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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 »

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. Read more »

Highlights of the NN/LM PSR 2014 Planning Questionnaire!

We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the recent RML planning questionnaire! We received about 100 responses with information and valuable feedback that will enable us to continue to improve our programs and services to meet the needs of Network members. Overall, we were encouraged to see results suggesting that our work does make a difference for health sciences librarians and information centers in the region, as illustrated by the roughly 94% of respondents who agreed that the RML is effective in promoting access to or awareness of biomedical information resources, and effective in improving awareness of regional activities. Following are additional highlights and themes from the questionnaire results. Read more »

Seizing the Opportunity: Creating a Campus-Wide Symposium on Women’s Health Research!

Women's Health Research Logo

by Jeanette L. Ryan, Deputy Director and
Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL) recently developed and carried out a campus-wide symposium on Women’s Health Research: Sex and Gender Differences, held in Tucson. The all-day event was held at the student union on the main University of Arizona campus. Our goals were to raise the visibility of women’s health research and sex and gender differences at the university, by creating a forum where University of Arizona faculty can present and share their research, provide an opportunity for researchers from both the health sciences campus and main campus to meet informally and engage students, trainees (postdocs, fellows, residents), junior faculty, and other researchers, and to support new researchers as they embark on a career in this discipline. The project was funded by a subcontract from the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The librarian planning team from AHSL who put this symposium together in approximately six months consisted of Brooke Billman, Yamila El-Khayat, Annabelle Nuñez, Ahlam Saleh, and Jeanette Ryan. Read more »

Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2014-2015!

Congratulations to the members of the 2014-2015 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries. Six Fellows were selected for the 2014-15 cohort. The candidate pool for Fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognizes a substantial record of accomplishment and demonstrable potential for a director position. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-six Fellow graduates have assumed director positions. The list of 2014-15 Fellows includes one NN/LM PSR Network member, Rikke Ogawa. Read more »

Insights of the 2014 NN/LM PSR Learning Needs Assessment Survey!

We would like to thank everyone who answered our 2014 Learning Needs Assessment Survey! Over 180 responses were received, and it is very encouraging to see such strong interest in staying abreast of the emerging areas in our rapidly changing field! Your passion was clearly evident regarding such topics as Systematic Reviews and veterans’ health. Following are a few key findings from the survey results, which we will utilize as we plan upcoming trainings and other events. Read more »

NLM Funds Four New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

For the fourth 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. Read more »

Western University of Health Sciences Pumerantz Library Hosts NLM Traveling “Shakespeare” Exhibit

By Mary Helen Ellis
Special Projects & Events Manager
Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit, And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, from August 4, 2014, to September 12, 2014. Using familiar quotations from William Shakespeare’s plays, this exhibit presents health and medical information as it was understood since the times of Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Galen. The Pumerantz Library staff enjoyed researching the Shakespearean era and created supporting displays enriching the experience of viewing the traveling NLM posters. Read more »

Arizona Hosts 41st Annual Rural Health Conference

AHSL Exhibit at the Rural Health Conference

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

This year, on August 7-8, Arizona hosted its 41st annual Rural Health Conference and 9th Annual Performance Improvement Summit. The focus of this conference was access to healthcare and support for rural areas with attempts to build partnerships to strengthen projects and programs all across the state, along with other topics of interest such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Participants included Critical Access Hospital CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, Quality Managers, and IT personnel.

The conference was hosted by the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, attracting 146 registrants. It was held in Litchfield Park, a suburb of the Phoenix area, making it a central location for attendees. The conference consisted of both sessions and informational exhibits. The keynote speaker was Mr. David Saÿen from the Regional Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in San Francisco, who noted the ACA benefits and what it meant for Arizona.

The event also included exhibitors, one of which was the Arizona Health Sciences Library, offering information about both MedlinePlus and PubMed. This opportunity to talk to administrators of rural area hospitals and clinics was unique, and it offered a chance to provide them with information about the possibility of providing training at their institution for both consumer health communities and providers wanting to learn more about navigating resources from the National Library of Medicine.