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Report on the ACRL Immersion 2014 Program Experience on Demonstrating the Value of the Academic Library

by Xan Goodman
Health & Life Sciences Librarian, Assistant Professor
University of Nevada, UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV

Thirty-one librarians from different types of libraries gathered at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, from November 18 through November 22, 2014, to participate in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Academic Library Immersion Program. ACRL offers several immersion tracks, all of which require an application and acceptance into the selected program. I, along with another colleague from my university, was fortunate to be accepted into the 2014 Assessment Immersion experience and we received support from our institution to attend. Read 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: Read more »

Notable Data Changes in MEDLINE during 2015 Year-End Processing (YEP)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemical, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2015 version of MeSH, and other global changes. Notable data changes made to MEDLINE during Year-End Processing (YEP) for 2015 include: Read more »

Workshop Recap for “Turning Outward: Community Assessment 101″

During October and most of November, many of our network member librarians participated in the comprehensive online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: the Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. The course is built upon the foundational concept that to serve the community well, one must truly understand it. The first course assignment requires a community health needs assessment, and students are directed to several resources for existing demographics and community health indicators. While this approach is very good for statistics and data, it misses an important angle – the community voice. Read more »

A “Quint*Essential” Experience!

by Ellen Aaronson, AHIP
Medical Librarian
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center Library
West Hills, CA

Denver, Colorado, was the site of the first Quint*Essential Meeting in October 2014. An NN/LM PSR Professional Development Award afforded me the opportunity to participate in this collaborative convergence of five MLA chapters. My interest in attending was two-fold: I served on the Planning Committee as Co-Chair of the Evaluation Committee, and was also a poster presenter. Read more »

NLM Director Donald Lindberg Retirement Announcement

NIH Director Francis Collins has announced the retirement of Donald Lindberg, M.D., who has served as the director of the National Library of Medicine for over 30 years, at the end of March, 2015. During Dr. Lindberg’s tenure at NLM, numerous programs have been developed that fundamentally changed the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed. In his statement, Dr. Collins noted that Dr. Lindberg is one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and a pioneer in “applying computer and communications technology to biomedical research, health care, and the delivery of health information wherever it is needed.” Read more »

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! Read more »

Informing Health Sciences Consortia: A Benchmarking Data Study

by Brooke Billman, MA, AHIP
AZHIN & Special Projects Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

It may come as no surprise that, at a time when libraries struggle with budget cuts, restructuring, and redefining their services, library consortia face similar struggles. In addition to these challenges, consortia are confronted with membership numbers dropping, libraries closing, and long-held vendor pricing structures vanishing. The Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN) consortium has been monitoring this environment and has now implemented a Sustainability Task Force to review its current framework and explore ways to retain the ability to provide electronic resources to its diverse member organizations. Read more »

Report on the MLA CE Course “Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified!”

by Sunny Sritongsook, MLIS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA

I received a professional development award from NN/LM PSR to support my travel to Denver, CO, to attend the QuintEssential: Convergence & Collaboration Conference of five MLA chapters October 13-16, 2014. Aside from reuniting with some colleagues I hadn’t seen in years, the main reason that I wanted to attend this conference was to take the MLA CE course, Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified, taught by health science librarians Jean Shipman and Erica Lake, and Dr. John Langell, all from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Read more »