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Report on the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh

Mon, 2017-11-20 15:25

by Sue Espe, BBA, MLIS, AHIP
Health Science Librarian
Merril W. Brown Health Sciences Library
Banner Health – University Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ 

It is with much gratitude to the National Network Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region for providing Professional Development Award funds for me to attend the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians, on November 13 – 15, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh. As librarians receive increasing requests to perform systematic reviews, demand for this very popular semiannual workshop has grown and seats to attend it quickly fill. This year marks the 10th year that the workshop has been taught, which attests to its strong content. About a dozen librarians with varying levels of knowledge attended this session.

Instructors Charlie Wessel, Mary Lou Klem, Barbara Folb, Andrea Ketchum and Rose Turner are experts in this area and have thoughtfully created the workshop to generously share what they have learned through the years. They each reviewed standards, recommended key resources to search, outlined the steps to be performed and emphasized the importance of being a co-investigator. Initially, the fundamentals of study design and relationship of systematic reviews were highlighted. An emphasis was made on the importance of being a co-investigator as a member of the systematic review committee, being involved from the start, not simply as a side collaborator who only performs the search. Being a co-investigator, rather than a collaborator, allows for a much deeper understanding of the project and its objectives as well as providing influential guidance. The importance of thorough reference interview sessions with the principal investigator and committee was elaborated upon through illustrative examples. At the end of the interview process, librarians should have an extensive knowledge of the project scope, including an understanding of the protocol, defining terminology, and an exhaustive list of search terms.

Learning how to harvest terms, applying them in an orderly array and incorporating them into a search strategy was taught. Having easily interoperable and transferable searches between databases is necessary. Being methodical is beneficial for follow-up, reproducibility and writing the methodology. Explanations were provided for key databases that are essential to search, along with appropriate grey literature sources. The impact and handling of bias, duplication, and documentation was discussed. Throughout the workshop, hands-on group exercises enabled attendees to collaborate with each other to determine search terms and create search strings in a logical manner. With clearly written instructions and templates to follow, the groups were able to achieve performance of what was taught. Links to essential related websites, agencies, studies and guidelines about systematic reviews were included in course materials. Useful forms, checklists, templates and charts were also included.

With minimal knowledge about systematic reviews and no expertise in the performance of systematic reviews, but a great deal of proficiency in medical librarianship, this workshop allowed me to build upon my strengths and grasp all aspects of the process. Attending the workshop strengthened my confidence as well as provided me assurance that I would be following established and legitimate methods when working with researchers, physicians and nurses to fulfill systematic reviews. Overall, this workshop was one of the most informative and practical courses that I have attended. I highly recommend this workshop and encourage anyone who has an interest in learning about the systematic review process, standards, and practice tips, to make arrangements to attend. The instructors have expert knowledge, insightful practice stories and sage guidance to share. There is a standing list of prospective attendees and seats fill quickly, so it is important to make inquires early and start planning now to attend the next workshop in April, 2018!

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NLM Interlibrary Loan Service: Two Changes Effective January 1, 2018!

Fri, 2017-11-03 18:31

In addition to using the National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE system, effective with the new year libraries can send interlibrary loan (ILL) requests to NLM via the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), saving libraries already using OCLC time and effort by integrating these requests into their existing workflows. The change gives libraries wanting to borrow materials from NLM three possible avenues for placing requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. DOCLINE, which has served medical libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1985, efficiently routed more than one million ILL requests in Fiscal Year 2017. As a national library, NLM will continue to serve as a library of last resort for ILL, meaning that libraries should first try to fill requests from local or regional libraries before submitting them to NLM.

In addition, NLM will raise the fee for filling an interlibrary loan request from $9.00 to $12.00. The price increase will help keep the NLM ILL service a national leader and ensure that NLM can continue to deliver efficient service and maintain a fast turnaround time to complete incoming requests.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Will NLM lending in OCLC have any effect on DOCLINE?

    No. NLM does not anticipate any impact on DOCLINE and will continue to develop and maintain the system.

  2. If my library belongs to OCLC and DOCLINE, must I use one or the other?

    Libraries can choose the borrowing method that best suits their ILL processes, taking into consideration the different billing methods associated with each system, as well as different statistical reporting options.

  3. Will NLM still offer its portal?

    Yes. If libraries and other institutions are unable to submit requests through DOCLINE or OCLC, NLM’s preferred methods for ILL, the portal will still be available for submitting and checking on the status of interlibrary loan requests.

  4. Why did the price of an ILL increase?

    The price increase was necessary due to the increases in the costs of delivering the service. The fee had not increased in over two decades.

  5. What methods exist for requesting an ILL from NLM?

    After January 1, 2018, there will be three possible avenues for placing ILL requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. NLM encourages requesting institutions to utilize either DOCLINE or OCLC before the NLM ILL Request Portal.

  6. What is the impact to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s regarding NLM’s decision to use OCLC?

    NLM does not anticipate any impact on the quality and timeliness of services it provides to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. DOCLINE continues to be the recommended requesting mechanism for libraries with health-science missions that are part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, however NLM will also accept requests submitted via OCLC. Libraries can choose the borrowing method that best suits their ILL processes, taking into consideration the different billing methods associated with each system, as well as different statistical reporting options.

  7. Is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Resource Sharing Plan changed/changing due to NLM’s decision to use OCLC?
    The Network Resource Sharing Plan will not change due to NLM’s decision to use OCLC.
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Network Members in the Spotlight

Wed, 2017-11-01 17:55

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!

David Midyette is the new Senior Medical Affairs Information Specialist at Ventana Medical Systems in Tucson, AZ. David was previously the librarian at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, NV.

June Simms, Director of the Jay Sexter Library at Touro University Nevada in Henderson, is retiring at the end of December 2017, after more than 13 years of service to the library.

Norman Huckle, Head of Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan at Savitt Medical Library, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, is retiring November 9th, after 32 years of service.

Sophia Prisco is the new Education Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco Library & Center for Knowledge Management. She was previously the librarian at West Coast University’s Center for Graduate Studies in central Los Angeles.

Susan Ulrich, Medical Librarian at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, CA, retired at the end August 2017.

Marsha Kmec passed away on August 10 at the age of 65. She was the Health Sciences Librarian at Olive View/UCLA Medical Center from 1992-2012, and very active in the NNLM Network. In more recent years, Marsha was the medical librarian at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. She received the Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona Louise Darling Achievement Award in 1998 and the UCLA Librarian of the Year Award in 2007.

Alexander Lyubechansky, MA, MLIS, is now the Clinical Librarian at the Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno. He was previously the Clinical Librarian at the Savitt Medical Library Las Vegas location.

Esther Sternberg, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the 2017-18 chair of the NLM Board of Regents.

Sterling Kent is the new Learning Resource Center Manager at Fortis College in Phoenix, AZ. He replaces Amy Nadell.

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The Future of NLM’s Biomedical Informatics Course

Tue, 2017-10-17 19:15

For 24 years, since the creation of the cutting edge, week-long NLM Biomedical Informatics Course in 1992, its instructional staff offered an immersion into an initially new, yet still rapidly growing research area that blended library, engineering, computer, and biomedical sciences and had real-life applications, such as clinical decision support. But after a quarter century of progress, NLM is re-imagining the course’s future and envisioning new ways to educate librarians and informaticists, considering the Library’s increasing work with data science and biomedicine.

When the course began, there were few options for people interested in the nexus of health and computing. Recognizing the gap, Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD, then-director of the National Library of Medicine, conceived the course, bringing together professionals to learn about medical informatics from experts in the field. Initially offered once a year, the course later expanded to two times each year to accommodate growing interest. It was first hosted by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and then moved to Young Harris, Georgia, in 2014, where it was hosted by the faculty and staff of Augusta University.

Over the years, NLM and its partners introduced more than 1,600 participants—librarians, physicians, nurses, dieticians, and educators—to biomedical informatics. The course altered participants’ career directions, expanded their ability to impact their own institutions, and changed the field of biomedical informatics itself. One study found the course influenced participants’ engagement with information technology-related activities, such as selection and training; shaped their development of undergraduate and graduate informatics curricula; and encouraged their own continuing education. Participants also found their own credibility in the field changed for the better at their home institution.

Over two decades, an established biomedical informatics community took root, with formal coursework, self-study, continuing education, and other professional development options, largely due to the seeds planted by the course and other NLM training efforts. Now Rex Robison, head of the Training and Outreach Unit in Library Operations at NLM, is leading a group to shape a successor to the NLM Biomedical Informatics Course. The restructuring process will take into account NLM’s strengths and goals, as well as the needs of the biomedical library and informatics communities.

The group is looking forward to developing the next iteration of this legendary course, while preserving at least one of its key characteristics. Robison, a 2013 alumnus of the course, hopes to maintain its collegial aspects so students can establish connections with each other and with NLM.

How would you like to see the course evolve? To submit comments and feedback, visit this NLM in Focus posting.

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MLA Precision Medicine Webcast

Tue, 2017-10-17 11:30

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR), sponsored seven sites for MLA’s recent webcast, Helping Patients and Health Care Consumers Understand Precision Medicine.

If you weren’t able to attend the live session and would like to view a recording of the event, please click here to complete a brief survey. Once your request has been approved, you will be e-mailed a code that will provide access to resources, an evaluation, and a certificate to claim 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. Please note: Codes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and preference will be given to NNLM PSR members until November 1, 2017.

A total of 86 people viewed or registered to view the webcast:


Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries (CABL)
Host: Harold Bright
Attendees: 14

University of Arizona (Arizona Health Sciences Library)
Host: Maribeth Slebodnik
Attendees: 11


University of California at Irvine
Hosts: Alison Regan and Linda Murphy
Attendees: 21

University of California at San Francisco (Parnassus Ave. Library)
Host: Peggy Tahir
Attendees: 10

University of Southern California (Norris Medical Library)
Host: Jin Wu
Attendees:  3


Tripler Army Medical Center
Host: Mabel Trafford
Attendees: 18


University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Health Sciences Library)
Host: Dana Thimons
Attendees:  9

Thanks to all the location hosts who made it possible for members from our region to attend!

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California Wildfires Declared Public Health Emergency

Mon, 2017-10-16 19:28

Following President Trump’s major disaster declaration for California, Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan has declared a public health emergency in California due to wildfires burning across ten Northern California counties and threatening the lives of tens of thousands of people. A public health emergency declaration extends to HHS a variety of legal actions to assist in response efforts, including waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule requirements. The public health emergency declaration is effective retroactively to October 8.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and and recovery from the California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key National Resources

Key California Resources

Key Documents

Hashtag: @CAWildfires

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Esther Sternberg, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, Appointed 2017-18 Chair of the NLM Board of Regents!

Tue, 2017-09-26 17:57
Esther SternbergEsther Sternberg, MD

The newest person to chair the NLM Board of Regents is Dr. Esther Sternberg, who is featured in NLM’s Changing the Face of Medicine, which honors the lives and achievements of women in medicine. In addition to her appointment as a professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Sternberg founded the University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing. Prior to her work at the University of Arizona, she served as chief of the section on neuroendocrine immunology and behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and as director of the NIH-wide Integrative Neural Immune Program. Renowned for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health, Dr. Sternberg wrote Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions. In 2014, after moving to the University of Arizona, she received an invitation to join NLM’s Board of Regents, and in August of 2017, she became the chair.

Dr. Sternberg began working with NLM about 20 years ago, when she was with the National Institute of Mental Health, and needed a place to hold a reception for an international conference on neuroimmunomodulation, the science of brain-immune connection. She found the answer at the foyer of NLM’s Lister Hill building. Over the years, Dr. Sternberg has provided advice on NLM’s exhibitions. She worked with the then newly arrived head of NLM’s History of Medicine Division, Elizabeth Fee, PhD, on the Library’s first exhibition, Emotions and Disease, which opened in 1996. It used an historical approach to explain the meaning and relevance of scientific developments linking neurophysiology to the functioning of immune systems. Dr. Sternberg noted that: “The exhibition was written up in The Washington Post as ‘Best in Washington,’ which provided a vehicle to highlight the conference reports in The Washington Post’s health section.” Beyond the exhibition program, she served on the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC), which reviews journal titles and assesses the quality of their content.

Dr. Sternberg is excited about NLM’s ongoing strategic planning process, in which the Board is a prominent player, and she is also eager to enrich outreach efforts. Dr. Sternberg sums up her philosophy this way: “In my mind, the Library’s main mission is public health through public information.”

The NLM Board of Regents was established in 1956 by the same Act that created the National Library of Medicine. Since then, the Board of Regents has served as the advisory body to the secretary of Health and Human Services, the director of NIH, and the director of NLM on important aspects of policy regarding the Library. In addition, the Board is the final review body for NLM’s extramural grant program. It meets three times a year in February, May, and September.

Categories: PSR, RML Blogs Updated with More Changes to Improve Usability!

Mon, 2017-09-25 18:35

Today the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released updates to as the next phase in an ongoing effort to enhance the functionality of the database. For a review of this project, visit First in a Series of Changes to Improve Usability for Stakeholders. Following are highlights of key features in the latest release. These changes were informed by user research with end-users representing various stakeholder groups as part of a continuing partnership between NLM and 18F, a federal government digital services consultancy. Additional changes to are planned and information about these changes will be provided in future NLM Technical Bulletin notices. is an NLM-maintained resource that provides patients and their families, healthcare professionals, researchers, and members of the public with information about clinical studies and expanded access to investigational drugs (or “compassionate use”). Information listed on is provided and updated by the study sponsor or investigator. Listing does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Currently, contains information on 255,000 studies and expanded access across the United States and around the world. homepageRedesigned homepage

Updated Homepage and Disclaimer Text

The homepage has been simplified. Modified text containing important messages for users, including that listing of a study on does not mean the study has been reviewed by the U.S. Federal Government, is displayed on the homepage and at the top of each study record page.

Enhanced Search Results Page

New features on the Search Results page are intended to provide users with additional feedback on what was searched and help users discover study records of interest more quickly. Study records first made available on (or “posted”) during the past 30 days are identified by the “New” icon in the “Status” column on the List tab. Synonyms of terms used by the search engine are summarized at the top, and both search terms and synonyms appearing on the Search Results page are highlighted. Up to three entries can be displayed as a bulleted list in a column; the number of any additional entries is indicated in a fourth bullet. The “Locations” column for displaying study facility information is a new option in the “Show/Hide Columns” panel on the Search Results page.

Changes to Record Date Fields

The Last Updated field was renamed to “Last Update Submitted” and a new field titled “Last Update Posted” is now available. “Last Updated” was defined as the most recent date on which changes to a study record were submitted to That is, the date on which the most recent updates to a study record were made by the study sponsor or investigator and provided to However, delays sometimes occur between the “Last Updated” date (submitted date) and the date on which that updated study information is first accessible on The new Last Update Posted field is defined as the most recent date on which changes to a study record were posted on; when updated study information is publicly available. The Last Update Posted field is displayed on study records and appears in the following key features:

  • Advanced Search” for creating a focused query using any number of search fields, including “Last Update Posted”
  • Subscribe to RSS” on the Search Results page under the List tab for creating an RSS feed for a specific search to receive study records that were first added or for which updates were posted in the last 14 days
  • Show/Hide Columns” on the Search Results page under the List tab for choosing which study characteristics, including “Last Updated Posted,” to display for retrieved study records

Note: Saved searches and RSS feeds created before September 25, 2017, will continue to function, but will use the new Last Update Posted field rather than “Last Updated” (now named “Last Update Submitted”). As explained previously, this change may affect the results of a saved search and RSS feed because delays sometimes occur between the time study information is submitted to and when it is available to the public.

The “First Received” and “Results First Received” date fields have been renamed “First Submitted” and “Results First Submitted,” respectively. Their definitions remain the same. The name changes are intended to clarify that these dates indicate when study information was first submitted to, not when it was first “posted.”

Coming Soon to

Additional enhancements to are still under development and include, but are not limited to:

  • Searching for U.S. studies by city and radius in miles
  • Tools for more easily accessing Glossary content
  • Updating the study record layout to make the most relevant information more prominent

Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome! To contact NLM, click on “Customer Support” in the footer of the web site, which will take you to the NLM Customer Support page. Then click on Contact NLM at the top of the NLM Customer Support page.

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Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2017-2018!

Thu, 2017-09-14 19:38

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) have announced the five members of the 2017-2018 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 49% of fellow graduates have assumed director positions.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences for fellows and offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with the cohort of participants. Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. Mentors work closely with their fellows throughout the year, and host their fellow’s visit to their library. The candidate pool for fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognition of a substantial record of leadership accomplishment and potential for a director position. The cohort fellows and their mentors will begin their work together at the November AAHSL meeting in Boston.

  • Amy Allison, MLS, Associate Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Mentor: Cynthia Robinson, MA, AHIP, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, Director, Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons, Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
  • Robin Champieux, MLIS, Research Engagement and Open Science Librarian, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
    Mentor: Janice Jaguszewski, MSLIS, Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis, MN
  • Deidre (Dede) Rios, MS, PhD, Director of Optometric & Clinical Library Services, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
    Mentor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, PhD, Professor and Director of Libraries, Augusta University, Augusta, GA
  • Linda Van Keuren, MLS, AHIP, Senior Associate Director for Resources & Access Management, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
    Mentor: Barbara Bernoff Cavanaugh, Associate Director, STEM Libraries; and Director, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philip Walker, MLIS, MSHI, Interim Director, Annette & Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    Mentor: Teresa L. Knott, MLS, MPA, AHIP, Associate University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, and Director, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
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New NCBI Director Appointed: James M. Ostell

Tue, 2017-09-12 12:45
James OstellDr. James Ostell

National Library of Medicine Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., has appointed James M. Ostell, Ph.D., as the director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of NLM at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ostell has been with NCBI since it was established by Congress in 1988, and has helped shape it into one of the most widely used biomedical resources in the world. NCBI  supports and maintains a series of biomedical databases, including PubMed, GenBank, BLAST, Entrez, RefSeq, dbSNP, PubMed Central and dbGaP. It also provides researchers with access to analysis and computing tools to better understand genes and their role in health and disease.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Ostell as director of NCBI,” said Dr. Brennan. “He brings a wealth of insight and experience, as well as vision, creativity, and a deep commitment to public service. He holds the respect of the entire NCBI workforce, and has shepherded NCBI into a model organization that embraces discovery and excellence in technical development. His appointment will ensure the continued preeminence of NCBI and maintain its outstanding record of achievement.”

Prior to his appointment as NCBI Director, Dr. Ostell served as chief of the NCBI Information Engineering Branch. In that role, he was responsible for designing, developing, building and deploying production resources at NCBI. In 2007, Dr. Ostell was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine). In 2011, he was named an NIH Distinguished Investigator, an honor reserved for NIH’s most distinguished senior investigators at the highest level of career accomplishment. Dr. Ostell earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Before joining NCBI, he developed commercial molecular biology software.

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NLM Announces Future Plans of 2016-2017 Associate Fellows

Thu, 2017-09-07 19:32

The National Library of Medicine has announced the future plans of its 2016-2017 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program provides Associates with a broad foundation in health sciences information services and prepares librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows recently ended the first year of their fellowship. Three of the four will continue on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship Program in libraries in New York, Georgia, and Maryland. The fourth Associate Fellow is continuing her career in North Carolina.

Kendra GodwinKendra Godwin

Kendra Godwin will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the NYU Health Sciences Library, serving as a research and data librarian and working with their Data Services and Research, Education, and Clinical Support teams. As a first-year NLM Associate Fellow, Godwin developed and recorded a video guide to companion programming for the NLM traveling exhibition Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, delivered a usability status report on bioCADDIE’s data discovery index prototype DataMed, and produced an introductory framework for the Office of the Director on the meaning, benefits, and applications of open science.

Godwin received her MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2016. Before arriving at NLM, she worked as a medical education and reference library assistant at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. As a graduate student, she interned at the USC Norris Medical Library, the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region, and the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. She holds her BA in English from Lewis and Clark College.

Tyler MosesTyler Moses

Tyler Moses will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, as a visiting Librarian focusing on assessing the library’s products and services. During her first year at NLM, Moses assessed the information needs of residents of the Children’s Inn, a hospitality home at NIH. She also worked on an email marketing campaign with the MedlinePlus staff to explore what content changes can increase subscriber engagement.

Moses received her MLS and MS in health studies from Texas Woman’s University in 2016. While completing her degree, she worked as a writing tutor at Palo Alto Community College in San Antonio. As a graduate student, she did her practicum with the Collection Development department of the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and volunteered at the John Igo Library branch of the San Antonio Public Library system. Moses holds a BA in English from Texas A & M University-San Antonio.

Candace NortonCandace Norton

Candace Norton will spend the second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library in Bethesda, MD as a biomedical librarian with a focus on bibliometrics. During her year at NLM, Norton worked with the Lister Hill Center to investigate the impact of NLM resources using bibliometric analysis. She also collaborated with an FDA librarian to enhance adverse-event search filters used in pharmacovigilance.

Norton received her MLS from Texas Woman’s University in 2015. While completing her degree, she worked as a solo librarian at Evidera, Inc., a pharmaceutical and life sciences consulting company headquartered in Bethesda, MD. Norton earned a BA in women’s studies from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

Megan FrattaMegan Fratta

Megan Fratta will continue her research with NLM’s Deputy Director to identify and track legislation that impacts NLM. She will also volunteer for Maryland AskUsNow! as a virtual reference librarian while pursuing a career in training and outreach in medical libraries in North Carolina. During her year at NLM, Fratta created documentation on using NLM’s terminology resources to support the nursing informatics community. She also worked with the PubMed Training Team to assess the PubMed training needs of cancer researchers and with the NLM Deputy Director to improve the process of identifying and tracking legislation relevant to the Library.

Fratta received her MLS from the University of Maryland College Park in 2016. While completing her degree, she worked as the graduate assistant for teaching and outreach at University of Maryland’s McKeldin Library. She also interned at the National Library of Medicine and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at University of Maryland, Baltimore. She earned a BA in health administration and policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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New NNLM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Chris Shaffer, University of California, San Francisco

Fri, 2017-09-01 15:18

by Chris Shaffer, MS, AHIP
University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
San Francisco, CA

Christopher ShafferChristopher Shaffer, MS, AHIP

I’m happy to join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR). As a former National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) staff member in the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office in the 1990s, I truly appreciate and support the mission of the Network and the National Library of Medicine. Over the last nine years as University Librarian and Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, we had some great collaborations with librarians in the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. I’ve been active in the Medical Library Association and recently finished a term as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. I’ve also worked at the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois at Chicago, with titles ranging from “Technology Coordinator” to “Assistant Director for Public Services.” A second-generation librarian, I grew up in a small university town in East Texas where my mother worked as a serials librarian. My family and I are looking forward to exploring northern California, starting with Golden Gate Park, which I can see from my office.

I’m excited to be at UCSF and to join the University of California. These are exciting times for academic health sciences libraries, and UCSF is a great place to work. Our library has a long history of high quality services in support of education and the UCSF mission. A leader in digital collections, the UCSF Library created one of the first large-scale digital libraries in the 1990s with the launch of the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. This has now grown to become the Industry Document Library, a portal to aid investigation about cross-industry corporate practices that are detrimental to public health. Our programmers develop and support the Ilios Curriculum Management System, which is used in medical schools across the country. The Technology Commons supports the campus course management system, instructional design, and student computing. With the UCSF Faculty Senate, we initiated an open access policy that has now been endorsed by the entire UC system. The UCSF Library is exploring new roles for libraries through our Digital Science Initiative and Maker’s Lab. Our beautiful library on the Parnassus campus is a bustling center of activity, with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff visiting every day. At Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the Barnett-Briggs Medical Library supports the San Francisco Department of Public Health, extending information services to health disparity and underserved populations in our community. The Education Team works with the four professional schools to integrate information seeking, management, and analysis skills into the curriculum, provides systematic review services, and offers individual consultations. Our archivists are providing access to the history of health in San Francisco, actively seeking grants in support of programs such as the AIDS History Project.

We are committed to bold approaches to solving the grand challenges facing health sciences libraries. UCSF is proud to be an OA2020 signatory. We stand in support of open science in all its facets, from open access to data sharing to science communication for the public. We believe that libraries are vibrant cultural institutions that bring together people from all walks of life and we are committed to providing services, resources, and spaces that support our community.

I invite all of you to visit us in San Francisco, and I look forward to meeting and working with you and the NNLM PSR staff!

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Report on the 2017 Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute at UC San Diego

Thu, 2017-08-31 14:48

by Ahlam Saleh
Research Librarian
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
Tucson, AZ

group activity with people writing ideas on post it notesBuilding an Open & Information-rich Research Institution course activity

In August 2017, I attended the Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) through professional development funding offered by the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region. Force11, the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship, is an international organization with multidisciplinary composition, which in general focuses on the facilitation of scholarly communication processes in light of the changing information technology landscape. This year’s institute was the first-time offering of this educational opportunity by Force11. Training content included the latest trends and technologies in research; new forms of publication; new standards and expectations; and new ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming the way science and scholarship is done.

The structure for the week-long training included long and short courses with panel discussions on key topics interspersed, usually at the end of the day. Each attendee registered for one morning course (long track) and two afternoon elective courses (short track). Mornings consisted of a participant’s main course, held each day of the workshop, Monday through Friday, typically for three hours per day. Participants also selected two afternoon elective courses, scheduled on two days each for three hours per session. This setup was productive because it allowed for in-depth immersion in a single topic with the long track course, while also offering the opportunity to sample additional topics through the shorter elective courses.

group photo in front of building2017 FSCI Class for Building an Open & Information-rich Research Institution

The courses I selected aligned with campus and library initiatives that are underway or interests related to services at my institution. The long course I took was called Building an Open and Information-rich Research Institution. This course was well taught by two instructors from different backgrounds. The sessions were replete with an integration of group work and solo work. We talked about factors related to implementing open access initiatives at an institution and did active group learning activities to discuss stakeholders, priorities, concerns, benefits, and strategies.

One of the most enriching aspects of the training institute was the various disciplines represented by attendees, all sharing the common thread of interest in scholarly communication. Participants included researchers, librarians, publishers, and technologists, to name a few. This article includes a picture from one of my short courses, Walking the Line Between Advocacy and Activism in Scholarly Communication, and is an example of the different disciplines doing group work: a librarian, a publisher, and a technologist all conducting a group activity. Hearing different perspectives and issues facing other groups involved in scholarly communication further enriched the course learning experience at FSCI 2017.

three people working on an activity with one person writing on a poster paperWalking the Line Between Advocacy and Activism in Scholarly Communication group work

There were also various panel sessions or late afternoon plenary presentations occurring throughout the week. One of the panel sessions, Rigor and Transparency, included individuals with varying backgrounds, such as a journal’s chief editor, a science researcher, and a humanities researcher, to name a few. Issues such as poor reporting, noncompliance with journal reporting instructions to authors, and the lack of education in routine early coursework emerged in the discussions.

In summary, FSCI had something for scholars at any level and I highly recommend this training opportunity to anyone working with scholarly communication. The international presence and discipline variation was a definite strength of this workshop. Anyone with interest in attending should watch for future announcements of next year’s FSCI!

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NNLM Pacific Southwest Region 2016-2021 Membership Renewal Drive Now Underway!

Wed, 2017-08-09 13:07

The Pacific Southwest Region’s Network membership renewal drive is once more upon us! Many of you have been anxious to receive new five-year NNLM membership certificates, which will be distributed in late August or early September. Now that the NNLM Members Directory forms the basis of our membership information, we hope to improve the accuracy and completeness of the data through this renewal process.

To renew your membership, log in to your NNLM user account and edit your organizational record. If you haven’t created an NNLM Account, follow these steps:

NNLM Login Button with Create New Account encircled
  1. Visit Create New Account page.
    (The Create New Account link can also be accessed at the bottom of the NNLM Homepage)
  2. Create a username.
  3. Enter your e-mail address.
  4. Fill in your first and last name (middle name is optional).
  5. Pacific Southwest Region is automatically selected based on your location.
  6. Search for your institution name in the Organization search box & select from the drop-down autocomplete list.
  7. Enter your Job Title.
  8. Provide your telephone number.
  9. Enter your Zip Code.
  10. In the Roles/Position section, choose NNLM Liaison and other applicable roles.
  11. Subscribe to NNLM News and/or receive new classes notifications (optional).

An NNLM Liaison is an individual who is responsible for keeping their member records updated and staying informed about network-related information. The new NNLM user account will be automatically approved and a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you for setting your password.

The Regional Medical Library will need to verify and approve the NNLM Liaison role so there may be a slight delay before you proceed in editing your organizational record. Use the following steps to make edits:

NNLM User Account Profile
  1. Navigate to the NNLM Homepage.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and log in to your account.
  3. Click View Profile.
  4. On the right hand side of your Profile page, your organization’s name should be listed.
  5. Click the URL link of your organization next to the word “Edit.”
  6. In the institutional record, verify the following:
    1. Name of institution and/or library;
    2. Address, City, State, Zip Code & County;
    3. Telephone Number;
    4. Fax Number (optional); and
    5. Website (optional).
  7. Choose your Organization Type.
  8. Indicate Yes or No if your institution is a DOCLINE participant.
  9. Click Save Organization.

Once you’ve saved your edits, we will receive a confirmation email indicating that you’ve updated your record. Your membership certificate will then be sent with an accompanying acknowledgement letter. Network members who participate in DOCLINE should also verify that their DOCLINE record is up to date by following the instructions in the July NewsBits article, Clean Up Your DOCLINE Data During the Summer!

If you need assistance with updating your organizational profile or if you have any questions, contact Marco Tamase, Member Services Coordinator, at (310) 206-5633 or via email.

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