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New NN/LM PSR Data Services and Technology Librarian: Nathalie Reid!

Nathalie Reid

Hello everyone! You may have seen my name in a few emails recently or on the website. I’d like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself. I’m Nathalie Reid, the new Data Services and Technology Librarian with the NN/LM PSR RML. During the past two years I was the Information and Resources Manager at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network at UCLA, where I focused my efforts in web development and social media. My responsibilities there included content writing, editing, and fact-checking; developing social media plans; content development and strategy; campaign design and implementation; brand awareness; social media policy development; trainings; event planning; and reporting and analytics. I love technology and am always trying to stay current on emerging trends.

In my new position I will be overseeing needs assessment and program development to increase support of big data initiatives. This includes creating data management plans and helping scientific researchers find appropriate data repositories. Also included in this position is overseeing some components of the NN/LM PSR website, particularly to make sure it is 508 compliant. Along with the team of Outreach Coordinators, I will be doing in-person and online workshops to promote awareness and use of NLM resources and tools in research and in the academic community. Additionally, I will be actively involved in the social media activities of NN/LM PSR including posting, tweeting, and blogging – so stay tuned to hear more from me!

I have two master’s degrees, one in Library and Information Studies from McGill University in Montreal and another in Sociology. I also have two bachelor’s degrees, one in Sociology and the other in Human Rights and Law. I wrote my Master’s thesis on banned books in Canada where I examined a legal case and then analyzed public opinions about it in newspaper editorials.

I would absolutely love to hear from all of you as to how data services can be useful in your libraries. Data services is a new and emerging trend for both UCLA and NLM so it would be wonderful to hear from you as to how we can shape this initiative. Please send all comments to nreid@library.ucla.edu.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

NN/LM PSR Welcomes 2017 Winter Quarter Intern: Cecilia Tsai

NNLM PSR Intern Cecilia Tsai

Hello, my name is Cecilia Tsai, the new intern this quarter for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Southwest Region. I am a second-year MLIS Informatics student within the UCLA Department of Information Studies. My interest in health sciences librarianship stems from working as a Public Service Assistant at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library from 2015-2016, as a Senior Editorial Assistant in the Global Research group of John Wiley and Sons from 2012-2015, and discovering the critical need for libraries to provide digital literacy in a rampantly networked world.

In order for libraries to efficiently provide such a technologically progressive service, I will work with Kay Deeney, the Education and Outreach Librarian at NN/LM PSR, to implement user-centered instructional designs, create and promote webinars, and provide other distance-learning opportunities for health professionals and organizations. I hope to develop clear and useful resources to improve member experience and public access to health information. One of my main projects is to create a “Food for Thought” Moodle or self-paced online course that helps members identify reliable sites and resources for nutrition information. I am also excited to help enhance our social media presence as a reliable gateway for members to digitally access our resources.

I know this internship will continue to challenge me in learning, examining, and creating new opportunities to develop professionally in a heavily networked world, where distinguishing information from misinformation has become dire in the medical and health science fields!

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. (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!

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…)

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…)

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…)

Watch the Swearing-In Ceremony for the New NLM Director!

Swearing in ceremony for Dr. Pat Brennan

After three weeks on the job, on Monday, September 12, Patricia (Patti) Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, received her official swearing-in ceremony. The session was recorded and archived for future viewing. Betsy Humphreys, NLM Deputy Director, provided an introduction to the event. She mentioned that it was a day to look to the future, but she also referred to a few past milestones. She noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the passage of the Medical Library Assistance Act (MLAA), the legislation which gave the National Library of Medicine its current mission. Ms. Humphreys explained that during the 1960s the scope of NLM’s activities was radically expanded by Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. Then during the 1980s legislation was enacted creating the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which furthered NLM’s involvement in the area of health services research. And in the early years of this century, NLM’s ClinicalTrials.gov resource was made publicly available, as was PubMed Central (PMC), which provided open access to articles in various biomedical journals. Ms. Humphreys then noted that Dr. Brennan was the 4th director in NLM’s modern era, and that these would be her first public remarks in her new capacity. (more…)