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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
Phoenix, AZ

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 »

Lightning Talk Presentation at “Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces” Symposium

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 »

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. Read 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! Read more »

Report on the Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries Symposium, April 18, 2016, in Philadelphia

by Cynthia A. Johnson
Head of Reference Services and the Grunigen Medical Library
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

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 »

New NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office & Cessation of NN/LM (800) Telephone Service

Ashley CuffiaBeginning 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 psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu. 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.

Former NN/LM PSR Associate Director Julie Kwan Announces Retirement!

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 »

Report on the April 18 Symposium “Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries”

by Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP
Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries and
Director, Norris Medical Library
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

I received NN/LM PSR professional development support to attend the one-day symposium Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries in Philadelphia on Monday, April 18. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR); the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL); and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A). The day opened with a discussion of findings from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) strategic forecast for academic medicine, which was followed by a panel of experts from various disciplines, who envisioned new teaching and learning spaces for libraries, based on the AAMC report. In the afternoon there was a presentation on design trends in academic libraries, and how even modest changes can make a big impact. A panel discussion Reducing the Footprint, Expanding the Neighborhood featured a discussion by library leaders about their experiences in converting space reductions into opportunities for new partnerships and programming. The day concluded with contributed Lightning Talks, with participants sharing their renovation experiences, focusing on practical examples, best practices, and lessons learned. The workshop was very well attended, with 140 participants from 29 states. Read more »

Coming May 1: Meet the New NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO)!

On May 1 the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will be replaced by the new National Evaluation Office (NEO). The NEO will have the same staff, Evaluation Specialist Karen Vargas and Acting Assistant Director Cindy Olney, and same location at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle; but it has a new and evolving role in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), with the establishment of a new five-year cooperative agreement funding cycle covering May 1, 2016, through April 30, 2021. Read more »

NLM Announces Awards for 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library Cooperative Agreements!

Today the National Library of Medicine announced five-year cooperative agreement awards for eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices (DOCLINE, web services, training, evaluation and public health) in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations. The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library will continue to serve as the RML for the Pacific Southwest Region, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific Basin. A complete list of awarded institutions is available on the NLM web site. Read more »