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Announcing a New Book for Libraries about the Affordable Care Act!

We recently received a copy of the new book by Francisca Goldsmith titled Libraries and the Affordable Care Act: Helping the Community Understand Health-Care Options. Just published by ALA Editions, and available for purchase through the ALA Store, the book is a concise handbook that helps library staff make sense of the complicated new reality of health care reform. The book consists of about 100 pages, organized into nine chapters and three appendices. Each chapter includes a short “Questions and Tasks” section, which provides a short list of questions or statements intended to point out things the library can do or should consider doing to provide better services to users. 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 »

Join NLM in a Teleconference to Hear About the New Funding Mechanism for the RML 2016-2021 Award Cycle!

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information. Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements. This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects. A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015. Join NLM in a teleconference to hear about the responses to the RFI and learn about Cooperative Agreements on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 1:00pm PST, by using the toll-free teleconference number 1-888-450-5996 and participant passcode 662939! Read more »

Express Outreach Award Proposals Now Being Accepted!

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for our popular Express Outreach/Training/Technology Award funding program for 2015-2016! For the next contract year (May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016), we intend to fund four awards, at a maximum amount of $9,000 each. The complete details, along with a link to the application form, are now available on the NN/LM PSR web site. Proposals received by March 20, 2015, will receive top priority consideration. Read more »

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

As 2014 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. We would like to welcome West Coast University, Los Angeles South to the Network. Read more »

Reflecting on the Health Promoter of the New Millennium: 12th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference

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

I recently attended the 12th Annual Promotoras and Community Health Workers Conference, whose theme this year was The Essence of the Promoter in the New Millennium. The conference took place December 4-6, 2014, in Los Angeles. The conference is put together by an organization called “Vision Y Compromiso,” meaning Vision and Compromise. This organization was established 14 years ago, with a goal to provide training, leadership, and ongoing advocacy to support promotores and community health workers in California. Throughout the years, this conference has become so popular that it now attracts attendees from all over the world. The event is held annually and focuses on self-empowering education programs, with health as a main subject. We have seen this event grow in popularity each time we attend. Read more »

Tips from the NN/LM PSR PubMed Mavin!

Dear Mavin of PubMed!
This irregularly occurring column will contain information about searching PubMed. Here’s a definition of a Mavin:

  • Noun 1. mavin – someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field (1)

We welcome all questions about searching PubMed. We may be able to shed light on perplexing situations and searches! Read more »

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 »