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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…)

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…)

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…)

Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2014-2015!

Congratulations to the members of the 2014-2015 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries. Six Fellows were selected for the 2014-15 cohort. The candidate pool for Fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognizes a substantial record of accomplishment and demonstrable potential for a director position. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-six Fellow graduates have assumed director positions. The list of 2014-15 Fellows includes one NN/LM PSR Network member, Rikke Ogawa. (more…)

Insights of the 2014 NN/LM PSR Learning Needs Assessment Survey!

We would like to thank everyone who answered our 2014 Learning Needs Assessment Survey! Over 180 responses were received, and it is very encouraging to see such strong interest in staying abreast of the emerging areas in our rapidly changing field! Your passion was clearly evident regarding such topics as Systematic Reviews and veterans’ health. Following are a few key findings from the survey results, which we will utilize as we plan upcoming trainings and other events. (more…)

NN/LM PSR Associate Director Appointment

Alan Carr holding book in his office

I am pleased to announce that Alan Carr was appointed the Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR) as of August 1. He had been acting in the position since May 1, 2012. Alan began working in the RML on March 1, 2002, and has also held the positions of Outreach Coordinator and Network Services & Exhibits Coordinator. With this background, Alan is well versed in the major components of the NN/LM program, Network Services and Outreach Programs. He has been involved with NN/LM membership recruitment and maintenance, instruction for health professionals and public health workers, coordination of the NN/LM PSR exhibit program, and management of NN/LM PSR outreach funding awards. During his tenure as Interim Associate Director, Alan was responsible for budgeting, personnel, and day-to-day operational management of the RML. He is also the key liaison with the NN/LM PSR Resource Library Directors and Regional Advisory Committee, the two major groups that function in an advisory capacity to the program.

Prior to his experience with NN/LM PSR, Alan was a librarian in the Reference Division of the UCLA Biomedical Library for twelve years. He received his MLS from UCLA in 1986, after completing a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Texas, Houston, in 1981, and a BS in Accounting at San Diego State University in 1977.

Please join me in congratulating Alan!

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…)