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NN/LM SE/A Staff Role and Responsibility Changes

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Effective May 1st, 2015, some of the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region will assume different responsibilities.

Ashley Cuffia, Library Associate, will assume the role of DOCLINE Coordinator from PJ Grier. Ashley and PJ have been working “behind-the-scenes” to have a smooth transition since the beginning of the year. Ashley will train, respond to client questions, and communicate with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as needed, attend monthly national DOCLINE teleconferences, answer questions on LoansomeDOC and EFTS services, and keep DOCLINE records up-to-date with network members’ contact information.

PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator, will continue to handle other incoming member service needs as required.

Tony Nguyen will assume the title Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator. Tony will oversee the development of technology programs and projects to improve information access to health care professionals and health consumers and continue to handle all functions related to communications for the Region.

Andrew Youngkin will assume the title Outreach/Assessment Coordinator. He will now coordinate and facilitate the SE/A’s exhibit programs, regional outreach projects, and subcontracts targeting health professionals, perform library advocacy, and deliver consultation and training to health professionals and their associations. He will continue to handle all functions related to evaluation and assessment for the Region. Tony and Andrew have worked since the beginning of the year to prepare for this transition. 

Reflections on A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

Friday, May 1st, 2015

11034439_10152826059198924_5901136623589232784_oWritten by Karen H. Gau, MLIS; Research and Education Librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA and Julie Arendt, MSI; Science and Engineering Research Librarian, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Please contact Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region at

In March 2015, we attended the Librarian’s Guide to NCBI at the National Institutes of Health. Before we got there, we successfully completed the required online component of this course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching. Both trainings were sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine NLM Training Center (NTC). They have the objective of training librarians on NCBI’s bioinformatics resources so that librarians can better assist their patrons with these tools.

The Librarian’s Guide was a rigorous, fast-paced, 5-day course attended by nearly thirty other librarians and taught by a team of experts from inside and outside NCBI. The librarians had backgrounds as varied as those with no science training to those with PhDs who had worked as scientists before becoming librarians. The resources covered included Gene, SRA, BLAST, ClinVar, GEO, Structure, among many others. We listened to presentations and then worked in groups to solve problems based on actual patron questions. We were able to learn a tremendous amount from our patient and incredibly knowledgeable instructors and from one another.

The course also included a session about how past students have applied their Librarian’s Guide training at their respective institutions. In a one hour web conference, we met several past participants who described the bioinformatics classes they have taught and the lessons they learned. It was inspiring to hear librarians successfully venture into teaching bioinformatics, even when they had little scientific background before the class. It was informative to hear how they adapted what they taught to the needs of their campuses.

We are now developing our own introductory workshops at VCU Libraries of NCBI resources, currently scheduled to launch in late June. Although this is new territory for us, we have a cohort of other alumni and our instructors to turn to when we have challenges. We had a wonderful experience in this course and we encourage other science-minded librarians willing to commit to the online sessions and five full days of learning to apply to participate.

Deadline Extension to May 8: HSLANJ Spring 2015 Group Licensing Offer

Thursday, April 30th, 2015



PRINCETON, NJ (April 28, 2015)—The deadline for medical librarians in the MAR and SE/A Regions to participate in the Group Licensing Initiative’s (GLI) Spring 2015 Offer, organized by the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), has been extended from April 24 to May 8 (firm deadline).

More than 500 resources from 12 vendors are available, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power.

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. More than 120 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

For more information and to participate, please contact HSLANJ Executive Director Robert T. Mackes at 570-856-5952, and/or check

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

RML Closure: April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The NN/LM SE/A office is closed today, April 27, 2015 as of 2pm due to protests in the Baltimore area where are offices are located.


Free Webinar: Introduction to Public Health

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Greater Midwest Region (GMR) would like to invite you to their free Lake Effects Webinar on Public Health.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Jacqueline Leskovec, Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator, at

Summary: Cortland Lohff, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Environmental Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health will present basic principles of the field, including those principles that set it apart from other areas of medicine. He will speak on important sources of literature and information for those in Public Health.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Cort Lohff currently serves as the Medical Director for Environmental Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health. In that role he oversees and provides support to a number of public health programs and participates in a number of initiatives involving environmental health. Prior to coming to Chicago, Dr. Lohff served for 5 years as the State Epidemiologist in Vermont and for 4 years as the Deputy State Epidemiologist in Iowa. Dr. Lohff received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, his M.P.H. from the University of Michigan and completed his residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the New York State Department of Public Health/University at Albany School of Public Health.

To register for this webinar, please visit: An e-mail confirmation with webinar sign in information will be provided prior to the start of the webinar.

Upon completion of this webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland