SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

2011 Contributed Posters

All Sciences Poster Session and Reception

Tuesday, June 14, 5:30-7:00 PM

Moderator: Rebecca Godwin, Resource Mgmt Section
Sponsored by: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Poster title: “21st Century Lab Rats: The Organisms Scientists Use Today”
Dorothy Barr
Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University

A wide variety of animals and plants are used in today’s scientific laboratories. Rats and mice – sure; Drosophila, of course; but also many others to which scientists often refer rather cryptically. What is C. elegans when it’s at home (and what’s its full name)? How about Arabidopsis and Xenopus and Danio rerio, among others? The poster will demystify, in a humorous way, some of the most common lab organisms used today. It will include scientific names, taxonomic positions, brief descriptions of them, and information on finding out more on each. In addition, there will be pictures of each and, for tiny ones, measures showing their actual sizes. 

Poster (Proposed) Title:  The Use of Mobile Technology to Deliver Innovative Library Services that Add Value and Drive Scientific Research
Andrew Clark,
Global Library Services
With an explosion in the use of portable mobile devices and an ever growing culture for here and now access to content, there is a growing need for the specialist library to redefine itself so that that it can meet these growing demands.
The UCB Scientific Library and Knowledge team have embraced change and the need to be future ready.  With flexibility and creativity the team have developed a strategy that identifies them as a team of experts placed firmly at the centre of the business, delivering value adding services that meet the growing culture across the business for here and now access to information and in doing so is driving new and exciting scientific research across the business.
With a growing awareness of new and emerging technology and an early adoption to test and evaluate multiple mobile devices in UCB, the team have worked closely with one of their providers to develop a personal library app for the iPad.  With almost immediate access to both internal and external content through copyright compliant processes, the app integrates all the main library services delivering real time access to information no matter what the location of the user. Multiple functionality ensures that the user can create their own personal library of customized links, alerts, bookmarks, personal folders and supports all document times.
The UCB Library is future ready – are you?

Poster Title: UK Pub Med Central
Geraldine Clement-Stoneham
Knowledge and Information Manager
MRC Head Office (Swindon)
2nd Floor, David Phillips Building
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Wiltshire SN2 1FL
Tel: +44 (0) 1793 416386
Mobile: +44 79 00 136 319

UK Pub Med Central was launched in 2007 and is the fruit of collaboration between NCBI and a UK based team. The system has been developed to accommodate the needs of UK based researchers and funders of the project. Beyond being the institutional subject specific repository for over twelve UK and European organisations, UKPMC also has specific features based on the latest research in biomedical text mining to help researchers navigate resources faster. The new technology relies on a corpus of over 1.8m open access papers, and librarians in universities and labs play an important role in supporting researchers with the process of publication and submission to the UKPMC. My poster will highlight the process of gathering content, how it is managed through UKPMC the repository, and how the additional functionality makes it different from PubMedCentral. I have been involved with this project for two years and recently successfully bidded for £1.2m to support the project for the next 5 years. I would like colleagues outside the UK to get an opportunity to discover UKPMC and its functionality, as I can easily imagine that with such great “home grown” tools as PubMed and PMC It is unlikely that non UK librarians have had the opportunity to assess what UKPMC has to offer.

Poster Title: A detailed comparison of four researcher networks: VIVO, Epernicus, ResearchGATE, and Mendeley  
Rolando Garcia-Milian*(1), Hannah F. Norton(1), Valrie Davis (2), Kristi Holmes (3,4),  Sara Russell Gonzalez (2), Michele R. Tennant (1,5), and Mike Conlon (6), VIVO Collaboration
1.  Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL  2.  Robert Marston Science Library, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL  3.  Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO  4.  Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, St. Louis, MO  5.  University of Florida Genetics Institute, Gainesville, FL  6.  Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

A number of computer-mediated communications networks have been created to bolster scientific research and collaboration.  Librarians at a number of institutions, including the University of Florida (UF), have played a key role in the creation and development of one of these platforms, VIVO.  VIVO is an online researcher profile system designed to showcase faculty members’ research interests, publications, and grants to enable and encourage multidisciplinary collaboration. VIVO was initially developed at Cornell University and is currently being expanded for national use by seven partner institutions through a $12.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.  Although VIVO includes profiles from all UF-affiliated researchers, many of these researchers are already using other scientific and academic networks.  This study compares three of these networks – Epernicus, ResearchGATE, and Mendeley – with VIVO; networks were chosen for comparison based on the presence of UF-affiliated personnel identified within each system and perceived similarities to VIVO.  Parameters for comparison include user profile components, discovery and search functions, media sharing abilities, network visualization, communication tools, repository capabilities, use of open source technology, and privacy of data. Understanding what makes each network unique and attractive to researchers will allow librarians to improve the functionality of VIVO and address researchers’ information needs as well as identify innovative opportunities for collaboration and delivery of services through these research networks.


Poster Title: Brave New Laboratory Research Notebooks
Andrew Haydock, Emily Glenn (submitter), and Peter J Myler  Seattle BioMed (Seattle WA) 

A research team at Seattle BioMed is deploying Microsoft OneNote to facilitate collaborative research efforts between lab members studying Leishmania (the parasite responsible for the disease leishmaniasis). In a OneNote-based electronic laboratory notebook, researchers can record text, images, drawings, charts, notes and documents within an intuitive notebook-like interface. Traditional experiment and project components (Methods, Results, Discussion and more) can be represented as notebook pages using tabs in OneNote. Notebooks can also be synchronized to a SharePoint-based repository, further extended the possibilities of successful information retrieval.  Early use of OneNote suggests that it takes the same amount of time to enter information into paper notebooks as it does to pull information into electronic notebooks. However, the value of recording notebook contents in OneNote can be realized immediately upon the first search and subsequent retrieval of information.
This poster describes the evaluation of the workflow, security, and resources needed to shift from paper to electronic research notebooks. The project team, together with the librarian and members of the IT department, will take lessons learned from this endeavor and apply them to other laboratories at the institute.  Opportunities exist for library and IT staff to cooperatively recommend the implementation of OneNote to both extend the utility of existing resources and increase access to knowledge in an independent research environment.

Poster Title: The Effects of eBooks on Consumer Health Collection Development
Robyn B. Reed and Michelle L. Burda
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Objectives:  The significant increase in electronic books offered by publishers has caused many libraries to reevaluate their services and collections.  The research presented here investigates possible effects that these trends have had in recent years on our urban consumer health library, whose holdings are primarily monographs.  The goals of the study are to determine if the changes in publishing have decreased available book titles across various disease categories and to examine the extent of patron usage of the monographs.

Methods:  To quantify the number of materials procurable to librarians in recent years, hardcopy books of consumer health interest in popular disease categories were determined by analyzing the offerings of in the years 2005, 2007, and 2009.  Circulation data of library materials was carefully evaluated during the same years.

Results:  Despite the increase in ebook availability, the number of consumer health books published in hardcopy across different disease categories between the years 2005-2009 showed little variation.  Heart disease titles declined slightly in this interval while cancer and diabetes titles increased marginally.   An examination of our library’s charge and browse statistics of purchases during these years indicate that the disease materials exceeded 80% usage.

Conclusion:  Presently, the surge in digital publishing hasn’t affected our ability to locate up-to-date monographs on diseases and recent titles have been circulating at high rates from our library.  However, we believe that digital publishing will soon necessitate making changes in consumer health collection development as patron preferences change and publishers offer more materials digitally.

Poster Title:   “Getting better and better…: Developing the Harbor Branch (HBOI) Library Collection Using Peer Library Comparisons”
Carla Robinson Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University

The presenter of this poster session will share how peer library comparisons are being used to develop the HBOI library collection.  The HBOI Library’s book collection was compared to the collections of the Florida Institute of Technology Library, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Library, and the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution Library.  A comparative table of holdings for the four libraries was created using the five subject areas identified as being important to the research and teaching at Harbor Branch.  An analysis was done of the peer library comparisons.    Additionally, a title by title follow-up comparative study will be conducted, based on the findings of the analysis.


Poster Title: Using a DSpace Institutional Repository to Demonstrate Research Value to Your Institution and Funders
Bob Schatz
North American Sales Manager
BioMed Central/Open Repository

Besides providing a solution for storing and preserving the intellectual output of an institute, repositories provide an opportunity for faculty and researchers to highlight the corpus of their work, published and otherwise.   For researchers, deposited works in a repository can  demonstrates their value to the organization, and to the wider research community. It may also be how the institute measures  performance, increasing researcher participation and commitment to the repository.  Additionally, the increases of Green open access mandates are driving more institutes to look to their repositories for compliance as well as for audits and assessments.

This poster will describe and highlight ways in which Open Repository, the hosted DSpace repository service from BioMed Central, can help researchers and organizations showcase their intellectual output, how researchers can gain greater impact and citation counts by reaching a wider audience and how in turn, the institute can receive more funding in a tough economic climate.


Poster Title: Challenges and Rewards for the Solo Librarian in Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory (P4) Medicine
Tim Smith (SLA D-BIO member, Institute for Systems Biology) and Emily Glenn (Seattle BioMed) (Submitter)

The delivery of Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory (P4) Medicine requires an integration of biology, medicine, technology and computation -- as well ethical, regulatory, public policy, economic, and other societal issues. This visionary concept is being realized at P4 Medicine Institute (P4MI), based in Seattle, WA.  The P4MI will leverage the technical infrastructure required to power healthcare of the future -- systems biology, informatics, clinical research, care delivery, provider engagement, and also advocate for policies that accelerate discovery, lower costs, improve health quality and address the societal and legal implications of P4 Medicine. The new P4MI offers challenges for the Institute’s librarian in subject matter expertise -- medical resources, business, education and technology -- for a diverse clientele.  This poster outlines the creation of knowledge services for P4MI by the librarian. It offers tangible opportunities for librarians to craft a future-ready path in an interdisciplinary medical research institute, and provides an early review of possibilities for implementing knowledge management principles to support the development and growth of the P4MI.


Poster Title: The Haitian Cholera Outbreak:  The Crucial Role of Information in Treatment and Prevention
Bobbi Weaver
Foreign & International Law Reference Librarian
California Western School of Law
San Diego, California, USA,
(619) 525-1497

In December 2010, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that the UN was establishing a panel of scientists to investigate the origins of the cholera epidemic that struck Haiti in October 2010,  an announcement came among much speculation that the source of the outbreak might be associated with contamination from a base camp of Nepalese UN peacekeepers.  Rumours and misinformation during the outbreak have resulted in reluctance of people to seek medical treatment and outbursts of violence.  The fact that most people in Haiti speak Haitian Creole—a language unique to Haiti—has created additional communication concerns. 

Haiti Reads is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago.  I currently volunteer as the library consultant for this organization.  Haiti Reads has a strong presence on Facebook, including support from people in Haiti.  In late 2010, more information about cholera prevention became available in Haitian Creole on the free internet, including a Haitian Creole flyer on the SODIS method of water purification.   I posted links to the information on our Facebook page and asked others to disseminate the information to folks in Haiti.   The links will be part of the revised web site of Haiti Reads as well. This poster will present some examples of the communication failures during the Haitian cholera outbreak.   It will also display some resources that are now available for educating people in the Haitian community regarding disease prevention and treatment.

Rev. April 2011