Survey! Instruction in Course Management Software

Does your library use Blackboard, WebCT, Moodle, Angel, or another Course Management or Learning Management System for library instruction? If so, you are being invited to participate in a brief survey. The purpose of this national study is to determine how health sciences librarians are using Course or Learning Management Systems. Specifically, what content are you providing with this delivery method and what are the technology’s existing limitations?

The results of this research will be presented at the upcoming 2011 MLA annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN, and potentially submitted for future publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Please take ten minutes to complete the brief online survey that can be accessed at the following URL:
Please complete this survey by March 15, 2011.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to complete the survey! Please feel free to share with colleagues directly involved in library instruction and course management software.

With appreciation,

Stefanie E. Warlick and Tierney Lyons

Time = Money

Hopefully by now we’ve all seen the great Time=Money poster created and made available to us by the lovely folk at the GMR (check out the “Promoting Your Library” page for more!).  It was love at first sight for me at the Midwest Chapter Conference…

The reason I bring this up is that the concept that time is valuable has popped up in a couple places on my internet reading, and in places that could be important for us (as medical librarians trying to save our users’ time) to know about!

The first, a note in InsideHigherEd that briefly discussed “Peer Review by Twitter“, was sent to me by our current president and former ConnectMidwest Editor Clare Leibfarth (thanks, Clare!).  The article it discusses is available from NatureNews: “Peer Review: Trial by Twitter“.  Although it seems to conclude that changes to pre- and post-publication peer review aren’t happening that rapidly yet, it does imply that within the more closed world of biological research (as opposed to math & physics, where open communication has been taking place for decades on, faster communication channels might be changing the game.

The folks over at PubGet, the “search engine for life sciences PDFs”, also had some interesting thoughts to share on time, specifically  “Musings from the CEO: Why fast search is my mission“.  He talks about the time PubGet saves, but the general gist is that creating a tool that increases efficiency can have enormous value.  And nearly instant access to whatever it is that you need is therefore a Very Big Deal!  I’m thinking that’s probably not new or exciting information for us librarians (we know time=money, and that we can help our users save it!), but it bears repeating.

So, two other places talking about saving *our* users’ time.   Have you seen or heard anything else lately in this realm?  Because one of the ways we can keep making sure we are saving time is by staying on top of the tools and changes that can help us do so! 🙂

We need your help!

Greetings Midwest Folk!

One of the goals for the communications committee is to update the Midwest Chapter Website and this is where I need the help of our amazing readers! Please take a few minutes and let us know what information is out-of-date or seems obsolete on the website. We want to create a website that can be frequently visited for the most current information. And if you are able to provide the current data, we will toast your name with our cups of coffee/tea

You can either email me at or else comment to this blog (must have an account).

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Always wanted to be a star? Now you’ve got 2 chances!

The year is still young and already the YouTube opportunities abound. With promises of prizes!

MLA “Revitalizing Your Message”

Submissions Due: February 11

This “contest” invites you to be part of the Cancer Section’s MLA 2011 program (co-sponsored by Public Health/Health Administration Section, Leadership and Management Section, Library Marketing SIG, Medical Library Education Section, Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG, New Members SIG).  But you don’t have to be coming to the conference to participate!

From the official announcement: “Have you ever found yourself on the elevator with major players at your institution and wanted to communicate how the services your library provides can benefit them? How do you tell your family and friends what you do  What about a stranger on a plane? This session will showcase some tried-and-true examples of descriptions of the different roles of medical librarians, including directors, reference, instruction, genomics, consumer health, technical services, and more.

To encourage participation of those librarians who may or may not be able to attend MLA ’11, the program will include video submissions.  While public services, reference, clinical medical librarians, informationists, library directors/managers, and other frontline people may be those who might normally use an “elevator speech,” think about ways you might send out a consistent message when answering questions on budgets, access issues, and anything else. Let those viewing the submissions know how well your message works!”

For more information, check out the website.

NLM & You: the video…

There’s not a lot of information out yet about this one, but start thinking about how you can make a movie out of how NLM’s resources and services have helped your library.  What’s the occasion?  NLM’s 175th birthday, of course!

NLM plans to launch the contest with a posting on its website of entry
instructions, contest rules, and other information.  Stay tuned, the
contest will be announced soon.  Questions should be directed to:

(who wants to host the Midwest viewings?  I’ll bring the cheesy popcorn…)