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Building Capacity for Sustainable Innovation

Session: Building Capacity for Sustainable Innovation

I attended this morning session on Monday, May 19. Each talk was so different that it’s difficult to summarize it in one or two paragraphs. The overarching message from these presenters: Libraries and librarians must approach challenges with creativity and courage.

Building Bridges: Sustaining Innovative Services to Support Internal Efficiencies in a Collaborative Partnership

Presented by Stevo Roksandic, Library Director, Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, Ohio

Stevo presented on the collaborative partnership between the health sciences librarians within the Trinity Health system. Stevo launched the OHIOWA program where the health sciences librarians in Ohio would virtually support their partner librarians and healthcare professionals in Iowa (hence the name, O-H-I-O-W-A). Initially librarians were concerned this partnership would lead to lay-offs but Stevo was able to demonstrate that the additional support would actually enable librarians to provide more consistent service across the two systems.

Stevo shared this fun tip: OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE – it all depends on how you see it! (Opportunity is now here? Opportunity is nowhere?)

Welcome to the Family! Enjoying Massive Organizational Change

Presented by Heidi M. Nickisch Duggan, Deputy Director, Galter Health Sciences Library, Chicago, Illinois

Northwestern University, including the Galter Health Sciences Library, underwent a tremendous amount of change in leadership. This included changing the library reporting structure and making the library a division of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). Heidi acknowledged that this new partnership has been extremely supportive and productive. In addition to the dean of NUCATS being a library champion, Heidi found that the library shared with NUCATS a vocabulary and a similar mission to collect and disseminate knowledge and information which facilitates communication and strengthens their collaboration.

Galter’s experience is an excellent example of what can be achieved when novel relationships are formed through shared vision and goals. By speaking the same language the library created a new partnership with NUCATS and, together, advanced the institutional mission.

Building the Future: Rejecting, Rethinking, Redoing, and Rejuvenating Medical Librarianship

Presented by Martha Meacham, Library Fellow, Lamar Soutter Library, Worcester, MA

Martha Meacham and Molly Higgins are the inaugural fellows at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The fellowship was developed in the face of some harsh facts: budget cuts, declining statistics, rising costs, and “traditional” library work rapidly changing. Library leadership chose to develop an entirely professional staff – support and technical staff were laid off and recent graduates and new professionals would be the focus for new hires. The fellowship aimed to give new graduates necessary work experience and prepare them for a career in academic health sciences libraries. It spans two years, rotates through all areas of the library, and has a research component as well. Martha and Molly have been involved with the development of this program – they meet regularly with mentors and supervisors, work with an evaluation consultant to evaluate the program, and the fellows will be surveyed over five years after completion of the program to mark their progress.

How do we keep young professionals engaged? How do we support them and encourage them to think creatively about the future of health sciences librarianship? Positions like this give young professionals a chance to gain exposure to different areas of the field and really apply their skills where they are best suited.

Balanced Scorecard in Libraries: Libraries Can’t Effectively Change What They Can’t Measure

Presented by Dean Hendrix, Assistant Director, University Libraries, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York

The balance scorecard is a strategic planning execution tool. It allows for users to quantitatively track their progress towards goals and maintains accountability throughout. Dean Hendrix spoke about the benefits of using this approach at his institution. Dean found that staff really own the metrics and it’s difficult to hide from the cold, hard truth of numbers.

What would Dean have done differently? He would have opted to educate staff about the Balanced Scorecard in smaller groups with a more carefully crafted message. Instead they discussed in in “town hall” like forums which, he believes, was not very effective.

Session sponsored by the Leadership and Management Section, Co-sponsored by the Hospital Libraries Section, Medical Library Education Section, and New Members SIG

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Plenary 3: Janet Doe Lecture

This year’s Doe Lecturer was Margaret Moylan Bandy, an accomplished and experienced hospital librarian and longtime MLA member.

Though Margaret said she deliberated about whether or how much of her personal journey to share, I’m glad she decided to share about her personal experiences and evolution as a health sciences librarian. After all, hearing about Margaret’s journey IS hearing about the history of our profession since she has lived and experienced so much over the course of her career. We’ve come along way since Margaret had to lug around her 30 pound Texas Instruments Model 725 for MEDLINE searching demonstrations!

Margaret spoke about librarianship as a vocation, not just a profession, a sentiment many in the audience seem to share.

Margaret encouraged us to proactively seek out and maximize opportunities, rather reactively solve problems. Problem solving doesn’t provide results, it prevents issues. Look for those opportunities!

The main crux of her speech was to encourage us to be flexible, be agile and “pivot.” When you pivot, you have the stability and support of the one foot while with the other foot you gain ground. We cannot cling forever to our sacred cows, we have to pivot ourselves into the future to keep relevant (and employed!). Specifically Margaret mentioned two new-ish roles for librarians which she acknowledged aren’t really new, but are taking on ever greater importance and relevance. These roles center around patient safety and health literacy. I thought this was particularly interesting because they echo the recommendations of Dr. Carroll about where there is space for librarians to show their value to their institutions and administrators.

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NLM Theater Presentations

The NLM Theater puts on a series of 20 min sessions on a variety of topics. All of the sessions are put on at least twice throughout the conference and some are put on three times. At each of the sessions they had a raffle for a prize. I couldn’t make it to all of the sessions, but I went to as many as I could and will provide a brief summary of the ones I made it to. Here is a list of their sessions.

 

Using ClinicalTrials.gov to Find Research Results Not Available Elsewhere
Rebecca Williams gave the presentation on clinicaltrials.gov. Clinical Trials has over 165,000 registered clinical trials and observational studies with over 12,000 of those available on the website. This collection consists of both private and federal studies at all stages. Studies are registered at the beginning, updated when no new participants are being allowed in, when the study is complete, and when results are available. Each record is made of two sections. The first is the registration section which includes the protocol of the trial and recruitment information. The second section is the results section where the results are displayed on a table. Not all studies will include their results.
Where do these studies come from?
Researchers submit their information when they start their trials. It is important to point out that publishing results in this collection will not interfere with publication in journals as long as the results are published with the registration record. In fact, most medical journals require registration of all clinical trials, and some are mandated by federal law.
What can you do with clinicaltrials.gov?
  • Find potential trials for you or your patrons to participate in. It could be a place for you to refer patrons who are looking for different treatment alternatives.
  • Track progress of trials.
  • See what kind of trials are going on.
  • Find investigators and centers that are doing research on a particular disease.
When you search clinical trials you can use the advance search option to limit your results in a variety of ways including only studies accepting patients or only those with results.
If you want more information or want to learn more, you can email register@clinicaltrials.gov. Your local NNLM also provides classes.

Modernizing History: The New (and much improved) IndexCat interface
This session was about the new IndexCat. Stephen Greenberg told us that there are 3.7 million citations XML downloadable. The new IndexCat is fast! It also has a new record display and format. The collection is made up of five series based mostly on the age of the material. Series 1-3 are complete while series 4&5 are still incomplete.
Stephen gave us an overview of how to search the new interface. The searching is full-text keyword, there is no controlled vocabulary. Some exciting upgrades to the IndexCat searching include Boolean functions, phrase searching, and truncation searching. One thing they are still working on are journal titles. Journal titles would change and often the journal editor would be cited rather than the journal title. This makes for an ugly situation but they are working on ways to make searching for journals in IndexCat easier.

Still Scanning After All These Years: New Digital Projects from HMD
Stephen gave the presentation on new digital projects from the NLM History of Medicine Department (HMD). He started his talk by admitting that the search engine of the Medical Heritage Library is not the best, but it is being upgraded. As for the scanning, that it’s good. They use a Kirtas scanner. These scanners are pretty cool and can turn book pages on its own (check out some videos online, they are fun to watch), plus they have a cold light source so they are safe for the materials. HMD turn the pages by hand since many of their books are fragile and they don’t want to risk damaging the books. The scanner produces a tiff file which is then uploaded as a PDF.
Many people assume that the fragility of the materials would be the major issue, but in reality the main concern is copyright. If the NLM has a document you need that isn’t online they will scan on demand for DOCLINE requests. These requests usually only take about a week. One thing to note is that the entire book will be scanned and sent to you as a PDF even if only a chapter or a few pages were requested.
Due to the complexity of journal metadata, journals haven’t been scanned. This is changing very soon! Some journal scanning will be starting by the first week of June. They are also doing incunabula.

NLM Resources Used In Disasters
Elizabeth Norton, Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, and Maria Collins presented on using the NLM in disaster situations.

We all know that librarianship is a service oriented career. The Stafford Act federally recognized this by making libraries eligible for federal assistance for temporary facilities in case of a disaster.
The NLM Disaster Information Specialist Program provides “support for librarians providing disaster information outreach to their communities.” In the case of a disaster there are roles librarians can take. These include:
  • Aggregate information
  • Develop FAQs
  • Develop helpful apps
  • Act as call centers and charging stations
  • Monitor social media
  • Authenticate news and information
Next, Mary talked about the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) which was started after the Katrina disaster. Many major publishers provide resources for free to be used after a disaster. In order for the Initiative to be turned “on” at least 5 health sciences libraries in the area need to lose access to biomedical literature for at least two weeks. If these conditions are met then there is free access for four weeks with a possible renewal. An example is NYU which actually was not able to take advantage of this resource due to it’s local support. These materials are not open access, they are only for those impacted by the disaster. To date the EAI had been turned “on” five times:
  • Haiti 2010 earthquake
  • Pakistan 2010
  • Haiti 2010 cholera
  • Japan 2011
  • Philippians 2013

After all these occurrences the data was analyzed. It was seen that book literature was used more than journals. The most popular books were drug books and trauma books depending on the event. In the case of Japan radiation books were added. Data is analyzed after each event.

PubMed Update
Marie Collins gave us the update on PubMed. Some stats include: 23.7 records, 5667 journals, and mobile searches have increased to 430,000.
One problem that was talked about is that of disambiguating authors. One solution to this is adding affiliation information for all authors rather than just the lead author. You may not notice this at first since it is a collapsed option. You can easily open them up to find the information. You can also change a setting in MyNCBI to make the default not be collapsed. Another solution to the author problem is the unique author identifier which comes from the publisher. There is a new field to search this identifier. Finally, there is a “computed author” search. If you click on an authors name in an abstract you will get articles written by that same author.
Other upgrades:

  • The history function has been updated with the query now showing keywords rather than the search #.
  • You can now also delete individual searches from the history.
  • Recent activity is stored for six months and can be searched, sorted, and added to collections.
There are interface changes too:
  • Relevance sort!
    • The algorithm is available in Help for anyone to see
  • Cited by systematic reviews
    • In the right hand of results of results display
    • Links to resources that cite a study
  • LinkOut to PubMed Health
  • Schema:all
    • This “rescues zero results searches” by doing a modify search of all terms in all fields
    • Results in two searches showing up on the search history
  • Old Medline can be searched in two ways
    • Oldmedline[sb] searches the subset of 400,000
    • Jsubsetom searches entire two million
  • New catalog filter for journals currently indexed in Medline
  • PMCID-PMID-manuscript ID-DOI converter is available on the homepage

If you need any assistance the PubMed help desk is very helpful. Also keep your eye open for PubMed training classes.

PubMed Health
Hilda Bastian gave this presentation on PubMed Health. PubMed Health provides help with finding systematic reviews and help with understanding them. The PubMed Health collection consists of systematic reviews, knowledge translation, and education materials. Systematic reviews have a few basics that qualify them as systematic reviews:

  • Ask structured, pre-specified question
  • Have systematic methods
  • Methods aim to minimize bias
  • May or may not have quantitative synthesis / meta-analysis
The resources in PubMed Health come from a variety of places including DARE, Cochrane, and health technology assessment (HTA) agencies.

 

RDA One Year Later
Cataloging is not my area of expertise, so I am just going to provide some key points I got out of this presentation:
  • There were no catastrophic problems!
  • RDA is principle based rather than format based
  • RDA makes a true representation of an item
  • There was lots and lots of prep for implementation
    • Daily upload from LC authority files updated
  • Vocabulary changes were necessary for RDA
  • Guidelines are available in the RDA Toolkit

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I really wish I had been able to attend all of the events, the NLM definitely puts on some great sessions.

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Your Dream CE – Submit Ideas Today!

At Monday’s MLA meeting for Section CE Chairs, we had a chance to meet and talk with MLA CE and Professional Development coordinators Debra Cavanaugh and Kathleen Combs. Are you a Section CE Chair and couldn’t attend? Check in with Debra at mlapd3@mlahq.org to get the scoop on ways you can share your section’s CE interests.

MLA Members: What topics would you most like to learn about this Fall?

MLA members are in luck! Last session’s webinars were so popular that another series of 5 webinars will be repeated in the Fall! This series will be available at a low cost to MLA members. *If you miss out on registering before they close, recordings will be available following the webinars.

What topic would you like to see covered in a Fall 1.5 hour webinar?  Send your suggestions ASAP to MLA CE Coordinator, Debra Cavanaugh at: mlapd3@mlahq.org

Looking for other learning options in the meantime?

Explore MLA’s Professional Development page including information on CEs that you can suggest for your Chapter or work place, AHIP (Academy of Health Information Professionals) program, and more.

 

 

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Monday and Tuesday Sunrise Seminars Review

There is always a day at MLA when it all gets away from me. I get so caught up in the paper sessions, visiting posters, and meeting with vendors that I forget to blog. Monday was that day for me this year. So I apologize for not getting you an early morning preview. But I did attend two awesome Sunrise Seminars.

On Monday I attended Swets’s Coffee Talk which was focused on patient-centered care. As a clinical librarian, I’m always looking for new ways to get involved indirectly with patient care so this was clearly of interest to me. It turned out to be an awesome session because Swets was interested in hearing what we had to say for once. They did share some information about their products but they really wanted to know what we thought and how we could apply it in our institution. I’ve never been asked to really give feedback like that and I really appreciated it. They also gave out Starbucks gift cards to those of us who were able to contribute to the conversation at 7:00 AM. I thought that was a nice touch. There was a huge breakfast spread which I also really appreciated. Note to vendors: it’s the little things that matter to us – asking us questions, giving us participation gifts, and providing us with terrific breakfasts. :)

The conversation was very good and lots of different sorts of librarians had lots to contribute. I got a couple of great ideas for new ways to get involved in patient care, how to better incorporate myself into IT, and I was very interested in how Swets was helping librarians with their statistics and usage so we can better present it to those that make the decisions and give us money. Overall, I was glad this was the Sunrise Seminar I chose to attend and it was definitely worth getting up so early.

Tuesday I joined pretty much everyone else at the Cochrane Sunrise Seminar. The seminar was presented by a librarian who doesn’t work for Cochrane (although she had in the past). I enjoy hearing from librarians at these sorts of things because I know that the information I’m getting is relevant and not just a sales pitch. I guess Wiley doesn’t really need to pitch Cochrane since it’s so popular as demonstrated by the huge attendance.

I was most interested in Cochrane’s Journal Club. It’s apparently been around for awhile, but since I only just got involved in my hospital’s Internal Medicine residency program’s journal club, I had never heard about it. I think looking at a Cochrane review would be a nice change of pace, plus Cochrane has already put together lots of information like PowerPoint slides, discussion questions, and a podcast. That’s way more than what our normal journal club discussions include, so I’m sure our chief residents and program director will like this idea since it will take some of the burden off of them. I love being able to take ideas like this home and I’m looking forward to sharing this idea.

If you attended any of the Sunrise Seminars on Monday or Tuesday, what did you think? Please share in the comments!

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Posters: Collections, Scholarly Communication, and More

Today’s collections are not our grandmothers’ collections, and librarians involved in collection (resource) development, analysis, and management may work in various scholarly communication areas as well.  The wide scope of 2014 posters shows work in collection analysis, promotion, development of discovery tools and portals, as well as scholarly communication areas.

MLA units staffed their posters on Sunday, and some posters remained hanging in the Hyatt’s Gold Level hallway during the meeting days. In collections and related areas, functional sections such as the Collection Development Section (Sunday poster 242) and the Technical Services Section (Sunday poster 257) display how they have focused and worked in these areas for years. Other sections and special interest groups (SIGs) may work on scholarly publishing analysis projects through their subject prisms.

In the main poster area, some posters depicted more “traditional” (familiar) collections activities, including analysis of print collection age (Tuesday poster 186), comparison of print and e-book use (Tuesday poster 216), product comparisons (evaluation of evidence-practice summary databases in Sunday poster 18 and  drug interactions in databases in Monday poster 89). The currently popular collection building technique of patron –driven acquisitions is explored in Tuesday poster 162.

Promotion of a nursing product at point of care is depicted in Sunday poster 10, and linking physicians to evidence-based point of care tools is seen in Monday poster 78. Tuesday poster 225 shows new technology to push out content, while  portals and discovery tools (hopefully) led users to licensed and free resources as described in Monday poster 84 and Tuesday poster 206.

Scholarly publishing trends in one area (book reviews) was examined in opthalmic journals (Sunday poster 35). Scholarly productivity topics were popular:  nursing bibliometrics  in Sunday poster 31, Institutional author scholarly productivity analysis in Sunday posters 16 and 20, and Monday poster 93. Posters highlighting work done in analysis of scholarly publishing impact and altmetrics include Sunday poster 5, Monday posters 92, 93, and Tuesday poster 152 .A number of posters depicted research data management plans, initiatives, analysis of various scholarly publishing services for and resource needs of researchers that go beyond the scope of this short overview.

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In the area of scholarly communication, Sunday poster 15 drew the eye, since it wasn’t relaying a scholarly communication experience or publication research per se. Rather, it showed the need for and the birth of a new (separate) conference (Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship), scheduled to take place, interestingly, the month prior to the 2015 annual MLA meeting. It is nice to see that academic health sciences librarians are involved in the emergence of a new specialized scholarly communication conference, yet one hopes that future interest and MLA posters on this topic won’t diminish either.

This was an attempt to hone in on some 2014 posters on collections (resources) and scholarly communication (scholarly productivity analysis) topics. If some posters described here have already been taken down, read more about them by going to: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/mla/. Click on the “posters” link to view abstracts. Or visit the ePoster Gallery.

 

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Ovid Party at the Hyatt

Social Butterfly, wrapping up the evening!

My third stop on Monday night was the Ovid party in the Hyatt.

And you know, a lot of parties have dancing. They pretty much all have drinks. They pretty much all have some manner of food.

But if you want a party where you know without doubt you can count on a live band full of energy, food and drink around the edges, and a crowd of dancing librarians in the center of the floor? You MUST go to the Ovid party. Just follow the music on whatever floor of the conference hotel has a big ballroom…you’ll find it.

The Ovid party was a great last stop of the night for me, because honestly I cannot stay up much longer, but it got me just the right amount of worn out. (I have to pack–I’m leaving tomorrow and will miss the closing reception! If any aspiring Social Butterfly wants to blog it, get it touch with me and I will post it for you. You could be famous. At least, as famous as I am.)

The music is loud, so this party is pretty terrible for conversation, but you don’t go to talk. You’ve had plenty of chances to talk. You go to this party if you want to have a couple of drinks and dance (or just boogie gently in your seat and watch your colleagues dance).

I could barely look at food by this point in the evening, but I did enjoy the classic Chicago deep dish pizza (also thin crust for those who prefer a little less dough), the fresh steamed veggies, and the caramel popcorn. There were, of course, also plentiful drinks at open bar stations around the ballroom: I think it’s fair to say no one went thirsty.

The band played a good mix of older and newer songs, all with admirable energy and enthusiasm, and the dance floor was packed the entire time I was there. (Yes, I danced. Perhaps you noticed my spirited moves set to “Footloose”? If not…you missed out.)

This was definitely at least one of the Places to Be on Monday night.

I have been uniformly pleased by the social events at MLA ’14 (sorry I missed Library School Reunion, the JAMA party, the Armadillo Ball, PEPID wine tasting, etc…I am only one woman!). I’ve had a lot of fun, met a lot of fellow librarians, and enjoyed my fair share of the food and drink that Chicago has to offer.

Thank you Ovid, and thank you, Chicago!

I have loved being your Social Butterfly for MLA’14…even if I am a bit worn out and ready to crawl back into my cocoon right now.

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JoVE Party at Gruen Galleries

Social Butterfly Take Two!

After leaving the AAAS event, I headed out to the Gruen Galleries, where JoVE (the Journal of Visualized Experiments, for those not in the know) was holding a party.

I loved this location! It was not exactly next door to the Hyatt, but it was worth the walk (I walked it in about 20 minutes: a cab would of course be quicker). The galleries are located in a former candy factory, so there’s lots of beautiful open space showcasing lovely abstract and landscape artworks. The old, creaky wood floors and exposed beams are very industrial-vintage-chic.

I got a fairly bad photo of the location:

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Perhaps this will convey a tiny snippet of the charm of the place. Or not. If it looks, bad, ignore that–it’s my lousy camera phone making everything look drab and gray.

In addition to circulating trays of appetizers (which I was unfortunately too full of candy and Cracker Jack from AAAS to really enjoy), there was a live jazz band setting a nice mood. They took a break at one point in the evening to allow Adam Ruben, a science comedian, to entertain us. (Sample math pun: “I wanted to know what percentage of alcohol was in my mouthwash, so I read the label, but it wasn’t listed. Apparently the proof was outside the text of this Scope.”) Apparently we were a reasonably geeky audience.

The JoVE folks were very charming and welcoming, and again, I loved the location even if it took a bit of effort to get there. This was a smaller party that was well worth the effort.

Many thanks, JoVE!

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AAAS Event at A Kerry Simon Kitchen

Social Butterfly blogger reporting for Monday!

The AAAS reception and panel has become a cherished tradition at MLA (at least for me, and I think for others considering the enthusiastic attendance), and I was excited to attend in Chicago. The event was held at Chuck’s A Kerry Simon Kitchen, which apparently is a local institution.

I was incredibly pleased to find that the appetizers at the reception were fresh salty pretzels and mustard, hot dogs, popcorn, Cracker Jack, and a variety of candy bars with Chicago connections, including Butterfingers, m&ms and Jelly Belly jelly beans. Seriously, I love candy. An entire party focused around candy is my kind of deal. They could have shown us the appetizers, thrown some journals at us, and shown us the door and I would have been happy. (Kind of puzzled, but happy.)

In this case, the event was actually focused around an informative panel of experts who spoke about scientific topics like Big Data and genomics. I will not attempt to relate the content, because that would add a sober, educational note to my otherwise flighty reports about social occasions, but I will say that I always enjoy this event because it’s nice to hear from people who are working directly with the information that we work so hard to store and make available. Hearing how researchers are working with data, as well as how libraries are managing challenges associated with its access and storage, is always fascinating.

Following the panel there was a “real food” reception for those who hadn’t filled up on pretzels and candy, and an opportunity to mingle and talk with other attendees. The Kerry Simon Kitchen location was faintly Gothic and glamorous, with dark paneled walls and high ceilings.

My main complaint regarding this event is that my Social Butterfly schedule was very full tonight, and so I had to leave early and I missed the sundae bar.

This is pretty much the lowlight of my day. I can only take comfort in the fact that I brought about 5 candy bars away with me for the plane ride tomorrow, so I will not lack for sugar.

Still…I missed the sundae bar! Truly a sad moment for me.

Other than that, I have no quibbles. As noted, I always enjoy the AAAS event, not only for the food, wine and conversation, but also for the chance to hear from researchers on various topics within the broad audience for Science journals.

Thank you, AAAS! I hope to see you again next year.

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When an Opportunity Doesn’t Go As Planned

As one of the three poster bloggers, it’s my pleasure to highlight just a few of the many wonderful posters presented today at the Monday poster session.

The third, and final, poster I visited at length was #148 “When Flipping Flops: Piloting a New Method for Evidence-Based Practice Instruction” by Heather L. Brown of McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

Smiling woman standing next to a poster

Heather informed me that she was excited to have the opportunity to try out the currently all-the-rage teaching method of flipping the classroom with her Evidence-Based Practice instruction.  She and I discussed how, although flipping the classroom is currently discussed a lot, how it actually works out in library trainings is not.  She, thus, was uncertain going in as to how well it would work or what her students would think of it.

For those who don’t know, the idea of a flipped classroom is to have the students read the material and watch the lectures ahead of time, so that the classroom time may be used for interactive learning and discussion.  Essentially, the students will do the lecture at home and group homework in class.

What Heather found was that her flipped classroom did not go at all the way she was anticipating.  Of 70 students, only 9 watched the video ahead-of-time.  She found she needed a contingency plan, yet didn’t have one and had to think on her feet, creating a lecture on-the-fly, since not enough students had done the work for the interactive group aspect of flipping to work.

In spite of this, in her own words, flop, Heather remains optimistic about flipping classrooms.  She is taking her experience and applying it to a flipped classroom again next year.  Her primary change will be, instead of static videos, the students will be required to do interactive modules ahead-of-time.  She is hoping this will increase the percent of students who complete the work ahead-of-time.  Additionally, Heather pointed out that in a traditional classroom, we really have no way of knowing how many of the students at the lecture at actually listening and paying attention enough to absorb the information.  She pointed out that in a flipped classroom, even if a student doesn’t do the work ahead-of-time, they still end up engaged in active learning, which will increase their knowledge anyway.

I was impressed at how Heather jumped right in when she saw the opportunity to flip her classroom, as well as how she is willing to keep trying until she gets the flipped classroom formula that works for her students.

You may view the eversion of Heather’s poster here.

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