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Upcoming PNR Rendezvous and PNR Partners webinars in August

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

This month’s PNR Rendezvous guest speaker will be Andrew Plumer, Outreach Librarian for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). His presentation, NLM’s K-12 Resources: Supporting the Teacher, Engaging the Student, will be Wednesday August 17 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time.

The National Library offers a wide selection of resources to assist the educator and engage the students. Web portals designed with educator input focusing on such topics as environmental health, chemical and toxicological hazards in the community and genetics.  The National Library of Medicine offers other databases that can be used as adjuncts to existing classroom lessons.  It isn’t all just web portals and databases, the NLM has created a series of animations dealing with environmental health issues and games covering  multiple issues  including chemistry, biology and environmental health.

How do I connect to PNR Rendezvous?
You can participate in this free, web-based interactive session from your desk with your computer and telephone.

  • Please click here https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm to test your computer prior to the meeting. The diagnostic test will prompt you if you need to update Flash, check your connection speed and install an Adobe Connect add-in. If you have problems with these steps, please call your information technology department for help.
  • Go to the following website and login as a Guest, using your own name: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous.
  • Once in the web meeting a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen call the 800 number and use the participant code given in the Notes box (lower left-hand corner) on the screen.

PNR Partners will be the next day on August 18 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time. (more…)

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Visits Seattle

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
 Molly Carney, Executive Director at Evergreen Treatment Services, meets with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Molly Carney, Executive Director at Evergreen Treatment Services, meets with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

This is a guest post from Jim Anderson, Physician Assistant and Dispensary Manager at Evergreen Treatment Services, a PNR Network member.  If you would like to write a guest post please contact Patricia Devine at devine@uw.edu.

On Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s recent stop in Seattle, he visited Evergreen Treatment Services to learn more about medication assisted treatment in Seattle and the opioid epidemic in the Pacific NW and Alaska. Evergreen Treatment Services has been working to transform the lives of individuals and their communities through innovative and effective addiction and social services in Western Washington since 1973.

The Surgeon General also visited the Seattle Police Department, to hear about their efforts to address the opioid epidemic and their successful use of naloxone in reversing 10 overdoses recently. Naloxone is provided for patrolling officers, and its use among police departments is rapidly spreading.

Murthy also spent time with an Opioid Task Force, a group made up of a variety of representatives from governmental and medical agencies and institutions, with a goal of addressing the opioid epidemic, including both heroin and other opioid medications.

While in Seattle, Murthy described what he believes to be the need to view opioid addiction as a chronic disease, and to respond rapidly to known opioid addiction the same way that the medical community responds to other chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Seattle Times quoted him sharing his thoughts about this with the Seattle Police Department leaders:

“For too many people in America, addiction is a character flaw or a moral failing, but that’s not the case. We have to help people see addiction for what it is, which is a chronic illness of the brain that we have to treat with the same urgency, compassion and skill that we would treat diabetes or heart disease. That shift is going to take all of us.”

OWRC@HSL: The story of bringing a writing center to a health sciences library

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

writing center posterThis guest post is from Terry Ann Jankowski, Assistant Director for User Experience at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Washington, reporting about the project that was funded with a Medical Library Pilot Project Award received from the NN/LM PNR.

For the past 10 years, the Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) has operated in the University of Washington’s undergraduate library. It offers both drop-in and by appointment services to all UW students, staff and faculty. However, it was underutilized by the health sciences population because of its distance from the UW Health Sciences Library (HSL). In 2014 a public health student came to us and proposed that we offer appointments in HSL and OWRC@HSL was born. We offered 150 sessions that year at a 90% fill rate. Buoyed by success we applied for a Medical Library Project Award to offer more sessions, improve the publicity and work with the tutors to increase their understanding of the scientist as a writer.

With the funding we were able to offer almost 500 sessions during the year of the pilot with a 50% fill rate and reached 160 unique users.  In addition, usage by the health sciences population at the OUGL site increased by 25% so it would appear that the greater publicity enhanced the visibility of the service overall. Tutors attended discussions with HSL librarians to learn about resources for students and we developed a LibGuide of resources for them. The science librarians on campus sponsored (with financial assistance from our pilot) a panel of editors from STEM journals talking about what it is like to publish in the sciences and several tutors attended that as well.

Two of the top challenges we faced were meshing the tutors’ schedules with our clientele’s schedules as well as settling on a permanent location for OWRC@HSL. A future topic of conversation is how to provide distance support. Both the OWRC and HSL are committed to continuing the service as funding permits and are exploring future directions for this exciting new resource.

PNR Partners webinar next week

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

PNR Partners
Tuesday June 14
1:00-2:00pm PT, noon- 1:00pm Alaska, 2:00-3:00pm MT

Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Oregon Health & Science University Library will present about the Open Insight program which is designed to inspire an understanding and the adoption of open science practices and activities. Meg Brunner, staff librarian at the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, will present about the online toolkit of resources created to increase outreach and education for Washington state’s communities needing reliable substance abuse information. (more…)

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…)

Upcoming PNR Partners webinar

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Join us next week for the next PNR Partners webinar session.  We have presentations from our members in Alaska and Oregon.  Erin Foster, who is completing her second year of her NLM Associate Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University library, will be telling us about developing an assessment tool to measure the information literacy of incoming Master of Public Health (MPH) students in the Epidemiology program. We will also hear from Sigrid Brudie of the University of Alaska, Anchorage Alaska Medical Library.  She will tell us about the highlights and challenges of medical library outreach to rural Alaska, from the state’s northernmost community of Barrow to its southernmost community of Metlakatla.

When: Thursday, March 24 at 1:00pm Pacific Time (Noon Alaska, 2:00pm Mountain)

To Join: go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/pnrpartners/  Audio is through the phone.

For more information about PNR Partners go to http://nnlm.gov/pnr/training/PNRpartners.html (more…)