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Finding Health Services Research (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Monday, September 8th, 2014

MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.


  • Lisa Lang and Patricia Gallagher, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR),  NLM


Date / Time:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required


Summary: Health Reform. Comparative Effectiveness. Quality Improvement. Population Health. PCORI. HIE. ONC. Disparities. Accreditation. Evidence-based public health practice. Both in classic resources and grey literature, these and other topics are among the current foci of health services research. Join Lisa Lang and Patricia Gallagher, of the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of NLM, in a broad yet tool-oriented presentation on the NLM’s resources in support of health services research. The presentation will acquaint both new and experienced visitors to NLM with the web portal Health Services Research Information Central (HSRInfo Central), as well our specialty databases for research in progress (HSRProj) and datasets for HSR (HSRR). Learn about how we can keep you informed of new and important grey literature in this evolving area as well as our structured PubMed searches, and expand your understanding of resources related to health information technology and public health systems and services research.

How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Disaster Health Information (Lunch with the RML session)

Monday, September 8th, 2014


  • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Knowing where to find reliable and authoritative information on a timely basis is key for all preparedness and response activities. Critical information is highly scattered across many diverse sources and can be difficult to find. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will provide a review on how to navigate through the information maze to efficiently access the best information possible from both government and non-government sources.

Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Presenter:       Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:               Tuesday, September 30, 2014 / 10-11:30 am (ET)

Where:             Online


Summary:  Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.


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

Check Out the Latest Issue of the MAReport

Monday, September 8th, 2014

National Medical Librarians Month: MAR Wants to Make You a Star – Win a Trip to MLA 2015!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

October is National Medical Librarians Month.  MAR would like to acknowledge the valuable work our medical librarians do by sharing your accomplishments, programs or value-added services with others.

We are asking you to send us your stories about any unique programs you developed, any outreach to the community you participated in, or any other value added services you offer to your organization or institution.

With your permission, we will share your stories on the MAR website throughout the month of October. Anyone who has made a submission by Oct. 4 will be entered into a random drawing to receive an award to cover registration and airfare to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas.

We can’t wait to make you a “Star” – submit your story to today!  (Multiple entries may be received from the same library, but please only one entry per person.)

MeSH on Demand Update: How to Find Citations Related to Your Text

Monday, September 8th, 2014

In May 2014, NLM introduced MeSH on Demand, a Web-based tool that suggests MeSH terms from your text such as an abstract or grant summary up to 10,000 characters using the MTI (Medical Text Indexer) software. For more background information, see the NLM Technical Bulletin, MeSH on Demand Tool: An Easy Way to Identify Relevant MeSH Terms.

The MeSH on Demand results page is now organized into three sections:

Section 1: Original input text (with the length of the input text)

Section 2: MeSH terms with links to the MeSH Browser

Section 3: Top ten PubMed/MEDLINE citations related to your text

The new MeSH on Demand feature displays the PubMed ID (PMID) for the top ten related citations in PubMed that were also used in computing the MeSH term recommendations. To access this new feature, start from the MeSH on Demand homepage, add your text, such as a project summary, into the box labeled “Text to be Processed.” Then, click the “Find MeSH Terms” button. MeSH on Demand lists the top ten related citation PMIDs from PubMed/MEDLINE. Each PMID is hyperlinked to that citation in PubMed. This new feature in MeSH on Demand is a result of user feedback received from our initial MeSH on Demand release. Users are encouraged to continue to send questions, suggestions, and comments to:

New PubMed Health Brochure

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Available in .doc, .docx, and .pdf

Value of the Library to Society

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Libraries and September is National Preparedness Month

Monday, September 8th, 2014

National Preparedness Month is for everyone, including librarians, information specialists, and those who work at or with libraries.


If you are planning activities for Preparedness Month, please share your ideas, successes, and lessons-learned with this list. You may spark someone else’s imagination. Abundant materials for promoting Preparedness Month are available from the websites listed below.


Just in time for National Preparedness Month, a new book is available for purchase from the American Library Association in cooperation with the Medical Library Association. Congratulations to our colleagues Deb Halsted, Shari Clifton, and Dan Wilson for writing “Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery; A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” Deb, Shari, and Dan have been very involved in encouraging libraries to be prepared for disasters, and have much to share from both their personal experiences and professional advocacy.


For a health-related approach to Preparedness Month, CDC, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and other parts of Health and Human Services are focusing on the theme of disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations. Topics (one per week) include preparedness for: children; people with medical needs; older adults; and pet preparedness for pet owners.


Upcoming events on disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations include:

September 10:  Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations, 3-4 PM (Eastern), Twitter chat, #CDCprep,

September 11:  Not Just Small Adults: Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies, 4-5 PM (Eastern), Webinar.

September 17:  Emergency Preparedness for Little Ones, September 17, 1-2 PM (Eastern), Twitter chat, #Prep4Kids,


Wishing you successful preparedness efforts this month, -Cindy Love and the DIMRC staff




Links for National Preparedness Month:


CDC National Preparedness Month 2014


PHE (Public Health Emergency) National Preparedness Month 2014 promotional resources for Preparedness Month


America’s PrepareAthon! and National PrepareAthon! Day


Register to document your organization’s efforts


Submitted by Cindy Love

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

Translating Research into Practice: Using AHRQ and PCORI Evidence-Based Research for Nursing Practice

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Translating Research into Practice: Using AHRQ and PCORI Evidence-Based Research for Nursing Practice, Webinar, September 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

09/03/2014 12:01 PM EDT


AHRQ and PCORI will offer an overview of patient-centered outcomes research, and define their roles. They will highlight a research-to-practice continuum that begins with the generation of evidence through research and is advanced with the translation of research, dissemination, and finally implementation of evidence-based practices. AHRQ and PCORI will highlight ongoing research and discuss ways in which nurses can be engaged in research funded by both organizations.