Lightning Talks Session 2 

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1. Responding to the growing need for multilingual and multicultural health information Presenters: Margie Sheppard, Network of the National Library of Medicine - Region 3, University of Kansas Medical Center Katie Pierce-Farrier, Network of the National Library of Medicine - Region 3, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Background: The current landscape of immigrants, refugees, and asylees in the United States is rapidly changing. It is projected that by 2060 the Non-Hispanic White population is projected to represent 43.6% of the population, while Minority populations are projected to make up 56.4%. What this means is our communities, neighborhoods, and workplaces are becoming more diverse. Individuals who have recently arrived may be looking for information and help as they adjust to a new country, culture, and language, but we must also consider how we interact with, communicate with, and work with individuals with cultures, backgrounds, and points of view that are different from own.  Description: This presentation will share the results and takeaways from an online training program and online webinar designed to introduce librarians and community health workers to the concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how they influence our workplace environments. The online webinar includes live demonstration of websites offering free, reliable health information in multiple languages. Conclusion: Since September 2021, the presentation has been offered four times with 118 participants and 272 YouTube views. Initial feedback indicates that participants found the information useful with 79% indicating they learned about a new health information resource and plan to share it with their organization. 47 participants claimed MLA CE. Plans to improve the presentation include adding more data visuals and expanding the live demos.

2. Increasing Healthcare Student Empathy Through Collection Development: Graphic Medicine in the Academic Health Sciences Library
Presenter: Jess King, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Abstract: In recent years research has increasingly shown that greater empathy among healthcare professionals leads to better patient outcomes and enhanced satisfaction. In 2021 our academic health sciences library began building a graphic medicine collection to reinforce and increase empathy building among the healthcare student population at our institution. The objective was to create a collection which allows for a healthy dialogue on criticisms of healthcare, fosters empathy for the experiences of patients their families and providers, encourages self-reflection on the care that is being provided, provides a medium for students to process their personal experiences in the healthcare field, and guarantees access to a collection that increases empathy but is not time consuming to read. To build out this collection, the focus has been placed on collecting graphic pathographies that are in the graphic novel format. The collection focuses primarily on the healthcare experiences of patients, patient families and caregivers, and healthcare providers. Utilizing the art of graphic storytelling, this collection strives to include all areas of healthcare and covers a wide range of topics ranging from experiences of childhood sexual abuse, cancer diagnoses, epilepsy, autism, gender dysphoria, suicide, eating disorders, alcoholism, family dysfunction, rape, and many more. To date, the collection contains over 50 graphic novels and has received positive feedback from students and faculty. In 2022, two classes on graphic medicine and bringing the humanity back to healthcare were taught to our pipeline programs, both of which received positive feedback and interest from students.

3. Office 365 Apps for Library Statistics
Presenter: Gwen Wilson, University of Missouri-Columbia

Abstract: Background/Objective: The role and responsibilities of medical librarians are not always clear to leadership and stakeholders. Providing data in a way that is clear and meaningful demonstrates the value of medical librarians. It is challenging for solo librarians to receive funding to purchase a data tracking system. The objective of this project was to build a data tracking system within Office 365 applications, provided by the institution. Description: There are over 20 Office 365 applications available. After reviewing individual applications and conducting trials the applications used in the data tracking system are Microsoft Forms, Excel and Power BI. These three applications work together effectively to input, analyze and report library statistics. The final data tacking system integrates within Teams for easy sharing within the institution without additional funding. Conclusions: For solo librarians and small libraries there is often no funding to establish a data tracking system. Office 365 provides the applications to create an internal data tracking system that is efficient, easy to use and requires no extra cost.

4. A Brief Overview of the MLA 2022 Immersion Session on Using the AVSL Criteria and Algorithm to Create a Vetted Journal Program
Presenter: Michelle Schonken, CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Other Authors: Caroline Allen, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Karen Alcorn, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Leslie Holland, Southern College of Optometry Diana Jacobson, Marshall B. Ketchum University Elaine Wells, SUNY College of Optometry Heather Edmonds, New England College of Optometry Louise Collins, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary

Abstract: Purpose: Members of the MLA Vision Science Caucus (VSC) and Association of Vision Science Librarians (AVSL) created a committee task force for evaluating vision science journal titles through agreed upon criteria to build a freely available vetted vision science journals list. Description: Using a reviewing algorithm to evaluate and cross-evaluate suspect journals each month, journal titles that pass the vetting process are added to a free online resource list. Faculty and librarians have the option to request vision science journals to be reviewed. The list then serves as a checkpoint for vision science faculty as they consider where to publish to avoid questionable journals. Outcome: This group effort was presented at MLA 2022 as an immersion session and hopefully encourages and assists other subject area librarians to create similar vetted journal list resources.

5. “Embedded Librarian in Neurology Case Report”
Presenter: Marie St. Pierre, MLIS, AHIP, Children's Hospital Colorado

Abstract: Background: in 2015 one of the neurologists at my hospital asked if we librarians would attend the weekly Case Conference, which is aimed at that department's residents, and if we would send out literature regarding the case/diagnosis. These articles focus on diagnostic criteria and patient management. Methods: links to articles are sent out on a Microsoft Office distribution list, and the list is updated annually as new residents start. If the resident that is presenting would send a powerpoint that could be included, though it was rare that they would send the powerpoint to the library. If the resident mentions specific articles those could be included especially. The librarian needed to learn quickly the very specific vocabulary of neurology to be able to follow the case report and to locate appropriate literature, and the doctors were very gracious in answering any questions. Articles were selected mainly in PubMed by using MeSH subject headings, and were ones that the library had access to full text of. Results: over the years, the weekly case report articles have gone out to the staff, and a survey went around to ask how having weekly articles has helped the physicians. The majority read the articles more than once a month, they were considered relevant to very relevant. Suggestions were given for types of literature to be included in the weekly email from the librarian as well as other services. It is advantageous to have librarians select literature relevant to the Neurology department's weekly case reports.

6. Difficult Conversations: Utilizing a Living Library Program to Promote Empathy in Healthcare Workers at an Academic Health Sciences Library
Presenter: Jess King, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Abstract: The current global pandemic has made the last two years particularly difficult for healthcare workers and their mental health. In response to this mental health crisis, our academic health sciences library has focused on creating programs and an environment which promotes empathy, difficult conversations and allows people to show up as their authentic selves. In the Fall of 2021, the library hosted its first ever Living Library program for university students, faculty, staff and hospital partners. Living books for the program were recruited from the surrounding community, hospital partners and the university community. The living books submitted applications, which were then anonymized and graded with a rubric by a subcommittee. The top 14 applications were invited to participate and were given a monetary stipend for their time and emotional labor. To prepare the living books for their conversations they attended a training session sponsored by the university’s Office of Inclusion on how to have difficult conversations and set boundaries. The readers that checked out these living books were provided with a private room for their conversations, the option of conversing with their living book in-person or via Zoom, and the option of a one-on-one or small group conversation. The responses to the survey after the event were overwhelmingly positive from both the readers and the living books. Some of the most common feedback included a desire for more than the allotted 30 minutes, that the program be hosted again, and an appreciation for the space to have these delicate conversations.

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