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Dissemination and Impact

The goals of the Research Training Institute (RTI) are to increase research competencies, quantity, quality, and dissemination, and build research capacity among health librarians to contribute to health and library improvements. The RTI Project Leadership Team is dedicated to sharing information and educating the public about the important work of the RTI. The team will share RTI successes, lessons learned, curriculum information, work products, data collection instruments, research results and impact, and reports to inform education and research programs in the library field and educate the public about the role and value of the health sciences librarian–led research.

RTI will communicate information and research findings using in-person, online, and print strategies that reach a broad range of audiences. Face-to-face dissemination efforts will include networking, sessions at professional meetings, and conference presentations. Online channels that will be used include the RTI website, RTI Community of Practice forums (email discussion lists and resource sharing), RTI News, press releases, email discussion lists, social media, videos, photos, and data visualizations. RTI staff and Fellows will also create publications and posters that spotlight significant findings resulting from their participation in the RTI.

RTI Press Releases

IMLS Awards Grant to MLA to Bolster Research Education for Health Sciences Librarians

August 3, 2017

RTI News

Read updates on the RTI News blog.

Data Visualizations

Visualizing the Research Topics of 2018 RTI Applicants, September 5, 2018

RTI-Related Presentations

  • Kloda L, Philbrick J, Lessick S. Reducing uncertainty: building health sciences librarians’ capacity for evidence based practice through a Research Training Institute [PowerPoint slides]. Paper presented at: Using Evidence in Times of Uncertainty: 10th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference; Glasgow, Scotland, UK; 17–19 Jun 2019. 22 PowerPoint slides, color.
  • Lessick S. Research Training Institute (RTI) for health sciences librarians update [PowerPoint slides]. Paper presented at: Adapting | Transforming | Leading, MLA ’18: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA; 18–23 May 2018. 20 PowerPoint slides, color.
  • Philbrick JL, Kloda LA, Lessick S. Elevating health sciences librarians’ research capacity through an innovative Research Training Institute (RTI) [PowerPoint slides]. Paper presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019. 24 PowerPoint slides, color.

RTI speakers at MLA '19

RTI Capstone Experience

Fellows participate in a capstone experience that serves as a culminating learning experience at the end of their RTI program. This capstone experience consists of giving an oral presentation and preparing an electronic poster on their research projects that is shared at a special RTI session at the Medical Library Association annual meeting. Through the capstone project, RTI Fellows apply skills learned during the institute and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, media literacy, goal setting, etc.—skills that will help them build research confidence and readiness so that they are able to use evidence in their professional practice to enhance services and the communities they serve.

2018 MLA RTI Fellows Electronic Posters presented at MLA ’19

2018 RTI Capstone Experience; RTI session at the 2019 MLA annual meeting

RTI Fellows Group at MLA '19

  • Brown Epstein HA, Nylander E, Philbrick J. Theoretical frameworks in the research process. Panel discussion at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Brunskill A, Grinstead C, Gore S. Institutional review boards (IRBs) in the research process. Panel discussion at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Kellermeyer L, Lillich A, Vardell E. Using survey tools (REDCap). Panel discussion at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Lessick S, Philbrick J, Vardell E, Gore S, MacEachern M. Elevate your practice with research: RTI Fellows and faculty share their experience designing and conducting research. [PowerPoint slides]. Session at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019. 10 PowerPoint slides, color.
  • MacEachern M, Suelzer L, Williams N. RTI training impacts on local institutions and professional activities. Panel discussion at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.

RTI Fellows’ Scholarly Contributions

The RTI highlights and disseminates the publications, paper presentations, posters, and awards of the RTI Fellows.

Publications

  • Epstein HAB. Hospital librarian’s contribution to the interprofessional care team. J Hosp Librariansh. 2019 Jan–Mar:19(1):57–
  • Epstein HAB. A Hospital librarian’s contribution to a successful journal club. J Hosp Librariansh. 2018 Oct–Dec;18(4):337–
  • Gillum S, Williams N. Promoting library visibility through creative programing. Med Ref Serv Q. 2019 Aug;38(3)236–51. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02763869.2019.1623616.
  • Gillum S, Williams N, Brink B, Ross E. Clinician job searches in the Internet era: Internet-based study. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Jul;21(7)e:12638. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/12638.
  • Gillum S, Williams N, Herring P, Walton D, Dexter N. Encouraging engagement with students and integrating librarians into the curriculum through a personal librarian program. Med Ref Serv Q. 2018 Jul;37(3):266–75. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02763869.2018.1477710.
  • Mayer AR, Kaushal M, Dodd AB, Hanlon FM, Shaff NA, Mannix R, Master CL, Leddy JJ, Stephenson D, Wertz CJ, Suelzer EM, Arbogast KB, Meier TB. Advanced biomarkers of pediatric mild traumatic brain injury: progress and perils. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2018 Nov;94:149–65.
  • McFarland D, Hlubocky F, Susaimanickam B, O’Hanlon R, Riba M. Addressing depression, burnout, and suicide in oncology physicians. Am Soc Clin Onc Ed Book. 2019;(39):590–8. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1200/EDBK_239087.
  • Munzer BW, Griffith M, Townsend WA, Burk-Rafel J. Medical student- and resident-authored publications in academic medicine from 2002 to 2016: a growing trend and its implications. Acad Med. 2019 Mar;94(3):404–
  • O’Hanlon R, Laynor G. Responding to a new generation of proprietary study resources in medical education. J. Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Apr;107(2):251–7. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2019.619.
  • O’Hanlon R, McSweeney J, Stabler S. Publication habits and perceptions of open access publishing amongst clinical and research fellows. J Med Libr Assoc. 2020 Jan;108(1). Forthcoming 2020.
  • Federer LM, Belter CW, Joubert DJ, Livinski A, Lu Y-L, Snyders LN, Thompson H. Data sharing in PLOS ONE: an analysis of data availability statements. PLoS One, 2018 13(5):e0194768.
  • Sargent L, Nalls M, Starkweather A, Hobgood S, Thompson H, Amella E, Singleton A. Shared biological pathways for frailty and cognitive impairment: a systematic review. Ageing Res Rev. 2018 Nov;47:149–58.
  • Vaughn VM, Saint S, Krein SL, Forman JH, Meddings J, Ameling J, Winter S, Townsend W, Chopra V. Characteristics of healthcare organisations struggling to improve quality: results from a systematic review of qualitative studies. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019 Jan;28(1):74–
  • Young A, Nagaraja V, Basilious M, Habib M, Townsend W, Gladue H, Badesch D, Gibbs JSR, Gopalan D, Manes A, Oudiz R, Satoh T, Torbicki A, Torres F, McLaughlin V, Khanna D. Update of screening and diagnostic modalities for connective tissue disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension. Seminars Arthritis Rheum. 2019 Jun;48(6):1059–
  • Zeigen L. Chapter 4: Review of the literature. In: Forister JG, Blessing JD, eds. Introduction to research and medical literature for health professionals. 5th ed. Burlington, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2020.
  • Zeigen L. Chapter 15: References. In: Forister JG, Blessing JD, eds. Introduction to research and medical literature for health professionals. 5th ed. Burlington, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2020.

Presentations

  • Brunskill A. Accessibility design outside of audiovisual disabilities. Paper presented at: Loyola Digital Accessibility Conference, Chicago, IL; 23 Feb 2018.
  • Epstein HAB, Carnes S, Kenny T, Rutledge H, Steidinger S. Searching clinically: how to search, find, and assess information at the point of care, part 1. Immersion session at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Gillum S, Williams N, Gotschall T. Keeping up with trends in your library: simple and speedy ways to assess users’ needs. Presented at: Southern Chapter Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Orlando, FL; Oct 2018.
  • Gillum S, Williams N, Gotschall T. A year of creative assessment: incorporating micro-assessments into the library. Presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Gillum S, Williams N, Herring PR, Walton D, Dexter N. The personal librarian program: transforming our relationship with our medical students. Lightning talk presented at: Adapting | Transforming | Leading. MLA ’18: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA; May 2018.
  • Lillich A, Strawley G. Citizen science: putting your patrons in touch with discovery. Paper presented at: Mountain Plains Library Association Annual Conference; Wichita, KS; 24–26 Oct 2018.
  • Lillich A, Strawley G. Citizen science for libraries. Paper presented at: American Library Association Annual Conference; Washington, DC; 20–25 Jun 2019.
  • MacEachern M, Anderson PF, Ginier EC, Nix T, Smith J, Song J, Townsend WA. An edX course on advanced literature searching in the health sciences. Paper presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Nylander E. Att forska som bibliotekarie/Doktoranders informations kompetens [Researching as a librarian/Information literacies of PhD students]. Paper presented at: Vård Vet Väst; Jönköping, Sweden; 27 May 2019.
  • O’Hanlon R. Author processing charges: barriers to access, barriers to progress. Paper presented at: The Future Is Open, But How Do We Get There?; METRO Library Council Symposium; New York, NY; Sep 2019.
  • Suelzer E, Neist J, Hurlbut P, Twining S. Librarian involvement in implementing self-directed learning (SDL) in the medical school curriculum. Presented at: Midwest Chapter/MLA 2018 Annual Meeting; Cleveland, OH; 5–8 Oct 2018.
  • Suelzer E, Neist J. Library and instructional design methods to improve student information seeking skills in self-directed learning. Presented at: Innovations in Healthcare Education Research (IHER) Conference: 25 Apr 2019; Milwaukee, WI.
  • Townsend WA, Anderson PF, Ginier EC, MacEachern MP, Saylor KM, Smith JE. Common barriers to replicability and retrieval in systematic review search strategies. Paper presented at: Adapting | Transforming | Leading. MLA ’18: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA; May 2018.
  • Townsend WA, MacEachern MP, Conte ML. Standardizing documentation and curation practices to improve reuse of data from structured searches and systematic reviews. Paper presented at: Adapting | Transforming | Leading. MLA ’18: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA; May 2018.
  • Townsend W, Saylor K. Leveraging our strengths: building capacity for sustainable integration into systematic review projects. Lightning talk presented at: Adapting | Transforming | Leading. MLA ’18: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA; May 2018.
  • Vitale E, Gogan A, Lillich A. Elevating health equity: Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Immersion session presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Zeigen L. Searching education literature. Presented at: Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Symposium on Educational Excellence; Portland, OR; 5 Apr 2019.

Posters

  • Blackie M, Hirshfield L, Sufian S, Brunskill A. Mapping the (mis)alignment between medical humanism and health humanities in medical education: a scoping review. Poster presented at: Mapping the Landscape Symposium, Chicago, IL; 20–22 May 2018.
  • Brunskill A. The expectations, priorities, and preferences of students with disabilities when seeking accessibility information on academic library websites. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Brunskill A. Using Excel formulas for systematic review search: time savings, error reduction, and carpal tunnel relief. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Byrne, CA, McNeil AT, Brunskill A, Koh TJ, Fantuzzi G. Expression of genes and proteins in the skeletal muscle of individuals with cachexia: a systematic review. Poster presented at: 11th Cachexia Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands; 7–9 Dec 2018.
  • Davies K. Librarians as teachers: researching an educational knowledge gap. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Deady-Edwards C, Thompson H, Schilperoort H. Promoting LGBTQ+ information and resources in an urban dental school setting. Poster presented at: APHA 2019, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo; Philadelphia ,PA; 2–6 Nov 2019.
  • Epstein HAB. Online journal club format conducive to an interprofessional team. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Gibson D, O’Hanlon R. COI, oh my: the current conflict of interest (COI) landscape and the potential role of information professionals in supporting research quality. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Gogan A, Vitale E, Lillich A, Latta ED, Franco N, Leaf B, Coghlan, K, Glusker A. Collaboration and innovation: the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NNLM’s) nationwide online Wikipedia edit-a-thons. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Grinstead C. Nurses’ experiences and perceptions of using online resources for patient and family education: a qualitative interview study. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Hoogland M. How medical students discover and use medical information tools. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Kahili-Heede M, Hishinuma E, Kasuya R. Medical students and Wikipedia editing: implications for information literacy and social responsibility. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Kellermeyer L, Strand M. Factors affecting clinical referrals to the medical library. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Lillich A. Fostering community: developing an online community of practice for health sciences librarians. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Nylander E, Hjort M. How can we help? information literacies of doctoral (PhD) students in the health sciences. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Nylander E, Hjort M. PhD students and information literacy in the health sciences: a scoping review. Poster presented at: Using Evidence in Times of Uncertainty. 10th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference; University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK; 17–19 Jun 2019.
  • O’Hanlon R. “I want to be open, but how can I?”: publication habits and perceptions of open access amongst clinical and research fellows. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • O’Hanlon R, Pinotti R Nicolas B, Stribling J. How lit is it? an analysis of research approaches in health sciences libraries. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Pfister S, Malmsten C, Twining S, Suelzer E, Hurlbut P. Using self-directed learning (SDL) to teach sex and gender medicine to second-year medical (M2) students. Poster presented at: Sex and Gender Health Education Summit; Salt Lake City, UT; 8–10 Apr 2018.
  • Roth R. Understanding the information needs of needs of Florida International University–affiliated psychiatry medical residents: a case study. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Suelzer E. Still feeling the effects: a citation analysis of the highly cited, retracted article on measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines and autism. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Suelzer E, Neist J. Librarian feedback loops improve medical student self-directed learning. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Thompson H. Technology trends and preferences of doctor of dental surgery (DDS) and dental hygiene (DH) students. Poster presented at: AEA 2019, American Dental Education Association Annual Session & Exhibition; Chicago IL; 16–19 Mar 2019.
  • Townsend W, Ginier E, MacEachern M, Saylor K. Frequency and effects of search strategy characteristics on relevant article retrieval in systematic reviews. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Williams N. Trends among personal librarian programs in medical and academic health sciences libraries. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ’19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.
  • Zeigen L. Measuring the curiosity continuum: Oregon physician assistant perspectives on curricular and non-curricular contributors to their lifelong learning, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice. Poster presented at: Elevate! MLA ‘‘19: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL; 3–8 May 2019.

Grants and Awards

  • Brennan E, Dexter N, Gillum S, Walton D, Williams N, Herring P, Gotschall T. Medical Library Association Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant [unsponsored research]. Feb 2018.
  • O’Hanlon R. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting Travel Grant. 2019.

Data Collection Instruments

Data collection instruments are tests, questionnaires, inventories, interview schedules or guides, rating scales, and survey plans or any other forms that are used to collect information. The RTI will develop, collect, and share data collection tools used in, and relevant to the studies of institute participants, and various evaluation processes of the institute. More information will be available in the future.

RTI News

RTI Fellow Shares Experience in South Central Connection


Congratulations to the 2019 RTI Fellows!


RTI Fellows Share Experiences at NNLM MCR Webinar


RTI Fellow Shares Experience in Blog


Visualizing the Research Topics of 2018 Research Training Institute Applicants