Thursday, March 15, 2018

Slow TV - when was the last time you did nothing?

Have you heard of slow TV? Seven hours of a train ride (see below), eight hours of a building a fire,  eighteen hours of fishing, and nine hours of knitting. Norway has started a new trend that millions of Norwegians have watched. I'm a fan, too. 

Need to slow down? Need to relax? Slow TV might not be for you, but it's certainly not the only way to take a moment and breathe deeply. TED Radio Hour had a recent episode on slowing down highlighting creativity, writing letters by hand, and slow moving art. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

John Shaw Billings - founder of Index Medicus and director of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office (now NLM)

The National Library of Medicine has an amazing and impressive history, but I didn't know until recently that it has only been called NLM since 1956. One of it's most the most influential individuals in the 19th century was John Shaw Billings. 

  • "THE MEDICAL LIBRARIAN AND BIBLIOGRAPHER The gravitation of John Billings to books was as inevitable and as certain as any law of nature. It was equally certain that, given access to books, he would know their contents, use them, and introduce others to their solace and help. Detailed to the Surgeon General's Office and finding no library, he made one. That he and no one else was founder of the national medical library needs no discussion after reading the following letter, printed in The Medical Letter..."

Friday, March 9, 2018

Pay your WHSLA dues via PayPal!

WHSLA now has a PayPal option for paying your annual $20 membership dues. It's easier than ever to renew! Visit to join today or renew your membership for 2018. 

What are the benefits of joining WHSLA? I'm glad you asked.
  • Eligibility for CE grants ($500 each)
  • Weekly blog
  • Networking with other Wisconsin health science librarians (priceless!)
  • Selected MLA webinars free of charge

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    Disaster Health Information- how can librarians play a role?

    Did you know that the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) has a Disaster Health Information Coordinators Working Group?  The purpose of this Working Group is to provide assistance to librarians in preparing for, and responding to, disasters or localized emergencies.

    As the Disaster Information Coordinator for Wisconsin I am a member of this Working Group. 

    The GMR Preparedness and Response website provides an online collection of resources and tools relevant to disaster and emergency planning.  On the page you will be able to access the Charter of the Working Group, listings of state and federal emergency management agencies, and other links to disaster specific information.

    This past summer I completed the Disaster Information Specialization Program offered by the Medical Library Association.  I encourage all WHSLA members to take this training to be better prepared in assisting your organization and community should disaster strike.  Upon completion, participants receive a certificate of acknowledgment.  MLA contact hours earned through the specialization may also be used for MLA's Academy of Health Information Professionals.

    Robert Koehler
    Meriter-UnityPoint Health
    Medical Library
    202 S. Park St.
    Madison, WI 53715
    (608)417-6234  FAX (608)417-6007