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Baystate Health Sciences Library Celebrates NMLM

Thursday, November 19th, 2015



The librarians at Baystate Health had some fun with National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)!  The librarians hosted a full day of events including online demos, games and door prizes, library crossword puzzles, and snacks/beverages. They created a display table of Baystate author publications, helped people get apps onto their mobile devices, and provided the ambience of relaxing George Winston music.  Staff wore the purple T-shirts with the logo “Keep calm and ask the librarian.”  Ellen Brassil, Director of the Health Sciences Library, shared, “We can’t wait to do something new next year, and hope we got our message across, and keeping calm or not will ask the librarian!”






Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Guide from NIH Library Informationists [Guest post by Karen Vargas, OERC]

The Medical Library Association’s October 28 webinar was on Data Visualization, presented by Lisa Federer, NIH Library’s Research Data Informationist.  The webinar was a tour of different aspects of data visualization, including information about elements of design, like color, line, contrast and proximity, as well as loads and loads of specific resources for more information.

For those of you who were not able to attend or would like to know more, Lisa Federer has a LibGuide called Creating Infographics with Inkscape, which contains the resources for a class she taught with NIH Informationist Chris Belter.  The LibGuide includes a Power Point from the lecture part of their class. The slides cover design principles and design elements.  Many of the slides have links to resources that you can use to learn more about the topic.  For example:

Vischeck – a cool tool for finding out what your colors in your chart look like to someone who is color blind

10 Commandments of Typography – suggestions for making font combinations that work

The second part of the class is a hands-on section on using Inkscape, a free, open-source graphics program, to make infographics.  Inkscape allows you to use “vector graphics” to design infographics.  What are vector graphics and why use them? You know images that work when they’re small but get all blurry when they get big? Those images are based on pixels. Vector graphics are based on pathways defined by mathematical expressions like lines, curves, and triangles, so they can get larger and smaller without losing any quality. Sounds hard to do, right? Luckily there are tutorials on Inkscape and it’s easier than you might think (you don’t need to know the math…):

If you want to take a look at other vector graphics editors, there are other free ones, like Apache Open Office Draw, or ones you may already own, like Adobe Illustrator.  Comparisons with links to detailed information can be found in Wikipedia’s “Comparison of Vector Graphics Editors.”

Discovering TOXNET®

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules. TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and more. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

The modules are:

  • Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  • TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  • ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  • Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  • Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  • Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  • TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  • Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  • LactMed: 0.5 hour
  • Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  • WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  • REMM: 0.5 hour

Registration information

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

You are invited to join us for our upcoming webinars in a four-part series on Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects.

Register on our training calendar.

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects
Tuesday, December 1st 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Come learn how to connect activities to outcomes with a logic model. Participants will have a chance to share ideas for outreach to community partners and get feedback from others.

Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data
Thursday, January 14th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) leadership will go over the ins and outs of data collection methods. We will learn how to analyze data for quantitative methods and qualitative methods.

Health Information Outreach Project Planning and Evaluation Showcase
Tuesday, April 12th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Share your completed worksheets and activities from the Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects booklets. The showcase is open to all NER network members interested to learn more about getting started with community-based outreach, planning outcomes-based outreach projects, and collecting and analyzing evaluation data.

If you missed the first webinar and would like to view the recording, please contact Michelle Eberle at

If you participate in all four sessions of this project, you will receive 8 Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization credits.  You will only need 4 other credits to qualify for the MLA CHIS Level 1.

This project is led by Margot Malachowski (Baystate Health), Michelle Eberle (NN/LM NER), Cindy Olney (NN/LM OERC), and Karen Vargas (NN/LM OERC) and sponsored by the NN/LM Healthy Communities COI (Community of Interest).

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