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New Beginnings for Emily Glenn

Emily_Glenn_NLM_ExhibitEffective 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, 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!

NLM Director announced

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.

The Inaugural PNR Journal Club: Data Curation, Data Management, and Librarians

This is a guest post by Andrea Harrow, MLS, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, about the PNR Journal Club, held over a period of eight weeks from February 8 through March 21, 2016.

I responded to an invitation sent out on a listserv for involvement in a new journal club–an opportunity for librarians to discuss issues in data curation and data management. Twelve librarians from across the US also signed up to give it a try.  This journal club, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, met online within Moodle and live via four AdobeConnect sessions. This club followed the MLA’s Discussion Group Program structure and the new PubMed Commons Journal Clubs commenting format.  Read more »

2016 Summer Reading Theme of Wellness, Fitness, and Sports

This year’s summer reading slogan from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSL) is focused on health and wellness. Many public libraries have already begun their program planning. The National Library of Medicine health resources are a great way to help in the planning and supplementing of programs and activities following this theme.


MedlinePlus covers a wide range of topics including Healthy Living, Exercise and Physical Fitness, Sports Safety, Child Nutrition and more.  MedlinePlus even has pages of health topics focused specifically on children’s and teen health topics and specific topic pages written just for teens and just for children. These health topic pages include health tips that can be incorporated into health and wellness activities and programs.  Your programs can include collaborating with local organizations and professionals who focus on health and wellness whether it is to lead a program on cooking for weight loss, learning about preventing concussions in school sports or leading a yoga class. These MedlinePlus pages can help supplement such programs in the form of handouts, special webpages with links, newsletters or social media.

Summer reading isn’t just for kids. NIH Senior Health is another great resource for information to include on programs for older adults in your communities. MedlinePlus also have topic pages specifically for Seniors but NIH Senior Health is a great resource on its own. This resource includes ways to improve usability for those who may have visual difficulties.  The text can be made larger and the web page contrast can be changed to make it easier to view.  Videos are also included on several health topics so if reading is difficult this might be an alternative. Information about the importance of health through exercise includes videos including videos of exercises to try.

The National Institute on Aging has an extensive amount of information for Seniors Read more »

National DNA Day, April 25


Are you familiar with the  Genomic Medicine, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and the Human Genome Project?  Have you tried one of the direct to consumer genetic testing through such companies as or 23 and Me? These and other programs can help you discover  your own genetic makeup.  Learning about who we are genetically often has to do with learning about our health. It can be fun to learn about our ancestry and helpful to know what diseases we might be at risk for getting.  But most of us do not know where to begin and many of us really only have an idea of what all this means. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is hoping to help educate us a little more with DNA Day. Congress approved the first National DNA Day in April 2003 to celebrate both the completion of the Human Genome Project and the 50th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) continues to celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25. The goal of National DNA Day is to offer students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances might impact their lives. And for this year’s DNA Day, NHGRI wants to spread the word about this day’s observance. Efforts have been made to help by teaming up to organize events across the country, create a DNA Day toolkit, update the webpages, expand the listing of resources for students and educators, and increase the usage of social media to engage the public. To learn more about DNA Day and how to get involved go to

NLM Traveling Exhibits is this month’s PNR Rendezvous

The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine creates traveling banner exhibitions about the social and cultural history of science and medicine for libraries across the country and around the world. NLM seeks to support host venues by presenting interesting stories that stimulate people’s enthusiasm for history and encourage young people to consider careers in history, education, museum studies, and the health professions. Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine can be seen as a case study in how exhibition projects sometimes evolve. Three academic libraries in Indianapolis hosted the NLM traveling exhibit “Harry Potter’s World”. Utilizing the resources of a local consortium and the National Library of Medicine benefited not only the libraries, but also the students and faculty who were impacted by experiencing the exhibit and made aware of the resources available to them through their library and the NLM.  Learn about the benefits and lessons learned of hosting an NLM traveling exhibit. Listen to the Magic and Wonder of the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibitions!

When: April 20, 1:00pm Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm Mountain Time Read more »