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MAR Announces the Winter Issue of the MAReport Newsletter

Friday, March 6th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the new issue of our newsletter, The MAReport. We have a nice range of topics in this issue.  We want to highlight the interesting “Member Spotlight” article by Valli Hoski.

MedlinePlus No Longer Providing Interactive Tutorial Modules

Friday, March 6th, 2015

As of Friday, February 27, the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus resource is no longer providing a library of interactive tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. The Anatomy and Surgery videos remain available.

This decision is based on trends NLM has observed from users, and the desire to provide information that most closely aligns with user needs. NLM welcomes feedback about how MedlinePlus information should be presented and what type of content is missing. Feel free to send suggestions or comments through the Contact Us form.

NIH News in Health Now Available!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Check out the March 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:

  • Be a Partner in Clinical Research: Help Others, Help Yourself
    Did you know that you can participate in clinical research? Whether you’re healthy or sick, young or old, male or female, you’re probably eligible to participate in some type of clinical study. Maybe you or a loved one has an illness, and you’d like to help scientists find a treatment or cure. If you’re healthy, you can help researchers learn more about how the body works or how sickness can be prevented.
  • Better Check Your Bowels: Screening for Colon and Rectal Cancer
    Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death nationwide. But it can usually be cured when caught early. Screening tests like colonoscopy can save lives by catching problems before symptoms even appear, when treatments might work best.
  • Are You at Risk for Alcohol-Medication Interactions?
    Many people may be both drinking alcohol and taking prescription drugs that interact with alcohol, according to an NIH-funded study. The finding highlights the need to talk with a health care professional about the risks of drinking alcohol while taking prescription medications.
  • Measles: Preventable with Vaccines
    Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It starts with a fever, followed by a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. A rash of tiny, red spots then breaks out and spreads. Measles can be especially dangerous to children under 5 years old. It can lead to pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and even death. The good news is that measles can be prevented by getting a vaccine.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. 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!

2015 Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Friday, March 6th, 2015

With the winter still sitting on Boston in a big way, it’s nice to think about June and the 2015 Health Literacy Leadership Institute: The Health Literacy Leadership Institute at Tufts University School of Medicine is a one-week advanced professional development opportunity for those working in health literacy and those interested in doing more to improve health literacy in the United States and around the globe.

Peer learning and the sharing of research and best practice are central to the Institute’s educational approach. Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work in medical education, adult literacy, and program evaluation. Throughout the week, participants work on a health literacy educational program of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.

For more information about the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, please visit our website  or contact the Course Director at

Learn about the CDC’s Health Literacy Tools

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A few months ago, CDC redesigned its health literacy website to increase access to a number of tools and trainings. These solutions were designed to help you to produce accurate, accessible and actionable health information, whether you’re new to health literacy or a seasoned veteran.

John Parmer, Health Communication Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) will lead a live tour of the website. John has helped to coordinate health literacy activities across the agency. In that role, he was involved in the launch of the Clear Communication Index as a research-based tool.

  • Two digital tours will be offered of and Clear Communication Widget in partnership with Appalachian Community Cancer Network, National Network Libraries of Medicine, Heath Care Improvement Foundation and Regional Health Literacy Coalition.
  • Chose the time that best suits you. There will be two tours. The first is on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am (EST) and the second is on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Free registration for either time:

Honoring the Retirement of NLM Director Dr. Donald Lindberg

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys has announced a special program and reception to be held on Monday, March 30, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, to celebrate the contributions of NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, on the occasion of his retirement.  The public is invited.  RSVPs are due by Monday, March 16.

Also, anyone is invited to share stories, words of gratitude and humor, photos, or any combination thereof, for a memory book parting gift for Dr. and Mrs. Lindberg.  Submissions should be composed on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper and e-mailed to, or hand delivered or mailed to Mary Miller, NLM Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL), Building 38, Room 2S15F, MSC 3812, Bethesda, MD 20894, by Monday, March 16.

Native Voices Exhibit in Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Falk Library in Pittsburgh, PA will be hosting a new NLM traveling exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, from March 17, 2015 through May 31, 2015.

To promote the exhibit, a few resources have been developed:

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ KickButtsDay

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

More than 1,514 campuses nationwide have a 100% smoke- or tobacco-free policy in place. Through the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and the TFCCI Challenge, the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative is encouraging campuses to take a 1Day Stand on March 18 to celebrate the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ KickButtsDay (KBD)! Building on KBD’s mission of helping people kick the habit for one day, the 1Day Stand calls upon college campuses to adopt a tobacco-free policy for one day.

By hosting a 1Day Stand event at your campus, you can start a conversation that ends in a safer and healthier campus for all. The goals for the event are to:

  • Encourage students who use tobacco to quit for the day, with an aim to quit for good
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of tobacco-free campus policies
  • Promote the adoption of permanent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies

Is your campus taking a 1Day Stand on March 18? If so, please register your event to receive updates and information. Click HERE to register.

For questions related to the 1Day Stand, please contact

Note: If your campus has Spring Break or is otherwise unable to participate on March 18, we are encouraging campuses to identify an “alternate” date within the month of March or early April to celebrate the 1DayStand. Do not hesitate to sign up!

For 1Day Stand materials and more information:

More information about the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and TFCCI Challenge can be found at:

Teleconference Today—Interested in Leading the Regional Medical Library Program?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks candidates with experience in program coordination and health information policy for a Supervisory Librarian to lead our Regional Medical Library program.

If you are interested in this position, we strongly encourage you to attend our informational webinar on February 23, 2015 from 3 – 4 pm (ET).

Click here to register

The Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among libraries in the Network.

The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of biomedical information provision, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for the provision of access to medical information in emergency and disaster situations (national and international).  The Head also advises on public health information policy issues related to programs conducted throughout the Network.

NLM is in the process of transitioning our agreements with the Regional Medical Libraries from a contract funding mechanism to a grant cooperative agreement.  The Head will serve as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the organizations awarded these cooperative agreements.

As a supervisory librarian at the GS-15 level, the position has a salary range of $126,245-$158,700, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

NLM will begin accepting applications for this position in early March.  At that time, we will release a second announcement with a link to the actual application.

We hope that you will consider applying for this exciting leadership opportunity.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 13th / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)

Where:               Erie County Public Library, Admiral Room


Summary: This hands-on in-person class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with refugee populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.