Thursday, December 21, 2017

Looking to publish? Marketing Libraries Journal is looking for submissions

Greetings Colleagues,

I'm happy to announce that the first issue of Marketing Libraries Journal is available today. Marketing Libraries Journal is the first open access, peer reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to the marketing of libraries.

You can access our inaugural issue online at

The first issue contains a diverse collection of articles on a variety of topics that include: marketing education in LIS curriculum, library branding, video marketing, library advocacy, library marketing campaigns, and technology tools used for library marketing.

I’d like to thank the wonderful group of peer reviewers and column editors who worked on the first issue and the amazing production team of layout and copy editors, led by Laureen Cantwell (Reference & Distance Services Librarian at Colorado Mesa University) and Elisa Coghlan (Coordinator of Marketing and Outreach at Marquette University).

We hope you enjoy reading the first issue!!


Mark Aaron Polger, Founder/ Editor-In-Chief
Marketing Libraries Journal

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

WHSLA Spotlight - Mary Pat Gage at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Library in Wauwatosa, WI

Mary Pat Gage at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Library

Mary Pat Gage, BSN, RN, MLIS, AHIP is the new Clinical Librarian at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Mary Pat earned her bachelor’s degree at the Marquette University College of Nursing and started her nursing career at Children’s Hospital. After 20 years in nursing, she earned her MILS degree at UW- Milwaukee. She has been a medical librarian for 13 years. Most of that time was at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

This is Mary Pat’s first year as a WHSLA member. She is the current treasurer of the Southeast Wisconsin Hospital Librarians (SWHSL) consortium and recently acquired her AHIP certification. In 2011 she co-authored an article published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship called Using a “Survivor” Style Game to Guide Nursing Research into Practice.

This article was referenced in the 2014 edition of Health Sciences Librarianship by M. Sandra Wood.

She enjoys watching the Packers and playing board games with her older son and daughter-in-law. She daydreams of walking the red carpet with her younger son when she is his date to an awards show in Hollywood.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Did you know your digestive system is 9 meters long?

Happy Monday everyone!

How the digestive system works (from TED-Ed) brings us a lovely little tour of our digestive system. I have to say it was much more interesting than I thought a bunch of hard-working, but not quite glamorous, organs would be. See what you think. I have a little more respect for bile after watching this video!

Friday, December 8, 2017

First baby born to U.S. uterus transplant patient raises ethics questions

We hear a lot about successful heart, kidney, and liver transplants, but what about a uterus transplant? NPR just published a story about a healthy baby born to a U.S. woman who received a uterine transplant. 

With such a new and experimental procedure, how can patients understand and give informed consent? See what you think. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

NIH to researchers: Don’t publish in bad journals, please

Thanks to Barb Ruggeri for sending along this post from Retraction Watch. If you haven't heard of Retraction Watch yet, they compile and publicize instances of journal retractions from various scientific disciplines. 

One of their big posts last week was about a recent "guide notice" put out by NIH saying: 

"The NIH has noted an increase in the numbers of papers reported as products of NIH funding which are published in journals or by publishers that do not follow best practices promoted by professional scholarly publishing organizations."

Their Office of Extramural Research has answered Retraction Watch's additional questions about this statement: