EHSL faculty takes over Des Moines!

Tallie Casucci

Tallie Casucci

logo-2-400w-converge2016Eccles Library faculty and staff attended the Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association on October 22-24 in Des Moines, Iowa. View the conference website here. The University of Utah represented about 1/3 of the presentations, including the keynote speaker!

Below are some fun pictures from our paper presentations, poster sessions, and Des Moines explorations. Enjoy!

Here are links and abstracts to faculty and staff papers and posters from the conference.

Keynote Address: Playing with Innovation and Scholarship, a Gamer’s Approach

  • Roger Altizer, Jr, PhD, Entertainment Arts & Engineering, Population Health Science, The GApp Lab, Center for Medical Innovation, University of Utah
  • Abstract: Humans are best at play. While cultural norms and mores may privilege the association of work with seriousness or importance, Dr. Altizer focuses on the intersection of games, health, and playful scholarship as a method of innovation and empowerment.


  • Benefits of Participating in a Mobile App Evaluation Project
    • Alicia Lillich, John Bramble
    • Purpose: From 2014-2016, the NN/LM MidContinental Region (MCR) provided funds for two cohorts of qualifying Network members to purchase apps via iTunes or Google Play. In exchange, these participants were required to share their experience using these apps with the NN/LM MCR community. This paper examines if participants in this project found it beneficial and if it improved their confidence in their ability to evaluate apps. Methodology: Two cohorts of participants were each asked to review apps over a one-year period. To qualify, the applicant had to be a librarian from a NN/LM MCR Full Network member institution; agree to evaluate at least four for fee mobile apps appropriate to their work environment; and submit their evaluations by the established deadlines. Evaluators were equipped with an App Evaluation Report Form (AERF) to help develop a systematic and critical evaluation of mobile apps. The AERF guided the users to report on an app’s: authority of information sources; accuracy and objectivity; currency of information; organization and usability; purpose; and how it compares with other apps. After completing the project, participants were asked to respond to a brief questionnaire about their experience. Outcome: In year 1, 9 (81%) of 11 evaluators reported that being a participant in the project benefited their program. In year 2, 16 (84%) participants either strongly agreed or agreed that they feel more confident in their ability to evaluate mobile apps.
  • Building a Systematic Review Core in an Academic Health Sciences Library
    • Mellanye Lackey, Mary McFarland, Melissa Rethlefsen, Michelle Fiander
    • Objective:  After an unsuccessful bid to fund a permanent full time librarian specializing in systematic reviews, the library partnered with the Population Health Foundation of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and shifted to a model of charging groups for librarian’s expertise to participate in systematic reviews. Methods:  Two librarians and one library staff member provide the expertise for systematic reviews. Two hours of free consultation include reviewing best practices for conducting a systematic review, confirming the group has adequate capacity to conduct a true systematic review, clarifying the scope of the project, and encouraging the group to register a protocol for the review. After the free, two hour consult, the librarian will create search strategies for relevant databases, download citations into EndNote, export a de-duplicated library, get full text pdfs, and write up the methods section for the final manuscript. Librarians are to be named as authors on the final manuscript.  Results: SR teams have been willing to pay for librarian expertise. Another librarian was hired as an “Evidence Retrieval and Knowledge Synthesis Librarian” to work full time on systematic reviews. The salary of the new librarian is paid for two years by the library, using the chargeback method to sustain the salary in the future. One limitation of the project is that groups may avoid asking the library for help, regardless of the free two hours, because they do not have funds to fully include a librarian. Quality of those reviews may suffer.  Conclusion:  The chargeback model has been very successful, with multiple groups requesting librarian participation. Collaboration with the Population Health Foundation of the CCTS has led to new research partnership and increased advocacy for our services.
  • Can a Project Blossom with Seed Money?
    • Dana Abbey, Claire Hamasu
    • INTRODUCTION: Successfully moving an initiative or project forward or to another level can stall or fail due to limited human and/or financial capital. While collaborating may seem like too much work, it can allow for shared workloads and budgets, greater creative input, and innovative approaches to problem-solving.  OBJECTIVE: To determine if providing seed monies (up to $1,500) would encourage new projects or enhance existing collaborative projects involving health and/or science information between a library and a K-12 school entity, and produce projects that could serve as models for other organizations. METHODS: A call for proposals was issued. Seven applications were submitted to an online form asking applicants to describe the proposed project, three project objectives, method of project evaluation, and a description of how the award would be allocated. Six awards of up to $1,500 were funded.  RESULTS:TBD. CONCLUSIONS: TBD.
  • The Cost Impact of the Librarian: A Methodology Taking Us Beyond Value
    • Claire Hamasu, Kari Jones, John Bramble, Barb Jones
    • Objectives: Due to healthcare reform, hospital administrators are looking at the financial impact of departments to the institution. Our objective: develop a methodology that would show cost impact of the librarian to investigate the hypothesis that librarians have a favorable impact on the cost of patient care. Methods: A review of the literature revealed a few studies looking at the cost impact of the librarian on patient care starting in 1994. More research looks at the non-financial value of library service on patient care. Both types of research (value impact only and financial value) show that health care providers handled patient care differently as a result of library services. Data showed definite or probable impact. A health economist reviewed both value impact only and financial value studies. She also interviewed librarians who increased her understanding of how librarians interact and provide search services to clinicians. Using this knowledge she wrote a guide that can be used to conduct a study(s). Conclusion: Application of the methodology would result in determining  the cost savings of mediated literature searches. One would be based on cost savings based on the salary of who does the search–clinician versus librarian. Another would be based on improved decision and/or averted events. The challenge of doing this type of study is that many health care facilities do not have a mechanism for determining cost of patient care. They would have no way of determining how much improved decisions and/or averted events actually saved them.
  • Inter-professionals Converge to Create a Health App Service 
    • Erica Lake, Heidi Greenberg, Jean P. Shipman
    • Objectives: Mobile health technologies have the potential to improve health outcomes, lower health care costs, and encourage patients to become more engaged in their care. An inter-professional committee, led by the library, established a hospital app bar where patients and visitors can learn about a vetted collection of apps and wearables. Methods: The service enables visitors to test-drive and download vetted apps and examine wearable devices, while a staff of students and librarians address questions and assist with installation and use. The process that went into creating this service will be shared, including the composition of the steering committee, the vetted collection and selection techniques, equipment, funding, publicity, branding, management, and staffing. Results: Information is collected from every encounter to illustrate impact. Satisfaction surveys appraise the usefulness of the instruction given, and solicit suggestions for improvement. Current metrics include the number of visitors, items demoed and downloaded, and wearables purchased at the hospital gift shop. Future metrics will include the number of provider referrals for apps and wearables, and qualitative and quantitative clinician feedback. Intense research regarding app efficiency is planned.  Conclusions: Librarians are natural partners with offering app services, with their skills in evaluating and assessing resources, and in connecting individuals to the right information at the right time, regardless of medium. Visitors appreciate help in navigating and using exploding mobile technologies, and providers are more comfortable recommending apps vetted by their peers through a local formulary.
  • Librarian’s Role in Research Reproducibility
    • Darell Schmick, Melissa Rethlefsen
    • Objective: Researchers and clinicians within the biomedical research complex are focusing on means for reducing wasted effort and replicable results in the literature. Increasingly, librarians are being identified for their utility in this process. Methods: We explored the librarian’s role in promoting research reproducibility through a review of the literature, contact with librarian advocates, and through our faculty’s work in promoting systematic review reproducibility. We worked with campus partners to promote the idea of the librarian’s role in research reproducibility. Results: Librarians are identified as a partner in increasing value and reducing waste within research in medicine in the literature through the promotion of reporting guidelines, contributing to systematic reviews, using and advocating for reproducible literature searching methods, and conducting and facilitating training on performing reproducible research. This is a growing area for advocacy for librarians internationally. Locally, we built on the momentum around reproducibility by partnering with our Vice President for Research (VPR) to create a guide for research reproducibility, engaging in campus discussions around reproducibility, and sponsoring a regional conference on how institutions can support reproducibility with our VPR. Librarian promotion of research reproducibility has been well received on our campus. Conclusions: A growing body of literature is developing advocating librarian engagement in the biomedical research process. Promoting research reproducibility through varied means, as fits within a librarian’s organizational structure, is a growing opportunity for librarian engagement in biomedical research.
  • MS Buddy Utah Multiple Sclerosis Patients Converge Through an Innovative iPad Service
    • Erica Lake, Casey Cox, Katie Larsen, Liesl Seborg
    • Objectives: MS patients often face long stretches between doctor visits, and many information needs occur during that interim.  An abundance of MS information and support is available online, however many people living with the disease in rural and urban areas of Utah do not have access to a computer or internet service, or do not have sufficient technology skills. Others lack confidence in their ability to identify trustworthy information. A team of medical and public librarians developed a personalized iPad lending service to connect individuals physically and socially isolated by MS to information and support.  Methods: The MS Buddy service loans iPads to participants to help them learn more about their disease through vetted online content and resources. Librarians provide individual training on using the tablet, and preload personalized content for each participant based on their geographical location. This includes links for their doctor, health care facility, local public library, regional health library, and MS chapter. Results: Initial evaluations have been excellent, with participants gaining the skills and confidence needed to use the technologies, and gaining additional support connections. A detailed toolkit was created so that other librarians and health care providers can implement a similar project in their communities. Conclusions: Many patients today want “high tech” health care services with “high touch” interactions, and librarians are in a unique position to bridge these wants through services that are personalized to individual patient preferences and needs.
  • reddit Community Finds Health Answers from Reference Collaborative
    • Dana Abbey, John Bramble, Betsy Kelly, Barbara Jones, Jim Honour, Monica Rogers
    • INTRODUCTION: Reddit is an aggregate linking website that has gained in worldwide popularity due to its timeliness, interactivity and participatory nature. On any given day Reddit has nearly 5 million page views, with over 1.3 million unique visitors.  There are a myriad of topics discussed on Reddit, and to help users locate areas of interest entries are posted to “subreddits.” Anyone with an account can post links to content (e.g., websites, images, videos) or submit text content to start a discussion or ask a question. There are numerous health-related subreddits, with many making the list of Reddit’s most popular subreddits. OBJECTIVE: To determine if Reddit would serve as a viable platform for sharing authoritative health information resources and to learn if the information was useful. METHODS: 26 health-related subreddits were identified, and staff self-selected which ones they would monitor and submit responses. The responses provided links to authoritative, free information addressing their question(s). We measured success by whether the submission was judged “useful,” either by the original poster, or other Reddit users. Useful was defined as having at least one upvote over a three-week period from the initial submission. Reddit submissions are scored by readers: upvotes minus any downvotes. Individual subscribers to the 26 subreddits ranged from 347 to nearly 8 million, and there seemed to be no correlation between the size of the subreddits community and the range of up or downvotes. Statistics were kept on actual submissions and did not include questions that staff attempted to answer but did not have appropriate resources to do so. RESULTS: To Be Determined.
  • Students and Health Videos Merge and Converge: Healthi4U
    • Jean P. Shipman, Tallie Casucci, Anita Leopardi, John Sanchez
    • Objective: To offer a student health video competition to encourage interdisciplinary students within at the University of Utah to create video health messages for peers and patients that will be incorporated within personal electronic health records, hospital patient television, as well as university and library websites.  Methods: A University-wide faculty committee planned a student health video competition that launched in fall 2015.  Details included: 1) competition requirements, 2) awards and judging rubrics, 3) promotion, and 4) a capstone event.  A large publicity campaign, including using social media, promoted the competition to students and faculty. Students self-formed interdisciplinary teams. Four awards were given at a capstone event. Foundation funding supported the awards and the accompanying social events.  Results: Competition details included: a snappy competition name and logo; criteria for team registration, formation and membership; instructions on how to obtain awards; and how to submit the videos.  Thirty-five teams created videos. Three winning videos were aired on the university’s television station and the Hospital’s patient education TV. All videos are viewable on EHSL’s website. Conclusions: Faculty participation on the planning team was rewarding as it acquainted faculty from across the University. Students were engaged and welcomed the opportunity to share health messages.  The publicity helped to highlight how EHSL brought together many individuals to create a successful collaborative student competition.
  • Wellness Wednesdays
    • Tallie Casucci, Mellanye Lackey, Joan M. Gregory
    • Objective: To promote wellness among health sciences affiliates, the library collaborates with campus and local partners to offer diverse wellness activities. Additionally, presenters will lead the audience through a wellness activity during this presentation. Methods: The library partners with a professional massage therapist, yoga instructor certification program, local artists, guest lecturers, and a therapy pet volunteer organization to facilitate wellness. Additionally, the library offers coloring supplies, puzzles, and treadmill desks to promote wellness.  Results: Collaboration improves the library’s visibility and recognition within the community. By partnering with other entities, libraries can offer more diverse wellness activities. The massage therapist benefits from working within the library, which provides another location for the pilot chair massage program. Students in the yoga instructor certification program are required to complete ten volunteer hours. By partnering with the library, the yoga instructor certification program offers a consistent location and time for students to fulfill their volunteer hours. Local artists and guest lecturers present and discuss topics related to health and wellness. For example, art exhibits have included artwork from cancer patients and a healthcare professional recovering from trauma. During finals, the library hosts therapy dogs to alleviate stress and anxiety around exams.  Conclusions: As the library becomes known for wellness support, other partnership opportunities arise, such as hosting a flu shot clinic. While health sciences affiliates are participating in the “Wellness Wednesdays” activities, they meet library personnel and learn about other library services and events.



  • Journal Clubs as a Learning Method to Increase Librarians’ Knowledge of Biomedical Big Data
    • John Bramble, Catherine M. Burroughs, Courtney R. Butler , Emily J Glenn , Alicia Lillich , Megan Molinaro
    • Purpose: This poster examines the learning outcomes of two coordinated and similarly structured journal clubs focusing on Big Data and the role health sciences librarian can play to support this movement.  Brief Description: NN/LM Pacific Northwest (PNR) and MidContinental Regions (MCR) staff collaborated to simultaneously design and launch journal clubs to facilitate group learning about current approaches to using big data in clinical settings to improve patient care.  Session discussions focused on journal articles addressing case studies of data projects in academic medical centers, using data for quality assessment and research in clinical settings, dynamic simulation modeling approaches to understanding data use, and empowering personalized medicine through semantic web technologies. Participants/Setting/Resources: Twenty-seven health sciences librarians from the PNR(13) and MCR(14) states participated in seven discussions. Discussions were held online via conference style rooms (Adobe Connect) and participants had access to resources via a course/learning management system (Moodle).  Evaluation Method: Participant interviews and program evaluations.  Outcome: Based on anecdotal data, the authors anticipate formal feedback from participants on the learning outcomes to be positive and constructive. The collection of data from formal feedback is in the process of being gathered.
  • Telling Our Story: One Library’s Effort to Create a Dynamic Annual Report
    • Darell Schmick, Jean P. Shipman, Lisa Spencer, Chad Johnson
    • Objective: To compile a multimedia rich reporting method for the Health Sciences Library annual report. Methods: In late 2015, the director of the library called for participants to form a committee that would convey the highlights of the 2014-15 Annual Report in a new and dynamic way. Utilizing a custom parallax within WordPress, we were able to share our story using media and technology that goes beyond the traditional reporting format. A task force was assembled composed of volunteer staff and faculty throughout the library. Results: The finished product consisted of a digital experience with the user in mind. Library champions were interviewed by the in-house podcast host, videos were linked to the annual report, and metrics were showcased in a way that would be dynamic yet understandable to the average viewer. Library faculty and staff contributed summaries and infographics of significant library accomplishments over the fiscal year which were incorporated into the report. Conclusions: The annual report committee was a meaningful opportunity to work together collaboratively to produce a desirable product for the library as well as the served constituency. The end result developed into an invitation to view the ongoing story of a modern health sciences library’s continued innovation efforts.
  • Gotta Catch ’em All: Introducing Our Augmented Reality Patrons to the Library
    • Darell Schmick, Heidi Greenberg, Erica LakeJean P. Shipman
    • Pokemon GO is an augmented reality (AR) iOS and Android compatible free app that was released July 6th, 2016. With passionate appeal to multiple age groups, the app utilizes the surroundings around the user to create a unique interactive experience as users strive to “catch” Pokemon in the real world. Certain places may be geotagged as destinations where users can obtain items, or interact and battle in places designated as “gyms”. The discovery was made that our Consumer Health Library is one such specific destination on the map, opening up the prospect of becoming a targeted location where non-traditional patrons can collect items and catch pokemon. Adjacent to the library is a designated gym location, another hotspot of potential non-traditional patron activity. Libraries designated as destination locations within Pokemon Go have a unique opportunity to educate users about the services they offer. Signage specific to the game (branded with familiar icons) located within or immediately outside of the library will be a welcoming symbol to potential new users. Consumer health is a lifespan issue with wide interest to users of all ages. Realizing the potential incoming audience that can benefit from knowledge of the consumer health library, cards were created with a “Pokeball” (emblematic of the game and widely recognizable to players) and a QR code complete with a link to the library website. This is a unique and novel way to introduce new patrons to the services that their library offers.
  • Talking Politics: Lessons from an Advocacy Book Club Discussion Group
    • Darell Schmick, Barb Jones, Margaret Hoogland
    • Objectives: To establish and sustain a peer based book discussion group on the topic of handling or dealing with politics in the workplace and advocacy in the health sciences/hospital work environment. Methods: Members across the Region were surveyed to identify areas of needed training. A topic suggested by many was advocacy, specifically being “politically savvy”. Acting on this, two librarians across institutions within the same region identified books that would lead to engaged, action oriented discussion groups. Discussions took place over Adobe Connect, utilizing the software provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). Another librarian took the initiative to establish a Libguide that detailed chronicled discussions and served as a resource for participants.  Results: At time of writing, three book club discussion groups have taken place, with another session to take place in summer 2016. Respondents have self-selected future titles at the conclusion of each session, and each subsequent book club is planned as a result of ongoing librarian interest. Conclusions: The peer based book discussion group specifically focusing on political awareness and skills proved to be a successful way to introduce librarians to a new way of thinking. While initially targeted at Health Sciences Librarians within the Midcontinental Region, the book club enjoyed participants from different library environments well beyond the region.
  • First-Year Students Become Library Groupies
    • Erin Wimmer, Tallie Casucci
    • Objective: To make School of Medicine first-year orientations more engaging through active learning via a scavenger hunt.  Methods: In an effort to move away from a more didactic orientation presentation, librarians designed a scavenger hunt highlighting different library resources and services. Two versions of the scavenger hunt were created to help disperse the students. The scavenger hunts were posted on a research guide for medical students, which could be accessed using the iPads provided to them through the School of Medicine iPads in Education initiative. Students took group selfies (aka groupies) with found objects and posted the pictures to social media using a hashtag created specifically for the event. Students were incentivised to complete the scavenger hunt and take groupies for a prize. Results: With this new orientation format, more faculty and staff were involved in the orientation than in previous years.  Students were introduced to spaces and services in and around the Library they may not have experienced otherwise. Not all students were comfortable sharing groupies on social media, and instead showed them to the orientation session instructors on their device. Those images that were shared in social media received a high number of likes. Conclusions: The revised orientation was a success and will be implemented with new student groups in the future.
  • Milestone Anniversary Celebrations: A Collaboration
    • Heidi Greenberg, Jean P. ShipmanJoan M. Gregory
    • OBJECTIVE: Our library has the honor and opportunity to participate in milestone celebrations of several university entities. The library houses historical photos and artifacts dating back to the earliest days of the health sciences. These resources, combined with our enthusiastic research team, provide historical background for these anniversary events.  METHODS: The research team created historical timelines by reading oral histories, interviewing emeritus faculty, reviewing past annual reports, and scanning historical photos. We also explored the personal collections of well-known faculty who contributed to the overall success of the health sciences. We validated historical events and accomplishments. RESULTS: The Department of Biomedical Informatics celebrated the anniversary of the first Ph.D. granted in 1965. The library developed: a website representing the department’s history, presentation on the discipline’s founder, and a historical exhibit. The School of Medicine celebrated a significant anniversary of their building completed in 1965. The library collaborated with others to create: a book and exhibit highlighting stories about those who have contributed to the success of the medical school, a video highlighting historical moments of significance, and a video illustrating the vision of the future.  On the anniversary of our library dedication, we will showcase our history and vision for the future. We will develop: a historical exhibit highlighting significant events, an evening reception, and a joint luncheon with the alumni association. CONCLUSIONS: The health sciences library is a source of information and artifacts that documents the history and accomplishments of the health sciences community.
  • Does One Thing Lead to Another?
    • Jessi Van Der Volgen, Rebecca Brown; Matt Steadman
    • Objective: To determine: If a person completed an NTC course, how likely is that person to register for a subsequent NTC course? Does the initial class format (webinar, asynchronous, or hybrid) influence the likelihood of subsequent registration?  Methods:  We will use registration data collected from NTC classes for the period of May 2013-April 2016, which includes over 5,000 unique registrations. Using established data mining techniques (association pattern analysis and sequence analysis) and statistical analysis, we will determine what percentage of participants register for subsequent classes, and examine whether the initial class type, overall class grade, or self-identified student role influences the likelihood of returning. Results: Will report on final poster . Discussion: Will discuss possible confounders, generalizability and any additional insights gained from data analysis.
  • PubMed Field Tags for Systematic Reviews and Expert Searches
    • Melissa Rethlefsen, Michelle Fiander, Mellanye Lackey, Mary McFarland
    • Objective: Debate exists among expert searchers using PubMed about which fields to use for keyword searching. This research will examine the differences between using the textword [tw] tag, all fields [all fields] tag, the title/abstract [tiab] tag, and the title/abstract [tiab] tag or author keywords [ot] tag. Methods: We will identify three published systematic reviews that used Ovid MEDLINE, including both MeSH and .mp. searches. Using each of these searches, we will rerun the searches to see identify which of the systematic reviews’ included studies were identified using Ovid MEDLINE. The included studies identified by MEDLINE will be identified as the gold standard. We will translate the searches into PubMed syntax, using Boolean AND statements to substitute for Ovid adjacency searches. For each instance of the .mp. field in the original Ovid search, we will search for the term using the following tag combinations: [tw], [all fields], [tiab], [tiab] OR [ot], and [tiab] OR [ot] OR [mh]. We will ascertain recall and precision for each set. Results and Conclusions: Results are not yet complete and will be presented at the meeting.
  • Post-Publication Peer Review for Systematic Reviews: A Case Study of the Librarian’s Role
    • Melissa Rethlefsen, Mary McFarland, Mellanye Lackey
    • Objective: Systematic review literature searches are consistently poorly reported and often of poor quality. This case study discusses the role of the librarian in assessing literature searches post-publication using PubMed Commons. Methods: Librarians in the Systematic Reviews Core were approached to collaborate on a systematic review based on a previously published systematic review. Upon first appraisal of the systematic review’s methodology and included full-Boolean search strategies in the three key databases, MEDLINE, Embase, and CENTRAL, the librarians believed that updating the review would be a valid option. After re-running the published search in Embase, it was noted that the authors’ described number of results vastly differed from what their published strategy would have actually retrieved. Two individual librarians re-ran the searches to verify the initial disparate result. The findings from re-running this published search were published in PubMed Commons. Results: The PubMed Commons comment was well-received in the library community as well as the scientific community. Though the authors of the published search have not yet responded to the comment, the comment was highlighted on the home page of PubMed as a featured comment, was featured in a blog post by then-MLA president Michelle Kraft, and led to partnerships with others who saw the featured comment when it was displayed. Conclusions: Librarians should use PubMed Commons or traditional letters to the editor to publicly note problems with published literature searches. This may lead to greater reporting and thus reproducibility of search strategies in the future.
  • Librarians’ Recommendations to Improve Cochrane Systematic Reviews with 100% Confidence
    • Mellanye Lackey, Darell Schmick, Shirley Zhao, Tallie Casucci, Melissa Rethlefsen
    • Objective: To increase librarian participation in systematic review search strategy peer review, highlight the importance of librarian peer review, and increase library capacity for systematic review search support. Methods: Five librarians reviewed search strategies submitted in three Cochrane systematic review protocols to the Anaesthesia, Critical and Emergency Care (ACE) group. Cochrane currently recommends seeking the help of an information professional when conducting a systematic review, but does not require verification of this assistance for submission or acceptance. The PRESS checklist directed the evaluation process of the search strategies.  Results: The librarians recommended amending the three search strategies. For each systematic review protocol search strategy, the librarians discovered relevant citations that were not returned with the submitters’ searches. The PRESS checklist provided a concise framework for evaluating the search strategies. Librarians gained fresh experience reviewing systematic review searches and conducting peer reviews using the Cochrane Collaboration’s processes. Conclusions: The librarians intend to continue reviewing search strategies submitted in Cochrane protocols. This initiative hopes to demonstrate that librarian input can improve the quality of systematic reviews.
  • Virtual Reality and Serious Games as an Experimental Class
    • Roger Altizer, Jr., Tallie Casucci, Jean P. Shipman
    • Both technology and the field of medicine advance at a blistering rate. New topics and domains of inquiry offer an opportunity for content area experts and librarians to collaborate using experimental classroom design. This poster offers a case study on a team-taught and designed course on Virtual Reality and Serious games that was taught as a term-length course in a Medical Library to students from across campus. Best practices and strengths and weaknesses of the approach and collaboration will inform instructors wishing to teach experimental and cutting edge classes.
  • A New Framework for Health Sciences Research Guides
    • Shirley Zhao, Mary McFarlandSuzanne Sawyer, Erin WimmerMellanye Lackey
    • Objective: Build a framework for organizing and building effective guides. Recommend best practices guidelines for guide development. Promote the new framework and guidelines. Assist guide developers with aligning their guides with the framework and best practices. Methods: The library began using the LibGuides platform in 2009 with version 1 and then migrated to version 2 in 2014. With new features and functionality in version 2 and also new library staff, it was time to review practices for creating new and updating existing guides. A team convened in October 2015 to review current practices, develop a framework for building guides, and make recommendations for best authoring practices.  Results: The team developed a new policy for the use of subjects and tags to organize the guides and to identify subject expertise on author profiles. In order to promote a consistent look and feel, the team created a new blueprint guide for subject areas. The team hosted open working meetings to help authors transition their existing guides into the new framework.   Conclusions: The new framework provides much needed guidance to research guide authors. Next steps include creating guides to fill gaps in information needs and working with the other libraries on campus to build upon this framework.