Category Archives: Medical Libraries

Collaborative publications, bibliometrics, and veterinary medical research

This early view article came out about six months ago in preparation for College & Research Libraries. I am not sure how I missed it.

Exploring the Veterinary Literature: A Bibliometric Methodology for Identifying Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Publications,” by Jessica R. Page, Heather K. Moberly, Gregory K. Youngen, and Barbara J. Hamel

Veterinary medical research traditionally focuses on animal health and wellness; however, research activities at veterinary colleges extend beyond these traditional areas. In this study, we analyzed eleven years of Web of Knowledge-indexed peer-reviewed articles from researchers at the twenty-eight United States American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited veterinary colleges.

We had three goals in assessing the published literature of veterinary college researchers. First, we identified a list of journals and research areas outside of veterinary medicine in which veterinary researchers publish. This list of journals can be customized to identify those most essential at each institution. Second, we identified collaborative work by veterinary researchers across disciplines and institutions. Using textual analysis tools and visualizations helped us illustrate and clarify this data. Lastly, we developed a methodology for defining an interdisciplinary serials list outside a subject core that can be customized for specific institutions and subject areas.

I found a cite to this through Gregory K. Youngen’s presentation at a recent Association of Interdisciplinary Studies conference.

Team Based Learning and Online Collaboration

The “Journal Club 2.0: Using Team-Based Learning and Online Collaboration to Engage Learners” in the latest issue of Academic Psychiatry discusses the addition of Team Based Learning and online collaboration to the Journal Club model of instruction. The article details the implementation of the program and reports on its utility in advancing student learning.

Touchet, B., Coon, K., & Walker, A. (2013). Journal club 2.0: Using team-based learning and online collaboration to engage learners. Academic Psychiatry: The Journal Of The American Association Of Directors Of Psychiatric Residency Training And The Association For Academic Psychiatry37(6), 442-443. doi:10.1176/appi.ap.13030041

Three articles in the Journal of the Medical Library Association

There are three relevant articles in the new October issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Creating shared campus experiences: the library as culture club
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 254–256. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.005

Librarians identify strongly with users, understand institutional culture and politics, have a commitment to academic and intellectual values, and show a readiness to collaborate with people within and outside of the institution 1. Their neutral and apolitical interactions with faculty and academic leaders are a critical strength. These are strengths that position librarians to be effective arbiters of the intellectual and cultural needs of a campus. With no particular agenda and the ability to see the big picture, librarians can assume the role of trusted third party in discussions between and among differing interests for the good of the campus.

Expanding roles in a library-based bioinformatics service program: a case study
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 303–309. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.012

The bioinformatics service program was established at the Norris Medical Library in 2005. As part of program development, the library assessed users’ bioinformatics needs, acquired additional funds, established and expanded service offerings, and explored additional roles in promoting on-campus collaboration.

Library-based clinical and translational research support
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 326–335. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.017

There has been a shift in the workflow at academic biomedical research and clinical care centers to promote more efficient clinical and community implementation of bench discoveries. Strong financial support for this effort is provided by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded to about sixty biomedical research institutions constituting the CTSA Consortium 1. CTSAs offer an opportunity to speed the translation of bench discoveries to improved human health by transforming the research enterprise at the local, regional, and national levels. These efforts include large-scale infrastructure projects, institution-wide coordination and provision of services, incentives to facilitate collaboration and team-based science, and education programs designed to train the next generation of researchers.

Leadership and collaboration within complementary and alternative medical programs

This article was recently published in Library Leadership & Management.

Collaboration in White Spaces: Librarians as Leaders in Evidence-Based Practice at CAM Institutions by Janet Tapper, Richard J. Severson, Noelle Stello, and Della Shupe.


White Spaces were first described by organizational change expert Gary Rummler in the 1960’s to describe zones where meaningful action takes place outside of the normal chains of command dictated by organizational charts. This paper identifies key concepts for leadership in the white spaces as relationality, unanticipated organizational intention, intention to change and mutual purpose. Librarians serving nine Complementary and Alternative Medicine programs found themselves using white space leadership tactics to promote information literacy and evidence-based practice skills in the wake of receiving R25 grants from the National Institutes of Health. Their training as librarians paralleled the unique skills required for white space leadership and allowed them to create new opportunities for library integration into the curricula and programs of their institutions. Three case studies highlight the challenges of curriculum and cultural change at these schools and the synchronous opportunity for library involvement in those shifts.

Academic Librarians and e-Science

This was presented at the 5th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Panel Discussion presentation: “Factors Leading to Successful Engagement of Academic Libraries in e-Science,” Mary E. Piorun, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

“This presentation provided an overview of her ongoing dissertation research on academic libraries and e-science, which explores: 1. How and why research universities and their libraries became engaged in e-science, 2. The structural and programmatic changes that have occurred in the library to provide e-science services and programs, and 3. The leadership necessary to bring about those changes.”

Medical Heritage Library

“The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries. The MHL promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Our goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen understanding of the world in which we live.”  The quote is from

New journal–The Journal of eScience Librarianship

I found out about this new journal today, The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB). The publication “is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.

They have two articles on collaboration in the first issue.

Communication, Collaboration & Collection Development

This looks pretty interesting.

Communication and Collaboration: Collection Development in Challenging Economic Times – Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries.  (Subscription required.)

Current economic challenges have had a profound impact on collection development, as a good budget has become one which merely remains flat in comparison to the many budgets which have been severely cut. While inflation has steadily eroded collection budgets for many years, the Great Recession exacerbated economic woes as both academic endowments and state tax revenues declined drastically. The Health Sciences Libraries of the University of Southern California address these difficult times by communicating and collaborating with colleagues, customers, and vendors.

E-Science Portal at the U. Mass Medical School

Purpose:  This poster focuses on the collaboration among science and medical librarians from multiple diverse New England research institutions in designing and aggregating content for an e-Science portal.

Brief Description:  This project is funded through a subcontract with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region. It is based on a collaborative framework consisting of a project advisory board, an editorial board of content editors, and a web development technical team. This comprehensive portal, aimed at librarians, provides news, links to annotated e-Science resources, and a discussion forum. Members of the portal editorial board include science and medical subject librarians identifying and aggregating content on e-science news/events, tutorials, and current practice accessible through the portal. Editorial librarians are developing a virtual community using social tools to foster discussion and collaboration among New England librarians interested in e-Science. This poster describes the planning process and the roles of the editorial team, project coordinator, and portal design team.

Libraries partnering with hospitals

Ellyn Ruhlmann from the Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library writes in American Libraries, “Libraries, Hospitals Join Forces to Promote Wellness.”

Waiting is never easy for a child. For a child in a hospital, though, it’s really a tough go. The looming surgery, the unfamiliar setting, even just the break in routine all pile on anxiety and make minutes seem like hours. Now many libraries are partnering with hospitals to help ease that anxiety as well as to hook these young captives on reading. The strategy sometimes offers a way to reach new patrons in literacy-challenged communities.