Next issue of JEAHIL

Would you like to sum up your thoughts and experience from this summer´s EAHIL conference in beautiful Rome?

Next issue is all about what went on in Rome.

We would love to have an article from you!

Manuscripts should be submitted by the corresponding author electronically to the Chief Editor, Sally Wood-Lamont, accompanied by a presentation letter.

Articles presented for publication on JEAHIL must be original and will be submitted to qualified referees before publication. Authors of submitted papers must accept editing and reuse of published material by EAHIL including electronic publishing on the EAHIL website ( Reproduction of articles or part of them should be previously authorised.  

Next issue´s deadline is the 5th of Augusti 2014.

Next issue´s deadline is the 5th of August 2014.

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Take a look!

Benoit Thirion, at CISMeF Project
Rouen University Hospital, Rouen, France has collected and picked up references from non-medical librarian journals, but interesting for medical librarians during February to May 2014.

  • Sohail M et al. Use of Web Resources by Medical Science Students of Aligarh Muslim University
  • Linda S et al. Evidence for Removal of a Reference Collection in an Academic Health Sciences Library
  • Wakimoto DK. Google Scholar Retrieves Twice as Many Relevant Citations as PubMed and Provides Greater Full-Text Access for Quick, Clinical Nephrology Searches
  • Haustein S et al. Tweeting biomedicine: An analysis of tweets and citations in the biomedical literature
  • Bhatti R et al. Experience of Internet Utilization by Post Graduate Students at Nishter Medical College,
    Multan, Pakistan

Read the abstracts and get more information!

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Letter from the President June 2014

Marshall DozierPresident Marshal Dozier find the themes chosen for this JEAHIL issue particularly interesting.

As librarians, many of us are seeing calls for development in knowledge and skills to better support research data management in students and researchers (see e.g this recent event hosted by OCLC Libraries and Research: Supporting Change/Changing Support) partly in response to calls by funding bodies to make data available and linked to related publications (see e.g, the UK’s Medical Research Council on data sharing).

But how many of us really understand the nature of the data handled by our research colleagues, the requirements for its management, and the appropriateness of the various storage options available (assuming they are available)?

One of our professional strengths is a deep understanding of metadata and cataloguing, which are of value in supporting researchers in making their data more likely to be re-usable.

Many of us also participate in systematic review teams. But, Marshall thinks that in order to truly support researchers, we should better understand the nature of research, and in order to
understand the nature of research, it is necessary to undertake it, even in small ways.

Marshall´s sense, though, is that many of us do not really engage with research-like activities – but is it true?

Maybe we should take a reflective and analytic approach to the data that we gather in relation to our everyday activities, and which we use to inform decisions – since that is also a form of research. I suggest it in case it could feel more like familiar territory and also more immediately relevant to daily activities for a greater proportion of colleagues.

She’d like to know what you think! Please comment!

In the area of supporting the communication of research she thinks there are significant and crucial roles that libraries
already play, and which we can expand:

  • Helping researchers find the right publisher in (whether by assessing quality of editorial engagement, impact, audience, open access policies)
  • Helping researchers retain copyright in their publications
  • Helping manage open access funds, and advising on open access publication options
  • Hosting institutional repositories for publications and datasets
  • Hosting systems such as the Open Journal System
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Elections for Council members

As you will see elsewhere in JEAHIL issue 2, 2014, we are now sending out a call for nominations for Council members for the term 2015-2018.

President Marshall Dozier encourage you to consider becoming a Councillor for your country: you can find a list of vacancies in the issue as well as a nomination form.


Nomination form

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Update your membership record

In order to vote in this year’s elections, you need to have an active membership record.

We also need to make sure that we have the correct email and postal addresses for you.

Please update your membership record by visiting



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What is happening in Rome?

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Using the internet: easier said than done

Mauro Mazzocut, Laura Ciolfi, Emanuela Ferrarin and Ivana Truccoloi at Scientific and Patients Library – CRO Aviano IRCCS, National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy wrote this article on using the internet. Is it as easy as we think?

Since 1993, the CRO library has organized training courses on the use of information resources for the institute staff. However, recently the need to revise the proposals for meeting the educational needs of the scientific and clinical staff has arisen.

A practical approach was adopted: planning short weekly lessons focused on practical learning of a single instrument at a time. The course structure included a minimum number of lessons whose attendance was compulsory to be chosen on the basis of individual professional interests of learners. With this approach, all instruments were compared and contextualized within a precise wider documentary search methodology. From the evaluation forms and “narrative” feedback, it has emerged that both courses were perceived as “relevant” for increasing attendants’ professional skills and had a positive impact on their professional practice.

Read the fulltext!
Using the internet: easier said than done.

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