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Please visit these posters in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, July 25th from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

1.  Partnering on HIV/AIDS: Education, Awareness and Social Media

Naomi C. Broering, Dean of Libraries; Gregory A. Chauncey, Consumer Health Instructor & Program Mgr,  Stacy Gomes, VP, Academic Affairs; Jack Miller, President, Administration, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA

The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) Library’s partnership project, with ten (10) major San Diego (SD) community organizations, was funded by NLM (September 2012 to September 2013) to provide access training on HIV/AIDS information from NLM, NIH and DHHS agencies.  The partners are SD County Public Health Service HIV, STD Branch, SD LGBT Center, Christies' Place, Being Alive, the libraries of SD Public, SD County and Chula Vista, First Lutheran Church, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Churches, La Jolla Community Center, and PCOM's Clinic with affiliated UCSD Owens clinic. 

Project goals are to improve delivery of HIV AIDS health care, education and awareness of NLM's quality health information by reaching-out to the afflicted, their families and health practitioners, and to introduce new HIV social media technologies to a diverse San Diego population.

The objectives are to: 1. Raise awareness of multiple Web2.0 technologies on HIV AIDS, including new NLM mobile capabilities, apps, social media, webinars, and online tutorials. 2. Provide instruction on how to access information on HIV AIDS from NLM’s MedlinePlus, Pub Med, AIDS Info and related sources.  3. Conduct workshops at partner sites for San Diego’s diverse population.

Conclusions: This ongoing collaborative effort offers superb outreach opportunities for use of NLM's HIV/AIDS information resources by a large multicultural community and health practitioners that serve the afflicted. Over 20 workshops and a major conference exhibit have reached 1,843 attendees.  More workshops are planned during the project period. The community also benefits from the PCOM Library’s web page resources, staff expertise and instructional materials.

2.  Sharing Disaster Health Information and Emergency Preparedness in San Diego

Naomi C. Broering, Dean of Libraries; Gregory A. Chauncey, Consumer Health Program Mgr, Library; Stacy Gomes, VP, Academic Affairs; Jack Miller, President; Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA

This poster depicts collaborative activities, events and training conducted by the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library (PCOM), and the Public Health Services, Health & Human Services Agency, County of San Diego (SDPHS) to share disaster health and emergency preparedness information from the National Library of Medicine throughout San Diego. The PCOM library initiated an emergency preparedness outreach project funded by NNLM, PSR in May 2012 to conduct six community mini-conferences.  It received a second award in September 2012 from NLM on disaster health information which helped broaden the services beyond original expectations.  Participants include the SDPHS, CERT volunteers, medical workers, SD SLA, MLG and Public library groups and community users.

Project goals are: to improve awareness, access, and use of the NLM disaster health information resources needed by first responders, and to provide community librarians with disaster and emergency preparedness information for community users.

Objectives are to: 1. Provide health information sharing and access training workshops for SDPHS disaster and emergency first responders on NLM’s disaster resources; 2. Conduct cross-training and awareness of the roles of emergency responders, health care support groups and librarians to share insights of each other's efforts, and include interested library users; 3. Feature NLM’s disaster and SDPHS’s emergency resources on PCOM’s webpage to support training workshops.

Conclusions:  The workshops cover NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Ctr (DIMRC), WISER, NLM mobile and MedlinePlus resources.  Project achievements exceed original expectations (over 20 workshops, 2 conferences, and 3 fairs).  Plans are to hold more workshops and respond to requests from libraries and community centers.  The magnitude of this partnership is significant. It benefits the SDPHS services to 3.2 million SD County residents.

3.  Riding the Wave: Grant opportunity expands outreach programs, library collections, promotes active learning at California State University, Northridge

Marcia Henry, Health Sciences Librarian; Anna Fidgeon, Digital Learning Initiatives Librarian;  Lynn Lampert, Chair Reference & Instructional Services/ Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian; California State University Northridge, Northridge, California

Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge wrote a successful grant proposal to the NIH/NLM Office of Outreach Services early January 2013.  The title of our project is “Women’s Health Resources and Gender Research Differences: Outreach at California State University Northridge” and it must be completed by September 15, 2013.  This short, intense project proposed to do the following: create digital learning objects (DLOs) to promote both the Women’s Health Research portal website at    and the free online sex differences courses at, catalog all the databases and monographs purchased  by the grant money with metadata acknowledging its funding source, speak to classes, departments and student organizations using 10 iPad minis  purchased with grant money, and use blogs and various social networking communications for further outreach.   This grant offers us the opportunity to break away from traditional lecturer-in-front-of-the-class sessions to being mobile in and out of the classroom. Librarians can roam the classroom with iPad minis to share NIH resources and instantly get feedback from the pre-and post-surveys.  Additionally, the iPad minis can be brought to campus events and co-curricular activities, reaching an even wider audience.  The poster will present the variety of outreach venues used (blog posts, Twitter, Google+, department, classes and student organization visits), offer sample of catalog records' metadata for items purchased, will present the digital learning objects created as well as offer hands on opportunities to interact with the DLO's and their pre and post tests for active learning.

4.  Thinking Green While Promoting Health Literacy:  Using a Refurbished Computer as Motivation to Attend a Health Information Computer Class

Rebecca A. Birr, Library Director; April Aguinaga, Medical Librarian; Health Sciences Library; Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, AZ; Kathryn Nakagawa, Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Objective: Through a National Library of Medicine AIDS Community Outreach Project grant, we created a program to provide a two part course that teaches skills to perform internet searches as well as locating reliable health information.  The motivation of a refurbished computer is utilized to encourage completion of both courses. 

Methods:  A two part course was developed to educate the HIV/AIDS community with a focus on women and youth served by our hospital’s Ryan White Part D Program, called the Community Strength Project.  Tutorial 1 focuses on the fundamentals of internet skills and creating an email account.  Tutorial 2 further builds those skills to locate reliable health information on the internet.  Both tutorials are in English and Spanish.  These tutorials are used as lesson plans in a hands-on course taught at the Family Learning Centers.  Upon completion of both courses, the student is provided a refurbished computer.  Students are given a pre and post test as well as a three month follow-up.  Questions include basic demographics, internet use, types of information searched for, and use of the refurbished computer.  This poster shares lessons learned from the project as well as data collected.


5.  Promoting the NLM/NIH Women’s Health Resources Portal to Campus Users and Community Partners

Ahlam A. Saleh, Information Services Librarian, Liaison, College of Medicine; Annabelle V. Nuñez, Information Services Librarian, Liaison, College of Public Health; Brooke L. Billman, AZHIN Librarian; Yamila M. El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian; Jeanette L. Ryan, Deputy Director; University of Arizona Health Sciences Library, Tucson, AZ

The Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL) is engaged in a project that involves promoting the use of the Women’s Health Resources (WHR) Portal developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health to the University of Arizona (UA) campus community and to selected community agencies/organizations.  AHSL conducted a needs assessment of UA researchers and clinical faculty working in women’s health issues.  The assessment involved surveying faculty/staff, graduate students and health professionals to determine what women’s health resources are currently being used, what barriers exist in using these resources, and to understand what training strategies are preferred by various user types.  Instructional modules were created based on the results of the needs assessments and customized as needed for a variety of audiences.  A separate module was developed for the E-promotores (community health workers) program.  An inventory of women’s health and sex and gender research materials currently held by the library is underway and there are plans to work with faculty to identify important new resources to add to the collection.  In addition, a LibGuide was developed to supplement the WHR portal with local and regional resources.  Pre-tests and post-tests will be used to evaluate success, as well as use statistics from the LibGuide. 

6.  Community, Families, and Health Literacy in the Public Library

Paula Maez, Librarian, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ; Kara Mills, Intern/Graduate Student, School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

In partnership with and funding from the National Library of Medicine, the Pima County Public Library’s Health Literacy Initiative Project has been created to support the library’s health literacy initiative and Health Information Literacy team in developing a toolkit to build a capacity for women’s health literacy awareness.  The toolkit is to include sustainable programming, partnerships, and resources for library community engagement.  The library’s purpose is to make an impact on the community as a whole – because women are commonly the health care providers and decisions makers, women and their families have been specifically targeted.  The library’s health literacy initiative was sparked when the Pima County Public Library was given the lead on helping to address the issue of the lack of health education and literacy of Pima County Residents.  This poster will describe the development, challenges, current stage of, and future plans of the project.

7.  Harnessing the Waves of Change: Identifying Opportunities for Instruction in a New Academic Program

Claire Sharifi, Reference Librarian, Liaison to the School of Nursing and Health Professions Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

New academic programs present unique opportunities and challenges for the integration of information literacy instruction. This poster discusses the creation of an information literacy instruction plan for a new Masters in Public Health (MPH) Program at the University of San Francisco (USF). The course integrated instruction plan addresses the MPH Program goals and objectives, as well as the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. In order to provide comprehensive, just-in-time instruction, while avoiding redundant sessions, all lessons are associated with specific class assignments and scheduled strategically throughout the six semester program. Prior to the implementation of this plan, library instruction was provided in response to requests from faculty members, which resulted in the first cohort of MPH students receiving redundant instruction, and the second cohort not receiving enough instruction.

Instruction is delivered in a variety of formats, including asynchronous instruction via screencasts and online assessments (first semester); in-person instruction in the library (third and fourth semester); and assigned one-on-one appointments with a librarian (sixth semester). The instructional screencasts introduce students to information literacy basics such as subject headings, Boolean operators, and introduction to library databases. The majority of screencasts were created in-house by USF librarians. Traditional classroom instruction is associated with research projects in the public health program planning course, environmental health course, and health policy course. Students are required to meet with the liaison librarian during the semester in which they complete their Capstone Project in order to address any research or information literacy skills deficits.

8.  What’s In a Name?: the difference between a systematic review and a literature review and why it matters

Lynn Kysh, Information Services Librarian; Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

A systematic review is a type of research methodology in its own right and plays an essential role in evidence-based practice. Ranked as one of the highest authoritative sources in health information, the systematic review synthesizes existing research through concise and clearly stated research methods with the goal to minimize bias.

But systematic reviews are often misunderstood. Students, faculty, and health professionals often use the term systematic reviews interchangeably with literature reviews or review articles and often lump them together with meta-analyses. The consequences of this misperception of systematic review are potentially severe; not only can this error lead to poorly executed systematic reviews, but also an inability to properly assess a systematic review before applying the information in evidence-based practice. 
The goal of this poster is to highlight the key differences between a systematic review and a standard literature review. It will also include a discussion of the relationship between a systematic review and the statistical process of a meta-analysis. This information can be used to help health science librarians meet information literacy goals by teaching library users these key differences and emphasize the role that systematic reviews play in evidence-based practice, and ultimately lead to healthier patients. 

9.  Reading the Tides: Identifying the Disparities between Student Confidence and Information Literacy Competence

Valeria E. Molteni, Academic Liaison Librarian; Emily K. Chan, Academic Liaison Librarian; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San José State University, San José, California

Developing information literacy skills in undergraduate students is an ongoing and dynamic process.  Awareness of student backgrounds is a major factor that can influence instructional techniques and pedagogy.  With this in mind, a research project was developed to better understand a student population.  During Fall 2012, a convenience sample of undergraduate Health Professions students were surveyed during library instructional sessions.  Demographic information, confidence in performing information literacy-related tasks, and mastery of information literacy questions were collected.

This poster will highlight the differences between students' self-reported mastery levels and their actual quiz results.  Which demographic elements are correlated with students' levels of self-confidence?  Does the sample reflect a population with unproven/unrealistic expectations regarding information literacy skills? Taking these aspects into account, how can librarians modify information literacy sessions to address these gaps?  What are possible implications for medical and health science librarians who will support these individuals once they become professionals and enter the health sciences fields?

With a sample population of 239 surveyed undergraduate Health Professions students, this study will offer some insight and information about future health professionals and their needs and gaps in information competency. It is imperative that medical, health science, and clinical librarians understand some of the underlying assumptions that their users may bring with respect to their information competency skills.

10.  Librarian and Magnet, Magnet and Librarian, Mutual Benefit

Linda Counts, Librarian; Sharp Grossmont, La Mesa, CA

Sharp Grossmont achieved Magnet status in 2006.  The librarian has supported the program as an active member of the Nursing Research council, Magnet application process, with educational support, and research classes. The nursing staff has used the library to obtain advanced degrees, ongoing process improvement projects, and have attended library research classes.  The librarian has a presence on the nursing council webpage and recently began supporting a nurse evidence based research consortium representing five San Diego hospitals.  The librarian’s support and involvement has resulted in a 200% increase in library use and expansion of the patron base and library visibility.

11.  Supporting Evidence-Based Practice at UCSF and Beyond: The Library’s Role

Peggy Tahir, Education & Copyright Librarian; Evans Whitaker, Education and Information Consultant for Medicine; Min-Lin Fang, Education and Information Consultant for Nursing; UCSF Library & Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is increasingly important in this era of cost-cutting in healthcare, effectiveness research, genomic medicine, advanced imaging techniques, and clinical and translational science. UCSF has schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, a joint graduate program in Physical Therapy (with San Francisco State University), and a Medical Center with multiple hospital locations. This poster showcases the role UCSF librarians play in supporting and promoting EBP. The library uses LibGuides to provide basic source materials on EBP, and EBP educational sessions are integrated directly into courses in the Schools. The concepts of EBP underlie an Information Retrieval and Management Learning Module presented to first year medical students; medical, dental, nursing and physical therapy students also receive in-person Evidence-Based Medicine classes. UCSF Librarians also teach courses on applying EBP concepts and conducting literature searches for systematic reviews to clinicians, managers, and researchers at the UCSF Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. By teaching the nurses how to efficiently find evidence-based nursing information, the Library played a critical role in helping the UCSF Medical Center nurses achieve the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing, which was awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center last year. The Librarians offer personal consultations for researchers conducting systematic reviews, and teach a course on systematic reviews for JBI, an evidence-based nursing database. One librarian is notably involved in a UC multi-campus program where she conducts comprehensive literature searches for the California Health Benefits Review Program to support evidence-based health policy decision making.

12.  The Nurse Informationist: Innovative Structures to Empower Nurses to Impact Practice and Patient Outcomes

Adele Dobry, Nursing Informationist; Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Staff nurses have an information need for valid research to support and create relevant policies and guidelines.  One novel resource developed to meet their information needs is that of a nursing informationist.  This role provides support, education and in-depth research assistance by incorporating active participation into research classes, unit specific research sessions, and individual research consultations.  Through these processes the nurse is encouraged to be innovative and think critically about policies and guidelines. The informationist also participates in monthly Clinical Practice Council (CPC) meetings collaborating with nurses to develop search strategies and review results.  The informationist, in collaboration with the CPC, provides a forum to allow for the infusion of evidence based practice knowledge through group work, computer use, library resources, and consulting with other institutions and professional organizations.  The purpose of this project was to identify the most common needs and requests nurses have while developing policies and guidelines. 

Three major nursing research needs were identified: learning how to access the Library website and Nursing Research Guide, choosing appropriate databases, and constructing searches within these databases.  Nurses also benefit from learning skills such as saving searches, creating search alerts, and sharing citations within EndNote Web. 

The direct impact on patient care through assisting nurses in the research and development process of guidelines makes being a nursing informationist rewarding.  By learning to use these resources effectively, nurses can find valid research to support guidelines and do so in an efficient manner. 

13.  Consolidating Print Journals Across NCAL Kaiser Permanente Libraries – An Opportunity for Change

Ana M. Macias, Manager Library Services, Sacramento and Central Valley Areas, Sacramento, CA

The Northern California (NCAL) Kaiser Permanente Health Sciences Libraries consolidated their journal print collections in 2012. The consolidation eliminated print journals duplicated across 18 Medical Center libraries,   enabled the repurposing of existing library space and created a streamlined process for ordering and receiving Interlibrary Loans through the use of one DOCLINE account.
The renovation of an existing repository in 2010 and 2011 nearly doubled the storage space capacity of the facility, laying the groundwork for the consolidation of print journals across NCAL in 2012. 
NCAL librarians developed criteria for print retention, scope of coverage, usage and collection analysis, space availability and acquisitions in late 2010. The consolidation process took nearly two years to complete. Once titles were identified for retention and/or elimination, the movement of hundreds of print journals from eighteen libraries throughout NCAL Medical Centers began. Progress for this specific project was tracked through the use of a LibGuide, which was updated regularly. 
The repurposed library spaces have sparked a great interest, created a more modern look, and with the addition of Wifi access have become popular places for medical center staff. The consolidation of print journals has saved professional time and has enabled the Kaiser Permanente librarians to actively participate in more professional level work – regional research projects, medical center rounds and leveraging technology by creating online tools supporting the end user. The journal print consolidation in NCAL has facilitated the creation of a single and efficient document delivery system used by 18 libraries across NCAL Kaiser Permanente. 

14.  Increasing Access to Electronic Journals by Consolidating Print Resources across Multiple Locations: One Organization’s Journey

Mary E. White, Director, Drug Information Library; Kaiser Permanente Drug Information Services, Downey, CA; Zoe Pettway Unno, Manager, Academic Affairs, Library Services; Kaiser Permanente Medical Library, Harbor City, CA

Kaiser Permanente is a large health maintenance organization located in nine states throughout the United States.  The Kaiser Permanente Health Sciences Libraries are located within the organization’s medical centers in the California Regions and the Northwest Region.  There are a total of 38 health sciences libraries within the Kaiser Permanente system nationwide.  Originally, the libraries housed individualized print collections which frequently included duplicate titles.  The libraries are linked via an online cataloged and organization’s intranet called the Clinical Library, which initially hosted a small selection of shared electronic content.

The Libraries’ administrative structure was quite different in each of the Regions.  Some of the librarians reported through the hospital administration hierarchy, while others reported through the health plan structures.  Each of the libraries had a separate budget for books, journals and library supplies.  The Clinical Library was responsible for electronic journal/books and database purchases. 

Senior leadership approved a proposal in 2011 to create a national online Library in an effort to more efficiently deal with rising costs for electronic content as well as diminishing budgets. The Librarians were tasked with moving as much journal print content to online by year end 2012.  This poster will describe the steps and organizational buy-in necessary to complete the transition of over 2500 print titles to electronic content.  In 2013, the Kaiser Permanente library system now subscribes to only 80 print journals and over 2000 electronic titles. 

15.  Demystifying NIH Public Access Policy – How the Library Can Help Researchers

Lisa Federer, Research Informationist; UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, Los Angeles, CA

The National Institutes of Health announced that they would begin delaying funding to researchers who are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy.  The Policy requires that all peer-reviewed articles published after April 7, 2008 arising from NIH funding be deposited in PubMed Central.  However, many researchers aren’t sure how to comply with the Policy, and may not even be aware that they are not in compliance.  The more stringent enforcement of the Policy provides an opportunity for libraries to form new partnerships with researchers and provide valuable assistance.  This poster will discuss common misconceptions, frequently asked questions, and ways that librarians can provide support for researchers.

16.  Supporting Open Access @ UC Davis Library

Amy Studer, Health & Life Science Librarian; Health Sciences Libraries, University of California, Davis Davis, CA

The idea of open access to scholarship is growing in importance with funding agencies, government officials, university faculty, and administrators. For example,
• The University of California Academic Senate is currently debating a proposed policy to make most scholarly journal articles authored by Senate faculty available for free;
• Various funding agencies (such as the NIH) are requiring open access to study results as a condition for funding; and,
• The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), which would require open access to peer-reviewed manuscripts of articles reporting the results of federally-funded research, has been introduced into the US Congress.

This poster describes how the University Library at UC Davis is offering support and advocacy for open access. Examples of strategies include:
• Providing assistance for open access journal author's fees;
• Assisting scholars with identifying and evaluating potential open access journals for future publication;
• Sponsoring open access events for the university community;
• Offering professional development activities for library staff related to open access;
• Developing subject guides that address various aspects of open access; and,
• Pursuing soft marketing approaches for open access

17.  Desk Tracker Yields Successful Return on Investment

Kathleen Carlson, Education Librarian; Jacque Doyle, Head Librarian; University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Our poster is the use of Compendium Library Services, Desk Tracker. This online software can help eliminate tick sheets and yields successful return on investment. Desk Tracker can help librarians create the reports needed to improve staffing, and show the amount of time librarians spend on research questions as opposed to directional questions. The software allows librarians to customize their own questions.  For example, what types of interaction librarians have between their users, the length of the transactions, and the many types of patrons who frequent their library.  At the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix we have been using Desk Tracker for one year and at any time we can create reports or access data needed that we can take to the UA College of Medicine administration to help justify the Phoenix Biomedical Campus library needs.  Currently there are 16 student workers and three professional librarians including the Northern Arizona University (NAU) librarian whose users are students in the Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy programs. Four entry points have been created to Desk Tracker. There is one entry for all 16 students and individual entries for the head librarian, education librarian and NAU librarian.

18.  One Wave at a Time: Embracing Change to Increase the Efficiency of Library Services

Nancy Olmos, Library Assistant; Wilson Dental Library, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Los Angeles, CA and MSLS Candidate, University of North Texas, Los Angeles Cohort

Objectives: To document how the library has benefited from a move towards more modernized and streamlined processes for library registrations, room reservations, learning center bookings, overdue notices and date due slip printing.

Background/Methods: Over the last five years the library has made some changes towards a more paperless approach for day to day tasks. A push towards default email notification for overdue notices occurred in 2008. With the re-launch of the library website in 2010, new electronic forms were made available for library registrations and course reserve requests. That same year we also moved to an all electronic Table of Contents Service (e-TOC.) 2012 saw the biggest push, with a new room reservation system, electronic form for learning center requests, and receipt printer for date due slips.

Results: Patrons can easily access forms from any computer with internet access. They have more information at their fingertips and are provided with the ability to utilize those tools to request the services they need. The move towards electronic forms requires retraining of staff and patrons alike, but ultimately leads to expedited services and less paper wasted.

Conclusions: Small changes over a five year period have greatly and positively impacted library services for patrons and library staff without causing disruption or problems.

19.  Digitizing Nursing Capstone Projects – How to Host Your Own Institution’s Content

Nita Mailander, Director of Library Services, Fleming Library, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

In looking for a solution to housing institutional and University authored materials, digital vendor platforms and hosted content solutions were explored.  This poster presentation includes how OCLC’s ContentDM hosting service was used to support the digitization of nursing education capstone projects.  The College of Nursing and the Library established a dialogue to explore how to transition from paper submissions of capstone projects to digital submissions and storage.  Nursing students submit their projects digitally in the course learning management software and then, after college level reviews, the projects are retrieved and uploaded by the Library.  Hosting institutional authored content in the Library serves multiple purposes, including improved access and usability of content, transparency of coursework requirements, and promotion of scholarship and library solutions for the housing of institutional materials.  The Library catalog highlights institutional authored content using facets on the left-hand side navigation, including University authored dissertations, nursing capstones and theatre productions.  Hosted solutions for digital content management are key resources and tools that libraries can offer as solutions to support institutional authored content and provide access to content that may not be available via other platforms.  Digital content management resources allow libraries to be in the business of creating new content and scholarship, thereby adding value to their institutions.

20.  DIY Library Website: A Response to the Unique Needs of a Vocational Allied Health College

Kelli Hines, Librarian, Casa Loma College – Hawthorne, CA; Deborah Farber, Librarian; Casa Loma College – Van Nuys, CA

Nursing and allied health students have unique information needs, and most vendor products are either too basic or specialized to meet them—and too expensive for small schools with limited budgets.  The original library website for Casa Loma College, built by an outside vendor, was difficult to use and did not provide the study skills support or program-specific materials our non-traditional students needed. Students struggled with finding medical information and citing sources.

We saw an opportunity to create a website tailored to our students’ unique needs. We gathered data from three years of library surveys, usage statistics, and conversations with faculty, staff, and students. We critiqued our current site, listed all the things we would do differently, and sketched what we wanted. We tried to work with the vendor to modify our current site, but their representatives were unresponsive. We conducted research into alternatives and built a sample Joomla site with a 30-day trial. When we presented our proposal to college administrators, the sample site’s ease of navigation and cost savings over our former website were key selling points.

We structured the website to provide easy access to basic math and writing support, reliable health sites, program resources, career resources, database tutorials, and library information.  After the site was complete, we conducted workshops demonstrating the site. Use of our library website rose significantly and students and faculty expressed satisfaction with the resources available.

21.  Repurpose Content with Podcasts

Janet L. Hobbs, Manager, Medical Library; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

The poster will detail how our library is using technology (podcasting) to broaden our coverage of academic lectures.  Our library collaborates with the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to capture academic lectures.  We record and translate the lectures into podcasts which can be viewed at a time and place convenient to the end user.  The poster will illustrate the role of the library in this process and explore relational issues such as copyright and cataloging.

22. How Do Google, Google Scholar, and Other Google Tools Help Health Professionals Navigate the Oceans of Information?

Virginia Pannabecker, Health Sciences Librarian; Kevin Pardon, Health Sciences Librarian; Phoenix Downtown Campus Library, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Just how effective *are* Google and Google Scholar for Health Sciences research, and how are Health Professionals currently using these and other Google tools? We begin to address these questions with a review of the literature. Our poster will present results of searches in PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane, PsycINFO, Web of Science, and Google Scholar for journal articles and reports that discuss usage of Google, Google Scholar, and other Google tools for Health Sciences Research, and/or their use by Health Professionals. Our poster will provide an overview of these tools and report on four outcomes: 1) We will provide a summary of the number of results that demonstrated use of a Google tool in some way for Health Sciences research, including how such tools were used. 2) We will take the first 100 results from our search of: Google in each database and review in-depth the results that address usage of Google Scholar for EBP searching as their main topic and provide a summary of findings, including reported best practices and strategies for using Google Scholar (or Google if used) for evidence-based practice (EBP) research. 3) We will take 5 EBP searches conducted with students during the 2013/14 academic year (where we did not use Google Scholar) and apply one or more of the search strategies suggested in readings for using Google Scholar. We will report on this use of suggested strategies for Google Scholar searching. 4) We will summarize recommendations or possibilities suggested for further research for optimal use of Google, Google Scholar, and other Google tools by Health Professionals and in Health Sciences Research.

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