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Disaster Preparedness Resources: September is National Preparedness Month

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Is your library disaster ready?  With wild fires occurring in every state of the Pacific Northwest Region emergency preparedness is especially important for those being affected in these areas and libraries can play an important role.  September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the theme for this year is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.  Communication is an important part of the emergency plan whether it is preparing an emergency kit, an evacuation plan, or what to do in case of separation.

forest-fire-465617_640 Libraries have played an important part in disaster recovery, often being a place of refuge in the aftermath. But libraries can assist before the disaster by providing information and programs to inform their communities to better prepare for such emergencies by keeping them aware of the resources available and providing opportunities to create disaster plans which can lead to a smoother recovery and may lessen the losses during a disaster whether natural or human created. Such steps don’t necessarily eliminate the stress and anxiety associated with such events but it can help reduce it as well as reduce the impact.

The National Library of Medicine provides a wealth of resources in disaster planning for libraries.  MedlinePlus contains information for all sorts of disasters and an array of information for the public. DIMRC (Disaster Information Management Resource Center) contains information to prepare libraries to become educated and informed about their role in the community to better assist their communities when disasters strike. This informative website provides access to information resources specifically for disasters including focusing on preparedness, response and recovery.  (more…)

Update on NLM Resources: Tox Town

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

toxtownThe National Library of Medicine’s Tox Town website uses color, graphics, sounds and animation to make learning about the environment more interesting. Visit Tox Town to discover the connection between chemicals, the environment, and health.  Divided into neighborhoods, the website explores various environments.

From the NLM Technical Bulletin: The City neighborhood has recently been updated with a new photorealistic look. It, as well as the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5. Location and chemical information remains the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify real-life city locations.

Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPads, iPad minis, and other tablets. Regardless of where you live, we hope you’ll visit the updated Tox Town City neighborhood and learn about potential environmental health risks.

Understanding Qualitative Research – Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians Webinar, August 26

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Please join us at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library for this webinar from the Medical Library Association, “Understanding Qualitative Research: Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians.”

If studies show that having answers to clinical questions changes patient management over 50% of the time, why do residents fail to answer their clinical question? Quantitative research can count the changes in management but qualitative research is needed to explain the problems with changing behavior. This webinar will be an introduction to Qualitative Research in health care. After the presentation, participants will be able to describe the differences between qualitative and quantitative research, identify terminology and search filters that make it easier to find qualitative research and using a case based example, evaluate the credibility of qualitative research.

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 26. 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.

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.

 

Webinar: Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) announces…
Please join us for this free webinar, geared specifically to the needs of small libraries (and featuring one of our ARSL board members, Julie Elmore!):

Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries
Wednesday, August 19, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/w6a703s7m0fm&eomv
How do you maximize your technology resources? When should you replace computers? How do you manage software updates? Do you have enough bandwidth to support patron Internet use? Technology decisions can be difficult to make, but a technology plan can help you focus your efforts.

Join us for this free webinar to learn from small libraries that have used technology planning to make better decisions, be more prepared, and improve services to their communities. Even with limited time and resources, a technology plan can help your library stay up-to-date. We will share tips and tactics to help you create a plan for your library’s technology. (more…)