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October 26, 2017

Thanks from HSL and Open Access Week

Nikki Dettmar

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the Health Sciences Library during National Medical Librarians Month! From how we use our website & toolkits to serve our users’ information needs, supporting clinicians’ information needs through education, and the use of quality improvement tools in the library and the coverage from our Regional Medical Library colleagues…


October 18, 2017

Quality Improvement Tools in the Library

Andrea L. Ball

Have you ever had a quality improvement (QI) project where you needed to analyze the data and then construct a game plan for moving forward? There are several QI tools that can help.   Let’s say you have the opportunity to revamp a library service and you decide to hold a series of focus groups….


October 11, 2017

Supporting Clinicians with Their Information Needs through Education

Frances Chu

Practicing clinicians – doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc. – taking care of patients need information to help inform their practice and determine how best to care for patients so that they receive high quality and safe care. Even though the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) no longer specifies the need for libraries…


October 4, 2017

Hello from HSL: National Medical Librarians Month

Nikki Dettmar

October is National Medical Librarians Month, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the important role that medical librarians have in healthcare, research, education, and the public’s health. Librarians from the Health Sciences Library (HSL) will be posting on Dangerous Liaisons this month and other UW Librarians are encouraged to learn more and share…


September 28, 2017

Recommended Reading: Academic Library Impact

Laura Dimmit

I’ve been reading through Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research, which was released this week (the result of a partnership between ACRL and OCLC Research). Especially at this time of year, when we are welcoming students back to our campuses, preparing for a busy season of teaching, and and just generally turning…


September 19, 2017

DACA: What Educators Need To Know

Reed Garber-Pearson

Last night I attended a community forum for educators put on by the Washington Dream Coalition. It was a comprehensive overview of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), some best practices for working with undocumented students and families, and a ton of great resources. As educators and those working with students, it’s important to stay…


September 8, 2017

#icanhazPDF – LOL Cats, Librarians and Copyright

Patricia Devine

Remember LOL cats?  The definition first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014, although it was in use on the internet for several years before that and LOLcat internet memes are everywhere. LOLcats, or “laugh out loud cats” have their own language, lolspeak, which is kind of a pidgin English or baby talk, but…


September 6, 2017

Tweet and Learn: Twitter as an Educational Tool

Patricia Devine

Twitter has been growing in popularity (although not as a money-making venture), and is one of the most used social media tools. While many still use it to connect with friends, follow the antics of celebrities, and keep up with family members, the use of Twitter as an educational tool has also been emerging for…


August 31, 2017

Follow the TRAIL…

Ann Glusker

…the TRAIL, in this case, being the Translational Research and Information Lab, located in the Health Sciences Library (HSL)! Late last year the HSL, in partnership with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), UW Medicine Research Information Technology (RIT), and the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of National Libraries of Medicine (NNLM-PNR),…


August 28, 2017

Data Literacy: “What It Is and Why You Should Care”

Ann Glusker

Open data… big data… data management…  These terms swirl around us, and often we just let them flow past.  But, to understand and navigate the rapidly changing landscape that is data, we need certain skills, and these are characterized as “data literacy”.  One definition of data literacy, from DataPopAlliance.org, is “the desire and ability to…


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