team. She has worked to advance the rights of patients to access reader-appropriate evidence-based information, including their own health records, in order to make informed decisions about their health care. She has chaired the VA Library Network’s (VALNET) Consumer Health Library Panel, and has authored numerous articles and one book chapter on patient education and consumer health issues. She began a formal information therapy program in 1997, and has been involved with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs electronic patient health record program “My HealtheVet ( since its inception in 2001.

Presentation:  Electronically Embedded:  Librarians and the Electronic Medical Record

Electronic medical records (EMRs) are increasingly being implemented by health care organizations and private practitioners.  The benefits to patients and health care organizations are great, providing continuity of care and patient safety through clinician access to one’s comprehensive health records. Librarians have the opportunity to provide point of care resources directly through the EMR as well as participate in information therapy services, to provide consumer health information in collaboration with the referring clinicians. A case report of how  Veterans Healthcare Administration librarians are providing services and resources through the VA’s Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and My HealtheVet web portal will be presented.

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