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Announcing Exciting Plans at the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Exciting plans are underway, to enhance the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative and make your experience as a librarian easier, more streamlined, and better focused on your needs.

We have been meeting, working, and negotiating with vendors this summer, many of whom would like to talk directly with you. Thanks to greater participation among the HSLANJ GLI, and our collective group purchasing power, we are commanding the attention of vendors like never before!

Over the next several weeks, you will likely be receiving numerous emails inviting you to participate in surveys by vendors such as Ovid, BMJ, McGraw Hill, Springer, SAGE and others.

We understand how busy you are as a librarian, but we also encourage you to take time for each of these surveys. They are vital. Your answers will help shape future vendor offers through the HSLANJ GLI. Please answer all of the surveys that are sent your way if possible, regardless of how many times you have or haven’t participated in the GLI. All opinions are needed!

A little food-for-thought…

Questions to consider as a preview to the surveys:

  • How can participation in the GLI be enhanced for your benefit?
  • Do you have content needs that are not being met through the GLI?

Thank you—we greatly appreciate your time and insights! And we look forward to sharing more exciting plans about the GLI very soon!

Sincerely,

Robb Mackes

Executive Director, HSLANJ

Project Manager, GLI

570-856-5952

rtmackes@gmail.com

The HSLANJ GLI is endorsed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), MAR and SE/A, as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources. 

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  

 

Visit the New Tox Town Page on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)

Monday, July 11th, 2016

PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) is a man-made chemical that is toxic and persistent in the environment. It is used to make products resistant to heat and to repel oil, grease, stains, and water. Wondering how you might be exposed to PFOA or how it might affect your health? For answers to these questions and more, visit the Tox Town page on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). The page is also available in Spanish.

Continuing Education Opportunity: Mental Health First Aid

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The New York-New Jersey Chapter of the Medical Library Association is pleased to sponsor this important workshop!

 

Mental Health First Aid: http://www.nynjmla.org/blog/continuing-education/

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: NYIT Manhattan Campus Auditorium 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, New York, NY 10023-7692

Cost: NY-NJ MLA Members or Students: $10   Non-Members: $15 (includes breakfast and a snack break)

 

Mental Health First Aid is an education program designed to improve participants’ knowledge and modify their attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises (i.e., suicidal thoughts and/or behavior, acute stress reaction, panic attacks, and/or acute psychotic behavior) or are in the early stages of one or more chronic mental health problems (i.e., depressive, anxiety, and/or psychotic disorders, which may occur with substance abuse). Librarians, or anyone working in a public service capacity would benefit from this workshop.

 

Participants will learn:

  • Risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms for a range of mental health problems, including co-morbidity with substance use disorders
  • The impact and prevalence of mental health problems
  • Common support and treatment resources

 

Participants will also learn a five-step action plan, known as ALGEE, for use when providing Mental Health First Aid to an individual in crisis:

A–Assess for risk of suicide or harm

L–Listen non-judgmentally

G–Give reassurance and information

E–Encourage appropriate professional help

E–Encourage self-help and other support strategies

 

Mental Health First Aid is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administrations’ (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices: http://legacy.nreppadmin.net/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=321). To learn more, visit http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/what-you-learn/.

 

MLA CE credits will not be awarded for this course, however participants will receive a certificate of completion from the City of New York’s Thrive NYC initiative (https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/).

Please Note:  All participants must complete the entire workshop in order to receive their certificate of completion.

 

Presenters:

Martha Boomer is the Director of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services Family Home Care Program.   She holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology and Psychology from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Brooklyn College/CUNY.   Ms. Boomer has been active in children’s health issues for over thirty years having worked for New York City’s Administration of Children’s Services and its counterpart the Human Resources Administration.  She is certified as both an Adult and a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Angela Taylor is currently employed with New York City- Administration for Children ‘s Services.  A graduate of St. Joseph’s College, Ms. Taylor is certified as both an Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

 

Space is limited! Register at http://www.nynjmla.org/blog/continuing-education/.

If you have any questions, please contact NY-NJ MLA CE Committee Members: Mahnaz Tehrani at mtehrani@nyit.edu, Trina Keith at latrina.keith@einstein.yu.edu or Nancy Glassman at nancy.glassman@einstein.yu.edu.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

NLM Express: Saving Time with PubMed Subject-Specific Queries! – Co-sponsored by MAR and NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region / webinar / July 7, 4pm-5pm ET Details and registration

Nursing on the Net:  Health Resources You Can Use – Sponsored by NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region / Online Moodle Course/ Starts July 11 / Details and registration

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 13, 11am – 12:30pm ET Details and registration

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits and Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 14, 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET Details and registration

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 19, 2016 1pm – 2pm ET Details and registration

See our full training schedule for additional educational offerings.

Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Monday, June 27th, 2016

It’s Mosquito Control Awareness week! Below are some great resources for learning how to protect yourself from mosquito bites and the diseases they may carry, as well as controlling mosquitoes inside and outside of your home.

Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol

Center for Disease Control: http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2016/06/mosquito-control-awareness-week/

MedlinePlus: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_159168.html

National Institutes of Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/apr2016/feature2

National HIV Testing Day

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Monday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provide some fantastic resources to learn more about screening and diagnosis for HIV/AIDS. Know your status!

MedlinePlus: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003538.htm

AIDSinfo: https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/

AIDSource: https://aids.nlm.nih.gov/topic/1173/prevention/1183/testing

Classes, Training Opportunities, and New Recordings Available Now!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Classes and Training Opportunities

PubMed for Librarians Series – Sponsored by the NN/LM Training Office / 5 webinars (choose any or all) / Starts June 27, 2016 Details and registration

NLM Express: Saving Time with PubMed Subject-Specific Queries! – Co-sponsored by MAR and NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region / webinar / July 7, 2016 4pm-5pm ET Details and registration

Nursing on the Net:  Health Resources You Can Use – Sponsored by NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region / Online Moodle Course / Details and registration

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 13, 2016 11am – 12:30pm ET Details and registration

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits and Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 14, 2016 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET Details and registration

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / July 19, 2016 1pm – 2pm ET Details and registration

See our full training schedule for educational offerings.

 

New Recordings Available

Putting the Pieces Together: A Librarian & Disaster ResponseRecording and slides are now available – Sponsored by NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed – Recording available – Sponsored by the National Training Office.

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2016

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

o Information retrieval;

o Skills development;

o Resource development and dissemination; and/or

o Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

o Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;

o Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;

o Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;

o Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or

o Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site:

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7bd801a122e7294ac7dca13444056f1b&tab=core&_cview=0

Primary Point of Contact

Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist

Office of Acquisitions (OA)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105

Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488

301-496-6546

Fax: 301-402-0642

E-mail: Gregory.benedict@nih.gov

 

Secondary Point of Contact 

Suet Vu, Contracting Officer

Office of Acquisitions (OA)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105

Bethesda, MD 20892-5488

Office Phone: 301-496-6546

Fax: 301-402-0642

E-mail: vus@mail.nlm.nih.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOSPITAL LIBRARIES IN 14 STATES, DC INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN SPRING 2016 HSLANJ GROUP LICENSING OFFER

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

All hospitals and medical facilities in the Middle Atlantic (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) regions are welcome to participate in a technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).

The consortium, in its 14th year, offers more than 500 resources from 13 highly-regarded academic publishers, at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through negotiations and the leveraging of group purchasing power.  The region encompasses 14 states; Washington D.C.; Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and represents more than 26% of the nation’s hospitals and medical facilities.

More than 125 medical librarians regularly participate in the HSLANJ GLI and most agree that the biggest benefits are cost-savings and high-quality electronic resources.

“Being a medical librarian is more challenging than ever because in healthcare or hospital systems today, everyone needs mobile information,” according to Lisa Block, medical librarian, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia. 2015 was her first year participating with the HSLANJ GLI. “The biggest convenience of the consortium is you can get more for your money—there’s a big discount on resources.”

To receive a copy of the Spring 2016 Offer, please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or rtmackes@gmail.com).

The HSLANJ GLI is endorsed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources. Current participation is open through May 2, 2016.

 

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  To learn more, visit www.hslanj.org/gli.

 

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C, University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System, as well as Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C, University of Maryland Baltimore.

Patient Safety Awareness

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Submitted by: Network and Advocacy Coordinator Michelle Burda

The United for Patient Safety campaign, initiated by National Patient Safety Foundation, highlights and reinforces the fact that everyone plays a role in keeping patients safe and free from harm.

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is publicly sharing stories about medical errors made at the hospital in a blog, Safety Matters, with the intention that this will help reduce the risk of future mistakes.

Patient Safety Awareness Week will be observed this year March 13-19 with an emphasis on the message that “every day is patient safety day.”  Participate in the webcast, Patient Safety is a Public Health Issue Thursday March 17, 2016, 1:00 PM ET with national leaders in Patient Safety.