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Discussion Goals Update April 2014

by Laura Haines on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 03:16 pm

1. Complete the document Health and Medical Reference Guidelines.

1. Complete the document Health and Medical Reference Guidelines.

Update: The Guidelines are currently under review by the RUSA Board. The Committee hopes they will be completely accepted and added to the RUSA web site by ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco. However, whether they are online or not, they will be presented in a Discussion Forum entitled "Get to Know the New RUSA Guidelines for Health and Medical Reference Services" on Sunday, June 28th, from 3-4 pm.

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.

Update: Committee member and former Chair, Karen Vargas is writing a scope note and promotion plan for the list, which will then be implemented by the entire committee.

3. Develop a web page to communicate helpful resources for those in the field providing health or medical reference.

Update: Committee member Ann Glusker has developed a draft of a web page of health and medical reference sources that features 2 sites for a variety of categories such as consumer health, scholarly research, online tutorials and more. The Committee is discussing this draft via email, will make any necessary changes, and upload the content to the Health and Medical Reference Committee's web space on the ALA site by fall 2015. 

4. Programming: contribute a Webinar, discussion forum or program for ALA Annual Meeting and/or other venues.

Update: The Committee will offer a discussion forum about the new Health and Medical Reference Guidelines: "Get to Know the New RUSA Guidelines for Health and Medical Reference Services" on Sunday, June 28th, from 3-4 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Haines, Chair

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Online Doc Minutes Landing Page

by Laura Haines on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 02:15 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.

Discussion Minutes for Virtual Mid-Winter HMRC Meeting, Teleconference 2/3/15

by Laura Haines on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 02:14 pm

Health and Medical Reference Committee Meeting

February 2, 2015

Present: Ann Glusker, Laura Haines (scribe), Kelli Ham, Nadia Lalla, Jon Jeffery, Qiana Johnson, Karen Vargas

1.    Update on Guidelines

Health and Medical Reference Committee Meeting

February 2, 2015

Present: Ann Glusker, Laura Haines (scribe), Kelli Ham, Nadia Lalla, Jon Jeffery, Qiana Johnson, Karen Vargas

1.    Update on Guidelines

Laura sent a copy of the final draft of the Guidelines prior to the meeting. In early November Bryna Coonin from the Standards and Guidelines Committee sent Laura and Karen comments from the S & G Committee on the Guidelines document. There were a few items, mostly simple clarifications and word choice/formatting issues. Laura and Karen made the changes requested and resubmitted them to S & G. Bryna explained that the Guidelines would be once again reviewed by S & G at Midwinter, and then passed on to the RUSA Board. After that it is possible that the Guidelines will have to go out for public comment, but Bryna will let us know either way. We look forward to hearing from them soon.

Kelli expressed approval of the final draft of the Guidelines. Ann asked how we would let people know that the old guidelines have been revised, and what the new ones contain. Many suggestions were made for publicizing: NLM; MLA; CAPHIS; RUSA; RSS; ALA; Web Junction Webinars; State Libraries; Regional Associations; Medref-L; Health Happens in Libraries programming; various blogs; etc. Once the Guidelines are final, we will have a meeting to make a promotion plan, and we’ll divide up tasks accordingly.

 2.    Programming for Annual

Everyone should have received via email yesterday the meeting requests submitted by Laura. HMRC will meet during the RSS All-Committee Meeting on Saturday, from 8-10 am. Laura also submitted a request for a Discussion Forum for Sunday from 3-4. The topic is the new Guidelines. Jon and Karen suggested expanding it with small group activities such as reference scenarios or discussion topics taken from the Guidelines. As we get closer we will meet to make a plan for the discussion forum. It looks like Jon and Laura will be at ALA Annual, and that Karen is trying to go. Jon also volunteered to help with the program.

 3.    Medref-L

Karen reported that there are now 60 people on the listserv, and that so far it is mostly used for job posting. She will write a statement of its purpose and intent, and distribute it to us via email next week or the week after. (Laura will issue a reminder.) The list is meant for reference questions and reference help, big issues in health reference, best practices, job notices, program notices, etc. We will discuss how to promote it at a later meeting. It was also suggested that when we put something out on RSS/RUSA about the listserv, we mention the new Guidelines. Perhaps promotion of the two can go hand in hand?

 4.    HMRC Web Site

We decided that we could move forward on the web site mostly via email discussions. It was suggested that this be very top-level sites (think CAPHIS or MedlinePlus) to get people who are new to health reference started. Ann will mock up a Word document of a list of sites to get us started. Originally the idea was that there would be an Additional Resources/Information section on this page: http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/rss/rus-rsshmr but maybe it should be this page: http://www.ala.org/rusa/health-and-medical-reference-committee? Ann will try to send out a list of sites to the group by April.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Laura Haines

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Discussion Virtual Mid-Winter HMRC Meeting: Teleconference Tuesday, February 3, from 11-12 CENTRAL TIME

by Laura Haines on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 03:38 pm

Greetings!

Please join the Health and Medical Reference Committee virtually for Mid-Winter this year by attending our teleconference meeting on Tuesday, February 3, from 11-12 Central Time. The agenda is as follows:

 

Greetings!

Please join the Health and Medical Reference Committee virtually for Mid-Winter this year by attending our teleconference meeting on Tuesday, February 3, from 11-12 Central Time. The agenda is as follows:

 

  • Introductions and review of mission and goals of the committee
  • Finalize ALA discussion forum topic
  • Form Web page sub-committee and set work flow and timeline
  • Form Medref-L subcommittee and set work flow and timeline
  • News and updates.

To join this meeting, please Dial: 866-714-4933 Passcode: 76286198.

Questions or comments? Do not hesitate to contact me!

Laura Haines

Laura.Haines@uvm.edu

 

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Discussion Goals Update November 2014

by Laura Haines on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 02:18 pm

Update to Goals, November 7, 2014

1. Complete the document Health and Medical Reference Guidelines.

Update: The Guidelines are currently under review by the Standard and Guidelines Committee. They will next be opened for public comment. The Committee hopes they will be completely accepted and added to the RUSA web site in time for them to be presented to the larger ALA community at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco.

Update to Goals, November 7, 2014

1. Complete the document Health and Medical Reference Guidelines.

Update: The Guidelines are currently under review by the Standard and Guidelines Committee. They will next be opened for public comment. The Committee hopes they will be completely accepted and added to the RUSA web site in time for them to be presented to the larger ALA community at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco.

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.

Update: Committee member and former Chair, Karen Vargas is writing a scope note and promotion plan for the list, which will then be implemented by the entire committee.

3. Develop a web page to communicate helpful resources for those in the field providing health or medical reference.

Update: Committee member Qiana Johnson is investigating the RUSA site (http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/rss/rus-rsshmr), specifically how flexible the format is, and what the process is for updating it. Individual members are beginning to compile useful information resources and sites that will support library staff who answer health reference questions at a variety of types of libraries. 

4. Programming: contribute a Webinar, discussion forum or program for ALA Annual Meeting and/or other venues.

Update: The Committee has decided to do a discussion forum about the new Health and Medical Reference Guidelines, depending on their acceptance, or on a particular health topic of interest if one presents itself. 

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Haines, Chair

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Discussion HMRC Meeting Minutes 10/6/14

by Laura Haines on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 01:43 pm

Health and Medical Reference Committee Meeting

October 6, 2014

Present: Laura Haines (scribe), Nadia Lalla , Karen Vargas, Qiana Johnson , Toni Holbrecht, Ann Glusker

1.    Update on Guidelines

Health and Medical Reference Committee Meeting

October 6, 2014

Present: Laura Haines (scribe), Nadia Lalla , Karen Vargas, Qiana Johnson , Toni Holbrecht, Ann Glusker

1.    Update on Guidelines

Bryna Coonin recently wrote to Laura and said that the Health and Medical Reference Guidelines are currently under review by the Standards and Guidelines Committee (S & G). They promise not to sit on them too long. There has been some discussion in S & G about where to put the definitions. Karen reminded us of the process: the guidelines will go through the S & G Committee and then they need to be opened up for public comment. Frequently no one comments. In fact, if we were looking for more pointed discussion about them, we may want to send them to selected colleagues.

 2.    Goals for Next Year

The group present approved of the goals listed:

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop a web page to communicate helpful resources for those in the field providing health or medical reference.
  • Programming: contribute a Webinar, discussion forum or program for ALA Annual Meeting and/or other venues.

Toni asked for clarification as to whether or not we needed to be able to finish all of these goals this year. Qiana assured us that, no, we just need to be working on them and making some progress, and keeping ALA members informed when things change.

 3.    HMRC Web Site

When we create a web site for the Health and Medical Reference Committee, it will live here: http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/rss/rus-rsshmr.   Qiana will check with the web master to see how flexible the format is, and what the process is for updating that site. We are imagining this is a good place to redirect ALA members to good information resources and information about best practices. We commented that there is no need to reinvent the wheel, so it makes sense to link to CAPHIS, for example, instead of including all the information sources listed there. Action item: start thinking about an overall structure and the scope of things covered. Does anyone have any ideas? Would anyone like to spearhead this? Let’s continue to discuss on email until our next meeting.

 4.    Medref-L

Qiana confirmed that our listserv (Medref-L) currently has 46 members. So far it has been used for job postings and NLM updates. The group agreed that the goal for this list is to be place for reference questions, general topic questions, job postings, etc. but NO ILL requests. It is primarily a place for librarians from all institutions to ask questions and raise issues without feeling stupid or overwhelmed. Karen will draft a purpose/scope note and a brief promotion plan. We will also look at the places it should be posted, for example here: http://lists.ala.org/sympa.

 5.    Midwinter

Laura will schedule a virtual meeting for Midwinter soon. It will likely be in January.

 6.    Programming for Annual

The group agreed that we would like to do a Discussion Forum for ALA 2015. If guidelines are ready, we thought we’d do an introduction to the Guidelines and open it up for discussion. Everyone agreed that doing a discussion forum is preferable, as it doesn’t have to be scheduled as far in advance as programs do. Discussion forums are more flexible to react to timely items (Ebola example). We will need to decide by January or February, but we can see if either the guidelines are ready to be discussed, or if there is another timely topic we might want to cover.

7.    Being a new member, Ann recommended we introduce ourselves, so we went around and introduced ourselves and said a little bit about our current and past employment. This was really helpful, as I don’t think we’d done that before! I know I learned a lot!

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Haines

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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

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