Kaleida Health Libraries Receive $60,000 Grant

Released: 7/2/2012
Kaleida Health Libraries have been awarded a one-year grant in the amount of $60,000 from the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund to support a Sewell Learning Partnership, a fellowship experience that will enable the libraries to recruit a clinical informationist (CI) to work embedded among the clinicians in the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI).   

A CI is a health sciences librarian possessing expert knowledge of health information resources, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to provide cutting-edge, evidence-based services to the clinical staff with whom s/he will work. The duties of the CI will include research support, literature searching, review and selection of resources, and instruction in the use of health information materials and programs. The CI also will provide value-added consumer health information services to the patients being treated in the GVI and Buffalo General Medical Center and their caregivers.  

Since the patient care and research enterprise at the GVI will emphasize cross-specialty, multidisciplinary collaboration instead of the traditional “silo approach” to practicing medicine, the CI will serve an overarching role in linking clinicians and researchers to ideas and the evidence needed to bring the concepts to fruition.

Next steps include having a Fellow on board by September 2012, which is stipulated in the Sewell Fund requirements. For more information, please contact Diane G. Schwartz, M.L.S., A.H.I.P., F.M.L.A., Kaleida Health Libraries director, at 859-2878.