Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NYPL lions set an example

Patience and Fortitude, the marble lions outside the New York City Public Library, have recently donned masks to encourage the public to follow the advice of health experts.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Debunking Bad Covid-19 Research

MIT Press and the University of California, Berkeley, are leading an effort to rapidly review research related to the pandemic and stop the spread of misinformation.

This article from Inside Higher Education describes the creation of an "overlay" journal on COVID-19 research from MIT Press and the Berkeley School of Public Health.  
  • An overlay journal  reviews already-published preprint articles.

Submitted for the WHSLA Blog by Barbara E. Ruggeri, MLIS, AHIP,
Life & Health Sciences Librarian at Carroll University

Friday, June 26, 2020

Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice: New Tutorial Available

The Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice tutorial is available now from the PubMed Online Training page on the NLM Web site. 

  • This tutorial was created to help clinicians including nurses and allied health professionals develop a clinical question using the PICO framework and efficiently find relevant biomedical literature using PubMed. 

  • The tutorial was designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes. 
  • This tutorial replaces the PubMed for Nurses tutorial.

Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice: New Tutorial Available. NLM Tech Bull. 2020 May-June;(434):b5.

This brief article was originally published in the NLM Technical Bulletin.  It is reprinted here because the content is not copyrighted and is freely reproducible.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

BadgerLink Behind the Scenes: History, Funding, and Support

Badgerlink Beginnings
Have you ever wondered how BadgerLink came to be?

The Badger Bulletin recently posted the following article on the history, funding and support of Badgerlink.  

It's been around for more than 20 years now!   For some of us longtime WHSLA Members, this will be a stroll down memory lane.  For the rest of us, it helps explain how Wisconsin's statewide online library came to be.  

"You probably already know about all the great resources available through BadgerLink, a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction, but you may not know just how BadgerLink came to be, how it’s funded, and who is working behind the scenes to provide resources to all Wisconsin residents ... " Read more.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

NYT Article: Tests for Coronavirus Vaccine Need the Blood of Horseshoe Crabs

For decades, drug companies have depended on a component in the blood of the horseshoe crab to test injectable medicines, including vaccines, for dangerous bacterial contaminants called endotoxins.   
Read more ...

Published in The New York Times, June 3, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

FREE Webinar: Sharing Best Practices for Reopening Special Libraries

Sharing Best Practices for Reopening Special Libraries
June 23, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Join panelists Amy Witt-Crowder, Wisconsin State Law Library, Amy O’Shea, Schumacher Library, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and [our very own] Eileen Severson, Library and Patient Education Services at Gundersen Health System to hear best practices around reopening services in special libraries around Wisconsin. The panel will discuss procedures and their experiences in planning and providing library services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be followed by a Q&A with the panel. 

The session recording, presenter slides and handouts are available at the South Central Library System CE & Professional Development blog.  

Posted to the WHSLA Listserv by Eileen Severson June 15, 2020.

Updated June 23, 2020

Friday, June 12, 2020

EFTS Transition Activities and Timeline


Operations of the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) will move to the Medical Library Association (MLA) in a timeline agreed to by EFTS, MLA and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
If you are not signed up with MLA and your library uses EFTS, your operations will be disrupted after June 30.

UPDATED KEY DATES(DOCLINE dates highlighted)
  • June 15: MLA EFTS Go-Live 1: Users who signed up with MLA EFTS start their configuration on the new platform (previously, June 1)
  • June 30All existing EFTS libraries must act on or before this date to access DOCLINE request billing data, regardless of future EFTS participation.  Capture requests for libraries that will no longer participate in EFTS, or before the EFTS Report menu option is hidden from your view due to changed participation status.
  • June 30: Last transaction day for ALL users of current EFTS; transactions need to be processed by July 9 on UCHC EFTS (previously, May 31)
  • July 1DOCLINE resets all EFTS Participant Indicators to reflect participation in the MLA EFTS platform (previously, June 1)
  • July 24: Last day for libraries to settle any negative balances on UCHC EFTS (previously, June 25)
  • July 30: UCHC transfers library participant funds to MLA (for libraries who have requested it in the MLA User Agreement); MLA posts those amounts onto the MLA EFTS library accounts (previously, June 30)
  • Aug 3: MLA EFTS Go-Live 2: Users who are signed up with MLA EFTS can upload interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions, which includes July transactions (previously, July 15)
For more information about the DOCLINE  EFTS Manual Billing report, refer to the Manual Billing Report help
Please refer to MLA EFTS and UCONN EFTS with your other questions.
Questions about DOCLINE? See the DOCLINE System home page for quick tour videos, FAQs and more. 
Contact your Coordinator for help using the system.
Write to the Help Desk with feedback or to report technical issues.