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MCR Webinar Tomorrow – July 17th – Register Now

MCR News - 2 hours 51 min ago
Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers : A MidContinental Region Webinar

Wednesday, July 17 | 2 MT/ 3 CT

Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education.

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Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information

MCR News - 2 hours 54 min ago

Webjunction webinar

14 August 2019 | 1 MT/2 CT

Information and Registration

Wikipedia is a go-to resource for health and medical information, not just for the general public but for health care providers as well. Over 50% of physicians, and 94% of medical students use Wikipedia to find medical information on the internet.* It may be popular but library staff want to know how reliable it is and how to assess quality on behalf of their patrons.

Join the webinar to learn about WikiProject Medicine, an organization of volunteers dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting accurate medical information on Wikipedia, and how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports strengthening the ability of public libraries nationwide to find reliable and authoritative medical and health information online for information seekers. Learn about the upcoming online course Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information that will empower you to confidently guide your patrons to reliable resources on the internet. The free four-week course will be offered in the fall of 2019.

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MCR Class: Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

MCR News - 3 hours 4 min ago

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Aug 12, 2019 to Sep 9, 2019


This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization  continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. 4 CE credits.


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DOCLINE reminders

MCR News - 3 hours 29 min ago

Reminders about some upcoming changes as DOCLINE finishes its transition to the new platform:

  • ‘old’ DOCLINE (5.2) is retiring on 7/31/19
  • ‘new’ DOCLINE (6.0) URL (currently reverting to planned for 8/12/19
  • Users are urged to download or otherwise save DOCLINE 5.2 Request Reports for future reference.
  • The only request data available after 7/31 will be in DOCLINE 6 for requests placed after 3/1/19.

For more information:

DOCLINE Update || Old DOCLINE (5.2) final reports posted

Final Reports Posted to Legacy DOCLINE

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Funding Awarded to the University of Iowa’s Gathering Welcome Project

GMR News - 4 hours 39 min ago

The GMR office is excited to announce funding for the Gathering Welcome: Creating a Curriculum to Teach Health Literacy to Immigrant and Refugee Women via our Health Information Outreach award.


Description:  The result of this project will be a cohesive, vetted curriculum designed to improve the health literacy and health information access and outcomes of refugee women living in Johnson and Linn counties in Iowa. This project will develop a formal curriculum in collaboration with the College of Education, the Obermann Center Public Engagement Working Group, and the School of Public Health.  The new curriculum will be tested through delivery to the target population by SLIS students, encouraging them to understand the challenges of meeting the needs of traditionally underserved individuals and promoting the NLM’s consumer health information resources.  This project is meant to create replicable programming for other community organizations and has the additional benefit of engaging SLIS students with traditionally underserved communities using NLM resources.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) increase knowledge regarding the health information needs and health literacy of refugee women. This will result in public health, information, and resettlement organizations being better equipped to address the gaps in displaced women’s abilities to access health information for themselves and their families.  2) Develop an effectual program to improve the health literacy of refugee women so that they will be better equipped to seek health information and, ultimately, care in the US. 3) Promote health librarianship, working with traditionally underserved populations, and NLM community health information resources to SLIS students. 4) Disseminate the project findings and resultant initiative to library science schools and community organizations so that they will be able to implement this programming in their communities.

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Discovering Rutland County Libraries through #VTPassport

NER News - 9 hours 56 min ago
Someone holding a passbook.

#VTPassport program, Summer 2019

This June, I took a drive up to Vermont to set the groundwork for this year’s Focused Outreach work. NNLM NER is looking for ways to support health information dissemination in Rutland County. My first appointment was to speak with Jason Broughton, Vermont State Librarian. I was curious to hear his impressions of the health information needs of Rutland County. NNLM NER is funding the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) to support Vermont public libraries in addressing health literacy issues. I proposed that NNLM NER might work with library staff at Rutland Regional Medical Center and Castleton University to support nursing scholarship and research. Jason was enthusiastic about that idea, and introduced me to Vincent Livoti, Consultant for Special Populations at VTLIB. Vincent works to reach those who are underserved and underrepresented.

Jason talked to me about the lack of state funding for public libraries, as well as the struggle to fund continuing education for public library staff. We talked about the shifting demographics of Vermont and the resulting tensions among Vermonters. He told me about a joint program with the Vermont Historical Society. From July-September, public libraries will host community conversations with Paul Searls, author of Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century.

Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?~Vermont Historical Society

On my way out, I grabbed an orange Vermont Passport to join in this fun summer program designed by the Vermont Library Association. Vermont residents are encouraged to visit public, school and academic libraries to get stamped. At the end of the summer, participants bring passports into their home libraries to have stamps counted. Staff sends this information to the Passport Committee, and participants are eligible for a prize.

As a librarian who visits libraries whenever I travel, I love this idea!

I decided to focus on Rutland County libraries. My first stop was Sherburne Memorial Library in Killington. Director Jane Ramos recently returned from presenting at ALA on the Vermont Fairy Tale Festival.

Next up: Rutland Free Library, featured in this news article to raise awareness of the #VTPassport program.

Outside of clapboard building with red mailbox labeled book drop.

Bailey Memorial Library, North Clarendon VT

I had an afternoon appointment at the Rutland Regional Medical Center, but I had just enough time to stop into Bailey Memorial Library in North Clarendon (photo). Library Director Barbara Smith was very gracious, and interested to hear about the work NNLM NER is doing with Vermont libraries.

The next day, I drove up to visit two hospital libraries in northern Vermont (more on that in a future blog post). On my return to Rutland County, I stopped into the Roger Clark Memorial Library in Pittsfield. My visit was captured for their Facebook page.

From Pittsfield, I took a ride up to Chittenden Free Library. At first, I could not get into the library. I thought the door was locked. I double-checked the operating hours as many rural libraries have minimal hours. I gave the sticky door another try, and it opened. I got in to have my passbook stamped.

I drove down to Proctor Free Library for my last stop of the day. I discovered a lovely library nearby a marble bridge crossing Otter Creek.

During my last day in Rutland County, I headed to the Fair Haven Free Library. This was one of the few libraries that open at 8:30am, and is the only Carnegie library in Rutland County.

I got my last #VTPassport stamp at Castleton Free Library. Castleton is home to Vermont’s first institution of higher education. I look forward to work with librarians at Castleton University, Rutland Regional Medical Center and Vermont Department of Libraries in the coming months.


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PNW Rocks the Library are Partners in Health Seminar in Bethesda, MD

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-07-15 21:00
group photo of librarians from PNR who attended the Seminar

Attending the Libraries are Partners in Health seminar were: (in photo from left to right, back to front: Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator; Katja Wolfe, MPH, Assistant Director, Soldotna Public Library, Soldotna, AK; Sara Cobb, Wellness Director, Nampa Public Library, Nampa, ID; Kathy Robins, Systems Administrator, Billings Public Library, Billings, MT; Amy Hille, Assistant Librarian, East Adams Library District, Ritzville, WA; Cheryl Martin, Library Services Specialist, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, WA; and Toan Lam-Sullivan, Chinese Regional Librarian, Holgate, Midland and Woodstock Libraries, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR.

Six librarians from the Pacific Northwest attended the recent Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The NNLM Pacific Northwest Region had broad representation at the seminar with at least one public library partner from each of the five states it serves.

During the seminar, information was shared on NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program as well as the NNLM Community Engagement Center, its goals and the support it provides to public libraries. A regional sharing session among PNR participants ensued where each individual shared their library’s current approach to providing health information services and programs to their community along with their future hopes and goals for doing so. It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, information and resources in support of each other’s efforts. While on campus, participants enjoyed a quick tour of the National Library of Medicine.

An afternoon session was held in which program-in-a-box ideas in support of a National Health Observance (NHO) were brainstormed. Participants chose the NHO they wanted to focus on and, in doing so, had an opportunity to interact with library staff from across the United States. The NNLM Community Engagement Center plans to build out the program-in-a-box ideas shared at the seminar so interested library staff can offer them to their communities.

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Midwest Data Librarian Symposium Call for Proposals

GMR News - Mon, 2019-07-15 14:54

Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) invites session proposals for its 5th symposium taking place at University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL) on September 30 – October 1, 2019.

MDLS is a low-cost, 2-day, hands-on, unconference style event for Midwesterners who support research data management and research data services (RDS) at their institutions. The greater data community, not limited to data librarians, is invited to present interactive sessions at this year’s event. Presenters from all disciplines and regions are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due on July 31, 2019.

Full details and the application form can be found on the MDLS website.

Questions?  Contact us at

Follow us on Twitter: @MW_DataLibSym

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Desperately Seeking News: Hurricane Barry

SEA News - Mon, 2019-07-15 07:52

Parts of the Southeast have been impacted by floods and wind as a result of Hurricane Barry however, it is impossible for us to know which of our network members have suffered loss or damage based upon news reports. If you, your library, or your organization have experienced ill effects from the storm, please share your story in the comments.  Alternatively, we also want to hear good news. Let us know; we want to hear from you!

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Think Before You Ink

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-07-15 07:43

tattoo being createdJuly 17 is National Tattoo Day which celebrates the rich history of tattoos as well as the artists. Tattoos which were once more commonly associated with sailors and rock stars but rarely found among physicians and teachers. Now days, it is rarer to find someone who doesn’t sport a tattoo or who hasn’t considered getting one. According to a 2015 Harris Poll, about 3 of 10 people have a tattoo and those that do usually have more than one.

Tattoos can be a form of self-expression, cultural reasons, a way to preserve a memory or experience, while others may do it on a dare. No matter the reason, some thought should go into the decision. Facts to consider include the reason why, long term factors, but also health considerations.

No matter how you feel about tattoos, they do involve health risks such as:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Keloids, a type of scar that forms during healing
  • Infections, such as hepatitis

The FDA provides 7 questions to consider to decide if tattoos are right for  you:

  1. Should I be concerned about non-sterile needles or the ink itself?
  2. What does the FDA know about inks?
  3. What about do-it-yourself tattoo inks and kits?
  4. What kinds of reactions have been seen with tattoos?
  5. If I get a tattoo and develop an infection or other reaction, what should I do?
  6. What about later on? Could other problems occur?
  7. What’s the bottom line?

Check the FDA web page for answers to those questions but also know that MedlinePlus provides information from a number of authoritative resources to consider regarding the health and safety of tattooing before heading to the parlor.

In addition, learn more about the history of tattoos from the Smithsonian Institute.

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Twinsburg Public Library Receives NNLM Public Library Partnership Award

GMR News - Sun, 2019-07-14 16:00

Map location Twinsburg OhioTwinsburg Public Library is located in northeast Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland. It’s famous for its annual Twins Days Festival held in August. Because of its commitment for providing information and education to the community, the Library is using its award to host three speaker programs in August to raise awareness of health issues impacting Twinsburg: addiction, online behavior, and vaccinations.

Supporting evidence from the proposal indicates that Summit County schools fall short of the 80% vaccination rate. Vaccine hesitancy, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles, for example, has seen a 30% increase globally.

More than half of persons who took a survey at Twinsburg Public Library revealed that they either use a substance or know a family member who does. The library recommends a public education program raising awareness of addiction.

A recent incident brought awareness for Internet Safety training. The library will invite Elizabeth L. Jeglic Ph.D., author of “Protecting your Child from Sexual Abuse” and provide copies of her book as well as copies of a children’s book titled, “Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web,” which will help give parents the tools to discuss abuse and online predators with smaller children.

MedlinePlus and All of Us information will be shared at each program so that the community will become knowledgable of trustworthy, accurate health information.

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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Dementia Outreach, an NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award

GMR News - Sun, 2019-07-14 14:07

The Greater Midwest Region is pleased to offer one of four All of Us Public Library Partnership Program Awards to Jim DiDonato, Director of Round Lake Area Public Library and Christine Damon, Gerontology/Adult Educator. They will expand upon Tales and Travels, a program that NNLM funded in 2015-2016 and received a 2017 Library of Congress Best Practices Honoree.

Tales and Travel is designed to use library materials to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. In a comfortable setting, librarians and volunteers lead the group as they read a travel story, browse through picture books, and converse about a chosen country or region of the United States.

“Stigma about dementia often keeps people from seeking diagnosis and treatment; it also precipitates withdrawal from favorite activities and places due to a lack of acceptance. The public library can help to counteract this stigma while increasing community participation by assisting the public to learn more about dementia and by welcoming this group of too-often forgotten people into their facilities,” Jim DiDonato explained.

Library staff and trustees will benefit from training about the disease and about supportive strategies for interacting with people living with dementia. The program includes an introduction to National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and a dementia awareness curriculum that includes definition and characteristics of dementia as well as an introduction to general communication, library-specific, and environmental strategies that support people with dementia and their care partners. In-person curriculum-based training will be delivered at public libraries in northeastern Illinois, southern Illinois, and southeastern Wisconsin. Evidence shows that in these states, the number of adults over 65 years of age will see increasing rates of  Alzheimer’s:

  • Illinois – 220,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 260,000
  • Wisconsin – 110,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 130,000

Higher numbers of dementia are seen among certain ethnic populations, notably African Americans and Latinos. The Round Lake Area Library serves a large Latino population (38.9%). Culturally humble dementia education and support are especially relevant for engagement and understanding.

Because Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect a diverse, substantial, and growing population, the project’s focus on dementia also presents an opportunity for increased public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program to advance medicine and improve treatment and care for all of us. All training and partnering libraries will share information about the research program.

Public libraries taking part in the Dementia & All of Us Research Awareness Program include:

Round Lake Area Public Library (IL), Antioch Public Library District (IL) Fremont Public Library (IL), Warren-Newport Public Library (IL), Whitefish Bay Public Library (WI), Dwight Foster Public Library (WI), Muskego Public Library (WI), Bridges Library System (WI)

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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NNLM Public Library Partnership Award Supports Health Information Toolkits

GMR News - Sun, 2019-07-14 12:52

Stephanie Swanberg photoStephanie Swanberg, Assistant Professor and Information Literacy and eLearning Librarian for the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine received one of four NNLM Public Library Partnership awards. With her award, the OUWB Medical Library was able to take on a medical student as an intern for the first time.

She said, “This is the perfect time for OUWB to host summer internships as our M1 students have made it through their first year and have the foundational knowledge and skills to now apply to their internship work,” Swanberg said.

Emily Yuen, M2, helped develop a set of ready-made health education toolkits to be used by the Auburn Hills Public Library as part of its programming in 2019-2020.

“As a future pediatrician, Emily enthusiastically delved into developing two toolkits on bone health and the heart for kids and was so excited to learn about how libraries and health professionals can work together to promote healthy lifestyles and health literacy,” Swanberg said.

Swanberg said Yuen’s previous experience, knowledge, work ethic, and outgoing personality made her the ideal intern.

“This truly was a collaborative internship where Emily worked with experts from many different areas of OUWB and the community: the medical library, the public library, medical school faculty, and medical education staff,” Swanberg said.

OUWB Summer Internships Benefit Students, Community Alike

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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OSU Health Sciences Library Hosts the Journey

GMR News - Sun, 2019-07-14 11:10

The OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) hosted the NIH All of Us Research Program Mobile Education and Engagement Exhibit at the Wexner Medical Center plaza in June. During the two-day event, more than 200 persons learned about precision medicine through activities and information. The Wexner Medical Center also served as an enrollment center, one of the first health science libraries to participate in this role.OSU Wexner Medical Center hosting Journey June 11 & 12 text

The All of Us Research Program aims to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs through data provided by 1 million or more volunteer participants. The program is open to any person living in the United States. Unlike a single research study focused on a specific disease or community, the All of Us Research Program will be a resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide range of health conditions. This information will help researchers learn more about different diseases and treatments, and participants will learn more about their health status and receive important information to share with their family members.

As a recipient of the All of Us Community Engagement Network Ambassador Program Award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Lynda Hartel, Judith Wiener, and Missy Creed support the library’s outreach activities with community partners to promote education on the topic of precision medicine, and Ohio’s identified community health priorities which include chronic and infectious disease, mental health and addictions, and obesity.

Journey on OSU Medical Campus “The OSU Health Sciences Library is uniquely situated to be involved in the All of Us initiative,” said Lynda Hartel, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences and Library Director. “We are surrounded by remarkable researchers who will access this data to conduct studies and we want to contribute to this effort. By teaming up with librarians from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, we can make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to improve their own health while helping to make medical history.”

Look for more stories of their community outreach work throughout the year.

To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, please visit

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Get Ready: Tropical Storm Barry Set to Hit Northern Gulf Coast Saturday Morning

SEA News - Fri, 2019-07-12 13:55

Tropical Storm Barry is intensifying and is expected to make landfall Saturday as a hurricane along the northern Gulf Coast, spreading widespread torrential rain up the lower Mississippi Valley, leading to major river flooding and flash flooding in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, along with storm-surge flooding and strong winds.

According to

  • Tropical Storm Barry will move ashore along the northern Gulf Coast Saturday morning.
  • A major threat of rainfall flooding is in play over the northern Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley.
  • New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are among the cities in a high risk for flooding rainfall.
  • Hurricane, tropical storm and storm-surge warnings have been issued for the northern Gulf Coast.
  • Storm-surge flooding will also add to the water worries, particularly along and east of Barry’s track.
  • Power outages are likely in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

Disaster Information Management Research Center


HealthCare Ready Rx Open is activated for LA and MS for this storm. Rx Open helps patients find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disasters.

Federal Agency Resources

Social Media

Social Media Hashtags

  • #StormBarry
  • #TropicalStormBarry

Although we are not sure what the full impact of this hurricane will have in our region, please reach out to the NNLM SEA and NDCO if we can be of assistance. We will continue to update this article with more information as the hurricane progresses to the gulf coast. Please keep us up-to-date regarding the status of your library/institution but more importantly let us know you are safe and well.

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Louisville Free Public Library Receives NNLM All of Us Ambassador Award

GMR News - Fri, 2019-07-12 11:42

Louisville Free Public Library logoThe Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has announced the Louisville Free Public Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and advance treatment and prevention.

The Louisville Free Public Library will receive up to $100,000 to support the health information needs in the Louisville Metro area, which will assist individuals in making informed decisions concerning their healthcare. This grant award to The Library Foundation will enable LFPL to enrich the lives of community residents with information about the largest health risks facing the area, as identified in a 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) conducted by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health. These health risks include cancer, obesity, alcohol and drug addiction, heart disease, and nutritional deficiency. Over the next year, a portion of the award will fund the hiring of a full-time program coordinator to collaborate with strategic partners in developing health education programs and discussions for the public, as well as providing consumer health in-service training for public librarians.

“At a time when our city is focused on significant issues affecting public health and health equity, this is a great opportunity for the Library to offer free, health-related educational programming in the community,” said Library Director Lee Burchfield. “We look forward to working with NNLM and local partners to address these critical issues facing Louisville Metro.”

The Louisville Free Public Library is Kentucky’s largest public library system, serving more than two million visitors annually. Its mission is to provide individuals the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas, and information in support of lifelong learning.

Learn more about the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at and the All of Us Research Program at

To find free and trusted health information, visit

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-07-12 10:19

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!


National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Summer Reading? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.

We want your feedback! NNLM is reaching out to public library members to solicit feedback about the National Health Observances content being piloted by the NNLM All of Us National Program. The content, which includes program kits, posters, printer-ready handouts, and slides, is intended to raise awareness of select health observances and associated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources. We invite you to take a short survey to provide us with feedback and recommendations for this project.


The More Things Change… – Learn from Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan about progress toward aligning NLM’s organizational structure with the goals and vision presented in the 2017-2027 Strategic Plan. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Exhibitions Connect: How Partners Bring NLM Health Information Resources to Communities Across America! – Librarians are the information superheroes of the 21stcentury. In today’s hyper-connected world, saturated with studies, reports, data, records, pictures, sponsored content, and even misinformation, librarians help us sort through it all and find the information that is meaningful, trustable, and that meets our needs. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Making Exhibition Connections: St. Charles City-County Library – Libraries, museums, and organizations throughout the United States and across the world host National Library of Medicine traveling exhibitions. These sites plan and present enriching and engaging programs to connect their communities with the information in the exhibitions and with the wide variety of publicly-available NLM resources.Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs involving the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service, and the closure of NLM’s Specialized Information Services division.

NIH News in Health: The July 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Beyond Games: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Health,” and, “Hypnosis for Health: Can Trances Work?” Other topics include testing your home for Radon, processed foods, and heart-healthy eating.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

July 2019

PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – July 16, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This webinar will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms, how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search, the structure of the MeSH database, and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 17, 1:30-3:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. Learn to communicate health statistics in clear and easy to understand language. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – July 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers – July 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) to learn about introducing graduate students to concepts in data management. Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – July 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with the National Training Office (NTO) to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. This course will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details, and how to search for phrases in PubMed.

Promoting Public Health through the Public Library – July 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Richland Public Health and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have formed a unique partnership to improve the health and overall quality of life of Richland County community members through innovative health education and promotion programming. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will feature an overview of three successful initiatives: The Health Information Kiosk program, The Free Blood Pressure Cuff Loan program and The Free Bike Loan program. Recommendations on how other health departments and their local library systems can pursue opportunities to collaborate will also be discussed.

From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Body image, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues facing teens as they experience many physical and mental changes. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. However, seeking that information can be difficult. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will look at how social determinants of health affect teens, and how libraries, schools, and community organizations can support youth health literacy. Presenters will discuss health information resources for teens, best practices for answering difficult questions, and health-focused activities.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – The core purpose of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster and public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. During a disaster, decisions are made quickly, based on the information available. This session with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will provide a brief overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce.

August 2019

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – August 1-31, 2019 – Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Offered in collaboration by the Greater Midwest and Pacific Northwest Regions (GMR/PNR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Participants are eligible for 8 MLA CE.

From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 5-30, 2019 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous course that provides an overview of the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in the United States, and explores some of the unique health challenges that impact these population groups. This course will discuss culture, cultural competency and cultural humility, and reflect on how your organization is addressing these principles. An introduction to numerous health information websites will be provided that showcase where you can access resources in multiple languages. This class will help you think about ways your organization can develop programs and services to assist immigrants, refugees, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in your communities.

Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy – August 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Comics are uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. In this webinar sponsored by the New England Region (NER), Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.

True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – This collaborative course covers concepts related to searching for freely available public health resources, reviewing resources for bias, and thinking outside-the-box for your search strategies. Join the National Public Health Coordinating Office (NPHCO) in this session for a review of pressing issues in public health.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Is copyright automatic? When is Fair Use, well, fair? Does a Creative Commons license grant unlimited use of the work? Determining whether you have the rights to use an article, image, video, or table can take some of the fun out of developing a presentation, class, or course. In this session with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can and cannot be copyrighted, with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

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Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health – July 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, healthy family and interpersonal relationships, and ability to live a full and productive life. People with untreated mental health disorders are at high risk for many unhealthy and unsafe behaviors — including alcohol and drug abuse, violent and self-destructive behavior, and suicide. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the disease burden of mental health disorders as well as associated chronic diseases. Addressing mental health is key to ensuring that all Americans can live longer, healthier lives. Sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), this webinar will highlight the Zero Suicide initiative and its impact in state and federal sectors. You’ll also learn how the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI pioneered the precursor to the Zero Suicide initiative — Perfect Depression Care — to prevent suicide among their patients.

Achieving Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: The Way Forward – July 18, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Join the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Environmental Health Partnership Council for a webinar tailored toward learning more about environmental justice, racism and the resources available to communities, practitioners and the public. The webinar will also highlight various partnerships working to create awareness and address racism and environmental justice.

Sewell Stipend – The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee invites applications for 2019 Sewell Stipends to attend the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, 2019. The theme this year is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For equity. For action. For health.” Visit the APHA Annual Meeting Website for more information about the conference. Applications are welcome from all librarians who work with public health practitioners, students, staff, and faculty. Early-career librarians and librarians who are not members of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration section are welcome to apply. The application deadline is July 16, at midnight ET.

Apply now to host ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The special library exhibition — based on the exhibition at the USHMM in Washington, D.C. — will travel to 50 U.S. public and academic libraries from 2020 to 2022. Read the project guidelines and apply online by August 9.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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NNLM SEA Digest News – July 12, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-07-12 09:41

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars July 16 – July 17

Webinars July 18 – July 26

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Coming Soon to a Town Near You: The All of Us Journey!

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-07-11 11:39

the outside of the Journey Bus

The All of Us Journey Exhibit and the All of Us Mobile Education and Enrollment Center visit communities nationwide to raise awareness about the All of Us Research Program. Both exhibits feature hands-on activities for visitors to learn about research, precision medicine, and the opportunity to enroll in All of Us. The American Association on Health and Disability & the University of Montana Rural Institute teamed up to host the All of Us Journey this summer at RimRock Mall in Billings, MT, from July 9 – 12, 2019.

Upcoming stops in the Pacific Northwest this summer include:

  • The team of the American Association on Health and Disability & the University of Montana Rural Institute hosting the Journey at Caras Park, 123 Carousel Drive Missoula, MT 59802. Dates: Tuesday, July 16- Friday, July 19, 2019.
  • The partnership of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health & Oregon State University (OSU) hosting the Journey on the OSU Campus at 1500 SW Jefferson St., Corvallis, OR 97331. Dates: Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23, 2019.

For specific times the Journey will be open at these locations and to find future stops, visit the All of Us Journey.

For more information about the All of Us Research Program, please visit Join All of Us.

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