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Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

Celebrating 2013 National Medical Librarians Month!

October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! Highlighting the fact that medical librarians are the best and most cost effective way to obtain quality health information, this year’s NMLM theme is “Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives.” In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. (more…)

Using LibGuides as a Platform to Disseminate Information About the Affordable Care Act

Ever since the panel session Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1 was presented at the American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting in Chicago on June 30, 2013, it became clear that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) would have an important role in preparing Network members for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Initially the number of inquiries received by our office was a trickle, but as the October 1 open enrollment date neared, the amount of interest grew substantially. Public libraries in particular were concerned about the potential impact and the influx of questions they might receive about how to apply for health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, from people who do not have health insurance through their employers. Complicating matters even further, some states have their own ACA health insurance exchange, for example, Covered California. (more…)

NLM Funds Three New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

For the third year, NLM has funded projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, and others responsible for disaster preparedness response and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics, including those from the National Library of Medicine. One of the awardees is based in the Pacific Southwest Region! Special congratulations to Jane Barnwell at Pacific Resources for Learning and Education (PREL) in Honolulu, HI, for the project “Disaster Health Information in American Samoa:” (more…)

Announcing the 2nd Edition of the Consumer Health Toolkit!

The 2nd Edition of the popular resource Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff has been published. This updated version of the Toolkit is available on the California State Library website at the same URL as the original version. The Toolkit is a comprehensive professional development resource for librarians and library staff, to build their competencies in providing excellent consumer health services to users. (more…)

Reflections on the 2013 Binational Promotores Conference

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

I had the opportunity to attend the Binational Promotores Conference 2013, which was held at the California Endowment in Oakland, CA, on August 5, 2013. This insightful conference, conducted entirely in Spanish, attracted more than 220 individuals, including promotores from many parts of the U.S., promotores from Zacatecas, Mexico, and representatives from many Mexican consulates. The event was sponsored by the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, Health Initiative of the Americas. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Supporting Open Access: Librarians as advocates, researchers, educators, and role models

by Lauren Maggio
Director of Research and Instruction
Lane Medical Library & Center for Knowledge Management
Stanford University Medical Center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires that all peer-reviewed journal publications resulting from NIH funding be made publicly accessible within a year of publication in PMC. It is assumed that this policy will translate into increased information use by the public, including health professionals. However, studies of health professionals’ information use are rare, particularly in clinical settings and over extended periods of time. Research is needed to gauge the potential impact and contribution of the policy, as well as the effectiveness of libraries’ educational and marketing initiatives to ensure effective information use for evidence-based practice among practitioners. To contribute to this research, our 2012-13 NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award investigated the information use of health professionals at Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC) using web log analysis and qualitative interviews, and translated our findings into hands-on workshops for librarians and information science students. (more…)

Report on the First Science Bootcamp for Librarians in the West!

by Marcia Henry, MS, MA
Health Sciences Librarian
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA

I had the pleasure of attending, along with about 120 other librarians from all over the United States, the first Science Bootcamp for Librarians in the West, a three-day event held at the University of Colorado, Boulder, June 19-21, 2013. (more…)

Greater Los Angeles Congenital Heart Walk

Kay Deeney, NN/LM PSR Educational Services Coordinator, recently participated in the Greater Los Angeles Congenital Heart Walk, held at Griffith Park. Over 500 walkers registered for a choice of a 3K or 5K walk on June 9th. The Congenital Heart Walk raises funds for the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and the Children’s Heart Foundation. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Integrating Patient-Centered Health Information into the Patient Centered Medical Home

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

Clinicians are integrating iPads into their practice of medicine at a dizzying rate. Often the reason is an intention to improve efforts at patient education. In 2012, the University of Nevada Savitt Medical Library received an Express Outreach Award from NN/LM PSR, for a project to explore the potential of iPads in patient education efforts. Our project placed iPads in several clinical exam rooms for both clinician and patient use. We also created a patient-centered information portal optimized for iPad viewing, to facilitate access to key educational content. We hoped to see to what degree tablet computers were productive in fostering better doctor-patient communication and patient self-care, and whether having a patient-centered website would contribute to more productive tablet use. (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…)