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Archive for 2013

Celebrating 2013 National Medical Librarians Month!

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 “Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives.” In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. (more…)

A Survey of Biomedical Informatics: The Woods Hole Experience

Dr. Donald Lindberg and Joyce MitchellAmong medical librarians, the phrase ‘Woods Hole’ is synonymous with a week of immersion into the topic of biomedical informatics. For those who haven’t experienced it, the idea of attending is intriguing yet daunting. Those who have attended return to their home institutions with a new appreciation and enthusiasm about the field. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants are introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics; including medical terminologies, electronic health records, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, consumer informatics, and many other related topics. (more…)

Using LibGuides as a Platform to Disseminate Information About the Affordable Care Act

Ever since the panel session Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1 was presented at the American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting in Chicago on June 30, 2013, it became clear that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) would have an important role in preparing Network members for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Initially the number of inquiries received by our office was a trickle, but as the October 1 open enrollment date neared, the amount of interest grew substantially. Public libraries in particular were concerned about the potential impact and the influx of questions they might receive about how to apply for health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, from people who do not have health insurance through their employers. Complicating matters even further, some states have their own ACA health insurance exchange, for example, Covered California. (more…)

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

For the third 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. One of the awardees is based in the Pacific Southwest Region! Special congratulations to Jane Barnwell at Pacific Resources for Learning and Education (PREL) in Honolulu, HI, for the project “Disaster Health Information in American Samoa:” (more…)

Announcing the 2nd Edition of the Consumer Health Toolkit!

The 2nd Edition of the popular resource Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff has been published. This updated version of the Toolkit is available on the California State Library website at the same URL as the original version. The Toolkit is a comprehensive professional development resource for librarians and library staff, to build their competencies in providing excellent consumer health services to users. (more…)

Reflections on the 2013 Binational Promotores Conference

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

I had the opportunity to attend the Binational Promotores Conference 2013, which was held at the California Endowment in Oakland, CA, on August 5, 2013. This insightful conference, conducted entirely in Spanish, attracted more than 220 individuals, including promotores from many parts of the U.S., promotores from Zacatecas, Mexico, and representatives from many Mexican consulates. The event was sponsored by the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, Health Initiative of the Americas. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Supporting Open Access: Librarians as advocates, researchers, educators, and role models

by Lauren Maggio
Director of Research and Instruction
Lane Medical Library & Center for Knowledge Management
Stanford University Medical Center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires that all peer-reviewed journal publications resulting from NIH funding be made publicly accessible within a year of publication in PMC. It is assumed that this policy will translate into increased information use by the public, including health professionals. However, studies of health professionals’ information use are rare, particularly in clinical settings and over extended periods of time. Research is needed to gauge the potential impact and contribution of the policy, as well as the effectiveness of libraries’ educational and marketing initiatives to ensure effective information use for evidence-based practice among practitioners. To contribute to this research, our 2012-13 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award investigated the information use of health professionals at Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC) using web log analysis and qualitative interviews, and translated our findings into hands-on workshops for librarians and information science students. (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! (more…)

Report on ALA ACA Session “Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1″

The panel session Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1 was presented at the American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting in Chicago on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Speakers included Jackie Garner, Medicaid Consortium Administrator; Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Ruth Holst, Associate Director of the NN/LM Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager at Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WebJunction. (more…)

Report on the First Science Bootcamp for Librarians in the West!

by Marcia Henry, MS, MA
Health Sciences Librarian
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA

I had the pleasure of attending, along with about 120 other librarians from all over the United States, the first Science Bootcamp for Librarians in the West, a three-day event held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, June 19-21, 2013. (more…)