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  • Supplemental Data and Material for Assessing the Health Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of Nurses in Skilled Nursing Facilities

    Kouame, Gail; Yang, Frances; Hendren, Steph; University Libraries; Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home (2021-07-14)
  • Serving as a Business Liaison When It's Not Your Primary Job

    Bustos, Rod; University Libraries (Reese Library) (Augusta University, 2020-03-12)
    Working as a business librarian can be a full-time job in some cases. In others, the librarian may be assigned as a liaison in addition to other responsibilities such as those primarily focused on an area like systems or e-resources.
  • Access to Health Information: Outreach Efforts to Ronald McDonald House Augusta

    Bandy, Sandra L.; Brewster, Tamara; University Libraries (Georgia Regents University, 2015-10)
    Objective: The library seeks to improve the use of reliable electronic health information to fill this information need for an under-served population in crisis. In 2014, a new and larger Ronald McDonald House (RMH) opened in Augusta across a shared parking lot of the Robert B, Greenblatt, M.D. Library. Currently, there are no health information resources available in the house. The house staff/volunteers have shared that they have received questions about health information but are advised not to give medical advice. Methods: A computer designated for accessing health information and a small selection of printed materials has been made available within the RMH. The library is in position to train the RMH house staff/volunteers on consumer health resources and how to evaluate reliable web resources. This will allow them to promote authoritative health resources for families/caregivers of children who are receiving medical treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. A health information web page has been developed and is accessible through the RMH portal. This web page is also being used as a class outline for hands-on computer training sessions for RMH staff. Results: The results of the training within the past six months will be presented along with suggested improvements for the staff who are teaching caregivers how to access health information. Conclusion: Parents will do anything for their child, especially when they are sick. Often they turn to the internet searching for answers. The library recognized the potential to build a positive partnership with the community. Using our expertise to aid this under-served population will assist parents in finding authoritative and up-to-date information health information resources. This project 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. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.
  • Importance of Chapter Membership: a 20-year Data Analysis

    Bandy, Sandra L.; Mears, Kim; University Libraries (Georgia Health Sciences University, 2012-10)
    Objective This project analyzes twenty years of recorded membership data from one of the fourteen chapters affiliated with the Medical Library Association (MLA). A search of the literature revealed national level program evaluations, new initiatives, and lessons learned but no Chapter-level articles specifically on membership. Outcomes will illustrate trends in membership and the possible need for stronger guidelines in retaining members. Methods Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association has used FileMaker for recording membership information. Information includes years of service to the organization plus year joined, contact information, committee volunteer request, AHIP level, library type, and membership to MLA. The data collected is also used for the annual printed membership directory. Several data sets will be gathered to study the dynamics of the Chapter, longevity of members, and retention based on the introduction of a 2-year free student membership. Results From 1992 to 2012, the average membership for the Southern Chapter was 359 members. The highest membership occurred in 1996 with 402 members and the lowest membership occurred in 2006 with 285. Data trends demonstrate a drop in state membership levels in the corresponding state that hosted the annual meeting the following year. Membership rates also dropped when the annual meeting was hosted outside of the Chapter region. Development of new medical schools around the region resulted in a 62% increase in academic librarians’ membership while hospital librarians have seen a 45% drop in membership rates. Other data collected included types of MLA membership and librarians’ membership to the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). In 2008 the Chapter adopted a 2-year free student membership, with an average of 20 members per year since then. In its five year history, we have had 47 student members with 10 students joining the Chapter as a full member after the free membership expired. Conclusions According to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the average retention rate is between 82%-90%. Southern Chapter’s overall retention rate is 89%, affirming the value librarians receive through membership. Data also revealed that student retention is 63%, which is below acceptable ASAE guidelines so additional support may be needed. A search of the literature suggested guidelines to increase retention rates of student members.
  • Transforming Print to Electronic Theses and Dissertations

    Bandy, Sandra L.; University Libraries (Augusta University, 2018-05-22)
    Objective: In response to a changing environment, the library collaborated with The Graduate School (TGS) to transition from print to electronic theses and dissertations (ETD). Since graduate students are writing their thesis and dissertations on a computer, the library initiated the electronic submission to provide long-term archiving of ETDs. This paper discusses new submission processes, including successful strategies and lessons learned. Methods: The University’s existing institutional repository is the new host for ETDs allowing students to upload their final thesis or dissertation into the repository. TGS worked with ProQuest to create an online ETD administrator for students. An ETD Microsoft Word template was designed and programmed by the library according to Graduate School specifications and approved by TGS administrators. TGS dissertation and thesis preparation manual was updated to reflect new formatting and template requirements and a second alternative template was developed for student use. To introduce the new process and workflow to PhD program directors, librarians attended TGS Council meeting. A Graduate School LibGuide for TGS was amended to provide instruction on the new ETD standards and process including the need for additional face-to-face instruction on ETDs. The Library developed an ETD bootcamp for the new process. Results: After reviewing the initial submission process, the library partnered with ProQuest to simplify their procedures. The library worked with ProQuest to create a Sword protocol for automatic deposits of metadata and PDF files to the repository. Students no longer deposit their final thesis or dissertation into the repository but only to ProQuest eliminating a step in the submission process. Conclusions: Collaborating with our university's Graduate School created a unique partnership that resulted in new library ETD services for graduate students. Future work with ETDs will focus on retrospectively digitizing the library’s print dissertations.
  • 2019-2020 University Libraries Annual Report

    Kathy Davies, Interim Director of Libraries; Johnson, Melissa; University Libraries (Augusta University, 2021-02-26)
    This report serves to highlight the activities and accomplishments of FY20 that support the Augusta University's mission and to inform administrators, colleagues, and historians of the University Libraries work.
  • INFormed: University Libraries News [Volume 8, Issue 2, Spring 2020]

    Gomez, Ali; Sharrock, Renee; Morgan, Emma Kate; Bustos, Rod; Weeks, Thomas; Johnson, Melissa; Kubicki, Josette; Smith, Lachelle; Reese, Natalee (Augusta University Libraries, 2020-04-15)
    INFOrmed is a newsletter of the University Libraries of Augusta University. Inside this issue: Special E-Resources Edition, Historical Collections and Archives, Haithi Trust ETAs Expands E-Access to USG Print Holdings, Physical Resources and Interlibrary Loan, Business, Arts and Humanities, Computer and Cyber Sciences, Education, Health Sciences Programs, Science and Mathematics, Social Sciences, Selected Publications and Presentations, Awards and Appointments, Vendors Expand Access to Resources Admist COVID 19, New Faculty.
  • 2018-2019 University Libraries Annual Report

    University Libraries (Augusta University, 2019-11-18)
    This report serves to highlight the activities and accomplishments of FY19 that support the Augusta University's mission and to inform administrators, colleagues, and historians of the University Libraries work.
  • Bridging the silos: Connecting University data management services through a Data Management Symposium

    Davies, Kathy J; Hendren, Steph; Davis, Jennifer Putnam; Augusta University (Augusta University, 2019-10-11)
    Objective: Greenblatt Library at Augusta University determined that library facutly needed expanded knowledge of research data management to establish a training program and develop a data services model. These goals aligned the library with an existing priority to become a research university and address gaps in existing data services offered to the research community. The library decided that hosting a one-day research data management symposium would promote the library as a data management resource, engage with existing research data services on campus, and discuss important aspects of data management. Methods: Greenblatt Library received funding to host a campus-wide research data management symposium. The symposium connected researchers and resources across all disciplines and provided professional development credits for researchers and librarians. Results: The one-day symposium was held in March 2019 and featured national and local speakers, a panel discussion, and data resources exhibits. The conducted post survey provided valuable information that will be used to establish future training and library services. Library faculty taught one of the sessions and the Libraries staffed an exhibit table to highlight data management tools. Conclusions: Librarians have existing skills such as teaching, organizing, analyzing and providing access to information sources that transfer readily to the research data management life cycle. The training symposium increased campus awareness of library services for data management and facilitated new research collaborations. Moving forward, a multifaceted approach to training will increase library faculty capabilities to engage in the critical processes necessary for data sharing, scholarship, and research reproducibility.
  • Shaping the Future of Education for the Medical Library Association

    Kouame, Gail; Holmes, Heather; Laera, Elizabeth; Augusta University; Medical University of South Carolina; Brookwood Baptist Health (Augusta University, 2019-10-11)
    Objective: Inform health sciences information professionals about the newly developed structure for educational programming for the Medical Library Association (MLA) based on MLA’s Professional Competencies. Methods: MLA appointed the Education Steering Committee and six Education Curriculum Committees to develop education content based on the Association’s revised Professional Competencies. The Competencies provide the framework that define the skills to be gained as a result of educational offerings. The Education Curriculum Committees are charged with: 1. Designing and planning curriculum and educational offerings and resources; 2. Providing direction, expertise, and knowledge to creators and instructors of educational offerings with respect to content and instructional design; 3. Reviewing and assessing offerings to ensure they are high quality and current, meet learning outcomes, and have a succession plan. The work of the Curriculum Committees is shaped by the curriculum priorities document set forth by the Education Steering Committee, beginning with a “Bootcamp” that incorporates foundational offerings across the Competencies. Results: The Education Curriculum Committees suggest topics and speakers for MLA’s monthly webinars and for Continuing Education courses offered at the Association’s Annual Meetings. In the past year, Education Curriculum Committees have engaged with subject matter experts and with professional instructional designers to create online self-paced courses. A middle management symposium, sponsored by the Leadership & Management Education Curriculum Committee, was offered at the MLA 2019 Annual Meeting. Curriculum Committees are exploring other modes for providing educational content, such as podcasts, journal clubs or discussion groups. Existing courses and webinars are tagged with Professional Competencies in MEDLIB-ED, MLA’s continuing education portal. Conclusions: MLA’s Professional Competencies provide a meaningful framework for planning and organizing educational offerings. Education Curriculum Committees follow the curriculum priorities to plan their work, but also have flexibility to be innovative in suggesting other possible content and methods to support professional development and education for information professionals.
  • 2008 Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library Annual Report

    Medical College of Georgia, 2008
    This report serves to highlight the activities and accomplishments of FY08 that supports the Medical College of Georgia's mission and to inform administrators, colleagues, and historians of the Greenblatt Library's work.
  • 2007 Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library Annual Report

    Medical College of Georgia, 2007
    This report serves to highlight the activities and accomplishments of FY07 that supports the Medical College of Georgia's mission and to inform administrators, colleagues, and historians of the Greenblatt Library's work.
  • 2006 Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library Annual Report

    Medical College of Georgia, 2006
    This report serves to highlight the activities and accomplishments of FY06 that supports the Medical College of Georgia's mission and to inform administrators, colleagues, and historians of the Greenblatt Library's work.
  • 2005 Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library Annual Report

    Medical College of Georgia, 2005
    This report serves to highlight the activities and accomplishments of FY05 that supports the Medical College of Georgia's mission and to inform administrators, colleagues, and historians of the Greenblatt Library's work.
  • 2004 Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library Annual Report

    Medical College of Georgia, 2004
    This report serves to highlight the activities and accomplishments of FY04 that supports the Medical College of Georgia's mission and to inform administrators, colleagues, and historians of the Greenblatt Library's work.
  • Strong Roots Produce Stronger Branches via Digital Surrogates

    Sharrock, Renee; Bandy, Sandra L.; Augusta University Libraries (2019-10-17)
    Historical Collections & Archives (HCA) is comprised of campus archives, rare books, and medical artifacts on the Health Sciences campus of Augusta University. Scholarly Commons is the institutional repository for Augusta University and is operated and managed by the Content Management Department of the Greenblatt Library. HCA has broadened its online presence by digitizing significant print publications, historical documents, and medical artifacts and depositing the digital items into Scholarly Commons.
  • INFOrmed: University Libraries News [Volume 6, Issue 2, Spring 2018]

    Johnson, Melissa; Gutsaeva, Elina; Kubicki, Josette; Davis, Jennifer; Logue, Natalie; Flynn, Kara; Sharrock, Renee; Bandy, Sandra L. (2018-03)
    INFOrmed is a newsletter of the University Libraries of Augusta University. Inside this issue: ARTECA; Clothes Closet Donation Drive; EndNote X8; Faculty and Staff News; New eBooks; Greenblatt Library Construction; Heritage Unit News; ILLiad Services Available through GIL-FIND; New Website for University Libraries; Heart Walk
  • INFOrmed: University Libraries News [Volume 6, Issue 1, Fall 2017]

    Mann, Barbara; Gutsaeva, Elina; Davis, Jennifer; Horton, Jalesia; Akers, Caroline; Kubicki, Josette; Durham, Ginny (2017-09)
    INFOrmed is a newsletter of the University Libraries of Augusta University. Inside this issue: Seventh NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course Begins September 10; EndNote; New Resources; Research Assistance; Embedded Program; Greenblatt Library Renovations; For all the People; Faculty and Staff News; Clothes Closet Donation Drive; "And there's the humor of it": Shakespeare and the Four Humors
  • INFormed: University Libraries News [Volume 8, Issue 1, Fall 2019]

    Sharrock, Renee; Atkinson, Matt; Bandy, Sandra L.; Gomez, Ali; Davis, Jennifer; Johnson, Melissa (2019-08)
    INFOrmed is a newsletter of the University Libraries of Augusta University. Inside this issue: Exhibit Honoring Lois Taylor Ellison, M.D.; upcoming events, new library resources, Greenblatt Library Renovation; Lost Book Returned 48 Years Late; Browsing Books Returns at Reese; Personnel Updates; Software and Features Available in CTL
  • INFOrmed: University Libraries News [Volume 7, Issue 1, Fall 2018]

    Davis, Jennifer; Flynn, Kara; Sharrock, Renee; Hayes, Adrienne; Luster, Aspasia; Horton, Jalesia; Johnson, Melissa; Bandy, Sandra L.; Bustos, Rod (Fall 2018)
    INFOrmed is a newsletter of the University Libraries of Augusta University. Inside this issue: Greenblatt Library's CTL now open; upcoming events, new library resources, Heritage Unit News series; The Cats are In!; New Oversized Books Section @Reese; Faculty and Staff News; An Eye on the Libraries

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