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Is the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy relevant to hospital librarians?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Librarians who work in hospitals have many daily tasks and meager time to spare on activities unrelated to their primary role (which I will loosely define as “supporting health care professionals” for the purposes of this post). Should hospital librarians care about the ACRL Framework?

Consider these three questions:
1. Does your hospital support nursing or allied health programs or accreditation?

ACRL stands for Association of College and Research Libraries. If you answered yes, the Framework might be relevant because it is a standard that can be applied to course development for undergraduate allied health & nursing programs. In fact, nursing accreditation standards for information literacy already exist – & are now superseded by the Framework.  Some nursing librarians recently published a Framework-based rubric for assessing undergraduate nursing research papers for information literacy skills.

2. Do you provide “bibliographic instruction” at your hospital library? 

Information Literacy is “a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”  If you answered yes to bibliographic instruction, the Framework might be relevant because it conceptualizes qualities of an “information literate” individual and engages higher level thinking, moving beyond the ‘how’ to find information to asking ‘why’ the information is important & according to whom.

3. Do you have time to read?  If yes – two recommendations: 1) a book review by hospital librarian Eleanor Shanklin Truex in the October 2016 Journal of the Medical Library Association which evaluates the book The New Information Literacy Instruction: Best Practices – the book review is available for free to read via open access. If that tickles your fancy, also check out 2) Chapter 9 “Information and Scientific Literacy Support,”  which discusses course and program level support of scientific literacy. The chapter is currently available to preview on Amazon. 

Should hospital librarians care about the ACRL Framework? My gut answer is no, but every [hospital] library is different. If you are primarily in service to doctors, residents, patients, and hospital admin, you can probably skip it. If you have any connection with undergraduate students, it’s worth knowing.

Our webinar on the Framework is Wednesday, April 26. If you can’t make it we’ll send you a recording. 

EDIT 4/17/2016 – Registration for the Framework webinar is closed due to overwhelming popularity. A recording will be available on our website after the broadcast.  

The NCBI Gene Database: a librarian’s unknown known for genetic questions

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

A student walks into a library looking for breast cancer information for a class project. All they know is their teacher asked for a report on the genetics of breast cancer. The teacher wants to know the location of the chromosome in the gene assembly where the breast cancer gene mutation occurs, variations in the gene and if  they are associated with other disease, and genetic testing options. The project is due tomorrow. Can you help?

Before you start thinking the joke is on you, consider the NCBI Gene  database.

NCBI Gene is one of those databases you don’t know you need to know until you need to know and you don’t know.

Basically, it’s like a Wikipedia for gene related information.

I draw that similarity because  NCBI Gene centralizes gene related information into individual records. All kinds of gene-specific data are connected, from gene symbols to PubMed citations to 3D gene visualization. Much like a long Wikipedia entry, the gene-specific data are presented in an expandable outline format, so getting to a particular piece of the gene-specific data is fairly painless. It also bears mentioning that much of the data in NCBI Gene is user-submitted, so in that respect, like Wikipedia, NCBI Gene is crowd-sourced.

So the next time a last minute request for genetic information comes your way, don’t panic. Head to NCBI Gene and try searching the keyword. It helps to know the organism (ex: homo sapiens), or you can filter results by Top Organisms. (For the record, the breast cancer gene – BRCA1 is located in Chromosome 17 of the human genome.)

Learn more about how to search NCBI Gene at our bioinformatics webinar next Thursday, March 9 at 10 am PT/ 11 am MT/ Noon CT/ 1pm ET

Can’t make it? Register anyway & we’ll send you a recording. Registration info below.

Five questions you can answer using the NCBI Gene database

Mar 9, 2017
1:00PM – 2:00PM ET






Job Opportunity at NTC

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Assistant Director, National Library of Medicine Training Center

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah seeks an imaginative team leader with progressive ideas to lead the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC). The Assistant Director reports directly to the Associate Director of the NN/LM MidContinental Region. The Assistant Director plans and implements the activity of the NTC; supervises NTC professional and support staff; and, in conjunction with National Library of Medicine staff, coordinates the activities of the NTC with other components of the NN/LM program, in order to support the effective use of NLM information products and services.  With the NTC team, the Assistant Director assures compliance with all elements of the Statement of Work that is part of the contract with the National Library of Medicine and develops and implements a strategic program plan for the NTC, including the appropriate assessment and evaluation of instruction. The individual in this position prepares an annual budget and supervises the timely delivery of class reports, quarterly reports, annual reports, and evaluation reports. The Assistant Director conducts online and in-person training classes throughout the United States on PubMed, TOXNET and other topics related to training and NLM resources and coordinates NCBI training. The NTC web site, social media plan, and national and regional class registration system falls under the Assistant Director’s supervision.  Responsibilities also include monitoring new developments related to NLM products and services and monitoring, disseminating and incorporating new information and trends related to distance learning, adult learning and instruction. Position is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position.

For more information on duties, qualifications, etc. please view our job listing < >

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Turn Text into a Mind Map

Monday, March 30th, 2015

This is a fun tool for getting thoughts down quickly and it has a pretty shallow learning curve. Just go to: It’s free and you don’t even have to register to get started.

NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS)

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Watch this 4 minute video to for step-by-step instructions for submitting manuscripts and associated files to PubMed Central to comply with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy.