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Lending a Helping Hand: MAR Mentoring Program

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program: mburda@pitt.edu or (412) 624-1589.

Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Symposium: Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit to Help End the Epidemic. Hosted by Columbia University Club.

December 1, 2014 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET) in New York or via webcast.

Registration required to attend in-person.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

NN/LM MAR staff would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • The MAR offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 – 28, 2014, in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014.  However, NLM will be open Friday, November 28, 2014.

Lending a Helping Hand: NN/LM MAR Mentoring Program

Monday, November 24th, 2014

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program:  mburda@pitt.edu or (412) 624-1589.

Congratulations to the Value of Library Study Authors from our Network!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Two articles have been published related to the Value of Libraries Study.

The first is in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, using results from the Study to show the impact of accessibility of library resources, staff, and services for practicing nurses: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-19-2014/No3-Sept-2014/Articles-Previous-Topics/Value-of-Library-and-Information-Services.html

The 2nd article is: “Library and information services: impact on patient care quality”, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(8), pp. 672-683: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-10-2013-0119

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study: http://nnlm.gov/mar/about/value.html

UCSC Genome Browser Workshops in Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Presenter: Dr. Robert Kuhn, Associate Director, UCSC Genome Browser / Jack Baskin School of Engineering, University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Date / Time: December 4 and 5, 2014 (see details below)

Where: University of Pittsburgh, Scaife Hall, 4th floor, Lecture Room 1

Registration is free

Summary: For 14 years, the UCSC Genome Browser has been providing a visual display for genomic data from human and other organisms (now numbering more than 80). Serving nearly 200,000 different users monthly, the Browser has grown to be a collection of bioinformatics tools useful for many applications in biomedical research. Dr. Robert Kuhn is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to teach introductory and advanced sessions on the use and applications of the Genome Browser. These sessions are open to all researchers, and suitable for all levels of experience from complete novice to experienced user.

  • Participants must bring their laptops
  • Afternoon sessions will have ample time for 1-on-1 conversations on any topic of interest
  • Funding for these training sessions was provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)
  • Event sponsored by the Molecular Biology Information Service of the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh

Registration

Thursday, December 4th

9:30 – 11:30 am / Session 1: Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser
Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Browser navigation and paradigm
  • Custom tracks
  • Saving sessions for future reference and sharing
  • Table Browser
  • Register Session 1

1 – 5 pm / Session 2: Interactive, hands-on problem solving

Friday, December 5th

9:30 – 11:30 am / Session 3: Advanced UCSC Genome Browser topics
Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • BLAT
  • Table Browser joins, intersections, and filters
  • Display of next-gen sequencing results: BAM & VCF files
  • Variant Annotation Integrator
  • Register Session 3

1 – 5 pm / Session 4: Interactive, hands-on problem solving

Please contact the HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service with any questions.

New York Academy of Medicine’s Grey Literature Report

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The New York Academy of Medicine’s November Grey Literature Report in Public Health has been published today. There are 210 new records.

You can find it at: http://www.greylit.org/reports/current. The items are listed alphabetically by organization. If you would like to see the newest reports for 2014, click on the Date of Publication link.

This report’s main focus is on Smoking and the Affordable Care Act, with a secondary focus on the Ebola Virus with supplemental reports on health in Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

We look forward to any comments and questions you may have about the Grey Literature Report in Public Health. Please contact us: greylithelp@nyam.org.

We hope you will find the database useful!

The Grey Literature Team
The New York Academy of Medicine

If you like what we do please consider donating to keep the site going and to help us improve it.

Network Member Receives an Award!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

MAR would like to congratulate David Nolfi, the Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award winner for 2014. David is the Health Sciences Librarian and Library Assessment Coordinator at Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library.  He also serves as a member of MAR’s Resource & Academic Libraries Special Advisory Group.

Read more about David’s well deserved honor: https://macmla.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/2014-marguerite-abel-service-recognition-award/

Network Member Gets Published!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

We would like to congratulate The Commonwealth Medical College who previously received funding from MAR in an Outreach to Consumers Award. Their Library Director, Joanne Mullenbach, has published an article related to their efforts in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/59AEmindHRitqrqAzt5A/full#.VGZr_MknkfU

Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and the Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, at the New York Academy of Medicine

The event is free and open to the public; advance registration is requested. To register for this event: Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and The Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Jonas Salk, the Polio Vaccine, and the Shot Felt ‘Round the World

Jonas Salk’s vaccine against polio brought a fearful epidemic to a close. In the centennial year of Salk’s birth, we celebrate his achievement with the screening of The Shot Felt ’Round the World. This 2010 production chronicles Salk’s crucial work at the University of Pittsburgh that led to the polio vaccine’s success in the 1950s.

Produced by Stephanie Dangel Reiter, Carl Kurlander, and Laura Davis, and directed by Tjardus Greidanus, the hour-long documentary starts with the March of Dimes, a charity founded by President Franklin Roosevelt, himself paralyzed by the disease. March of Dimes’ sponsorship helped Salk develop his vaccine in the early 1950s. Public concern over the disease was so great that widespread testing started almost immediately. The vaccine was pronounced safe in 1955, with mass vaccination following. By the 1960s, polio in the United States was largely under control; the last known endemic case was in 1979.

The film not only looks at the well-known battle against polio, but also delves into the hidden stories, both of the researchers and of the sufferers. After the screening, we are pleased to welcome three commentators for a discussion of the film: Peter L. Salk, MD, president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and son of Jonas Salk; Jeffrey Kluger, senior correspondent for Time magazine and author of Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio; and Bert Hansen, PhD, professor of the history of science and medicine at Baruch College and author of Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio.

About the Speakers

Bert Hansen, PhD, is professor of history at Baruch College of City University of New York, following appointments at Binghamton University (SUNY), New York University, and the University of Toronto. His recent book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America, was honored with awards from the Popular Culture Association and the American Library Association. The book argues that the triumphs of Louis Pasteur in 1885 and Jonas Salk in 1955 bookend a glorious period of unalloyed popular enthusiasm for medical advances that didn’t sustain itself much beyond the 1950s. The Salk vaccine marked the end of one era in popular sentiments and the beginning of another.

Jeffrey Kluger is the science editor for Time magazine and Time.com, principally covering science and social issues. His newest nonfiction book is The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed—In Your World, published in September 2014. His most recent novel was Freedom Stone, a young adult tale set on a South Carolina plantation in 1863, published in 2011. He is the author of seven other books, including Apollo 13 (1994), coauthored with Jim Lovell, which served as the basis of the 1995 movie; and Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio (2004). His 2001 cover story on global warming for Time won the Overseas Press Club Award for best environmental reporting of the year.

Kluger has worked at Discover magazine, Family Circle, The New York Times Business World, and Science Digest. His work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Omni, McCall’s, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Newsday, and, of course, Time. He has been an adjunct instructor in the graduate journalism program at New York University; is a licensed attorney; and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore, School of Law.

Peter L. Salk, MD, is president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and son of Jonas Salk. Dr. Salk graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 1965 and Alpha Omega Alpha from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1969. Following two years of house staff training in internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, he worked in his father’s laboratory at the Salk Institute from 1972 to 1984, conducting research on immunotherapy of cancer, autoimmune disease, and strategies for vaccine production. He worked again with his father from 1991 to 1995 on a project to develop an inactivated vaccine for HIV infection, and subsequently worked on the introduction of AIDS treatment programs in Africa and Asia. He is currently President of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, where he is devoting attention to the effort to complete the eradication of polio, organizing and making available the extensive collections of his father’s papers and historical materials, educating the public regarding his father’s life and work, and extending and applying his father’s vision to help address humanity’s present challenges and opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you at this and other events in the 2014–2015 series. For more information about many other upcoming history of medicine events in the New York area, see the calendar page of our blog, Books, Health, and History: http://nyamcenterforhistory.org/calendar/.