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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 »

NLM Funds Four New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

For the fourth year, NLM has funded projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics including those from the National Library of Medicine. Read more »

Western University of Health Sciences Pumerantz Library Hosts NLM Traveling “Shakespeare” Exhibit

By Mary Helen Ellis
Special Projects & Events Manager
Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit, And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, from August 4, 2014, to September 12, 2014. Using familiar quotations from William Shakespeare’s plays, this exhibit presents health and medical information as it was understood since the times of Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Galen. The Pumerantz Library staff enjoyed researching the Shakespearean era and created supporting displays enriching the experience of viewing the traveling NLM posters. Read more »

Arizona Hosts 41st Annual Rural Health Conference

AHSL Exhibit at the Rural Health Conference

By Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

This year, on August 7-8, Arizona hosted its 41st annual Rural Health Conference and 9th Annual Performance Improvement Summit. The focus of this conference was access to healthcare and support for rural areas with attempts to build partnerships to strengthen projects and programs all across the state, along with other topics of interest such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Participants included Critical Access Hospital CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, Quality Managers, and IT personnel.

The conference was hosted by the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, attracting 146 registrants. It was held in Litchfield Park, a suburb of the Phoenix area, making it a central location for attendees. The conference consisted of both sessions and informational exhibits. The keynote speaker was Mr. David Saÿen from the Regional Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in San Francisco, who noted the ACA benefits and what it meant for Arizona.

The event also included exhibitors, one of which was the Arizona Health Sciences Library, offering information about both MedlinePlus and PubMed. This opportunity to talk to administrators of rural area hospitals and clinics was unique, and it offered a chance to provide them with information about the possibility of providing training at their institution for both consumer health communities and providers wanting to learn more about navigating resources from the National Library of Medicine.

DOCLINE 5.0 Scheduled for Release on August 27, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the upcoming release of DOCLINE 5.0 on August 27, 2014. DOCLINE 5.0 introduces an embargo field to serial holdings which will be used by the routing algorithm. The new version also adds in the Institution record a monthly summary of ILL borrowing and lending for libraries, and an option for libraries to set the default “Ship to” for Loansome Doc transfers. Following is an overview of the upcoming features including links to screenshots: Read more »

Highlights of Arizona Outreach in 2013-2014!

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

Our outreach goals for Arizona are to provide programs to a variety of audiences and to respond to needs in a timely manner, and to improve health literacy and access to accurate health information statewide. We aim to facilitate access to high quality, current, and reliable health information through training, consultation, and collaboration. Specifically we specialize in presenting training and workshops around the state that assist librarians, health professionals, K-12 students, and members of the public become more effective users of the Internet and electronic resources. We had several highlights this year. Read more »

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Charles R. Drew University Health Sciences Library as a Partner with Faith-Based Organizations

by Darlene Parker-Kelly, Library Director
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Health Sciences Library
Los Angeles, CA

Since 2010, the Charles R. Drew University (CDU) Health Sciences Library has been involved in NN/LM PSR Health Information Literary Outreach activities. The outreach project outlined below took place at Bethany Baptist Church of West Los Angeles and we welcomed partnership from many neighboring churches, including Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, and Southern Missionary Baptist Church. The churches are all located in South Los Angeles and many of the churches have begun health initiatives to help parishioners understand health conditions that plague African American communities. Read more »

NN/LM PSR Associate Director Appointment

Alan Carr holding book in his office

I am pleased to announce that Alan Carr was appointed the Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR) as of August 1. He had been acting in the position since May 1, 2012. Alan began working in the RML on March 1, 2002, and has also held the positions of Outreach Coordinator and Network Services & Exhibits Coordinator. With this background, Alan is well versed in the major components of the NN/LM program, Network Services and Outreach Programs. He has been involved with NN/LM membership recruitment and maintenance, instruction for health professionals and public health workers, coordination of the NN/LM PSR exhibit program, and management of NN/LM PSR outreach funding awards. During his tenure as Interim Associate Director, Alan was responsible for budgeting, personnel, and day-to-day operational management of the RML. He is also the key liaison with the NN/LM PSR Resource Library Directors and Regional Advisory Committee, the two major groups that function in an advisory capacity to the program.

Prior to his experience with NN/LM PSR, Alan was a librarian in the Reference Division of the UCLA Biomedical Library for twelve years. He received his MLS from UCLA in 1986, after completing a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Texas, Houston, in 1981, and a BS in Accounting at San Diego State University in 1977.

Please join me in congratulating Alan!

Science Boot Camp West 2014 in Seattle, WA

Science Boot Camp Logo

by Mahria Lebow
Regional Technology Coordinator
NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Science Boot Camp West for Librarians, 2014, was held at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle July 9 – 11. This event was made possible, in part, by an NN/LM PNR Symposium Award. This was the second annual “western” version of Science Boot Camp for Librarians, based on the original Science Boot Camp held each summer in Massachusetts. This conference is an opportunity for academic librarians to hear about three different fields of science and research processes from the researchers themselves, which helps librarians to better facilitate the research of faculty and students. This year the boot camp meeting planners used a different approach in developing the boot camp curriculum, and decided to find speakers under the umbrella of a common theme, disasters. There were six academic researchers discussing their disaster-related work. Read more »

Perspectives on the Systematic Review Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh

Word Cloud for the Systematic Review Workshop

by Bethany Myers, Research Informationist, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; Xan Goodman, Health & Life Sciences Librarian, Assistant Professor at the UNLV Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region

From Sunday July 13th through Wednesday July 16th, three members of the PSR Region ventured to the University of Pittsburgh to attend the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians. Xan Goodman, Health & Life Sciences Librarian, Assistant Professor at the UNLV Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Bethany Myers, Research Informationist, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; and Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region attended. Read more »