Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Horizon Report, Continued

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1GQTwcJ

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

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1BP7mFA

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 http://rusa.metapress.com/content/k6737757m0745331/

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

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1FHnG1B

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 http://www.cochrane.org/about-us/evidence-based-health-care

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 www.merriam-webster.com (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? http://libguides.ecu.edu/ld.php?content_id=4600624
      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
Transcript: http://bit.ly/1L4JLfd

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: http://blogs.plos.org/absolutely-maybe/sciences-water-coolers-turning-up-the-volume-on-journal-clubs/

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: http://pubmedcommonsblog.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2014/12/17/introducing-pubmed-commons-journal-clubs/ and see the first journal club members here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/journal-clubs/about/

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?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Open mic

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1wZkY0f 

Open mic #medlibs chat
March 5, 2015
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

First things first: Did you participate in the poll for our followup discussion about the Horizon Report from last week? Get the details and make sure your voice is heard!

What else is on your mind regarding our field? What new and exciting things are you up to or seeking insights from others about lately at work? 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.

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New directions from the Medical Library Association (MLA) - check out the new Full Speed Ahead blog!