National Medical Librarians Month
MidContinental Region Featured Projects 2011
Mobile School Health Information Initiative (MoSHI)
Washington University School of Medicine, Becker Medical Library
St. Louis, Missouri
The Mobile School Health Information Initiatve (MoSHI) was funded by the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine from February 2010 - February 2011. MoSHI was a train-the-trainer program to connect K-12 librarians in the St. Louis metropolitan area with credible health information. The hands-on curriculum could be delivered in 60-90 minutes. Participants could complete an on-site evaluation, and a follow-up web evaluation 3 months later, to assess curriculum retention and use. MoSHI trained 93 participants during the funded period. Most participants either served elementary or high school audiences. The project is now sustained through an agreement between the library and a local children's hospital.
Project Director: Will Olmstadt
Key Staff for the project: Judy Hansen, Bob Engeszer
Department of Pediatrics Morning Report Blog
A collaboration between the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics and Primary Children's Medical Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Department of Pediatrics Morning Report blog is a collaboration between the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics and Primary Children's Medical Library. This project developed out of a knowledge management workshop coordinated by the NN/LM MidContinental Region and attended by the medical librarian from Primary Children's in partnership with a medical researcher from the University of Utah. The pediatric residents learn through clinical case presentation and discussion in morning report at Primary Children's Medical Center Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Residents may not attend all the clinical case presentations given at the morning report meeting. In the past, there was not a central place to review cases presented when time permitted. The blog has bridged this knowledge gap and created a valuable resource utilized by the pediatric residency director as well as the residents. The librarians attend Morning Report Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings; receive the presentation from the presenter; post the presentation on the blog; and add citations lists or search tips on occasion. There have been opportunities for the librarians to do searches on questions that could not be answered directly during morning report with knowledge from advanced pediatric residents or attending physicians. The blog is going on its third year. The PPT presentations have changed over time allowing the pediatric residents that view them on the blog to receive credit for morning report even if they cannot attend. This project has taught the hospital librarians at Primary Children's Medical Center a lot about the patients that residents treat and clinical questions that are asked. The residents have an increased awareness of who the librarians are and are reminded that they can use the librarians at Primary Children's for their information services.
Project Director: Emily Eresuma
Key staff: Emily Eresuma and Dona Christensen
Continuity of Health Information: Integrating the Medical Library into Hospital Emergency Planning
Saint Louis Children's Hospital in partnership with Becker Medical Library
Saint Louis, MO
Emergency planning is a complex and ongoing effort in hospitals today. Significant resources are devoted to planning, practicing, educating and promoting awareness of staff roles in the event of an emergency. There is awareness at St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH) of the need for planning for access to health information during an emergency and for formally incorporating information access into the SLCH Emergency Operations Plan. Using an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) MidContinental Region, the medical library was able to become an emergency resource as a non-clinical location with power, light and red phone for staff use. The medical librarian became fully embedded in the Emergency Preparedness Workgroup and acts as the liaison between the Ethics Committee and Emergency Preparedness Workgroup as needed. The medical librarian also participates in all emergency drills and is present at command center as needed. By being part of command center she is part of the Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine collaboration. Integrating the medical library into St. Louis Children's Hospital's Emergency Plan was timely and the response from hospital staff has been overwhelmingly positive.
Project Directors: Betsy Kelly and Lauren Yaeger
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