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DISCOVER: Contributed Papers

Sunday, October 4, 2009

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DISCOVER (Location: Judicial Conference Room)

Moderator: Lisa McCormick

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Towards Requiring a Medical Librarian in Hospitals: What We Learned from the Vital Pathways Project Medical Education Task Force
Authors: Diane G. Schwartz, MLS; Paul M. Blobaum, MA, MS; Jean P. Shipman, MSLS; Linda Garr Markwell, MLS; Joanne Gard Marshall, PhD
Presenter: Paul Blobaum, University Library, Governors State University

The Vital Pathways Project Medical Education Task Force subcommittee studied the role of hospital librarians in medical education, and accreditation standards of the AOA (American Osteopathic Association) and ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) for graduate medical education programs. ACGME standards do not mention medical librarians but describe access to reference materials, journal collections, and databases. The Task Force worked with MLA executives to draft a letter to recommend higher standards, seeking to require the services of a librarian with an ALA-accredited degree in institutions where graduate medical education programs are conducted. Hospital finances do have an impact on accreditation standards, which focus on the educational outcomes of the programs, suggesting that outcomes research will be critical to the future of hospital librarians.

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM

Waterfalls Are Not in the Mesh Vocabulary: One Library’s Experience with Unexpected Flooding
Presenter: Katherine Chew, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota

On the morning of April 17, 2009, an improperly maintained air conditioning unit cooling hose burst in the mechanical room on the fourth floor of Diehl Hall, resulting, at one point, in a spectacular ceiling to floor waterfall. This paper will present a case study in how on-site library staff, university library staff and various diverse university departments came together in a efficient and effective collaborative effort that minimized damage to the library and a co-habiting institute, quickly re-located staff and equipment that resulted in minimal disruption of patron and library services and allowed a previously scheduled open house for the institute to take place within a week. Lessons learned and best practices will also be presented.

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Discovering New Avenues of Promotion: Collaboration with the Division of Research
Presenter: Annette M. Healy, Science & Engineering Library, Wayne State University

At research universities, the library plays a critical role in meeting the information needs of researchers. As libraries expand their electronic resources, researchers are less likely to visit the library and may be unaware of available services and resources. In addition, not all research team members are reached during traditional library orientation sessions. In this electronic age, finding opportunities to promote library resources to researchers is increasingly challenging.

At Wayne State University, collaboration between the University Libraries and the Division of Research has led to several new avenues for promoting library services and resources. The University Libraries have participated in Division of Research faculty development workshops, promoted library resources and services in Division of Research publications and created a new liaison area to foster this relationship. This paper will describe how this collaboration came about, identify different types of collaboration opportunities and discuss lessons learned.

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Using Web Conferencing Software to Do More With Less
Presenter: Elizabeth Fine, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota

Health sciences librarians generally serve a large number of people, and are constantly looking for ways to scale services and do more with less. This presentation will discuss how librarians at the University of Minnesota have used Adobe Connect, a web conferencing software program, to extend our reach at our institution. We have used this tool in a number of innovative ways to reach users and maximize internal efficiency, including recording live class sessions for later use, conducting online consultations with distance students, presenting synchronous online instruction sessions, conducting staff meetings, and creating online instruction materials. This presentation will offer models of creative ways to use web conferencing applications to serve library clientele.

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Hospital and Academic Librarian Roles
Authors: Margaret (Peg) Allen, MALS, Joy C. Kennedy, MLS; Pamela Sherwill-Navarro, MLS, AHIP, Paul Blobaum, MA, MS
Presenter: Paul Blobaum, University Library, Governors State University

Objective: This Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) research project was designed to explore how the current evidence based nursing practice movement is affecting the roles of librarians serving nurses.

Participant: The participants were librarians from a variety of settings that provide library services to nurses.

Method: A web based survey using Survey Monkey was distributed via various electronic mailing lists including Medlib, HLS, NAHRS, CANMEDLIB, among others.

Results: The numbers of responses to the 2008 survey were more than double the number received from the 2005 survey. The majority of respondents were in hospital/health system libraries. Respondents stated that EBP was actively practiced in most of the facilities. The percentage of librarians involved in teaching EBP or having a role in EBP programs increased. Both surveys showed that many libraries have increased print and electronic resources to support EBP. Time was reported as the primary barrier preventing nurses from implementing EBP. The paper will compare librarian roles across settings, as well as comparison of responses between 2005 and 2008.

Conclusion: The Magnet hospital program is becoming a major factor in the implementation of EBP in hospital/health systems. There is a slight shift in the barriers to EBP with some improvement in the attitudes and values of clinical nurses, and nursing faculty implementing EBP in the curriculum. These trends have increased opportunities for librarians to support EBP.