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Report on the July 25 NIH Webinar on Systematic Reviews, Part of the “Medicine: Mind the Gap” Seminar Series

by Kathy Zeblisky
Medical Library Manager
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix, AZ

On July 25 the NIH presented an informative and interesting webinar as part of its Medicine: Mind the Gap series. The session recording, presentation slides, and extensive reference list are available by visiting The Opportunities and Challenges of Using Systematic Reviews To Summarize Knowledge About “What Works” in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, featuring presenter Kay Dickersin, M.A., Ph.D. This seminar series “explores research design, measurement, intervention, data analysis, and other methods of interest to prevention science.” Read more »

NLM Announces Future Plans of 2015-2016 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine has announced the future plans of its 2015-2016 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows will end the first year of the fellowship in August 2016, with all three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) in libraries in Maryland, New York, and Michigan. Read more »

New NLM Director Begins Service Today!

Today marks the beginning of a new era for the National Library of Medicine, as Patricia (Patti) Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, begins service as the 19th appointed Director of the National Library of Medicine. She is the first woman and the first nurse to serve in that role. She will be publicly sworn in as NLM Director at a ceremony at the Library on Monday, September 12. NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, who announced Dr. Brennan’s appointment in May, will be among the speakers at the event. Details of Dr. Brennan’s background were previously published in Latitudes in May. Read more »

NLM Resources for Nurses

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers support to nurses and nursing research by providing a diverse set of resources. To learn more about these resources, visit the following sites: Read more »

Express Outreach Award Proposals Now Being Accepted!

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2016-2017! We intend to fund up to five (5) awards, at a maximum amount of $14,000 each. The complete details, including application instructions, are now available on the NN/LM PSR web site. Proposal submissions must be received by Friday, August 26, to receive consideration. All NN/LM PSR Network members are eligible to apply. Read 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! Read more »

MLA’s 2016 Summer Educational Webcast

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, will be sponsoring eight (8) regional sites for the broadcast of MLA’s Educational Summer 2016 Webcast: Read more »

PubMed and Adjacency Searching

We recently received a query from a librarian in San Diego.

“I am trying to find all instances of two cancer screening tests in PubMed. The tests are:

  • fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
  • fecal immunochemical test (FIT)

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NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

We would like to provide you with a mid-year update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in December 2015, we have welcomed three new members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. Read more »

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Improving Response Capabilities of Northern Nevada Emergency Management Specialists through Critical Information Access

by Terry Henner
Head of Outreach Services
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Reno, NV

High on a hilltop far removed from possible floodwaters and equipped with its own electrical generators, redundant communications systems, and network servers stands the Washoe County Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC). The REOC is the command center that manages responses to major disasters and emergencies in Washoe County of northern Nevada. Given the potential in the area for floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and exposure to hazardous materials, it serves a vital function in managing disasters of all kinds and ensuring that first responders have the necessary tools and information they need to successfully mitigate loss. Over 50 different agencies are involved at the REOC, ranging from the school district, Regional Transportation Commission, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Fire Department, Police Department, utility companies, hospitals, district health departments, ambulance companies and more. In 2015 the Savitt Medical Library of the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine was supported by the NN/LM PSR through an Express Outreach Award to improve the capacity of first responders in determining situational status, coordinating response strategies and activities, and in making critical decisions during emergency and disaster situations. Read more »