A Day in the Life - Thursday

  • Started the day with a research consultation.  Topic (more or less) = perceptions of disease in post-operative patients.  We searched PubMed and PsycInfo.  Then she left. 
  • Continued working on yesterday's systematic review search until the network went down.  Went to lunch with colleagues. 
  • Received a call from faculty in the Department of Surgery asking for assistance on a systematic review search.  They'll get back to me to schedule a meeting.
  • Attended a meeting to discuss this Informatics/Library project I'm involved in.  Basically, we're trying to unobtrusively buff up the amount of technology teaching faculty are using in the classroom and in their course sites.
  • Attended another - our last - meeting for the article discovery working group.  The report's due Sunday, but we hope to send it off to the powers that be before the end of the day tomorrow.  Looks promising.
  • I didn't get to spend as much time on the systematic review search as I had hoped.  I didn't get a chance to prep for the class I'm teaching tomorrow.  I didn't get a chance to make any progress on the other 2 systematic review searches I currently have on the go.

While the above was happening and not happening, this happened:


A Day in the Life - Wednesday

  • Provided the Nuclear Medicine Fellows with a talk on strategies for keeping current with the literature.  The talk was part of their Lecture Series, which I contribute to 4 times over the course of the year, covering topics pertinent to clinical and research work.  It's a small group, so it's more discussion than lecture.
  • Read through and made edits to the Article Discovery Working Group report I mentioned on Monday.  The report's due at the end of the week, so we agreed to get the Google Doc completed today (more or less).  We're having a prolonged meeting tomorrow to wrap things up. 
  • Met with two colleagues to discuss an EBM pharmacy course we're teaching in February.  To prep, we need to record the 'lectures' in advance and upload them to the course site.  Why?  Because the course is all team-based learning.  This means there's very little in the way of lecturing.  Which means that class time is devoted to things other than lecturing.  Things like teamwork and team exercises.  Beyond the recordings, we still have a lot to do - but we have a few weeks...
  • Most of my day was spent constructing and reconstructing a systematic review search for a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.  I might work on it a bit tonight, but regardless I'll have to work on it tomorrow. 
  • And - a colleague gave me a homeless - yet domesticated - plant.  It's green and on my desk.

The big news of the day was, of course, this:

If I had a HOF vote, I wouldn't've voted for Dawson. But now that he's in I'm glad he's going to be wearing an Expos cap. It would've been ridiculous otherwise. (From Big League Stew's Flickr photostream)

And - oh yeah - there was something about  an iPad as well...


A Day in the Life - Tuesday

At work:

  • A hospitalist cancelled a 9am research consultation w/ me.  Topic = The leadership and mentorship roles of physicians.  In preparation for the mtg, I threw together (what seemed to me to be) a decent set of search results (for a first search).  I sent him the PubMed results.
  • A first-year student was, for some reason, unable to access Ovid from off-campus.  I spent a few minutes trouble-shooting before the problem ironed itself out.
  • Volunteered to proctor a dental exam. 
  • Had 2 separate research consultations w/ M1 students as part of their longitudinal case study groups.  One early afternoon; the other late.  Both students needed help finding literature on cultural perspectives of health care.  I showed them the research guide a colleague of mine put together for precisely this purpose.  Since both prefered PubMed, I translated the Ovidlish into PubMedese.  I also intro'd them to the ATLA Religion Database to give a non-med slant on things.  Last, I showed some advanced Google strategies (inc site searching) to help them minimize the garbage retrieval.  One of the consultations veered into the land of impact factors and H-Indexes. Aside: I should point out that the LCS is part of the first and second year medical curriculum.  Each small group has 12 or so students + a faculty leader + a librarian.  I've been assigned to 3 M1 groups and 1 M2.  Two of the M1 faculty leaders frequently send students to me.
  • Had a working lunch w/ a colleague.

At home:

  • Prepped for an early Wed morning presentation.  Topic = Keeping current w/ the literature.  Audience = Nuclear Medicine Fellows.

A Day in the Life - Monday

Library Day in the Life.  I participated in the last one (which turns out to have been Round 3) in July '09.   Seems like it was, as they say, only yesterday.  Time Flies

In any case, this week'll be a killer.  Expect a lot of posts about systematic review searching and presentation prepping/giving and other random project doing.  I'll continue using the Library Day in the Life to group these posts together.

  • Started writing a portion of a report.  Since Fall '09, I've been a member of an article discovery working group - a group tasked by library administration to evaluate a few article discovery tools.  We - the committee members - personally evaluated each of the tools and then ran a successful user survey to, you know, get input from the users.  The report, which is due at the end of January (this week!), will summarize our findings and ultimately present our Taskers with recommendations.
  • Held my weekly liaison office hours in the School of Dentistry (2 hours). 
  • Co-chaired a committee meeting comprised of members from both the library and the Office of Medical Education.  We are, as you can imagine, both heavily involved in med-ed, yet to date have done very little in the way of collaboratin'.  Thus - we're getting together committee-style to make sure we don't continue along this isolated path.
  • Finished my section of the report late in the evening.  First draft in Google Docs. 

Midwest Chapter, MLA Presentation

This presentation was given at the 2009 Midwest Chapter MLA meeting in October (which I wasn't able to attend).  It details a survey we - the UM HSL - sent around* to faculty and students to determine their awareness of various resources.  To me (as a liaison), the most significant result is the potential impact on instruction.  Should I make a more concerted effort to introduce my audiences to a wider array of resources?  Doing this would - of course - mean less time for advanced PubMed and Ovid.  Is that a worthwhile trade-off?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  It depends on the audience.  Something to think about anyway. 


* By 'sent around' I mean we put it on our homepage and let users find it themselves.  Judging by the 331 response rate, that process seemed to work well enough.