Archive for January, 2017
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
What an amazing day January 21, 2017 was with a Women’s March in every state in the country and to even have other countries join in solidarity with their own marches! Having a day to remember women and men as well as those who are disenfranchised, under-represented and under-served and to recognize the importance of the voices of many is one of the reasons that made this march significant. The health inequities and health disparities experienced by many in this country call us to constantly work toward what is right. The National Library of Medicine resources are authoritative and freely available. MedlinePlus is available in English and Spanish as well as some information in other languages. It also includes information that is easy-to-read. You’ll find information about women’s health, LGBT health, rural health, various disabilities, as well as how to prepare and cope with disasters and other safety tips. Health Reach is the resource for health information in other languages for patients and healthcare consumers as well as cultural information for health care providers.
Also, it’s not too late to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance plans for 2017. Now is the time to enroll if you haven’t already as January 31 is the deadline! Go to Healthcare.gov and sign up!
Help narrow the gap in health disparities by providing access to health information through your libraries, community organizations and health practice. Contact the NN/LM PNR for more information.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
The Inland Northwest Health Science Libraries group, in collaboration with libraries at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and area hospitals is bringing the Association of College and Research Libraries workshop, Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit to Gonzaga University in Spokane on Monday, April 10th, 2017.
Research data management (RDM) has emerged as a need among academic researchers and liaisons are building skills in response. This one-day workshop will assist liaisons to identify their existing skills and mindsets that transfer to research data management services and then create a learning plan for the RDM specific knowledge needed to serve their subject disciplines. Tools, hints, and tricks will be shared that facilitate partnerships on campus with disciplinary faculty and with other RDM service providers.
This workshop is intended for liaisons who are seeking to engage with research data management for the first time, or who have a very basic knowledge of research data management. This workshop is an introductory level experience. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with research data management. The primary audience is subject liaison librarians, secondary audience include senior library administrators, middle management and department heads, and technical services librarians and staff. Other campus partners such as Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer, IRB, or campus IT may be interested but would be a tertiary audience.
When: Monday, April 10, 8:00am – 5:00pm PT
Where: Gonzaga University’s Hemmingson Center Room 314 in Spokane, WA
Learn more and register: https://nnlm.gov/class/building-your-research-data-management-toolkit-integrating-rdm-your-liaison-work/6788
Thursday, January 12th, 2017
National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Amanda J. Wilson as Head of the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO); and the appointment of Mark Ziomek as Chief, Public Services Division, both in NLM Library Operations.
Ms. Wilson will lead the office responsible for coordinating NLM’s nationwide program designed to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing access to biomedical and health information for both health professionals and the public. Eight Regional Medical Libraries and five National Offices lead a collaboration of members that includes academic health sciences libraries, hospital, pharmaceutical and other special biomedical libraries, public libraries, information centers and community-based organizations. Ms. Wilson assumed her new position on January 9, 2017. Mr. Ziomek will lead the Division responsible for several key NLM programs including MedlinePlus, the main NLM web site, customer service, management and preservation of the collection, and delivery of onsite services and interlibrary loans. Mr. Ziomek brings experience in serving a variety of library users, managing performance, and crafting federal information policy.
Ms. Wilson brings considerable experience in leading a national network of library members, leading change in large organizations, and collaborating across organizations to produce positive results for users. She joins NLM from the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she has been an Assistant Director, Office of Transportation Information Resources, for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and the Director of the National Transportation Library. She has served in these roles since 2006, leading the operations and expansion of the National Transportation Library and establishment of the National Transportation Knowledge Network. Since 2015 she has chaired CENDI, an interagency federal scientific and technical information managers group. Ms. Wilson’s professional experience and service include Assistant Professor and Metadata Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America; CUA Department of Library and Information Science Board; and the ALA Committee on Accreditation External Review Panels. Ms. Wilson has a MS in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in music and psychology from Emory University in Atlanta.
Mr. Ziomek brings experience in serving a variety of library users, managing performance, and crafting federal information policy. He joins NLM from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he served as the Manager of Library Services since 2008. In that role he oversaw reference and research for GAO staff, collection development, contract management and procurement, cataloging, interlibrary loan, and electronic content management. From 1995-2008 he was Chief, Library Services Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, directing acquisitions, cataloging, reference, and collection development. From 1990-1995 he was a Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist and from 1984-1990 a Senior Music Cataloger, both at the Library of Congress. He has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in history and music from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Wilson and Mr. Ziomek to their new positions!
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
The next PNR Rendezvous session is a chance for those who may not be familiar with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to be introduced to their regional office, the Pacific Northwest Region or more commonly referred to as the PNR. It can be a bit confusing especially because we promote and feature the resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) which is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
For those of you familiar with the NN/LM PNR we will be updating you about some of the changes that have been occurring at the NN/LM and NLM as well as our own regional office.
In this session the NN/LM PNR staff will introduce themselves and let you know a little more about who we are and what we do. You will:
- hear what changes have been happening and our focus in the next year or two
- get a walk-through of the new website
- learn how your institution can become a member (for free!)
- check out funding opportunities
- learn how to create an account
- find out how we can assist you with your communities’ health information needs
Bring your ideas of what you’d like from the PNR as well as questions!
Wednesday, January 18, 1:00 – 2:00pm PT, Noon – 1:00pm Alaska Time, 2:00 – 3:00pm Mountain Time
Information on how to connect to the webinar at https://nnlm.gov/classes/pnr-rendezvous
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
The 2017 Comics & Medicine Conference, to be held in Seattle June 15-17, is accepting proposals, due January 30. The conference is free to attend and will take place at the Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle.
The conference theme is Access Points. Participants are invited to consider accessibility as a crucial aspect linking comics and health. Comics — a medium broadly characterized as “accessible” because of its ability to reach diverse audiences and to provide a platform for marginalized voices — can make visible and reflect upon the urgent subject of health access. Comics can explore the issue of accessibility in past and current practices of health care and can point to imaginative solutions for extending and expanding health care.
Submissions focusing on health, medicine, and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, web comics) are welcomed, including those that focus on the following topics:
- Comics depictions of disability
- Visual depictions of systemic and structural inequities in health care and social determinants of health
- Use of comics to provide health education for or about under-served communities
- Comics representations of physical or geographical spaces related to the delivery of medical care
- Collaborative comics projects that create access points between patients, healthcare providers, community organizations, and/or institutional stakeholders
- Use of comics to access new understandings of bodily/mental states
- Therapeutic uses of comics and cartooning
- Use of comics to encourage conversations about accessible spaces/events
- Innovative uses of comics to access diverse health experiences
- Use of comics to visualize ideological and/or political boundaries and access to medical therapies
- Comics and environmental health
- Ethical implications of creating comics for patients, physicians, or institutions
- Trends in, histories of, or the use of comics in health care and public health
Lightning talks, presentations, panel discussion and working groups and workshops are the presentation formats. See more information at their website.