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Gail Kouame Selected as NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellow for 2019/2020

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) recently announced the members of the 2019/2020 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. This jointly sponsored program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries by pairing fellows with mentors for a one-year leadership development experience.

GHSLA member Gail M. Kouame, MLIS, Assistant Director for Research and Education Services at Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia was matched with mentor Rick L. Fought, EdD, MLIS, AHIP, Associate Professor and Director of the Health Sciences Library at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

For the complete fellowship announcement, and for more details on the program, please visit NLM’s News & Events Page.

GHSLA Members Publish Article

Congratulations to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Clinical Librarians Kate Daniels, MLIS, AHIP and Emily Lawson,MSLIS, AHIP for publishing an article on REDCap and data visualization in the journal Medical Reference Services Quarterly.

Daniels K, Lawson E. Enhancing Clinical Librarian Work Processes and Communicating Service Impact with REDCap and Data Visualization. Med Ref Serv Q. 2019 Apr-Jun;38(2):187-196. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2019.1588051. PubMed PMID: 31173566.

Abstract: Due to staffing changes, clinical librarians in a large pediatric health care system needed to streamline how user requests were received and how best to handle the shared workflow. This article describes how REDCap and SAS were implemented to improve the management of requests, capture comprehensive user statistics, and convey the value of the library services through enhanced reporting.

GHSLA Members Awarded Grant to Exhibit at Georgia Libraries Conference

Shannon Glover and Tyler Moses received an All of Us Exhibitor Award through the NNLM/SEA Funding Program to exhibit at the Georgia Libraries Conference, the annual joint meeting of the Georgia Library Association and the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology. This year’s meeting will occur October 9-11, 2019, in Macon. At the conference Shannon and Tyler will disseminate information about the All of Us program and how public libraries can support the initiative.

Spring 2019 Meeting Speakers

Ed Sperr, MLIS

A native of Augusta, Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. He has worked in libraries in the Southeast, New England and the Caribbean.

Since developing the interactive tool PubVenn in 2015, Ed has explored the use the of data visualization techniques in several contexts and has presented his work at both regional and national meetings. As the Partnership’s Clinical Information Librarian, Ed provides point-of-care information to the Residents in the Graduate Medical Education program and works with them to develop the skills needed to find and evaluate the information necessary for clinical decision-making.

CE Instructor
Christine Willis, MLIS, AHIP

Christine is the Director of Knowledge Management & Learning Resources at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. She oversees the Noble Learning Resource Center and provides research assistance to clinicians as well as consumer health information for patients and families. Her research interests include health literacy, library services for people with disabilities, and teaching clinicians how to access and evaluate evidence-based research to be applied in their practice.

Christine has been published in multiple library journals. She has taught CE courses for local, regional, and national library associations and at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual meetings. Christine is involved with the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy, Georgia Health Sciences Library Association, Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the Medical Library Association, and several MLA Sections. She is on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Audible Universal Information Access Service. Christine is a column editor for the Journal of Hospital Librarianship and is the current Editor of MLAConnect.

Emily Lawson, MSLIS, AHIP

Emily is a clinical librarian at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has worked in academic and special libraries for 23 years and has found a meaningful and challenging career in hospital librarianship. Her areas of interest include expanding the clinical informationist services at Children’s, supporting the nursing research/EBP initiative, and using blogs to foster evidence-based medicine.

Kate Daniels, MLIS, AHIP

Kate is a clinical librarian at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has worked in medical libraries for 19 years. Areas of interest include supporting the nursing research initiative and electronic resource management and collection development.

For more information and to register for the GHSLA Spring 2019 Annual Meeting, please visit the meeting page here.