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Poster Abstracts

Below are the abstracts for the posters for the 2010 Joint meeting. Additional posters may be added if received before January 8th (see the Call for more information). The poster session will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 1:30 to 2:30 in the Exhibit Hall.  Posters can be displayed from 10:00 am on Thursday to 4:00 pm on Friday, January 29th.


The Expanding Role of the Clinical Librarian to Facilitate the ACGME Competency for Practice-Based Learning and Improvement for SJHMC Internal Medicine Residents
Billie S. White, MLS

Objective: To present a teaching incident on the ACGME Practice-Based Learning and Improvement competency to prepare physicians-in-training to engage in self-directed/lifelong learning. The teaching incident proposes to assist the physician-in-training to recognize their learning needs, and to assist them to develop the skills of information management at the point of care.
Method: The Transtheoretical Model (TTM)/Stages of Change (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983; Prochaska & DiClemente, & Norcross, 1992; Prochaska & Velicer, 1997) is an integrative model of behavior change; it focuses on the decision making of the individual. The model construes change as a process involving progress through a series of five variables: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.

Setting: A large tertiary care teaching hospital (743 beds) with a health sciences library staffed by two librarians and one library paraprofessional that serves…

    • 12 residency programs
    • 500 medical staff
    • 5000 hospital staff

Population: Sixteen residents participated in the study. (There are 30 Internal Medicine Residents first, second, and third year in the program).

Results: Participants responses to the questions indicated an increase in the residents’ knowledge and awareness of their information seeking skills.

Conclusion: The results of the teaching incident indicate  that the residents are developing the skills and habits that will allow them to identify strengths, deficiencies and limits in their knowledge expertise, and to develop self-directed learning goals and to perform appropriate learning activities.


“If You Build It, Will They Use It?” (Building an EndNote Web database for the Physician)
Triza Marsh Crittle, MLIS

Objective: This poster will examine the medical librarian building an EndNote Web database for 2 physicians, one a Program Chair and the other a Program Director.

Brief Description: Many physicians, researchers, residents and medical students continue to manually create their bibliographies or reference pages.  Bibliographic management tools, also know as reference management tools or citation management tools, have been around for over 20 years with many of them now web-based for increased portability. These tools are purchased by institutions and go virtually unused; unbeknownst to the users that not only does this tool automatically generate the bibliography with about 2300 publishing styles to assist in the process but it also creates greater collaboration and more robust accessibility to ones own research projects.  Encouraging the use of EndNote Web is not an easy sell; but offering one-on-one consultations such as building the database for the physician may be one inroad.


Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Interactive Storyboard Tutorial for Medical Students and Allied Health Professions: An Innovative Approach
Linda SukLing Murphy, MLIS, Stephen L. Clancy, MLS, AHIP, and Cathy Palmer, MLS

The development of an interactive web-based storyboard tutorial that introduces learners to the basic concepts of evidence-based practice (EBP) and that may assist in the use and application of scientific evidence in clinical practice is described.  The target audiences are medical students and allied health professionals.  The goal is to make the tutorial available on the Internet for learners to review at their own convenience. In order to engage students in a Web 2.0 world, the tutorial, using an innovative storyboard approach, includes interactivity, graphics, self assessment and voice-over narration.  The tutorial is structured around an illustrative pediatric case scenario on Otitis Media.  The case actively guides learners through the step-by-step EBP process:  constructing a well-built answerable clinical question in therapy, researching articles using PubMed Clinical Queries, finding the evidence from a selected Randomized Controlled Trial, and briefly appraising the evidence to determine if the selected study is relevant to the clinical therapy question.   Limited classroom time is allowed for EBP instruction in the undergraduate medical education curriculum.  This tutorial is an innovative method to offer instruction outside the classroom.  It provides a resource that can be assigned or reviewed throughout the medical education programs and promotes lifelong learning in medical information literacy.   Our poster illustrates the development of the tutorial, the collaborative efforts between the UC Irvine Libraries’ Medical Education Team, the Libraries’ Education and Outreach department, and the campus Distance Learning Center.  It further explains our unique experience from working with the distance learning instructional designer and what we have learned throughout the collaborative process. Examples from the tutorial and suggestions for future tutorial designs are also included. 

Hospital Library Provides Intranet Online ABOG Reading List and Journal Clubs
Paula Romeyn, MLIS, Elizabeth Mason, BA, and Judy Kraemer, MLIS, MBA

Objective:  To use technology to facilitate timely and efficient access for physicians and hospital staff to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Reading List and Journal Club articles.  Reduce use of OB-GYN department, journal club, and library staff time.  Eliminate possible copyright compliance violations.  Enable recording of actual use. 

Method: This poster illustrates how a hospital library uses existing intranet software to provide access to ABOG Reading List and Journal Club articles.  Library staff post ABOG Reading List and Journal Club bibliographies to the library’s intranet page with licensed, copyright compliant, full-text publisher provided hyperlinks enabling 24/7 one click access.  Articles not licensed by the library are posted in citation form with a hyperlink to the library’s document delivery form.

Conclusion: The result - a Win-Win for all involved.  The library provides timely, convenient access to full-text articles without cost, special equipment or software.  This process saves the costs of staff time and supplies required for copy production and mailing.  The publisher provided hyperlinks record true use statistics helping justify subscription renewals.  Physicians and hospital staff have direct access to articles on the library’s intranet site from computers on campus and via Secure Remote Access saving travel  time to the library.  Articles are provided for free thereby saving physicians and staff the cost of photocopy services (>$550/year).  Physicians and staff express appreciation and refer colleagues to the library’s online ABOG Reading and Journal Club lists.  The OB-GYN office staff and Journal Club coordinators love this service as they are no longer involved in the process.  The library received Hospital Applause Award recognition due to physician positive feedback to hospital management.


Reaching Out by Reaching In: Virtual Health and Wellness Information for Employees at Mayo Clinic Arizona
Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C

Realizing the impact of acute and chronic illnesses on the workforce and  the increased cost of healthcare for employees and their dependents, Mayo Clinic instituted an organization-wide effort called the LiveWell program, whose purpose was to serve as a health promotion tool for employees and their family members.

As part of this initiative, the patient library was involved in increasing the collection to topics that related to employees health care issues across the life span, marketed the services of the library through a Spiels on Wheels program taken to individual departments, offered a class on Cyber Savvy Searching for Health Information on the Internet, presented library services at health promotion/wellness health fairs, and provided weekly Health Bytes to the employee electronic news magazine with links to reliable health related websites. 

Adding the links at the patient library kiosks to the homepage of the employees' personal work computer allowed the employees the same access to health information that was provided to patients and family members.

A vital, engaged and healthier workforce is paramount to the success of a health care organization and medical libraries can be a link to achieving that goal. 


Embedded Librarian in a Magnet Hospital
Linda Counts, MLS

For the past three years, I have been actively involved with the Nursing Magnet program here at the hospital.  I was invited to sit on the Nursing Research council prior to the hospital achieving Magnet status.  Once we received status, I continued to attend the council and have presented a “Librarian Tip of the Day” at each monthly meeting.  I have assisted in manning the council information booth at hospital wide communication fairs.  Many of the nurses pursuing higher degrees or submitting manuscripts for publication attend the council for review and feedback.  These nurses have sought my assistance in their course work and literature review prior to writing. Recently, we have begun a Frontline Nursing Research initiative which promotes research by those non-degreed nurses who work at the bedside.  Each new research nurse in encouraged to see the librarian before selecting and pursuing her project.  My initial work with these nurses is to gage the viability of the project. The council has now developed a website on which I was asked to develop a section representing the library and other research capabilities to be updated periodically.  The council has afforded my with excellent visibility and its members promote my services to other nurses. 


Hunters, Gatherers, and Strategists!  Mayo Clinic Librarians Prepare for a Multi-site Higher Learning Commission/North Central Commission (HLC/NCA) Reaccreditation Evaluation
Dawn Littleton, MLS, AHIP, Head, Public Services, Libraries, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Carole Saville, MLS, Librarian, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL; Kay E. Wellik, MLS, AHIP, Director, Library Services, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

Objective: We present strategies developed and utilized by librarians to help prepare a multi-site institution for a Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association (HLC/NCA) reaccreditation evaluation.

Methods: Librarians present strategies to assist institutions in meeting HLC/NCA reaccreditation criteria.  Criteria include provision of digital and paper-based resource centers, documented self-study, and a website for third party comment.  Effective strategies leading to reaccreditation will be described.  Strategies include a site visit to a recently reaccredited university, recommendation reports to the steering committee, and "live" meetings in Interwise/web format.  Overcoming challenges presented by multiple schools at distant locations will also be addressed.


Library Partners with IT – Bring EBM into EMR
Janet Bruman, MLS

A July, 2009, $570,000 grant for “Technology Improvements for Safety Net Providers” from Pacificare/United Health Group will allow Natividad Medical Center (Salinas, CA) to accomplish two major goals:  advancing towards a full electronic health record with online physician order entry and nursing documentation, and promoting a culture of evidence-based practice through the provision of bedside access to evidence-based resources.

The grant award assigned Natividad’s Allen Santell Memorial Library (a solo library) a key role in support of this 2d goal.  The Pacificare/United Health Group funds will purchase a  subscription to EBSCOHost’s CINAHL with Full Text database.  CINAHL is fully integrated with the hospital’s recently-implemented ZynxHealth system.  References cited by ZynxEvidence are linked directly to the full-text article in CINAHL, and ZynxEvidence will be incorporated into the hospital’s enhanced electronic medical record system.

Also included under the grant will be the creation of a fully online, web-based Library catalog, with links to the Library’s online textbooks, journals, and other research databases.  To support the extensive staff training that will be needed with the new evidence-based resources, the grant is purchasing equipment and furniture for a Library Computer lab. 

The Poster presentation will include a project timeline, progress to date, and details on how the Medical Library was able to “piggyback” on a grant proposal prepared for another hospital department.

Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed, County-operated community hospital in Salinas, California, that has operated continuously since 1886.  Natividad hosts a Family Medicine residency program in affiliation with UCSF.


Fast Track to AHIP: You Can be a Winner!
Tania Bardyn, AHIP, Associate Director for Public Services, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

Why should I seek AHIP credentials? How do I apply? Come find out about the AHIP (The Academy of Health Information Professionals) credentialing program started
by the Medical Library Association to recognize academic preparation, professional experience, and professional accomplishment. Academy membership is a designation recognizing the time and effort a health information professional commits to professional development activities. The poster will have a fun game detailing point requirements for new members and renewing members. Come meet your chapter credentialing liaison to learn about the fees, answer your questions about portfolios, forms, required documentation, and the application process itself. Membership in the Academy is available to both MLA members and non-MLA members who meet the Academy requirements.


Ubiquitous Access: Reaching Students Where They Are and Not Where We Wish They Would Be
Heather Lausten, MLIS, Curriculum Librarian, Grand Canyon University, Emma Covelli, MLIS, Web Librarian, Grand Canyon University, Nita Splittorff, MSLIS, Nursing & Health Sciences Library, Grand Canyon University

The expanding nature of online programs has required that academic libraries rethink how they provide services to students. Discovering ways to proactively reach out to students and address the unique issues with library use that pertain to online students became paramount in ensuring students did not feel isolated and hopeless in their research. Both traditional and innovative marketing strategies have played an integral role in connecting with the student to address and reduce their library frustrations. By extending the library's presence directly into the online classroom, students can move from one learning environment to the next with ease. Partnerships with faculty and curriculum designers have allowed for information literacy to become a part of the general student learning experience, not just an additional skill taught in the library. With these concepts libraries can help to lead the way to a better online educational experience.


Emergency Preparedness and Response: Are You Ready?
Submitted by the NN/LM PSR Coordinator and Regional Advisory Committee/Liaisons for Emergency Preparedness and Response: Ellen Aaronson, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, West Hills, CA; Triza Crittle, University Medical Center, Savitt Medical Library, Las Vegas, NV; Amy Knehans, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Edwin H. Mookini Library, Hilo, HI; Irene Lovas, Medical Library, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Cinda McClain, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Health Sciences Library, Glendale, AZ; Heidi Sandstrom, NN/LM PSR, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, Los Angeles, CA; Peggy Tahir, UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, San Francisco, CA

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has identified emergency preparedness and response (EP&R) as a priority initiative for the 2006-2011 contract. To help mitigate the impact of disasters on healthcare providers and their patients, NN/LM, working with a National Coordinator, has developed and is overseeing a plan to help Network members maintain their information services in the event of a disaster.

The effectiveness of the plan depends on participation at all levels of the NN/LM, from individual Network members to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

The NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) staff provides information and assistance to Network members in a variety of ways, and relies on the advice and assistance of six EP&R liaisons, who represent the MLA Chapters, states and jurisdictions of the Region.  Together they can provide assistance with back-up library relationships, in training for service continuity planning, and in developing emergency response plans.

This poster will highlight:

  • the national approach to preparedness
  • various regional activities that have taken place
  • the roles of the NN/LM PSR staff and the regional liaisons
  • results of a recent survey to determine the level of regional preparedness
  • upcoming training opportunities
  • the NN/LM PSR goal for preparedness

The poster will also highlight some of the key features of the NN/LM online resource for assistance in both preparedness and response: the National Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit.

JING: An alternative way of providing library reference service to hybrid and online Students
Kathleen Carlson, MLS, AHIP, Health Sciences Librarian, Arizona State University

At Arizona State University, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation is moving toward hybrid and online classes. The key is to find alternative ways of providing library service to students. One answer is free software called JING. TechSmith is the creator of this open source software. JING creates screen captures and recording software and allows you to demonstrate advanced searches in research databases such as CINAHL, PubMed or the Cochrane Library. These short flash tutorials are under 5 minutes in length and under 5MB in size. As instructor you are able to quickly pinpoint the problems the students are having in their literature searches and customize the answers to their questions. Another TechSmith option is the more enhanced version JING Pro that costs $14.95/year. JING PRO allows you to record more than 5 minutes of video, and uses a premium video format (MPEG-4 AVC) that is better at recording rich content from your screen.

This poster will illustrate and describe the use of JING and how using this software has enhanced the health sciences librarian interaction with students in providing library service. I am committed to supporting all ASU students, staff and faculty as they move toward hybrid and online courses. It is in my best interest to continue to keep up with this kind of emerging technologies so that I am prepared to work more effectively at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus library.



First steps toward rejuvenation of the Wilson Dental Library website: Information gathering using a survey and usability studies
Annie Hughes, MSLS, Wilson Dental Library/The University of Southern California School of Dentistry

Background: The Wilson Dental Library (WDL) at the University of Southern California's School of Dentistry (USCSD) serves a population of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Dental Hygiene (DH), Advanced Standing Placement in International Dentistry (ASPID), and Post-graduate students, along with the School's faculty and staff. The website's main function is to provide students access to quality resources and information related to biomedical sciences and dentistry throughout their matriculation. However, since the site's inception in 2001, a project completed by a student worker at the WDL; there have been no formal discussions with the user population about the site's usability.

Methods: In February 2009, survey using Qualtrics Survey Software was sent out to all DDS, DH, ASPID, and Post-Doctoral Students, along with all faculty and staff at USCSD. The survey gathered information regarding frequency of site use, most frequently used resources, ease of use, and the quality of the layout and graphics. Open-ended questions were also asked regarding what patrons liked most and least about the website, as well as whether or not they would be interested in participating in the WDL website usability study.

In July of 2009, the Wilson Dental Library began conducting usability studies. A sign-up sheet was placed at the circulation desk and messages asking for patron participation were sent out via student listservs. For participating, each student received a 2GB flash drive with the Wilson Dental Library logo on it. During the study, students were asked 5 brief questions involving searching the website for journals and e-books, locating call numbers, and finding librarian contact information. Each click was captured via Adobe Captivate 4, and students were asked to give verbal feedback during the session. Each session took approximately 15-20 minutes.

Results: Survey: 117 patrons responded to the Wilson Dental Library website survey. Of the respondents, 57 (49%) were DDS students, 39 (33%) were Faculty or Staff, 6 (0.5%) were ASPID students, and 15 (13%) were Dental Hygiene students. **Poster will reflect answers to specific questions with graphical information**

Usability studies: 13 DDS students agreed to participate in the 5 question usability study, along with 1 Faculty member. No Dental Hygiene, Post-doctoral or ASPID students expressed interest in the usability study.

Conclusions: Key elements needed for an easy-to-use site were overlooked by bypassing the information gathering step during the 2001 design. Utilizing a survey and usability studies, it was possible to gather information regarding our users' needs. We found that locating e-resources was a key concern for students as they were not finding them easily. They spend quite a few minutes clicking through our page in order to find specific e-books or databases. Our online catalog, (HELIX), is not featured prominently, nor is there a site-wide search feature. Students stated that they would like more lists of commonly used resources or subject guides for dental specialties, and the layout and graphics are out-dated and need revision.


Information Center for East-West Medicine: an integrative model UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, and Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (IITCM), China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS) collaboration
Judy Consales, Associate University Librarian for Sciences, Director Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA Library, Los Angeles, CA; Ka-Kit Hui MD FACP, Wallis Annenberg Professor of Integrative Medicine, Director UCLA Center for East West Medicine; Daming Su, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (IITCM), China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), Visiting Librarian, UCLA Louise M. Darling Library; Tania Bardyn, Associate Director for Public Services, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

The Louise M. Darling Library in collaboration with the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine is in the process of establishing a leading edge information hub to provide current, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary information access and services for medical professionals, researchers, and consumers in the fields related to the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. Ka-Kit Hui MD, director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, supported two visiting librarian fellows from the Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (IITCM), China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS) to assist with creation of the center. Initiation of the project was completed in 2008 -2009. Next phase will involve obtaining access to Chinese medical databases, resource materials including non print, and having librarians offer consultation services to clinicians affiliated with the outpatient clinic in Santa Monica, CA.  The Biomedical Library provided space for a reading room in addition to a consulting suite for the fellow to offer in depth and personalized East-West information consultations for faculty, students, and staff. Identifying a donor to fund the center will be an ideal means of offering permanent services but meanwhile a framework has been established to launch the collaboration. Future plans include replacing the visiting fellow with a cooperation and exchange program between UCLA and the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, training other information professionals, and advancing knowledge of Chinese medicine and integrative medicine. The center aims to become the foremost integrative medicine virtual library and collaborative repository in the fields relating to Chinese and Western medicine.


Engage and Connect: Sharing health information promotion and training experiences
Jeanette Ryan, MSLS, AHIP, Deputy Director, Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona

Outreach Connections: Native Health Information is a wiki that serves as a new collaborative space for librarians, researchers, the public health workforce, and other health information providers. Designed for those who work with health care providers serving Native peoples and with Native health information consumers, this wiki serves as a home for descriptions and stories about health information outreach and education activities. Outreach Connections complements, and does not duplicate, existing collections of information for Native peoples about how to manage personal health or treat health problems. The wiki is an outcome of the Native American Health Information Services in the United States conference and was developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, with the support of a national steering committee drawn from the arenas of tribal public health, health librarianship, and information technology. Entries from the universities of Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, New Mexico will be highlighted. This work has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services under Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3504.


Library Outreach on Health Information Literacy Empowers the Community -- Additional material (Handout)
Naomi C. Broering, AHIP, FMLA, Dean of Libraries, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; Gregory A. Chauncey, BSEE, MBA, Senior Program Mgr., Library, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; Stacy Gomes, EdD. V.P for Academic Affairs, Administration, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; Jack Miller, President, Administration, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library (PCOM) has been building on its success of Health Information Literacy outreach services from 2004 to the present. This poster and handouts demonstrates the variety of settings and the approaches implemented by the PCOM Library to train users and to bring a wealth of reliable free health information directly to the public. A series of information literacy instructional services have been provided for local citizens and health professionals throughout the San Diego County through combined efforts of the Library's outreach projects supported in part by the National Network of Libraries and the National Library of Medicine. Instructional presentations and hands-on sessions are held at numerous sites including community centers, libraries, churches, conferences and special sessions for seniors, health professionals, medical students, and in 2009 through a new project to HIV AIDS interest groups. The idea of bringing health information to people's fingertips has caught-on, and the PCOM library is now invited to participate in other local meetings sponsored by AARP, KPBS and even interviewed on television.

Methodology: Through numerous partnerships, the Library helps consumers find answers to their health questions by teaching access to MedlinePlus, PubMed and related DHHS and NIH databases.

  • Custom ized instructional materials are designed for a divergent minority, an underserved population, and health professional attendees.
  • A series of health information c om puter workshops and hands-on classes are offered to a broad audience, including local residents, health professionals, and staff.
  • Training manual and presentations are developed to cover extensive topics and case studies using MedlinePlus and its c om plete resources, PubMed searching techniques, access to online Tutorials, Surgical Videos, Clinical Trials, and HIV AIDS resources.
  • Sessions are held directly at the local community sites such as the San Diego Public Library (the central library and branches), the Riford Adult C om munity Center, the El Cajon SD County Library, First Lutheran Church, The Center, GLBT, the Pacific Symposium conference, and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's classro om s and library c om puter lab.

Achievements: How does library outreach empower the community? Increasing interests and popularity certainly attests to it. Over the past 6 years, the Library has conducted nearly 100 sessions to an approximate total of over 700 participants at computer hands -on workshops and presentations. There were 2,000 participants who observed demonstrations and received hand outs and brochures. The local TV station, XETV, gave us an approximate estimate of 5,000 to 10,000 viewers who we reached during the interview which included a demonstration of MedlinePlus and how to navigate the web site. We emphasized the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of the consumer health data.

This poster illustrates the goals, objectives and achievements over the past six years with photographs, charts, brochure, handouts and training materials. A historical trace covering the progress of Library's outreach activities include two papers in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, presentations at MLGSCA 2005, and at MLA 2006; posters at ALA conference in Anaheim 2008 and MLA in Hawaii 2009. Future plans beyond this include continued writing and submitting results of our ongoing activities and progress. Plans are to showcase the project and to continue these outreach services. The projects are funded in part by the PSR NN/LM under an NLM NIH contract and the NLM Special Information Services.

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