Pacific Northwest Chapter
of MLA

PNC MLA 2019 Program  

Program Overview PDF

PNCMLA Annual Conference Presentations



12:20 pm -1:05 pm: Attendee presentations #1

Presentation: PubMed by the Pics: Teaching how to search the easy way – Margaret Vugrin

Lightning Talk: Point of Learning: Teaching Point of Care Tools at the Stage of Determination – Laura Zeigen

Lightning Talk: Taking RDM to the Next Level with Data Science – Kathryn Vela

1:05 pm - 1:20 pm: Break

1:20 pm - 2:05 pm: Attendee presentations #2

Presentation: Peer Leader Navigators in Anchorage, Alaska: A Community-Based Model for Health Literacy – Sigrid Brudie

Lightning Talk: Hacking it for Behavioral Health!!! – Nancy Shin

Lightning Talk: NNLM PNR All of Us One Year Later – Michele Spatz

2:05 pm - 2:20 pm: Break

2:20 pm - 3:10 pm: Attendee presentations #3 

Presentation: The Research Role of the Librarian at a Community Health Hackathon - A Technical Report – Nancy Shin & Kathryn Vela

Presentation: An Innovative Collaboration Between Librarians and Pharmacists in WA State to Build Healthy Communities: Lessons Learned and Future Directions – Rachel Firebaugh



8:10 am - 9:00 am: Attendee presentations #4

Presentation: Current Technology of Digital Scholarship and Productivity In Academic Health Sciences Library – Tania Bardyn & Adam Garrett

Presentation: Taking History and Vital Signs: Characterizing History of Medicine Efforts at Academic Medical Centers – Jordan Johnson, Kristine Alpi & Meg Langford

Program Details:


Peer Leader Navigators in Anchorage, Alaska: A Community-Based Model for Health Literacy Sigrid Brudie, MLS, University of Alaska, Anchorage

My PNC/MLA presentation will provide an overview of the Peer Leader Navigator program, particularly the medical librarian’s role in the training curriculum, the program’s contribution to health literacy, and the ripple effect on connecting immigrant communities to health services in the diverse city of Anchorage.The Peer Leader Navigator (PLN) program was started in 2010 by The Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative (TAHLC) and seeks to connect LEP individuals and communities to tools and resources to help inform their health decisions and behaviors. The PLNs serve as a cultural bridge for their communities as they help address the challenges of navigating complex health information, systems, and resources.

An Innovative Collaboration Between Librarians and Pharmacists in WA State to Build Healthy Communities: Lessons Learned and Future Directions  Rachel G. Firebaugh, PharmD, MPH, Pharmacist, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington

A recent program developed by the NNLM PNR Pharmacist Consultant seeks to strengthen the partnership between pharmacists and librarians in WA State, while emphasizing the key role libraries play in building healthier communities. In support of the NNLM All of Us Research Program and the NNLM Community Engagement Network, the Pharmacist Consultant created a program-in-a-box on the topic of safe return and disposal of medications in support of the National Health Observance, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The program is designed to be presented to the community in both public library and other library settings through collaboration between a community pharmacist and library staff. The program was piloted in a small rural community in northeastern Washington State. Dr. Firebaugh shares how the program was developed, the many lessons learned through this innovative collaboration and challenges you to take a similar step in your own community for programs created in partnership and a spirit of excellence between librarians, pharmacists and other health care providers. This approach has the potential to transform the health of our communities.

Taking History and Vital Signs: Characterizing History of Medicine Efforts at Academic Medical Centers  Jordan Johnson, OHSU Library; Kris Alpi, OHSU Library; Meg Langford, OHSU Library

To characterize efforts surrounding HOM/HS communities across the U.S., we identified the top thirty medical schools in both primary care and research using U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Rankings. We searched and browsed the websites provided by the institutions to collect information pertaining to any presence of an on-campus HOM/HS community. Upon identifying an HOM/HS community, we collected information about the group’s mission; the funding of the group; the membership structure; the typical activities and initiatives; the library’s involvement with the group; and any course offerings related to HOM/HS at the institution.
FINDINGS: Several institutions appeared in both rankings, resulting in forty-six unique institutions. Non-curricular HOM groups were identified at eighteen institutions (39%). All groups stated some form of mission statement, or description of their function online, linked from the institution’s webpage. Sixteen of these specifically mention HOM in their name or mission. At least eleven of the groups received institutional funding directly and four mentioned receiving donor funds. Several groups fund endeavors themselves; three collected member dues from students, one of which listed dues as “voluntary.” Five indicated that they conduct fundraising events. Notably, only four groups reported membership as open to the public, although many events were public. Prominently, fifteen groups (83%) indicated the hosting of a lecture, presentation, or discussion. Eight of these fifteen indicated that meetings were catered. Five of the HOM/HS groups sponsored an academic contest.
CONCLUSIONS:  The OHSU Library plans to convene a meeting of currently engaged faculty, residents and students to discuss the findings and what examples from other institutions are relevant. We would then work with the Society and others to craft a “membership meeting” to reach potential members. Our Humanities Month programming and research by Historical Collections & Archives also inspired us to consider offering student enrichment opportunities for participating in hands-on activities with materials in their areas of special interest

The Necessary Evil: Evaluating and Updating a Health Sciences/Nursing E-Book Collection  Camille McCutcheon, MLS, MA, Coordinator of Collection Management and Administrative Services, University of South Carolina Upstate; John Siegel, MLS, MEd, Coordinator of Information Literacy, University of South Carolina Upstate

Does the thought of evaluating your health sciences/nursing electronic book (e-book) collection make you shudder? Evaluating your print reference and circulating collection is challenging enough, but assessing your e-book collection can be even more complex and time-consuming. The hiring of a new health sciences/nursing librarian and an impending integrated library system (ILS) migration provided an opportunity to examine the e-book collection at a metropolitan, regional comprehensive university with a bachelor of nursing (BSN) and master of nursing (MSN) degree program in clinical nurse leadership. Since the University has multiple online courses and programs, e-book accessibility is important for degree completion.

The Library has purchased e-book collections for over 10 years through multiple vendors. Some of the Library’s more recent e-book acquisitions were through OVID since 2010 and Rittenhouse (R2) since 2016. The health sciences/nursing titles have never been systematically evaluated. The purpose of this project was to streamline e-book access and ensure the most current and relevant materials are available to health sciences and nursing students and faculty. Objectives included determining review criteria, creating a procedure for suppressing out-of-date titles, and improving collection development.

The collection management coordinator and health sciences/nursing librarian reviewed e-book titles purchased through OVID and Rittenhouse. Review criteria included age, accuracy, questionable content, publisher, relevance, reviews (including Doody’s Core TitlesĀ® and Choice Reviews), usage, and scope based on course offerings. The collection management coordinator worked with the library’s technical services team and vendors to establish a process for suppressing identified titles from the online catalog and platforms. Evaluation was based on informal feedback from users and reference librarians who assist patrons. As an added measure, e-book use statistics were reviewed after selected titles were suppressed to determine impact.

Discoveries and oddities included highly specialized titles related to nurse practitioners, physicians, and other advanced healthcare providers. Same editions of titles were accessible through multiple vendors. Numerous government publications focused on consumer health, available freely elsewhere, were included with other titles. In some cases, the Library had purchased the most recent edition, while consortial e-book packages contained earlier editions of the same title. Multiple editions of the same title were often available through more than one vendor. This causes mass confusion for students, faculty, and especially librarians at the reference desk.

Lessons learned included each vendor has a different process for suppressing titles on its platform. Also, as a library for a regional campus, the Technical Services Department had to create a procedure for withdrawing e-books from the library catalog in coordination with the Cataloging Unit at the main campus. Moving forward, the collection management coordinator is creating a health sciences/nursing collection management schedule for reviewing and updating titles. This will enable better informed purchasing decisions moving forward. This effort also resulted in a process that will be used with the Library’s other e-book vendors.

The Research Role of the Librarian at a Community Health Hackathon - A Technical Report  Nancy Shin, University of Washington, NNLM PNR; Kathryn Vela, Portland VA

A hackathon is a social event that is focused on building small and innovative technology projects. The 2018 Hackathon hosted by the Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine aimed to solve rural health problems in Washington state. One major modification to the regular format of a healthcare hackathon was the inclusion of research librarians. Librarians with health sciences and business expertise provided research and library services at a designated Research Station, which included literature, patent, and internet searches. Participant and hackathon librarian observations, verbal feedback, and librarian survey results demonstrate the positive value/outcome of library services to the health hackathon winners. The winning hackathon teams used the services by the Research Station extensively. Areas of strength for this event included collaboration between librarians, promotion of library services, and efficient information retrieval. Areas for improvement included making regular contact with hackathon teams during the event and clearer signage and marketing.

PubMed By the Pics: Teaching How to Search the Easy Way  Margaret Vugrin, MSLS, MPH, MPA, AHIP, Texas Tech University

This session presents an innovative method for teaching PubMed searching skills using visual graphics in order to develop a strong searching skill base. This method can be utilized on other databases with a controlled vocabulary structure. It also differentiates and explains these differences with non-structured vocabularies. Most often used with novice searchers entering clinical years in medicine and other healthcare disciplines, it has also been used as a refresher for other students and faculty. This teaching strategy has been used successfully in one-on-one situations as well as in group presentations. Simultaneous search strategy instruction and sketching demonstrates searching concepts which allows students to very quickly understand and replicate appropriate search techniques. After approximately 20 minutes of instruction, students can plan, organize and modify their PubMed search strategies to be effective and efficient researchers. The visual take-away that is produced in the class enables students to quickly self-refresh PubMed searching methodologies and effectively search the literature.

Lightning Talks

Hacking it for Behavioral Health!!! Nancy Shin, University of Washington NNLM PNR

NNLM PNR All of Us- One Year Later Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR

Taking RDM to the Next Level with Data Science Kathryn Vela, Portland VA

Point of Learning: Teaching Point of Care Tools at the Stage of Determination Laura Zeigen, OHSU Library


Exercising our Green Thumbs. Keeping our Collection Healthy using Green Glass Ben Bolin & Kristin Whitman, Idaho State University

Librarians’ Role in Raising Awareness: Medication Assisted Treatment for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder Pat Devine, NNLM PNR

Do Your Health Sciences and Nursing Materials Need Resuscitating? Making Decisions for Your Aging Print Collection Camille McCutcheon & John Siegel, University of South Carolina Upstate

From Idea to Published Book: The Editor’s Role Margaret Vugrin, Richard Nollan & Thomas McGovern, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Library

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