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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
You probably know that the Mayo Clinic libraries maintain a large and diverse collection of materials, but did you know many of the libraries also have books on CD? If you’ve got a long commute, or are planning a road trip before the end of summer, consider checking out an audiobook. (more…)
Use Current Awareness (all links Mayo Clinic only) to:
- receive e-mail alerts when new journal issues are published & link directly to the full-text articles when on the Mayo Clinic network.
These e-mail alerts work on any device including desktops, tablets & smartphones.
- get a subject list of journals available in the Mayo Clinic Libraries.
- discover new journals in your subject area using the subject list of journals.
- find journals to publish your articles & research.
- link to journal publishers’ web sites for author instructions and more.
Facts about Current Awareness:
- users can select from over 3,000 journals.
- includes all of the journals in BrowZine plus many more.
- users have access to articles-in-press, seeing new articles before they are published.
- nearly 2,400 (and counting) Mayo Clinic staff, at all sites, are using Current Awareness to stay informed.
Top Ten Journals in Current Awareness – those with the highest number of Mayo subscribers:
- Harvard Business Review
- New England Journal of Medicine
- Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
- American Journal of Nursing
- Quality Management in Health Care
- BMJ Quality & Safety
- Journal for Healthcare Quality
- Mayo Clinic Proceedings
- Journal of Allied Health
and Colonial Library Services Staff
Patient Access Workstations (PAWS) allow patients and family members to have access to Mayo Clinic specific resources as well as access to the Internet to check email, print boarding passes, and the like. Located in the Patient Education Centers at both Mayo Clinic Rochester and Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Cancer Education Center in the Gonda Building , as well as remote locations throughout the Mayo Clinic Health System, the computers allow access to review various aspects of Mayo Clinic in one location. (more…)
Welcome back to our annual look at which eJournals and eBooks were the most highly accessed in 2012. (more…)
Nancy Moltaji spent some time visiting Tibet in June 2012. Seeing manuscript libraries in Tibetan monasteries piqued her interest in past history of the printed treasures and present day attempts to preserve them. Nancy presented a poster on the topic at the annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association this past fall and again at Mayo’s Festival of Cultures held in November 2012. (more…)
The “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit arrived in Jacksonville, Florida on January 26, 2013. Mayo Clinic in Florida played a large role in bringing the exhibit to Jacksonville, Florida. You may remember that it was also on view in Rochester, Minnesota in 2010 (http://liblog.mayo.edu/2010/08/05/race-are-we-so-different/). (more…)
In 2012, over 5500 new books were added to the collections. As usual, the Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care textbooks were some of the most circulated items, accounting for over half of the total new item circulation. (more…)
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Mayo’s integrated library system which initially included a suite of databases from Ovid Technologies, Inc. (previously known as CD Plus Technologies; Ovid is now owned by Wolters Kluwer Health) called “MayoSearch” and the Micromedex drug information system. (more…)
In June 2012, the Plummer Library launched an iPad lending program for Rochester-based employees and students. We initially started with 5 iPads and quickly acquired 5 more when more than 200 requests were submitted within the first two days. (more…)
In the study of some apparently new problems, we often make progress by reading the work of the great men of the past….
Charles H. Mayo, M.D.
From “Surgery of the Sympathetic Nervous System”
Ann. Surg., 96:481-487 (Oct.), 1932
The Center for the History of Medicine was created in 2006 with the following goals: to build the infrastructure necessary for the long-term preservation and archiving of Mayo’s historical materials, to coordinate the institution’s medical history activities, and to support historical research about the institution. The Center also provides resources to aid students, trainees and staff who wish to teach, research and write about medical history and to develop academically in the field of medical history. (more…)
The Board of Governors room, once used for meetings of Mayo’s Board of Governors, is situated in the Plummer Building (PL-3) midway between the former offices of Dr. Will and Dr. Charlie Mayo. (more…)
On Friday, October 19, 2012 the library staff said ‘good-bye’ to the Winn-Dixie Foundation Medical Library in the Cannaday building and ‘hello’ to the new Winn-Dixie Foundation Medical Library in the Stabile North building. The new library comes in at about 2,300 square feet which may seem small to some, but it packs a punch with help from some amazing views. (more…)
Internationally known participatory medicine advocate Dave deBronkart, Jr. or “E-Patient Dave” as he is widely known, was the keynote speaker on October 7, 2012 at the Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting entitled “Growing Opportunities” held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on October 6-9, 2012. (more…)
For as long as I can remember I have decorated cakes. I was a self-taught, learn from your mistakes decorator. Somewhere along the road it was decided that I should try to make money doing this so I started charging for cake orders which could be anything from a simple birthday cake to the fancier wedding cakes. Throw in hundreds of sheet cakes and after 10 years it became too much. I still liked decorating but I wanted to go back to the days when it was just a fun hobby. (more…)
Venables Health Sciences Library on Siebens 10 underwent a significant renovation over the summer to enhance the study environment for Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) students. Students had indicated on a past survey that they needed more quiet study areas and computers with extended hours of access. (more…)