Celebrating Love Data Week 2023

February 13-17, 2023, is Love Data Week (LDW), an international event designed to raise awareness about research data management, sharing, preservation, and—most importantly—how we at the libraries can help you! To celebrate, a variety of workshops, presentations, and drop-in help sessions have been planned throughout February.

Text reads: Love Data Week, with link to Love Data PGHTo tie in with the Pitt 2023 Year of Emotional Well-Being, many of the LDW presentations emphasize healthy learning and professional development. These sessions will help you learn to avoid getting hung up on producing the perfect code or plot, instead focusing on starting where you are and working with the tools available to you.

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Global Core Biodata Resources

Biodata resources are critical to the progress of life science and biomedical research. The Global Biodata Coalition (GBC) recently announced its first set of Global Core Biodata Resources (GCBRs). There are 37 GCBRs that an international peer-review panel considers essential for the global research community and the preservation of biological data. These repositories include deposition databases, which archive and preserve primary research data, and knowledge bases, which add value to these data through expert curation and annotation.

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Collection Updates

Updates to the HSLS Online Collection for 2023

For 2023, the Pitt libraries are upgrading our subscription to the SAGE journals package, increasing the number of journals to which our users have access. A few of the new SAGE journals are included among those listed below. HSLS also continually adds new open access journals from numerous publishers. Visit our E-journals A-Z list and click on “Show Select Subject” to view more titles in your area of interest.

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HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, and more.


Kelsey Cowles, Research and Instruction Librarian, earned Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) credentials through the Medical Library Association (MLA). She also achieved Level II of the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization.

HSLS welcomes five new members to our team:

Colleen Ashley, Marketing and Web Specialist, coordinates HSLS marketing and promotional efforts, supports website administration, and provides communication within and on behalf of HSLS. She brings experience in writing, editing, and program management in the arts and higher education.

Dominick Caimano, Systems Administrator, manages HSLS web-server hardware, operating systems software, and web-based applications. He worked as an electronics technician for the Department of Cell Biology at Pitt for the past 11 years. During his time at Pitt, he earned both a BS and MS in Information Science, which positions him well as he moves into a career in information technology.

Jeremiah Galvanek, Program Manager, supports the HSLS-UPMC partnership to provide digital library resources and services. He provides project support, manages the HSDL website, facilitates outreach, and coordinates communication related to the UPMC digital library program. He brings expertise in customer support and relations and most recently worked at UPMC Passavant in patient/customer services.

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