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PubMed Central: Publication Source for NIH-Funded Research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a  comprehensive set of plans outlining how its agencies will expand access to the results of scientific research for the public. The centerpiece for this effort is PubMed Central where investigators will make any peer-reviewed publications resulting from research from the five key HHS  funding agencies available to the public within 12 months of publication.  The plans also require that data produced by researchers be made publicly accessible in a digital format. At a minimum, the data underlying publications will need to be available at the time of publication. More information on the plans are available from the HHS Idea Lab Blog.

The five funding agencies within HHS covered by the plans are:

  • NIH (National Institutes of Health)
  • CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • FDA (Food and Drug Administration
  • AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • ASPR (Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

These plans have implications for librarians helping users to locate information and librarians supporting NIH funded researchers. /ch


“Advanced PubMed® Tips, Tricks and Tools: MeSH

Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for a new online class, “Advanced PubMed Tips, Tricks, and Tools:  MeSH.”

Format:  This is a FREE 90-minute online class using Adobe Connect.  It is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Description: This class covers several advanced concepts in the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching via PubMed. Topics include annual updates to MeSH, the effective use of subheadings, free floating subheadings, and examples of commonly confused terms.

Experience Level: Intermediate; this course is intended for those with at least beginning knowledge of PubMed and MeSH.

When:  Choose from four upcoming dates in April and July 2015.

To register:  Click here to register. <>  Class enrollment is limited, so register now!

Questions?  Contact the NTC trainers at /ch

Scheduled Online Consultation Hours Ending

Network members,

The NN/LM MCR has ended support of the regularly scheduled online consultation services.

We will continue to provide Network members excellent consultation services when you need help on a project or any issue you may have. Please visit our contact page so you can get in touch with our staff.

If you would like to learn more about the online consultation service, please click on this link…Original Announcement

If you any comments or questions about this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact, 800-338-7657 (within Region), 801-585-5743 (office).

“Libraries don’t need more advocacy, they need better advocacy”

A new article by Wendy Newman at the University of Toronto discusses how to make your advocacy message more effective.  (bbj)


Available position: Nebraska/Education Coordinator

This federally funded outreach position is responsible for identifying needs, directing, and evaluating the information management training of health professionals, librarians and the public in a six state area:  Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Utah, and Wyoming.  To fulfill the Nebraska outreach responsibilities, this position is responsible for carrying out activities that support the Education, Health Information Literacy, Library Advocacy, Technology, Member Services and Assessment & Evaluation projects in the state of Nebraska.


  • Lead the development of the regional education plan. This includes identifying needs, creating an implementation strategy, and determining the evaluation metrics that will show the impact the educational program has on the region.
  • Develop and lead the promotion of NN/LM MCR training and presentations to known and new audiences as identified by NN/LM MCR and NLM priorities.
  • Be the point person for new developments in instructional tools, technologies, curriculum design and educational trends for NN/LM MCR staff and the region.
  • Serve as Nebraska contact for all aspects of the NN/LM (National Network of Libraries of Medicine) program. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all National Library of Medicine consumer health resources (i.e., MEDLINEplus), technical resources (i.e., PubMed) and other services (i.e., DOCLINE).  Assist Nebraska health professionals and libraries in connecting to NLM resources. Promote use of reliable, authoritative health websites and databases by health professionals, librarians, and the public, emphasizing the use of National Library of Medicine products and databases.
  • Maintain communication and collaborate with funding agency, contracting agency, and peer positions.
  • Submit required reports on a timely basis.
  • Present what’s happening in the Nebraska library and information, healthcare, and education communities in program planning for the region.
  • Represents the library internally and externally; serves on committees and working groups of the McGoogan Library and UNMC.
  • Engage in academic, instructional, and professional service activities.  Works to expand the knowledge base of the field through relevant research and publications.

Minimum requirements:  ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science; minimum of 3 years of experience in a health sciences or academic library; experience teaching MEDLINE and other biomedical/health related databases; proficiency with web conferencing and online instruction programs; familiarity with NLM and NN/LM programs and services;  strong leadership and program management skills and the ability to work both independently and collegially; excellent written and oral communication skills; willingness to travel; and exceptional presentation skills.  Preferred requirements: demonstrated experience in designing education programs; five years of relevant library experience; and knowledge of learning technologies and their applications.

Minimum salary is $55,000 a year.  For complete information and to apply online and refer to posting 2015-055. Please include complete contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin in 30 days. /ch

Web Junction’s Directory of Free Webinars – March

Web Junction publishes a directory of free monthly webinars for library staff compiled by Jamie Markus at the Wyoming State Library.  The March listing is available now.  <> You’ll find something to meet your every interest or need from technology to library management to even the session the MCR is doing on altmetrics on March 18, 2015. If you’re looking for an convenient way to improve your skills and increase your knowledge, check out “58 Free March Webinars for Library Staff.” /ch

Sharon Dennis to Retire

It is with great regret but hearty congratulations that I announce the retirement of Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director of the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC). Sharon’s retirement begins on May 1, 2015.

Sharon first joined the NN/LM in 2003 as the Technology Coordinator for the MidContinental Region. When she applied for the position she exclaimed that this was her dream job. It brought technology and training together, both areas she loved working in. One region wasn’t enough for Sharon and in 2007 the Pacific Southwest Region struck a deal with the MCR where we shared her talents and she became the Technology Coordinator for two regions. Network members from the MCR and PSR appreciated the workshops she developed that taught them skills in web 2.0 , pod casting, blogs, wikis, and social media.

Sharon wrote the successful proposal for the NTC in 2010 and in 2011 began an even dreamier dream job as Assistant Director for the NTC.  With her elite team of trainers, Sharon transitioned the NTC from in-person classes to hybrid, online, modular, asynchronous classes that retain interactivity, high degree of learning, and great participant satisfaction. Under her leadership, NTC has been exemplary by improving classes based on participant feedback and conducting follow up studies evaluating how participants incorporate NTC training into their activities and services.

The NN/LM and NTC will miss Sharon’s leadership but I know that you’ll join me in congratulating Sharon on her retirement and being envious of the round the world trip she and her husband have planned. /ch

March Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

The March 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available. This month learn about participating in clinical research, screening for colon and rectal cancer, and alcohol/medication interactions. /da

You asked, we’re acting!

One of the membership requests coming from the Quint meeting in Denver last fall was to have a class or discussions on handling office politics.  In response to your request, we are starting a new book club discussion group.

The book club discussion group on the book “It’s All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren’t Enough” by Kathleen Kelly Reardon is starting on Tuesday, March 10.  The club will meet in Adobe Connect (web ) from 2-3 CT, 1-2 MT for four weeks ( March 10, 17, 24, 31).  The discussion will be led by Darell Schmick, Research Librarian at the Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah and Barb Jones, Library Advocacy and Missouri Coordinator.

We all deal with politics in our jobs.  Some days it is a pleasant experience, other days it is like walking through a minefield.  Come join us and explore ways to handle political situations and position yourself and your library in a favorable light!   If you have any questions, please contact Barb Jones ( (bbj)

Honoring NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg as He Retires

You are invited to share stories, words of gratitude and humor, photos, or any combination thereof, for one of the parting gifts, a memory book for Dr. and Mrs. Lindberg. Please compose your submission on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper. You may e-mail the file to . Please note that the deadline for memory book submissions is Monday, March 16, 2015.

There will be also be a special program and reception Monday, March 30, 2015 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland and everyone is invited. Click here for more information

For more information, contact Kathy Cravedi ( Melanie Modlin ( /ch