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New Student PSA Projects for NLM Resources

SEA News - Tue, 2017-12-19 12:42

Written by: Terri Ottosen, Outreach and Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A).

Contact Terri at:

For several years, Terri Ottosen, has worked with Marketing and Advertising students at Columbia College in Chicago. Based on a contact made while attending the Health Literacy Leadership Institute in Boston, she was introduced to Professor Laurence Minsky. Each semester, Mr Minsky and Terri present to the students the development of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to promote MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Students learn as they prepare a marketing strategy and develop advertising spots. In this case, they experience working with a government agency to develop a PSA. This semester’s students did an outstanding job.

The PSAs the students completed are now available on the NN/LM YouTube channel. Efforts are now underway to promote them widely and encourage others to have them aired on their local public broadcasting, cable channels, and other venues. Hopefully, this will result in more people becoming aware of the excellent resources and information available on both MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. Check out the PSA spots below:   (MedlinePlus, 60 seconds)   (, 30 seconds)

A working group is being established to promote these videos widely. If you have ideas for future PSAs for the students to work on, questions, or comments, please contact Terri at


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Happy Holidays from MAR!

MAR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 12:38

To all of our colleagues across the network, we hope you will have a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year! Please note that the MAR offices will be closed from December 22-January 1, reopening on January 2. We look forward to serving our members in 2018 and beyond!

Happy Holidays from NNLM MAR

Photo from right to left: Sue Burke (Administrative Specialist), Tristan Lucchetti (business manager), Barbara Epstein (Director), Hannah Sinemus (Technology Liaison and holiday card designer), Renae Barger (Program Lead), Michelle Burda (Education and Health Literacy Coordinator), Kate Flewelling (Executive Director), Erin Seger (Health Professions Coordinator), Lydia Collins (Consumer Health Coordinator), Elaina Vitale (Academic Coordinator).

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The Lesser Known Impact of Terror Attacks

SCR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 09:24

“Elizabeth” by Ian Espinoza via Unsplash, August 21, 2017, CCO.

Terror attacks are horrifying and produce obvious, immediate effects such as loss of human life, injury, property loss, and emotional impact.  Norwegian researches recently found that there might be a less obvious but potentially debilitating impact; migraines and/or daily headaches.

“We found that the survivors more often suffer from headaches as compared to controls, with more frequent and severe complaints such as migraine,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Synne Stensland, of the Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies in Oslo.

This study found that terror attack survivors had a higher risk three to four times that of those in a control group.  This still held true even when other factors, including past exposure to violence, were considered.

Dr. Matthew Robbins is director of inpatient services at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. He said, “We know that a stressful life event can lead to a new headache disorder, or make an existing one even worse.”

If you experience any of the following symptoms, Mayo Clinic recommends seeing a doctor immediately or going to an emergency room:

  • An abrupt, severe headache like a thunderclap
  • Headache with fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision, weakness, numbness or trouble speaking
  • Headache after a head injury, especially if the headache gets worse
  • A chronic headache that is worse after coughing, exertion, straining or a sudden movement
  • New headache pain if you’re older than 50

To learn more about the study, click here.

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PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2017-12-18 19:47

On December 18, 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new set of updates to as part of its ongoing effort to enhance the usability of the database.  For a review of this project, visit First in a Series of Changes to Improve Usability for Stakeholders. Most of the features provided in the current release were previously available for public testing on the beta site starting in November 2017 (see New Beta Version Available for Public Testing). Following are highlights of key features in the latest release. These changes were informed by user research with end-users representing various stakeholder groups and the NLM partnership with 18F, a federal government digital services consultancy. Information about future changes to will be provided on a new What’s New page. is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world operated by NLM. The database contains information on over 261,000 clinical studies and expanded access (or “compassionate use”) to investigational new drugs. Summary results entries for over 29,000 of these studies are also posted in a tabular format on Information listed on is provided and updated by the study sponsor or investigator, and listing does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. homepage with updated featuresUpdated homepage

Updated Search on Homepage

The updated homepage includes a new way for users to limit their searches to studies that are currently recruiting or will be recruiting participants. Additionally, users can now search for studies located within a specified distance from a city. Together, these new features will help users find information about potential studies in which to participate.

Updated Modify Search on Results Page

After a query is submitted, the Search Results page displays the number of studies found in, the user-entered query terms and filters, and related terms that are automatically searched. The Modify Search link allows users to refine the current search directly on the Search Results page. Note that the Modify Search fields are initially hidden to ensure that the list of study records found is visible on the screen. The Start Over link returns users to the homepage to conduct a new search.  To refine a search, use Filters to add or remove limits and Modify Search to display and update the search fields and terms used in the current query.

In-Context Glossary Display

The new glossary feature allows users to look up definitions of terms used on while continuing to view the page on which a term appears (i.e., in context). Terms linked to glossary entries are identified by an information icon (“i” in a blue circle) throughout the site. Clicking on a term opens a glossary panel from the right side of the screen to display the description for that term. The search box at the top of the glossary panel allows users to find entries for other terms. Note that clicking the “x” next to the glossary search box clears the box and reveals a full list of glossary entries. This glossary feature will help users understand words and phrases frequently used on (Sponsors and investigators should refer to the Data Element Definitions documents for help with the data items required during registration and results submission.)

Results Submitted Tab

Information submitted by a study sponsor or investigator undergoes a quality control (QC) review process before being displayed on NLM staff members review all submissions for apparent errors, deficiencies, or inconsistencies. If “major issues” are identified by during QC review, the submission is returned to the study sponsor or investigator with comments. Submitted information is publicly displayed (i.e., posted) after all major issues have been corrected or addressed.

The new Results Submitted tab displays a table that helps users track the QC review status for submitted results information that are not yet posted on After a study sponsor or investigator initially submits results information, the No Results Posted tab on a study record is updated to Results Submitted.

Clicking on this tab displays a table of dates. Each submission of results information prior to first posting is shown in a table row that is identified by sequential numbers in the Submission Cycle column. The date on which results information is submitted to within each cycle is listed in the second column. If at least one major issue is identified during QC review in a submission cycle, the date on which NLM returns results information to a study sponsor or investigator with QC review comments is listed in the third column.  After all identified major issues have been corrected or addressed by a study sponsor or investigator and submitted, the results information will be posted as part of the study record on and the tab label will be changed to “Results Posted.”

Key Record Dates

A listing of key dates for record-related milestones is accessible by clicking the Key Record Dates link at the bottom of a study record. The Key Record Dates page allows users to identify when registration and, if applicable, results information was first submitted to by the sponsor or investigator and first posted on, as well as the date of the first submission that met QC criteria. It also lists when the last update was submitted and posted, and the date of submission for the last update that met QC criteria.

Note that when the QC review process for submitted information requires only a single submission cycle (i.e., no major issues are identified after initial submission), the dates displayed for “submitted that met QC criteria” and “submitted” will be the same.  In contrast, when the QC review process takes two or more submission cycles, the date displayed for “submitted that met QC criteria” will be later than the date for “submitted.” For descriptions of each key record date, see Glossary of Common Site Terms.

Updated Study Record Layout

The design and layout of the study record page was updated to make the most relevant information more prominent. “Go to” links allow users to access the major sections of a record more easily.

Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome! To contact NLM, click on “Customer Support” in the footer of the web site, which will take you to the NLM Customer Support page. Then click on Contact NLM at the top of the NLM Customer Support page.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

PNR News - Mon, 2017-12-18 06:00

Gray and cloudy skies are not unusual in the Pacific Northwest. But, as the days become shorter and the dark starts setting in about mid-afternoon, it is easy to be less energized and feel more like hibernating. This is not unusual. However, for those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), other more intense symptoms may appear such as:

  • sadness   
  • gloomy outlook
  • sadness
  • gloomy outlook
  • feeling hopeless, worthless, or irritable
  • loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • low energy
  • difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • carbohydrate cravings and weight gain
  • thoughts of death or even suicide

The causes of SAD are unknown but it does tend to occur more often in women, in young people, those who live further from the equator, and in individuals whose family members (or themselves) have a history of depression.

It is strongly advised not to self diagnose but rather make an appointment to see a psychiatrist or other qualified health professional.

Treatment for SAD varies among individuals. Most often, light therapy is all that is needed. However, others require antidepressant medications or need to see a psychiatrist or other qualified health professional for talk therapy or a combination of therapies. Review all treatment options and discuss them with your health care professional.

Looking for a light therapy lamp or box?  First, talk with your physician because several factors need to be considered before selecting and using a light therapy box. Keep in mind that light therapy boxes are not approved or regulated by the FDA so look for ones that are made specifically for SAD and include protective features. The Mayo Clinic offers these suggestions when looking for a light therapy box:

The light box should:

  • Provide an exposure to 10,000 lux of light (lux is a measure of light intensity but the product should include this information)
  • Emit as little UV light as possible

Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder in MedlinePlus.

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I Used the Tearless Logic Model Method and It Worked. Nobody Cried!

NEO News - Fri, 2017-12-15 14:46

In April 2015, this NEO Shop Talk post introduced you to something called a “Tearless Logic Model” that was developed by a group of community psychologists at Wichita State University and published in the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. I am here to report that I have used this, and it is true. It really is a tearless process. My evidence? Nobody cried during or after the process when I used it!

Let’s start by talking about why logic models might make people cry. Often when evaluators are presenting logic models and talking about evaluation they use terms and phrases such as “outcomes-based planning” and “that is an output, not an outcome.” Using profession-related jargon is like speaking in a special language that prevents everyone else in the room from participating in the conversation. That can be a painful experience and can make some people feel as though they are being excluded on purpose, perhaps even making them produce tears! The Tearless Logic Model process was designed to make sure everyone feels included, and that they understand and can participate in the conversation.

I decided to use the tearless logic model with a group from a small nonprofit organization that was working to start a community kitchen. I received a call from a consultant who was working with them who asked me if I would be able to help them develop a logic model. It was perfect. They were a bunch of people from the community who had absolutely no experience with evaluation. They had heard of logic models somewhere and were expecting someone to show up with a lot of technical forms and use terms to go with them.

group of people smilingInstead, they were surprised with some simple questions and paper on the wall. After a couple of questions, they let me know that they really needed to get to working on that logic model, and I reassured them that we would. We completed the process and they were truly surprised in the end that they had been creating the logic model. After the meeting I further organized the information into a more formal framework and sent it to them and they were pleased with the results. Moreover, because the group had collaboratively created the logic model and agreed on the activities, outputs, and outcomes, they were ready to buy into the whole evaluation process.

Recently, I was fortunate to hear Dr. Greg Meissen, one of the authors, talk about this tool. He has used it with many community and other types of groups and it continues to be a useful tool. With large groups, you can break up into smaller groups to answer the questions and then bring all their answers together at the end. He noted that, when the group is varied and includes professionals with a lot of knowledge about evaluation and individuals who know nothing about evaluation, the Tearless Logic Model evens the playing field by taking the jargon out of the process and introducing the concepts in terms that everyone can understand. He also noted the value in having a good facilitator.

So, the next time you are dreading development of a logic model with a group of people, check out this tool. It really does make the process painless, and thus, “tearless.” If you use it, be careful not to slip into evaluation jargon or technical terms. In the end, after you rearrange the columns into the logic model flow, you can have the group check to see if there are connections among the activities, outputs, and outcomes. You especially want to make sure that every outcome is linked to an activity.

Resource: Lien, A.D., Greenleaf, J.P., Lemke, M.K., Hakim, S.M., Swink, N.P. Wright, R., & Meissen, G. (2011). Tearless Logic Model. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 2(2).

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Breaking an Electronic Health Record System: a sandbox workshop &#45 4 CE MLA

SEA News - Fri, 2017-12-15 14:29

Instructor: PJ Grier, Outreach and Access Coordinator, SE/A RML

Dates: Upon request throughout 2013


This is the second class in the NN/LM SE/A Health Information Technology (HIT) series, and is held in-person. Prior to attending this class, students should have a working knowledge of national healthcare policies underlying the institutional adoption of EHRs. Students are encouraged to gain this knowledge on their own, through the Office of the National Coordinator or to enroll in the first class of the series, entitled “Informatics for librarians: peeling the onion.


The overall objective of this course is to give librarians an opportunity to “touch and feel” the functionality of a certified electronic health record system (EHR-S) in a “safe harbor” environment. Because many clinical health sciences librarians are currently excluded from accessing their institutional electronic health record system (EHR-S) on an operational, day-to-day basis, this class provides that opportunity, albeit in a “practice” environment.

As EHRs are crucial building blocks in the formation of an encrypted national health information network (NHIN), it is crucial that health sciences librarians continue to be engaged in important EHR supporting roles within their respective institutions with regard to planning, deployment and even optimization efforts. Now is the time to start evaluating and identifying strategies of how health sciences librarians can best contribute to the value of an HER, from a daily operations patient care perspective.


Using different EHR dashboards and modules, librarians will experience simulated patient care data, usability and design factors, navigation capabilities, and meaningful use criteria including the one that deals with the provision of patient education. This course also provides an understanding and sensitivity of the rigorous training that librarians’ customers undergo in order to be proficient in the EHR-S, while providing optimal patient care.

This course will access an EHR-S via actual use in a demo environment. Through guided instruction, lecture and videos, students will create practice authentication that will enable them to access, and experiment with the functionality of a certified EHR-S. Practice system exercises include dashboard components such as charting, custom texts, adding/registering a new patient, alerts/warnings, medication reconciliation, patient scheduling, meaningful use, and billing. From a clinical encounter perspective, there will be sufficient “sandbox” time to enter appropriate ICD-9 diagnosis codes and/or diagnosed health conditions, treatment plans, and patient education information (via NLM’s MedlinePlus Connect process) into the clinical narrative (SOAP Note) of a fictitious patient, as a “physician user.”


Short Videos: 1HR

Instructional videos explain and support the EHR dashboard components that students will practice with during the sandbox time

Article: Margalit Gur-Arie – 20MIN

Computer sandbox time: 2HRS

Discussion: 20MIN

Instruction: 20MIN

Course Materials No printed materials are required for the class. However, students should have a fundamental knowledge of the national healthcare policies underlying institutional adoption of EHRs.


Class requires a computer lab work environment with high-speed Internet access so that students can use the EHR-S at their own pace and according to their own needs.  Students are encouraged to bring a personal set of headphones for audio listening. Instructor workstation also requires high-speed Internet access, audio/sound capability and overhead projection equipment.


Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA). Certificates will be delivered electronically.


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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2017-12-15 09:39

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


The MAR staff spent a day at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Creativity this week to talk about our goals for next year! Check out the photos and follow us on Twitter for live updates during the next #marRetreat @NNLMMAR.

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter you can learn “Through the Eyes of a New MLIS Student,” how working in the library field adds perspective to entering the degree program, and take a moment to “Meet the New Health Professions Coordinator,” Erin!

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Regional office will be closed December 22 through January 1 during the University of Pittsburgh winter break. Happy holidays from all of us at NNLM MAR!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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.

Cold and Flu: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments – MARquee News Highlights

What do Bali and the Drug Information Portal Have to do w/Each Other? – NTO News

New on YouTube: TechTime: Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint, November 28, 2017

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

The Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will be retiring the @NLM_OSP Twitter account and the NLM 4 Caregivers pages and social media accounts in January 2018.

Models: The Third Leg in Data-Driven DiscoveryNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

HPCC Archived at NLM: Evolution and AssessmentCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Turning Data into Livesaving Solutions: Seeking Information Innovation in the Battle Against the Opioid CrisisDataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

Summer 2017 NCBI Hackathon Products – NCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

New on Genetics Home Reference: Seasonal Affective Disorder

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system 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!

2018 MeSH Highlights – January 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Join NTO and NLM staff for a highlights tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature the change of contraindications from subheading to MeSH heading; new publication types; updates to classification of isotopes and radioisotopes; additional terminology for viruses, smoking, and sugars; and restructuring in plant and animal taxonomies. Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar to learn about NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will highlight resources for special populations, special needs, and mobile apps for on-the-go preparedness!

Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps – January 10, 3:30-4:30 PM ET – Join MAR and County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to learn about Moving from Data to Health Equity Action! In this interactive webinar, Toni Lewis from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps will show attendees where they can find the data, evidence, guidance and examples to move their communities from data to action. This webinar will be particularly beneficial to individuals who are considering applying for funding to support community-based library projects.

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!

Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic -January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Partners Convene to Discuss Improving Health Literacy in Diverse Communities – From the New Jersey State Library, on the NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence (NJSNCC) conference.

The National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities Fall 2017 Newsletter is now available!

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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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 15, 2017

SEA News - Fri, 2017-12-15 07:55

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*

 On-Demand Asynchronous Moodle Course

 Online Asynchronous Moodle Course

 Webinars: December 18-22

 Webinars: January 1-5

 Webinars: January 8-12

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. Visit the NPHCO Calendar for training opportunities available.

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

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 accountprior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunitiesto register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guideto understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.

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

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The OHSU Library Data Science Institute Introduces Data Science Techniques to Librarians and Researchers

PNR News - Thu, 2017-12-14 21:47

Today’s Dragonfly post comes to us from Nicole Vasilevsky, Letisha Wyatt, Robin Champieux, Laura Zeigen and Jackie Wirz

The Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon hosted the “OHSU Library Data Science Institute” (ODSI) from November 6-8, 2017 in downtown, Portland. The event was targeted towards researchers, librarians and information specialists with an interest in gaining beginner level skills in data science. The goal was to provide face-to-face, interactive instruction over a three-day workshop. The learning objectives for the training were:

  • Increase awareness of key skills in data science and how these can be applied to the participants own daily practices, such as research or serving patrons
  • Increase confidence with using data science techniques
  • Increase the ability of participants to use or apply data science techniques in problems outlined in the course

Over 75 participants attended this event, which was held over the 3 days. Participants came from within and outside Portland, Washington, Idaho, California, British Columbia and Kansas. The topics for the workshop included topics such as an introduction to version control and GitHub, exploratory data analysis and statistics, biomedical data standards; data description, sharing and reuse; quantitative and qualitative analysis, analyzing textual data, web scraping, data visualization and mapping and geospatial visualization. All of the materials are shared and openly available via our website.

The goals of the ODSI were to:

1) to increase skills of students and information professionals (e.g., librarians and research staff) so that they may be better equipped to work with data or meet the needs of the research communities that they work with

2) provide a venue for networking and relationship-building between local research community, libraries, and active information professionals.

As an outcome of this course, the majority of our participants that identified as librarians or information professionals reported they are more aware of, can actively teach or use key skills in data science and are more aware of how these can be applied to researchers. In addition, the respondents that identified as researchers reported that they have increased awareness of and confidence using data science knowledge; that they anticipate integrating skills derived from the Institute into their workflow (experimental design, data cleaning, analysis) and that they bring this information back to their laboratory, department, and peers.

Our full webpage, which includes links to session syllabi and instructional materials.

Some lessons learned include:

  • Development of curricula for a diverse audience is a daunting challenge! To address this in the future we would consider tracks or ensuring that the content is focused and targeted to a specific career field/discipline.
  • A Train-the-Trainer event would help present a uniform approach towards pedagogy, hands-on-learning, and delivery. In addition, it might be helpful to host a demo day where instructors can test their content with either other instructors or a test audience.
  • More coffee and tea! Data Science is fueled by warm beverages, so we need to add more.
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NLM Resources to Relieve Holiday Stress

PSR News - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:33

The holiday season can be a time of joy, but it can also be a time of major stress. Financial worries, family expectations, and other causes of stress may lead to both mental and physical symptoms; such as depression, irritability, and digestive problems. Find ways to help relieve stress during the holidays with National Library of Medicine resources, including resources for the public on MedlinePlus and resources in multiple languages on HealthReach:

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GMR Sponsors Two Sites for Upcoming MLA Webinar on REDCap!

GMR News - Thu, 2017-12-14 12:35

Congratulations to the Wisconsin Health Science Library Association and the University of Detroit Mercy! Both organizations applied for and are being sponsored by the GMR office to access next week’s MLA webinar Go Red! REDCap for Library Data Services and Data Collection. Members affiliated with these organizations can view the webinar live or view a recording for up to 6 months. In addition, each organization will receive 25 CE codes that can be distributed at their discretion to individuals who attend the live, or view the recorded, session.

Just a reminder that the GMR accepts applications on a rolling basis for MLA Webinar Sponsorship, but organizations can only apply for sponsorship one time per quarter.

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Fresh Christmas Trees Might be Hosting Uninvited Guests

SCR News - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:30

“First Christmas” by Jared Lind via Unsplash, December 2, 2017, CCO.

Christmas trees typically are adorned with ornaments, lights, and the usual Christmas decorations.  Occasionally, a cat will even find its way into the tree.  This holiday season, consumers should also be aware of unwanted critters that may find their way into homes clinging to a freshly cut Christmas tree, said Texas A&M University entomologist, Dr. David Ragsdale.   “It should be no surprise that when a living plant is brought into the house it has hitchhikers,” he said.

The Department of Entomology at Penn State University has a complete online listing of the different types of insects you might find on your tree and the potential harm that insect might cause.  The good news?  Most do not pose a significant threat to your health or the health of other plants you have in your home.

The experts do have a list of tips to help minimize the risk of insects on your tree:

  • Tree farms often have mechanical shakers that can be used to help dislodge dead pine needles and insects.
  • Vigorously shake the tree before bringing it inside your home.
  • Do a visual inspection of the tree and remove any egg masses or nests.
  • Do NOT use any type of aerosol or insecticide as these are flammable.


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NIH All of Us Research Program Traveling Exhibit Visits the University of Arizona in Tucson!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2017-12-13 18:48
salam ahleh and yamila el-khayatAhlam Saleh and Yamila El-Khayat

by Yamila El-Khayat
Outreach Services Librarian
Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

The NIH All of Us Research Program traveling exhibit came to the University of Arizona’s Banner Health Hospital Campus on December 7, 2017. It provided an excellent opportunity to visit and learn more about the All of Us Program. At the entry, there was an introductory video that clearly and simply introduced the All of Us project. The video focused on two individuals of differing ethnicities and lifestyles, but with the same diagnosis. It focused on the importance of molding medicine to each individual because of their differences. It was a very creative way of simply defining the concept of precision medicine.

Next in the exhibit was an area to answer a couple of questions on a tablet computer. Then your picture was taken and you received a color identification from the spectrum of options. The picture was then shown framed in the identity color. No definitions were supplied regarding the colors, but I ended up being red, which according to the person giving us the tour was rare, and her first experience seeing that color. It was a further illustration of the differences in each of us. Finally, we were shown other activities and noises and had to identify what we thought they were and then shown what they really were. This was a way to learn about differing perceptions, again emphasizing the importance of uniqueness in individuals. All in all, the exhibit was an informative and entertaining way to learn more about the All of Us Research Program.

bus with all of us advertisementAll of Us Traveling Exhibit
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Coming soon—Survey results about DATA!

PNR News - Wed, 2017-12-13 18:08

You may remember the email and picture below, which was sent out to various groups and promoted in various ways this past spring.  In it, we were asking you all to participate in the NNLM-PNR data needs assessment survey.  By doing the survey, Annie Madhavan and I (Ann Glusker) were hoping to get feedback on the directions you want us to go with teaching about and providing resources related to data.

Well, we had 60 people respond, which we are thrilled about, and we ended up sending out 14 fabulous prizes (the NLM tape measures shown in the photo–woo hoo!).  More importantly, we’ve completed the data analysis, got some VERY helpful information, and are putting the final touches on the report we promised! (a little later than we’d hoped, but better late than never?)

So, we just wanted to let you know that the report will be sent out to the HLIB-NW list in early January, as well as to all the people whose emails we have and/or who ask for a copy, with our best wishes for a very happy New Year.  See you online again soon!

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MCR Voices – New Episode

MCR News - Wed, 2017-12-13 16:21

In the fifth episode of this series, Kim Carter, Public Services Research Specialist at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, shares her experiences and the impact that professional organizations have had on her career. YouTube | MP3

We’d like to know what YOU think – After you listen to the podcast, please add a comment on the YouTube page sharing what you found that was new or useful in the interview.

“MCR Voices” is a series of short podcasts designed to inform and educate our Network members on excellent practices throughout our region. Our second series is focused on five librarians from our region discussing their involvement in professional organizations.

For more about “MCR Voices” and podcasts, see our MCR Voices webpage.

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NLM’s Outreach and Special Populations Branch Announces Retirement of Social Media Accounts

PSR News - Wed, 2017-12-13 15:39

The NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) will be retiring the following pages and social media accounts in January 2018:

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Pleased to Make Your Acquaintance

GMR News - Wed, 2017-12-13 12:00

Hello everyone!  This is Sam Watson writing as a new Outreach Specialist for the National Library of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region.  I am excited, humbled, and honored to be part of the GMR team and to have the opportunity to work closely with the members of the NNLM.

As a late comer to the library field, I’m still grooming my information professional pedigree.  I bring with me an academic librarian instruction and science liaison experience from my time at Knox College and an MLIS degree from my fledgling librarian years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  My health information focus is the result of my inspirational medical librarian mother and my early career of pharmacy work in both retail and in-patient settings.  Years of witnessing, firsthand, the overwhelming behemoth of managing personal health encouraged me to pursue a career that would inform people of their options and the resources available.

My role here at the GMR will focus on outreach to community colleges; making connections, advocating NLM resources, and empowering people to use high quality information to make informed healthcare decisions both professionally and personally.  If you have any questions, interests, or just want to say ‘Hello!’ please feel free to contact me.

If ever I’m not working, you will most likely find me futzing over old fountain pens in a vain and fruitless attempt to improve my handwriting.

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Does Domestic Violence Escalate During the Holidays?

NER News - Tue, 2017-12-12 16:31


What are some of your first thoughts when you think about the holidays?  Will you consider me “Negative-Nellie” or one of those “glass-half-empty” people if I admit that “stress” is one of the first thoughts I have when I think about the holidays?

Do you think that family stress could cause an increase in the amount of family violence during the holiday season? My immediate answer is, of course!  Increased stress, increased alcohol consumption, increased time with family, increased expectations, increased obligations, it is not hard to see how violence could be the culmination of all those increased behaviors.

Guess what?  There is no data to support that assumption that family violence increases during the holidays! “This is a myth that has been debunked pretty well, “according to Monica McLaughlin, deputy director of public policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence issued a report that was not able to “find any reliable, national study linking the holidays with an increase in domestic violence. “In fact, the perpetuation of the myth that violence escalates during the holidays, is proof of the significant lack of understanding many of us have about how abuse works. Domestic violence is not just isolated acts of physical violence, instead it is a pattern of behavior that seeks to control and intimidate victims through emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse. “Coersive control doesn’t take a vacation,” states Monica McLaughlin. “It’s there all the time.” That is why Melissa Jeltsen entitled her December 13, 2016 Huffington Post article on this topic “Why It’s Dangerous to Claim Domestic Violence Spikes Over the Holidays.“

If you would like to read the article, here is the link .

There has been an abundance of violence in our country over the past few months, I worried about writing a blog post about this topic, especially during the holidays. Over the past few months, I too have felt like I have reached my limit of how much sadness I can tolerate, as I process what seems like weekly tragedies occurring in our country. Yet, it is hard to ignore that there have been 81 famous and prominent men accused of sexual misconduct and/or violence just since the beginning of October according to the December 8, 2017 Time Magazine article, “Here are All the Public Figures Who’ve Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Harvey Weinstein,” written by Samantha Cooney.

As a nation we are right in the middle of an important and historic national conversation about sexual misconduct and violence toward women.  Victims are finally being heard and perpetrators are suffering significant consequences. Hopefully, this conversation about violence can be an opportunity for education. Through our shared knowledge and education, I am hopeful we can help each other create solutions that will enable women and families to emerge from these tough experiences, stronger and resilient.

Back in November, which is domestic violence month, our local YWCA created this display to bring awareness to domestic violence.  The display was placed in the Worcester City Hall for the month. To learn more about this event,

If you are interested in learning more about domestic violence, the National Library of Medicine has created the following resources through their Specialized Information Services Outreach Portal. You can also access the following information through this link

Patient Resources in Multiple Languages for Domestic Violence 

Domestic violence is a form of abuse that may involve a spouse or partner, a child, elderly relative, or other family member. Domestic violence can include physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine offers handouts, audio, and video resources in multiple languages on HealthReach to educate people about domestic violence, such as:

Safe, Smart and Healthy – Keys to Success in Your New Home: Family Issues and Domestic Violence – 2 (16 languages): This one-page handout with accompanying video educates people about resources to assist women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. It contains information about 911, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Head Start, WIC, and Medicaid.

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Professional Develop Award Funds Two Courses on Data Management

GMR News - Tue, 2017-12-12 15:49

The Joint 2017 Midwest Medical Library Association and Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Conference received the Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region to offer two continuing education courses focused on data management. We selected this topic based on the vision of the new Director of the National Library of Medicine, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, who said “I believe the future of health and health care rests on data—genomic data, environmental sensor-generated data, electronic health records data, patient-generated data, research collected data. The data originating from research projects is becoming as important as the answers those research projects are providing.”

Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis

Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis, Photo by Don Pearson

The “Perspectives in Research Data Management” CE course was presented by Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis from the New York University School of Medicine1. The 2017 Joint Conference was privileged to be the last venue to offer this course. You can view the content of this course at The second CE offering, “Data Management for Librarians: What Librarians Need to Know,” was designed specifically for our conference by Caitlin Bakker2of University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

 What Librarians Need to Know”

Caitlin Baker presenting “Data Management for Librarians: What Librarians Need to Know” Photo by Don Pearson


These Professional Development Award-funded courses reached a total of thirty attendees, including both academic and hospital librarians.


Written by guest authors, Merle Rosenzweig & Emily Ginier, posted by Helen Spielbauer.





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