Monday, March 23, 2015

Liaison Roles


Medlibs and Liaison Roles
Thursday, March 26th, 2015

9:00 pm Eastern/ 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Rachel Helbing (@rhelbing)

Liaison librarianship is a strategy that encourages the provision of customized and relevant services to defined user groups. The most important – and challenging – aspects of this model are making contact and establishing meaningful relationships with potential library users.

See this article for tips on successful liaising

Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat or #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and especially welcome students and newcomers. Some questions to consider as we meet to chat on Thursday:

  • Do you act as a liaison between your library and its users, formally or informally? 
  • To whom do you liaise? i.e. academic departments/institutions,  student groups, clinician groups (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.), committees, professional organizations, others? 
  • How did you initiate contact? 
  • How did you build your list of contacts? 
  • How do you keep users up-to-date on library news and services?
  • Do you advocate for users’ needs within your library? 
  • Has your library done team-based liaising? 
  • How do you maintain relationships in the midst of personnel changes? 
  • How do you measure return on investment (ROI) on the resources put into liaising? 
  • What strategies have been most/least successful?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Systematic Reviews


Medlibs and Systematic Reviews 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Amy Blevins (@blevinsa) and Janna Lawrence (@jannabeth)

Health sciences librarians are increasingly more involved in systematic reviews, as those leading the reviews recognize librarians’ expertise in searching.

Here are some definitions if you aren't familiar with SRs and meta-analysis.

Systematic Review: a high-level overview of primary research on a particular research question that tries to identify, select, synthesize and appraise all high quality research evidence relevant to that question in order to answer it. – Definition from Cochrane Collaboration

Meta-Analysis: a quantitative statistical analysis of several separate but similar experiments or studies in order to test the pooled data for statistical significance [often found within systematic reviews, but not the same]. – Definition from (All meta-analyses should be part of a systematic review, but not all systematic reviews will include a meta-analysis.)

We’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say about systematic reviews and librarians’ roles. Here are a few questions to think about in preparation for Thursday’s chat.

  • Are you currently working on SRs at your institution? 
  • If you aren't, do you want to? 
  • If you are, are you enjoying it? 
  • What types of training have you had? 
  • Do you have colleagues peer review your search strategies? 
  • How do you access resources if your institution does not have a subscription to a database needed for the review? 
  • Do you have a memorandum of understanding similar to this one?
      o Why or why not? 
  • How is record-keeping managed?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Medical Librarians Participating in Journal Clubs

the first rule of journal club is DO talk about journal club

Medlibs and Journal Clubs 
Thursday, March 12, 2015 
9:00 pm Eastern/ 6:00pm Pacific time
Led by Hilda Bastian (@hildabast)

Journal clubs have probably been around as long as there have been journals – and certainly since they started to boom in the 1800s. As well as a way to keep up with the literature, journal clubs play a key role in medical education. More about their history here:

Recently, PubMed Commons introduced journal club membership, with the goal of capturing the intellectual effort of journal clubs for a wider audience. You can read about it here: and see the first journal club members here:

Here are some questions we may address on Thursday, March 12:

• Are you involved in journal clubs – and how would you like to be?
• What works well?
• How do you avoid – or get around – problems?
• Are records kept, and what use do people make of them?
• How does the journal club fit in with CME at your place?
• What do you think of the opportunity to link your journal club up with PubMed Commons? Would you like to get involved?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Open mic


Open mic #medlibs chat
March 5, 2015
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

First things first: Did you participate in the poll for our followup discussion about the Horizon Report from last week? Get the details and make sure your voice is heard!

What else is on your mind regarding our field? What new and exciting things are you up to or seeking insights from others about lately at work? Join #medlibs lead moderator Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg) on Twitter Thursday at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific time.  Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat or #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and especially welcome students and newcomers.

Ideas parking lot:

New directions from the Medical Library Association (MLA) - check out the new Full Speed Ahead blog!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Horizon Report Chat


Horizon Report 
Thursday, February 26, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Co-led by P.F. Anderson (@pfanderson) & Kimberley Barker (@KR_Barker)

Horizon Report Trends (All Years)

The Horizon Report is a highly valued annual from the New Media Consortium which tracks and predicts emerging technologies that are expected to influence various aspects of academia. There are several reports, covering a range of educational domains, with the two of most interest to the medical library community being the Library Edition (newest released August 2014), and the Higher Education Edition (newest released February 2015).

The reports are structured around new technologies, trends, and issues shaping our environments. How relevant are they to those working in healthcare environments? What do medical librarians need to know about the issues and technologies? Let's find out when we talk about them!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Leadership and Management Chat


Leadership & Management
Thursday, February 19, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Teresa Knott (@tlknott)

According to Peter Drucker, “management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Over the last 10-15 years, there has been a great deal more focus on building leadership skills while downplaying management skills.

To me, they are complementary skills that come together to create a successful organization. I think this graphic sums it up nicely,

 Here are some questions we may address on Thursday, February 19:

  •  What traits did your best managers share? 
  •  What characteristic should every leader possess? 
  •  What mistakes do you commonly see leaders make? 
  •  Do you have resources that you would suggest for people to improve their management or leadership skills? 
  •  What are you doing to ensure that you continue to grow and develop as a leader? 
  •  What is the best advice you’ve gotten about building management skills? 
  •  Where do you see leaders in your organization? 
  •  Is leadership or management different in hospital or academic libraries? 
  •  How have you found opportunities to grow you skills in management and leadership? 
  •  If you’ve done a leadership program, what was the most important takeaway? 
  •  How have you seen line librarians move into management or leadership positions in flat organizations?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love & Hate Chat


Love & Hate in Medical Libraries
Thursday, February 12, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Michelle Kraft (@krafty) and Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

We had so much fun with this chat last year we're reprising it this year! One day you are Katrina and the Waves and you are "Walkin' on Sunshine" everything is good and falling into place.  Your searches are matching up just perfectly with MeSH, patrons are writing thank you emails, the CEO just praised you, and a new project is going like gang busters.  Life in the library is perfect.

BUUUT the next day (or week) you are Joan Jett growling, "I Hate Myself for Loving You" as nothing you do seems to be working.  PubMed keeps crashing, patrons are upset because you can't get the article from the  Journal of Big Toe Science written in Hindi rushed the same day and translated into English, your budget was cut more than expected, and administration or IT (take your pick) throws cold water all over your pet project.  Life in the library is like a bad relationship, where "I Love To Hate You" from Erasure can be the norm sometimes.

Like any career, medical librarianship has its ups and downs.  Saturday is Valentine's Day and to get in the spirit the #medlibs Twitter chat will be having fun discussing our love/hate relationships with medical librarianship.

So grab some wine and chocolate and curl up with your laptop and chat with us this Thursday 9pm eastern.  Don't forget to follow the hashtag #medlibs to watch and participate in the discussion.  Lurkers and late arrivals are always welcome.

For more information or questions tweet @eagledawg or @krafty or drop us an email.
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