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NLM Technical Bulletin, Nov-Dec 2015, Updated CMT Subset Available for Download

NLM Technical Bulletin - November 25, 2015 - 9:06am
NLM is pleased to announce the availability of an updated Convergent Medical Terminology (CMT) problem list subset.
Catégories: Health Librarianship

NLM Technical Bulletin, Nov-Dec 2015, NCBI Webinar: "The NCBI Minute: Finding Genes in PubMed" on December 2, 2015

NLM Technical Bulletin - November 24, 2015 - 2:02pm
Next Wednesday’s NCBI Minute will show you how to quickly find literature about a gene of interest using PubMed.
Catégories: Health Librarianship

Teaching health (medical) librarianship: from the students

Google Scholar Blog - September 24, 2015 - 12:34pm

One of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my career is teach. And to be frank I haven’t always been very good. I’m a work in progress.

I graduated with my MLS in the late 1980s, and during my time at SLAIS we talked about bibliographic instruction but I had no idea I would teach to the extent I have. I was often really overwhelmed by it all. Now, academic health librarians throughout North America and the world offer courses to support problem-based learning and some have opportunities to teach full semester-long (13 week) courses. I say enjoy it!

I started to teach at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies about 15 years ago. I have become a much better teacher over that time, and pursued additional credentials including a Master of Education degree. It’s been quite a ride.

Now, in 2015, I am teaching my introductory course on health information sources and services (LIBR534: Health Information Sources and Services, Sept 2015). I have an intrepid and really delightful group of MLIS and joint MLIS/MAS students in the fall cohort.

Last night, I asked them to spend some time to tell me confidentially one or two things that they have learned so far. I asked them to fill out the back of some old reference cards, and to put their responses in a brown envelope. Truly a blinded early assessment.

Here are some of their responses:

  • Dean, I hadn’t known that the MLA – Medical Library Association (U.S.) was founded in 1898 by two Canadians Sir William Osler and Margaret Ridley Charlton”.
  • Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about Vancouver Style. This is my first encounter with it and I am used to APA…
  • I enjoyed learning about the history and founding of the National Library of Medicine (U.S.) in Washington (Bethesda Maryland).
  • “….Dean it was fun to learn about the Osler Library of the History of Medicine; Vancouver Style was definitely new to me; and I am slowly learning about the roles and importance of health librarians….”
  • I enjoyed learning about the history of medicine (in great detail). I am still struggling with Vancouver Style.
  • Good class so far, really enjoyable. Things I’ve learned: clinicians require resources, and help from medical librarians.
  • The Sollenberger article “The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians“was really interesting. I like how she discussed the role of librarians as educators (teaching search and evaluation skills) and their roles in patient education.
  • Love the handouts. So far, the class is very interesting. Dean is encouraging.
  • Medicine was unregulated in Canada until the 19th century, and doctors were from other parts of the world, often working for the Hudson Bay Company as barber surgeons. History of health care in Canada
  • I always enjoy historical material. I appreciate the passion for the course material/by the instructor. I’m looking forward to learning more about MEDLINE.
Catégories: Health Librarianship

Canada’s Five (5) Critical Areas for Health Innovation, 2015

Google Scholar Blog - July 30, 2015 - 4:33pm

Naylor, D et. al. Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada. Report of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. 2015. Ottawa: Health Canada.

This newly-released report is the product of a year-long consultation with Canadians, supplemented by literature reviews, commissioned research and discussions and deliberations of the Advisory Panel on Health Care Innovation.

The report identifies five critical areas for healthcare innovation in Canada:

  • patient engagement and empowerment
  • health systems integration with workforce modernization
  • technological transformation via digital health and precision medicine
  • better value from procurement, reimbursement and regulation
  • industry as an economic driver and innovation catalyst.
Catégories: Health Librarianship

CHLA/ABSC 2015 CE: Preparing for and Developing your Leadership Role

Google Scholar Blog - May 8, 2015 - 4:19pm

CHLA/ABSC 2015 CE: Preparing for and Developing your Leadership Role

Don’t miss the early bird deadline. Why pay more? Register today:

To: CHLA/ABSC & MLA Members and Future Leaders

Have you thought of taking a CE course at the CHLA/ABSC June 2015 Conference in Vancouver BC? Join us for this interactive and exciting new workshop on leadership. Whether you are considering a move into leadership or are already experienced at leading others, this workshop will play a part in helping you develop your leadership plans. One of the activities in this CE is to help you complete your own leadership workbook where you develop reflections, goals, challenges and a plan for success.

This is the only CE with six instructors, an impressive, knowledgeable group of facilitators who met each other at the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and who regularly share leadership advice and experience with each other. This CE is a rare opportunity to work with some emerging leaders some of whom come from health librarianship and other in related areas (providing multiple perspectives).

  1. Lindsay Alcock is Head of Public Services at the Health Sciences Library at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and our incoming 2015-2016 Vice-President of CHLA/ABSC 
  2.  Shelley Blackman is Faculty Librarian & Instructor at Evergreen Valley College Library in San Jose, California
  3.  Ken Carriveau is Director of Delivery Services at Baylor University Libraries in Waco, Texas
  4.  Robyn Reed is Head of Access Services at Schaffer Library, Union College in Schenactady, New York
  5.  Kelly Thormodson is Head of Health Sciences Education & Research in the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota
  6.  Martin Wood is Director of the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library at Florida State University

Please contact me off list for information.
Dean Giustini, MLS, MEd
UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian
Diamond Health Care Centre, VGH
2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC
t: 604.875.4505

Catégories: Health Librarianship

CHLA ABSC Conference June 2015 (Early Bird Discount Ends May 1st)

Google Scholar Blog - April 27, 2015 - 1:03pm
Continuing Education at CHLA/ABSC June 19th 2015 in Vancouver BC Save your PD funds: early bird registration discount is May 1st – this Friday (why pay more?) Full details at: Contact us with questions: 1)      ABCs of Research Impact:  Altmetrics, Bibliometrics and Citations (morning) Guess what? You’re not the only librarian or researcher confused by altmetrics, bibliometrics and new ways to measure research impact. With new research metrics there is a lot to learn! Come to this session on June 19th and get your ABCs on the topic. Be the “go to” person and use tools to handle questions from researchers within your organizations. Presenters: Susan Powelson, Head, Health Sciences Library, University of Calgary; Robin Featherstone, Research Librarian, Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence 2)      Advanced PubMed Searching (afternoon) Want to develop your search skills in PubMed?  Bring your PubMed “challenges” to this hands-on session and learn how to solve them. Session is open to librarians, library technicians, health professionals, consumers.  Basic familiarity of PubMed is required. Presenter:  Orvie Dingwall, Head of Outreach Services, University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries. 3)      Don’t Panic:  You CAN Find Health Statistics (afternoon) The title of this session says it all, and is music to librarians, library technicians, researchers, health professionals and consumers. Learn systematic approaches and effective methods to find….health statistics.  Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops. Presenters:   Dagmara Chojecki & Liza Chan, John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta and Institute of Health Economics (IHE) 4)      An Introduction to Systematic Review Methods and the Librarian’s Role (morning) Do you want to participate as a member of the research team for systematic reviews? This introduction will help you build the basic skills you need to take on new roles. Learn the steps in conducting a systematic review, and your role, from a skilled librarian who does it every day. Presenter: Mimi Doyle-Waters, MA, MLIS Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation 5)      Preparing for your Leadership Role (morning) – standalone or pre-requisite to Part II Preparing for and Developing your Leadership Role (full-day) Part I is pre-requisite  Librarians, vendors and would-be leaders: listen up! Want to lead, but don’t know where to start? Want to take a leadership role but don’t know how? This course can help you find your way with instructors from six organizations who learned at the Harvard Leadership Institute. Take the half-day morning class to get the leadership basics.
Take the full-day course if you need to develop your style!
 Presenters:  Lindsay Alcock, Head, Public Services, Health Sciences Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, in conjunction with instructors (all graduates of the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians). 6)      Waves of Grey:  How to Search Grey Literature Effectively (full day) Put your diving gear on for this session and avoid drowning in grey literature. This hands-on workshop, led by information experts at CADTH, will provide practical advice, tools and tips to navigate grey literature in healthcare. Build your expert search skills in this full day session. Presenters:   Amanda Hodgson and Monika Mierzwinski-Urban, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health – CADTH


Catégories: Health Librarianship

A hospital librarian working with doctors… to save lives

Google Scholar Blog - March 5, 2015 - 5:40pm

A truly wonderful project and this example of Nasra Gathoni shows that one hospital librarian can have a big impact on her profession. “I strongly believe that doctors can’t do what the librarian can do….but by working together …we can save lives”

A librarian working with doctors to save lives [Research4Life] casestudies/nasragathoni/

Some of the other global testimonies of librarians making a difference:

Catégories: Health Librarianship

A Joint CHLA-MLA research collaboration wins the 2015 “Ida and George Eliot Prize”

Google Scholar Blog - February 19, 2015 - 3:02pm

I am happy to report that MLA’s Ida and George Eliot Prize for 2015 goes to the Canadian-American research collaboration entitled Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare setting: a systematic review.

The paper is a true joint CHLA-MLA research collaboration. The Ida and George Eliot Prize is presented annually for a work published in the preceding calendar year and that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. The award will be presented at this year’s MLA conference Awards Ceremony.

Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson E, Allee N, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Muellenbach J, Epstein HA, Weiss A.
Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review.
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):1118-24. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002825. Epub 2014 May 28.

The Ida and George Eliot Prize was established by Ida and George Eliot, friends of the Medical Library Association and owners of Eliot Health Sciences Books, Inc., Long Island City, New York. In the mid-1980’s Login Brothers Book Company acquired the company and continued to support the prize. MLA now supports the award. The recipient receives a certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a cash award of $200.00 after the annual meeting.

2009-2014 Award Recipients

  • 2014: Joanne Gard Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, Sharon Easterby-Gannett, AHIP, Lynn Kasner Morgan, Mary Lou Klem, Susan K. Cavanaugh, Kathleen Burr Oliver, Cheryl A. Thompson, Neil Romanosky, and Sue Hunter “The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study.”
    2013: None Awarded
    2012: Margaret M. Bandy, AHIP, FMLA and Rosalind F. Dudden, AHIP, FMLA
  • “The Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries”
    2011: None Awarded
    2010: Ana D. Cleveland and Donald Cleveland
  • “Health Informatics for Medical Librarians”
    2009: Daniel E. Banks, Runhua Shi, Donna F. Timm, Kerri Ann Christopher, David Charles Duggar, Marianne Comegys, and Jerry McLarty “Decreased Hospital Length of Stay Associated with Presentation of Cases at Morning Report with Librarian Support”
Catégories: Health Librarianship

Snapshot of librarians’ usage of social media, 2014

Google Scholar Blog - January 9, 2015 - 12:15pm

In December 2014, the publisher Taylor & Francis published a white paper on social media which assessed how librarians use social media. It uses statistics and case studies to benchmark social media usage for libraries so they can aspire to best practices and approaches. Since most of you (my #libr559M students) have posted about your use of social media on your blogs, you can use some of the information (and findings) in the white paper for comparison (and talking points).

Some interesting assertions in the white paper which I am still trying to assess:

  • The white paper is informed by research carried out internationally, comprising an online survey, focus groups, tele-interviews and a Twitter party, involving over 600 librarians worldwide
  • 88% of librarians surveryed felt that social media would become more important in the future
  • The research showed that librarians believe social media offers many opportunities for us but it presents some big challenges.
    • Facebook is the most popular social media channel
      •  58% of librarians are using it regularly
    • 64% of librarians find it challenging to strike a balance between setting a formal/informal and engaging tone in their online posts.
    • 75% of librarians post on an ad hoc basis, rather than scheduling in advance.
    • 73% believe more roles dedicated to social media will appear in the library in the future.

Take a closer look at the white paper, infographic highlights, and full supporting research, including top level data, a copy of the survey, and further analysis:

Use of social media by the library (current practices and future opportunities)

How are libraries using social media?

How are libraries applying social media?

Measuring effectiveness of social media

What is the future for social media in the library?


Catégories: Health Librarianship

A new term & LIBR559M

Google Scholar Blog - January 4, 2015 - 4:41pm

Hello, my name is Dean Giustini and I am an academic librarian and adjunct faculty member at UBC’s iSchool. I have taught courses on social media for information professionals for about ten years which, looking back to that period around 2004-2005, seems almost pre-historic in social media terms. At that point, we didn’t have Twitter, for example, and Facebook monetization was still many years into the future (2011). Who knew that these tools would almost completely dominate discourse on the impact of social media in the intervening years?

Course structure

  • The course in 2015 is vastly different from what was first offered in 2007. The focus back then was on providing a view of existing tools and trends (such as Archives 2.0 and Library 2.0). Now we focus on the critical history and application of social media and a growing body of research in the area.
  • LIBR559M is a 13-week asynchronous course that runs from January 5th to April 10th, 2015. It consists of an introductory week and six modules that last two weeks each. Each module is designed to provide exposure to important topics and themes in social media.
  • The focus in 2015 is not about learning how to use tools as much as developing a critical sense of what strategies librarians and archivists can use to deploy social media principles in their work.
  • Each module consists of an important learning object (i.e., a video to be watched and critiqued; a scholarly research article to be discussed with peers) and a discussion that our cohort has around it. Activities are planned in each module to highlight concepts, and to find ways to collaborate with each other.
  • To follow the course, visit this blog, the Twitter feed displayed on the right or bookmark this wiki page


Catégories: Health Librarianship

Exploring social media concepts with student librarians

Google Scholar Blog - November 4, 2014 - 2:39pm

It’s that time of year again when Dr. Stephenson invites me to talk to the student librarians in her LIBR500 class. Since I last spoke to students, there’s been a laundry list of new social media tools that haven’t really caught on yet. Ello, for example, an attempt to rejig the social media business relationship with users. Uber even (well, we’ll watch what happens with that tool). I’ll report back after the workshop to tell you what I learned from Susie’s LIBR500 students.

LIBR 500 Social media workshop 2014 from Dean Giustini
Catégories: Health Librarianship
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