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NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in June 2015, we have welcomed 2 new full members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. Read more »

MLA’s 2015 Fall Educational Webcast Series

Thank you to all the host sites that made MLA’s 2015 Fall Educational Webcast Series a success! The following webcasts were sponsored: Read more »

Interpretations and Insights of the 2015 NN/LM PSR Data Management Needs Assessment

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2015 Data Management Needs Assessment! Over 100 responses were received, which was an excellent response rate considering the specialized nature of the topic. We believe that these results show a significant acknowledgement that data management needs and assistance are currently an area worthy of educational programming and support. In addition, many respondents reported that they were in the process of developing data management services. Your feedback will be a great help in developing materials to help provide guidance with your data management needs! Read more »

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Kristen L. Anderson, University of Hawaii at Manoa

by Kristen (Kris) L. Anderson, MLIS, MPH
Director, Health Sciences Library
John A Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI

Aloha! I’m the new Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). After twenty-four years at Hamilton Library on the main campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), I started at JABSOM in January 2015 following the retirement of Virginia “Ginny” Tanji, who many of you know. At Manoa, I started as a Science Reference Librarian and added on experience over the years serving as the Electronic Resource Librarian, Collection Development Officer, Head of Technical Services, and Interim Head of Sinclair Library, with many of these happening simultaneously! What a ride! For sixteen years I was the principle investigator (PI) on a grant to provide research and document delivery service to aquaculture researchers in the US affiliated Pacific Islands. I have always been active in professional organizations, having served on the boards of the local chapter of SLA, the Hawaii Library Association, and the Hawaii Library Consortium. Through my work with aquaculture I got involved in the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA), as well as the International Association of Marine and Aquatic Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) of which I am currently the President. Read more »

Report on Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians in Pittsburgh, PA

by Lee Luniewski, Medical Librarian
Melisa Reasner McGuire Health Sciences Library
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA

With assistance from a professional development award received from NN/LM PSR, I was able to attend the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians held at the University of Pittsburgh on November 16-18, 2015. This 2.5 day workshop was designed to help educate librarians on the systematic review process and prepare them to become involved with this type of research. Over the course of the workshop, the five amazing instructors covered everything related to systematic reviews, including the reference interview, study design, bias, term harvesting, grey literature, documentation and much more. This workshop was an in-depth crash course on a librarian’s role with systematic reviews. By the end of the workshop, the 25 attendees had a solid foundation of knowledge that would help them conduct future systematic reviews. Read more »

NLM Traveling Exhibit: Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions

by Miranda Lam, MLIS, Medical Librarian and
Darlene Parker-Kelly, MSLS, Director
Health Sciences Library
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, CA

In celebration of the 2015 National Medical Librarians Month, Charles R. Drew University (CDU) Health Sciences Library proudly displayed the National Library of Medicine’s Pick Your Poison traveling exhibit. This particular exhibit is CDU Health Sciences Library’s fifth such exhibition and it is an opportunity to cultivate conversations with students, faculty, staff and the community. From the exhibit, one learns about the evolution of perceptions of select mind altering drugs in American society: tobacco, alcohol, opium, cocaine, and marijuana. Read more »

ClinicalTrials.gov: Questions and Answers

We recently received several inquiries regarding the ClinicalTrials.gov database which arose during a training session conducted by a Network member, and wanted to take the opportunity to share the answers widely in case others have similar concerns. For more information about ClinicalTrials.gov, feel free to contact me. Also, consider taking the online course ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians if you have not done so already; our next offering will be in early 2016. Read more »

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Gerald (Jerry) Perry, University of Arizona Libraries

By Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP
Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning
University of Arizona Libraries
Tucson, AZ

What’s that saying about bad pennies? Hopefully my return to Arizona will not depress or annoy anyone! I am the new Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning for the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL). This is an entirely new position for UAL, subsequent to the ongoing consolidation of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) with the University of Arizona (UA) University Libraries. As noted, however, I am not new to Arizona, nor to UAHSL; I served as Head of the Information Services Department of the library from 1997 to 2003 and during that time was an active member of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA). Some Latitudes readers might recall the 2002 Joint MLGSCA and Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) meeting for which I was Program Chair, held in Scottsdale, AZ, in the snow! Read more »

Report on the 2015 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA

by Erica Bass, BS, MLS, Library Director
Jerry L. Pettis VA Memorial Medical Center
Loma Linda, CA

With the support of a professional development award from the NN/LM PSR, I attended the 19th Internet Librarian Conference October 26-28 in beautiful Monterey. Sixteen of the 19 annual conferences have been held in Monterey. It is truly an international conference with 42 states and 17 countries represented. The total number of registrants this year was 800, so it is a small, intimate conference where you can get to know your fellow participants. This year’s conference theme was: MORPH! Exploring New Directions and Roles for the Information Services Biz, one of the longest in conference history. 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 »