- Rumbo a Rochester!
- Mayovox Newsletter (1949-1990): Online and Searchable
- The Library Values Integrity and Equity
- October is National Medical Librarians’ Month
- “Reimagining the Library in a Digital Universe” — Mayo Clinic Libraries All Sites Retreat
- Woods’ Hole Bioinformatics Course…Consider Expanding Your Bioinformatics Knowledge
- Retrieving e-Documents in Celsus; Modification to Allow Multiple File Downloads
- DSM-5: Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Now Available Online
- Mayo Historical Unit Update: Summer Intern; Transfer of RMH Archives
During the week of August 4, 2013 Plummer Library hosted two visitors from the Clínica Alemana in Santiago, Chile. Cecilia Pacheco, director of the Medical Information Center, and Mariela (Mely) Wijnant, Director of Medical Development, hosted me at their facility in March of 2009. Four years later we were able to host them in Rochester, Minnesota. (more…)
On November 26, 1949, a nameless newspaper published “by and for the men and women of the Mayo Clinic” made its debut. Its purpose was to foster the “simple, neighborly” inter-departmental contact and sense of “belonging” that many employees felt was disappearing as the size of the institution—1,500 allied health staff and 800 physicians at the time—continued to grow. (more…)
In today’s electronic world, some are inclined to think that libraries are simply unnecessary. Why bother having a library when everything is electronic? By extension the value of library staff may also be questioned. What indeed do libraries and their staff offer in today’s electronic world? The Library’s Value Statement (Mayo intranet) addresses some of these questionsand more recently a viewpoint article in JAMA (Sollenberger, JF, Holloway, RG Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care, JAMA September 25, 2013) addresses the value of librarians in patient care. In this brief essay, we offer some thoughts on the library and Mayo Clinic values of integrity and equity.
At the Mayo Clinic Libraries, one of the most important attributes of our work is integrity. All librarians adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, which inform our daily practice. These ethical standpoints, some of which will be outlined below, help the Libraries contribute to Mayo Clinic’s ethical standards in the clinical practice, education, and research shields.
Bias is a known problem in medical research reporting, but it unconsciously affects all of us in our daily decision-making. One of the tenets of the ALA Code of Ethics is that we, as librarians and other library staff, “distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere.” Though this is evidenced throughout the libraries, from the types and breadth of materials we collect to the organization of our website, perhaps the most clear-cut way that we demonstrate this ethic and help reduce bias is through our literature search service—and even more so with our participation in systematic reviews.
When librarians are asked to contribute to systematic reviews (Mayo intrantet), integrity is always a context. First and foremost, librarians performing systematic review searches do so without an inherent stake in the outcome of the systematic review. Unlike researchers who may have an interest in a topic, receive funding from a professional organization or a for-profit company and thus may unconsciously distort the search strategy to find a specific outcome, a librarian will design a search strategy to be thorough and comprehensive without bias towards the results. A librarian may also choose to have the search strategy peer-reviewed by another librarian, another added measure of integrity. This helps a systematic review be truly evidence-based, not opinion-based, as some clinical guidelines can be.
The Libraries also embrace equity — of electronic access and subject domain coverage. Sometimes it may seem as though a specialty or an area in Mayo Clinic does not have every journal or information resource available electronically. With the funds allocated to the Libraries, the Collection Development Committee, comprised of librarians across all Mayo Clinic sites, deliberates each year on what resources are most valuable to the institution as a whole. Equity across departments, specialties, and research areas matters in these decisions, as does empirical evidence of use and need. The Libraries need to be fiscally responsible and judicious with Mayo Clinic’s funds, while supporting the Clinic’s needs as comprehensively as we are able. This can also mean not requesting a free trial of an electronic publication when there is no intention to actually purchase access.
The Mayo Clinic Libraries have built a reputation based upon integrity, equity, and excellent resources and services — and always in the context of confidentiality, privacy, and putting the needs of the patient first.
Melissa L. Rethlefsen
Patricia J. Erwin
Mayo Clinic Libraries
The 2013 Library All Sites Retreat was held in the Plummer Hall Reading Room, Plummer Library in Rochester on October 7-8, 2013. Staff from the Mayo Library System including Mayo Clinic Arizona, Mayo Clinic Florida, and the Mayo Clinic Health System joined Rochester library colleagues and guest speakers from Mayo Clinic. The annual retreat is an opportunity for shared decision making, site and information system updates, and continuing education which this year was structured around the theme “Reimagining the Library in a Digital Universe”. Colleagues from Mayo Clinic Proceedings editorial office, Section of Scientific Publications, and Mayo Legal Department provided valuable insights and sparked discussion into the current and future state of journal and book publishing, editorial assistance including text-matching systems, and intellectual property and copyright in the digital age. Attendees were briefed on the research and development of Mayo Clinic personas (standardized categories of employees and students – Mayo intranet) which help inform development and modification of key information systems such as the Library’s website. A special feature for the 2013 All Sites Meeting was a panel of students and faculty members who were asked to address “What is a typical day like for you, from an information seeking perspective?” which provided an opportunity to hear a variety of learner and faculty perspectives. The panel included students in the Mayo School of Health Sciences (physical therapy and nurse anesthesia programs), the MD/PhD program (Mayo Medical School, Mayo Graduate School), Department of Nursing, and Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS). Updates were provided in the form of a “State of the Library” presentation from the director of libraries, and presentations on planning for Mayo Clinic’s 150th anniversary and Mayo Clinic Education’s “Top Priorities”. The retreat ended with a highly competitive Library Trivia Contest.
J. Michael Homan
Director of Libraries
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) sponsors a one-week intensive course on the role of bioinformatics in health care (more…)
Celsus is the Library’s electronic document delivery system which allows efficient delivery of requested resources – journal articles, book chapters and other library materials to your desktop. (more…)
ClinicalKey is an online point of care information resource available now to all Mayo Clinic staff, employees, students and faculty. ClinicalKey provides quick finding of clinical information in hundreds of Elsevier-published journals and books, practice guidelines, patient education, drug resources, and multimedia. For those who maintain content rich links web sites, links to full text books, journals and articles are easily embedded. For those who would like to learn more, please contact Library staff or view our Clinical Key guide . To start using ClinicalKey watch the demo.
DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is now available online. The DSM-5 is a critical resource for mental health professionals and this latest edition is the product of international experts in all aspects of the field. Mayo’s access to this online book is through our homepage “e-Books” or through the catalog’s keyword or title search on “Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders DSM-5”
The Mayo Historical Unit was fortunate to have Sam Edge as a summer intern, Sam is a 2013 senior from Stewartville High School. Sam works part time at the Stewartville Public Library so archival work was something new! (more…)
Healthy eating doesn’t have fall into a lifetime of boring, flavorless foods. The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook, Second Edition offers recipes that create dishes rich in flavor with nutritious ingredients that may actually lower your risk of developing many diseases, from heart disease to cancer.
The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook provides 50 new recipes based on the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid principles. While the pyramid was designed as a weight control tool, it also showcases eating wisely for better health. (more…)
PubMed now includes a new relevance sort option. The “Relevance” sort option will be available from the “Display Settings” menu under the “Sort by” selections.
NCBI has released a pilot version of a new service in PubMed allows researchers to post comments on individual PubMed abstracts. Called PubMed Commons, this service is an initiative of the NIH leadership in response to repeated requests by the scientific community for such a forum to be part of PubMed.
An updated version of TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) will be released in 2014. The new design will offer seamless navigation for non-professionals as well as professionals. The update will include a more current look and feel, improved interactive capabilities and a better integrated “All Search Results.”
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) are pleased to announce the selection of fellows and mentors for the 2013-2014 class of their jointly sponsored leadership program. This will be the twelfth LFP class.
2014 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Now Available
The Introduction to MeSH 2014 is now available, including information on its use and structure, as well as recent updates and availability of data.
Starting with the 2014 PubMed system in mid-December 2013, NLM will implement a new policy that allows publishers submitting XML citation data for MEDLINE indexed journals to submit Author Affiliations for each Author name, Investigator name or Corporate Author name.
Renee Ziemer, Coordinator of Mayo Clinic Historical Unit, became an Assistant Professor of the History of Medicine.
On Saturday, September 28, at the Annual Meeting of the Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing Alumni Association, Hilary Lane was nominated and accepted as an honorary member of the association. This honor was in recognition of participating in the storage of part of the nursing school’s library books in the History of Medicine Library, curating a permanent exhibit of nursing memorabilia, and helping produce a flyer accompanying the exhibit.
Lois Peterson, retired from her position as Circulation Librarian in Plummer Library on September 4, 2013.
Dottie Hawthorne will retire from her position in Plummer Library as librarian for Outreach and Mayo Authors Database on November 20, 2013.
Joe Esposito will retire from his position as librarian in the Samuel C. Johnson Research Library, Scottsdale on December 31, 2013.
Kubilius RK, Rethlefsen ML. One (online) site: a new paradigm for MLA concurrent session planning? In Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2013, October 6, 2013. Peoria, IL; 2013.
Björklund C, Homan JM. Mayo/KI libraries collaboration. Mayo Clinic/Karolinska Institutet Research Conference, September 28, 2013. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. (presentation)
Homan JM. State of the library. Mayo Clinic Libraries All Sites Retreat: Reimagining the Library in a Digital Universe. October 8, 2013. Rochester, MN. (presentation)
Ayaram D, Bellolio MF, Murad MH, Laack TA, Sadosty AT, Erwin PJ, Hollander JE, Montori VM, Stiell IG, Hess EP. Triple Rule-out Computed Tomographic Angiography for Chest Pain: A Diagnostic Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2013 Sep;20(9):861-71.
Puri K, Famuyide AO, Erwin PJ, Stewart EA, Laughlin-Tommaso SK. Submucosal fibroids and the relation to heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2013 Sep 27.
Domecq JP, Prutsky G, Mullan RJ, Sundaresh V, Wang AT, Erwin PJ, Welt C, Ehrmann D, Montori VM, Murad MH. Adverse effects of the common treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Oct 3.
Littleton DM. Death is due to lack of knowledge: Community practices of a successful multi-partnered health disparities intervention for low-income African Americans in South Carolina. PhD Dissertation, 2013.
Sam Edge is a 2013 senior from Stewartville High School, Stewartville, Minnesota. Karen Koka, Mayo’s archivist, explained archival processing to him and worked closely with Sam on recently transferred materials.
James Sponsel attends Simmons Graduate School in Boston, Massachusetts with a major in Library and Information Science. During his internship, James worked with Dottie Hawthorne and Dawn Littleton to draft the 2013 Mayo Clinic Libraries Quality and Impact Survey.