Public and Health Sciences Library Collaboration for Community Impact: Lessons from the MS Buddy Project

A webinar on an innovative and replicable project that leverages mobile technology and cross-discipline library references services to connect community members to critical health information.

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When public library and health library expertise combine, amazing things can happen. The MS Buddy service was created by three public library staff members and one health sciences librarian in Utah to connect patients with multiple sclerosis to accurate information and to each other through the use of the mobile technology. Join this webinar to learn about this innovative collaboration, its impact, and ways you can build buy-in for health programming at your library. MS Buddy co-creators will share strategies for identifying sustainable solutions for priority health topics, and provide guidance for working together effectively across library disciplines and locations. Participants will be introduced to the program toolkit, which they can use in planning and partnering to implement similar projects in their communities.

Presented by:

  • Erica Lake, Associate Director, Hope Fox Eccles Health Library, and Associate Librarian, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
  • Katie Larsen, Library Technician, Tooele City Library, Utah
  • Casey Cox, Library Technician, Tooele City Library, Utah
  • Liesl Seborg, Senior Librarian, Adult Outreach & Programming, Salt Lake County Library Services, and winner of the 2016 ULA Librarian of the Year Award

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Related Resources and Links

  • Resources collected through Health Happens in Libraries
  • MSBuddyProject.org
  • MS Buddy overview video
  • MS Buddy resource sheet
  • MS Buddy Resources for Librarians
  • Naude, L., Bergh, T. J., & Kruger, I. S. (2014). “Learning to like learning”: an appreciative inquiry into emotions in education. Social Psychology of Education, 211-228.
  • Living Like You, a real look at life with multiple sclerosis
  • America’s Health Rankings http://www.americashealthrankings.org/
  • Community Commons http://www.communitycommons.org/
  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
  • Kaiser State Health Facts http://kff.org/statedata/
  • National Center for Health Statistics http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
  • Recent studies utilizing tablets for patient education and engagement:
    • Cook, D. J., Moradkhani, A., Douglas, K. S., Prinsen, S. K., Fischer, E. N., and Schroeder, D. R. (2014, April). Patient education self-management during surgical recovery: combining mobile (iPad) and a content management system. Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, 20 (4), 312-317.
    • Greysen, S. R., Khanna, R. R., Jacolbia, R., Lee, H. M., and Auerbach, A. D. (2014, June). Tablet computers for hospitalized patients: a pilot study to improve inpatient engagement. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 9 (6), 396-399.
    • Kim, J. J., Mohammad, R. A., Coley, K. C., and Donihi, A. C. (2015, Sept.). Use of an iPad to Provide Warfarin Video Education to Hospitalized Patients. Journal of Patient Safety, 11 (3), 160-165.
    • Masterson Creber, R., Prey, J., Ryan, B., Alarcon, I., Qian, M., Bakken, S., Feiner, S., Hripcsak, G., Polubriaginof, F., Restaino, S., Schnall, R., Strong, P., and Vawdrey, D. (2016, Mar.). Engaging hospitalized patients in clinical care: Study protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 47, 165-71.
    • Morgan, E. R., Laing, K., McCarthy, J., McCrate, F., and Seal, M. D. (2015, Oct.). Using tablet-based technology in patient education about systemic therapy options for early-stage breast cancer: a pilot study. Current Oncology, 22 (5), e364-e369.
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09 June 2016


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]