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Express Outreach Award Highlights: Community Emergency Preparedness Health Information Outreach Program in San Diego

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

Typically, disasters strike when least expected and they surprise everyone! The greatest disaster risks in Arizona, California, and Nevada are wildfires, earthquakes, chemical or radiation hazards, terrorism, and disease epidemics, such as influenza. Access to immediate health information is critical and essential in times of crisis; and provision of recovery services directly affects people in need. What should we know before, during, and after a disaster? How can we prepare for such events, and how will they impact our community, libraries, and service organizations we rely on? The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) Library wanted to develop a community emergency outreach service, and we began preparations by attending two MLA CE classes on Disaster Health Information. Based on this instruction, new knowledge and skills, plus our teaching experience, we then submitted an NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award proposal. (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…)

“Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” on Display at Western University of Health Sciences!

by Patricia Vader
Executive Director, University Library
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, Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, from April 15 – May 18, 2013. This exhibit presents information about the disabled veterans of the Civil War and how they were impacted by the latest technology in weapons of the time. The death toll was huge and many of the injuries required amputation, the sacrifice of “life and limb.” (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…)

Science Educators and Librarians Benefit from NLM’s K-12 Resources!

Introduction
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a long, respected history of providing resources for health professionals, scientists, and researchers, but it may come as a surprise that it also offers quality, unique materials for K-12 science educators. NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) division is working diligently towards creating resources that are fully vetted and tied to national education standards. A recent webinar presented to NN/LM staff by Andrew Plumer of SIS highlighted numerous resources that include lesson plans for middle and high school students. These freely available educator resources help students make the connection between scientific concepts and community health, environmental quality, natural and human-caused hazards, and other issues. While these resources are geared towards educators, school and public librarians will also benefit from knowing the breadth and depth of what is available. (more…)

PSR and School Nurses!

PSR was invited to participate at the California School Nurses Organization Conference in early February in San Diego. Kay Deeney taught an extensive workshop focusing on MedlinePlus and other NLM resources. She covered the NLM Drug Portal, the Pillbox, DailyMed and Genetics Home Reference. Topics on evaluating health websites and writing easy to read materials were also covered. The school nurses who attended appreciated learning about these resources. (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…)

Report on Online NN/LM Class “Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Line”

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

A five-week online class titled “Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Line” was taught in November-December 2012, with instructor Holly Burt, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Outreach & Exhibits Coordinator. The course is based on a variety of materials freely available from the National Library of Medicine. I participated with librarians from around the country, including several from our region; Heidi Mortensen, Peggy Makie, Beverly McLeod, Lisa Olson, Carol Attwood, and Billie White. Following is a brief overview of the class content, including some useful links. (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…)