Library faculty present at NANOS 2011

Todd Vandenbark

Logo for North American Neuro-Opthalmology SocietyNancy Lombardo and Jeanne Le Ber attended the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

As Project Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library, a collaboration between the Eccles Health Sciences Library and NANOS, Nancy presented the project update to the NANOS Executive Board on Saturday, February 5. In this session, new collections were outlined, as well as growth in existing collections. The Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology is now completely archived within NOVEL. Every issue from volume 1 forward is indexed and available. Each current issue will be added as the one year publisher’s embargo is lifted. The papers and posters presented at the annual meeting are being added to NOVEL. Currently, 2009 and 2010 are available and the NOVEL team will be working back in time to develop a complete archive. The Walsh Society Meeting is also completed, covering the abstracts of meetings since 1969. Video collections by Shirley H. Wray, MD, PhD and David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD were highlighted. The new NOVEL Mobile site, with access to video and audio was demonstrated. The NOVEL Team members were recognized for their contributions to the project. They are Ray Balhorn, Stephen Mossbarger, Justin Barbour, Mike Thelin, and Maggie Dwenger. The Board was very appreciative of their efforts.

On Sunday, Nancy and Jeanne provided NOVEL, EndNote, and general technology consultations to NANOS members at a support table in the area outside the main meeting hall.

On Monday, February 7, Nancy, Jeanne and Ed Fitzgibbon, MD, of the National Eye Institute, offered an Optional Symposium to the NANOS membership. This session provided an update to NOVEL, a demonstration of many mobile applications relevant to members, Google Sites, a free web-based collaborative workspace and an overview of EndNote features, as well as methods for sharing libraries with colleagues. Symposium attendance ranged from 55 to 70 participants

All programs were well received and Nancy was awarded an Associate Membership in NANOS in recognition for her collaboration with the organization through her work with Society members and NOVEL since 2000.