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September 28, 2007

From the GMR: Knowledge Management in Hospitals workshop in Illinois 11/16/07

This looks like a neat training opportunity for hospital librarians.

Knowledge Management in Hospitals: the Librarian's Role

This 6-hour workshop, facilitated by Lorri Zipperer, will explore how the concepts of knowledge management as applied in the corporate environment could be realized in a hospital/health system. Participants will work together to craft a foundational strategy for adoption of an expanded role for librarians in hospital knowledge sharing efforts to support the clinical environment and its provision of high-quality care.

The purpose of the 6-hour interactive workshop is to:
*Engage participants to explore how a corporate-modeled knowledge management process might be enabled in hospitals.
*Craft a description of an optimal role for medical librarians in knowledge management.
*Share ideal examples of participation in knowledge sharing in hospitals - both traditional and expansive in nature -- from which to build a list of model activities. Tactics currently in the field include: building expertise directories, managing communities of practice, collecting and sharing best practices and stories to support clinical and organizational improvement.
*Draft processes to implement these tactics in hospitals to illustrate an expanded application of the expertise of information professionals, break down silos, share experiences and sustain organizational learning.
*Define how to test this role and measure its impact on the quality and safety of health care.
*Engage participants in testing in order to change and improve the role of librarians as partners in healthcare safety and quality.

Participants should commit to:

*Complete a modest amount of pre-work to prepare for the session (light introductory reading and 30-minute peer-to-peer pre-session interview).
*Engage with others in a positive way to ensure group interaction and consensus building.
*Partner with other participants to run a post-workshop pilot test of tactics described using the Plan-Do-Study Act concept.
*Review a white paper for broad dissemination to inform the profession and hospital leadership about knowledge management as an avenue for utilizing the expertise of the hospital librarian.
*Conduct a pilot project and report back to the group on their successes and “lessons learned� as a component of a learning session to be held in conjunction with the May 2008 MLA meeting in Chicago.

Audience: This session is primarily designed for hospital librarians. It will also interest corporate librarians, knowledge managers and hospital personnel with an interest in doing creative work to contribute to an understanding of how knowledge management can be applied in the acute care setting through modeling hospital corporate culture.

Date and time: Friday, November 16th, 2007 -- 10am to 4pm.

Cost: $20 (to cover working lunch and refreshments for the day).
Payment will be collected on site. Checks should be made out to: Resurrection Health Care.

Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, 7th floor conference center
5645 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60634
Free parking available

To RSVP by November 5th contact: Beth Carlin, MALS, AHIP, Manager, Library Services - bcarlin@reshealthcare.org

The session will be limited to 30 participants to facilitate effective small group work.

For questions contact: Lorri Zipperer, Cybrarian
lorri@zpm1.com / 847-328-5075

September 27, 2007

From the GMR: HealthWeb Discontinuation Notice

HealthWeb is ceasing operations and will deactivate the web site, effective October 31, 2007.

The HealthWeb project was conceived in 1994 to provide a one-stop entry point to evaluated, non-commercial, Internet-accessible resources organized by medical discipline. It has been a collaborative project of over 20
health sciences libraries in the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine with contract support from the National Library of Medicine.

The decision to stop operations is based on several factors.
* Internet technology and search behavior has changed over the years. Users want deep linking capabilities (a la Google) and are navigating away from list oriented sites such as HealthWeb.
* Work duties have changed and expanded for many HealthWeb editors. A recent internal HealthWeb survey indicated that most contributors did not feel they could devote sufficient time to keep the project viable.
* HealthWeb's intended audience has been health care professionals. However, the majority of queries have pertained to consumer health issues. Sites such as MedlinePlus and the Medical Library Association Consumer and Patient Health Information Section are better options for these types of information needs.

During the transitional phase, people accessing the HealthWeb URL will receive information about the project's termination and the following suggestions for alternative web sites:

Hardin MD (Hardin Meta Directory):
This high quality site lists a "directory of directories" for health and medicine. The site is maintained by Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa.

A consumer oriented site that brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. The
site is maintained by the NLM.

Google Health Co-op
Google Health Co-op is a project which allows subject expert individuals and organizations to establish accounts, and then create annotations with a limited number of categories or limits to links in the Google Health database.

HealthWeb content will be archived on a CD that will be kept at the Regional Medical Library (RML) office for the Greater Midwest Region, located at University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences (UIC LHS). Questions about HealthWeb can be directed to the following email address that will be maintained until December 31,
2007: healthweb@umich.edu.

HealthWeb Board
Allan Barclay, University of Wisconsin
Terry Burton, University of Wisconsin
Frank Davis, University of Kentucky
Ruth Holst, University of Illinois at Chicago, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
Diane Hummel, Spectrum Health
Deborah Lauseng, University of Michigan
James Shedlock, Northwestern University
Janet Stith, University of Kentucky

September 18, 2007

Library 2.0 documents online

For those of you who missed the Library 2.0 summit that was sponsored by HSLM, the presentation documents are now posted online at the summit's web site . You can check out photos from the day as well.

Martha Hardy of the University of Minnesota's Bio-Medical Library has offered up her perspective on the summit here.

From the GMR: Free NCBI Training Opportunity in Milwaukee 10/31-11/1

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is offering the course "Field Guide to GenBank and NCBI Molecular Biology Resources" at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on October 31-November 1, 2007. This program is sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries (http://www.lib.mcw.edu). There is no charge for the course. Registration is required and must be received by October 22, 2007.

Course Information:

The course consists of a 3-hour lecture on October 31 followed by an optional 2-hour hands-on computer workshop scheduled on either October 31 or November 1.

Field Guide to GenBank and NCBI Molecular Biology Resources Lecture:
October 31, 2007 8:30am-11:30pm

Hands-On Computer Workshop:
Workshop B / October 31 / 3:00-5:00p.m.
Workshop C / November 1 / 1:00-3:00p.m.
Workshop D / November 1 / 3:00-5:00p.m.

For a description of the course and to register online please go to:

For more information, please contact Felicia Vastalo at the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, 414.456.8326 or fvastalo@mcw.edu

September 13, 2007

From the GMR: Job: Education and Outreach Librarian, Iowa

Education and Outreach Librarian

For more information, please review the complete job announcement:

Reporting to the Assistant Director, Technology and Outreach, the Education and Outreach Librarian plans, promotes and provides information services that support the needs of residents of the State of Iowa and faculty, researchers, staff and students of the five health colleges and affiliated hospital.

* As liaison to academic and clinical units, cultivates relationships with faculty and researchers to identify opportunities for library partnerships with education and health care programs;
* Develops and teaches tailored library education sessions. Coordinates education services for liaison units and community outreach programs. Works with faculty to integrate library education into the curriculum;
* In support of research and education, assists patrons with research and information management tools and skills through individual and small group consultations. Coordinates consultation services for liaison units and
community outreach programs;
* Partners with other librarians to market library services and promote increased awareness of scholarly communication issues on the health campus;
* Provides information and circulation services at the public service desk in-person and via telephone, email and instant messenger;
* Investigates new technologies and works with others to develop and revise programs to respond to the changing information needs of members of the health campus;
* Works with other Hardin Library staff members on public services projects for the health campus and health professionals and consumers in the State of Iowa. Visits off-campus sites as needed (must have valid driver's license);
* Serves on Hardin Library, University Libraries, health colleges, university and hospital committees and working groups;
* Contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.

Appointment will be made at the Librarian I level with a salary range of $41,000 to $44,000.

Chris Shaffer, MS, AHIP, Assistant Director, Technology and Outreach
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa

September 4, 2007

From the GMR: Harry Potter-themed exhibit at NLM

The exhibition "Do Mandrakes Really Scream?: Magic and Medicine in Harry Potter" showcases seven treasures from the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division, featured in the Harry Potter series. This special exhibition is open until November 30, 2007, and is located in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room, on the first floor of building 38 of the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The exhibition's web site is now available to all at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/mandrakes. Check it out!

From the Minnesota representative to the GMR: Any issues you'd like me to bring to the regional level?

Hello HSLM members,

As you probably know, I am the Minnesota representative to the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). My role is to act as a liaison between Minnesota health sciences libraries and the GMR by passing along communications from the GMR, and representing Minnesota's interests in region-level issues and activities.

I will be in Chicago this coming Monday and Tuesday (9/10-9/11), attending the annual meeting of the GMR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC). I am always available to take issues or questions to the GMR, but now is an especially good time to let me know if you have questions, issues or positions you'd like me to be aware of as I meet with other members of our region.

Feel free to contact me at evfine@umn.edu or 612-624-6492. Thanks!