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Margaret McGhee Appointed Chief of NLM Public Services Division!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-02 15:01

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Margaret McGhee

National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Margaret McGhee as Chief, NLM Public Services Division. She will assume this role on December 9. Ms. McGhee will lead the Division responsible for several key NLM programs, including MedlinePlus, the main web site, customer service, management and preservation of the collection, and delivery of onsite services and interlibrary loans. Ms. McGhee brings solid experience in serving a variety of library users to her new position.

Ms. McGhee comes to NLM from the NIH Library, whose mission is to serve the biomedical researchers, clinicians and administration of the NIH, where she is the Chief of the Education Services Branch. She has experience overseeing the Library’s efforts to optimize customer experience using the Balanced Scorecard strategic planning tool, and managing the informationist program, bibliometrics services, instruction and training, communications, and outreach and marketing program.

From 2016-2018, Ms. McGhee was the Head of the Collection Management Unit in the Preservation and Collection Management Section of NLM, where she directed a portfolio to maintain the physical collections and provide information services to library users. She served as the Technology Librarian in the NLM National Network Office managing library services, contracts and grants from 2014-2016. From 2005-2014 she was a Librarian in the MEDLARS Management Section of NLM’s Bibliographic Services Division, supporting MEDLINE/PubMed and other NLM databases. She started her professional career in 1984 as a Technical Literature Searcher at CPC International in Bedford Park, IL. Margaret has an MLIS from the University of Texas, Austin, and BS degrees in biology and chemistry from Quincy University, IL.

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Public Health and Library Partnerships at APHA

MAR News - Mon, 2019-12-02 10:04
Erin Seger

Erin Seger

At the beginning of November, I coordinated a session at the American Public Health Association Annual conference in Philadelphia about library and public health partnerships. I spoke about National Library of Medicine Resources for the public health workforce including Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR), Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj), Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC), and Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners). Also included were resources that public health professionals can use with their communities such as MedlinePlus and ToxTown. In addition, I highlighted services from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine that public health organizations can benefit from, such as training, programs, and funding. Because I coordinated this session in partnership with four other partner organizations in the Middle Atlantic Region, the strength of the work of NNLM MAR’s partners was an important part of this session.

Alison Wessel discussed a project she was involved with during her time with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Library. This library did an assessment of thirty-three public libraries in the state of Delaware to better understand the health information needs of the community and training needs of public library staff. Alison discussed the design and results of this survey and some of the activities that occurred in response to these results, such as placing social workers in public libraries and offering mental health first aid training.

Chad Thomas from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health discussed four emergency preparedness projects that he oversaw in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. These projects included training library staff in emergency preparedness, developing library emergency response roles, and disseminating bookmarks with public health messaging. In addition to collaborating with the local library branches, these projects incorporated resources from the National Library of Medicine, such as the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC).

Alison Wessel, Erin Seger and Rachel Feuerstein-Simon

Rachel Feuerstein-Simon from the University of Pennsylvania shared the results of a project that evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of an opioid reversal training that was facilitated by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia. She explained that as a result of this training, participants were more likely to say that they “completely agree” that they would help someone experiencing an overdose. These trainings also showed knowledge gain among participants, including improved knowledge about the indicators of an opioid overdose.

Kelly Sines with Philadelphia FIGHT discussed a digital literacy program developed at Philadelphia FIGHT’s Critical Path Learning Center. This was a hybrid online-in person course called Upgrade Your Health! that taught critical health literacy skills such as finding health information online, how to use personal health management devices, and how to communicate effectively with healthcare providers. Upgrade Your Health! incorporated MedlinePlus as the primary tool for locating quality health information and used the NNLM program Engage for Health for the training on talking with your doctor.

While all of these speakers discussed projects that addressed different public health topics that were initiated by diverse organizations, there was a common thread between all of them – that libraries are important public health partners. Public libraries were a local partner in many of these projects, and the National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine played a role as national and regional partners, offering trusted resources and programming, as well as funding for many of these projects. These projects make it clear that we can improve health information access and public health through continued partnership.

Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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NLM SEA Funding Announcement: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Project Awards

SEA News - Mon, 2019-12-02 07:44

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) seeks applications to support Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Projects. The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Award is to enable organization to address all phases of disaster management; including preparedness, mitigation, recovery, and response with the aid of information resources available from the National Library of Medicine and/or the NIH. A disaster is defined as an incident that has become so severe that it cannot be controlled or fully addressed by local resources.

Projects are encouraged to incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Increase access to high quality biomedical and health information
  • Improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations
  • Improve access to library and information services
  • Prepare organizations to effectively prepare for and/or respond to disasters using evidence-based practices
  • Integrate and promote NLM’s disaster-related resources, services, and tools into educational program or continuity plans
  • Enhance disaster preparedness through education, programming, and partnerships
  • Develop solutions and mechanisms that support the continuity of health information-based services
  • Train individuals, professionals, and communities to effectively find authoritative disaster health information
  • Encourage collaboration between libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, hospitals, and first responders to develop programs or engage in joint exercises that enhance coordination of resources in response to a disaster
  • Projects that include a biomedical information or health literacy component must incorporate National Library of Medicine resources, like PubMed, CLinicalTrials.gov, or MedlinePlus. You can refer to the NLM list of Databases, Resources, and APIs for a complete overview of resources by topic.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Awards Available: Up to ten (10) Project Awards

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 5, 2020, 11:30 PM ET

SEA staff are available for consultations. Please email NNLM SEA to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Project Award for details regarding the award, eligibility, and to access the application.

 

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-11-28 20:30

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then  download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

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The Poetry of Preparedness

GMR News - Wed, 2019-11-27 15:41

Disaster_typesIt is not often that I get to summon forth the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, but last month’s preconference continuing education classes at the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual conference brought his words to mind, often stated as, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. Not only can we apply this phrase to disaster preparedness and response, but also to learning about disaster preparedness and response.

Through the combined efforts of the Midwest Chapter MLA continuing education planning team, Kathy Koch and Angie Tucker; and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC); we were able to offer training at the 2019 Midwest MLA conference to help participants meet the additional, non-required continuing education courses of the MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate. The classes included “A Seat at the Table: Working with the Disaster Workforce” and “Disaster Health Information Resources: The Basics” in a one-stop shop kind of day.

Nine participants, including four public librarians, took advantage of this opportunity not only for the training, but to gain continuing education credit toward the MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate. Combined with the required six online FEMA courses, participants simply needed to add two more CE hours to apply for their certificate. Three participants were on the GMR Emergency Preparedness working group, and another was a non-librarian participant.

What sort of emergencies had our attendees experienced? Tornadoes and floods were the top two in the Midwest. Also of concern were ice storms, fires, and even a hurricane or two–admittedly not while living in the Greater Midwest.

What plans went awry? Despite the best intentions, more than one participant commented that they had trouble finding the time to take the classes, but this one-day, seven-CE offering solved that problem. Another participant shared that these classes helped to shift their understanding of their role in disaster management: “Before the training, I assumed our responsibility as information specialists was to focus on preserving information.  I now have a better understanding of my role in disaster management and I am better prepared to lead my organization in coordinating, disseminating, and recording information to meet our community needs.”

Finally, this truly sums up what the training is all about: “I hope that I never have to use these resources, but if I do, I will be well prepared!”

In addition to the Midwest Chapter MLA continuing education planning team, Kathy Koch and Angie Tucker, the GMR thanks Dr. Darrell Williams, Administrator of the Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Military Affairs in Wisconsin for his enlightening presentation; Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) for her never-ending guidance and expertise; and Michele Stricker, New Jersey Deputy State Librarian, Lifelong Learning, for her detailed presentation and her assistance with planning..

For those of you who wish to learn more about emergency preparedness and response, please see the resources shared on the GMR Preparedness and Response Guide.

 

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on the New PubMed Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-11-27 12:40

The November 20 recording of the NNLM Resource Picks webinar, The New PubMed, is now available. Hosted by Karen Coghlan, New England Region’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, the webinar provides an overview of the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. It also provides the reasons for the change and how this new improved PubMed will make mobile searching easier. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below or go to the NNLM Resource Picks YouTube page.

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NNLM SEA, NDCO and NLM Holiday Schedule – Thanksgiving 2019

SEA News - Wed, 2019-11-27 10:36

The NNLM SEA staff would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

NLM will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving.  NLM will be open for business on Friday, November 29, 2019.

NNLM SEA and NDCO offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Wed, 2019-11-27 08:03

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

Spotlight

Applications Due: Library and Information Science (LIS) students can apply by Thursday, December 5 for funding to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth, and other activities designed to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program. Please share this opportunity!

Respond Today: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is Monday, December 2, 2019.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR Offices will be closed November 28-29 during the University of Pittsburgh holiday break.

The New PubMed is Here! After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched an updated version of PubMed. Learn what has changed with this upgrade and start using the new PubMed today!

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science and Edit-a-Thons – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

Thanksgiving – What I am Giving Thanks for This Year – Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan shares what she is thankful for as the director of NLM. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Giving Thanks for Biomedical Research – This Thanksgiving, Americans have an abundance of reasons to be grateful—loving family and good food often come to mind. Here’s one more to add to the list: exciting progress in biomedical research. – NIH Director’s Blog

Scrub Away the Thanksgiving Troublemakers – Pine-cone crafts, cranberry sauce, and…poultry handling. As Thanksgiving and other winter holidays approach, many of us find ourselves thinking about these things. More than 60 years ago, and not just for the holidays, the Communicable Disease Center (now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) was thinking about food safety, too. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced the upcoming retirement of the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal.

NBA Star Kevin Love Shares Mental Health Struggles in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

December 2019

Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education – December 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Public and school libraries throughout the nation have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this year with the reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this class that will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you continue to incorporate science and health programming into the library. Learn about partnerships and programs that took place this year for the Summer of Space, and get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery – December 5, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Fred Muench, PhD, President of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Fred will present on family-based interventions to engage parents and caregivers, as well as data on the resources the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.

Data Visualization: Theory to Practice – December 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) to take data visualization instruction to the next level and start creating your own visualizations. This webinar will consist of an overview of data visualization, a discussion of ethical considerations to take when creating visualizations, and a demonstration of a free, in-browser data visualization tool that you can start using immediately.

More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus, covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Substance Use Disorder and Heredity: It’s a Family Disease – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for a special webinar that explores the many facets of substance use disorders in teens, through a candid interview with a Recovery High School student, her father, and her grandmother. Participants will learn about the roles of genetic predisposition and choice in the disease of addiction, and become familiar with quality information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other partners.

Staying Healthy Abroad – December 11, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Are you preparing for holiday travel? Has winter inspired you to get out and see the world? Maybe you have questions about what vaccines are required. Perhaps you and your travel companions have preconceived ideas regarding travel, especially when it comes to international trips. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this webinar will discuss a number of strategies by which to reduce risk to a minimum.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability – December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy? Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for a webinar to explore these issues.

January 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this hands-on, asynchronous online 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. Participants will learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient, and will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and provide opportunities to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

*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

Job Postings:

Maize Day: The day after Thanksgiving is recognized annually as Maize Day and celebrates the traditional role of corn in Native American cultures. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, corn is low in phosphorus which can help protect your bones and blood vessels. After the holidays, incorporate some corn and other ingredients to help you and your family get back on track to living active and healthy. Try vegetables such as squash, beans, mushrooms, persimmons, and asparagus. For more ways to enjoy corn, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

ECRI Guidelines Trust celebrates one year anniversary with a new website – Since launching in November 2018, the ECRI Guidelines Trust has made tremendous progress with an inventory of more than 1,400 clinical guidelines from 131 guideline developers, including 568 Guideline Briefs and TRUST Scorecards. The resource serves thousands of physicians, nurses, students, medical librarians, and other healthcare professionals from more than 85 countries and territories worldwide. In celebration of their 1st anniversary, ECRI has launched a new, redesigned website which showcases their growing content and provides an enhanced user experience.

New course on health insurance enrollment added to PLA’s DigitalLearn website – In coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, which runs November 1–December 15, 2019, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan.

Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact – December 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you are new to publication metrics or want to learn about the latest developments and best practices in the area, scholars from the Taubman Health Sciences Library are your guides! This webinar will explore publication metrics that quantify the impact of individual researchers, research groups, and journals and discuss the latest citation-based indicator and visualization tools. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each metric, how to teach authors ways to maximize the impact of their work, and gain insights from a new research impact initiative at Taubman. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

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Webinar: For Everyone: A 21st Century Academic Library

MCR News - Tue, 2019-11-26 19:52

For Everyone: A 21st Century Academic Library
Guest Speaker: Jon Cawthorne, Dean of the Wayne State University Library System and the University’s School of Information Sciences
Date: Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Time:   8:00am – 9:00am PT / 9:00am – 10:00am MT / 10:00am – 11:00am CT / 11:00am – 12:00pm ET

Description: Organizational change in libraries requires addressing confounding factors such as unwritten rules, traditions, and assumptions that underlie the “iceberg” of culture and potentially hinder progress. Hear about the values that help drive excellence at Wayne State University Libraries.  Participants will learn from institutional examples at Wayne State as well as lessons from the highly successful Library Diversity Alliance (now the ACRL Diversity Alliance Program).

Speaker Information: Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D. is dean of the Wayne State University Library System and the University’s School of Information Sciences. He began his library leadership career in Detroit, as director of the Detroit Public Library’s flagship branch, where he was later named interim deputy director to lead the entire 24-branch system through an organizational transition.

Before joining Wayne State University, Cawthorne was privileged to lead West Virginia University Libraries as dean. There, he established the WVU Digital Publishing Institute, to advance open-access scholarship through new digital pathways for academic publication and dissemination of knowledge. He has also held leadership positions at Florida State University, Boston College, and San Diego State University.

Cawthorne currently chairs the ACRL Diversity Alliance program, which unites 36 academic libraries that share a commitment to growing the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. He holds a M.L.S. degree from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in managerial leadership in the information professions from Simmons College.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To Join the Meeting
  1. Copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://nih.webex.com/
  2. Enter the session number: 623 218 715​ and password: webinar
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  5. Select your audio connection preference:
    *Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection
    *Call from WebEx – Enter your direct phone number and press 1 when prompted
    *Call in – Call: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada Toll number)
    Enter access code: 623 218 715 #
    Enter the Attendee ID on your screen and press #
  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: webinar

For more information: https://nnlm.gov/scr/training/connections

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Webinar: Community Health Challenges: Training, Language and Programming for Libraries

MCR News - Tue, 2019-11-26 19:50

Join us for the second webinar in the series related to the project, Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities. We will host Community Health Challenges: Training, Language and Programming for Libraries on Tuesday, December 17, at 1 MT/2 CT.

The webinar will highlight approaches, resources, and programs that can help reduce stigma and fear surrounding the opioid crisis, and promote healthier communities. The content was informed by our cross-sector discussions, and we thank you for pointing us to the issues and resources that guided the development of this. This free, live webinar is open to all, and the link to the recording will be made available afterwards. I invite you to share the registration link with your colleagues, constituents, and networks.

If you missed the first project webinar, you may access the recording here. You’ll also receive the announcement for our third webinar, which scheduled for March 2020, in conjunction with the publication of the project’s call-to-action paper.

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Webinar: Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability

MCR News - Tue, 2019-11-26 19:47

How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy?

Register now to join us to discuss this question and more during our Midday at the Oasis on Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability.

Class Date:
Dec 18, 2019
2 MT/3CT

Overview:

Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones.

Gabriela Sandoval works with community-based organizations in several parts of California—with a focus on communities struggling to make ends meet—to develop a better understanding of where and why utility shutoffs occur, how shutoffs impact the health of families and communities, and how to stop them, and will share what all librarians and health information providers need to know about the topic.

Lana Adlawan has been active as a leader in the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and was named an ALA Emerging Leader in 2009. She has worked for several large, urban public library systems and is currently a manager in the Sonoma County Library system, which kept three of its branches open for community members to recharge devices, gather, rest, and talk to neighbors during the recent Kincade Fire. She will share her firsthand experiences offering continuous library services in a time when evacuation orders were in place for parts of her library system.

One MLA CE Credit is available to those who register.

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Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science and Edit-a-Thons

NER News - Tue, 2019-11-26 13:11

Thank you to all who participated in the Fall 2019 #citeNLM virtual edit-a-thon. In the November crowdsourcing campaign, over 548 articles were edited, over 47 thousand words added, all by 108 editors. To see the amazing work everyone did, check out the #citeNLM Program Dashboard to see statistics on the event.

In addition, if you get the opportunity, try to attend next year’s WikiConference North America either online or in person. This year, the conference was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.The theme was reliability/credibility. There were many great information sessions, posters, meet-ups, open hacking and brainstorming sessions. Many of the sessions were live streamed and recordings are available. It is a great conference for both experienced and novice Wikipedians.

Wikipedia’s health topics pages are visited nearly 7 billion times a year, making it possibly the world’s most visited health information resource. All of us working together, or crowdsourcing, improves Wikipedia’s credibility, reliability, and content. The amazing power of becoming an editor is editing can be done anytime.  If you have specialized knowledge of a topic, see an error or notice missing or incorrect information, or references missing, editors can review, add and correct information at any time. The more people reviewing the content the more reliable it will become.

If you did not get a chance to participate in the latest #citeNLM campaign, it is not too late to become a Wikipedian. There is information about how to become an editor, online training and a guide for organizers for hosting your own edit-a-thon at nnlm.gov and be sure to join us in the Spring for our next #citeNLM  

Congratulations everyone for your hard work and thank you again for your help making Wikipedia a credible, reliable resource.

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

MCR News - Tue, 2019-11-26 12:59

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones

 

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Fur-get the Stress

NER News - Tue, 2019-11-26 08:58

The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has started a program called “Fur-get the stress”. There are games, coloring, museum passes, and other activities, but the main highlight is a therapy dog that comes in every other week. Finn (short for Finnegan) is the dog that visits the library. He is a 2 ½ year old labradoodle (a lab, poodle mix). The students and the staff love him.

Student gather around therapy dogLots of schools have started trying to find ways to increase student wellness. This seems especially important in high pressure, intense places like medical school. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that approximately 50% of students experienced burnout, a state defined by emotional exhaustion associated with work-related stress, feelings of detachment toward patients, and a low sense of personal accomplishment. The American Medical Association published the article Medical school burnout: How to take care of yourself which talks about the reasons for and strategies to overcome the immense pressure and burnout that occurs. One place that many schools and students have not looked for relief is from the library. But many libraries are now putting on programming and advocating for student wellness.

At the Columbia University Medical Center, a weekly visit from a dog can bring 20-100 students, most who “end the encounter feeling lighter, happier, and more relaxed.” The library at Harvard Medical School has regularly brought in therapy dogs for many years and continues to grow its program in response to demand. The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library on the Medical Campus of Yale University found the library had “the opportunity to reinvent itself not only as a place to study and socialize but also a place that provides opportunities for relaxation and stress reduction through opportunities such as a therapy dog program.”

There is a growing body of research literature that has been produced that supports the use of therapy animals in the treatment of a number of conditions. There is the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) term of Animal Assisted Therapy. A search of articles with with Animal Assisted Therapy as a MeSH term brings up 538 results. MedlinePlus directs searchers to a resource from the Mayo Clinic about the use and benefits of Pet Therapy. A February 2018 article from the NIH News in Health titled The Power of Pets details the health benefits of Human-Animal Interactions.

Ultimately, the way libraries are interacting with students is changing. The library has always been a safe place that provided students with information and services that they needed. With the changing nature of what students need, it is a good time for libraries to re-evaluate what types of information and services can be provided. It might be wellness activities, help with research and projects, or just a quiet place to escape or study. Libraries will continue to play an important role in student’s lives.

A version of this blog post was originally posted on NNLM NER Associate Director Martha Meacham’s blog, here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

MCR News - Mon, 2019-11-25 20:51

The NNLM MidContental Region offices will closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

NLM will be closed on Thursday.

We wish you all a very happy holiday!

Thanksgiving graphic

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-11-22 12:30

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Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, learn about the BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls from our Member Spotlight: Audra Anusionwu.

The New PubMed is Here! After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched an updated version of PubMed. Learn what has changed with this upgrade and start using the new PubMed today!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR Offices will be closed November 28-29 during the University of Pittsburgh holiday break.

Funding Available Now! Library and Information Science (LIS) students can apply by December 5 for funding to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth, and other activities designed to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program. Please share this opportunity!

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

In the Region – Check out the photos from our 3rd annual planning retreat on Twitter or Instagram! Read about more of our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

Kickstart the New EFTS Platform: Update – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

How NIH Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Improve Operations – Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, from the online marketplace to the laboratory! When you read an article or shop online, the experience is probably supported by AI. And scientists are applying AI methods to find indications of disease, to design experiments, and to make discovery processes more efficient. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What a Memory Looks Like – Your brain has the capacity to store a lifetime of memories, covering everything from the name of your first pet to your latest computer password. But what does a memory actually look like? – 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 announced the upcoming retirement of the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal.

The Neighborhood Atlas—Free Social Determinants of Health Data for All! – Developed at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Neighborhood Atlas is a user-friendly, online tool that enables customized ranking and mapping of neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage across the full U.S., including Puerto Rico. – Inside NIA, a Blog for Researchers

NBA Star Kevin Love Shares Mental Health Struggles in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Request for proposals: Single Cell in the Cloud codeathon at NYGC in JanuaryNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

December 2019

Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education – December 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Public and school libraries throughout the nation have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this year with the reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this class that will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you continue to incorporate science and health programming into the library. Learn about partnerships and programs that took place this year for the Summer of Space, and get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery – December 5, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Fred Muench, PhD, President of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Fred will present on family-based interventions to engage parents and caregivers, as well as data on the resources the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.

Data Visualization: Theory to Practice – December 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) to take data visualization instruction to the next level and start creating your own visualizations. This webinar will consist of an overview of data visualization, a discussion of ethical considerations to take when creating visualizations, and a demonstration of a free, in-browser data visualization tool that you can start using immediately.

More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus, covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Substance Use Disorder and Heredity: It’s a Family Disease – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for a special webinar that explores the many facets of substance use disorders in teens, through a candid interview with a Recovery High School student, her father, and her grandmother. Participants will learn about the roles of genetic predisposition and choice in the disease of addiction, and become familiar with quality information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other partners.

Staying Healthy Abroad – December 11, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Are you preparing for holiday travel? Has winter inspired you to get out and see the world? Maybe you have questions about what vaccines are required. Perhaps you and your travel companions have preconceived ideas regarding travel, especially when it comes to international trips. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this webinar will discuss a number of strategies by which to reduce risk to a minimum.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability – December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy? Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for a webinar to explore these issues.

January 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this hands-on, asynchronous online 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. Participants will learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient, and will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and provide opportunities to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning. This asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning, why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan, and provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan. This course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and provides four MLA continuing education (CE) credits.

*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

Job Postings:

How the media can help fight the flu – Made by History, The Washington Post

Using Antibiotics Safely in Hospitals: Then, Now, and Beyond – AHRQ Views

New course on health insurance enrollment added to PLA’s DigitalLearn website – In coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, which runs November 1–December 15, 2019, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan.

Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact – December 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you are new to publication metrics or want to learn about the latest developments and best practices in the area, scholars from the Taubman Health Sciences Library are your guides! This webinar will explore publication metrics that quantify the impact of individual researchers, research groups, and journals and discuss the latest citation-based indicator and visualization tools. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each metric, how to teach authors ways to maximize the impact of their work, and gain insights from a new research impact initiative at Taubman. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Maize Day: The day after Thanksgiving is recognized annually as Maize Day and celebrates the traditional role of corn in Native American cultures. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, corn is low in phosphorus which can help protect your bones and blood vessels. After the holidays, incorporate some corn and other ingredients to help you and your family get back on track to living active and healthy. Try vegetables such as squash, beans, mushrooms, persimmons, and asparagus. For more ways to enjoy corn, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

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 – November 22, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-11-22 11:26

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.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars December 3 – December 6

Webinars December 10 – December 11

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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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Fall 2019 Now Available Online!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-11-21 16:35

basketball player on a cover of NIH MedlinePlus magazine

The Fall 2019 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is NBA star, Kevin Love, who talks about his experiences with anxiety and the importance of removing stigma surrounding men and mental health. In addition, the issue features articles on stuttering, family medical history, Lewy body dementia and sleep.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. To receive a print version, use the order form to have the magazine delivered to your home or office. It ships four times a year and is free to subscribers.

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NLM Announces First Venues Selected for Exhibitions Connect Initiative!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-11-21 14:43

The National Library of Medicine has announced the first fourteen (14) sites selected as part of Exhibitions Connect, an initiative that encourages host venues to engage with and disseminate NLM health information resources to their communities as part of the experience of hosting NLM banner exhibitions.

Over forty libraries responded to the Call for Requests to feature Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America and use their hosting of this exhibition as an occasion to connect patrons and colleagues with NLM health information resources. A panel of NLM staff reviewed the responses and selected fourteen proposals considered exceptional. Congratulations to the three NNLM PSR sites selected: Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, AZ; California State University, Fullerton, Pollak Library; and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library in Tucson!

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EFTS: Electronic Fund Transfer System Update

SEA News - Thu, 2019-11-21 14:10

The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) is an online billing system for interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions. EFTS collects an ILL charge from a borrowing library, on behalf of the lending library, and pays it to the lender, less a transaction fee.

  • Participating libraries are able to exchange funds for the payment of ILLs instead of creating their own invoices and writing checks to each other.
  • EFTS only processes the financial component of ILL transactions between a borrower and a lender, using ILL transaction information provided to EFTS by the lender.
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE platform is the preferred service to match a lender with a borrower.
  • The fulfillment of the ILL by the lender is managed outside of EFTS and DOCLINE, by the lender.

EFTS is currently operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) and has been since 1996, when UCHC and NLM collaborated to create EFTS.

On May 22, 2019, UCHC informed EFTS users that UCHC would regretfully cease EFTS operations on December 31, 2019, a date later extended to December 31, 2020. This announcement has understandably created major concerns for the many libraries that depend on the EFTS service. Since this announcement, MLA, UCHC, and NLM have collaborated on an MLA solution to launch a new and enhanced EFTS platform. UCHC has agreed to extend the current EFTS operations until MLA’s EFTS platform is operational, to ensure a continuity of service.

MLA has developed the specifications of a new EFTS platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020. Users can pay for the cost of the US $275 Activation Fee from their existing EFTS account at UCHC*.

For information on the new EFTS features, enhancements, and fees, and to request a user agreement, please consult the EFTS information page. To request a user agreement, go to MLANET.

* Payment of the US $275 is due only if MLA proceeds with the actual development. MLA will notify signed up users of its decision, at which time payment of the activation fee will be due.

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