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Archive for 2011

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award Recipient Announced

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the Year 1 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award.

University of Texas Medical Branch, Moody Medical Library, Galveston, TX
Principal Investigator: Anne Howard
Project Title: Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston Consumer Health Outreach Project

The Moody Medical Library at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston (Shriners) will provide Internet access to Shriners’ pediatric burn patients, their caregivers and family members through a dedicated server, secure wireless system and multiple workstations. This will  increase knowledge and use of currently available electronic health information and science education from NLM and NIH. In a “train the trainer” approach, project personnel will train Shriners’ staff in use of MedlinePlus and other NIH resources in English and Spanish.

Please join us in congratulating Anne Howard and the UTMB Moody Medical Library!

Needs Assessment Award Recipients Announced

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 1 Needs Assessment Award:

Greater Houston Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Inc.
Principal Investigator: Karen Curry
Project Title: Sunnyside Update

Greater Houston AHEC, Inc. will assess the health information needs of the predominately African American Sunnyside community in Houston, Texas to increase awareness of needs and provide the information to health and wellness stakeholders. The Sunnyside Update project will examine past and existing health information trends and conduct surveys to find out the best way to address health information disparities for this community.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library
Principal Investigator: John Fullinwider
Project Title: Dallas Community Partners Survey

Project staff will conduct in person interviews with a variety of organizations from the Dallas County Health and Human Services Public Health Advisory Committee.  The goal of the assessment will be to identify potential collaborative initiatives in public health, health literacy, health access, and health promotion, and to form partnerships with the library for specific health information projects.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of these awards!

World AIDS Day: December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

world aids day banner

World AIDS Day on December 1 brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

In advance of World AIDS Day 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about her goal for an “AIDS Free Generation” – a goal which aligns with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Visit PEPFAR [http://www.pepfar.gov ] to view the November 8 speech.

AIDSinfo joins people and organizations worldwide in observing World AIDS Day. In keeping with this year’s theme—Leading with Science, Uniting for Action—AIDSinfo is pleased to release the redesigned AIDSinfo and infoSIDA (Spanish version) Web sites. These sites (services of the US Department of Health and Human Services and managed by the National Library of Medicine) offer federally-approved information on HIV research and treatment, including medical practice guidelines and treatment and prevention research studies, to health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public.

Looking for more ways  take action around World AIDS Day? Here are a few simple, powerful, and engaging ways:

 

Hospital Library Promotion Award Recipients

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 1 Hospital Library Promotion Award:

Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK
Librarian: Emily McEwen

JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, TX
Librarian: Leslie Herman

Congratulations to both recipients.

New SCR Resource Library: MD Anderson Cancer Center

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

MD Anderson Cancer Center logo

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that the Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is now a Resource Library in the South Central Region.  Resource Libraries play a crucial role in the provision of health information to health care providers and consumers.  Resource Libraries have significant collections and current acquisitions and provide document delivery service, including referrals. They contribute to and maintain serial holdings data, participate in DOCLINE and in other regional programs. Each Resource Library has a designated subregion in which it concentrates its services.

Congratulations to MD Anderson!

What’s New With the NN/LM National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The NN/LM National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC), located at the University of Utah, offers in-person and online training related to NLM products.

PubMed® class

The previous one-day PubMed class is being replaced with a hybrid PubMed for Trainers class. This hands-on course consists of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions in four sessions, with independent work before or after each session. The course consists of three 2 hour online sessions and an in-person session. NLM or NTC trainers will deliver the lectures and facilitate discussions.

The objectives of the class are for current and future PubMed trainers to discover and develop:

  1. functional knowledge of the MEDLINE® database,
  2. understanding of the structure and use of the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH®) vocabulary in MEDLINE/PubMed,
  3. expertise in the use of features and functions of the PubMed system, and
  4. techniques and best practices in MEDLINE/PubMed instruction with fellow trainers.

The class is intended specifically for those who train, or will train, others to use PubMed. This class could be for you if you teach PubMed to large groups, small groups, or one-on-one training. We look forward to lively discussions on PubMed instruction and adult education best practices.

The first NTC PubMed for Trainers class was held in October 2011 in Bethesda, MD.   Registration is now open for the PubMed for Trainers class in Houston, TX from February 27 – March 16, 2012.  The class will also be offered in other locations from February – April 2012: Los Angeles, CA; Chapel Hill, NC; Chicago, IL; and Syracuse, NY.

TOXNET® and Beyond class

We will continue to offer the one-day TOXNET and Beyond class. This course is designed to convey the basics of searching TOXNET, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. The course also teaches students how to use the NLM Environmental Health and Toxicology portal which provides resources beyond the TOXNET® databases. Students learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical nomenclature. The databases highlighted are TOXLINE®, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB®), the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and ChemIDplus®. The course includes lectures, online demonstrations, and hands-on exercises.

NTC will teach a TOXNET and Beyond class in the South Central Region on March 7, 2012 in Houston, TX.  The class will also be taught in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL.

Plans for Online Training

In addition to the hybrid PubMed class and in-person TOXNET and Beyond class, NTC will be offering shorter online Adobe Connect classes for delivery later this year.  In conjunction with the Pacific Southwest Region, we are also developing a Moodle version of the “Effective Training Design: Teaching with Technology” class.

In the next few months, we will be conducting a needs assessment to identify gaps in the current Web-based training offerings.  After the needs assessment is completed, we will be developing additional Web-based training.

Wait, there’s more…

The NTC blog features regularly published short articles about teaching technologies, adult education, and upcoming activities.  You can also follow us on Twitter where we are posting links to resources related to education and NLM products.  Please visit the NTC Web site at http://nnlm.gov/ntc/ for more information, to register for classes and to follow the NTC blog or Twitter feed.

–Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director

Upcoming SCR CONNECTions Webinar: Refugee Health Information

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Join us Wednesday, November 16, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.(CT), for NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions. This month’s webinar is: Health Information Resources for Refugee Populations.

The presentation will provide an introduction to health information resources uniquely suited for refugee populations. Background information on refugees in the U.S. and their unique health issues will also be presented.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/. Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL: https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

This webinar is available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. If you cannot attend this webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.

 

Increasing the Library’s Value: Be a Team Player

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Team

Share Your Story: The Importance of  Being a Team Player

At a previous job, I was not funded to go to MLA for many years until one year when my boss administrative assistant left. In the VA it often takes a while for positions to be filled and this was one of those times. My boss was the Associate Chief of Staff for Education and as such had responsibility for paying residents, determining who was going to be paid for travel, etc. He asked me if I would consider doing the most important things that needed to be done. Because I had a technician who could handle the day to day work of the library I agreed. I still did the searches, and all the administrative things but I spent several hours a day in my boss’ office. I learned a lot about what he did and even learned how to use Excel – my first time to really use it. He saw that I was a team player. As a reward (though it was not put that way), when I requested funding for MLA, I was given it. Because I had gotten funding that year, I usually received at least partial funding for the remainder of the years that I was at that facility.

Submitted by Mary Virginia Taylor

LSUHSC-S: The Value of The Library

Monday, October 31st, 2011

LSUHSC Shreveport Library Logo

Share Your Story: LSU Shreveport Health Sciences Library

What’s the value of the LSU Health Shreveport (LSUHS) Health Sciences Library? It’s priceless! Our librarians always find new ways to serve the institution and the community.  Through a NNLM funded award, our librarians designed a program to educate children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, reaching about 1,500 children so far. The program consisted of:

  • A website with health information, games, and activities for children selected by LSUHS librarians.
  • Story hours at local libraries and an area science museum that have so far focused on nutrition, exercise, germ prevention, heart health, and sun safety. Librarians select and read the stories, and develop companion activities and support materials.
  • Regular promotional displays (“Wellness Wednesday”) at local libraries to raise awareness about healthelinks.org and other sources of reliable online consumer health information.

The Clinical Medical Librarian (CML) at LSUHS rounds with Internal Medicine in the hospital five days a week. Every day, the CML:

  • Reviews cases in the electronic medical record system for unusual microbiology, pathology, or radiology reports in an attempt to preempt faculty and resident information needs;
  • Provides literature for use at the point of care and provides literature reviews for follow-up questions;
  • Finds consumer health information for patients.

Her work at LSUHS was the topic of the study “The Effect of a Clinical Medical Librarian on Internal Medicine Care at LSUHSC-S.” The study tracked her efforts from June 2008 to November 2009, when her team saw 2200 patients, and she answered 334 questions, 58 of which directly changed the physician’s care of a patient (unpublished data), on 258 unique patients.

Whether it is treatment changing information provided by the CML or teaching children about healthy food and exercise, the LSUHS librarians provide a variety of valuable services to the institution and community.

Submitted by John Cyrus

UNTHSC Library: Working with Public Libraries

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Logo for the UNTHSC Library

Share Your Story: UNTHSC Library

Public libraries are struggling, not just financially but also to maintain relevancy in the digital age.  With that in mind, the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library Deputy Director Lisa M. Smith began collaborating with the North Texas Regional Library Partners in 2010.

The goal: Deliver in-person classes on online health literacy to patrpons and librarians within our 24-county NN/LM SCR outreach region.  The classes would not only help public libraries in rural and urban areas offer programming to their patrons but they would also offer staff training on how to resond to queries involving health. The classes also would help market public libraries as digital hubs that the public can turn to when looking for reliable health information. North Texas Regional Library Partners and library staff members, and 31 members of the general public at 18 public libraries spread over nine North Texas counties in March contacted the libraries and set up the class dates and times.  Lisa Smith and Outreach Librarian Jessie Milligan taught  81 public librarians in April, 2011.

Classes for patrons showed them how to evaluate websites as well as how to find reliable health information online through NLM/NIH websites.  The separate classes for librarians served as guides on why to turn to NLM/NIH websites when answering reference questions about health.

Submitted by Jessie Milligan