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Archive for May, 2016

ACNs, process improvement and revamping the clinical librarian program

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

This is a summary of a presentation from the recent Medical Library Association annual conference in Toronto from Andrea Ball, Care Management and Population Health Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library

The Affordable Care Act has brought many changes to healthcare. This transformation is moving at a fast pace and librarians are trying to keep up. The University of Washington has established itself as an Accountable Care Network (ACN) striving towards the Triple Aim of improved health, increased patient satisfaction and reduced costs. As such, a new clinical librarian position was created with the title of Care Management and Population Health librarian. This position supports the organization in its ACN development through searching, LibGuide and Alerts development. (more…)

New Beginnings for Emily Glenn

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Emily_Glenn_NLM_ExhibitEffective June 1, Emily Glenn is moving to Omaha, Nebraska for her new position as Liaison Librarian with the Education and Research Services team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s McGoogan Library of Medicine.

Since joining the NN/LM PNR as Community Health Outreach Coordinator, Emily helped to increase the visibility of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources through paper and poster presentations, most recently presenting about HealthReach at the Northwest Regional African Immigrant Health Conference, and as pictured here, at the Alaska Public Health Association’s Annual Health Summit in Anchorage in January. She has delivered a number of courses on NLM and health information topics and resources, such as ClinicalTrails.gov, Public Health Information on the Web, Dazzling Data Visualization, and also served as a trainer to the Washington State Department of Health for the NN/LM Public Health Information Access Project. This spring, she facilitated the inaugural PNR Data Journal Club and then collaborated to develop a follow-on course using resources form the Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes forum, of which she was a member of the planning committee. Emily has also taken the lead for emergency preparedness in the region by serving as a consultant and trainer for the Health Sciences Library’s Response and Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN) project and by coordinating the PNR’s first virtual tabletop exercise in disaster preparation, Getting Back to Normal.

Emily hopes to keep in close touch with her friends and colleagues in the Pacific Northwest Region. In fact, she will have boots on the ground in Washington this summer to climb Mt. Rainier!

Please join us in congratulating Emily as she embarks on her exciting and new direction!

NLM Director announced

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

New NLM Director Patricia Brennan

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, announced today that Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD will be the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Per the NIH News release, Dr. Brennan comes to NLM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also leads the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery that develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data.

On behalf of the Pacific Northwest Region of the NN/LM, we welcome this exciting announcement and look forward to working with Dr. Brennan in her new role. As noted by NLM Acting Director, Betsy Humphreys, Dr. Brennan’s expertise and experience—and her focus on developing health information systems that support patients, caregivers, and the general public—are a great fit for NLM at this point in the Library’s history.