Video of clinical medical librarian’s experience wins national contest

Kristy Stiegerwalt, School of Medicine clinical medical librarian
Kristy Stiegerwalt, School of Medicine clinical medical librarian

As a clinical medical librarian at the School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Library, Kristy Stiegerwalt, spends a large part of each day researching and sharing material from medical journals and databases that help the School’s physicians and students make informed decisions on the best care for their patients.

A recent video of Stiegerwalt sharing one of her experiences captured the attention of judges and first place in the Wolters Kluwer Health Video contest.

The contest sought to show how clinical librarians and health information specialists provide a significant service and make a difference in health care.

In her brief, 142-seconds video, Stiegerwalt, who joined the Health Sciences Library staff in 2011, recounted an experience of helping one of the School’s docents with a question about green tea and liver toxicity that ultimately led to the quick improvement in the patient’s health.

“That particular example was a unique clinical question but we do answer routine and outside the norm clinical questions or correlations of things that are not so obvious,” Stiegerwalt said.

Wolters Kluwer Health is a global health care publishing company and provider of products such as the Ovid, Natural Standard, and Up to Date databases. The organization sought amateur videos that would share the achievements of health science librarians in hospitals, medical schools, and government, or information specialists at pharmaceutical or medical device companies.

Stiegerwalt and Sue Sykes Berry, instructional reference librarian, worked together on their video, which received the $5,000 first-prize award. Stigerwalt said they hope to use the award for some new furniture at the Health Sciences Library.

“As a busy, practicing physician who just tries to ‘Google it’ or ‘Pubmed it’ on the fly, but who wishes she had that type of support in unusual patient cases, that video absolutely tells the value of a great medical librarian,” said Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, one of the contest judges.

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