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Project Spotlight: CTSA Community Engagement Award

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Guest Author: Pegeen A. Seger, Head of Outreach Services, UT Health Science Center San Antonio Libraries

In August of 2012, in partnership with the South Central and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries was granted a CTSA Community Engagement Pilot Project Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR). The project was intended to allow librarians to participate in brainstorming about how librarians can take a more active role at CTSA Institutions particularly in the area of community engagement.

The proposed project had two components: 1) to host two Asset-Based Community Development workshops at UT Health Science Center Libraries in San Antonio and Harlingen in order to support community engagement efforts in these areas and in the other CTSA funded areas within the NN/LM SCR region by training CTSA librarians and others in the concepts of Asset-Based Community Development and 2) to host a strategic planning session for CTSA librarians in the NN/LM SCR region with the goal of developing a strategic plan to promote librarian interactions with their CTSA Key Function Groups, especially the Community Engagement Key Function Groups.

Workshop attendees sit at a table and create a map

On February 21, 2013, the UT Health Center Science Center Libraries hosted an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop as part of the pilot project. Attendees of the workshop learned how to build community connections and partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice in order to impact community health. Participants included CTSA librarians, researchers and administrators, public health workers, area health professionals, public and academic librarians, community health workers, and AHEC Translational Advisory Boards (TABS).

Librarians sit at tables and discuss topoics

On the following day, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held for librarians and other personnel from CTSA institutions to brainstorm about how librarians can be actively involved with CTSA key functions, CTSA administration, grant applications, research output and impact tracking, community engagement, and other CTSA initiatives.

Out of the strategic planning session came a roadmap for librarian contributions and engagement with the work of the CTSAs. A report based on the strategic planning session was prepared and distributed to the librarians who attended the planning workshop; library directors at CTSA funded institutions in the NN/LM SCR, and to CTSA administrators.

 

2013 Library Student Awardees

Friday, September 27th, 2013

SCC/LOGO

The NN/LM SCR is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Library Student Outreach Award.  The purpose of this award is to promote the value of outreach to library school students interested in health sciences librarianship.  The six recipients will attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, TX and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.

  1. Alyson Gamble (Louisiana State University)
  2. Tina Huettenrauch (Louisiana State University)
  3. Myriam Martinez-Banuelos (University of North Texas)
  4. Nha Huynh (University of Oklahoma)
  5. Mary Sarkes (University of North Texas)
  6. Marcus Spann (Louisiana State University)

Attending SCC/MLA? Come by the NN/LM SCR exhibit booth and say hello to the students.

 

 

Librarians at LSU Health Shreveport Win MLA Research Award

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Guest Author: Donna Timm, Head of Education & Outreach, LSU Health Shreveport Medical Library

Deidra Woodson, Metadata & Digitization Librarian; Dee Jones, Head of Cataloging; and Donna Timm, Head of Education & Outreach, were awarded first place for best research poster at the 2013 Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting. Their poster, “Playing Online Interactive Games for Health Education: Evaluating Their Effectiveness,” describes their research on health-related online games for children. The poster was selected for the award by MLA’s Research Section from among 162 research posters.

Out of the 46 games evaluated for this project, the 22 that met the evaluation criteria were added to the “For Kids” section of healthelinks, which is LSU Health Shreveport’s consumer health Web site. The games are organized into the following three categories — “Nutrition,” “Exercise,” and “Germs” – and are ready to be played and enjoyed! Also included in the Games section is a link to a page for parents, explaining how these games were selected and evaluated.

The healthelinks was originally created under the auspices of a subcontract award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR). LSU Health Shreveport librarians regularly update the site and feature a variety of resources to support outreach projects funded by the NN/LM SCR.

HealtheLinks for Kids Banner

SCR Programs at ALA in Chicago

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Cheryl Presenting in Oklahoma

If you’re going to the ALA (American Library Association) conference this weekend, attend these programs with NN/LM SCR panelists!

Different Strokes: Serving the Health Information Needs of a Diverse Community (RUSA RSS Health and Medical Reference Committee & ACRL)
Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Medical and health questions at the reference desk can be loaded with unspoken meanings, especially when the patron has different cultural or physical attributes than the librarians. Panelists in this program will include librarians with expertise in providing medical information to patrons who are from different cultures, speak different languages, are disabled or have literacy issues. Attendees will learn about health issues facing diverse populations, and resources to assist them in providing reference services.
SCR Presenter: Cheryl Rowan, Consumer Health Coordinator
http://ala13.ala.org/node/10230

ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group Meeting
Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 8:30am to 11:30am
As part of the meeting, Karen Vargas will do an hour-long  presentation on finding medical statistics.
SCR Presenter: Karen Vargas, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator
http://ala13.ala.org/node/11003

There’s An App for That: The Use of Mobile Devices, Apps and Resources for Health and Sci-Tech Librarians and Their Users (ACRL STS & HSIG)
Monday, July 1, 2013 – 8:30am to 10:00am
Mobile devices are changing how library users access information, and applications (apps) for mobile devices are being released at a rapid rate. This program will discuss the range and functionality of mobile and tablet applications available to librarians and end users and how librarians can play an integral role in providing access to quality applications. The program will also address how mobile technologies can be implemented and offer a clearer understanding of the usefulness of these tools. Guidelines for using apps for teaching and assessment of available apps will be also be presented.
SCR Presenter: Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator
http://ala13.ala.org/node/10061

And don’t forget to stop by the National Library of Medicine booth to see your NN/LM friends!

 

Affordable Care Act Panel Discussion at ALA

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

insurance form

Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act health form applications this year? In October, patrons are expected to come to public libraries in great numbers to learn about new insurance requirements and options available. Libraries will need to know about the resources that will help library patrons.

The upcoming American Library Association’s Annual Conference will include a panel discussion entitled, Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1. The session will take place Sunday June 30 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the McCormick Place Convention Center Room S501BCD. Speakers include Jackie Garner, Medicaid consortium administrator; Susan Hildreth, director of Institute of Museum and Library Services, Ruth Holst, associate director at the National Network of Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kendra Morgan, senior program manager, OCLC Webjunction.

 

 

 

 

New Video: Public Libraries and First Responders: Partners in Emergency Response

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Public libraries play an important role in the community year round, but during or after an emergency or disaster the public library is also an important resource for first responders. Public libraries provide important information centers in a community and are often equipped with computers, meetings spaces, and possibly access to the internet. After an emergency or disaster first responders working with their community public libraries can provide safe shelter spaces for survivors. In addition, public library technologies including computers, phones, printers, and internet access may serve as vital communication tools for survivors and first responders.

The video below was created by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Center Region (NN/LM SCR) to demonstrate how public libraries and first responders can work together to ensure community well-being and safety before and after a disaster or emergency.

2013/2014 Electronic Consumer Health Award Recipients

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Computer with health button

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013/2014 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award.

Name of InstitutionSchool of Information, University of Texas at Austin
Title of Project: Improving Low SES Older Adults’ Ability to Evaluate the Quality of Online Health Information
Project Director: Yan Zhang

Name of Institution: Louisiana Health Sciences Center Library – Shreveport, Shreveport LA
Title of Project: Do I Need to Worry? Mental and Developmental Checklists for Parents – Development and Education Program
Project Director: Julia Esparza

2013/2014 Express Outreach Award Recipients

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Library students

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Express Outreach Award:

Institution:  Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Little Rock AR
Project Title: Ensuring informed decision making among medically underserved rural cancer patients via collaboration, education, and technology
Project Director: Gail Lowery

Institution: Easter Seals Arkansas, Little Rock AR
Project Title: Health-Able: Integrated Health Information Literacy for Families of Individuals with Disabilities
Project Director: Linda Rogers

Institution: Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith AR
Project Title: Mercy Home Health: Healthcare Information for Home Health Patients and Outreach Services for the Fort Smith Asian Community
Project Director: Pat Morris

Institution: Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center, Slidell LA
Project Title: 2013-14 SEL-AHEC Community Outreach
Project Director: Helen Caruso

Institution: University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, Schusterman Library
Project Title: Operation School Nurse: Health Information Outreach to School Nurses in Tulsa County
Project Director: April Schweikhard

Institution: Face to Face Enrichment Center, Gonzales LA
Project Title: Project Connections Baton Rouge: Your Link to Health Resource Information
Project Director: Gabrielle Johnson

Institution: Texas Woman’s University, Dallas TX
Project Title: Educational Service Learning Model for Developing a Consumer-Centered Health Literacy Toolkit
Project Director: Shelly Burns

Institution: University of New Mexico Health Science Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque NM
Project Title: I Heard it on the Radio
Project Director: Gale Hannigan

Spring Issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Now Available

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

MedlinePlus magazineThe Spring 2013 issue of NIH MedlinePlus, the magazine, is now available online. Feature articles include:

  • Researching and Reducing the Health Burden of Stroke
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Managing Allergies
  • Spotlight on NIH Research: What Do Fats Do in the Body?

Featuring reliable up-to-date health information and the latest news from NIH-supported research, NIH MedlinePlus magazine is available free of charge. Get an email alert or free print subscription.

 

 

Hello from Naomi, New Public Health Coordinator

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Naomi Gonzales

Greetings all! My name is Naomi Gonzales and I am so delighted to be the newest member of the fabulous NN/LM South Central Region team as the Public Health Coordinator. I graduated in spring of 2012 with my MLS from the University of North Texas (UNT) but I’ve always had a passion for outreach and literacy. I’ve been working with the public (in all kinds of settings) since 2006 and quickly learned to love the rollercoaster ride that is creating lasting connections with community members.

For the past year, I worked as an Instructional Technologies Librarian at the Texas Medical Center Library and before that I worked with engineering and library science students at UNT, providing a variety of reference and instructional services in the library.  I’m a member of the ALA Rainbow Book List committee and (true to my librarian nature) in my spare time will enthusiastically devour books in any form—including the audiobooks that often accompany me to the gym. Although reading will always be my first love, I also have more active pastimes such as yoga and the occasional attempt at being crafty. I look forward to working with and learning from such a great community of people!