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Our Bodies, Our Lives: Health Education for Living with HIV/AIDS

On Saturday, October 9, 2010, Pacific College San Diego held a Conference on HIV and AIDS health education and awareness at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. It was made possible by a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Award for 2009-2011 to reach the San Diego community with a series of local workshops to offer health information resources from NLM. Hosted by Naomi Broering and Gregory Chauncey from PCOM Library, the conference speakers also included David Nash (NLM), Terry Cunningham (Chief of STD/HIV Branch for Public Health Services, San Diego County), and Thomas Kouo, DAOM, L.Ac. (PCOM Alum). Offering a new approach to those who need HIV information, the sessions increased awareness of free, reliable, online resources, including the NLM/NIH's), MedlinePlus, PubMed, and NIH AIDS Info System.

Click below to view these presentations on YouTube:
David Nash, National Library of Medicine
Terry Cunningham, Chief of STD/HIV Branch for Public Health Services, San Diego County
Thomas Kouo, L.Ac., PCOM Alum
NIH AIDS Info System by Naomi Broering
MedlinePlus by Gregory Chauncey


NCLIS California, PCOM Library, Award winner in national top 10

The United States National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) named the California winner of the 2006 NCLIS Health Information Awards for Libraries: the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library (PCOML) in San Diego. The PCOM Library was also one of 10 National finalists.

Senior health information needs in San Diego

PCOM Dean of Libraries Naomi C. Broering holds NCLIS award with NCLIS Chairperson C. Beth Fitzsimmons May 3, 2006.

PCOM Library won the award in California for offering the first San Diego library outreach program to address health information needs of over 50,000 Seniors in the San Diego area. Many are new culturally diverse San Diegans of Hispanic, African American, Asian, and Eastern European backgrounds. They are also low-income and cannot typically access the quality health information they need for preventing disease, and coping with health problems. The PCOM Library's programs help eliminate barriers for at risk San Diego seniors. PCOML's award-winning project is a model consumer-health outreach program in partnership with five local San Diego clinics, senior centers, and libraries that enable seniors to electronically access reliable, accurate and authoritative health information.

Sample topics the program covers are: home health care options, patient education information, and healthy lifestyles.

In receiving the award at NLM, Naomi Cordero Broering, PCOML dean of libraries said: "I am thrilled that PCOM's consumer health information outreach program, launched only two years ago, received national recognition. The NCLIS award of $1,000 will be used to support our service a while longer until we can find additional funding. We hope to parlay this recognition to create a Center for Health Information Service at the library."


The NCLIS awards honor library programs that address one or more of the following: dietary choices; exercise; smoking cessation; alcohol and/or drug abuse prevention or cessation; immunizations and health screenings; and improved health literacy, that is, the ability to understand and make use of health information. In each state, a panel of judges selected winners based on how well that state's program encourages lifestyle improvement among the target population, the program's adaptability, collaboration with local organizations, and outreach success to people with low-information literacy skills.

For more information about PCOM Lib contact Naomi C. Broering, Dean of libraries, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at 619-574-6909 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: http://www.library.ca.gov/newsletter/2006/2006spring/nclis.html


There are Exciting New Services this year:

  1. Health Information Literacy Workshops and Instruction on Library use are offered at the San Diego Library as follows:

    Basic Library Instruction - A Tutorial which covers use of the new On-line Catalog and Navigating the Library Web site. Students learn how to find and locate library books, journals, videos, audiotapes and special research papers through computers and via the Internet from home. An instructional brochure is also available.

    Database Instruction - Two Tutorials: These ½ hour sessions include MedlinePlus and PUB MED workshops. Students learn how to search for information from the National Library of Medicine's authoritative databases. Instructional brochures are also available.

    E-Resources, EBooks, Online Journals and Mobile Devices- The workshops cover access to multiple resources, use of Mobile Devices and Apps. Click Online Tutorials.

    How to Register? - Sign-up at the library front desk. Instruction is scheduled two times per week for small groups, usually during the noon hour.

    For Self-Study Orientation - Copies of "How to Use the PCOM Library" are available at the Library's front desk.
  2. Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery Services - The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Library is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and is part of the DOCLINE interlibrary loan system through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the NIH. This service agreement enables the PCOM library to provide our users with journal articles from citations in Pub Med and other sources that are not in the PCOM library collection. The Library accepts ILL requests of materials not available here for students, faculty and staff affiliated with PCOM. The NN/LM lending library fees range between $11 to $15 per journal article or book. Click forILL form. Loansome Doc capabilities can be made for PCOM faculty and alumni upon request. PCOM ILL services are available to other libraries or users for the NLM fee. Requests may be made by email, fax or DOCLINE (CAUJKV). FAX and RUSH services are available. Payment is through EFTS. To view the PCOM holdings list, click JOURNALS on the left side bar.

  3. New Book Lists are available at the front desk and in the quarterly Newsletter.


Library Advisory Committee ByLaws Click for document.


Library Committee Members

SD campus 2014

  • Chair: Gretchen Seitz, LAc, DAOM,
  • Dong Ji, PhD, LAc, Joann Xie, MS Pharm, PhD, Luis Corvera, LAc, MSTOM, Leslie McCoy, LAc, DAOM, Brian Kouo, DAOM, MSTOM, LAc, Barry Xin, OMD, PhD, Catherine Austin, LAc, DAOM
  • New Members: Steven Levitt, LAc, Clinic, Co Dir.; Warren Sheir, LAC, DAOM, Chair, Herbs
  • Ex officio, Naomi Broering, MLS, MA, FACMI, Dean of Libraries
  • Ad hoc members:
  • Stacy Gomes, EdD, MAEd, VP Academic Affairs
  • Teri Powers, DAOM, VP Program Development, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Deborah Reuss, MA, HHP, NCBTMB, Dean Asian Holistic Health and Massage



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