MLA MIS Members You Are Needed!

If you are a member of the Medical Informatics Section of MLA, we need your help for the 2011 section programming.  We are looking for volunteers to who are willing to review the abstracts that are submitted to the programs we are sponsoring.  This is a great way to help and participate in the section, you DON’T have to be going to the annual meeting to be a reviewer.  We are looking for anybody who is willing and interested in reading the submitted abstracts online and rating them on their quality and how they fit in within the programs we are sponsoring.  I have been a reviewer a few times and I found it to be quite interesting and a relatively easy process. If you are on the fence and have any questions as to what might be involved please let me know. 

Below is a list and a description of the programs that MIS is sponsoring or co-sponsoring for which we will need reviewers.

***If you are interested I need your name and email by no later than October 9, 2010, as well as the name of the program you wish to review. (Email using the address on file with MLA and on the MIS listserv)

  • Rethink Technology (General Topic Session)
    What are you doing with technology in your library? Implementing a metasearch? Linking in the electronic health record ? Adding folksonomy to the catalog? We want to hear about it. If your technology-related paper idea does not fit into any of the section programming themes, this general topic session is the place for you.
  • Top Tech Trends V
    Technology trend spotters will speak about the latest issues in technology and provide their opinions and thoughts on their impact on health sciences libraries. It will be a quick-paced and interesting discussion among the panelists, along with the aid of a Google jockey searching and highlighting the topics. Bring your mobile devices, and participate in the program online as a Twitter jockey will summarize each panelist’s thoughts, fostering the online discussion. Make sure to stay to the end of the session to take advantage of the Technology Petting Zoo, where you will be able to touch and play with the latest technology tools.
    The sponsoring sections will solicit abstract submissions in the months preceding the meeting.
  • Rethinking the Librarian’s Role in EHRs, PHRs, and EMRs: A Place at the Table
    In the health care environment these days, if your library is not at the table, you are on the menu. The role of medical librarians has moved from operating physical libraries to their underlying responsibility: facilitating access to and use of evidence to support quality clinical care and patient education.
    The emergence of electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR), and electronic medical record (EMR) systems provides new opportunities for libraries to participate in the integration of evidence into the clinical process and the documentation of appropriate resources for consumers. Librarians possess the expertise, skills, and resources that are integral to facilitating these connections between information and the clinician or consumer.
    The Fifth Annual Lecture on the Evidence Base will present an overview of the librarian’s role and experiences in integrating into institutions’ EHRs, PHRs, or EMRs. Topics may include, but are not limited to, convincing your organization to bring the library to the table, selecting and integrating of point-of-care evidence-based resources, designing systems, mapping clinical questions to appropriate resources, and documenting resources that are provided by the library to support patient care in the EHR, PHR, or EMR.

 Please consider being a reviewer it is a great way to help make the annual meeting and the section programs a strong and educational component for librarians at the meeting.

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