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Vol 11 No 4 – April 2013

In This Issue:

Research Lifecycle: Partnering for Success

Reproducibility – Indentifier – Collaboration. With these three words Jean Shipman, Director of the Eccles Health Sciences Library concluded and summarized the e-science event held on March 15, 2013.


Keynote speaker, Victoria Stodden, based her presentation on the credibility crisis in science because results are not reproducible. Reproducibility is a core standard for science. Why are results not reproducible? Today’s science generates data, but data and the code to identify data is rarely being shared. This means that results cannot be verified or reproduced. She described how few journals include information on where to access data and fewer mention where to access the code. Without access to data and code, we have “science” based on trust rather than evidence. Funding agencies have encouraged sharing but sharing is not enforced. Dissemination platforms are now available and is one example. It accepts data and code that can be shared with interested parties. Victoria convinced the audience that we are in a crisis and that librarians can help by assisting researchers to make their data and code accessible. (more…)

In the Literacy Trenches: Spotlight on School Libraries

School librarians play a critical role in student achievement. Twenty years of research demonstrates that students enrolled in schools with librarians have better standardized reading scores – regardless of student poverty level or overall staffing losses.

Carl Harvey had a big idea to drive points like this home – get 25,000 signatures in 30 days on a White House Petition to ensure that every child in America has access to a school library program. By the time the petition closed on February 4, 2012, there were nearly 29,000 signatures. Harvey, a school librarian in Indiana, and former President of the American Association of School Libraries (2011-2012), sought to raise awareness of the vital role school libraries and librarians play in student literacy and for the allocation of Federal funds to support school library programs.

The petition garnered a lengthy response by Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy. In his remarks, Rodriquez noted that President Obama requested $186.9 million in his 2013 budget for the Effective Teaching and Learning in Literacy competitive grant program, funding which would help fund the development of evidence-based, preschool-through-grade 12 literacy plans. He also reiterated Obama’s support of school libraries stating, “School libraries play a significant role in constructing and enriching that foundation. School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community.” (more…)

Spotlight on School Librarians – Wyne Cler, MLIS

Photo of Wyne Cler

School librarian, Wyne Cler

The library at Graland Country Day School in Denver, Colorado is abuzz with students. While parent volunteers (the library has over 100) – shelve books and check out materials, head school librarian, Wyne Cler, and her staff gear up for a day with pre K – grade 4 students who will visit the library to hone their information literacy skills. Cler has “very high expectations” for the graded skills assignments that students must complete. Graland, a pre K – grade 8 school with 645 enrolled, has a strong commitment to integrate technology into learning: each 5-7th grader has an iPad and all 8th graders have a laptop. (more…)

Welcome New Members!

Since last May, we have enrolled seventeen new Affiliate Network members in the NN/LM MidContinental Region. All of the new members are either libraries or information resource centers that provide health information to users.  Nine of the new members are K-12 schools or institutions of higher learning.

We welcome these new members to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. (more…)

Whooo Says….

Who Says Logo Owl

Dear Whooo,

I am a hospital librarian in an urban hospital. Lately I’ve noticed that my users consist mainly of older physicians who have been practicing in this hospital for many years. They are avid library supporters, but the younger physicians and the nurses do not seem to use the library. I am worried that as the major library users retire the library will be seen as non-essential. Do you have any ideas about how I can encourage more clinicians to use my services?

Looking for Younger Users (more…)

Rare Books at the McGoogan Library of Medicine

John Schleicher
McGoogan Library of Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska

The library of medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) began developing its rare books collection as early as the 1920s, initially financed by the College of Medicine and greatly expanded through gifts from faculty and alumni collectors, including Leon S. McGoogan, M.D.  At present, the McGoogan Library rare books collection numbers nearly 4,500 volumes—2,140 owned by the state of Nebraska and 2,298 comprising the Orr Collection, on permanent loan from the American College of Surgeons.  The collection includes medical and general science volumes dating from the 1490s, and includes works that are historically valuable, unique or hard to find.  Some of the volumes that can be found in the collection are:

  • Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, 1555
  • Newton’s Opticks, 1730
  • Jenner’s An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinae, 1798
  • Gray’s Anatomy, 1858
  • Darwin’s Origin of Species, 1859

The library staff works closely with our campus public relations team to promote the library overall, and our special collections.  The following article, “Curling up with a rare book,” appeared in our daily online newsletter “UNMC Today” in December 2012, as well as in our campus blog “A Day in the Life of UNMC.” (more…)

The Disaster Communication Summit

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men,
Gang aft agley,

From “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns

In 2012, the NN/LM MidContinental Region, the Greater Midwest Region, and Dan Wilson from the Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit started planning an event focused on the issues surrounding communication and disaster preparedness. The meeting was scheduled for March 7-8, 2013 in Chicago. Rooms had been reserved, presenters and workshop instructors confirmed, and participants registered.

But then the emergency struck. Sequestration happened and Cindy Love, from the NLM Disaster and Information Management Research Center, had her travel rescinded three days before the event. Cindy was scheduled to present in a morning session and teach the workshop “US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies.” The day before, Mother Nature decided that a snow storm should hit the East coast canceling Dan Wilson’s flight out of Virginia (and cutting off his electricity). Dan was the host of the summit and the instructor for the “10 Steps to Service Continuity Planning” on the second day of the event. Just before the event one of the keynote speakers got sick. The planning team scrambled. (more…)

Smarten Up Your Library: Hosting an NLM Traveling Exhibition

Amanda K. Sprochi
J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library
Columbia, Missouri

 This past February, the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library hosted a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division, entitled “The Henkel Physicians: a Family’s Life and Letters.”

The Henkel Physicians Exhibit

The Henkel Physicians Exhibit

In October 2011, the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division (HMD) advertised opportunities for libraries to host one of their travelling exhibitions. The requirements to host an NLM exhibition are pretty minimal: a certain amount of floor space, a commitment to send the exhibit on via FedEx to the next exhibitor, and some general care guidelines. In looking over the offerings, I became interested in “The Henkel Physicians: a Family’s Life and Letters,” about a family of physicians—grandfather, father, and son—who practiced in the Virginia Shenandoah Valley during the 19th century, encompassing the years of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The Henkels’ family correspondence is held in the History of Medicine Division archives and encompasses letters written from 1786-1940. Much of this collection has been digitized and can be viewed online via the HMD online digital collections: Physician’s Lives in the Shenandoah Valley. (more…)