I came back this weekend from a wonderful library conference. Normally I attend MLA, but I had an opportunity to offer a continuing education course at EAHIL, in Krakow, Poland. So I ended up doing a 4-hour course on teaching methodologies.
There’s presenting or teaching in front of students and then there’s presenting in front of your peers. I can handle students. Let’s just say I was incredibly nervous for this class. To my relief it went rather well. My audience was marvelous and I came away with some great ideas myself.
Because I taught the class, I had the chance to attend the rest of the conference. It’s a lot smaller than MLA–about 360 attendees–but it was a really well-organized and informative conference. I particularly liked getting the European perspective on library issues. Interesting to learn that Evidence-based Practice hasn’t gotten a firm foothold in many European countries (excluding the UK).
I came back from MLA last week and am now going through the usual pile of material one accumulates at a conference. I rather liked one poster in particular. Dartmouth and Yale’s medical libraries collaborated to produce this handy dandy EBM Page Generator.
In evidence-based practice, the health care provider is called upon to find “evidence” on which they base their clinical decisions. There’s a lot more going on, of course, but this is part of it. “Levels of evidence” generally categorizes the various types of literature, some having more weight than others. It is usually depicted as a hierarchical pyramid.
I like to use it in BIs, but sometimes the levels aren’t appropriate for the discipline or they don’t include the types of literature I want to cover. Yes, you can construct something with autoshapes, but it’s usually a pain to do that. So kudos to the folks who came up with this idea.
I stumbled across an earlier addition of How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-based Medicine not too long ago. Really, nice concise guide to understanding some of the ins and outs of EBM. It’s written on a very accessible level.
I’ve been prepping for a couple of classes this semester and of course, Evidence-based anything is hot, hot, hot. I’m not complaining. It’s been good to me and it makes for a great pairing with the Information Literacy standards. Shameless plug here.
Anyhow, I’ve been noticing that a lot of really cool free EBP tools are coming out of Australia. There’s PEDro, OTseeker, and OT CATS. All Australian. Plus a good number of EBP conferences seem to be happening in Australia.
Be interesting to find out why…