A hospital librarian working with doctors… to save lives

A truly wonderful project and this example of Nasra Gathoni shows that one hospital librarian can have a big impact on her profession. “I strongly believe that doctors can’t do what the librarian can do….but by working together …we can save lives”

A librarian working with doctors to save lives [Research4Life]
http://www.research4life.org/ casestudies/nasragathoni/

Some of the other global testimonies of librarians making a difference:http://www.research4life.org/celebrating-the-unsung-heroes-librarians-and-research4life/

A Joint CHLA-MLA research collaboration wins the 2015 “Ida and George Eliot Prize”

I am happy to report that MLA’s Ida and George Eliot Prize for 2015 goes to the Canadian-American research collaboration entitled Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare setting: a systematic review.flags

The paper is a true joint CHLA-MLA research collaboration. The Ida and George Eliot Prize is presented annually for a work published in the preceding calendar year and that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. The award will be presented at this year’s MLA conference Awards Ceremony.

Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson E, Allee N, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Muellenbach J, Epstein HA, Weiss A.
Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review.
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):1118-24. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002825. Epub 2014 May 28.

The Ida and George Eliot Prize was established by Ida and George Eliot, friends of the Medical Library Association and owners of Eliot Health Sciences Books, Inc., Long Island City, New York. In the mid-1980’s Login Brothers Book Company acquired the company and continued to support the prize. MLA now supports the award. The recipient receives a certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a cash award of $200.00 after the annual meeting.

2009-2014 Award Recipients

  • 2014: Joanne Gard Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, Sharon Easterby-Gannett, AHIP, Lynn Kasner Morgan, Mary Lou Klem, Susan K. Cavanaugh, Kathleen Burr Oliver, Cheryl A. Thompson, Neil Romanosky, and Sue Hunter “The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study.”
    2013: None Awarded
    2012: Margaret M. Bandy, AHIP, FMLA and Rosalind F. Dudden, AHIP, FMLA
  • “The Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries”
    2011: None Awarded
    2010: Ana D. Cleveland and Donald Cleveland
  • “Health Informatics for Medical Librarians”
    2009: Daniel E. Banks, Runhua Shi, Donna F. Timm, Kerri Ann Christopher, David Charles Duggar, Marianne Comegys, and Jerry McLarty “Decreased Hospital Length of Stay Associated with Presentation of Cases at Morning Report with Librarian Support”

Snapshot of librarians’ usage of social media, 2014

JournalAd-Announce-socialmediawhitepaperRev2-200x185In December 2014, the publisher Taylor & Francis published a white paper on social media which assessed how librarians use social media. It uses statistics and case studies to benchmark social media usage for libraries so they can aspire to best practices and approaches. Since most of you (my #libr559M students) have posted about your use of social media on your blogs, you can use some of the information (and findings) in the white paper for comparison (and talking points).

Some interesting assertions in the white paper which I am still trying to assess:

  • The white paper is informed by research carried out internationally, comprising an online survey, focus groups, tele-interviews and a Twitter party, involving over 600 librarians worldwide
  • 88% of librarians surveryed felt that social media would become more important in the future
  • The research showed that librarians believe social media offers many opportunities for us but it presents some big challenges.
    • Facebook is the most popular social media channel
      •  58% of librarians are using it regularly
    • 64% of librarians find it challenging to strike a balance between setting a formal/informal and engaging tone in their online posts.
    • 75% of librarians post on an ad hoc basis, rather than scheduling in advance.
    • 73% believe more roles dedicated to social media will appear in the library in the future.

Take a closer look at the white paper, infographic highlights, and full supporting research, including top level data, a copy of the survey, and further analysis:

Use of social media by the library (current practices and future opportunities)

How are libraries using social media?

How are libraries applying social media?

Measuring effectiveness of social media

What is the future for social media in the library?

Source: http://www.tandf.co.uk/libsite/whitepapers/socialmedia/index.asp

A new term & LIBR559M

Hello, my name is Dean Giustini and I am an academic librarian and adjunct faculty deanmember at UBC’s iSchool. I have taught courses on social media for information professionals for about ten years which, looking back to that period around 2004-2005, seems almost pre-historic in social media terms. At that point, we didn’t have Twitter, for example, and Facebook monetization was still many years into the future (2011). Who knew that these tools would almost completely dominate discourse on the impact of social media in the intervening years?

Course structure

  • The course in 2015 is vastly different from what was first offered in 2007. The focus back then was on providing a view of existing tools and trends (such as Archives 2.0 and Library 2.0). Now we focus on the critical history and application of social media and a growing body of research in the area.
  • LIBR559M is a 13-week asynchronous course that runs from January 5th to April 10th, 2015. It consists of an introductory week and six modules that last two weeks each. Each module is designed to provide exposure to important topics and themes in social media.
  • The focus in 2015 is not about learning how to use tools as much as developing a critical sense of what strategies librarians and archivists can use to deploy social media principles in their work.
  • Each module consists of an important learning object (i.e., a video to be watched and critiqued; a scholarly research article to be discussed with peers) and a discussion that our cohort has around it. Activities are planned in each module to highlight concepts, and to find ways to collaborate with each other.
  • To follow the course, visit this blog, the Twitter feed displayed on the right or bookmark this wiki page http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/LIBR_559M_-_Social_Media_for_Information_Professionals


Exploring social media concepts with student librarians

It’s that time of year again when Dr. Stephenson invites me to talk to the student librarians in her LIBR500 class. Since I last spoke to students, there’s been a laundry list of new social media tools that haven’t really caught on yet. Ello, for example, an attempt to rejig the social media business relationship with users. Uber even (well, we’ll watch what happens with that tool). I’ll report back after the workshop to tell you what I learned from Susie’s LIBR500 students.

Striving for that A+ (show your students a “composite submission”)

As an adjunct faculty member, I am often asked by student librarians to provide examples of what I believe to be submissions that reach the highest level of excellence. Here (below) is a composite of several outstanding submissions for the third assignment in my LIBR534 class. The answers indicate clear logic/ approaches to consulting sources of information and providing important rationale to complete the process.  ….Feedback welcome! Dean

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Each October in the US is National Medical Librarians Month. See the Medical natlmedlibrariansmonth2014Library Association’s web site for ideas to promote your library and download a poster:  This year’s theme is:”Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.”

  • To recognize Medical Librarians Month, and the critical resources and services you provide to your institution
  • MLA is offering a $1500 travel scholarship to Austin, Texas for the 2015 MLA Conference for travel costs including: flight, hotel, and per diem. Write a brief article about how you, as a librarian, have made a difference by answering one or more of these questions:

1) Have you helped save a life? Have you found a solution to a problem others had searched for with no luck? Have you performed outreach and changed lives? Reached a new user population that your library had never reached before? Have you helped the family of a patient through the fear of uncertainty?
2) Have you proven your worth to an administrator or told someone how important libraries are, changing his or her behavior?
3) Have you explored new or non-traditional roles, expanding the realm of what a librarian does?

Tell us your story! We will accept entries until October 31, 2014 and all stories will be published on Dragonfly.


Please send to nnlm@uw.edu with the subject line, “Medical Librarians Month.” Good luck!


Dean Giustini, MLS, MEd
UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian
CHLA/ABSC Public Relations Director
Diamond Health Care Centre, VGH
2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC
t: 604.875.4505

Canada needs better coordination for health information

A special thanks to Lee-Anne Ufholz, the President of CHLA/ABSC, for her quotes in the following news stories:

These stories are a gift to our field in Canada for they hint at the lack of true coordination for health information in this country. However, I fear that these stories and the issues they explore will get lost. I recommend the following:

  • Collate the stories and send them to your library committees; the lack of coordination of health information in Canada is a national problem and one that cannot be solved by digital-this and electronic that
  • One of the Board’s goals in its strategic plan is to leverage crowdsourcing; therefore, repurpose these stories for your local hospital news/newsletter by taking quotes from the articles such as this gem:

“…While Canada stumbles, other countries have surged ahead, most notably Norway, which created an electronic medical library with all the key journals — information that’s provided for free not only to health professionals, but also to patients. “Canada could do the same and save money at the same time”, said Ufholz. Right now, when you add up what health professionals and organizations collectively pay to subscribe to electronic libraries, it would cost less to simply buy a national licence so everyone could use it.”

  • If you blog or use social media, send out links and make comments where/when appropriate
  • I will be blogging about this on my own blog, and tweeting later today

Further suggestions/recommendations much appreciated!

Dean Giustini, MLS, MEd
UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian
CHLA/ABSC Public Relations Director
Diamond Health Care Centre, VGH
2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC
t: 604.875.4505

CAPAL | ACBAP News & Update August 2014

Thank you for your support of the work of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians / Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels.

After our first successful AGM at Congress 2014 at Brock University this summer, we have been actively pursuing a number of projects:

Save the Date for CAPAL/ACBAP 2015 (Ottawa May 30th to June 5th 2015)

Congress 2015 will take place at the University of Ottawa from May 30 to June 5 in Ottawa, Ontario. Registration will begin in January 2015. CAPAL/ACBAP will hold its second conference at Congress 2015 in Ottawa.

Capital Ideas, the University of Ottawa’s theme for Congress 2015, invites reflection on the power of ideas, those that connect people and create new knowledge. Good ideas are capable of changing lives, and our world. Congress 2015 will be an exciting intellectual hub where ideas will be expressed and shared…

CAPAL Signs the Pisa Declaration and the Lyon Declaration

CAPAL/ACBAP voted in favor of signing both the Pisa Declaration on Grey Literature and the Lyon Declaration on Open Access at IFLA 2014, adding our support to a growing number of library associations and academic libraries.

Are Canadian Academic Libraries Riding the Waves or Caught in the Storm? CAPAL/ACBAP Attends IFLA Conference in Lyon, France

There were 100 attendees at the IFLA Conference this year. CAPAL/ACBAP attended a two-hour meeting of associations where the IFLA Trend Report (aspects of it) were used as discussion points.

The five high-level trends identified were:

TREND 1 New technologies will expand and limit access to information.

TREND 2 Online education is seen to democratize but also disrupt global learning.

TREND 3 The boundaries of privacy and data protection are continuing to be redefined.

TREND 4 Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new groups of learners

TREND 5 The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.


Please consider being a member of CAPAL/ACBAP http://capal.wildapricot.org/

Endorse the ‘Pisa Declaration on Policy Development for Grey Literature’

I recently had the pleasure of talking to Dominic Farace who is the Director at GreyNet International, and someone I have known as a librarian interested in the issues affecting the access and dissemination of grey literature.

In early 2014, Farace et al developed an important new document and policy entitled the Pisa Declaration on Policy Development for Grey Literature. Some of the key points or issues discussed in the Pisa Declaration are:

  • Open access to grey lit: librarians can make a commitment to open access to the grey literature
  • Cooperation: librarian cooperation and coordination worldwide is needed to share expertise among grey lit communities, and through the sharing of open data standards
  • Research and education: it seems obvious but I was glad to hear that research and education is part of Pisa and that there should be rewards for librarians who ensure quality standards and good practices in grey literature
  • Licensing of content: an interesting component to Pisa is to address legal issues associated with grey literature (i.e., licensing agreements) by fostering constructive relations with commercial publishers
  • Sustainability: a commitment to sustainability is linked to finances. Identifying funding and grants for special collections and repositories, and making a commitment to long term preservation and investments in key technologies seem key…

Finally, librarians with an interest in grey literature should be thinking about online services and crosslinking of textual and non-textual content on the web: these issues are critical to the future findability of grey literature. The commitment in this regard ranges from librarians (and libraries) engaged in fixing broken links to ensuring the interoperability of systems and portals where grey literature (and any accompanying data) are housed.

Thinking of endorsing the Pisa Declaration? Visit: http://greyguide.isti.cnr.it/pisadecla/iscrivi.php