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Attend MLA Webcast: “Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon at RPLS

March 29th, 2011

Rolling Prairie Library System has been selected as a GMR sponsored site for the upcoming MLA Webcast: “Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon: Finding Our Way in New Biomedical Research and Health Care Environments” webcast. Thanks to this grant this event is free and open to the public.

You and anyone that you know would be interested in attending this webcast on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time, are cordially invited to attend at Rolling Prairie Library System headquarters: 345 W Eldorado Street, Decatur, IL 62521. You are encouraged to register in L2, but registration is not required.

http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=11530 – Registration for L2.


Part I: Overview of the Changing Horizon: Brief history, Definitions and Driving Forces (e.g. funding sources, legal requirements)


  • New data sharing – data sharing in the cloud
  • Data curation
  • Mandates for public access to data (NSF, NIH data sharing plans)
  • Scholarly communications / scholarly publishing
  • Institutional, domain, researcher repositories
  • How institutions play a role

Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs)

  • Building collaboration, new roles for researchers
  • Systematic reviews and librarians
  • What is the role of the library?
  • How to locate and be involved 

Electronic Health Records (Meaningful use)

  • Look at changing requirements
  • Consumer information
  • MedlinePlus Connect and other patient-integrated tools
  • HL7 info buttons, integrating clinical resources into the EHR
  • How to talk to vendors
  • Regional Extension Centers
  • Community College training networks – new jobs, skills 

Part II: New and/or Expanded Opportunities Available

  • What has been done?
  • Examples
  • Question and Answer Session

 Part III: New and/or Enhanced Skills and Tools Needed 

  • Panel Discussion
  • What new skills are needed: people, business, research, computer/technology and teaching?
  • What you can do now with your current tool set?

Part IV: What and who is out there to help? Where to get training?

  • Training opportunities to re-tool yourself
  • Additional training options
  • Association-sponsored and/or regionally funded professional development opportunities
  • Regional initiatives, e.g. NN/LM NER eScience Initiative 

 Part IV: Conclusion

  • Next steps, long term view


The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Please feel free to contact me, if you have any questions.


Doris McKay, Consultant/Webmaster

Rolling Prairie Library System

345 W Eldorado Street

Decatur, IL   62522

Phone: (217) 429-2586 x 115

Fax: (217) 428-1852

URL: http://www.rpls.ws

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