Thursday, January 30, 2020

Release of National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses Data

Release of National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses Data

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released data collected from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN). This survey data is the principal source of information on the nursing workforce, the largest group of health care professionals.

The NSSRN informs educators, health workforce leaders, and policymakers of developments in the nursing workforce. This comprehensive data set assists in developing strategies that address present-day healthcare challenges and the evolving nursing workforce needs. Since 1977, the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) has been the cornerstone of nursing workforce data.

Benchmarking Study of Hospital Libraries

Benchmarking Study of Hospital Libraries

Join NNLM Kernel of Knowledge as we discuss a recent survey to assess the current landscape of hospital libraries by collecting benchmarking data from hospital librarians in the U.S. and other countries. Since the last MLA benchmarking survey in 2002 hospital libraries have faced significant changes including downsizing, position and library elimination, and hospital mergers. The results suggest implications for hospital librarians regarding staffing levels and the depth of services within their unique settings, especially within the context of rapidly expanding health systems. This survey discussion will provide information to inform the development and implementation of effective advocacy for hospital libraries.
Study Authors & Presenters:
Angela Spencer
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Reference Librarian
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO
Elizabeth Mamo
Library Director
Rochester Regional Health
Rochester NY
Brooke L. Billman
Senior Manager, Governance Operations
College of American Pathologists
Northfield IL
Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Mar 11, 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM CT

WHSLA Member Leslie Christensen spotted this CE training program, and wanted to share it with all of you. 

Maybe you even contributed to the study.  Thank you for your input!

Here's your chance to hear the summary of this important study.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2018 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

2018 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
This AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) report assesses the performance of the U.S. healthcare system and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses, as well as disparities, for access to healthcare and quality of healthcare. Quality is described in terms of six priorities: patient safety, person-centered care, care coordination, effective treatment, healthy living and care affordability.

After the panel discussion at the October 2019 WHSLA - MWC/MLA Meting in Milwaukee, I thought this report might be of interest to some of you continuing the work in your own communities.

Fitness at the office

For many of us in smaller health sciences libraries, our work tends to be quite sedentary.  Fortunately, The Onion* has some tips on how to get more exercise during the day!

*Please do not actually attempt these exercises.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Out of Sight is Out of Mind: The Hidden Crisis in Rural America

Rural Mental Health: The Hidden Crisis in Rural America

It’s prohibitively difficult to access mental-health services in rural America. That’s because, relative to urban areas, rural counties have so few mental-health professionals. The majority of non-metropolitan counties in the U.S. don’t have a psychiatrist, and almost half lack a psychologist. The paucity has resulted in a public-health crisis—rural Americans suffering from a psychiatric condition are more likely to encounter police than receive treatment. Each year, 2 million mentally ill Americans, most of whom aren’t violent criminals, end up in jail. 

Lack of resources for mental health often falls onto the criminal justice system, which is woefully unequipped to handle them.  

Watch the short PBS documentary by Independent Lens,  “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.” [14 min.]

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Public service announcement from the University of Liverpool

This seems like the sort of thing you shouldn't have to tell people, but there we are.  

Per the BBC, associate director Alex Widdeson said the "disconcertingly warm and liquid" slice was discovered "somewhere between American history and geography".

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

January book recommendations

Spring semester just started, but I got through a lot of great books and audio books over my winter break.  Here are a few I'd like to recommend.

Unf*ck your brain: Using science to get over anxiety, depression, anger, freak-outs, and triggers by Faith G Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN: I've read a lot of self-help books over the years, and this one is by far one of my favorites.  Not only does it have enough science for my analytical brain, it's also hilarious.  A word of warning (in case the title didn't clue you in), it's full of swear words.  The audio quality wasn't great on the audio book, but the content still makes it worth a listen.  Just pretend you're back in college listening to an incredibly interesting psych lecture.

On tyranny: Twenty lessons from the twentieth century by Timothy Snyder:  Feeling overwhelmed by the daily headlines?  Yeah, me too.  This book reminds us that there are still things we as individuals can do even if things seem bleak.

Real life organizing: Clean and clutter-free in 15 minutes a day by Cassandra Aarssen:  Inspiring and easy to read, this book is full of great practical tips to help you get organized.  I took some of her advice and started with my kitchen the past weekend.  Here's her Tedx Talk about the different types of organization styles she's encountered during her career as a professional organizer: 

Have you read anything good lately?  Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Podcast featuring Katherine Akers, editor-in-chief of JMLA

Thanks to Midcontinental Chapter MLA for featuring Dr. Katherine Akers, editor-in-chief of JMLA (Journal of the Medical Library Association) in their new podcast. 

Learn more about Dr. Akers, how JMLA keeps us up-to-date in our field, and supports data sharing. Have a listen.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Window on WHSLA - from WHSLA 2020 President Holly Egebo

Dear WHSLA members,

I am Holly Egebo, THE new WHSLA President. You are looking at the view from the Library window atop Aurora BayCare Medical Center. In Green Bay, on this sunny day. It’s fun to say Welcome to the Year 2020!!

The view from my library at Aurora BayCare Medical Center

I am confident that for each member of WHSLA,  this will be a year of positive change!

Looking back a little to October 2019--what a remarkable time the Midwest Chapter/MLA WHSLA,and SWHSL Conference was! One of my favorite moments of the conference was the keynote speaker MK Czerwiec, RN, MA aka Comic Nurse.  I found her talk to be energetic and the process she uses to create her comic strips very creative!  As a result--I drew my first comic frame. Have any of you ever tried this?  Would you like to? It takes only a few minutes. Don’t judge yourself. We Librarians run into hundreds of situations that would translate supremely well into a bit of humor in this statement of art!
Time marched on.  Suddenly it was Halloween, then Thanksgiving came and the December Holidays, which brings us to now.  Forging ahead, what lies beyond the cold snowy month of January 2020?

1. Two WHSLA Board meetings are on now my calendar--Thursday April 9 at 10:00 –12:00 Friday November 13 also at 10:00-12:00.  I will announce the WHSLA General Business meeting in a later blog.

2. Take advantage of the all the benefits WHSLA membership offers-- 

  • Eligibility for professional development grants ($500 each)
  • Weekly blog
  • Networking with other Wisconsin health science librarians
  • WHSLA Wisdom Chats
  • Free access to selected MLA webinars
3. What are you thinking, wishing, hoping for 2020 for our WHSLA chapter? For your libraries and for yourselves as Librarians?  I would really like to know!

Be bold and share your plans and dreams on this blog or you can email me at holly egebo at aurora dot org

Have a wonderful winter!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Mental Health Facts on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, & Survivors of Forced Displacement Worldwide

Just a taste of the useful info you can find in the Disaster Information Management Resource Center and DisasterLit, a database for disaster medicine and public health:

Mental Health Facts on Refugees, Asylum-seekers, and Survivors of Forced Displacement
Date Published: 11/2019
Format: PDF
Annotation: This four-page fact sheet details how most of the world's 70.8 million refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and other survivors of forced displacement will not receive needed mental health care due to scarcity of services and stigma against mental health care. It discusses systems of care for the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers, and strengths and protective factors common to refugees and asylum-seekers. [less]
Type: Fact Sheet
ID: 20453. From: Disaster Lit®a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

A message from your friendly neighborhood WHSLA Professional Development Co-Coordinators

Hello WHSLA,

As you may have seen, MLA has released the dates and descriptions for their planned webinars for 2020.  This year they will be updating this list throughout the year so we will be sending out multiple surveys as webinars are added.   

As WHSLA Professional Development Co-Coordinators, we are reaching out to all of you to help gather some information as we decide which webinars should receive priority for GMR funding applications on behalf of WHSLA. 

Our goal is to apply for funding to host the webinars with the highest amount of interest first.  Since we can only apply for funding once per quarter as WHSLA, the secondary goal is to help facilitate code sharing with other organizations that may receive funding and have extra codes available since we are now able to share codes. 

You can see the list of the webinars and their descriptions here: 2020 MLA Webinars.  

Please take a moment to read the descriptions and then take the brief survey here:

Once you’ve read through the descriptions, the survey should only take you about 2 minutes. 

Thank you,

Dora Davis and Gwendolyn Shorter

WHSLA Professional Development Co-Coordinators

Professional Development Award Report: Midwest Chapter/MLA Megan Olson

I was fortunate enough to win a $500.00 stipend to help cover my costs, so I could attend 2019's WHSLA/SWHSL/Midwest Chapter MLA.  The conference being in Milwaukee, WI, allowed me to visit the Bronze Fonz and stop at Kopps while also learning the latest greatest in medical librarianship. 

I’ll be honest, I ended up taking more away from the conference than I had even hoped. The highlights:
  • I won the jackpot and received a free membership to MLA. Seriously, I went out and bought a lottery ticket because I was feeling so lucky.     
  • Drinking adult beverages at the hotel bar with fellow librarians. Along with my coworkers, Melinda Orebaugh and Eileen Severson, I was able to visit  with Julia Esparza, MLA president,  who is a hoot. 
  • MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, uses comics in healthcare. You can read more about her at, My main takeaway is that comics are a powerful tool that can be used to convey highly dense important information in high stress situations. I need to investigate further to see if anyone is currently using comics to create patient ed hand-outs. I am familiar with the graphic novels such as Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green or the Medikidz series, but I am wondering if anyone is creating one or two page hand-outs on health topics. Also, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant has been added to my to-read list.  
  • Evening at the Harley Museum.  It was a super fun evening networking with fellow librarians and seeing how Harley’s have changed over the years. This must be a dream job for any archivist. Oh, and the gift shop isn’t too shabby.   
  • I was completely fascinated with the Social Determinants of Health: From the Patient to the Community and Beyond panel of speakers. The future of healthcare really is going to be going where the patients are. I can’t recall, which group is doing it, but they have had positive outcomes with centering pregnancy and centering parenting appointments, which are group driven visits. 

Toodles - 

Megan Olson  


Baby yoda has a library card

Professional Development Award Report: Midwest Chapter/MLA 2019 Deborah Ruck

Midwest Chapter/MLA & WHSLA & SWHSL Annual Meeting

I attended the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting in October 2019 with the generous financial support of a $500 WHSLA stipend award.  This was one of the best Midwest Chapter Meetings I have ever attended because of the timeliness of the program and poster topics, authoritative and interesting speakers, diversity of exhibitors, and excellent conference venue.

In this blog post I would like to focus on two of the presentations I attended.

Keynote Address
The Keynote address given by MK Czerwiec, RN, MA aka Comic Nurse, was illuminating and moving.  She spoke of how she began drawing as a way to cope with her grief after one of her AIDs patients died.  Since then MK has authored 8 graphic medicine comic books and is currently working on an anthology of comics about menopause to be published in Spring 2020 and a graphic medicine memoir about caring for her mother and aunt.

MK explained that comics are used because of the effectiveness of the medium as a powerful teaching/learning tool when there is a high density of information, a high level of importance, and high stress involved.  Storytelling in this way can help us heal, move past barriers, and bear witness to other’s stories.  For example, see Mom’s Cancer, Marbles, and My Degeneration.  MK is the co-manager of, a site that provides links to author and artist sites, online articles, comic sites, blogs, comic reviews, podcasts, conference information and much more.

Social Determinants of Health: From the Patient to the Community and Beyond Panel Presentation

Anne Getzin, MD, a family physician with Advocate Aurora Health, gave a very passionate presentation, Health Equity and the Patient Experience, about her experiences providing prenatal care and delivery of babies via the Aurora Midtown Health Center near 60th and Capitol in Milwaukee.  She stressed the importance of providing equitable healthcare at the level of need required.  She mentioned the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) The Everyone Project which “focuses on providing family physicians and their practice teams with education and resources, advocating for health equity, promoting workforce diversity, and collaborating with other disciplines and organizations to advance health equity.”

Dr. Getzin said that her patients experience bias all of the time in their lives.  Her patients have conditions such as hypoglycemia, hypertension, and lead poisoning.  She is doing a research study on the impact of lead exposure during pregnancy and advocates for the necessity of testing women for lead poisoning.

She does centering pregnancy and parenting programs, which are 2-hour doctor visits in a group setting at a local Family Resource Center.  They talk about health maintenance topics to help decrease the numbers of low birthweight babies and infant mortality.  Often the group meetings result in the women supporting each other in ways she could never do.  For example, a mother provided her cell phone number to another mother who had difficulty affording baby formula and told her to call at any time for help rather than considering stealing formula from a grocery store.  The Family Resource Center has a food pantry; they also screen for food insecurity and provide $20 vouchers for the Fondy Farmers Market nearby.

Deborah Ruck
Information Resources Librarian
Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries

Monday, January 6, 2020

Library LinkOut using Outside Tool Update - from the NLM Technical Bulletin

I got our Outside Tool set up for Ascension Wisconsin last summer and have been getting article requests through the new system ever since.  It's pretty slick, when it all works as planned!   It should be all set to work in the New PubMed when it becomes the default.   If you haven't already set yours up, there's still time.  See the important info below.  --Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP

Library LinkOut using Outside Tool Update. NLM Tech Bull. 2019 Nov-Dec;(431):b14.
2019 December 19 [posted]
In March 2019, NLM announced that the three existing LinkOut services (LinkOut via Submission Utility, LinkOut Local, and Outside Tool) are being consolidated into one program, Library LinkOut using Outside Tool (see LinkOut Consolidation Announcement and Library LinkOut Transition FAQs for more information).
As of February 28, 2020, LinkOut via Submission Utility and LinkOut Local services will be discontinued. Library icons will continue to display in legacy PubMed, but holdings data will not be updated after February 28, 2020.
To register for Library LinkOut using Outside Tool, libraries will need to set up a working link resolver that directs users to the full text of an article or to the library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Complete information on the registration process can be found in our online help. Please direct any questions about this process to the NLM Support Center.
Libraries that participate in Library LinkOut using Outside Tool can activate their library icon in the new PubMed using the URL where nameabbr is the name abbreviation for your library. Use a comma separated list to activate up to five library icons, for example:,nameabbr2,nameabbr3.
The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version. We will continue to run the legacy system in parallel for a period of time after the new PubMed is the default. These dates will be announced in advance via banners on PubMed.