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NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

Washington, DC – February 3, 2014 – The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Donald A.B. Lindberg, director, National Library of Medicine, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

“In terms of genuinely sustained, visionary, and high-impact leadership in using networked information to transform everything from consumer health care to fundamental research in molecular biology and related disciplines, I can’t think of any organization that can match the record of the National Library of Medicine under Don Lindberg’s leadership,” noted CNI executive director Clifford Lynch. “He has been responsible for an incredible string of strategic and often prescient commitments that have changed our world. Don is a wonderful choice for the Paul Evan Peters Award.”

Donald Lindberg has worked as a scientist for over 50 years, becoming widely recognized as an innovator in applying computer technology to health care, medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. In 1984 he was appointed director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library, a post that he still holds. As NLM’s director, he has spearheaded countless transformative programs in medical informatics, including the Unified Medical Language System, making it possible to link health information, medical terms, drug names and billing codes across different computer systems; the Visible Human Project, a digital image library of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies; the production and implementation of, a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world; and, the establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a national resource for molecular biology information and genetic processes that control health and disease. Today, NLM has a budget of $327 million, more than 800 employees, and digital information services that are used billions of times a year by millions of scientists, health professionals, and members of the public. Read more »

Systematic Review Workshop: Professional Development Awards Available

Get ‘em while they’re hot! Two Professional Development Awards ($1,500 each) are available to PNR Network members to attend: “Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians” which will take place April 7-9, 2014, at the University of Pittsburgh. This course fills quickly, so act now. If you receive a Professional Development Award, funds will go to your institution.

This course provides a comprehensive framework and discussion of the librarian’s role in the systematic review process, with special emphasis on successful completion of the literature search.

Sessions will feature a mixture of small and large group discussion, interactive lectures, and hands-on exercises. Topics covered will include: 1) Understanding the structure and purpose of systematic reviews 2) The reference interview and communication issues 3) Approaches to comprehensive literature searching and 4) Project organization.

Who should attend: Health science and medical librarians who aspire to learn more about the comprehensive literature search process and to advance their core knowledge required for systematic review collaboration. For more information on the course, see:

New Funding Opportunities Now Available!

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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 no later than February 13, 2014. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

ACA Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives, 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.

RML Rendezvous Special Edition: “Get Ready, Get Set, Write a Proposal!”

January 30, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Have you ever thought about applying for an NN/LM PNR funding award? If so, join us on Thursday, January 30 at 1pm Pacific Time for an RML Rendezvous “Special Edition” webinar. You’ll hear from Cathy Burroughs, NN/LM PNR Associate Director, about the newest array of funding opportunities from the NN/LM PNR. Then, Susan Barnes, Assistant Director of the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, will review the five criteria for a good project plan that are key to a good proposal. Also, we will look at how successful funded projects from the Pacific Northwest Region meet these criteria, review some quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting data, and talk about some examples of evaluating training quality. With these tips in mind, you too can write a proposal for NN/LM funding!

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.

Due to a recent Adobe Connect system update, please test your computer ahead of time to help avoid technical difficulties as a plugin may be needed.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.

RML Rendezvous January 22 – Health Literacy in Context

Health Literacy in Context: A Non-clinical Framework for Research & Intervention presented by Sandra Smith, PhD, MPH of the Center for Health Literacy Promotion

January 22, 2013 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

In the national vision of a health literate society articulated by the Institute of Medicine, everyone – not only patients – obtains actionable information about health and healthcare, along with support to use it to take health promoting action. National public health objectives aim to promote the health literacy of  the population – not only patients. As healthcare shifts from episodic to chronic and the from clinic to community, health literacy practice and research must evolve accordingly. In this edition of RLM Rendezvous, Dr. Sandra Smith makes the case for a non-clinical approach to health literacy practice and research. She presents a non-clinical framework that views health literacy as a personal and collective asset that enables people to make health related choices and transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. The framework guides practice to develop and improve health literacy and empowerment for health.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.

Due to a recent Adobe Connect system update, please test your computer ahead of time to help avoid technical difficulties as a plugin may be needed.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.