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  • Rick Severson
    Oct 23, 2009
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      Hi Jim,


      Regarding the library consortium idea, it makes sense to follow in the footsteps of the osteopathic and chiropractic librarians who created CAM library consortia in the 1980s.  They focused on subject headings and indexing (both library consortia created their own searchable literature index; here is the URL to the Index to Chiropractic Literature, which serves as the public face of CLIBCON, their library consortium: http://www.chiroindex.org/; an article about the history of CLIBCON and the index was published in 2008, and here is a link to the citation: http://www.chiroindex.org/?search_page=articles&action=&articleId=20410 ). 


      Another area where librarians can contribute to the professional literature of their discipline is in creating a comprehensive retrospective bibliography.  Every subject discipline that has its own distinctive literature (whether it is chemistry, American history, etc.) has a mechanism for comprehensive bibliographic coverage of the field.  Typically, that involves monographic coverage of past publications and journal coverage of current publications.       


      The idea of negotiating consortial prices with database vendors might be a valuable exercise for Chinese medicine librarians (I saw that many librarians expressed an interest in that), but my sense is that the need for that might have passed.  Ten years ago there were deals to be made for newly constructed buying groups, but both vendors and librarians have figured out the landscape now.  For example, we participate in regional buying groups brokered by the state of Oregon and the Orbis Cascade Alliance, among others. 


      I also think that it might be worth the effort to look at grant opportunities to cover the cost of creating a viable consortium for Chinese medicine librarians and for jumpstarting the creation of the sorts of tools mentioned above.  It seems like a very fundable idea to me.  I think in person conferences and meetings will be essential in the beginning.         


      A few naturopathic librarians have been discussing the issue of a consortium for the past five years or so.  Achievements to date in their field include:  (1) the creation of a rudimentary subject headings list, called NaSH (Naturopathic Subject Headings) by NCNM librarian Friedhelm Kirchfeld in the 1980s; (2) work on creating an index/bibliography for journals published by Benedict Lust, founder of naturopathy in America; (3) librarian contribution of a chapter in the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine textbook project (the chapter outlines the sorts of things librarians could do to enhance the literature such as those mentioned above); (4) efforts by an NCNM librarian to create a working group to develop NaSH further. 


      But the chiropractors and osteopaths have had the most success in creating CAM library consortia, and it makes sense to follow in their footsteps. 


      All the best,

      Rick Severson, Library Director

      National College of Natural Medicine




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      Subject: [ccaomlcaom] Minutesof October meeting 2009 in Idaho



      Here are the minutes of the October 21st 2009 meeting of LCAOM in Idaho.

      1. Discussion of subject headings relevant to OM which are not systematically or consistently covered in standard cataloging sources. Examples: five elements; Medicine, Chinese-Tibet OR Medicine, Tibetan.

      Action: reminder of a file for LCAOM users in the group under "headings"

      Action: further survey of cataloging librarians to explore establishing recommended subject headings for unique OM topics.

      2. Library role in institutional literature competency. General feeling that libaries are central to overall goals of the institutions and without robust libraries the DAOM will not be possible. Libraries should be regarded and supported for a variety of learning, teachng and research capabilities beyond maintaining a valid collection of materials. Perhaps libraries should be termed " Learning Centers" or something like that. Libraries should be integrated into the development of curriculum decisions and research needs in an organic way. Currently there are serious problems in communication between libraries and academic and administrative entities.

      Action: Active recruitment of a subcommittee to work on these issues.

      3. Discussion of forming a library consortium. General feeling that libraries must work together, particularly in times of tight budgets. Some information on possible consortium services is found in the files section of this yahoo usergroup.

      Action: Active recruitment of a subcommittee to seriously work on formation of a cooperative consortium.

      The chair of the committee will serve on these committees and is willing to coordinate group efforts. Ter Powers at AIMC is already on board for the consortium subcommittee.

      There was consensus that it is time for libraries to become a more active part of the overall AOM mission and it is hoped that vigorous efforts by the group and subcommittees in cooperation with other elements of the teaching institutions will yield results.

      4. It has been the case for some time that a majority of library personnel cannot make it to the semiannual meetings, due primarily to coast considerations. Some kind of conference call meeting or skype connection should be explored.

      Action: It was decided to develop some kind of conference call meeting to get wider participation regarding the pressing issues of OM instruction in these days. The conference would be held at a time which would not discourage individuals from attending semiannual meetings in person.

      Submitted 10/22/2009
      Jim Emdy

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