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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!

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! (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…)

Mental Health Issues and Training Opportunities for Libraries

sepia toned picture of woman reflectingThe topic of mental health can be one of the most challenging issues for library staff, especially when faced with tough questions or when interacting with patrons who are exhibiting signs of mental illness. NN/LM PSR is collaborating with the California State Library on a statewide initiative to help libraries improve services in this area. The Mental Health Initiative is an LSTA grant that provides several different types of training for public library staff. Through in-person and online trainings, and access to a brand new series of videos on mental health, library staff can increase their knowledge and develop skills for providing mental health resources and information to their patrons. Through the LSTA grant, the State Library provided instructor training for Mental Health First Aid, and the trainees will in turn provide sessions for their own libraries and communities. Mental Health First Aid is similar to medical first aid; essentially, it is the response by a non-medically trained person to provide immediate and temporary care, or assist until professional help arrives. In a library setting, it could be viewed as the spectrum of responses to patron behaviors that may indicate a mental illness or a mental health emergency. (more…)

Arizona Travels by the PSR!

I recently made a trip to Arizona and had many experiences! Here’s a few snippets in the life of a staff person from the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine! (more…)

MLA’s Educational Webcast – Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, Demystifying R: An Introduction for Librarians, held on October 5, 2016, was a success! (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2016!

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…)

Exploring Keyword Searching in PubMed

We recently received this interesting question, and since it has so many parts, I’ve divided it into sections. Here’s the complete request:

Dear PubMed Guru,

I am trying to find in PubMed Help, where it says what you pull when doing a MeSH search.
When I am in My NCBI, does it look at the MeSH headings, citation, and abstract for my MeSH terms? What happens when I am not in My NCBI?
What happens when I do a keyword (KW) or phrase search? Does it look for the KW in the citation and abstract only? I cannot find where PubMed looks.
I thought for a KW search and KW Phrase search, it only looks in the title and abstract. And a MeSH search the same plus the MeSH headings. I need verification that it actually looks in the body of the article, which I do not think it does, am I correct? Thanks for any clarification. (more…)

National Library of Medicine and AAHSL Announce 2016-2017 Leadership Fellows

The National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries have announced the five members of the 2016-2017 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one-year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 42% of fellow graduates have assumed director positions. (more…)

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.” (more…)