The National Library of Medicine has partnered with the CDC on the implementation of Community Health Status Indicators. (CHSI 2015) The purpose of CHSI 2015 is to provide heath profiles for the 3,143 counties in the United States. Social factors and the environment can have a direct correlation on an individual standard of living, especially health. If you or someone you know is interested to know about various factors that affect or influence health care outcomes, this is a good place to start. In addition, CHSI 2015 follows the directive of Healthy People2020 by seeking to inform the public about their social and physical environment which in turn, is a catalyst for healthier lifestyles for all.
TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.
The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.
Medlibs and Liaison Roles
Thursday, March 26th, 2015 9:00 pm Eastern/ 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by TMC Librarian Rachel Helbing (@rhelbing)
Liaison librarianship is a strategy that encourages the provision of customized and relevant services to defined user groups. The most important – and challenging – aspects of this model are making contact and establishing meaningful relationships with potential library users.
Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat or #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and especially welcome students and newcomers. Some questions to consider as we meet to chat on Thursday:
Do you act as a liaison between your library and its users, formally or informally?
To whom do you liaise? i.e. academic departments/institutions, student groups, clinician groups (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.), committees, professional organizations, others?
How did you initiate contact?
How did you build your list of contacts?
How do you keep users up-to-date on library news and services?
Do you advocate for users’ needs within your library?
Has your library done team-based liaising?
How do you maintain relationships in the midst of personnel changes?
How do you measure return on investment (ROI) on the resources put into liaising?
This short video chronicles the National Library of Medicine’s introduction to, and use of, the internet via Gopher, MOSAIC, and other early internet-driven resources for information search and retrieval.
Rebecca “Becky” McKay Johnson has been appointed Associate Director of Library Services at the Moody Medical Library at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. She will support the Associate Vice President of Library Services and Academic Resources, Pat Ciejka, in overseeing the daily operations of the library, managing the library’s human resources program and assisting in strategic planning and budgeting. Prior to joining UTMB in March 2015, Johnson was with the Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library for eleven years where she served as Outreach Librarian and Library Services Coordinator for two off-site locations. She has a particular interest in recruiting, having chaired the University Libraries standing search committee which filled over twenty library faculty positions at Texas A&M during her three-year tenure. Becky is active in the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association where she served as treasurer, chair of various committees and on the local arrangements committees for three past meetings and the 2016 meeting to be held in Galveston.
The administrative office of the NN/LM South Central Region is located at the Texas Medical Center Library, the center of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. We are delighted to share this invitation for The Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project Reception.
The Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project will hold a reception today from 4:00 to 6:00pm, Thursday, March 19, at the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library to recognize women during Women’s History Month who have made contributions to the development of the Texas Medical Center (TMC). The event is free and open to the public.
The Women’s History Project is dedicated to capturing the voices and stories of the women who have profoundly affected health-related research and health care in the Texas Medical Center. The project ensures that the interviews are preserved and accessible to the public and to researchers through the archives at the TMC Library.
The TMC Library is proud to present the second annual installment of oral history interviews with women in science who have made lasting impacts on the TMC. The women being recognized are Dr.Patricia Starck, dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing; Dr.Katherine Stream, a former senior vice president at the Texas Medical Center; Dr.Edith Irby Jones, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr.Ritsuko Komaki, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Dr.Margaret Kripke, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
This year’s collection of oral histories for the TMC Women’s History Project is sponsored by the Faculty Wives & Women Faculty of the UTHealth Medical School, Friends of the TMC Library, the Texas Medical Center Library, and private donations.
For more information about the project, the March 19 event, to nominate women who have influenced the history of the TMC for inclusion in the next installment, or to financially support the project, please contact Philip Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every March we celebrate National Women’s Health month. Some of the best health websites for women’s health are from dot-gov’s. Womenshealth.gov is a product of the Office on Women’s Health, Dept. of Health and Human Services, and contains sections on A-Z Health Topics, ePublications, News, and more.
The CDC also has a Women’s Health webpage. It features an A-Z Topics section, Women’s Health Initiatives, a section on Healthy Living, and also has lots of statistical information, as you would expect from the CDC.
The National Library of Medicine’s premiere consumer health website, MedlinePlus, has an entire Health Topics page devoted to women’s health. You will find lots of helpful links to vetted websites, links to Related Topics, Overviews, Latest News, and much more.
I am pleased to announce special funding for ten additional Emerging Technology Awards for the current funding period ending April 30, 2015 (application).
The purpose of the Emerging Technology Award (ETA) is to assist libraries in the integration of new and emerging technologies in their institutions to promote health information services.
Potential emerging technologies include but are not limited to: 3-D printing and/or scanning, wearable technologies, application of the “Internet of Things” for health purposes, the use of gamification for the promotion of health information or the creation of mobile applications focused on health information or increasing access ton high quality health information. Special emphasis is given to projects that utilize products or services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Examples of resources including but not limited to; resources available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites, free NLM Application Programing Interface (API) and the NIH 3D Print Exchange.
Eligibility: Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/member.html
I am pleased to share several recent updates about our ongoing program review, staff additions, and other activities.
In January we began a systematic program review of all activities and services performed since the beginning of the 2011-2016 funding cycle. What I am really enjoying about this is that we get to review many of the projects that have been funded by our program over the last several years. The impact to the Resource Libraries and our region has been significant! This process is an essential step toward preparation for the 2016-2021 funding cycle. I want to thank the TMC Library’s Planning & Assessment Coordinator Ashlynn Kogut and Chief Operating Officer Owen Ellard for their leadership and support in our program review. We are continuously identifying ways to improve services in support of the NN/LM mission and those living and working in the South Central Region.
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Learn more about the NN/LM program.
Moving on to staffing: I want to recognize Executive Assistant Carrie Rogers, Administrative Assistant Jasmin Legaspi, and Technology Assistant Melissa Salas as they have been critical in ensuring continuity of services and institutional memory in recent months. Carrie has been my right hand, making travel arrangements, organizing subcontract reports, and has been an asset in so many other areas. Jasmin has done great work in office operations and preparing conference exhibit materials. Melissa has made substantive progress as the lead on our migration to a new website content management system. It addition to these three staff, our Director Dr. Buja and myself, four additional librarians work on the program.
In January, Adela Justice, MLIS, transitioned from the TMC Library Client Relationship Management department as a Liasion Librarian to Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. In 2002 she joined the Texas Medical Center Library as a Consumer Health and Outreach Librarian, and in 2008 received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association. For the past two years Adela has managed the Resource Library Outreach subcontract between The TMC Library and the NN/LM SCR. This is the first time we have had someone with this high level of previous experience in the SCR program in recent memory and it really shows!
Lindsy Frazer, MS, MLIS, PhD, joined us in mid-February as our new Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator and Oklahoma Liaison. Originally from Chicago, Lindsy came to us from an Arkansas public library where she was the manager of an outreach department. One of Lindsy’s roles is to manage our Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) program. Many libraries recognize the value in having a position focused on assessment of library services and we are very fortunate two have two; albeit focused on different service areas in our organization. I meet with Lindsy, Ashlynn, and Owen every Wednesday to discuss program assessment.
Marcus Spann, MLIS, began the first week in March as our new Community Health Coordinator and Arkansas Liaison. His previous position was as a librarian with outreach responsibilities at a Louisiana public library. I met Marcus in October 2013 at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, the year he received our Library Student Outreach Award. Marcus is also our new DOCLINE Coordinator. DOCLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s automated interlibrary loan (ILL) system.
Our new Technology Coordinator and Louisiana Liaison is scheduled to begin work later this month. She has an MLIS and JD, with experience in libraries, sponsored programs, and university level teaching. I am very excited she will be joining us soon!
Earlier this week I attended the South Central Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) ILL Committee meeting as part of our role in supporting DOCLINE in the South Central Region. About 18 representatives from NN/LM SCR Resource Libraries attended this biannual meeting.
And on a personal note, I recently played a wonderful concert program with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra. Scroll down to the second article of the library’s News Room to read more about the TMC Library’s longstanding involvement with the TMC Orchestra. NN/LM South Central Region Director, and TMC Library Executive Director, Dr. Maximilian Buja, then Dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, supported the TMC Orchestra from its very beginning in 2001. As a lifetime amateur violinist I cannot begin to express how fulfilling it is to work for an organization that inspires this type of creative outlet.
I am very interested in your feedback and thoughts as we work to support the progress of medicine and improve the public health in the South Central Region. Please call me directly at 713-799-7803.