Registration Open! Sign up for Midwest MLA ’13!

Registration for the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Navigating a River of Information, to be held in East Peoria, IL, October 4-8, 2013, is now open. Registration and payment may be made online or by mailing a completed registration form and check. Both options are available via the registration page on the conference website at: http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/registration .

A discount is available to Early Bird registrants, prior to September 3rd.

The conference features Keynote Speaker Michelle Kraft, author of The Krafty Librarian, and Plenary Speaker Sarah Houghton, author of the award-winning LibrarianInBlack.net.

A preliminary program is available at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/program/

Descriptions of Continuing Education Classes are posted at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013/ce/

If you have questions regarding registration for the conference, please contact:

Midwest members at MLA ’13: Events on 5/6

Session 1: International Congress on Medical Librarianship 2: Trustworthy and Authoritative Publicly Available Information 10:30am-12pm

3 – Information Connections: Providing Access, Linking Communities (Rm. 309, 11:15-11:35am)

Mary Keen Director, Pediatric Program, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital; Nalini Mahajan Director and Webmaster, Marianjoy Medical Library, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital; Kathleen Ruroede Vice President, Quality and Research, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Session 4: The Cancer Spectrum: Living, Surviving, and End-of-Life Issues 10:30am-12pm

3 – The Development and Deployment of a Symptom Management and Monitoring System for Supporting Cancer Caregivers (Rm. 301, 11:15-11:35am)

Robert Comer Faculty, School of Informatics, Indiana University; Anna McDaniel Chancellor, School of Nursing, Indiana University; Katherine Schilling Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Session 36:Integrating Our Expertise: Engaging Our Partners in Resources at the Bench or at the Point of Care (10:30-12pm)

1 – Integrating Patient Education across the Continuum of Care: Linking Materials to the Electronic Medical Record, the Public Website, and Internal Resources and Tools (Rm. 313, 10:35-10:55am)

Ruti Volk, AHIP Patient Education Librarian, Patient Education Center, University of Michigan Health System

3 – An Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Design a Next-Generation, Evidence-Based Radiology Report (Rm. 313, 11:15-11:35am)

Terry Adam Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, University of Minnesota; Brent Backhaus Department of Radiology, University of Minnesota; Jonathan B. Koffel Clinical Information Librarian, Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota; Joseph A. Konstan Distinguished McKnight Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota; Brandon Maus Student, Macalester College; John Riedl Distinguished McKnight Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota; Kenny Shores Research Assistant, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota; Dan Steinberger Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Minnesota

Poster Session 2: 1:30-2:30pm

210. One for All and All for One: Use of an Institutional Repository and Open Access Journals by Library Staff

Leah C. Osterhaus Trzasko, Health Science Librarian, Health Science Library, Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI; Melissa Rethlefsen, AHIP, Education Technology Librarian, Learning Resource Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Ann Farrell, Librarian, Mayo Clinic Libraries, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

271. Evidence-Based Medicine Integration into Medicine Curriculum

Heather A. McEwen, Reference Librarian, Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH; Rienne Johnson, Reference Librarian, Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH; LuAnne M. Stockton, Course Coordinator, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH; Beth Layton, AHIP, Director, Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH; Janice M. Spalding, Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH; Lisa N. Weiss, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH; David M. Sperling, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Akron, OH

275. Redesigning an Online Public Access Catalog through Usability Testing

Demetria Patrick, Technology Librarian; Beth Layton, AHIP, Director; Oliver Ocasek Regional Medical Information Center, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH

287. Foreign Language Consumer Health Information: Collaboration with Public Libraries

Pamela S. Bradigan, AHIP, Director and Assistant Vice President; Lynda J. Hartel, AHIP, Associate Director, Knowledge Integration; Abigail Jones, Consumer Health Librarian; Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Session 23: International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists 2: Animal Health Librarians Collaborating Globally 1:30-3pm

1 – Using a Decision Matrix to Create a Core List of Veterinary Monographs (Rm. 305, 1:35-1:50pm)

Fiona J. L. Brown Liaison Librarian, Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library, University of Edinburgh; Esther Carrigan, AHIP Associate Dean and Director, Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University; Vicki F. Croft, AHIP Head, Animal Health Library, Washington State University; Diana Farmer Content Development Librarian, Hale Library, Kansas State University; Heather K. Moberly, AHIP Coordinator, Veterinary Services, Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University; Jessica R. Page, AHIP Assistant Professor and Head, Veterinary Medicine Library, Ohio State University; Ana Ugaz, AHIP Resources Management Librarian, Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University

Session 18: International Clinical Librarian Conference 1: Quality Assurance for Clinical Librarians, Informationists and Embedded Librarians 1:30-3pm

1 – Starting from Scratch: Establishing a Role for an Informationist on Rounds (Rm. 310, 1:35-1:50pm)

Alison Aldrich Clinical Informationist, Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University; Stephanie J. Schulte Assistant Professor and Education and Reference Services Coordinator, Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University

Session 29: Educating for the New Jobs Now: From Library Education to Professional Development and Beyond 3-4:30pm

1 – No More Baby Librarians: The Expanding Disconnect Between the Realities of the Master’s of Library Science Degree and Expectations of Professional Practice (Rm. 309, 3:05-3:25pm)

Katherine Schilling Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Session 5: Promoting Healthy Nutrition and Natural Remedies for Environmental Health and Wellness in Humans and Animals 3-4:30pm

1 – Digging WELLness: One Library’s Goal to Eat Healthier (Rm. 301, 3:05-3:30pm)

Ann Farrell Librarian, Mayo Clinic Libraries, Mayo Clinic; Leah C. Osterhaus Trzasko Health Science Librarian, Health Science Library, Mayo Clinic Health System; Melissa Rethlefsen, AHIP Education Technology Librarian, Learning Resource Center, Mayo Clinic

Continuing Education Class: Linked Data

LINKED: An Intro to the Semantic Web for Medical Librarians and Biomedical Information Professionals.
This is one of two continuing education courses available on Tuesday, October 9. Jonathan Koffel and Layne Johnson from University of Minnesota taught the class. Jonathan and Layne tag-teamed the presentation by splitting up the ideas into digestible pieces. I’ll do my best to synthesize some essential points.

Without going into too much detail, Jonathan and Layne explained that “objects” (for lack of a better descriptor) on the web are linked by an RDF triple, which consists of the a subject, predicate and object (s->p->o). The subjects and objects in the RDF triple are defined with an uniform resource identifier (URI) which look very similar to URLs. These URIs are readable by both machines and humans and it will display the relevant one when accessed. The predicate in the triple connect the subject and object and are drawn from established ontologies. An ontology defines common and controlled vocabulary for a certain group of users to share information. For example, there is an ontology that describes books, one that many describes relationships between people, etc.

Triples can be searched and retrieved commonly by SPARQL, which is sort of like SQL. This was just a small part of the presentation, but I thought this theory is some of the hardest parts to get one’s head around. Linked data is published and collected in repositories and search engine. You can see some uses of linked data at the New York Times, LinkedCt (Linked Clinical Trials) and DrugBank.

In libraries, we’re still working on learning how to use and integrate linked data. Some of the points that Jonathan and Layne presented were that linked can “increase the visibility of library data, allow more creative reuse of library data and integration of outside data into library records” and “improve cataloging efficiency and innovation.” Personally, I saw the power of linked data in research, particularly with something like LinkedCT, where there would be connections made between conditions, treatments and symptoms. It seemed like there would be lots of potential for deep searching for librarians and their patrons. According to Jonathan, there’s an experimental prototype called Semantic MEDLINE that uses linked data. It looks awesome.

Jonathan and Layne showed us the video from OCLC at the beginning of class and it was great overview:Linked Data for Libraries by OCLC.

Overall, I thought it was a great class and very informative. It’s a big topic for such a short time but I do feel like I have grasp on how linked data works and it’s potential. Pretty good for a four hour class.

It was a great first conference! It was wonderful to meet new people and get involved.
A quick thankful note to the catering company and the hospitality committee. I appreciated the catering company’s consideration of people’s dietary restrictions. I generally eat gluten-free (though definitely broke down over the Minnesota beer tasting) and it’s great that there is enough variety for a full meal, whether you eat vegetarian or vegan or gluten-free.

NLM/MLA/GMR updates

New from the NLM:
The NLM came out with a huge list of resources and updates this year. Among them:

  • MedlinePlus Connect
  • PubMed (interface updates)
  • PubMed Health
  • LiverTox
  • After School Activity Club
  • GeneEd
  • Drug Information Portal (mobile site)
  • My Medication List

Additionally, the NLM is now doing some web harvesting and digitization!

Check out the new Hidden Treasure book (free to read online!), the Native Voices exhibit and app, the new website for traveling exhibits, and the new History of Medicine website!

New from the MLA:
This emphasis of the association this year was the future of the association and the strengthening of research. Big updates this year! AHIP documentation is now electronic! And, you can personalize your MLAnet profile!

Some dates to remember:
Nominations for awards due by November 1.
Scholarship and grant applications due by December 1.
Apply to be on a committee by October 31.

Also, the MLA ’12 e-conference is available online! Check out those speeches and presentations from May to get some refreshers and ideas for work!

MLA ’13 is in BOSTON!!! It’s a joint conference with several other associations, so we’ll definitely learn a lot and get unique perspectives! If you have a poster or paper submitted, make sure to finalize your abstracts and details! And if you don’t, there may be an opportunity to submit late-breaking papers! Stay tuned to MLA Focus for more details!

New from the GMR:
The GMR has some new emphases on their work. There will be a focus on 1. Hospital libraries and professional development for their librarians, 2. Health professionals and technology in the implementation of that technology, and 3. Health literacy by raising awareness and improving access to information and resources.

The GMR also covered some major subcontracts and projects, traveling exhibits, new CE, and a new portal for projects and reports. Stay tuned to the Lake Effects Webinars for more information (and CE credit!)

Tag It!

You are invited to join the conference conversation!

Do you Tweet? Tag your conference relate tweets with the hashtag: #midwestmla12

All you photographers out there are invited to post your conference fun photos to Flickr and tag them with: midwestmla12

Midline Editor Needed!

The chapter newsletter Midline is in need of a new editor!

MIDLINE is the official quarterly electronic newsletter of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association.

In this position, you will work with the chapter-president and head of the communications committee to release a fun and informative quarterly publication to your fellow Midwest cohorts. Duties include organizing future newsletters, contacting members for various news, editing and posting member submissions, and more.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jean Gudenas (jgudenas@lumc.edu)

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:  http://jmu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2iqX1AcwwLPyu8I
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

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 jgudenas@lumc.edu or else comment to this blog (must have an account).

As always, reporting to you live

NCBI ROFL: A Way to Beat the Winter Doldrums

The Midwest is known for many things: we live in “America’s Heartland,” many of us live in the “Rust Belt” or “Tornado Alley,” and we may have the most diverse crappy weather of the nation. I will admit it; I am not a fan of winter after December. The gray snow matches the dreary sky and despite longer days, I often forget what sunshine feels like.

So here’s my cure to help with those winter doldrums—ridiculous PubMed entries.

One of my favorite blogs is NCBI ROFL, which was recently incorporated into Discover’s DiscoBlog. NCBI ROFL consists of “two prone-to-distraction grad students [that] post real scientific articles with funny subjects.” Here are a few of my favorite PubMed entries, but I highly recommend this site to anyone who needs a reminder that doctors have a sense of humor and medicine can be downright silly (just try to forget that our taxes may have gone into funding the studies)