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Archive for June, 2013

Science Boot Camp for Librarians – West

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Guest post by Margaret Mellinger, Oregon State University Libraries
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Over 120 attendees participated in the first western version of Science Boot Camp for Librarians, held on the University of Colorado
Boulder campus from June 19 – 21, 2013. The event was funded in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00008-C with the University of Washington.

The purpose of the Boot Camp — West was to help science librarians who did not major in, or recently study, scientific or medical fields gain a basic understanding of goals and methods in select disciplines. This event was modeled after the successful annual events held in Massachusetts. Boot Camps are comprised of an immersive, two-and-a-half-day program, featuring educational presentations on scientific and medical topics. Speakers for the Western version came from the University of Colorado system.

Day 1: After registration and lunch, we kicked off the boot camp with two speakers on the topic of physics. Dr. Ariel Paul, set the stage by giving us a whirlwind overview of the history of physics, using colorful analogies and memorable quotes. Dr. John Bohn filled us in on a hot (pardon the pun) topic in physics – the study of ultracold atoms. Following the physics session, attendees either took in the exhibit “Systematic Wonder: Science Observed through Rare, Historic, & Artistic Works” in Special Collections, or heard “Stories from the Collection: Highlights of the Colorado University Museum of Natural History” told by Jim Hakala, Senior Educator at the museum. Dinner was held on the club level of Folsom Stadium and featured a panel of CU women in science with Dr. Patricia Rankin, Dr. Andrea Iglesias, and Dr. Monique K. LeBourgeois, moderated by Flora Shrode (Utah State University).
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It’s Funding Season Again At NN/LM PNR

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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It’s time once again for Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to put on your thinking caps about innovative projects for which you need funding. We have a new suite of funding opportunities to inspire outreach in your communities or new projects within your organizations.

In this round, we are offering a new award — the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award — for up to $5,000 to support activities that increase awareness of health disparities and the National Library of Medicine’s resources.

Other award options include Express Outreach Awards, with emphasis this time on outreach to the Public Health workforce and/or health professionals. Express Outreach Awards are funded at up to $15,000.

For projects that focus on emerging or innovative roles for information professionals, consider a Medical Library Pilot Project Award, funded up to $15,000. Or, maybe a Health Information Services Award is just the ticket, funded up to $5,000, to support projects that promote the value of health information services within an organization or for the community.

For each award, proposals will be accepted until August 30, 2013. However, if you plan to submit an application, we need a brief statement of intent no later than August 1, 2013 to help our planning process. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu.

We also offer ongoing funding (ranging from $500 to $2,000) to support costs for professional development, assessment and planning, training, and exhibit activities. These ongoing awards are available until funds are expended.

We look forward to hearing your ideas and receiving some great proposals! And, as always, if you have questions, NN/LM PNR staff are here to help.

Summer Institute for Public Health Practice: Professional Development Award

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

NWCPHPMembers of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific NW Region are invited  to apply for a Professional Development Award for up to $1,500 to attend the University of Washington’s NW Center for Public Health Practice’s Summer Institute: http://www.nwcphp.org/training/opportunities/summer-institute-for-public-health-practice.

To learn more about eligibility and see requirements, go to: http://nnlm.gov/pnr/funding/ProfDev.html. Stay tuned for more funding possibilities from the NN/LM PNR to be announced soon!

 

 

 

Affordable Care Program at ALA Conference

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Are you going to the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Chicago? This session may be of interest to you! You can also learn more from the MedlinePlus Health Insurance page and from HealthCare.gov.

Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1

Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 1:00–2:30p.m. in the McCormick Place Convention Center, Room South 501BCD

Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace health form applications this year? In October, library patrons are expected to come to libraries in great numbers to learn about the new insurance requirements and options available. Libraries will need to know about the resources that will help library patrons. (more…)

Bicyclists Practice Emergency Response in Seattle Disaster Relief Trials

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Hi! I’m Madelena Romansic, the Program Assistant since December at the NN/LM PNR.

I recently participated in Seattle’s first Disaster Relief Trials (DRTs), held at the University of Washington as part of the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium. Inspired by an annual event of the same name in Portland, OR, Seattle’s DRTs illustrated the unique advantages of bicycles for providing aid in emergency situations, and showcased their cargo-hauling capabilities.

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Eagle-I Integration – Connecting FHCRC Shared Resources to the National Directory of Cores

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

This Medical Library Pilot Project Award summary was submitted by Ann Marie Clark, Director, Arnold Library with Beth Levine & David Tolmie, Systems Librarians; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s (FHCRC) Shared Resources core facilities support biomedical research by providing services and expertise that permit more rapid translation of laboratory studies into clinical applications, improve the feasibility and efficiency of clinical trials, and serve as focal points for access to technology.  These facilities give investigators, both on and off campus, opportunities to augment their research with resources that would not otherwise be possible, convenient or cost effective in each individual laboratory.

Eagle-I is a national research resource discovery platform that helps biomedical scientists search for and find previously invisible, but highly valuable, resources.  Hosted by Harvard University and under the direction of Dr. Lee Nadler, the eagle-i Consortium has been supported by a two-year, $15 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) award (#U24 RR 029825) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Arnold Library is a member of the Shared Resources group at FHCRC, and as an extension of our duty to make scientific information accessible to our research community; we are responsible for the construction, architecture, design and maintenance of the Shared Resources website.  Scientists in the SR core labs provide content, guidance and requirements, and library staff members write, edit, photograph and create video and other imagery to promote access to our core labs and provide training to the research community. (more…)