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Applications Open for Library Carpentry Workshops in Baltimore and Salt Lake City!

MCR News - Tue, 2019-12-17 19:12

The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) are pleased to host Library Carpentry workshops this spring and provide professional development funds to support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. Biomedical and health sciences librarians and LIS students are encouraged to participate.

In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Participants may apply to attend the workshop series in either:

  • Baltimore, Maryland – March 19-20, 2020 or
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – March 26-27, 2020

To broaden access to this exciting training, we invite applications to cover the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City. Travel costs will be reimbursed after travel occurs.


Your organization must be a NNLM Network Member. If your organization is not a Network Member, they can join for free!

You must be able to commit to traveling for the workshop dates:

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore – March 19-20, 2020
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City – March 26-27, 2020

You must be able to bring a laptop computer.

All participants must be prepared to observe The Carpentries Code of Conduct in workshops.

Applications to participate and receive funding are due Friday, January 10, 2020. Notice of acceptance to the Library Carpentry Workshop will be announced on or before January 31, 2020.

See full details and apply via the online application:

For questions, please contact the NTO at or NNLM SEA at

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Holiday Hours

MCR News - Tue, 2019-12-17 19:08

NNLM MCR Offices will be closed December 24-26, 2019 and January 1, 2020.  We will be open with limited hours and staffing on December 23, 27, 30, and 31.

We wish you all the happiest of holidays!

Happy Holidays graphic

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Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., Selected CEO of the NIH All of Us Research Program

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2019-12-17 15:03

man with glasses in a business suit

Dr. Josh Denny. Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center

NIH Director Francis S. Collins has announced the selection of Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., as Chief Executive Officer of the NIH All of Us Research Program. As CEO, he will oversee NIH’s efforts to build one of the largest and most comprehensive precision medicine research platforms in the world, in partnership with a diverse network of awardees and participants.

Dr. Denny comes to NIH from Nashville, TN, where he is a Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has been involved in All of Us from its inception, first as a member of the Advisory Committee to the (NIH) Director Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group, which developed the program’s scientific blueprint. He led the program’s initial prototyping project and is currently the principal investigator for the All of Us Data and Research Center. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Denny is deeply committed to improving patient care through the advancement of precision medicine. He will bring expertise in bioinformatics, genomics, and internal medicine, and significant prior experience with other large research efforts, including the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, the Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), and the Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) Network. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

In this position, Dr. Denny will work in close collaboration with All of Us Deputy Director Stephanie Devaney, Ph.D., who is being promoted to Chief Operating Officer; a new position in which she will assume additional responsibilities in leading the operations of the program and its extensive consortium of awardees and other partners. She will also continue to oversee the program’s policy work, serve as principal liaison to the Institutional Review Board and Trans-NIH Liaisons Coordinating Team, and provide expert counsel on key initiatives.

Eric Dishman, who currently leads All of Us, will become Chief Innovation Officer, leveraging his prior experience in Silicon Valley to guide strategic planning efforts and build a culture of innovation. This work will include creating a pipeline to support rapid delivery of exploratory projects for future development. He has brought tremendous vision and dedication to the program as its inaugural leader, and will continue to share his talents in this new role.

With more than 300,000 people already enrolled in the program, these changes represent the progression of the program to a fully empowered national flagship for biomedical research. Recruitment will continue to reach the goal of at least one million participants; additional genotype, electronic health record, wearable sensor, and environmental exposure data will be added to the unprecedented longitudinal dataset; and broad access to researchers will soon commence, guided by the most secure data system possible in order to protect participant confidentiality. Dr. Denny, Ms. Devaney, and Mr. Dishman have worked together on All of Us from the beginning and share a common devotion to its goals and core values. They are well equipped to lead the way forward to a new stage of scientific discovery.

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DataFlash: Library Carpentry Workshops

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2019-12-17 15:02

The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) are pleased to host Library Carpentry workshops this spring and provide professional development funds to support travel to these exciting opportunities.

In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Participants may apply to attend the workshop series in either:

  • Baltimore, Maryland – March 19-20, 2020 or
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – March 26-27, 2020

To broaden access to this exciting training, we invite applications to cover the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City. Travel costs will be reimbursed after travel occurs.

For more information, please apply here.

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NLM Seeks Host Sites for 2020-2021 Second-Year Associate Fellows

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-16 17:16

The National Library of Medicine is seeking host sites for the 2020-2021 second-year experience for its current group of NLM Associate Fellows. Host sites are health sciences libraries which can offer a strong opportunity for an early-career health sciences librarian, with exposure to the full range of work and experiences of the institution. NLM is seeking host sites that are willing to fund the stipend and health insurance, while NLM provides funding for professional development, interview, colloquium attendance, and relocation. The deadline for letters of interest is April 1, 2020.

A little bit about the Associates:

  • Brenna Cox is interested in consumer health, public health, nutrition, and complementary and alternative medicine. She would like to learn how to conduct systematic reviews and would be interested in projects related to the organization of information or scholarly communication. She’s also interested in outreach and has prior experience working with social media, research guides, and book displays. Her current project at NLM is Investigating the addition of CPT©4 procedure codes to MedlinePlus Connect.
  • Sharon Han is interested in outreach and engagement, user experience, data visualization, and public health informatics. She looks forward to engaging in collaborative efforts with institutional partners that value data-driven and human-centered health science education and research.
  • Eden Kinzel is interested in instruction, small group consultations, literature searching and systematic reviews, social media, and other library content creation. During the first year of the fellowship, she gained exposure to data analysis and data visualization and would enjoy continuing to build those skills. She is also excited to learn more about research data management, health information literacy, and open access publishing.
  • Louise To is interested in consumer and clinical health information products, health IT policy, and health disparities. For her second year, she hopes to gain more experience in clinical librarianship, data visualization, and user research and analytics.

All the Associates are interested in a second year. Each year the Associate Fellows select projects proposed by NLM staff. More information on hosting an NLM Associate Fellow is available on the NLM web site.

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Training Opportunity: Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, January 17 to May 8, 2020

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-16 16:43

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is pleased to open registration for the fifth cohort of Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications. This course is designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use gene and protein information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. The 16-week, self-paced Moodle course reviews basic biology concepts and takes a deep dive into NCBI Molecular Biology Databases. It is worth 30 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. Successful participants are invited to join an Alumni Forum which includes discussion and bi-monthly learning opportunities. This fifth cohort of the course will run January 17 to May 8, 2020.

Registration closes on January 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm of your time zone. This course is limited to 60 participants. A 20-seat wait list is also available. Registration preference is given to librarians or information specialists who are U.S. citizens or residents of the United States. When registering, you will be automatically wait-listed and contacted by NNLM via email about your enrollment.

Subject Matter Experts for this course include Peter Cooper, PhD and Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine. There are four major due dates to successfully complete this course:
Pre-Work: January 31, 2020
Part I: February 28, 2020
Part II: April 3, 2020
Part III: May 8, 2020

Further details are in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM RFI on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

PSR News - Mon, 2019-12-16 16:25

The National Library of Medicine is conducting a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public input on future research and program directions for the NLM Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). Created in 1986, the National Library of Medicine’s Unified Medical Language System integrates and distributes key terminology, classification and coding standards, and associated resources to promote creation of effective and interoperable biomedical information systems and services, including electronic health records.

Through this RFI, NLM seeks stakeholder input on how to improve the UMLS. Additionally, NLM will conduct at least one public informational webinar that presents proposed ideas for improving UMLS. The input received from these efforts will be considered by NLM in the development of future versions of the UMLS. RFI Comments should be submitted electronically by January 11.

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A New NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System Coming in 2020!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-12-16 16:16

Reflecting the National Library of Medicine’s ongoing commitment to public access support at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and beyond, a new NIHMS system will be released in early 2020. This new system aims to streamline the submission process, ensure the continued quality of manuscripts made publicly accessible, and give authors and investigators more transparent options for avoiding processing delays. Anyone familiar with the current NIHMS system will find the basic steps of submitting, reviewing, and approving manuscripts for inclusion in PMC unchanged in the new system. There will be an updated user interface that simplifies the login process for returning users; provides contextual help throughout; and offers user-friendly options for importing article metadata, requesting corrections, and taking over the Reviewer role for stalled submissions. A video with details of these updates and more is available.

By investing in NIHMS, the goal is to continue to ensure the public has access to publicly and privately funded research results. Please contact the NIHMS help desk if you have any questions. Further updates will be provided as an official release date becomes available. The NIH developed the NIHMS system to facilitate the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts for inclusion in PubMed Central (PMC) in support of the NIH Public Access Policy. NIHMS has been operated by the NLM since its inception in 2005 and has processed over 725,000 submissions in that time. In the ensuing years, it has expanded to support the public access policies of numerous other funding organizations and government agencies.

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MEDLINE Data Changes for 2020

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-16 16:02

This article summarizes notable data changes made to MEDLINE during the National Library of Medicine’s annual Year-End Processing (YEP) maintenance for 2020:

The MeSH Browser currently points to the 2020 MeSH vocabulary with a link to the 2019 MeSH vocabulary. Searchers should consult the Browser to find MeSH headings of interest and their relationships to other headings. The Browser contains MeSH heading records that may include Scope Notes, Annotations, Entry Terms, History Notes, Allowable Qualifiers (Subheadings), Previous Indexing, and other information. It also includes Subheading records and Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs) for substances, diseases, and organisms that are not MeSH headings. You can download 2020 MeSH from links on the NLM Data Distribution page for MeSH Data. The PubMed MeSH database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2020 MeSH by the middle of December when YEP activities are complete and the newly maintained MEDLINE data are available in PubMed.

For 2020, 97 MeSH headings were either changed or deleted and replaced with more up-to-date terminology. During YEP, NLM updates these MeSH headings on MEDLINE citations. 293 new MeSH headings, plus two new Publication Types, are added to MeSH in 2020. A complete list of the new 2020 MeSH headings is available in PDF format, visit New Headings with Scope Notes, Annotations and Tree Locations.

Typically, NLM does not retrospectively re-index MEDLINE citations with new MeSH heading concepts. Therefore, searching PubMed for a new MeSH term tagged with [mh] or [majr] effectively limits retrieval to citations indexed after the term was introduced. PubMed Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) expands an untagged subject search to include both MeSH Terms and All Fields index terms and may retrieve relevant citations indexed before the introduction of a new MeSH term. Searchers may consult the MeSH Browser or the MeSH database to see the previous indexing terms most likely used for a particular concept before the new MeSH Heading was introduced.

One new publication type is available for MEDLINE indexing in 2020:

  • Randomized Controlled Trial, Veterinary
    Indexing policy: Use for the original report of the conduct or results of a specific randomized veterinary clinical trial in which animal participants are randomly assigned to receive one or more interventions. Use the MeSH headings Clinical Trials, Veterinary as Topic and Randomization for the general design, methodology, economics, etc.of randomized veterinary clinical trials.

For a complete list of updates, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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MaryAnne Hansen: ALA’s I Love My Librarian Award Winner!

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-12-16 15:24

Selected from more than 1,900 nominations submitted by library users across the county, MaryAnne Hansen, Research Services Librarian,
Montana State University Renne Library, Bozeman, Montana, is 1 of 10 librarians selected as an American Library Association’s “I Love My Librarian” winner. MaryAnne was nominated by her colleagues for her passion and dedication to making a difference and transforming the lives of others through libraries. Along with the other awardees, MaryAnne will be honored at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia on January 25 at 3 p.m. ET. The award ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook, so everyone can join the celebration and hear each winner’s inspiring story. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, MaryAnne!

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Graphic Medicine for Kids and Teens

NER News - Mon, 2019-12-16 10:47

Collage of book covers for Sunny Side Up, Hyperbole and a Half, Ghosts, The Truth About Stacey and Hey Kiddo.

Graphic Medicine is comic books and graphic novels that cover topics of health and wellness.  The visual format makes the information easier to understand and digest.  By reading a personal, non-fiction story, we can learn about issues we may not have experienced ourselves.  These stories can also help us feel less alone in our own lives.

People who aren’t familiar with graphic medicine often assume that it’s mainly a tool for health communication with kids and teens.  When mainstream audiences think about comics and graphic novels, they picture the comics they read as kids (superheroes, romance, teen drama), and may not be aware of the large variety of fiction and non-fiction works written for adults. In fact, a lot of graphic medicine works are primarily focused on communicating with adults with language and illustrations not designed for young audiences.  This isn’t as simple as “adult content”, but also references that may go over younger readers heads or don’t resonate with them.

Here are a few examples of graphic medicine works that were written specifically with kids and young adults in mind.

For Kids:

  • Many of the books by Raina Telgemeier have health and wellness themes including Smile, Sisters, and Guts, autobiographical works dealing with dental issues, sibling rivalry, and “tummy troubles” caused by anxiety. Ghosts and The Truth About Stacey, fiction by Telgemeier, deal with cystic fibrosis, sibling relationships and diabetes.
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell uses animal characters to illustrate the author’s childhood experiences being deaf and having to use the Phonic Ear (a bulky hearing aid).
  • Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm and its sequels follow Sunny as she deals with changing family relationships, sibling substance use and growing up.

For Teens:

These are just a few examples of graphic novels with health themes written for young people, but many graphic novels for kids and young adults deal with growing up, interpersonal relationships and other mental and physical health issues.  Your local library probably has titles already in their children and teen collection that they may not have thought of as graphic medicine or for communicate health issues with kids.

Learn more about Graphic Medicine, including lesson plans for grades 7-10, by visiting the NLM’s website for the traveling exhibit Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived, Well-Drawn.  Or request a Graphic Medicine Book Club Kit for your library, school or community group to try.

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In the Region

MAR News - Mon, 2019-12-16 07:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Kate Flewelling, MidYear Review: Although the calendar says we are at the end of 2019, NNLM MAR is in the middle of Year 4 of our 5-year Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine. On December 9, NNLM MAR had our midyear review with NLM to update them on our progress towards yearly goals. It’s also a great time to brag about all the great work happening in our region by staff and our members. One of the goals we are trying to reach by April 30, 2020 is 60% “active” membership. We are almost there – 57% as of this writing, but we can use your help. Look for your organization’s record in the membership directory – is everything up to date? Are the listed contacts current? Shoot us an email at to let us know if everything is current, or to update us on any needed changes. Thank you for your help in accurately reporting NNLM MAR membership!

Erin Seger, Offering Rural Health Resources: On December 6, I spoke at the Adirondack Rural Health Network quarterly meeting about the programs and funding offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. AHRN, a program of the Adirondack Rural Health Institute, is a coalition focused on assessment, education and training that furthers the New York State Department of Health Prevention Agenda. The organizations involved all do great work to improve the health of their communities. In my opinion, this work can be even more challenging in a the rural settings that make up the Adirondack area. Did you know that NNLM has a class about rural health resources? Check out the NNLM course Catalog listing for From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources. You can watch the recording of this class that took place just a few weeks ago. If you want to attend the next live session, watch our training calendar for it to be scheduled, or sign up for Weekly Postings, where you’ll get e-mail updates about upcoming online classes.

Tess Wilson, LIS Outreach: Michael and I exhibited at the New York Library Association Conference from November 13-15 in Saratoga Springs, NY. While exhibiting, we made connections with LIS programs in our region and talked to several public libraries about funding. We continued to receive very positive feedback about the NNLM Reading Clubs! On Saturday, we participated in a speed-dating session during which we provided NNLM information relevant to teen health issues. On December 3rd, I was a guest lecturer for a Public Libraries course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I discussed issues of advocacy in the public library and NNLM funding opportunities that could support this work.

Michelle Burda, Connecting with MedLibs: On December 5th, I participated in the monthly chat for solo librarians who work in medical or health sciences libraries. Many solos librarians are not MLA members and cannot participate in MLA’s Solo Librarians Caucus. These chats are led by Louise McLaughlin, M.S.L.S., M.P.S., Information Specialist, Woman’s Health Sciences Library, Baton Rouge, LA. For the November-December chat I was asked to highlight resources that are available on the NNLM MAR website, programs, services, and classes that we offer. I also included information about the new PubMed, NNLM delivery, our coordinators’ involvement in the All of Us Research Program, and introduced our new staff members. For those who are MLA members and are interested in the MLA Solo Librarians Caucus, they provide solo librarians serving health care professionals with a forum that offers an opportunity for support, help, and professional development. The caucus’s primary goal is to give a voice to solo librarians, who continuously strive to strengthen their positions within MLA and their individual institutions. A secondary goal is to serve as an outreach and recruitment tool for librarians seeking an organizational home.

Kelsey Cowles, Wrapping Up the Fall #CiteNLM Campaign: The Fall 2019 #CiteNLM Wikipedia editing campaign (October 1 – November 30) was capped off by an all-day virtual edit-a-thon on November 20. This fall’s campaign was highly successful, with over 100 editors participating. These editors were able to edit 99 articles on mental health topics, adding almost 50,000 words and around 550 new references to trusted sources of medical information! This was the first #CiteNLM campaign offering organizations the opportunity to host affiliated in-person edit-a-thons. Several libraries across the country, including the University of Pennsylvania, joined our campaign in this way – thank you! If you weren’t able to participate this time around, please visit to learn more, and keep an eye out for news about the Spring 2020 campaign.

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The National Institute of Mental Health Issues Request for Information (RFI) for its 2020 Strategic Plan for Research Update

PSR News - Fri, 2019-12-13 18:26

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is updating its Strategic Plan for Research to guide the Institute’s research efforts and priorities over the next five years. It has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for public comment to assist with this process. The draft Strategic Plan will be publicly available for review during the comment period. Responses will be accepted through January 2.

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TOXNET Content is Moving

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2019-12-13 14:02

TOXNET is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology. The TOXNET platform will be retired on Monday, December 16, 2019. The majority of the content will remain available through PubMed, Bookshelf, and PubChem, and external websites. For information about accessing TOXNET content after the platform is retired follow the NLM Technical Bulletin and the TOXNET transition page.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-12-13 10:39

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


Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application by January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply by January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote AIDS Awareness? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

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

Winter Holiday Drinking – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

A Perfect Partnership between HOSA Students, Teachers and Librarians – MCR News

Rural America: Impact of Disability on Poverty and Health – NER Update


Everyone’s Voice Matters: Making Science Open and Accessible to the Public – Last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance, making it available for public comment. Dr. Brennan is calling on the Musings audience to review the draft and offer perspectives on this policy now!  – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Why When You Eat Might Be as Important as What You Eat – About 1 in 3 American adults have metabolic syndrome, a group of early warning signs for increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. To help avoid such health problems, these folks are often advised to pay close attention to the amount and type of foods they eat. And now it seems there may be something else to watch: how food intake is spaced over a 24-hour period. – NIH Director’s Blog

Contraceptive Knowledge in the Mid-19th-Century United States – What do pennyroyal, fish skins, horse riding, and ergot of rye have in common? They are all contraceptive methods that have been used for centuries. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Coming Soon: A New NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System!NCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

Selection of Dr. Joshua Denny as Chief Executive Officer of the All of Us Research ProgramA Statement from the NIH Director

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted resources like LactMed moving to the NCBI Bookshelf in preparation for the retirement of TOXNET.

Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance – December 16, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Hosted by NIH, the purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will not be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent through a comment form. Comments on the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be submitted electronically through Friday, January 10, 2020. Participants may also send questions in advance of the webinar to

NIH News in Health: Check out the December 2019 issue, featuring, “To Fast or Not to Fast: Does When You Eat Matter?” and, “Staying in the Hospital?: Safety Tips for Your Visit.” Other topics include safety tips for physical activity, tasty-sounding vegetable names, and finding treatment for substance use disorder.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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December 2019

NCBI Tools for Evaluating Genetic Information – December 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, for an overview of three selected NCBI resources. This session will give a brief overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI databases useful for evaluating genetic information. This includes BLAST (the basic local alignment search tool), Gene, a gene-based view of genome data and annotation that supplies key connections between genetic maps, sequence, expression data, protein structure, function and homology data, and Nucleotide, a compendium of DNA/RNA sequences submitted and generated by researchers from around the world.

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

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

January 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for a 4 week, self-paced, online course on nutrition information resources available through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This course includes 2, 1-hour presentations, exercises, and access to additional learning content, such as videos, quizzes and a useful online resource guide.

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

2020 MeSH Highlights – January 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Each year the Medical Subject Headings are updated with changes, additions and deletions. This class will highlight new and important changes to MeSH and discuss how they will impact you as a PubMed searcher. Experts from the National Library of Medicine will also be available to answer your questions about the changes. This presentation will feature updates to the Infections tree, additional clinical trial publication types, updates to Cell Death terms, and additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 2:00-3:30 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 NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for a webinar about health literacy tools. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the NIH Library’s new bibliometrics training series. This series is a collection of thirteen free online videos that introduce viewers to the theories and practices of bibliometric analysis, as implemented by the NIH Library’s bibliometric service program. The goal of the series is to show how NIH does bibliometrics for research evaluation, to act as a springboard for others to get started with bibliometrics so that they feel more comfortable moving beyond this series on their own.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

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Resolutions for 2020 – Have you already started planning your New Year’s resolutions? Many of our federal partners have resources to help you bring in 2020 the active and healthy way. If your resolution involves healthy eating and improving your nutrition, MedlinePlus has resources on fruits and vegetables, healthy recipes and health check tools. The National Institutes of Health also has Wellness Toolkits with health tips. If your resolution involves exercise and physical fitness, start with visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reading the physical activity guidelines to find out how much physical activity you need. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign also has resources, tools, videos, and more to help your active and healthy resolutions. Learn more.

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching – January 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you teach or plan to teach, ACRL Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning in your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in a discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within the discipline. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate threshold concepts into your courses, guest lectures, one-shot sessions, and any other form of teaching you do. As part of the webinar you’ll develop learning outcomes for a class assignment, and you’ll begin to integrate threshold concepts into your instruction using active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – Janary 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join LibraryWorks and Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, for a discussion on how to seek opportunities for your library to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups at the state and local level. This webinar will discuss strategic partnerships, implementing innovative outreach strategies, and determining which partnerships will be the most effective and meaningful for your library to pursue. Sponsored by LibraryWorks; $49 per person.

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

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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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Memory Café at Missoula Public Library honored at 2019 Montana Library Association Conference

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-12-12 20:00

Guest Post by Amanda Allpress, Senior Outreach Librarian, Missoula Public Library, Missoula, MT

Last year Missoula Public Library received an All of Us Community Health Outreach Award to continue the Memory Café program which was started with a previous grant from the Montana Geriatric Education Center. A Memory Café is a program designed as a social engagement for individuals experiencing memory loss. The goal of the library’s Memory Café is to create a safe, welcoming and supportive space for these individuals as well as their caregivers and family members. Research shows the importance of remaining social throughout the memory loss diagnosis and the café helps to achieve this goal. Once a month the library invites a guest to lead a discussion or activity with the participants. We also have a representative from Missoula Aging Services at each café available to answer questions and connect people with resources.

Participants of the Missoula Public Library Memory Cafe

Participants of the Missoula Public Library’s Memory Cafe pose with a motorcycle as part of their oldies music celebration.

Over the past year our attendance has more than doubled! This past month we had nearly 30 people attend a program with the Montana Astronomical Society about black holes. The speaker was very engaging and was able to keep the conversation going on a very scientific subject. Throughout the past 1.5 years we have had so many wonderful times with our Memory Café group. Some highlights include drumming with a local African drum instructor, a motorcycle photo shoot with live oldies music, a movement and creativity exercise with Turning the Wheel Missoula, and a discussion about homesteading with the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

One couple, who has been attending our Memory Café from its start, shared what the program means to them: “Walking into a Memory Cafe meeting for me is walking into a safe place – a calm place where I can relax.  No matter what Jim says or how often he says it, no one tries to sidle away from him or avoid him, and no one looks at him as if he is tainted in some way.  He is welcomed and encouraged, and he loves feeling as if what he is saying is valued.  For those few hours, I think he feels almost ‘normal’ again, and, especially when there are activities like drumming or the movement activities, he is able to focus outside of himself again.  For those two hours once a month, he is free to interact as he wants, and I am free to let him go.  I can just let Jim be Jim again, and that is priceless for both of us.” This program’s importance to all who attend is summed up so perfectly in this one couple’s experiences and it’s why the library will continue to offer such an experience for its patrons as long as it’s sustainable.

In addition to helping fund our Memory Café program, the All of Us Community Health Outreach Award helped us purchase six circulating activity kits designed for the purpose of spending one-on-one time with a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Activity directors at local senior care facilities have taken advantage of these kits to use on their memory care units and love the variety of different activities each kit offers: a game, puzzle, DVD, interactive book, fidget toy & activities book for caregivers. We were also able to purchase several Assistive Reading Devices ranging from very simple, e.g. a line bar, to very technical, e.g. a portable video magnifier. Just recently I wrote a small article for the local newspaper announcing these items and circulation is beginning to pick up. The hardest part is letting patrons know that the library has products like these to offer for checkout.

At each Memory Café program, we have made available resources from the NLM including handouts and bookmarks directly related to senior health and handouts with information on the NIH All of Us Research Program. In addition to announcing at cafes that the funds were provided by an All of Us Community Health Outreach award, during our session at the Montana Library Association conference, I informed attendees of opportunities for grant awards through the NNLM and also shared material with them on the NIH All of Us Research Program. In our catalog, the records for the books, activity kits and assistive reading devices include a note that the materials were made possible from the grant and in each of the books there is a thank you bookplate inside the front cover.

Our community has recognized the library’s efforts to include programming and provide materials and assistance to this group of individuals and has commended us for doing so. Beyond our local community, I had the honor of accepting an award on behalf of the Memory Café program at the 2019 Montana Library Association Conference for program of the year! After my experiences facilitating our Memory Café program, I would encourage all public libraries to offer memory specific programming. It’s fulfilling and important work and I know it is making a difference in people’s quality of life.

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Winter Holiday Drinking

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2019-12-11 10:00

photo of champagne and glassesFamily, friends, and co-workers schedule time to gather to celebrate the winter holidays. Often, alcohol is on the menu and it can be easy to drink more than usual. Unfortunately, this can put ourselves and others at risk whether a fight or traffic accident.

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides some tips when hosting an event:

  • Offer a variety of nonalcoholic drinks—water, juices, sparkling sodas. Nonalcoholic drinks help counteract the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Also, the other fluids may slow the rate of alcohol absorption into the body and reduce the peak alcohol concentration in the blood. They also provide your guests with alternatives to alcohol.
  • Provide a variety of healthy foods and snacks. Food can slow the absorption of alcohol and reduce the peak level of alcohol in the body by about one-third. Food can also minimize stomach irritation and gastrointestinal distress the following day.
  • Help your guests get home safely—use designated drivers and taxis. Anyone getting behind the wheel of a car should not have ingested any alcohol.
  • If you are a parent, understand the underage drinking laws—and set a good example.

Many of us do not plan to consume more alcohol than we can handle and we do not intend to harm anyone. Planning ahead may help prevent tragedy.

  • Designate a driver
  • Take public transportation
  • Use a ride-sharing service
  • Use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) SaferRide app to call a taxi or friend to pick you up

In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a virtual reality experience of a drunk driving crash scene allowing viewers to interact with first responders. It highlights the consequences of drinking and driving, providing a sobering account of a tragedy.

Learn more about drinking safely during the holidays from the NIAAA including their drink calculators that tell you how many calories and alcohol are in your drink.

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

MCR News - Tue, 2019-12-10 19:15

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

Date: Dec 18, 2019
2:00PM MT/3:00PM CT

Gabriela Sandoval, PhD, Research Director for The Utility Reform Network’s Addressing the Health Impacts of Utility Shutoffs project
Lana Adlawan, Division Manager, Public Services, Sonoma County Library


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

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

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

One MLA CE Credit is available to those who register.

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Webinar – Wednesday: For Everyone: A 21st Century Academic Library

MCR News - Tue, 2019-12-10 19:13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Welcome Margie Sheppard

MCR News - Tue, 2019-12-10 19:08

Photo of Margie SheppardMargie Sheppard joins the NNLM MCR as as the Kansas/Technology Coordinator

Margie comes from the Central Kansas Library System (CKLS)  in Great Bend, Kansas where she was the Library Technology Consultant. While at the system she managed the consortium ILS, and trained staff and librarians in cataloging, website design, and using library marketing tools.  She also oversaw the use and purchasing of eResource platforms and served as the administrator of the system LibGuide platform.  She has an undergraduate degree in nursing and received her MLIS from Emporia State University.

Prior to joining CKLS in 2013,  Margie managed her husband’s rural anesthesia practice and worked in various clinical settings.  She has a passion for libraries and serves as the Chair of the KU Libraries Board of Advocates, the chief volunteer group of KU Libraries.

She is an active member of ALA, KLA and ARSL. Margie has an interest in Intellectual Freedom and the rights of library users. She is especially interested in patron privacy and protection of patron data.

Margie and her husband are happy to be back in the Kansas City area and she is looking forward to assisting libraries across the MCR.  You can reach her at 913-588-7319 or at

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