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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. (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! (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. (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. (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. (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…)