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NN/LM PNR cooperative agreement in 2016-2021

On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine announced the award of a five-year cooperative agreement to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to serve as both the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR), and the NN/LM Evaluation Office.

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library is one of eight RMLs in the NN/LM. There are now five national coordinating offices that support the NN/LM mission. They are the NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO), the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), the NN/LM Web Services Office (NWSO), the NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office (NPCHO) and the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO). A National Steering Committee, comprised of the National Network Coordination Office and representatives from the National Library of Medicine Extramural Programs as well as the RMLs and the national offices, will guide the work of the NN/LM.

The agreement begins May 1, 2016, and as we enter a new phase for the NN/LM, we look forward to continued collaboration, cooperation and partnerships with our Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Libraries (including hospital, academic, public and others) will continue to be the foundation of our Network. Additionally, given fast paced changes in healthcare and research, we recognize opportunities to expand the Network and cultivate new partnerships with researchers and data organizations, while building on relationships with community providers, clinicians, schools, and the public health and health workforce programs that require the best available evidence and health information expertise.

We look forward to your participation in the program and appreciate your ideas. Upcoming opportunities for involvement include: interest in a data journal club and/or a Twitter chat to better understand the role of librarians in expanding the use of clinical data; forming community partnerships to participate in the National Library of Medicine Travelling Exhibit Program to expand the impact of health information programming in your organization; and identification of specific resources targeted to healthcare consumer audiences you serve, e.g. health needs of seniors, those caring for family members with disabilities, veterans’ health, or rural health needs.

Please let us know your thoughts!

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval
  • Skills development
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;  Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016. Read more »

Funding Available for MLA Webinar: The Consumer Health Library – A Site for Service, Education, and Hope

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The NN/LM Pacific NW Region announces a new funding opportunity for Network members.

On April 26, 2016, the Medical Library Association presents: The Consumer Health Library – A Site for Service, Education, and Hope. The presenter is Jacqueline Davis, who has worked for eight years as the consumer health librarian for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, CA. In 2013, Davis received the Consumer Health Librarian of the Year award from the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association. Her interests in health literacy and social justice combine to inform and guide her work in the library and the community.

mla-jdConsumer health libraries are a critical bridge for contemporary medicine models that require patients to both advocate for themselves, as well as partner with their health care providers. With the continuously changing technology, the ever-increasing amount of information available, and patients’ real need to navigate successfully through the system, librarians’ services can provide the welcoming space and outreach to educate and inform our customers. By the completion of this webinar, participants will understand: 1) the role of the consumer health librarian; 2) outreach into the local community; 3) the community or target audience; 4) issues regarding health literacy and how it impacts their library services; and 5) specific programs that can be adapted to their institutional sites.

For more information, see the Medical Library Association website. Funding is available to NN/LM PNR Network members to host group or individual viewing sites.  If you are interested in the webinar, please contact Patricia Devine by March 31.

Upcoming PNR Partners webinar

Join us next week for the next PNR Partners webinar session.  We have presentations from our members in Alaska and Oregon.  Erin Foster, who is completing her second year of her NLM Associate Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University library, will be telling us about developing an assessment tool to measure the information literacy of incoming Master of Public Health (MPH) students in the Epidemiology program. We will also hear from Sigrid Brudie of the University of Alaska, Anchorage Alaska Medical Library.  She will tell us about the highlights and challenges of medical library outreach to rural Alaska, from the state’s northernmost community of Barrow to its southernmost community of Metlakatla.

When: Thursday, March 24 at 1:00pm Pacific Time (Noon Alaska, 2:00pm Mountain)

To Join: go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/pnrpartners/  Audio is through the phone.

For more information about PNR Partners go to http://nnlm.gov/pnr/training/PNRpartners.html Read more »

New Dietary Guidelines

dietary guidelinesAlready lagging on your New Year’s resolutions?  Well, spring is a time for renewal and a fresh start!  March is a great time to take a look at the recently released U.S. Dietary Guidelines and renew your resolve to eat healthier.  What are the U.S. Dietary Guidelines? Published every five years for the general public as well as public health professionals, and policy makers, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides food recommendations for people aged two years and older. Each edition reflects the current  nutritional science, with a focus on chronic disease prevention.

What are some of the changes from the last edition? Previous editions had focused on specific dietary components such as food groups or nutrients.  The current edition instead, emphasizes overall eating patterns, the combinations of all the foods and drinks that people consume every day.  Included in the current edition are updated guidance on topics like added sugars, sodium, and cholesterol and new information on caffeine.  This is the first edition to recommend a limit to consume less than 10 percent of calories from added sugars in order to control overall calorie intake.  On a 2,000-calorie daily diet, that’s about 12 teaspoons while most Americans typically ingest closer to 22 teaspoons a day.

Thankfully the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion done a very basic breaking down of the current focus of the new guidelines for us to follow without being too specific because as the executive summary says, “These Guidelines also embody the idea that a healthy eating pattern is not a rigid prescription, but rather, an adaptable framework in which individuals can enjoy foods that meet their personal, cultural, and traditional preferences and fit within their budget.” Read more »

PNR Rendezvous, Social Media in the Library

Hook ‘Em & Keep ‘Em: How Trout U. is Engaging Library Users through Social Media to Build Community is the next PNR Rendezvous session where Montana State University librarians will tell us how they have incorporated social media in the library.

Social media is a powerful means to build community among our users, as well as to engage new users. PNR Rendezvous participants will learn best practices for using Social Media to engage library users, including the creation of a social media guide, and a posting plan and schedule for ongoing targeted engagement with users across multiple platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Participants will also learn about collaborative social media campaign efforts that the MSU Library participated in with the Montana Historical Society and others.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own social media practices or plans to experiment with social media in order to share and learn about successes and strategies happening in libraries in the region.

So, whether you’re considering using social media in the library or want to expand the use of it, please join us for some tips as well as a chance to share your social media wisdom.

When: March 16, 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time Read more »