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Report on the 2015 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA

by Erica Bass, BS, MLS, Library Director
Jerry L. Pettis VA Memorial Medical Center
Loma Linda, CA

With the support of a professional development award from the NN/LM PSR, I attended the 19th Internet Librarian Conference October 26-28 in beautiful Monterey. Sixteen of the 19 annual conferences have been held in Monterey. It is truly an international conference with 42 states and 17 countries represented. The total number of registrants this year was 800, so it is a small, intimate conference where you can get to know your fellow participants. This year’s conference theme was: MORPH! Exploring New Directions and Roles for the Information Services Biz, one of the longest in conference history. (more…)

NN/LM PSR Welcomes 2015 Fall Quarter Intern: Jonathan Ballak

Jonathan BallakMy name is Jonathan Ballak and I am extremely pleased to be currently interning at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, for the fall quarter of 2015. At present I am a second-year student in UCLA’s Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program because I believe that libraries are an integral part of a healthy and progressive society. In addition, I am also interested in how librarians and information professionals utilize new information gathering technologies as they relate to health and medical services. My specialization in the MLIS program is Informatics.

My internship projects will include needs assessments related to the areas of data management training and website user experience, in order to determine how best to meet user needs of regional Network members. During the course of these projects, I hope to meet as many UCLA library and information science professionals as possible in order to gather intelligent advice on data management and website design. In addition to these projects I also hope to glean as much information as possible about how the NN/LM PSR communicates and interoperates with its Network members and other NN/LM regional offices.

I earned my BFA in Visual Design from the University of Oregon, and it is this previous training that I hope to draw upon in my appraisal of the NN/LM PSR website design. Combining this facet of design knowledge with Information Architecture and user experience design concepts from the MLIS program will provide a base of information which will impart knowledge to the project from multiple viewpoints. In the upcoming years I look forward to pursuing my interests in health and clinical informatics. I am grateful for this internship opportunity and look forward to working on the upcoming projects at the NN/LM PSR, and learning as much as possible from the staff and other library professionals that I meet during the quarter!

Responding to an Emergency or Natural Disaster: Resources for Libraries

As mentioned in a recent Latitudes article, September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Preparation and planning will provide the best chance of more positive outcomes after a disaster, but the library can also have great impact during an emergency or disaster event. The library can be a source of relevant and timely information, and may even be called upon to be a safe haven. Uncertainty about how to respond or delays in action can be avoided by having knowledge and tools in place ahead of time for immediate response. Today we have tools and resources that we hope we never have to use, but knowing about them in advance is key. (more…)

The Third Annual Science Boot Camp West for Librarians, Hosted by Stanford University Libraries

By Linda Suk-Ling Murphy, MLIS
Research Librarian for the Health Sciences
University of California, Irvine Libraries,
Irvine, CA

It was a very productive two-and-a-half days at the Science Boot Camp West 2015, hosted by Stanford University Libraries on July 27-29, 2015. The event featured workshops and educational presentations delivered by scientists with time for discussion and information sharing among all the participants. I enjoyed learning about innovative technologies not previously known to me that have been used in laboratories, classrooms, and research collaborations. The knowledge I gained offers great opportunities for me to reach out to colleagues, faculty, and researchers across the UC Irvine (UCI) campus for possible collaborations. I also had a wonderful time getting acquainted with other science and data librarians! (more…)

MLA’s 2014 Fall Educational Webcast Series

Thank you to all the host sites that made MLA’s 2014 Fall Educational Webcast Series a success! The following webcasts were sponsored: (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2014!

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 “Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.” In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. (more…)

Highlights of Information Services Outreach for Rural and Frontier Nevada in 2013-2014!

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

In general, rural and frontier areas possess important differences in demographics, economics, and social characteristics that influence health priorities and outcomes. Nevada communities situated in rural and frontier areas face unique challenges regarding the availability of hospitals, clinics, and associated health care resources, including access to health information services. The Savitt Medical Library received NN/LM PSR outreach funding for a second year to extend services to these rural and underserved areas through the activities of a Coordinator of Outreach Library Services (COLS). During the past year, this position has been playing an important role in helping to mitigate the geographic isolation of health care workers by raising awareness of information services and access to training opportunities. (more…)

Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento) Health Information Ambassador Program

by Theresa Johnson, MLIS
Medical Librarian
Sutter Resource Library
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

In April 2013, the Sutter Resource Library received outreach funding support from NN/LM PSR, to enhance our pilot project to “bring the library to the patient.” This pilot was based on the Health Information Ambassador Program implemented at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego by Jackie Davis, MLIS, (MLA News June/July 2012). The program is a partnership between the medical library and the volunteer services department at the hospital. Jackie was very generous in sharing her knowledge and experience, as well as providing samples of a “Health Information Request” form and cover letter that we could customize. We used the same name for our pilot program, which became library HIA, for short. (more…)

Wikipedia Editing for Academic Credit: An Elective Course at UCSF Medical School

by Evans Whitaker, MD, MLIS
Education and Information Consultant for Medicine
UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management
San Francisco, CA

At the end of April, 2014, seven 4th year medical students at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) received academic credit for editing a high importance Wikipedia (WP) healthcare article. The students were part of the second iteration of an elective first piloted five months earlier. The first iteration received extensive media attention from the New York Times, the Atlantic, NPR and others. Why the interest? Perhaps it has something to do with a combination of the mixed feelings many have about WP, fascination mixed with concern by the health-consuming public that the future healthcare providers of the U.S. are getting their information from WP, and that the “ivory tower” has embraced the concept. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Big Bang Health Information Literacy, Outreach to Diverse Populations for Future Success

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

The title, Big Bang Health Information Literacy: Outreach to Diverse Populations for Future Success, stems from the cosmological model that the universe began at a single point and is expanding. As we contemplated the evolutionary process of health information literacy, an obvious observation is that the role of the medical library is continually expanding, evolving, and has become increasingly more universally diverse. It is actually fun to contemplate how what we know and do today will grow and change as new resources, technologies, and communities evolve. Even knowledge and demand for information grows and expands! However, high tech and advanced medical research achievements are not yet universally accessible to minority communities and special populations, especially in the remote neighborhoods within San Diego County. The need to know how to access free health information and stay healthy has become more critical, as the economic downturn, increased health care costs, diminished income, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact the health and well-being of nearly everyone. (more…)