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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…)

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

We would like to provide you with a mid-year update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in December 2013, we have welcomed seven new affiliate members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. (more…)

Summary of the May 14, 2014, National Library of Medicine 30-Year Symposium Event

by Naomi C. Broering, MLIS, MA, FMLA
Dean of Libraries
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
San Diego, CA

It was a day well spent on “Remembrance of things past,” with a keen eye toward future expectations and plans. The Symposium program: The National Library of Medicine 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future was co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, the Friends of the NLM, and the Medical Library Association (MLA). The purpose was to review past developments in biomedical information services, informatics research, and developments influenced by NLM Long Range Planning. The information shared at the symposium is a valuable initial step toward the next NLM Long Range Plan. (more…)

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows!

The National Library of Medicine has announced the selection of its 2014-2015 class of Associate Fellows. Four fellows will join NLM in the fall of 2014. (more…)

Wikipedia Editing for Academic Credit: An Elective Course at UCSF Medical School

by Evans Whitaker, MD, MLIS
Education and Information Consultant for Medicine
UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management
San Francisco, CA

At the end of April, 2014, seven 4th year medical students at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) received academic credit for editing a high importance Wikipedia (WP) healthcare article. The students were part of the second iteration of an elective first piloted five months earlier. The first iteration received extensive media attention from the New York Times, the Atlantic, NPR and others. Why the interest? Perhaps it has something to do with a combination of the mixed feelings many have about WP, fascination mixed with concern by the health-consuming public that the future healthcare providers of the U.S. are getting their information from WP, and that the “ivory tower” has embraced the concept. (more…)

NLM Seeks Input on the Future of the NN/LM: Responses Due by June 26!

The National Library of Medicine has issued Request for Information (RFI) NIHLM2014157, to seek input from a wide variety of current and potential user communities, including health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, for recommendations on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can maximize its effectiveness and efficiency in providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to health information. (more…)