1. The Anatomage Table: An Innovative Approach to Anatomy Education
Merle Rosenzweig, Chase Masters – University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library
Many leading medical schools and institutions are adopting the Anatomage Table as an innovative approach to teaching anatomy. The Table provides a visualization system of the human body. This “digital poster” will demonstrate, in real time, how the table actually works. The video will show the Table’s reconstruction of the human anatomy and how it makes it possible for the user to peel away the skin, the muscles, the skeletal system, and the organs virtually dissecting the image.
2. Providing Scholarly Activity Tracking Service at a Multi-Regional Health System
Angela Sponer – Henry Ford Health System
Context: Sladen Library tracks publications authored by any Henry Ford Health System employee to compile a monthly list, support administrator requests during the yearly accreditation process and assist with CV preparation. This poster will show the process used to track the scholarly activity and provide examples of how this information is distributed, then used by various departments in the system. It will explain how the list has evolved to become a library service.
Background: For the past 10 years the library has created the publications list, and the process and final product have been fine-tuned throughout the years to fit the needs of individuals and departments. The list is distributed monthly via email and customized requests are accommodated. In recent years we have worked with colleagues from our Innovation Institute and Research Administration in finding ways to deliver the information we collect to best suit their needs.
Findings: This project began as a means keep employees informed about the research that is being done in our institution. Now the list is a sought after service from individual authors, specialty and department heads alike. The information garnered from our list is used in varied contexts throughout the health system. The list started out as a passive way to showcase our authors’ work and is now an active service the library provides.
3. Demystifying the Opaque: Train Faculty and Others to Assess Open Access Resources
Anna Liss Jacobsen – Miami University
Since the invent of the Open Access (OA) publishing model, research has focused on evaluating OA journals with the goal of identifying quality sources for the purposes of publication. However, more research must be completed on evaluating the quality of already-published OA articles and journals. The primary purpose of this poster is to provide a review of current methods used to assess already-published OA articles and journals from the existing body of literature. This information will help teaching faculty and others to critically evaluate OA articles and journals in order to understand the strengths and limitations of OA resources when conducting literature reviews and developing valid evidence based practice decisions.
4. Increasing Scholarly Publications through a Publishing Journal Club
Connie Bongiorno, Lois Hendrickson – University of Minnesota
Institutions are currently under pressure to increase scholarly publications in addition to publishing in higher impact journals. These requirements are incorporated into an already busy schedule for faculty, practicing physicians, and graduate researchers. Our project combined the clinical liaison model with the establishment of a faculty development oriented publishing journal club. The journal club would increase scholarly output with the leadership of the librarian. In addition, we looked at higher impact factor journal submission rates.
In our methodology, we first developed a series of workshops to address how to write for publication, systematic reviews, and publishing errors and increasing h-indexes. We then introduced a newly formed journal club where subject research was defined and teams were formed. Each team was led by the clinical librarian and the process for writing a systematic review was established. Journal club members selected their subject team and the clinical librarian led each team. All team members became a co-author on the project. In addition to learning the process of critically appraising the literature, teams then presented their abstract and eventually their manuscript prior to publication. Each team presented feedback and editing comments to the other team before submission. Final manuscripts would then be submitted.
The results of the journal club focused on the ability for clinical faculty to produce more scholarly output that was more academic in quality and in better quality journals. It was also an opportunity to break down walls with networking opportunities with colleagues. Continual feedback and constant education of library resources increased confidence levels and provided more engagement in publishing.
In conclusion we hope that this new model for publishing journal clubs addresses the current mandates in publishing by academic institutions, showcases solutions provided by clinical librarians, highlights library resources and collections, provides collaboration opportunities with faculty and librarians, enhances engagement in publishing and increases journal club participation. We also believe that critically appraising the literature and following the evidence based model of journal clubs combined with the addition of publishing teams would have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
5. Underserved Health Communities: A GMR MUA Project
Darlene Kaskie – National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region
Social Determinants, such as where we live, learn, work, and play, positively or adversely influence and shape health outcomes. For example, evidence shows that low educational attainment and high unemployment can shorten life expectancy up to six-years.1 Health literacy, the ability to access, comprehend, and use information to make informed decisions, can be a barrier to prevention or treatment if resources are not culturally available or written at an appropriate reading level.2
The Underserved Health Communities project is an educational outreach initiative launched March 1, 2017 by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR). To raise awareness of medically underserved areas (MUAs) in the ten-state region, twenty counties were selected using data from the 2016 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Health Resources and Services Administration. ArcGIS software, interactive maps, government statistics, news articles, and community assessments reveal the unique attributes of each county. The goal is to collaborate with health professionals to disseminate National Library of Medicine information to reduce disparity and to improve the health of these medically underserved populations.
1. Urban Institute. How are Income and Wealth Linked to Health and Longevity? Washington, D.C. 2015
2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. Washington, D.C. 2010
6. The State of Wisconsin’s Health Science Library Resources in 2017
Brenda Fay – Marquette University, Karen Hanus – Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries,
Michele Matucheski – Ascension Health Wisconsin
Objectives: To identify trends in library resource acquisitions and cancellations among different types of libraries serving health science users in Wisconsin.
Methods: A Qualtrics survey was created. Introductory questions were designed to collect information on what major databases and resources the various libraries make available to their users. Subsequent questions concentrated on anticipated cancellations as we all as desired additions. Additional questions about factors in decision making and whether the libraries were participating in consortia purchases were asked. Libraries serving health science users were invited to participate in the survey conducted in May 2017. Responses were limited to one per library.
Results: 54 libraries responded to our survey. 28 libraries satisfied all participation criteria and completed the survey. 57% were academic libraries and the remainder were hospital libraries. Trend and comparative data will be presented in the poster.
7. Keeping Compliant: NIH Public Access Policy and the Medical Librarian
Anna White – Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
After 2008, research funded by the National Institutes of Health must be deposited in PubMed Central and made freely available. While in premise this is simple, for teams of researchers working in cutting-edge, busy labs, NIH compliance often is relegated to the back burner – until repeated non-compliance results in a funding freeze. What can librarians do to instruct and aid in the NIH Public Access Policy compliance of faculty and researchers? The poster will discuss efforts taken at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine to bring a long-term non-compliant research team to full compliance under NIHPAP and pre-emptively educate others. Additionally, it will briefly review well-known resources used for NIHPAP instruction and outreach. Because the current political climate creates uncertainty for the future of scientific and medical research, it is crucial that those holding funding from national institutions not only keep it, but use the resulting research in beneficial – and compliant – ways.
8. Creating Tutorials Collaboratively: Utilizing Strengths for Optimal Result
Edith Starbuck, Emily Kean – University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library
In January 2017, the librarian liaison to the College of Pharmacy received a request from a new Pharmacy Leadership Programs Director for online library tutorials for an incoming May cohort. Due to the short turn-around time of the request, a collaborative approach with two librarians was utilized. As the content expert librarian wrote and formatted scripts, the second librarian recorded, narrated, and edited those scripts on a revolving cycle that allowed for simultaneous production. In four months, this resulted in a total of 12 revised or newly created tutorials including topics such as: off campus access; basic database search functionality; pharmacy-specific eBook resources; and a six-part series on starting a research assignment.
This poster will provide an overview of the approach and the technology involved in creating these tutorials. It will also highlight how the strengths of each librarian defined their roles in this successful tutorial collaboration. As the number of Distance Learning programs at the University of Cincinnati (UC) continues to grow (with over 25 percent of university-wide distance learners attending the four UC Academic Health Center colleges), it is anticipated that this collaborative approach will maximize library tutorial output to meet growing demand.
9. Lessons Learned from Redesigning Library Workshops
Elizabeth Huggins – Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library
Objective: Low and inconsistent attendance has plagued the library’s information skills workshops since 2014. An evaluation of the workshop series identified new approaches to provide user-focused workshops and increase engagement.
Methods: Feedback was solicited from workshop evaluations and student and faculty representatives of the library advisory committees. Responses revealed insights into scheduling and a general preference for an online format, but few workshop topics were suggested. Current library literature was reviewed for best practice. Trends in workshop scheduling, topic and format from the past two years were identified from academic and health sciences libraries. In June 2016, an assessment of the existing workshop series identified its strengths and weaknesses. Feedback from stakeholders was incorporated into planning the new workshops. Library faculty met to review the new series.
Results: More than 50 people attended the four online and six on-campus workshops during the 2016-2017 academic year. More than 30 of those participants attended online workshops. Introduction to Refworks Online, one of the first online workshops, had the largest attendance of the year with more than 20 participants. Hospital staff, residents, and clinical faculty, previously absent, attended more than half of the new workshops.
Conclusions: Assessing the library workshops and incorporating stakeholder feedback enabled library faculty to create user-focused workshops and engage more of the community. Library faculty plan to meet to review the results of the 2016-2017 workshops and develop a new series.
10. Connecting with Rural Providers in North Dakota
Erika Johnson, Kelly Thormodson, Marcia Francis, Dawn Hackman – University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Objective: Do rural health providers in North Dakota feel they have adequate access to relevant and current information? Are these providers aware of the information resources that are available to them?
Methods: Librarians created a brief online survey to learn about health professionals’ information needs. The survey was distributed through 13 professional organizations in North Dakota (ND Academy of Family Physicians, ND Center for Nursing, ND Hospital Association, and more).
Results: Approximately 300 health care professionals completed the survey. Librarians asked what specific information sources they wished they could access, and many responses indicated that rural providers are not aware of the free, high quality information sources provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Conclusions: This project illustrated that rural health providers in North Dakota are not able to locate the information that they need. It also showed that these providers are not aware of many freely available resources from the NLM and NIH. The next phase of this project will include follow-up contact with these providers regarding how they would like to receive communication and instruction about information sources that are already freely available.
11. 2017 NAHRS Selected List of Physical Therapy Journals
Betsy Williams – Grand Valley State University
The 2017 Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) Selected List of Physical Therapy Journals will help librarians with collection development and provide a useful resource to assist faculty in identifying options for publishing.
The journal project began in earnest in July, 2016, and journal information and database coverage was completed in March, 2017. The project team consisted of one chair and six NAHRS members. The initial list of journal titles was compiled from Ulrichsweb, CINAHL, the NLM catalog, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and four studies mapping the core journals of physical therapy. The team developed the following inclusion criteria:
Published in English or bilingual English/other
Currently published with a print or electronic ISSN
Indexed in a database
The Selected List of Physical Therapy Journals was based on the methodology and format of the 2012/2016 NAHRS Selected List of Nursing Journals, with some modifications to reflect database coverage relevant to physical therapy. The final list includes 227 titles. Of these, 83% are interdisciplinary journals, included because they were identified as highly cited in the mapping studies. The list compares database coverage and full text options for each title, including open access.
As in the case of the nursing journal list, the Selected List of Physical Therapy Journals combines important information all in one place, and will be useful in collection development and faculty publishing decisions.
12. An International Collaboration: Team-based Informationist and Physician Instruction in Ghana
Gurpreet Rana, Emily Ginier – University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library; Gabriel Ganyaglo, Titus Beyuo – Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
Background: In October 2016, Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) informationists traveled to Ghana to provide instruction to health sciences trainees and consult with information professionals. The informationists provided formal information skills training which is not as prevalent for residents and medical trainees in West Africa. In collaboration with two attending physicians at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the informationists developed an interactive afternoon workshop for OBGYN residents, fellows, and selected faculty.
Actions/Methods/Intervention: The objective of the workshop was to build awareness of health information resources and data sources, focus on strategies to find high-quality, critically-appraised evidence and provide an introduction to Mendeley as an information management tool to improve research workflow. The workshop was made up of two parts: a didactic lecture followed by small group interactive consultations on specific research or clinical questions.
Results: The workshop was well-received with requests for additional instruction sessions. Subsequent activities include surveying the residents on their use of information resources introduced during the workshop and perceived effects in their clinical and research activities.
Lessons Learned: The informationists became more familiar with teaching in a comparably low resource setting. Challenges included internet speed and availability and addressing traineesâ€™ varied levels of information literacy and computer proficiency. As instructors, the informationists had to cognizant of the varied skill levels while teaching.
13. Pure Collaboration: Supporting EndNote Sharing Options
Heather Healy, Jen Deberg, Matt Regan – University of Iowa
Objectives: After expanding the license for EndNote Desktop to a large university campus and affiliated teaching hospital, our library staff has been striving to identify the most appropriate approach for our instruction. This poster will describe our process for learning more about the use patterns and needs of our users and improving the support offered.
Methods: Analysis of use patterns and case scenarios have identified a need to provide additional instructional support for more advanced functions in EndNote, especially collaboration. Additional input from advanced EndNote users will be sought.
Results: Feedback obtained from our user community about use of collaboration options in EndNote will be shared. In addition, details will be provided about how this input has driven changes to the content of our workshops and online instructional materials. A decision aid for EndNote Sharing options is being developed and may be of value for users.
Conclusions: We will identify appropriate use of collaboration and sharing options based on context and needs.
14. The Medical Librarian as a Member of the Evidence Based Practice Committee
Mason Baldwin, Christina Williamson – St. Louis VA Healthcare System
Objective: Provide an overview of the role and importance of the medical librarian in the application of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) into clinical practice. Nurses are required to identify practice problem areas; however, gathering information requires a skill set possessed by information professionals. Nurses strive to provide quality care and strive to incorporate EBP. This is accomplished through the services of the medical librarian.
Background: The VA is relying on EBP to best care for the veteran population. Some healthcare professionals find it difficult to conduct a literature review and find the best clinical evidence. The EBP Committee at the St. Louis VA Healthcare System identified the benefit of utilizing the knowledge and skills of the facilities medical librarian and importance of there being an active member of the EBP Committee.
Methodology: A knowledge assessment was conducted; Likert scale (1strongly disagree -5 strongly agree), 29 multiple fixed choice questions and 39 participants. Question of focus, “Someone to assist with a literature search and obtain articles would increase use of evidence-based practices.” Response, “Agree” mean 4.525, median 5.
Conclusion: Healthcare professionals may not be familiar with conducting literature searches and sources of data that are peer-reviewed and valid. Finding information that may be used in direct patient care is vitally important. Implications include improving patient incomes, managing healthcare costs, and bringing new effective therapies to front-line care. It is recommended that clinicians connect with and use the services of information professionals such as medical librarians who find valid medical information.
15. Food Allergy Awareness and Education: Community Engagement Opportunities
Helen Look – University of Michigan Libraries
Objectives: To examine how the skills of librarianship can be applied towards increased community engagement in support of individuals and families with food allergies.
Methods: Librarians can play a critical role in their communities by supporting increased awareness and understanding of health conditions, such as food allergies. This poster session will explore different opportunities of community engagement to support food allergy related needs of local community members. Librarians can serve as a resource for local support groups in connecting the public to reliable health information. They can also partner with advocacy organizations to develop guidelines to be used by support group leaders nationwide for evaluating health information on the web. Librarians can also encourage authors or publishers to provide free or discounted food allergy related books to local schools and libraries to promote awareness. Librarians can also engage in a community needs assessment by working with an interdisciplinary community engagement council (that includes physicians, school nurses, lawyers, educators, students, and food allergy families) to improve community understanding and to provide support for those affected by food allergies.
Keywords: food allergies, community engagement, advocacy, collaboration, consumer health
16. Merging Metrics: Meeting the Challenge
Jennifer Feeken – Regions Hospital; Pat Saari – PLS Consulting; Mary Wittenbreer, Cait Kortuem –Regions Hospital
Objectives: In preparation for a healthcare system merger two existing medical libraries attempted to standardize librarian activity and resource usage reporting. This is an overview of the process of how existing staff and software can be used to provide measurable documentation that demonstrates staff work and resources needed for daily operations, ROI, resource allocation, and annual budgeting process for the departments.
Methods: Based on the review of current practices of the two libraries, a negotiated definition of complexity levels (based on time and the number of databases searched) for librarian patron searches was developed. These complexity levels were incorporated into a newly developed Excel spreadsheet tracking system that also included other patron characteristics such as discipline and rationale for the search. The library then worked with Decision Support Services to refine the spreadsheet and work with data analysis from McKesson software. The tracking system serves multiple purposes for internal tracking: who requests, what line of service they are associated with, what is requested, the purpose of the search, who is working on the request and how long it takes to respond to the request. This spreadsheet is easily maintained by the staff. The data has been created and formatted to enable monthly and annual charting that documents usage patterns and provides information for decision-making regarding staffing and resource purchases.
Keywords: Hospital Merger, Metrics, Data, Literature Searches, Document Requests, Tracking, Definitions
17. What Type of Review am I Writing? A Flowchart to Help Health Science Librarians and Their Patrons Answer That Question
Jennifer Westrick, Tania Rivero – Rush University Medical Center
Objective: This poster will clearly present, in a visual format, the differences between major types of literature reviews published in the health sciences. Various types of reviews often dictate various search strategies. Authors who can identify their article type provide important information for conducting an effective search. This flowchart will help researchers – and the librarians they work with – define their project by considering issues such as protocol submission, if a PICO question is involved, and more.
Methods: We reviewed the literature for definitions of types of reviews, including Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews, Integrative Reviews and more. We found similarities and differences, and used that information to create a flowchart that clearly defines the various types.
Results: While some types of reviews have characteristics that overlap, there are often distinct differences between them. For example, a true Systematic Review has many steps and processes that researchers often do not realize. An integrative review needs to include data while a narrative review does not.
Conclusions: Researchers should decide on the type of review they plan to write, and use that information to guide their literature search. Answering sequential questions such as “Is my work primarily quantitative or qualitative?”, “Do I plan include grey literature in my search?”, “Is my work a summary of what’s been published?”, and “Do I plan to include a narrative?” will lead researchers to an informed decision. This information will, in turn, inform the librarian’s search strategy.
18. Library Guides on Disabilities: Building a Robust Resource for All
JJ Pionke – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Objectives: Utilizing the American Library Association Carnegie Whitney Grant, this project created a set of library guides around disabilities that are most commonly encountered in libraries, including Autism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and physical disabilities like hearing loss and visual impairment. The guides were then assessed for impact through usage statistics and a survey.
Methods: To create the guides, a series of best practices were implemented so that the guides were accessible and minimally confusing/cognitively overloading. To assess impact and usage of the library guides on disability, usage statistics were gathered as well as responses from a short survey to determine use of the guides but also desired improvements to the guides.
Results: From the middle of October 2016 to early January 2017, the library guides were viewed about 2900 times. Eight people took the survey that was attached to each guide and provided valuable feedback in regards to not only amendments to the current guides but suggestions for new ones. There was also email feedback that reflected much of what the survey responses revealed.
Conclusion: Based on the response to the library guides from this project, there is a clear need for easily accessible and relatable information about disabilities, especially disabilities that are rarer and/or more stigmatized.
19. Exemplary Practices to Inspire Accessibility: A Toolkit
JJ Pionke – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Patricia F. Anderson, Jane Vincent – University of Michigan; Lynne Cutler – Oakland Public Library; Stephanie Rosen – University of Michigan
This poster highlights seven accessibility projects that depict some of the ways that accessibility can look like at different institutions, public and academic. Many libraries view accessibility as being Americans with Disabilities Act compliant but these projects show that there is far more to accessibility than just compliance. Through discussion of these projects, we hope that others will be inspired by the changes that could be made to make their libraries more accessible.
20. Comic Creation as an Innovative Library Role: Process and Resources
PF Anderson, Elise Wescom – University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library; Ruth C. Carlos, MD – University of Michigan Medical School
Objectives: The library has been providing graphic medicine support within the medical school in a variety of ways. This led to a partnership with clinical research faculty and a major medical research journal, through which library created a five-page comic to illustrate communication challenges in the clinician-patient encounter, with a goal of creating empathy on both sides.
Methods: To support the comic creation process, the library designed a workshop on rapid-prototyping of comics, created tools to facilitate and support visual and story-line aspects, evaluated comics creation software and hardware for purchase. The library took lead on selecting and managing staff involved in the comic creation, including a graphic artist. The team involved in the project also co-authored supporting content, resource selection, and other supporting and creative aspects. As the first comic designed as an article for a peer-reviewed research journal, there were special aspects required for the peer-review process. The poster will provide describe the resourcing, content development, collaboration management, project management, peer-review, and actual creative process for this innovative project.
Keywords: graphic medicine, comics, health literacy, professional communication, Twitter, social media, visual literacy,
21. Do DTC Genomics Services Put the ME in Medicine? Raising Awareness of Personalized Genomics for Patients and Physicians
PF Anderson, Marisa Conte – University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library
Objective: Personalized genomics are important to both current clinical practice and emerging research initiatives in precision medicine. The appearance of direct-to-consumer (DTC) personal genomics services present new opportunities for patients, providers and researchers. These same resources can also complicate patient-provider relationships. To address this issue, we developed and conducted training sessions for patients and clinicians, and developed a suite of informational resources.
Methods: Developing this course required understanding the differing needs of patients and providers. For patients, we focused on instruction and exercises focused on patient goals: 1) Strengths and weaknesses of direct-to-consumer (DTC) personal genomics services; 2) Awareness of data formats, and tools available for analysing personal genomics reports and findings, 3) Awareness of major debates regarding DTC personal genomics risks/benefits; 4) Options and appropriate strategies for communication and clinical integration of patient-supplied data from DTC personal genomics services. For providers, we focused on helping physicians understand options for responding when a patient brings personal genomics findings to an appointment, including when to refer to a genetic counselor or clinical expert. Finally, we will share future plans for library-based precision medicine / personal genomics services and resources.
22. Medical Bookplates (Ex Libris) Continue to Fascinate
Ramune Kubilius – Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Library staffs, be they solo, collection development /management or other, often scrutinize print books for weeding (downsizing) purposes and when reviewing donations. A library’s criteria guide what to keep: books’ potential (not necessarily “rare book”) value – in the discipline or to the institution, significant local authorship, or importance in filling a collection niche, etc. Bookplates, when present, can provide clues about provenance (history of ownership). A “Books” section Huffington Post article on April 2, 2014 mentioned other attractions of bookplates (ex libris): “one of the most bookish literary accessories” and “At its most basic, a bookplate is a slip of paper bearing the name of the book’s owner; at its most grand, it may be a veritable work of art as well.” Interest in library and individuals’ bookplates in libraries is evidenced by books and articles written through the years, and more recently, by digitized bookplates as deposits into institutional repositories. This poster will provide examples of individual owners’ 20th century bookplates from a library’s collections that are of interest because of medical themes, the individuals’ ties to the medical school, or other reasons. In an increasingly online world, the ex libris era may be fading or evolving, but the world of bookplates continues to be interesting to explore, research, appreciate, and value.
23. Collaborating Within the Library: Bringing History and Impact to the Forefront
Ramune Kubilius, Karen Gutzman, Corinne Miller – Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
In library literature, one can often encounter examples of collaborations, particularly with partners outside of the library. Collaboration is a common element of organizational life and can prove to be useful as new services evolve or there is a desire to promote existing resources or services. Groups of library colleagues can come together in various ways on short term projects with results that can include articles and postings in various institutional news formats and websites, physical displays, presentations, and events. This poster will illustrate some examples of projects that brought together librarians from different library departments, service cores, and working groups, providing them with opportunities to collaborate, utilizing their interests, skills, and expertise. It will highlight some of the target areas they chose to address, and the elements that helped move the projects along. The resulting projects accomplished through such collaborations involved various visualizations, displays, and presentations highlighting the impact of publications and library services over time.
24. Beyond Readability Formulas: Dispelling Myths and Teaching Facts about Writing Clear and Effective Patient-Centered Educational Materials
Ruti Volk – Michigan Medicine
Over-reliance on readability formulas and readability scores is a common mistake clinicians make when writing materials for patients. Moreover, imposing a grade level requirement has the potential to do harm. Despite the fact that plain language is one of AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions and considered by experts as one of the most effective ways to reduce mistakes that cause significant morbidity and mortality, it is not typically included in health sciences curricula for medicine, nursing, pharmacy and other allied health disciplines.
The Patient Education and Health Literacy program provides face-to-face classes and an electronic training module to help clinicians master plain language principles and guidelines. The class also includes an introduction to health literacy how it impacts healthcare, health status and health outcomes.
Since 2012 over 300 clinicians participated in the face-to-face classes and 93 completed the online module. Participants include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, registered dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, audiologists and other allied health professionals. Since training has started over 2,000 easy-to-read patient-education materials written in plain language have been created.
Feedback has been very positive. Comments indicate that for the great majority of participants the classes were the first time they had ever learned about low health literacy and plain language guidelines. This justifies the investment of time and resources needed to help clinicians master the principles of plain language and apply them to written and verbal patient education. Teaching plain language is beneficial for improving the quality of patient education materials.
25. New System Committee and Want Help? Put a Hospital Librarian on Your Team
Janet Zimmerman – Beaumont Health
Merging hospitals into a new health system is never an easy task but it can be a great opportunity for hospital librarians to showcase their skills and talents. Leaders of the health system are always looking for new synergies and efficiencies within their new organizational structure. Many divisions in the corporation start to reorganize by forming new system wide committees and task forces. Becoming part of those committees can be a wonderful way for the hospital librarians to gain knowledge of the organization and contribute to the mission of the organization. Our librarians at Beaumont have been asked to join multiple committees and are considered to be integral members of the teams and valued contributors to moving forward in our journey as a new health system. This poster will be a visual display of some of our projects and roles that our Beaumont librarians have taken on in the new health system. Advocating for our hospital libraries and gaining support for the libraries continues to be a major focus for our Beaumont librarians. Following the advice from the Values 2 Toolkit and Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians from the Medical Library Association’s Hospital Library Section, we plan to keep getting more involved in our organization’s infrastructure in the future.
26. Facilitating the Launch of a Medical Humanities Student Interest Group at a New Medical School
Joseph Costello, Tyler Gibb – Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
The medical humanities provide medical learners an opportunity for self-reflection and to develop free-form self-expression skills. Designing humanities programming in the form of a student-driven interest group at a new medical school provides an opportunity to brainstorm with students to help meet their expressive needs on their terms. As faculty advisors, our goals are to help medical learners find constructive routes of expression with minimal faculty oversight and encourage personal introspection and facilitate vulnerability i.e. we seek authenticity among medical learners to allay difficult emotions our learners experience while in a rigorous educational environment. By creating low-barrier programming events with minimal faculty oversight, students are empowered to begin self-expression in a safe space alongside practicing artists. The student interest group Arts in Medicine (AiM:) operates in three threads: asynchronous programming, quarterly events, and periodic meetings to design new events. After a year of events, we showcase examples of artwork, how meeting and marketing events take place, and provide suggestions for others on how to implement similar humanities focused programming as well as our vision for where we’re heading.
27. Food Justice, Service Learning, and a Librarian
Jennifer Bowen – University of Detroit Mercy
A librarian from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Library, had the pleasure of accompanying 10 Detroit Mercy undergraduate students on a week long immersion service learning mission trip to Grow Ohio Valley’s Food Justice Immersion Program. Located in Wheeling, WV, Grow Ohio Valley is a non-profit that turns abandoned lots into community supported agricultural sites to help feed the population of Wheeling. The trip provided the students an opportunity to increase their social awareness around the issues of food justice and the impact on the health of the community.
28. Using LibGuides CMS to Create a Hospital Library Website
JoAnn Krzeminski – Henry Ford Hospital, Sladen Library
Purpose: This poster will describe the use of the Springshare product LibGuides CMS to create a hospital library website.
Setting: The Sladen Library of Henry Ford Hospital – an 877 bed, tertiary care hospital, education, and research center in Detroit, MI. The Sladen Library is the flagship location for the four hospital libraries within Henry Ford Health System.
Description: In the spring of 2017 our Web Services department began the final stages of migrating institutional webpages, including the library website, to a new web content management system (CMS). When the new web CMS template failed to meet the needs of the library, we were given special permission by Web Services to use our existing LibGuides CMS instance to create the library website. Within a six-week timeframe a new library homepage and secondary pages were created within LibGuides. Familiarity with the LibGuides system, LibGuides’ inherent ease-of-use, and customer support were definite advantages throughout the project. However, in order to achieve the desired look and usability, our librarian webmaster did have to acquire additional skills for working with CSS and HTML.
Results: The new Sladen Library website launched in the final week of June 2017. Working in cooperation with our Web Services department, we were able to link our new website within the institution’s internal and external web content. Library staff and early adopters have provided positive feedback on the fresh look and streamlined navigation. Future usability studies will help us fine tune the website design and structure.
29. Use of the Research Readiness Self-Assessment to Evaluate Medical Students’ Competencies in Finding and Evaluating Online Health Information
Katherine Akers, LaVentra E. Danquah, Ella Hu, Sandra Martin, Patricia Vinson, Wendy Wu – Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University
To maintain awareness of current medical evidence and clinical practice guidelines in order to provide the best possible patient care, physicians must be able to locate, critically evaluate, synthesize, and make clinical decisions based on health information from multiple digital sources. Concerningly, however, medical students and junior doctors have been found to exhibit poor information literacy skills, including an inability to conduct efficient literature searches, find randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews, or evaluate study quality. Here, we describe our medical library’s experience in administering the Health version of the Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA) tool to two cohorts of first-year medical students to evaluate their perceived and actual competencies in finding and critically evaluating online health information. We also describe our creation of online training modules that aim to improve medical students’ health information literacy skills, including one on using Bloom’s taxonomy to ask great research questions and another on deciding when to use various types of information sources (e.g., textbooks, journals, point-of-care clinical decision tools) to answer different types of health-related questions. Our preliminary findings suggest that first-year medical students are better at evaluating health information than they are at finding health information, although both skills show room for improvement. These findings will help guide our development of additional educational interventions to improve medical students’ research readiness.
30. A Taubman Health Sciences Library Practicum Experience
LaTeesa James, Wayne State University
Objective: The purpose of the practicum was to gain experience in the field of health sciences librarianship by working on several projects that practicing informationists developed.
Description: To gain authentic experience as a health sciences informationist, I was participated in various projects including the University of Michigan School of Nursing Longitudinal Information Needs Evaluation (UMSN LINE) Research Project. I analyzed data collected between Fall 2015-Winter 2017 of the study, assisted with the creation of an affinity diagram for the data, and created a visualization. I also implemented my libguide design and curation skills by working on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility libguide for the School of Public Health. Finally, I performed a clinical libguide environmental scan where I systematically analyzed and compared how 25 other academic health sciences libraries arranged their clinical libguides.
Results: As a result of my participation in the various projects, I have gained an enhanced understanding of the research process and how to present data during analysis, how best to perform resource development for informative libguides, and how to use other library resources to inform effective changes within a library.
Conclusions: Completing a practicum at Taubman Health Sciences Library provided me with real life experience that has helped me to see what it is like to work in the academic health sciences library environment. I was able to experience the professional and personal fulfillment of producing work that will indirectly affect patient care within a world class medical system. Completing my practicum at the THL helped me to solidify my decision to practice academic health science librarianship upon graduation in December 2017.
31. Librarian Engagement in Curriculum Analysis through MeSH Mapping
Keith Engwall, Robin Rivest, Stephanie Swanberg – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
As educational partners, librarians have opportunities beyond instruction to engage in the development of the medical school curriculum. One such opportunity is a librarian-led project to map existing instructional topic keywords to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms for the four-year curriculum. This can disambiguate content and identify related instructional sessions in the effort to locate curriculum gaps and redundancies.
The MeSH mapping project builds upon prior efforts at the medical school to accurately represent session content using topic keywords in the curriculum management system. Librarians used these keywords to search the online MeSH thesaurus, select equivalent terms, and record them in a spreadsheet. A Python script was used to parse and reorder the spreadsheet by MeSH term. The MeSH-keyword mapping can be applied to individual sessions, which could then be submitted for review by course directors, the committee, and faculty. This project reveals how librarians can substantially contribute to curriculum development and analysis at their institutions.
We successfully mapped MeSH terms to curriculum keywords and subsequently to individual sessions and have thus produced a dataset with enriched conceptual linkages.
By finding conceptual linkages between related keywords (via MeSH term overlap), we have the opportunity to identify potential relationships between sessions across the curriculum. These linkages must be vetted to ensure they are accurate, but they may allow us to determine whether these are redundancies that can be optimized or whether they are opportunities for integration between sessions and courses.
32. Integration of an Information Literacy Course into a Summer Research Program for High School Students
Stephanie Swanberg, Misa Mi – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
For any student interested in pursuing a career in a science or health sciences field, knowledge of the research process and the ability to effectively engage in research is imperative. Introducing students to basic research skills can begin before entering college and libraries can play a vital role in enriching medical school-sponsored summer outreach programs for high schoolers. Medical librarians developed an integrated course focused on information literacy as part of a four-week immersive Summer Research Opportunity Program for high school students. The information literacy course meets one afternoon per week for three hours and combines didactic instruction, hands-on activities, and guided independent research in a small group learning setting. Session topics include: introduction to research, generating a research question, finding information, citing sources, and presentation skills. Students also complete two individual assignments as part of the course: a final reflection paper and a final presentation on a topic of their choice that they have researched throughout the program. A pre- and post-program self assessment asked students to rate their skill and confidence level in completing various aspects of the research process and aided in evaluating the effectiveness of the program. This poster will reflect on the successes and challenges of the course and provide recommendations for librarians who wish to participate in similar community outreach programs at their institutions.
33. Reflecting on Five Years of Open Access Educational Programming on a University Campus
Stephanie Swanberg – Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine; Julia Rodriguez – Oakland University Libraries
Open access (OA) publishing has been shown to increase scholar visibility and impact, yet faculty remain uncertain about pursuing OA opportunities. Libraries are perfectly situated to educate and support open access in publishing, in the classroom, and in research. For the last five years, a medical library and university library have partnered to co-sponsor an annual Open Access Week Celebration to educate faculty, students, and librarians. Each year, an average of three educational sessions have been offered on a variety of topics linked to that year’s OA Week theme. Topics included: introduction to open access, author’s rights, copyright issues and fair use in the classroom, open data, impact metrics, and open educational resources. Featured speakers were librarians, clinicians, and science faculty based on their roles and expertise. Successes have included: 1) increased awareness and knowledge of OA policies and resources by library faculty and staff who are now better equipped to handle OA questions; and 2) shared learning opportunities for faculty from different departments and a space to discuss their research and publishing activities. Challenges have included fluctuating attendance numbers, addressing faculty concerns about publishing in open access journals, and marketing these sessions to students. Beyond education, our libraries are tackling new OA initiatives including piloting open access publishing funds and adopting an OA resolution — a pledge to publish and promote OA. Starting with an educational approach can be any library’s first step to increase awareness of OA at their institutions.
34. Are We Dreaming or Doing? How Health Sciences Graduates Access Information in Their Professional Lives
Valeria Long, Betsy Williams, Barbara Harvey, Christopher Kierkus – Grand Valley State University
Objectives: Most accreditation standards stipulate that students acquire skills to prepare them for using information in the workplace. However, the library literature suggests many graduates struggle to locate, analyze, and apply information. This study explores which resources health sciences alumnae utilize following graduation, and if respondents felt they acquired sufficient research skills during their coursework to be effective searchers and users of information.
Methods: Graduates of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) physician assistant studies, physical therapy, nursing, and athletic training programs (n=3506) were invited to complete an anonymous online survey. Participants were asked for the date they received their most recent health sciences related degree from GVSU and if they were working in a field related to that degree. Participants indicated which resources they use most often on the job and why, how those resources are accessed, and whether they were adequately prepared while students at GVSU to effectively search health sciences literature. The study received exempt status from GVSU’s IRB.
Results: 363 valid responses were received. Preliminary results indicate that PubMed was the most frequently used resource by respondents, followed by UpToDate, CINAHL, Epocrates, and Medscape. The primary reasons respondents selected these resources were currency, ease of use, and accuracy. 90.5% of respondents indicated their GVSU experiences prepared them to find information, and 89.2% felt confident evaluating information. 86.8% felt confident applying information.
Conclusions: Conclusions will be made available in the poster.
Keywords: alumni, information literacy, information seeking skills, lifelong learning
35. When Patrons Speak, We Listen: Results of a Health Care Network Library Survey
Lisa Habegger, Amy Hughes, Barb Gushrowski – Community Health Network
Objective: Determining the library service and resource needs of busy health network staff working at diverse locations presents an ongoing challenge. To address this challenge, Community Health Network librarians developed an online survey distributed to staff to evaluate usage, level of satisfaction and areas for improvement.
Methods: Librarians determined the scope of information to be gathered while reviewing available survey resources. An online survey was developed and emailed to all staff, asking participants to identify their primary role, work location and whether or not they used the library in the past year. Library users were asked to rate the importance of, and satisfaction with, library services and resources. Non-users were asked to identify reasons for not using the library.
Results: Overall, library users reported a high level of satisfaction, with 97.2% indicating they would recommend the library. Delivery of articles or books was the most valued service, with 83.4% rating it as important. The most valued resources were databases, with an 86.7% rating of importance. The most common reasons chosen for not using library services included Did Not Know the Library Provided Services for All (23.4%) and Did Not Know what Services Are Provided (31.9%).
Conclusions: With high percentages of participants (65%) not utilizing library services and lacking awareness, library staff realizes the need for continued improvement on marketing strategies. Survey results will also help guide collection development decisions and service improvements. With a goal for future surveys, this first survey has served as a benchmark for statistics and improvements.