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October 31, 2012

New issue of Mayo Clinic Libraries newsletter

A new issue of Liblog: Newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries is now available! Check it out at http://liblog.mayo.edu/.

October 23, 2012

From the GMR: Invitation to: Research for Better Patient Outcomes: What Librarians Should Know

Network Colleagues,

Are you curious about how librarians can be involved in "Comparative Effectiveness Research?" Do you know what an "Evidence-Based Practice Center" is for? Are you working with colleagues who are involved in "Community-Based" or "Practice-Based" research?
You are invited to hear more about how health care research has moved into the real world during the past decade and how these methods have become part of the health care reform movement in the U.S. Join us for this half-day symposium, including an open discussion about how librarians can be part of this movement.

Research for Better Patient Outcomes: What Librarians Should Know
When: November 15, 2012 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: University of Illinois at Chicago, Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, Chicago IL 60612
Symposium Speakers and Topics:

Comparative Effectiveness Research
Glen T. Schumock, PharmD, MBA, FCCP
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is defined as "the conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions in 'real world' settings." Glen Schumock will describe the different types of CER and provide some background on why it has gained popularity in recent years. He will also compare CER to "patient-centered outcomes research", and discuss the relevance of both to librarians.

Practice-Based Research Networks
Rienne Johnson, MLIS
Practice-based research networks (PBRN's) ask and research clinical questions that are of relevance to community-based clinical medicine. Results from PBRN research can make a more immediate impact on clinical practice. While PBRN research can be highly clinical in nature, librarians can be a highly valued member of a practice-based research network and can uniquely contribute to a PBRN's success. During this presentation, participants will learn what PBRN's are, how PBRN's work, and discover how librarians can contribute to the success of PBRN research.

Community-Based Participatory Research: A Perspective from Indian Country
Corey B. Smith, PhD, MA
Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an approach for conducting research in partnership with communities. The primary aim of CBPR is to reduce health inequities and improve community health and well-being. The historical antecedents of CBPR will be reviewed. Participants will become familiar with the distinguishing features of CBPR by comparison with other research paradigms. Finally, the challenges and benefits of CBPR will be illustrated using recent examples from research with tribal communities in the Northern Plains.

NLM Resources to Support Research
Ruth Holst, MSLS, FMLA
The National Library of Medicine provides a web page with Resources for Informing Comparative Effectiveness. Participants will learn about specialized searches in PubMed as well as sources to find research still in progress, such as HSRProj and ClinicalTrial.gov.

Join us for this informative session! Please register by going to:

Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

October 18, 2012

Feedback requested from hospital libraries on e-books

The librarians at Allina Health are trying to figure out the optimal mix and management of our e-books, downloading policies, checkout periods, and single vs multiple copies (or licenses) of certain titles. I am sure we are not alone! If you are a hospital library and have decided to jump into the e-book world (and who hasn't), and are willing to share ... please read on ... we would be initially most interested in two questions:

1) checkout periods for e-books and

2) whether you start with one title and then add additional copies (or licenses) based on usage, or purchase multiple copies based on print usage of similar titles

Any other information would be really useful. If you prefer to reply to me directly instead of commenting on this post, please feel free! Thank you.


Pamela Barnard

Allina Health • Library Services
Phone: 612-863-3289 • pamela.barnard@allina.com
Mail Route 14001 • 800 E. 28th Street • Mpls, MN 55407

October 12, 2012

From the GMR: Lake Effects Webinar 10/18: Teen Health Resources

GMR Lake Effects this month will be "From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens", presented by Samanthi Hewakapuge - GMR Consumer Health Coordinator

This is a one hour version of the class designed for public librarians and secondary school librarians, teachers, nurses, and counselors. This session will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors; review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers; and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

Join us for this informative session! Please register by going to: http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration

This session will be online using Adobe Connect. The URL for the event will be given to those who register.

Registration is limited to 150, so register now!

Cost: Free!

CE Credits: 1

To see if your system will support Adobe Connect, please visit this site:
https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. If you fail the test, please contact your IT department for support.

Let me know if you have any questions!



Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax

October 10, 2012

Opportunity to see E-Patient Dave again on November 15th!

Continue the conversation with E-Patient Dave and a variety of health professionals at a free half-day event in St. Paul in November. Registration is limited to 150! Register at http://www.nursing.umn.edu/consumer

What: Minnesota Collaboration for Engaging Consumers in Using Healing Information Technology (IT): A Special Event

When: November 15, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Minnesota Department of Health, Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room, 1645 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55108, Minneapolis, MN


  • Learn about consumers' perspectives of empowerment and engagement in using health IT.

  • Explore ways to engage consumers with use of health IT.

  • Share local issues, success stories, and lessons learned.

  • Contribute to a state-wide action plan to empower consumers with use of HIT.

Who Should Attend: Students, faculty, health care professionals and staff from any health care or public health organization, information technology staff, consumers, employers, quality improvement organizations, researchers, software vendors.

Attendance limited to 150, so register now: http://www.nursing.umn.edu/consumer

8:00 - 8:15 Setting the Stage for Consumer Engagement in HIT
8:15 - 9:30 e-Patient Dave - Patients as Partners
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 10:45 Lessons Learned and New Resources
10:45 - 11:45 Activity: Engaging YOU - Creating a Vision for the Future
11:45 - 12:00 State-wide Action Plan - Next Steps

Keynote Speaker: e-Patient Dave (Dave deBronkart) Cancer survivor "e-Patient Dave" is an international keynote speaker. He shares with audiences his unique and successful approach in engaging consumers in using Health IT. Some of his previous audiences include members from the Institute for Health Informatics, the Danish Patient Safety Association, and the Israel Internet Society. His compelling TEDx Talk "Let Patients Help" is in the top half of the most-watched TED talks of all time.

Event Sponsors:
College of St. Scholastica - School of Nursing
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)
Key Health Alliance - Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (KHA - REACH)
Minnesota Association of Colleges of Nursing (MACN)
Minnesota Department of Health- e-Health Initiative
Minnesota Health Action Group
Minnesota Nursing Informatics Group (MINING)
Robert Wood Johnson, AF4Q grant through MN Community Measurement
St. Catherine University
Stratis Health
University of Minnesota School of Nursing
University Partnership for Health Informatics (UPHI)
University of Minnesota Institute for Health Informatics

October 3, 2012

Job posting: Asst Director & Collection Management (Grand Forks)

Please excuse the cross-posting. Before you delete this because it is in North Dakota, please consider it. North Dakota has clean air, nice people and the cost of living is low. Perhaps you've heard about our strong economy due to the oil boom in the western part of the state. Our housing prices are reasonable. State employee benefits are good - we don't pay anything for our health insurance - even a family plan. You can take one class/semester free of charge. Yes, it is cold in the winter but you put on layers and go on with life. Our summers are beautiful. We are close to the Minnesota lake country with great hiking, camping, fishing and bicycling opportunities. There is an active arts community. There's also Division 1 hockey and other athletics. We are a community-based medical school so we have students and faculty distributed around the state. We also do lots of outreach activities through our contract with the GMR/NNLM. Grand Forks is a nice-sized college town with an Air Force base. Please don't hesitate to contact me (see below) if you have any questions.

Mary Markland

Assistant Director & Collection Management Librarian

The University of North Dakota Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks (www.undmedlibrary.org), seeks a diversified leader with solid experience in collection management, financial management, and personnel management. Requirements include at least five years post-MLS experience in an academic library, four years supervisory experience, and a strong knowledge of health and medical information resources. As the only medical school in the state, the programs at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (www.med.und.edu) include M.D., residencies, nursing (undergraduate and graduate), allied health, and MPH.

Assistant Director responsibilities include: participation in overall library administration; direct supervision of 6 unit heads; coordination of activities in the public services and technical services areas; and assuming expanded responsibility in absence of director.

Collection Management duties include: evaluating and selecting print and electronic resources for purchase, cancellation or withdrawal; managing the collections budget of $700,000 annually; negotiating costs and licensing agreements; and working with other libraries and library networks in cooperative ventures.

Salary and qualifications: $60,000 - $72,000. Full qualifications, position description, and directions for application are at http://und.edu/finance-operations/human-resources/job-opening-search.cfm ; posting number 13-090. Applications received by October 31, 2012, will receive first consideration. Be sure to submit the UND application and control card, a cover letter, a resume, and names of 3 job-related references.

Mary J. Markland
SE Clinical Campus Librarian
University of North Dakota School of Medicine
1919 Elm St. N
Fargo, ND 58102
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