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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


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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Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

An Assessment of Health Information Needs of Critical Access Hospitals in Pennsylvania and New York

Presenter:  Madhu Reddy, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Information Sciences and Technology

The primary goals of the project were to identify the health information technology (HIT) and health information needs of critical access hospitals (CAHs) and to identify challenges that CAHs face in implementing and maintaining their HIT to support their information needs.

Waiting Room Education

Presenter:  Kristine Voos, CHES, Public Health Educator, Genesee County Health Department

The Genesee County Health Department (DOH) empowers its patients with education, by promoting and providing access to reliable health information via computer tablets and other supportive technology, such as a printer, during their time spent in the clinic waiting room.

iPad Technology:  Targeted Evolution of Embedded Librarian Services

Presenter:  Deborah Chiarella, Coordinator – Education Services/Senior Assistant Librarian, University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library

University at Buffalo Health Sciences Librarians experimented with embedded librarianship using mobile technology through the use of iPads to answer point-of-need reference and clinical queries. In doing so the goal was that spontaneous instruction sessions would occur outside of the physical confines of the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library (UBHSL) creating more opportunities to reach both students and faculty, support bibliographic instruction endeavors and introduce constituents to both library databases and NN/LM tools and resources.

Date / Time:  June 25th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Awardee Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, April 17th, 2015


Project: Development of a Service for NIH Public Access Compliance

Awardee: NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York, NY

Description:  In response to the policy change and the amount of articles not in compliance, the NYU Health Sciences Libraries will partner with the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Office of Science and Research (OSR) to develop a service that will:

  • Educate researchers on the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Notify researchers when a publication associated with their grant award has not been successfully deposited into PubMed Central digital archive.
  • Assist researchers in submitting their peer-reviewed manuscript into PubMed Central.
  • Meet and discuss with scientific journal publishers best practices for submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts on the researcher or author’s behalf.

Project: Assessing the Health Information Needs of the Madison County Rural Health Council

Awardee:  Central New York Library Resources Council, Syracuse, NY

Description:  With this project, the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) will work with the Madison County (NY) Rural Health Council to determine their information needs and develop a relationship with the organization. This is a preliminary project which will hopefully lead to further engagement with this organization. The Madison County Rural Health Council is a relatively new organization of stakeholders from Madison County which was formed to “catalyze information sharing, access to healthcare and linkages among providers to improve the health of the people in Central New York.” Representatives on the Council include Madison County Mental Health, Madison County Office for the Aging, Madison County Public Health, Community Memorial Hospital, Oneida Healthcare, the Community Action Program, and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Project:  Capital District Hospital Library Catalogs Technology Improvement Project Proposal

Awardee:  Capital District Library Council (CDLC), Albany, NY

Description:  The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) will purchase and implement web-based public access online library catalogs for 11 hospital libraries that are members of CDLC’s Hospital Library Service Program.  CDLC will also create a new union catalog of 11 hospital libraries.  Making these catalogs and their holdings available online will provide faster and more efficient access to library health and medical information resource holdings.  Efficient access to information will improve the provision of healthcare to the patients and clientele of these member hospitals.

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


Online / No Registration Required

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

Introduction to NN/LM MAR – New Member Webinar (Health Professional Members)

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

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

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

Where:                Online


Summary:  This webinar will provide new members of NN/LM MAR from public health, clinical and other health organizations to learn more about the resources from the National Library of Medicine and services available from NN/LM MAR.  New members in the categories listed above are encouraged to attend and ask questions to learn how NN/LM MAR may support their health information needs.

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.

Webinar: Digital Humanitarians

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  Digital Humanitarians

Our April 9th webinar will feature Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation.  He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups.  Among his many accomplishments, Patrick served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Volunteer Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick and his work at

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Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 2015

This one-hour presentation features speakers who discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness, as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.