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PSR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting Held at UCLA!

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, a meeting of the NN/LM PSR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) was convened at the UCLA Faculty Center. The committee had not met as a large group for several years, so the membership was completely reconstituted and revitalized! Fifteen committee members, representing the constituencies served by the RML, attended the meeting, along with RML staff. Composition of the committee includes health professionals, hospital librarians, academic librarians, school and public librarians, community college librarians, community health librarians, and community-based organization representatives. A complete list of RAC members, along with minutes and presentation slides of the 3/27/13 meeting, are available on the NN/LM PSR web site. (more…)

Browser Advice for NCBI Web Pages

Occasionally the settings in PubMed don’t operate the way they did the day before. This may be due to a change to PubMed by NCBI. Sometimes this change affects only a small number of users. One way to avoid problems is to make sure that your browser settings are up-to-date. (more…)

What’s New in the RML Contract for 2012/13?

Our new contract year began Tuesday, May 1, 2012, and the biggest change involved RML leadership roles. Alan Carr is now the Acting Associate Director for the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region. He is an excellent candidate for this role, having worked with both RML Network Programs and Outreach Programs, including NN/LM membership, instruction for health professionals and public health workers, exhibits, and management of outreach funding. Former Associate Director Julie Kwan is neither gone nor forgotten! She has assumed the position of Associate Director of the UCLA Biomedical Library and the Science and Engineering Library. This role includes operational responsibility for the Biomedical Library, and she will serve as UCLA’s representative to the PSR Resource Library Directors group. The reason for this change was budgetary, and will allow the RML to continue a robust program for the region, with substantial training, funding, and outreach programs. (more…)

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…)

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…)

NLM Honors Winners and Honorable Mentions of the “Show Off Your Apps” Software Development Challenge

In April 2011, The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, invited people to show off their apps. NLM challenged people to create innovative software applications that use the Library’s vast collection of biomedical data, including downloadable data sets, application programming interfaces (APIs), or software tools – all of which are free and available for public use. The winners and honorable mentions of the Show Off Your Apps Challenge have been announced, including a winner from NN/LM PSR! (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Text-A-Librarian at San Francisco General Hospital

by Joy Graham, MLS, AHIP
Manager, Barnett Briggs Medical Library
San Francisco General Hospital

One of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had in my library career was spending an 8-hour day shadowing a nurse in one of the patient care units at my hospital. I learned so many things, including that I should wear comfortable shoes and be ready to run!

In addition to that, I learned that nurses in our hospital do not have time to look things up on the Internet. Even assuming that they knew where to find the SFGH library web site, the few computers on the unit are constantly being used by nurses for charting. The telephones on the units are unavailable too, either ringing or in use by someone else. I concluded that if nurses were to communicate with the library, it had to be by a means other than email or telephone. That’s when the idea of a library-sponsored text messaging service was conceived and how Text-A-Librarian @ SFGH came into being. (more…)

Biomedical Publishing 101: A Webinar

On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, the NN/LM Midcontental Region hosted a free webinar, Biomedical Publishing 101. This webinar was created by the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors. (more…)

Cool Tool: Save Web Content for Reading Later on Your Computer, Smart Phone or E-Book with Instapaper

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number of interesting links to web articles that come your way each day? You may quickly skim the articles but do not immediately have time to read them in-depth. If you have ever wished there was an easy way to save articles for later reading, then you may want to take a look at Instapaper (http://www.instapaper.com). (more…)