Program Session

4 - Keeping up with Demand: Doing National Institutes of Health Biosketch Support

Sunday, May 28
3:20 PM - 3:25 PM
Room: 612

Objectives: The NIH biographical sketch allows scientists to elaborate on their contributions to science and the influence of their research in science. While this is a helpful step towards evidence-based decision making in research funding, it may be difficult for researchers in all stages of their careers to determine how best to describe or quantify their scholarly contribution and research impact.

Methods: This presentation highlights our efforts to assist investigators with the NIH biosketch requirements and to help them communicate the meaningful impact of their work. We briefly review our training materials, frequently asked questions, and practical tips for keeping up with the demand. We also discuss the combination of promotion and outreach that quickly made our biosketch services the most highly sought after training in our library’s recent past. To date, we’ve reviewed and provided comments on over 50 biosketches. Finally, we offer suggestions to those interested in offering this important and highly popular service.

Results: To date, we’ve reviewed and provided comments on over 100 biosketches. We have provided 37 trainings to program managers, researchers, post and pre-doctoral students.

Conclusion: Providing NIH biosketch support has been a highly active area of service for our library. We hope to continue providing this service as our university continues to seek increased funding from the NIH and other funding bodies that require biosketch-like materials.

Keywords: NIH biosketch, research support, research impact, promotion and outreach, writing support



Program Session

Karen Gutzman

Impact and Evaluation Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library
Chicago, Illinois

As the Impact and Evaluation Librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, Karen supports individuals and groups in their understanding, assessment, visualization, and reporting of impactful outcomes of research and clinical care efforts. Karen was a U.S. National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow where she completed the second year of the fellowship program through her work with the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis. She is interested in providing information support to basic science researchers and graduate students. She also is learning more about how to evaluate and visualize research impact using bibliometric data. Karen received her MS degree in Library Science in 2012 from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Health Informatics.

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Pamela L. Shaw

Biosciences & Bioinformatics Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library
Chicago, IL

Pamela is the Biosciences & Bioinformatics Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University. She holds graduate degrees in bioinformatics and library science and an undergraduate degree in psychobiology (neuroscience). Pamela teaches library-based classes in bioinformatics tools and databases, pathway analysis techniques and literature searching and citation management. Pamela has worked on collaborative grants and projects with Northwestern's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, NUCATS, and has taught classes in bioinformatics for the NUCATS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program. She also serves as the NIH Public Access Compliance Monitor for all of Northwestern University.

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Kristi L. Holmes

Library Director and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, Health and Biomedical Informatics Division
Galter Health Sciences Library
Chicago, Illinois

Kristi Holmes, PhD is the Director of Galter Health Sciences Library and an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) and the Department of Medical Education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Holmes directs the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement Program in the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) and serves on its executive committee. In her role as director at Galter Library, she is delighted to have an opportunity to help define new roles and opportunities for the modern biomedical research library in an increasingly informatics and data-driven environment.

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