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NN/LM SCR March 2015 Update

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

I am pleased to share several recent updates about our ongoing program review, staff additions, and other activities.

In January we began a systematic program review of all activities and services performed since the beginning of the 2011-2016 funding cycle. What I am really enjoying about this is that we get to review many of the projects that have been funded by our program over the last several years. The impact to the Resource Libraries and our region has been significant! This process is an essential step toward preparation for the 2016-2021 funding cycle. I want to thank the TMC Library’s Planning & Assessment Coordinator Ashlynn Kogut and Chief Operating Officer Owen Ellard for their leadership and support in our program review. We are continuously identifying ways to improve services in support of the NN/LM mission and those living and working in the South Central Region.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Learn more about the NN/LM program.

Moving on to staffing: I want to recognize Executive Assistant Carrie Rogers, Administrative Assistant Jasmin Legaspi, and Technology Assistant Melissa Salas as they have been critical in ensuring continuity of services and institutional memory in recent months. Carrie has been my right hand, making travel arrangements, organizing subcontract reports, and has been an asset in so many other areas. Jasmin has done great work in office operations and preparing conference exhibit materials. Melissa has made substantive progress as the lead on our migration to a new website content management system. It addition to these three staff, our Director Dr. Buja and myself, four additional librarians work on the program.

In January, Adela Justice, MLIS, transitioned from the TMC Library Client Relationship Management department as a Liasion Librarian to Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. In 2002 she joined the Texas Medical Center Library as a Consumer Health and Outreach Librarian, and in 2008 received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association. For the past two years Adela has managed the Resource Library Outreach subcontract between The TMC Library and the NN/LM SCR. This is the first time we have had someone with this high level of previous experience in the SCR program in recent memory and it really shows!

Lindsy Frazer, MS, MLIS, PhD, joined us in mid-February as our new Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator and Oklahoma Liaison. Originally from Chicago, Lindsy came to us from an Arkansas public library where she was the manager of an outreach department. One of Lindsy’s roles is to manage our Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) program. Many libraries recognize the value in having a position focused on assessment of library services and we are very fortunate two have two; albeit focused on different service areas in our organization. I meet with Lindsy, Ashlynn, and Owen every Wednesday to discuss program assessment.

Marcus Spann, MLIS, began the first week in March as our new Community Health Coordinator and Arkansas Liaison. His previous position was as a librarian with outreach responsibilities at a Louisiana public library. I met Marcus in October 2013 at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, the year he received our Library Student Outreach Award. Marcus is also our new DOCLINE Coordinator. DOCLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s automated interlibrary loan (ILL) system.

Our new Technology Coordinator and Louisiana Liaison is scheduled to begin work later this month. She has an MLIS and JD, with experience in libraries, sponsored programs, and university level teaching. I am very excited she will be joining us soon!

You can see our contact information on our Staff Directory.

Earlier this week I attended the South Central Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) ILL Committee meeting as part of our role in supporting DOCLINE in the South Central Region. About 18 representatives from NN/LM SCR Resource Libraries attended this biannual meeting.

And on a personal note, I recently played a wonderful concert program with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.  Scroll down to the second article of the library’s News Room to read more about the TMC Library’s longstanding involvement with the TMC Orchestra. NN/LM South Central Region Director, and TMC Library Executive Director, Dr. Maximilian Buja, then Dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, supported the TMC Orchestra from its very beginning in 2001. As a lifetime amateur violinist I cannot begin to express how fulfilling it is to work for an organization that inspires this type of creative outlet.

I am very interested in your feedback and thoughts as we work to support the progress of medicine and improve the public health in the South Central Region. Please call me directly at 713-799-7803.

This blog and our NN/LM SCR Email Discussion List are the best places to read about our programs.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library

MLA Webinar on Systematic Reviews

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The TMC Library will host the  MLA webinar: Limitations and Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews Wednesday, March 18 from 1:00 – 2:30 CST in the TMC Library Street Level Conference Room (Directions and Parking). Please contact Beatriz Varman for more information.

Systematic review publications are important to health care and policy decisions, but they are not without their limitations.  Understanding these limitations, and being able to instruct patrons on them, is a key component of our work as health sciences information professionals. This session will provide a detailed discussion of the impact of biases, publication delays and methodologic quality of systematic reviews, particularly on their application in clinical practice.  The presenters will also give an overview of systematic review appraisal, including interpretation of commonly reported statistical measures.
Presenters:

Mark MacEachern is an informationist in the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Whitney A. Townsend is an informationist and coordinator of the Health Sciences Executive Research Service in the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.

This webinar is funded under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.

Beatriz Varman, MLIS, AHIP
Head of Client Relationship Management

HOUSTON ACADEMY OF MEDICINE
TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER LIBRARY

Systematic Reviews Class at the TMC Library March 31

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The TMC Library will host the class  Systematic Reviews:  The Role for Librarians on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in the street level classroom.

This free course covers the specifics of working with a researcher during the review process (define, document, screen, assess, code, and synthesize), negotiating authorship, and running a systematic review service. Activities will include discussions, case studies, and hands-on practice.

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: TMC Library classroom
To Register: contact Beatriz Varman at: beatriz.varman@library.tmc.edu

MLA CEU credit: 6 hrs.

Presenter: Margaret J. Foster, MS, MPH, AHIP Systematic Reviews and Research Coordinator, Associate Professor  at Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library. Margaret has consulted on hundreds of systematic reviews and is currently collaborating as an author on several projects.  She has also provided several workshops, presented in courses, and trained research labs and workgroups across the campus.

Regards,

Beatriz Varman, MLIS, AHIP
Head of Client Relationship Management

HOUSTON ACADEMY OF MEDICINE
TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER LIBRARY

MLA Webcast on Data Management

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MLA is offering a webcast on data management. The program, “The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship,” will have Lisa Federer, AHIP, Kevin Read and Jacqueline Wirz present strategies and success stories for data management.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm CST

This webcast is designed to provide health sciences librarians with an introduction to data management, including how data is used within the research landscape, and the current climate around data management in biomedical research. Three librarians working with data management at their institutions will present case studies and examples of products and services they have implemented, and provide strategies and success stories about what has worked to get data management services up and running at their libraries.

More information on the program and speakers can be found on MLANET.

SRA Toolkit Webinar

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data: Using NCBI’s SRA Toolkit to Access Data from dbGaP and SRA

Next Wednesday, February 25, NCBI staff will present a webinar on the SRA Toolkit (Sequence Read Archive), a system for accessing the approximately 3.4 Petabases of next-generation genomic and expressed sequence data housed in the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA). As data sets become larger, mining information and performing comparisons directly from structured databases becomes increasingly necessary. The SRA Toolkit is not only capable of dumping the data out as a fastq or sam file, but also provides direct analysis and comparison from specific genomics regions across hundreds or thousands of samples.

In the webinar, we will show examples of configuration and use of the Toolkit for both public SRA and controlled access data associated with studies in the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP).

To register for this webinar, please go here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2847950984085163009

PubMed for Trainers Class in Houston

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

This class is now filled. 24 of 24 seats have been taken. 

Would you like to gain new search skills, brush up on existing PubMed skills and collaborate with colleagues to develop training strategies? Space is still available as of February 10! Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers.

PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth look at PubMed and provides an opportunity to share training ideas with fellow participants. PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online and 1 in-person class (at the Texas Medical Center Library Classroom, Houston, TX.

The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

Part One (online): March 5, 2015 10am-12pm CT
Part Two (online): March 12, 2015 10am – 12pm CT
Part Three (online): March 19, 2015 10am – 12pm CT
Part Four (in-person): March 26, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM CT This class will be held at The Texas Medical Center Library

The classes consist of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework. The series is eligible for 15 hours of MLA CE credit.

For a complete description including times, go to: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=359

To register, visit http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html?schedule_id=2887

TOXNET Environmental Health Database Course

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Have you heard of TOXNET but are unfamiliar with what it can do? TOXNET is a databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

The National Library of Medicine is hosting an online course March 2-27, 2015 covering the following:

  • Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  • TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  • ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  • Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  • Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  • Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  • TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  • Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  • LactMed: 0.5 hour
  • Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  • WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  • REMM: 0.5 hour
  • LiverTox: 0.5 hour

NN/LM SCR Update Recording Now Available

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Did you miss the November 5 NN/LM SCR Update?   Listen to the recording and find out more about:

  • NLM’s responsive design-based databases
  • The redesign of DailyMed
  • New features of DOCLINE 5.0
  • NN/LM SCR staff updates
  • New classes
  • Available funding opportunities

Have any questions after the webinar?  Contact Michelle Malizia.

August SCR CONNECTions: Metadata: The Key to Linking Data

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s free monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions

Topic: Metadata: the Key to Linking Data

Presenters: Dick Miller, Thea S. Allen and Joanne Banko from Lane Medical Library, Stanford University.

Description: This session will feature an overview of metadata identities and relationships, real-life applications demonstrating how Stanford University’s Lane Medical Library staff use metadata to link data within the catalog and library website, helping the user utilize both seamlessly, and how the work behind the scenes helps those on the front end search, identify and find information sought. We will also touch upon ways in which metadata and linked data can be used in the future.

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once the room is open the system will be able to call you (please enter your phone number) to connect to the audio.

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems?
Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

As always, our webinars are free of charge and open to anyone.

New Online Self-Paced K-12 Health and Science Resources Class

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Environmental Health Student PortalThe National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to offer the following new online class in Moodle format: NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Health and Science Resources from the National Library of Medicine.

This self-paced online class will open August 25, 2014 and remain open until September 12, 2014.. Cheryl Rowan, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM SCR, will be the facilitator for the class.

This online course is designed to introduce the freely available K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine. Resources will be focused on three broad subject areas: Basic Health Information, Environmental Health and Toxicology, and Genetics. Participants will become familiar with resources in each of these subject areas, with particular attention to resources which can be used to supplement content curricula, health and science programming, and/or provide homework help. Both websites and online exhibitions from the National Library of Medicine will be included. The intended audience for this class is K-12 librarians and science teachers, public librarians, and any other individuals who work with K-12 populations.

Participants may work at their own pace during this class but are expected to interact with other class participants in discussion forums and complete practice exercises and quizzes related to the resources covered.
Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Registration for this class is required: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html?schedule_id=3057

As always, all NN/LM SCR classes are free and open to anyone. Preference during this initial offering will be given to individuals in AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX.