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MLA 2015: NLM Theater Presentations

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The NLM exhibit booth at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association featured theater presentations to bring users up-to-date on several NLM products and services.

The presentation recordings are listed below and are also accessible from the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page.

To listen to the voice recordings and view the captions you may need the latest version of Flash® Player (download for free from the Adobe Web site). Note: To maximize the presentation, use the Full Screen button.

Video Presentations with Voice Recording and Captioning Video Length

  • BibFrame & MeSH RDF (17 minutes)
  • Saturday Morning Revisited: K-12 Environmental Health Animations & Games(26 minutes)
  • Community Engagement with National Library of Medicine Resources (27 minutes)
  • Hosting NLM Traveling Exhibitions: Nuts & Bolts (12 minutes)
  • MedlinePlus: Responsive Design 30 minutes
  • Librarians on the Front Line as Disaster Information Specialists (15 minutes)
  • LinkOut! A User’s View Into Capacity Building & Technical assistance (22 minutes)
  • PubMed Update (26 minute)
  • PubMed Commons & Journal Clubs (17 minutes)
  • Public Access, NIHMS, & PMC (25 minutes)
  • My NCBI Update: SciENcv & My Bibliography (26 minutes)
  • PubMed Health (15 minutes)
  • HSRProj: Easier Searching, Better Research (14 minutes)

Recordings are linked in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Difficult Conversations at MLA

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

[Contributed by Holly Grosetta Nardini, Yale]

The session on Difficult Conversations at MLA’15, sponsored by the Leadership and Management Section, was excellent. They invited a local professor from UT, Dr. Melanie Maxwell, a communications expert. In a very engaging talk, she reminded us of some of the core principles of talking to others. In fact, this type of presentation is useful beyond the workplace; I think of how to apply it at home – speaking to my “tween” children.

Her core piece of advice was that everyone needs validation (even if you don’t think they deserve it). Our job is to try to interpret the motivation behind their behavior. The real skill is to learn to defuse an elevated situation and not confuse our own opinion with facts.
She made a distinction between a combat and curious mentality, offering warnings that there are often *three* sides to every situation, that we must guard above all against displaying contempt, and that we have to fight our own flight response by probing and fully considering the situation. Of course she emphasized good listening skills, but her focus was on listening to show that you care and to help plan a strategic response. Every situation is complex and you have to know your own priorities.

She encouraged us to respond, rather than simply react, which is easier. Responding requires deliberateness, taking responsibility, describing your own feelings, and being sure that you are opening your mind and not freezing. This approach requires practice so you can think about your triggers and figure out your own priorities and prepare.

One interesting tip is that she discourages the traditional use of the “sandwich” – putting the criticism between two compliments. She encourages putting the agenda right up front since unnecessary pleasantries can make people nervous. She also suggested asking “why” over and over again, almost like a toddler, to get the maximum amount of information about a problem.
MLA’15 has an online component with recorded sessions and slides. I highly recommend a review of Dr. Maxwell’s talk which is full of great tips for talking with the people in your life.

Contributed by:

Holly K. Grossetta Nardini
Research and Education Librarian
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Yale University

This is the first in a series of blog posts from NN/LM NER Network Members who received awards to fund their registration to attend the Medical Library Association National Confererence in Austin, Texas.

Community Engagement with NLM Resources

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

If you are going to MLA in Texas, we hope you will come to the NLM Theater (in the exhibit hall) for the presentation on Community Engagement with National Library of Medicine Resources.  Michelle is co-presenting with Brenda Linares from UNC Chapel Hill.

We would love to have librarians attend who have led health information outreach projects.  We’ll have time for discussion and interaction during the presentation.  Hope you can join us!

Times:  Sunday, May 17th from 1-1:20 PM and on Tuesday, May 19th  from 12 – 12:20 PM

Hope to see you there!

Michelle Eberle, Health Literacy Coordinator
NN/LM NER

New England Science Boot Camp

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 New England Science Boot Camp! For further information and to register, visit the Science Boot Camp 2015 Lib Guide.

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held at Bowdoin College  June 17-19th. Now in its seventh year, Science Boot Camp provides a fun and casual setting where New England science faculty present educational sessions on their respective science domains to librarians.  Science topics for this year’s boot camp include Cognitive Neuroscience, Marine Science, and Ornithology. There will also be a special evening presentation, “History of Diabetes” on Wednesday, June 17th. The Capstone on Friday June 19th will feature a hands-on session, “Writing and Reviewing Data Management Plans.”

Prior to the official start of the boot camp program, Science Boot Campers can opt to take tours of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and/or the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, on Wednesday morning June 17th. Science Boot Campers are also invited to participate in an optional tour of Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center Marine Lab on Orr’s Island on Friday afternoon after the conclusion of Science Boot Camp. (SBC registrants are required to indicate if they will participate in one or more of these activities on the SBC registration form.

Science Boot Camp provides librarians with valuable continuing education at a low cost, and offers three options for attendees–full registration with overnight lodging, commuter registration, or a one day registration option.

This year, Bowdoin College is offering an additional nights stays for Tuesday June 16th and/or Friday June 19th, at additional cost to campers. (Campers who would like to stay Tuesday and/or Friday evening will pay a separate fee and pay directly to Bowdoin College.) Getting to Bowdoin is easy by car, bus, or the Amtrak Downeaster train.  

 If you’ve never been to Science Boot Camp, visit the e-Science Portal’s Science Boot Camp page at  where you’ll find descriptions, links to past SBC LibGuides, and links to SBC videos!

 Looking forward to seeing you in Maine!

Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School

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