Hospital librarian presenting at MLA? Apply for HLS’ Professional Development award!

The Professional Development Committee of the Hospital Library Section invites HLS members to apply for a Professional Development Award. The purpose of the HLS Professional Development Award is to recognize those papers and/or posters at the MLA Annual Meeting that best represent hospital librarianship. Up to four
$500 awards will be given for 2014.

To be eligible, the applicant must have a poster or paper accepted at the MLA Annual Meeting of the year in which the Award will be given, and the applicant must be a current HLS member. The applicant must provide the title and abstract of the paper or poster with the application. The application must be received by March 3rd.

For the application and for more info visit the HLS blog.


To submit your application, please email the chair of the Professional Development Committee: Ene Belleh, ebelleh at christianacare dot org. A signed application form with the title and abstract of the paper or poster to be presented must be received no later than March 3rd, 2014.

Want to go to Istanbul? Present at the European Conference on Information Literacy!

Even if you’re not an academic health sciences librarian, information literacy is important to your patrons!  It’s about the learning process, not just searching in a database.  An information literate person will have the  ability to recognize a problem or question, find information, appraise the information, understand ethical/legal implications, and use it to accomplish something.  Sound familiar?  Yes, it’s basically the same steps as evidence-based practice.  EBP is information literacy in a new setting- in the hospital, in the doctor’s office, in a laboratory, in a dentist’s office.  So take a chance, submit a proposal!  You have till December!

European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL)<>

October 22-25, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

ECIL is Organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University. It is an international conference supported by Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, Information Literacy Section of IFLA and many other prestigious universities, associations, and organizations actively involved in media and information literacy.

Aim & Scope

Information Literacy, Media Literacy and Lifelong Learning being the main theme, ECIL aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, media specialists, educators, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current issues, recent developments, challenges, theories, and good practices.

Important Dates

First Call: July 2012
Second Call: October 2012
Third Call: December 2012

Submission deadline for contributions: 1 February 2013
Notification of acceptance: 5 April 2013
Deadline for submitting final versions: 15 May 2013
Conference sessions: 22-24 October 2013
Conference tour: 25 October 2013

Abstract & Paper Submission

The conference will be composed of several types of contributions, such as full papers, posters, PechaKucha, best practices, workshops, panels, special sessions, doctoral forum, each has different requirements and restrictions regarding the length, time allocation and content. Contributions should be prepared using the templates available through the Conference web site and submitted electronically via the conference management system by February 1, 2013. Contributions will be peer-reviewed and the authors will be notified of the outcome by April 5, 2013. Final copies of the accepted contributions should be sent in by May 15, 2013, in order for them to be included in the book of abstracts. Selected papers will be published in proceedings book and refereed journals. At least one of the authors should register online via Conference web site and take part at the conference.

Paper Presentations: Stephanie Schulte’s “Teaming Up with Nursing to Put Evidence into Action at an Academic Medical Center”

First, the abstract:

Teaming Up with Nursing to Put Evidence into Action at an Academic Medical Center
Michigan, 11:00am-11:50am
Presenter: Stephanie J. Schulte, Assistant Professor, Education & Reference Services Coordinator, OSU Health Sciences Library, Columbus, Ohio

  • Stephanie J. Schulte, Assistant Professor, Education & Reference Services Coordinator, OSU Health Sciences Library
  • Susan Bejciy-Spring, Director, Nursing Evidence Based Practice and Standards, The Ohio State University Health System
  • Jill Niese, Manager, Nursing Evidence Based Practice and Standards, The Ohio State University Health System

Evidence in Action (EIA) Rounds is a clinical nursing initiative at The Ohio State University Health System that provides unit-based interactive forums to assist nurses in exploring best practices in the management of a selected patient. Facilitators of EIA Rounds include two health system nurse leaders in evidence based practice (EBP) and a nursing liaison librarian. Facilitators team up with unit nurses caring for the patient to define evidence-based practice, use an evidence-based approach to answer clinical questions, and explore the best available evidence related to a specific patient. Using nursing sensitive indicators and the Iowa Model of Evidence Based Practice as a guide, the facilitators review details of the case and note clinical questions from the care team, search appropriate internal and external resources for evidence, and return to discuss their findings. The evidence, or lack thereof, is placed in the context of the selected patient. Gaps in policies and procedures and evidence from the research literature are all discussed in a non-punitive manner. If gaps are identified, the EBP nurse leader facilitators have the authority and means to revise policies or create new policies if needed. This presentation will explore the librarian’s role in this unique collaboration aimed at putting best practices into action. It will buy lasix online usa also discuss the outcomes and challenges encountered in the process.

What follows are my notes from Stephanie’s awesome talk on her experience working with staff nurses in “Evidence in Action Rounds.” (Disclaimer: I took these on my 1st gen iPod Touch.  I’ve tried to clean them up somewhat.  If the presentations get posted at some point, we’ll be sure to link to them!  And if you attended the session and want to add anything, please feel free to do so in the comments!)

At Stephanie’s institution:

  • Culture of EBP
  • various nursing practices and positions and programs to support.
  • Clinical practice guidelines committe (Stephanie is on).
  • Lots of educational initiatives.

Stephanie provides nursing CME support.

“Evidence in Action” (EIA) nursing rounds:

  • A way to integrate internal & external best practices
  • These are non-punitive, which needs to be made very clear because there is some fear.
  • How it works: nurse leader identifies a unit to work with through staff nurse contacts.
    • Day 1: nurse leader and librarian meet with unit manager, who identifies a patient. Together they create clinical questions while looking at chart, using indicators. EBP nurse leader and librarian “divide and conquer” to search the literature.
    • Day 2: return with results, review indicators etc, with the unit nurses. Go over answers to the clinical questions and the resources used.  Usually there are still lots of gaps at the end – these can be addressed through policy changes etc.

EIA tools:

  • Nurse sensitive indicators
  • Iowa model of EBP: forming a question, forming a team (top half of model)
  • Johns Hopkins nursing EBP scale

How she got involved:

  • Result of construction, she had to get out of the space which provided an excuse to get out on the floors.
  • Contacted the director of EBP.

Example: “The power of 1”: one patient can influence the care of many.  Nephrostomy tube example led to policy change and a poster with the nurses involved.  The poster is being presented at national nursing conference!


  • Scheduling!! Turnaround time for searches is FAST.


Preferred Academic Formats in an Academic Center
Ebook definitions have progressively changed with emerging technology. There is still no universal accepted definition, however there are similarities that exist within the myriad definitions. Many of these similarities focus on the types of ebook formats.
This study addresses the specific needs of the users and assist the health science libraries in the selection and delivery of the preferred format of the product. This study was broken into three formats; print, electronic, and PDA’s. The types of books were generally focused on what was available, which were health-related textbooks that had images/graphs (some of the books used were Harrison’s Internal Medicine, Manual of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests, and more that this blogger was unable to type fast enough)
The study started with an orientation, which included a pre-survey that was broken into age groups and PDA ownership prior to the study. A majority of the study participants fell between the 26-35 year range and most of those that had used PDAs were generally aware of the university’s ebook collection. However, only 9 out of the 16 used the ebook resources. Not surprisingly, most of the participants used the electronic resources within the academic atmosphere and within the hospital.
Ultimately, the results demonstrated that the university should continue to purchase web-based resources. Slides from the presentation will soon be posted

Preferred Academic Formats in an Academic Center

Knowing the resources and tools that patrons use is an important issue for any librarian that handles collection development. Not only does it determine what resources the library should offer, but also it creates an awareness as to whether the users understand the resources available.
This study used Survey Monkey to conduct and analyze the results. The survey consisted of 11 questions, cleverly had prize drawings as incentives to participate (the main luring device, because who can ignore a free prize), links were posted on the HSL home page, and the survey was promoted by liaisons to various departments.
An impressive 331 users completed the survey, graduate students and faculty occupied a majority of the respondents. So what did they learn?
The most popular way to access information was PubMed and Ovid. With Medline access, most patrons were familiar with PubMed and used both PubMed and Ovid. Surprisingly, specialty databases like PsychInfo did not have nearly as many users as expected.
While other databases were surveyed, they were not utilized nearly as much as PubMed/Ovid. Other databases included ISI, CSA, and Ebsco. It was mentioned that patrons were having trouble finding links to the less-used databases, which was noted as a future way to better promote the resources
And while the patrons used Google and Google Scholar, only a small portion use the full-text linking through Google Scholar.
The eventual application of these findings include instructional (departments and open classes through the library. This helps focusing their efforts to training—especially with the new PubMed interface), collection development, and reference (what, in addition to PubMed, would patrons use)
Information Needs and Behaviors of Young Breast Cancer Survivors.
Cancer is not a death sentence, but the term “survivor” can be misleading. Being a survivor may indicate that one is cancer free, however that does not include the risks for short-term and long-term quality of life issues. The goal of this study was to examine the information seeking needs and behaviors of young breast cancer survivors by determining whether these survivors have triggers that influence the desire to seek information
A good example of a trigger that influences that information seeking desire: if someone is very depressed, is she more likely to seek information?
Although this study didn’t demonstrate that there is a significant correlation between information seeking needs with psychosocial variables, the focus of the study was on young breast cancer survivors that had been symptom free for several years. Not surprisingly, 58% of the participants did not know about Medline. Most of the group either used Google or go to their health care providers for information. This implies that librarians need to enforce information literacy to physicians—especially since most of these women did not use the library for help finding information.
Find, Retrieve, Analyze and Use: Information Literacy Trainings for the Public Health Workers
What is competency? Generally it is an applied set of skills and knowledge that allow people to perform specific work. So when it comes to emergency preparedness, naturally one would want these workers to have a high health competency level. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily the case, thus there needs to be an effort for librarians to collaborate with health workers through training activities.
Training does not come through grants or contracts from CDC to local health departments. As a workforce development issue, the NLM recognize this and have provided resources for librarians, but not necessarily for public health workers. Only by librarians promoting and training can these workers become more competent within information literacy
Library workers of the NNLM-GMR can receive funding to ensure access to biomedical information and improve access to online health information for the public health workforce

Panel – “What Administrators Want from Libraries”

How to reach hospital leaders/administrators:

  1. Utilize the MLA Vital Pathways tool. (Margaret Bandy)
  2. Stand out from the crowd: (Karen Heiser)
    • “Produce useful improvement.”
    • “Align people.”
    • “Convey the culture and values.”
  3. Approach systematically: basically, know your stuff, and be able to communicate what you need (tell a good story! and be able to tell it in 3 minutes).
  4. “You know are ready when:” (Rebecca Phillips)
    • you can align key components (missions, values, goals, people)
    • you measure your progress against targets.
  5. Margaret Bandy also discussed the strategies of alignment. “Alignment” seems to be the key word, and it’s a good one. My thought: we should combine it with Clifford Stoll’s key word of “understanding” rather than finding the right answer and really get administrators’ attention, as the excellent panelists have.
  6. Using tools to create “best teams” for knowledge management.
  7. Mentioned Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital’s membership in a hospital library consortium (ie, hospital has to have a library to get this purchasing power, and they actually let a hospital go when it let its librarian go).
  8. Also discussed using the NN/LM calculators when promoting library.
  9. “Tell a story, tie it to data, ask for something.”
  10. Rebecca Phillips polled the audience to see who has gotten new funding from grants, philanthropic funds, etc. A majority had not, and here lies another opportunity for conversation with administrators.
  11. Panel also polled audience to see the first thing we’ll do when we return from this conference. We answered, honestly, perhaps, check e-mail! 🙂 But we’ll also develop our elevator speeches, etc.

I’m also going to note there’s a lot of good stuff on the twitter feed right now on this panel; there were a lot of little gems of advice that were captured there!

Moving a Library

What has your intrepid blog editor been doing lately? It has been a month since she last posted here. Well, she’s been preparing to move the hospital library, that’s what!
Last week, we put the library in a van and took it across town. It was quite an adventure for our friendly library skeleton!
And in case you ever wondered, it takes at least six college guys on summer vacation to assemble library shelving…
Packing the print journal collection was easy with these carts!

PubMed, LinkOut, SERHOLD and More

Wow, your intrepid blog editor has been busy lately! I’m preparing to move the hospital library to a different campus across town. It has been a great opportunity to evaluate the entire collection, moving only that which meets the current needs of the library users. You know how “stuff” kind of accumulates. I last did this kind of a radical house cleaning when the current library space was remodeled in 1997 with a wonderfully generous contribution from a local business executive and his wife. So I have over a decade of “stuff” to sort out!
Since the library will be moving to smaller digs, I have had to do some rather siginficant de-selection in the print journal backfiles. Many of the titles are now on PubMed Central or are free online. So deciding to remove those from the collection was a no-brainer. Some of the other decisions have been more difficult. One grows attached to one’s collection! What to do with the no longer needed journals? A local recycler will take them. So I’ve moved many cubic yards of materials out of the library, across the parking lot, and into the semi sized recycling trailer. Who says librarianship is not hard work!
OK, so what does this have to do with PubMed, LinkOut, and SERHOLD? One thing that I’ve realized in this process is how much I rely on NLM services in providing service to my library’s patrons. PubMed LinkOut is the greatest thing since sliced bread in my book. It is the easiest way to let my library patrons know which articles are available through the library, either in print or online. The library’s budget cannot support a fancy ILS. Who can afford a link resolver? The library’s master print serials holding list is on SERHOLD. Why mess around developing some spreadsheet or database for this? My wonderful library volunteer Shirley uses old-fashoned check-in cards to keep track of current subscription receipts. When I need to know if the library has an article in print or online, I use PubMed to check. I print out a serials list every once in a while by requesting a DOCLINE holdings report for use in an emergency only and as a print copy of the library’s journal inventory. On Friday, I began the so exciting task of updating nearly every one of the library’s SERHOLD title records.
So as you might guess, I’ve been following closely the current flurry of discussion about PubMed on MEDLIB. For my library, PubMed is mission critical. There may be search interfaces for MEDLINE, but purchasing access for my library is out of the question. Even small changes in PubMed have a significant impact on how I provide library services. I was happy to see other librarians sharing my latest PubMed pet peeve on Friday. IMHO, eliminating the blue sidebar from search results displays was a poor decision. The most useful tools for searching PubMed simply are not available when they are needed. For example, it is difficult to try a MeSH search after your newly revised automatic term mapping search gives you a poor result.

The Library as Place

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this. Why? Because this summer your intrepid blog editor is going to be moving the hospital library from this building where it has been for over 25 years to the other hospital campus several miles away across town. This is a great opportunity to ponder deeply how this room is being used and consider how to structure things to better facilitate these uses in our new area.
This library inhabits 2300 square feet on the hospital’s ground floor. OK, that’s a fancy way to say that we are way down here in the basement. It’s comfortable down here and we’re right next to the classrooms. So the medical students, interns, and residents spend a lot of time here. I think several orthopedic residents actually live here. There is seating for 22 and there are times when all the table and carrel space is occupied. Occasionally, it gets downright wild down here. Yesterday, for instance. The surgical residents were regaling each other with amusing OR anecdotes. Thank goodness, there weren’t any people trying to study! I was laughing too hard to shush them. I’m glad that they feel “at home” here.
Later this week, I will be able to “walk through” the space that is currently being considered for the library on the other campus. As I walk through the rooms, what I’ll be planning is not just where to put the books, journals, and computers, but how to make the library a useful, welcoming PLACE for our students, physicians, and staff.
I wanted to get a handle on some of the latest research and thinking on the concept of “The Library as Place.” First stop? The Hospital Library Section wiki page “The Library’s Physical Space.” There is a lot of food for thought in this University of Illinois at Urbanna-Champaign Current LIS Clip The Library as Place. I also still have on my desk, the DVD Rom that we all were sent by the National Library of Medicine from the 2003 symposium on this subject. I’ve got my work cut out for me!

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t forget to take Mr. Skeleton when we move!