Wednesday, December 23, 2020

WHSLA - Looking ahead to 2021: new board, virtual conference

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to 2020 coming to a close. While things won't get back to "normal" for many months, 2021 is looking better and better. 

2021 will be an exciting year for WHSLA as well. A new Board, led by 2021 WHSLA President Ashley Zeidler, a new Secretary, and two Members-At-Large will begin their terms. More on the 2021 WHSLA Board coming in January. 

2021 will also see the next WHSLA conference. The planning team, made up of Brenda Fay, Deb Knippel, Kathy Koch, Michele Matucheski, Jennifer Schram, and Ashley Zeidler, have been busy brainstorming and collecting your opinions. Stay tuned for more on the conference, but in the meantime here are some things you can expect:
  • Virtual 2021 conference
  • Free to WHSLA members in good standing
  • Keynote, CE, and networking/sharing sessions
Now is a great time to renew your membership for 2021. At $20 per year, membership in WHSLA is a great deal. Benefits to joining WHSLA?
  • Free registration for 2021 conference
  • Eligibility for Professional Development stipends (two at $500 each)
  • Networking with other Wisconsin health science librarians (priceless!)
  • Selected MLA webinars free of charge

Friday, December 18, 2020

Announcing the NIH Preprint Pilot Librarian Toolkit

The NIH Preprint Pilot Librarian Toolkit

This toolkit provides information and resources about the NIH Preprint Pilot, NLM’s latest project to increase the early discoverability of NIH-supported research results.

What’s a preprint? 

A preprint is a complete and public draft of a scientific document that has not yet gone through peer review. During this pilot, NLM is making preprints that result from research funded by NIH available via PubMed Central (PMC) and PubMed. The first phase of the pilot focuses on preprints about COVID-19.

The NIH Preprint Pilot Librarian Toolkit has a variety of resources for librarians and other health professionals to learn about the role, access, and use of preprints. The toolkit includes an overview of the preprint pilot project, information for NIH investigators, preprint educational materials, journal preprint policies, and preprint peer review tools.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Docline: Connecting Librarians for 35 Years!


Ever since I started working in health science libraries back in the early 1990s, I have been grateful for the National Library of Medicine's gift of Docline, which has made inter library loan so much easier and practical the last 35 years.  It really has helped health science libraries impact quality patient care, quickly and efficiently, oftentimes for no extra cost.  

Thanks you NLM for providing Docline and the networks of health science libraries that make it work so well.  We are all better together!

From the NLM's Musings from the Mezzanine Blog:

Guest post by Lisa Theisen, Head of NLM’s Collection Access Section and Elisabeth (Lis) Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead

It’s been 35 years since NLM’s interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing system, DOCLINE®, was launched with a goal of enabling medical libraries to get biomedical literature into the hands of people who need it as efficiently and quickly as possible. Today, DOCLINE continues to be used daily by nearly 2,000 hospital, academic, military, public, and other libraries that place approximately one million requests a year, including requests for newly published research not freely available online.   Read more ...

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Claire Fraser made the JMLA!

I know some of you will enjoy this article from the JMLA about our favorite time-travelling healer.

Thanks to Elissa Kinzelman-Vessely for spotting this little gem! 

Greenberg SJ.

J Med Libr Assoc. 2020 Apr;108(2):310-313. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2020.932. Epub 2020 Apr 1.

PMID: 32256243 Free PMC article. 


This article discusses how Claire Randall, RN, MD, the fictional protagonist of Diana Gabaldon’s widely popular Outlander series, uses her knowledge of twentieth century medicine in her adventures in eighteenth century Scotland, France, and America.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Free Printable Posters and Resources Related to Covid-19 for Libraries and their Patrons

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) have compiled a list of free printable posters and resources for social media related to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Sources include:
  • NIH
  • National Institutes of Metal Health
  • CDC
  • OSHA

Monday, December 7, 2020

In Biology Publishing Shakeup, eLife will Require Submissions to be Posted as Preprints

"When major biomedical research funders launched the open-access journal eLife in 2012, they hoped it would push biomedical publishing to take full advantage of the internet’s power to share results freely and instantly. In the ensuing years, the open-access model has caught on. And more and more biologists have shared work in online preprint servers such as bioRxiv and medRxiv before undergoing peer review.

But those changes are not enough for Michael Eisen, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and the journals editor-in-chief since 2019. This week, eLife announced it will only review manuscripts that have been posted as preprints. And all peer reviews will be made public, including those for manuscripts the journal rejects. Eisen sees the changes as the next logical step in the evolution of the preprint, he told ScienceInsider."

Read the whole story.

Recommended reading by Barbara Ruggeri who felt this was a significant development for peer review and academic publishing.  

Covid-19 Vaccine Development & Distribution

 Vaccine Development and Distribution

Vaccine Development and Distribution

This is an excellent discussion about the Covid-19 vaccines from The Wisconsin Alumni Association with an excellent mix of speakers covering the research, bioethics, and public health aspects. 

It’s a little over an hour and answers many questions about:
  • development of vaccines
  • safety
  • and how the vaccine will be rolled out.
    • Health care workers and residents of long term health facilities will be first in line, and hopefully soon. 

We are fortunate to have such amazing experts here in Wisconsin. 

Although exciting news to be so near a vaccine, 
it won’t change the curve for the next couple months, 
so keep on masking, washing your hands, distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Twice in a Lifetime: The Pandemic of 1918 and How it Resonates in 2020

Twice in a Lifetime: The Pandemic of 1918 and How it Resonates in 2020

Twice in a Lifetime: the Pandemic of 1918 and How it Resonates in 2020

From Ebling's History of Medicine Librarian, Micaela Sullivan-Fowler at UW-Madison, presented for Waunakee Public Library on October 21, 2020.

In 2018 Micaela Sullivan-Fowler installed an exhibition called "Staggering Losses: WW1 and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918." Little did she know that the exhibition would be shuttered by another Pandemic, the one we are experiencing in 2020.  

  • She will give a short background on the exhibition itself, how the "Spanish Flu" affected our local populations

  • and how the exhibition resonated for those who visited.  

  • Micaela will also touch on the similarities and differences between the two Pandemics.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Words Matter: The Words that actually persuade people on the pandemic

"If we don't get this right, people will die."

Compelling article about using the right words to get people to do what's needed to overcome this pandemic.  Things policymakers and communications people should all be aware of.  

We all know that early messaging about the pandemic was flawed.  Now there are studies showing what is more likely to work with various groups of people.  

 The words that actually persuade people on the pandemic

Friday, December 4, 2020

The Vitals: True Nurse Stories

 Marvel Comics and Pennsylvania's Allegheny Health Network have teamed up to create a new comic celebrating the hard work and compassion of nurses throughout the pandemic.  You can read a preview here.