SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

2013 Contributed Posters

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013 5:30-7:30pm

All Sciences Poster Session and Reception

This event highlights multiple themes representing “Connections, Collaboration, and Strategy” in the sciences and beyond, with support from multiple divisions. Join your colleagues for food, drink, and networking, and learn new ideas to take back to your library.

Moderated by: Danielle Walker, National Agricultural Library
Presented by: Biomedical & Life Sciences Division, Chemistry Division, Science & Technology Division, Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division, Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division, Engineering Division

Sponsored by:
American Institute of Physics
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Taylor and Francis

Poster Title: All About Ants: A Global Collaboration Of Researchers and Librarians
Dorothy Barr
Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library

Antwiki ( was created to provide information about the world’s ants. The goal is to provide a page for every ant, a place on the Internet where images, specimens, text, data, and references are brought together and made available for anyone interested.
Since the format is a wiki, there is a minimal management group consisting of researchers around the world who spend most of their time studying ants, not running Antwiki. The philosophy is to set broad directions that support the widest user participation, making sure the Antwiki infrastructure is safe and secure, interacting with editors and anticipating future needs and opportunities. Since spring 2011, librarians and a series of interns from Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science have participated in gathering material for Antwiki, finding and uploading obscure articles, gathering cultural information about ants and more. The poster will highlight some of the ways that researchers and librarians have worked together to make information about ants available to anyone in the world who is interested.

Poster Title: Are You Ready When a Disaster Strikes? Connect, Collaborate, Strategize for Emergency Preparedness
Naomi Broering
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

The proposed poster depicts an NLM funded project "Sharing Disaster Health Information” awarded to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego in collaboration with the SD County Public Health Services (SDPHS). It is the sole project NLM awarded in western US in 2012. The poster focuses on disaster health information and emergency preparedness to provide a mutual understanding of how librarians can meet information needs of first responders and the public, and show where to find immediate quality disaster health information. The goals and objectives are to heighten awareness and share information through cross-training workshops for librarians, first responders, health care professionals and the public about the NLM's disaster, emergency preparedness systems (DIMRC and WISER), and the SD County Public Health Services (SDPHS) emergency resources available in time of crisis. Workshops are conducted in SD community centers, libraries and churches and SDPHS meeting sites. The greatest disaster risks in San Diego and the West are wildfires, earthquakes, chemical or radiation hazards, tsunamis, terrorism, and even disease epidemics, including flu. Because these are universal concerns, sharing the San Diego experiences with a national audience may help others planning similar programs.

The poster includes images of free NLM and SDPHS online websites, photos of community workshops locations, attendee data and questionnaire charts, Apps for disaster health information, and a “to go” list for preparing a personal emergency tote. The mutual understanding of first responders and information providers working in a team effort benefits the community. Additionally, mutual library partnerships to provide backup information services are included for special library groups to consider. A Toolkit and information handouts are distributed at the poster session.

Project Bibliographic sources:
1. Disaster information Management Research Center, US Health and Human Services, National Library of Medicine, website,
2. The 2-1-1- San Diego,
3. Public Health Service, Health and Human Services, County of SD.
4. UCSD Emergency Operations Plan, and Libraries Preservation Plan.
5. National Network/Libraries of Medicine, Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan for Network Members. 2008.
6. Reynolds P, Tamanaha I. Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project: NLM/DIMRC, Med Ref Serv Q. 2010 Oct; 29(4):394-404.

Poster Title: Evaluating the NIH Library Editing Service: An Analysis of the Effect of Editors’ Suggestions on the Published Work of NIH
Cindy Clark
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library
Providing quality, responsive service to National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers is paramount to the mission of the NIH Library. Recognizing the complex needs of researchers when communicating their findings, the NIH Library Writing Center and Editing Service was created in 2008. Expanding on traditional library service, its purpose is to support NIH staff with their manuscripts from concept to publication, especially those for whom English is not a primary language. In order to learn whether the editing service had a positive effect on NIH authors’ work, librarians conducted a pilot study comparing editing suggestions given for manuscripts with the final published journal articles. A random number generator was used to select articles for evaluation from a list of published articles with at least one NIH author who had received editing assistance between January 2008 and February 2012. Researchers created a rubric to categorize specific editing suggestions for quantitative evaluation. Criteria reviewed were: adherence to journal style, spelling and word choice, capitalization, grammar, punctuation, clarity, treatment of numbers and International System of Units (SI) abbreviations, figures and tables, in-text citations, references, and change of chosen journal. The analysis of the five published journal articles showed that 82% of editors’ suggestions were accepted by NIH authors. In addition, librarian editors were acknowledged for their editing assistance in two of the published articles. This study provides a process for future/ongoing evaluation of an editing service.

Poster Title: Science by Design: Working with a Student Design Team to Develop a Science Commons
Rebecca Kuglitsch
University of Colorado Boulder

Science libraries support students and faculty research through the purchase of costly digital materials. However, the more seamless the access to these virtual resources, the more invisible the library’s role becomes. Thus, the library’s success in supporting the sciences can be a double edged sword. The Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, is exploring a potential solution to this dilemma by designing a Science Commons. The Science Librarians envision a space dedicated to celebrating the sciences while highlighting the research support provided by the libraries. The goal is to develop a user-focused space that clearly embraces the library’s past and future role as a place for the creation of new knowledge.

At the same time as the librarians were drafting their vision for the Science Commons, students in an upper-division technical writing course were seeking experiential learning opportunities to apply their design and communication skills. What better way to meet the Libraries’ need for a user-centered, vibrant space to showcase scientific research and the students need for a meaningful project than by collaborating with a technical design team? The Libraries connection with the student team supports both groups’ goals: by developing a user-centered space that is relevant to the users, while the students experience a learning opportunity that has the potential to permanently reshape a part of their university. This poster will describe the librarians experience working with a student design team to develop a plan for a Science Commons and contain tips for libraries interested in exploring a similar approach to design spaces.

Poster Title: Assessing the Impact of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Research Collaborations
Susan Makar and Amanda Malanowski
National Institute of Standards and Technology
This poster describes the methodology used for assessing the impact of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) research collaborations with industry and universities through an examination of co-authored papers. The study, performed by the Information Services Office (ISO) in response to a request from NIST senior management, looked at five years of NIST papers (2008-2012) to determine the number of unique non-NIST co-authors, the number of unique institutions, and the number of countries represented by the non-NIST co-authors. The information collected is being considered as a metric for the yearly, statutorily-required, U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Transfer Report. The results of the study also support NIST’s activities to meet the requirements of the October 28, 2011 Presidential Memorandum Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Businesses. The findings reveal that NIST research collaborations have increased by 26% based on the increase in the number of unique co-authors which ranged from 3,289 in 2008 to 4,141 in 2012.

Poster Title: The Citizen Science Challenge: engaging university students in science outside the classroom
Allison Scripa,Purdom Lindblad, David Henry
Public participation in scientific research, also known as “citizen science,” enables those without formal scientific education or training to contribute to the greater body of scientific knowledge through small tasks or observations. Participating in and promoting citizen science projects are important for libraries because these projects foster the creation of new knowledge for and by library patrons. During the 2012 academic year, Virginia Tech’s University Libraries collaborated with its Residential College to create the “Citizen Science Challenge.” This unique program was designed to involve undergraduate students in scientific research beyond their coursework, using information resources provided by the library and creating new sources of knowledge. Students living in the Residential College (a learning community residence hall) are divided into “houses,” and engage in a House Cup Competition. Teams from the houses signed up to participate in the Citizen Science Challenge in order to receive points towards the House Cup. The Challenge consisted of three different tasks—participation in three different citizen science projects in the areas of meteorology, ornithology and botany. The team that submitted the most data observations in each task was declared the winner and received points towards the House Cup competition. Winning teams were awarded tours of special labs and facilities on campus, and the team with the most points received a special Citizen Science Cup, to be passed annually to the winning team. This partnership has brought a greater awareness of citizen science projects to campus and fostered positive attitudes about contributing to scientific research.

Poster Title: Facilitating Research Collaboration through Existing and New Academic Faculty–Librarian Relationships
Michele R. Tennant,1,2, Linda C. Butson1, Hannah F. Norton1, Nancy Schaefer,1, Mary E. Edwards1and Bess de Farber3, MNM, CPF
1Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville FL, 2University of Florida Genetics Institute, Gainesville FL, 3George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville FL
Through funding by the National Institutesof Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), liaison librarians at the University of Florida partnered with academic faculty across multiple campus units to facilitate research collaborations in the areas of sex and gender differences.
The ORWH/NLM are committed to the dissemination of information on research in sex and gender differences in health, facilitating the growth of basic research in this area, and developing a diverse clinical workforce able to recognize these differences and to apply this knowledge in clinical endeavors to improve human health.The University of Florida’s Health Science Center Library (HSCL) has made a commitment to these same goals, undertaking a seven-part outreach effort. Key aspects of this effort include two “Collaborating with Strangers” (CoLAB) sessions, interactive opportunities bringing together researchers with disparate skills and abilities but unifying interest in sex and gender differences research.
Developing library-researcher partnerships throughout the institution was a requirement of the granting mechanism. Liaison librarians used existing professional relationships with campus researchers to build a team including librarians and faculty from the Academic Health Center (Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions,) main campus (Departments of Anthropology and Biology; new minor in Health Disparities), and interdisciplinary units (UF Genetics Institute and Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research).
This poster will focus on two aspects of the project:
1. Facilitating the development of researcher-researcher collaborations through CoLABs;
2. Strategies used to develop liaison librarian-researcher partnerships.

Poster Title: Women’s Health/Sex and Gender Differences Outreach Project
Michele R. Tennant,1,2, Linda C. Butson1, Hannah F. Norton1, Nancy Schaefer,1 and Mary E. Edwards1
1Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida and 2University of Florida Genetics Institute
Throughout history, much of medical research has been based on the human male. Evolving molecular and genetic technologies are increasingly enabling scientists to detect formerly hidden biological differences between males and females. The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are committed to the dissemination of information on research in sex and gender differences in health, facilitating the growth of such basic research, and developing a diverse clinical workforce able to recognize these differences and to apply this knowledge in clinical endeavors to improve human health.

With funding from the ORWH/NLM, UF’s Health Science Center Library has undertaken a seven-part campus-wide outreach effort in the area of sex and gender differences research. Librarians introduced students (undergraduate, graduate, professional, research, clinical) to this field and its resources, expecting that such introduction may lead some to focus on this research area, and others to become aware of the importance of sex differences in patient care. Similar training was provided to junior faculty (clinical and research). All sessions introduced the Women’s Health Resources Portal, with faculty also introduced to the training module “The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health.” Innovative components of this project included development of an open access publishing fund for the subject area, instruction in breaking bad news to male and female patients, and facilitating collaboration among researchers through “Collaborating with Strangers” sessions (CoLABs).

This poster will describe these outreach efforts and evaluation of the project.

Rev. April 2015