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…)
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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. (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
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…)
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…)
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!
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…)
Thanks to everyone who responded to our request for completing this needs assessment sponsored by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO)! We would like to share highlights of the results from our region. Sixty-eight network members responded to the assessment. The largest group of respondents was composed of hospital librarians, followed by academic health sciences librarians, and then other academic library staff. California being the most populous state led the total with 72% of the responses, and Arizona placed second with 19%. Following are some of the key findings. (more…)
The 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…)
I recently made a trip to Arizona and had many experiences! Here’s a few snippets in the life of a staff person from the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine! (more…)
The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians, held on October 5, 2016, was a success! (more…)