Monday, December 23, 2019

2020 MLA webinars - a sneak peak

Thanks to Kathy Koch for sharing this sneak peek at MLA's upcoming 2020 webinars. 

2020 Monthly Webinars MLA is pleased to present the first nine 2020 MLA webinars. Every quarter, we will add three more webinars. This allows us to open up more opportunities for MLA members and others to submit great webinars!

January 15
Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching If you teach or plan to teach, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning for your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in any discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing in the discipline.

February 13
Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal You do not need to take years of statistics to gain a significant amount of useful knowledge. With a basic understanding of the core concepts and principles of statistics, you will gain the confidence and skills to tackle a wide range of statistics questions. You will also be able to assess the quality and value of research, locate specific methodological papers, and communicate research conclusions to users.

April 15
Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success If you are looking to spruce up your classroom and engage students on a deep level, then game-based learning may be for you. This course will explore game-based learning and make game makers out of every participant!

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings.

July 8
Find the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Search Strategy That Works for You Some online searchers use problem, intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) to formulate their search strategy. Others use population, exposure, outcome (PEO); sample, phenomena of interest, design, evaluation, research type (SPIDER); who, when, what, where, why (5Ws); or just ask: “What has happened and what am I going to do about it?” This webinar runs searches through these formulations so that participants can select the method most comfortable for them.

August 11
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors This webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to perform excellent peer reviews and write articles that pass peer review. You will learn about the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) peer review process, the importance of peer reviewers to research in our field, and ways to find your strengths as a peer reviewer and an author.

August 18
Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, we will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library.

Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency Are you struggling with ever-more complicated systematic review searches? Do you have a basic knowledge of Boolean operators, thesaurus terms, and syntax and want to raise your search game? This webinar will give you guidance on creating high-quality searches in a faster way. Bramer and associates have taught his method at several filled-to-capacity annual meeting courses.

This information is accurate as of December 2019. MLA reserves the right to alter topics, content, and scheduling.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Biology's Impact on Counting Words

For your viewing pleasure ...

WHSLA Member, Diane Giebink-Skoglind at ThedaCare Libraries in Appleton, found this video on The Scholarly Kitchen:

Biology’s Impact on Counting Words
Dec 20, 2019  by  David Crotty

Biology’s Impact on Counting Words

A short video about the words we use for counting and how biology influences both language and math.

British humour for the holidays

While not having homework is my favorite thing about this time of year, The British Medical Journal's December issue is a close second.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The NIH Library Bibliometrics Training Series: FREE

If you've ever wanted to learn more about citation analysis, data science, research impact, or data visualization, this could be your big chance to get some free training from the NIH.  

Via the Medlib-L Listserv, Christopher Belter writes:
     We are pleased to announce the launch of the NIH Library's bibliometrics training series
     The series is a collection of thirteen free online videos that introduce viewers to the theories 
     and practices of bibliometric analysis, as implemented by the NIH Library's bibliometric service program. 

     The goal of the series is to teach others how we do bibliometrics and why we do things the way that we do.

     The entire training series is now available from the NIH Library website.

Chris Belter, MLS
Bibliometrics Informationist
National Institutes of Health Library
Division of Library Services
Office of Research Services
Bethesda, MD 20892 USA

End of the semester

Many of you WHSLA members know that I'm a library assistant, and just started working towards my MLIS in September.  It was rough.  Honestly, around midterms, I questioned every decision I've ever made and wanted to give up.  But I'm happy to report that I survived my first semester!  Here are just some of the exciting things I learned:

  • Three classes plus working full time is insanity.  I won't try that again.
  • "Biblioblogosphere" is a legit term, despite what spellcheck is telling me.  And we're part of it!
  • Perfect scores are rare.  Learn to embrace "good enough."
  • Have you heard of the Mundaneum?  It was an ambitious attempt to catalog ALL the world's knowledge long before the Internet existed.
  • Prepping your meals ahead of time (or having an awesome loved one who will feed you) helps immensely.
  • I joined a librarian meme group on facebook because humor helps me cope with stress (and it's nice to be around so many people who share my weird sense of humor).  A librarian whose name I recognized from a paper I'd just cited for my term paper posted something, and I turned into a fangirl.  Luckily, she was flattered that I enjoyed her article.  Hopefully I get to tackle this topic again (how libraries can help fight the spread of misinformation) because she's an amazing resource!
  • I'm taking online classes, so I worked with students from all over the country and got to hear perspectives from all kinds of libraries.
  • Melville Dewey, despite his many library accomplishments, was a creeper.
  • There is SO MUCH READING.
  • Organizing a research paper, particularly one requiring 15+ citations, is really difficult.  I suspect I'll be more practice in this area.  Any suggestions to make it less painful would be more than welcome.
  • In fact, any advice and suggestions you have about how to survive and thrive in grad school would be greatly appreciated.  Leave them in the comments, or send them to me at annie dot lipski at aurora dot org (not today, bots!  I know you can't identify email addresses if I write them out like that!).
Last day of the semester

First day of the semester!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Check out ECRI Guidelines Trust Newly Designed Website on their first Anniversary


We are happy to announce that the ECRI Guidelines Trust® just celebrated its one year anniversary!

Since launching in November 2018, the ECRI Guidelines Trust® has made tremendous progress with an inventory of more than 1,400 clinical guidelines from 131 guideline developers, including 568 Guideline Briefs and TRUST Scorecards. The resource serves THOUSANDS of physicians, nurses, students, medical librarians, and other healthcare professionals from more than 85 countries and territories worldwide.
In celebration of our 1st anniversary, we have launched a NEW, redesigned website which showcases our growing content and provides an enhanced user experience. We invite you to check out the newly redesigned site today.
Thank you for your continued support!
The ECRI Guidelines Trust® team

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Infantorium - The Secret History of Infant Incubators

For your listening pleasure over the holidays ...

This Infantorium podcast from 99% Invisible shares the unusual history of infant incubators.  It's not what you might think ... 

Who knew that caring for premature babies began as a sideshow at Wonderland Amusement Park?    It took an unusually long time for the evidence to seep up to the medical establishment of the day.

If you want to know more, give it a listen.  The transcript is also available.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Ebsco's Infographic on Information Literacy in Medical Research


Ebsco is offering an Infographic Download: Information Literacy in Medical Research

The information behavior of your medical library users was shaped during their academic years. But the skills they graduated with are not necessarily the skills they need to successfully conduct research in the workplace. Learn more in the free infographic.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Need a little "space" in your life? NIH-NASA collaborations

Unless you've been living under a rock in 2019, you probably already know it was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this summer. NASA is set to keep moon exploration going with the Artemis program slated to land two women on the moon in 2024. 

Recently I listed to a fascinating webinar from NNLM about astronaut healthIf you're interested in astronaut health, outer space, or just like sciencey things, check out the recording. It includes links to many other free resources on space and STEM activities libraries can hijack and use. 

If you're interested in getting deeper into the health science piece, NIH and NASA have a website that provides links to other government agency partnerships with more resources such as data calls and webinars. 

Growing up in the 1980's (like me) you might have heard of Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. I just learned they have one for grown-ups...okay, librarians, who's coming with me! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Why are we the only humans left?

Why are we the only humans left?

Just 50,000-100,000 years ago, Earth was home to three or four separate human species, including our most famous cousins: the Neanderthals. New research has shown that Neanderthals ... Read more

Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Benchmarking Study of Hospital Libraries Published

This brand new Hospital Libraries Benchmark study just came out, written by our HSL colleagues Angela Spencer, Elizabeth Mamo, and Brooke Billman.  

Spencer, A., Mamo, E., & Billman, B. (2019). Benchmarking study of hospital librariesHypothesis31(1).     Available at:

Many of the Hospital Libraries in Wisconsin (some of them WHSLA Members) participated in this study.  

Now we can see how we stack up with 180 other hospital libraries who responded to the 2017 survey.  The 19-page report contains multiple graphs and charts in a visual display of the survey data, along with a narrative explanation of the current state of Hospital Libraries.  

Take a look!