Would you like to be part of a pilot class to help improve the delivery of computable applications to Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals and healthcare providers? LIS professionals are invited to apply for training on Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK). MCBK training will be online, using Zoom, for two weeks in late December 2021 and early January 2022 (between the traditional fall and spring semesters). As part of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the training will introduce how electronic journals can provide “dynamic knowledge” that readers can validate immediately. For example, for data, programming code or encodable prediction models in healthcare, readers can provide feedback and contribute to faster development of diagnostic treatments or tools to compute the risk of coronavirus infection.
Learning goals from the pilot training in MCBK collections and technology are:
- LIS professionals can help design more effective data archives and repositories to improve healthcare information accessibility for professionals, patients and researchers.
- Based on the pilot class and a community of practice (CoP) from universities, libraries and medical schools, a sustainable open educational resource (OER) will be developed with online materials for future use.
As a part of Learning Health Systems (LHS), MCBK strives to speed up access to information and computable tools, but the process is also applicable to other sciences and research. Whereas printed publications provide readable information, new technologies and platforms support the electronic publication of computable knowledge. The availability of computable information can reduce the gap between research and practice from years to a few months. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has begun supporting MCBK publications, such as the LHS Journal from the Michigan School of Medicine.
Space is limited to 15 students, but there will be a waitlist. A stipend of up to $1,500 will be paid to students for attending class and providing feedback. The 40-hour interactive class with speakers and discussions will occur for 2–4 hours on December 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 30 and January 3, 5 and 6. Mentors will support groups of students too. Please submit your letter of interest and resume to Dr. Deborah Swain, the project director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Dr. Christopher Cunningham, the co-director, at email@example.com by Nov. 15, 2021. Criteria for students include both years of experience in the LIS profession and motivation to learn for LIS students.
Note: The project directors will confirm your attendance before the workshop and invited attendees will have 48 hours to reconfirm their participation. Those who do not respond will be removed from the list of potential students. In the meantime, if you learn that you cannot attend, please alert Dr. Swain so that your space can be given to someone else. We will only contact waiting list participants if there is available space.