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Betsy L. Humphreys named Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine
Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Humphreys has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005, sharing responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. As Deputy Director of the Library, Humphreys also coordinated NLM’s extensive activities related to health data standards, s...
Source: Dragonfly - April 13, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: News from NLM News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous April 15 on 508 Compliance
“508 Compliance: Creating Accessible Documents” will be presented by Patricia Devine, NN/LM PNR Network Outreach Coordinator; and Madelena Romansic, NN/LM PNR Program Assistant. April 15, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain) What is Section 508? For federally funded websites and other electronic resources, including the NN/LM PNR and its funded projects, Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology for people with disabilities. This session will focus on ways to make PowerPoint and Word documents 508 compliant so they can be accessed equally....
Source: Dragonfly - April 9, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

Upcoming data webinars: April 14, 22, and 23
Make Data Count: Measuring Data Use and Reach (NSF), April 14, 9:00 AM Pacific Registration is now open for the third event in the DataONE Webinar Series (www.dataone.org/webinars) focused on open science, the role of the data lifecycle, and achieving innovative science through shared data and ground-breaking tools. There will be a panel presentation by Jennifer Lin, Martin Fenner, Matt Jones & John Kratz from the Public Library of Science, DataONE and the California Digital Library.  The webinar is focused on the outcome of a recent collaborative NSF grant and is titled: “Make...
Source: Dragonfly - April 8, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

Upcoming Moodle class: Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans
Are you working in the public library or a community organization with a health information aspect?  Do you feel you lack the knowledge to run a health reference service?  Do you offer a patient education service in your hospital library?  The PNR office if offering a series of Moodle classes in the next twelve months on consumer health information.  Starting April 13, Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans – PNR, is the first class offered.  This Moodle class is self-directed with online discussion as well as readings and exercises. This class starts soon a...
Source: Dragonfly - April 3, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News From NN/LM PNR Training & Education Source Type: news

Recording Available: NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy
On March 5, NCBI hosted a full-to-capacity webinar outlining the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create biosketches.  The slides and Q & A are available on the NCBI FTP site (http://1.usa.gov/1BUTIHM). The March 5 recording is available on the NCBI You Tube channel. A live re-broadcast of the webinar will be held on April 21, 2015. (Source: Dragonfly)
Source: Dragonfly - April 2, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: News from NLM Training & Education Source Type: news

National Public Heath Week is April 6-12, 2015: Pacific Northwest Region Focus
During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week by recognizing the contributions of public health professionals and organizations and highlighting issues that are important to improving the health of our nation.  Today’s post includes recognition for efforts and successes in the Pacific Northwest Region states, plus a sampling of events. Join an event or pledge to support public health in your community by focusing on themes presented in our earlier post, National Public Heath Week is...
Source: Dragonfly - April 2, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

April is School Library Month
The division of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) encourages us all to celebrate School Library Month. This year is the 30th anniversary of School Library Month and actress Julianne Moore is the spokesperson for 2015. “School libraries make a difference,” said Moore. “… school libraries foster creativity, innovation, play, and experimentation and offer a nurturing, and safe place for children to learn. I have a lot of love for librarians.” Her love of school libraries and librarians is a reminder how much they influence our liv...
Source: Dragonfly - March 31, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Resource Sharing & Document Delivery Source Type: news

National Public Heath Week is April 6-12, 2015: National Themes
This report discusses consumption and the change for this particular study over a period of five years (2007 to 2012). Connect with others around public health, virtually, during APHA’s fifth annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 11:00-12:00 pm Pacific. Follow  @NPHW to learn more. Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections. A network of partners and connections is needed in their areas to make the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation. For example, reducing death and injury attributable to motor vehicles has required an all-hands-on-deck approach. Check out the National Highway Safety Traffic Admin...
Source: Dragonfly - March 31, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

NLM Releases TOXinvaders, a Mobile Game about Chemistry, the Environment and Health
The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine launches TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8). TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town...
Source: Dragonfly - March 26, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Technology Source Type: news

Today: IOM Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology Workshop
The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy is providing online access to view the workshop as it is being broadcast live regarding Health Literacy and Health Information Technology, today March 24, 2015 at The National Academy of Sciences. The topics include health literacy and the use of technology to inform health decision making, to share health information via technology, and giving examples of health literacy best practices as they apply to the use of technology for health decisions. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (Eastern time). Below is the link to watch live: http://www.iom.edu/Activit...
Source: Dragonfly - March 24, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Technology Source Type: news

CDC and NLM to Co-Host Webinars (3/24 and 3/26) on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine will co-host webinars on March 24 and March 26 on the newly-released Community Health Status Indicators 2015 Web Application. Learn first-hand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application. Registration information is below. Agenda Brief History of CHSI Summary of the Redesign Project Overview of New Features Web Site Demonstration Q/A What is New for CHSI 2015? The new features include: Updated peer county groups Summary comparison page Indicators benchmarked against those...
Source: Dragonfly - March 24, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Public Health Source Type: news

Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians
Discussion / Question and Answer Period: Eric S. Swirsky, Brenda Delgado, Dr. Robert Furno, Craig A. Umscheid •Begins at 2:10:08 on the timeline. (Source: Dragonfly)
Source: Dragonfly - March 20, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous March 18 on Translational Research
“Translational Research in the Pacific Northwest” will be presented by Diana Louden, is the Biomedical and Translational Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. March 18, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain) Diana Louden will provide an overview of translational research – particularly as it relates to research conducted in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.  Diana will describe the work of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and her role as a translational sciences librarian.  She’ll also gi...
Source: Dragonfly - March 11, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

Health Literacy Resources Refresher
This article was originally published in a slightly different version in the February 2015 issue of QuickNotes, the newsletter of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. (Source: Dragonfly)
Source: Dragonfly - February 19, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

RFI on the National Library of Medicine
Announcing a very important opportunity to contribute feedback of the value of the National Library of Medicine, and to directly influence the future of this organization. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections). The working group has issued a Request for Information Please submit your comments here. Responses will b...
Source: Dragonfly - February 13, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: News from NLM News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous February 19 with NLM Associate Fellow, Ariel Deardorff
“Identifying and Developing New Roles for Librarians: the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship” is the title of current National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, Ariel Deardorff. Please note that this month’s PNR Rendezvous is on a Thursday. February 19, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain) Ariel Deardorff, Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine, will present an inside look at the Associate Fellowship program and discuss recent projects that showcase new areas of interest at NLM and new roles for librarians. Featured projects areas include data visualization, da...
Source: Dragonfly - February 12, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

National Wear Red Day is February 6
In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. On National Wear Red Day tomorrow, thousands of people, men and women, raise their voices in support of heart disease awareness and prevention, in efforts to help women learn their risk for heart disease. Show your support by wearing something red and encourage your neighbors, coworkers, friends and loved ones to do the same. The first step toward heart health is knowing about your own risks. Some risk factors, such as history of preeclampsia during pregnancy or family history of early heart disease, cannot be changed.  Smoking cigarettes, being overweight, h...
Source: Dragonfly - February 5, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Measles and Vaccinations
Fifteen years ago, measles was considered eliminated from the United States. However, in recent weeks the number of people infected with measles has gone up to 78 since an outbreak in California’s Disneyland.  In 2014 alone there were 644 reported cases in the United States. Many of those infected were never vaccinated for various reasons.  One of the primary reasons is parent’s fear or concerns regarding the measles vaccine.  Many people may not realize the devastating effects measles can have and therefore do not fear the disease but tend to fear the vaccine due to hearing about possible side e...
Source: Dragonfly - January 28, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Health Source Type: news

Mobile Data Solutions Course
This is a guest post written by Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center Are you curious about the use of smart phones, tablets, or other mobile data resources to collect data for your assessment project, but are seeking more information on how to determine if this is the right approach for your project or program and how to process the data you collect using this method? Check out http://techchange.org/media/mobile-data-solutions/, which was created as part of the Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, with expertise provided by U.S. Agency for International De...
Source: Dragonfly - January 14, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

National Agriculture Library Unveils New Search Engine for Published USDA Research
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg. Phase I of PubAg ...
Source: Dragonfly - January 14, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: News from NLM Source Type: news

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous January 21 on Evidence-Based Management
Attitudes, beliefs and barriers in healthcare organizations about evidence-based management: Results from a Study of Idaho Hospitals presented by Ruiling Guo, associate professor and health sciences librarian at Idaho State University (ISU) Idaho Health Sciences Library January 21, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain) Funded by the NN/LM PNR, Ruiling has collaboratively worked with her partners, Idaho State University teaching faculty in health care administration, on a needs assessment project. The purpose of the project was to conduct a needs assessment survey to identify hospital leaders’ beliefs and a...
Source: Dragonfly - January 14, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

Health Insurance Marketplace: Insurance Jargon and Upcoming Dates
The Health Insurance Marketplace is going strong.  Recently, Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said, “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, so far nearly 6.4 million consumers, including about 1.9 million new consumers, have access to quality, affordable health coverage for 2015 through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. This law is working, and families are better off as a result.” However, insurance jargon is often confusing and may be a factor in the reluctance of individuals applying through the Marketplace.  If your library or organization is providing assistance regar...
Source: Dragonfly - January 7, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

New Year, New Healthy Habits
Need some ideas for healthier habits in 2015? Make your resolutions stick with these tips for fun and practical real life changes. Lose Weight Volunteer to Help Others Quit Smoking Get a Better Education Get a Better Job Save Money Get Fit Eat Healthy Food Manage Stress Manage Debt Take a Trip Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Drink Less Alcohol Wishing a happy and healthy new year to all! (Source: Dragonfly)
Source: Dragonfly - December 31, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Source Type: news

Plan to Be Smoke-Free in 2015
As we head toward the end of this year, the CDC offers a few tips for a smoke-free 2015. Every January 1, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. If you’re one of the nearly 7 out of 10 current U.S. smokers who want to quit, why not get started today? Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Quitting now can cut your risk for diseases caused by smoking and leave you feeling stronger and healthier. Most smokers who want to quit try several times before they succeed, but you can take steps that can improve your chances of quitting for good. Develo...
Source: Dragonfly - December 31, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Health Source Type: news

Happy Holidays from the PNR!
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Source: Dragonfly - December 18, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Maddie Romansic Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Announcing New Funding Opportunities – Deadlines Extended!
The NN/LM PNR invites proposals for a new suite of funding opportunities for projects carried out  between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.   If you are a Network member in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, we want to support your good ideas and encourage you to submit a proposal! Proposals will be accepted until February 3 February 17, 2015.   Also, if you plan to submit an application, we need a brief statement of intent no later than January 13 January 27, 2015 to help our planning process. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu.     Cons...
Source: Dragonfly - December 4, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: Funding News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Announcing New Funding Opportunities!
The NN/LM PNR invites proposals for a new suite of funding opportunities for projects carried out  between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.   If you are a Network member in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, we want to support your good ideas and encourage you to submit a proposal! Consider proposing plans to learn, utilize, and deploy new software or hardware via the Technology Improvement Award. If you want support to educate, advocate, and promote the value of health information services you offer, propose your plan via the Health Information Services Award. For projects that promote...
Source: Dragonfly - December 4, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: Funding News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

PNR Rendezvous for December 10 (rescheduled)- Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum
Well, oops!   We had to reschedule our November 19 PNR Rendezvous event due to technical difficulties. We are pleased to announce that we have been able to reschedule our speakers, Jane D. Saxton, Director of Library Services, and Jennifer Beardsley, Senior Librarian, of Bastyr University, who will present on Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum. Rescheduled for December 10, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska, 2 PM Mountain).  Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum. The development of...
Source: Dragonfly - December 2, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Maddie Romansic Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

November is National Diabetes Month
Thanksgiving is soon approaching, a time when many are giving thanks for food, family and health. Many favorite dishes are loaded with sugars and it is tempting to overeat. This can be a health issue for those with diabetes. Whether we have a family history or not, we shouldn’t deprive ourselves but rather, consider eating in moderation while enjoying a great feast. The Diabetes Educator website provides a nice visual on how to divide your plate along with some healthier recipes: https://www.diabeteseducator.org/export/sites/aade/_resources/pdf/general/ThanksgivingPlateResource.pdf The American Diabetes Association i...
Source: Dragonfly - November 25, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News From NN/LM PNR Training & Education Source Type: news

2014 Medical Librarians Month – Magnet Recognition
In our last entry for 2014 Medical Librarians Month, Dana Kopp describes her role in her institution’s journey to receive Magnet Recognition.  Although this brings us to the end of our contest, we are always interested in hearing your stories! Please let me know if you would like to do a guest post for Dragonfly. by Dana Kopp, MLS Manager – Library Services The Learning Center Providence St. Patrick Hospital Missoula, MT My involvement with our Magnet Journey began in 2009 when I was one of three people sent to a Magnet Journey to Excellence workshop in San Diego. The Nursing Shared Governance Advisory Co...
Source: Dragonfly - November 24, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News from Network Members News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

2014 Medical Librarians Month – Making a Difference in Swaziland
Janet Schnall’s experience as an Invited Lecturer to a newly open nursing school in Swaziland and a return trip to teach  students and faculty preparing to open a medical school is next in our stories about librarians making a difference. By Janet Schnall, MS, AHIP Information Management Librarian University of Washington Seattle, WA Have I as a librarian changed lives? I believe YES! Last year as University of Washington Health Sciences Library liaison to the UW School of Nursing I received an email from a former UW PhD nursing student, Gloria Nam, whom I had previously assisted with her dissertation, aski...
Source: Dragonfly - November 22, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News from Network Members News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Medical Librarians Month – Making a Difference in Swaziland
Janet Schnall’s experience as an Invited Lecturer to a newly open nursing school in Swaziland and a return trip to teach  students and faculty preparing to open a medical school is next in our stories about librarians making a difference. By Janet Schnall, MS, AHIP Information Management Librarian University of Washington Seattle, WA Have I as a librarian changed lives? I believe YES! Last year as University of Washington Health Sciences Library liaison to the UW School of Nursing I received an email from a former UW PhD nursing student, Gloria Nam, whom I had previously assisted with her dissertation, aski...
Source: Dragonfly - November 22, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News from Network Members News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

2014 Medical Librarians Month – A Journey
Jackie Wirz’ entry in our contest for Medical Librarians Month tells the story of her journey from a PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology to Biomedical Sciences Information Specialist. It all started one night in the ER when she knew that Google was not the right tool. by Jackie Wirz Biomedical Research SpecialistOregon Health & Science University Portland, OR Sitting in the emergency room, I felt a surprising sense of calm. Going to the ER in the middle of the night was an extreme precaution – although the chemical to which I was exposed could be potentially very dangerous, I was feeling normal (wel...
Source: Dragonfly - November 21, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News from Network Members News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

2014 Medical Librarians Month – Meeting Jane
For our 2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest, Basia Delawska-Elliott told us her story about making a difference in a patient’s life. by Basia Delawska-Elliott Health Sciences Librarian Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Portland, OR Meeting Jane I was just coming back from lunch when I ran into Jane at the hospital entrance. I was so glad to see her! Jane was a cancer patient, who used to be a library regular, but she had not come into the library for quite a while and I feared the worst. Jane first came to see us having just received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Straight from the doctor’s of...
Source: Dragonfly - November 18, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News from Network Members News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest Winner
We are happy to announce Kathy Fatkin as the winner of the 2014 Medical Librarians Month Contest! Kathy has won a $1500 travel scholarship to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas. Thanks to all who entered and for telling us your story about how you have made a difference.  Additional entries will be posted over the next few days. by Kathy J. Fatkin PhD, AHIP, RN Medical Librarian, Researcher & Evidence-Based Practice Coordinator Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Idaho Falls, ID I am a solo librarian working at a community hospital and like other health sciences librarians I work to provide health information that will i...
Source: Dragonfly - November 14, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News from Network Members News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

PNR Rendezvous for November 19 – Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum
Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum presented by Jane D. Saxton, Director of Library Services, and Jennifer Beardsley, Senior Librarian, of Bastyr University. (David Tolmie, Librarian, Bastyr University, fully collaborated on the content of this webinar.) November 19, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska, 2 PM Mountain) The development of case-based medical school curricula integrating the basic and clinical sciences has been a trend in medical education for over a decade. In this webinar, learn about Bastyr University’s experiences integrating an evidence-info...
Source: Dragonfly - November 12, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Maddie Romansic Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

November is National Native American Heritage Month
During November, the nation collectively recognizes the achievements, contributions and rich culture of the Native Americans. History Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 with the annual meeting of the Congress of the American Indian Association, building upon previous work of Dr. Arthur C. Parker. Despite this proclamation, various states began organizing days of commemoration at different times of the year. It wasn’t until 1990 that a joint resolution from the White House was issued, designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Learn more about the history of Native Americ...
Source: Dragonfly - November 12, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Public Health Source Type: news

Dr. Lindberg to retire
Pictured from left to right, Dr. Donald Lindberg witnesses the Semiahmoo blessing of NLM’s totem with Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen and Chairman of the Lummi Nation Cliford Cultee in September of 2011. Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) since 1984, has announced he will retire at the end of March 2015. The Medical Library Association named Dr. Lindberg as an honorary member in Spring 2014, noting: “Health professionals, health information practitioners, and the general public have benefitted immeasurably from enhancements to the databases, products, and servic...
Source: Dragonfly - November 7, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: News from NLM News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

National Adoption Week is November 3-9
Many people look forward to having their own biological children at some point in their lives. However, many find that is not possible for various reasons.  Adoption is another way to become a parent.  It is also a way to gain a parent.  For many adoptees, being welcomed into a loving family is also an event to be anticipated. MedlinePlus offers a selection of authoritative resources on all things adoption whether it is financial and legal issues or searching for biological relatives.  These resources will offer insight into the option of adoption for those considering or information for adopted familie...
Source: Dragonfly - November 3, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Next Hot Topics Webinar: Ebola Preparedness in Washington State
As the current Ebola outbreak continues to unfold, public health departments around the country are readying their staff and communities for a possible response. In the November session of Hot Topics, Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH, will speak about the Ebola preparedness efforts underway in Washington State. In the one-hour presentation, Lindquist will discuss how the state health department is working with hospitals, clinical providers, and laboratory workers to ensure proper procedures for case identification, laboratory testing, and infection control. He will also provide a brief overview of the virus and its clinical sympto...
Source: Dragonfly - October 28, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Emergency Preparedness Public Health Training & Education Source Type: news

Educational Opportunity: “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course
  Send in Your Application to Participate in “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course Health science librarians in the United States are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the N...
Source: Dragonfly - October 27, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Training & Education Source Type: news

Polio Then and Now: From Salk’s Game-Changing Vaccine to Today’s Resurgence
Credit: CDC photo by S. Smith. Member of an Emergency Citizens Group in Oklahoma City, radioing information to headquarters during the 1963 Polio Eradication Campaign. Public Health Image Library (http://phil.cdc.gov), #1624. This is a guest post written by Ann Glusker, MLIS, MPH, Reference and Consumer Health Librarian at The Seattle Public Library. The library world is a small one, and when I heard that a friend of a friend had worked with Jonas Salk, and that she would be interested in speaking about him and his work to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, a program was born!  What could be more timely than ...
Source: Dragonfly - October 23, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: News from Network Members Public Health Source Type: news

Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Opportunities: How to Become a Certified Application Counselor and Marketplace Enrollment Information
Thinking about having a Certified Application Counselor on staff to help with this year’s Affordable Care Act enrollment? Join this webinar on Thursday from the Partnership Center to learn how you can become a CAC Organization and Champion for Coverage. Or if you just want to be informed and get ready for enrollment (begins November 15) you might be interested to check out the Health Insurance Marketplace 101 webinar coming up next week: Webinars on the Health Care Law The HHS Partnership Center has updated webinars on the health care law for faith and community organizations. All webinars are open to the public and ...
Source: Dragonfly - October 22, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Public Health Training & Education Source Type: news

New Versions of MedlinePlus Mobile Sites Released
Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets.  Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices. The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are...
Source: Dragonfly - October 21, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: News from NLM Technology Source Type: news

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘To End AIDS, Commit to Act‘ – ‘Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar.‘ Established in 2003, the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day campaign works annually at building capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments in order to reach Latino communities, promote HIV testing, and provide HIV prevention information and access to care. The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), the Hispanic Federation and many other organizations organize this day. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which now guides all...
Source: Dragonfly - October 14, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Health Insurance Exchange: One year anniversary
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the launch of the Health Insurance Exchange and the chaos surrounding it! Enrollment for the Health Insurance Exchange (also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace) begins November 15, 2014 and goes to February 15, 2015. Many individuals enrolled last year and some changes have occurred. For instance, Oregon’s Cover Oregon website remains a place to start but Oregon has switched to using Healthcare.gov for its Health Insurance Exchange source. Those involved in the Health Insurance Exchange process may want to take some time to review the information in prepa...
Source: Dragonfly - October 12, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Training & Education Source Type: news

PNR Update
Fall is a busy season! Here’s a quick summary about what’s happening in the NN/LM PNR. New Coordinators in the NN/LM PNR • Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, NN/LM PNR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, effective Sept. 15, 2014 • Emily Glenn, MSLS, AHIP, NN/LM PNR Community Health Outreach Coordinator, effective Sept. 22, 2014 Former PNR coordinators appointed to new positions at University of Washington (UW) • Gail Kouame, MLS, Assistant Director for HEALWA (http://heal-wa.org/), effective August 18, 2014 • Mahria Lebow, MLIS, UW Data Repository Librarian, effective October 1, 2014 Update at Qui...
Source: Dragonfly - October 7, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: Funding News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

PNR Staff News
Mahria Lebow has accepted a new appointment at the University of Washington as Data Repository Librarian. Effective October 1, she will oversee the design and development of the UW Data Repository. This is a new initiative at UW Libraries, propelled in part by the Obama Administration memorandum on public access to the results of federally funded research and data. Since May 2012, Mahria has served the region as the PNR Regional Technology Coordinator. She has provided numerous webinars, presentations and workshops, and staffed many exhibits at health and technology conferences to promote emerging technologies and emergi...
Source: Dragonfly - October 1, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Catherine Burroughs Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

October is National Medical Librarians Month!
Each October is National Medical Librarians Month. See the Medical Library Association’s web site for ideas to promote your library and download a poster:  This year’s theme is:”Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.” To recognize Medical Librarians Month, and the  critical resources and services you provide to your institution, the NN/LM PNR is sponsoring  a contest. The winner will receive a $1500 travel scholarship to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas for travel costs including: flight, hotel, and per diem. To enter the contest, write a brief article about how you, as a librarian, have ...
Source: Dragonfly - September 30, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Hello from Emily Glenn: New Community Health Outreach Coordinator
Hello to all in the Pacific Northwest Region! My name is Emily Glenn and I am the new Community Health Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region. In this position, I will promote awareness and use of NLM resources, particularly for unaffiliated health professionals and the public health workforce serving minority, rural, and underserved communities in our region. I will also be sharing news about factors impacting community healthcare, such as health disparities, the electronic health record, and Accountable Care Organizations. If see me at meetings, exhibits and other events, come by and introduce yourse...
Source: Dragonfly - September 26, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Emily Glenn Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news