Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Good Morning Reference Team!

    Today during opening I changed the black toner in the color printer. I noticed the yellow toner is half way so I am keeping an eye on it. Just wanted to let everyone know! Good day everyone!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How to search the catalog for a particular genre

Since I was just asked about this, I thought I'd write a quickie post about it. There are two ways you can do this:

#1 - This is the easiest way, but it's also more likely to give you a bunch of stuff about that genre, rather than stuff that actually is that genre.

Using this method, you search the genre term as a subject.

#2 - If you find that the first method retrieves too much stuff that's about the genre, then you can use this second method.

Using this method, you type the name of the genre and then {655}. This focuses your search on the particular field in the record that handles genre terms. Make sure you're doing it as a General Keyword search.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Just wanted to let you know that I have just changed the Megenta toner in the Color printer.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Noise Complaints

Hi Reference Team!

There has been an increase in noise complaints for the building during the evening hours.

If you're working in the evenings or late at night, please make sure you are walking around all three floors and checking in on noise levels.

If someone on the main or lower level has a complaint, please direct them to the Quiet Zone upstairs. If the Quiet Zone is loud, please ask the loud parties to keep it down, move to another floor, or ask them to leave if they do not comply.

Please let me know if you have any questions!



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nursing 4410 Assignment (Nursing Leadership/Management)

Hi Reference Team!

Cathy mentioned in Librarian's Meeting that a nursing assignment is circulating this semester which involves mulitple parts.

Here is her advice for helping students with this assignment (they may ask for her but if she's unavailable try to assist them with the assignment):

First: Talk with student about the topic (which focus? which aspect? definitions of terms?)

Second: Task = Evidence-based research regarding a particular management opportunity observed in a clinical setting.  Will need to present synopsis of the setting, problem, personnel involved, etc. Identify possible solutions from the published research, evaluate the solutions using decision-making tools (in their textbook), pick preferred solution & discuss change strategies required to implement solution (see their textbook).
  • Example topics: 

    • Topics = Decrease Code Blue Occurrences in Med/Surg

      • Code Blue = cardiac/respiratory (complications, emergency, critical incident, etc.)
      • Med/Surg = medical surgical (after surgery, step-down unit, perioperative, ambulatory surgery, etc.)
      • Possible first round of searches.  The following is based on the student's preferences.  Each student will be different.
                   surgery                  (maybe choose title field later)
        AND   cardiac arrest         (used to narrow the search)
        NOT   "cardiac surgery"   (added 'cause didn't want to look at this set of patients)
      • Possible second round of searches.  Based on what student saw the first go-round.
             AND    cardiac arrest
             AND    prevent* OR predict*
             NOT    "cardiac surgery" 
    • Healthcare Quality's Impact on Costs

      • Determine with student which costs are being examined: patients? insurance providers? medical provider?  It's probably the last one, but could go to any group.  Depends on what the student wants to do.
      • Be sure the student understands to go to reputable sources & to the original sources like Medicare, Census, etc. & help student locate research articles.
      • Ask student which aspect of health costs he/she plans to use as focus.
      • Possible search terms when looking for possible management solutions related to decreasing costs associated with readmissions.  Each student will be different.
                         readmission* OR readmit* OR rehospital*
             AND    management
             AND    hospital* OR medical OR nurs*
    • Closed Staffing in Medical Surgical Units (benefits/effects)

      • Possible search terms
        AND  closed staffing OR closed-unit OR "closed unit"
      • student will need to define the PICO based on teacher's guidance
    • Decrease Readmissions -- cost an aspect (maybe facilities, maybe patient)

      • Possible search terms to begin looking for articles
                  readmission* OR readmit* OR rehospital*
        AND  management
        AND   hospital* OR medical OR nurs*

Please let Cathy or me know if you have any questions!



Monday, October 10, 2016

Reference Satisfaction Survery

Starting today, October 10th, the library will be conducting our reference satisfaction survey, which will run until we receive at least 75-80 responses.
What this means for you as staff is when you assist users, you should ask them to fill out a survey after you’ve answered their questions. There will be a link on the library’s website to the survey that they can access. 
It is a quick 9 question survey that will take them about 2-5 minutes to complete.
We will also have print surveys available at the upper, lower, and main desks for people to complete if they would rather do so in person.
Please let me know if you have any questions!