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A Survey of Biomedical Informatics: The Woods Hole Experience

Dr. Donald Lindberg and Joyce MitchellAmong medical librarians, the phrase ‘Woods Hole’ is synonymous with a week of immersion into the topic of biomedical informatics. For those who haven’t experienced it, the idea of attending is intriguing yet daunting. Those who have attended return to their home institutions with a new appreciation and enthusiasm about the field. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants are introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics; including medical terminologies, electronic health records, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, consumer informatics, and many other related topics. (more…)

Future Plans of 2012-2013 NLM Associate Fellows Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2012-2013 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This talented and diverse group will end its first year at NLM in August 2013 and begin the second year of the fellowship at health sciences libraries around the country. (more…)

Highlights of Information Services Outreach for Rural and Frontier Nevada in 2012-2013!

by Terry Henner
Library Director
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Reno, NV

The title of one of Bob Dylan’s lesser known songs, Too Much of Nothing, serves as an apt description for Nevada. For in much of the state, we have a whole lot of nothing! The major population centers of Las Vegas and Reno are dwarfed by vast tracts of nearly empty space. The isolation in these sparsely populated rural and frontier regions poses significant challenges for the health care providers working there, not the least of which is in navigating the information landscape to obtain reliable health information. Fortunately, in 2012, the Savitt Medical Library received a cooperative outreach award from NN/LM PSR to establish the part-time position of Health Outreach Librarian. During the past year this position played a key role in helping to mitigate the impact of geographic isolation of health care workers, by providing information services support and training. (more…)

Dear PubMed Sage!

I have always wanted to write a Dear Abby type question and answer column! I find that the questions we receive about PubMed on a regular basis fit my need. So here goes. Names are omitted to protect the requestors. As librarians often say, there are no stupid questions. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Bridging the Health Information Gap: Saturday Science Academy II and the Charles R. Drew University Health Sciences Library

by Delois C. Flowers, Outreach Librarian, and
Darlene Parker Kelly, Library Director
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Health Sciences Library
Los Angeles, CA

One of the joys of librarianship is helping to shape the future of young people, by introducing information resources that are reliable, credible, and authoritative. The primary goal of our NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award project, Bridging the Health Information Gap: Saturday Science Academy II and the Charles R. Drew University Health Sciences Library, was to promote the awareness and use of the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health resources to students, parents, and teachers. Our preliminary session began with the students of the Charles Drew University (CDU) Project Prep Program that is high school based, and attended by students as part of after-school initiatives promoting the health sciences. The training consists of students locating e-books, demonstrating the difference between Google and Google Scholar, and using MedlinePlus to identify at least two key resources that could be used to further their research interest. (more…)

Arizona Outreach Highlights for 2012-2013!

by Jeanette L. Ryan, Deputy Director, and
Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

We are very grateful to NN/LM PSR for supporting a cooperative outreach award for Arizona. It is critical in our efforts to provide programs to a variety of audiences in Arizona and to respond to needs in a timely manner. Our goals for Arizona are to improve health literacy and access to accurate health information statewide. We aim to facilitate access to high quality, current, and reliable health information through training, consultation, and collaboration. Specifically we specialize in presenting training and workshops around the state that assist librarians, health professionals, K-12 students, and members of the public become more effective users of the Internet and electronic resources. (more…)

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…)