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Report on the 12th Annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) Conference in Austin, Texas

by Hal Bright
Electronic Resources Librarian
A. T. Still University Memorial Library
Mesa, AZ

With assistance from a NNLM professional development award, I had the opportunity to attend the 12th Annual Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) Conference April 2-5 in Austin, TX. The conference is tangentially hosted by the University of Texas (UT) Libraries and is held at the AT&T Executive Campus Center. It is 10-15 years old and covers everything from Discovery (my passion) and ERM to EZ Proxies. There were several workshops on collection development, leadership and grant writing as well. I encourage anyone who has electronic or digital in their job title to attend this conference at least once. There is also an online version which I may do next year. Read more »

New NNLM PSR Office Manager: Lynwood Lord

Hi everyone! I’m Lynwood Lord (I go by Lyn), the new Office Manager for the NNLM PSR. I’ll be coordinating the office workflow for the region now that Melina Perez has moved on to a new position in the UCLA Library.

Lynwood Lord
Lynwood Lord

Very early in my career I worked with medical publishers to provide content for doctors writing for the Current Opinion series of journals. For “digital natives,” it might sound strange that my main job was to chase down print copies of journal articles in various libraries around Philadelphia! Later I moved to a position working on a consumer health website.

More recently, over the past two years I worked with a research center in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. The center’s primary work focused on predictive technology and social media in healthcare (e.g., how to use Facebook groups to deliver peer-led behavioral interventions). You can visit the website that I created for the UC Institute for Prediction Technology. Prior to that, I spent several years with a small organization in Northern California, Integral Institute, where I focused my efforts on publications and event management. All of the duties in these positions have crossover with the work of the RML, so in some ways it feels like I’ve come full circle.

In my new position as Office Manager, I’ll be working with NNLM training and outreach databases, coordinating travel and meeting arrangements, and taking care of the office’s accounting needs. Additionally, I will be providing support for outreach activities and hope to contribute to the region’s social media efforts. On a personal note: my creative outlets include writing and photography and I enjoy pretty much anything related to the outdoors, including hiking and long-distance running. I look forward to working with everyone and finding out how I can contribute to the NNLM’s mission to improve public health. Feel free to reach out to me!

Report on the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland

by Emily Chan
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

With the generous support of a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), I was able to attend the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 Conference in Baltimore, MD from March 22-25, 2017. The theme for ACRL 2017, a biennial conference geared towards academic librarianship, was At the Helm: Leading Transformation. Read more »

So Much More than “Nuts and Bolts”: Report on the Systematic Review Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh

By Angela Murrell, Senior Librarian
Bastyr University California
San Diego, CA

This spring I had the honor of receiving a professional development award from NNLM PSR to attend the Systematic Review Workshop: Nuts and Bolts for Librarians, managed by some of the amazing staff at the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) of the University of Pittsburgh on April 3-5, 2017. The workshop runs for 2.5 days, and is offered 3 times per year. Having worked in a biomedical research library for 10 years, and now going on two years in a medical school library, I thought I knew a fair bit about systematic reviews, even though I had never worked on one directly. Still, this workshop seemed like the logical next step in my professional development. As I strolled past the Carnegie Museum of Natural History the Sunday before the workshop, I thought, what a lovely city to host a refresher course. Over the next 2 and a half days, I learned that I had a lot more to learn! Read more »

Announcing 2017-18 NN/LM PSR Funding Opportunities!

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2017-2018! We intend to fund up to three (3) awards, at a maximum amount of $9,000 each. The complete details, including application instructions, are available on the NN/LM PSR web site. Proposals submitted by Friday, April 28 will receive priority consideration. Read more »

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! Read more »

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 »