Posts with category - SIGs

NAHRS program- Building allies: Supporting the allied health professional

A two year college library’s support of allied health programs.  Steven Self, AHIP

In a community college with 11 campuses, how do you reach your allied health students? In this school, programs range from CE to degree and are constantly changing.  Challenges? Collection development- they use a mixed call number system to show what books are targeted for allied health programs.  Information literacy- sometimes only get orientation to interact with students. They use Libguides to meet students needs, have 2 allied health programs with research courses, and are conducting a scaffolding project to line up instruction with courses.  Additionally, get involved with faculty committees or student advising to reach out on campus, or work with clinical education center or Veteran’s Affairs office.

A unique collaboration to facilitate evidence-based practice among statewide rehabilitation professionals. Frances A. Delwiche

This project reached out to rehab therapists in Vermont.  They created a journal club and other resources to teach the TRIPSCY (Training and Resources for Interdisciplinary Professionals Serving Children and Youth) professionals.  Using collaboration tools, they worked together almost as well as if in person. They found 92% are not satisfied with the amount of scholarly articles they read per year.  After the workshop, they created a LibGuide to help professionals remember class topics.  The project went well, and unaffiliated professionals are very eager to learn.  This is a great opportunity for medlibs in all states.

Mobile technology and community college allied health students: New paths to information literacy.  Gregg A. Stevens

This presentation discussed a project to incorporate mobile technology in curriculum for EMS students and Pharmacy Technician program.  They used a NNLM/SEA grant to purchase iPads.  Because of nature of programs, there wasn’t enough time to do the traditional research activities.  For EMS students, they incorporated NLM’s WISER to have students respond to a haz mat scenario.  Sounds like a great exercise to incorporate relevant resources and the information literacy standards.   For pharm tech students, they substituted free NLM resources for other drug information resources.  They also had students calculate and prepare dosage for case study patient.

Challenges?  Some students already had iPads and didn’t need to check them out. Need to have purpose for integrating technology into class or assignment.  The library or librarian needs to be close to the program/students to maximize benefit.

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Sunday Morning Review and Monday Preview

I hope you had a chance to attend one (or more!) of the wonderful morning activities today. I attended the New Members Breakfast to meet up with my Colleague Connection mentee. What a great turnout! I really enjoyed meeting so many new members and it sounded like everyone was really excited for the meeting.

The planners organized a really great networking event during the breakfast – a “2 minute mingle”. It was a great way to meet lots of people. While mostly I talked to new members and first time MLA attendees, it was nice to talk to other members and to catch up with friends.

The schedule shows lots of great learning opportunities for early Monday morning. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up. Unless otherwise stated, all of these events take place from 7-8:55 in the specified room on the Gold Level of the East Tower.

Sections, SIGs, and Chapter Meetings:
Health Association Libraries Section (HALS) – New Orleans, Gold Level, West Tower
Veterinary Medical Libraries Section Business Meeting – Columbus GH

Sunrise Seminars:
American Psychological Association Sunrise Seminar – Columbus AB
Coffee Talk: How to Enable Patient-Centered Care (sponsored by Swets)- Columbus CD
Embase: Current, Comprehensive, and Colorful – Columbus IJ
Nursing Reference Center Plus – Columbus EF
Secrets of Successful Rollouts (sponsored by Ovid)- Acapulco, Gold Level, West Tower

Other Events:
bepress Digital Commons Community Meeting – Columbian, Bronze Level, West Tower
Books Panel – 8:00-8:55, Atlanta, Gold Level, West Tower


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Section Program Planning for ’15 starts now!

As I write this, we’re a couple of hours away from the Welcome Reception for 2014, but planning for MLA ’15 is well underway.  The theme for the Austin conference will be “Librarians Without Limits.” As incoming chair-elect for the Relevant Issues Section, I met with leaders from other Sections and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to begin selecting program themes for next year. Today was just introductions and brainstorming. Throughout the conference, we will be talking to each other and our sections/SIGs to generate ideas on what sessions will be offered in 2015. We’ll meet again on Wednesday, and then work through out the next month or so to finalize themes.

Why am I telling you about the sausage-making of program planning? Because the themes we decide on will be the basis of call for papers. And, section programming makes up the bulk of conference programming. Were you frustrated that you had a great idea to submit this year, but it didn’t fit any of the session themes? Do you have a great idea for a session? Now’s the time to speak up!

The best way to have input in next year’s section programming is to attend your section/SIGs business meeting, where 2015 planning will be discussed. Section and SIG business meetings are listed here.

Not a member of a section? Check out posters from each section and talk to section leaders at the Sunday Poster Session.

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Rise and Shine!

Good morning MLAers!  I hope everyone is looking forward to their first official day.  As your early riser blogger, it’s my job to make sure you know what is happening in the mornings.  I’ve done this morning blogging gig a couple of years now, so I hope to impart my wisdom of early morning MLA activities on you.  My plan is to share my own experiences at various morning activities as well as to preview the upcoming events.

So let’s take a look at what is coming up bright and early Sunday morning!  Unless otherwise noted, all of these events take place from 7:00-8:55 in the rooms listed which are located on the Gold Level of the West Tower.

Section, Chapter, and SIG Meetings:

Federal Libraries Section Business Meeting – Hong Kong Room
Informationist SIG Business Meeting – Gold Coast Room
New York-New Jersey Chapter Meeting – San Fransisco Room
Pharmacy and Drug Information Section Business Meeting -  Water Tower Room, Bronze Level, West Tower
International Cooperation Section Business Meeting – 7:30-8:55, Toronto Room

Sunrise Seminars:

Quality vs. Evidence vs. Research vs. Innovation: Embracing All Types of Clinical Inquiry – Acapulco Room
Seven Things Librarians Forget When Choosing an Integrated Library System (ILS) – Columbus AB Room

Other Events:

New Members/First Time Attendees Breakfast – Regency CD Room (must have ticket to attend)
Sunrise Yoga – Buckingham Room, Bronze Level, West Tower


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Relevant Issues Section Events at MLA

The Relevant Issues Section is holding the following programs and events during MLA ’14, “Building Our Information Future.”

Sunday, May 18, 4:30 – 5:55 PM:
Accessibility and Appropriateness in Our Information Future
Room: Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower

  • Collaboration to Expand Accessibility: The Role of Consumers
  • Providing Resources Supporting the Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care
  • If You Build a Patient Portal, Will They Come?
  • Do You Want Me? What Attracts User and What can Repel Them from a Consumer Health Web Site

Tuesday, May 20, 2:00 – 3:25 PM:
Protecting Patron Privacy in the Era of Surveillance
Room: Columbus EF, Gold Level, East Tower

  • Direct-to-Consumer Genetics and Privacy
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Privacy Issues
  • Patron Privacy from the Access Services Perspective

Sunday, May 18, Section Posters are in Poster Session 1, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Tuesday, May 20, 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM
Relevant Issues Section Business Meeting
Room: San Francisco, Gold Level, West Tower

Tuesday, May 20, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
LGBT SIG Business Meeting and Social
Room: San Francisco, Gold Level, West Tower

Sunday, May 18, 12:30 PM
Health Disparities SIG lunch/discussion
Location: Big Bowl on Ohio Street

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Free Sunrise Yoga Class on Sunday

Sunrise Yoga
Sunday, May 18, 7-8:55, Hyatt Regency, Buckingham Room
Sponsored by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine SIG and co-sponsored by the Hospital Libraries Section
No registration required

Do you want to rejuvenate your mind and body? Attend the Sunrise Yoga Class, open to all and will be oriented toward all levels as a nice respite away from during MLA ’14.

This one-hour class will be led by Daina R. Bouquin, MLIS, CAS. The Data & Metadata Services Librarian at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University, Daina is also an experienced yoga instructor in Kripalu and Hatha yoga.

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, if you have one.

Three new yoga mats will be given to class participants through a free raffle during class!

Any donations will go toward support of the instructor, but the class is free and welcomes everyone.

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Section Program Themes Now Available

Section Program themes for MLA 2014, ”Building Our Information Future,” are now available on the MLA website.

Submissions will be due by Friday, November 1, 2013. Online submission is not yet available, but you can view the program descriptions to start planning for your submissions. Each description also includes the program format, a contact name/email for questions, and a list of section/SIG cosponsors.

Good luck with your submissions!

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