Newsletter of the Hospital Library Services Program
Long Island Library Resources Council
For the third year running, the HLSP annual conference has been a resounding success. Dean of Stony Brook University Libraries Constantia Constantinou kicked off the conference with thoughtful and informative opening remarks. Next, Distinguished Professor Nancy Tomes delivered her interesting and dynamic keynote “Nuisance or Necessity? Historical Perspectives on the ‘Informed’ Patient.” It’s believed that with the rise of Google came the incarnation of the “Informed Patient,’ or patients that use resources to learn about their health concerns and possible treatments outside of their doctor’s guidance. Professor Tomes’ discredited this myth by presenting a historical perspective on the resources and methods that patients used to inform themselves before the internet was made readily available. After the presentation, there was a lively discussion where conference participants had the opportunity to ask Professor Tomes questions and share their experiences as informed patients.
After lunch the group took two tours. The first was a tour of Stony Brook University Library’s newly renovated North Reading and Central Reading Rooms led by Laura Costello, Head of Research and Emerging Technologies. Stony Brook University Libraries are committed to being user centered; nothing showcased this more than when Laura Costello showed the group about the “shared services model” in action. The library’s main information desk is covered by a student employee, a librarian, and an access services employee. Having such a diverse information desk ensures that any question a user may have can be addressed by the right person. The conference ended on a high note with a visit to Stony Brook University’s Special Collections and University Archives. Kristen J. Nyitray, Director of Special Collections and University Archives graciously showed the group some of the more interesting materials, including a letter written from George Washington to spies operating on Long Island.
HLSP 3rd Annual Conference Continues the Tradition of Success!
Volume 31, Number 1
Facing Your Demons
If you can Imagine being haunted by anxiety inducing voices then you might understand what it's like to suffer from schizophrenia. Now imagine that voice can come to alive and you can have a conversation with it, literally putting a face to the voice. This volume’s Tech It Out features a new kind of therapy being developed by professors from King's College London and University College London where patients converse with avatars that represent the voices that trouble them. Visit the below link for more information
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Penny for your Thoughts
With the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, researchers look to phage therapy to cure infections. Phage therapy uses viruses that are capable of targeting and destroying specific bacteria as an alternative to antibiotics. How would you feel about receiving phage therapy? See video for more information:
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