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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Funding Opportunity: New BD2K RFA – Supporting Biomedical Data Repository Interoperability

Application Receipt Date(s): April 20, 2015 


NIH is accepting administrative supplement requests to support projects that will establish or improve interoperability among NIH funded biomedical data repositories. Improved interoperability is expected to lead to increased efficiency of repositories’ operations and cost reductions, which are significant factors of the NIH’s long-term sustainability plans for the biomedical data repositories.

Each supplement request should be associated to a collaborative project consisting of a biomedical data repository supported by an active NIH-funded parent grant, and one or more collaborating sites that together implement the interoperability goals of this FOA. The collaborating sites may be other biomedical data repositories, or may provide computational tools and data standards, or perform other activities that facilitate interoperability among data repositories. Supplement requests will only be accepted from active NIH-funded parent grants that primarily support biomedical data repositories with an overall annual budget above $500,000 in direct costs.


Please direct all inquiries to the BD2K program contact Valentina Di Francesco AND to the Program Officer listed on the Notice of Award of the parent award.

BD2K Program/Scientific Contact: 

Valentina Di Francesco National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Telephone: 301-496-7531| Email:

Nakia Joye Woodward Recognized as one of Library Journal’s 2015 Movers and Shakers – Advocates

Congratulations to Nakia Woodward, one of the advocates in Library Journal’s 2015 Movers and Shakers! Nakia is the Senior Clinical Reference Librarian at Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Read more about what made Nakia a “health care and grant-getting wonder” by the Library Journal.

Nakia recently interviewed for our SEA Currents Newsletter in the Inspiring People in Our Region series.

This year’s class of Movers and Shakers will be honored at a luncheon, along with previous honorees, on June 26 at the American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco. Please take a moment to congratulate Nakia!

Congratulations to the 2015 MLA Awards, Grants and Scholarships Recipients!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Medical Library Association (MLA) awards, grants and scholarships! Many of this year’s recipients are within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A):

Awards and Honors

Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship

  • Geneva Bush Staggs, AHIP, Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile

Janet Doe Lectureship for 2016

  • M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Ida and George Eliot Prize

  • Tara Brigham, Winn Dixie Foundation Medical Library, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
  • Elizabeth Connor, AHIP, Daniel Library, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston


  • Cheryl Rae Dee, FMLA, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, and Florida State University, Lakeland
  • Julia Shaw-Kokot, AHIP, FMLA, Retired, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Murray Gottlieb Prize

  • Elena Safia Azadbakht, Joseph Anderson Cook Memorial Library, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Grants and Scholarships

Continuing Education Awards

  • Jennifer S. Walker, AHIP, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants

  • Krystal Bullers, AHIP, Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Suhua Caroline Fan, Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship

  • Alyson Gamble, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship

  • Emily Mazure, AHIP, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University, Durham, NC

All recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX, on Monday, May 18th, from noon to 1:30pm. Please take a moment to congratulate them!

Tools You Can Use: Kahoot! – Game-based Blended Learning and Classroom Response System

Written by: Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region
Contact Tony at:
Looking for a new gamification tool for your class? Check out Kahoot!






Kahoot! is a learning game which consists of multiple choice questions – as a quiz, discussion, or survey – in any topic, language or ability. It’s projected at the front of the classroom and played by the whole class together in real-time (answered on their own personal device.) Kahoot! offers the opportunity to interest and engage students during class or review content previously taught.

Using this tool gives you the opportunity for the following:
• Use a simple “drag n drop” function to create and manage “Kahoots” in the form of quizzes, surveys, or polls related to specific topics.
• Locate other public “Kahoots” and duplicate and edit them to suit your class needs.
• Use images, videos, photos, screenshots for your questions.
• Recall and repeat use of your “Kahoots” when needed.
• Access from any location with proper technology.






You can learn new tips about Kahoot! by following them on Facebook, Twitter, blog or YouTube channel. To get started, a user’s guide is available for download.

Usage and Observations
Currently Kahoot! is available for use for free. Participants do not need an account to join. Students visit and enter in a game pin and personal nickname to enter. Participants can use any smart phone device, tablet, or laptop with internet access to play. A video demonstrating how Kahoot! works is available for you to view as well.









Once all students have joined, you can then start the “Kahoot.” Each quiz session can have up to 10 questions with 4 answer choices each. As participants see a question projected onto a screen, they’ll have a time limit to answer the question.








After participants answer each question, instructors get an instant snapshot of overall understanding. As participants see their results, instructors could use this to help instigate classroom discussions or assist in topic reviews.








Additionally, the top 5 players in the game are displayed at the front to help motivate competitive students in the class.








Students have the ability to rate each quiz upon completion. Teachers have the ability to download participant results to get a complete overview of how they did. Results can also be directly downloaded into a Google Drive account as well. More information regarding Kahoot! can be found in their FAQs.

Overall, I found this tool straight forward and easy to use. The time consuming part would be to consider what questions to ask, whether or not to use images or YouTube videos, and multiple answer options. I encourage you to check out Kahoot! and share your thoughts as well.

Advanced PubMed® Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH

Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for a new online class, “Advanced PubMed Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH.”

Format: This is a FREE 90-minute online class using Adobe Connect. It is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Description: This class covers several advanced concepts in the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching via PubMed. Topics include annual updates to MeSH, the effective use of subheadings, free floating subheadings, and examples of commonly confused terms.

Experience Level: Intermediate; this course is intended for those with at least beginning knowledge of PubMed and MeSH.

When: Choose from four upcoming dates in April and July 2015.

To register: Visit . Class enrollment is limited, so register now!
Questions? Contact the NTC trainers at

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