Wednesday, February 24, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Rainbow Community Room, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital,
The February SLA/NorASIS meeting was held at Rainbow Babies and
Children's Hospital in Cleveland. Michelle Foss, the then-librarian,
hosted the event at the Pediatric Learning Center. The Learning
Center is for the use of physicians and researchers only (250 physicians,
40 medical students and 75 residents). A family resource center
exists to serve patients, families and is staffed by social workers.
The University Hospitals library serves the other hospital groups
and provides all technical services for the Learning Center, freeing
the Rainbow librarian to focus on customer service.
Foss's roles were many and included a variety of high-tech skills.
She served as Webmaster of Rainbow's page, updating the content
at least monthly. Peer-reviewed medical sites for doctors co-exist
on the page with fun sites for kids and informative sites for parents.
She was specially trained and is certified in installing, troubleshooting
and maintaining the technical equipment in the videoconference room.
The hospital uses the system for consultations, seminars, depositions,
meetings and continuing education. Foss designed the conference
space, with acoustic tiles, a wedge-shaped table so all particpants
can be seen easily and a range of lighting variations to best suit
the work at hand. Among the features of the high-tech gear, the
system allows Internet searching, use of the Microsoft Office suite
and email to be sent back and forth. The cameras can be manually
operated or voice activated. A "smart board" provides chalk-board-like
screen space on which to write or diagram what's written which can
be saved and sent like email. An x-ray viewer is attached as well,
so physicians at remote locations can consult with Rainbow experts.
A projector captures pictures and text placed in its path for on-screen
group viewing. Foss said demand for the system is great and growing;
she expected the hospital would need to expand its facilities soon
if such growth continued.
Additionally, the Learning Center has 8 computers set up for the
doctors to use, and they can bring their laptops and connect to
the network as well. Print sources can be found here as well; journals
line the walls surrounding the main room. For sources not on site,
the Learning Center uses the hospital library to interlibrary loan
material it chooses not to acquire.
Minutes taken by Helga