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Referring Patrons to Reliable Immigration Services and Information

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Webinar

Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Guest Speaker: William Albers, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Register on our Training Calendar

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits. A USCIS community relations officer will offer suggestions about how to refer library patrons who may need immigration information or services to qualified immigration service providers. He will also cover avoiding the pervasive immigration scams that regularly victimize immigrants.

FNLM Outreach Award

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (http://fnlm.org/) seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

NOMINATIONS:

  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
  • Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • The official nomination form
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • All nominations must be received by May 1, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):

Mail: Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814
Email: ronica.lu@fnlm.org, Fax:  301-657-1296

Preparedness Story Video Challenge

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently kicked off the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge on Challenge.gov. The contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to submit a creative video—up to 60 seconds long—showing how they help their families, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and we’ll post the top entries on the My Preparedness Story Video Challenge website so that other people can vote on them. Submissions could be used to help others learn better ways to prepare their communities for disasters and emergencies. And contestants could win up to a $2,000 grand prize. Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST.

 

New Hampshire Focused Outreach Final Report

Monday, December 21st, 2015

From May 2014- April 2015, the Focused Outreach Project connected underserved communities in New Hampshire with the resources and services of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region and the National Library of Medicine.  NER identified project partners following key informant interviews.  NER staff worked with project partners to guide them through the funding process, provide initial training on National Library of Medicine resources, and ensure the projects fulfilled goals and objectives as identified in their proposals.

Project partners included:

  • City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services
  • City of Nashua, Office of Emergency Management
  • Concord Public Library
  • New Hampshire Area Health Education Centers
  • New Hampshire Community College Librarians and Nursing Educators
  • New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration
  • New Hampshire State Library

NER conducted a state-wide membership drive.  NER provided the New Hampshire State Library with membership packets to mail to libraries in New Hampshire that were not already NN/LM Network Members.  As a result of the membership drive, 29 libraries joined the network.

NER developed relationships with seven new project partners.  Each project partner used their own evaluation methods.   Several project partners shared the value of their experience partnering with NN/LM NER in their reports and publications:

“These activities served to significantly increase awareness of the multitude of reliable NN/LM resources and tools available that can help guide the development of evidence-based strategies for those developing Health Plans, provide information for professionals about clinical trials, improve knowledge of how to conduct PubMed searches, refer patients and families to MedlinePlus, and learn about the PHPartners.org resources that will ultimately provide better outcomes for patients.”  –Judy Proctor, New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Plan, Foundation for Healthy Communities, Final Report

“Janet Eklund, administrator of library operations at New Hampshire State Library, says the most important outcome to emerge from the project is the education of librarians and their confidence providing consumer health information. “Now, of course, they’re not going to be providing medical advice, but they’re comfortable in using the resource so that they can help educate their patrons to use it themselves,” Eklund says. “I think an increase in comfort level, knowledge, and skill is an excellent outcome for a program like this.” – By Lea Radick, American Libraries Magazine, Nov/Dec 2015

“Our partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine began before our Focused Outreach project through participation in an Extreme Weather Summit hosted by their team.  At the summit they convinced my Office of the importance of partnering with libraries to promote health and emergency preparedness initiatives.  With the support of NN/LM, we were successfully able to conduct an outreach project to promote preparedness to at-risk populations within our region with excellent technical assistance provided by our library.”  – Justin Kates, Director of Emergency Management, City of Nashua

The New Hampshire Focused Outreach Final report is available at:  http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/ner/33

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