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Health Happens in Libraries Update

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

[WebJunction announcement]

The Health Happens in Libraries team has posted the new article Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health informationwith resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests.

Resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. The PDF guide can be downloaded here.

Please-take a look! Print a copy, share with your colleagues and post your ideas for using these resources to social media, using the hashtag #libs4health.

We appreciate your engagement as we continue to spread the word about our program resources.

Best Practices of Biomedical Research

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

[From NLM]

Registration is open for the NLM, Friends of the NLM, and Research!America co-sponsored 2016 Conference, “Best Practices of Biomedical Research: Improving Reproducibility and Transparency of Preclinical Research

Be part of a discussion about challenges with non-reproducible research; highlight positive strategies to achieve significant quality improvement in preclinical research studies. The workshop will generate constructive and practical messages to benefit producers as well as users of biomedical research discoveries. For additional information and to register go to; discounted early registration ends March 31, 2016.

Date: June 9-10, 2016


Bethesda Marriott
5151 Pooks Hill Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814 USA

Please share this event with appropriate lists.

Dietary Supplement Research Practicum

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

[ODS Announcement]


The Office of Dietary Supplements is now accepting applications for the Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum on June 7–9, 2016, to be held at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD.

This 3-day practicum will provide a thorough overview on the issues, concepts, unknowns, and controversies about dietary supplements and supplement ingredients. It will also emphasize the importance of scientific investigations to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and value of these products for health promotion and disease prevention as well as how to carry out this type of research.

ODS brings this practicum to your attention in the hope that you will share this information with colleagues who might be interested in attending—especially faculty, students, healthcare practitioners, and others with a serious interest in the subject. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 4, 2016. About 80 individuals will be selected to participate.

 Three members of our Federal Working Group on Dietary Supplements are part of the practicum faculty: Cara Welch of the Food and Drug Administration, Michelle Rusk of the Federal Trade Commission, and Patty Deuster of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. They will be talking about the work of their respective agencies/departments with dietary supplements.

Thanks for your time.


Paul R. Thomas, Ed.D., R.D.N.
Scientific Consultant (ICFI Contractor)
Office of Dietary Supplements
National Institutes of Health
6100 Executive Boulevard
Room 3B01, MSC 7517
Bethesda, MD  20892-7517
301-443-0503 (phone)
301-480-1845 (fax)

Education & Outreach Coordinator Position Openings

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

We are recruiting two Education & Outreach Coordinators. If you enjoy presenting, project management, creating partnerships, and traveling, then this is the job for you.

Here’s what I like most about the job:

  • Representing the National Library of Medicine at national, regional, and local exhibits.
  • Creating and presenting workshops featuring NLM resources.
  • Collaborating regionally and nationally on presentation and resource development.
  • Fostering health information outreach and health literacy in New England.
  • Traveling to scenic parts of the New England Region to present workshops, exhibit at local conferences, and meet with network members.

If you are interested in the position and would like to learn more, please reach out to Mary Piorun at or (508) 856-2206.

You can also contact me at or (508) 856-2435 to learn more about what it’s like to work for the NN/LM.

Apply for the Education & Outreach Position.


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