8 “NAHSLs” And Counting…

January 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Awards and Recognition, NAHSL Annual Meeting 2010 | Leave a comment

Dear Folks,

As a recipient of a 2010 NAHSL Professional Development Award, I was given a not so subtle hint that I needed to post to the NAHSL Listserv about how NAHSL has helped me!

I was actually happy to receive the reminder, and my thank-you to our organization is long overdue! 

I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended the NAHSL conference every year since 2003, which makes the 2010 conference my 8th – this is despite the fact that I am quoted in Sally Gore’s video as saying I have attended 6 NAHSL conferences. Just for fun, you can see that and other folks guessing how many NAHSL conferences they have attended just below – thanks Sally!:

In addition to NAHSL 2010 in Newport, I am also appreciative for funding provided to attend NAHSL 2007 in Woodstock, VT (As I said, I am long overdue for this message…). This means that 25% of my NAHSL registrations have been paid for by our professional organization! This support enabled me to do all of the things that we go to conferences for – networking, learning, collegiality, etc. These are the things that keep us on our toes, help us think in different ways, and keep us up to date. In other words, NAHSL has greatly assisted me in remaining “useful”, and isn’t this what is most important?!

Finally, in my capacity as co-chair of the NAHSL Education Committee, we are busily planning upcoming events, but we are never to busy to hear from you – so please let us know how we can help keep you “useful” at your respective organizations!

Stay Warm and hope to hear from your soon!

Nathan Norris, MLS, AHIP
Information Specialist
Knowledge Services/IS
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA


Understanding Institutional Repositories (NAHSL 2010 Conference Report)

January 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2010, Professional Development | 4 Comments
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[The following is a report from NAHSL member Kieran Ayton on one of the breakout sessions he attended at NAHSL 2010.]

Mark Caprio’s Breakout Session: “Institutional Repositories: A Disruptive Response To an Established Paradigm”

I thoroughly enjoyed the 2010 NAHLS Conference at the beautiful Newport Marriott Hotel on October 25.  One of my favorite experiences was attending the breakout session by Mark Caprio (Digital Services and Cataloging Librarian at Providence College) on “Institutional Repositories: A Disruptive Response To an Established Paradigm.”  This presentation dealt with the importance of providing open access to scholarly research.  In an age where database vendors and publishers often hold tight reins over public access to scholarly research, Institutional Repositories can serve as a middle ground.

Institutional Repositories are huge online publicly accessible databases that are often housed on an institution’s web server and provide free access to archived copies of scholarly research and other publications.  Institutional Repositories can often be found at colleges and universities, where they post research performed by their faculty, staff, and students.  It is a new type of publishing model.

The current scholarly research paradigm is based on the old-fashioned print model where peer-reviewed and evidence based articles were exclusively available through journals.  Caprio notes that the digital, web based world we now live in has expanded the avenues through which we can disseminate this information.  Institutional Repositories can serve as host sites where individuals can freely acquire information that was previously only available through the gated world of publishers.

There are unique challenges that come with the Institutional Repository model.  It can be difficult to get authors interested in allowing their works to be posted.  Many times faculty promotions are based on the number of articles you have published in peer-reviewed journals.  Employers will not take an article published on an Institutional Repository as seriously.  However, after an article has appeared in a peer-reviewed journal there are many copyright issues that go along with it that severely limit how an author can use his or her content.  See the SHERPA / RoMEO website for an overview of publisher archiving policies:
http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeoinfo.html#colours .

For more information on Institutional Repositories see: The Case For Institutional Repositories: http://scholarship.utm.edu/20/

Kieran is Public Services Librarian at Peters Health Sciences Library, Rhode Island Hospital

Member’s View: NAHSL Highlights 2010

January 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2010, Professional Development | Leave a comment

NAHSL sponsored my attendance at the annual conference in Newport this year with a Professional Development Fund grant, and I agreed to share highlights of the conference through the CAHSL list, so here goes.

There were four keynote speakers who all gave excellent presentations.  There was a lot of humor in David Rothman’s presentation and, as anyone who follows his blog knows, he does not hold back with his opinions.  It was fascinating to hear how he has made himself indispensable to his hospital’s IS department by using his people skills to help patrons with computer issues.

Having missed John Halamka’s presentation at MLA in Washington, D.C., I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him discuss the future of electronic health records and what role librarians can play.  He stressed librarians’ knowledge of hierarchical systems as a tool that would benefit the developers.  He used a personal example to highlight how empowering it is for a person to have access to his own medical records.  Librarians can certainly get involved in teaching the public about accessing their own records.

The conference offered a number of interesting breakout sessions.  I attended “What is Evidence-Based Practice in 2010?” with our own Janene Batten presenting.  It was instructive to hear from a physician, a nurse, and a librarian about their approach to evidence-based practice.

The conference was very well organized and there were too many offerings to get to them all, so it is a great benefit that all the PowerPoints are currently available on the NAHSL conference site.  If you were unable to attend I encourage you to check them out.

Submitted by: Nancy Goodwin, MLS, AHIP, Library Director, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT

What is Evidence-Based Practice in 2010?

December 28, 2010 at 10:34 am | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2010, Professional Development | Leave a comment

[The following is a summary of the NAHSL 2010 Breakout Session on EBM by NAHSL member, Robin Devin.]

The most heavily attended breakout session during the 2010 NAHSL conference was the session titled “What is Evidence-based Practice in 2010? Perspectives from a Doctor, a Nurse, and a Librarian.”  For those who were not able to attend I would like to provide a brief summary of the session and urge you to visit the NASHL program website to view the PowerPoints presented by the speakers.

The first speaker was Dr. Brian S. Alper, Editor-in-Chief of DynaMed (EBSCO).  His talk was titled “How to Make EBP Practical.”  He provided a definition of EBP and explained what the term means in practical clinical usage.  He also provided an explanation of what counts as evidence.  His talk included information on the challenges faced by the practitioner in using EBP and he provided strategies for librarians to assist in providing EPB resources.

The second speaker was Cynthia Padula, PhD, RN, who presented a talk titled “Evidence-Based Practice from a Nursing Perspective.”   Dr. Padula serves as a nurse researcher at Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI and as the director of the nursing master’s program at Rhode Island College.  She described EBP from a nursing perspective and reviewed the what and why of its use in that profession.  She explained the core competencies required by nurses and the barriers to their use of EBP.

The last speaker was Janene Batten, the librarian for the Yale School of Nursing.  Her talk was titled “Librarians: Poised and Ready for EBP.” She provided information on the librarian’s role in providing evidence-based research to nurses, nursing students and faculty.  She emphasized the importance of establishing relationships with your users.  She also provided tips on marketing your services to your patrons.

The session ended with a lively discussion which could have continued well beyond the time allotted.  But as a member of the Program Planning Committee and the timekeeper for the session, I unfortunately had to call an end to the breakout session.  I am grateful to NAHSL for providing me with a scholarship that subsidized the cost of attending this year’s valuable and informative conference.

Thoughts and Thanks for NAHSL 2010

December 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2010, Professional Development | 1 Comment

[The following was submitted by NAHSL member, Kathy Brunjes, after receiving a NAHSL Professional Development Award to attend the conference.]

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone on the NAHSL 2010 Conference Planning Committee for such a great Conference!  I was able to attend this year through application and receipt of a NAHSL Professional Development Award.  I took advantage of this award by enrolling in a continuing education offering, “Searching in Support of Systematic Reviews.”  This was a timely CE offering (our department is now aligned with the Research department), and was well-worth the trip to NAHSL this year!  I brought back to my institution a packet of information on this topic that has circulated through the department all the way to our division Vice President, and has provided me with enhanced skills and a better comfort zone for assisting the researchers with their search requests.  If NAHSL members have not had the opportunity to be instructed by Karen Odato or Jan Glover, you don’t know what you have been missing.

The Plenary sessions were educational and interesting.  It was hard to choose between the breakout sessions, and I was fortunate to have been assigned my first choices (“What is Evidence-Based Practice in 2010?” and “Get More, Pay Nothing: Open Source Software for Libraries.”).  The panel discussion of Dr. Brian Alper, Cindy Padula and Janene Batten flowed (sometimes panel discussions can be “awkward” – not the case with this combination of panelists) with their definitions of EBP and our responsibility to those we serve.

In my experience with NAHSL conferences, the networking that goes on during the three days is always one of the most valuable aspects of the conference.  Whether sitting during lunch/dinner with colleagues you haven’t seen in a year, or having a minute to chat with someone in the hall to-or-from a session, the collegiality of the conference is what draws me.  To have a stellar line-up of speakers and educational/breakout sessions is just icing on the cake (and is proof of our professional organization).

(And btw – the NAHSL Business Meeting was very well done, and I think I visited every one of the vendors this year – a great line-up of vendors!)

Thank you, NAHSL, for helping me attend this conference, and I look forward to next year.

Kathy Brunjes, Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, Maine

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