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NTO News - Tue, 2017-10-03 14:30

The NTO is hiring an instructional technologist. The position is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It is a three-year appointment. More information, salary and application info below. 

The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah invite applications for an Instructional Technologist for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). The NTO supports the training and educational missions of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) by delivering high-quality, innovative training to diverse audiences nationwide in support of the effective use of NLM information products and services.

The NNLM has embarked on a 3-year pilot program with the NIH All of Us Research Program to stimulate and facilitate community engagement and participant support through the NNLM, including developing community based participatory programming for geographic areas. The Instructional Technologist promotes the use of technology-based resources in learning and teaching and provides consultation, instruction, and assistance to a national network of educators and librarians in the editing, design, and production of learning objects, classes and curricula in support the All of Us Community Engagement program. Salary:  $31,600 – $52,000 /yr


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Job Postings: LMS Developers, NNLM Web Services Office (NWSO), University of Pittsburgh

SEA News - Tue, 2017-10-03 13:19

The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of National Network of Libraries of Medicine Web Services Office (NWSO) is currently hiring both a Lead Learning Management System (LMS) Developer and Assistant Learning Management System Administrator/Developer.

The positions will primarily be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the NNLM LMS and build a new LMS for the NIH All of Us initiative. To learn more about each of the positions, requirements, and to how apply, please visit the University of Pittsburgh site:

The anticipated application deadline is December 2, 2017.

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October 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2017-10-03 12:35
Illustration of woman and her friend remembering a person who passed away

Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Coping With Grief: Life After Loss
  • Losing someone you love can change your world. There’s no right or wrong way to mourn. Finding healthy ways to cope with loss can help you make it through tough times.

  • Featured Website: Aging Information
  • Looking for advice about healthy aging? You can find what you need on the recently redesigned website from NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA).

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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MCR Members and Services

MCR News - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:27

Here are some services for and by NNLM members.

  • We encourage all DOCLINE users to  participate in the Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS.) It’s an efficient and easy way to pay for your interlibrary loans borrowed from other DOCLINE libraries. Here are 5 reasons to join.  To learn more about the program click here
  • Likewise, DOCLINE users can participate in the Loansome Doc  (LD) program. This program provides full text access to unaffiliated heath professionals and others who need articles but prefer to order them using LD.   We encourage any DOCLINE library to provide this vital service.
  • All member institutions are invited to get involved in directly  in our programming.   Here are just a few ways to get involved: Submt and article to MidContinental Messenger newsletter; help the NNLM exhibiting; co-teach or co-present with a NNLM Coordinator; share your knowledge in a NNLM sponsored webinar.  If you wish to participate, but don’t know where to start, contact your state coordinator and let them know you wish to volunteer.   [jh]


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DOCLINE Users: Preserve Print with MedPrint

MCR News - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:10

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) are continuing their partnership in the quest to preserve print copies of biomedical journal titles through the medical serials print retention program (MedPrint.)  Realizing that we may not always have access to digitized articles, the NLM and many medical libraries have partnered to preserve print copies of a group of core biomedical journal titles.

The program is cooperative and voluntary .  The NLM has seven guidelines for libraries interested in participating. Among the more notable points are  that a MedPrint library has to be a DOCLINE participant. Generally, all you need do is view the list of titles yet needed, and sign an agreement with the NLM.If your library has a large collection of titles and you wish to learn more about the program  you may visit the MedPrint home page.  Questions?: You may contact the Member Services Coordinator  [jh]

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National Medical Librarians Month 2017

SCR News - Mon, 2017-10-02 18:40

Happy National Medical Librarians Month! As the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, we aim to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through increased access to health information. While our region makes up only Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, there is an NNLM for every state, all with the same mission.

One of the ways we fulfill this mission is by partnering with health science libraries, medical libraries, and in turn their librarians. By being a member of your local NNLM, they have the opportunity to apply for grants to help fulfill our mission as well through programs that are best suited for their local populations.

This month, we celebrate those medical librarians we work with, and we hope you will help us celebrate them too!

To find out more about National Medical Librarians Month, please visit the Medical Library Association’s website.

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and like us on Twitter.

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Making Sense of the Numbers—Health Numeracy and You (and Me)

PNR News - Mon, 2017-10-02 14:47

This post is the first in our “Health Literacy Month” series happening this month, October 2017

As health care becomes more sophisticated and complex, it’s more and more likely that we will face situations where we have to use numerical skills to figure out our own treatment choices.  Our capacity to deal with the numerical component of health information is called “health numeracy” and it’s akin to health literacy, but is not the same thing (people can have high literacy and low numeracy, and you can’t tell by looking what a person’s numeracy level is!).   The challenges relating to numeracy are many, and can defeat even people (including health care providers) with the best intentions.  According to an article in The New York Times, one study found that almost 85% of parents gave their children the wrong dose of liquid cough medicine, and of those wrong doses, 68% were overdoses.  Scary!

So, now, want to learn more?

First, consider attending a FREE online health numeracy class, “Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits, and Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics”.  It’s by the NNLM’s own Michelle Burda, and it’s a great overview of the topic, and some ways to think about numerical aspects of health.

Second, if you want an overview of how to work with people who may have numeracy challenges, check out this article (coincidentally, by me, and starting on page 28), “Safety in Numbers: Helping People with Health Numeracy Challenges (Which is All of Us)”.

Third, we can talk about best practices around numeracy all we want, but what happens when you are a numeracy expert and yet are faced with your own health challenge which requires you to calculate risks and future possibilities?  You will find that it’s not ALL about the numbers!  Listen here, to the moving story of Professor Brian Zikmund-Fisher.

And last but not least, take a look at a great tool developed by Dr. Zikmund-Fisher.  It’s called IconArray (and there’s a clinician-focused version too!).  If you are wanting to show what a certain percentage, or risk, looks like (to anyone, not just someone you think may have limited numeracy!) it takes 30 seconds with this great tool–see the screenshot below.

Do you have any numeracy-related tips or tricks that you want to share?  Please enter them in the comments—we’re all in this together!

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The National Network of Libraries of

MCR News - Mon, 2017-10-02 14:13

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has embarked on a 3-year pilot program with the NIH All of Us Research Program  to stimulate and facilitate community engagement and participant support through the NNLM, including developing community based participatory programming for geographic areas. This includes engaging participants and other interested parties in management of their personal health data, leveraging the public library as a convener for local All of Us partners and stakeholders, and assessing the impact of libraries on participant retention in the All of Us program. The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the All of Us Community Engagement activities in the MidContinental Region of the NNLM.  We’re looking for a self-starter who wants to contribute to a national program and work at the regional level.

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