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

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.

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.


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


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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.

NIH Public Access Policy Webinars

Announcing two free webinars about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy ( and the role of libraries, graciously hosted by the NIH and by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.


The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians (August 19)


Join us for a discussion about the NIH Public Access Policy and the critical role libraries play. This webinar will:

  • Review basics of the public access policy, and the role of librarians;
  • Present the Public Access Compliance Monitor;
  • Answer questions about the policy sent to us in advance via the online registration form;
  • Address issues and questions raised during the webinar.


Please list any questions you would like us to address during the webinar in the “Questions & Comments” section located on the online registration page.


Title: The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT


Presented by Dr. Neil Thakur, National Institutes of Health, and by Kathryn Funk, National Library of Medicine.


Register at or by clicking

Space is limited, so reserve your seat now!

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Logistics for this webinar, including additional questions, comments and feedback may be sent to:


The NIH Public Access Policy – Views from the Library Trenches (August 26)


You’ve heard the specifics of the NIH Policy. Now find out how librarians are responding to the need to get researchers up to speed on compliance with the policy. Join us to find out:

  • What strategies librarians are using to support their communities. What’s worked; and what hasn’t;
  • How to get started, and which groups to work with at your institution;
  • What tools librarians can use to help researchers and improve compliance rates;
  • How librarians can work with each other to improve outcomes.


This webinar will feature presentations from three libraries with experience on the ground helping researchers with the NIH Public Access Policy, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The following presenters will discuss their unique approaches in the trenches of supporting and providing outreach on the policy:


Emily Mazure, Duke University Medical Center Library

Susan Steelman and Jessie Casella, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library

Scott Lapinski, Harvard University, Countway Library of Medicine


Title: The NIH Public Access Policy – Views from the Library Trenches

Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT


Join the webinar on August 26 at

For audio, dial 1-800-605-5167, and enter participant code: 816440

Building Health Literate Organizations

Building Health Literate Organizations: A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change describes how organizations can move forward in achieving the attributes described in the Institute of Medicine discussion paper, “Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations”. The guidebook:

  • helps health care organizations of any size engage in organizational change to become health literate
  • complements many excellent health literacy resources, helping organizations use them effectively and reliably

The guidebook contains chapters and a case study on key health literacy development areas that intersect with the attributes of health literate health care organizations:

  • Engaging leadership
  • Preparing the workforce
  • The care environment
  • Involving populations served
  • Verbal communication
  • Reader-friendly materials

Each chapter answers these questions:

  • Why? Why do you need to address health literacy issues in this area? Why is it important?
  • What? What would success in this area look like? What are the target outcomes? Success may include changes to process, behavior, and attitudes, as well as health outcomes.
  • How? What tools, resources, and actions will you use to reach the target outcomes?

The guidebook offers an approach that enables organizations to start where they can begin to build a pattern of success, expanding to more than one area, eventually working in all key areas for results that can be sustained.

Building Health Literate Organizations:  A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change, authored by Mary Ann Abrams, Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Audrey Riffenburgh, and Barbara Savage, is available at

The guidebook is available as a free, online resource so it may be downloaded, copied, and reproduced, as long as all the attributions and sources are included.

CE Course: Becoming an Expert Searcher

Please join us on Wednesday, September 17th for the 8-hour CE course “Becoming an Expert Searcher,” taught by Terry Ann Jankowski, University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

For more information, and to register for this class, please visit

Please note: we are debuting a new registration process for this meeting.  Please complete the registration form on our website.  That registration form will generate an email to me.  When I receive that email, I will complete your registration and issue an invoice for payment.  You may process that invoice through your accounts payable department, or bring payment in the form of cash or check on the day of the class.

If you have any questions about the class or the registration process, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Robert T. Mackes, MLS, AHIP

Executive Director

Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey

Project Manager

HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

PO Box 7908

Princeton, NJ 08543-7908

Re-skilling for Research

New Report from RLUK “Re-skilling for Research” Looks at Changing Needs of Researchers and Effects on Libraries:

Health Insurance Marketplace 2014 Workshops

The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is hosting a free 1‑day Marketplace training event for partners and stakeholders who provide general information or help educate consumers about the Marketplace, and/or help them apply for coverage.

This session does not fulfill the certification requirements for Navigators or other assisters, or for agents and brokers. The web-based training for certification of Navigators/Certified Assistance Counselors will be available in August, and for agents and brokers in July.

The training sessions will cover the following:

  • An Overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Information on Health Insurance Literacy
  • Current Marketplace Topics
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned

For more information, including how to register, visit:

Data Visualizations at Information is Beautiful

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

New OERC Blog posting! This is to let you know that a new OERC Blog article has become available. You can find this article online here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

The OERC will be attending the Library Assessment Conference at University of Washington this week, where we will be learning about new trends in library assessment, evaluation, and improvement. Stayed tuned to our blog and we will pass along what we learn. The LAC is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries.

In the meantime, I want to leave you with a fun data visualization site to explore while we’re gone.  David McCandless creates wonderful infographics for his site “Information is Beautiful.”  Many are health-related. All are gorgeous.  You can find the list of data visualizations here.

EFTS Tip of the Week

There is a way to avoid having to pay individual invoices! How, you may ask? It is as easy as reviewing your routing tables. Carefully populate your routing tables, selecting FREE or RECIPRICAL lenders in your first cells. If there are no FREE sources, then proceed to route requests to other EFTS member institutions! You may never see an invoice again!

Job Ads: Multiple NLM Position Openings, Bethesda, MD

These positions are located in the Division of Library Operations and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The MEDLARS Management Section of the Bibliographic Services Division (BSD) is looking to hire someone to serve as a technical specialist or expert and authority on databases, library and information search systems, bibliographic data, information standards, and internet applications as they relate to organizing, accessing and disseminating information of a highly specialized and technical nature.

The Index Section of the Bibliographic Services Division (BSD) has 2 positions:

Technical Information Specialist Position – Indexing Unit A

The Technical Information Specialist serves as an indexer and reviser in the Index Section. Responsibilities include: analyzing the content of biomedical  articles and applying relevant Medical Subject Headings;  providing quality assurance for PubMed/MEDLINE citations, by reviewing indexing for accuracy and advising on best practices to ensure quality; providing quality assurance for automated (machine-assisted) indexing; and contributing to the development and implementation of technological solutions that enhance indexing quality, increase production, and streamline workflows.

Technical Information Specialist Position – Indexing Unit B

The Technical Information Specialist provides technical and research support for a variety of initiatives in the Index Section. Responsibilities include: assisting with development of automated systems for indexing the biomedical literature; conducting workflow analyses to improve efficiencies and incorporate automation; designing qualitative and quantitative assessments of indexing tools and processes; analyzing PubMed/MEDLINE user needs; monitoring publishing trends relevant to indexing; investigating the role of indexing in information retrieval technologies such as linked data; and exploring ways to expand data linkages within MEDLINE records.

The Medical Subjects Headings (MeSH) section is looking to hire someone to play a role in quality assurance for the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) production. This position includes familiarity with, editing and analyzing medical terminologies from a variety of sources and an ability to work productively and cooperatively with technical and terminology content specialists in OCCS, MeSH and MMS, as well as contract editors.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is looking for a Technical Information Specialist with a comprehensive knowledge of online scholarly publishing, open access principles, and the public access policies of research funders (NIH and others). The job entails working with scientific literature databases at NLM, helping to develop and interpret policies and procedures, and helping to define functional changes and improvements when needs dictate.

The National Network Office administers the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)to provide access to biomedical information regionally. This position involves  participating in contract management including writing Statements of Work, coordinating proposal review activities, reviewing annual contract task and budget activities, and providing program assessment and evaluation.  The candidate will provide technical advice and information on library systems, databases, information standards, and internet applications as they relate to organizing, accessing and disseminating information throughout the Network.

The announcement will be posted for five days and is open to Merit Promotion (MP) and Delegated Examining (DE) sources. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

Please contact NIH Human Resources Specialist Zenaida Olivero  for further information or visit

Job Ad: Associate Librarian, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY