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Advanced PubMed® Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for a new online class, “Advanced PubMed Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH.”

Format: This is a FREE 90-minute online class using Adobe Connect. It is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Description: This class covers several advanced concepts in the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching via PubMed. Topics include annual updates to MeSH, the effective use of subheadings, free floating subheadings, and examples of commonly confused terms.

Experience Level: Intermediate; this course is intended for those with at least beginning knowledge of PubMed and MeSH.

When: Choose from four upcoming dates in April and July 2015.

To register: Visit http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=917 . Class enrollment is limited, so register now!
Questions? Contact the NTC trainers at ntc@utah.edu.

Beyond the SEA Webinar – March 18, 2015 – Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Recording Now Available

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenter: Heather Holmes, MLIS, AHIP, Clinical Informationist, Summa Health System

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator at tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: In this session we will discuss the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. We will especially consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing.

Presenter Bio: Heather N. Holmes, AHIP, is the Clinical Informationist for Summa Health System’s Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals in Akron, OH. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Prior to accepting the position at Summa, Holmes worked for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, PA; Mount Carmel Hospitals in Columbus, OH; and Mercy College of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, OH. She has presented at several international meetings including MLA and the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME) and was invited to the International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML) in Brisbane, Australia, in 2009. Holmes is a 2010 recipient of the National Library of Medicine’s biomedical informatics fellowship held in Woods Hole, MA, as well as one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers for 2011. The position that she currently holds evolved from the clinical work she has been doing over the past several years. She is also a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and the 2014 recipient of the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

Reminder Today: Beyond the SEA Webinar – February 18, 2015 – Get Started with Coding

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenter: Bohyun Kim, Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: This webinar will discuss common challenges for librarians to get started with coding in the library context and provide practical tips.

Presenter Bio: Bohyun Kim is the Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. She is the author of a book, the Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations (ALA TechSource, 2013), and her new book about gamification is to be published soon. She is the founding editor of ACRL TechConnect Blog and a closing keynote speaker for the upcoming Library Technology Conference. She regularly tweets @bohyunkim and less frequently writes in her blog, Library Hat.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

SE/A 5-Minute Survey Series: Funding

Monday, February 9th, 2015

For the second of four 5-minute surveys, SE/A requests your feedback and comments regarding NN/LM SE/A funding opportunities. Please consider participating and enter to win a $1500 professional development award.

The survey for funding is located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GFHJZ6B

To preserve anonymity, participants will be asked to enter contact information through a separate form once the survey is complete. This survey will close at 11:59pm on Thursday February 12.

Questions about the survey questions or contest can be directed to ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Additionally, an Open Discussion will follow on Friday February 13, 12-12:30pm. To join this open discussion, we will use Adobe Connect.

What do you need to join this Open Discussion?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

Inflection Point for Consumer Health?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Written by: Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

The inflection point is a mathematical term, defined as “a point on a curve at which the sign of the curvature changes.” It can also mean “a moment of dramatic change, especially in the development of a company, industry, or market.” There have been many indications that health care in general and consumer health specifically, are at the inflection point.

In her 2014 paper, Internet Trends 2014 – Code Conference, Mary Meeker, a digital industry analyst and partner at KPCB, a venture capital company in Silicon Valley, makes the case for why she thinks health care is at the inflection point. In her rationale, she points to three indicators: 1) health care costs have reached 17% of the U.S. gross domestic product and 27% of health spending is wasted. Over 25% of family income is likely to go to health spending in 2015 and 50% of bankruptcies are due to health costs. Chronic conditions are the reason for most spending and behavior is the root of many health problems from lack of activity, poor nutrition and lack of medication adherence. 2) There are reasons for optimism. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is investing $35 billion in electronic health records, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expanding health insurance for millions, and most consumers want access to tools and websites that allow them to better manage their health. 3) Health care is getting more digital. Payment is moving toward value-based health care, consumers want to email doctors or receive telehealth consultations, employers are offering the addition of wellness programs to health plans, and there is growing electronic health record usage. In other words, patient engagement is actually having an effect by attempts to reduce the costs. (http://healthpopuli.com/2014/05/29/health-care-at-an-inflection-point-digital-trends-via-mary-meeker/)

Consumer use of health websites and other online tools is not new, but now consumers are broadening their online health activity and are using resources to support health care decision-making and manage conditions. According to a Cybercitizen Health study by Manhattan Research, 45% of online U.S. adults with a chronic condition reported that the Internet is essential for managing their disease or condition. Researchers report that patients are not replacing physician guidance or orders by doing online research, they believe that this is just a broader move toward consumer or patient participation in their care. The study also found that online research influences how consumers approach health management for themselves or loved ones, with 44% agreeing that the Internet is essential for their health and medical decision-making. According to Rory Stanton, consumer insights analyst at Manhattan Research, “we’ve hit an inflection point in the way consumers use the internet for health. They are going beyond seeking-information to using tools and services to manage the day-to-day aspects of care. That’s good news in this post–healthcare reform environment, in which digital engagement of consumers for example via patient portals and telehealth will be a key to success.” (http://www.drugs.com/news/study-online-consumer-health-engagement-expanding-48171.html)

Librarians that work with health professionals and consumers have seen this develop and have shifted services and resources to meet the health information needs in a variety of ways. From providing more electronic resources to establishing consumer health services, supporting telehealth, or the use of Fitbit, health information professionals adapt to the changing landscape of health care. The NN/LM SE/A Region enjoys a network membership with great interest in consumer health. We also try to adapt to our member’s needs by providing training, funding and support for outreach so that new ideas and projects can be realized. As we begin to think about the next contract period with the National Library of Medicine, 2016-2021, what ideas do you think our region should focus on as we head towards this inflection point? How have things changed at your institution and in what direction is it headed? How can we support you in this time of change? We welcome any and all input.

Please send your ideas, comments or suggestions to:

Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator: tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu or

Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator: npatters@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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