Galter Library News

Monday, October 2, 2017

A National Center For Digital Health Innovation

Northwestern University, in partnership with Oregon Health & Science University, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Sage Bionetworks, has been awarded a five-year $25M cooperative agreement from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) to create a new CTSA Program National Center for Data to Health (CD2H). This award will coalesce and coordinate informatics activities across the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program, a network of more than 50 medical research institutions, to provide collaborative clinical and translational research infrastructure. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Keeping Score of CiteScore

Journal-based metrics can help determine the overall quality of a communication channel. A key metric for many years has been the Journal Impact Factor by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). In December 2016, Elsevier introduced a comparative metric called CiteScore, which is part of a family of journal-based metrics.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Putting Evidence Based Practice into Practice

For nearly two years Galter Health Sciences librarians have been making rounds with Department of Medicine residents at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. While this may seem like an unlikely combination, librarians Jonna Peterson and Corinne Miller are helping the residents apply evidence-based practice to their care.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Happy 1st Birthday DigitalHub!

DigitalHub provides a portal for making the scholarly output of Northwestern Medicine faculty and scientists publicly available, and also provides a means to track views and downloads. The repository can accommodate all of your scholarly products, such as published or unpublished research papers, conference presentations, educational materials, case reports and technical reports, open access books, datasets, and more.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Galter Librarians share insights on how health science librarians can support clinical and translational science in new book

The Galter Health Sciences Library contributed to the recently published book: Translating Expertise: The Librarian’s Role in Translational Research. The book discusses how the Clinical Translational Science Award Program (CTSA) has impacted the role of health science librarians and shares insights on how health science librarians can support clinical and translational science at their institution. 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Measuring the impact of your research

There are many metrics that can be used to measure the impact of one’s research. While each metric looks at a different scope of research impact, there isn’t a single metric that illustrates all the aspects of research.

In June, Kristi Holmes, PhD, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of Galter Health Sciences Library, participated as faculty at the training course on Health Research Impact Assessment at Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. During this course, Holmes provided guidance on measuring research impact through publications.

“It is critical for investigators to be able to understand the impact of their work and communicate that impact to the broader community,” Holmes said, “Publication data can be a good place to start this process, given the importance of communicating our work through the published literature.”

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Galter Library plays key role in development of new recommended practices

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is in the final stages of the Alternative Metrics Initiative – a monumental effort funded by the Sloan Foundation to explore, identify, and advance standards around the growing area of alternative metrics. This work is critical given the rapidly evolving scholarly landscape and new forms of communication and dissemination of scholarship. Alternative metrics include such things as social media metrics, use counts, and network behavioral analysis and the funded effort also incorporates such key topics as persistent identifiers and alternative outputs that go beyond the traditional publication.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

NUCATS faculty and staff collaborate to enhance research networking

Research-networking tools can be incredibly helpful to investigators who aim to build multi-disciplinary research teams. The NUCATS team is helping to enhance one of these tools, VIVO, with recent work to support open science and the incorporation of widely used persistent identifiers such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOI), PubMed IDs (PMID), and ORCID. 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

NUCATS Spotlight: Pamela Shaw, MSLIS, MS

Pamela Shaw, MSLIS, MS, is a biosciences and bioinformatics librarian, and National Institute of Health (NIH) public access compliance reporter at Galter Health Sciences Library. She works closely with investigators who need support with bioinformatics tools and analysis as well as compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy for NIH-funded publications. 

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Digital Repository for Scholarly Outputs Now Open

On October 19, 2015, Galter Health Sciences Library, launched DigitalHub, a place for Northwestern Medicine faculty and scientists to deposit their research outputs and make them widely available. The goal of this institutional repository is to help the scholarly output of Northwestern Medicine researchers to become more discoverable by the worldwide scholarly community on the Web. Galter Library will also use the repository to increase the awareness of open access content, promote scholarship and the expertise of scientists at Northwestern Medicine, and support community engagement with non-traditional scholarly output. Information on upcoming DigitalHub training workshops will be coming soon. 

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