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NNLM PSR Sponsors MLA’s Systematic Reviews Webinar

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:05

NNLM PSR sponsored nine sites for the recent MLA webinar, “Developing and Managing a Systematic Review Service.” The live webcast, part two of MLA’s five-part series dedicated to systematic reviews, was attended by a total of 75 people. Feedback for the session was good and several hosts reported that the series has been timely for their needs.

If you would like to view a recording of the webcast, please complete this brief survey. Once your request has been approved, you will receive a code that will provide access to resources, an evaluation, and a certificate to claim 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. Please note: Codes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and preference will be given to NNLM PSR members.


Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Host: Adrienne Brodie


Charles R. Drew University
Cobb Learning Resource Center
Host:  Darlene Parker-Kelly  

University of California, San Francisco
Parnassus Library
Host: Min-Lin Fang  

Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, South Sacramento, CA
Host: Ana Macias

University of California, San Diego
UCSD Biomedical Library
Host: Karen Heskett

American University of Health Sciences
AUHS Library
Host: June Kim

Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente Medical Office, Drug Information Library, Downey, CA
Host: Mary White


University of Hawaii
Hosts: Walter Benavitz and Mabel Trafford


University of Nevada, Las Vegas
UNLV School of Medicine
Host: Rebecca Snyder

Thanks to all the hosts who made it possible for members from our region to attend! In July 2018, NNLM PSR will be sponsoring another MLA webinar: “Aligning the Three Pillars of Effective Instruction: Outcomes, Teaching, and Assessment for Health Sciences Librarians.” Be on the lookout for an announcement from the PSR-News email list.

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NNLM PSR Mini-Award Highlights for Mount Saint Mary’s University “Mount Wellness” Training Project

Thu, 2018-05-17 16:09

by Rebekah Tweed Fox
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, CA

In 2017, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) launched a comprehensive wellness movement, “Mount Wellness,” to help its community become, and remain, healthier. The MSMU Libraries, in an effort to support the campus initiative, created a plan to reach students through their own wellness efforts in three different ways.

Mount Saint Mary's Exhibit DisplayMSMU Libraries’ Mount Wellness Display

The MSMU Libraries received an outreach mini-award from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region, and with this support, the first goal was to create and promote a physical space within the J. Thomas McCarthy Library dedicated to healthy furniture and the promotion of reliable medical resources. Next, a drop-in workshop was conducted within the library, for students, faculty, and staff. The workshop introduced the MSMU community to the new active space and demonstrated MedlinePlus as a valuable alternative to other less reliable web resources, or Googling, for everyday medical queries. Lastly, the libraries partnered with the Wellness Department by adding a librarian-led training one-shots for campus Peer Wellness Advocates. These MSMU peer coaches worked with fellow students to promote a healthier student life. The library viewed this opportunity as an opportunity to branch out to other students, who may never use the library.

Peer Wellness Advocate Training
In the Fall of 2017, the MSMU Wellness Department hired eighteen students to act as Peer Wellness Advocates for other MSMU students and to discuss wellness related issues and promote healthy campus life. We believed that working with these students, and training them to use reliable research resources, would be a valuable tool for their work. In November of 2017, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Rebekah Tweed Fox, held three one-hour training sessions to teach the Peer Wellness Advocates the basics in how to navigate MedlinePlus. During these training sessions, she covered common “Googleable” questions, such as “how to treat symptoms of the common cold” and “common reasons for a headache.” Other highlights of the instruction session included navigating the Spanish language resources and how to locate printouts for students seeking specific information.

NLM ResourcesMedlinePlus Bookmarks & Raffle Prizes

At the end of April, we followed up with our Peer Wellness Advocates to see how they used MedlinePlus throughout the spring semester. The students overwhelmingly agreed or strongly agreed that the training helped their ability to find useful health information, that they used at least one tool demonstrated in the session during the semester, and that they planned to use MedlinePlus in the future. We viewed this response as very positive feedback and will plan on hosting additional trainings for new Peer Wellness Advocates next fall.

Wellness in the Library Workshop and “Healthy Furniture”
MSMU Libraries used funds from the NNLM mini-award to purchase two standing desks, a bike peddler, an air stepper, two balance disks, two standing mats, and two standing desk converters. The libraries additionally used funds to design and order a poster and popup banner for use at future MSMU Wellness fairs. On Tuesday, March 23, we held a drop-in workshop in the McCarthy Library to promote MedlinePlus and showcase our new “healthy” furniture. We held the event shortly during and after a campus-wide farmers market. We thought this would help encourage students, with healthy eating on their minds, to stop by and try out the new furniture. We additionally held a raffle for two Hydro Flasks to encourage students to sit through a fifteen-minute discussion of MedlinePlus and to ask follow-up questions on how the website could be utilized. Overall, we had around twenty students drop in for the workshop. We received positive feedback on the new furniture, with multiple requests for more exercise equipment in various additional areas of the library.

In conclusion, we viewed all three aspects of our project as a success! Anyone wishing additional project information may feel free to contact at Rebekah Tweed Fox.

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Meet the Newest Member of the NLM Board of Regents, Carlos R. Jaén, MD, PhD!

Thu, 2018-05-03 18:36
Dr. Carlos JaenCarlos Jaén, MD, PhD

The National Library of Medicine welcomes the newest member of the NLM Board of Regents: Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD, PhD. Dr. Jaén is chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His research focuses on preventive care for people with chronic diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. From 2005-2008, he served on the National Advisory Council to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. To get to know him better, Dr. Jaén addressed the same questions posed to current Board members in February.

  1. Very briefly, what is your background?
    I am a family physician, epidemiologist, and primary care health services researcher. My research, over the last 20 years, is focused on understanding “real world” primary care practices and how to best promote change towards improved patient-centered care.
  2. How did you feel when you received your invitation from the Secretary of HHS to serve on the Board of Regents?
    I felt honored and a sense of responsibility to bring the voice of practicing primary care physicians, patients, and communities to the deliberations and implementation of the strategic plan of the National Library of Medicine.
  3. Why are you serving on the Board of Regents?
    Because I believe that I can bring a needed perspective to the Board of Regents. NLM needs to be grounded in the needs of patients, families, and clinicians on the front lines. This need must be balanced with the goal of accelerating discovery and advancing health through data-driven research. Ultimately, we must use the best information and discoveries to address health and health care for all.
  4. Tell us something surprising about yourself.
    As a native Panamanian, I love Latin dancing and playing Latin drums!

The Board of Regents serves as an advisory body to the secretary of Health and Human Services, the director of NIH, and the director of NLM on important aspects of policy regarding the Library. In addition, the Board is the final review body for NLM’s extramural grant program. It was established in 1956 by the same Act that created the National Library of Medicine. The Board meets three times a year in February, May, and September. The Board is currently comprised of eighteen members, including nine ex officio members.

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NLM Announces Selection of 2018-2019 Associate Fellows!

Thu, 2018-05-03 14:47

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the selection of its 2018-2019 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.

Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, said about the incoming Associate Fellows,

“The 2018-2019 Associate Fellows cohort arrive at an exciting time for NLM and for biomedical libraries. NLM is embarking on an implementation of the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. The Associate Fellowship Program is one component of the third pillar in NLM’s strategic plan foundation: inspire and empower the data-driven workforce of the future. We are looking forward to seeing and realizing with the Associate Fellows their next steps as the workforce of the future.”

Stacy BrodyStacy Brody

Stacy Brody received her MI degree from Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, in May 2018. While completing her degree, Stacy worked for the Rutgers University Libraries, providing reference and instruction services for students and faculty. Additionally, she interned at the New York Botanical Gardens Mertz Library and Cornell University Mann Library. She holds a BS in Agriculture and Plant Science from Rutgers University.

Sarah ClarkeSarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke received her MSLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2017. While completing her degree, Ms. Clarke was employed as a contract librarian at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), where she provided reference support, performed (animal alternatives) literature searches, and delivered interlibrary loan requests. Prior to working at USAMRIID, Ms. Clarke worked at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Office of Research Protections where she worked on projects tracking international human use protocols, and managed the Volunteer Registry Database System. Ms. Clarke is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has a Disaster Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland University College.

Amelia LlorensAmelia Llorens

Amelia Llorens received her MSIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. While completing her degree, Ms. Llorens worked as Serials Intern and later as Monographs Intern at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, where she selected collection items for preservation and assisted with technical services. She spent her final semester of her MSIS working at the Dell Medical School Library creating online instructional materials and teaching instructional sessions. She holds a BA in women’s and gender studies from Carleton College.

Cecelia VetterCecelia Vetter

Cecelia Vetter received her MLIS degree from University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. While completing her degree, Ms. Vetter worked in the University of Maryland Special Collections and University Archives providing reference services, teaching information literacy sessions, and planning outreach events. At the University of Maryland, Ms. Vetter was also a Research and Teaching Fellow providing information literacy sessions to first year students and serving as a mentor to other MLIS students. Ms. Vetter has also interned at the Smithsonian Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology and holds a BA in art history and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Pajie WilsonPaije Wilson

Paije Wilson received her MLIS degree from the University of Iowa in 2018. While completing her degree, Mrs. Wilson worked at the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library as a graduate student processor, where she processed rare and archival materials and retrieved materials for researchers. She also worked as a research assistant for the University of Iowa’s Department of Dentistry, which entailed carrying out research requests and managing citations for a professor of pediatric dentistry. Additionally, Mrs. Wilson completed a mentorship with the Hardin Library for Health Sciences, where she shadowed medical librarians in their daily activities. Preceding graduate school, Mrs. Wilson worked as a part-time librarian at the Spirit Lake Public Library, and as a student reference librarian at Buena Vista University. Mrs. Wilson holds BA degree in English and a minor in biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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Learning, Networking, and Sharing: Report on the April 10-11 NNLM Research Data Management Course Capstone Summit

Wed, 2018-05-02 19:43

by Andrea Lynch, MLIS
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

As part of the culmination of the NNLM Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians spring 2018 course (NNLM RDM course), a two-day Capstone Summit was held April 10-11, 2018, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Over 40 medical and health sciences librarians attended the impactful event, along with representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and various team members from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) regional network offices. It was a great opportunity to meet (in-person) fellow cohort participants as well as to get to know our NLM and NNLM colleagues while getting feedback on our Capstone Project plans.

group picture of attendees at the research data management capstone summit in bethesdaResearch Data Management Capstone Summit Attendees

The first day began with a meet & greet and a welcome from the NLM and NNLM representatives. We then had an opportunity to meet our mentors as well as fellow mentees supported by our assigned mentor. Then came the part of the event I was most anticipating, a presentation by NLM Director, Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan. She highlighted the NLM Strategic Plan and addressed a myriad of questions. We then presented our Capstone Projects in small groups and received feedback from our peers and other course mentors. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, then went back to work participating in roundtable discussions on topics such as scalability and tools & technology supporting research data management programs and services. We were then fortunate enough to hear a presentation by a panel of experts at NLM and NIH, including Dr. Dina Demner-Fushman from NLM; Dr. Ben Busby of NCBI; and Lisa Federer of the NIH Library. We ended the day with an activity where we each wrote our best idea pertaining to research data management program success, and then collectively and anonymously rated each idea to come up with the handful of best ideas amongst the group.

The second day began with a group activity, with a goal of sharing our Capstone Project plans and getting high-level feedback. We then performed a group activity collecting aggregated feedback about the RDM course within small groups. Next up, Regina Raboin, Associate Director of the Lamar Soutter Library and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB), presented an overview and recent changes pertaining to the journal. She encouraged the course participants to submit manuscripts detailing their Capstone Projects once completed. The final presentation was by Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis of NYU with case study highlights from the academic medical libraries who participated in a NNLM Middle Atlantic Region Pilot Project on research data management. The concluding remarks from Amanda Wilson from NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, as well as Ann Glusker & Ann Madhavan from NNLM Pacific Northwest Region did a great job of synthesizing the event’s outcomes and inspiring us to forge ahead on our Capstone Projects!

The Capstone Projects are due at the end of August. So, be on the lookout for those updates from NNLM and/or the respective course cohort participants. If you are going to the Medical Library Association annual meeting this month, please attend Sheila Green’s Lighting Talk detailing her experience participating in the NNLM RDM course, which is scheduled on the afternoon of May 22, 2018 (Sheila is a speaker during the Lighting Talk #5 session from 3:00 to 4:25 p.m.). Also, visit NNLM’s RD3 website for interesting research data management developments and RDM-related news, updates, and initiatives. The NNLM Research Data Management Working Group is very active and will update the site regularly. Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for the JeSLIB special issue on research data management and for a database of Capstone project reports on the NNLM RD3 site.

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Report on the “Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care and the Systematic Review of Evidence” Online Course

Fri, 2018-04-20 19:01

by Hannah Schilperoort, MLIS, MA
Information Services & Nursing Liaison Librarian
Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

With great thanks to a NNLM PSR Professional Development Award, I was able to participate in a Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) self-paced online course, Module 1: Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care and the Systematic Review of Evidence, the first module in a four-part series of the online JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Program. A complete list of JBI online courses is also available.

The four online modules are designed as a less in-depth overview of the content taught in the four-day, in-person JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program offered at the University of Adelaide; University of California, San Francisco JBI Centre; and other JBI partner locations. To become a certified JBI reviewer who can submit protocols and reviews to the JBI Library, one must attend the in-person training. At least one person on the systematic review team must be a certified JBI reviewer in order to use the JBI systematic review software and publish in the JBI Library.

I am the Nursing Liaison Librarian at Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California. A few members of the nursing faculty have expressed interest in conducting systematic reviews following JBI methodology (the preferred methodology for nurse researchers) with hopes that I would partner with them as a co-author to conduct the reviews. I have experience conducting systematic reviews as part of a systematic review support service at the Norris Medical Library, but we tend to use Cochrane Collaboration methodology.

JBI has many excellent online resources, such as the JBI Reviewers’ Manual and Critical Appraisal Tools. The JBI Reviewers’ Manual is very comprehensive, and an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn about JBI systematic review methodologies. In addition to these resources, I wanted a more structured approach, but did not currently have the time and funding for the in-person training, so I hoped that the JBI online courses would provide a good alternative to the in-person training.

The online course covers:

  • JBI history, mission, vision, and structure.
  • JBI resources for evidence based healthcare and research.
  • JBI approach to evidence based healthcare.
  • JBI systematic review process, with emphasis on developing and documenting the research question and search strategy in the protocol and final report. (Appraisal, extraction, and synthesis are covered in modules 2-4 in the four-part online series.)
  • SUMARI, the JBI protocol and review software suite designed to assist with all development and archival functions of a review, from protocol to final report.

After completing the online course, I have a better understanding of the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology of conducting systematic reviews. I learned that for reviews of effectiveness the JBI process is similar to that of Cochrane Collaboration. However, JBI also provides guidance for conducting systematic reviews of qualitative studies. This is important because a significant amount of nursing research is qualitative.

JBI courses are designed for nurse researchers rather than librarians. Thus, the sections about developing a search strategy will seem a little rudimentary to a librarian. However, I still found these sections useful because the specific expectations of conducting and presenting the search in a JBI protocol and review are described in detail. JBI also explicitly recommends that the systematic review team include a librarian or information professional.

I now have a better understanding of the JBI systematic review process and am better prepared to answer questions from the nursing faculty about JBI methodology and software. To use the JBI software and publish in the JBI Library, one of the nursing faculty must attend the JBI in-person training, and when that happens I feel confident that I am prepared to be an integral part the systematic review team!

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NNLM “All of Us” National Program Launches May 6: You Can Get Involved!

Wed, 2018-04-18 19:41
All of Us Research Program

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce the official launch of the NIH All of Us Research Program on Sunday, May 6, 2018! This national event will be held in seven local communities throughout the United States and will be broadcast via this website and on Facebook Live.

The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. Program goals are to develop a more effective way to treat disease by considering individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biology. This initiative comes from the key element from the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Additional information about this Program is available through the Precision Medicine – All of Us Research Program website. Program information is available for download in English and Spanish. NNLM Network Members can learn about involvement opportunities at a one-hour webinar on April 30th at 11:00am PDT.

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Eric Dishman to Deliver 2018 NLM/MLA Leiter Lecture Videocast on May 9

Thu, 2018-04-12 15:57
Eric DishmanEric Dishman

Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the 2018 Joseph Leiter National Library of Medicine/Medical Library Association Lecture on Wednesday, May 9, at 10:30 AM PDT, in the Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH Campus. The lecture is open to the public. It will be broadcast live on the Web (and later archived) at: The featured presentation will be Precision Communications for Precision Health: Challenges and Strategies for Reaching All of Us. Among other topics, he will discuss these challenges and strategies:

  • Meeting communities where they are (understanding their needs, concerns around research, meeting their literacy levels, etc.);
  • Widening the definition of precision health and conveying the fact that All of Us is more than a genomics program;
  • Ethics and logistics of targeting with marketing analytics; and
  • Balancing the promise, with the hype and vision, with the need for patience.

As director of All of Us, Dishman leads the agency’s efforts to build a national research program of one million or more US participants to advance precision medicine. Previously, he was an Intel fellow and vice president of the Health and Life Sciences Group at Intel Corporation, where he was responsible for driving global strategy, research and development, product and platform development, and policy initiatives for health and life science solutions. His organization focused on growth opportunities for Intel in health information technology, genomics and personalized medicine, consumer wellness, and care coordination technologies.

Dishman is widely recognized as a global leader in health care innovation with specific expertise in home and community-based technologies and services for chronic disease management and independent living. Trained as a social scientist, he is known for pioneering innovation techniques that incorporate anthropology, ethnography, and other social science methods into the development of new technologies. He also brings a unique personal perspective, as a cancer patient for 23 years and finally cured thanks to precision medicine, to drive a person-centric view of health care transformation.

“Eric Dishman is the perfect speaker at the perfect time,” noted NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. “His message about the power of people to advance scientific discovery is a strong one. Also, as was announced last year, NIH’s All of Us Research Program and NLM are teaming up to raise awareness about this landmark effort to advance precision medicine. As our colleagues at the Medical Library Association know so well,” she continued, “libraries serve as vital community hubs. NLM’s collaboration with All of Us presents a perfect opportunity to help the public understand how health research impacts all of us. By pairing our National Network of Libraries of Medicine members with public libraries to reach local communities, we hope to contribute to medical breakthroughs that may lead to more tailored disease prevention and treatment solutions for generations to come.”

The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the MLA and the NLM. Leiter was a major contributor in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and a leader at NLM as a champion of medical librarians and an informatics pioneer. He served as NLM Associate Director for Library Operations from 1965 to 1983.

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NNLM PSR Mini-Award Highlights for Promoting Awareness of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Library

Mon, 2018-04-09 17:30

by Jill Barr-Walker
Clinical Librarian
Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) Hospital Library
University of California, San Francisco

Jill Barr-Walker demonstrates a databaseJill Barr-Walker demonstrates a database to MedSurg nurses

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Library, or ZSFG Library, received funding from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region for an Outreach Mini-Award from June to November 2017. This funding provided support for library involvement in two events at our hospital: the Summerfest Health Fair and a National Medical Librarians Month outreach event. Our primary objective was to use these two events to increase patient, staff, and community awareness of the ZSFG Library in a way that encouraged communication, engagement, and active learning.

With funds from the NNLM award, we purchased a 50-inch TV monitor and stand, a spinnable wheel, and several gift certificates to use as prizes. We had been inspired by a raffle game observed at ZSFG Patient Safety Week in which participants spun a wheel and answered questions about patient safety. The goal of our raffle game was not to test participants’ existing knowledge; rather, we wanted to share information about the library using active learning techniques in a non-judgmental way and to show participants that ZSFG Library staff were approachable and knowledgeable.

Iesha NevelsIesha Nevels & our Summerfest table

Our clinical librarian (Jill Barr-Walker) and library assistant (Iesha Nevels) staffed a table together at each event. We set up our colorful upright spinning wheel, paper slips and a container for the raffle drawing, and a laptop and large monitor to demonstrate databases and NLM resources. When someone approached our table, we asked if they would like to enter our raffle. To enter, they would need to answer a question about ZSFG Library. First, participants spun the wheel which landed on a number; each number corresponded with a question on a list which was then asked. We asked staff things like “Name one point of care resource you can use via the library.” (e.g. DynaMed) and “Name one way the library can help your patients.” (e.g. MedlinePlus). Patients and members of the public were asked questions like “Is the library open to the public?” (Yes) and “Where can you find information about preventing diabetes & healthy recipes?” (e.g. MedlinePlus). These questions and answers led to more in-depth conversations, often resulting in demonstrations of online resources on the TV monitor. During our National Medical Librarians Month event, we also hosted a Makers Lab popup and a button-making station.

Dylan RomeroDylan Romero talks to ZSFG staff about the UCSF Makers lab

Our events were a huge success! At the Summerfest event (held on a Friday in the cafeteria at lunchtime), we received 120 raffle entries, including 68 staff members, 32 patients, and 20 members of the public. We had 42 meaningful interactions (defined as in-depth conversations about library resources), including 15 demonstrations using the TV monitor. Jill also received four requests for presentations at staff meetings, three requests for in-service trainings, and two requests for database searches. The National Medical Librarians Month event was held on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the cafeteria at lunchtime. Across three days, there were 181 attendees and 119 raffle entries, including 99 staff members, 8 patients, and 12 members of the public. We had 125 meaningful interactions, including 39 demonstrations. There were five requests for presentations at staff meetings, one in-service training request, and one search request, all from unique and new-to-the-library groups such as interpreter services, clinical dietitians, and a reproductive health clinic for teens. When compared to the library’s participation at Summerfest in 2016, our attendee numbers rose by 240% and meaningful interactions increased by over 1300%! Several of our successes were not quantifiable but show the strength of the library’s relationship with our ZSFG community. For example, Jill received a card from a family & community medicine research team who wanted to celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, and Iesha, helping with a different event six months later, recognized buttons that she had given to staff at our events– many people still wear them on a daily basis!

These events would not have been possible without the purchases we made thanks to the NNLM PSR award. The spinning wheel attracted attention, attendees were excited to enter a raffle to win a prize, and the large monitor made demonstrating and discussing library resources a more user-friendly experience. We’ve found additional uses for these items, such as using the monitor for workshops, in-service trainings, and library staff meetings. And we are planning additional outreach events utilizing similar strategies to continue to raise awareness of our services by the hospital’s staff, patients, and local community. Thanks to NNLM PSR for helping us get the word out about ZSFG Library!

For more information about the events, feel free to contact Jill Barr-Walker. Also be on the lookout for a case study in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association!

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Apply Now for a 2018-19 NNLM PSR Funding Opportunity!

Thu, 2018-03-15 14:02

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2018-2019! We intend to fund up to three (3) awards, at a maximum amount of $9,000 each. The complete details, including application instructions, are available on the NNLM PSR web site. Proposals submitted by Friday, April 20 will receive priority consideration.

The awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, Regional Extension Centers, and minority health practitioners; to create culturally and linguistically appropriate resources; and to better integrate the role of libraries in clinical and translational science. Awards may include travel expenses for Network members to represent the NNLM PSR at regional, state, or local meetings. Project funds will be distributed on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Calls for Applications have also been issued for NNLM PSR Outreach Mini-Awards and Professional Development Awards. The RML expects to fund up to three Mini-Awards for a maximum amount of $2,000 each and three Professional Development Awards for a maximum amount of $1,500 each. For both awards, applications will be accepted continuously and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Awards will be made until funds are expended. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support short-term projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming, one-time technology improvement (equipment) purchases, or one-day events such as health fairs, with an ultimate goal to promote knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for health care providers and consumers. Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to attend professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines.

All NNLM PSR Network members are eligible to apply for any of the awards. All project activities or professional development events must be conducted between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019. Award recipients are required to submit outreach activity reports, exhibit evaluation reports, professional development evaluation reports, and final project reports, as applicable. Awardees are also required to share any data or training material resulting from funding. Upon completion of projects or events, all award recipients are expected to submit an article for the NNLM PSR Latitudes newsletter blog, with highlights of the experience and lessons learned.

RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

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A Note from NLM Director Dr. Patricia Brennan to NNLM Members with Delivery of the 2017-2027 NLM Strategic Plan

Tue, 2018-03-13 19:19

by Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD
Director, National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD

I am pleased to present you with A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, the NLM Strategic Plan for 2017-2027. As it approaches its third century, the National Library of Medicine will do for data what it has done for the literature – create the tools to make it FAIR, guide the development of repositories to store it in a safe and accessible manner, and develop the linkages that makes seamless pathways between the literature, models, data, visualization tools, and people. The NLM will play a critical role in driving the shift to data-powered research and the inherent growing demand for access to our resources. We will foster new kinds of scientific communication while preserving the world’s biomedical knowledge in sustainable ways. In partnerships across NIH and around the world we will bring together the people and processes that create biomedical knowledge for health care, health, and economic growth.

This plan will guide us as we expand and enhance our research, development, training, and or literature and data resources to make more biomedical data easier to find, use, and understand. In doing so, we are fully committed to partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the NIH Institutes and Centers, NIH grantees, scientists, health professionals, and members of the public. Over 1700 NLM staff members, hundreds of national and international librarians, informatics professionals, biomedical scientists, data scientists, clinicians, public health specialists, and other stakeholders advised us as we charted a pathway for the next ten years. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine plays a key role in bringing the NLM to the scientific, clinical, and lay communities. We value its members as collaborators and look to a future of growth in outreach and impact.

Even though the plan is now in final form, I welcome your comments and advice, too, as we begin its implementation. I invite you to be our partner in the adventure!

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Former MLA President Naomi Broering Announces Her Retirement!

Mon, 2018-03-12 17:40
Naomi BroeringNaomi Broering

After a long and distinguished career in health sciences librarianship, Naomi Broering has announced her retirement from the profession in March, 2018, after having served in a number of key leadership positions. Naomi was most recently the Dean of Libraries at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego, since 2001. Previously, she was Director of the Herrick Library at Grossmont Healthcare District in La Mesa, CA. Prior to her relocation to the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region in 1999, Naomi was the Executive Director of the NNLM South Central Region at the Houston Academy of Medicine–Texas Medical Center Library in Houston for nearly five years, and the Director of the Biomedical Information Resources Center and Medical Center Library at Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. for 22 years. Naomi received her M.L.S. from UCLA, followed by a one-year NLM Postgraduate Fellowship at the UCLA Biomedical Library. She also completed all coursework for a PhD in history at UCLA, and earned an MA and BA (cum laude) from California State University, Long Beach. She served as Reference Librarian at the USC Norris Medical Library, completed a year of law school from West LA University in 1970-71, while serving as Hospital Librarian at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and earned a Government Management Certificate from George Washington University (CGS) in 1973.

During her tenure at PCOM from 2001-2018 and years at the Grossmont Healthcare District, Naomi was a strong advocate for the Network. She could be counted on to participate in an NNLM focus group, assist at an exhibit and demonstrate NLM resources, contribute to any NIH or NLM Request for Information, or provide other assistance to the RML as needed. Naomi has an exceptional track record of successfully applying for NNLM and NLM outreach awards. She conducted a series of projects involving extensive outreach to various communities in San Diego County. The projects had timelines ranging from 12-18 months, targeting both health care professional and consumer audiences. In developing and implementing projects, Naomi has developed collaborations with many community organizations, including public libraries, churches, community centers, veterans centers, and HIV/AIDS clinics. She has reached underserved communities populated by Hispanics, African Americans, Native and Pacific Islander Americans, immigrants, refugees, and areas of high HIV incidence. Naomi is well known and respected for promoting access to health information resources of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

A particularly notable result of Naomi’s successful efforts with the Senior Health Project: Access to Electronic Health Information in San Diego was the PCOM Library being named one of the top ten finalists for the 2006 U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) Health Information Awards for Libraries. In addition to NNLM outreach awards, Naomi also successfully competed for several NLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program awards, furthering the outreach penetration in the San Diego area. She also received an NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Award in 2012, to conduct a project reaching out to San Diego County’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). To enhance the visibility of these significant outreach contributions, Naomi highlighted them as an author of many scholarly articles and presenter of papers and poster sessions. As an example of her efforts, Naomi published three articles in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, most recently in 2012, “HIV/AIDS Health Information Outreach Service in San Diego.”

Naomi has accumulated an extensive list of professional honors, awards, and contributions during her long career. She served as President of the Medical Library Association (MLA) in 1996-97 and received MLA’s Marcia Noyes Award in 2003, the association’s highest professional distinction. She was named an MLA Fellow in 1995, and a Distinguished Member of MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals. Naomi was editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (formerly the Bulletin) from 1991 to 1996. In 1986 she received MLA’s Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award. In service to the National Library of Medicine, Naomi was a member of a Planning Panel for the NLM Long Range Plan (2000-2005) and a member of the NLM Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee. In 2015, Naomi received MLA’s first Hispanic Heritage Award in recognition of her past accomplishments in medical librarianship and library informatics. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Friends of NLM.

Naomi was the Principal Investigator of the Georgetown University IAIMS Program, an NLM grant program. She oversaw development of the Georgetown University Library Information System, which included a “Mini-MEDLINE” Search System component. She has authored over 200 scholarly journal articles, two books, and has presented papers at national and international library conferences. At other related associations, Naomi was Secretary and Board member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 1992-1996 and was elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) in 1989-90. Other professional honors include the Special Libraries Association (SLA) 1999 Winifred Sewell Award, the SLA 1987 Professional Award, and the Vicennial Award from Georgetown University in 1995. She has been an active ALA member her entire career, serving on committees and programs, and is a lifetime member of ALA, MLA and retired member of AMIA/ACMI.

Join us in congratulating Naomi on her outstanding achievements in health sciences librarianship and wishing her the best in retirement!

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Request for Information: Submit Comments on the NIH Draft Strategic Plan for Data Science by April 2!

Wed, 2018-03-07 16:24

In order to capitalize on the opportunities presented by advances in data science, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is developing a Strategic Plan for Data Science. This plan describes NIH’s overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem. As part of the planning process, NIH has published a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input from stakeholders, including members of the scientific community, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups, patient communities, as well as other interested members of the public.

The NIH seeks comments on any of the following topics:

  • The appropriateness of the goals of the plan and of the strategies and implementation tactics proposed to achieve them;
  • Opportunities for NIH to partner in achieving these goals;
  • Additional concepts that should be included in the plan;
  • Performance measures and milestones that could be used to gauge the success of elements of the plan and inform course corrections;
  • Any other topic the respondent feels is relevant for NIH to consider in developing this strategic plan.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically by April 2, 2018.

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NLM Releases 2017-2027 Strategic Plan!

Thu, 2018-03-01 15:02
cover page of the NLM strategic plan 2017-2027

The National Library of Medicine 2017-2027 Strategic Plan, A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health is now accessible online. The web site also offers readers the opportunity to submit any thoughts and/or reactions about the plan, if desired. NLM’s future is being built on three pillars:

  • NLM as a platform for data-driven discovery and health
  • Reaching new users in new ways
  • Workforce excellence from citizens to scientists

Highlights of some initial NLM implementation activities include the following:

  1. A strong, robust platform for delivering NLM’s literature and data resources
  2. Energizing the NLM research agenda to meet a data-rich future
  3. Alignment of NLM outreach efforts
  4. Stabilizing NLM audiovisual support services
  5. Improved deposit, curation, and discovery services

Check out the plan and submit your feedback!

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Network Members in the Spotlight

Wed, 2018-02-28 19:32

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!

Kathleen Carlson, Associate and Education Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix Campus, is retiring at the end of April 2018.

Amy Nadell is the new Medical Librarian at Banner Health Library Services in Phoenix, AZ. Amy was previously the medical librarian at Fortis College in Phoenix.

Sue Espe was promoted to Clinical Performance Assessment and Improvement Specialist at Banner Corporate in November 2017, after 10 years as a medical librarian at Banner Health Library Services in Phoenix.

Linda Rubin, Medical Librarian at Bellis Medical Library, St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, retired at the end of December 2017, after 18 years of service.

Anita Klecker, Health Sciences Librarian/CME Coordinator at Torrance Medical Center Medical Library in Torrance, CA, retired on December 31, after 38 years of service.

Keir Reavie is the new Director of Library Services at the City of Hope Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library in Duarte, CA.

Tiffany Moxham is the new Assistant University Librarian for Collections at the University of California, Riverside, effective January 1. She was previously the Coordinator of Medical Library Programs.

Joanne Muellenbach left her position as Founding Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Health Sciences Library on March 2. She will assume the position of Director of the Jay Sexter Library at Touro University Nevada in Henderson, previously held by June Simms.

Sian Aynsley is the new Medical Librarian / CME Coordinator at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA. She previously had 14 years of medical library experience in the UK.

Evelyn Kobayashi, Health Sciences Library Manager, and MaryJoy Rojo, Health Education Department, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Leandro, CA, are co-authors of the article “A Small Library’s Playbook for Hosting NLM Traveling Exhibits,” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship.

Christine Sato, Medical Librarian at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Medical Library retired in 2017.

Angela Lee, Medical Education & Clinical Outreach Librarian at the University of California, Riverside, has left the position to relocate to Portland, OR.

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NLM Mourns the Loss of H. Kenneth Walker, MD, MACP, FAAN, Former Chair of the NLM Board of Regents

Wed, 2018-02-28 19:07
Ken WalkerKen Walker

H. Kenneth Walker, MD, MACP, FAAN, died on February 23, 2018, at the age of 81. He was a member of the NLM Board of Regents from 1991–1994 and served as chair from 1994–1995. He then served as a consultant to the Board throughout succeeding decades, last attending a Board meeting in September, 2017. A champion for medical libraries and public access to medical information, Dr. Walker brought an expert clinician’s perspective to assessing the utility of NLM products and services and a deep understanding of their current and potential impact for the underserved in the U.S. and in the developing world.

As a Board member and consultant, he led influential assessments of the Library’s toxicology information services, contributed substantially to strategic planning efforts, and demonstrated his legendary acumen and diplomacy as chair of site visit teams during re-competitions of the Regional Medical Libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Dr. Walker was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. He was a professor of medicine and neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, a professor of global health in Rollins School of Public Health, and an assistant chief of medicine at Grady Health System, where he pioneered the electronic medical system. In honor of his more than 40 years of leadership and service to the internal medicine residency program, a Walker Resident Education Fund was established at Emory.

Dr. Walker also led the Atlanta-Tbilisi Partnership, a collaboration between educational and health care institutions in the Republic of Georgia and Atlanta, which helped improve the quality of health care, the education of health care professionals, and access to medical information in the Republic of Georgia. In 2005, he was named an honorary citizen of Georgia and in 2006 received a rare Outstanding Citizen Achievement Citation from the U.S. Agency for International Development, jointly with Dr. Irakli Sasania of the M. Iashvili Central Children’s Hospital in Tbilisi, Georgia. Among many other awards, in 2016 Dr. Walker was honored with the Georgia Hospital Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. At a ceremony on March 1, he will be honored posthumously with Emory University’s highest honor, the Emory Medal.

“Dr. Walker’s early interest in the best application of computers to medicine and organizing medical data and his abiding focus on what is best for patients were invaluable for us at the National Library of Medicine,” said Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, director of NLM. “NLM and the world has lost a good friend. His combination of great insight and grace will be missed by all of us.” An obituary for Dr. Walker is available. In addition, a video has been created outlining his accomplishments as a professor of medicine and neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine.

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NNLM PSR Mini-Award Highlights for “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine” Traveling Exhibition

Wed, 2018-02-07 16:26

by Alison Clement, MLIS, AHIP
Community Health Librarian
Marshall Community Health Library
Cameron Park, CA

herbal and book displaysHerbal and book displays

I never thought I would see the day when my library staff and I would be greeting patrons wearing witch’s hats, but this year it actually happened! The Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park, CA, was magically transformed during the month of July when we hosted the NLM traveling exhibition, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine. Our library was an appreciative recipient of a NNLM PSR 2017 Mini-Award to fund activities related to and supporting the NLM History of Medicine exhibition.

The Marshall Community Health Library, part of Marshall Medical Center, is a consumer health library that has been serving the public and the healthcare community since 1997. Hosting the exhibition was the perfect way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our library’s opening, as well as 20 years of Harry Potter. The exhibition was simple and quick to put together with the aid of the instructions, both printed with illustrations, and online, including video.

We wanted to use the exhibition and celebration as an opportunity to reach out to those in our community who were not yet aware of our health information resources. We made use of the NLM exhibition’s templates for flyers and trading cards. The medical center’s Marketing Department assisted with publicity, including local papers and social media. The hospital’s catering section crafted a Harry Potter-decorated 20th anniversary cake for our celebration’s visitors on the opening day of the exhibition. We had 20th anniversary bookmarks available with our library’s contact information for visitors to take for future reference. Throughout the library, book and DVD resources were on display on tables to add an interactive element to the exhibition–for example, reproductions of old herbal manuscripts, and books on the history of medicine.

attendees at the nlm traveling exhibit display of harry potter's worldAttendees at the Harry Potter’s World NLM Traveling Exhibit

Our library shares a catalog with the El Dorado County public libraries, and we fully utilized this partnership to publicize and decorate the event. One of the local public libraries lent us some wonderful costumes and décor to liven up our special activity days. Thanks to this great loan, we had Hogwarts banners suspended from the ceiling, owls (fake ones!) perched on the bookshelves, a life-size figure of Professor Snape, an Azkaban “Wanted” photo booth, Gryffindor capes for our speakers to wear, and an assortment of witch hats for our library staff. Our hearts go out to El Dorado Hills Library for the use of these decorations!

The first two days of the exhibition were very exciting, with demonstrations and speakers. We hosted the local wildlife rescue organization, which brought three of their live owl “ambassadors” and gave a talk about owls. An emeritus professor of philosophy presented a talk on sacred geometry and alchemical wisdom. Outside our library’s front door, we had a “Potions Class” taught by an expert in the history of pharmacy, who demonstrated some “olde” remedies, including small explosions and dry ice effects that the children loved. A naturopathic practitioner/herbalist spoke to the visitors about herbology and medieval herbal medicine, and a display of 30 medicinal herbs–all labeled–fresh from the librarian’s herb garden helped to illustrate and educate.

Library volunteers were on hand to help visitors with some interactive activities. Children could have a Hogwarts acceptance letter made with their name on it. Young and old alike enjoyed reaching into a real Hogwarts Sorting Hat to see “Which House Chooses You!” with a few giveaways for the lucky few who pulled out a special magical ticket. In addition to the exhibition-related activities, we featured a special MedlinePlus & PubMed display, with brochures and staff on hand to demonstrate the use of these databases. 75% of the visitors to the exhibition and events were first-time library visitors, so our goal of reaching newcomers was satisfyingly met, with both young and older visitors, and some medical center staff. We hope that the exhibition and 20th anniversary celebration opened the door for many to a magical world of information!

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New NNLM PSR Library Director Profile: Keir Reavie, City of Hope, Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library

Thu, 2018-02-01 18:23

by Keir Reavie, MLIS, Director, Library Services
Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

I’m happy to be back in California, in the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), and working in a health sciences environment as Director, Library Services, Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library, City of Hope. I’ve been in Southern California for four months and it was great seeing colleagues at the first Joint Meeting I’ve attended since 2011, when I was living in Northern California and a member of the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG). I had been living in New York City since early 2011, where I worked as the Associate Director of the Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, and on the John Torrey Papers digitization project at the Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden. Those of you interested in the history of science or botany in America, or the history of nineteenth-century America, should check out the John Torrey Papers. To get more intimate with Torrey’s correspondence, you can also help transcribe the papers, so historians and other researchers can more easily search and retrieve information from the documents.

I received my MLIS from the University of Western Ontario and took my first position as a health sciences librarian in the Medical Library at the University of Manitoba. I then worked at the Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit. While at Wayne State I was active in the Greater Midwest Region of the NNLM, as a member of the Advisory Board and chair of the Education Committee. I moved to California in 2000, to take a position in the Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF I worked closely with the School of Medicine to integrate information literacy into the evidence-based medicine curriculum, and later managed the library’s education and information services. In 2006 I went on to work at the University of California, Davis (UCD), where I managed the health sciences libraries and the biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences departments of the UCD Libraries. As a member of NCNMLG, I served as president in 2007/2008, and member of the planning committees for Joint Meetings in 2008 and 2011. I worked closely with the NNLM PSR, and was always happy to assist at NLM exhibits at health sciences conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area, to help promote NLM resources.

It’s an exciting time to be working at the City of Hope. It is a non-profit organization that is growing rapidly, and was recently re-accredited as one of 49 NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. It will be a challenge to develop and maintain the library’s central role as a place of learning for faculty, students, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals as the organization grows. The Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is a leader in research to understand how biology affects diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes. City of Hope has recently acquired a precision medicine research group, the Translation Genomics Research Institute, located in Phoenix, AZ. Translational science is a high priority for the organization. The Graduate School is applying to start a new Master’s program in translational science. In addition, City of Hope has extensive education programs, including the renowned nursing research and clinical investigation training programs. City of Hope has also developed a comprehensive strategy to cure type I diabetes.

To support the growing enterprise, the Library plans to add additional staff and rethink the use of library space, to create collaborative environments for researchers, pharmacists, nurses, and clinicians; support translational science; and help expand educational programs in the City of Hope. The Library recently started reporting to the Chief Informatics Officer, so we will also be closely linked to City of Hope’s informatics strategy, particularly the centralization of informatics and bioinformatics educational programs. Again, I’m glad to rejoin the NNLM PSR and look forward to working closely with professional librarians throughout the region, and hopefully take some time to explore Los Angeles and Southern California!

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