Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Connecting with Our Users During Covid-19: Ascension Wisconsin Library Services Part 1

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts showcasing how WHSLA members and their libraries responded to serving our users in creative ways during COVID-19. 

WHSLA Blogger, Michele Matucheski shares their outreach efforts for Ascension Wisconsin Library Services.

Welcome Messages to New Physicians & Providers

One of the other things we started is sending a welcome email message to New Physicians and Providers (Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants) around the state.  Since we no longer do in-person library orientations, this is the next best thing for introducing them to Library Services and what we can offer to help support their practices.

How did we get the list of New Providers?  We asked the Medical Staff Office to include us when sharing the report of new and departing providers.  This has been wonderful for consistency, and making sure we catch everyone.  Prior to that, it was only by happenstance that we heard about new Providers.  

I set the basic text up as a template in Gmail (The equivalent would be a saved signature file in Outlook), then I can personalize the message, adding their name and anything else that seems relevant.  I usually add links to ebook collections from CK and AccessMedicine reflecting their specialty.  If it's for a PA or NP, I'll often add info about Patient Education resources, too.  

Here's the basic text [Feel free to borrow it and adapt for use at your own institutions.]:

SUBJECT LINE : Welcome to Ascension Library Services – Library Resources to make your work life easier




Welcome to Ascension Medical Group in Wisconsin!

I am one your Medical Librarians for Ascension Wisconsin.  

I work with Kellee Selden in Milwaukee.    

We wanted to give you a tour of Library Services.


Ascension Wisconsin Library Services Home

Feel free to add this link to your Favorites/Bookmarks.  This is the same content statewide, and will eventually replace the legacy pages mentioned below.

  • You will find our contact info under the Contact Your Librarians tab.
  • Links to legacy/regional library intranet pages (Columbia St Marys/ Ministry Health Care / Wheaton Franciscan) are on the landing page as a tabbed box.
  • If you use the PubMed links on our library pages, it will tap into our full-text offerings.
  • If you can’t get to a full-text article, send me or Kellee the citations and we’ll get them for you.  We have connections all the way up to the National Library of Medicine, and it won’t cost you a thing.  Feel free to email citations to us, or use our Request Forms.
  • We are also available to search the databases on your behalf, if you don't have time or are not comfortable searching them yourself.  Just tell us what you're looking for and we'll return relevant search results with links to fulltext articles whenever possible.  

We offer a New Issue Alerts / eTOC currentawareness service so you can keep up with your favorite professional journals.  Just let me know what titles you’re interested in.  For each new issue, you’ll get an email with links to the current full-text articles.  

Physician & Provider ToolBox – a LibGuide filled with tools and sources that will be most helpful to a busy Physician, including  sources for point-of-care, drug info, diagnosis tools, access to over 1400 eBooks, full-text articles, patient education, and more.     You may want to consider adding this page to your Favorites/Bookmarks as well. 

DynaMed is a physician point-of-care reference tool offering answers to clinical questions.  Content is written by a team of physicians and researchers who synthesize the evidence and provide objective analysis.  It offers clinically organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics.   Also includes drug info.   See also: The DynaMed Search Tips page.

Lexicomp Clinical Drug Reference

              Dosing info, interactions, etc.  

              LexiComp Search Tips - Includes info about the mobile app.  


Clinical Key with Clinical Overviews and Procedures Consult

There’s also a Search Tips Page for Clinical Key, filled with useful articles, tutorials and videos to help you get the most out of it. 

                Clinical Overviews are similar to UptoDate, by offering review articles on 1400 primary care topics, including current evidence, treatment and dosing info, and more.

                ProceduresConsult is like YouTube for Medicine.  It’s great if you need to review a procedure before you have to do it.  It provides a web video, along with a complete write-up of the procedure, including coding info.

                Clinical Key includes 1100+ medical eBooks, and 500+ eJournals. 


                Internal Medicine eBooks in Clinical Key [Change this according to the Provider's Specialty]


                Internal Medicine eBooks in Access Medicine


Let me or Kellee know if we can be of any help to you.  If you want an in-depth look at any of our resources, we would be happy to give you a personalized tour.  Let me know if you want to schedule something.


Your AW Medical Librarians,

Michele and Kellee


Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP

Medical Librarian


Kellee Selden, MLIS, MSMI

Manager & Medical Librarian

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services 

       Find More Answers on our Ascension Wisconsin LibGuides   


If it takes you more than 10 minutes to find something, call or email the library. Finding what you need, no matter how obscure, is what we do.

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