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Archive for February, 2013

Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track (MLA Webcast)

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Location:         UPMC McKeesport, 1500 5th Ave McKeesport, PA 15132

Kelly Building 2nd floor Auditorium

$3.00 parking fee

Date:                     March 13, 2013

Time:                    2 – 3:30 pm Webcast

3:30 – 4:30 pm Roundtable Discussion

Registration (free*):

*Please note the webcast is not available online to individual registrants

1.5 MLA CEs for attending webinar

1.5 MLA CEs for participating in roundtable discussion

Contact:  Michelle Burda, / (412) 624-1589


The goal is to raise awareness and encourage participation by medical librarians in diagnostic error (Dx) prevention and mitigation


  • Explain what Dx error is, that it’s a subset of patient safety and an exceedingly critical problem
  • Outline several roles, including collaborative roles, for librarians in Dx error prevention from solo to larger medical libraries
  • Outline a range of activities for medical librarians to employ in their institutions to collaborate on Dx error awareness and reduction
  • Reinforce the unique position of frontline librarians in their institutions to participate and collaborate with clinicians addressing Dx


  • Elaine Alligood, informationista and chief of library service, Knowledge, Information, and Library Services, VA, Boston Health Care System, Boston, MA
  • Katherine Stemmer Frumento, AHIP, is the director of library services at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT.
  • Lorri Zipperer is the principal at Zipperer Project Management, which focuses on patient safety content development, project direction, and knowledge sharing in health care.

Videotaped Presenter

  • Mark L. Graber, MD, is a senior fellow at RTI International and professor emeritus of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Unique Position of Libraries to Help Cities Address Economic, Demographic and Social Challenges

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The Center for an Urban Future’s report, Branches of Opportunity, highlights the unique position of libraries to help cities address economic, demographic and social challenges.  According to the report, “No other institution, public or private, does a better job of reaching people who have been left behind in today’s economy, have failed to reach their potential in the city’s public school system or who simply need help navigating an increasingly complex world.

Although they are often thought of as cultural institutions, the reality is that the public libraries are a key component of the city’s human capital system.  With roots in nearly every community across the five boroughs, New York’s public libraries play a critical role in helping adults upgrade their skills and find jobs, assisting immigrants assimilate, fostering reading skills in young people and providing technology access for those who don’t have a computer or an Internet connection at home.”

The report is a call to action for policymakers, social service leaders and economic officials to support and use public libraries as a critical 21st century resource of opportunity for all.  Read the full report at:

MLA Webcast: Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

This event is an MLA Webcast being held at various locations within our region:

  • NN/LM MAR—taking place at UPMC McKeesport Hospital / Details listed above under Classes / Training Opportunities
  • Central New York Library Resources Council—taking place at Upstate Medical University, Health Sciences Library / Contact Déirdre Joyce ( at CLRC for more information

Version 2 of the NLM Journal Donation System

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Now It’s Even Easier to Donate Journals to NLM

Since April, 2009, NLM’s Journal Donation System has made it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard.  The system was designed for DOCLINE libraries and was restricted to titles listed in their DOCLINE holdings.  On January 4th, 2013, NLM launched Version 2 of the system.  Enhancements make it possible for non-DOCLINE libraries to use the system.  In addition, all libraries now can offer titles not owned by NLM.   The system can be accessed at or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page.   In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions.  For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301)496-0081 or   NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, a total of 8,230 gifts have been added to the collection.  NLM hopes that with the enhancements in Version 2, we can build on the success achieved to date.

Highlighting Workshops Near You

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

NN/LM MAR would like to bring to your attention 4 workshops being held in public libraries this Spring.  We encourage you to join us.  Details are provided above under Classes / Training Opportunities:

March 12, 2103

  • From Beyond Our Borders:  Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations
  • Beyond an Apple a Day:  Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

April 18, 2013

  • From A(norexia) to Z(its):  Providing Health Information to Teens
  • Caring for the Mind:  Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information

Webinar / Saving Lives with Words: What Health Educators Need to Know About Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

February 26 / 1 – 2 pm ET

CDC’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) manual was first published in 2002 to provide an experience and skills-based approach to health communications during emergencies.  In 2012, the manual was updated and revised, including a new chapter on social media.  This presentation will review the main principles of CERC, highlight the updates to the material, and explore ways in which health educators in a variety of roles can use CERC principles in their work.

Register for the Webinar:

Preparedness Partners Webinar: Utilizing Social Media during Hurricane #Sandy

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Columbus Public Health – Office of Emergency Preparedness

March 27, 2013 / 1:30 –  2:30 PM ET

Emily Rahimi has been the Digital & Social Media Manager for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) since 2005.  As Hurricane Sandy hit the shore of New York in late October last year, Emily monitored the FDNY Twitter feed and responded to those most in need.  Emily will share her story and lessons learned from monitoring and responding to the FDNY Twitter account during the height of the hurricane.  In addition, attendees will be provided customizable Facebook and Twitter templates for various biological, chemical, radiological and weather related incident:

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University presents a new knowledge path, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health. The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about preventing, identifying, and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use the knowledge path to learn more about racial and ethnic health disparities, health equity, and removing barriers to care; for program development; and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.

HIT Workforce Program Funding Opportunity from the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP)

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2013 Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program (Announcement number: HRSA-13-251).  The purpose of this one-time funding opportunity is to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists.  This program will provide support to rural health networks that can leverage and enhance existing HIT training materials to develop formal training programs, which will provide instructional opportunities to current health care staff, local displaced workers, rural residents, veterans, and other potential students. Funded projects will have rural health networks partner with an accredited rural or rural-serving educational institution, such as a community, technical, or vocational college.  The educational institution must either have an established HIT curriculum or be in the process of developing one at the time of submission.  They must also demonstrate how the curriculum aligns with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) modules.  These formal training programs will result in the development of a cadre of HIT workers who can help rural hospitals and clinics implement and maintain systems and meet EHR meaningful use standards.

Applicants may propose funding for up to 3-years starting from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016.  Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $300,000 per year.  Further information regarding the funding amounts is in the announcement.  ORHP expects to fund between 10-15 grantees.

To access and download the funding announcement, please click on:;jsessionid=3WSQRpBLVMTDywfrWbMhfKv4VvvGlddMq6KgpBJVvfrQ6MsqH5Jp!1848300817?oppId=220976&mode=VIEW

Link to Apply:

The deadline to submit an application in is April 15, 2013.  ORHP strongly recommends that applicants submit their applications prior to the due date to avoid any technological problems.  All applications have to be submitted electronically in  There will be a technical assistance call on February 28th, 2013 (Thursday) at 2:00 PM EST to assist applicants in preparing their applications.  The toll-free number to call in is1- 888-831-8961.   The Passcode is HIT WORKFORCE.  Please dial in 10 minutes before call is to begin.  The leader’s name is Janice.  The Technical Assistance call will be recorded and available for playback within one hour of the end of the call and will be available until April 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM (CT). To access the playback, please call: 1- 402-998-1566; no Passcode is needed.

For further information on the program, please contact Janice Mompoint, or 301-443-8344.

National Digital Stewardship

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

NLM announces its participation in the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR):