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New NNLM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Chris Shaffer, University of California, San Francisco

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2017-09-01 15:18

by Chris Shaffer, MS, AHIP
University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
San Francisco, CA

Christopher ShafferChristopher Shaffer, MS, AHIP

I’m happy to join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR). As a former National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) staff member in the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office in the 1990s, I truly appreciate and support the mission of the Network and the National Library of Medicine. Over the last nine years as University Librarian and Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, we had some great collaborations with librarians in the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. I’ve been active in the Medical Library Association and recently finished a term as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. I’ve also worked at the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois at Chicago, with titles ranging from “Technology Coordinator” to “Assistant Director for Public Services.” A second-generation librarian, I grew up in a small university town in East Texas where my mother worked as a serials librarian. My family and I are looking forward to exploring northern California, starting with Golden Gate Park, which I can see from my office.

I’m excited to be at UCSF and to join the University of California. These are exciting times for academic health sciences libraries, and UCSF is a great place to work. Our library has a long history of high quality services in support of education and the UCSF mission. A leader in digital collections, the UCSF Library created one of the first large-scale digital libraries in the 1990s with the launch of the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. This has now grown to become the Industry Document Library, a portal to aid investigation about cross-industry corporate practices that are detrimental to public health. Our programmers develop and support the Ilios Curriculum Management System, which is used in medical schools across the country. The Technology Commons supports the campus course management system, instructional design, and student computing. With the UCSF Faculty Senate, we initiated an open access policy that has now been endorsed by the entire UC system. The UCSF Library is exploring new roles for libraries through our Digital Science Initiative and Maker’s Lab. Our beautiful library on the Parnassus campus is a bustling center of activity, with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff visiting every day. At Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the Barnett-Briggs Medical Library supports the San Francisco Department of Public Health, extending information services to health disparity and underserved populations in our community. The Education Team works with the four professional schools to integrate information seeking, management, and analysis skills into the curriculum, provides systematic review services, and offers individual consultations. Our archivists are providing access to the history of health in San Francisco, actively seeking grants in support of programs such as the AIDS History Project.

We are committed to bold approaches to solving the grand challenges facing health sciences libraries. UCSF is proud to be an OA2020 signatory. We stand in support of open science in all its facets, from open access to data sharing to science communication for the public. We believe that libraries are vibrant cultural institutions that bring together people from all walks of life and we are committed to providing services, resources, and spaces that support our community.

I invite all of you to visit us in San Francisco, and I look forward to meeting and working with you and the NNLM PSR staff!

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New PubMed Interactive Tutorials Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2017-09-01 14:49

Eleven new or revised interactive tutorials on using PubMed are now available from the PubMed Online Training page. These tutorials were conceived and developed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) PubMed Working Group and produced by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Health Communication and Technical Training Group. The tutorials are available to use on the Web and also freely available in SCORM format for download and incorporation into learning management systems. The tutorials include:

Feel free to send your comments and suggestions to the NLM Training Team via the NLM Customer Support portal.

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Report on the 2017 Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute at UC San Diego

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2017-08-31 14:48

by Ahlam Saleh
Research Librarian
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
Tucson, AZ

group activity with people writing ideas on post it notesBuilding an Open & Information-rich Research Institution course activity

In August 2017, I attended the Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) through professional development funding offered by the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region. Force11, the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship, is an international organization with multidisciplinary composition, which in general focuses on the facilitation of scholarly communication processes in light of the changing information technology landscape. This year’s institute was the first-time offering of this educational opportunity by Force11. Training content included the latest trends and technologies in research; new forms of publication; new standards and expectations; and new ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming the way science and scholarship is done.

The structure for the week-long training included long and short courses with panel discussions on key topics interspersed, usually at the end of the day. Each attendee registered for one morning course (long track) and two afternoon elective courses (short track). Mornings consisted of a participant’s main course, held each day of the workshop, Monday through Friday, typically for three hours per day. Participants also selected two afternoon elective courses, scheduled on two days each for three hours per session. This setup was productive because it allowed for in-depth immersion in a single topic with the long track course, while also offering the opportunity to sample additional topics through the shorter elective courses.

group photo in front of building2017 FSCI Class for Building an Open & Information-rich Research Institution

The courses I selected aligned with campus and library initiatives that are underway or interests related to services at my institution. The long course I took was called Building an Open and Information-rich Research Institution. This course was well taught by two instructors from different backgrounds. The sessions were replete with an integration of group work and solo work. We talked about factors related to implementing open access initiatives at an institution and did active group learning activities to discuss stakeholders, priorities, concerns, benefits, and strategies.

One of the most enriching aspects of the training institute was the various disciplines represented by attendees, all sharing the common thread of interest in scholarly communication. Participants included researchers, librarians, publishers, and technologists, to name a few. This article includes a picture from one of my short courses, Walking the Line Between Advocacy and Activism in Scholarly Communication, and is an example of the different disciplines doing group work: a librarian, a publisher, and a technologist all conducting a group activity. Hearing different perspectives and issues facing other groups involved in scholarly communication further enriched the course learning experience at FSCI 2017.

three people working on an activity with one person writing on a poster paperWalking the Line Between Advocacy and Activism in Scholarly Communication group work

There were also various panel sessions or late afternoon plenary presentations occurring throughout the week. One of the panel sessions, Rigor and Transparency, included individuals with varying backgrounds, such as a journal’s chief editor, a science researcher, and a humanities researcher, to name a few. Issues such as poor reporting, noncompliance with journal reporting instructions to authors, and the lack of education in routine early coursework emerged in the discussions.

In summary, FSCI had something for scholars at any level and I highly recommend this training opportunity to anyone working with scholarly communication. The international presence and discipline variation was a definite strength of this workshop. Anyone with interest in attending should watch for future announcements of next year’s FSCI!

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NLM & American Society of Addiction Medicine host Opioid User Disorder Twitter Chat on September 20, 2017

PSR News - Wed, 2017-08-30 19:07

September is National Recovery Month. Join the National Library of Medicine, Outreach and Special Populations Branch (@NLM_OSP) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (@ASAMorg) for a Twitter chat on September 20 from 2-3PM, EST. Learn how stigma against opioid use disorder can impact prevention, treatment, and recovery by following #OpioidAwareChat.

This Twitter chat will:

  • Describe how opioid use disorder impacts personal and public health.
  • Describe how stigma against opioid use and addiction can impact recovery.
  • Identify methods and resources for preventing stigma against opioid use disorder and recovery.
  • Identify methods and resources for promoting prevention and recovery for opioid use disorder.

Check the Opiate Addiction and Treatment guide from the National Library of Medicine for more resources on opioid use disorder and treatment.

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The Important Role of Faith-based Organizations in Fighting Diabetes Webinar

PSR News - Wed, 2017-08-30 15:48

Join speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the faith community for a webinar on the roles of faith-based organizations in addressing diabetes. The webinar, hosted by the HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center, will feature a discussion from the CDC and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare on the important role faith-based organizations play in promoting diabetes wellness and education to their congregations.

August 31, 2017
8:00 am PDT,
11:00 am EDT

In this webinar, speakers will highlight the CDC National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) Faith Leaders Toolkit. This easy-to-use resource features tip sheets, webinars, videos, social media messages, and other materials that make it easy for you to:

  • Spread the word about type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management
  • Organize type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management activities in your community
  • Create an environment that supports healthy choices.

Whether you are just starting a diabetes initiative or already have a program in place, the Faith Leaders Toolkit has resources to help you meet the needs of your houses of worship.


  1. Explain the important role faith-communities play in addressing diabetes.
  2. Describe effective approaches for faith-community involvement in supporting people with diabetes and people at risk for type 2 diabetes.
  3. Identify resources to help faith-communities address diabetes.


  • Betsy Rodriguez, Deputy Director, NDEP, CDC
  • Alexis Williams, MPH, MS, CHES, Public Health Advisor, NDEP, CDC
  • Rev. Sheilah Easterling-Smith, BS, MDiv, Navigator, CHN North, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

Register here.


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Upcoming NNLM Training Opportunities!

PSR News - Thu, 2017-08-24 15:01

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) website includes free professional development opportunities, such as a webinar on disaster health information resources, a series of classes teaching how to more effectively use PubMed, and an examination of complementary medicine. Following are some classes and webinars available during September:

  • Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (August 28, 2017 to October 2, 2017) – The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies.
  • PubMed® for Librarians (September 5-21, 2017) – PubMed for Librarians is made up of six 90-minute segments: Introduction to PubMed (September 5, 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET), MeSH (September 7, 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET), Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) (September 12, 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET), Building and Refining Your Search (September 14, 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET), Using Evidence-Based Search Features (September 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET), and Customization with My NCBI (September 21, 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET). Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend.
  • Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers (September 11, 2017 to October 13, 2017) – This hands-on course is designed to help you become more familiar with search engines! We will look at the basic structure of search engines comparing the features of each based on simple and advanced search features. We will work on improving online search techniques with online search engines, not databases. You’ll engage in discussions and exercises as part of the course.
  • Health Reference and You: ALA Guidelines, Best Practices, and Training Resources (September 20, 2017, 4:00pm-5:00pm ET) – Answering health and medical reference questions can be challenging, as the questions are often sensitive in nature, are asked at what may be a crisis point in a patron’s life, and can involve technical material. Luckily, the RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines were revised in 2015, and provide a basis for discussing best practices and strategies for helping patrons in this area. This webinar will present the guidelines, highlight some of these practices, and introduce a new “Quick Start” guide connecting the guidelines to suggested reference behaviors.
  • Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe (September 21, 2017, 12:00pm-1:00pm ET) – This class covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted.
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Resources in Multiple Languages for National Immunization Awareness Month

PSR News - Tue, 2017-08-22 13:35

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and public health professionals often need resources to educate individuals who may have limited English proficiency about the importance of receiving vaccinations for themselves and their children. Check MedlinePlus for resources on immunizations and childhood immunizations in both English and Spanish. HealthReach includes patient handouts about vaccinations in multiple languages, including:

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Update for NLM’s “Citing Medicine” Resource

PSR News - Wed, 2017-08-16 13:29

Chapter 24 of Citing Medicine was renamed from Databases/Retrieval Systems on the Internet to Databases/Retrieval Systems/Datasets on the Internet. This change will enhance findability for users who want to cite datasets. There are several examples in the chapter. The publication will be continually updated to keep pace with the rapidly changing nature of new format types.

Citing Medicine is the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers. It provides assistance to authors in compiling lists of references for their publications, to editors in revising such lists, to publishers in setting reference standards for their authors and editors, and to librarians and others in formatting bibliographic citations.

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Webinar: Health Literacy Toolkit for ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign

PSR News - Tue, 2017-08-15 14:10

Just in time for October’s Health Literacy Month, registration is available for this one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 14, 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT, featuring the newly created Health Literacy Toolkit, developed by The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) for the Libraries Transform campaign. The NNLM Middle Atlantic Region will host this session, featuring a discussion with Amanda J. Wilson (NNLM) and Jeff Julian (ALA) as they discuss NNLM’s mission to support health literacy efforts in libraries and explain how to use the key messages, data, and marketing materials to promote health literacy at your library. The webinar is accredited for one MLA CE credit.

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Opioid Epidemic Declared a National Emergency

PSR News - Fri, 2017-08-11 14:44

In a report issued July 31, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that a national emergency be declared under the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act. On August 10, President Trump instructed his administration to use appropriate authority to respond to the opioid emergency, resulting in a statement released by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has gathered material on this public health crisis. The information is relevant for anyone who is addressing addiction, from healthcare providers to patients and their family members. The NLM Opiate Addiction and Treatment Information Guide includes the following resources:

Additional resources include:

The news has been filled with stories of local public libraries responding to the epidemic, and their partnerships with public health and law enforcement agencies. One example is Saving lives in the stacks: how libraries are handling the opioid crisis. (Ford, A. American Libraries. [Internet]. 21 June 2017.

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Resources for National Health Center Week, August 13-19

PSR News - Thu, 2017-08-10 14:21

August 13-19 is National Health Center Week. Health centers are a valuable resource for anyone without health insurance since they provide preventive and primary care services for patients even if they do not have health insurance, and patients can pay what they can afford based on their income. The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) provides a free online tool, Find a Health Center, for users to search by zip code, city, or state to locate health centers in their communities. Patients should contact the health center organization directly to confirm the availability of specific services and to make an appointment for the following kinds of services:

  • Checkups for adults and children
  • Treatment for ill patients
  • Care for pregnant women
  • Immunizations for children
  • Some health centers also provide mental health, substance abuse, oral health, and/or vision services

The National Library of Medicine also provides free online tools for finding low-cost healthcare options:

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NNLM Pacific Southwest Region 2016-2021 Membership Renewal Drive Now Underway!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2017-08-09 13:07

The Pacific Southwest Region’s Network membership renewal drive is once more upon us! Many of you have been anxious to receive new five-year NNLM membership certificates, which will be distributed in late August or early September. Now that the NNLM Members Directory forms the basis of our membership information, we hope to improve the accuracy and completeness of the data through this renewal process.

To renew your membership, log in to your NNLM user account and edit your organizational record. If you haven’t created an NNLM Account, follow these steps:

NNLM Login Button with Create New Account encircled
  1. Visit Create New Account page.
    (The Create New Account link can also be accessed at the bottom of the NNLM Homepage)
  2. Create a username.
  3. Enter your e-mail address.
  4. Fill in your first and last name (middle name is optional).
  5. Pacific Southwest Region is automatically selected based on your location.
  6. Search for your institution name in the Organization search box & select from the drop-down autocomplete list.
  7. Enter your Job Title.
  8. Provide your telephone number.
  9. Enter your Zip Code.
  10. In the Roles/Position section, choose NNLM Liaison and other applicable roles.
  11. Subscribe to NNLM News and/or receive new classes notifications (optional).

An NNLM Liaison is an individual who is responsible for keeping their member records updated and staying informed about network-related information. The new NNLM user account will be automatically approved and a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you for setting your password.

The Regional Medical Library will need to verify and approve the NNLM Liaison role so there may be a slight delay before you proceed in editing your organizational record. Use the following steps to make edits:

NNLM User Account Profile
  1. Navigate to the NNLM Homepage.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and log in to your account.
  3. Click View Profile.
  4. On the right hand side of your Profile page, your organization’s name should be listed.
  5. Click the URL link of your organization next to the word “Edit.”
  6. In the institutional record, verify the following:
    1. Name of institution and/or library;
    2. Address, City, State, Zip Code & County;
    3. Telephone Number;
    4. Fax Number (optional); and
    5. Website (optional).
  7. Choose your Organization Type.
  8. Indicate Yes or No if your institution is a DOCLINE participant.
  9. Click Save Organization.

Once you’ve saved your edits, we will receive a confirmation email indicating that you’ve updated your record. Your membership certificate will then be sent with an accompanying acknowledgement letter. Network members who participate in DOCLINE should also verify that their DOCLINE record is up to date by following the instructions in the July NewsBits article, Clean Up Your DOCLINE Data During the Summer!

If you need assistance with updating your organizational profile or if you have any questions, contact Marco Tamase, Member Services Coordinator, at (310) 206-5633 or via email.

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August 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2017-08-04 17:34
Illustration of proper and improper posture while sitting at a desk

Check out the August 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:

  • Yoga May Help Treat Back Pain
    NIH-funded researchers have been looking for new ways to treat long-lasting low-back pain. A new study shows that yoga may help relieve moderate to severe low-back pain.
  • What Are Your Health Risks?
    It seems like a new health risk is in the news every day. How do you know which risks are worth worrying about? NIH has created a one-page guide called Making Sense of Your Health Risks to help you put risks into perspective.
  • Featured Website: HIV/AIDS Resources
    Most people in the U.S. now don’t develop the advanced stages of HIV infection called AIDS. The website has changed its name to to reflect this progress! Learn about preventing, treating, and living with HIV.

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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