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Online Doc Teleconference Meeting scheduled for October 6, 2014 from 11am-12pm Central Time

by Laura Haines on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 03:18 pm

We have a meeting scheduled for October 6, 2014 from 11am-12pm Central Time. Please call 866-714-4933 and use pass code 41708992 to participate.

Agenda thus far:

  • update on Guidelines
  • goals for the year
  • HMRC Web page: who, what, why and when
  • marketing and developing Medref-L
  • virtual meeting for Midwinter
  • programming for Annual.

Questions or comments?

 

Laura Haines

laura.haines@uvm.edu

Discussion HMRC Meeting Minutes 6/30/14

by Laura Haines on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

Submitted by Laura Haines, 9/12/14

Submitted by Laura Haines, 9/12/14

“I want to update you on this weekend at ALA.  First of all, we did not have a meeting, per se.  Well, not at all.  There was a glitch and the printed program had the Health and Medical Reference Committee meeting in the Convention Center, whereas the electronic version had it in a hotel with all the other RSS committees.  I am pretty sure this affected more than just our committee.  If I had known I would certainly have put out some kind of heads-up about it. So even though both Barbara and Kelli put aside other things they could be doing, we were in two locations and couldn't meet. We had one visitor who had a lovely conversation about what we've been doing.  Sorry - everyone! It was kind of a bust.

However, lots of news:

1) We have a new chair: Laura Haines.  Yea Laura!! I'm not sure when the chairing for me ends (it might already be over!), but I'm sure it will be a smooth transition,since Laura has been with us pretty  much from the start.  I think I'm still going to continue shepherding the Guidelines. which leads to:

2) I met with the Standards and Guidelines Committee on Sunday June 29.  They seem to think our guidelines are in very good shape.  Their committee works online now, and it sounds like there is a good chance the entire process might be completed by Midwinter 2015!  It has to be approved by the Standards and Guidelines (and they will almost certainly have some changes for us), and then it goes out for public review (this is supposed to be not a long process), and then it goes to the RUSA Board.  And when they approve it, it's done!  At least for 7 years.

One little weird note about the Guidelines.  The Standards and Guidelines Committee decided to keep the "Guidelines for Medical Legal and Business Responses" up on the website until after all three parts have been replaced.  Business updated theirs last year, ours will be done soon, but there is no section in RUSA to do Legal. So they are going to find someone to do them. Therefore, those old guidelines might co-exist with ours for a couple of years.

3) We have at least one new member, so I have added her to this email.  Ann Glusker, BST Librarian from The Seattle Public Library, with a medical library background.  Welcome Ann!

-- Karen Vargas, June 30, 2014

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Discussion Goals of HMRC for 2014-15

by Laura Haines on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

The goals for the 2014-14 year of the Health and Medical Reference Committee are as follows:

The goals for the 2014-14 year of the Health and Medical Reference Committee are as follows:

  1. Complete the document Health and Medical Guidelines. This has been submitted to the Standard and Guidelines Committee who will review it in September 2014. The Guidelines should be complete and accepted by Midwinter 2015.
  2. Promote and develop the Medref-L listserv in order to provide a discussion space for workers in all libraries who provide health or medical reference to talk about the special issues arising from those types of reference questions.
  3. Develop a web page to communicate helpful resources for those in the field providing health or medical reference.
  4. Programming: contribute a Webinar, discussion forum or program for ALA Annual Meeting and/or other venues.

 

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Discussion Summary of Current Activites, September 2014

by Laura Haines on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

The HMRC has most recently been working on completing the Guidelines for Health and Medical Reference. In June 2014 a draft of the Guidelines was submitted to the Standards and Guidelines Committee. As of August 1, 2014, the HMRC Guidelines were next on the Standards and Guidelines Committee's docket, with a goal toward having them accepted and active by Midwinter 2015. Please find attached here the Guidelines that were submitted to the Standards and Guidelines Committee.

 

Respectfully, 

Laura Haines, Chair 2014-5

Online Doc Minutes Landing Page

by Laura Haines on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 02:04 pm

Use this as a landing page for uploading minutes.  Simply click on the Edit tab, then scroll down to Add File Attachments (below).  We will collect minutes here.

Event RUSA RSS Health and Medical Reference Committee Meeting

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Annual meeting of the RSS Health and Medical Reference Committee Meeting. Everyone is welcome to come by and give suggestions about the rough draft of the medical reference guidelines.

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Event Health and Medical Reference Committee Meeting (RSS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

The Health and Medical Reference Committee will meet to discuss primarily the Guidelines.

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Event Your Experiences with the Affordable Care Act

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act goes from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Come to this forum to discuss your library’s experiences: what has worked, what hasn’t worked, complaints, successes, surprises (both good and bad), and any other things about this process. Hosted by the RSS Health and Medical Reference Commitee.

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Discussion 2013 Summary of Current Activities

by Karen Vargas on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 05:15 pm

Approximately 60 people attended the ALA Annual Conference program, "Different Strokes: Serving the Health Information Needs of a Diverse Community" held on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:00pm. The committee’s is planning a free RSS webinar, “Tried and True and Even Something New: Best Old and New Medical and Health Information Resources.” Details will be announced shortly. A subgroup to rewrite guidelines for medical reference continues to meet to discuss guidelines planning. The committee has established a listserv where librarians can discuss issues regarding medical reference.

Approximately 60 people attended the ALA Annual Conference program, "Different Strokes: Serving the Health Information Needs of a Diverse Community" held on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:00pm. The committee’s is planning a free RSS webinar, “Tried and True and Even Something New: Best Old and New Medical and Health Information Resources.” Details will be announced shortly. A subgroup to rewrite guidelines for medical reference continues to meet to discuss guidelines planning. The committee has established a listserv where librarians can discuss issues regarding medical reference. The email address is medref@ala.org. The link to subscribe is http://lists.ala.org/sympa/subscribe/medref.

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Discussion 2013-2014 Goals of HMRC

by Karen Vargas on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 04:59 pm

Goals of HMRC for 2013-2014

1) The primary project for this committee is to work on guidelines for medical/health reference.  The goal is to have a rough draft by Midwinter 2014

2) The committee plans to hold a free webinar on best health and medical resources

3) The committee has created a new listserv, Medref-L, and will promote it and populate it with medical reference discussions

4) A discussion forum will be held at Midwinter on librarians' experiences with the Affordable Care Act

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