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Resources for National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month, first proclaimed by the United States Breastfeeding Committee in 2011. This blog post will highlight resources from the National Library of Medicine (and other authoritative sites) related to this topic.

LactMed: Drugs and Lactation Database is a National Library of Medicine (NLM) database containing information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. LactMed offers users the ability to search for a generic, brand or chemical name, Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number, pharmacologic category, and/or subject terms, and retrieve information on the effects the agent has on breastfeeding. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. LactMed is updated monthly. In addition to access through the website, an App is available for both iPhone and Adroid devices. from the Office on Women’s Health currently has feature articles which address breastfeeding in the work environment, as well as a health topic page devoted to Breastfeeding. The topics page includes links to a fact sheet and other resources and information on: why breastfeeding is important, learning to breastfeed, breastfeeding challenges, pumping and storage of breast milk, and others.

MedlinePlus also has a Health Topics page devoted to Breastfeeding with links to materials in 14 languages other than English and Spanish. The page includes the usual types of information, including several videos, links to and journal articles, and information just for dads!

In addition, two organizations provide national and local support for moms who breastfeed (or are considering breastfeeding) their babies: March of Dimes and La Leche League. Both organizations have local chapters and support groups which provide mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Pillowcase Project: Preparing Students for Disasters

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.

Webinars on Geriatrics-Competent Care

Please see the announcement below about a series of webinars on Geriatrics-Competent Care hosted by the CMS in collaboration with the Lewin Group, Community Catalyst, and the American Geriatrics Society.

Geriatrics-Competent Care Webinar Series

You are invited to a two-part webinar series on Geriatrics-Competent Care designed to help health care professionals, health plan staff, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders expand their knowledge and skills in the unique aspects of geriatrics care. This series is hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in collaboration with The Lewin Group, Community Catalyst, and the American Geriatrics Society. The webinar presentations and post-recordings will be available at

Webinar 1: An Introduction to Geriatrics-Competent Care

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

12:00-1:15 PM EST

Call in number: (800) 683-4564 Access Code: 644872

This webinar will present some universal competencies that are fundamental to quality geriatrics care across disciplines and care settings. These include: understanding what is unique about the health and care of older adults; prevention, diagnosis, and management of geriatric syndromes (e.g., incontinence, falls, gait and balance disorders, dementia); care transitions; medication management; maintaining older adults’ function and well-being; working with older adults and families to set care goals; coordinating care with an interdisciplinary team; and providing social services and supports.

Interested participants are encouraged to register.

Webinar 2: Geriatric Assessment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

12:00-1:15 PM EST

Call in number: (866) 216-6835 Access Code: 282122

An interdisciplinary geriatric assessment can promote older adults’ wellness and independence and maintain or improve their functional status and quality of life by considering physical, cognitive, psychological, and social domains. This webinar will focus on a rapid geriatrics screen that can be accomplished in a busy clinical setting to identify target areas where a more in-depth assessment is needed to develop a comprehensive, coordinated care plan. The webinar will address how to communicate effectively with older adults and their families, home assessment, and identifying community services available to help meet assessed needs. Case studies will demonstrate the use of various assessment tools and the key follow-up steps needed for quality care management.

Interested participants are encouraged to register.

For more information, contact Carol Regan, Senior Advisor, Community Catalyst at

August 2014 Crossroads: The Learning Place for Libraries

Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Social Media Accounts

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s (HSLANJ) Communications Committee is proud to announce that HSLANJ is now on social media:

Facebook /

LinkedIn /

Twitter /

When appropriate, information posted to HSLANJ’s social media accounts will also be posted to the HSLANJ discussion list

The new HSLANJ Social Media Guidelines can be found under the Resources section on our website

If you have any questions and/or comments, please contact the committee at

Job Ad: Library Director, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Role Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President and Associate Dean for Academic Informatics and Technology, the Director of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) Libraries provides dynamic leadership, vision, strategic planning and operational management of the Levy Library and the member hospital libraries of the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS). The Levy Library and member hospital libraries support the educational, research and clinical care missions of the School and the seven MSHS hospitals. The Director of ISMMS Libraries participates in the senior leadership team of the Academic Informatics and Technology unit, a blended organization consisting of the libraries, instructional technology, systems support, and archives and records management. The role manages 5 direct reports with an overall staff of 23 FTEs.

Responsibilities for Current and Future Key Initiatives:

Work collaboratively with staff across Academic Informatics and Technology to create a Research and Learning Commons that will offer individual and collaborative study, flex classrooms, integrated circulation, research and IT support service desk, bioinformatics and statistics support, and multimedia production resources.

Strengthen partnership with faculty to support big data research through expanding the library’s course offerings on bioinformatics and genomic tools, as well as licensing next generation sequencing software.

Develop the service and resource integration between the Levy Library and the hospital system libraries and develop new models to provide support to faculty and housestaff located throughout the system.

Complete the migration to Worldshare Management Services, the library’s new discovery platform.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides leadership, strategic planning, and vision for the ISMMS Libraries

2. Leads library operations and instructional programs, ensuring high availability of world class digital academic resources and services for the Mount Sinai community.

3. Oversees public and technical services and digital presence to ensure that services and resources meet the research, education and clinical care needs of the school, member hospitals, and partners.

4. Integrates best of class technologies into the delivery of innovative services to facilitate seamless and efficient use of library systems.

5. Manages library budgets and accounts.

6. Promotes the library through outreach initiatives to ensure a high visibility of services and resources.

7. Maintains and develops key performance metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of library operations and services, and to assess user satisfaction with library services.

8. Creates a library environment that facilitates study, collaboration, and scholarship and maximizes the efficient utilization of library space.

9. Ensures that library services and programs meet or exceed LCME and Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation/licensing standards.

10. Represents the library on school and hospital committees, as well as in external local and national professional organizations.

11. Continually reviews systems for efficiency and leads initiatives that will improve operation, availability, cost, and performance across the lifecycle.

12. Creates, communicates, and manages project plans and other required project documentation and provides updates as necessary.

Minimum Education and Experience:

1. Master’s of Library Science from an ALA accredited program

2. Ten years of experience in successful library administration

3. Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, facilities management, accreditation and outcomes assessment

4. Evidence of extensive leadership in developing and implementing innovative library services and programs

5. Evidence of effective collaborative skills and ability to engage staff to successfully deliver high quality services to various library constituencies

Preferred Education and Experience:

1. Background in scientific research, bioinformatics or clinical informatics

2. Second Master’s Degree or PhD in relevant discipline

General Skills:

Exemplary oral and written communication, organizational, and planning skills

Self-motivated and able to excel in a fast-paced academic environment

Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently and as a member of a team, and to work effectively within a matrix-based organization

Proven analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills

Ability to work effectively with staff from all levels of the organization

Proven ability to provide leadership in a collaborative team environment

Excellent ability to multi-task, keeping priorities aligned

Excellent customer service and support skills

To Apply: Please email cover letter and curriculum vitae to

About the Mount Sinai Health System

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a national and international leader in biomedical education, research and patient care. The Medical School has been consistently ranked as a top 20 medical school in the US and is ranked #17 among U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding. The Graduate School comprises degree-granting programs in basic science, clinical research, public health, and genetic counseling. The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. More information is available on the web (

Helpful Resources on Depression

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. Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              September 2 – 22, 2014

Where:             Online


Summary: This 3-week, self-paced course will explain what a clinical trial is and why is a significant resource; demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results on; and discuss the unique position of health science librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.

Note: Several regions are offering this course. If you are in NY, NJ, PA or DE, please take the session provided by the Middle Atlantic Region.

Authoritative Ebola Information

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

New PubMed Tutorial: Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed