Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dual language library technology instruction


Medical Librarianship & Technology for an International Audience
Thursday, January 29 2015
9:00pm Eastern/6:00 Pacific
Hosts Myriam Martinez-Banuelos and Michele Whitehead (@whiteheadml)

Join us on the Twitter #medlibs chat on Thursday at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern time for a 1 hour discussion. Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and welcome all newcomers.

Medical librarians have much to offer to international audiences when it comes to disseminating information about the profession, technology, and the evolving landscape of librarianship and medicine. The literature on diversity specifically in educational settings and professional practice can be a great starting point, but part of the learning and preparation can come from experience. The hosts developed and offered a course to library school students in Costa Rica on medical librarianship and technology. There were a number of challenges, both anticipated and surprising, but a few considerations for “best practices” emerged from this experience.

We will tackle some of the following questions:
  1. What are some relationship building approaches with an international group that assist in making connections early on to even get an opportunity to offer a class? 
  2. Once a class is scheduled, what are barriers to being able to offer instruction to a non-English speaking audience (some things to consider: time, resource availability and content, translation and interpretation, culture, medical knowledge, etc.) 
  3. Are there valuable lessons to be learned with this type of audience, as instructors, that can translate into other types of teaching?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Meaningful Use and EHRs

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Meaningful Use/Electronic Health Records Chat
Thursday, January 22 2015
9:00pm Eastern/6:00 Pacific
Host Robert Johnson (@re_johns)

Join us on the Twitter #medlibs chat on Thursday at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern time for a 1 hour discussion. Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and welcome all newcomers.

Continuing some of our previous week's discussion of what the medical library will be dealing with on the horizon over the next 5 years, Meaningful Use Stage 2 is here and Stage 3 is around the corner. Are you involved with your hospital or clinical entity's efforts to disseminate information to patients, or just wondering what Meaningful Use means? Join us and share your stories of helping patients become involved in their care!

Have information and links to share? Tweet on the #medlibs hashtag and we'll update the post to include them! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Journal Club: Vital pathways for hospital librarians

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#medlibs Journal Club Chat
Thursday, January 15, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Tony Nguyen 

We're having a Journal Club discussion Thursday! #medlibs will have a chat related to the following article:

Holst R, Funk CJ, Adams HS, Bandy M, Boss CM, Hill B, Joseph CB, Lett RK. Vital pathways for hospital librarians: present and future roles. J Med Libr Assoc. 2009 Oct;97(4):285-92. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.97.4.013. PubMed PMID: 19851493; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2759170. Available at:

This article is older than I would like, but it’s a good way to reflect what the authors considered/envisioned then and consider what you think will occur in five years. The focus of the article is related to hospital librarians, but it’s possible to consider parts applicable to your institution.

Topic 1: In the six years since publication of this article, have you implemented or considered implementing anything the authors mentioned? Were there problems getting something off the ground?

Topic 2: What new trends came up that were unknown entities that your library tackled over the past six years that weren't mentioned?

Topic 3: Are there new things on the horizon that your library will need to address in five years?

Last year, one of our journal club topics touched upon this: Please feel free to refer to that as well as the MLA Vital Pathways This would benefit you in thinking about changes and relevance in medical, hospital, and health sciences libraries.

Join me Thursday as we discuss this article and think about sustainability, new ideas, and the future of hospital and medical libraries.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sexual Education & Social Media Chat

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Sex Ed On Social Media: Quirky or Quality?
Thursday, January 8 2015
9:00pm Eastern/6:00 Pacific
Host P.F. Anderson (@pfanderson)

Join us on the Twitter #medlibs chat on Thursday at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern time for a 1 hour discussion. Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and welcome all newcomers.

Librarians have a mixed reputation when it comes to sex. There is the whole meme of the "sexy librarian" contrasted with "shhhhh" and the "sarcastic librarian." As medical librarians, though, we need to be able and willing to research and discuss sexual expression related medical topics with accuracy, openness, and compassion. We have information resources, databases, strategies, and standards that may not be readily accessible to the general public.

Sexual health and sexual education is of critical importance in public health. Issues range from sexually transmitted diseases to sex abuse, gender equality to gender identity, family planning to sex worker support. In our work, we support individuals of all ages and genders, some with diagnoses that impact on their sexual expression or health. We also support professionals working with individuals, families, and communities. We all want to give people the best information to support the best personal decisions.

Then social media enters the information equation. People educate each other about matters of importance, media stars express opinions or tell stories that influence public attitudes and behaviors, and sex positive advocates such as Laci Green (probably the most prominent name of the sex positive movement) become a different type of media star. Public health professionals and medical librarians work so hard to create authoritative information resources, but then sometimes it seems as if that work misses the target audience, while non-professional messages reach them.

For medical librarians to work effectively in this realm, we need to ask ourselves several questions.

  1. What are some of the most popular sexual education and advocacy channels in social media? Are we aware of the most influential ones, and their messages? 
  2. Do popular sex ed resources promote helpful or hurtful messages? Are there sex ed social media channels we could share, or ones we should avoid recommending? 
  3. Do popular sex ed resources reach the audience we want to reach? Why? What can we learn from them? 


CDC. A Public Health Approach for Advancing Sexual Health in the United States: Rationale and Options for Implementation, 2011:

Public Health Reports 2013 128 Suppl 1: Understanding Sexual Health

Laci Green:
- Web
- Youtube
- Facebook
- Tumblr
- Twitter
- Linked In

Monday, December 15, 2014

NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

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NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course
Thursday, December 18, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

Join us this Thursday as we discuss the most recent NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course and the value of such learning opportunities for medical librarians and other informaticians. For many years, this course was held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, but as of last fall it has a new home in the north Georgia mountains and new hosts from the Greenblatt Library at Georgia Regents University. The first Georgia course took place last September with fourteen medical librarians in attendance along with several healthcare providers, researchers, and health systems administrators.

This course is taught by nationally renowned experts in biomedical informatics, who also happen to be very friendly and approachable! Topics included controlled vocabularies, mathematical modeling, electronic health records, meaningful use, disaster information, and information visualization, to name just a few. There were also gummy bears, rocking chairs, zombies, golf carts, big turtles, and constellations. You can read more about the course here, and you may also want to read what some librarians thought of a previous course.

Alison Aldrich (@aldricham) participated in the fall course and will be your host this week, and hopefully a few of her classmates will join in as well. If you are reading this and have questions in advance, please leave them in the comments so we can better prepare for Thursday night. See you then!

UPDATE: Here is a summary presentation I put together for my OSU colleagues a few weeks ago. Keep in mind this is just a sampling of content. Boiling down a week of intensive training into a 45 minute overview was a challenge, so we'll see how 60 minutes, 140 characters at a time goes ;)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Medical Terminology

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Medical Terminology for Librarians
Thursday, December 11, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Join Margaret (@mehlibrarian) and Mike (@mscully66) for an introduction to medical terminology, Thursday, December 11, 9PM ET.
It may seem as if medical terminology is used to obscure, but it is actually used to clarify and to specify. Once you know the basics, it helps when the MD requesting a literature search presumes you know his terminology.
Most medical terms are constructed from roots, prefixes and suffixes, usually Latin or Greek:
  • neuro- , append- ,- plasm, ortho- , athero-, pedi-, geriat- , podia-, tibia-
  • intra- , inter-, hypo- , hyper-, endo- , neo-
  • -ectomy, -otomy, -osis, -itis
Unlike regular dictionaries, medical dictionaries, for example this one from mediLexicon, include such roots, prefixes and suffixes, such asintra-“, so they can be used as resources to deconstruct and then reconstruct words.
MedlinePlus also has a medical dictionary plus a tutorial on understanding medical words
It can also help to have to have a couple of medical guides on hand. Some guides are available through subscriptions like AccessMedicine - Clinician’s Pocket Reference, for example. But you might also find print guides handy as well.  Internal Medicine Clerkship Guide (Mosby) and Wards 101 pocket: Clinician’s Survival Guide are both helpful to learn more about tests and terminology related to different specialties.
If you have questions about medical terminology, please join us.

If you have a favorite resource, please come and share it.  

Maybe you have a tried and true way to ask about an unknown topic without looking like an idiot.  We’d love to hear it.

See you Thursday.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Google Glass Capstone

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Google Glass Capstone
Thursday, December 4th 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Host: Kimberley Barker @KR_Barker

Hi, everyone!

I hope that you'll join in on the chat at 9PM Eastern, as I share the experience of working on a Google Glass capstone in the Health System at the University of Virginia.

If you're not familiar with Glass, have a look at these resources:

Wikipedia article

Google Glass: What it does

There are many concerns regarding Glass and privacy, with Glass having been banned by some places.

Below is a list of articles that are worthwhile reading on the topic:

Google Glass Doesn't Have a Privacy Problem. You Do. 

This organization also provides some interesting reading on the steps that are being taken in response to Glass (N.B. This EPIC is not the EMR).

72% of Americans Refuse Google Glass over Privacy Concerns

Google Glass Users Fight Privacy Fears

Capstone Background
I was invited to be a part of this capstone by Dr. Forest Calland, whom I met during my time in the Leadership and Academic Matters program. Also on the team is a Systems Engineering professor, and four 4th Year engineering students. The group began meeting at the end of September, with two two-hour sessions per week. I am only able to attend one of them because - hello, real life!- I have to pick my son up from school and the Tuesday meeting is from 4PM-6PM. The Friday meeting is from 2PM-4PM, which fits much better with my 7:30AM-4PM workday :)

Capstone Goals/Processes
The capstone's goals and processes have shifted somewhat, as we took some time to work out exactly what it was that we wanted to accomplish, and then how best to go about that. Our basic goal is to investigate whether or not learning, standard work, and training in the Health System can be improved through the use of Glass. The Systems Engineering professor and clinician have worked together on many projects over the last decade. They are both passionate about patient safety, and are hopeful that Glass (and the tutorial app that we are creating for it) can be used to bolster it- this ties in nicely with the Health Systems new-ish Be Safe initiative.

Team Roles
The Systems Engineering professor has tons of experience with designing and implementing projects, IRB, setting up studies, publishing, etc. She also takes the lead on directing the work of the students, who are doing the heavy-lifting with coding the app. The clinician of course provides his years of experience in various healthcare settings. My role is to perform lit searches, as well as current news articles. I believe that I also serve the team as someone who knows enough about technology to be up-to-speed on the device itself, but is ignorant enough about coding and systems that I ask questions that "normal people" (other clinicians, etc) might ask. I like to believe that this is helpful when we're discussing design issues.

The Experience So Far
I wrote about my initial impressions of Glass on my blog back in November .
Besides the amazing discussions in which I am fortunate to engage on Fridays, the coolest experience has been when the students and I had the opportunity to observe a surgery in order that we might get a better sense of how Glass should usefully function in an operating room (there's a photo of us below, taken with Glass- I'm the short one, and no: I am NOT trussed up in a straitjacket!).

Hopefully, this gives you some useful background for the chat :)

See you at 9PM!