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Registration Open for 4th Annual Data Day Event

GMR News - Tue, 2019-02-05 10:07

You are cordially invited to the University of Cincinnati’s 4th Annual Data Day sponsored by The University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are topics gaining national attention.  Our 4th Annual University of Cincinnati Data Day will explore these topics in depth and highlight how researchers can expand their understanding by considering the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on their own research.

What: University of Cincinnati 4th Annual Data Day

When: Monday, April 1, 2019 9am – 4:30pm

Where: Tangeman University Center, Great Hall (located on the main campus of the University of Cincinnati)

Cost: Free

The day will be comprised of panel discussions, an interactive session where participants will learn R programming skills, and keynote speakers to start and end the day.  The first keynote speaker, Amanda Wilson, will highlight the historic All of Us Research Program that is gathering data from one million individuals to assist in delivering precision medicine by taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology among participants. The second keynote speaker, Deborah Duran, will address how diversity and inclusion are necessary considerations as we consider our research and how doing so can have an impact on us all. Panelists will discuss health disparities and health equity research from local and statewide perspectives as well as how data is being used to empower social justice.

You do not want to miss this exciting day!

For more information and registration visit:

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Loansome Doc System to Retire July 1, 2019

SEA News - Tue, 2019-02-05 09:25

For all questions concerning the Loansome Doc system retirement, please contact the NLM Customer Support Help Desk.

On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. The decision to retire the system is in line with our commitment to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health.

The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

To help with this transition, a Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit is available and includes a “To Do” checklist, instructions on how to produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons, and alternatives for receiving requests from users.

NOTE: New user registration for Loansome Doc will be disabled on February 4, 2019.

Please send your questions to NLM Customer Support.

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Help for Keeping Your Healthy Eating Resolutions

NER News - Mon, 2019-02-04 15:23


With the first month of 2019 under our belts, how many of us are still motivated to continue with our New Year’s Resolutions we made just 4 weeks ago? According to an article by Inc. (, researchers say that more than 60 % of us make resolutions, but just 8% of us are successful at keeping them.

For 2019, the most common resolution made was linked to diet or eating healthy. Here in the northeast, the winter months may be a time when it can be more difficult to increase the servings of fruits and vegetables as they cost more and may not look as appealing. It also is more challenging to be active because of the cold, as well as the ice and snow can prevent us from being outdoors as much as we would like.

The following are a few free online resources and mobile apps from NLM and partner organizations that you may find helpful to motivate you to stay engaged or get back on track with your resolution to eat healthy and be active. The apps mentioned can be downloaded free and used on your iOS or android mobile device.

MyPlate and Healthy Eating,

MyPlate is the model or guide that the USDA created to help us eat a balanced and healthy diet. The model encourages us to fill half of our plate at each meal with fruits and vegetables.

Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. Online tools provided include information about eating on a budget, quizzes, and tip sheets. Information about how to eat well at various stages of your life (children, students, professionals) is also discussed.

Healthy Eating website offers more than 100 delicious heart healthy recipes including recipes from regional and multicultural cuisines. There are video resources about how to prepare favorite foods like eggrolls in a healthier manner. Also available are  family resources such as how to teach young children how to cook, and parent tips how much food children require at various ages.


Fooducate is a free app and website that evaluates foods based on how good they are for you. Using an algorithm to grade foods and giving a food one of 10 grades, from A to D. For example,

  • Food can earn an A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc.
  • The more natural, healthful, and less processed a food is, the higher grade it will receive.
  • Fooducate only uses publicly available information when evaluating a product.

This app can be helpful when shopping in the grocery store for foods as it uses a barcode scanner as part of the tool. Here are the instructions from the Fooducate website of how to use the app:

  • Scan an item’s barcode to find out key information about that food.
  • To scan a barcode, first find the barcode on the actual product. Then tap the “Scan” section of the app’s home screen. Hold the barcode up to the phone until you see it lined up inside the little box on the screen. The phone will automatically process the code and pop up the product information.
  • No barcode? Again, no problem! You can also look up foods by name in the “Browse” section of the app, or online.
  • Once you find your food, tap it to get all the information you need. Evaluate its grade, review the product details, etc.
  • If the food you scanned has a low grade, find a better option with the alternatives list. On the app’s overview page for that food, look at the bottom right corner. There, you’ll find a button labeled “alternatives.” Tap it, and you’ll find a list of 10 better foods that are similar to the one you originally entered.
  • Just want to browse? Tap the “Browse” section of the home screen and you’ll find a list of products divided into different food categories. Select a category and browse by “Top Graded,” “Popular,” or “Recent.”

Fooducate is a great reference tool, but it should not serve as a substitute for reading the Nutrition Facts label.

BAM (stands for Body and Mind) Dining Decisions,

BAM is a free app from the CDC created for kids ages 9 through 13 that teaches nutrition without using the words “bad” or “good”. BAM categorizes the food choices used in its interactive games as “Go”, “Slow” or “Whoa.” Kendra, the BAM food and nutrition expert helps kids learn what foods provide the right kinds and amounts of fuel.

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NLM Announces Retirement of the Loansome Doc System on July 1!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-02-04 15:06

On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. The decision to retire the system is in line with commitments to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. To begin the transition, new user registrations for Loansome Doc will be disabled on February 4. In addition, a Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit is available and includes Suggested Messaging from Libraries to Loansome Doc Users, a “To Do” checklist, instructions on how to produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons, and alternatives for receiving requests from users, such as PubMed’s “Send to: Email” feature, NCBI Outside Tool OpenURL-based service, Customized PubMed URL/Document Delivery, and Local ILL Software or web-resources. The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

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NNLM Reading Club: American Heart Month

MAR News - Mon, 2019-02-04 14:17

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of American Heart Month, a February National Health Observance.

  • Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
  • Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg
  • This Heart of Mine: a Novel by C.C. Hunter

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding heart health information or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: Heart Health.

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kit can be requested and shipped free from a participating National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. Applicants must sign up for membership with NNLM in order to receive a kit. A standard NNLM Reading Club Book Kit includes:

  • 8 books
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of Us Research Program brochures
  • 8 reading club bags

Libraries and organizations who participated in the previous book club theme of Family Health History can request another free book club kit in this new selection. Kit requests and/or book clubs need to be received by April 30th. To request a book club kit, complete an application.

If there are any types of materials that would aid in facilitating your book club (large print books, audio books, etc), please feel free to reach out to NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner at We will do our best to accommodate the needs of your community.

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February 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-02-04 12:02

Illustration of a man getting a flu shotCheck out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Vaping Rises Among Teens
    A new survey found an alarming rise in the number of American teens who tried vaping last year. The study suggests that vaping may be driving an increase in nicotine use for teens.
  • Health Capsule: Wellness Tips in Spanish
    “Su Versión Más Saludable” is part of the NIH Spanish Health Information Portal. The portal captures Spanish materials from across dozens of NIH websites.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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Measles Outbreak in Washington State

PNR News - Mon, 2019-02-04 06:00

Many of you are aware of the recent measles outbreak in Washington state and so it is of particular concern for the PNR region. The vast majority of these cases are in Clark county,  43 cases have been reported and 32 are children under the age of 10. Of those cases 37 had not been immunized.  According to a recent PLOS article, Seattle, Spokane and Portland are included in the top 15 cities that are considered “hotspots” who have a large number of  vaccine non-medical exemptions.  Washington, Idaho, and Oregon are states that allow a “philosophical belief” exemption when it comes to vaccines.  Whatever the public’s view of immunizations, measles is a very serious health condition and is especially so for those who cannot get vaccinated due to their health as well as pregnant women and babies under the age of 1.

Where to go to provide information to your communities?

The Washington State Department of Health provides information about:

  • the numbers and counties affected
  • an outbreak toolkit for parents and the public
  • template letters for schools to parents as well as their staff
  • information in multiple languages

The CDC provides information for parents about the measles vaccine and about measles.

MedlinePlus includes:

  • an overview about measles
  • information about risk, prevention and symptoms
  • information regarding specific populations
  • information in multiple languages

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a special edition of their NIH News in Health explaining the important role vaccines have in keeping us healthy.

This information can be provided as links on your website, included in social media, and printed for your patrons and consumers to take with them. Bringing awareness with reliable health information can help reduce the spread of this outbreak and is an important step in keeping your communities safe and healthy.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 1, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-02-01 14:23

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


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars February 7 – February 19

Webinars February 20

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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Job Opportunity: Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM SEA, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

SEA News - Fri, 2019-02-01 14:00

Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA)
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (NNLM SEA), housed within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), seeks a librarian to coordinate and facilitate consumer health outreach and education activities in the region. The Consumer Health Coordinator ensures an organized approach to NNLM SEA outreach services by promoting consumer health library development, providing consultation services, and assessing and responding to the information and educational needs of public and consumer health librarians. This librarian also promotes the services and products of the NLM and NNLM.

The Consumer Health Coordinator is one of a team of five librarian-coordinators who work together facilitating resource sharing, training, and cooperative projects in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV. This position requires seasonal travel within the region to support the education and exhibits programs. For more information about NNLM SEA, visit

Reporting to the Executive Director of SEA, this is a full-time, grant funded, non-tenure, and non-permanent status track faculty position at a rank of Librarian I or II. Previous professional library experience is welcome, but not required.


  • Identifies, develops, and teaches classes and workshops in a variety of formats addressing and promoting aspects of consumer health information and health literacy to health professionals, librarians, and the public.
  • Tracks and monitors consumer health and health literacy trends and developments improving access to health information by SEA members, healthcare and information professionals, and the public.
  • Assists in the planning, promotion, and coordination of consumer health and health literacy projects and programs in the region.
  • Assists SEA members with consumer health and health literacy questions, connecting members to NLM and NNLM resources and services.
  • Develops and reviews content on consumer health and health literacy for inclusion on the NNLM and SEA web sites, social media, and the regional electronic newsletter, SEA Currents and national newsletter, Bringing Health Information to the Community.
  • Presents information about NLM and NNLM programs in training sessions, demonstrations, meetings, exhibits, and other events. Works with other coordinators to exhibit NLM’s resources at national, regional, and state meetings of health professionals, information professionals, and the public.
  • Supports initiatives as determined by the NNLM in support of consumer health and health literacy, including outreach to public libraries, citizen scientists, and minority populations.
  • Develops educational materials for inclusion on the NNLM and SEA websites focused on consumer health and health literacy and improving access to quality consumer health information for health professionals and the public.
  • Cooperates with other Regional Medical Libraries and Offices to produce national programming and participates in national NNLM initiatives as appropriate.
  • Promotes and solicit applications for NNLM SEA awards; assisting potential applicants with their proposals, and serves as a liaison to recipients of awards monitoring their progress to completion.
  • Maintains accountability for NLM deliverables, including workshops, exhibiting, presentations, newsletter contributions, web and social media content.
  • Serves as ex-officio and support to the SEA Consumer Health Program Advisory Group.


  • Master of Library Science or equivalent advanced degree from ALA-accredited program
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals, and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Knowledge of PubMed, MedlinePlus, and other NLM resources
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team


  • Demonstrated teaching and training experience
  • Instructional design and course development experience, including evaluation
  • Project management, strategic planning, and team leadership skills
  • Knowledge of or experience with consumer health and/or health literacy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods
  • Experience with consumer health information education and the ability to develop, plan, and conduct workshops and training, interacting confidently with audiences
  • Knowledge of or experience in medical librarianship
  • Evidence of professional and scholarly activities
  • Ability to communicate vision and motivate others; willingness to assume leadership roles as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain results from initiating and participating in team efforts
  • Effectiveness in promoting ideas while exhibiting tact and sensitivity; initiating interaction with others; and soliciting feedback from partners
  • Comfort with change, flexibility and the ability to react quickly to program alterations and task modifications
  • Experience with Moodle LMS and WebEx technologies
  • Familiarity with the MLA CE program and processes for obtaining MLA CE approval


Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 22, 2019. Interested applicants should apply using the following link:

MINIMUM SALARY: $55,000, commensurate with experience


Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.


The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track-record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Fifty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (, the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.   The HS/HSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7200 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at

UMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-02-01 11:33

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


2019-2020 Funding Preview: Our next round of funding will be opening in early February! Read Executive Director Kate Flewelling’s NNLM MAR Funding 2019-2020 preview to learn what you can be doing now to prepare, like registering for our upcoming grants and programming webinars!

My MedlinePlus: Subscribe to My MedlinePlus for relevant health information delivered straight to your email. This week’s My MedlinePlus focused on winter weather topics like, cold weather safety for older adults, how to prevent frostbite and hypothermia, preparing for winter weather emergencies, and staying safe when exercising in cold weather.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! 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 Member Highlight on the MARquee!

CEN Newsletter: Keep track of the latest news with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network by signing up for their new online newsletter! If you’re interested in hearing about funding and programming opportunities for your library or organization, the All of Us Research Program, health information classes, training sessions, or the latest health information resources and services available, then this newsletter is for you.

Explore NLM’s New Open Data Portal: Data Discovery – Newsbits from PSR

New on YouTube: PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine, January 14, 2019


Data Discover at NLM – Did you know that each day more than four million people use NLM resources and that every hour a petabyte of data moves in or out of our computing systems? Those mammoth numbers indicate how essential NLM’s array of information products and services are to scientific progress. But as we gain more experience with providing information, particularly clinical, biologic, and genetic datasets, we’re finding that how we share data is as critical as the data itself. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Fifteenth Century Books: When Doodles Matter – It may seem hard to believe that a random scribbling or doodle on an empty page or margin of an old book could have much significance. Take for example a face drawn on an otherwise sparse title page of the NLM copy of Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum printed in the late 1480s in Leipzig, Germany. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: The call for applications for the 3rd HSRProj Research Competition is open. Applications are due on March 1, 2019.

How Naloxone Saves Lives in Opioid Overdose: Recently, MedlinePlus partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to produce an animation about this overdose treatment. The sharable video explains how naloxone works, when to use it, and how it is administered.

During Black History Month in February, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will join partners honoring the rich heritage and diversity of African Americans. During the month, OMH will also raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, and the effects of these diseases on the African American community. Utilize OMH’s Black History Month initiative page for shareable materials, including web graphics and publications, to help raise awareness in your community.

NIMH Twitter Chat: Eating Disorders – Join the National Insitute of Mental Health on February 28 at 2:00 PM ET for a Twitter chat that will cover the common types of eating disorders, how they are treated, current research, and how to find help. Follow @NIMHgov on Twitter for updates about the chat and other information about mental health research. Post questions using #NIMHchats to join the conversation!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series – Third Thursday of every month from January-May 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. There is a constant need for education and discussion. In each live session of this SCR webinar series, Margaret Foster draws from her expertise to discuss issues, provide examples, and demonstrate the steps of her Pieces process, as described in her book, Assembling the Pieces of Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians. This second run of the original series will provide more practical examples for conducting each step of a systematic review as well as look at other types of reviews.

Introduction to Library CarpentryFeb 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Join this class by NER to learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work.

National Library of Medicine Exhibits: Managing Information Around Public Health Emergencies and Pandemics – February 14, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), Patricia Tuohy from the NLM History of Medicine Exhibition Program will introduce the new Exhibitions Connect initiative, curated resource guides of health information resources related to individual banner exhibitions. Highlighting “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America,” as a case study, Ms. Tuohy will review their strategy for creating this resource guide, and how host venues will be able to use the guide to connect their communities to NLM resources. Christie Moffatt, HMD Digital Manuscripts Program Manager, will discuss how NLM’s Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group collects born-digital web resources on public health emergencies, such as the Ebola Outbreak of 2014, the 2016 Zika Virus health threat, and most recently, on the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Applying for All of Us Funding – Health Programs for Public Libraries – February 19, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Through collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM provides training, funding, and other engagement opportunities to support health programs and services in public libraries, and access to quality health information for the general public. Join MAR for this webinar that will include a background of the NNLM partnership with the All of Us Research Program, information about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, insights about NNLM MAR All of Us funding, and opportunities for continued involvement. Learn about several interactive programming ideas that address how health is influenced by lifestyle, environment, and genetics.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – February 20, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. Sponsored by MAR, this class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians? Join this webinar hosted by SEA to find out!

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare – February 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. This hour-long webinar with GMR will explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Grants and Proposal Writing with NNLM MAR – February 27, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Interested in applying for funding from NNLM MAR? Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. Note: this webinar is tailored to meet the needs of potential applicants in the Middle Atlantic Region. Attendance is restricted to individuals in NY, NJ, PA and DE.

Health Statistics on the Web – February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – This hands-on course with MAR focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. This class also offers 1 MLA CE.

Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) – March 7, 2:00-2:40 PM ET – The Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) is a set of files and software available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) that brings together many biomedical vocabularies and standards for drugs, disorders, procedures, lab tests, medical devices, organisms, anatomy, genes, and more. Join David Anderson from NLM for this brief overview of how researchers and organizations can use the rich collection of terminology data in the UMLS to enhance interoperability and discoverability in research and clinical applications.

*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 posting: Health Program Specialist, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Harlem Health Advocacy Partners and a Case Study in Data Re-Use – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Launch of new priority area: Oral health for refugees and asylum-seekers – Evidence Aid

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities – Case Studies Sought – OCLC and the Public Library Association are working together to create a series of case studies detailing how public libraries are supporting their community’s response to the opioid crisis. This project, Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities, is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is designed to inform public library leaders about a range of community-based responses to the opioid crisis, including how libraries are addressing emerging learning, challenges, gaps, partnerships, policies, opportunities and evolving community needs.

Mobile Technologies Extending Reach of Primary Care for Substance-Use-Disorders – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking grant applications to develop and test a prototype mobile/tablet technology-based application suitable for U.S. primary care settings, to serve as a low-cost user-friendly tool that primary care providers (PCPs) may use to deliver timely tailored feedback to patients following up on interventions for risky substance use. It should be designed with a specific aim of improving coordination and delivery of indicated services to primary care patients at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD). The application deadline is March 19, 2019.

Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to conduct innovative research supporting the development of a product, tool, technology, process or service for commercialization with the aim of eliminating disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations or improving health in racial/ethnic minority populations. The application deadline is April 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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A Fond Farewell!

PNR News - Fri, 2019-02-01 04:00

Dear Reader,

It is with a sense of bittersweet longing for things to stay as they are that I must inform you that things most decidedly are not staying as they are, at least in my personal occupational journey!  Today is my last at the marvellous offices of the network of libraries dealing with medical matters, fortunately not all of them delicate.  I shall be transferring my vocational affections to Berkeley, in faraway California, henceforth, and hope to encounter many of you in that delightful place.  I expect my work there to be intellectually rigorous, enjoyably and somewhat frighteningly so, and I am wondrously prepared by all of the activities in which I have been involved these two years since.  I hope that I may maintain an active and lively correspondence with any of you wishing that felicity, and that you will not hesitate to write to me should I be able to render you any kindness or assistance.

Ever Yours, Your Most Affectionate Companion in Librarianship,

Ann (channeling a certain early 18th century author whose last name rhymes with Boston)

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NLM Webinar on March 7: Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

PSR News - Thu, 2019-01-31 18:12

Register now to Join David Anderson from NLM on Thursday, March 7, at 11 a.m. PST for a brief overview of how researchers and organizations can use the rich collection of terminology data in the UMLS to enhance interoperability and discoverability in research and clinical applications. The Unified Medical Language System is a set of files and software available from the National Library of Medicine that brings together many biomedical vocabularies and standards for drugs, disorders, procedures, lab tests, medical devices, organisms, anatomy, genes, and more.

This session is the latest in the webinar series, Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health. The goals of the series for participants include:

  • Use the jargon associated with health IT to be able to communicate effectively with IT staff and administrators
  • Name relevant health data standards and describe how they are used
  • Describe NLM products and services that enrich and inform electronic health records (EHRs) and other health data systems
  • Identify roles for librarians on the health IT team and in the research process
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NLM Informatics and Data Science Lecture Series Continues on March 6

PSR News - Thu, 2019-01-31 10:38

On Wednesday, March 6, 1:00-2:00 PM PST, Samantha Kleinberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology, will deliver the presentation From Data to Decisions: Large-Scale Causal Inference in Biomedicine, part of the NLM Informatics and Data Science Lecture Series, at the Lister Hill Center Auditorium. The event will be broadcast live and archived through NIH Videocasting. The talk will cover new methods to automatically extract causal relationships from data and how these have been applied to gain new insight into stroke recovery. Another focus of the presentation will be recent findings in cognitive science to assist in better use of causal information for decision-making.

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Coming Soon to Your Inbox: A New Way to Stay Connected

PNR News - Wed, 2019-01-30 20:00

The NNLM Community Engagement Network (NNLM CEN) offers relevant health news as well as information on NNLM funding opportunities, free consumer health online training classes, health programming ideas and downloadable resources to help your library support its patrons’ health information needs. To keep you abreast of all the latest, we’re launching the monthly CEN Newsletter on February 11th, which will deliver all of the recent and important happenings directly to your email inbox. All you need to do is sign up!  We do hope you’ll join us!

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New NLM Video Offers Information on the Opioid Crisis!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-01-30 17:12

NIH has made the opioid epidemic a priority, launching a multi-institute effort to find scientific solutions to the crisis. NLM is doing its part by getting the word out about the life-saving medication naloxone. Recently, MedlinePlus partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to produce a five-minute animated video about the treatment. MedlinePlus offers additional information and trusted links about the opioid epidemic.

Naloxone might be thought of as an antidote to opioid overdose. It works fast to reverse overdose effects, and it’s safe and easy to use. Even people untrained in health care can carry and use the naloxone nasal spray or injector—and possibly save a life. The video explains how naloxone works, when to use it, and how it is administered. NIDA and NIH are researching many avenues to decrease lives lost from opioids. Naloxone is great for reversing overdose effects, but only when they are caught early. Future developments of better pain management and treatment of opioid abuse may make overdoses a thing of the past.

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New Features in PubMed Labs!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-01-30 17:07

The National Library of Medicine continues to develop features in PubMed Labs, with new tools and functionality added on a regular basis. Recent releases added several ways to save and share citations, as well as enhancements to the search results and abstract pages. “Save” and “Email” options are now present on the search results and abstract pages for desktop and tablet users. Several formats are available, and users can now save citations in RIS format for importing to citation management software. “Cite” and “Share” buttons have been added to search results. Users can now share citations to Facebook or Twitter, and copy a permalink to share anywhere directly from their search results.

PubMed Labs screenshot showing the new save, email, cite and share buttons

Save, Email, Cite, and Share buttons have been added to PubMed Labs search results

Secondary source databanks and accession numbers such as, GenBank, figshare, and Dryad are now displayed under a new section titled “Associated data.” This section was first added to PubMed Labs on November 21, 2018 and was called “Secondary Source IDs.” It was renamed “Associated data” on December 5. Associated data links are included on the abstract page and can be found quickly via the navigation links on the right side of the page. Associated data can also be displayed when viewing search results in Abstract format by selecting “Expand” under “Supplementary Info.” The Associated data section only appears for citations with one or more of these data. Users can find citations with associated data by searching for data[filter] or by applying the associated data filter from the left side bar to their search results.

Other recent releases include improvements to books citations and enabling display of non-English abstracts:

  • Books citations now display section links and full-text icons when available.
  • When an abstract is available in multiple languages, the English abstract is displayed by default and users can click the other options to change which language is displayed.

Feel free to submit comments, questions, or concerns using the PubMed Labs Feedback button.

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Subscribe to the New NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network Newsletter

MCR News - Wed, 2019-01-30 14:16

Sign up for the new online newsletter to help you keep track of the latest news with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network. If you’re interested in hearing about funding and programming opportunities for your library or organization, the All of Us Research Program, health information classes, training sessions, or the latest health information resources and services available, then this newsletter is for you.

If you would like to learn more about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, visit

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Explore NLM’s New Open Data Portal: Data Discovery

PSR News - Tue, 2019-01-29 19:41

The National Library of Medicine is the first of NIH’s Institutes and Centers to adopt the new open data portal, Data Discovery. The first datasets are already available, including content from such varied resources as the Dietary Supplement Label Database, Pillbox, ToxMap, Disaster Lit, and HealthReach. The new portal offers key benefits, including:

  • Powerful data exploration tools—By showing the dataset as a spreadsheet, the Data Discovery platform offers freedom to filter and interact with the data in novel ways.
  • Intuitive data visualizations—A picture is worth a thousand words, and nowhere is that truer than leveraging data visualizations to bring new perspectives on scientific questions.
  • Open data APIs—Open data alone isn’t enough to fuel a new generation of insights. Open APIs are critical to making the data understandable, accessible, and actionable, based on the unique needs of the user or audience.

Developers and technologists who support research, health, and medical organizations require APIs that are modern, interoperable, and standards-compliant. Data Discovery provides a powerful solution to these needs, supporting NLM’s role as a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health. This new portal is an exciting step forward in achieving key aspects of the NLM Strategic Plan—to advocate for open science, further democratize access to data, and support the training and development of the data science workforce.

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NNLM SEA and NDCO Offices Closing at 3 PM ET – January 29, 2019

SEA News - Tue, 2019-01-29 13:27

The NNLM SEA and NDCO offices will be closing today, January 29, 2019 at 3 PM ET due to inclement weather in Baltimore, MD, where our offices are located.

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New Year, New Email Platform!

GMR News - Tue, 2019-01-29 10:46

We hope everyone’s 2019 is off to a great start. We have been busy these past couple weeks on a new project we can finally share with you! We are excited to announce that the NNLM Greater Midwest Region is welcoming a new email platform to help share our weekly digest. We are utilizing GovDelivery software to create more vibrant and customized newsletters.

An exciting piece that comes along with the change is a chance to create more targeted messages to specific audiences. In addition to our weekly digest you can now sign up for monthly targeted messages in topics such as: Public Libraries, Health Professionals, or Academic Organizations.

We migrated our current GMR email list to the new platform. You will continue to receive the weekly Friday Digest email. If you would like to sign up for the targeted messages you can adjust your preferences here.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at We look forward to sharing NNLM news with you with on new platform.

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