Poster Sessions

Posters will be presented during an evening reception on October 25. This will be a venue for sharing ideas on new projects, services, research, or to network with people facing similar issues.

Poster Listing

Collaboration Improves Health Information Resources for the Community

Lisa Jacob, Advocate Library Network

The Advocate Library Network provides health information to more than 1,800 members of the community each year. To improve access, the Library Network assisted the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Women’s and Children’s Health Resource Centers to develop web-based catalogs. A meeting with area public library staff increased awareness of the resources and facilitated a new referral process for community requests.

Developing the UIUC Library Health Information Portal

Mary Beth Allen, Applied Health Sciences Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
UIUC Library Health Information Working Group

This poster will demonstrate a new approach to organize the Library’s research capabilities, content, expertise, and services into a Health Information Portal, which will serve as the preeminent source of information for the diverse array of disciplines that revolve around health and health professions. Although UIUC does not support a major medical school, significant research to improve human health is undertaken in a variety of departments. Likewise, UIUC does not have a major medical library, yet a number of its departmental libraries offer research capabilities, content, expertise, and services that advance the work of health researchers. Because collections and expertise are distributed among several libraries (ACES, Applied Health Sciences, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Education and Social Science, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine), there is little cohesion in the presentation of content, expertise, or services. There has been no unified place, either physical or virtual, to which users can go. The new Library Health Information Portal is a unified virtual place that brings together information that supports basic, applied, and translational research activities on campus. Our goal is to create and maintain a single portal through which faculty, students, researchers, and the community can access critical resources; connect with new and emerging scholarship; and develop forums for communicating with one another, linking critical research and data.

Health-E Illinois: Your Online Source for Illinois' Healthcare Services, Facilities, and Providers

Mary Klatt, Loyola University Health Sciences Library
Jeanne Sadlik, Loyola University Health Sciences Library

This poster details the Health-E Illinois Project. Health-E Illinois is part of a federally-funded initiative to link users of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's consumer health information website, to health services and providers in their communities. Health-E Illinois will enable the public anywhere in Illinois to visit the MedlinePlus website for information on a health topic or condition and then link directly to the Health-E Illinois database to locate related healthcare services in their own county or zip code. How the databases was created is described on the poster.

Images in Nursing Education: Graham Hospital School of Nursing 1909-2007

Michelle Quinones, Graham Hospital School of Nursing Library

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the School of Nursing, the Library staff has embarked on a historical project to commemorate a century of nursing education here at Graham. The project involves two very different phases to preserve the past of the School.

The Library houses a small historical collection of documents and photographs. A grant from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Library of Medicine has been received to provide equipment to scan and digitize these resources. They are currently being scanned, preserved, cataloged and archived within the Library. These images are then uploaded to an Illinois history website called Digital Past, which is a project of the North Suburban Library System.

While preserving the documents collected over the years, another valuable source of information and memories became apparent--our alumni. The project grew to include oral histories from our Graham graduates. To date, twenty-two alumni have shared wonderful memories of their years at Graham. Much of the information and perspective heard through these interviews is not available anywhere else. They are a unique addition to the preservation of the School of Nursing history. The staff has been working toward the goal of interviewing ten alumni from each decade. Graduates from the 1930’s through 1980’s, have been interviewed. We hope to complete this phase of the project in time to celebrate 100 years of existence in 2009.

Infection Control and the Library

Karen Douglas, Passavant Area Hospital

There is more to hand hygiene than soap and water. From research to implementation, the Library plays a role in the hospital-wide push to promote awareness. Evidence based research assists in changing policy and attitudes for improved patient safety.

Managing LinkOut with the SFX Link Resolver

Stacey Knight-Davis, Booth Library, Eastern Ilinois University

After using the LinkOut Library Submission Utility for several years to manage full-text access in PubMed, Booth Library discovered that more journals can be linked faster by using a link resolver to generate a holdings list for LinkOut. In addition to the savings in staff time, using SFX makes it possible to link to journals from publishers that do not participate in LinkOut. For non-DOCLINE libraries, including Booth Library, using a link resolver also allows easy access to interlibrary loan forms from PubMed. However, the most attractive feature of link resolvers is that they can be added to almost any database. For example, with a link resolver set up, library users can find a citation in an EBSCO database and then link to the full text in Ovid. All governing members of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) can implement SFX as a member benefit. Non-CARLI institutions have several link resolver products in addition to SFX to choose from for purchase.

Podcasting in an Academic/Special Library

Arlis Dittmer, Blessing Health Professions Library
Podcasting came to Blessing in January when we began recording faculty lectures during snowstorms. That initial project turned into a research project on the educational merit of podcasting, which was augmented by LSTA grant funds. At the same time, physicians were asking for a better way to hear/see information from CEs they were unable to attend. Blessing Health Professions Library became "Podcast Central"!

PolkTalk: Opening the World of Libraries to People of All Languages

Joe Sciacca, Lincoln Trail Libraries System
Michelle Ralston, Lincoln Trail Libraries System

PolyTalk opens the world of libraries to people of all languages. PolyTalk provides access to a network of bilingual volunteer interpreters in over 35 languages. Library staff can access a database of interpreters who are willing to be contacted by telephone to assist in communicating with non-English speaking patrons. PolyTalk also includes a multilingual Language Kit covering basic library interactions in 30 languages and an attractive poster with the word "Information" in 34 languages. PolyTalk helps library staff provide full access to library services to all patrons, gives staff confidence in communicating with users across language barriers, and enables the library to project a welcoming public image to all users. This session provides information on registering library staff, recruiting interpreters, using the PolyTalk database to locate interpreters, and using the PolyTalk Language Kit. Further information is available at the PolyTalk website at

Pollution Prevention Information for Health Care Facilities

Laura L. Barnes, Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Joy Scrogum, Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Health care facilities have a large environmental footprint. There are a wealth of information resources available to help hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and doctor's offices improve their environmental performance and their bottom line.

Using Digitized Primary Sources from the Library of Congress's American Memory Collection to Enliven Nursing Issues and History Curriculum

Paul Blobaum, University Library, Governors State
Shirley Comer, University Library, Governors State University
Catherine Tymkow, University Library, Governors State University

Faculty from Governors State University were chosen to receive technology training and develop web based education projects incorporating digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress' American Memory Collection. Using a constructivist framework, three web-enhanced projects, which are works in progress, were developed to illumine and enliven nursing's history for today's learner. These projects utilize digitized primary sources, which are defined as documents or other sources of information created at or near the time being studied. Use of primary sources is not common in nursing and represents a new approach to enhancing nursing curricula. The three nursing projects are: Nursing Licensure, Legislation, and Nurse Practice Acts - Shirley Comer, Advocacy and Health Policy-Nursing's Legacy and Future - Catherine Tymkow, and Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke, An Illinois Civil War Nurse - Paul Blobaum.

Methods: The GSU AAM project (Now called Teaching with Primary Sources) is innovative in its approach among other AAM programs by supplying each participant with a laptop computer, digital camera, and USB flash drive, in addition to training and support in using the Library of Congress website and web publishing. Each author makes a commitment to use the experiences of this project to enhance current pedagogical techniques directly in the classroom, mentor colleagues for one year, and disseminate the results of their scholarship.

WorldCat Local: Discovery to Delivery in One Package

Pat Boze, Lincoln Trail Libraries System

Lincoln Trail Libraries System and 23 other libraries around the state are involved in a pilot project utilizing OCLC’s new product, WorldCat Local, as a next-generation OPAC interface. WorldCat Local, while locally branded, provides search results and online circulation status for an individual library’s holdings as well as regional and global holdings. WorldCat Local also incorporates statewide FirstSearch databases, locally-purchased databases, and bibliographic records in one search result . In Illinois only, WorldCat Local is also utilizing a link resolver product to move customers directly into full-text resources owned by each library. This poster session will demonstrate the Illinois version of the WorldCat Local interface and showcase the research and development done on this project to date.