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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for December, 2012

Distance Learning Opportunity: Making PubMed Work for You

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Distance learning opportunity

Making PubMed Work for You
Self-paced online using Moodle
Instructor: Sheila Snow-Croft
January 8-29, 2013
3.5 Medical Library Association Continuing Education contact hours

This PubMed class will teach beginners how to use the features of PubMed effectively. Attendees will learn to describe the contents of PubMed; formulate basic search strategies; display, print, and save results in various formats; revise and refine searches; and use special features such as Related Articles, Link to journals, Citation Matcher, and Clinical Queries.

Registration priority will be given to those working within the field of public health, with secondary priority to librarians who support the field of public health. Others are welcome as space permits.

There is no cost for this class. It will begin on Tuesday, January 8th and run through Tuesday, January 29th and will be open 24/7 to work on assignments at one’s own pace. Instructions for beginning the class will be sent to registrants by Friday, January 4th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sheila Snow-Croft at 410-706-2855 or 800-338-7657.

The 2012 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project Awards

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

By: PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator, NN/LM, Southeastern Atlantic Region

The National Library of Medicine, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) recently announced its 2012 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards. We are pleased that out of seven total projects receiving awards, four were from our region’s footprint.  The leadership and staff of the Regional Medical Library for SE/A congratulates the principal investigators (PI) and their teams for the hard work that is involved in submitting successful applications.


1. Georgia Health Sciences University, Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library

PI: Brenda Seago
“East Central Georgia Disaster Health Information for Public Health Partners”
Augusta, GA
In partnership with:
Georgia East Central Health District, Office of Bio-Terrorism and Emergency Preparedness

The Georgia Health Sciences University Library faculty will connect with public health emergency preparedness partners in the East Georgia Central Health District to bridge the information gap between health professionals and vital disaster information resources. The public health partners will receive hands-on training focused on mobile information and key resources from the National Library of Medicine. A guide to disaster medicine information will be developed for the library website to link public health professionals to local and global disaster resources.


2. Southeastern Regional Medical Center

PI: Katherine McGinness
“Collaborative Partners of Robeson (CPR) Disaster Health Information Initiative”
Lumberton, NC
In partnership with:
Robeson County Department of Public Health
Robeson County Emergency Management
City of Lumberton
Lumberton Emergency Management

This project will allow the Southeastern Regional Medical Center Incident Command Center, Health Sciences Library, the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), Robeson County Emergency Medical Services, Lumberton, Emergency Services and the Robeson County Health Department to collaboratively improve current Incident Command Center operations and provide much needed disaster health training and resources to the first responders and the community. We will establish a partnership named the Collaborative Partners of Robson (CPR) and provide training to first responders in Robeson County regarding tools such as WISER, REMM, CHEMM, TOXNET and the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Center website. We will provide disaster information resources to the community. During this project period, a shared Incident Command Center online portal will be created to provide a shared cohesiveness between partnered agencies. We will participate in mock training exercises to work out the logistical and operational details in the event of a disaster or emergency.


3. University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Calder Memorial Library

PI: Mary Moore, PhD

“Just-in-Time Mobile Training on Disaster Health Information Resources for Medical First Responders”

Miami, FL
In partnership with:
The William Lehman Injury Research Center of the Department of Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Surgeons and medical librarians will work together to create and deliver just-in-time training on high quality National Library of Medicine disaster health information resources. Succinct, engaging video training will be downloaded to IMSuRT first responders’ mobile handheld devices at the time of deployment for disaster/emergency response. Responders may view the training as they are being transported to the incident.


4. Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, Learning Resource Center

PI: Mary Spalding
“Safe Seniors: Appalachian Disaster and Emergency Health Information Outreach”
Cumberland, MD
In partnership with:
Allegany College of Maryland Health Continuing Education Department
Allegany County Health Department
Emergency Preparedness Caucus, WMAHEC
Frostburg State University Pre-Medical Society
Garrett County Health Department
Meritus Health Medical Library and Education Department
Social Work Caucus – Allegany/Garrett Counties, WMAHEC
Social Work Caucus – Washington County, WMAHEC
Washington County Health Department
Western Maryland Health System Parish Nurse and Health Minister Program

The goal of Safe Seniors: Appalachian Disaster and Emergency Health Information Outreach is to improve disaster medicine and public health information access for health professionals, first responders and others (paid or volunteer) who play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in three rural Appalachian counties in Maryland, with a focus on the elderly population.

A needs assessment will be disseminated to at least 100 local libraries and first responders to determine their interest in and availability for training on accessing local and national disaster public health resources, particularly those relating to the elderly and those from the National Library of Medicine. Culturally competent training on accessing local and national disaster medicine and public health resources will be provided for at least 250 area health professionals, first responders, librarians, and volunteers with a role in disaster response, management, and information. And, resources to increase access to local and national disaster medicine and public health resources will be produced, including an ADA Section 508-compliant training video on accessing disaster resources and a downloadable, culturally competent handout on key local and national disaster resources for seniors.

Beyond the SEA: December 19, 2012 - State and Local Consumer Health Information Service, Pre and Post Go Local

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Date:  December 19, 2012

Time:  Noon to 1:00 pm (EDT)

Presenters: Kay Hogan Smith, MLS, MPH, AHIP

Kay is Associate Professor and Community Services Librarian at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, where she has been employed since 1994. She has also been director of Health InfoNet of Alabama, a free health information service of the state’s medical and public libraries, from its beginning in 1999 as Health InfoNet of Jefferson County (AL). Kay’s research interests include health literacy, and she teaches an MLA-certified course on the subject for medical librarians. Kay completed a second master’s degree in public health in 2012.

Presentation: State and Local Consumer Health Information Service, Pre and Post Go Local

This presentation will focus on the evolution of consumer health information service via the medical and public libraries in Alabama before, during, and after the NLM Go Local project involvement. The challenges, successes and lessons learned throughout the development of this effort may provide insight for others interested in promoting this service in their libraries or library networks.

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