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Archive for 2016

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in June 2016, we have welcomed 8 new members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. (more…)

NN/LM Training Office (NTO) Needs Assessment Results

Thanks to everyone who responded to our request for completing this needs assessment sponsored by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO)! We would like to share highlights of the results from our region. Sixty-eight network members responded to the assessment. The largest group of respondents was composed of hospital librarians, followed by academic health sciences librarians, and then other academic library staff. California being the most populous state led the total with 72% of the responses, and Arizona placed second with 19%. Following are some of the key findings. (more…)

What’s New for 2017 MeSH!

MeSH is the National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus which is updated annually. NLM uses the MeSH thesaurus to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database and for the cataloging of books, documents, and audiovisuals acquired by the Library. (more…)

NN/LM Web Site Gets a Brand New Look!

NN/LM PSR Website
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has launched a newly redesigned web site. In addition to the new look, the site supports responsive design. Feel free to browse the site to check out the changes and the NN/LM PSR home page! A number of key features have been added or updated: (more…)

Report on the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature in New York City

by Kathleen Carlson, MLS, AHIP
Associate and Education Librarian
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Arizona Health Sciences Library (Phoenix)
Phoenix, AZ

I attended the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature, held November 28-29 in New York City. The two-day meeting was hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine on the upper east side of Manhattan. The theme of the conference was Leveraging Diversity in Grey Literature. My attendance at this conference was made possible by a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries, Pacific Southwest Region. (more…)

Report on the 2016 Library Marketing and Communications Conference in Dallas, TX

by Sue Espe, BBA, MLIS, AHIP
Health Science Librarian
Merril W. Brown Health Sciences Library
Banner Health – University Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ

Several hundred library marketers converged in Dallas to attend the Library Marketing and Communications Conference. I was fortunate to receive a professional development award from the Regional Medical Library of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region to join them. If your role involves marketing the library or if you have an interest in library marketing, this conference must be added to your calendar for next year! The conference tagline names it as “THE conference for learning how to improve your library design, branding, promo and social marketing skills.” (more…)

Mental Health Issues and Training Opportunities for Libraries

sepia toned picture of woman reflectingThe topic of mental health can be one of the most challenging issues for library staff, especially when faced with tough questions or when interacting with patrons who are exhibiting signs of mental illness. NN/LM PSR is collaborating with the California State Library on a statewide initiative to help libraries improve services in this area. The Mental Health Initiative is an LSTA grant that provides several different types of training for public library staff. Through in-person and online trainings, and access to a brand new series of videos on mental health, library staff can increase their knowledge and develop skills for providing mental health resources and information to their patrons. Through the LSTA grant, the State Library provided instructor training for Mental Health First Aid, and the trainees will in turn provide sessions for their own libraries and communities. Mental Health First Aid is similar to medical first aid; essentially, it is the response by a non-medically trained person to provide immediate and temporary care, or assist until professional help arrives. In a library setting, it could be viewed as the spectrum of responses to patron behaviors that may indicate a mental illness or a mental health emergency. (more…)

Report on the 2016 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA

by Judith Kammerer, MA, MLIS, AHIP
Manager, Owen Medical Library
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Fresno, CA

Internet Librarian 2016 (IL2016), produced by Information Today, Inc., was held at the Monterey Marriott on October 17-19, 2016. It celebrated 20 years as a major conference supporting the efforts of librarians and information managers to keep updated on technology and innovative approaches to their jobs. Attendance has fluctuated over the years, with this year’s 750-attendee count being the lowest since I attended my first IL conference 10 years ago. (more…)

NLM Needs Your Input for a New Strategic Plan!

A top priority for new NLM Director Patti Brennan is the undertaking of a Strategic Planning Process and soliciting input from NLM’s broad stakeholder community. To that end, the National Library of Medicine has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain public input on goals and priorities for its next strategic plan, with a January 23 response deadline. In the ten years since development of the NLM’s last long range plan, there have been significant advances in biomedical informatics; major new initiatives at the NIH in data science, precision medicine, and open access to biomedical information; and changes in the environment and infrastructure of our country’s health systems. NLM is committed to building a data infrastructure that will support the future of biomedical research. During the current strategic planning process, NLM will be considering priorities and future directions around the following four themes: (more…)

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! (more…)