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Delay for NLM Resource Sharing Availability via OCLC

PSR News - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:31

The new National Library of Medicine (NLM) interlibrary loan (ILL) resource sharing program through the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has been delayed until after January 1, 2018. For additional information, visit NLM Interlibrary Loan Service: Two Changes Effective January 1, 2018.

Notice will be provided when a new 2018 implementation date is determined and when resource sharing through OCLC is available. Until then, DOCLINE and the NLM ILL Web Portal remain as options for borrowing from NLM.

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Website Widgets for Consumer Health Resources

PSR News - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:25

Widgets are small applications that allow access to content from other websites directly on your own website. Many government organizations offer free health-related widgets, including the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other divisions under the US Health And Human Services Department (HHS). Add these widgets to your organization’s website to provide users with quick access to reliable health information and local health resources:

  • MedlinePlus Widgets: Place the MedlinePlus search box on your website and open results in the same window or a new window.
  • TOXMAP Widget: This widget created by NLM allows users to launch a TOXMAP search from a blog, wiki, or Web page.
  • CDC Widgets: Find a variety of widgets related to diseases and conditions, healthy living, injury/violence prevention and safety, interactive infographics, tobacco and smoking, and more.
  • Health Widgets from Find widgets that provide consumers with personalized recommendations for clinical preventive services based on the age, sex, and pregnancy status they enter, for themselves or a loved one, in both Spanish and English. Also find widgets with infection prevention tips and exercise recommendations.
  • Locator Widgets from SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helps users find substance abuse or mental health facilities in a specific location.
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NNLM PSR Membership Changes

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2017-12-21 12:51

We would like to provide you with an annual update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last update in December 2016, we have welcomed 15 new members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article.

New Members

California University of Science and Medicine
San Bernardino, HI
Jan Kuebel-Hernandez
Joined December 19, 2017

Hawaii Department of Health
Oahu Community Mental Health Centers
Honolulu, HI
Claire Rausch
Joined November 22, 2017

Arcadia Public Library
Arcadia, CA
Patricia Smith
Joined November 14, 2017

Guam Regional Medical City
Dededo, Guam
Melliza Young
Joined November 6, 2017

Stanislaus County Library
Modesto, CA
Olga Cardenas
Joined October 5, 2017

Mount St. Mary’s University
Los Angeles, CA
Danielle Salomon
Joined September 6, 2017

Pima County Health Department
Tucson, AZ
Kelli Stephens
Joined August 21, 2017

Mayo Clinic Learning Resource Center
Johnson Research Building
Scottsdale, AZ
Lisa Marks
Joined April 19, 2017

Mayo Clinic Patient Library & Research Center
Phoenix, AZ
Lisa Marks
Joined April 19, 2017

Mayo Clinic Patient & Health Education Library
Scottsdale, AZ
Lisa Marks
Joined April 19, 2017

NEC-Zero Project, College of Nursing, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Christina Wyles
Joined February 16, 2017

San Diego Miramar College Library
San Diego, CA
Roger Olson
Joined February 7, 2017

Polytechnic High School Library
Long Beach, CA
Annasarah Ferguson
Joined January 27, 2017

Flagstaff City – Coconino County Public Library
Flagstaff, AZ
Claudine Taillac, Librarian, Volunteer Services & Training
Joined January 24, 2017

Hawaii State Department of Health
Honolulu, HI
Joined January 9, 2017

Also, the following libraries no longer participate in DOCLINE. Please update your routing tables. While removing these libraries, check your routing tables for libraries labeled “Closed” or “Not a DOCLINE Library.” (Do not remove libraries that are listed as “Inactive” since they are most likely on vacation.)

No Longer Participating in DOCLINE

Western Nevada College
Carson City, NV

Northern Inyo Hospital
Medical Library
Bishop, CA

Verde Valley Medical Center
Medical Library
Cottonwood, AZ


University Medical Center
Health Sciences Library
Las Vegas, NV

University of Southern California
Gerontology Library
Los Angeles, CA

Westech College
Fontana, CA

West Hills Hospital and Medical Center
Medical Library
West Hills, CA

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Tips to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

SCR News - Thu, 2017-12-21 10:47

“Photo” by Mira Bohzko via Unsplash, November 23, 2017, CCO.

The holiday season brings wonderful things such as family traditions, gifts, potential paid time off work, and extra time with loved ones.  It can also be very stressful and pose potential health risks.  Navigating the holiday crowds, preparing for out of town houseguests, and cooking large dinners are just a few of the things that could lead to pitfalls this holiday season.

Will you be traveling via airplane for your holiday plans? offers a list of recommendations that include using disinfecting wipes on armrests, tray tables, seatbelt buckles and air vents in the area of your assigned seat.

Do you work in an office that has a seemingly never ending delivery of holiday treats? Mayo Clinic has a list of holiday nutrition tips you can utilize!

For a more comprehensive list of ways to for stay safe (and sane) this holiday season, the CDC offers some great tips including preparing food safely and washing your hands often.

We also can’t forget the fire risks associated with real Christmas trees and overburdened electrical outlets.  Visit the National Fire Protection Association website to learn more about home safety at Christmas time.

No matter how you celebrate this holiday season, NNLM SCR encourages you to do so in a safe and healthy manner!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Thu, 2017-12-21 09:43

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Regional office will be closed December 22 through January 1 during the University of Pittsburgh winter break. Happy holidays from all of us at NNLM MAR!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments – MARquee News Highlights

I Used the Tearless Logic Model Method and It Worked. Nobody Cried! – NEO Shop Talk

New on YouTube:

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

Happy One Billion, PubMed Central!NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Sharing a Story of HopeNIH Director’s Blog Further Enhancements to FunctionalityNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

ClinVar Unveils New, More Intuitive Variation DisplayNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

2018 MeSH Highlights – January 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Join NTO and NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature the change of contraindications from subheading to MeSH heading; new publication types; updates to classification of isotopes and radioisotopes; additional terminology for viruses, smoking, and sugars; and restructuring in plant and animal taxonomies. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

NCBI Minute: QuickBLASTP — a program for rapidly finding high-scoring protein matches in large databases – January 10, 12:00-12:30 PM ET – In this webinar, NCBI staff will demonstrate the new QuickBLASTP service that can search large databases at least 10X faster than traditional protein-protein BLAST (blastp). You will learn about the strategy QuickBLASTP uses to speed up the search. You will also see how to use the new QuickBLASTP service on the NCBI web BLAST site and how to access and run the standalone kblastp demonstration release.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar to learn about NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will highlight resources for special populations, special needs, and mobile apps for on-the-go preparedness!

Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps – January 10, 3:30-4:30 PM ET – Join MAR and County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to learn about Moving from Data to Health Equity Action! In this interactive webinar, Toni Lewis from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps will show attendees where they can find the data, evidence, guidance and examples to move their communities from data to action. This webinar will be particularly beneficial to individuals who are considering applying for funding to support community-based library projects.

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!

Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic -January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Other Items of Interest

5 Tips to Beat Holiday Health Pitfalls – Office on Women’s Health Blog

NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a special highlight on the MARquee!

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

MCR News - Wed, 2017-12-20 13:55

How do light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, St. John’s wort, melatonin, and vitamin D stack up as treatments for SAD? The current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest has all the latest research /da

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Teachers: Classroom Resources on Drug Effects

MCR News - Wed, 2017-12-20 13:45

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has free resources just for teachers! Explore lessons, activities, and drug facts to educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use – /da

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In 2018, I resolve to…

NER News - Wed, 2017-12-20 09:30

Buone Feste

Definition of Resolve, transitive verb

5: to reach a firm decision about: resolve to get more sleep; resolve disputed points in a text.
Source: Merriam-Webster

In the work world, there are all sorts of “new years”, usually tied to the fiscal or funding cycles of the workplace. When I worked in public libraries, our fiscal year was July 1. At the end of June, we were madly spending money in a use-it-or-lose-it way. At the hospital library where I most recently worked, our fiscal year was October 1. As autumn rolled around, we were identifying our most impressive statistics to share with hospital administrators. Here at NNLM, our funding cycle starts on May 1. Just past our halfway point, this is a great time to decide how we want to finish out our year.

For me, this is a time to reflect on personal work goals. Some of these goals are of the “get more sleep” variety. Methods of pacing myself and staying on task. Other goals are akin to the “resolve disputed points.” The disputes are internal. The times when I inwardly groan, such as needing to take CITI Training once again. Or, when I have to coach myself through facing a new circumstance. Or, when I find myself going toe to toe with my old friend Procrastination.

Upcoming Endeavors

In 2018, I resolve to…

  • Finish developing the Business of Healthcare webinar for January. This webinar is aimed at serving hospital librarians in the New England Region, but open to anyone. Please join us!
  • Deliver the Grants and Proposal Writing webinar in February. Thinking of applying for NNLM funding for our 2018-2019 cycle? This webinar is perfectly timed for you.
  • Co-present NNLM’s Stand Up for Health preconference at the Public Library Association Conference. If you will be in Philadelphia this coming March, let me know.
  • Write and submit the Consumer Column for the Journal of Hospital Librarianship. I have a March/April deadline. Here’s when Procrastination will surely show up.

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays from the NTO

NTO News - Tue, 2017-12-19 17:34
Happy Holidays from the NTO

NTO 2017 Holiday Card

Thanks for joining us on our ongoing educational journey through NLM’s wide variety of resources! We have some great things cooking for 2018, including courses on instructional design, bioinformatics, research data management, and of course new installments of our steadfast series PubMed for Librarians, Teaching Topics, and Discovering TOXNET.

Stay abreast of all of the Network’s upcoming course offerings by signing up for weekly email alerts. Here’s how. And remember, you can now earn free MLA Continuing Education credit for watching the PML series on YouTube. Our holiday gift to you!

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Happy Holidays

MCR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 15:15

We hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.

Many of the MCR coordinators will be away next week.

The Utah offices will be open Wednesday and Thursday, December 27-28.

There will be no Education email or RML News next week.

We look forward to working with you in the New Year!

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Hazardous Chemical Resource for the Classroom

MCR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 14:58

Teachers! For your next lesson on hazardous chemicals, utilize this informative database!

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Find and Share Programming Ideas

MCR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 14:54

Are you looking for a program idea to implement in your community? Do you have great ideas to share? The Programming Librarian is a great place to get ideas and share successes for all types of libraries looking to fill their role as cultural and civic hubs.

Submit program ideas: /da

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Environmental Impact of Storms and Floods

MCR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 14:51

How can storms and floods be an environmental hazard? Learn why at ToxTown:

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Gathering for the Holidays? Learn More about Your Family Health History.

MCR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 14:42

Get to know your family better this holiday season by talking about health /da

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Outreach Videos Available on the National Library of Medicine YouTube Channel

PSR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 14:41

If you need educational videos to teach students about environmental health topics, or maybe an overview of how family caregivers can use MedlinePlus, you can find these videos and more through the Outreach and Services playlist on the NLM YouTube channel. Check out the following examples:

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So you want to be an outreach librarian? Spotlight on Heidi Marleau

GMR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 14:39


Next up in our spotlight on Partner Outreach Librarians is Heidi Marleau. Heidi is one of the GMR’s Partner Outreach librarians from Wisconsin who conducts outreach on behalf of the GMR, presenting educational sessions on National Library of Medicine resources. See our website to learn more about our Partner Outreach Libraries.

Name: Heidi Marleau
Title: Associate Director, Ebling Library, UWisc-Madison

Our five questions:

  1. How long have you been in the role of an outreach librarian? 5 years
  2. How did you get involved in outreach? Due to a change in staff duties, we needed a new outreach coordinator and it was good fit for me.
  3. What is the favorite outreach project that you’ve done so far? I like to make a difference in high school student’s lives when they visit the library to do research.
  4. What outreach activity do you hope to do in the future? I would like to be invited to work with our Pediatrics department Summer Scholar’s program which introduces research techniques to high school students.
  5. What is the one thing you wished you had known before you got started in outreach? That unfortunately public health professionals are extremely busy people so although they have a lot to benefit from our resources, they may not have time to learn about and access them.
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MedlinePlus now has lab test information

MCR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 14:38

MedlinePlus now has lab test information!  Learn why your doctor ordered a lab test, and what the results may mean. /da

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New Student PSA Projects for NLM Resources

SEA News - Tue, 2017-12-19 12:42

Written by: Terri Ottosen, Outreach and Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A).

Contact Terri at:

For several years, Terri Ottosen, has worked with Marketing and Advertising students at Columbia College in Chicago. Based on a contact made while attending the Health Literacy Leadership Institute in Boston, she was introduced to Professor Laurence Minsky. Each semester, Mr Minsky and Terri present to the students the development of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to promote MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Students learn as they prepare a marketing strategy and develop advertising spots. In this case, they experience working with a government agency to develop a PSA. This semester’s students did an outstanding job.

The PSAs the students completed are now available on the NN/LM YouTube channel. Efforts are now underway to promote them widely and encourage others to have them aired on their local public broadcasting, cable channels, and other venues. Hopefully, this will result in more people becoming aware of the excellent resources and information available on both MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Check out the PSA spots below:   (MedlinePlus, 60 seconds)   (, 30 seconds)

A working group is being established to promote these videos widely. If you have ideas for future PSAs for the students to work on, questions, or comments, please contact Terri at


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Happy Holidays from MAR!

MAR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 12:38

To all of our colleagues across the network, we hope you will have a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year! Please note that the MAR offices will be closed from December 22-January 1, reopening on January 2. We look forward to serving our members in 2018 and beyond!

Happy Holidays from NNLM MAR

Photo from right to left: Sue Burke (Administrative Specialist), Tristan Lucchetti (business manager), Barbara Epstein (Director), Hannah Sinemus (Technology Liaison and holiday card designer), Renae Barger (Program Lead), Michelle Burda (Education and Health Literacy Coordinator), Kate Flewelling (Executive Director), Erin Seger (Health Professions Coordinator), Lydia Collins (Consumer Health Coordinator), Elaina Vitale (Academic Coordinator).

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The Lesser Known Impact of Terror Attacks

SCR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 09:24

“Elizabeth” by Ian Espinoza via Unsplash, August 21, 2017, CCO.

Terror attacks are horrifying and produce obvious, immediate effects such as loss of human life, injury, property loss, and emotional impact.  Norwegian researches recently found that there might be a less obvious but potentially debilitating impact; migraines and/or daily headaches.

“We found that the survivors more often suffer from headaches as compared to controls, with more frequent and severe complaints such as migraine,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Synne Stensland, of the Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies in Oslo.

This study found that terror attack survivors had a higher risk three to four times that of those in a control group.  This still held true even when other factors, including past exposure to violence, were considered.

Dr. Matthew Robbins is director of inpatient services at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. He said, “We know that a stressful life event can lead to a new headache disorder, or make an existing one even worse.”

If you experience any of the following symptoms, Mayo Clinic recommends seeing a doctor immediately or going to an emergency room:

  • An abrupt, severe headache like a thunderclap
  • Headache with fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision, weakness, numbness or trouble speaking
  • Headache after a head injury, especially if the headache gets worse
  • A chronic headache that is worse after coughing, exertion, straining or a sudden movement
  • New headache pain if you’re older than 50

To learn more about the study, click here.

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