Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category
By Robin Sabo
Assistant Professor/Health Professions Librarian
Central Michigan University
An exhibit award allowed me to promote MedlinePlus resources to nutrition educators attending the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, June 28 – July 1 in Milwaukee. Six hundred nutrition educators including registered dietitian nutritionists, extension service personnel, public health personnel and university faculty and staff attended the meeting.
Nutrition calculators and quizzes from the Health Check Tools section of MedlinePlus were highlighted including Calculate your body mass index, Exercise counts – How many calories will your activity burn, Folic acid quiz and Test your sodium smarts. Other featured resources included MedlinePlus for Health Professionals and National Library of Medicine Mobile Resources.
Particularly exciting were comments about how the nutrition educators planned to use MedlinePlus resources. Plans included incorporating MedlinePlus into extension websites and Facebook pages, inclusion of links in an upcoming edition of a consumer health nutrition book and university dietetics faculty who plan to incorporate MedlinePlus into their class assignments. One attendee even asked about having someone exhibit on MedlinePlus for their upcoming regional meeting!
A new brochure has joined the PubMed pantheon!
PubMed Journal Searching: http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/journalstri.pdf
Explore the three different ways to add journals to any PubMed search. These are: adding individual journals, applying a filter, and using a journal search created in the NLM Catalog. Share this brochure with your patrons and at exhibiting events. Enjoy!
This brochure, as are all of our NN/LM trifold brochures, is available in three formats: pdf, doc, and docx. To access a different format, simply alter the URL.
The UIC Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) invites you to review the Report summarizing the content of the Health Information Practice (HIP) Summit held in East Peoria, Illinois on October 7, 2013, as a segment of the Midwest Chapter/MLA meeting. The event was planned and sponsored by LHS and attended by 67 librarians and students from the region.
Thank you all for your excellent participation in the Summit, which provided an opportunity to exchange stories about how health sciences librarians are changing their practice models to address new challenges confronting them.
The report has been placed on the UIC Institutional Repository, known as UIC Indigo. Here is the link. http://hdl.handle.net/10027/11154
Join us for a very exciting Lake Effects on Thursday, December 15, 2011, from 1-2 pm CT. Hospital librarians Denise Rumschlag, Melinda Orebaugh, and Barbara Platts will be sharing how librarians can become advocates for change in their institutions. We will examine ways of reducing waste and the cost of care, addressing services lines, and increasing the visibility of the library. Learn about collaborating to create tools for advocacy and participating in business performance reviews and LEAN projects. Hear about successful activities revealing that library expertise can have a powerful impact on the larger organization. Discover how you can add value to your library and library services. This is one webinar you won’t want to miss. Register today as space is limited.
By Sandi L. Bates MLIS
Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences
University of North Dakota
The University of North Dakota’s Library of the Health Sciences exhibited at the Grand Forks Women’s Show Oct. 1, providing an opportunity to share NN/LM resources with more than 1,900 people.
For the second year we shared the booth with Dr. Edward Sauter’s research team. Dr. Sauter is professor of surgery at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and does extensive breast cancer research and education. The exhibit provided both an outlet to discuss health topics with consumers and a place for women to actively participate in the research. We will be able to continue to participate in the translational research platform being built by the University of North Dakota through efforts like this exhibit.
We were able to make contacts with healthcare professionals who were interested in consumer health resources. A local senior center encouraged us to drop brochures and MedlinePlus magazines off for their clientele. Our supply of printed materials for MedlinePlus and Household Products were depleted by the end of the day.
Each year the National Library of Medicine highlights projects from across the country on their webpage. The web pages of featured projects for National Medical Librarians Month 2011 are available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/lo/profiles11/. This year the GMR included five projects from among recent subcontracts and awards. Congratulations to these selected programs: Munson Digital Archive Project, Touch Technology Multilingual Health Information, Assessing Mental Health Information Needs of Clergy of Portage, Health-E Public: Improving Access to Health Information Resources for Public Health Professionals in Southeastern Wisconsin County, and Building the Future with Community Health Information. Read about them at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/lo/profiles11/gmr.html.
For suggestions on Promoting Your Library this month, visit at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/member/advocacy/.
National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The GMR is again offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: “ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library” to be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., central time
In this time of economic down turn you may have considered broadening your library services, sharpening up your professional skills or attending a motivating plenary. The problem is in this time of economic down turn you don’t have the funds to become cutting edge. You can use the GMR funding opportunities to make some headway.
Amplify your ILL service – Interlibrary Loan is a service that doesn’t have to change very much. It still works if you don’t do anything. This is an area that can easily be brought into the new millennium. The first thing you can do is to STOP invoicing other libraries for the things that you borrow. Apply for an EFTS Award. The staff at the Electronic Fund Transfer System are happy to assist you with the paper work. The GMR is supoorting funding for it.
Take a class – You may be able to get to a meeting but, that’s it! You can’t take a class too. Apply for the Professional Development Award to cover the cost of the class. You might find that your local community college has a course that you can take. Apply for the Professional Development Award to defer the cost of registration. Consider a meeting that you may not usually go to Internet Librarian, EDUCAUSE, ALA or maybe a health professional meeting. You need to have a project that you are working on that the class will support and the permission of your administration the award is issued through a cost reimbursement. You can only apply for this award once.
Bring in a speaker – Sometimes we could benefit from the opportunity to be reminded that we are a growing profession. The skills that we have, need to be cultivated to remain viable. Consider applying for the Professional Instruction Award to offer your group the opportunity to enjoy a speaker you may not otherwise have been able to invite.
Greetings to all in our region focusing on information and health services to the Public Health community. The GMR has created an email discussion list to help connect those who are working in this specialized field of librarianship. Join us at: GMRPH@uic.edu