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2018 Library of the Future

MCR News - Mon, 2017-12-11 18:13

Does your library have exciting, innovative ways to train your patrons about information technology?

The ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award honors an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

The annual award consists of $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.  All types of libraries are welcome to apply!

The 2017 award winner was the Muncie Public Library for their innovative “Digital Climbers” program that motivates and inspires children ages eight and up to experiment with technology and master skills that contribute to learning in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

ALA is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Library of the Future Award.  The online application is to be submitted to ALA by February 1, 2018.  For additional information, contact Rene Erlandson, Award Jury Chair, or Cheryl Malden, ALA Governance Office.


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Beyond the SEA Webinar: Disrupting Diversity Narratives: Introducing Critical Conversations in Libraries – February 1, 2018, 2:00 PM ET

SEA News - Mon, 2017-12-11 15:19

Date/Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 2:00 PM ET

Presenter: Ione T. Damasco, Coordinator of Cataloging, Associate Professor, Roesch Library, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Presentation Summary: In 2012, the Association for College and Research Libraries issued a document outlining eleven diversity standards for academic libraries to use in developing the skills and competencies that are necessary to serve diverse populations. The American Library Association lists “diversity” as one of its 11 core values. In 2016, the Medical Library Association identified diversity and inclusion as essential values for the association, and in 2017 appointed a Diversity Task Force to determine how to operationalize these values. Typically, when we use the word “diversity” we refer to specific categories of identity: race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation, to name a few. As libraries and library organizations engage in more diversity initiatives, how is the conversation around diversity, inclusion, and equity taking shape? What is left unsaid when these conversations take place? This session will challenge attendees to unpack, rethink and reframe the diversity conversation. The presenter will share findings from a content analysis project of academic library diversity plans, provide a brief overview of critical race scholarship in the field, and challenge attendees to think critically about current library rhetoric around diversity.

Presenter Bio: Ione T. Damasco is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Cataloging at the University of Dayton. Her primary work involves cataloging, collection development and liaison work for several subject areas. She serves on several teams and committees throughout the Libraries and on campus. Through her work on the University Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Committee, she has been able to make connections across campus with partners to develop and implement programming that fosters a more inclusive campus environment.

Pre-Register: Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

To Join the Webinar:

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4. Click “Join Now”.
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So you want to be an outreach librarian? Spotlight on Kathryn Mlsna

GMR News - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:48

Today we kick off a new feature on Midwest Matters: So you want to be an outreach librarian? The GMR has established a partnership with heath sciences libraries that share NNLM’s mission of outreach. These libraries and librarians conduct outreach on behalf of the GMR office, presenting educational sessions on and promoting National Library of Medicine resources. See our website to learn more about our Partner Outreach Libraries.

Today’s post highlights our Wisconsin colleague, Kathryn Mlsa. Let’s get started!


Name: Kathryn Mlsna
Title: Manager, Public Services and Education, Medical College of Wisconsin

Our five questions:
1. How long have you been in the role of an outreach librarian? 4 years
2. How did you get involved in outreach? I was assigned the role when are dedicated staff member resigned her position.
3. What is your favorite outreach project that you’ve done so far? I presented to Public Reference Librarian on The Health Reference Interview.
4. What outreach activity do you hope to do in the future? Health Literacy for at Risk Youth
5. What is the one thing you wished you had known before you got started in outreach? How fulfilling it would be, because then I would have volunteered for the role!

Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing your expertise and your insights!

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Job Opportunity: NNLM MCR Associate Director

SEA News - Mon, 2017-12-11 13:40

Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR)

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah seeks an imaginative team leader with progressive ideas to lead the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. The Associate Director reports directly to the Executive Director of the Eccles Health Sciences Library. The Associate Director leads a professional team based at the Library and five Partner Libraries in planning and implementing the NNLM MCR program. Directed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NNLM Steering Committee, the Associate Director coordinates the activities of the NNLM MCR with other components of the NNLM program to support the effective use of NLM information products and services and improve health information access. With the NNLM MCR team, the Associate Director assures compliance with all elements of the NLM cooperative agreement. Direct reports include the Assistant Director of the NNLM Training Office, the All of Us Coordinator, and the NNLM MCR staff based at Eccles Health Sciences Library.

The individual in this position prepares an annual budget, reports in a timely fashion, and oversees the NNLM MCR communication with all stakeholders. Responsibilities also include monitoring new developments related to NLM products and services, information technology, and information policy. All librarians are expected to contribute to the profession through service, scholarship, outreach, and mentoring. This position is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position.

Apply at:

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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Native Voices exhibit in the PNR region

PNR News - Mon, 2017-12-11 12:21

The National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Program includes the very popular Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. This exhibit is currently traveling the country as part of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the American Library Association (ALA). In 2017 three libraries in the Pacific Northwest Region hosted the exhibit:

  • Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia, WA
  • Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem, MT
  • Blackfeet Community College, Browning, MT

Eva English, Library Director of Aaniiih Nakoda College Library, described what their institution planned around the exhibit:

Aaniiih Nakoda College received the Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness exhibit on June 21, and held our opening program on Wednesday, June 28 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC) American Indian Studies Director, Sean Chandler, gave the opening prayer and blessing. ANC Dean of Academic Affairs, Carmen Taylor, gave a welcome address. Dr. Liz McClain spoke about inequities in health care as related to the Zortman/Landusky/Pegasus mine. Mary Anne Hansen, Professor/Reference Librarian, Sheila Bonnand, Instructional Services Librarian, both of MSU-Bozeman Libraries, spoke about and demonstrated how to utilize information from various websites and LaVerne Parker Parker spoke about  “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare”. 17 people were in attendance. We were able to broadcast the speakers via Facebook Live which had 167 views and reached 403 people.

Our second speaker event was held Wednesday, July 19, with Nursing Professor, Billie Jo Brown as the keynote speaker. She spoke about “Bringing Nursing and Education Home.”  We were once again able to make this talk available through the Library’s Facebook Page by “going live” to allow more people to view the presentation. 71 people viewed the video and it reached 207.  The Exhibit was shown at the ANC Library through July 28.

Through the exhibit we were able to partner with several other organizations including MSU-Extension who provided snacks for our events, MSU-Bozeman Libraries who provided speakers and transportation, and Fort Belknap Diabetes Prevention, who encouraged their participants to attend the presentations.

Aaron LaFromboise, Library Director of Medicine Spring Library of Blackfeet Community College, conveyed what her library planned: 

Medicine Spring Library hosted the Native Voices exhibit from August 16 – September 28, 2017. Several of the Blackfeet Community College classes took advantage of the exhibit to learn more about health in other Native communities. The exhibit was housed near the back of the library, but our patrons were enticed to learn more with a kiosk placed near the front entrance. We fielded many questions and invited our patrons to make their way back to the full exhibit. We had four events associated with the exhibition.

Opening Reception – with Montana State University Librarians facilitating a discussion on finding health resources.

Other events included a session on Advocating for Your Health, and The Benefits of Growing Your Own Food. In our session on Advocating for your Health, local hospital and clinic staff talked about how to be prepared for appointments, and how to keep track of symptoms to help doctors with diagnosis. In the Benefits of Growing Your Own Food session, we discussed the physical benefits of gardening, and the added benefit of locally grown food.

The final day of the exhibit coincided with the Blackfeet Community College’s annual Days of the Piikani. On this day, our tribe also hosted a Confederacy meeting (the Blackfeet are a part of an international confederacy of tribes, Blackfeet, Kainai, Sitsika, and Piegan). We invited our Canadian relatives to an open house, in which the Native Voices served as an attraction at the college.

Thank you to both Eva and Aaron for so graciously contributing to this blog posting regarding the Native Voices exhibit.

The Native Voices exhibit will be visiting two more sites in Montana in 2018. We hope to hear from them about the activities planned and the community impact. We encourage libraries and other organizations in our region to consider hosting a NLM traveling exhibit. A webinar, where libraries reported their experiences, is also available to provide more information.

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Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments

MAR News - Mon, 2017-12-11 10:45

In much of the Northern Hemisphere, December through February is prime time for colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses. Don’t let a cold or the flu ruin your holidays! Learn how to protect yourself and your family with these tips from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Get vaccinated against flu
  • Wash your hands often
  • Limit exposure to infected people
  • Keep stress in check
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise

Most viral respiratory infections, like a cold, come and go within a few days, with no lasting effects. But some cause serious health problems. In addition, people who use tobacco or who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to respiratory illnesses and more severe complications than nonsmokers.

Colds. Symptoms of colds usually are a stuffy or runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms include coughing, a scratchy throat, and watery eyes. There is no vaccine to prevent colds, which come on gradually and often spread through everyday contact.

Flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, chills, dry cough, body aches, fatigue, and general misery. Like the viruses that cause a cold, the flu virus can cause a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Young children also may experience nausea and vomiting.

The flu typically comes on suddenly and lasts longer than a cold. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets, when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. You also can get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated every year.

Flu season in the United States may begin as early as October and can last as late as May, and generally peaks between December and February.

What to Do if You’re Already Sick

Colds usually have to run their course. Gargling with salt water may relieve a sore throat. And, a cool-mist humidifier may help relieve stuffy noses.

Here are other steps to consider:

  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out what will work best to help relieve or treat your symptoms.
  • Limit exposing other people to your virus.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay hydrated and rested; avoid alcohol and caffeinated products.

In addition to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, there are FDA-approved prescription medications for treating flu. Also, a cold or flu may lead to a bacterial infection (such as bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and pneumonia) that could require antibiotics.

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What do Bali and the Drug Information Portal Have to do w/Each Other?

NTO News - Mon, 2017-12-11 02:00

What happened?
I was supposed to be on vacation in Bali, Indonesia at the end of November. But instead, I found still in Prairie Village, Kansas. Why am I telling you? Because mother earth, yes that earth, had other plans for me and Bali, namely the eruption of a volcano. Here is an impressive view of all the volcanoes in that part of the world: Volcanoes The airport closed and my flight was cancelled. So instead of being on a beach, I had some extra time on my hands.

Why We Teach TOXNET
The NTO teaches TOXNET not necessarily with the consumer or end-user in mind, but with the librarian or teacher in mind; a person who will help the consumer find reliable information or who will introduce students to a suite of databases that they can use as they go forward in their careers. I found myself, however, as an end-user (while not in Bali).

Teacher as End User
My father is 87 and now lives alone since my mother died about two months ago. He’s never been very good at taking care of himself. We discovered that all of his medications were mixed up and he had run out of some crucial medication; life sustaining medication. So I drove to his home this week (while not in Bali) which is about an hour away and I proceeded to organize his medicines. I got all of his prescriptions filled and bought a pillbox to fill and dispense his daily pill regimen. Then, I used the Drug Information Portal to look up images of all his pills. Did you know that was a feature of the portal? The Drug Portal has a deceptively simple interface, but links to all sorts of helpful information including clinical trials and the package inserts that are submitted to the FDA by drug manufacturers. There is also a link to a National Library of Medicine project called Pillbox, which is designed to help in the identification of pills (you know, the ones you find on the floor or at the bottom of your purse). It’s usually the last item on the list in the Summary section of a drug record. Look for: Drug Identification and Image Display (Pillbox).

So there I was, using the flashlight on my phone to try and see the imprints on my father’s pills. The flashlight (along with my reading glasses) wasn’t enough. I still couldn’t see the tiny pill imprints. I went looking for the lighted magnifying glass that I had bought for my mother. Using Pillbox, I was able to find and print images of the exact pills (the imprints matched the pictures) and created a list of my father’s current medications that included pictures (front and back) of each pill. Thank you Pillbox!

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Resources to Support California Wildfires Response & Recovery

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2017-12-08 16:11

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County due to the Thomas Fire, in San Diego County due to the Lilac Fire, and in Los Angeles County due to the Creek and Rye Fires.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response and and recovery from the latest California wildfires. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted Federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key National Resources

Key California Resources

Key Documents

Social Media

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2017-12-08 10:21

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


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program (All of Us), part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries.

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Lydia Collins discusses “Raising Awareness During the Opioid Crisis: One Library @ a Time,” including her attendance at the Reading Public Library’s open forum on opiate addiction. Bonus: read our Member Spotlight on Nathaniel Thomas, Supervisor of Reference Services at Reading Public Library, to learn more about Reading’s efforts, and sign up for Lydia’s class on tween/teen substance awareness, coming up next week on December 13th! Details below.

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.

Upcoming NNLM Webinars for Public Health – MARquee News Highlights

An NNLM RD3 Update – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

PubMed for Librarians Winter 2018 Live Edition Begins January 10 – NTO News

New on YouTube: TechTime: Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint, November 28, 2017

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

When Good Enough—Isn’tNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

We Clue You In about NLM Tours…and Invite You to Join Us!NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

New Ideas at the NLM: Graphic MedicineCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

New Health Topics on MedlinePlus: LDL: The “Bad” Cholesterol, HDL: The “Good” Cholesterol and Cholesterol Levels: What You Need to Know

Check out the December 2017 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Managing Diabetes: New Technologies Can Make It Easier,” and “Battling a Bulging Hernia: Don’t Ignore Your Groin Pain“. Other topics this month include family health history, medical scans, and the science of health.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that we have a new class registration system which 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!

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization – December 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Have you been having trouble advocating for or implementing health-literacy initiatives in your organization? You are not alone. The good news it that by integrating health literacy, you can both better protect your organization and improve patient engagement and outcomes. This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations, particularly related to Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness, and National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies, and where to locate free materials.

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.

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

Job Posting:  Cataloging/Interlibrary loan librarian, #17-22025, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola NY

The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast – December 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle of the opioid epidemic. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin. Join ALA for this discussion with experts who can speak to the unique concerns that come with the obligation to serve our communities in this time of crisis.

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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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 8, 2017

SEA News - Fri, 2017-12-08 08:14

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.

Top Item of Interest

  • The NNLM SEA and DOCLINE Coordination Offices are closed Friday, December 22, 2017 – January 1, 2018 for winter break. Our offices will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

 On-Demand Asynchronous Moodle Course

 Online Asynchronous Moodle Course

 Webinars: December 11-15

 Webinars: December 18-22

 Webinars: January 1-5

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. Visit the NPHCO Calendar for training opportunities available.

 Recordings Available on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

 NIH News

 NLM News

 NLM Technical Bulletin

 NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Focus on Precision Medicine

Focus on Substance Use Disorder

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed below are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM accountprior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunitiesto register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guideto understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.

** Please note that recordings from NNLM available on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.


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Two Free Webinars Featuring NLM’s 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)!

PSR News - Thu, 2017-12-07 18:21

Join the NLM and NNLM Training Office for two upcoming training events in January, introducing you to 2018 MeSH and how to adjust to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.

NLM Webinar: 2018 MeSH Highlights
Date and time: Friday, January 5, 2018, 10:00 am PST
Join NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature will be followed by questions and answers.

NNLM Class: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
Date and time: Friday, January 19, 2019, 10:00 am PST
Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Find out how this affects your PubMed searches.

Recordings of both sessions will be posted after the events.

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2 Free Online Training Events on the NLM’s 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

SEA News - Thu, 2017-12-07 15:47

Join the NLM and NNLM Training Office for two different training events in January, introducing you to 2018 MeSH and teaching you how to adjust to MeSH changes in your PubMed searches and alerts.

Event #1: NLM Webinar: 2018 MeSH Highlights

Date and Time: Friday, January 5, 2018, 1:00 PM ET – 1:30 PM ET

Join 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
  • Restructuring in plant and animal taxonomies.
  • Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

To register, go to:

A recording of the presentation will be posted following the event.


Event #2: NNLM Class: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching

Date and Time: Friday, January 19, 2018, 1:00 PM ET – 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 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 us for “MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching” to learn the answers.

To register go to:

This class incorporates content from the previous class Advanced PubMed: MeSH (

A recording of the presentation will be posted following the event.

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NNLM SCR Hires New Social Media Assistant

SCR News - Thu, 2017-12-07 11:13

The NNLM SCR is pleased to welcome Kelly Wonder who will serve as the Social Media Assistant.

Prior to working for the NNLM SCR, Kelly worked in the non-profit sector for an organization that serves those impacted by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.  While there, she directed their volunteer program and trained advocates to provided crisis intervention services in emergency settings.  Kelly was also active in training new recruits at the Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in best practices for interacting with victims.

Before joining the non-profit sector, Kelly spent nearly 10 years as the Marketing Director for a private practice group of orthopaedic surgeons with locations covering Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky.

She is very active volunteering in her community and has served on the board of directors for the Evansville Youth Hockey Association and Autism Evansville.  Kelly has also given her time to the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, Albion Fellows Bacon Center, the Arthritis Foundation, and United Way.

Kelly is very excited to join the NNLM SCR in enhancing public health.

Contact Kelly at

Follow NNLM SCR on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Funding Awarded for training course, “Evidence-Based Practice and the Medical Librarian”

GMR News - Wed, 2017-12-06 17:09
Merete Christianson

Merete Christianson

For the full day on August 2nd, 2017, Connie Schardt presented her popular continuing training course, “Evidence-Based Practice and the Medical Librarian” at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, thanks to the Health Sciences Information Section (HSIS) of the North Dakota Library Association (NDLA) and a Professional Development Award from the GMR.

HSIS applied for this award as an opportunity for librarians of all stripes in our state to learn more about helping patrons find high quality health information. Health sciences librarians, many of whom are new professionals, were of course invited, along with librarians from all other institutions, public or academic, in the region, since that the need for quality health information is not only a concern of health sciences libraries.

Participants, including HSIS members, academic librarians in other specialties, and faculty members, all came from institutions around the state to learn about evidence-based practice. This included identifying study designs and understanding when and why they are used, searching for evidence in PubMed, and critically appraising articles. Each part of the course had an opportunity for participants to practice and apply new skills, making it both effective and enjoyable.

For those who attended and had been in the health sciences library profession for some years, the course was a great refresher and reminder of some of the aspects of evidence-based practice that are easier to forget, particularly the definitions of some of the statistical concepts like absolute and relative risk. The course was also useful to newer professionals who may have had a basic understanding of evidence-based practice now rounded-out and made applicable to their jobs.

Whether doing one-on-one research consultations or classroom instruction, after completing this course the information participants and I share with patrons is much more in-depth; not just confidently demonstrating how we find, evaluate and think about health information, but why it is important. Evidence-based practice helps patients and their providers work together to address their specific health concerns in a way that works best for the patient.

After the course, it is easy to see why Connie Schardt’s course has been so popular for so long—it takes what can seem like very specialized knowledge and breaks it down to make it easily understandable and pertinent to our day-to-day jobs as librarians. We HSIS NDLA members are thankful to Connie, UND and the GMR for making this opportunity possible.

For those interested, the course will next be offered online from February 19th to April 15th; find more information here:

Posted on behalf of Merete Christianson by Helen Spielbauer

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NLM Resources in Multiple Languages for National Influenza Vaccination Week

PSR News - Wed, 2017-12-06 14:47

December 3-9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the National Library of Medicine offers resources to learn about the flu vaccine on MedlinePlus and through resources available in multiple languages on HealthReach. Materials about flu vaccines on HealthReach include illustrated handouts to educate people about the seasonal flu, a poster in multiple languages on how to fight the flu, and vaccine information statements about the flu vaccine:

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PubMed for Librarians Winter 2018 Live Edition Begins January 10

NTO News - Wed, 2017-12-06 11:37
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Start off the new year with a fresh round of PubMed for Librarians Live. Our Winter 2018 session begins Wednesday, January, 10 with the Introduction, and carries you straight through to February 14, where we’ll close with a heartfelt look at Customizing my NCBI. We’ve noted one related, non-series event on the list below, where the experts at NLM reveal new MeSH updates for 2018. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Take one, take them all, we guarantee you will learn at least one new thing:

January 10 – Introduction to PubMed January 17 – MeSH January 19 – WINTER BONUS! – MeSH changes and PubMed Searching with the National Library of Medicine January 24 – Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) January 31 – Building and Refining Your Search February 7 – Using Evidence-Based Search Features February 14 – Customization with My NCBI Register here Related: How to register on our shiny new website About PML: PubMed for Librarians consists of six 90-minute segments. These six segments are be presented live via WebEx and recorded for archival access. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend. CE credit is available for recorded classes.
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There’s an App for That!

PNR News - Wed, 2017-12-06 05:34

Do you keep track of your daily steps? Do you calculate your carbohydrate intake? Do you keep track of how much (or how little) you sleep? Are you using an app to keep track of your health or are you still trying to figure out which ones to use? The next PNR Rendezvous webinar session may help you and your patrons navigate the sea of apps.

When: Wednesday, December 13 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT

How to connect: No registration required. Information to connect is on the PNR Rendezvous webpage

Today mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of wellness applications? Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help patients and patrons make informed decisions about the apps that they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provide information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

Presenter: Emily Hurst, Head of Research and Education at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Meet Susan Wolfe, The NEO’s New Evaluation Specialist Susan Wolfe

NEO News - Tue, 2017-12-05 17:39

Susan Wolfe standing beside a river in Europe

The NEO welcomes our new evaluation specialist, Susan M. Wolfe. Susan will be contributing her evaluation expertise to the National Library of Medicine’s recently announced partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program. a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. The All of Us program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, engaging with one million or more volunteers nationwide who will sign up to share their information over time. NLM and All of Us will work together to raise awareness about the program and improve participant access through community engagement efforts with public libraries across the United States. You can read more about the All of Us partnership here.

Susan is an evaluator and community psychologist who works with local, state, national, and international organizations through her consulting firm, Susan Wolfe and Associates.  She formerly served as program analyst for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General; director of a longitudinal homelessness research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; and assistant director of research for a large community college district.  A teacher and writer, Susan has been an adjunct lecturer with several universities and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. She has a PhD in Human Development from the University of Texas at Dallas, an MA in Ecological (Community) Psychology from Michigan State University, a BS in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint, and a diploma from the Michigan School of Beauty Culture.

What exactly is a community psychologist?

Most disciplines within psychology are focused on individuals. Community psychologists go beyond the individual to look at the individual in interaction with the environment. Environment includes the social, cultural, economic, political, and physical environmental influences. We work to promote positive change, health, and empowerment at the individual and systemic levels.

How does being a community psychologist affect your evaluation work?

Community psychology provided me with a great foundation for evaluation work. My training included a lot of research and evaluation methods and ecological theories. These theories remind me about how interconnected everything is and that when you change something in the world, because of the interconnectedness, something else is likely to be affected. For example, when gentrification occurs in neighborhoods we often think of that as a good thing because it revitalizes the neighborhood and prevents further decline. However, on the other hand, many people are displaced as rents rise and they can no longer afford to live there, and some become homeless. When I evaluate a program, I automatically start looking at it within its context, including where it fits within a system, how it affects the system, and how the system affects the program. I also add a racial equity and social justice perspective to my work where it is applicable.

What is one of your favorite evaluation experiences?

I’ve had too many favorite experiences, so I will describe my most memorable. I was working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human services when Hurricane Katrina struck. One of the tragedies from the hurricane was the deaths in nursing homes, which prompted a request for an evaluation of nursing home emergency planning among the Gulf States. I was appointed as co-lead for the study, which had a very tight timeline. We incorporated a lot of context measures into the design. Team members did site visits to all the Gulf States. Data collection was interesting, but also emotionally taxing as we witnessed the devastation to the sites and the people who lived there – especially in Louisiana and Mississippi. We talked with nursing home directors, emergency managers, mayors, police chiefs, nursing home ombudsmen and many others and learned a lot about the complexity involved in making the decisions whether to evacuate or not, and then implementing the plans either way. There are risks if they stay, and other risks if they leave, so it isn’t simple.

What made that experience so special?

The report received a lot of attention and we were left with a feeling that we produced a report that could make a difference. Our team received the Inspector General’s Award for Excellence in Program Evaluation for it.

What attracted you to the All of Us Research Project?

I was excited at the prospect of being involved in a project of such significance for medical practice. For the past several years I have done a substantial amount of work with health disparities. The idea that so much data will be gathered to enable scientists to learn more about individual and group differences across multiple levels (biological, environmental, behavioral) will, hopefully, help to reduce and eliminate the disparities. How could I not be attracted to this!

What bit of personal information would you like to share to help us know you better?

I am really introverted, although most people don’t believe me when they meet me. I love working at home with just the company of my Chihuahua, Chiweenie, and cat. I like to travel a lot, all over the country and world. I crochet mediocre things for my family – like blankets and hats, and I like to hang out at home, cook, clean the kitchen, and watch TV. I am married to Charles, have two grown children, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and another grandchild on the way.

Final note: Susan works remotely for the University of Washington Health Sciences Library from Cedar Hill, Texas, and can be reached at

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New Program Release Feature in NLM’s Value Set Authority Center (VSAC)

PSR News - Tue, 2017-12-05 14:24

The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) has announced a new user interface that displays program releases of value sets on the VSAC homepage. Additionally, the page has a sleek new look and intuitive filters for program-related value sets. All functionality and underlying data remain the same. The new user interface displays current program releases, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) Value Sets and Health Level Seven International Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (HL7 C-CDA) Value Sets, and introduces the newest program release of value sets, CMS Hybrid Value Sets. Core Clinical Data Elements and Hybrid Measures use a set of core clinical data elements, clinical variables from electronic health records (EHRs), that are routinely collected and can be extracted for use in risk-adjusted hospital-level hybrid outcome measures.

Learn more about creating a program release of your value sets in VSAC, display your published value sets in a program release on the front page of VSAC, and enable easy search and download for your value set consumers! Send any questions and feedback to NLM Customer Support.

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NIH Request for Information (RFI) on the Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan (FY 2018-2022)

PSR News - Tue, 2017-12-05 13:55

A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to invite comments and suggestions on the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan, to solicit input from stakeholders, including members of the scientific, tribal, advocacy, and patient communities; basic, clinical, and translational scientists; as well as other interested members of the public. Feedback is requested on five strategic priorities under consideration for the first THRO Strategic Plan. These themes are intended to stimulate new research areas, priorities, and approaches to help put science to work to improve the health of tribal communities.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks to improve, promote and strengthen communication between NIH and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, as well as communication among its Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICOs), on Indigenous health research and discoveries. The development of culturally-driven practice and research is vital to improve AI/AN health, build trust in the relationships between NIH and AI/AN communities, and facilitate further integration and collaboration among the AI/AN communities and the NIH ICOs as they develop research that will be accepted by and useful to AI/AN communities.

Responses should be submitted by January 8, 2018. Responses will be acknowledged with receipt of an electronic confirmation. All submissions will be considered but will not be confidential. Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in your response. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. Inquiries should be directed to the Tribal Health Research Office.

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