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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!

Climate Change and a Vanishing Island

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

This article about the effects of climate change on the people who live on a small island in the bayous of Louisiana is from the NN/LM South Central Region’s blog, Blogadillo.

SCR Regional Highlight: America’s First “Climate Refugees”

“Isle De Jean Charles” by Karen Apricot
is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Isle De Jean Charles - Blue HouseIsle de Jean Charles is a tiny, narrow island deep in the bayous of Louisiana. The single-lane “Island Road” is the only land method of transportation to and from the island but is often impassible during times of high water. It has been the home to the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians for more than 170 years—but not for much longer.

Coastal erosion, severe storms, rising sea levels, and poor oil extraction practices have caused the island to literally sink into the Gulf of Mexico. Current island residents remember when Isle de Jean Charles was 5 miles wide. But with 98 percent of it lost since 1955, the island is now only a mere 1/4 mile in width. Southern Louisiana as a whole, actually, is the fastest disappearing landmass on earth.

Edison Dardar, one of the current residents, explains in The New York Times’ mini-documentary “Vanishing Island” that he remembers when there were 250, maybe even 300 homes, on the island years ago. Since the hurricanes have scared most families off, there are now maybe 20 left. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike severely damaged the infrastructure of the island causing many families to flee. (more…)

Funding Available for MLA Webinar: Getting Started with Statistics

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Jin-WuFunding is available for NN/LM PNR Network members to apply for group or individual viewing for the next Medical Library Association webinar, Getting Started with Statistics for Librarians, on Wednesday, September 7, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Learn how to understand basic statistical terms, identify test measures used in research studies, and interpret data presented in research findings. Presenter Jin Wu is an emerging technologies librarian at the University of Southern California Norris Medical Library. She has extensive experience using tools to gather information to make data-driven strategy and planning decisions. Those viewing the webinar receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

If you are in the Seattle area, you are invited to the PNR sponsored viewing in the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. To apply, send email to Patricia Devine at

For Medical Literature Expertise, Ask a Librarian

Thursday, July 28th, 2016


As the role of medical librarians expands, their instruction and research skills are being utilized in healthcare settings to produce high quality systematic reviews, contribute to establishing practice guidelines, and consult about meaningful use. A librarian is the guide to learning how best to evaluate the medical literature and find evidence-based resources. In a time of economic challenges for many institutions, librarians can continue to increase value by offering services and participating on teams to improve access to resources, knowledge of healthcare providers and as a result, patient care.

Rachel Walden, Associate Dean of Learning Resources at the Quillen College of Medicine Library in Mountain Home, Tennessee, has a letter to the editor published in the August issue of the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Her letter responds to an earlier letter to the editor about evaluating medical literature. Rachel adds the points that medical librarians have specialized training and are an important part of evaluation information. They can also offer the education needed to help researchers better assess the information and chose the best source. The freely accessible article is available at:

For more information on this topic, see:

  1. Aldrich AM, Schulte SJ. Establishing a new clinical informationist role in an academic health sciences center. Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(2):136-46. Epub 2014/04/17. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.897511. PubMed PMID: 24735263.
  2. Cruse P, Protzko S. Librarian contributions to clinical practice guidelines. Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(3):327-34. Epub 2014/07/16. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.925710. PubMed PMID: 25023021.
  3. Dorsch JL, Perry GJ. Evidence-based medicine at the intersection of research interests between academic health sciences librarians and medical educators: a review of the literature. J Med Libr Assoc. 2012;100(4):251-7. Epub 2012/11/08. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.100.4.006. PubMed PMID: 23133324; PMCID: PMC3484942.
  4. Nix AT, Huber JT, Shapiro RM, 2nd, Pfeifle A. Examining care navigation: librarian participation in a team-based approach? J Med Libr Assoc. 2016;104(2):131-7. Epub 2016/04/15. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.104.2.007. PubMed PMID: 27076800; PMCID: PMC4816480.
  5. Sollenberger JF, Holloway RG, Jr. The evolving role and value of libraries and librarians in health care. Jama. 2013;310(12):1231-2. Epub 2013/09/26. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.277050. PubMed PMID: 24065006.

Bringing Health Information to the Community

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:  or subscribe to receive a daily email digest here:


Next PNR Rendezvous, June 15

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

PNR Rendezvous
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:

Use this link to the project overview/description of Liz’s project: (more…)