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Archive for 2014

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

As 2014 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. We would like to welcome West Coast University, Los Angeles South to the Network. (more…)

Reflecting on the Health Promoter of the New Millennium: 12th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference

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

I recently attended the 12th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference, whose theme this year was The Essence of the Promoter in the New Millennium. The conference took place December 4-6, 2014, in Los Angeles. The conference is put together by an organization called “Vision Y Compromiso,” meaning Vision and Compromise. This organization was established 14 years ago, with a goal to provide training, leadership, and ongoing advocacy to support promotores and community health workers in California. Throughout the years, this conference has become so popular that it now attracts attendees from all over the world. The event is held annually and focuses on self-empowering education programs, with health as a main subject. We have seen this event grow in popularity each time we attend. (more…)

Tips from the NN/LM PSR PubMed Mavin!

Dear Mavin of PubMed!
This irregularly occurring column will contain information about searching PubMed. Here’s a definition of a Mavin:

  • Noun 1. mavin – someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field (1)

We welcome all questions about searching PubMed. We may be able to shed light on perplexing situations and searches! (more…)

Report on the ACRL Immersion 2014 Program Experience on Demonstrating the Value of the Academic Library

by Xan Goodman
Health & Life Sciences Librarian, Assistant Professor
University of Nevada, UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV

Thirty-one librarians from different types of libraries gathered at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, from November 18 through November 22, 2014, to participate in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Academic Library Immersion Program. ACRL offers several immersion tracks, all of which require an application and acceptance into the selected program. I, along with another colleague from my university, was fortunate to be accepted into the 2014 Assessment Immersion experience and we received support from our institution to attend. (more…)

MLA’s 2014 Fall Educational Webcast Series

Thank you to all the host sites that made MLA’s 2014 Fall Educational Webcast Series a success! The following webcasts were sponsored: (more…)

Notable Data Changes in MEDLINE during 2015 Year-End Processing (YEP)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemical, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2015 version of MeSH, and other global changes. Notable data changes made to MEDLINE during Year-End Processing (YEP) for 2015 include: (more…)

Workshop Recap for “Turning Outward: Community Assessment 101″

During October and most of November, many of our network member librarians participated in the comprehensive online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: the Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. The course is built upon the foundational concept that to serve the community well, one must truly understand it. The first course assignment requires a community health needs assessment, and students are directed to several resources for existing demographics and community health indicators. While this approach is very good for statistics and data, it misses an important angle – the community voice. (more…)

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. (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.” (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…)