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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…)

First Responders Respond Positively to REMM Training!

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Several resources from the National Library of Medicine are widely known and heavily used by librarians, clinicians, researchers and members of the public. The list includes PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, and other useful resources which are accessed by users daily. However, there are NLM resources that are less known, but perhaps of far greater significance and benefit in times of emergency situations. REMM is one of those resources. REMM, Radiation Emergency Medical Management, is a web-based resource to provide guidance for health care providers and first responders about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies. REMM aims to provide just-in-time, evidence-based information to users by providing sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise. (more…)

New Fact Sheet Available for NLM Technical Services Division (TSD)

The Technical Services Division (TSD), Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, is responsible for the selection, acquisition and cataloging of all material formats for the NLM modern collection. TSD coordinates technical services programs and projects with the library community, including other national and research libraries in the U.S. and abroad, several library associations, and other Government and non-Government organizations. A fact sheet has just been released describing the recent TSD reorganization into a new structure consisting of the Office of the Chief and three sections; Collection Development and Acquisitions, Cataloging and Metadata Management, and Library Technology Services. (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…)

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…)

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…)