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)

Taubman Health Sciences Library Connects with University of Michigan’s Mini Med School

Merle began with the most obvious question: What are Mini Med Schools? They are a public education program generally consisting of a lecture series on medical topics. Currently, there are more than 70 medical schools, institutions, and hospitals that have Mini Med Schools.

The What: UM Mini Med School is intended to provide the community with information not otherwise readily available in an informal manner.

It is a 6 week course that meets once a week and includes a lecture and an opportunity to speak with the lecturer. There was a variety of topics, including Cancer, Infectious Disease, The Cardiovascular System, Genetics and Medicine, Gastrointestinal System, and more.

The library became involved in 2003, beginning a collaboration by providing supplemental list of resources on the topics covered in the course. Although initially using more print resources, the current list is mostly electronic resources.

Mini Med School From the Horse’s Mouth:

As the liaison librarian to the Internal Medicine division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, Mark MacEachern had the opportunity to attend the 2010 Mini Med School.

Mark meet with the faculty (ranging from academic to clinical faculty), listen to faculty discuss their research/clinical interests, and provided a better understanding on the faculty needs. He also gained insight into the medical school itself and how it’s structured.

For additional information, contact Merle Rosenzweig or Mark MacEachern

–As always, reporting to you live

Jean

GMR/NLM update

Current year goals:

  • Promote emergency preparedness
  • Facilitate group purchasing.licensing
  • Plan for print retention and preservation
  • Assist physicians with EHR implementation

Goal 1: Emergency preparedness

Program evaluation

  • Baseline member survey (spring 2008)
  • Toolkit usability study (winter 2010)
  • Follow-up member survey (winter 2011

A CE course called: Ten step approach to service continuity planning–goal to teach every state.
Goal 2: E-Licensing Group

Group purchasing of health related online packages (ebooks, ejournals, databases). One package is currently available, Ovid-Nursing bundle. If interested, sign up for the listserv found on the GMR website, linked off of the resource-sharing tab that will be featuring more information about the package.

Goal 3: Print Retention

Print Retention Task Force focusing on the developing the preservation of materials and implemented in the next 5 year contract. Currently gathering data from the surveys of Resource Library Directors, SERHOLD, Network Member Interviews. The immediate goal is a plan

Goal 4: Electronic Health Records

ARRA funding through Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to help:

  • assist physicians to adopt EHR
  • Meaningful use of issue/standards
  • Critical access and rural hospitals

The librarian’s role includes literature assistance for health professionals and education about the standards.

Promoting Your Library website from the GMR includes several posters, like Time=Money

Go Local, no longer

NLM supported over 30 Go Local sites around the US, 7 of which were in the GMR region. Unfortunately, NLM decided to discontinued support Go Local sites in 2010. However, two of the GMR’s Go Local sites are planning to continue the services.

NLM’s decision was made based on the searching patterns from the past several years, with most focus on search engines like Google. This combined with high-amount of work involved and reductions in library staff forced the program led to the discontinuation of the program.

Funding opportunities–take advantage through EFTS, exhibits, Outreach Express, planning and assessment, professional development, professional instruction, and technology

Several new classes are being introduced, such as:

  • PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe
  • The Topes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner
  • Emergency Preparedness for Libraries
  • Health Issues in the HeadlinesL Learning to read between the lines

What’s New at NLM

NCBI Training. This is a two day workshop (one will be offered at UIUC in the late fall or early winter)

PubMed Health. Under development by the NCBI that is focused on evidence-based consumer level of information. This is not intended to replace MedlinePlus, rather be a supplement for searching.

MedlinePlus recently underwent a website design. At last count, there are 36,000 pages; 859 language health topics; 172 tutorials; 185 videos (mostly anatomy and surgery). The licensing content comes from encyclopedias, health sources, and news.

Coming soon to MedlinePlus includes a mobile detection and medlinePlus Connect. The goal is to connect patients and providers to information directly and in turn improve health literacy and promote exposure for MedlinePlus.

Problem code–Code to topic mapping–MedlinePlus results

This will be released this fall.

Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)

Collaborative partnership between NLM, NN/LM, and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from 240+ biomedical serial titles and select reference books to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters in the US

This is not an open-access system nor a long-term substitute for access, but temporary access has been significant

NLM on Facebook and Twitter, come join for continual updates! Connect to GMR! http://nnlm.gov/gmr

-as always, reporting to you live

Jean

Don’t you love free?

Application Deadline Extended!
New deadline is Friday, April 16th!
Apply today!

I sure do! For several years, the Midwest Chapter has been providing awards to two chapter members to attend the Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables at the annual MLA meeting. If you are going to MLA ’10, one of these Chapter Sharing Roundtables “Free Lunch” Awards could be YOURS!
This year’s list of 30 roundtable topics looks great! I don’t know how I’m going to decide. Right now I’m waivering between Liaisons Stepping Out of the Library, Integrating You or Your Library into the Curriculum, or Issues in Chapter Leadership. Decisions, decisions, decisions!
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This year two $54 “Free Lunch” awards will be given to chapter members to support their attendance at the Chapter Sharing Roundtables lunch on Tuesday, May 25.
Applying is easy! To apply for a free lunch, fill out an application form including your brief (It won’t take long to write, I promise!) essay on the topic “Why I Deserve a Free Lunch.” Essays are evaluated on the basis of “conciseness, creativity, humor, pathos, and/or neediness.”
For all the information you need and an application form for the Chapter Sharing Roundtable Award go to the awards page of the chapter website.
For more information about the Chapter Sharing Roundtables go to the Chapter Council website here!
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 5 April 16, 2010!
Hope to see you there!

Free Lunch Application Deadline Extended

Earlier this week President Elect Elaine Skopelja sent an announcement on the “chapter members” discussion list on behalf of the Midwest Chapter Awards and Scholarships Committee to let us know that the deadline for applying for the 2009 Free Lunch Award has been extended to next Monday, April 13.
So, dear chapter members, if you are going to MLA ’09, apply for this award! You will be able for free to attend the so popular and useful Sharing Roundtables lunch sponsored by Chapter Council. Previous winners of this award found the experience rewarding. You can apply for this award whether or not you have already registered for the lunch. Just make sure that you are registered before the meeting. Tickets are $38 and must be pre-paid by the applicant. The two winners will be reimbursed $38 each after the meeting.
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All you need to do is write a paragraph or two describing “Why I Deserve a Free Lunch.” Creativity and conciseness are encouraged! Entries are judged on humor, pathos, and/or neediness.
For complete Free Lunch Award application information, click here!