WRNMMC’s Darnall Medical Library recognized for its contribution to the advancement of health research

By Alpha Kamara-Command Communications

Darnall Medical Library at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2022 Award for Advancement in Health Sciences Research.

The announcement was made by the Medical Library Association, the umbrella organization for medical libraries, for its dedication and efforts to advance health information research and evidence-based health science practices. evidence.

The Darnall Medical Library, located on the 3rd floor of the WRNMMC Administration Building, is named after Navy CAPT William L. Darnall Sr. He served as Officer in Charge of the National Naval Dental Center from July 1923 to October 1927, and as Officer in charge from August 1939 to April 1941.

In a letter to the library director, the association said: “It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Association of Medical Libraries joins us in offering our sincere congratulations on the selection of your library. as one of the recipients of the 2022 Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Award. Being chosen to receive this award demonstrates your institution’s great dedication and effort to advancing health information research and evidence-based practice in health sciences libraries. We look forward to honoring you at MLA’22 where your library will be recognized for its outstanding contributions to the field of health sciences librarianship.

Ann Holman, director of the WRNMMC Darnall Medical Library, said the library opened following the merger between Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center in 2011. It was renamed with a renewed mandate to be a collection point for medical books. , maximize the use of resources and emphasize the role of technology in library applications.

“We believe information is critical to delivering quality health care,” Holman said. “That’s why we make sure that library services and resources are available to healthcare providers at this hospital and that we order them through electronic journals and databases. We also provide librarians to accompany doctors on patient visits to help them with their research to answer key questions and help researchers write publications,”
Holman expressed enthusiasm for the award, adding that this recognition shows the library’s impact in helping healthcare providers do their jobs quickly and efficiently and helping save lives and supporting research to show their role. in the broader mission of “military medical preparation”.

According to a report by the Chartered Institute of Public Accountancy, the figures for public library closures are high. Over the past five years, nearly 350 public libraries have closed. During this same period, the number of librarians fell by a quarter due to the loss of 8,000 jobs. Public use of libraries has fallen by 16% and in some places book borrowing has halved.

But Holman noted that in military and medical settings, professionals still need to use libraries, adding that technologies now exist to provide around-the-clock library services.

“During the pandemic (March 2020-March 2022), we averaged about eight thousand views per month through our content management system, enabling our consumers to conduct their research, and our staff to respond to many questions online. It includes a patient health education portal, intended to help beneficiaries by providing them with authoritative health information needed to help them recover,” she said.

Sarah Clarke, a librarian who supports research at the library, said she first read the criteria for the award months ago and quickly realized that WRNMMC Library was a great candidate because of the wonderful services it provides to the organization. “We support health knowledge and research inside and outside the hospital every day,” Clarke said.

“Our team within the library also supports evidence-based medicine sessions, ensuring practitioners have the knowledge they need to do their jobs well. We also support research to help publish content to guide patients and healthcare providers who need our help,” added Emily Shohfi, another researcher at the library.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is a global, non-profit educational organization with more than 400 institutions and 3,000 healthcare professionals. Since 1898, MLA has promoted excellence in professional practice and leadership of health science libraries in support of health care, education, and research.

To learn more about the Medical Library Association and the award, click on the following link: https://www.mlanet.org/aim

Date taken: 04.11.2022
Date posted: 04.11.2022 13:05
Story ID: 418254

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