Emergency Preparedness Planning: Helping Hospital Librarians Continue Serving Patrons Under Emergency Conditions Bob Pringle, Gail Kouame, Kathy Murray, Marcia Francis, Laurel Egan, Dolores Judkins
In order to increase awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness and response for medical librarians in the Pacific Northwest, five State Emergency Planning Coordinators for the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region, along with a regional coordinator, planned promotional activities and training sessions over the past 2 years. Evaluation of these efforts is being conducted in the summer of 2010 to measure progress and to help plan future endeavors.
Improving Health Literacy for Rural Elderly Gail Kouame
Good health literacy skills are foundational to meaningful health care decision-making and self-care management. Reports indicate the 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty understanding and using everyday health information which is frequently linked to poor self-care management, low use of preventative services, unhealthy behaviors, higher rates of hospitalizations, and poorer health outcomes. Elderly in small, rural, impoverished, geographically-isolated communities are further disadvantaged in improving their health literacy where health information, internet access, health care, and social services are limited.
Open Science, Open Data, Science 2.0: What Are They and Why Should Medical Librarians Care?
As medical librarians, we are used to doing much of our literature searching in the confines of PubMed and are used to long established standards of peer review and traditional models of scholarly publishing.
But with the rise of Web 2.0 and its subset Science 2.0 and the free online collaborative research tools those movements have engendered, science is being done in new ways and peer review is in some instances moving from the shadowy world of the mainstream world of the monopolistic scientific, technical, and medical (STM) publishers to online forums, wikis, comments on preprints uploaded to repositories maintained sometimes not even by universities or research institutes but by ad hoc project-specific groupings of scientists in particular fields or multidisciplinary ones engaged in large-scale projects such as drug discovery.
This presentation will discuss this coming paradigm shift and consider some of its implications for medical librarians.
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