In the category of better later than never, the Ignite presenters’ abstracts are below! Catch the replays on the online conference site.

Title: Empowering Health Ministry Leaders
Author: Judy F. Burnham
(Director), U of South Alabama Biomedical Library
Abstract: Research has shown that the church is a strong influence in the African American community. While many of the churches have a health ministry and share many of the same challenges, often the ministry leaders work in isolation. The purpose of this project was to form a network of Health Ministry Leaders (HML) for sharing and for collaboration.  Health ministry leaders from ten African American churches in the three zip codes of highest health disparity in Mobile AL participated in the project. Health Ministry Leaders completed a pre-project survey with questions about their congregations’ health information needs and how those needs were met and each HML’s information seeking skills. Demographics on the HML and the church were also collected. The project funded essential equipment for the HMLs: small laptop computers, printers and heath check tools. HMLs attended weekly computer training classes and monthly meetings for information sharing and for collaborating on community health fairs. They completed a post-project questionnaire determining impact. Participating HML reported enhancement of their ministry through the project.  They felt the project met the stated goals.  Information needs were addressed as well as providing needed health check tools. Working together on a community health fair provided networking opportunities with other area churches.  Networking opportunities will be continued through the Center for Healthy Communities Community Health Advocate program. The project helped HML better meet the health information needs of their congregation and provided an opportunity for them to network with other HMLs on common goals.

Title: Solo Hospital Librarian Road Show
Author: Jessica Gunther
(Librarian), Mayo Health System
Abstract: Inspired by recent buzz about elevator speeches in the library community, solo hospital librarian, Jessica Gunther, takes to the road to promote library services to the Mayo Clinic Health System’s western region. New to the organization and her role at the start of 2011, Gunther was immediately faced with discussion of hospital space limitations, convergence, and whispers that the library space would become a conference room. Some rethinking (and lucky, good timing) helped transform the challenge into an opportunity. With the 2011 health system re-branding, regionalization, and overall environment of change, Gunther expanded her audience to include the entire region; she now actively promotes library services to staff at several locations, along with those at the hospital where the library is physically located. Armed with a stereotype- defeating attitude, a quick, “less is more” presentation, and a boatload of enthusiasm, she capitalizes on the first few minutes of staff meetings at various locations to increase awareness and demand for library services. She will share the strategies and outcomes of her efforts, true to form, in a high-powered, five-minute Ignite Talk.

Title: Using tag clouds to analyze responses to open-ended survey questions
Author: Sarah K. McCord
(Head of Reference & Instructional Services and Associate Professor), MA College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Abstract: Analyzing answers to open-ended questions on surveys can be time consuming and tedious, although the information gained from asking these kinds of questions is often very valuable.  The use of tag cloud generators can provide a quick “rough cut” of the ideas in open-ended responses.  Tag clouds, or weighted lists, are a visual method of displaying text frequency information, where the font size and prominence of a word in the display indicates the frequency of the use of that word. Freely available online tools were used to create tag clouds for open-ended responses in several sources of data, including student evaluations of teaching.  The results provide a visual guide to the most frequently used words in the given texts, and include links to those words in context.  While this method does not replace traditional techniques for qualitative data analysis, using a tag cloud generator as a first step in analyzing free-text data can help bring recurring ideas to the surface without the need for expensive software or large amounts of time, thereby increasing the likelihood that data gathered from open-ended questions will be put to use.

Title: Crowdsourcing Your Diagnosis
Author: Sharon Leslie
(Public Services Librarian), Georgia State University
Abstract: Obviously, the WWW has changed how patients obtain information about health issues.  Access to online medical records allows individuals to track their own disease and health process.  But what happens when several hundred people get together to discuss their illnesses and compare their progress to each other?  Several websites are designed to let patients do just that.  “CureTogether” ( and “Patients Like Me” ( provide the technology (graphs, data, tracking ability, etc.) while the patients themselves provide the data (lab results, demographics, treatments, personal experiences). Searching the sites lets patients find others with similar symptoms and relate these in discussion forums.  The Society for Participatory Medicine ( exists to “… advance the understanding of physicians …” about this concept and engage patients as active participants in their healthcare.  Will patients continue to research diseases when they have each other from whom to get first-hand data?  Should patients use this information to design their own treatment?  Will physicians and researchers be willing to encourage this type of interaction?  Will e-doctors and e-patients become the norm?  How will librarians assist in this movement?

Title: Clinical Use of iPads
Author: Laura K. Cousineau
, MLS (Assistant Director, Program Development & Resource Integration), Medical University of South Carolina Library
Abstract: With funding from a grant from the National Library of Medicine, the MUSC Library is investigating the clinical use of iPads in the Department of Pediatrics.  Seven iPads were distributed: 5 to residents, one to an attending physician/faculty, and one to the librarian who rounds in the Children’s Hospital.  A survey was designed to log usage, divided into different categories of use.  The data collected included use of specific resources as well as the purpose for the use, such as patient education or accessing patient information.  The information from this survey forms the basis for a behavioral and attitudinal survey that will be conducted in late spring. For our Ignite session, we will show picture of the teams at work with their iPads and reveal some of the results from the survey.

Title: An Anytime, Anywhere Elective that Students  and Administrators Love
Author: Gale G. Hannigan
(Informatics for Medical Education Librarian), Texas A&M Medical Sciences Library
Abstract: The Computers & Medical Information Elective is a fourth-year offering that almost every Texas A&M medical student completes. The attraction is that it is totally online and can be completed wherever there is a good Internet connection. Also, it is offered in one, two, or three-week versions. Students enroll throughout the year and no request for adding or changing or dropping the elective has been denied in its more than 15 years of existence. The Office of Student Affairs loves to recommend this elective as students face scheduling changes and crises. These features get students enrolled but what they come to appreciate is that the content is relevant, timely, and useful, and they can accomplish some of their own goals while learning about resources and skills related to information management. What the instructor likes is developing new modules that reflect the variety of topics in and the dynamic nature of health information management, and the ability to use course management software (Blackboard) to deliver the curriculum and monitor students’ progress.  The elective consists of self-directed but structured modules that guide students through a topic. Topics include information resources (ebooks, drug information, consumer health, diagnostic-assist programs), issues (electronic health records, curriculum, information ethics, comparative health), skills (residency interviewing, time management, statistics), and self-selected activities (special topics and underutilized technology).  Each module provides a structure but also gives students choices when possible. The elective is purposely “decompressed” to encourage students to explore and have some fun while learning.

Title: More than a Handful: Mobile Health Apps and Sites
Author: Kelli Ham
, Consumer Health and Technology Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, UCLA Biomedical Library
Abstract: Using the mobile devices in our pockets, we now have the ability to access nearly all the health information in the world. Thousands of mobile health resources are being marketed to health professionals and consumers: some are high quality, while others contain dubious content. Some are free, and others require a fee. Keeping up with the sheer volume of apps and mobile sites is nearly impossible. By attending this session, librarians will get the inside scoop on the best free apps and sites for clinical resources and consumer-level health information from authoritative sources.  Quick essentials for evaluating apps before downloading will be provided. The presentation will wrap up with ways to keep current with new apps and sites as they become available.

Title: WTF? (Worse Than Failure) – Rethinking Medical Librarianship
Author: David A. Nolfi
(Health Sciences Librarian), Duquesne University
Abstract: What’s Worse Than Failure? Becoming irrelevant. Why the Fuss? We are experiencing sweeping changes in the information environment, world economy, and user behavior. It’s time for medical librarians to question assumptions, rethink decisions, and make bold changes. This Ignite presentation will address why we must: 1. Accept that the Internet does many things better we do; 2. Rely on continuous changes in user behavior; 3. Embrace changes in the information environment; 4. Emphasize mobile content; 5. Cooperate with our competitors; 6. View vendors as strategic partners; 7. Focus on institutional mission rather than library mission; 8. Let go of the past and redefine our roles; 9. Promote ourselves, our libraries, and our profession. To stimulate thinking and interest, this presentation will irreverently introduce these topics using thought-provoking and humorous statements, such as, “It’s the institutional mission, stupid!” and “The 90s called, they want their library back.”  The presentation aims to engage audience members and challenge them to try new approaches and take calculated risks. As medical librarians we need to be Wise, Tenacious, and Fearless. It’s time to face the future or run the risk of facing the consequences and seeing our roles diminished. When we meet these challenges head on, using our unique abilities and skills, we can Win The Future!

Title: P2P…University!
Author: Amy Donahue
(Librarian), Aurora Medical Center Grafton
Abstract: Background (slides 1-7): Peer to peer networking is a  familiar concept in technology circles, but it’s also a growing movement in open education, thanks to Peer-2-Peer University (P2PU), which provides “”learning for everyone, by everyone about almost anything”" (  P2PU has provided a platform where people around the world can learn from each other, with a focus on the use of open tools and resources.  Case Study (slides 8-15): My own experiences as a past participant (in “”The Anatomy of a Web Request”"), as a current co-facilitator (leading a group at the same time that I am learning the content, for “”Intro to PHP”"), and as a future course creator (“”Online Health Information: Beyond WebMD”") provide a look at the different ways individuals can be involved with P2PU (along with some of the challenges).   Conclusion (slides 16-20): P2PU is gaining momentum, and medical librarians have many reasons to be aware of it.  We can take advantage of the platform to reach out to our users when we don’t have access to expensive technology.  We can support its open access initiatives.  And we can learn all sorts of cool new things ourselves for free!

Title: VIVO:  Click…search…discover…collaborate
Author: Hannah F. Norton
(Reference & Liaison Librarian), University of Florida Health Science Center Library
Abstract: Have you ever struggled to find information about research at your institution?  Learn how VIVO solves this problem by enabling research discovery and collaboration.  VIVO is an open source semantic web application designed to showcase faculty members’ interests, activities, and accomplishments through interlinked researcher profiles.  Initially developed at Cornell University, VIVO is being expanded for national use by the University of Florida and six partner institutions through a $12.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.  Navigate the University of Florida’s scholarly environment from within the VIVO interface to see VIVO’s unique browse and search functionality in action.  Experience the interconnectedness of VIVO data, exemplified by visualizations of existing collaborator networks.  VIVO integrates diverse information from trusted sources across an institution and beyond, including people, publications, and grants.  The VIVO project provides a great opportunity for libraries and librarians to engage with faculty and students and further support their institution’s research and practice.  Library staff have taken on leadership roles in VIVO’s development and implementation, harnessing the library’s role as a neutral and trustworthy entity and librarians’ ability to interact with researchers from across disciplines and foster collaboration.  Learn how VIVO can help connect researchers at your institution today and enable the next generation of discovery and collaboration tomorrow.

Title: The Statistics Behind One Library’s Changing Space Needs
Author: Bart Ragon (Associate Director for Library Technology & Development) & Elaine Attridge (Marketing & Communications Librarian), The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Abstract: Library services are evolving and so must our physical space.  As we move into the future, it will become important to configure the space as effectively as possible to best meet patron’s needs and efficiently utilize our resources. Our library is undergoing two projects to help us plan for the future: “Spacewalkers” and “Who Are You?” Spacewalkers was designed to collect data on Library computer usage.  Library staff use an iPad for data collection that is retained in a cloud based storage system. This database is imported into GIS mapping software to provide heatmap representations of computer usage throughout the Library. By defining the hot spots of usage, we hope to evolve our space into the optimal configuration. “Who Are You?” is intended to challenge our assumptions about who is using the Library’s space and when.  By collecting this data we can accurately determine which user groups are predominantly utilizing the library’s physical space. This information will affect the Library’s direct marketing strategy and lead to the potential for innovations with its space. Both of these projects gather data at random intervals to provide a reliable sampling. Preliminary results will be shared from these projects that are one small step for patrons, one giant leap for librarian kind!