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DOCLINE: 2016 MLA Update

Elisabeth (Lis) Unger, the DOCLINE Team Lead from the National Library of Medicine, presented an update on DOCLINE for the 2016 Medical Library Association annual conference. At the conference, a recorded video was featured at the NLM Theater presentations booth. In the video, Lis talks about recent changes to the DOCLINE team at NLM. She also summarizes changes to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) with the new five year cooperative agreements, including: Read more »

NLM Announces Selection of 2016-2017 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the selection of its 2016-2017 class of Associate Fellows. Four fellows will join NLM in the fall of 2016. The Associate Fellowship Program is residency fellowship at the NLM located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage. Read more »

New NLM Learning Resources Database

Learning Resources DatabaseThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced the new NLM Learning Resources Database, making it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services. These materials include videos, tutorials, and handouts on products such as PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, Unified Medical Language System, and many more. Now you can find resources using one interface rather than searching different areas of the NLM Web site. An API is also available to auto-populate NLM learning resources on your Web site.

The database currently holds all of the resources previously listed on the former Distance Education Resources Web page. There is a permanent redirect from this page to the NLM Learning Resources Database. Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis. Read more »

New NLM Director Announced: Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD

Dr. Patricia F. Brennan National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, announced today that Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, will be the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of NIH. She expects to begin her new role in August. Dr. Brennan comes to NLM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also leads the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery that develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data. A recipient of many awards, Dr. Brennan is a past-President of the American Medical Informatics Association, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American Academy of Nursing, and the New York Academy of Medicine. Additional biographical details appear in this press release from the NIH Director.

Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster and with fewer symptoms. She also directed Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Additionally, she conducts external evaluations of health information technology architectures, and works to repurpose engineering methods for health care. Dr. Brennan received a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, she held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

Dr. Brennan spent a year at NLM in 2002-2003 as a visiting senior scientist in the Lister Hill Center and has a longstanding appreciation and understanding of NLM and its important work. Her expertise and experience, as well as her focus on developing health information systems that support patients, caregivers, and the general public, are an excellent fit for NLM at this point in the Library’s history. Dr. Brennan will also bring a valuable perspective to NIH as it launches the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort program, and she is ideally suited to lead the NLM in the era of precision medicine, as the Library becomes the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Brennan as the new NLM Director!

MLA’s Educational Webcast – The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope, held on April 26, 2016, was a success! Read more »

Highlights of the Workshop “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant”

by Sue Espe, BBA, MLIS, AHIP
Banner Health – University Medical Center Library
Phoenix, AZ

Consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff shared their vast expertise and knowledge about launching, developing and administering a successful consulting business to attendees at the University of Arizona Biomedical campus in Phoenix on April 12. The Arizona Library Association provided professional development funding for the workshop, which was co-sponsored by the Central Arizona Library Association (CABL). Those who attended the workshop, Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant, were treated to a full day of engaged lecture and participatory learning activities. There was a varied representative mix of librarians who attended from the academic, hospital and public library environments. Prior to the workshop, each registrant was provided a written survey to complete, which showed that almost a third of the attendees had some previous consulting experience and that the majority noted the appeal of supplementary income from pursuing work as a consultant. Read more »

Lightning Talk Presentation at “Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces” Symposium

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

I received professional development support from the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region to attend the one-day symposium Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries on April 18 in Philadelphia. During the meeting I presented one of four Lightning Talks, Listening to Students and Creating a Collaborative Environment. My presentation was a brief story about how a small health sciences library used an annual survey to develop a student-centric library focus. Read more »

EnviRN-Evidence: New Free Online Learning Resource for Nurses Interested in Environmental Health Evidence

by Claire Sharifi, Reference Librarian
Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Center
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

With support from the NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards program, an interdisciplinary team from the University of San Francisco has created EnviRN-Evidence, a new freely accessible online learning program which introduces nurses, nursing students, nursing faculty, and any other interested parties to important environmental health topics. This resource also includes instruction on how to use the National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET databases to find authoritative environmental health evidence and patient education resources. 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 »

Report on the Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries Symposium, April 18, 2016, in Philadelphia

by Cynthia A. Johnson
Head of Reference Services and the Grunigen Medical Library
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

I was fortunate to receive professional development funding from the Regional Medical Library of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region to attend the symposium Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries. The Symposium was sponsored by NN/LM MAR, NN/LM SE/A, and AAHSL, and it took place in Philadelphia, PA, on Monday, April 18, 2016. Following is my report on some of the main themes and ideas presented at the Symposium. Read more »