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New NN/LM class- Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities using NLM Resources

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

When: November 10, 2016 at Noon Pacific Time, 11:00 am Alaska Time, 1:00 pm Mountain Time

The NN/LM PNR is offering a new class this fall on the topic of developmental disabilities. For many families and individuals, learning about a child’s or family members’ diagnosis can be devastating and cause an array of emotional responses. It can be an unexpected event and for others it is something they have been anticipating. Information is important regarding the diagnosis whether it is about a particular condition, accessing services, or finding support. The National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government entities offer an array of resources which may be of help.  This class will introduce you to those resources as well as ideas of how to incorporate them into your library to inform and make accessible to your communities.

The class is approved for Medical Library Association credit (1 or 3 CE hours) as well as for the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

  • To receive 1 MLA CE credit, attend the webinar on November 10
  • To receive 3 MLA CE credits, complete the pre-class readings, attend the webinar, and complete the class exercises (you will be given until November 23 to turn in the completed exercises)

To register for the class please go to deadline is November 9th.

PNR Rendezvous: PubMed Tutorial for Nurses

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Please join us on October 19 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific Time, Noon – 1:00 PM Alaska Time, 2:00 – 3:00 PM Mountain Time for our next PNR Rendezvous session.

We will have Megan Kellner, an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) who will tell us about the PubMed tutorial for nurses. Searching PubMed for relevant literature can be an intimidating task for new or inexperienced users. Librarians at the National Library of Medicine identified the need for a PubMed tutorial that is specifically catered to the needs of nurses and nursing students. In the fall of 2015, a Master of Library Science student from the University of Maryland developed the introductory PubMed for Nurses tutorial as an internship project. This webinar will discuss the tutorial development process, what makes nurses’ research needs unique, and reflections on the project a year later.

How to connect: We’ve recently changed our webinar system.  Please read below how to join this free webinar. (more…)

Big Data To Knowledge Webinars and Discussion Group

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

The following announcement is from Jenny Muilenburg, Acting Data Services Coordinator University of Washington Libraries

The UW Health Sciences Library and Research Data Services are collaborating with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region, to provide a monthly discussion group focused on issues around Data Science, with a focus on biomedical science. The discussion group will provide a venue for those interested in the National Institutes of Health’s Big Data to Knowledge “Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science,” a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science.

The online lecture series is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science, and will run all year, once per week, from 9-10am Pacific Time. The list of speakers through the beginning of 2017 is available online, Upcoming topics include Ontologies, Metadata, Provenance, Databases, Social Networking Data, Exploratory Data Analysis, and lots more. (more…)

Finding Reputable Journals

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The growth in importance of scholarly publishing and open access has also had an unfortunate consequence of a rise in disreputable or predatory journal publishing. These publishers can create a negative impact on the spirit of open access publishing, as well as preying upon less experienced authors. Librarians can help guide authors to reputable journals and teach them what criteria to use to evaluate publishers.

The questionable journals, which do not have high impact factors, sometimes sponsor “fake” conferences, and may charge authors to publish, often prey upon recent graduates or issue invitations to serve on their editorial boards as a way to gain legitimacy. Some factors to use in judging whether a journal is reputable: 1) Do they send spam email soliciting papers? 2) Do they charge for publishing? 3)Do they require copyright transfer when the manuscript is submitted?

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association offers a Code of Conduct for their members, which includes the dissemination of peer-reviewed manuscripts without charge or registration required, and allowing users to copy, distribute and use freely their published material. Requirements for membership in their association include: a regularly published open access book or journal, full contact information available on the web site, a well-defined peer review process, and appropriate activity for soliciting manuscripts.

Many academic libraries have published criteria for their users to assist them in identifying reputable journals, for example:

The University of Tennessee Veterinary School: Research Support Guide.
Queensborough Community College: Open Access, Open Education, & More: Predatory Publishing.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Open Access Publishing.
Texas A&M University: Open Access and Predatory Journals.
California State University: Psychology Predatory Journals.

Additional References:

  1. Chen, Cenyu, and Bo-Christer Björk. “Predatory’ Open Access: A Longitudinal Study of Article Volumes and Market Characteristics.” BMC Medicine 13 (2015): 230. PMC. Web. 28 Sept. 2016.
  2. Hansoti, Bhakti, Mark I. Langdorf, and Linda S. Murphy. “Discriminating Between Legitimate and Predatory Open Access Journals: Report from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine Research Committee.” Western Journal of Emergency Medicine 17.5 (2016): 497–507. PMC. Web. 28 Sept. 2016.
  3. Gasparyan, Armen Yuri et al. “Publishing Ethics and Predatory Practices: A Dilemma for All Stakeholders of Science Communication.” Journal of Korean Medical Science 30.8 (2015): 1010–1016. PMC. Web. 28 Sept. 2016.
  4. Wicherts, Jelte M. “Peer Review Quality and Transparency of the Peer-Review Process in Open Access and Subscription Journals.” Ed. Gemma Elizabeth Derrick. PLoS ONE 11.1 (2016): e0147913. PMC. Web. 28 Sept. 2016.



Free Webinar: A Beginners Guide to Creating Accessible Documents

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Are you interested in learning how to make your documents accessible to people with disabilities? The Institute on Disability is offering this free webinar tomorrow at 12:30 Pacific Time.

From their website:

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During this webinar, participants will learn the steps for creating an accessible document and the importance of having content accessible. Areas to be explored include the use of alternative tags, styles, headings, and hyperlink texts. Pitfalls for creating accessible materials will be explored and elements to be avoided will also be analyzed. By the end of the session participants will have the knowledge to make every document moving forward accessible.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who creates print or digital documents and anyone who wants to know why this is important: this includes general and special educators, paraeducators, assistive technology specialists and providers, accessibility professionals, ADA administrators, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, document creators, communication or accessibility coordinators, website content managers, marketing managers, and administrative assistants.”

To register, click here:

Next PNR Rendezvous – Precision Medicine

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

“Adventures in Precision Medicine: A Major Public Research Initiative and it Implications for Healthcare Consumers and Institutions” is the title of our next PNR Rendezvous webinar September 21. Malia Fullerton, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW Departments of Epidemiology and Genome Sciences, as well as an affiliate investigator with the Public Health Sciences division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC).  In early 2015 President Barack Obama announced an ambitious research initiative aimed at generating data needed to usher in a new era of medicine, one that will deliver “the right treatments, at the right time, every time to the right person.” This project, known now as the Precision Medicine Initiative or PMI, is recently underway and seeks to enroll 1 million or more patients from around the United States.  What will healthcare consumers need to know before they decide to participate?  And how will the national effort to study specimens, medical record data, and information collected by mobile health technologies from thousands of patients impact healthcare delivery?

Public librarians and those working in healthcare will find this an informative session as Precision Medicine becomes the primary delivery of healthcare. This impacts not just researchers and clinicians but the general public as healthcare consumers.

When: September 21, 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time (more…)