Monday, October 20, 2014

Thursday October 20th: gamification

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“Gamification” is an informal umbrella term for the use of video game elements in non-gaming systems to improve user experience and user engagement. (Deterding, 2011) A 2013 fact sheet from the Entertainment Software Association reported  more than half of Americans play video games, with an average of two gamers in each game-playing household. Forty percent of all gamers are female, and 49% of gamers are between ages 18 and 49. The average gamer spends 13 hours a week playing video games.

The 2013 Horizon Report lists game-based learning on the two-or-three-year horizon for adoption in higher ed.  So is it any real surprise gaming is creeping into #meded? Apps such as Stanford's Septris and Sicko, JHU's Osmosis, and VisualDX's Mobile quiz  are just a few examples of gamification in medicine. Libraries are trying to adopt the trend as well, a few examples include Library Quest from Grand Valley State University, @jabengston's Zombie Emergency and Citation Tic Tac Toe from James Madison University Libraries.

Are you using games to to teach, build awareness or provide library services? What are the challenges and benefits of incorporating games into education? Has anyone ever defeated the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nintendo? Set down your controller and join #medlibs for a chat on gaming in libraries and medical education.


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

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How Do #Medlibs Use Twitter to Collaborate?

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More Than Memes: How Do #medlibs Use Twitter for Collaboration?
Thursday, October 16, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Host: Cait Ford (@library_cait)
Co-host: David Tolmie (@dtolmie)

If you're reading this, chances are pretty good that you're familiar with the microblogging social media  platform Twitter. Twitter allows you to share with the world your thoughts, hopes, dreams, gripes, foibles, pictures of your cat, and anything else you can fit into 140 characters. With all the good and bad that can come with the use of social media, something great that has grabbed interest is the use of Twitter (in addition to other formats) to seek out, find and share ideas with like-minded folk – like us #medlibs.

Join us on Thursday night to chat about how you use Twitter in your professional life, and how it's facilitated the flow of ideas between medical librarians across the world.

Caitlyn (call her Cait, please) Ford (MLIS) is an Information Specialist at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health in Ottawa, Canada where she spends most of her time crafting literature search strategies. She is encouraged by her managers to engage with others and foster knowledge exchange and collaboration with colleagues by sharing resources, tips, tricks and keeping tabs on emerging technologies by using her personal Twitter account, as well as the organization's account. David Tolmie (MLIS) is an academic librarian at Bastyr University in Seattle with a keen interest in all things technology. He and Cait met via Twitter when she used the #medlibs hashtag asking why PubMed was throwing a fit; and a few months (and Tweets about boardgames and baking) later, they're collaborating on the chat!

Topics potentially covered in this chat:

  1. Why did you start using Twitter as an information professional?
  2. Do you have more than one account?
  3. Do you Tweet mainly about library, science or your other professional activities? Or do you have a mix of professional and personal Tweets?
  4. Do you Tweet from your own account, or make use of your organizations account (if one exists)?
  5. Why did you start to follow/ use the #medlibs hashtag? (eg.: share articles of interest, share tips/tricks, crowd-source a tough ref Qs, etc)
  6. Have you ever collaborated with another #medlib you met via Twitter on a project? (eg.: help with a difficult search; write an article, poster, presentation, etc.)
  7. Do you see Twitter as a space for collaboration among information professionals?
  8. Did you ever think you'd meet so many other great medical librarians through social media?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Other Conferences for Professional Development

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Other Relevant Conferences for Professional Development #medlibs chat
Thursday, October 9, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

Hosted by Emily Hurst (@hurstej)

From MLA to ALA each year librarians make the march to their professional meetings but what other job related conferences could librarians consider attending? How many of us have looked at the conferences and topics outside of “library-land?” Join us on Twitter Thursday night to find out!

Attending conferences focused on academic instruction, curriculum design, emerging technology, or a specific discipline can broaden a librarian’s perspective of their professional environment. Through conference attendance librarians can learn more about emerging trends in a specific discipline and come away with a better understanding of the faculty, students, or staff they serve. Information professional have always been quick to adapt and apply new strategies for information seeking purposes and learning about relevant issues is can be achieved by attending conferences outside of librarianship.

As the technology coordinator at the NN/LM SCR Emily J. Hurst, MSLS, AHIP has attended many meeting both inside and outside of the library realm. While the main focus of many of the conferences Emily has attended has been technology focused including SXSW Interactive and EDUCAUSE she has also participated in many discipline specific meetings including FENCE ( and NCCHC ( Emily is an avid tweeter and frequently shares the information she is exposed to at these meetings with others on Twitter. In Thursday’s chat Emily will guide us through some conferences to consider as well as some thoughts on justifying your attendance and how to stay involved via online sources.

Emily has been to a few conferences
Topics include:

• Wait?! You mean there are other conferences to attend not just ALA, SLA, PLA and MLA? How can I find out about these other conferences? Are some of these local?

• I actually learned something! Can I go back? A look at which conferences participants have attended and found useful.

• Writing justifications: How do we justify the need to attend meetings outside the scope of what may be seen as our profession?

• I can’t get funded to attend in person: Online sharing sessions and recaps of the top events. Yes! There really are ways to find out about conferences without attending.

• Get on the agenda and present at the next conference! Why not? It’s possible!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Calling all library students - Ask a Medical Librarian Chat w/ SJSU - Thursday Oct 2

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Ask a Medical Librarian Chat #medlibs chat
Thursday, October 2, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Hosted by Molly Knapp (@dial_m) & Laura Wright (@lauraiswright)

Calling all library students - Join the SJSU Special Libraries Association (SLA) student group and #medlibs chat on Thursday, October 2nd from 9-10 pm EDT (6-7 pm PDT) to discuss issues relating to medical librarianship. #medlibs chat will be answering any questions that you might have about being a medical librarian.

Topics will include
What do #medlibs do all day?  Tweet.
  • What medical librarians do all day?
  • What are hot topics in medical libraries?
  • What challenges do medical libraries face?
  • How are medical libraries different from other types of libraries? 
  • How are medical libraries similar to other types of libraries?
  • What knowledge, skills and abilities are needed to break into the medical library job field?

Any questions you have about medical librarianship are welcome!

Join us on Twitter for a 1 hour discussion. Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat or #medlibs before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and welcome all newcomers.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Journal Club: Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles

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#medlibs Journal Club Chat
Thursday, September 25, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Tony Nguyen & Ryan Madanick, MD

We're having a special Journal Club discussion this Thursday! #medlibs and #meded are having a joint discussion on the following article:

Rethlefsen ML, Murad MH, Livingston EH. Engaging medical librarians to improve the quality of review articles. JAMA. 2014 Sep 10; 312(10):999-1000. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.9263. PMID: 25203078. Accessed September 22, 2014. Available at:

TOPIC 1: How can librarians & academic physicians best collaborate in performing and drafting systematic reviews?

TOPIC 2: How can journals require syst reviews to have such strict standards w despite lmted resources ($, demand for #medlibs, etc)? Medical librarians are already experts at literature searching, while physicians rarely are.

TOPIC 3: To what degree should medical & other healthcare students/trainees learn such skills vs collaborate w librarians?

TOPIC 4: How can interprofessional education at various levels of training include librarians to foster better engagement?

Co-author Melissa Rethlefsen's thoughts:

  • The article was written to be a JAMA standard for authors writing systematic and other types of review article. Should the standards be so high for non-systematic reviews?
  • What are the best ways for librarians to collaborate with physicians and other review authors?
  • Do medical libraries have the capacity to handle the potential demand for our services?
  • Do all medical librarians need to brush off their expert searching skills, or can we continue to be specialized?
  • Searching services might be costly at some institutions or not available. How will the inequity in services affect review authors?
  • The article strongly encourages librarians to be co-authors. What is the most effective way to become an author versus acknowledged?
  • Many review article authors use librarian to do searches, but don't credit them, even with an acknowledgment. How can we change that culture?
  • Librarians have already begun peer-reviewing systematic review journal submissions. It may become more common. How should that impact the training researchers receive?
  • JAMA included medical librarians as part of the clinical research team; can inter-professional education including librarians help foster better engagement?
  • The article was not focused on systematic reviews, but many of the techniques included are based on systematic review methodology. Are expert reviews dead?
  • Training health care professional students to become expert searches on the level needed for a systematic review is not desirable. When, if ever, should we teach those skills?
  • How can we encourage other journals to adopt similarly rigorous standards that require medical librarian engagement? 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scheduling Chat

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Topics & Scheduling/Open Mic  

Thursday, September 18, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time

#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

Thanks to your ideas and interests we are solidly scheduled through Fall (so you can love or leave the whole pumpkin spice thing) but Winter and 2015 will be upon us before you know it. Let's not lose our strong momentum that is bringing more collaboration (stay tuned for a joint #meded #medlibs chat about Melissa Rethlefsen's recent JAMA article next week!), library student participation (such as last week's visit by Sally Gore's class and a future Library Student Q&A chat in October), and professional networking to our field. 

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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Librarians in the Clinical Setting Chat

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Librarian comfort in the clinical setting
Thursday, September 11, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Led by Julia Esparza (@JuliaEsparza)

Have you always wanted to go into the clinical environment and work side by side with clinicians but feel you don’t have the adequate knowledge?  Are you a Clinical Medical Librarian (CML), Informationist or other librarian working at the point-of-care? What did you wish you knew when you started working in the clinical environment? Join us this Thursday night on Twitter using the #medlibs hashtag! Never participated in a hashtag chat before? Please check out this overview and come on in, we are a very supportive community that especially welcomes first timers and students! 

Julia Esparza, AHIP, a CML from LSU Health Shreveport, LA, with the support from the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) is organizing an on-demand, multi-sectional CE divided into two modules.  Each module will discuss the clinical environment and touch on common diagnoses, the best resources for finding answers and specific resources with which the librarian should be familiar.  In addition, the Common Diagnoses sessions in Module 2 will include a clinician component discussing how librarians can aid clinicians at the point-of-care.

We are requesting feedback on what you feel you need to know!

Join us for the #medlibs chat and provide feedback on the following questions.

1. If you had administrative support to enter the clinical environment, what knowledge would you like to have to feel comfortable starting out?

2. Having worked in the clinical environment, what do you wish you knew when you started?

Proposed CE modules

Module 1 (possible prerequisite to Module 2) – 5 total CE hours possible
Working as a Librarian in the Clinical Environment
Intro to Common Physical Examine and Vital Sign Abnormalities
Intro to Laboratory and Microbiology Abnormalities
Intro to ECG Abnormalities
Intro to Radiology Abnormalities

Module 2 – if Librarian Subject Experts in these areas are found there will be a possible 23 CE hours possible – topics may change

Common Diagnoses in Internal Medicine - Inpatient Setting
Common Diagnoses in Internal Medicine - Outpatient Setting
Common Diagnoses in Pediatrics - Inpatient Setting
Common Diagnoses in Pediatrics - Outpatient Setting
Common Diagnoses in Cardiology
Common Diagnoses in Endocrinology
Common Diagnoses in Neurology
Common Diagnoses in Nephrology
Common Diagnoses in Rheumatology
Common Diagnoses in Pulmonology
Common Diagnoses in Infectious Disease
Common Diagnoses in Gastroenterology
Common Diagnoses in Hepatology
Common Diagnoses in Gynecology
Common Diagnoses in Obstetrics
Common Diagnoses in Hematology
Common Diagnoses in Oncology
Common Diagnoses in Ophthalmology
Common Diagnoses in Psychiatry
Common Surgeries
Common Orthopedic Surgeries
Common Issues in Critical Care
Common Issues in the Emergency Room

Proposed Agenda for Module 2 sessions (1 hour sessions – i.e. Common Surgeries is one session)

Welcome to CE series (1 minute) – J. Esparza
Welcome to Topic (1-4 minutes) – Librarian Subject Expert
Top 5 to 10 DX in area (10-20 minutes) – Clinician
How librarian can aid clinicians clinically and help education students/residents (10 minutes) – Clinician
Discussion (25 minutes) – Librarian Subject Expert
1. Resources used most - textbooks, databases, journals referenced a lot, journals to scan table of contents - etc.
2. Important abbreviations
3. Important diagnostic tests often referenced in the area
Assessment (not included in CE time – up to 20 minutes) – Participant on own

If interested in joining the project, contact Julia M. Esparza, MLS, AHIP at (