Thursday, January 27, 2022

January 24-28 is National News Literacy Week

Whoops, National News Media Week is almost over, but I wanted to share this anyway.  Misinformation is still a problem, and the News Literacy Project has lots of fantastic educational resources to help everyone brush up on their critical thinking skills.

Time to Reinvent Clinical Librarianship for a Post Pandemic World

If you are on the HLS List, you may have seen an invitation for the following from The Massachusetts Library System:

Community Chat: Clinical Librarianship Post COVID

 This session will be hosted by Elaine Alligood, Clinical Librarian - Informationista, recently retired from the VA Medical Center Knowledge Library.

Check out Elaine's article:  2021 Clinical Librarians - A Call to Re-think and Re-invent! in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship / July 2021

By the time I tried to sign up for it, the only option was for the waiting list.  ;-(  I hope they post a recording of the session.    But then I thought: Why not share the article and offer up the question to my own WHSLA community?

What are your thoughts?  Have you tried -- or do you have plans to try any of the ideas Elaine suggested for reinventing Clinical Librarianship in a post-pandemic world?

  • Give up the Library Space and Go Digital
  • Adopt a Just do it Approach
  • Librarian Rounds - Walking & Talking to the Executive Suite
  • Librarian Rounds - Walking  & Talking to Clinicians
  • Emergency Room Rounds - Walking & Talking to non-clinical staff
  • Clinical Librarianship
  • 21st Century LATCH
  • Identify Key Users
  • Develop a Clinical Trainee Support System
  • Patient Health Literacy
  • No Patient Health Literacy?
  • Create a Brief You Tube Channel
  • Build Buzz - Tasteful Library Promotion
  • LEAN Organization - Take the 5S Approach
  • Solo Clinical Librarian's LEAN 5S process adapted for the virtual clinical library

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Searching for Order in the Universe and Why Fish Don't Exist

Photo illustration by Mark Riechers. Original images by David Clode, Shot by Cerqueira, and Roman Mager. (CC0)

Stanford University’s first president, ichthyologist David Starr Jordan, is the complex main character of a new book, "Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love and the Hidden Order of Life," by Lulu Miller. The book is a wondrous mash-up of biography, memoir, history and even murder mystery. "To the Best of Our Knowledge" producer Shannon Henry Kleiber talked with Miller ... beginning with a tale from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

I had heard this story on To the Best of Our Knowledge back in 2020.  I was so intrigued with David Starr Jordan and his courageous response to the San Francisco earthquake destroying his collection of carefully organized and taxonomied fish, that I had to read the book ...  It's a complicated story, and one I wanted to share with WHSLA members, but I wasn't quite sure where to go with it ...

Last week, I heard the story again as a podcast, and was again just as intrigued by this guy who wrestled order from chaos time and again in his life ...  I think the reason it so intrigues me is because that's what we do as Librarians: We create order from chaos.  It's one of our favorite things to do, and one of the things we do best!

Cataloging, classifying, putting things in order so we can find them again later ...  Adding subject terms, keywords, and tags of our own to help other people find them later.  Taxonomies.  Some of us may have even gone to the point of sewing the label to a fish's eye so the tags wouldn't be lost or separated in the next disaster.  But that brings us back to the title of Lulu Miller's book: Why Fish Don't Exist.  

It's taken me a while to come to terms with this book and it's lessons.  Maybe we're trying too hard to impose order on our world?  On other people; Other beings; Ther cultures; Other things.  What's the big deal anyway?  A fish doesn't care if we call it a fish or a bird. A whale is NOT a fish, but it lives in water ...    They both live in water, but they are so much more than that when you take a closer look ...  So many other directions the taxonomies can go when you dig deeper.  

I don't understand why some people today are so insistent on classifying people as male / female / binary / cis / trans - him / her / it / their / them - black / white / brown - whatever box you want to put them in.  They are what they are, and shouldn't the individual be able to choose what they want to be without the world telling them that are something else instead?  Let 'em be who they want to be!  Why does society feel the need to pigeonhole everyone as this or that?  But again it gets complicated because when society / culture pigeonhole someone, it shapes their experience accordingly.   That's not always a good thing ...  and Yes, Black Lives Matter even when our larger society says they don't.

The thing that I have NOT been able to wrap my head around is David Starr Jordan's involvement with the eugenics movement and white supremacy.  Yeah-- Not such a hero after all.   Brilliant and complicated character, that refuses to be pigeon-holed.

GIve this story a listen -- The Podcast is only 12 minutes and may be enough to get you interested in reading the book.  I'd love to hear what you think about it.

Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP

Medical Librarian 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

70-Over-70 Podcast

I found a new-to-me podcast called 

From their website: "70 Over 70: a show about how we make the most of the time we have left. Max Linsky talks to 70 remarkable people, all over the age of 70, not just about their past but their lives right now. These are conversations about the big questions we all ask ourselves, no matter how old we are. What does it mean to live well? What are we still searching for? And how do we learn to let go?"

I have not been able to do any oral history interviews with the Sisters who founded my hospital in the past 2 years, and I realized how much I missed that project, talking with older and wiser people about what's important in life, and the lessons they've learned.  This podcast fills that empty space for me.  I hope you enjoy it too.

What are you listening to?

Monday, January 24, 2022

Save the Date: WHSLA Wisdom Chat February 11, 2022

Save the date: WHSLA Wisdom Chat, Friday, February 11th at 1:00 PM.  Rita Mitchell, Advocate Aurora Health Librarian,  will present on her interactive approach to teaching critical thinking to medical residents.  

This webinar is only available to paid up WHSLA members, so pay your dues today and expect and an online invitation on February 1st from Barb Ruggeri.   

It’s easy to renew: Visit and renew by check or with PayPal.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - February 2022

Join the African American Medical Librarians Alliance (AAMLA) Caucus for a 3-part discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot during the Experience MLA annual event.  

MLA CE credit will be provided for this activity.

The Experience MLA Events are open to non-MLA members, so feel free to invite others.

In preparation for the discussion attendees should read or watch one of the following:


Read: Skloot, R. (2010). The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Crown Publishers. [Books will not be provided]


Watch: HBO Films, The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne



February 1, 8, and 15, 2022

1:00 - 2:30PM (CST)/2:00 - 3:30 PM (EST)


Registration is not required, but encouraged as it gives the organizers an idea of how many facilitators will be needed to lead discussions.

[If you tried to register, but sessions were full, try again.  It looks like they added more tickets.]



February 22, 2022

1:00 - 2:30PM (CST)/2:00 - 3:30 PM (EST)

The Series will conclude on February 22, 2022 with a presentation from Chris by Analyzing the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks: HeLa Cell Impact on Research.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

MLA Webinar: Using EndNote for Librarian-Mediated Systematic Review Searches

Image from Pixabay.

WHSLA has received funding from NNLM Region 6 for the upcoming MLA Webinar:

Using EndNote for Librarian-Mediated Systematic Review Searches.

  •  The webinar will take place on January 25th from 1:00-2:30pm, central time.   

If you would like a code for an individual to view the webinar (live or as a recording for up to 180 days) and also claim CE credits, please email Dora Davis at dora dot davis at phci dot org. 

Thank you!

Dora Davis

WHSLA Professional Development Coordinator

New Year's Resolutions & Professional Development

From Dora Davis

Your WHSLA Professional Development Coordinator

If you’re like many people, the new year is a great time to refocus and recharge.  Many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions but if you’re like me, at this mid-point in the month your steam is starting to give out to the pressures of home, work, family etc.  One resolution I’ve set for myself is to try to do at least one “official” professional development activity every month.  What better way to do that than to attend one of MLAs webinars, sponsored by Region 6?


I know some of you may be thinking that this is cheating because I’m the Professional Development Coordinator but the truth is, I haven’t found the latest MLA offerings pertinent to my super limited job as a hospital librarian.  But then a few months ago, I happened to be free and online when one of the systematic review webinars was about to start and though I don’t work on these at all in my role, I decided to log on and watch rather than continue binge watching whatever I was watching at the time.  (Right now it’s Home on Apple TV if you ‘re interested.)  So I fired up the systematic review webinar and then watched and marveled as I learned so much that I could apply to my job:  

  • I learned about being an advocate for myself and my skills, 
  • I got a refresher on Prospero 
  • and at the end of the webinar I had more than a few ideas jotted down to apply to my current position. 

Now unless I leave my organization I don’t anticipate ever working on a systematic review, however I still feel that the 90 minutes I spent in that webinar was value added to my current role.  So I will watch a webinar or attend a professional development activity every month, even if it’s a past webinar and I can’t claim credit.  (And if you’re interested in watching past webinars, I know a girl who can help with that…me!)


On the non-professional side of resolutions, I am making reading-for-pleasure a priority this year.  My goal is to read 75 books.  I’m on book 4 so wish me luck with that one!


What are your New Year’s Resolutions?




PS-If you’re looking for a list of webinars available you can email me and I’ll send you the list.  Or you can check this blog post for a list with a few of them.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Time to renew your WHSLA membership for 2022!

Greetings WHSLA!

It's time to renew your WHSLA for 2022. Visit this link to fill out the membership form and send in your payment (PayPal or check). Dues are just $20 per year.

What are we planning for 2022?

  • Awarding two Professional Development scholarships (worth up to $500 each)
  • Free access to select MLA webinars
  • Networking with fellow WHSLA members
  • WHSLA Wisdom Chats

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" (TED-Ed video)

After attending an immersive Van Gogh exhibit this summer, I've been reading more about him and his work. 

Starry Night is one of those paintings you just recognize. But what I didn't know is the math and science behind it. I invite you to take a break and dive into 'The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" '. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Docline Winter Webinar Recording Available

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Recording Available: DOCLINE Winter Webinar

The December 15, 2021 DOCLINE Winter Webinar Recording and Slide Deck are now posted. 

This webinar provided a brief overview of new DOCLINE features and improvements, discussed the 2022 development roadmap, and answered user questions. 

The recorded session and slides have been added to the DOCLINE system home page under webinars.

Please check back for the Q&A update which will be posted as soon as it is available.

To provide feedback about the webinar, please Contact NLM.

Questions about DOCLINE? See the DOCLINE User Resources home page for quick tour videos, FAQs and more. 

Contact DOCLINE Support with feedback or to report technical issues.


For anyone who missed the live session back in December (like me!)