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MCR Voices Series 2

MCR News - Tue, 2017-10-17 16:18

“MCR Voices” is a series of short podcasts designed to inform and educate our Network members on excellent practices throughout our region. Our second series is focused on five librarians from our region discussing their involvement in professional organizations.

First up, Shawn Steidinger from the Primary Children’s Hospital Medical Library shares her experiences and the impact that professional organizations have had on her career. YouTube | MP3

After you listen to the podcast, please add a comment to the page, sharing what you found that was new or useful in the interview.

For more about “MCR Voices” and podcasts, see our MCR Voices webpage.

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Using Diet Pills and Supplements Can Have Life Altering Effects

NER News - Tue, 2017-10-17 15:23

Did you know that an estimated 300,000 Massachusetts residents suffer from an eating disorder? This week Massachusetts lawmakers will consider steps to prevent those under 18 years old from having access diet pills and weight-loss supplements.   Massachusetts State Representative Kay Khan along with three organizations working to help those with eating disorders,  STRIPED (Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders), MEDA (Muli-Service Eating Disorder Association of America), and NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) have joined together to promote house bill HB1195 which aims to address the dangers of diet pills and muscle-building supplements.   Proponents of HB1195 are urging lawmakers to pass a bill requiring anyone purchasing these pills and supplements be at least 18 years old. The bill also includes a provision that they must be placed behind the counter in the stores where they are sold.

According to the National Institutes of Health approximately 15% of U.S. adults have used a weight loss supplement at some point in their lives. Currently, diet pills and supplements are not regulated like other medications that have to prove that they are safe and effective before they are allowed to be sold. Many who use diet pills may wrongly assume that they safe to use because they are widely available and can be purchased by the general public. The truth is that these over-the-counter medications have been found to contain illegal and even banned substances.  Doctors like those at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) have been studying the effects of diet pills. Dr. Elisabeth Poorman of the CHA recently remarked, “A lot of weight-loss supplements include a drug called sibutramine, which in the past has been used for weight loss, but was very quickly pulled from the market because it is associated with heart attacks and strokes.”

In a recently-aired interview on Boston’s WGBH public broadcasting station, reporter Tina Martin talks to Kristy McMillan of Watertown, Massachusetts about the traumatic effect diet pills had on her health. “I struggled with an eating disorder for 21 years, using diet pills off and on during that whole time. I started when I was 15.” In college, Kristy started to experience abnormal heart tests and heart palpitations that she now attributes to her eating disorder and the use of diet pills. When Kristy received help for the eating disorder and stopped using the pills, she thought she was OK because her health seemed to return to normal. However, Kristy learned that she had heart damage after the miscarriage of her first pregnancy.  Doctors discovered that her heart was not strong enough to carry a pregnancy. Since then Kristy has been advised that she should not get pregnant again. Through telling her painful and life altering story in such a public way,  Kristy is sharing what she has learned about the dangers of using diet pills and supplements in the hopes of helping other women.

The Natural Products Association is opposing this legislation. The association president will be in Boston when lawmakers consider this bill on October 17th. The Natural Products Association issued a statement that said in part:

“This proposal would place onerous restrictions, most notably on small businesses. Dietary supplements are simply natural ingredients found in foods, and restricting access to them is unfair to Massachusetts consumers, hurts responsible retailers and drains the state budget through lost sales taxes. Nobody wins.”

Another important piece of  HB1195 is that diet pills and supplements would be required to carry a warning label on the package, in addition to having them placed behind the counter. Kristy McMillan believes these types of restrictions would have helped her if they had been in place with she was a teen.

The National Library of Medicine has several educational resources that provide information about what is in dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Database from the National Library of Medicine and NIH Office of Dietary Suplements currently includes free full label information to over 17,000 dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S. and is expected to grow to include most of the more than 55,000 different dietary supplements. Here is the link to that database: https://dsld.nlm.nih.gov/

This screen capture shows additional NLM resources that can help you learn more about over-the-counter pills and supplements:

If you would like to listen to this story, click on the link to the WGBH interview by Tina Martin.

http://bit.ly/2ynyNjY

 

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Stand Up for Health: PLA preconference!

GMR News - Tue, 2017-10-17 14:17

PLA 2018 We're Sponsoring E-mail Signature Badge

The Greater Midwest Region office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is offering a preconference workshop at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia. The preconference is titled “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community” and will be held on March 20th from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

This one-day preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services; coach participants through understanding their communities’ needs; and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

Public library staff are invited to apply for a limited number of $500 stipends for this preconference! Up to 50 stipends will be made available to support travel and registration for attendees. For information about the stipends, please Read the stipend opportunity guidelinesread the Frequently Asked Questions or start your online application.

Attendees who participate in the workshop and complete pre- and post- work will receive the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification offered by the Medical Library Association.

The preconference workshop is part of “Promoting Healthy Communities,” a nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) that will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services. You’ll hear more updates about this initiative in our blog, stay tuned!

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MLA Precision Medicine Webcast

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2017-10-17 11:30

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR), sponsored seven sites for MLA’s recent webcast, Helping Patients and Health Care Consumers Understand Precision Medicine.

If you weren’t able to attend the live session and would like to view a recording of the event, please click here to complete a brief survey. Once your request has been approved, you will be e-mailed a code that will provide access to resources, an evaluation, and a certificate to claim 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. Please note: Codes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and preference will be given to NNLM PSR members until November 1, 2017.

A total of 86 people viewed or registered to view the webcast:

Arizona

Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries (CABL)
Host: Harold Bright
Attendees: 14

University of Arizona (Arizona Health Sciences Library)
Host: Maribeth Slebodnik
Attendees: 11

California

University of California at Irvine
Hosts: Alison Regan and Linda Murphy
Attendees: 21

University of California at San Francisco (Parnassus Ave. Library)
Host: Peggy Tahir
Attendees: 10

University of Southern California (Norris Medical Library)
Host: Jin Wu
Attendees:  3

Hawaii

Tripler Army Medical Center
Host: Mabel Trafford
Attendees: 18

Nevada

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Health Sciences Library)
Host: Dana Thimons
Attendees:  9

Thanks to all the location hosts who made it possible for members from our region to attend!

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Infection Control Week

SCR News - Tue, 2017-10-17 10:44
Bacteria

“Achromobacter xylosoxidans” by CDC/Todd Parker is licensed under CC0.

Every year, at least 2 million people in the U.S. become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Bacteria adapt to the antibiotics designed to kill them, making our antibiotics less effective and limiting our treatment options. For more information on prevention, see the CDC’s Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance page: https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/index.html

Also follow the “ABCs of Antibiotics”, provided by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC):

  • Ask – “Are these antibiotics necessary?”
  • Bacteria – Antibiotics do not kill viruses. They only kill bacteria.
  • Complete the course – Take all of your antibiotics exactly as prescribed (even if you are feeling better).

For more information, check out the infographics at http://professionals.site.apic.org

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Visiting Faculty Position at NNLM MCR – Community Engagement

MCR News - Tue, 2017-10-17 08:44

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has embarked on a 3-year pilot program with the NIH All of Us Research Program  to stimulate and facilitate community engagement and participant support through the NNLM, including developing community based participatory programming for geographic areas. This includes engaging participants and other interested parties in management of their personal health data, leveraging the public library as a convener for local All of Us partners and stakeholders, and assessing the impact of libraries on participant retention in the All of Us program. The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the All of Us Community Engagement activities in the MidContinental Region of the NNLM.  We’re looking for a self-starter who wants to contribute to a national program and work at the regional level.

Full Posting

Claire

Claire Hamasu, Associate Director
NNLM MidContinental Region
University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 North 1900 East Bldg 589
Salt Lake City UT 84112-5890
Voice 801 587-3412, Option #1
chamasu@rml4.utah.edu

 

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Funding Stipend: Public Library Health Workshop at the 2018 PLA Annual Conference – Applications Due November 19, 2017

SEA News - Tue, 2017-10-17 08:23

Stipends Available for Public Library Health Workshop with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Public library workers are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community,” a pre-conference workshop held at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia.

The conference will be held from March 20 to 24, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The one-day preconference (Tuesday, March 20) will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services; coach participants through understanding their communities’ needs; and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

Read the stipend opportunity guidelines, read the Frequently Asked Questions or start your online application. The deadline for applications is November 19, 2017 by 11:59 pm (CDT).

The preconference workshop is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) that will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.

Fifty stipends of $500 each will be distributed. Stipends can be used to support the preconference registration fee, travel and lodging expenses (not including meals). 

Attendees who participate in the workshop and complete some pre/post work will receive the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification offered by the Medical Library Association.

Throughout the nine-month Promoting Healthy Communities Initiative, PLA and NNLM will assess health information needs among public librarians and share free resources and professional development opportunities that will help public library staff better serve their patrons’ consumer health needs. In early 2018, the initiative will unveil a new website for public libraries that gives them easy access to training, tools and resources for consumer health information, health literacy programming and more.

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California Wildfires Declared Public Health Emergency

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2017-10-16 19:28

Following President Trump’s major disaster declaration for California, Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan has declared a public health emergency in California due to wildfires burning across ten Northern California counties and threatening the lives of tens of thousands of people. A public health emergency declaration extends to HHS a variety of legal actions to assist in response efforts, including waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule requirements. The public health emergency declaration is effective retroactively to October 8.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and and recovery from the California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key National Resources

Key California Resources

Key Documents

Hashtag: @CAWildfires

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Social Exchange Theory and Questionnaires Part 1: Questionnaire Design

NEO News - Mon, 2017-10-16 16:40

Getting a high response rate is an important part of trusting the information you get from a questionnaire.  Don Dillman, a guru of questionnaire research, says that to get a good response rate it helps to see questionnaires as part of a social exchange.  Social Exchange Theory is the theory that “people are more likely to comply with a request from someone else if they believe and trust that the rewards for complying with that request will eventually exceed the costs of complying.”1 Specifically he says that when designing your questionnaires, distributing them, or communicating about them, you need to think specifically about ways to lower the perceived cost of responding to the questionnaire, and increase perceived rewards and perceived trust.

Social Exchange Theory Diagram

What do we mean by perceived cost, rewards and trust?  A cost might be the amount of time it takes to do the survey, but the perceived cost is how long that survey feels to the person answering it.  For example, if the survey is interesting, it could be perceived as taking less time than a shorter, but confusing or poorly worded survey.  A reward could be an actual monetary reward, or it could be the reward of knowing that you are participating in something that will make important change happen.  Perceived trust could be trusting that the organization will make good use of your responses.

Today I will only focus on questionnaire design — in future blog posts we will write about how social exchange theory can be used in communicating about and distributing your questionnaires.

One of the things I like about social exchange theory in questionnaire design is that normally I would be looking at the questions I’m writing in terms of how to get the information that I want.  This is fine of course, but by looking at the questions from a social exchange perspective, I can also be thinking about ways I might write questions to improve someone’s likelihood of completing the survey.

Ask yourself these three questions:

  • How can I make this easier and less time-intensive for the respondent? (Lower cost)
  • How can I make this a more rewarding experience for the respondent? (Increase reward)
  • How can I reassure the participants that it is safe to share information? (Increase trust)

Here are some ideas that might get you started as you think about applying social exchange theory to your questionnaire design.

Decrease Cost

  • Only ask questions in your survey that you really need to know the answers to so you can keep it as short as possible.
  • Pilot test your questionnaire and revise to ensure that the questions are as good as possible to minimize annoying your respondents with poorly worded or confusing questions.
  • Put open-ended questions near the end.

Increase Reward 

  • Ask interesting questions that the respondent want to answer.
  • As part of the question, tell the respondent how the answer will be used, so they feel that by answering the question they are being helpful (for example “Your feedback will help our reference librarians know how to provide better service to users like you.”)

Increase Trust

  • A status bar in an online survey lets you know how much of the survey is left and helps you to trust that you won’t be answering the survey for too long
  • Assure respondents that you will keep responses confidential and secure. While this may have already been stated in the introduction, it could help to state it again when asking a sensitive question.

For more information, see:

NNLM Evaluation Office: Booklet 3 in Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects series: Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data https://nnlm.gov/neo/guides/bookletThree508

NEO Shop Talk Blog posts on Questionnaires: https://news.nnlm.gov/neo/category/questionnaires-and-surveys/. Some

NEO Questionnaire Tools and Resources Guide on Data Collecting: https://nnlm.gov/neo/guides/tools-and-resources/data-collection

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1 Dillman, Don A., et al. Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys : The Tailored Design Method, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central, p. 24.

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Attend Instructional Videos and Open Educational Resources webinar with MCR funds

MCR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 16:24

Don’t forget – MCR has Professional Development funds available for librarians who work in the health sciences to attend webinars such as Cheap, Fast, and Good: Instructional Videos and Open Educational Resources from MLA. If you’re an MLA member, the cost is $65 per person; if not, it’s $85 per person. Site licenses are also available.

 

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Images, quotes, and tools from the UK to help advocate for medical librarians

MCR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 16:08

The CILIP library and information association in London, England developed “A Million Decisions” campaign to demonstrate the usefulness and need of librarians in making healthcare decisions. On the site, you can find messages, images, posters, and impact case studies to share or to give you ideas on ways you or your supporters can advocate.

CILIPS, Scotland’s library and information professionals, have done something similar – “The Right Decision: NHS Scotland librarians providing evidence for the right decision, for the right person, at the right time.” This site also has a number of images, case studies, supportive quotes, and messages including ones that explain what the health librarians do.

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Stipends available for public library health workshop at PLA

MCR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 15:53

Public library workers are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community,” a preconference workshop held at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia from March 20 to 24, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The one-day preconference (Tuesday, March 20) will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services; coach participants through understanding their communities’ needs; and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

The preconference workshop is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) that will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services. Fifty stipends of $500 each will be distributed. Stipends can be used to support the preconference registration fee, travel and lodging expenses (not including meals). Attendees who participate in the workshop and complete some pre/post work will receive the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification offered by the Medical Library Association.

Throughout the nine-month Promoting Healthy Communities initiative, PLA and NNLM will assess health information needs among public librarians and share free resources and professional development opportunities that will help public library staff better serve their patrons’ consumer health needs. In early 2018, the initiative will unveil a new website for public libraries that gives them easy access to training, tools and resources for consumer health information, health literacy programming and more.

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NNLM SEA Says Goodbye to Terri Ottosen

SEA News - Mon, 2017-10-16 14:44

Terri Ottosen

Terri Ottosen has accepted a position with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and on October 27, Terri will leave the NNLM Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) to begin her work as UNC’s Community and Health Literacy Librarian. The new position builds on her years of service focused on consumer health at the SEA. While we are excited about this new opportunity for Terri, it is difficult for us at SEA to say goodbye to our long-time friend and colleague. Terri has been with SEA since February of 2005, providing health information outreach to an audience of lay persons, public librarians, health sciences librarians interested in consumer health, and health professionals needing to provide easy-to-read information to patients. While employed at SEA, Terri has shown selfless service to the consumer health program and to the profession at large, serving as chair of MAC and ANCHASL and being named the MLA Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) Consumer Health Librarian of the Year (this is not an exhaustive list). Terri pioneered SEA’s (and NNLM’s, in general) distance education program, and developed a number of consumer health classes that drew national attention and have been taught by many others. We will miss Terri and wish her good luck in her new endeavor.

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DOCLINE Quarterly Statistical Reports Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:17

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for July-September 2017:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A, 1-22A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Summary Statistics Report (Report 5-1B)

DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Request reports are not archived and should be saved quarterly by libraries who wish to have a historical record of statistics. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in NLM’s Knowledgebase website.

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NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Fall 2017 Issue Available Online!

PSR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:01
Rashad Jennings

The Fall 2017 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is Rashad Jennings, National Footbal League (NFL) player and reigning champion of the TV show, Dancing with the Stars. Jennings battled childhood asthma and has partnered with the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America to raise awareness about the widespread condition. The issue also features articles on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), celiac disease, hearing loss, and other health news.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is available online in both HTML and PDF format. You can also receive a print subscription or e-mail alerts.

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Job Opportunity: NNLM SEA All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator

SEA News - Mon, 2017-10-16 09:26

All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A)

Health Sciences and Human Services Library

University of Maryland, Baltimore

In cooperation with the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program (https://allofus.nih.gov) and the All of Us Training and Coordinating Center, the All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries. The goals of this 3-year pilot position are to:

  • Help public libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users;
  • Support community engagement through public libraries for All of Us; and
  • Help establish an All of Us Training Program, the home for training and resources about and related to the program for consumers, health professionals, librarians, and researchers.

The Coordinator will work with regional public libraries, community-based organizations, known All of Us partners, and others in target areas within AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MI, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV to develop activities based upon community health needs and the requirements of the All of Us program.

The All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator works under the direction of the Executive Director of the NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region and the All of Us Training and Coordinating Center. The SEA Coordinator serves as the Point of Contact for the program and collaborates with other NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinators to create a cohesive but culturally sensitive strategy for educating and engaging stake holders.

The Coordinator position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian currently funded through April 30, 2020 with potential for renewal. This is an office-based position, without an option for telecommuting, located at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library with frequent travel to target areas and national meetings.

For more information about NNLM SEA, visit http://nnlm.gov/sea. For more information about the NIH All of Us Research Program, visit https://allofus.nih.gov/.

Responsibilities include:

  • In consultation with the All of Us Research Program, collaborate with selected target areas for community engagement (two per year for a total of six areas by Year 3).
  • Identify community health and health literacy needs tailored to the identified geographic areas.
  • Convene a network of diverse partners that represent all segments of the targeted communities that are dedicated to improving community health, including public libraries.
  • Participate in national program coordination to develop effective, innovative, replicable approaches to meet the All of Us and health information needs of library users.
  • Coordinate subawards to support public libraries and community organizations in accomplishing the goals set forth in this project.
  • Prepare detailed evaluation and progress reports on activities, programs and services in close collaboration with the All of Us University Coordinating Center, National Network Coordinating Office, National Evaluation Office, and other NNLM regions.
  • Contribute through scholarly articles, presentations at professional association meetings, and professional service (e.g., serving on professional panels) surrounding the NNLM All of Us national program.

Required qualifications:

  • Master of Library Science or equivalent advanced degree from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Minimum of three years’ experience working in public libraries or with public library staff OR experience with the public health workforce
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and evaluating new programs
  • Service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Proficiency in software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Web-based applications

Preferred qualifications:

  • Significant project management experience
  • Experience with precision medicine concepts
  • Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs
  • Extensive health information programming or community health education experience

APPLICATIONS:

Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by November 10, 2017. Interested applicants should apply using the following link: http://bit.ly/AllofUsUMB.   

MINIMUM SALARY: $53,000, commensurate with experience

BENEFITS: Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.

ENVIRONMENT:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Ravens Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track-record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Fifty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (www.hshsl.umaryland.edu), the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.   The HS/HSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7200 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at http://www.umaryland.edu/.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Job Opportunity: NNLM SEA Health Professionals & Evaluation Coordinator

SEA News - Mon, 2017-10-16 09:23

Health Professionals & Evaluation Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA)

Health Sciences and Human Services Library

University of Maryland, Baltimore

The Health Professionals and Evaluation Coordinator oversees development of professional health information topic and training areas and leads the SEA in conducting assessment and evaluation of the regional medical library program.

The Health Professionals & Evaluations Coordinator develops outreach projects (including educational objects, award types, and consulting) to improve information access for health professionals and their intermediaries (for example, medical librarians, educators, and organizations such as AHECS) in the region with special emphasis on services to unaffiliated health professionals, minority health professionals, public health workers, and hospital librarians. This position coordinates an overall outreach plan that takes into consideration the health information needs of health care providers and information professionals. The Coordinator organizes the evaluation of SEA programs, including needs analysis, subaward evaluation, and program improvement and develops and maintains the evaluation education program for the region.

This is a full-time, grant funded, non-tenure and non-permanent status track, faculty position, reporting to the Executive Director of the SEA. The position is one of a team of five librarian-coordinators who work together to facilitate resource sharing, training,and cooperative projects in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MI, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV.

For more information about NNLM SEA, visit http://nnlm.gov/sea.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as regional needs assessment and evaluation liaison for outreach initiatives
  • Serve as liaison to NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO).
  • Conduct needs assessments and implements training programs
  • Consult with NEO and other NNLM Regions and provide training/consultation on developing and applying effective evaluation techniques for outreach awards
  • Develop educational materials for inclusion on the NNLM and SEA websites particularly in the areas of effective evaluation techniques and access to quality health information for health professionals
  • Serve as primary staff contact and support to the Special Advisory Group on Outreach to Health Professionals
  • Attend NLM teleconferences and provide regular feedback to NLM on problems or concerns of SEA members
  • Participate in the development, evaluation, and testing of NNLM and NLM products and services
  • Cooperate with other Regional Medical Libraries and Offices to produce national programming
  • Maintain standards of accessibility for all resources created and maintained. Accessibility must be in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Accept accountability for NLM deliverables, including workshops, exhibiting, presentations, newsletter contributions, web and social media content
  • Lead projects, task forces, and workgroups as needed to accomplish projects
  • Promote and solicit applications for SEA outreach awards; monitor progress and follow-up for awards in progress
  • Provide support and training to Network members using the NLM Outreach Applications and Online Contract Reports Portal

Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Library Science or equivalent advanced degree from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Project management, strategic planning, and team leadership skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals, and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods
  • Knowledge of PubMed and other NLM resources
  • Experience with health information education and the ability to develop, plan, and conduct workshops and training, interacting confidently with audiences
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of professional and scholarly activities
  • xperience with Moodle and WebEx
  • Familiarity with the MLA CE program and processes for obtaining MLA CE approval
  • Ability to communicate vision and motivate others; willingness to assume leadership roles as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain results from initiating and participating in team efforts
  • Effectiveness in promoting ideas while exhibiting tact and sensitivity; initiating interaction with others; and soliciting feedback from partners
  • Comfort with change, flexibility and the ability to react quickly to program alterations and task modifications

APPLICATIONS:

Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by November 10, 2017. Interested applicants should apply using the following link: http://bit.ly/HPECoord.

MINIMUM SALARY: $50,000, commensurate with experience

BENEFITS: Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.

ENVIRONMENT:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Ravens Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track-record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Fifty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (www.hshsl.umaryland.edu), the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.   The HS/HSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7200 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at http://www.umaryland.edu/.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

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Health Literacy – A Universal Precautions Approach

PNR News - Mon, 2017-10-16 04:00

Part 3 of our Health Literacy Month series —

Universal Precautions is a concept in medicine aimed at preventing the transmission of bloodborne infections. The idea is to assume infection could be present and take the needed precautions at all times. These steps are incorporated into the objectives of a program and made a part of training and implementation of policies designed to prevent the inadvertent transmission of infection.

Likewise, health literacy can be approached from a universal precautions standpoint. Experts recommend assuming that everyone may have difficulty understanding medical information and instructions from their healthcare provider. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recommends a Universal Precautions approach:

Health literacy universal precautions are the steps that practices take when they assume that all patients may have difficulty comprehending health information and accessing health services. Health literacy universal precautions are aimed at —

  • Simplifying communication with and confirming comprehension for all patients, so that the risk of miscommunication is minimized.
  • Making the office environment and health care system easier to navigate.
  • Supporting patients’ efforts to improve their health.

Low health literacy can result in medication errors, hospital readmissions, lack of preventive care, increased us of emergency rooms, and poorer health outcome overall. Clear communication is the responsibility of the healthcare system, including organizations and individual clinicians. The AHRQ provides a free Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit to help primary care providers increase patient understanding of health information.

The National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus can also assist with educating patients and families and enhancing communication with healthcare providers. The site is available in English and Spanish and provides up to date information designed for the lay person to understand.

 

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2017-10-13 09:22

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

Apply Today! Health science librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online biomedical and health research data management training course, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). Details.

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). View the full posting for more information about the position.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The Fall 2017 offering for the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) is now available. NNLM MAR members are eligible to participate! The deadline to apply for the Fall offer is Friday, November 17. Learn more.

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

Ongoing: the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is still accepting applications for funding! Check out a recent post from Executive Director Kate Flewelling about our open awards, and helpful tips to assist with your application.

DIY Build Your Own Culture of Evaluation – NEO Shop Talk

Call for Reviewers, Co-Teachers, and Mentors – NTO News

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine: If your library subscribed and missed the last delivery of the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine (Summer 2017 edition) you will need to re-subscribe for bulk delivery. NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is an excellent way to introduce members of your community to medical research with trusted health information stories from NIH scientists, famous individuals, as well as everyday people who have turned to NIH for medical assistance. Order NIH MedlinePlus for your library today!

Addressing Health Disparities to the Benefit of AllNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

We keep rocking!NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Treatise of Artificial WatersCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Cool Videos: Insulin from Bacteria to YouNIH Director’s Blog

Scooped! A very personal case for open science – DataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that we have a new class registration system which requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

LinkOut for Libraries: From Icons to Full Text and Everything in Between – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join this NLM webinar that will go back to the basics of LinkOut, to learn how to get the most of your library’s service. Take 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.

Copyright & Online Learning Resources: It’s Complicated! – October 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Questions about library resources and fair use in online education are expanding from the appropriate use of journal articles and eBooks to published images, video clips and more in faculty-created resources for instruction that our licensing terms often don’t explicitly address. Join PNR and guest presenter to learn about some of the challenges faced, and ways to develop informed decisions to propose solutions to educators.

Grants and Proposal Writing – October 30-November 27, 2017 – Sponsored by SEA, this asynchronous online course for beginners presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes, as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization – October 30-December 8, 2017 – This multifaceted online class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications.

Working Together: Building a Library and Public Health Community Partnership For Patient Empowerment – November 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – How did Albany Medical College’s (AMC) Schaffer Library of Health Sciences (SLHS) and Division of Community Outreach and Medical Education (DivCOME) partner with each other as well as with community-based organizations and public libraries to empower patients and librarians through community and professional development workshops? Join MAR for this one-hour presentation on how existing relationships can be leveraged to build a successful outreach program.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Can Reading Make You Happier? – The New Yorker

Share your story with us! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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NNLM SEA Digest News – October 13, 2017

SEA News - Fri, 2017-10-13 08:11

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.

Top Items of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Online Course – Moodle LMS

Webinars: October 16-20

Webinars: October 23-28

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. You can attend a Quick Starter Course or attend a Drop-In Session.

Recordings Available on YouTube

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Focus on Precision Medicine

Focus on Substance Use Disorder

Funding Opportunities

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed below are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
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