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Vitamin D and Pregnancy

SCR News - Tue, 2018-06-12 08:52
Photo of a couple holding baby shoes.

“Baby Shoes” by Drew Hays via Unsplash, August 7, 2015, CCO.

A NIH study shows a correlation between Vitamin D and miscarriage. “Our findings suggest that vitamin D may play a protective role in pregnancy,” said the study’s principal investigator Sunni L. Mumford, Ph.D.

Vitamins aid in helping with normal growth and development in the body. Vitamin D is used to absorb calcium, one of the main components of building bones. Vitamin D also plays a role in the nervous, musculoskeletal, and immune systems.

Vitamin D is obtained naturally through your skin when exposed to sunlight. It can also be obtained through diet or supplements. Foods that provide vitamin D include:

  • Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • Beef liver
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks

Those who do not maintain sufficient levels of Vitamin D are at risk for osteoporosis or rickets. The new NIH study also finds that too little Vitamin D could increase the risk for miscarriage. From the news release, “Among women who became pregnant, each 10 nanogram per milliliter increase in preconception vitamin D was associated with a 12-percent lower risk of pregnancy loss.”

Although the article does not discuss cause and effect, it does acknowledge that more research is needed. Read the entire NIH press release.

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Professional Development Opportunities from the PNR

PNR News - Mon, 2018-06-11 17:30

The NNLM PNR supports the professional development of its Network Members in several ways, including:

  • PNR Rendezvous
  • PNR Professional Development Lending Library
  • MLA Webinars
  • PNR Professional Development Awards

In addition to our popular PNR Rendezvous, which is a monthly webinar series presented focusing on various topics such as health, research, resources, librarianship, and technology for attendees to incorporate into their work, The NNLM PNR also provides other educational opportunities. The Professional Development Lending Library is a collection of books on topics of interest to medical librarians. Topics included are Administration/Management, Consumer Health, Copyright/Licensing, Data Management, Library Instruction, and Solo Librarianship. Book loans are free to our Network Members. The Medical Library Association provides several educational webinars per year to meet the needs of health information professionals, and the NNLM PNR buys a site license providing access, for which Network Members may register. And, the NNLM PNR also provides Professional Development Awards, which are designed to enable individuals at Network Member institutions to expand professional knowledge through continuing education to provide state of the art services to healthcare providers, researchers and/or consumers seeking health information. Stay tuned for a new round of Professional Development Awards to be announced soon, and please let us know if you have any ideas for additional ways the NNLM PNR can support your professional development.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on Healthy Aging Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-06-11 16:25

The archived recording of the May 30 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Healthy Aging: Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information, presented by Stephanie Dailey and Olivia Kent from National Institute on Aging and Andrew Plumer, from the Reference and Web Services Section at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

Note: To switch to full screen, click on the full screen icon in the bottom corner of the video player. To exit the full screen, press Esc on your keyboard or click on the Full screen icon again. If you have problems viewing full screen videos, make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Adobe Flash Player.

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Member Highlights: Adams County Library System, Gettysburg, PA

MAR News - Mon, 2018-06-11 10:00

NNLM MAR is pleased to share successes of health outreach projects and activities in our region. Learn what your amazing colleagues are doing to increase access to quality health information for the communities they serve.

Sensory Storytime

Sensory Storytime banner with child drawings replacing individual lettersSensory Storytime is an initiative of the Adams County Library System (ACLS) to provide meaningful early literacy experiences for children who may have sensory processing or autism spectrum disorders, and families who may therefore feel uncomfortable in more typical storytime settings. This was achieved through staff education in sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders, and training in delivery of high-quality sensory storytime sessions, utilizing available local, regional, and national resources. Materials and tools to accomplish this come from sources such as NLM, the American Library Association, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, PennCares Support Services, and other libraries that currently provide such services.

The target population group for the project is children with Sensory Processing Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their caregivers. The project also targets ACLS Youth Services Staff for education and training to work with the targeted population. Awareness was also raised across the county as the program was promoted and marketed. This would include health care providers such as pediatricians, and others who come in contact with young children.

Children standing together as part of a group gameFrom 2005 to 2011, the number of Adams County residents receiving some type of autism support services increased by 236%. More than half of those receiving services were under the age of 12. Across the United States, the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is rising, from 1 in 80 children in 2010 to 1 in 45 children in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to Sensory Storytime, the Adams County Library System offered no specialized programming for this burgeoning population. Providing such a program has been shown to have a significant impact on literacy and language skills.

Sensory Storytime at the Gettysburg branch of the Adams County Library System was begun as a pilot project to provide early literacy experiences to this underserved population. The original plan was to conduct an eight-week session, every Monday, beginning on March 5 and ending on April 23, 2018. However, due to the overwhelming positive feedback, and capacity attendance, the library system will continue the program on an ongoing basis every Monday morning at 10:30 am. PennCares Support Services will continue as partners, offering any future required training, and assisting in the planning and implementation of the storytime sessions themselves.

Child interacting with toys in a tub full of waterPlans are already in place to offer the program at the Trone Memorial Library in East Berlin, Pennsylvania, another Adams County Library member. This will begin in June 2018. After the East Berlin library begins the program, it will expand to Harbaugh-Thomas library in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, this fall. That means 50% of the libraries in the system will be conducting this program in less than a year after the initial discussions, which is cause for celebration. In a survey completed by parents at the end of the eight-week pilot period, one of the mothers shared, “The kids love being able to participate, it has helped them step out and be brave. We are so thankful for this program!” Without this program, a staple of library programming for young people might not have been experienced by these early learners.

This project was made possible through partnership with PennCares Support Services, and funding from NNLM MAR.

Want to learn more about this and other ACLS programs? Check out the Adams County Library System website, or contact George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator, via email: or telephone: (717) 334-5716.

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GMR Funds the Iowa Public Health Research Center at Allen College

GMR News - Mon, 2018-06-11 09:28


The GMR office is excited to announce that Allen College in Waterloo, IA has been granted a Health Information Outreach Award for its project, Iowa Public Health Research Center (IPHRC) at Allen College.


Due to the prevalence of underserved health communities, medically underserved areas, and remote rural conditions, Northeast Iowa has an especially intense need for programming that provides area health departments with research assistance and access. When we examine Northeastern Iowa as a whole, 40% or 10 of 25 corresponding counties are ranked 60+ out of 99 counties in terms of underserved health communities; 76% contain portions and/or populations that are considered medically underserved; and a substantial 72% of counties are rural. A shortage of health care providers within these areas and lack of access to services, whether because of distance or socioeconomic status, only intensifies these issues. In addition, 90% of health departments and health-focused nonprofits in these regions are not affiliated with a health organization. Subsequently, these entities overwhelmingly lack direct access to the literature, tools, and training needed to implement truly effective evidenced-based health initiatives.

Project Description

Allen College’s Barrett Library will provide 25 counties in Northeast Iowa with no-cost equal access to library materials. Allen College’s IPHRC project librarian will be available throughout the funding period to respond to item requests; locate, assess, and share resources; answer questions; produce literature reviews; and collaborate with healthcare providers to find the best solutions for their needs. In order to ensure that everyone involved knows how to best navigate federal health information resources, programming will include training sessions for interested participants and train-the-trainer initiatives for library staff.


The overall goal of this project is to enhance area institutions’ ability to educate residents about health issues and provide innovative solutions to community health problems. Data will be collected and tracked noting the number of research requests fulfilled and a robust marketing campaign will support ongoing contact with participants.

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Bigelow Free Library hosts “For All the People” Exhibit

NER News - Sat, 2018-06-09 12:12
This editorial cartoon supports compulsory health insurance to protect workers from losing their livelihoods due to sickness.

“Protected,” American Labor Legislation Review, 1919 Courtesy National Library of Medicine

On June 7, I headed north on Route 70 to visit the Bigelow Free Library in Clinton, MA.  The drive through rural Central Massachusetts is pretty–farms and green, open space. When I arrived, Library Director Marie Mueller greeted me and walked me downstairs to the “For All of the People” exhibit. Marie is actively promoting health-related programming at her small library. A recipient of LSTA’s Framework for Health Literacy award, Bigelow Free Library is making a push to raise awareness of the public library’s role in health literacy.

This spring, Bigelow Free Library offered a diabetes self-management series for Spanish speakers, hosted off-site by nearby Clinton Hospital. For the summer, the library offers a weekly walking program in an adjacent park with a monthly “Walk with a Doc”. Participants have an opportunity to walk and talk with a doctor. For an at-home learning opportunity, the library website features a link to a recent PLA podcast on health literacy.

I met Marie virtually when she participated in NNLM NER’s Community Health Engagement COI. Glad for the opportunity to visit her library, I am impressed with everything she is doing.

For All the People

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) administers a traveling exhibition program. These exhibitions run the gamut from forensic medicine to intoxicants to Harry Potter. The “For All the People” exhibit takes us through the history of the health care reform debate. The publicly visible part of the exhibit is several banners for display. NLM provides lesson plans and a bibliography for programming ideas.

The first banner takes us to the early 20th century, when labor unions and the Urban League raised concerns about high rates of accidents, disease and infant mortality. Moving into the 1920’s, the next banner focuses on citizen groups partnering with doctors and nurses to bring health care into the community. The next banner highlights activist groups, such as the Black Panthers and farm workers organizations, that opened clinics and food pantries in their neighborhoods. The feminist health movement (anyone remember Our Bodies, Ourselves?) and AIDS activists are featured on another banner. The exhibit concludes with a banner on the 21st century conflicts over the Affordable Care Act and the controversy surrounding delayed care at the Veterans Health Administration hospitals.

If you are traveling through Central Massachusetts, I encourage you to stop into the Bigelow Free Library (54 Walnut Street, Clinton, MA 01510). The library is open Tue-Sat. The exhibit will be up until July 15. Please check the website for hours and updated information.

To learn more about NLM’s Traveling Exhibitions, please check the History of Medicine webpage.



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The Dish on “The Dish”

MCR News - Fri, 2018-06-08 16:54

Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program, produces a video blog called The Dish that can update you on this ambitious effort to recruit a million or more people to share their biomedical data. You can view his comments on his YouTube channel.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-06-08 10:10

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


Member Highlights: Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Poughkeepsie, NY – Learn how this library brought health and wellness to their community through a library speaker series featuring medical professionals. Has your library developed a similar program? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

NLM Redesign: The National Library of Medicine website has a new look! Check out the improved design, which aims to provide users with a more efficient path to NLM tools and resources and adapts to any device’s screen size.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Review the schedule of upcoming conferences where you can meet and greet with our staff.

Headed to ALA? So is NNLM! – MARquee News Highlights

NIH Releases Inaugural Strategic Plan for Data Science! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR


NIH News in Health: the June 2018 issue of NIH News in Health is now available! This month’s features include, “Dealing With Trauma: Recovering From Frightening Events,” and “Herpes Can Happen to Anyone: Share Facts, Not Fears“.

The Evolution of Data Science Training in Biomedical InformaticsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Inspiring the Next Generation: Fifth Annual Science Day at NIHNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Chinese Anti-Tuberculosis Flyers, ca. 1940Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

The National Library of Medicine is accepting applications to its Michael E. DeBakey fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2019. Application materials must be submitted by September 28. Read the full NLM announcement for more information and instructions on how to apply.

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!

Just Talk About It: Using Mental Health Education to Prevent and Treat Substance Use Disorder – June 12, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by NER, Carl Antisell from the Minding Your Mind organization will share the story of his journey through addiction to recovery. Carl will discuss what to look for as warning signs of potential mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Learn to look beyond the stigma associated with mental health, and use strategies with students, friends and family to address signs of difficulty using vocabulary that invites engagement and that shows empathy, care and respect.

A New Kind of Village: Combating Loneliness among Older Adults – June 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Loneliness among the aging population has been shown to have health risks equivalent to those of smoking and diabetes, with an overall 26% increase in mortality. Join SCR for this webinar to explore how government agencies, solution providers, healthcare, education and multiple other industries can act together to develop solutions designed to help people rebuild social connections and engagement with their communities.

Research Data Management Services: Beyond Analysis and Coding – June 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – There is more to RDM services than the technical skills necessary for data management. Soft skills and non-technical skills are very important when setting up RDM services, and continue to be important to the sustainability of services. Reference skills, relationship building, negotiation, listening, facilitating access to de-centralized resources, policy knowledge and assessment, are all important to the success of a service. In this webinar Margaret Henderson, hosted by SEA, will discuss these skills and show you how to start RDM services, even if you don’t feel confident about your statistical skills or knowledge of R.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 20, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this class will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. Participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE.

Unlocking the Potential of De-identified Clinical Datasets – June 20, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Healthcare systems generate a ton of data on a daily basis. The primary purpose of this data is billing and clinical decision making, but great secondary use of this data is research. This PNR webinar will discuss the potential uses, best practices and common hurdles of de-identified clinical datasets.

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – June 22, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – This MAR presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Health Programming Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR), University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, Pittsburgh, PA

Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis – from the Rural Health Information Hub, this new topic guide identifies rural-specific initiatives and funding opportunities, program examples, and tools and resources focused on prevention, harm reduction, and treatment, to help address this crisis in your rural community.

An Overview of the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program – June 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – from the NPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council, this webinar will focus on an overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a key element of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The presentation will also highlight the program’s engagement efforts with community and healthcare provider organizations. The audience will learn about how to become involved with All of Us and will be able to share information with those they serve and/or represent.

EXCITE Transformation for Libraries – The State Library of Connecticut is accepting applications for this intensive team-based experiential learning program for librarians that will teach collaboration and innovation skills, result in programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, lead to cultural change at libraries, and sustain project impact through extended training. Applications are due June 14, 2018.

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 – June 08, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-06-08 07:40

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


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars: June 11-15

Webinars: June 18-22

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars and classes.

NNLM Webinars 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 Substance Misuse

Miscellaneous News

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 Guideto 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 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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NNLM Professional Development Awardee, Rachael Lebo attends Adapting | Transforming | Leading, the 2018 MLA Conference

GMR News - Fri, 2018-06-08 05:00

The theme to this year’s MLA conference was Adapting. Transforming. Leading.  These three words make up many of the definitions of librarianship.  I saw this theme time and again throughout the conference and I took away knowledge and ideas which will guide me in adapting, transforming, and leading at my own institution.

Thanks to the support from the NNLM/GMR’s Professional Development Award, I attended the Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference for the first time this past May 18th – 23rd.  Due to this funding, I was able to attend one of the many CE courses offered at this year’s conference.

I attended CE300 Not Just Numbers: Teaching Students to Think Using Practical Curriculum Exercises.  This CE course focused on educating medical school students with engaging evidence-based medicine (EBM) exercises.  I originally signed up for this CE course, because I believed it would build on my knowledge and generate ideas that I could use for my school’s EBM case in their objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE).  However, I took away a great deal more.  The exercises and ideas taught during this CE course were geared toward all levels of learning, from first-year medical students through residents.  In fact, one of the exercises would probably be entertaining to use in faculty training as well.  The instructors of this course had us doing the exercises as if we were the medical students.  By doing this, we were able to see things as the students would – see the challenges, fun, understanding, and complications involved.  While all of the exercises were implemented and used with the medical school at the Louisiana State University Health – Shreveport, I saw how easily I can adapt these exercises to my own medical school or other health sciences departments.  I have divided many of the exercises into different groups such as, exercises I want to use for our lunch-n-learn sessions, possible small group exercises, and ideas I want to propose for the future.  Thanks to the generosity and creativity of the LSU Health – Shreveport librarians, I was able to take away a lot of ideas and possible opportunities from this CE course.

The lightening talks and poster sessions gave me a greater respect for our profession, because while we may all fall under the health sciences librarian umbrella – all of our jobs are so very different!  I took home a lot of information and a long “to-do” list of things into which I want to delve deeper or new tools I want to explore and utilize.

The Silver and Gold theme of the networking dinner was one that really hit me throughout the entire conference.  The idea of silver and gold friends comes from an old song that I learned at Girl Scout camp, Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.  I started in my current position in October 2017 after completing an internship for the past year at another institution.  I took the time to meet up with my past colleagues who have become such blessed friends and other friends whom I’ve met in various ways.  There were many times throughout the conference that I found myself surrounded by old and new friends, whether it was during educational sessions or impromptu lunches and dinners.

Everybody I met, whether I knew them previously or just met them, introduced me to somebody else.  Our job duties are growing exponentially and having this amazing network allows us to grow stronger and bolder in our careers.  We challenge each other and learn from each other.  Getting the chance to attend MLA ’18 and taking the CE300 course taught me new ideas and challenged me to become a stronger librarian.  Thanks to the GMR’s Professional Development Award, I’m ready to adapt, transform, and lead so that I can give rise to my ideas, both successes and failures, and watch our profession continue to get stronger.

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Report on the ARL Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-06-07 15:48

by Annabelle Nuñez, MA
Associate Director, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

I received a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region to travel to Minneapolis, MN, to attend the Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Preconference on May 9-11, 2018. The symposium, hosted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL), offered programming to help participants learn ways in which they can lead their organizations towards creating more equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) climates.

Knowledge River alumni holding fingers up signifying their cohort numberLeft to right: Freddy Martinez-Garcia, Annabelle Nuñez, Mark A. Puente, Jolie Graybill, & Teresa Miguel-Stearns

On the first day, the preconference, Judith Katz and Fred Miller of the Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc., led us through a full day of engaging conversation and activities. We were asked to identify and reflect on the state of our respective organization’s EDI culture. We worked through various exercises to learn about inclusive frameworks to use in the development of organizational systems to support greater inclusion in our libraries. The next day, our opening keynote speaker was DeRay Mckesson, host of Pod Save the People podcast. Mr. Mckesson is an American civil rights activist and former school administrator. We heard about his work as a teacher and administrator and his contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement. He spoke to the injustices associated with being black in America, particularly with respect to law enforcement. Later in the day, I attended a session entitled Acting on the Ithaka Report: Design Thinking for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Libraries—Part 1: Understanding the Issues. According to the Ithaka survey sent to 1,498 directors in academic libraries, over three quarters of the librarians reporting identified as white, and nearly 90% of the leadership reporting also identified as white.  We discussed the report findings and identified a real urgency to put into place systems in our libraries that support the path to EDI in the library profession. Some strategies discussed included provisioning pipeline programs, expanding EDI context in library and information education, and cross-cultural training for the existing workforce. On the last day, the most notable session I attended was a presentation of best practices and lessons learned from a few institutions participating in the ACRL Diversity Alliance program. This was of special interest to me as our health sciences library works with the university’s School of Information to sponsor a Knowledge River graduate assistant each year. The National Library of Medicine supports this collaboration.

In 2016, leadership at the University of Arizona Libraries created a charge to form a diversity committee to create a path of inclusion for the organization. Currently, I am a member of the Diversity Social Justice and Equity Council (DSJEC), as a representative of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. Attending the symposium gave me an opportunity to learn new approaches for assessing our library culture and environment. I plan to share this information with my DSJEC colleagues so that we may integrate these frameworks in the development of our EDI programming and organizational structures. Overall, the sessions and peer networking were a great way to share and gain knowledge on the practice of EDI work. This symposium was very educational and inspiring and I look forward to working with our library Council using the resources and information shared. If the symposium becomes a regular event, I highly recommend this opportunity for anyone who works in a library!

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Meet NNLM NER & All of Us at ALA 2018

NER News - Thu, 2018-06-07 13:59

Hello New England Librarians!

Catherine Martin PhotoPlease join Catherine Martin, the Community Education Coordinator for the All of Us Research Program, during the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018.  Schedules will be quite busy, so the best way to meet up and share potential plans for community engagement at your library will be to schedule a time directly with Catherine. You can reach Catherine at and find her at the conference. You can also connect with any of our other coordinators anytime  We look forward to our future connection!!

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Professional Development Award Recipients Announced

SEA News - Thu, 2018-06-07 13:04

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region is pleased to announce the recipients of the Professional Development Award. The purpose of this award is to strengthen the professional knowledge and experience of individual network members to improve access to health information for healthcare providers and consumers and to build professional capacity in support of the goals of the NNLM.

Current recipients of the award are:

Georgia Health Sciences Library Association

  • Project Manager: Carolann Curry, GHSLA Continuing Education Chair
  • Budget: $1,500
  • Project Description: This award will be used to support an in-person CE training on systematic reviews to members of GHSLA to help with developing and managing a systematic review service and matching review type to research questions.

Humanity Road, Boydton, VA

  • Project Manager: Cat Graham, Chief Operations Officer
  • Budget: $1,474.30
  • Project Description: The project will be used to conduct public education outreach to Increase awareness and use of NLM information resources, and establish the local library and the NLM as a primary source for reliable and authenticated content by training the public in the use of medical information resources.

MLA Mid-Atlantic Chapter

  • Project Managers: Roger Russell, Chair, MAC Professional Development Committee & Emilie Ludeman, Co-Chair MAC Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Budget: $3,000
  • Project Description: This project will be used to support travel expenses for the MAC Annual Meeting for MLA CE classes and also support the leadership panel planned during the Annual Meeting.

Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association

  • Project Manager: Lindsay Blake, Chair Elect, Program Chair of Southern Chapter/MLA
  • Budget: $4,500
  • Project Description: This project will be used to support the travel expenses for guest speakers at the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual meeting covering topics on Data, Diversity and Inclusion, and challenges for academic and hospital libraries in the future.

Please take a moment to congratulate this year’s Professional Development awardees! Currently funds are still available for the Professional Development Award. This award will remain open until funds are depleted. Apply while funds are still available!

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Funding Awarded to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library

GMR News - Thu, 2018-06-07 09:18

We at the GMR office are happy to announce that the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library (SIUSML) has been granted a Health Information Outreach award in support of their 3D printing program.


Description – The 3D printing program will create anatomical models for physicians and surgeons in Southern Illinois University’s 9 clinical science departments in Springfield, IL.  The models can be used prior to a procedure to train residents working in the clinics, to educate current medical school students about basic anatomy or particular health conditions, and to educate patients about their condition or promote wellness.  Print files from the National Institute of Health’s 3D Print Exchange ( as well as those from SIU Physicians will be used.

Objectives – The 3D printing program aims to 1) raise awareness of the resources and expertise of the SIUSML and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 2) improve collaboration between the SIUSML staff and the School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, and clinicians 3) and educate faculty, staff, students, clinicians, and patients about about basic anatomy using 3D printed models.  As they say, a picture, or in this case, an anatomical model, is worth a thousand words, especially when helping health care professionals and patients visualize anatomy and potential surgeries.  These models can be used to explain a health problem or procedure more effectively than mere words.

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Funding Awarded for Interactive Health Information Kiosks

GMR News - Wed, 2018-06-06 16:39

The GMR office is excited to announce that Richland Public Health in Mansfield, Ohio has been granted a Health Information Outreach Award for its project, Interactive Health Information Kiosks in Richland County Libraries.


Richland County (RC) is comprised of an urban center surrounded by a number of rural villages and townships. Both of these areas are comprised of RC’s impoverished and underserved populations. Access to relevant and appropriate health information has been a long standing issue within RC. Many residents do not have personal access to Internet services and have low education levels. In addition, RC’s 2016 Community Health Assessment indicated that residents have higher incidences of angina, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity than the state average.

Project Description

The Interactive Health Information Kiosks in Richland County Libraries project will consist of four phases in order to establish and sustain the installment of interactive health information kiosks at Richland County’s local libraries, as well as educating the public on identifying relevant, accurate, and appropriate health research. The first phase of this project will be to obtain and install health information education kiosks at all 9 Richland County libraries. The second phase will consist of outreach to local health care settings, including primary care physicians and pharmacies, to educate and inform practices about the kiosks and programming at the libraries. Phase three will be completed by educating the target audience of residents who live in rural areas. A series of workshops on health information and the kiosks will emphasize the importance of health information, personalized medicine, improve health literacy, and how to do health research on their own by utilizing NLM resources. Finally, Phase 4 will consist of ongoing promotion and marketing for sustainability.


Funding for this project will assist in achieving four overarching goals:

  1. Create and provide access to health information tools and resources.
  2. Complete outreach to health professionals and members of the rural community about the resources.
  3. Empower community members to have an active role in their health.
  4. Ensure sustainability after completion of the funding award.
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Introduction to Software Carpentry for Librarians

MCR News - Wed, 2018-06-06 15:26

If you missed the online forum “Introduction to Software Carpentry for Librarians” with speakers Cam Macdonell and Clara Llebot Lorente on 5/24/2018 the recording is now available:

Slides and other documents such as the chat transcript are viewable in this Google Docs folder:

Sponsored by ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries, they would appreciate your feedback

Carpentries folks ask for feedback here:

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New Executive Director of SEA

SEA News - Wed, 2018-06-06 12:59

I am delighted to announce that Tony Nguyen, will be the new Executive Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern Atlantic Region following in the traditions of excellence set by Jenkins, Grefsheim, Meakin, Kelly, and Prince. This is effective Monday, June 11th.

Many of you know Tony from his work in many SEA coordinator roles over the past four years. His affinity and affection for our region, his leadership skills, and his collaborative nature will make him an excellent leader. I look forward to working with him.

Many thanks to Alexa Mayo who has ably and enthusiastically kept the SEA ship of state afloat, and of course, thanks to the SEA team who have learned to love ambiguity and have been consummate professionals, “keeping calm and carrying on.”

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Tony on his new role and thanking Alexa for her steady and collaborative hand over the past few months.




Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library

Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine,

Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Director, National DOCLINE Coordinating Office

University of Maryland, Baltimore

601 West Lombard Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

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Men’s Health Month

SCR News - Wed, 2018-06-06 09:36
Picture of Medical Supplies

“Medical Photo.” by @rawpixel via Unsplash, March 13, 2018, CCO.

June is Men’s Health Month. Coming up is also Men’s Health Week, which takes place the week leading up to Father’s Day. This year’s dates are June 11-17, 2018. According to, “the purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”

A resource provided by the Men’s Health Network is the Men’s Health Library, with resources and posters containing related health information that encourages people to get it checked!

To find more consumer-friendly information on related research, resources, specific issues and other health information, see the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus health topic page on Men’s Health:

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Headed to ALA? So is NNLM!

MAR News - Tue, 2018-06-05 15:22

Several staff members from across the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will be in New Orleans this month for the American Library Association Conference. We hope to meet you at one of the following events. All are listed in Central Standard Time (CT):

Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale and Executive Director Kate Flewelling will present “’Engage for Health’: a Patient-Doctor Communication Program @ Your LibraryJune 23 from 2:30-3:30pm. The session will introduce participants to the ‘Engage for Health’ program and share just how easy it is to implement this health literacy program for your community!

Vitale and Flewelling will also be attending ASCLA Consumer Health Information Librarians Interest Group June 23 from 10:30-11:30am to network with participants interested in tools for health information outreach.

Are you interested in talking about careers at NNLM? Thinking about a career in medical librarianship? Stop by the NNLM booth at the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Open House on Sunday June 24 from 10:30am-12:00pm. Flewelling will be there to showcase current opportunities and answer general questions.

Join MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner on Sunday June 24 from 1:00-2:00pm for “Professional Development 101: Get Involved, Get Ahead, and Make a Difference”. In this session, attendees will hear about Milliner’s experience working in and with public libraries and from two other library professionals and their professional journeys. This session will also include casual roundtable discussions on topics of getting involved in ALA and local library associations, advice for professional development opportunities, making a career plan, and working on professional committees. Attendees will walk away with tangible next steps about ways to enhance their professional careers.

All of Us Community Engagement staff Veronica Leigh Milliner (MAR), Rachel Tims (South Central Region), April Wright (Southeastern/Atlantic Region), and Kelli Ham (Pacific Southwest) will also be available at the Learning Roundtable Training Showcase on Sunday June 24 from 3:00-5:00pm on the Exhibit Hall Floor. This fun, informal event is a chance for attendees to hear about training, resources, and professional development opportunities for libraries. Come learn about NNLM’s partnership with the All of Us Research Program and public libraries, free health resources for your library, Consumer Health Information Specialization sponsorship, and free library staff trainings/professional development available from NNLM.

On Monday, June 25 from 1:00-2:00pm, Greater Midwest Region Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist Bobbi Newman will present with partners an Update on Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative (PLA). Learn how you can receive certifications that benefit you personally and highlight the role your library has in keeping the community healthy.

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Funded Project Spotlight: The Center for Cartoon Studies

NER News - Tue, 2018-06-05 13:12

This post highlights one of the NNLM NER funding projects during 2018-2019. To learn more about our funding, as well as current and past projects visit

Project Title: Comics and Medicine 2018 Conference
Organization: The Center for Cartoon Studies
Contact: James Sturm, Director of the Center for Cartoon Studies

The Comics and Medicine 2018 Conference seeks to engage health providers, health information professionals, artists, academics and members of the local community in the use of comics as a resource to provide accessible health information and communicate health-related experiences. This year’s conference theme is “The Ways We Work” and will offer panel discussions and oral presentations on the ways that graphic medicine is being practiced by teachers, librarians, healthcare professionals and artists. Proposed workshops will focus on visual literacy, teaching, and contemplative practices. The conference will also host the National Library of Medicine’s traveling graphic medicine, Ill Conceived and Well Drawn.

In keeping with the organizer’s values of inclusiveness and diversity many of the conference events, including all three keynote speakers, will be free and open to the public. In addition, a special conference rate for artists and students will be offered. Finally, a unique “Comics Marketplace” will allow multiple modes for participants to explore comics as a resource and medium for promoting conversations and information about health experiences.

Learn more about the Center for Cartoon Studies, the Comics and Medicine Conference,  the NLM’s Graphic Medicine Exhibit, and the NNLM NER’s Graphic Medicine Book Club Kits.

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