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Recorded Maternal and Infant Health Presentation Available

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Young Pregnant Woman Doing YogaOn December 3, 2013 the NN/LM SCR office hosted a webinar entitled, Healthy Beginnings: Information Resources for Maternal and Infant Health. Geared towards public health professionals, this presentation showcased free Internet resources used to promote health education and better prenatal care. This webinar came about as a direct result of the NN/LM SCR’s Public Health Regional Advisory Council meeting .

To view the video and presentation documents, visit the NN/LM SCR’s Presentations page.




SCR Programs at ALA in Chicago

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Cheryl Presenting in Oklahoma

If you’re going to the ALA (American Library Association) conference this weekend, attend these programs with NN/LM SCR panelists!

Different Strokes: Serving the Health Information Needs of a Diverse Community (RUSA RSS Health and Medical Reference Committee & ACRL)
Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Medical and health questions at the reference desk can be loaded with unspoken meanings, especially when the patron has different cultural or physical attributes than the librarians. Panelists in this program will include librarians with expertise in providing medical information to patrons who are from different cultures, speak different languages, are disabled or have literacy issues. Attendees will learn about health issues facing diverse populations, and resources to assist them in providing reference services.
SCR Presenter: Cheryl Rowan, Consumer Health Coordinator

ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group Meeting
Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 8:30am to 11:30am
As part of the meeting, Karen Vargas will do an hour-long  presentation on finding medical statistics.
SCR Presenter: Karen Vargas, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator

There’s An App for That: The Use of Mobile Devices, Apps and Resources for Health and Sci-Tech Librarians and Their Users (ACRL STS & HSIG)
Monday, July 1, 2013 – 8:30am to 10:00am
Mobile devices are changing how library users access information, and applications (apps) for mobile devices are being released at a rapid rate. This program will discuss the range and functionality of mobile and tablet applications available to librarians and end users and how librarians can play an integral role in providing access to quality applications. The program will also address how mobile technologies can be implemented and offer a clearer understanding of the usefulness of these tools. Guidelines for using apps for teaching and assessment of available apps will be also be presented.
SCR Presenter: Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator

And don’t forget to stop by the National Library of Medicine booth to see your NN/LM friends!


NN/LM SCR Activities at TLA

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

TLA Conference Logo

The NN/LM SCR office will be participating in a variety of activities at the upcoming Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX.  We will be promoting many National Library of Medicine resources including: MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, the Exhibition Program Resources and the Specialized Information Services’ K-12 Science and Health Education Resources.

In addition to exhibiting, NN/LM SCR staff will be conducting several workshops/presentations:

  • Wednesday, April 24:  2:00 pm – 3:50 pm: Eye of the Storm: The Library’s Role in Disaster Preparedness
  • Friday, April 26: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm: PubMed for the Rest of Us: Searching the Medical Literature for the Non-Expert
  • Friday, April 26:  3:00 pm – 4:50 pm: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library
  • Saturday, April 27: 8:00 am – 9:50 am: Health Resources for Your Diverse Community
  • Saturday, April 27: 10:00 am – 11:50 am: From A(norexia) to (Z)its: Providing Health Information to Teens and Young Adults



March is National Nutrition Month

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

nutritious food

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition information and education campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. This year is the 40th Anniversary of National Nutrition Month.

The National Nutrition Month 2013 website ( has a variety of materials for education and promotion, including a reading list, health tips, games and quizzes, and links to additional resources.

Other authoritative and up-to-date sources for nutrition information include:

MedlinePlus “Food and Nutrition” Health Topics page: page on Food, Nutrition, and Fitness: This resource features information about good nutrition, food safety, healthy meals on a budget, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Nutrition page: which covers a wide range of topics related to nutrition.

Hands-on instruction on this topic is also available from the NN/LM SCR office via the newly released hands-on, in-person class: Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources. Check the NN/LM SCR Training Page for classes in your area or request to have it taught at your location (

There are still many days left in March, and it’s never too late to improve food choices and healthy eating habits! “Food for Thought!”

Diagnostic Error Class in Baltimore

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

MD writing on Chart

Diagnostic error is a significant factor in patient harm and increased medical costs. This is a free class — on how multidisciplinary teams contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error. Class focus is on evidence-based processes and the impact of librarians. The in-person class will be held on November 15, 2012 in Room LL05 at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland Baltimore from 9am – 4pm.

Session content will cover:

  • Team-oriented approaches to understanding the role of information and evidence in the diagnostic process.
  • Case analysis and discussion of bias.
  • Partnering of librarians/informationists with clinical staff to strategize improvements
  • Application of failure analysis techniques to explore system and process improvement.
  • Design of evidence sharing innovations to reduce diagnostic error.
  • Strategies for implementation of proposed projects.

Multi-disciplinary teams from organizations are encouraged to attend.  MLA CE credits will be provided.


Super Searcher Online Class Offered

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The NN/LM SCR is happy to offer a new online version of “Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers” class.

Woman wearing a cape flying holding a computer

This self-paced online class will open March 5, 2012 and stay open through April 6, 2012.

This self-paced online course offering focuses on the advanced search features of web search engines and online searching. Participants will use various search engines, compare the features of each and broaden their knowledge of search strategies and online search techniques. Participants will develop search strategies that will increase the precision and scope of their online searching ability. In the online version of the class participants will view short video demonstrations, engage in online discussions and complete exercise sets focused on improving online search skills. The class includes: information about web search engines, strategies for searching for online media including images, videos and books. The class concludes with examples of real-time searching and mobile search solutions.

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Registration for this class has closed. This offering of the class is full. We will announce future dates for this class soon.

As always, all NN/LM SCR classes are free and open to anyone.

Healthy Aging at Your Library Workshops in Las Cruces, NM

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region will present two free sessions of the workshop Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information on February 22, 2012 at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces, NM.

Session 1
February 22, 2012
9am – 12pm

To register:

Session 2
February 22, 2012
1pm – 4pm

To register:

This workshop is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.

Upon successful completion of this workshop, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA).  This class is included in MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization program

NCBI Discovery Workshop in Houston: March 13 & 14, 2012

Thursday, December 15th, 2011


The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring  the NCBI Discovery Workshop in Houston, March 13 & 14, 2012.  The workshop consists of four 2.5-hour hands-on sessions emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources.

Each session uses specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks.  Detailed handouts for each session will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example.

Each session will also provide opportunities for participants to provide comments and suggestions on NCBI services and also to attend individual consultations with NCBI staff.

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions:

  • Sequences, Genomes, and Maps
  • Proteins, Domains and Structures
  • NCBI BLAST Services
  • Human Variation and Disease Genes

For more information about the workshop and how to register, go to:  Space is limited to 66 people so register early.  Participants are required to bring their own laptops.  Free Internet access will be provided.

What’s New With the NN/LM National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The NN/LM National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC), located at the University of Utah, offers in-person and online training related to NLM products.

PubMed® class

The previous one-day PubMed class is being replaced with a hybrid PubMed for Trainers class. This hands-on course consists of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions in four sessions, with independent work before or after each session. The course consists of three 2 hour online sessions and an in-person session. NLM or NTC trainers will deliver the lectures and facilitate discussions.

The objectives of the class are for current and future PubMed trainers to discover and develop:

  1. functional knowledge of the MEDLINE® database,
  2. understanding of the structure and use of the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH®) vocabulary in MEDLINE/PubMed,
  3. expertise in the use of features and functions of the PubMed system, and
  4. techniques and best practices in MEDLINE/PubMed instruction with fellow trainers.

The class is intended specifically for those who train, or will train, others to use PubMed. This class could be for you if you teach PubMed to large groups, small groups, or one-on-one training. We look forward to lively discussions on PubMed instruction and adult education best practices.

The first NTC PubMed for Trainers class was held in October 2011 in Bethesda, MD.   Registration is now open for the PubMed for Trainers class in Houston, TX from February 27 – March 16, 2012.  The class will also be offered in other locations from February – April 2012: Los Angeles, CA; Chapel Hill, NC; Chicago, IL; and Syracuse, NY.

TOXNET® and Beyond class

We will continue to offer the one-day TOXNET and Beyond class. This course is designed to convey the basics of searching TOXNET, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. The course also teaches students how to use the NLM Environmental Health and Toxicology portal which provides resources beyond the TOXNET® databases. Students learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical nomenclature. The databases highlighted are TOXLINE®, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB®), the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and ChemIDplus®. The course includes lectures, online demonstrations, and hands-on exercises.

NTC will teach a TOXNET and Beyond class in the South Central Region on March 7, 2012 in Houston, TX.  The class will also be taught in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL.

Plans for Online Training

In addition to the hybrid PubMed class and in-person TOXNET and Beyond class, NTC will be offering shorter online Adobe Connect classes for delivery later this year.  In conjunction with the Pacific Southwest Region, we are also developing a Moodle version of the “Effective Training Design: Teaching with Technology” class.

In the next few months, we will be conducting a needs assessment to identify gaps in the current Web-based training offerings.  After the needs assessment is completed, we will be developing additional Web-based training.

Wait, there’s more…

The NTC blog features regularly published short articles about teaching technologies, adult education, and upcoming activities.  You can also follow us on Twitter where we are posting links to resources related to education and NLM products.  Please visit the NTC Web site at for more information, to register for classes and to follow the NTC blog or Twitter feed.

–Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director

Two Consumer Health Workshops at The Texas Medical Center Library

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Advertizement suggesting children have Iron Bitters

On October 5, 2011, the NN/LM SCR will be offering two free consumer health workshops back to back at the Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, TX. Both workshops are approved for MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).



8:30 am to 11:30 am – From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet

  • This workshop presents criteria for evaluating health information on the Internet. It includes fun, hands-on exercises evaluating the quality of a variety of health websites.
  • Approved for MLA CHIS, Levels I and II

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

  • This introduction to consumer health information will cover a variety of reliable web pages from government and professional associations, including MedlinePlus, and LabTests Online. It will cover sites devoted to pharmaceutical information for consumers, drug-interaction databases and herbal information.
  • Approved for MLA CHIS, Level I, non-health sciences

For those who come to both programs, there are several options for lunch within walking distance from the library. To register for either program: Please contact Karen Vargas,, with any questions.