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The Inaugural PNR Journal Club: Data Curation, Data Management, and Librarians

Monday, April 25th, 2016

This is a guest post by Andrea Harrow, MLS, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, about the PNR Journal Club, held over a period of eight weeks from February 8 through March 21, 2016.

I responded to an invitation sent out on a listserv for involvement in a new journal club–an opportunity for librarians to discuss issues in data curation and data management. Twelve librarians from across the US also signed up to give it a try.  This journal club, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, met online within Moodle and live via four AdobeConnect sessions. This club followed the MLA’s Discussion Group Program structure and the new PubMed Commons Journal Clubs commenting format.  (more…)

PNR Rendezvous, Social Media in the Library

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Hook ‘Em & Keep ‘Em: How Trout U. is Engaging Library Users through Social Media to Build Community is the next PNR Rendezvous session where Montana State University librarians will tell us how they have incorporated social media in the library.

Social media is a powerful means to build community among our users, as well as to engage new users. PNR Rendezvous participants will learn best practices for using Social Media to engage library users, including the creation of a social media guide, and a posting plan and schedule for ongoing targeted engagement with users across multiple platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Participants will also learn about collaborative social media campaign efforts that the MSU Library participated in with the Montana Historical Society and others.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own social media practices or plans to experiment with social media in order to share and learn about successes and strategies happening in libraries in the region.

So, whether you’re considering using social media in the library or want to expand the use of it, please join us for some tips as well as a chance to share your social media wisdom.

When: March 16, 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time (more…)

Data Sciences Learning: Online and In-Person Opportunities

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Several online and in-person training opportunities can help jump-start your learning of data science topics. Some of the short courses and intensive training programs  listed below are offered in conjunction with NIH Big Data To Knowledge (BD2K) initiative programs. BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative established to enable biomedical research as a digital research enterprise, to facilitate discovery and support new knowledge, and to maximize community engagement. (more…)

Data Science at NIH: News Roundup

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

This post includes a roundup of events where National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data Science and Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiatives will be represented, an overview of current funding, and a recap of the Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group meeting held last month.  Learn more about the Data Science at NIH site. (more…)

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization, March 14 – April 8

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Dazzle your clients, colleagues, classmates (and yourself!)! This class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications. Students will complete assigned exercises that they will share with their class peers. Class participants are expected to spend 1.5 hours on content learning, 3 hours of in-depth learning on student selected tool/application and preparing their class assignment, and .5 hours on peer critique.

Participants will be able to:

  • Increase their knowledge of using visual representations of data and various data visualization tools.
  • Design a data visualization with a data set on a selected tool.
  • Discuss peer submitted data visualizations to enhance understanding of the data presented.

March 14 – April 8, 2016 (4 weeks), online/asynchronous via Moodle

5 MLA CE credits

More information and registration

How Patients Use Social Media, upcoming PNR Rendezvous

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

media-998990_640On February 17, join us for the PNR Rendezvous on How Patients Use Social Media.  Our guest presenters will be health and science journalist Sally James and patient advocate, Stacey Tinianov. Sally and Stacey will lead you through how patients, as well as clinicians and researchers, increasingly use Twitter and Facebook to find and exchange many kinds of health information: including technical information about diseases, comparisons of treatments, as well as support for survivor issues in chronic and rare diseases. Live chats on these platforms draw thousands weekly.  Some researchers break news about peer-reviewed journal articles first on Twitter. Other researchers are recruiting subjects directly on social media. This webinar will provide practical examples to help you explore and understand how these resources are used and how moderators “curate” and archive tweets and posts from such conversations so they remain accessible.

We hope you can join us but if not, the session will be recorded. Check the PNR Rendezvous webpage a couple of days after the live session.

When: February 17, 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time (more…)