December 2015, No.133

Later today UC Libraries will host our annual staff appreciation party. As 2015 comes to a close, I am glad that our traditions here at UC ask us to take time to reflect on our accomplishments and plan for the coming year. I personally am taking more time to reflect than usual as I prepare my dossier for reappointment to my position at UC Libraries. Though it is hard work to write about myself, it feels good to gather together the evidence of my work and accomplishments of the year.

I do not want to suggest that we all write a dossier at year’s end, but I suggest that we take time and reflect on our good work and note where our energies have gone over the past year. An artist friend said it feels good to “put on a show”. It is also a time to say what worked and what did not. Perhaps redirect focus to new areas of interest and move on from projects that need a missing resource we cannot provide. I know that I have projects that I will put on the back burner until time, energy or resources become available and in doing so; I can see other possibilities opening up. Overall I have the satisfying feeling I have worked hard and learned much this year.

It has been a great year of CAHSLA programming so far. We held our annual holiday party this past week and everyone in attendance enjoyed the time with CAHSLA colleagues. I heard much laughter and cheer as friends caught up with one another. A BIG Thank You to Sharon who renovated her living and dining rooms just for our party (really she did and the house looked great). And thank you to the cooks who prepared all the great food for our party. We took a break from the singing, and leaped right into the holiday trivial game. I noticed that I am a little rusty on my holiday trivia.

Next year…Looking forward to 2016, CAHSLA has several great programs coming up. I personally am very excited about the Clifton branch library tour in February and the tech convo in April. We are still looking for presenters for the tech convo, so please let me know if you are willing to give a 5-10 min talk on your favorite technology.

I wish all of you a great end to 2015 and hope you are celebrating your accomplishments with family, friends and colleagues who whole heartedly support you. And I wish you well for 2016.

Happy Holidays,
Amy Koshoffer

CAHSLA Holiday Party
December 15, 2015
Sharon Purtee's Home, 5:30-8:30 pm
Attendees: Amy Koshoffer, Lisa McCormick, Edith Starbuck, Don Jason, Jennifer Pettigrew, Regina Hartman, Emily Kean, Elaine Dean, Val Purvis, Bob Purvis, Jennifer Heffron, Sharon Purtee, Judy Ten Eyck

CAHSLA members gathered at the home of Sharon Purtee to celebrate the holiday season. The food was delicious, and we all admired each other's culinary skills. New children’s books (ages 5-12) were collected for the GLAD House, a Cincinnati non-profit that supports children of substance abusing family members. Afterward we played a Christmas trivia game. We thank Sharon Purtee for her hospitality and look forward to our next meeting at the Clifton Public Library on February 25th, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
Submitted by
Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary

Treasurer Report

 as of 9/28/2015 :
Membership Dues

Membership Meeting Costs

as of 12/18/2015:
as of 9/28/2015 :


as of 12/18/2015:
as of 12/18/2015:

14 Regular (Paid)
0 Student (Paid)
14 Life Members

Respectfully submitted,
Emily Kean

OHSLA Fall Meeting Report

The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association held its annual fall meeting on October 30, 2015 at the Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Regina Hartman (The Christ Hospital) and Lisa McCormick (The Jewish Hospital Mercy Health) attended the meeting. The campus in Dublin, Ohio is relatively new. The room our meeting was held in is one of several classrooms used for distance education for the College. The CE course, "Measuring What Matters to Stakeholders” was taught by Jacqueline Leskovec of the Greater Midwest Regional National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Plenty of time was allotted during the class for discussion and learnings from the participants.

During the business meeting, Clare Leibfarth described the efforts to date to plan for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association which will be held in Ohio. Librarians from across the state will be asked to join the various committees required to produce the annual meeting. Joining one of these committees will be a boon for anyone working on Medical Library Association AHIP credentialing. From experience being on a 2009 committee for the Columbus meeting of the Midwest Chapter, things went really well. It was a great experience being on a committee with colleagues from across the state. I want to encourage Cincinnati health information professionals and librarians to join a committee when the call is issued. We want to have strong Cincinnati representation on every committee.

Lisa McCormick

Congratulations to Emily Kean (Digital Services Librarian at the Boone County Public Library) were chosen as one of the founding members of the DPLA Curation Corps. DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) selected nine librarians and information professionals to curate the collection for the Open eBooks Initiative, which was announced by President Obama in April 2015, and is a partnership between three existing nonprofits (New York Public Library, DPLA, and First Book), with support from IMLS, and made possible by the generous commitments of multiple publishers. From the DPLA website: "Open eBooks adds to existing efforts to help kids develop a love of reading and discovery by making eBooks available to children and youth from low-income families." The Curation Corps was tasked with curating a collection of "diverse, compelling, and appropriately targeted ... titles—something for every child to read, learn from, and enjoy."

Amy Koshoffer reports: I attended the Midwest Data Librarian Symposium held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in Oct. It was a great event for learning about data management instruction, building partnerships with stakeholders, consulting on data management, curating data and meeting other librarians from the Midwest region. Here is the link to the content we created at MDLS 2015: http://dc.uwm.edu/mdls/2015/. Please follow up with me if you want to know more about the conference or just talk data. And, I will be attending the Geo4Lib camp https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Geo4LibCamp+2016 sponsored by the Geo-Spatial interest group of Project Hydra. The camp will be held in Palo Alto, CA in January 2016. UC Libraries in partnership with the UC department of Geography is developing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support services. As part of these services we are exploring how researchers can curate, discover and showcase geospatial data in our institutional repository Scholar@uchttps://scholar.uc.edu/.

Lisa McCormick (Jewish Mercy) reports that Sophia passed the Therapy Dogs International certification test in August. Since being certified, Sophia and Lisa have been visiting the residents of Brookdale Senior Living in Edgewood, Kentucky. Sophia is pictured in her Halloween attire as a good witch. Despite Lisa’s trepidation about dressing Sophia in the costume, all of the residents in the memory care unit were utterly delighted to see the little witch strutting down the halls!
The Librarian in 2020 | Reinventing Libraries
Library Journal decided to explore the future through imagined job descriptions. If you have been in the profession for a while, you can see segments of things that look familiar, melded with “novel and even surprising elements.” According to the authors, “When we began to think about the future of libraries, we thought it might be interesting to approach the future from the types of jobs that could be in libraries in the next ten years, basing our future descriptions on the following trends: (1) information everywhere, (2) continuing increase in use of mobile and embedded technology, (3) rise of social knowledge, (4) longer living and the emergence of lifestyle design, and (5) integration of robotics into the world.” 

Peer-Review Fraud — Hacking the Scientific Publication Process
Charlotte J. Haug, M.D., Ph.D. authored a 'Perspectives' article the December 17 issue of New England Journal of Medicine on the continuing problem of scientific fraud.

Haug offers several lessons to be learned from the latest revelations from BioMed Central and Hindawi on the large-scale fraudulent papers these organizations uncovered in her perspective piece. According to Haug, the ‘publish or perish’ mentality is one of the factors still at play in the scandal. See the article for Haug's lessons.

Impact Evaluation of Clinical Librarianship
A British colleague recently authored a paper on evaluating the impact of clinical librarians.
The impact of the clinical librarian: a review By Tom Roper. Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service, Brighton, United Kingdom. Abstract: The historical development of clinical librarian roles is outlined. Recent literature on the impact of clinical librarian services is described, the practical difficulties of impact evaluation discussed, and some suggestions of future trends suggested. http://eahil.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/journal-4-2015-web.pdf

Music Librarians Featured in Enquirer Story
“Since summer, three librarians at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra have been up against a daunting deadline. They are trying to put up to a million pieces of music into as much order as possible by Monday, when it all has to be moved out of Music Hall to prepare for the historic hall’s renovation in June.” For the full story see Packing up to preserve a musical treasure

What Libraries [Can] Still Do
Jack Gleick at the New York Review of Books reflects on the tensions managers of physically housed libraries are facing from information technology as he reviews John Palfrey’s new book, BiblioTech. “I’m an optimist. I think the pessimists and the worriers—and this includes some librarians—are taking their eyes off the ball. The library has no future as yet another Internet node, but neither will it relax into retirement as an antiquarian warehouse. Until our digital souls depart our bodies for good and float away into the cloud, we retain part citizenship in the physical world, where we still need books, microfilm, diaries and letters, maps and manuscripts, and the experts who know how to find, organize, and share them. In the midst of an information explosion, librarians are still the most versatile information specialists we have. And the purest.”

Report: Hospitals are breaking the law by not reporting clinical trial results
Federal law requires institutions - including hospitals - to report the results of clinical trials, but reporter Charles Piller [STAT News] found that most do not report the findings of their trials.

Piller examined reporting data for 98 institutions and 9,000 clinical trials that are subject to the federal disclosure law. "The investigation found that most research institutions routinely failed to report eligible trial results to ClinicalTrials.gov, or reported the results after the deadline. In some cases, trial results that were not submitted included information about severe side effects of experimental drugs and other data potentially useful to patients and providers. The worst offenders included four of the top 10 recipients of medical research funding from NIH, which disclosed research results late or not at all at least 95% of the time since reporting became mandatory in 2008."

You can read the report http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/13/clinical-trials-investigation/


“Unsettling” Memoir and the War on Cancer
The New Yorker has reviewed Vincent T. DeVita’s explosive memoir, The Death of Cancer. DeVita, the former head of the National Cancer Institute, "has written an institutional history of the war on cancer. His interest is in how the various factions and constituencies involved in that effort work together—and his conclusions are deeply unsettling." For the full book review consult The New Yorker. For another review, consult The New York Times .

Memorable Healthcare Quotes of 2015 From Becker’s Hospital Review On the record: 50 best healthcare quotes of 2015:

"Bob Dylan, to improve my language skills, I've read all your lyrics. I can read 800 million pages per second. My analysis shows your major themes are time passes and love fades." IBM Watson, artificial intelligence robot that moved into health IT this year, on Bob Dylan's repertoire

"I have this fundamental belief the infrastructure of healthcare is obsolete. It's all pre-Internet. But because we love healthcare and because it's a public good, we create a regulatory environment where it's hard for it to die." Jonathan Bush, cofounder, CEO and president of Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth National Healthcare Innovation Summit in June

"Approach it like just another dog and pony show. You'll be able to handle it. I leaned on that a whole lot more early in my career than I do today, but it's simple advice that anyone can use in a variety of settings — calm down, take a deep breath and go." Kevin Lofton, CEO of the Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, on how to manage uncertainty

Who’s In Charge? A Truly Hair-Raising Answer! What do Zorro, Tarzan, and the Three Musketeers have in common? If history and legends are correct, mustaches. Additionally, they could be welcomed by an elite group of medical school leaders who outnumber women in leadership roles in top U.S. institutions.

A recently published British Medical Journal study reports on the results of an analysis of the photos of 1,018 medical department leaders from top U.S. medical schools funded by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found 190 were mustachioed men and 130 were women. This equates to 19 percent men with mustaches and 13 percent women. Wehner MR, Nead KT, Linos K, Linos E. Plenty of moustaches but not enough women: cross sectional study of medical leaders. BMJ. 2015 Dec 16;351:h6311. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h6311. PubMed PMID: 26673637

10 most-Googled symptoms of 2015
In February Google launched its health conditions feature allowing users to ask about common health conditions. An expanded and updated health information search was introduced in September with collaboration from physicians from Google and Mayo Clinic to validate the information.
1. Flu
2. Gallbladder infection
3. Measles
4. Listeria
5. Sinus infection
6. Gastritis
7. Anxiety attack
8. H. Pylori infection
9. Heat stroke
10. Lactose intolerance

Best Medical Inventions of 2015 TIME has released its annual list of the year's best inventions -including several related to health care. The items below are taken verbatim from the website:

· Clean water, from a book: People in developing countries can use the Drinkable Book's thick pages—which also contain instructions—to filter water. In testing, the filters killed more than 99% of bacteria, and researchers are exploring whether they can kill other contaminants like viruses, too.

· Personal gluten sensor: 6SensorLabs' Nima gluten sensor, which starts shipping next year, takes the guesswork out of knowing if your food is gluten free, TIME says. Drop a small sample of food or drink into the device's well and—in as little as two minutes—the test is complete.

· Cloud-powered stethoscope: The Eko Core stethoscope attachment transmits heartbeat data to the cloud. Physicians can analyze the data with a smartphone app, which compares the data with previous recordings to spot problems like heart murmurs.

Dictation Mistakes – The gift that keeps on giving He is concerned because the eyelids are old and had been in the refrigerator for a long time.
Chief complaint: “increased worriation”
Heart: “holy systolic murmur”
Patient expired and was discharged home
Patient sitting up comfortably, eating her lung
89 yr female with history of remote middle cerebral ornery smoke
Borderline respectable pancreatic cancer
Patient discharged home with hot mother
This is a 981 year old female with a host of medical problems

The patient was breathing heavily with no signs of respiration
No complaints, patient is friendly in bed

Was This Gift Under Your Tree?
Keeps food chilled while keeping lunch thieves away. Only $12.99 at fine retailers.


Feb 25, 2016 – CAHSLA - Clifton Branch Library Tour – 5:00 pm Presentation and Business Meeting to follow

April 13, 2016 – CAHSLA - Tech Convo- UC HSL Library 5-7 pm – Members and Invited guests present Lightning Talks on Favorite Technology Tools

May 13 – 18, 2016 – MLA Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON Canada

June – CAHSLA - Picnic – Date/Time/Location – TBA

Oct 21 - 25, 2016 - Midwest Chapter MLA - Joint Meeting with Midcontinental Chapter Des Moines, IA


September 2015, No. 132

Welcome to the new CAHSLA season, and are we off to a great start! Many kudos go to the program committee for the pre-start preparation and work. The committee is chaired by Jennifer Heffron and members are Sharon Purtee, Val Purvis, Lisa McCormick and myself. Also thank you to all who will serve on the executive committee this year.

The members are Jennifer Pettigrew (Secretary), Emily Kean (Treasurer /Membership Chair/Technology Co-Chair), Amy Koshoffer (President/Web Mistress/Technology Co-Chair), Jane Thompson (Archivist), Lisa McCormick (Chronicle CAHSLA Co-Editor), and Barbarie Hill (Chronicle CAHSLA Co-Editor)

We held the membership meeting at the Lloyd Library and Museum. I had not been to the Lloyd in some time, and visiting reminds me that I need to get there more often. The library is such a wonderful resource with an amazing unique collection on subjects such as natural history, botany, pharmacy, medicine, scientific history and visual arts. It is truly a gem in our city. I love the way the exhibits are arranged in the space, and are a blend of the modern botanical resources with the historical scientific equipment and wonderful Cincinnati culture. I love, love the Wolfgang Ritschel stained glass pieces that hang above the Rieveschl History of Pharmaceutical Chemistry exhibit. Thank you CAHSLA for getting me back to the Lloyd.

I was very excited to see new faces at our first meeting. Boy they got to see a different side of us. I think that though slightly unconventional, our “speed dating” session at the Lloyd was great fun. The energy was high as was the conversations and I know it is going to be that kind of a year.

We have more great meetings planned, a mix of social and educational. Most are already up on the website, so check out what is coming. Oct 21st is our next meeting and we will hear a fun (yes I said fun) talk on cybersecurity.

I realized that I have an anniversary at CAHSLA this year. 11/30/2015 will be my ten year anniversary as a member. The years have flown by and I am still learning from my CAHSLA colleagues and loving the time I spend with them.

(Whew…glad I got my letter in, now just need to remember to pay my dues….thank goodness Emily made that possible with the click of a mouse…it is just so easy to be a member)

See you at the next meeting.
Amy Koshoffer, President

Secretary’s Report

CAHSLA Annual Membership Meeting
September 23, 2015
Lloyd Library & Museum, 5:30-7:30 pm

Attendees: Amy Koshoffer, Lisa McCormick, Edith Starbuck, Don Jason, Jennifer Pettigrew, Regina Hartman, Jennifer Steinhardt, Emily Kean, Elaine Dean, Sandra Mason, Val Purvis, Jennifer Heffron, Alex Herrlein, Judy Ten Eyck, Brigid Almaguer, Mary Kroeger Vuyk

The new association year began at the Lloyd Library & Museum with a presentation by Anna Heran, Exhibits Curator, and Education & Outreach Coordinator, and Alex Herrlein, Librarian/Office Manager and fellow CAHSLA member. We learned that the Lloyd Library & Museum has the largest medicinal collection in the Western Hemisphere. It was especially entertaining to learn about the eccentricities of the Lloyd brothers, particularly Curtis. It is fair to say that the presentation was enlightening for old and new visitors alike. Afterwards, Amy Koshoffer and current officers introduced themselves. Emily Kean reported that we have over $2000 in the bank. The evening concluded with a "Speed Dating" session to get to know other members. Based on the decibel level in the room, people seemed to enjoy themselves. The next CAHSLA program will be on October 21, 2015 – Information Security: David Baker of UC College of Medicine IT will discuss keeping your information safe in a talk entitled “Don’t Get Hacked”. 4:00 pm Room 480, University of Cincinnati, Langsam. Hope to see you there!

Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary

Treasurer’s Report

CHECKING BALANCE as of 6/30/2015 : $2,316.04

Membership Dues $250.43


Membership Meeting Costs $117.54


CHECKING BALANCE as of 9/28/2015: $2,448.93

CASH BALANCE as of 6/30/2015 : $19.44



CASH BALANCE as of 9/28/2015: $19.44

TOTAL ASSETS as of 9/28/2015: $2,468.37

10 Regular (Paid)
0 Student (Paid)
14 Life Members

Emily Kean, Treasurer

Membership Renewal Now Due

Annual CAHSLA membership dues can be submitted with a check made payable to CAHSLA by printing and mailing the membership form. For a small convenience fee ($1.50), you can also now pay online with a credit or debit card using PayPal.

Emily Kean, Membership Chair

Book Review

Have you ever heard of Dorothy Parker? If not, I bet you have heard or read her thoughts. I just read her recent biography, The Last Days of Dorothy Parker: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendship (a Penguin
Classics Special), by Marion Meade, c.2014. It is a quick read and flows with factual honesty. Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893June 7, 1967) was an American critic, poet, short-story writer, and screenwriter. I would say her best known work is the screenplay, A Star is Born, but she also wrote so many literary works that her witticisms have become imbedded in our culture. For instance, she wrote, “Men never make passes at girls who wear glasses.” Have you heard that one? How about, “I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” Okay, so she can be pretty grim, rude even, but she also hit the nail on the head time and time again.

She worked in both NYC and Hollywood and earned spectacular salaries. In the late 1920’s she signed a contract for $1200 per week which, within a few years, quickly doubled to $2500 per week – and this during the Great Depression. At her peak she was pulling in $5,000 or more a week. Along with those salaries and her notoriety came the best designer clothes, limousines, furs, Champaign, caviar, and all the parties with all the rich and famous. After going on trial for suspicion of being a member of the Communist Party and her subsequent blacklisting sent her back to New York City, her income dropped drastically but not her lifestyle.

Despite her explicit instructions that she have no memorial service, no funeral, and no burial, her best friend of 30 years and the executor of her estate, Lillian Hellman, threw a star-studded memorial service attended by over 150 of Dorothy Parker’s friends and fans. The New York Times gave her a front page obituary [http://www.dorothyparker.com/nytobit.html] in appreciation for her contributions to the New Yorker magazine from its inception in 1925 until 1957.

How did Lillian Hellman come to be her best friend, her executor, and still ignore her final wishes? Well, that story is in there.

Needless to say, I am now a Dorothy Parker fan and I wouldn’t be surprised if you became one too.

Submitted by Val Purvis

Holiday Book Collection – Continuing Our Tradition

CAHLSA has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy for young children through our annual holiday book drive. Please nominate an organization that serves children and has a reading/book-giving program to  be the beneficiary of our book collection. Feel free to contact any member of the executive committee (Amy Koshoffer, Emily Kean, Jennifer Pettigrew, and Jennifer Heffron) with your recommendation.  Please do this soon - the holidays are fast approaching!
 Join Us for Our Next Education Program

Don’t Get Hacked

Presented by David Baker, UC College of Medicine IT
Date: October 21, 2015
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: UC Langsam Library, 480 Langsam (very back of Library – just behind the Triceracopter Sculpture)

Parking: Paid parking is available in the Woodside Garage or Campus Green Garage. Free parking is on Martin Luther King Drive or Clifton Ave.

Map of UC campus: http://www.uc.edu/content/dam/common/docs/maps/campus_map_west.pdf

David Baker, UC College of Medicine IT will discuss information security tips to keep your information safe. Mr. Baker began his career at UC in January 2004 as a computer support tech in the Department of Internal Medicine. He later became a web developer for the department and is currently serving as the Information Security Officer for the College of Medicine. He has worked in the computer industry for over 30 years, including stints at NCR, Proctor and Gamble and Enerfab Industries. His current interests include 3-D printing, ham radio, model railroading and greyhound rescue. He has achieved the rating of ‘Extra” as a HAM radio operator. He is currently working on a CISSP certification. He enjoys camping and archery with his wife, Julia; son, Thomas Michael; and greyhound, Lucy.  

2015-2016 Programs Information

For information on 2015-2016 CAHSLA programs, consult our website for updated information: http://www.cahsla.org/upcoming-events

December – Holiday Party – Date/Time/Location – TBA

February – Clifton Branch Library Tour – Feb 25th 2016 – 5:00 pm Presentation and Business Meeting to follow

April – Tech Convo – NLM Mobile Apps – Don Jason Clinical Informationist UC Libraries Date/Time/Location – TBA

June – Picnic – Date/Time/Location – TBA

Fall OHSLA Meeting

Registration for The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) Fall 2015 Meeting is now open! It will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 in Dublin, Ohio (northwest side of Columbus) at the new Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin Campus. Our presenter will be Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region. She will be speaking about Measuring What Matters to Stakeholders: How can we get decision makers to understand the value that knowledge managers and information professionals bring to their organizations?

Registration will close on Friday, October 16!

OHSLA Fall 2015 Meeting
Friday, October 30, 2015
9:15 AM - 3:30 PM

CE Class: Measuring What Matters to Stakeholders
How can we get decision makers to understand the value that knowledge managers and information professionals bring to their organizations? Measuring what matters to key stakeholders is one step in the process. This workshop will provide a framework for defining and communicating meaningful measures and offer an opportunity for participants to sample some tools that will help them demonstrate how their services make a difference to the organization. 4.0 CE contact hours awarded

Instructor: Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine/ Greater Midwest Region

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin Campus
Medical Education Building 1, Room MEB1-431
6775 Bobcat Way
Dublin, OH 43016

** Please be aware that there is extensive construction at I-270 and US 33/161. Traffic patterns have changed and your GPS is probably unaware of this. If you are coming from the East on US-161/Bridge Street in Dublin, the bridge over I-270 is closed and you will have to detour via Post Road/Perimeter Drive. Please allow extra time as traffic in this area can be extremely congested, especially during rush hour. For more details on the construction in this area, please visit I-270/33 Interchange Construction.

For more directions, contact Pam Dixson at (614) 793-5561

Breakfast and Lunch
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be a vegetarian option.

If you need overnight accommodations, the closest hotels are at 161 and Frantz Road just to the east of the I-270 interchange. Hotels.com Listing

Lunch/Business Meeting only - $15.00
Members - $40.00
Library Student (Non-members) - $45.00
Non-members - $55.00

If you are writing a check, please make it out to "OHSLA," and mail to:
Antoinette Pallotta
OHSLA Treasurer
3603 Delamere Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43220 



Several CAHSLA colleagues - Lisa McCormick (Jewish Hospital HSL) and Emily Kean (Boone County PL) – plan to volunteer at the 9th annual celebration of books and authors, Books by the Banks http://booksbythebanks.org/ on October 17th. Books by Banks is supported by libraries, literacy groups, book publishers and others who are inspired by books and reading. More than 100 authors will be in attendance talking about the writing process and answering all your questions. It is a great opportunity to meet local authors. I am sure all age ranges will find something of interest.

Amy Koshoffer, University of Cincinnati, will be attending the first Midwest Data Librarian Symposium October 14-16th in Milwaukee, WI. It will be an unconference focusing on issues in data management. Amy will also participate in the Ohio Institutional Repository Day at the State Library of Ohio October 23rd.

Mary Piper (retired UC HSL) has a new title: grandmother. Mary writes, "Our daughter, Elizabeth, had a baby girl, Piper Lucia Moore, on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at 9:15 a.m." Congratulations! 

Barbarie Hill (retired CCHMC) has joined the Reading Circle for the Festival of the Book sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and held in Charlottesville in March every year.  The Reading Circle is a group of volunteers who read and critique all of the 400-500 books submitted for inclusion in the dozens of events during the five-day festival.   "I've enjoyed reading so many new books in many genres, and only two or three of the ones I read are duds."  Barbarie also attended a Sound of Music sing-along with her grandchildren, daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law's mother costumed in sailor outfits with handmade collars.  The Hills are Alive ...

Jane Thompson (retired UC HSL) writes "now entering my second year of Polish language lessons. Our text is called Polish in 4 Weeks, which we in the class find a hilarious title. I also have taken up several classes offered through Olli, a wonderful institution. One of the classes is at UC, so I am reacquainted with the shuttle bus system. Our older daughter, Gillian, recently completed a big project at Lower Price Hill Community Center, which used to be St Michael's Catholic Church. Gillian restored or replaced a total of 12 stained glass windows which were in dire need of repair. At the formal opening of the community center everyone was bowled over by the effect of these beautiful windows, glowing even on a gray rainy day. And our other daughter, Jennifer, will be coming with her husband Jacek from Poland to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. Our lives are still busy!"  


Back issues of the CAHSLA Chronicle from 2001 to 2008 were recently added to the CAHSLA website: http://www.cahsla.org/archives/chronicle-archives

New MLA Social Platform

For those of you MLA members, you can read the post on how to update your profile http://www.mlanet.org/p/fo/st/post=130#p130, and continue the conversation.

It says:

"Please take a moment to review your profile and make changes to your “My Page”! Your “My Page” determines what other members can see about you.

We were unfortunately not able to transfer your directory settings to the new system. Every system differently manages/makes assumptions about how addresses appear and what they are used for, and every member has different settings as to which address--home or work--is used for mailing or directory (or both). We were not able to find a “one size fits all” solution, unfortunately, in the transition between one system to the next.

To quickly change what others see: in “My Options” below your name in the upper right, you can choose to immediately go to your profile or your “My Page.”

On your My Page, select the “dot-dot-dot” and choose “Edit visibility settings.” Here you can select which items you want other MLA members to see. Remember: no personal information is visible to the general public."

Kevin Baliozian
MLA Executive Director

NLM Citing Medicine Style Guide Updated

From the NLM Technical Bulletin, Jul-Aug. 2015. Citing Medicine has new examples.

Over forty new examples have been added throughout Citing Medicine
( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/) , the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers. New references are for datasets, data repositories, ahead-of-print articles, and more. Corrections and clarifications were made based on user feedback or our own quality assurance efforts. Almost every chapter and two of the appendixes were edited and a new foreword
( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK310495/) was added. The full list of changes is available in the Content Updates
( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK24595/) appendix.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/ (link to book itself)

Free Ebook for Librarians

Elsevier is making freely available for download the book Facing Contemporary Challenges in Librarianship. 

 ALA Updates Health and Medical Reference Guidelines

Thanks to Brigid Almaguer (Cincinnati State) for alerting us to the updated Health and Medical Reference Guidelines from the American Library Association’s Health and Medical Reference Committee. The guidelines first appeared in 1992 from the Standards and Guidelines Committee, Reference and Adult Services Division. “The purpose of these guidelines is to assist staff in responding to health or medical inquiries. For staff who rarely answer medical questions, the Guidelines are intended to assist staff to be prepared and feel confident that they are providing the best possible response. For staff who regularly answer medical questions, the Guidelines are intended to ensure that reference skills are well-rounded.”

Librarian Uses “Cutting Edge Data”

A recent online newsletter from the Department of Labor nicely highlights the work of a California Kaiser Permanente medical librarian Rachel Stark’s contribution to improved patient care.

25th Annual Ig Nobel Awards Announced

“The Annals of Improbable Research has recognized 10 "improbable" research projects, including on the "law of urination" and how childhood natural disasters affect executives later in life.

The 2015th annual Ig Nobels were announced at an awards ceremony at Harvard University. The awards —which were distributed by Nobel Prize winners — “recognize unique scientific breakthroughs that" first make people laugh, then make them think.

This year's recipients include:

· Medicine prize: Two groups of researchers received this award for their findings on the health benefits of "intense kissing and other intimate personal acts." A study by Japanese scientist Hajime Kimata on 60 patients—half of whom were allergic to cedar pollen and half of whom had atopic symptoms—found that patients kissing their significant others for 30 minutes in private while listening to soft music reduced their allergic reactions.

· Diagnostic medicine prize: Researchers were awarded this prize for a study finding that not experiencing pain while driving over a speed bump can be a "good rule-out test" for whether a person has appendicitis, according to co-author Helen Ashdown.

· Biology prize: This prize was awarded for a study finding that attaching a weighted artificial tail to a chicken leads it to walk in a similar manner to the way dinosaurs are believed to have walked.

· Physics prize: The award went to team of physicians who say they found "the law of urination": that almost all mammals empty their bladders in approximately 21 seconds, give or take 13 seconds.

· Management prize: The recipients of this prize published a study concluding that business leaders, such as Apple's Tim Cook, that experienced natural disasters in their childhood that did not have "dire personal consequences" for them take on more risk during their careers, while those more directly affected take on less risk.

· Mathematics prize: This award went to researchers who calculated whether it was possible—and how it could have happened—for the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty, to father 888 children between 1697 and 1727. They determined it was possible, but took "a lot of work"

Source: Associated Press/The Patriot-News, 9/18; Yuhas, The Guardian, 9/17; Hongo, "Japan Realtime," Wall Street Journal, 9/18; Moyer, "Morning Mix," Washington Post, 9/18.

“A little help, please”

"Medieval helpdesk with English subtitles" (it's in Norwegian) as they try to learn how to turn the pages in a book.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ

The Top Five Doctor Lies

Yes, occasionally doctors tell an untruth (also know as a lie), usually with the best of intentions. Here are the top five.

(1) “I’ll be there soon.”

(2) “I’ve seen this hundreds of times.”

(3) “I’ll be done here in 20 minutes.”

(4) “I’ll send a note to your referring doctor tonight.”

(5) “This won’t hurt a bit.”

Profound Questions to Ponder

· If a turtle loses his shell, is he naked or homeless?

· Are vegetarians allowed to eat animal crackers?

· What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

· Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

· Why is the word abbreviation so long?

More Reasons to Proofread Your Dictation

· Pancreatitis of unknown ideology.

· The patient has had a hard time breeding (breathing).

· Preoperative Diagnosis: Humorous Fracture.

· Discharge diagnosis: Delivery of the abdomen.

· The patient’s gait is normal. I am able to stand on her toes.

· If he squeezes the back of his neck for 4 or 5 years it comes and goes.

· Her menses have been irregular during the pasta year.

· Diagnosis: Hunting stents in Korea.

Really Specific ICD-10 Codes

· W61.12 Struck by Macaw

· W61.01 Bitten by parrot

· V97.33 Sucked into jet engine

· W56.22 Struck by Orca, initial encounter

· W56.32 Struck by marine mammals

· W56.11 Bitten by Sea Lion

· V9542XA Spacecraft crash injuring occupant, initial encounter

· V96.00XS Unspecified balloon accident injuring occupant

· V0001XD Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with roller-skater, subsequent encounter

· Y92146 Swimming pool of prison as the place of occurrence of the external cause.

Final Thought

"Every show will go off the air eventually, with the exception of Jeopardy, and I'll tell you why. The sun could burn out, humanity could flee to another galaxy, time as we know it could cease to exist, but Alex Trebek will still be there scolding librarians from Ames, Iowa, to answer in the form of a question and passively aggressively insulting their hobbies." — John Oliver, presenting the award for directing for a limited series/movie.”

Source http://www.cincinnati.com/story/life/tv/2015/09/20/emmys-2015-best-jokes-andy-samberg/72531354/