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FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. Users can view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data: history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. /ch



Webinar: AHRQ Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture

This free Webcast from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will discuss the development of the new AHRQ Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture, present results from the pilot test, and introduce the available toolkit materials. In addition, survey users will share their experiences using the survey and plans to improve their patient safety culture. Wednesday, July 15, 1:30-2:30 MT, 2:30-3:30 CT. Register. /da


July Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

The July 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn about options for infertility, read about strategies to manage metabolism changes as we age, and stay up to date on how to protect your skin from sun damage. /da

What Works: Sharing Data for America’s Communities

The Urban Institute is making available What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities. This work will assist those looking to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to education, and build stronger communities through the use of data. /da

DYI Tool for Program Success Stories

The OERC has shared another great site for creating success stories. A story builder tool is available at the CDC Injury Prevention and Control web site. The story builder takes you through three steps to produce an attractive, well-written program success story. Each step offers downloadable Microsoft Word documents to walk you through the process and serve as templates for creating and publishing your stories. The post is available on the OERC blog.  /bk

Advocacy Book Group Starting July 28!

Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO is the book that has been selected for the next Advocacy Book Group. This book, written by

Harrison Monarth focuses on perfecting leadership communication skills, and then using these skills to influence how others perceive you and what your reputation is throughout the organization. Contents include how to:

  • Accurately “read” people and predict their behavior
  • Influence the perceptions of others
  • Persuade those of opposing views to your side
  • Create and maintain a personal “brand”
  • Perform damage control when things go wrong.

Our group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4 CT, 2-3 MT in Adobe Connect room The group will run for four weeks, July 28 – August 18. Plan to attend if you have any interest in corporate communication and influence, or want to discuss ways to influence others about the value of your library and your services.

If you have any questions, contact Barb Jones at or 573-884-5042.  (bbj)


Telling Good Stories about Good Programs

We all know it’s important to submit reports about our work and achievements but it can take quite a bit of time and effort to compile an annual report. There is another way to get your message out – a story. The OERC has shared a number of links to examples of short stories – just one or two pages – and resources for pulling a story together, creating a story document and sharing it. Take a look at  /bk

Apply for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2015-2016

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through July 20, 2015.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged to apply.

Sixty-seven fellows and fifty-seven different mentors have participated in the program since its beginning. To date, twenty-seven of sixty-one graduate fellows have received director appointments. Overall, 75% of fellow graduates have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Download the program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, /ch

HOSA-National Library of Medicine Health Information Ambassador program Utah pilot

The HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador pilot encourages high school students (within HOSA chapters) to be familiar with – and teach peers how to use – and evidence-based health information resources on the Internet. The pilot encourages the development of Health Information Ambassadors among high school students within HOSA chapters. Health Information Ambassadors are identified through a knowledge – and Internet capability – screening test that was developed at NLM. High school students who receive a high score on the screening test receive a certificate designating them as HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassadors. The NN/LM MidContinental Region based at the Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah is one of  three organizations coordinating the program. /da

HHS launches GIS-based tool for health disaster readiness

2015-06-23_1924The HHS emPOWER Map, an interactive online tool, launched today to aid community health agencies and emergency
management officials in disaster preparedness as they plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home. /da