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NLM Webinar on October 18, “LinkOut for Libraries: From Icons to Full Text and Everything in Between”

PSR News - Thu, 2017-09-21 14:47

On Wednesday, October 18, 10:00-11:00 AM PDT, join NLM staff for a LinkOut for Libraries Webinar and get answers to the following questions:

  • Have you wondered why you see duplicate icons on citations in PubMed? Or why you don’t see icons where you expect?
  • Are you switching vendors and don’t know how that will affect your service?
  • Were you suddenly given the responsibility for your library’s LinkOut account and don’t know where to start?

The session will cover the basics of LinkOut, as well as an inside look at the three NLM linking services; LinkOut, Outside Tool, and LinkOut Local, and how they differ. Learn why multiple icons display on citations in PubMed and how to see only the ones you want. Following a 30-minute presentation, LinkOut experts will be available to answer questions.

After the live presentation, a recording will be available on the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources Web page and in the Learning Resources Database.

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NLM and NIA Resources for Falls Prevention Awareness Day

PSR News - Thu, 2017-09-21 13:40

September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offer many resources related to fall prevention for older adults from both the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Check out the following resources in multiple languages, videos related to fall prevention and balance problems in older adults, and instructions for fall-proofing the home:

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NLM Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) Expanded for Hurricane Maria and Earthquake in Mexico

SEA News - Thu, 2017-09-21 13:33

The National Library of Medicine is extending the coverage area of the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) to include the healthcare response in the Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricane Maria, and those impacted by the earthquake in Mexico.   EAI continues to be available to libraries and healthcare responders to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide temporary free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical serial titles and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.  The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users.  It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI is not an open access collection – it is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population.  If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts in affected areas, please let them know of this service.

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative:  American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge Univeristy Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, Taylor & Francis, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Hurricanes and Flooding

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please visit NLM Customer Support or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or +1.301.594.5983 internationally.

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Request for Information: All of Us Child Enrollment

MAR News - Thu, 2017-09-21 12:07

You have until Sept 22 to respond to the RFI  to Inform Plans for Child Enrollment in the All of Us Research Program. See the announcement for more information.

The All of Us Research Program is an historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. The enrollment of children in the cohort has consistently been an important goal of the program: the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group, which developed the final report that informs the All of Us Research Program, strongly supported the inclusion of children in the cohort, recommending that the NIH work thoughtfully and carefully to “develop specific approaches to address the needs of [children] so that they may be included and retained in the cohort.”  The efforts of the Child Enrollment Scientific Vision Working Group (CESVWG), and this RFI, are key to the program’s efforts to develop a thoughtful and appropriate plan for the addition of children to the program.

The CESVWG seeks public input on the pediatric research that the All of Us Research Program may be uniquely positioned to enable through the enrollment of children. Responses should include:

  • What are the most significant short- (0–5 years), medium- (5–10 years), and long-term (more than 10 years) precision medicine research questions that could be addressed by the inclusion of pediatric populations in the All of Us Research Program?
  • What are the key gaps in current pediatric study designs that might be appropriate for All of Us to address through the enrollment of children (for example, preconception studies, sibling studies, etc.)?
  • What are the research resources that the inclusion of children into the All of Us Research Program could potentially generate (for example, innovative algorithms, methodologies, etc.)?
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Libraries Transform: New Health Literacy Toolkit

MAR News - Thu, 2017-09-21 09:05

NNLM and ALA have partnered through the Libraries Transform campaign to create a new Health Literacy Toolkit. The Toolkit contains key messages, data, and marketing materials to promote health literacy at your library.

Watch the webinar introducing the toolkit.

Join the Libraries Transform campaign to download posters, postcards, bookmarks and other materials, get key messages and tips for using the Health Literacy Toolkit locally .

Apply for a NNLM MAR Health Information Award to print campaign materials and implement health literacy programming.

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NNLM SCR Gives Out Nearly 420,000 in Grants

SCR News - Wed, 2017-09-20 17:40

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The National Networks of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region is pleased to announce it has awarded nearly $420,000 in funding since 2016. Grant amounts ranged from $895 to $40,000 and went to organizations across the SCR region, which include Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

To read about the projects our grants are helping fund, please visit our Past Funded Project page. By clicking on the links within the webpage, you can find out what organization was awarded the grant as well as learn more about the specific project each grant will fund.

To learn more about the grants SCR offers, please visit our Funding Opportunities page–we are still accepting applications for some grants! Many more of our grants will reopen for applications mid-next year, so continue to check back. The most basic of qualifications to be eligible for an NNLM SCR grant are that you are network member of NNLM SCR, which is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information.

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and like us on Twitter.

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#OpioidAwareChat

MCR News - Wed, 2017-09-20 17:39

Join NIH Director Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Volklow, and an expert from American Society of Addiction Medicine  in a Tweet chat. They’ll be available for a conversation about opioid use disorder:

  • Impact on public health
  • How the stigma against opioid use and addiction impacts recovery
  • Methods and resources promoting prevention and recover

When: Friday, September 29, 2017 . 12pm MT, 1pm CT at #OpioidAwareChat 

/ch

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A New Training Program: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians

NTO News - Wed, 2017-09-20 16:38

The National Library of Medicine recently awarded NTO an administrative supplement for Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. The aim of this project is to improve the competency of information professionals in the area of biomedical and health sciences data management through a rigorous educational experience. In addition to supporting researchers who need to meet the data management plan requirements of funding agencies, these information professionals will be able to support reproducible research, drive discoveries through reusing data or identifying linkages between disparate data sources, and derive new roles as the field progresses. Participants will also be ready to take next steps to support data science, which includes data analysis and data visualization.

Why do we need this?

While there are many resources available to learn about data management principles and services, there is a need for a comprehensive training program for information professionals that brings together the best of these resources and enhances them with meaningful, practical activities focused on biomedical and health research data. The training program will build on existing resources and transform the learning experience from a largely self-directed, isolated endeavor to an organized program supported by experienced peer mentors and culminating with a capstone project to demonstrate improved skills and knowledge.

Who is working on this project?

shirleyzhao_photoShirley Zhao, MSLIS, MS is the Data Science Librarian at Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and is the training development specialist for this program. Shirley brings deep experience in developing and teaching workshops to support data science researchers. She recently developed and taught a course in research reproducibility for a data science for health sciences summer school program at the University of Utah. Components of this course encompassed best practices in data management, storage, preservation and dissemination, which will inform the development of this program. Shirley was previously the Physical Sciences Librarian at Dartmouth College and holds a BA (mathematics major, chemistry minor) from Smith College, a MSLIS from Long Island University, and a MS (mathematics) from New York University. More information about Shirley can be found on her website: https://shirl0207.wordpress.com/. Follow her on Twitter @zhao_shirley or email her directly at shirley.zhao@utah.edu.

Stay tuned for more details and to find out how to apply for this new training experience. 

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New NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator

MAR News - Wed, 2017-09-20 15:41

On September 18, Erin Seger joined the staff of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, as Health Professions Coordinator. Erin has a B.S. in Community Health Education from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and a newly awarded Master’s in Public Health from University of Illinois- Chicago. She has been a Certified Health Education Specialist since 2009. Most recently, she was a health educator embedded in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Health Learning Center. She has years of outreach, training and health coaching experience.

As Health Professions Coordinator, Erin has primary responsibility outreach and education programs directed toward community health professionals, minority health professionals and public health workers in NY, NJ, PA and DE. Additionally, she is Content Manager for Clinical eCompanion and will contribute to the Bringing Health Information to the Community blog.

Contact Erin to schedule training on National Library of Medicine resources for clinicians and public health workers.

Please join me in welcoming Erin to NNLM and our Region!

~Kate Flewelling, NNLM MAR Executive Director

 

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Recording for Informed Is Best – breastfeeding resources

MCR News - Wed, 2017-09-20 13:44

The recording of “Informed Is Best: Health Information Resources to Support Breastfeeding Families” from the Discover NLM Resources and More series is now available on NNLM MCR YouTube Discover Playlist. You can also check out other recent MCR recordings such as:

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“Words Have Power. Read a Banned Book.”

PNR News - Wed, 2017-09-20 06:00

What does the banning or challenging of books tell us about our society?

Banned or challenged books are often books that reflect the diversity of our world. In 2015, of the 10 most challenged books, 9 of them “…contained diverse content.”  Many of these books are authored by and/or contain people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people of a different religion, or people with a disability. In other words, people who are minorities or not part of the dominant culture. Readers may become uncomfortable reading about unfamiliar experiences or perspectives. For many, diversity implies negative connotations and therefore are controversial in their eyes despite the fact that many readers may at long last feel a great connection and empowerment when reading these books.

ALA had over 300 challenges in 2016 alone, with an increase of 17% from 2015 which may also be due to a more streamlined reporting system. Nevertheless, half of the top 10 books most challenged in 2016 were removed where they were contested. This was a significant increase from the average according to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. In addition it is estimated that 80-90% of challenges go unreported.

Books that are challenged or banned are often cited for content that is sexually explicit, that includes profanity, offensive political views, or supporting alternative viewpoints. Typically we conjure up examples of parents or an irate citizen complaining about the aforementioned examples.  But, sometimes progressive citizens also want to challenge a book’s presence in the library or on the curriculum. As librarians and readers, we need to confront our own fears and bias before responding  to these challenges.  Whether you’re a reader or not, it is important to be open to new ideas and to read outside our comfort zone whatever that might be.

Words have power. And when access is taken away to those words, we disenfranchise a large segment of our population. With the recent rise of intolerance it is important to remember that authors have the freedom to write and we have the freedom to read. The ALA’s Library Bill of Rights states, “…Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.”

Even books that may seem benign have been challenged over the years. For instance, Making Life Choices: Health Skills and Concepts, Wellness: Stress Management, and the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Family Health have been challenged for mentioning sexually transmitted diseases, failing to mention Christian prayer as an treatment for stress management, and illustrations depicting sexual intercourse.

 

More recently, the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, received a challenge in 2015 when a parent not only wanted to limit her teenage son’s access to the book but didn’t want other students access and requested it be removed from the county school system all together. She considered the book “pornographic” because of the graphic wording, citing such passages as the infidelity of Lacks’ spouse and how she discovered the lump on her cervix.

But what an opportunity missed for this teenage boy to learn about the health disparities that existed in more than a half century before yet still exist today. What an opportunity missed to learn about another segment of society that many of us prefer to ignore or not even acknowledge. The health disparities in this country are real but reading a dry and somewhat incomprehensible research article does not make for an easy or even an interesting read. Rebecca Skloot’s book connects readers to real people through an engaging story based on research and interviews. Her words have power, having frequently been chosen for One Book reads.

Books like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks can bring awareness to those entering medical and research professions, about of the disenfranchised lives of others and the insurmountable obstacles they face. Access to these books can bring about change to how research is handled, how patients are cared for, and how information is conveyed. Facing our own ignorance and encouraging accountability can bring about positive changes.

So, let us celebrate our differences, our common humanity and know that reading has the ability to connect, inspire, and bring change. Join ALA in celebrating the right to read by joining in this year’s 2017 campaign

“Words Have Power. Read a Banned Book.”

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NLM VSAC Publishes Updated Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Value Sets for 4th Quarter 2017

PSR News - Tue, 2017-09-19 14:50

On September 15, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), published an addendum to the eCQM annual update specifications originally published in April 2016. This addendum updates eCQM value sets for the 4th quarter of the 2017 reporting period for Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). These changes affect electronic reporting of eCQMs for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR) and for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for EHs and CAHs.

  • All changes to the 4th Quarter 2017 Reporting Period eCQM value sets are available through the NLM VSAC in the Download tab. The value sets and all their accompanying terminology codes are available as a complete set, as well as value sets per measure.
  • eCQM addendum materials are available in the eCQI Resource Center for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals.
  • Measure implementers should review these changes to ensure their submissions comply with the updated requirements.

CMS revised the value sets based on updates from the following terminology code systems:

  • International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision – Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS)
  • Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC®)
  • RxNorm
  • SNOMED CT®

CMS has made no changes to the measure logic, the Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) specifications, the value set object identifiers (OIDs), or the measure version numbers for 2017 eCQM reporting.

Access to the VSAC suite of tools requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. Send questions regarding the addendum or content of eCQM value sets to the ONC CQM Issue Tracker. For information about eCQM specifications and supplemental materials, visit the eCQI Resource Center. For VSAC functionality or questions about downloading eCQM value sets from VSAC, please Contact NLM. Additional information is available on the NLM web site.

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Online Health Newsletters, Reports, and Magazines with Current Health News

PSR News - Tue, 2017-09-19 14:36

Many government health organizations release quarterly or monthly consumer health publications, freely available online, with articles on current important health topics, tips for staying healthy, and even interviews with famous public figures sharing their health stories. For example, check out these four online publications:

  • NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine: This quarterly magazine from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) shares information on a variety of health conditions, heath stories from celebrities, healthy living tips, and recent NIH research highlights. A version of the magazine is available in Spanish, and you can also subscribe to a print version of the magazine for free (within the U.S.).
  • NIH News in Health: This monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explores common health conditions, healthy living tips, and featured health websites. Offices, clinics, community centers and libraries in the U.S. can request free print copies of the newsletter.
  • CDC Vital Signs: This multimedia report (also available in Spanish) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) focuses on one important health topic each month, and each issue include a printable fact sheet and multimedia resources (videos, podcasts, and infographics).
  • FDA Consumer Updates: These multimedia reports (some also available in Spanish) are published multiple times a month by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and include health information and safety tips related to food, medications, dietary supplements, and other consumer products.
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Employment Opportunity: All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator

MAR News - Tue, 2017-09-19 14:33

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the newly created position of All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR).

The National Library of Medicine has initiated a new program with the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program to stimulate and facilitate community engagement and participant support through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator will work within NY, NJ, PA and DE and in collaboration with All of Us program partners, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and regional partners to develop, pilot, model and evaluate All of Us community engagement activities. The Coordinator will work with regional public libraries, community-based organizations and others to develop activities based on community health needs. Target areas will be chosen to reach underrepresented populations typically not included in research.

View the full job posting for extended description and qualifications.

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Teens and Body Art: Staying Healthy with Tattoos and Piercings

NER News - Tue, 2017-09-19 13:59
My daughter’s 18th birthday meant something completely different to her than it did to her Dad and I. For a whole year before that coming of age birthday, in spite of  pleading and at times anger, we stood firm in our decision that we were not going to give our permission for her to pierce her nose. If she wanted to get pierced once she was old enough according to the law, which is 18 years old in Massachusetts, that was fine. The afternoon of her 18th birthday, as soon as school got out, Carro’s first decision as a “legal adult” was to visit a piercing parlor to get her nose pierced.

I was reminded of  that memory today because for the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued guidelines about tattoos and body piercings. Did you know that 38% of millennials have at least one tattoo and 23 percent have a piercing somewhere other than an earlobe (this information comes from the Pew Research Center)? Whereas, just 6 percent of boomers have tattoos, and just 1 percent with other piercings.

As I drove into work today I listened to an NPR news story about the new body art guidelines. AAPs report “Adolescent and Young Adult Tattooing, Piercing and Scarification” will be published in the October 2017 issue of Pediatrics (available online on September 18th). As part of the September 18th press conference by lead author and chair of the AAP Committee on Adolescence, Cora C. Breuner, MD, presented recommendations from the nation’s pediatricians. The guidelines address the need to be aware of the health issues tattoos and piercings could potentially cause. In addition to providing health and safety information to patients, the recommendations also will help health care professionals to advise patients and their families when a tattoo or body piercing is being considered. The federal government does not regulate the tattoo and piercing industry. It is a smart idea to know about the rules in your state as the regulations are different in each state. In some states the age for minors is 14 years old, if they have their parent’s permission. Also, what is considered “sanitary” varies greatly from state to state. Take a look at the following link to make sure you know the rules pertaining to body art in your state  http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/tattooing-and-body-piercing.aspx(link is external). Although body art is popular, “Most of my medical colleagues don’t know regulations in the states, complications rates or later impact on young people when looking for a job,” states Dr. Cora Breuner, member of the division of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and chair of the AAP Committee on Adolescence.

The AAP recommends that pediatricians communicate the importance of hygienic practices such as using new disposable gloves, making sure that needles used are from a sealed, sterile container; and that fresh, unused ink is poured into a disposable container for each new patient. In some states, such as California, practitioners are required to register with the state health department and must submit proof of a hepatitis vaccination, as well as take a yearly course in blood borne diseases and infection. control. If you are considering a tattoo make sure your immunizations are up-to-date, especially tetanus. People who take medications that suppress the immune system, such as steroids or Accutane should avoid both tattoos and piercings.

Additional information for parents can be found on the AAP website, HealthyChildren .org.(link is external) MedlinePlus also has a page providing helpful information about Tattoos and Piercings https://medlineplus.gov/piercingandtattoos.html#cat_83(link is external) . MedlinePlus offers information in several different languages, as well as provides links to journal articles, clinical trials and current news stories related to body art.

The NPR story concluded with some good advice – keep in mind that tattoos are permanent.  Experts often counsel teenage clients to avoid getting a tattoo on a visible part of the body, as many professions are still conservative and avoid hiring people with visible tattoos for some jobs. “Definitely stay away from the face, we call that the job stopper; if you don’t want to get employed, tattoo your face.”

Here’s a link to the September 18th NPR story by Patti Neighmond:
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/18/npr-teen-wants-tattoo-pediatricians-say-heres-how-to-do-safely(link is external)

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Emergency Access Initiative

MAR News - Tue, 2017-09-19 10:02

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has activated the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey which devastated Florida and several Caribbean islands, as well as parts of South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from more than 650 biomedical journals and more than 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the hurricanes in the southeastern United States and Caribbean, please let them know of this service.

This is the eighth time the EAI has been activated. Previously support was provided following the earthquake in Haiti; flooding in Pakistan; the cholera epidemic in Haiti; the earthquake & tsunami in Japan; the typhoon in the Philippines; the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; and the earthquake in Nepal.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Society for Microbiology Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, Taylor & Francis, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Hurricanes and Flooding

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please visit NLM Customer Support or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or +1.301.594.5983 internationally.

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Public Libraries Spotlight: Susan K. McClelland, Health & Wellness Librarian, Oak Park Public Library, IL

GMR News - Tue, 2017-09-19 09:10

20170904_163239Name: Susan K. McClelland

Title: Health & Wellness Librarian, Oak Park Public Library

Education: BA, Art History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; MLIS, University of Illinois, GSLIS.

How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?

For a number of years I was a library associate at the American Hospital Association headquarters library in Chicago, IL and later as a medical indexer for publications at the American Medical Association library in Chicago, I became familiar with a host of medical specialties, specialty board certification rigors and consumer health organizations. I was fascinated by the scope of medical specialty training, its impact on consumer health issues, and I found the medical subject classification system intriguing, indeed.

Why is health literacy important in your community?

In Oak Park, we serve a diverse population of seniors, young families, students and a growing number of shelter and nursing house residents. The demand for reliable and accessible consumer health information is high, and I think the library does a very good job of partnering with several social service agencies to provide our neighbors with workshops, onsite pop-up clinics, health lectures, and access to health resources databases and journals.

What’s different with a health reference interview?

Lots of times we’ll get patrons asking for detailed health info or even medical advice. While the library can’t diagnose illnesses or dispense medical advice, in each instance, we try to discern the nature of the information needed, and then provide accurate resources for the patron. So, in most cases, the health reference interview process is the same as a reference interview, while the outcome might be a referral to a health care organization, to a medical journal article or a book.

What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?

I hope the library’s health and wellness programming informs patrons, demystifies complicated medical subjects, like the Affordable Health Care Act, Medicare subsidies or Alzheimer’s care options and provides a discreet and concise health information option. Our patrons should feel confident that their family’s health & wellness is an important part of the city’s mandate and central to the library’s mission to turn outward to the community.

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2017 Malnutrition Awareness Week

SCR News - Mon, 2017-09-18 18:46

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This week is National Malnutrition Awareness Week, an observance created by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) in 2009, with the purpose of advocating for optimal nutrition care as much as possible, while also raising awareness for health professionals, and the public, to intervene early on.

Malnutrition is common for hospitalized patients in the U.S., and is often associated with unfavorable health outcomes, which include higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer hospital stays and more. This also leads to increased costs.

ASPEN will be hosting four other webinars throughout the week, (one was also presented yesterday) on different topics relating to malnutrition. To learn more about the webinars and to register, please visit the Malnutrition Awareness Week website.

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Coordinator Retiring

MCR News - Mon, 2017-09-18 16:54

One of the stalwarts of the NNLM MCR is retiring. Who am I referring to? See if you can guess. She started in 2003 as our Network Membership Liaison and led a pilot on consortium licensing. We decided that there was a more crucial issue for her to tackle and she began our efforts in supporting and teaching members how to advocate for themselves. She developed tools for them to use such as the value calculators and the toolkit for hospital librarians. Her “Whooo Says” column has provided advice for over 9 years on topics including networking, employing business skills, learning the organization, and fantasy football. She has published in non-library journals to increase awareness of how librarians contribute to healthcare. If you guessed Barb Jones, our Missouri/Library Engagement Coordinator, you’re correct. Barb has decided to retire and knit her way around the world. She leaves a legacy of work for us to build on and we wish her well – even as we wish she’d stay. Barb’s last day will be September 29, 2017. Please join us in wishing her an adventurous retirement. /ch

 

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Libraries Transform: Health Literacy Toolkit

PNR News - Mon, 2017-09-18 11:21

Many Americans remain unable to understand how to take their medication, use a web browser rather than a trusted website for finding health information, or do not believe the importance of disease prevention efforts due to misinformation they’ve heard or seen. Poor health and poor health outcomes have often been linked to low rates of health literacy. Libraries have been instrumental in supporting health literacy efforts such as providing health related programs, recommending trusted health information resources, and providing information in other languages. We here, at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), want to support your health literacy efforts in making quality health information accessible for all.

October is Health Literacy Month.

Whether your organization decides to highlight health literacy in October or all year long, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the American Libraries Association (ALA) have partnered through the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign to create a free toolkit for health literacy to assist libraries in guiding their patrons to quality health information so they are better equipped to engage in their health.

The campaign is an initiative designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact, and services provided by libraries and library professionals. The Health Literacy Toolkit provides an array of materials including program ideas, downloadable social media graphics, and bookmark templates for libraries to use to promote health and wellness in their communities.

Learn more about the Libraries Transform campaign and access the Health Literacy Toolkit and look for our upcoming Dragonfly posts, in October, focusing on health literacy.

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