NLM Director announced
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, announced today that Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD will be the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Per the NIH News release, Dr. Brennan comes to NLM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also leads the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery that develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data. On behalf of the Pacific Northwest Region of the NN/LM, we welcome th...
Source: Dragonfly - May 11, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: News from NLM News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

The Inaugural PNR Journal Club: Data Curation, Data Management, and Librarians
This article presents seven challenges identified by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative and recommendations for overcoming those challenges  based on the project experience.   One of the BD2K identified obstacles of biomedical big data is the organization, management, and processing of data. The varied ways in which clinical data is collected makes it difficult to validate for consistency as well as discover for re-use. Another obstacle identified in the paper was the challenge of training researchers to use data effectively. The article primarily discusses this in the...
Source: Dragonfly - April 25, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Technology Training & Education Source Type: news

2016 Summer Reading Theme of Wellness, Fitness, and Sports
This year’s summer reading slogan from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSL) is focused on health and wellness. Many public libraries have already begun their program planning. The National Library of Medicine health resources are a great way to help in the planning and supplementing of programs and activities following this theme. MedlinePlus covers a wide range of topics including Healthy Living, Exercise and Physical Fitness, Sports Safety, Child Nutrition and more.  MedlinePlus even has pages of health topics focused specifically on children’s and teen health topics and specific topic pages written just ...
Source: Dragonfly - April 25, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Health Source Type: news

National DNA Day, April 25
Are you familiar with the  Genomic Medicine, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and the Human Genome Project?  Have you tried one of the direct to consumer genetic testing through such companies as Ancestry.com or 23 and Me? These and other programs can help you discover  your own genetic makeup.  Learning about who we are genetically often has to do with learning about our health. It can be fun to learn about our ancestry and helpful to know what diseases we might be at risk for getting.  But most of us do not know where to begin and many of us really only have an idea of what all this means. The National Human...
Source: Dragonfly - April 14, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health observances Source Type: news

NLM Traveling Exhibits is this month’s PNR Rendezvous
The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine creates traveling banner exhibitions about the social and cultural history of science and medicine for libraries across the country and around the world. NLM seeks to support host venues by presenting interesting stories that stimulate people’s enthusiasm for history and encourage young people to consider careers in history, education, museum studies, and the health professions. Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine can be seen as a case study in how exhibition projects sometimes evolve. Three academic libraries in Indianapolis hosted ...
Source: Dragonfly - April 13, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

NLM History of Medicine Lecture on April 12: The Analog Patient: Imagining Medicine at a Distance in the Television Era
You are invited to join the next National Library of Medicine History of Medicine lecture, which will be live-streamed on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 8:00am to from 9:00am PT.  Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, will speak on “The Analog Patient: Imagining Medicine at a Distance in the Television Era.” Dr. Greene is Associate Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Greene’s presentation is part of Images & Texts in Medical History: A Workshop in Methods, Tools, & Data from the Digital Humaniti...
Source: Dragonfly - April 5, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: News from NLM Source Type: news

National Public Health Week is April 4-10
National Public Health Week, held April 4-10, 2016, is an annual observance to recognize the contribution and importance of public health in our communities. President Obama, in his National Public Health Week proclamation of April 1, 2016, inspires Americans to bring public health into focus for future generations.  “During National Public Health Week, we join together to enhance public health–the foundation of our security and well-being–here at home and around the world. By supporting health professionals and embracing our obligations to promote public health and protect our planet, we can uphold our...
Source: Dragonfly - April 5, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Health observances Public Health Source Type: news

NN/LM PNR cooperative agreement in 2016-2021
On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine announced the award of a five-year cooperative agreement to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to serve as both the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR), and the NN/LM Evaluation Office. The University of Washington Health Sciences Library is one of eight RMLs in the NN/LM. There are now five national coordinating offices that support the NN/LM mission. They are the NN/LM Evaluation Office (NEO), the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), the NN/LM Web Services Office (NWSO), the NN/...
Source: Dragonfly - April 4, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2016
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting or...
Source: Dragonfly - March 25, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Funding News from NLM Public Health Source Type: news

Funding Available for MLA Webinar: The Consumer Health Library – A Site for Service, Education, and Hope
The NN/LM Pacific NW Region announces a new funding opportunity for Network members. On April 26, 2016, the Medical Library Association presents: The Consumer Health Library – A Site for Service, Education, and Hope. The presenter is Jacqueline Davis, who has worked for eight years as the consumer health librarian for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, CA. In 2013, Davis received the Consumer Health Librarian of the Year award from the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association. Her interests in health literacy and social justice combine to inform and guide her work in the library ...
Source: Dragonfly - March 18, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News From NN/LM PNR Training & Education Source Type: news

Upcoming PNR Partners webinar
Join us next week for the next PNR Partners webinar session.  We have presentations from our members in Alaska and Oregon.  Erin Foster, who is completing her second year of her NLM Associate Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University library, will be telling us about developing an assessment tool to measure the information literacy of incoming Master of Public Health (MPH) students in the Epidemiology program. We will also hear from Sigrid Brudie of the University of Alaska, Anchorage Alaska Medical Library.  She will tell us about the highlights and challenges of medical library outreach to rural Alaska...
Source: Dragonfly - March 17, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Funding News from Network Members Training & Education Source Type: news