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April 16 RML Rendezvous on ClinicalTrials.gov

ClinicalTrials.gov presented by Gail Kouame, NN/LM PNR’s Public Health Outreach Coordinator at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library

April 16, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Gail Kouame, NN/LM PNR’s Public Health Outreach Coordinator will provide an overview of ClinicalTrials.gov and how librarians can use the site to support clinicians, researchers and consumers.  She will also briefly describe the various types and phases of clinical trials and the background and current status of trial registration and reporting. ClinicalTrials.gov was launched in 2000 by the National Library of Medicine.  In 2008, as a result of Section 801 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, ClinicalTrials.gov was expanded to include basic results reporting, including adverse effects.  Due to reporting bias, results reported in ClinicalTrials.gov may not be published anywhere else.  If you haven’t used or visited ClinicalTrials.gov recently, here’s an opportunity to get up-to-date on this highly valuable resource.

To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name.   Read more »

Prevention is Power

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April is National Minority Health Month.This year’s theme, “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity” emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities, according to the U.S. Office of Minority Health. Graphics, toolkits, and ideas for working with the community are offered on their webpage.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) also has several free health information resources that support eliminating minority health disparities. These resources include multicultural health Web sites, minority health information handouts, and HIV/AIDS information and funding. To find these resources, click on the links below:

NLM Asian American Health Web Portal

NLM American Indian Health Web Portal

NLM Arctic Health Web Portal

Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN)

NLM HIV/AIDS Information: African Americans

NLM HIV/AIDS Information: Hispanics/Latinos

NLM Minority Health Information Handouts

NLM AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

NLM MedlinePlus “Health Disparities” Health Topic

And, funded in part by the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region, Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center provides the EthnoMed website, specializing in medical and cultural information about immigrant ans refugee groups specific to the Puget Sound area.

EthnoMed: Integrating Cultural Information Into Clinical Practice

Professional Development Award Opportunity

The NN/LM PNR is offering Professional Development Awards (up to $1500) to attend: “Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-based Practice for Medical Librarians”, Friday, July 25, 2014 – Sunday, July 27, 2014.

This workshop, previously held at Dartmouth and the University of Calgary, is at the University of Colorado in  beautiful Denver, a lovely place to visit in July.

This is an intensive, introductory, 3 day course. Through discussion and hands-on learning, you’ll acquire skills needed to support evidence-based practice. We use an active, case-based approach in a comfortable, small-group environment. A hallmark of this institute is the low student-faculty ratio and the individual attention each participant receives. Read more about the course here: http://hslibraryguides.ucdenver.edu/ebpml.

Funding Opportunity: MLA Spring Webcast

Medical Library Association e-learning logo The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for sites around the region to host the upcoming Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education webcast on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication.

Webcast Description: What is a systematic review? What are the practice guidelines? How do I negotiate my contribution? Join our panel of speakers as they discuss what is really needed and resources for improving your skills. They will tackle these issues and discuss opportunities for librarians to be part of the team.

NN/LM PNR will pay MLA webcast registration fees for selected sites that agree to promote and host the webcast for colleagues in their area. Please contact Patricia Devine at devine@uw.edu by Friday, April 4, 2014, if you are an NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region Network Member (or would like to become a member) interested in hosting the webcast for your institution and your local colleagues (or yourself). Please include:

  1. A brief description of how you will promote the event in your area.
  2. Estimated attendance.
  3. A room to host the webcast.
  4. Confirmation that your location can meet the technical requirements of Internet access for an Adobe Connect webcast.

Site participants will be selected based on geographic location, accessibility, and the potential number of attendees.

The NN/LM PNR will also be hosting the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, in the Learning Teaching Lab on the 3rd floor, Health Sciences Building Room T-334.

UW iSchool Directed Field Work Experience

Guest post by Stephanie Hanson, UW iSchool Directed Field work student.

HansonI just completed a Directed Field Work assignment with the gracious staff of the NN/LM PNR at the University of Washington Health Sciences library. The UW iSchool Directed Field Work program offers MLIS students the chance to participate in experiential learning opportunities with different libraries and employers for credit towards the graduate degree.

While at the NN/LM PNR, I had the chance to attend Morning Report sessions to observe the resident learning process, work at the Health Sciences Library Information Desk, create a LibGuide, learn about the Moodle online class creation process, research NLM funding for MLA projects, and learn about outreach project funding, as well as interview librarians about their work.

I currently work in a hospital medical library and this was really a great chance to expand my knowledge of the many resources that the National Library of Medicine offers to library members and the public. I’d like to thank all the staff at the NN/LM PNR and the HSL for making me feel welcome and sharing their expertise with me.Stephanie Hanson, email: sbh22@uw.edu.

RML Rendezvous March 12 – Journal Pricing, Libraries and (Open) Access

Journal Pricing, Libraries and (Open) Access presented by Tim Jewell, Director of Information Resources and Scholarly Communication at the University of Washington Libraries

March 12, 2013 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Twenty five years ago the Association of Research Libraries began calling attention to the “serials crisis” – an alarming upward pricing trend that has continued through the large-scale, revolutionary introduction of electronic journals in the 1990’s and subsequent development of “big deal” journal bundling practices by a small number of dominant commercial publishing companies. This presentation will provide an overview of journal pricing economics and trends, introduce the Open Access paradigm as an alternative to high journal prices and bundling, and explore current Open Access developments.

To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code given in the Notes box on the screen.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.