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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


Webinar on NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy

You, your researchers, and staff in your grants office may be interested in this event.

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, 11 am – 12 pm MST, 12 pm – 1 pm CST, NCBI will host the webinar, “NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy: PMC Submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography and SciENcv.” Presenters will outline how to use My NCBI to report public access policy compliance for NIH grant holders. Topics will include the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create BioSketches.

To register for this Webinar, go here: /ch


Education – Discover NLM Resources and More – TOXNET Recording Available

Recording for Discover NLM Resources and More – February 25, 2015 is now available at

Rebecca Brown of the National Library of Medicine Training Center demonstrated the new TOXNET interface. TOXNET is a National Library of Medicine resource for searching about toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Rebecca also talked about why TOXNET exists and some of the ways the databases are used.

EDUCATION: March webinars… Social Tools for Measuring Impact and K-12 Resources

Wednesday, March 18 – 10:00 MT/2:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML

  • Social tools that help measure impact on research and your reputation in your field. With faculty of the Spencer S Eccles Health Sciences Library: Jeanne Le Ber, Erin Wimmer, and Darell Schmick.

Wednesday, March 25 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – Discover NLM Resources and More – K-12 Resources

  • Participants will learn about NLM resources that can be used with any K-12 group. You’ll also learn how to find lesson plans, activity sheets, and get a chance to explore NLM online exhibits for Harry Potter, Frankenstein and more!” You don’t want to miss seeing a talking cat or getting this free CE credit!

Join us at:

Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone, Login: as a guest with your first and last name. 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

Upcoming Change to MedlinePlus

After Thursday – February 26th – MedlinePlus will no longer providing a library of interactive tutorials. This is based on trends  observed from users and the desire to provide information that most closely aligns with user needs. The MedlinePlus team welcomes your feedback about how you think MedlinePlus information should be presented and what type of content is missing. Just send your suggestions or feedback to them through the Contact Us form. /da

Mapping Microbes in NYC’s Subways

In the newest edition of NIH Research Matters, discover how researchers mapped the bacterial diversity of New York’s subway system; read about a rare immune disease cured by a random genetic event; and, learn how iron supplements can help blood donors recover from lowered hemoglobin levels. /da