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!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quantified Self Chat

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Thursday, November 20th 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Host: Marie Ascher @mascher

The Quantified Self: self-knowledge through self-tracking. What does that mean? Check out this 5 minute TED talk
We may all be participating whether we know it or not in a movement called "the quantified self." How many of us use apps or wear devices to track our eating habits, exercise, sleep, other health indicators such as blood pressure and external factors such as air quality? Have you had your genome sequenced? Might you want to quantify your baby's naps and nappy changes?

Join #medlibs on Twitter during this chat where we will discuss this trend, devices and apps of interest, and potential concerns and benefits of quantifying yourself!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Tech Trends Chat

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Top Tech Trends chat
Thursday, November 13, 2014
9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific
Host: Emily Hurst (@hurstej)

ooooh, Oogle Goggles...
Interested in the Internet of Things? Obsessed with wearables? Preparing for 3D bio-printing?

If you never miss the Top Tech Trends panel presentation at the annual Medical Library Association meeting you won’t want to miss this lively discussion Thursday 9pm Eastern on the #medlibs hashtag. Technology plays a big role in our jobs as information professionals, is constantly evolving, and new technology is often quickly integrated into health and medical practice. New technologies are also being used to support medical education. Join in this chat to learn more about some of the top tech trends other Medical Librarians are using around the country.

Discussion topics will include places to find out about technology including the Horizon Report ( for education and the Gartner Hype Cycle ( for quickly emerging trends as well as sharing about the latest technologies medical librarians and their clients are using for both education and health improvement purposes.

Emily (@hustej) is currently the Technology Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region in Houston, Texas. She has been teaching, training, and spreading the word about emerging technology trends for over four years.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Scholarly Communication and the Medical Librarian

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Scholarly Communication chat
Thursday, November 4, 2014
9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific
Host: Margaret Henderson (@mehlibrarian)

In the past, Scholarly Communication generally encompassed how research was disseminated, i.e. scholarly publishing, and maybe a little on how scholars share amongst themselves. Now, Scholarly Communication impacts all areas of scholarship, covering a diverse array of services that help people share information. Scholarly Communication groups are often based in libraries and their areas of expertise could include any or all of the following: 

  • authors’ rights
  • copyright
  • open access
  • institutional repositories
  • rights to federally funded research - articles and data
  • data management
  • copyright
  • plagiarism
  • models of publishing
  • economics of scholarly resources
  • usage metrics 
  • altmetrics

  • Join us to discuss the questions you have had in these areas, and how you resolved those questions. Or maybe the group can help with some answers.
    If you want to learn more, take a look through these organization and library websites related to scholarly communication.

    Medical Library Association
    Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
    National Network of Libraries of Medicine (for smaller health science libraries)
    Association of Research Libraries
    Association of College and Research Libraries
    Columbia University
    Duke University
    University of Central Florida
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    All About ORCID

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    ORCID and Libraries Chat
    Thursday, October 30, 2014 
    9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific 
    Host: Kristi Holmes (@kristiholmes)

    Hey #medlibs! As you all know, the issue of unique scholarly identifiers is one that has been of interest to our crowd for a long while. Join us on Twitter on Thursday, October 30th at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific to talk about probably the most well-known and broadly accepted, ORCID! What's ORCID, you ask? ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. (Thanks,!) This week we'll chat about some of the basics and hear from colleagues who are actively involved with ORCID projects.

    • Who has an ORCID and how are YOU using it professionally? 
    • What is the value of ORCID to different stakeholders? 
    • What kind of broad integrations have been supported by ORCID so far? 
    • How are LIBRARIES getting involved? 

    Please share your projects, bring your questions, and settle in for the discussion.

    If you want to get a jump start on the fun, ORCID is hosting a webinar the same morning of our #medlibs chat (Oct 30th at 8am Eastern - a bit hardcore for the 5am Pacific crowd!) of "Libraries, Researchers, and ORCID." Please see the ORCID blog at for more information.

    You may also find the recent OCLC Research Report, "Registering Researchers in Authority Files" of great interest, too. There is a lot of really great information about a host of related issues and efforts here!