Skip all navigation and go to page content
NN/LM Home About MAR | Contact MAR | Feedback |Site Map | Help | Bookmark and Share

Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

Joint MLA-Phil / HSLANJ Annual Meeting

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) and MLA-Phil Chapter invite you to join them for a joint annual meeting!


  • “Two Doctors, Two Generations:  Medical Ethics Then and Now” / Barron H. Lerner, Professor of Medicine & Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • “Bioethics and Library Resources” / Martina Darragh, Deputy Director of Reference, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
  • “The Evolving Librarian” / Michelle Kraft, Senior Medical Librarian, Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library; President Elect, Medical Library Association

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 / 9 am – 5 pm

Where:  New Jersey Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ – an easy drive with plenty of parking and accessible via public transit


  • HSLANJ & Philadelphia Regional Chapter Members: $65
  • Students/Retirees/Between Jobs: $40
  • Non-Members: $100

Register at:

HSLANJ and the Philadelphia Regional Chapter wish to thank the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region for their generous financial support of this joint meeting.

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:

Evidence-Based Practice Online CE Course

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

This asynchronous online course is designed to introduce health and information professionals to the principles of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) including the steps of the EBP process, understanding the literature of evidence, and an overview of epidemiological concepts. Recorded lectures, independent readings, assignments, and threaded discussions provide an opportunity for assimilation, interaction, and exchange of ideas. Formative feedback will be given throughout the course.

It will take approximately 20-30 hours to complete the course.  Consider reserving 3 hours of dedicated time per unit for optimum benefit.   The course is approved for 21 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits.

Instructors:  An experienced group of University of Illinois at Chicago instructors from the Library of the Health Sciences, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Medical Education will lead the course.  They are:  Sandy DeGroote, MLIS; Jo Dorsch, MALS; Carmen Howard, MSLS; Emily Johnson, MLIS, Jordan Hupert, MD; and Alan Schwartz, PhD. Course instructors will be available by e-mail to answer questions or provide guidance.

Requirements:  Access to the course is through UIC’s Blackboard system. Once you are registered you will receive a temporary UIC NetID and password for access.  If you are in a hospital environment, you should check with your IT department to determine if there are firewalls that would interfere with your ability to access all aspects of the class.

You will also need:

  • Internet Access
  • Word or Open Office
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Windows Media Player or comparable media software

A short tutorial is available for those not familiar with Blackboard.  All readings will be available from the course site.  There is no required text, but having one of these texts for reference is recommended:

1.  Straus SE, et al.  Evidence-Based Medicine:  How to Practice and Teach EBM
2.  Badenoch D, Heneghan C.  Evidence-based Medicine Toolkit
3.  Glaxziou P, et al.  Evidence-Based Practice Workbook.

  1. Guyatt G., et al. Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature.  Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice.


Cost is $150.00.  The course runs from March 16th – April 26th, 2015.  The course is limited to 25 registrants.

To register:

You will be asked for information that is required to establish access to the course site.

Payment may be made online or by sending a check for $150.00 made payable to the University of Illinois at Chicago to:

EBP Online – Emama Muhlim

UIC Library of the Health Sciences

MC 763

1750 W. Polk St.

Chicago, Illinois 60612


For additional information, please email

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.

MedlinePlus and More

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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

Date / Time:       March 13th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:               Erie County Public Library, Admiral Room


Summary: This course is designed to train librarians and consumers on MedlinePlus, the premier consumer health database by the National Library of Medicine. Hands-on exercises and real life problems will be used as a method of teaching this database. Additional consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine will be selected and demonstrated based on needs of participants.

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter Issue Available

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features information on healthy aging with Go4Life, living with Alzheimer’s disease, finding good health information on the Internet, atrial fibrillation, and treating alcohol problems. The cover features Howie Mandel, a host, performer, and producer, who was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib). He discusses his involvement with the National Stroke Association’s Fibs or Facts campaign that raises awareness about AFib and its increased risk for stroke.

The magazine also recaps the Science Pathfinders at NLM/NIH event on September 26, 2014, where more than 500 middle and high school students at public and private schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia visited the NIH campus in Bethesda to hear presentations from top scientists and medical doctors on the latest advances in medical research. This issue’s HealthLine describes the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and and the Pharmaceuticals division of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) small phase 1 clinical trial of the experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

METRO Webinar: Taking Ownership at Work

Friday, February 20th, 2015

No one wants to be micromanaged. We want to be trusted and given space in the workplace, even when we work as part of a team. Plenty of studies say that increasing employee responsibility and accountability through autonomy will improve both quality of work and employee satisfaction — a two-in-one proposition!

But what if our bosses simply aren’t buying into it? This is where independent ownership comes in.

There are lots of ways to exercise personal ownership on an individual level, no matter the circumstances. Proactive problem solving is one example. We’ve all had workplace conversations that turn into gripe sessions. Venting pent up frustrations feels good and can help us articulate exactly where the problem is. However, although we might feel stuck in the moment, there is almost always something we can do to solve the problem. Moving past frustration and onto an actionable next step is what we mean by “taking ownership.”

Having limited authority doesn’t need to short circuit our ability to be proactive. Take ownership over what you can. Innovate on a small scale and ask for what you need!

Of course, taking action to resolve issues in the workplace does carry some risk. Odds are that we’ll make at least one poor decision somewhere down the line. But forward steps bear so much more reward than standing still ever will.

Instructor Kimberly Sweetman will talk more about ownership, autonomy, and how to implement them during Library Professionals in the 21st Century Workplace at METRO on Monday, March 2nd.

Opportunity to Affect the Future of the National Library of Medicine

Friday, February 13th, 2015

You have a unique opportunity to affect the future of the National Library of Medicine. As Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg retires after 30 years as director of NLM, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a “Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine.” The group’s charge and members:

Consider responding to this time-sensitive NIH Request for Information (RFI), soliciting input into the deliberations of the working group of the advisory committee to the NIH Director. This is a very important opportunity to contribute feedback of the value of the National Library of Medicine, and to directly influence the future of this organization.

Your response must be submitted electronically at, and will ONLY be accepted through March 13, 2015.

Please share this information with colleagues and friends who might wish to respond with thoughts about how the NLM, and especially the collections, programs, and resources, have contributed to their research, teaching, education, and professional development.

Active for Life: Healthy Programming Resources for Seniors (Boost Box session)

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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

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


Online / No Registration Required

Summary: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the growth in the number and percentage of older adults is unparalleled in the history of the U.S. As a result, libraries, as well as community and faith-based organizations, are seeing an increase in the number of elderly they assist. This session will provide an overview of freely available and reliable health information resources for use with seniors focusing on health topics. Examples of how the National Library of Medicine, and other reputable materials can be incorporated into healthy programming for seniors will also be discussed. Find out where to locate free publications, agencies, and even a ready-made presentation toolkit for an older adult health program. 1 MLA CE.