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New NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian: Nora Franco!

Fri, 2018-08-10 19:31

Hola! My name is Nora Franco, and I would like to say hello as the new Consumer Health Librarian for the NNLM PSR at UCLA! My passion for medical librarianship began as an LIS student at the University of North Texas, where I was first exposed to the array of librarian specializations, including health sciences librarianship. While in the Health Informatics program, I was able to complete an internship at the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), part of the Specialized Information Services (SIS) division at NLM. Joining the PSR team makes me feel things have come full circle!

Nora Franco

Nora Franco

I come to the West Coast after living on no coast, AKA the Midwest, working as an embedded Clinical Medical Librarian for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Health Sciences Library. For anyone unfamiliar with the history of Clinical Medical Librarians, the program began nationally at UMKC through a National Library of Medicine grant. While in Kansas City, I worked closely with the School of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy constituents. One of my favorite instructional sessions that I developed was a Consumer Health Information Resources course for the Drug Information Center. Not only was I able to expose pharmacy residents to quality health information resources, including NLM products, but I was able to learn about provider-patient communication, and how medical librarians can facilitate the development of them. Other activities while at UMKC and Kansas City include:

I am very fortunate and excited to work closely alongside other PSR staff members, particularly Kelli Ham, former PSR Consumer Health Librarian. While Kelli takes on her new position with the All of Us Research Program, I will assist her in many of her outreach efforts. Feel free to reach out to me with questions or to get to know me better by sending an email message, or giving me a call at 310-794-6572. I look forward to meeting and learning from the variety of PSR Network members!

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NNLM PSR Sponsors MLA Education Webinar

Wed, 2018-08-01 11:44

NNLM PSR sponsored seven sites for the MLA webinar, Aligning the Three Pillars of Effective Instruction: Outcomes, Teaching, and Assessment for Health Sciences Librarians. Feedback was positive and several hosts reported that the session was effective for both new and experienced teachers. One host commented, “The webinar was great! It was exactly what I was looking for to build the skills of our team.” Another noted that the webinar was “very practical and transferable to other librarians who teach in various areas, such as data science or scholarly communication.”

We have a limited number of surplus access codes for the webinar. Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in viewing the recording. Once your request has been approved, you will be emailed a code that will provide access to resources, an evaluation, and a certificate to claim 1.5 MLA CE contact hours.

The following sites hosted the live webcast:


Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries
Host: Adrienne Brodie


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

Kaiser Permanente
Host: Ana Macias

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Host: Danielle Salomon

Western University of Health Sciences
Host: Kelli Hines


Hawaii State Hospital
Host: Lisa Anne Matsumoto


University of Nevada, Reno
Host: Mary Schultz

Thanks to everyone who made it possible for members from our region to attend! In November 2018, NNLM PSR will sponsor another MLA webinar: Using Stories to Support Academic Instruction and Health Education. Be on the lookout for an announcement from the PSR-News email list.

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NLM Establishes a Five-Year Development Plan for MEDLINE!

Tue, 2018-07-24 14:38

In December 2016, the National Library of Medicine established the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) Indexing Assessment Project to evaluate the impact on users of assigning MeSH terms to MEDLINE citations. The project findings confirmed the value of MEDLINE indexing and the value of applying selected non-subject metadata to MEDLINE citations. In response to the findings and as part of its Strategic Plan, NLM created the five-year development plan, MEDLINE 2022. A Working Group, comprised of members from across all NLM departments, was charged with the plan’s implementation.

MEDLINE 2022 has eight specific goals describing challenges that must be addressed to maintain the usefulness of MEDLINE as a tool for discovering and analyzing the biomedical research literature:

  1. Investigate the use of authoritative vocabularies in MEDLINE indexing in addition to, or as a partial replacement for MeSH, for some topics or types of metadata, for example, chemical names.
  2. Implement a range of indexing methods to ensure the timely assignment of MeSH or terms from other approved vocabularies to MEDLINE citations.
  3. Support the discoverability of content.
  4. Support the pharmacology and toxicology research communities by sustaining and improving the discoverability of chemical information in MEDLINE/PubMed citations.
  5. Support NIH and other funding organizations by ensuring the discoverability of funding information in MEDLINE/PubMed.
  6. Support the genetics research community by adding relevant gene information to MEDLINE/PubMed citations.
  7. Support the NLM pivot to data science as described in the new NLM Strategic Plan.
  8. Update MEDLINE journal requirements to support these goals and strategies.

The goals of MEDLINE 2022 align with the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan, most importantly Goal 1: Accelerate discovery and advance health by providing the tools for data-driven research. MEDLINE has provided access to the biomedical literature for more than 45 years, evolving as publishing and information retrieval have evolved. The MEDLINE 2022 project aims to ensure that MEDLINE continues to evolve to meet the needs of users in an age of data-driven discovery. NLM will keep its many stakeholders informed of progress with the implementation of MEDLINE 2022 by publishing future NLM Technical Bulletin articles with details about different aspects of this project.

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All of Us: Imagining the Future; Pondering the Past – Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium, Atlanta 2018

Mon, 2018-07-23 16:24

by Peg Eby-Jager, A.M.L.S.
Librarian | Consumer Health Information Specialist

“All is flux; nothing is stationary.”
Heraclitus (c.535 – c.475 BC)

“Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.”
George Carlin (1937 – 2008)

CHIS Quest
When I found out about the Public Librarians Symposium, late and serendipitously, I’d been scouting for continuing education credits in light of a fast approaching deadline for renewing my Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certificate; I was a surprised to learn that travel awards were available to public librarians as well. Great news! My thoughts then quickly shifted back to the sobering present with the realization that I’d need to be in Atlanta in about three weeks. Quick work, collegiality, and good fortune were needed, and thankfully everything fell into place. I registered for the meeting, booked travel and accommodations, and leveraged a change in my work schedule. Being awarded a travel grant was, as they say, just gravy, and I was looking forward to attending the Symposium, earning CHIS credits, connecting with colleagues, and learning about the All of Us Research Program – a precision medicine initiative that I knew next to nothing about.

The Symposium

“This year’s conference also offers something special: a symposium dedicated to health information for public librarians…designed to help public librarians develop skills in providing consumer health information to enhance health and well-being and to encourage and expand health literacy throughout the communities.”

From NLM Director’s blog, Musings from the Mezzanine

All of Us

“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. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.”


I was in the go-mode for Atlanta. But first, gentle reader, a brief detour through patient data history.

Interest in Consumer Health
The one constant among my professional interests since earning a library degree in 1985 is my abiding interest in consumer health information. And during those thirty-plus years, there have been seismic changes in virtually every aspect of health care – patient records included. My first job as a freshly minted librarian was with the Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities (CPHA), a think tank, whose primary data asset comprised anonymous, patient-level records supplied by over 25% of North American acute care facilities. That was a huge data set, to be sure. However, the limitations of those records compared to what I would be hearing about at the Symposium makes all the difference between planting a single seed and the bounty reaped from a worldwide harvest.

Among CPHA’s many study reports and products was an annual series of books that listed average length of hospital stay, organized by diagnoses and stratified by a few additional criteria. It would never make the NY Times best-seller list, but it was CPHA’s hot product, bringing in significant income that fueled research. And CPHA was pushing the envelope, as their public health researchers worked to develop new analytical models yielding a more precise picture of how precious medical resources were being utilized.

Finding ways to accurately measure utilization of medical resources was The Holy Grail. But in the 1980s, CPHA’s anonymous hospital discharge records offered only a static slice of patient data and were not linked to any longitudinal cohort. Further, patient medical records were typically handwritten by physicians and stored in paper files in their offices. The necessary technology and infrastructure did not yet exist.

book titled Length of Stay showing the front cover and the book opened to pages with lots of data

In 1985, the availability of patient data from longitudinal studies was greatly limited. “Length of Stay” data were derived from anonymous hospital discharge records and were not linked to patient medical records. (Photo credit: Peg Eby-Jager)

To be clear: back in the day, CPHA’s published studies and data products were a big deal. It wasn’t unusual for a client to refer to us as “the only game in town.” But the All of Us Program, as I would soon learn at the Symposium, intends to change the game entirely. Building and sustaining the largest, most diverse, markedly innovative, longitudinal patient data set is the goal. “Change” hardly describes what is in store; a better term would be “reinvention.”

And what better place than Atlanta, a city that has reinvented itself time after time, to begin learning about All of Us?

MLA & M.J.T.
Day One of the Symposium began with a beautiful buffet breakfast offering a range of choices from bacon-and-eggs to copious fresh fruits and yogurt. My body clock was still set on PDT, but a second cup of coffee fueled a speedy circumnavigation of the Hyatt’s Regency Ballroom. Tables were quickly filling, the Symposium would soon kick off, and I didn’t see a single familiar face.

Mary-Kate Finnegan presenting a poster at a symposium

Mary-Kate Finnegan from University of the Pacific in Stockton presenting a poster at the symposium

Pretty quickly, I was invited to join a table near the podium. A friendly person called me over, and introduced herself as “M.J. Tooey,” whose name that I recognized as a past president of MLA. After a warm welcome, introductions, and a little get-acquainted chat with everyone at the table, M.J. clued me in on what to expect at the kickoff.

I had closely followed MLA’s pre-conference planning instructions, and I’d studied the presentations and posters that would be available to Symposium attendees. I knew which presentations I’d attend and which posters I wanted to see. I’d familiarized myself with the Hyatt map, and I knew where to be and when to be there. I definitely had a plan. But M.J. Tooey made sure that I knew that Patti Brennan, the current director of the National Library of Medicine, would soon be joining our table prior to giving her keynote speech. And that was just so very thoughtful and considerate of her. Moments like this leave lasting impressions.

Data-Driven Discovery
Patti Brennan’s keynote focused on “data-powered health” and the critical role of the All of Us Research Program’s one million-plus cohort to the future of precision medicine. Beginning with a quick overview of NLM’s strategic plan, she invited us to consider that every research article begets its own data set, and then to imagine the biomedical discovery implications of harnessing vast quantities of data that are made widely available. She talked about the need to find new ways to get information into the hands of laypeople and how those data could be used by citizen scientists. Dr. Brennan compellingly argued that massive data resources offer a “foundational substrate” for knowledge and discovery, and that the All of Us data set will be a prime factor in data-driven biomedical discovery.

Dr. Brennan is focused on a future in which myriad data-rich resources are widely available. She spoke about radical new possibilities for understanding health rather than focusing primarily on the study of disease states. But a diverse data set is key to success, and building a representationally diverse cohort of over one million people contributing data and biosamples will not be easy. The massive scale of the project is simply mind-boggling.


Patti Brennan writes regularly about the value of that ambitiously imagined, data-driven future on her blog, NLM Musings from the Mezzanine. “[W]e released NLM’s strategic plan, A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. Concurrently the National Institutes of Health announced a draft Strategic Plan for Data Science.”

Precision Medicine

“[P]recision medicine is ‘an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.’ …It is in contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration for the differences between individuals.”

From Genetics Home Reference


All of Us and Public Librarians
Public librarians may play a role in helping to raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program, and Dr. Brennan raised the question of how that role could be fostered. Toward the end of her talk, she posed the question of what can be done to assist public libraries, and I’ll be interested to see what sort of outreach takes place. Public librarians, however, do not need to wait for direction. MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) offers an excellent starting point.

I truly enjoyed the CHIS courses I took, and after completing Level I requirements, I pushed a little harder and earned a Level II certificate. I learned a lot, and I’d encourage my public library colleagues – not just librarians, but paraprofessionals as well – to take an introductory course. Building on my public service skills and more effectively helping patrons achieve greater health literacy is the greatest benefit of CHIS coursework. There is no charge for the courses; you can pace yourself. And there’s no pressure to complete work on a certificate. The bottom line is that the benefits are well worth the effort, for us and for our patrons!


“By earning your CHIS, you acquire skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community.” Learn more about CHIS at the Medical Library Association website. NNLM offers a sponsorship which covers the CHIS application fee for library personnel who take the required number of courses.

CHIS Courses

  • Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
  • Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Find more CHIS opportunities by browsing the list of all NNLM classes.

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Express Outreach Award Highlights: Leveraging Health Literacy and Community Health Resources to Improve Senior Care in Nevada

Tue, 2018-07-03 18:47

by Terry Henner
Head of Outreach Services
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine

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The physical, emotional, and financial burden on family caregivers is an increasingly prevalent and important health concern in the United States. Eighty percent of adults requiring long-term care currently live at home or in the community, with 90% of their care provided by unpaid family caregivers. With funding from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region’s Express Outreach Award program, the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Savitt Medical Library, initiated a community outreach program to improve access to information for lay and professional caregivers. One aim of the project was to enhance content in a web-enabled clearinghouse of community and regional health and social services. There was also recognition by our project partners of a need to improve access to quality discharge planning materials utilized by the community of professional case managers, and to encourage best practices in accordance with health literacy standards. Working with hospital care managers the project team helped to identify, index, and organize over 800 locally developed documents used in the process of discharge planning. A subset of the document texts were evaluated through automated health literacy algorithms to assess reading level and appropriateness for patients. Results indicated that the majority of patient education materials were written at an 11th grade or higher reading level. After interviewing professionals working in case management and patient care, several key areas related to health issues and well-being of seniors were identified, including abuse of Benadryl as a sleep aid, driving safety, and calcium needs for seniors for bone health. Text-heavy existing documents were redesigned to create abbreviated infographics that were more easily read and comprehended by patients or family caregivers. Project outcomes should result in a more prepared and confident patient population upon discharge from hospitals and a community of professional caregivers better able to identify key community resources for patient referral.

As with many projects that require coordination of effort between multiple organizations, the course of our progress was occasionally stalled because of schedule conflicts and competing priorities. Because aspects of the project relied heavily on student labor, other challenges included recruitment of students who possessed not just appropriate skills backgrounds, but also schedule availability, access to transportation, and levels of commitment to completing project goals.

Sustainability of this project will depend on ongoing volunteerism, both from the Savitt Medical Library and staff from our university partner, the Sanford Center for Aging, as well as contributions of Vista volunteers and university students engaged in service learning activities. By expanding and improving the content of a website to aid caregivers in finding health information and community resources, we believe our work will help the population and elders and others dependent on caregivers live more independent and fulfilling lives. Through greater awareness of health literacy issues, we expect case managers and discharge planners to be better able to provide their clients with more useful and comprehensible information, promote better self-management, and more effectively connect them with community resources for assistance.

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NNLM Education & Outreach Librarian Kay Deeney Announces Retirement on June 28!

Mon, 2018-07-02 19:30

NNLM PSR Education & Outreach Librarian

Kay Deeney

It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region and UCLA on June 28. I have been part of the RML since May, 2001, in various roles teaching, exhibiting and promoting NLM resources in numerous ways, such as coordinating the monthly Midday at the Oasis webinar series.

I started out as a clerk in a hospital library in New Jersey in the late 1970’s. After receiving my MLS degree at Rutgers University, I began my career in 1981 at the UCLA Louise M Darling Biomedical Library in a one-year temporary position. I served as a Reference Librarian in the Biomedical Library for nearly 20 years. My primary responsibilities involved literature searches, working at a very busy reference desk and providing instruction to various groups and classes. During this time, I gained significant expertise with NLM’s MeSH and MEDLARS systems, as a back-up instructor for the weeklong Fundamentals of MEDLARS Searching and Initial Online Training course, from 1987–90.

In 2001, I transitioned to the NNLM PSR and my latest job title has been Education & Outreach Librarian. During my tenure in the RML, I have had primary responsibility for managing the education and exhibits program, and providing outreach and training to various audiences, including health sciences libraries, public libraries, community colleges, Native Americans, and health professionals, particularly school nurses, who I successfully reached with presentations at a number of national and state school nurse association meetings. I also made great inroads reaching promotores (community health workers) through exhibiting and presenting at their annual conferences. Some of the presentations were delivered in Spanish! Over the years, I developed a number of courses in both in-person and online formats, such as PubMed Clinics of North America: A Problem-based Approach to PubMed Searching, PubMed Rediscovered: Hidden Treasures in Searching, and Teaching with Technology: Tips, Techniques and Tools. I also regularly updated Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use. I also pioneered the development of a Moodle-based course to promote the Results Section of NLM’s, as the result of my participation in a NNLM National Initiative. As Associate Director Alan Carr has noted, “Kay is regionally and nationally recognized for her expertise with NLM resources, especially PubMed.”

I have been professionally active throughout my career, most notably in the Medical Library Association (MLA), particularly the Consumer and Patient Health Information and Public Health/Health Administration Sections, and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA). I have published several articles in the Bulletin/Journal of the Medical Library Association. At the 2015 MLA Annual Meeting, I presented the contributed paper Assessing Librarian Learning Needs Over Time, which analyzed the trends and differences in NNLM PSR Network member learning needs over ten years. I collected five data sets using an online questionnaire tool. I have been a Member of MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1983 and received the MLGSCA Louise Darling Achievement Award in 2000. In addition, I served on the Adult Congenital Heart Association Board of Directors from 2011-2015, including one year as Secretary.

I’ll miss my colleagues and network members in the Region, and I will especially miss my annual trips to the MLA Hawaii-Pacific Chapter annual meetings where I provided workshops on various topics and promoted NLM resources. My husband has been retired for a few years, and I look forward to joining him. We’ll be traveling, hiking and reading. I can finally finish some of my beading projects, and get better at my hammer dulcimer playing!

The good news is that I will return to my position on recall status, beginning August 1. I will be at 43% time for one year. So, save those PubMed questions for me until then!

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Report on ACH Four-Day 2018 ENRICH Course, “Nurturing Resilience: Communication Skills for Building Healthier Organizations”

Tue, 2018-06-26 19:46

by Melliza C. Young, MD, CCP, CHCQM, CDE
Patient Education Manager
Guam Regional Medical City
Dededo, Guam

It was a great honor to represent Guam and the Micronesian islands from the Western Pacific region at the ENRICH (Enriching Relationships in Communication and Healthcare) course, organized by the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH). This year’s ENRICH theme was Nurturing Resilience: Communication Skills for Building Healthier Organizations, held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown in Florida from May 31 to June 3. As one of the recipients of the ACH 2018 Health Equity Scholarship, my presence at the course would not have been possible without the generous support I received from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Southwest Region’s (NNLM PSR) Professional Development Award.

ENRICH participants.

2018 ENRICH scholarship recipients. From left: Melliza Young (Guam Regional Medical City), Peggy Lucien (Boston Medical Center), Haruka Kelly (San Francisco VA), Bich Dang (Baylor College of Medicine), Felipe Barreto (Hospital Universitario Gaffrée e Guinle), Rukiya Wongus (University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc.), Amanda Wright (University of California, San Francisco)

ACH is an organization of professionals from multiple disciplines (e.g. educators, patient advocates, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, hospital administrators, etc.) who are dedicated to improving communication and relationships in healthcare. More than 200 ACH-member and non-member professionals representing multiple disciplines from all over the nation, and from as far as Guam and Brazil, participated in this year’s ENRICH Course. Tim Gilligan, MD, the ENRICH Course Director, officially opened the course and welcomed the participants in the general session. The 2018 ENRICH scholarship recipients were also recognized during the Welcome Session, followed by Dr. Gilligan’s presentation about what relationship-centered means and an overview of the ENRICH course format. During the course of a four-day training, I was immersed in various activities such as a workshop track, an integrated learning group, and the keynote sessions.

Workshop Track
The ENRICH course typically offers five different workshop tracks: (1) improving patient experience with relationship-centered communication skills; (2) coaching and feedback through relationship, reflection and intentional change; (3) communication skills for effective conflict engagement; (4) fostering resilience; and (5) culture, diversity, and hierarchy. I specifically took the track on Improving Patient Experience with Relationship-centered Communication Skills, which offered didactics in teaching a critical set of communication competencies that healthcare professionals must demonstrate for the delivery of high-quality care. It was led by ACH Faculty Facilitators Auguste H. Fortin IV, MD, MPH, FACP, FACH (co-author of the book Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method (3rd edition) and Stuart Sprague, PhD. The workshop introduced the three evidence-based, fundamental skills on relationship-centered communication:

Skill Set One: The Beginning of the Encounter – wherein the healthcare professional begins to create rapport quickly through greeting and introductions, attending to the client’s comfort by engaging in “small talk before big talk,” and in minimizing communication barriers. This was followed by eliciting the “list” of client’s concerns, acknowledging each item on the list, and encouraging the client to be exhaustive of their list by asking “What else?” Once the healthcare professional reviewed the list and established the client’s priorities, he/she will state their own agenda for the encounter and gently negotiate with the client.
Skill Set Two: Relationship-Centered – during this stage the healthcare professional builds trust with the client by engaging in conversation using open-ended questions/requests, asking explicitly about their ideas and expectations as they listen attentively and reflectively. While the client’s perspective or personal story is explored, the healthcare professional recognizes and names any emotion displayed and responds appropriately with empathy. Empathy can be expressed with statements of feelings or nonverbal emotional expressions. It is also at this skill level that the healthcare professional transitions the encounter towards their own agenda.
Skill Set Three: Ending the Encounter – during this final stage, the healthcare professional shares information to the client in small chunks using plain language followed by assessment of their understanding using the A-R-T (Ask-Respond-Tell) loops. The encounter ends as information is clarified using plain summaries, eliciting final questions, and with the healthcare professional acknowledging and assuring support.

Speaker at the ENRICH Forum

Lyuba Konopasek, MD, during her keynote presentation: “Combating Burnout, Promoting Clinician Well-Being: What Can We Do?” 

The didactic presentations of each relationship-centered communication skill was followed by active skills practice through small group sessions. My small group session of three course participants was facilitated by Stuart Prague, PhD, Rosalind De Lisser, FNP and Lynda Tang, DO. Each participant was asked to provide a scenario for a particular skill that he/she would like to role play – whether relationship-centered skills 1, 2, or 3, or a combination of any. Coaching and feedback were actively exchanged throughout the session, ensuring that each participant is satisfied or confident about the skill/s. My takeaway from this workshop track is the increased awareness that communication skills, similar to learning a procedural technique or any other skill, can be learned and enhanced through practice. The feedback I received during the role play and case-based skills practice helped me internalize communication as an essential “procedure” in my occupational role as a patient educator. More importantly, the workshop track helped broaden my perspective during any type of communication dynamics to simply be mindful of how and what I do to contribute positively and meaningfully to that dynamic.

Learning Group
This is a unique feature of the ENRICH course that cultivates a learner-centered environment by allowing the participants to develop their own learning objectives for the course and focus on personal learning needs while working on their communication skills and awareness of interpersonal interactions. The ACH facilitators’ role is to collaborate with the group participants to fashion exercises towards helping accomplish each participant’s learning goals. Similar to the Workshop Track, there are several options in the Learning Group: Integrated Group, Narrative Group, Case-based Group, Intact Teams, Leadership Group, and Coaching Group. For my particular interest, and being a first-time attendee, I participated in one of the Integrated Groups that was facilitated by Carol Chou, MD, Denise Mohess, MD, and Sumita Kalra, MD. Our group met daily over the four-day ENRICH course. We had a total of seven course participants who actively collaborated in addressing a number of personal and professional challenges in communication that each experienced. Given that the principles of confidentiality and trust are innate to the format of ENRICH Learning Groups, we all had the opportunity to openly brainstorm approaches to various interpersonal and interprofessional communication dilemmas. We also role played and practiced challenging scenarios that, in some instances, broke emotional boundaries in a sincere, eloquent manner. Personally, I found the Learning Group to be the most meaningful part of the ENRICH course because the experience elevated my self-awareness and inspired me to communicate purposefully.

Keynote Sessions
There were two keynote speakers at the ENRICH Course: Lyuba Konopasek, MD on Combating Burn Out, Promoting Clinician Well-Being: WHAT CAN WE DO?, and Patrice Buzzanell, PhD, on Communicative Construction of Resilience for Well-Being. Dr. Konopasek is the Director for Professional Development and Well-Being at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York and is a member of the ACGME Task Force on Physician Well-Being. She began her presentation by introducing the guiding principles from the Charter on Physician Well-Being published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and posited that such charter applies to the various disciplines in the health care industry since well-being is a shared responsibility at different levels – individual, professional, organizational, and societal. She likewise highlighted IHI’s (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) philosophy from the Triple Aim to Quadruple Aim, “that the care of the patient requires care of the provider.” However despite having these guiding principles that touch on clinician well-being, current data reveal that at least one U.S. physician commits suicide every day and the culprit is high prevalence of burnout. Dr. Konopasek defined burnout as a response to occupational stress having three dimensions – emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and cynicism, and inefficacy or lack of personal achievement. Burnout is measurable using tools such as the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), Mayo Well-Being Index, Gallup Engagement Survey, and C-Change. She then addressed the key drivers of burnout that can lead to several personal and professional repercussions, such as alcohol and substance use, depression, decreased patient satisfaction, and decreased productivity and professional effort. Dr. Konopasek therefore asserted that “both individual-focused and organization-focused strategies can increase engagement and decrease burnout” among clinicians and healthcare professionals alike. She introduced an Institutional Roadmap for Well-Being that she hopes organizations will adopt, as well as some practical skills at the level of both organizational and individual well-being. Finally, she concluded her presentation by leaving some positive psychology that one can reflect at the end of each day: “Think of one person you helped, and one thing you learned.”

Dr. Buzzanell, a Professor & Chair of the Department of Communication, University of South Florida and an Endowed Visiting Professor, School of Media & Design in Shanghai Jiaotong University, was the second keynote speaker. She began her presentation by sharing her personal story of resilience. Additionally, she encouraged the audience to recall our own stories of resilience – whether extraordinary happenings that turn our world upside down, or simply an everyday or ordinary resilience. Resilience, according to Dr. Buzzanell, is a process “constituted in and through communicative processes that enhance peoples’ abilities to create new normalcies; is neither something we do alone nor an inherent characteristic that only some people have; situates processes of reintegration and transformation in human interaction and network structures; relies upon discursive and material processes; and develops over the lifespan of individuals, communities, and institutions.” She also succinctly described the five key processes for constructing resilience: (1) crafting normalcy (talk and say and do); (2) foregrounding productive action while backgrounding negative feelings (legitimizing); (3) affirming identity anchors (who-person, spiritual); (4) maintaining and using communication networks (ties to rely on); and (5) putting alternative logics to work (reframing). By facilitating a brief reflection exercise among the audience, Dr. Buzzanell demonstrated and explained how language, interaction, and networks help to cultivate and implement resilience processes. She emphasized that resilience is a multilevel and overlapping series of processes that spans individuals, dyadic, and family, as well as occupational, organizational, societal, cultural, national and global. Although “how communication facilitates or hinders this process remains murky,” she challenged the audience to “consider how adaptation and transformation act separately and together to develop futures that enable people not only to survive but also to consider more viable futures.”

To journey thousands of miles away from home for the purpose of scholarly gain is a demonstration of my strong interest and commitment to improving health literacy in our island communities through effective delivery of health-related information. Health literacy requires an individual to obtain, process, and understand health information in order to make informed decisions about their health. Hence, a relationship-centered communication is essential in building rapport and in enhancing the experience between individual patients and their families, healthcare providers and healthcare systems towards the development, nurturing and improvement of an individual’s health literacy. The ENRICH course hosted by ACH provided me an exceptional venue for a comprehensive and intensive training in relationship-centered communication. As a first-time attendee, I had the opportunity to learn and practice the skills that are key to improving encounters between healthcare professionals and patients under the guidance of seasoned ACH faculty and facilitators. Eliciting the “list” will definitely guide patient educators in providing access to more personalized, relevant health information while also allowing us to deliver it more efficiently. In addition, immediately putting into action the skills I learned on self-awareness, as well as attentive and reflective listening will pave the way to using empathetic statements intentionally and liberally in my face-to-face encounters with very diverse clients. Furthermore, these learned skills in relationship-centered communication have made me confident to engage in challenging conversations with patients, and even with colleagues. Indeed, this ENRICH course empowered me with new knowledge and enhanced communication skills that I hope to infuse in the daily processes of my department and within our hospital community at the Guam Regional Medical City within the next six months!

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Spotlight on Outreach to Promotores de Salud at the University of Arizona in Tucson!

Wed, 2018-06-13 16:30

During the National Library of Medicine Update at the 2018 MLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, several short videos were featured highlighting NNLM outreach activities throughout the country. One of the vignettes provided an overview of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Health Science Library’s (UAHSL) efforts to work with Promotores de Salud, a key outreach audience across the state. In its role as NNLM Resource Library, UAHSL has had great success with this group of community health workers. The video features Yamila El-Kkayat, UAHSL Outreach Librarian; Jerry Perry, Associate Dean, University of Arizona–Tucson Libraries; and Kay Deeney, NNLM PSR Education & Outreach Librarian. Check out this animated short film!

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Report on the ARL Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thu, 2018-06-07 15:48

by Annabelle Nuñez, MA
Associate Director, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

I received a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region to travel to Minneapolis, MN, to attend the Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Preconference on May 9-11, 2018. The symposium, hosted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL), offered programming to help participants learn ways in which they can lead their organizations towards creating more equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) climates.

Knowledge River alumni holding fingers up signifying their cohort numberLeft to right: Freddy Martinez-Garcia, Annabelle Nuñez, Mark A. Puente, Jolie Graybill, & Teresa Miguel-Stearns

On the first day, the preconference, Judith Katz and Fred Miller of the Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc., led us through a full day of engaging conversation and activities. We were asked to identify and reflect on the state of our respective organization’s EDI culture. We worked through various exercises to learn about inclusive frameworks to use in the development of organizational systems to support greater inclusion in our libraries. The next day, our opening keynote speaker was DeRay Mckesson, host of Pod Save the People podcast. Mr. Mckesson is an American civil rights activist and former school administrator. We heard about his work as a teacher and administrator and his contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement. He spoke to the injustices associated with being black in America, particularly with respect to law enforcement. Later in the day, I attended a session entitled Acting on the Ithaka Report: Design Thinking for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Libraries—Part 1: Understanding the Issues. According to the Ithaka survey sent to 1,498 directors in academic libraries, over three quarters of the librarians reporting identified as white, and nearly 90% of the leadership reporting also identified as white.  We discussed the report findings and identified a real urgency to put into place systems in our libraries that support the path to EDI in the library profession. Some strategies discussed included provisioning pipeline programs, expanding EDI context in library and information education, and cross-cultural training for the existing workforce. On the last day, the most notable session I attended was a presentation of best practices and lessons learned from a few institutions participating in the ACRL Diversity Alliance program. This was of special interest to me as our health sciences library works with the university’s School of Information to sponsor a Knowledge River graduate assistant each year. The National Library of Medicine supports this collaboration.

In 2016, leadership at the University of Arizona Libraries created a charge to form a diversity committee to create a path of inclusion for the organization. Currently, I am a member of the Diversity Social Justice and Equity Council (DSJEC), as a representative of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. Attending the symposium gave me an opportunity to learn new approaches for assessing our library culture and environment. I plan to share this information with my DSJEC colleagues so that we may integrate these frameworks in the development of our EDI programming and organizational structures. Overall, the sessions and peer networking were a great way to share and gain knowledge on the practice of EDI work. This symposium was very educational and inspiring and I look forward to working with our library Council using the resources and information shared. If the symposium becomes a regular event, I highly recommend this opportunity for anyone who works in a library!

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NIH Releases Inaugural Strategic Plan for Data Science!

Mon, 2018-06-04 18:04

Storing, managing, standardizing and publishing the vast amounts of data produced by biomedical research is a critical mission for the National Institutes of Health. In support of this effort, NIH has just released its first Strategic Plan for Data Science that provides a roadmap for modernizing the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem. Over the course of the next year, NIH will begin implementing its strategy, with some elements of the plan already underway. NIH will continue to seek community input during the implementation phase.

Accessible, well-organized, secure, and efficiently operated data resources are critical to modern scientific inquiry. By maximizing the value of data generated through NIH-funded efforts, the pace of biomedical discoveries and medical breakthroughs for better health outcomes can be substantially accelerated. To keep pace with rapid changes in biomedical data science, NIH will work to address the:

  • findability, interconnectivity, and interoperability of NIH-funded biomedical data sets and resources
  • integration of existing data management tools and development of new ones
  • universalizing innovative algorithms and tools created by academic scientists into enterprise-ready resources that meet industry standards of ease of use and efficiency of operation
  • growing costs of data management

To advance NIH data science across the extramural and intramural research communities, the agency will hire a Chief Data Strategist. This management function will guide the development and implementation of NIH’s data science activities and provide leadership within the broader biomedical research data ecosystem. Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is currently available to comment on this strategic plan.

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NNLM PSR Express Outreach Award Highlights: Reducing Fatal Complication of Prematurity with “NEC-Zero” at the University of Arizona

Mon, 2018-06-04 15:16

by Maribeth Slebodnik, Christina Wyles, Sheila Gephart
NEC-Zero Project, University of Arizona School of Nursing
Tucson, AZ

When born early or fragile, infants are at risk for several complications but one that is not discussed enough is necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), although it is the second leading cause of death and the major reason for emergency surgery for fragile infants in early life. NEC is a serious condition that affects infants, typically those born prematurely, but also infants with congenital heart disease. The infection that causes NEC in many cases causes inflammation of the bowel, which can lead to damage or perforation. The result can be lifelong complications and sometimes death. Through a project called NEC-Zero, our research team at the University of Arizona College of Nursing is dedicated to eradicating NEC. Prevention of NEC centers on early recognition of its signs and symptoms by both clinicians and parents, promoting the use of human breast milk and feeding protocols, and encouraging constructive communication between parents and the clinicians caring for their infant. Dr. Gephart joined Maribeth Slebodnik and Christina Wyles, who are both nurses and librarians, to elicit support to share the resources via an outreach award in spring 2018 from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region.

The NEC-Zero team built on recommendations to prevent and foster timely NEC recognition in this outreach project by strategically sharing their tools with those most likely to use them. Outreach to conferences of neonatal nurse practitioners, nursing scientists, parent advocacy groups, and librarians were fueled by an enhanced website, professionally developed parent-engagement materials, a forthcoming video, and two webinars that have been archived. Reaching a broad audience, the two webinars provided education about the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and information about NEC, its signs, symptoms, tools for NEC prevention and other resources. The first webinar, focused on consumer groups and librarians, Fragile Infants: Evidence-Based Resources to Help Parents and Providers, took place on 3/29/2018 with 78 active participants. A parent advocate, Erin Umberger, who served on the initial NEC-Zero workgroup and who co-leads the NEC Society watched the webinar with her young daughter, Caroline, who positioned her stuffed animals to join the fun (see picture). Erin’s daughter, Sarah, suffered from NEC and Erin works tirelessly to end NEC in her memory. The second webinar, designed primarily for health care professionals, NEC Zero Evidence Based Resources to Prevent Complications in Fragile Infants, was recorded on April 23, 2018 and reached 89 participants. The majority of attendees for both webinars stated that they were introduced to at least one health information resource or tool and that they learned a new skill they plan to use. Post-webinar evaluation responses were extremely positive, and many attendees cited their intention to share information about the signs and symptoms of NEC, the GutCheckNEC tool, the use of feeding protocols and other resources with parents and health care professionals.

laptop on top of a counter with stuffed animals seated around it

The outreach award also enabled the NEC Zero team to update and provide Spanish translations for three brochures for parents and consumers about NEC – What is Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Prevent Complications and Expecting a Preemie. The brochures were updated with recent research-based information and translated into Spanish. The translation was reviewed and verified with native and non-native Spanish speakers. One attendee stated, “I work in a level three NICU with very low rates of NEC but never knew the resources that are out there for parents.” As another means of sharing information about NEC, the University of Arizona College of Nursing has hosted the NEC-ZERO website for several years. The outreach award made it possible to streamline the website, add information, and increase accessibility and mobile capability to reach a wider user group.

Close to 200 people attended the webinars, gaining knowledge about NNLM and NEC-Zero resources. Offering complementary nursing continuing education hours provided by the University of Arizona College of Nursing helped us reach a large nursing audience that included registered nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses. As an important element of the webinars, we shared information about important NLM resources such as PubMed, LactMed, PubMed Health, MedlinePlus, and PubMed Clinical Queries. The majority of attendees stated that they were introduced to at least one health information resource or tool and that they learned a new skill they plan to use. The tools they learned about include GutCheckNEC, the signs and symptoms of NEC, the importance of breastfeeding, how to share information with parents and colleagues, and how to encourage feeding protocols. Broad dissemination of these tools reached clinicians and parent advocates in nearly every U.S. state. It is our hope that reaching clinicians, librarians, and advocates for parents with these tools will ultimately improve neonatal care and lead to broader prevention of NEC.

Dr. Gephart acknowledges research support to design NEC-Zero from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program (72114) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (K08HS022908). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We thank the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library for sponsoring Ms. Slebodnik’s critical role in this project.

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NLM Announces New Homepage for Main Web Site

Fri, 2018-06-01 19:06

On June 1, 2018, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new design for its Main homepage featuring simplified navigation, improved access to news and highlights about NLM’s work and training opportunities, and more direct access to NLM’s most popular resources.

The new homepage will link back to the original site, for one month, to allow users time to become familiar with the new navigation. The next phase of the refresh will be to transition all NLM pages to the new header and footer. NLM looks forward to receiving your feedback at the NLM Support Center.

NLM Home Page
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Network Members in the Spotlight!

Thu, 2018-05-31 15:17

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!

Margaret Henderson is the new Health Sciences Librarian at San Diego State University Library.

Janet Hobbs is the new Regional Librarian at West Coast Ultrasound Institute in Los Angeles.

Julia Kochi, Director of Collection and User Services at University of California, San Francisco Library, will retire at the end of June, after 22 years of service.

Naomi Broering, Dean of Libraries at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, retired in March 2018 after a long and distinguished career in health sciences librarianship. Patricia Benefiel, MLS, PhD, is the new Dean of Libraries.

Louisa Verma, Electronic Content & Medical Reference Librarian at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA, is the author of the article “Discovering the History of Your Hospital Library,” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship.

Alison Clement, Community Health Librarian at Marshall Medical Center in Cameron Park, CA, is leaving her position after more than a decade of service. She has been a librarian since 1998. She will continue to stay busy by working in a local bookshop and offering holistic stress reduction workshops. Sabine Angulo is the new NNLM Liaison.

Marni Dittmar, Supervisor at the Tucson Medical Center Library in Tucson, AZ, retired in December 2017.

Mike Kronenfeld, AHIP, FMLA, University Librarian at A.T. Still University Memorial Library in Mesa, AZ, is the 2018 recipient of the MLA Clarivate Analytics/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award.

Gerald (Jerry) Perry, AHIP, FMLA, Associate Dean, University of Arizona–Tucson Libraries, is the recipient of the MLA Janet Doe Lectureship for 2019. He also received MLA Fellowship status in 2018.

Susan Speaker is the author of the Special Paper, An historical overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 1985–2015, published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Kathleen Carlson, Education Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, is the author of the blog post, Reflections on Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles.

Caroline Marshall, MLS, AHIP, Senior Medical Librarian for Public Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Library in Los Angeles, is the author of the blog post, Librarians and Big Data: Should We Be Involved?

Kelli Ham, NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian, participated in several Citizen Science Day events in the Phoenix area on April 14.

Rochelle Minchow, former librarian at the University of California, Irvine, Biomedical and Science Libraries, passed away on May 2 at age 70.

Jill Barr-Walker, Clinical Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco, Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) Hospital Library, is a co-author of the article “Identifying National Availability of Abortion Care and Distance From Major US Cities: Systematic Online Search,” published in the May 2018 issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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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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