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The SHARE Approach – Putting shared decision making into practice (Boost Box)

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Join us at this exciting presentation! Participants receive 1 MLA CE

Presenters: Kevin Progar, Project Manager, Regional Health Literacy Coalition. Kevin is an experienced facilitator, health literacy advocate, and certified by AHRQ as a SHARE Approach Master Trainer.


Shared Decision Making (SDM) occurs when a health care provider and a patient work together to make a health care decision that is best for the patient. Research shows that SDM has measurable impacts on cost, quality, and outcomes. This presentation will highlight Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s SHARE Approach, which is a free to use evidence-based model for implementing shared decision making.

Date / Time: November 10th /Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Upcoming Sexual Health Trainings from MAR

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Join NN/LM MAR for three upcoming trainings relating to Sexual Health. All trainings are via webinar with audio through your phone.

Introduction to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library (Boost Box) / Oct. 13, 2015 noon-1pm ET

Description: This presentation will introduce librarians and others to the extensive, unique collections of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library. Providing resources to researchers, advocates, medical professionals, law enforcement, allied organizations, and the public since 2000, the NSVRC Library may be considered the largest collection of materials on sexual violence and prevention in the world, currently housing a collection of over 35,000 unique titles. Learn how PCAR and NSVRC can provide valuable resources and training materials for the medical profession, public health practitioners, and academic institutions nationwide.

Presenters: Karen Litterer, MSLS, Head Librarian, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and Melissa Powers, MSLS, Librarian, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

No registration required. 1 MLA CE will be provided.


HIV/AIDS Resources / October 14, 2015 noon-1pm ET

Allison McDougall, AIDSinfo Deputy Project Manager and Christina Copty, AIDSource Project Coordinator, will present about NLM HIV/AIDS resources, including AIDSinfo and AIDSource.

AIDSinfo offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public. AIDSource was developed by NLM to ensure that those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a source of quality reviewed current content, and provides access to HIV/AIDS-related information both within and outside of the federal government.

The presentation will cover the many features of AIDSinfo and AIDSource, including the portfolio of AIDSinfo mobile apps.

No registration required. 1 MLA CE will be provided.


Building Collections and Connections for LGBT Health Awareness: improving the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons / November 10, 2015 3pm – 4:30pm ET

Outreach Coordinator Kate Flewelling will teach this new course. Participants will:

  • develop a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community.
  • have an increased awareness of the importance of LGBT education for health care providers and the role of implicit bias in healthcare.
  • discover resources that can be utilized in reference interactions.
  • be able to identify electronic, print, and other resources for building a LGBT collection.
  • will gain ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community.

Registration required. Participants who attend the webinar and complete a short practice exercise will receive 2 MLA CE


Using Technology to Improve Consumer Health – Project Reports

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Join us September 24 to hear about these exciting MAR-funded projects!

ProjectiPads to support CLIP Consumer Health Ambassador Program

Awardee:  Atlantic Health System Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ.

Description:  The Atlantic Health System (AHS) will provide iPads for the Ambassadors who visit inpatients’ bedsides.  We wish to extend our Consumer Library Information Prescription (CLIP) program to the inpatient population at the Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center campuses.  In doing so, ambassadors will use iPads to take notes and send requests for patient information directly to the librarian.  The librarian will prepare a packet of information for delivery back to the patient.

ProjectNOOKs and iPads for Healthcare Consumers

Awardee:  Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, Weill Medical College, Cornell University
New York, NY.

Description:  The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center (PRC) at the Joan & Sanford I. Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University (WCMC) develops and implements initiatives designed to engage and educate patients of varying ages and ethnicities with a variety of health conditions in support of making healthcare decisions.  Funding will support the PRC to further its mission of providing patients with information and educational resources by using electronic tablets to expand patients’ information access.  The PRC also seeks support to purchase, format, and load digital content onto tablets including the PRC’s Health Seminar Series and educational materials related for the new “information prescription” (Info Rx) program.  These technologies will enable the PRC to deliver patient-centered resources in ways that are both effective and novel.

Project:  Redesign of East Brunswick Public Library’s Just for the Health of It Community-Wide Health Portal

Awardee:  East Brunswick Public Library, East Brunswick, NJ.

Description:  The East Brunswick Public Library created the Just for the Health of It community-wide health portal in 2011 (, as the cornerstone of the library’s health literacy initiative to encourage healthy living for the residents of our diverse, multicultural community.  The portal is focused on delivering trustworthy health and wellness information to our residents with a local focus.  Since launching in spring 2011, the portal has outgrown its original, custom content management system (CMS) design and would be better served by an open source platform that is dynamic, technically relevant, and responsive to how people use information today. This project will redesign the East Brunswick Public Library’s “Just for the Health of It” community-wide health portal into a flexible, open source platform that would allow librarians to easily maintain and update the site, adding content in a much more timely fashion.  In addition, an open source platform will facilitate the addition of web pages for children, teens and caretakers, and empower the site to offer mobile access to meet the expectations of today’s users.

Date / Time:  September 24th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Who, What When & Where Teach-Back and Health Literacy (Boost Box)

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Presenters: Bonnie Anton, MN, RN, Project Manager, eRecord/Patient Educator, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)—St. Margaret Hospital, and  Michelle Burda, MLS  NN/LM MAR  Network & Advocacy Coordinator

Description: Want to know what Teach-back is and its use in health literacy?  Who should use this technique?  When & where it is appropriate to use?  then you will want to attend this informative session with Bonnie Anton, MN, RN, Project manager e record/patient educator. Bonnie has presented and published nationally and internationally on health literacy, social media, and implementing electronic order sets to decrease length of stay and consumer informatics.

Michelle Burda, MLS will conclude the session with Teach-back resources for continuing your education on this topic.

Date / Time: July 14 th /Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Proposed new Consumer Health Librarian Interest Group

Friday, June 19th, 2015

From member Carrie Banks:

Hi all,

I recently created the following Interest Group Petition via the American Library Association, Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ALA-ASCLA);

Consumer Health Librarians often work on their own in stand-alone libraries, in a larger library or library system.  CHIL is a place where we can come together to discuss issues of common interest such as public heath crises, hard to find information, the question of balance and accuracy and where the line is between providing information and advice.  Libraries from public, hospital, special, academic and other types of libraries can learn from and with our colleagues.  Keep on top of trends and get the latest news, share resources and information with other librarians through programs and resource pages. In our first year we plan to sponsor a program in Orlando.  Let’s come together to grow healthy communities!

I need 10 signatures to get it off the ground.  We already have co-conveners, myself and Lydia Collins from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.  If you are interested in joining us you can directly access the petition and share with colleagues by simply clicking on or forwarding the following link:

If you have any questions feel free to contact,

Carrie Banks, Supervising Librarian, Library Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities/Kidsmobile

2065 Flatbush Avenue

Brooklyn, NY  11234

718.253.4948; 718.253.5034 tty; 718.434.3730 fax


Lydia N. Collins, MLIS

Consumer Health Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)

University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System

200 Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

412.624.1411 Office

412.624.1515 Fax

MedlinePlus Redesign: Webinar May 13

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

On April 28th, 2015 MedlinePlus ( and MedlinePlus en español ( released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel. The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See the NLM announcement page for more details.

NN/LM MAR would like to invite you to a special webinar to review the redesigned site on May 13th, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST. Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator (NN/LM MAR) will talk about the changes and provide reassurance that although MedlinePlus has a new look, the content is the same and just as reliable!

The session will be recorded and information for registering is provided below. Please register even if you are unable to attend the live session as a special message regarding the availability of the recording will be provided to all those who register.

Registration Link:

For questions contact Lydia Collins at

Focus on NLM Resources: HealthReach

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Presenter:  Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  May 7, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required


HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

During the presentation the site will briefly be demonstrated. New initiatives, such as the funding and acquisition of new materials, will be discussed.

Packing Your “Digital Go-Bag:” Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Presenter:           Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       April 17th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Online


Summary:  There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters.  However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late.  Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly.  Just as a responder has a go-bag packed with clothes, flashlight, tools, snacks, etc. ready to go in a disaster, one’s mobile device should also be “packed” with apps and information before an event.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their website many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations.  In this class, we will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their personal and professional preparedness strategy.  1.5 MLA CEs

A Model for Patient Engagement and How Libraries Can Improve Health Literacy (Boost Box session)

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Presenter:  Cindy Hipszer, Project Manager, Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN), Hospital and Health System Association of PA

Description: Engage for Health is a program that provides libraries with details on how to assist consumers in improving their health through engagement with their providers.  Libraries are asked to seek out partnerships with local health care providers to present a program built around the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Questions are the Answers program.  The program offers interactive sessions that will place consumers in a role play to develop the confidence to engage in their interactions with health care providers.

This session will explain the importance of patient engagement, how to ask the right questions, and how libraries can use this model program to improve health literacy in their community, in partnership with local health care providers.

Date / Time:  April 14th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

National Library of Medicine Launches TOXinvaders Game

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for the iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM’s Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.