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Vol 11 No 4 – April 2013

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Research Lifecycle: Partnering for Success

Reproducibility – Indentifier – Collaboration. With these three words Jean Shipman, Director of the Eccles Health Sciences Library concluded and summarized the e-science event held on March 15, 2013.

Reproducibility

Keynote speaker, Victoria Stodden, based her presentation on the credibility crisis in science because results are not reproducible. Reproducibility is a core standard for science. Why are results not reproducible? Today’s science generates data, but data and the code to identify data is rarely being shared. This means that results cannot be verified or reproduced. She described how few journals include information on where to access data and fewer mention where to access the code. Without access to data and code, we have “science” based on trust rather than evidence. Funding agencies have encouraged sharing but sharing is not enforced. Dissemination platforms are now available and runmycode.org/ is one example. It accepts data and code that can be shared with interested parties. Victoria convinced the audience that we are in a crisis and that librarians can help by assisting researchers to make their data and code accessible. (more…)

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In the Literacy Trenches: Spotlight on School Libraries

School librarians play a critical role in student achievement. Twenty years of research demonstrates that students enrolled in schools with librarians have better standardized reading scores – regardless of student poverty level or overall staffing losses.

Carl Harvey had a big idea to drive points like this home – get 25,000 signatures in 30 days on a White House Petition to ensure that every child in America has access to a school library program. By the time the petition closed on February 4, 2012, there were nearly 29,000 signatures. Harvey, a school librarian in Indiana, and former President of the American Association of School Libraries (2011-2012), sought to raise awareness of the vital role school libraries and librarians play in student literacy and for the allocation of Federal funds to support school library programs.

The petition garnered a lengthy response by Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy. In his remarks, Rodriquez noted that President Obama requested $186.9 million in his 2013 budget for the Effective Teaching and Learning in Literacy competitive grant program, funding which would help fund the development of evidence-based, preschool-through-grade 12 literacy plans. He also reiterated Obama’s support of school libraries stating, “School libraries play a significant role in constructing and enriching that foundation. School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community.” (more…)

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Spotlight on School Librarians – Wyne Cler, MLIS

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School librarian, Wyne Cler

The library at Graland Country Day School in Denver, Colorado is abuzz with students. While parent volunteers (the library has over 100) – shelve books and check out materials, head school librarian, Wyne Cler, and her staff gear up for a day with pre K – grade 4 students who will visit the library to hone their information literacy skills. Cler has “very high expectations” for the graded skills assignments that students must complete. Graland, a pre K – grade 8 school with 645 enrolled, has a strong commitment to integrate technology into learning: each 5-7th grader has an iPad and all 8th graders have a laptop. (more…)

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Welcome New Members!

Since last May, we have enrolled seventeen new Affiliate Network members in the NN/LM MidContinental Region. All of the new members are either libraries or information resource centers that provide health information to users.  Nine of the new members are K-12 schools or institutions of higher learning.

We welcome these new members to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. (more…)

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Whooo Says….

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Dear Whooo,

I am a hospital librarian in an urban hospital. Lately I’ve noticed that my users consist mainly of older physicians who have been practicing in this hospital for many years. They are avid library supporters, but the younger physicians and the nurses do not seem to use the library. I am worried that as the major library users retire the library will be seen as non-essential. Do you have any ideas about how I can encourage more clinicians to use my services?

Looking for Younger Users (more…)

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