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Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL)

TRAIL Room

This is a guest post from Emily Patridge, Assistant Director of Clinical Research and Data Services, TRAIL Program Manager, University of Washington Health Sciences Library. We welcome guest posts in Dragonfly. Please contact Patricia Devine if interested.

In early December 2016, the University of Washington’s Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), UW Medicine Research Information Technology (RIT), and the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of National Libraries of Medicine (PNR), launched an exciting new initiative, the Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL). Read more »

The Importance of Flexibility

This is a guest post from Kathryn Kane, Health Sciences Outreach Librarian. It originally appeared in her blog, Adventures in Library Land: My Travels Through the World of Professional Librarianship. We welcome guest posts in Dragonfly. Please contact Patricia Devine if interested.

My position as a Health Sciences Outreach Librarian is entirely new, so I am able to design my work approach as I go along. I love that freedom, but as I’ve said before, it can also be challenging because I am essentially making things up as I go along. Sometimes my initial approach is successful, and sometimes it misses the mark. Over the last few months, I have been working on ways to increase awareness of health information resources among rural healthcare professionals in my region. The original aim was to meet with healthcare professionals in person and guide them through an interactive workshop, and supplement that contact with online resources. Read more »

New website for the NN/LM PNR

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine website has a new look!

Check out the newly redesigned  PNR web site here. The new site has an updated look and responsive design.

For an overview of key feature changes and updates, visit this site. Please note that one major change is a new class registration system which requires obtaining an NN/LM account prior to registration. Tutorials for these new procedures are included on the overview page. More information is available on the NN/LM National Training Office blog. Future NN/LM PNR classes and webinars will be utilizing this new registration system, and we will send more information about the system at that time. You will also be able to update your organization details via this system. Others from your organization are invited to sign up and receive our email updates. You may also see examples of past funded projects to get ideas for your own, and see what funding opportunities are currently available.

As always, please send us your ideas and suggestions!

 

PNR Rendezvous webinar December 14

When: Wednesday, December 14, 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time, Noon –  1:00pm Alaska Time, 2:00 – 3:00pm Mountain Time

“Full Circle: Update on an Integrated EBM Instructional Model for First and Second Year Medical Students”
This webinar will be an update regarding the progress finalizing the EBM module created for 1st and 2nd year Integrated Case Studies classes of Bastyr’s Naturopathic Medicine program. Discussed will be the “healing effects” of standardized assignments and grading rubrics, improvements to the quarter-to-quarter flow and consequent reductions in workload (the “complicated dance steps,” for those familiar with original webinar from December 2014). The presenters will also share cohort level results of the first complete assessment cycle.

Presenters: Bastyr University librarians- Jane Saxton, Chris Mahoney, and Ekaterini Papadopoulou

How to attend: You may join the webinar from your computer and/or phone. Read more »

Updated Online CE’s Now Available for the Disaster Information Specialization

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC):

Do you have some down time as 2016 comes to a close? Or maybe you made a resolution way back in January that you would learn something new this year?  We have a suggestion for how to end 2016 with a flourish!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

  • Information Roles in Disaster Management presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

 

Two additional courses are available online, Read more »

National Influenza Vaccination Week

What is the best way to reduce the risk of the flu? That’s right, getting the flu vaccine is the easiest and best way to prevent the flu and its complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu shot. Some people are at greater risk of flu related complications than others. This includes children younger than age 5 and adults 65 and older. Those who have certain medical conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, and blood disorders. Go to the CDC to see the full list of ages and health issues of those who are at increased risks.

Of course there are those who should not receive the flu shot or may be eligible to receive an alternative protection option. These include children younger than 6 months and those who are severely allergic to ingredients in the vaccine. A physician should be consulted for those who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, may be allergic to eggs and other ingredients in the vaccine, and those who are feeling ill. The CDC has complete information regarding those who should not receive the flu shot or consider not having it. Read more »