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Great CE Opportunity

Friday, March 7th, 2014


In observance of Patient Safety Week (March 2-8), the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries CE Committee presents a continuing education opportunity, The Librarian’s Role in Failure Mode & Effects Analysis: A Knowledge Management Opportunity. This is an Adobe Connect recording of a program originally presented on January 27, 2014. It is taught by Jeannine Gluck, who has been trained in the FMEA process and has participated in FMEAs in her own institution.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis is a method used by quality improvement staff to identify and prevent failure before it occurs. The aim is to increase the safety of a clinical process. They ask where a process can go wrong, and the effects and causes of those failures. For the most serious among them, steps are redesigned to avoid the identified pitfalls. Librarians’ skills in managing information and knowledge can help the FMEA process. In short, others supply the clinical knowledge, and the librarian corrals that content into a form that helps ensure success of the endeavor. This practical webinar covers the basic steps in an FMEA, and for each, shows where and how the librarian’s skills can be applied.

Cost is $15. Registration is through NAHSL’s Wild Apricot site, at Once your registration has been received, you will receive an e-mail with further details. You can view the recording at any time, and earn one MLA CE credit by answering a couple of brief questions.

If you are a NAHSL member who has already registered for the webinar, e-mail me for access to the recording.

Jeannine Cyr Gluck, MLS, AHIP

Director of the Library (and NAHSL CE Chair)

Eastern Connecticut Health Network

71 Haynes St. Manchester, CT 06040

Libraries Building Strong Community Partnerships

Friday, March 7th, 2014

As trusted centers of the community, libraries are in a unique position to attract potential partners, and to provide resources and benefits to organizations with common goals. In a time of diminishing funds and increasing demands, partnerships are essential to meeting community needs, and to sustaining an active and engaging environment for customers. This month, we focus on tools and tips for successful partnerships and collaboration.

Key Resources:

From starting new partnerships, to sustaining healthy long-term relationships, WebJunction has resources to help, including two new webinars:

In Community Connections: Break with Tradition! discover how new partnerships can lead to programming and events that promote health, literacy and entertainment for the whole community. Presenters discuss efforts that extend the library’s reach and support, and strengthen community relationships, all at little or no cost.

Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement explores the positive partnership between medical libraries and public libraries. The project team leads an interactive session on how libraries can integrate best practices into local health information service priorities.

Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is Retiring

Friday, February 28th, 2014

NN/LM MAR is saying goodbye to our friend and leader, Dr. Angela Ruffin, as she retires:

Winter Issue of MAReport Newsletter Available

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Check out the Winter 2014 issue of our newsletter, The MAReport

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Health Literacy Day at the East Brunswick Library:

Disaster Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Webinar Title: Disaster Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Toll Free Number: 888-325-0345 / Participant passcode: 813-1392

Live Meeting™ Net Conference Access Information for Participants


Conference number: PW4462938 / Audience passcode: 8131392

Participants can join the event directly at:

Objective: Co-sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Administration for Community Living (ACL), this webinar will provide information to assist family caregivers in planning for emergencies and disasters.  Family caregivers have a responsibility of caring for loved ones with health or functional needs, making it important for them to develop a personal preparedness plan as well as a plan for individuals they support.  Examples include family caregivers who are responsible for the care of children with Developmental Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders, Older Americans who are medically fragile, and persons who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Information provided in this webinar will highlight the unique needs of disaster preparedness planning for these particularly vulnerable populations and considerations for developing and maintaining an emergency plan for both the caregiver and their loved one.

A brief Introduction to Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers will be provided by Dr. Cheryl Levine, At-Risk Team Lead, Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC), ASPR and Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist/Team-Lead, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services, ACL.


Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy: Challenges of Sheltering in Place for Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs including Autism, Peg Kinsell, Director of Public Policy, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, New Jersey

Supporting Older Americans who are Medically Fragile, Della Sanchez, LGSW, AL Cares Coordinator, Support for Caregivers, SARPC/Area Agency on Aging, Mobile, Alabama

Lessons Learned from 9/11, Katrina, and Sandy for Persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, Jed Levine, Executive Vice President, Director of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter

Facilitated discussion with the panelists will be led by Iris Terashima, developer and trainer for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center: Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers of Senior Citizens.

NLM e-Clips (February 2014)

Friday, February 28th, 2014


List of Serials Indexed for Online Users, 2014 Available in XML:

NLM Announces “Native Voices” Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans:

NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award:

NLM’s Jerry Sheehan Receives CENDI Meritorious Service Award:

SNOMED CT to ICD-10-CM Map Updated:


Boosting Drug Recovery:

CT Scans Recommended for Heavy Smokers:

Flu Season Insights:

Organic Milk’s Health Benefits:


Examining the Civil War’s toll:

Health Literacy Day at the East Brunswick [NJ] Library:

Health Sciences Libraries Vital to Patient Care:

Morris F. Collen at 100: A Tribute to “The Father of Medical Informatics”:

NLM Launches “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture”:

PubMed app results in tremendous gains in traffic:

The Confusing and At-Times Counterproductive 1980s Response to the AIDS Epidemic:

Tin masks to fixed faces: plastic surgery’s debt to World War I:

Watch Gene Kelly Channel “Combat Fatigue Irritability” in a WWII Navy Training Film:

What We’re Reading [see “More on the Flu”]:


Regional Medical Libraries Making a Difference: Focus on South Central Region:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Libraries (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, February 21st, 2014


  • Kelly Ayala, Community Relations Officer, USCIS, Newark, NJ
  • Carla Pendino, Community Relations Officer, USICS, Philadelphia, PA

Date / Time:  Thursday, February 27, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

SummaryDo you have library patrons needing immigration information or services?  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for administering immigration and naturalization services and benefits.  Our speakers will provide an overview of the role of USCIS and customer service tools, including how to contact USCIS, check on case status, obtain a form, and where to refer individuals seeking legal assistance.

They will also provide insight into the Community Relations Program, including information about hosting a Naturalization Information Session, ordering a free Citizenship Toolkit, setting up an “Immigration Corner” within your library, and taking a look at the USCIS online Citizenship Resource Center.

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K-12 Team Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Classroom Lesson Plans & Activities

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness website.

For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The activities and lesson plans are available at

The activities and lesson plans use Native Voices exhibition website content material and other NLM online educational/science resources.

The activities and lesson plans are composed of four units.  Each unit introduces a different way of exploring and learning about the Native Voices exhibition in about 1.5 to 3 hours.  These units are: 1) A scavenger hunt, 2) An environmental health science lesson, 3) A social science lesson, and 4) A biology lesson.

While the activities and lesson plans can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms.

About the Native Voices Website

The Native Voices Web site ( allows people to experience an exhibition currently on display at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland.  Both versions explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media.

For additional information, please contact:

K-12 Team Leader

Alla Keselman, PhD

National Library of Medicine

IOM Report: Programs to Prevent Psychological Disorders in Military Members

Friday, February 21st, 2014

A new report from the Institute of Medicine, released on Thursday, assessed “efforts to evaluate and improve psychological health services for military members and their families.” The review panel said that DOD, “…should develop, track, and evaluate programs based on scientific evidence to ensure their effectiveness… DOD has implemented numerous resilience and prevention programs — mostly focused on individual-level interventions — that address various aspects of psychological health.  While some of these programs have demonstrated effectiveness, many are not evidence-based and are evaluated infrequently.”