Friday, October 8, 2021

Books are...

Back in spring, I took a class on library materials for children.  That's where I first encountered the work of of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, who explained the importance of books as mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors.  I just came across this comic by Grant Snider that expands even further on what books can be to their readers.  Check out Incidental Comics for more of his work.



Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month by creating book spine poetry

Thanks to WHSLA member Mini Prasad for letting us know about this fun contest she saw in the NNLM Region 6 Weekly Digest:

In honor of National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month NNLM is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of each of the books selected from the NNLM Reading Club - a total of 15 books to add to your collection and share with your users!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  2. Stack them up!
  3. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  4. Take a photo and share it with us!

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted throughout October. Send your entry on Twitter by tagging @NNLMRegion6 & use #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail Region6-RML@uiowa.edu. Individuals can submit up to three times. 10 winners will be selected following National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month.



This is not my entry. 
I found it on another blog and it made me giggle.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Happy - Texas A&M University Libraries

Here's a fun video created by the Texas A&M University Libraries ahead of their open house.*  Thanks to WHSLA member Karen Hanus for finding this!





*You're probably a librarian and will notice the date on the video indicates it was filmed in the Before Times (2014).  Don't be alarmed that no one is wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Free geriatric and palliative care resources for clinicians: Geriatric Fast Facts, Fast Facts and Concepts (Palliative Care)

I was reminded recently of two resources that have come in handy when doing literature searches on geriatric topics. These resources, freely available online, are especially useful tools for clinicians who might not specialize in geriatrics or trainees. 

If you do searches on older adults, or even serve older adults in your health setting, I recommend bookmarking these sites and keeping them in your lit search/reference toolbox. 

Geriatric Fast Facts

  • "Geriatric Fast Facts are accessible, concise, and clinically actionable 1-2 page reports on Geriatric topics applicable across medical specialties. Fast Facts are interdisciplinary, spanning the progression of medical education." 
  • Sort by body system, ACGME area, or topic
  • Freely available; Created from a partnership of Medical College of Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora Health Care, Department of Veterans Affairs, Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center
Screenshot of Geriatric Fast Facts


Fast Facts and Concepts (Palliative Care)

  • "Fast Facts provide concise, practical, peer-reviewed and evidence-based summaries on key palliative care topics important to clinicians and trainees caring for patients facing serious illness."
  • Over 400 searchable topics
  • Freely available from the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin
Screenshot of Fast Facts and Concepts



October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)

October is almost here, and that means it's time for National Medical Librarians Month!  

Check out the promotional materials from the Medical Library Association and be sure to spread the word about how awesome you are!