HLA Alerts

HLA Alerts

Health Libraries Australia, the national health group of the Australian Library and Information Association
February/March 2017

Hello, welcome to the February/March issue of HLA Alerts, kindly sponsored by OCLC.
In this issue, you’ll find your updated PD Events Calendar, info from our sponsor and of course some of the more relevant and interesting items published on health librarianship of particular relevance to our Australian experience.

Don’t forget to save the date and for those of us outside WA, start looking for cheap flights - the HLA PD Day(s) are to be in Perth this year 13-14 July – it’s always a well-attended and appreciated event so don’t miss out. Full details will be released very soon.
Library Managers, keep an eye out for the Health Libraries in National Standards (HeLiNS) survey in your email inbox. If you haven’t received it, please email

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In the Literature… 

Keep an eye out for the next issue of HLA News – due to your inbox soon!

Medical Library Association Board of Directors has released a statement in response to recent government policies that threaten MLA’s fundamental beliefs and principles. The statement affirms MLA’s core values and expresses concern regarding recent United States government policies. MLA and its members remain staunch in our commitment to hold fast to MLA's professional values, the cornerstone of our profession.
Getting the most out of knowledge and innovation transfer agents in health care: a qualitative study / Bullock, A. (et al). Health Services and Delivery Research v.4 (33) November 2016
The Future of Health and Health Care / Patti Brennan. NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, December 2016.
Should I stay or should I go? A survey of career path movement within academic, public and special librarianship / Tina P. Franks. Journal of Library Administration online, pp. 1-29 | DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2016.1259200

The National Library of Medicine: accelerating discover, delivering information, improving health / Patricia Flatley. Annals of Internal Medicine 165 2016 pp. 808-809. DOI:10.7326/M16-1737.
Strategies used by clinical or health librarians to gain acknowledgement for their contributions to research. / A brief report by Eve Thackeray for LIHNN = Library and Information Health Network North West (England)

The Berlin Declaration on Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities for Sustainable Development / Lancet - 28 January 2017. Source: APO Briefing 31 January 2017.
Narrative review of frameworks for translating research evidence into policy and practice.  Milat and Li. Public Health Res Pract, 27 (1) February 2017.
The role and limitations of Cochrane reviews at the bedside: a systematic synopsis of five pediatric subspecialties. Wien Med Wochenschr , 2 March 2017
Embedded Librarian as Research Team Member - / Brahmi & Kaplan, Journal of Hand Surgery, 42 (3) March 2017.
Abstract - Adding a librarian to an upper extremity surgical and therapy practice has many advantages (educational, research, remaining on the cutting edge of technology). As an embedded team member, the librarian at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center (sic) prepares literature reviews, creates Google Scholar Alerts for individual clinicians, and introduces developing technologies such as 3-dimensional printers, Smartphone Apps, and online access to non-traditional resources…”
Library Carpentry: software skills training for library professionals  / Baker et al. Liber Quarterly  26 (3)  2016.
Abstract - Librarians play a crucial role in cultivating world-class research and in most disciplinary areas today world-class research relies on the use of software. This paper describes Library Carpentry, an introductory software skills training programme with a focus on the needs and requirements of library and information professionals…


Health Consumer Information

National Library of Medicines Links
Million Decisions Campaign (UK)
Joint campaign by Health Education England and CILIP highlighting the multiple beneficial outcomes when health service providers work closely with their library and knowledge services. Every day across the healthcare sector in England more than a million decisions are made that have a profound and lasting impact on people's lives and which influence the quality of healthcare and the cost of services… 

Fake news

IFLA Fake News Poster broadcast by CNN

Finding the Connection: Research Data Management and the Office of Research / Amanda Rinehart, Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, v. 43 (1 October/November) 2016, Pp: 28–30, DOI : 10.1002/bul2.2016.1720430107.
Elsevier Implements Data Citation Standards to Encourage and Reward Authors for Sharing Research Data - 30 November 2016
Data Citation Synthesis Group: Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles. Martone M. (ed.) San Diego CA: FORCE11; 2014.
 We’re Witnessing a Health Data Explosion / NLM Tech Bulletin 01/31/2017 .
 “Building a Scalable and Flexible Library Data Dashboard” / Nathan Mealey Data dashboards provide libraries with the means to demonstrate their ongoing activities and usage in an engaging and communicative fashion… Source: Code4Lib Journal, Issue 35, 2017.

Adopting a Distributed Model for Data Services” / Casey Gibbs, Marcos Hernandez, Pongracz Sennyey
This article describes how the Saint Edward’s University Library implemented a distributed model for the Institutional Repository. Based on Cloud Based platforms and APIs, the Library has created an Institutional Repository that is scaleable and modular, considerably lowering its implementation and maintenance costs, while lowering its technical complexity… Source: Code4Lib Journal, Issue 35, 2017.


Open Access
Scholarly Management Publication and Open Access Funding Mandates: a Review of Publisher Policies, Academic Business Librarianship Review, 2016.
On the topic of Jisc negotiating for the UK…
How much of the content in open repositories is able to meet the definition of open access? /  Richard Poynder Blog, Mon, 23 Jan 2017.

If You See Something, Save Something: 6 Ways to Save Pages In the Wayback Machine / The Internet Archive
PRM: Challenges to Including Open Peer Review in Open Access Repositories” \ Pandelis Perakakis (et al).  Code4Lib Journal, Issue 35, 2017.
The peer review system is the norm for many publications. It involves an editor and several experts in the field providing comments for a submitted article. The reviewer remains anonymous to the author, with only the editor knowing the reviewer´s identity. This model is now being challenged and open peer review (OPR) models are viewed as the new frontier of the review process…

Tools and Databases

Universal health coverage data portal - WHO
Updated Algorithm for the PubMed Best Match Sort Order
An enhanced relevance algorithm for the Best Match sort order is coming to PubMed. Source: NLM Technical Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2017.
My global health journal list / David Flood.
NHS app library to be launched this month - DigitalHealth - 8 March 2017
...Explainer: when is an app not an app (but a medical device)? - DigitalHealth - 14 September 2016 


Health Libraries Australia and MedicalDirector

HLA/MedicalDirector Digital Health Innovation Award 2017
Have you initiated an innovative project which, through the use of digital technologies, contributes to improved health outcomes?
Are you planning to initiate an innovative project which, through the use of digital technologies, contributes to improved health outcomes?
You could win  -
  • $3000 to spend on your project or on continuing education supporting the project
  • Travel to the Award Presentation
  • One night’s accommodation
  • Free registration to the HLA Professional Development day in Perth on the 13 – 14 July 2017.
This award is funded by MedicalDirector with the assistance of ALIA Health Libraries Australia. 
Applications close 1st of May 2017. Further information or contact Jeanette Bunting.

Upcoming Events 
 events to support your professional development
  Event Location Date
2017     2017
  Library Association of Ireland/CILIP Joint Annual Conference (including Health Libraries SIG) Kerry, Ireland 13-15 April
  Medical Library Association, 117th Annual Meeting and Exhibition: Dream, Dare, Do Seattle USA 26-31 May
  ICML + EAHIL 2017 / European Association for Health Information and Libraries. Theme: “Diversity in Practice: integrating, inspiring and innovative”. Dublin, Ireland 12-16 June
  CILIP: Including Health Libraries SIG Manchester, UK 5-6 July
(further information coming very soon!)
Perth, W.A. 13-14 July
  IFLA World Library and Information Conference (Including Health and Biosciences Libraries Section) Wroclaw, Poland 19-25 Aug
14th HLinc Conference Melbourne, Vic TBA - Oct

If you are looking for conferences that you can link in with you travels, keep eye on the site “International Library Related Conferences” maintained by James Thull, Associate Profession, Specials Collections Librarian, Montana State University Library and Marian Dworaczek, Librarian Emeritus University of Saskatchewan Library.

MOOCs & Online Training

   HLA Twitter Chat
 The HLA Twitter Chat is off and running. Facilitated by Steven Chang with Catherine Voutier #healthlibaust is our HLA Twitter chat handle. This is your place to discuss a specific article or topic of interest to Australian health librarianship. The first topic ran in February with a lively discussion on the acknowledgement for librarians contributing to research.
Want to know more about this new HLA initiative … keep an eye out – there will be further information coming very soon.
ALIA PD Scheme: Health Specialisation
To get the most from your ALIA membership, make sure you register for the Health Specialisation.
Just for Fun
Nouns for LibrariansSend us your suggestions for health librarians.
Current Happenings in the Wider Library World
Operation 451 from the US Librarianinblack blog: “Operation 451 offers a way you can show support and solidarity for core library ethics in this tumultuous time. Read more and get involved at the Operation 451 website.” Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians / nasigThe NASIG Scholarly Communications Core Competencies Task Force (CCTF) has released the final draft of the Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians. This document describes the skills that librarians need to work in the highly collaborative environment related to digital scholarship and scholarly communications in today’s libraries.

For those of our Veterinary Science Library Colleagues:
Agricultural Libraries Worldwide – new blog
“Agricultural libraries and information centers (sic) play vital role in advancing food, agriculture and nutrition information towards achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals. With a view to sharing related information worldwide, a blogspot 'Agricultural Libraries Worldwide" has been created and activated.
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HLA Executive 
Convenor: Ann Ritchie AALIA (CP) Health. (Vic).
Treasurer: Sharon Karasmanis (Vic), Secretary: Gemma Siemensma (Vic).
Committee: Diana Blackwood (WA), Natasha Bradley (Vic), Jeanette Bunting (WA), Dr Kathleen Gray (Vic), Sarah Hayman (SA), Dr Suzanne Lewis (NSW), Jane Orbell-Smith (Qld), Rob Penfold (Qld), Bronia Renison (Qld), Rolf Schafer (NSW), Angela Smith (NSW), and, Catherine Voutier (Vic). 

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