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SEA Currents

Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

NN/LM SEA Offices Closed

We are closed due to the extreme amount of snow received over the weekend in Baltimore, MD where our offices are located.  We hope to reopen as soon as possible. If you have any issues with DOCLINE, please email them to Ashely Cuffia at (link sends e-mail).  If you need to reach any of our staff, we are monitoring our email.  Thank you.

NN/LM SE/A Office Will Close Today, January 22, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region office will close Friday, January 22, 2016 1 PM ET due to inclement weather in Baltimore, MD.

Request for Nominations: The 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine are seeking nominations for the 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award, for outstanding outreach librarians serving rural or underserved populations, was established in the early 1990s to recognize the contributions to medical education and librarianship by Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. (1908 – 2008). A world-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, medical educator, and international medical statesman, Dr. DeBakey worked tirelessly in numerous capacities to improve national and international standards of health care. We are honored to present the Award to a practicing health sciences librarian who works in the tradition of the incredible advances and medical innovations of Dr. DeBakey to provide valuable health information to underserved and rural populations. The recipient of the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award is publicly recognized at the FNLM Annual Awards Dinner in 2016 in Washington, DC.


  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
  • Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • The official nomination form (E-mail below for the application form.)
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • All nominations must be received by May 1, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):

Mail: Friends of the National Library of Medicine; 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500; Bethesda, MD 20814

Email:, Fax: 301-657-1296

Beyond the SEA Webinar – Make Your Point: Basic Principals of Data Visualization Design

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenter: Cindy Olney, PhD and Karen Vargas, MLS.

Contact: For additional information or questions regarding this webinar, please contact Andrew Youngkin at

Summary: Data visualizations are everywhere these days: social media, infographics, data dashboards, and trendy organizational reports. A good data visualization communicates dense amounts of information quickly and effectively.  A bad one is a hodgepodge that creates confusion. To create effective data visualizations, you need to know the basic principals of chart design. These principals apply whether you are using sophisticated data visualization technology or tried-and-true Excel. In this webinar, we will describe a process for developing a chart that helps you make your point without making a mess.

Presenter Bios:

Cindy Olney is the Acting Assistant Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (NN/LM OERC). She has been a program evaluator for more than 25 years.

Karen Vargas is the Evaluation Specialist of the NN/LM OERC. Prior to joining the OERC in February 2015, she was the Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator for NN/LM South Central Regional Medical Library, located in the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL:
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection:

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NLM and NN/LM SE/A Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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