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Archive for September, 2012

Share Your Story and Win a Trip to MLA 2013 in Boston! (Rule Change as of 10/11/2012)

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

October is National Medical Librarians Month–Share Your Story and Win a Trip to MLA 2013 in Boston!

–>  –>  NOTE:  There has been a change to the entry rules.  Multiple entries may be received from the same library, but only ONE entry per person.

MAR would like to celebrate medical librarians in our region.  National Medical Librarians Month gives information professionals an opportunity to market their services and highlight their contributions to research, education and improved patient outcomes.  Are you doing something to celebrate Medical Librarians Month?  If so, share your story by sending to  If applicable, also share a photo depicting your activities/events.

MAR will be collecting your stories and highlighting them in our blog and weekly postings throughout October.  All those that submit a story before Oct. 31stwill be entered into a random drawing to receive an award to cover registration and airfare to MLA 2013.  Multiple entries may be received from the same library, but only ONE entry per person.

Be sure to check out MLA’s promotional items and resources to market library services and value at:

MAR Classes Still Have Space Available

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Make sure to check out the various free classes and training opportunities MAR is providing over the next couple of months.  A brief list includes:

  • 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning (online)
  • PubMed for Experts (in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA)

Award Recipient Project Reports (Lunch with the RML Session)

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Location:  Free, Online: (the URL is posted the morning of each session)

Date:  September 27, 2012

Awardee:  Kristina Flathers, Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children of The Nemours Foundation
Project:  iRound:  Bringing EBM to Family Centered Clinical Teaching Rounds
Description:  The project outfitted three General Pediatrics Residency teams with iPads; one each will be distributed to the senior resident, the attending physician, the librarian and the nurse. Each team member was given the capability to access electronic medical records (EMRs) through the iPad on the Nemours secure network and perform their own searches within the library portal for access to electronic EBM and library resources.

Awardee:  Bruce Johnston, Robert Morris University
Project: Advancing Technology in Nursing Education: Integrating iPads into Clinical Practice and Patient Education
Description: Robert Morris Library and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, along with UPMC Passavant, used state-of-the-art technology to augment and improve nursing education as well as patient education activities. By adding iPad2 devices and relevant apps, this project improved the technology mix for accessing health information. Nursing students were the target audience, along with clinical instructors working with the student nurses on patient care units, as well as the RMU Clinical Faculty Instructor and Health Sciences Librarian.

Awardee:  Joey Nicholson, New York University School of Medicine
ProjectPilot Project using Anatomy Apps and Mobile Resources to Improve Learning in the Anatomy Lab
Description:  NYU purchased an iPad for the Education and Curriculum Librarian to support and demonstrate new anatomy teaching technology, as well as 30 copies of the Netter’s Anatomy Atlas iPad application and Grant’s Dissector through Inkling to be used on 30 NYU School of Medicine iPads supplied to the anatomy lab. At the beginning of their anatomy course, students received a demonstration from the Librarian of how to access and use the iPads that included an overview of what is in each of the apps and how they can be used to support anatomy education. Students were able to go back and forth between the 3D visualization and the reference applications in real time as they dissected cadavers to support their learning and retention.

Awardee:  Cristina Pope, Upstate University Health System, Health Sciences Library
ProjectEmergency Preparedness: Enhancing Communication and Access to Health Information Resources
Description:  The pilot project’s primary objective was to determine whether the incorporation of an iPad loaded with emergency preparedness resources and an online synchronous communication application would enhance the Emergency Preparedness Regional Partnership’s ability to prepare for catastrophic events through planning; provide a forum to strengthen collaboration among emergency preparedness partners throughout the healthcare system; facilitate the development of exercises and evaluations; facilitate the delivery of emergency preparedness training and education; provide information sharing and communication between preparedness partners and build emergency response capability.

DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend (the 4th of 4 weekly classes)

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012


James Honour, Member Services Coordinator, NN/LM MCR

Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date:  September 25, 2012 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Location:  Free, Online:

Description:  You must be a DOCLINE user with access to DOCLINE to take the class.  The hands-on part of the class requires attendees to log into their DOCLINE account to complete the exercises.  (1 MLA CE credit)

  1. Beforehand, test your connection to ensure Adobe Connect will run on your computer: (NOTE: Only use Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  2. Log-in at and allow Adobe Connect to call your phone.
  3. If you’re unable to connect online, then join us by phone:  1-866-519-2800, Participant Code:  848754.

Job Ad: Senior Med Librarian, Allentown, PA

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
For description:  go to
  • Click on Search All Jobs
  •  Select Technical/Professional
  •  Look for Senior Medical Librarian

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

USA Today featured an article on the “grand experiment in higher education known as Massive Open Online Courses –MOOCs, for short.  Learners of all ages around the world are flocking to them.  Top universities are clamoring to participate.  And MOOCs already have attracted the interest of some employers, paving the way for a potential revenue source.  All in less than a year.”

The article further reported, “In a new report, Moody’s Investor Service calls MOOCs a ‘pivotal development’ that has the potential to revolutionize higher education.  Questions remain whether these online courses can be profitable and whether traditional colleges will award credit for them.  But if successful, MOOCs could lead to lower costs for families and access to higher-quality instruction for anyone in the world who has Internet access.”

Research Collaborations involving Physicians and Veterinarians

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

A recent article in the New York Times discussed research collaborations involving physicians and veterinarians working at both human and animal hospitals.  The article reported, “Exchanges of this sort are becoming increasingly common.  Once a narrow trail traveled by a few hardy pioneers, the road connecting veterinary colleges and human medical institutions has become a busy thoroughfare over the last five years or so, with a steady flow of researchers representing a wide variety of medical disciplines on both sides.  One reason is a growing frustration with the inefficiency of using the rodent model in lab research, which often fails to translate to human subjects.  So researchers are turning their attention to the naturally occurring diseases in dogs, horses, sheep and pigs, whose physiology and anatomy more closely resemble those of humans.”

2012 Open Access Week

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

The local Philadelphia Scholarly Communication Group (PSCG) has organized 2 dates with speakers to coincide with 2012 Open Access Week. All presentations will take place in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The PSCG is an informal collection of scholarly communication librarians from regional institutions that include: Drexel, Bryn Mawr, Temple, Thomas Jefferson, Villanova, La Salle, Rutgers, PCOM, Swarthmore, Haverford, Widener, DeSales, St. Joseph’s, and UPenn.

Dates:  Wednesday October 24th and Thursday October 25th.

Join us on Thursday October 25th 1.30 – 4 pm on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University to hear two presentations dealing with open access issues.

This is a free event.

Please email if you are interested in attending. Limited seating will be available.

Location:  Bluemle Life Science Building, room 105
233 South 10th Street (between Walnut and Locust)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

1:30 – 2 pm:  Check-in

2 pm:  Brian S. McGowan, PhD

Independent consultant and author of forthcoming book: #SocialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving your Healthcare. Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, who specializes in adult education focusing on medical education and evidence-based educational design with expertise in medical educational compliance and regulations.

Biomedical Science in the Research Commons: Building Systems and a Culture of Open Science

This session will explore the need for building and supporting a biomedical science research commons. Issues to be explored include:

Healthcare quality variation as the driving force for the research commons

Integrating implementation science, social network science, and behavior change science to construct the research commons

The research commons and big data – evolving the accepted ‘dose of science’

Essential elements of the systems supporting the research commons

The new competencies needed to leverage the research commons

3 pm:  Nicole Allen

Nicole Allen is the Student Public Interest Research Groups Textbook Advocate and director of the Make Textbooks Affordable project. Since 2007, she has worked with students, faculty and decision-makers across the country to address the rapidly rising cost of college textbooks through grassroots organizing, public education and advocacy. Nationally recognized as a leading issue expert, Ms. Allen’s research and opinions have been cited in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. A life-long activist, Ms. Allen began her career in higher education advocacy as a student at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in Philosophy.

An additional Open Access Week event will take place at Temple University’s Paley Library on Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 pm in the Library Lecture Hall, located on the ground floor. Nicole Allen will be one of the speakers, and she will be discussing trends in open educational resources and open textbooks. The other speaker is Nick Shockey, SPARC’s (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) first director of student advocacy and Director of the Right to Research Coalition. Shockey will address current issues in open access scholarship. All are invited to attend. No RSVP is needed.

Hope you can make it.

Dan Kipnis, MSI
Senior Education Services Librarian
Jefferson Digital Commons Editor

Ask a Librarian! September 2012

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

In the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants this month, the “Ask a Librarian” column includes resources for teen suicide prevention and a guide to understanding structured abstracts:

Director of NIH Discusses Prevention and Treatment

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

In an article in USA Today, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, discussed the revolution ahead in prevention and treatment.