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Archive for February, 2012

NLM Holiday Closing

Friday, February 17th, 2012

NLM will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents Day.

Reminder: PubMed for Trainers Coming to Our Region

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center is bringing their PubMed for Trainers course to Syracuse, NY, April 16-30, 2012.  The course requires attendance at all sessions, both online and  in-person:

  • Online session:                                                April 16, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)
  • Online session:                                                April 18, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)
  • In-person session in Syracuse, NY:             April 24, 2012 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm ET)
  • Online session:                                                April 30, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)

Seating is limited.  For class details and to register, see: for Trainers.

Check Out the New Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Recently released, the 2012 New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report is an annual report that provides insights into emerging trends in technology use in higher education.  The research paper is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE.

The 2012 Horizon Report discusses six emerging technologies which are placed along three adoption horizon lines that indicate their timeframes for becoming mainstream educational technologies.

Here is a look at the upcoming technologies from the report:

Near-term Horizon (within the next 12 months)

  • Mobile Apps
  • Tablet Computing

Mid-term Horizon (two to three years out)

  • Game-based learning
  • Learning analytics

Far-term Horizon (four to five years away)

  • Gesture based computing
  • The Internet of things

The report provides a nice overview of the technologies well as a more detailed description of each technology and practical implications for learning and education.  The report is available free of charge and under Creative Commons license. You can access the full report at

You can read how the Project Advisory Board manages the process of selecting topics for the 2012 report on Horizon Wiki, related resources are also listed.

Announcing the Journal of eScience Librarianship

Friday, February 17th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (, a new online journal published by the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  The Journal of eScience Librarianship is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.  The inaugural issue includes the Proceedings of the Third Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium held in the Spring of 2011. Feature articles include topics such as DataONE, librarian competencies, and the various levels of data services.

The Journal of eScience Librarianship explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and is currently seeking submissions related to education, outreach, collaborations, current practices, and reviews of relevant resources and tools, by contributors from all areas of the globe. Articles covering both the theoretical and practical applications are welcomed.  The Journal of eScience Librarianship also provides special features in each issue which include book reviews on subjects of interest to librarians supporting eScience and information on new technologies.  To read more, including our aims and scope and editorial board membership, please visit our website:

Elaine Martin, Editor-in-Chief

Director of Library Services

University of Massachusetts Medical School

55 Lake Ave. North

Worcester, MA  01655


February 23rd Webinar Services from Social Security – in Spanish

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This is a reminder to please join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m. EST, when Social Security will host the agency’s first-ever Spanish-language webinar titled “Online Services from Social Security – in Spanish!  The webinar will feature the agency’s new Spanish-language Internet services, including applications for retirement, Medicare, and Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs.  There will be a live question and answer session.

Participants can register and view the webinar at

Join the MidContinental Region for the Mayden Lecture on eScience and eResearch

Friday, February 17th, 2012

You are invited to join the faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library for the Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00 pm (Mountain Time) via the program link for viewing from a distance.  This year’s Mayden lecturer is Bart Ragon, Associate Director for Library Technology Services and Development.  Mr. Ragon’s lecture focuses on eScience and the Evolution of Library Services.  Not just for librarians, eScience / eResearch potentially impacts faculty, staff and student access to the data, tools and resources needed to collaborate, share and move science forward.

Mr. Ragon’s topic description:  “Science is changing and changing fast. Concepts like the data life cycle, data curation, translational science, high performance computing, and data sharing are having an impact on how science is conducted.  At the same time, libraries are adjusting services to meet the needs of highly networked and technically savvy patron groups.  eScience is a term that describes the dynamic re-shaping of collaboration and workflows in science and creating unique and important opportunities for librarianship.  This presentation explores potential roles for librarians in eScience, how new collaborations might form, and the role of the libraries in the data life cycle.”

There is no registration or fee to attend.  The program is being broadcast live and archived for on-demand viewing.  The program link will be available on the Mayden Lecture page for viewing from a distance:

  • The keynote lecture by Bart Ragon will run from 1 pm – 2pm MT
  • The panel discussion will run from 2:30 – 3:30 pm MT
  • The link to the stream is on the website listed above.

Questions from viewers will be accepted on Twitter at #Mayden2012

Hospital Librarians Survey: Emergency/Disaster Involvement

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The objective of this survey is to look at whether hospital librarians are actively involved in their organizations’ emergency and disaster preparedness activities and, if so, how. Some demographics will also be captured. By exploring what roles currently exist and presenting these findings in a poster at the 2012 Annual Medical Libraries Association Conference in Seattle, WA, it is the author’s hope that hospital librarians can continue their involvement in this vital area and learn from each other.

Disclaimer: This survey has been exempted from Institutional Review Board oversight as the Aurora Health Care IRB has determined it does not constitute human subject research. Results will be kept confidential and presented only in aggregate. Any personally identifiable information provided (optional) will be disassociated from responses and will only be used by the author to follow up on individual disaster/emergency experiences.

Survey deadline: Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 (11:59pm, CST). The survey should take 5-15 minutes to complete, depending on the depth of your responses.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Link to the Google Forms Survey:
(if the link doesn’t work, try copying and pasting into your browser. Thanks!)

Thank you,
Amy Donahue, MLIS, AHIP
Medical librarian/informationist
Resource Center Library
Aurora Medical Center Grafton
Grafton, WI 53024
p. 262.329.1025
f. 262.329.1021

NLM New Traveling Exhibition

Friday, February 17th, 2012

A special display, traveling banner exhibition, and online exhibition with education resources developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  Curated by Gail Kern Paster, PhD and Theodore Brown, PhD and exhibition design by Riggs Ward Design:

Open at the National Library of Medicine January 30. 2012 to August 17. 2012

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature.  Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors–blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm.  These four humors were thought to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personalities, as well.

The language of the four humors pervades Shakespeare’s plays, and their influence is felt above all in a belief that emotional states are physically determined.  Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

“And there’s the humor of it” Shakespeare and the four humors explores these themes in a special display featuring rare books and incunables from the collection of the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The display was translated into a traveling banner exhibition, which will be available to libraries across America free of charge.  In addition, education resources for K-12 educators and students, and university professors and students are included in the online adaptation of the special display.

For a tour of the special display, please contact or call 301.594.1947.  For information about booking a traveling exhibition, please go to

Federal Research Public Access Act Introduced in the House

Friday, February 10th, 2012

The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) was introduced into the House this week and is expected to be introduced into the Senate shortly.  Original sponsors in the House are Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO).  Senate sponsors are Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and possibly Sen. Durbin (D-IL).

You can find a link to the statement on Rep Doyle’s website:

The text of the bill itself is available at:

NIH Clinical Research Trials Website for the Public

Friday, February 10th, 2012

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a new website for the public.  NIH Clinical Research Trials and You will help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.