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Upcoming PNR Rendezvous and PNR Partners webinars in August

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

This month’s PNR Rendezvous guest speaker will be Andrew Plumer, Outreach Librarian for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). His presentation, NLM’s K-12 Resources: Supporting the Teacher, Engaging the Student, will be Wednesday August 17 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time.

The National Library offers a wide selection of resources to assist the educator and engage the students. Web portals designed with educator input focusing on such topics as environmental health, chemical and toxicological hazards in the community and genetics.  The National Library of Medicine offers other databases that can be used as adjuncts to existing classroom lessons.  It isn’t all just web portals and databases, the NLM has created a series of animations dealing with environmental health issues and games covering  multiple issues  including chemistry, biology and environmental health.

How do I connect to PNR Rendezvous?
You can participate in this free, web-based interactive session from your desk with your computer and telephone.

  • Please click here to test your computer prior to the meeting. The diagnostic test will prompt you if you need to update Flash, check your connection speed and install an Adobe Connect add-in. If you have problems with these steps, please call your information technology department for help.
  • Go to the following website and login as a Guest, using your own name:
  • Once in the web meeting a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen call the 800 number and use the participant code given in the Notes box (lower left-hand corner) on the screen.

PNR Partners will be the next day on August 18 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time. (more…)

NLM K-12 health and science resources

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

knowledgeFor many, the school year is right around the corner as the summer break will soon be over. Many school teachers, administrators, and staff will soon be preparing for the fall start if they haven’t already. MedlinePlus is a familiar NLM resource but perhaps the K-12 resources are not.  The Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is responsible for the many freely available resources that school staff as well as students and parents may find helpful in regards to school policies, science information as well as health information for the wider community.

As many may already know, STEM education has taken a front seat with the White House campaign of “Educate to Innovate” involving partnerships with top companies, universities, foundations, and other organizations to continue the push towards advancing the achievements of students in the STEM arena. However, we also know that many schools are underfunded and have several priorities needing attention. These NLM K-12 resources are available for free and can help reinforce and supplement curricula as well as provide information for science and health research papers and projects. These are resources that students and parents can access and use from home and do not require creating an account or a special login.  (more…)

Funding Available for MLA Webinar: Getting Started with Statistics

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Jin-WuFunding is available for NN/LM PNR Network members to apply for group or individual viewing for the next Medical Library Association webinar, Getting Started with Statistics for Librarians, on Wednesday, September 7, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Learn how to understand basic statistical terms, identify test measures used in research studies, and interpret data presented in research findings. Presenter Jin Wu is an emerging technologies librarian at the University of Southern California Norris Medical Library. She has extensive experience using tools to gather information to make data-driven strategy and planning decisions. Those viewing the webinar receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

If you are in the Seattle area, you are invited to the PNR sponsored viewing in the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. To apply, send email to Patricia Devine at

Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2016-2017

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016. The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-two fellows and 59 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2016. To date, 28 fellows have received director appointments and over 50% have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged. Learn more about this leadership program and how to apply at 

PNR Partners webinar next week

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

PNR Partners
Tuesday June 14
1:00-2:00pm PT, noon- 1:00pm Alaska, 2:00-3:00pm MT

Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Oregon Health & Science University Library will present about the Open Insight program which is designed to inspire an understanding and the adoption of open science practices and activities. Meg Brunner, staff librarian at the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, will present about the online toolkit of resources created to increase outreach and education for Washington state’s communities needing reliable substance abuse information. (more…)

The Inaugural PNR Journal Club: Data Curation, Data Management, and Librarians

Monday, April 25th, 2016

This is a guest post by Andrea Harrow, MLS, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, about the PNR Journal Club, held over a period of eight weeks from February 8 through March 21, 2016.

I responded to an invitation sent out on a listserv for involvement in a new journal club–an opportunity for librarians to discuss issues in data curation and data management. Twelve librarians from across the US also signed up to give it a try.  This journal club, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, met online within Moodle and live via four AdobeConnect sessions. This club followed the MLA’s Discussion Group Program structure and the new PubMed Commons Journal Clubs commenting format.  (more…)