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Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML)

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Join us on July 30 to learn about these exciting MAR-funded projects!

Project: Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age
Awardee: Michelle DiMeo, formerly from Philadelphia College of Physicians and now at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
Description: Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia held a conference titled Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age as part of its 225th anniversary celebration. This conference helped to identify the emerging roles for medical history libraries and librarians in the digital age and helped them to strengthen their involvement within their institutions and the greater community.

Project: Archival Images Digitization: Telling the Penn State Hershey Story
Awardee: David Brennan: George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Pennsylvania State University, Penn State College of Medicine
Description: This project digitized and made accessible the collection of visual media held by the George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library. The collection consists of approximately 3,200 35mm slides and negatives and 2,900 photographic images, covering subject areas related to the history of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Penn State College of Medicine since their inception. These collections are frequently used in support of public relations and historical documentation efforts by various units of the Medical Center, the College and Penn State University, most recently for the 40th anniversary documentary Memories and Milestones. The project applied appropriate metadata to the image collection and made a resulting repository available on the University’s ContentDM platform for use by researchers and others.

Project: Bridging the Gap II: Outreach to Improve Public Awareness and Access to Health Information
Awardee: Ophelia Morey, University at Buffalo, Health Sciences Library
Description: This project informed the target population about health information available from the partnership between the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL) and the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library (UB HSL), including increasing awareness about resources and services of the National Library of Medicine. Because of the lack of consumer health information programming at most B&ECPL locations this project targeted primarily B&ECPL adult library patrons including seniors who visit urban, suburban and rural library locations, in addition to health-related professionals who may serve these areas.

Date / Time:  July 30th / 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

Heading to ALA? So is MAR!

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Are you attending ALA 2015 in San Francisco, CA? If so here are some presentations from NN/LM MAR Coordinators. Also ,be sure to stop by the Health Happens in Libraries poster.

Encouraging Curiosity with NLM’s Online Toy box: Health and Science Resources for K-5 Students Saturday June 27th – 1pm-2:30pm – Moscone Convention Center – 2001 (W)

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

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Engaging, Encouraging and Enabling Middle and High School Students to Explore Health and Science from the National Library of Medicine Sunday June 28th – 8:30-10am – Moscone Convention Center-2004 (W)

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

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Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders Monday June 29th – 1pm-2:30pm – Moscone Convention Center- 131 (N)

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator

Anita Kinney, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

Christian Minter, ‎NLM Associate Fellow at Welch Library, Johns Hopkins University

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Health Happens in Libraries through Community Engagement Sunday June 28th – 12:30-2:30pm – Moscone Convention Center- Exhibit Hall – Poster Session – Poster 14

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PubMed for Trainers is coming to NYC in August

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills?  Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers in New York City at NYU’s Bobst Library. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:

  • Fill any gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  • Identify what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
  • Improve your PubMed search technique.
  • Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  • Employ the features and functions of PubMed for use in searching and training
  • Experience peer collaboration and learning

What is the format of PubMed for Trainers?

PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online plus 1 in-person class.

When is PubMed for Trainers?

The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

Session One (online): August 5, 2015 10am-11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Two (online): August 12, 2015 10am – 11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Three (online): August 19, 2015 10am – 11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Four (in-person): August 27, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM ET (This class will be held at New York University Bobst Library).

What should I expect from the class?

The classes consist of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.

How many MLA CE Credits will I get?

When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours.

If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.

For a complete description, go to:

To register, visit:

Apply for Professional Development funding to pay for your travel:

Directory of History of Medicine Collections (DHMC): A Valuable Resource (Boost Box session)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Presenter: Crystal Smith, Reference Librarian, Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, National Library of Medicine

Description: In this presentation participants will be introduced to the Directory of History of Medicine Collections as a resource.  It will cover the history of its creation, background of the project, and show its evolution from a primarily print resource, to a fully searchable database. An introduction to searching the DHMC database will also be included.

The presentation will reveal the benefits to prospective collections that decide to join the DHMC e.g., libraries, museums and archives that hold materials on the history of medicine.   Also presented will be strategies on how to approach collections when extending invitations to join this very helpful resource.

Date / Time:  June 9 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Awardee Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Sustained Science Outreach – A Program for Low Income, Underserved Youth

Presenter:  Judy Cameron, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry/Director of Science Outreach, University of Pittsburgh

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pitt Science Outreach program offered a new 6-week program called Sustained Science Outreach. The program was designed to interest youth from low income, underserved areas in learning about science and healthy lifestyle choices and be equipped to share this information with their parents, families, and others in their community. This program  targeted youth in 4th-6th grade, a time where exposure to science has been shown to have a lifelong impact on youth attitudes toward science. The participating Y’s were located within 5 historically underserved communities.

Train-the-Trainer Manual Development for Access to Mental Health Literacy for Rural PA Older Adults

Presenter:  Rebecca May-Cole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, Inc. (PBHAC)

The Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition developed and delivered a program to expand Behavioral Health Literacy for older adults, called the Healthy ABCs program, by training peer presenters to provide the information to older adults in their home communities. The goal of the project was to decrease the barriers associated with senior adults, particularly aged seniors, understanding and accessing Behavior Health services and information.

Mobile Technology in a Community Teaching Hospital Library: Tablets and E-books

Presenter: Patricia Reusing, Director, Health Sciences Library, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

The primary goal of this project was to enhance the hospital staff’s knowledge of health and medical conditions by placing selected applications (“apps”) and ebooks on different types of tablet devices (iPad, iPad Mini, and Samsung Galaxy). During the course of the project, our Medical Library’s two librarians held numerous demonstrations throughout the hospital at which staff and members of the community (patients, visitors) could try out the tablets and look at the various apps and ebooks loaded on them. As medical librarians, we also learned a lot about tablets and the available content for them for our own understanding and to share our knowledge with our library users.

Date / Time:  May 28th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

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

Job Posting: Assistant Director, National Library of Medicine Training Center

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah seeks an imaginative team leader with progressive ideas to lead the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC). The Assistant Director reports directly to the Associate Director of the NN/LM MidContinental Region. The Assistant Director plans and implements the activity of the NTC; supervises NTC professional and support staff; and, in conjunction with National Library of Medicine staff, coordinates the activities of the NTC with other components of the NN/LM program, in order to support the effective use of NLM information products and services.  With the NTC team, the Assistant Director assures compliance with all elements of the Statement of Work that is part of the contract with the National Library of Medicine and develops and implements a strategic program plan for the NTC, including the appropriate assessment and evaluation of instruction. The individual in this position prepares an annual budget and supervises the timely delivery of class reports, quarterly reports, annual reports, and evaluation reports. The Assistant Director conducts online and in-person training classes throughout the United States on PubMed, TOXNET and other topics related to training and NLM resources and coordinates NCBI training. The NTC web site, social media plan, and national and regional class registration system falls under the Assistant Director’s supervision.  Responsibilities also include monitoring new developments related to NLM products and services and monitoring, disseminating and incorporating new information and trends related to distance learning, adult learning and instruction.

The Library

The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library serves as headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the National Library of Medicine Training Center ( The Library contributes to the health information access of librarians, health professionals, students, researchers and communities within the MidContinental Region and the nation. The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library ( serves University of Utah Health Care, the Intermountain West’s only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health as well as the University Hospitals and Clinics. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school
  • Experience with teaching using distance education techniques (synchronous and asynchronous).
  • Knowledge of the latest developments related to distance education and adult learning.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent presentation and teaching skills.
  • Familiarity with NLM databases.


  • Experience supervising others.
  • Experience writing successful grant or contract proposals.
  • Experience designing and implementing evaluation plans for assessing success in training programs.
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics and NCBI bioinformatics databases.
  • Familiarity with trends and issues related to data management and data plans.

Salary and Benefits:

Based on experience, starting at $73,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position. Rank is dependent on the qualifications of the candidate. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/ CREF retirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook: See for a full list of benefits.


The University of Utah uses an online application system. Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above, and how you would contribute to the Library’s reputation and leadership; a curriculum vitae; and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation will be required for final candidates.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is –

Review of Applications: Review of application begins May 27, 2015.

If you have any questions about this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Claire Hamasu, Search Committee Chair
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 N. 1900 E. Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801 587-3412, Option #1


Affirmative Action Statement

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.

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and Respect.  The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.


Velcro Instruction: 7 Techniques to Make Learning Stick (Boost Box)

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Presenters:  Rebecca Abromitis and Linda Hartman, Reference Librarians, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Description: Students are only human. All humans have short attention spans (8-10 minutes). This session, intended for instructors, introduces 7 easy-to-apply, research-based techniques that will help your students stay focused during class lectures and increase the “sticky-ness” of your content.

Date / TimeMay 26th / Noon – 1 pm (ET) -rescheduled from May 12th


Online / No Registration Required


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.