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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. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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!