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Feb. 19 CCML Meeting

Posted by memorizingmo on February 9, 2016

Please join us next Friday Feb. 19th for our quarterly meeting!

St. Joseph Hospital, 1375 E. 19th Ave, Denver CO 80218

6th floor conference room, rm #6154

Parking information is available here.



  • 8:00-8:30: Networking and light breakfast
  • 8:30-9:15: Educational Program; Jeanine Limone Draut (Director of InPraxis Communications) will discuss how clinicians can best communicate with patients about risk and uncertainty in screening and treatment
  • 9:15-9:30: Break
  • 9:30-10:30: Main Program; Pearlanne Zelarney (Director of Informatics Services) and Ruthie Knowles (Research Program Coordinator) at National Jewish Health’s Data Coordination Center will discuss how they work with clinical researchers to effectively manage their data.
  • 10:30-10-45: Break
  • 10:45-11:45: Business Meeting

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Dana Abbey Wins CAL Election

Posted by skatsh on February 9, 2016

Recipient of the 2015 Marla Graber award, Dana Abbey has served CCML in many key roles since 2005, including the presidency for the 2012-2013 term.  Now she brings her leadership skills to the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) as the incoming president-elect.

Although we in Colorado claim Dana as our own, she is actually the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, working to improve the public’s access to health information throughout the region.

With her diverse background in public libraries, library management, consulting, advocacy, and education, Dana is ideally suited to lead a statewide library association.

Her responses to questions posed to CAL candidates provide insight into the depth of her philosophy and offer hope for the future of Colorado libraries.  She focuses on the impact of big data, the importance of succession planning, the necessity of advocacy for libraries as partners and collaborators in community planning, policy, and legislation, and the key role of communication within libraries and in communities.

Our health sciences library community is fortunate to have Dana as a representative in the CAL leadership, and the Colorado library community is fortunate to have her in a guiding role.

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2016 Library Champion Awardees

Posted by skatsh on February 2, 2016

2016 Library Champion Awardees

 The Library Champion Award is given in recognition of exemplary support of a Colorado health sciences library and its staff.
The CCML Awards Committee is pleased to announce three awardees this year.

Dr. Suzanne Brandenburg, Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Residency Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center
Nominated by Kristen DeSanto, Clinical Librarian, and Lisa Traditi, Head of Education and Reference and Associate Professor, both at the Anschutz Medical Campus Health Sciences Library, Dr. Brandenburg is honored for her positive, collaborative spirit and partnership with the Health Sciences Library, her recognition of the value a library can add to the education of residents, her long-term support of the library’s role in the General Internal Medical Residency program, her encouragement of library partnerships with chief residents, her support of library use by new interns, and her enthusiastic welcome of the new Clinical Librarian.

Dr. Julie Basler, VP of Academic Affairs, Platt College, Dr. Hollie Caldwell, Dean of Nursing, Platt College
Drs. Basler and Caldwell were nominated by Laura Cullerton, Platt College Information Specialist, for their work toward the expansion and renovation of the Platt College Library and their commitment to creating a new, inviting space for the library.  Dr. Basler thanked Laura for her “dedication to evidence-based practice and to [Platt College] students who deserve a beautiful, functional space.”  In Dean Caldwell’s words, “Anyone can create a space, but it takes a dedicated librarian to give the space a heart and to make it feel like a productive and inviting center to learn.”

CCML Awards Committee
Margaret Bandy, Chair
Elaine Connell
Peggy Cruse
Sara Katsh
Deb Weaver

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For CCML members: MLA Precision Medicine Webinar W, 12/9

Posted by mmclurerams on December 7, 2015

The CCML Education Committee is co-sponsoring with the University of Colorado Anschutz campus Health Sciences Library CCML member access to the December 9, 2015 MLA Webinar, “Precision medicine: What is it and why should I care?

CCML members are welcome to attend a live viewing this Wednesday, December 9, 12-1:30 pm, in Teaching Lab 2 of the University of Colorado Anschutz campus Health Sciences Library, or to request post-event, online access to a recording of this Webinar.

To RSVP for either in-person or later on-line viewing, please email Merinda McLure at, including your full name.

Thank you and our thanks to the University of Colorado Anschutz campus Health Sciences Library for co-sponsoring this Webinar and welcoming CCML members to their in-person viewing.

Kind regards

Merinda McLure, on behalf of the CCML Education Committee

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In which knee pain and Han Solo meet

Posted by richardmaxwell on November 18, 2015

Some believe that there is no such thing as a coincidence, while others think that coincidences are everywhere and include the fact that humans are here and having such discussions.  Regardless of where you might stand, it’s clear that occasionally there are confluences of events that are nearly poetic.

Such a confluence, I suggest, begins with the recent report of a study comparing knee joint replacement surgery with noninvasive options.  Skou et al described in the New England Journal of Medicine their study which looked at 100 patients who were randomly assigned to surgical treatment plus nonsurgical follow-up versus a group which received only nonsurgical treatment.  

At the same time, a commercial is running on various television channels in which spokesperson and former game show host (Love Connection, Dating Game, etc.) Chuck Woolery speaks with deep feeling about a device called the Willow Curve. The Willow Curve is shown to feature a dazzling display of sequentially flashing lights inside the titular curved object, which fits nicely over one’s knee (or as later images show, just about any part of the body you can imagine).  According to a report of a 2013 phase I clinical trial, the Curve “emits thermal kinetic energy and photonic energy” and was developed to treat chronic knee pain. A laser is involved, which is always a plus. This may not be scientific, but the only way to describe the Willow Curve is that it looks wicked cool and as if it came straight out of Star Trek (it looks like a close cousin of Bones McCoy’s tricorder), or Star Wars.

That, of course, brings us to the third element of the poetic confluence.  In mere weeks (December 18, 2015…tickets selling fast already) the next installment of the Star Wars franchise will arrive in theaters.  

There is no apparent marketing connection between the movie and the Curve, but that will remain an open question until the film is actually released. It’s easy to imagine that the aging Princess Leia or Han Solo or even Chewbacca would be suffering from knee osteoarthritis.  As a result, it would make sense if something very much like or exactly like the Willow Curve were suddenly whipped out by a medical person (played by former actor, libertarian, and gun advocate…thanks Wikipedia…Chuck Woolery), applied to said knee or knees or elbows or whatever, with the patient then leaping up ready to dance around and wield a lightsaber as in the old days.

(Blaster noises)

Han: “Leia! Look out behind you!”

(Leia spins, leaps aside to avoid a blaster ray and uses her lightsaber to hack off the arm of an Imperial Stormtrooper, who stares at the arm in disbelief)

Leia: “Thank the Force for the Willow Curve. I could never have made that move the way my knees used to feel!”

Han (leaping to deliver a kick to another Storm Trooper): “Ditto!”

Marketing Nirvana.

Someone not given to choosing flashy over mundane in treating her joint pain might want to consider the TenDlite, which looks like a pocket flashlight producing red instead of white light. The company says that it is an “Anti-Inflammatory & Analgesic LED Light Therapy Device.” Note that a laser isn’t involved here but a red LED light is. Much more economical no doubt (and available on Amazon). Their promise: “joint pain relief is possible by using TenDlite®.” The emphasis is mine, intended to highlight the company’s admirable willingness to recognize life’s many uncertainties. There is no mention of clinical trials or studies, but there is a nice photo of a group of people with lab coats and stethoscopes.

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September Quarterly Meeting

Posted by memorizingmo on November 6, 2015


National Jewish Health

Molly Blank Conference Center*

Room J105

1400 Jackson St.

Denver, CO 80206

PARKING: Use the visitor lot, directly West of the main hospital building, off of Colfax Ave.

*Molly Blank is the building just South of the main hospital entrance.


8:00-8:30: Networking and light breakfast

8:30-9:15: Educational Program, CCML members share continuing education experiences from the past year

9:15-9:30: Break

9:30-10:30: Main Program, Tamara Terzian, Ph.D. from the Colorado Melanoma Foundation

Dr. Terzian is Assistant Professor for the University of Colorado’s Department of Dermatology and she is Treasurer for the Colorado Melanoma Foundation. She will present on the unique melanoma risks that Coloradans face living at high altitude in sunny weather.  Due to heightened UV exposure, the rate of melanoma in Colorado is higher than the national average. Dr. Terzian will share how the Colorado Melanoma Foundation helps residents through increased prevention, screening, new patient services and research.

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:45: Business Meeting

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ONLINE CHIS and MLA CE OFFERING: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, & the Role of Medical Librarians

Posted by memorizingmo on October 30, 2015

Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization or Medical Library Association CE in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse? We’ve got you covered with a 4 credit hour CE online class on Read on for the details:

CLASS: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians.

This 4 credit hour CE course explains what a clinical trial is and why is a significant resource; demonstrates ways to search and interpret studies with results on; and discusses the unique position of health science and consumer health librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.

INSTRUCTORS: Dana Abbey (NN/LM MCR), Holly Burt (NN/LM GMR), Meredith Solomon (NN/LM NER).

COURSE STRUCTURE: This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 3 weekly modules, beginning the week January 18, 2016. The units build upon one another, with Module 1 providing the foundation for the rest of the course.  Time commitment: plan on an average of 2 hours per week.

Week of January 11, 2016 – set up Moodle account, review class materials, create/update profile, and introduce yourself.

  • Week of January 18, 2016 (Module 1) – will explain what a clinical trial is and why is a significant resource.
  • Week of January 25, 2016 (Module 2) – will demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results from
  • Week of February 1, 2016 (Module 3) – will discuss the number of records with results and the unique position of health science librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.


MLA CE CREDIT AND/OR CHIS CE CREDIT: This course has been certified for 4 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 4-hour instruction requirement. The coursework also provides everything you need to for Level 1 or II CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. For information on CHIS ( For information on MLA CE (

REGISTRATION: Registration is open to NN/LM MidContinental, Greater Midwest, and New England Region Network members. Space is limited, so register soon.

Not sure if your library is a Network member, or do you want to become a Network member? Contact Dana Abbey (, Holly Burt (, or Meredith Solomon (

COST: No charge for online class.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Dana Abbey (, Holly Burt (, or Meredith Solomon (

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call for volunteers to share about this year’s professional development in November meeting

Posted by mariestpierre2525 on September 29, 2015

In November, we devote the education part of the quarterly meeting to sharing about professional development experiences that we have participated in during the past year, each person who signs up just speaking to the group for a few minutes (perhaps 2 to 10 minutes, depending on total of volunteers and how much you would like to share)-

Thank you!

Please sign up here :

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Participate in the MCMLA 2015 Virtual Connections Meeting at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library, October 8 and 9, 2015

Posted by mmclurerams on September 18, 2015

Join CCML’s Education Committee at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library (HSL) to participate in the MCMLA 2015 Virtual Connections meeting on October 8 and 9, 2015. Thanks to the generosity of HSL and the support of the CCML Education Committee, all CCML members are invited to attend at no individual cost.

On both days, meet and greet from 11:30-noon and enjoy the virtual programming from noon-4 p.m.

Please feel welcome to bring your lunch with you. Light snacks and cold drinks will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Merinda McLure, on behalf of the CCML Education Committee

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You Must Remember This

Posted by richardmaxwell on August 31, 2015

It’s possible that the reason a large number of people seem to reject what science tells them on a number of topics is that science is just a giant conspiratorial party pooper.  There are few things more comforting than a long-standing unchallenged belief in something or other or a simple explanation for a complex question shouted loudly by some supremely confident and arrogant blowhard with no actual basis for what he or she is saying.  Fill in the name with your own suggestion.

That said, it’s hard not to be annoyed by the evolving research into how we actually observe the world around us, and how days or years later we inaccurately recall what we think we observed.  In brief, science is telling us that we are not walking, talking video recorders with unlimited storage capacity.  How dare it?

A summary by the public relations department at Northwestern University of a 2012 study by Donna J. Bridge and Ken A. Paller was titled “Your Mind is Like the Telephone Game.”  This is much snappier and ultimately more chilling than the title of the paper it referred to, published in the Journal of Neuroscience as “Neural Correlates of Reactivation and Retrieval-Induced Distortion.” It seems that each time we recall an event we are actually recalling our last recall of that event rather than the original.  Over time, Bridge said, leaving scholarly language behind briefly, “A memory is not simply an image produced by time traveling back to the original event — it can be an image that is somewhat distorted because of the prior times you remembered it. Your memory of an event can grow less precise even to the point of being totally false with each retrieval.”

Now if you add this to the research behind the very entertaining book The Invisible Gorilla, it becomes clear that we are much more impressed with our abilities to observe and remember than we should be.  The book by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons describes their research into how little we actually absorb of what’s going on around us.  Their classic experiment, replicated several times, found that people given the task of counting basketball passes in a video were so focused on that assignment that at least 50% missed noticing a person in a gorilla suit marching into the middle of the scene, pounding its chest, and dancing around for a few seconds. That and other examples should leave most readers of the book (e.g. me) with a much lower opinion of their own ability to observe and recall with much accuracy.  It calls into question important things such as eyewitness testimony and somewhat less important ones such as the stories we tell about ourselves.

This is why it’s hard not to be annoyed with science and its insistence on fact versus comfort.

As a result, lately I’ve been forced to reassess some fairly important milestones in my life.  It’s just possible…not likely but just barely possible, that I’ve been incorrect about a few things that I’m pretty sure I remember accurately.

For example, I might not have pitched four consecutive no-hitters as a ten year-old Little Leaguer.  In fact, most of my pitching appearances were greeted with eager anticipation by opposing hitters, who found me less challenging than the coach who gently lobbed the ball to them in batting practice. This comes from the testimony of family and friends who watched some of the games.  The possibility remains that all of them suffer from distorted memories and that mine is the accurate one.

During my time in the Air Force in North Dakota I received some ribbons to pin on the nice uniform I was allowed to wear.  After wowing a number of people in over the years with descriptions of how I earned them, it was with real trepidation that I looked over my actual records from those four years.  This led me to a search in the public library’s database, unearthing the stark fact that I have apparently been describing a character in an early Tom Clancy novel.  My ribbons were basically for showing up on time.  Still…I usually was on time.

I’ve frequently looked back fondly on the month of October, 2003, when I clearly recalled getting nothing but positive feedback on satisfaction surveys and no requests for further work on the many literature searches I did that month.  I had considered it my winning Super Bowl.  There was unfortunately a logbook that we allegedly filled in at the time, and the surveys were scanned.  I’m forced to admit that there might be more than one way to interpret phrases such as: “is English your first language?” or “you must be very new at this” or “I get more clarity from my three year-old” or the more ambiguous “really?? really???”  

I look forward to ten years or so in the future when I’ll be able to recall the Pulitzer or at least Webby Special Achievement award that this essay earned.

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