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Discussion April Goals Update: Health and Medical Reference Committee

by Laura Haines on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 02:37 pm

The goals for the 2015-16 year of the Health and Medical Reference Committee are as follows:

  • Promote the newly accepted RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines through communications, marketing, scholarship and professional development programming.

Update, April 2016:

The goals for the 2015-16 year of the Health and Medical Reference Committee are as follows:

  • Promote the newly accepted RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines through communications, marketing, scholarship and professional development programming.

Update, April 2016:

The focus of late has been on promoting the Guidelines through an ALA Discussion Forum in Orlando in June 2016. HMRC has teamed up with ACRL’s HSIG to run this Discussion Forum. The program description of the Discussion Forum is as follows: “The RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines were revised in 2015, and present a major revision to the previous guiding documents on the best practices for medical reference service. These guidelines were designed for use in libraries regardless of type and cover a broad range of possible reference interactions. This program will highlight how these guides can best be implemented in your library, including how to train professional as well as non-professional staff regarding what are often sensitive reference questions. This forum is co-sponsored by ACRL’s Heath Sciences Interest Group (HSIG).” Members from each committee are currently planning the curriculum.

  • Promote and develop the Medref 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, April 2015:

The Committee has made descriptive changes to the listserv directory information and is continuing to work on promotion. One committee member wrote a “press release” describing the listserv and encouraging its use. In the last few months this release has been sent to many listservs including RUSA, RSS, ACRL, ALA, MLA and CAPHIS. Subscription to the listserv has increased from around 100 members in October to 265 members in April. MEDREF can be found here: http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/medref.

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

Completed, October 2015:

The HMRC is pleased to have completed a web page with a list of resources. It can be found on the Committee’s site at http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/rss/rus-rsshmr. The page is meant to provide a wide range of library workers a short list of free web resources to seek answers to health-related questions.

  • Programming: contribute a Webinar, discussion forum or program for ALA Annual Meeting 2016 and/or other venues.

Update, April 2015:

The Committee is collaborating with ACRL’s Health Sciences Interest Group to prepare a discussion forum for Annual 2016. See above for description. This Discussion Forum will take place on Saturday, June 25th at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Barrel Springs II from 1-2:30 pm. We hope all interested in learning more about providing excellent health reference will join us. It promises to be an engaging conversation!

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Haines, Chair

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Discussion October Update: Health and Medical Reference Committee Goals for 2015-16

by Laura Haines on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 02:36 pm

The goals for the 2015-16 year of the Health and Medical Reference Committee are as follows:

  • Promote the newly accepted RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines through communications, marketing, scholarship and professional development programming.

    Update, October 2015:

The goals for the 2015-16 year of the Health and Medical Reference Committee are as follows:

  • Promote the newly accepted RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines through communications, marketing, scholarship and professional development programming.

    Update, October 2015:

    The HMRC has been brainstorming the various ways we could market the new Guidelines. Ideas include using local and regional library associations, local public libraries, and regional libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to promote the Guidelines. An article has already been included in a regional newsletter in Connecticut. One member is drafting a press release to share with these various outlets. A discussion forum is also being planned for ALA Annual in Orlando for further promotion. HMRC will continue to plan and promote the guidelines.

  • Promote and develop the Medref 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, October 2015:

    The Committee has made descriptive changes to the listserv directory information and is continuing to work on promotion.

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

    Update, October 2015:

    The HMRC is pleased to have completed a web page with a list of resources. It can be found on the Committee’s site at http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/rss/rus-rsshmr. The page is meant to provide a wide range of library workers a short list of free web resources to seek answers to health-related questions.

  • Programming: contribute a Webinar, discussion forum or program for ALA Annual Meeting 2016 and/or other venues.

    Update, October 2015:

    The Committee is collaborating with ACRL’s Health Sciences Interest Group to prepare a discussion forum for Annual 2016.

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Discussion Virtual Mid-Winter HMRC Meeting Minutes

by Laura Haines on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 01:28 pm

RUSA/RSS
Health and Medical Reference Committee
Virtual Midwinter Meeting
January 12, 2016

Present: Ann Glusker, Toni Hoberecht, Karen Vargas, Laura Haines, Qiana Johnson, Kelli Hamm, Gwen Geiger Wolfe

Minutes

  1. Next chair?

Ann Glusker has kindly agreed to become the next chair for the HMRC.

RUSA/RSS
Health and Medical Reference Committee
Virtual Midwinter Meeting
January 12, 2016

Present: Ann Glusker, Toni Hoberecht, Karen Vargas, Laura Haines, Qiana Johnson, Kelli Hamm, Gwen Geiger Wolfe

Minutes

  1. Next chair?

Ann Glusker has kindly agreed to become the next chair for the HMRC.

  1. RSS Section Review, information from our committee.

The committee carefully considered the questions posed by RSS answering each one as a group. Laura Haines agreed to write up the HMRC’s portion and send it to Crystal Lentz. After running a draft by the full committee, Laura sent the HMRC’s report to Crystal on January 15.

  1. Promoting the Guidelines.

It was agreed that a lot more promotion has to happen. We talked briefly about spreading the word among our regional committees and colleagues, but agreed to move this item to next meeting’s agenda since the Section Review took a long time to discuss.

  1. Promoting MEDREF list.

Toni Hoberecht drafted a “press release” about MEDREF for all members to share. The group had a few suggestions and amendments for the release, which Toni changed on the spot. Each agreed to send the release to a list: Laura to RSS-L and RUSA-L; Ann to MLA/MEDLIB-L and PLA, Kelli to CAPHIS, Karen to ACRL and Qiona to LIBREF.

  1. Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida: Discussion Forum.

Everyone was supportive of the idea of submitting a Discussion Forum to be held with ACRL’s HSIG (Health Sciences Interest Group). Laura and Nadia will be attending ALA and can help run the forum. Laura and Karen will reach out to the folks on ACRL HSIG to further discuss planning for the forum. Laura agreed to spearhead this.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Haines, Chair

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Event Virtual Mid-Winter HMRC Meeting

by Laura Haines on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 10:52 am

Please join the Health and Medical Reference Committee at ALA Midwinter virtually by attending our teleconference meeting on Tuesday, January 12, from 2-3 PM Central Time. The agenda is as follows:

  1. RSS Section Review, information from our committee.
  2. Promoting the Guidelines.
  3. Promoting MEDREF list.
  4. Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida: Discussion Forum.
  5. Other business.

To join this meeting, please Dial 866-714-4933

Passcode: 76286198

Please join the Health and Medical Reference Committee at ALA Midwinter virtually by attending our teleconference meeting on Tuesday, January 12, from 2-3 PM Central Time. The agenda is as follows:

  1. RSS Section Review, information from our committee.
  2. Promoting the Guidelines.
  3. Promoting MEDREF list.
  4. Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida: Discussion Forum.
  5. Other business.

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 Virtual Mid-Winter HMRC Meeting: Teleconference Tuesday, January 12, from 2-3 PM CENTRAL TIME

by Laura Haines on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

Greetings!

Please join the Health and Medical Reference Committee at ALA Midwinter virtually by attending our teleconference meeting on Tuesday, January 12, from 2-3 PM Central Time. The agenda is as follows:

  1. RSS Section Review, information from our committee.
  2. Promoting the Guidelines.
  3. Promoting MEDREF list.
  4. Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida: Discussion Forum.
  5. Other business.

To join this meeting, please Dial 866-714-4933

Passcode: 76286198

Greetings!

Please join the Health and Medical Reference Committee at ALA Midwinter virtually by attending our teleconference meeting on Tuesday, January 12, from 2-3 PM Central Time. The agenda is as follows:

  1. RSS Section Review, information from our committee.
  2. Promoting the Guidelines.
  3. Promoting MEDREF list.
  4. Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida: Discussion Forum.
  5. Other business.

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 Summary of Current Activities, September 2015

by Laura Haines on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 01:46 pm

The Health and Medical Reference Committee (HMRC) is currently engaged in creating a list of resources to be added to the Health and Medical Reference Committee website (http://www.ala.org/rusa/health-and-medical-reference-committee). Member Ann Glusker has submitted a brief list of top-level sites to the committee. The list is meant to point library staff at all types of libraries in the right direction toward answering health related reference questions.

The Health and Medical Reference Committee (HMRC) is currently engaged in creating a list of resources to be added to the Health and Medical Reference Committee website (http://www.ala.org/rusa/health-and-medical-reference-committee). Member Ann Glusker has submitted a brief list of top-level sites to the committee. The list is meant to point library staff at all types of libraries in the right direction toward answering health related reference questions. While not meant to be a comprehensive list of health sciences sites, it is hopefully a good place for those new to health and medical reference to start. This website is on the agenda for our upcoming meeting, Tuesday, September 14th, 2-3 pm, Central Time. (See meeting announcement for details.)

The HMRC is also developing programming for ALA Annual 2016 in conjunction with ACRL's Health Sciences Interest Group. The two groups hope to create a joint Discussion Forum that uses the new Health and Medical Reference Guidelines as a training tool for both professional and para professional library staff in answering health related reference questions. 

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Haines

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Online Doc Minutes Landing Page

by Laura Haines on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 02:55 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 Virtual HMRC Meeting: Teleconference Tuesday, September 15, from 2-3 PM CENTRAL TIME

by Laura Haines on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Greetings!

Please join the Health and Medical Reference Committee virtually by attending our teleconference meeting on Tuesday, September 15, from 2-3 PM Central Time. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Updates from ALA Annual Conference back in June.
  2. Goals for upcoming year.
  3. Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida.
  4. Midwinter Meeting.
  5. HMRC Website.
  6. Promoting the Guidelines.
  7. Promoting MEDREF list.
  8. Other business.

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

Greetings!

Please join the Health and Medical Reference Committee virtually by attending our teleconference meeting on Tuesday, September 15, from 2-3 PM Central Time. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Updates from ALA Annual Conference back in June.
  2. Goals for upcoming year.
  3. Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida.
  4. Midwinter Meeting.
  5. HMRC Website.
  6. Promoting the Guidelines.
  7. Promoting MEDREF list.
  8. Other business.

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 HMRC Roster 2015-16

by Laura Haines on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 03:39 pm

Laura Louise Haines (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016) laura.haines@uvm.edu

Lori C. Lauterbach (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017) llauterbach@stratford.edu

Ms. Ann Glusker (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) glusker@u.washington.edu

Laura Louise Haines (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016) laura.haines@uvm.edu

Lori C. Lauterbach (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017) llauterbach@stratford.edu

Ms. Ann Glusker (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) glusker@u.washington.edu

Laura Louise Haines (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) laura.haines@uvm.edu

Kelli Ham (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) kkham@library.ucla.edu

Ms. Toni Hoberecht (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) toni-hoberecht@ouhsc.edu

Jonathan B. Jeffery (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) jeffery@udel.edu

Qiana M. Johnson (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) q-johnson@pobox.com

Nadia J. Lalla (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) njlalla@gmail.com

Karen J. Vargas (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) karen.j.vargas@gmail.com

Andrea Hill (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2020) ahill@ala.org

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Event Get to Know the New RUSA Guidelines for Health and Medical Reference Services

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

RUSA's Health and Medical Reference Guidelines have been re-written and newly launched. Authors from the Health and Medical Reference Committee will present the new guidelines and lead a discussion about special considerations to make when answering health or medical reference queries. Topics raised will include best practices and unique approaches to health reference.

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