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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

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!

Announcing New Funding Opportunities

The NN/LM PNR is pleased to request applications for a new round of funding opportunities to support projects from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. Applications submitted by April 14, 2017 will receive fullest consideration and will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.

New funding opportunities include:

Community Health Outreach Award, two awards up to $9,500 each.

This award is to support outreach projects with aims to improve access and use of quality online health information for informed decisions about health in underserved communities. Possible activities include: 1) Promotional activities, including health fairs, exhibits and events to increase awareness and use of electronic resources; 2) Hands-on training sessions at conferences of health care providers about skills to identify, access, retrieve, evaluate, and use relevant electronic health information resources for patient and consumer health education; 3) Collaboration by one or more of the following: libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic or K-12 programs, healthcare workforce, or community organizations. Read more »

National Nutrition Month®

photo of fresh fruit and vegetablesMarch is National Nutrition Month and your libraries or organizations might wish to incorporate programs and services and links to information in the communities you serve. Here are some resources which provide not only nutritional information but tip sheets, videos, lesson plans and more to help encourage healthier communities.

National Nutrition Month® Put Your Best Fork Forward
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is this year’s theme which reminds us to start with small changes in our eating habits – one forkful at a time. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time, helps improve health now and into the future. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides games, videos, tips as well as a Celebration Toolkit with resources and ideas for school, work and at home. Go to the website to learn more

MyPlate is Here for You During National Nutrition Month!®
Join MyPlate this spring in celebrating a favorite topic, nutrition! You’ll find videos, interactive tools, tip sheets, ideas for eating on a budget and even posters and lesson plans for schools. Whether you are a dietitian, educator, parent, or someone who is just trying to eat a bit better, has resources to help you achieve your healthy eating goals this month, and all year long. Learn more at is a government resource which serves as a gateway to authoritative information regarding nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers. Though it doesn’t have specific information for observing National Nutrition Month® it does provide links to information such as finding information about:

  • dietary supplements
  • calories and nutrients in food
  • weight management
  • meal planning, shopping and cooking tips

Fine more at

A wealth of nutrition information is available at MedlinePlus. In the health topics section is a category titled “Food and Nutrition” at Clicking on that will take you to a list of information regarding specific vitamins, nutrients, diets, as well as nutrition for specific populations such as children and seniors. Some information is available in other languages but you may find Health Reach a better resource for multiple language information at

PNR Rendezvous webinar March 15

PNR Rendezvous graphic
When: Wednesday March 15, 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm Mountain

How to connect (no registration required)

A lot can happen after work is published. Work can progress, leaving findings supported, out-of-date, or refuted. Others can have questions for the authors, or identify problems. The records of a range of these post-publication activities find their way into PubMed. Join us next Wednesday to hear Hilda Bastian, from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), discuss the changing visibility and accessibility of post-publication activity in PubMed in her presentation, “What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed”

The webinar is an hour long and is eligible for 1 MLA CE credit either for attending the live session or viewing the recording.

We hope you can join us for this informative session!

Fair Use Myths and Facts

In conjunction with Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2017, the Association of Research Libraries is releasing an infographic that refutes 10 popular misperceptions about fair use. Fair use and fair dealing are vitally important rights for everybody, everywhere — students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material. These doctrines provide balance to the copyright system by allowing the use of copyrighted resources without permission from the rightsholder under certain circumstances, thereby promoting creative progress and accommodating freedom of expression. See: “Fair Use Myths & Facts” infographic (PDF).

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual, community celebration coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries to promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, highlight successful stories, and explain these doctrines. Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2017 is being observed this week, Monday, February 20, through Friday, February 24. Visit to participate or find additional resources on popular topics from this week and previous Fair Use Weeks, including copyright policy and the nature of copyright, factors of fair use, government blogs, digital materials, innovation, fair use in the media, scholarly publishing and open access, educational uses, and case studies.