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Interdisciplinary and Inter-institutional Collaborations: Opportunities and ChallengesJennifer A. Lyon, MS, MLIS, AHIP Health Science Center Libraries University of Florida firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaborate, Collaborate, Collaborate! Transla onal Science ini a ves Researcher networking tools Interprofessionaleducation in medical & health science colleges Speed of communication in the electronic age Emphasis on evaluating research impact Compe on for limited grant funding Volume of informa on evidence-based synthesis of research data Emphasis on community outreach & consumer health educationLibrarians are perfectly positioned to become central to the function of interdisciplinary and collaborative research, education, and practice!
Examples of Recent Projects UF Health Science Center Libraries Medical Education Systematic Review Medical Education Book Chapter IMMS Clinic Project Genetics Student Education Womens Health Outreach Project Data Collaboration
Project 1: Medical Education Systematic ReviewCollaboration on an invited systematic review article: Hammoud MM, Morgan HK, Edwards ME, Lyon JA, White C. Is video review of patient encounters an effective tool for medical student learning? A review of the literature. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2012 Mar; 3: 19-30. Open Access Publication 2,569 views as of 4/24/2013
Project 1: Medical Education Systematic Review MH -Medical Educator/MD (1stauthor) UM HM -Medical Educator/MD (2ndauthor) UM ME -HSC Librarian (3rdauthor) UF JL -HSC Librarian (4thauthor) UF CW -Medical Educator/PhD (senior author) UF/UVA Invited collaboration X Invited HM & CW X Invited ME & JL Study/manuscript lead X (primary) X (secondary) Weekly phone conference X (lead) xxxx Criteria for literature search xxxxx Literature search xx Review literature found xxxxx Determine inclusion in study x x Draft introduction X (secondary) x (primary) Draft Methods xx Draft Results X (secondary) X (primary) x (secondary) Draft Discussion x x Combine sections for full draft X (primary) x (secondary) Review/edit draft xxxxX Finalize manuscript x x
Project 1: Med Ed Sys ReviewOpportunities Development of professional relationships Demonstrate librarian expertise Participate in all phases of the systematic review including authorship Led to involvement in another projectChallenges Planning and coordination; scheduling lengthy conference calls Sharing access to full-text articles between five people at two institutions Melding writing styles and perspectives Tracking drafts and revisions Managing citations
My experience working with librarians on an educational research project was phenomenal. They have superb skills in important areas like applying specific and relevant criteria to literature searching and assessing, and describing the comprehensive yet detailed methods they apply to educational research projects. I was so impressed with their work that once our review/research manuscript was done, I invited them to collaborate on a book chapter. They are a wonderful resource in health sciences education.Dr. Casey White, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Medical Education, Research and Instruction University of Virginia School of Medicine
Project 2: Med Ed Book ChapterCollaborative writing of an invited book chapter: White C, Cooper LA, Edwards ME, Lyon JA. Assessing Learning Needs (Chpt39) in The Oxford Textbook of Medical Education.Oxford University Press. ( in press, April, 2013 )
Project 2: Med Ed Book ChapterOpportunities Librarians invited due to previous success Positive recognition of librarians knowledge in medical education Acquisition of more knowledge by librarians Potential for future collaborative projects Importance of maintaining positive professional relationshipsChallenges First author moved from UF to UVA during start of project Coordinating responsibilities Utilizing multiple communication methods Melding writing styles Tracking drafts and revisions Managing citations
Project 3: IMMS Clinic ProjectInfluencing Patient-Provider Communication And Promoting Patient Self Advocacy Collaborating with an Internal Medicine faculty physician, a medical librarian attended university outpatient clinics in internal medicine and medical specialties (IMMS) to assist patients in finding health information and clarifying questions to ask their doctors. Support from clinic administration, staff and nurses is vital Two grants NN/LM SEA outreach award-funded project Gatorade Foundation via UF Department of MedicineSee Linda Butsonspresentation tomorrow in the 10:30am paper session here at MLA!
Project 3: IMMS Clinic ProjectOpportunities The collaborating physician has promoted the project and library collaboration in multiple venues Inviting librarians to meetings and presentations Involving the librarian in a student mentoring project Involving the librarian in teaching a Medical School class Library received salary support funds & mobile technology equipment Future grant opportunities Valuable experience & contactsChallenges Patients recruitment in clinic waiting room IRB approval can be long and intense process. It always takes more time than initially expected
Librarians contribute expertise and a unique perspective as members of the interdisciplinary team Her role was critical in this work being presented in several venues and being submitted for publication. Thank you!Dr. Rebecca Pauly, MD, FACEP Associate Vice President for Health Affairs, Equity and Diversity Health Science Center University of Florida
Project 4: Genetics Student EducationA librarian collaborated with an academic faculty member from the Department of Biology to enhance an undergraduate genetics class and term project. Librarian participates in teaching and grading Librarian and Professor co-develop a final term project Students collaborate in small groups Students create and defend a poster on a genetic disease Poster session held publicly in library A second librarian with knowledge in educational theory included during publication stage
Project 4: Genetics Student EducationOpportunities Successful embedding of a librarian in the academic classroom Open to bringing in missing expertise Changes evaluated with flexible attitudes Collaboration emphasized as necessary to teaching and learning Increased visibility for the library through hosting poster sessionChallenges Flexibility; recognizing need to change traditional practice Changing practice without compromising students learning Willingness to address lack of knowledge in specialized area University-level instructional requirements may slow change
Project 5: Womens Health OutreachFunded by the National Library of Medicine/Office of Research on Womens Health, this projects goals are to increase research in sex and gender differences in health and basic sciences and to facilitate the growth of a well-trained, diverse, and vigorous womens health research workforce. Five librarians working with multiple partners:The Department of Biology; The Graduate Program in Genetics & Genomics; The College of Medicine PhD Program; The Cen ter for Womens and Gender Studies; The Clinical and Translational Science Institute; Medical StudentsProject Components: Relevant expansion of the HSCLs collection Numerous educational activities Demoing an online Womens Health Research Portal Sponsoring CoLABs(speed-dating for researchers) Womens Health-designated Open Access Publishing Funds
Project 5: Womens Health OutreachOpportunities Develop long-term and strong professional relationships with collaborators throughout the university Foster the recognition of librarians as partners rather than as service providers Demonstrate librarians ability to bring researchers and clinicians from a variety of disciplines together Show value of librarians as partners in high-profile, successfully grantfunded collaborative projectsChallenges Short turnaround time to find collaborators and write grant proposal Coordination of multiple activities and widely-varied collaborators Identifying and communicating roles to all participants
Project 6: Data CollaborationA meeting with UFs Director of Research Computing led to multiple opportunities. HSCL Librarians serving on Data Life Cycle Subcommittee of the Research Computing Advisory Committee Library-wide Data Management/CurationTask Force created including HSCL Librarian (co-chair) Digital Humanities Librarian (co-chair) Director of Research Computing Invited presentations by Librarians on Research Computing DaySee Hannah Nortons presentation tomorrow in the 3:00pm paper session here at MLA!
Project 6: Data CollaborationOpportunities Incidental encounters or meetings can lead to true partnerships when shared interests are discovered. Participating on other disciplines committees can help librarians learn more about their specialized terminology and how they think about shared problems. Bringing non-library-based faculty into a team of librarians may bring a wealth of new knowledge and creative ideas.Challenges As collaborative projects grow, it may be challenging to know who will contribute most by being added to the team. As the group increases the number of its members, it may become slower in terms of decision making
The librarian is the one of the most resourceful consultants that an academician can use when constructing research. In order to provide my peers and the scientific community with robust material, I often use our librarian to ensure that I deliver robust and contemporary material.Dr. Marie-CarmelleElie, MD, RDMS FACEP Department of Emergency Medicine University of Florida
Things Weve Learned Treasure your professional relationships Seize any chance to be at the table Librarians meet lots of people play matchmaker Dont be limited by traditional librarian roles Communicate effectively and often Know your priorities choose wisely Be organized Consult and involve library colleagues Dont worry if some projects fall through the cracks Dont be afraid to try something new Other professionals are excited to be asked to co-author library profession-focused presentations and papers!!
During A Project Plan at the start; define expectations, goals, roles Make and keep deadlines; likely YOU will facilitate Have regular meetings/calls Dont rely on email alone, use phone and meetings, but Take advantage of new technologies for sharing documents and communicating over distances Involve others, seek their expertise and express appreciation, but Dont make the group too big; vary levels of involvement Expect it to take more time than predicted
Thank You!The IMMS Clinic project has been funde d in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Servic es, under Contract No. HHS-N276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Balt imore and Continued with Gatorade Research Funds through the Department of Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. The Womens Health/Sex and Gender Differences Outreach Project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National In stitutes of Health, under Contract # HHSN-316-2012-00028W. Lyon JA1, Edwards, ME1, Tennant MR1,2, Butson, L1, White C3, Norton HF1, Garcia-MilianR1 1UF Health Science Center Libraries, 2University of Florida Genetics Institute, 3University of Virginia School of Medicine