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  • LLL= life long learning
  • -gaps “ you don’t know what you don’t know ”, but could come across questions or read in the lit something you are unfamiliar with. ‘managing IP team’ PUSH yourself, don’t just gravitate to what you are comfortable with -Goal ‘maintain current awareness in my field’ is WAY too broad, needs some parameters. -Could be something concrete like “read everything by my supervisor” or something like “stay current with three top journals in the field”
  • Write them down! Couple of minutes
  • There are sources to find these types of info in the Public Health research guide
  • Activities to match your goals. Pull vs. Push You go to them vs. them coming to you. Favourites = find out while at U of T, talk to colleagues/professors RSS= News updates, key blogs, automated searches Automated Searches: RSS or email alerts RSS= News updates, key blogs, automated searches Automated Searches: RSS or email alerts Familiarize yourself with key journals/sources Podcasts – WHO and Harvard School of Public Health
  • Turn Goals into activity Another Example: Stay current with the American Journal of Public Health, set up TOC email alerts
  • Can be once per day, once per week, in the morning when you get to work, or Sunday evening with a glass of wine. Don’t just skim and delete Daily emails is temporary, you will fall behind ID your knowledge gaps and focus on them when time is short
  • At any time or After 1 month critically evaluate success of goals and activities. Are you actively checking your feed reader or do you need email to come to you? Are your emails being deleted without being red due to volume?
  • Easy to use or you won’t use it! -Show Google Reader
  • Look for Symbol or text Will give you a feed URL or a link to click on Can also search from within Google Reader or Bloglines
  • In databases like Pubmed or Pubget. Or U of T subscribed databases. No RSS feeds in Google Scholar, Bing, or Scirus
  • Many other ways for keeping current using Pubmed
  • Use Clinical Queries for Evidence-based searching. Use reg. Pubmed for everything.
  • Demo - Show them how RSS feed: add to your feed reader, Saved Search, sign up for my NCBI. Email alerts. Pros and cons of both.
  • NCBI email alerts feature for saved searches…
  • If we do not subscribe to the journal you can read the abstracts and order through ILL, or search Google Scholar to see if the article is freely available online.
  • Example of what it looks like
  • Big FIVE medicine journals as well
  • If it’s a top journal, this does not apply. If it is a website, it does. Relevance: one goal might be management of an IP team, may not be covered by a PH journal. Find a management journal instead.
  • Scam ads– if a source you perceive as reliable has shady advertising or pop-ups, don’t hesitate to contact them. May be willing to remove offending ads.
  • Patients also face problems around critical evaluation of sources My favorite site: medline plus. From the states BUT there isn’t a great canadian alternative, unfortunately -Check with your local public library for recommendations. Upon starting in a community, one of the first things you should do. -Can use ILL for articles from Public Libraries.
  • Keepuptodate_2012

    1. 1. Keep Up to Date ! Allison Bell Gerstein Science Library March 29, 2012
    2. 2. Practical methods for LLLGood current awareness programs are:• Efficient, preferably AUTOMATED “Set it and forget it”• Focused on your highest priorities• Manageable (you can make time to read what arrives)
    3. 3. Develop a Current Awareness Program1. Set Goals2. Choose Activities3. Evaluate Success4. Re-tool if necessary
    4. 4. First: Set Goals• What news do I need to hear to do my job properly?• What news do I need to hear to keep up to date with my professional development?• Identify knowledge gaps• Passionate interests
    5. 5. Think of some current awareness goals for yourself. What are they?
    6. 6. Consider Type of Info. • Guidelines, bestMore Synthesized practices • Systematic reviews • SynopsesLess Synthesized • Articles
    7. 7. Second: Develop Activities• Browser ‘Favourites’ or Bookmarks• RSS• Email Alerts• TOC Alerts
    8. 8. Turn Each Goal into ActivityExample:• GOAL: Read everything new that comes out about the Gardasil vaccine• ACTIVITY: Set up an automated search or RSS feed in Pubmed for any new articles on the Gardasil/HPV vaccine
    9. 9. Key to Success:Make time in your schedule!
    10. 10. Third: Evaluate Effectiveness• Too much? Too little? Bad/no results?• Missing anything?• Adjust, then try again
    11. 11. RSS Feed Readers• Google Reader• Bloglines• IE or Outlook• FeedReader Choose one that you find easy to use, easy to remember
    12. 12. Add RSS Feeds
    13. 13. Why set up RSS readers?Email RSSClogs your inbox Leave your email for real peopleThey have your email Maintain anonymityaddress!Unsubscribe requests Unsubscribe in one clickmay be ignored/delayedHave to delete 1-click “mark as read” =unwanted emails never see them again
    14. 14. Twitter• @CochraneCollab• @CDCemergency• @CDCgov• @gersteinlibrary
    15. 15. Automated Searches• Perform search• Look for ‘Save Search’ button
    16. 16. Keep Current Using Pubmed• RSS or Automated Searches• Clinical Queries (for evidence based results)• Regular Pubmed search (for all results)
    17. 17. Automated Searches Using Clinical Queries
    18. 18. Create RSS feed or Save Search
    19. 19. Email Alerts: PubmedYour email address here… Change the: •frequency, •day of the week •format of delivery to suit your preferences.
    20. 20. TOC alerts “Each feed lists the contents of the latest issue, with article summaries”• Can be via email or RSS depending on the journal.• You do not need to subscribe to the journal
    21. 21. TOCs through RSS
    22. 22. Keeping Current: Where to Start?• Canadian Journal of Public Health • Health Affairs• American Journal of Epidemiology • Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)• American Journal of Public Health More titles in the Public Health Research Guide:
    23. 23. Be Picky when Picking SourcesPick professional sources for….• Reliability (both content AND schedule)• Can it deliver in a set-and-forget mode?• Relevance to your learning GOALS
    24. 24. What about your clients?Some considerations:• Pick patient information sources for… – Quality (reflect latest/best knowledge) – Readability (consider levels, language) – Usability/learning styles (Interactive? Print?)
    25. 25. Critical Evaluation of Web Sources• More advertising= be more wary! – Pop ups? ‘Scam’ Ads?• Statements of responsibility, credentials• Quality of content, interface• How current?• Personal information collected/used?
    26. 26. Free Consumer Health Sources•• Toronto Public Library Health Information:
    27. 27. Questions?
    28. 28. Contact Info Ask.gerstein@utoronto.ca