A Better Future Through Affordable Health Information

Michelle Kraft, director of libraries at the Cleveland Clinic Health System Libraries, chose to attend Mizzou for her graduate degree in library science because she wanted the opportunity to work in several different campus libraries and put what she was being taught in the classroom into practice.

During her time at Mizzou, Kraft worked at Ellis Library as an electronic resources assistant, helping students with online resources. She also completed her practicum at the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library. She sums up her experience, “Training I got from staff at both libraries was indispensable. Their mentoring and guidance gave me real world knowledge and skills not only to work in libraries but also to thrive in my career.”

Her passion for providing library resources to medical caregivers and researchers led Kraft to her role as the president of the Medical Library Association in 2015-2016. During that year of service, she advocated for unrestricted, affordable, and quality health information on behalf of the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine to members of Congress.

If there was one piece of advice that she could give to future Tigers, Kraft said, “find your passion and get involved. You grow and learn through your involvement with others at Mizzou and that learning, energy, and knowledge can carry forward to your life after college.”

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

home Gateway Carousel HSL, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Faculty: Funding is available to help you lower your students’ textbook costs

Faculty: Funding is available to help you lower your students’ textbook costs

Health Sciences, Nursing, and Medicine Faculty-

Funding of $1000-$10,000 is now available to faculty who adopt, adapt or create free or low-cost textbooks and course materials for their classes. Priority will be given to grants for high-impact courses with a large number of students, and to courses with exceptionally high textbook costs. The amount awarded to successful applicants will be based upon the amount of savings to each student, and the number of students in the class.

Grants are available for several different activities, including:

  • Adopting, adapting and/or creating open and affordable materials
  • Reviewing open textbooks
  • Mentoring faculty new to A&OER

Click here to access the grant application. Applications are due December 8 for Spring 2018 classes, and April 15 for Summer & Fall 2018 classes.For additional information, please visit the A&OER initiative website.

Reach out to Taira Meadowcroft if you are interested in incorporating OER in your health sciences, nursing, and medicine courses.

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

home J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: November 2017

Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: November 2017

Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields, and a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.

This month’s featured article, Obesity and Atrial Fibrillation Prevalence, Pathogenesis, and Prognosis: Effects of Weight Loss and Exercise, was co-authored by Dr. Martin Alpert, Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. The article was published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology (impact factor 19.896 in 2016).

See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month: http://library.muhealth.org/resourcesfor/faculty/faculty-publications/nov2017/

*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Did we miss something? Email asklibrary@health.missouri.edu and we will add your publication to the list. 

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Mizzou Opens Up Horizons

Meagan Hicks, from St. Charles, MO, was used to her small private school, but that changed when she went to Mizzou. “I was the only person from my class to go to Mizzou, and the only person I knew at Mizzou, was my sister. It was a big adjustment.” A good adjustment it would seem.

“Mizzou really helped shape me into a more well-rounded person. While I was still able to stay in my comfort zone, I was also able to explore different aspects of campus I would not normally go for,” Hicks said.

After graduating in 2014, Hicks enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program, which led to her working as a graduate assistant at the Health Sciences Library. “Working for an academic library was an amazing experience, especially a specialized one. It was awesome helping students and faculty with their research, and their dedication is something I will always remember.”  Hicks currently uses the skills she learned on the job to offer a rich variety of services to the Moberly, Missouri community. “As a public librarian now, I want to offer programs that inspire the next generation of Mizzou students to work hard in anything they want to do.”

Hicks says she made the right decision coming to Mizzou, and wants those considering Mizzou to know that they should “try out new things, things you may not have known you would like may become your new passion. Explore and have fun!”

 

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

home J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library Health Sciences Library Hosts MCMLA 2017

Health Sciences Library Hosts MCMLA 2017

October 9-11, 2017, the librarians from the Health Sciences Library hosted the Mid-Continental Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MCMLA) annual conference, at the Tiger Hotel. Some conference highlights included:

  • Two posters were presented by library staff, with one winning the award for Best Research Poster.

  • We had two wonderful speakers who gave insights into research at Mizzou:
    • Rebecca Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction, spoke about how health and wellness of humans and animals are connected.
    • Lise Saffran, MPH, MFA, Director of Mizzou’s MPH Program, spoke about how art and literature in the public health curriculum develops empathy among clinicians.
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  • It was the 50th Anniversary so we, of course, celebrated with a photo booth and Mizzou Tigers

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Ovid Ask-A-Librarian Email Outage

We recently discovered that the Ovid Ask-A-Librarian feature has not been working. Any messages sent through that feature were not being received by the libraries.

We are currently looking into the issue, but in the meantime, have rerouted those submissions to a working email. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

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Open Education Resources (OER) at the Health Sciences Library.

With Dr. Choi’s recent announcement of the University of Missouri System’s recent commitment to adopt OER to reduce the cost of textbooks and course materials, the Health Sciences Library is ready to help our faculty find appropriate resources for their courses.

MedEdPortal is a good starting point for locating open educational materials in medicine and the health sciences. Reach out to Taira Meadowcroft if you are interested in incorporating OER in your courses.

Want more information on OER? Visit the University of Libraries Open Educational Resources site.

 

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home J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library Causal relationship between hypoalbuminemia and acute kidney injury (Open Access Article)

Causal relationship between hypoalbuminemia and acute kidney injury (Open Access Article)

This week’s open access article features Dr. Wolfgang Widermann, Assistant Professor of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology in the College of Education.His primary research interests include the development of methods for causal inference, methods to determine the direction of effects in nonexperimental studies, and methods for intensive longitudinal data in the person-oriented research setting. He currently serves as an associate editor of Behaviormetrika and the Journal of Person-Oriented Research.

Dr. Widermann, and his research team, published in the World Journal of Nephrology (WJN) in July 2017. WJN is a leading open access journal devoted to reporting the latest, cutting-edge research progress and findings of basic research and clinical practice in the field of nephrology, and is currently indexed in PubMed Central (PMC) and PubMed.

His research in Causal relationship between hypoalbuminemia and acute kidney injury is an update from a meta-analysis in 2010. Since that publication, a large volume of data from clinical studies has been published further evaluating this relationship. This article serves to reevaluate their original hypothesis that hypoalbuminemia is independently associated with increased AKI risk by looking at those newer studies.

 

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Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

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Cycle of Success: Noah Heringman and the National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Dr. Noah Heringman, the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at MU, specializes in the relationship between literature and the history of ideas in the late 18th and 19th centuries. He and his editorial team were recently awarded a three-year National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions and Translations grant to complete their digital edition of Vestusta Monumenta. Vetusta Monumenta was the first of four major publication series launched by the Society of Antiquaries of London in the eighteenth century. Seven volumes were published between 1718 and 1906.

An engraving from”Vetusta Monumenta” of King Richard II in the sanctuary of Westminster Abbey. (Courtesy of University of Missouri-scalar.usc.edu/works/vm/plate-iv-westminster-portrait-of-richard-ii-nh?)

“Kelli Hansen of Special Collections help[ed] us a great deal during the early stages of the process. She gave Amy Jones, [our first research assistant], access to the division’s Indus 9000 book scanner and taught her how to use the software needed for processing the images. After Amy graduated in 2013, two more key players came on board the project: Felicity Dykas, who is now the head of Digital Services in Ellis, and Kristen Schuster, a PhD student in the iSchool (SISLT), who became Amy’s replacement. Felicity and her team took over the scanning project and scanned the remaining five volumes of Vetusta Monumenta at a uniformly high standard of excellence and added them to the University of Missouri Digital Library using the library’s Islandora content management system. In these early years, we got excellent support from other librarians, including Mike Holland (head of the division), Anne Barker, Ann Riley, Ala Barabtarlo, and others.”

The NEH grant is part of a category of funding that supports the “preparation of editions and translations of texts that are valuable to the humanities but are inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions.” This prestigious grant will allow Dr. Heringman, and his co-project director, Dr. Crystal B. Lake of Wright State University, to publish the remaining 144 plates in volumes 1-3, will full commentary by Fall 2020.

An engraving from “Vetusta Monumenta” of a baptismal font in St. James’s Church, Piccadilly (Courtesy of University of Missouri-scalar.usc.edu/works/vm/plate-iii-marble-baptismal-font-1?)

Vetusta Monumenta provides an intimate record of the kinds of objects collectively judged to be important by a large body of scholars and amateurs over generations. In some cases, these prints are the sole record of those artifacts and monuments, so digital preservation of these prints is vital. A previous digital version exists, but is not open access and does not provide high quality images. Dr. Heringman and his team have made this present edition accessible to all, while also providing scholarly commentary and search tools in order to browse through images.

“With substantial collaboration from the Society of Antiquaries, the Association for Networking Visual Culture at USC, and a growing team of scholarly collaborators, we had published twenty-six plates with commentary, a general introduction, and extensive editorial apparatus by mid-2017, and were able to secure a three-year, 286-thousand dollar Scholarly Editions Grant from the NEH to complete the project.” The project may be viewed at vetustamonumenta.org

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home J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: October 2017

Overview of Recent University of Missouri Publications in Medicine and Related Fields: October 2017

Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields, and a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.

This month’s featured article, Randomized Trial of Intelligent Sensor System for Early Illness Alerts in Senior Housing, was co-authored by faculty from a number of University of Missouri departments including Nursing, Social Work, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Health Management & Informatics, and Family & Community Medicine. School of Medicine authors include Dr. Richelle Koopman of Family & Community Medicine as well as Dr. Lanis Hicks and Dr. Chelsea Deroche from the Department of Health Management & Informatics. The article was published in Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (impact factor 5.775 in 2016).

See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month: http://library.muhealth.org/resourcesfor/faculty/faculty-publications/oct2017/

*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Did we miss something? Email asklibrary@health.missouri.edu and we will add your publication to the list. 

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.