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NN/LM PSR Associate Director Appointment

Alan Carr holding book in his office

I am pleased to announce that Alan Carr was appointed the Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR) as of August 1. He had been acting in the position since May 1, 2012. Alan began working in the RML on March 1, 2002, and has also held the positions of Outreach Coordinator and Network Services & Exhibits Coordinator. With this background, Alan is well versed in the major components of the NN/LM program, Network Services and Outreach Programs. He has been involved with NN/LM membership recruitment and maintenance, instruction for health professionals and public health workers, coordination of the NN/LM PSR exhibit program, and management of NN/LM PSR outreach funding awards. During his tenure as Interim Associate Director, Alan was responsible for budgeting, personnel, and day-to-day operational management of the RML. He is also the key liaison with the NN/LM PSR Resource Library Directors and Regional Advisory Committee, the two major groups that function in an advisory capacity to the program.

Prior to his experience with NN/LM PSR, Alan was a librarian in the Reference Division of the UCLA Biomedical Library for twelve years. He received his MLS from UCLA in 1986, after completing a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Texas, Houston, in 1981, and a BS in Accounting at San Diego State University in 1977.

Please join me in congratulating Alan!

Science Boot Camp West 2014 in Seattle, WA

Science Boot Camp Logo

by Mahria Lebow
Regional Technology Coordinator
NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Science Boot Camp West for Librarians, 2014, was held at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle July 9 – 11. This event was made possible, in part, by an NN/LM PNR Symposium Award. This was the second annual “western” version of Science Boot Camp for Librarians, based on the original Science Boot Camp held each summer in Massachusetts. Ninety-two participants attended the event. This conference is an opportunity for academic librarians to hear about three different fields of science and research processes from the researchers themselves, which helps librarians to better facilitate the research of faculty and students. This year the boot camp meeting planners used a different approach in developing the boot camp curriculum, and decided to find speakers under the umbrella of a common theme, disasters. There were six academic researchers discussing their disaster-related work. Read more »

Perspectives on the Systematic Review Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh

Word Cloud for the Systematic Review Workshop

by Bethany Myers, Research Informationist, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; Xan Goodman, Health & Life Sciences Librarian, Assistant Professor at the UNLV Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region

From Sunday July 13th through Wednesday July 16th, three members of the PSR Region ventured to the University of Pittsburgh to attend the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians. Xan Goodman, Health & Life Sciences Librarian, Assistant Professor at the UNLV Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Bethany Myers, Research Informationist, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; and Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region attended. 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 »

Improving Health Literacy: Applying Knowledge Gained from the IHA Health Literacy Conference

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (IHA) 13th Annual Health Literacy Conference was held May 7-9 in Irvine, CA. The conference attracts people from all over the country, including health educators, clinicians, public health workers, health insurance and systems personnel, librarians, and many others who have a need to understand best practices for improving health literacy among the population. The conference theme was ‘Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act,’ an especially important and timely topic this year after the implementation of the new healthcare reform law. Read more »

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

We would like to provide you with a mid-year update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in December 2013, we have welcomed seven new affiliate members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. Read more »

Summary of the May 14, 2014, National Library of Medicine 30-Year Symposium Event

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

It was a day well spent on “Remembrance of things past,” with a keen eye toward future expectations and plans. The Symposium program: The National Library of Medicine 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future was co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, the Friends of the NLM, and the Medical Library Association (MLA). The purpose was to review past developments in biomedical information services, informatics research, and developments influenced by NLM Long Range Planning. The information shared at the symposium is a valuable initial step toward the next NLM Long Range Plan. Read more »

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows!

The National Library of Medicine has announced the selection of its 2014-2015 class of Associate Fellows. Four fellows will join NLM in the fall of 2014. Read 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. Read 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. Read more »