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Re: [ccaomlcaom] notes of meeting of LCAOM on October 15 in Chicago

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  • Naomi Broering
    Hi Jim, and fellow librarians, Sounds like a good meeting. Sorry I could not afford the trip to attend. Re Consortia activities. Thanks for putting my
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      Hi Jim, and fellow librarians,
      Sounds like a good meeting.  Sorry I could not afford the trip to attend.
      Re Consortia activities. Thanks for putting my suggestion to establish a consortia arrangement for full text databases.  Can you explain this section of your notes?

      *of special interest is purchase of full text articles from PubMed.
      Initial exploration indicates that this may not be an expensive item:
      there is a $50 dollar fee to start the service and a charge for each
      What organization is offering this.  There is DOCLINE through the NN/LM but we do not have to pay a $50 fee to start.  We have a deposit account with EFTS.  Is this what you are referring to, or is it something through a journal vendor.  Please fill me in on this?
      There are established consortia that non-profit institutional libraries can join, but we cannot which prohibits us from getting discount rates for databases.  We need the discount rates, any thoughts on getting this going? 
      Naomi Broering,
      Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
      San Diego, CA
      On 10/20/08, emd89bz <emd89bz@...> wrote:

      inutes of the Library Committee from Wednesday,
      October 15th in Chicago at 1:30 p.m.
      Thanks to all who attended and participated in a lively discussion.

      Information on joining was provided.

      1 Implications of the new ACAOM library evaluation format.
      It was generally agreed that the new evaluation questionnaire is
      easier and more focused on school mission.  Some particants felt that
      the evaluation of site visit committees was somewhat subjective and
      particular to a particular group doing the evaluation, and it was
      difficult to know precisely why a library was written up.  The matter
      of a master booklist was discussed as a guide to library adequacy.
      This issue has apparently been discussed before without any consensus
      reached.  There are many booklists out there, including a compilation
      of recommendations available from the library at Five Branches

      2. Possibility of forming local consortia to jointly purchase more
      expensive databases.
      Research and current awareness is vital to the mission of the
      libraries and some databases and services are quite expensive.  The
      idea of a consortium or collective library umbrella organization
      serving a number of separate libraries has been discussed earlier,
      but no serious plans are todate in place.
      The group came up with these initial goals for such a collective:
      *enhance sharing of hard copy journals by having each library take
      responsibility for one or two subscriptions and exchange full text by
      way of scanning, mail or fax.
      *institutional rate purchasing of for fee databases and online
      resources too expensive for individual libraries to support such as
      the COJ(Chinese Online JOurnals) from Wanfangdata.
      *of special interest is purchase of full text articles from PubMed.
      Initial exploration indicates that this may not be an expensive item:
      there is a $50 dollar fee to start the service and a charge for each
      *purchase of access to medical libraries in the area on an
      institutional basis or for particular researchers.
      The consortium would be a part of the CCAOM organization and managed
      possibly by a committee selected from member libraries.
      An assessment paid to CCAOM from each member library would support
      the program with an established budget.
      Many of these details need to be worked out.
      RESOLVED by those present that this consortium effort will be pursued.

      Related item: a brief discussion that CCAOMLCAOM should revert to the
      older name LOOM. It was suggested that the LOOM designation could
      refer to the consortium.

      3. Procedures for providing materials to faculty--purchase or loan
      from the collection?
      Faculty texts are generally provided by seeking free desk copies from
      publishers, purchased anew or provided from the existing collection
      for the duration of the school teaching calendar.  In most cases the
      materials acquired become property of the library and become part of
      the library's database.  Practices differ in some places.  On a
      related topic, some schools maintain only reference copies of
      required texts and expect students to purchase their own books, while
      other libraries have some circulating copies of such material.  The
      library should have at least one copy in noncirculating status of
      each required text.
      It was suggested that in some cases larger libraries could send
      duplicate and unneeded materials to smaller libraries for the cost of

      4. Library role in preparing students for local and national
      examinations(NCCAOM and California Acupuncture Board).
      Book lists relative to the exams were available at the meeting.
      Some of the major titles on the recommended lists are earlier
      editions which may no longer be readily available to students.
      Students have experienced some confusion about differences in data
      between earlier and later editions, for example the Bensky text
      Materia Medica, 1990 edition.  There is a newer 2004 edition with
      apparently some different herba classifications. Publication dates on
      some the books recommended for Western medicine are also older

      RESOLVED that a letter be drafted from LCAOM on behalf of CCAOM
      expressing concern of this issue and asking for clarification of the
      which texts are being used as basis for questons, and suggesting that
      possible the latest editions of texts be used.  If needed, the book
      recommendation list should be updated if there discrepancies between
      cited editions and current practice.

      5. Implications for CCAOM libraries of ACCAHC research efforts.

      From a recent meeting of ACCAHC

      Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care
      ACCAHC Research Working Group (RWG) Sets Priorities in Face-to-Face
      Retreat July 22-23, 2008

      The mission of the ACCAHC Research Working Group is to promote mutual
      understanding, collaborative activities, and interdisciplinary health
      care education through research. The RWG members agreed on three
      broad recommendations to begin fulfilling this mission: 1) shift
      culture at CAM institutions to embrace research; (2) re-direct the
      research agenda regarding these disciplines so that it is of use to
      the professions; and 3) build research capacity within the different
      disciplines. The group decided that #2 was too large for that meeting,
      and tabled it for the time being. Subgroups developed action steps to
      move #1 and #3. A key focal area is practice-based research networks
      (PBRN). For more details, please contact us. Good work!

      This reinforces the need to develop current awareness capabilities
      and look forward to support of DAOM programs at those schools

      6. Classification scheme in Library of Congress and NML schemes for
      cataloging materials about acupuncture.
      The major classification schemes are oriented to Western healing
      modalities and do not provide adequate subclassification of Oriental
      healing modalities.
      It is proposed that an elaboration of significant classification
      numbers be established as a guideline for classification of these
      materials.  These would be suggestions, not requirements and would or
      would not require retrofiting of existing collections, depending on
      the choice of individual libraries.  These would be intended as
      helpful guidelines at least for new materials added to the collection.

      Proposed schedules:(there is room here for changes and alterations)
      W class NML
      WB369 General works, including acupuncture therapy
      WB369.5 Special topics, A-Z, e.g.
      A17 Analgesia
      E2 Ear
      WB371 Cupping, counterirritation

      RM class LC
      RM184 Acupuncture, general works
      RM184.1 Laws and legislation
      RM184.2 Manuals and textbooks, e.g. Deadman
      RM184.3,4 Unassigned
      RM184.5 Points, Meridians(current LC practice)
      RM184.6 regional designation, e.g. K7 Korean acupuncture
      Korean Acupuncture
      RM184.7 Acupressure
      RM184.8 Five Elements
      RM184.9 Special topics, A-Z, e.g.
      .C9 Cupping
      .H5 Hand, limbs, etc

      Animal acupuncture in SF.

      RESOLVED that further discussion with librarians at the various
      schools will take place to see how best to pursue this effort

      Jim Emdy
      Five Branches University
      Direct email: librarian@...


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