Archive for the ‘News From NN/LM PNR’ Category
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Welcome to day three of Love Your Data Week 2017! Today’s topic is Good Data Examples. What makes data “good” or “well managed?” The Fair Data Principles: Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability are a good place to start. Published by Mark Wilkinson and his colleagues in 2016, these principles “put specific emphasis on enhancing the ability of machines to automatically find and use the data, in addition to supporting its reuse by individuals.” 1A brief description of the principles, excerpted from Wilkinson’s article, explains:
To be Findable:
- F1. (meta)data are assigned a globally unique and persistent identifier
- F2. data are described with rich metadata (defined by R1 below)
- F3. metadata clearly and explicitly include the identifier of the data it describes
- F4. (meta)data are registered or indexed in a searchable resource
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Welcome to Love Your Data Week 2017! This “5-day international event to help researchers take better care of their data” has participants from all over the United States and also abroad, with everyone posting and tweeting about data (best practices, resources, etc.). The PNR will be posting on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as here on the Dragonfly blog, about data issues and trends you may want to know about, whether or not you work directly with researchers.
Today’s topic is “Documenting, Describing and Defining Data” and we are pleased to re-post a behind-the-scenes look at how researchers define data quality, from the University of Washington Libraries’ Data Services “Data@Libs” blog. Enjoy!
“Today we’re highlighting the work of a University of Washington research lab, to demonstrate how one group of researchers define data quality.
Loma, Kaeli, and Jorge from the Avian Conservation Laboratory in the UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences kindly agreed to answer a few questions about data quality in their field of research. Let us know your experiences with data quality by tweeting with the hashtag #LYD17 to @UWLibsData.
Provide a brief introduction to yourself and your lab/team:
Kaeli: “I study the behavior of crows around dead crows (ethology/thanatology). Most other people in my lab also work on birds, but our individual studies, areas of research and methodologies vary greatly.”
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Were you unable to make it to the in-person classes of, “We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making”? Now it is available as a Moodle class where attendees can work asynchronously during the month of March. The class consist of four topics such as learning some of the principles of genetics and how it is used in health care and consumer information which includes direct-to-consumer testing, the Precision Medicine Initiative and more. The class also includes a webinar portion where the instructors will demonstrate resources from NCBI and the National Library of Medicine. Opportunities for class discussion, a news forum to post news stories and favorite resources as well as class exercises are all part of the package.
This is an opportunity to learn more about how genetics is entering our health care as well as preparing our patrons whether they are health care professions, students, patients or the general public to become informed about how genetics could affect their lives. Through this class, attendees will become familiar with the utility and effective use of key genetic information resources and contribute to the genetic literacy of the consumers and clinicians they support.
Registration is now open and runs through February 28 https://nnlm.gov/class/waypastpeas
(4 Medical Library Association CE credits)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
The Inland Northwest Health Science Libraries group, in collaboration with libraries at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and area hospitals is bringing the Association of College and Research Libraries workshop, Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit to Gonzaga University in Spokane on Monday, April 10th, 2017.
Research data management (RDM) has emerged as a need among academic researchers and liaisons are building skills in response. This one-day workshop will assist liaisons to identify their existing skills and mindsets that transfer to research data management services and then create a learning plan for the RDM specific knowledge needed to serve their subject disciplines. Tools, hints, and tricks will be shared that facilitate partnerships on campus with disciplinary faculty and with other RDM service providers.
This workshop is intended for liaisons who are seeking to engage with research data management for the first time, or who have a very basic knowledge of research data management. This workshop is an introductory level experience. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with research data management. The primary audience is subject liaison librarians, secondary audience include senior library administrators, middle management and department heads, and technical services librarians and staff. Other campus partners such as Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer, IRB, or campus IT may be interested but would be a tertiary audience.
When: Monday, April 10, 8:00am – 5:00pm PT
Where: Gonzaga University’s Hemmingson Center Room 314 in Spokane, WA
Learn more and register: https://nnlm.gov/class/building-your-research-data-management-toolkit-integrating-rdm-your-liaison-work/6788
Thursday, January 12th, 2017
National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Amanda J. Wilson as Head of the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO); and the appointment of Mark Ziomek as Chief, Public Services Division, both in NLM Library Operations.
Ms. Wilson will lead the office responsible for coordinating NLM’s nationwide program designed to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing access to biomedical and health information for both health professionals and the public. Eight Regional Medical Libraries and five National Offices lead a collaboration of members that includes academic health sciences libraries, hospital, pharmaceutical and other special biomedical libraries, public libraries, information centers and community-based organizations. Ms. Wilson assumed her new position on January 9, 2017. Mr. Ziomek will lead the Division responsible for several key NLM programs including MedlinePlus, the main NLM web site, customer service, management and preservation of the collection, and delivery of onsite services and interlibrary loans. Mr. Ziomek brings experience in serving a variety of library users, managing performance, and crafting federal information policy.
Ms. Wilson brings considerable experience in leading a national network of library members, leading change in large organizations, and collaborating across organizations to produce positive results for users. She joins NLM from the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she has been an Assistant Director, Office of Transportation Information Resources, for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and the Director of the National Transportation Library. She has served in these roles since 2006, leading the operations and expansion of the National Transportation Library and establishment of the National Transportation Knowledge Network. Since 2015 she has chaired CENDI, an interagency federal scientific and technical information managers group. Ms. Wilson’s professional experience and service include Assistant Professor and Metadata Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America; CUA Department of Library and Information Science Board; and the ALA Committee on Accreditation External Review Panels. Ms. Wilson has a MS in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in music and psychology from Emory University in Atlanta.
Mr. Ziomek brings experience in serving a variety of library users, managing performance, and crafting federal information policy. He joins NLM from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he served as the Manager of Library Services since 2008. In that role he oversaw reference and research for GAO staff, collection development, contract management and procurement, cataloging, interlibrary loan, and electronic content management. From 1995-2008 he was Chief, Library Services Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, directing acquisitions, cataloging, reference, and collection development. From 1990-1995 he was a Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist and from 1984-1990 a Senior Music Cataloger, both at the Library of Congress. He has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in history and music from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Wilson and Mr. Ziomek to their new positions!
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
The next PNR Rendezvous session is a chance for those who may not be familiar with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to be introduced to their regional office, the Pacific Northwest Region or more commonly referred to as the PNR. It can be a bit confusing especially because we promote and feature the resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) which is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
For those of you familiar with the NN/LM PNR we will be updating you about some of the changes that have been occurring at the NN/LM and NLM as well as our own regional office.
In this session the NN/LM PNR staff will introduce themselves and let you know a little more about who we are and what we do. You will:
- hear what changes have been happening and our focus in the next year or two
- get a walk-through of the new website
- learn how your institution can become a member (for free!)
- check out funding opportunities
- learn how to create an account
- find out how we can assist you with your communities’ health information needs
Bring your ideas of what you’d like from the PNR as well as questions!
Wednesday, January 18, 1:00 – 2:00pm PT, Noon – 1:00pm Alaska Time, 2:00 – 3:00pm Mountain Time
Information on how to connect to the webinar at https://nnlm.gov/classes/pnr-rendezvous