Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WHSLA members presenting at MLA in Seattle

One thing we at WHSLA would like to do better is highlight all the great work being done by WHSLA members. 

Later this week Michele Matucheski and Kellee Selden of Ascension Wisconsin Libraries will be presenting on library friendly contract language at the 2017 Medical Library Association conference in Seattle. If you're going to MLA why not stop by their session to have a listen? 

Congratulations Michele and Kellee and good luck at MLA!


Session Title: Session: Daring to Work on the Front Lines as a Clinical Librarian 
Date: Monday, May 29, 2017
Session Time: 1:00 PM - 2:25 PM
Room: 611
Presentation Title: Library-Friendly Contract Language for Hospital Libraries by Michele Matucheski and Kellee Selden
Presentation Time: 1:50 PM - 2:05 PM
Abstract :
Proposal Title: Library-Friendly Contract Language for Hospital Libraries

Michele L. Matucheski - Medical LIbrarian, Education / Library Services (Role: Author)
Kellee L. Selden - Manager - Learning & Knowledge Management, Education / Library Services (Role: Author)

The purpose of this project was to work with our Contracts and Acquisitions Departments to develop a document/template that includes Library-friendly text that can be used to negotiate better Library eResource contracts and pricing for Hospitals and Health Systems.

Background : Although organizational acquisitions and legal departments may have templates and legal language appropriate for the entire organization, they don't have a good or complete idea of what Libraries require in a contract, nor how we use the contracted products and services. As a result, certain things important to Libraries may be overlooked or never even considered when Libraries are not directly involved with the contracting. Vendors will include language beneficial to them, but may not necessarily provide verbiage that will benefit and protect the Library with whom they are contracting. Methods : Developed a checklist of Library-Friendly language to include in contracts covering the following areas which may otherwise be overlooked by Acquisitions, Legal, or the Vendor. We pulled language from Lib-License and several of our own well-crafted consortia agreements. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

How Many Teenagers Die Each Day ... And Why

NPR's health/science series: Goats and Soda is one of my favorite things to see when I open my inbox each day. Today I saw a very interesting story from Maanvi Singh reporting on a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report on the causes of adolescent death: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/05/16/528643258/how-many-teenagers-die-each-day-and-why. Seeing "maternal conditions" at the top of the list was surprising until I remembered this is a worldwide report. 

While some conditions above may be much less prevalent in the US, you'll see from the graphic below that road injury as a cause of adolescent death (lighter red color) is something that all countries have to deal with. To learn more visit the report's home page at Global accelerated action for the health of adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The average meal in Wisconsin costs $2.71

I'm always on the lookout for more statistical sources related to health. This morning I ran across a new one from FeedingAmerica that maps out food insecurity county by county. It was really interesting to see the levels in a county and how much a meal costs there. From urban to rural and all in between there is a huge amount of variation across our state.   How does your WI county rank? http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2015/overall/wisconsin

Friday, May 12, 2017

How long will it take to crack your favorite password?

While signing up for an account of some sort a while back, I needed to create a password. What surprised me was a tool that showed me how long it might take a computer to crack the password I was going to use. Needless to say, this encouraged me to enter a much more complicated password. 

I found several tools like this online. I put in the same few passwords in each of the ones below, and while they were a little different in their estimates of how long it could take a computer to crack it, it was interesting to see the different time frames for more basic to more complicated passwords. 

How long will it take to crack your favorite password? Mine would be cracked in 6 years, 609 years, or  80 millennia. Wildly different estimates, but still fun to check.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county

A really interesting article was just published in JAMA on the surprising decline in U.S. life expectancy in 2015 compared to 2014. 

Life expectancy can vary by as much as 20 years from county to county in the United States. The Washington Post took it a step further and created this video and charts which might help shed a little light on this.  See what you think. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

The History of Presidential Eye Problems: Why 'Honest Abe' Couldn't Look You Straight in the Eye

I recently visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and was interested to hear an artist point out that President Lincoln had a "drifting" left eye. He had been kicked in the head by a horse when he was a child and they speculated this may have caused his lazy eye. Others have speculated that he had facial microsomia, that one side of his face, especially the orbital area was actually smaller that the other. See what you think. 

By T.P. Pearson, Macomb, IL - Carl Schurz, Reminiscences, Volume Two, McClure Publishing Co., 1907, facing p. 84, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5334391