June 2018, No.143

As CAHSLA President this year, it has been my honor to serve such a vibrant organization.  This year has been truly excellent thanks to the hard work and dedication of CAHSLA officers Emily Kean, Treasurer; Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary; and Lisa McCormick and Barbarie Hill, Chronicle Editors.
I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and inspiring events from CAHSLA’s Program Committee of Regina Hartman, Don Jason, Emily Kean, Amy Koshoffer, Lisa McCormick, Jennifer Pettigrew, and Edith Starbuck. These skilled and dedicated members make CAHSLA’s programming stand out in the Cincinnati library community.

We started off the year’s programming with a tour of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Archives on September 19, 2017, led by Sarah Patterson, M.L.S., Archdiocesan Archivist. A brief meeting and socializing with pizza followed at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. We bid farewell to our colleague Jennifer Heffron (Tri Health Good Samaritan) who was moving to Walla Walla, WA.

On October 16, we took a tour of the Cincinnati Observatory, which included our business meeting and a meal. Attendees viewed the flyover of the International Space Station before heading inside for more astronomical discovery through the vintage telescopes of the Observatory.

We held our annual holiday party on December 13 at the Lloyd Library & Museum. CAHSLA provided several excellent main courses, while attendees brought and shared other dishes for dinner and dessert, making for a fun and festive evening at the Lloyd. As part of CAHSLA’s support of a worthy charity each year, attendees brought a great selection of children’s books as part of the children’s book drive organized by Edith Starbuck benefiting Churches Active in Northside (CAIN).

On February 6, we held the 2018 CAHSLA Tech Convo at The Christ Hospital. Topics included regular expressions, web scraping and featured in-depth presentations by Emily Kean and Keloni Parks.

On March 27, we held the Munch and Learn Live Demo “Stacks - An alternative to LibGuides??” at The Christ Hospital’s Joint & Spine Center.

This year the annual summer picnic will be on June 7 in Devou Park in Covington, KY. CAHSLA will provide the entrée while members bring and share side items and desserts. We will include a brief business meeting and time for networking and socializing at the picnic.

Finally, on June 20th, please mark your calendars for a tour of the renovated Music Hall Library in Over-the-Rhine. This will also include a joint CAHSLA and SLA meeting, and will be a great opportunity to bring both library professional groups together.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to those who planned, helped with, and attended these events. Have a great summer and I wish you all the best for the rest of the year!
      -- Alex Herrlein, CAHSLA President

2018-2019 CAHSLA Elections Results
We extend our thanks to our members who answered the call to serve the organization for 2018-2019.  I am pleased to announce the results of the recent election:
Edith Starbuck, President
Emily Kean, Vice-President/President-Elect
Cara Yurkowski, Treasurer
Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary
      -- Reported by Alex Herrlein, President

Treasurer’s Report

as of 03/26/2018:
Membership Dues

Member Meal Payment

Summer Picnic Rental

Program Planning Supplies

Program Planning Supplies

Summer Picnic Food

President’s Gift Reimbursement

as of 03/26/2018:
as of 06/12/2018:


as of 06/12/2018:
as of 06/12/2018:

16 Regular (Paid)
1 Student (Paid)
12 Life Members
29   TOTAL
    -- Respectfully submitted by Emily Kean, Treasurer

Annual Picnic

Location: Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky
6 June 2018, 5:00 p.m. – Dusk

Attendees:  Alex Herrlein, Emily Kean, Cara Yurkowski, Regina Hartman, Edith Starbuck, Amy Koshoffer, Barbara Slavinski, Steve Pfeiffer Sandra Mason, Lisa McCormick, Jackie Evans, Amanda Fay, Val Purvis
Guests: Alana Ellick, ZuZu Ellick, Monica Slavinski, Various Fur Babies 

CASHLA members and guests gathered for the annual end-of-the year picnic at the Volpenhein Pavilion at Devou Park.  Though the temperature had gotten higher and muggier, the shelter was shaded and a breeze made for a lovely setting.  We enjoyed many delicious side dishes and desserts provided by members along with the chicken and pork bar-q- que and drinks provided by CAHSLA.

The evening is about catching up with old friends and making new friends, with just a bit of organizational business thrown in.  President Alex Herrlein announced the election results and thanked all those willing to serve the organization for 2018-2019.  Alex thanked the officers and program committee for an outstanding association year. A reminder was given about the upcoming behind-the-scenes tour of Music Hall on June 20 coordinated by Edith Starbuck.  The deadline for the Chronicle, June 11, was announced by Lisa McCormick.  The highlight of the evening is presenting the outgoing president with a token of appreciation from the organization for leadership and service.  Alex was presented with a gift certificate to Sesons52 restaurant in Rookwood.  Following the brief meeting, conversations continued along with enjoyment of desserts and drinks to end a delightful evening.
         -- Submitted by Lisa McCormick
Data Management Summit Recap

             Main entrance of National Library of Medicine 
                    Photo credit: Amy Koshoffer 2018                                                            

In April, I had the opportunity to travel to the D.C. area and visit two paramount libraries.  My main reason for going to the area was to attend the Biomedical and Health Librarian Research Data Management Training Course Capstone Summit hosted at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.  I was a mentor for 4 health science librarians who participated in the program and were making their own journeys into research data management support.  

The course participants had 8 weeks of instruction and assignments on critical topics in data management such as the data lifecycle, data documentation, ontologies and metadata, storage, preservation, sharing, writing a data management plan, data wrangling and a week to focus on their own institutional environment.  The end of the course culminated in a summit where participants met each other, mentors met mentees in person and the participants presented their capstone projects.  The participating librarians developed capstone projects designed to focus on an area of research data management that they wanted to explore deeper.  Some developed environmental scans or SWOT analysis and others created educational modules for their research communities.  As a mentor, I provided guidance and insight from my own journey in research data management support.  The whole program was supported by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office.  Shirley Zhao from the University of Utah facilitated the course, and worked with many of the top expert data librarians to design and teach the 8 modules.

Never having been on the National Institute of Health campus or to the National Library of Medicine, it was a great opportunity for me to see the home of PubMed and see the place where many grant funding decisions are made.  And we had the chance to meet Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine who opened the capstone summit with a talk that highlighted the future directions of NLM particularly related to data science. 

NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan speaking to course Participants about the future directions of NLM
Photo credit: Amy Koshoffer 2018

The other library I had a chance to visit was the Library of Congress.  Before the summit, I spent one day and traveled by the very convenient metro system into our nation’s capital.  Given I had only the one day, I attempted explored as many attractions as possible.   I visited the botanical gardens and walked around the capital building and the length of the Mall to the Vietnam Memorial.  One place I spent quite a number hours of my day was in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  The Thomas Jefferson Building is the main building (one of three) and is an architectural wonder.  Opened in 1897, the library now holds nearly 25 million cataloged books and nearly 15 million non-cataloged items (source LOC webpage - https://www.loc.gov/about/general-information/#year-at-a-glance).  I was able to see the Library’s copy of a Guttenberg Bible, an exhibit called Mapping a Nation containing the first map of the United States after it became a nation, and a very entertaining exhibit called Hope for America focusing on satire in politics based on the joke files and media collection of Bob Hope.  My pictures do not do the space justice, and I hope others will have the chance to visit one day soon.  

Photo Atrium of Library of Congress – Photo credit Amy Koshoffer 2018

          -- By Amy Koshoffer


We were very saddened to hear of the passing of our colleague and friend Emily (Dau) Rahe.  Our condolences are extended to her husband, Cecil, and the entire Rahe and Dau families.  

Emily’s obituary:  Emily (Dau) Rahe, age 90, of Cincinnati, formerly of Aurora, IN, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Emily was the dear wife of Cecil for 66 years, beloved mother of Eric Rahe (Shelley), Philadelphia, PA, Leanne Rahe Montgomery, Cincinnati, grandmother of dear grandchildren Alexandra Lindsay (Robert), Grace Montgomery (Reed Benjamin), Daniel Montgomery, step-grandchildren Connor and Ethan Herring, and great-grandchild Marietta Lindsay. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Brauer, Aurora, IN, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. William H.J. and Helena Dau, her brothers William and Luther Dau, and son-in-law Christian Montgomery. Emily was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, a 30-year medical librarian at Merrell Dow and a lifetime member of the Lutheran church. She will be missed for her devotion to her family and friends, her cat Kitty, a wry sense of humor and her desire for a fairer and more compassionate world.


Colleagues from the University of Cincinnati Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, were presenters at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association, Atlanta, Georgia.
Librarians codevelop and team teach evidence-base practice (EBP) workshops with Hospital EBP Council.  Jason, Don; Kean, Emily; Lang, Katie; Zehler, Joyce; and Moller, Kathy.
Need stats support? We’ve got students for that.  Grant, Tiffany J.
Introducing high school students to the library profession.  Purtee, Sharon A; Harris, Lorie E.
3D Printing pilot: Testing a potential 3D printing service in a health sciences library.  Starbuck, Edith; Grant, Tiffany J.
Special Content Session: Second career librarians: Transforming previous career experiences into librarianship gold! Tips from firsthand and leadership perspectives.  Nelson, Tamara M; Gillum Shalu; Bailey, Sharon; Lindsay, Michael; Epstein, Hellen-Ann Brown; Harris, Lori E.

Lisa McCormick (The Jewish Hospital Mercy Health) was a recipient of the 2018 Partners in Nursing Award at the annual nurse’s recognition and awards dinner. Additionally, Lisa was added to the Hospital Libraries Section “Scroll of Exemplary Service” at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

The inscription reads:  Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
Partners in Nursing 2018
Presented with Appreciation
Lisa McCormick

RA21 – Impact on Hospital Libraries
Michelle Kraft, AHIP, director of the Cleveland Clinic Alumni library, posted the comments (used with permission of the author) below to the HLS Hospital Libraries Listserv on May 1, 2018:

Friday, I attended an online webinar on RA21 and I am concerned about the impact to hospital librarians.   RA21 is the new publisher driven method for online resource validation. They want to phase out IP validation.  That means everyone has to login to access the resource, they can't just click on the resource while on campus and access the materials.

While IP validation has its problems, I am concerned that RA21 may not be implementable in a hospital environment.  There are also possible privacy issues but I am just looking at potential implementation barriers.

  • No IP validation. That means patrons on campus will have to login.  
  • There must be a patron database that contains the necessary information to validate the user when they login.
  • Most likely this will require Shibboleth or OpenAthens and most likely that will cost money
  • Single sign on is probably not possible.  Hospital network security most likely will not allow single sign on for resources.
  • Walk up library computer use might be difficult. How will walk up people login if they don't have a login?
  • Time out issues regarding patrons who use multiple different computers throughout the day. They will need to logout, and might not do that.
  • Will require multiple logins if the patron uses different computers throughout the day.
I know hospital librarians have some very different and difficult networking issues that may make implementing RA21 difficult. We need to pay attention so that we can be an active partner in trying to make RA21 or whatever method for authentication something that is feasible for medical libraries.

Patients Prefer Physicians to Dress Formal with White Coat
A study recently published study in the British Medical Journal found that physicians wearing “formal attire with a white coat” were rated more favorably by patients followed by physicians in scrubs with white coat (surgeons and emergency medicine).   This large study asked 4,062 patients recruited from 10 U.S. academic centers (June 2015 – October 2016) their opinions of photos of physicians in various types of dress typical to clinicians. Over 53% indicated that physician attire was important to them during care and one-third agreed that it influenced their satisfaction with care.  The authors concluded that the “data suggest that attire may influence how patients perceive care and perhaps how willing they are to trust their doctors."   This is the largest study to date that examines patient preferences for physician attire.

AHA/ASA Rescinds Large Sections of 2018 Stroke Guidelines
The American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) took a highly unusual action by rescinding its recently released stroke guidelines. The AHA/ASA is publishing a "correction" in which large parts of the document have been deleted while the AHA/ASA is preparing clarifications, modifications, or updates to these deleted sections.  The rescinding of the guidelines was done without the agreement of the Guideline Writing Committee.   The 2018 guidelines were announced by the writing committee at the International Stroke Conference (ISC) in January and published at that time online in Stroke.  They subsequently appeared in print in the March 2018 issue of the journal. 
Mark Alberts, MD, chief of neurology, Hartford Hospital, Connecticut, commented, "I don't think this has ever happened before. This is a challenging and unfortunate situation.  It's not good for anyone – the AHA, the guidelines writing committee, or the patients."

Can It Really Be True That Half of Academic Papers Are Never Read?
By Arthur G. Jago June 01, 2018, Chronicle of Higher Education
A recent Chronicle opinion essay arguing that the tenure process can be quite unfair included this line: "At least one study found that the average academic article is read by about 10 people, and half of these articles are never read at all." In a commentary that I was otherwise in complete agreement with, I found that particular statement quite unbelievable. First, the magnitude of the assertions was simply astonishing. Second, I was perplexed by how someone could design a study to empirically determine that some published articles were never read. Such a study was beyond my imagination; the pseudo-logical fallacy of "proving the negative" came to mind.

I contacted the author and was provided her source, an article in Smithsonian, the magazine. This article actually qualified (somewhat) the implausible claim by asserting that 50 percent of papers are never read by anyone "other than their authors, referees and journal editors."…
A link in the Smithsonian article points to Indiana University as its source for the statistics, but this proved inaccurate. The Smithsonian author redirected me to the actual source, a 2007 article by Lokman Meho in Physics World, the magazine of the London-based Institute of Physics. When I asked Meho for his source of the cited statistics, he told me that "this statement was added to my paper by the editor of the journal at the time and I unfortunately did not ask from where he got this information before the paper was published." The Meho article has been formally cited over 300 times.

In turn, I contacted the editor of Physics World from 2007. He told me that "it was indeed" something that he had inserted during editing, from material provided to him in a communications course taken at Imperial College London in 2001. I contacted the instructor of that course, now retired, who told me he could not provide me with a specific reference to what is now "ancient history" but that "everything in those notes had a source, but whether I cross-checked them all before banging the notes out, I doubt."

The Physics World editor suggested that the Imperial College course material may have been based on a 1991 article in Science. However, I discovered that that article was not about unread research but was rather about uncited research. Not being read is a sufficient condition for not being cited; however, not being cited is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for not being read…
Frustrated, I ended my search for the bibliographic equivalent of "patient zero." The original source of the fantastical claim that the average academic article has "about 10 readers" may never be known for sure…

This object lesson in the perils of relying on secondary sources reminds us all that our readers place a trust in us each time we put words to paper. We have a duty, on behalf of all authors, to do our best to fulfill that trust when we produce those words. A single mistake — a bibliographic patient zero — may be quite small and entirely unintentional. However, it can infect the literature like a self-duplicating virus and become amplified with time…

Dictation Bloopers

  • Her hematuria dissolved
  • Something went through his mouth and affected a nerve in his hip.
  • Patient appears yellowish with glasses
  • Patient sitting on commode with family member brushing her hair
  • Board certified in internal surgery
  • He brought tears to my ears
  • Aspirational pneumonia
  • CME was detected in the bronch
  • Eyes are having trouble sleeping
  • Titrate oxygen to 0%
  • Hyena hernia
  • Patient looks too good for rehab

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