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Celebrate National DNA Day

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National DNA Day is today, April 25. It is a time for teachers, students, and the public to celebrate the achievements of the completion of the Human Genome Project and the discovery of the DNA double helix as well as a time to learn more about genetics and genomics.

It was on this day in 1953, that the paper, “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” was published by Watson and Crick. Also, included in this same issue of Nature, were accompanying articles by others including a scientist by the name of Rosalind Franklin.

The work of many has gone into the scientific advances we know today, including those discoveries and advances in genetics. Rosalind Franklin provided much of the research towards the discovery of the structure of the double helix and debates abound regarding the credit Franklin should be attributed. What is known is that once Watson saw Franklin’s x-ray crystallographic images (the famous Photo 51), he and Crick were able to solve the structure of DNA. Watson, Crick, and Wilkins were all recognized for their work in the discovery of DNA with a Nobel Prize in 1962. Unfortunately, Franklin was not included as she died of ovarian cancer in 1958 at the age of 37.


To learn more about genetics and the history of DNA through these resources:

Help us think about data!

Greetings! (with apologies to those who have already seen this information by email) Have you heard that two data coordinators have just started working at the Regional Medical Library? We are Annie Madhavan and Ann Glusker (AKA “The Anns”) and we are librarians who happen to have backgrounds in epidemiology, data indexing, public health, allied health, and public librarianship. Mostly we are passionate about data—learning about it, sharing it, teaching others to use it, gathering it, you name it!

We want to direct our programs and services to what you need and want, and so we’re writing to ask you to fill out a BRIEF (less than 10 minute) confidential survey. In it we will be asking about how you use (or don’t use, or would like to use) data in your work, and what is the most useful support and training we can offer you.

Here is the link (for those of you interested, the survey software is REDCap):

The survey deadline is April 30, but if you need more time to fill it out, let us know. We’ll be sharing the results (in aggregate form only) sometime this summer.

And, if you feel that you aren’t the best person in your organization to answer the survey, feel free to forward this information to the person who is—and/or to others who might have important input. We are hoping to limit responses to a maximum of 5 per organization, but don’t want to lose the chance for more feedback either!

Last but not least, if you fill out this survey (and list your email at the end), you will be entered to win a fabulous prize—10 lucky winners will receive an NNLM tape measure! Woo-hoo!

Let us know if you have any questions! And, seriously, thank you for your help with this important work—we couldn’t do any of it without you, and we appreciate your time and consideration.
Fabulous Prize

PNR Rendezvous webinar, “Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere”

Nicole Vasilevsky, Research Assistant Professor in the Ontology Development Group in the Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon, will be presenting about the development of online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science. These OERs can be used as ‘out of the box’ courses for students, or materials for educators to use in courses, training programs, or seminars.

Join us for this 1 hour webinar which is also eligible for 1 MLA (Medical Library Association) CE for either attending the live session or watching the recording.

When: Wednesday April 19 at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT

How to connect:

  • Go to current PNR Rendezvous session
  • Enter your name and email address
  • Enter the session password: pacific
  • Click “Join Now”
  • Follow the instructions that appear on your screen

For more information go to

PNR Partners Webinar Coming Up!

When: Thursday, April 13 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT

Join us on Thursday to hear two NNLM PNR members speak about their wonderful work in the region with PNR funded support. Ginger Kwan, Executive Director for Open Doors for Multicultural Families will present about the demonstration videos created to assist immigrant families of children with special health care needs find quality health information using NLM resources. Carol Cahill, Research Associate at Group Health, will present about her work to expand the content in the Neighborhood Health Link resource, a searchable web portal to health-promoting community resources in the Puget Sound region, for their patients.

How to join:

1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: partners
4. Click “Join Now”
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen

For more information go to

The Best Books on Data for the Curious Librarian

Data is a hot topic these days and it’s a challenge to keep up with all the new titles being released. Here are eight books that are definitely worth a look if you’d like to learn more about the world of data and its influence on librarianship…

Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think, by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier (2013)  A great overview of “big data” and it’s impact on the way we do science.

Data Management for Libraries: A LITA guide, by Laura Krier and Carly A. Strasser (2013) A quick introduction to data management.

Data Management for Researchers: Organize, maintain and share your data for research success, by Kristin Briney (2015) A detailed guide for researchers.

The Accidental Data Scientist: Big data applications and opportunities for librarians and information professionals, by Amy Affelt (2015) A playful primer for the curious librarian.

Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the networked world (MIT Press), by Christine L. Borgman (2015) An interesting exploration of data’s impact on the future of scholarship.

Databrarianship: The academic data librarian in theory and practice, edited by Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson (2016) A scholarly collection of articles on data librarianship specifically for the academic librarian.

The Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians (Medical Library Association Books Series), by Lisa Federer (2016) An indispensable resource for the medical librarian interested in data management.

The Data Librarian’s Handbook, by John Southall and Robin Rice (2016) A manual for the library student, teacher or working professional on data librarianship.

Next month, a list of some of the best data blogs…

NNLM PNR Twitter Chat

Edited: 4/12/17 Here is a link to the transcript of the #nnlmpnrchat about data on 4/11/17:

Please join us for the first NNLM PNR Twitter chat, on Tuesday, April 11, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, PST. The subject will be data, and the hashtag is #nnlmpnrchat. A twitter chat is a prearranged time to meet on Twitter and discuss a particular topic. To find the tweets in our conversation, search #nnlmpnrchat in the search box.

To learn more about Twitter chats, see Twitter Chat 101.

From the the Symplur Project: “A Twitter chat affords Twitter users the opportunity to engage in conversation with each other. A chat can either emerge from a new community that coalesces around a particular subject or keyword, or serve to focus the conversation of an existing community … Twitter hashtags, including those relevant to the healthcare industry, help to organize conversations on specific topics.”


Our two newest staff members, Research & Data Coordinators Ann Glusker and Ann Madhavan, will be featured! Topics include:

  • Data literacy
  • Access to NIH data
  • Research Data Management Plans
  • Training and Technology
  • What is Big Data?
  • Advocacy for Open Access
  • Data respositories
  • Reporting requirements for

If you have any specific questions, please email them to, or just attend the chat and ask questions then. A transcript of the chat will be available from the Symplur Healthcare Hashtag Project. Questions? Contact Patricia Devine at 206-543-8275 or See you then!