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Focus on NLM Resources: HealthReach

Presenter:  Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  May 7, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required


HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

During the presentation the site will briefly be demonstrated. New initiatives, such as the funding and acquisition of new materials, will be discussed.

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is July 6, 2015 at 12 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit

The National Library of Medicine ( is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site ( ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, Disaster Lit™ and other resources.

Document Delivery Webinars from the NN/LM MidContinental Region

LinkOut! : Harnessing the Power of LinkOut for Libraries

Tammy Magid will be facilitating a webinar that focuses on “LinkOut for Libraries” services to provide user’s access to online full-text at the point of need – it’ll be a librarian’s primer on “LinkOut for Libraries” services, tools, and customer support services. This presentation will include a brief question and answer session for participants.

Tammy A. Magid, MLIS works as a Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine where she serves as the NLM LinkOut Coordinator and Team Lead.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015,   12 pm Mountain Time, 1 pm Central Time, 2 pm Eastern Time

Who: For those who use LinkOut or anyone else who wants to learn more about the technology.



Learn more about the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) Who benefits and How?

Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator, will be presenting an informative session on the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS.) Participating DOCLINE libraries primarily use the system. Jola will present an overview and the advantages of using the system.  She will available to answer any questions.

Who: For DOCLINE participants not currently using EFTS and/or for current users. Anyone interested in the program is welcome.

When : Thursday, April 30, 2015, 1 pm Mountain Time / 2 pm Central Time, 3pm Eastern Time


Log in as a “Guest” and receive prompts for the audio portion after entering the room. Captioning will be provided for both sessions and recordings will be archived.

Betsy L. Humphreys appointed Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine

Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Humphreys has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005, sharing responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. As Deputy Director of the Library, Humphreys also coordinated NLM’s extensive activities related to health data standards, serving as US Member and founding Chair of the General Assembly of the International Health Terminology Standards Organisation. She has contributed to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting but include the last line with the link to the selected bibliography.

Humphreys, who joined the NLM in 1973, previously led the NLM’s Library Operations Division and directed the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced processing, retrieval, and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources.

Ms. Humphreys is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics, the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association’s highest honor, and the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

She received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Humphreys presents and publishes widely. A selected bibliography is available.

Funding Opportunities for Regional Medical Libraries

From the National Library of Medicine:

We are pleased to announce that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities are open for applications until July 24, 2015:


The RMLs are the backbone of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The overarching goal of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Eight health sciences libraries will function as the RML for their respective Region. The RMLs will coordinate the operation of a Network of Libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. The RMLs will ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NN/LM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to serve the health information needs of health professionals and the public in the future.


Helpful Links:


NLM Extramural Program:

NLM National Network Office:

Applying for a grant FAQs:

Send questions to:


We are offering the following opportunities to learn about the current RMLs and how to apply to a cooperative agreement:


Technical Assistance Webinar (this will be recorded for future viewing)

When: Thursday April 23, 2015, from 3:00-4:00pm ET

Where: Webinar URL –, Teleconference number: 1-866-579-8110 Participant Code: 571542

We encourage you to submit questions in advance by email to:


2015 Annual Meeting of the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and Centers, Austin, TX (held in conjunction with the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting)

When: Friday, May 15, 2015

Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Time: 9:00 am—5:30 pm

Go to the NLM Technical Bulletin for a complete agenda.

Note: The 3:30 pm—5:30 pm session in Room 17AB, “Applying for Regional Medical Libraries Cooperative Agreements (UG4)” and Q&A with NLM Extramural Program will be transcribed and posted after the meeting.

Awardee Reports (Lunch with the RML session)


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

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)

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)

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.

New NIH BD2K Funding Opportunity

A new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) funding opportunity is available, Supplements to Support Interoperability of NIH Funded Biomedical Data Repositories, with an April 20 application due date. NIH is accepting administrative supplement requests to support projects that will establish or improve interoperability among NIH funded biomedical data repositories. Improved interoperability is expected to lead to increased efficiency of repositories’ operations and cost reductions, which are significant factors of the NIH’s long-term sustainability plans for the biomedical data repositories. Each supplement request should be associated to a collaborative project consisting of a biomedical data repository supported by an active NIH-funded parent grant, and one or more collaborating sites that together implement the interoperability goals of this FOA. The collaborating sites may be other biomedical data repositories, or may provide computational tools and data standards, or perform other activities that facilitate interoperability among data repositories. Supplement requests will only be accepted from active NIH-funded parent grants that primarily support biomedical data repositories with an overall annual budget above $500,000 in direct costs.

Valentina di Francesca (NHGRI) will be organizing an administrative review panel for these supplements as a group. Administrative review is expected to occur in May 2015, and completed by August 24, 2015. Awards are expected to be made in August/September 2015.