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Activities for Hospital Librarians, Year 3

Posted by on April 3rd, 2024 Posted in: Communities of Interest
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As we wrap up Year Three, Region 7 wants to update you on activities designed to meet the needs of hospital librarians. We recently distributed a feedback form through our new listserv for hospital librarians, and we are looking forward to sharing the results in early June.

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Since May 2023, we hosted the ClinicalTrials.gov for Librarians webinar.  Sixty of the 247 registrants (nearly 25%) were from Region 7. The National Library of Medicine launched a modernized ClinicalTrials.gov website in 2023, so attendees were grateful to learn about the updates.

In February 2024, we opened a three-month book discussion on The History of Medical Libraries and Medical Librarians, authored by Michael Kronenfeld and Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld. Eighty-five librarians registered for the book discussion, and 21% were from Region 7. Participants respond to discussion prompts in an online forum. To offer options for live discussion, we host Zoom meetings each month. Participants consider how this history could inform decision-making for their libraries and their careers. They are encouraged to share actionable steps in how they could improve library services.

One participant observed that “the growth of medical literature was a theme entwined with the increase of medical schools and the need of medical librarians.” Another commented “we can learn from this book that medical librarianship is evolving and adapting due to societal changes, technology, and war.” The Zoom sessions provide an opportunity for librarians to chat about their work and their mutual love of medical history (including medical librarian history!)

This summer, NNLM plans to launch a new Moodle course on the NIH Public Access Policy for librarians. The course will give an overview of the policy and the NIH Manuscript Submission Process. Librarians will learn how they can support researchers in managing compliance through NCBI and My Bibliography.

Palliative Care: Interdisciplinary Teams at End-of-Life

We would like to build upon the success of the book discussion group by offering a discussion of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. The discussion questions will prompt librarians to share how they support interdisciplinary teams and patient care. Look for registration information in Fall 2024.

HLAG Virtual Meeting: June 11, 2024 at 10:00am ET

Register here for our annual Hospital Libraries Advisory Group meeting. We will share what we are learning from Region 7, and talk about our training ideas. We will circle back to our discussion on DOCLINE and explore ways to make this critical service more efficient. This virtual meeting is an opportunity for you to connect with other hospital librarians in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. We hope you will join us!


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