Innovations at your libraries!

You might not know it, but your local library, wherever that may be, is making awesome changes. In order to meet the needs of new generations of patrons, new ways of delivering information and integrating new technologies into the traditional library setting have to be explored if our institutions are going to stay relevant.

You may be fairly familiar with one of our main goals: to provide a core collection that is 100% electronic. This is just one way that we feel we can be of the best use to our community of patrons. If we can provide the information they need to them Anywhere, Anytime, and on Any Device, then our patrons have many ways they can enjoy their library experience; in the library with our wonderful staff, and outside the library wherever they may be. Away from the library, one has the freedom to explore our collection without worrying about business hours or even driving out to Lake Nona (and getting lost on occasion – we are located pretty far out!); what’s more convenient than that?

This is just scratching the surface, of course. Libraries are coming up with lots of great ways to get their patrons excited about the services they can provide. Three quick examples come to mind from right here in the state of Florida:

  • The Orange County Public Library opened the Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity, a 26,000 sq. ft. space in the downtown library that has all sorts of neat tools and rooms, including 3D printers and photography, audio, and video studios for patrons to use (we visited back in April). They also offer classes and events.
  • The John C. Hitt library on UCF main campus recently added 3 KIC Book Scanners to their library space. No more bending back book spines to make a photocopy of something! With this Tech Fee-funded project, patrons can use the new scanners to make photocopies and send them immediately to themselves via email, Google Drive, fax, you name it. Of additional benefit is that since it is not a printer, the use of these devices is pretty Green considering how much paper can be saved.
  • This week we heard that the University of South Florida libraries are going to start offering drone checkouts to their students this fall! Don’t expect to check one out just for fun, though – interested patrons need to have a legitimate research use for these devices.

We encourage you to get out to your local library and see what new things they have going on there for you. Chances are, it won’t be the same traditional location you remember!

Florida Academic Medical Library Leaders Gather at COM

Talk about power in numbers! The directors of all major academic medical libraries in the state of Florida met at the COM this June 18-19 for their semi-annual meeting. The Florida Collaboration of Academic Libraries of Medicine (FCALM), currently co-chaired by our very own Nadine Dexter and Rose Bland from USF, is a dynamic group who work together to negotiate better prices on library electronic resources. The group has been meeting since 2010 and has collectively saved the state of Florida millions of dollars!

This June the meeting attendees consisted of Nadine Dexter (UCF), Deedra Walton (UCF), Shalu Gillum (UCF), Rose Bland (USF), Cecilia Botero (UF), David Boilard (FIU), Luda Dolinsky (FIU), Kaye Robertson (Nova Southeastern), JoAnn Van Schaik (Miami), Kim Loper (Miami), and Martin Wood (FSU).




“How Should I Cite This” Session 1: Government/Organization Reports and Bulletins

Introducing our new series of informational blog posts designed to help you with all your citation needs!

How Should I Cite This Session 1: Goverment/Organization Reports and Bulletins

Have you ever had trouble creating a citation for an item you wanted to use in your research paper, but you couldn’t figure out how to do so? The front desk library staff receives questions about managing citations from time to time, and we’d like to share a few of those questions (and their answers) with you. Since medical literature most often follows JAMA citation style, the official style of the American Medical Association (AMA), this is the style we will demonstrate.

Today’s unique citation lesson focuses on citing Government, Agency, or Organization reports and bulletins! Okay, maybe these aren’t so unique, but they’re probably less often referenced than journal articles, wouldn’t you agree? Here’s a link to the example document for this session:

Print Resource

Elements used in Citing Government, Agency, or Organization reports and bulletins (print)

According to the 10th edition of the AMA Manual of Style¹, references to bulletins published by departments or agencies of a government need to include the following details:

  1. Author name (if given)
  2. Title of document
  3. Where it was published
  4. Name of the department/agency/government division that issued the document
  5. Date of publication
  6. Page numbers (if specified)
  7. Publication Number (if any)
  8. The series number (if it’s part of one)

Say you’re writing a paper about sexually transmitted diseases, and you’d like to cite a document you picked up at your county health department (for arguments sake, we’ll say the PDF above was the printed version).  Using the format above, most of the relevant reference information can be found on the first page of the document.

  1. The author is considered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as there’s no one person responsible
  2. The title of the document is Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011.
  3. It was published in Atlanta, Georgia.
  4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the agency within a bigger department that issued the report; the US Department of Health and Human Services is the bigger umbrella.
  5. It was published in December of 2012

We won’t worry about the last 3 items for this one.

The Finished Citation

All together, the citation should appear like this:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2012.

It’s worth noting that when a department appears in spot 4 as it does in this citation, instead of completely spelling out “Department”, the word should be abbreviated “Dept”. If the department is the author in spot 1, spell out “Department” in spot 1.

Online Resource

Elements used in Citing Government, Agency, or Organization reports and bulletins (online)

Say you’re writing the same paper, but went to the CDC website instead to find the report above.  Now the resource needs to be cited as an electronic resource. The format is mostly the same as above, with a few changes:

  1. Author name
  2. Title of document
  3. Pages numbers (if applicable)
  4. URL (insert the link to the document)
  5. Date of publication
  6. Date the webpage was last updated (if specified)
  7. Date you accessed the webpage

The Finished Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2011. Published December 2012. Accessed June 12, 2014.

Often, it’s difficult to find a date to put in spot 6, so don’t worry if you can’t find it. The point of all citations is to give the person enough information so they can find the resource themselves without trouble. So long as you give the  reader a URL that will take them most directly to the document you are referencing, your citation should be okay.

Thus ends lesson one! We have a few resources in the library that could be of use to you if you’d like to know more. There are two print copies of the AMA Manual of Style available in our reference collection for use inside the library. In addition to that, an electronic copy can also be found by searching through our ebooks on our website. Further, you can check out our JAMA Citation Library Guide for many more links to helpful tips.

1. Iverson C. Government or agency bulletins. In: AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007. Accessed June 12, 2014*

*Very thorough citation there, if I do say so myself!

Beyond the COM: Library Staff at MLA 2014

This poster is now displayed outside the library!

This poster is now displayed outside the library!

Three weeks ago, members of our library staff had the opportunity to interact with other medical library professionals outside of the College of Medicine at the 2014 Medical Library Association (MLA) conference. This year the annual conference was held in Chicago. The UCF College of Medicine was represented by Nadine Dexter, the director of the health sciences library, Deedra Walton, Michael Garner, Kerry McKee, and Melodie Gardner. The theme of the conference was Building Our Information Future. Supporting that theme, the UCF librarians presented a poster entitled “Leading the Way to Building a Foundation for College-Wide Workplace Wellness Programs: A Model for Health Sciences Libraries,” showcasing the part that wearable technology could have toward creating a culture of workplace wellness (this poster was the result of our year-long Fitbit study!).

presentationIn addition to the presentation of the poster, the conference was a great place to meet with the vendors of the resources that the library uses and network with our fellow librarians to exchange ideas on how to better serve those that use our services. Melodie took a couple of continuing-education courses; she found “Statistics in Libraries” and “Becoming an Expert Searcher” to be very informative.  Everyone attended sessions on topics such as mobile technology in medical education and clinical services, marketing and branding the library, systematic reviews, the role of metadata in medical libraries, and patron privacy.

On top of all this was the culture, food, and skyline of the host city. All of this added up to make the annual conference an interesting and impactful event that the attendees will not soon forget.