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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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NLM, SEA and NDCO Offices Closed Monday, January 16, 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SE/A Region office and the NDCO will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 to observe  Dr. Martin Luther King Day.  We will reopen at 8:30 am on Tuesday, January 16,2017.

The National Library of Medicine will also be closed on the 16th of January for MLK Day and also on January 20, 2017 for the inauguration event in DC.

Seeking New NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Executive Director

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) is seeking an enthusiastic, forward-thinking Executive Director for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).  Funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through a cooperative agreement, HSLS serves as the regional medical library headquarters for the Middle Atlantic Region, one of eight regions in the NNLM nationwide program.  NNLM MAR comprises Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  The NNLM mission is to ensure health professionals, researchers, the public health workforce, patients, families and the general public have access to quality health information.

The Executive Director is responsible for leadership, development, administration, and evaluation of all programs of the Middle Atlantic Region, including outreach services such as project funding, training, presentations, exhibits and other types of public programs.  The successful candidate will bring a dedication to outreach and educational programs which increase access to quality health information; be skilled in managing a high-performing unit; possess strong networking and collaborative skills; and have vision for national and regional programs that shape the future of the NNLM.

Review of candidates will begin February 1 and will continue until the position is filled.  A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply may be viewed at: http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/about/positions/

 

SEA Welcomes New Network and Evaluation Coordinator, Ashley Cuffia

Friday, December 16th, 2016

acuffiaOn January 9, 2016, the Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region will welcome Ashley Cuffia (acuffia@hshsl.umaryland.edu) as our new Network and Evaluation Coordinator. Ashley will coordinate and facilitate exhibits, manage the SEA evaluation program, and work with health care and information professionals in the region, performing outreach, training, and program management.

Most recently Ashley was the Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine DOCLINE Coordination Office and has worked as a paraprofessional in health science libraries for the past 9 years. She received her Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and also has bachelor’s degrees in Cybersecurity Policy and History. She is the past chair for the Professional Development Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association and the first student ever to chair a committee for the chapter. She recently Co-Chaired the Continuing Education Committee for the Philadelphia Tri-Chapter annual conference and is a member of the Medical Library Association. Her personal interests include camping, crafting and traveling the globe. Ashley resides outside Baltimore, Md.

Stay Healthy This Winter: Flu Shot Resources from NLM

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The flu, also called influenza, is a potentially serious respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses, and getting the flu vaccination every year is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others.  National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016 is December 4-10, and the National Library of Medicine offers helpful information and reliable links about the flu shot for many different populations:

  • The General Public: Find a short summary of how the flu shot works, who should get the flu shot, and the latest news and resources about the shot on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on influenza and the flu vaccination in a dozen or more languages on HealthReach.  Information about the flu shot is also available in over 20 languages on MedlinePlus.
  • Native American Communities: The American Indian Health portal offers links to statistics, information for researchers/health professionals/educators, and general information on the flu, targeted towards Native American communities.
  • Older Adults: On NIH Senior Health, older adults can learn about recommended immunizations for anyone older than 50, including the influenza vaccination.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS: Access links about recommended vaccinations for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on AIDSource, including information about the flu shot.

MedlinePlus Flu Shot

Updated Disaster Information Specialization Online CE’s Now Available

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Do you have some down time as 2016 comes to a close? Or maybe you made a resolution way back in January that you would learn something new this year?  We have a suggestion for how to end 2016 with a flourish!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.

This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:

This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.

Finish 2016 feeling prepared for the new and exciting challenges that 2017 will bring! Learn more at the NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center Training Course and Resources Page.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

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