Librarian Impact on Patient Care Management


Librarians and library resources can have a positive impact on patient care management. According to a 2011 systematic review of clinical library services, 78% percent of studies revealed a significant and positive effect on patient care1. Librarians can also help clinicians manage one of their most limited personal resources…time. Patient care generates two questions for every three patients seen2, and librarian involvement in answering those questions has been shown to reduce time and lower costs3.

Today’s clinical librarian offers more than just literature searching and can be a valued member of your team. A librarian can join you for rounds, assist in preparation for case reports or journal clubs, and create tailored learning sessions for you and your team of clinicians and support staff. To learn more about the ways a librarian can help you, contact

Megan Nunemaker
Clinical Librarian

1. Brettle A, Maden-Jenkins M, Anderson L, et al. Evaluating clinical librarian services: A systematic review. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28(1):3-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00925.x; 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00925.x.
2. Covell DG, Uman GC, Manning PR. Information needs in office practice: Are they being met? Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):596-599.
3. McGowan J, Hogg W, Campbell C, Rowan M. Just-in-time information improved decision-making in primary care: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2008;3(11):e3785. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003785; 10.1371/journal.pone.0003785.

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Making Things Happen: An Exciting New Partnership Between CMHSL and PHS

We are thrilled with our new partnership with the library and hope our collaborative efforts address needs of our colleagues across the health system for more information about basic statistics and introductory research questions.  Research is a team science and our goal is to connect researchers with the expertise they need! – Ruth Gaare Bernheim

Gretchen Arnold, MLS, Director of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library (CMHSL), and Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS), have long recognized that the Library, with its strong service model, visibility, and accessibility, could be a central point in the Health System for finding needed research expertise.  In the fall of 2013 their vision became reality when Gaare Bernheim approached Arnold and generously offered to fund the staffing of a pilot consultation service for one year.  Soon after a PHS/CMHSL working group began meeting to ensure that the partnership would meet shared goals.  According to Arnold, “The Library was thrilled to provide the space and equipment and we were especially delighted to work with statistical consultants who share our service goals.  It’s a perfect team and shows how creative minds can make things happen.”  

The new service is called Public Heath Sciences @ the Library and it is now open for business on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between noon and 4pm on the first floor of the Library.

Aaron Pannone and Xinqun Wang

Aaron Pannone and Xinqun Wang

I sat down recently to discuss the service with Aaron Pannone, PhD, and Xin Qun Wang, M.S., Senior Biostatistician, the two members of PHS who are providing their expertise.

What types of research support do you offer?

Aaron:We are here to answer introductory questions about research, data, and statistics.  Folks come to us with questions such as:

  • What sample size would I need to use?
  • What is a research question?
  • How can I collect and store this data effectively?
  • How design or conduct a chart review?

Who is eligible for the service and how do they contact you?

Aaron:  Medical and Nursing school faculty, residence and fellows, students associated with the Health System, lab personnel, and other Health System staff. They can drop by here on the first floor of the library, Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon and 4pm, or they can go to the Bioconnector website where there is a link to a form.

How is this service at the library different or the same as what you do back at PHS?

Aaron:  In numerous courses I teach research skills to masters students and undergrads in a classroom setting, and I also mentor masters students who are doing their individual projects, so the library consultation focuses on similar questions, and the same skills, just in a different teaching setting.

Xinqun: I agree.  Not much difference except that we are giving advice rather than formal teaching.  In the library we offer free advice intended to jump-start a research project or connect researchers and students to others who can provide help with their questions.

Any surprises so far?

Aaron: No surprises and it’s all been interesting to meet researchers. We’ve seen students, faculty, house staff, and other staff.  We have a lot of experience in this area so, so far, it’s all been anticipated.

Xinqun: I was a bit surprised at how many students from the SOM have been approaching us. The nature of my job is not student focused, but now I have the opportunity to serve them and I have observed so much excitement about the research process.  It is very satisfying to work with students and others who are beginning research projects and professional careers.

Final thoughts?

Aaron: We are excited to be able to meet people in the library.  It’s been fascinating to get a glimpse of all the great research that is going on in the health system.

Xinqun: I agree.  This has been a very exciting opportunity and we look forward to meeting more Health System colleagues embarking on a research project.

As for future plans, there are a lot of ideas being tossed around.  Everyone agrees that workshops will likely be developed around the types of questions the service generates, and there is talk about developing online “Learning Spots” or tutorials.  Arnold and Gaare Bernheim agree that what you see now is just the beginning of a great partnership.


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Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, M.D.

netter_signatureOn March 25, 2014, the University of Virginia will host “Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, M.D.”, a presentation by Francine Mary Netter. The artwork of Frank H. Netter has been featured in countless medical publications over the past 80 years and, today, Netter’s illustrations of human anatomy are still widely published across the globe. His work is such a common part of medical textbooks and atlases that in the health sciences community the name “Netter” has become synonymous with anatomical illustration.

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New E-books for March

ocn829459867Listed below are some recent additions to the Library’s growing collection of electronic books.   Click on the linked title to browse a table of contents or read the full-text.  A more comprehensive list of e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page.  Want to recommend a book for the Library’s collection?  Submit your requests using the online Purchase Recommendation form.

Aging and Heart Failure
Before we are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects , 8th Edition
Cancer Drug Design and Discovery, 2nd edition
Clinical Interviewing
Concussions in Athletics
Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, 2014
Diabetes Management in Clinical Practice
Essentials In Elbow Surgery
Essentials of Stem Cell Biology, 3rd edition
Evidence-Based Neonatal Infections
Evidence-Based Pediatric Oncology
Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2014
Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sucrose and Health
Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th edition
Life’s Vital Link: the Astonishing Role of the Placenta
Medical Imaging: Essentials for Physicians
New Mechanisms in Glucose Control
Perioperative Standards & Recommended Practice for Inpatient & Ambulatory Settings 2014
Practical Pharmacology for the Pharmaceutical Sciences
Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis and Clinical Management
Radiology Illustrated: Spine
Sleep Medicine in Neurology
Virus Hunt: the Search for the Origin of HIV/AIDs

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Online Journal Club Now Available

Health System nurses working on evidence-based projects have a new tool to assist them as they collaboratively evaluate journal articles. Thanks to the work of Kelly Near, the Library’s Nursing & Patients Liaison Librarian, and the Library’s team of Web experts, Health System users now have access to an online journal club, The questions used in the online form are based on the Professional Nursing Staff Organization’s Evidence Based Practice Template. The online version of the template provides enhanced opportunities for collaboration, as club members can meet and comment virtually, thus removing the barriers of time and location from club participation. After selecting an article, the reviewer reads and critiques it, based on the questions prompted by the online form. Once the review is complete, a link to it can be emailed to others, inviting them to read the article, the critique, and then add their own comments.

If you would like to learn more about the online template, contact Kelly Near via email, , or phone, 434-924-1607.


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Artifacts from Historical Collections: The Yellow Fever Comic

Who will save us from the Yellow Jack? Image from the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Box 51 Folder 27.

Image from the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Box 51 Folder 27.

Move over Avengers. Move over X-Men. There is a new team of superheroes in town and they are gearing up to save the world. They are the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission!

Most people associate comic books with the exploits of fictional superheroes like the Avengers and the X-Men, but comics have been used to tell other kinds of stories. In the Philip S. Hench Yellow Fever Collection, we have one comic that tells the story of how the U.S. Yellow Fever Commission proved that mosquitoes transmit yellow fever.

The comic was published in 1941 in the first issue of True Comics—a comic book series that was based on the idea that “Truth is stranger and a thousand times more thrilling than FICTION.” The creators of the series used the comic book medium to retell historical and contemporary non-fiction stories for young audiences.

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Lights! Camera! Action! Videos!


There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the Health Sciences Library maintained a large collection of video materials, mostly in magnetic tape formats now extinct: remember VHS, U-Matic, and Betamax tapes and the bulky equipment one needed to view them?  Fast forward to the present day and you will find none of these video formats anywhere in the Library.  However, it is a fact that our video collection today is larger than at any time in the past.  Videos of laboratory procedures, physical examination techniques, medical and surgical procedures, nursing care procedures, diagnostic tests, and routine patient care abound in the many online journals, books and databases the Library licenses.  The following is intended to be a guide to help you to locate and use this video content.

AccessMedicineAccess Medicine
Video content in Access Medicine is fully searchable, and can also be browsed in  categories such as, Bedside & Office-based Procedures, Diagnostic Tests Treatments & Procedures, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Physical Exam. Video content is also arranged by body systems: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, neurologic, and others.

Access SurgeryPrint
As its name implies, the video content in Access Surgery focuses on surgical procedures, operative techniques, infection control, intraoperative and postoperative complications, and anesthesia techniques.

The wide array of medical books and journals available through ClinicalKey is only part of what this product offers.  Over 17000 videos are available on a broad range of medical and surgical topics.  Videos are searchable and browsable in ClinicalKey  and are often linked to related texts.

JOVE: Journal of Visualized ExperimentsJOVE
JOVE builds upon the traditional peer-reviewed journal format to include videos of experimental procedures and protocols, accompanied by textual descriptions. Each article is built around a 5- to 10-minute video describing procedures and protocols. The goal is to allow researchers to re-create the techniques described, with the videos providing more clarity than would written directions alone.  The University of Virginia currently subscribes to the General, Bioengineering, Clinical & Translational Medicine, Immunology & Infection, and Neuroscience sections of JOVE.

And the best part is… no rewinding is ever necessary!

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Revised How Do I on Sharing Folders in RefWorks

The latest iteration of RefWorks included some changes to the steps for sharing folders.  Here is our revised How Do I that will guide you through those changes.

HDI RefShare

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Noise Cancelling Headphones Available

IMG_2659Need to get away, but can’t?  Come to the library and check out a pair of our new Creative HN-900 noise cancelling headphones and relax to some music or listen to a podcast.

Here’s some product information from the box:

“Active noise cancelling technology reduces surrounding noise by up to 85%. Inline microphone with a one-click button for call functions with an iPhone, and music controls with an iPad or iPod.”

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New E-books for February


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Listed below are some recent additions to the Library’s growing collection of electronic books.   Click on the linked title to browse a table of contents or read the full-text.  A more comprehensive list of e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page.

The ASCRS Manual of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists
Autoimmune Diseases
Cancer Genomics: From Bench to Personalized Medicine
Clinical Anatomy of the Spine, Spinal Cord, and Ans
Dictionary of Cell & Molecular Biology
Emergency Orthopedics: A Manual on Acute Conditions of the Locomotor System
Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics
Fenichel’s Clinical Pediatric Neurology
General Surgery Risk Reduction
Haschek and Rousseaux’s Handbook of Toxicologic Pathology
Manson’s Tropical Infectious Diseases
Mastering Scientific and Medical Writing
National Kidney Foundation Primer on  Kidney Diseases
Nuclear Medicine
Nutrition in Kidney Disease
Placebo and Pain: From Bench to Bedside
Practical Management of Pain
Principles of Biomedical Informatics
Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders
Surgical Innovations in Glaucoma
Tidy’s Physiotherapy
Yen & Jaffe’s Reproductive Endocrinology

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