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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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

March NIH News in Health is Available

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services




Check out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:


peopleBe a Partner in Clinical Research
Help Others, Help Yourself

Whether you’re healthy or sick, young or old, male or female, you’re probably eligible to participate in clinical research. Your participation may help to improve medical care. Read more about volunteering for clinical research.






colonBetter Check Your Bowels
Screening for Colon and Rectal Cancer

No matter how busy you feel, if you’re age 50 or older you should make time to talk with your doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer. Read more about colorectal cancer screening.


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Reminder: RFI on NLM due Friday, March 13

If you have made use of NLM resources, think about responding to the following RFI.

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections) – collectively referred to in this RFI hereafter as “NLM elements”.  Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to the research community (including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health services, public health, and historical researchers) and future capabilities that will be needed to support evolving scientific and technological activities and needs.
  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals (e.g., those working in health care, emergency response, toxicology, environmental health, and public health) and future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into effective practice.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to patients and the public (including students, teachers, and the media) and future capabilities that will be needed to ensure a trusted source for rapid dissemination of health knowledge into the public domain.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to other libraries, publishers, organizations, companies, and individuals who use NLM data, software tools, and systems in developing and providing value-added or complementary services and products and future capabilities that would facilitate the development of products and services that make use of NLM resources.
  • How NLM could be better positioned to help address the broader and growing challenges associated with:
  • Biomedical informatics, “big data”, and data science;
  • Electronic health records;
  • Digital publications; or
  • Other emerging challenges/elements warranting special consideration.

NN/LM SE/A Office Closed Today – March 5, 2015

The NN/LM SE/A offices are closed, Thursday, March 5, 2015 due to the inclement weather in the Baltimore area where our offices are located.

The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) has space for people outside their region to attend their symposium on The Affordable Care Act.

The NN/LM, MAR is sponsoring a full day symposium for librarians and library staff on the Affordable Care Act and how libraries are making a difference.

Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Sonesta, Philadelphia, PA.

This full-day symposium has something for staff working in every type of library: public, hospital, and academic. Come learn how your library can support the community and your stakeholders under the new healthcare law. Expert speakers will be on hand from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and OCLC’s Health Happens in Libraries, as well as the author of ‘Libraries and the Affordable Care Act,’ published this year by ALA Editions.

View complete speaker line up and get more details at:

Space still available:

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