Journal of the Medical Library Association

Quarterly journal focusing on advancement of the practice and the research knowledgebase of health sciences librarianship.

Articles from Vol. 94, No. 4, October

A Blended Training Approach Using Videoconferencing for Distance Education
INTRODUCTIONIn 2004, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) recognized the need to expand its outreach activities to minority students. To meet this objective, NLM sponsored a program presenting information on varied health sciences topics to minority...
An Assignment for Building an Awareness of the Intersection of Health Literacy and Cultural Competence Skills*
What does it mean to be a health literate patient? What does it mean to be a culturally competent health care provider? How are these concepts related? All health care providers should ask themselves these important questions, not to arrive at an answer,...
An Evaluation of Five Bedside Information Products Using a User-Centered, Task-Oriented Approach*[dagger][double Dagger]*
Purpose: The paper compares several bedside information tools using user-centered, task-oriented measures to assist those making or supporting purchasing decisions.Methods: Eighteen potential users were asked to attempt to answer clinical questions using...
Awareness and Attitude of Spanish Medical Authors to Open Access Publishing and the "Author Pays" Model*
INTRODUCTIONOpen access publishing (OAP) aims to provide complete and free electronic access to scientific research articles [1]. Such access may be achieved via (1) open access journals (i.e., journals permitting free access to online content), currently...
Bibliometric Analysis of the American Journal of Veterinary Research to Produce a List of Core Veterinary Medicine Journals
Objective: Bibliometric techniques were used to analyze the citation patterns of researchers publishing in the American Journal of Veterinary Research (AJVR).Methods: The more than 25,000 bibliographic references appearing in the AJVR from 2001 to 2003...
"Brimful of STARLITE": Toward Standards for Reporting Literature Searches*
Context: Systematic reviews of qualitative research studies extend understanding of health care beyond effectiveness to acceptability and user views.Objective: The paper surveys reports of qualitative systematic reviews and, by characterizing techniques...
Clinical Evidence
Clinical Evidence. BMJ Publishing Group, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WClH 9JP, United Kingdom; 800.373.2897; fax, 240.646.7005; clinevid@pmds.com; http://www.clinicalevidence.com; pay per view, individual subscriptions, and site licenses available,...
Comparison of Top-Performing Search Strategies for Detecting Clinically Sound Treatment Studies and Systematic Reviews in MEDLINE and EMBASE*
BACKGROUNDIncreasingly, clinicians are doing their own searches using large biomedical literature databases [1]. Choice of database can influence the success of a search [2]. MEDLINE is often searched first due to its free access through the PubMed interface...
Development of a Subject Search Filter to Find Information Relevant to Palliative Care in the General Medical Literature*
Purpose: The research developed and validated palliative care search filters for use in the general biomedical literature.Methods: Four general medical journals were hand-searched to identify articles relevant to palliative care, forming a "gold standard"...
Evaluation of a Liaison Librarian Program: Client and Liaison Perspectives***
Objectives: This paper describes a survey-based evaluation of the five-year old Liaison Librarian Program at the University of Florida.Methods: Liaison librarians, faculty, students, staff, residents, and post-doctoral associates were queried via Web-based...
Evidence Matters
Evidence Matters. Evidence Matters, 78 St-Joseph West #209, Montreal, QC, H2T 2P4, Canada; 866.843.0756; ContactUs @ EvidenceMatters. com ; http://www.evidencematters.com; institutional subscriptions only, contact for pricing.Purpose"When it comes to...
Evolutions in Communication Begin with Small Steps
When Lindberg and Humphreys describe the library of 2015, they note a continuation of the movement currently seen toward greater availability and accessibility of electronic information:Our future library's "virtual" collection-the set of electronic...
Expert Synthesis of the Literature to Support Critical Care Decision Making*
Editor's note: This column will be curated by Rebecca Jerome. The editors will invite other experts to contribute cases and welcome ideas for useful topics to appear in this feature. The case studies will also be supplemented by an online forum for further...
Harvesting the Best: Evidence-Based Analysis of Herbal Handbooks for Clinicians**
INTRODUCTIONThe recent increase and widespread use of herbs and dietary supplements (H/DS) extends across the lifespan from pediatric to geriatric patients [1-4]. Patients with chronic conditions are among the heaviest users as they constantly search...
HealthGate Evidence-Based Medicine Clinical Guidelines
HealthGate Evidence-Based Medicine Clinical Guidelines. Healthgate Data Corporation, 25 Corporate Drive, Suite 310, Burlington, MA 01803; 800.434.4283; guidelinesupport@healthgate.com; http://www.healthgate.com; contact for pricing.HealthGate Evidence-Based...
Information-Seeking Behavior of Faculty in One School of Public Health**
INTRODUCTIONBackgroundTo date, a relatively small number of studies have examined the information needs and behaviors of public health practitioners, with most of the research funded by recent National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Network of...
Introducing Information Management: An Information Research Reader
Introducing Information Management: An Information Research Reader. Edited by: Elena Maceviciute and T. D. Wilson. London, UK: Facet Publishing, 2005. 235 p. $99.95. ISBN: 9780 -10 -856040 -561-7.Information Research, a journal listed in the Directory...
Letter to the Editor
Beyond the mere dichotomy of active search versus avoidance off information about the selfCase et al.'s [1] paper-"Avoiding Versus seeking: The Relationship of Information seeking to Avoidance, Blunting, Coping, Dissonance, and Related Concepts"-provides...
Libraries beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work
Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work. Edited by William Miller and Rita M. Pellen. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press, 2005. 230 p. Softcover, $39.95. ISBN: 978-0-7890-2909-6. Hardcover, $59.95. ISBN: 978-0-7890-2908-9....
Managing Database Overlap in Systematic Reviews Using Batch Citation Matcher: Case Studies Using Scopus*[dagger]*
INTRODUCTIONSystematic reviews use explicit methodology to review and synthesize research evidence in health care [I]. The objective of the method is to limit bias, therefore, a comprehensive literature search is required to identify as much of the relevant...
Mapping of Medical Acronyms and Initialisms to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) across Selected Systems
Introduction: Given the common use of acronyms and initialisms in the health sciences, searchers may be entering these abbreviated terms rather than full phrases when searching online systems. The purpose of this study is to evaluate how various MEDLINE...
OBITUARIES: David Abraham Kronick, AHIP, FMLA, 1917-2006
David Abraham Kronick, AHIP, FMLA, retired director of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Library, died in San Antonio on February 12, 2006, after a brief illness.Kronick was born in Pennsylvania on October 5, 1917....
OBITUARIES: Rosanne Labree Coursen, AHIP, 1948-2006
Rosanne Labree Coursen passed away peacefully on March 14, 2006, after a battle with metastatic breast cancer. A medical librarian for many years, Rosanne was a Distinguished Member of the Medical Library Association's (MLA's) Academy of Health Information...
OBITUARIES: T. Mark Hodges, AHIP, FMLA, 1933-2006
A native of Sheffield, England, T. Mark Hodges, AHIP, FMLA, was born on June 18, 1933, and began his career as a librarian in his native country, starting with a stint with the British Army in Egypt. He emigrated to the United States in 1953 and served...
Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)
Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro). Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy, The University of Sydney, P.O. Box 170, Lidcombe 825 NSW, Australia; +61.2.9351.9547; fax, +61.2.9351.9278; http://www. pedro.fhs.usyd.edu.au;...
Randomized Trial for Answers to Clinical Questions: Evaluating a Pre-Appraised versus a MEDLINE Search Protocol
Objective: The paper compares the speed, validity, and applicability of two different protocols for searching the primary medical literature.Design: A randomized trial involving medicine residents was performed.Setting: An inpatient general medicine...
Reporting of Non-Communicable Disease Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Pilot Bibliometric Analysis*
Objective: The paper identifies the relative amount of research devoted to non-communicable disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).Design: A bibliometric analysis of a subset of journals published in LMICs was performed.Measurements: Seventy-six...
Retention of Retrospective Print Journals in the Digital Age: Trends and Analysis*
Purpose: The issue of retaining retrospective print journals is examined in light of the shift to electronic titles, the reallocation of library budgets from print to electronic, and the changing research practices of today's library users. This article...
Reviving the Corporate Medical Library: Using Technology to Become a Cost Center
INTRODUCTIONAs Americans adjust to the global economy, corporate librarians are beginning to face the service challenges that these changes bring to their own institutions. Not only are they serving staff working in various geographic locations and time...
Staffing the Modern Library: A How-to-Do-It-Manual
COHN, JOHN M., AND KELSEY, ANN L. Staffing the Modern Library: A How-To-Do-It-Manual. New York, NY, and London, UK: Neal-Schuman Publishers. (How-To-Do-It Manuals for Librarians, number 137.) 105 pp. $75.00. ISBN: 978-1-55570-511-1.Libraries are evolving...
Subject Specialization in a Liaison Librarian Program
INTRODUCTIONLiaison librarians focus their work in a particular subject area and provide services to clients in that discipline. The value of and need for formal subject background for such liaisons have been debated for decades [I]. Some believe a relevant...
The Reference Collection: From the Shelf to the Web
The Reference Collection: From the Shelf to the Web. Edited by William J. Frost. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press, 2005. 310 p. $34.95. Softcover. ISBN: 978-0-7890-2840-2. Copublished as The Reference Librarian, nos. 91/92, 2005.In his introduction,...
The Virtual Reference Desk
The Virtual Reference Desk. Edited by R. David Lankes, Marilyn Domas White, Eileen G. Abels, and Saira N. Haque. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006. 226 p. $75.00. Softcover. ISBN: 1-55570-555-3.The ten chapters of this multiauthored work are...