• Adapting an embedded model of librarianship, college by college.

      Blake, Lindsay; Mears, Kim; Davies, Kathy J; Ballance, Darra; Shipman, Peter; Connolly-Brown, Maryska; Gaines, Julie K.; Georgia Regents University (Taylor & Francis, 2014-07-14)
      Librarians are increasingly moving out of the library and into the wider university setting as patrons spend more time seeking information online and less time visiting the library. The move to embed librarians in colleges, departments, or customer groups has been going on for some time but has recently received more attention as libraries work to find new ways to reach patrons that no longer need to come to the physical library. Few universities have attempted to embed all their librarians. This case study describes how one group of health sciences librarians dispersed its professional staff throughout its campuses and medical centers.
    • Building a DREAM: Medical Librarians Collaborating in the Creation of an Assessment Database

      Blake, Lindsay; Davies, Kathy J; University Libraries (2014-05)
      Program Objective: The DREAM (Directory and Repository of Educational Assessment Measures) project built a repository of peer-reviewed assessment measures used in health sciences education. Program: Librarians collaborated with the school of medicine’s educational department, the Educational Innovation Institute (EII), to create a medical assessment database, DREAM. The DREAM database is hosted within the MedEdPORTAL on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website. Librarians tailored searches to the six main Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies. The librarians worked closely with the DREAM project coordinator to craft PubMed searches that would find a variety of assessment tools for students and residents clustered around the six competencies. The searches were combed for Psychometrically Evidenced, Appearing Repeatedly in a Literature Search (PEARLS). PEARLS were sent out to reviewers, who prepared a critical analysis. A Critical Synthesis Package, which includes librarian created indexing, is then placed on the DREAM site. Main Results: The DREAM initiative launched online officially in October 2013. The six ACGME searches will be expanded to cover the entire health sciences arena and social science databases. Librarians have become full-partners with the EII team on the DREAM project, designing not only searches, but providing feedback, participating in monthly meetings, and assisting as needed. DREAM has gained national attention and led to further Librarian involvement in projects on campus and for other organizations. Conclusion: The collaboration between the EII and the medical library is mutually beneficial. The medical librarians have gained national recognition for their inclusion in the DREAM project. The project has been presented at medical education and library conferences. Librarians are collaborating on an article with the EII DREAM team for publication in the medical education literature. Librarians have also improved on their searching skills in PubMed by expanding their knowledge of both MeSH and indexing. This has helped them to become more efficient and productive searchers.
    • Consolidation: A Tale of Two Libraries

      Heck, Jeffrey J; Davies, Kathy J; Verburg, Fay L; Brown, Marianne; Loveless, Virginia L; Bandy, Sandra L.; Seago, Brenda L; Georgia Regents University (American Library Association, 2013-10)
      This paper describes the initiating action, planning, adaptations, and official conclusion of a one-year consolidation of a professional health-sciences library with a largely commuter-student undergraduate liberal arts library, during the consolidation of their corresponding universities. Ties existed between some university programs, such as nursing, but the cultures of the two universities differed. The structure established to handle the consolidation allowed effective communication and cooperative development of policies and processes. Reaccreditation efforts also required extensive work to reflect the new university. Crucial lessons were learned from the intensive effort.
    • Designing a DREAM Database and Delivering TIME Competency Measures: Library Faculty Integration in Medical Education Assessment

      Davies, Kathy J; Blake, Lindsay; Georgia Regents University (2013-10)
      Purpose: This paper describes librarian roles as full partners in creating a database of health sciences education assessment instruments (DREAM) and locating instruments to measure medical student milestones for the Transformation in Medical Education (TIME) initiative to design a competency based medical education curriculum. Setting/Participants: A research university with an academic health sciences center and undergraduate liberal arts and sciences campus. Librarians partnered with faculty in the institution’s Educational Innovation Institute to develop the DREAM database and serve as members of the TIME project consultation team. Methods: Library faculty tailored PubMed searches for assessment instruments linked to ACGME competencies. Librarians and research faculty determined that a public searchable database of free, validated, and peer- reviewed assessment tools would fill an existing information gap. The DREAM database was presented at the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting and is now hosted on MedEdPORTAL at the AAMC website. Lead faculty members of the TIME project then contacted the DREAM team to request consultation on identifying assessment instruments. Librarians will complete assessment searching based around 12 main competency areas with over 100 student achievement milestones. Results: Library faculty developed assessment filters for MEDLINE and CINAHL and adapted them as needed for competency search processes. The next phase was developing the database taxonomy from existing controlled vocabulary resources. Library faculty assisted in creating peer review forms and determining database record format. Identifying TIME competency assessment tools required developing over 60 comprehensive searches focusing on specific student behaviors. Intensive searching of health sciences databases has led librarians to develop a better grasp of medical education and assessment terminology and article indexing. Conclusions: DREAM is scheduled for a fall launch; TIME reports will be completed during the winter of 2013. The DREAM team will monitor the database and library faculty will design search strategies to identify additional assessment instruments. Library faculty can be fully integrated in research and assessment initiatives. Collaboration with EII faculty has brought librarians additional referrals and provided opportunities to assist in projects benefiting the library, university and our own careers.
    • Developing Information Analysis Mastery: Blending Bioinformatics and Evidence Based Searching

      Blake, Lindsay; Davies, Kathy J; Yang, Frances; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2014)
      Presentation from the 2014 Medical Library Association Southern Chapter Annual Meeting.
    • East Central Public Health District Disaster Health Information Project

      Davies, Kathy J; Seago, Brenda L; Adriano, Jonathan; Walker, Larry; Robert B. Greenblatt MD Library (2013-10)
      GRU Libraries developed adisaster health information portal in collaboration with Georgia East Central Public Health District. The portal content was based on a needs assessment survey. Several trainng sessions were conducted throughout the region to build awareness of NLM Disaster Health Information Resources.
    • Embedded Librarians: Collaborations in Research and Teaching

      Gaines, Julie K.; Mears, Kim; Blake, Lindsay; Davies, Kathy J; Shipman, Peter; Ballance, Darra; Seago, Brenda L; Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA (Georgia Regents University, 2013-03)
      The increased use of online information resources has allowed health sciences librarians to seek new roles outside of the physical library. A proactive approach is needed to provide information at the time and location of need. The Georgia Regents University (GRU) Librarians have responded to this shift by exploring a model of embedded librarianship that provides specialized assistance and deeper involvement at the college level. Embedded librarianship uses a service model that incorporates librarians as active university participants as opposed to the traditional role of service providers.
    • Library on Demand: Developing an Education Outreach Webinar Series

      Mears, Kim; Davies, Kathy J; Blake, Lindsay; Ballance, Darra; Connolly-Brown, Maryska; Stuart, Ansley; University Libraries (2016-05)
      Objectives: To describe a collaborative project to host live and recorded instructional webinars; To highlight specific information resources; To promote underused library services Methods: Surveyed library employees to identify potential webinar topics; Established a priority order of topics and a calendar for the webinar series; Identified the technology platforms and best practices for online instruction delivery; Committee members provided technical assistance for both viewers and lecturers, coordinated scheduling, and served as instructors; Created a checklist for promotional procedures Results: Webinar series launched in August 2014; Topics scheduled bimonthly; Recorded webinars available on LibGuide as well as the Libraries’ YouTube channel; 1032 views of the series content since the creation of the LibGuide from June 2014 – March 2016 Conclusions: Developing an online webinar series proved to be a viable method to expand the Libraries’ educational program across campuses and increase librarian technology skills; Future directions include identifying topics and collaboration with the undergraduate library
    • The Magic of Research Data: Librarians Learning Secrets of Data Management

      Davies, Kathy J; Seago, Brenda L; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (Augusta University, 2018-11-19)
      Objective: Create a training program to increase library faculty knowledge of data management practices to facilitate developing a research agenda, collaboration with research community, and disseminating research findings. Methods: A librarian was selected to attend the Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians Course. The online course focused on data management topics including data curation, security, taxonomy, data sharing, resource data management, and publishing. The data management sills gained served as a foundation for instructional programming to enhance library faculty knowledgebase and explore potential library data management roles. The instructional program uses scaffolding by teaching an overview class and then integrating specific topics to meet institutional needs. Results: The librarian attendee developed a capstone template to help disseminate knowledge gained from the online course. The template facilitated the development of three goals: introduction of research data management basics, teaching targeted data management skills, and assessment of the research data management training program. The classes will be offered in late summer/early fall to health sciences and academic library faculty. A pre and post quiz will be distributed to determine knowledge gained. The librarian will collaborate with a new faculty position of Scholarship and Data Librarian to assess the level of data management services to be provided. The next phase is integrating data management services within embedded and liaison areas. Conclusions: Research Data Management is a natural fit for many librarians with a strong foundation in organizing, analyzing and providing access to information sources. The training program assists librarians to engage in the critical processes necessary for data sharing, scholarship, and research reproducibility.
    • The Many Faces of Embedded Librarianship: How do we Evaluate Effectiveness?

      Blake, Lindsay; Ballance, Darra; Connolly-Brown, Maryska; Davies, Kathy J; Mears, Kim; Shipman, Peter; Gaines, Julie K.; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2014)
      Presentation from the 2014 Medical Library Association Southern Chapter Annual Meeting.
    • The New Normal at GRU Libraries: Managing Change/Seeking Innovation

      Feher, Virginia; Davies, Kathy J; Verburg, Fay L; McCarrell, Kyle; Mears, Kim; Reese Library (Georgia Regents University, 2013-05-16)
      On January 8th 2013, Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University consolidated to form Georgia Regents University. With this consolidation, ASU Reese Library and GHSU Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library administratively combined. The two libraries serve very different user populations. Reese provides access to a broad range of information resources for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and community users. Greenblatt provides access to evidence-based resources in support of teaching, research, and clinical care for students, faculty, community users, and the GRU Health System. As part of the consolidation process, Reese and Greenblatt faculty and staff collaborated on reconciling differences in policies, procedures, service models, collection development, and library governance, all while seeking opportunities to enhance and innovate services. In this panel presentation, Reese and Greenblatt librarians will address challenges faced in the consolidation process, including combining GIL catalogs, expanding the liaison program, planning a consolidated website, and learning how to navigate differences in organizational culture.
    • Patient Encounter: Using Virtual EHR To Integrate Library Resources With Second Year Medical Students

      Davies, Kathy J; Bandy, Sandra L.; Kouame, Gail; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (Augusta University, 2018-11-19)
      Objective Library faculty collaborated to explore new teaching approaches to illustrate student use of library resources in simulated clinical settings with standardized patients. Methods: Librarians co-developed clinical scenarios in collaboration with medical educators to connect library resources to standardized patient experiences for second-year students. Students interviewed standardized patients and used critical thinking to diagnosis the condition, guided by a librarian and clinical facilitator. In real time, students selected appropriate evidence-based medicine resources to complete the course assignment. The patient scenarios were adjusted with each teaching session, this year incorporating simulated patient electronic health records (EHR). Students incorporated library resources at each stage to evaluate the provided patient’s history, prescriptions, and clinical results to determine diagnosis and treatment. Results: The clinical scenarios illustrated how to use library resources effectively in a “real world” setting. In previous years, students distributed searching of the resources among the team members rather than completing the evidence-based process as a cohesive unit. The implementation of the virtual EHR reversed this trend with students working together to address each component of the standardized patient encounter. The students were more engaged with the recent changes and expressed greater understanding of library resources. Library faculty gained deeper knowledge of how clinicians and students view library resources use for evidence-based practice. Conclusions: Students utilized the opportunity to practice information seeking skills within a mock clinical setting and gained more experience using patient care tools. Knowledge of clinical library resources increased amongst the students with the recent insertion of the virtual EHR within the standardized patient experience.
    • Tenure-Related Recommendations for Library faculty of Georgia Regents University

      Baker, Camilla B.; Davies, Kathy J; Feher, Virginia; Shipman, Peter; Verburg, Fay L; Waggoner-Angleton,Carol; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library; Reese Library; Georgia Regents University (2012-10-08)
      The Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) Provost, the Vice President for Instruction and Enrollment Management and Associate Provost, and the Augusta State University Vice President for Academic Affairs are requesting the consolidated library faculty to issue recommendations on tenure for new hires and the post-tenure review expectations for the consolidated library faculty. According to the original charge, the report should compare tenure practices of the Georgia Regents University (GRU) consolidated library faculty to the tenure practices and trends of library faculty at benchmark institutions. However, the list of referent and aspirational institutions based on GRU’s potential Carnegie classification has not been finalized. This creates a challenge to identify definitive institutions with which to compare library tenure policies. The consolidated library faculty are members of the USG Corps of Instruction with faculty status and rank and are eligible for promotion. The consolidated library faculty participate in faculty governance, teaching, and scholarly activities at their respective campuses. The information provided by the consolidated libraries should inform the work of the Consolidation Promotion and Tenure Work Team. The following position paper will provide the background, assessment, and recommendations concerning tenure for library faculty in the consolidated libraries.
    • Variations in Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) mapping: from the natural language of patron terms to the controlled vocabulary of mapped lists

      Gault, Lora V; Shultz, M; Davies, Kathy J; Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Medical College of Georgia (Medical Library Association, 2002-04)
      OBJECTIVES: This study compared the mapping of natural language patron terms to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) across six MeSH interfaces for the MEDLINE database. METHODS: Test data were obtained from search requests submitted by patrons to the Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, over a nine-month period. Search request statements were parsed into separate terms or phrases. Using print sources from the National Library of Medicine, Each parsed patron term was assigned corresponding MeSH terms. Each patron term was entered into each of the selected interfaces to determine how effectively they mapped to MeSH. Data were collected for mapping success, accessibility of MeSH term within mapped list, and total number of MeSH choices within each list. RESULTS: The selected MEDLINE interfaces do not map the same patron term in the same way, nor do they consistently lead to what is considered the appropriate MeSH term. CONCLUSIONS: If searchers utilize the MEDLINE database to its fullest potential by mapping to MeSH, the results of the mapping will vary between interfaces. This variance may ultimately impact the search results. These differences should be considered when choosing a MEDLINE interface and when instructing end users.