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Understanding the All of Us Research Program

MCR News - Mon, 2018-07-23 21:05

Friday, Jul 27 – 11 MT/12 CT

Have you ever wondered why some people need four blood pressure medications and others only need one? Or how our environment and nutrition impacts our risk for developing cancer or Alzheimer’s disease? Come learn first hand about the National Institute of Health’s new initiative to advance precision medicine. Learn about how the program works and the lessons learned in the first year at the University of Pittsburgh site from co-investigator Dr. Mylynda Massart. Hear ideas about how public libraries can become involved and engage their communities in this exciting program.

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DOCLINE Talkline: Introducing DOCLINE 6.0

MCR News - Mon, 2018-07-23 20:55

Wednesday, July 25 – 12 MT/1 CT
Presented by NDCO

In the inaugural session of DOCLINE Talkline, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead will introduce users to DOCLINE 6.0. In this session users will

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

If you would like to ask a question ahead of time, please e-mail (link sends e-mail). This will allow the presenters an opportunity to present the webinar to meet your needs.

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

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2018-07-23 16:24

by Peg Eby-Jager, A.M.L.S.
Librarian | Consumer Health Information Specialist

“All is flux; nothing is stationary.”
Heraclitus (c.535 – c.475 BC)

“Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.”
George Carlin (1937 – 2008)

CHIS Quest
When I found out about the Public Librarians Symposium, late and serendipitously, I’d been scouting for continuing education credits in light of a fast approaching deadline for renewing my Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certificate; I was a surprised to learn that travel awards were available to public librarians as well. Great news! My thoughts then quickly shifted back to the sobering present with the realization that I’d need to be in Atlanta in about three weeks. Quick work, collegiality, and good fortune were needed, and thankfully everything fell into place. I registered for the meeting, booked travel and accommodations, and leveraged a change in my work schedule. Being awarded a travel grant was, as they say, just gravy, and I was looking forward to attending the Symposium, earning CHIS credits, connecting with colleagues, and learning about the All of Us Research Program – a precision medicine initiative that I knew next to nothing about.

The Symposium

“This year’s conference also offers something special: a symposium dedicated to health information for public librarians…designed to help public librarians develop skills in providing consumer health information to enhance health and well-being and to encourage and expand health literacy throughout the communities.”

From NLM Director’s blog, Musings from the Mezzanine

All of Us

“The All of Us Research Program, is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.”


I was in the go-mode for Atlanta. But first, gentle reader, a brief detour through patient data history.

Interest in Consumer Health
The one constant among my professional interests since earning a library degree in 1985 is my abiding interest in consumer health information. And during those thirty-plus years, there have been seismic changes in virtually every aspect of health care – patient records included. My first job as a freshly minted librarian was with the Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities (CPHA), a think tank, whose primary data asset comprised anonymous, patient-level records supplied by over 25% of North American acute care facilities. That was a huge data set, to be sure. However, the limitations of those records compared to what I would be hearing about at the Symposium makes all the difference between planting a single seed and the bounty reaped from a worldwide harvest.

Among CPHA’s many study reports and products was an annual series of books that listed average length of hospital stay, organized by diagnoses and stratified by a few additional criteria. It would never make the NY Times best-seller list, but it was CPHA’s hot product, bringing in significant income that fueled research. And CPHA was pushing the envelope, as their public health researchers worked to develop new analytical models yielding a more precise picture of how precious medical resources were being utilized.

Finding ways to accurately measure utilization of medical resources was The Holy Grail. But in the 1980s, CPHA’s anonymous hospital discharge records offered only a static slice of patient data and were not linked to any longitudinal cohort. Further, patient medical records were typically handwritten by physicians and stored in paper files in their offices. The necessary technology and infrastructure did not yet exist.

book titled Length of Stay showing the front cover and the book opened to pages with lots of data

In 1985, the availability of patient data from longitudinal studies was greatly limited. “Length of Stay” data were derived from anonymous hospital discharge records and were not linked to patient medical records. (Photo credit: Peg Eby-Jager)

To be clear: back in the day, CPHA’s published studies and data products were a big deal. It wasn’t unusual for a client to refer to us as “the only game in town.” But the All of Us Program, as I would soon learn at the Symposium, intends to change the game entirely. Building and sustaining the largest, most diverse, markedly innovative, longitudinal patient data set is the goal. “Change” hardly describes what is in store; a better term would be “reinvention.”

And what better place than Atlanta, a city that has reinvented itself time after time, to begin learning about All of Us?

MLA & M.J.T.
Day One of the Symposium began with a beautiful buffet breakfast offering a range of choices from bacon-and-eggs to copious fresh fruits and yogurt. My body clock was still set on PDT, but a second cup of coffee fueled a speedy circumnavigation of the Hyatt’s Regency Ballroom. Tables were quickly filling, the Symposium would soon kick off, and I didn’t see a single familiar face.

Mary-Kate Finnegan presenting a poster at a symposium

Mary-Kate Finnegan from University of the Pacific in Stockton presenting a poster at the symposium

Pretty quickly, I was invited to join a table near the podium. A friendly person called me over, and introduced herself as “M.J. Tooey,” whose name that I recognized as a past president of MLA. After a warm welcome, introductions, and a little get-acquainted chat with everyone at the table, M.J. clued me in on what to expect at the kickoff.

I had closely followed MLA’s pre-conference planning instructions, and I’d studied the presentations and posters that would be available to Symposium attendees. I knew which presentations I’d attend and which posters I wanted to see. I’d familiarized myself with the Hyatt map, and I knew where to be and when to be there. I definitely had a plan. But M.J. Tooey made sure that I knew that Patti Brennan, the current director of the National Library of Medicine, would soon be joining our table prior to giving her keynote speech. And that was just so very thoughtful and considerate of her. Moments like this leave lasting impressions.

Data-Driven Discovery
Patti Brennan’s keynote focused on “data-powered health” and the critical role of the All of Us Research Program’s one million-plus cohort to the future of precision medicine. Beginning with a quick overview of NLM’s strategic plan, she invited us to consider that every research article begets its own data set, and then to imagine the biomedical discovery implications of harnessing vast quantities of data that are made widely available. She talked about the need to find new ways to get information into the hands of laypeople and how those data could be used by citizen scientists. Dr. Brennan compellingly argued that massive data resources offer a “foundational substrate” for knowledge and discovery, and that the All of Us data set will be a prime factor in data-driven biomedical discovery.

Dr. Brennan is focused on a future in which myriad data-rich resources are widely available. She spoke about radical new possibilities for understanding health rather than focusing primarily on the study of disease states. But a diverse data set is key to success, and building a representationally diverse cohort of over one million people contributing data and biosamples will not be easy. The massive scale of the project is simply mind-boggling.


Patti Brennan writes regularly about the value of that ambitiously imagined, data-driven future on her blog, NLM Musings from the Mezzanine. “[W]e released NLM’s strategic plan, A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. Concurrently the National Institutes of Health announced a draft Strategic Plan for Data Science.”

Precision Medicine

“[P]recision medicine is ‘an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.’ …It is in contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration for the differences between individuals.”

From Genetics Home Reference


All of Us and Public Librarians
Public librarians may play a role in helping to raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program, and Dr. Brennan raised the question of how that role could be fostered. Toward the end of her talk, she posed the question of what can be done to assist public libraries, and I’ll be interested to see what sort of outreach takes place. Public librarians, however, do not need to wait for direction. MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) offers an excellent starting point.

I truly enjoyed the CHIS courses I took, and after completing Level I requirements, I pushed a little harder and earned a Level II certificate. I learned a lot, and I’d encourage my public library colleagues – not just librarians, but paraprofessionals as well – to take an introductory course. Building on my public service skills and more effectively helping patrons achieve greater health literacy is the greatest benefit of CHIS coursework. There is no charge for the courses; you can pace yourself. And there’s no pressure to complete work on a certificate. The bottom line is that the benefits are well worth the effort, for us and for our patrons!


“By earning your CHIS, you acquire skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community.” Learn more about CHIS at the Medical Library Association website. NNLM offers a sponsorship which covers the CHIS application fee for library personnel who take the required number of courses.

CHIS Courses

  • Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
  • Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Find more CHIS opportunities by browsing the list of all NNLM classes.

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Beyond the SEA Webinar: HIV Prevention and Information Outreach Panel Discussion – August 2, 2018 2:00 PM ET

SEA News - Mon, 2018-07-23 15:08

Date/Time: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 2:00 PM ET

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Ashley Cuffia.

Pre-Register: Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

Part 1: South Florida Transgender Women and HIV Prevention Outreach

Presenters: Hector R. Perez-Gilbe, Research Librarian for the Medicine, Public Health, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology, Science Library, University of California, Irvine; Francisco J. Fajardo, Instruction & Information Services Librarian, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Medical Library, Florida International University

Abstract: Providing outreach to marginalized and underrepresented communities is a difficult task for researchers and even more so for information professionals.  One solution to overcoming this challenge is to collaborate with other departments at your institution or community-based organizations with working experience with these populations.

This presentation will discuss such a collaboration between the Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Department of Humanities, Health and Society and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, where we identified the socio-economic and behavioral risks factors associated with HIV infection in the transgender women population of South Florida.  By doing this, we were able to understand the need for HIV prevention interventions through customized services and programs. The Herbert Wertheim Medical Library’s role in this research to was providing a resource guide containing links to primary care providers and social services available to the participants and community-based organizations.

Part 2: HIV/AIDS Information Outreach in North Central Florida

Presenter: Hannah F. Norton, Reference & Liaison Librarian, Associate University Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida

Abstract: This presentation will discuss an outreach project conducted by the University of Florida Health Science Center Library to improve awareness of and access to reputable HIV/AIDS information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Project activities included trainings for healthcare and social service professionals, the general public, and public library staff; creation of brief videos highlighting local resources and of easy-to-read print materials, and hosting a collaboration-facilitating event.

As with previous information outreach projects, collaborating with partners on and off campus has made these activities possible.  Public libraries, which are more embedded in our local community and more accessible to community members than on-campus facilities, have served as important venues for trainings, collaboration events, and talks.  Creative leadership for video and print material development has come from on-campus partners.  The collaboration event enabled representatives of UF and community organizations with an interest in HIV/AIDS to interact with each other in speed meetings – sharing assets, networking, and identifying commonalities, which has strengthened their bonds and encouraged referrals and non-duplication of efforts.

Panelist Bios: Hector Perez-Gilbe is the Research Librarian for Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He’s primary responsibilities involves the management of the health sciences collections. He’s also involved in teaching EBM and other health related instructions. He also provide assistance with systematic reviews and research to the UCI faculty/staff and students. Hector has a MPH in Epidemiology from FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. He is currently working on a research project involving transgender women in South Florida and HIV prevention.

Frank Fajardo is the Information & Instruction Services Library at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Medical Library at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. His primary work focuses on reference and research support services to all medical faculty and students, outreach/support to community-based medical faculty, and LGBTQA health topics.  He also co-chairs the university Safe Zone training program, which raises awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity of issues affecting the LGBTQA community.  Frank also volunteers with various LGBT community based organization in the South Florida area.

Hannah Norton is a Reference & Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries.  Her primary responsibilities include reference, instruction, and research support for UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medicine, and medical students.  Her research interests include health information outreach, teaching of evidence-based practice, library support for e-science and data curation, and library as place.

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians Scholarship Recipient

NER News - Mon, 2018-07-23 15:07
This is the third blog post in a series authored by 12 individuals who received scholarships to attend the 2018 Science Boot Camp held at Brandeis University on June 13-15, 2018. Please watch for more posts about this event and from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks. For more about this year’s Science Bootcamp resources or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

Alex Goudreau– Science & Health Sciences Liaison Librarian at University of New Brunswick Saint John, Canada

Attending Science Boot Camp 2018 was the best professional development I’ve had so far as a new academic librarian. Supporting the science side of my new role is my biggest challenge, and learning more about the topics at Boot Camp has started to fill in my knowledge gaps.

Boot Camp was a short and sweet experience; 2 ½ days really flew by. Despite this being my first boot camp, I felt immediately welcome by members of the Planning Committee and fellow attendees. I arrived early enough Wednesday morning to wander around the lovely Brandeis campus (bunnies everywhere!), and attended the pre-camp visit to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections. The archivist was thrilled to show off the science and medical special collections; weird and wonderful pieces included a book on the science of toenails!
This year’s topics covered ecology, genetic counseling, and materials science, and I learned so much! Miranda Davis of UConn gave an easy to understand overview on ecology, and Brandeis’ own Eric Olson’s presentation on his Lyme disease and tick research was especially fascinating. We learned about tick lifecycles and how they contract Lyme, how deer end up as walking singles bars for adult ticks, and how possums may be our saviors to help lower the spread of Lyme.

The show and tell Materials Science presentation delivered by Chris Schuh from MIT was such a great experience. As the “architects of solid matter” he showed us how materials scientists bring ideas from other science disciplines and engineering to create really useful things – including 3D metal printing, foam made out of aluminum, neural interface fiber probes, and super elastic wires.
Being a scholarship recipient was very beneficial. Having the registration covered was helpful, and being assigned a mentor was even better. I really appreciated the dedicated time in the schedule for meeting with mentors – I wish it was longer! Talking with my mentor, Barbara Merolli, was invaluable. We had similar work experiences, and after peppering her with questions I felt like I was on the right track settling into my new role. Having buttons identifying mentors and mentees was a great idea, and helped the mentees in particular mingle with each other. Maybe sensing kinship, many of the librarians I spent time with at camp were fellow mentees.

This was also only my second experience live tweeting and following an event hashtag (#sciboot18) on Twitter. It was great engaging with fellow campers on Twitter, and sharing what was being presented for everyone who couldn’t attend. It was also amusing to be recognized at breaks from my Twitter profile and it helped break the ice meeting people.

Boot Camp was educational yes, but also a lot of fun! Meals were great, staying in the dorm was an experience in and of itself, and the banquet was a blast. I can’t say enough positive things about the Planning Committee, and how well everything was organized; their hard work showed. And the food! I’m someone who has to snack often or I get hangry, and I never went hungry with all the delicious snacks and meals at Boot Camp!

I loved my time at Boot Camp, and will definitely attend in the future. If you’re looking for an opportunity to connect with your community of science librarians, learn about interesting science topics from interesting people, then I highly recommend New England Science Boot Camp! Thank you again for the scholarship and the opportunity to attend.

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 weeks reflection please click here. For more about this year’s Science Bootcamp resources or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.
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Introducing Grants and Proposal Writing On Demand!

SEA News - Mon, 2018-07-23 13:09

The NNLM SEA is proud to announce that the Grants and Proposal Writing class is now available on demand! You will be able to take this class year-round and at your own pace. Modifications were made to this class to eliminate interactions with fellow students; and instead, you’ll interact directly with the class facilitator to get feedback on your assignments.

This class is designed for beginning grant proposal writers and presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes and level of detail required in a successful proposal.

During this class you will learn each component of the grant writing process including:

  • Documenting the need
  • Identifying the target population
  • Writing measurable objectives
  • Developing a work plan
  • Writing an evaluation plan
  • Writing a dissemination plan

After you have completed this class you will be able to:

  • Identify online resources to search for funding
  • Describe the basic sections of a proposal
  • Identify types of documents necessary to include with a proposal
  • Recognize common mistakes of proposal writers

If you have any questions please contact Ashley Cuffia.

Please visit: to register!


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PubMed for Librarians

NTO News - Mon, 2018-07-23 11:33

PubMed for Librarians is a series of 5 free, online CE classes that begins on August 8, 2018. Each class is 90-minute long and offers 1.5 MLA CE credits. Learn something new, revisit what you know, remember what you forgot. Click here to register.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-07-20 12:21

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, Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale talked about using evidence-based resources to improve citations on Wikipedia, and her experience with NNLM’s first virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services @ Your Library – Midwest Matters, from GMR

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!


What is the academic health sciences library’s role in the learning health care system?NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

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

Join the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) on July 26 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET for a twitter chat about minority mental health. Follow #MinorityMH on Twitter to join this conversation about barriers and opportunities for improving mental health care for disparate populations.

MedlinePlus Magazine: the Summer 2018 edition of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! In this issue, host of “American Ninja Warrior” and comedian Matt Iseman shares how he has coped with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Other features include improving kidney transplant access for all, updates on blood pressure, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Bonus: Check out Michelle Burda’s recent MAReport article about creative ways that you can use NIH MedlinePlus Magazine for health programming in your library or institution!

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!

NCBI Minute: Five Teaching Examples Using NCBI BLAST – July 25, 12:00-12:30 PM ET – Sequence similarity search tools such as BLAST are fundamental to modern biology and are now taught to students in undergraduate biology classes or earlier. We have many standard demonstrations that we use to highlight the features of BLAST. These examples are also useful for teaching biology principles and techniques including evolution, taxonomy, homology, multiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic trees, primer design and gene expression analysis. This NCBI webinar will provide you with examples using NCBI BLAST that explore these principles and techniques that you can readily adapt to your classrooms.

DOCLINE Talkline: Introducing DOCLINE 6.0 – July 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In the inaugural session of DOCLINE Talkline, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead will introduce users to DOCLINE 6.0. In this session users will understand the Google sign-in process, how to link accounts to DOCLINE, and get a sneak peak at library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.

In-person opportunity! PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine at Holy Family University – July 27, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Taught by an experienced medical librarian, this in-person class at Holy Family University (PA) will introduce principles of evidence-based practice and free health information resources. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information. Participants are eligible for 3 hours MLA CE.

In understanding the All of Us Research Program – July 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Have you ever wondered why some people need four blood pressure medications and others only need one? Or how our environment and nutrition impacts our risk for developing cancer or Alzheimer’s disease? Register for this MAR session to learn about the National Institute of Health’s new initiative to advance precision medicine. Learn about how the program works and the lessons learned in the first year at the University of Pittsburgh site from co-investigator Dr. Mylynda Massart. Hear ideas about how public libraries can become involved and engage their communities in this exciting program.

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.

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.

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:

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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NNLM SEA Digest News – July 20, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-07-20 07:16

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 23-27

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: Substance Misuse and Addiction

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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Register for the Next Round of PubMed for Librarians!

MAR News - Thu, 2018-07-19 12:52

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) offers a series of free, online CE webinars called PubMed for Librarians, through which you can learn more about PubMed and enhance your searching skills. All classes are 90 minutes and include hands-on work. Take one or more (or all) of the classes! The series is set to begin again at the end of August.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction – August 29, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database, including the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. This class will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – September 12, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. This class will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details and lastly will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search – September 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Learn how to coordinate MeSH terms the way Indexers do, explore the Index feature to build a search and explore topics, and look at the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries.

PubMed for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features – September 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design and how they work in PubMed, introduce 3 PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.

Check out our training schedule to see more upcoming opportunities from NNLM. Are you looking for in-person or specialized training for your library staff or professional group? Contact us to explore classes and resources that we can offer to Members in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

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5 Free (online) PubMed CE Webinars from the NNLM Training Office

SEA News - Thu, 2018-07-19 12:37

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) is offering a series of 5, free, online CE webinars called PubMed for Librarians (PML). All classes are 90 minutes and include hands-on work. Take one or more (or all) of the classes.

Details are below. All times are Eastern (please adjust for your time zone).

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction (1.5 CE)

August 29, 2018 2PM – 3:30 ET

  • Learn the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE
  • Brief introductions to MeSH, Automatic Term mapping and Subheadings
  • Citation sensors

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH (1.5 CE)

September 5, 2018 2PM – 3:30 ET


  • Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database
  • 4 different types of MeSH terms
  • We’ll investigate the structure of the MeSH database (spoiler alert…it’s hierarchical) and look at the components of a MeSH record.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (1.5 CE)

September 12, 2018 2PM – 3:30 ET

  • Learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database.
  • Learn how ATM helps you search effectively with keywords.
  • We will also look at the MeSH explosion feature
  • We will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed (spoiler alert…there’s a phrase index)

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search (1.5 CE)

September 19, 2018 2PM – 3:30 ET

  • This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively.
  • We will look at MeSH Heading and Subheading Coordination techniques used by the Indexers
  • We’ll explore the Index feature to build a search
  • We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries as tools for building a focused search

PubMed for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features (1.5 CE)

September 26, 2018 2PM – 3:30 ET


  • Looking for a specific type of study? This class will explore the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing clinical studies
  • We’ll explore 3 PubMed features that facilitate searching for literature that supports evidence-based medicine
  • Explore the Clinical Queries tool that includes a Systematic Review search hedge (PubMed calls it a filter)

For questions, please contact Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist, NNLM Training Office

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Free Crisis Counseling Available for Harvey Survivors

SCR News - Thu, 2018-07-19 11:04
Coffee Shop Picture

“Coffee Shop” by Raw Pixel via Unsplash, May 14, 2018, CCO.

Living through a traumatic event such as a hurricane can result in damage to structures, belongings, and even your mental health.  Studies after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy examined the mental impact of experiencing a natural disaster traumatic event.  In addition to short term distress, some survivors even experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a mental illness that can cause sufferers to have difficulty sleeping, angry outburst, uncontrollable feelings of guilt or sadness, and possibly even suffer flashbacks.  Although initial studies on PTSD focused on soldiers experiencing war, more recently it has been accepted that any trauma (sexual assault, physical abuse, natural disasters, etc) can result in PTSD.

Common reactions to disaster can include:

  • Intense or unpredictable feelings.
  • Changes to thoughts and behavior patterns.
  • Sensitivity to environmental factors.
  • Strained interpersonal relationships.
  • Stress-related physical symptoms.

Texans Recovering Together provides crisis counseling and referrals to hurricane survivors who might be experiencing some of these common reactions.  Their services are free and confidential.  If a client is not comfortable meeting in an office or has transportation issues, their providers can do home visits or meet in a community setting.

The Counties covered under this program and additional disaster behavioral health resources can be found at  For further information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at, Facebook at, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at

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Employment Opportunities from NLM

MAR News - Wed, 2018-07-18 16:56

The National Library of Medicine is posting six vacancies for technical information specialists. NLM invites applications from individuals with diverse education and experience, including genomic and biomedical sciences, health services research and policy, public health, data management and information sciences.

Beginning tomorrow, July 19, apply using one of the following:

The announcement for these GS 9-12 positions will be posted for five calendar days. The short posting time reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly. We recommend that interested candidates create a USAJOBS account in advance of the recruitment.

In these positions you would:

The vacancies also will be posted on the NLM job openings page.

NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and one of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to an interesting, diverse and challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. A Metro subway station (Medical Center on the Red Line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. NLM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more about working at NLM, see Careers @ NLM.

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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Summer 2018 Issue Available Online!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-07-18 15:49
cover of NIH Medlineplus magazine with comedian Matt Iseman

The Summer 2018 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is host of “American Ninja Warrior” and comedian Matt Iseman, who shares how he has coped with rheumatoid arthritis. The issue also features articles on kidney transplant, multiple sclerosis, blood pressure, immunotherapy and other news from NIH.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is available online in both HTML and PDF format. You can also receive a print subscription or e-mail alerts.

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DOCLINE Talkline

MCR News - Tue, 2018-07-17 17:00

Please join us tomorrow for the National DOCLINE Coordination office’s DOCLINE Talkline that is scheduled for tomorrow at 2pm Eastern. Lis Unger, DOCLINE Team Lead, any I will be introducing the Redesigned DOCLINE for NNLM staff.

Details below:

Date/Time: July 18, 2018 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT/12:00 PM MT/11:00 AM PT
Topic:    DOCLINE Talkline: Introducing DOCLINE 6.0
Host:     Erin D. Latta
Date:     Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time:     2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Session number: 620 078 576
Session password: docline

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Tomorrow – Breezing Along with the RML

MCR News - Tue, 2018-07-17 16:58

Breezing Along with the RML – Panel Discussion – Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium

Wednesday, July 18 – 2 MT/3 CT


Please note the New Time – 2pm MT/3pm CT

Public librarians from the MidContinental Region joined colleagues from throughout the country in May to discuss a duty that they perform on a regular basis, providing reliable health information to their patrons.

The Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium held at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association in Atlanta provided librarians with a day and a half of presentations and discussions on health information.

Several participants from the MidContinental Region will share their experiences and observations from the symposium.

Kim Gile – Kansas City Public Library
Robin Newell – Emporia Public Library
Brady Lund – Emporia State University
Trish Hull – Salt Lake County Library

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New Study Reveals Risks of Catheters

SCR News - Tue, 2018-07-17 10:57

“Bladder.” via MedlinePlus, June 28, 2018, Public Domain.

A recent study found that over 50% of patients who had been catheterized reported complications from indwelling catheters.  This statistical evidence confirms that anecdotal evidence that patients have shared with hospital staff, friends, and family members for years.

A urinary catheter is used to drain the bladder when the body is unable to do so naturally.  It consists of a small tube inserted into the body.  There are 3 main types of catheters:  Indwelling, condom, and intermittent.  This study focused on indwelling catheters which are left in the bladder for a period of time.

Catheters are typically used for the following health situations:

Although catheters are often deemed medically necessary, one of the study’s authors warns against using them too often or for too long.  “”Our findings underscore the importance of avoiding an indwelling urinary catheter unless it is absolutely necessary and removing it as soon as possible,” said Dr. Sanjay Saint.

The study found increased risk of infection, negative impact on activities of daily living, and other complications such as ongoing pain and discomfort.  Learn more about the findings and recommendations for improvement by reading the entire article.

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services @ Your Library

GMR News - Tue, 2018-07-17 09:48


On May 4, 2018, I was honored to lead a session entitled “Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services @ Your Library” for approximately 40 front line library staff members attending the annual Reaching Forward Conference sponsored by the Illinois Library Association.  In addition to demonstrating how NLM databases such as Medline Plus can provide much needed medical information for those living with dementia and their care partners, I was also able to share some of the knowledge about dementia that I learned during the decade that I cared for my late husband who had been diagnosed with a young onset dementia at age 56.  As a member of the leadership team for the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD) of the American Library Association, I am also aware of many concrete examples of programs and services provided by libraries across the country directly to those living with the disease, as well as to their caregivers.   I was able to share information about programs such as:

  • the Tales & Travel Memories book and reading program which the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL brings to diagnosed persons living in over a dozen local memory care facilities,
  • the Library Memory Project of the Bridges Library System, Waukesha, WI that coordinates monthly memory cafes (informal social gatherings) shared among eight WI libraries,
  • thematic circulating kits such as those provided by the St. Charles (IL) Public Library that consist of books, CD’s and DVD’s that can stimulate memories and conversation.

Library support staff often work directly with the public, which increasingly includes those living with dementia and their caregivers.  Audience members indicated that they would appreciate more training in how to communicate and interact with this population, especially as the number of people affected by dementia is expected to grow exponentially in the future.

Although libraries are beginning to become aware of the proactive role they can play in their communities to improve the quality of life for those living with dementia, much more can be done.  I told this attentive and focused audience about a nationwide initiative called Dementia Friendly America that seeks to bring together all aspects of a community, including libraries, in an effort to increase awareness of, and provide services for, those living with dementia.  Libraries can help to truly transform the lives of those living with dementia in their communities.  I hope this discussion is just beginning…

–Guest post by Mary Beth Riedner

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians – Scholarship Recipient Blog Post 2

NER News - Mon, 2018-07-16 18:10

This is the second blog post in a series authored by individuals who received scholarships to attend the 2018 Science Boot Camp held at Brandeis University on June 13-15, 2018. Please watch for more posts about this event and from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks. Read the first post here.


Andrew Lambert
Science Boot Camp 2017 Blog Post

Hi everyone! First and foremost, I would like to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to the Science Boot Camp committee for both selecting me as a scholarship recipient as well as their tireless effort in putting on such an enjoyable and rewarding camp at UMass Amherst.

Boot Camp was an entirely new experience for me as this was the first year I attended camp, so I’d also like to pass along my thanks to my mentor, Zac Painter, as well as my colleague at Holy Cross, Barbara Merolli, for making the experience that much more welcoming overall.

The first day started off right away with insightful tours of both the Digital Media Lab and Morrill Greenhouses at UMass Amherst. Both sites were extraordinary in what they offer the community at UMass and seeing the collaboration of both science and technology at both sites was very interesting, to say the least.

Wednesday afternoon began with an overview of Mathematics & Statistics with Adena Calden and Julie Blackwood then Britt Florio discussed the overall sustainability efforts going on with UMass dining services later in the evening. Personally, I was very pleased to hear UMass dining is focused on allocating more funds each year to local farms and producers throughout Massachusetts and New England to supply the university’s culinary needs.

Thursday was focused on Geosciences, with Isla Castaneda and Jon Woodruff, and Biomedical Research with Wilmore Webley and Michele Markstein, in the afternoon. It was a pleasure to hear these four speakers discuss what is going on now and what is expected to happen in the not-too distant future in their respective fields and in research library settings.

Friday was the capstone session focusing solely on scholarly communications and how it is shaping UMass now and moving forward. This is a field I personally have a great deal to do with on a regular basis and was glad to have the chance to hear from the four individuals from UMass’s scholarly communication office along with sitting in on breakout sessions to discuss matters further.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone involved with making Boot Camp such a fun and great experience – the planning committee, my mentor, and the rest of the camp attendees who were incredibly nice and always curious to get to know more about each other. It was a terrific experience and I’m already looking forward to Boot Camp next year.

For more about this year’s Science Bootcamp resources or other upcoming events, please visit this NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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NLM Announces Digitization of Materials from the Leonidas H. Berry Papers

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-16 17:56

The National Library of Medicine has announced new public access to over 1,600 letters, photographs, and other materials selected and newly-digitized from the Leonidas H. Berry Papers 1907-1982 archival collection, celebrating the career and personal life of the trailblazing physician and civil rights advocate. Social justice activist, medical pioneer, and influential member of the African American community, Dr. Leonidas Berry advocated for racial justice within the medical profession and access to equal care for all patients, and developed innovative techniques and new instruments in the field of gastroenterology. His work is recognized as part of the NLM traveling banner exhibition For All the People: A Century in Citizen Action in Health Care Reform; and the online adaptation of the exhibition features all 1,686 digitized items in a digital gallery.

To learn more about the variety of items included and the meaning of this collection, follow a Circulating Now blog series during the week of July 16; what would be Dr. Berry’s 116th birthday. On Tuesday, July 17th, Abigail Porter, an exhibition researcher at the NLM, explores Dr. Berry’s career-long battle against racial discrimination in the medical profession. This post features letters written by Dr. Berry in the 1950s and 60s, in which he declined, in protest, an invitation to a medical conference held at a segregated venue in New Orleans, pushed for a high-ranking hospital appointment he’d been denied due to discrimination, and called for the integration of the National Medical Association.

In Wednesday’s installment, NLM exhibition coordinator Nicole Orphanides delves into Dr. Berry’s groundbreaking contributions to the fields of gastroenterology and endoscopy. One of the first African American physicians to use gastroscopy, he invented an attachment that improved visibility. This article features Dr. Berry’s letters to his colleagues about gastroscopy. On Thursday, the series continues with a post from Ashley Bowen, NLM exhibition curator, who looks at Dr. Berry’s life through the personal and professional ephemera (items used temporarily) in the Berry Papers collection, including conference programs, party napkins, and luggage tags. Finally, on Friday, Beatrix Hoffman, a professor of history at Northern Illinois University and guest curator of For All the People, wraps up the series by exploring Dr. Berry’s impact on medicine and society.

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