• Factors that influence physicians to practice in rural locations: a review and commentary

      Ballance, Darra; Kornegay, D; Evans, Paul; Medical College of Georgia; Statewide Area Health Education Centers Network (Wiley Online, 2009)
      Rural populations remain underserved by physicians, despite various efforts by medical schools and other institutions/organizations to correct this disparity. We examined the literature on factors that influence rural practice location decisions by physicians to determine what opportunities exist along the entire educational pipeline to entice physicians to, and retain them in, rural areas. Results reported in the literature favor a multidisciplinary or multi-faceted approach that results in more residents and physicians locating their practices in rural areas. The need to define proven strategies is not the pressing issue; rather, the needs are to define the commitments necessary to implement proven strategies, as well as the will to make physician distribution a priority issue in medical education.
    • Faculty Authors Reception: A Mad Tea Party

      Bandy, Sandra L.; Sharrock, Renee; Davis, Jennifer Putnam; Flynn, Kara; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (Augusta University, 2018-11-19)
      Objective: The Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library established an author collection in 1979 as part of the Special Collections program. Books authored by faculty members were transferred from the circulating collection to Special Collections and became non-circulating. The purpose of this collection is to preserve the published monographs as a legacy of the individual and the institution. The library provides an annual event for all faculty who published written or edited books during the fiscal year to engage faculty in the importance of creative preservation. Methods: In 2014, the health sciences campus hosted the library’s first annual Faculty Author Reception. Invitations were sent to faculty who published monographs within the last five years requesting their company at this reception. Subsequent receptions featured monographs from the past year. A general invitation was sent to all faculty through the university community. This poster shares the experience of planning, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of this new tea party. The challenges encountered including time, location, dissemination of announcements, and finding published works will be addressed. Results: The library has recognized over 100 faculty members from libraries on two campuses. The reception has expanded to include books written or edited, as well as other creative works such as art and films. The hosted event alternates between the health sciences library and the primarily undergraduate library with a short program and light refreshments. Conclusions: While this reception is only in its fifth year, positive feedback indicates this reception is well received and appreciated. Lessons learned have led to more concentrated planning, robust programming, and the author collection is growing. A set of guidelines for the committee has also been established.
    • Field Study of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Activity of Predoctoral Students and Preceptors at Off-Campus Dental Offices

      Shipman, Peter; Wyatt, Tasha; Zadinsky, Julie; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library; Educational Education Institute; Department of Biobehavioral Nursing (2016-05-16)
      OBJECTIVE To measure evidence-based dentistry (EBD) activity between predoctoral dental students and their dental preceptors to improve dental school curriculum and training. METHODS Predoctoral dental students (PDS) learn and apply evidence-based dentistry (EBD) principles and practices during training in an accredited dental school clinical environment. PDS are also required to practice briefly at off-campus dental practices to learn how to treat patients and improve chair skills under a dental preceptor’s supervision. PDS and preceptors will be interviewed independently of each other by a medical librarian to recall EBD activity during patient care occurring in the off-campus setting. Both will be asked to recall EBD behaviors that address patient-centered needs and preferences, influence clinical decision making about patient diagnoses and treatment plans, and frequency of the application of scientific research to clinical problem solving. Interview transcripts will be transcribed and analyzed by an educational researcher for themes or trends in EBD activity in the off-campus settings.
    • For the mouths of babes: nutrition literacy outreach to a child care center

      Ballance, Darra; Webb, Nancy C.; Long, Sallie; Georgia Regents University (2014)
    • The Future Is Now: Using Secure Tablet Technology to Promote Health Literacy and Self-Care for Incarcerated Persons

      Kouame, Gail; Johnson, J. Aaron; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (Augusta University, 2018-11-19)
      Objective: To engage incarcerated individuals with health information and education to enhance their knowledge and use of health resources and services. Methods: A health sciences librarian and a Public Health Institute applied for an NLM Information Resources Grant to Reduce Health Disparities. The team was awarded funding to provide quality education to incarcerated persons through secure tablet computers. The tablets are currently deployed in 83 jails and prisons in 25 states, and are designed for self-guided learning experiences for low literacy individuals. Project leaders established agreements with five corrections facilities to use the tablets to conduct a health information needs assessment of individuals preparing for re-entry into the community. The study population includes both males and females. The results of the needs assessment informed the creation of health literacy training modules made available using the tablets. People incarcerated in the participating facilities consented to participate in the study to determine the impact of having access to the training modules. Results: Data from the needs assessment indicates that top places respondents seek health information are: the internet; a doctor or health care provider; or health web sites. When asked where they went first the last time they looked for health information, respondents stated they went to: the internet; the doctor or a health care provider; and health or medical organizations. They expressed interest in learning about health insurance issues. Other topics in which they expressed a desire to learn more include: understanding laboratory test results; getting help for addiction problems; and how to find a doctor or nurse. They indicated they would like to know how to take better care of themselves and manage health problems; how to improve eating habits and nutrition; and how to find help to prevent health problems and illnesses. Preliminary data from pre- and post-intervention will be presented.
    • Growing a Liaison Program

      Baker, Camilla B.; Johnson, Autumn; Johnson, Melissa; Reese Library, University Libraries (2013-11-14)
      Librarians at a newly consolidated university will discuss how they transplanted the concept of embedded librarianship from their health sciences colleagues to the university library, in order to cultivate relationships with the library and nurture the campus culture.
    • Health Literacy Training for Healthy Start Participants

      Mears, Kim; Georgia Regents University (2015-05-12)
      Objective The Healthy Start Program aims to improve the adequacy of prenatal care and patient education to high-risk populations experiencing a significantly higher percentage of infant deaths within the first year of life. This project describes the partnership between a librarian and a Healthy Start program to provide nurses, case managers, and community members with training on accessing and evaluating health information resources. Method The director of the Healthy Start program identified the need for training on accessing reliable, evidence-based health information and partnered with a librarian to provide the training. The librarian received a National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region training award to provide print materials and equipment necessary to complete the training. The librarian adapted curriculum from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and offered the training session twice at bi-annual consortium meetings for the Healthy Start program. Assessment of the training sessions were completed through pre and posttests and instructor evaluations. The librarian and director also completed necessary paperwork to qualify the training sessions for Georgia Nurses Association Continuing Education credit for all nurses in attendance. Results Attendance at both of the instruction sessions totaled 28 participants. 54% (n = 16) of participants completed the pre and posttests. Comparison between the pre and posttest scores indicate an increase in knowledge regarding reliable sources of evidence-based nursing resources and the ability to identify and evaluate health information found online. Verbal feedback from the participants indicated satisfaction with the course. Conclusions Partnerships between librarians and community programs can support the efforts of healthcare professional to increase their information literacy skills, potentially resulting in improved health care for their clients and community. 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.
    • How the Library Moved a Community Pre-Baccalaureate Information Literacy Course to an Online, Flipped Environement

      Shipman, Peter; Mears, Kim; Connolly-Brown, Maryska; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2014)
      Presentation from the 2014 Medical Library Association Southern Chapter Annual Meeting.
    • Impact of Medical Libraries and Information Services

      King, DN; College of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (Medical Library Association. Journal of the Research Section of MLA., 1992)
    • Importance of Chapter Membership: a 20-year Data Analysis

      Bandy, Sandra L.; Mears, Kim; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2012-10)
      This project analyzes 20 years of recorded membership data from the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA). Outcomes will illustrate trends in membership.
    • Improving Healthcare Stewardship with Embedded Diagnostic Consultation Services

      Hendren, Stephanie; Gunsolus, Brandy; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (Augusta University, 2018-11-19)
      Objective: To better inform physicians about how to find guidelines for diagnostic testing, and to provide clinical advice on which diagnostic tests should be ordered. Methods: A clinical laboratory scientist joined the Patient Care Rounding Team (PCRT) at Augusta University to provide consultation regarding diagnostic testing as part of the first national doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program. Documentation and analysis of diagnostics-related questions accumulated during PCRT rounds demonstrated the need for advice about diagnostic testing in clinician rounding. The PCRT did not have a defined logic model to order diagnostic tests, place the test orders, test methodology, and determine the clinical value (cost/benefit) of the tests. The Doctor of CLS resident requested an embedded librarian from Greenblatt Library provide evidence-based research to support clinical decisions to better inform the rounding teams. The librarian demonstrated how to systematically search for evidence to support the choice in diagnostic testing and how to interpret test results to the DCLS team. Results: Within the first eight months of the Doctor of CLS consultation service on PCRT, there were 1238 consultations that resulted in over $149,308 in cost savings. This was calculated by the Doctorate of CLS resident by accounting for eliminated unnecessary tests and revised ordered tests to better serve diagnostic needs. The librarian providing evidence-based research consulted on lesser known connections between symptoms and conditions, improving diagnostic clinical decision-making. Both the Doctor of CLS resident and librarian offered evidence and expertise that decreased inappropriate test utilization while potentially improving clinical outcomes. Conclusions: Informationists and other scientists can help a physician team be more responsible in their financial stewardship by reducing unnecessary testing and utilizing in-house resources.
    • Improving Library Instruction Through a Faculty Teaching Fellowship

      Ballance, Darra; Blake, Lindsay; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2014)
      Presentation at the 2014 Medical Library Association Southern Chapter Annual Meeting
    • Information Literacy/Information Architecture: Lessons Learned from a Card Sort Exercise

      Feher, Virginia; Mears, Kim; Johnson, Autumn; Reese Library (Georgia Regents University, 2013-08-23)
    • It's a Stress-Free World After All! Strategies for a Successful Finals Frenzy Program

      Logue, Natalie; Hendren, Stephanie; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (Augusta University, 2018-11-19)
      Objective: This poster examines ways to implement and support a Finals Frenzy program focused on reducing stress and supporting study focus in a health sciences library during finals period using non-library funding. Methods: Each Fall and Spring semester, the health sciences library organizes a four to five day program aimed at supporting students during their finals study period with the goal of relieving stress and increasing student awareness of library support and resources. This program is led by an ad hoc committee consisting of the Access Services librarian, an additional librarian, and a staff member. The objectives of the committee are to establish a daily schedule of events, itemize purchases, and generate marketing material. Funding for the events is requested from the Student Activity Fees committee, a University Committee charged with the distribution of student fees. Each year, the library needs to apply for funding and present their budget proposal to the committee. Results: The library budget proposal for 2017-2018 was carried over from previous years based on past event programming and student turnout. Ongoing assessment of previous events highlighted an opportunity to modify the program to better meet student needs. Spring 2018 events were scheduled a week earlier, and four days longer, than originally planned and an additional funding opportunity was identified within student fees. In addition to funded events, the library utilized volunteer services such as therapy dogs, and supplies purchased from previous years. Conclusions: The library saw a 52% increase in student attendance between Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. While funding helped in implementation, reviewing event statistics and researching similar programs to adjust the timing and schedule of events were key factors in increasing student participation.
    • Librarian Contributions to a Revamped Open-Access Public Health Journal

      Ballance, Darra; Mears, Kim; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2017-05)
      Objectives: :To improve the quality of a recently revived online journal, publishing original research in public health. Methods: A health sciences librarian who is embedded in an academic public health institute was asked to assist in the preparation of a recently revived journal for application for review by NLM and the DOAJ. The public health institute serves as the academic partner to a state public health association, which published the journal from 2006-2009. The journal was revived by the institute and association as an open access publication in 2015. The institute, and the association’s board of directors, were very interested in increasing the scholarly value and impact of their publication. Results: Reviewing NLM’s application for indexing in MEDLINE led the librarian (and a colleague) to contribute to additional enhancements: the establishment of a secure archival site, selecting a Creative Commons license, adhering to Open Access ideals, and obtaining a Crossref account for DOIs for each article. The librarian applied to Thomson/Reuters for the journal’s inclusion in the Science Citation Index as a “regional journal.” The journal is in final consideration for inclusion in the DOAJ; applications to NLM and Thomson are awaiting decisions. The librarian works closely with administrative staff as each issue is published to ensure DOIs are assigned correctly. Conclusion: This ongoing project has enhanced the embedded librarian’s value to the public health institute and assisted in the scholarly development of the journal. Design improvements to the web site are being suggested by the librarian and will be submitted to the institute’s director. The institute has begun a research study on state public health associations and barriers to publishing state-level public health research; the librarian is included on the research team for this project as well.
    • 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.
    • Makerspace Mania! Developing a Makerspace in a Health Sciences Library

      Mears, Kim; Logue, Natalie; Kouame, Gail; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2017-04)
      Objectives: To advance the clinical and educational objectives of the university and to foster innovation by developing a makerspace in the health sciences library. Methods: A committee of three librarians investigated models of makerspaces in health sciences libraries and evaluated the current needs of faculty and staff for 3D printing and data visualization. A proposal was developed in three phases: information gathering, in-depth interviews, and cost-benefit analysis of equipment and program development. Results: During the information gathering stage, the committee reviewed a variety of sources such as websites, white papers, and listserv discussion threads on makerspaces in health sciences and academic libraries. Interviews were conducted with educational technology staff, health sciences faculty, research administration personnel, and a community technology hub. Equipment recommendations were selected during the cost-benefit analysis, which weighed the initial and continuing costs of equipment, the long-term goals of the makerspace, and the needs of the students and faculty. Location and training needs were also included in the proposal recommendations. Implementation of the makerspace is ongoing. Conclusions: Health sciences libraries are becoming more active in the development and implementation of makerspaces in health sciences libraries. Future considerations for the Greenblatt Library makerspace include outreach and promotion and the development of a sustainable funding model.
    • Making Magic: Fostering Innovation with a Creative Technology Lab in the Health Sciences Library

      Logue, Natalie; Kouame, Gail; Askew, Bettina; Nogales, Vonny; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (Augusta University, 2018-11-19)
      Objective:To offer creative technology services in a health sciences library for innovation and prototyping. Methods: An academic health sciences library implemented a new maker space, the Creative Technology Lab (CTL), as part of a major renovation project in 2017/2018. The Creative Technology Lab provides 3D scanning and printing services, a Cricut machine, circuitry kits, and a lamination machine, with a high-definition data visualization display coming in the next year. Initial planning for the CTL focused primarily on 3D printing and scanning. The space allocated for the CTL was not ready during early phases of the renovation, so the 3D scanning and printing equipment was placed in another work area to allow library personnel to become familiar with how to use the equipment and accompanying software. The CTL Committee developed policies and procedures and posted job request forms to the library’s web page prior to the final placement of the 3D equipment in the CTL space. Interest and some requests immediately surfaced when equipment became available in the library.Results:When the CTL final location was unveiled, requests for 3D scanning and printing increased notably. The CTL is located directly inside the library’s main entrance and has a bank of windows,making it highly visible. In addition, the committee produced marketing materials and presented on the CTL in an online tutorial and at local faculty showcases. Faculty members and students from multiple disciplines have produced 3D printed tools and educational models. Conclusions:Having the Creative Technology Lab as a service at the health sciences library allows for the library to increase its visibility on campus to new users seeking to produce both prototypes and objects for practical uses. The biggest challenge for users of the CTL is understanding the technology and software, so providing feedback on designs and discussing project ideas has been repeatedly requested.
    • 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.