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New Organizational Developments for NLM Coming in 2019!

Sat, 2019-01-05 18:25

In her first blog post of 2019, NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan had many exciting updates to share. First, as of January 1, NLM has a new organizational chart that anticipates the outcome of a first phase of reorganization that will be implemented over the coming year. This initial phase focuses on consolidating NLM staff and related programs into fewer divisions and offices to improve efficiency and our overall effectiveness. Details of these changes will continue to be worked on during the year, with regular updates on the progress and the implications for specific NLM programs and services.

Missing from the new organizational chart is the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division, the place within NLM that addressed the health information needs of specific communities, including Native Americans, minority-serving institutions, and urban teens. Commitment to these and other populations traditionally underserved within health care have not wavered, but NLM is working to ensure both the sustainability of this notable work and its integration into the fabric of the new NLM. The new, streamlined organization will incorporate within other offerings the critical information resources and services SIS originally provided.

Second, the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, situated within the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications since the early 1990s, has closed. This unit offered many innovations over the years, advancing health computing to the 21st century and launching one of NLM’s most incredible ventures, the Visible Human Project. NLM will continue to make the Visible Human data available, but staff from the Office will be incorporated into other branches of the Lister Hill Center.

The third arm of the reorganization integrates the creative design and development services of the Audiovisual Programs Development Branch, also from the Lister Hill Center, into NLM’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison. This realignment will help incorporate advanced media and visualization techniques into NLM’s robust communication programs to better inform the public of the many information services and research advances.

Finally, NLM is renaming its Office of Health Information Programs Development the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI). OSI will play a key role in advancing NLM efforts in data and open science, program evaluation, and the strategic plan implementation.

Along with these changes there will be assessment of staff skills and evaluation of interests to best align those skills and interests with NLM’s evolving needs. NLM is committed to retaining its federal staff as functions are realigned, and will do its best to ensure matching of the talented staff with work they enjoy and the Library needs.

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NNLM PSR Membership Update

Thu, 2018-12-20 18:18

As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region.  We are pleased to announce 47 new members have joined the network since the beginning of the year.  Please join us in welcoming our new network members!

New Network Members

Arizona

California

Hawaii

Nevada

Also in 2018, the following libraries began participation in DOCLINE, NLM’s automated interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing and order referral system.

New DOCLINE Libraries

  • West Coast Ultrasound Institute
    Los Angeles, CA
    (LIBID: CAUPOJ)
  • Community Memorial Health System
    Ventura, CA
    (LIBID: CAUPOT)
  • Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute
    Emeryville, CA
    (LIBID: CAUPOV)
  • Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health Library
    Los Angeles, CA
    (LIBID: CAUPOZ)

Network membership is free and offers a variety of benefits and services.  Complete the Member Application to become a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the Pacific Southwest Region.  For more information, please go to our Members page.

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NLM 2018 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

Wed, 2018-12-05 19:39

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded eight HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2018, in the 25th round of the program, including two projects at San Francisco Public Health Foundation. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community, as well as their caregivers. Congratulations to all the recipients!

AIDS Foundation Houston
“Project HELP (HIV Education Learning and PrEP)”
With focus on individuals in the Fifth Ward, an underserved Houston neighborhood with a high HIV prevalence rate, the goal of Project HELP is to use community stakeholders, trained as community health workers (CHWs), to disseminate HIV/AIDS and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) resources to improve and increase access to accurate information. Project HELP will disseminate National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS information resources. In addition, in collaboration with the University of Houston Honors College Community Health Worker Initiative (CHWI), Project HELP will include information about the AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) PrEP website training trainings for local health care providers and community members on how to become CHWs. AFH will educate the CHWs on how to use the NLM HIV/AIDS and PrEP resources, implement community outreach techniques, and develop HIV and PrEP fact sheets and resource cards. The training information provided will engage and encourage individuals to access NLM HIV/AIDS resources and the AFH PrEP website as the “go to” resources for accurate information. The AFH and CHWI training will prepare CHWs to also implement outreach activities. To support the effort of the CHWs, AFH will launch a digital campaign to heighten awareness of the NLM HIV/AIDS resources among the general public.

Black Girl Health
“Pop the Question (PTQ) (phase 4)”
Pop the Question (PTQ) IV is a national social media campaign using Facebook and Instagram to increase awareness about HIV prevention, specifically pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). By connecting Black women to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS resources, educating them about PEP and PrEP, offering them support, and teaching them how to transfer this knowledge to their own self-care, Black Girl Health (BGH) can educate African American women to make informed decisions regarding their health. The nationwide social media campaign targets African American women 18 to 55 years of age through engagement with a national social media influencer. BGH will create a culturally relatable media campaign that will disseminate PEP and PrEP information via engaging videos, support the message with infographics that further relate information on PEP/PrEP medications, and direct women to the BGH website through a ‘call to action’ assessment quiz that encourages interactive engagement and connects visitors to NLM HIV/AIDS and PEP/PrEP resources, including AIDSinfo and PrEP Navigator. The PTQ campaign benefits public health by engaging African-American women with high-quality, relatable information that encourages them to take preventative measures to control their health. The campaign also gives community organizations, navigators, and advocates culturally relevant resources to use when interfacing with clients.

Comunidades Unidas/Communities United
“PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for your Future“
The goal of the Comunidades Unidas’ PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for Your Future project is to increase the accessibility of HIV/AIDS-related health information and resources among Latinx (Latino/Latina) and LGBTQ+ individuals, specifically men who have sex with men (MSM), residing in Salt Lake County, Utah. Comunidades Unidas aims to fight stigma and empower these populations to better prevent, manage, and treat HIV/AIDS via increased connection to National Library of Medicine (NLM) online HIV/AIDS resources and information and access to local pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services. Comunidades Unidas, in collaboration with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, will train staff, promotoras (community health workers), and youth leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, NLM online resources, and local HIV prevention services such as PrEP. Once trained, these individuals will act as ambassadors and peer mentors of the project and disseminate information and provide navigation assistance for resources related to PrEP and other HIV/AIDS prevention services.

Philadelphia FIGHT
“Frontline TEACH Online: Empowering HIV Professionals to Take Control of Their Education”
The Frontline TEACH Online project goal is to close the gaps in competence among professionals in HIV and allied fields by providing high-quality, accessible educational content geared towards health care and social services professionals working with people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. Frontline TEACH Online also aims to address the gaps in provider competency that prevent people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) from engaging in care by targeting professionals who are key gatekeepers in stemming the tide of HIV infection. Philadelphia FIGHT will develop eight webinars, which can be viewed sequentially or out-of-sequence, to create a time-test FIGHT treatment education program for health care providers and prescribers, nurses, social workers and case managers, community health workers, frontline staff, and others working with PLWHA. The program content will address provider competency through high-quality HIV educational information developed from NLM resources.

The Prevention Collaborative, LLC
“Amigos y Amantes” (“Friends and Lovers”)
The goal of this project is to continue and expand the work of a currently funded National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) initiative to create and market HIV educational online and print resources that feature information and links to NLM HIV/AIDS resources, using original, serialized stories on Instagram. To help reduce stigma, the Prevention Collaborative will create two new stories featuring relatable characters based on actual community members, who will help develop the structure and content of the stories. All stories will reference and link to NLM resources to engage the target communities in three key topics of HIV education: advocacy of regular HIV testing and the use of NLM resources to find testing locations; endorsement of PrEP/PEP for HIV prevention; and promotion of the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. The intended nationwide audience for the proposed project is men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals of color who are living with or at risk for HIV infection, and anyone affected by HIV (e.g., family members or caregivers of people living with HIV). Trained peer outreach specialists will use the Instagram platform and content to engage with followers and provide additional harm reduction counseling and links to resources. All work will be conducted by the partner organizations in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team with expertise in research, content development, health education, HIV/AIDS, and outreach to MSM and transgender communities.

San Francisco Public Health Foundation
“HIVEOnline.Org: Improving Access to Comprehensive, HIV-Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health Information”
HIVEonline.org is a virtual hub for disseminating best practices, has become a comprehensive online resource for HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health. HIVE aims to improve online access to, and knowledge about, HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health information for people affected by HIV. HIVE will expand its online science-based content on pre-exposure prophylaxis, post-exposure prophylaxis, and treatment as prevention/undetectable equals untransmittable, use preferred language, and improve access to the National Library of Medicine’s online HIV/AIDS information. HIVE aims to increase HIVonline.org retrievability, functionality, and accessibility to help people affected by HIV have safe pregnancies, reproductive autonomy, and access to state-of-the-art health care.

San Francisco Public Health Foundation
“PleasePrEPMe.org”
The pleasePrEPme website expands access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) through an online searchable, location responsive national PrEP provider directory, in collaboration with PrEPLocator.org; local HIV-prevention resources in English and Spanish for patients and providers in all 50 states; and experienced navigators to provide assistance via online chat, text, or phone. The goal of the project is to improve access to PrEP services by meeting the need for no-cost, fully accessible PrEP navigation training for frontline staff, case managers, PrEP navigators, administrators, and other non-clinician staff at clinics and departments of public health. The training content will include video and print media and NLM resources such as AIDSinfo, MedlinePlus, AIDSource (particularly the PrEP Navigation Resources pages of the website), and ClinicalTrials.gov. The project will be promoted via social media and email outreach, utilizing listservs such as the California PrEP Navigators Google Group, and social media channels such as pleasePrEPme’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The benefits of an online PrEP navigation training program include staff’s ability to complete modules from their office or home, without the time or expense of travel.

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
“HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care”
The HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care project is a collaborative effort among UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC); AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.; the Worcester Public Library; and the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to increase use of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources in Worcester, MA. The project will increase access to NLM HIV/AIDS information resources, PrEP navigator resources, and other HIV/AIDS-related information resources by developing a web-based training module and health education information, and training outreach workers to support the health information needs of clients visiting the UMMHC HIV/AIDS clinics.

Additional information about this funding program, including an overview and list of projects funded in previous years, is posted on NLM’s Specialized Information Services website. These awards are issued annually, and the request for proposals is announced every spring. If you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity, now is not too early to begin consideration of project proposals and identifying potential collaborative partner organizations!

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NLM Seeks Host Sites for 2019-2020 Second-Year NLM Associate Fellows: Apply by April 1!

Tue, 2018-12-04 18:55

The National Library of Medicine is seeking host sites for the 2019-2020 second year for its current group of NLM Associate Fellows. The deadline for letters of interest is April 1, 2019. Information on hosting NLM Associate Fellows is available on the NLM web site. Host sites are health sciences libraries which can offer a strong opportunity for an early-career health sciences librarian, with exposure to the full range of work and experiences of the institution. NLM is seeking host sites that are willing to fund the stipend and health insurance, while NLM provides funding for professional development, interview, colloquium attendance, and relocation.

Following is brief backgrounds on the Associates. You are welcome to contact them to ask for their resumes or further understand their interests. All of the Associates are interested in a second year.

  • Stacy Brody is interested in public health, policy, ethics, and outreach. She enjoys planning events, facilitating partnerships, and building coalitions. She also has experience teaching in formal and informal settings. Familiar with online tools, such as Canva, Piktochart, Hootsuite, and Sprout Social, she has utilized them in marketing and content creation. For her second year, she is interested in learning to conduct systematic reviews and to explore health information provision to diverse populations, from policy makers to patients.
  • Sarah Clarke is interested in research data management, reference, systematic reviews, and working as a liaison to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.
  • Amelia Llorens is interested in consumer health, data visualization, and organization of information. She has experience with Qlik and database experience using MySQL and PHP. She is willing to learn new tools and programming languages.
  • Cecelia Vetter is interested in instruction, health information literacy, scholarly communication, reference, and clinical librarianship.
  • Paije Wilson is interested in biomedical research data management, reference, scholarly publishing, health literacy, and instruction. She is greatly interested in expanding on her skills in data management and gaining professional experience in instruction. Ultimately, she is excited to learn anything that may help future practitioners, researchers, and students in the medical field.

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

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NNLM PSR Sponsors MLA’s “Using Stories” Webinar

Mon, 2018-12-03 01:00

NNLM PSR sponsored seven sites for the MLA webinar, Who Doesn’t Love a Good Story? Using Stories in Academic and Community-Based Health Education. Discussion focused on narrative storytelling and how it can be used to support academic health sciences instruction and community-based education initiatives. Several site hosts commented positively about the content and interactive teaching aspect of the webinar (the benefits and challenges of using stories were debated, and relevant applications were shared).

We have a limited number of surplus codes to access a recording of the webinar. Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in viewing the recording. 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.

The following sites hosted the live webcast:

Arizona

Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries
Host: Adrienne Brodie

California

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

Kaiser Permanente
Host: Ana Macias

San Diego State University
Host: Margaret Henderson

Santa Clara Valley Health and Human Services
Host: Judith Mills

Hawaii

Hawaii State Hospital
Host: Lisa Anne Matsumoto

Nevada

University of Nevada, Reno
Host: Mary Schultz

Thank you to all of our hosts! Please subscribe to the PSR-News email list for announcements about 2019 sponsorships.

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NLM Introduces “Exhibitions Connect,” a New Opportunity for Institutions Hosting NLM Traveling Exhibitions!

Fri, 2018-11-30 19:06

The National Library of Medicine has announced a new opportunity to enhance dissemination of and engagement with NLM health information resources, better serving libraries and cultural institutions that host NLM traveling exhibitions. Exhibitions Connect, an NLM Exhibition Program opportunity, provides curated collections of informative and promotional materials related to the topics explored in NLM exhibitions and tailored to host venues. Additionally, it promotes collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The first project of this opportunity kicks off in April 2019, with the launch of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sobrevivir y Prosperar: SIDA, Política y Cultura, a 12-banner, bilingual traveling exhibition exploring the rise of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic up to the present day.

12 banner displays of the surviving and thriving exhibition

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sobrevivir y Prosperar: SIDA, Política y Cultura, a 12-banner traveling exhibition

The year-long initial project will send two copies of Surviving and Thriving/Sobrevivir y Prosperar to nine NNLM member libraries identified by the NLM traveling exhibition services team, in cooperation with the Network. These libraries will work with NNLM staff to disseminate and utilize NLM health information resources. The NLM will provide each host venue with a selection of English- and Spanish-language health information resources related to HIV/AIDS and tailored to the needs of academic, health sciences, and public libraries, including printed materials; links to webinars, databases, and consumer health information; and sample social media posts. Among the participating libraries are Florida International University in Miami; Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA; Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, OH; and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY.

NLM anticipates announcing a second project as part of Exhibitions Connect in June 2019, featuring the upcoming traveling exhibition Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic, which explores how experts and parents tried to limit Rubella’s impact in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States. Alongside Exhibitions Connect, the NLM will maintain its regular schedule of traveling exhibition services, with 41 copies of 21 banner exhibitions touring libraries and cultural institutions throughout North America and Europe.

For more information about Exhibitions Connect and NLM traveling banner exhibitions, contact NLMTravelingExhibits@mail.nih.gov or join the LISTSERV, Making Exhibition Connections.

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The National Guidelines Clearinghouse Is Reborn as the ECRI Guidelines Trust!

Thu, 2018-11-29 17:17

On November 19, ECRI launched a new version of the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC), now redeveloped into the ECRI Guidelines Trust. The NGC was previously funded and maintained by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and was a well respected single aggregated point of access to medical practice association developed evidence-based guidelines for medical and health practices. It was freely available to all users. In the summer of 2017, the AHRQ’s budget was reduced and support for maintaining and hosting the Clearinghouse ended. Shortly afterward, the non-profit ECRI Institute promised to work with AHRQ to take up and continue this project. The ECRI Institute became involved because they actually built and maintained the database on ARHQ’s behalf and had been the sole contractor involved for the 20 years or so of its existence as a government utility.

The new site is easy to use and is freely available. It does require registration, but allows the choice of “medical librarian” as a profession in the registration screen. After running an initial search, results can be refined by a number of different filters, including whether it was scored for quality of evidence using their detailed TRUST algorithm. Some listed guidelines are not scored; either they do not meet all standards for inclusion despite respectable sources, or their developers denied permission. It’s easy to tell whether they are scored or not, but this might be confusing for people who don’t realize that some findable guidelines do not actually meet their standards for full inclusion. It’s also very easy to find information about their process and standards, but you do have to know enough to want to look for the information.

The return of this well-used resource is very welcome, but ECRI will need resources to be able to continue its production. Users at institutions that can afford to pay large amounts of money often have access to these guidelines through resources like ClinicalKey, but other users have had to spend a great deal of time and effort seeking them out and evaluating them individually from a wide variety of sources. The Clearinghouse’s users include many who are unable to pay a large subscription fee for a resource like this.

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FORCE11 and UCLA Library Partner to Host 2019 FSCI Summer Institute on Open Research August 5-9!

Thu, 2018-11-29 14:53

FORCE11 has announced that the third annual FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI) will take place at UCLA from August 5 to 9, 2019. With this move, FORCE11 begins a long-term collaboration with the UCLA Library to plan and present FSCI, and improve understanding and engagement with the fast-changing world of research communication on campuses everywhere. FSCI started in 2017 as a partnership between FORCE11 and the University of California at San Diego. Now setting down roots in Los Angeles, FSCI is a week-long summer school in open research for researchers, librarians, publishers, university administrators, funders, students and post-docs that incorporates intensive coursework, seminars, group activities, lectures and hands-on training. Participants learn from leading experts, have the chance to discuss the latest trends and to gain expertise in new technologies. FSCI is transdisciplinary and relevant across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

“Working together with the academic community to explore frontiers in research communications is key to changing practices,” said Ginny Steel, UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian. “The UCLA Library has been actively involved in efforts to enhance and expand scholarly discourse through openness, and the summer institute will be a valuable forum for us to consider the opportunities and challenges in concert with the international research community. We look forward to welcoming everyone in August.”

FSCI courses explore changing practice in data-sharing, authorship, peer review, research assessment, publishing and more. There are courses for those who know very little about current trends and technologies and courses for those ready to pursue advanced topics. FSCI covers scholarly communication from a variety of disciplinary, regional and international perspectives. Course information and registration will be available in the spring. To stay updated on details as they emerge, sign up to receive email updates, join the Facebook page, follow @force11rescomm on Twitter, or visit FSCI2019@UCLA online.

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Apply by January 4 for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians!

Wed, 2018-11-28 19:45

Biomedical and health sciences librarians are invited to participate as students or mentors in RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians, a rigorous NNLM online training course going beyond the basics of research data management, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). This course will expand on concepts covered in RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. The librarian’s role in research reproducibility and research integrity will be threaded throughout the course, which will also include practice in using Jupyter notebooks through an open-source browser-based application (jupyterhub) that allows users to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations, and narrative text. The major aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions.

Applicants must have previous training or experience in research data management through the RDM 101 course or attest to these learning objectives. Applications are open to health science information professionals working in libraries located in the US; or with permission of the instructors, persons living outside the US with LIS training and wishing to obtain a position in a US based library. A letter of institutional support is required. Enrollment is limited to 40.

The online asynchronous component of the program is six weeks, running from February 20 – April 5, including a catch-up week, and then followed by a synchronous online session during the week of April 8. Participants can expect to spend about six hours each week on coursework and the project. There is no charge for participating in the program. MLA CE credit will be awarded (TBD). Mentors will assume the role of a researcher with a dataset seeking data services support. They will work with groups of 4-5 mentees. Mentors will be compensated $1,000 for their time and required to submit a W-9 and a contract with the University of Utah. For more details and knowledge requirements, consult the course description link at the beginning of this message. To apply, submit the online application form, and upload PDFs of a current CV and letter of institutional support by January 4, 2019. For questions, contact Shirley Zhao, RDM Project Lead and Training Development Specialist.

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NNLM PSR Announces Three Funding Program Updates!

Wed, 2018-11-14 19:55

NNLM PSR has completed three projects related to our funding program. First, please visit our map of funded awards. This new website lets you zoom in on activities in your area and provides a brief overview of funded projects from 2016 to the present. Most entries include links to articles or other press about project achievements, and in the future we hope to include personal success stories from award recipients! Second, we added a funding guide to the NNLM PSR website, designed to answer common questions about the application process and provide a reference for award recipients to understand and comply with NNLM reporting guidelines. If you need forms, have questions about terminology, or want to know which awards are available, you’ll want to bookmark this resource. Our third project, a funding survey that closed in early October, gathered feedback about ideal outreach funding scenarios and barriers to applying for awards. Fifty-three PSR Network members responded to the survey. Although the current grant year’s funding cycle is halfway over, this exercise gave us valuable insight into our awards process that we will use in 2019 and beyond!

Overall, most respondents felt the NNLM PSR awards program is adequate, but it’s clear that we need to refine our marketing/publicity efforts. Nearly 70% of respondents have not applied for funding, and 42% cited a “lack of knowledge about funding opportunities” as the most significant barrier for not applying for an award. Institutional barriers such as a “lack of staff resources” (36%) or “lack of time” (36%) to implement a project were expected, but we were encouraged to see that very few respondents found the application process “difficult or time-consuming.”

Popular Awards

Early in the survey we asked, “What type of funding award would be most helpful to your organization?” The top three answers were Health Literacy (55%), Health Outreach (49%), and Technology Enhancement (43%).

Although we expected more interest in Disaster Preparedness from members in our region, the responses to this question dovetail with NLM’s emphasis on data science and developing partnerships with public libraries. Network members were also asked open-ended questions about ideal funding scenarios. The question that garnered the greatest response was, “If time and personnel were not a consideration, is there a ‘moonshot’ project that you would pursue to expand health information services in your community?” Some of the innovative ideas offered were:

  • “Conduct a joint project with my city’s fire department/EMS on home safety for seniors.”
  • “Host a community-wide, interdisciplinary, multiple hospital event to beta-test best practices and tools of mobile health apps to effectively triage simulated victims of mass casualty incidents… We have many university students interested in giving back to our community, but they are not trained professionals yet. This would allow them to practice and prepare at the general citizenship level while capitalizing on their tech savviness and enthusiasm to support their immediate communities.”
  • “Conduct mini-sessions for the community and student body with medical experts. Would support CA State Pathway/CTE [career technical education] initiative.”

There were also great suggestions to provide better resources for non-English speakers, partner with campus research centers, and help consumers navigate the healthcare system. All of the presented ideas have been recorded, and we hope to implement some of them in targeted award offerings in 2019.

Proposal Assistance

To gauge interest in receiving help with proposal development, we posed a few questions about writing assistance or training. The responses to most questions were overwhelmingly positive. For example, 80% of respondents answered yes to the question, “Would you be interested in grant-writing assistance?”

Some respondents offered suggestions to make the award application process easier:

  • “Provide examples of successful proposals.”
  • “Walk me through a successful grant or two and general information about what NNLM is looking for in a compelling proposal.”
  • “I could still use training on reporting/assessment.”
  • “How should I scope projects for funding opportunities (i.e., how do I decide what type of project might lend itself to funding)?”

We also asked about specific forms of support in the question, “Would any of the following resources make it easier for your organization to apply for funding?”

The vast majority of respondents (90%) noted that award templates would be helpful, and more than half were interested in writing assistance (61%) and/or grant-writing training (51%). Nearly 80% of respondents were interested in a mini-site showing funded projects. As mentioned above, the good news is that we recently posted an interactive map of our recent awards. Check it out!

In conjunction with questions about proposal assistance, we asked which health education topics are of most interest for promotional purposes. For subject matter, the most selected topics were technology-focused (e.g., integrating technology into instruction; producing online videos; designing mobile health apps) or broad-based (e.g., promoting consumer health literacy; partnering with community groups). The highest-rated topic, evidence-based medicine (EBM) (44%), was somewhat of a surprise on a list with 25 options, but that may reflect EBM’s relevance to medical students, clinicians, and policymakers as well as information scientists. MedlinePlus (64%), PubMed (52%), and mobile apps (55%), all longstanding popular NLM resources, topped the list for resources to highlight in a potential project.

Conclusion

Funding is an important part of NNLM’s mission, and we are thankful that more than 50 people took the time to complete the survey. Following are some major takeaways:

  • Diversify our award offerings. In addition to reframing our “bread and butter” funding awards to be more flexible (the limited time window to apply was a common criticism), respondents felt we need to vary our award offerings. More support for interprofessional exchange and professional development was requested, and some people requested awards geared toward specific fields such as nutrition, nursing, or consumer health.
  • Offer grant development assistance. Traditionally, NNLM PSR has not provided assistance with submitting or crafting an award application, but results showed that we may want to reconsider that policy. In 2019, we hope to offer resources for first-time applicants and access to a mentor or coach who can answer questions both pre- and post-award. Recently, we added an Award Interest Form to the NNLM PSR website. We’re happy to review award ideas at any time!
  • Provide alternative leadership models. As with our previous surveys, most respondents were from either academic health sciences libraries or hospital libraries. However, a few respondents were curious how outreach awards would look for organizations where the library is not the lead conducting the project. This scenario, where a research center or community-based organization administers outreach activities, is not common, but we have sponsored awards of this type in the past and welcome applications from any Network member.
  • Increase the frequency of award announcements. Currently, we promote funding on the PSR-News list, the NNLM PSR website, and our social media channels. Several respondents encouraged us to distribute frequent reminders just prior to and during the award application period. We agree that communication is the key to any successful endeavor, and will aim to provide regular announcements about funding opportunities throughout the year.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out the questionnaire! Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help shape the RML’s future funding awards. If you have questions about anything presented in this article or would like to discuss funding opportunities, please contact the NNLM PSR office.

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University of Arizona Health Sciences Library Hosts NLM’s “Frankenstein” Traveling Exhibit!

Wed, 2018-11-14 19:01

by Annabelle Nuñez, M.A.
Associate Director, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

exhibit banners with two people discussing its content

NLM’s traveling exhibit, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature on display at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) is hosting the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. On display are six, freestanding graphic panels that discuss the intersection of the medical advances of the time, and the exploration of what it means to be human. Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, provides the framework for the material discussed on the panels. They include information about her life and the events that inspired her desire to write the novel. A range of literature in history, mythology, philosophy, chemistry, and so much more influenced her writing. Her social network of friends and her lover, Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she later married, also provided the intellectual stimulus for her work. Frankenstein reflected the interest of some physicians exploring facets of life and death through medically based investigations of the times in a quest to understand “the secrets of nature.”

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It is on display in the library’s lobby until December 1, 2018. You can visit the online exhibit where you will find additional digital content

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Resources to Support Wildfires Response & Recovery in Northern and Southern California

Tue, 2018-11-13 19:12

On November 8, 2018, several wildfires erupted in the Butte and Solano counties of northern California and the Los Angeles and Ventura counties of southern California. This batch of wildfires includes the Camp Fire in Butte County which is now the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history with 42 civilian casualties and causing extensive damage to the town of Paradise. The Woolsey Fire, which has burned for several days, has destroyed properties and singed hillsides and coastline across 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. On November 9, Acting Governor Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclamation for the counties affected by the wildfires. On November 13, President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of California to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on November 8 and continuing.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and recovery from the latest California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted Federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key National Resources

Key California Resources

Butte County

Los Angeles County

Key Documents

Social Media

We will continue to provide updates to this list as additional news and information about the California wildfires is received.

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NLM Traveling Exhibits: Hints to Enhance the Experience from a Veteran Host!

Mon, 2018-10-29 17:07

by Evelyn Kobayashi
Manager, Health Sciences Library
Kaiser Permanente Greater Southern Alameda County – San Leandro Medical Center
San Leandro, CA

The circus no longer comes to town, but NLM’s traveling exhibits do. At San Leandro Medical Center, we hosted For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform for six weeks beginning September 24, 2018. The educational program of exhibits, ranging from Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World at UC San Diego in 2012 to Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature at UC Riverside last summer, has recently put out a bid for new reservations in the Pacific Southwest Region. The timing is fortunate for librarians who are interested in hosting an exhibit, and who would not be? The beautiful graphics and the bite-size facts on impressive 7-foot panels, the depth of online resource materials, lesson plans, and document images make the exhibits a treat for all eyes and a valuable attention-getter for libraries.

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For the All the People traveling exhibit on display at Kaiser Permanente San Leandro

As a veteran of three hosting experiences, I can offer a few words of advice. The first words are: Location, location, location! Negotiation may be required to secure a spot which naturally has maximum foot traffic in your facility. After location, timing is most important. Can the exhibit co-locate and coordinate with any other event(s) that will draw viewers? These factors play an essential role in maximizing the potential viewership of every topic. Choosing an exhibit that meshes strongly with the interests of your audience is also important. As an example, we found that Pick Your Poison had a certain allure which was well beyond that of For All the People or A Voyage to Health, but reactions may differ in other communities.

After the basics are set, the next stage is to recruit a team and develop a full plan for the run-up to opening day and afterwards. The team should be volunteers (possibly from other departments or student interns) who will study the exhibit’s content and be willing to engage with visitors to answer questions, enriching the experience for both sides. Other parts of the plan may include internal and external publicity, community contacts, and small details such as a distinctive name badge for team members. Added interest can be achieved by venturing into showmanship: a carnival wheel with small prizes is a low-tech but sure-fire attraction for children. Raffles also stimulate interest and can be repeated as often as the supply of prizes allows; t-shirts and book bags make reliable incentives. Serendipity and recycling can also work to an exhibit’s advantage. In the current case at San Leandro, we inherited a large number of helium balloons from another event and have used them, gently swaying in the air conditioning breeze, to draw attention to the entire display. The hospital gift shop has obligingly refilled balloons as they flattened, and in many such instances we have found that help is gladly given if we only ask.

An unpredictable but extremely interesting element in hosting is that we never know who will stop for a visit and conversation. Visitors’ life experiences can be intimately connected to the history displayed on the panels – and they share their stories. Typical comments in our log book include “Thank you for having this exhibit. I appreciate the history that was presented.” and “Brings back memories!”

A glance at the NLM website’s map titled Exhibitions: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going shows that western states have had fewer exhibit events than other regions. With ingenuity and teamwork, now could be the time for Westerners to welcome more of NLM’s excellent traveling exhibits. Try one!

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Typhoon Yutu Resources to Support Northern Mariana Islands

Thu, 2018-10-25 19:36

On October 24, 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu tore through the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, leaving behind collapsed buildings, downed trees and power lines. The Category 5 storm, with winds around 180 mph, was the strongest on record to ever hit U.S. soil and tied for the most powerful storm on earth in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. According to NPR, the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota remain under typhoon warnings from the National Weather Service. Guam and other islands in the region have been placed under tropical storm warnings. On October 23, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency existed in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Typhoon Yutu, beginning on October 24 and continuing as necessary. Subsequently, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) on October 25.

With assistance from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), we have compiled information resources for the Northern Mariana Islands, including information guides with curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

DIMRC Resources

Guidance documents, fact sheets, toolkits and more:

  • NLM Disaster Lit Search: Resources on Power Outages includes links to the most recent guidance documents, factsheets, reports to assist in preparing for and responding to power outages and blackouts.
  • HHS ASPR TRACIE Topic Collection: Utility Failures (e.g. blackouts, potable water) includes links to lessons learned from recent disasters, case studies, and toolkits designed to help healthcare planners prepare to respond to, continue functioning during, and recover from post-disaster utility failures.
  • HHS emPOWER Map 3.0 gives every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code.

MedlinePlus

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Resources

Federal Agency Resources

 Agencies and Organizations

Social Media – Twitter

We will continue to provide updates to this list as additional news and information about Hurricane Yutu is received.

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October is Health Literacy Month!

Thu, 2018-10-18 16:28

Celebrated annually in October, Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going on since 1999. The theme for Health Literacy Month is Be a Health Literacy Hero. It’s about taking action and finding ways to improve health communication. Health Literacy Heroes are individuals, teams, or organizations who not only identify health literacy problems but also act to solve them. Health literacy refers to how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them. It is also about using them to make good health decisions. More than 90 million adults in the United States have low health literacy. It affects their ability to make health decisions, and can harm their health. They may have trouble managing chronic diseases, and leading a healthy lifestyle. They may go to the hospital more often, and have poorer health overall. Find out how your library can celebrate Health Literacy Month!

Recipients of the 34th Guam Legislatures resolution as Guam’s Health Literacy Advocates

Recipients of the 34th Guam Legislatures resolution as Guam’s Health Literacy Advocates: (from left to right) Cherie Taisacan (USNH), Luis Martinez (USNH), Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Dr. Phillip Tutnauer (GRMC), Renee Veksler (GMHA), Johnny Sablan (Department of Chamorro Affairs, Guam Public Libraries), Melliza Young (GRMC), Erica Taijeron (GRMC), Janice Baldonado (GRMC), and Kathleen Ho (GRMC)

Health literacy advocates conduct awareness campaigns through promoting use of culturally-sensitive and reader-centered health information materials, as well as by encouraging healthcare professionals to use plain language and effective communication skills when they discuss medical care with patients and their families. In the Pacific Southwest Region, Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) joined with the island’s other hospitals and the Nieves M. Flores Public Library to host a special presentation celebrating Health Literacy Month on October 17 at the Nieves M. Flores Public Library.

GRMC Patient Education Team showing their legislative resolution certificate

GRMC Patient Education Team showing their legislative resolution certificate from the 34th Guam Legislature, honoring them as one of the island’s health literacy advocates: (from left to right) Erica Taijeron (patient educator), Janice Baldonado (patient educator), Kathleen Ho (Chief Nursing Officer), Melliza Young (Patient Education Manager) (not in photo: Kalyne Roberto, Patient Education Coordinator)

Senator Dennis Rodriguez presented a legislative resolution declaring October as Health Literacy Month and honoring the island’s health literacy advocates like GRMC, Guam Memorial Hospital, US Naval Hospital, and Nieves M. Flores Public Library. There was also a special guest reader from GRMC who read the story Tricky Treat to children at the public library. Tricky Treat is a children’s book on diabetes education created by the Native American Diabetes Project.

Your very own NNLM PSR celebrated Health Literacy Month at the 16th Annual Visión y Compromiso Conference. Yamila El-Khayat, Nora Franco, and Kelli Ham were pleased to exhibit and discuss how resources such as MedlinePlus, Healthfinder.gov, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) may be used to increase health literacy in the areas Visión y Compromiso serves – Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, one region in Mexico, and 12 regions in California. Each month, 4,000 Visión y Compromiso Promotores provide 120,000 Californians with health information! Promotores are “liaisons between their communities and health and social service providers.” Learn more about Promotores. And because Promotores share and understand the nuances, lived experiences, and values that make up these cultures, they create a natural bridge between them and the health-care system. Culture affects our perceptions, definitions, and interactions with society, which is an integral piece of health literacy. Supporting the expertise and skills of groups such as Promotores highlights one way libraries can help create more health-literate societies.

Nora Franco and Yamila El-Khayat at an exhibit booth with a promotora

Nora Franco and Yamila El-Khayat introducing MedlinePlus en español to a promotora at the Visión y Compromiso conference in Ontario, CA

Another fun event was the 8th Annual Día de Los Libros and Fall into Literacy Festival held in Wilmington, California, on October 13. Surprisingly, the event was nearly rained out – highly unusual for Southern California! Luckily, the skies cleared, and Nora and Kelli shared information with many members of the community about easy-to-understand health resources in English, Spanish, and other languages. Children were delighted to receive bilingual coloring booklets about healthy activities, and visitors appreciated learning about MedlinePlus and other resources that were available en español.

How is your library celebrating Health Literacy Month?

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New Joint NSF/NLM Funding Announcement: Generalizable Data Science Methods for Biomedical Research

Thu, 2018-10-11 15:33

Significant advances in technology, coupled with decreasing costs associated with data collection and storage, have resulted in unprecedented access to vast amounts of health- and disease-related data. The National Library of Medicine and the Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) recognize the need to support research to develop innovative and transformative mathematical and statistical approaches to address important data-driven biomedical and health challenges. The goal of this interagency program is the development of generalizable frameworks combining first principles, science-driven models of structural, spatial and temporal behaviors with innovative analytic, mathematical, computational, and statistical approaches that can portray a fuller, more nuanced picture of a person’s health or the underlying processes.

Specific information concerning application submission and review process is through the National Science Foundation via solicitation NSF-19-500. Applicants may opt to submit proposals via Grants.gov or via the NSF FastLane system. For applications that are being considered for potential funding by NLM, the PDs/PIs will be required to submit their applications in an NIH-approved format. Anyone invited to submit to NIH will receive further information on submission procedures. Applicants will not be allowed to increase the proposed total budget or change the scientific content of the application in the submission to the NIH. The results of the first level scientific review will be presented to NLM Board of Regents for the second level of review. NLM will make final funding determinations and issue Notices of Awards to successful applicants. NLM and DMS anticipate making 8 to 10 awards, totaling up to $4 million, in fiscal year 2019. It is expected that each award will be between $200,000 to $300,000 (total costs) per year with durations of up to three years. The application submission window deadline is in early January, 2019.

Collaborative efforts that bring together researchers from the biomedical/health and the mathematical/statistical sciences communities are a requirement for this program and must be convincingly demonstrated in the proposal. While the research may be motivated by a specific application or dataset, the development of methods that are generalizable and broadly applicable is preferred and encouraged. Proposals should clearly discuss how the intended new collaborations will address a biomedical challenge and describe the use of publicly-available biomedical datasets to validate the proposed models and methodology. Applicants are expected to list specific datasets that will be used in the proposed research and demonstrate that they have access to these datasets. The Data Management Plan should describe plans to make the data available to researchers if these data are not in the public domain. Some of the important application areas currently supported by the National Library of Medicine include the following:

  • Finding biomarkers that support effective treatment through the integration of genetic and Electronic Health Records (EHR) data;
  • Understanding epigenetic effects on human health;
  • Extracting and analyzing information from EHR data;
  • Understanding the interactions of genotype and phenotype in humans by linking human sensor data with genomic data using dbGaP;
  • Protecting confidentiality of personal health information; and
  • Mining of heterogeneous data sets (e.g. clinical and environmental).

Inquiries should be directed to Jane Ye, PhD at the National Library of Medicine, (301) 594-4882.

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Clem McDonald, MD, Named as First NLM Chief Health Data Standards Officer

Wed, 2018-10-03 19:41
Dr. Clem McDonald

Clem McDonald, MD

NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Clem McDonald, MD, to the newly created position of Chief Health Data Standards Officer for the National Library of Medicine. His appointment will be effective November 1, 2018. The new position demonstrates NLM’s strong and enduring commitment to health data standards. The Chief Health Data Standards Officer’s responsibilities will involve integrating standards efforts across the Library, including the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) interoperability standard, Common Data Elements, and the vocabularies specific to clinical care (e.g., RxNORM, LOINC, SNOMED). The chief will also develop partnerships with industry, academia, and other federal agencies to advance the use of health data standards in clinical practice, public health, and observational data, including sensors.

For the last 12 years, Dr. McDonald served as Director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) and Scientific Director of its intramural research program. His research focuses on clinical informatics; tools based on HL7’s FHIR to facilitate the use of electronic health records and research bases; the analysis of large clinical databases; the promotion, development, enhancement, and adoption of clinical messaging and vocabulary standards; and text de-identification. Prior to coming to NLM, Dr. McDonald served as the Regenstrief Professor of Medical Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Director of the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, a privately endowed research institute working to integrate research discovery, technological advances, and systems improvement into the practice of medicine. Dr. McDonald developed the Regenstrief Medical Record, one of the first electronic health record systems, and introduced the use of randomized trials to study health information systems. With NLM support, he and his colleagues developed the first Health Information Exchange, now loaded with 6 billion results from hospitals across Indiana. He also initiated the Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) database observations for laboratory tests, clinical measurements, and clinical reports, and he was one of the founders of the Health Level 7 (HL7) message standards, used in hospitals today.

Effective November 1, Milton Corn, MD, Deputy Director of NLM for Research and Education, will also assume the responsibilities of Acting Scientific Director, LHNCBC. Olivier Bodenreider, MD, PhD, Chief of the Cognitive Science Branch at LHNCBC and a Principal Investigator in NLM’s Intramural Research Program, has been selected to become Acting Director, LHNCBC. Jerry Sheehan, NLM Deputy Director, will provide executive oversight and guidance.

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NLM Funds Study to Forecast Long-Term Costs of Data

Wed, 2018-10-03 19:39

The National Library of Medicine has teamed up with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to conduct a study on forecasting the long-term costs for preserving, archiving, and promoting access to biomedical data. The study is being conducted as part of the NLM’s efforts to develop a sustainable data ecosystem, as outlined in both the NLM Strategic Plan and the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science. Such an ecosystem is possible because the products and processes of research are now digital by default, and increasingly sophisticated and powerful computation can now be brought to data, rendering meaning that had previously been hidden. Across the biomedical sciences, decisions must be made about where in this ecosystem to invest limited resources to maximize the value of the data for scientific progress; strategies are needed to address question such as: What is the future value of research data? For how long must a dataset be preserved before it should be reviewed for long-term archiving? And what are the resources necessary to support long-term data storage?

For this study, NASEM will appoint an ad hoc committee to develop a framework for forecasting these costs and estimating potential benefits to research. The committee will examine and evaluate:

  • Economic factors to be considered when examining the life-cycle cost for data sets (e.g., data acquisition, preservation, and dissemination);
  • Cost consequences for various practices in accessioning and de-accessioning data sets;
  • Economic factors to be considered in designating data sets as high value;
  • Assumptions built in to the data collection and/or modeling processes;
  • Anticipated technological disruptors and future developments in data science in a 5- to 10-year horizon; and
  • Critical factors for successful adoption of data forecasting approaches by research and program management staff.

The committee will provide a consensus report and two case studies illustrating the framework’s application to different biomedical contexts relevant to NLM’s data resources. Relevant life-cycle costs will be delineated, as will any assumptions underlying the models. To the extent practicable, NASEM will identify strategies to communicate results and gain acceptance of the applicability of these models. As highlighted in a recent blog post, NASEM will host a two-day public workshop in late June 2019 to generate ideas and approaches for the committee to consider. Further details on the workshop and public participation will be made available in the coming months.

NLM is supporting NASEM’s efforts to solicit names of committee members, as well as topics for the committee to consider. Suggestions should be sent to Michelle Schwalbe, Director of NASEM’s Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics, or Elizabeth Kittrie, NLM Senior Planning and Evaluation Officer.

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Network Members in the Spotlight!

Fri, 2018-09-28 13:50

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!

Jerry Kauppila is the new NNLM PSR Program and Outreach Assistant for the NNLM All of Us program effective August 15.

Nora Franco is the new NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, beginning August 1.

M. Wynn Tranfield is the new Physical and Basic Sciences Librarian at UCLA, effective August 8.

Jennifer Fiterre is the new medical librarian at Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park, CA.

Chris Shaffer, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for academic information management at the University of California, San Francisco, began a three-year term as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) senior representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) on July 1.

Terry Henner, Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Savitt Medical Library, is the author of the article “A Community and Medical Library Collaboration to Address Senior Caregivers Barriers to Health Services Access,” published in the April-June 2018 issue of the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet.

Jeff Loo is the new Clinical Librarian at the University of California, San Diego Library.

Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library at the City of Hope, is featured in a video chat as part of her participation in the NNLM Biomedical and Health Research Data Management (RDM) for Librarians spring 2018 course, followed by a two-day Capstone Summit held at the NIH campus.

Evelyn Kobayashi, Library Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Health Sciences Library in San Leandro, CA, was featured in a post on NLM’s Circulating Now blog about hosting the Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions NLM traveling exhibit in September 2018.

Kathleen Carlson, former Education Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, is the author of the article “One Librarian’s Participation in the 19th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL19),” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 18(3), 2018.

Carrie Grinstead, Medical Librarian at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Health Sciences Library, is the lead author of the article “ProjectShare: Partnering With Nursing Professionals to Track Local Research,” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 18(3), 2018.

Kelli Hines, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Western University of Health Sciences Harriet & Philip Pumerantz Library, co-authored the article, “Accuracy and Usability of Medication Identifiers for Solid Oral Medications,” published online in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in July, 2018.

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