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Reflections on the 2017 Code4Lib Pre-Conference Workshop on Web Accessibility at UCLA

From March 6 through March 9, the 2017 Code4Lib Annual Conference was held on the UCLA campus. Code4Lib is an online community of librarians and archivists who code and programmers who work in libraries, archives and museums. I attended the pre-conference workshop Web Accessibility: Becoming a Stronger Advocate on March 6th. The class was taught by Kate Deibel, web applications specialist at University of Washington Libraries and Jenn Dandle, Web Manager, UC San Diego Library. Read more »

Loma Linda University Library Hosts the National Library of Medicine’s Traveling Exhibit “Pictures of Nursing”

Exhibit display in a library
NLM traveling exhibit at Loma Linda University

by Carlene Drake, MSLS
Director, University Libraries
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA

Loma Linda University is currently hosting the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) traveling exhibit, Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. It will be on display in the lobby of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library thru April 22nd.

The exhibit features six panels which explore the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, and how nursing was seen during those times as portrayed on postcards. The postcards are reproductions of items contained in the Zwerdling Postcard Collection, which was acquired by NLM’s History of Medicine Division. The archive of 2,588 postcards came from American nurse and collector, Michael Zwerdling, RN. This unique archive includes images of nurses and the nursing profession from around the world, produced between 1893 and 2011, with many examples coming from the ‘Golden Age’ of postcards—roughly 1907 to 1920.

The exhibit arrived just in time to be installed for Loma Linda University’s annual alumni homecoming weekend in March and will continue to be on exhibit as the students arrive for the beginning of Spring Quarter. The accompanying online version of the exhibit is available on the NLM web site.

Integrative Medicine Conference Aims to Reduce Health Disparities

The Annual Student Conference for Integrative Medicine (ASCIM) recently took place on the UCLA campus. Attendees learned and explored the concepts behind integrative medicine as a path to health, wellness, and reducing health disparities. The annual conference is a collaboration between the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine and an undergraduate student organization called SIM, the Students for Integrative Medicine. The mission of the conference is to introduce students, medical students, health professionals, and other interested parties to integrative medicine through lectures, panel presentations, and interactive sessions throughout the day. More than 20 noted speakers and panelists gathered to provide insights into the history and current practice of integrative medicine. Read more »

Report on the 2017 Regional Spring Meeting of AAMC’s Western Group on Educational Affairs February 25-28, in Salt Lake City

By Linda Suk-Ling Murphy, MLIS
Research Librarian for the Health Sciences
University of California, Irvine (UCI) Libraries
Irvine, CA

The Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) is one of four regional groups of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Educational Affairs (GEA). Its mission is to “promote excellence in the continuum of medical education by fostering the professional development of medical educators and advancing research in medical education.” The annual meetings hosted by institutional members provide participants great opportunities for collaboration and sharing ideas. With support from a NN/LM PSR Professional Development Award, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s conference from February 25-28, at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel. With the theme The Val “U” of Medical Education across the Continuum, the University of Utah School of Medicine hosted this year’s conference. The conference offered a wealth of programs covering medical curriculum topics ranging from systems to managing accreditation to designing successful active classroom activities. It brought together medical school deans, officers, educators, students, computer resource personnel, and librarians from more than twenty medical schools to share and discuss current challenges and future issues in the development and continuum of undergraduate and graduate medical education. This article summarizes the three-day program of workshops, panel discussions, small group interactive dialogue, and the abstracts of oral and poster presentations that I participated in and benefited from as a librarian-attendee and medical educator. Read more »

Data Librarians Unite!

On March 13-14 Data Librarians from across California, many from the University of California, met at the first-ever California Data Librarians Meeting. The event was held in the University of California, Santa Barbara, Library Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory – the home of a newly launched program for campus support of data discovery, research, analysis, and visualization. The meeting was organized as an “unconference,” where on the first day attendees voted on topics they wanted to see covered with two concurrent sessions. My day kicked off with a workshop on software, data, and library carpentries facilitated by data librarians from the University of California, San Diego. Carpentries can be described as skilling-up with the intention of creating communities of practice. Software carpentry involves boot camps on R, Python, GitHub, and are geared towards lab skills for computational research. On the other hand, Data Carpentry tends to be discipline specific, on data literacy and data management. Library Carpentry is the training of other librarians in these areas in a train-the-trainer methodology where they would be expected to train others. Read more »

New NN/LM PSR Data Services and Technology Librarian: Nathalie Reid!

Nathalie Reid

Hello everyone! You may have seen my name in a few emails recently or on the website. I’d like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself. I’m Nathalie Reid, the new Data Services and Technology Librarian with the NN/LM PSR RML. During the past two years I was the Information and Resources Manager at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network at UCLA, where I focused my efforts in web development and social media. My responsibilities there included content writing, editing, and fact-checking; developing social media plans; content development and strategy; campaign design and implementation; brand awareness; social media policy development; trainings; event planning; and reporting and analytics. I love technology and am always trying to stay current on emerging trends.

In my new position I will be overseeing needs assessment and program development to increase support of big data initiatives. This includes creating data management plans and helping scientific researchers find appropriate data repositories. Also included in this position is overseeing some components of the NN/LM PSR website, particularly to make sure it is 508 compliant. Along with the team of Outreach Coordinators, I will be doing in-person and online workshops to promote awareness and use of NLM resources and tools in research and in the academic community. Additionally, I will be actively involved in the social media activities of NN/LM PSR including posting, tweeting, and blogging – so stay tuned to hear more from me!

I have two master’s degrees, one in Library and Information Studies from McGill University in Montreal and another in Sociology. I also have two bachelor’s degrees, one in Sociology and the other in Human Rights and Law. I wrote my Master’s thesis on banned books in Canada where I examined a legal case and then analyzed public opinions about it in newspaper editorials.

I would absolutely love to hear from all of you as to how data services can be useful in your libraries. Data services is a new and emerging trend for both UCLA and NLM so it would be wonderful to hear from you as to how we can shape this initiative. Please send all comments to nreid@library.ucla.edu.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Feedback Needed: Beta Version of ClinicalTrials.gov Available for Testing in February!

A new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov is available for user testing. The test site can be accessed from a link on the homepage or directly at the beta version. The beta site will be available for at least one month to obtain feedback from the public. To submit comments, questions, and suggestions on this new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov, respond to the online survey by clicking on the “Give Us Feedback” link in the top right corner of the beta site. The new version of ClinicalTrials.gov was developed to provide new features to support searching for clinical studies. Key features of the beta version include:

  • “Filters” for refining search results
  • “Show/Hide Columns” for customizing the display of search results
  • “Saved Studies” for storing and retrieving particular study records of interest

Additionally, “Basic Search” has been replaced with “Fielded Search,” which provides more options for searching specific categories such as Conditions/Diseases and Study Location. The new beta version accesses the same data as the operational version of ClinicalTrials.gov and allows users to compare the search functionality between the two systems. Please note that the content under the “Find Studies” menu item, including the “How to Search” pages on the beta version, have not yet been updated to reflect all of the new features and will remain “under construction” during the beta test period.

NN/LM PSR Welcomes 2017 Winter Quarter Intern: Cecilia Tsai

NNLM PSR Intern Cecilia Tsai

Hello, my name is Cecilia Tsai, the new intern this quarter for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Southwest Region. I am a second-year MLIS Informatics student within the UCLA Department of Information Studies. My interest in health sciences librarianship stems from working as a Public Service Assistant at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library from 2015-2016, as a Senior Editorial Assistant in the Global Research group of John Wiley and Sons from 2012-2015, and discovering the critical need for libraries to provide digital literacy in a rampantly networked world.

In order for libraries to efficiently provide such a technologically progressive service, I will work with Kay Deeney, the Education and Outreach Librarian at NN/LM PSR, to implement user-centered instructional designs, create and promote webinars, and provide other distance-learning opportunities for health professionals and organizations. I hope to develop clear and useful resources to improve member experience and public access to health information. One of my main projects is to create a “Food for Thought” Moodle or self-paced online course that helps members identify reliable sites and resources for nutrition information. I am also excited to help enhance our social media presence as a reliable gateway for members to digitally access our resources.

I know this internship will continue to challenge me in learning, examining, and creating new opportunities to develop professionally in a heavily networked world, where distinguishing information from misinformation has become dire in the medical and health science fields!

NLM Announces Two New Appointments in Library Operations!

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. Read more »

Profile of New Mayo Clinic Patient Library and Research Center, Phoenix, AZ

by Lisa Marks, MLS, AHIP
Director of Libraries
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

In mid-February 2016, Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened its Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Located in the Phoenix Campus Clinic Building, the Integrated Cancer Center offers Multi-Disciplinary Cancer Clinics, a state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology department which includes the Proton Beam Therapy Program, as well as Integrative Medicine and the Women’s Health & Breast Center.

Lobby furniture and interior book displays of the Mayo Clinic Patient Library and Research Center

The Mayo Clinic Patient Library & Research Center is located on the first floor in the lobby area. It offers consumer health books, medical textbooks, consumer health magazines & newsletters, health pamphlets, anatomical models, mobile media, and DVDs. An American Cancer Society Patient Navigator is available to assist cancer patients. The Library provides full-time staff and reference services including literature searches from a variety of online databases and traditional reference tools to answer questions. The library is open to patients, families, the community and Mayo Clinic employees. A classroom is available for health related classes and for study purposes. There are three computer workstations for patron use, as well as photocopy, print, scan and fax machines.

The collection (books and journals) is non-circulating to patients but the Patient Library circulates materials to employees upon request. Complimentary pamphlets, brochures, DVDs and CDs on numerous subject areas are available to patients, family members and employees. Within the first 10 months of being open, the Library had approximately 15,700 patient encounters and transactions. We are excited to see what 2017 will bring for the Patient Library and Research Center!