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Searching for Drugs and Chemicals in PubMed (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Presenter: Sharon Dennis and Rebeeca Brown, National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Date / Time: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Summary: During this session, trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will help you become familiar with the NLM MeSH vocabulary related to chemicals and drugs, and to get comfortable with searching for drug information in PubMed. They will explain how chemicals, drugs and other substances are described in MeSH, discuss how to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed, and demonstrate how to search using pharmacological action terms.

Disaster Health Information Resources: On the Road to Specialization

UNYOC Annual Meeting CE

http://www.unyoc.mlanet.org/blog/annual-meetings/unyoc-2014/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 / 1 – 5 pm (ET)

Disaster Health Information Resources: On the Road to Specialization

Instructor: Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator for the NN/LM MAR

Meeting the demand for Ebola information has been challenging. This class will be a great way to learn where to find quality and reliable information to meet the needs of your healthcare professionals and community. Infectious disease is not usually considered a health disaster but we know the Ebola virus is not a normal virus.

The Regional Medical Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region is rolling out training for the Disaster Information Specialist Program. We are offering you an opportunity to combine the content of Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics and Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device for 4.0 MLA CEUs by attending this session.

Participants are encouraged to bring their smartphones, iPads or some type of device that you can use to access the internet and mobile apps. This is an interactive class with an emphasis on searching the resources covered in the class. This course is open to anyone –not just librarians!

For more information or questions contact Michelle Burda: mburda@pitt.edu and
http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfocurriculum.html

Emergency Access Initiative for Ebola

John Wiley & Sons will provide free access to biomedical literature in support of the Ebola outbreak relief efforts in West Africa, aiding responders across the affected population.

As part of this initiative, Wiley is partnering with the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), which includes the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.

EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters. The free access period in response to the Ebola crisis is currently Free access period: August 12, 2014 – November, 14, 2014. Access to over 175 medical and scientific journals includes The Cochrane Library, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Microbiology and Immunology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

For further information or questions regarding EAI resources, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov, or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or +1-301-594-5983 internationally.

To view the site visit: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/

Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts

We want to share information sent recently to an NIH Emergency Preparedness listserv that may interest those working in K-12 schools…

From: Emergency Public Health and Medical Partners [mailto:ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of Sloan, Nick
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 11:14 AM
To: ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV
Subject: FW: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Please share as you deem appropriate with your school districts around the country.

Nick Sloan, CEM, TEM, HEM, CHS-I

Director of Emergency Management

Environmental Safety & Emergency Management

Subject: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts

In an effort to keep districts informed so that they may respond to questions from concerned parents about the Ebola virus, we are sharing some resources provided by the Dallas Independent School District. The district hopes that the procedures and steps they took will be of assistance to other school districts should they have the unfortunate experience of having a school impacted by the virus.

Previously, we provided information from the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control that might also be useful.

NLM Associate Fellowship Program 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($52,146 in 2014)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov

Archives Available for Ebola Webinars

Visit each site to find the archives…

Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased the possibility of patients traveling from the impacted countries to U.S. hospitals. A few patients with Ebola virus disease have been medically evacuated to receive care in U.S. hospitals. Recently, the first case of Ebola virus disease was diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa; this patient passed away on October 8, 2014. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. During this COCA Call, the presenters will focus on healthcare systems preparedness, and participants will learn how Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center prepared for patients with Ebola and the lessons learned. To help presenters communicate content that is most important to clinicians, please submit your questions before the call to coca@cdc.gov. Please note: the focus of this call will be healthcare systems preparedness, not clinical management of the patients with Ebola.

http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_101414.asp

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a symposium on the Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, October 14; the symposium will also be live streamed. Speakers will discuss the impact of the West Africa epidemic, current and future response, the status of vaccines and possible pharmacologic therapies, recommendations to prevent spread of the disease outside of West Africa, and other issues.

Agenda and more information: http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/

Webcast link: http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/webcast.html

Evolution of a Search: The Use of Dynamic Twitter Searches During Superstorm Sandy

PLOS: Currents: Disasters, September 26, 2014

This research article, co-authored by National Institutes of Health librarian Alicia Livinski, is an example of collaboration between a library and public health agency developing search strategies to organize and monitor the vast array of information sent out via Twitter during a disaster.

http://currents.plos.org/disasters/article/evolution-of-a-search-the-use-of-dynamic-twitter-searches-during-superstorm-sandy/

Elegantly Simple Evaluation: Talking to Health Care Providers about Patient Health Literacy

By Yawar Ali and Cindy Olney

As the child of a physician living in South Texas, I’ve witnessed a deficiency of health literacy in patients. I volunteered in my dad’s clinic over spring break. I also participated on a medical relief trip with my father to a nonprofit charitable hospital in Pakistan. At both places, I witnessed difficulty in patient health literacy. – Yawar Ali

 In June 2014, Yawar Ali, a rising junior from the South Texas High School for Health Professions, taught physicians and physician assistants in his father’s medical clinics about patient health literacy. He also introduced them to MedlinePlus as an important tool for their patients. Yawar evaluated his project and discovered valuable insight that helped him improve the impact of his project.

Yawar conducted this health information outreach project as an internship offered through the  ¡VIVA! (Vital Information for a Virtual Age) project.  ¡VIVA! is a high school-based initiative in which students are trained to promote MedlinePlus to their classmates, teachers, families, and community members.  It is a student organization led by librarians of the South Texas Independent School District, located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funds the project.

He developed his presentation using health literacy materials available through the Medical Library Association and presented to three doctors and three PAs.  He taught them seven steps for addressing low patient health literacy and introduced them to MedlinePlus.

Yawar incorporated elegantly simple evaluation techniques into his project. Right after the presentation, he asked participants to complete a short evaluation form, asking them how likely they were to use the steps and promote MedlinePlus to patients.  They all responded positively, indicating good intentions.

Two weeks after the training, Yawar visited all of the health care providers to conduct brief semi-structured interviews. He asked if they had tried the steps and collected their feedback on the techniques. He also checked to see if they had promoted MedlinePlus to their patients. With some persistence, he was able to conduct a complete interview with each participant.

The feedback he received is of interest to anyone hoping to initiate health information outreach in partnership with primary care clinics, particularly in medically underserved areas:

  • The majority of Yawar’s participants tried teach-back, open-ended questions, and other techniques with their patients; but they were conflicted because such techniques added time to patient appointments. This interfered with their ability to stick to their busy schedules.
  • The health care providers were impressed with MedlinePlus, but they had convenient access to print materials from a database (Healthwise) that was integrated with the clinic’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. Furthermore, it was easier to document that they were adhering to the meaningful use requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs when they got patient information from Healthwise.
  • While the Healthwise database was more convenient for the providers, they recognized that the print information they were providing was limited. They believed their patients could get more comprehensive information from MedlinePlus, but the clinicians did not have a convenient way to promote the resource.

Their feedback prompted a speedy response. The project team secured MedlinePlus brochures from NLM that Yawar delivered to the clinics. The fix was relatively simple, but critical. The team may have never known about this necessary adjustment without Yawar’s elegantly simple evaluation.

Credit:  Yawar and Cindy would like to thank ¡VIVA! project team members Lucy Hansen, Sara Reibman, and Ann Vickman, for their help on this project.

The ¡VIVA! project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-0007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

EFTS Tip of the Week

Did you know that EFTS can be used for charges other than Docline billing? You may want to collect fees for an overdue book or make payment for a subscription or any other fee based activity. As long as both libraries are in agreement that billing will be made via EFTS, you can enter data via the BUILD AN ONLINE TRANSACTION FILE and secure payment. Call our office for details… 866-561-5045.

Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator

866-561-5045 toll free

860-679-4561 direct

sliwinski@uchc.edu

Job Ad: Knowledge Management Librarian, New York, NY

NYU Health Sciences Library welcomes applicants for the position of Knowledge Management Librarian, a faculty appointment in the NYU School of Medicine reporting to the library’s Associate Director for Research, Education, and Clinical Support.

Summary

The Knowledge Management Librarian will focus on research data management and knowledge support services throughout the NYU Langone Medical Center and with colleagues in allied areas across the university.

Responsibilities

Data Management/Curation

  • Develop services and tools to promote and support research data management, access, and sharing
  • Develop outlets for and provide instruction on data management best practices through online modules, group, and individual instruction
  • Contribute as an integral part of a team in varied research data management activities and services

Liaison/Informationist Services

  • Provide dedicated knowledge support services to particular department(s)/unit(s) (to be determined) through the Library Liaison Program
  • Provide expert-level knowledge management assistance through Library online user support systems
  • Develop and curate subject- and discipline-specific research guides, as needed

General

  • Serve as key communication link between library users needs and IT/technical teams in the development and implementation of data and knowledge management solutions.
  • Serve on library teams, committees and/or task forces as appropriate
  • Serve on Medical Center committees and/or task forces as appropriate
  • Conduct and present appropriate library- and informatics-related research

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library/information science, informatics, computer science, or related fields
  • Working knowledge of and aptitude for technologies relevant to research, knowledge management, or other relevant biomedical areas
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation, and instruction skills
  • Enthusiasm for working closely with varied users in a dynamic academic medical center environment
  • Adept at working in a highly collaboratively team environment
  • Flexible, intellectually curious, and willing and able to take initiative
  • Commitment to professional development and contributing to library/information science and biomedical informatics research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge and skills in research data management
  • Experience analyzing, manipulating, or repurposing data with at least one programming language
  • Knowledge of metadata standards, ontologies, and common data elements
  • Experience with at least one of the following: Fedora repository, Drupal, UNIX environments, PHP/Perl programming, MySQL

How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume and letter of application to HSL_jobs@med.nyu.edu.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.