UNYOC Professional Development Award Blog Post – Nell Aronoff

Last week, I attended the MLA Annual Meeting in Seattle. I look forward to going to these annual meetings in order to see familiar faces, meet new colleagues, and learn about the exciting projects undertaken by medical librarians. Here are some of the highlights for me personally:

  • Scientist and adventurer Julie Angus delivered the John P. McGovern Lecture. With no rowing background, she set out to be the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Her preparation and determination helped her to complete a harrowing transatlantic journey through an unexpected hurricane and tropical storms.
  • Pamela L. Shaw from Northwestern University spoke about providing NIH Biosketch Support. This includes reviewing Biosketches and offering Biosketch classes. Librarians edit for grammar and formatting, make recommendations about citation impact statements, check citations for NIH Public Access Policy Compliance, and help researchers add manual citations, among other things.
  • University of Chicago medical student Riley Brian presented a lightning talk evaluating the impact of clinical librarians on inpatient rounds. He and his co-authors collected data for 50 days. Half of the time, a librarian was present on inpatient rounds. When the librarian rounded, the number of questions increased and the time spent discussing answers increased, however, the time spent rounding did not drastically increase. Promising evidence to show that librarians add value to clinical teams!
  • Mellanye Lackey from the University of Utah talked about how they built a systematic review service. Before they made changes, reviews were mixed quality, there was a no awareness of what librarians could do, and the amount of time spent on reviews was difficult to measure. Now there are 3 people, 2 working mostly full time, to support high quality systematic review searching. With processes in place, their work is more streamlined and consistent.
  • Clinical Rounding: Tips from the Field. UNYOC’s own Liz Stellrecht presented about her time in the dental clinic at the University at Buffalo. Liz and the other panelists spoke about their victories and challenges while embedded in clinical settings. The bottom line is that it helps to have a library advocate on the team or in the clinic to help get the idea of the ground!
  • At the Public Services Section meeting, members were asked to talk about innovative services at their libraries. Some examples are: a data visualization showcase, a blind date with a book, 3D printing, a fair use workshop/checklist, poster printing, proofreading and editing for medical residents, and a book exchange for medical students.
  • The city of Seattle!
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