A blog from WHSLA (Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association). What do we blog about? Medicine, medical libraries, health science libraries, NLM, medicine and graphic novels, CE and conference opportunities for medical and health science librarians and library staff.
Hello, I’m Janice Curnes. I’m the Medical Library at the
Milwaukee VA Medical Center. I’ve been at the Milwaukee VA since 1990. I manage
day to day operations of both the Medical Library and the Patient Library.
The Milwaukee VA Medical Center is celebrating 150 years of
Outstanding Veteran Care this year. I
thought I would share a little of our library history.
In May of 1867 the
first veterans moved onto the grounds. There has been some form of library
service for 148 years.
1869 – Old Main, the main residential building whose tower
you can see from Miller Park, included a reading room for Veterans, containing
all the daily and weekly papers published in Milwaukee.
Old Main Reading Room
1891 – Wadsworth Library was built. Wadsworth is still open
and under library service supervision. It is staffed by veteran patients. Its
primary focus is recreational reading.
1946 – Medical Library service started and a medical
librarian was hired when the VA became a teaching hospital, establishing a
residency program with Marquette University school of Medicine. The medical library
collection would grow rapidly in the 1950s moving first to a Quonset hut until
a larger medical library was opened.
1966 – The Medical and Patient Libraries moved to a shared
space in the then new hospital.
2003 -The Medical and Patient Libraries moved to their
current location on the 6th floor. Veteran and staff computer areas
were added as well as archive storage.
Network with other Wisconsin health science librarians
Attend from your home or work
Hear what's going on with NNLM GMR
Participate in Michelle Kraft's two-part keynote session on librarians keeping up with change in the workplace and healthcare
Listen to lightning talks on engaging your audience when teaching, the dark web, the user experience, library friendly contract language, comics for your hospital or academic library, and Kouze and Posner's leadership challenge.
With a generous donation from Kay Cimpl Wagner, archivist at
Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., and her husband Larry, Gundersen
Medical Foundation has established the Kathleen ‘Kay’ Cimpl Wagner, MLS,
Historical Preservation Fund. Their gift to establish the fund, along with
ongoing donations, will also name the archivist position after Wagner’s
“Kay has contributed to Gundersen in countless
ways. Most recently, as a dedicated archivist, she has helped shape and
advance the Gundersen archives,” states Sara Gundersen Battison, MLS, CFRE,
director, Development, Gundersen Medical Foundation. “Thanks to the new
fund created through Kay and Larry’s generosity, important preservation
projects will continue and there will be improved access to Gundersen’s history
for generations to come.”
Wagner worked at Gundersen as the medical library director
from 1985-1999. Because of her experience at Gundersen, in 2013, Wagner was
asked if she would work with retired Gundersen cardiac surgeon and Gundersen
Medical Foundation vice president, A. Erik Gundersen, MD, on a special
Wagner recalls, “Our project was to sort through an off-site
storage facility with decades’ worth of accumulation. What we found was a
treasure trove of Gundersen history. We spent nearly a year going through every
paper, photo and object determining the historical significance to Gundersen.
We also developed policies for proper acceptance for donations so items no
longer accumulate in a storage facility.”
At the start of the project, Wagner was a volunteer but it
soon became clear that her talents were needed beyond the initial project. So
in 2015, the Foundation hired Kay as a part-time archivist. In this role, Kay
has continued to inventory, preserve and catalog things of historical significance
“One of the most interesting finds was a cache of letters
from the 1800s written by Adolf Gundersen, MD. We are having them translated
and digitized,” Wagner explains. “Eventually, the entire collection of objects,
pictures, publications and more will be digitized for online access. In
addition, the archives and archivist will have a presence in the Mooney Library
on the Gundersen La Crosse Campus.”
Wagner also embarked on an oral history project where she is
interviewing people who helped shaped Gundersen.
Wagner will be retiring soon, but she’s only laid the
groundwork and strategic plan for the future. That’s why the Wagners established this new fund to ensure the ongoing work of an archivist at
She notes, “I’m honored to be building the Gundersen legacy.
It wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of the Foundation and the Gundersen
Health Sciences Library.”
I'm always on the lookout for webinars and other online learning opportunities. Not too long ago I learned about Library Connect from BrightTALK. Thanks to them, I've attended talks from NIH Library, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mendeley, UNC Chapel Hill and more. A session coming up in October might be of interest to you and other medical librarians. Librarians and APIs 101: overview and use cases will be presented by two librarians from Georgetown and U Florida. You can register here. =============================== "The webinar presenters will provide an overview of APIs (application programming interfaces - see definition below) and a broad look at various use cases within the library from updating library systems to conducting research or facilitating access for other researchers. Specific use cases include using an API for text mining (clinical applications) and using APIs to update an institutional repository. The webinar is meant for librarians who do not currently have a strong technical background, but who want to familiarize themselves with the technology and its applications. An API is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. In other words, an API is the messenger that delivers your request to the provider that you’re requesting it from and then delivers the response back to you. -- Shana Pearlman, MuleSoft Blog"
It's not hard to imagine that robots and artificial intelligence will become more and more a part of the health care sector. It's easy to see how a robot companion or device could assist older patients in their homes or perhaps keep them out of the hospital, but what about on an active Labor and Delivery unit? A 2016 robot made decisions that 90% of doctors and nurses agreed with in regards to L&D nurse scheduling and patient room assignment. What do you think? Is there a future for robots in health care?
"Today’s robots are awkward co-workers because they are often unable to predict what humans need. In hospitals, robots are employed to perform simple tasks such as delivering supplies and medications, but they have to be explicitly told what to do.
A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) thinks that this will soon change, and that robots might be most effective by helping humans perform one of the most complex tasks of all: scheduling.
In a pair of new papers, CSAIL researchers demonstrate a robot that, by learning from human workers, can help assign and schedule tasks in fields ranging from medicine to the military...."
Someone posted this to FB, but I’ve been telling people about
this video as an example of how technology and our knowledge/science changes
… I think it’s also a great example of why people need to keep up with
research, and the latest developments because the state-of-the art and general
consensus – even practice guidelines --change so fast. What
you knew 5 years ago may not be relevant today.
I found this information fascinating.Just think of the ultimate in outreach –
searching PubMed on Mars and beyond. I wonder what the Surgeon General of the
Army who first started the collection in 1836 would think.
Gale Hannigan, AHIP, is the chair of the MLA Task Force to
Review MLA’s Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success.She will provide a brief overview of the new
competencies and answer your questions.Members
are encouraged to review the competencies before the meeting http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1217.After the presentation we will have our
usual member news sharing. Our online discussions are for WHSLA members only.
We're very excited to announce the topics our lightning talk speakers will be presenting on at our very first Fall 2017 online WHSLA meeting. As you may have heard, we'll be enjoying a CE course from Michelle Kraft in the morning. Then in the afternoon, librarians from across Wisconsin will be sharing their expertise on a variety of topics you can hopefully apply to your own job. Thanks so much to everyone that submitted presentation ideas!
Adding Activities to Engage your
Audience / Rita
Mitchell, Aurora Health Care
Light on the “Dark Web” / Rose Trupiano, Marquette University
UX? We Answer! The
Library as a Nexus of Inclusion / Taylor McNeir, Marquette University
Friendly Contract Language for Hospital Libraries … Or how we got our
groove back / Michele Matucheski and Kellee Selden, Ascension
Graphic Medicine – comics for your
health sciences library / Brenda Fay, Marquette University
Kouze and Posners Leadership
Challenge / Carrie
To stay in the loop about the upcoming online meeting on Thursday, November 2nd, keep checking our website or keep an eye out for emailed communications.
On Wednesday, August 2nd, news broke that Elsevier had acquired bepress, the company which supports Digital Commons, used as the institutional repository platform for over 500 institutions, predominantly US colleges and universities.
If you're a bepress customer, you're probably very surprised at the news as bepress failed to communicate this development to existing clients before Elsevier made their announcement.
"Today, Elsevier announces its acquisition of bepress. In a move entirely consistent with its strategy to pivot beyond content licensing to preprints, analytics, workflow, and decision-support, Elsevier is now a major if not the foremost single player in the institutional repository landscape. If successful, and there are some risks, this acquisition will position Elsevier as an increasingly dominant player in preprints, continuing its march to adopt and coopt open access."