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Upcoming MLA Webinars on Instructional Design, Precision Medicine, and Clinical E-Resources

The Medical Library Association has three upcoming webinars to be held in December:

  • MLA’s Instructional Design for Medical Librarians webinar will be held on December 2. Max Anderson, instructional designer at University of Illinois–Chicago (UIC) will present. The webinar will focus on instructional design principles, resources and tools to keep you on the cutting edge.
  • The MLA webinar, “Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care?” will be held on December 9. Join Carrie Iwema, AHIP, as she provides an overview of the basic concepts and ethical concerns surrounding precision medicine. Come away with information and resources you can use.
  • MLA’s Clinical E-Resources and EHR System Integration Webinar will be held December 16. PJ Grier will present. It will provide an overview of Medicare & Medicaid Stage 2 electronic health record (EHR) Meaningful Use certification requirements, explores key elements of core measure #5 that drives institutional implementation, and discusses how major library publishers are serving their clients’ adoption of Stage 2 requirements.

To learn more and to register, visit

New Mexico Resource Library: Mid-year Highlights

October 31 was the end of our second fiscal quarter. We are now halfway through the 2015-2016 contract year! Our wonderful New Mexico Resource Library, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center has had a productive outreach year thus far. Just a few of UNM’s outreach activities so far this year include:

  • UNM librarians presented the NN/LM SCR funded project and presentation “Good Information for Good Health: A Collaboration to Educate Unaffiliated Community Health Care Practioners about Patient Information Resources through Online Continuing Education,” at MLA ’15 Librarians Without Limits, May 18, 2015, Austin, TX. Patricia V. Bradley, AHIP, Gale G. Hannigan, AHIP, Eliot Knight, and William F. Rayburn.
  • UNM Outreach Contact Patricia Bradley participates in several regularly scheduled meetings including the Tribal Health Connections-Trusted Information for Native Communities conference call, UNM Hospital’s Health Literacy Task Force, and the Health Science Center Native American Alliance for Community Health and Wellness Group whose mission is “Working together with Southwest Native American Communities and the UNM to create policy in the areas of health care, research, and education to improve health while protecting and respecting traditional values and indigenous wisdom.”
  • UNM has a state-wide service mission and HSLIC maintains a Distance Services webpage that describes the services provided to the state of New Mexico.

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar

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Simple Steps to Ensuring Your Graphics and Videos Pass the Section 508 Check

Professional communicators everywhere are embracing graphics as a medium to convey their messages in new and interesting ways. Agencies are attracting larger audiences by presenting content in the form of videos, photos, charts, graphs, infographics and similar multimedia on a variety of platforms. But let’s make sure the message reaches everyone!

The Section 508 standards require that all members of the public, as well as federal employees with disabilities have access to the data and information provided by the Government. Graphics are one example of data that needs to meet Section 508 standards. As many organizations move away from the traditional print product and text-only documents into digital and online media, this change can present challenges for screen readers and other assistive technology. This Best Practices webinar will offer you some simple steps to ensuring that your graphics pass the check every time.

Join us on November 18th from 11:00-12:300 Mountain, 12:00-1:30 Central Time for this free online training event brought to you by the Federal Communicators Network (FCN), the U.S. Access Board and the U.S. Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC). You’ll have a chance to learn from our presenters about writing effective ALT tags, developing 508-compliant graphics, and more!

For more information and to register, visit

Free Web Content on Your Website From NIHSeniorHealth

Web content syndication is the process by which websites can receive automatic updated content to their site. This is an arrangement that obviously can be mutually beneficial to both parties. Oftentimes this is a service for cost, but now with NIHSeniorHealth, you can get quality information on health and aging delivered to your website for free!

An older man and an older woman are smiling and looking at a tablet. A younger adult man is smiling and looking at the tablet with them. NIHSeniorHealth is the National Library of Medicine‘s (NLM) web site for older adults, generally age 60+. It was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the NLM, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

It has senior-friendly features and health topics include general background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions. New topics are regularly added to the site.

Their Free Web Content from NIHSeniorHealth page provides instructions for three simple steps to setting up an account and syndicating their reliable, easy to understand health information for senior citizens to your website. Contact NIHSeniorHealth staff for any further assistance.

PHPartners: A Collaboration of U.S. Agencies, Public Health Organizations and Health Sciences Libraries

PHPartners (Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce) is a collaboration of U.S government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. The organization’s directive is to provide information and assistance to the Public Health workforce. The group’s mission is Helping the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health. PHPartners goals are:

  • Organize and deliver public health resources so they are easier to find and use.
  • Identify and develop collaborative projects to meet the information needs of the public health workforce.
  • Increase the visibility of the partnership with libraries and the public health workforce.
  • Increase the information literacy of the public health workforce.
  • Strengthen the collaboration among the Partners.

The organization’s website is a portal to authoritative public health resources and tools. Sections include, Public Health Topic Pages, Main Topic Pages, Current Public Health News, Email signup for Public Health Topics of Interest and In the Spotlight section. There is also a search box function in which users can type what they are looking for. Furthermore, there are multiple tabs that assist in browsing the site. This includes Home, News, About Partners, Contact Us, Sitemap, FAQ and Suggest Link. Maintenance of the site is provided by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library through the National Library of Medicine.  Information on Copyright, Privacy, Accessibility, Freedom of Information Act and Viewers and Players is located at the bottom of each page.

As stated earlier, a component of the site includes Public Health Topic Pages. This section covers various topics such as Bioterrorism, Dental Public Health, Environmental Health, HIV/AIDS, How to Access Journal Articles, Nutrition, Obesity, Public Health Genomics, Veterinary Public Health and Workforce Development. Another section is the Main Topic Pages. This area features Health promotion and Health Education, Literature Guidelines, Health Data Tools and Statistics, Grants and Funding, Education and Training, Legislation and Policy, Conference and Meetings, Finding People, Discussion and E-mail Lists and Jobs and Careers. For example, on the Literature and Guidelines page, individuals can access databases related to public health, find journal titles alphabetically, newsletters, and public health reports. For full-text articles, users can locate a health sciences library in their area and register with Loansome Doc. This will allow personalized document delivery for a fee.

Under the Current Public Health News heading, information is listed by most recent article at the top. News items older than three weeks are removed and can be located in the news archive section. Users can filter news items sent to them by email in the Get the Latest Information of Public Health Topics of Interest section. Also, there is an In the Spotlight section that promotes a resource found on the portal. Finally, has a Public Health Information and Data Tutorial module on Staying Informed, Health Information Resources, Health Statistics and Evidence-Based Practice. is a powerful resource for collaboration, funding, research and information regarding public health. For more information, please contact the site, NLM or your NN/LM SCR office for more information.

Partner members include:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Medical Library Association (MLA)
  • National Agricultural Library (NAL)
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
  • Public Health Foundation (PHF)
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

PHPartners home page

New MeSH Headings for 2016

What do hoarding disorder, graphic novels, smartphones, vegan diets, farmers, humidifiers, and giraffes have in common? They are all new MeSH headings in 2016!

MeSH is the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus and it makes for a facile, sensible database searching experience for librarians and other users of PubMed/MEDLINE. One example I use in my PubMed classes is how I talk to my toddler son: instead of saying I’ll tickle his tummy/middle/belly, I can just use the MeSH term “Stomach” (although technically I’m not actually tickling his organ of digestion!).

You can suggest that the NLM add a new heading if you feel it has literary warrant and other criteria for usefulness.

View the entire new 2016 MeSH list. And happy searching!

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Identifying Opportunities in Obstacles

In the October 2015 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Jeff Williams and Neil Rambo describe their library’s experiences following a major disaster. In October 2012, Super Storm Sandy caused significant damage to New York University Health Sciences Library’s facilities and collections. Williams and Rambo describe what they learned in their insightful JMLA article “It’s the end of the world and we feel fine.”

Although the losses experienced by our staff and our users were wrenching, we began to see that this forced disruption, this destruction completely out of our control, also provided opportunities. These included moving more quickly and forcefully in new areas than would have been previously imagined. Some of these included: (1) improving infrastructure around online services and resources, and (2) engaging with our various user communities to better understand their knowledge and data discovery and management needs.

Even though the resulting water damage triggered a significant adjustment to library operations, the authors note that some good came out of the experience. The library was forced to rethink library services provided in the health sciences center. At the end of their article, Williams and Rambo describe a thought experiment that can be a jumping off point for library organizations to reimagine their own libraries. Their article is well worth reading.

DOCLINE Customer Service on Veterans Day

Adapted from NLM:

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Library of Medicine will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The NN/LM SCR administrative office located at  The Texas Medical Center Library will remain open and staffed regular hours.

DOCLINE will be available on Wednesday, but DOCLINE Customer Service will not be staffed.  Questions or comments may be sent to NLM via the Contact Us link within DOCLINE or  NLM staff will be available to respond to your questions on the next business day.

DOCLINE’s Time-Triggered Actions will run on Wednesday. For more information on Time-Triggered Actions, see the FAQ at:

The DOCLINE team would like to thank all of our veterans and military personnel for their service.


DOCLINE Customer Service
National Library of Medicine
US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)
Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2)

Texas Resource Libraries: Mid-year Highlights

Oct. 31 was the end of Quarter 2. We are now halfway through the 2015-2016 contract year! Our seven amazing Texas resource libraries have had a productive outreach year thus far. Highlights include:

The NN/LM SCR relies on its outreach contacts to be the face of the NLM in the community. We are gratified to see all the valuable work they do. Thanks, y’all!

Job Ad: Library Services Coordinator

The Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas invites applications for a Library Services Coordinator. The mission of the Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library is to actively support all aspects of patient care, clinical research and education, by providing timely and relevant information and resources to medical and healthcare system staff, patients and their families, students and the community.

The Library Services Coordinator position is the frontline person responsible for the day-to-day administrative aspects of the health sciences library, including all aspects of circulation, technology assistance and interlibrary loan activities. This position is responsible for reports and statistics for the library director. Provides support to the family health and patient libraries and health literacy service lines.  Establishes and maintains a positive relationship with Cook Children’s medical staff and departments, medical students, nurse residents and all staff.


  • Master’s degree in library services from an American Library Association accredited program required.
  • Position requires at least 3 years of experience in a healthcare library.
  • Experience in the field of health literacy and consumer health information.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.

Please apply online at