Friday, July 25, 2014

Journal Club: Emerging roles for biomedical librarians

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#medlibs Journal Club Chat 
Thursday, July 31, 2014 
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time  

Journal Club is back! In preparation for Thursday's chat, I’ve selected the following article:

Crum JA, Cooper ID. Emerging roles for biomedical librarians: a survey of current practice, challenges, and changes. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Oct; 101(4):278-86. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.009. PubMed PMID: 24163599; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3794683. Available at: Accessed July 25, 2014.

* Supplementary resources can be found here: 

Why was this article chosen?
  1. Anyone can read it for FREE on PubMed Central. Free is awesome.
  2. This article is pre-approved by the MLA for 1 MLA CE contact hour in the MLA Independent Reading program (IRP).
  3. Janet A. Crum, MLS, AHIP, one of the authors of the article will join in the chat. This is a great opportunity for you to gain author insight and become more informed. 
  4. #medlibs may have some interest in the emerging roles of biomedical librarians or is that just me?
More information about the MLA IRP can be found here: After our discussion, you can fill out the IRP Article Analysis Application: and submit payment for CE credit. Please note that 3 MLA CE Contact Hours a year can be obtained with IRP.

Here’s the current Journal Club structure. As you read the article, consider the following in 131 characters or less. (The #medlibs tag does take some space and we need it for see what you would like to add to the discussion.)
  • xx:05 or xx:10 – Facts: It's important to discuss the facts. However, since we have the author(s) present, we can ask them questions directly. and talk about what stood out in the survey and interested you. We can ask the authors what issues they came across when developing the survey, obtaining participation, etc. Whatever comes to mind.
  • xx:25 – Interpretation: If you've looked over their methods and results, what were the strengths/weaknesses that you found? If you've looked over the supplementary resources, was there something that could have been asked in the survey that was not?
  • xx:40 – Implications: After reading this article, how do you feel that this impacts your education and career development? What have you done in contribution to the emerging roles listed? 
Grab your favorite beverage and get ready to discuss this article. I know from any and all previous Twitter chats we may diverge from the topic at hand and that’s perfectly fine.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday’s #medlibs chat!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Open mic chat

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Open mic #medlibs chat
July 24, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

What's on your mind regarding our field? 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.

I'm thinking about our current continuing education opportunities in the field and if they're matching what we need in light of what Meredith Farkas wrote today in On tenure, after three years on the tenure track. What would help?

Librarians get little education in research design and then are told they must do research to keep their jobs. If we can barely find the time to do our scholarship, is it any wonder that we don’t have time to become good researchers?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Code of Conduct Chat

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Code of conduct #medlibs chat
July 17, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

Come discuss conference codes of conduct with officers from the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Relevant Issues Section. Moderators are section Chair Rachel Walden (@rachel_w) and Chair-Elect Kate Flewelling (@flewkate). 

You don't have to be an MLA or Relevant Issues Section member to join the discussion!  Never participated in a 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.

What does an inclusive and welcoming conference look like?

Increasingly, professional and tech conferences are adopting anti-harassment policies and codes of conduct. The Relevant Issues Section of MLA would like to explore having one for MLA meetings.

For background, check out:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

American Medical Student Research Journal Chat

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat

Join Julia M. Esparza (@juliaesparza), MLS, AHIP as she leads a discussion with Nadine Kaskas and others from American Medical Student Research Journal (AMSRJ) on the development of the journal, the lessons learned, and after the successful launch of the first issue the future plans of the journal.  

Medical students at Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport, LA (LSU Health Shreveport) felt there was a lack of reviewer and editorial opportunities for medical students. They wanted to create an independent, open-access medical student journal to provide a fair and focused platform for international, multi-institutional student participation in the peer review and editorial process at all levels. They felt this experience would be of value to future clinicians and physician-scientists.

Led by Nadine Kaskas (Editor-in-Chief) and David Ballard (Deputy Editor) and with the help of 39 supportive faculty advisors the students embarked on a journey to develop a publishing infrastructure, create standardized education for student reviewers and editors, call for submissions and publish an open access journal within 10 months.

The journal is unique as a student journal because it is set up as an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3) without an official institutional affiliation. With a goal of providing a publishing outlet for basic science and clinical research as well as a platform for students to share their clinical experiences with each other, they were excited when they received submissions from medical students from over 29 institutions, with many of them international.

During the development, at the suggestion of other faculty, Ms. Kaskas sought suggestions from the Department of Medical Library Science Faculty at LSU Health Shreveport on publishing software (that was free), creating educational videos for the editors, and assisting in a final copy editing review of the first issue. In addition, through the network power of Medlib-L and AAHSL-all, the librarians helped distribute the call for submissions and the announcement of the first issue publication to the powerful librarian network.


• The American Medical Student Research Journal (AMSRJ) is an academic publication written, reviewed, and edited by medical students working in association with faculty mentors

• AMSRJ publishes original research, reviews, case reports, policy position articles, humanities essays, and artwork

• AMSRJ is run by a team of over 100 with 11 student editors, 39 faculty advisors, 76 reviewers and reviewers-in-training, and an International Marketing


• Since releasing the first call for submissions November 2013, we have received submissions from 29 institutions

• We are CrossRef members and have DOI privileges

• We have over 900 followers on Facebook and have received promotion from the AAMC, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Medical Library Association, and several universities across the US.

Spring 2014 Issue

• Our first issue featured a Foreword from Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, the New England Journal of Medicine Editor-in-Chief, and students from Cornell University, Duke University, LSU Health Shreveport and New Orleans, Penn State University, Stanford University, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Birmingham (England), University of California Los Angeles, University of Colorado, Virginia Commonwealth University, West Virginia University, and Yale University.

• Since online publication May 25, the first issue has received over 10,500 views in a little over a month.

• The current issue page, which has links to the full issue in pdf and e-reader format, as well as each individual article pdf, can be found here

Encourage Students to Get Involved

• Manuscript submission deadline for the next issue is July 31st

• Reviewers accepted on a rolling basis

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Relevant Issues chat

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Relevant Issues #medlibs chat

June 26, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

AIDS information. Medical consequences of war. Health literacy. Workforce diversity.

For more than 30 years, the Relevant Issues section of MLA has focused on the wide range of ever-changing social issues that touch and concern our profession.

In 2014-2015, we want to hear from you.

What social issues would you like to see Relevant Issues act on, this year and in years to come? What issues affect how our patrons can access, use, and gain value from our information? What issues are important to address in the profession itself?

Moderated by section Chair Rachel Walden (@rachel_w) and Chair-Elect Kate Flewelling (@flewkate), we’ll discuss the issues important to you right now, what work you’d like to see the section tackle, and our 2014-2015 MLA program theme, “The Librarian as Activist.”

You do not need to be a Relevant Issues section member or even an active MLA member to participate in this chat. We would like input from as many people as possible!  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Maker faires #medlibs chat

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Maker Faires Chat
Thursday, June 19, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat

What is the Maker Movement, and how does it connect to participatory medicine and personalized healthcare? How is this changing healthcare? How is this changing libraries? How does this connect to the roots of health and healthcare?  What are roles for libraries in 'makering'? 

Come and discuss with your host Patricia Anderson (@pfanderson) on our #medlibs Twitter chat for an hour on June 19, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific time! 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. Check out more resources below! 

Wednesday June 18 is the first ever White House Maker Faire.

Mainmonides Medical Center and MIT Little Devices Group partnered on the first Maker Nurse Mini-Maker Faire held in a hospital on May 28th. 

The University of Michigan just announced a maker fest for August 16.

More details:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thursday, June 12: Open Access free for all

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Open Access Chat
Thursday, June 12, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat

This week #medlibs discusses open access. As defined by PLoS, open access (OA)  "stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse." I am not an expert on OA. I am not a lawyer & this is not legal advice. (#IANAL & #TINLA) I like free stuff. I think folks who write & publish should retain what they wrote and published. I want "Big Journa" to not profit so much off scientific research. And full disclosure, I'm planning an 'Author prerogatives' forum with our Office of Research later this year, so I want to hear what other folks are doing in the open access arena.

  • What do you do when you get copyright/OA questions from your patrons? 
  • How do you explain author rights to faculty? 
  • Do you consider OA & publishing guidance part of your role at your institution? 
  • What OA initiatives & resources are out there for #medlibs? 
  • How does anyone profit off OA (vendors, publishers, authors, etc)
  • What are the positive and negative aspects of OA? 
Useful Hashtags
  • #medlibs
  • #OA (open access)
  • #IANAL (hee hee)
  • #TINLA (for the easily offended)
Open access week is in October. Join us for an #OA conversation, & leave with ideas for your library. That's my sneaky plan. 

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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