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NLM Technical Bulletin, Mar-Apr 2016, Redesigned Genetics Home Reference Web Site Offers New Look and Feel, Improved Navigation

NLM Technical Bulletin - April 27, 2016 - 1:28pm
Launched by the National Library of Medicine in 2003, Genetics Home Reference, the Web site for consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variation on human health, has undergone a major makeover. The new site will officially launch on April 25, which is, appropriately, DNA Day and the 13th anniversary of Genetics Home Reference.
Catégories: Health Librarianship

NLM Technical Bulletin, Mar-Apr 2016, NCBI Minute Webinar: Linking PubMed and on May 4, 2016

NLM Technical Bulletin - April 27, 2016 - 9:30am
On May 4, 2016, NCBI will present a short tutorial that will teach you two ways to filter PubMed searches for publications linked to clinical trials in You'll also learn how to use the ClinicalTrials database to get more information on trials of interest.
Catégories: Health Librarianship

NLM Technical Bulletin, Mar-Apr 2016, My NCBI New Features for My Bibliography and Other Citations

NLM Technical Bulletin - April 25, 2016 - 1:05pm
NCBI has enhanced My Bibliography and Other Citations to include the following two improvements: a search and select tool to add citations from PubMed and an option to add citations in bulk using files that have citations in the MEDLINE or RIS (Research Information Systems) format.
Catégories: Health Librarianship

Post schedule test

The Krafty Librarian - October 28, 2015 - 3:22pm

This is a test post to see if my post scheduler fix worked.

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:

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