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New AHRQ Tool to Assess Patient Education Materials

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has just released a new tool to help professionals choose more understandable and actionable materials – the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT).

Patient educational materials, such as brochures, medical instructions, and audiovisual aids, are often complex and lack clear information about what the patient is supposed to do.  AHRQ’s PEMAT and User’s Guide provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. By selecting health materials that score better on the PEMAT, you can be more confident that people of varying levels of health literacy will be able to process and explain key messages, and identify what they can do based on the information presented.

To access the PEMAT, go to:

You can find additional tools for improving health literacy at AHRQ’s website, including:

DIRLINE Ends Its 30 Year Run

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Due to a changing technical and budgetary environment, the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) is no longer adding, updating or maintaining records in DIRLINE:

Article: New Roles for Librarians Systematic Review Includes Disaster Information Specialist

Friday, December 6th, 2013

New activities and changing roles of health sciences librarians: a systematic review, 1990–2012

I. Diane Cooper, JMLA Journal of the Medical Library Association, October 2013, p. 268-277

A systematic review of the professional literature identified new roles for librarians, including that of disaster information specialist.

This and other articles are on our “Librarians and Libraries Respond to Disasters: Bibliography on Library Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery” webpage:

Contagious Diseases in U.S. 1888 – Present Dataset

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Have a look at this amazing project from Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, published in the Nov. 28 issue of NEJM.  Excellent summary visualizations.
Contagious Diseases in the United States from 1888 to the Present
Willem G. van Panhuis, M.D., Ph.D., John Grefenstette, Ph.D., Su Yon Jung, Ph.D., Nian Shong Chok, M.Sc., Anne Cross, M.L.I.S., Heather Eng, B.A., Bruce Y. Lee, M.D., Vladimir Zadorozhny, Ph.D., Shawn Brown, Ph.D., Derek Cummings, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Donald S. Burke, M.D.
N Engl J Med 2013; 369:2152-2158November 28, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMms1215400

The entire dataset of all weekly surveillance reports of nationally notifiable diseases for U.S. cities and states published between 1888 and 2011 (87,950,807 cases) is publicly available at


The Library: A World History

Friday, December 6th, 2013

New book with lots of great library architecture photos and history….

“The Library: A World History” [covers the development of university libraries across the world, as well as public and private libraries]:

Health Happens in Libraries Webinar Archive Now Available

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Subject: 11/26/2013 Health Happens in Libraries Webinar Archive Now Available

We had 586 registrants and 267 unique log-ins.

Please feel free to share the info below with your networks! Thanks so much!

WebJunction recently hosted a webinar on libraries supporting patrons with ACA information needs during open enrollment. You may view (and share) the full archive at the Health Happens in Libraries site:

Protecting Electronic Health Records via a Game

Friday, December 6th, 2013

For an unusual way to present cybersecurity information, check out this brief game for private practice physicians and their employees.  The game teaches contingency planning to protect electronic health records from fire, flood, power loss, and more:

APHA’s 2014 Pup-Preparedness Calendar

Friday, December 6th, 2013

APHA’s Get your Get Ready 2014 Pup-Preparedness Calendar….The calendar is free to print, and lots of people like cute dog pictures:

iPad Users Beware

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Alarming news:

From MAC-MLA: Remembering Bernadette Kaelin

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Bernadette Kaelin passed away on November 15, 2013.  She served as Manager of the medical library at Magee Women’s Hospital until her retirement in 2001, when the Magee Women’s Hospital Research Library was named in her honor.

Bernadette graduated from the St. Francis School of Nursing and earned a BSN and MLS from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an instructor of nursing at St. Francis School of Practical Nursing, Point Park University, and Duquesne University.  Bernadette was a friend and mentor to many members of the Pittsburgh Chapter of MLA, and will be long remembered for her kindness and professionalism.