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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

SEAside Webinar: September 28, 2015 – Bibliometrics and Data Services

Date/Time: Monday, September 28, 2015, 1:30PM – 3:30PM ET

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator at pgrier@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Sponsor: DC Area Health Sciences Libraries (DCAHSL)

Part I: NIH Library Bibliometric Analysis

Summary: In response to the growing demand for research assessment services from researchers and administrators alike, many librarians have added bibliometrics to the range of services they provide to their patrons. In June of 2014, the NIH Library launched a bibliometric services program to formalize and expand the Library’s capabilities in this area. The program has since provided over 100 consultations, training sessions, and analyses to NIH staff. In this talk, we will provide an overview of the services we offer through the program, examples of projects that we have worked on, and a look ahead at how we might expand the program in the future.

Part II: Socrata Data Services

Summary: Influential public sector organizations are sharing valuable health data in innovative ways to fuel innovation, accelerate research, inform policy, encourage innovation, and improve transparency in the marketplace. This presentation will explore how CDC, CMS, state and local governments, foundations, and others are publishing machine readable data and APIs to better serve researchers and developers, policymakers, the media, and the public. We will explore what type of health data public sector organizations are publishing and how to find them. The presentation will conclude with a show-and-tell of exemplars in the health data community and a discussion of trends we are seeing in the health data space. 

Presenters:

Chris Belter joined the NIH Library in May 2014 from the Central Library of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he managed and analyzed publications from the agency’s intramural and extramural research programs. He has an undergraduate degree in Religion from Shenandoah University and an MLS from the University of Maryland. At the NIH Library, Chris provides services related to bibliometrics, portfolio analysis, and data visualization.

Ya-Ling Lu joined the NIH Library in May 2014 from the faculty of the Department of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, where she taught courses and conducted research in the areas of information-related behavior and user services. Ya-Ling has an undergraduate and master’s degree from Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned her MLIS and PhD from UCLA. At the NIH Library, Ya-Ling provides support in the area of bibliometric analysis and user services.

Mark Silverberg is the technical leader behind Socrata’s initiatives on behalf of high-profile public sector health organizations such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control, Gates Foundation, and many other clients to help them manage, share, and explain their data more effectively. Mark is an expert on data sharing, data analytics and visualization, and data standards. He also brings deep experience using data visualizations to help non-data savvy users understand data, and he trains clients, developers and data scientists on how to use APIs and web visualization frameworks together.

Amy Yeung is a Data Management Analyst that supports Socrata’s work in the non-profit and health sectors. She helps organizations manage, utilize, and disseminate data to various data consumers. Amy is passionate about health and international development; she is excited to help organizations utilize data to solve critical health problems and help decision makers make more informed / data-driven decisions.

Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 2 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

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NIH Posts Vacancy Announcement for Position of NLM Director

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates who are energetic, innovative, and solution-oriented for the important position of Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM). This is a senior position with responsibilities focused on the direction and management of the world’s largest biomedical library and electronic information and data resources that are used billions of times each year by millions of people and thousands of computer systems worldwide. The NLM will also move towards becoming the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise, and will include the activities initiated under the Big Data to Knowledge program. The NLM has a staff of approximately 1600 employees including full-time equivalency positions, training positions, contractors, volunteers, and guest researchers. The current annual budget is $387,134,000.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for an exceptional leader to serve as the chief visionary for NLM and lead all aspects of this highly complex organization. The Director, NLM, serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NIH, concerning matters related to biomedical informatics and access to biomedical information. Applicants must possess a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable doctorate degree in a field of health science plus senior-level scientific experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more areas related to biomedical informatics, computational biology, data science and standards, biomedical communications, and health information technology. The individual should be known and respected, both nationally and internationally, within their profession as someone of scientific prominence, with a distinguished record of research accomplishments and leadership credentials.

Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to Ms. Regina Reiter, (301) 402-1130. In addition, applicants must also submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the qualifications requirements (not to exceed a total of two pages), a vision statement (not to exceed a total of two pages), and provide the names, titles, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 4-5 references. Applications will be reviewed starting October 20, 2015 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Beyond the SEA: September 16, 2015 – HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative: Savings for Hospital and Association Libraries

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenter: Robert (Robb) T. Mackes, Executive Director, Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ)

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator at pgrier@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: With support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) is now in its second year of providing lower-cost options for licensing the electronic resources to hospital libraries in the SE/A Region. Nearly 125 hospital and association libraries from across the SE/A and Mid-Atlantic Regions participate in HSLANJ GLI, including over 20 libraries from all corners of the SE/A region. These libraries are realizing a savings of 5% to 50% on some of the most popular electronic resources in hospital libraries. During these tight economic times, many libraries are seeing flat or rapidly shrinking budgets, while being tasked to maintain the same level of service in prior years. The HSLANJ GLI strives to help librarians make the right purchasing choices for their hospitals, at a more affordable price.

Presenter Bio: Robert (Robb) T. Mackes, Executive Director of the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) has been project manager for the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) since 2010. Robb holds a Master of Library Science Degree from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania. He is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and was a medical librarian in New Jersey and Delaware for over 20 years. Prior to managing the HSLANJ GLI, he was project manager for the Delaware Medical Information Resources Alliance and managed several health science libraries in hospitals in New Jersey. Robb is involved with the Medical Library Association (MLA), Hospital Libraries Section, and the New York/New Jersey and Philadelphia Regional MLA Chapters for many years. Among Robb’s achievements are the Medical Library Association’s Thomson Reuters Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award, the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey Librarian of the Year, and the Hospital Libraries Section Leadership Award.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

What’s New in the Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition

Written by Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). Contact Tony at tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

New Media Consortium recently released the Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition that identifies trends, challenges, and emerging technologies. The report is designed to examine new technologies and determine their potential impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. In review of the new report and comparing it to the 2014 Report, the following new points were discovered:

Important Developments in Technology for Academic and Research Libraries

The following new tools and technologies were identified that will likely drive planning over the next several years.

  • Makerspaces – Makerspaces give educators an opportunity to engage learners in creative, higher-order problem solving through self-directed design, construction, and iteration. While academic libraries are undergoing significant change, the addition of a makerspace may solidify the library as a hub for students to access, create, and engage in hands-on projects.
  • Online Learning – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have reopened the topic of online learning. Libraries can help facilitate the future of online learning by assisting with media production, connecting to special collections, and curating content.
  • Information Visualization – Researchers and scientists seek new formats that enable them to present complex datasets in a comprehensive manner. A number of skills (aside from technical skills to utilize creative software) were identified with information visualization: data analysis, design thinking, and contextual, inquiry-based exploration.
  • Location Intelligence – A growing facet of location intelligence is location-based services that will provide content customized according to the users’ location. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for example, assisted in the creation of a Study Buddy app. This app allows students, through secure authentication, the ability to check-in on their phone, use location data to share their coordinates, and find classroom peers to quickly form a study group.
  • Machine Learning – Speech recognition and semantic applications utilize machine learning that can not only input, retrieve, and interpret data but also learn from it. A number of companies are developing self-service data preparation software that learns and improves based on users’ interactions. Artificial intelligence could assist by mining data and adjusting library services in real time.

While the technologies listed aren’t necessarily new, innovative approaches have either made them new again or have brought them into the realm of academic and research libraries. There are a number of reasons these technologies could support or impede adoption within libraries. The following new points were identified to drive planning and decision-making or impede adoption of new technologies if left unresolved:

Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Academic and Research Libraries

  • Rethinking Library Spaces – A number of libraries are expanding to make room for active learning classrooms, media production studios, makerspaces, and other changes conducive to hands-on work.
  • Increasing Value of the User Experience (UX) – User experience is a common term utilized by companies like Amazon, Netflix, and Google. Designing high-quality experiences to help researchers and students navigate massive amounts of data and attract new patrons is a new area for libraries to develop and improve.

Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Academic and Research Libraries

  • Improving Digital Literacy – A lack of a consensus on what comprises digital literacy has hindered many libraries from developing adequate policies and programs that address the development of this competency.
  • Managing Knowledge Obsolescence – The rate at which information, software tools, and devices improve and change is exponential. Librarians need the ability and desire to constantly pursue and absorb new technologies and skills.

This review highlighted topics not covered in the 2014 report. There are a number of trends and challenges to consider should your organization consider adopting a new technology within your library. I encourage you to download the Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition and explore these topics and more in greater detail.

PubMed for Librarians: 5 Online Classes

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering PubMed® for Librarians (PML) in December 2015. PML is a series of five, independent, online classes. Each class meets online for 90 minutes and is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits. And, the best part is that all classes are completely FREE!

Follow the links below to read the descriptions and register for the sessions that interest you.

Questions? Email me at: rebecca.brown@utah.edu

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland