Archive for the ‘Health Sciences’ Category
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
All DOCLINE users should be aware of and take action on the 5 following things:
1) Be sure to submit an Out of Office request if your library is not staffed and incoming requests are not monitored because of holidays, illness, vacations, etc. for an extended period. For more information: http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/docline/dochold.html
2) Update your institutional record at least once a year. It’s crucial to have the current contact information, borrowing/lending preferences in your record.
3) Review and update your routing table. Check for and remove any libraries that are closed or are no longer DOCLINE participants (“Not a DOCLINE Library” designation next to the LIBID.)
4) Frequently review and update your serial holdings. It’s so very important to have an accurate holdings record to keep the DOCLINE system efficient.
5) Consider using the EFTS (Electronic Funds Transfer System https://efts.uchc.edu/public/AboutEFTS.aspx) to streamline and simplify billing and/or becoming a Loansome Doc provider (especially to unaffiliated health professionals) http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/loansome!
For more on DOCLINE best practices : http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/docline/bestpractices.html
Questions? Contact Jim
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
As a health sciences librarian, your work buoys the diagnosis and treatment of many people in many different ways. What activities do you do that contribute to the safety of the patients treated in your hospital? Which of the following lifesavers apply to you?
- Orange – You are on the team that develops protocols for the various procedures in your hospital.
- Lime – You have worked with your nursing staff and your hospital has achieved Magnet status.
- Pineapple – You often work with the Quality Improvement team.
- Cherry – You attend the M & M meetings.
- Grape – You are a clinical librarian.
There are several other lifesaver flavors, and many other library-related activities that contribute to the safety of hospital patients. Can you think of others that you are involved with? What flavor are YOU?
Share your contributions with your colleagues! Contact Barb Jones (jonesbarb @health.missouri.edu or 573-884-5042) and tell your story. (bbj)
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
NCBI announced the addition of a citation exporter feature to PMC (PubMed Central). This feature makes it easy to retrieve styled citations that can be copied and pasted into manuscripts or downloaded into a format compatible with bibliographic reference manager software. Instructions on how to use this export feature are available from the NLM Technical Bulletin Jan-Feb 2015 issue. /ch
Friday, January 30th, 2015
This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19, 2015 on the lovely campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Selection of this year’s science session topics has not been finalized, but will be announced in February. In addition to the three science sessions, this year’s boot camp will feature an evening presentation on the History of Science and a hands-on Capstone activity in which boot campers will work collaboratively to create data management plans from actual research cases.
Registration for Science Boot Camp will open April 9th and will be announced via e-mail, the e-Science Community blog, and on Twitter @NERescience. For further questions, please contact Donna Kafel, at email@example.com. /ch
Monday, January 26th, 2015
Do you have the attitude of some of the characters in Munchkin Country in the current MCR game – Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz – that “houses falling from the sky: never will happen to me!”? We hope you don’t have that attitude. Is your library ready for the next emergency situation? What can you do to prepare for threats to the continuity of service for your library patrons? How can you protect staff and preserve/recover resources? Join us in the next MCR sponsored (free webinar) to learn more about emergency preparedness for libraries.
When: Friday, February 6, 2015- 3pm Central Time, 2pm Mountain Time
Where: The MCR Network Member Services Room
How: Log in as a “Guest” and wait for prompts for the audio.
Fewer than half of the respondents, in a recent MCR questionnaire, indicated that their institutions had an emergency plan in place. If you are one of those members? You may want to join us for this vital webinar! We’ll offer ideas and tools – join us add to you knowledge! [jh]
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
This series of free videos are intended for use by researchers, course instructors and students for better understanding of the African-American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, African, and Latino communities. The hope is that awareness of gender issues specific to each community and across communities will improve the ways in which researchers and healthcare providers collaborate with diverse communities throughout the research and healthcare process.Videos include gender roles, diet, exercise, education, finance, mental health, reproductive health, substance abuse, transportation needs, and traditional remedies. /da
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has release a new report providing guiding principles and a practical framework for the responsible sharing of clinical trial data. Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk looks at many aspects of clinical trials and the publication of results. Of special interest to academic librarians is the section discussing the clinical trial life cycle and when to share data. The report is available free to download or read online. /da
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
New standardized instructions that improve patients’ understanding of when to take medications, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, are available from the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center. The instructions for taking pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule, which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods (morning, noon, evening and bedtime). They are available in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. The instructions were developed in response to research that has shown that more explicit prescription medicine instructions are better understood than instructions that are vague or require an individual to calculate when to take a medicine. The AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center provides pharmacists with tools and other resources, such as the Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool. /da
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Please forward on to your favorite genomic researchers who might appreciate this high level discussion…
On Thursday, January 22nd, Stephen Altschul of NCBI will present the first part of a discussion of the statistical theory for local sequence alignments like those produced by the BLAST database search programs. It will cover the statistical parameters for local alignment scoring systems, and the formulas for calculating bit scores and asymptotic E-values and p-values from raw alignments scores.
Part 2 of this presentation will continue on Thursday, January 29th. It will be a discussion of the considerations that go into the construction and selection of amino acid and nucleic acid scoring systems for pairwise local sequence alignment. It will briefly cover the PAM and BLOSUM series of amino acid substitution matrices, and also the concepts of relative entropy and efficiency for substitution matrices.
To sign up, click here:
* Part 1 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5157554322839318274
* Part 2 – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1397330108961689090
Above announcement from firstname.lastname@example.org – jb
Thursday, January 8th, 2015
IconArray.com is a tool out of the University of Michigan, to create icons for communicating risk. Developers have made the tool free under the Creative Commons License. Users can generate icons with one, two or three risk/benefits. /da