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A glance back: the Framingham Heart Study

SCR News - Tue, 2018-07-31 17:19

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the landmark FrFramingham physiciansamingham Heart Study. It is named for the town of Framingham, MA from which the original cohort (there are now six groups of participants) of 5,209 men and women were recruited.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and it achieved that rank by the 1940s. But for many at the time, it was considered unavoidable consequence of getting older. Fortunately, in 1948, President Harry Truman signed into law the ‘National Heart Act’ which did two things:

  1. Established the National Heart Institute, better known today at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  2. Allocated funds for a twenty-year epidemiological heart study

Its milestones over the years have been significant and numerous – here are just a few:

  • In 1967, it was discovered that physical activity reduced the risk of heart disease
  • In 1988, HDL or “good” cholesterol was found to reduce risk of death
  • In 2002, obesity was determined as a risk factor for heart failure

To learn more, you can read a history published in 2014 that details its origins and contributions, including the fact that this study was closely linked to the health of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

To celebrate the anniversary, Daniel Levy, M.D., Director, Framingham Heart Study, and Chief of the Population Sciences Branch, NHLBI, gave a recorded talk earlier this year.

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Photo Credit: “Framingham Heart Study physicians” by NIH History Office via The Commons (Flickr)

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Reflections on the MLA Public Library Symposium

SEA News - Tue, 2018-07-31 13:52

Written by April Wright, NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region. For questions, please e-mail April Wright

Being new to health sciences libraries, I had no idea of the possibilities that awaited me. Having worked in public libraries for several years, I understood the delights and challenges of learning, through questions patrons asked. Health related information is one of the more difficult topics I encountered when working in public libraries.  I knew about MedlinePlus as a “source for reliable health information,” but not about the broader world of resources the National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides enabling health consumers to find discover much of what they need.  Public librarians are uniquely poised to help their users navigate that world and guide them toward being engaged in and well-informed about their health outcomes.

The MLA Symposium: Health Information for Public Librarians opened the door to equipping public librarians with the tools for developing expertise and creating sustainable health information literacy initiatives.  These tools include the opportunity to earn a  Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Certification through participation in free classes offered by the NNLM regions and access to a number of additional benefits available to public librarians by becoming a free NNLM network member.

The NLM Strategic Plan, NNLM’s partnership with the Public Library Association PLA in its Health Literacy initiative, and NNLM’s All of Us Community Engagement Network  provide a cohesive incubator for health information literacy programming and services in public libraries to grow and thrive.  Participants were encouraged to create a Library Program/Service Action Plan and a Professional Development Action Plan to help engender a sense of commitment to their role as health information stewards after the Symposium experience.  Given the discussions at the end of the second day and the following comments, it feels like we are off to a great start!  Some of our participating members provided the following feedback:

As someone who works in a public library, it was very enlightening to learn more about the world of medical librarianship and the potentials for collaboration in our community around disseminating consumer health information. The MLA conference helped me gain more knowledge on the health reference interview, as well as ways to train staff on best online health resources and titles. I will definitely be accessing more MLA and NLM/NNLM resources for my public library as we promote health literacy to the public.  –Elizabeth Roth, Be Well Program Coordinator, Nashville Public Library

I am looking forward to having our library promote the All of Us Initiative.  In addition, I was so intrigued by the scope of the research presented about the All of Us initiative at the symposium, I signed up as a participant myself.  In the workshops, I learned so much about leveraging our position as a known reliable source of information in the community into becoming a hub for medical and health resources that I could not jot everything down fast enough. – Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Assistant Director, Prince William Public Library System

It was a great experience for me to attend the National Medical Library Association Symposium where I conversed with public library staff members from other states and also members of the medical library field.  After hearing about Medline Plus and returning to the Waynesboro-Wayne County Library, I instructed our library staff to place an icon on our sixteen public access computers so that we can encourage our patrons to utilize this informative database.  I also posted the benefits of using this website on the library’s Facebook page as well. – Patsy C. Brewer, Library Director, Waynesboro-Wayne County Library

If you participated in the MLA Symposium: Health Information for Public Librarians, I would love to hear your thoughts and how you used the information to provide health information within your library!

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Recording of Inaugural DOCLINE Talkline Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-30 18:03

The recording of the inaugural DOCLINE Talkline webinar on July 25 is now available. DOCLINE Talkline is a webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine. To view the webinar, click on the YouTube player below.

Presenters, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead gave an overview of the upcoming redesigned DOCLINE 6.0. In this session, attendees were able to:

  • Understand the Google sign-in process,
  • Link accounts to DOCLINE, and
  • Get a sneak peek at library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.

If you have any questions or feedback about DOCLINE 6.0, write to the NLM Help Desk, view the DOCLINE 6.0 FAQs, or contact the National DOCLINE Coordination Office.

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Dr. Dina Paltoo Named NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-30 17:45

NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Dina Paltoo, PhD, MPH, as NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development. In this role, she leads NLM’s policy and legislative activities which promote access to scientific data and information, as well as health information technology. Dr. Paltoo had performed the duties in an interim capacity since April 2018 while on detail from the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her official appointment took effect July 9, 2018.

Dr. Paltoo was previously the Director of the Division of Scientific Data Sharing Policy within the OSP. While there, she was responsible for overseeing NIH policy efforts in scientific data sharing and management, open science, and genomics and health. Prior to taking on that role, she was the Director of OSP’s Genetics, Health, and Society Program. Dr. Paltoo joined OSP from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she was a program director in genetics and pharmacogenetics and led activities to promote the sharing of these and other data. She has also served as a scientific advisor on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Personalized Healthcare Initiative, was a National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellow, and taught at Howard and Morgan State Universities. Dr. Paltoo received her PhD in physiology and biophysics from Howard University, was a postdoctoral fellow in cellular biophysics and biochemistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and earned an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians Scholarship – Blog Post 4

NER News - Mon, 2018-07-30 17:17

This is the fourth 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, a fresh look at how science boot camp for librarians is valuable for those entering science librarianship from the humanities.  Please watch for more posts about this event and from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks.

I had the pleasure and privilege of being awarded a scholarship to attend the Science Boot Camp at Brandeis University in June of this year, and I’m pleased to be able to acknowledge what a positive and enriching experience it was.

I am new to the world of science librarianship, having come from the humanities, as many of us have. So this boot camp seemed a perfect opportunity to learn from my peers, as well as science and engineering professionals, specifically about what is expected of the STEM librarian in academia. The topics selected this year were all timely and cutting edge: ecology, genetic counseling, materials science, with a keynote of publication retraction and policing. Each one of the topics held good kernels of truth and intellectual depth that really couldn’t have been conveyed in a different setting.

For our ecology talk on Wednesday, I found myself fascinated by Dr. Davis’ understanding of the current and future trends in ecology, and I was also deeply interested in Dr. Olson’s granular knowledge of the tick problem in New England, and how he uses our offerings as librarians to help in his research. Both interestingly acknowledged that, in order to be an effective ecologist, you had to be a sucker for pain, considering the precision involved in mapping ecosystems from the individual all the way to the biosphere. Nota bene: invest in getting more opossums around my property, as they are natural-born tick killers!

Our Wednesday evening speaker, Retraction Watch co-founder, Ivan Oransky, was an engaging advocate for accountability in the academic publishing sphere, a subject near and dear to the heart of every academic librarian that I’m aware of. One key takeaway is that he insisted that the hallmark of a good academic publisher was its willingness to retract articles that require it, which is in contrast to my initial presumption of considering those with few-to-no retractions as the gold standard. Such is the state of academic publishing today: every one of them has likely had occasion to retract, but not all have done so. These retractions, it should be noted, can be performed for reasons ranging from something as generally benign as publisher error all the way to something as pernicious as plagiarism and faked data, or even faked peer-review, which is another type of duplicity on the rise.

On Thursday, we had separate panels on two flourishing scientific fields. The former panel was an interesting overview on genetic counseling, which is one of the hottest careers in the United States and Canada, with projected growth of 29% over the next eight years! The ubiquity of retail genetic tests such as 23&Me and Ancestry also make this a hot-button conversation as well, considering the amount of personal data being willingly given to companies by millions of people. The latter panel was a fascinating look at materials science, with Dr. Christopher Schuh speaking as head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at MIT, and Dr. Seth Fraden speaking as a professor of Physics at Brandeis. They engaged in a very spirited discussion regarding the direction of the profession, as well as whether it’s a time for optimism or pessimism for materials science in both the near and distant future. (Unsurprisingly, good cases were made for both.) The capstone on Friday tackled the subject of predatory journals and open access, which has become a leech on the hide of many academic fields, and it encapsulated rather nicely Mr. Oransky’s talk on publication retractions two nights previous.

But perhaps the most important takeaway of the entire conference was how kind and accessible so many of the librarians were at this conference, from the organizers to the attendees. I’ve been to other, larger conferences, and they can easily devolve into a networking nightmare, with previously-formed cliques dominating the social scene. This retreat created an experience of bonhomie and openness. I met so many friendly librarians from so many interesting places, and I went back to my home library with a quiver full of new techniques and information. It was a truly worthwhile experience, and one I hope to repeat, perhaps even as a mentee, if time allows in the coming years.

Daniel A. Neal, MLIS
Reference & Instruction Coordinator
Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons
Wentworth Institute of Technology

I hope you enjoy the latest installment of the Science Boot Camp for librarians. To read the first post please click here. For information about last week’s reflection 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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SEA Insights: A NNLM SEA Webinar Series – Quarterly Update – September 25 2-3 PM ET

SEA News - Mon, 2018-07-30 14:18

Date/Time: September 25, 2018 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Register: To attend the NNLM SEA Quarterly Update, please visit:

SEA Insights is a webinar series in which network members within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) region will have an opportunity to:

  • Collaborate on National Library of Medicine (NLM) and NNLM initiatives and projects.
  • Exchange experiences related to current or upcoming activities and projects of the NNLM SEA staff.
  • Share expertise with network members to support each other and improve health information access.

Join Tony Nguyen, Executive Director, for this update to learn about what has been going on in the SEA office. This webinar will serve as an informal update on initiatives, programs, staffing, and other NNLM SEA administrative topics. Additionally, you’ll learn about the educational insights gained from the survey given to network members within the region earlier this year. Bring your ideas of what you’d like from the SEA region!

If you have questions you would like to discussed, you can e-mail Tony Nguyen ahead of time.

To Join the Training Session
1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: nnlm
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To Join the Session by Phone Only 
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
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To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:

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GMR to Fund UC’s 4th Annual Data Day

GMR News - Mon, 2018-07-30 12:19

The GMR office is excited to announce that the University of Cincinnati (UC) has been granted a Research Data Award to host its 2019 Data Day Event!


UC Data Day is the only event on the University of Cincinnati campus that connects the libraries with researchers and community partners in a collaborative and informative medium. Data Day provides an opportunity to openly discuss opportunities and challenges related to data, and educates the research community on methods for driving discovery through data, a key area of interest for the National Library of Medicine.

Project Description

UC Data Day 2019 will build on the momentum of the three previous Data Day events, and endeavor to promote interdisciplinary learning and collaboration among the University of Cincinnati’s research community and broader Greater Midwest Region. Data Day 2019 will offer a full schedule to engage audience members, reveal solutions to data challenges and foster a community of best practices around improved data management.

The event will offer combinations of engaging keynote addresses, workshops on data analyses and visualization, graduate student poster forums, and panels that provide attendees with knowledge of data practices, usage and services. The official date of Data Day 2019 is in the process of being determined.


The essential goal of Data Day 2019 is to equip researchers with the knowledge and ability to effectively perform data driven research, to better manage their research data across the research lifecycle, to improve their skills in data analytics and visualization, and arm them with pertinent contacts that can address data related concerns.

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DOCLINE 6.0 E-mail Updates

PSR News - Fri, 2018-07-27 13:21

Beginning July 27, all NLM emails about the DOCLINE 6.0 upgrade will come from They will not be posted on the DOCLINE-L listserv. Those who subscribe to DOCLINE-L will receive emails about DOCLINE 6.0 only occasionally, and only from the DOCLINE Team.

The new service allows the DOCLINE team at NLM to better support libraries through the transition to DOCLINE 6.0 with:

  • Full HTML messages,
  • Images,
  • Direct links to webinars, DOCLINE support, help videos, and more.

The DOCLINE-L discussion listserv will still be available. If you are subscribed to DOCLINE-L, you will remain a member of the listserv. If you have any questions, write to the NLM help desk, view the DOCLINE FAQs, or the National DOCLINE Coordination Office.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-07-27 10:31

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


The MAReport: Check out the Spring 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter! This quarter, Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger talked about, “Health Statistics for a Variety of Audiences and Topics” as an introduction to her upcoming offering of Health Statistics on the Web, NNLM’s first class to be approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing to provide CE for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES)!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The Unlinkable Data Challenge – NER Update

All of Us: Imagining the Future; Pondering the Past – Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium, Atlanta 2018 – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

The next round of PubMed for Librarians begins August 29. Register for any (or all) of the PML classes to learn more about PubMed and enhance your searching skills!


Public-Private Partnerships Will Accelerate Data-Driven DiscoveryNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Wondering Wednesdays: How many national libraries are there in the United States?NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

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

Add your full-text book to the NCBI BookshelfNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

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!

Registration closing soon! Making Sense of Numbers; Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 31, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. Sponsored by MAR, this class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. This 1.5 hour class will explore risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective, and participants will be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

Accessibility in Procurement – August 1, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Higher education institutions face legal and ethical obligations to ensure their information technology (IT) is accessibility to students, faculty, staff, and visitors with disabilities. As institutions rely increasingly on IT products and services procured from third parties, it is critical that accessibility be addressed during the procurement process. This session by PNR will provide an overview of the legal and compliance requirements for higher education institutions, as well as practical approaches, methods, and tools used to evaluate accessibility of IT during the procurement and contracting process.

Approaching Resistance to Change in Research Data Management – August 3, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Appropriate data management may be a new expectation for many researchers, and as such, may require an individual to adopt, or invent, particular innovations. Many researchers do not know what is required to prepare their data, let alone how to incorporate more time-consuming tasks into their current workflows. Thus, researcher concerns regarding these new expectations need to be assessed in order to provide appropriate educational interventions. Sponsored by SCR, this webinar will cover both work using the Concerns Based Adoption Method to identify specific researcher concerns, and anecdotal experiences from working with researchers who are not yet comfortable with new data management practices.

Strategies to Ensure Rapid Response to Emerging Agricultural Health Threats – August 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this webinar will discuss the rapidly changing agricultural industry and new occupational health threats that must be met by a systemic approach and trained professionals. For example, farm flood threats, as well as other extreme weather events require a rapid response among diverse stakeholders. Additional emerging health threats that require rapid response include opioid misuse, wildfires, and elevated suicide rates dues to the current farming crisis.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. In this collaborative webinar from MCR and MAR, participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. No prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate.

Connections4Health: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing SDOH in the Community – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join this MAR webinar to learn about Connections4Health from Program Director Mike Bowersox. Connections4Health is a Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program designed to partner with community health centers and community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons, such as food security, housing and employment. Rooted in a person-centered philosophy, C4H recruits, trains, and mentors college student volunteers (Community Health Fellows) to work collaboratively with people, helping them bridge the gaps that exist between basic needs and health.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Community Engagement Network – Compendium, News for Pennsylvania Libraries

What the Health? Information Resources for Librarians – August 10, 10:00 AM-1:30 PM ET – Register today for this exciting, in-person training opportunity! NNLM MAR Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale will be offering two NNLM classes, “Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in your Community,” and, “PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine” at the Northern New York Library Network in Potsdam, NY.

What Is Genomic Medicine? – August 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar is for librarians who want to understand the basics of genomic medicine in order to talk knowledgeably with doctors and researchers when they request genomic medicine searches. Stay on top of this growing and increasingly important area of research and medicine and learn what genomic medicine is! Presenter Stephanie Roth, AHIP, is the biomedical and research services librarian at the Ginsburg Library, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, where she works with researchers conducting systematic reviews and assists in literature searches on a variety of topics. The cost of this webinar is $65 for MLA Members, or $85 for non-members.

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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Congratulations to Sandi Htut, Professional Development Awardee!

GMR News - Fri, 2018-07-27 10:06

The GMR is excited to announce that Sandi Htut has been funded to attend the 2018 CityMatch Leadership and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference. Sandi is the Data Analyst and Evaluation Coordinator at Franklin County Public Health.

Franklin County’s infant mortality rate is higher than both state and national averages. By attending this conference, Sandi will come away with actionable insight that will have a direct impact on her work and, in turn, the residents of Franklin County, Ohio.

For example, Franklin County is experiencing an increase in opioid overdoses. Sandi plans to attend a session on opioid use and its impact on mothers and newborns. Another session, Data Visualization in Public Health Settings: A Hands-on Workshop for MCH Epidemiologists, will assist Sandi in learning new strategies for communicating complex data.

Congratulations, Sandi!

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Funding Awarded to Charlevoix Public Library

GMR News - Fri, 2018-07-27 09:50

I am happy to announce that the GMR has awarded funding to the Charlevoix Public Library! Congratulations to Susan Kroll and the staff at Charlevoix Public Library.

front of the Charlevoix Public Library a brick walkway with a large circular planter and brick building

Project Summary:
This request seeks to fund the purchase and support of 20 iPads loaded with NLM consumer health information for adults and children. This proposed project is a partnership between the Charlevoix Public Library and the Munson Charlevoix Hospital Education Department. The iPads will be placed in the Library, the Hospital Wellness Workshop facility, in selected physicians’ and school nurse offices and used in health clinics for American Indians and community senior events. The Health Librarian will train the health professionals to use the iPads and review specific NLM databases. The information will be reviewed semi-annually to ensure that the resources are up to date. The rural counties of Antrim and Charlevoix counties which constitutes the Library and Hospital’s patron base have many health challenges associated with obesity, diabetes, and alcoholism. Access to mental health professionals and specialists is scarce. These chronic health issues combined with a general population that has limited computer skills make this an ideal environment to provide NLM health information for adults and children on user-friendly iPads. The mission of the Charlevoix Public Library is to connect the community to resources that educate, enrich and empower. The Library has been a partner with the Munson Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop since inception, providing community health information based on NLM resources. The Wellness Workshop supports the Hospitals’ mission to improve the health and wellness of the community through health education, nutrition classes, and health screenings.

Project Objective:
Goal: Educate health professionals on how to identify high-quality consumer health information.
Objective: By November 2018, 9 school nurses and 4 physician’s office staff will have completed this training.

Goal: Establish a health corner in the Charlevoix Public Library to complement the iPad project.
Objective In July 2018, the Health Librarian will select NLM brochures and quality health association materials to provide as handouts to supplement health-related reference questions.

Goal: Provide specialized iPads with resources relatable to school-aged children.
Objective: Work with the Charlevoix Youth Librarian and a school nurse representative to select specific resources based on local pediatric health concerns.

Goal: Improve awareness of Wellness Workshop professional staff to specialized NLM resources.
Objective: In Winter 2019, conduct a professional training workshop focused on databases that reflect local health concerns identified while working with patients on the iPads.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – July 27, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-07-27 07:36

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

Top Items of Interest


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars July 30 – August 3

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

NNLM Webinars Available on YouTube**

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

Highlights: All of Us: The NIH Precision Medicine Initiative

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

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

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


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Could Your Favorite Snack be Causing Manic Episodes?

SCR News - Thu, 2018-07-26 18:07

hot dogs

Baseball season is in full swing and ballparks across the country are serving up a classic ballpark favorite – hot dogs.  In fact, it is estimated that baseball fans alone will con

sume nearly 19 million hot dogs in 2018.  Could they be getting more than they bargain for with this ballpark food choice?

A recent John Hopkins Medicine study collected data between 2007 and 2017 from 1,101 people with and without psychiatric disorders.   Their study found that those who had been hospitalized for mania were more than three times as likely to have had a history of eating cured meat as those without a psychiatric disorder.

Although hot dogs are nitrate-curated, they aren’t the only food item that falls into this category.  Beej jerky, salami, and other processed meats are also included.  Curating meats with nitrates is not a new process and neither are its associated health issues.  In the past, curated meats have been linked to colorectal cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

While the study did not address cause and effect, it could have an impact on future interventions, according to lead author Robert Yolken, M.D., the Theodore and Vada Stanley Distinguished Professor of Neurovirology in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  “Future work on this association could lead to dietary interventions to help reduce the risk of manic episodes in those who have bipolar disorder or who are otherwise vulnerable to mania.”

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Congratulations to the Health Science Librarians of Illinois 2018 Conference, Professional Development Awardee!

GMR News - Thu, 2018-07-26 16:45

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois has been awarded the Professional Development Award through the GMR office.  The award goes towards supporting three separate classes at their annual conference:

  • Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians, and Other Stakeholders
  • Data Management in the Wild: Why It Matters and What You Can Do About It
  • Managing Your Online Scholarly Identity

The HSLI 2018 Conference will be held this fall, September 26-28 in Rockford, Illinois.

Looking to bring in speakers for your own conference or association meeting?  While interest has surpassed our supply for the professional development funds in our second quarter, be sure to check out the GMR’s funding opportunities.  As the year progresses, more funds will become available for professional development awards.  We eagerly await your application.

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Funding Awarded to The Association of Rural and Small Libraries for a preconference on health reference, resources, and programming

GMR News - Thu, 2018-07-26 09:47

ARSL logoI am pleased to announce that the GMR has awarded funding to The Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) for a pre-conference focused health information services and programming.

ARSL will host the Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community as pre-conference sessions at their 2018 annual conference in Springfield Illinois. The preconference consists of 2 hours of pre-conference work, an eight-hour in-person preconference session, and 2 hours of post-conference work to provide 12 CE credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA). Participants who complete all the requirements will qualify for the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. NNLM sponsors the $75 applications fee, and the specialization is good for 3 years.

The award provides ARSL with funding to offer scholarships to 50 attendees.

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Research Data Management Webinar Series: Approaching Resistance to Change in Research Data Management – August 3 2018

SEA News - Wed, 2018-07-25 08:45

Guest Speaker: Amanda Rinehart, Data Management Librarian at the Ohio State University

Time: Friday, August 3rd 2 PM ET/1 PM CT / 12 PM MT/11 AM PT

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Description: Federal funding agencies now emphasize data sharing and re-use as part of the grant review process. However, difficulties in data sharing and re-use begin with basic data management practices. If data is not appropriately documented, organized, and readily available, then sharing cannot result in re-use. Appropriate data management may be a new expectation for many researchers, and as such, may require an individual to adopt, or invent, particular innovations. Many researchers do not know what is required to prepare their data, let alone how to incorporate more time-consuming tasks into their current workflows. Thus, researcher concerns regarding these new expectations needs to be assessed in order to provide appropriate educational interventions. This webinar will cover both work using the Concerns Based Adoption Method to identify specific researcher concerns and anecdotal experiences from working with researchers who are not yet comfortable with new data management practices.

Speaker Bio: Prior to becoming a librarian, Amanda spent eleven years as a biologist with the USDA, testing alternative agricultural methods to reduce the human impact on climate change. She draws extensively on this research experience while developing the Libraries research data management program. This program includes consultation services, workshops, development of educational materials, and teaching. She also administers Ohio State’s DMPTool software, which helps researchers create high quality data management plans that meet funder requirements. Amanda received her MLIS from South Florida University, her MS in Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University and her BA in Biology from Kenyon College.

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Psychedelic Drugs and Mental Health

SCR News - Tue, 2018-07-24 16:46

Two women grievingIf you were to ask someone what they know about the effects of LSD or MDMA, their response would not likely include reduction of depression and anxiety. However, if you were to ask that same question to a team of scientists at the University of California, Davis, they might give you a “maybe!”

This UC Davis team is exploring the impact that psychedelic drugs have on the brain, specifically the structure and function of neurons. Findings suggest that changes caused by these drugs can repair the circuits that are malfunctioning in mood and anxiety disorders.

“People have long assumed that psychedelics are capable of altering neuronal structure, but this is the first study that clearly and unambiguously supports that hypothesis,” said David Olson who is leading the research team.

These discoveries could potentially create new methods for treating mood and anxiety disorders that are safer and act faster.

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NLM Establishes a Five-Year Development Plan for MEDLINE!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-07-24 14:38

In December 2016, the National Library of Medicine established the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) Indexing Assessment Project to evaluate the impact on users of assigning MeSH terms to MEDLINE citations. The project findings confirmed the value of MEDLINE indexing and the value of applying selected non-subject metadata to MEDLINE citations. In response to the findings and as part of its Strategic Plan, NLM created the five-year development plan, MEDLINE 2022. A Working Group, comprised of members from across all NLM departments, was charged with the plan’s implementation.

MEDLINE 2022 has eight specific goals describing challenges that must be addressed to maintain the usefulness of MEDLINE as a tool for discovering and analyzing the biomedical research literature:

  1. Investigate the use of authoritative vocabularies in MEDLINE indexing in addition to, or as a partial replacement for MeSH, for some topics or types of metadata, for example, chemical names.
  2. Implement a range of indexing methods to ensure the timely assignment of MeSH or terms from other approved vocabularies to MEDLINE citations.
  3. Support the discoverability of content.
  4. Support the pharmacology and toxicology research communities by sustaining and improving the discoverability of chemical information in MEDLINE/PubMed citations.
  5. Support NIH and other funding organizations by ensuring the discoverability of funding information in MEDLINE/PubMed.
  6. Support the genetics research community by adding relevant gene information to MEDLINE/PubMed citations.
  7. Support the NLM pivot to data science as described in the new NLM Strategic Plan.
  8. Update MEDLINE journal requirements to support these goals and strategies.

The goals of MEDLINE 2022 align with the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan, most importantly Goal 1: Accelerate discovery and advance health by providing the tools for data-driven research. MEDLINE has provided access to the biomedical literature for more than 45 years, evolving as publishing and information retrieval have evolved. The MEDLINE 2022 project aims to ensure that MEDLINE continues to evolve to meet the needs of users in an age of data-driven discovery. NLM will keep its many stakeholders informed of progress with the implementation of MEDLINE 2022 by publishing future NLM Technical Bulletin articles with details about different aspects of this project.

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The Unlinkable Data Challenge

NER News - Tue, 2018-07-24 13:12

If you have concerns about data privacy here is your chance to advance the privacy and security of information and public safety data! There is a contest called the Unlinkable Data Challenge: Advancing Methods in Differential Privacy to address the issue of protecting individual privacy while allowing for data to be used by researchers for positive purposes. It is posted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator. The challenge is to propose a mechanism to protect personally identifiable information while maintaining a data set’s utility. The Unlinkable Data Challenge is a multi-stage Challenge with prizes. There are many ways to participate, as a contestant, individually or as part of a team, or as a voter. The planned prizes for the Stage 1 Concept Paper are:

  • $15,000 – Grand Prize
  • $10,000 – Runner up prize
  • $5,000 – Honorable Mention Prize
  • $20,000 – Four, $5,000 People’s Choice Prizes

The more ideas and more people involved the better we all will be. The NIST official rules to the contest are posted on and a full copy of those rules are in the Challenge Specific Agreement on the HeroX Unlinkable Data Challenge: Advancing Methods in Differential Privacy website. To register for the challenge competition: go to the HeroX website. and register with a username and password. Official entries are accepted only through the HeroX platform on or before 5 PM ET August 2, 2018.

  • Submission deadline August 2, 2018 @ 5pm ET
  • People’s Choice Voting August 14 – August 28, 2018
  • Winners Announced September 12, 2018

Registration for Stages 2 and 3 will take place in September and November 2018 through the TopCoder platform. Announcements will be posted to for the final two ‘algorithm’ stages. With your help we can assure trust in the privacy and security of information and data through vigilance, proactive policies and innovative technological developments.

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National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – Breezing Along with the RML

MCR News - Mon, 2018-07-23 21:07

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Presented by MCR

Citizen science is happening all around you! Citizen scientists in your community are participating in varied citizen science efforts, all furthering scientific knowledge. Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. At this session, participants can expect to learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. No prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!

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