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PNR Rendezvous, Library and Other Leadership Development Programs: What Opportunities Exist and What You Need to Know to be a Successful Applicant and Participant

Date: Wednesday, January 20

Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time

Tune in to the next PNR Rendezvous when NN/LM PNR and University of Washington Health Sciences Library Director, Tania Bardyn, will moderate a panel of directors and past attendees of current leadership development programs. Unsure whether leadership development is right for you? Attend this webinar to discover whether your goals and skills align with this path of professional development. Find what it takes to be a successful applicant and participant. The webinar will appeal to librarians and other professionals working in hospitals, universities, and community based settings, with varying degrees of experience. Anyone currently in or thinking about a leadership role in the health information profession will find this Rendezvous session beneficial. Read more »

Data Science at NIH: A Look Back at 2015 and Forward to 2016

On the Data Science at NIH blog, INPUT | OUTPUT, Dr. Phil Bourne, Associate Director for Data Science, shares some key achievements from the Office of Data Science at NIH over the past 22 months and looks ahead to plans for 2016. “A hallmark of our efforts,” he writes, is to be as transparent and open as possible. As such we welcome your input and sincerely hope that 2016 is a good year for however you contribute to data science and its impact on healthcare.” The Office’s vision for 2016 includes the following highlights: Read more »

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

Caring for the Mind is a Moodle format  3 credit CE class from the NN/LM PNR which runs from February 1-29. Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn about resources and how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries or community organization. The class is self-paced and participants will find it more rewarding by participating in class discussions. Caring for the Mind qualifies towards the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). Not a medical librarian? Don’t worry, being a medical librarian is not required for this specialization nor to take the class.

It is recommended that participants register for a free Moodle account if they do not have one already.  If you encounter problems please contact Carolyn Martin at To create a Moodle account:

To register for this free class

Data Curation/Management Journal Club, January 20 – April 8, 2016

Seeking Journal Club Members!

This year, the NN/LM PNR is starting a journal club with the purpose of helping club members understand big data and identify roles librarians can play in data management and curation in clinical settings. The Data Curation/Management Journal Club is for librarians and others who are interested in learning more about data and its impact on health information access and care improvement.

Meetings will be held online (in real time) via Adobe Connect or WebEx on Mondays at 3PM, PST. Meeting notes, articles, and discussion will be hosted on Moodle. Eight hours MLA CE credit is available for members who participate in all four online sessions.

January 20 – April 8, 2016, live webinar and online/asynchronous via Moodle

More information, agenda, and registration



March 7, 2016: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes


On March 7, 2016 the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental (MCR) and Pacific Northwest Regions (PNR) are sponsoring an event that will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice. Read more »

Make 2016 the Year of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

When setting your goals for the year ahead, why not include emergency or disaster preparedness? By tackling the preparation activities over several weeks — whether it’s a trip to the grocery or hardware store, making copies of valuable information, or agreeing on a plan with relatives—you can make be more prepared in 2016. The first post in this series on emergency and disaster preparedness focuses on preparedness at home and with family. Read more »