Thursday, February 25, 2021

Connecting with our users during COVID-19: Carroll University - Todd Wehr Memorial Library

This is the third in a series of blog posts showcasing how WHSLA members and their libraries responded to serving our users in creative ways during COVID-19. Thank you to Barb Ruggeri, Health Sciences Librarian at Carroll University, for sharing her story. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Closure of the NNLM Docline Coordination Office (NDCO)

In case any of you missed this important bit of news by other sources.

With Erin Latta moving on, it lists a new route to get support for Docline.

Dear DOCLINE Users,

Please join me in congratulating Erin Latta as she prepares for the next phase of her career. She has accepted a new position working for ICF, a consulting company, to work as an Information Specialist/Systems Librarian and provide support to the NLM DOCLINE Team. As the NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator, she served as the sole coordinator in the office responding to thousands of user support requests related to utilizing a Google Account sign-in, launch of DOCLINE 6.0, retirement of Loansome Doc, and the transition of EFTS to MLA. While I’m incredibly happy for her new opportunity and continued support with DOCLINE, I believe that she will be sorely missed throughout all of NNLM.

With her new opportunity, the NDCO office will close ahead of schedule due to the upcoming changes to the NNLM in the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement. Customer support from the NDCO will transition to the National Library of Medicine effective immediately.

For DOCLINE support, please submit a NLM Support Center Help Desk Ticket.

We would like to thank you for contacting the NDCO over the past 5 years. It was truly a pleasure supporting your library and responding to your DOCLINE customer service needs.

Best wishes,

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP
Executive Director
Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM)
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Monday, February 22, 2021

Another Article for Discussion: Don't go down the Rabbit Hole


As if the Librarian War on QAnon article wasn't enough, I found this essay in The NYT as a follow-up:


Opinion | Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole: Critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation.

 Warzel, C., 2021. Opinion | Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole: Critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 February 2021].

This article proposes teaching students (and others) the SIFT method used by fact checkers, in part because it's quick and simple:

  1. Stop.
  2. Investigate the source.
  3. Find better coverage.
  4. Trace claims, quotes and media to the original context.

Let's continue the conversation: What do you think?

Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Librarian War Against QAnon as "Do the Research" becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough.

Fister, B., 2021. The Librarian War Against QAnon As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough. [online] The Atlantic. Available at:    [Accessed 19 February 2021].

I'm putting this article up in the hopes that it will generate some good discussion around info literacy and how it could be re-vamped for our current information ecosystems.  

We've probably all had family members, friends, and patrons yell at us to "Do the research."  But clearly their definition of that task is very different from ours as professional Librarians and Searchers.    [Frankly, hearing someone say "Do the research" is like fingernails down a blackboard for me.]  How do you answer them?  Is it even possible?  Is classical info literacy due for an upgrade?

What are your thoughts?

Friday, February 19, 2021

Swiss Cheese Respiratory Virus Defense Infographic


This infographic was created by Virologist Ian Mackay to help clarify that in order to best limit personal risk and community risk from being infected by, or passing on, SARS-CoV-2, we need to think of using a range of risk reduction measures. Each have their own failings and these can be affected by circumstances so layering them up helps avoid any single measure's (layer) problems (holes).

Think about this layered approach originally outlined in 1990 by Prof James Reason.  Based on Prof James Reason's analyses (e.g. Layout inspired by a graphic from @sketchplanator (

Mackay, Ian M. (2020): The Swiss Cheese Respiratory Virus Defence. figshare. Figure.  The image appears here under CC BY 4.0.  

  • Read more about why Mackay created the Swiss Cheese infographic in this article at Forbes.    
    • It includes more on the interpretation, and a bit about the "misinformation mouse" nibbling away in the center slice.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Concrete Recommendations for Cutting through Misinformation During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dr. Joan Donovan, Research Director on Media at Harvard's Shorenstein Center at The Kennedy School of Government, recently gave a webinar for the NNML on "Concrete Recommendations for Cutting through Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic."  

She cited her parallel article in the special Health Misinformation issue of AJPH that discusses possible methods for mitigating misinformation about public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on social media resources such as Facebook and Twitter, and other Internet outlets such as YouTube and Google. 

Donovan J. Concrete Recommendations for Cutting Through Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic. American Journal of Public Health. 2020;110:S286-S287. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2020.305922.   Link to article on Academic Search Premier via Badgerlink.


Dr. Donovan cited their Media Manipulation Casebook, which is a "digital research platform linking together theory, methods, and practice for mapping media manipulation and disinformation campaigns.  This resource is intended for researchers, journalists, technologists, policymakers, educators, and civil society organizers, who want to learn about detecting, documenting, describing, and debunking misinformation."     The Casebook acknowledges that misinformation is an entire industry.

In the webinar, Dr Donovan described the Media Manipulation Life Cycle:

1) Manipulation Campaign Planning - Where did it begin?

2) Seeding campaign across social platforms and web - Where does it start?  Who authors it?

3) Responses by industry activists, politicians, and journalists who are often targeted.  

    • This is the stage at which we notice it.

4) Mitigation - where social media platforms may start blocking content about it, or marking it.  Journalists may debunk it.  Organizers/Activists may publish white papers debunking it.

5)  Manipulators make adjustments to the new environment, especially if it's profitable.  They will create entire ecosystems to allow people to "Do your research."    They may use techniques such as 

But there are some concrete ways to fight  back.   The article gives 5 concrete ways to respond to health misinformation.    [Take a look at the article ...  It's a short read at only 2 pages.]

Sunday, February 14, 2021

New Medline Website and Policy Updates

Every once in a while I need this background and policy info on Medline, that select cream-of-the-crop subset of PubMed. Maybe you do, too?  You may want to file this away for future reference. ;-)  --MM

On February 10th, 2021, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a new MEDLINE website that provides a consolidated location for information regarding MEDLINE policies, history, statistics, and the MEDLINE journal selection and review processes. The website was developed in alignment with the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health goal of reaching more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement. Currently indexed MEDLINE journals and publishers, as well as MEDLINE applicants, are strongly encouraged to review the website.

Under the ABOUT Tab, you can find more info on Medline:

Under the Journal Selection Tab, you can read more about:


Questions or Comments?

Journals with questions or comments about these changes are encouraged to write to the NLM Support Center with the subject line: "MEDLINE Website." We also encourage journals and publishers to periodically visit the pages, as they may be updated over time.

Reprinted / Adapted from the NLM Technical Bulletin, Jan- Feb 2021. Content not copyrighted, and freely reproducible.   New MEDLINE Website and Policy Updates. NLM Tech Bull. 2021 Jan-Feb;(438):e2.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

March 3 Webinar: Changes are coming to the way you log into your NCBI account


Join us on March 3, 2021 to learn about changes to NCBI account log ins that will affect those of you who sign in directly your NCBI account.  

After June 1, 2021 you will need to log in using your institution, social media, Google, Microsoft or account username and password. 

In this webinar, you will learn how to register for a free account and how to link this to an existing NCBI account. You’ll also see where to find the most up-to-date information and FAQs on this topic.

We will answer a few questions from our mail bag on these changes. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please send an Email to  at with the subject line “Changes to my NCBI Log In” by February 24th.

    • Date and time: Wed, March 3, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM EST
    • Register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. A few days after the live presentation, you can view the recording on the NLM YouTube channel

You can learn about future webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

* This article appeared on The NCBI Insights blog on Feb 9, 2021.  We are helping them get the word out about these important changes.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Connecting with our users during COVID-19: Marshfield Clinic Health System Library

Second post in our blog series showcasing how WHSLA members and their libraries responded to serving our users in creative ways during COVID-19. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

AJPH publishes Special Issue on Health Misinformation

The American Journal of Public Health featured a special supplement last fall focused on Health Misinformation on Social Media.    I know this is a topic of particular interest to Health Science Librarians and didn't want any of you miss miss it.   

Not only do they talk about this post-modern scourge, but they also discuss some of the opportunities to combat misinformation on these same platforms.    A reason for hope!

This special supplement issue features research and perspectives on the dangers—and opportunities—posed by a shift in how modern populations consume health information via social media. Just as the spread of misinformation by malicious and unwitting parties poses a threat to public health and the credibility of institutional knowledge, so too do these platforms offer new approaches to counteract rumors and intentional deception in real time and with targeted strategies.

Here in Wisconsin, we have "free" online access via Badgerlink through Academic Search Premier.  

Monday, February 8, 2021

Creative Health Collective

In Milwaukee, local health professionals, researchers, and artists have come together to form the Creative Health Collective. This public health project is reaching out through art to promote health precautions and reduce COVID-19 related deaths and health disparities in under-served communities. Murals and prints are publicly displayed in and around the Milwaukee area.

"McGov (series 1 of 3)" collage by artist Tay Butler, Creative Health Collective

Friday, February 5, 2021

NNLM'S Love Data Week

Thanks to WHSLA member and fellow data nerd Jannette Bradley for sharing this info!

Love Data Week is an annual international celebration of all aspects of data – its management, preservation, sharing, use and re-use, and more. This February 8th-12th, NNLM is spotlighting four experts on various aspects of open data for a week of learning and sharing in the spirit of “open.”
At four 30 minute “coffee chat” sessions on Monday through Thursday, listen to each one of our guest experts discuss their work and answer audience questions in an informal setting. Then, join us on Friday as part of the RDM Webinar Series for a moderated panel discussion with all speakers to discuss bigger questions about their experiences working with open data.
Please register separately for each session.

I made this in MS Paint.  -Annie

Monday, February 1, 2021

Save the Dates for The 2021 WHSLA Web Conference June 16 -17

Save time on your calendar for The 2021 WHSLA Web Conference

June 16 - 17, 2021

The conference planning team is arranging for speakers and firming up the schedule.

Since it's a web conference, over the 2 days, there will be plenty of breaks to allow you to each lunch and check your email, etc.  

Sneak peaks:  

  • Brush up on your Reflective Practice
  • Learn more about Pivot Tables

Your WHSLA Web Conference 2021 Planning Team:
Brenda Fay, Deb Knippel, Kathy Koch, Michele Matucheski, Jennifer Schram, and Ashley Zeidler.