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Archive for December 6th, 2013

Teaching Research Data Management: Introducing the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (Boost Box session)

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Presenter:                          Elaine R. Martin, Director, Lamar Soutter Library and Director, NN/LM New England Region, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA


Date / Time:                      Tuesday, December 10, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:                               Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (MECDMC) offers openly available materials that librarians can use to teach research data management best practices to students in the sciences, health sciences and engineering fields, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The materials in the curriculum are openly available, with lecture notes and slide presentations that librarians teaching RDM can customize for their particular audiences.  The curriculum also has a database of real life teaching research cases that can be integrated into the curriculum to address discipline specific data management topics.

This webinar will introduce attendees to the curriculum and the issues surrounding teaching research data management.  Some libraries in New England have agreed to pilot the curriculum and we are looking for additional pilot sites outside our region.  Attendees will be encouraged to review the curriculum and consider joining the collaboration by piloting the curriculum and participating in an evaluation process, which will be explained further during the webinar.

3D Printing in Your Library

Friday, December 6th, 2013
  • Back by popular demand!
  • Expanded and updated!

In September we held a webinar on 3D printing.  Unknown to us at the time, there were technical issues behind the scenes that resulted in no recording of the session.  Since the session proved to be so popular, we’ve asked the speakers to return for our next TechTime session.  They have expanded and updated their talks since their September presentations.

3D Printing and Why Your Library May Be Interested? (EXPANDED and UPDATED)


  • Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan
  • Kimberley Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing, Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Date / Time:      December 12, 2013 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Online / No Registration Required

Details:                Test your Adobe Flash to ensure it work for the session:



Patricia will discuss the burgeoning topic of 3D printing, with a focus on medical applications, as well as the growing interest of providing access to 3D printers in a variety of libraries.  Kimberley will discuss the use of a 3D printer in her library system, why they decided to offer the service, how they secured funding, and the response from their community.

Why is Searching PubMed in Late Autumn Different than Any Other Time of the Year?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

FYI, Change Your Password

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Important news for Gmail, Facebook and Twitter users:

New Public Health Database

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The Project Tycho™ database aims are to advance the availability and use of public health data for science and policy.  As part of this project, the entire history of U.S. infectious disease surveillance reports that have been published in the MMWR and precursor journals since 1888 have been digitized:

New AHRQ Tool to Assess Patient Education Materials

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has just released a new tool to help professionals choose more understandable and actionable materials – the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT).

Patient educational materials, such as brochures, medical instructions, and audiovisual aids, are often complex and lack clear information about what the patient is supposed to do.  AHRQ’s PEMAT and User’s Guide provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. By selecting health materials that score better on the PEMAT, you can be more confident that people of varying levels of health literacy will be able to process and explain key messages, and identify what they can do based on the information presented.

To access the PEMAT, go to:

You can find additional tools for improving health literacy at AHRQ’s website, including:

DIRLINE Ends Its 30 Year Run

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Due to a changing technical and budgetary environment, the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) is no longer adding, updating or maintaining records in DIRLINE:

Article: New Roles for Librarians Systematic Review Includes Disaster Information Specialist

Friday, December 6th, 2013

New activities and changing roles of health sciences librarians: a systematic review, 1990–2012

I. Diane Cooper, JMLA Journal of the Medical Library Association, October 2013, p. 268-277

A systematic review of the professional literature identified new roles for librarians, including that of disaster information specialist.

This and other articles are on our “Librarians and Libraries Respond to Disasters: Bibliography on Library Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery” webpage:

Contagious Diseases in U.S. 1888 – Present Dataset

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Have a look at this amazing project from Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, published in the Nov. 28 issue of NEJM.  Excellent summary visualizations.
Contagious Diseases in the United States from 1888 to the Present
Willem G. van Panhuis, M.D., Ph.D., John Grefenstette, Ph.D., Su Yon Jung, Ph.D., Nian Shong Chok, M.Sc., Anne Cross, M.L.I.S., Heather Eng, B.A., Bruce Y. Lee, M.D., Vladimir Zadorozhny, Ph.D., Shawn Brown, Ph.D., Derek Cummings, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Donald S. Burke, M.D.
N Engl J Med 2013; 369:2152-2158November 28, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMms1215400

The entire dataset of all weekly surveillance reports of nationally notifiable diseases for U.S. cities and states published between 1888 and 2011 (87,950,807 cases) is publicly available at


The Library: A World History

Friday, December 6th, 2013

New book with lots of great library architecture photos and history….

“The Library: A World History” [covers the development of university libraries across the world, as well as public and private libraries]: