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Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

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…)

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…)

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…)

Informing Health Sciences Consortia: A Benchmarking Data Study

by Brooke Billman, MA, AHIP
AZHIN & Special Projects Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

It may come as no surprise that, at a time when libraries struggle with budget cuts, restructuring, and redefining their services, library consortia face similar struggles. In addition to these challenges, consortia are confronted with membership numbers dropping, libraries closing, and long-held vendor pricing structures vanishing. The Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN) consortium has been monitoring this environment and has now implemented a Sustainability Task Force to review its current framework and explore ways to retain the ability to provide electronic resources to its diverse member organizations. (more…)

Report on the MLA CE Course “Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified!”

by Sunny Sritongsook, MLIS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA

I received a professional development award from NN/LM PSR to support my travel to Denver, CO, to attend the QuintEssential: Convergence & Collaboration Conference of five MLA chapters October 13-16, 2014. Aside from reuniting with some colleagues I hadn’t seen in years, the main reason that I wanted to attend this conference was to take the MLA CE course, Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified, taught by health science librarians Jean Shipman and Erica Lake, and Dr. John Langell, all from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (more…)

Highlights of the NN/LM PSR 2014 Planning Questionnaire!

We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the recent RML planning questionnaire! We received about 100 responses with information and valuable feedback that will enable us to continue to improve our programs and services to meet the needs of Network members. Overall, we were encouraged to see results suggesting that our work does make a difference for health sciences librarians and information centers in the region, as illustrated by the roughly 94% of respondents who agreed that the RML is effective in promoting access to or awareness of biomedical information resources, and effective in improving awareness of regional activities. Following are additional highlights and themes from the questionnaire results. (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. (more…)

Improving Health Literacy: Applying Knowledge Gained from the IHA Health Literacy Conference

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (IHA) 13th Annual Health Literacy Conference was held May 7-9 in Irvine, CA. The conference attracts people from all over the country, including health educators, clinicians, public health workers, health insurance and systems personnel, librarians, and many others who have a need to understand best practices for improving health literacy among the population. The conference theme was ‘Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act,’ an especially important and timely topic this year after the implementation of the new healthcare reform law. (more…)