Thursday, April 27, 2006

Postings Postponed

Due to a death in the family I will be in St. Louis and I will not be able to nor will I be in the mood to post for a while.

Nursing Studnets and PDAs

After UMASS faculty and librarians noticed nursing students using and relying on traditional medical reference books, systems librarians Apurva Mehta and John Callahan and assistant professor Patrick Scollin decided to create a better way for student to access library resources and texts at the point of care.

The UMASS team applied for and received a grant for $18,000 and began a PDA loan program at the campus library. Students began to borrow and use the PDAs while on clinical rotations. The program is now in its second year and there are 35 PDAs for loan at both UMASS Lowell and Boston campus libraries. Five PDAs are held by professors instructing nursing clinical classes and 30 are available for loan to students at each library.

The PDAs have 17 Skyscape medical references , including Evidence Based Diagnosis, Griffith's 5-Minute Clinical Consult, and Nurse's Pocket Guide: Diagnosis, Intervention, and Rationales.
UMASS chose Skyscape medical references for PDAs because of the patented smARTlink technology. The smARTlink system searches all other Skyscape applications on the PDA to cross reference the material and provide instant access to all information on that topic. (seems similar to federated searching for the PDA)

The program is popular with the nursing students and the registered nurses. It seems when the nursing students would show up on the floors with the PDAs the registered nurses would be intersted as well.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Measuring your impact

Yesterday I was at The Ohio State Prior Health Sciences Library attending the class Measuring your impact: using evaluation to demonstrate value taught by Susan Barnes, Acting Assistant Director, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center and Maryanne Blake, Education & Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM Northwest Region.

It was one of the best classes I have taken in a long time and I learned a lot. We medical librarians were not trained or taught to think like people in the buisness world (like our CEO's were) and we as a profession are suffering for it. We need to show how we are relevant to our hospital in terms and concepts that our administration can very quickly see and understand. This class taught that.

Two things I learned that I want to share:

START NOW! Don't start scrambling to show your importance when you start to see the writing on the wall. Show your importance now and all the time so you have a track record and your library isn't even a consideration when staffing or cuts need to be made.

Start thinking and using Cost Benefit Analysis and ROI (Return on Investment) to show your administrators that you are not simply sucking up all the hospital's cash like a department of Dyson vaccuums. It is the language your administration knows, so you should start talking in their language. Stop talking librarian-ese.

I noticed that Maryanne P. Blake will be teaching the class at MLA and I highly recommed anybody going to MLA to take this class. It is an eye opener. If you think all this is just to prevent cutbacks your are only partially right. You can use what you learn from the class to possibly increase staffing or funding. At MLA 2005, the poster Showing the Money: Utilizing Dollar Values to Show a Library's Value and Increase the Budget! by Julia M. Esparza, Manager, Library Services, Health Science Library, Deaconess Health System, Evansville, IN and Donna M. Record, Library Specialist, Health Science Library, Deaconess Health System, Evansville IN used their library statistics, applied a dollar values to services, and showed the library's overall value to the hospital. Now I don't know whether Esparaza or Record took a class similar to this, but it shows that with the right tools and know how you might be able to do more than just prevent the erosion of your budget, you might be able to increase it.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Comparison of CINAHL via EBSCOhost,: Ovid, and ProQuest

Now that we know that CINAHL will no longer be available on Ovid in 2008, it might be helpful to take a look at a recent article published in the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries , Comparison of CINAHL via EBSCOhost,: Ovid, and ProQuest vol 3 (1) 2006 31 - 50.

CINAHL database characteristics were examined in three vendor products. A number of unanticipated variations concerning category terms, field tags and their definitions, and search results are noted and discussed. Interface highlights are also explored. Knowing the characteristics of the vendor interface being used allows the searcher to accommodate unique variations when helpful or necessary. Usefulness of interface characteristics and features, display settings, and content are framed by the user's experiences, needs, and preferences. This investigation will be of assistance to those who wish to compare characteristics of three major CINAHL versions, and will be of interest and value to any CINAHL user.

The article also includes a chart (Appendix B) which compares side by side the vendor product features. For example it is interesting to know that the "Default Searchable Fields" feature searches way more field in Ebsco than Ovid or ProQuest.

For those of us who use Ovid CINAHL this might be helpful to read before we jump over to Ebsco. Unfortunately, I have no word regarding the availablity of ProQuest CINAHL in the future. As Graham Spooner, Library Manager of a Nursing College Library in Australia, it would be nice to know how Ebsco's acquisition of CINAHL will effect those libraries with ProQuest CINAHL. I emailed Scott BernierDirector of Communications EBSCO Publishing (since he was so kind to help straighten out my confusion regarding Ovid and Ebsco CINAHL) regarding ProQuest, but I have not heard anything.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Physicians Leaning More On Internet Technologies

According to survey released Wednesday by Manhattan Research, physicians are increasingly using online searches, E-mail, blogs, iPods, and other Internet technologies in their everyday practices.

Some findings of the survey:
  • 579,000 U.S. physicians have high speed Internet access at their office or home
  • 142,000 physicians report they use the Internet during patient consultations
  • 610,000 physicians report using search engines to find medical information online.
  • Google and Yahoo are the most popular search engines among physicians, yet they report varying degrees of relevance and satisfaction with the search engine results
  • Medical portals such as Medscape, Merck Medicus, and UpToDate are used as well
  • 333,000 physicians use some type of mobile device (PDA, smartphone, tablet PC)
  • 40% of those surveyed reported using an iPod or MP3 player
  • 487,000 physicians are users of "new media" (streaming video, downloadable audio content, blogs)
According to a USA Today article from March 2005 there are about 800,000 active physicians in the United States. So a majority of our users (76%) use search engines to find medical information online. More than half of our users have highspeed Internet and are using and taking advantage of new Internet technologies such as stream video, audio, and blogs.

This is a big wake up call and illustrates that our users are most definitely adopting these technologies. We need to get our online house in order to make sure we do not miss the boat. We also need to look at how we can extend our services beyond the realm of the physical library. For example, an electronic table of contents service.

What other ways can we extend our services to reach the users? Comment if you have any ideas, we can all benefit from a good brainstorming session.

Extension on Comments Regarding Proposed MeSH Subheadings

NLM has extended the deadline for comments regarding the proposed changes to the MeSH subheadings. The new deadline is June 16, 2006, allowing concerned librarians an opportunity to speak directly with NLM representatives at MLA.

Monday May 22, 2006 at 7:15 Stuart Nelson, Head, MeSH Section will present additional information about the proposal during the NLM Online Users Meeting.
Dr. Nelson will also be available at the NLM booth from 10:00-11:00 am on Monday to answer questions and hear further comments.

Because of the amount of time it will take to make changes to the MeSH file, indexing manual, online indexing system, etc. any changes that will occur will not take place until 2008.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Beginner's Guide to Podcasting

SirsiDynix Institute presents the Beginner's Guide to Podcasting. This is a two part free seminar.

Part one: A Consumer's Guide will be May 17, 2006 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pacific time.
It will look at podcasting from the listener's perspective:
  • What is it and what's all the fuss about?
  • Why should I care?
  • What's out there waiting to be heard?
  • How do I tune in?
  • How can I find the content that matters to me?

Part two: A Creator's Guide will be May 24, 2006 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pacific time.
It will look at podcasting from the perspective of the content creator:

  • Why would my organization podcast?
  • What types of content could we podcast?
  • Who else is doing it?
  • How do we do go about it?

If you ever wanted to know more about podcasting you might want to check out these FREE seminars.

Medical References for Non-Medical Librarians

Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian, Denison Memorial Library, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center created the Medical References for Non-Medical Librarians web page.

The page is divided into the subjects (below) and providing an anotated list of resources for each topic.

It is a very helpful and informative website. Even though it is intended for non-medical librarians, I think many medical librarians (including myself) would find it helpful from time to time.

Biomedical Digital Libraries

There is a new open access journal for libraries. Biomedical Digital Libraries is a peer-reviewed online journal that is indexed in PubMed and published by BioMed Central which focuses on digital library content and usage in biomedical settings, including academic medical centers, research and development institutes, and health care institutions.

One highly accessed article published in the journal:
Scopus database: a review
Judy F Burnham
Biomedical Digital Libraries 2006, 3:1 (8 March 2006)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Drug Resources News Updates

Elsevier will acquire Gold Standard, a US-based developer of online clinical drug information products and services. According to the press release, Gold Standard is the only independent drug information company that is both 100% online and a major US provider to over a thousand hospitals, the largest retail pharmacy chains and consultant pharmacy organizations, leading health information websites, distinguished pharmacy and medical schools, and hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals and consumers worldwide.

Wiley has announced a new agreement with Epocrates, provider of mobile and web-based clinical applications, to make Wiley's recently-acquired InfoPOEMs medical content available to Epocrates users. Under the terms of the agreement, Epocrates will integrate selected POEMs—daily summaries of the latest evidence-based medical research—into its free DocAlert medical news service. DocAlert messages are distributed to the mobile devices of more than 500,000 healthcare professionals and help clinicians stay abreast of current information regarding clinical trials, drug withdrawals and study data. With the addition of InfoPOEMs' content, the DocAlert service will further provide clinicians with important content to support decision-making at the point of care

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Computer Keyboards in Healthcare Settings

In a study to be published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology,
UNC Health Care infection control specialists set out to determine the prevalence of bacterial contamination of computer keyboards at UNC Hospitals and tested the effectiveness of several commonly available disinfectant wipes used to clean the keyboards.

Researchers found that each keyboard was contaminated with at least two types of bacteria, the most prevelent being coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS). Additionally, 13 other types of bacteria were found, such as diphtheroids (found on 20 computers, or 80 percent), Micrococcus species (72 percent) and Bacillus species ria (64 percent).


Around November, the library added hand sanitizers next to each bank of computers. It was the suggested by of one of my frequent users who works in ER. He mentioned that the computers are used by a lot of people exposed to many types of diseases and it might be a good idea to offer hand sanitizers. So far people have been using them and are very happy they are there. Just something to think about for your library.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Health News Review is free site created by the University of Minnesota journalism professor Gary Schwitzer, to help consumers improve their critical thinking about health claims in the news. A team of 20 reviewers from universities and clinics across the country monitor top newspapers, magazines and other media outlets, including The Associated Press, review and write critiques. Articles are rated on a scale of one to five stars, and the reviewers post thecomments.

Schwitzer says, "he thinks the quality of health care journalism is improving, it still sometimes falls short. Stories sometimes fail to spell out such things as the availability of a new treatment or the strength of the evidence behind a new study." (Associated Press)

The website is modeled after the Media Doctor, created by an Australian team and the Media Doctor Canada site (which was also modeled after the Australian site). It is funded by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, whose mission is to assure that people understand their choices and have the information they need to make sound decisions affecting their health and well being.

It looks to be an interesting and potentially helpful site, especially anybody who works with consumer health. I would think this would also be a great resource to list on many library web sites.

Placement of Arterial Line Video

The New England Journal of Medicine has a free video on the placement of an arterial line. What is nice is that this video can be downloaded to PCs, Palm devices, and video iPods.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Library a Victim of Its Own Success

As many of you know, I came to this library about a year ago and went about bringing it into the 20th century. In that we year converted from a card catalog system to an online catalog, got three other hospitals within the hospital system (who were using card catalogs) to join us and have a union catalog for our hospital system region. Where we once had no online journals I added access approximately 200 online journals. We had 1-2 pages on the intranet which I beefed up (as much as possible) to serve as the online door to the library and included links to medical podcasts as well as other online databases and resources.

We still have a long way to go. I working on selecting an OpenURL resolver (either Serials Solutions or Ebsco) and I am investigating and revamping our antiquated Table of Contents Service. I would like to use Athens to help provide off campus access to resources, and I would like to explore wireless resources and services when the hospital goes wireless.

Things are moving along, and I couldn't be happier with the way my little library has grown and evolved. So imagine my surprise when I heard somebody mention, "Now that the library has everything online, why do we need the people?"

Deep breaths, deep calming breaths, count to 10.... nevermind that... count to 100, try to focus and see more than just red. I did my best not scream like a howler monkey and calmly explained the importance of the library as a place and the staff. For example, even though the library added online acess to many full text journals, we have seen a 130% increase in our ILL and copy services compared to this time last year.

Of course imagine the tirade I went on when I got home, thankfully my husband suggested a dinner out, a margarita, and a babysitter.

After I calmed down, it got me thinking how much MORE work I need to do to prove how valuable the library and library staff are. I wasn't hiding in my office while I was working on improving the library, I was "out there" showing people how to use the new resources what cool new things we can do for them. But still it goes to show you that there are always those people who think they don't need us now that "it is all online anyway." We just have to try do more education and more outreach hopefully touching them while we are at it.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Registering to Read Free Articles

To register or not to register, that is the question. Whether you are at home trying to read the latest gossip news on Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise or you are at work trying to find that news article on the mumps outbreak that the infectious disease doctor wanted, we have all been faced by news websites demanding our email address, birth year, income, etc. to register to view their free articles. It is annoying. I actually have an email account I created specifically for those situations and online shopping. The few times I actually login to that email account, I am greeted by hundreds and hundreds of spam messages, just another reason I am glad I don't give them my usual email address. Many online newspapers say they require registering to read free content online to gain more money for advertising. Advertising helps keep the newspaper running.

In order to get around this bothersome registration process some people use, a site that generates login names and passwords for registrations sites. The site claims to have usernames for over 109,000 sites and gets over 10,000 hits a day. I checked out and found usernames and passwords for The New York Times, The Washington Post, etc. All of which have free articles but require registration. There are other similar sites that try to help take the pain out registering. Mailinator is for people who want to register but don't want to use their real e-mail address and Spamgourmet "eats" unwanted e-mails.

However, is this ethical or even legal? What happens when the lines become blurred and the usernames and password retrieved give you access to archived content for free even though it is pay service? Why is it ok to use one of those services but not the other two listed above or others available on the web? You can monitor what others are saying on the ethical and legal debate on Poynter Online, or you can comment below.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Microsoft Academic Search vs. Google Scholar

Oops sorry this post got chopped up and never posted correcty, so this is a repost and it includes what should have been published. -Sorry (4/14/06)

You've read Dean Giustini's critique of Microsoft's Academic Search, and you are looking for more information. Well you are in luck.

Carlson, Scott. Challenging Google, Microsoft Unveils a Search Tool for Online Scholarly Articles. Today's News. Chronicle of Higher Education. April 12, 2005. (Subscription required).

Lombardi, Candace. Microsoft reveals answer to Google Scholar. CNETNews. April 12, 2006.

Sherman, Chris. Microsoft Launches Windows Live Academic Search.
SearchEngine Watch. April 12, 2006.

It is important to know that Academic Search is still beta testing so it only contains information from computer science, electrical engineering and physics. Medicine will be added later.

Electronic Table of Contents Distribution

I am still investigating how I can deliver the Table of Contents to our online journals to our users.

The Librarian on the Loose commented that they subscribe to the online journal feed from the journal, then use a rule in their mailbox that recognizes it, and automatically forwards it to their users with a "This is from your Wonderful Library" cover.

I think that might work great for things like JAMA and NEJM that we get directly from the publisher. But journals that we get online through Ovid, Ebsco, etc.? What are my options?

I am currently experimenting with PubMed. I am trying to determine if that might work. Can I set up a current awareness search that only gives me the latest articles loaded into PubMed? How closely does that reflect the journal's table of contents for the month? Then is it possible to have to emailed to me and use and email rule to distribute it to my users? If so will the full text links work, if I selected the correct providers in LinkOut?

So many questions. What would be nice is if we could have a Table of Contents Service provider that sent out the Table of Contents of your subscribed online journals and provided the correct online link depending on the provider you use. Similar to what Serials Solutions and Ebsco do for online access to electronic journals. The library administrator logs on, selects the journals that they want the table of contents from, then selects the source by which they get online access. For example you get Academic Medicine through Ovid. When the new issue is available the service sends the TOC to the users with direct links to the articles from Ovid.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Young Adults Use Cell Phones as Mini-PCs

A new survey has found that people 18-29 are more likely to use their cell phoens as personal computers, digital music players, cameras, and more. The younger generations are viewing cell phones as more than just a phone. It makes sense, these users were just 4-7 years old when the first cell phone hit the public in 1984. Some of these users may not even remember a time without cell phones. They do not view the phones as technology, but a part of life.

Ok this should say something to you. These users are your medical students, residents, and interns. With the addition of smart phones that retrieve your email and surf the web, you might start to see more and more of your users with these phones. In fact my February 8, 2006 blog post, I mentioned that the declining sales of PDAs can be attributed to the popularity of smart phones.

Will smart phones overtake PDA use in the hospital? Skyscape, a provider of medical/health software for handheld devices, tells customers to "browse the most comprehensive portfolio of trusted medical and nursing references for your mobile PDA or Smartphone device." So, medical/health software for the smart phone is available.

One possible bug I might see with smart phone use by medical professionals is that many hospitals still prohibit cell phone use on patient floors out of concern that it may interfere with medical equipment.

Definitely something to keep an eye on as cell phones evolve and as the users grow.

Microsoft Academic Search

Dean Giustini of UBC Google Scholar Blog has a two part series about his trip to Microsoft to have a look at and discuss Microsoft Academic Search.

First in Why Titans Like Microsoft Want to Talk to Librarians, Giustini writes about how a group of librarians, information professionals and publishers were asked to review Microsoft's Academic Search. Why would Microsoft want to talk to librarians? According Giustini, Microsoft understands that librarians "know search," and they were interested in our opinions.

Second in Critiquing Microsoft Live "Academic Search", Giustini gives us some insights into the product (some of which are already reported in PC World) and lists positives and negatives to Academic Search and provides some comparisons to Google Scholar.

Positives (for details go to UBC Scholar Blog)
  1. Personalization
  2. Split screen format
  3. "Smart" scrolling
  4. Slider
  5. Citation importing
  6. Index coverage
  7. Document ordering

Negatives (for details go to UBC Scholar Blog)
  1. No citation/cited by searching
  2. No advanced search
  3. No subject channel search
  4. No field search
  5. No visible/viewable history
  6. Canadian content

It will be interesting when this is released how it will compare to Google Scholar and as Giustini mentions what it might mean for the future of commercial databases like Dialog, Ovid, EBSCO, etc.

Friday, April 07, 2006

IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal

According to an article in Technology Review, Doctor Database: New search technology from IBM could help patients and doctors locate life-saving treatments, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) and IBM announced the release of the IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal. The IFPMA and IBM hope it will "enable doctors and patients to find potentially useful trials and to make more informed medical decisions based on past trials." The portal is designed to cut through medical jargon, correct misspelled search terms, and search for results in five different languages (German, French, Japanese, and Spanish).

The portal sifts through different types of data (PDF, text, and HTML files) from different sources (databases and websites), finds the information buried within documents that best match the search terms. According to Marc Andrews, director of strategy and business development for content discovery at IBM, instead of using Google like technology (sorting through indexed web pages and ranking by title, key words, and number of hyperlinks) the portal searches the body of the text, pulls in specific information and assembles it into concepts. "Instead of indexing words," Andrews says, "we're indexing concepts that are referenced in the documents."

Krafty's thoughts:
I can see the benefit of such a database but I am concerned.

There is no mention what specific clinical trial websites, databases, etc. the portal is mining. How do we know they aren't missing a place, or whether it is truly global in nature? They allow people to search for things in five other languages, but are they tracking or finding clinical trials in those countries as well? Or is it just finding clinical trials in the United States or those funded by American drug companies?

Currently users can search for information from two areas; current ongoing trials and research trial results. While it seems logical to me, I am not sure if it is logical to a patient. This is just my opinion, but I would think a patient would want to do one search and the results have icons or words detailing whether it is a current trial or results of a trial. I think patients could easily be lulled into looking for current trials to find information and once they found something not look any further in trial results. Perhaps the drug they are interested in had poor results or caused serious injuries in previous trials. Will patients take the time to look at both searches when they think they have found the answer in one of them?

Specifically I am skeptical of the content (or lack of) in the clinical trial results search. The Technology Review said the transparency between clinical trials and results is a "topic that's been making headlines for a number of years, and recently in the clinical trial of PolyHeme, a blood substitute developed by Northfield Laboratories, in which ten patients suffered heart attacks and two died after receiving the treatment. The trial was stopped early and the results weren't made public, the Wall Street Journal reported in February."

(article on Polyheme in the Wall Street Journal Feb 22, 2006. p. A.1 Red Flags: Amid Alarm Bells, A Blood Substitute Keeps Pumping; Ten in Trial Have Heart Attacks, But Data Aren't Published; FDA Allows a New Study; Doctors' Pleas Are Ignored)

So I tried to search for trial results with Polyheme. No results were found. However, if you search ongoing trials you will find one clinical trial. To say that the IFPMA Clinical Trials Portal will display results of clinical trials is slightly misleading. It should say that it will display publicly released results of clinical trials.

The portal is worth looking in if you are looking for current clinical trials and you don't want to search multiple sites. But like with every product you need to know the limitations.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Incorporating RSS Feeds Into Your Website

Say you are your library's webmaster and you would like to add some RSS Feeds into the library's website, but you don't know our you can't do any server-side scripting. Never fear the Library Web Chic's post, Incorporating RSS Feeds into Your Website, presents you with some links to sites that can help you add RSS Feeds to your site using Javascript.

As she mentions it has become pretty easy to do this and there are many other sites out there that can help you and these are just a few of them.

Try it out on your library's site. Add a few generic ones that most users would know like the New England Journal of Medicine. See what kind of reaction you get, play around and make it something cool and useful for your users.

NLM Classification 2006 Edition Now Available

The NLM Classification is available online at and it incorporates all additions and changes from April 2005 through March 2006.

This edition includes an online tutorial on searching the NLM Classification.

Some the changes
  • Proteins and bacteria were the major areas revised for the 2006 edition. Several class numbers were added and canceled.
  • Ninety-eight (98) new main index entries were created, fifty-seven (57) of which are from the 2006 MeSH; the remainder are MeSH terms from previous years.
  • Numerous main index entries and cross references were modified to reflect changes in the MeSH vocabulary.
  • Various instructional notes were added to index entries to clarify classification practices.

To learn more about the NLM Classification see the Fact Sheet.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Update Your LinkOut Holdings

Elsevier will be taking over the submission of links for titles published by Mosby and Saunders. These publishers are now part of Elsevier's Health Sciences Division. If you have any Mosby and Saunders titles in your library's LinkOut holdings you need to update your holdings information and select Elsevier as the provider.

This effects all of the Mosby titles and the following Saunders titles:

Adv Neonatal Care 1536-0911
Am J Contact Dermat 1046-199X
Am J Emerg Med 0735-6757
Am J Kidney Dis 0272-6386
Am J Otolaryngol 0196-0709
Ann Diagn Pathol 1092-9134
Appl Nurs Res 0897-1897
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 0003-9993
Arch Psychiatr Nurs 0883-9417
Arthroscopy 1526-3231
Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 1542-3565
Compr Psychiatry 0010-440x
Gastroenterology 0016-5085
Hepatology 0270-9139
Human pathology 0046-8177
J arthroplasty 0883-5403
J Card Fail 1071-9164
J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 1053-0770
J Electrocardiol 0022-0736
J foot ankle surg 1067-2516
J Hand Surg [Am] 0363-5023
J Oral Maxillofac Surg 0278-2391
J Pediatr Nurs 0882-5963
J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 1043-4542
j pediatr surg 0022-3468
J Perianesth Nurs 1089-9472
J Prosthodont 1059-941X
Liver Transpl 1527-6465
Metabolism 0026-0495
Prog Cardiovasc Dis 0033-0620
Reg Anesth Pain Med 1098-7339
Semin Arthritis Rheum 0049-0172
Semin Clin Neuropsychiatry 1084-3612
Seminars in nuclear medicine 0001-2998
Seminars in oncology 0093-7754
Semin Pediatr Infect Dis 1045-1870
Semin Respir Infect 0882-0546
Vet Surg 0161-3499

Hospital Library Survey

If you direct a hospital library and have not yet participated in the Survey of Hospital Libraries currently being conducted by the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the MLA Hospital Libraries Section, please do so. The survey is collecting data concerning the state of hospital libraries and librarianship today. No national survey of this kind has been done since 1990. This Survey of Hospital Libraries is part of a larger initiative by MLA to determine the current status of health sciences librarians who work in hospitals.

The information gathered will assist the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM in providing services that meet the needs of hospital libraries and also take advantage of their strengths.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. You will need some basic information about your hospital--bed size, inpatient admissions, and outpatient visits--to complete the survey, so you may want to collect this information before starting. Institutional and
library statistical information will be kept confidential and used for aggregate statistical reporting only. The aggregate survey results will be made available to survey respondents, the health sciences library field, and other interested parties and will be used for future strategic

Visit the survey at:

The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute

If you are an Ohio library please take a look and encourage your library assistants to attend.

(reposted from OHSLA)
What do you call a 3-day meeting that's part educational seminar & part employee retreat?
How about something that's part networking opportunity & part skills renewal?
How about an abundance of intensive learning combined with a whole lot of fun?

We call it OLSSI ! The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute

OLSSI is holding its 5th anniversary conference
Sunday, July 23rd through Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
on the wonderful campus of Wilmington College.

Join us for classes from Digital Storytelling to computer classes in Excel and PowerPoint.
From Library Displays 101 to Certification & Education Opportunities for Support Staff.
From Graphic Novels to Ergonomics to Internet Safety to Poetry Workshops to Blogging & more!

Would you like to offer your staff a retreat from their work environment where they will be given an opportunity to network with their peers, be exposed to new skills and job related knowledge, and gain a sense of community and support from other library assistants throughout the state and region?

The Ohio Library Support Staff Institute was founded with the purpose of creating an annual 3-day conference to teach, develop, and renew the growth and educational opportunities of library assistants and support staff.

Library directors are urged to encourage their staff to attend this year's conference and to budget for the 2007 conference as well. Your staff will return to your library energized, motivated, and enthusiastic about their jobs.

Now all we need is you!
Registration is April 3rd - July 5th, 2006.
To register & find out more, go to: or

More Blackwell Titles in Ovid

Ovid and Blackwell have a new multi-year agreement allowing Ovid to deliver more Blackwell medical and nursing journals electronically. Ovid has now become the only aggregator distributing most of the Blackwell medical and nursing content without an embargo. Ovid will add 60 more titles and they will be available as a site license or PayPerView.
Some of the Blackwell titles to be offered by Ovid include Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, American Journal of Gastroenterology, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

For more information go to Ovid.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

ALPSP Survey Shed Light On Journal Cancelleations

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), US, conducted a survey to determine what major factors contribute to journal cancellations and answer the question of whether or not author self-archiving of journal articles is likely to be one of those factors.

Some of the findings:
  • Repositories are clearly not seen by librarians as a substitute for properly managed journal holdings
  • The large majority of librarians do not know whether the content of archives overlaps with their holdings, and most do not plan to introduce systems to measure this.
  • Availablility of OA archives was ranked a long way behind the needs of faculty, usage, and price in determining cancellations
  • Three times as many respondents thought repositories would have no impact on holdings as thought they would
  • 54 percent say that availablity of via OA archives is an important, or a very important factor in determining cancellations now, and 81 percent think it will be come important or very important in the next 5 years.
  • The clear and growing emphasis on measuring usage of journals via the publishers' or intermediaries' statistics will be a concern for publishers, because there is some evidence (e.g. from physics and mathemetics) that usage may migrate from the publisher's site to the archive.

I have one question....How can the availablitly of OA archives rank waay behind the needs of faculty, usage, and price when determining cancellations, YET 54% of those surveyed say that OA availability is an important, or very important, factor when determining cancellations now!?!?! Does that mean that faculty needs, usage, and price are super important?

The full 72 page ALPSP report can be found and bought at
ALPSP members 45 pounds/$80/100 euros per copy
non-ALPSP member 90 pounds/$160/200 euros per copy

The "free-text'" answers from respondents of the survey can be seen at

Librarian Resources for IngentaConnect

IngentaConnect has created the Resource Zone, providing administrators with the information and tools to assist in understanding, promotion and usage of IngentaConnect.

Information included:
  • FAQs
  • IngentaConnect library service brochures
  • How-to tipsUser guides
  • Hot topics
  • Library newsletter
  • Technology blog
  • Promotional materials
  • Contact us

The Resource Zone can be found from the For Librarians menu on the IngentaConnect homepage, oraccessed directly at:

Ingenta has also launched a new blog, All My Eye intended to have commentary on current technical practices and hot topics; reviews andrecommendations of industry initiatives, technologies and resources; updates on Ingenta developments; and reports of events at which Ingenta staff have spoken, exhibited or attended.

Medical Reference Services Quarterly Call for Papers

(reposted from Medlib-l)
Medical Reference Services is a highly acclaimed, peer-reviewed journal that is an essential working tool for medical and health sciences librarians. MRSQ covers topics of current interest and practical value in public services librarianship in the areas of medicine and related specialties, including the biomedical sciences, nursing, and allied health.

Examples of topics that are relevant to MRSQ are:
  • Virtual (chat) reference
  • Using the Internet to provide medical information
  • Clinical medical librarianship
  • Evidence-based medical librarianship
  • User education in health sciences libraries
  • Reference desk services in medical libraries
  • Marketing medical reference services
  • Document delivery in health sciences libraries
  • Collection management of medical reference electronic and print resources
  • PDAs and the medical library
  • Blogs, RSS feeds, and podcasting used in medical libraries
  • Outreach services in medical libraries
  • Electronic references resources
  • Medical database searching
Examples of recently published and "in press" articles:

  • Digital Chat Reference in Health Sciences Libraries: Challenges in Initiating a New Service
  • Health Sciences Librarians' Reference Services During a Disaster: More than Collection Protection
  • TOXMAP: A GIS-Based Gateway to Environmental Health Resources
  • Not Just for Celebrities: Collaborating with a PR Representative to Market Library Education Services
  • Marketing the Hospital Library
  • Evidence-Based Practice: A New Paradigm Brings New Opportunities for Health Sciences Librarians
  • Health and Medical News on the Web: Comparing the Results of News-Providing Web Resources
  • Multimedia Bootcamp: Encouraging Faculty to Integrate Technology in Teaching
  • Using a Portable Wireless Computer Lab to Provide Outreach Training to Public Health Workers
  • Exercise Information Resources on the World Wide Web
  • Relationship Marketing in a Hospital Library
  • HaPI - The Health and Psychosocial Instruments Database Available from Ovid
  • Developing an Interdisciplinary Collaboration Center in an Academic Health Sciences Library
Upcoming Deadlines:
Papers for MRSQ, v. 26, issue 1, Spring 2007 are currently being accepted; the deadline is June 5, 2006.
The deadline for v.26, issue 2, Summer 2007 is August 30, 2005,
The deadline for v. 26, issue 3, Fall 2007 is November 30, 2006.

Interested authors should contact the editor with a topic and/or abstract to determine suitability for publication in MRSQ. Submissions, via e-mail file attachment to:
M. Sandra Wood, editor ([email protected] or [email protected]).

Monday, April 03, 2006

Ovid's Resource of the Month

It is not only time for Spring showers and April flowers, but it is also time for Health and Psychosocial Instruments to be Ovid's resource of the month.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)
"Health and Psychosocial Instruments features material on unpublished information-gathering tools for clinicians that are discussed in journal articles, such as questionnaires, interview schedules, tests, checklists, rating and other scales, coding schemes, and projective techniques. Over 2/3 of the tools are in medical and nursing areas such pain measurement, quality of life assessment, and drug efficacy evaluation."

All through April you can try searching HaPI for free (with a registeration)
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Click here for more information on HaPI.

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The Krafty Librarian has been a medical librarian since 1998. She is currently the medical librarian for a hospital system in Ohio. You can email her at: