Archive for the ‘News From NN/LM PNR’ Category
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Have you subscribed to the BHIC blog? The “Bringing Health Information to the Community”(BHIC) blog has been a medium to share resources with underserved and underrepresented communities since 2004. A collaboration of five different NN/LM Regions, the BHIC blog offers links to free resources, updated webpages and toolkits, free or low-cost conferences, webinars and training, and funding opportunities. It’s a valuable source to those who work with vulnerable populations, including public and academic libraries, healthcare entities, community-based organizations, social workers, healthcare providers and students. Read the BHIC, which is updated on a regular basis, at: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ or subscribe to receive a daily email digest here: AnnetteParde-Maass@creighton.edu.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Wednesday June 15
1:00-2:00pm PT, noon- 1:00pm Alaska, 2:00-3:00pm MT
Engaging Public Libraries in Community Health Information and Services is the name of the the next PNR Rendezvous presentation. In collaboration with the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest regional medical library (NN/LM PNR), University of Washington Information School MLIS candidate Liz Morris planned and executed outreach activities to gather input from public libraries in Idaho regarding their current efforts, needs, priorities and perceptions regarding community health information and services.
The broad goal of this work has been to further clarify and refine ways in which NN/LM PNR can continue to meet the health information needs of public libraries and their communities in Idaho (and across the network), via training or other services. Attend this Rendezvous to a) learn more about current trends in consumer health information in public libraries, b) discover key take-aways from the focus groups with the Idaho public library community, and c) share your perspective on community health outreach needs or activities at your library and in your community.
View a 1 minute promo video: https://youtu.be/3RJhfEqEAfM
Use this link to the project overview/description of Liz’s project: https://ischool.uw.edu/capstone/projects/2016/engaging-public-libraries-community-health-information-and-services (more…)
Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Effective 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!
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
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.
Monday, April 4th, 2016
On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine announced the award of a five-year cooperative agreement to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to serve as both the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR), and the NN/LM Evaluation Office.
The University of Washington Health Sciences Library is one of eight RMLs in the NN/LM. There are now five national coordinating offices that support the NN/LM mission. They are the NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO), the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), the NN/LM Web Services Office (NWSO), the NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office (NPCHO) and the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO). A National Steering Committee, comprised of the National Network Coordination Office and representatives from the National Library of Medicine Extramural Programs as well as the RMLs and the national offices, will guide the work of the NN/LM.
The agreement begins May 1, 2016, and as we enter a new phase for the NN/LM, we look forward to continued collaboration, cooperation and partnerships with our Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Libraries (including hospital, academic, public and others) will continue to be the foundation of our Network. Additionally, given fast paced changes in healthcare and research, we recognize opportunities to expand the Network and cultivate new partnerships with researchers and data organizations, while building on relationships with community providers, clinicians, schools, and the public health and health workforce programs that require the best available evidence and health information expertise.
We look forward to your participation in the program and appreciate your ideas. Upcoming opportunities for involvement include: interest in a data journal club and/or a Twitter chat to better understand the role of librarians in expanding the use of clinical data; forming community partnerships to participate in the National Library of Medicine Travelling Exhibit Program to expand the impact of health information programming in your organization; and identification of specific resources targeted to healthcare consumer audiences you serve, e.g. health needs of seniors, those caring for family members with disabilities, veterans’ health, or rural health needs.
Please let us know your thoughts!
Friday, March 18th, 2016
The NN/LM Pacific NW Region announces a new funding opportunity for Network members.
On April 26, 2016, the Medical Library Association presents: The Consumer Health Library – A Site for Service, Education, and Hope. The presenter is Jacqueline Davis, who has worked for eight years as the consumer health librarian for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, CA. In 2013, Davis received the Consumer Health Librarian of the Year award from the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association. Her interests in health literacy and social justice combine to inform and guide her work in the library and the community.
Consumer health libraries are a critical bridge for contemporary medicine models that require patients to both advocate for themselves, as well as partner with their health care providers. With the continuously changing technology, the ever-increasing amount of information available, and patients’ real need to navigate successfully through the system, librarians’ services can provide the welcoming space and outreach to educate and inform our customers. By the completion of this webinar, participants will understand: 1) the role of the consumer health librarian; 2) outreach into the local community; 3) the community or target audience; 4) issues regarding health literacy and how it impacts their library services; and 5) specific programs that can be adapted to their institutional sites.
For more information, see the Medical Library Association website. Funding is available to NN/LM PNR Network members to host group or individual viewing sites. If you are interested in the webinar, please contact Patricia Devine by March 31.