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Archive for October 4th, 2013

One Nation in Support of Biomedical Research

Friday, October 4th, 2013

In a blog posting entitled, “One Nation in Support of Biomedical Research?” Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Sally Rockey of the NIH discuss how research is being affected by the federal funding crisis. They provided data that shows how NIH applicants are being affected while competitor nations are expanding their levels of investment in research:

Health Reform Subsidy Calculator

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its health reform subsidy calculator to provide ZIP code-specific estimates of the insurance premiums and tax subsidies available for people who buy coverage for 2014 through the new state health insurance marketplaces:

Diverse Literacies: PA Forward as a Framework for Academic Outreach

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Diverse Literacies: PA Forward as a Framework for Academic Outreach

October 15, 2 pm ET

by Barbara Eschbach, Head Librarian, Penn State York and

Erin Burns, Reference Librarian, Penn State Shenango

The PA Forward initiative is responsible for leveraging libraries’ and librarians’ expertise in what the initiative describes as 5 different literacies: Basic, Information, Health, Financial, and Civic/Social. While these literacies have been used with great success in many school and public libraries, we know that many academic librarians have used these literacies for successful outreach programs to their “communities” (faculty, staff and students), especially creating programs in conjunction with faculty colleagues. This Connect and Communicate discussion will be about how academic librarians can leverage the PA Forward literacies to create practical ideas for inclusion of the other literacies: Health, Financial and Civic/Social and other possible outreach opportunities at the campus level.

Please register at the following link:

To test your computer in advance (recommended): 

To run the Adobe Connect Meeting Connection Diagnostic at

To join the live program, please direct your web browser to: 
enter as a “guest,” providing your name OR your library’s name and the number of participants if attending as a group (example: Jane Doe OR School Campus Library – 6), as this will simply help us get an accurate count of attendance.

To troubleshoot audio problems in Adobe Connect by going to Meeting > Audio Setup Wizard (top left corner).  Any additional questions may be asked via the Chat box.

For this program, participants will need speakers to hear the presenter speaking, but will not need any additional audio equipment. Participants may ask questions via the Chat box; moderators will monitor the Chat box and facilitate question and response.

A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members and program registrants following the program.

If you would like to be emailed directly about this and other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)

Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! We’re getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it!

Designing Training

Friday, October 4th, 2013

ACRL announces the publication of Designing Training by Melanie Hawks, the fifth entry in the ACRL Active Guides series.

Focusing on the needs of the adult learner, Designing Training will help librarians and library staff plan training sessions for takeaway value, learner engagement and learning transfer. Hawks provides examples and exercises that demonstrate how to design highly effective learning events from the ground up. The practical activities provided throughout this title will lead the reader through the process of developing well-designed training that sets up both the trainer and the learners to succeed. Designing Training is practical guide that will serve as an essential go-to resource for those responsible for training as either an on-going job assignment or an occasional project.

The ACRL Active Guides series address professional and workplace issues. Additional titles in the series include Life-Work Balance, Influencing without Authority, Conversations that Work: Conducting Performance Assessments and Pay it Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals.

Designing Training is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Brush Up on Your Excel skills

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Brush Up on Your Excel Skills

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

New OERC Blog posting! This is to let you know that a new OERC Blog article has become available. You can find this article online here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

“There’s probably a better way of doing this.” How many times have you muttered this statement while using Excel to analyze a database download or a spreadsheet of class evaluation data?

Or maybe you would like to try your hand at some of the hot new trends in data visualization, such as data dashboards or infographics, but find that your lack of familiarity with Excel holds you back.

Whether you are a novice or experienced Excel user, you should check out Emery Evaluation’s “Excel for Evaluation” web page ( with its series of videos demonstrating efficient ways to use Excel for data analysis and reporting. These videos, created by Ann Emery, are 1-4 minutes long and demonstrate a single Excel function, such as the formula to recode data or a technique for merging data from two separate files. The videos do use the 2010 version of Excel, so if you are working with an earlier version, some of the videos may not directly apply. Her videos are organized around the  steps of good data analysis: importing your data, organizing and cleaning the data, recoding, looking for patterns, calculating statistics, and creating charts.

I’ve been using Excel since 1988, and I STILL always feel as though I’m taking the long way around to completing an analysis. These videos did confirm that I was, indeed, right.  There are better ways to use Excel, and Emery’s videos show how.

Translational Medicine and Roles of Health Sciences Librarians (Boost Box session)

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Presenter:                          Robyn Reed, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey

Date/Time:                        October 8, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:                               Online / No registration required

More Info:               

Brief Summary:  Translational medicine is a popular term used among researchers in the biomedical community.  But what does it mean?  This session will describe what translational medicine is, clarify confusing terminology, and examine the field over the last several years.  We will also discuss the roles librarians play in this area.  Insight into translational medicine will help librarians understand their current and/or future contributions in this field.  This presentation is designed for people who work with biomedical researchers or anyone who desires to learn about translational medicine.

Discovering TOXNET: From Paracelsus to Nanotechnology (Module 1)

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Presenter:                          National Training Center


Date:                                   October 21 – November 5, 2013

Where:                               Online

Registration:                     Deadline of October 18, 2013

Brief Summary:  Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught in two modules. Module 1 covers the following resources: ChemIDPlus, LactMed, TOXLINE, CHEMM, REMM, and WISER.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Module 1 covers three TOXNET databases (ChemIDPlus, LactMed, TOXLINE) as well as three emergency response tools (CHEMM, REMM, and WISER). You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, discovery exercises, and solving real-life reference questions.

Audience:  Designed for health sciences librarians and health sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in the above databases and tools. (4 MLA CEs)

New NLM Traveling and Online Exhibition

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture has launched.  More information about the traveling exhibition can be found at: along with links to the online exhibition at and our traveling exhibition website email address Plan now to get early access to available booking slots.

Questions about a booking may be directed to Hillery York at (301) 451.4662 or Jill Newmark at (301) 435.5241.

PubMed’s New Relevance Sort

Friday, October 4th, 2013

PubMed will soon include a new relevance sort option that will be available from the “Display Settings” menu under the “Sort by” selections:

Discount Interlibrary Loan Service for NN/LM MAR Members

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) at the University of Pittsburgh, with the encouragement of NN/LM MAR, is inviting you to join them in a discounted ILL program.  HSLS provides efficient and reliable service from strong collections to fill your loans.

Under this program, HSLS will provide document delivery services to hospital libraries for a discounted rate.  The program is limited to hospitals with under 500 beds in NN/LM MAR (DE, NJ, NY and PA).