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Aim for Excellence!

Monday, November 28th, 2016


Remember, Dec. 31 is the deadline for MLA’s Medical Librarian’s Month contest!

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Library services and quality health information can reduce hospital costs, length of stay, changes in diagnosis and clinical decision making, and improve patient outcomes. Find out how librarians can improve your organization’s standard of care.

This year’s theme for Medical Librarians Month is “Aim for Excellence.” Medical librarians add skill and value to have a positive impact on their institutions. Members of the Medical Library Association (MLA) may request a free poster which highlights research studies proving patients receive better care and institutions save money with information from medical librarians. Themed posters from previous Medical Librarians Months are available here.

And there’s more … to win an annual meeting registration, an MLA membership, or registration for a webinar, enter this year’s Medical Librarian’s Month contest, sponsored by the Medical Library Association. Submit a high quality original photograph of you (and/or your colleagues) in your workplace doing your job. See contest rules and prize information here. Contact Tomi Gunn at MLA with questions. Submission deadline is end of day December 31, 2016. Good luck!

Research Data Management Best Practices and REDCap

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Join us in the new Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) Idea Incubator Space on the second floor of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to watch the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) online Webinar, “Research Data Management Best Practices and REDCap.” The one hour webinar starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time on December 7, 2016.

“This webinar will begin with a short description of best practices for consideration in any research data collection/management plan. Once this information is covered, the webinar will transition to a demonstration and discussion of REDCap—a data management platform used by research teams across the world. (more…)

There is Still Time to Apply for 2016 Funding Opportunities from the PNR

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

If you have an idea about improving health equity in your community or enhancing information services in your organization, the NN/LM PNR wants to help! We now have four funding opportunities, including a NEW Community Health Outreach award, the Health Sciences Library Partnership award and the Technology Improvement award.  Applications for these types of projects will be funded on a first come, first serve basis, until December 9, 2016. However, please let us know you intend to apply at least 2 weeks before you submit, so we can get reviewers lined up to screen your application. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

For Professional Development awards, applications will be accepted anytime but an invoice for reimbursement costs related to the event must be submitted by April 1, 2017.

Also, if you have other ideas and you are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these currently available awards, please drop us a line ( and briefly describe your idea. We want to hear from you, so don’t hold back!

Welcome Ann Madhavan and Ann Glusker to the Regional Medical Library

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The Regional Medical Library (RML) for the NN/LM PNR is pleased to announce two new librarians joining the RML: Ann Madhavan, MSLIS and Ann Glusker, MLIS, MPH, PhD.

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Ann Madhavan

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Ann Glusker

Both will serve the NN/LM PNR in Research & Data Coordinator positions to promote equitable access to health information and effective management and use of data. Each position will provide learning opportunities for diverse types of librarians, researchers, pubic heath workforce, and partner organizations in the Pacific Northwest Region about research data management and data literacy.

Ann Madhavan, who joins the RML on Tuesday, November 1, has most recently served as a librarian and data indexer at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) where she performed data seeking and indexing for the United States Research Team and for all other IHME researchers requiring US data support. Prior, for almost 10 years she was the sole public health librarian at Public Health – Seattle & King County and also provided library support to the King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. Ms. Madhavan was the recipient of 2 awards: from the Medical Library Association, she received the 2005 Rittenhouse Award for the best student paper; and she also received the 2005 Sewell Memorial Fund Learning Partnership Fellowship to develop a digital library at Public Health-Seattle & King County for over 1,500 public health employees. She also volunteered with the Core Public Health Journals Project as part of an MLA PH/HA section initiative that was awarded the 2006 MLA Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences for the Core Public Health Journals Project.

Ann Glusker will join the RML on Monday, November 28, bringing experience as a Data Request Epidemiologist for Public Health- Seattle & King County; as a medical librarian at Group Health; and most recently as a public librarian at Seattle Public Library. She has served as program planner and host of a multi-system “open data” summit of library and data professionals, and on the curriculum committee of a three-state data initiative funded by the Knight News Challenge. Ms. Glusker is author or co-author of 11 articles and book chapters; a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals; and member of the Evidence Summary Team (competitive appointment) of the Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice Journal. She is an active member of state and national library associations, including WMLA, PNC/MLA, MLA, ALA, and RUSA.

Both Ann Madhavan and Ann Glusker are very excited about their roles in outreach to clinical translational researchers, the public health workforce, and librarians in the PNR. Contact information will be announced at a later date. Join us in welcoming them to the RML!

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…)

Announcing New Funding Opportunities

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The NN/LM PNR invites applications for a new suite of funding opportunities.  Check these out if you want: support to partner on research and data projects or events; funding for technology improvement; or support for professional development.

Eligible applications for Health Sciences Library Partnership projects and Technology Improvement projects will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, and you can submit an application anytime until November 10, 2016. However, please let us know you intend to apply at least 3 weeks before you submit, so we can get reviewers lined up to screen your application. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

For Professional Development awards, applications will be accepted anytime for activities that take place before April 30, 2017.

Also, if you have other ideas and you are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these currently available awards, please drop us a line ( and briefly describe your idea. We want to hear from you, so don’t hold back!