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  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