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Posters: Tuesday, Last But Not Least

On Tuesday, warm sunny weather was enticing two levels above, yet the last poster session in the exhibit hall was well-attended.  It seemed fitting that the multi-authored poster 201 “Tools for Building Our Information Future: Emerging Technologies Vital to Medical Libraries” reminded us of the 2014 annual meeting theme one more (or almost last) time. There were so many posters and so little time. Here are a few posters at which I paused and talked to the presenters.

Poster 192, “The History of Traumatic Brain Injury in the Medical Literature since World War II” showed literature survey results of terminology and indexing over time. TBIs are seen (or health personnel are trained) at the military institutions employing the three co-presenters. Poster 167 highlighted the library’s role in “Preserving Osteopathic History: The Challenge of Converting Media Formats to Digital”, that helped a museum solve an outdated format problem.

Poster 182, “Supporting National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Compliance for Translational Science Researchers, a Collaboration with the Weil Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center” used numbers (evidence) to tell the story of visibly improved submission compliance rates. (There was also poster  154 was “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy: A Learning Opportunity”).

Poster 190, “The Future of Gray Literature Use: Analyzing Sources and Formats in Occupational and Environmental Health” displayed Nancy Schaefer’s research, part of a larger Public Health / Health Administration Section project. In poster 215, Barbara Cosart showed some interesting survey results in “What is Important to Chapter Members? A Survey of Members in One Chapter”.

Poster 191, “The Golden Hour: A Library’s Role in Connecting First Responders to Critical Disaster Medicine Information” described a university grant-funded project that was a county partnership. The information was not literature (links may come in phase 2), but local experts and their contact information.

Poster 207, “Undead PubMed: Raising the Dead to Raise Class Attendance” featured a presenter in costume, and illustrated how a video with elements from popular culture can “jazz up” a staid class. In Poster 199, Robert A. Cagna showed the significance of “The United States Breast Cancer Research Stamp”. A personal story (a family member with cancer) and a hobby (stamp collecting) provided an opportunity to show medical history and ”develop” a different consumer health educational tool.  Poster 221, “Yoga, Spagetti Squash, Art Collages, and Shooting Hoops? Building Sound Minds and Healthy Bodies in the Library” showed a library using its “place” for non-traditional health events and activities for students. A question that I forgot to ask: did yoga mats, game sets, etc. come out of the “supplies” or the “collections” budget? (Note: there was also poster, 198, “The Unfunded Worksite Wellness Program”).

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2014 MLA poster yoga

All of the posters are now removed and the exhibit hall has closed down. Posters continue to be popular at MLA annual meetings. Visitors stop by at staffed and unstaffed posters, so poster authors, please keep those posters hung up “for the duration”! To read more about the 2014 posters, go to: and click on the “posters” link to view abstracts or visit the ePoster Gallery.


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Poster recap – how do you make connections?

One theme that has been constant during this year’s MLA is creating a connection between users and information. This year’s poster sessions had numerous great posters exploring how to go about creating these connections, and here are a few highlights:

Social media presents the opportunity to connect to people by presenting a digital platform to disseminate information far and wide – but what are the best practices to effectively use networks like Twitter and Facebook?  The National Library of Medicine investigated best practices and presented what they found on their poster, A Window on the Social Media World: Exploring Strategies for Sharing Health Information with the Public.  While there is not a lot of available literature on this topic, Kristina Elliot and her team discovered best practices to share health information by following the five most popular federal Twitter and Facebook accounts for three months to reveal what the best practices might be.  She ultimately discovered that it’s best to tweet several tweets a day and utilize hashtags to keep the conversation going, and that Facebook is best used when needing to tell a longer story as there is no character limit.

Any librarian involved with instruction will tell you that they are constantly trying to investigate new ways to create interesting, relevant information sessions that connect with their audience.  Xan Goodman’s poster, Building a Transformational Information Literacy Session for First Year Health Sciences Seminar Students: A Case of Instruction Using Organized Chaos, explored the Cephalonian method to engage and connect with students.  Xan used a combination of storytelling and embedding questions into her class, using a public health scenario based on partner violence between Rihanna and Chris Brown to hook the students and give the scenario context.

The librarians at the University of Rochester’s Edward G. Miner Library tried connecting with faculty, staff, and students on a personal level by conducting casual information sessions based on the talents and interests of library staff members.  High Noon at the Miner Library Speaker Series: Library Talks Not Related to the Library relays how the library staff gave presentations on how to roast your coffee, how to watch television without a television, and information on the roller derby in Rochester to connect with their library users rather than by conducting traditional library instruction.  These talks have resulted in creating good will between the library and other departments at the university, as well as provided a new way to reach out to library users and get their interest.

While this is only a few of the wonderful posters that were here at this year’s MLA, all poster abstracts are available online, with many posters available as e-posters.  I definitely recommend taking the time to browse through the entire collection, as all of the posters and presenters did a wonderful job highlighting their research and projects.  This has been my first year as an official conference blogger, and thank you for taking the time to read my posts!  See you next year, MLA!


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Posters: Collections, Scholarly Communication, and More

Today’s collections are not our grandmothers’ collections, and librarians involved in collection (resource) development, analysis, and management may work in various scholarly communication areas as well.  The wide scope of 2014 posters shows work in collection analysis, promotion, development of discovery tools and portals, as well as scholarly communication areas.

MLA units staffed their posters on Sunday, and some posters remained hanging in the Hyatt’s Gold Level hallway during the meeting days. In collections and related areas, functional sections such as the Collection Development Section (Sunday poster 242) and the Technical Services Section (Sunday poster 257) display how they have focused and worked in these areas for years. Other sections and special interest groups (SIGs) may work on scholarly publishing analysis projects through their subject prisms.

In the main poster area, some posters depicted more “traditional” (familiar) collections activities, including analysis of print collection age (Tuesday poster 186), comparison of print and e-book use (Tuesday poster 216), product comparisons (evaluation of evidence-practice summary databases in Sunday poster 18 and  drug interactions in databases in Monday poster 89). The currently popular collection building technique of patron –driven acquisitions is explored in Tuesday poster 162.

Promotion of a nursing product at point of care is depicted in Sunday poster 10, and linking physicians to evidence-based point of care tools is seen in Monday poster 78. Tuesday poster 225 shows new technology to push out content, while  portals and discovery tools (hopefully) led users to licensed and free resources as described in Monday poster 84 and Tuesday poster 206.

Scholarly publishing trends in one area (book reviews) was examined in opthalmic journals (Sunday poster 35). Scholarly productivity topics were popular:  nursing bibliometrics  in Sunday poster 31, Institutional author scholarly productivity analysis in Sunday posters 16 and 20, and Monday poster 93. Posters highlighting work done in analysis of scholarly publishing impact and altmetrics include Sunday poster 5, Monday posters 92, 93, and Tuesday poster 152 .A number of posters depicted research data management plans, initiatives, analysis of various scholarly publishing services for and resource needs of researchers that go beyond the scope of this short overview.

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In the area of scholarly communication, Sunday poster 15 drew the eye, since it wasn’t relaying a scholarly communication experience or publication research per se. Rather, it showed the need for and the birth of a new (separate) conference (Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship), scheduled to take place, interestingly, the month prior to the 2015 annual MLA meeting. It is nice to see that academic health sciences librarians are involved in the emergence of a new specialized scholarly communication conference, yet one hopes that future interest and MLA posters on this topic won’t diminish either.

This was an attempt to hone in on some 2014 posters on collections (resources) and scholarly communication (scholarly productivity analysis) topics. If some posters described here have already been taken down, read more about them by going to: Click on the “posters” link to view abstracts. Or visit the ePoster Gallery.


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Highlights from Sunday’s Poster Session

This Sunday kicked off MLA’s poster sessions.  There were 75 excellent presenters, and only one hour to try to talk to them all!  While I wasn’t able to talk to every presenter in great detail, here are a few highlights from Sunday’s session:

Familiar with flash mobs?  How about FlashClass?  Inspired by flash mobs, Groupon, and popup retail, the librarians at the University of Pittsburgh experimented with ways to revitalize their instruction program by offering “flash classes”, sending out notices of class offerings no more than a week in advance.  Classes were only held if at least three registrants signed up, with the librarian doing just-in-time prep and teaching the class; if minimum registration was not met, the topic was recycled and saved for another date.  Check the poster out here.

Do you work in an academic library, and you’re considering moving to a single service desk?  A Road Map to Creating Capacity in Education and Reference tells the story of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library’s planning and implementation of a single service desk as well as exploration of different virtual reference services in order to provide better service and support to their constituents. The project resulted in an increase in team productivity as well as efficiency, and an increase in reference statistics!

Interested in learning more about Altmetrics, and how they stack up against standard metrics such as the citation index?  This poster compared the altmetrics score versus Scopus citation metrics of tenure-track faculty publications at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Articles from 2009 to 2013 that were either peer-reviewed or invited editorials were compared, and the top 25 articles were closely evaluated. The investigators found that articles of a clinical nature had the top altmetric scores, and that there was a slight positive trend between the altmetric scores versus impact factor and Scopus times cited.  Ultimately, it is very difficult to compare altmetrics to traditional metrics, and the impact of altmetrics on scholarly communication will continue to evolve as time goes on.

Thinking about getting a 3D printer in your library? Take a look at Building for Innovation with Library-Hosted 3D Printing and Scanning. The University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries began this project to identify local uses among clinicians, researchers, educators, and students for 3D printing. The library was able to purchase a Makerbot Replicator 2 model, which heats plastic filament to 230 degrees Celsius in order to print 3D models. Hannah Norton, the point person on the project, informed me that their 3D printing services were just rolled out to the public 3 weeks ago, and personally I can’t wait to hear more about what the library users are printing!

There were so many interesting posters within the first session on a wide variety of topics, and I wish I could write about all 75! If you would like to browse through the available posters, check the online scheduler for a list of all available abstracts as well as e-posters.  Take a look, and see what your colleagues have been up to!




Posters: International Themes and Presenters

Three of us will be blogging about 2014 posters. Here are some initial thoughts on international themes and presenters that includes section and chapter posters, featured for the first time during a poster session timeslot (though in a different venue). The 2013 annual meeting was billed as an international federated meeting and featured 4 poster sessions, but in 2014, the poster area is no less international. According to information reported through International Cooperation Section channels, attendees from 16 countries have travelled to Chicago. Some presented posters, as did a number of North American librarians who shared global experiences and research findings.

Sunday was busy for the globally focused International Cooperation Section (ICS) which celebrated its 25th anniversary all day long (business meeting, international visitors’ reception, a concurrent session paper, a dining circle). In preparing the ICS poster, it could not have been easy to highlight 25 years of the section’s and its members’ international projects and activities. MLA chapters fortunate enough to have U.S. territories and international geographic membership include the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter (Sunday poster 230), the Southern Chapter (Sunday poster 239), and UNYOC (the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter, Sunday poster 240).

On Sunday, Alexa Mayo and Ryan Harris from University of Maryland staffed their poster 29, “Baltimore to Nairobi: A Collaboration to Improve Medical Education in Kenya”, explaining how their university’s global health initiative to help improve AIDS and HIV medical education in Kenya automatically built in a role for the library. Kenyan librarians and health professionals have visited University of Maryland, and Alexa and Ryan travelled to Kenya to share their information expertise.

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Posters highlighting support for international health professionals and students  on-site and remotely, include Sunday poster 24:  “An Interdisciplinary Model: Integrating Library Instruction in Pharmacy Educational Programs for International Students”, Monday poster 79: “Expanding Global Reach: Standardizing Self-Paced Nursing Learning Courses”, and Monday poster 121: “Information-Seeking Behaviour of Internationally Educated Registered Nurses in Saskatchewan”. Other posters analyze global literature and information sources.

Posters presented by international attendees include the Monday poster 101 of Yukiko Sakai from Japan, entitled “Exploring the Possibility of More Active Use of Medical Articles by Laypeople: How and What Would They Read?”.  Posters from Taiwan are especially visible at the Chicago annual meeting. On Sunday that includes analysis of librarian CE courses (poster 25) and an evidence-practice database analysis (poster 18). On Tuesday, librarians from Taiwan present posters about: a workshop on evidence-based nursing (poster 188) , a conspectus for an English-language print collection (poster 223), and the building of a portal for international research collaboration (poster 196).

Many, but not all of the posters were mounted for viewing during the first staffed poster session on Sunday afternoon, so visits each day will be warranted. However, perusal of the three days’ poster themes and abstracts reinforces the fact that the MLA (poster) village is global.

To read more about the posters described, go to: and click on the “posters” link to view abstracts or visit the ePoster Gallery.



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