Slack

Submitted by Heather Edmonds, Director of Library Services, New England College of Optometry, edmondsh@neco.edu

slack_rgb is a free communication tool that is part-IM service, part-email, part-shared drive that also integrates with numerous productivity apps and other services.  It’s available as a mobile or desktop app, as well as via the web.  Though primarily marketed as a tool for small businesses and start-ups, the staff at my small library has been using it for nearly a year, and we have found it invaluable.

Slack allows for both group conversations — which can be organized by topic/project/etc. via “channels” — as well as direct messages to individuals on one’s “team” (our “team” is small and consists of only library staff members, but teams can be as large or as small as they need to be to accommodate the user group).  Messages are archived, and fully searchable.

Slack also permits the sharing of files among team members directly in the app.  File sharing is particularly easy when using cloud-based services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, as you need only cut and paste the link to the file into Slack in order to share it.

Multi-Device GroupOne of the most useful Slack features for us is the ability to integrate our shared Google Calendars into specific channels that update automatically when an “event” is forthcoming, so that you can see what’s happening on a particular day without having to leave the app.  For example, one of the shared calendars we’ve integrated is our circulation desk schedule, so that it’s easy to keep on top of who is scheduled to cover the desk, and when.

We initially decided to try Slack because we found that email, while useful for many purposes, wasn’t fully addressing our day-to-day communication needs as a staff.  Face-to-face communication is best, of course — but our library is open many hours, and because we cover different shifts we don’t always see each other as much as we’d like.  So we decided to try an IM service, and Slack proved to be the most versatile.  I highly recommend Slack for any library staff interested in communicating outside the email box.

 

 

Browzine

Submitted by Frances Foret, Head of Collection Development at Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library.

Browzine allows users to browse, read, and monitor the journals available through their library and is a great tool for non-techies like me. When you first log in it quickly identifies your institution’s journal holdings and organizes them by general subject category. You can, of course, also search and retrieve holdings information by journal title name.

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Browzine replicates the feeling of being in the print world of a library reading room where journals are shelved on periodicals display shelves. You can take a virtual trip of walking through the stacks browsing your institution’s journal holdings.

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There is a “My Bookshelf” feature that corrals your favorite journals, making it simple to peruse them (this feature requires a personal login).

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Browzine is easy to use, and the vendor is well-known for being very responsive to any questions or issues you may have. Browzine is not a free product but requires an annual subscription. At Tufts we have made the mobile and desktop versions available to our users.

Below please find more details about Browzine directly from Third Iron, the provider of this product.

http://thirdiron.com/academic/

Message from the President

msolomonpicsmallHello MAHSLIN members,

Spring is in the air and MAHSLIN 2017 is around the corner.  If you have not already done so, please register.  MAHSLIN will be held at the Massachusetts Medical Society conference center on Friday, April 7, 2017.

It’s not an easy time to hold on to one’s traditional beliefs, values, skills, and interests when the very profession that once fit them so well is in constant flux. What do you do? How do you remain relevant to your patrons and to your organization? Just as importantly, how do you make sure the very users who need your help know what it is you can do for them?

From taking an inventory of your skills and mapping them to a needs assessment of your users, to developing your message and creating a coordinated campaign to get the word out, the 2017 MAHSLIN Annual Meeting will help you ensure that you’re doing everything you can to remain relevant in today’s environment.

We look forward to seeing you there and register today!

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

MAHSLIN is looking for members interested in the position of Publicity Chair OR Webmaster.  If you are interested or want to learn more about these positions, please contact me, Meredith Solomon at ilyse_slim@yahoo.com.

Meredith Solomon, MLS, AHIP
Associate Librarian
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
75 Francis St., Thorn 127 | Boston, MA 02115
(617) 525-9234 | msolomon1@partners.org

 

Massachusetts Library System Update

michelleeberle_mls-3-300x300Submitted by:  Michelle Eberle, MLS Consultant

Greetings, MAHSLIN!  I’m enjoying my new position as a Consultant with the Massachusetts Library System (MLS).  MLS serves all types of libraries and most of you are already members.  I will be reaching out to non MLS-member health sciences libraries and inviting them to join MLS.  There are a lot of benefits to MLS membership including free continuing education workshops, access to statewide databases with custom links for your website, and a materials and supply cooperative to save your library money on books, audiovisuals, and needed administrative and technical supplies.

We are thrilled to announce that we have a hospital librarian serving on our Executive Board.  Stephanie Friree Ford, Reference Librarian at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Howe Library was recently elected to the MLS Executive Board.  Thank you, Stephanie!

If you are looking for useful, local, and free professional development workshops, MLS is offering over 36 workshops this spring in all regions of the Commonwealth.  You can register for our upcoming spring professional development workshops on our event calendar.

Upcoming workshops relevant for health sciences librarians include:

  • Facing the Future:  Strategic Planning in Libraries, Presenter: Kristi Chadwick
  • Howdy Partner:  Let’s Get Creative with Community Engagement, Presenter:  Michelle Eberle
  • Inclusive Programming Skillshare, Presenter: Kristi Farrar
  • Keep Calm and Manage On:  A Time Management Workshop, Presenter:  Anna Popp
  • Library Round-Up! Using Assessment to Improve Your Programs and Services, Presenter:  Kelly Jo Woodside
  • Universal Design for Libraries, Presenter:  Kristi Farrar

Our strategic plan identified social justice as a primary concern for our membership.  In response, our spring meeting on June 13th at Devens will focus on social justice.  Also, we are hosting a Massachusetts Libraries’ Declaration of Inclusion Planning Session on March 2nd at our Marlborough office in collaboration with the Massachusetts Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom/Social Responsibility Committee.

If you like the Unshelved Comic, you will definitely want to join us on May 3rd at UMassMed School for two presentation on customer service by Gene Ambaum.  Please save the date.  The event will be added soon to our workshop calendar.

We are also conducting a listening tour throughout the Commonwealth.   MLS wants to hear from you how we can better serve you and how we can continue to encourage a co-creator culture and make libraries future ready. Some dates are already posted in our calendar, which will focus on discussions about fake news. We hope you can join us for one of our listening tour events.

I’m hoping to strengthen the relationship between MAHSLIN and the Massachusetts Library System.  If you have any questions about MLS, please reach out to me at michelle@masslibsystem.org.

 

Hats Off to CAHSL

Submitted by Cara Marcus

An email sent through the MAHSLIN listserv caught my eye – our neighbor CAHSL sent MAHSLIN members a friendly invitation to their holiday luncheon. Dr. Dayne Laskey from the University of St. Joseph School of Pharmacy was the speaker, and the topic sounded fascinating: the history of plants and medicine.  Not only is history one of my favorite subjects, I recently began teaching adult education herbal cookery.  In addition, my newly graduated daughter just studied herbal medicine, and the topic would be of interest to her as well.  So off we went for an afternoon in Connecticut!

The presentation was superb.  No standard PowerPoint here; Dr. Laskey whirled images on the screen of plants and medicines, many from his hospital’s own medicinal garden, while surprising the group with a live aloe plant, and an astounding demonstration of how black light makes quinine (from tree bark) glow in regular bottles of tonic.  Quinine-enhanced tonic was given to early sailors to help them stay healthy on-board.  One of the most surprising things we learned was that about 79% of herbal supplements sold today do not actually contain the herb listed on the label (Dr. Laskey also talked about regulatory efforts attempting to control this issue).  Of course, with an audience of librarians, he discussed the evidence base for herbal medicine, and left the group with much food for thought for their own reference work in alternative medicine.

Besides a great lecture, the meeting was fun!  The CAHSL group was very congenial, the setting was lovely for the holidays, and the lunch included make-your-own Caesar salad and mac-and-cheese bars with lots of fixings. Another highlight of the afternoon was a Yankee Book Swap.  Everyone brought a wrapped, new book and went home with a new great book to read.  So – many thanks to CAHSL and happy holidays to all!

 

Searching for Reusable Images via Google

Did you know you can filter Google Images to find ones with usage rights?

To find reusable images on Google click the Tools button. This will bring up a number of options including Usage rights. From here select the type of usage rights you are interested in viewing.

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Remember…

Public Domain images are not owned by anyone. You can use, publish, or change them. Attribution is not required but you should do it anyway.

Creative Commons is a type of Copyright that simplifies sharing and reuse. There are six different types of CC licenses. You MUST attribute Creative Commons materials and some hold greater restrictions.

For more information visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Message from the President

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Meredith Solomon, MAHSLIN President

Hello MAHSLIN members!

Since I did not send out a message in early Fall this message will encompass Fall as well as upcoming events.  We have dried out from Hermine and now it is time to get ready to see what Winter has in store for us.  In this edition I would like to share what has been happening over the summer months with MAHSLIN.

Professional Development

MAHSLIN’s first professional development award was given to Nathan Norris (BIDMC) to attend one day of the New England Science Boot Camp in Dartmouth, MA.  To read more about Nathan’s experience go to the MAHSLIN Blog.  Be on the lookout for a call for applications in early 2017.

Membership

Over the summer we gained a new member from the Center on Media and Child Health, Jill Kavanaugh.  You can read more about Jill on the MAHSLIN Libguide.

Jill was also the winner of our Jay Daly Information Technology Grant.  Jill is working on purchasing the necessary technologies to redesign the CMCH Database of Research. Jill will submit a post on her progress in Spring of 2017.

Jay Daly Information Technology Grant

Do you have a technology-related project you would like to get started on? This grant is available on a rolling basis for:

  • Attendance at technology-related educational programs or courses and are applicable only to registration fees (hotel/meals/travel expenses are not included).
  • Purchase of emerging technology-related hardware or software excluding basic office equipment or electronic subscriptions previously purchased. Funds cannot be used for professional memberships or to compensate staff time.

For more information, please visit the MAHSLIN web site.

MAHSLIN Communications

MAHSLIN is moving away from sending you a PDF each quarter.  Jane Natches, Publicity Chair and Andrew Calo, Newsletter Editor are working on streamlining MAHSLIN electronic communications through our LibGuide, Facebook page and Twitter account.

If you have not already done so, please like us on Facebook, follow us and tweet about us on Twitter.  If you would like write a column about a cool technology tool, be the Member Spotlight or have information you want to share with the MAHSLIN membership, please email Jane Natches or Andrew Calo.

MAHSLIN 2017

Save the Date! Friday April 7, 2017.

Dan McCloskey, MAHSLIN president-elect and his committee are in the midst of planning.  More information to come.

We are always looking for content.  If you have a new tool, product, website you are using and would like to share your experience please let us know.  If you have changed jobs, were promoted or have something about the profession you would like to share, contact Andrew Calo or Jane Natches.

Thank you


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