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Reflections on the 8th Annual DiversityRx Conference in Oakland

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

The Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Achieving Equity in an Era of Innovation and Health System Transformation, which took place at the Oakland Marriott City Center March 11-14, 2013, was a spectacular event! I attended the meeting, along with Kay Deeney and Lori Tagawa from NN/LM PSR. Cheryl Rowan, MSLS, Consumer Health Coordinator from the NN/LM South Central Region, kicked off the event with a pre-conference session called From Beyond our Borders: Providing Health Information to Foreign-Born Populations. She covered the importance of quality health information for refugee and immigrant communities, not only in their language, but in ways that are easier to understand culturally. Her session included demonstrations of resources that are designed to fulfill the need for this kind of information. (more…)

PSR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting Held at UCLA!

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, a meeting of the NN/LM PSR Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) was convened at the UCLA Faculty Center. The committee had not met as a large group for several years, so the membership was completely reconstituted and revitalized! Fifteen committee members, representing the constituencies served by the RML, attended the meeting, along with RML staff. Composition of the committee includes health professionals, hospital librarians, academic librarians, school and public librarians, community college librarians, community health librarians, and community-based organization representatives. A complete list of RAC members, along with minutes and presentation slides of the 3/27/13 meeting, are available on the NN/LM PSR web site. (more…)

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

by Michael Kronenfeld
University Librarian
A.T. Still Memorial Library
Mesa, AZ

In honor of Martin Luther King’s January 17 birthday, the Arizona Branch of the A. T. Still Memorial Library, at the A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences, working with the University’s Cultural Competency Educational Committee, hosted Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. From December 7, 2012, to January 23, 2013, this traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) explored the roles that slaves, former slaves, and African-American freemen/women played in the medical theater of the American Civil War. (more…)

MLA’s Educational Webcast – Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track,” held on March 13, 2013, was a success!

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR), sponsored nine (9) regional sites for the broadcast of MLA’s Educational Webcast. There were a total of 97 people who viewed the webcast. (more…)

Report on the Workshop “Knowledge Sharing in Hospitals: the Librarian’s Role”

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

Health care reform has repurposed health care in the US, and hospital leaders have been strategizing ways to continually improve processes for increased quality of care, while reducing medical errors and redundancy in the system. On the whole, it’s not an easy task to undertake, but utilizing knowledge management (KM) fits squarely with the design for immediate change in a complex environment. (more…)

Demographic Report on Asian American, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in California

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and Asian Law Caucus (ALC) have released a new report on California’s fastest growing racial groups: A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in California, 2013. The report presents the latest data on Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) population, population growth, and key social and economic characteristics; such as income, poverty, education, and language. Key findings include: (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…)

How To Find LinkOut Statistics!

In December, we sent a message about the use of the LinkOut statistics function in the Library Submission Utility, to assess whether any of our network members were using certain options for statistics. I received feedback from about one dozen people. Here is some further information for you. (more…)

Envision the Future: Translating Research into Healthy Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities

I attended the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparity and Health Equity Conference in Los Angeles in September. It was a fascinating conference. I didn’t understand why this conference was being sponsored by the University of Michigan and being held in Los Angeles! I soon learned! (more…)

PSRML Internship Experience: Promoting

By Sophia Prisco
Department of Information Studies student
UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

During the 2012 fall quarter, I had the opportunity to intern with the Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library. During the course of my internship, I worked on an NLM initiative to promote results in is a freely available registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. The National Library of Medicine believes that health sciences librarians are ideally placed to advocate to the clinical research community the importance of complying with registration and reporting requirements as mandated by the FDA. For the project, I reconfigured a Moodle class based on the framework created by Stephen Kiyoi, who recently completed his NLM Associate Fellowship at PSRML. I also created promotional materials to better equip health sciences librarians with the skills and knowledge to advocate for this resource at their institutions. (more…)