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  • Health Literacy 3.0 / January 12, 2016 [Recording]

    Presenters: Chris Zarcadoolas is a Professor at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health and prior to that she was at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and had a long tenure on the faculty at Brown University Center for Environmental Studies. She is the Founder and Director of the New York Roundtable on Public Health Literacy.

    Description: Christina Zarcadoolas is a sociolinguist and internationally recognized expert in health literacy and public understanding of health and science. She focuses on analyzing and closing the gaps between expert & lay knowledge and understanding, paying particular attention to how people make meaning out of complex things. The New England Journal of Medicine called her critically acclaimed book, Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action, "required reading" for public health communication professionals.

  • Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities / December 8, 2015 [Recording]

    Presenters: Heather N. Holmes, AHIP, is the Clinical Informationist for Summa Health System's Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals in Akron, OH.

    Description: In this session we will discuss the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. We will especially consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing.

  • The SHARE Approach – Putting shared decision making into practice / November 2015 [Recording]

    Presenters: Kevin Progar, Project Manager, Regional Health Literacy Coalition. Kevin is an experienced facilitator, health literacy advocate, and certified by AHRQ as a SHARE Approach Master Trainer.

    Description: Shared Decision Making (SDM) occurs when a health care provider and a patient work together to make a health care decision that is best for the patient. Research shows that SDM has measurable impacts on cost, quality, and outcomes. This presentation will highlight Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s SHARE Approach, which is a free to use evidence-based model for implementing shared decision making.
  • Introduction to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library / October 2015 [Recording]

    Description: This presentation will introduce librarians 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)

  • Compelling Counts: Trends in Evaluation Data Reporting / September 8, 2015 [no recording available]

    Presenters: Cindy Olney is the Acting Assistant Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (NN/LM OERC). She has been a program evaluator for more than 25 years. Karen Vargas is the Evaluation Specialist of the NN/LM OERC. Prior to joining the OERC in February 2015, she was the Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator for NN/LM South Central Regional Medical Library (located in the Houston Academy of Medicine Texas Medical Center Library).
    Description: No need to bury evaluation data about library services and outreach programs in a 69-page annual report that nobody reads! Look around and you’ll see lots of examples of how numbers and anecdotes are being used to motivate, advocate, and engage. This presentation will highlight trends in evaluation information use that can be adopted by librarians, including the following: What to report: a simple method called Appreciative Inquiry to help you do informal audience analysis any time you are around a user or stakeholder. Designing your message: Lessons from inspirational speakers to help you shape messages about your programs and services. More pictures; fewer words (and numbers): Trends in evaluation reporting that make reports easier and more interesting to read

  • National Center for Health Statistics / August 2015 [Recording]

    Presenter: Tara Das, , PhD, MPH, MLIS, Interim Head, Social Work Library/Government Information Librarian, Lehman Social Sciences Library
    Description: Ms. Das will review the work of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is one of the principal statistical agencies in the United States. She will discuss NCHS data collection and data release methods and publications. Data access for researchers interested in analyzing NCHS data will also be included.

  • Who, What When & Where Teach-Back and Health Literacy / July 2015 [Recording]

    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.

  • Directory of History of Medicine Collections (DHMC): A Valuable Resource / June 9, 2015 [Recording ]

    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.

  • Velcro Instruction: 7 Techniques to Make Learning Stick / May 26, 2015 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF)]

    Presenters: Rebecca Abromitis and Linda Hartman, Reference Librarians, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
    Description: Students are only human. All humans have short attention spans (8-10 minutes). This session, intended for instructors, introduces 7 easy-to-apply, research-based techniques that will help your students stay focused during class lectures and increase the "sticky-ness" of your content.

  • A Model for Patient Engagement and How Libraries Can Improve Health Literacy / April 14, 2015 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (Powerpoint)]
    • 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.

  • Active for Life: Healthy Programming Resources for Seniors / March 2015 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)]
    • Presenter: Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Description: 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.
  • Transforming the Historical Medical Library / February 2015 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF) file type icon Presentation ]
    • Presenters: Beth Lander, College Librarian and Joseph Anderson, Digital Projects Librarian / Historical Medical Library, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
    • Description: In December 2013, the Historical Medical Library (HML) of the College of Physicians launched its Digital Library in order to provide access to its collections to a broader audience.  Join Beth Lander, College Librarian, in a discussion of where to make the best initial investment to start a digital library, how to use metadata effectively, and what the future holds as the HML seeks to transform itself into the “Mütter Library.”
  • The Perils & Promises of Genomic Medicine / January 2015 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)]
    • Presenter: Carrie Iwema, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology, Molecular Biology Information Service / Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
    • Description: Advances in DNA sequencing technologies have greatly reduced the cost of whole genome sequencing and created fascinating new areas of study—personal genomics and personalized medicine. Empowered by recent technological advancements, scientists now have the ability to rapidly compare genetic alphabets of groups of people who show a particular trait with those that do not.  Access to your personal genome enables you to identify genetic risk factors or inheritable disease markers you are carrying and can help you and your doctor choose the appropriate medications, dosages, and healthcare strategies.  It is more critical than ever to have a basic understanding of the science behind these advances, as well as the associated ethical, legal, and social issues, in order to actively participate in this exciting and rapidly changing field.
  • InfoBoosters: Connecting Texts with Databases / December 2014 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)]
    • Presenter: Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Head, Molecular Biology Information Service / Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
    • Description: As life sciences research has become more interdisciplinary, the scientific papers we read increasingly include genes, proteins, methodologies, and biological concepts outside of our domain of expertise.  In order to thoroughly comprehend such articles, it is necessary to learn more about these lesser-known terms.  

      Information is readily available in various molecular databases, but the current journal article reading formats (PDF and Web-based) do not provide links to access the databases directly from the article pages.  We have developed Infoboosters--an easy-to-install browser widget that connects digital texts to databases and retrieves relevant information on-demand.  E.g., after selecting a protein name in an article and clicking the “Infobooster for Structure" widget, a pop-up window appears displaying the protein structure from the Protein Data Bank.  

      The application of these tools will assist readers with revealing information not directly described in the text and potentially fostering the creation of new hypotheses.  We will introduce you to Infoboosters, show you how to create your own unique Infoboosters, and cover various applications of this new tool.

  • MLA Mentors and Experts @ Your Fingertips / November 2014 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation 2 (PDF)]
    • Presenter: Kate E. Corcoran, Director, Membership, Research, and Information Systems, Medical Library Association
    • Description: Join us in exploring one aspect of the MLANET Community: MLA’s mentoring and expertise directory. Accessible 24/7 to members on MLANET or by request to MLA headquarters, this online resource can connect you with your expert colleagues. Whether you are new to the profession, in mid-career, or exploring the profession, you can find a mentor to help with career transitions or select from hundreds of MLA members who have identified their knowledge in more than 70 expertise areas.

      Plus, get a sneak peek before launch of the MLANET Community Member’s Forum area for ongoing professional discussion, document sharing, and calendar for the profession!

  • Project Tycho / Data for Health: Open Access to Public Health Data / October 2014 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF)]
    • Presenter: Wilbert van Panhuis, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
    • Description: The Project Tycho team aims to provide open access to public health data from around the world. Currently, the database contains the entire 125 year history of U.S. weekly nationally notifiable disease surveillance reports. All these data are freely available to the public through an easy-to-use online interface. Oftentimes, restricted access to public health data limits opportunities for scientific discovery and technological innovation. The Project Tycho™ team is continuously engaging in new partnerships with scientists, funding, and public health agencies around the world to add or connect new historical and current datasets to the system. New datasets include global dengue surveillance data and Chikungunya data for Latin America.

      The Project Tycho team is collaborating with international partners from a large variety of scientific disciplines to create innovative analytical approaches to add value to public health data. Analytics range from creative data visualizations to reveal population level patterns of disease spread that help to understand disease causality leading to better control strategies. Currently, about 1,300 people from around the world have registered for free to use Project Tycho data and over 17,000 users have visited the website since the launch in November last year. Project Tycho data are used for research, for student theses, dissertations, and homework, for teaching, and for public advocacy. We are excited to present this new resource for the advancement of science and population health.

  • Adding To Your Teaching Toolkit / September 2014 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)]
    • Presenters: Sharon Dennis, Rebecca Brown, and Jessi Van Der Volgen, NN/LM National Training Center (NTC)
    • Description: Three trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will present a few our favorite teaching tips and techniques for both in-person and online classes.   Sharon Dennis will discuss possibilities for applying "gamification" principles as a tool to motivate class participants.  Jessi Van Der Volgen will share four strategies for adding meaningful interaction to your online or in-person classes, and examples of each.  Rebecca Brown will share free tools you can use to develop a class and a social media alternative to a course discussion board.
  • The Value Study as a Tool for Library Advocacy/ August 2014 [Recording | file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)]
    • Joanne Gard Marshall, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Julia Sollenberger, Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center
    • Description: The speakers will present the results of the Value Study most useful for library advocacy and discuss how results are being used by librarians across the country. Over 16,000 physicians, residents and nurses served by 56 libraries participated in the study. As a result, the findings can be used by both participating and non-participating libraries.  Librarians are using the results to advocate for the importance of the library through posters, presentations, newsletters and personal contacts with administrators, educators and clinicians. Time saved by health professionals is also being also converted into dollars saved to show cost-effectiveness. Our examples show that librarians are using the results, but customizing their advocacy efforts so that they have maximum impact on their institution. Librarians are making frequent use of the resources available on the Value Study website:, containing an overview of the study results suitable for presentation. Librarians are welcome to use the full presentation or key slides as needed.  Specialized PowerPoint summary reports are also available based on geographic region, as well as AAHSL and non-AAHSL sites, and the profession of respondents. The site provides access to the data and all supporting materials, including the survey. Features encourage data use, benchmarking with similar types of libraries, as well as study replication. Links to peer reviewed journal articles based on the study results are also available on the site. Two new publications, one in a nursing journal and one in a health care management journal are about to appear. Results from these additional analyses will be discussed.
  • Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate Plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis / July 2014 (Recording | file type icon Handout)
    • Presenter: Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center
    • Description: Many of us use questionnaires to learn about our stakeholders’ attitudes and knowledge. Let’s picture this as a burger:  The data we collect is like the meat in the filling, and we wrap the data in a tasty bun (summaries, graphs, and charts) to present it.

      Meat:  We want to use the best ingredients for our filling and collect good data.  The question “What is a ‘good’ response rate?” often comes up.  What does “response rate” mean, and why is it important?  And how do you know what your response rate is?  We’ll go over practical steps you can take to increase the number of people who complete and return the questionnaires that you send to them.  We’ll also talk about some strategies for addressing low response rates.

      Bun:  Once you have administered a questionnaire, what do you do with all those numbers?  The next section of this webinar will be about preparing and presenting those numbers.  It will provide a very quick review of basic quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics and suggestions for selecting types of charts or graphs to illustrate your data.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • ORCID: The Universal Author Identifier / June 2014 (Recording)
    • Presenter: Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Description: Almost 25% of PubMed queries are author searches, yet 2/3 of authors in MEDLINE share the same last name and first initial with an average of eight other authors! This session will explore name ambiguity and introduce ORCID, the international registry that provides a persistent digital identifier to authors, useful throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle. Learn the benefits of ORCID to authors and researchers as well as publishers, funders, universities and professional societies, and how to get started with a new ORCID ID.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Social Media and Public Health / May 2014 (Recording)
    • Presenter: Jim Garrow, Director of Digital Public Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
    • Description: Research is showing that more and more of the American public is becoming regular users of social media. Public health departments and agencies across the country have begun to experiment using social media to communicate with an increasingly distracted public. This session will discuss the latest statistics on social media use, how public health departments are using it, will identify some best practices currently in use, and how best to get started integrating social media into your work.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Infographics 101: Graphic Approaches to Library Marketing / April 2014 (Recording)
    • Presenter: Daina R. Bouquin, Data & Metadata Services Librarian / Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
    • Description: Infographics aren’t new, but using them to market your library’s services and value may be new to you. Learn the basics of choosing a tool and constructing infographics to display aggregated statistics and communicate your message. These concepts can help you better understand more advanced topics like data visualization and working with data to assess your library and communicate with your stakeholders. 
    • Presentation (Prezi)
  • Introduction to Altmetrics for Medical and Special Librarians / March 2014 (Recording)
    • Presenter: Linda Galloway, Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Sciences Librarian / Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse, NY
    • Description: Altmetrics (or alternative citation metrics) provide new ways to track scholarly influence across a wide range of media and platforms.  Join our webinar to learn altmetric fundamentals, get some tips on connecting your users with altmetrics, and receive a quick update on the newest published research in this field. Awareness of altmetric tools, and the ways in which they can be used to measure scholarship and broader impact, will position information professionals at the forefront of this exciting new era in knowledge dissemination and assessment.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • PechaKucha Basics for Presentations / February 2014 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Rebecca Abromitis, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Description: PechaKucha is a dynamic presentation format well-suited for the average human attention span of nine minutes. This session will introduce the basic principle of PechaKucha (20 slides + 20 seconds narration per slide = ~7 minutes).  By replacing text and bullet points with imagery, clarity, and simplicity, this method allows you to present manageable and memorable chunks of information to colleagues and students. Also included in this session are: potential uses for PechaKucha; how to plan your talk; and where to find public domain images.
  • Prezi for Presentations / January 2014 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Julia Jankovic, Technology Services Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Description: Prezi is a web-based presentation tool that allows you to think outside the slide.  In this session, Julia will introduce the unique features of Prezi, discuss the advantages over and making the transition from PowerPoint, and demonstrate creating your first Prezi
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF) | Presentation 1 (Prezi) and Presentation 2 (Prezi)
  • Teaching Research Data Management: Introducing the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum / December 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript )
    • Presenter: Elaine R. Martin, Director, Lamar Soutter Library and Director, NN/LM New England Region, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
    • Description: The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (MECDMC) offers openly available materials that librarians can use to teach research data management best practices to students in the sciences, health sciences and engineering fields, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The materials in the curriculum are openly available, with lecture notes and slide presentations that librarians teaching RDM can customize for their particular audiences. The curriculum also has a database of real life teaching research cases that can be integrated into the curriculum to address discipline specific data management topics. This webinar will introduce attendees to the curriculum and the issues surrounding teaching research data management. Some libraries in New England have agreed to pilot the curriculum and we are looking for additional pilot sites outside our region. Attendees will be encouraged to review the curriculum and consider joining the collaboration by piloting the curriculum and participating in an evaluation process, which will be explained further during the webinar.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Conversation on Copyright / November 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Esther Dell, Associate Librarian Interlibrary Loan, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey
    • Description: Librarians, along with the people we serve, are users and creators of copyrighted materials on a regular basis.  This is also an area where there are mostly questions and very few straight-forward answers.  During this session, Esther will review some copyright basics and share how we, as librarians, can be good copyright citizens.  She will also suggest helpful resources she has collected over time.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Translational Medicine and Roles of Health Sciences Librarians / November 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Robyn Reed, MA, MLIS, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey
    • Description: Translational medicine is a popular term used among researchers in the biomedical community.  But what does it mean?  This session will describe what translational medicine is, clarify confusing terminology, and examine the field over the last several years.  We will also discuss the roles librarians play in this area.  Insight into translational medicine will help librarians understand their current and/or future contributions in this field.  This presentation is designed for people who work with biomedical researchers or anyone who desires to learn about translational medicine.
    • file type icon boost_boost_nov2013.pdf (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • School is in Session: Resources for K-12 Educators / September 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Description: Do you work in a setting where there's a need for K-12 health and science resources?  School libraries are now open after the summer break and public libraries are gearing up for homework help after summer reading fun. Academic libraries with K-12 education programs will want to share these resources with their faculty and students. This presentation will highlight some of the National Library of Medicine's K-12 resources and provide ideas on how they've been used in various settings. Also, learn about other NLM training and items of particular interest to those who work with K-12 populations.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF) | file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Making the Most of the Value Study / August 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenters:
      • Joanne Gard Marshall, Principal Investigator, Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      • Kathel Dunn, Coordinator, Associate Fellows Program, National Library of Medicine
    • Description: This session provided an update on new specialized reports created using the “Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study” results, as well as how to access and use the data set from the study. All the items will be made available on the Value Study website. Joanne shared the results of some advanced data analysis that demonstrates the added value of using the services of the librarian and the searching the library-provided resources in patient care. Kathel discussed ways of mining and using the Value Study data. She shared the results of data mining they've done on users of PubMed/MEDLINE and related resources. The study gathered extensive data on each of the information resources used to answer the clinical questions.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • PubMed Tips and Tricks / July 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary: Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!
    • file type icon Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Health Literacy: Making It Clear / June 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Elissa Director, Health Communications
    • Summary: Far too often patients are placed at risk for unsafe care because of medical jargon and unclear language. Health literacy is an interactive process requiring that all patients and consumers receive clear communication from all health care providers and systems. This presentation will introduce key principles and components of health literacy and examine some barriers that prevent optimal navigation and use of health information and services.
  • What in the World is 508 Compliance and Why Should I Care? / May 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary: Have you received funding from MAR? Are you publishing web pages and/or materials created as a result of federal funding? If so, then you need to know about Section 508 Compliance to ensure you're meeting the Federal requirements that will be enforced beginning May 2013. Join us to learn tips and to help reduce your stress so you'll be able to apply 508 compliance features to your website and materials.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • Answering the “Why Questions” of Research Data Management / March 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Melissa Ratajeski, MLIS, AHIP, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
    • Summary: Melissa discussed the data lifecycle and the requirements from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) regarding data management plans (DMPs) and data sharing.  Practical reasons for creating DMPs and sharing data, such as increased citations, were also highlighted, providing librarians with “talking points” to use with researchers at their own institutions.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • Are You Ready? Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe / February 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary: Michelle highlighted National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for family, friends and caregivers. She focused on special populations (such as seniors, pregnant women, and children) and their needs in preparation for emergency situations.  She also highlighted appropriate resources and services for those who have special needs (such as hearing, vision impairment, and other disabilities).
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • New Roles for Librarians / January 2013 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Mark Vrabel, Information Resources Supervisor, Oncology Nursing Society
    • Summary: Mark discussed some of the “non-traditional” librarian roles he has assumed over the years as his position has evolved. His roles have included medical writing and editing, as well as serving as coach for the Franklin Covey Four Disciplines of Execution and its Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) that were implemented and adhered to by all Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) employees.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • NLM Consumer Health Resources for Caregivers / December 2012 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Lydia N. Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary: The National Family Caregivers Association recognizes November as National Family Caregivers Month. Join us as Lydia highlights National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and others specifically for caregivers.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • MedPrint Overview and Update / November 2012 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenters:
      • Martha Fishel, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Chief, Public Services Division
      • Maria E. Collins, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Technical Information Specialist, Collection Access Section, Public Services Division
    • Summary:  The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are working together to ensure the preservation of and continued access to the literature through MedPrint, a national cooperative medical serials print retention program:
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • MedlinePlus Connect in a Community Health Center / October 2012 (file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenters:
      • Diane Hauser, Senior Associate for Research & Special Projects, The Institute for Family Health
      • Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary:  MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This service allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to MedlinePlus, an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and health care providers.

      The Institute for Family Health (, a community health center in New York City, has led the way in implementing and testing strategies for evaluating MedlinePlus Connect. Ms. Hauser presented results from her studies and provided a demonstration of MedlinePlus Connect within the patient portal.

    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • Disaster Information Resources / September 2012 ( file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenters: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Caroline Spellman, Aquilent
    • Summary: Ms. Champ-Blackwell promotes and implements the disaster health information goals of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and for the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership. This session discussed NLM disaster information resources and emergency response tools. A demo was provided of the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) and how it can provide emergency responders with critical information in the palm of their hand.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)
  • What's New in PubMed / August 2012 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
    • Summary: PubMed has seen a lot of changes in the past year.  Filters, revised Advanced Search, Send to Citation Manager, Computed Author Display, Versioning, and Discovery Tools--learn about all these new features in our one hour Boost Box session.
    • file type icon Presentation (when the PDF file opens, click the Read Only button to view)
  • Study Design and Systematic Reviews / June 2012 (Recording | file type icon Transcript)
    • Presenter: Mary Lou Klem, PhD, MLIS, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
    • Summary: Systematic reviews are literature reviews that critically appraise and summarize the “best available evidence” for a clinical question or topic. While the most well-known “best evidence” is the randomized controlled trial (RCT), other study designs may also be appropriate for use in systematic reviews. This presentation provides an overview and description of two broad classes of study designs (experimental and observational), an explanation of critical differences between these two types of design, and a real-world example of the impact of such design differences on study outcomes.
    • file type icon Presentation (PDF)