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Archive for December 6th, 2013

Health Happens in Libraries Webinar Archive Now Available

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Subject: 11/26/2013 Health Happens in Libraries Webinar Archive Now Available

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WebJunction recently hosted a webinar on libraries supporting patrons with ACA information needs during open enrollment. You may view (and share) the full archive at the Health Happens in Libraries site:

Protecting Electronic Health Records via a Game

Friday, December 6th, 2013

For an unusual way to present cybersecurity information, check out this brief game for private practice physicians and their employees.  The game teaches contingency planning to protect electronic health records from fire, flood, power loss, and more:

APHA’s 2014 Pup-Preparedness Calendar

Friday, December 6th, 2013

APHA’s Get your Get Ready 2014 Pup-Preparedness Calendar….The calendar is free to print, and lots of people like cute dog pictures:

iPad Users Beware

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Alarming news:

From MAC-MLA: Remembering Bernadette Kaelin

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Bernadette Kaelin passed away on November 15, 2013.  She served as Manager of the medical library at Magee Women’s Hospital until her retirement in 2001, when the Magee Women’s Hospital Research Library was named in her honor.

Bernadette graduated from the St. Francis School of Nursing and earned a BSN and MLS from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an instructor of nursing at St. Francis School of Practical Nursing, Point Park University, and Duquesne University.  Bernadette was a friend and mentor to many members of the Pittsburgh Chapter of MLA, and will be long remembered for her kindness and professionalism.

Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles – For Comment

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The Data Citation Synthesis Group <> has released a draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles<>and invites comment.

This has been a very interesting and positive collaborative process and has involved a number of groups and committed individuals. Encouraging the practice of data citation, it seems to me, is one of the key steps towards giving research data its proper place in the literature.

As the preamble to the draft principles states:

Sound, reproducible scholarship rests upon a foundation of robust, accessible data. For this to be so in practice as well as theory, data must be accorded due importance in the practice of scholarship and in the enduring scholarly record. In other words, data should be considered legitimate, citable products of research. Data citation, like the citation of other evidence and sources, is good research practice.

In support of this assertion, and to encourage good practice, we offer a set of guiding principles for data citation.

Please do comment on these principles. We hope that with community feedback and support, a finalised set of principles can be widely endorsed and adopted.

Discussion on a variety of lists is welcome, of course. However, *if you want the Synthesis Group to take full account of your views, please be sure to post your comments on the discussion forum <>.*

Some notes and observations on the background to these principles I would like to add here some notes and observations on the genesis of these principles. As has been widely observed there have been a number of groups and interested parties involved in exploring the principles of data citation for a number of years. Mentioning only some of the sources and events that affected my own thinking on the matter, there was the 2007 Micah Altman and Gary King article, in DLib, which offered ‘A Proposed Standard for the Scholarly Citation of Quantitative Data’ <> and Toby Green’s OECD White Paper ‘We need publishing standards for datasets and data tables’ <>in 2009. Micah Altman and Mercè Crosas organised a workshop at Harvard in May 2011 on Data Citation Principles <>.

Later the same year, the UK Digital Curation Centre published a guide to citing data <> in 2011.

The CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices <> (co-chaired by Christine Borgman (replacing Bonnie Carroll as Co-chair in January of this year), Jan Brase and Sara Callaghan) has been in existence since 2010.

In collaboration with the US National CODATA Committee and the Board on Research Data and Information<>, a major workshop was organised in August 2011<>, which was reported in ‘For Attribution: Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards’<>

The CODATA-ICSTI Task Group then started work on a report covering data citation principles, eventually entitled ‘Out of Cite, Out of Mind’ <>– drafts were circulated for comment in April 2013 and the final report was released in September 2013.

Following the first ‘Beyond the PDF’ Meeting <> in Jan 2011 participants produced the Force11 Manifesto ‘Improving Future Research Communication and e-Scholarship’ <> which places considerable weight on the availability of research data and the citation of those data in the literature. At ‘Beyond the PDF II’ <> in Amsterdam, March 2013, a group comprising Mercè Crosas, Todd Carpenter, David Shotton and Christine Borgman produced ‘The Amsterdam Manifesto on Data Citation Principles’. <> In the very same week, in Gothenburg, an RDA Birds of a Feather group <> was discussing the more specific problem of how to support, technologically, the reliable and efficient citation of dynamically changing or growing datasets and subsets thereof. And the broader issues of the place of data and research publication were being considered in the ICSU World Data Service Working Group on Data Publication<>. This group has, in turn, formed the basis for an RDA Interest Group<>.

From June 2013, as the Force11 Group was preparing its website and activities to take forward the work on the Amsterdam Manifesto, calls came in from a number of sources for these various groups and initiatives to coordinate and collaborate. This was admirably well-received and from July the ‘Data Citation Synthesis Group’ had come into being with an agreed mission statement  <>:

The data citation synthesis group is a cross-team committee leveraging the perspectives from the various existing initiatives working on data citation to produce a consolidated set of data citation principles (based on the Amsterdam Manifesto, the CODATA and other sets of principles provided by others) in order to encourage broad adoption of a consistent policy for data citation across disciplines and venues. The synthesis group will review existing efforts and make a set of recommendations that will be put up for endorsement by the organizations represented by this synthesis group.

The synthesis group will produce a set of principles, illustrated with working examples, and a plan for dissemination and distribution. This group will not be producing detailed specifications for implementation, nor focus on technologies or tools.

As has been noted elsewhere , the group comprised 40 individuals and brought together a large number of organisations and initiatives <>.

What followed over the summer was a set of weekly calls to discuss and align the principles. I must say, I thought these were admirably organised and benefitted considerably from participants’ efforts to prepare documents comparing the various groups’ statements. The face-to-face meeting of the group, in which a lot of detailed discussion to finalise the draft was undertaken, was hosted (with a funding contribution from CODATA) at the US National Academies of Science between the 2nd RDA Plenary <> and the DataCite Summer Meeting <> (which CODATA also co-sponsored). It has been intellectually stimulating and a real pleasure to contribute to these discussions and to witness so many informed and engaged people bashing out these issues.

The principles developed by the Synthesis Group are now open for comment and I urge as many people, researchers, editors and publishers as possible who believe that data has a place in scholarly communications to comment on them and, in due course, to endorse them and put them into practice.

Are we finally at the cusp of real change in practice? Will we now start seeing the practice of citing data sources become more and more widespread?

It’s soon to say for sure, but I hope these principles, and the work on which they build, have got us to a stage where we can start really believing the change is well underway.

From CODATA Blog via IFTTT <>

Job Ad: Unit Head, Medlars Management Section, NLM, Bethesda, MD

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Preliminary Job Announcement: Unit Head, MEDLARS Management Section, Bibliographic Services Division at NLM

We anticipate that on Thursday December 5th, there will be an announcement on for the Bibliographic Data Management Unit Head, MEDLARS Management Section of the Bibliographic Services Division position at the National Library of Medicine. The position will be listed as a Supervisory Technical Information Specialist GS-1412-13, with a salary range from $89,033 to $115,742 including locality pay per annum. The announcement will be posted for five days. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

The selected candidate will serve as the Bibliographic Data Management Unit Head for the MEDLARS Management Section (MMS), Bibliographic Services Division, within the National Library of Medicine. The MMS Section coordinates activities between NLM and its online users providing documentation, technical information, and training; responds to advanced customer service inquires; coordinates testing, quality assurance and development of MEDLINE data; licenses and distributes NLM data; coordinates Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) activities; and systematically and logistically supports the  NLM Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC) review of journals for inclusion in MEDLINE.

The Head of this Unit provides expert technical and data content quality assurance oversight for various library systems and NLM databases and information retrieval systems.  The major duties and responsibilities include:

•        Directing the work of the Unit;

•        Serving as the resident export and authority on library systems, databases, information standards, Internet application or network services as they pertain to acquiring, organizing, accessing, and disseminating information;

•        Serves as a Section liaison to one or more standing working groups within the library to support the Section’s mission;

•        Serves as technical expert with at least one of the NLM products/services the Section supports including: MEDLINE/PubMed database, UMLS, LinkOut, specialized data; NLM Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC) system, NIH Manuscript Submission System, and;

•        Serves as a specialist in information and automation technologies and their application to library and information  systems and the development of new products and services; and

•        Proficiency in data collection, evaluation and analysis methods

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  It is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.

Please contact Sara Tybaert, Head, MEDLARS Management Section at 301.496.7717 or with questions.

Job Ad: Instructional Design Librarian, New York, NY

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in NY, NY is seeking to fill this Academic position.

Position Title: Instructional Design Librarian
Department: The Samuel J. Wood Library and The C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center
Status: Full Time, Academic/Faculty – Non Professorial Track
Salary: Starting salary negotiable: minimum $63,000
Location: Upper East Side – Manhattan location

Position Summary:
The Instructional Design Librarian is responsible for designing, developing and delivering instructional programming in a variety of formats for the Weill Cornell Medical Library New York and the Distributed e-Library, Weill Cornell-Qatar. Additionally, the Instructional Design Librarian is the expert on copyright and fair usage for the Colleges. This position reports to the Associate Director for User Support, Research, and Education. The position is based in New York City, but will require travel to Doha, Qatar.


• In conjunction with library staff create innovative and effective learning materials utilizing a variety of delivery methods, including digital learning objects and web-based instruction modules.
• Provide staff development for the use of educational technology and education concepts.
• Provide expertise on copyright and fair usage to faculty, students and staff.
• Maintain learning environments and tools.
• Develop assessment plans for the library’s instruction program to assess student learning and the impact of information literacy instruction.
• Liaise with the Educational Web Services Group and Informational Technologies and Services regarding educational technology.
• Pursue an active and ongoing plan for professional development, research, publishing and service.

• Advanced degree or certification in educational technologies or instructional design.
• Graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to apply an established instructional design process.
• Excellent technical, written and verbal communication skills and teaching/presentation skills.
• Experience with Canvas and WebEx preferred.
• Able to work collaboratively in a team environment.
• Demonstrated initiative, the ability to manage multiple projects and a commitment to professional development.

Please email cover letter and curriculum vitae to

Founded in 1898, and affiliated with what is now New York-Presbyterian Hospital since 1927, Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. In addition to offering degrees in medicine, Cornell also has Ph.D. programs in biomedical research and education at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and with neighboring Rockefeller University and the Sloan-Kettering Institute, has established a joint MD-PhD. program for students to intensify their pursuit of Cornell’s triple mission of education, research, and patient care.

Weill Cornell Medical College’s educational mission emphasizes the importance of combining a strong foundation in the medical sciences with extensive clinical training in patient care. By promoting a true social commitment, stimulating creativity, and fostering independent thought and study, Weill Cornell Medical College continues to cultivate the best of tomorrow’s leaders in the field of medicine.

Weill Cornell Medical College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

We look forward to hearing from you.