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September MCR Webinar Recording Available

MCR News - Tue, 2019-09-24 18:27

Wellness Works! The Importance of a Healthy Workplace for Healthy and Happy Library Staff


Here is your chance to catch an encore presentation of this session that was offered at the ALA Annual Conference back in June. Libraries typically focus on the wellness of their communities and are not always considering how library staff are coping with workplace change, work-life balance, stress, and overall health and wellness. However, library staff are the key component to the library’s success so their well-being should be of utmost concern. Join our presenters Quanetta Batts and Steven Potter as they discuss how implementing a variety of health and wellness practices in their libraries have had a positive impact on their library employees.

Quanetta “Q” Batts, Program Director for Outreach & Engagement, the Ohio State University Libraries
Steven V. Potter, CEO and Library Director, Mid-Continent Public Library

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Freedom to Read

NER News - Tue, 2019-09-24 17:56

This week, September 22, through September 28, is Banned Books Week.  It is an annual event celebrating the freedom to not be in the dark and read.  It brings attention to both current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.  According to the American Library Association  (ALA), banned books week was launched in the early 80’s around the time of the 1982 Supreme Court Case, Island Trees School District v Pico, which ruled that school officials can’t ban books in libraries simply because of their content.  Libraries including the NLM regularly champion intellectual freedom because it enables librarians to fulfill their primary mission of providing and preserving information. As William Wallace Young said in an interview with Martin Kauffman, “If you want a book to be very popular, you just get it banned, right?” The NLM Digital Collections  provides access to historical books, photographs, images, online transcripts and maps, some of which have been banned or censored in the past

This week during Banned Books Week, celebrate and fight for your right to access information. There are free promotional tools and event listings at  Looking at the current listing of challenged books can be quite a surprise when you recognize some current titles, that are also movies, are on the list. In addition, the ALA is hosting free webinars and downloads for display ideas, tips on how to get involved, some suggestions include joining a Banned Books Week Q&A, donate to the The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund also known as the Merritt Fund or the Comic Book Legal Relief Fund, or participate in the National Read-Out.

What Banned Books Week has shown me is that censorship can happen anywhere, any time.  It is wise to be proactive, and remember to incorporate lessons learned from banned book week throughout the year. If you are a Librarian, when purchasing make sure there are policies in place before the book is challenged.  Train the people at the circulation desk on procedures if a book is challenged, maybe have a checklist to follow if a book is challenged.

If a book is challenged, you are not alone.  There are resources available that may be helpful such such as the ALA Office for Intellectual freedom which provides confidential support to anyone undergoing a challenge or ban. This support can come in the form of letters, book reviews, resources, talking points or emotional support. People can report censorship online, with Challenge Reporting or by calling 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4226 or or email   Censorship and book challenges are difficult but if you face this challenge know there are resources available to you.  Awareness is key, so we are not left in the dark and can keep our freedom to read.



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TOXNET Website to be Retired on December 16

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2019-09-24 16:02

On December 16, 2019, the National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) website will be retired. Most content will remain available through other NLM databases as well as from external websites. TOXNET has served as an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health information. The most frequently used databases are being incorporated into three NLM core resources: PubChem, an open chemistry database; PubMed, a resource for biomedical literature; and Bookshelf, a free online resource to access books and documents in life science and healthcare.

Several resources in TOXNET came from other organizations, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and will continue to be available from those sources. Some databases will be retired. The TOXNET transition page provides a list of its databases and how to access their content. Please check that page and the NLM Technical Bulletin for updates.

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Get Ready: Tropical Storm Karen Threatens to Flood Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

SEA News - Tue, 2019-09-24 12:01

Tropical Storm Karen will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Tuesday, but it’s too soon to know if it will eventually affect any other land areas, including the mainland United States.

Karen is centered less than 100 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is moving north at 5 to 10 mph.

Tropical Storm Karen

At a Glance

  • Tropical Storm Karen is centered in the northeastern Caribbean.
  • Karen will bring heavy rain and a threat of flash flooding to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • It’s too early to know if Karen will impact the mainland United States or any other land areas.

NOTE for DOCLINE Members: If your library will be closed due to the hurricane, please set your library “out of office” to temporarily deactivate lending in DOCLINE. If your library has never set your “out of office” before, please visit the NNLM DOCLINE website to learn how. Doing so will prevent requests from routing to your library during times of extended absence or special circumstances.

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

State and Territory Resources

Visit the NNLM SEA Page for additional Federal and State Emergency Management Contact Resources.

Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC)



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NLM Launches a New Exhibition about the World Health Organization

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-09-23 18:29

The National Library of Medicine has announced the special exhibit display, World Health Organization: Picturing Health for All, opening October 1. It will remain open through April 17, 2020, in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room, on the first floor of the National Library of Medicine, Building 38, on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health.

World Health Organization: Picturing Health for All features a selection of images drawn from the NLM Prints & Photographs collection, which highlights some of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s work in the 20th century. Since the 1950s, the WHO has commissioned accomplished photojournalists to capture the transformative impact health can have on communities worldwide. In recognition of this visual medium’s unique power to inform and inspire, the  special display shows how these images can communicate with the public about initiatives and developments in health care. The photographs provide an intimate look at health issues around the globe.

This special display coincides with a distinctive history of medicine lecture by Theodore Brown, PhD, entitled The World Health Organization’s Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978: What Was It Then, Where Is It Now. This lecture is in honor and memory of Elizabeth Fee, PhD., former chief of NLM’s History of Medicine Division and scholar of the history of the WHO. Professor Brown’s lecture will take place on Thursday, October 17, a year to the day of Dr. Fee’s passing, beginning at 11:00am PDT. This lecture will be live-streamed globally, and archived, by NIH VideoCasting.

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NLM Classification Updated

PSR News - Mon, 2019-09-23 15:45

The NLM Classification, is updated two times a year. The 2019 winter version, published January 31, encompassed changes to the NLM Classification resulting from new and changed 2019 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms as well as additional minor updates to the index and schedule. The 2019 summer version, published September 23, encompasses the systematic review of the QW (Microbiology. Immunology) and QX (Parasitology) schedules and other miscellaneous updates.

Additional information about the scope of the 2019 summer edition is available. Contact NLM for further information, questions, or comments.

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October Classes for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES)

MAR News - Mon, 2019-09-23 15:27

Please see below for descriptions of our upcoming courses that offer Category I CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists. These is no cost to attend these classes, just create a free account with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to sign up!

Health Statistics on the Web: October 17, 2019, 4:30PM – 5:30PM ET. This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.


At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

  • Identify selected key websites for use in the location of data sets and statistics for use at the local, state and national level, including PHPartners and MedlinePlus.
  • Discuss of the types of data sets and statistics available on the Internet.
  • Define the 4-step process used to successfully locate relevant health statistics for a particular circumstance or issue.
  • Describe where to locate additional health statistics training through the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

If you have already taken Health Statistics on the Web, stay tuned! We plan to continue to expand our CHES offerings.

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.

Reach out to Erin Seger, MPH, CHES at with any questions about receiving CECH for these courses.

If you want to learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in your area, find your region on our website.

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NLM Exhibits in Public Libraries: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World at Memphis Public Library

SEA News - Mon, 2019-09-23 10:49

Written By: April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA and Andrea Jacobo, Memphis Public Library

July 1st – August 7th, 2019, the central Memphis Public Library hosted the NLM traveling exhibit, Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World.

While the exhibit was there, library patrons were treated to a screening of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone and a presentation entitled, Alchemy & the Fantastic, by a local professor who talked about the scientific and historical elements of the Harry Potter series.

Displays related to the exhibit featured books on botany, mythology, ancient creatures, and philosophy.  Also featured were National Library of Medicine K-12 resources and online educational activities.

One patron commented that the exhibit and activities were thought-provoking and engaging and highlighted elements in the books he had not considered. One of the younger patrons immersed himself in the experience wearing his Harry Potter school robe and glasses.

Andrea Jacobo of Memphis Public Library says of the library’s participation: “The exhibit team planned ahead to make it a thoughtful and authentic experience for the library patrons, so with similar efforts, we would be happy to host another exhibit.”

NLM exhibits are a great way to provide a unique educational experience at your library! Each traveling exhibit features companion educational content. Consider booking one today! It’s free from your National Library of Medicine.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – September 20, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-09-20 10:53

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


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars September 24 – September 30

Webinars October 2 – October 9

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

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

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

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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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-09-20 03:00

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


Applications Due: Submit an application today, September 20 by noon ET to be considered for the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award.

Read the MAReport: The latest edition of the MAReport Newsletter is now available! This quarter, learn from Executive Director Kate Flewelling about how you can Travel like a NNLM-er!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

In the Region: Fall Travel – MAR staff are hitting the road! Learn where you can connect with us at upcoming conferences and meetings to talk about your projects, see our presentations, or just to say hello. – MARquee News Highlights

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

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

Resources You Can Use: Youth Emergency Preparedness – NER Update

Consumer Health Minute: Health Literacy Month – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR


Defining the Path Forward for NLM’s New Office of Engagement and Training – Since OET was established in June 2019, our team has been occupied with moving into our new space, getting to know one another, exploring the depth and capacity of the resources we have to accomplish our goals, discussing what the future holds for our role in coordinating engagement activities, and reflecting as a team on the niche we fill for NLM. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine 

New Grants Explore Benefits of Music on Health – Dr. Francis Collins remarks on his experience of singing a duet with renowned opera singer Renée Fleming at the NIH’s J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture, and exciting opportunities for incorporating music into health research. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted new resources available in the NLM Digital Collections.

NIH News in Health: Read the September 2019 issue, featuring, “Teen Suicide: Understanding the Risk and Getting Help,” and, “Preventing Falls: Tips to Keep You on Your Feet.”

September is Go4Life Month! Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), this year’s theme is Get Motivated! Get Moving! Go4Life! The overall goal of Go4Life Month is to promote the importance of regular physical activity as a key component of healthy aging. Your organization may choose to celebrate the month with a single activity or with multiple activities, by spreading the word, or by engaging directly with older adults. Go4Life Month activities that involve older adults should be movement-oriented, but they should also be informational and even inspirational. Get moving with Go4Life!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!

September 2019

Registration closing soon! Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

Finding Clinically-Relevant Genetic Information – September 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources! This presentation will introduce participants to resources for finding clinically-relevant genetic information, including overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI Clinical databases: ClinVar, MedGen, and the Genetic Testing Registry.

Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Undestanding the Connection – September 30, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Are you curious as to why health communication and health literacy are connected? Do you want to be more effective in providing health information to consumers, patients, clients, library patrons or your community? Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this introductory class to health literacy and health communication that will help you understand and raise your awareness of the complexity of these concepts.

October 2019

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – October 1-November 1, 2019 – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this hands-on class that will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

If You Share It, Will They Come? Quantifying and Characterizing Reuse of Biomedical Research Data – October 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Since the mid-2000s, new data sharing mandates have led to an increase in the amount of research data available for reuse. Reuse of data benefits the scientific community and the public by potentially speeding scientific discovery and increasing the return on investment of publicly funded research. However, despite the potential benefits of reuse and the increasing availability of data, research on the impact of data reuse is so far sparse. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this talk will provide a deeper understanding of the impacts of shared biomedical research data by answering the question “what happens with datasets once they are shared?” Specifically, this talk will demonstrate that data are often reused in very different contexts than for which they were originally collected, as well as explore how patterns of reuse differ between dataset types. This talk also considers patterns of data reuse over time and the topics of the most highly reused datasets to determine whether it is possible to predict which datasets will go on to be highly reused over time. Finally, career stage and geographic location of data reusers provide an understanding of who benefits from shared research data.

How to Develop Healthy Living Programs through Shared Use Partnerships – October 3, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Shared use occurs when government entities or other organizations agree to open their facilities for use by the broader community. Librarians increasingly “share” their spaces in this way. A common example is summer meal programs, where libraries serve as meal sites, but not typically meal program sponsors. Hosted by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will give you the information you need to bring shared use partnerships to your library. Presenters will talk about reaching out to potential partners, how to develop memorandums of understanding, how to work through perceptions of legal liability, and how to institutionalize shared use agreements. The focus will be on shared use agreements to increase healthy living practices, particularly around Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Don’t Forget Animals When Planning for Disasters – October 9, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Experience has taught that in order to protect public safety and health we must include animals in planning for disasters. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this talk that will provide examples highlighting the need to plan for animals in disasters. The five phases of emergency management will be discussed and the various roles of local, state and federal governments will be explained. Additionally, the types of threats that may impact animals will be covered. Examples of the partnerships needed for the effective planning for animals in disasters will be provided.

A Myth Shattering Look at Addiction, Prevention and Treatment, Based on Research – October 9, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter David Sheff, the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, for this webinar about his research and personal experience. This presentation will explore the importance of recognizing addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects the whole family. He will discuss how co-existing psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression can be underlying conditions and must be considered when deciding how to treat addiction. The stigma and shame attached to addiction is hindering our recovery from this public health issue. What can we learn from the past about other public health epidemics about getting rid of the stigma to make way for effective prevention and treatment?

The Tide is Rising and So are We: Stabilizing Our Communities Through Climate Change and Resilience Programming – October 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries, as important communities centers and partners, have an important role to play in education around tough subjects including emergency preparedness, our relationship to climate change and brainstorming ideas for building community resilience. In this session with the New England Region (NER), participants will reflect on the outcomes of Climate Preparedness Week 2019 that included more than 50 library events across Massachusetts, discuss lessons learned, best practices and what you can do to help foster climate change and resilience discussions and events at your institutions.

Being a Better Ally to All – October 16, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this next installment of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians Can Help – October 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many adults have difficulty knowing how to find a physician, fill a prescription, use and pay for medications, and use health information to make informed decisions about their health. Libraries are prominent places in communities making libraries and librarians excellent resources for advancing health information literacy. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest presenter Emily Vardell, Ph.D., for this webinar that will address these critical information needs.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – October 22, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Information Specialist (Rural Health Information Hub), Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Health Programming Highlight: Created in partnership with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the new RHIhub Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit compiles evidence-based models and resources to support organizations employing suicide prevention programs in rural communities. Learn how to implement, evaluate, and sustain suicide prevention programs in your community.

AHRQ Measures Americans’ Healthcare Spending by Going Door to Door – AHRQ Views

Stronger, Longer: Muscle Mass and Aging – September 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – It is estimated that most adults will lose about 30 percent of muscle mass over the course of our lifetime. Sarcopenia, or the decline of skeletal muscle tissue with age, is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults. For some, age-related muscle loss leads to difficulty walking, lifting objects, and, ultimately, living independently. For others, diseases like advanced cancer further aggravate the problem of muscle wasting, a condition called cachexia. Kicking off the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life Month, join the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), Go4Life and PBS Next Avenue for this free webinar that will share the latest research on sarcopenia, and tips for what you can do to sustain muscle as you grow older.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – The New York State Area Health Education Center System, in collaboration with the Clinical Education Initiative, will be hosting a continuing education seminar on Saturday, October 12 in Buffalo, NY titled Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Early bird registration until September 30 for health professionals is $100 and $15 for students.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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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Consumer Health Minute: Health Literacy Month

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-09-19 10:48

October is just around the corner which also happens to be Health Literacy Month. Health literacy is so important when it comes to our health. We need to be able to understand how and when to take medication, talk with our healthcare providers, understand test results, navigate our way through the healthcare system, and know how to find relevant and quality health information. Our patrons and communities also need to increase their health literacy. How can you help?

The American Library Association and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine have partnered through the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign and have created a Health Literacy Toolkit for free. All you have to do is create a free account and you can have access to the toolkit where you can access program ideas, download templates for posters and bookmarks, and social media graphics.

MedlinePlus includes a health topic web page focusing on health literacy. Information here will lead you to a variety of resources to provide more understanding of health literacy and tools to provide to your patrons to use to understand medical terminology, how to communicate with their physician, and much more.

Helen Osborne has been a health literacy champion for many years and has created a website devoted to health literacy. She has written a Health Literacy Handbook: The Event Planning Guide for Health Literacy Advocates.  You can request a PDF of this handbook as you plan events around health literacy.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on Disaster Health Literature Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2019-09-17 15:16

The recording of the NNLM Resource Picks webinar, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature, is now available. Recorded on July 31, 2019, the session provides an overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce. The webinar is presented by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Content Managing Editor of Disaster Lit: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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2020 MeSH Headings Available in the MeSH Browser

PSR News - Tue, 2019-09-17 14:06

An alternate link to provide access to 2020 MeSH is available from the top navigation bar on the MeSH Browser homepage. The default year in the MeSH Browser remains 2019 MeSH for now.

The MeSH Browser always offers access to two years of MeSH vocabulary. Sometime in early December, the default year will change to 2020 MeSH and the alternate link to the 2019 MeSH. Details on updates and download information for 2020 MeSH are coming soon.

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Trying to get to ALA Midwinter or PLA Annual? We Can Help!

SEA News - Tue, 2019-09-17 10:09

Calling all Medical Librarians and Health Literacy Advocates!

Please join us in celebrating National Medical Librarians and National Health Literacy Month by sharing your contest submission starting… now!

What Do I Have to Do?

Choose one of October’s National Days for inspiration and either write an article, create an image, or shoot a short video in celebration of your day of choice and submit it online.

Both silly and serious submissions are encouraged. Share your medical librarian perspective, display your health literacy expertise, or choose to show an entirely different side of yourself!

What Do I Get?

Participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free conference registration* of their choice!

You Mean I Get to Have Fun and Possibly Win a Prize?!

Correctamundo! When you’re ready, please submit your creation HERE.


  • Article: DOCX  (between 500 and 750 words)
  • Art: JPG, PNG or GIF  (size limit – up to 15MB)
  • Video: MOV or MP4  (up to 1 minute in length)

What’s the Deadline to Submit?

Monday, September 30th is ideal but we’ll accept submissions through October 28th.

I’m UBER creative – Can I submit more than once?

Can’t decide between Knock-Knock Joke Day and I Love Yarn Day? No problem! Each person can submit up to three times.

Will You Make Me a Star?

Of course! We’ll feature you on FacebookTwitter, and our electronic newsletter, SEA Currents. Multiple submissions from individuals at your institution can be featured.

Have fun & thank you for playing!


*Conference registration is for one person, up to $1000, and is non-transferable.

Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.

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Resources You Can Use: Youth Emergency Preparedness

NER News - Tue, 2019-09-17 09:02

Prepared Not Scared 2019 National Preparedness Month logo with each week's theme.

September is National Preparedness Month and there’s still time to save for an emergency, make and practice your plan, and get involved in community preparedness.

This year, Week Three of Preparedness Month (September 15-21) is focused on Youth Preparedness.  Kids can be great ambassadors for preparedness and involving them in the planning process can improve their resilience during and after an emergency.

FEMA, the Red Cross, the Department of Education and supports disaster planning for and with youth through the Youth Preparedness National Strategy.  This strategy encourages including and engaging youth in preparedness through planning and programming to build youth resiliency and preparedness leaders.

Here are some more resources designed to teach kids about preparedness:

  • Ready Kids: From, Ready Kids provides preparedness information for kids, teens, families and educators including games and developmentally appropriate handouts.
  • Owlie: From the National Weather service, Owlie is developmentally appropriate weather science and preparedness information with handouts, games and information for kids, teens, parents and teachers.
  • Ready Wrigley: From the CDC, Ready Wrigley is preparedness information designed for kids from 2-11 with coloring books, activities, posters and a mobile app.

It’s also important to help kids learn about how to evaluate information online for accuracy and trustworthiness.  Teach kids critical thinking strategies for finding and using preparedness information with these resources:

And always make sure you’re following trusted sources on social media to avoid scams and hoaxes before, during and after emergencies.  On twitter, follow @nnlmner, @fema, @femaregion1 (New England), @nws (and your local NWS weather station), local news outlets, and local and state government accounts.

To learn more about trusted, online emergency preparedness resources, view the recording of the webinar Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe taught on August 28, 2019.

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The All of Us Research Journey – Coming to MCR cities

MCR News - Mon, 2019-09-16 19:04

The All of Us Research Journey will be coming to sites in the MCR over the next few weeks. If you’re near one of these sites, stop by and learn how we are helping to change health research, experience hands-on activities, and how you can #JoinAllOfUs. Learn more here:

Upcoming Sites:

September 16-20 – 2-8 PM

Salt Lake County Library – West Valley Branch

2880 W 3650 S

West Valley City, UT 84119


September 18-20, 12pm-6pm

National Alliance for Hispanic Health & Central Avenue Betterment Association

Sunfresh  Market

241 S 18th Street

Kansas City, KS  66102


September 21-22, 10am-3pm


2300 Metropolitan Avenue

Kansas City, KS 66106


October 2, 12pm-6pm

KUMC – University of Kansas Medical Center

3901 Rainbow Blvd

Kansas City, KS 66160

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There’s still time to register for this week’s MidContinental Region Webinar

MCR News - Mon, 2019-09-16 18:13

Wellness Works! The Importance of a Healthy Workplace for Healthy and Happy Library Staff: A MidContinental Region Webinar

Wednesday, September 18th
2 MT/ 3 CT


Here is your chance to catch an encore presentation of this session that was offered at the ALA Annual Conference back in June. Libraries typically focus on the wellness of their communities and are not always considering how library staff are coping with workplace change, work-life balance, stress, and overall health and wellness. However, library staff are the key component to the library’s success so their well-being should be of utmost concern. Join our presenters Quanetta Batts and Steven Potter as they discuss how implementing a variety of health and wellness practices in their libraries have had a positive impact on their library employees.

Quanetta “Q” Batts, Program Director for Outreach & Engagement, the Ohio State University Libraries
Steven V. Potter, CEO and Library Director, Mid-Continent Public Library

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Next NNLM DEI Webinar on October 16: Being a Better Ally to ALL with Jessica Pettitt

MCR News - Fri, 2019-09-13 20:15

Reminder about the next webinar with Jessica Pettitt. To register, visit

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt

An AAHSL/MLA/NNLM webinar collaboration

October 16 : Being a Better Ally to All

Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

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NNLM Resource Picks: Finding Clinically Relevant Genetic Information

MCR News - Fri, 2019-09-13 19:46

Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 1:00pm MT/2:00 CT


Did you know genetic testing is available for over 2,000 rare and common conditions, and that over 500 laboratories conduct genetic testing? Clinicians using genetic diagnostics rely on variant classifications to arrive at a diagnosis, decide on interventions, and evaluate care. But how do you locate this information?

Peter Cooper, NCBI Staff Scientist, will join us live to introduce three resources for finding clinically relevant genetic information. In this session, he will:

  1. Explain the validity of clinical variation information in the ClinVar database.
  2. Locate information about a genetic condition related to a specific list of symptoms using MedGen.
  3. Locate tests for a clinical feature, gene or disease using the Genetic Testing Registry.

MLA CE credit is available for those who register and complete the evaluation form!

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. All sessions are recorded with closed captioning and archived. Click here for upcoming and past NNLM Resource Picks sessions.

Contact: Dana Abbey at

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IUPUI Library Recipient of All of Us Ambassador Award

GMR News - Fri, 2019-09-13 16:58

The IUPUI University Library is one of five award recipients of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program is the result of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and to advance treatment and prevention. Learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program partnership at

IUPUI University Library will receive $96,184 to support the consumer health needs of Indianapolis residents, which will be used to empower citizens to make more informed health decisions and to be more involved in their individual medical care. It also will highlight the importance of consuming quality, nutritious food and give Indianapolis residents tools to grow their own produce in safe, uncontaminated soil, and teach them how to use diet to control common health problems such as high cholesterol. “This award will help us address the major problem of food deserts and food swamps in Indianapolis, which contribute to poor health outcomes for many of our local communities. By contributing some solutions to food insecurity, we also hope to empower citizens with health information to create positive changes in their daily lives,” says Caitlin Pike, the principal investigator, and a health sciences librarian at IUPUI.

The grant will serve as a vital link between the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL), community organizations, and individuals from across Marion County. Over the next year, Caitlin Pike, Mahasin Martinson, and Rachel Hinrichs will plan and host a series of health education programs for the public at three IndyPL branches. In partnership with community non-profit organizations, they also will conduct public programming around nutrition education and avoiding heavy metal contamination while urban gardening at the Southport Branch, the Brightwood Branch, and the Eagle Branch.

The three branch libraries were chosen for monthly programming due to their locations in traditionally marginalized Indianapolis communities, and they include a series of presentations on nutrition-related health topics that are relevant to the branch populations, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and maternal and child health.

IUPUI and the IUPUI University Library have a long-standing commitment to community engagement and outreach. This award allows for continued investment in those relationships and the betterment of the Indianapolis community.

About IUPUI University Library

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IUPUI University Library

The University Library is central to the mission of IUPUI, one of the best urban universities, recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for its achievements. The University Library is a public academic library. Any state resident with a valid I.D. is eligible for a library card. With one million patron visits a year, plus staff and resources that support all of IUPUI’s more than 250 degree programs, the IUPUI

University Library is a vital partner for the campus and the community. The library’s resources include signature collections like the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives, and the Herron Art Library, plus over 80 digital collections. These unique online repositories contain digital images of historic documents and objects and were created with the help of collaborative partners

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