Librarians attend and present at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual conference
On October 21st through 26th, five LSU Health Shreveport librarians attended the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual conference in Galveston, Texas. At the conference, the librarians learned about new medical and medical librarian trends. They even listened to a key note speaker talk about growing lungs in a lab! Several LSU Health Shreveport librarians had the opportunity to present their research and project summaries at the conference via poster and paper presentations. Those projects presentations include:
- Alexandria (“Lexi”) Brackett, Reference Librarian, presented two posters. “Birds and Books! An Academic Health Sciences Library on Twitter and Facebook” highlighted the benefits and challenges she has experienced as moderator of the Library’s social media accounts. “It’s a Match! Helping Fourth-Year Students with their Residency Applications” described the creation of a LibGuide and book display on residency programs.
- Will Olmstadt, Associate Director of the Library, presented a Lightning Round session on “Revising a Library Employee Handbook into a LibGuide.” This presentation addressed the transformation of the Library Employee Handbook from a wiki version into a LibGuide.
- David Duggar, Head of the Library Liaison Program, presented a Lightning Round session on “Health Observances: A Wave of Promotion Using LibGuides.” This presentation described the creation of monthly health observance pages to promote national health observances, special events in the library, and local observances on campus and in the community.
- Julia Esparza, Head of User Education and Outreach Services, presented the contributed paper “Community Knowledge Assessment of HPV Vaccination in Males.” The paper was selected as the first place winner in the contributed papers category of the Elizabeth K. Eaton, PhD Research Award presented by the SCC Research Committee. This award-winning paper was co-written with Dr. Gunjan Kahlon, Dr. Meher Mavuram, and Dr. Eric Thomas from the Department of Internal Medicine; Dr. Afaf Abdulbaki and Dr. Lois Anderson from the University Health Pharmacy Department; high school student Grace Dodd; and college students Derrick Murcia and Jessica Sims.
- Montie’ Dobbins, Head of User Access Services, and David Duggar presented the contributed paper “Intruder Alert! A Symposium for Mass Murder Response.” The paper described a disaster preparedness event recently held for first responders and librarians. David Duggar and Montie’ Dobbins also served as moderators for a Roundtable on “Disaster Information Resources.” In this session, they facilitated a discussion about online resources for different types of disasters, disaster education and planning within libraries, and the incorporation of disaster education into medical, nursing, and allied health curriculums. They collaborated with Paula Craig from the NSU College of Nursing and Allied Health Library for both presentations.
- Alexandria Brackett and David Duggar co-presented a poster on “Transforming National Library Week in a Health Sciences Library Setting.” The poster described activities during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016.
- Julia Esparza, Alexandria Brackett, Montie’ Dobbins, David Duggar, and Will Olmstadt, presented a contributed paper titled “If It Swells, Ride It!” to coordinate with the conference’s beach theme. The paper assessed the Library’s involvement in the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is a part of the institution’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation. The paper was co-written with Dr. Tim Gilbert, Director of QEP/Faculty Development; Christi Rinaudo, Director of Education Program Development; Dr. Gunjan Kahlon from the Department of Internal Medicine; and Dr. Lucy Robinson from the Department of Biochemistry.
In addition, several of the librarians officially accepted elected positions within the organization at the conference. Montie’ Dobbins was elected to serve as president. Ms. Dobbins will serve as President-Elect for the 2016-2017 year and be installed as President in October 2017. David Duggar was elected to serve as SCC/MLA’s Chapter Council Alternate Representative to the Medical Library Association. In this capacity, he will represent the regional chapter on the national level. Julie Esparza was elected to serve as the South Central Chapter’s nominee for the Medical Library Association’s Nominating Committee. If selected to serve, she will work with other members of the Nominating Committee to prepare a slate of nominees for the national organization’s next election. Lastly, Alexandria Brackett was elected Secretary of the Hospital Library Interest Section of SCC/MLA. This section promotes the interests of hospital libraries and librarians.
Thanks to the Marianne and Stafford Comegys Professorship in Medical Library Science, the librarians were able to attend the conference where they showcased the great work they do at LSU Health, as well as learned what other medical librarians are doing to serve their respective communities. The Professorship funds library faculty and staff development opportunities that would not otherwise be available.