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Archive for October, 2012

Beyond The SEA: November 14th, 2012 – Developing an Infrastructure for Information Support for Clinical and Translational Researchers

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Date:  November 14th, 2012

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm (EDT)

Presenters: Michele Tennant, Jennifer Lyon, Rolando Milian, Hannah Norton

Michele Tennant, PhD, MLIS, AHIP, is the Assistant Director for Biomedical and Health Information Services with the Health Science Center Libraries and Bioinformatics Librarian with the University of Florida’s Genetics Institute. As head of the department, Michele works with 9 librarians to develop and implement information services for the researchers, students and clinicians of the six colleges of the Health Science Center. As Bioinformatics Librarian, she serves the information needs of genetics researchers at UF. Michele received her PhD in Biology from Wayne State University, and her MLIS from UCLA, and is active in both the Medical Library Association and Special Libraries Association. She is the PI on the NNLM grant “Developing an Infrastructure for Information Support for Clinical and Translational Researchers”, and led the external and general information assessments described in this presentation.

Jennifer A. Lyon, MS, MLIS, AHIP, is the clinical research librarian at the Health Science Center Libraries at the University of Florida. She is responsible for supporting the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute and also serves as the liaison librarian to the departments of Emergency Medicine and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. She has nearly 12 years’ experience as a bioinformatics and clinical librarian, providing information services at the point-of-care for various hospital units while also working with laboratory researchers. She has hands-on experience in both clinical and biological research, holding an MS in Molecular Biology (UW-Madison) as well as her MLIS (UNCG). Additionally, she has taken formal coursework in the M.Ed. program at Vanderbilt. She is a co-PI on the NNLM grant “Developing an Infrastructure for Information Support for Clinical and Translational Researchers.”

Rolando Milian, MLS, AHIP, is the Basic Biomedical Sciences Librarian/ Liaison at the Univ. of Florida Health Sciences Center Library. After obtaining his B.S. in Biology at the University of Havana, Cuba, he worked for seven years at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana on projects related to the effect of cytokines on Human Papillomavirus-associated diseases. At the Health Sciences Center Libraries, he provides liaison librarian services including bioinformatics support to the faculty, post-docs, staff and students in selected basic biomedical sciences departments and academic programs in the Health Science Center such as the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;  Neuroscience; Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine; and Physiology and Functional Genomics, among others. He is co- PI on the NNLM grant “Developing an Infrastructure for Information Support for Clinical and Translational Researchers”, and led the bioinformatics needs assessments described in this presentation.

Hannah Norton, MSIS, AHIP, is an Assistant University Librarian at the University of Florida Health Science Center Library, serving primarily as librarian liaison to the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Medicine. Her research interests include library support for e-science and data curation in the health sciences, library-based bioinformatics support, and the library as place.  Hannah has recently been appointed chair of UF’s Data Curation and Management Task Force.  She holds a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College and an M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is co- PI on the NNLM grant “Developing an Infrastructure for Information Support for Clinical and Translational Researchers”, and led the data management needs assessments described in this presentation.

Presentation: Developing an Infrastructure for Information Support for Clinical and Translational Researchers

This presentation will focus on the work done to develop an information support program for clinical and translational medicine researchers at the University of Florida. The work was funded in part through an award from the NN/LM SE/A and addresses the challenges of understanding and meeting the information needs of researchers working in a rapidly expanding field of medical inquiry.

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Share Your Success: Medical University of South Carolina Library’s Tech Fair

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

by Mary Mauldin, EdD, Professor and Executive Director, Office of Instructional Technology & Faculty Resources, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

From April 2 through April 4, 2012, the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) library sponsored a Tech Fair that was beyond anything previously experienced at MUSC!   This event was made possible through an Information Technology and Public Awareness Award given by the NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region in September 2011.

The goal of the Fair was to demonstrate projects and technology that promote collaboration across departments and colleges, and projects that incorporate digital content in meaningful ways in research, teaching, and learning.

Everyone we could think of was invited to the Fair including all faculty, staff and students at MUSC plus students, faculty, staff and librarians from five local colleges and universities.  However, we wanted to share our gift from NN/LM SEA with as many people as possible so we also invited medical specialists and librarians from 3 major hospitals and 16 public libraries in the Charleston area. At the end of the three-day event, over 300 people participated.

Through the generous support of the NN/LM SEA award, the Tech Fair included:

  • A keynote address by the director of an improvisational theatre illustrating that while technology is important, it never surpasses the power of making human connections.
  • Two seminars, one by a faculty member from the Art Institute of Charleston titled, “Tips for Digital Video and Photography: Strategies for Enhanced Results” and the second by Apple, Inc., titled, “Apple Mobile Technology Update”.

The Tech Fair is the largest campus-wide event sponsored by the MUSC library. The success of this year’s Tech Fair increased student and faculty awareness about the various ways the library can support their teaching and learning. Through the Tech Fair and other services provided as part of the MUSC’s Learning Commons initiative, students are understanding the scope and impact of not only the library but also of the importance and influence they have to provide support to the library. For example, the SGA raised money to put towards renovation of the library’s third floor. Students also worked with the library and the Art Institute of Charleston on the design of proposed artwork for the library.

Not to be minimized in any way, the Tech Fair also supported two of MUSC’s four strategic initiatives: Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary and Innovation/Technology, as evidenced by this email sent by MUSC’s President Ray Greenberg, who also attended the Tech Fair:

“…It was a great idea to do this and I hope that we can do it as a regular event. This

really goes to the heart of innovation/technology in the strategic plan – it is not just

about research technology transfer – it is about how we use technology to transform all

that we do. Thanks for being such a great advocate, champion and utilizer of technology

on this campus.”




Dr. Ray Greenberg

President, MUSC


In addition, the Tech Fair provided an opportunity for MUSC’s administrators to see the library’s services “in action”.  Deans, Associate Deans, and the Assistant Provost for Education participated in the event.

Bottom line:  The Tech Fair provided a showcase for the library’s services and reinforced the  fact that the MUSC library is eager to collaborate with others from across the university and beyond.  From survey results it was a HUGE success  – and just within the past two weeks, two administrators contacted the library about the Tech Fair:  The Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Graduate Studies said that after attending the keynote session, they recently invited the keynote speaker to lead a session for the PhD students on communication and collaboration, and the Associate Provost for Education and Student Life asked when the next Tech Fair was scheduled!



Demonstration of new Apple products by Grey Mull from Apple, Inc.


Greg Tavares (Co-Founder of improve theater) and students demonstrating the role of improvisation in teamwork.


Student with new iPad – Is he happy or just what!!!

Share Your Success: iPads and EMS at Tallahassee Community College

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Thanks to an Emerging Technologies grant from NN/LM, the Ghazvini  Library was able to obtain 10 iPads.  Beginning in the upcoming spring semester, the EMS faculty and I will be using the iPads with our paramedic students in ways that will highlight NLM resources while enhancing their educational experience.

The centerpiece of this will be a “tabletop” hazmat activity using NLM’s WISER app.  The students will work in small groups in different rooms and they will have to deal with a mock chemical spill.  Using WISER they will learn information about the chemical, determine the area that could be affected by the spill, and coordinate their efforts.  The exercise will not only develop their information searching skills using the iPads, but it will develop skills for working as a team in a crisis.

We plan on using other NLM mobile resources for other areas within the paramedic curriculum, such as their lessons on drugs and on HIV/AIDS, and anticipate that as students are engaged with the iPad activities, they will see the value of both the tablets and the NLM apps when they start working in the field.

Gregg Stevens
Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education
Tallahassee Community College
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Inspiring People in our Region: Judy Fell Burnham, Director, Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

“Look for opportunities to volunteer.  There are always community needs and volunteers are invaluable.”

Judy F. Burnham
Director, Biomedical Library
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama

What is your position?

I am currently Director of the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library.

Is there something in your own personal story that led you to do the work you do?

From a professional perspective, I worked in the library during college and really enjoyed it, but family responsibilities took priority for seven years and I was a stay-at-home Mom.  When I went back to work, I worked in the library at a small graduate school, but decided that I wanted to pursue my MLS, a decision I have never regretted even though it wasn’t easy to attend college two hours away and leave my family at home.

As far as my outreach emphasis, I started at USA Biomedical Library as an information services librarian at one of our hospitals.  I was later appointed Outreach Librarian, mainly to promote a fee-based program that we had started.  But I also became involved in outreach to the community.

From a personal perspective, my faith has taught me that I should look beyond myself and search for opportunities to help other people improve their life.  I like the saying, “You are blessed to be a blessing.”  I have been blessed through education and life experiences with skills that allow me, via outreach activities, to help other improve their lives.

What do you love most about your outreach work?

It gives me the opportunity to stress quality health information to individuals outside of the academic setting.  It has also given me some great networking opportunities.

I am involved in two major outreach projects at the moment.  As a follow-up to the project with health ministry leaders, I am now participating in the Center for Health Communities Community Health Advocates program.  This volunteer group is dedicated to improving the health of their community.  Another project is working every summer with high school students that are in the pipeline program for high school students that are interested in a career in health sciences.  While not all of the students respond the way we want, there are some that are very eager to learn and they are able to use these library literacy skills as they continue on in high school and then go on to college.

What is the biggest challenge in what you do?

As far as outreach, it is helping people see the need for locating quality healthcare information.  People today are so busy and it is sometimes a challenge to get on their agenda.  Also, search engines like Google tend to make individuals think that information they locate in a quick way is sufficient.  However, often that information is inaccurate or biased.  Medical Librarians have to keep repeating the message about the need to evaluate health care information.

What has been the most fulfilling part of your work in terms of health outreach to your community’s underserved populations?

I think it is the networking that has taken place.  The groups that I have worked with see me as a resource that they can call on when they need health information.  I have also received a great deal of satisfaction from working with the high school students.  If we can help them to be better high school or college students, then we can help them be more successful.

What do you see as the biggest health concerns in the communities you serve?

Not only lack of health care for some populations and geographic areas, but also education about what health services are available.  I am on the Board of Health InfoNet of Alabama, a group that is trying to meet this need.

How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?

Soon after I became a librarian, I found NN/LM SE/A could be a great source of support for identified projects.

In what ways has NN/LM SE/A been of help to you?

NN/LM SE/A has been a source of encouragement and funding and an avenue for sharing of ideas via webinars, etc.

Can you share a success story about the impact of health outreach in your community?

The University of South Alabama Center for Health Communities (CHC) via the Community Health Advocates (CHA) has tried to impact the health of the groups represented by the CHAs by providing funding and resources.  The CHC Health Disparities Research Group has provided funding and support for several community based participatory research studies that have focused on determining the cause of health disparities and solutions for the problems.  I participate in both of these groups.

What advice would you give others who are interested in doing health outreach work in their communities?

Look for opportunities to volunteer.  There are always community needs and volunteers are invaluable.  Network with others with similar interests and you will soon see how you can use your library skills to contribute to a solution.

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Share Your Success: Library Connections…Past, Present and Future

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Showcasing the benefits of library services to clinicians and patients two librarians and one 2013 MLS candidate within Saint Thomas Health (STHe) created a multi-media landscape, with the objective of orienting hospital employees and clinical staff to library resources and services.  Results of our “Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study” conducted in July 2011 were incorporated.  In the study 87% of clinicians stated that library resources saved them an average of 3.6 hours per clinical question, 89% of physician respondents said that they handled clinical situations differently as a result of library resources, and 94% say that information contributed to a higher quality of care.  Furthermore, 100% feel information obtained from the library is relevant, will be of future use, and was of clinical value.

Current key users of the libraries were identified as nurses, physicians and continuing medical education staff.  Interviews were conducted to determine the most utilized resources and services for each group and how they impacted their practice, work life, or healthcare experience. Video content stressed the connection between each user group, resources used, and the value of the librarians’ expertise and services available to them.

The video premiere will be in late October 2012 at National Medical Librarians Month Open Houses hosted at STHe campus libraries.  Attendees will be invited to view and complete a survey assessing the utility of the video.  Data will be compiled from users’ surveys responding to their initial viewing.  A follow-up survey will also be conducted 6 months later to determine the video’s impact on library perception and subsequent use.  The goal of creating this video is to provide a visual representation of how the medical library can connect each person entering the hospital with the information they need.

Author’s/Affiliations:  Jan Haley, MLS, Library and Information Services Coordinator, St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee,; Kelly Lee, BSN, MLS candidate 2013,; Marilyn Teolis, MLS, AHIP, Library and Information Services Coordinator, Baptist Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee,

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.