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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Share Your Success: 2014 Winners Announced

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) is pleased to announce that Everly Brown at Health Sciences and Human Serves Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore and Dianne Johnson at Coy C Carpenter Library, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC have won our National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM) Share Your Success drawing for a $1,500 MLA 2015 travel scholarship. They will be able to charge up to $1,500 for airfare, hotel, and per diem to the NN/LM SE/A for the MLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

We want to thank everyone who submitted a story about your success. We had a large number of submissions this year, and for that, we are grateful. You made National Medical Librarians Month one of the more successful ones in our history. Congratulations, Everly and Dianne. We’ll see you in Austin, TX!

 

Upcoming Online Classes Available for Registration

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for a number of upcoming online classes starting in January and February.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics, Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

Public Health Information on the Web

  • January 20 – February 10, 2015
  • Thursday Webinars: January 22, 29, and February 5 (12-1pm ET)
  • Sheila Snow-Croft: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu
  • 4 MLA CE

Grants and Proposal Writing

  • February 10 – March 3, 2015
  • Thursday Webinars: February 12, 19, and 26 (12-1pm ET)
  • Sheila Snow-Croft: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu
  • 4 MLA CE

We will announce the Consumer Health Information Specialization Classes in January 2015.

Registrations for online classes are accepted up to 1 week after start date of the class, unless otherwise noted.

What I learned at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2014 meeting

By: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

This year’s APHA meeting had the theme of “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-being,” and many of the sessions I attended addressed these issues. During the opening session, APHA’s Executive Director, Georges Benjamin, MD, announced the APHA goal to create the healthiest generation in American history within one generation. He was then followed by announcements from other leaders who are taking steps to make this goal a reality. From the Partnership for a Healthier America looking at campus food and physical activity to Louisiana’s Well-Ahead initiative that celebrates voluntary changes to become more healthy, there are many out there taking those necessary baby-steps and celebrating good decisions. Our culture of personal freedom need not pull us down; positive improvements are possible. A session on “Healthography and the Food Environment” discussed research of the New Orleans food environment, access to healthy food, and unhealthy marketing in vulnerable neighborhoods. The results were not surprising; people in minority and low-income areas are exposed to more unhealthy marketing and have less access to fresh fruits and vegetables than those in more affluent areas. Only the areas in New Orleans with the most tourism escape this reality. As a vegetarian seeking healthy dining options while attending the conference, I personally saw the changes that have been made since I last visited the Big Easy over a decade ago. There are more options, but much education and effort will be needed to continue down the path to better health. Building the databases full of information and learning from this research are key to bringing in funding and conducting projects that can help bring about desired change.

Along with addressing grim realities and watching as colleagues struggle to change the world, this conference had lots of local music and fun. Jazz bands opened and closed big sessions and made impromptu appearances throughout the week. Also, I truly enjoyed dinner Sunday evening with this year’s Sewell Stipend recipients. The Sewell Memorial Fund’s mission is to “increase librarians’ identification with the medical and health care professionals they serve,” and the stipends, provided by the Public Health/Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association, help defray the cost of attending APHA annual meetings. http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/

Another highlight of this year’s meeting was getting to hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson talk about her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Wilkerson is an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker; she spent 15 years researching and writing and interviewed more than 1200 people for this masterpiece, according to her website http://isabelwilkerson.com. After the session, I started reading this book and have to admit that I had little prior knowledge about the migration of African Americans from the South to the North. Many of her words have remained in my mind since hearing her speak, and the book is fascinating. Our work with health disparities means we understand how crucial a role geography and social status play in health and well-being, and the factual characters in Wilkerson’s book epitomize these facts.

Although the APHA annual meeting is huge and often threatens to overwhelm, I always return to my office afterwards feeling refreshed and with a clearer vision of what I want to achieve in this position. It’s important to network and meet others with similar tasks and goals and to get a sense of the overall successes of colleagues and the field itself. This year was no different; from the powerful speakers down to the small sessions and paper and poster presentations, the energy and dedication of this nation’s public health workforce is inspiring.

Citation Exporter Feature Now Available

PMC is happy to announce the addition of a citation exporter feature. This feature makes it easy to retrieve either styled citations that you can copy/paste into your manuscripts, or to download them into a format compatible with your bibliographic reference manager software.

When viewing an Entrez search results page, each result summary will now include a “Citation” link. When, clicked, this will open a pop-up window that you can use to easily copy/paste citations formatted in one of three popular styles: AMA (American Medical Association), MLA (Modern Library Association, or APA (American Psychological Association). In addition, the box has links at the bottom that can be used to download the citation information in one of three machine-readable formats, which most bibliographic reference management software can import.

The same citation box can also be invoked from an individual article, either in classic view (with the “Citation” link among the list of formats) or the PubReader view, by clicking on the citation information just below the article title in the banner.

These human-readable styled citations, and machine-readable formats, will be available through a public API, and we will be providing more details about that in another announcement, on the pmc-utils-announce mailing list. Please subscribe to that list if you are interested.

 

Two articles have been published related to the Value of Libraries Study.

The first is in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, using results from the Study to show the impact of accessibility of library resources, staff, and services for practicing nurses: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-19-2014/No3-Sept-2014/Articles-Previous-Topics/Value-of-Library-and-Information-Services.html

The 2nd article is:  “Library and information services:  impact on patient care quality”, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(8), pp. 672-683:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-10-2013-0119

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Studyhttp://nnlm.gov/mar/about/value.html

 

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland