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Now Available: Final Results of NNLM National Training Needs Assessment!

In December 2016 the NNLM Training Office (NTO) conducted a nationwide needs assessment to discover needs, explore preferences, and gather feedback from the user community. The questions were designed to address three broad areas: why do users take NNLM classes, how do users prefer to learn, and what are users’ training needs. Also assessed was current skill levels of users, as well as desired skill levels. Question details covered over 15 professional competencies and more than 100 NLM products. Feedback was received from 559 respondents. The full 52-page report is now available, and highlights have been published in the NTO blog. In addition, the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) published an accompanying blog post about how to create Dot Plots, the method used by NTO for visualizing data in the analysis.

NLM History of Medicine Lecture on April 6

On April 2, 1917, US President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, stating that “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, on April 6, Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a war declaration. As part of the 2017 History of Medicine Lectures, the National Library of Medicine marks this important occasion with a forum spotlighting some of its rich collections related to the war and the American experience of the period, World War I Centenary Forum: Stories from the Collections of the National Library of Medicine. The session will be live-streamed globally on Thursday, April 6, 11:00am-12:30pm PDT through NIH Videocasting and will include a variety of stories drawn from these collections, shared by colleagues in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division.

Save the Date for “Consequential and Reproducible Clinical Research: Charting the Course for Continuous Improvement” Conference at NLM June 14-15

Registration is available for the 2017 Annual Conference of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, Consequential and Reproducible Clinical Research: Charting the Course for Continuous Improvement, to be held June 14-15 at NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications Building. The conference will discuss prevention of non-repeatable research and inconsequential studies, highlight positive strategies to achieve trustworthy results and significant quality improvement in clinical research studies. The constructive and practical messages should benefit producers as well as users of clinical research discoveries. The meeting is co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and Research!America. The early-bird discount registration deadline is April 30. Additional information will be provided soon for recommended travel, accommodations, and the conference program.

NLM to Hold First Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine on March 21

The National Library of Medicine has announced the first annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine, a program made possible by a generous gift to the NLM by the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Foundation. The program took place on March 21, and was archived for future viewing. Speakers included:

  • Shelley McKellar, PhD, The Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Associate Professor with Joint Appointment with the Department of Surgery, Western University, Canada, offered the presentation: Intentional Impact:” The Legacy of Michael E. DeBakey Beyond the Operating Room
  • George P. Noon, MD, Professor of Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, presented A Brief Look at Michael E. DeBakey’s Role in Establishing the National Library of Medicine as It Is Today

Michael E. DeBakey (1908-2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, medical statesman, and one of most stalwart supporters of the National Library of Medicine. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world. Dr. DeBakey played a pivotal role in the creation of the National Library of Medicine in the 1950s, and in the establishment of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the 1960s. As a visionary member and chair of the NLM Board of Regents and several other NLM advisory panels, DeBakey made countless contributions to the Library which live on today.

This program is part of the NLM History of Medicine Division’s 2017 lecture series. Learn more about Dr. DeBakey, his work, and his accomplishments at NLM’s Profiles in Science Web site and in this post on the NLM History of Medicine Division’s blog, Circulating Now.

Training Event in Yakima, WA: Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations within the Community Infrastructure

Register by March 31 to attend the free two-day training event Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations within the Community Infrastructure April 4-5 at Yakima Valley Community College in eastern Washington. This course will focus on preparedness processes and activities and provides hospitals and healthcare personnel an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to help them ensure the sustainability of their facilities and organizations during all types of disasters. The session is hosted in conjunction with DHS/FEMA National Training Program, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas A&M University System and the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC). Limited seating is available. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided for attendees.

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Next NN/LM Resource Picks Webinar on March 29 Hosted by the NLM Exhibition Program!

How to make the most of your National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition! will be the next NN/LM Resource Picks webinar, on March 29, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT. The session content was designed largely from the results of a recent survey about hosting National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibitions, which received responses from more than 250 representatives of libraries from across the country. The webinar will be hosted by Patricia Tuohy, Head of the Exhibition Program at NLM, and will feature several additional presenters who will discuss their successes in marketing, finding partners and funding, attracting visitors, and creating their own displays to complement the exhibitions.

NN/LM Webinar on March 15: “What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed”

Join the one-hour NN/LM Webinar, What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed, on March 15, 1:00-2:00 PM PDT. Hilda Bastian from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will present a discussion of the changing visibility and accessibility of post-publication activity in PubMed. The webinar is part of the PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar series from the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region.

Recording for “Midday at the Oasis: Good Design for Data Visualization” Now Available!

On February 15, NN/LM PSR presented Good Design for Data Visualization for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Cindy Olney, NNLM Evaluation Office Assistant Director, presented the basic principles of chart design and described the process for developing a chart to help communicate dense amounts of information quickly and effectively. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Register Now for NN/LM Consumer Health Online Course March 20 – April 21!

Registration is open for the free four-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent service and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.

The self-paced class will run from March 20 – April 21, using the Moodle platform. It will be team-taught by Kelli Ham, NN/LM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, and Bobbi Newman, NN/LM GMR Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist. More information will be sent to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20. Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization.