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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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Community Health Engagement: Taking Inventory

NER News - Fri, 2017-10-27 04:35

Guest post by Alan Lampson, Lead, Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, University of Vermont Medical Center

On Oct 10, NNLM NER hosted the second in the series of four webinars for the Community Health Engagement Community of Interest. The focus of this presentation was Community Assessment. Margot Malachowski presented information on the whys and whats of community assessments. She identified four sources of information to pursue when doing a community assessment.

slide from presentation

Slide from Community Health Engagement COI

I wanted to highlight one of the resources listed, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Some hospitals had been conducting CHNAs for many years before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but with the Affordable Care Act it became a requirement. The act also requires hospitals to develop implementation strategies to meet the community needs that are identified.

During the CHNA, key stake-holders are identified and interviewed and community members are surveyed so that a list of needs can be identified. The CHNA plays a crucial role in identifying the social determinants of health and planning population health management. When considering a community project, you can use the CHNA to see these already identified community needs and the community partners and key informants. The CHNA is also a tool that the hospital can use to explain to regulators and the public what steps the hospital is taking to address the health needs of the community. You can view the CHNA of the University of Vermont Medical Center here.

Anyone who has tried to search for local health data knows it can be difficult to find so don’t forget to look at the Community Health Needs Assessment of your local hospital(s).

You can view a recording of the 2nd session of the Community Health Engagement Community of Interest here.

There are two session still to come –

Session Three: Outcomes-based Planning
Describe data collection methodology.
Prepare to gather pre- and post-participation input.

Session Four: Preparing Your Pitch with Data
Practice pitch with peer group.
Identify methods of data display.

If you have any questions about this Community of Interest, please contact Margot Malachowski at

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NNLM Sponsors PLA Preconference Session for Public Librarians on March 20!

PSR News - Thu, 2017-10-26 16:28

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to present a full-day preconference at the 2018 PLA meeting on Tuesday, March 20, Stand Up for Health: Health & Wellness for Your Community. PLA is offering a limited number of stipends to support travel to the meeting for public librarians interested in attending the preconference. In addition, public librarians completing the class will receive certification for Level One of the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization program, at no cost to the individual! Register by February 23 to take advantage of Advanced registration discounts.

The preconference content will include a review of core competencies of providing health and wellness services, methods for understanding a community’s needs, and creating fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put this new expertise to work. This preconference is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and NNLM designed to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services

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Next Week: Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries

MAR News - Thu, 2017-10-26 16:00

The Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) credential can help public librarians stay current in the consumer health information field and bring an additional, recognized level of expertise to their communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the 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. In addition to learning about the credential and hearing real library examples, webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and discuss ideas with colleagues. This webinar will provide an excellent background and introduction to issues that will be covered in greater depth at the  Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 preconference, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community.”

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Speakers: Bobbi Newman, community engagement and outreach specialist at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, will be co-presenting with Scott Allen, the deputy director at PLA. The webinar will feature three public librarians who have participated in our consumer health courses, obtained CHIS, and will share how they have used what they learned in their own community.

Read the full description and register online today!

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Happy Fall Holidays

SCR News - Thu, 2017-10-26 13:34

“Large harvested pumpkins” by Aaron Burden via Unsplash

Happy Halloween! Here are health and safety tips for the big day, courtesy of the CDC:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks.
  • Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables if you have guests over.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely. For more tips, go to the CDC’s Halloween health page

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Say “Yes!” Whenever Possible

PNR News - Thu, 2017-10-26 04:00

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 hear from a hospital librarian in Oregon!

Judith with Mr. Gross Mouth

Who am I? Judith Hayes, MLS

Where do I work? Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, OR

I started work as a medical librarian at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, OR, on April 15, 1994.  Almost 24 years later, I am approaching retirement in just a few short weeks with anticipation and dread.

It’s been amazing.  I have loved my job.  It feeds my sense of satisfaction to find just the right piece of information for someone:  so a patient can gain understanding about their disease and talk with some knowledge with their provider, so a provider can receive the latest evidence-based information in minutes for patient treatment, so a teacher can hold an anatomy fair with hands-on stations to spark a light for science and medicine in a student, so library school student volunteers and assistants can end up with fabulous jobs all over the country.

I feel blessed to have been at an organization that prized personal growth and allowed an enormous amount of autonomy to library staff.  If there was a project we wanted to do, there was a way to make it happen, with grants from the RML for Outreach (thank you, RML!), the local City of Hillsboro for educational chats on health topics partnering with public libraries, Tuality’s Foundation for bankrolling the public portion of the library, local Librarian organizations for speaking and teaching opportunities (thank you OHSLA, PNC, Oregon State Library Association, Washington County Public Libraries and Tuality!).  I’ve had the opportunity to share my knowledge with doctors, nurses, public reference librarians, teachers, students, and members of the public, both in the library and outside of it.

Several people stand out.

  • There was a young man who came in having received a devastating diagnosis.  Together, we found information about his rare disease and talked about some surgical options in the area.  He returned months later to say thank you because I was the first person who had given him any hope that he would have a future.
  • There was a young mother who came in on the day she was having diagnostic tests to determine why she was ill.  The second visit was to look for possible treatment information about a specific diagnosis, the third to search for information about dealing with side effects, and the fourth to return all the borrowed materials.  Treatment was over and she was well.
  • The grandfather trying to help the teenage granddaughter who had just come to live with him.  The new mother researching heart surgery treatment for her baby born with congenital heart defects (an article about the successful series of surgeries appeared in a local paper months later).  The pharmacist who needed the latest drug dosages to treat a patient in 10 minutes.   The nurse working on protocols to update nursing staff.   The request from a surgeon friend in Africa wanting to know if his treatment of a disease was really still the best way to do it.  Designing a CME series of four classes and discovering that yes, we had data to prove that the education had improved patient outcomes.

My philosophy has been to say “yes” whenever possible.  That helped me to stretch into new ideas and skills, and made the library a place to find answers and help, and not be turned away.   That means I am a proctor of tests, publicist of classes, book editor, instructor, CME coordinator, grant writer, data analyzer, mentor to library school student volunteers, library page, and oh, yes, researcher.

It’s been a great adventure.   Thank you to everyone in the region who helped make it possible.  The support in the Pacific Northwest has made this a GREAT region to work with.

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Five NNLM Online Classes and Webinars in November 2017

PSR News - Wed, 2017-10-25 15:23

Each month, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine provides free professional development opportunities for public health professionals and librarians. In November 2017, NNLM course offerings include evaluation of health information in the news, exploration of nutrition information resources, partnerships with community health workers, and more. Check out the following five classes and webinars designed to meet your training needs:

  • Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines (November 1-November 30, 2017) – Often the first place library patrons will hear about health issues is in the media. This interactive, hands-on CE course will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories.
  • Discovering TOXNET (November 6-December 18, 2017) – Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided hands-on tutorials, and discovery exercises. TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.
  • Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (November 6-December 1, 2017) – Join this self-paced course on nutrition information resources available through government resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • Partnering with Community Health Workers (Nov 8, 2017, 8:00-9:00AM PT) – Community Health Workers (CHWs) play a crucial role in improving the health literacy of their communities. They have a unique understanding of those they serve and can facilitate communication and trust. By partnering with CHWs, libraries can improve the effectiveness of their community health outreach initiatives. Learn more about the role that CHWs play in their communities and how to develop fruitful partnerships.
  • HRSA’s Resources and Initiatives for Native American Communities (November 15, 2017, 1:00-2:00PM PT) – The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations for Region 10 will share some of its initiatives and activities within the Native American community as it pertains to behavioral health, chronic disease, education, human trafficking and substance abuse.
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Perspectives of Librarian Involvement in the Use of Big Data and Data Science

MAR News - Wed, 2017-10-25 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 Mary Pat Harnegie, MLIS, AHIP, Medical Librarian, Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library and Manager, South Pointe Hospital Library

ostrich and man with their heads in the sand

This picture puts into words about how I might want to feel about Big Data and the role of the Librarian. After seeing the complexity of the Big Data processes and the unorganized systems that contribute to its disorder, I feel overwhelmed with the expansiveness of what needs to be done to make it usable. If I put my head in the sand, the problem(s) go away…Right?! Wrong!!

Sometimes, order comes out of organizing parts of disorder. So if you have a big picture of chaos, one way to attack the disorder is to pick a part that one can bring into order. When my family is faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem, I tell them that solving the problem is like eating an elephant. You can’t eat an elephant all in one sitting, but you have to deal with it in bite size chunks. The same thing can be applied to a problem: break down your problem in bite size chunks, identify facets of the problem, develop a solution to, and execute it. Look at the next facet of the problem, solve it. After a series of time, you have your elephant-sized problem solved because you dealt with it incrementally.

The class participants observed many examples of what is big data and its amazing applications in business and commerce. Several applications of Big Data and its use in medicine were exhibited in the videos of Kaelber, Longhurst and Meo. I found Dr. Longhurst’s examples of Big Data implications and adopted practices interesting. When given the opportunity of the supported research option and another “this is the way we have always done it” option in the EHR, his colleagues would often choose the second option. But when the EHR was defaulted to the supported research option, with the alternative option available as a “fill-in the blank”, researchers took the road of least resistance and checked the defaulted option. It seems that a lot of the success he described was in giving colleagues an easy-to-use default of the supported recommended action. This was the case in Dr. Kaelber’s examples.

Many of our readings utilized in the course discussed the nature of the unstructured data and its uselessness. The librarian has a place in the Big Data universe as a provider of organizational skills. We have experience in building ontologies like MeSH, where a controlled vocabulary can facilitate a uniform vocabulary through the use of related terms and automated relationship that can help build order in a data schema as well be used a format for use in machine learning. In our readings, we see that the massive amount of data will have to be parsed against standards of uniformity to be reliable and usable. This organizational skill can contribute to Big Data utilization in this way.

Librarians have database design and development skills that can be applied to the organization and data mining processes for Big Data processing. These skills can be adapted and refined for data management processes also. The use of a clinical decision making features, similar to the Green Button, will require organization, architecture design and prioritization that librarians have developed as a tool of their trade.

The enormity of the processes needed to happen is the reason for the picture of the ostrich and the man’s head in the sand. But in ignoring the elephant in the room, librarians will not serve their ultimate constituent well- the patient. The Big Data elephant presents a large and complex set of problems to be organized to be effective in patient care. Our skill sets can make us a team player in the organization, analysis and dissemination of great health care information and practices.

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Submit Your Feedback for NNLM Data Science and Data Management Training Needs Assessment!

PSR News - Tue, 2017-10-24 19:43

Are you interested in learning about biomedical and health research data management? Would you like more information on a specific area of data science/data management?

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Data Management Working Group is interested in feedback on NNLM members’ training needs on data science and data management. This field is broad in scope; encompassing a wide variety of areas including the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, and use of data relevant to biomedical and health research. Participation in this training needs assessment will provide direction for future NNLM educational opportunities. Please respond by November 30, 2017!

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MCR Voices Podcast

MCR News - Tue, 2017-10-24 17:01

“MCR Voices” is a series of short podcasts designed to inform and educate our Network members on excellent practices throughout our region. Our second series is focused on five librarians from our region discussing their involvement in professional organizations.

This week Heather Brown from the University of Nebraska Medical Center McGoogan Library of Medicine shares her experiences and the impact that professional organizations have had on her career. YouTube | MP3

After you listen to the podcast, please add a comment to the page, sharing what you found that was new or useful in the interview.

For more about “MCR Voices” and podcasts, see our MCR Voices webpage.

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Healthy Pets, Healthy People – One Health

SCR News - Tue, 2017-10-24 14:33

Studies show that relationships between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to both. “One Health” recognizes that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment.

“Zoonotic” diseases are diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals. The goal of One Health is to encourage the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines-working locally, nationally, and globally-to achieve the best health for people, animals, and our environment.

  • Here are some tips courtesy of the CDC’s Healthy Pets Healthy People page that can help you and your pet stay healthy:
  • Take your pet to its veterinarian regularly so it stays in good health.
  • Practice good hygiene around your pets so they don’t unintentionally pass germs to you.

Learn about diseases different types of pets can spread – just in case.

To learn more, see the CDC’s website on “One Health”:

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Call for Feedback: NNLM Data Science and Data Management Training Needs Assessment

SEA News - Tue, 2017-10-24 13:33

Are you interested in learning about biomedical and health research data management? Is there a specific area of data science/data management that you would like more information on?

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Research Data Management Working Group requests feedback on the training needs throughout the country on data science and data management. The field of data science is broad in scope; encompassing a wide variety of areas including the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, and use of large data sets relevant to biomedical and health research. Participation in this training needs assessment will provide NNLM direction for future educational opportunities.

To participate in this assessment, please visit: This survey will close November 30, 2017.


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Request for Information: Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Research on Women’s Health

MAR News - Tue, 2017-10-24 08:00

Submit your comments to the Request for Information (RFI) on the next Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Research on Women’s Health by November 10, 2017.

The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) seeks input on three cross-cutting themes:

  • Theme 1: Expand the Exploration of Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) in NIH Research.
  • Theme 2: A Multidimensional Approach to the Science of Women’s Health.
  • Theme 3: Quality of Life and Disease Burden over the Life Course.

These themes will stimulate new research areas, priorities, and approaches to help put science to work for the health of women. ORWH seeks your thoughts on the following:

  • What are some ways that the scope of each theme might be expanded or more narrowly focused to address the most important areas in research on women’s health?
  • What topics would you recommend adding to the list of cross-cutting themes for research on women’s health?
  • What big idea or audacious goal to improve women’s health should be pursued by the NIH?
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