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Job Ad: TMC Library Liaison Librarian Position

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library is a major research library serving Texas Medical Center researchers, clinicians and students, including two major medical schools, three nursing schools and over 20 member institutions.

SUMMARY: Liaison Librarians at the TMC Library cultivate productive relationships with the Library’s affiliated institutions in order to integrate library resources in the curricula, research, and clinical operations of the Texas Medical Center. This position will be the Library’s point of contact for faculty and students as liaison to one of the designated institutions served by the TMC Library. Librarians are expected to develop and promote services and resources, participate in professional and scholarly organizations and activities, pursue personal professional development, and maintain awareness of evolving trends in library and information science.

 DUTIES:

  • Develop and maintain a working, interactive, and dynamic relationship with faculty, students, and staff in assigned disciplines
  • Conduct comprehensive literature searches and systematic reviews
  • Participate as liaison for faculty and students in a designated institution
  • Provide consultation on information discovery, retrieval and management
  • Develop outreach activities and communication to promote library resources and services
  • Provide instruction and develop and implement classes and workshops
  • Create specialized LibGuides for research methods and searching
  • Provide on-call reference service
  • Recommend appropriate resource additions to the library collection
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure that clients’ needs are met
  • Provide assistance and support to other librarians and staff when needed

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and experience

Required:

  • Master’s degree in library science (or equivalent) from and ALA-Accredited program
  • Two year’s advanced searching experience in medical databases for non-entry level position

Desired:

  • Working knowledge of medical libraries
  • Experience conducting Systematic Reviews
  • Background in health or life sciences

Applicants should submit CV to Elizabeth.herrera@library.tmc.edu

Resource Library Spotlight: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Libraries – New Orleans

Last week, I attended the Louisiana Library Association Conference. Being a Baton Rouge native, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to come home, learn and fellowship with former colleagues. While I was there, I had a chance to speak with Director of Libraries, Debbie Sibley and Reference/Outreach Librarian, Carolyn Bridgewater of LSU Health Sciences Center Libraries – New Orleans. Both exhibited at the conference on behalf of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region. It was truly a pleasure speaking with them. Great job!!

LLA Conference

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Says Hospitals Making Progress Against Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs But More Work Is Needed

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health Course

The NN/LM SCR office will be teaching From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health later this month. The class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process. The purpose of the class is to provide an introduction to evidence-based public health and to give those who are familiar with the process useful and practical information. Marcus Spann will be the instructor.

Registration is currently open for in-person class at the TMC Library on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. (Central Time)

Participants will receive 4 hours of CE’s from MLA.

Classroom size is limited to 24 participants.

Enrollment is free.

If you have any questions, please email marcus.spann@library.tmc.edu or call 832-746-1758.

For those who are interested, please visit the link for enrollment: https://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html?schedule_id=3883

Multistate Foodborne Illness Is a Serious Problem

Adapted from CDC (Vital Signs)

Foods that cause multistate outbreaks are often contaminated before they reach the public. The CDC reports that multistate outbreaks caused 56% of deaths in all foodborne outbreaks, although they accounted for 3% of all outbreaks from 2010 to 2014. This occurs when contaminated food is sent to several states and individuals become sick with the same germ. Officals investigating multistate outbreaks reveal that most problems occur on the farm, in processing or distributions centers. The federal government along with food industries must work collaboratively to save lives.

Food industries can:

  • Keep records to trace foods from source to destination.
  • Use store loyalty cards and distribution records to help investigators identify what made people sick.
  • Recall products linked to an outbreak and notify customers.
  • Choose only suppliers that use food safety best practices.
  • Share proven food safety solutions with others in industry.
  • Make food safety a core part of company culture.
  • Meet or exceed new food safety laws and regulations.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/foodsafety-2015/index.html#graphic

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The Society for Public Health and Education (SOPHE) is Celebrating March as National Nutrition Month

Adapted from SOPHE:

The Society for Public Health and Education (SOPHE) has announced March as National Nutrition month. The organization wants YOU participate and take the pledge to eat healthy.

Why eat healthy?

  • To stay strong and active. Healthy foods have vitamins, mineral, and nutrients your body needs.
  • To lower your health risks. Choosing healthier foods can help you lower your risk for chronic health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • To manage your weight. Healthy diet and physical activity can help you stay at a healthy weight.
  • To set a positive example. If you have children, the healthy food choices your child sees you make now can impact their eating choices throughout their lifetime.

Top 10 easy ways to nutritious eating:

  1. Start breakfast with instant oatmeal and low-fat milk.
  2. Skip the fast food drive through.
  3. Keep low-fast yogurt, cheese and milk in your refrigerator.
  4. Snack on fruits and vegetables.
  5. Pack a healthy lunch and skip eating out.
  6. If you eat out, split the meal or only eat half.
  7. Eat thin crust pizza. Add veggies as toppings.
  8. Limit meat, fish and poultry to 5 ounces.
  9. Eat whole-grain breads.
  10. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sophe.org/national_nutrition_month.cfm

Reproducible Research: Many Dimensions and Shared Responsibilities

Reposted from:  NNLMALL Listserv

Attend Worshop and Videocast on Reproducible Research from NIH on Monday March 14, 2016.

NIH Data Science Workforce Development Center

TITLE: Reproducible Research: Many Dimensions and Shared Responsibilities
DATE: Monday, March 14, 20162:30pm to 4:30pm EST; 1:30pm to 3:30pm CST; 12:30pm-2:30pm MT
LOCATION: NIH Main Campus, Building 10, Lipsett Auditorium
VIDEOCAST: This workshop will be videocast.

INSTRUCTOR:
Lisa Meier McShane
Chief, Biostatistics Branch
Biometric Research Program
Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
National Cancer Institute

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Biomedical researchers have an ethical responsibility to ensure the reproducibility and integrity of their work so that precious research resources are not wasted, and most importantly, flawed or misleading results do not make their way to clinical studies where the faulty evidence could adversely affect study participants.  Many factors have been suggested as contributors to irreproducible biomedical research, including poor study design, analytic instability of measurement methods, sloppy data handling, inappropriate and misleading statistical analysis methods, improper reporting or interpretation of results, and on rare occasions, outright scientific misconduct.  These problems can occur in any type of biomedical study, whether preclinical or clinical, large or small.  Examples of the many potential pitfalls will be discussed along with suggested approaches to avoid them.  The first half of the seminar will focus mainly on issues that arise commonly in preclinical and sma!
ll clinical studies or studies performed retrospectively using stored biospecimens.  The second half will elaborate on aspects that are particularly problematic in research involving use of novel measurement technologies such as “omics assays” which generate large volumes of data and require specialized expertise and computational approaches for proper data analysis and interpretation.  The discussions will emphasize the importance of including in a research team all individuals with the needed expertise as early as possible in a project in order to promote a sense of engagement and facilitate good communication across disciplines.   Shared credit for scientific accomplishments should be understood as an acceptance of shared accountability for the integrity of the work.

ADDITIONAL EVENT DETAILS:  This lecture is part of a full day of scheduled events and activities for the second annual NIH Pi Day, which celebrates the intersection between the quantitative and biomedical sciences. Pi Day is an annual international celebration of the irrational number Pi, 3.14…, on March 14. On Pi Day and every day, NIH recognizes the importance of building a diverse biomedical workforce with the quantitative skills required to tackle future challenges. For more information, visit the event page at https://datascience.nih.gov/PiDay2016.

Healthy Eye Care Habits Equates to Healthy Eyes For People Who Wear Contact Lens

Adapted from:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s article “Healthy Contact Lens Wear”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 40 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses. While contact lenses are generally a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free-especially if they are not cared for properly. The key to reap the benefits of wearing contact lenses, it is necessary to practice healthy eye care habits. Enjoy the comfort and benefits of contact lenses while lowering your chance of complications. Failure to wear, clean, and store your lenses as directed by your eye doctor raises the risk of developing serious infections and other complications. Your habits, supplies, and eye doctor are all essential to keeping your eyes healthy. Follow the following tips:

See CDC infographic http://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/pdf/contact-lens-infographic-508.pdf

Healthy Habits For Contact Lens Wearers 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.
  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses unless prescribed to do so by your eye doctor.
  • Keep water away from your contact lenses. Avoid showering in contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming
  • Rub and rinse your contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution—never water or saliva—to clean them each time you remove them.
  • Never store your contact lenses in water.
  • Replace your contact lenses as often as prescribed by your eye doctor.
  • Rub and rinse your contact lens case with contact lens solution—never water—and then empty and  dry with a clean tissue. Store upside down with the caps off after each use.
  • Replace your contact lens case at least once every three months.
  • Don’t “top off” solution. Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case—never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.
  • Use only the contact lens solution recommended by your eye doctor your Eye Doctor
  • Carry a backup pair of glasses with a current prescription—just in case you have to take out your contact lenses.

    Check out CDC’s health promotion materials, including posters, podcasts, a social media library, and more!

    What the CDC is Doing

    CDC is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eye care providers, contact lens and product manufacturers, and academic partners on a collaborative effort to improve how people wear and care for their contact lenses.

    Learn more about these partnerships.

    Visit your eye doctor yearly or as often as he or she recommends.Ask your eye doctor if you have questions about how to care for your contact lenses and case or if you are having any difficulties.Remove your contact lenses immediately and call your eye doctor if you have eye pain, discomfort, redness, or blurred vision.

Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care Webinar

Adapted from: NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is offering the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care on March 17, 2016 at 2 pm CT. The featured speaker will be: Dr. J. Nadine Garcia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Culturally and linguistically appropriate services refers to facilities that are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs, practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels and communication needs.

The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and health care organizations to serve the nation’s diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services.  Furthermore, those in attendance will learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the National CLAS Standards.

Attendees are encouraged to register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1124444526228357633

After registering, you will receive a conformation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Adults Do Not Get Enough Sleep: A Good Night’s Sleep Is Critical For Good Health

Adapted from: Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Newsroom

More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, according to a new study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This is the first study to document estimates of self-reported healthy sleep duration (7 or more hours per day) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress. “As a nation we are not getting enough sleep,” said Wayne Giles, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of Population Health. “Lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night; rising at the same time each morning; and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need.” Prevalence of healthy sleep duration varies by geography, race/ethnicity, employment, marital status CDC researchers reviewed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based, random-digit–dialed telephone survey conducted collaboratively by state health departments and CDC.

Key Findings:

  • Healthy sleep duration was lower among Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders (54 percent), non-Hispanic blacks (54 percent), multiracial non-Hispanics (54 percent) and American Indians/Alaska Natives (60 percent) compared with non-Hispanic whites (67 percent), Hispanics (66 percent), and Asians (63 percent).
  • The prevalence of healthy sleep duration varied among states and ranged from 56 percent in Hawaii to 72 percent in South Dakota.
  • A lower proportion of adults reported getting at least seven hours of sleep per day in states clustered in the southeastern region of the United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Previous studies have shown that these regions also have the highest prevalence of obesity and other chronic conditions.
  • People who reported they were unable to work or were unemployed had lower healthy sleep duration (51 percent and 60 percent, respectively) than did employed respondents (65 percent). The prevalence of healthy sleep duration was highest among people with a college degree or higher (72 percent).
  • The percentage reporting a healthy sleep duration was higher among people who were married (67 percent) compared with those who were never married (62 percent) or divorced, widowed, or separated (56 percent).

Healthy Sleep Tips:

  • Healthcare providers should routinely assess patients’ sleep patterns and discuss sleep-related problems such as snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Healthcare providers should also educate patients about the importance of sleep to their health.
  • Individuals should make getting enough sleep a priority and practice good sleep habits.
  • Employers can consider adjusting work schedules to allow their workers time to get enough sleep.
  • Employers can also educate their shift workers about how to improve their sleep.

For more information on CDC’s Sleep and Sleep Disorders Program, please visit www.cdc.gov/sleep.