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A “Quint*Essential” Experience!

by Ellen Aaronson, AHIP
Medical Librarian
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center Library
West Hills, CA

Denver, Colorado, was the site of the first Quint*Essential Meeting in October 2014. An NN/LM PSR Professional Development Award afforded me the opportunity to participate in this collaborative convergence of five MLA chapters. My interest in attending was two-fold: I served on the Planning Committee as Co-Chair of the Evaluation Committee, and was also a poster presenter. Read more »

NLM Director Donald Lindberg Retirement Announcement

NIH Director Francis Collins has announced the retirement of Donald Lindberg, M.D., who has served as the director of the National Library of Medicine for over 30 years, at the end of March, 2015. During Dr. Lindberg’s tenure at NLM, numerous programs have been developed that fundamentally changed the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed. In his statement, Dr. Collins noted that Dr. Lindberg is one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and a pioneer in “applying computer and communications technology to biomedical research, health care, and the delivery of health information wherever it is needed.” Read more »

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! Read more »

Informing Health Sciences Consortia: A Benchmarking Data Study

by Brooke Billman, MA, AHIP
AZHIN & Special Projects Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

It may come as no surprise that, at a time when libraries struggle with budget cuts, restructuring, and redefining their services, library consortia face similar struggles. In addition to these challenges, consortia are confronted with membership numbers dropping, libraries closing, and long-held vendor pricing structures vanishing. The Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN) consortium has been monitoring this environment and has now implemented a Sustainability Task Force to review its current framework and explore ways to retain the ability to provide electronic resources to its diverse member organizations. Read more »

Report on the MLA CE Course “Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified!”

by Sunny Sritongsook, MLIS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA

I received a professional development award from NN/LM PSR to support my travel to Denver, CO, to attend the QuintEssential: Convergence & Collaboration Conference of five MLA chapters October 13-16, 2014. Aside from reuniting with some colleagues I hadn’t seen in years, the main reason that I wanted to attend this conference was to take the MLA CE course, Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified, taught by health science librarians Jean Shipman and Erica Lake, and Dr. John Langell, all from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Read more »

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2014!

October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! Highlighting the fact that medical librarians are the best and most cost effective way to obtain quality health information, this year’s NMLM theme is “Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.” In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. Read more »

Highlights of the NN/LM PSR 2014 Planning Questionnaire!

We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the recent RML planning questionnaire! We received about 100 responses with information and valuable feedback that will enable us to continue to improve our programs and services to meet the needs of Network members. Overall, we were encouraged to see results suggesting that our work does make a difference for health sciences librarians and information centers in the region, as illustrated by the roughly 94% of respondents who agreed that the RML is effective in promoting access to or awareness of biomedical information resources, and effective in improving awareness of regional activities. Following are additional highlights and themes from the questionnaire results. Read more »

Seizing the Opportunity: Creating a Campus-Wide Symposium on Women’s Health Research!

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by Jeanette L. Ryan, Deputy Director and
Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL) recently developed and carried out a campus-wide symposium on Women’s Health Research: Sex and Gender Differences, held in Tucson. The all-day event was held at the student union on the main University of Arizona campus. Our goals were to raise the visibility of women’s health research and sex and gender differences at the university, by creating a forum where University of Arizona faculty can present and share their research, provide an opportunity for researchers from both the health sciences campus and main campus to meet informally and engage students, trainees (postdocs, fellows, residents), junior faculty, and other researchers, and to support new researchers as they embark on a career in this discipline. The project was funded by a subcontract from the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The librarian planning team from AHSL who put this symposium together in approximately six months consisted of Brooke Billman, Yamila El-Khayat, Annabelle Nuñez, Ahlam Saleh, and Jeanette Ryan. Read more »

Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2014-2015!

Congratulations to the members of the 2014-2015 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries. Six Fellows were selected for the 2014-15 cohort. The candidate pool for Fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognizes a substantial record of accomplishment and demonstrable potential for a director position. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-six Fellow graduates have assumed director positions. The list of 2014-15 Fellows includes one NN/LM PSR Network member, Rikke Ogawa. Read more »

Insights of the 2014 NN/LM PSR Learning Needs Assessment Survey!

We would like to thank everyone who answered our 2014 Learning Needs Assessment Survey! Over 180 responses were received, and it is very encouraging to see such strong interest in staying abreast of the emerging areas in our rapidly changing field! Your passion was clearly evident regarding such topics as Systematic Reviews and veterans’ health. Following are a few key findings from the survey results, which we will utilize as we plan upcoming trainings and other events. Read more »