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    • Active for Life: Healthy Programming Resources for Seniors / March 2015 [Recording | Presentation (PDF) | 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 | Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)]
      • 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 | 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 | Presentation (PDF) | 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 | Presentation (PDF) | 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 | 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 | Presentation (PDF) | 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 | Presentation (PDF) | 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 | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF) | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF) | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF) | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


    • PechaKucha Basics for Presentations / February 2014 (Recording | 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 | 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
      • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation 1 (Prezi) and Presentation 2 (Prezi)


    • Teaching Research Data Management: Introducing the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum / December 2013 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)

    • Conversation on Copyright / November 2013 (Recording | 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.

    • Translational Medicine and Roles of Health Sciences Librarians / November 2013 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


    • School is in Session: Resources for K-12 Educators / September 2013 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


    • Making the Most of the Value Study / August 2013 (Recording | 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.


      • 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!
      • Presentation (PowerPoint)


    • Health Literacy:  Making It Clear / June 2013 (Recording | 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 | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF)


    • Answering the “Why Questions” of Research Data Management / March 2013 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF)

    • Are You Ready? Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe / February 2013 (Recording | 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).
      • Presentation (PDF)


    • New Roles for Librarians / January 2013 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF)

    • NLM Consumer Health Resources for Caregivers / December 2012 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF)

    • MedPrint Overview and Update / November 2012 (Recording | 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:
      • Presentation (PDF)

    • MedlinePlus Connect in a Community Health Center / October 2012 (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.
      • Presentation (PDF)


    • Disaster Information Resources / September 2012 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF)

    • What's New in PubMed / August 2012 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (when the PDF file opens, click the Read Only button to view)

    • Study Design and Systematic Reviews / June 2012 (Recording | 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.
      • Presentation (PDF)