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Archive for February, 2011

You are what you read

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Reach Out and Read posted on interesting article on Facebook highlighting the importance of reading with kids. The article starts with the following quote. “Young children are taught they are what they eat. But, more and more, parents and educators — in Boston and beyond — are teaching kids that, instead, they are what they read.”

The article explains how reading helps better prepare children for school and life. Learn more about the Reach out and Read program at: Reach out and Read is a program that encourages early literacy and school readiness for children by providing books in pediatric exam rooms and providing parents with encouragement to read aloud to their kids.

You can see the article at:

Upcoming KM Day Event

Thursday, February 17th, 2011


Friday, March 4, 2011
(Snow Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011)


Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center
University of Massachusetts Medical School
222 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury, MA 01545
(Directions will follow with a confirmation e-mail .)


Health Sciences Librarians in the New England Region


1. Introduce KM principles.
2. Present Template for a Healthcare Knowledge Management Center.
3. Sharing KM applications found in a health care environment.


8:00 – 8:30 MEET & GREET
8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Introduction (Mark)
9:15 – 10:00 Survey & KM Primer (Lynda Moulton)

10:00 – 10:15 BREAK
10:15 – 11:15 KM Primer & Q/A (Lynda Moulton)
11:15— Noon KM Applications in Hospitals (Alison Clapp, Gary Strubel, Denise Corless, et al.)

Noon – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 Template for a Healthcare Knowledge Management Center (Mark & Margo)
2:00 – 2:30 Next Steps: Pilot Project (Margo & Mark)
2:30 – 3:00 Conclusion


• In the morning, we’ll hear from Lynda Moulton, a KM professional who runs a KM consulting company and is a co-leader of the Boston KM Forum. Lynda is a smart and engaging speaker, and has a background in special libraries.

• After the Break, we’ll share details of the proposed Template for a Healthcare Knowledge Management Center (HKMC), developed by the NER’s RAC Hospital Library Subcommittee.

• Following Lunch, we’ll showcase some of the KM projects taking place within our region. We’ll bring the theory of KM down to the applied practice level, where the value of KM-based action and services can be clearly demonstrated.


  • This event is free to all NN/LM members; registration will be required to plan for adequate food and facility space.
  • If you need to cancel, please notify us three business days in advance if you’re unable to attend. “No-shows” will be charged for expenses.
  • After registering, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with directions and additional information.
  • Please remember — if you discover that you’re unable to attend after registering, inform us ASAP so that someone else can attend.

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    Mark Goldstein, NN/LM NER
    Network Coordinator, 508-856-5964

    Margo Coletti, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Director, Knowledge Services, 617-632-8483

    TOXNET Webinar with Shannon Jordan

    Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    Today, Shannon Jordan from the Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine presented an outstanding webinar for the NN/LM New England Region highlighting TOXNET technical databases including: ChemIDPlus, HSDB, TOXLINE, CCRIS, DART, GENETOX, IRIS, ITER. If you would like to watch the recording, go to:

    When patients share their stories, health may improve

    Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    Imagine you are diagnosed with a life-altering health condition. At this moment, what would help you most? A patient education handout? Information from a health website? Or hearing the experience from someone coping with the same condition? This New York Times article explains the untapped potential of sharing personal narratives to improve patient outcomes.

    Here is an excerpt from the article:

    “Telling and listening to stories is the way we make sense of our lives,” said Dr. Thomas K. Houston, lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and the Veterans Affairs medical center in Bedford, Mass. “That natural tendency may have the potential to alter behavior and improve health.”

    Read the article at:

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