Monday, January 25, 2016

Diagnostic Error Chat


Diagnostic Error (#DXError) Chat
Thursday, January 28, 2016
9:00 pm Eastern/6 :00 pm Pacific
Led by Lorri Zipperer (@lzipperer), Barbara Jones & Elaine Allgood

Diagnostic Error (DXerror)--a major factor in patient harm-- hasn’t received the attention it deserves as a challenge to safe healthcare until recently.  This #medlibs Twitter chat will focus discussion on how medical librarians and informationists as members of multidisciplinary teams can contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error. It hopes to surface evidence-based processes, knowledge sharing strategies and front line success stories to enhance the need for collaboration between clinicians and their librarians/ informationists to reduce organizational factors that minimize the reliable use of information, evidence and knowledge (#kmhcare) and challenge diagnostic safety.

Introductory resources:

A few readings on librarians, #DXerror and getting activated for #ptsafety:

Chat questions:
·         Why are you professionally interested in DXerror?
·         The existing role for librarians in diagnosis is to provide excellent research to support decision making (both patient and Clinician) and address bias. How can librarians best articulate this role to their leadership and organizations to improve the reliability of diagnostic processes and communication? What type of primary research does our profession need to resource and undertake to raise awareness of the role of librarians in Dxerror improvement?
·         Of the 8 recommendations in the 2015 IOM report on DXerror (see SIDM newsletter above for a brief discussion) which do you think our profession can impact the most? What door should this open to librarians to reframe their role in this work? What can be done tomorrow to make a difference?

·         Would it be of value to librarians to develop a checklist for frontline clinicians to support their effective searching – given they are quite likely to do their own in a number of circumstances. This could serve as a knowledge transfer tool from our profession to theirs. What other cognitive aids or tools could be developed?

About #medlibs

Join us on Twitter using the #medlibs hashtag Thursday evening to share your stories and engage with colleagues. Never been to a Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in - all are welcome including first timers, lurkers, students and others interested in the topic and the field.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Research Eval Support Chat


Training opportunities for Research Evaluation Support
Thursday, January 21, 2016

9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Kristi Holmes (@kristiholmes)

Libraries are becoming more and more involved with activities related to assessing and understanding research impact. Evaluation and assessment extends beyond basic bibliometrics and is an important way that libraries can support campus initiatives, get involved with research evaluation, and facilitate strategic planning activities with our expertise and resources.

I hope that we can use the twitter chat this week to accomplish a couple of key things:
  • Share some of the training opportunities that might exist for librarians and how you can get involved
  • Identify existing training gaps and brainstorm a bit about how we might be able to address these needs
Some interesting opportunities…


…and a great class at NIH, Bibliometrics for Portfolio Analysis -

International School on Research Impact Assessment
ISRIA was created in response to this growing demand for skilled people who can demonstrate the impact of research investments and/or activities. Through an intense, four-day course, participants have the opportunity to enhance their skills for the planning and development of assessment studies, to better understand how best to report and implement research impact assessments, and how to use those tools and techniques within their own organisations. Most importantly, participants have the chance to create lasting connections with the people they meet and to become a part of a growing global community of practice.

Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands
CWTS offers a range of courses on using bibliometric analyses for research management and research evaluation. Courses are regularly held in Leiden and we are also pleased to organize tailor-made on-site training courses. This training provides users of bibliometric analyses with the knowledge and skills they need to interpret bibliometric statistics properly and usefully. Sessions include: Measuring Science and Research Performance, Advanced Citation Analysis, Bibliometric Network Analysis and Science Mapping Using VOSviewer, and Tailor-made Training Courses.

The European Summer School for Scientometrics

esss offers training covering major aspects of quantitative analysis of science and technology and is especially designed for the needs of science policy makers, research quality managers, scientists and information specialists & librarians.

Attendees can expect a sound overview of state-of-the-art scientometric methods and  the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the most commonly used data bases, to learn how to construct relevant indicators and how to interpret the data. Theoretically imparted knowledge will be consolidated in hands-on trainings whenever suitable in order to guarantee a sustainable learning experience.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jan 14th - Planning Chat


Planning Chat for Winter 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

Happy New Year, #medlibs! Unfortunately our scheduled lead for Thursday, January 7th has a conflict and can't make it. I was initially thinking we could have a planning chat tonight instead.

Then I revisited reality. I don't know about all of you, but I'm still trying to get back into the rhythm of work/life/school etc after the holidays. Am I the only one too pooped when I get home each night to give much coherent thought to things other than flannel PJs, quality reading material, and the couch?

Let's regroup next week - what's on your mind for 2016? 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!