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Upcoming NN/LM PSR Webinar: “Big Data 2 Knowledge: Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science”

Register now for our March 22 webinar, Big Data 2 Knowledge: Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, coordinated by Nathalie Reid, Data Services and Technology Librarian! All librarians and health professionals interested in data science are encourage to enroll. This event will be a watching party of the video: Introduction to Big Data and the Data Lifecycle, followed by a discussion of themes that emerge and how they are relevant to our institutions. Video description: “Data are created, they persist for a period of time, and they may be lost or destroyed. With luck, they may be reused and re-explored to yield new insights and to spark new investigations. This talk will highlight major themes in the management and use of scientific data, and the ways in which investigators can ensure that their data will have maximum benefit to the scientific community.”

If you are looking for a lively discussion about data science, please join us! Expectations are that attendees will either watch the Youtube video along with the group at 1:00-2:00pm PDT or on their own, and then actively participate in the discussion at 2:00-3:00pm to be eligible for 2 MLA Contact Hours. Please contact me with any questions about the event!

Three Resources to Locate Recorded Presentations on Health Information Outreach Topics!

Have you wondered how to locate recordings of webinars or other online presentations hosted by government agencies, private organizations, or academic institutions on health information outreach topics? If so, use the following resources as a helpful guide:

NN/LM Webinar on March 9: Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database

Registration is available for the one-hour NN/LM webinar Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database, on Thursday, March 9, 10:00-11:00 AM PST. Presenters will be Peter Cooper and Bonnie Maidak from NCBI. The Gene resource at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is a central hub for accessing nearly all molecular and literature resources for a particular gene. You can easily answer the most common questions and perform the most common tasks by starting in Gene. This webinar will cover the structure and contents of the Gene resource and how to use it to answer the following questions:

  • Where is the gene located (chromosome and position) in the genome assembly?
  • What are the Reference genomic, transcript and protein sequences for the gene?
  • What variations are present in the gene and are they associated with disease?
  • In what tissues and under what conditions is the gene expressed?
  • What are the equivalent genes (homologs) in other species?

Recording for “NN/LM Resource Picks: PubMed Update” Webinar Now Available!

The archived recording of the January 25 session for the NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was PubMed Update with Katherine Majewski, from the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLARS Management Section, Bibliographic Services Division. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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New NN/LM Moodle Class, Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NN/LM) Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) and Mid-Continental Region (MCR) Regions are hosting the 9-week, self-paced, asynchronous course Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles from February 27 to April 28. The course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes forum, top picks from the NN/LM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club articles, and completion of the course Big Data Fundamentals from the Big Data University. This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours upon completion of all requirements.

New Book Title Available: The Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians

The Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians, edited by Lisa Federer, provides a background from theoretical foundations to practical applications for librarians who are new to data management, as well as new ideas and approaches for experienced data librarians. It highlights the many ways that librarians are addressing researchers’ changing needs at a variety of institutions, including academic, hospital, and government libraries. Each chapter ends with “pearls of wisdom,” a bulleted list of 5-10 takeaway messages from the chapter that will help readers quickly put the ideas from the chapter into practice. This new publication supports librarians with exciting new opportunities to use their expertise and skills in the development of services and programs to help researchers meet the demands of the data-driven research enterprise!

Webinar on March 7: Introduction to Graphic Medicine

The one-hour webinar Introduction to Graphic Medicine, with instructor Matthew Noe from the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 10:00-11:00am PST. The session will introduce the emerging field of graphic medicine, or, the use of comics in healthcare. It will begin with a brief overview of the field’s emergence, and then highlight the role that comics can play in two key areas of librarianship: health literacy and medical education. The webinar will conclude with suggestions for collection development and programming to kickstart graphic medicine in your library.

NN/LM Monthly Webinar Series on Systematic Reviews, February through July, 2017

The NN/LM South Central Region is sponsoring the webinar series, Pieces of Systematic Review, featuring guest speaker Margaret Foster, on the first Thursday of every month from Febuary – July at 8:00-9:00am PT. The first session will be held Thursday, February 2. Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted, leaving a constant need for education and discussion. Margaret Foster is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and serves as the Systematic Reviews Coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library with a joint position at the School of Public Health and the College of Medicine of the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center. The series will highlight the following topics:

  • February 2, 2017 – How do you determine if a research question is right for a systematic review?
  • March 2, 2017 – What searches beyond the typical databases should be done?
  • April 6, 2017 – What happens after the search?
  • May 4, 2017 – What free software is useful for conducting review?
  • June 1, 2017 – How can a librarian support other types of reviews (scoping, integrative, rapid)?
  • July 6, 2017 – What are the new developments in review methods?

Webinar Registration Available: Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library

On March 14, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT, join Jeff Julian, Director of the Public Awareness Office for the American Library Association, for the one-hour informative session Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library, hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region. Attendees will learn about ALA’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign which effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age, as well as how to incorporate messaging into regular communication channels to leverage the campaign in advocacy activities and more.

Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 (RDAP17) April 19-21 in Seattle: February 3 Early Bird Registration Deadline

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 (RDAP17) will be held April 19-21 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Take advantage of the early-bird registration rate of $190 by Friday, February 3! RDAP17 will offer a diverse set of topics and presenters cutting across disciplines, institutions, and roles involved with the major challenges of providing access to and preserving research data. Panels, posters, lightning talks, institutional snapshots, and problem tables will provide greater opportunities for engagement with the community. In addition to the regular program, on April 21 RDAP17 is hosting two incredibly affordable workshops on A Friendly Introduction to GitHub ($25) and Building and Utilizing Rubrics for Assessment of Data Management Plans (free). You can follow all of the RDAP17 news via website, Twitter, Facebook, and listserv.