Journal Club

Join the NY-NJ Journal Club for a series of stimulating hour-long online discussions of articles selected by facilitators Helen-Ann Brown Epstein and Marie Ascher.

Upcoming Discussion:

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm

Facilitator: Marie Ascher

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Article: Shultz M, Berryman DR. Collection practices for nontraditional online resources among academic health sciences libraries. J Med Libr Assoc. 2020;108(2):253-261. doi:10.5195/jmla.2020.791. Epub 2020 Apr 1. PMID: 32256236; PMCID: PMC7069827.


Objective: In recent years, individuals and small organizations have developed new online learning and information resources that are often marketed directly to students. In this study, these nontraditional online resources are defined as apps or other online resources that are not available through large and well-known publishers. The purposes of this study are to determine if academic health sciences libraries are licensing nontraditional online resources and to provide a snapshot of current collections practices in this area.

Methods: An online survey was designed and distributed to the email lists of the Collection Development Section of the Medical Library Association and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries directors. Follow-up phone interviews were conducted with survey participants who volunteered to be contacted.

Results: Of the 58 survey respondents, 21 (36.2%) reported that their libraries currently licensed at least 1 nontraditional online resource, and 45 (77.6%) reported receiving requests for these types of resources. The resources listed by respondents included 50 unique titles. Of the 37 (63.8%) respondents whose library did not license nontraditional online resources, major barriers that were noted included a lack of Internet protocol (IP) authentication, licenses that charge per user, and affordable institutional pricing.

Conclusions: Evaluation criteria for nontraditional online resources should be developed and refined, and these resources should be examined over time to determine their potential and actual use by students. There is a growing demand for many of these resources among students, but the lack of financial and access models that serve libraries’ needs is an obstacle to institutional licensing.

This event is open exclusively to current members of NY-NJ MLA, MLA-Phil, and HSLANJ.

Previous Discussions:

  • Special Event: Friday, April 17, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    COVID-19: We will get through this together!
    Join us on April 17th for a sharing of our most valuable/most favorite/most asked for COVID-19 resources. We will also be ready to help members who are feeling saddened or overwhelmed, and discuss this article:

    Article: Ali, M, Gatiti, P. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Reflections on the Roles of Librarians and Information Professionals. Health Info Libr J. 2020 Apr 6 [Online ahead of print] DOI: 10.1111/hir.12307, PubMed PMID: 32251543
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Azadbakht, Elena. Humor in library instruction: a narrative review with implications for the health sciences. J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Jul;107(3):304-313. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.608. Epub 2019 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 31258436; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6579600
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Maria Ascher
    Article: Williamson PO, Minter CIJ. Exploring PubMed as a reliable resource for scholarly communications services. J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Jan;107(1):16-29. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.433. Epub 2019 Jan 1. PubMed PMID: 30598645; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6300231.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Visscher PM, Wray NR, Zhang Q, Sklar P, McCarthy MI, Brown MA, Yang J. 10 Years of GWAS Discovery: Biology, Function, and Translation. Am J Hum Genet. 2017 Jul 6;101(1):5-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2017.06.005. Review. PubMed PMID: 28686856; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5501872.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018     Cancelled
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson E, Allee N, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Muellenbach J, Epstein HA, Weiss A. Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):1118-24. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002825. 
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Quesenberry, A. C., Oelschlegel, S., Earl, M., Leonard, K., & Vaughn, C. J. (2016). The impact of library resources and services on the scholarly activity of medical faculty and residents. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 35(3), 259-265
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: JM, Oelschlegel S, Earl M. Surveying hospital nurses to discover educational needs and preferences. J Med Libr Assoc. 2017 Jul;105(3):226-232. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2017.85.  Epub 2017 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 28670209; PubMed Central
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Moderator: Joan B Wagner
    Article: Jamali, H. R. (2017). Copyright compliance and infringement in ResearchGate full-text journal articles. Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-017-2291-4
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Ashrafi-rizi H, Kazempour Z. Marketing information goods and services in medical libraries and information centers. Journal of Education and Health Promotion. January 1, 2012 2012;1(1):9-9.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Swanberg SM, Dennison CC, Farrell A, et al. Instructional methods used by health sciences librarians to teach evidence-based practice (EBP): A systematic review. J Med Libr Assoc. 2016;104(3)197-208.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 1:00pm-2:00pm.
    Facilitator: Helen Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Farrell A [et al]. Evaluating the impact of literature searching services on patient care through the use of a quick assessment tool. JCHLA/JABSC 2014 35:116-23
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 2:00pm-3:00pm.
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Rethlefsen ML [ et al]. Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2015 Jun; 68(6): 617-26.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 3:00pm-3:45pm.
    Facilitator: Helen Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Kirtley S. Impactful Librarians: Identifying Opportunities to Increase Your Impact. J EAHIL  2015;11(4):23-8

Participation in the Journal Club is free to all current members of the NY/NJ MLA chapter.  If you wish MLA CE credit for participating in the journal club, there is a $15 fee and a required appraisal sheet to complete.

Participants are welcome to suggest articles and to serve as facilitators for future sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact CE Chair Trina Keith,