Friday, April 17, 2015

Journal Club: Harnessing the Power of Game Dynamics

#medlibs Journal Club Chat
Thursday, April 23, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by @TonyNguyen411

We're having a Journal Club discussion Thursday! #medlibs will have a chat on the following article:

Kim, B. (2012). Harnessing the power of game dynamics. Why, how to, and how not to gamify the library experience. College & Research Libraries News, 73(8), 465-469. Available at:

I have a few reasons why I selected this article, but that'll likely come up during the discussion. Here are a few questions we'll consider:

1.    What examples mentioned in the article sound implementable within your institution?

2.    Have you already applied game dynamics at your work? Why/Why not?

3.    What lessons have you learned if you have applied game dynamics?

4.    Are there any tools that you can share with the group who are looking to implement game dynamics within their institution? What about tools used for instruction?

Join me Thursday with your choice of beverage as we discuss this article and how we can utilize game dynamics within our profession. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chat with new MLA Executive Director


Medical Library Association Executive Director #medlibs chat
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Led by Teresa Knott (@tlknott) & Michelle Kraft (@krafty)

Hey #medlibs, have you been curious about the new executive director of the Medical Library Association (MLA), Kevin Baliozian?

Kevin joined MLA on January 15, 2015 and has worked with the MLA Board to move rapidly to assess and refocus our energies on addressing strategic issues. These efforts are being shared in the MLA Full Speed Ahead blog.

Have you been reading the new MLA Full Speed Ahead blog? To date, Kevin has shared three blog posts:

Polish up your questions and your thoughts about MLA’s future for our special guest on Thursday, April 16 with @KevinBaliozian, we look forward to having you join us! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Reverse mentoring


Reverse Mentoring #medlibs chat
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Led by Teresa Knott (@tlknott) 

What does reverse mentoring mean? To me, it acknowledges that while we tend to think of mentoring as being a hierarchical relationship, it can and should be a relationship based on sharing expertise or knowledge regardless of a perceived hierarchical relationship. People at every stage of their career have expertise and knowledge that is valuable to the community and colleagues.

If I don’t know how to use Twitter beyond sending a simple tweet, I can use the expertise of someone who leverages Twitter to gather information and build relationships with experts. My best source of such information could well be from someone like Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg), who has a great deal of expertise in social media and readily shares what she knows.

From my perspective, the most successful mentoring relationships are mutually beneficial – each party gains valuable knowledge from the other.

Questions to consider:
  1. Have you had a successful experience in a reverse mentoring relationship? What made it work well?
  2. What areas of expertise do you believe are ripe for reverse mentoring?
  3. Would this be useful to add to the Medical Library Association’s expertise database?

Here are some articles that you may find useful:
Reverse Mentoring: What Age Can Learn from Youth from American Express Open Forum

Best quote from the article comes from Alan Webber, co-founder of Fast Company, explaining reverse mentoring:  “It’s a situation where the old fogies in an organization realize that by the time you’re in your forties and fifties, you’re not in touch with the future the same way the young twenty-something’s. They come with fresh eyes, open minds, and instant links to the technology of our future.”

Reverse Mentoring from Clutterback Associates
Reverse Mentoring Cracks Workplace from the Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Horizon Report, Continued


Horizon Report 2
Thursday, April 2, 2015

9:00pm EDT/6:00pm Pacific
Co-led by Emily Hurst (@hurstej) & P.F. Anderson (@pfanderson)

If you joined the #medlibs Horizon Report chat on February 26th you know that we loved discussing all aspects of the 2014 Horizon Report.
In fact, #medlibs had so much to say the conversation is back for round two this week! 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.

After the initial chat, participants were asked to take a survey to select the top challenges and technologies faced by medical librarians to discuss for this chat and the top results are:

Embedding Academic and Research Libraries in the Curriculum and
Rethinking the Roles and Skills of Librarians

Bibliometrics & Citation Technologies and
Open Content

This week's #medlibs chat will allow everyone to provide examples, case studies and ideas for how medical librarians can tackle some of the biggest changes in the profession and use technology to better reach our users.

Read more about the Horizon report:

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?