The Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communication sponsored an Open Forum to discuss the issues that have surfaced in the past year regarding the NIH Public Access Policy. Since April 7, 2008 all investigators funded by the NIH have been required to submit their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central (PMC) and these submissions must be publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. In addition, anyone submitting an application, proposal, or progress report to the NIH must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research. (NOT-OD-08-033 <http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-033.html>) Principal investigators and institutions are responsible for full compliance of this law. Libraries and research offices across the country have been establishing new procedures to enable the research community to meet the terms of both the government requirement for public access as well copyright compliance with the journal publishers. Read more» » »
MLA held its annual conference in Hawaii this May, thirty years since its last
Click on the image above to view an audiovisual slideshow summation of MLA ’09 created and narrated by Gary Childs
visit. Coordinated by Michelle Kraft, conference planners used social media to make it easier to follow the proceedings, both for those onsite and for those unable to attend. Eric Schnell put together a replay of the Twitter feed along with links to official and unofficial coverage <http://bones.med.ohio-state.edu/mla09/>. We put out a call to those MLA-Phil Chapter members in attendance for brief, informal reflections. Responses were received from Karen Albert, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Barbara Cavanaugh, University of Pennsylvania; Christine Chastain-Warheit, Christiana Care Health System; Marie FitzSimmons, Penn State College of Medicine; Gary Kaplan, Thomas Jefferson University; and Rebecca Landau, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
Your overall impressions?
KA: It was a good meeting, didn’t seem like the attendance was that much smaller than usual, and the Philadelphia Chapter was well represented! Some of the vendor-sponsored special events were wonderful, like EBSCO’s evening outing to the Bishop Museum.
BC: Lots of networking opportunities. Themes of synthesizing and linking information, sharing information within our own profession,new roles for librarians. Read more» » »
Our own Rebecca Landau had a poster accepted for MLA ’09, Solo Librarian and Outreach to Hospital Staff Using Web 2.0 Technologies. Do any of our other chapter members have posters at the meeting? If so, please provide the link.
Please contact me if there is a lecture, seminar, presentation, poster, event, etc. that you are planning to attend, co-chair, or present, and would like to write an article about. I’m looking for two-page (roughly) articles describing the activity, identifying the presenters, presenting information about the content, and commenting on the applications and usefulness of the information. For those of us who cannot attend you would be performing a much appreciated service to the chapter.
With various institutions and organizations cutting back on travel, the blog will be a great resource for non-attendees to keep up with the events at the Annual Meeting. It is important to have as many people blogging as possible to cover as many aspects of the convention.
The blog URL is http://npc.mlanet.org/mla09/ and the post with the official call for bloggers is there as well.
The blogger application is linked from the blog. The deadline is April 24, 2009. Results will be announced May 1, 2009.
Questions? Contact Michelle Kraft, kraftm[at]ccf[dot]org.