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Archive for April, 2012

Job Ad: NAL Recruitment

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The National Agricultural Library will soon be recruiting for a dynamic leader at the GS-13 level for the Nutrition and Food Safety Program. We are seeking an individual with vision to develop innovative information services for consumers, educators, policy makers, researchers and practitioners. Highly qualified candidates will have a strong network of contacts in the field of human nutrition or food science; a track record in developing partnership opportunities; and the business acumen to manage a diverse $2 million program.
The recruitment process limits the open period to only 7 calendar days. To be notified, interested candidates should send their name and e-mail contact information by Sunday, April 22 to NAL-Search@ars.usda.gov. Otherwise, beginning the week of April 23 or soon after, those interested can check the USAJobs.gov website (www.usajobs.gov) for postings from the Agricultural Research Service at the National Agricultural Library.

NLM’s Extramural Program: Informationist Admin Supplement FOA Now Published

Friday, April 13th, 2012

NLM’s new funding announcement offering support for informationists to work on NIH-funded research grants is on the NIH Guide site as of today; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-158.html. These supplements provide funds to researchers who have existing research grants from any of the Institutes listed (NLM,  NCI, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NIBIB, NIDCD, NIDCR), to pay for adding an informationist to the project. The principal investigator of the grant must apply for this, so our librarian/informationist colleagues in academic settings might want to identify partners of interest and reach out to them to suggest that they apply, or alert people with whom they already work. An easy way to find potential partners would be to use the NIH reporter http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm to search by state and funding Agency.

From the purpose statement:

These administrative supplements provide funds to supported research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

America’s Lackluster Performance on Health Outcomes

Friday, April 13th, 2012

To improve America’s lackluster performance on health outcomes compared with its peer nations and to maintain its international competitiveness, the United States needs to invest more in its chronically underfunded public health system and spend public health dollars more efficiently, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.  The report, released on Tuesday, proposes a two-pronged approach to reforming public health financing.  It calls for more effective and efficient use of money already earmarked for public health, but notes that additional resources need to be directed toward the kinds of population health strategies that public health departments can provide. http://www.nationalacademies.org/morenews/20120410.html.

Eliminating Waste in U.S. Health Care

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, and Andrew D. Hackbarth, MPhil, have authored an essay posted on Tuesday by JAMA, titled, “Eliminating Waste in US Health Care.”  The abstract of the essay states, “The need is urgent to bring U.S. health care costs into a sustainable range for both public and private payers.  Commonly, programs to contain costs use cuts, such as reductions in payment levels, benefit structures, and eligibility. A less harmful strategy would reduce waste, not value-added care.  The opportunity is immense.

In just 6 categories of waste—overtreatment, failures of care coordination, failures in execution of care processes, administrative complexity, pricing failures, and fraud and abuse—the sum of the lowest available estimates exceeds 20% of total health care expenditures. The actual total may be far greater. The savings potentially achievable from systematic, comprehensive, and cooperative pursuit of even a fractional reduction in waste are far higher than from more direct and blunter cuts in care and coverage.  The potential economic dislocations, however, are severe and require mitigation through careful transition strategies.”  http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/307/14/1513.abstract.

Oral Health Knowledge Path

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The MCH Library and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center at Georgetown University have developed a new edition of the knowledge path, Oral Health for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women.  This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of oral health care.  The knowledge path can be used by health professionals, program administrators, and policymakers to learn more about oral health, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.  The knowledge path also links to separate resource briefs for families and for schools and to briefs on topics such as the dental home, dental sealants, and oral health for children and adolescents with special health care needs.  View the knowledge path online at http://www.mchoralhealth.org/knwpathoralhealth.html.

MCH Library at Georgetown University

Website: http://mchlibrary.info

HHS Announces Rule to Delay ICD-10

Friday, April 13th, 2012

This may be of possible interest:  http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/02/20120216a.html.

Attributes of a Health Literate Organization

Friday, April 13th, 2012

This discussion paper reflects the opinions of members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy and is not an official statement from the IOM.  It was published earlier this year so you may have already seen this.  It could be of potential interest to those who may wish to bring it to the attention of those within their organizations who are promoting the health literacy agenda:  http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Perspectives-Files/2012/Discussion-Papers/BPH_HLit_Attributes.pdf.

What are the MAR Coordinators Up to This Week?

Friday, April 13th, 2012

We encourage you to always check out our MAR website (http://nnlm.gov/mar/) to see our latest activities.  Here’s what on our front door this week:

What’s Happening with MAR These Days?

  • April 13: We’re teaching the course The Ropes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner at the Central NY Library Resources Council (CNYLRC)
  • April 17: We’re hosting the Director of the NLM Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC), Michael Boer, for a visit to MAR
  • April 18: We’re hosting the webcast Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries at MAR

Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health

Friday, April 6th, 2012

What:  The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is offering a face-to-face class.

Who:  Max Anderson, Technology Coordinator, Greater Midwest Region

             Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, Middle Atlantic Region

When:  Monday, April 23rd, 9:00 am – 1 p.m.

Where:  Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, 3550 Terrace Street, 200 Scaife Hall, Classroom 2

Register:  If you plan to attend, please send an email with the Subject:  Information Anywhere to nnlmmar@pitt.edu by Thursday, April 19th

Details:  http://nnlm.gov/training/mobile/

Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries

Friday, April 6th, 2012

What:  The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is sponsoring an MLA Webcast:  Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries

When:  Wednesday, April 18th, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Where:  Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, 3550 Terrace Street, 200 Scaife Hall, Conference Room B

Register:  If you plan to attend, please send an email with the Subject:  Leveraging to nnlmmar@pitt.edu by Monday, April 16th

Details:  http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/techtrends/index.html