Beyond the COM: Library Staff at MLA 2014

This poster is now displayed outside the library!

This poster is now displayed outside the library!

Three weeks ago, members of our library staff had the opportunity to interact with other medical library professionals outside of the College of Medicine at the 2014 Medical Library Association (MLA) conference. This year the annual conference was held in Chicago. The UCF College of Medicine was represented by Nadine Dexter, the director of the health sciences library, Deedra Walton, Michael Garner, Kerry McKee, and Melodie Gardner. The theme of the conference was Building Our Information Future. Supporting that theme, the UCF librarians presented a poster entitled “Leading the Way to Building a Foundation for College-Wide Workplace Wellness Programs: A Model for Health Sciences Libraries,” showcasing the part that wearable technology could have toward creating a culture of workplace wellness (this poster was the result of our year-long Fitbit study!).

presentationIn addition to the presentation of the poster, the conference was a great place to meet with the vendors of the resources that the library uses and network with our fellow librarians to exchange ideas on how to better serve those that use our services. Melodie took a couple of continuing-education courses; she found “Statistics in Libraries” and “Becoming an Expert Searcher” to be very informative.  Everyone attended sessions on topics such as mobile technology in medical education and clinical services, marketing and branding the library, systematic reviews, the role of metadata in medical libraries, and patron privacy.

On top of all this was the culture, food, and skyline of the host city. All of this added up to make the annual conference an interesting and impactful event that the attendees will not soon forget.

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Congrats to our Workplace Wellness Study Champions!

Last Thursday marked the final meeting and end of our 8 month Workplace Wellness Study and Fitbit experiment. If you’ve seen more faculty and staff walking the grounds than usual these past few months, it’s because these folks were participants in our study. Participants from the various COM departments were divided into three teams: The A-Team, Team C-Ya, and the PF-Flyers. Each team was encouraged to log as many steps as they could on their Fitbit. There are many wearable fitness trackers out on the market, but we liked this one the best. The Fitbit monitors sleep, and even logs how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, amongst other neat features. A social media component is built in so you can keep track of how your friends are doing with their steps. Some study participants had the Fitbit One, while a few others tried out the Fitbit Flex.

 

The A-Team

The A-Team

Team C-YA!

Team C-YA!

PF-Flyers

PF-Flyers

Monthly, the team leading in the step count would get bragging rights and a trophy displayed at the library front desk. As an added incentive to do your absolute best, the team with the most wins (or most steps in the event of a tie) at the end of the study would be awarded 15 minute chair massages for each team member as a prize for a job well done.

Overall, all three teams managed to log some impressive numbers! Over the course of the study, A-Team members accumulated a total of 17,331,502 steps. Steppers in the PF-Flyers managed 10,978,218 steps. Lastly, members of Team C-Ya buckled down to generate an impressive 19,369,327 steps!

All together, our three teams had a combined step count of 47,679,047 steps. That’s about 23,839.5 miles (assuming an average mile is about 2,000 steps), which is about the distance of traveling from Orlando to Japan, coming back to Orlando, and then going back to Japan when you realize you miss the culture too much.

How could you possibly want to leave something as cute as this?

Seriously – Hello Kitty in a kimono. How could you possibly want to leave something as cute as this?

Everyone did an excellent job, but there had to be a winning team. With 4 monthly wins over the course of the study and the most steps, the winner of our Workplace Wellness Study was Team C-Ya! Hope you enjoyed the massages, guys.

Our Winners!

Our Winners!

A poster will be presented by a few members of our library staff at the upcoming Medical Library Association 2014 conference in Chicago. It will detail some of the highlights of the study, as well as demonstrate for other medical libraries how they can integrate this sort of program into their own work. Look for a follow-up post about the MLA conference in a few weeks to get a glimpse of the poster (or swing by the library at the end of May to see it up close on display)!