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Upcoming Webinars: Disaster Apps & Community Health Maps

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Breezing Along with the RML
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – 10 MT/11 CT
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Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

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.

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 Web site many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations. In this webinar, representatives from NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities.

Sit in on this webinar to learn about the resources you can include in a digital go-bag and how you can help the disaster workforce build theirs.

Discover NLM and More
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – 1 MT/ 2 CT
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Community Health Maps

Are you looking for a creative way to visualize and showcase data on the conditions that influence health in your community? Not sure which tools to use? Community health maps may be the answer! Community health maps can collect and visualize statistics, demographic information, and community resources to help you plan and make decisions about outreach projects. There are many low-cost mapping tools, and the National Library of Medicine has a resource available to share information about specific tools and examples of how to use them. Join this webinar to learn more about the benefits of community health maps, and the resources available to you.


Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to

Fogarty Papers Added to NLM Profiles in Science

Friday, September 25th, 2015

From NLM:
John Edward Fogarty (1913-1967) was an American legislator who became known as “Mr. Public Health” for his outstanding advocacy of federal funding for medical research, health education, and health care services. The John E. Fogarty Papers are now available from the National Library of Medicine as part of its Profiles in Science collection. /ch

MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

From NLM Technical Bulleting September 2015

Searchers, a heads up that NLM has begun year end processing of MEDLINE/PubMed. This includes changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings.

From mid-November through mid-December NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations. Click here for more information on what is involved in year end processing. /ch

ALA Invites Applications for “Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine has partnered with the American Library Association to distribute the “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” traveling exhibition. This exhibition explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

The opportunity is open to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries and special libraries. Libraries serving Native populations are especially invited to apply, and partnerships between libraries and Native-serving organizations are encouraged. For more information, visit Applications are due Nov. 6, 2015. /cm

Save the Date: Public Health and Public Libraries Webinar

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1 pm MT/2 pm CT

This webinar explores health-related outreach and programming ideas, and highlights the training and resources provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to help your library improve the health literacy of your community.

Presented by:
Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region
Anita Kinney, Program Analyst, United States Access Board
Christian Minter, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, NN/LM MidContinental Region

For more information and to register visit:

Member Involvement: This is a Great Way to Help the MCR!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Many of our members help with MCR infrastructure and outreach programs each year: If you are seeking service or think that you have a skill to offer please click here:  Involvement

Here are some of the ways you may be involved:

  • Present for  MCR webinars
  • Exhibit for the National Library of Medicine at meetings and conferences.
  • Submit articles to the Plains to Peaks Post Newsletter
  • Co-author an article with a NN/LM Coordinator or co-present at a conference
  • Volunteer to serve on the Regional Advisory Board or a MCR work group

Only the lack of imagination may limit how a member  may be involved. If you have a desire to help and/or an idea of how you may participate please let your state coordinator/MCR staff know  and they can get you started!  [jh]

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)


Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises

Friday, June 12th, 2015

New from the DISASTER -OUTREACH – LIB email list:

Title: Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises

Date: Thursday, June 18

Time: 1pm ET/Noon CT/ 11am MT/10am PT


Synopsis: First Responders Group at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and FEMA’s Higher Education Program are co-sponsoring this event to share innovative approaches to designing and conducting drills and exercises. Guest presenters include Carla Boyce, director of FEMA’s National Exercise Division; Douglas Kahn, program manager for FEMA’s Virtual Table Top Exercise Program; and Boyce Wilson, homeland security planner for the Heart of Texas Council of Governments. Attendees can earn a certificate of completion and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits upon completing a short quiz at the end of the event.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand opportunities to innovate within the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) process
  • Explain how virtual exercises can efficiently and effectively meet your objectives
  • Identify best practices and innovative approaches to design, conduct and evaluate exercises    [jh]

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER): Updates

Friday, May 29th, 2015

New releases of WISER are available for every current platform.  See the details HERE to investigate what’s new for the WISER platform of your choice. [jh]

St. Charles, MO hosting NLM Exhibit, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Today through June 20th, the Middendorf-Kredell branch of the St. Charles City-County Library District is hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit: From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry.

During the 6 week exhibit, we will be hosting interactive displays from UC Biotech and several library programs to fit into the theme, including:

Home Brew​ing 101 (May 16th and May 28th)
Combating the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitat (May 27th)
Medication Matters (June 3rd)
Closing Reception, hosted by the Emerging Library Advocates and featuring live music and local home brew sampling! (June 19th)

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
There is a companion digital gallery here:   (bbj)