Archive for January 2015

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Get ready for the following books to become movies in 2015!

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn- hopefully this will be as good as Gone Girl!
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James- oh my, is all I can say about this one
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth- if you’re into the dystopian thing
  • The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks- typical Sparks love story
  • Paper Towns by John Green- another best-seller of John Green, author of The Fault in our Stars
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes- I’ve heard this book is a real tear-jerker, so I’m guessing the movie will be too
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins- the second half of the book, for those who have been left hanging
  • The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry- looking forward to this one, as it’s been on my reading list for awhile now- “a 100-year-old mental patient, investigates her past and unearths some troubling memories”
  • Room by Emma Donoghue- looking forward to this one, as well- it was an incredible read! The story is told through the eyes of a 5 year old boy, who is held captive in a small room with his mother.

I came across an interesting read the other day that I thought I’d share: So you want to be a medical librarian, perhaps? The article interviews four medical librarians and gives useful advice on how they got started in the field. For any of you out there interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences, as I am, it’s definitely worth a read!

My own tips, which I have done so far, include the following:

  • join a professional association (CHLA)
  • take a course in medical librarianship in grad school- my favourite class at SJSU!
  • complete a medical terminology course- St. John Ambulance offers classes
  • focus your undergrad degree on a health-related specialty- I majored in psychology
  • practice searches using PubMed and become familiar with the MESH browser, as well as any medical databases you have access to
  • follow medical librarians/libraries/associations on Twitter and Facebook
  • interview a medical librarian
  • volunteer in a hospital library or any health information resource facility
  • Good luck!