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Resources for Rare Disease Day

On February 28, 2014, the National Institutes of Health observed the seventh annual Rare Disease Day, with a day-long celebration and recognition of the various rare diseases research activities supported by the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR); the NIH Clinical Center; other NIH Institutes and Centers; the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Product Development; other Federal Government agencies; the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD); and the Genetic Alliance. Rare Disease Day was established to raise awareness with the public about rare diseases, the challenges encountered by those affected, the importance of research to develop diagnostics and treatments, and the impact of these diseases on patients’ lives. (more…)

Update for NLM’s Specialized Information Services Resources

by Colette Hochstein, DMD, MLS, Technical Information Specialist
National Library of Medicine
Division of Specialized Information Services
Bethesda, MD

This article summarizes the latest developments for several of NLM’s Specialized Information Services resources as of February 2014. (more…)

Report on 1/13/14 Hospital Libraries Panel Discussion

by Raquel Abad, MLIS, Health Sciences Librarian
Blaisdell Medical Library
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA

On January 13, 2014, NN/LM PSR and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG), co-sponsored a panel presentation regarding the current disturbing trend of hospital library closures. The session was held at the Stanford Hospital and Clinics Hoover Pavilion in Palo Alto, and was also made available for remote participation using WebEx. Total attendance was about 50 people. The panel presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session among both in-person and remote attendees. (more…)

11th Annual Vision y Compromiso Conference in Los Angeles

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

Kay Deeney, NN/LM PSR Educational Services Coordinator, and I had the pleasure of attending, exhibiting and presenting at the 11th Annual Promotores and Community Health Workers Conference, Cultivating Our Strengths Towards a Dignified and Healthy Life, December 6-7, 2013, in Los Angeles. The meeting is sponsored every year by a non-profit organization, Vision y Compromiso. (more…)

NLM 2013 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded seven HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2013, in the 20th round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community, as well as their caregivers. Congratulations to the following recipient, which received funding for a project based in the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region! (more…)

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…)

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…)

Report on ALA ACA Session “Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1″

The panel session Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1 was presented at the American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting in Chicago on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Speakers included Jackie Garner, Medicaid Consortium Administrator; Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Ruth Holst, Associate Director of the NN/LM Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager at Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WebJunction. (more…)