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Archive for August, 2013

Affordable Care Act: National and State Information Sources

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Learn more about the Health Insurance Market Place & your new coverage options with Obamacare

Beginning in October, the general public is expected to come to libraries and organizations providing health information in great numbers to learn about the health insurance requirements and options that will be available for them at the Health Insurance Marketplace, an element of the Affordable Care Act.

To assist the Pacific Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) in knowing more about both national and state-specific news, information and resources to support these information needs, we have launched an Affordable Care Act website ( that is also linked at the top of our Quick Links section of our homepage ( We hope you find this information helpful and welcome your suggestions!

Rendezvous webcast: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration logo

Edit: A recording is now available at

Come join us on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 1pm Pacific time (Noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain) during our free monthly webcast at  presented by David Dickinson, Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). David will provide an overview of the public health crisis of suicides in the United States, the activities of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to educate the public and advance suicide prevention activities nationally, and how this activity connects with the larger White House initiative to establish a national dialogue on mental health.

Due to a recent Adobe Connect system update, please test your computer ahead of time to help avoid technical difficulties as a plugin may be needed.


Free Distance Learning: Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Apply to Attend the Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching”

Health science librarians are invited to participate in an online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. (more…)

Point-of-Care CME – a Legacy Health Library/CME collaboration

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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Submitted by Carol Galganski, MSLS, MHSA, AHIP, Manager, Medical Libraries, CME, AV, Legacy Health, Portland, OR

As a result of a $15,000 NNLM/PNR award, Legacy Health physicians and clinicians now have a new format for earning AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, searching knowledge-based Library resources to answer their clinical questions at the point-of-care. This project teamed the Legacy Health’s Medical Library staff and electronic knowledge based resources with the Continuing Medical Education (CME) staff, online resources, and Oregon Medical Association accreditation to collaboratively develop this new opportunity for physician education.

The target population for this project was the credentialed Medical Staff from our five Legacy Health hospitals, approximately 2300 physicians. Additional clinicians eligible to participate in this project were nurses, nurse midwives and residents. Physicians (MD/DOs) earn 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per clinical search researched and documented, non-physicians are eligible to obtain a certificate of participation that translates into credit used by their professional organizations. During the 6 month period of performance, we worked with a variety of Legacy partners, – Supply Chain, Marketing, Information Services, and our Foundation. Another non-Legacy partner, Coordinator’s Choice™, the producer of the CME Tracker software used to document searches and credit, was another important partner in the implementation of this project. (more…)

Training Opportunity: PubMed for Trainers

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The NN/LM PNR Professional Development Award is available for this training opportunity from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC):

Would you like to gain new skills, brush up on existing PubMed skills and collaborate with colleagues to help create effective training strategies? Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for the free hybrid class called PubMed® for Trainers (PMT). The class is held in 4 sessions; 3 online and 1 in person session (attendance in all is expected). The class runs from August 26 – September 18, 2013. The last of the four sessions will be in-person at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, on September 18. Upon completion, the class is eligible for 15 hours of MLA CE credit. The class is offered at no cost.

This hands-on course consists of 8 presentations created by the National Library of Medicine, live demonstrations, hands-on exercises, group work and discussions, and networking opportunities over the course of four sessions. You can expect an additional 2-3 hours of independent homework. (more…)