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Jun

25

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New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians Goes Virtual

Posted by on June 25th, 2020 0 comments Tags: , , , , ,

Guest post from Jennifer Chaput about the Virtual New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians that took place on June 11, 2020. Find more information and a link to all the recordings https://sites.google.com/view/nesciboot/home  New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians, now in its 12th year, went virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and… Read More »

Posted in: Commentary, Data, Trainings

Apr

08

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Libraries Closed! Painful Decisions in Response to COVID-19

Posted by on April 8th, 2020 0 comments Tags: , ,

I subscribe to multiple listservs for library staff, with a focus on issues affecting hospital libraries and public libraries. My inbox exploded in March. Librarians were frantically seeking support and guidance during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, the emails were related to spring conferences. Many institutions started restricting travel, and this cascaded… Read More »

Posted in: Commentary

Nov

26

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Fur-get the Stress

Posted by on November 26th, 2019 0 comments Tags: , , , , ,

The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has started a program called “Fur-get the stress”. There are games, coloring, museum passes, and other activities, but the main highlight is a therapy dog that comes in every other week. Finn (short for Finnegan) is the dog that visits the library. He is… Read More »

Posted in: Commentary, NLM Resources

Nov

19

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A Librarian Can Address Substance Use Disorder

Posted by on November 19th, 2019 0 comments Tags: , , ,

This is conference session for my job at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region. That means I get to attend lots of different conferences and meet and connect with a lot of different people. I was at NAHSL last week, and then I attended the symposium, Communities in Crisis: Libraries Respond to… Read More »

Posted in: Commentary, NLM Resources, Patient Engagement, Public Health

Oct

02

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A Librarian can help in a crisis

Posted by on October 2nd, 2019 0 comments

From the earliest outbreaks of Bubonic plague many centuries ago, to recent outbreaks of Ebola, I started to think about the information resources people had when confronting these crises. There couldn’t have been much during the dark ages in Europe. As people faced overwhelming illness and mortality, if they turned to anyone at all it… Read More »

Posted in: Commentary, NLM Resources, Public Health

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