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Upcoming Online Classes Available for Registration

Friday, December 12th, 2014








The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for a number of upcoming online classes starting in January and February. Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics, Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

Public Health Information on the Web

  • January 20 – February 10, 2015
  • Thursday Webinars: January 22, 29, and February 5 (12-1pm ET)
  • Sheila Snow-Croft:
  • 4 MLA CE

Grants and Proposal Writing

  • February 10 – March 3, 2015
  • Thursday Webinars: February 12, 19, and 26 (12-1pm ET)
  • Sheila Snow-Croft:
  • 4 MLA CE

We will announce the Consumer Health Information Specialization Classes in January 2015.

Registrations for online classes are accepted up to 1 week after start date of the class, unless otherwise noted.

What I learned at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2014 meeting

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

By: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A),

This year’s APHA meeting had the theme of “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-being,” and many of the sessions I attended addressed these issues. During the opening session, APHA’s Executive Director, Georges Benjamin, MD, announced the APHA goal to create the healthiest generation in American history within one generation. He was then followed by announcements from other leaders who are taking steps to make this goal a reality. From the Partnership for a Healthier America looking at campus food and physical activity to Louisiana’s Well-Ahead initiative that celebrates voluntary changes to become more healthy, there are many out there taking those necessary baby-steps and celebrating good decisions. Our culture of personal freedom need not pull us down; positive improvements are possible. A session on “Healthography and the Food Environment” discussed research of the New Orleans food environment, access to healthy food, and unhealthy marketing in vulnerable neighborhoods. The results were not surprising; people in minority and low-income areas are exposed to more unhealthy marketing and have less access to fresh fruits and vegetables than those in more affluent areas. Only the areas in New Orleans with the most tourism escape this reality. As a vegetarian seeking healthy dining options while attending the conference, I personally saw the changes that have been made since I last visited the Big Easy over a decade ago. There are more options, but much education and effort will be needed to continue down the path to better health. Building the databases full of information and learning from this research are key to bringing in funding and conducting projects that can help bring about desired change.

Along with addressing grim realities and watching as colleagues struggle to change the world, this conference had lots of local music and fun. Jazz bands opened and closed big sessions and made impromptu appearances throughout the week. Also, I truly enjoyed dinner Sunday evening with this year’s Sewell Stipend recipients. The Sewell Memorial Fund’s mission is to “increase librarians’ identification with the medical and health care professionals they serve,” and the stipends, provided by the Public Health/Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association, help defray the cost of attending APHA annual meetings.

Another highlight of this year’s meeting was getting to hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson talk about her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” Wilkerson is an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker; she spent 15 years researching and writing and interviewed more than 1200 people for this masterpiece, according to her website After the session, I started reading this book and have to admit that I had little prior knowledge about the migration of African Americans from the South to the North. Many of her words have remained in my mind since hearing her speak, and the book is fascinating. Our work with health disparities means we understand how crucial a role geography and social status play in health and well-being, and the factual characters in Wilkerson’s book epitomize these facts.

Although the APHA annual meeting is huge and often threatens to overwhelm, I always return to my office afterwards feeling refreshed and with a clearer vision of what I want to achieve in this position. It’s important to network and meet others with similar tasks and goals and to get a sense of the overall successes of colleagues and the field itself. This year was no different; from the powerful speakers down to the small sessions and paper and poster presentations, the energy and dedication of this nation’s public health workforce is inspiring.

Two articles have been published related to the Value of Libraries Study.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The first is in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, using results from the Study to show the impact of accessibility of library resources, staff, and services for practicing nurses:

The 2nd article is:  “Library and information services:  impact on patient care quality”, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(8), pp. 672-683:

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study


NN/LM SE/A Evaluation and Assessment classes in 2015

Monday, December 8th, 2014

NN/LM SE/A Evaluation and Assessment classes in 2015

Reservations for the following on-site classes are being accepted for libraries and groups within the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. To schedule one or more of these classes for 2015, please contact Andrew Youngkin at A limited number of sessions will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy (approved for 6 Medical Library Association contact hours)

In this workshop, participants will be able to show the value of their library’s services and will become familiar with tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection and reporting.

Answering the Right Questions: Data Collection for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)

In this workshop, participants will learn to apply good principles of data collection to assure that data – both qualitative and quantitative – will be useful in making project decisions. Topics for this workshop include:

  • Using evaluation questions to focus data collection
  • Conducting short, to-the-point interviews to collect outcome data
  • Using a “contact sheet” to organize interview notes and communicate findings with other team members
  • Using participatory methods to get information from a large number of community members
  • Using standard “counts” (attendance rates; drop-out rates) as evaluation data
  • Designing and administering short questionnaires

Finding Information in Numbers and Words: Data Analysis for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)

Participants will learn basic methods for compiling and analyzing qualitative and quantitative evaluation data to maximize their usefulness in project improvement and decision-making. Topics for this workshop include:

  • Analyzing qualitative data (e.g., developing and using codes, summarizing, interpreting)
  • Compiling and graphing descriptive statistics
  • Exploring the validity of evaluation findings


Reflections of the National Library of Medicine’s Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

by: Fatima Barnes, Ed.D, MPH, MSIS; Library Director, and Assistant Professor Graduate Studies and Research, Meharry Medical College Library, Nashville, TN.

Contact Fatima at:

Fatima Barnes was one of the few librarians selected to participate in the Fall Biomedical Informatics course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Georgia Regents University. Located two hours or so from the Atlanta Airport, Brasstown Valley in Young Harris is surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains, making the environment conducive for this fast-paced, enlightening, and fun, one week course. During the workshop lectures and discussions, time was allocated for social interactions with renowned scientists and researchers. In addition, this resort facility provided the opportunity for swimming, good food, and appreciating the beauty of nature through the hiking trails.

Other selected applicants worked in health industries and government owned medical agencies. The workshop covered numerous introductory and complex topics ranging from Genetics, Big Data and the Cloud, Telehealth and Imaging Informatics. Familiar topics to librarians included NLM resources, Genomics, and Consumer Health/Social Media databases. One unique topic which I particularly enjoyed was testing the technologies associated with Disaster Informatics. The diverse nature of librarians, nurses, researchers, and scientists made discussions and group collaboration fascinating.

Dr. Seago and her staff are well deserving of this Bioinformatics Workshop Contract Award. I encourage librarians to consider this opportunity and apply for this workshop to enhance their educational background. An important criteria in selection of applicants is the willingness for participants to apply acquired knowledge with their institutions. Since her return from this workshop, Fatima and her staff are developing “best practices” of supporting clinical and translational research at Meharry Medical College.

Applications for the Spring and Fall 2015 programs are currently being accepted.

Application information can be found at

Course information can be found at

Application Deadline for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015: December 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT.

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