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Network Members in the Spotlight

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2017-11-01 17:55

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

David Midyette is the new Senior Medical Affairs Information Specialist at Ventana Medical Systems in Tucson, AZ. David was previously the librarian at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, NV.

June Simms, Director of the Jay Sexter Library at Touro University Nevada in Henderson, is retiring at the end of December 2017, after more than 13 years of service to the library.

Norman Huckle, Head of Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan at Savitt Medical Library, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, is retiring November 9th, after 32 years of service.

Sophia Prisco is the new Education Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco Library & Center for Knowledge Management. She was previously the librarian at West Coast University’s Center for Graduate Studies in central Los Angeles.

Susan Ulrich, Medical Librarian at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, CA, retired at the end August 2017.

Marsha Kmec passed away on August 10 at the age of 65. She was the Health Sciences Librarian at Olive View/UCLA Medical Center from 1992-2012, and very active in the NNLM Network. In more recent years, Marsha was the medical librarian at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. She received the Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona Louise Darling Achievement Award in 1998 and the UCLA Librarian of the Year Award in 2007.

Alexander Lyubechansky, MA, MLIS, is now the Clinical Librarian at the Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno. He was previously the Clinical Librarian at the Savitt Medical Library Las Vegas location.

Esther Sternberg, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the 2017-18 chair of the NLM Board of Regents.

Sterling Kent is the new Learning Resource Center Manager at Fortis College in Phoenix, AZ. He replaces Amy Nadell.

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Public Library Association Announces Partnership with NNLM for “Promoting Healthy Communities” Training Initiative

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-01 16:14

Responding to the sizable proportion of Americans who visit libraries to check out health guidance, the Public Library Association (PLA) has announced a partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to train public librarians to better provide consumer health information. Research suggests that those librarians have an important role to play. According to a 2010 study, 37% of library users, including 57% of seniors living in poverty, used public library computers to seek health information. But a 2013 survey of public librarians showed that a third of respondents were unfamiliar with resources that could help patrons with health-related queries. PLA Deputy Director Scott G. Allen said the new initiative, called Promoting Healthy Communities, is designed to tailor medical information for librarians serving a general audience.

The new PLA-NNLM partnership intends to address the knowledge gap in a variety of ways, including podcasts, webinars, conference sessions, and a dedicated website set to launch later this year. That site will provide information for librarians on what NNLM information is accessible, streamlined versions of that information for a consumer health audience, and recommendations for how libraries can promote their role as a health information desk. Throughout the nine-month initiative, PLA and NNLM will assess health information needs among public librarians and share free resources and professional development opportunities that will help public library staff better serve their patrons’ consumer health needs. The initiative will increase the capacity of public libraries to provide quality health reference services by holding training programs and webinars, publishing articles and podcasts about successful library programs, and helping dozens of library staff gain the Consumer Health Information Specialization credential from MLA.

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Reflections on Librarianship and Big Data

MAR News - Wed, 2017-11-01 08:00

In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks.

Written By Margaret (Peg) Burnette, Assistant Professor & Biomedical Sciences Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The world of librarianship is changing at what seems to be an ever-increasing rate. The librarian’s role has evolved from information organization and access to the provision of specialized services related to information and data quality, management, analysis, and application. Big data is here to stay and permeates both our professional and personal lives. In the era of digital content and libraries without walls, librarians grapple with new challenges in order to remain productive and relevant. And while users may no longer need help finding information, many likely need help with evaluation and management of increasingly large amounts of information and data.

In many ways, the demands of big data are the same as for small data. These demands afford opportunities for librarians that naturally complement librarians’ expertise. Traditional organization and classification skills are still needed to help researchers find, wrangle, and share research and data products of all kinds. More specialized skills, such as statistical or analytical expertise, subject or technical expertise, or advanced computer skills (coding, etc.), enhance the ability to provide highly sought after services that complement the research and education enterprise.

Despite these opportunities, librarians often lack the skills necessary to support research data in a holistic way. Libraries need to plan carefully to match services with librarian competencies and implement strategies to fill gaps. The research and data lifecycles may provide useful frameworks for determining and developing services. For example, an institution might decide to focus on the identification, procurement and application of existing data. Another might focus on infrastructure for data storage solutions which can be a huge challenge for researchers, particularly for big data initiatives. Support for data analysis and data visualization are additional support areas that researchers clamor for. SPSS and R are familiar tools but few have the skills necessary to provide robust support. The immersion that is necessary for mastery of tools like these is simply not realistic for librarians who often wear multiple hats.

A second framework that librarians might consider is big data’s five “Vs”. The Volume of data being produced can benefit from librarian expertise in the areas of organization, security, and storage options. Libraries that are not equipped to offer storage solutions can nonetheless provide information about options and respective implications. Velocity affords opportunities for librarian expertise in the areas of organization, access, and retrieval. For example, librarians can leverage expertise in controlled vocabularies and metadata for data mining projects. Additionally, librarians can apply organizational acumen to help wrangle the Variety of data, both structured and unstructured. Veracity of information is a mainstay of librarianship and data quality is no different. And finally, librarian contributions to data management, curation, and sharing strategies can contribute significantly to the Value of that data.

Ultimately, with all of these opportunities, it is vital to consider data services within the larger institutional context. Some of the services that libraries consider may be provided by other entities such as offices of research or IT units. Coordination is vital to ensure seamless and integrated services streams, shared and complementary responsibilities, and unified goals.

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New! Continuing Education Credit for PubMed for Librarians Recordings

NTO News - Wed, 2017-11-01 04:04
PubMed for Librarians and cats

Watch a PML recording, get CE credit from MLA

We’ve heard from our community that you wish you could get CE credit for watching recorded sessions of our series PubMed for Librarians. Now you can! Just follow these steps:

1. Watch a recording of PubMed for Librarians and complete the handout for the class.
2. Handout is provided in the video’s YouTube description and on our PML class page under Course Materials.
3. Email your completed handout to
4. We will send you a link to the class evaluation, which includes a code to use for 1.5 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association.

We are so excited to bring you another way to keep up to date with PubMed, on your own terms! Happy watching!

PS: another LIVE round of PMLs starts January 10, 2018, registration is now open.

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Showing Value at MCMLA

MCR News - Tue, 2017-10-31 14:26

Several staff members from the NNLM MidContinental Region attended the 2017 MCMLA conference in Columbia, Missouri. On the final day, we hosted a “Show Me Value” session to gave participants an opportunity to use their creativity, eloquence, tech know-how and energy. Working in small groups, with a 20 minute time limit and a table full of art supplies, they developed a message that could get library stakeholders to think about the value of libraries and librarians. This week, we are showcasing a great series of images created for this session that illustrate the statement: Because you don’t have to find the information on your own.


You have a research team at your disposalYour time is better well spent with patients, not on searchesYour librarians are expert searchers - we can search fasterYou don't have to do it alone


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Potential Roles for Health Sciences Librarians in Big Data

GMR News - Tue, 2017-10-31 10:00

In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks.

Written By Beth Whipple, Assistant Director for Research and Translational Sciences at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine

Big data is one of the directions in which the field of healthcare is moving, and to continue to support and collaborate with our colleagues outside of the library, we need to understand trends and how to provide relevant resources and support. As experts in information retrieval, information organization, and as folks who interface both with end users and back end developers, we are uniquely positioned to be involved with big data in healthcare. I see roles for health sciences librarians in four general areas: programming/coding, information organization, end-user/usability feedback on systems, and data management.

As an undergraduate math major (who also had to take computer programming classes), I find it interesting to see how my previous training now relates to what librarians are starting to do, in particular the involvement of some data librarians in programming/coding instruction (e.g., teaching R, Python). That being said, there is a reason I went to library school and did not get an advanced degree in math. While librarians can build roles in this area, I believe it is not for everyone, and there are other ways that librarians can be involved in big data and data science work in healthcare.

Information organization is a big area where I see librarians involved with big data moving forward. While we are most familiar with literature databases, I often explain to patrons that if they understand how one database is set up, they can use those organizational principles to understand other databases. For example, as part of an NLM Informationist project at my institution, three librarians created a map of all the rules for a clinical decision support system to show how items were connected and to identify gaps. While we did have to learn how to read through the rule syntax, which presented a learning curve, we really were using our information organization skills to create maps of different concept areas and visually present that information to the pediatricians we partnered with on the project. The clinicians looked to us for expertise in the area of information organization in order to better understand their clinical decision support system.

The third area in which we can contribute related to big data is through our end-user and usability skills with our patrons and clients in how systems are designed. We are familiar with straddling the line between understanding the technical side of systems and translating them to our users. I also sometimes see our expertise acting as a squeaky wheel to try and explain to technical folks why something they think is “so cool” isn’t 1) practical, 2) useful, or 3) necessary. As a knitter, just because there are many things that I could make, doesn’t mean I should. Sometimes designers can get carried away with something technically interesting that is totally useless. Our role in that instance is to speak up, reiterate the desired outcomes of the project, and help make sure the end goal is reached.

The fourth area we can provide support for big data is through data management. I taught a Tableau class yesterday, and in the debrief with my colleagues, it was pointed out that I was teaching data management without even realizing it. As part of the class, I pointed out a sample dataset’s naming conventions and mentioned that those outside the project might not understand those conventions. I highlighted the importance of considering naming conventions when working with datasets, in order to ensure clarity. Additionally, my Data Services Librarian colleague related recently how, in working with our Clinical Informationist, she learned that he keeps a “diary” for each systematic review he’s involved with where he records details about the search strategy, databases searched, and documents other pieces of the review process. She talked with him about that practice being a form of data management, which hadn’t occurred to him previously. Many librarians are already practicing data management and teaching those skills in their everyday work, without realizing it’s “data management”. Librarians can easily expand their roles to support big data through this area, as information organization skills are underlying aspects of big data and librarianship.

As health sciences librarians, we are connectors – helping to bring the right people together, leading the right people to the right resources, and bridging the gaps between silos. We can demonstrate this through offering classes at the library – taught by library staff or other experts – on data topics, sponsoring data talks through the library, and in general doing what we do best—serving all patrons that are part of the mission of our institutions, sharing information, and connecting people, in order to make things more efficient and productive overall.

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Webinar Reminder: Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries – November 1, 2017

SEA News - Tue, 2017-10-31 08:05

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Co-Sponsors: National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA)


Summary: Education about consumer health services and programming can help public librarians stay current and develop new programs and services for their communities. This webinar will provide an overview of educational programs available via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine about consumer health and specific health topics. These programs can help librarians get the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) credential, which brings an additional, recognized level of expertise to their libraries and helps them connect with community partners. We’ll review CHIS requirements and benefits and will showcase specific projects and programs that public library staff have developed with the knowledge they gained from consumer health educational experiences. This webinar will also provide an excellent background and introduction to issues that will be covered in greater depth at the PLA 2018 preconference, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community.”

Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Be aware of and inspired by examples of health literacy programs at other public libraries;
  • Be more knowledgeable of and understand the value of the CHIS certification and how it will help assist their community members with their health information needs; and
  • Be aware of professional development opportunities associated with PLA’s new initiative on health literacy, specifically the stipend application opportunity for the PLA preconference.

Who Should Attend: This webinar is open to everyone interested in health literacy and assisting with the health information and program needs of their community. Registered or prospective attendees of the PLA 2018 preconference, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community,” are encouraged to attend this webinar.

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Arm Yourself Against the Flu

SCR News - Tue, 2017-10-31 01:08

Get your flu shots! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting our first flu cases of the season in our region.  The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine by the end of October.  The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu illness.

Take three actions to fight the flu:

1) Get your flu shot.

2) Stop the spread of germs by avoiding close contact with sick people, wash your hands frequently, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

3) If you get the flu, take your antiviral medications as prescribed by your doctor.

If you experience the following symptoms, you may have the flu:

flu symptoms

Infographic from CDC via CC0

Seek treatment from a doctor if you think you may have the flu.

Find out more by visiting the CDC website.

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One Health Day

MAR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 14:50

International One Health Day is celebrated every year on November 3. The goal of One Health Day is to build the cultural will necessary to see change in how planetary health challenges are assessed and addressed. One Health Day will bring global attention to the need for One Health interactions and allow the world to ‘see them in action’.  The One Health Day campaign is designed to engage as many individuals as possible from as many arenas as possible in One Health education and awareness events and to generate an inspiring array of projects worldwide.

Events do not have to fall right on November 3 but can occur anytime during the calendar year. Event leaders are encouraged to register their events on the One Health web page to ‘get on the map’.

Who is involved?

International and national human health, animal health and environmental health organizations, public health professionals, non-governmental organizations, World Health Organization collaborating centers, universities and corporate and private partners

Why One Health Day? 

Raising Awareness of the One Health approach is the purpose of this observance. Activities and events around the world will give scientists, practitioners and advocates a powerful, unified voice for moving beyond current provincial approaches to emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, environmental pollution, and many other problems, to a holistic, trans-disciplinary default way of doing business.

What is One Health? 

One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple health science professions, together with their related disciplines and institutions – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants, and our environment.

Why does One Health matter? 

  • Worldwide, nearly 75 percent of all emerging human infectious diseases in the past three decades originated in animals.
  • Environmental health may affect human and animal health through contamination, pollution and poor conditions that may lead to new infectious agents.
  • The world population is projected to grow from 7 billion in 2011 to 9 billion by 2050.
  • To provide adequate healthcare, food and water for the growing global population, the health professions, and their related disciplines and institutions, must work together.
  • The human-animal bond beneficially impacts the health of both people and animals.

Visit the One Health Day event page to find promotional materials and other information on how your organization can participate.


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Health Disparities Up Close & Personal

NER News - Mon, 2017-10-30 14:36


“Doctors, like all other people, are subject to prejudice and discrimination. While bias can be a problem in any profession, in medicine, the stakes are much higher.”
― Damon TweedyBlack Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine

With the goal of promoting reflection and academic discourse, the University of Massachusetts Medical School selects a book for the campus to read and discuss each year. A dedicated committee spends precious time reading and reviewing each book nominated. Shedding light on a timely topic, and promoting greater understanding of a key initiative from the school’s mission are two of the criteria a book must meet. Black Man in a White Coat, this year’s campus read, is Dr. Damon Tweedy’s thoughtful compilation of personal and professional stories that clearly illustrate how skin color along with a variety of complex social, cultural and economic factors contribute to inequalities in the health care we receive.

On October 11th, Dr. Damon Tweedy came to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA for lunch… and a discussion of his book. One of the first stories from the book that Dr. Tweedy shared was his internal struggle with self-doubt in the first months of medical school caused by his of his own insecurity with his skin color, and social class. Just as he was facing those doubts his medical school professor mistakenly identified him as a building custodian and asked him to fix the lights in the classroom. That incident pushed Tweedy to study hard in order to lead the class academically, and to make sure everyone, instructors and peers alike, would have no doubt he “belonged” at Duke Medical School.  That first semester of medical school he earned honors status which affirmed to him that he was able to compete academically with classmates who had opportunities to attend expensive and prestigious schools, that he did not.

I was impressed with the vulnerability and honesty with which Tweedy recounts the prejudice he experienced when patients voiced their distrust of him and told him they wanted another doctor for no other reason but his skin color.  As I progressed through the book, I felt like a cheerleader hoping Dr. Tweedy would win over another one of these “prejudiced” patients with his compassion, empathy and humility.  Showing us himself, being unafraid to include the good, the bad and even the ugly experiences where he reveals his own imperfections, (like when Tweedy has to confront his own prejudice and bias toward others) has given me an additional perspective on the difficult job medical care givers have at times.

Given the media exposure the topic of U.S. Healthcare has had recently, I am a more informed citizen about the complexity that fixing health disparities requires, thanks to what I learned  from reading this book and the discussion I was fortunate to be part of! That’s the great thing about reading a good book, you learn about things!

Health disparities refers to differences in the health status of different groups of people. Some groups of people have higher rates of certain diseases, and more deaths and suffering from them, compared to others. These groups may be based on race, ethnicity, immigrant status, disability, sex or gender, sexual orientation, geography or income.  As part of its mission to bring good health information to all, The National Library of Medicine seeks to lessen health disparities through its outreach program of free digital resources, training and  grant funding opportunities.

In a recent edition (May 16, 2017) of NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, a guest post written by Dr. Fred Wood the Outreach and Evaluation Scientist in the Office of Health Information Programs Development, discusses how the National Institute of Health’s (NIH)  All of us precision medicine initiative is expected to focus on the use of big data to help with reducing health disparities. The full article is here,

If this topic is interests you, there is more information on the MedlinePlus website. There are many useful links to a variety of research and populations affected by health disparities

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Central Plains Network for Digital Asset Management (CPN-DAM) Virtual Conference

MCR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 13:49

Join the Central Plains Network for Digital Asset Management (CPN-DAM) for their one day conference on November 7th, 2017. This virtual event will include regular and poster presentations providing an opportunity to learn from the real-world experiences of others. With a focus on practical professional development in all stages of digital asset management, sessions will cover topics such as digital projects, embedded metadata, and digital archives. Learn, network, and share all from the comforts of your own desk!

For more information, visit the CPN-DAM Conference page.

About the network: “Central Plains Network for Digital Asset Management (CPN-DAM) was founded in October 2015. It has a regional focus encompassing Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma. The network’s vision is to provide professional development, networking and collaborating opportunities for professionals involved or interested in digital asset management. The network is open to all professionals from all backgrounds, including programmers, system administrators, librarians, digital humanities specialists and cultural heritage professionals.”

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Public Libraries Spotlight: Nicolette Warisse Sosulski, Business and Reference Librarian, Portage District Library

GMR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 12:04


BA English (Honors), Georgetown University
BA Government, Georgetown University
MLIS iSchool at the University of Washington

How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?

I have always had an interest in biology and health sciences. I roomed with nursing students in college and hung out with pre-meds. I have worked for health insurance programs in both patient and provider customer service, so I needed to learn medical terminology for those positions. In iSchool, I was fortunate enough to be able to enroll in an amazing health reference class.

Why is health literacy important in your community?

It is especially vital now because over the last few decades the patient has had more of a role in healthcare decision-making. Years ago, the doctor pretty much told you what to do. Now the doctor will often say, what do you think you want to try? And the patient is kerflummoxed. S/he’s not a doctor or nurse. Further, in the time of fast appointments at the clinic, sometimes you may need to ask about something—but you do not even know what to ask. I believe that one of the librarian’s most important functions is to teach people enough that they can ask informed questions of their doctor, lawyer, accountant, or investment broker. These days, people need to act as their own health advocates, and they need current, authoritative information to do that effectively.  That’s where librarians come in.

Also, as a breast cancer survivor who benefited from early detection, I know that getting the word out there about testing etc. is crucial. It has become personal for me. Libraries can play a role in that.

What’s different with a health reference interview?

Well, first of all, chances are the patron may be upset or worried. They or a loved one has been diagnosed with something, or a condition that has been stable is worsening, or they are thinking they might be about to find out something bad at a checkup. They either need to understand the implications of a diagnosis, and they need to be able to understand enough to understand the doctor. People may hold it together at the physician’s office and then leave the appointment in a daze with very little memory of what occurred there.  Second, these may not be regular library users, but people who feel forced by their circumstances to seek assistance at the library—crisis reference, if you will. Therefore, the library itself may be more unfamiliar to them. They can be defensive because they feel uninformed. And, of course, the subject matter of the reference interaction is often more private in nature. You may want to walk away from the desk with them, or motion for them to come around to see the screen with you. You, the librarian, may be the first person they told, even before their loved ones, because they want to have a grasp of it before they talk to them. I try to give them a few printed articles or fact sheets, possibly a book or two and introduce them to Medlineplus  and our health databases. I assure them that over time they can master the information and that if they get to the point that they need information that I can’t provide, I have colleagues who can.

What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?

One person at a time, I am hoping to get my patrons to reliable sources of health information and teach them to come to the library for help. There is SO MUCH BAD HEALTH INFORMATION on the internet.

What is your favorite health-related program or outreach that you’ve done? 

I put together what I call “Diagnosis Bags” which are tote bags of resources that check out for 6 weeks. I started out with conditions that can sometimes be controlled by lifestyle and diet instead of medication, like Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension. I put together books on the condition, cookbooks for the dietary interventions, a mindfulness book recommended by the APA—because any formation of a new habit can only be helped by mindfulness, and sometimes something like relaxing music, a walking tape, or a yoga video—here is the description for the one on Diabetes. I added a page of complementary links (again, the example is for diabetes). The six-week checkout period will reinforce the initial formation of a new set of habits—or that is the idea. People seem to really like them. I will be adding more over time.

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NNLM Professional Development Awardee, Noreen Mulcahy attends Pure Information, the 2017 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference

GMR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 11:46
Noreen Mulcahy

Noreen Mulcahy

The NNLM Professional Development Award made it possible for me to attend Pure Information, the 2017 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference in Ypsilanti, MI.  The event was held from Saturday, October 14-Monday, October 16 at the Marriott at Eagle Crest.

As part of the award, I had the opportunity to take the class Data Management for Librarians, presented by Caitlin Bakker, Research Services Liaison, University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  She discussed how librarians can incorporate research data services to clients.  Some hands-on exercises gave participants the opportunity to develop data management plans as well as assess research projects.  Her in-depth insight and knowledge of these topics provided me with a better understanding of research and data management.

The contributed paper sessions had something for everyone.  Stevo Roksandic, director of the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library (MCHSL – where I work) and our former co-worker Allison Erlinger presented  “Rethink, Redo, Repurpose”: Transforming Library Space to Meet Clients’ Needs.  They outlined how MCHSL met the needs of our diverse users, focusing mainly on millennials.  Changes in physical spaces and updating terminology on the Library website are some examples of these transformations.

Marilia Y. Antúnez and Kathy Schupp from the University of Akron discussed how they developed a journal club for undergraduate students in nutrition and dietetics.  The program demonstrated how a journal club can teach students how to critically appraise scientific literature.  In the same vein, Jenny Taylor from the University of Illinois talked about how tracking student citations and interviews gave her an overview of literacy skills of first year medical students.

It was the first conference for me since receiving credentialing from the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), Senior Level.  While visiting the MLA booth, Tomi Gunn regaled my badge with an AHIP ribbon and sticker.  It was a proud moment.

I want to personally thank the Greater Midwest Region of the NNLM for this Professional Development Award.  Besides all the learning opportunities it provided, the most beneficial part of the conference was networking.  Catching up with long-time friends like Jennifer Herron from Indiana and meeting new people like Anna Liss Jacobsen from Miami University/Ohio gave me energy and an affirmation that I chose the right line of work!

Posted on behalf of Noreen Mulcahy, MLIS, AHIP, Lead Health Sciences Librarian – Technical Services, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, Columbus, OH

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Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2017 at Michigan State University

GMR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 11:19

In late July 2017, 66 science librarians gathered together from across the United States at Michigan State University for a 2.5-day science boot camp. Organized around session themes of Sports Research & Kinesiology, Biogeochemistry & Ecology, and Agriculture and Natural Resources the Boot Camp featured MSU faculty members discussing their research in engaging and understandable terms. Boot Camps are designed to keep costs low by utilizing existing campus facilities such as dining and residence halls help science librarians develop their understanding of current scientific research and provide a low cost learning and networking opportunity.

The Boot Camp kicked off with a series of optional pre-camp facility tours. Attendees were able to select two tours from five options: The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center, the School of Packaging Laboratory, and the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden. The tours not only allowed participants to see and explore the MSU campus, but also highlighted some of our nationally top ranked programs, such as packaging and nuclear physics.

The heart of the Boot Camp experience, however, were the session presentations. Spread over the course of the entire Boot Camp, the sessions featured cutting edge research that not only advance scholarship, but also help to provide solutions to real world problems. Whether it is helping stroke sufferers regain their mobility, developing a method to detect concussions, restoring a river ecosystem after an oil spill, or compiling a data set for inland lakes our speakers have conducted research with useful and practical applications. This is especially true of Dr. Susan Masten’s (College of Engineering) keynote address “Flint Water Crisis: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions.” Dr. Masten’s address, which was generously supported by a GMR Express Outreach Award, was a sobering dispelling of some of the common misconceptions of the ongoing humanitarian crisis affecting the people of Flint.

Another highlight was the daylong trip to the MSU Kellogg Biological Station. Our group participated in several tours including the Bird Sanctuary, the dairy center, and the Long-Term Ecological Research site where MSU has been conducting agricultural research since 1987. The dairy center was especially popular with its robotic milking station and automated cow milking, complete with electronic udder mapping with lasers!

The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians continues to successfully provide science librarians with a low cost opportunity to improve scientific understanding while also developing a peer network of science librarians. Boot Camp attendance has increased substantially since starting in 2015, with attendees traveling from across the country to participate. The 2018 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians will be July 24-27, 2018 at Purdue University.

United States Map

Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2017 attendance by state.

Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary

Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary. Photo credit: Barb Sisolak

Automated milking station

Automated milking station. Photo credit: Alison Ricker


Posted by Helen Spielbauer on behalf of Eric Tans.

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NNLM and PLA partner for health with a pre-conference session at PLA 2018, stipend available

PNR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 07:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering to bring health and wellness to the library. This new nationwide initiative will assess the health information needs of public libraries and provide opportunities for public library staff to increase their knowledge and confidence regarding consumer health services and programming.

One such professional development opportunity is a 1 day pre-conference at PLA 2018. Stand Up for Health: Health & Wellness Services for Your Community is Tuesday March 20, 2018 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

PLA is offering a limited number of stipends worth $500 to cover registration and some travel costs for this pre-conference session. This opportunity is open to librarians, including library support staff and paraprofessionals at libraries in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

Also, those who take the class and complete some pre/post work will receive a certificate for level 1 of the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) through the Medical Library Association (MLA) at no cost, sponsored by NNLM.

Applications for the pre-conference stipends are now being accepted with the deadline of November 19. Read the stipend opportunity guidelines, read the Frequently Asked Questions and start your online application.

Want to learn more about the Consumer Health Information Specialization and its benefits? Attend a free webinar this Wednesday, November 1 from 11:00am – Noon PT. Register to attend, Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries. Unable to make it? The session will be recorded and available a few days later.

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How I came to be the Biosleuth

PNR News - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:00

To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians.

Today we are ending our series with a post from an independent medical librarian in Washington! 

Julia Parker, The Biosleuth!

Who am I? Julia Parker, M.S., M.L.I.S

Where do I work? Biosleuth Consulting Services, LLC

Unlike many of my colleagues, I work as an Independent Medical Librarian . . . a liaison to people of diverse information needs, not necessarily local to WA. I am the principal of Biosleuth Consulting Services, LLC. I work out of my home a great deal of the time . . . or am one of those people you see working on their laptops in local coffee shops.

How I came to be the Biosleuth

I never intended to become a librarian, though I have loved to read and sit in libraries since grade school. Although my professional journey has been quite circuitous, the road traveled has provided me the experience base for all I am asked to do as a consultant. I started undergrad with the intention of becoming a Veterinarian, and by the time I graduated, I decided I wanted to be a researcher. I worked in labs for a while and then returned to Grad school. My career path veered between the time I obtained an M.S. and was pursuing a Ph.D. in Pathobiology. I decided what I really wanted to do was spend my time searching for critical medical and scientific information. That’s when I applied to the UW’s program for my M.L.I.S.  I gained practical experience, while in school, by volunteering in 2 medical libraries, doing an internship at the local public library, enhancing subject headings in the in-house catalog at a local biotech as my student project and working part-time on UW’s HealthLinks. Once armed with my new tools, I was so fortunate that a small biotech hired me to run their corporate library. I became active in SLA, and WMLA and have served on committees and boards for both organizations ever since. What I was unprepared for has been the volatile nature not only of the biotech scene in Seattle, but for libraries, as well. Three lay-offs later, I decided to launch my business as an independent.

Over the past 8 years, I have continued expanding my network; I’m a staunch believer in LinkedIn. AIIP (Association of Independent Information Professionals) helps promote my business through their online member directory, provides me access to critical search tools, such as STN and Dialog (at a discounted rate) and has monthly webinars given by other members or vendors. In fact, the example set by a couple AIIP’ers is what originally inspired me to go independent. I count my large network of professional colleagues and peers one of my very best assets.

The majority of my projects are reviews of the published literature (medical, scientific and/or patents) on a specific topic for large corporate entities – either as part of due diligence for marketed products or when considering a new direction. I might be asked to digest and summarize the research, then present the significance of the work to executives and marketing directors. In 2014, I was approached by a friend who had a recent medical diagnosis she was finally beginning to deal with, both physically and emotionally. I agreed to co-author a book, which we published two years later entitled, Beyond Embarrassment : Reclaiming Your Life with Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel. I learned a lot along the way, including what it takes to bring a book to print and I continue working with my friend on her blog, TrudyTriumph. The blog gives us a chance to educate and encourage those living with continence health issues – a community to which patients can turn, when they want to talk to others who have similar experiences.

I’m back in a Library!

This past year I was hired to help set up a new Business Library for the non-profit organization, Life Science Washington, which provides resources and networking opportunities for Washington state biotechnology and medical device companies. I provide monthly consulting appointments to help these small-business members utilize tools they wouldn’t have licensed as individuals or small corporations. Since the vast majority of my consultant work is done remotely, I relish these reference/training hours in which I have actual face-time with executives who represent the future of medical science. They are the ones who inspire me, if I occasionally stop to wonder if what I do is of value!

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Welcome to Sunnydale

NEO News - Fri, 2017-10-27 12:17

It’s the spookiest time of the year! To help celebrate, we’re visiting our favorite fictional town, Sunnydale.

If you’re a long-time reader of Shop Talk, you might already be familiar with the posts about librarians reaching out to the vampire population in Sunnydale. The first post about Sunnydale was Developing Program Outcomes using the Kirkpatrick Model – with Vampires, which featured librarians developing an outcomes-based plan for an evening class in MedlinePlus and PubMed. Since then, the librarians of Sunnydale have been busy creating logic models, evaluation proposals, and evaluating their social media engagement.

Annie the cat bares her fangs. Photo courtesy of Petsitter M.

Whether you’re a new subscriber or have been reading the Shop Talk since its inception, the Sunnydale posts allow us to have a little fun while teaching evaluation skills. We will update this list with new Sunnydale posts, so be sure to bookmark this page for future use.

We hope you enjoy this trip to Sunnydale, and have a fang-tastic Halloween!

Developing Program Outcomes using the Kirkpatrick Model – with Vampires
July 28, 2016 by Karen Vargas

The Kirkpatrick Model (Part 2) — With Humans
August 2, 2016 by Cindy Olney

From Logic Model to Proposal Evaluation – Part 1: Goals and Objectives
August 26, 2016 by Karen Vargas

From Logic Model to Proposal Evaluation – Part 2: The Evaluation Plan
September 2, 2016 by Karen Vargas

Beyond the Memes: Evaluating Your Social Media Strategy – Part 1
January 13, 2017 by Kalyna Durbak

Beyond the Memes: Evaluating Your Social Media Strategy – Part 2
January 20, 2017 by Kalyna Durbak

Finding Evaluator Resources in Surprising Places
April 21, 2017 by Kalyna Durbak

Logic Model Hack: Constructing Proposals
June 2, 2017 by Karen Vargas

Evaluation Questions: GPS for Your Data Analysis
September 8, 2017 by Cindy Olney

Photo Credits: Annie, Cindy’s cat, bares her fangs. Photo courtesy of Petsitter M.

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One TOXNET article every medical librarian should read

NTO News - Fri, 2017-10-27 11:46
Discovering TOXNET logo

Discovering TOXNET

TOXNET is a suite of toxicology databases from the NLM. We’re prepping for some upcoming instruction on TOXNET ourselves, and wanted to share something we found today. This article is indexed in PubMed and the full text is freely available. What’s more, it’s written by project scientists at the Specialized Information Services division of NLM. The TOXNET experts!

On to the reading!

Health effects of toxicants: Online knowledge support.
Wexler P, Judson R, de Marcellus S, de Knecht J, Leinala E.
Life Sci. 2016 Jan 15;145:284-93. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2015.10.002. Epub 2015 Oct 24.
PMID: 26506572

  • Outlines all of the databases in TOXNET
  • Discusses National Library of Medicine (NLM) and its Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Includes reading list of related publications about toxicology databases

Want to know more, but hate to read?

Try Discovering TOXNET, our 6 week, self-paced, online course on the TOXNET database suite. Nov 6 – Dec 18, 2017. Registration is free and open to anyone. 

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2017-10-27 09:53

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


New funding available! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is pleased to announce a new round of funding for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications will be due by COB on December 1. See a recent blog post from Executive Director, Kate Flewelling for details, or review our funding opportunities and start your application today!

Apply Today! Health science librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online biomedical and health research data management training course, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). Details.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The Fall 2017 offering for the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) is now available. NNLM MAR members are eligible to participate! The deadline to apply for the Fall offer is Friday, November 17. Learn more.

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

Perspectives of Librarian Involvement in the Use of Big Data and Data Science – MARquee News Highlights

Social Exchange Theory and Questionnaires Part 2: Communication and Distribution – NEO Shop Talk

New on YouTube: From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

Essential and InvisibleNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Back Stage with More Librarian Rock StarsNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Studies of Dogs, Mice, and People Provide Clues to OCDNIH Director’s Blog

NLM’s PubMed Central Celebrates Open Access Week: We’re Open in Support of Research, Innovation, and DiscoveryDataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that we have a new class registration system which 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!

Grants and Proposal Writing – October 30-November 27, 2017 – Sponsored by SEA, this asynchronous online course for beginners presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes, as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization – October 30-December 8, 2017 – This multifaceted online class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications.

Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries – November 1, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Hosted by the American Library Association in partnership with NNLM, this webinar will provide an overview of the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) designation, including its requirements and benefits, and will also showcase specific projects and programs that public library staff have developed with the knowledge they gained through the CHIS.

How the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Can Add Evidence to Your Mobile Health App – November 7, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Numerous systematic reviews of health-related mobile apps reveal they lack evidence based content. A major challenge to including evidence based content in apps is how to efficiently find accurate, credible, and vetted content. The National Library of Medicine houses the largest biomedical library in the world and provides numerous expert-developed online resources on disease and health education. This NER webinar will introduce attendees to those resources, give examples of how they can and have been used in mobile apps, and discuss funding opportunities offered by the NLM.

Working Together: Building a Library and Public Health Community Partnership For Patient Empowerment – November 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – How did Albany Medical College’s (AMC) Schaffer Library of Health Sciences (SLHS) and Division of Community Outreach and Medical Education (DivCOME) partner with each other as well as with community-based organizations and public libraries to empower patients and librarians through community and professional development workshops? Join MAR for this one-hour presentation on how existing relationships can be leveraged to build a successful outreach program.

Special opportunity! PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – November 17, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM ET – The Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) Fall meeting, hosted at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus will include a special 4-hour presentation from NNLM MAR Executive Director, Kate Flewelling, to introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information.

Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint – November 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this session will present you with design strategies for professional looking posters, such as size specifications, good visual balance, and organizing content. You will see how PowerPoint’s extended menus and tools can be utilized to transform a blank slide to a ready-to-print poster.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Medical Librarian, Podiatry Library, Philadelphia, PA

November MLA Webinars: Instructional Videos, Open Source Research Tools, & Metrics in Research Evaluation – MLA has three webinars in November! In a single month, you can learn how to make cheap, fast and good instructional videos, find free, open source research tools to to fit your research workflows, and transform your skills in expert searching into the skills needed in the research evaluation process.

Funding the Next Generation of Learning-Health-System Researchers – AHRQ Views

Share your story with us! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

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 – October 27, 2017

SEA News - Fri, 2017-10-27 07:34

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

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Online Course – Moodle LMS

Webinars: November 6-10

Webinars: November 13-17

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. You can attend a Quick Starter Course or attend a Drop-In Session.

Recordings Available on YouTube

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Focus on Precision Medicine

Focus on Substance Use Disorder

Funding Opportunities

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed below 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.
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