Walking through the labyrinth

As part of the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge the Healthy Science Librarians team and guests set out to enjoy the sunshine and camaraderie last week at the Trinity Park Labyrinth.

Manager Sandy Iverson says, “Walking labyrinths is a meditative activity and I thought it would be a great group activity during the Inter Hospital Health Challenge.  Having done it once in a spirit of group fun, I think I might try it one of these days as a more individual meditative endeavor.”

Submitted by, Pam Richards, Team Leader

SALI Contest Answers

During the Education Technology Innovation Day, the library had a contest in which participants raced to see how many questions they could answer in 3 minutes.  I promised to provide those answers so here they are!

  1. Number of books that Dr. Ignatius Fong has written or contributed to.

  2. Number of articles from Dr. Michael Cusimano published from 2010-2012.
  3. Number of articles on honey as a wound dressing.
  4. Number of items on the flipped classroom from 2012-2014.
  5. How many articles about nursing preceptors in the JBI database.
  6. Which phrase gets you more results? Handwashing, hand hygiene or hand washing?
  7. The title of the first article that pops up on hospital floods.
  8. Find the controversial Nature papers by Haruko Obokata on a new technique for producing stem cells.
  9. The title of the oldest article on affordable housing and mental health.

By Pam Richards, Team Leader.

Education Technology Innovation Day, March 20th

Library & Information Services staff were very pleased to participate in Education Technology Innovation Day last week. Like a come and go mini-conference, Education Technology Innovation Day features presentations about (you guessed it) recent technological innovation at St. Mike’s related to education.

Pam Richards launched SALI (Search All Library Information), a great new tool for doing quick and dirty searches of various library resources simultaneously, rather than moving from one resource to another doing the same search over and over again. Sandy Iverson also presented a session on medical apps with a fun, hands-on component, while Maxim Fishman talked about how to create effective e-learning modules.

Education Technology Innovation Day is a great way for St. Mike’s employees to learn more about what happens in the Education portfolio and we look forward to participating again in the future, both as presenters and attendees!

Pam Richards showed off SALI, a one-stop-shop for library information

Maxim covered the steps involved in turning your bright idea into an e-learning opportunity

Sandy discussed things to think about when it comes to medical apps.

February is Heart Health Month in Canada!

Canada has been celebrating Heart Health Month for more than 55 years!  Led by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, campaigns have served to gather donations for life-saving research and raise heart health awareness.  The Health Sciences Library and Patient & Family Learning Centre at St. Michael’s offer numerous heart health-related resources to aid in these shared pursuits, including:

From the Library:

–          Heart & Vascular Resource Guide (Books, journals, databases and more in one convenient location)

–          E-books, for example:

–          E-Journals, for example:

From the Patient & Family Learning Centre* (Donnelly Lobby):

–          Books, for example:

–          Online Health Library (Krames) Health Sheets, for example:

*Books at the Patient & Family Learning Centre (PFLC) are available for borrowing by patients, family/care-givers, and Hospital staff.

Joanna Briggs is Here!


Save the date: Dec. 12th, 11:30am, 12:00pm & 12:30pm

The library will be hosting demos of the nursing resource Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Practice. Find out how this full text database of systematic reviews and evidence summaries can enhance and support best practice. Please sign up: http://ow.ly/rhfKL, or try it today: http://portal.smh.ca/wps/portal/smhintranet/SMHIntranet/mywork/tools/library/

by Pam Richards, Team Leader

It’s Archives Awareness Week!

This April 1st to 5th marks Archives Awareness Week in Ontario!  In celebration, the St. Michael’s Hospital Archives has launched a Flickr site hosting a selection of archival photographs taken from our large photo collection.  Each photo contains a date of creation and descriptive caption.  Look for new photos to be added on a regular basis.  You can view our Flickr site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stmichaelshospital_archives/

Send any questions or comments to:

Teruko Kishibe, Archivist

416.864.6060 x77542


App Open Mic November 16th, 2012

Dear colleagues,

Do you have a favorite app you use for research? Collaboration? Instruction? Want to show and learn what others are using?

Come and join us for a dynamic, round-table style event open to everyone: students, faculty, and librarians, and engage in the opportunity to learn from each other.

Calling all mobile device lovers, app enthusiasts, and curious minds who want to learn more about how to use mobile technology for research, learning, and teaching. Mark your calendars, spread the word and join us for:

App Open Mic

Date: Friday, November 16, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (drop in)

Location: Blackburn Room, 4th floor Robarts Library.

Coffee provided

To register and for more information: http://uoft.me/appopenmic

With best regards,


Patricia Ayala and Judith Logan

mUTL Co-Chairs
posted by Pam Richards, Team Leader, Health Sciences Library

September classes at the Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library will be providing a variety of classes for St. Michael’s staff this Sept. To register go to the Learning Centre on the Intranet: https://tahsn.pathlore.net/stc/smh

Sept. 4, 10 – 11 a.m.

Library Boot Camp
Sept. 11, 10 – 11 a.m.

Reference Manager
Sept. 18, 10 – 11 a.m.

CINAHL (Nursing and professional practice database)
Sept. 25, 10 – 11 a.m.

For more info, look under Training:  http://portal/wps/portal/smhintranet/SMHIntranet/mywork/tools/library/

Laughter Yoga for the win!

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Well we didn’t win the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge, but the journey was fun!  The Library Challenge Team the “Info-matics” sponsored the hour long midday event.

Our instructors Naturopathic doctors Hanifa Menan and Jeff Appelmann of the Menan Centre for Optimum Health in Oakville led 28 people through light stretching, yogic breathing, simulated laughter and play.

Laughter Yoga was created in 1995 by family physician Dr. Kataria, who was seeking a way to relieve stress for some of his patients.  These laughter exercises do not depend upon jokes which can be limited by experience and culture.  Artificial laughter results in reduction of stress, lower blood pressure and increase in endorphins.