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Archive for 2014

PNR Rendezvous for November 19 – Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum presented by Jane D. Saxton, Director of Library Services, and Jennifer Beardsley, Senior Librarian, of Bastyr University. (David Tolmie, Librarian, Bastyr University, fully collaborated on the content of this webinar.) (more…)

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

During November, the nation collectively recognizes the achievements, contributions and rich culture of the Native Americans.

History
Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 with the annual meeting of the Congress of the American Indian Association, building upon previous work of Dr. Arthur C. Parker. Despite this proclamation, various states began organizing days of commemoration at different times of the year. It wasn’t until 1990 that a joint resolution from the White House was issued, designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Learn more about the history of Native American Heritage Month from the Library of Congress. (more…)

Dr. Lindberg to retire

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Pictured from left to right, Dr. Donald Lindberg witnesses the Semiahmoo blessing of NLM's totem with Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen and Chairman of the Lummi Nation Cliford Cultee in September of 2011.
Pictured from left to right, Dr. Donald Lindberg witnesses the Semiahmoo blessing of NLM’s totem with Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen and Chairman of the Lummi Nation Cliford Cultee in September of 2011.

Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) since 1984, has announced he will retire at the end of March 2015.

The Medical Library Association named Dr. Lindberg as an honorary member in Spring 2014, noting: “Health professionals, health information practitioners, and the general public have benefitted immeasurably from enhancements to the databases, products, and services developed at NLM under Lindberg’s exceptional leadership.”

This week, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a statement  (http://www.nih.gov/about/director/11062014_statement_lindberg.htm) about Dr. Lindberg’s innumerable contributions as NLM’s distinguished director.

As noted, his support and interest in expanding the scope of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has resulted in important partnerships with minority serving institutions, tribal and community-based organizations, and the public health community. As one example, NLM commissioned Master Carver Jewell Praying Wolf James, a member of the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Indian Nation, located in Bellingham, Washington, to carve a healing totem, which was transported on a truck across the United States, stopping for tribal blessings on reservations in 13 states.  Its permanent home is now at the NLM.  The totem was a dramatic focal point of the exhibition, Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness, which opened to the public October 6, 2011, and will be traveling to each region of the NN/LM beginning in December.

National Adoption Week is November 3-9

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Many people look forward to having their own biological children at some point in their lives. However, many find that is not possible for various reasons.  Adoption is another way to become a parent.  It is also a way to gain a parent.  For many adoptees, being welcomed into a loving family is also an event to be anticipated.

MedlinePlus offers a selection of authoritative resources on all things adoption whether it is financial and legal issues or searching for biological relatives.  These resources will offer insight into the option of adoption for those considering or information for adopted families who have additional information needs just as many families do along the way.

School Kids

Next Hot Topics Webinar: Ebola Preparedness in Washington State

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

As the current Ebola outbreak continues to unfold, public health departments around the country are readying their staff and communities for a possible response. In the November session of Hot Topics, Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH, will speak about the Ebola preparedness efforts underway in Washington State.

In the one-hour presentation, Lindquist will discuss how the state health department is working with hospitals, clinical providers, and laboratory workers to ensure proper procedures for case identification, laboratory testing, and infection control. He will also provide a brief overview of the virus and its clinical symptoms, as well as the current outbreak status in West Africa and the United States. (more…)

Educational Opportunity: “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Send in Your Application to Participate in “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Health science librarians in the United States are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC).

The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.

Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo. (more…)