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Training Opportunity: PubMed for Trainers

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

What do searching for drugs and chemicals in PubMed®, finding information about diseases using indexing rules, and creating a one hour PubMed class using the “rapid design” technique have in common?  These are all topics covered but the class “PubMed for Trainers,” where you will have an opportunity to gain new skills, brush up on existing PubMed Skills, and collaborate with colleagues to help create effective training strategies.

Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for the free hybrid class called PubMed for Trainers (PMT). The class is held in 4 sessions; 3 online and 1 in person session (attendance in all is expected).

The class runs from March 6 – 27, 2014.  The last of the four sessions will be in-person at the University of Washington in Seattle on Thursday, March 27th. Upon completion, the class is eligible for 15 MLA CE contact hours. The class is offered at no cost. (more…)

New Funding Opportunities Now Available!

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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The NN/LM PNR is very pleased to announce a new suite of funding opportunities!

Per feedback from a network member questionnaire conducted last summer, you told us ways that NN/LM PNR funding could be used to expand health information services in your organizations or communities. We were delighted to hear some great ideas. Several are listed below, including a link to the type of award most appropriate for the activity:

The above examples are shared to inspire you and encourage you!

So, if you are a network member in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington and have a good idea for a new project or service, we encourage you to check out our funding opportunities .

If you plan on submitting a proposal, please send a brief statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu no later than February 13, 2014. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

ACA Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Tribalhealthcare.org, produced by the National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative, aims to to develop effective, streamlined, consumer-oriented materials to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives in understanding their rights and new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). The initiative is a partnership between the Indian Health Service, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board.

Together, the partners plan to provide local trainings, national marketing tools, and e-resources that clearly explain health reform changes and their impact on tribal communities.

For additional information about ACA, see Affordable Care Act: Information for the Pacific Northwest Region and Native Exchange — a project of the Tribal Education and Outreach Consortium (TEOC) to provide Native Americans and Alaska Natives with materials about Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion.

Funding Opportunity: ALA Online Workshop – Getting Started with Open Access

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The American Library Association presents a 90-minute online workshop,Getting Started with Open Access: http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=10848. Workshop instructors will provide you with tools, techniques, and advice on how to successfully engage with emerging open publishing practices in your own library.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) will offer funding for group or individual viewings for PNR Network members. This event will be hosted through Webex. Further technical information is available at the ALA TechSource FAQ page.

Please contact  Patricia Devine at devine@uw.edu by Thursday, December 30 if you are an NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region Network Member (or would like to become a member) interested in hosting the webcast for your institution and your local colleagues (or yourself). Please include:

  1. A brief description of how you will promote the event in your area.
  2. Estimated attendance.
  3. A room to host the webcast.

Site participants will be selected based on geographic location, accessibility, and the potential number of attendees.

PNR will also be hosting the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. Free registration details will be announced in an upcoming Dragonfly article in addition to the other funded webcast locations.

Funding Opportunity: Research 101: Formulating a Research Plan Through Collaboration

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for sites around the region to host the upcoming Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education webcast on Wednesday, December 11, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time: Research versus research: Sometimes the Little r Is All You Need, presented by Heather Holmes, AHIP, Information Services Librarian, Medical Library, Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio.

We have a short turnaround this time, so please let me know if you are interested in hosting a site by Thursday, December 5. Some funding is also available for individual viewing. 

NN/LM PNR will pay MLA webcast registration fees for selected sites that agree to promote and host the webcast for colleagues in their area. Please contact Patricia Devine at devine@uw.edu by Thursday, December 5 if you are an NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region Network Member (or would like to become a member) interested in hosting the webcast for your institution and your local colleagues (or yourself). Please include:

  1. A brief description of how you will promote the event in your area.
  2. Estimated attendance.
  3. A room to host the webcast.
  4. Confirmation that your location can meet the technical requirements of Internet access for an Adobe Connect webcast.

Site participants will be selected based on geographic location, accessibility, and the potential number of attendees.

PNR will also be hosting the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. Free registration details will be announced in an upcoming Dragonfly article in addition to the other funded webcast locations.

Why Use MedlinePlus Connect? What Key Informants Say

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is assisting the NLM with promoting MedlinePlus Connect. An NN/LM task force conducted interviews with 17 key informants representing the broad spectrum of organizations that are involved with EHR implementation.  Following on last week’s post about NLM’s recent MedlinePlus Connect enhancement, I thought some might be interested in the advantages of this service as identified by the informants.  The interviews included discussion with some innovative hospital librarians who are taking advantage of the dynamic EHR environment and finding ways to be involved with meaningful use at their organizations.

Key informants provided insight into the aspects of MedlinePlus Connect that are the major advantages of the service from their perspective:

• The material is evidence-based and updated regularly.

• MedlinePlus links to primary literature, which is becoming increasingly popular among patients as they become more sophisticated in locating health information.

• Patient information is provided in varying reading levels, multi-media formats, and different languages, with an extensive database of Spanish-language materials.

• Health IT professionals will find easy instructions for integrating MedlinePlus Connect into EHRs.

• MedlinePlus Connect allows health organizations to maintain their identifying information when MedlinePlus information is sought.

The fact that MedlinePlus Connect can be added to EHRs at no cost to users was a definite advantage, but key informants cautioned against calling it a “free resource,” a term that has a negative connotation among health professionals. It would be more effective to call it a “non-commercial service paid for by the National Library of Medicine with no cost to users.”

The Meaningful Use measure for providing patient-specific education materials was optional for Stage 1 and becomes a core requirement in Stage 2.  Key informants said that patient portals were the emerging issue of the year as organizations focus on Stage 2 criteria.  The time to promote MedlinePlus Connect is now as we move towards 2014 when Stage 2 implementation begins.

Have you tried implementing MedlinePlus Connect?  Do these advantages ring true to you?