On Tuesday, warm sunny weather was enticing two levels above, yet the last poster session in the exhibit hall was well-attended. It seemed fitting that the multi-authored poster 201 “Tools for Building Our Information Future: Emerging Technologies Vital to Medical Libraries” reminded us of the 2014 annual meeting theme one more (or almost last) time. There were so many posters and so little time. Here are a few posters at which I paused and talked to the presenters.
Poster 192, “The History of Traumatic Brain Injury in the Medical Literature since World War II” showed literature survey results of terminology and indexing over time. TBIs are seen (or health personnel are trained) at the military institutions employing the three co-presenters. Poster 167 highlighted the library’s role in “Preserving Osteopathic History: The Challenge of Converting Media Formats to Digital”, that helped a museum solve an outdated format problem.
Poster 182, “Supporting National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Compliance for Translational Science Researchers, a Collaboration with the Weil Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center” used numbers (evidence) to tell the story of visibly improved submission compliance rates. (There was also poster 154 was “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy: A Learning Opportunity”).
Poster 190, “The Future of Gray Literature Use: Analyzing Sources and Formats in Occupational and Environmental Health” displayed Nancy Schaefer’s research, part of a larger Public Health / Health Administration Section project. In poster 215, Barbara Cosart showed some interesting survey results in “What is Important to Chapter Members? A Survey of Members in One Chapter”.
Poster 191, “The Golden Hour: A Library’s Role in Connecting First Responders to Critical Disaster Medicine Information” described a university grant-funded project that was a county partnership. The information was not literature (links may come in phase 2), but local experts and their contact information.
Poster 207, “Undead PubMed: Raising the Dead to Raise Class Attendance” featured a presenter in costume, and illustrated how a video with elements from popular culture can “jazz up” a staid class. In Poster 199, Robert A. Cagna showed the significance of “The United States Breast Cancer Research Stamp”. A personal story (a family member with cancer) and a hobby (stamp collecting) provided an opportunity to show medical history and ”develop” a different consumer health educational tool. Poster 221, “Yoga, Spagetti Squash, Art Collages, and Shooting Hoops? Building Sound Minds and Healthy Bodies in the Library” showed a library using its “place” for non-traditional health events and activities for students. A question that I forgot to ask: did yoga mats, game sets, etc. come out of the “supplies” or the “collections” budget? (Note: there was also poster, 198, “The Unfunded Worksite Wellness Program”).
All of the posters are now removed and the exhibit hall has closed down. Posters continue to be popular at MLA annual meetings. Visitors stop by at staffed and unstaffed posters, so poster authors, please keep those posters hung up “for the duration”! To read more about the 2014 posters, go to: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/mla/ and click on the “posters” link to view abstracts or visit the ePoster Gallery.