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Data Flash: New Year’s Data Resolutions

Mon, 2019-01-14 03:00

This Wednesday, the PNR and PSR (so, the whole west coast!) regions of the NNLM are joining forces to offer what promises to be a fantastic webinar, by data guru Margaret Henderson (who literally wrote the—or at least a—book on research data management for librarians).  She will talk about how to get data services started at your institution, after taking one of the many online (and in-person) courses on research data management (RDM) available these days.

But, what if your new year’s resolution is to actually TAKE one of the courses?  Where do you find the one that will work for you?  Or, what if you just want to know more about the RDM scene in general?  This post is for you!  Here are some ideas for finding the right offering for you…

–Get a sense of the issues in the field by reading generally; articles like “Libraries and the Research Data Management Landscape” from CLIR can set the stage (as can Margaret’s book!)

–Consider what your personal goals are, and assess what kind of course would best meet them… Or maybe you want to be networking? Or learning Python? Courses aren’t the thing for every person or goal!

–Look for LibGuides that collect and describe some of the options out there; here’s a good one from Columbia University

–Look at offerings from professional organizations; here is a fabulous list of resources from ACRL

–Look for news and even list-servs that discuss data (the ones from RDAP and IASSIST are good places to start), which will have posts on the latest courses available; or, perhaps, a webliography?

–Look beyond the US—Europe, Canada, Australia, and others have been doing RDM work for even longer than we have, and there are some sophisticated and accessible offerings! Take a look here and here and here

–Look at offerings within particular academic disciplines (not just explicitly health-related); check out this one from the American Society for Engineering Education!

And, watch this space! You may be aware that the NNLM has offered an intensive RDM 101 course (spring and fall 2018), and RDM 102 is about to begin.  The NLM’s director, Patti Brennan, is data savvy and data focused, so there are sure to be more offerings in the coming years!  I’ll leave you with this recent talk she did, the closing plenary for the Coalition for Networked Information, titled “NLM & NIH Partnership in Accelerating Discovery Through Data”.  Enjoy!

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Upcoming PNR Rendezvous and Midday at the Oasis webinar

Wed, 2019-01-09 14:07

We are excited to be collaborating with our sister region, Pacific Southwest Region, to combine our monthly webinars this month to provide a wonderful session we believe you will find informative and useful.

Session title: What to do After You Take a Data Course

Presenter: Margaret Henderson, Librarian at San Diego State University. Margaret has presented and written on many library topics over the years, and wrote the book, Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2016, Rowman & Littlefield).

Summary: There are many online and in-person courses available for librarians to learn about research data management, data analysis, and visualization, but after you have taken a course, how do you go about applying what you have learned? While it is possible to just start offering classes and consultations, your service will have a better chance of becoming relevant if you consider stakeholders and review your institutional environment. This lecture will give you some ideas to get started with data services at your institution.

When: Wednesday, January 16 from 1:00 – 2:00pm PT (please adjust to your time zone)

How to attend: Registration is required but the webinar is free.

The session will be recorded and posted soon after the live session.

We hope you can join us!

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Data Flash: Some Reading About Library Responses To Research Mandates

Fri, 2018-12-21 04:47

Self-promotion–we all are called upon to do it at some time or another.  And my time has arrived!  This post is to let you know that if you’re interested in reading about research mandates, from funders, institutions and publishers, there’s a new book chapter that’s just been come out, by me and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Research Data Librarian Nina Exner.   The title is “Responding to Change: Reinventing Librarian Identities in the Age of Research Mandates” and it appears in the volume Challenging the “Jacks of All Trades but Masters of None” Librarian Syndrome (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Volume 39).  You can see that it is fascinating reading, at least for my cat Dorothy!

Seriously, we didn’t really know until we started what a big topic this would turn out to be.  From the abstract, you’ll see that we: “(1) outline the changing scholarly ecosystem; (2) summarize major terms and concepts to understand the process of producing research outputs; (3) discuss the perspectives of the major players in the research enterprise; (4) present some of the challenges that research mandates and the changing research environment have brought to libraries; and finally (5) review ways in which libraries have successfully addressed them.” Phew!

Of course, by nature of this quickly moving environment, some of what we offer has shifted in the year since we wrote it, but we hope there are still many helpful suggestions!  There are two figures in particular that lay out some ideas for librarian involvement in the research enterprise.

Also, if you are OK with not having the publisher’s beautified version, the final manuscript version is available in open access form through the University of Washington’s ResearchWorks Archive.

While not light holiday reading, it may fit the bill if you make a new year’s resolution about enhancing your current awareness activities!  Either way, we welcome feedback– please feel free to contact me at with any comments, suggestions, etc.

Happy New Year!

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Data Flash: Wikidata, RDM and Librarians

Mon, 2018-11-26 03:22

You’ve heard of Wikipedia, but are you familiar with Wikidata? What about WikiCite?

If you are interested to hear more, join us as we host Wikidata expert and librarian Katie Mika, from the University of Colorado Boulder!  In this hour-long webinar, she will “introduce the WikiCite initiative (to build a database of open citations to support free and computational access to bibliographic metadata) and will identify simple, high impact ways for librarians to get involved. As experts in the intersection of bibliographic metadata, information discovery, and interdisciplinary research, librarians are a tremendous resource for this community.”

To register for the session (which will be recorded, and a link sent out to registrants), visit .  You might also want to check out the link on that page to the NNLM’s Research Data Management Webinar Series, with several recorded sessions already available.

Please send any questions to Ann Glusker, email: glusker (AT)  We look forward to learning along with you on Dec. 7!

P.S.  If you want some fascinating extra reading before the webinar, check out this article by Katie Mika, “Wikidata and BHL” [Biodiversity Heritage Library]

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Data Flash: RIP PubMed Health

Sun, 2018-10-28 17:20

This is not exactly a data post, but, the loss of a trusted source for clinical effectiveness research will have its effects on the dataverse.  PubMed Health is being discontinued as of this coming Wednesday.  As any of my colleagues can tell you, I’m taking the loss of PubMed Health hard– I loved showing it to people at various conferences, and using it myself– I found it a wonderful mid-point between and, and it also had some great methodology resources and a glossary.  All of its content will be findable in other ways though!

In thinking about how to proceed in future with finding clinical effectiveness research searching, I did some exploring and gathered my findings into a poster I presented recently at the Washington State Public Health Association conference.  Below, in list form, is the poster content–feel free to contact me at glusker (AT) if you have any questions! And please send any suggestions for additions to these lists!

Check Out These Ways to Find Research on Clinical Effectiveness:

  • has filters for systematic reviews and guidelines
  • Who cares? Seek out the organizations that care about the topic (Kids? American Academy of Pediatrics!)
  • If you or your local health sciences library have databases, check them out—for example, nursing database CINAHL has great content
  • NLM’s “Bookshelf” is becoming a good resource for guidelines
  • The National Guidelines Clearinghouse will soon be re-released by ECRI and they have said it will be open access!
  • records often link to related publications
  • For public health—try and NICHSR OneSearch (a federated search of four public health databases)

Ramp Up Your Google Search Skills! 

  • Try this string, created by P.F. Anderson for a recent Twitter chat: guidelines|white-paper|standards|report|protocol| procedure|policy filetype:pdf (site:org OR site:gov) [fill in the condition])
  • Try GoogleScholar (

Search for Content from Reliable Guideline/Content Contributors (the Ones PubMed Health used):

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US) (AHRQ)
  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
  • Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)
  • Cochrane
  • Department of Veterans Affairs’ Evidence-based Synthesis Program from the Veterans Health Administration R&D (VA ESP)
  • German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)
  • Knowledge Centre for the Health Services at The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines program (NICE)
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme (NIHR HTA)
  • Oregon Health and Science University’s Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP)
  • Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU)
  • The TRIP database (TRIP)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)


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