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Archive for June, 2013

New Report: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked, resources in our nation’€™s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a report issued today by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

“We have to do everything we can to give all our children opportunities to get off to a strong start, and community institutions play a critical role. For parents and families, libraries and museums are a go-to resource that supports them as their child’s first teacher,”€ said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.

The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, is available at and documents dozens of examples and 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children.

Free Workshops in Seattle: Protecting Cultural Collections – Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Part 1: Prevention & Preparendness – Friday October 4, 2013 – 9am – 4pm Pacific
Part 2: Response & Recovery – Thursday, November 7, 2013 – 9am – 4pm Pacific
Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of Washington, Seattle

The “Protecting Cultural Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan by the end of Part 2
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for a wide variety of material including books, documents, photos & objects


NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2013-2014

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Forwarded by Tania Bardyn, Director University of Washington Health Sciences Library and NN/LM PNR:

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

“NLM continues to be pleased with the success of this collaboration with AAHSL,” said NLM director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. “Since 2002, this leadership program has been invaluable in preparing library managers who are rising stars to move into directorship positions.”

AAHSL president M.J. Tooey said, “AAHSL was one of the early organizations to recognize the importance of identifying and preparing future leaders. Our program, in partnership with NLM, has for more than a decade been a model for best practices in association leadership development programs. We are justifiably proud of the program and of the future leaders it has nurtured.”

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

You Are Invited/Welcome: Exploring New Horizons – Sharing the NLM Exhibition Program

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Thursday, June 20th at 1:00pm Central

The NN/LM Greater Midwest Region has extended an invitation to other NN/LM regions to attend their monthly free webcast (GMR Lake Effects) this month:

“Exploring New Horizons: Sharing the NLM Exhibition Program”

Presenter: Jill Newmark, NLM Exhibition Registrar/Traveling Exhibition Service Manager

Explore this amazing resource and discover the benefits of bringing a traveling exhibition to YOUR library.  The NLM Traveling Exhibition program reveals how the past informs the present and can shape the future.  This is a session you won’t want to miss.  Registration is limited, so register today at:

This session will be online using Adobe Connect.  To see if your system will support Adobe Connect, please visit this site:

Disaster Information

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Two remote sessions relevant to those interested in disaster response are coming up in June from the Disaster Information Management Research Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine:

Thursday, June 20, 1:30 PM Eastern Time. Disaster Information Specialists Meeting (open to all interested parties). Topic: Accessing Free Biomedical Literature in Disasters. Speakers: Claire Allen, Knowledge Manager for Evidence Aid and Maria Collins, Public Services Division, National Library of Medicine.

Evidence Aid, established following the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004, uses knowledge from Cochrane Reviews and other systematic reviews to provide reliable, up-to-date evidence on interventions that might be considered in the context of natural disasters and other major healthcare emergencies. There are currently four freely available ‘special collections’ which have, to date, used Cochrane Reviews to inform resources for earthquakes, resources for flooding and poor water sanitation, resources for PTSD and resources for burns.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) works in partnership with major publishers to provide free temporary access for healthcare professionals to full text articles from major biomedical title during/after disasters. This Emergency Access Initiative is activated for a specified time when agreed upon by NLM and the publishers.

Join us to learn more about these resources and how they can be accessed. LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, June 20th, click on

Wednesday, June 26, 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Topic: Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device. Speakers: Disaster Information Management Research Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine personnel.

There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters. However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late. Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely-used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their Web site many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations. In this webinar, representatives from NLM will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities.

To register:

BD2K: Data Catalog Request For Information Published – Due June 25

Monday, June 10th, 2013

The NIH BD2K initiative is considering the development of a biomedical Data Catalog to make biomedical research data findable and citable, as PubMed does for scientific publications. Such a Data Catalog would make it easier for researchers to find, share, and cite data, as well as the publications and grants that they are associated with. A Data Catalog is distinct from a data repository, but would help make data in such repositories more easily findable and citable in a consistent manner. In addition to supplying core, minimal metadata to ensure a valid data reference, it is envisioned that a Data Catalog would include links out to the location of the data, to the NIH Reporter record of the grant that supported the research, to relevant publications within PubMed or journals, and possibly to associated software or algorithms. Please refer to the link below for an Request For Information on this topic and share with interested communities: Request for Information (RFI): Input on Development of a NIH Data Catalog (NOT-HG-13-011) National Human Genome Research Institute.