Registration is available for the FORCE2018 (The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship) conference, a different kind of meeting where stakeholders come to the table for a discussion on an open future for scholarly communications and changing the ways scholarly and scientific information is communicated, shared and used. It looks beyond publication, to the needs of all involved in the research enterprise, including the producers and the users of research.
FORCE2018 is organized by FORCE11, a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders, that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, the overall aim is to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology. Talks on this year’s program cover many themes, including:
- Open Data, Open Source and Open Scholarship
- Research classification and interdisciplinary research
- New ways to share research results
- Community outreach and impact
The FORCE2018 Conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, on October 11 & 12, 2018, at the New Residence Conference Center at McGill University. Pre-conference workshops will be held on October 10. With its 11 universities and a vibrant tech sector, the academic-business connection is strong and thriving in Montreal. Artificial intelligence, high tech, gaming, neuroscience, data-hosting and shared services are just some of the businesses that have made a home in the largest French-speaking city outside France.
On September 1, the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) will launch the opportunity to learn basic evaluation methods for community and user assessment, project and evaluation planning, and basic data collection and evaluation techniques through an on-demand series of classes. This is especially useful to anyone responsible for designing and implementing evaluation of projects or services.
There are four EvalBasics courses. NEO recommends taking them in order but it is not required. Each class takes approximately one hour to complete and is worth one (1) Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit, so a total of four credits is possible for the entire series:
- EvalBasics 1: Learn a three-step process for conducting community assessment for program development
- EvalBasics 2: Identify desired objectives and create an outcomes-based project plan using logic models
- EvalBasics 3: Develop strong evaluation tools such as questionnaires by following three key principles
- EvalBasics 4: Understand how to set standards, analyze data, and make judgments about a program’s value in order to make decisions about its future
You can also register by visiting the NNLM Training Schedule and then scroll down to the “Classes On Demand” section.
The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of four new MedlinePlus health topic pages on the subject of opioids:
- MedlinePlus: Safe Opioid Use
- MedlinePlus: Opioid Abuse and Addiction Treatment
- MedlinePlus: Opioid Overdose
- MedlinePlus: Pregnancy and Opioids
Check them out!
Apply Now for NNLM Online Course: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians!
Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons, practical activities and a final project. The course runs from October 15 – December 14, with a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.
The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.
Every September, National Preparedness Month reminds us to take time to prepare for disasters, which can happen any time. This year’s theme is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week in September, NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will distribute email messages highlighting NLM, NIH, and other government resources that will assist everyone in learning how to prepare for disasters. In addition, DIMRC will host a webinar September 20, at 10:30am PDT entitled Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations. It will feature speakers from DIMRC along with Ann Holman from Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Also, the recording and slides are now available from the August 9 Disaster Information Specialist webinar Data Management in Disasters & Public Health Emergencies, featuring National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow Nicole Strayhorn, who discussed the results of her project to identify open data sources and data sharing policies used during disasters and public health emergencies. Access the recording and slides, as well as a handout of all the links mentioned during the webinar, by visiting the DIMRC website. And finally, follow DIMRC on Twitter to stay prepared all year long!