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Request for Information (RFI) on the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Resources for Teaching and Learning Biomedical Big Data Management and Data Science

Submissions are due December 31, 2014

Request for Information (RFI) on the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Resources for Teaching and Learning Biomedical Big Data Management and Data Science (Notice number NOT-LM-15-001)

An excerpt,

Some needed instructional resources for training in data management and data science are already available. Please identify resources and materials of interest with characteristics such as, but not limited to:

  • Graduate-level short courses, tutorials and workshops (online, in-person or hybrid) that are open to all;
  • Graduate-level online tutorials and modules;
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs);
  • Curriculum plans or resources (including sample datasets or data management plans used in data management training;
  • Evaluation approaches for online data science or data management courses.

NIH is interested in collections (aggregations) of the above as well as individual topics. Materials for self-guided learning must be available online or for download in standard digital formats.

For each class or learning resource, please provide information that will help NIH identify and locate the resources, such as:

  • The name of the course or resource;
  • A URL for the online resource or a site that describes or offers the resource;
  • The sponsor of the resource, such as organization or instructor.

Additional information, is also welcome, including comments about the course or resource.


Beyond the SEA: November 19, 2014 – Instruction – An Exciting Program on Academic Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – Recording Now Available

Recording Now Available:

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenters: Kathleen Annala, Co-founder of Archetype Innovations, LLC and Carolyn Schubert, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, James Madison University

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact PJ Grier at

Summary: Many health sciences librarians are active in an advisory capacity to faculty curriculum committees as well partners with school faculty in developing specific course content. At the same time, curriculum developers in health sciences education including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and medical coding now recognize that health care information technology (HIT) is an important component in the educational outcomes of future clinicians. Although there are other academic electronic health records (EHRs) in the marketplace, this exciting webinar will explore two EHRs in use today by health sciences schools, colleges and universities: Neehr Perfect and Sim Chart.

Two facts make academic EHRs different than ones deployed in actual patient care are:

  1. Academic EHRs usually integrate with a college or university’s learning management system (LMS) which is an important instruction and education tool for faculty and students,
  2. Academic EHRs are not HIPAA compliant and do not require certification as delegated by the Office of the National Coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Biographical Sketch: Kathleen Annala, MA, RN, President & Chief Operating Officer, Archetype Innovations, LLC, Duluth, MN.

Kathleen Annala is the owner of Archetype Innovations, an educational technology company that designs and supports EHR systems for educational use. Kathleen began her work designing EHRs for educational use over 15 years ago at the College of St. Scholastica where she was a professor of nursing and founding member of the nation’s first project to develop an EHR that could be used as an educational tool. She taught students with an educational EHR that she helped create and has been improving upon EHRs ever since. After teaming up with Archetype Innovations to design the “perfect” educational EHR, Neehr Perfect was released in 2009.

Summary: Kathleen will discuss the key features of an educational EHR and show how faculty and students simulate clinical practice and develop EHR competencies in an academic environment using Neehr Perfect. She will also discuss ways Neehr Perfect is customized with patient scenarios, documentation forms, references, resources and training tools to give students hands on experience with the type of patients, data and point-of-care opportunities available with EHR technology in healthcare.

Biographical Sketch: Carolyn  Schubert, MLS, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Carolyn Schubert teaches a course titled “Introduction to Informatics for Health Care Professionals”.  Recent publications include the book chapter “What is Biomedical Informatics? An Overview and a Case Study” in the book Curriculum-Based Library Instruction. Her research interests include biomedical informatics, educational technologies and instruction, and scholarly communication.

Summary: Carolyn will discuss her training in Sim Chart, give a short demo of some of its functionality, speak about student perspectives with some insight on the faculty’s perspective and provide an overview of how it was incorporated into the University’s nursing curriculum. She received vendor-supplied training on Sim Chart alongside Nursing faculty. She has been given access to use and evaluate the system in relation to the library’s iPad program and point-of-care resources. She also uses other systems, such as Practice Fusion when teaching students about electronic health records.

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

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Share Your Success: Implementation of an IRB Service

EBWritten By: Everly Brown, Head of Information Services,, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) developed a unique service to review consent forms for researchers on campus that has been running successfully for nearly 4 years. Library faculty serving on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) took note of complaints by fellow IRB members about how difficult the consent forms submitted for their review were to read. IRB forms were required to be at a seventh-grade reading level but rarely met this stipulation. HS/HSL librarians realized that this was a great opportunity to work with principal investigators to create understandable and clear consent forms for human research subjects. As part of the Research Connection: Expertise to Advance Your Success program,, the library staff developed a free service with trained librarians and paraprofessionals who review IRB forms. Investigators submit their review via an online submission form and review staff guarantees a 3-business day turnaround. Library staff members review the form and suggest changes to adjust the reading level and provide suggestions for edits and formatting for clarity and brevity. Since this program’s implementation, we have processed 49 consent forms with 17 so far this year; these have ranged from 1 to 36 pages long.

The work HS/HSL staff completed on this project supporting clear health communication has been very satisfying. It has increased the library’s visibility on campus, facilitated new relationships with faculty and administration, and given the reference staff some challenging projects. We’ve heard back from several grateful researchers and have received positive feedback from our satisfaction surveys. One respondent said she would use many of the librarian’s suggestions on future consent forms, and another asked to meet with the reviewer to learn more about best practices for clear communication. We also have a presence on the Human Research Protections Program’s website with a note that strongly encourages researchers to use this free service, We hope that research subjects have benefited from these efforts as well.

I am proud of this service as it gives our talented Reference Department a chance to interact with faculty beyond the Reference Desk and offers interesting and complicated projects that benefit the University and patients participating in human research.


Share Your Success: Outreach for the Future – Thinking Outside of the Box

By: Jeff Coghill, Eastern AHEC and Outreach Services Librarian, Laupus Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC,

coghilljI believe we have made great strides with the Laupus Library Outreach Programs in the past 5 years. After I came on board as the Outreach Librarian in July 2009, I have asked myself “what can we do that we haven’t done before as a library?” It has been a challenge to work “out of the box.” I’ve tapped into my “creativity gene” to get new and innovative programs going for the Laupus Library at East Carolina University. I took it as a challenge to take the program beyond what was done before. The following are but a few of the projects that have reenergized the Outreach program at Laupus Library, East Carolina University (ECU). The expansion of new and non-traditional librarian roles that did not exist prior to 2009 are unique and demonstrate our commitment to present and future outreach programming.
The following initiatives are sponsored by Laupus Library, East Carolina University:

New Service for ECU Users

Systematic Review Service—Beginning this fall, Laupus Library intends to offer this service to our users—primarily upper level graduate students and faculty. A Systematic Review is the highest level of review of the best medical evidence. The library staff will support faculty and upper level graduate students who intend to perform systematic reviews to be published. Not all health science libraries offer this service or currently have the staff to offer this service.

New Service for the Eastern AHEC Region

“Nursing: Finding the Best Evidence”–Experience at Carteret General Hospital (CGH) showcases how our staff can do this training and offer it to the region. Library staff initially offered this as a two hour course at Carteret General Hospital. However, hospital associates asked for us to expand it further into a three hour course based on its popularity. With this success, we’ve offered this program throughout the region’s hospitals. We’re investigating the possibility of establishing contact credit hours for this program. We are approaching Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) to have this course rated to grant nursing contact hours credit.  This will be the first Laupus Library class given for Eastern AHEC contact hours credit (2-3 hours depending).
strong>New Consumer Health Information Initiative for the Eastern AHEC Region Users Working with Public Libraries and a Hospital
Healthier U” Consumer Health Classes—Since Spring 2013 we regularly offer a one hour class for the public on searching for the best websites to find up-to-date health care information. Since last summer, we have offered the sessions at Sheppard Memorial Library (Greenville), Aurora Public Library (Aurora), Martin County Memorial (Williamston) and Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City. This class has been offered in public libraries and hospitals throughout the region. This is our first attempt at consumer health information sessions for the general public. (The basis for this class is the NN/LM SE/A presentation “Prescription for Success: Consumer Health Information on the Web“.)

Pilot Initiative with Public Health Departments Across the State of North Carolina

Health Department Project and the AHEC Digital Library—In coordination with Public Health Department at East Carolina University, we currently have 90 users enrolled to assess public health department staff resource needs. The concept is to train all health department users about library resources and how to use the AHEC Digital Library in a one hour session. We will use Saba online meeting service for online, remote, distance users. This will be a first for us. This project dovetails with a project Christine Andresen, Education Librarian, Katherine Rickett, Brody School of Medicine Library Liaison, and I have to determine the best way to teach users library skills at a distance.  Classes were offered on July 24 & August 28 using Saba Webinar technology. We are offering this trial to 19 counties from Jackson County to New Hanover County.

New Partnerships with Users from the ECU Division of Health Sciences

Public Health Multi-disciplinary Research Group—This group began meeting in May to discuss putting projects together with a multi-disciplinary approach.  We had representatives from Public Health, Communications, Informatics (Allied Health), Allied Health, and the Library discuss ways to collaborate on research projects.  They were very interested in our kiosk project from 2012.  We discussed ways to expand this project and include new kiosk locations to provide more outreach and consumer health information throughout the region. We identified placing kiosks in the following locations: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), pharmacies, public libraries, public health departments, churches, malls, hospitals, and restaurants.  As the research contact, I will organize the information from a literature review in the upcoming weeks. This group intends to combine public health practice and research to improve a community. We are scheduled to meet with the Dental School in Fall 2014 to get their “buy in.” We plan to publish articles on the outcomes in the future.
PS—if you had told me what I’d be doing as a librarian when I graduated from library school in 1997, I would not have believed it.








PRINCETON, NJ (OCTOBER 31, 2014)—Due to high interest from medical librarians throughout the MAR and SE/A Regions, the deadline to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), is being extended from October 31 to Friday, November 14 (firm).

More than 500 resources from 11 vendors are available through the Offer, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power. To receive a copy of the Fall Offer, please contact Robert Mackes at 570-856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. More than 100 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR), and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served.

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

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