The OHSU Library is happy to announce that Maija Anderson, M.A., has been appointed Interim Director of Library Operations and Melissa Haendel, Ph.D., has been appointed Interim Director of Library Data Science. Together with David Robinson, Executive Vice Provost, they will co-lead the Library as OHSU takes this opportunity to reflect on the Library’s role within OHSU and the community in a dynamic and open conversation. This will help shape new Library leadership, ultimately identified through a national search.
As Director of Curatorial Services and Associate Professor in the OHSU Library, Maija Anderson leads successful programs in historical collections and archives, which promotes diverse and engaging perspectives on the history of health sciences through exhibits, events, and the OHSU Oral History Program. She is also leading the development of a digital asset management repository, which will provide OHSU communities with a flexible academic, business, and preservation solution to manage diverse digital assets. Ms. Anderson’s scholarship centers on advancing the role of special collections and archives in the health sciences. She is a leader in the Society of American Archivists, where she revitalized the Women Archivists Roundtable and chairs the host committee for the association’s national meeting which will be held in Portland July 23-29, 2017.
Melissa Haendel is Director of the Ontology Development Group and Associate Professor in the Library and the School of Medicine Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Haendel leads research in diverse areas, such as research profiling and attribution informatics, connecting human diseases to model systems, scholarly communication and data citation, and clinical education. As principal investigator of the Monarch Initiative, she leads an international effort to deeply integrate biological information using ontologies, supporting rare disease diagnosis and mechanistic discovery. She also co-leads the NCATS Data Translator, which aims to create an large scale open science platform for navigation and inference across the diverse array of biomedical knowledge resources. She is committed to open science and addressing inequities in accessing data and knowledge as well as improving sustainability, attribution, and consistency of data across biomedicine.
From digitizing archival public health data to leading open science initiatives, Maija Anderson and Melissa Haendel are ideally positioned to lead the Library in a time of transition. “It makes me very happy to leave the OHSU Library in such good hands. I look forward to seeing them do great work with a fantastic team of people, whom I will miss very much” said Chris Shaffer, outgoing University Librarian.
Please join us in congratulating Chris Shaffer, who has been appointed University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In this role, he will lead an integrated, multi-campus enterprise renowned for its contemporary approaches in cutting edge education, research, and clinical training, dedicated to community engagement and learning.
Mr. Shaffer joined OHSU as University Librarian in 2008. Over the past nine years, he has been involved in numerous campus initiatives, most recently leading a Provost Office task force that proposed a Vision for Academic Technology and Learning Support. He has served on NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM) vision and strategic planning groups; the Board of Directors of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 39 academic libraries, which he chaired; the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association as Treasurer; and the New England Journal of Medicine Library Advisory Board. He is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). At the recent Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association, Mr. Shaffer was honored with the President’s Award.
Under Mr. Shaffer’s leadership, the OHSU Library launched the Ontology Development Group, developed library liaison programs, implemented new technologies to extend services beyond the physical library, and significantly expanded historical collections and archives programs. His last day at OHSU will be June 30, 2017.
OHSU Library and OHSU WRITEs would like to thank everyone who submitted a poem to this year’s contest! Please enjoy the poetry of the 2017 OHSU Poetry Contest winners and honorable mentions listed below.
Before Each Curtain, I Must Repair Myself, I Must Adapt by Sonja Halvorson
Shiftwork—A Collection of ER Haikus by Rebecca Tuttle, MD
Untitled by Jonathan Robbins
Wound by Sonja Halvorson
The OHSU Poetry Contest deadline has been extended! Winning authors will be awarded $50 Amazon gift cards. Submissions are now due April 23rd. Details at http://www.ohsu.edu/library/poetrycontest.
Members of ODG attended the International Society for Biocuration annual meeting at Stanford, CA from March 27-29, 2017.
Nicole Vasilevsky presented two posters, which both won a best poster award at the conference.
The poster titled “Training future biocurators through data science trainings and open educational resources” was co-authored by Nicole, Ted Laderas (DMICE), Jackie Wirz, Bjorn Pederson (DMICE), David Dorr (DMICE), Bill Hersh (DMICE), Shannon McWeeney (DMICE) and Melissa Haendel. and is available here. The poster described development of in-person data science trainings offered as short courses to OHSU students, and the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) that are available online (dmice.ohsu.edu/bd2k). Conference attendees were particularly interested in the BD2K tutorials on topics related to biocuration (such as BDK05 on Data Standards and BDK12 on Data annotation and Curation), as there is a lack of formal training in biocuration. Several biocuration efforts discussed at the conference involved crowd-sourced efforts, so these tutorials will be useful for training contributors to these community databases.
The poster titled “A need for better data sharing policies: a review of data sharing policies in biomedical journals” described a project led by Robin Champieux and co-authored by Nicole, Jessica Minnier (from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health) and Melissa Haendel, and is available here. This poster described an analysis of biomedical journal data sharing policies. It is widely agreed that data sharing is important for ensuring transparency of research results and scientific reproducibility (and data sharing will certainly facilitate biocuration efforts to extract information from the literature into databases). This analysis showed that approximately 40% of journals (in our sample) either required or strongly encouraged data sharing upon publication. The data from this analysis is shared here (which includes a list of journals that require or encourage data sharing) and we hope that researchers will publish in those journals that require data sharing. A preprint is available here, and the manuscript has been accepted for publication in PeerJ and will be available soon.
Help Test and Improve the OHSU Library Web Site! Spring 2017 OHSU Library Web Site Usability Testing
The OHSU Library conducts periodic usability testing of its web site and currently is recruiting people to participate in this season’s usability testing.
What is usability testing?
If you choose to participate we will set up a time to meet with you to go through a set of questions or tasks on the web site. There are *no* “right” or “wrong” answers. We are just interested in learning more about how people expect to find information on our site. The sessions will be scheduled for an hour, but will most likely not take more than 30 minutes.
Why do this?
Understanding how students, faculty, staff, and community members use our web site helps us evolve the web site to continue to make it as usable and user-friendly as possible. Your participation helps make the site better for everyone!
What do I get for doing this?
Aside from the satisfaction of knowing you are helping improve the Library’s web site for all, we will provide you a small token of thanks in the form of some kind of snack-related item.
What if I want to remain anonymous?
We are interested in the “type” of user you are (student, staff, faculty, community member) and will note this, but otherwise are not tracking on individual information.
I’m interested. Now what?
If you are interested in participating in this usability testing, please contact Laura Zeigen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday, March 30th, 2017. You will be contacted about setting up a time for library staff to go through the testing with you.
OHSU Library remote access will be unavailable from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 for server maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.