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Archive for September, 2013

Data Information Literacy Symposium

Friday, September 13th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that much of the Data Information Literacy (DIL) Symposium hosted by the Purdue University Libraries on Sept 23rd and 24th will be streamed live on the internet.

The URL for the live stream is:

The twitter hash tag for the symposium is #datainfolit.

Please note that, although we will make an effort to review the twitter feed during the symposium, we will be unable to respond to any questions or comments directly.

The DIL symposium will explore roles for practicing librarians in teaching competencies in data management and curation to graduate students.  With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, librarians from Purdue University, Cornell University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon have investigated this topic through developing and implementing “data information literacy” (DIL) instruction programs for graduate students in a range of science and engineering disciplines.
More information about the DIL Symposium can be found at:
The schedule for the symposium is available at:
We have asked that attendees read two articles before coming to the DIL Symposium.  They are:
  • Carlson, J., Fosmire, M., Miller, C. & Sapp Nelson, M. (2011).Determining data information literacy needs: A study of students and research faculty. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(2). 629-657. Pre-print:
  • Carlson, J., Johnston, L., Westra, B., & Nichols, M. (2013). Developing an approach for data management education: A report from the data information literacy project. International Journal of Digital Curation, 8(1). 204-217.
No registration for viewing the live stream is required.  We hope that you will be able to join us, virtually, for this event. The DIL Symposium will be recorded and made available afterwards through e-pubs, Purdue University’s Institutional Repository.
ACRL Science & Technology Section Discussion List

Outreach Evaluation Research Center (OERC) Blog Post

Friday, September 13th, 2013

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

The 2nd Edition of the Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects series of 3 booklets is now available online:

Getting Started with Community-Based Outreach (Booklet 1)
What’s new? More emphasis and background on the value of health information outreach, including its relationship to the Healthy People 2020 Health Communication and Health Information Technology topic area

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects (Booklet 2)
What’s new? Focus on uses of the logic model planning tool beyond project planning, such as providing approaches to writing proposals and reports.

Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data (Booklet 3)
What’s new? Step-by-step guide to collecting, analyzing, and assessing the validity (or trustworthiness) of quantitative and qualitative data, using questionnaires and interviews as examples.

These are all available free to NN/LM regional offices and network members. To request printed copies, send an email to

Non-508 compliant pdf versions of all three booklets are available here: .

The Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach series, by Cynthia Olney and Susan Barnes, supplements and summarizes material in Cathy Burroughs’ groundbreaking work from 2000, Measuring the Difference: Guide to Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach. Printed copies of Burroughs’ book are also available free—just send an email request to

Projects Use Twitter to Track Illness Outbreaks

Friday, September 13th, 2013

HealthMap: Social Media tools like HealthMap have been used to track disease outbreaks and emerging public health threats for a while. They just released v5.0

Foodborne Chicago:  In April, “Smart Chicago”, a civic organization, launched “Foodborne Chicago” to search Twitter for posts on possible food poisoning cases in the Chicago area.  When a tweet is identified, Smart Chicago sends a tweet to the poster that includes a link to a form from the City of Chicago to report the incident.

RFP for Biomedical Informatics Course

Friday, September 13th, 2013

NLM has posted a request for proposals to select a host institution for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course.

Please see the Request for Proposals  for details; and share with any institution or organization you think might be interested.

BHIC Questionnaire

Friday, September 13th, 2013

IMPORTANT – BHIC questionnaire / by Monica Rogers

Hello BHIC readers,

As this is a grant funded service, it is extremely important to show this is a valuable service to readers!  BHIC has over 700 subscribers and we’ve had less than 40 participants fill out the questionnaire.  This is not enough of a response to show this is a needed service and should continue to receive support in the future.  If you value BHIC, please take just 3 minutes and fill out our extremely short questionnaire. Below is the official invitation to participate.

A BIG thank you to everyone who has already completed the questionnaire!

We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from Washington University in St. Louis.  The purpose of the study is to understand the usefulness of the BHIC blog in order to continue to support your work improving access to health information.  IMPORTANT:  ONLY fill out the questionnaire if you currently read the BHIC Blog.

The questionnaire is about identifying potential areas of interest for blog content and options. Please use this You are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer.  It will take approximately 3 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

We will not collect your name or any identifying information about you.

Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary.  If you do not wish to participate in this study, do not complete the questionnaire.

If you have any questions about the research study please contact Betsy Kelly, 1-800-338-7657 opt1/2/2.  If you have questions about the rights of research participants, please contact the Human Research Protection Office,  660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 8089, Washington University St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 633-7400, or 1-(800)-438-0445 or email

Thank you very much for your consideration of this research study.

Drexel Announces Library School Change

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Drexel University announced that the University has created a new College of Computing and Informatics.  It will begin enrolling new students in the Fall of 2014.
The College will serve as a central hub for multi-disciplinary computing and informatics activities by uniting the faculty, staff and students from the:

  • iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology
  • Department of Computer Science (formerly housed within the College of Engineering); and
  • Department of Computing and Security Technology (formerly housed in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies)

Dr. David E. Fenske, Isaac L. Auerbach Professor of Information Science and Dean of the iSchool, will continue his service at Drexel as the founding Dean of the new college.  The move also addresses a national demand for graduates in computing and data science.

In addition to its undergraduate programs, the College of Computing and Informatics will continue to offer a MS degree in library and information science, as well as master’s degree programs in computing, software engineering, health care informatics and related areas.  It will also provide a number of professional development opportunities in diverse areas such as archival studies, competitive intelligence and knowledge management, digital libraries, youth services, cyber law and policy, cybersecurity and homeland security management.  The college will also offer a PhD degree in computer science and one in information studies.

“This new college recognizes the pervasiveness of computing and its applications in society and its need for professionals and for research,” Provost Greenberg said.  “It combines an outstanding computer science program, a highly regarded iSchool – with a nationally ranked library and information program – and a computer and security technology program with strong industry ties.  It is the first college in the Northeastern United States to use this approach.”

Free Webinar on Mobile Devices and Apps in Education

Friday, September 13th, 2013

You are invited to join us Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region’s (NN/LM SCR’s) free monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions:

This month’s topic is “Mobile Devices and Apps in Education” presented by guest speaker Rebecca K. Miller, College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering at Virginia Tech University.

Mobile devices are changing how library users access information and applications (apps) for mobile devices are being released at a rapid rate. Rebecca will address how mobile technologies and apps can be implemented in library and educational settings. Rebecca will provide an overview for using apps for teaching and provide information about how to assess apps for use in education.

How to Log In

Go to,  on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio.

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the our office at 713-799-7880 (or 800-338-7657 AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

September NIH News in Health

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Check out the September issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Uncovering Clues to a Complicated Condition

Autism is a complex brain disorder that appears during early childhood. It can be difficult to diagnose and treat because it affects each person in different ways. Scientists are uncovering new clues to this complicated condition.

Let Baby Set the Delivery Date

Wait Until 39 Weeks if You Can

As more women are choosing the date they’ll give birth, there’s been a trend toward earlier delivery dates. But research shows that babies are born healthier if they have at least 39 weeks to grow in the womb.

Health Capsules:


Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us <> or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

Open Science Announcement and Agenda

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Open Science:  Driving Forces and Practical Realities

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS

Hosted by FEDLINK at the Library of Congress

The Mumford Room, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE,  Washington, DC 20540
Tuesday, November 12, 2013  / 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

This one-day workshop is a must for anyone involved in managing the flow of scientific and scholarly communication. The Open Science movement has the potential to dramatically change that flow as well as the roles of all involved if the key emerging issues can be resolved. Open government, open data, and open access are all necessary but insufficient movements to make open science a reality. This workshop will explore the technical, financial, political, and social/cultural forces that are driving the movement; the key issues that may impact your organization – issues such as creator/author rights, attribution, information sharing and re-use, machine access and interoperability, preservation of the record of science, etc.; and the policies and tools that are being created to make open science a reality.  Mark your calendar now to reserve the date. Registration will open September 6, 2013, to accommodate those who need to pay before the new fiscal year begins. Seating is limited so register early!


John King, Vice Provost for Strategy at the University of Michigan, will open the day with an overview of the Open Science movement, why it started, how far it has come, and the practical issues that must be resolved to make it a reality. This will be followed by a session on the policies behind open science, which will include both government and researcher perspectives, and will explore the challenges any policy must address in order to catalyze a wholesale shift toward more open science at the community level.

After lunch (which will be provided), speakers from the academic and publishing communities (Drexel University, Harvard University, and Elsevier), will discuss some of the tools that have been created to support collaborative research, tools such as open notebooks, Authorea (manuscript creation software), and Mendeley.   In addition, there will be a case-study panel that will highlight three open science initiatives – the Materials Genome project, Galaxy Zoo, and Mapping the Human Brain.  The speakers will discuss why the projects were started and the challenges and practical issues that have had to be addressed to bring them to fruition.

The day will close with a futuristic assessment of how the open science movement may evolve and what roadblocks must be overcome for its ultimate success.

The final speakers are now being confirmed and these will be announced shortly. The day will be full of interesting presentations and discussions.  Speakers have been chosen for their expertise in the subject matter to be addressed.

As the agenda firms up, it will be made available online.  Online registration will open on September 6, 2013, at


Jill O’Neill                                                      Kathryn Simon

Director, Communication and Planning         Administrative Coordinator, CENDI Secretariat
NFAIS                                                                        c/o Information International Associates, Inc.
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1004                      104 Union Valley Road

Philadelphia, PA 19102-3403                         Oak Ridge, TN  37830
(215) 893-1561  Voice                                    (865) 298-1234  Voice

(215) 893-1564  Fax                                       (865) 481-0390  Fax                                

CENDI, the Federal STI Managers Group, was formally created in 1985 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by four charter U.S. government agencies (Commerce, Energy, NASA, and Defense). From this small core of STI managers, CENDI has grown to its current membership of 15 major science agencies involved in the dissemination and long-term management of scientific and technical information.

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™)  was founded in 1958 to advance scholarly, scientific, and professional research by enabling members to examine issues of content, technology, and business models integral to their future success.

FEDLINK ( mission of the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) is to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and to encourage efficient and effective procurement of information resources.

Job Ad: Electronic Resources Assistant, New York, NY

Friday, September 13th, 2013