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Symposium: Teaching & Learning in New Library Spaces

Only 4 seats are left for Teaching & Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries. This is a one-day symposium being held in Philadelphia on April 18, 2016 co-sponsored by NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region, and AAHSL. Check out the full schedule and register ( Apply for Professional Develop Funding, if you need financial help to attend. /ch

Library Advocacy Book Club starting again on March 15, 2016

Join your colleagues in MCMLA and others to discuss, “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell. While every story might not impact you in the same way, each is bound to challenge your current thinking about issues, education, and more. Join us on this path of discovery. Note: Some chapters are long and we will do our best to hit the high points from each. Moderators will post questions to the group LibGuide prior to the discussion.


Week 1: Introduction, Chapters 1-2 – March 15th at 2:30 pm Central Time, 1:30 pm Mountain Time
Week 2: Chapters 3-5 – March 22nd at 2:30 pm Central Time, 1:30 pm Mountain Time
Week 3: Chapters 6-7 – March 29th at 2:30 pm Central Time, 1:30 pm Mountain Time
Week 4: Chapters 8-9, Wrap-Up – April 5th at 2:30 pm Central Time, 1:30 pm Mountain Time

Sessions will be held in Adobe Connect – (bbj)


A LibGuide on Clinical Data Management.

The NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region recently published a  LibGuide  ( that introduces hospital librarians to clinical data management. For those who attended “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes” you’ll find resources to  complement what you heard at the forum. For those who were not able to attend, this is an excellent starting point to learn about clinical data and what librarians can do to support their institutions use of this data. It includes definitions, key sites, and resources for implementation and training./ch

Professional Development Awards Still Available Through April 30th!

Do you have a great professional development opportunity that occurs before April 30, 2016, but need money to attend? We can help! Consider applying for the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award (approximately $1500 per award). Must be a librarian at a full Network member library. Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of emergency preparedness, personal and electronic health records, health information literacy or patient safety.

NN/LM MidContinental Region staff are ready and willing to assist you in 1) discussing whether your professional development idea is fundable and 2) reviewing your application before you submit. Feel free to contact us if you would like our assistance.

Click here to submit an application.


Soon: Audit of Social Media Use

Socail Media ImageHow are you using social media? The inquiring staff of the NN/LM MCR want to know so that we can use it  to effectively reach you. We have hired Salzmann & Associates to conduct a social media audit for us. It will consist of interviews with randomly selected members, followed by a questionnaire that will go out to all member institutions and all staff will be invited to respond. Thanks in advance to all who respond to the interviews and the questionnaire. Your input will make a difference! /ch

Special Webinar: Zika Virus Response and Information Resources

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion list:

The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET/1 PM CT, 12 PM MT

TOPIC:  “Zika Virus Response and Information Resources”

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen will discuss how information resources are pulled together and disseminated for the CDC Zika Virus response. In addition, representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will provide an overview of NLM Disaster Health’s Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide.


Dr. Sonja Rasmussen is the Director of CDC’s Division of Public Health Information Dissemination (the Division that includes the CDC Library) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series. She is also a Senior Consultant to CDC’s Zika Response.


Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see       [jh]

March NIH News in Health Now Available

The March 2016 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. This month learn about anxiety disorders and causes of dizziness and balance problems in kids. /da

Discover NLM Resources & More – March 23, 2016

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More: Genetics Information Resources
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 1 PM MT/2 PM CT
Join us at

Genes are amazing! Did you know that only 1% of our DNA is unique? You are 99% identical to everyone on the planet! But slight variations in our genes can predispose us to certain diseases and conditions. In fact, nearly all diseases or medical conditions have a genetic component (except trauma), and many drugs don’t work the same due to an individual’s genetic differences in drug metabolic pathways. Enter precision or “personalized medicine” using new methods of genetic testing to understand a person’s risk of disease and improve treatment protocols, like drug dosages. Innovations like this can optimize your healthcare, but they have also contributed to an explosion of information. In this interactive session explore authoritative and free genetics education resources from the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah and the National Library of Medicine spanning learners from grades 5 to adults!

Why You Should Attend:

  • You want to know more about precision medicine.
  • You want to know more about genetic resources for students, patients, teachers, and consumers.
  • You field health-related questions from the public, patients, students and teachers (K-12, community college, higher education), or medical specialists.
  • You want to learn how you can help promote and work with precision medicine specialists where you work.

Louisa Stark, Director of the Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah
Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine. MidContinental Region

Registration is not required. Captioning will be provided, and the webinar will be recorded and posted to our website. For login instructions, visit: If you have questions, contact

Breezing Along with the RML – March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016 – 10:00 am MT/ 11:00 am CT
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This month’s topics are:

  • Diagnostic Error
  • Cost Impact of Librarian Methodology

Registration is not required. For login instructions, visit: Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

EHR Update – ONC Report on Health IT Progress

On a February 29th, 2016 post, Health IT Buzz shared the following:

“Today, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued its annual report to Congress on health IT progress. Developing this report provided us with an opportunity to reflect on our collective health IT journey and the significance of the past year for HHS and our federal and private partners.”

Read the full HealthIT Buzz blog post for more background.