• 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.
    • New Beginning for Clinical Librarians: Getting the Program off the Ground

      Blake, Lindsay; Gaines, Julie K.; UGA/GRU Partnership Campus; Georgia Regents University (2012-11)
      Question: How to integrate Librarians into existing clinical structures. Setting: Children’s and regional hospitals and clinics in Georgia where Georgia Health Sciences students and faculty are affiliated. Participants: Two Librarians at Georgia Health Sciences University located in two cities working with various hospital departments and faculty. Methods: Librarians work with departments in the hospitals and area clinics to integrate Evidence Based Medicine(EBM) and Patient and Family Centered Care(PFCC) into the medical student and resident education. Both of the Librarians are starting clinical librarian services. The services are in two different cities and stages in the medical education. One Librarian started in an established position working with residents and students in Family Medicine and Pediatrics, but had to rebuild after years of vacancy. The other Librarian is working with a new clerkship program so she is working directly with the clerkship directors to find ways to get involved with the students as they begin their clinical rotations. Main Finding: Librarians found various ways to assimilate themselves into the existing clinical structure. The methods they used varied by campus, hospital and/or department. Librarians were incorporated into a number of activities including: morning report, rounding, journal club, academic half days and scholarly projects. Conclusions: The Librarians found that various methods needed to be employed to incorporate their assistance in the hospital and clinical departments. The importance of communication and getting to know the clinical department environment and key players helps the Librarians to integrate into the structure.
    • 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.
    • On Campus or Out of Town: How Publishing Online Tutorials Can Help Your Patrons

      Blake, Lindsay; Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA (Computers in Libraries, 2009-04)
      The article discusses online tutorials and publishing for distance-education programs of libraries. It is noted that online publishing is growing because of the emergence of online databases, electronic journals and electronic books. Libraries, on the other hand, prefer face-to-face teaching instead of online tutorial. It is recommended that libraries determine which topics to tackle in tutorials before developing them.
    • ORCID Implementation at Georgia Regents University

      Mears, Kim; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2015-05-17)
      ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) offers a solution to name ambiguity within the publishing world, as well as a method for scholars to maintain a professional record of scholarly activities. The Georgia Regents University Libraries facilitated the adoption and integration of ORCID throughout the GRU campus community by actively engaging faculty and graduate students, as well as integrating ORCID into key university systems. The library collaborated with the University’s Department of Human Resources (HR) and BioMed Central to enhance the adoption and integration of ORCID identifiers in university systems, including the institution’s digital repository, Scholarly Commons, and the University’s Human Resources Management System (HRMS). The library has also begun to focus on educating graduate students on the benefits of ORCID as they begin to build their research portfolio. Librarians can assist their institution in improving research information infrastructure and ORCID is unique because it is the only researcher identifier integrated into grant and manuscript submission systems. This project benefits researchers and the University by increasing the adoption and use of ORCID identifiers and supporting efforts to reduce confusion in regards to common or international names. This is especially important when scholarly productivity has a direct impact on promotion and tenure. ORCID integration in Scholarly Commons was completed in September 2014. Successes and challenges along with the librarians’ educational efforts to introduce ORCID will be reviewed.
    • Partnering with Business Faculty for Information Literacy Instruction

      Bustos, Rod; Blocker, LouAnn; Reese Library (Augusta State University, 2012-10-12)
      Presentation given at GACOMO 2012 about partnering with business school faculty for information literacy instruction.
    • 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.
    • Piloting an Online Evidence-Based Practice Course for Nurses

      Mears, Kim; Blake, Lindsay; Augusta University (2016-05)
    • Reference for the Remote User Through Embedded Librarianship

      Connolly-Brown, Maryska; Mears, Kim; Johnson, Melissa; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library; Walter M. Bortz III Library; Reese Library; Georgia Regents University; Hampden-Sydney College (Taylor & Francis, 2016-02)
      Embedded librarians serve an important role in assisting remote users. Despite the varying degrees of embeddedness, all maintain the goal of ensuring the same high quality reference and instruction services that users have come to expect from the traditional library setting. Embedded librarians select and use technology that most effectively meets the needs of this unique user group. This technology can include the library website, course management systems, research guides, lecture and screen capture software, remote reference (including telephone, chat, and email), web conferencing, online survey tools, citation management, and social media. [NOTE: This is an electronic version of an article published in The Reference Librarian, 2016, VOL. 57, NO. 3, 165–181. This article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02763877.2015.1131658.]