DAHSL: Developing Academic Health Sciences Libraries


a collaboration to create the 21st century academic health sciences library…

DAHSL to meet in SF at AAMC 2012

Draft of our poster is here.

Meeting is Sunday, November 4, 10:30 am – Noon, Marriott Marquis Sierra J.

Please send agenda items-will create draft agenda soon!


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AAHSL/AAMC afforded NLG time to gather and learn

Several group members* met to learn from colleagues during this really wonderful conference in Denver!  The Saturday workshop (What’s Happening Really: Digital Research Support, and other Hot Topics) was excellent, and I  look forward to reading the handouts and PPTs once they are posted to the AAHSL website.  Other highlights for me included:

  • AAHSL Teaching and Learning Committee
  • The reception at the  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Health Science Library
  • Advancing the Digital Research Enterprise
  • Academic Medicine Question of the Year
  • AAMC Leadership Plenary
  • The Chicago Collaborative/Scholarly Communications briefing
  • The AAMC Town Hall
  • Developing an Informatics Program to Meet Market Need
  • Two Demos of INKLING
  • The AAHSL/GIR Reception and Awards Ceremony
  • GEA/GSA Small Group Discussion: The iPad Initiative: Lessons Learned from Introducing Digital Tablet-Based Learning to the MD Curriculum (at Stanford)
  • What We’ve Learned (so far) from the New and Developing Schools Consortium
  • The bi-annual gathering of this group, including an update from Pat Thibodeau, AAHSL President and Board Liaison to the new New Academic Health Sciences Task Force.  As a result of this meeting two groups are in place; this group has evolved into DAHSL (pronounced “dazzle”). The current list of DAHSL members is here. Also created was an official AAHSL Task Force to support New Academic Health Science Libraries (the NAHSLTF).  Members of this group are Pat Thibodeau, Board Liaison, Jacque Doyle, Nadine Dexter, Deborah Rand, David Boilard, and Barbara Shearer.
More info and photos to follow.  It was a fascinating and exhausting week, and Denver was lovely!
*Janice Swiatek-Kelley, Barbara Miller, Debra Rand, Dave Boilard, Nadine Dexter, Joanne Muellenbach, Nancy Bulgarelli, Nancy Calabretta, and me.  Barbara Shearer participated via phone.

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NELG on MLA 2011 Crowdvine

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New Health Sciences Libraries (NHSLG) at AAMC in DC – Finally, meeting notes!

Sunday, November 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Marriott, Room 8209

Complete minutes are found HERE:  NewLibGroup_Minutes_AAHSL_2010rev2.

Attendees: Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Administrative Issues, New Libraries Group (NLG) Gatherings,

New Medical Schools Focus On the Future-in the AAMC Reporter

By Brian Hedger, special to the Reporter

July 2010

New Medical Schools Focus On the Future

Medical schools are in full expansion mode.

Propelled by common themes of improving access to health care, producing more physicians, boosting local economies, and advancing team-based medicine, several new and proposed schools have recently received preliminary accreditation or are in some stage of development.

Following in the footsteps of new medical schools in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute recently received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The former, located in Rochester, Mich., is recruiting its first class of 50 students. While the LCME has granted preliminary accreditation to Virginia Tech’s medical education program, the school, located in Roanoke, Va., is still awaiting institutional accreditation from its regional accrediting body.

In addition, Hofstra University School of Medicine in Hempstead, N.Y., recently received “preliminary accreditation” from the LCME, while eight other proposed medical schools in Florida, Michigan, California, New Jersey, and South Carolina are in the initial applicant stage. The total number of LCMEaccredited U.S. medical schools is now 133.

“It really is an exciting time,” said Cynda Johnson, M.D., M.B.A., president and founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. “All of us in the new schools have worked together on this effort to produce more medical schools, and we have really bonded during the process.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Update from The Commonwealth Medical College, PA

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that the Medical Library at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is officially open for business. TCMC’s inaugural class of 65 medical students began class at 8:00am this morning. Another 30 students will begin class next week for the master’s in biomedical sciences program.  TCMC marks the first opening of a medical degree-granting school in the state since 1962.  It is the first M.D. school not associated with a larger university to open nationwide in at least 35 years.

Last Sunday, our medical students began a full week of orientation, which included 2 full days, and 1 night, of outdoor activities at Camp LaDore, just 1 hour east of Scranton in beautiful northeastern Pennsylvania.  At camp, students, faculty and staff participated in team building and new skills training, taught by faculty & staff.  Skills activities included fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing, yoga, salsa dance, bocce ball and quilt making.  My hope is to have a TCMC Charter Class quilt to adorn the Medical Library in the near future!

As construction progresses on our new 120 million Medical Sciences Building, which is scheduled to open in 2011, students are attending classes just a few blocks away, at Lackawanna College.  Lackawanna College is also the temporary home of the Medical Library, our Gross Anatomy Lab, the Clinical Skills & Simulation Center, Student Affairs and other departments with an academic focus.  The Medical Library reports to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and comprises 2 professional librarians, including myself, and three support staff.  A third librarian will be recruited in 2010 and a fourth librarian will be recruited in 2011.  The Office of Academic Informatics works closely with the Medical Library to provide students, faculty & staff with instruction and training in the areas of information management and retrieval, literature searching and evidence based medicine.

The TCMC Medical Library is 95% electronic and all of our students are provided with laptops, portable printers and wireless cards.  The Medical Library provides access to over 13,000 e-journals, 1,400 e-books and 50 biomedical databases. Our print collections consist of 125 reserve titles, 200 core biomedical titles, as well as reference and leisure reading collections.

The TCMC Medical Library website may be accessed at: http://tinyurl.com/ncsbcu. This will take you to the TCMC’s Community tab.  From this page, click on the link to TCMC Medical Library, under: TCMC Library Services.

The Medical Library is a member of DOCLINE, so feel free to add us to an appropriate cell.

Finally, I want to extend special thanks to Barbara Shearer, who worked as a Library Consultant for TCMC during the early days of TCMC’s development and who continues to provide me with her invaluable assistance and expertise. I also appreciate the support that I receive from my AAHSL colleagues, whose wisdom and generosity has been a tremendous help in getting the Medical Library to where we are today.

Thank you, all!


Joanne M. Muellenbach, MLS, AHIP

Director, Medical Library

The Commonwealth Medical College

501 Vine Street, Ground Floor

Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509

T: 570.504.9627

F: 570.504.9618

E: jmuellenbach@tcmedc.org

W: www.thecommonwealthmedical.com

Filed under: New Libraries,

From the Texas Medical Center Digital Commons

The Library of the Future: a presentation

Leah Krevit–HAM-TMC Library

In the 2007 film Starting Out in the Evening, Leonard Schiller, an aging writer, whose novels are out-of-print and who is doggedly trying to finish writing his last book, is asked by a young graduate student: “Aren’t you afraid that, in 100 years, no one will be reading your books?” His answer: “My dear, I’m afraid that, in 100 years, no one will be reading at all.” This presentation will look at the role of libraries in the future, how they will continue to maintain the traditions of reading, scholarly publishing, and the preservation of knowledge, and how they will use technology to enhance research, education, and communication. Current issues will be noted and future trends will be identified. The library’s role as an agent for change will also be addressed.

Find entire presentation at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/library_collpubs/1/

Many thanks to June Simms, Touro University Nevada for pointing out this presentation!

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