March 2011, No. 115

President’s Page

When I was growing up, something about the springtime always made my parents start quoting poetry.  For my mom, it was always Tennyson’s “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” And for my dad, his favorite version of the whimsical little ditty:  “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers is?” - which I have to admit, sprang to my lips on Monday when I was backing down the driveway and noticed my daffodils had “popped” overnight!  I guess I’m carrying on the family tradition in some way, because my 7 year-old told me I say that every year!

The promise of spring and the earth’s awakening reminds me of the cycles of our CAHSLA year as well.  Soon, Amy Koshoffer will be heading up the Nominations and Elections Committee and will be contacting the membership to build the slate of nominees for our next election.  Please consider running for office or nominating another member for a leadership position.  Let’s all do our part to make sure CAHSLA continues to be a vibrant organization!

I want to thank Emily Kean and her Program Committee for continuing to provide us with quality meetings and thought-provoking topics for discussion at our COCLS gatherings.  I’ve always believed that the collaboration and collegial exchange of ideas among our members is one of the benefits of membership, and this continues to be the case!  Please see Emily’s submission in this newsletter for details about the remainder of our CAHSLA year.

I won’t be attending the MLA Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Minneapolis this year due to a scheduling conflict, so I’m counting on others of you who are going for updates, both professional and extracurricular!  The past several years, MLA has been making more and more meeting content available online for members who can’t attend the meeting, or want to access the material after the fact.  This year the cost is $100 if you register on or before May 16th, and this fee provides online access to audio sessions with electronic presentations, streaming video of keynote and other select plenary sessions, posters before, during, and after the meeting as well as access to the program and abstract book.  It’s a nice way to enjoy the benefits of attending without leaving your office!

Lastly, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy spring!  I hope that very soon the threat of snow will be a distant memory and spring will be in full bloom!

Regina Hartman

March Training Session ProQuest
Christ Hospital, March 16 2-4 p.m.
Trainer:  Edward Loera
Attendees:  8

This CAHSLA-sponsored training session was well-timed as the new ProQuest platform is being released.  Both old and new platforms are currently available to subscribers.  Use search.proquest.com to view the new platform (the latest versions of IE and Firefox are recommended).  Additional platforms optimized for mobile devices will be released later in the year. 
New or updated ProQuest features include:
* Citation saver using “my research” sign-in (which links to RefWorks if you are a subscriber)
* Command Line searching using field codes such as TI, AB, AU, BK etc…
* Look Up Citation box
* Figures & Tables search tab
* Autocomplete, RSS feeds, article translations, “see similar items”, etc…
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source updated features include many customized limiters, MeSH searching, and videos.  New platform support materials are available at this link: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/support/training/materials.shtml  Training webinars are listed for signup on the ProQuest main webpage under the Support & Training tab.

Program Planning Committee Update

Plans are currently being made for the April business meeting.  Watch your e-mail in the next week or so for an announcement with the date and location.

The last meeting for this year will be the annual summer picnic.  This year, we are planning to do a potluck and returning to the popular shelter at Drake Park.  Any other location suggestions are welcome!

Emily Kean

COCLS Update

The COCLS gatherings have been very well attended thus far.  The next meeting will tentatively take place in the month of May, between the CAHSLA business and summer meetings.  So far, we have discussed e-books and how technology has impacted our workflows.  For the next meeting, it was suggested we discuss electronic journal subscriptions.  Topics might include ERMS, A-Z lists, or patron access points.  Depending on the timing, the May COCLS meeting might also be a good time for an MLA meeting recap.

Amy Koshoffer and I have also been discussing developing a COCLS wiki to share the discussion with those not able to attend the meetings, as well as create a place to continuously update and share information.  Please drop me a line if you have any ideas for COCLS discussion or wiki topics: Emily.Kean [@] TheChristHospital.com

Emily Kean

Financial Report 2010-2011Year to Date
Checking Account              Balance as of 6/17/2010       $  179.62

            Dues (16 regular, 1 student)  $443.00
            Transfer from savings   $200.00
            Shipping Meredith’s books     $  14.60
            Findley Market Fund donation  $  75.00
            Oct meeting – food      $160.00
            Holiday party –games, door prizes   $  40.00
                                --donation to Taft Historical Site    $  75.00
                                --food, beverages     $138.18
                                       Balance as of 3/28/2011       $  319.84

Savings Account
                                       Balance as of 6/17/2010       $2581.43

            Interest – 9 mo.  $    2.10
            Transfer to checking    $200.00
                                       Balance as of 3/28/2011       $2383.53

                                       Balance as of 6/17/2010       $    35.52

                                       Balance as of 3/28/2011       $    35.52

Total Assets            $2738.89

Paid members
     Regular                      29
     Student                        1
Life members                  11
Total                               41

Submitted by:
Cathy Constance, Treasurer                                                               


OHSLA Spring Meeting

OHSLA is sponsoring a 4-hour MLA CE course entitled: “Copyright for Health Science Librarians”, presented by Anne Gilliland, Head of the Copyright Management Office at the Prior Health Sciences Library, OSU.   The CE course and spring meeting will be held on Friday April 15 at the recently-opened Heritage Center for Osteopathic Medical Education at Doctors Hospital in Columbus.  The registration deadline is April 8, 2011.  For additional information please go to the webpage http://www.ohslanet.org/events/announcement.html

If you go to the meeting, you might meet Heather Holmes, named by Library Journal as one of its 2011 Movers & Shakers.  Our OHSLA colleague from Summa Health System in Akron was singled out for her work in taking evidence-based resources on daily bedside rounds in her clinical medical librarian program.

Disaster Information from NLM

The National Library of Medicine has resources that may help with
understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan
earthquake, tsunami and possible nuclear power plant disruptions.
Resources from NLM, US federal agencies, and other key resources are
listed on the new topic page "Disasters in Japan 2011" at

For earthquake information for responders and health professionals, see
the "Earthquakes-Resources for Response and Recovery" page at

MedlinePlus has topic pages  on earthquakes and tsunamis in English and
Spanish. Although not intended to be specific to the current events in
Japan, these pages give background information for a general audience:


Clinicians who need to learn more about assessing and managing radiation
emergencies can turn to the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)
web site at http://remm.nlm.gov. Selected, key files from REMM are also
available for downloading on mobile devices from

For a general audience, see the MedlinePlus pages on:
Radiation Emergencies

Radiation Exposure

Submitted by Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

CAHSLA Colleagues

From Beth White:  Although I haven’t been to a CAHSLA meeting in years, I always read the newsletter.  I’m still working for Ethicon Endo-Surgery.  Johnson& Johnson decided to change the way they engage individual contractors.  A group of us who have been working independently for EES decided to form a company, called Septagon Research Group LLC, which began operation on January 1, 2011.  Five of us are researchers.  Suellen Fortine and I are local, the other three women in New Jersey, North Carolina and Florida.  Our two ‘User Administration’ colleagues provide  IT support and maintain the website of what was formerly the Information Resource Center.   We are an entirely women-owned enterprise!

At the same time, a reorganization at EES placed the information center function under a new group which includes a competitive intelligence component.  This is a very exciting opportunity.  Other good news – Cindy Meisner has moved back to Cincinnati from Michigan and is a manager in the CI department.

We (Septagon) have been so busy with all the issues of establishing a new business with 7 employees (I had no idea it would be so much work!) and working with EES to get the CI function going, plus getting a new client, that we haven’t had time to get our website developed yet.  My new business email is bwhite@septagonresearch.com.   

I feel so fortunate, especially in this economy,  to have this work, doing what I love. I live in Clifton, with my partner and only one dog (at the moment).  If I had my way I’d have 3 or 4 more running around!

Hope you are well.

Congratulations to Jennifer Heffron (TriHealth Bethesda)

Jennifer ran the 5K race for the American Heart Association’s Heart Mini Marathon on March 20.   I (Lisa McCormick) was at the event and saw Jennifer cross the finish line.  I got in touch with her to find out about her running.  She writes:  “I have been running for about a year now, and I have competed in two other 5K races.  The Heart Mini was my 3rd race.  For 2011, I have goals to run in the Hyde Park Blast in June (4 miles), and to complete the Thanksgiving Day 10K race!”  Way to go Jennifer!

Congratulations to Emily Kean (The Christ Hospital)

Emily Kean has been promoted to Electronic Resources Librarian.  Regina 
writes, "we are looking forward to her continued excellent contributions to 
the services we provide to The Christ Hospital community."

From Barbarie Hill:
One of the great benefits of being retired is having time to read a lot of books just for fun.  I received a Kindel as a retirement present at CCHMC, and I'm using it even more than I thought I would.  I have a subscription to the local newspaper on it, and it's great to get up in the morning and have the paper waiting for me to read with my coffee without having to trek out our driveway and down to the entrance of our lane to get a paper copy out of the mailbox.  Plus it goes with me whenever we're out of town.  I'm also getting more books on my Kindel than I might have in Cincinnati because I've found that the public library system here doesn't come close to what I was used to in Cincinnati.  Between PLCHC and OhioLink, I could get any book I wanted, but Charlottesville's Jefferson-Madison Regional Library just can't compare, and of course I no longer have access to a network like OhioLink (one small downside to being retired).

I'm still keeping up with the reading for my two book clubs in Cincinnati, plus I've added two more book clubs here in Charlottesville.  Recently I reread Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese which was published in 2009.  Many of you may have read it already, but if not, I highly recommend it, as well as an earlier memoir Verghese wrote titled My Own Country: A Doctor's Story.  He's a wonderful writer with a doctor's perspective.

In the Literature

Clinical librarians as facilitators of nurses' evidence-based practice.
Määttä S; Wallmyr G
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2010 Dec; 19 (23/24): 3427-34
Abstract: The aim of this study was to explore nurses' and ward-based clinical librarians' reflections on ward-based clinical librarians as facilitators for nurses' use of evidences-based practice. Nurses' use of evidence-based practice is reported to be weak. Studies have suggested that clinical librarians may promote evidence-based practice. To date, little is known about clinical librarians participating nurses in the wards. A descriptive, qualitative design was adopted for the study. In 2007, 16 nurses who had been attended by a clinical librarian in the wards were interviewed in focus groups. Two clinical librarians were interviewed by individual interviews. In the analysis, a content analysis was used. Three themes were generated from the interviews with nurses: 'The grip of everyday work', 'To articulate clinical nursing issues' and 'The clinical librarians at a catalyst'. The nurses experienced the grip of everyday work as a hindrance and had difficulties to articulate and formulate relevant nursing issues. In such a state, the nurses found the clinical librarian presence in the ward as enhancing the awareness of and the use of evidence-based practice. Three themes emerged from the analysis with the librarians. They felt as outsiders, had new knowledge and acquired a new role as ward-based clinical librarians. Facilitation is needed if nurses' evidence-based practice is going to increase. The combined use of nurses and clinical librarians' knowledge and skills can be optimised. To achieve this, nurses' skills in consuming and implementing evidence ought to be strengthened. The fusion of the information and knowledge management skill of the ward-based clinical librarian and the clinical expertise of the nurses can be of value. With such a collaborative model, nurse and ward-based clinical librarian might join forces to increase the use of evidence-based practice.

Implementation of evidence-based nursing practice: nurses' personal and professional factors?
Eizenberg MM
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2011 Jan; 67 (1): 33-42
Abstract: Aims. This paper is a report of a study conducted to explore the relationship between nurses' personal and professional factors and evidence-based nursing practice. Background. Like most health-related professions, nursing is shifting from the traditional intuition-based paradigm to evidence-based nursing practice. Methods. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2007 with a convenience sample of 243 nurses from northern Israel, who worked in hospitals or in the community. Associations between background variables and evidence-based nursing practice were examined. For the purpose of finding factors that predicted behaviour, a logistic regression analysis was conducted. Results. The self-reported professional behaviour of nurses with a degree was more evidence-based than that of those without a degree. Moreover, evidence-based nursing practice was more likely where there was access to a rich library with nursing and medical journals, and opportunities for working with a computer and for searching the Internet in the workplace. The variables emerging as predicting evidence-based nursing practice were: education, skills in locating various research sources, support of the organization for searching and reading professional literature, knowledge sources based on colleagues and system procedures (inhibiting variable), knowledge sources based on reading professional literature, and knowledge sources based on experience or intuition. Conclusion. The findings point to the need for research-based information, exposure to professional journals and, in particular, organizational support for evidence-based nursing practice.
Source:   http://evidencebasednursing.blogspot.com/

From the March 21, 2011 New York Times:
For Law Students With Everything, Dog Therapy for Stress
Black’s Law Dictionary? Check.
An Introduction to Legal Reasoning? Check.
Small, cute dog? Check.

Yale Law School, renowned for competitiveness and its Supreme Court justices, is embarking on a pilot program next week in which students can check out a “therapy dog” named Monty along with the library’s collection of more than one million books.
While the law school is saying little so far about its dog-lending program, it has distributed a memo to students with the basics: that Monty will be available at the circulation desk to stressed-out students for 30 minutes at a time beginning Monday, for a three-day trial run.
The school is not saying what sort of dog Monty is; what happens to him when school is out of session; or how Monty himself may be kept from becoming overstressed with all his play dates.
Monty, according to the memo to students, is hypoallergenic and will be kept in a nonpublic space inside the library, presumably away from those who don’t much like dogs.
For the rest of the story, go to:  Education Section The New York Times

Email Stereotypes:  What your email address says about you
From the Huffington Post March 11, 2011

“It can't be denied that people will judge you based on the email service you choose--whether it be Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail or AOL. Hunch, a web app that provides specialized recommendations, surveyed a group of their users to see which characteristics defined users of different webmail providers.”

Go to the full article for more details, but the following is a brief synopsis for the ‘handy guide’ you can find in the Huffington Post article.

“AOL users are most likely to be overweight women ages 35-64 who have a high school diploma and are spiritual, but not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, in a relationship of 10+ years, and have children. AOL users live in the suburbs and haven’t traveled outside their own country.”

“Gmail users are most likely to be thin young men ages 18-34 who are college-educated and not religious. Like other young Hunch users, they tend to be politically liberal, single (and ready to mingle), and childless. Gmail users live in cities and have traveled to five or more countries.”

“Hotmail users are most likely to be young women of average build ages 18-34 (and younger) who have a high school diploma and are not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, single, and childless. Hotmail users live in the suburbs, perhaps still with their parents, and have traveled to up to five countries.”

“Yahoo! users are most likely to be overweight women ages 18-49 who have a high school diploma and are spiritual, but not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, in a relationship of 1-5 years, and have children. Yahoo! users live in the suburbs or in rural areas and haven’t traveled outside their own country.”

Philip Pullman's call to defend libraries resounds around web                  
Impassioned polemic against closures picked up by thousands of readers         
"Leave the libraries alone. You don’t understand their value," said 
best-selling British author Philip Pullman.  Pullman was roused to 
the scorching critique by Oxfordshire county council's plans to stop 
funding nearly half of its 43 libraries, and instead hand them over to 
be run by community volunteers. The novelist compared the current 
cutbacks to the laying waste of the great Library of Alexandria in the 
4th century, reserving particular scorn for the idea of volunteer-run 
libraries, which he called "patronising nonsense". "Does he think the 
job of a librarian is so simple, so empty of content, that anyone can step 
up and do it for a thank-you and a cup of tea?," Pullman asked. "Does he 
think that all a librarian does is to tidy the shelves? And who are these 
volunteers? Who are these people whose lives are so empty, whose time 
spreads out in front of them like the limitless steppes of central Asia, who 
have no families to look after, no jobs to do, no responsibilities of any sort, 
and yet are so wealthy that they can commit hours of their time every week 
to working for nothing? Who are these volunteers? Do you know anyone who 
could volunteer their time in this way?"        
His speech can be found at:
Scientists have always been known for their selfless pursuit of knowledge. 
I guess this latest article adds to that reputation.
Testing the validity of the Danish urban myth that alcohol can be 
absorbed through feet: open labelled self experimental study.
BMJ. 2010;341:c6812
Authors: Hansen CS, Færch LH, Kristensen PL
To determine the validity of the Danish urban myth that it is possible to get 
+drunk by submerging feet in alcohol.
PMID: 21156749
CAHSLA Calendar 
April 15                OHSLA Spring Meeting.  Doctors' Hospital, Columbus, OH.
April ??                CAHSLA business meeting.  Time and date to be announced.
May 13-18            MLA annual meeting.  Minneapolis, MN 
June ??                CAHSLA end-of-year picnic.  Drake Park.  Date to be announced.