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Webinar Announcement: Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies

SEA News - Wed, 2018-10-03 16:03

Title: Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies

Guest Speaker: Andrew See, Head of User Services and Experience, and Bridget Rowan, Training Coordinator for User Services and Experience, Northern Arizona University Cline Library

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time: 11 am ET / 10 am CT / 9 am MT

Description: In this program, presenters will provide an overview of why your institution should be intentional in creating an immersive and engaging training and development program, and how to go about hiring the right person to lead it.

Attendees will learn how to create engaging staff workshops, integrate gaming into a learning management system, and use specific tools including badges and ready-made free online platforms. Using meaningful game elements attendees will leave inspired to increase staff engagement at their own institutions.

Became a game mechanic and learn how you can transform your training, development, and team building to promote and sustain a truly motivated staff.

Speaker Bio: Andrew See is Head of User Services and Experience at the Northern Arizona University Cline Library; a department which includes 8 classified staff, 2 faculty librarians, and approximately 19 student employees. Andrew chairs two User Experience groups in the library providing UX oversight to both the website and physical building.  He is currently serving as chair of the LLAMA Systems and Services: Management Practices Committee.  Andrew is a national presenter and published author on using technology in management practices.  He received his MLIS from the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science.  Contact him at

Bridget Rowan is the Training Coordinator for User Services and Experience at the Northern Arizona University Cline Library where she trains both student employees and full time staff. When Bridget’s not immersed in the world of library training, you can find her working on the Cline Library website or managing 3D printing in the MakerLab. She earned her Master’s of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Contact her at

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: Exhibits and Events: Reaching Your Campus and Community: Meet Beth Auten

SEA News - Wed, 2018-10-03 12:50

Beth Auten, MSLIS, MA, AHIP
Health & Human Services Librarian
Murrey Atkins Library
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

As we celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, it’s a good time to think about ways to increase awareness of our profession and the many things we do, including outreach to our local communities, and marketing and promotion of all that we, and our libraries, have to offer. Many of you already know that NLM makes traveling exhibits—condensed versions of their exhibits intended for display at medical, university, and public libraries—available free of charge. This is a popular program, with booking periods filling up years in advance, but absolutely worth waiting for.

Our library recently hosted an exhibit focused on health care reform at the grassroots level, For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform. The NLM Exhibition Program provides a wealth of resources, including an online version of the exhibit, lesson plans for K-12 and higher education, images and text that can be used in promotional materials, and more. With so much already available, a small team at your library can plan events to coincide with the exhibition, and promote it to your campus and community.

The timing of the exhibit was a challenge for us—we were able to book it within the year, by taking a booking period that opened up, but it was right at the beginning of a new fall semester. Even with the exhibit on display in August, just as classes began and the faculty and students returned to campus, we were able to schedule events with on-campus experts and advocates for health care reform. The events included a presentation on using data science in community health projects; a film screening; and a panel discussion with several physicians, a health studies professor, and a journalist who has written extensively on health topics. Some faculty members gave their students credit for attending events and reporting back on what they learned.

While you are waiting to book an NLM traveling exhibit, or waiting on one to arrive, you could plan an exhibit showcasing local materials and collections. (This is also an opportunity to supplement the content of the traveling exhibit, if you have related material in your collection.) This past April, I worked with a faculty member in public policy and consulted our Department of Public Health Sciences to put together an exhibit on local public health history to coincide with National Public Health Week.

Initially, we weren’t sure what resources might be available to us, but found that our library’s Special Collections & University Archives department has the records of the local health department from its beginnings in the early Twentieth century through the 1970s, when it’s authority was transferred to the county government. There was a wealth of information in those records, and other local historical collections, about public health crises including the 1918 influenza pandemic and polio epidemics in the 1940s; development of sanitation and environmental health policies; and the work of physicians, nurses, and other health workers in schools and community clinics.

Beyond the campus community, exhibits and events are a great way to welcome the wider community into your library. If your library does any community outreach, or offers consumer health information services, exhibits and related events can provide space and opportunities to promote those services. Take a look at the NLM Exhibition Program website to see what topics might be of interest to your organization and community, and get ideas for events and resources that tie in with the exhibit topics and themes.

Our exhibit guide, featuring information about the exhibit and events, included information for community members as well as resources available to university faculty, staff, and students:
For All the People Exhibit Guide

Reese Manceaux, Research Data Librarian at J. Murrey Atkins Library, introducing speakers from the Academy for Population Health Innovation (APHI) at UNC Charlotte.
They gave a talk on data science and digital health that coincided with the NLM traveling exhibit For All The People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform.

October is Health Literacy Month and National Medical Librarians Month! This month we will feature profiles of health literacy advocates and medical librarians in the NNLM SEA region. There’s still time to participate. If you have a story you’d like to share, please visit this post to learn how.


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Join the Emergency Preparedness Regional Advisory Committee

SEA News - Wed, 2018-10-03 09:33

The Emergency Preparedness Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) is a standing committee of the NNLM SEA regional advisory structure. The committee is comprised of a representative from each state/territory in the region.  Committee members will be appointed by the SEA executive director to a three year term. The committee will meet virtually and communicate via e-mail to conduct business.

Committee Charge:

The Emergency Preparedness RAC will provide leadership in promoting emergency preparedness, continuity of service and follow-up reporting for events. Committee members will:

  1. Assist the SEA with developing and implementing a regional emergency preparedness plan to ensure continuity of service for Network members.
  2. Serve as regional coordinators for emergency preparedness activities in the state:
    1. Promote emergency preparedness in individual libraries and the state
    2. When necessary, work as part of the regional emergency team to ensure continuation of services and recovery to affected Network member(s) in the state.
    3. Provide the SEA office with follow-up and reporting of events following a disaster to include a description of the incident, the response, follow-up activities, and lessons learned.
  3. Recommend improvements and new avenues for the SEA to promote and deliver emergency preparedness/disaster recovery support to Network members

To volunteer or to nominate yourself to participate, please contact Tony Nguyen, Executive Director by October 31, 2018

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October is Health Literacy Month!

PNR News - Tue, 2018-10-02 21:00

It’s October – Health Literacy month. We’ve still much work ahead to improve how we deliver actionable health information for the nine out of ten U.S. adults who struggle to understand it. We know health literacy is complex and multi-faceted. It involves demands by the healthcare system which often surpass people’s ability to comprehend and appropriately respond to those demands in order to support personal well-being. This month is a good reminder that low health literacy has real-world consequences, since it’s well documented that individuals with low health literacy suffer poorer health outcomes. And it is precisely this aspect – that low health literacy worsens health disparities among the most vulnerable populations – which makes addressing this persistent challenge so compelling.

Health Literacy Month highlights the importance of doing our part to make health information understandable and actionable. We can do much to promote health literacy within our communities, from offering choices of health information resources that are easy-to-read, available in other languages, or are offered in an audio or visual format, to hosting health programming that responds to community health needs. Such programs create a non-threatening way to learn about a health concern or perhaps learn new skills to help improve personal health and well-being. Inserting a health module into adult basic education or ESOL classes is another viable approach that is typically well-received by participants. NNLM’s current funding opportunities which are open through October 24, 2018, offer public libraries, or those health libraries or organizations with a public library partnership, the support needed to test a health literacy approach within the community.

To show your support for health literacy, NNLM and ALA continue to partner through the Libraries Transform Health Literacy public awareness campaign by offering a free Health Literacy Toolkit. The Toolkit, which requires signing up for a free account, features a selection of health literacy posters, bookmarks and program ideas. To help amplify this message, NNLM PNR is now making the Libraries Transform Health Literacy posters available free to its members. The posters offer thought-provoking “Because” statements; for example, “Because Libraries are Partners in a Healthy Community.” And indeed, we are.  Order your poster(s) today!

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: A Day in the Life of Two Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarians: Meet Terri Ottosen and Jane Morgan-Daniel

SEA News - Tue, 2018-10-02 10:35

Terri Ottosen

Terri Ottosen, MLIS, AHIP

Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian

Health Sciences Library

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Since beginning my position as Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian last November, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library, I’ve been exhilarated and energized by the response from the UNC community. I’ve been greatly impressed that many faculty, staff, and students are interested in health literacy, although I wasn’t too surprised. As the nation’s first public university, part of the mission is to enhance the quality of life for all people in the state, and naturally, health literacy skills can do just that. As someone passionate about patient empowerment, this has become my imperative, guiding me in my daily work life.

As most information professionals would attest, there isn’t a typical day but a day could involve reviewing a patient education document from the Cancer Center or the Physical Therapy Department for plain language and reading grade level. I might also be helping to review a plain language summary for a journal submission or a clinical trial. If it’s Monday, I’m probably listening to Your Health® Radio, the Department of Family Medicine’s weekly health radio show, in order to provide links to the Research that Matters part of the show. On most days, I’m usually also preparing for a presentation or class, modifying content or emphasizing select concepts for the particular audience I will be talking to about health literacy. My new Interest Group, Librarians Advancing Health Literacy for the International Health Literacy Association, also requires an investment of time that pays off with a fantastic network of librarians who share ideas, concerns and resources that make us better at what we do.

One of the most ceaseless efforts I make on a daily basis is thinking about and overseeing the website. I work with the Communications Manager, Linda Johnsen, to maintain and continually improve the original “Go Local” site in North Carolina. Linda and a team of volunteer librarians from around the state help to provide reliable and authoritative health information to the citizens of the state. Additionally, the Health Sciences Library is assuming responsibility for, a site focused on the research and practice of health literacy at UNC Chapel Hill. We will be modifying and improving the site to enable the promotion, collaboration and dissemination of health literacy practice and research for the University, the state, and beyond.

Also as any busy librarian will tell you, a lot of my time is spent in meetings, whether it’s a short-term project or grant, or a standing meeting with a committee, or with my Research Assistant or colleagues. I’ve had the privilege of working with other like-minded people across the University, region and state, so I regularly meet with groups or individuals to discuss potential health literacy collaborations, whether it’s other University Libraries, Public Libraries, or Community Organizations.

So, while there is no typical day for me, each day is very purposeful in promoting and supporting health literacy and rewarding, as a result.


Jane Morgan-Daniel

Jane Morgan-Daniel, MA, MLIS, AHIP

Community Engagement & Health Literacy Librarian

Health Science Center Libraries

University of Florida, Gainesville

Like Terri, I’m fairly new in my position as Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian, having joined the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries (UF HSCL) in June 2017. I’ve also been fortunate to connect with many clinicians, educators, faculty, staff, and students who all share a passion for a common goal: reducing health disparities through improving the health literacy skills of healthcare consumers and providers.

In practice, my everyday work is extremely varied. As a functional liaison librarian, I collaborate with interdisciplinary partners across UF, UF Health, and local communities to provide health literacy-related information services, instruction, and research support. A typical day involves attending meetings for the Health Literacy Project Team, the Community Engagement Committee, the Alachua County Safety Net Collaborative, or the Partnership for Strong Families Neighborhood Resource Center Group. Associated requests for literature searches are common, in order to provide an evidence base for collaborative research initiatives that evolve from these meetings. Recent search topics include health literacy education interventions for inpatients to reduce readmissions, arts-based communication strategies to improve health behaviors, and competency tests for medical interpreters assisting patients with limited English proficiency.

My workdays often involve collaborative instruction with other UF HSCL librarians. Examples include guest lecturing in credit-bearing courses on topics such as common patient signs of limited health literacy, the importance of using plain language and Teach Back, and online resources for patient education. I also recently co-conducted two workshops, one for public library staff on authoritative and accessible health information websites to recommend to their patrons, and the other for a group of residents from a local retirement community on searching PubMed.

Seeking continuing professional development opportunities is another ongoing priority. For example, I recently joined Terri’s newly established Interest Group for the International Health Literacy Association called Librarians Advancing Health Literacy. Additionally, this summer I hope to attend the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 18th Annual Health Literacy Conference.

Other upcoming plans include tabling with UF HSCL’s Nursing and Consumer Health Librarian at a community event called Night of Dance, co-creating a webinar that will be hosted by NEFLIN, grant-seeking for a potential UF HSCL project that would focus on creating patient education videos, and further developing UF HSCL’s Health Literacy LibGuide.

As Terri expressed, there really is no typical day but whether I am researching, instructing, or collaborating on a health literacy project, I am working toward reducing health disparities by increasing health literacy and it is very fulfilling work.

October is Health Literacy Month and National Medical Librarians Month! This month we will feature profiles of health literacy advocates and medical librarians in the NNLM SEA region. There’s still time to participate. If you have a story you’d like to share, please visit this post to learn how.

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October NIH News in Health Now Available

MCR News - Mon, 2018-10-01 18:10

The October 2018 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn about non-opioid pain management and preventing ear infections.

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Being Mortal

NER News - Mon, 2018-10-01 14:01

“I think I’m very uncomfortable with imperfection and in being fallible and how you live with your own imperfection,” says Atul Gawande. A little ironic, as he shared these words as part of his talk for the 99th Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality and Convocation at Harvard Divinity School held on September 6, at Sander’s Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I felt pretty fortunate to land 2 free tickets to this event. Having just finished Dr. Atul Gawande’s latest book, “Being Mortal,” I was curious about what he had to say. Dr. Atul Gawande is a professor in the health policy and management department at the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is also a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Jamie Dimon, Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos announced in January of 2018 they hired Gawande as the CEO of new nonprofit company whose goal is to lower health-care costs for the 1.2 million employees of the J.P. Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon companies.

I was pleased that the evening was more of a conversation than a lecture, we got to see a bit of his personal side (we learned about Dr. Gawande’s massive record collection that showcases his eclectic taste in rock music). During the 80 minutes of discussion between by Dr. Gawande and Harvard Divinity School Dean David Hempton, Gawande discussed some of the same ideas he has written about in his most recent book.

There is a misperception by many in the healthcare industry that what patients want when faced with serious illness is to avoid pain and to extend their lives at all costs. When treating patients facing illness, doctors typically provide diagnoses, potential treatment options, and probability of survival, then leave the patient to make their decision about the care they want to receive. The important knowledge Gawande has discovered is, “Just simply asking people: What are your priorities for your quality of life, as well as your minimum quality of life, and what are you not willing to sacrifice?” Patients “have priorities in their lives aside from living longer. The goal isn’t just immortality; it isn’t just survival at all costs.” Gawande sites examples of people who are willing to sacrifice their health, money and even their lives for what is important to them. Being at peace, with family and their higher power and not being a burden to others are often what patients talk about when asked what is important to them as they face illness. It is not the norm for patients and doctors to talk about these priorities because these conversations are often uncomfortable and many physicians lack the training about how to discuss quality of life with a chronic illness or end of life issues.

Another reason why doctors do not ask patients about their priorities is because our society has changed how it views aging. At the beginning of the 1900s life expectancy was just 47 years. Old age was considered good fortune, it was not viewed as something that increased your risk of dying as it is today. Gawande realized as he wrote “Being Mortal” that the book is about much more than just facing death. The everyday presence of mortality is the real theme.

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health resource MedlinePlus has a lot of information about Advance Directives to help you as you consider life with a chronic illness? Click on the link to look at this information:

I used the following sources to write this article:

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians – Scholarship Recipient Post 8

NER News - Mon, 2018-10-01 13:41

This is the eighth blog post in a series authored by twelve individuals who received scholarships to attend the 2018 Science Boot Camp held at Brandeis University on June 13-15, 2018. In this installment, describes science boot camp as a networking event. Please watch for more posts about resources from this event and views from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks.
New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2018 Blog Post

Abigail Cahill, Science Librarian, Williams College

The drive from Williamstown to Waltham is stunning: leaving the mountains feels like emerging from one world into another, larger one, and sets the stage perfectly for a completely new and immersive experience. The New England Science Boot Camp, which was held at Brandeis University June 13-15, was that and more. This year’s themes were ecology, genetic engineering, and materials science, and featured researchers from Brandeis as well as the region.

Brandeis is a singularly beautiful campus, and we got to see and enjoy a lot of it as we walked from the dorm to meals at the Faculty Club to the lectures. Walking with some new friends and colleagues, we enjoyed a magical view of the Boston skyline at night from the top of a hill. The dorm was quite comfortable (although I hadn’t expected to relive my years of living in a hiked-up dorm bed – but it made me feel all the more prepared to go to class), and the sound-proofing was downright impressive: the noise from the fairly busy street outside my window never reached me through the glass. (My thanks to the materials scientists who made that happen!)

I’ve only attended two boot camps thus far, including this one, but it’s clear why New England’s is the model and the standard others hope to achieve. The organization of lectures, preceding scientists’ presentations of their research with more overarching dioramas of different disciplines, allows those of us who lack subject expertise to gain a basic grasp of the history of a field, the vocabulary used in it, and the methodologies and values that guide its researchers, as well as current and future directions in research. This foundation was critical for not only our appreciation of the often more technical and in-the-weeds research presentations that followed, but for our ability to return to our jobs better prepared to help researchers at all levels in those fields: I haven’t had time (yet) in my career to study ecology, genetic engineering, and/or materials science, but all of these touch in some way on what my patrons are doing. Understanding the language of different disciplines, and recognizing commonalities and differences across research techniques, helps us communicate more effectively and more with our patrons. I’m excited to share my new knowledge of people, programs, and resources with my liaison departments and colleagues.

I was particularly fortunate to benefit from two official mentors at NESBC: my official mentor could only come for one day, so for the rest of boot camp I got to learn from a librarian mentor whose mentee had been unable to make it. From my mentors, I learned about completely different areas of librarianship, different from mine and from each of theirs: school librarianship, medical librarianship, copyright and metadata, and about how my field (academic and science librarianship) has changed in recent times. However, nobody was at a shortage for mentors at boot camp: any and all questions were met warmly and with an immediate offer of at least several answers which complemented each other. Mealtimes and leisure time were valuable opportunities to meet new people and learn about their interests, their careers, and of course their pets.

Like the quality of the planning and lectures, the scholarship program at the New England Science Boot Camp helps to set this boot camp apart. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been a beneficiary of this program, and of the combined wisdom and kindness of so many professionals in my field. I am already eager to hear when and where boot camp will be next year; it has another enthusiastic attendee!

I hope you enjoy the latest installment of the Science Boot Camp for librarians. To read the first post please click here.  For more about this year’s Science Boot Camp resources or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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October 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-10-01 12:34

illustration of a man holding neck due to pain and talking to a doctor Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: What Are Electronic Cigarettes?
    Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that people use to heat liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The inhaled vapor may contain nicotine, flavorings, and toxins — including ones that cause cancer.

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

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GMR Welcomes Back UIC as an Outreach Library

GMR News - Mon, 2018-10-01 11:06

The GMR is pleased to announce that the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) is once again active in our Network outreach. UIC becomes the second Partner Outreach Library (POL) in Illinois, joining Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Congratulations, UIC LHS!

UIC librarians, as do our other Partner Outreach Librarians, will help the GMR identify potential outreach opportunities in the state; train consumers, public librarians, unaffiliated health care providers, and other Illinoisans in health information access; exhibit and promote NLM and NIH resources, as well as those of NNLM and UIC.

Carmen Howard, UIC LHS-Peoria, is the designated POL for UIC LHS. However, since UIC has libraries in Chicago, Rockford, Urbana, as well as Peoria, other librarians will also assist in outreach.

You can meet up with our latest POL librarians at the 2018 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL, October 9-11, 2018.

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ALA Midwinter Travel Awards Available

NER News - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:40

ALA Midwinter Logo

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NNLM NER) is pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Library Awardees can apply for up to $3,000 for registration and travel costs.

  • Eligibility – Any library in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT may apply.
  • Awards will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis to the individual attendee’s library. (i.e. a library must pay for an employee to attend and NNLM NER will reimburse that library after the conference).
  • Libraries may choose to use the $3,000 to send more than one person, but NNLM NER will not reimburse expenses beyond $3,000 to a single organization.
  • Libraries must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. You may search to see if an organization is a member in the Membership directory. If not, membership is free and easy to sign up for. Only one award will be given per library.
  • If an individual is not a member of ALA, this award cannot pay for membership. Please budget for the non-member Early Bird rate.
  • In addition to the full conference, each individual using award money must register for and attend the preconference “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy” – See details below*
  • Any individual that receives any funds to attend ALA midwinter will be required to fill out a short evaluation: Awardee institutions may be asked if they would contribute to blog postings about the conference.
  • Applications are due October 17, 2018 – Decisions will be made in time to register for the Early Bird Rate.

*More about the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region’s ALA Midwinter Preconference:

Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity – Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon – The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias’s connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities’ health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $40/50/$60 – Other Member: $40/$50/$60 – Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

Please feel free to share this with any library you think might be interested.

Please contact Martha Meacham ( – 508-856-1267)

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: IRB Service Helps Researchers and Patients

SEA News - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:17

Everly Btown
Everly Brown, MLIS
Head of Information Services
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library

Since 2011, the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has been operating a successful free service to review consent forms for researchers on campus. The University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been a champion of the service and regularly directs principal investigators (PIs) to submit their consent documents to our online submission form. Although the IRB requires that consent forms be written at a seventh-grade reading level, PIs rarely meet this stipulation. When a consent document is submitted for review, a team of trained HS/HSL librarians and staff from the Information Services department receives an email with the document attached. After taking scheduling and availability into account, one of the team members will then volunteer to review the document. It typically takes many hours over several days to modify the documents to an appropriate level for research participants.

The consent form review team uses Microsoft Word to evaluate the forms. We select an option under “proofing” to show readability statistics after running a spelling and grammar check. This allows us to assess the document’s number of passive sentences, its Flesch Reading Ease, and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. With this standard to measure against, we use Word’s Track Changes and Comments to suggest modifications to adjust the reading level and replace passive sentences. Typical edits include substituting complicated terminology for simpler terms, breaking up long sentences, using bullet points, and removing redundant and irrelevant passages. If we have questions for the PI or explanations to make, we use the Comment feature in Word. Since this program’s implementation in 2011, we have revised 159 consent forms with 18 so far this year. Consent forms have ranged from 3 to 36 pages long. A few unique submissions were a graphic that was given to study participants and a study requirement flyer. We were obliged to change our turnaround time from 3 business days to 5 as we continue to receive more submissions each year, many of which are 10-20 pages in length.

The HS/HSL staff works rigorously on the consent forms, as we strongly value patient advocacy and clear health communication. The service has increased the library’s visibility on campus, facilitated new relationships with faculty, and given Information Services staff some of our more challenging projects. We’ve heard back from grateful researchers and received positive feedback from our satisfaction surveys. We have been asked to present on best practices for writing consent forms during a monthly research seminar sponsored by UMB’s School of Nursing and plan to develop this presentation into a workshop and an article. Finally, we now have a presence on the Human Research Protections Program’s website with a note that strongly encourages researchers to use this free service. We are confident that research subjects have benefited from our efforts.

October is Health Literacy Month and National Medical Librarians Month! This month we will feature profiles of health literacy advocates and medical librarians in the NNLM SEA region. There’s still time to participate. If you have a story you’d like to share, please visit this post to learn how.


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NNLM Wikipedia FALL Edit-a-thon Training Sessions

SEA News - Mon, 2018-10-01 08:04

NNLM Wikipedia FALL Edit-a-thon

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 7, 2018 as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

Get ready for our #CiteNLM2018 Fall Edit-a-thon by attending our upcoming training sessions throughout October:

Please note: Even if you cannot attend the sessions, participants are encouraged to register in order to receive a copy of the training recordings.

NNLM staff from across the nation will be available Wednesday, November 7th from 10 am to 8 pm ET to support you as you add your citations. Check out and follow along with the fun on Twitter–check for hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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Course Opportunity to Better Understand the National Opioid Crisis

MCR News - Fri, 2018-09-28 14:36

Check out the upcoming course “Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I Begin” instructed by Michelle Burda, an education and health literacy coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region. This one-hour course on Nov. 28 will give participants a better understanding of the opioid crisis that is negatively impacting the nation. Students will learn how to give users effective health information on opioid abuse, prevention, and treatment;, find resourceful statistics on opioid use; and create outreach programs for their library or organization.

For more information, go to

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Network Members in the Spotlight!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:50

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!

Jerry Kauppila is the new NNLM PSR Program and Outreach Assistant for the NNLM All of Us program effective August 15.

Nora Franco is the new NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, beginning August 1.

M. Wynn Tranfield is the new Physical and Basic Sciences Librarian at UCLA, effective August 8.

Jennifer Fiterre is the new medical librarian at Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park, CA.

Chris Shaffer, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for academic information management at the University of California, San Francisco, began a three-year term as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) senior representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) on July 1.

Terry Henner, Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Savitt Medical Library, is the author of the article “A Community and Medical Library Collaboration to Address Senior Caregivers Barriers to Health Services Access,” published in the April-June 2018 issue of the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet.

Jeff Loo is the new Clinical Librarian at the University of California, San Diego Library.

Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library at the City of Hope, is featured in a video chat as part of her participation in the NNLM Biomedical and Health Research Data Management (RDM) for Librarians spring 2018 course, followed by a two-day Capstone Summit held at the NIH campus.

Evelyn Kobayashi, Library Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Health Sciences Library in San Leandro, CA, was featured in a post on NLM’s Circulating Now blog about hosting the Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions NLM traveling exhibit in September 2018.

Kathleen Carlson, former Education Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, is the author of the article “One Librarian’s Participation in the 19th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL19),” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 18(3), 2018.

Carrie Grinstead, Medical Librarian at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Health Sciences Library, is the lead author of the article “ProjectShare: Partnering With Nursing Professionals to Track Local Research,” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 18(3), 2018.

Kelli Hines, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Western University of Health Sciences Harriet & Philip Pumerantz Library, co-authored the article, “Accuracy and Usability of Medication Identifiers for Solid Oral Medications,” published online in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in July, 2018.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-09-28 11:46

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


September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Save for an Emergency.

The MAReport: the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter is now available! This quarter, Education & Healthy Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda is challenging YOU to raise health literacy awareness in your library, organization or community! Check out her article on Health Literacy Month for tools and resources you can use to promote health literacy during the month of October, and all year long.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due next week on October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019.

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM MAR is also pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Awardees can apply for up to $2,000 for registration and travel costs. Learn more about the requirements and apply by October 12.

Call for Volunteers: NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – NNLM is inviting more librarians to join our #citeNLM2018 Wikipedia Help Team for the Fall Edit-a-thon! Learn how you can help to improve the health information available on Wikipedia.

Understanding How Librarians can Support Data Science and Big Data – MARquee News Highlights

“Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles” Guest Essay – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Big Data Science: What Librarians Offer – SEA Currents

Creating our own pathway – MCR News

The Fall 2018 offering for The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI) is now available. MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity! The deadline to participate is Friday, November 9. Learn more.

New on YouTube: Accessible Library Customer Service, September 19, 2018


Asking the right questions and receiving the most useful answersNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

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

In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Twitter chat on depression on October 11 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET. This chat will cover the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for depression, with two experts to answer questions. Follow @NIMHgov and @NIMHDirector on Twitter for updates and use #NIMHchats to join the conversation.

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!

Next Week! NNLM Wikipedia Fall 2018 Edit-a-thon training – October 3, 2:00-2:30 PM ET – Register for this three-part training series in preparation for our Fall 2018 Edit-a-thon! Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? This introductory session will provide an overview on the importance of Wikipedia for librarians, and will outline upcoming training opportunities, as well as give information about the upcoming Edit-a-thon to improve existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health!

Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies – October 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – In this program sponsored by SCR, learn why your institution should be intentional in creating an immersive and engaging training and development program, and how to go about hiring the right person to lead it. Attendees will learn how to create engaging staff workshops, integrate gaming into a learning management system, and use specific tools including badges and ready-made free online platforms. Leave this session inspired to increase staff engagement at your own institution!

Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this RDM webinar that will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

Sharing and Management of Disaster Related Data – October 18, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Managing and sharing data have become important issues in the context of research data. When it comes to disaster-related data, when time is of the essence, it’s even more important to ensure that data are properly collected, managed, and curated. Data must also be shared with the appropriate stakeholders to get information out to everyone who needs it, when they need it. Join the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) for this webinar that will discuss best practices for data management and data sharing and how they apply to disaster-related data.

Inside Our Minds – November 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Inside Our Minds is a Pittsburgh-based organization that works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness. As an entirely peer-controlled organization, Inside Our Minds works in response to the lack of people with lived experience of the mental health system involved in leading and advising mental health advocacy organizations. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will discuss the foundations of Inside Our Minds and its commitment to community-based radical mental health programming, providing an overview of what Inside Our Minds offers and why it is important for our community.

Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death – November 28, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It begins with a look at three key questions people bereaved by an overdose death commonly ask themselves: “Why did the person die from an overdose?” “Did the person intend to die?” “Was the death preventable?” It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use, and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – November 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. Sponsored by MAR, this class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. Participants will learn about many resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs. This class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Join the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association (UNYOC/MLA) for their 54th Annual Meeting, November 14-16 at Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. This year’s theme is “Crossing Borders: Breaking Boundaries.” UNYOC Members receive a $50 reduction in the registration rate, so join or renew before registering for the conference. Register before October 17 to take advantage of the early bird rate.

Taking Action to Promote Health Equity Series: Show Me the Money — Innovative Funding Approaches to Promote Health Equity – October 3, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Public health organizations often are frustrated by the lack of specialized funding to promote equity. Categorical funding by disease may restrict the types of interventions needed to tackle the complex causes of health disparities. Join this Dialogue4Health web forum, which will feature place-based initiatives that are leveraging diverse funding, assets, and commitments of multiple sectors, while at the same time involving the community members in meaningful ways to advance health equity.

Call for Applications to the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) – Apply by December 1 for this week-long residential workshop that provides librarians and library information professionals with the opportunity to work intensively on research design and planning to conduct research, that improves practice and adds to the professional knowledgebase. The workshop will be held in Chicago from July 15–19, 2019.

Preventing One Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: Start With the ABCS – AHRQ Views

Cataloging EHR Data: Experiences at NYU Langone Health – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Grantseeking for Libraries – offered by WebJunction, this 1-hour, asynchronous course is designed for library professionals, library volunteers, and library development staff to learn the basics about finding grants for the library.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

Categories: RML Blogs

NNLM SEA Digest News – September 28, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-09-28 07:14

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


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars October 1-5

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

Focus on Substance Misuse

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

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

Categories: RML Blogs

Data Flash: Who doesn’t love going to the fair?

PNR News - Fri, 2018-09-28 05:45

In this case, a free, online DATA FAIR!  Next week, October 1 through 5, ICPSR (the international data consortium/data archive/data education and research organization) will be holding the 2018 ICPSR Data Fair .  The number of offerings is impressive, and there’s enough variety that there’s something for everyone—diversity and inclusion, training, sharing, tools, and more.  You register for each session individually (but don’t forget the Tweetchats!).   Best of all, no costs for registration or travel!

And, if online learning and participation is appealing, you might also consider involving your library or organization in International Open Access Week, October 22-28.  You can share a blog post about your open access “successes, challenges and ideas”, and see what others are doing around the world.

Last but not least, let us know if you come across other opportunities like this that our Pacific Northwest colleagues might be interested in–we’re always happy to spread the word!

Categories: RML Blogs

NLM Disaster Information Specialist Webinar on October 18: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-09-27 14:19

The next NLM Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar will be held Thursday, October 18, at 10:30 am PDT. It is open to anyone wishing to attend. Some of you may remember speaker Lisa Federer from her UCLA days!

TOPIC: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data

Managing and sharing data have become important issues in the context of research data. When it comes to disaster-related data, when time is of the essence, it’s even more important to ensure that data are properly collected, managed, and curated. Data must also be shared with the appropriate stakeholders to get information out to everyone who needs it, when they need it. This webinar will discuss best practices for data management and data sharing and how they apply to disaster-related data.

SPEAKER: Lisa Federer, Data Science and Open Science Librarian, National Library of Medicine

Lisa joined NLM in August 2018. Previously, Lisa was a Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she led the library’s Data Services Team and designed a curriculum of data-related training. She holds an MLIS from UCLA, and graduate certificates in Data Science from Georgetown University and New York University.

LOGIN: Meeting URL (Open in Internet Explorer browser):

Event Key: 1234

Audio conference information:

When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. NLM suggests using the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar. If you cannot use VOIP option:

Select “Call Me” to receive a call back and provide your phone number. OR Select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.

  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
  • Access code: 626 798 379

If asked for your Attendee ID Number and you do not see one appear on the screen, press # on your phone and you will be connected.

Categories: PSR, RML Blogs

Upcoming Webinar: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12 2 PM ET

SEA News - Thu, 2018-09-27 12:11

Join NNLM for the next iteration of the Research Data Management webinar series: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library October 12, from 2-3 pm ET. To register for this free webinar, visit: Can’t make it on the 12th? Don’t worry, the webinar will be recorded!

This webinar will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar participants should have a better understanding of:

  1. R curriculum before the pilot project
  2. Our evaluation of data-related training before the pilot project
  3. The components of the pilot project
  4. The development of our training plan
  5. How OSF was used for project management
  6. Format and frequency of classes during the pilot project
  7. Post-pilot evaluation

Instructor Bios:

Doug Joubert joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library in 2004. He is a customer-oriented practitioner with extensive experience in providing comprehensive research and information services support to researchers working in the areas of public health and health care policy. In this role, Doug provides his clients with services that support of the missions of the NIH and select HHS staff divisions. As part of his duties at the NIH Library, he identifies and provides guidance on the effective use of emerging technologies and recommends strategies to capitalize on them. Practice areas include data analytics, data visualization, GIS, and teaching.

Candace Norton joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library as a National Library of Medicine (NLM) second year Associate Fellow in 2017. Prior to joining the NLM Associate Fellowship Program, Candace managed a small corporate library for a pharmaceutical and life sciences consulting company in Bethesda, MD. During her fellowship appointment, she has pursued projects and training in areas related to pharmacovigilance monitoring, systematic reviews, bibliometric analysis, and data visualization.

Categories: RML Blogs