Council Quotes

Communications from the Colorado Council of Medical Librarians

Seeking officer nominations

Posted by memorizingmo on October 2, 2014

The CCML nominating committee is now seeking nominations for president-elect (2015-2016), secretary (2015-2016), and treasurer (2015-2017). This is the perfect opportunity to give a CCML member a chance to serve and advocate for the Colorado medical library community.  Please submit your nominations by November 1; self-nomination is permitted and encouraged.

Please contact Melissa Kovac at with questions or nominations.

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Prime Rib and Punishment

Posted by richardmaxwell on September 22, 2014

Imagine, if you will, that you have a personal trainer…a coach dedicated to your personal fitness and health.  This coach is very quiet but at the same time relentless.  She is always there 24 hours a day watching you eat, exercise, sleep, goof off, and snack.  This would seem to be an ideal guide along your path to physical well-being, don’t you think?  Now imagine that your trainer has and is quite willing to use a Producer’s Pride Jolt Handy™ cattle prod (available online through, among other sources,  She would use it on you in the almost unimaginable scenario where you fell short of one or more goals. If you find that not at all disturbing and possibly even appealing in the face of  your history of procrastinating when it comes to doing the right things, then probably you could find such a person with a little focused research (batteries not included).  But thanks to modern technology, if having a full time sadist following you around isn’t really your cup of tea, consider the Pavlok (picture a lightning bolt in the letter “o” in the logo).

The Pavlok is a wristband which in theory is under your control as it tracks your every activity throughout the day.  You tell it how you’d like to be evaluated in terms of diet, hours of sleep, amount of and type of exercise, etc., and it will let you know when you’ve failed to live up to your own expectations.  You don’t have to choose to be jolted each time you fall short, of course.  You could instead opt for the Fitbit or other similar wristbands which have much more benign natures.  They simply track your various (in)activities and sleep hours, etc. and provide you with the humiliating data via email, apps on your smart phone, or Facebook posts.

The Pavlok is clearly for the rugged but motivation-challenged individualist, or for those who respond best to negative reinforcement and have $250 to spare.  There’s apparently no switch to flip it to positive reinforcement (“Pavlok is very impressed with how you left four M&M’s from the jumbo bag uneaten, Master.”)  The device has been mentioned in publications such as Fortune and Popular Mechanics in accounts which would seem to indicate that Pavlok is not a creation of The Onion. It is apparently due out in 2015 and the developers are hoping for start-up help from crowd sourcing.  Should be an interesting group making up that particular crowd.

If you do some scientific research on the Google machine, you’ll find that more than 25 million hits are returned when you ask for “weight loss.” I’ve not looked at all of them quite yet, but they seem to fall into two camps.  Some are boringly science based and talk about the hard work involved in eating right, counting calories, and exercising…and you have to continue it after you reach your goal! Painful.  How boring is this approach? Try “Relationship between mouthful volume and number of chews in young Japaneses females” by A. Nakamichi and others from Appetite in 2014.

The other large block consists of programs that you usually have to pay for and which will then sell you food and/or force you to sweat or even hypnotize you into shape.  Electrical wrist shock would seem to (pardon this) short circuit those lengthy processes and simply make you a willing slave to both the Pavlok and healthful behaviors.  Win Win.

In an attempt to pry consulting dollars from the Pavlok folks, allow me to cherry pick some research which they might use to boost the scientific validity of their approach. This comes from Annals of Medicine in prepub abstract form: “Innovative interventions to promote behavioral change in overweight or obese individuals: A review of the literature,” by Okorodudu, Bosworth, and Cosino. The useful mined and sculpted quote: “Behavioral change therapy is an effective treatment strategy and includes…reinforcement tactics…to increase access, improve convenience, decrease cost, and increase participant engagement.” While the article in no way mentions anything like Pavlok, this would do the job if the company had sense enough to use it, don’t you think?

Now if you find the idea of this use of our friend electricity in the interest of weight loss and fitness a bit off-putting, you’ll need to face the fact that you have a lot to learn.  Look what else is being considered.  “Body fat and body weight reduction following hypothalamic deep brain stimulation in monkeys: an intraventricular approach,” by Torres et al in the International Journal of Obesity (London) from 2012. While also apparently effective (“The stimulation of the VMH region through an intraventricular approach might acutely modulate FI and induce a sustained decrease in BW and fat mass in normal non-human primate.”) it is just a touch more invasive.  It’s not clear if they’re crowd sourcing this one, but turning it into an appealing website and marketing campaign could be an uphill struggle.

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46th Annual CO ILL Conference: Save the Date/Call for Programs

Posted by lynnemariefox on September 2, 2014

Call for Programs!

The 46th Annual Colorado Interlibrary Loan Conference will take place on April 30-May 1, 2015 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The ILL Conference Planning Committee is hard at work organizing the 2015 ILL Conference and we are excited to hear from you about potential presentations.  Library employees from academic, public, rural, and special libraries are all encouraged to submit program proposals for the Colorado ILL Conference.

If you have interesting, innovative ideas including but not limited to the following topics, please submit a proposal for the committee’s consideration:

  • Resource Sharing Best Practices
  • Customer Service
  • Value of ILL for research
  • Assessment
  • Workflow enhancements
  • Training

We are looking for enthusiastic presenters who can inspire, teach, or inform us about a different aspect of resource sharing that could benefit others.


If you are interested in presenting at this conference, complete the call for programs form below by December 31, 2014. Program proposals will be reviewed by the conference planning committee and those presenters who are selected will be notified by February 21, 2015.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Don Pawl if you have any questions:


Don Pawl

Chair CO Interlibrary Loan Conference

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Kraemer Family Library

dpawl AT uccs DOT edu



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Converge in Denver & Collaborate with Five MLA Chapters!

Posted by lynnemariefox on August 6, 2014



October is fast approaching so start making plans – if you haven’t already – to attend the Quint*Essential 2014 conference in Denver, Colorado. The meeting will be held from Sunday, October 12, through Thursday, October 16, 2014, in the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St.

The Quint MLA Chapter Steering Committee has been hard at work preparing this amazing joint conference that we hope you will find stimulating and invigorating as you network with members of the five participating chapters: Midcontinental Chapter (MCMLA), Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona (MLGSCA), Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), Pacific Northwest Chapter (PNCMLA), and South Central Chapter (SCCMLA).

Read on for more information about all the meeting content that we’ve actively prepared for you. And if you want to register, just go to the meeting website and get started. We hope you will come, and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Committee has scheduled a full slate of courses, with instructors who are highly acclaimed medical information professionals.  The classes are designed not only to enrich your knowledge and pique your interest but also to stimulate a lively discussion.

Sunday, 10/12 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 6 hrs MLA CE. $140.00

  • Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified (Instructors: Jean Shipman, AHIP, FMLA, John Langell, and Erica Lake)
  • Librarians Roles in Systematic Reviews: A Step by Step Approach (Instructors: Margaret Foster, AHIP and Ahlam Saleh)


Monday, 10/13 – 8 a.m. to 12 noon – 4 hrs MLA CE. $80.00

  • Applying Information Expertise to the Challenge of Diagnostic Error Reduction (Instructors: Barbara Jones and Rebecca Graves, AHIP)
  • EBP Beyond the Basics: Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Studies (Instructor: Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA)
  • Engaging the 21st Century Learner: Best Practices & Classroom Management Techniques (Instructors: Jeanne LeBer, AHIP and Erin Wimmer, AHIP)


Monday, 10/13 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – 4 hrs MLA CE. $80.00

  • Communicating Clinically (Instructor: Julia Esparza, AHIP)
  • Fundamentals of Data Visualization (Instructor: Jackie Wirz)


Read more information about the CE courses.  Space is limited; register today!




The Program Committee has prepared an engaging lineup of plenary and luncheon speakers.


Tuesday, 10/14 (8 – 9:30 a.m.): Plenary Session 1

“Creating a Healthier World by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health”

Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Despite consuming the majority of health dollars, clinical care delivery determines only about 10-15% of the health status of the U.S. population.  Other factors, such as education, income, housing, job security, safe neighborhoods, and access to nutritious foods, the “social determinants” of health, are much more powerful drivers of health and quality of life.  Addressing these “upstream” health factors can enhance wellness, prevent disease, and improve health more equitably and cost-effectively than our current approach of solely treating “downstream” disease manifestations.  Medical librarians can play a central role in advancing understanding of social determinants of health by providing access to and facilitating utilization of information that extends beyond traditional “medical” sources and spans multiple disciplines and sectors.

Read more about Dr. Pomeroy.


Wednesday, 10/15 (9 – 10 a.m.): Plenary Session 2

“American Indian Health Information: Challenges of Dissemination and Application”

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver

Recent advances in information technologies have improved the dissemination of and access to health information specific to American Indians. Yet, a significant portion of this work continues to be fugitive, especially for those located outside of traditional academic settings. Moreover, even when available, its form and content often frustrate translation into locally meaningful terms. This presentation highlights these challenges in the context of American Indian health. It illustrates how a community toolbox — conceptualized and brought to life by tribal community members – conveyed lessons learned through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, enabling Native people to understand, communicate, and apply complicated data and materials to preventing diabetes.

Read more about Dr. Manson.


Wednesday, 10/15 (12 noon – 1:30 p.m.): Hospital Libraries Luncheon

“Understanding Your Genome: The Path to Personalized Medicine”

Robin Dowell, D.Sc., University of Colorado-Boulder

More information about the presentation will be coming soon, but in the meantime read more about Dr. Dowell.


Thursday, 10/16 (9 – 10 a.m.): Plenary Session 3

“Busting the Myths of Personal Health Records”

C. T. Lin, M.D., University of Colorado Health

What are Personal Health Records (PHRs)? Learn about the risks and benefits of online communication between patients and providers online, the risks and benefits of online release of test results to patients, and the impact of social media on patients and their healthcare. The speaker has over 10 years’ experience with PHR’s and research data to refute common misconceptions about PHR.

Read more about Dr. Lin.


Events & Other Sessions

Thirty-eight vendors have already signed on to meet you at the exhibitor hall. Exhibits will be open for multiple days, beginning with the Opening Reception on Monday evening. Our exhibitors are very excited to have the chance to spend several days with us and participate in the meeting content. In particular, a luncheon with exhibitors will be held on Tuesday from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Attendees will have multiple chances to learn from each other at various contributed paper sessions, lightning talks, and a staffed poster session and Tuesday and Wednesday. A Trends in Technology panel presentation is also scheduled for Thursday morning.

Other social events include hosted dine-arounds on Tuesday evening and the Mid-Meeting Celebration, which will be held on Wednesday evening after the exhibits have closed.

The four NN/LM Regional Medical Libraries will co-present a joint update session on Wednesday morning, and we have set aside time on Thursday morning for the National Library of Medicine and the Medical Library Association to update attendees on their recent activities.

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FUNDING AVAILABLE: Professional Development opportunities!

Posted by lynnemariefox on July 22, 2014

RMLBeen looking at a conference announcement? Thinking about how you could fund your attendance? The NN/LM MCR thinks about it, too! Professional development is an essential part of a librarian’s continuing education. The NN/LM, MidContinental Region would like to invite you to consider applying for Professional Development funding (approximately $1000 per award) which supports Network member librarians. Applicants are encouraged to think/discuss benefits they could derive from attending an event and sharing knowledge afterwards at their library, and with upper level institutional administration.

Lynne Fox blogged about her 2012 MCMLA meeting experience right here on this blog to share her experience.

Questions should be directed to Marty Magee, mmagee at unmc dot edu

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Register now for Diagnostic Error in Medicine 7th International Conference – Early Registration Deadline July 11!

Posted by lynnemariefox on July 1, 2014

Register now for Diagnostic Error in Medicine 7th International Conference

Diagnostic Error in Medicine 7th International Conference  14-17 September 2014 │ Atlanta, Georgia │

Diagnostic error is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the U.S. and is estimated to cause 40,000-80,000 deaths annually. One in every ten diagnoses is wrong and one in every thousand ambulatory diagnostic encounters result in harm. Rapid changes and new developments are promising signs that reducing error in medical diagnostics is certainly on the horizon. Join like-minded professionals to learn more about this patient safety and quality care delivery issue. Register now and attend the Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference – go to to learn more. Reserve your seat at the early bird rate today by visiting:


[Sharing on behalf of Lori Zipperer]

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American Public Health Association Sewell Stipend Application

Posted by lynnemariefox on June 23, 2014

Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 10 librarians in 2014.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is July 24, 2014, 5pm EST.  View the call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQ, or  information on the 2014 APHA meeting.

What is the Value of Attending APHA as a Sewell Stipend recipient?

The mission of the Fund is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals.  Stipends have been awarded annually since 2001.  Past participants testify to the value of attending APHA:

“Connecting with my fellow library and information professionals and public health colleagues was energizing…The spirit of true collaboration shone through the programs.”  (Feili Tu)

“Many of the things I learned were not specific, as in tangible facts, more of an understanding of what Public Health is. I learned it covers just about everything…for Public Health you need to be knowledgeable about the issues, the potential impact of legislation, and knowledgeable about the ‘agendas’ of the interested parties…” (Kristin Kroger)

“Overall the conference really helped me to better understand the scope of public health as well as the latest development in the areas of public health that I am most likely to have to deal with as a librarian….It was an incredible learning experience.” (Manju Tanwar)

“The fact that I’m working on a Masters in Public Health was very interesting to her (public health colleague) because she didn’t realize that some librarians also have another graduate degree. I think this helped solidify the idea that librarians could be peers to teaching faculty.” (Amber Burtis)

“As a result of the meeting I gained a deeper understanding of my patrons’ needs”  (Peggy Gross)

“I feel like I now have a cohort of people to whom to turn when I have questions about what I am doing as I move into supporting my institution’s public health program.” (Laure Zeigen)

The committee is looking forward to reading your applications!


Barbara Folb, Chair, Client Relations Committee, folb -at- pitt -dot- edu

Helena VonVille, Chair-elect, Client Relations Committee, helena -dot- m -dot- vonville -at- uth -dot- tmc -dot- edu

Public Health/ Health Administration Section, Medical Library Association


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Position Posting

Posted by lynnemariefox on June 9, 2014

The Health Sciences Library will be hiring an Assistant to the Director.  Deb Silva, whom many of you know, will be retiring at the end of July.  This position is an Exempt Professional/University Staff position (not a Faculty or a State Classified position).  If you know of someone that might be interested, please encourage them to apply.  The posting will close very soon – on June 20th.


The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’ Health Sciences Library seeks an Assistant to the Director to act as the Manager of Finance, Human Resources and Operations.  This position is responsible for fiscal management, accounting and personnel functions as well as for operations and special projects as assigned by the Director and Deputy Director.  The full job ad is posted at, posting #212716.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Commensurate experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis).
  • Three (3) years budgeting, accounting, and/or financial experience.

Selected Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience that demonstrates strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organized professional with high integrity and discretion.
  • Ability to identify problems and apply appropriate solutions.
  • Mature, credible, and comfortable communicating directly with others and performs as a team player.


Applications must be received by June 20, 2014 midnight MST to be considered. Applicants must submit:

  • letter of application
  • names and contact information for three references
  • resume or curriculum vitae.

Applications are only accepted electronically at, posting #212716.


Questions? Contact Melissa dot DeSantis at ucdenver dot edu


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Registration is now open for the 2014 Quint Chapter MLA Meeting

Posted by lynnemariefox on May 9, 2014


The Quint Chapter MLA Meeting Registration Site Now Open! Register for the entire meeting – including the Hospital Librarians’ Luncheon – for just $295. Package A includes admission to all ticketed events: 2 receptions and 2 luncheons, and offers the best value for attendees Register for Package B if you don’t plan to attend the Hospital Librarians’ Luncheon. Special one day, student and retiree rates available!  Choose from seven high quality CE courses (space is limited, so hurry!) 

Registration powered by RegOnline


Questions? Need assistance with registration?  Contact:

Lynne M. Fox, Registration Chair

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Council Quotes Archive is Online at the Digital Collections of Colorado

Posted by lynnemariefox on May 8, 2014

Council Quotes is now even more online! Thirty-two issues of CCML’s Council Quotes that were online at the old website have been placed on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus page of Digital Collections of Colorado. Included are the issues created between the latter half of 2002 through the end of 2010. CCML now has its own page in the repository. They’ve been processed and cataloged by Ali Gomez, a practicum student from the University of Denver working at Health Sciences Library through May.

ccml dccShe created the metadata for the records so that they will reflect who contributed something to the issue, who was mentioned in the issue, and which quarterly meeting corresponded to each issue. The April issues also have a list of officers and committee chairs and members. Each document is fully searchable, so try searching your name and see what comes up!

If you have any suggestions or corrections, please send them to Lynne Fox  and she will forward them on to Ali.


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