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.
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!
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!).
In 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.
Last Thursday marked the final meeting and end of our 8 month Workplace Wellness Study and Fitbit experiment. If you’ve seen more faculty and staff walking the grounds than usual these past few months, it’s because these folks were participants in our study. Participants from the various COM departments were divided into three teams: The A-Team, Team C-Ya, and the PF-Flyers. Each team was encouraged to log as many steps as they could on their Fitbit. There are many wearable fitness trackers out on the market, but we liked this one the best. The Fitbit monitors sleep, and even logs how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, amongst other neat features. A social media component is built in so you can keep track of how your friends are doing with their steps. Some study participants had the Fitbit One, while a few others tried out the Fitbit Flex.
Monthly, the team leading in the step count would get bragging rights and a trophy displayed at the library front desk. As an added incentive to do your absolute best, the team with the most wins (or most steps in the event of a tie) at the end of the study would be awarded 15 minute chair massages for each team member as a prize for a job well done.
Overall, all three teams managed to log some impressive numbers! Over the course of the study, A-Team members accumulated a total of 17,331,502 steps. Steppers in the PF-Flyers managed 10,978,218 steps. Lastly, members of Team C-Ya buckled down to generate an impressive 19,369,327 steps!
All together, our three teams had a combined step count of 47,679,047 steps. That’s about 23,839.5 miles (assuming an average mile is about 2,000 steps), which is about the distance of traveling from Orlando to Japan, coming back to Orlando, and then going back to Japan when you realize you miss the culture too much.
Everyone did an excellent job, but there had to be a winning team. With 4 monthly wins over the course of the study and the most steps, the winner of our Workplace Wellness Study was Team C-Ya! Hope you enjoyed the massages, guys.
A poster will be presented by a few members of our library staff at the upcoming Medical Library Association 2014 conference in Chicago. It will detail some of the highlights of the study, as well as demonstrate for other medical libraries how they can integrate this sort of program into their own work. Look for a follow-up post about the MLA conference in a few weeks to get a glimpse of the poster (or swing by the library at the end of May to see it up close on display)!