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August 19th – PNR Rendezvous: Heal What? HEALWA! A Unique Statewide Health Information Resource for Health Professionals in Washington

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Date: Wednesday, August 19th

Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, and 2:00pm Mountain Time

Tomorrow, on August 19th we will hear from Gail Kouame, Assistant Director for HEALWA (Health Evidence Resource for Washington State) about this unique program and resource for health practitioners.  For the price of a few lattes, eligible health practitioners in Washington have access to a digital library of rich resources like DynaMed, Cochrane, CINAHL, and new this year, the Joanne Briggs Collection.  How is this possible?  Tune in and find out! (more…)

Understanding the Evidence Behind the Headlines Webinar, August 12

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Please join us at the University of Washington for this webinar from the Medical Library Association: “Consumers and Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding the Evidence Behind the Headlines.”

Researchers report that older adults who slept more than 8 hours a night were 46% more likely to suffer strokes and that families who hand-wash the dishes are about 40% less likely to develop allergies. What is the evidence? This webinar will take the headlines promoting new research findings and explain the study designs behind them.

Join us at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Room LTL on the 3rd floor, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Wednesday, August 12. If you cannot join us in person, please let me know and I can provide you with a link to the recording of the webinar.


Upcoming PNR Partners webinar

Monday, July 13th, 2015

This Thursday, July 16 at 1pm Pacific Time (noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain), please join us in our new webinar series, PNR Partners.  This hour long program will be focused on those in our region who have received funding from the PNR and have developed services or programs to better serve those in their communities.  At this first session we will hear about two programs both located in Alaska.  We will hear from Jeni Rogers who will speak about The Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative (TAHLC) which promotes health literacy to limited English proficient students at the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) and to immigrant and refugee communities throughout Anchorage, Alaska.  In 2008, TAHLC developed a Peer Language Navigator (PLN) program around breast and cervical cancer workshops and screenings by training bilingual participants on health information to share with their community members.  In 2013 and 2014, the PLN model was expanded through two NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region express outreach awards where PLNs were trained to find reliable online health resources and to share health information with community members.  The project was highly successful: all PLNs reported increased confidence accessing health information online and reached out to over 200 individuals in the community.  As a result of this project, TAHLC continues to offer education on online health information through health literacy courses and community health outreach projects.

Linda Shepard’s project, Outreach to and Through Faith Communities, was designed to build on the experience and collaborative relationships of the Alaska Faith Community Nurse Resource Center at Providence.  The goal of the project was to provide outreach education and improve health literacy in the Anchorage community.  A cadre of volunteer Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) were recruited and trained to become community experts in accessing and utilizing National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources such as MedlinePlus, PubMed and Arctic Health.  These trained volunteers were provided with an outreach toolkit, a mobile internet classroom and ongoing technical assistance which equipped them with resources to provide community outreach presentations.  This combination of volunteer community experts and a mobile internet classroom provided community members at risk for low health literacy to have increased options and access to quality health information they could use to research and make good decisions about their health concerns. (more…)

Next week’s PNR Rendezvous: Lessons Learned from a 3D Printing Pilot in a Health Sciences Library

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

3D printing has done some pretty amazing things such as create bone replacements and skull implants.  However, most 3D printers in libraries do not make items quite of this caliber but it is still no less amazing.  Just think about what computers and the Internet and cell phones were like a few years ago and where they are now.  3D printing is much the same.  Just a few short years ago most people couldn’t imagine having one at their public or academic library and now many institutions offer this service in some form or other.  It’s not unusual to find a 3D printer and other tools in makerspaces and hackerspaces which offer an opportunity for people to gather and create.  Why have a 3D printer service?  Considering offering a 3D printer service?  Have you already joined the world of 3D printing?  Join us next Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00pm Pacific Time (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain) to hear about the 3D printing pilot project undertaken by the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.  Terry Ann Jankowski, Assistant Director of User Experience and Paul Ludecke, Computer Commons Manager, describe what they did, what they learned, what they would do differently and what they hope to do in the future. (more…)

New Professional Development Resources

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Did you know that a benefit of your membership in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific NW Region is use of our professional  development library? We have resources in the categories of  Administration/Management, Advocacy/Marketing, Consumer Health,  Copyright/Licensing/Resource Sharing, Data Management, Disaster Response, Evidence-based Medicine, Library Instruction, Scholarly Communication/Open Access, and Solo/Small Libraries.

Recent additions to the collection are:

Burns, Elizabeth. Being a Solo Librarian in Healthcare: Pivoting for 21st Century Healthcare Information Delivery. Waltham, MA: Elsevier, 2015.

Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship. Medical Library Association Webcast, April 22, 2015 (84 minutes).

Gleason, Ann Whitney. Mobile Technologies for Every Library. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. (more…)

NCBI Training Opportunities

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Want to know more about the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources, for yourself or your researchers? Please see the  task-specific online tutorials about NCBI databases. In addition, the NN/LM’s National Training Center offers online training for TOXNET, in a 4-week asynchonous class. Dates for the next class are: Monday October 5, 2015 – November 2, 2015.

NCBI also provides online webinars on genome and genetics research. Archived content for past webinars is available. A in-person workshop will be held June 30 – July 2, 2015 at the City of Hope National Medical Center – Duarte, CA. Please consider applying for a NN/LM PNR Professional Development Award to attend.