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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for March, 2014

Beyond the SEA: April 16, 2014 – An update on Strengthening the 21st Century Public Health Informatics Competencies: an NN/LM SE/A Funded Project

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Presenter: Xinyu (Cindy) Yu, PhD

Xinyu (Cindy) Yu is an Associate Professor for the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a member of the MLA and the SC/MLA and has served on the research committee of the SC/MLA. Cindy is also the Principle Investigator of the NN/LM SE/A funded project (currently in progress) “Strengthening the 21st Century Public Health Informatics Competencies: Outreach to the Future Public Health Information professionals at the University of Southern Mississippi.”

The University of Southern Mississippi received NN/LM SE/A funding to conduct outreach to future public health professionals through the Department of Public Health. The project includes a community assessment via focus groups and surveys to identify the needs of graduate students at the Department of the Community Health Sciences. Based on analyses of this assessment, the School of Library and Information Sciences and the Department of Community Health Sciences intend to collaborate on developing and implementing a public health informatics course.

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm ET

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The Public Library Association Conference 2014 – An Indianapolis Experience

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

By Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A Region

Public librarians are one of my main targets to provide training in helping consumers find and evaluate health information resources, as the Consumer Health Coordinator for the Region. Public librarians have a tougher time when it comes to answering health questions simply because this is only one type of question they receive and they may not have the background or preparation to answer health questions that health sciences librarians often do. Members of the public often don’t know exactly what they want, or perhaps even how to spell the term, unlike health professionals served at health sciences libraries. I attend the Public Library Association conference as often as possible, which is held every other year. I had the pleasure attending this year’s meeting in Indianapolis and serving in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit booth with my counterpart in Chicago, Samanthi Hewakapuge, Consumer Health Coordinator for the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region (GMR). Attendance helps me to keep up with the world of public libraries and allows me to inform and connect with public librarians who may not be aware of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the multitude of resources and training we have available.

This year’s conference had many great speakers including Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He delivered the keynote address at the opening general session and spoke about challenging the systematic bias against the poor and people of color. His talk at a TED conference in March 2012 inspired the longest ovation in TED history and donations to his organization of over $1 million to help end excessive sentencing of children and to stop the practice of sending kids to adult jails. ( If you’re not familiar with TED talks, I urge you to check it out. TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. It began in 1984 as a conference, which now covers almost all topics and helps share ideas in communities around the world. He emphasized that libraries enjoy proximity in our communities, which allows libraries the unique position of being able to serve the needs of each community by engaging and hopefully providing hopefulness, which is critical for those in poverty. He spoke about the opposite of poverty, which to him was not wealth, but justice. This reminded me of something I read when I began library school, which was that the public library serves as the “great equalizer.” No matter your economic situation, everyone can use the library to educate themselves and get the information that can make a difference in our lives. One of my favorite things he said was to “choose to do things that make us uncomfortable,” which really resonates with me, as that I’m sure it does for many involved in outreach.

I also had the privilege of attending a “conversation” about providing services and resources for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. I was unaware that the American Library Association has a new interest group of the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies, established to create U.S. guidelines based on the current guidelines of the International Federation of Library Associations. In meeting and connecting with other librarians interested in serving this population, I was able to let them know about the resources from the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM. I learned about the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) guidelines for library services to persons with dementia and that the Alzheimer’s Association provides public library training for caregivers while the patient attends daycare. For more information about this training, please see the organization’s site:

Finally, I would like to mention an interesting program I attended presented by Michael Stephens. Many of you are familiar with him and his “Tame the Web” blog. He is an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University’s SLIS program. He spoke about MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, which has interesting potential as a future medium for consumer health training, in my opinion. He focused on MOOCs for public libraries as a potential way for professional development and lifelong learning to occur by gathering the best of the best in a field and offer experiences and exploration of any topic, anywhere.  If you’re interested, you can visit his blog and see the slides for his talk as well as the columns he based parts of his presentation on for the PLA audience:

Inspiring People in Our Region: Grace Gmeindl, Outreach Liaison, Health Science Library, West Virginia University

Friday, March 14th, 2014

“I became a one-woman traveling library!”

Grace Gmeindl
Outreach Liaison, Health Sciences Library
West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

What is your position?
I am the Outreach Liaison for West Virginia University (WVU) at the Health Sciences Library.

Is there something in your own personal story that led you to do the work you do?
My father always made time to help the less fortunate in our community, so I’ve always believed in volunteer work. The Express Outreach Project Award has made it possible for me to deliver library instruction on health information to underserved regions of West Virginia. It has been a great way to counter health disparities as well as carry on the family tradition.

What do you love most about your work?
Most West Virginians are friendly and welcoming. Many had never been in a medical library before, so they were curious about my job and eager to learn. For me, it was a chance to meet new people and learn more about West Virginia. I became a one-woman traveling library! Promoting health information and setting up displays provided an opportunity to be creative and tailor to new groups outside of the library environment.

What is the biggest challenge in what you do?
Although West Virginia is quite beautiful, the mountainous terrain can make for hazardous travel during the winter and possible flooding in the spring. There are a few areas that lack cellphone /internet coverage. Some counties have daunting statistics and are overwhelmed with poverty, unemployment, obesity, and drug abuse. Fortunately, programs like the After School Program for Teens (through the West Virginia Extension Service) are making a difference.

What has been the most fulfilling part of your work in terms of getting health information out to your community?
Starting a program from scratch and building collaborations requires time and patience. Meeting teens, seniors, veterans, and other members of the community renewed my mission and raised awareness of our library. After many hours of searching for partnerships, it was very nice when people started to call and invite me to present at their events. That was a turning point.

What do you see as the biggest health concerns in the community you serve?
Smoking, lung cancer, obesity, and diabetes all seem to go hand in hand with poverty and economic status, but we are seeing better trends as we educate young people and promote health screenings across the State.

How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?
As a hospital librarian, I relied on DOCLINE to acquire articles needed by the physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff. I don’t think the library could have managed without them.

In what ways has NN/LM SE/A been of help to you?
The online training materials are excellent guides for planning, development, and assessment of outreach projects. The staff of NN/LM SE/A has been very helpful in answering my many questions, and I’m very grateful to them for their expertise. The required reporting forms for the outreach award provide a good way to track progress and assess outcomes.

Can you share a success story about the impact of health outreach in your community?
One patient who was about to have surgery told me that—had he not been armed with knowledge to access reliable health information—he would never have known what questions to ask his doctors. He was able to undergo major surgery with confidence in his decision.

Using tablets to teach teens worked much better than the traditional computer lab demonstration. This age group is far more comfortable learning with phones and other mobile devices, and I found them to be very receptive to sources for health information.

What advice would you give others who are interested in doing health outreach work in their communities?
Although it can take years to develop a successful outreach program, it is well worth the effort and enhances our mission to help underserved populations. Health outreach to educate or inform the target population can increase their knowledge and skills and establish beneficial connections between people and medical libraries.

If you would like to share your story or suggest another person for our “Inspiring People” feature, please email Nancy Patterson:


Beyond the SEA – March 19, 2014 – “Hospitals – Meaningful Use, EHRs, Infobuttons, Medlineplus Connect and other E-resources”

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

TIME: 12:00N – 1:00PM

The webinar offers an opportunity to learn from two differing methods of how hospital librarians and their IT colleagues are managing the “patient-education” meaningful use (MU) measure in their hospital’s electronic health record system (EHR). Currently, the measure states: “use clinically relevant information from Certified EHR Technology to identify patient-specific education resources and provide those resources to the patient.”

Whether a hospital is in Stage 1 of MU or is migrating to Stage 2 in 2014, it is important to know that while the measure changed to include contextual relevancy, the intent is still the same.

The webinar will cover EHR demonstrations and discussions of infobutton technology relative to the physician clinical decision support information access (MU Stage 2, Core Measure #5) which improves performance on high priority health conditions and the patient specific-education contextual (MU Stage 2, Core Measure #10) components. The New Hanover Regional Medical Center will operationally demonstrate Core Measures #5 and #10. The SEAHEC speaker will explain how she is marketing and promoting MedlinePlus Connect to the IT department, in the hopes it will be placed within MyChart®. (Note: MyChart is a registered trademark of Epic Systems). With another approach, Novant Health will show the functionality of Medlineplus Connect within their EHR and patient portal using a patient encounter as an example.

By way of experiences such as these, hospital librarians and their leadership can understand the importance and value of increased librarian involvement with EHR implementation and optimization.

Robert (Bob) Pietrzykowski, RRT
Coordinator, Inpatient Clinical Documentation Team
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Wilmington, NC
New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) is a teaching hospital and a tertiary care center for a seven-county area. NHRMC offers specialty medical and surgical care and is one of 10 trauma centers in the state certified at Level II or above.

After a 20-year career as a respiratory therapist Mr. Pietrzykowski transitioned to the Project Team to build and implement Epic EHR at NHRMC. Currently Bob is the Application Coordinator for the Inpatient Clinical Documentation team, responsible for building and maintaining inpatient documentation tools used by physicians, nurses and other ancillary healthcare providers.

Donna Flake, MSLS
Library Director, SEAHEC Medical Library
Wilmington, NC
Ms. Flake successfully worked with the IT department of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to embed links for the SEAHEC digital library resources inside the hospital’s EHR. Donna spearheaded a library campaign fund, which has generated over $300,000. She received the MLA Mark Hodges International Service Award in 2009. Donna partners with medical libraries internationally and has published articles and made academic presentations to global audiences.

Mary Wallace Berry, MSLS
Manager, Library Services
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center – Charlotte, NC
Novant Health is an integrated healthcare system headquartered in North Carolina with facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

Ms. Berry is a Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and received the Medical Library Association Technological Innovation Award in 2007. Throughout her career, Mary Wallace has been a strong supporter of emerging technologies and access to information at the point of care. In 2011, Mary Wallace reached out to the physicians and information technology professionals developing the ambulatory EHR at Novant Health. Through her input, Medlineplus Connect was integrated as the patient information component of the Epic EHR.

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NLM News: Drug Information Subject Guide

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

NLM has released a new Drug Information Subject Guide as the latest update in our Subject Guide Series. These guides are based on our most frequently asked questions, and are starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Other published guides in our series are about finding:

A Genetics/Genomics subject guide will be available later this year. We will develop more subject guides as needed.

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions about all of our guides.

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.