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AKRON, Ohio, March 29, 2011 - Summa Health System is proud to announce Heather Holmes, information services librarian for the medical library, has been named to the Library Journal's prestigious 2011 Movers & Shakers list.
The 50 inductees to the Movers & Shakers list are the people shaping the future of libraries and communities across the United States. They are innovators who take service to the next level and technology leaders who build bridges between libraries and users. They create positive change during these rapidly changing times.
Dubbed a "Knowledge Warrior" in the Library Journal, Holmes developed an innovative clinical medical librarian (CML) program that takes her on daily teaching rounds at Summa Akron City Hospital with an Internal Medicine team to provide point-of-care reference service. "I serve as an immediate expert to consult evidence-based resources and can often answer clinical questions the team has at the bedside," she said.
This context-embedded service "moves information service beyond the library walls...to elicit and meet information needs at the point of care potentially to shape patient outcomes," says Susan Lessick, formerly the director of the Grunigen Medical Library at the University of California, Irvine (and the one who dubbed Holmes a "knowledge warrior").
All librarians like to believe they have a positive impact on patrons, but in Holmes' realm, that impact can be lifesaving. A few years ago, one very ill patient was admitted to the hospital in multi-organ failure. Though her condition improved within a few days, her liver function tests (LFTs) continud to indicate a high level of toxicity. "I did a search for causes of elevated LFTs in the absence of other known toxins and combined it with our patient's symptom history, which immediately led the team to order testing for arsenic poisoning," Holmes recounts. "The test results were positive. The patient made a full recovery after being removed from the exposure."
Today, it's common for physicians from other departments to stop Holmes in the hall to ask for help. "Library awareness is way up, and I'm busier than ever," she added.
The 2011 honorees were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession's leading trade magazine. Each of the "Movers & Shakers" for 2011 will be prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special luncheon in June during the American Library Association's annual convention in New Orleans. The print feature's companion website is sponsored by OCLC and available at www.libraryjournal.com/movers2011. The luncheon and awards ceremony is made possible by the support of sponsors, including ABC-CLIO, DEMCO, ProQuest, Reference USA, and Rosen Publishing.
About Library Journal
In its 135th year of publication, Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the "bible" of the library world, LJ is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators and staff in public, academic and special libraries.
About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook a twww.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.