Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

PubMed MLA '19 update: big changes are coming!

In this 45-minute presentation, Marie Collins with Kathi Canese of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, present the upcoming new PubMed, now available for testing at PubMed Labs. This presentation was recorded at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 5th 2019. View the slides and transcript.

The speaker covers the following:
  • Current PubMed stats (Over 30 million records now!)
  • Nearly half of visitors are coming from a mobile device, hence the redesign
  • Author Disambiguation (ORCID)
  • Formulas appear in titles, abstracts and keywords
  • Plain-language summaries will appear after abstracts

LinkOut Consolidation will transition to Outside Tool
  • Library icons will appear on every citation in PubMed
  • Users will get either fulltext or an ILL Form
  • Outside Tool Icons will appear in PubMed Labs

New PubMed

Mission Statement: We are transforming PubMed into a modern hub with a fast, reliable, and intuitive search that connects people to the world’s leading sources of biomedical information.

  • PubMed Labs will move into production in September 2019.
  • Old PubMed will be archived and still available through Jan 2020.

New PubMed Goals:
  • Modern Cloud architecture (off the mainframe)
  • High Quality Search
  • Fast – Reliable
  • Modern Experience with responsive website (It will work on whatever device or screen you may be coming from)
  • Beloved

They developers have been asking: What do we need?  What can we do better?  What can we let go of?

Using Agile development model where they release a minimally viable product with enough features for early users and an environment to capture feedback for future development.  Agile allows them to release new features frequently, paying attention to technical excellence and good design.  If you don’t see your favorite features, it may still be coming.  Old features may still be tweaked and improved.

Peak at the new PubMed / PubMed Labs
Features include:
  • Results by Year graph
  • Best match toggle to default sort order
  • Snippets with highlights – gives context
  • Filters (They are still adding more filters)
  • Change format to summary or abstract
  • Cite (Yes—fully formatted citations in several popular formats!)
  • Share via Twitter or FB(?) or with a permalink
  • Improved navigation
  • Fulltext links
  • Save or email results
  • Advanced Search and Search History (Yes, it’s there) allows you to combine search lines

 Look for future articles on the NLM Technical Bulletin and on the NCBI Insights Blog.


Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP
Clinical Librarian - Library Services & Research
Consultant – Clinical Professional Development

Ascension Wisconsin
Ministry Health Care / Affinity Health System

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Getting to know WHSLA member Rita Mitchell

Get to know WHSLA member, Rita Mitchell, of Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee!

Q. How did you get started in libraries?  

Oh, I get to blame my sister, Eileen Severson, also a WHSLA member!  We were living together when she was working on her MLIS.  I thought her classes sounded interesting so after completing my master’s degree in music I continued with a MLIS degree.  My first library job was as an intern in the Music Library at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Q. How are you/have you been involved with WHSLA?  Why did you join?

I am a newish member.  I joined because being a member is a great way to network with other health librarians and continue to learn. 

Q. What are three personal items currently on your desk.

Coffee mug, cell phone, and a magnet photo of my first cat, Gus.

Q. Do you have a professional goal for 2019? What is it?  

To incorporate activities in my instruction sessions to increase engagement and learning. 

Q. If you could hop on a plane right now, where would you go?  

Geneva, Switzerland.  It is beautiful there in the summer, zero humidity.
Q. What is your advice to people who want to get into librarianship?

Shadow at different types of libraries & talk to librarians to find out what they do.  This will help you decide what elective courses to take.  Keep an open mind and be creative – librarianship is changing constantly.

Q. What do you do for fun outside of work?

I am a free-lance musician and I play oboe. I also like to knit, XC ski, camp, cook, bake and hula hoop.  FYI: I just started hooping. I am not very good, but it is a lot of fun!

Q. What book(s) are you currently reading? 
  • Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer
  • 101 Asian dishes you need to cook before you die: discover a new world of flavors in authentic recipes / Jet Tila ; foreword by Alton Brown 
  • Poldark Series by Winston Graham

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hospitals disrupting drug shortages

No doubt you've heard about drug shortages in the news, or maybe even from team members at your own institutions. How bad is it? Bad enough that hospitals have started coming together under a new, non-profit drug company, Civica RX. Just this week, Civica RX announced it will begin producing drugs for distribution to it's member hospitals later this year. The first two drugs: antibiotics vancomycin and daptomycin. 

According to a January 2019 article, at least two WI health systems are among the members:

  • "The newcomers are Advocate Aurora Health, Allegheny Health Network, Baptist Health South Florida, Franciscan Alliance, Memorial Hermann Health System, NYU Langone Health, Ochsner Health System, Sanford Health, Spectrum Health, St. Luke's University Health Network, Steward Health Care and UnityPoint Health."

I'm really curious how this experiment will go. 

More on Civica RX: 

Lesser known library facts

Here's an article from CNN full of interesting library facts.  

I was most surprised by the idea that library work was once considered to be "too overwhelming" for women, since these days there are more women than men in the profession.  

I have to admit, the idea of a "seaside rest home for those who had broken down in library service" doesn't sound too bad. 

Image © Frank Schulenburg / CC BY-SA 3.0

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Upcoming webinars from NNLM: data, LGBTQ+ health, nutrition, predatory publishing and more

Looking for some summer webinars? Here are a few upcoming sessions from NNLM. 

1. What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling. [ https://nnlm.gov/class/what-s-data-story-understanding-basics-data-story... ]
“What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling” is a one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. In this webinar, we’ll look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. No prior knowledge of the topic is required.

2. Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth. [ https://nnlm.gov/class/caring-lgbtq-youth/11613 ]
Join us for a Pride Month Kernel of Knowledge session presented by Katherine
L Imborek, MD, entitled Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth. This presentation will
detail foundational terms and definitions imperative for respectful
interactions with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning
(LGBTQ+) persons. There will be a specific focus on health care needs
specific to LGBTQ youth.

3. Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing . [ https://nnlm.gov/class/navigating-publishing-landscape-nuances-open-acce... ] *Description:* This session will demystify the changing landscape of
scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and
“predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to
describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in
order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging
practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals,
are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors.

4. Resources for Community Health Workers. [ https://nnlm.gov/class/CHWBoostBox ] Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an important role in connecting their
communities with healthcare and services. This session will provide
information about how Community Health Workers can link their community with
quality health information using resources from the National Library of
Medicine. In addition to appropriate information tools for CHWs, the audience
will learn about projects that have put NLM resources to use in CHW training
and community education.

5. Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources. [ https://nnlm.gov/class/food-thought-exploring-nutrition-information-reso... ] Join us for a self-paced course on nutrition information resources available
through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA),
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Getting to know WHSLA member Dora Davis

This week, we're getting to know WHSLA member Dora Davis, librarian from ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

Q. How did you get started in libraries?  
I worked at a job I did not enjoy and so did my then friend, now husband.  He really wanted to go to pharmacy school and I was undecided.  We both left our jobs and while he was in pharmacy school I met one of his school librarians, who let me shadow her for a day.  At the time I was serving a leave assignment as a substitute teacher while working on getting my Illinois teaching license but her job seemed to combine everything I loved. I jumped in to libraries by getting a job as a page at the local public library.  After my husband graduated from pharmacy school, we moved to Wisconsin. He introduced me to Linda Oddan and Vicki Kuenzi at ProHealth Care and they were my unofficial/official mentors during graduate school.  After graduation I stayed home.  Several years later, Vicki called to tell me they were looking for a pool librarian.  I applied, got the job and then eventually Vicki and I switched places.  She is now the pool librarian and I am the part-time solo librarian at ProHealth Care.

Q. How are you/have you been involved with WHSLA?  Why did you join?
I’ve been involved first as a member, then as the Wisconsin representative to the Midwest Chapter of MLA.  A few years ago I started in the role of Professional Development Coordinator for WHSLA and shortly after was joined by Elizabeth Suelzer of MCW.  We now share the role as Co-Coordinators of Professional Development for WHSLA.  It has been fantastic sharing that role with someone as great as Liz!  Both Vicki and Linda encouraged my involvement in the library associations even while I was in grad school.  I think I tagged along to a meeting once and I remember presenting a poster at a WHSLA/Midwest Chapter Conference during grad school.  Being a solo librarian can be a challenge because you don’t have anyone else that understands your role at your organization. WHSLA and the other organizations have been a lifesaver more than once in my professional life.  It’s great to have the hive mind be able to help you work through issues sometimes.

Q. What are three personal items currently on your desk?
1. Assorted beverages (the library is super dry)
2.  lip balm (see #1)
3.  My fountain pen (no more stolen pens!)

Q. Do you have a professional goal for 2019? What is it?
I’m trying to expand our Cultural Competence book club across our entire organization.  I would love to do a “Big Read” type event with one of our past selections and the entire organization.  I would also like to offer more training/orientation type sessions for our new employees.  I’ve heard the term “hidden gem” in reference to our library more than once and I’d love to change that.

Q. If you could hop on a plane right now, where would you go?
Am I bringing the whole family?  If yes, then  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in California. 

Q. What is your advice to people who want to get into librarianship?
Find any job you can in any library and also find a mentor.  Every librarian that I ever worked with was more than willing to help me into my path but I never would have met them if I hadn’t taken that minimum wage page job in my mid-twenties or volunteered at the hospital library.  Be open to change because nothing ever stays the same in this world.  The more adaptable you are the easier those changes will be for you.  Also, don’t disregard any of your past experience even if it has nothing to do with libraries.  My business and management background has helped me tremendously in my solo-role. You say you were a barista? Great! Break out the espresso machine and make some drinks for your library open house, people will come for the drinks and stay for the library.  You can turn any past experience into something useful for the library!

Q. What do you do for fun outside of work?
I have three boys ranging in age from 1-8 so most of my fun revolves around them!  I enjoy being in the kitchen with my kids, my goal is to send them off into the world knowing how to feed themselves things other than microwave meals. Even the youngest gets to knead dough with me, but don’t worry I never bake the chunk he gets!  I used to knit for fun but my knitting needles became wands so I don’t do that anymore! I have a thirty minute commute to work so I listening to audiobooks has become my new thing. 

Q. What book(s) are you currently reading?
I deliberately avoided JK Rowling's books for years because I knew I would get sucked in!  I’m so excited to be reading them now with my boys; we’re currently finishing up Goblet of Fire.  I am also re-reading Kitty Foyle by Christopher Morley.  I read it a long time ago and treated myself to a copy I found online.  

Thanks for participating, Dora!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Are predatory journals on PubMed a problem?

Thanks to WHSLA member Barb Ruggeri for this article suggestion.  It's another reminder of how important it is to think critically about any online source.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit - A National Destination!

Submitted by Barb Ruggeri, Carroll University.

As part of a group of poster presenters from Carroll University, I traveled to Madison’s Monona Terrance for the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit in early April. The theme “A Sharper View through the Lens of Health Literacy,” drew presenters and participants from around the country. We learned a great deal from very interesting presentations. I learned about research to improve communication about drug administration for patient families, a digital literacy assessment program, using patient safety incidents to tell the importance of clear communication and effective and inclusive consumer testing of health resources. The keynote speaker, Dr. Dean Schillinger from University of California and San Francisco General Hospital had a great presentation on the power of community voice for enhancing public health literacy for vulnerable populations. For me, the most powerful session was a breakout presentation from community voice Aaron Perry, who opened the nation’s first Men’s Health & Education Center located inside the City of Madison’s largest Black Barbershop; an amazing person who has worked on his own health challenges and helped so many black men in Madison take care of their health. I met some old friends and made new connections. I ran into our new WHSLA member, Xou Le Va Vang!

My Carroll University colleagues and I were pleased by the comments made by visitors at our poster presentation. We described our yearlong education of physician assistant students about health literacy. We used a learn-do-teach model within the interprofessionalism grant project. Our findings demonstrated increased understanding of health literacy knowledge by the physician assistant students after completion of each module, culminating in teaching the principles of health literacy to physical therapy and occupational therapy students.

Ovid service interruption

Having trouble with the Ovid platform this week?  Parent company Wolters Kluwer offered this explanation last night:

On Monday, May 6, we started seeing technical anomalies in a number of our platforms and applications. We immediately started investigating and discovered the installation of malware. As a precaution, in parallel, we decided to take a broader range of platforms and applications offline. With this action, we aimed to quickly limit the impact this malware could have had, giving us the opportunity to investigate the issue with assistance from third-party forensics consultants and work on a solution. Unfortunately, this impacted our communication channels and limited our ability to share updates.
On May 7, we were able to restore service to a number of applications and platforms.
We regret any inconvenience and that we were unable to share more information initially, as our focus was on investigation and restoring services as quickly as possible for our customers.
We have seen no evidence that customer data was taken or that there was a breach of confidentiality of that data. Also, there is no reason to believe that our customers have been infected through our platforms and applications. Our investigation is ongoing. We want to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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Friday, May 3, 2019

Navigating digital information

Have you ever heard of Crash Course?  This YouTube channel takes complex topics and explains them using simple videos.  Here's an interesting one on evaluating evidence:

(As librarians, I'm sure you're all excellent at that already, but it's a fun video anyway.)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

How your brain keeps memories tidy

How do our brains keep our memories tidy?  "An experiment conducted by Nicholas Turk-Browne, an associate professor of psychology at Princeton, and his colleagues found that the human brain uses memories to make predictions about what it expects to find in familiar contexts. When those subconscious predictions are shown to be wrong, the related memories are weakened and are more likely to be forgotten."

I wonder if Marie Kondo approves?

Thanks to Lucy Webb for sharing this video. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

More library humor

I was having some issues with Docline today and was trying to do some troubleshooting using Google.  I didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find an entertaining post from the National Library of Medicine.