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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:

Report of the NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, June 11 at 11:15 am ET

From NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys:

The NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH (ACD) will present its vision and recommendations for an expansive and exciting future for NLM to the full ACD on June 11, 2015.

The presentation is scheduled to begin at 11:15 am.  You will find the full agenda for the ACD meeting at

The meeting will be broadcast live and also archived so you will be able to watch it at

The text of the report will be posted on the ACD website soon after the meeting.  Recruitment for a new permanent NLM Director will begin shortly thereafter, too.

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML)

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

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

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