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National Library Week

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Photo by Lisa Smith, NNLM SCR

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This week is National Library Week, which we are proud to celebrate since we are a branch of the National Library of Medicine, and our program office is housed within the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library in Fort Worth, Texas.

This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” The theme is perfect, particularly for Lewis Library, because the library profession has been trying to transform the public’s perception that not all libraries are filled with tons and tons of books anymore now that we have moved into the digital age. In fact, in the Lewis Library there is only one small room that now has hard copies of books!

There are plenty of ways to get involved in this year’s National Library Week. See below for a couple of ideas.

  • Participate in the #expertinthelibrary campaign. Share what your expertise is!
  • Share your story through the 2017 video challenge. If you’re interested in learning about some of the librarians in the SCR region, check out our Meet Me Monday series.
  • For those who aren’t a librarian, simply visit a library! Some provide makerspaces where people can design and print 3-D creations. Many have begun to borrow out ukuleles to their patrons!

For more details about this week-long event, please visit the American Library Association’s website and the Libraries Transform Campaign website.

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine Accomplishments in 2015

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

We recently received an email from Dianne Babski, acting head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) National Network Office, which listed some of the network’s accomplishment in 2015. There are some impressive numbers that could not have been achieved without the partnership of our valuable resource libraries in our network.

A few accomplishments in 2015 include:

  • The network increased membership to over 6,400 members (approximately 1,100 of those in the South Central region)
  • The network conducted almost 1,700 outreach activities, including training, exhibiting and conducting demonstrations.
    • NN/LM Staff and network members participated in over 30,000 training opportunities.
    • Regional Medical Library and network members conducted over 650 exhibits at the state, local and national levels.

Dianne’s email also cited some events from 2015, such as: Dr. Lindberg’s retirement from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in March, the delivery of the future of NLM report from the advisory committee to the NIH director, and behind the scenes, migrating all our NN/LM websites to the Drupal platform!

Together, all of us in the network work to bring health information to millions of people who count on support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. This includes healthcare providers, researchers, the general public, and librarians who know they will find quality information services when we are at their service.

Thank you from the NN/LM SCR. Here’s to a great 2016!

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New Mexico Resource Library: Mid-year Highlights

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

October 31 was the end of our second fiscal quarter. We are now halfway through the 2015-2016 contract year! Our wonderful New Mexico Resource Library, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center has had a productive outreach year thus far. Just a few of UNM’s outreach activities so far this year include:

  • UNM librarians presented the NN/LM SCR funded project and presentation “Good Information for Good Health: A Collaboration to Educate Unaffiliated Community Health Care Practioners about Patient Information Resources through Online Continuing Education,” at MLA ’15 Librarians Without Limits, May 18, 2015, Austin, TX. Patricia V. Bradley, AHIP, Gale G. Hannigan, AHIP, Eliot Knight, and William F. Rayburn.
  • UNM Outreach Contact Patricia Bradley participates in several regularly scheduled meetings including the Tribal Health Connections-Trusted Information for Native Communities conference call, UNM Hospital’s Health Literacy Task Force, and the Health Science Center Native American Alliance for Community Health and Wellness Group whose mission is “Working together with Southwest Native American Communities and the UNM to create policy in the areas of health care, research, and education to improve health while protecting and respecting traditional values and indigenous wisdom.”
  • UNM has a state-wide service mission and HSLIC maintains a Distance Services webpage that describes the services provided to the state of New Mexico.

Texas Resource Libraries: Mid-year Highlights

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Oct. 31 was the end of Quarter 2. We are now halfway through the 2015-2016 contract year! Our seven amazing Texas resource libraries have had a productive outreach year thus far. Highlights include:

The NN/LM SCR relies on its outreach contacts to be the face of the NLM in the community. We are gratified to see all the valuable work they do. Thanks, y’all!
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