Monday, July 27, 2015

Hits from the Lit

Hits from the Lit
Thursday, July 30, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
Led by Molly Knapp (@dial_m)

It's been well over a year since the last Hits from the Lit. Let's reconvene and share your favorite citations you've encountered while mucking around in the database trenches. We'll have a healthy laugh and get back to the serious business of #medlibs after this week.

Suggested (but certainly not limited to) categories:

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Oral History chat


Oral History #medlibs chat
Thursday, July 23, 2015

9:00 pm Eastern/ 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Jana Lieberman

Come and join us on Twitter during the #medlibs chat for an informal discussion about the ”whys”, “wherefores”, and “hows” of oral history techniques that everyone can use. The Oral History Association defines oral history as: A field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. All of us can participate in oral history projects personally or at our institutions in order to preserve memories or provide continuity for current practices.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has an Oral History Committee who has been completing oral histories with notable medical librarians since the 1970s. More information about the oral history project can be found at: MLA has developed an oral history manual which guides the work of the committee and gives insight into MLA practices.

We’ll see what we are already doing, talk about methods, and brainstorm future projects within our institutions and beyond! Come and join us!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Institutional Repositories Chat


Institutional Repositories: Thoughts on Making It Real
Thursday, July 16, 2015
9:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Pacific

Are you considering standing up an institutional repository? Have experience standing up an institutional repository? Join us on Twitter for our #medlibs chat as we discuss institutional repositories (IR) on with Jimmy Ghaphery (@jimmyghaphery), head of Digital Technologies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries, as our special guest.

Just over a year ago, the VCU Libraries stood up an institutional repository, Scholars Compass, using Bepress software. Electronic theses and dissertations were shifted from DSpace to Scholars Compass.

According to Wikipedia, an institutional repository (IR) is an online archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.

There are many approaches to setting up IRs:
  • Choosing and customizing a platform
  • Open source or commercial
  • Local or hosted
  • Mediated use or self-service access
  • Policies and procedures
  • Defining success
  • Relationship to national repositories

Please bring your expertise and/or questions for this conversation on setting up an institutional repository.

Selected resources:
Burns, C. S., Lana, A., & Budd, J. M. (2013). Institutional repositories: Exploration of costs and value. D-Lib Magazine, 19(1-2). doi:10.1045/january2013-burns
Connolly, Ann.  bepress (2015). How am I Doing? A Framework for Repository Benchmarking

Salo, D. (2013). How to scuttle a scholarly communication initiative. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 1(4), eP1075. doi:10.7710/2162-3309.1075

Open Source IRs:
Proprietary IR software:
Digital Commons (Bepress)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Krafty Goes To Washington


Thursday, July 9, 2015

9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Michelle Kraft @krafty

Actually the title of this post should be Krafty and Others Went to Washington, but I was having a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment and the title I used seemed to ring better than the longer one. Thankfully my post's title is about all I have in common with the movie staring Jimmy Stewart.  
As president of the Medical Library Association, I and the Joint Legislative Task Force (which includes some MLA members, AAHSL members, president of AAHSL, and some MLA staff) went to Washington DC to talk to members of the Senate and the House of Representatives regarding the funding of the NIH which in turn funds NLM.  The task force divvied up into three groups and the members of the three groups met with aids and staffers from their respective states.  I met with Senator Rob Portman's staff and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's staff.  

The #medlibs chat will be a bit in the spirit of my "behind the MLA scenes" posts I do on my Krafty Librarian blog where I write about things happening within in MLA that aren't secret but people may not necessarily know about.  I will be chatting about my experience going to DC talking to staffers, their understanding of NIH and NLM, and in general how this type of talk can help any librarian wanting to get discuss their cause with somebody else.

So, come share your thoughts and perspectives! Never participated in a #medlibs or other Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community and are especially keeping an eye out to welcome and support your participation if you've just heard about this community for the first time during the meeting.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NLM Vision Chat


National Library of Medicine vision chat

Thursday, July 2, 2015

9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Chris Shaffer

In response to the retirement of Dr. Don Lindberg, longtime director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Francis Collins appointed an NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of NIH. The Working Group presented its report to the ACD on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Working Group was charged to review the current NLM and articulate a strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical and health information. Membership represented a broad group of stakeholders, from librarians to patient advocates to publishers to informatics. The final report included six recommendations, each composed of several sub-recommendations.

  • RECOMMENDATION #1. NLM must continually evolve to remain a leader in assimilating and disseminating accessible and authoritative biomedical research findings and trusted health information to the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers worldwide.
  • RECOMMENDATION #2. NLM should lead efforts to support and catalyze open science, data sharing, and research reproducibility, striving to promote the concept that biomedical information and its transparent analysis are public goods.
  • RECOMMENDATION #3. NLM should be the intellectual and programmatic epicenter for data science at NIH and stimulate its advancement throughout biomedical research and application.
  • RECOMMENDATION #4. NLM should strengthen its role in fostering the future generation of professionals in biomedical informatics, data science, library sciences, and related disciplines through sustained and focused training efforts.
  • RECOMMENDATION #5. NLM should maintain, preserve, and make accessible the nation’s historical efforts in advancing biomedical research and medicine, thereby ensuring that this legacy is both safe and accessible for long-term use.
    Shared by Jeffrey Reznick of NLM, Chief of the History of Medicine Division (@jeffreysreznick)
  • RECOMMENDATION #6. New NLM leadership should evaluate what talent, resources, and organizational structures are required to ensure NLM can fully achieve its mission and best allocate its resources.

The ACD forwarded the report without revision to Francis Collins, who accepted it and immediately appointed a search committee for the new Director of NLM.

While there is much to discuss in the report and its recommendations, the big ticket items are NLM roles in supporting and promoting open science, the move of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program into NLM, increased training for librarians and other information professionals, and preservation of the historic record.

Chris Shaffer, a member of the NLM Working Group, will discuss the process, recommendations, and his excitement about the brave new world of the National Library of Medicine in the 21st century.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer scheduling chat

Topics & Scheduling Chat 

Thursday, June 25, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time

Led by Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

Bring your ideas, enthusiasm and calendars - the dynamic networking of #medlibs can't happen by itself without you and some planning.  Also please don't feel that you need to be the expert resource to lead a chat - as long as you have a strong interest, well developed questions, and some resources to share our group hivemind usually takes care of the rest!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Optical Head-Mounted Displays: A Capstone Experience at the University of Virginia


Google Glass in Healthcare Capstone
Thursday, June 18, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Kimberley Barker

Hi, everybody!

I'm excited to chat about the capstone experience with which I was involved this past year. It focused on the limits and possibilities of optical head-mounted displays in healthcare- specifically the areas of teaching and standard work.

A digital version of the poster that I presented last month at MLA is available here: (note: you must be logged in with your email address and badge number to view it). There is also an audio file of me giving a breathless, 58-second synopsis of the poster :)

For those of you weren't able to attend MLA (and those of you who don't want to have to log in!): here's the poster:

The capstone was, for me, a crazy ride. I was by turns thrilled to be involved, beset with doubts about the fact that I was involved, frustrated by the turns that the project took, thrilled to be intellectually challenged, and sad when it ended.

I'll discuss all of this during this Thursday's (June 18th) chat, at 9PM Eastern. If you have specific questions about the project- and have time- please tweet them at me (@kr_barker) prior to the chat so that I can be as effective as possible during our hour togther :) Join us!