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Focus on NLM Resources:

Presenter: Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region

Date / Time:  August 17, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required


Ms. Simpson will provide an overview of public health information resources available from the public health web portal,, including the Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). provides access to selected online public health resources from government agencies, health science libraries, and professional and research organizations.

Position now open on USAJobs: Archivist, History of Medicine Division, NLM

From the National Library of Medicine:

HMD has posted an announcement on USAJOBS ( for an archivist to coordinate the historic audio visuals program of the Images & Archives Section in the History of Medicine Division of NLM.  Images and Archives Section desires a public-service oriented leader who is a seasoned professional archivist or librarian experienced in film and video collections. Ideal candidates should also be proactive problem solvers who work well as part of a team and thrive in dynamic, changing environments. The historic audio visuals archivist is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, arranging, describing, reproducing, preserving, and providing reference, access, and outreach services for a collection of approximately 10,000 film and video titles. The successful candidate for this position will have extensive knowledge of archives and audiovisual materials.

All US citizens may apply on USAJobs using this link:

Federal government employees and former Federal government employees who are Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) may apply on USAJobs using this link:

The announcement opened today, July 16th, and will close on Monday, July 20th.  The short time period reflects NLM’s effort to expedite the hiring of talented individuals and is not an indicator of a pre-selected candidate.

Please share the announcement with anyone you know who made be interested.  Questions about the announcement can be directed to

Lisa Stevens, Human Resources Specialist

Phone: (301)594-2239


Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML)

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)

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

Summer Vacation? How to prevent requests from routing to your library in DOCLINE

Summer vacation season is here and we’d like remind you to complete the ‘Out of Office’ request form in DOCLINE to prevent requests from routing to your library when it’s closed. Detailed instructions for completing the ‘Out of Office’ request form are here:

You can set a future ‘Out of Office’ date range and request RML approval at any time. However, we suggest you do it a couple of days in advance to allow your RML time to review. Please note only one ‘Out of Office’ date range is permitted at a time.

On the last day your library is active, please process as many requests as possible as ‘Filled’ or ‘Not Filled.’ At the end of the day, receipt any new requests and process all outstanding requests as ‘Not Filled’ so they will immediately route on to the next potential lender.

If you have questions, you can call your RML at 800-338-7657. Canadian libraries should call CISTI at 1-800-668-1222. You can also reach DOCLINE customer support by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE and filling out the Ask a Question form or at

Wishing you all a wonderful summer.

— The DOCLINE Team

Proposed new Consumer Health Librarian Interest Group

From member Carrie Banks:

Hi all,

I recently created the following Interest Group Petition via the American Library Association, Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ALA-ASCLA);

Consumer Health Librarians often work on their own in stand-alone libraries, in a larger library or library system.  CHIL is a place where we can come together to discuss issues of common interest such as public heath crises, hard to find information, the question of balance and accuracy and where the line is between providing information and advice.  Libraries from public, hospital, special, academic and other types of libraries can learn from and with our colleagues.  Keep on top of trends and get the latest news, share resources and information with other librarians through programs and resource pages. In our first year we plan to sponsor a program in Orlando.  Let’s come together to grow healthy communities!

I need 10 signatures to get it off the ground.  We already have co-conveners, myself and Lydia Collins from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region.  If you are interested in joining us you can directly access the petition and share with colleagues by simply clicking on or forwarding the following link:

If you have any questions feel free to contact,

Carrie Banks, Supervising Librarian, Library Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities/Kidsmobile

2065 Flatbush Avenue

Brooklyn, NY  11234

718.253.4948; 718.253.5034 tty; 718.434.3730 fax


Lydia N. Collins, MLIS

Consumer Health Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)

University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System

200 Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

412.624.1411 Office

412.624.1515 Fax

Heading to ALA? So is MAR!

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

For more details:

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

For more details:

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

For more details:

Also check out:

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

For more details:

Comments needed: Proposed change in NLM MARC records

NLM has been recording geographic locations and publications types in the MARC21 fields 651 and 655 respectively since 1999 to match indexing practices in subject assignment. This differs from LC’s practice of putting geographic locations in 650 $z and publication types in 650 $v.  In 1999, 80% of medical libraries responding to the announcement of this practice being adopted at NLM, indicated that subjects in this format would be difficult to incorporate in their OPAC.  NLM therefore continued to provide a specially programmed output with a traditional subject string of 650 $a $x $z $v for subscribers to Catfile.  See the example at the end of this announcement.

In 2005, NLM once again surveyed the community and proposed discontinuing the special programming to create traditional subject strings and to distribute records as they appear in LocatorPlus.  At that time, a small majority of libraries were in favor of such a proposal.  However, those who were opposed were very passionate about the issue and made some compelling arguments for keeping the strings.  NLM made some minor changes to the record distribution programs at that time to ease some of the complexities its catalogers had been encountering in trying to code subjects for proper output, but continued to output traditional subject strings.

It is now 10 years since this issue has been considered, and NLM believes that the environment has changed enough to once again propose discontinuing the practice of creating artificial subject strings for subscribers to Catfile. Rather than traditional OPACs, many libraries are using discovery systems that search across different input streams and provide faceted searching options.  The library community is planning to make much more use of linked data, particularly with the future adoption of BIBFRAME.  Long subject strings do not work well in a linked data environment, and in fact, we are seeing many libraries breaking up the traditional LCSH subject string into its component parts using the FAST vocabulary. MeSH has recently been released in RDF triples that correspond to data in 650 $a and $x, 651 or 655 fields. NLM believes the time is now appropriate to stop creating artificial subject strings and distribute NLM records exactly as they appear in our database.  This would mean that libraries that take copy from both NLM and OCLC would not have to edit one form or another to have consistency in their catalogs.

NLM is asking the medical library community to let us know what the effect would be on your institution if NLM were to discontinue distributing its MARC cataloging bibliographic records with artificially reconstructed subject strings. Records in MARC format would continue to have MeSH headings combined with the appropriate topical subheadings (650 $a $x), but geographic locations, and publication types would be carried in separate fields in the record, rather than as subfields of the MeSH heading. This would mean that records distributed to bibliographic utilities and other licensees would be identical to the records in LocatorPlus.

Please send your comments by August 31, 2015 to:

Diane Boehr

Head, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section

National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike, Room 1N11

Bethesda, MD 20894

NLM will announce the final decision on whether or not to implement this change by September 30, 2015.  Any changes to distribution files will not occur until calendar year 2016.

NIH approves strategic vision to transform National Library of Medicine

From the National Institutes of Health:

“National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., approved a federal report (PDF – 163KB) that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward.”

Read more:

PubMed for Trainers is coming to NYC in August

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: