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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. (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. (more…)

MLA’s Educational Webcasts on November 29 and December 7

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcasts, Scanning the Horizon: Emerging Technology at Your Library and in the Classroom, held on November 29, 2016, and Beyond Systematic: The Librarian’s Role in Shaping Reviews on December 7 were successes! (more…)

Report on the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature in New York City

by Kathleen Carlson, MLS, AHIP
Associate and Education Librarian
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Arizona Health Sciences Library (Phoenix)
Phoenix, AZ

I attended the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature, held November 28-29 in New York City. The two-day meeting was hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine on the upper east side of Manhattan. The theme of the conference was Leveraging Diversity in Grey Literature. My attendance at this conference was made possible by a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries, Pacific Southwest Region. (more…)

Report on the 2016 Library Marketing and Communications Conference in Dallas, TX

by Sue Espe, BBA, MLIS, AHIP
Health Science Librarian
Merril W. Brown Health Sciences Library
Banner Health – University Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Several hundred library marketers converged in Dallas to attend the Library Marketing and Communications Conference. I was fortunate to receive a professional development award from the Regional Medical Library of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region to join them. If your role involves marketing the library or if you have an interest in library marketing, this conference must be added to your calendar for next year! The conference tagline names it as “THE conference for learning how to improve your library design, branding, promo and social marketing skills.” (more…)

Mental Health Issues and Training Opportunities for Libraries

sepia toned picture of woman reflectingThe topic of mental health can be one of the most challenging issues for library staff, especially when faced with tough questions or when interacting with patrons who are exhibiting signs of mental illness. NN/LM PSR is collaborating with the California State Library on a statewide initiative to help libraries improve services in this area. The Mental Health Initiative is an LSTA grant that provides several different types of training for public library staff. Through in-person and online trainings, and access to a brand new series of videos on mental health, library staff can increase their knowledge and develop skills for providing mental health resources and information to their patrons. Through the LSTA grant, the State Library provided instructor training for Mental Health First Aid, and the trainees will in turn provide sessions for their own libraries and communities. Mental Health First Aid is similar to medical first aid; essentially, it is the response by a non-medically trained person to provide immediate and temporary care, or assist until professional help arrives. In a library setting, it could be viewed as the spectrum of responses to patron behaviors that may indicate a mental illness or a mental health emergency. (more…)

Report on the 2016 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA

by Judith Kammerer, MA, MLIS, AHIP
Manager, Owen Medical Library
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Fresno, CA

Internet Librarian 2016 (IL2016), produced by Information Today, Inc., was held at the Monterey Marriott on October 17-19, 2016. It celebrated 20 years as a major conference supporting the efforts of librarians and information managers to keep updated on technology and innovative approaches to their jobs. Attendance has fluctuated over the years, with this year’s 750-attendee count being the lowest since I attended my first IL conference 10 years ago. (more…)

NLM Needs Your Input for a New Strategic Plan!

A top priority for new NLM Director Patti Brennan is the undertaking of a Strategic Planning Process and soliciting input from NLM’s broad stakeholder community. To that end, the National Library of Medicine has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain public input on goals and priorities for its next strategic plan, with a January 23 response deadline. In the ten years since development of the NLM’s last long range plan, there have been significant advances in biomedical informatics; major new initiatives at the NIH in data science, precision medicine, and open access to biomedical information; and changes in the environment and infrastructure of our country’s health systems. NLM is committed to building a data infrastructure that will support the future of biomedical research. During the current strategic planning process, NLM will be considering priorities and future directions around the following four themes: (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2016!

October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! This year’s theme is Aim for Excellence. Visit the web site to download the poster and enter the 2016 NMLM contest! In honor of this event, we recognize the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects and activities of librarians receiving NN/LM PSR professional development awards. (more…)

Now Available: Two New NN/LM PSR Funding Opportunities!

A Call for Applications (CFA) has been issued for two new NN/LM PSR funding opportunities; Professional Development Awards and Outreach Mini-Awards. All Network members are eligible to apply. The maximum award amount for both programs is $2,000 and all project activities must be completed by April 30, 2017. The RML expects to fund up to ten Professional Development Awards and six Mini-Awards. For both awards, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and awards will be made until funds are expended.

Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to attend professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support short-term projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming, one-time technology improvement (equipment) purchases, or one-day events such as health fairs, with an ultimate goal to promote knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for health care providers and consumers.

For additional information, such as proposal evaluation criteria, awardee reporting requirements, allowable expenses, and links to application forms, visit the award web sites on the NN/LM PSR Funding webpage. Don’t delay; we look forward to seeing your proposals!