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Hello from Carolyn Martin: New Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator

Friday, September 19th, 2014

martin2Hello everyone! My name is Carolyn Martin and I’m the new Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region. Way back in my early childhood years I lived in Glenwood Springs, CO and have longed to come back to the western states. I have been enjoying exploring the city, figuring out the public transportation system and learning about the University of Washington as well as my new job.

I’ve been a hospital librarian for over twenty years at two of the major hospitals in Indianapolis where I covered all aspects of librarianship: cataloging, purchasing, reference, instruction, interlibrary loan, etc. I worked with physicians, nurses and other clinicians along with other non-clinical staff and patients in their quest for health information.

Working with patients and their families continually reminded me how important health information is on all levels for all people and how often many of us are unaware of the various barriers that prevent people from access. I look forward to collaborating with you in providing access for your communities. I have a lot to learn so please be patient as I find my way and I welcome any suggestions.

I am excited to be here and I hope to meet many of you in person. Please feel free to contact me:

E-mail: martinc4@uw.edu
Phone: 206.221.3449
Skype: carolyn.martin334

Reflections From An Outreach Coordinator: Gail’s Grand Adventures

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

GailWaterI think I’m still in a bit of shock that I’ve left the NN/LM PNR after 11.5 years that I can only describe as amazing!  I have moved on to become the Assistant Director for HEALWA – http://healwa.org.  HEALWA is another contract supported program here at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library that provides access for eligible health professionals in Washington State to a suite of evidence-based information resources.   I was asked to write up a little something reflecting on my years as an Outreach Coordinator and perhaps insert a few lessons learned along the way.  So, here we go… (more…)

Potent Presentation Information

Friday, September 5th, 2014

This is a guest post written by Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

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The American Evaluation Association (eval.org) sponsors a Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i) that has a stated purpose of helping evaluators improve their presentation skills, both within a conference setting and as part of individual practice. P2i challenges evaluators to hone in on three concepts: Their message, their design, and their delivery.

There are a wealth of handouts available as PDF files,Word documents and Powerpoint presentations available from the p2i tools website (http://p2i.eval.org/index.php/p2i-tools/) that sometimes include AEA conference specifications in addition to many great messaging, designing and delivery principles. For an example of each principle be sure to check out the Presentation Preparation Checklist (from 3 months ahead of time to afterwards to include modifications while the information is freshly in mind), How to Design a Research Poster (great infographic visualization and instructions on how to make your data ‘pop’), and the Delivery Glue Handout (did you know as a general rule it takes 16 times the length of your talk to make presentation slides and a script?).

Resources on Depression from the NIH

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The recent death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams from an apparent suicide has brought attention to the plight of many who suffer from depression, an estimated 1 in 10 adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Depression can be debilitating to those who suffer as well as their friends and family. It can also adversely affect outcomes of chronic and other health conditions, and it can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Although many people with depression do not seek treatment or are not helped by the treatment they receive, the majority can improve with treatment.

The National Library of Medicine’s consumer health resource, MedlinePlus, offers a variety of resources about depression, including educational videos and tutorials, materials in other languages (and the entire site in Spanish), links to symptoms and treatment options, patient handouts, and ways to connect with organizations and support groups. NIHSeniorHealth.gov also provides consumer-based information specific to seniors, as depression is a common problem among older adults. SeniorHealth.gov has the option to increase text size and change the contrast, to make it easier to read. The NIH National Institute on Aging has added depression resources, including causes and prevention, and toll-free numbers to call for help.

The NIH National Institute of Mental Health is the primary organization for research about depression. Check their website for information on clinical trials, health topics, funding opportunities and current research priorities. The also publish booklets, fact sheets and brochure; and host monthly Twitter chats.

 

Science Boot Camp West 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians – West 2014 was held in beautiful, sunny and warm Seattle at the University of Washington July 9 – 11.  This event was made possible, in part, by an NN/LM PNR Symposium Award.  This was the second annual “western” version of Science Boot Camp for Librarians, based on the original Science Boot Camp held each summer in Massachusetts.  This conference is an opportunity for academic librarians to hear about three different fields of science and research processes from the researchers themselves, which helps librarians to better facilitate the research of faculty and students. This year we took a different approach to developing our boot camp curriculum and decided to find speakers under the umbrella of a common theme: disasters.  We had six academic researchers discuss their disaster-related work.

On Wednesday the 9th University of Washington professors Brian Atwater and David Montgomery spoke on Geology and Geomorphology.  Dr. Atwater briefly highlighted some of his research on historic Cascadia quakes and then invited two guest lecturers visiting from Pakistan, Ghazala Naeem, architect and natural-hazards specialist from Islamabad, and Din Mohammad Kakar, earthquake geologist from University of Balochistan, to address their current work.  Dr. Montgomery then explained the field of geomorphology to the audience and discussed the recent landslide disaster that occurred in Oso, Washington. Day one came to an end at the UW Club where campers mingled and dined while listening to guest speaker, Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton discuss her recent book, Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.  Doughton’s talk was a nice way to close the day as she relied on the work of both of the day’s earlier speakers to write her book, an exposé of the Pacific Northwest’s  history of “megaquakes” and what it will mean for us to have ” a big one” in the future.

Thursday, Day 2, kicked off with Jan Newton, Senior Principal Oceanographer, Applied Physics Lab at UW, speaking about ocean acidification.  She was followed by Robert Pavia, from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW, who discussed data collection and analysis during a disaster, looking specifically at the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Thursday afternoon campers had a choice of attending a four-hour workshop on either Disaster Informatics or Data Librarianship.  The warm and sunny Seattle summer weather held up for an evening BBQ and boat ride around Lake Union and Lake Washington.

Boot Camp concluded with two health sciences speakers, Randy Beaton, emeritus from the Schools of Nursing and Public Health and David Townes, faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Beaton addressed issues related to mental health in disaster situations, including how to better study first responders.  Dr. Townes Day 3 discussing how policy, politics and emergency medicine come together when responding to global disasters, examining the current war in Syria in particular.

To get a broader perspective on the event, from some of the attendees themselves, a round up of the tweets from Science Boot Camp West 2014 are available on Storify and pictures on instagram.  Videos of the presentations are available on the conference’s LibGuide: http://guides.lib.washington.edu/2014SBCW_videos.

Free Online Course Offering: Clinical Trials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization or Medical Library Association CE contact hours in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse?  NN/LM MCR has got you covered with a 4 credit hour CE online class on ClinicalTrials.gov.  Read on for the details: (more…)