Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scheduling Chat

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 (  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Interprofessional Education Chat

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Interprofessional Education (IPE) #medlibs chat
Thursday, September 4, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Led by Roy Brown (@CarolinaFan1982)

Interprofessional collaboration is becoming the norm in healthcare as practitioners are finding that patient care is greatly improved by a team approach. These teams are composed of representatives from different health professions like medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and others, depending on the needs of the patient. These teams collaborate in order to treat the whole patient while addressing their healthcare needs.

This movement towards interprofessionalism has had a great effect on the education of students in all the health professions. Traditionally these students were trained to care for patients in silos with little discussion of working with the other healthcare providers. Today that is no longer the case and across the health professions there is a push to incorporate interprofessional education to train students to communicate effectively and collaborate with others for better patient care.

These changes open up new opportunities for librarians to become more involved in healthcare and to become a conduit to bring groups together and meet the needs of those involved in interprofessional education. Please join us on Thursday, September 4th at 9pm (EST) on Twitter to discuss what you and your colleagues are doing to support interprofessional education/collaboration and to explore future roles that librarians could play.

Chat Questions

1. What trend(s) are you seeing at your institution when it comes to interprofessional education?

2. What role is your library playing when it comes to supporting interprofessional education/collaboration?

3. What role would you like your library to play when it comes to interprofessional education?

4. With the focus on IPE, do you see a need for librarians to acquire new skills? If so, what would those be?

Resources for Further Reading

Panel, I. E. C. E. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel.

Janke, R., & Rush, K. L. (2014). The academic librarian as co‐investigator on an interprofessional primary research team: a case study. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 31(2), 116-122.

Butera, G., Gomes, A., Harrod, T., Kakar, S., Frank, J. B., & Owens, J. (2013). Expanding our Roles: Embedded in Curriculum Design.

Bridges, D. R., Davidson, R. A., Odegard, P. S., Maki, I. V., & Tomkowiak, J. (2011). Interprofessional collaboration: three best practice models of interprofessional education. Medical education online, 16.

American Interprofessional Health Collaborative -

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Special Tuesday Chat: FDA Social Media


FDA Guidelines on Social Media #medlibs chat
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
2pm Eastern/11am Pacific
Led by Patricia Anderson (@pfanderson)

The FDA has released their new draft guidelines for use of social media, and the end of the comment period is rapidly approaching (September 18, 2014). David Harlow, a health policy expert and lawyer, is recommending that people consider these guidelines in the context of recent FDA Warning Letters, some of which are rather surprising. 

When implemented, there is potential for these guidelines to impact on the use of social media by corporations, but also by clinicians, medical educators, researchers, students, and more. It may impact on how students are taught to use social media, or to avoid its use. As medical librarians, we should be aware of this, and consider commenting. 

How could you see these impacting on your own job? Do you agree or disagree with the guidelines? How would you change them if you could?


Anderson, PF. FDA On Social Media: Time to Pay Attention, Take Two

Federal Register. Draft Guidance for Industry on Internet/Social Media Platforms: Correcting Independent Third-Party Misinformation About Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices; Availability:

FDA: Warning Letters: 2014: Zarbee’s, Inc. 6/27/14:

Harlow, David. #FDAsm – FDA Releases Draft Social Media Guidance Five Years After Public Hearing

Harlow, David. FDA Social Media Guidance – Hangout on Air

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. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thursday Night #medlibs On Break for August

Due to a notable decline in participation and availability (work/vacation balance is a good thing!) observed during the past few weeks, your lead #medlibs moderator (Nikki Dettmar @eagledawg) has made an executive decision to honor her French heritage and be an Augustist: The Thursday night chat will take the month of August on holiday!

Our next regular scheduled Thursday night chat (more details later):

Interprofessional Education #medlibs chat
Thursday, September 4, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Led by Roy Brown (@CarolinaFan1982)

Stay tuned for details of special off-schedule chats in the interim during daytime hours! Interested in hosting one? Tweet Nikki (@eagledawg) about what subject you'd like to host & when and we'll include it here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thursday August 7th: gamification in libraries & #meded

This chat has been rescheduled for Oct. 23, 2014

“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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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!