Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

Event planning is hard, especially when unexpected things happen.  It is also fun and rewarding when things go right.  Either way it is definitely worth all the work because it is still, even in our iGeneration, the best way to learn, connect with colleagues, and have fun.

One of the main purposes for me to attend #MidwestMHSLA17 was to observe the details of planning a professional conference.  I am on the Planning Committee for the next Midwest MLA Conference in Cleveland in October 2018.  I am a member of the Publicity Committee, and the Webmaster for the conference site.  The Publicity Committee is responsible for getting the word out to the Midwest MLA membership about the conference and promoting the host city and state. We have already been working hard since the spring and the 2017 meeting was our first big milestone in planning.  Besides observing and meeting our counterparts at the 2017 meeting, the 2018 Planning Committee sponsored a table with promotional materials, and announced the conference at the MHSLA Business Meeting and the Midwest Chapter Business Meeting.

The 2018 Publicity Committee (consisting of Margaret Hoogland, Theresa Kline, and me) planned out our table and decided to give out buckeyes (chocolate and peanut butter truffles for those non-Ohioans), Cleveland pins, and chances to win a $50 coupon towards the registration cost of the next meeting. We made a banner and decorated our table with rock-n-roll paraphernalia.  We encouraged visitors to take selfies and tag them with the official meeting hasthtag, #MidwestMLA18.  We benefited from the 2017 Special Karaoke Event which got people thinking in a rock-and-roll mode.  The video featuring our 2018 conference chairs Mary Pat Harnegie and Mary Schleicher, and the music of real life rock star librarian Cathy Murch put an exclamation point on our marketing efforts.  In a happy coincidence, the NLM in Focus blog has been focusing on “rock-star” medical librarians all month – a gift of free marketing for us!

I am sure that all the 2018 Conference Planning Committee members were watching carefully and learning from the 2017 meeting.  Stephanie Swanberg, the chair of the 2017 Publicity Committee, met with us and shared some pointers and volunteered to be available for questions.  I spoke with Emily Ginier, the chair of the CE committee, when my CE instructor suddenly cancelled.  Probably the most important thing I learned from observing this meeting is how to land on one’s feet when that inevitable something doesn’t go as planned. Switching gracefully to Plan B is a conference planner’s biggest challenge.  But the 2017 conference planning committee did an excellent job of moving forward and rolling with the stormy waves.  I told Emily that I actually enjoyed the substituted CE class very much as it ended up giving me a full day crash course on Research Data Management. Although I was disappointed at not getting to hear Curt Guyette speak, I did not mind the gap in the schedule as things just moved on gracefully.

In reflecting on my 2017 conference experience, I am very thankful for this opportunity.  I am thankful to have received an NN/LM GMR Professional Development Award to attend the conference.  I had hoped to take some CEs, and learn from the vendors, paper and poster presenters, and the keynote speaker, but what I learned most is how important personal interaction still is and how valuable physical attendance at a conference is.  Even the “fun” sessions like the welcome party, karaoke night, and down-time are not just icing on the cake, but opportunities to really build relationships among colleagues, have some great discussions, and even establish some mentor and mentee relationships.

All in all I was very pleased with my conference experience – and that is the goal, after all, isn’t it?  I realized that a tight schedule is important, but that just being with and learning from one’s peers is what is most important about conferences.  If I want to learn about a topic I can just search for an article, or watch a video online.  But there is no replacement for meeting people in person.  Even with scheduling snafus, an annual conference still provides that in-person networking and fellowship time that is growing increasingly rare in our society.  I will take this realization back to my 2018 planning work.  I want to keep in mind that building collegial relationships is the most important thing in a conference, not the production of a perfectly smooth, clockwork event.  In that spirit, we can almost guarantee that the Cleveland conference next year will Shake, Rattle, and Roll!!

Donald Pearson, MBA/MIS, MLIS, AHIP
Library Technology Specialist, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library
Columbus, Ohio
dpearson@mchs.com | library.mchs.com

Getting Started with Health Information Outreach

On the first day of Midwest/MHSLA 2017, I attended Getting Started with Community Health Information Outreach, taught by Darlene Kaskie. In this course, attendees learned how to examine specific populations for targeted outreach initiatives.

To do this, we first discussed the various resources available for getting a clearer picture of the populations in certain communities. By utilizing census data and other government health resources, it is possible to develop a better understanding of the demographic makeup of specific communities, as well as the health needs in those areas.

Throughout the course, there was an emphasis on learning and asking questions. For example, if you wanted to speak to a demographic that was culturally different from groups you had worked with previously, it’s important to develop an understanding of that group before trying to start an outreach project. So, if you were working with senior citizens who had limited understanding of mobile technologies, you may not want to lead with the cutting edge mobile apps available to them. However, by communicating with your targeted group and asking questions, you could learn what their particular struggles and health issues might be and how you as an information professional may be able to address them.

One way to learn more about a community is to seek out a community health assessment for that particular region. If an agency or institution has already conducted a community health assessment, you can easily determine what the health needs are for that particular area. Examining a community health assessment also allows you to easily target potential partners for your outreach efforts.

In addition to learning how to target and explore specific communities for outreach efforts, we also discussed NLM and other government resources that are freely available, including MedlinePlus, HealthReach, Genetics Home Reference, and the Disaster Information Management Resource Center.

I have always enjoyed attending conferences for the educational opportunities that help me keep abreast of advancements in our field. These courses teach us how other librarians are problem solving, expanding their roles, and developing new strategies to best utilize their skills in an ever-changing environment. Both continuing education courses I attended at Midwest/MHSLA 2017 gave me the chance to learn about new (or new to me) resources and how librarians are harnessing these tools to create new roles for themselves.

Research Data Management and Serendipity

Saturday at #MidwestMHSLA17 was a full day of Continuing Education for me. I had planned to learn about Research Data Management (RDM) with Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis from New York University School of Medicine in the morning, then about library assessment in the afternoon. I thought it would be a nice introduction to two dissimilar topics, one having to do with research and numbers, and the other with having to do with marketing and the business of libraries.

Serendipitously, though, I ended up spending a full eight hours learning about RDM. My afternoon class got cancelled and so I ended up in a second class entitled Data Management for Librarians given by Caitlin Bakker from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

From Kevin and Alisa I learned not only the basics of RDM, but also how it can be marketed. I learned that librarians should make meetings with researchers about their research, not about the library. Kevin even went into how to “cold-call” researchers to drum up business for the library. A couple of ways to find out about what your institution’s researchers are doing include the NIH RePORTER database and your institution’s grant office.

Then Alisa showed us this cute video, which dramatized many of the frustrations researchers have when managing their data and what can go wrong with RDM and sharing.

I’m going to start learning more about RDM by reading this article by Kevin and Alisa and their colleagues, “Starting the data conversation: informing data services at an academic health sciences library.”

As usual, I felt overwhelmed with the information in just one CE class; nevertheless, I persisted in the afternoon, as Caitlin Bakker reinforced many of the RDM topics from Kevin and Alisa’s class. Caitlin provided us with some hands-on exercises using the DMP Tool to actually critique and compose a Data Management Plan. Within a few hours she had the class reviewing and creating real plans that would meet institutional and funder requirements.

I ended up with a day-long crash course in data management, but I still learned about library marketing as I had hoped. I was a beneficiary of a serendipitous confluence of three great instructors and a rising topic in health sciences librarianship. I made sure to tell Emily Ginier, the Chair of the CE Committee, how pleased I was with my day, despite the cancellation and substitution of my afternoon class. I also wrote to Kevin, Alisa, and Caitlin suggesting they team teach a seminar together on RDM. What an excellent day of learning at #MidwestMHSLA17!

Donald Pearson, MBA/MIS, MLIS, AHIP
Library Technology Specialist, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library
Columbus, Ohio
dpearson@mchs.com | library.mchs.com

Research by Design

Research by Design handout
Class Handout

Merge & Converge started off early Saturday morning with a coffee from the lobby Starbucks and then onto Lorie Kloda’s CE class – Research by Design: Proposing, planning, and carrying out a research project for the practicing librarian. The class delivered on everything the title promised. Having no prior research experience, I was happy to walk out of the class with a direction for a research project and feel more comfortable taking the first steps to starting that project.

It was a great way to start off the conference and get some library ideas flowing. The class was broken up with some lecture and then group activities, which worked extremely well for newbies just getting into the research arena. Being able to brainstorm with other librarians from across the Midwest was a great way to get multiple perspectives, focus ideas, and make the whole process seem much more attainable and less of an overwhelming, impossible goal.

The class started out with identifying a “burning question”; what had we been wondering and wanting to learn more about? From this burning question, in later activites we went on to hash out some of the finer details of creating a research proposal.

Having only taken one research course during my MLIS education, this class served to refresh some previously stowed away knowledge and stir up some motivation to take on completing some original research of my own.

Lorie also let the class know about the MLA Research Institute and provided attendees with additional resources to support their research goals.

The class made for a perfect fit with the conference theme Merge and Converge and I am looking forward to more as the conference continues on.

CE Classes at Merge & Converge in Des Moines

What are you doing on Saturday, October 22nd?
Why not Merge & Converge in Des Moines, Iowa for a CE class (or two)?
The Joint Meeting of the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters of MLA is going to Merge & Converge in Des Moines on October 22-24, 2016.
The Continuing Education Committee has lined up six classes, with nine great instructors, on six topics requested by you!

Research by Design: Proposing, Planning, and Carrying Out a Research Project for the Practicing Librarian
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Cost: $150
MLA CE credit: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Lorie Kloda, Associate University Librarian for Planning and Community Relations at Concordia University in Montreal.

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE Credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Tony Nguyen, NN/LM SE/A, University of Maryland, Medical Library, Baltimore, MD

Beyond the list: Unpacking the Predatory Publisher
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Catherine Arnott Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library & Information Studies

Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians and Other Stakeholders
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Gwen Wilson, Washburn University, Mabee Library, Topeka, KS and Kristen DeSanto, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Library, Aurora CO

Financial Advocacy: Turning Your Data into Ammunition!
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00
Cost: Free
MLA CE credits: Approved for 3 Contact Hours
Instructors: Betsy Kelly, NN/LM-MCR and Barb Jones, NN/LM-MCR

Innovative Instruction
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Hands-on
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Amy Blevins, Indiana University Ruth Lilly Medical Library and Xiaomei Gu, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa.
Full class descriptions are available on the conference website:
http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/program/continuing-education/
View complete conference information here: http://midwestmla.org/conference2016/wordpress/

CE: EBM to EBL workshop at OSU Sept. 30-Oct. 1

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library, with generous support from the Barbara Van Brimmer Academic Awards Endowment, will be hosting the two-day workshop, Evidence-Based Medicine to Evidence-Based Librarianship, providing up to 12 hours of MLA contact hours on September 30 and October 1 at the Fawcett Center on the campus of Ohio State University. Course instructors will be Connie Schardt, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, and Lorie Kloda, MLIS, PhD. More details about the workshop including the scope of each day are available at http://go.osu.edu/EBMtoEBL.

Registration deadline is September 23 and is limited to 30 participants. Cost is a very reasonable $110 for both days (including lite breakfast, lunch and snacks), or $75 for one day. Parking is free and convenient at the Fawcett Center.

This workshop has been coordinated by Lynda Hartel, Fern Cheek, and Stephanie Schulte. Questions about the program may be directed to Lynda Hartel, Lynda dot hartel at osumc dot edu, or 614-292-4892.

ND is ready for you, are you ready for us!?

Hello Mid-westerners!

Just a reminder…early bird registration ends next Friday, August 29th.  Get registered for Midwest MLA in Bismarck.

Bring your boots and your cowboy hat (or jeans and plaid shirt whatever works for you) for our Western themed party and exhibitor event on Saturday night.  Sunday we will be enjoying the ND Heritage Center. – Come see the Geologic Times and Early Peoples exhibits, shop in the gift store and enjoy some great food and company with our fellow librarians.

We have fabulous speakers: Betsy Humphreys, Sally Gore and Dr. Mark Graber as well as a panel of experts on the effect of the oil boom on healthcare.  Don’t forget your colleagues will be presenting their papers and as posters too and we are for the first time having Campfire Conversations (minus the fire of course unless you count our “hot” topics).  Plus some great CE classes.

And while you are here, take some time to enjoy ND!

We are ready for you to visit ND, are you ready for us?  Register today and we’ll see you soon!

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Webinar: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication

Webinar: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication.  April 16, 2014 1-2:30pm Central

What is a systematic review? What are the practice guidelines? How do I negotiate my contribution? Join our panel of speakers as they discuss what is really needed and resources for improving your skills. They will tackle these issues and discuss opportunities for librarians to be part of the team.

Register here for this MLA webcast or visit one of the webcast viewing sites in your state sponsored by the NNLM GMR.

IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago – Registration Link: http://1.usa.gov/1ixdfBg

IL: University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences Peoria, Peoria – Registration: Contact Emily Johnson at emj11 at uic dot edu

IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Library, Indianapolis – Registration Link: http://bit.ly/OWdRG3

IN: Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest, Center for Medical Education, Gary – Registration: Contact Corona Wiley at cwiley at iun dot edu

IA: Des Moines University Library, Des Moines – Registration: Contact Natalie Hutchinson at Natalie dot hutchinson at dmu dot edu

IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City – Registration link: http://bit.ly/1dnTInF

KY: University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library, Lexington – Registration: Contact Susan Foster-Harper at smfost1 at email dot uky dot edu

KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville – Registration: Contact Vida Vaughn at vida dot vaughn at louisville dot edu

MI: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Health Sciences Library, Grand Rapids – Registration: Contact Mary Hanson at hansonm at mercyhealth dot com

MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit  – Registration: Contact Wendy Wu at wendywu at med dot wayne dot edu, or Toni Janik at toni dot janik at wrh dot on dot ca

MN: University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis – Registration: Contact Anne Beschnett at besch015 at umn dot edu 

ND: University of North Dakota, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, Fargo – Registration: Contact Mary Markland at mary dot markland at med dot und dot edu

ND: University of North Dakota, Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks – Registration: Contact Theresa Norton at theresa dot norton at med dot und dot edu

OH: Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, Cleveland – Registration: Contact: Gretchen Hallerberg
OH: Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library, Columbus – Registration: Contact Lynda Hartel at lynda dot hartel at osumc dot edu

SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls – Registration: Contact Molly Youngkin at molly dot youngkin at usd dot edu

WI: Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee – Registration: Contact Karen Hanus at khanus at mcw dot edu

WI: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences Health Sciences, Madison – Registration link: http://projects.hsl.wisc.edu/mla/2014/

Midwest CE: Systematic Review Course at UMich

Systematic Review Course

Are you interested in participating in systematic reviews – but just don’t feel like you have the right skills or know how to get involved? Or do you want to teach systematic reviews at your institution but you don’t know where to get started? This course is for librarians interested in systematic reviews!

Location: University of Michigan – North Campus Research Complex, Ann Arbor MI 48109

What’s required:

  • Your full participation in the 2-week online course, which includes 8 learning modules and related activities (14-25 April 2014)
  • Your attendance at and participation in a 2-day workshop at U-M (28-29 April 2014)

Instructors:

Nandita Mani PhD, – Assistant Director of Enabling Technologies, Taubman Health Sciences Library

Mark MacEachern MLIS, Health Sciences Informationist, Taubman Health Sciences Library

Chase Masters MEd, Instructional Designer, Taubman Health Sciences Library

Whitney Townsend MLIS, Health Sciences Informationist, Taubman Health Sciences Library

About the course:

We’ve developed a hybrid course to teach you how to do systematic reviews, and to give you a way to apply what you learn at your home institution. Featured content includes:

  • The basics of a systematic review – study types and methodologies
  • Selecting databases and developing search strategies
  • Data management and writing for publication
  • Strategies to establish your presence and expertise
  • 20 MLA CE credits

The course runs on a flipped classroom model where didactic material is presented in an asynchronous online format over a period of 2 weeks. Online content includes lectures, learning activities, and interactive features including a discussion board, virtual office hours, and more. Following the 2-week online module, you’ll join us at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) for a 2-day intensive workshop. The in-person workshop is an incubator for implementation – through hands-on experience with resources, activities, and discussions, you’ll develop a toolkit of useful tips and resources and an action plan to take back to your home institutions to get involved in systematic reviews.

Registration:

  • The course registration fee is $100.  This fee covers all course content, parking, and breakfast and lunch on 28-29 April.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel costs, including overnight accommodations and other expenses.  Travel and lodging information will be available to registrants on the course site.
  • Registration will be capped at 15 participants
  • Please register no later than March 24, 2014
  • Questions?  Please contact Mark MacEachern (markmac at umich dot edu)

To register, please download and fill out the registration form (http://tinyurl.com/SRCourseRegistration) and mail or fax to:

University of Michigan Library Finance
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 763-1281 (p)
(734) 763-7082 (f)

Free CE: Keeping Up with PubMed

Keeping Up with PubMed
This four-week course is designed for the experienced PubMed searcher and builds on the information covered in Making PubMed Work for You. This class will focus on the effective use of advanced PubMed features including MeSH headings and subheadings, subset and filter options including My NCBI Filters,saving search strategies, creating journal searches, and linking to libraries and full text sources.
Earn: 6 MLA CE.
Dates: February 24, 2014 – March 21, 2014

There is no cost to take our asynchronous courses.  Take it at your own pace, spending about and one to two hours a week at the time of your convenience via our our Moodle system. Register online with the GMR registration system at:
http://go.usa.gov/bBzC

See the NNLM GMR’s education page for more details.