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Knowledge Management Multidisciplinary Workshop

Knowledge Management in Hospitals:

Developing a team to test and ensure success

This 1.5 day co-facilitated workshop will explore how the concepts of knowledge management as applied in the corporate environment can be realized in a hospital/health system. Multidisciplinary participants will work together to develop a foundational strategy for adoption of an expanded role for librarians in hospital knowledge sharing efforts to support the clinical environment and its provision of safe, high-quality care.

The purpose of the interactive workshop is to:

  • Explore how a corporate-modeled knowledge management process can be enabled in hospitals.
  • Provide opportunities for institutional teams to work together to design improvement tests and champion knowledge transfer within their health facility.
  • Translate foundational quality and safety improvement concepts to the work of knowledge management in hospitals.
  • Share ideal examples of participation in knowledge sharing in hospitals –- both traditional and expansive in nature — from which to build a list of model activities.
  • Design a team-focused process to illustrate an expanded application of the expertise of information professionals, break down silos, share experiences and sustain organizational learning.
  • Explore how to test this role and measure its impact on the quality and safety of health care.

Participants should commit to:

  • Complete a modest amount of pre-work to prepare for the session:
    • light introductory reading
    • participate in two preparatory calls/web-x sessions focusing on the goals of the work and core theoretical concepts to be applied in the workshop (weeks of February 29th and March 21st)
  • Engage with others in a positive way to ensure group interaction and consensus building.
  • Partner with other teams to design a post-workshop pilot test of an improvement tactic using rapid-cycle change methods.
  • Conduct a pilot project and report back in two web-x sessions to the group on progress and share “lessons learned” as a to sustain the learning and inform progress.
    • Examples include:  Train-the-Trainer programs for database awareness-building, applying lean methodologies to physician “on boarding” process, increasing visibility and knowledge about librarian services.

Audience: This session is designed for librarians and project partners interested in the design of initiatives to support knowledge management and transfer concepts in their organization. One member of the team must be a librarian. This strategy will build a pair of change agents to support uptake of how knowledge management can be applied in the acute care setting through modeling hospital corporate culture. There will be a simple application process for interested teams.

March 31, 2016, 1 – 5 PM
April 1, 2016, 8 AM – 4 PM

UMASS Medical School 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA.

To participate, please complete your application by Feburary 15, 2016.

The session will be limited to 30 participants to facilitate effective small group work.

For questions contact:

Lorri Zipperer, Cybrarian and meeting facilitator at:

Preparedness Story Video Challenge

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently kicked off the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge on The contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to submit a creative video—up to 60 seconds long—showing how they help their families, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and we’ll post the top entries on the My Preparedness Story Video Challenge website so that other people can vote on them. Submissions could be used to help others learn better ways to prepare their communities for disasters and emergencies. And contestants could win up to a $2,000 grand prize. Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST.


Register Now for the New England e-Science Symposium!

[Guest post by Elaine Martin]

*Post update: As of January 12, registration is full. You can register for the waiting list. Posters are still being accepted.

Dear Colleagues,

To continue to enhance collaborative New England Region libraries’ support of e-science initiatives for their research institutions, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is hosting the 8th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium. This day-long event will serve as an educational and collaborative opportunity for science and health sciences librarians to discuss e-science resources, in addition to future roles that libraries and librarians might take on to support their institutions.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Library Research Data Services: Putting Ideas into Action.” Focusing on librarians involved in RDS, the broad goal of this symposium is to build off what has been discussed at the pervious symposia in order to give librarians a chance to share their current efforts in supporting scientific research. Discussions will inform how librarians can take action at their own institutions to engage in e-science initiatives, and also look at the roles of librarians in the dynamic field of data science.

The 2016 Symposium is set to focus on data services and the many practicing roles of librarians. Attendees will hear a keynote overview of data services from Kendall Roark. Kendall is an Assistant Professor and Research Data Specialist at Purdue University Libraries, and also a member of the CLIR/DLF eResearch Faculty. She will provide a broad perspective on the research data management services that US and Canadian libraries are implementing.

A new session at the symposium this year will be breakout sessions: participants will be able to attend 2 of 4 planned sessions featuring services that libraries are currently implementing. Options include:

  • Compliance with Margaret Henderson, Director of Research Data Services; and Hillary Miller, Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
  • Data Information Literacy with Jake Carlson, Research Data Services Manager, University of Michigan
  • Data Repositories with Lisa Johnston, Research Data Management/Curation Lead, Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota
  • Informationist with Leah Honor, Library Fellow, Informationist Liaison to the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative, University of Massachusetts Medical School

In the afternoon, there will be presentations from two panels discussing the future of data science with library school educators and practicing data librarians. Participants on the panels include:

  • Library Educators:
    • Suzie Allard, Associate Dean for Research, University of Tennesee at Knoxville, Co-investigator of DataONE
    • Matthew Burton, Visiting Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
    • Jian Qin, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
    • Rong Tang, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
  • Librarians:
    • Christopher Erdmann, Head Librarian, Wolbach Library, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    • Margaret Henderson, Director of Research Data Services, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
    • Andrea Thomer, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Additionally, as with previous symposia, a poster session will be held, to highlight work in e-science that has been accomplished at various libraries in the region while also encouraging discussion and networking among event participants. This year’s symposium will again feature a poster competition with three different competition categories. You are invited to submit a poster abstract; we are still accepting submissions!

The symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 in the Faculty Conference Room at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event is free of charge, but advance registration is required; due to strict space limitations, attendance will be capped at 90 people.

For further details, please visit the symposium website:

I hope that you will consider participating in what should prove to be an informative and thought-provoking experience.

 Please RSVP by completing the registration form.

Thank You,

Elaine Martin, DA
Director of Library Services, Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Please direct any questions to:

Julie Goldman, MLIS
Library Fellow
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA  01655
(508) 856-2229



MeSH Webinar

[NLM Technical Bulletin]

“2016 MeSH Highlights” on January 20, 2016

MeSH Webinar: “2016 MeSH Highlights” on January 20, 2016. 2016 Jan-Feb;(408):b1.

2016 January 05 [posted]

On January 20, 2016, join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2016 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation will feature a MeSH tree clean-up project; a new Clinical Study publication type; changes to the trees for diet, food and nutrition; restructuring in pharmacology and toxicology; and new terms in psychology and health care. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm EST

To register: Go to

A recording of the presentation will be posted following the event.

For more information about 2016 MeSH, see What’s New for 2016 MeSH and the Introduction to MeSH – 2016.

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