Poster Session 1 – A Few More to Check Out

A few more items from Poster Session 1 on Sunday that I wanted to highlight before wrapping up for the year:

Laurissa Gann, Shamsha Damani, and Stephanie Fulton at MD Anderson shared results from a study of clinical faulty on how they are using their iPads or other tablets. Of 272 responses, almost 3/4 owned an iPad or other tablet, but only 37.1% felt satisfied accessing medical information through the device. Work email was a big driver of use, of more than half were also accessing medical databases, medical articles, and using social media. Notably, 88.6% of respondents were interested in receiving help from library staff in finding and downloading useful information resources and applications. [poster 17]

Donna Kafel et al of Lamar Soutter at UMass described a 7-module curriculum for teaching data management, a hot topic. [poster 117]

Xiaomei Gu et al also took a look at data management, with a needs assessment, finding that more than 1/3 of those surveyed did not get any data management assistance. [poster 270]

Nancy Harger et all also of Soutter had an interesting poster on improving the delivery of culturally appropriate pediatric palliative care targeted to populations in Central Massachusetts and use of their library’s resources. There is a corresponding libguide at with information on countries, ethnicities, religious beliefs, recommended citations, and especially resources focuses on culturally appropriate palliative care. Even if you don’t have the exact collection as Soutter, this is a good starting point for understanding some of these issues! Their guide apparently had >3,000 hits in the first quarter of 2013. [poster 149]

From Yumi Yamashita, a nice snapshot of what librarians in Japan are doing for information literacy of medical and nursing students, noting a problem we face in the U.S. as well, that “librarians didn’t have enough time and opportunities to explain information literacy.” [poster 154]

Dawn Littleton et al of Mayo had a poster on their Native American programs addressing cancer awareness and culturally appropriate materials; more info is online at [poster 197]

Stephanie Swanberg et al posted on a series of events focused on diseases or issues targeted toward cultural competency, and mapping events to the curriculum, med school competencies, national health observances, and university events. For example, an event focused around World AIDS Day. Their poster included attendance details as well. [poster 205]

Barbara Davis and Sheila Hays, in collaboration with nurses, made use of the play format to address issues such as bullying and lateral violence. I wish I could see some of these! [poster 246]

Also, as trend notes, there were several posters on culture and cultural competency, equity, community health, global public health, and literacy, including posters numbered 1, 07, 129, 149, 197, 205, 234, 266, and 298. There were also several posters on systematic review topics, including posters numbered 37, 73, and 254. I’m sure there are others on these topics from other sessions, but these may be a good starting point for browsing when posters are online.

Random tip for poster authors, from an MLA poster blogger: I know it’s seen as wasting paper, but I found handouts such as copies of the poster or related program brochures *extremely* helpful in remembering the details for blogging later. A prominent URL on the poster where it’s possible to follow up for more info is just as useful (assuming wifi access during the conference), and doesn’t waste the paper or take up luggage space.