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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.

NN/LM PNR cooperative agreement in 2016-2021

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!

Funding Available for MLA Webinar: The Consumer Health Library – A Site for Service, Education, and Hope

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.

mla-jdConsumer 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.

PNR Rendezvous, Social Media in the Library

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Hook ‘Em & Keep ‘Em: How Trout U. is Engaging Library Users through Social Media to Build Community is the next PNR Rendezvous session where Montana State University librarians will tell us how they have incorporated social media in the library.

Social media is a powerful means to build community among our users, as well as to engage new users. PNR Rendezvous participants will learn best practices for using Social Media to engage library users, including the creation of a social media guide, and a posting plan and schedule for ongoing targeted engagement with users across multiple platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Participants will also learn about collaborative social media campaign efforts that the MSU Library participated in with the Montana Historical Society and others.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own social media practices or plans to experiment with social media in order to share and learn about successes and strategies happening in libraries in the region.

So, whether you’re considering using social media in the library or want to expand the use of it, please join us for some tips as well as a chance to share your social media wisdom.

When: March 16, 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time (more…)

March is Women’s History Month

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

ChangingfaceThe month of March is a time to reflect upon the struggles and milestones of women in our world and to appreciate the hard work and perseverance that have allowed many of us to lead better lives and to play a more prominent role in our society.  However, the struggle is not over despite the many gains.  It is easy to forget and take for granted the rights and privileges our foremothers worked so hard to gain.

Just think about how medical research and clinical care would be if it was all done by men only!  What state would women’s health be in!? And not just women’s health.  Many of the contributions women have made have helped everyone!  Take a moment to appreciate some of the women who helped advance medicine.

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell received her M.D. degree becoming the first female physician in America. After graduating top of her class she went on to work in clinics in London and Paris and studied midwifery at La Maternité.  Unfortunately, she had to give up her dream of becoming a surgeon when she lost the sight in one eye.  She returned to New York City in 1851 where she hoped to establish a practice. However, she faced many obstacles due to her sex until her sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell, joined her in 1856, and with Dr. Marie Zakrzewska they opened the New York Infirmary for Indignent Women and Children in 1857. Then in 1868 Blackwell and her colleagues opened the Woman’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary, a medical college for women to provide the training and experience they could not get in already established medical schools.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first African American woman to receive her medical degree in 1864.  Unfortunately, little is known about Crumpler other than her published book, Book of Medical Discourses published in 1883.  In this account, Crumpler provides a window into her career journey.  Crumpler moved from Boston to Richmond, VA after the Civil War and viewed her time there as a great opportunity to do “…a proper field for real missionary work, and one that would present ample opportunities to become acquainted with the diseases of women and children.” Crumpler worked alongside other African-American physicians caring for the many thousands of freed slaves who would not otherwise have had access to care.  It is an amazing tribute that Crumpler was able to become a practicing physician and publish despite the racial and gender barriers of her time.

The first Native American woman to become a doctor was Susan La Flesche Picotte. Le Flesche received her medical degree in 1889 from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, graduating at the top of her class. Le Flesche continually had to bridge both the the white world and the world of her people.  Despite the barriers faced by Native American women, Le Flesche worked tirelessly to improve the health conditions of her people, the Omaha nation in Nebraska.  She stressed the importance of cleanliness and ventilation, specifically the benefits of fresh air, disposal of trash and killing flies and other preventative measures.  When her spouse died, after years of suffering from alcoholism, she became part of the temperance movement and actively worked to rid reservations of alcohol. She left quite a legacy in her work to improve the health and lives of Native Americans. (more…)

Data, Clinical Outcomes, and Librarians – What’s the Connection?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

binaryheadtrimmed2What is the connection between data, clinical outcomes and the librarian?  Come and explore this connection with three of the nation’s leaders on big data and patient outcomes at the Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum on March 7, 2016.  Librarian participants will have the opportunity to explore how they can contribute to the use of clinical data mined from the electronic health record as evidence for patient care and to consider what skills they can develop to support health care organizations in the use of data. The Forum will be held in person in Seattle or Salt Lake City as well as in a live broadcast.  Registration is required.  

For more information see the website.  Professional development funding is available for PNR members.*
*Please register by Feb. 29th is you are seeking Professional Development funds.
Join us on Twitter at #NNLMdataforum