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Archive for January, 2012

Carly Strasser, Ph.D., Talks about Data Management at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

by Stephen Kiyoi, Second Year NLM Associate Fellow
NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region
UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

On January 18, 2012, the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library hosted Carly Strasser, Ph.D., for an enlightening talk on data management in scientific research. Carly’s work at DataONE and the California Digital Library (CDL), as well as her doctoral education in Biological Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, give her a unique perspective on challenges of scientific data management. In addition to explaining her own work, Carly gave an excellent background on the cultural and technical issues in data archiving, sharing, and publication. The following is a detailed summary of Carly’s talk. Her presentation is also accessible on SlideShare. (more…)

E-Science Day

E-Science Day, a day-long program organized by the University of California, Davis, and funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at the Medical Education Building of the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. The event was conducted in a blended format—available both in-person and via web conference, featuring a keynote address and panel presentation; lightning rounds, and afternoon break-out sessions. The aim of the event planners was to educate regional librarians in the subject of e-science, why librarians should care about it, and how they can begin supporting it at their own libraries and institutions. Over 100 attendees participated in the event either virtually or in-person. (more…)

Clifford Lynch Presentation: “Biomedical Libraries in the Next Decades”

On December 16, 2011, in celebration of the end of NLM’s 175th anniversary, Clifford Lynch, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, gave the presentation Biomedical Libraries in the Next Decades: Open, Diffuse, and Very Personal, at the National Library of Medicine. Overriding themes of his presentation included the implications surrounding the convergence of the increasingly data intensive nature of the biological sciences with traditional journal publications, and the possibilities for large scale computational scholarship. Another key topic was how developments in the broader economic, social, and regulatory climate will affect the evolution of medical knowledgebases. He emphasized the importance to the life sciences community of having an institution such as NLM, as a focal point for aggregating the staggering amount of information and data generated in the life sciences. There’s nothing analogous to NLM in other areas of scholarship. (more…)

Clifford Lynch Presentation: Impressions from a Network Member

by Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, AHIP
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA

I highly recommend viewing this inspiring and provocative presentation about the future role of medical libraries. In addition to the summary submitted by Alan Carr, NN/LM PSR, I wish to note my personal observations. (more…)