Program Session

1 - Developing a Library Clinical App to Bring the Evidence to the Point of Care

Monday, May 29
10:35 AM - 10:40 AM
Room: 612

Objectives: In 2005 Kronenfeld co-wrote an article calling for the development of an "Evidence-Based Health Care" model based upon clinicians in clinical settings accessing "secondary, action-oriented resources to quickly locate applicable answers which can be rapidly review and applied'. The focus of this project was to develop an app to provide access for ATSU students to use in their clinical rotations.

Methods: The Library contracted with Boopsie for Libraries to develop an app to facilitate quick, easy access to quality secondary clinical resources. The requirements for the app were: Rapid access not requiring authentication at each app use; Ability of Library staff to select and update resources included in the app; Functionality with both Apple and Android platforms; Multiple profiles supporting different health fields such as medicine and dentistry. While the Library's Electronic Resource Librarian worked with Boopsie in the development of the app the Library's Liaisons worked with their schools in selecting the resources in their professions to be included in the initial launch of the app. After extensive testing the app was launched with each Liaison leading its marketing to the schools they worked with.

Results: The app was formally launched in July with marketing efforts led by the Liaisons for each of the University's six schools. The initial response has been positive. In the first half of September, the app was downloaded 296 times and 1610 queries were made. In January a six month review of the apps usage will be prepared. In addition, focus groups of students currently in clinical settings will be held to assist in evaluating use cases and usefulness. This evaluation will be used in possible changes in the content and organization of the content in the app.

Conclusion: Clinicians have neither the time, access , or skill to use the primary literature in making clinical decisions at the point of care. The need is for efficient access to quality secondary sources to quickly answer specific clinical questions at the point of care. This presentation will introduce a new app the Library staff developedto support this access to and use of evidence.

Keywords: Evidence-based Practice, clinical settings, clinical rotations, point of care

Program Session

Michael Kronenfeld

University Librarian
AT Still Memorial Library
Mesa, Arizona

Michael Kronenfeld, MLA, MBA, AHIP, FMLA is the university librarian and director of the A. T. Still Memorial Library at the A. T. Still University of the Health Sciences. He received his BA from Duke University in 1971, his MLS from the University of Rhode Island in 1975, and his MBA from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He first received his MLA certification in 1978, and in 1990, when the Academy of Health Professionals was created, he became a member at the Distinguished level. In his over forty-year membership in MLA he has chaired three sections: Public Health/Health Administration Section in 1985/1986, the Hospital Libraries Section in 2000/2001, and the Dental Section in 2007/2008. He also was the recipient in 2001 of the Ida and George Eliot Prize for a work published in the preceding calendar year that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship for his article titled "Hospital Libraries and the Internet Part Two: Focus on the Future" published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association in 1999. In 2003, he was awarded the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship and published the results of his research in 2005 in the Journal of the Medical Library Association in an article titled “Trends in Academic Health Sciences Libraries and their emergence as the "Knowledge Nexus for their Academic Health Centers." In 2004, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island. He has published over twenty-five articles in peer-reviewed journals and in 2004 coauthored a book titled Health Reform in the United States: The Twentieth Century And Forward--Missed Opportunities published by ABC-CLIO. He coauthored a 2nd edition of the book in 2014. In 2016/2017 he is serving as a Mentor in the AAHSL/NLM Fellows program. His professional interests over the past twenty years have focused on the effective use of technology in health sciences libraries to facilitate patron's ability to efficiently access and use quality actionable evidence/information.


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Harold Bright IV

Electronic Resources Librarian
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Mesa, Arizona

Harold Bright, AHIP is the Arizona Campus Branch Manager and the Electronic Resources Librarian at A.T. Still Memorial Library of A.T. Still University (ATSU). Previous to entering the medical library environment, he worked in public libraries for thirteen years in both children's and adult services with his last position being Director of Adult and Teen Services of the Farmington Libraries in Connecticut. He is passionate about using technology to serve the needs of his service clientele. To that end, he developed Spanish language library web services, helped create new online service paradigms at both the regional and local levels (e-books, Nooks, downloadable music) and migrated a public library integrated library system (ILS) to an open source system (Koha). Most recently, he directed the creation of ATSU library's discovery system centered around the Still OneSearch (EBSCO's EDS product) discovery tool and created a Clinical Rotations app for students.

He has served on the national board of REFORMA, the executive board of the Connecticut Library Association, and as a member of the Connecticut State Digital Library Advisory Board. He is the incoming chair for the EMTS section and the alternate MLA chapter rep for MLGSCA. He has presented about technology and language in several venues. He received his bachelor's of Spanish and Latin American Studies from Arizona State University and his MLS from the University of Arizona. He enjoys travel, cooking, and the occasional sci-fi space opera.


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