The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced the new NLM Learning Resources Database, making it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services. These materials include videos, tutorials, and handouts on products such as PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, Unified Medical Language System, and many more. Now you can find resources using one interface rather than searching different areas of the NLM Web site. An API is also available to auto-populate NLM learning resources on your Web site.
The database currently holds all of the resources previously listed on the former Distance Education Resources Web page. There is a permanent redirect from this page to the NLM Learning Resources Database. Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis. Read more »
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, announced today that Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, will be the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of NIH. She expects to begin her new role in August. Dr. Brennan comes to NLM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also leads the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery that develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data. A recipient of many awards, Dr. Brennan is a past-President of the American Medical Informatics Association, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American Academy of Nursing, and the New York Academy of Medicine. Additional biographical details appear in this press release from the NIH Director.
Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster and with fewer symptoms. She also directed Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Additionally, she conducts external evaluations of health information technology architectures, and works to repurpose engineering methods for health care. Dr. Brennan received a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, she held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.
Dr. Brennan spent a year at NLM in 2002-2003 as a visiting senior scientist in the Lister Hill Center and has a longstanding appreciation and understanding of NLM and its important work. Her expertise and experience, as well as her focus on developing health information systems that support patients, caregivers, and the general public, are an excellent fit for NLM at this point in the Library’s history. Dr. Brennan will also bring a valuable perspective to NIH as it launches the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort program, and she is ideally suited to lead the NLM in the era of precision medicine, as the Library becomes the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Brennan as the new NLM Director!
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! Read more »
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. Read 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. Read more »
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. Read more »
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 »
by Cynthia A. Johnson
Head of Reference Services and the Grunigen Medical Library
University of California, Irvine
I was fortunate to receive professional development funding from the Regional Medical Library of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region to attend the symposium Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries. The Symposium was sponsored by NN/LM MAR, NN/LM SE/A, and AAHSL, and it took place in Philadelphia, PA, on Monday, April 18, 2016. Following is my report on some of the main themes and ideas presented at the Symposium. Read more »
Beginning May 1, 2016, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine user support for DOCLINE will be managed by a new NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO), based at the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus. This new national office will be headed by DOCLINE Coordinator, Ashley Cuffia, and will combine all DOCLINE customer service activity into one office, thereby eliminating the need for each regional office to provide support. In addition to handling the day-to-day customer support of DOCLINE, NDCO will also provide DOCLINE training and LinkOut assistance. The NLM DOCLINE team is updating DOCLINE FAQs and online help references to RMLs and Regional DOCLINE coordinators. Customer service forms have been modified to direct United States DOCLINE users to the NDCO.
Additionally on May 1, NN/LM will be eliminating all 1-800 telephone service. A dedicated phone number and email address have been created for the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office. For assistance with any DOCLINE questions or needs, contact the NDCO at (410) 706-4173 or via e-mail at DOCLINE@hshsl.umaryland.edu. The NDCO office will be open 9:00 AM through 7:00 PM Eastern Time (6:00 AM through 4:00 PM Pacific Time) to allow for expanded coverage.
The NN/LM Pacific Southwest Regional Office can be reached at (310) 825-1200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete list of contact information of all NN/LM Regional Medical libraries and NN/LM National Centers, visit the NN/LM web site.
Julie Kwan, former Associate Director of NN/LM PSR, has announced her retirement on June 29, after an illustrious 48-year library career at UCLA and the University of Southern California (USC). Since May 2012, Julie has served as the Associate Director of the UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library. She was the Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, (NN/LM PSR) from March 2010 through April 2012. During that time, Julie organized and led the effort to prepare the five-year proposal for the Regional Medical Library (RML) contract period of May 2011 – April 2016, which scored in the upper echelon of proposals submitted to the National Library of Medicine. She was recognized for her leadership with the 2012 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award. Read more »