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Disaster-Related Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Presenters:

  • Bridget Quinn-Carey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Queens Public Library
  • Michele Stricker, Associate Director, Library Support Services, New Jersey State Library

Date / Time: Thursday, July 31, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary: Bridget will provide a report for the Queens Library Mobile Health Information Classroom: Superstorm Sandy had a devastating effect on the residents of Far Rockaway.  Two Queens public libraries were severely damaged and will be under repair for some time.  Mobile units were being used.  This award supports technology purchases for Queens Library to offer health information services within the mobile units.

Michele will provide a synopsis of two NN/LM MAR funded events that took place following Superstorm Sandy.  The primary goal of these events was to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities so the libraries can engage in disaster response in their communities.  As a result, a cohort of public libraries proceeded to receive additional NN/LM MAR funding to partner with emergency planners in order to increase awareness of the value of a public library before, during, and after a disaster.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              September 2 – 22, 2014

Where:             Online

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=661

Summary: This 3-week, self-paced course will explain what a clinical trial is and why ClinicalTrials.gov is a significant resource; demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results on ClinicalTrials.gov; and discuss the unique position of health science librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.

Note: Several regions are offering this course. If you are in NY, NJ, PA or DE, please take the session provided by the Middle Atlantic Region.

Ready, Set, Go: Easy-to-Use Online Tools to Create Effective “How-To” Tutorials (TechTime session)

MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:      Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies / Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A)

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Where:             https://webmeeting.nih.gov/techtime/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary: This presentation will feature a select group of easy-to-use, (mostly) free online tools to plan and create online tutorials (aka, screencasts). Key features of these online tutorial creation tools will be demonstrated and best practices for screencasting, including voice-over narration and
storyboarding, will be discussed.

National Center for Biotechnology Information Receives HHSinnovates Award

http://nnlm.gov/psr/newsbits/2014/07/24/nlms-national-center-for-biotechnology-information-receives-hhsinnovates-award/

A collaborative project between the National Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and several other federal and state partners, to reduce the time and improve the accuracy of detecting foodborne pathogens by using whole genome sequencing (WGS) techniques, received the HHSinnovates award on July 21, 2014. The HHSinnovates program was initiated in 2010 to recognize new ideas and solutions developed by HHS employees and their collaborators. Six finalist teams were recognized at the awards ceremony. The WGS Food Safety Project, which also involved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and state public health laboratories, was one of three projects to be honored as “Secretary’s Picks” by HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The award went to the specific individuals leading the project in the various agencies; in the case of NCBI, Senior Scientist William Klimke, PhD, was honored for his work in heading NCBI’s part of the project.

WGS provides greater specificity than other techniques, such as the commonly used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), in identifying the DNA fingerprint of bacteria. It also can more rapidly determine whether isolates are related to a foodborne disease outbreak. The demonstration project involves real-time sequencing of Listeria monocytogenes isolates from human DNA as well as the food supply chain. In the project, the whole genomes of isolates are sequenced and the sequencing data are sent to NCBI, which performs assembly, annotation and analysis, and then sends results back to CDC, FDA, USDA and the labs. Collaborative projects using WGS for other pathogens related to food safety are also underway.

NCBI Webinar: Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation

On August 13th, NCBI will host a Webinar entitled “Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation”. This presentation will show you how to find human sequence variants by chromosome position, gene, disease names and database identifiers (RefSNP, Variant region IDs) using NCBI’s new Variation Viewer: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja14/brief/ja14_ncbi_reprint_webinar.html

NCATS Announces the Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21) Data Challenge 2014 Competition

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has announced the Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21) Data Challenge 2014 competition.

The goal of the challenge is to crowdsource data analysis by independent researchers in order to develop computational models that can better predict chemical toxicity. It is designed to improve current toxicity assessment methods, which are often slow and costly. The model submission deadline is November 14, 2014. NCATS will showcase the winning models in January 2015. Registration for the challenge and more information is available on the web site.

Tox21 scientists are currently testing a library of more than 10,000 chemical compounds in NCATS’s high-throughput robotic screening system. To date, the team has produced nearly 50 million data points from screening the chemical library against cell-based assays. Data generated from twelve of these assays form the basis of the 2014 challenge. For more information on the Tox21 Modeling Challenge and Tox21 Program, contact Anna Rossoshek.

Freebie Friday: Shaping Outcomes Course

Do you want to learn more about outcomes-based planning and evaluation (OBPE) for your outreach project but there’s no money in the training budget to do so?

Shaping Outcomes: Making a Difference in Libraries and Museums (shapingoutcomes.org) is available as a free online course that learners can start anytime and work on at their own self-navigated pace. While there are library and museum-specific examples provided in the course the concepts of learning more about target audience needs, how to clarify desired results, developing logic models and evaluating outcomes are applicable for most other organizations’ outreach projects as well.

Modules of the class are broken into five sections (Overview, Plan, Build, Evaluate, Report) with a helpful Glossary to learn OBPE terminology and a Logic Model template. Shaping Outcomes was developed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and previously was available as an instructor-led class.

More information specific to developing logic models in health information outreach programs is available from Booklet Two: Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects, part of our resources on our Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) Evaluation Guides page at http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/guides.html.

Prevent Dehydration

Prevent #dehydration this summer! Average person needs about 3 quarts of water daily. More: 1.usa.gov/130LtmO

Job Ad: Electronic Resources Librarian, Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine seeks qualified applicants for the following position:

 

Electronic Resources Librarian (ERL)

 

Categories: Full Time, Professional

 

Location: 

4170 City Avenue, Philadelphia 19131

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Library seeks an innovative librarian for a multi-faceted position that involves web site and content development, electronic resources management, and public service. The ERL has prime responsibility for the institutional repository including vendor relations, creation of digital collections and metadata schemes, supervision of digitization projects, communication with authors and stakeholders, and promotion of repository use.

 

The ERL is responsible for electronic resource management. The ERL renews and maintains electronic resource access and associated documentation; updates and maintains linking capabilities; works collaboratively with the Digital Library Team on issues related to access.

 

The ERL provides user support services in reference and circulation.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Master’s level degree in library /information science; Minimum 5 years related experience; Web site development skills; Database management; Experience with Open URL Standards and meta search technology; Excellent computer literacy; Good communication and interpersonal skills; Strong service orientation; Detail oriented

 

To Apply: Sendletter of application, resume, names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses), and salary requirements to:

 

Department of Human Resources
Medical Office Building
4190 City Avenue, Suite 144
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Call (215) 871-6500
Fax (215) 871-6506
Email: hr@pcom.edu

Seeking the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) at NLM

We are pleased to share with you the recruitment announcement for the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine,
commonly referred to as the national Network Office (NNO):

The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions, to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources.  The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations.  The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues, as related to programs conducted throughout the Network.   This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The very short posting time of July 22July 31 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly.  Please see the postings on USAJobs.gov and follow the instructions to apply.  One posting is for “Status Candidates” (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) and the other is for for “All US Citizens.”

The jobs will also be linked from “Careers @ NLM” on the NLM home page:  www.nlm.nih.gov.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  NIH is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.  As a supervisory librarian at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

If you have questions about this job, please contact Zenaida Olivero, PHR, (301) 435-5716, or Oliverozm@mail.nih.gov.

Dianne Babski

Deputy Associate Director of Library Operations
National Library of Medicine