Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Get to know WHSLA member Lucy Webb

Get to know WHSLA member Lucy Webb, librarian at Advocate Aurora Library Network - St. Luke's, in Milwaukee. 

Q. How did you get started in libraries?  
While lots of kids played school – I played library.  Glued envelopes and date due slips into all my books. I worked at the public library in high school.  After college, marriage, and children I was the director of a small public library in IL, then I worked at a small Academic Library also in IL as a Library Technical Assistant (a civil service position). One of the benefits was free tuition so I enrolled in the Library School at the University of IL. My eldest son was an undergrad student at U of I while I was in library school – I was NOT allowed to drop by his dorm!

Q. How are you/have you been involved with WHSLA?  Why did you join?
I joined WHSLA when we first moved to WI, because I’d enjoyed HSLI and knew it was the  best way to meet great librarians.  In the past I served on the board and on a couple conference planning committees.

Q. What are three personal items currently on your desk?
Coffee, cell phone and a banana.

Q. Do you have a professional goal for 2019? What is it?
I don’t really have a professional goal anymore, I’m starting to think about retirement…in the next year or two.

Q. If you could hop on a plane right now, where would you go?
Alaska, my oldest son is stationed there, and I’d love to see it before he moves.

Q. What is your advice to people who want to get into librarianship?
Librarianship is a wonderful career, I learn something new every day!

Q. What do you do for fun outside of work? 
I read, of course, crochet, walk and recently joined Curves.

Q. What book(s) are you currently reading?
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (recommended by Brenda Fay)

Friday, April 26, 2019

Wikipedia edit-a-thon (May 6)

Will you be attending the MLA annual meeting in Chicago next month?  If so, consider participating in NLM's Wikipedia edit-a-thon.  Check out this video for more information!

Finding health statistics

If you've ever hard to find health statistics, you know what a challenge it can be. If you're anything like me, you probably have dozens of bookmarks for your favorite statistics sites. 
The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology has a four-part tutorial for 3.0 MLA credits to help you even more. 


NICHSR Tutorial: Finding and Using Health Statistics

NICHSR Tutorial: Finding and Using Health Statistics. NLM Tech Bull. 2019 Mar-Apr;(427):b10.

2019 April 03 [posted]

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) is pleased to announce the release of a newly revised Health Statistics tutorial (see Figure 1). Written by staff at AcademyHealth, this tutorial is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.

Screenshot of health statistics tutorial
Figure 1: Finding and Using Health Statistics.
The new, interactive course is divided into four sections:
  • About Health Statistics
  • Common Terms
  • Health Data Sources
  • Finding Health Statistics

Each section contains a quiz to help you determine your understanding of the course. The course is eligible for 3 CE hours from the Medical Library Association. A certificate is also available upon completion of the course.

The section on Finding Health Statistics provides an overview of the key organizations important in any research that requires statistical information. A detailed glossary is also included in the course (see Figure 2).

Screenshot of glossary
Figure 2: Glossary.
The course is available at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/stats_tutorial/cover.html.

Catching up on professional reading

Find it hard to keep up with professional reading? Use Badgerlink's resources to make it a bit easier. 

Attention Librarians! Do you ever wonder how you can keep up with library professional development? Unable to attend conferences this year? Looking for new, exciting ideas or current research of the field?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Spring cleaning: weeding your collections [podcast]

Itching to do a little spring cleaning? Get some inspiration from American Libraries Dewey Decibel podcast hosted on SoundCloud.
  • "In Episode 36 of the Dewey Decibel podcast, two librarians discuss different aspects of the weeding process.American Libraries Senior Editor and Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart speaks with Rebecca Vnuk, executive director of LibraryReads and author of The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By Shelf Guide (ALA Editions, 2015) about why weeding is necessary, how to get started, and what to say to naysayers about its importance. Next, Morehart talks with Brian Greene, a librarian at Columbia College in Sonora, California, who co-wrote an article in the October 2018 issue of C&RL News on large-scale ebook weeding undertaken by the Community College Library Consortium in California. Greene discusses what he learned from the project and offer tips for completing such an endeavor."

Monday, April 15, 2019

2019 WHSLA CE Travel Stipend - two $500 awards to give out

WHSLA CE Travel Stipend

In order to support continuing education, WHSLA is offering a $500 travel stipend to two WHSLA members. The recipients will be chosen by a drawing. If you are interested in entering the drawing, send me an email with your name, institution, email and phone number by May 1.

The stipend can be used for travel to the MLA 2019 Annual Meeting or another professional development CE activity that requires travel. Upon return from their travels, recipients will be required to share what they learned. Sharing can be done through a blog post on the WHSLA Blog, during a WHSLA Chat Session, or by other means.

Requirements for eligibility:
  • Active WHSLA member and current on dues. (Not current? You can easily pay your dues online via PayPal!)
  • Travel for CE planned within 2019
  • Willingness to share your learnings with WHSLA members within 3 months after the chosen conference.
  • Have not won the travel stipend drawing in the past three years.

The deadline is May 1. If you are interested, reply to me (esuelzer at mcw dot edu) and include your name, email, institution, and phone number.

Liz Suelzer

Friday, April 12, 2019

Blue and Green Day

Friday, April 12th is National Blue and Green Day.  Today, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green to raise awareness of the need for registered organ donors.  Too late to change your outfit?  There are plenty of other ways to promote Donate Life Month.

EMR frustrations

Professional burnout, particularly among doctors and nurses, has garnered more attention recently.  One common contributing factor involves the electronic medical record.  A 2017 study from the Annals of Family Medicine found that primary care physicians spend almost 2 hours on EHR tasks for each hour of direct patient care.  This accounts for nearly half their work day, and is often done after clinic hours.

One anonymous East Coast physician is using humor to vent some of his frustrations.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

What makes us feel good about our work?

Around here it's time for annual performance reviews. As I sift through the tasks, meetings, documents, and good and bad from 2018, I'm reminded what I do what I do. 

This TEDx talk on "what makes us feel good about our work" illustrates what many of us love about our work: the challenge, the progress, and the feeling of making an impact. 

If you need a little inspiration before writing your performance review, watch this.  

MLA webinar codes still available for selected webinars

CE codes are still available from WHSLA for the following MLA webinars. 

Webinar titles
From Idea to Reality: How to Successfully Plan and Promote Library Events
From Protocol to Publication: Maximizing the Return on Your Systematic Review Investment
Go Red! REDCap for Library Data Services and Data Collection (Recording)
Matching Review Type to Research Question: Which Review Is Right for You?
Selecting Systematic Review Software on a Shoestring
What Is Genomic Medicine?
Putting the Quality in Qualitative: Tips for Evaluating Qualitative Research Articles **only available to WHSLA members
Using Stories to Support Academic Instruction and Health Education
Why Do We Lead? An Introduction to Values-Based Leadership
Take Your Research Guides from Good to Great

Interested in a code? Please reach out to one of the Professional Development and MLA webinar coordinators: Dora Davis or Liz Suelzer

Friday, April 5, 2019

Health Literacy Summit 2019 - WHSLA representing!

WHSLA was in good attendance at the Health Literacy Summit earlier this week. Barb Ruggeri, librarian at Carroll University, and Xou Le Va Vang, librarian at UW-Parkside both attended the event. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Making a better conference poster

Chances are you've either presented a poster at a conference, or visited poster sessions as an attendee. Sometimes it goes well and you get ideas to bring back to your library or institution. Sometimes no one visits your poster and you feel like it was a waste of time. 

NEJM JournalWatch recently wrote about this in a blog post: The Problem with Research Posters — and a Bold Approach to Fixing Them

Goal #1 - maximize insight
Goal #2 - keep the good stuff
Goal #3 - make it easy

The examples in the last half of the video show a simple way to pare down your poster and make it more understandable and quicker to engage with.