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Archive for April, 2014

Running Your Hospital Library Like a Business: Back by Popular Demand!

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Coordinator:     Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR (


Date / Time:      May 30 – June 20, 2014 / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:               Online

Summary:  To continue delivering support for clinical care, research and education, a hospital library must be run like a business. By participating in a series of four classes, our instructors will help you develop your business sense. You will write a business plan that embraces the mission and objectives of your hospital. You will learn to become a convincing negotiator when representing yourself, your customers, and your library. You will quantify and qualify your worth with dollar signs rather than anecdotes. This class will enable you to provide valued services that are aligned with the values of your hospital. In these challenging times, developing a strategic business sense is essential.

May 30th Session / Building the Foundation: An Introduction to Business Concepts

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify and describe their hospital or system’s strategic imperatives
  • Define the library’s role in a hospital or system’s strategic imperatives
  • Analyze the role of selective dissemination of information in demonstrating worth
  • Define the people they serve
  • Define and describe how an organization determines their value

June 6th Session / Writing a Business Plan

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the benefits of writing a business plan and how to begin the process
  • Describe their library’s business/focus
  • Identify the people they serve
  • Write the beginning of their library’s business plan

June 13th Session / The Art of Negotiation

Participants will learn to:

  • Appreciate strategic approaches to negotiating
  • Understand at least three specific negotiating strategies
  • Identify examples of workplace situations where these negotiating strategies may be applied
  • Develop negotiating strategies and understand which workplace situations to which they apply

June 20th Session / Proving Your Worth – Adding to Your Value

Participants will learn to:

  • Calculate the dollar value of services in a way their hospital administrators can appreciate
  • Demonstrate their worth through information dissemination
  • Determine their customers’ needs
  • Align the library’s mission and objectives to that of the hospital
  • Conduct community outreach

NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects 2014

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, prehospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit

The National Library of Medicine ( is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site ( ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.

Elizabeth Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA

Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
2 Democracy Plaza, Suite 510
6707 Democracy Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM): New Version Released

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

We are pleased to announce major new versions of the REMM Web site and Mobile REMM app.

What’s New on REMM, April, 2014?

  • Key changes are noted below.
  • Many more updates and changes appear throughout REMM.
  1. Managing Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS): Interactive tool: completely redesigned, with clinical assessments, treatment suggestions, suggestion for referral venues
  2. Top 10 Items for Radiation Emergencies: new page
  3. How to Perform a Radiation Survey
  4. Target Levels for Decontamination of People
  5. Biodosimetry Bibliography: new page, improved navigation, many new references
  6. Radiation Units and Conversions: new interactive tools for unit conversions
  7. Understanding Radiation: new videos incorporated and new sections
  8. Radiological Dispersal Device: new guidance about safety and response perimeters
  9. Training and Education: new offerings from several US agencies
  10. Multimedia Library: new elements in many sections
  11. Emergency Contacts: updated for many US government agencies
  12. REMM bibliography: many new entries

What’s new on Mobile REMM, April 2014, App Version 2.0.1?

  1. App has been completely redesigned for easier use and faster navigation
  1. Dose Estimator: faster data entry for vomiting and lymphocyte depletion kinetics tools
  2. New tools from REMM now available on Mobile REMM
    • Scarce Resources for Interactive Triage Tool for Use after IND Detonation
    • SALT triage system for radiation emergencies
  1. Updated emergency contact information
  2. Mobile platform compatibility updated
    • iPhone and Androids compatibility remains up to date.
    • Newer BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 10, is now supported; but older ones (BlackBerry 7 OS and earlier) are not.

We strongly suggest you update any versions of REMM you have previously downloaded to your computer, USB drive, or mobile device.

The REMM Team

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)

Guidance on diagnosis and treatment for health care providers

NLM and Wellcome Library Establish Agreement to Make 150 Years of Biomedical Journals Freely Available Online

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Upcoming AHIP Webinar on Health Literacy & Health Equity

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

America’s Health Insurance Plans Health Literacy Task Force and the National Health Plan Collaborative is hosting a series of webinars on health plans’ integration of health literacy and health equity.

April 30th 1:30 pm ET Webinar: Integrating Health Literacy and Health Care Equity Efforts: Increasing Consumer Understanding and Engagement in their Health and Health Care

Helping today’s increasingly diverse population of consumers to access insurance, use their benefits, and play a central role in their own health demands careful attention to cultural attributes and the clarity and simplicity of language. AHIP’s webinar series will provide specific examples of how health plans are leading efforts to promote health equity and increase consumer understanding and engagement. Join the conversation on April 30th!  Registration is free. For more information and to register, visit:

In recognition of National Minority Health Month in April
Series I: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
1:30 – 3:00 pm EST

Moderator:  Wayne Rawlins, MD, National Medical Director for Racial and Ethnic Equality Initiative, Aetna


  • Crystal Duran, MPH, CHES, Clinical Program Manager, Health Equity and Multicultural Health, Cigna
  • Jennifer Strohecker Hellinga, PharmD, BCPS MTM Operations Manager, Molina Healthcare
  • Steven Rush, Director, Health Literacy Innovation, UnitedHealth Group

Rita Carreón

Director, Clinical Strategies and Health Care Equity

America’s Health Insurance Plans

601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

South Building, Suite 500

Washington DC 20004


A Librarian Experiences EMT Training

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Adele Dobry, Nursing Informationist at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), describes her experience as a student in the Emergency Medical Technician course.  It included 24 hours of time spent riding along in an ambulance.

BD2K Training

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K, initiative announces the release of three related RFAs for new training programs and revisions to existing training programs in biomedical Big Data Science:

The first deadline for these applications is July 28, 2014, with an optional letter of intent due June 28, 2014.

BD2K is a new major trans-NIH initiative that aims to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of Big Data in biomedical research. Interested applicants are encouraged to join the listserv (on the BD2K homepage) to receive the most up-to-date information about BD2K events and funding opportunities.

Please share this opportunity with your interested scientific communities. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Dunn at

Walter Isaacson’s “The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences”

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

In cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and as part of the NLM’s memorandum of understanding with that agency, you are cordially invited to watch live, online, the 2014 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

Entitled “The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences,” the lecture will be delivered by Walter Isaacson, one of the preeminent biographers of our time. Isaacson is best known for his complex and comprehensive portraits of some of history’s most innovative and influential minds, including Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. Isaacson is also the author of American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane (2009), Kissinger: A Biography(1992), and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He is currently working on a book on the innovators who helped create the digital age.

Isaacson’s lecture will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 12 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Details of the free, high-definition, live-stream of the lecture will be available at The NEH is encouraging libraries and community groups to make the lecture subsequently available to encourage and facilitate discussion about the intersection of the Humanities and STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.

Read the complete NEH press release about this event here.

Sponsored by

Jeffrey S. Reznick, Ph.D.

Chief, History of Medicine Division, NLM

Invitation to Prepare for the First National Day of Action

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

We invite you to register your participation in America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide campaign to improve the Nation’s resilience. This National Day of Action takes place on April 30, 2014.

By registering your participation in the first National Day of Action, you help build a stronger and more resilient Nation. Learn your risks and what to do before a Tornado, Wildfire, Flood, or Hurricane strikes your community.  Learn the actions to take on how to prepare your family, community, and business. You will have access to these preparedness resources and more that can be customized to fit your needs:

  • “How To” Guides
  • Preparedness Playbooks
  • Promotional Materials
  • Events Calendar
  • Discussion Groups
  • Additional Resources tailored to specific hazards and audience

PIE-J Update and Request for Feedback

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a deep interest in the publishing models used by scientific journals, from the viewpoints of practical and efficient use of titles that are indexed for MEDLINE, and the clear and accurate preservation of the scientific literature for use by future generations. You have the opportunity to participate in the development of a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Recommended Practice that provides guidance on the presentation and identification of electronic journals!

PIE-J: The Presentation & Identification of E-Journals, a NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Recommended Practice, was published just over a year ago, having been approved on March 25, 2013. In just over 12 months, the full Recommended Practice document has received well over 4500 downloads, while two PIE-J brochures have received a total of more than 2000 downloads. All three documents can be accessed from the PIE-J website at  This level of download activity suggests that PIE-J is meeting a need. For PIE-J to succeed, it is essential that librarians, publishers, and other e-journal providers be aware of its existence.

The PIE-J Standing Committee, co-chaired by Sally Glasser (Hofstra University) and Ed Cilurso (Taylor & Francis), is charged with responding to specific questions about the Recommended Practice, gathering comments for a full review of the Recommended Practice document, and promoting PIE-J. Help us gather feedback and spread the word.

We Want Your Feedback

If you are a librarian who has written publishers and providers about PIE-J, the Standing Committee would like to hear from you, whether the result was positive or negative. Likewise, the Committee would greatly appreciate hearing from publishers and providers who have made changes to their websites based on PIE-J and user feedback, intend to make changes based on PIE-J during a future website redesign, or feel that the recommended practices are not feasible. Please write the Committee at with the subject “PIE-J feedback.”

Learn More at Upcoming Meetings

Standing Committee members have been busy making the rounds at various conferences and meetings (ALA Midwinter, ER&L, CEAL). Next up are NASIG (May 1-4, Fort Worth, TX), the Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) conference (May 28-30, Boston), and ALA Annual (June 28-July 1, Las Vegas). If you plan to attend any of these conferences, please look out for NISO’s PIE-J presentations!  Also, on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 3 pm EST co-chairs Sally Glasser and Ed Cilurso will be speaking about PIE-J at NISO’s monthly Open Teleconference.  Dial-in information is here:

Template for Contacting Publishers & Providers

The Standing Committee recently posted a template to the PIE-J website for librarians wishing to contact publishers and providers with concerns about the presentation of e-journals on their websites. The template includes suggested wording but is completely customizable. If you (or your users) have experienced an access or display issue that is due to the way in which e-journals are presented online, use the template to let publishers and providers know how PIE-J can help. Get it here:

Want More Information on PIE-J?

Regina Reynolds, who was on the original PIE-J Working Group and has continued on the Standing Committee, recently published the article, “PIE-J: Presentation and Identification of E-Journals: What’s the Point?” in Insights, the UKSG Journal, vol. 26, no. 3 (Nov. 2013). The article provides an excellent overview of PIE-J and is freely available at