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New Professional Development Resources

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. Read more »

2015 Sewell Stipends for the APHA Annual Meeting

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year is Health in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual).

The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Read more »

Community Colleges: Making your Campus Smoke Free

Legacy, an organization established in 1999 as part of the settlement agreement between major tobacco companies and 46 U.S. states, funds the “Kick Start Your Smoke-Free Campus Initiative.” With enrollment of 13 million students, community colleges educate many people of color, low-come, and first generation college students. These populations suffer disproportionately from tobacco use and secondhand smoke consequences. Legacy is offering grants of up to $5,000 each to public community colleges to support their efforts to implement a smoke-free campus. See details at: http://www.legacyforhealth.org/CCIgrant.

Upcoming Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy workshop on palliative care

What: Health Literacy and Palliative Care

Where: Keck Building, Room 100, 500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 and online via free webcast

When: July 9, 2015, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Eastern Time  (4:30am – 1:30pm Alaska Time, 5:30am – 2:30pm Pacific Time, 6:30am – 3:30pm Mountain Time)

More Information and to register for online or in person: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2015-JUL-09.aspx

On July 9, 2015, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop featuring invited presentations and discussions of the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care. In general, low health literacy is a barrier to receiving high quality health care. This is particularly important for people living with serious or chronic illnesses that require complex management regimens and have significant symptoms or treatments with significant side effects. Read more »

HOSA-National Library of Medicine Health Information Ambassador program to begin in August 2015

News from the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and HOSA announce the HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador pilot program will begin in Utah at the start of the fall academic year.

The HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador pilot encourages high school students (within HOSA chapters) to be familiar with – and teach peers how to use – MedlinePlus.gov and evidence-based health information resources on the Internet. The pilot encourages the development of Health Information Ambassadors among high school students within HOSA chapters. Health Information Ambassadors are identified through a knowledge – and Internet capability – screening test that was developed at NLM. High school students who receive a high score on the screening test receive a certificate designating them as HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassadors.

Moreover, certified HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassadors are then encouraged to give talks (or develop media) to encourage peer use of MedlinePlus.gov, NLM’s consumer health website for patients and their families, and evidence-based health information resources. Persons who receive high audience evaluations for their presentations (by peers) can receive an additional HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador Certificate of Merit.

Finally, HOSA chapters can receive a program participation certificate if two or more students receive HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador Certificate of Merit. Read more »

Technology Improvement Award Brings Portable Health Literacy Training Lab to Legacy Health

Submitted by Cindy Ramzy, MSLS, Senior Medical Librarian/CME Coordinator, Legacy Health System, Portland, OR, cramzy@lhs.org

As a recipient of a 2014 NNLM/PNR Technology Improvement Award, Legacy Health System’s Library Services was able to create a portable computer lab to bring hands-on training of clinical electronic resources to a Legacy campus for the first time.

One of the key tenets of information literacy, as it relates to healthcare professionals, is the ability to identify appropriate information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information. Legacy Library Services provides access to numerous high-quality electronic resources that are available to fill the knowledge-based information needs of our organization. Library Services makes information literacy training available to staff at all five Legacy campuses to increase awareness of these resources and to ensure fluency in effective search skills. Our goal with this project was to acquire computer hardware and equipment to bring our library literacy classes to the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center (LGS), which lacks training facilities, and had not previously been the setting for any live interactive training sessions. With this award, we purchased 6 laptop computers (plus storage and charging equipment and a portable projector), in order to offer 13 training sessions to the staff of Legacy Good Samaritan (LGS) on their own campus. In addition, the equipment was used to train the staff of the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Department in the use of library electronic resources at one of their staff meetings. Read more »