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Archive for June, 2012

PubMed for Experts

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

MAR’s Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling will be offering PubMed for Experts.

Location:  University of Pittsburgh, Falk Library, 200 Scaife Hall, Conference Room B

Date:  August 9, 2012 from 9 am – Noon.


About the class:  This hands-on class will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches.  Recent changes to PubMed will be highlighted.  Attendees are encouraged to contribute past and present difficult searches to discuss with the class.  Participants will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.  Registration is free and limited to 20 participants.

The Ropes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

MAR’s Technology & Communication Coordinator, Missy Harvey, will be offering The Ropes:  Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner.

Location:             University of Pittsburgh, Falk Library, 200 Scaife Hall, Conference Room B

Dates:                  Tuesday, July 24, 9 am – 1 pm (Part 1)
Monday, July 30, 9 am – 1 pm (Part 2)

This train-the-trainer course covers the process of building a user-centered training session, covering needs assessment, learning styles, working with and from participant objectives, and evaluation of outcomes.  Students will participate in several group exercises where they will explore different training situations.  Emphasis will be placed upon user-centered development and the building of objectives by which the success of a class may be evaluated.

To obtain 8 MLA CE credits, attendees must attend both sessions.

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Teaching with Technology

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Join the National Technology Center for an online class taught from July 23 – August 27, 2012: “Teaching with Technology: Tips, Techniques and Tools”!

In this class, you will learn about using technology tools for teaching distance learning courses.  We will discuss options and best practices for asynchronous and synchronous distance classes, as well as “blended” classes that offer both in-person and online options.  Adult learning principles will be reviewed.  We will examine and discuss examples of software and website tools in teaching.

The class is taught “asynchronously” using the Moodle course management system, so you can complete the classwork at a time convenient for you.  Allow approximately 2 hours per week for independent classwork.  There are 4 weeks of assignments, readings, and discussions, with the 5th week saved for a “catch-up” week.  Upon completion of the class you will receive 8 MLA CE credits.

The class is free and open to residents of the U.S.  Class enrollment is limited, so we do ask that you check your schedule to be sure you have time to complete the class.

To register:

Disaster Resources (Boost Box Session)

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Noon – 1 pm




Presenter:  Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine

Description:  Please join MAR to learn about disaster resources.

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Conference Number(s):  1-888-450-5996
Participant Code:  888072

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Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study (Lunch with the RML)

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Noon – 1 pm




Julia Sollenberger, Chair, Value Study Planning Group
Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies
University of Rochester Medical Center

Joanne Gard Marshall, Principal Investigator
Alumni Distinguished Professor
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Description:  Please join MAR to hear the results and future directions of the Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study.  The purpose of this study is to understand the value of the health library, information services and the librarian.  A community-based collaborative research process was used to design the survey data collection instruments and protocol. This study is expected to generate substantial evidence regarding the impact of the library on clinical decision making.

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Conference Number(s):  1-888-450-5996
Participant Code:  888072

Disaster Information Specialist Program (Free Course)

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Register now for “US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies,” to be held online on Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., central time, each day.

This is a required course for MLA’s Disaster Information Specialization Program and will be offered free of charge to MLA members and nonmembers.  Participants will be introduced to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.  To find more information on the course and instructors and to register, see

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P.

Job Ad: Kaleida Health Libraries in Buffalo, NY

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Kaleida Health Libraries in Buffalo, NY is pleased to announce receipt of a Learning Partnership grant from the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund.  The grant will create a one-year Clinical Informationist Fellowship position.

Position Summary:  The Sewell Fellow will be a librarian who will work as a clinical informationist (CI) in the new Gates Vascular Institute (GVI).  To learn more about the GVI visit  The Fellow will be a full member of the Kaleida Health Library team embedded among the clinical staff in the GVI.  S/he will possess expert knowledge of health information resources, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to provide cutting-edge, evidence-based services to the clinical staff with whom s/he will work.

Duties: The Fellow will provide complex and in-depth research support, literature searching, review and selection of resources, and instruction in the use of health information resources, materials and programs in all formats based on the information behaviors identified.  The Fellow will design, develop, and teach both formal classes and informal instructional sessions on the use of evidence-based resources and information management tools to the staff working in the GVI. The Fellow also will monitor emerging technologies for incorporation into the instructional program. The Fellow will provide value-added consumer health information services to the patients being treated in the GVI and their caregivers.  Other duties may be assigned. This is a one-year grant funded term appointment.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of health sciences bibliographic research and clinical information tools.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of medical terminology and the National Library of Medicine’s MeSH vocabulary.
  • Excellent technical, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to teach and to present complex ideas effectively.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated independence, initiative, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Key Interfaces:

Internal:  Healthcare providers and students working in the GVI.

External: Patients, family members, and caregivers.

Experience Requirements: Prior experience working in a healthcare/biomedical setting.

To apply for the position visit:

Summer Weather Dangers: How to Stay Safe

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Summertime can bring a range of weather challenges and potential dangers. Some of these threats can occur with little warning, so do what you can to prepare by assembling an emergency kit and forming a plan of action.

Find out what you should do if faced with the following weather dangers:

Lightning: In the U.S., lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes and hurricanes. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance and should seek shelter in an enclosed building or vehicle. While indoors, don’t use a corded phone, a computer or other electrical appliances; and avoid contact with plumbing (don’t shower, wash hands, do laundry, etc.). Learn more about lightning safety and get tips on what to do if you’re outdoors during a thunderstorm.

Floods: If you have time, move essential items to an upper floor. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Do not walk through moving water that is six inches or higher. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a flood.

Hurricanes: If you can’t evacuate, get inside and secure external and internal doors. Stay away from windows and doors and take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

Tornadoes: Storm cellars and basements are the safest locations, but if they aren’t available, go to an interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level. Stay away from windows, doors, outside walls, and corners. If you are in a trailer or mobile home, go to a sturdy, nearby building. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a tornado.

Extreme Heat: Stay indoors as much as possible. Consider spending the hottest part of the day in an air-conditioned public building, such as a library or shopping mall. Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. Learn more about what to do in extreme heat.

Wildfires: If your home is threatened by a wildfire, you must evacuate. If you have time, bring an emergency kit that includes copies of important documents. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.

Earthquakes: If you are indoors, stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls and get under a sturdy table or desk. If you are outside, keep away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. If you’re in a moving vehicle, safely stop the vehicle in an open area and stay inside. Learn more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

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IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy: Discussion Paper Released

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The latest discussion paper, Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations has been released.  The paper can be found on the IOM website.

HHS Health System Measurement Project

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Earlier this month, the Department and Human Services launched the Health System Measurement Project.  The Project brings together, in an easy to use format, trend information on about 50 key health system-related measures across ten topical areas, including access to care, cost and affordability, prevention, and health information technology.  Most of the data can be viewed by various population characteristics.  The project was developed by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.  The measures included are drawn primarily from existing, publicly available datasets.