When being interviewed, I always try to mention the information I think is most important first, including mentioning the roles played by hospital and public libraries (and librarians), as they often get more questions from the public than academic libraries do. I also always mention MedlinePlus and the great resources provided on MLANET, how to evaluate web sites, etc. and I talk about how important it is for people to talk to their health professionals. However, the only information used in my entire CNN interview of over 20 minutes was the example of my nephew's cat scratch fever, which happened nearly 15 years ago (which I emphasized to the reporter), and the mention of MedlinePlus. I know Jan Guthrie and respect her as well, although I would never have mentioned her or any "for fee" researcher (I have no idea how the reporter found her). Lessons I've learned from the excellent media training provided for MLA Board members, and from doing several interviews, include that we have very little control over what questions will be asked and what types of information we'll be able to give (since the reporters often control their interviews very well, cut you off when they want, etc.), and we have no control over what information actually gets included in the final story. I'm assertive in providing the information I think is the most important and I try to work it into the conversation as quickly as possible since I don't know how long the interviews will be, but after that, it's up to the reporter to write his or her story. Hopefully, reporters writing future stories will include the information provided about the important role that hospital, public and academic librarians play in helping the public to find good health information. Mary Mary Ryan MLA President-Elect -----Original Message----- From: Jana Liebermann [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 2:48 PM Subject: Re: CHAT: CNN article-Tips for savvy medical Web surfing I must add, that Jan Guthrie, the "for fee" health researcher that they quoted in the article is one remarkable lady. Her parents lived next to my parents in Arkansas. She is the longest-living cancer patient with her particular type of cancer in the world, and has beaten the odds by researching her health care options, and staying on top of the best treatments and best doctors in the field. She then decided she could do this for others. I'm glad to hear this quote from her. That must mean she is still going strong! On 2/21/08, Hill, Thomas <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > Colleagues, Scott and Jen are both correct, of course, and I think it is > one of the better articles for mentioning medlineplus.gov and > healthfinder.gov and the cancer sources. > > It does not say, however, to go to the public library, to ask the local > hospital if it has a library, or even to ask the local community college > or four year college/university library for help. > > Mary's story is nice, but it would have been nice of the Medical Library > Association president to ask (one cannot insist, of course) that the CNN > writer encourage readers to seek out the local hospital library. Maybe > Mary did. One never knows how the writer of a piece chooses to > emphasize aspects. > > At least this time librarians and the .gov sites are mentioned. > > How many hospitals do not have librarians, how many do not welcome the > public user? As we look around for retirement, I can say that most of > the rural areas I have seen do not have hospital libraries available. > The closest health science library is often 25 to 50 miles distant, and > often that is an academic library the public would not feel welcome to > visit. > > More to think about, actually. Thanks for bringing this to our > attention. > > Confidential: This electronic message and all contents contain > information from Self Regional Healthcare which may be privileged, > confidential or otherwise protected from disclosure. The information is > intended to be for the addressee only. If you are not the addressee, > any disclosure, copy, distribution or use of the contents of this > message is prohibited. If you have received this electronic message in > error, please notify the sender and destroy the original message and all > copies. > > N.B.: the telephone exchange number is now 725. Tel. 864-725-4851; > facs. 864-725-4838. Self Regional Healthcare is a smoke-free > environment. > > Thomas Hill, Librarian, Self Regional Healthcare, 1325 Spring St., > Greenwood, SC 29646 > > -----Original Message----- > From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] > On Behalf Of T Scott Plutchak > Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:53 PM > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: CHAT: CNN article-Tips for savvy medical Web surfing > > Um, it starts out by quoting Mary Ryan, president-elect of MLA, and > emphasizes that she's a librarian. It then quotes her saying that she > contacted another librarian at HAM-TMC to do a search. MLA and NLM get > prominent mentions. > > Scott > > T. Scott Plutchak > > Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences > University of Alabama at Birmingham > [log in to unmask] > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] > On Behalf Of Campbell, Jennifer > Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 11:31 AM > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: CHAT: CNN article-Tips for savvy medical Web surfing > > It's a good article. My only problems with it is it mentions a for-fee > research consultant, but no librarians! > > Jen Campbell, MLS > Librarian > Health Sciences Library > Hospital of Central Connecticut > New Britain campus > 100 Grand St > New Britain, CT 06050 > (860) 224-5900 x2570 > Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm > > -----Original Message----- > From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] > On Behalf Of Marks, Lisa A > Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 12:27 PM > To: [log in to unmask] > Subject: CHAT: CNN article-Tips for savvy medical Web surfing > > Hi all, > > I just read this article on cnn.com. I thought it was good enough to > share. > > http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/02/21/ep.web.sites/index.html > > > Lisa Marks, MLS, AHIP > Supervisor, Library Services > Health Science Library > Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center > 501 S. 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