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August Breezing Webinar

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Breezing Along with the RML

Altmetrics: How Librarians, Faculty & Researchers Use Alternative Impact Metrics

August 17, 2016 10am MT/ 11am CT,

Altmetrics is a measure of the visibility of scholarly works utilizing online tools, particularly social media. But how does it differ from citation counts for example, one common measure of research impact? And are there other ways to use altmetrics for library services? Lilian Hoffecker will present an overview of altmetrics comparing them to other metrics, and provide examples on how researchers and librarians utilize them. Dr. Sarah Sutton will present an overview of the results of recent research conducted with a team of librarians, vendors, and LIS educators related to academic librarians’ and academic faculties’ familiarity with and use of altmetrics in the conduct of their regular duties in collection development, assessment, and scholarly communication support.


  • Lilian Hoffecker is a research librarian and assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library where she is responsible for conducting comprehensive literature searches in support of systematic reviews. Her research interests in bibliometrics and scholarly communication has led to her current collaboration examining the influence of English and other languages to research visibility.
  • Dr. Sarah W. Sutton is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. She is a member of a team of librarians, vendors, and LIS educators that conducts research on academic librarians’ and academic faculties’ familiarity with and use of altmetrics. The team’s research results have been presented at national and international conferences such as the American Library Association’s annual conference, Electronic Resources in Libraries, ALISE, NASIG, and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Libraries.

New Course Offering: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

Monday, August 8th, 2016

This is a course for librarians who are interested in an introduction on how clinical data can and is playing a role in patient care?

Health Sciences Librarians who take this Medical Library Association approved course (9 contact hours) will help them better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there is a completion deadline based on your cohort). The classes run in seasonal cohorts: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring.

Course content comes from information shared by the expert presenters at the March 7, 2016 “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum”, top reading picks from the NN/LM MCR & PNR Data Curation/Management Journal Clubs, recommended reading from Club members, and taking the course “Big Data Fundamentals” from the Big Data University.

Students will wrap up the course by articulating their views on why health sciences sector librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians could play in this emerging field.

More info here.

Or contact

September is Go4Life® Month

Monday, August 8th, 2016

September  Go4Life® Month. Did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Go4Life sample exercises,  exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all! What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+.  Your library may want to sponsor Go4Lifeprogramming in September and now’s the time to start planning.

This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults. /ch


Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information Online Course

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016

Class Description:
This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.



Disaster Information Specialist Monthly Webinar

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB  email list:

Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations

WHEN:  Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1:30pm ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  Reports from two Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects: “Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries” and “The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”


Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see


NCBI Change to HTTPS Affects API Users

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

If you use NCBI only through a Web browser (like Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.), NCBI’s change will not noticeably affect you. The only change you should notice after the deadline is that a green lock icon should appear inside the box, and the web addresses of the NCBI pages you visit will start with https://.

If you or those at your institution maintain software that uses NCBI APIs or accesses NCBI servers through the Web, you should review instructions prepared by NCBI and act before the deadline (Sept 30, 2016) to ensure uninterrupted service.

NLM is making this change to improve security and privacy, and by Federal government mandate. /ch

Libraries Responding to Crises

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

Did you know libraries can play an active role in a community’s response to a crisis? They can provide information about local events and services, create reading lists and research guides, and offer less-traditional services to their communities in the wake of tragedy.  Even the simplest gesture can have meaning.

If your library wants to help your community process recent events, but is unsure how to begin, you might find inspiration in two recent articles. Community discussion spaces, moments of silence, counseling, lectures, LibGuides, and teen reading lists—there are ideas for everyone:

For more resources, see our guide to coping with disasters, violence, and traumatic events ( or explore the materials in our Disaster Lit® database. If you have not already joined, you can register for email updates (via GovDelivery: or join our email discussion list (

If you are interested in getting involved more deeply in disaster response, take a look at our Disaster Information Specialist program ( and consider taking one of the courses offered, or attending one of our monthly webinars.

Submitted by Robin Taylor, Librarian/Contractor Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center.


New NIH funded biomedical data search engine prototype launched July 2016

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Launched in July 2016, DataMed is a NIH funded biomedical data search engine that is currently in development.

Members of the data scientist community are encouraged to test and provide feedback.

DataMed’s an online tool for users to discover data sets across data repositories/aggregators and will possibly allow users to search beyond outside these boundaries sometime in the near future. DataMed indexes the core metadata available for most datasets.

DataMed works within the FAIR guiding principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) of datasets and assists users to find datasets and information on how they can be accessed.

The number data repositories, selected by bioCADDIE (biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery Index Ecosystem), in this early release represents a small portion of the biomedical data available. bioCADDIE requests the data science research community to make recommendations on which data repositories DataMed should cover next. (Make your suggestions here)


Webinar: Important Changes to NCBI Web Protocols

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Date and time: Wednesday, July 27, 2016. 10MT, 11CT

Register Here (

The next NCBI Minute will discuss NCBI’s upcoming switch to the secure HTTPS protocol. Through this NCBI Minute, you’ll learn how this change will affect your access to NCBI pages and services and what you should do to have a smooth transition.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page. /ch

Webinar: The Opportunities and Challenges of Using Systematic Reviews To Summarize Knowledge About “What Works” in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Presented by: Kay Dickersin, Ph.D., Director, The Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When: Monday, July 25, 2016, 11-12 MT, 12 -1 CT

Presented via NIH Videocast (

For planning purposes please register. (

Whether discussing priorities for comparative effectiveness research (CER) from a funder’s or researcher’s perspective, understanding knowledge gaps, or setting guidelines for care, systematic reviews of existing research hold the promise of scientifically summarizing “what works” at any point in time. Dr. Dickersin will review models of how systematic reviews are being used globally to plan, implement, and derive recommendations from CER. Dr. Dickersin will then review some of the existing challenges to using systematic reviews and methods being used to address these challenges.

Dr. Dickersin will accept questions about her presentation via email at and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

For more information, contact the Office of Disease Prevention at

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, contact Jonathan Hicks at or (301) 827-5564. Closed captioning will be provided. /ch