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Greetings TSS members! Take a few minutes and catch up with your TSS colleagues in this issue of Technical Trends. Chair Jeremy Bartczak invites you to become more involved with TSS and shares updates on on-going projects in his From the Chair column. He has also rounded up a number of exciting learning opportunities in the Professional Development/CE section, including an event led by one of our own members. Amanda Page, Chair Elect and Program Chair, reminds us about the program TSS is sponsoring at MLA 2015. We also debut our new Featured Members section, with introductions to two fascinating TSS members, and a brief Member Notes section. Last, but not least, we invite you to contribute to future issues of Technical Trends.
Marlena Barber and Erin Wentz,
Technical Trends Editors
Hello TSS membership and welcome to the Fall 2014 issue of Tech Trends! I hope everyone has had a safe and relaxing summer. There are many exciting events and opportunities on the horizon for the section. First and foremost, it’s already time to begin thinking about volunteering to serve as a TSS officer. We will soon be assembling a slate of candidates for Chair-Elect, Section Candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee, and Secretary-Treasurer. Thank you to Deidra Woodson who has agreed to stay on as Secretary-Treasurer after an unexpected vacancy. There will also be opportunities for other leadership appointments in the section. Please review the list of section officers and be thinking about how you would like to get involved. Feel free to contact me to volunteer or learn more.
Our co-webmasters are working hard to continually improve and upgrade our website. I think the progress to this point has been tremendous and want to thank Michael Wood and Marlena Barber for all of their efforts. Look for continued changes to the website in the coming months. I am also very excited about progress with the 2015 section program: Data Curation and the Relevancy of Open Access. As you make your plans for MLA 2015, please consider submitting presentation ideas and share your experiences as a representative from TSS.
As always, the listserv is a great place to ask questions, make announcements, and provide feedback or comments to the section. Feel free to use it. We want to hear from you!
There are some big learning opportunities on the horizon for medical and health sciences librarians.
If you’re interested in expanding your skill set beyond traditional tech services, MLA will be offering a webinar series this Fall/Winter dealing with research and systematic reviews. Registration is $49 for MLA members:
/ www.mlanet.org/ event/ beyond-search-i-protocol-development-and-methodology-systematic-reviews-webinar
/ www.mlanet.org/ event/ beyond-search-ii-data-management-systematic-reviews-webinar
/ www.mlanet.org/ event/ beyond-citation-counts-practical-skills-measuring-research-impact-webinar
If you are interested in building bioinformatics services, check out the NLM Training Center’s course: A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI:
The class provides 6 weeks of asynchronous training online followed by a week of in-person instruction at the NLM campus in Bethesda, MD. In addition to the database search aspect, this looks like a great opportunity for those interested in building out data-related services.
Speaking of data, Coursera is offering several excellent opportunities for those who want to build skills in data management. In October they will once again offer Data Management for Clinical Research.
I’ve taken this class personally and highly recommend it.
Coursera has also created a data science specialization certificate that includes a series of courses on data programming, analysis, statistics, and research. The first course in the series begins Oct. 6. Note that this is now a pay as you go series of online classes:
If any catalogers out there are brave enough to begin playing with the BIBFRAME model, I found these two archived webinars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library & Information Studies website. I have not fully viewed both sessions, but they appear to provide a good launching point for experimenting with the new model:
And last but not least, TSS member Dick Miller from Stanford’s Lane Medical Library has hosted and archived a very interesting webinar entitled Metadata: the key to linking data with NNLM’s South Central Region. CE credit is available until October 31:
Please also keep in mind that MLA will put out a call for 2016 annual meeting CE ideas this December. If you are interested in teaching or wish to suggest a topic, this is your chance. CE offerings for MLA 2015 will also be posted in December. Jump on the opportunity to have an MLA CE course funded and APPLY for the TSS Chamya Kincy Memorial Continuing Education Grant.
Abstracts are due on Nov 3.
MLA 2015 Section themes: http:/
FAQs on Papers: http:/
FAQs on Posters: http:/
Title: Data Curation and the Relevancy of Open Access
Section program: 32
Cosponsors: Scholarly Communications Committee, Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG, Cancer Librarians Section, Research Section
Program format: Contributed
Description: Open access is centered on providing online access to academic, peer-reviewed literature with no cost barriers to the reader and few copyright ones. Ten years into the open access movement, the idea of open focuses on providing similar access to more than just peer-reviewed literature, but also data (open data), books (open books), educational resources (OERs), and more. What work needs to be done to ensure that research, data, literature, and records are preserved and made open? What is done to curate, archive, organize, store, and make research, data, and other works open and accessible to the patron from the point of origin? How do librarians make research accessible and open? What collaborations exist for this purpose? This session will explore these questions and many other issues of librarianship as they relate to open access.
MLA Member Since: 2010
Past Experience: Previous positions include a position as a Research Assistant for HOAP and numerous years of working in academic health science libraries. She has recently consulted for Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS). Amanda holds her MSLIS from Simmons College.
Current Position: Amanda Page currently holds two positions at Harvard University. She has worked for the Harvard Libraries at Countway Library of Medicine for nearly four years. She thoroughly enjoys the challenge, especially because Resource Sharing is an intersection between technical services, research, and patron assistance. She has recently taken a position as Project Coordinator of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which is part of the Harvard Law School. Appreciating this role as well, Amanda focuses on initiatives involving Open Access.
Education: Amanda holds her MSLIS from Simmons College.
Why did you join TSS? Amanda joined TSS in 2010 because she was interested in how libraries collaborate interdepartmentally and because much of the departmental work in technical services intersects with the work done in interlibrary loan (Resource Sharing). Wanting to join a section her first year in MLA, Amanda found TSS to be a great fit.
Why do you continue to be part of TSS? Amanda is still a member because, as it turns out, many of the topics discussed in TSS apply to her work. In addition, the Technical Services Section has a great outlook on librarianship and is a welcoming community.
What are your plans and goals for TSS? As Program Chair and Chair-Elect, Amanda wants to highlight this positive, forward-thinking, collaborative attitude she has experienced amongst technical services staff.)
Past Experience: I worked for IBM in technical support, then I worked in a public library and went back to do a Masters. I applied for a marketing job at a Library Systems Supplier and was successful. This took me around the world working in some of the most amazing libraries ever. E.g. National Library of Hungary – anybody familiar with HUNMARC? I loved this job but the company were wound up and I started working in a Library in a School of Nursing. Once I got experience of working in healthcare, I found something I really enjoyed doing.
Current Position: I am systems librarian for the Eastern Region of the Health Service Executive in Ireland. This covers a large geographic area including three counties. The role has evolved quite substantially over the years and I’ve gone from automating libraries to almost self-service. Now I still have a strong role in maintaining access to resources but I also manage Lenus a national Irish health repository and wear many hats. Despite the ‘systems’ job title, I enjoy working with healthcare professionals. I like to think that as librarians we do make a difference to patient care ultimately, although at times it is not easy to prove, and that is our biggest challenge. I enjoy working in many different roles. We are constantly trying to integrate new technologies into our practices and that keeps me interested.
Education: Received BA (European Studies) from University of Dublin, Trinity College; received MLIS from University College Dublin
Professional Activities: Founding member of Repository Network Ireland promoting Open Access in Ireland and exchanging knowledge between repository managers and interested parties. Webmaster for the National Open Access Steering Group in Ireland website http:/
Compile the ‘Current Literature’ section of CILIP’s Health Libraries’ Group eNewsletter.
Previous Professional Activities: Previous Chair & Vice Chair Health Science Libraries Group HSLG ( part of the Library Association of Ireland)
Founded the Continuing Professional Development Group of the HSLG.
What has been your biggest professional challenge? Working in a healthcare environment where change is constant, but changing the way librarians practice & work takes time, patience and investment.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a librarian? I’d have my own bakery and possibly have a reading area as an add-on.
What do you think is the most interesting issue in librarianship today? I think librarians are badly needed in the age of the Internet. I think we are not seen by other professions and are edging towards becoming an endangered species. Although there are good search engines, the Internet is basically a gigantic mess. If you are looking for something specific, you can waste a lot of time trying to find it. This goes for librarians too. Remember the days of Directories of the Internet? They are long gone. Now everyone is creating ‘mini libraries’ in the cloud. For example, recently I was compiling a list of free videos from reputable sources in the area of ‘Recovery from Addiction’. It took me one morning to do. The Internet is a mess. Maybe TSS Librarians need to put their heads together to tidy it up & get some credit for their skills…
How do you find TSS? Being a member of a technical group is very important to me. It is particularly useful to be part of an international team as I live in a small country. I like to keep on top of emerging technologies and practices in the USA and further afield. It is a great way to network and to stay connected with people doing similar jobs in healthcare environments. I find MLA extremely professional. It’s like membership of any group – you get out of it what you put in.
Is there anything about you that others might be surprised to know? I once met Clint Eastwood on the set of ‘Million Dollar Baby’. I went travelling to LA on holidays with my best friend Suzanne. I was driving a rented car and the hotel manager told me to park around the corner as their car park was being used for a film. I parked and went around the back to see what film crew were there. We waited about 5 minutes and ended up saying ‘hi’ to Mr. Eastwood and getting his autograph – I was star struck!
What do you do to relax? I think baking is my favourite way to relax. I’m a big fan of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ on BBC Television (much to my husband’s despair – but he gets to watch his fair share of football so it all balances out!). We also have an Irish version. I have a cake blog but I don’t get a lot of time to either bake or keep the blog up to date. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like cake or any type of dessert bar cheesecake, so I usually bring in bakes to work – no major complaints (yet!). I also have a Jack Russell called Sam who we got as a rescued dog. He’s adorable and I walk him every morning before work.
Lawton, Aoife “The Value of Health Libraries and Librarians to the Irish Health System”, Irish Medical Journal, March 2014, Volume 107 Number 3
Lawton, Aoife, and Padraig Manning. “Managing a national health repository.” D-Lib Magazine 20.3/4 (2014)
Latimer, Karen, and Aoife Lawton. “International trends in health science librarianship Part 8: the UK and the Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland.” Health Information & Libraries Journal 30.4 (2013): 332-336.
As noted above, Dick Miller and colleagues presented an NNLM webinar. Miller D, Allen TS, Bank, J. Metadata: The Key to Linking Data. Webinar presented at: National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region; August, 2014. http:/
Amanda Page recently became Project Coordinator of the Harvard Open Access Project.
Aoife Lawton has created Health Library Voices, a site where health sciences librarians can learn from each other. In the first post, she interviews a colleague who works with systematic reviews. She is seeking others who are also interested in contributing. Check it out at http:/
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