HLWIKI reaches 16 million views 

HLWIKI International, a wiki originally created to support LIBR 534: Health Information Sources and Services & LIBR 559M – Social Media for Information Professionals at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), has reached a new milestone: 16,000,000 million page views.

The wiki has become part of a larger strategy to track information practices in health librarianship especially fast-moving topics related to information technology. For eight years the wiki has been used as a digital space for teaching, information-sharing and collaborative writing. (The attached screenshot shows 16,000,000 views from all over the world, especially in developing countries where librarians need to access to current information in their field.)

I’d like to thank the librarians on our Advisory for their assistance in the project. From its start, the wiki was meant to build a health information and libraries tool with a global perspective but to emphasize issues affecting Canadian practitioners. If you look at the top 100 files of more than 1100 entries many are now essential sources of information (judging from their usage). Here’s to the next 16 million views. Dean Giustini, UBC


View statistics
HLWIKI total views
(Views to non-existing pages and special pages are not included)
  1. hlwikiAboriginal health‏‎ (301,334 views)
  2. HLWIKI International‏‎ (292,829 views)
  3. Aboriginal health search filter‏‎ (160,639 views)
  4. Apple iPhone4 for physicians‏‎ (143,214 views)
  5. Accreditation‏‎ (126,985 views)
  6. Google scholar‏‎ (116,168 views)
  7. Author impact metrics‏‎ (108,895 views)
  8. Academic libraries 2.0‏‎ (90,343 views)
  9. Google scholar bibliography‏‎ (89,701 views)
  10. Altmetrics‏‎ (87,505 views)
  11. Bibliography – Library 2.0‏‎ (84,292 views)
  12. Bibliotherapy‏‎ (82,123 views)
  13. Breast cancer‏‎ (81,799 views)
  14. Blogs‏‎ (80,452 views)
  15. Social media glossary‏‎ (78,933 views)
  16. Apple iPad for physicians‏‎ (78,041 views)
  17. Bioinformatics‏‎ (77,913 views)
  18. Consumer health information‏‎ (72,784 views)
  19. Bibliometrics‏‎ (67,925 views)
  20. Clinical librarianship‏‎ (63,873 views)
  21. Systematic review searching‏‎ (61,676 views)
  22. Evidence-based health care‏‎ (60,659 views)
  23. Acupuncture case study‏‎ (60,512 views)
  24. Collaboration 2.0‏‎ (60,044 views)
  25. H1N1 (Human Swine Flu) in Canada‏‎ (58,387 views)
  26. Library 2.0 Chronology‏‎ (54,082 views)
  27. History of surgery in British Columbia‏‎ (52,566 views)
  28. Zotero vs. Mendeley‏‎ (52,064 views)
  29. Grey literature‏‎ (51,805 views)
  30. Lists of hospitals in Canada‏‎ (51,478 views)
  31. Evidence-based web 2.0‏‎ (51,398 views)
  32. Scopus vs. Web of Science‏‎ (50,460 views)
  33. BOPPPS Model‏‎ (49,546 views)
  34. Social media policies‏‎ (49,419 views)
  35. Social cataloguing‏‎ (48,349 views)
  36. Advocacy‏‎ (47,193 views)
  37. Information literacy‏‎ (47,047 views)
  38. Top Fifty (50) Medical Wikis You Might (Want to) Know‏‎ (45,756 views)
  39. Twitter‏‎ (44,319 views)
  40. Bibliographic citation software‏‎ (44,210 views)
  41. Archives 2.0‏‎ (44,195 views)
  42. Scoping reviews‏‎ (43,868 views)
  43. Creating a Library 2.0 program for a public library‏‎ (43,823 views)
  44. Allied health professionals‏‎ (43,043 views)
  45. Medical podcasts & videocasts‏‎ (42,932 views)
  46. Best Canadian medical books‏‎ (40,813 views)
  47. Module I – Affordance‏‎ (40,551 views)
  48. Aboriginal health search tools‏‎ (40,183 views)
  49. Complementary & alternative medicine (CAM)‏‎ (39,930 views)
  50. Tag clouds in the OPAC: a starting point‏‎ (39,618 views)
  51. Angina‏‎ (36,966 views)
  52. Getting started‏‎ (36,590 views)
  53. Avatars‏‎ (36,041 views)
  54. Information technology topics‏‎ (35,931 views)
  55. Medical sites for mobiles‏‎ (35,882 views)
  56. Allergy & Immunology – Recommended Websites‏‎ (35,864 views)
  57. Hand-searching‏‎ (35,776 views)
  58. Authority‏‎ (35,702 views)
  59. Table of Contents – Part I‏‎ (35,625 views)
  60. Dublin Core‏‎ (35,516 views)
  61. Disaster Information For Librarians‏‎ (35,257 views)
  62. Informationists‏‎ (35,145 views)
  63. Semantic web‏‎ (35,093 views)
  64. Adult learning theory (andragogy)‏‎ (34,925 views)
  65. Health 2.0‏‎ (34,483 views)
  66. Teaching library users‏‎ (34,210 views)
  67. Impact factors‏‎ (33,743 views)
  68. Citation management‏‎ (33,574 views)
  69. Archival principles for medical librarians‏‎ (33,259 views)
  70. Creating an LIS course on social software‏‎ (33,223 views)
  71. PubMed – MEDLINE‏‎ (32,954 views)
  72. Canadian consumer health information (CHI) portal‏‎ (32,841 views)
  73. Second Life‏‎ (32,173 views)
  74. Open search‏‎ (31,987 views)
  75. Psychiatry 2.0‏‎ (31,853 views)
  76. Basic reference sources‏‎ (31,841 views)
  77. Canadian health librarians that Twitter‏‎ (31,377 views)
  78. Semantic search‏‎ (31,156 views)
  79. PubMed Alternative Interfaces‏‎ (30,938 views)
  80. Medical informatics‏‎ (30,413 views)
  81. Ethics and the health librarian‏‎ (30,060 views)
  82. Health care managers & social media‏‎ (29,475 views)
  83. Alberta health libraries‏‎ (29,474 views)
  84. Social media landscape‏‎ (29,055 views)
  85. Medical Chinese for health workers‏‎ (29,039 views)
  86. Social media‏‎ (28,852 views)
  87. Point-of-care tools in medicine‏‎ (28,759 views)
  88. EBooks‏‎ (28,476 views)
  89. Consumer health 2.0‏‎ (28,424 views)
  90. Expert searching‏‎ (28,260 views)
  91. Web 2.0‏‎ (28,109 views)
  92. Really Simple Syndication (RSS)‏‎ (27,930 views)
  93. Institutional repositories‏‎ (27,610 views)
  94. Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association, Social media in health libraries, May 2012‏‎ (27,380 views)
  95. Awards for academic librarians‏‎ (27,254 views)
  96. Web 3.0‏‎ (27,220 views)
  97. Wikis‏‎ (27,018 views)
  98. Ada Ducas‏‎ (26,936 views)
  99. Dean Giustini, UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian – 2010‏‎ (26,557 views)
  100. Massive open online courses (MOOCs)‏‎ (26,546 views)


Curation, RSS and Susie’s “Bits & Bytes”

susieIt’s been a while since I composed a proper blogpost but I’m inspired today to do so…

My colleague Mary Sue Stephenson is literally a “cornerstone” of the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. She’s one of the most relied-upon contacts at the School. I met her many years ago when I was doing my MLS and when she was a junior faculty member. It’s a generation ago!

Since that time ~30 years ago, Susie has become a friend and “go to” person for many things: information about computer technologies; indexing; social software (as we used to call social media) and anything about the School, and teaching there as an adjunct. She’s mentored library school instructors, and is always available for a hilarious quip, kind words and help of any kind. Any time! (and usually within minutes..)

I’m happy to say I’ve convinced her to speak to my LIBR559M class on February 9th about her work creating “Bits & Bytes“! B&B is a curated list, one Susie has developed over a decade, and one of my essential reads every week. Susie follows more than 100 RSS feeds and culls the best posts in tech, LIS and related topics, facets, amusing and shocking, bibliographic and even the weird and wonderful on the web.

Perhaps I can convince her not to ever retire or to retire her essential list, “Bits & Bytes“!

bits bytes 2016

Grandpa Dean’s Perch: Figure Skating Post-Toller Cranston

Between teaching LIBR 559M – Social Media for Information Professionals, 2016‎ this term and watching The Skating Lesson, it’s crossed my mind I may need to start blogging again under a new guise. My main social media activities these days are Twitter and wiki-related. But I seem to have a desire to weigh in on figure skating, sparkling outfits and the profound musicality of skaters (mind you, not all!). Also the controversies.

Thematically, I’m thinking along the lines of a bitchy blog written from the POV of master blogger (“I’ve seen it all, was there from the beginning”) and skating historian, completely uncredentialed as such (not a skating expert though I know all six jumps and can describe them) in a post Toller Cranston world ….Toller Cranston died in 2015.

I’ll keep you posted. Dean

Top Ten (10) Trends (to watch) in medical libraries

Based on my teaching of LIBR 534 (health information sources and services) in 2015, marking many assignments and reading the literature, as well as working in a hospital library… here are my top ten (10) trends to watch in medical libraries for 2016:

  1. Altmetrics and Author impact metrics  —health librarians are assisting physicians and faculty curate research impact & author profiles on ORCID and Google Scholar
  2. Big data and data management —health librarians should know the basics of data management, but not get sidelined by the buzz
  3. Expert search protocols and reporting standards   
  4. Health librarian competencies & competencies in medical reference services
  5. Print vs. electronic book technologies —More understanding of print books and their unique affordances, pros and cons of e-books in information literacy
  6. mHealth —ongoing mobile-iPhone -ization of key information sources
  7. Renewed interest in “library as place” for accreditation —library as tech & innovation hub
  8. Increased info/data fragmentation due to open access and data trends (see #2)
  9. Protests around publisher pricing (e.g., Elsevier #1 story) and monopoly (will Elsevier acquire Web of Science) and Mendeley Data, owned by Elsevier
  10. In Canada, health librarians are key collaborators with medical researchers for: CIHR funding, Tri-Agency Open Access Policy, teaching information skills

Researchers: how to improve your “impact”

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Yesterday, my colleague Sheryl Adam and I gave a workshop on citation metrics.

Despite the criticism of bibliometrics in academic circles, there is every sign to suggest that citation metrics are here to stay. Academic librarians are key to understanding this area of measuring research and its impact. The question I am hearing in medicine more and  more: how can I improve my research impact? Here are some suggestions:


  1. Curate your own research profiles using Google Scholar profiles or academic social networking sites such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, LinkedIn
  2. Use standard forms of your name, institutional affiliations & address. To help you, create an ORCID or Researcher ID profile to be more easily findable on the web
  3. Think about using Mendeley, Zotero or CiteULike.
  4. Deposit your publications (drafts or final paper depending on copyright policies of your publishers) in an institutional repository or PubMedCentral Canada. Make your research, and that of your peers, more findable.
  5. Use metadata to describe your research papers, and carefully select keywords for your publications. Make it possible for search engines to find you easily.
  6. Publish in journals with a high impact factor (IF) and use Web of Science or Scopus to find IFs (try SCImago too)
  7. Collaborate with researchers worldwide, and be more social in social spaces. Present preliminary findings of your research at meetings and conferences
  8. Build your Hirsch index (h-index) http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/H-index
  9. Start a blog (see LSE Impact Blog) or contribute to Wikipedia
  10. Consider communicating information about your research using Twitter or create a Twitter hashtag #https://twitter.com/search?q=%23myresearch

Finally, ask your favourite academic librarian (or medical librarian) for help. Dean


Bibliometrics: Highlighting Your Track Record: Using Metrics in Your CV‌ (presentation)

Standing on the shoulders of the Google giant: Sustainable discovery and Google Scholar’s comprehensive coverage.

Teaching health (medical) librarianship: from the students

400px-Raphael_School_of_AthensOne of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my career is teach. And to be frank I haven’t always been very good. I’m a work in progress.

I graduated with my MLS in the late 1980s, and during my time at SLAIS we talked about bibliographic instruction but I had no idea I would teach to the extent I have. I was often really overwhelmed by it all. Now, academic health librarians throughout North America and the world offer courses to support problem-based learning and some have opportunities to teach full semester-long (13 week) courses. I say enjoy it!

I started to teach at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies about 15 years ago. I have become a much better teacher over that time, and pursued additional credentials including a Master of Education degree. It’s been quite a ride.

Now, in 2015, I am teaching my introductory course on health information sources and services (LIBR534: Health Information Sources and Services, Sept 2015). I have an intrepid and really delightful group of MLIS and joint MLIS/MAS students in the fall cohort.

Last night, I asked them to spend some time to tell me confidentially one or two things that they have learned so far. I asked them to fill out the back of some old reference cards, and to put their responses in a brown envelope. Truly a blinded early assessment.

Here are some of their responses:

  • Dean, I hadn’t known that the MLA – Medical Library Association (U.S.) was founded in 1898 by two Canadians Sir William Osler and Margaret Ridley Charlton”.
  • Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about Vancouver Style. This is my first encounter with it and I am used to APA…
  • I enjoyed learning about the history and founding of the National Library of Medicine (U.S.) in Washington (Bethesda Maryland).
  • “….Dean it was fun to learn about the Osler Library of the History of Medicine; Vancouver Style was definitely new to me; and I am slowly learning about the roles and importance of health librarians….”
  • I enjoyed learning about the history of medicine (in great detail). I am still struggling with Vancouver Style.
  • Good class so far, really enjoyable. Things I’ve learned: clinicians require resources, and help from medical librarians.
  • The Sollenberger article “The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians“was really interesting. I like how she discussed the role of librarians as educators (teaching search and evaluation skills) and their roles in patient education.
  • Love the handouts. So far, the class is very interesting. Dean is encouraging.
  • Medicine was unregulated in Canada until the 19th century, and doctors were from other parts of the world, often working for the Hudson Bay Company as barber surgeons. History of health care in Canada
  • I always enjoy historical material. I appreciate the passion for the course material/by the instructor. I’m looking forward to learning more about MEDLINE.

Canada’s Five (5) Critical Areas for Health Innovation, 2015

Unleashing-Innovation-Excellent-Healthcare-for-CanadaNaylor, D et. al. Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada. Report of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. 2015. Ottawa: Health Canada.

This newly-released report is the product of a year-long consultation with Canadians, supplemented by literature reviews, commissioned research and discussions and deliberations of the Advisory Panel on Health Care Innovation.

The report identifies five critical areas for healthcare innovation in Canada:

  • patient engagement and empowerment
  • health systems integration with workforce modernization
  • technological transformation via digital health and precision medicine
  • better value from procurement, reimbursement and regulation
  • industry as an economic driver and innovation catalyst.

CHLA/ABSC 2015 CE: Preparing for and Developing your Leadership Role

CHLA/ABSC 2015 CE: Preparing for and Developing your Leadership Role

Don’t miss the early bird deadline. Why pay more? Register today: http://www.chla-absc.ca/conference/content/continuing-education

To: CHLA/ABSC & MLA Members and Future Leaders

Have you thought of taking a CE course at the CHLA/ABSC June 2015 Conference in Vancouver BC? Join us for this interactive and exciting new workshop on leadership. Whether you are considering a move into leadership or are already experienced at leading others, this workshop will play a part in helping you develop your leadership plans. One of the activities in this CE is to help you complete your own leadership workbook where you develop reflections, goals, challenges and a plan for success.

This is the only CE with six instructors, an impressive, knowledgeable group of facilitators who met each other at the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and who regularly share leadership advice and experience with each other. This CE is a rare opportunity to work with some emerging leaders some of whom come from health librarianship and other in related areas (providing multiple perspectives).

  1. Lindsay Alcock is Head of Public Services at the Health Sciences Library at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and our incoming 2015-2016 Vice-President of CHLA/ABSC 
  2.  Shelley Blackman is Faculty Librarian & Instructor at Evergreen Valley College Library in San Jose, California
  3.  Ken Carriveau is Director of Delivery Services at Baylor University Libraries in Waco, Texas
  4.  Robyn Reed is Head of Access Services at Schaffer Library, Union College in Schenactady, New York
  5.  Kelly Thormodson is Head of Health Sciences Education & Research in the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota
  6.  Martin Wood is Director of the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library at Florida State University

Please contact me off list for information.
Dean Giustini, MLS, MEd
UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian
Diamond Health Care Centre, VGH
2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC
t: 604.875.4505

CHLA ABSC Conference June 2015 (Early Bird Discount Ends May 1st)

Continuing Education at CHLA/ABSC June 19th 2015 in Vancouver BC
Save your PD funds: early bird registration discount is May 1st – this Friday (why pay more?)
Full details at:
Contact us with questions:  2015.CE@chla-absc.ca
1)      ABCs of Research Impact:  Altmetrics, Bibliometrics and Citations (morning)
Guess what? You’re not the only librarian or researcher confused by altmetrics, bibliometrics and new ways to measure research impact. With new research metrics there is a lot to learn!
Come to this session on June 19th and get your ABCs on the topic. Be the “go to” person and use tools to handle questions from researchers within your organizations.
2)      Advanced PubMed Searching (afternoon)
Want to develop your search skills in PubMed?  Bring your PubMed “challenges” to this hands-on session and learn how to solve them. Session is open to librarians, library technicians, health professionals, consumers.  Basic familiarity of PubMed is required.
3)      Don’t Panic:  You CAN Find Health Statistics (afternoon)
The title of this session says it all, and is music to librarians, library technicians, researchers, health professionals and consumers. Learn systematic approaches and effective methods to find….health statistics.  Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops.
Presenters:   Dagmara Chojecki & Liza Chan, John W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta and Institute of Health Economics (IHE)
4)      An Introduction to Systematic Review Methods and the Librarian’s Role (morning)
Do you want to participate as a member of the research team for systematic reviews? This introduction will help you build the basic skills you need to take on new roles. Learn the steps in conducting a systematic review, and your role, from a skilled librarian who does it every day.
Presenter: Mimi Doyle-Waters, MA, MLIS Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation
5)      Preparing for your Leadership Role (morning) – standalone or pre-requisite to Part II
Preparing for and Developing your Leadership Role (full-day) Part I is pre-requisite 
Librarians, vendors and would-be leaders: listen up! Want to lead, but don’t know where to start? Want to take a leadership role but don’t know how? This course can help you find your way with instructors from six organizations who learned at the Harvard Leadership Institute.
Take the half-day morning class to get the leadership basics.
Take the full-day course if you need to develop your style!
 Presenters:  Lindsay Alcock, Head, Public Services, Health Sciences Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, in conjunction with instructors (all graduates of the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians).
6)      Waves of Grey:  How to Search Grey Literature Effectively (full day)
Put your diving gear on for this session and avoid drowning in grey literature. This hands-on workshop, led by information experts at CADTH, will provide practical advice, tools and tips to navigate grey literature in healthcare. Build your expert search skills in this full day session.
Presenters:   Amanda Hodgson and Monika Mierzwinski-Urban, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health – CADTH


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/