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Meet our BIPOC LIS Student Awardees!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2021-01-11 11:24

We are excited to announce the recipients for the NNLM PSR BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award. Introduced in September 2020, this award provides resource support for LIS students and recent graduates interested in health science information librarianship and engagement.  

 This post will be updated as we accept new awardees on a rolling basis. We are still accepting award applications at this time—start yours today! 

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Renée A. Torres 

San Jose State University 

Project Title: Graphic Medicine and Medical Libraries 

Renée A. Torres, a Southern California native, is finishing a master of library and information science (MLIS) degree at San José State University (SJSU) this fall. In 2017, she earned an MA in 20th-century United States history, specializing in women’s and gender history, from Washington State University. Her current interest is in health sciences librarianship, particularly focusing on how LIS professionals can help support, expand, and improve culturally competent healthcare information for the healthcare industry as well as academic and local communities. Support from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), REFORMA, and SJSU’s iSchool has reaffirmed her commitment to working in an academic library and serving historically marginalized communities by empowering them with access to information. When she’s not dreaming of working in a library, you can find her reading and reviewing novels, planning her next trip, and patronizing local businesses. Renée’s project will investigate how comics and graphic novels, in the form of Graphic Medicine, can be used in patient care and health sciences education to help nurture culturally competent care and empathy within the healthcare industry and provide credible health care information to underrepresented communities. 

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Nicole Greer

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee 

Project Title: School Librarians Supporting Teens with Health Information 

Nicole is the library director and interim equity and inclusion coordinator at an independent school in the Bay Area. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and she will complete an MLIS program this spring. Nicole began her undergraduate studies as a biology pre-med major; her interest in health sciences came full circle when she attended a session on health information and programs for teens at the 2019 YALSA Symposium. A certified school librarian, she has experience in incorporating library instruction into her school’s health and wellness curriculum. In her work, she has observed gaps in students’ health literacy and in the consumer health information that is available to teens. Her project will focus on the information-seeking behaviors of marginalized and minoritized teens. She is interested in leveraging the school librarian’s skillset to meet students’ health information needs. In collaboration with health sciences librarians, she will design a training module for school librarians to develop more inclusive health-related collections, programs, and instructional services.


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Mayra Fuentes 

San Jose State University 

Project Title: Raising Our Voices: Speech Therapy Services for Spanish-Speaking Youth 

Mayra Fuentes is a first-generation college graduate from South Los Angeles who completed her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She first began working in libraries as a middle school volunteer and later found a renewed interest after graduating from UC San Diego with a Bachelors in Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitions and Language. In line with her interest in linguistics, she thereafter completed a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, San Marcos and volunteered as a Spanish translator. Currently, Mayra works for the Los Angeles Public Library where she has actively volunteered on various committees and participated in its Diversity and Inclusion Apprenticeship program. In addition, Mayra serves as Student Representative on the California Library Association’s Board and as the Public Information Officer for the REFORMA Los Angeles Chapter. 


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Alejandra Reyes 

San Jose State University 

Project Title: Mental health in Spanish-speaking communities 

I applied for this award because when I finish my MLIS program, I want to be able to tell a story. Besides story time, I want to share and tell my own personal story to my community so that I, like books, can become a mirror or a window to those who need it and give back to my community and meet their needs. I want to empower my community and be an advocate to build bridges to have equitable access in all formats in my community. I want to learn other areas besides public librarianship where I can get informed and where I can improve the access to health information to my community. The topic of my project is mental health in public libraries, specifically in low income, Spanish speaking communities. It is a taboo in that community to talk about mental health and I want to provide exercises or a bilingual infographic about the importance of self-care and mental health. Due to COVID, I would want to be able to share it in my social media and to my peers. I would also like to find free resources to share the information to the community. 


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Kate Pham 

University of California, Los Angeles 

Project Title: Academic librarianship and Student Outreach, Organizing, and Coalition Building 

Kate is currently a graduate student pursuing a MLIS degree at UCLA, specializing in library studies. She hopes to become an academic librarian in the future to support individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences in their paths to pursuing higher education and research. In her work, she highly enjoys engaging in projects that center around student outreach and engagement, such as supporting and connecting with underrepresented student communities at the university. Her outreach work with different student organizations and campus partners through the UCLA Sciences Libraries has prompted her interest in researching trends, practices, and frameworks for student outreach within academic health sciences libraries. Through this research project, she aims to critically analyze and discuss libraries’ institutional roles in supporting and facilitating student efforts around issues of community and coalition building and activism. In her free time, Kate enjoys staying inside, reading, cooking and gaming.   


We are excited to support BIPOC LIS students and early career professionals. We have remaining funds and are actively seeking more award applicants until the end of January 2021. More information on eligibility and the application process can be found in the funding announcement. Have an interest in health information or know someone who does? Reach out to us at psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu 

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NNLM PSR LIS Student Experience During COVID-19

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-12-17 03:14

Throughout this pandemic, our priority has been to keep ourselves and the ones around us healthy. Though we have diligently been wearing masks, washing our hands, and staying six feet apart from each other, many of us have not been so mindful about other aspects of our health. Eating healthy may be difficult when we have easy access to the kitchen all day. Coping with stress is difficult already, now add a pandemic, the new challenges it brings daily and managing stress seems even more daunting. Our new routines make it very difficult to focus on these specific aspects of our personal health, but it is vital we are keeping up with sleep, exercise, nutrition, and mental health.

Especially as college students shifting our entire lives online, that sleep, exercise, nutrition, and mental health I mentioned earlier may seem like last on the endless list of essays, assignments, and studying. During this unprecedented time, university students have faced many unique stressors in addition to the tragedies of this year. Being taken away from a campus full of peers and resources, forced into completing courses home left many students with less than ideal learning environments. The isolation and loneliness felt at home affects our mindset. We used to have to rush at least ten minutes to class, but now we stare at screens and sit on our desks all day. These and other individual students’ factors contribute to increased stress, sleeping irregularity, and nutritional deficiencies.

During periods of high stress, our immune system cannot function at its full capacity. Irregular weight gain can worsen existing health problems and even increase risk of COVID-19. Physical inactivity and prolonged stress affect natural sleeping patterns which in turn disrupts the immune system even more. Below are resources to help us focus on these important aspects of our health.


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NNLM PSR Membership Update & Member Staff News

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-12-17 02:59

We would like to provide you a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. The COVID-19 pandemic presented real challenges to outreach activities, particularly in-person activities such as site visits, conferences and exhibits.  In response to stay at home orders brought on by the pandemic, we have shifted our focus on digital platforms to ensure that we continue to build diverse and inclusive member communities.  Twenty-six new members have joined the network. Please join us in welcoming our new network members!

New Network Members





Network Member Staff News

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!

Vicki Carroll, Medical Librarian at the Department of State Hospitals, Atascadero in San Luis Obispo, retired in November 2020.  Veronica Gutierrez will serve as her replacement as NNLM Liaison.

Heidi Patterson is the new medical librarian at Queen’s Medical Center Hawaii Medical Library in Honolulu, HI. Heidi replaces Marlene Oishi who retired in November 2019.

Elizabeth Schatz is the new NNLM Liaison for Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Library in Honolulu, HI.  Elizabeth replaces Jackie Chigawa.

Closed Network Members

We continue to update our Membership Directory and several member institutions have either closed or are no longer members of the NNLM.

  • Centinela Hospital Medical Center (Inglewood, CA)
  • Citrus Valley Health Partners, Queen of the Valley Campus, Health Sciences Library (West Covina, CA)
  • Fallbrook Hospital, Medical Library (Fallbrook, CA)
  • Fortis College – Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Hospice of the Central Coast, Community Health & Hospice Resource Center (Salinas, CA)
  • Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (Fountain Valley, CA)
  • Orange County Global Medical Center (Santa Ana, CA)
  • Orthopedic Institute for Children (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills, CA)
  • St. Vincent Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion (San Francisco, CA)
  • University Medical Center (Las Vegas, NV)

Network membership is free and offers a variety of benefits and services. For more information, please go to our Members page. If your institution or organization is eligible, complete the Member Application to become a member of the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region.

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Announcing the Libraries Without Borders Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) Award

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-12-14 15:31

The NNLM PSR is excited to announce a funding award for the Libraries Without Borders (LWB) Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) National Model! Many of our readers may be familiar with LWB’s work in Minnesota, D.C., and Pennsylvania creating Wash and Learn stations through the NNLM GMR , SEA, and MAR, where libraries collaborated with laundromats to facilitate health information programming to customers and families as they washed and dried their clothes. With the new award, the initiative continues to build upon these projects and activities to create a national, WALI-Health model adaptable for use in different NNLM regions across the U.S.

The major deliverable of this project is the WALI-Health toolkit, which will steer the WALI-Health Program and create a guide for delivering health information outreach to underserved communities through a culturally sensitive and equitable lens. The focus of the toolkit is to provide previous WALI participants continued guidance as well as newly interested stakeholders that would like to partner and successfully implement a WALI site.

This program is primarily supported by myself, Nora Franco (she/her), PSR’s Consumer Health Librarian and Intern Chidinma Ikonte (she/her), 3rd year UCLA student majoring in Human Biology and Society and currently on the pre-med track. Chidinma’s professional interests include working with underserved populations and the relationship between social justice and healthcare, which makes her a natural fit to support the creation of the WALI-Health toolkit. Amy Reyes (she/they), PSR’s Community Engagement Librarian, is also supporting the creation of health literacy components for this project.

Kat Trujillo (she/her), Director of Education and Deputy Director, and Frankie Devanbu (she/her), Technology & Social Justice Fellow are leading the LWB team in these efforts with their innovative models and approach. The two have convened and led the Advisory Committee to provide input and expert feedback on current and future iterations of materials. Stay tuned for the progress on this creative endeavor!

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December 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-12-07 03:00

illustration of a woman talking on the phone privatelyCheck out the December 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: Donate Your Brain for Research
    Your brain lets you think, feel, move, and breathe. But when something goes wrong, it can cause devastating disorders. Brain donations help researchers study brain disorders that affect millions of people.

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 News & Announcements

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-12-07 02:31

DOCLINE: Connecting Medical Libraries for 35 Years

It’s been 35 years since NLM’s interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing system, DOCLINE®, was launched with a goal of enabling medical libraries to get biomedical literature into the hands of people who need it as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Changes to Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) and Disaster Lit

NLM is implementing changes to make it easier for online health information seekers to find and navigate trusted disaster health information. As of November 2020, NLM has begun the process of transitioning DIMRC programs to other parts of NLM, integrating them into other NLM resources, making them accessible on partner sites, or eventually discontinuing them.

NIH Preprint Pilot Librarian Toolkit

NLM has created a new resource for librarians: the NIH Preprint Pilot Librarian Toolkit. This toolkit provides information and resources about the NIH Preprint Pilot, NLM’s latest project to increase the early discoverability of NIH-supported research results.

MedlinePlus Social Media Toolkit

MedlinePlus now has a social media toolkit available in both English and Spanish. Use the toolkit to share MedlinePlus resources on your social media or other communication channels to connect your community to high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted and easy to understand.

New Twitter Handle for NLM

The National Library of Medicine has a new Twitter handle! You can find all of our content and news under a new name – @NLM_NIH. NLM will be retiring our old handle, nlm_news.

NLM Musings from the Mezzanine: 10 Tips After 10 Months of Video Calls

Dr. Patti Brennan, National Library of Medicine Director, shares a few tips on online engagement garnered from years of in-person and virtual meetings.

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World AIDS Day and New HIV/AIDS Info Outreach Funding Opportunity

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-11-30 16:13
Recognizing World AIDS Day

30 PM Eastern Time. There is an image of a crowd of people on the right, standing in the shape of the continents. A red ribbon is overlaid with the words World AIDS Day 2020 written on it.Since 1988, December 1st has been recognized as World AIDS Day in recognition of the global epidemic and a call to action to improve the response against HIV/AIDS. In 2018, almost 38,000 individuals in the United States were diagnosed with HIV, which can eventually develop into AIDS. The number of new diagnoses has also increased over the years, making this a great concern for communities, policy makers, and health professionals (CDC). Nearly all institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health conduct and support research on HIV/AIDS in an effort to improve human health and quality of life. This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is Resilience and Impact (HIV.gov).

In observance of this day, NIH’s Office of AIDS Research is hosting an event titled, Science and Community: Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected (Event Link). Leaders in HIV/AIDS research and policy will gather virtually to discuss community engagement and capacity building to sustain the future of AIDS researchers and advocates. The event is 8a-9:30a PT on December 1st, at no cost: https://www.oar.nih.gov/news-and-events/meetings-events/world-aids-day-2020

New HIV/AIDS Info Outreach Funding Opportunity

The HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP), sponsored by NLM and Oak Ridge Associated Universities, recently announced its Requests for Proposals for the 2021 funding cycle.

NLM recognizes that people and communities benefit from having access to quality, accurate information about HIV/AIDS, especially as new treatment and management methods evolve with new research. According to the award announcement, “ACIOP is a competitive awards program offered to community-based organizations and libraries to improve HIV/AIDS health information access, with a focus on NIH/HHS resources.” Submitted projects must address at least one of these areas:

  • Information Retrieval
  • Skills Development
  • Resource Development and Dissemination
  • PrEP Navigator Resource Development and Dissemination

For more information and application materials about the funding opportunity, please refer to the Request for Proposals page. Deadline for proposal submission is December 28, 2020 at 11AM PT/2PM ET.

Additional HIV/AIDS Information Resources

CDC: HIV Basics


Clinical Info: Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV

NIH Office of AIDS Research

MedlinePlus: HIV/AIDS

MedlinePlus: Screening and Diagnosis for HIV

NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center


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National Family Health History Day

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-11-24 13:55

Happy family having Thanksgiving dinner at homeThanksgiving is coming up in the United States, and with it, time for conversations and catching up with loved ones and family. Though we may be “zooming” one another instead of sharing our meals at the same table this year, it is still a wonderful opportunity to share family memories, special stories and history. That is why Thanksgiving Day is also National Family Health History Day. These conversations can be difficult, but there are some great resources available to help.

  • My Family Health Portrait – This is a resource from the Surgeon General to help you document your own family health history online. Similar to programs that let you share your cultural heritage, this assists you in tracking your health heritage. This can help you identify if you might be at higher risk for certain conditions. You can use this document to start a conversation with your doctor and with other family members.
  • Does It Run In The Family? Toolkit – This toolkit, made up of two books from Genetic Alliance, is available in English, Spanish and Tagalog. Book 1 can help guide you in having health history conversations with your family, including suggested activities and conversation starters. Book 2 helps you learn more about genes, genetics and how they might influence your own health outcomes.
  • Family Health Resources from NNLM – The NNLM Reading Club has created a page full of resources about family health, heritable conditions, genetics and more. There are also several recommended titles for book club kits. If you would like to learn more about the NNLM Reading Club program you can reach out to the PSR All of Us Community Engagement Librarian, Amy, at abreyes@library.ucla.edu.

If having a family health history conversation leads to questions about conditions you would like more information on, a great place to start is with Medline Plus Genetics. On Medline Plus Genetics you can search for genetic information by the name of a condition or by a particular gene. Of course it is advised to share all of your health history and any questions you might have with you personal healthcare provider.

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Reflecting on the 2019 American Medical Informatics Association Meeting, A Year Later

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-11-17 18:10

by John Borghi
Manager, Research and Instruction
Stanford University, Lane Medical Library

A little over a year ago, I boarded a plane to Washington DC to attend the 2019 meeting of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). At this point in my career, I had been working in academic libraries for over six years. For much of that time, I had worked in biomedical settings and focused my activities on research data. I teach classes on data management and data sharing, but I had come to AMIA because I wanted to learn more about clinical data, informatics, and health information technology.

Over the next few days, I attended sessions on ethics in biomedical informatics, the emergence of artificial intelligence in healthcare, and so many other interesting topics that I was constantly exhausted and in search of coffee. Because the conference was in D.C., I also learned a lot about data-related initiatives at federal agencies, especially the National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine.

So why am I writing about this now? As I sit down to write this, the 2020 AMIA meeting is occurring. But rather than being held in a conference center it is, like so many other meetings in the last year, entirely virtual. Shortly after I returned from the 2019 meeting, the first cases of the disease we now know as COVID-19 began to emerge. I can’t even begin to summarize or even characterize the year that followed. But topics related to how researchers and clinicians collect, analyze, and apply data to healthcare decisions now consume so many of our personal, professional, and political conversations and activities. Everything I learned at last year’s meeting resonates very differently in the time of COVID.

The session I was most eager to attend last year was about the data-related initiatives at the NIH. At the time, I had just contributed to my institution’s response to a request for comments on a draft data management and sharing policy and I was eager to hear more about what was happening and what was planned in the future. A year later, and the final policy has been announced and I’m glad to see that the suggestions made by my peers and I- both in the meeting and in our written comments- have been integrated into the new policy. But also, the necessity of biomedical and health science researchers making the products of their work available (and in a usable form) to one another could not be clearer than during a global pandemic.

Another standout session I attended at the AMIA meeting concerned the All of Us Research Program, an effort to gather genetic and health data from one million or more people living in the United States in order to accelerate medical breakthroughs. At the time, I was amazed at the sheer scale of the project and interested in how the data would be curated and made available to the research community. Now, when I check the project’s website, I see there are a series of efforts to leverage the dataset to study COVID antibodies, survey the pandemic’s effect on community health, and use the electronic health record to study patterns and learn about COVID-related symptoms. Rather than a redirection of the project, this represents its immediate application.

When I proposed attending the 2019 AMIA meeting, I told my colleagues I wanted to explore another dimension of our profession- to understand more about how clinical data was actually being applied and used. Looking back now, at all of the notes I took during the meeting, I am struck by two things. The first is that the meeting feels like it occurred a lifetime ago. Everything surrounding my attendance at the meeting, from walking through a crowded airport to catch my flight to D.C. to presenting on what I saw to a room full of my colleagues upon my return, feels so remote now. But I am also struck by the immediacy of everything I learned at the meeting. Understanding and working to improve how clinical data is collected, analyzed, and applied are always absolutely vital pursuits. But the last year has shined a light on just how vital.

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UCSF Receives NNLM PSR Subaward: “The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records”

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-11-16 03:00

NNLM PSR recently awarded the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), $138,370 for a subaward titled The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records.

UCSF’s project supports a priority area for NLM and NIH by digitizing approximately 43,000-45,000 pages from 15 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area with the goal of making them widely accessible to the public. This project will chronicle the experience and struggles of communities of color and other marginalized communities during the onset of the AIDS epidemic.

The materials that will be digitized range from hand handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed and printed reports and agency records. Photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, and posters will also be digitized. They will be added to a growing digital collection documenting the AIDS crisis established by UCSF on Calisphere and publicly accessible around the world.  The materials will be digitized by the University of California, Merced Digital Assets unit that has been partnering with UCSF on successful collaborative digitization projects for more than 10 years. All materials selected to be digitized will be carefully examined for privacy concerns and the archivists will consult with an existing Advisory Board.

UCSF plans to partner with NLM’s History of Medicine Division and DPLA to create a collaborative AIDS history primary source set on the Digital Public Library of America in order to disseminate the project results and enable their educational use. UCSF will also promote the availability of this resource to organizations in the San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, CA area. This project will be led by Polina Ilieva and Edith Escobedo will serve as a project archivist.

PSR is looking forward to the execution of this project!

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November 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-11-03 17:44

illustration of a woman having trouble breathing while walking outsideCheck 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: Long-Distance Caregiving
    Caring for a friend, parent, or other relative who lives far away can be challenging. There are things you can do to make long-distance caregiving more manageable.
  • Featured Website – COVID-19 and Addiction
    Find important information on addiction and COVID-19. This includes tips on how to support a friend or family member with a substance use disorder during this stressful time.

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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Welcome Amy Reyes, Community Engagement Librarian!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2020-10-30 15:29

Headshot of Amy Reyes, woman with brown hair wearing floral top and blue cardiganWelcome to Amy Reyes, the newest team member with the Pacific Southwest Region, our new All of Us Community Engagement Librarian.

Amy comes to the NNLM with almost a decade of experience in public libraries, as well as work in school and academic library settings. She is a consumer health information specialist (CHIS) and passionate about STEM education, science literacy, health literacy and health equity. In her most recent position she developed after school STEM programs, intergenerational programs and was part of the team that built and launched a new maker space.

Outside of work Amy is pursuing the same life long learning she hopes to inspire in others. Currently, she is working towards a second bachelors degree in biology with an emphasis in biomedical science. She is also active as an advocate for mental health and diversity. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid and ASIST suicide prevention. Amy also serves on the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Task Force of the Public Library Association. She is also active in the Medical Library Association and American Public Health Association.

Amy is very excited to be joining the PSR team at UCLA and to be part of the NLM/NNLM team. She looks forward to diving into exciting new and established regional projects, as well as helping to promote NNLM and the All of Us research program on a national level.

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Get Informed: 2020-21 Flu Season Information Resources

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2020-10-30 15:00

The 2020-Graphic with title that reads Mask Up, Later Up, Sleeve Up. Three circles are laid out horizontal below the title. The first circle shows a person with red hair putting on a mask. The middle circle shows a person with gray hair and a mask washing their hands. The third circle shows a person with a purple ponytail showing their left arm with a bandaid near the shoulder. At the bottom right, it reads #FightFlu and the CDC logo.21 flu season is well under way, and extra caution is emphasized due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (CDC). It’s not too late to build awareness and to take action to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community from spreading respiratory illness. Take a look at the following influenza information resources from NLM and beyond to learn and share with others. Spread health information, not germs!


General Information on Flu and Flu Vaccine Medline Plus CDC Resources for Health Professionals/ Researchers Flu Resources by State Data Sources and Tools Communication Resources Related Resources

Have a question about using any of these resources? Please contact Sharon, Associate Fellow, at shan4@library.ucla.edu.

Be safe and be well!

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NLM Strategic Plan RFI Deadline Extended To November 2!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-10-20 12:32

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) invites you to help guide the continuing implementation of the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health by responding to the Request for Information, and encouraging others to respond as well.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and leads, conducts, and supports research and research training in biomedical information science, informatics, and data science.  NLM is also the world’s largest biomedical library, advancing open science and scholarship by making biomedical information more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable and helping create a more diverse and data-skilled workforce. Our work enables researchers, clinicians, and the public to translate a vast wealth of biomedical information into better health.

In the years since NLM’s current strategic plan was released, there have been dozens of initiatives, projects, and other NLM activities in pursuit of its goals. To assure that implementation of the Plan remains current, NLM seeks comment on major opportunities or challenges relevant to the NLM mission that have arisen or become significantly more important in the last five years through responses to a recently issued Request for Information.

We hope you will take the time to share your perspectives of recent opportunities and challenges as they relate to the role of NLM.

The RFI can be found at this link (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-LM-20-015.html). Responses must be received by Monday, November 2, 2020, 11:59 PM EST (extended from Monday, October 19, 2020).

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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Fall 2020 Issue

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-10-19 23:40

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Fall 2020 cover of Telemundo host and actress Adamari Lopez The Fall 2020 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is Telemundo host and actress, Adamari López, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age and is now a long-term survivor.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Hispanic and Latina women, and López, who is Puerto Rican, is using her voice to raise awareness about early detection in those communities and beyond.

Also featured in this issue are:

  • Mindfulness tackles pain and opioid use,
  • How social media can impact teen vaping,
  • New NIH research on high-risk pregnancy,
  • Little-known health effects of bullying,
  • What is palliative care? Helping patients and families manage serious illness,
  • Cold-weather wellness: Tips for staying healthy this season, and
  • A personal story on dealing with lupus.

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is a 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. Use the online form to get NIH MedlinePlus Magazine delivered to your home or office. The print issue is only available in English. It ships four times a year and is free. For libraries or organizations interested in ordering bulk subscriptions, please visit the bulk subscriptions page.


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Applications Open for New NLM Traveling Exhibitions

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-10-13 17:34

The application process for hosting National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) two new traveling exhibitions, Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health and This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities is now open.

All submissions must be received by November 6, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.  An announcement of host sites will be made on December 28, 2020 by 5:00pm, E.S.T.


To apply for Care and Custody and This Lead is Killing Us, please complete the appropriate application form below and submit your completed application to: NLMExhibitionApplications@nih.gov by November 6, 2020, 11:59pm, E.S.T.

Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health Application Form

This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities Application Form


The goal of NLM Traveling Exhibitions is for libraries to highlight, showcase, integrate and share NLM’s health information resources with their audiences, communities, patrons, and colleagues while hosting an NLM traveling banner exhibition.  To learn about the application process for hosting an NLM traveling banner exhibition and for ideas on how your library can engage with NLM health information resources, please visit our website.

Join the NLM Traveling Exhibitions listserv to receive notifications for future announcements of when to apply to host an available exhibit.

Interested in incorporating public programming with a future NLM Traveling Exhibition to better engage your community? Attend the NLM Resource Picks webinar on December 2, 2020 at 12p PT to learn more about program development and submitting a strong application for a Traveling Exhibition. Please note this webinar is after the deadline for this traveling exhibition announcement.

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October 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2020-10-02 13:50

illustration of scientists talking with puzzle of molecules in the backgroundCheck out the October 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: Manage Stress and Build Resilience
    Long-term, or chronic, stress is linked to several health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and anxiety. It’s important to learn how to manage stress so it doesn’t overwhelm you.
  • Featured Website – Healthy Pregnancy for Every Body
    Plus-size women are at higher risk for certain health problems during pregnancy. It’s important for all women to work with their health care provider to plan for a healthy pregnancy. Learn how to set pregnancy goals and plan steps to reach them.

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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Member Meme Contest Celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month! 

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2020-09-30 09:00

picture of two hands shaking each other. the left one reads medical librarians and the right reads health educators. where the hands clasp it reads free access to quality health infoPlease join the NNLM in celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month! To celebrate, we have a contest for YOU to have fun with health literacy and win a prize. Special thanks to our colleagues in the Southeastern Atlantic Region for allowing us to adapt this event for our Pacific Southwest members. 

Who Can Participate?
Any NNLM PSR members affiliated individually or organizationally are welcome to participate. 
Not a member yet and want to join? Sign up here 

What Do I Have to Do?
For the month of October, we want you to share with us health memes, created by YOU! Here’s how you can create one: 

  1. Select one of the images below or use public domain/reuse-free image to start your meme. Image sources include PixabayWikimedia CommonsUnsplashCreative Commons Search, or NLM’s Digital Collections. 
  2. Twitter images should be a width/height: minimum 600 x 335 pixels to maximum 1200 x 675. The aspect ratio should be 16:9 with a maximum image size of 15mb for Twitter.  
  3. Facebook images should be at a maximum 1200 x 630 pixels.   
  4. Create your health meme. You can use a free service such as imgflip to create your meme.  

Every submission will be entered into a lottery and three (3) winners will be randomly chosen the first week of November. Each individual can submit up to THREE different health themed memes to increase your chance at winning. Start NOW and submit through October 31st! 

Looking for Inspiration?
Feel free to use one of these reuse-free images to create a health meme: 

How Should I Share My Meme? 

  • Post your tweet/FB post publicly. Tag your organization and NNLM PSR and add #NNLMPSRmeme so we can find and reshare your post. 
  • Follow us on Facebook or like us on Twitter to see other submissions and our winners announcement 
  • Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your Health Meme to psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu, and we will share it on our accounts and credit you with your submission. 
  • Please note that by submitting an entry, you are giving us permission to freely share your post on our accounts with stated credit to you. 

What Do I Get?
All Pacific Southwest Region participants will be entered into a drawing to receive funding for a continuing education opportunity related to health information. Possible prizes include: 

Whatever you select, registration must be completed by March 31, 2021 

When Will Winners Be Announced?
We will draw for three winners the first week of November. Winners will be notified via social media, and we’ll share the name of our award winners on social media! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you don’t miss out on anything. 

Thank you for all you do to promote health literacy in the PSR region – Keep up the great work! 

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Be an Advocate for Health Literacy on Wikipedia: Join our Fall Edit-a-thon focused on Maternal and Child Health!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-09-29 09:00

What are the benefits of flossing twice a day? When should I take this new prescription from my doctor? How does an HIV screening test work? Who do I ask for help about my anxiety?

Each day, people make decisions about their health. While many of us can rely on health professionals and systems dedicated to our care, our own health literacy is a powerful tool for everyday healthy living and advocacy. The Health Resources & Services Administration defines health literacy as, “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions.” With the influx of health information these days, health literacy, including equitable access to health literacy development, is more important than ever.

We invite you to celebrate Health Literacy Month with us by improving access to health information on Wikipedia, one of the world’s most popular resources for crowdsourced health information. Whether it’s double-checking sources or adding new content, there are lots of ways you can help make health information on Wikipedia better for all users. Here are a few ways to join in:

infographic with blue and white background. text reads Wikipedia's health articles are read over 10 million times daily. advertises citeNLM wikipedia campaign for fall 2020

  1. Join our #citeNLM Edit-a-thon Fall Campaign! Help us improve Maternal and Child Health content on Wikipedia throughout October. Follow the steps on our Edit-a-thon homepage to sign up and get started. We even include training materials, so folks of all Wiki editing skills can participate. This is a great way to sharpen your information literacy skills and even find good examples to share with your users.
  2. Want to edit with some colleagues? Join our live editing event on October 29th, 10a-12p PDT and learn on the spot how to edit with Wikipedians of all levels.
  3. Not so sure about health information on Wikipedia to begin with? Sign up for our free webinar, “Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia,” presented on October 14th at 11a PDT. Learn from Dr. Monika S. Jones, digital culture studies expert, about how health information works on Wikipedia and strategies for evaluating its many health-related articles.

Is your organization celebrating Health Literacy Month in other ways? Interested in facilitating an Edit-a-thon at your own institution? We want to hear from you! Tag us on Facebook or Twitter, or email me at shan4@library.ucla.edu to share what you’ve been doing.

The events and resources mentioned in this blog post are coordinated by NNLM staff across our eight regions and NLM’s Office of Engagement and Training.

Want to join in on all our Wiki fun and not yet an NNLM PSR member? Join us today! Thank you for all that you do and happy editing!


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Announcing the NNLM PSR BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-09-29 00:00

As part of the NNLM Student Engagement Initiative, the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR) librarians are excited to announce the first professional development award dedicated to Library and Information Science (LIS) students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC). The NNLM, made up of eight different regions across the U.S., aims to serve these populations with equal access to health information and promoting a workforce representative of them is one way to reach this goal.

This program aims to help students meet the following objectives:

  • introduce the student to medical librarianship and explore areas of interest,
  • prepare them to work in a health sciences library, and
  • provide them with tools to navigate the complexities and issues of working as BIPOC in a primarily white institution.

The award will pair the student in an ALA-accredited program with a BIPOC librarian working in a health sciences position or providing health information. The award provides up to $2,000 for students to participate in meetings, conference sessions, conduct a research project, and other activities designed for them to learn the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by health sciences librarians. The goal of the award is to promote awareness of health sciences librarianship to LIS students who may not be familiar with the field or conducting research within it. Students will participate in the program from Fall 2020 until no later than April 30, 2021.

The PSR are also seeking BIPOC librarians to participate in the program as well. We invite people from a variety of backgrounds and different types of health science libraries to share their stories as a BIPOC, challenges, and what they love most about being medical librarians. All librarian participants will be compensated up to $300; please reach out to us at psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu if you would like to join and/or have suggestions.

The PSR librarians created an ongoing list of references and resources, which include:

For more information and the application form, please refer to the Funding Opportunities listing for BIPOC LIS Students Professional Development Award. Completed applications are due on Friday, October 16th at 11:59p PDT.

Interested LIS students, please email your complete application or send any questions to psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu.

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