Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Code of Conduct Chat

Edit: Transcript at http://bit.ly/1zOJtAR 

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

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1r1lKuR 

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

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1jpEAUA

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

Edit: Transcript http://bit.ly/1pkruvn 

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

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1sa7GjP 

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.

Hosted by dial_m 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Scheduling Chat

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1mXWDDq

#medlibs Topics & Scheduling 
Thursday, June, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat

Bring your ideas, enthusiasm and calendars - the dynamic networking of #medlibs can't happen by itself without you and some planning.  Please don't feel that you need to be the expert resource to lead a chat - as long as you have a strong interest and some resources to share, our group hivemind usually takes care of the rest!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MLA 2014 Meeting

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1ixkeb4

MLA 2014 Meeting Chat
Thursday, May 29, 2014
6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern on #medlibs
Led by Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

Whew! Are you finally caught up on work after all the fun we had in Chicago during the Medical Library Association meeting last week? What caught your attention there? What are you and your colleagues/fellow students talking about now that you're back in the office/at school? What's ahead?

Come share your thoughts and perspectives! Never participated in a #medlibs or other Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community and are especially keeping an eye out to welcome and support your participation if you've just heard about this for the first time during the meeting.