We know you already appreciate the hard work your health sciences librarians do to serve you, but today we want to highlight the awesomeness of all medical librarians everywhere. After all, October is National Medical Librarians Month! Medical librarians fill a variety of roles in many different settings, including academic health sciences centers like UCF COM, special libraries (e.g., cancer centers), hospital libraries, corporate libraries, community college libraries, and more.
Earlier this month the faculty librarians had the chance to travel to the 2016 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting. Themed “Mosaic: Be part of the big picture”, the meeting was held in Toronto, Canada from May 13 – 18 and brought together two additional groups for the event, the Canadian Health Libraries Association and the International Clinical Librarian Conference.
Seriously though, where has the time gone and how is it already a week from October? 2015 has been busy for our library staff, but we couldn’t ask for a better group of colleagues and students to be so busy for. Thanks for letting us do what we do for you!
October 1st marks the beginning of National Medical Librarians month. The Medical Library Association dedicates each October to celebrating information professionals who provide expert assistance and guidance to students, faculty, other health care providers and everyday consumers looking for health information inside health sciences and medical libraries.
We hope you enjoyed our post last week introducing the two conferences our library staff attended this month. This is Part 2 of that post, which focuses on our trip to Austin, Texas, for the Medical Library Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting.
Unlimited Potential at MLA 2015
Nadine Dexter, Michael Garner, Pamela (Pammy) Herring, and Melodie Gardner journeyed to Austin, Texas for the 2015 Medical Library Association annual conference. The conference began with an awesome lecture by the first African-American woman NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison. She captured the audience’s attention with her numerous Star Trek references (she was on an episode of ST:TNG and is an astronaut, so why not?), and kept them captivated with her talk on the 100 Year Starship program. For humans to get to the point where we can travel to the next galaxy, we’re going to have to think outside the box. As the world of medical libraries changes, Librarians will need to do the same.
Over the course of the last month or so, most of us in the library have been busily preparing to participate in two big library conferences that occurred one after the other this past week. This year, we were very fortunate to be presenting at both the Florida Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, and the Medical Library Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX! This will be a two part recap of our adventures; first up is FLA 2015!
Inspiring Innovation at FLA 2015
This year, the Florida Library Association’s annual conference was held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL, from May 12 – 15. It has always been a great conference to attend to get fun new ideas for improving our public services (our Step 1 Survival Coffee Cart actually came about in part because of a session we attended at the 2013 conference!). Further, we can connect with the more traditional side of librarianship we don’t get to hear so much about in the medical librarianship world. We had two of our staff attend, our Public Services Librarian Shalu and myself (hi there, Natasha here!), as well as our colleague Kerry, who recently moved onto a new position out of state.
This year the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA) held its annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama from October 26 through October 30. Representing the Harriet F. Ginsburg Library were Nadine Dexter, Deedra Walton, Pamela Herring, and Michael Garner. The theme for the meeting this year was “Making a Difference in Health.” The library presented a poster entitled “Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow: Nurturing a Foundation for College-Wide Workplace Wellness Programs” which highlighted the work that the library lead with the workplace wellness initiative that centered around the FitBit wearable technology. While the presentation was a highlight for each of us there were many other events to keep us busy throughout the day: a meeting of the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS), paper presentations, speakers, roundtable discussions, the ability to meet with vendors face-to-face, the opportunity to network with new colleagues from other medical libraries in the southeastern region of the United States, and the chance to catch up with friends not seen since the last annual meeting.
The conference consisted of more than just attending meetings. We took advantage of down time to check out Mobile, Alabama and taste some of the local cuisine, from burgers at a restaurant called the Royal Scam (the food was in fact actual food, no tricks or funny business!) to fantastic seafood at the Oyster House (fire-grilled oysters!), one of the many top notch seafood restaurants.
Robert DeNiro was also in town filming a movie titled Bus 657 also starring Dave Bautista, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, and Lydia Hull. Check it out on IMDB. Unfortunately Mr. DeNiro was too busy to drop by the conference.
The conference wrapped up with a banquet at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay. In the setting we were treated to a fantastic meal of local food including shrimp, fish, corn nuggets, and capped off with fresh made bread pudding. While we ate we were treated to the music of a bluegrass band.
Interesting Fact: Mobile, Alabama is the first place in the United States to start annual celebrations of Mardi Gras. During the opening of the conference we were pelted with beads by a mask-wearing krewe. Duck!
In honor of National Medical Librarians Month, let’s bust some information myths with the help of the Medical Library Association!
Myth: The internet is a highly reliable source of information.
Truth: There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, but people still need information training and skills to understand what constitutes valid information. Your medical librarians provide such information training.
Myth: Google Scholar is an all encompassing database.
Truth: Google and other internet search engines access only 7% of available health-related information. Google and other internet search engines cannot perform searches using a controlled vocabulary and extensive limits and do not search databases that reside behind firewalls or sites requiring internal searches.
Myth: Physicians and nurses can quickly find the same information as a librarian.
Truth: Information retrieval is a complicated, time consuming, multi-step process, and librarians are more proficient searchers, reducing the time spent on information retrieval and evaluating search results.
Myth: Evidence-based medicine can be practiced with point-of-care software.
Truth: The purpose of Point-of-Care software is to provide quick reference to summaries for answers to common clinical questions. Complex questions are not appropriate for Point-of-Care software and quality, content and currency varies by product.
In-house libraries managed by qualified librarians provide the most cost effective, efficient means to manage and locate quality medical information. A balance between print and electronic resources augmented by interlibrary loan services will best serve the needs of health care professionals. Librarians are part of the health care team. Finding the right information for the healthcare professional is Mission Critical. The end result is improved patient care.
Stop by your Health Sciences Library today to find out how one of our expert medical librarians can help you find what you’re looking for and save you time!
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The Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month! Your team of librarians at the Health Sciences Library is proud and pleased to serve you every month out of the year, and we hope to continue working with each and every one of you to make the UCF College of Medicine an excellent place of research and learning. This month we will be posting some facts about medical librarianship and providing you with other resources you may find useful, so please look out for them. To learn more about the people that make up our library team, visit our Library Directory page on our website, or stop by the library to chat!