National Medical Librarians Month
Southeastern/Atlantic Region Featured Projects 2011
E-science Bootcamp for Librarians
Institution: University of Virginia Health System - Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Project Director: Bart Ragon, MLIS - Associate Director for Library Technology Services & Development
Key Staff: Andrea S. Horne, MILS - Associate Director for Information Services
Inhye Son, MLS, MS, AHIP - Electronic Services & Research Liaison
The e-Science Bootcamp for Librarians was held at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on Friday, March 4, 2011. The program was designed as an educational opportunity for SE/A members to increase their knowledge in the emerging field of e-Science. Special areas of focus included data management, information needs, and scientific investigation. Thirty-nine NN/LM SE/A members attended the program and eleven travel scholarships were awarded. Attendees came from Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama. The program lasted from 8:30am to 5:00pm and participants earned seven Medical Library Association Continuing Education credits. A LinkedIn group, Southeastern/Atlantic e-Science Librarians (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Southeastern-Atlantic-eScience-Librarians-3805853?mostPopular=&gid=3805853&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr), was created to provide an ongoing forum for discussion in the region.
The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library partnered with the program to provide the facility, planning, and administration of the enrollment process. The Library also received an SE/A RML Planning Award to assess the e-Science Bootcamp for Librarians and the e-Science Symposium at MAC-MLA. Results from the planning award may lead to new partnerships within the region among organizations and institutions. To have a greater impact, educational programs need to be available to a wider array of SE/A members. A more detailed program drawing from experts throughout the region could be created to widen the scope of content.
The project was evaluated using the MLA CE evaluation tool and by a separate tool created to assess the program's learning objectives. Evaluation scores were generally high and consistent among most participants. General comments from the participants were also very helpful in identifying what program content was most helpful and in ascertaining future areas for educational consideration.
Northern Virginia Health Literacy Initiative Project
Institution: Inova Fairfax Hospital Health Sciences Library
Project Director: Lois Culler, MSLS, Director, Inova Fairfax Hospital Health Sciences Library
Key Staff: Kate Singleton, MSW, LCSW, Trauma Social Worker and Addictions Counselor
The Northern Virginia Health Literacy Initiative is a project by the Inova Fairfax Hospital Health Sciences Library, which brings together the fields of clinical social work, library science, and adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) education. Overarching goals of the collaboration include raising awareness in the community and among healthcare providers about health literacy, the complex array of cognitive and social skills needed for accessing health care and health information, understanding and applying them to improve one's health, and advocating for oneself or one's family in health care. The project targeted vulnerable populations in the community such as limited English proficient (LEP) populations, the elderly, and low-income families. A clinical social worker teamed with library staff to forge collaborations with community social service providers and adult education programs in an effort to train staff and their client populations. Trainings focused on cultural and linguistic aspects of health literacy; rights of patients and their families; advocating for oneself or one's family in health care settings; obtaining clear, usable health information from health care providers, the library, and from reliable online resources such as MedlinePlus and Healthy Roads Media; and accessing affordable care in Northern VA. Resource lists were provided for physical and mental health care and multicultural social services and immediate referrals were regularly provided by the social worker. Future work will include trainings at a local Department of Family Services and other local social service providers, as well as trainings to sensitize hospital staff to patient health literacy needs.
Teen Health Initiative Project
Institution: Maryland Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center
Project Director: Carole Wade, Learning Resource Coordinator, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center
Key Staff/Personnel: Cyndi Slacum, Health Careers Coordinator, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center
Library partners: Frances Cresswell, Dorchester County; Jo Powers, Talbot County; and Amanda Courie, Caroline County.
The Teen Health Initiative (THI) is an outreach project led by the Maryland Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (ESAHEC, http://www. esahec.org) to promote to teens the selection of MedlinePlus and other reliable health information websites and to teach them how to use public library databases at home and in the classroom. Phase Two, during the 2010-2011 academic year, included sessions that were set up with the Health Instructors in five high schools in the mid-shore region of the Maryland Eastern Shore. These instructors were delighted to be able to work with the Teen Health Initiative and offer an incentive award for excellence to their students. The students were given information and materials to help make homework and classroom projects easier, more complete, and more accurate. School libraries were utilized throughout the project, and the teens were also encouraged to use better searching methods for health careers information. The project coordinators have followed up with 734 students during this phase of the project and will work to keep in touch with participants, especially students with an interest in health careers.
The second phase of the Teen Health Initiative Project included 78 class presentations and reached 982 students and 9 teachers through a required course (Health), and stressed the use of quality web sites and information for a lifetime rather than just for one project.
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