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Welcome Ann Madhavan and Ann Glusker to the Regional Medical Library

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The Regional Medical Library (RML) for the NN/LM PNR is pleased to announce two new librarians joining the RML: Ann Madhavan, MSLIS and Ann Glusker, MLIS, MPH, PhD.

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Ann Madhavan

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Ann Glusker

Both will serve the NN/LM PNR in Research & Data Coordinator positions to promote equitable access to health information and effective management and use of data. Each position will provide learning opportunities for diverse types of librarians, researchers, pubic heath workforce, and partner organizations in the Pacific Northwest Region about research data management and data literacy.

Ann Madhavan, who joins the RML on Tuesday, November 1, has most recently served as a librarian and data indexer at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) where she performed data seeking and indexing for the United States Research Team and for all other IHME researchers requiring US data support. Prior, for almost 10 years she was the sole public health librarian at Public Health – Seattle & King County and also provided library support to the King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. Ms. Madhavan was the recipient of 2 awards: from the Medical Library Association, she received the 2005 Rittenhouse Award for the best student paper; and she also received the 2005 Sewell Memorial Fund Learning Partnership Fellowship to develop a digital library at Public Health-Seattle & King County for over 1,500 public health employees. She also volunteered with the Core Public Health Journals Project as part of an MLA PH/HA section initiative that was awarded the 2006 MLA Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences for the Core Public Health Journals Project.

Ann Glusker will join the RML on Monday, November 28, bringing experience as a Data Request Epidemiologist for Public Health- Seattle & King County; as a medical librarian at Group Health; and most recently as a public librarian at Seattle Public Library. She has served as program planner and host of a multi-system “open data” summit of library and data professionals, and on the curriculum committee of a three-state data initiative funded by the Knight News Challenge. Ms. Glusker is author or co-author of 11 articles and book chapters; a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals; and member of the Evidence Summary Team (competitive appointment) of the Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice Journal. She is an active member of state and national library associations, including WMLA, PNC/MLA, MLA, ALA, and RUSA.

Both Ann Madhavan and Ann Glusker are very excited about their roles in outreach to clinical translational researchers, the public health workforce, and librarians in the PNR. Contact information will be announced at a later date. Join us in welcoming them to the RML!

Big Data To Knowledge Webinars and Discussion Group

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

The following announcement is from Jenny Muilenburg, Acting Data Services Coordinator University of Washington Libraries

The UW Health Sciences Library and Research Data Services are collaborating with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region, to provide a monthly discussion group focused on issues around Data Science, with a focus on biomedical science. The discussion group will provide a venue for those interested in the National Institutes of Health’s Big Data to Knowledge “Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science,” a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science.

The online lecture series is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science, and will run all year, once per week, from 9-10am Pacific Time. The list of speakers through the beginning of 2017 is available online, Upcoming topics include Ontologies, Metadata, Provenance, Databases, Social Networking Data, Exploratory Data Analysis, and lots more. (more…)

Aim for Excellence!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


October is National Medical Librarians Month

Library services and quality health information can reduce hospital costs, length of stay, changes in diagnosis and clinical decision making, and improve patient outcomes. Find out how librarians can improve your organization’s standard of care.

This year’s theme for Medical Librarians Month is “Aim for Excellence.” Medical librarians add skill and value to have a positive impact on their institutions. Members of the Medical Library Association (MLA) may request a free poster which highlights research studies proving patients receive better care and institutions save money with information from medical librarians. Themed posters from previous Medical Librarians Months are available here.

And there’s more … to win an annual meeting registration, an MLA membership, or registration for a webinar, enter this year’s Medical Librarian’s Month contest, sponsored by the Medical Library Association. Submit a high quality original photograph of you (and/or your colleagues) in your workplace doing your job. See contest rules and prize information here. Contact Tomi Gunn at MLA with questions. Submission deadline is end of day December 31, 2016. Good luck!

Announcing New Funding Opportunities

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The NN/LM PNR invites applications for a new suite of funding opportunities.  Check these out if you want: support to partner on research and data projects or events; funding for technology improvement; or support for professional development.

Eligible applications for Health Sciences Library Partnership projects and Technology Improvement projects will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, and you can submit an application anytime until November 10, 2016. However, please let us know you intend to apply at least 3 weeks before you submit, so we can get reviewers lined up to screen your application. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

For Professional Development awards, applications will be accepted anytime for activities that take place before April 30, 2017.

Also, if you have other ideas and you are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these currently available awards, please drop us a line ( and briefly describe your idea. We want to hear from you, so don’t hold back!

NLM and ALA Partnership Brings Native Voices Exhibit to Libraries in PNR Region

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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A year ago last fall, the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) partnered to bring the NLM traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness to academic, public, and tribal libraries in the United States and other Native-serving cultural institutions beginning in 2016 through 2020.  Libraries and institutions were encouraged to apply for this opportunity and the awardees were announced late in 2015. Here, in the Pacific Northwest Region, several libraries received notice that they were selected. In fact, libraries in all five states are represented.

In 2016 three libraries were hosts to Native Voices and include libraries at Clark College, Fort Peck Community College, and North Seattle College. Library staff from each of these libraries have written a short summary of the activities planned around the exhibit as well as the benefits to the library community.


James E Shanley Tribal Library, Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, MT
Hosted exhibit from Feb. 3 – March 16, 2016

Anita Scheetz wrote,

The exhibit opened on February 4th but we held the native blessing and smudged the building and the exhibit on February 18. As part of the Native Voices grant, we were asked to do two health related programs but since we had the exhibit for an extended length of time we decided to do one each week in the month of March. The most popular of these events was the Native plants program.

  • March 3 Lois Red Elk  “Native Plants and Medicines”
  • March 10 Loy Sprague “Mind Body Medicine: Mindfulness and Stress Reduction”
  • March 17 Dr. Christine Holler-Dinsmore will present “Science, Faith, Family, Friends and Healing”
  • March 24 Beth Brown Morgan “Essential Oils: Uses in Health”
  • March 30 Teresa Rorvik “Pitfalls of Fad Diets”

There have been lots of people reading the posters and checking out the iPads.  I don’t have exact numbers but almost everyone who comes in stops and looks at the banners.


Cannell Library, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
Hosted exhibit from Feb. 3 – March 16, 2016

Laura Nagel wrote, (more…)

Wellness at Work

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Health is important wherever we go, and many workplaces are recognizing the importance of staying healthy, both for the purpose of employees’ well-being and productivity in the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control provides this information page about health at work, and staying healthy to avoid chronic disease.

Maddie Romansic, Program Assistant at the NN/LM PNR, serves as a Commute Ambassador for the University of Washington’s Transportation Services, encouraging others to bike or use alternate forms of commuting to work. The Commute Ambassadors share their knowledge and excitement about different ways to commute, and help other design a healthy program. Here is Maddie’s story.

Transportation Services at University of Washington has grown a lot in the past year. They’ve added some new programs that help encourage healthy active commuting, and save you money. These will be particularly useful if you work at the UW, but even if you don’t, these programs can provide a great example and inspiration for re-imagining your daily commute, or even getting something similar started at your workplace.

I first want to introduce my personal favorite new program, called the “Bike Buddy” program, which connects would-be riders with experienced bike commuters who also commute from the same neighborhood. Once matched with a bike buddy, you get to figure out an arrangement that works for you—it might be commuting together a few times, or just meeting to glean tips and tricks for getting from your neighborhood to campus. I’m personally signed up to be a bike buddy, and there are hundreds more, scattered far and wide all over Seattle and even beyond. I recommend checking it out if you have considered bike commuting but are finding it daunting to get started alone. See more information here.

If you don’t work at UW here is an informative and inspiring video on getting started with biking in a city. I must admit, the “Copenhagen Left” really comes in handy when traffic is busy. Many UW employees even commute by bike with their kids in tow. In this blog post, a few such employees were interviewed, and they show how easy and rewarding it can be.

Another awesome resource is the “Commute Concierge” at UW Transportation Services. Employees submit information to get personalized commute plans within just a few days. Actual people — not just computer algorithms — take a holistic approach to determining optimum commutes; considering factors such as how long it takes, how pleasurable it is, what your abilities are, etc. This is especially great for newcomers to the city who are overwhelmed trying to sort out all the different possible modes of transportation, but it could be useful to anyone who thinks their current commute could be better. Explore your options here.

Most of us spend a pretty significant chunk of our lives commuting, so hopefully this information will help plant some ideas about how to make that time more enjoyable!