RUSA RSS Health and Medical Reference Committee Committee
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 programing.
- 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.
- 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 2016 and/or other venues.
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.
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:
- Updates from ALA Annual Conference back in June.
- Goals for upcoming year.
- Programming for ALA Annual 2016, Orlando, Florida.
- Midwinter Meeting.
- HMRC Website.
- Promoting the Guidelines.
- Promoting MEDREF list.
- Other business.
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Laura Louise Haines (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016) email@example.com
Lori C. Lauterbach (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Ann Glusker (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) email@example.com
Laura Louise Haines (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelli Ham (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) email@example.com
Ms. Toni Hoberecht (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan B. Jeffery (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) email@example.com
Qiana M. Johnson (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadia J. Lalla (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) email@example.com
Karen J. Vargas (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016) firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Hill (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2020) email@example.com
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.
Laura Haines, Chair
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.
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.
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!