Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Affinity / Ministry Library Services Blog

Check out the brand new combined Affinity /Ministry Library Services Blog.

This is where we'll post announcements and featured resources for Library Users of  Affinity and Ministry Health Care Intranet.  

If you don't want to miss a single post, be sure to sign up with your email on the new Library Blog.
            > Look for the big white box that says "Follow by email."

Attached to the old Library blogs?  They have been archived, but are still accessible with links on the Right side of the NEW Library Blog.

Questions or Comments?
Contact Your Librarians :
Deb Knippel (715-346-5091)
and Michele Matucheski (920-223-0340)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Master Popular Software with Learning Express

Wisconsin residents can now access LearningExpress “Popular Software Tutorials.” These are self-paced online tutorials on the most commonly used applications including Microsoft

Outlook, and more...

The tutorials, available for basic to advanced levels, include fully interactive multimedia; sound, animation and visual demonstrations, along with quizzes and hands-on practice lab simulations.

Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) purchased the tutorials using funds awarded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant. To make the materials easy for patrons and librarians to find and use, they’ve been integrated with the LearningExpress Library available on the BadgerLink website: (

Technical support will be provided by Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning’s BadgerLink Technical Support Team. Contact information for support can be found here.

--from Channel Weekly

Monday, August 05, 2013

Are You Ready for ObamaCare?

Are you still wondering what The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is all about?   

The Kaiser Family Foundation created an entertaining and simplified explanation of the ACA, featuring YouToons.  Join them as they "walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect.”

Friday, May 31, 2013

New Firestarter Books

Oh no ... Not more of that fluffy stuff! :
The power of engagementBy Rich Bluni

Hey cupcake! : We are ALL leaders
By Liz Jazwiec

Those of you who attended the May Clinical Conference in Stevens Point on Patient Safety will recognize these two authors. Both Rich Bluni and Liz Jazwiec were featured speakers from the Studer Group. Both speakers are excellent and engaging storytellers who are committed to improving patient care, safety and the workplace environment.

Library Services has several copies of their books available for circulation. Let me know if you’re interested in reading either one. Why not both?

Contact me via Outlook or 3-0340 to request a copy.

Your Librarian,

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Affinity-Ministry Library Catalog Updates

Did you know :  eBooks with live links are available through our Library Catalog. Links should work throughout Affinity and Ministry Health Care. Library Services offers access to over 150 eBooks through MDConsult, StatRef, AccessMedicine, and Books@Ovid.

Our newly-merged online Library catalog now contains holdings for the following Affinity and Ministry locations :

     * Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh
     * Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff
     * St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton
     * St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield
     * St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point

If you want or need a book at another site, contact Your Librarian to have it sent to you. We’ll ship books and other materials anywhere within the Ministry System and beyond.

For more online resources, visit the
Affinity Libraries Website     Ministry Libraries Website

Questions or Comments, please contact :
Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP
Library & Information Consultant
(920) 223-0340 Email

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Time's Bitter Bill

Everyone is talking about Time Magazine’s recent feature story by Steven Brill about the high cost of health care.  Have you read it yet?  Here's your chance ...

Brill S. Bitter Pill : Why medical bills are killing us. Time [serial online]. March 4, 2013;181(8):16. Available at :  (EbscoHost MasterFILE Premier). Accessed April 16, 2013.

Citizens of Wisconsin (and Affinity) have access to the full-text of this article through Badgerlink. Click the Ebscohost link above to access. Please keep in mind this is just the text of the article, not a PDF version of the print.

BadgerLink provides online resources for Wisconsin residents from

BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries and Technology. The project is funded through the Wisconsin Universal Service Fund with partial support provided by the Library Services and Technology Act using funds received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Questions? Contact Your Librarian, Michele Matucheski at 3-0340 or via Outlook.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Badgerlunch Spring Training : Health Resources in Badgerlink

Thursdays 12-12:45 April – May 2013

BadgerLink is available to ALL Wisconsin residents at 
Links on the Affinity Library Intranet site.     
Learn to use these FREE health resources over lunch with these April webinars.

4.4 AHFS Consumer Medication Information and Consumer Health Complete
AHFS provides education on medications for patients including information in Spanish.
Consumer Health Complete provides consumer health content, covering all areas of health.
Click Here To Join

4.11 Health Source: Consumer and Nursing/Academic Editions
Consumer Edition is a collection of consumer health information, including full text, consumer health magazines on many health topics.
Nursing/Academic Edition provides access to scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.
Click Here To Join

An authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
Click Here To Join

4.25 Encyclopædia Britannica
A reference site synthesizing images, video, editorially reviewed websites, and the Encyclopædia Britannica.
Click Here To Join

5.2 PubMed
Brought to you by the US National Library of Medicine, PubMed has more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
Click Here To Join

More information including a FAQ with technical info.  Registration not required.
*  Can’t make the live sessions? All sessions will be archived for later viewing.
*  Need a computer? Stop by the MMC Library computer lab to sit in on a session.
*  Need help with any of these databases, ask Your Librarian, Michele Matucheski.

BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries and Technology. The project is funded through the Wisconsin Universal Service Fund with partial support provided by the Library Services and Technology Act using funds received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Monday, March 18, 2013

Exploring Health Care Careers

The following websites offer a plethora of information on careers in health care. 

Wisconsin Health Care Careers Information Center  - Best bet!

Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Lifeworks Career Exploration - National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education
*  Explore health and medical science careers

Occupational Outlook Handbook (Online)
A nationally recognized source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. Updated every 2 years.

Health Occupations on MedlinePlus

Careers in Medical Informatics
A rapidly developing scientific field that utilizes computer technology in the advancement of medicine.

Discover Nursing
Johnson & Johnson Campaigns to Reduce Nursing Shortage

Careers in Healthcare Management
Providing a Link to the Future

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Advisory Board is Back!

Affinity once again has access to The Advisory Board through the Ministry Health Care Membership.

If you previously had an Advisory Board login, it may still work.
          If you want a new login, Register here.
The Advisory Board provides online access to the research and services of The Advisory Board for Affinity and Ministry Colleagues.

This includes full-text access to reports on best practices, leadership development, technology assessment and planning, tools and analytics for the healthcare industry. Implementation kits and technology briefs summarize latest findings to assist decision making on adoption of new technology and much more ...

Their Daily Briefing is a great way to stay up-to-date with relevant health care news, without being overwhelmed.

2 Ways to find it on the Affinity Intranet :
A) Go to  OR
B) Affinity Intranet Homepage > Library > General Reference Links > Advisory Board

Friday, February 15, 2013

Natural Standard will replace Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) on March 3, 2013

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) and Natural Standard both provide evidence-based practice info on herbs, supplements, and natural medicines (ie Gingko or St. Johns Wort).

For the past few years, Affinity has been using Natural Medicines (NMCD) for this type of integrative medicine info. Our current access runs through March 2, 2013. In an effort to standardize library resources across Ministry and Affinity Health Systems, NMCD will be replaced with Natural Standard (new), which is what Ministry Health Care is currently using. We will have a few weeks with access to both resources to help make a smooth transition. Natural Standard  (new) seems to offer even more info than NMCD!

Natural Standard offers quick access to comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information on foods, herbs, supplements and natural therapies. Reviews include interactions, adverse effects, allergies, efficacy, pregnancy/lactation data and mechanism of action. English, French and Spanish Patient Handouts are available.

Natural Standard will be in just about the same places as NMCD is on the Library Website.
                    Affinity Intranet > Library > Most Popular Links > Natural Standard

Try it now : Natural Standard
Training Webinars and Demonstrations are available here.
           Archives of past training webinars can be viewed at any time.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this transition.

Your Librarian,
Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP
3-0340 or via Outlook

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Back to Basics : Review of Library Services

If you need to review the clinical journal literature, or just need specific articles, let your Librarian help. PubMed/Medline Phobia? I can help you make informed decisions with the best evidence!

• Use the online Literature Search Request form to tell me what you’re looking for. I’ll run the search in Medline, PubMed, Cochrane, CINAHL (or other appropriate databases) and give you a list of article citations that match your search criteria.

Want specific articles? Send me the citations via email, fax or this Article Request Form, and I’ll send you the articles. In most cases, I can email you PDFs of articles, [following the Fair Use provision of US Copyright]. We have access to over 10,000 online journals. If we don’t have it, we can usually get it for you, at no cost to you.

• Don’t forget our collection of Lean, and Studer Group Management and Leadership books.

• Make an appointment to learn how to efficiently and effectively search Medline, PubMed, or Cinahl. I offer training on these specific databases as well as a personalized library orientation geared to your interests and information needs.

Find out what tools the Library offers that can make your work life easier!

Questions, Comments, or Requests? Please contact your Librarian :  
           Michele Matucheski  223-0340 or via Outlook

Thursday, December 27, 2012

FREE to a Good Home : Old AudioDigest CDs

The MMC Library has 1 year's worth of 2009 AudioDigest CDs available for FREE. Although these audioCDs are too old to apply for CE credits, they do still offer excellent information for Physicians, PAs, Nurses, and other health professionals.

Available Subject areas include the following :

Emergency Medicine
Family Practice (on tape and CD )
General Surgery
Internal Medicine
Obstetrics / Gynecology

Also available on Audio :
Chest Medicine
Practical Reviews in Radiology
Practical Reviews in Nuclear Medicine

Look for them on the used book sale table. Come early. These are HOT items!

Too far from Mercy? No sweat! I'm willing to inter-office a selection of 10-15 audio CDs anywhere within Affinity.    Just tell me which series you're interested in.

Why are we giving them away?
--limited shelving space for audiovisuals
--CE credits are available only for 3 years since date of publication
--Our libraries emphasize the most up-to-date info, so we want to make room for more recent issues.
-- Newer (current) editions are available on AudioCD and MP3 files that can be downloaded to your computer or MP3 player. Contact Michele Matucheski for more details on accessing the AudioDigest MP3 files from your desktop.

Questions, Comments, Concerns, or Claims?

Contact your Librarian :

Michele Matucheski (MMC) 3-0340 or via Outlook

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

FirstConsult Point-of-Care Tool

You may have noticed a new tab in MDConsult (See above).

FirstConsult offers even more evidence-based, point-of-care info from MDConsult, in addition to medical eBooks, journal articles and guidelines we've had.

FirstConsult offers :
• Evidence-based clinical summaries on Evaluation, Diagnosis, Clinical Management, Prognosis and Prevention
*  Treatment and Dosing Info
*  ICD-9 Codes
•  Continually updated knowledge base of medical topics
• Differential Diagnosis Tool
• Step-by-Step procedures with video and animation
• It can be deeply integrated into the electronic health record
• With a personal MDC account, access both MDConsult and FirstConsult via iPad or other internet-enabled mobile device. There’s also an app for iPhones.

Take the 2-minute tour.

FirstConsult will make your work life easier, with quick answers that can be integrated into your workflow.    People who've seen it say it's very similar to Up-to-Date, and more economically priced.

Target Audience : All Health Care Providers (Physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists, Coders and other Allied Health Professionals will also benefit by getting a fuller picture of a particular health condition and it’s recommended treatments.)

Questions, Comments, or Concerns?
          Please contact your Librarian :
          Michele Matucheski (MMC) 3-0340 or via Outlook

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Cochrane Library is a mainstay of Evidence-based Practice. Cochrane Reviews are considered the 'Gold Standard' for high-quality systematic reviews and are used to support health care decisions. The Cochrane Library is produced by The Cochrane Collaboration, a group of clinicians, consumers, and researchers around the world.

We recently changed our access to The Cochrane Library. No longer do we get it through Ovid’s Evidence-based Medicine Reviews. Now we get it directly through Wiley, the publisher who owns the content. We believe this will make it easier for staff to find and use Cochrane Reviews because it will be easier to get to the full-text.

The Links on the Library web pages have been updated. The links to Cochrane Reviews should also work if you are searching PubMed or Clinical Queries or even Google Scholar -- as long as you are using an Affinity computer. Access is IP-authenticated, so no usernames or passwords needed.

The Cochrane Library (via Wiley) Direct Link

How to get there :
Affinity Intranet > Library > Cochrane Library

Tutorials on The Cochrane Library via Wiley  here (long) and here (summary).

Read more about The Cochrane Library here  and here.
View more EBM Tools at Affinity :
Questions or comments? Contact Your Librarian :
Michele Matucheski (MMC) 3-0340

Thursday, November 01, 2012

St. Elizabeth Hospital Library : Requiem

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the closing of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Library in Appleton, WI. Due to a recent company merger, subsequent down-sizing, and staff reductions, it is not possible to keep the St Elizabeth Hospital Library open.

The St Elizabeth Hospital Library opened in the 1960s when hospital administrator Sister M. Kathleen Daniel approved the doctors' request for dedicated library space. Initially, physicians oversaw the library with some part-time, non-professional help.

Mary Bayorgeon with Dr. Pier in 1980. Mary is doing a MEDLINE Search  with the old telephone coupler.  This was cutting edge technology at the time!

In1973, Sister Rose Mary Pint, a visionary administrator hired Mary Bayorgeon to develop a professional library. She started part time and then went full-time when the Family Practice Residency program was initiated.

Karen Knorr, Library Assistant -1980

For many years, Mary B., Karen Knorr, and most recently Margo Lambert and Karen Witz served library customers near and far, including regular Inter-Library Loan-Lends to The New York Public Library.

The St Elizabeth Hospital Library was honored with the WHSLA Library of the Year in 1991. Mary Bayorgeon was honored as WHSLA Librarian of the Year in 2004.

The STE Library was a model of library design, as evidenced by Mary being asked to be a speaker at the symposium at NLM in 2003 when she was part of a panel of 3 hospital librarians speaking on the design of hospital libraries at the symposium on "The Library as Place: Symposium on Building and Revitalizing Health Science Libraries in the Digital Age."

Mary and Karen in 2003

In the 1990s, when I was a young Library Technician in Madison, WI, I remember calling the St Elizabeth Hospital Library for rush ILLs. Karen Knorr was always bright, friendly, ready and willing to help. When the opportunity arose to work with Mary B. and Karen in 1999, I jumped at the chance. The STE Library was a beacon of knowledge and light in the world of Health Science Libraries. I wanted to be part of that!

Through the years, St. Elizabeth Hospital Library Staff has always been dedicated to serving all our patrons including patients, their families, as well as physicians and hospital staff. Affinity staff will be served virtually by the Libraries at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, WI, and The Ministry Libraries in Stevens Point and Marshfield, WI.

Friday, October 19, 2012

St. Elizabeth Hospital Library Closed : Access to Services FAQ Updated

As Ministry and Affinity Libraries develop a model to serve all of our staff members efficiently and effectively, Library Services will be “Going Virtual”. To discover the Affinity Virtual Library and all the online resources we have to offer, please visit the Affinity Library Intranet Website by following the Library link from the Affinity Intranet.

We realize that you may have some questions about access to Library Service after the St. Elizabeth Hospital Libraries close. We will address some of these below :

1)  Who do I contact if I need the following :
     A book
     An article
     A literature search
     Help with research
     To learn how to use the library online tools (or other sources)
While the St. Elizabeth Hospital Libraries are closing, Ministry and Affinity staff will continue to receive personalized Library Service from qualified and dedicated librarians.

Ministry and Affinity Library Contacts
Toll Free telephone number for library services:
(Choose Option #2 from the menu.)

Marie Janz
Lead Librarian
email via Outlook

Michele Matucheski
email via Outlook

Deb Knippel
email via Outlook

2) Where will I be able to get a BLS or NRP textbook?

To get a copy of the book BLS for Healthcare Providers (BLS),
contact Jeff Baldwin at 920-831-8388  or  email via Outlook
Or stop in at The Learning Center office at St E's on 4 north to pick up a BLS Book for class.

To get a copy of the Neonatal Resuscitation Textbook (NRP), contact Laura Olson, Administrative Assistant for STE Birth Place at 920-730-4901 or email via Outlook. 

NOTE: While the St. Elizabeth Hospital Libraries are closing, the Clark Family Library at Mercy Medical Center will remain open. If you normally use the Library at MMC and need to check out these books, they will be available at that Library. People who would usually borrow these books from the STE Libraries will need to contact Jeff or Laura.

3) Where will I be able to print in color? Or scan a document? Or send a fax?

Requests for color print jobs can be sent to the Affinity Print Shop. As for color multi-function devices on the St. Elizabeth Hospital campus, contact STE Administration.

4) Where will I be able to use a computer after the STE  Library closes?

STE Resource Cafe : The 2 public computers (in the study carrels) in the Resource Cafe only have public internet access. You won't be able to get to the intranet on those 2 computers. You should be able to use the staff computer in the the Resource Cafe (behind the desk), if you need the Intranet.

STE IS Training Rooms in the basement may be quieter options for study space and computers. You'll probably need to ask Security to let you in as these rooms are typically locked when not scheduled for classes. Just be sure you have your employee badge so Security knows you are staff.

There are also computers on the units.  Although we realize the environment on the units can be hectic and not conducive for study.

We are looking at options for a quiet study area with a few computers for staff to use.  More details to come. 

We know that you may have additional questions. Library staff will be happy to talk with you about these changes and will share additional information about the new Library Service model as soon as possible.

Updated 7 November 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

STE Library to Close October 19

A recent survey concerning use of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Libraries showed that 80% of staff members prefer to use online resources rather than visit the physical library. We anticipate that this trend will increase.

As Ministry and Affinity Libraries develop a model to serve all our employees efficiently and effectively, the St. Elizabeth Hospital Library will be “going virtual.”  The physical library spaces at St. Elizabeth Hospital will be closing on Friday, October 19th.

To discover the Affinity Virtual Library and all the online tools that we offer, please visit the Affinity Library Web Page [Affinity Access only] or follow the link to the Library from the Affinity Intranet page.  

Personalized Library Service will continue to be available to Affinity staff.  For literature searches (research), article requests, or other library materials, please call Michele Matucheski at the Health Science Library, Mercy Medical Center, at 920-223-0342. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

From the Mercy Archives : 2 Booklets

The Mercy Medical Center Archives was recently gifted with 2 booklets related to our history.

Click to see a pdf version of this booklet. (Public access)       Alternate Link (Affinity/Ministry access only)

Mercy Hospital Training School for Nurses contains
53 points on 14 pages cover the following topics : Rules for Nurses, Rules for Night Nurses, Class, and Charts. This is from the old Mercy School of Nursing which was part of Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh, WI, from 1912 - 1983. There is no date on this publication, so it's difficult to tell just when these rules were the norm.    The Mercy School of Nursing was in operation from 1912- 1983.   
The original resides in the Mercy School of Nursing file of the Mercy Medical Center Library Archives.

Click to see a pdf version of this booklet. (Public access)       Alternate link (Affinty/Ministry access only)  [Please be patient.  This is a large file that may take a moment to load.]

This Lakeside Hospital booklet dates back to 1911-17.  Lakeside Hospital was built and run by Dr. M.E. Corbett.  This booklet shows many images from the state-of-the-art facility.   In 1917, Dr. Corbett asked the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother to take over operations at Lakeside.  The Sisters purchased it, and changed the name to Mercy Hospital.  The building still stands acorss from Menomonee Park in Oshkosh, WI.   It is now apartments and assisted living called Bella Vista.  The booklet has about 20 pages.    The original resides in the Lakeside Hospital file of the Mercy Medical Center Library Archives.

Monday, August 13, 2012

From the Hallmarks of Mercy

By Linda Werner, Mercy Health Foundation

The Hallmarks of Mercy exhibit, located in the lower level of Mercy Medical Center, traces the history of the hospital from its founding in 1891. The display includes numerous historical artifacts that have been retained or returned to Mercy over the years. And, individuals who have shared Mercy's history continue to add to the collection. Some items are added to display cases in the Hallmarks of History corridor and others are preserved in the archives of Mercy's Clark Family Health Science Library.

Within the past few months, three unique items have been donated. Julie Allen brought in the commemorative plate pictured above which shows the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother's [St Mary’s Hospital] hospital as it looked in the early 20th century.

Another recent acquisition is an invitation to graduation ceremonies at the Mercy Medical School of Nursing in 1919. It was brought in by Jerome Best, a nephew of a 1919 graduate. Accompanying it was a graduation program printed as a community service by CastlePierce, another important part of Oshkosh's history.

In July, Affinity employees Jessica Ebsch and Amy Ann Tharp brought in a picture post card of the old St. Mary's Hospital that had been printed in Germany and mailed from one Sister to another on November 2, 1908. It was found in an antique shop in LaValle, Wisconsin!

If you haven't visited the Hallmarks of Mercy, stop in at any time or check out the (incomplete) digital version.   A few of the Hallmarks of Mercy panels (not all) have been digitized.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Power Searching Classes with Google

Power Searching with Google

Want to improve your Google search skills?
Want to be smarter and faster on the web?

Google is offering a FREE series of 6 web tutorials on just that.
These are the search secrets a Librarian (like me) would love to tell you!

It’s a valuable online class series. I guarantee you’ll learn SOMETHING if you invest the time and effort to do the classes and activities. These power searching skills are sure to help you at work, and it will help you in your home life, too!

Here are some things you’ll learn in the first class :
*  Filtering image search results by color
*  How does Google work?  And what is a Spider, anyway?
*  The Art of Choosing Keywords Wisely
*  Word Order Matters
*  Finding Text on a Web Page

In subsequent classes, Google Senior Research Analyst, Daniel Russell helps you
> Interpret search results
> Master advanced search techniques
> Find facts faster
> and check facts.

Here's your chance to become a Google Power Searcher. 
Join the top 10% of Searchers!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Citation Generators : Your life just got a whole lot easier!

Do you need to produce a reference list for a presentation, paper, project, or a policy? There are a number of free tools on the web that make this often tedious process a whole lot easier! These tools make it so easy to credit information sources, there’s no reason not to do so!

PubMed Citation Matcher

AMA Citation Generator
Plug in as little as a PubMed ID, ISBN, or Amazon url for a book or journal and this handy tool spits out a properly formatted AMA citation.

Citation Machine
Free tool designed to assist in generating APA, MLA, and Chicago style citations (Turabian is still under development). Part of the Landmarks for Schools Web site.

KnightCite Citation Service
Easily and freely generate citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago style formats for many types of print and electronic resources. Project of Heckman Library, Calvin.

Additionally, many of our journal index citation databases allow formatting the search results in many different citation styles including AMA, APA, MLA, and others. This includes Cinahl and the Ebsco databases.

Questions or comments? Contact Your Librarians :
     Michele Matucheski (MMC) 3-0340
     or Margo Lambert (STE) 8-2325

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Health Literacy Resources

Health Literacy is the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. Health information can overwhelm even people with advanced literacy skills. About one third of the adult population in the United States has limited health literacy.

Limited health literacy can affect a patient's ability to

• Fill out complex forms
• Locate providers and services
• Share personal information such as health history
• Take care of yourself
• Manage a chronic disease
• Understand how to take medicines
                                    -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

If you would like to learn more about how to help patients be more health literate, please visit the Health Literacy Resources web page.  (Affinity Access Only)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Easier Route to the Online Abbreviations Manual

Affinity Intranet > Library
          Look for “Most Popular Links” (on the right side)
          > Acronyms and Abbreviations
          > Browse to the abbreviation / acronym

Questions or comments? Contact Your Librarians :

Michele Matucheski (MMC) 3-0340
or Margo Lambert (STE) 8-2325.

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Give & Take Free Book Exchange at MMC

We’ve started a free book exchange at Mercy Medical Center.

Outside the MMC Library, across from the Sisters on the Hallmarks of History, you’ll see a wire rack for the Free Book Exchange.

How it works :
• Bring a book and leave it.
• Pick one up and take it.
• Bring it back or pass it on.
• No check outs.
• Enjoy reading!
• Donations accepted. Items must be clean and in good condition, please.

Patients often request fiction and leisure reading material while they are staying at Mercy. However, this is out-of-scope for a health science library where our focus is health and medicine. We also know that some of our employees and volunteers are great readers, and want to share their books. This is a way to meet the needs of our patients and employees at WHOLE people.

Who can participate?
Anyone on the MMC Campus! Staff, visitors, volunteers, patients. Anyone walking by the rack can feel free to “give and take.”

Special Thanks to nurse Jean Wollenberg, a voracious reader, for the suggestion!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Changes to PubMed Filters Sidebar (Formerly Limits)

PubMed is the premier index to thousands of medical and nursing journals.

PubMed recently made some changes to their Limits feature.
See screenshots of the specific changes and how to use it here.

View a helpful 2-minute YouTube video tutorial explaining the changes.

The PubMed Tutorial has been updated to reflect this recent change.

Bonus : If you use the PubMed link on the Affinity Library Services intranet page, you’ll be able to tap into our Affinity full-text offerings.

Questions or comments? Contact Your Librarians :
          Michele Matucheski (MMC) 3-0340
          or Margo Lambert (STE) 8-2325.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Happy Nurses Week

Affinity Library Services celebrates Nurses each and every day! 

We are here to support the very important work YOU do in providing excellent patient care. 

Let us make your work life easier.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Updates for Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD)

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database * provides unbiased, evidence-based info on complementary, alternative and integrative therapies, including some of the natural medicines and supplements patients may be taking. 

Clinical Tools You Can Use

• The Effectiveness Checker in NMCD   gives you evidence-based ratings on effectiveness for hundreds of medical conditions. Enter any disease or condition and find out what works and what doesn't. For example, see what natural medicines and alternative therapies work for osteoarthritis or weight loss.

To get started, just go to the Effectiveness Checker and enter any condition.
          Click "Search" to get your detailed report, including ratings and recommendations.

Online Continuing Education Courses through NMCD

Preventing and Treating Nutrient Deficiencies is now available online. It gives patrons evidence-based information, guidelines, and advice on common nutrient deficiencies and how to treat them.
Bonus :  Healthcare practitioners at Affinity get fully accredited CE/CME.

Did you know that Affinity has access to over 30 continuing education programs from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database? Some recent topics include:

The Perioperative Use of Natural Medicines
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Breast Cancer

These and many other courses provide fully accredited continuing education and continuing medical education credits for pharmacists, physicians, NPs, PAs, and many other professionals.*

Where to find NMCD :
Affinity Intranet > Library >
         [Under Most Popular Links] Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

*  Affinity Library Services provides access to this subscription database.  It is not available for free.

Questions or comments? Contact Your Librarians :
     Michele Matucheski (MMC) 3-0340
     or Margo Lambert (STE) 8-2325.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

New Combined Affinity Library Catalog

Library Staff has been hard at work behind the scenes to unite our formerly independent catalogs. Now you can search a single Affinity Library Services Catalog to find :

* Books and Materials at both STE and MMC Libraries
* eBooks in MDConsult, AccessMedicine, and StatRef

Stop by the Affinity Libraries for a tour of the new catalog, or explore yourself.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Coaching for Success : Top 10

Resource list created for the MMC Breakfast Club topic
presented by Eric Marcoe and John Fuller
on March 2, 2012.

The following items are available through the Affinity Libraries.
MMC Library 3-0342 STE Library 8-2324

1. Hundred Percenters : Challenge your employees to give it their all, and they'll give you even more!
Author : Mark Murphy
Location : MMC Library Kindle

2. Unleashed! : Expecting greatness and other secrets of coaching for exceptional performance
Author: Thompson, Gregg
Call Number: HF 5549.5 .C53 T46 2006 SEH Library

3. Coaching for performance GROWing people, performance and purpose
Author: Whitmore, John, Sir
Call Number: HD 58.82 .W47 2002 MMC Library, STE Library

4. Clinical coach for effective perioperative nursing care
Author: Litwack, Kim.
Call Number: WY 49 L782c 2009 MMC Library

5. The corporate coach [sound recording]
Author: Miller, James B.
Call Number: Audio HF 5548.8 .M4924 1994 SEH Library AV

6. How to coach and give feedback without hurting the relationship [sound recording]
Author: Lloyd, Joan.
Call Number: AUDIO HF 5549 L793 1995 SEH Library AV

7. The Leadership secrets of Santa Claus : how to get big things done in your "Workshop"-- all year long
Author: Harvey, Eric L.
Call Number: HD 57.7 H37 2003 SEH Library

8. Quit managing and start coaching
Author: Hagen, Tim
Call Number: HF 5549.5 H143q 2009 SEH Library

Websites and Articles :

6 Steps for Coaching : University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Step 2 : Coaching Performance - Columbia University HR Manager Toolkit

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Finding Free Images on the Web : Using Search Engines

You can also use some of the familiar search engines to find re-usable images.  Settings in the Advanced search functions can help sort out those images in the public domain, or otherwise labeled for re-use. 

Using Google Images :
1. Go to Google Images Advanced Search
2. Fill in the search box with your search terms
           *  Hint : Consider also searching synonyms (e.g. vegetables, veggies, vittles)

3. Select other parameters as appropriate
4. In the Usage Rights section, click the radio button for "Only images labeled for reuse."
* Please be aware that conditions may apply to using any images you find through Google Image Search.

Using Flickr Advanced Search :
1. Go to Flickr Advanced Search
2. Enter your search terms
                * Hint : Consider also searching synonyms (e.g. vegetables, veggies, vittles)

3. In the Creative Commons section towards the bottom of the screen,
check "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content"
check "Find content to modify, adapt, or build upon."

Did you find the perfect picture on Flickr?  Another option is to ASK the owner for permission to use the image.  With so many people posting their images, many hobbyists are very willing to share their work for limited purposes.  Often, they are delighted someone takes an interest in their work.

Finding Images on the Web

Position of the Heart in the Body by Darren Hopes.  

Are you looking for medical images for a presentation or clinical education?
The purpose of this guide is to help you easily locate photographs, charts, diagrams, videos and other medical images on the web. 

Consider Copyright
Most image sources will include information about the copyright status.  Many sources will allow you to reproduce images for teaching or other non-commercial uses.  Always to remember to attribute the source of the image when incorprating it into your own presentations.

Affinity Library Image Resources
Harrison's Online / Access Medicine (via Affinity subscription)
Images avaiable from Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and the books in the Access Medicine / Lange Educational Library are searchable via the Advanced Search Page. 
*  Images may be used in teaching.
*  Educational use refers to classroom teaching, lectures, presentations, rounds, and other instructional activities. 
*  Permission must be obtained for commercial use and the creation of derivative works. 

MDConsult Images  (via Affinity Subscription)
Users may print or download images for their personal, non-commercial use provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices are kept intact.

To use images in a poster, publication, or for any other similar use, permission must be requested through the Elsevier Rights Dept. 

StatRef - Advanced Search (via Affinity Subscription)
The Advanced Search Page provides limits to images/videos included in our StatRef eBooks. 

Medical Image Repositories on the Internet
Catalog of Clinical Images  - University of California-San Diego
"Web-based collection of physical examination findings."

NIH Image Bank  - from The National Institutes of Health

NIDDK Image Library -  From the Diabetes Clearinghouse.
A good source for black and white graphics on medical themes.   Images are in the Public Domain and free to use.

Public Health Image Library (PHIL) - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Wellcome Library Medical Photos
Includes over 40,000 contemporary and historical medical images from UK teaching hospitals and research institutes.  Images on this site are freely available for download for personal, academic teaching or study use, under one of two Creative Commons licences. For further details please see our Terms of Use.

Want even more?
Images, Photos, Multimedia Resources in Medicine - HLWiki Canada
          Some sources listed are free, some part free, some for fee.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Library as Place

By Margo Lambert, Contact:,

Do you need a break from your breakneck pace? Libraries have always had the reputation for being quiet places. But if you have visited a public library recently, you’ll know that these libraries are becoming hubs of activity and you can’t always expect a quiet atmosphere when you visit.

The Affinity Libraries are places you can go if you need to get even a few moments of peace. The medical libraries at Mercy Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital offer comfortable surroundings so that you can create a mini-escape during your busy day. Michele Matucheski and Ann Paulsen (Clark Family Library at Mercy Medical Center) and Margo Lambert and Karen Witz (Health Science and Resource Cafe Libraries at St. Elizabeth Hospital) are happy to welcome visitors. If you need to use a computer or if you need information or materials to support your work we can provide it for you. If you just need to see a smiling face and a have brief respite from your busy day, we offer that as well.

So, if you need to escape during the course of a busy workday, the Affinity Libraries might just be the perfect destinations.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Modeling Appropriate Behaviors for Customer Interactions

Resource list created for the MMC Breakfast Club topic
presented by Maria Myers and Bernedine Nitz
on February 3, 2012.

Books :
Contact the MMC (3-0342) or STE (8-2324) Libraries to check out any of these books.  We'll send them to you anywhere within Affinity. 
 1. The seven habits of highly effective people : restoring the character ethic
Author: Covey, Stephen R.
Call Number: BF 637 .S8 C68 1990
Location: MMC Library and STE Library

2. Living the 7 habits : stories of courage and inspiration [sound recording]
Author: Covey, Stephen R.
Call Number: Audio COVEY Livi 1999 MMC Library HIC AV
Call Number: BF 637 .S8 C668 1999 SEH Library

3. 180 ways to walk the leadership talk : the "how to" handbook for leaders at all levels
Author: Baldoni, John.
Call Number: HD 57.7 B178 2000
Location: MMC Library

4. Hardwiring excellence : purpose worthwhile work making a difference
Author: Studer, Quint.
Call Number: HD 70 S426 2004
Location: MMC Library ; STE Library; MMC Library Kindle
         >  Chapter 9; Priciple 7 : Align Behaviors with Goals and Values

5. The HCAHPS handbook : hardwire your hospital for pay-for-performance success
Author: Studer, Quint.
Call Number: W 84.1 S933h 2010
Location: MMC Library ; STE Library
         >  Chapter 2 has a section on "Key Words at Key Times" and AIDET.

6. Leadership mastery : how to challenge yourself and others to greatness / Dale Carnegie Training.
Call Number: HD 57.7 .L43434 2009
Location: MMC Library; MMC Library Kindle
          >  Chapter 4 - Mentoring that Makes a Difference
          >  Chapter - Consistency, Competence, and Phone Communication

7. The Leadership secrets of Santa Claus : how to get big things done in your "Workshop"-- all year long
Call Number: HD 57.7 H37 2003 SEH Library
         >  Chapter 8 is "Be Good for Goodness Sake" with this summary :
             1) Set the example
             2) Establish Guidelines and Accountability
             3) Remember that everything counts.

8. Results that Last by Quint Studer
Call Number : HD 57.7 .S787 2008
Location : MMC Library, STE Library, MMC Library Kindle
         >  Chapter 16 - "Build a Culture around Service" covers Standards of Behavior
         >  Chapter 19 - "Key Words at Key Times" covers AIDET.

9. Straight A leadership : alignment, action, accountability.
Author: Studer, Quint.
Call Number: HD 57.7 S7875 2009
Location: MMC Library & SEH Library

Websites and Articles

10. Being an exemplary role model: it begins with an optimistic attitude. Perry B. J Nurses Staff Dev. 2009 Sep-Oct;25(5):242-8. PMID: 19820536.  Link to this article.

11. Duke Human Resources - Expected Behaviors Employees
Link to this article.

12. Guide Staff Behavior by Setting a Good Example (2003)
Link to this article

13. How to Make the Most of Role Modeling - The Stairway Consultancy
Link to this article.

14. Role Modeling ; Making the Most of a Powerful Teaching Strategy
Link to this article.