Free CE: Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines

Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines is a five week course that focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities. This includes both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety. 6 MLA CE. CHIS Level II approved.
Dates: Monday March 17, 2014 – April 18, 2014

FREE CE! Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

This four-week specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature on chemicals, drugs and genetics. Topics include searching PubMed with Supplementary Concept Records (SCR) and Pharmacologic Actions (PA), using related databases for drug and chemical information (e.g., TOXNET, and PubChem Compound), and locating genetic literature (e.g. NCBI Gene and Genetics Home Reference). This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed.
Earn 6 MLA CE.
Dates: February 10 – March 7, 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:

Contact Holly Burt with any questions! haburt at uic dot edu.

Continuing Education: Opportunities at MidwestMLA ’13

Looking for some cheap and convenient continuing education?  Sign up for sessions at MidwestMLA ’13!  Midwest Chapter members and HSLI members only pay $75 per course (students only pay $50!), and we have some great offerings this year!  Sign up when you register for the conference at .  Space is limited, so sign up early!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Planning, Conducting, & Publishing Research (4 hours)
Instructors: Nancy Allee & Jo Dorsch
This 4-hour course will provide an introduction to the research process with an emphasis on health sciences library settings. Participants will build their research skills by gaining an understanding of the processes involved in taking a project from initial idea creation to final publication. We will discuss identifying research design types and methodologies, generating ideas and formulating research questions, conducting literature reviews, evaluating research articles, gathering and analyzing data, and reporting of results. The course will also provide practical advice on how to get published in library science journals. Participants will leave with a proposal for planning, conducting, and publishing a research project at their own institution.

PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe (4 hours)
Instructor: Holly Burt & Cleo Pappas (GMR)
This four-hour course will provide an overview of evidence based research and practice. We will cover definitions of terms, hierarchies of quantitative and qualitative evidence, and the critical appraisal of the evidence. Exercises include formulating an evidence-based question, developing effective search strategies in PubMed to identify appropriate citations, and understanding literature related to different types of studies.

Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials (4 hours)
Instructor: Samanthi Hewakapuge (GMR)
Health literacy includes not only finding and understanding health information, but acting on that information to make appropriate health decisions. For many who struggle with basic literacy, health-related tasks such as understanding patient care instructions, reading prescription labels, keeping appointments, and signing consent forms become extremely difficult. In addition, low health literacy has very tangible associated costs, including poor disease management, increased percentage of repeat hospital visits, and incorrect medication use.
This hands-on class will discuss the frequent disconnect between information providers and information seekers. The success of “plain language” initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, “white” space, and layout for maximum readability will be covered. Several tools used to evaluate the readability of print materials and patient literacy levels (e.g., Fry, SMOG, REALM, TOFHLA) will be introduced. Participants will have the opportunity to review print materials and websites for their adherence to easy-to-read principles. Websites developed by the National Library of Medicine and other reputable organizations will be introduced. Participants will be motivated to use health information materials to promote increased levels of health literacy in the populations they serve.

Emerging Technologies (4 hours)
Instructors: Gabe Rios & Melissa DeSantis
This four-hour class is designed to increase your knowledge of new and emerging technologies impacting our profession by discussing mobile devices and social media services. Some of the topics include smartphones, tablets, e-book readers, mobile apps, and collaboration tools. Popular social media services applicable to the libraries will also be discussed as well as technology-enabled instruction models like “flipped classrooms” and “MOOCS”.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Supporting Systematic Reviews: The Basics (4 hours)
Instructor: Janis Glover
Have you been asked to participate in the development of a systematic review?  This is not for the faint of heart; it’s an elaborate process.  This four-hour workshop is designed for medical librarians who want to explore the systematic review process in general and the librarian’s role in that process in particular.  Through informal discussion and case-based learning, you will acquire these skills needed to support systematic reviews in your institution:

  • Identify the steps in the systematic review process.
  • Explore protocols for systematic review development [e.g., PRISMA; Cochrane].
  • Identify the roles of the librarian within this process:
    • Select databases and other resources appropriate for the topic.
    • Utilize project management tools to keep track of search strategies [e.g., concept tables] and citations [e.g., RefWorks; EndNote].
    • Draft the search methodology for publication.

Sign up by 6/1 for Science Boot Camp for librarians!

Come join in the fifth annual Science Boot Camp<> at UMass Amherst June 12-14th-a unique opportunity where librarians can learn about science in a fun and casual camp-like setting! Science Boot Camp features three science lecture sessions. Each science lecture includes an overview of a science and examples of current research, presented by expert scientists from around New England. The Science Boot Camp Capstone Session focuses on ideas, skills or innovative projects relevant to librarians.

This year’s Science Boot Camp features the following topics:

*          Agriculture

*          Public Health

*          Analytic Chemistry

*          How to talk to researchers (Capstone)

*          Lightning rounds:  opportunity for campers to talk about their work/projects/ideas

Where else but Science Boot Camp do you get this easy-going and easy-on-the-budget opportunity to meet and mix with science, health sciences, and engineering librarians and library students from New England and beyond?  We offer flexible opportunities for attending boot camp, including overnight, commuter or one-day options.

For more information and to register check out the 2013 Science Boot Camp guide at

NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit

The NN/LM is offering a 3-part Disaster Communication Summit on March 7-8, 2013.  Participants may register for one, two, or all sessions as desired.  All sessions will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

Part 1: The Thursday morning program will feature speakers from libraries and the emergency planning community on roles libraries/librarians can play before, during, and after a disaster, focusing on communication strategies. There will be networking opportunities with NN/LM, DIMRC (NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center), and the emergency planning community.

Part 2: CE Class: U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies – provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the U.S, with an emphasis on medical response. To determine where disaster information specialists might best fit into the US framework for disaster/emergency response, it is necessary to start with shared understanding of terminology, concepts, legislation, organizations, and lessons learned from previous incidents. The class describes efforts to provide structure and order before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Changes over time in legislation and the US framework for disaster/emergency response are discussed using examples from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake. This course is a required class for the Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) Program and participants will earn 3 MLA CE contact hours for the DIS program.

Part 3: Dan Wilson will lead a hands-on workshop with take-away tools for improving your library’s readiness, including a one-page service continuity plan. Content will include assessing the risks for disasters and emergencies in your local area and determining what library services and collections would have the highest priority during an emergency situation.

Register for sessions or see more details on the NN/LM training opportunities page!


Speaking of fellowships…

I’m pleased to announce that the CDC Public Health Library and Information
Center is now accepting applications for a new fellowship opportunity at the
main library located in Atlanta, GA.   The CDC’s Public Health Library and
Information Center (PHLIC) has served as a hub of research, information
exchange, and learning for the CDC community since the establishment of the
Communicable Disease Center in 1946. Today, the PHLIC is a heavily used
resource serving the information needs for more than 15,000 CDC researchers,
scientists, and public health professionals in nine libraries throughout the

The Public Health Library and Information Center (PHLIC) ORISE Fellowship
will provide graduate students and recent graduates from ALA-accredited
library graduate school programs with a wide range of skills and
technologies supporting information management in a biomedical research
library environment. The program provides an opportunity to:

*  Gain experience and exposure to foundations, skills, and traditional and
emerging technologies shaping and impacting the field of library and
information science
*  Gain exposure to and experience providing information services in a
biomedical research library environment supporting the specialized
information needs of public health and occupational safety and health
*  Examine emerging issues, trends, and evolving roles in the field of
library and information science.  Examples include but are not limited
to services supporting specialized needs, including literature searching
to support systematic reviews, guidelines, and protocol development;
E-Science, data management, and bioinformatics services; and scholarly
publishing, open access, and digital repository initiatives.

A complete description and information on how to apply is available online


Catharine S. Canevari, MLS
Chief, Public Health Library and Information Center
Deputy Director, Division of Library Sciences & Services (DLSS)
Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office (EAPO)
CDC, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS)

Want more training and the chance to work at the NLM?

Are you a new librarian or working towards your degree?  Know someone who is?  Every year, the NLM Associate Fellowship program offers an amazing opportunity to train and work as a medical librarian at the national level.  Learn from the pros!  Apply today or share with someone!

[The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its
Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS
graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to
library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural
research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services
and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special
populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the
year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on
real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians
and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have
led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular
part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development
and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that
may include:

·         Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often
including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American
Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others

·         Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning
opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus

·         Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the
National Library of Medicine

·         Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff

·         Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health
sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

·         A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9
level ($51,630 in 2012)

·         Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance

·         Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent
degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by
August 2013.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are
welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at  Application deadline is February
1, 2013.   Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator
at 301-435.4083 or]

Mobile CE

I attended the early morning CE meeting about mobile technology and jotted down a few interesting takeaways. Max Anderson was the Instructor.

There are over 5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide and 89% of the US population has a mobile phone. Within the next 5 years there will over 1 billion smartphones. Once smartphones become more common in the developing world, we could see a real internet and computer revolution. Despite these upward trends, only 15% of subscribers use their cell phones for health information (adult population, US?).
Anderson gave a brief overview to the platforms and medical apps, which has been exhaustively reviewed in For developing and designing apps, there were some good sense tips and questions to ask:

“Were you planning make a webapp or an app that can be used offline?” “What are the prioritized features and content that you need.” “Reduce the levels of hierarchy for content (I need to look that one up).” “Data entry is awkward, and please keep forms to minimum.” “Download speeds can much slower than desktop PCs.
I thought it was fascinating when Anderson stated “Look what other libraries have done.” You can copy (he used the word “steal”) their codes, you just cannot copy their images. Images are copyrighted but not javescript or html5 codes. Makes sense, I think. 🙂

There were html5 resources to help build mobile web interfaces. Check out www.smashingmagazine/2010/11/03how-to-build-a-mobile-website/
The University of Chicago has a pretty decent mobile website. Http://
One site for using mobile site generators was recommended

I’ll have to play with all of these soon.

Take care

Searching E-Books

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the MLA ABCs of E-books webcast just down the road (I-76, that is) in the Ocasek Medical Library at NEOUCOM. I particularly enjoy going over there for “networking” reasons. I worked at NEOUCOM for many years, so I get to see many acquaintances of old. I also was eager to see the Midwest Chapter’s own Michelle Kraft who was a video-taped presenter along with her colleague Marian Simonson. NEOUCOM was one of the nineteen broadcast sites sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region and there is no charge for individual librarians. Attendance is always good with a great mix of academic and hospital librarians. The GMR has been sponsoring viewing sites for quite a few years and I think this is one of their best funding efforts.

I was interested this particular webcast because we already have access to more than a few books in electronic form at MPOW. And here in Ohio we are fortunate to have access to a wide variety of e-books through OhioLINK’s Electronic Book Center (EBC). Recently, our reference team has been working on a project to transform our reference collection from print format to electronic access. Since the EBC includes a considerable number of reference works, we are no longer purchasing titles in print if they are included in the EBC. In our own reference collection efforts, we have been purchasing reference resources exclusively in electronic format if they are affordable. But our dilemma now is how to integrate these e-resources into the “traditional” reference process both at the reference desk and by the end-user using the resources off-campus.

So I was particularly interested in the discussion of federated search. This sounds like the solution to our problem of finding where information might be within the many reference sources we have available electronically from any number of different vendors. This is actually something that wasn’t all that easy in the print environment. Should one use a general encyclopedic resource or something very specialized? Which of these resources do we have? We have access to way too many electronic resources to use a simple A-Z listing. Our library catalog doesn’t have the depth of information to be much more helpful either.

When I returned to work after the webcast I mentioned this to our head of reference. He asked me to write a summary of the things that I had learned. And here is where I discovered that my handwritten notes were rather inadequate. Notably, I did not have the web URLs for most of the examples that had been discussed. But I was rescued by my faithful tweeting colleagues! All I had to do is consult the transcript of the webcast backchatter and there was all the information that I needed to look good for the boss. Thanks all!

I am particularly impressed by the Vivisimo based search at the University of Pittsburgh HSLS. This function searches the fulltext content of all the included e-resources. The Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library is also using Vivisimo for their SEARCH10 but it does not search inside the content of their e-books. The University of South Alabama Biomedical Library e-books search looks nice but it is not clear to me if the “chapter search” searches just the chapter titles or the chapter fulltext.

Have you seen any other examples of federated search used to search the fulltext content of a set of selected e-resources? If so, let me know (cleibfar at kent dot edu) and I’ll look good for the boss again!

ABCs of eBooks – MLA Webinar

I unfortunately was unable to attend the MLA webinar “ABCs of eBooks“, but stay tuned, we’re hoping to get another contributor(s) to blog about it (if you’d like to volunteer, just e-mail!  It certainly seemed like a smashing success.

In the meantime, some resources:

  • The related twitter stream used the hashtag #mlaebooks.  Check out the transcript, from
  • The following midwest chapter libraries hosted the webinar; if you have access to/affiliation with these sites, you may be able to find out whether they are providing on-demand viewing or have purchased the DVD.
  • This just in!  The DVD will be available to members of the GMR through the lending library (via Max Anderson, on Twitter).