Barbara Ingrassia Presents Poster on Human Trafficking at NEGEA

July 13, 2017 at 11:15 am | Posted in Awards and Recognition, Professional Development | Leave a comment

Barbara Ingrassia was awarded a scholarship to attend the NEGEA Annual Meeting. Congratulations on winning a NAHSL Professional Development Award!


Thank you to the NAHSL Professional Development Committee for enabling me to attend the annual conference of the AAMC’s Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) on May 4, 2017 at the University of Rochester Medical Center. My intent was to display my accepted/approved poster HUMAN TRAFFICKING: HEALTH CARE PROVIDER PERSPECTIVES and receive feedback.

IngrassiaThe poster describes the one-week elective I developed for the Flexible Clinical Experiences program (FCE) for 3rd year medical students at UMMS.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) third year curriculum now requires students to participate in four weeklong electives of their choice. These Flexible Clinical Experiences allow exposure to evolving public health concerns and the development of skills pertinent to the practice of medicine outside of the core clinical experiences.

The FCE platform provided me the opportunity to offer an introduction to human trafficking– a public health epidemic that often goes unrecognized in busy health care settings.   A component of the course is research; I am able to promote EBM research skills.  Beyond that, I connect them with community resources; they meet with appropriate faculty and clinicians, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, advocates and other service providers for a variety of perspectives.

In the pre-course questionnaire, students have indicated that they had very little or no knowledge about human trafficking and that it had not been mentioned in their formal course work. During the final debriefing session, students reported that these experiences have been “eye-opening.” I serve as the facilitator; I have no expertise in the topic, but I bring a passionate concern. I pull pieces together to enable an “experience” for the students; I learn so much from them and eagerly await the debriefing session.

The poster sessions provide an opportunity to learn about developments in a profession and share ideas. Several attendees stopped to review my poster and offer helpful suggestions. I had a good discussion with a physician from Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital whose poster described a curriculum on acute sexual assault on adolescents and adults for Residents.

I even met some others from UMass Med School!

Part 2

I was able to attend the opening plenary The learning Environment as the Context for and Target of Change presented by Larry Gruppen, PhD  (Professor of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School). He noted that interest in the medical learning environment (LE) moves in and out of the lime light, but is once again a “hot topic” since the inclusion of a question about “mistreatment” on the AAMC’s Graduation Questionnaire. [1]

The challenge is the lack of one generally accepted definition of LE (especially in medical education) and no underlying theory. Gruppen asserted that defining LE today is challenging because there are so many simultaneous and varying factors.[2] Learning takes place at many levels of scale: individual, group, organization, region, state, entire nation and beyond. It takes place continuously and everywhere, by various and multiple methods. Ever changing and evolving.

He called for better research to determine the impact of various factors: specific topic, content, context, official vs. hidden curriculum, intended vs. unintended learning, reality vs. perception vs. experience, physical facilities…

In this very interactive session, I suggested several LE issues/challenges faced by medical libraries over the years:

  • Providing group study space in traditionally-designed libraries—as well as quiet space– to accommodate various learning styles, evolving instructional techniques and electronic resources.
  • Housing computers and workstations, etc.
  • Permitting food in libraries (An issue faced by medical libraries a number of years ago –and more recently by other types of libraries)

… all of this while losing square footage.

It was a thought-provoking session.

My time at NEGEA was too brief, but it was a wonderful experience. I had the chance to wear “multiple hats.”

Again, thank you for making this opportunity possible.

(And YES—I did have the chance to catch up with our former NER colleague Donna Berryman. She is now Director of the Miner Libraries. Can you believe she has been there for TEN YEARS? How time flies!)

Barbara c. Ingrassia, MLS, AHIP, CCM

Certified Copyright Manager, Speaker and Trainer

[1] The 2017 survey is available at

(SEE especially pp. 39-49.) Accessed May 25, 2017.

For aggregate data 2012 – 2016:

AAMC. All Schools Summary Report of the 2016 Medical School Graduation Questionnaire.

(SEE espcecially pp. 35-40.)

Available at  Accessed May 25, 2017.

[2] Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School.

Available at    Accessed May 25, 2017.


MLA’17 – What I Learned: Let me count the ways

July 11, 2017 at 11:13 am | Posted in Awards and Recognition, Professional Development, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jennifer Miglus, AHIP, MLS

Jennifer Miglus was awarded a scholarship to attend the MLA Annual Meeting. Congratulations on winning a NAHSL Professional Development Award!


I like sessions that spark ideas that could be practically implemented at my institution. Currently I am interested in angles for effective outreach.  Here are some presentations that resonated.  Some were lighting rounds, some were full hour sessions:

Dare to Invite Yourself to the Table”, Alissa Fial of McGoogan Library of Medicine, Omaha, NB Alissa showed how efforts at her library align with the institutional mission.  An emphasis on interprofessional teamwork has allowed them to become involved with medical education curriculum development.  Librarians have focused on mentorship, educational scholarship and have helped develop learning objects.  They have been honest about their strengths – and weaknesses.  They also participate in new faculty orientations.  To promote the mission of “healing” they have created a reflection room in the library where people can come for quiet and meditation.

Negotiating for Yourself and Your Library”, Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Director, NLM; Kristi Holmes, Library Director, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern; Cynthia Henderson, Executive Director, Howard University.  Kathel was motivational about being assertive, using silence and timing as negotiating tools.  Kristi talked about challenges she faced as a new library director and the ways she has approached new initiatives and projects.  She is an advocate of teamwork and recommended:

    • Bennett, L. M., & Gadlin, H. (2012). Collaboration and team science. Journal of Investigative Medicine, 60(5), 768-775.
    • Cynthia emphasized that it’s important to set your goals in advance, to prioritize, and be persistent. Institutional anniversaries are often opportunities, and telling an engaging and compelling story can draw people in. Be data driven; know your peer libraries.

Adventures in Scholarly Publishing”, Rebecca Welzenbach, Director of Strategic Integration and Partnerships, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan. Rebecca described the creation of a student-run, peer-reviewed medical journal the Michigan Journal of Medicine.  This journal was developed at the request of students and was the product of a for-credit elective course offered to 4th year medical students.  Course objectives included awareness of all aspects of scholarly publishing: writing, data display, selection and editing of content and ethical issues.  Further objectives were to help students improve their professional profiles and raise awareness of bibliometrics.

Health Sciences Libraries to the Rescue: Bolstering the Library’s Role with Repository & Publishing Services”, Dave Stout, BePress; Anne Linton, Director, Himmelfarb Library, George Washington University, Washington DC; Dan Kipnis, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.  Dave gave an overview of products offered by BePress.  This includes the institutional respository Digital Commons, Impact Dashboards for analytics and reporting and a new product called Expert Gallery Suite.  The latter is a new product, designed to act as a showcase for an institution’s expert researchers and faculty. BePress is content agnostic and is a great place to put grey literature.

  • In her case study, Anne Linton said that GWU uses Digital Commons for research day posters, MPH capstone projects, and for publishing a student-led medical humanities journal Fusion. She gave examples of grey literature found in IRs: legal briefs, congressional testimonies, reports from non-profits and governmental agencies. If items have DOIs and your institution subscribes to an altmetrics service, you can get data on downloads.
  • In his case study, Dan Kipnis expanded on the types of formats that may be uploaded to Digital Commons. These include medical grand rounds, oral histories, abstracts of capstone projects, teaching videos, and transcripts of archival letters, along with scans of the original documents. He also mentioned the platform’s publishing capabilities: JHN Journal is published by neuroscience residents, and The Medicine Forum is published by internal medicine residents.

Online Research Data Management Training Modules for Health Sciences Librarians”, Alisa Surkis Head Data Services and Translational Science Librarian, NYU School of Medicine.  NYU has developed an 8-module online tutorial to support the management of research data.

Visualizing Success: Development of a Data Visualization Service in an Academic Medical Library”, Fred LaPolla, Knowledge Management Librarian, NYU Health Sciences Library.  Fred was engaging as he talked about how he educated himself about data visualization and how his first class was the students’ least favorite section.  After a colleague suggested he teach Prism GraphPad (which is free for students) his session rose to being tied for second “most valuable”.  Students liked the concrete skills they learned and the fact that the program required no heavy coding.

My vote for the coolest application that I saw presented goes to:

What Type of Review Are You?” An Interactive Game to Teach Users about Review Literature Typology, Nha Huynh, Education and Instruction Librarian at Texas Medical Center Library, Houston TX.  This was a clever, fun and practical way to educate people about the different types of reviews and help them find the best one to suit their needs.

Dream – – Dare – – Do. I am dreaming of increased engagement with our medical curriculum and improved teamwork in our department.  I will dare to propose the creation of a student-run journal hosted by our BePress account.  And I do plan to get more comfortable with data visualization tools and work to support data management in our research community.

Thanks MLA. And super thanks to NAHSL for helping me to attend!

Victory for Access to CRS Reports

July 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations | Leave a comment

Please read below about a significant development in the quest to make all Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports available to the public:

Dear Advocates,

I’m happy to report that the House Appropriations Committee just took a giant leap toward making Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports available to the public. During its mark up of the Fiscal Year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, the full Committee approved language directing CRS to report back to the Committee within 90 days of enactment with a plan to make its non-confidential reports available to the public.

This has been more than 20 years in the making, and it was only possible thanks to the hard work of the many advocates−including many of you–who have written, called, tweeted, and spoken to their members of Congress about CRS over the years.

While there are still some hurdles to get over (namely, the bill must pass the House, and there must be a companion bill in the Senate), the report language in legislative branch appropriations bills is generally adhered to even if not passed into law.

Please join us in celebrating this win for public access! AALL will continue to work hard to make sure public access to these valuable reports becomes a reality in the coming months. We’ll will provide more analysis and information about next steps in the July Washington eBulletin, out on Monday.

Here is the appropriations report language:

“Public Access to CRS Reports: The Committee directs the Library of Congress’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) to make available to the public, all non-confidential reports. The Committee has debated this issue for several years, and after considering debate and testimony from entities inside the legislative branch and beyond the Committee believes the publishing of CRS reports will not impede CRS’s core mission in any impactful way and is in keeping with the Committee’s priority of full transparency to the American people. Within 90 days of enactment of this act CRS is directed to submit a plan to its oversight committees detailing its recommendations for implementing this effort as well as any associated cost estimates. Where practicable, CRS is encouraged to consult with the Government Publishing Office (GPO) in developing their plan; the Committee believes GPO could be of assistance in this effort.”

This message was posted by Mary Langman from the MLA national office.


[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

Taxation Without Information

June 30, 2017 at 8:23 am | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As this article from The Scholarly Kitchen points out, we as taxpayers are being denied access to information that we’ve paid for and continue to pay for in some instances. As the author cleverly notes, this “taxation without representation” isn’t just an academic argument. It has real consequences as the people of Flint Michigan know all too well.

So as we gather to celebrate the 4th of July and remember the cry of “No taxation without representation!” let’s also stop and think about the consequences of “no taxation without information” for ourselves and our nation.

Happy 4th of July!

(Credit to M.J. Tooey from the University of Baltimore for posting a message about this article on the AAHSL listserv.)

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

Reaction to the Senate’s Healthcare Bill

June 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Senate released the details of its healthcare bill this week and it did not take long for several key healthcare associations to issue statements critical of the proposal. See the links below for specific statements:

[Submitted by Gary Atwood, Chair, NAHSL Govt. Relations Comm.]

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