• University Libraries Makerspace Proposal

      Mears, Kim; Logue, Natalie; Kouame, Gail (2017-01)
      A committee of three librarians created this proposal in response to Libraries administration's request to research a possible Makerspace for the Greenblatt Library. The proposal included a review of makerspaces in health sciences libraries, ideas on how to set up and manage such a space, equipment recommendations, and the location of the makerspace within the Greenblatt Library.
    • Using Journal Club to Upgrade Pediatric Residents' Understanding of Evidence-Based Practice

      Hendren, Stephanie; Kouame, Gail; Stuart, Ansley; Shipman, Peter; Ballance, Darra; Yang, Rebecca; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (Augusta University, 2018-11-19)
      Objective: To demonstrate how a change from a traditional journal club to an evidence-based assignment in a pediatric hospital strengthened collaboration between hospital residents and medical librarians. Methods: The pediatric department at Augusta University Medical Center decided to revise their existing journal club model to better meet requirements for evidence-based practice content. They approached the Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library to collaborate on a new approach to the assignment. Each third-year resident selected a patient they treated to develop a PICO question, research the literature, and present the findings. The librarians, on average, rounded twice and had an additional meeting with each resident in order to complete the assignment. Librarians worked with the residents in developing answerable research questions, searching the databases, and providing methods to analyze results. Results: The first cohort of 13 residents completed their assignments. At the end of each rotation, the resident presented the patient and findings to the other residents and attending physicians at a designated morning report. Residents also discussed how the literature did or did not apply to their particular patient scenario, and whether the standard hospital procedure was in line with the published evidence. A group discussion about the presented literature directly followed each presentation. Afterwards, a librarian evaluated each resident on specific EBM competencies. Conclusions: The evidence-based assignment offers a different way to engage residents with medical literature and librarians outside a journal club. Residents gained hands-on experience of searching the literature for a specific patient problem and had a platform to share their knowledge with their peers. Librarians utilized the one-on-one interactions to provide tailored literature search instruction based upon the resident’s research topic and results found. A second cohort began in July 2018 and will continue through June 2019.
    • 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.
    • Volunteer clinical faculty: are they satisfied?

      Ballance, Darra; Robert B. Greenblatt MD Library (2012-04)
      Objectives: Discuss which intrinsic and extrinsic rewards are more valued by Georgia community-based faculty; Discuss any differences between the 2008 and 2011 surveys; Discuss what can be done to retain community-based faculty.
    • When libraries combine: Creating a Georgia Regents University Libraries website

      Mears, Kim; Feher, Virginia (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015-09-29)
      This paper is chapter 12 within the book Difficult decisions: Closing and merging academic libraries (S. Holder & A. Lannon (Eds.)). This publication explores all of these aspects of library consolidation through commentary, research, and case studies written by librarians with experience navigating these events. Individual chapters address either the entire process of a consolidation or closure, multiple aspects of one or more experiences, or one aspect that is particularly important such as communicating with faculty or using data to make decisions about collections. Difficult Decisions: Closing And Merging Academic Libraries is a comprehensive resource for library administrators faced with making these decisions, librarians asked to assist with these challenging projects, and anyone working in a library undergoing a merger.
    • A Whole New Ballgame: Teaching Evidence Based Practice in the Hospital

      Blake, Lindsay; Ballance, Darra; University Libraries (2012-05)
      Objective: A CE course was created for librarians and nurses to educate both groups on the use of Evidence-Based Practice in the hospital setting. We want to expand this course to suit other health professionals. Setting: A Health Sciences University in Georgia. Design: Three Librarians worked together to create a comprehensive review of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). The course was created in three parts to cover the basics tenets of EBP, how to apply EBP to the hospital setting, and integrating patient preferences into EBP and patient care. MLA CE credit was obtained for Librarians and Georgia Nursing Association contact hours were obtained for nurses. Participants were given a pre-test and post. IRB approval was granted by the hospital and the academic institution. Findings: Through numerous classes taught to both nurses and librarians we found that EBP knowledge was improved after the 3 hour course. Comments revealed some areas for improvement. Both groups wanted more techniques for evaluating articles to determine if they are evidence-based and wanted more details on statistical information found in these articles. Nurses wanted more information on how to directly apply results, and how to conduct evidence-based research themselves. Conclusion: Because the use of EBP is spreading to more health professions, we are working on redesigning the course to appeal to a wider audience. Physicians have opportunities to receive EBM training, but there are fewer training avenues for nursing and allied health professionals outside of academia. We hope to redevelop our course to appeal to these groups and bring EBP from the colleges into the practice setting.