October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! This year’s theme is Aim for Excellence. Visit the web site to download the poster and enter the 2016 NMLM contest! In honor of this event, we recognize the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects and activities of librarians receiving NN/LM PSR professional development awards. (more…)
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A Call for Applications (CFA) has been issued for two new NN/LM PSR funding opportunities; Professional Development Awards and Outreach Mini-Awards. All Network members are eligible to apply. The maximum award amount for both programs is $2,000 and all project activities must be completed by April 30, 2017. The RML expects to fund up to ten Professional Development Awards and six Mini-Awards. For both awards, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and awards will be made until funds are expended.
Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to attend professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support short-term projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming, one-time technology improvement (equipment) purchases, or one-day events such as health fairs, with an ultimate goal to promote knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for health care providers and consumers.
For additional information, such as proposal evaluation criteria, awardee reporting requirements, allowable expenses, and links to application forms, visit the award web sites on the NN/LM PSR Funding webpage. Don’t delay; we look forward to seeing your proposals!
The National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program partners with hundreds of libraries and cultural institutions across the country and around the world in an effort to provide meaningful historical and health related content to audiences in communities near you! For example, in October 2015, the National Library of Medicine made available a new traveling banner exhibition, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives. The exhibition tells the story of a vanguard of nurse activists who worked to change the way the medical profession responded to patients who had been battered. Three copies of the traveling banner exhibition are traveling around the country through 2019. (more…)
Express Outreach Award Highlights: Finding Reliable Health Information Online: Trusted Sources & MedlinePlus
by Mira Geffner, Librarian
Bay Area Cancer Connections
Medical Information Services
Palo Alto, CA
Bay Area Cancer Connections offers information and support to people touched by breast and ovarian cancer. Our comprehensive lending library, educational brochures, and medical information specialist service are integral to the organization’s work – helping patients and loved ones to find accurate medical information that can guide their care.
Through the project Finding Reliable Health Information Online, funded by the NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards program, we sought to increase health information literacy and awareness of MedlinePlus among members of the breast and ovarian cancer communities, minority healthcare trainees, and members of minority communities. We did this through a series of health information literacy training sessions and outreach exhibits. Working collaboratively with partner organizations, we delivered an educational presentation at a public library and at a community non-profit agency that provides vocational training for healthcare workers. We also offered this session as an in-service training for Bay Area Cancer Connections Helpline volunteers, and for our clients and members of the public. Through lecture, exercises, and discussion, participants learned how to critically evaluate health information and to use MedlinePlus as their go-to site for discovering quality health information. Health information literacy and MedlinePlus awareness also became a component of our regular outreach calendar.
In numeric terms, we planned six outreach exhibits and completed more than 20, reaching more individuals than we had hoped. We also completed the four educational events we had proposed. The most rewarding outcomes we saw were in the organizational relationships we developed and deepened over the course of the project. Internally, this project helped to strengthen bonds between the Bay Area Cancer Connections library and our Marketing and Volunteer Resources departments, as we collaborated on outreach work. We also formed a new external partnership with the Mountain View Public Library, our organization’s first public library partnership and one on which we hope to build.
Getting to know the staff and resources at our RML was invaluable as well, and we are confident that the relationships we have developed in the course of this project will be helpful as we plan our health information literacy and outreach work for the future. Funding from this project allowed two staff members to attend a PubMed for Trainers class, which has boosted our research skills.
Although we designed this project with an understanding that MedlinePlus and health information literacy instruction are important, it was striking to see the extent of the need. Most training session participants were unfamiliar with MedlinePlus prior to the session; those who had used the site had used only a small subset of its features and were grateful to learn more. The project staff noted that it would have been beneficial to vary the pace of our educational sessions more to suit the information literacy level of our audiences. And organizationally, we believe we could have done more to promote off-site events in-house, and better clarified mutual expectations with our project partners. Our award period has ended, but our outreach and MedlinePlus promotion continue, and we are looking forward to building on this project in the future!
The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope, held on April 26, 2016, was a success! (more…)
Highlights of the Workshop “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant”
by Sue Espe, BBA, MLIS, AHIP
Banner Health – University Medical Center Library
Consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff shared their vast expertise and knowledge about launching, developing and administering a successful consulting business to attendees at the University of Arizona Biomedical campus in Phoenix on April 12. The Arizona Library Association provided professional development funding for the workshop, which was co-sponsored by the Central Arizona Library Association (CABL). Those who attended the workshop, Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant, were treated to a full day of engaged lecture and participatory learning activities. There was a varied representative mix of librarians who attended from the academic, hospital and public library environments. Prior to the workshop, each registrant was provided a written survey to complete, which showed that almost a third of the attendees had some previous consulting experience and that the majority noted the appeal of supplementary income from pursuing work as a consultant. (more…)
by Darlene Parker-Kelly, Director
Health Sciences Library/Learning Resource Center
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, CA
I received professional development support from the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region to attend the one-day symposium Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries on April 18 in Philadelphia. During the meeting I presented one of four Lightning Talks, Listening to Students and Creating a Collaborative Environment. My presentation was a brief story about how a small health sciences library used an annual survey to develop a student-centric library focus. (more…)
When I began my internship with NN/LM PSR in January, I was asked to create a Data Management LibGuide based on the results of the 2015 NN/LM PSR Data Management Needs Assessment, where over half of the respondents reported that they had not addressed data management needs at their institutions. In working with NN/LM PSR staff, the decision was made to focus on clinical data management for hospital librarians. (more…)
Report on Paper Presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference
by Caroline Marshall
Senior Medical Librarian, Public Services
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Library
Los Angeles, CA
On March 4, 2016, I had the pleasure of co-presenting a paper at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) 2016 Annual Conference in Philadelphia with my colleague, Lianna Ansryan, a clinical nurse specialist. The paper, The Future is Today: Inspiring Nurses to Write (I-WIN) is the description of a program collaboration between the Nursing Department and the Medical Library at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (more…)
In January of 2015 NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, formed a working group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) for the purpose of reviewing the programs of the NLM and making recommendations for a vision for the library that would ensure its continued role as an international leader in biomedical and health information. In carrying out its charge, the working group issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input regarding NLM. The RFI was active from February 13 to March 13, 2015, with 650 respondents providing feedback. At NLM’s September 17, 2015, Board of Regents meeting, Dr. Barbara Rapp, Chief, Office of Planning and Analysis, summarized the responses to the NIH RFI. She found that comments were submitted from across the broad range of NLM users, including medical librarians; researchers in biomedicine, biomedical informatics and computational biology; clinical, public health, and emergency response practitioners; historians; health information technology developers; journal publishers; and educators. (more…)