March 2018, No.142

Greetings CAHSLA Members and Friends,

Our association year is swiftly moving along! We have had the ups and downs of a Cincinnati winter, and now, as we hope for spring, we can look to Mark Twain for a reality check, “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."

I am proud to acknowledge the work of the Program Committee, who have worked hard to put together some excellent events during the first quarter of the year.

The 2018 CAHSLA Tech Convo was held on February 6, 2018 at the Christ Hospital. Topics included regular expressions, web scraping and featured an in-depth presentation by UC Libraries Digital Archivist Eira Tansey on Personal Digital Archiving. Special thanks to Amy Koshoffer and Emily Kean for arranging this event.

Coming soon is the Munch and Learn Live Demo “Stacks - An alternative to LibGuides??” Stacks is the first turnkey, responsive web platform with plug and play integrations and mobile apps connected in real time. This demo will be on March 27, 2018 at the Christ Hospital’s Joint & Spine Center Classroom A. Special thanks to Lisa McCormick for arranging this event, and to EBSCO for providing the pizza to participants.

It is at this point in the association year when we ask members to consider running for office for the upcoming 2018-2019 association year. Ann Snoeyenbos wrote an article a few years back, "How Library Association Committee Work Has Made Me a Better Librarian" that may inspire you to volunteer for a CAHSLA office or committee.

Please continue to watch your email and our postings online for future events. Thank you to those who took part in the events, and again, a special thanks to the event organizers and our committee members who make these possible.

Alex Herrlein, President


as of 12/18/2017:
Dibella’s Refund

Meeting Fees Collected

Dibella’s Tip

Dibella’s Food

as of 03/26/2018:
as of 12/18/2017:


as of 03/26/2018:
as of 03/26/2018:

12 Regular (Paid)
1 Student (Paid)
12 Life Members

Respectfully submitted by Emily Kean, Treasurer


CAHSLA Tech Convo
The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center, Classroom A, February 6, 2018
5:30-7:30 pm
Attendees: Amy Koshoffer, Lisa McCormick, Jennifer Pettigrew, Emily Kean, Cara Yurkowski, Regina Hartman, Barb Slavinski, Elaine Grigg Dean, Alex Grigg Dean, Edith Starbuck, Steve Pfeiffer, Keloni Parks

The 2018 CAHSLA Tech Convo was held at The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center, Classroom A. Our main speaker, UC Libraries Digital Archivist Eira Tansey, was unfortunately not in attendance due to the stomach flu. She had planned on giving an in-depth presentation on Personal Digital Archiving. Hopefully we can make this happen another time. Thankfully, Emily Kean, UC Research & Education Librarian, and Keloni Parks, formerly a DAAP Library Fellow, but now working for Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library, gave a very interesting presentation about how they used Data Toolbar, a free web scraper, to more efficiently run systematic literature reviews. Web scrapers are simple APIs (Application Program Interface) that can extract web page data based on user-selected fields and convert the data to a table format for analysis. Emily then gave a presentation on how to use Regular Expressions (regex or regexp), a technical language that can be used to search for patterns in a text editor such as Notepad++.

In addition to the tech presentations, we ate subs from DiBella’s and discussed the merits and disadvantages of using LibGuides. I think this was both Keloni Parks' and Steve Pfeiffer's first CAHSLA event that either had attended. Steve is a UK library graduate student. It was fun to catch up with colleagues and meet new ones.

Look for an email about SLA's Winter Social to be held at West Side Brewery on February 26th.

Thanks to our event's organizer, Amy Koshoffer, our presenters, Emily Kean and Keloni Parks, and host coordinator, Regina Hartman!

Submitted by: Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary

Amy Koshoffer Presents Research Paper in Barcelona, Spain 
1. Amy Koshoffer and Amy Neeser presenting at IDCC
Photo Credit: Elli Papadopoulou

In February, I attended the International Digital Curation Conference 2018 meeting in Barcelona, Spain and presented our research paper “Giving data context –a comparison study of institutional repositories which apply varying degrees of curation”. This work is a collaborative effort of librarians Amy Neeser (UC Berkeley), Lisa Johnston (University of Minnesota), Linda Newman (UC) and myself. Also Steve Van Tyl (Oregon State University) contributed data to our study. It was a great honor to present one of the three research papers selected for the conference, and we hope to publish our study in the near future.

2. Basilica de Sagrada Familia: Photo Credit – Amy Koshoffer

In the study we investigated the effects of library curation processes on data sets submitted to our four respective institutional repositories (IR). UC and U Michigan have self-submission repositories for data, so researchers determine all the description and documentation (readme files, protocols, code books, data dictionaries) for the data sets submitted. In contrast, U Minnesota and Oregon State University have library mediated submission processes. The outcome of choices by researchers and library curation staff in describing data results in metadata and documentation has the potential to greatly impact the reusability of the data (Piwowar and Vision 2013). We found that the datasets in the different repositories differ in what description they have. Also variation in the steps of each institution’s curation processes is very broad. We cannot conclusively state that metadata is positively or negatively impacted, but we do see a different in documentation. The data we gathered on the datasets to form the basis for our study is available in the UC IR Scholar@UC at https://scholar.uc.edu/collections/9w0323021
3. Screen capture from Scholar@UC

IDCC brings people from all over the world who are interested in the curation of digital data. The conference is organized by the Digital Curation Centre based in Edinburgh, Scotland which focuses on capacity, skills and education for research data management. Notable at this year’s conference, there was a deliberate effort to increase women panel moderators as part of a larger effort to increase inclusion and equity for underrepresented groups.
4. Street Scene in Barcelona: Photo Credit - Amy Koshoffer

Billie K. Broaddus, 1933-2018

It is with deep sadness that we learn of the passing of Ms. Billie K. Broaddus, formerly the director of the University of Cincinnati’s Winkler Center. For those of us lucky enough to have known Billie, we recall that her career involved several positions at UC Health Sciences Library before taking on the role of developing the medical history library into the UC Medical Heritage Center and finally the Winkler Center. In a 2000 address, medical historian Arthur King, M.D. described the work of the Center to collect and preserve Cincinnati’s medical history as “the Crown Jewel of Cincinnati Medicine." Billie worked tirelessly on behalf of the Center throughout her career developing a formal Advisory Board and fundraising for important preservation activities like the Dr. Albert Sabin archives.

Billie was a leader and role model serving in many organizations including MLA the Medical Library Association, MC MLA the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the Ohio Medical Heritage Association, CAHSLA the Cincinnati Area Health Sciences Library Association, and the Ohio Academy of Medical History, just to name a few. She served as president of the Midwest Chapter MLA, only one of her many outstanding leadership roles for the profession.

Billie began her career at the University of Kentucky, and at one time worked for Alfred Brandon, the co-author of the famed “Selected List of Books and Journals for the Small Medical Library.” In addition to supporting the work of numerous medical history scholars, Billie was an author in her own right and a sought-after presenter both regionally and nationally.

Billie wrote on many facets of Cincinnati medical history, including an article on Daniel Drake’s influence on medical journal literature in Cincinnati [http://library.cincymuseum.org/journals/files/qch/v43/n2/qch-v43-n2-dan-043.pdf], and The History of Health Sciences Library and Museum of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center [Pharm Hist 1986 V28(3) pp.135-37]. A presentation Billie did at the 2000 ALHHS Annual Meeting in Bethesda, MD is transcribed in the WaterMark Newsletter and is a fascinating recounting of a portion of her work in developing the history center [Alone Together: Managing History of Medicine Collections in Non-Historical Environments (Part II). The WaterMark - Newsletter of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences. Volume XXIII, Number 4 Fall, 2000 http://iis-exhibits.library.ucla.edu/alhhs/Watermark_Vol_23_No_4_Fall_2000.pdf]

In her address at the ALHHS annual meeting, Billie concluded her remarks by quoting her "favorite librarian" Lucretia McClure, "The mind of the librarian is a great resource, the most flexible and creative database in the library" – Billie was the consummate librarian and a great mind in the field of health sciences librarianship.

Billie was a natural-born storyteller and teacher. She was wise, smart, gracious, funny and an extremely hard-working woman with a warm smile and a generous spirit. She mentored, prodded, coached and supported both formally and informally a legion of library professionals. Billie was a loving daughter and a devoted mother and grandmother. Her legacy will be long-lasting. To her family and friends, our sincere condolences. You may read her obituary at http://ramseyfuneralhome.com/billie-broaddus/

FOAM Free Medical Education

I came across a concept that is new to me – excuse me if you are already familiar. It is FOAM - Free Open Access Medical Education. I found an interesting tidbit in an article (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5065343/pdf/ceem-16-156.pdf) for a specialty Google search URL ” In addition FOAM Search (http://googlefoam.com/#gsc.tab=0) allows the user to directly search for free resources by utilizing specific key words (http://googlefoam.com) Though their algorithm is not described, interestingly, their search engine also includes freely available journal articles.” I tried searching sepsis and retrieved articles from our IP authenticated subscriptions.

The other FOAM resource I found is a site for free Internal Medicine video lectures from the University of Louisville. http://www.louisvillelectures.org/ If you know of other FOAM sites for IM, general surgery, or podiatry, I’d be interested. Lisa McCormick, The Jewish Hospital Mercy Health

Announcing JAMA Network Open—A New Journal from The JAMA Network
JAMA Network Open will be a general medical journal that includes content from many disciplines, featuring scientific, medical, and health content in more than 40 subject areas (Box). About 25% of JAMA Network Openarticles will be accompanied by open access Invited Commentaries because clinicians and investigators have told us that they value the insights of opinion pieces, and open access online commenting will be available for all articles. Authors will continue to be able to submit manuscripts to JAMA and 1 of the specialty journals and request the option for automatic transfer to another journal if the initial journal does not accept the manuscript, including JAMA Network Open. The addition of JAMA Network Open will enhance JAMA and the 11 specialty journals and broaden The JAMA Network.

ToxicDocs - Free Online Access to Millions of Documents on Chemical Toxicity
The following is from Science Daily: “Millions of pages of internal corporate and trade association documents relating to the introduction of new products and chemicals into the workplace and commerce have been compiled into a free searchable online database called ToxicDocs.”

The Science Daily article chronicles the development of ToxicDocs, “Historians of public health, Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner, first became interested in documenting the history of toxic agents in the 1980s. Their career has since seen them investigate thousands of documents on issues such as lead poisoning in children, the carcinogenic properties of vinyl chloride, silicosis, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and asbestos.”

The development of the searchable database in the early 2000s is attributed to Merlin Chowkwanyun who “had the idea to put the collections of documents online in a searchable format to make them available to students, scholars, and others interested in environmental and occupational health issues.” Source: Materials provided by Springer. Note: Content may be edited for style and length. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180119101059.htm

Call for Abstracts: Midwest Chapter/MLA 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio
Share your programs and research findings with your colleagues at Shake, Rattle, and Roll, the Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting to be held October 5-8, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio.

We are accepting structured abstracts for both research projects and program descriptions for paper and poster presentations.

Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.

Program description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services that librarians and information professionals conduct.

Papers and posters that were submitted to and/or presented at the 2018 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Atlanta are welcome.

For more information about the submission process, including access to the online submission form, see the conference web site: http://midwestmla.org/conference2018/papers-and-posters/ The deadline for submission is Friday, June 29, at 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact me. We look forward to receiving your submission!

Jolene M. Miller, MLS, AHIP
Director, Mulford Health Science Library
Assistant Professor, Library Administration
Mulford Library Building, Room 416, Mail Stop 1061
3000 Arlington Ave.
Toledo, Ohio 43614-2598
419.383.6141 (fax)

Save the Date
OHSLA Spring Meeting

Registration for the Spring 2018 OHSLA Meeting is now open. It will be held on Friday April 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, 127 S. Davis Ave. Columbus, OH 43222.

The topic will be "Mentoring Millennials," with Tiffney Gipson, Head of Collections, Clinical Librarian, University of Louisville Kornhauser Health Sciences Library. Tiffney's talk will expand upon a paper she presented at last October's Midwest Chapter MLA & MHSLA meeting in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It will be followed by a group discussion on the topic of mentoring. This MLA-approved event is worth 4 CEs. Participants will need to read a set of assigned articles before the meeting and come with ideas and opinions to make the discussion lively and engaging. Breakfast & lunch will be served.

To register for the meeting and view the list of articles, go to http://www.ohsla.info/events/

In addition, Kendra Albright, director of the Kent State University iSchool, has accepted an invitation to join us. If you remember, she had to cancel attending our Fall Meeting and is looking forward to having a conversation with us.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Donald Pearson, MBA/MIS, MLIS, AHIP
Library Technology Specialist, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library
Mount Carmel Health System | A Member of Trinity Health
127 S. Davis Ave.
Columbus, OH 43222
Office: (614) 234-5336
dpearson@mchs.com | library.mchs.com

Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2018 Annual Conference
We hope you will join us for the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) 2018 Annual Conference on September 26, 27 and 28th at the beautiful Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, Illinois!

This is a wonderful opportunity to present on your latest project or research and network with other librarians. Mark your calendars and stay tuned as we finalize the theme and continuing-education opportunities. Program and registration details will be coming soon. We hope to see you there!

Go to: http://hsli.org/ for information about the HSLI organization, and be on the lookout for our e-mails informing you of the Conference opportunities to come!

For any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Chair for the HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at eedwards@ilsos.net.


“Kids say the darndest things"-- Pint-Sized Patient Education

Children were recruited by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust to help re-write some patient education materials for hip replacement. Research has shown that while the average reading level of an adult is 4th grade, patient education materials can easily exceed a high school or post-high school reading level. Some explanations the kids created, “Your hip is old and rotten” and “It is past the sell-by date.” See how the kids took on the task of rewriting patient education materials including illustrations https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/12/15/570852375/want-help-explaining-a-medical-procedure-ask-a-9-year-old

Junk Food Science
Social scientist Brian Wansink, Ph.D., head of Cornell University's food psychology research unit, the Food and Brand Lab, and collaborators have been accused of turning shoddy data into pseudo-scientific eating lessons for popular magazines and news organizations. In their strategizing sessions to massage questionable data into headline-friendly popular studies, the scientists identified journals with low standards for their publications. “There's a bunch of 2nd-tier journals (or lower) we could send it to," Wansink wrote. Part of the investigatory process into this misconduct has resulted in the "Wansink Dossier" a list of errors and inconsistencies from 50 older studies that suggest "aggressively manipulated data." For the full story https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemlee/brian-wansink-cornell-p-hacking?utm_term=.naljNvRjb#.dyb8NO58w

Warning about Bogus Medical Specialty
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) are alerting members about an entity calling itself the "American Board of Gynecologic Surgery". The groups are circulating a letter stating that this new board is “certifying” gynecologic surgeons’ contingent on submission of a $1,000 fee for a 10-year term. The American Board of Gynecologic Surgery claims that they have been fully approved by the "National Affordable Care Act Review Panel" or "NACARP". The website address provided for NACARP (www.nacarpanel.org) results in an error message, and the entity does not appear to exist. An address search does not produce results that match the physical address provided in the letter to this organization. There is no telephone number provided anywhere in the documents. The website address provided (boardofgynecology.org) does not link to a website but instead to a "related links" results page with several different topics listed

The “Grey’s Anatomy” Effect
Patient expectations regarding treatment and outcomes and subsequently, satisfaction with their healthcare experience, are effected by TV medical dramas according to a recent study: Serrone RO, Weinberg JA, Goslar PW, et al. Grey’s Anatomy effect: television portrayal of patients with trauma may cultivate unrealistic patient and family expectations after injury. Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open 2018;3:e000137. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2017-000137

The researchers had the arduous task of watching 269 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy for this non-experimental study. According to the Advisory Board that reported on the study, “The researchers found that the fictional patients were more likely be younger and female than real-life patients, and they were more likely to die. Specifically, the researchers found the mortality rate on "Grey's Anatomy" was three times higher than for real-life patients: a mortality rate of 22% on TV, compared with 7% in real life. Among patients who survived, the fictional patients had faster recoveries than real-life patients—which the researchers said could "cultivate false expectations" regarding recovery times for patients in real life.”

Patients and families may be unprepared for a hospital experience, especially if the patient is admitted through the emergency department or due to a traumatic injury. Clinicians are encouraged to “manage” patient expectations in terms of treatment, recovery, and outcomes based on this small study.

Dictation Bloopers
  • Has not voided since 2000
  • We are stopping his blood pressure
  • Allergic to dust mice 
  • The patient has a history of erotic valve replacement