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July 17, 2014

New Specialty Launched by UpToDate: Palliative Care

New Specialty Launched by UpToDate: Palliative Care

This newly launched UpToDate specialty integrates the most current information on palliative care into recommendations that span many disciplines. Content includes comprehensive information on clinical and psychosocial issues and evidence-based recommendations for assessing and managing pain and non-pain symptoms.

UpToDate in Palliative Care includes:
• 90+ clinical topics — a list of topics for any specialty can be found through the “Contents” link on the top toolbar
• 40 patient education topics — print or email information to help patients make informed decisions
• 45 new graphics — created specifically for palliative care topics
• 100+ contributors — as with all UpToDate content, authors and editors are clearly identified in each topic

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Posted by Jenny at 04:33 PM | Announcement

July 14, 2014

The LMS Library welcomes Wendy Urciuoli as its new Healthnet Librarian

Wendy will be providing outreach for Healthnet, the library’s consumer health information network. In this role, Wendy will provide references assistance, training, and education to Connecticut’s public librarians and citizens needing health and wellness information. She will also serve as library liaison to the Health Center’s Psychiatry Department faculty and students.

Wendy received her BS in Zoology from the University of Idaho, and her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to joining the UCHC library staff, Wendy managed a medical and consumer health library for MidState Medical Center, a Hartford HealthCare hospital. She has also worked as an information services librarian at a suburban public library and as a medical librarian in the insurance industry supporting research into new and emerging healthcare technologies. Welcome, Wendy!

Posted by Jenny at 09:18 AM | Announcement

July 11, 2014

“Assessment in Action” -- Grant Project Successfully Accomplished

In March 2013, a team of Health Center librarians, senior faculty and educational administrators applied for a grant sponsored by American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities entitled “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success”. The grant, funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, ran from April 2013 through June 2014.

Lyman Maynard Stowe Library was one of a few graduate-level academic libraries - and the only medical library – to be included in the first cohort of libraries chosen. The UConn Health Assessment in Action project team included librarians Kathleen Crea, Evelyn Morgen, Arta Dobbs; Christine Thatcher, director of medical education; clinical principals Dr. Ellen Nestler, Dr. Dan Henry and Dr. T.V. Rajan; and Brian Benson, educational assessment and survey administrator.

The first phase of the research project required individual AiA team leaders (Ms. Crea) to attend a 2-day training session in June 2013 at the annual American Library Association conference in Chicago. Taking what was learned, librarians and faculty collaborated in order to map out and execute a unique research initiative designed to demonstrate how library collections, instruction or other educational outreach activities contribute to “student success” locally.

At UConn Health, a survey was created to ask medical students to describe which clinical information sources they use, over four years, and how their searching effectiveness contributes to their clinical education and “success” as a competent health care provider.

Called the Library-Evidence Based Medicine Survey, it was distributed electronically to all UConn medical students (enrolled in Years 1 through 4) in April of 2013 and 2014. Participation was voluntary, and data collection was anonymous. Students were asked to rank how often they used specific subscription sources (such as DynaMed, Lexi-Comp, PubMed, Up to Date, etc.) and describe in their own words how selection and efficiency at using medical databases or clinical apps improves and "evolves” over four years of undergraduate medical education. In 2014, IRB approval was given to send the survey to each medical resident (PGY-1 through PGY-5).

Collecting feedback directly from these two key groups as they train and become licensed physicians provides insight for faculty, librarians and educational administrators. Survey feedback indicates that collections and services by UConn Health librarians does contribute to students’ development as effective clinical searchers. Librarians will use student-resident input to improve instructional sessions for future generations. Current feedback also provides qualitative evidence that justifies continued funding for costly health science database subscriptions and clinical mobile apps.

Although the Assessment in Action project formally ended in June 2014, faculty and librarians have agreed to continue this research collaboration, and plan to conduct Library-EBM surveys for future years.

Posted by Jenny at 12:24 PM | Announcement

July 10, 2014

Evelyn Breck Morgen, Library Director, retires

Evelyn B. Morgen, MLIS, AHIP, Director of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library for the past 9 years has embarked on a well-deserved retirement. Previous to library director Evelyn served as Associate Director for 3.5 years. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), an accrediting body of the Medical Library Association.

During her time with the library Evelyn was instrumental in introducing and utilizing new technology, expanding outreach and resources as well as planning two major renovations of library space. Evelyn dedicated herself to servicing the information needs of UConn Health faculty, staff and students in their clinical, educational and research pursuits, as well as providing service as the biomedical information resource for the citizens of the State of Connecticut.

We thank her for her dedication and wish her much enjoyment in her retirement. She will be missed by her staff and UConn Health colleagues who were fortunate to work under her leadership.

Posted by Jenny at 09:46 AM | Announcement