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MAHSLIN 2018 Annual Meeting: March 16, 2018

Jessica Labrie

Jessica LaBrie

Information, Innovation & You

The MAHSLIN Annual Meeting comes early this year and is right around the corner! If you have not already done so, please register. Early registration is still just $65.00 for MAHSLIN members. As MAHSLIN works to focus on you, our members, the Board has decided that all regular paid attendees of this year’s Annual Meeting will receive free MAHSLIN memberships next year.

As we speed through an age in which more information is communicated more rapidly than ever before, and innovators swiftly devise new ways to reflect contemporary trends and promote continued progress, the relentless pace of change and innovation can feel overwhelming. However, librarians, too, are necessarily innovators, particularly in today’s dynamic world. Not only do we innovate to improve library services and to respond to changes around us, but when significant shifts occur in the education, work, or information habits of our user populations, we creatively adapt to ensure that we continue to serve our patrons effectively.

This year’s program presents a slate of speakers addressing our roles and our opportunities in the context of rapid innovation — innovation in libraries, innovation in health sciences, and how you can effectively become an integral part of continuing innovation.

Callan Bignoli, Assistant Library Director (Technology) for the Public Libraries of Brookline, will deliver a presentation on content strategy for librarians. Ivan Oransky, MD, Distinguished Writer In Residence at NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute and co-founder of Retraction Watch, will discuss the reasons for the dramatic growth of retractions, whether fraud is on the rise, the growth of post-publication peer review, and other related trends. Finally, Jane Blumenthal, Associate University Librarian & Director, Taubman Health Sciences Library at University of Michigan, will speak about how health sciences librarians can respond to a changing landscape by developing creative and innovative ways to meet our users’ information needs, taking the challenges of change and reframing them as opportunities to take advantage of.

We hope to see you on March 16!

Jessica LaBrie
MAHSLIN President-Elect 2017-2018
MAHSLIN 2018 Program Chair

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MAHSLIN Professional Development Award – Designing Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews

The support from the MAHSLIN Professional Development Award Fund enabled me to attend an exceptional class earlier this month. Designing Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews is in its second year offering by the Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. It’s a two day course offered in person. The course is intended for librarians to be better prepared to develop complex search strategies for systematic reviews.

I’ve also attended the University of Pittsburgh’s Falk Library of the Health Sciences Systematic Review Workshop. I took that class prior to having contributed to any Systematic Reviews and didn’t really know what I didn’t know. It was a really great class that provided a solid foundation for the two Systematic Reviews I worked on afterward. Unfortunately, I had no confidence in the work that I did on those reviews. I still wondered, “Did I create effective searches, I must have done something wrong, how do I know if the searches were actually good or not?”

Those lingering thoughts led me to register for the Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews course. The course was $400 and I had to travel to St. Louis, which could be a barrier for some. With this Professional Development Award and partial funding through my employer, I was able to make it. Thankfully, I did! The first reason I’m so glad I went, is that it definitely made me feel more confident about my work on the Systematic Reviews I supported and much more confident in starting a new one. Secondly, after having worked on those, I knew what I needed to know and where I felt weak. I knew what questions to ask this time around.

This course had a structured agenda that worked through the following topics on the first day: 1. SR Guidelines, 2. Patron Contact & PICO plan, 3. Search Design, Bias, and 4. Recall, Term Harvesting. The second day covered: 5. Designing Concept Hedges, 6. Combining Concept Hedges, 7. Support Software Overview, 8. Grey Literature Resources, 9. Writing the Methods Section, 10. Sending Results, and 11. Final Steps.

We worked through all of theses steps of a Systematic review from beginning to end with a Case Study that was provided to each of the three groups we had been divided into ahead of time. The instructor would perform an example of their own case study and then instruct us to perform those activities with our group’s case study. Each of the three groups had one component of the PICO question, P, I, or C (the study was looking for an outcome) as our concept we worked on. Toward the end of the class we shared our results (combining concept hedges) and worked on the Methods Section and Final Steps with all of the pieces put together. This hands-on method was extremely effective and we were even provided with the tools to take back (i.e., an excel spreadsheet to organize term harvesting, checklists for the methods section) with us for when we need them. The instructors stayed on target with the schedule and with discussions and questions. This organization was another plus of the class.

I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in taking a Systematic Review class and am extremely grateful that MAHSLIN provided me with the funds to make it possible.

Stephanie Friree Ford, MLIS
Reference Librarian

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

Medical Libraries Matter – MAHSLIN Annual Meeting on April 11, 2014

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You plan, manage, direct, supervise, collect, acquire, process, catalog, index, abstract, research, search, write, review, link, teach, instruct, present, blog, tweet, email, film, embed, disseminate, create, innovate, arrange, design, prepare, administer, train, educate, oversee, purchase, buy, classify, copy, print, sort, coordinate, tag, list, file, summarize, extract, evaluate, connect, tutor, lecture, show, demonstrate, distribute, circulate, publish, organize, weed, inform, alert, procure, categorize, inventory, record, condense, abridge, obtain, help, assist, greet, explain, operate, deliver

Your library provides, gathers, amasses, showcases, displays, bonds, exhibits, unites, welcomes

because of you . . .

Your patrons read, review, research, study, search, research, write, present, administer, treat, teach, instruct, manage, supervise, direct, strategize, train, investigate, seek, create, analyze, evaluate, examine, lecture, publish, practice, govern, inform, report, address, edit, achieve

because of your library . . .

Your institution functions, invents, guides, creates, initiates, plans, proposes, focuses, enlightens, proves, facilitates, leads

because of your library . . .   

The world becomes healthier, improves, benefits, thrives

because of your library . . .

 

MEDICAL LIBRARIES MATTER!!!

Come to the MAHSLIN Annual Meeting on April 11 to find out more and join the discussion

Click here to register

 

Innovation on a Shoestring: A Lot to Learn and Much to Think About

Contributed by Olga Lyczmanenko, Library Director, New England Baptist Hospital

There was a lot to learn and much to think about at the most recent BBLC/MAHSLIN -sponsored Meeting – “Innovation on a Shoestring: High Impact Ideas for a Limited Budget”. 

Brandy King, owner of Knowledge Linking and independent consultant, guided the audience into the world of social media and very ably demonstrated the possibilities.  She showed that the power of Facebook, Linked-in and Twitter can be tapped successfully to promote library services – in ways many of us had not considered.  Connecting to thought leaders, adding professional groups to our contacts, and promoting information resources can all be accomplished with these social apps. 

Kate Donovan, currently at Children’s Hospital and a former Apple “genius”, introduced a number of free, easy to use, dynamic I-Pad apps.  Want to create an e-book? Just use IBooks Author www.apple.com/ibooks-author ).  Similarly, use Flipboard   (flipboard.com)  to create a personalized magazine.  Thinglink (www.thinglink.com) allows video creation with step-by-step instructions.  With a little creativity and with the help of these friendly apps, pushing out library news or patient education will never be the same again. 

3D Printing and its intricacies were very expertly explained via a webcast featuring  Patricia Anderson , Emerging Technologies Librarian from the University of Michigan, and Kimberly Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing at University of Virginia’s Moore Health Science Libraries.  Patricia, focused mainly on the explosive growth of 3D printing and its dramatic use in many areas, especially in anatomy and orthopedics; Kimberly addressed her library’s experience with its 3D printer, about funding and general public response to the printer.  

Quite coincidentally, just a few days after this presentation, an NPR story aired that highlighted a successful  windpipe implant fashioned from a 3 D printer.  Link to the NPR story

As always, this meeting was well organized, well attended and provided much to think about.

Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

 

Olga

 

 

Meet Our New Member: Jane Natches

This post was written by our newest MAHSLIN member, Jane Natches.

Hello, my name is Jane Natches. In the spring of 2009 I decided to make a career-course correction to become a librarian and began taking classes at Simmons College. I am currently on track to graduate this May. (Prior to 2009 I spent many years in the fields of Advertising and Marketing Communications, working in Hartford, New York, Worcester, and most recently in Manchester NH.)

While at Simmons I have had the opportunity of interning at Harvard where I reviewed and approved article submissions into their open access Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) repository. I have also volunteered at the Temple Israel library and the Arnold Arboretum library, and worked the circulation desk at Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library.

In December I was fortunate enough to begin a full-time, one year term, at the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital library as a Library Coordinator. Although I have the support of several student workers and access to the wonderful librarians at Tufts HHSL, I often work alone and therefore believe it will be critical to keep in touch with others in the field. I’m hoping my membership in MAHSLIN will help me stay up-to-date with new developments in medical librarianship and connect me to additional people and resources that, as a newbie, I will definitely need!

I haven’t had much time for extra-curricular activities lately, but when I graduate I look forward to getting back to cycling, gardening and reading for pleasure. Finally, while I love Simmons and the people I have met there, I am, and will always be, a Penn State Nittany Lions’ fan.

Elaine Alligood to speak at session on medical records

This post was written by Brandy King, MAHSLIN membership chair

MAHSLIN president Elaine Alligood will be among four presenters at a session on electronic medical records.  Here are the details — come see our colleague present!

Electronic Medical Records: The Healthcare Information Experts Weigh In
Thursday, September 16, 2010, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Microsoft, 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451. Directions
Panelists: Elaine Alligood (VA Technology Assessment), Dan Bogaty (Partners Healthcare), Keith Boone (GE Healthcare), and Janice McCallum (Health Content Advisors)

Details: http://kmforum.org/blog/?p=792

Registration Form for Thursday: http://s94896443.onlinehome.us/tinc?key=t0p0UHsg&formname=reg_thursday
Registration Comments (Cost, time, meeting format): http://kmforum.org/blog/?page_id=22


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