Let’s Talk About Hospice Palliative Care – National Hospice Palliative Care Week @CanadianHPCAssn

One-third of Canadians (34%) are not sure to whom hospice palliative care services are available (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association). From May 1-7, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association invites everyone to start a conversation about hospice palliative care as part of National Hospice Palliative Care Week. If you are looking for information about end of life care, here are a few places you can start. For other resources, stop by the Health Sciences Library on the third floor of the Li Ka Shing building (ext. 5059), or visit the Patient and Family Learning Centre across from the Marketeria (ext. 2522).


Information for You:

  • Safe passage : a global spiritual sourcebook for care at the end of life (available at the library, WB310 .S128 2014)
  • End of life care : a practical guide (available at the library, WB310 .K56e 2011)
  • Communication in palliative care : clear practical advice, based on a series of real case studies (available at the library, WB310 .D925 2011)
  • Evidence-Based Palliative Care : Across the Lifespan
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice (website)


Information for Your Patients:

  •  Faces Of Palliative Care (45 minute video)
  • Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness (available at the PFLC)
  • I Don’t Know What to Say… How to help and support someone who is dying (available at the PFLC)
  • Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring (available at the PFLC)
  •  Canadian Virtual Hospice (website)

World Hemophilia Day is coming! #WHD2016

Sunday April 17th is World Hemophilia day, an event to raise awareness about bleeding disorders. If you are looking for information about hemophilia, here are a few places you can start. For other resources, stop by the Health Sciences Library on the third floor of the Li Ka Shing building (ext. 5059), or visit the Patient and Family Learning Centre across from the Marketeria (ext. 2522).


Information for You:


Information for Your Patients:

  • All About Hemophilia: A Guide for Families, by the Canadian Hemophilia Society (available at the PFLC)
  • PAIN: The Fifth Vital Sign: A resource on managing pain for people with bleeding disorders, by the Canadian Hemophilia Society (available at the PFLC)
  • Website: The Canadian Hemophilia Society

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


The Library needs your input – share your opinions and win prizes

The St. Michael’s library is bright and shiny and new … but how well does it serve our community?  The Health Sciences Library is embarking on a visioning and planning exercise to try and imagine the library of the future.

An important component of this process is engaging the community to find out what they think. To that end, the library has recently launched a community survey and a corresponding blog.

Complete the quick online survey, and be entered in a draw to win prizes including a Kobo e-Reader, and share your opinions in the Idea Factory.

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

New library video – coming soon

If you were near the library Wednesday May 16th, you may have noticed a film crew on the bridge and in the library.  This isn’t so unusual as our space is often used as a backdrop.  This time we were the main attraction!  The library is making a series of short videos featuring the resources and services available to SMH staff.

While our new location has definitely raised our profile and increased awareness of our physical presence we also wanted to highlight our virtual presence.  Yes we have a gorgeous space that’s a great place to study, but that’s only a tiny part of the picture.  About 10% of what we do is visible to the rest of the hospital.  Whether it’s covering the information desk or the hardcopy items we have on display:   it’s just the tip of the iceberg.  90% of our time is spent in our office procuring, organizing and searching the electronic items that make up 90% of our holdings.

So we are working on a few things to increase awareness of how we can help you carve a path through the complex world of published research.  Next up:  some behind the scenes pics from the video session.  Stay tuned…