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Domestic Violence Awareness Month is October

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Domestic violence is any pattern of mistreatment or abusive behavior as a means to gain control or maintain control of a family or household member. This abuse can be in the form of physical harm, sexual manipulation, intimidation, financial dependence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone at all stages of life and across all educational and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Abusive relationships not only have a traumatic effect on the victim and those around them but domestic violence also has a huge impact on both an economical and a societal level nationally and internationally.  Working together to bring awareness, information, and public policy are just some of the ways to work towards the prevention of this global epidemic.

Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC) page has recently posted a new topic page on domestic violence with all kinds of links to information including data, webinars, and education that you may want to consider including in a library subject guide especially if you have students doing any kind of research projects.  This topic page is also informative for clinicians as well as other health and community professionals.

The National Library of Medicine has a new traveling exhibit, “Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives”.  The exhibition is currently on display at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Confronting Violence tells a story that is unfamiliar to most. In fact, within the scholarly community, no one has written about this chapter in history. (more…)

Medical Librarians Month is Almost Here!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Our NN/LM PNR Network Members are the strength of our organization. To celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, the NN/LM PNR will highlight our Network member librarians. We will feature profiles, beginning in October and continuing throughout the year, about librarians in the Pacific NW Region and their jobs. Our goal is to learn more about you and what you do, and to provide an opportunity to share ideas and knowledge. Please let us know if you would like to be profiled! No special accomplishments are required, we just want to share what you do. Contact Patricia Devine, or 206-543-8275.

We look forward to hearing from you.

NLM’s AIDSource Redesigned

Monday, September 28th, 2015

aid-sourceThe National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. New features include:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:

ALA Invites Libraries to Apply for NLM’s Traveling Exhibit — Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Please be aware that the application deadline is on Nov. 6th. ALA is only offering it to 104 institutions, for four years. Those interested in this wonderful opportunity should apply asap! 

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), invites applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

The opportunity is open to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries and special libraries. Libraries serving Native populations are especially invited to apply, and partnerships between libraries and Native-serving organizations are encouraged. The exhibition will tour from February 2016 through June 2020.

For full guidelines and to apply online, visit Applications are due Nov. 6, 2015. (more…)

Update on NLM Resources: Tox Town

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

toxtownThe National Library of Medicine’s Tox Town website uses color, graphics, sounds and animation to make learning about the environment more interesting. Visit Tox Town to discover the connection between chemicals, the environment, and health.  Divided into neighborhoods, the website explores various environments.

From the NLM Technical Bulletin: The City neighborhood has recently been updated with a new photorealistic look. It, as well as the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5. Location and chemical information remains the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify real-life city locations.

Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPads, iPad minis, and other tablets. Regardless of where you live, we hope you’ll visit the updated Tox Town City neighborhood and learn about potential environmental health risks.

Save the Dates: 2015-2016 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course from NLM

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Are you a health science librarian in the United States who offers (or wants to offer) bioinformatics services at your institution? The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015-2016. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel, lodging and related costs are at the expense of the participant.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course. Successful completion of this pre-course is required to continue to Part 2.
  • Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.