Thursday, August 29, 2019

Moving journal supplements to repositories?

I would guess this has happened to you: a patron needs a conference abstract or something published in a supplement but it cannot be found, despite your holdings listing it is available. So you try lots of other stuff like Google Scholar or ILL to get it. 

Is there a better way to publish supplements? The Scientist recently published a piece advocating for supplements to be published in repositories instead of journal vendors: The Push to Replace Journal Supplements with Repositories

Vintage photos of traveling libraries

I have fond memories of the Maude Shunk Library's bookmobile coming to my childhood neighborhood in the 1980's. Little did I know back then about the long history of traveling libraries. Check out this trip down library memory lane

Monday, August 19, 2019

2020 WHSLA board - looking for President-Elect candidates

Greetings WHSLA members!

Another year is slowly coming to a close and with that, we are preparing for a fall 2019 WHSLA election.

This year we are looking for President-Elect candidate(s). I'm happy to report we already have one candidate, but why make them run alone? Consider nominating yourself or a colleague today. Read more in the WHSLA guidelines.

The elected WHSLA member will serve as President-Elect in 2020 and will be mentored by 2020 WHSLA President, Holly Egebo. This is a great chance to serve in WHSLA with a smaller time commitment, but still have the benefit of being on the executive board and being mentored throughout the year. 

If you, or someone you know is interested in running, please email brenda dot fay at aurora dot org by Friday, September 6, 2019. 

WHSLA Guidelines

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Staplercide: a library pandemic

Thanks to WHSLA member Lucy Webb for sharing this hilarious article from an older issue of College & Research Library News about the untimely demise of many a library stapler.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A doctor's perspective on physician burnout

Recently, physician burnout and compassion fatigue have been active topics in the literature,with most articles focusing on treatment.  

In a recent New York Times article, Dr. Danielle Ofri, a physician at Bellevue Hospital, offered her perspective on the root cause of this issue.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Book clubs for introverts

Are you a book-loving introvert?  Want to join a book club, but the dread of making small talk with near strangers keeps you from it?  Perhaps a Silent Book Club is for you!

Read more about them here.

BMJ Open study explores conflicts of interest disclosure and journal transparency

Thanks to WHSLA member Barb Ruggeri for suggesting this article from BMJ Open.  

We certainly expect authors to disclose conflicts of interest, but what about journal editors?  The above study found that 99% of 120 journals required authors to disclose conflicts of interest, but only 12 % of those journals disclosed any potential editor conflicts of interest.

Embargoes on science/medical ebooks?

Kellee Selden shared this interesting news item from Library Journal and asks "I wonder if the science vendors will jump on the bandwagon?"

What do you think? Will science/medical publishers have embargoes on library copies of their ebooks?

Friday, August 2, 2019

Nominate a college or WI health sciences library today - WHSLA Librarian of the Year, WHSLA Library of the year

Know of a WHSLA colleague doing great work in their library? How about a Wisconsin health sciences library that provides outstanding services, leadership, and innovation? 

Don't be shy! Nominate a WHSLA member for Librarian of the Year or library for Library of the year. Why? Because it makes you and them feel good and, more importantly, it helps acknowledge the great work being done by our members and fellow health science libraries around Wisconsin. 

Deadline has been extended to September 15, 2019

WHSLA Library of the Year - *guidelines and nomination form
WHSLA Librarian of the Year - *guidelines and nomination form

(*if you cannot open Google Drive links at your work, please email brenda dot fay at aurora dot org and I will send you the PDFs)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

UC's showdown with Elsevier

Thanks to Kathryn Mlsna for sharing this article from "The Conversation"


"This month, academic publisher Elsevier shuttered the University of California’s online access to current journal articles. It’s the latest move in the high stakes standoff between Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of scholarly research, and the University of California, whose scholars produce about 10% of the nation’s research publications.

Last February, Elsevier chose to continue providing access to journals via its ScienceDirect online platform after UC’s subscription expired and negotiations broke down. With its instant access now cut off, the UC research community will learn firsthand what it’s like to rely on the open web and other means of accessing critical research.
The UC-Elsevier showdown made headlines because it’s symptomatic of the way the internet has failed to deliver on the promise to make knowledge easily accessible and shareable by anyone, anywhere in the world. It’s the latest in a succession of cracks in what is widely considered to be a failing system for sharing academic research. As the head of the research library at UC Davis, I see this development as a harbinger of a tectonic shift in how universities and their faculty share research, build reputations and preserve knowledge in the digital age...."

Wisconsin Special Librarians Annual Summer Tour coming up! (August 21 in Madison)

Kari Zelinka, former medical librarian at St. Mary's in Madison, reached out to share information on this fun, upcoming event. 


Wisconsin Library Association News
Join us for Association of Wisconsin Special Librarians Annual Summer Tour!

This year we will tour Schumacherlibrary at Olbrich Botanical Gardens on Wednesday August 21st, 2019.  We'll meet at 4pm, tour the library and collection, explore the conservatory and then take a stroll in the outdoor gardens.  An informal social will follow at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park, right across the street.

What: Tour of Schumacher Library
When: Wednesday August 21st, 2019 - 4 p.m.
Where: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave. Madison, WI (Note OBG is accessible by bicycle via the Capital City Trail)
Why: Because it's always fun to see a new library!
Who: Everyone is welcome to attend