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Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

A Librarian Experiences EMT Training

by Adele Dobry
Nursing Informationist, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
University of California, Los Angeles

During my four years working at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, I have gradually increased my involvement with the Department of Nursing, with the goal of becoming an embedded librarian. I currently participate within nursing research committees and Magnet councils and my next step toward embeddedness is to join nurses in a clinical setting. However, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has strict guidelines on who can participate in a clinical setting, which requires certification. A nursing colleague suggested that I enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician course to meet these requirements, and upon completion, provided an invitation to round with her unit. (more…)

Evidence-Based Practice Workshops at Saint Agnes Medical Center: Enhancing Skills for the Professional Nurse

by Nancy Crossfield, MALS, AHIP
Library Services Manager, William O. Owen Medical Library
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Fresno, CA

In January 2014, I co-taught workshops on basic research for nurses at Saint Agnes Medical Center (SAMC), Fresno, CA. Tara Reed, Nurse Manager for medical-surgical (med/surg) units, developed the special training to empower nurses to seek and apply evidence-based practice (EBP) as a means of improving departmental quality and patient satisfaction. Many floor nurses did not understand that research was behind changes in patient care and were unable to verbalize or locate research driving current changes. 51% of the med/surg nurses had two-year degrees rather than the BSN, and 64% had been out of school for 10 years or more. Knowledge deficits existed. (more…)

Report on 1/13/14 Hospital Libraries Panel Discussion

by Raquel Abad, MLIS, Health Sciences Librarian
Blaisdell Medical Library
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA

On January 13, 2014, NN/LM PSR and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), co-sponsored a panel presentation regarding the current disturbing trend of hospital library closures. The session was held at the Stanford Hospital and Clinics Hoover Pavilion in Palo Alto, and was also made available for remote participation using WebEx. Total attendance was about 50 people. The panel presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session among both in-person and remote attendees. (more…)

MLA’s 2013 Fall Educational Webcast Series

Thank you to all the host sites and those who attended the webcast series, to make this program a success! The following webcasts were sponsored: (more…)

NN/LM PSR State Pages Get a New Look!

In October 2013, we significantly revamped the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region “state pages” (Arizona, California, Hawai’i, Nevada, and the U.S. Territories in the Pacific), and moved them to the eye-catching LibGuides platform! First launched over ten years ago, these pages are designed to help PSR Network members to better understand health needs in their specific geographic area and facilitate gathering health data and/or statistics for the area. This demographic and health-related data can assist in planning health information outreach projects, competing for NN/LM awards or NLM grants and funding, and measuring your library’s impact. (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…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Outreach to Students through College Health Services – Pacific Islanders Pilots

by Paul B. Drake
User Services & Document Delivery Librarian
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library, University of Guam
Mangilao, Guam

College students are at a time in life when habits are developed, and decisions are made that affect the direction and quality of their lives. Knowledge of accurate and reliable sources of health information is vital. (more…)

Report on the 2013 AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics

by Judith Kammerer, MLIS, MA, AHIP
Medical Librarian/Manager
UCSF Fresno and Community Regional Medical Center
Fresno, CA

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has organized an annual summit on translational bioinformatics (TBI) since 2008. I was fortunate to attend the 2013 Summit, which took place in San Francisco, CA, on March 18-20, 2013. This was made possible by an NN/LM PSR Professional Development Award, that supports hospital librarians in attending continuing education workshops and conferences. (more…)

Workshop Report for “Supporting Open Access: Librarians as Advocates, Researchers, Educators and Role Models”

by Mabel A. Trafford, Medical Librarian
Tripler Army Medical Center Library
Honolulu, Hawaii

On March 28, 2013, the Health Sciences Library and the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI, hosted Supporting Open Access: Librarians as Advocates, Researchers, Educators and Role Models, a workshop sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR); with presenters Lauren A. Maggio, MS (LIS), MA, Lane Medical Library & Knowledge Management Center, Stanford University Medical Center; and Laura Moorhead, MS, Stanford University School of Education. (more…)