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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Recording of NLM Board of Regents September 2015 Meeting

The recordings of the videocast of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Board of Regents (BOR) September 2015 are available for viewing at  There are two separate recordings, one for each day of the meeting. For you reference, the meeting agenda is below.

The live videocasts and the videocast recordings of future NLM BOR meetings will be available to the public at  General information about the NLM BOR and dates of future meetings are available at

Click on the date below to access the recordings.

Wednesday, September 16

  • 9:00 Meeting opens, Ms. Gail Yokote, Chair
  • 9:00 Report from the Office of the Surgeon General, PHS, RADM Scott Giberson
  • 9:20 Report from the NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins
  • 9:55 Report from the Acting NLM Director, Ms. Betsy Humphreys
  • 10:45 NIH Strategic Plan, Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Deputy Director, NIH
  • 11:30 Presentation of Regents Award, Ms. Gail Yokote
  • 11:40 Lunch
  • 1:00 NLM/FDA Medical Device Information Partnership, Ms. Terrie Reed, FDA, and Mr. Ivor D’Souza
  • 1:45 Predicting Smoking Relapse through a Bayesian Model for fMRI Biomarker Identification, Ms. Sharon Chiang, Rice University
  • 2:45 Extramural Programs Report, Dr. Valerie Florance
  • 3:30 Recess

Thursday, September 17

9:00 Responses to NIH Request for Information to Assist NLM Working Group, Dr. Barbara Rapp

9:45 Precision Medicine Initiative:  Informatics Implications, Dr. Joshua Denny, Vanderbilt University

10:45 Pathogen Sequences Update, Dr. Michael Feldgarden

11:30 Adjournment

U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Funds Three New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

For the fifth year, NLM is funding projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations with disaster-related responsibilities. The partners will work together to improve the use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics including those from the National Library of Medicine.

The 2015-2016 projects are:

  • City of Portland, Public Health District

“Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries”
Portland, ME

In partnership with:
Portland Public Library
The City of Portland, Public Health Division and the Portland Public Library will develop the role of libraries in disaster health emergency response in Cumberland County, Maine through training library staff on preparedness and disaster health information and creating a role for library staff to assist during a public health emergency.

  • Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library

“The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”
St. Louis, MO

In partnership with:

St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council for Emergency Response (MARCER)
Boone County Department of Emergency Management
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)

The Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library are collaborating with four emergency management agencies across Missouri to increase awareness and knowledge of National Library of Medicine information resources among emergency responders and reference librarians through a train-the-trainer format. This project will expand the role of Missouri reference librarians by partnering with local emergency responders and will increase the capacity of Missouri emergency managers, disaster planners, public health professionals, and reference libraries to access accurate and evidence-based information on disaster topics.

  • University of Washington Health Sciences Library

“RRAIN Washington – Response and Recovery App in Washington Phase II”
Seattle, WA
In partnership with:
Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Washington State Emergency Management Division

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division aims to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington by developing a project website and mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington). This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. The app is intended to enhance first responder decision making by providing easy access to reliable health information for statewide disaster response and recovery.

For further information about these and previous years’ projects visit:

The National Library of Medicine (  is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (  to learn more about disaster-related health information resources and tools.

AIDSource: A Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Web Site from the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine’s Web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new Web site, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.


Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the Web site content on their mobile device. The Web site is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the Web site was constructed by user feedback received through a Web site survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in Web site navigation, including a menu on all pages of the Web site that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource Web site are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource Web site. Please send your comments to:






PRINCETON, NJ (SEPTEMBER 23, 2015)—More than 750 electronic resources from 15 vendors are available to all medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) through the Fall 2015 Offer curated by the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI). Two factors allow participants to realize a costs savings of 15-70% off resources’ regular pricing—negotiations by the HSLANJ GLI, and the leveraging of group purchasing power since more than 120 medical and hospital librarians regularly participate.

To receive a copy of the Fall Offer, please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MAR and SE/A, fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served. Contact Robert about scheduling a meeting or presentation about the GLI, at your next chapter, state organization or local consortium meeting.

The deadline to participate in the Spring Offer is Friday, October 30. Check the nonprofit organization’s website,, for more information and FAQs about the GLI.

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.



Announcing the 2015-2016 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows

The Future Leadership Committee has announced the Fellows of the 2015-2016 National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries, through a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences, and a formal mentor pairing with an academic health sciences library director.

Information about the program is available at:


Rick L. Fought, MLIS, AHIP 

Health Sciences Library, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN

Mentor: Andrea Twiss-Brooks, MS, MSLS 

The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Stephanie Kerns, MLS 

Library, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Mentor: Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, AHIP, FMLA 

Edward G. Miner Library, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS, MS HAIL 

Library, UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA

Mentor: Holly Shipp Buchanan, MLn, MBA, EdD, FMLA, AHIP 

Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM

J. Dale Prince, MA, MLS, AHIP 

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Mentor:  Anthony Frisby, PhD 

Center for Teaching & Learning & the Scott Memorial Library, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie J. Schulte, MLIS 

Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Mentor: Patricia Thibodeau, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA 

Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC

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