In 2001 a healthy volunteer signed up to take part In research at John Hopkins University in Baltimore in the United states. The study involved exposing subjects to hexamethonium, to which the volunteer had an adverse reaction, and died. In a subsequent investigation, it emerged that the researchers and the university had not known of published information about hexamethomium toxicity, which was readily available in the literature.
In response to this incident, the Medical Library Association set up a Task Force on Expert Searching, which produced a policy statement on the role of expert searching in health sciences libraries and organised a symposium on the subject, whose papers were published in Volume 93(1) of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (open access, as are all JMLA and BMLA articles)
CD-ROM databases, internet search engines and PubMed opened up searching to non-experts. Some proclaimed that mediated, expert searching was dead. Yet the market for the well-crafted literature search remains strong.
In 2019, 18 years after the hexamethonium incident, what is the future for expert search services and searchers?
Join us at 8 pm on Tuesday 19th February to discuss these questions.
We will be kicking off 2019 with a chat about supporting clinicians to find information on nutrition and healthy eating, enabling them to pass on high quality information to new patients. Celebrating the new year is quickly followed with an onslaught of health warnings, quick fix diets and articles on the negative effects of sugar in the media. Searching for evidence-based nutrition and health information can be a minefield.
Do you think that health information professionals have a role in helping clinicians and the public find this information? Is this something that you already do?
Join the ukmedlibs team on the 15th January at 8pm for a discussion on all thing healthy information!
The French word Noel is derived, via Old French, from the Latin, dies natalis.
Coca Cola started using Santa Claus in advertisements in the 1920s.
Liverpool Central Library won The Bookseller’s Library of the year award in 2018
Nina Browne, the inventor of Browne issue, spelt her name with a terminal e. (You nearly all got this right, unlike a certain eminent member of the profession whose name I will keep to myself)
Identify these items of library equipment. Due to a glitch in Google Forms, most of you coldn’t submit answers for the 3rd and 4th picture, so we didn’t score the answers for these. But they were, in order, a date stamp, a hole punch, paper clips and rubber bands
Match the cat to the #ukmedlibs team member: cat 1 was Sam’s Phoebe, cat 2 was Holly’s Lupin, cat 3 was Tom’s Percy and cat 4 was Lucy’s father’s cat Fluffy.
And the most difficult round, match the photograph to the classification they invented. The answers are:
Cyril Barnard, inventor of the Barnard classification (and after whom the Barnard prize is named)
Melvil Dewey – you nearly all got this one
Henry E. Bliss, who devised the Bliss Bibliographic classification
S.R. Ranganathan, he of the Colon classification (named after the punctuation mark, not the large intestine
Paul Otlet, a famous Belgian who, with Henri La Fontaine, devised the Universal Decimal Classifcaiton
Herbert Putnam who introduced the Library of Congress Classification at, surprisingly, the Library of Congress.
The two in this photograph who developed classifications are Eileen Cunningham, on the left, and Mary Louise Marshall, on the right, whom we have to thank for the NLM classification. In between them sits Janet Doe, after whom the MLA’s Janet Doe lecture is named. Read Brodman E. Mary Louise Marshall, 1893-1986. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1986;74(3):288–290 for more about these formidable women, and their sometimes difficult relationships with one another. “She could irritate everyone
without trying: she talked endlessly, and she thought your time should be her time.” I’m sure we’ve all had colleagues like that.
And finally, the transcript and analytics aren’t yet available. We’ll tweet when they are. We start 2019 with our first chat of the year on Tuesday 15th January, at 8pm. We’ll announce more details early in the new year. In the meantime, a happy Christmas to you all.
You have until 9 pm to complete them; and while you do, join us on Twitter at #ukmedlibs to chat about things professional. Then the quiz will close, a sophisticated algorithm (Tom) will harvest and mark your answers, decide on the winner, and announce the name. The winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher generously donated by EBSCO.
No Googling (How will we know? We’ll know, we assure you)
One entry each
There are no more rules
A happy Christmas to you all from the #ukmedlibs team: Holly, Lucy, Sam and Tom
We are proud to announce that the second annual #ukmedlibs Christmas quiz will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 18th December, and we are most grateful to EBSCO who have generously sponsored a £20 Amazon voucher for the winner.
To avoid skullduggery and googling, the questions will be made available on the night. See you there!
Discovery systems seem to be all the rage. Widely adopted in higher education libraries, and heavily promoted by vendors, some NHS libraries have installed a discovery system, though we have no information on their use in non-NHS, non HE health libraries, such as Royal Colleges, membership organisations and charities.
Knowledge for Healthcare commissioned Ken Chad to report on discovery systems for the NHS. His report, summarised in this Knowledge for Healthcare blog post, recommends a single national gateway to enable NHS staff to access trusted, high quality resources, services and support, and highlights the need to provide end users with a better experience, and to reduce the complexity of the existing infrastructure, which complicates access for end-users and carries high maintenance costs.
A little late, for which we apologise, but here’s the transcript and analytics for the very lively knowledge management chat on Tuesday. We hope it’s prepared you well for #Knowvember. Next month’s chat takes place at 8 pm on Tuesday 20th November, and will be on discovery tools.