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November 2017 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-22 13:09

On November 15, NNLM PSR presented Health Aging: Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar with speakers, Stephanie Dailey and Olivia Kent from the National Institute of Aging (NIA); and Andrew Plumer from the Reference and Web Services Section at the National of Library of Medicine. The webinar focused on seniors and their use and access to quality health information. Resources from NIA were highlighted as well as NLM’s MedlinePlus. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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NLM Recruiting for 2018-19 Associate Fellowship Program!

PSR News - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:26

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2018-19 Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program designed for recent library science graduates (within the past two years) and early-career librarians. All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2018 are eligible to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Applications and additional information are available on the NLM web site. The application deadline is January 26, 2018. Up to five candidates will be selected for the program.

The September through August program is a one-year residency program (with an optional second year) for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship, offering a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff. The program is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project work ranging from:

  • Data analysis of programs and services such as extramural grants, indexed journal articles, controlled vocabularies, datasets, and customer inquiries.
  • Creation of online tutorials and educational awareness videos.
  • Social media outreach.
  • And more, including legislative tracking, web site enhancement, disaster information outreach studies, and review of next generation discovery interfaces.

The Associate Fellowship financial support includes:

  • Annual stipend of $54,972.
  • Additional funding to support purchase of group health insurance.
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation support.
  • Full support for attendance at local and national conferences.

For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.

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NLM 2018 Cataloging and Metadata News

PSR News - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:07

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) adopted the 2018 MeSH vocabulary for cataloging on November 20, 2017. Accordingly, MeSH subject headings in LocatorPlus were changed to reflect the 2018 MeSH vocabulary as of that date. When year-end processing activities are completed later in November, the NLM Catalog database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2018 MeSH. Until then, there will be a hiatus in the addition of new and edited bibliographic records to the NLM Catalog.

The Winter version of the NLM Classification, to be published in mid-to-late-January 2018, will encompass changes resulting from new and changed MeSH terms for 2018 as well as additional minor updates to the index. The main index terms will continue to link to 2017 MeSH until the Winter 2018 edition is published in January 2018. An NLM Classification number appears in many terms in the MeSH Browser and is supplied annually by the NLM Cataloging and Metadata Section (CaMMS) when the MeSH term points to a single classification number in the Classification Index. These class numbers are current as of the Winter 2017 edition of the NLM Classification. They will be updated with the publication of the 2018 Winter edition in January 2018.

Generally, vocabulary changes in NLM bibliographic records for books, serials, and other materials were implemented as they were applied for citations in MEDLINE. For additional information, refer to MEDLINE Data Changes—2018. The Expression of Concern publication type is the only new 2018 Descriptor that cannot be used for cataloging. Six new geographic descriptors were added. Most of these place names already have Table G notations in the NLM Classification. The rest will be added with the 2018 Winter edition of the NLM Classification.

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Report on the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2017-11-20 15:25

by Sue Espe, BBA, MLIS, AHIP
Health Science Librarian
Merril W. Brown Health Sciences Library
Banner Health – University Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ 

It is with much gratitude to the National Network Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region for providing Professional Development Award funds for me to attend the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians, on November 13 – 15, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh. As librarians receive increasing requests to perform systematic reviews, demand for this very popular semiannual workshop has grown and seats to attend it quickly fill. This year marks the 10th year that the workshop has been taught, which attests to its strong content. About a dozen librarians with varying levels of knowledge attended this session.

Instructors Charlie Wessel, Mary Lou Klem, Barbara Folb, Andrea Ketchum and Rose Turner are experts in this area and have thoughtfully created the workshop to generously share what they have learned through the years. They each reviewed standards, recommended key resources to search, outlined the steps to be performed and emphasized the importance of being a co-investigator. Initially, the fundamentals of study design and relationship of systematic reviews were highlighted. An emphasis was made on the importance of being a co-investigator as a member of the systematic review committee, being involved from the start, not simply as a side collaborator who only performs the search. Being a co-investigator, rather than a collaborator, allows for a much deeper understanding of the project and its objectives as well as providing influential guidance. The importance of thorough reference interview sessions with the principal investigator and committee was elaborated upon through illustrative examples. At the end of the interview process, librarians should have an extensive knowledge of the project scope, including an understanding of the protocol, defining terminology, and an exhaustive list of search terms.

Learning how to harvest terms, applying them in an orderly array and incorporating them into a search strategy was taught. Having easily interoperable and transferable searches between databases is necessary. Being methodical is beneficial for follow-up, reproducibility and writing the methodology. Explanations were provided for key databases that are essential to search, along with appropriate grey literature sources. The impact and handling of bias, duplication, and documentation was discussed. Throughout the workshop, hands-on group exercises enabled attendees to collaborate with each other to determine search terms and create search strings in a logical manner. With clearly written instructions and templates to follow, the groups were able to achieve performance of what was taught. Links to essential related websites, agencies, studies and guidelines about systematic reviews were included in course materials. Useful forms, checklists, templates and charts were also included.

With minimal knowledge about systematic reviews and no expertise in the performance of systematic reviews, but a great deal of proficiency in medical librarianship, this workshop allowed me to build upon my strengths and grasp all aspects of the process. Attending the workshop strengthened my confidence as well as provided me assurance that I would be following established and legitimate methods when working with researchers, physicians and nurses to fulfill systematic reviews. Overall, this workshop was one of the most informative and practical courses that I have attended. I highly recommend this workshop and encourage anyone who has an interest in learning about the systematic review process, standards, and practice tips, to make arrangements to attend. The instructors have expert knowledge, insightful practice stories and sage guidance to share. There is a standing list of prospective attendees and seats fill quickly, so it is important to make inquires early and start planning now to attend the next workshop in April, 2018!

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NLM Resources for Family Caregivers

PSR News - Mon, 2017-11-20 14:55

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the National Library of Medicine offers resources to support family caregivers through information on MedlinePlus and through multilingual information for family caregivers on HealthReach. HealthReach provides materials for caregivers (documents, video, and audio) in multiple languages related to home care and caregivers, including:

  • For the Caregiver (11 languages): This three-page handout educates people who take care of a loved one with cancer at home about managing their role as caregiver. It provides recommendations for ways caregivers can manage stress and take care of themselves, ask family and friends for help, and communicate with the loved one who has cancer about expectations and limits.
  • Home Care Instructions After Surgery (12 languages): This eight-page illustrated handout provides common instructions for home care for people recovering from surgery. It clarifies that patients should follow any instructions given to them by their doctor or nurse that are based on their specific needs. It outlines what to do and what not to do for the first 24 hours after surgery. The document contains guidelines and helpful tips for home care, discussing medicines, activity, diet and bowel movement, and incision care.
  • Using a Medicine Spoon or Dropper (3 languages): This six-page illustrated handout educates parents and caregivers about how to use a medicine spoon or dropper to measure liquid medicine for children and adults.
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El Virus Del Zika Webinar

PSR News - Thu, 2017-11-16 14:23
The California Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Health Initiative of the Americas of UC Berkeley, invites you to participate in Zika Virus Webinar that will provide information on:
  • The transmission of the Zika Virus
  • How to prevent the virus
  • What to do if you plan to travel to places with Zika
  • Who should be tested for Zika
  • Where to find educational resources about Zika for the community
The free webinar is conducted in Spanish! Please share this information with your Spanish speaking clientele! Fecha: 5 de diciembre del 2017 Hora: 10:00 am (hora de California) Duracion: 1 hora Idioma: Español Gratuito ¡Regístrese Ahora!
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2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Available for Download!

PSR News - Thu, 2017-11-16 13:52

The National Library of Medicine is currently conducting its annual maintenance process known as Year-End Processing (YEP) for 2018. The MeSH Browser currently points to the 2018 MeSH vocabulary with a link to the 2017 MeSH vocabulary. The Browser contains MeSH heading records that may include Scope Notes, Annotations, Entry Terms, History Notes, Allowable Qualifiers (Subheadings), Previous Indexing, and other information. It also includes Subheading records and Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs) for substances and diseases that are not MeSH headings. You can download 2018 MeSH from links on the MeSH homepage. The PubMed MeSH database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2018 MeSH by the end of November when YEP activities are complete and the newly maintained MEDLINE data are available in PubMed.

This year 113 MeSH headings were either changed or deleted and replaced with more up-to-date terminology. During YEP, NLM updates MeSH headings on MEDLINE citations. 471 new MeSH Headings, plus three new Publication Types, were added to MeSH in 2018. A complete list of the new 2018 MeSH headings is available in PDF format, see New Headings with Scope Notes, Annotations and Tree Locations. Three new Publication Types are available for 2018. Two of the new Publications Types are types of clinical trials. In order to improve indexing consistency and efficiency and to make MEDLINE searching easier and more straightforward, the subheading /contraindications was deleted, and three new MeSH headings were created to replace it.

For details on these and many other updates, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Resources for American Diabetes Month

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:19

November is American Diabetes Month, to raise awareness about a condition that impacts one in 10 Americans. MedlinePlus describes some of the serious health problems caused by diabetes, such as damage to your eyeskidneys, and nervesheart disease, stroke, and even the need to remove a limb. The National Library of Medicine offers a number of web resources to provide tailored health information about diabetes for special populations, such as parents, Native Americans, and individuals who speak languages other than English:

  • Parents: If a child has been diagnosed with diabetes, parents can check the MedlinePlus page Diabetes in Children and Teens for links to information on diagnosis, treatment, living with diabetes, related issues, statistics, clinical trials, how to find an expert, and more.
  • Native Americans and Alaska Natives: The Diabetes page on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal offers resources for treatment and prevention of diabetes in Native American communities and personal stories of Native Americans living with diabetes.
  • Information in Multiple Languages: Search HealthReach for patient resources in multiple languages and formats (document, audio, or video) related to diabetes, such as the three-page handout “Diabetes” in 13 languages or the brochure “Diabetes and Your Feet” in 4 languages. Also check the Spanish-language version of MedlinePlus for information and resources about diabetes.
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Updates for NLM’s Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information Page!

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-08 13:53

The National Library of Medicine’s Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page offers reliable links to help health professionals learn how to serve culturally diverse populations. In addition to topics such as cultural competency, health literacy, limited English proficiency, data related to minority health and health disparities, and health resources in multiple languages, new sections and resources were recently added to the page, including:

  • Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Resources (under Health Resources in Multiple Languages) – Multilingual consumer health information related to addiction and substance use disorders.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Resources (under Health Resources in Multiple Languages) – Find videos in American Sign Language (ASL) providing reliable health information.
  • Searches in OMHRC Catalog and PubMed – Find search results on topics like health literacy and cultural competency from HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Catalog (a database of publications related to minority health) and PubMed.
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NLM Issues Updated Guidance on Data Deposit and Linking in PMC

PSR News - Tue, 2017-11-07 14:01

In response to the growing interest in the availability of data associated with articles, PubMed Central (PMC) is reviewing current practices around data and seeking feedback on how to best serve the data needs of the research community. As part of these efforts, the PMC policy statement on supplementary data was recently updated to more clearly articulate the requirement that any supplementary data (images, tables, video, or other documents / files) that are associated with an article must be deposited in PMC with an article. The search filter “has suppdata[filter]” can be used in PMC to discover records with associated supplementary data files.

In addition to providing supplementary data with an article, NLM is also encouraging journals and authors to make research data available in a public repository and to include the relevant data citation(s) in the paper. Guidance for PMC data providers on tagging data citations is available in the Tagging Guidelines. This guidance is based on the JATS4R recommendations on data citations.

Starting October 2017, the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system will also accept deposits of small datasets accompanying deposits of funded author manuscripts for inclusion of PMC. Guidance for authors is available in the NIHMS FAQ. To submit suggestions on future directions in data for PMC to consider, please visit pubmedcentral@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

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October 2017 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2017-11-06 16:29

On October 18, NNLM PSR presented How Librarians and Information Professionals can make a difference in combating Predatory Publishers for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. In the webinar, the speakers, Dr. Mark Langdorf, Editor-In-Chief, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health and Linda Murphy, Health Science Librarian, discussed the growing concerns of open access publishing and what actions librarians and information professionals can take in combating predatory publishers. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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New ClinicalTrials.gov Beta Version Available for Public Testing!

PSR News - Fri, 2017-11-03 18:41

A new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov is now available for public testing. Key features of this beta version include:

  • updated search for the “Recruiting and not yet recruiting” studies feature on the homepage
  • new location search option enables you to limit your search based on the distance (number of miles radius) from a specified location
  • updated “Search Results” page design that brings the list of studies found closer to the top of page
  • updated “Glossary” design provides term definitions while continuing to view the page containing the terms

screenshot of the new beta version of clinicaltrials.gov

This beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov is the latest component in a series of changes that started earlier this year to enhance users’ ability to search, display, and review information about clinical research studies (see ClinicalTrials.gov: First in a Series of Changes to Improve Usability for Stakeholders). Another set of ClinicalTrials.gov updates was released in September.

The National of Library of Medicine welcomes comments, questions, and suggestions on this new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov. There are two methods to provide feedback:

  • Respond to the online survey by clicking on the “Give us feedback” link at the top of the beta site.
  • Click on “Customer Support” in the footer of both the ClinicalTrials.gov Web site and the beta version of the Web site to link to the NLM Customer Support page. Then click on Contact NLM at the top of the NLM Customer Support page.
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NLM Interlibrary Loan Service: Two Changes Effective January 1, 2018!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2017-11-03 18:31

In addition to using the National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE system, effective with the new year libraries can send interlibrary loan (ILL) requests to NLM via the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), saving libraries already using OCLC time and effort by integrating these requests into their existing workflows. The change gives libraries wanting to borrow materials from NLM three possible avenues for placing requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. DOCLINE, which has served medical libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1985, efficiently routed more than one million ILL requests in Fiscal Year 2017. As a national library, NLM will continue to serve as a library of last resort for ILL, meaning that libraries should first try to fill requests from local or regional libraries before submitting them to NLM.

In addition, NLM will raise the fee for filling an interlibrary loan request from $9.00 to $12.00. The price increase will help keep the NLM ILL service a national leader and ensure that NLM can continue to deliver efficient service and maintain a fast turnaround time to complete incoming requests.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Will NLM lending in OCLC have any effect on DOCLINE?

    No. NLM does not anticipate any impact on DOCLINE and will continue to develop and maintain the system.

  2. If my library belongs to OCLC and DOCLINE, must I use one or the other?

    Libraries can choose the borrowing method that best suits their ILL processes, taking into consideration the different billing methods associated with each system, as well as different statistical reporting options.

  3. Will NLM still offer its portal?

    Yes. If libraries and other institutions are unable to submit requests through DOCLINE or OCLC, NLM’s preferred methods for ILL, the portal will still be available for submitting and checking on the status of interlibrary loan requests.

  4. Why did the price of an ILL increase?

    The price increase was necessary due to the increases in the costs of delivering the service. The fee had not increased in over two decades.

  5. What methods exist for requesting an ILL from NLM?

    After January 1, 2018, there will be three possible avenues for placing ILL requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. NLM encourages requesting institutions to utilize either DOCLINE or OCLC before the NLM ILL Request Portal.

  6. What is the impact to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s regarding NLM’s decision to use OCLC?

    NLM does not anticipate any impact on the quality and timeliness of services it provides to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. DOCLINE continues to be the recommended requesting mechanism for libraries with health-science missions that are part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, however NLM will also accept requests submitted via OCLC. Libraries can choose the borrowing method that best suits their ILL processes, taking into consideration the different billing methods associated with each system, as well as different statistical reporting options.

  7. Is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Resource Sharing Plan changed/changing due to NLM’s decision to use OCLC?
    The Network Resource Sharing Plan will not change due to NLM’s decision to use OCLC.
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November 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2017-11-03 12:55
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Check out the November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Out of Breath? Get Tested for COPD
    Many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) don’t realize they have it. COPD is a serious lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Shortness of breath, a constant cough, and wheezing can all be symptoms.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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NLM Interlibrary Loan Service: Two Changes Effective January 1, 2018

PSR News - Fri, 2017-11-03 12:37

In addition to using the National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE system, libraries can soon send interlibrary loan (ILL) requests to NLM via Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), saving libraries already using OCLC time and effort by integrating these requests into their existing workflows. The change gives libraries wanting to borrow materials from NLM three possible avenues for placing requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. DOCLINE, which has served medical libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1985, efficiently routed more than one million ILL requests in Fiscal Year 2017. As a national library, NLM will continue to serve as a library of last resort for ILL, meaning that libraries should first try to fill requests from local or regional libraries before submitting them to NLM.

In addition, NLM will raise the fee for filling an interlibrary loan request from $9.00 to $12.00. The long overdue price increase will help keep the NLM ILL service a national leader and ensure that NLM can continue to deliver efficient service and maintain a fast turnaround time to complete incoming requests.

Source: NLM Technical Bulletin, 2017 Nov-Dec; (419):e2

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Lab Test Information Available in MedlinePlus!

PSR News - Thu, 2017-11-02 17:51

MedlinePlus now has lab test information in English and Spanish. From “Albumin Blood Test” to “Yeast Infection Test,” MedlinePlus currently has 50 lab tests listed, with 75 more coming in the next year. Visitors can learn about their laboratory tests, including what the lab test is used for, why their doctor ordered it, how the test will feel, and what the results may mean. Lab test information articles were added in response to a need for Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) mappings in MedlinePlus Connect.

screenshot of the medlineplus lab test information page

 

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New NLM Resources for the Opioid Crisis

PSR News - Thu, 2017-11-02 16:01

Opiates are chemicals that come from the poppy flower. A synthetic form, opioids, are used in medications. On October 26, 2017, Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric D. Hargan declared a public health emergency to address the national opioid crisis. A public health emergency declaration lasts for 90 days and can be extended. Yesterday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a report that includes 56 recommendations for action. Following is a list of resources that provide authoritative information on the opioid crisis:

National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources:

Libraries and the opioid crisis:

Related event:

  • December 6 and 7, 2017, the HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will host an Opioid Symposium and Code-a-Thon to promote and employ innovative ways to leverage technology and data to address the nationwide opioid epidemic.
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Network Members in the Spotlight

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2017-11-01 17:55

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!

David Midyette is the new Senior Medical Affairs Information Specialist at Ventana Medical Systems in Tucson, AZ. David was previously the librarian at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, NV.

June Simms, Director of the Jay Sexter Library at Touro University Nevada in Henderson, is retiring at the end of December 2017, after more than 13 years of service to the library.

Norman Huckle, Head of Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan at Savitt Medical Library, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, is retiring November 9th, after 32 years of service.

Sophia Prisco is the new Education Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco Library & Center for Knowledge Management. She was previously the librarian at West Coast University’s Center for Graduate Studies in central Los Angeles.

Susan Ulrich, Medical Librarian at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, CA, retired at the end August 2017.

Marsha Kmec passed away on August 10 at the age of 65. She was the Health Sciences Librarian at Olive View/UCLA Medical Center from 1992-2012, and very active in the NNLM Network. In more recent years, Marsha was the medical librarian at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. She received the Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona Louise Darling Achievement Award in 1998 and the UCLA Librarian of the Year Award in 2007.

Alexander Lyubechansky, MA, MLIS, is now the Clinical Librarian at the Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno. He was previously the Clinical Librarian at the Savitt Medical Library Las Vegas location.

Esther Sternberg, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the 2017-18 chair of the NLM Board of Regents.

Sterling Kent is the new Learning Resource Center Manager at Fortis College in Phoenix, AZ. He replaces Amy Nadell.

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Public Library Association Announces Partnership with NNLM for “Promoting Healthy Communities” Training Initiative

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-01 16:14

Responding to the sizable proportion of Americans who visit libraries to check out health guidance, the Public Library Association (PLA) has announced a partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to train public librarians to better provide consumer health information. Research suggests that those librarians have an important role to play. According to a 2010 study, 37% of library users, including 57% of seniors living in poverty, used public library computers to seek health information. But a 2013 survey of public librarians showed that a third of respondents were unfamiliar with resources that could help patrons with health-related queries. PLA Deputy Director Scott G. Allen said the new initiative, called Promoting Healthy Communities, is designed to tailor medical information for librarians serving a general audience.

The new PLA-NNLM partnership intends to address the knowledge gap in a variety of ways, including podcasts, webinars, conference sessions, and a dedicated website set to launch later this year. That site will provide information for librarians on what NNLM information is accessible, streamlined versions of that information for a consumer health audience, and recommendations for how libraries can promote their role as a health information desk. Throughout the nine-month 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. The initiative will increase the capacity of public libraries to provide quality health reference services by holding training programs and webinars, publishing articles and podcasts about successful library programs, and helping dozens of library staff gain the Consumer Health Information Specialization credential from MLA.

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NNLM Sponsors PLA Preconference Session for Public Librarians on March 20!

PSR News - Thu, 2017-10-26 16:28

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to present a full-day preconference at the 2018 PLA meeting on Tuesday, March 20, Stand Up for Health: Health & Wellness for Your Community. PLA is offering a limited number of stipends to support travel to the meeting for public librarians interested in attending the preconference. In addition, public librarians completing the class will receive certification for Level One of the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization program, at no cost to the individual! Register by February 23 to take advantage of Advanced registration discounts.

The preconference content will include a review of core competencies of providing health and wellness services, methods for understanding a community’s needs, and creating 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 this new expertise to work. This preconference is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and NNLM designed to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services

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