Poster Presentations


Outreach Connections: Native Health Information: A Wiki for Sharing Health Information Promotion and Training Experiences

Susan J. Barnes, Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu, Claire Hamasu, Sohail Khan, Angela Ruffin, Jeanette Ryan

This poster presents Outreach Connections, a wiki that serves as a new collaborative space for librarians, researchers, and public health professionals. Designed for those who work with health care providers serving Native peoples and with Native health information consumers, this wiki serves as a home on the web for descriptions and stories about health information outreach and education activities. Outreach Connections complements, and does not duplicate, existing collections of information for Native peoples about how to manage personal health or treat health problems. Outreach Connections is an outcome of the Native American Health Information Services in the United States conference and was developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, with the support of a national steering committee drawn from the arenas of tribal public health, health librarianship, and information technology. This work 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. NO1-LM-6-3504.

Contact Information: Susan J. Barnes, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, University of Washington Health Sciences Library Box 357155, Seattle, WA 98195; phone 206-221-7425; email sjbarnes@u.washington.edu

The CTN Dissemination Library: Evidence from the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network

Meg Brunner, MLIS, Nancy Sutherland, MLS; Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, Seattle

The U.S. National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network is a network of research centers and community treatment providers across the US, collaborating to develop, validate, refine, and deliver new addiction treatment to patients in the real-world of community-level practice. To encourage the transfer of knowledge gained from CTN research into practice, the digital CTN Dissemination Library was created as a repository of resources created by and for the CTN. The virtual library, a project of the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute Library, provides CTN members and the public with a single point of access to research findings and other materials that are approved for dissemination throughout the network and to the larger community of providers, researchers, and policy-makers. This poster describes the resources available in the Library, including details about each clinical trial carried out by the CTN, the participating research centers and community treatment providers in the network, and the findings from the studies themselves (posters, presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and more).

 CTN Dissemination Library: http://ctndisseminationlibrary.org

Contact Information: Nancy Sutherland, nsutherland@adai.washington.edu; Meg Brunner, meganw@u.washington.edu

UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute Library, http://lib.adai.washington.edu

Getting it all together: building an institutional repository collection of ICAHIS (International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists) papers

Vicki F. Croft, Head, Animal Health Library, Washington State University, Pullman, WA USA
Kay E. Vyhnanek, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Washington State University, Pullman, WA USA

Since its first meeting in 1992, the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS) has generated a large collection of informative papers, largely inaccessible even in this age of Internet access. Development of the Washington State University (WSU) Libraries’ institutional repository, the WSU Research Exchange, is a venue to provide accessibility and permanence. Working together, Vicki Croft, Head Librarian of Washington State University’s Animal Health Library, and Kay Vyhnanek, Scholarly Communication Librarian at WSU, began a project to create a Web-based collection of papers from all five ICAHIS meetings. This poster will include descriptions of the design and planning, the process and procedures for obtaining copyright permissions from the authors, the methods employed in capturing and/or creating digital images of the papers, the creation of the metadata representing the papers, and posting the papers to the Research Exchange.


Contact Information: Vicki Croft, M.S.L.S., AHIP, Head, Animal Health Library, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6512, Phone: (509)335-5544, Fax: (509)335-5158, croft@wsu.edu

Branching Out to Connect: Medlibs Twitter & FriendFeed Group Social Networking

Nicole S. Dettmar, Education and Assessment Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region

Medical librarians are always seeking ways to connect with colleagues in order to share the latest news and information in the field, ask for collaborative help and opinions, and invite feedback on projects and services. Group social networking media such as Twitter and FriendFeed enable medical librarians to send and receive brief real time messages and participate in conversations that can be viewed online or on cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs)/handheld devices for portability.

Twitter, a social network messaging service limited to 140 characters per message (tweet), allows for tweets from an individual user to be published to all followers of a group Twitter account even if the group members do not follow the user’s tweets. The Medlibs group Twitter account was created after users of an informal group Twitter account for the Medical Library Association conference in May 2008 wanted to continue the group. FriendFeed is an aggregator that allows the site to pull in dozens of feeds from different social networking media, including Twitter, and post conversational comments on them. The Medlibs group FriendFeed account was created in August 2008 to invite additional conversation and accommodate the inclusion of future social networking media site for the group.

As Twitter has increased in numbers of users and cultural popularity since the Medlibs group began, so has the Medlibs group in both beneficial and challenging ways as it grew from less than 50 members to hundreds. Both the Medlibs group Twitter account and FriendFeed account were used as library information sharing resources during the initial days of the novel H1N1 outbreak in April 2009. In late Summer 2009, a survey of participants will be administered to assess perceived value of the Medlibs group and results will be included with the poster.

Contact Information: Nicole Dettmar, snydern@u.washington.edu

2+2=5: Creating Synergy: Fusing Health Literacy Efforts of Medical Librarians and Physician Assistants

Patricia J. Devine, Network Coordinator, Pacific Northwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Seattle, WA; James E. Anderson, Physician Assistant, Department of Orthopedics, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

To create a synergistic partnership between medical librarians and physician assistants (PAs), focused on improving patient care by addressing health literacy. To establish organizational collaboration. To enhance information integrity of patient education. To build a more sophisticated understanding of health literacy among PAs. To underscore the value of librarian-PA partnerships in improving health literacy.

Contacts in the leadership of the American Academy of Physician Assistants will be identified and established. Collaborative opportunities focused on creation of a joint project augmenting PA awareness and utilization of MedlinePlus as an exam room tool for patient and clinician education will be explored. A continuing medical education presentation for physician assistants at a state association annual meeting will be created by a librarian/PA team. This presentation will be a portable resource examining ways to enhance patient care. Clinicians will learn to provide reliable patient education information in the exam room using MedlinePlus.

Contact Information: Patricia J. Devine, MLS, Administrative/Network Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region Health
Sciences Library and Information Center, Box 357155 University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, Phone: (206)543-8275 Fax: (206)543-2469

Path to Professional Growth: An Overview of the Graduate Certificate Program in Medical Informatics at OHSU

Kim Granath, Public Health Librarian and Associate Professor, The University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Missoula, MT.

With a national emphasis on health care reform, electronic medical records and other health care informatics systems are becoming more prevalent in all kinds of health care settings. Medical librarians with formal training in informatics have opportunities to be involved in system planning and implementation that can expand their role beyond the library. This poster will describe the graduate certificate program in medical informatics at OHSU, and how programs like these are beneficial for the professional development of medical librarians.

Contact Information: Kim Granath, kim.granath@umontana.edu

What’s Your Plan? Emergency Preparedness for Medical Libraries in the Pacific Northwest

Gail Kouame, RML/NNLM, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Laurel Egan, St. James Health Care Center, butte MT; Marcia Francis, Idaho State University, Idaho Health Sciences Library, Pocatello, ID; Dolores Judkins, Oregon Health & Science University Library, Portland, OR; Kathy Murray, University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library, Anchorage, AK; Bob Pringle, Washington State University, Spokane Riverpoint Campus Library, Spokane, WA

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has been working to implement Emergency Preparedness and Response plans for medical libraries as part of a national initiative among all NN/LM regions. In the Pacific Northwest, the NN/LM has partnered with representatives in each of our 5 states to create a region-specific plan including:

• A series of 10 webcasts featuring each of the “10 Steps to Service Continuity”
• Direct mailing of postcards following each webcast, highlighting the step that was just reviewed
• Sending pieces of emergency kits to libraries on a month-by-month basis following the webcasts to promote awareness of emergency preparedness

The goal is for hospital and other medical libraries to develop emergency preparedness plans, even if they are small-scale. Visit our poster to meet your state representative for emergency preparedness and to hear about how you can be prepared to continue to offer your important services in case of a disaster or incident. Templates of disaster plans and other resources will be on hand.

Contact Information: Gail Kouame, gmarie@u.washington.edu; Laurel Egan, laurel.egan@sjh-mt.org; Marcia Francis, franmarc@isu.edu; Dolores Judkins, judkinsd@ohsu.edu; Kathy Murray, afktm@uaa.alaska.edu; Bob Pringle, rpringle@wsu.edu

Walking the tightrope: Development of a web portal providing health professionals statewide with access to evidence-based information

Valerie Lawrence, MLS, AHIP, HEAL-WA Resource Coordinator, University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Seattle, WA

To provide health care practitioners in more than a dozen professions across Washington State with electronic access to evidence-based information, in support of a statewide legislative initiative aimed at improving health care quality and access for all citizens of the state.

This project is directed toward, and funded by license fees from, health professionals in a broad range of disciplines. Librarians conducted surveys and individual as well as group interviews with health practitioners across professions to determine information seeking patterns and familiarity with electronic healthcare information sources prior to resource selection and site development. Established web sites and librarians at other educational institutions were also consulted about resources in their respective fields. Informational presentations at regulatory meetings, as well as with representatives from various professional groups, were used to begin providing information about the project as well as to gather information for resource selection.

The HEAL-WA web portal was launched on January 1, 2009 with open-access and licensed resources targeted toward more than a dozen practitioner groups. Early usage statistics collected prior to the launch of a statewide publicity campaign showed numerous page views from around Washington State, as well as from other states across the US. Further publicity and online as well as in-person training are planned, and will be critical to increase awareness and promote use of the portal. As the portal matures and becomes more widely known, survey data and more comprehensive usage statistics will be gathered and used to determine how professionals use the portal and how it might be improved.

A statewide web portal shows promise to deliver high-quality evidence-based health information to diverse groups of health professionals.

Contact Information: Valerie Lawrence, vjlawren@u.washington.edu

Going to the source: Assessing the Library Needs of Master’s Nursing Students

Joanne Rich, Information Management Librarian; Janet G. Schnall, AHIP, Information Management Librarian; Sarah Safranek, Information Management Librarian; Steve Hiller, Director of Assessment and Planning; Amy L. Harper, Information Management Librarian; Leilani A. St. Anna, AHIP, Information Management Librarian; Sherry A. Dodson, Information Management Librarian

Local library surveys have shown that among graduate students, nursing students consistently score higher levels of satisfaction with library services. To learn more about their interactions with the library, small group interviews were held with master’s level nursing students. This poster reports the findings from these interviews, and identifies strategies used successfully with nursing students that can be applied to other programs.

The University is located in a large urban center and serves six health sciences schools which all support graduate level education. Seven students within the last three quarters of the master’s program in the School of Nursing took part in three semi-structured small group interviews. The students received small bookstore gift certificates as compensation for their participation. Background questions were asked about clinical experience and future career plans. Students were asked to think about past interactions with the library or its librarians. They were then asked to articulate their experiences with library and librarians. Transcripts of the recordings were analyzed to identify common themes and issues of concern to the students. These themes and issues will be used in assessments of library resources and services.

Students reported frequent usage of the library including access of electronic resources and use of group study rooms. They reported frequent positive interactions with librarians during in-curriculum classes and individual consultations. Areas that arose as opportunities for improving delivery of library and librarian services include improving study space environments and hours of access, streamlining flow of in-curriculum class content, increasing numbers and timing of faculty referral of students to librarians, and tailoring and improving branding and marketing of resources, services, and extra-curricular library classes including software instruction. An overarching theme seemed to be the students’ focus on efficient use of their time.

Master’s nursing students lead hectic lives in which they depend greatly on library resources and services. As users who express great satisfaction with the library and librarians, they are an excellent source of ideas for improvement. Lessons learned from these interviews may be applied to other programs.

Contact Information: Joanne Rich, jrich@u.washington.edu, Janet G. Schnall, schnall@u.washington.edu; Sarah Safranek, safranek@u.washington.edu; Steve Hiller#, hiller@u.washington.edu; Amy L. Harper, alharper@u.washington.edu; Leilani A. St. Anna, lstanna@u.washington.edu; Sherry A. Dodson, sdodson@u.washington.edu; Health Sciences Library, Box 357155, T334 Health Sciences Building, Seattle, WA, 206-543-5531; #University Libraries, University of Washington;, Box 352900, Seattle, WA, 206 543-5071

Calculating Impact Factors: Promoting JCR, Eigenfactor, h-index, WoS, and Google Scholar in an academic health sciences library.

Schnall, Janet G., St. Anna, Leilani A.
University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries Seattle, WA


Describe methods used to educate users on how to calculate impact factors using Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Eigenfactor, h-index, Web of Science (WoS), and Google Scholar.


The University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries, serving six health sciences schools, is receiving an increasing number of questions from our faculty, staff, and students on how to calculate the impact of a journal or their impact factor as a researcher author. We created a web page describing different resources to use to calculate impact factors [http://healthlinks.washington.edu/howto/impactfactors.html]. This website first reports on the controversial aspects of using impact factors. It describes using JCR or the Eigenfactor to calculate journal impact factor and the h-index, WoS, or Google Scholar cited references for calculating author impact. In addition to the website creation, we also offer a session, What Is Your Impact?, as part of our library liaisons fall marketing campaign. The presentation is tailored to the liaisons individual department, can be mixed and matched with other topics, lasts from fifteen minutes to one hour, and can be presented in their department, such as at a regularly scheduled faculty meeting, or in the health sciences libraries in one of our computer labs.

Contact Information: Janet G. Schnall, schnall@u.washington.edu; Leilani A. St. Anna, lstanna@u.washington.edu University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries Seattle, WA

The Information Needs of New Residents during the First Four Months of Residency

Mary Beth Simiele, Medical Librarian, Virginia Mason Medical Center


The goal of this project is to observe and survey Virginia Mason’s new residents to gain a better understanding of how they are utilizing the library during their first 4 months of residency. Gathering and analyzing this data will ultimately allow the library to tailor services specifically to this group of information seekers.


With the goal of gathering information regarding new residents’ use of library services within the first 4 months of residency, a survey will be created to gauge what resources the first year residents have utilized and which ones they deem most relevant in the beginning stages of their time at Virginia Mason. Statistics will also be gathered from the library’s New Resident Orientation web page and all other requests for information from this group of library users will be documented and categorized. The results of the survey, the statistical information gathered from the web page and the documentation on the information requests will then be analyzed to develop a standardized new resident curriculum and education plan based around library services.

Contact Information: Mary Beth Simiele, medlib@vmmc.org

Last Updated: September 17, 2009

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