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Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2015-2016!

Congratulations to the members of the 2015-2016 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries, and is jointly funded by NLM and AAHSL. Five Fellows were selected for the 2015-16 cohort. The candidate pool for Fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognizes a substantial record of accomplishment and demonstrable potential for a director position. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven Fellow graduates have assumed director positions. The list of 2015-16 Fellows includes one NN/LM PSR Network member, Stephen Kiyoi. Read more »

Responding to an Emergency or Natural Disaster: Resources for Libraries

As mentioned in a recent Latitudes article, September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Preparation and planning will provide the best chance of more positive outcomes after a disaster, but the library can also have great impact during an emergency or disaster event. The library can be a source of relevant and timely information, and may even be called upon to be a safe haven. Uncertainty about how to respond or delays in action can be avoided by having knowledge and tools in place ahead of time for immediate response. Today we have tools and resources that we hope we never have to use, but knowing about them in advance is key. Read more »

Challenges of Linking to Library Full Text Holdings with Mobile Versions of PubMed

PubMed Mobile

We recently received this request: Is there a way to get MyNCBIShare to work in PubMed Mobile? The requestor says that when their users access the library’s PubMed URL with the MyNCBIShare address, on their mobile devices, it defaults to PubMed Mobile, (Username=the shared MyNCBI account name.) Unfortunately, that means the holdings available via MyNCBIShare are ignored and do not display. Read more »

The Third Annual Science Boot Camp West for Librarians, Hosted by Stanford University Libraries

By Linda Suk-Ling Murphy, MLIS
Research Librarian for the Health Sciences
University of California, Irvine Libraries,
Irvine, CA

It was a very productive two-and-a-half days at the Science Boot Camp West 2015, hosted by Stanford University Libraries on July 27-29, 2015. The event featured workshops and educational presentations delivered by scientists with time for discussion and information sharing among all the participants. I enjoyed learning about innovative technologies not previously known to me that have been used in laboratories, classrooms, and research collaborations. The knowledge I gained offers great opportunities for me to reach out to colleagues, faculty, and researchers across the UC Irvine (UCI) campus for possible collaborations. I also had a wonderful time getting acquainted with other science and data librarians! Read more »

NLM Announces Future Plans of 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2014-2015 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows will end the first year of the fellowship in August 2015, with one taking a position as a contractor at the National Library of Medicine, and three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship program, one of whom will be based at the University of California, San Francisco, Library and Center for Knowledge Management! Read more »

Preparing for an Emergency or Natural Disaster: Resources for Libraries

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and the Great American Shakeout is just around the corner after that. Is your library prepared for a disaster or emergency? Taking steps to prepare for emergencies has clear benefits; it helps reduce fear and anxiety beforehand and can reduce or avoid losses and devastating impacts associated with the event. Read more »

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! Read more »

Save the Dates: 2015-2016 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course!

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI course in 2015-2016. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel, lodging and related costs are at the expense of the participant. Application materials are expected to be posted on August 10, with a submission deadline of September 14. A detailed announcement will appear in the NLM Technical Bulletin. Read more »

Membership Changes

We would like to provide you with a mid-year update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in December 2014, we have welcomed two new affiliate members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. Read more »

Final Report Issued by the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director NLM Working Group

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward. Read more »