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New IOM Report: Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future Workshop Summary

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The Institute of Medicine’s “Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future: Workshop Summary” captures presentations and discussions of the progress made in the field of health literacy since its 2004 report titled “Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion.” The report, available free online, includes perspectives on health literacy and medications, and how the concepts of health literacy have been integrated into patient interactions. /da

Data Science Training Opportunity – Hackathon

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

This event may be of interest to you or researchers you work with.

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program and the NIH Library are pleased to join the Johns Hopkins (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics in announcing the first JHU DaSH – Data Science Hackathon – on September 21-23, 2015 in Baltimore.  The organizers– Drs. Brian Caffo, Leah Jager, Jeff Leek and Roger Peng – include JHU professors who teach the popular Coursera Data Science Specialization. This Data Science Hackathon will provide an opportunity for hands-on training that reinforces and builds on data management and analysis skills such as those covered in the MOOC specialization (completion of the specialization is not a prerequisite). For questions, contact Lisa Federer ( in the NIH Library. Interested individuals need to fill out an application to verify that they meet minimal data science requirements.

Network members who qualify to attend the event should consider applying for the NN/LM MCR’s Professional Development Funding. /ch

RxNorm August 2015 Release, RxMix Tutorials, and Upcoming Jamboree

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Hello RxNorm users. Please share with appropriate people who could benefit from this information

Upcoming RxNorm August 2015 Release will include the following data changes:

New Injectable Dose Form – RxNorm includes one new injectable dose form: Jet Injector. This dose form occurs in a few new drugs and some drugs that were in line to be modified in RxNorm already as part of the prescribable names project. This release also includes many changes to dose forms for injectable products as part of the ongoing prescribable names (TTY=PSN) work.

 RxMix Tutorials – New tutorials on using RxMix, a web application that allows users to combine functions of the RxNorm, RxTerms, NDF-RT, and other drug information APIs:

Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Interactive Mode:
Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Batch Mode:
Pre-Built Workflows in RxMix. Finding Drugs that May Treat a Disease:

2015 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop – The NLM is sponsoring the third annual “2015 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop.” Join us as DailyMed marks its tenth anniversary in 2015. The meeting will feature a retrospective look at how industry has made use of DailyMed in that time.

When: September 24, 2015, 9:05 am to 5:10 pm EDT
Where: Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, NIH Building 38A, 1st Floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20894

Speakers from the federal government, industry, academia and non-profit sectors will present. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, and Avalere Health representatives will talk about biosimilars naming. Ed Millikan, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, will present an extended look at Risk Evaluation and Mediation Strategies.

Registration – The Jamboree is a free public meeting; however, registration is required and seating is limited. While the proceedings will be Webcast and archived, in-person attendance offers greater opportunity to exchange ideas, questions, and insights with your peers. Please see registration information and the agenda at:

Advocacy Book Group Meets Today – Tuesday, August 4

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Advocacy Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 4 to discuss Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO by Harrison Monarth at 2 MT, 3 CT.  We will be discussing Chapters 2 – 8 which is the Section titled “Influencing People and Events: The Foundation for Success in Communication”

The group will meet in Adobe Connect room

If you have questions about the group before August 4, please contact Darell Schmick at  Otherwise, you may contact Barb Jones at  (bbj)


EFTS: A service for all using DOCLINE

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS) is available to all DOCLINE participants.  Nationwide 1,396 institutions are regular users. The are many advantages to using the service.  If your library pays for interlibrary loans and you do not use EFTS, you may want to Join!.  If you have questions you may contact Member Services.  [jh]

Solo Hospital Librarians’ Chat

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Next Friday, July 31, we’ll have our monthly chat at 2 pm CST. This is time of summer when I wonder why I find it so hard to move and think; then I see the temp is 94 degrees and the heat index is 102 and climbing. So the agenda for this month’s chat will reflect my slow-down approach to living.

Good News: Anyone? What at work surprised you in a good way?

Need Help: Who needs ideas or wisdom from colleagues? A MLS student contacted me about the chats and she hopes to join us this Friday, bringing lots of questions about the medical librarian profession. So be thinking about what you would recommend or share with someone who wants to join our ranks.

Let’s Explore: Interesting times are unfolding at MLA, and I hope Ellen Aronson can give us an up close and personal update on changes in place.

It’s time to think about projects, posters, articles, and other contributions we can make to our profession. Who has ideas in the works?

I know that some folks who wanted to hear about Comparative Effectiveness Research were not able to attend the June chat, so I thought we’d explore the topic again. Helen-Ann Brown Epstein will resist being assigned to desk duty at work so she can bring us deeper into the how-to and where parts of this topic. My knowledge of the data sources was somewhat superficial; also, I could use a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using observational data. And if you have used PubMed’s Topic Specific Query for CER or encountered research articles using this approach, tell us about your experience. I think of it as big data uses in nonacademic settings!

Finally, if anyone is less summer-weary and has a subject to explore, bring it on!

Talk to you Friday the 31st!


Louise McLaughlin, M.S.L.S., M.P.S.
Information Specialist
Woman’s Health Sciences Library
P. O. Box 95009
Baton Rouge, LA 70895-9009
225.924.8467 fax


Name: Solo Hospital Librarians Chat
Start Time: 07/31/2015 2:00 PM CST
Duration: 01:00

US (Toll): 1-719-234-7800
US (Toll Free): 1-888-850-4523
Call in Participant Code: 959760
For any questions, contact Barb Jones at

Webinar: SciENcv

Friday, July 17th, 2015

NCBI staff will present a webinar on SciENcv, their platform for maintaining a record of research accomplishment in the form of a CV. In this webinar, they’ll show you how to use SciENcv to maintain your scientific record and generate the new BioSketch. SciENcv is linked from MyNCBI. If you are a librarian whose user population needs to create and maintain a CV, this would be a useful webinar for you to attend too.

The webinar will be on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11am MT, 12pm CT.  Click here to register  The session will be recorded and the RML News will have a posting on the recording. /ch


Webinar: AHRQ Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

This free Webcast from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will discuss the development of the new AHRQ Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture, present results from the pilot test, and introduce the available toolkit materials. In addition, survey users will share their experiences using the survey and plans to improve their patient safety culture. Wednesday, July 15, 1:30-2:30 MT, 2:30-3:30 CT. Register. /da


Advocacy Book Group Starting July 28!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO is the book that has been selected for the next Advocacy Book Group. This book, written by

Harrison Monarth focuses on perfecting leadership communication skills, and then using these skills to influence how others perceive you and what your reputation is throughout the organization. Contents include how to:

  • Accurately “read” people and predict their behavior
  • Influence the perceptions of others
  • Persuade those of opposing views to your side
  • Create and maintain a personal “brand”
  • Perform damage control when things go wrong.

Our group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4 CT, 2-3 MT in Adobe Connect room The group will run for four weeks, July 28 – August 18. Plan to attend if you have any interest in corporate communication and influence, or want to discuss ways to influence others about the value of your library and your services.

If you have any questions, contact Barb Jones at or 573-884-5042.  (bbj)


Apply for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2015-2016

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through July 20, 2015.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged to apply.

Sixty-seven fellows and fifty-seven different mentors have participated in the program since its beginning. To date, twenty-seven of sixty-one graduate fellows have received director appointments. Overall, 75% of fellow graduates have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Download the program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, /ch