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Archive for September, 2009

New: Outreach Award for Library Services

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

NN/LM NER announces a new funding category. Outreach Awards for Library Services to Health Services and Public Health Agencies is designed to assist members in conducting limited or short-term outreach to health related agencies.

The Award funds outreach steps that are smaller in cost and scale than the Express Outreach Awards for Community Engagement. A Member Library would establish contact with one or several health related health care agencies and agree to provide health information services. Examples of services can be:

  • document delivery
  • mediated searching
  • training on finding health information resources

Funding would allow the outreach to be reimbursed on a per unit basis. The health care agency receiving the services should not be affiliated with your home institution.

A brief proposal should include: information on the type of services to be provided; a description of the health related agency(ies); cost information, and other supporting documentation.

For more details on eligibility, restrictions, and necessary information, see the full award announcement.

NLM Associate Fellows

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

NLM recently announced its newly selected Associate Fellows for the 2009-2010 Year. This is a good time to think about recent library school graduates interested in the health sciences and pass along information about the program. There is plenty of time to consider the program and apply before the next deadline: February 5, 2010

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a stipended one-year postgraduate training fellowship. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies and skills used in managing information at a national library. There is a second year option for placement at an academic health center or other health care organization.

Fellows receive training through a curriculum that introduces them to 18 functional units at the National Library of Medicine. A project-based component has Fellows create and follow a self-directed course of study on topics facing the modern library and information management environment.

Recent graduates of an ALA-approved library/information science Master’s program–earned by August of the year of appointment or within 2 years–are eligible.

More information on the program including further details about eligibility and how to apply are available at NLM’s Associate Fellowship Progam page. See the page to read about the current group of Fellows and a link to the list of more than 10 years of Fellows cohorts.

Culuturally Competent Care…proposed requirements from the Joint Commission

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Joint Commission is proposing strengthened accreditation requirements for hospitals to advance effective communication, cultural competence, and patient-centered care. Comments are currently being received. Implementation of the proposed requirements would occur in January 2011.

The final release of the requirements is part of an 18-month project (August 2008 through January 2010) designed to increase national attention to cultural competence, highlight the intersection of cultural competence with patient-centered care, and improve the safety and quality of care for all patients.

NCBI-Staying Informed

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Are you curious about new NCBI resources? Want to stay informed about changes and updates? The NCBI newsletter, NCBI News, is where you can learn about new developments at NCBI. It is published electronically on a monthly basis. Each issue has a section for a Featured Resource, New Databases and Tools, GenBank News, Updates and Enhancements and Announce Lists and RSS Feeds.

Recent topics include the new database Biosystems, 2009 H1N1 Influenza Sequences, updates to PubChem, BLAST and the new discovery components in PubMed.  Check out the February, March and June issues to read about the Discovery Initiative and the related discovery components: Sensors, Database Ads and Analysis Tools. These components display with search results in the literature databases such as PubMed and sequence databases such as Entrez Protein.

The newsletter can be downloaded as a .pdf document or viewed in NCBI Bookshelf, where you can easily search for a specific topic. Here’s the direct link to the latest issue (August 2009): NCBI News-August 2009

In addition to the newsletter NCBI offers additional options to stay informed about changes and developments:

The NLM Technical Bulletin also posts news, updates and changes to NLM resources that may not be included in NCBI. It is managed by the Medlars Management Section and contains frequent posts about PubMed: Chronological list of PubMed postings.

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