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Archive for January, 2014

NLM Technical Services Division Reorganization

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The NLM Fact Sheet on the NLM Library Operations Technical Services Division now reflects the new TSD organization:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/tsd.html

The 30-Year-Old Macintosh and a Lost Conversation With Steve Jobs

Friday, January 24th, 2014

To celebrate the 30 year anniversary or the Mac, Steven Levy, the author of a book on the computer, is releasing an unseen and raw interview with Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple:  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/the-30-year-old-macintosh-and-a-lost-conversation-with-steve-jobs/?_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

Chemical Information and the West Virginia Elk River Chemical Release

Friday, January 24th, 2014

You may be aware from multiple news sources that very little information was available about 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol at the time of the spill in West Virginia’s Elk River earlier this month:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf14/brief/jf14_sis_reprint_wv_elk_river_chemical_release.html

Interested in the Brain?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The February issue of National Geographic features a lengthy cover story, with stunning graphics, titled, “The New Science of the Brain”:  http://tinyurl.com/onfnb75

“Evidence”: What Does that Mean?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

In our health information outreach work we are expected to provide evidence of the value of our work, but there are varying definitions of the word “evidence.” The classical evidence-based medicine approach (featuring results from randomized controlled clinical trials) is a model that is not always relevant in our work. At the 2013 EBLIP7 meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Denise Kaufogiannakis presented a keynote address that is now available as an open-access article on the web:

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Evidence” Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice 2013 8.4

This article looks at various interpretations of what it means to provide “evidence” such as theoretical (ideas, concepts and models to explain how and why something works), empirical (measuring outcomes and effectiveness via empirical research), and experiential (people’s experiences with an intervention).

Kaufogiannakis points out that academic librarians’ decisions are usually made in groups of people working together and she proposes a new model for evidence-based library and information practice:

1) Articulate – come to an understanding of the problem and articulate it. Set boundaries and clearly articulate a problem that requires a decision.

2) Assemble – assemble evidence from multiple sources that are most appropriate to the problem at hand. Gather evidence from appropriate sources.

3) Assess – place the evidence against all components of the wider overarching problem. Assess the evidence for its quantity and quality. Evaluate and weigh evidence sources. Determine what the evidence says as a whole.

4) Agree – determine the best way forward and if working with a group, try to achieve consensus based on the evidence and organizational goals. Determine a course of action and begin implementation of the decision.

5) Adapt – revisit goals and needs. Reflect on the success of the implementation. Evaluate the decision and how it has worked in practice. Reflect on your role and actions. Discuss the situation
with others and determine any changes required.

Kaufogiannakis concludes by reminding us that “Ultimately, evidence, in its many forms, helps us find answers. However, we can’t just accept evidence at face value. We need to better understand evidence – otherwise we don’t really know what ‘proof’ the various pieces of evidence provide.

NYAM Grey Literature Report

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The new Grey Literature Report has been published.

You can find it at: http://www.greylit.org/reports/current<http://support.nyam.org/site/R?i=pntoEXbca3f1aQ9Ky6zqvQ>.

This report’s main focus is on Gun Control <http://support.nyam.org/site/R?i=07R33gRh-dYv7EwQEmEhuQ> and the Affordable Care Act <http://support.nyam.org/site/R?i=OyiY3jxY0IwkbPemd0K-tA>, with a secondary focus on Child Health <http://support.nyam.org/site/R?i=vPMUWPdey5r5xUtL-iqCOw>.

We look forward to any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have in regard to the Report. Please contact us: greylithelp@nyam.org<mailto:greylithelp@nyam.org>.

We hope you will find the database useful!

The Grey Literature Team

The New York Academy of Medicine

greylithelp@nyam.org<mailto:greylithelp@nyam.org>

www.greylit.org

Job Ad: Director, Informatics Research Engagement, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Drexel University Libraries is a dynamic, matrixed organization focused on transformation to create scholarly connections, effective library learning environments and access to authoritative information. The Libraries, comprised of four physical locations and a virtual presence, seeks a Director, Informatics for Research Engagement to provide leadership in developing library services that support Drexel’s vision to be the Philadelphia region’s leading university excelling in high-quality experiential education, online learning, translational research, technology transfer and business incubation, and urban revitalization.

Job Overview:

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries and working with librarians, system developers, researchers and faculty across campus, the Director is responsible for evolving and implementing a university-wide approach to data management and curation of digital content and leading the Libraries’ staff and partnerships to provide service support for preservation and access to the University’s research data, digital content, records and archives. The Director will be involved in the integration of data literacy competencies with the Libraries’ instructional programs and will lead development of services that apply research and system designs for effective data curation for the Libraries’ partnership with others on campus.

Qualifications:

Required qualifications:

–              Completed graduate degree, with emphasis in Library or Information Sciences, informatics, digital archival studies, computing, or data management; Ph.D. strongly preferred

–              Minimum of four years administrative or management experience, including demonstrated success in supervision and technology management

–              Demonstrated capabilities in computing, data management and analysis, and effective consultation with researchers to provide informatics solutions and support

–              Knowledge of state-of-the-art tools and systems for assembly, alignment and analysis of data, in multiple formats [e.g. textual, visual, and audio] and ability to select and implement appropriate solutions for an institutional repository;

–              Successful experience working with diverse teams across disciplines with excellent communication, coordination, and project management skills to handle multiple complex projects simultaneously

–              Highly motivated and enterprising, with strong problem solving skills and capable of working both independently and in multifunctional team settings

–              Indication of professional commitment through service, presentation, or research

Preferred qualifications:

–              Professional experience working in an academic library or research information organization

–              Experience with large-scale data management or data visualization

–              Success in designing an innovative program and leading organizational change to adopt it

–              Experience working in a collaborative matrixed organization

–              Successful teaching experience, including course development and online delivery

Essential Functions:

The Director provides administrative leadership and coordination for effective systems, efficient workflow procedures for data and information preservation and organization, policies on rights and usage issues, and maintaining user-centric institutional repositories, regardless of format. The incumbent provides administrative leadership for the Libraries’ programs of archival curation, digital content management, and research application and system design; as well as supervision for the program managers of the University Archives, Libraries’ Institutional Repository and Discovery Systems.   The Director provides leadership for the campus federated Digital@Drexel coalition of digital collection owners that work collaboratively to provide central access to these University’s unique artifacts of research and teaching.

The incumbent works collaboratively with the Libraries’ Directors for Service & Quality Improvement, Academic Partnerships, and Administrative Services, and as a member of the Libraries Strategic Leadership Group to ensure effective and efficient operations of the Libraries.   The Director is expected to be professionally active through services, presentation, publications or research.

Supplemental Posting Information:

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

To apply for this position, please apply online at: www.drexeljobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=78041 or visit www.drexeljobs.com and search for Director, Informatics for Research Engagement. The requisition number is 5813.

Job Ad: Manager, Learning Engagement, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Drexel University Libraries seeks an energetic and innovative manager to successfully lead librarians and work with faculty to embed curricula and coursework with all aspects of information literacy and related lifelong learning skills.  Collaborating with other library and campus instructional experts, the manager will explore and strengthen applications of information and communication technologies for effective delivery of instructional support for online and face-to-face learning environments.  The manager will apply knowledge and experience in assessment to improve instruction and learners’ mastery of information literacy skills and competencies.  To evolve the Learning Engagement program, the manager will lead expansion of the Libraries’ knowledge of appropriate pedagogies for diverse learners and learning environments, instructional design and use of technology to meet these goals.  Review of applications will begin January 17, 2014.

Summary

The Manager, Learning Engagement, provides managerial leadership for the Drexel University Libraries’ program of instruction, which actively engages faculty, librarians and expert academic staff to develop students’ abilities to effectively discover and utilize information and data in their work.  This program supports the University’s mission of developing students who are self-directed, life-long learners.  The Libraries’ impact on student learning is framed by indicators of academic success including the Drexel Student Learning Priorities (DSLP) core competencies for Drexel graduates that include information literacy.  Specifically, the Learning Engagement program aims to enable learners to explore and develop superior levels of DSLP competencies to identify, evaluate and use authoritative information resources, and to facilitate faculty teaching.

Reporting to the Director of Academic Partnerships, the Manager supervises some and leads all liaison librarians involved in the Libraries’ program of Instruction. As a member of the Libraries’ Managerial Leadership Group, this Manager contributes to the ongoing operations of the Libraries through participation in strategic planning and divisional decision-making, and in implementation of library policies.  Accountability is regularly reported through program goal setting, fiscal and performance evaluation, and client-based satisfaction and outcomes assessment. Librarians are expected to be professionally active through participation in campus activities, external service, and/or publication and presentation.

Library Academic Partnerships focuses on strengthening Drexel’s connections to scholarly communications. The division’s liaison librarians working within a matrixed organizational structure are responsible for coaching mastery of core literacy skills, fostering self-directed and life-long learning practices, designing technology-based teaching tools, providing consultation for scholarly engagement, and building collections and electronic resources for utilization within the Drexel University community.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

–              A graduate degree, ALA accredited MLS degree preferred

–              Demonstrated experience and expert knowledge of pedagogy and instructional techniques

–              Demonstrated successful experience with utilizing technology both face-to-face and online to meet instructional outcomes

–              Knowledge of learning outcomes assessment and evidence of conducting program evaluations

–              Demonstrated experience with learning management system(s)

–              Minimum four years of professional experience in an educational organization, preferably in an academic library

–              Record of growth and success in management responsibilities, including supervisory experience

–              Demonstrated project management experience

–              Excellent communication skills

–              Demonstrated involvement and contribution to the professional community

Preferred Qualifications

–              Undergraduate degree and/or graduate coursework in a science or applied science discipline

–              Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in higher education

–              Experience with Blackboard Learn LMS

–              Demonstrated success working within a matrix organization

–              Demonstrated success as an entrepreneurial or innovative leader

Essential Functions:

–              Lead innovative and coordinated program of instruction with primary focus on information literacy

–              Lead and coordinate librarians and other staff in support of instructional program

–              Collaborate with faculty and other instructional experts to promote, develop and embed information literacy in  the university curricula and student academic experiences

–              Collaborate with campus leaders in continued development and support of online learning programs

–              Supervise liaison librarians and mentor them to professionally develop and successfully contribute to the Libraries partnership, research and services programs

–              Serve as liaison to at least one college or department, dependent on academic background & professional experience

–              Participate in Libraries’ Managerial Leadership Group and in divisional leadership efforts towards Libraries planning, assessment & evaluation

–              Engage in professional development through presentations, publications, continuing education and/or personal involvement in professional associations

Supplemental Posting Information:

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

To apply for this position, please apply online at: www.drexeljobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=78042 or visit www.drexeljobs.com and search for Manager, Learning Engagement. The requisition number is 5814.

Job Ad: Liaison for Life Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Drexel University Libraries seeks an innovative librarian with demonstrated experience working with faculty and students in learning and research programs to serve as its Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences.  This position provides an exciting opportunity to build partnerships and collaborations within the life sciences programs in two of Drexel’s dynamic academic units: the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Medicine.  Review of applications will begin January 17, 2014.

The Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences serves as liaison between the University Libraries and the faculty, staff and students of the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and BEES (Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science) within the College of Arts & Sciences and the departments of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies within the College of Medicine.  The Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences is a member of a matrixed team of librarians who work in close partnership to develop, implement and assess instructional and research programs that advance Drexel’s educational and research mission.

The position will be primarily based at the WW Hagerty Library, with access to office hoteling on the University’s medical campuses. Liaison librarians are expected to contribute to the Libraries’ ongoing operations through participation in departmental planning and decision-making, and in implementation of library and departmental policies. Regular reporting of activities and appropriate statistics is required.  Librarians are encouraged to participate in university activities and initiatives.  Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

–              ALA accredited MLS or equivalent graduate degree

–              Minimum three years of professional, academic library experience

–              Undergraduate degree and/or graduate coursework in life sciences discipline

–              Demonstrated knowledge of life science information resources and tools

–              Demonstrated experience and knowledge of pedagogy and instructional technique

–              Demonstrated experience working in digital service environments

–              Demonstrated knowledge of research protocols and trends in life sciences

–              Demonstrated experience working with research outputs; data and/or scholarly communication

–              Excellent communication skills

–              Demonstrated involvement and contribution to the professional community

Preferred Qualifications

–              Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in higher education;

–              Project management experience

–              Experience with learning management systems

–              Demonstrated success working within a matrix organization

–              Demonstrated success working in a changing organization

Essential Functions:

Key Responsibilities

–              Collaborate with faculty and staff to integrate information-seeking instruction in support of research into  courses and curriculum

–              Actively builds partnerships  to develop programs and tools that enrich research and scholarship in life sciences

–              Develop, provide, and assess course-related instruction

–              Create and maintain web-based research guides, instructional materials, and web pages to help users in their research

–              Provide general consultations, as well as specialized and customized reference services for users in  subject areas in person, phone, email and chat

–              Participate in collaborative collection development for the University Libraries

–              Contribute professionally through participation in campus activities, external service, and/or publication and presentation.

Supplemental Posting Information:

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

To apply for this position, please apply online at: www.drexeljobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=78037 or visit www.drexeljobs.com and search for Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences. The requisition number is 5811.

MedlinePlus and More

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Presenter:       Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=513

Date / Time:  Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014 – February 28, 2014
February 12, 2014, 10 – 11 am (ET)

Where:             Online

Summary:  This course is designed to train librarians and consumers on MedlinePlus, the premier consumer health database by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Hands-on exercises and real life problems will be used as a method of teaching this database.  Additional consumer health resources from NLM will be selected and demonstrated based on needs of participants.  Registration priority will be given to NN/LM members in NY, NJ, PA and DE.  3 MLA CEs.