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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region






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

LGBT Elder Population Health Awareness

Written by: Patricia J. Devine, MLS, Network Outreach Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region and Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Please contact Patricia at: or Tony at:


  • LGBT elders experience health disparities arising largely from societal stigma and institutional discrimination.
  • Health practitioners, public health, and social workers may have limited or no familiarity with resources for the LGBT senior population.
  • Deficits related to providing high-quality LGBT care create a unique challenge to accessing the information needed to provide care.

The following is an overview of the health disparities experienced by elder LGBT people and informational resources to access to provide needed care.


A PubMed literature search was conducted selecting published articles within the past 10 years to identify common themes in elder LGBT populations. Resources were identified and selected to support the needs of this population.


The following common themes were identified among the selected articles:

  1. Psychological Distress 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9
  • Past experiences of inequity can cause mistrust of health and social service network due to marginalization and oppression.
  • Under the present social context, prejudice continues to be apparent in many social and institutional environments toward elderly LGB populations.
  • Invisibility of senior LGB populations is common and causes them to avoid discrimination by not coming out when seeking care.

     2. Physical Health 4, 5, 7, 9

  • HIV/AIDS impacts older LGBT individuals; however, prevention programs do not support the senior population.
  • LGB elders may have higher rates of tobacco and alcohol use which may negatively impact their health.
  • Transgender seniors may experience negative health outcomes as a result of long-term hormone use.
  • Chronic conditions like obesity and asthma are common among LGB women than heterosexual counterparts. Bisexual men have significantly higher incidence of diabetes.
  • The population group is less likely to engage in preventative health activities like flu shots, STD testing, and other health screenings.

     3. Long-Term Care/End-of-Life Services 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10

  • Issues of sexuality are often overlooked by health care providers causing discomfort in discussing this topic with the aging population.
  • LGBT seniors who require care need assurance that the values of agencies, institutions, and professionals respect and reflect who they are and their unique needs.
  • Elder LGBT have difficulty finding LGBT-friendly nursing homes, assisted living, mental health counselors, and social workers that would be knowledgeable and support their needs.

     4. LGBT Communities and Other Social Factors 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10

  • Within the lesbian and gay communities, few services and programs exist for elder populations.
  • Concerns of ageist attitudes dominate gay and lesbian communities preventing seniors from feeling accepted.
  • Fear of loss and a lack of family or social support among many aging LGBT persons may cause them to feel loneliness and isolation leading to depression.
  • A lack of informational resources for LGBT seniors makes it difficult for them and their caregivers to gain knowledge about support programs and resources available.

Selected Resources

The following resources were selected to support the themes identified:


  • Education and awareness-raising campaigns are critically important to improve services and service access for LGBT seniors.2, 4, 9
  • The resources presented are meant to educate and address some of the disparities for the aging LGBT population.


  1. Brotman S, Ryan B, Collins S, Chamberland L, Cormier R, Julien D, Meyer E, Peterkin A, Richard B. Coming out to care: caregivers of gay and lesbian seniors in Canada. Gerontologist. 2007 Aug;47(4):490-503. PubMed [citation] PMID: 17766670. Available at:
  2. Brotman S, Ryan B, Cormier R. The health and social service needs of gay and lesbian elders and their families in Canada. Gerontologist. 2003 Apr;43(2):192-202. PubMed [citation] PMID: 12677076. Available at:
  3. Czaja SJ, Sabbag S, Lee CC, Schulz R, Lang S, Vlahovic T, Jaret A, Thurston C. Concerns about aging and caregiving among middle-aged and older lesbian and gay adults. Aging Ment Health. 2015 Aug 6:1-12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed [citation] PMID: 26247917. Available at:
  4. Ettner R. Care of the elderly transgender patient. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2013 Dec;20(6):580-4. doi: 10.1097/ Review. PubMed [citation] PMID: 24468762. Available at:
  5. Fredriksen-Goldsen Karen I. et al. “The Aging and Health Report: Disparities and Resilience among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults.” 2011 May. Available at:
  6. Fredriksen-Goldsen KI, Muraco A. Aging and Sexual Orientation: A 25-Year Review of the Literature. Res Aging. 2010 May;32(3):372-413. PubMed [citation] PMID: 24098063, PMCID: PMC3789531. Available at:
  7. Fredriksen-Goldsen KI, Kim HJ, Barkan SE, Muraco A, Hoy-Ellis CP. Health disparities among lesbian, gay, and bisexual older adults: results from a population-based study. Am J Public Health. 2013 Oct;103(10):1802-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301110. Epub 2013 Jun 13. PubMed PMID: 23763391; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3770805. Available at:
  8. Gonzales G, Henning-Smith C. Disparities in health and disability among older adults in same-sex cohabiting relationships. J Aging Health. 2015 Apr;27(3):432-53. doi: 10.1177/0898264314551332. Epub 2014 Sep 23. PubMed [citation] PMID: 25253727, PMCID: PMC4368471. Available at:
  9. Later Adulthood. In: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding. Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2011. Bookshelf [chapter] Bookshelf ID: NBK64800. Available at:
  10. Smith LA, McCaslin R, Chang J, Martinez P, McGrew P. Assessing the needs of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people: a service-learning and agency partnership approach. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2010;53(5):387-401. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2010.486433. PubMed [citation] PMID: 20603750. Available at:

Webinar:October 02, 2015 – LinkOut: Linking to Datasets, Databases and More

On October 2nd, NCBI staff will present a webinar on LinkOut, an NCBI service that allows you to link directly from NCBI databases to a wide range of relevant information beyond the NCBI systems. This webinar will provide an overview of the service and highlight resources that participate in LinkOut, with a special emphasis on resources beyond full text articles, including databases, datasets and research tools.

If you use NCBI databases, produce databases, datasets or resources, or are a librarian supporting research and data science, this webinar is for you.

Date and time: Friday, October 2, 2015 12:00PM EDT

Registration URL:

After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. The webinar and any materials will also be archived on the Webinars and Courses page, where you can also find information about future webinars.

September is National Preparedness Month – Resources for Libraries

Written by Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region. Please contact Tony at

September is National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” The goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase the number of individuals who understand which disasters could happen in the community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase their preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning. Weekly focused themes are used to help people take action and make a plan with your family, community, and pets. All of the weekly themes lead up to National PreparAthon! Day on September 30th.

The National Library of Medicine provides a wealth of resources in disaster planning for libraries. MedlinePlus contains information for the public related to disaster preparation and recovery, including information on coping with disasters. The Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC), from the National Library of Medicine, contains information to prepare libraries to become educated about their role in the community to better assist when disasters strike. This website provides access to information resources specifically for disasters, including focus on preparedness, response, and recovery. Additionally, DIMRC includes training and competencies in disaster preparedness, resources for first responders, clinicians, and the public, as well as free access to medical literature during large-scale disasters.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)’s Disaster Ready Initiative was created to mitigate the impact of disasters on communities. The website includes information on developing a One Page Service Continuity Plan, sample scenario exercises for libraries to discuss in preparation of an emergency, as well as materials for a workshop in developing a Mutual Aid Agreement with another library for assistance should there be an extended disruption of library service. Dan Wilson, Coordinator, NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, created a Library Disaster Readiness Test. Answering yes or no to 12 questions can help determine if your institution is prepared when faced with a service disruption (weather related, illness outbreak, etc.).

Ready and its Spanish language counterpart Listo were launched as a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to help Americans prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The campaign emphasizes three main concepts: Be Informed, Build a Kit, and Make a Family Emergency Plan. Ready provides a guidebook titled Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness. This comprehensive guidebook is available in both English and Spanish. If a library wants to hold a preparedness program for patrons, the Facilitator Guide is an easy-to-use manual with instruction modules and customizable materials for adults, older children, and younger children.

Librarians can help their users prepare for natural disasters, weather-related events, and other emergencies by knowing the best resources to help answer reference questions, organize community events, and support programs in conjunction with National Preparedness Month (NPM) or the Great Shakeout. There are numerous websites and program ideas for NPM, each with its own theme. The Ready page is a great place to start for program planning and materials. You can also look to other organizations like the National Weather Service, the CDC, the Red Cross, or your local or state organizations. This is just a brief sampling of resources and ideas libraries can use. Contact NN/LM SE/A if you would like more information about disaster information and preparedness resources or training.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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