Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Learning anatomy with a little help from Outlander

Thanks to Kellee Selden for sharing this post idea. 
I'm sure a lot of us have learned something about medicine (right or wrong) from television. From ER and House to Grey's Anatomy and The Good Doctor, there always seems to be a new medical show around. 

Outlander Anatomy, a blog written by a professor of "gross and microscopic human anatomy for four decades" is using the Outlander books and TV series as a lens to teach anatomy. See what you think. I'm hooked!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Eat cake for breakfast?

Ever since the dawn of the Internet, I've been skeptical about what I find there, refusing to believe anything outright without doing more research.  

For example, years ago, a coworker was telling everyone in our office that a penguin had been stolen from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium!  It had to be true!  She read it in an email!  But I felt compelled to check the source, and much to her dismay, it was just an urban legend.

Recently I came across this article, admonishing me to eat dessert for breakfast.

And oh how I wanted to believe.

But I work in a library, so as much as I wanted it to be true, I had to look into it further.  As with many headlines, it's a bit misleading.  No one probably "should" regularly eat dessert for breakfast.

But apparently, it's slightly better for you if you eat sugar earlier in the day when your body can turn it into fuel rather than fat, or with protein.  Thanks, Science!

And here's the original study that spawned all of these other articles:

Sounds like more research needs to be done.  I'll let you know my findings.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Be inspired - Patti Brennan's support for lifelong learning

Thanks to Michele Matucheski for this week's blog post!

Patti Brennan’s most recent blog post on the NLM’s Musings from the Mezzanine, talks about “Training for Lifelong Learning.  She was speaking in reference to Bioinformatics, but it’s just as relevant to Health Science Librarians.    When I graduated from college in 1993, we didn’t even have email or the internet yet.  When I graduated from Library School in 1998, the big thing was learning to create web pages with html.  Thankfully, we have web editors and tools to make that job easier! 

Stay curious, and keep learning! 

Training for Lifelong Learning

Monday, June 18, 2018

Don't skip lunch!

Ever have one of those days where every minor annoyance just seemed unbearable?  Maybe you just needed to eat something.  This article explains the science behind getting "hangry."

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Docline redesign - Google login coming soon

Thanks to Lucy Webb for sharing this post from DOCLINE-L about the forthcoming redesign and login process.

A reminder that in preparation for the first release of the redesigned DOCLINE, currently scheduled for August, NLM is requesting DOCLINE libraries to do the following:
  • Review and update library information and Serial Holdings by this Friday, June 15. Editing will be suspended on Monday, June 18.

  •  Establish (or choose an existing) Google account to use for logging into the new DOCLINE

  • Complete the User Form in the current system via the 'Connect your account today!' homepage link, to link your Google Account to your DOCLINE library or libraries

During the planned late summer preview, users are invited to test the Google log in and familiarize themselves with the new system, by continuing to review and update library and holdings information. The existing DOCLINE will remain in use for borrowing and lending during the preview

View a recording and slide deck about the transition. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TRIP for guidelines - the new place to go?

Thanks to Barb Ruggeri for this post.

National Guideline Clearinghouse to end July 16, 2018.  TRIP will help with the void.

Thanks to a listserv post from Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section of MLA - I learned that TRIP is curating US guidelines.  As you will note in the TRIP blog post,
TRIP is going to post everything.  So there will be more guidelines than NGC, but the standards to be listed on the NGC site will not be in place. This will still be easier than monitoring a large number of guideline producer sites, particularly for those users who don’t know which producers to monitor.

Barbara E. Ruggeri, MLIS
Life & Health Sciences Librarian

Monday, June 11, 2018

Improving health literacy through library partnerships

Here's an interesting article from the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet about how an academic librarian and a public librarian worked together to improve health literacy in their area:

Do any of you have any experience working with the public libraries or community members in your area?  Feel free to share your stories with us in the comments!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The critical role librarians play in the opioid crisis (from TEDMED)

Thanks to Michele Matucheski for this week's blog post! 
Librarians playing a central role in responding to the opioid crisis? Not as far fetched as you might think. 

"According to Chera Kowalski, "public libraries have always been more than just books." Chera sees libraries as civic institutions that must be able to respond to the needs of their communities. And at Philadelphia's McPherson Square Library, where Chera worked, responding to the needs of the community meant being trained and able to administer the overdose-reversing drug, Narcan. Watch Chera's 2017 TEDMED Talk to learn what it was like to work at a public library at the center of Philadelphia's opioid epidemic and why she believes that a library must serve as a judgement-free haven for the entire community."

First Time Blogger - Annie Lipski, Ziebert Medical Library Assistant

Greetings and Salutations!  My name is Annie Lipski, new WHSLA member and first-time blogger. 

Some of you may have seen my name before, providing you with articles via Docline at lightning-fast speed.  This is one of my main responsibilities as a library assistant with Aurora Health Care.  I’ve been working with this organization for the past 13 years, though I just joined the library team two years ago.  Previously, most of my time at Aurora was spent in Medical Records while working various other part-time jobs.

Of those side gigs, my favorite by far was working as a shelver in the Wauwatosa Public Library.  Suddenly, I was surrounded by people who not only shared my love of reading, but also my offbeat sense of humor. 

Speaking of odd library humor, one of my daily responsibilities is taking care of our mascot, a skeleton named Ziemore Bones.  I dress him up for holidays, but since I didn’t have that many props, I decided to hang signs around his neck each day with a new joke.  They started as just skeleton jokes.  Then I ran out of those, and branched into medical jokes.  And now it’s just whatever I can find that’s funny, appropriate for a hospital setting, and inoffensive enough that I could tell it to my Grandma.  So if you ever come across any one-liners or Dad Jokes that meet those criteria, please feel free to send them my way. 

In addition to being a full time library assistant, I’m also a full time student at UW-Milwaukee.  I’m currently finishing up my Bachelor’s in Information Science & Technology, and then it’s onward to my MLIS!

In my spare time (when I have it), I love reading (non-fiction to graphic novels and everything in between), gardening, cooking, and backyard birdwatching.