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Former NN/LM PSR Associate Director Julie Kwan Announces Retirement!

Julie Kwan, former Associate Director of NN/LM PSR, has announced her retirement on June 29, after an illustrious 48-year library career at UCLA and the University of Southern California (USC). Since May 2012, Julie has served as the Associate Director of the UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library. She was the Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, (NN/LM PSR) from March 2010 through April 2012. During that time, Julie organized and led the effort to prepare the five-year proposal for the Regional Medical Library (RML) contract period of May 2011 – April 2016, which scored in the upper echelon of proposals submitted to the National Library of Medicine. She was recognized for her leadership with the 2012 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award. Read more »

Report on the April 18 Symposium “Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries”

by Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP
Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries and
Director, Norris Medical Library
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

I received NN/LM PSR professional development support to attend the one-day symposium Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries in Philadelphia on Monday, April 18. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR); the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL); and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A). The day opened with a discussion of findings from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) strategic forecast for academic medicine, which was followed by a panel of experts from various disciplines, who envisioned new teaching and learning spaces for libraries, based on the AAMC report. In the afternoon there was a presentation on design trends in academic libraries, and how even modest changes can make a big impact. A panel discussion Reducing the Footprint, Expanding the Neighborhood featured a discussion by library leaders about their experiences in converting space reductions into opportunities for new partnerships and programming. The day concluded with contributed Lightning Talks, with participants sharing their renovation experiences, focusing on practical examples, best practices, and lessons learned. The workshop was very well attended, with 140 participants from 29 states. Read more »

Coming May 1: Meet the New NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO)!

On May 1 the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will be replaced by the new National Evaluation Office (NEO). The NEO will have the same staff, Evaluation Specialist Karen Vargas and Acting Assistant Director Cindy Olney, and same location at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle; but it has a new and evolving role in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), with the establishment of a new five-year cooperative agreement funding cycle covering May 1, 2016, through April 30, 2021. Read more »

NLM Announces Awards for 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements!

Today the National Library of Medicine announced five-year cooperative agreement awards for eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices (DOCLINE, web services, training, evaluation and public health) in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations. The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library will continue to serve as the RML for the Pacific Southwest Region, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific Basin. A complete list of awarded institutions is available on the NLM web site. Read more »

Farewell to Lori Tagawa

NN/LM PSR Community Outreach Coordinator Lori Tagawa has accepted a new position in the UCLA Office of Academic Services beginning April 4. Her last day in the RML will be Friday, April 1. Lori has been an employee of the UCLA Louise M. Biomedical Library for a total of 7.5 years, the last five as NN/LM PSR Community Outreach Coordinator. Lori has been a great asset to the RML, and she will be deeply missed. The good news is that she is not going far away, just to the other end of the UCLA campus! Read more »

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Alison Regan, University of California, Irvine

by Alison Regan, MLS
Assistant University Librarian, Public Services
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Alison Regan

I am the new Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Public Services at the University of California, Irvine, Libraries. I provide leadership of the Libraries’ Public Services Division that supports the research, teaching, learning, and clinical activities of the campus, including providing oversight and direction for the Grunigen Medical Library, located at the UC Irvine Healthcare Campus in Orange. I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Texas – Austin, an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland – College Park, an M.s.Ed. in Secondary Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently I served as the Head of Scholarship and Education Services at the University of Utah Marriott Library. Previous roles have included Acting Head of Digital Scholarship Lab, Faculty Outreach Fellow, and Head of the Technology Assisted Curriculum Center. Read more »

NN/LM PSR Announces New Data Management LibGuide Resource!

When I began my internship with NN/LM PSR in January, I was asked to create a Data Management LibGuide based on the results of the 2015 NN/LM PSR Data Management Needs Assessment, where over half of the respondents reported that they had not addressed data management needs at their institutions. In working with NN/LM PSR staff, the decision was made to focus on clinical data management for hospital librarians. Read more »

Report on Paper Presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference

by Caroline Marshall
Senior Medical Librarian, Public Services
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Library
Los Angeles, CA

On March 4, 2016, I had the pleasure of co-presenting a paper at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) 2016 Annual Conference in Philadelphia with my colleague, Lianna Ansryan, a clinical nurse specialist. The paper, The Future is Today: Inspiring Nurses to Write (I-WIN) is the description of a program collaboration between the Nursing Department and the Medical Library at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Read more »

Data Sciences Learning: Online and In-Person Opportunities

Several online and in-person training opportunities can help jump-start your learning of data science topics. Some of the short courses and intensive training programs listed below are offered in conjunction with NIH Big Data To Knowledge (BD2K) initiative programs. BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative established to enable biomedical research as a digital research enterprise, to facilitate discovery and support new knowledge, and to maximize community engagement. Read more »

NIH Request for Information Yields Important Public Input on the Value of NLM Products and Services

In January of 2015 NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, formed a working group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) for the purpose of reviewing the programs of the NLM and making recommendations for a vision for the library that would ensure its continued role as an international leader in biomedical and health information. In carrying out its charge, the working group issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input regarding NLM. The RFI was active from February 13 to March 13, 2015, with 650 respondents providing feedback. At NLM’s September 17, 2015, Board of Regents meeting, Dr. Barbara Rapp, Chief, Office of Planning and Analysis, summarized the responses to the NIH RFI. She found that comments were submitted from across the broad range of NLM users, including medical librarians; researchers in biomedicine, biomedical informatics and computational biology; clinical, public health, and emergency response practitioners; historians; health information technology developers; journal publishers; and educators. Read more »