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NLM Lends from Its Historical Collections to The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition “Search for the Unicorn”

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to be included in a new exhibition, which opened May 15 and runs through August 18, 2013, at The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art for medieval art and architecture in New York City. Search for the Unicorn: An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters’ 75th Anniversary places the institution’s famous Unicorn Tapestries within the larger context of medieval and Renaissance art, revealing the mythical animal’s persistent inspirational role in artistic imagination over the centuries and in the emerging history of natural science.

Given by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in time for the opening of The Cloisters in 1938, the Unicorn Tapestries are its best-known masterpieces; yet, 75 years later, their history and meaning remain elusive. They have been seen both as complicated metaphors for Christ and as emblems of matrimony, and they are beloved as quaint indications of medieval notions about the natural world. This exhibition of some 40 works of art drawn from the collections of the Metropolitan, sister institutions, and private collections invites audiences to see the Unicorn Tapestries anew, as the finest expression of a subject widely treated across cultures, and in both European art and science.

Featured in Search for the Unicorn are two items from the NLM’s historical collections, Pierre Pomet’s Histoire générale des drogues (1694) and al-Qazwini’s Wonders of Creation (ca. 1700). Wonders of Creation was compiled originally in the middle 1200s and is considered one of the most important natural history texts of the medieval Islamic world. It is featured in NLM’s Turning the Pages program. Pomet’s Histoire générale des drogues is primarily a historical examination and description of drugs and medicines, and examines unicorns because of the magical healing properties attributed to their horns.

NLM Theater Presentations at MLA 2013

The NLM exhibit booth at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Boston featured theater presentations to bring users up-to-date on several NLM products and services. The presentation recordings are captioned and accessible from the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page. The presentations include:

Note: To listen to the voice recordings and view the captions you may need the latest version of Flash® Player (download for free from the Adobe Web site). To zoom in to detailed screens, use the scroll button. For more information, go to the NLM Technical Bulletin page.

Science Boot Camp for Librarians is coming to Boulder, CO, June 19-21, 2013!

The inaugural Science Boot Camp for Librarians (West) will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder June 19-21, 2013. Science Boot Camps for Librarians are immersive, 2 1/2 day events featuring educational presentations delivered by scientists. Based on the successful annual New England Science Boot Camp in Massachusetts, the Western version follows a similar format and will cover three science topics; Bioinformatics, Environmental Science & GIS, and Physics. In addition, three librarians will teach a Data Management Workshop. There will be interesting keynote speakers, a panel on women in science, and plenty of time to network with fellow “campers!”

The cost for (dorm) lodging, meals, and instructional content is $250.00. Registration opens April 15, 2013. Target audiences include science librarians, medical librarians, data management specialists, and LIS students. For further information on the program, travel to Boulder, and upcoming registration, visit the Science Boot Camp West 2013 web site. You can also follow Twitter feed #BootCampWest13! Primary sponsors of the event are the Greater Western Library Alliance and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region. Additional sponsors are listed on the web site.

Call for proposals: MLGSCA/NCNMLG 2013 Joint Meeting July 24-26 at UCSD

The Planning Committee of the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Chapters of the Medical Library Association invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2013 Joint Meeting. The meeting will be held in La Jolla, CA, on July 24-26, 2013, at the University of California, San Diego, Price Center. The conference theme is Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity, which can encompass a variety of topics. Projects, services, innovations, lessons learned, and success stories which illustrate how we are celebrating opportunity during continual change are all possible paper or poster topics. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013. Banner for the MLGSCA NCNMLG Joint Meeting

The poster session will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:00 in the Exhibit Hall. Posters may continue to be displayed through the last exhibit break on Friday July 26, 2013, at 4:00pm. Contributed paper sessions are Thursday, July 25, from 10:30am to noon and Friday, July 26, from 10:15-11:45am, and occur in three concurrent sessions each day. For both poster and paper proposals, submit a 250 word abstract describing your project. Include your name, position title, address, phone number, and email address. Send poster submissions to Rebecca Birr via email. Please put “poster proposal” in the subject line. Send contributed papers submissions to Annie Hughes via email. Please put “contributed paper proposal” in the subject line. More information will be added to the conference website as it becomes available.

PubMed® for Trainers at UCLA

Do you train others to use PubMed? If so, join us for PubMed for Trainers, a hybrid class with three online sessions and one in-person session. The class is eligible for 15 MLA CE credits. The class is an in-depth look at PubMed and a chance to share training ideas with your fellow participants.

More details about the PubMed for Trainers course and registration in Los Angeles is available! This course is taught by trainers from the  National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).

Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities Symposium

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce its first initiative as part of its recently established partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which lays groundwork for the two institutions to cooperate on initiatives of common interest. Working in cooperation with the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland; and Research Councils UK, the NLM will be a part of “Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities,” an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the intersection of digital humanities and biomedicine.

Scheduled to take place April 10-12, 2013, at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, Shared Horizons will be a unique forum, through which participants and their institutions will be able to address questions about collaboration, research methodologies, and the interpretation of evidence arising from the interdisciplinary opportunities in this burgeoning area of biomedical-driven humanities scholarship. Shared Horizons will create opportunities for disciplinary cross-fertilization through a mix of formal and informal presentations, combined with breakout sessions, all designed to promote a rich exchange of ideas about how large-scale quantitative methods can lead to new understandings of human culture. Bringing together researchers from the digital humanities and bioinformatics communities, the symposium will explore ways in which these two communities might fruitfully collaborate on projects that bridge the humanities and medicine around the topics of sequence alignment and network analysis, two modes of analysis that intersect with “big data.”

The Symposium’s Call for Papers is now available, with a submission deadline of November 10, 2012. Applicants will be selected by the Advisory Board, in consultation with the Shared Horizons Staff and Sponsors, based on the following criteria, with each area being weighted equally: scholarly engagement with sequence alignment and/or network analysis; quality of proposed paper; and collaborative potential. Notification of selection will be made by January 10, 2013.

NN/LM Washington DC Power Outage Summit on September 5, 2012

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is sponsoring a Washington DC Power Outage Summit on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, Mumford Room, from 9:00am to 4:30pm EDT. The morning session (9:00am-12:30pm) will consist of presentations and a panel discussion on the impact of power outages on library collections and services, and the roles libraries and librarians can play in their communities or institutions in response to a major power outage. In the afternoon (1:30-4:30pm), participants can choose from either a workshop on building your library’s readiness or a disaster information specialization continuing education class. The morning session will be written up in a report and distributed on the NLM DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv.

There is no charge to attend any of the sessions, but seating is limited. Registration is available for both morning and afternoon sessions. Featured speakers will include Dan Wilson, representing the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, as well as representatives from Pepco, the District of Columbia Public Library, the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), the Library of Congress Preservation/Emergency Preparedness Division, the Medical Reserve Corps, and NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Pepco is the electric service provider to customers in Washington, DC, and surrounding Maryland suburbs.

Midday at the Oasis and MLA CE Credit!

MLA Continuing Education credit is now available for our monthly Midday at the Oasis sessions! You need to register ahead of time in order to receive the credit. The usual place to register is linked on the Training and Exhibit Calendar or on the Midday listing. One hour of MLA CE credit will be awarded for the Midday sessions.

The July 18th talk is:

Presentation Title: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and Evolving Policy
Presenter: Stephen Kiyoi
Description:, the second most heavily visited resource from the National Library of Medicine, now provides access to over 6,000 study results, many of which have not been published in the research literature. Learn more about recent and upcoming legislation governing results reporting, how to promote results reporting to clinical researchers at your institution, and how to search as a unique source of evidence for systematic reviews.

Register and join us at 1-2PM (Pacific) | 10-11AM (Hawaii) | 1-2PM (Arizona) | 9-10AM (American Samoa) | 6-7AM Thursday (Guam) for Midday at the Oasis!

Disaster Information Specialist classes at MLA in Seattle

MLA has posted information about the two Disaster Information Specialist classes that are being offered after the MLA conference on Thursday May 24th.

Here is the link to the information:

Course title: U.S. Response to Disaster and Public Health Emergencies
Instructors: Mary Moore and Kimberly Loper
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Registration: To register, contact Kathleen Combs

Course title: Information Roles in Disaster Management
Instructor: Robin Featherstone
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Registration: To register, contact Kathleen Combs

There is no charge for these classes. If you are attending MLA and are interested in extending your stay in order to take these courses, the RML may be able to assist. Please contact Kay Deeney for more information.

Some other Disaster Information Specialization courses will be offered in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas this summer.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics is available for 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. Indivduals can now register to view the program “On-demand.”

Sheldon Kotzin Retirement Announcement!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the retirement of Sheldon Kotzin, Associate Director for Library Operations, at the end of June, 2012, after 43 years of service.

NLM colleagues will gather on June 14, 2012, to wish him farewell, best wishes and a heartfelt thank you in speeches, videos, and song. Mr. Kotzin served NLM long and well, including his service as Executive Editor of MEDLINE, Administrator of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, and NLM’s representative to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. For his many contributions to NLM’s services, he has earned the lasting respect and admiration of NLM staff, medical librarians, editors, and publishers worldwide.