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Ebola in Context: New Free Online Course

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

January 19, 2015

Two weeks / 6 hours per week

This two-week asynchronous free interdisciplinary course looks at the science behind the Ebola outbreak to understand why it has occurred on this scale and how it can be controlled. This course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone working in a health organization; undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree; medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies; and anyone else with a keen interest in the science behind Ebola.

http://blogs.lshtm.ac.uk/alumni/2014/12/09/ebola-context-new-free-online-course-launched/

Register: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ebola-in-context

NISO Launches New Standards Development Projects in New Forms of Assessing Impact & Altmetrics

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Interested participants from libraries, scholarly publishers, research funders, scholars, university departments of academic affairs, providers of alternative metrics data, and system providers are encouraged to contact NISO

The voting members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved four new projects to develop standards for alternative assessment metrics (altmetrics). The NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics Initiative was begun in July 2013 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with a goal of building trust and adoption in new methods of assessing impact. Phase 1 of the project, which was completed this summer, gathered a large array of relevant stakeholder groups to identify what areas of alternative metrics would benefit most from standards-related developments. This input was distilled into a white paper published in June 2014, which was then presented to the NISO community to prioritize the action items as possible NISO work items. Phase 2 of the project will be to develop standards or recommended practices in the prioritized areas of definitions, calculation methodologies, improvement of data quality, and use of persistent identifiers in alternative metrics. As part of each project, relevant use cases and how they apply to different stakeholder groups will be developed.

“Assessment of scholarship is a critical component of the research process, impacting everything from which projects get funded to who gains promotion and tenure, and which publications gain prominence in their fields of inquiry,” explains Martin Fenner, Technical Lead, PLOS Article Level Metrics, and Chair of the NISO Alternative Metrics Initiative Steering Committee. “However, traditional metrics that have been primarily based on print processes are failing to keep pace with both the expanded range of research outputs produced by scholars, and the diverse usage of these research outputs in scholarly communication that is increasingly purely electronic. Altmetrics are increasingly being used and discussed as an expansion of the tools available for measuring the scholarly and social impact of research. For altmetrics to move out of its current pilot or proof-of-concept phase, we need to develop commonly used definitions and guidelines for appropriate collection and reporting of data, so that organizations who wish to utilize these metrics can adequately understand them and ensure their consistent application and meaning across the community.”

“The NISO Alternative Assessment Steering Committee will oversee several working groups that will be formed to develop the identified standards and recommended practices,” states Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. “For participation on these working groups, we are seeking interested participants from all the affected stakeholders including libraries, scholarly publishers, research funders (governmental and non-governmental), scholars, university departments of academic affairs, providers of alternative metrics data, and system providers who incorporate different elements of alternative metrics in their services.”

“We expect this initiative will continue to be broadly inclusive, with contributions from a diverse set of voices, who will be reliant on these new metrics and resulting tools,” said Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “In addition to the working group members, we also will seek broader community feedback through stakeholder interest groups. In addition, draft documents will be made available for public comment and/or trial use before finalization and publication. NISO will also schedule public webinars for further discussion and training during the development process.”

The approved proposal for the Phase 2 projects as well as the Phase 1 White Paper are available on the NISO website at: www.niso.org/topics/tl/altmetrics_initiative/. Anyone interested in participating on one of the initiative’s working groups should use the online contact form (www.niso.org/contact/) and indicate in which of the four activity area(s) you are interested.

Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

chodgson@niso.org

Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:           Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator

Date / Time:       Thursday, January 8, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Thursday, January 22, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Where:                3 sessions / Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=399

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Tuesday, February 3, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=519

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Wednesday, February 4, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=521

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Thursday, February 5, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=523

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=527

Lending a Helping Hand: MAR Mentoring Program

Monday, December 15th, 2014

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program: mburda@pitt.edu or (412) 624-1589.

Librarians: The Original Research Data Managers

Monday, December 15th, 2014

An interesting blog post from one of our Network members…

Librarians: The Original Research Data Managers / Nancy Glassman, Assistant Director for Informatics, Gottesman Library, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

http://esciencecommunity.umassmed.edu/2014/12/10/librarians-the-original-research-data-managers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=librarians-the-original-research-data-managers

DOCLINE Training Coming in January

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Save the date: Online DOCLINE Training Series for new DOCLINE users and those who want a refresher.

No registration is required. Class login- information to follow.

Beginning DOCLINE: January 7, 2015 / 1 PM (ET)

This class covers the bare essentials of DOCLINE where participants will have an increased understanding of the basic features of DOCLINE. The instructor will give an overview of the layout of the DOCLINE window and will provide a brief description of some of the most commonly used features and their functions.

DOCLINE Routing Tables: January 14, 2015 / 1 PM (ET)

This class will provide an in-depth look into DOCLINE Routing Tables. Participants will learn about using their Borrowing Preferences, brief explanation of copyright compliance, editing Routing Tables, M/A/N Map, setting up Lending Options, and more!

DOCLINE: Serial Holdings: January 21, 2015 / 1 PM (ET)

This class will provide an in-depth look into DOCLINE’s Serial Holdings. Participants will be provided with an introduction to the Serial Holdings database, how to add, remove, and update Holdings, how to run reports, and where to go to get additional Serial Holdings support.

New to this class using the embargo feature.

DOCLINE Borrowing and Lending: January 28, 2015 / 1 PM (ET)

This class will provide an in-depth look into DOCLINE Borrowing and Lending. Participants will learn about: using their Borrowing Preferences; the many ways to borrow; how to process request received; how to run and view reports; the different levels of requests (normal, rush, and urgent patient care) and more.