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Reflections on Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

GMR News - Thu, 2017-11-16 08:57

In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks.

Written by by Emily B. Kean, MSLS, Research and Education Librarian, Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, University of Cincinnati Libraries.

I believe that health sciences librarians can positively contribute to big data in healthcare, to an extent. After completing this course, I certainly have a much better understanding of what big data is, and I can also see some overlap between traditional functions of librarianship and several of the concepts of big data. In my opinion, the areas where librarians could most significantly contribute are in areas such as creating and developing taxonomies for machine learning. From some of the readings in the class, it seems like some of the positions which were described as data managers are roles that librarians could easily fill; however, as was also demonstrated in the literature, non-librarian professionals are rarely identifying librarians as capable of filling these roles. I feel that if librarians are striving to fill the role of data managers or data scientists, based on some of the readings from this class and some of the discussion that has taken place, a serious effort would have to be made to educate colleagues and peers about the role that librarians can play.

Overall, I find that after completing this course it seems to me that the approach described by Dr. Patti Brennan regarding nursing in the field of data science is also incredibly applicable to the field of librarianship and data science. I think Dr. Brennan’s approach that nurses have an understanding and appreciation for what data science can do for their profession but also the idea that not all nurses will become data scientists is a very healthy approach and it’s one that is also applicable to the field of librarianship. I can easily see a future where librarians could potentially participate on teams that might involve healthcare professionals and data scientists, but I don’t know that it’s realistic that all librarians will develop the skills of a true data scientist. Along the mindset presented in Dr. Brennan’s lecture, I don’t think it’s desirable that all librarians should become data scientists. As Dr. Brennan describes, there will still be a need for nurses to fill traditional nursing roles and there will still be a need for librarians to fill traditional librarian roles, with a small percentage from each profession adopting the role of data scientist.

Just as the traditional approach to schooling for librarians has evolved to encompass the ideas of information science, I do see a future where a Masters in Library Science program would encompass the ideas of data science as well. One of the areas that was touched upon by this course but we didn’t really get into in great detail are all of the different programming languages used by data scientists. I don’t know that it’s entirely feasible to re-train the majority of current working health sciences librarians, but I do believe that exposing library science students to data science concepts as part of their masters-level education will better prepare future librarians – in the health sciences and other areas – to be perceived as experts in this field and be approached as team members for interdisciplinary collaborations.

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NLM Resources for American Diabetes Month

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:19

November is American Diabetes Month, to raise awareness about a condition that impacts one in 10 Americans. MedlinePlus describes some of the serious health problems caused by diabetes, such as damage to your eyeskidneys, and nervesheart disease, stroke, and even the need to remove a limb. The National Library of Medicine offers a number of web resources to provide tailored health information about diabetes for special populations, such as parents, Native Americans, and individuals who speak languages other than English:

  • Parents: If a child has been diagnosed with diabetes, parents can check the MedlinePlus page Diabetes in Children and Teens for links to information on diagnosis, treatment, living with diabetes, related issues, statistics, clinical trials, how to find an expert, and more.
  • Native Americans and Alaska Natives: The Diabetes page on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal offers resources for treatment and prevention of diabetes in Native American communities and personal stories of Native Americans living with diabetes.
  • Information in Multiple Languages: Search HealthReach for patient resources in multiple languages and formats (document, audio, or video) related to diabetes, such as the three-page handout “Diabetes” in 13 languages or the brochure “Diabetes and Your Feet” in 4 languages. Also check the Spanish-language version of MedlinePlus for information and resources about diabetes.
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“Mistakes Were Made”

PNR News - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:00

“When people take medicine at home, mistakes happen.”  That’s the start of a recent article on NPR’s web site, citing a new study that found that levels of medication errors are rising, and that most mistakes were preventable.  The researchers used information from U.S. poison control centers, and looked only at errors that happened outside of health care facilities.  Another study, cited in The New York Times, found that almost 85% of parents give children the wrong dose of liquid medicines, and more than 2 in 3 of those mistakes are overdoses.   What is behind these errors, and the increase in their numbers?

Part of the problem is that with increasing levels of conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, there are more people taking medications for them and therefore more chance of error.  Another part of the problem is that the units on the prescription (say, milliliters) may not match the units on the measuring device (say, teaspoons); the researchers on parents and liquid medicines found that simply giving parents oral syringes made a huge difference.  Furthermore, as medical care becomes more complex, the home care does too.  And sometimes it’s been complex all along; consider the calculations that diabetics must make to calculate their insulin, shown in the potentially daunting chart below.

What can we do to decrease the chance of errors? There are several things for starters!  One is to READ THE LABELS.  Even pharmacies may make errors (cue the recent story of the man who received and took a yeast infection medication rather than a medication for his hiatal hernia—he didn’t look at the bottle BEFORE starting his course).    Another is to KEEP MEDICATIONS AWAY FROM KIDS.  Safe storage can avoid quite a few dangerous situations!  This includes child-resistant packaging.  Caregivers (of children, older adults, or anyone) should MONITOR MEDICATION USE –it’s easy to make mistakes, and two brains are better than one!  Parents and caregivers should write down when doses have been given, to avoid double doses.  And, perhaps most importantly, ASK QUESTIONS!  Many of us rush through the part where the pharmacist asks us if we have any questions about our medications, but we should be asking about any of the following that we aren’t sure of:

  • What is the brand or generic name of the medication?
  • What is the medication supposed to do? How long will it be until I see results?
  • What is the dose? How long should I take it?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • What should I do if I accidentally take more than the recommended dose?
  • Are there any foods, drinks, other medications or activities I should avoid while taking this medicine?
  • What are the possible side effects? What should I do if they occur?
  • Will this new medication interfere with my other medication(s)? If so, how?

These are just a few of the many ways we can protect ourselves from making mistakes when taking medications; consider them, look for other ideas if you feel moved to, and be safe out there!

Photo credit: Pinsker et al., 2013

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Call for Participation: NNLM SEA Data Management Program Advisory Committee

SEA News - Wed, 2017-11-15 12:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) is extending an invitation for network members to join and participate in the Data Management Program Advisory Committee (PAC).

The Data Management PAC will work cooperatively with Tony Nguyen, Technology and Communications Coordinator in planning and carrying out committee work. Members are volunteers who share an expert knowledge on the topic.

The responsibility of PACs includes:

  • Advise NNLM staff on the need for and relative priority of education within the program area.
  • Assist with program evaluation.
  • Ensure that programming is aligned with local needs.
  • Evaluate technology and data related award applications.

The PAC will meet a few times a year via web conferencing software. NNLM SEA will select up to 7 members to participate in this PAC.

If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague as a member, please visit: The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017.

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Invitation to NNLM NER Funding Meeting 12.12.17

NER News - Wed, 2017-11-15 07:43

You are invited to the NNLM NER Funding Meeting.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – 9:30am-3:30pm at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (Faculty Conference Room), Worcester, MA

Are you curious about receiving NNLM NER funding? What is the process? What do we look for?
Want ideas, or bounce your ideas off others?
Have you received funding before and want to share what you know and your projects with others?

Join us for a day to learn about and from previously funded projects, learn about evaluation, and share project ideas and questions with others.

A tentative schedule is below. We will be sending out more details about the content and logistics to registered individuals as we get closer to the event.

  • 9:30-10am – Arrival, networking, light snacks
  • 10am-10:45am – Welcome and Overview of NER funding program (info on requirements, expectations, etc)
  • 10:45-11am – Break
  • 11am-12pm – Presentations about the funding experience from Currently Funded Projects (invited presentations)
  • 12pm-1pm – Lunch & Networking
  • 1pm-2pm – Presentation: How to evaluate a project and logic model training from the National Evaluation Office
  • 2pm-2:15pm – Break
  • 2:15pm-3:15pm – Round table discussions
  • 3:15pm-3:30pm – Wrap up and end

Please fill out the registration form if you would like to attend. This event is free and open to anyone interested, but we have a limited capacity so register now.
Lunch is included and travel reimbursement is available.


Please contact Martha Meacham ( – 508.856.1267) with any questions or for more information.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Launches a Crowdsourcing Project Called PregSource to Better Understand Pregnancy

SCR News - Tue, 2017-11-14 16:55

PregSource, collects information from pregnant women to increase knowledge about pregnancy.  The research project delves into emotional, physical, labor, and delivery aspects to identify specific challenges experienced by subsets of women, to include those with physical disabilities.  The overarching goal of the research program is to form better strategies to improve maternal health care in the United States.

Participants of PregSource answer online surveys to share information about their experiences like sleep, mood, weight changes, morning sickness, and others.  According to the NIH, by collecting this data, the NIH hopes to answer the following research questions:

  • How many women experience morning sickness? How long does it generally last?
  • How much does pregnancy affect women’s sleep patterns? How do these patterns change over the course of the pregnancy?
  • What are the patterns of weight gain during pregnancy, and how do they affect health?
  • How do women with challenges, such as physical disabilities or chronic diseases, experience pregnancy and new motherhood?

Pregnant women ages 18 years and older can enroll.  Enrollment is free.  Information from participants will not be sold to third parties.  Personal information is de-identified, meaning names and addresses are removed from data collected.  The information is then shared with researchers to be used in future studies.

Remember to like the NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates and health news!

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Showing Value at MCMLA (final)

MCR News - Mon, 2017-11-13 18:16

Several staff members from the NNLM MidContinental Region attended the 2017 MCMLA conference in Columbia, Missouri. On the final day, we hosted a “Show Me Value” session to gave participants an opportunity to use their creativity, eloquence, tech know-how and energy. Working in small groups, with a 20 minute time limit and a table full of art supplies, they developed a message that could get library stakeholders to think about the value of libraries and librarians. This week, we are showcasing a completed object created for this session that illustrates the statement: Because routine shouldn’t be life-threatening.

How librarians help nurses avoid CAUTIs (detail)How librarians help nurses avoid CAUTIs

Thanks to everyone who participated in this project!


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#Eval17 Highlights

NEO News - Mon, 2017-11-13 17:27

The whole NEO team attended AEA’s Evaluation 2017 conference last week. I am still processing a lot of what I’ve learned from the conference, and hope to write in more detail about them in the upcoming months. Until then, here are some of my highlights:

I attended the two-day Eval 101 workshop by Donna Mertens, and the half day Logic Model workshop from Thomas Chapel. Both workshops gave me a solid understanding of how evaluators plan, design, and execute their evaluations through hands-on training. I know I’ll be referring to my notes and handouts from these workshops often.

My customized conference tag.

Ignite presentations
The conference website defines these presentations as “20 PowerPoint slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds for a total presentation time of just 5 minutes.” Just thinking about creating such a presentation makes me nervous! The few that I saw have inspired me to work on my elevator pitch skills.

I attended a delicious lunch with fellow evaluators who are active on Twitter. Though I am not very active on that platform, they welcomed me and even listened to my elevator speech about why public libraries are amazing. Each attendee worked in different evaluation environments, and came from all over the United States and around the world. It was a fun way to learn more about the evaluation field.

It’s hard to pick a favorite session, but one that stood out was DVR3: No title given. Despite the lack of a title, the multipaper presentation will stay with me for a long time. The first presentation was from Jennifer R. Lyons and Mary O’Brien McAdaragh, who talked about a personal project sending hand-drawn data visualizations on postcards. The second presentation, by Jessica Deslauriers and Courtney Vengrin, shared their experiences using Inkscape in creating data visualizations.

First NEO meeting IRL
This is my favorite part of the conference. I’ve been working with the NEO for over a year, and yet this was the first time we were all in the same room together. It was such a treat to dine with Cindy and Karen, and work in the same time zone. We also welcomed our newest member, Susan Wolfe, to the team. Look for a group photo in our upcoming Thanksgiving post.

Official banner for AEA's Evaluation 2017 conference.

I recommend librarians interested in honing their evaluation skills to sign up for the pre-conference workshops, and to attend AEA’s annual conference at least once. It opened my eyes to all sorts of possibilities in our efforts to evaluate our own trainings and programs.

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Health Information in American Sign Language & More

MAR News - Mon, 2017-11-13 17:21

The Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers reliable links to help health professionals learn how to serve culturally diverse populations.  The page covers topics like:

  • Cultural competency
  • Health literacy
  • Limited English proficiency
  • Data related to minority health and health disparities
  • Funding opportunities related to minority health and health disparities
  • Law, policy, and standards related to multicultural health
  • Health resources in multiple languages

New sections and resources were recently added to the Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page, including:

  • Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Resources (under Health Resources in Multiple Languages) – Multilingual consumer health information related to addiction and substance use disorders.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Resources (under Health Resources in Multiple Languages) – Find videos in American Sign Language (ASL) providing reliable health information.
  • Searches in OMHRC Catalog and PubMed – Find search results on topics like health literacy and cultural competency from HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Catalog (a database of publications related to minority health) and PubMed (a database of biomedical literature citations from the National Library of Medicine).
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Happy World Vegan Month!

PNR News - Mon, 2017-11-13 16:51

It’s World Vegan Month, and as the PNR’s only vegan, I thought I would take the opportunity to post about this little known celebration.  It has always struck me as odd that World Vegan Month should fall during Thanksgiving, a holiday renown for the consumption of vast amounts of turkey and ham. But then again, the vast majority of Americans are not vegan.

What are vegans? MeSH defines them as “persons who avoid consuming animal products or animal-derived substances, such as MEAT; EGGS; or HONEY. Some vegans also refrain from using animals or animal products in any form or for any purpose, such as in CLOTHING or household goods.  (Year introduced: 2016).” It is quite telling that this subject heading was just added in 2016. Veganism and plant-based eating are becoming a “thing.” More and more research is pointing to the benefit of eschewing animal products and adopting a diet that is organic, plant-based, minimally processed, and easier on the environment. According to the Permanente Journal’s “Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets, ”research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”  And that’s saying a lot, considering the fact that physicians haven’t been known for racking up a lot hours of nutrition education in medical school.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has recently published a position paper on vegetarian diets and it also highlights the mounting evidence for adopting this lifestyle, including the environmental sustainability of diets rich in plants, as opposed to resource depleting animal products.

The plant-based movement is growing. The Plant Based Food Association and The Good Food Institute recently released new data which indicates an 8.1 percent growth in plant-based food sales since last year. And Baum and Whiteman, an international food and restaurant consultant, called plant-based dining 2018’s trend of the year. More and more meat free choices are becoming available in local groceries and restaurants. No longer are we relegated to eating from just the salad bar.

Thinking of giving this vegan thing a try? Keep in mind that you can be just as unhealthy a vegan as an omnivore. Potato chips and soda are vegan, after all. For guidance on vegetarian, including vegan diets, MedlinePlus offers a variety of useful links. And as I mentioned above, PubMed now includes a MeSH term for this dietary practice. In addition to NLM links above, I’d like to offer some additional resources that I have found both useful and evidence focused.

Happy Healthy Long Life: A Medical Librarian’s Adventures in Evidence-based Living

The Vegetarian Resource Group

It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

My own journey towards veganism started many years ago when I decided to experiment with a vegetarian and then vegan diet. Over the years, I shifted back a forth from vegan to lacto-ovo-vegetarian to pescatarian, but it was the reccurrence of an autoimmune disorder I had suffered from in my early twenties that convinced me to return to a plant-based, minimally processed diet. Both my family physician and my rheumatologist were in awe of how quickly my dietary choice lead to a remission of my symptoms, and a return to normal health. I’m vegan to stay.

While I don’t necessarily expect you to skip the turkey or ham this Thanksgiving, I do hope this post will give you some food for thought. I also hope you will add your comments below if this post has encouraged you to explore plant-based eating further, or if you’ve already decided to become an herbivore. Happy Thanksgiving! But please, don’t pass the Tofurky.

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HIV/AIDS Education Through Food and Community Collaboration

NER News - Mon, 2017-11-13 15:24

The last place I would have expected to provide educational HIV/AIDS information would be a restaurant. But June’s HIV+Eatery is doing a great job getting the word out that HIV/AIDS cannot be spread through food.

It all started with a survey by Casey House, asking how comfortable Canadians would be eating food prepared by someone who is HIV positive. Surprisingly, 50% of survey respondents stated that they would not knowingly eat a meal prepared by someone with HIV. That’s when the CEO of Casey House, Joanne Simons knew “a conversation across the dinner table where you share love and compassion while eating a meal…” was needed to address the lingering stigma that HIV/AIDS still has despite the decline in HIV/AIDS in Canada over the last 7 years.

This restaurant, which is really a food “Pop-up” (a current, popular trend for restaurants to open temporarily) was open for just 2 days earlier in November, and served 200 customers who bought reserved tickets costing $98 each. The praise received from the delicious menu offerings like Thai potato leak soup and gingerbread tiramisu have got the organization thinking about future venues like New York, San Francisco and London where they can showcase their culinary skills, as well as their clever marketing communication.  June’s has received lots of positive media attention using the #SMASHSTIGMA hashtag and the restaurant’s striking red aprons that don memorable and catchy phrases like “Judge the cooking, not the cook”, “I got HIV from Pasta, said no one ever” and “Break bread. Smash stigma.” People are talking and Casey House has accomplished what it set out to do, provide an opening for communication about the misperceptions some still have when they think about eating food prepared by those with HIV/AIDS. Putting the questions many are thinking about, out there. Questions like, “What if the chef cuts his finger?” and “Can you get HIV through saliva or sweat?”, and  honestly addressing the apprehensions while cooking and serving delicious food is how they are “Smashing the Stigma” one bite at a time!

Another recent development also related to HIV/AIDS is happening in our own backyard at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  The National Library of Medicine awarded $50,000 in funding for the UMMS grant “Bringing HIV/AIDS Information to the Heart of a Community. “The Lamar Soutter Library blog just posted the description of this exciting project and community collaboration.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Lamar Soutter Library is excited about the launch of the AIDS Community Outreach Project, “Bringing HIV/AIDS Information to the Heart of the Commonwealth”. The project is a collaboration between the Lamar Soutter Library, AIDS Project Worcester (APW), and Worcester Public Library (WPL). The outreach project aims to improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS in Worcester and surrounding communities by increasing their knowledge of the disease through awareness and utilization of National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS resources through training, information outreach, and resource development. NLM resources include AIDSinfo, AIDSource,, MedlinePlus, PubMed, and Public Health Partners.

The project includes building a training room at AIDS Project Worcester, train-the-trainer sessions conducted by the Lamar Soutter Library for AIDS Project Worcester and Worcester Public Library staff and volunteers, who will then provide training sessions as part of their outreach efforts. AIDS Project Worcester staff will train UMMS and Worcester Public Library staff on PrEP Navigator procedures in Central Massachusetts, then UMMS staff will train the partners on specific PrEP Navigator resources available through the NLM. Updates are planned to the AIDS Project Worcester website through a collaboration between project consultants and AIDS Project Worcester. The project also includes usability testing to better understand how APW staff, volunteers, clients, and the public use the website, along with a coordinated social media campaign to promote NLM resources and the services available from the project partners. In addition, Worcester Public Library will expand their collection of print and audio-visual resources to increase the quality and quantity of HIV/AIDS resources available to consumers in the Worcester area.

The “Bringing HIV/AIDS Information to the Heart of the Commonwealth” project improves the visibility of the services available from the collaborators and highlights the resources available to those living with HIV/AIDS, their families, caregivers, and at-risk populations in the Worcester area. The collaborators are very enthusiastic about the potential of helping clients and patrons get reliable HIV/AIDS information and the opportunity for them to learn computer and Internet searching skills, empowering both health care professionals and their patients. We are looking forward to the evaluation aspects of the project to hopefully support the successes of the project and provide lessons on areas for improvement in the future.

The National Library of Medicine has a AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects portal  that provides information about HIVAIDS funding opportunities, currently funded and projects previously funded by NLM.

AIDSOURCE is NLM’s mobile one source for HIV/AIDS information.

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Funding Awarded for Health and Wellbeing Workshop Series

GMR News - Mon, 2017-11-13 03:03

The GMR office is excited to announce that Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) has been granted an Outreach Award for the development and implementation of a Health and Wellbeing Workshop Series.

Both nationally and in Minnesota, Latinos experience persistent equity gaps in health and wellbeing. These disparities are not based in biology, but rather are the result of the burdens of poverty falling disproportionately on people of color and immigrant communities. To achieve a state of well-being as a community and reverse persistent equity gaps, Latinos need access to high-quality health services that are culturally and linguistically responsive. CLUES’ new Health and Wellbeing course will address that need by providing a holistic, culturally competent health education program to Minnesota’s Latino community.

Project Description
The GMR office is funding CLUES to design and pilot workshops to engage families in experiential learning around topic areas of interest. Workshops will also serve to promote social connectedness among participants and cover topics across well-being, including healthy behaviors (healthy eating, active living, tobacco cessation), communication, and dealing with difficult emotions (regulation of feelings and its expression, trauma). Workshops will be led by CLUES Community Health Workers who live and work in the target communities and will include live streaming or pre-taped sessions by CLUES mental health professionals. Additionally, workshops will include familiarizing participants with online resources, including MedlinePlus. To do so, staff will demonstrate utilizing the web-based tool to research information and will provide examples to participants on when/how the resource could help them.  Participants will receive a printed handout with key resources for their future use.

The implementation of this project aims to fulfill two main goals:

1. Develop a six-session health and wellbeing curriculum in Spanish, including presentations, materials for clients, resources, evaluation tools, and a short guide on delivery instructions
2. Pilot two workshops in target areas in southern Minnesota

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Helping Your Researchers: Journal for Publication

MCR News - Fri, 2017-11-10 19:04

Recent activity from NIH focuses on researchers and their selection of journals for publishing their research. The Statement on Article Publication Resulting from NIH Funded Research recommends publishing in credible journals and provides resources that can help researchers determine whether a journal is credible. Librarians are included! Blog postings in Extramural Nexus and NLM Musings from the Mezannine also recommend librarians for assistance. You may want to take advantage of this flurry of activity to send  your researchers the NIH statement and remind them that you’ve got the expertise to help them select a high quality journal for their high quality research. /ch

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2017-11-10 10:06

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


Funding available! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications will be due by COB on December 1. See a recent blog post from Executive Director, Kate Flewelling for details, or review our funding opportunities and start your application today!

Rural Health Week begins on Monday, November 13! Wondering how you can participate? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is offering a number of online events next week, including Twitter chats and webcasts. Join the conversation by using #OurRural on social media. Details.

The National Library of Medicine is making some changes to Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL) beginning in January 2018. Details.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

New Resources for the Opioid Crisis – MARquee News Highlights

Reflections on: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – SEA Currents

Beyond Anecdotes: Story Collection Methods for Program Evaluation – NEO Shop Talk

HyperDocs for Libraries – NTO News

The Fall 2017 offering for the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) is now available. NNLM MAR members are eligible to participate! The deadline to apply for the Fall offer is Friday, November 17. Learn more.

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

NIH awards to test ways to store, access, share, and compute on biomedical data in the cloud – The NIH Data Commons will be implemented in a four-year pilot phase to explore the feasibility and best practices for making digital objects available through collaborative platforms.

Calling on Librarians to Help Ensure the Credibility of Published Research ResultsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

More Twists than a Double Helix: Jim Ostell’s Surprising Path—Part 1NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

A Deceptively Simple Question: What is Open Science?DataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

Check out the November 2017 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Healthy Body, Happy Heart: Improve Your Heart Health,” and, “When Food Consumes You: Taking Eating to Extremes.” Other topics this month include children’s asthma, COPD, and healthy bones, joints, muscles and skin.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that we have a new class registration system which requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Working Together: Building a Library and Public Health Community Partnership For Patient Empowerment – November 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – How did Albany Medical College’s (AMC) Schaffer Library of Health Sciences (SLHS) and Division of Community Outreach and Medical Education (DivCOME) partner with each other as well as with community-based organizations and public libraries to empower patients and librarians through community and professional development workshops? Join MAR for this one-hour presentation on how existing relationships can be leveraged to build a successful outreach program.

Midday at the Oasis: Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information – November 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Sponsored by PSR, this webinar focuses on seniors and their use and access to Quality Health Information. Resources from National Institute on Aging (NIA) and MedlinePlus will be highlighted. NIA offers a variety of health information for seniors including Go4Life.

Special opportunity! PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – November 17, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM ET – The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) Fall meeting, hosted at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus will include a special 4-hour presentation from NNLM MAR Executive Director, Kate Flewelling, to introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information.

Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint – November 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this session will present you with design strategies for professional looking posters, such as size specifications, good visual balance, and organizing content. You will see how PowerPoint’s extended menus and tools can be utilized to transform a blank slide to a ready-to-print poster.

In-person opportunity! Health Statistics on the Web and Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – December 1, 9:30 AM-3:00 PM ET – The HSLANJ CE Committee is pleased to offer this double-header at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton, NJ. Featuring two classes presented by NNLM MAR Executive Director, Kate Flewelling. Participants are eligible for 4 MLA CE.

A Community Effort: Responding to Substance Misuse – December 6, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Librarians are arming themselves with Naloxone and saving lives, but how else can we respond to the opioid crisis and the other substance related disorders that plague our campuses and communities? This session, sponsored by SEA, will cover a variety of approaches that address misinformation, harm reduction efforts, and support for persons in recovery, and will explore a range of resources available to professionals, community organizations, and individuals struggling with addiction.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Reference & Research Services Librarian, SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY

A Good Librarian Can Do a Lot for Your Health – Philadelphia Inquirer

NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a special highlight on the MARquee!

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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Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkits

GMR News - Fri, 2017-11-10 09:14

Because-FakeNews_Posters-full-300-2Great news! The Health Literacy Toolkit posters from the Libraries Transform campaign can now be ordered in 11×17 size.

A little history of the project if you are not familiar:

Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact, and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign ensures there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession, showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age. Library supporters can join the campaign to access free resources and tools for spreading the word about the value of libraries.

Earlier this year NNLM staff, led by Lydia Collins from MAR, worked with ALA staff members to develop the Health Literacy Toolkit as part of the Libraries Transform campaign.  In September NNLM and ALA co-presented a webinar on the campaign (recording available). This week the GMR added a selection of the posters to our Free Training & Educational Materials!

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NNLM SEA Digest News – November 10, 2017

SEA News - Fri, 2017-11-10 07:36

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.

Top Items of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars: November 13-17

Webinars: November 27 – December 1

Webinars: December 4-8

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. You can attend a Quick Starter Course or attend a Drop-In Session.

Recordings Available on YouTube

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Focus on Precision Medicine

Focus on Substance Use Disorder

Funding Opportunities

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed below 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.
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What is Really in Your Supplements?

SCR News - Thu, 2017-11-09 05:00

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HeathDay and MedlinePlus reports that in over half of the supplements studied by researchers, the actual ingredients differed from what was written on the label.  Some ingredients may actually be harmful. Researchers find that 80% of bodybuilding and 70% of weight-loss supplements contained ingredients not listed on the labels. Also, half of the body building supplements contained anabolic steroids that were not included on the label.

Health professionals and researchers worry that undisclosed substances may contribute to long-term liver damage. Researchers state that over 20% of liver damage cases reported are attributed to herbal and dietary supplements.  In one case cited, a bodybuilder experienced liver damage after taking a supplement that contained an anti-estrogen cancer treating drug called tamoxifen.  Liver damage is known to be caused by tamoxifen toxicity or overdose.

The Federal Drug Administration does not regulate supplements the way other drugs are regulated. Talk with your doctor, dietician, or nutritionist before taking any supplements.  If supplements are needed, those professionals can point you to supplements that are more trusted and have gone through more rigorous standardization processes to ensure consumers get a high-quality product.

Research findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, in Washington, D.C.

Remember to like the NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates and health news!

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Updates for NLM’s Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information Page!

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-08 13:53

The National Library of Medicine’s Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page offers reliable links to help health professionals learn how to serve culturally diverse populations. In addition to topics such as cultural competency, health literacy, limited English proficiency, data related to minority health and health disparities, and health resources in multiple languages, new sections and resources were recently added to the page, including:

  • Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Resources (under Health Resources in Multiple Languages) – Multilingual consumer health information related to addiction and substance use disorders.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Resources (under Health Resources in Multiple Languages) – Find videos in American Sign Language (ASL) providing reliable health information.
  • Searches in OMHRC Catalog and PubMed – Find search results on topics like health literacy and cultural competency from HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Catalog (a database of publications related to minority health) and PubMed.
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Online Events for Rural Health Week

MAR News - Wed, 2017-11-08 07:00

In 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created National Rural Health Day (NRHD) as a way to applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services. In the past six years, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has planned, hosted, and participated in this annual event.

This year’s NRHD events will highlight the Power of Rural and on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSAs) Bureaus and Offices and HHS agencies collaborations to improve rural health.

Twitter Chats

Join the Twitter chat conversations by following @HRSAgov or using hashtag, #OurRural.

Workforce Twitter Chat – Monday, November 13, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – from HRSA, co-moderated by the Bureau of Health Workforce and FORHP.

Social Determinants of Health Twitter Chat – Tuesday, November 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – from HRSA, co-moderated by the Office of Women’s Health and FORHP.

Behavioral Health Twitter Chat – Wednesday, November 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – from HRSA, co-moderated by the Office of Regional Operations (region 8) and FORHP.

Webinars and Webcasts

Rural Health Workforce Webinar – Tuesday, November 14, 3:30-4:30 PM ET – The Bureau of Health Workforce’s Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series, in collaboration with FORHP, presents Strengthening the Rural Health Workforce: Tools, Resources, and Outcomes. The webinar will describe the health workforce needs in rural communities as well as share innovative, best practices for the recruitment and retention of health professionals among rural areas.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series Webinar – Wednesday, November 15, 1:30-3:00 PM ET – As part of its ongoing efforts to address rural-specific issues, CDC presents Injury Prevention and Control in Rural America – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series. This webinar will discuss key findings from the last three issues from its MMWR Rural Health Series. These reports focused on injury prevention, specifically motor-vehicle safety, suicide, and drug overdose. In addition, the webinar will provide resources to listeners on how to address these rural health disparities.

National Rural Health Day: Webcast – Thursday, November 16, 9:30 AM-3:00 PM ET – join this webinar to learn about a variety of rural health projects, to listen to panel discussions, and Q&A sessions from HRSA and partners. Agenda.




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Membership Certificates

MCR News - Tue, 2017-11-07 17:01

NNLM Renewal Membership Certificates for 2016-2021 have been mailed out.

If you renewed your membership, you should see your new certificate arriving in your mailbox soon.

If you don’t receive your certificate, please email us at We’ll be glad to help you with the renewal!

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