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CE Course: Becoming an Expert Searcher

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Please join us on Wednesday, September 17th for the 8-hour CE course “Becoming an Expert Searcher,” taught by Terry Ann Jankowski, University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

For more information, and to register for this class, please visit

Please note: we are debuting a new registration process for this meeting.  Please complete the registration form on our website.  That registration form will generate an email to me.  When I receive that email, I will complete your registration and issue an invoice for payment.  You may process that invoice through your accounts payable department, or bring payment in the form of cash or check on the day of the class.

If you have any questions about the class or the registration process, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Robert T. Mackes, MLS, AHIP

Executive Director

Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey

Project Manager

HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

PO Box 7908

Princeton, NJ 08543-7908

Re-skilling for Research

Monday, August 11th, 2014

New Report from RLUK “Re-skilling for Research” Looks at Changing Needs of Researchers and Effects on Libraries:

Data Visualizations at Information is Beautiful

Monday, August 11th, 2014

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

New OERC Blog posting! This is to let you know that a new OERC Blog article has become available. You can find this article online here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

The OERC will be attending the Library Assessment Conference at University of Washington this week, where we will be learning about new trends in library assessment, evaluation, and improvement. Stayed tuned to our blog and we will pass along what we learn. The LAC is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries.

In the meantime, I want to leave you with a fun data visualization site to explore while we’re gone.  David McCandless creates wonderful infographics for his site “Information is Beautiful.”  Many are health-related. All are gorgeous.  You can find the list of data visualizations here.

The Value Study as a Tool for Library Advocacy (Boost Box session)

Monday, August 4th, 2014


  • Joanne Gard Marshall, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Julia Sollenberger, Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center

Date / Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Summary: The speakers will present the results of the Value Study the most useful for library advocacy and discuss how results are being used by librarians across the country. Over 16,000 physicians, residents and nurses served by 56 libraries participated in the study. As a result, the findings can be used by both participating and non-participating libraries.

Librarians are using the results to advocate for the importance of the library through posters, presentations, newsletters and personal contacts with administrators, educators and clinicians. Time saved by health professionals is also being also converted into dollars saved to show cost-effectiveness. Our examples show that librarians are using the results, but customizing their advocacy efforts so that they have maximum impact on their institution.

Librarians are making frequent use of the resources available on the Value Study website:, containing an overview of the study results suitable for presentation. Librarians are welcome to use the full presentation or key slides as needed.  Specialized PowerPoint summary reports are also available based on geographic region, as well as AAHSL and non-AAHSL sites, and the profession of respondents. The site provides access to the data and all supporting materials, including the survey. Features encourage data use, benchmarking with similar types of libraries, as well as study replication. Links to peer reviewed journal articles based on the study results are also available on the site. Two new publications, one in a nursing journal and one in a health care management journal are about to appear. Results from these additional analyses will be discussed.

NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Health and Science Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Monday, August 4th, 2014


Presenter:      Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              August 25, 2014

Where:             Online


Summary: This class will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS. The online course is approved for 3 MLA CEs.

Update: Easy-to-Use Online Tools to Create Effective Tutorials

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Ready, Set, Go: Easy-to-Use Online Tools to Create Effective “How-To” Tutorials(TechTime session)

This presentation by Andrew Youngkin of NN/LM SE/A was a big hit! You can find the recording and slides available at:

Andrew has provided additional information based on our discussions below.

References about the effectiveness of online teaching:

  • Measuring medical student preference: a comparison of classroom versus online instruction for teaching PubMed. By: Schimming, Laura M. Journal of the Medical Library Association. Jul2008, Vol. 96 Issue 3, p217-222.


  • Evaluation of best practices in the design of online evidence-based practice instructional modules. By: Foster, Margaret J.; Shurtz, Suzanne; Pepper, Catherine. Journal of the Medical Library Association. Jan2014, Vol. 102 Issue 1, p31-40. DOI: 10.3163/1536-5050.102.1.007.


  • Graduate Student Library Research Skills: Is Online Instruction Effective? By: Shaffer, Barbara A.. Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, v5 n1-2 p35-55 2011. (EJ925369)


  • Using an Interactive Online Tutorial to Expand Library Instruction. By: Stiwinter, Katherine. Internet Reference Services Quarterly. Jan-Mar2013, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p15-41. 27p. DOI: 10.1080/10875301.2013.777010.


  • Using Online Tutorials to Reduce Uncertainty in Information Seeking Behavior. By: Brumfield, Elizabeth Jean. Journal of Library Administration. 2008, Vol. 48 Issue 3/4, p365-377.


  • The Effectiveness of Online Video Tutorials as Supplemental Library Instruction. By: Wyant, Nicholas. Kansas Library Association College & University Libraries Section Proceedings, 2013, Vol. 3, p39-43, 6p. Publisher: College & University Libraries Section of KULS.


  • Assessing Patron Learning from an Online Library Tutorial By: Blummer, Barbara. Community & Junior College Libraries, v14 n2 p121-138 2007. (EJ840542)


  • Are Online Tutorials Effective? A Comparison of Online and Classroom Library Instruction Methods By: Silver, Susan L.; Nickel, Lisa T., Research Strategies, v20 n4 p389-396 2005. (EJ763685)


  • On Campus or out of Town: How Publishing Online Tutorials Can Help Your Patrons By: Blake, Lindsay. Computers in Libraries, v29 n4 p11-13, 31 Apr 2009. (EJ835990)


  • Now’s the Time: Online Library Orientations By: Farrell, Sandy L.; Driver, Carol; Weathers, Anita. Community & Junior College Libraries, v17 n1 p7-14 2011. (EJ923189)

PubMed Commons Update

Monday, August 4th, 2014

PubMed Commons set the stage for commenting on any publication in PubMed, the world’s largest searchable database of biomedical literature. New infrastructure and design enhancements have been implemented to improve the user experience and support the PubMed Commons community, and they are now live on PubMed and PubMed Commons.

At center stage is new artwork that has been adopted for the PubMed Commons blog, Twitter account, and home page, to present a clear, unified identity across platforms. The home page has also been streamlined to consolidate information about joining and using PubMed Commons in a single page to help users get started. A synopsis of the most recent blog post is now available at the top of the home page to help users stay up-to-date on PubMed Commons.


For several months, comment rating has given members the chance to weigh in on what comments they find useful. Visitors to PubMed can see these ratings alongside comments. Ratings are a key element in calculating the comment and commenter scores that determine the appearance of comments in the “Selected comments” stream on the home page. Some new site modifications will highlight contributions to PubMed Commons.


On the home page, “Top comments now” will feature the top three recent comments. On PubMed records, “Selected comments” (from the home page stream) prompt the appearance of an icon above abstracts, directing readers to comments below. And now the most recent tweet about a PubMed Commons comment appears on the home page for PubMed searches.  Check it out!

Online DOCLINE Training

Monday, August 4th, 2014

A series of DOCLINE training webinars will begin next week with:

Beginning DOCLINE

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
When:  1 pm (ET)

It’s recommended that you have access to DOCLINE to take the class (the hands-on component of the class requires you to log-in to your DOCLINE account to complete the interactive exercises).

The classes are FREE.   You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.   Captioning will be provided.

You are eligible to receive 1 MLA CE credit for each class by participating in exercises.

Class Schedule

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Beginning DOCLINE
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — DOCLINE: Routing Tables
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — DOCLINE: Serial Holdings
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend

For additional information about the classes:

Beforehand, you are encouraged to test your connection prior to joining the class

IOM Proposes Changes in Graduate Medical Education

Monday, August 4th, 2014

New England Journal of Medicine Articles on Cybersecurity and Health Care

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Share with your Chief Information Officers, heads of IT, and anyone else with an interest in patient data privacy. Both articles will require a subscription.

When ‘Hacktivists’ Target Your Hospital

Cybersecurity in Health Care