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April 25, 2007

HSL Librarian to attend Rare Book School

Barbara Shipman has been accepted to attend Rare Book School, an
Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship, taking place 16-20
July 2007 at the University of Virginia. As part of Barbara's new
responsibilities in the Health Sciences Libraries, she oversees special
collections at the Dentistry, Public Health & Informatics, and Taubman
libraries. We are very excited for Barbara on her acceptance to Rare
Book School and hope the knowledge she gains will allow us to provide
better stewardship of and increased access to these rich collections.

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Synopsis of VOICES/Health&Wellness meeting 4/23/07

We discussed mental health with the goal of constructing a web site pointing to UM sources of help and information. There are a number of units that need to be publicized better. FASEB offers five free counseling services for folks who are stressed. We also had a lively discussion of ways of dispelling myths and reducing stigma about the topic of mental illness. To be continued...

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April 23, 2007

Some else had this idea, too

“Laptop Librarians” outreach program

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April 20, 2007

From evidence-based research to practice

Found this interesting"factoid" asked and answered on MEDLIB-L today:

How many years does it take to put evidence-based research into practice?


"New and more effective health care treatment practices often do not
quickly find their way into clinical practice, despite attention
garnered in professional journals and at medical conferences. Recent
studies indicate an average of 17 years is needed before new knowledge
generated through research, such as randomized clinical trials, is
incorporated into widespread clinical practice-and even then the
application of the knowledge is very uneven."

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U. of Pennsylvania Switches Its E-Mail Service to Microsoft

After a negotiation process that lasted months, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences and Wharton School have decided to replace their campus Webmail system with a commercial service provided by Microsoft.

Campus officials had planned to settle on a new service, run by either Microsoft or Google, by the end of January, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Microsoft finally won out because it promised the university more exclusive features — including e-mail, Web hosting, and instant messaging — than Google, which offered the tools native to its popular Gmail service. —Brock Read

from "Chronicle of Higher Education", dated April 19, 2007

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April 17, 2007

Update on Health Sciences Libraries Liaison Services

The Health Sciences Libraries have a variety of initiatives underway as part of its new Liaison Services. Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar, Department of Internal Medicine, was invited to the April 3 all-staff meeting to discuss Encore (Ensure Competence, Inspire Excellence), a proposed pilot program for a new system of medical student education. The program emphasizes systems-based approaches to learning; team-based practice; self-assessment; and competencies in clinical skills, diagnosis, therapeutics, the social context of health and disease, scientific reasoning, educational technology, and information management. The Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) are also working with the Department of Internal Medicine on another pilot program to provide real-time searching and discussion of clinical information resources during residents’ Ambulatory Morning Report as well as partnering with the Department of Internal Medicine to investigate the involvement of librarians as onsite consultants to patient safety teams to support patient care and residency education. On April 6, the HSL launched a collaborative project with the Department of Surgery to assess the searching skills of all surgery residents and to obtain data on their information seeking behavior.

The HSL recently offered informal brownbag Learn @ Lunchtime demonstrations, entitled Finding Information Fast! and Using Literature Alerts, focused on helping hospital staff search library resources effectively. Other liaison activities include a new symposium series to assist grant applicants with the electronic submission of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. The series featured sessions on NIH Electronic Submission and Deep Blue, Deep Blue and Intellectual Property (Copyright), and the NIH Electronic Submission Process. In June, the HSL will be presenting two hands-on computer sessions in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan on Finding Health Information on the Internet. The lifelong learning institute is a program established by a group of Turner Geriatric Clinic volunteers.

In other areas of the health sciences, the HSL is providing support to the public health practice community by teaching classes on new web technologies at the Michigan Association for Local Public Health annual conference. These classes are in addition to instruction on library services and resources to audiences including the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy researchers and workshops on software resources for working with survey data for courses in the Department of Epidemiology. The HSL is offering a training series teaching overviews of current awareness skills and techniques at the School of Dentistry. Each training session is also provided as a podcast. A pilot, for-credit elective course was taught for graduating seniors at Dentistry, and it has now been approved for Fall 2007 and Winter 2008 terms.

As part of Liaison Services initiatives, HSL librarians have been invited to serve on curriculum committees in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry.

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Questions about LinkOut Icons

The Krafty Librarian blog reports that LinkOut Icons are not in production yet but are still in beta test.

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I suspect the post will be much discussed today

The Chronicle: 4/20/2007: Are Reference Desks Dying Out?

An interesting article that presents both sides of the debate. Comments are welcome.

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April 13, 2007

Librarians have more fun?!

Just discovered this on today's RefDesk" US News has identified '25 professions that will be in growing demand as baby boomers age, the Internet becomes ubiquitous, and Americans seek richer, simpler lives' and - librarian is one of them. Here's a link to the summary about librarians - http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/061218/18librarian.summary.htm - even though we're 'an underrated career' they do recognize that we get to have fun.

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April 12, 2007

CarePartner Program - Our Health Informatics Project

I promise to continue reviewing some of the main points from the Health Informatics class I have been taking, but I thought it would be useful to introduce you at this time to the group project we are working on. Our group is working with CarePartner, an experimental program that is using technology to enhance monitoring of patients with Chronic Heart Failure. The system utilizes interactive voice response (IVR) to regularly contact enrolled patients and assess their conditions through their responses to a series of questions. Depending upon the responses, an alert may be automatically generated and immediately sent to the physician. All responses are logged and distributed to physicians and informal caregivers (ICGs). Although the system provides effective communication between patients and physicians, and between ICGs and patients, there is no direct communication between physicians and ICGs. Therefore, our project consists of designing a prototype system to facilitate communication between these entities. Our component involves the design of a blog-based website controlled by assigning patient-specific access to ICGs and clinicians. Communication will be asynchronous, through email, and the message threads will be retained on the website to provide contextual information. Our group is partnering with students in a related class and they are responsible for doing the actual coding. The project should be completed in about another week and I can provide some additional information at that time.

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April 11, 2007



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April 06, 2007

Sources of Information

Here are three sources of information on UM's medical education, research, and patient care. What do you read to keep up with the rest of the university?

UMMS: E-News, your source for quick and current news from the medical school community.

The Biomedical News is available online for immediate viewing. The April 2007 issue contains information on: Anand Swaroop receiving the Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research, BMRC Bridging Support Program for Basic Science Research, UMMS Dean’s Faculty Research Awards, educational opportunities, various funding and award opportunities, and UMMS awarded grants and research publications.

University of Michigan Health System - Bulletin

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