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ClinicalTrials.gov: The Tip of the Iceberg

Posted on | August 13, 2014 | No Comments

We all know that ClinicalTrials.gov is a great resource for searching for current, completed, or recruiting trials.  The same resource, however, can provide a great deal more information to researchers. Federal law requires that interventional trials of FDA-approved drugs, biologics and devices, initiated after September 2007 with at least one site in the US must post results to Clinicaltrials.gov within one year of completion of the trial.  Results are submitted in a series of data tables with supporting notes, but no narrative.  They include participant flow, baseline characteristics, outcome measures and statistical analyses, and adverse events.

The reason this is important is that there are a number of clinical trials that are never published.  Trials that are published may not include as much detail in the reporting of results as those submitted to ClinicalTrials.gov.   According to a recently published study, Timing and Completeness of Trial Results Posted at ClinicalTrials.gov and Published in Journals, of the 600 completed trials included in the study’s sample about 50% had no published article.  For trials whose results were submitted and published the authors report that there was a significant difference in reporting levels between the published article and ClinicalTrials.gov, with more complete results for flow of participants, efficacy results, adverse and serious adverse events at ClinicalTrials.gov.

When doing your research, search ClincialTrials.gov for the results of published and unpublished trials.

MLGSCA members publish article in MLA News

Posted on | August 13, 2014 | No Comments

Robert Johnson, Danielle Linden and Nita Mailander discuss the MLA /Majors Chapter Project of the Year Award and their poster presented at MLA 2014 Chicago.  See the article here: https://www.mlanet.org/news/chapter-news-news-medical-library-group-southern-california-and-arizona.

Down and DiRT-y

Posted on | August 1, 2014 | No Comments

Need digital resource tools for scholarly work? Try digging through DiRT! The DiRT Directory lists a number of digital tools for brainstorming, organizing, collaborating, and more. You can search it through categories and tags and sort by platform, cost, and level of development. The UC San Diego Library has cataloged DiRT in WorldCat (OCLC: 884745740) to increase its discoverability.

MLA webinar series

Posted on | July 8, 2014 | No Comments

Thanks to a generous grant from the H. W. Wilson Foundation, MLA is offering a free series of webinars to its members. The webinars will cover topics to support MLA’s Online Boot Camp for New Health Sciences Librarians, which makes continuing education courses on health sciences librarianship available to those who are new to the field, to those who are interested in moving to the health sciences side of librarianship, and to those who want to strengthen their current skills.

To register for the webinars, please use the links below:

Your Keys to Successful Database Searching (July 15, 1:00 p.m., central time)

Instructional Skills for Health Sciences Librarians (August 21, 1:00 p.m., central time)

Leadership Skills for Health Sciences Librarians (September 3, registration coming soon)

Sewell stipend to attend APHA

Posted on | June 23, 2014 | No Comments

Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 10 librarians in 2014.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is July 24, 2014, 5pm EST.  For the complete Call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQs, go to http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/

For more information on the 2014 APHA meeting see http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/ .

For more information on the Sewell Fund, see http://www.sewellfund.org/

MLGSCA Election Results

Posted on | June 20, 2014 | No Comments

We are happy to announce the results of our 2014 MLGSCA Election!

President-Elect: Danielle Linden

Secretary: Norma Layton

MLGSCA Nominating Committee incoming members are: Lisa Marks and Lori Tagawa

MLGSCA Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee: Rebecca Birr

107 of 180 members voted via Ballot Bin. Thank you, members. The Nominating Committee would like to extend our sincere thanks to all candidates for their willingness to step forward and serve.

 

We are happy to announce the results of our 2014 MLGSCA Election!

The MLGSCA election was conducted via Ballot Bin. There were 107 of 180 members who voted which is 59%, a slight increase in participation rate. Thank you members.

 

2014 MLGSCA election results are:

 

President-Elect:

Danielle Linden

Secretary:

Norma Layton

MLGSCA Nominating Committee incoming members are:

Lisa Marks

Lori Tagawa

MLGSCA Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee

Rebecca Birr was submitted and approved by the MLGSCA Advisory Council as MLGSCA’s nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee would like to extend our sincere thanks to all candidates for their willingness to step forward and serve.

We are happy to announce the results of our 2014 MLGSCA Election!

The MLGSCA election was conducted via Ballot Bin. There were 107 of 180 members who voted which is 59%, a slight increase in participation rate. Thank you members.

 

2014 MLGSCA election results are:

 

President-Elect:

Danielle Linden

Secretary:

Norma Layton

MLGSCA Nominating Committee incoming members are:

Lisa Marks

Lori Tagawa

MLGSCA Nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee

Rebecca Birr was submitted and approved by the MLGSCA Advisory Council as MLGSCA’s nominee to the MLA Nominating Committee.

 

The Nominating Committee would like to extend our sincere thanks to all candidates for their willingness to step forward and serve.

MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award

Posted on | June 4, 2014 | No Comments

From left to right: Robert Johnson, Mary White, Danielle Linden, and Nita Mailander.

Job opening: Associate Director of Reference & Outreach

Posted on | June 3, 2014 | No Comments

Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA seeks an Associate Director of Reference & Outreach. The Associate Director Reference and Outreach provides leadership, guidance, expertise, encouragement, and inspiration to a team of librarians & library staff whose mission is to enable and enhance the educational and research pursuits of WesternU faculty, staff and students. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library.

Required qualifications:

  1. Masters Degree in Library and Information Science.
  2. Five+ years experience in an academic setting or health sciences library.
  3. Three – five years of supervisory experience.
  4. Experience developing instructional sessions and employing effective teaching techniques.

For more information or to apply, please see https://jobs.westernu.edu/postings/2224

QuintEssential: Lightning/STAT presentations

Posted on | June 2, 2014 | No Comments

Event: Five-chapter “Quint Essential” meeting, Denver, CO, October 12-16, 2014

Date: Posters:  Tuesday, Oct. 14

Deadline: Proposals for posters must be submitted no later than July 1, 2014.

Theme: Convergence and Collaboration.

Plenary speakers will present on health disparities, native health, and big data.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Papers and Posters Subcommittee of the Program Committee.  Subcommittee members will not be given author information.

Print Posters

Posters provide visual displays of information about new research findings or descriptions of creative new programs or practices, and are an optional format to contributed papers.  Posters will be available for two hours on Tuesday.

To propose a poster, please submit:

title of the poster

an abstract of 250 words or less (following MLA format for a structured abstract http://www.research.mlanet.org/structured_abstract.html)

author(s) name(s), address, email(s) and work phone number(s) on a separate page

Method of submission: Follow instructions for proposing a poster and send your submission as a Word document in Arial, 12-point font  via email attachment to kmurray10@uaa.alaska.edu.

These must be received no later than July 1, 2014 to be considered. Acceptance / rejections will be confirmed in early August.

Event: Five-chapter “Quint Essential” meeting, Denver, CO, October 12-16, 2014


Date: Posters: Tuesday, Oct. 14

Deadline: Proposals for posters must be submitted no later than July 1, 2014.

Theme: Convergence and Collaboration.

Plenary speakers will present on health disparities, native health, and big data.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Papers and Posters Subcommittee of the Program Committee. Subcommittee members will not be given author information.

Print Posters

Posters provide visual displays of information about new research findings or descriptions of creative new programs or practices, and are an optional format to contributed papers. Posters will be available for two hours on Tuesday.

To propose a poster, please submit:

· title of the poster

· an abstract of 250 words or less (following MLA format for a structured abstract http://www.research.mlanet.org/structured_abstract.html)

· author(s) name(s), address, email(s) and work phone number(s) on a separate page

Method of submission: Follow instructions for proposing a poster and send your submission as a Word document in Arial, 12-point font via email attachment to kmurray10@uaa.alaska.edu.

These must be received no later than July 1, 2014 to be considered. Acceptance / rejections will be confirmed in early August.

QuintEssential: Call for Posters

Posted on | June 2, 2014 | No Comments

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 1, 2014

CALL for posters

Event: Five-chapter “Quint Essential” meeting, Denver, CO, October 12-16, 2014

Date: Posters:  Tuesday, Oct. 14

Deadline: Proposals for posters must be submitted no later than July 1, 2014.

Theme: Convergence and Collaboration.

Plenary speakers will present on health disparities, native health, and big data.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Papers and Posters Subcommittee of the Program Committee. Subcommittee members will not be given author information.

Print Posters

Posters provide visual displays of information about new research findings or descriptions of creative new programs or practices, and are an optional format to contributed papers.  Posters will be available for two hours on Tuesday.

To propose a poster, please submit:

Method of submission: Follow instructions for proposing a poster and send your submission as a Word document in Arial, 12-point font  via email attachment to kmurray10@uaa.alaska.edu.

These must be received no later than July 1, 2014 to be considered. Acceptance / rejections will be confirmed in early August.

QuintEssential: Call for Papers

Posted on | June 2, 2014 | No Comments

Event: Five-chapter “Quint Essential” meeting, Denver, CO, October 12-16, 2014

Date: Contributed papers: Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 14-15

Deadline: Proposals for papers must be submitted no later than July 1, 2014.

Theme: Convergence and Collaboration.

Plenary speakers will present on health disparities, native health, and big data.

Contributed Papers

Accepted contributed papers will each be allotted 15 minutes for the presentation and follow-up questions.

To propose a paper presentation, please submit:

Proposals will be reviewed by the Papers and Posters Subcommittee of the Program Committee.  Subcommittee members will not be given author information.

Method of submission: Send your submission as a Word document in Arial, 12-point font via email attachment to kmurray10@uaa.alaska.edu.

These must be received no later than July 1, 2014 to be considered. Acceptance / rejections will be confirmed in early August.

Research survey

Posted on | May 14, 2014 | No Comments

The MLGSCA Research Committee would like to learn more about your research experiences and interests. Your answers will help us assess how we can best meet your research needs and plan our activities accordingly. This short survey should not take more than 5 minutes of your time. Thank you for completing our survey!

https://usc.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0qhAB5wYc2MpmEB

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