Category Archives: Professional Development

Open Access Week Presentations at San Jose State University

mbanksA few weeks ago librarians and researchers around the world celebrated Open Access Week. Now in its sixth year, Open Access Week is a major showcase of the benefits of making the world’s scholarship open and easy to share.

As part of OA Week San Jose State University hosted a one Continue reading

Evidence-Based Practice and Mobile Apps : continuing education classes at the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting in San Diego

Hella Bluhm-Stieber

Hella Bluhm-Stieber

I attended the Joint Meeting in La Jolla and took 2 CE classes. The first one was given by Connie Schardt, who is the authority on Evidence-based practice and is still teaching classes even though she is retired. She showed and explained us the criteria for judging the validity of therapy studies and studies of diagnostic tests. She also went over the differences between quantitative and qualitative studies.  Continue reading

My MLA 2013 Reflections

I used the NCNMLG Professional Development Grant to cover a portion of the expenses that were incurred by attending the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA).  This meeting was held May 3-May 8, 2013, but I attended from May 4-May 8.  This was my second time attending the MLA conference, but my first time was in 2008, which was about two months after I had just begun my career as a medical librarian, so I am sure you can imagine I was somewhat overwhelmed and the experience was a whirl!  While that first experience was certainly a valuable learning experience, this year’s meeting gave me an opportunity to build upon the years of professional experience that I have acquired since that first meeting.  When considering the meeting in retrospect, two themes particularly stand out: relationship building and professional inspiration.  Continue reading

Information Treasure Hunt Workshop: A follow-up

Evidence-Based Practice is all about information management for providing quality patient care.  Understanding the principles and concepts behind Evidence-Based Practice can help us enhance the services and resources we provide to our health care workers.  There are lots of ways to do this within the constraints of budgets and staffing.  Some examples:
•    Using the PICO framework when conducting a reference interview for a literature search
•    Using the PICO framework to formulate the search strategy
•    Reinforcing this process by appending the PICO and search strategy to the Continue reading