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Monday, September 8th, 2014

Libraries and September is National Preparedness Month

Monday, September 8th, 2014

National Preparedness Month is for everyone, including librarians, information specialists, and those who work at or with libraries.

 

If you are planning activities for Preparedness Month, please share your ideas, successes, and lessons-learned with this list. You may spark someone else’s imagination. Abundant materials for promoting Preparedness Month are available from the websites listed below.

 

Just in time for National Preparedness Month, a new book is available for purchase from the American Library Association in cooperation with the Medical Library Association. Congratulations to our colleagues Deb Halsted, Shari Clifton, and Dan Wilson for writing “Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery; A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4233. Deb, Shari, and Dan have been very involved in encouraging libraries to be prepared for disasters, and have much to share from both their personal experiences and professional advocacy.

 

For a health-related approach to Preparedness Month, CDC, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and other parts of Health and Human Services are focusing on the theme of disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations. Topics (one per week) include preparedness for: children; people with medical needs; older adults; and pet preparedness for pet owners.

 

Upcoming events on disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations include:

September 10:  Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations, 3-4 PM (Eastern), Twitter chat, #CDCprep, http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/preparedness_month.htm#products

September 11:  Not Just Small Adults: Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies, 4-5 PM (Eastern), Webinar. http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

September 17:  Emergency Preparedness for Little Ones, September 17, 1-2 PM (Eastern), Twitter chat, #Prep4Kids, http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/news/events/Pages/Prep4Kids.aspx

 

Wishing you successful preparedness efforts this month, -Cindy Love and the DIMRC staff

 

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Links for National Preparedness Month:

 

CDC National Preparedness Month 2014

http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/preparedness_month.htm

 

PHE (Public Health Emergency) National Preparedness Month 2014

http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/news/events/PrepMonth2014/Pages/default.aspx

 

Ready.gov promotional resources for Preparedness Month

http://www.ready.gov/september

 

America’s PrepareAthon! and National PrepareAthon! Day

http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/AmericasPrepareathon

 

Register to document your organization’s efforts

http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/AmericasPrepareathon/register

 

Submitted by Cindy Love

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

cindy_love@nlm.nih.gov

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa. The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Ebola

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola:

Articles in PubMed

MedlinePlus Ebola Health Topic Page (for the general public)

International health (for the general public)

HHS agencies, including CDC and ASPR, also provide the latest Ebola information available through social media, including Twitter@phegov, @CDCgov, @CDCEmergency and Facebook Public Health Emergency, CDC, CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response. The CDC also has a comprehensive set of resources on its Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever web page.

Pillowcase Project: Preparing Students for Disasters

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The American Red Cross and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center are partnering to prepare school-age children at home and abroad for the next disaster. Using pillowcases and other culturally appropriate containers to hold emergency items like flashlights and bottled water, Red Cross staff and volunteers will teach life-saving preparedness lessons to students around the world.

http://preparecenter.org/activities/pillowcase-project-preparing-students-disasters

Helpful Resources on Depression

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The recent death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian, Robin Williams, has brought attention to the challenges of those who suffer from depression. It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults struggle with depression (Centers for Disease Control). Depression can be debilitating to those who suffer, as well as affecting their family and friends. It can also adversely affect outcomes of chronic and other health conditions.

Authoritative Ebola Information

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Ebola has been an important topic in the news. You may be getting questions from those you serve, or have questions yourself. So we have compiled these resources to help:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine (NLM) MedlinePlus Resource Guides

NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

U.S. Joint Commission

Emergency Preparedness Tools and Resources for Faith-based and Community Organizations

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives (Both Centers of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invite you to join us for:

A Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources for Houses of Worship and Community Organizations

The purpose of this webinar is to provide participants with information on emergency preparedness tools, resources and engagement strategies that are available to faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers. Presentations will explain how faith-based and community-based organizations can engage in National Preparedness Month 2014 and National PrepareAthon Day! activities. The presentations will also highlight engagement best practices at the state and local level between faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers to prepare faith and community-based organizations and the larger community.

WHO SHOULD JOIN THE WEBINAR?
This webinar is for anyone interested in learning more about resources to help faith-based and community-based organizations get prepared for emergencies and help their communities to do the same.

WHEN IS THE WEBINAR?    

August 19, 2014
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

HOW DO I JOIN THE WEBINAR?

Adobe Connect Web Link: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/faithtoolsa/event/registration.html

Please sign in as a guest.  Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting by clicking here.

PRESENTERS

Representatives from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Office of Emergency Management will present.  The Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives and Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, will also bring greeting and remarks in support of getting houses of worship and community organizations engaging in preparedness activities.

Reports from the 2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

Monday, August 4th, 2014

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:    Reports from the 2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

The Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine funded three outreach and collaboration projects for 2013-2014. These projects are near completion. The awardees will present information about their projects, how libraries collaborated with disaster-related organizations, and what outcomes they achieved.

 

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, June 12, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.

A box should pop up asking for your phone number.

Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790

Pass-Code: 745907

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If you have never attended an Adobe Connect Pro meeting before:

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

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MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Disaster-Related Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Presenters:

  • Bridget Quinn-Carey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Queens Public Library
  • Michele Stricker, Associate Director, Library Support Services, New Jersey State Library

Date / Time: Thursday, July 31, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary: Bridget will provide a report for the Queens Library Mobile Health Information Classroom: Superstorm Sandy had a devastating effect on the residents of Far Rockaway.  Two Queens public libraries were severely damaged and will be under repair for some time.  Mobile units were being used.  This award supports technology purchases for Queens Library to offer health information services within the mobile units.

Michele will provide a synopsis of two NN/LM MAR funded events that took place following Superstorm Sandy.  The primary goal of these events was to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities so the libraries can engage in disaster response in their communities.  As a result, a cohort of public libraries proceeded to receive additional NN/LM MAR funding to partner with emergency planners in order to increase awareness of the value of a public library before, during, and after a disaster.

Seeking the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) at NLM

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

We are pleased to share with you the recruitment announcement for the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine,
commonly referred to as the national Network Office (NNO):

The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions, to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources.  The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations.  The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues, as related to programs conducted throughout the Network.   This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The very short posting time of July 22July 31 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly.  Please see the postings on USAJobs.gov and follow the instructions to apply.  One posting is for “Status Candidates” (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) and the other is for for “All US Citizens.”

The jobs will also be linked from “Careers @ NLM” on the NLM home page:  www.nlm.nih.gov.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  NIH is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.  As a supervisory librarian at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

If you have questions about this job, please contact Zenaida Olivero, PHR, (301) 435-5716, or Oliverozm@mail.nih.gov.

Dianne Babski

Deputy Associate Director of Library Operations
National Library of Medicine