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SEA Currents

Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Citation Exporter Feature Now Available

PMC is happy to announce the addition of a citation exporter feature. This feature makes it easy to retrieve either styled citations that you can copy/paste into your manuscripts, or to download them into a format compatible with your bibliographic reference manager software.

When viewing an Entrez search results page, each result summary will now include a “Citation” link. When, clicked, this will open a pop-up window that you can use to easily copy/paste citations formatted in one of three popular styles: AMA (American Medical Association), MLA (Modern Library Association, or APA (American Psychological Association). In addition, the box has links at the bottom that can be used to download the citation information in one of three machine-readable formats, which most bibliographic reference management software can import.

The same citation box can also be invoked from an individual article, either in classic view (with the “Citation” link among the list of formats) or the PubReader view, by clicking on the citation information just below the article title in the banner.

These human-readable styled citations, and machine-readable formats, will be available through a public API, and we will be providing more details about that in another announcement, on the pmc-utils-announce mailing list. Please subscribe to that list if you are interested.


Two articles have been published related to the Value of Libraries Study.

The first is in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, using results from the Study to show the impact of accessibility of library resources, staff, and services for practicing nurses:

The 2nd article is:  “Library and information services:  impact on patient care quality”, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(8), pp. 672-683:

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study


NN/LM SE/A Evaluation and Assessment classes in 2015

NN/LM SE/A Evaluation and Assessment classes in 2015

Reservations for the following on-site classes are being accepted for libraries and groups within the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. To schedule one or more of these classes for 2015, please contact Andrew Youngkin at A limited number of sessions will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy (approved for 6 Medical Library Association contact hours)

In this workshop, participants will be able to show the value of their library’s services and will become familiar with tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection and reporting.

Answering the Right Questions: Data Collection for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)

In this workshop, participants will learn to apply good principles of data collection to assure that data – both qualitative and quantitative – will be useful in making project decisions. Topics for this workshop include:

  • Using evaluation questions to focus data collection
  • Conducting short, to-the-point interviews to collect outcome data
  • Using a “contact sheet” to organize interview notes and communicate findings with other team members
  • Using participatory methods to get information from a large number of community members
  • Using standard “counts” (attendance rates; drop-out rates) as evaluation data
  • Designing and administering short questionnaires

Finding Information in Numbers and Words: Data Analysis for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)

Participants will learn basic methods for compiling and analyzing qualitative and quantitative evaluation data to maximize their usefulness in project improvement and decision-making. Topics for this workshop include:

  • Analyzing qualitative data (e.g., developing and using codes, summarizing, interpreting)
  • Compiling and graphing descriptive statistics
  • Exploring the validity of evaluation findings


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

Feeling Stressed?
Stress Relief Might Help Your Health

If you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things—like holiday gatherings or vacations—it might be time to reassess. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress may help your health.

Read more about stress and health.



When Your Back Hurts
Don’t Let Back Pain Knock You Flat

Your back is a complicated structure, and  a lot can go wrong with it. Protect your back by learning about the causes, treatment, and prevention of back pain.

Read more about back pain



Health Capsules:

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Reflections of the National Library of Medicine’s Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

by: Fatima Barnes, Ed.D, MPH, MSIS; Library Director, and Assistant Professor Graduate Studies and Research, Meharry Medical College Library, Nashville, TN.

Contact Fatima at:

Fatima Barnes was one of the few librarians selected to participate in the Fall Biomedical Informatics course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Georgia Regents University. Located two hours or so from the Atlanta Airport, Brasstown Valley in Young Harris is surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains, making the environment conducive for this fast-paced, enlightening, and fun, one week course. During the workshop lectures and discussions, time was allocated for social interactions with renowned scientists and researchers. In addition, this resort facility provided the opportunity for swimming, good food, and appreciating the beauty of nature through the hiking trails.

Other selected applicants worked in health industries and government owned medical agencies. The workshop covered numerous introductory and complex topics ranging from Genetics, Big Data and the Cloud, Telehealth and Imaging Informatics. Familiar topics to librarians included NLM resources, Genomics, and Consumer Health/Social Media databases. One unique topic which I particularly enjoyed was testing the technologies associated with Disaster Informatics. The diverse nature of librarians, nurses, researchers, and scientists made discussions and group collaboration fascinating.

Dr. Seago and her staff are well deserving of this Bioinformatics Workshop Contract Award. I encourage librarians to consider this opportunity and apply for this workshop to enhance their educational background. An important criteria in selection of applicants is the willingness for participants to apply acquired knowledge with their institutions. Since her return from this workshop, Fatima and her staff are developing “best practices” of supporting clinical and translational research at Meharry Medical College.

Applications for the Spring and Fall 2015 programs are currently being accepted.

Application information can be found at

Course information can be found at

Application Deadline for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015: December 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT.

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