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Archive for March, 2012

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Friday, March 16th, 2012

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-12-001.html

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations.  Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries.

Because this FOA focuses on providing health information to health disparity populations, institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply.

Registration Open for Translational Bioinformatics in Philadelphia

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Registration is now open for Translational Bioinformatics at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=229203.

Note:  This workshop was offered previously outside the MLA-Phil region under the title of “Clinical Informatics.”  It is not the same workshop as “Foundations of Bioinformatics and Searching,” which Diane Rein taught during her previous visit to Philadelphia in November 2010.

The major goals of this course are:

•       To familiarize participants with clinical bioinformatics databases

•       To learn expert level search strategies within these database

•       To leave with a basic understanding of human genetics principles and vocabulary

The session will cover clinical bioinformatics and its relationship to translational medicine, biomedical informatics, clinical informatics, and electronic medical and health records.

There will also be a module covering the biology and vocabulary in genetics, genomic variation and mutations and how to implement that vocabulary through searching several major clinical bioinformatics databases (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) which integrates biological data with human disease data and information,  Human Genome Epidemiology Navigator (HuGE) and PharmGKB, the NIH-designated personalized medicine database which interrelates biological data with pharmacological and other pharmaceutical-related drug information.)

The workshop ends with an overview and demonstration of clinical bioinformatics public health databases.

Date:                   Friday, April 27, 2012

Time:                   8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Location:             Drexel Hahnemann Library, Drexel University Health Sciences Libraries, 245 North 15th Street, 1st floor computer lab and conference room

Instructor:           Diane Rein, PhD, MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Information Resources Librarian, University at Buffalo

Fee:    $15/day for MLA/SLA/MAR Members, $30 for non‐Members and $10 for library students and librarians in‐between jobs.  This course is intended for professional librarians, other may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. (Includes continental breakfast and lunch)

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System

Diane will also be teaching this same workshop in NYC on April 13th.  There are a few seats left.  Check out the registration form link below:

Date:                    Friday, April 13, 2012

Time:                   8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Location:             NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 First Avenue, New York

Fee:                       $20.00 (Includes continental breakfast and lunch) Payment due upon arrival at workshop.  Checks are preferred.

Registration Form

Join Us at PLA 2012!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

MAR will be exhibiting at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia on March 13th – 17th.  We hope you’ll drop by to visit us at Booth #1038.

New WISER Updates – iPhone/iPod Touch and WebWISER

Friday, March 9th, 2012

WISER for iPhone/iPod touch 2.0

The second release for WISER for iPhone/iPod touch is now available.  Investigate what’s new in this updated release:

  • WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the iOS platform.  Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:
  • physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors
  • signs and symptoms of victims of exposure
  • the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance
  • hazard values from NFPA 704 placards
  • transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car
  • Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your iPhone or iPod touch.  Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map.  The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook is the source of WISER’s protective distance data.

WISER for iPhone/iPod touch can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-iphone-ipod-touch/id375185381?mt=8

Reviews are always appreciated.  If you’d like to let us know what you think of the latest WISER enhancements, please consider leaving a comment on the App store. You can read more about our privacy policy on Third-Party Web Sites and Applications at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/privacy.html when reviewing WISER on the iTunes App Store.

WebWISER Update

WebWISER has been updated to include protective distance mapping.  Visualize a protective distance map directly within your web browser.

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • Universal iOS (iPad) support

WISER for Android 2.0, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

Versioning in PubMed

Friday, March 9th, 2012

PubMed now supports versioned citations.  Revisions, scientific updates, and updates of reviews are examples of content that could be versioned.  Versions are not intended for correcting specific errors in an article, for which published errata notices should continue to be used.  For more information, visit:  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf12/jf12_pm_versioning.html.

JAAPA’s Ask a Librarian (March 2012)

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Learn about limits to search more effectively in this month’s “Ask a Librarian” column in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Also discussed is where to find tools to increase knowledge about bioethics: http://bit.ly/AtTcy6

Free registration is required to access JAAPA’s columns and articles, and you may choose Institution/Library as a profession.

Please contact me if you are interested in writing a guest column for “Ask a Librarian.”

Patricia J. Devine, MLS
Network Outreach Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region
Health Sciences Library and Information Center, Box 357155
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206)543-8275     Fax:  (206)543-2469

New Head of Indexing Unit, National Library of Medicine

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Please welcome Dr. Olga Printseva as the new Indexing Unit Head for the Index Section.  Olga will assume her duties as Head of Indexing Unit A on March 11.

Olga brings to the position more than 17 years of MEDLINE indexing experience as well as expertise in cell biology and cardiology, fields in which she holds Ph.D. and Doctor of Science degrees.  For fourteen years prior to becoming an indexer, Olga served as a senior research scientist at the Cardiology Research Center in Moscow, Russia and as head of the Center’s Vascular Cell Biology Group, where she managed a 10-person research team of scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and technicians.

Within the Index Section, Olga serves as a member of the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) review panel and as a liaison to the MeSH Section, assisting in updating MeSH vocabulary to reflect current scientific research; monitors the quality of contractor and in-house gene indexing; has advised on best practices for the development and implementation of a new gene indexing interface; indexes foreign language journals, with a focus on Russian and French; trains contract indexers in MEDLINE indexing principles; and has presented on changes to MeSH at the Indexing Orientation, an annual event organized to update contract and in-house indexers on indexing policy.

We look forward to working with Olga in her new capacity as Unit Head.

Deborah Ozga

Head, Index Section

Philadelphia Translational Bioinformatics Workshop

Friday, March 9th, 2012

As part of our unofficial ‘Spring into Data!’ series of Spring events, the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA-Phil) is pleased to offer:

Translational Bioinformatics

Note:  This workshop was offered previously outside the MLA-Phil region under the title of “Clinical Informatics.”  It is not the same workshop as “Foundations of Bioinformatics and Searching,” which Diane Rein taught during her previous visit to Philadelphia in November 2010.

The major goals of this course are:

  • To familiarize participants with clinical bioinformatics databases
  • To learn expert level search strategies within these database
  • To leave with a basic understanding of human genetics principles and vocabulary

The session will cover clinical bioinformatics and its relationship to translational medicine, biomedical informatics, clinical informatics, and electronic medical and health records.

There will also be a module covering the biology and vocabulary in genetics, genomic variation and mutations and how to implement that vocabulary through searching several major clinical bioinformatics databases (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) which integrates biological data with human disease data and information,  Human Genome Epidemiology Navigator (HuGE) and PharmGKB, the NIH-designated personalized medicine database which interrelates biological data with pharmacological and other pharmaceutical-related drug information.)

The workshop ends with an overview and demonstration of clinical bioinformatics public health databases.

Date:                    Friday, April 27, 2012

Time:                    8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Location:             Drexel Hahnemann Library, Drexel University Health Sciences Libraries, 245 North 15th Street, 1st floor computer lab and conference room

Instructor:           Diane Rein, PhD, MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Information Resources Librarian, University at Buffalo

Fee:                      $15/day for MLA/SLA/MAR Members, $30 for non‐Members and $10 for library students and librarians in‐between jobs.  This course is intended for professional librarians, other may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System

Designing Libraries for the 21st Century Conference

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Designing Libraries for the 21st Century

May 16-18, 2012

University of Calgary

Program and Registration

http://library.ucalgary.ca/lib21

The Taylor Family Digital Library, which opened in September 2011 at the University of Calgary, offered a unique opportunity to rethink the library’s physical space, technology infrastructure, and program of services.

In this leadership symposium, we will explore the trends and concepts shaping the design and services of this library and other 21st century libraries, learning centres and specialized library spaces.  Speakers will include library and university administrators, architects, designers, technologists, and campus planners from Calgary and across North America.

Symposium sessions will include:

  • Realizing the Vision
  • Creating Spaces for Learning
  • Planning for New Buildings on Campus
  • Rethinking Library Space: The Academic, Information and Technology Contexts
  • The Architect’s Perspective
  • Designing Specialized Spaces in Libraries
  • In Conversation – One Building: Multiple Perspectives
  • Technologies: Pushing the Boundaries
  • A Year or Two Later – Lessons Learned

This will be of interest to academic administrators, librarians, technologists, architects, and designers.

This conference is being co-organized by:

Tom Hickerson                                               Joan K. Lippincott

Vice Provost & University Librarian            Associate Executive Director

University of Calgary                                     Coalition for Networked Information

 

For information, please contact:

Donna Livingstone, Communications Director

Libraries & Cultural Resources, University of Calgary

403-220-3511     livingsd@ucalgary.ca

Job Announcement: Clinical Outreach Librarian

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Clinical Outreach Librarian

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY invites applications for the position of Clinical Outreach Librarian.  We seek an innovative and dynamic individual with demonstrated personnel and project management leadership abilities.  This position emphasizes a commitment to the HSL team by engaging in superior internal and external customer service techniques to meet the current and emerging health information needs of the Upstate community.

This position reports to the Assistant Director for Customer Services and fosters a creative team-oriented work environment while developing liaison relationships in a variety of clinical settings.  Responsibilities include planning, coordinating and providing clinical resource services within and among the hospitals and community medical providers, supervising staff and volunteers, integrating information technologies to enhance user services and collaborating with the departments of Access Services, Information Resources, ILL, and the Family Resource Center (located within the Golisano Children’s Hospital).  The successful candidate provides vision and leadership in the development of new outreach programs and services for health professionals and consumers, evaluates existing services, procedures and policies, teaches library skills, contributes to evening and weekend coverage, creates structured learning opportunities and is actively engaged in professional organizations and development.

The successful candidate with be forward thinking, motivated, flexible, and excited to work in a collaborative, rapidly evolving team environment.  S/he will exhibit the capacity to thrive in the fascinating, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a regional medical system and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

 

REQUIRED:   ALA-accredited MLS or commensurate degree with academic health sciences, hospital and/or clinical experience; a minimum of three years of experience in a supervisory capacity with evidence of creative and successful team-building skills; demonstrated teaching skills and experience; experience using evidence based medicine resources; evidence of developing and implementing successful outreach programs or partnerships; demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility with planning and problem-solving, and proven ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively as both a team member and independently to promote teamwork amongst colleagues.

PREFERRED:  Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) membership

 

The SUNY Upstate Medical University is Central New York’s only academic medical center and the region’s largest employer.  Our community includes a 25-county service area, colleges of medicine, nursing, allied health and graduate studies, a 400-bed tertiary care hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital and the 300-bed Community General Hospital.  For more information, please visit us at http://library.upstate.edu.

SALARY & BENEFITS:  Initial appointment will be at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.  Salary is competitive and dependent upon qualifications.  Excellent benefits package includes TIAA-CREF and other retirement options.  Twelve month, tenure track position with faculty status, entailing responsibilities for scholarship and professional service.  Position is open until filled.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a cover letter and resume online at http://www.upstate.edu/hr/jobs/ to job #031720.