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Upcoming webinars: PNR Partners and PNR Rendezvous

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The PNR has two upcoming webinars this month.  The first is PNR Partners which showcases our PNR funded recipients.  Thursday, November 12th at 1pm Pacific Time (noon Alaska Time, 2pm Mountain Time), we have Shelley Dougherty, Executive Director  for Oregon Pacific AHEC who will tell us about her project,  Environmental Health Connection for Rural Oregon Schools, that engaged middle school students in the world of scientific inquiry to create healthier communities and prepare them academically as they explored career options.  We also will have Jackie Wirz, Research Data Specialist at Oregon Health & Science University who will present information about the Pacific Research Data Symposium where researchers, students, and librarians shared their work in the world of data.

Do you have some ideas for programs or services in your library but aren’t quite sure how to implement them? This is a great time to ask questions about funded projects and to consider applying for funding from the NN/LM PNR to start your own projects for your communities. To join the webinar:

  • Go to the following website and login as a Guest, using your own name:
  • Once in 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 call the 800 number and use the participant code given in the Notes box (lower left-hand corner) on the screen.

And if you have been curious about the connection between human health and animal health you will want to attend the next PNR Rendezvous which is, (more…)

2015 Medical Librarians Month Profile – Andrea Ball

Monday, October 19th, 2015

ALBAndrea Ball, our next featured profile for Medical Librarians Month, is the Care Management and Population Health Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

1. What is your library’s mission and who do your serve? I have been the Care Management and Population Health librarian for the University of Washington Health Sciences Library for the past six months. This is a new position created to support the organization as it moves through this current transformation in healthcare. Our mission is to advance scholarship, research, education and health care by anticipating information needs, providing essential resources, and facilitating learning for the greater health sciences community.

2. Is there a time when you made a difference or someone was grateful for your help you’d like to tell us about? There have been quite a few ‘making a difference’ moments for me mainly because I think every interaction is a chance to share knowledge and information that will help that person solve a problem, clarify a direction, or possibly even save a life. Patrons are always grateful for the assistance, many of whom exclaim “I’m so happy you’re here!”

3. What was your path to becoming a medical librarian? I’ve always been a fan of medicine, so going into health sciences librarianship was a natural fit (plus I didn’t have to go to med school.) I got my MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, and have worked there as well as in other academic and clinical settings. Additionally, I was fortunate enough to be one of the first librarians to participate in a medical informatics fellowship at Oregon Health and Sciences University. After about ten years in the profession, (more…)

2015 Medical Librarians Month Profile – Meg Brunner

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

meg_brunner Meg Brunner, our next NN/LM PNR Network member librarian profile, is the Web Information Specialist at the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

1. What is your library’s mission and who do your serve? The University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute Library ( primarily serves UW faculty, staff, and students, as well as other college-level students and substance abuse professionals in the region. Our library collection covers the spectrum of research and scientific literature on alcohol and other drug use from all relevant disciplines, including medicine, nursing, social work, criminal justice, sociology, and psychology. Our mission is to support and facilitate science-based research and research dissemination in the field of alcohol and drug abuse.

2. Is there a time when you made a difference or someone was grateful for your help you’d like to tell us about? I have so many stories like that, after over 15 years of working here! But I’ll tell you one from my early years at ADAI, because I’ve never forgotten it and it was one of the things that made me know for sure I was in the right job early on. A man in his early 30s had come into the library and I was helping him collect some information for a paper he was writing for school, where he was studying to become a chemical dependency counselor. As we worked together, he confided in me that he was 6 years sober and had served 3 of those years in prison, after being arrested on drug charges in his 20s. He told me that while he was in a prison, a counselor there had saved his life and he wanted to give back. As we were working together, pulling articles and books from the shelves, I also suggested a few websites to him, and he kind of gave me a blank look. I took him over to our computer, and quickly realized he had never used one before. He didn’t know how to use a mouse, he didn’t know what the web was. So, we sat down for about an hour, and I taught him how to open a browser, do an Internet search, save and print, all those little things we take for granted. He was so excited, and it was just the greatest feeling, getting to see someone’s first introduction to the Internet like that. He was amazed! His mind was blown! I had forgotten what that felt like, that wonder, and it was inspiring to experience it again.

About three or so years later, I got an email from him that I still have tucked in a folder somewhere, in which he thanked me for how helpful I had been, how much time I had spent with him, and told me he’d been a practicing chemical dependency provider since graduation and was loving the work, inspired every day to stay sober and help others. He was also thinking about taking a class about HTML so he could help with his organization’s website! Pretty awesome! (more…)

Introducing WASCLA Tools for Health

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Editor’s note: This outreach project report was completed and submitted in 2014, but the information is still very relevant: 

By Joana Ramos,
Washington State Coalition for Language Access

ramos-1The Washington State Coalition for Language Access marked an important milestone on April 24, 2014, with the launch of its Tools for Health project at a special event held at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. This project created the first centralized resource in the state for multilingual consumer materials about language access rights in healthcare. The launch date itself had special significance as it coincided with the 50th anniversary week of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, on April 21, 1964. The Act’s Title VI includes a ban on discrimination based on national origin which is the legal basis for guaranteeing equal access to services for people with limited English proficiency (LEP).

The idea for the Tools for Health project itself came from ongoing observations by WASCLA members of the need for increased awareness of the right to meaningful language assistance, among both the general public and healthcare providers. While some facilities in Washington now do an excellent job in providing language access services, the situation varies tremendously across the state. It is still common to hear of patients being turned away due to lack of interpreter services, or being told to bring a friend or relative or even their child, to interpret at medical appointments. The need for language assistance is greater than ever, as Washington’s changing demographics mean that LEP residents are now 8% of the population, or over 512,000 people. Our LEP population, about half of whom are Spanish-speakers, increased 210% between 1990- 2010, compared to an 80% increase nationally for this period. Courts, schools, social service programs and medical providers report providing interpreter services in up to 200 different languages. This project was also timely because of the start of implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, with our state-based marketplace Washington Healthplanfinder set to open for business in the fall. Immigrants and refugees, many of whom have low incomes as well as LEP, have had some of the highest rates of uninsurance, often due to lack of employer coverage or eligibility for government programs. (more…)

2015 Medical Librarians Month Profile – Liisa Rogers

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

LHR03profOur first NN/LM PNR Network member librarian profile is of Liisa Rogers, Sr. Research Library Manager at Healthwise in Boise, Idaho.

1. What is your library’s mission and who do you serve? The Healthwise Research Library is a strategically designed physical and virtual collection of tailored resources and services dedicated to meeting the research, bibliographic and knowledge organization needs of Healthwise staff, in support of the company mission to help people make better health decisions. We provide evidence-based medical research in support of our award-winning consumer health content, literature reviews for our researchers, and healthcare industry research in support of our internal intelligence and external advocacy. We consult throughout the company on bibliography best practices and how to use our Intranet for knowledge organization and presentation. We serve the writers, physicians and user experience staff who develop the content, along with researchers charged with documenting the impact of our products, executives writing white papers and presenting at conferences, as well as sales, product development and client services teams.

2. Is there a time when you made a difference or someone was grateful for your help you’d like to tell us about? There have been many times when the library’s research has helped our physicians and content developers make important decisions about additions, updates or improvements to our consumer health content, and that we have provided valuable data or literature to support a grant proposal, scope a new project or evaluate the market. Most recently, a project that has (more…)

Technology Improvement Award Brings Portable Health Literacy Training Lab to Legacy Health

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Submitted by Cindy Ramzy, MSLS, Senior Medical Librarian/CME Coordinator, Legacy Health System, Portland, OR,

As a recipient of a 2014 NNLM/PNR Technology Improvement Award, Legacy Health System’s Library Services was able to create a portable computer lab to bring hands-on training of clinical electronic resources to a Legacy campus for the first time.

One of the key tenets of information literacy, as it relates to healthcare professionals, is the ability to identify appropriate information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information. Legacy Library Services provides access to numerous high-quality electronic resources that are available to fill the knowledge-based information needs of our organization. Library Services makes information literacy training available to staff at all five Legacy campuses to increase awareness of these resources and to ensure fluency in effective search skills. Our goal with this project was to acquire computer hardware and equipment to bring our library literacy classes to the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center (LGS), which lacks training facilities, and had not previously been the setting for any live interactive training sessions. With this award, we purchased 6 laptop computers (plus storage and charging equipment and a portable projector), in order to offer 13 training sessions to the staff of Legacy Good Samaritan (LGS) on their own campus. In addition, the equipment was used to train the staff of the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Department in the use of library electronic resources at one of their staff meetings. (more…)