National Medical Librarians Month 2014

October is, among many other things, National Medical Librarians Month.  The Medical Library Association has over 3300 members across the United States and Canada.  Once a year we hold a national conference in cities across North America and share our contributions to the field and our collaborations with hospitals, health systems, and health sciences programs … Continue reading National Medical Librarians Month 2014

JAMA Article: The Importance of Engaging Medical Librarians in Reviews

The informationists at the Taubman Health Sciences Library are ready and willing to collaborate with clinical faculty and staff across the health sciences schools and the health system on research and literature searches. This article (Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles) from the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), out today, speaks directly … Continue reading JAMA Article: The Importance of Engaging Medical Librarians in Reviews

Declaration for the Right to Libraries: National Library Week 2014

The University of Michigan Library started National Library Week 2014 with an inspiring talk from current American Library Association President, Barbara Stripling.  The town hall discussion, held in the Hatcher Library Gallery space, was attended by library staff members and School of Information students.  There was a engaged dialogue between audience members and Dr. Stripling … Continue reading Declaration for the Right to Libraries: National Library Week 2014

Lives Change! — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 14, 2014)

Libraries change lives. As medical librarians this concept is at the heart and soul of our daily lives. What we do either directly informs the patient or the care provider, and can change both individual lives as well as the standard of care across institutions and nations. We all have stories of this happening. Sometimes … Continue reading Lives Change! — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 14, 2014)

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19!

Please plan to attend the National Library Week Town Hall presentation with Barbara Stripling, President of the American Library Association on "The Declaration to the Right to Libraries!" Monday, April 14th, 10:30 am - 12 noon. University of Michigan, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery, Room 100 James Hilton will introduce President Stripling who will share her national and international perspectives on the greatest challenges … Continue reading Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19!

World Water Day 2014: U.N. Focuses Energy on Energy

Today is World Water Day 2014, and the United Nations has chosen to emphasize the link between water and energy. This was surprising to me, because looking at the Millennium Development Goals (developed in 2000), there were no goals specifically related to energy usage or even the mention of global warming. When I think about international development/global health … Continue reading World Water Day 2014: U.N. Focuses Energy on Energy

Global Health and International Day of Happiness: 3/20 2014

      From my perspective, happiness is undeniably a  global health issue, because of the strong evidence for the connection between mental health and well-being and physical health. As many people know, the effect runs both directions; physical health challenges can be taxing emotionally, and mental health stresses can take a toll on your … Continue reading Global Health and International Day of Happiness: 3/20 2014

Alternative Spring Break at the National Library of Medicine: NLM as an Organization

Spring break is often a time for relaxation, warm temperatures, and sleeping in.  However, for nearly 100 UMSI students, it was a week of engaged experiential learning at not-for profit and governmental agencies in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, DC.  I was one of the 40 students who participated in the DC Metropolitan … Continue reading Alternative Spring Break at the National Library of Medicine: NLM as an Organization

H-Index: Google Scholar vs. Scopus vs. Web of Science

Wondering the best way to calculate an H-Index? You're not alone! There was some recent chatter on a medical librarian listserv about methods and inclusion differences between Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science. It was some new information for me, so I thought I'd share.First, what exactly is an h-index? It's a calculation of … Continue reading H-Index: Google Scholar vs. Scopus vs. Web of Science

The End of the Medical Library?

End Sign(2012) by Nemo on Pixabay ( CC 1.0)We often read and hear about the closure of medical libraries in both academic and hospital areas.  A number of committees and task forces have been formed nationwide to respond to the erosion of these important resources; for example, the New England Hospital Library Group has developed … Continue reading The End of the Medical Library?