Category: health care

Faculty perceptions of library consultations topic of study

One-on-one research consultations are a standard service in academic libraries that consume significant library resources. However, there is a noticeable lack of scholarship attempting to evaluate research consultations. The body of literature that does exist is primarily comprised of detailed analyses of usage statistics associated with the consultations (number, time, patron demographics), surveys gauging user […]

Brody develops session on predatory publishing for prestigious dental research conference

The landscape of scholarly publishing is changing with the shift from print to online and the introduction of open access journals, typically funded by author fees, to ensure free access to all. This environment has given rise to “predatory publishers” that engage in deceptive practices to make a profit. Consequently, researchers must be able to […]

Research assists state policymaking

Working with grant funding from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and DBHDS, health sciences research librarian Talicia Tarver researched cost-saving and ways for Medicaid providers and employers to offer family and peer recovery and counseling services. This work is part of the Workforce Initiative project with DBHDS.   The project’s goal is to justify enhanced […]

Exhibit celebrates history of pharmacy in Virginia

The VCU School of Pharmacy’s Heritage Trail is a new and permanent exhibition in the lobby of the R. Blackwell Smith Building that documents the history of pharmacy in Virginia.  The project began in 2018 with the development of a video summarizing aspects of pharmacy history from ancient times to today, and is narrated by […]

VCU Health Hub at 25th hygiene supply drive

The VCU Health Hub at 25th will host a hygiene supply drive in partnership with the Richmond Public Library to benefit those experiencing financial hardship and housing insecurity. The drive will be held Oct. 28-Nov. 30 with collection boxes at James Branch Cabell Library, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Institute for Contemporary Art at […]

Evidence-based nursing expert Roy Brown serves on key course redesign team 

In 2018, faculty members from the School of Nursing proposed redesigning a critical course in the curriculum–Nursing 371, which focuses on evidence-based practice. This core course, a requirement for graduation with a B.S. in nursing, is taken by about 300 students each year.   Using evidence in clinical decision-making is a key aspect of nursing practice that […]

Fresh approach to doctoral program broadens Tompkins-McCaw’s role in health professions graduate education

Lauretta Cathers, Ph.D., the program director for the College of Health Professions’ (CHP) Ph.D. Program in Health Related Sciences (HRS), reached out to Research Librarian Talicia Tarver of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. Tarver and Cathers also enlisted assistance from Data Management Librarian Nina Exner, to help provide library instruction for a hybrid-online […]

VCU’s medical librarians share knowledge with national network

During a library site visit from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) office in 2018 Director Tony Nguyen and Executive Director M.J. Tooey met with librarians from Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.  Site visits like this are common and allow VCU to showcase to the NNLM SEA the work […]