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Science Boot Camp for Librarians – West

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Guest post by Margaret Mellinger, Oregon State University Libraries
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).

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…)

Disaster Summit: Report

Monday, May 20th, 2013

By Emily Glenn, Seattle BioMed

On March 26, 2013, Disaster Summit: Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest was held at Seattle BioMed in Seattle, WA. The event was made possible by a Regional Symposium award from NN/LM PNR.

The goals of the symposium were to familiarize attendees with disaster issues and resources specific to the Pacific Northwest; share best practices in disaster information management; facilitate communication and cooperation among librarians and emergency planners; increase librarian attendees’ knowledge of a range of potential information services they could offer members of the disaster workforce; and raise attendees’ awareness about emergency preparedness and response tools and training resources offered through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The day began with an overview of a catastrophic “megathrust” earthquake in the Pacific Northwest and introduction to relevant USGS resources by Joan Gomberg of the USGS. Next, heard from John Schelling about Washington State Emergency Division Management efforts, including their Great Shake Out drill (coming in October). We also heard from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center about disaster health literature and tools. That afternoon, a panel on cultural competency provided insight into effective communication with non-English speakers during emergencies, particularly around requesting help and performing CPR. Panelists include Rodolfo Hurtado of Viva Hispanic Foundation; Hendrika Meischke of Health Services at University of Washington, and Mei Po Yip, General Internal Medicine, University of Washington. We rounded out the day with a presentation by Jennifer Chi from the Northwest Health Care Response network about unifying diverse response resources in Piece and King counties.

In addition to the presentations, three smaller breakout sessions were held in the afternoon. Gail Kouame, NN/LM PNR, facilitated an information session about the MLA Disaster Information Specialization Program. Marlita Reddy Hjelmfelt and Scott Reuters, both experienced in disaster communications, taught attendees about the VOST concept (Virtual Operations Support Teams). Radio technologies and alternative communication strategies were covered Bob Purdom, Telecommunications Field Engineer, Washington Military Department, and Monte Simpson, Communications Manager, Washington State Patrol.

The summit created an opportunity for cross-collaboration in the multidisciplinary event in the form of lots of face-to-face interaction between responders, policy makers, information leaders, and librarians. (Not surprisingly, many in attendance wore more than one of those hats.) Librarians learned more about participating in disaster preparedness and response in coordination with their workplace or community groups. For non-librarians, this event provided a window into the ways that information coordination could be enhanced with library or librarian resources. Throughout the day, many participants asked questions and expressed that they had learned new information. This kind of event reminds participants that it is important to be able to prepare for events – personally, at work, and in the community — every day.

Belfor provided partial sponsorship.

Congratulations to Network Member Vicki Croft

Monday, May 13th, 2013

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From Tania Bardyn, Director University of Washington Health Sciences Library and NN/LM PNR:

Congratulations to Vicki Croft on receiving the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists Award at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.  We could not be more proud that someone from the Pacific Northwest Region was so key to creating the organization and being a strong voice for medical librarians in the State of Washington and on the West Coast!



Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Conference Report

Friday, April 12th, 2013

conference_attendees By Christine Wilson Owens and Yetta Levine, Harborview Medical Center.

Made possible in part by a professional development award from the NNLM/PNR, two staff members from Harborview Medical Center’s EthnoMed program participated in the Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations, March 11-14 in Oakland, CA.

The theme of this year’s conference was Achieving Equity in an Era of Innovation and Health System Transformation. It offered keynote speeches, workshops and roundtable discussions on issues related to cultural/linguistic competence and the reduction of health disparities. Sessions ranged from candid discussions about redressing the legacy of racism and bias in health care, to dialogues about interpreter training and community partnership models in tight fiscal times. Highlights included reports about national initiatives underway at the HHS Office for Civil Rights and opportunities for advancing health equity through the Affordable Care Act.

The conference presented a rich opportunity for EthnoMed to promote its work to a national audience and foster relationships with new partners. In particular, two new patient-education projects underway at EthnoMed were highlighted and generated a lot of interest. Yetta Levine networked with attendees from across the country during her poster session about a series of culturally-tailored, narrated diabetes education video slideshows regarding foods and their effect on blood sugar. Christine Wilson Owens shared about a project funded by NNLM/PNR in which HMC’s caseworker/ cultural mediators are using iPads to share health information with limited –English proficient (LEP) patients.  Christine also participated in an interactive discussion with stakeholders working in the area of eHealth Equity, and a workshop about plain language and high tech strategies to communicate across language barriers.

Many programs from across the country emphasized best practices and innovative projects in their communities. EthnoMed’s team attended the conference with a strong contingent from Seattle – including staff and providers from Harborview, Swedish, Seattle Children’s and the Cross Cultural Health Care Program – and was thrilled to have the chance to learn and share skills and knowledge among recognized leaders in the field of  health care and diversity.

Hot Topics in Practice: Integrating Public Health and Primary Care

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Noon – 1pm Pacific

Professionals in public health and primary care alike value disease prevention and health promotion, but often work disjointedly on these shared goals.  Fortunately, momentum is building to integrate public health and primary care at local and national levels.  Those involved in this effort have many examples of successful partnerships to guide them.