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NLM Announces Two New Appointments in Library Operations!

National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Amanda J. Wilson as Head of the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO); and the appointment of Mark Ziomek as Chief, Public Services Division, both in NLM Library Operations. Read more »

Profile of New Mayo Clinic Patient Library and Research Center, Phoenix, AZ

by Lisa Marks, MLS, AHIP
Director of Libraries
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

In mid-February 2016, Mayo Clinic in Arizona opened its Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Located in the Phoenix Campus Clinic Building, the Integrated Cancer Center offers Multi-Disciplinary Cancer Clinics, a state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology department which includes the Proton Beam Therapy Program, as well as Integrative Medicine and the Women’s Health & Breast Center.

Lobby furniture and interior book displays of the Mayo Clinic Patient Library and Research Center

The Mayo Clinic Patient Library & Research Center is located on the first floor in the lobby area. It offers consumer health books, medical textbooks, consumer health magazines & newsletters, health pamphlets, anatomical models, mobile media, and DVDs. An American Cancer Society Patient Navigator is available to assist cancer patients. The Library provides full-time staff and reference services including literature searches from a variety of online databases and traditional reference tools to answer questions. The library is open to patients, families, the community and Mayo Clinic employees. A classroom is available for health related classes and for study purposes. There are three computer workstations for patron use, as well as photocopy, print, scan and fax machines.

The collection (books and journals) is non-circulating to patients but the Patient Library circulates materials to employees upon request. Complimentary pamphlets, brochures, DVDs and CDs on numerous subject areas are available to patients, family members and employees. Within the first 10 months of being open, the Library had approximately 15,700 patient encounters and transactions. We are excited to see what 2017 will bring for the Patient Library and Research Center!

MLA’s Educational Webcasts on November 29 and December 7

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcasts, Scanning the Horizon: Emerging Technology at Your Library and in the Classroom, held on November 29, 2016, and Beyond Systematic: The Librarian’s Role in Shaping Reviews on December 7 were successes! Read more »

NLM Director Receives Additional Appointment as Interim NIH Associate Director for Data Science

The National Institutes of Health has announced that National Library of Medicine Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, will assume an additional role as NIH Interim Associate Director for Data Science, effective immediately. She will succeed Dr. Philip Bourne in this role. The Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) and team provide input to the overall NIH vision and actions undertaken by each of the 27 Institutes and Centers in support of biomedical research as a digital enterprise. Among other duties, the office oversees the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, stimulating the best developments in the data science community. Read more »

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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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: Read 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. Read 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.” Read more »