Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association


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2018 Lightning Rounds

MHSLA Annual Conference
Traverse City, Michigan - October 12, 2018

Lightning Rounds

Project Management: Policy & Procedure Workflow Redesign

Barbara Platts, Manager, Knowledge Management Services
Munson Healthcare

This session will highlight the launch of a new enterprise-wide document management system facilitated by library staff. Continuous improvement tools, stakeholder advocacy, best practice, business case scenarios, funding and administrative support will be discussed.


Systematic Review Colossal Fail

Jennifer Bowen, Librarian
Jill Turner, Associate Librarian
University of Detroit Mercy

Learn about the massive missteps we made in undertaking our first Systematic Review.


Piloting a Personal Librarian Program for First-Year Medical Students

Stephanie Swanberg, Assistant Professor, Information Literacy & eLearning Librarian
Nancy Bulgarelli, Director, Oakland University William Beaumont Medical Library
Misa Mi, Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Librarian
Keith Engwall, Web & Emerging Technologies Librarian
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

As the OUWB School of Medicine continues to grow and class sizes increase, it becomes more challenging to provide a unique and personalized experience for each medical student. Beginning in August 2017, the OUWB Medical Library piloted a Personal Librarian Program pairing all 125 incoming first- year medical students with a library faculty member. The purpose of the program was to raise awareness of library faculty expertise and services, showcase relevant library resources tied to major curriculum milestones throughout the year, and further promote a sense of community. The pilot also provided an easy structure to divide, review, and provide individualized feedback to each student on their reported searching of the literature for their research project proposals. This lightning round presentation will describe the pilot program structure and major projects as well as the opportunities and challenges encountered in implementing such a program.


Research Impact Core: A Research Impact Initiative at the Taubman Health Sciences Library

Tyler Nix, Informationist
University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library

The Taubman Health Sciences Library is developing a "Research Impact Core" to provide increased programming and expertise in evaluation metrics, tools, and best practices for the University of Michigan health sciences community. The initial focus of the Research Impact Core is to provide information sessions and consultations promoting a greater understanding of the strengths and limitations of impact metrics (e.g., the H-Index) and use of metrics tools. The authors will share results including: instructional and promotional content developed to date, challenges encountered, and feedback from initial training sessions and consultations.


LibGuides: Jail or Park Place?

Presenter: Betsy Williams, Health Professions Librarian
Grand Valley State University

Do your library guides contain long lists of links or lots of text? In our efforts to be thorough, our guides can be overloaded with content and may actually make it harder for users to find what they need. In this lightning talk, you’ll learn how tabbed boxes can help you organize your LibGuides and make them more user- friendly.


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