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Loma Linda University Library Hosts the National Library of Medicine’s Traveling Exhibit “Pictures of Nursing”

Exhibit display in a library
NLM traveling exhibit at Loma Linda University

by Carlene Drake, MSLS
Director, University Libraries
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA

Loma Linda University is currently hosting the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) traveling exhibit, Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. It will be on display in the lobby of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library thru April 22nd.

The exhibit features six panels which explore the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, and how nursing was seen during those times as portrayed on postcards. The postcards are reproductions of items contained in the Zwerdling Postcard Collection, which was acquired by NLM’s History of Medicine Division. The archive of 2,588 postcards came from American nurse and collector, Michael Zwerdling, RN. This unique archive includes images of nurses and the nursing profession from around the world, produced between 1893 and 2011, with many examples coming from the ‘Golden Age’ of postcards—roughly 1907 to 1920.

The exhibit arrived just in time to be installed for Loma Linda University’s annual alumni homecoming weekend in March and will continue to be on exhibit as the students arrive for the beginning of Spring Quarter. The accompanying online version of the exhibit is available on the NLM web site.

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!

NLM 2016 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has funded eight HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2016 in the 23rd round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. One of the awardees, Youth Technology Health, is based in the Pacific Southwest Region. Congratulations to all the recipients! (more…)

HHS Issues New Rule to Enhance Public Availability of Clinical Trial Information

In an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just issued a final rule that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information for clinical trials involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated drug, biological and device products. At the same time, the National Institutes of Health has issued a complementary policy for registering and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. A narrative summary and a summary table of the changes resulting from these new initiatives have been published by NIH. (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: (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. (more…)

EnviRN-Evidence: New Free Online Learning Resource for Nurses Interested in Environmental Health Evidence

by Claire Sharifi, Reference Librarian
Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Center
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

With support from the NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Awards program, an interdisciplinary team from the University of San Francisco has created EnviRN-Evidence, a new freely accessible online learning program which introduces nurses, nursing students, nursing faculty, and any other interested parties to important environmental health topics. This resource also includes instruction on how to use the National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET databases to find authoritative environmental health evidence and patient education resources. (more…)

Farewell to Lori Tagawa

NN/LM PSR Community Outreach Coordinator Lori Tagawa has accepted a new position in the UCLA Office of Academic Services beginning April 4. Her last day in the RML will be Friday, April 1. Lori has been an employee of the UCLA Louise M. Biomedical Library for a total of 7.5 years, the last five as NN/LM PSR Community Outreach Coordinator. Lori has been a great asset to the RML, and she will be deeply missed. The good news is that she is not going far away, just to the other end of the UCLA campus! (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…)

Native Voices in the Southwest: Traveling Exhibit Visits Tucson!

by Yamila El-Khayat, M.A.
Outreach Services Librarian
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
Tucson, AZ

Collage of attendees at the Native Voices in the Southwest Conference

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) hosted the very successful Native Voices in the Southwest Conference, a two-day event held in October, 2015, featuring the National Library of Medicine’s Native Voices traveling exhibit. The Conference provided time and space to discuss and learn more about health, wellness, and medicine among Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The event was launched with an insightful talk given by a panel of Native American health care professionals, highlighting Native American Culture in Patient- Centered Care. During lunch, attendees were treated with the opportunity to meet Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, National Library of Medicine Director Emeritus, who provided an insightful talk, illuminating his progressive vision for the world’s largest biomedical library, and how he foresaw the important role that information technology would play. The day concluded with a screening and discussion about the film, Carlos Montezuma: Changing Is Not Vanishing, about a Native American Arizonan physician in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The second day of the Conference featured opportunities to have additional interactions with Dr. Lindberg, including a Q&A session and informal conversations held on both the University of Arizona health science and general academic campuses. These casual moments gave students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet this groundbreaking professional “up close and personal” and learn more about this highly influential and innovative leader. The Native Voices exhibit was on display at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library from August 24 through December 8, 2015, attracting many community members and increasing the visibility of the library.