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Announcing New NNLM All of Us Funding Opportunities

PNR News - Wed, 2019-03-20 18:20

image of a coinUnder cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), and in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program, the NNLM PNR is pleased to request proposals for a new round of funding opportunities. The awards are designed to support  outreach projects to support health literacy and community engagement about the NIH All of Us Research Program. Preference will be given to proposals submitted by public libraries, or to organizations with plans to collaborate with a public library partner.

NNLM PNR member organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to apply.   If your organization is not currently a member, it’s easy to join!

If you intend to submit an application for either award, we need a Letter of Intent no later than Wednesday, April 3, that provides a brief summary of the project you will propose and the type of award you will apply for.  Please send  your Letter of Intent to and include the type of award in the subject line.  The deadline for submitting your completed application for either award is May 1, 2019 at 3:00 Pacific Time.

Keep reading to find brief descriptions and links to detailed information about these funding opportunities.

NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award

2 or more awards, each up to $100,000

Goals of the award include:

  • To improve consumer access to high quality health information.
  • To support health literacy education and outreach.
  • To raise the public’s awareness of the All of Us Research Program.
  • To improve understanding and importance of participation in clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program.

NNLM All of Us Health Literacy Outreach Award

2 or more awards, each up to $19,000

Goals of the award include:

  • To increase awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program.
  • To increase health literacy education and outreach.

For tips about programming ideas and resources you may want to incorporate in your proposed project for either of the 2 above awards, watch this recording featuring Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR All of Us Engagement Coordinator.

We want to fund good ideas and hope to see proposals from all states of the NNLM PNR!

If you have a question, please drop us a line ( We welcome all questions and input.

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NLM’s Radiation Medical Emergency Management (REMM) Resource Receives Major Update!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-03-20 15:22

The National Library of Medicine’s Radiation Medical Emergency Management (REMM) has been updated. This resource provides guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies.

New on the Mobile REMM app:

  • A new version of the Mobile REMM app, which contains selected pages from online REMM, was released in the App Store and Google Play Store. This new version reflects the content updates published on REMM online.
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Upcoming Beyond the SEA Webinar: There’s an App for That! Tips to Evaluate Consumer Apps for Health

SEA News - Wed, 2019-03-20 11:00

Date/Time:  Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1:00 PM ET

Presenter: Emily Hurst, Deputy Direct and Head of Research and Education, Tompkins-McCaw Library

Summary: Mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before.  Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of health and wellness applications? By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help their users make informed decisions about the apps they choose to download. This webinar focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provides information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

Presenter Bio: Emily Hurst currently serves as the Deputy Director and Head of Research and Education for the Tompkins-McCaw Library, she has over ten years of experience in health science libraries. She oversees the operations of a diverse group of liaison librarians and ensures that the library meets the information needs of health sciences students, faculty, and staff. In addition, she works closely with outreach efforts in the Richmond community and supports efforts of the Community Health Education Center to bring health information to the community. Having previously worked as the Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, Emily has a strong background in National Library of Medicine resources and has experience integrating these resources into educational settings.

MLA CE:  1 Contact Hour

Contact:  For additional information, please contact Liz Waltman

Pre-RegisterPre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required.

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Health Information on Floods

GMR News - Wed, 2019-03-20 08:32

As the flooding continues in the Midwest, we wondered if you were responding to requests for assistance from any libraries in your regions. Below are some resources which focus on flooding. Please let us know if there is any way we can assist.

Aimed at the Professional Workforce: 

Aimed at the General Public:

Additional Resources:

  • Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Topic Collection: Utility Failures (e.g. blackouts, potable water)
  • U.S. Health and Human Services HHS emPOWER Map 3.0 gives every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code
  • Healthcare Ready RX Open Map indicates pharmacies open during a disaster
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
    • Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Text TalkWithUs to 66746; Use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990; TTY 1-800-846-8517
    • Spanish Speakers: Call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2”; From the 50 States, text Hablanos to 66746; From Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663 (en Español)

View more resources and information on our website. 

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What’s on your nightstand?

SEA News - Tue, 2019-03-19 11:23

NNLM All of Us Reading Club

The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” book kit with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs in their communities.

Book selections support topics that align with the NIH All of Us Research Program and recognize a National Health Observance. Through the fun and intimacy of a book club, readers will discuss health and wellness topics important to them and their loved ones.

We know you read, after all, you’re a librarian! So please share your favorite fiction, nonfiction, memoir, graphic novel, or young adult health-themed books that will make for a lively book discussion, and our selection panel will consider them for upcoming NNLM Reading Club picks.

Please visit to share your ideas!


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Now Accepting Applications for Funding Opportunities!

GMR News - Tue, 2019-03-19 09:33

The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has released nearly $500,000 in funding opportunitiesOur office has released Calls for Applications for the following:

  • Research Data Award: Up to $20,000 (Applications due April 1st)
  • Emerging Initiatives Award: Up to $10,000 (Applications due April 1st)
  • Health Information Outreach Award: Two funding levels available up to $20,000 and $50,000 (Applications due April 1st)
  • NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award: Up to $20,000 (Applications due April 1st)
  • Expert Speaker Award: Up to $2,500 (Two application deadlines: April 1st & September 2nd)

Two additional awards will be open for application on May 1st:

  • NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Collection Award: Up to $1,000
  • NNLM All of Us Consumer Health Information Kiosk Award: Awardees receive preconfigured kiosk

The Greater Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For more information on funding opportunities, and to apply, please visit our funding page. If you have questions please feel free to send an email to or call 319-353-4479.

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HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative Enters 17th Year of Operation with Spring 2019 Offer

SEA News - Tue, 2019-03-19 07:55

PRINCETON, NJ (September 21, 2018) – More than 700 quality electronic resources are available at a 15-70 percent savings off regular pricing to all medical librarians via the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative’s Spring 2019 Offer. All librarians in three NNLM regions are welcome to participate (the NNLM/MAR, NNLM/SEA and NNLM/NER).

The deadline for participation is Friday, May 3. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

2019 marks the 17th year of the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, which debuted in 2002 as the first consortium of its kind in the nation, specifically aimed at reducing the cost of electronic resources for medical librarians. The HSLANJ GLI is recognized by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources.

Questions? Please see or contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.

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FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute @ UCLA August 5-9: Course Selection and Registration Now Open!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-03-18 19:50

The UCLA Library has partnered with FORCE11 to present the 2019 FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) August 5-9. Course curriculum and registration information are now available!

Courses have been established for all levels, from absolute beginner to advanced.They are also aimed at different audiences such as:

  • Researchers
  • Institution Administrators
  • Funders
  • Publishers
  • Librarians
  • Students

Scientific and Scholarly Communication is in the middle of a system-wide disruption. These changes have affected every aspect of research, from its practice, to its administration, to its use. There are new forms of publication, new standards and expectations, new ways of measuring and demonstrating success, new dangers and pitfalls. The Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute at UCLA (FSCI) is a summer school that helps people learn how to navigate this new world. Its instructors include leading practitioners from the world of research, libraries, publishing, and research administration. Its courses range from basic orientations through classes in the most advanced topics. Its goal is to provide a friendly, community-based way of learning about and keeping up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities that are transforming the way science and scholarship is done.

FSCI is organized by FORCE11 (The Future of Research Communication and eScholarship) in collaboration with the UCLA Library. FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that arose organically to study and facilitate new developments in knowledge creation and communication. Membership is open to all who share this interest!

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HSLANJ Spring 2019 Group Licensing Offer

MAR News - Mon, 2019-03-18 14:32

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative debuted in 2002 as the first consortium of its kind in the nation, specifically aimed at reducing the cost of electronic resources for medical librarians in New Jersey. Now celebrating it’s 17th year, all medical librarians in a 20-state area including the NNLM’s Middle Atlantic (MAR), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A), and New England (NER) Regions are welcome to participate in the technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey.

Watch the recording from the November 2018 session of Boost Box, MAR’s monthly webinar series, to hear more about this opportunity. Robb Mackes, Group Licensing Project Manager, presented an overview of the HSLANJ GLI, including the benefits and considerations for future participation.

The deadline to participate in the Spring Offer is Friday, May 3. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

Questions? Please contact Robb Mackes (570-856-5952 or

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations. To learn more, visit

NNLM MAR members are encouraged to view our regional member services page for more information about extended Member benefits in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

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Women’s History Month – Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives

PNR News - Mon, 2019-03-18 06:05

In observation of Women’s History Month, each week of March the Dragonfly will feature a National Library of Medicine exhibit that highlights the history of women in health, science, and society. This week highlights domestic violence as a significant health issue through, “Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives“.

What is domestic violence? The National Domestic Violence Hotline defines it: “Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.” Domestic violence affects individuals who are married, single, young and old. It does not discriminate according to religion, culture, race, sexual orientation, or gender. Nor do educational or socioeconomic levels matter.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the U.S. about 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, domestic violence accounts for 15% of the total violent crimes, and over 20,000 phone calls are place on domestic violence hotlines each day. Victims experience a number of physical, mental and heath affects including high rates of depression and suicidal behavior and only 34% receiving medical care who are injured by intimate partners.

Confronting Violence NLM exhibit


Through the exhibit, Confronting Violence: Saving Women’s Lives, the National Library of Medicine highlights the role of nurses in identifying domestic violence as a significant health issue when other medical professions and society did not. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the forefront as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. Through both their research and practice, nurses saw firsthand the epidemic of violence in women’s lives and were able to create and implement some of the first hospital protocols for treating women who were battered. By the 1990s, all the major medical organizations recognized domestic violence as a significant health issue. Yet, despite these changes the work of ending domestic violence still continues. As organizations and as individuals we must continue to work to support and empower victims of domestic violence and improve women’s lives.

Information about this exhibit is also available through a recorded presentation  at NLM when the exhibit first opened.

Confronting Violence is also a traveling exhibit which your library or organization may wish to host. Learn more about booking the exhibit on its Book an Exhibition web page. A 18 minute recording about program/activity ideas when hosting this exhibit is available to view.

Want to visit the exhibit? It will be at Pullman Regional Hospital library in Pullman, WA February 3 – March 14, 2020.

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Data Flash: Healthy Paradigm Shifts – Hacking Behavioral Health’s Future

PNR News - Fri, 2019-03-15 16:06

Computer code and an open book

What is a healthcare hackathon? Generally speaking, a healthcare hackathon is a social event that focuses on building small and innovative technology projects that aim to resolve healthcare challenges. “Hackathon” is a portmanteau of the words “hack” and “marathon,” which in turn translates into some kind of race against the clock to solve challenges.

MIT Hacking Medicine founded in 2011, is made up of MIT students and community members with the goal of innovating the healthcare community and driving new medical innovations. The MIT group meet this goal by carrying out innovative events like healthcare hackathons; amazingly, they host more than 80 healthcare hackathons a year. MIT Hacking Medicine even has a free handbook that serves as a resource for anyone interested in hosting similar kinds of healthcare hackathons in their respective communities.

Here in the Pacific Northwest Region, Washington State University’s (WSU) Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM) Hackathon is very much inspired by the MIT Hacking Medicine model of healthcare hackathons, with a few interesting modifications. Their first hackathon in 2018 tackled the theme of addressing rural health challenges in Washington State, with prizes awarded to the top three hackathon teams at the event. Building off that success, WSU will be hosting another healthcare hackathon from April 12th – 14th, with the overarching theme of innovating solutions that will tackle behavioral health challenges, a pressing issue in Washington State today.

WSU welcomes patients, students, faculty, developers, caregivers, and more to attend their second healthcare hackathon. What makes the WSU ESFCOM healthcare hackathon unique from other healthcare hackathons is the research and reference presence of academic librarians who provide research services to the hackathon participants throughout the event.

Applications to participate in the ESFCOM Hackathon are due by April 5th, 2019. For more information about this exciting Washington State event, please contact WSU’s College Technology Incubator Officer Andrew Richards.

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Congratulations to the 2019 MLA Awards, Grants, and Scholarships Recipients!

SEA News - Fri, 2019-03-15 10:09

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Medical Library Association (MLA) awards, grants and scholarships from the NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region!

Awardees will be recognized at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. For a complete list of awardees, you can visit the MLA website.

Ida and George Eliot Prize

Advancing the Conversation: Next Steps for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) Health Sciences Librarianship,” Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), October 2017

  • Tony Nguyen, AHIP, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland–Baltimore, MD
  • John Siegel, AHIP, USC Upstate Library, University of South Carolina Upstate–Spartanburg


  • Priscilla L. Stephenson, AHIP, FMLA, Library Service, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Michele R. Tennant, AHIP, FMLA, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida–Gainesville

Marcia C. Noyes Award

  • M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, Academic Affairs, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore

President’s Award

MLA Education Steering Committee:

  • Elizabeth Laera, AHIP, Chair, McMahon-Sibley Medical Library, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL
  • Elizabeth G. Hinton, AHIP, Section Council Liaison, Rowland Medical Library, University of Mississippi Medical Center–Jackson

Rising Stars 2019–2020

  • Kelsa Bartley, Louis Calder Memorial Library, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Jane Morgan-Daniel, AHIP, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida–Gainesville

Rittenhouse Award

Learning Objects in the Flipped Classroom: A Review of the Literature with Implications for Practice

  • Kearin Reid, AHIP, University of South Florida–Tampa

Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant

  • Melanie Allen, AHIP, John C. Hodges Library, University of Tennessee–Knoxville

Continuing Education Grants

  • Alexandria Quesenberry, Health Sciences Library, University of Tennessee Health Science Center–Memphis

EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants

  • Tariq Rahaman, Health Professions Division, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grants

  • Tanisha N. Mills, AHIP, Northeast Georgia Health System, Gainesville, GA

Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship

  • Mary Grace Flaherty, AHIP, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, NC

MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant

  • Rachel Koenig, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University–Richmond

MLA Scholarship

  • Jordan Wrigley, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
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Recent PubMed Enhancements Support Searching for Systematic Reviews

PSR News - Thu, 2019-03-14 18:23

The National Library of Medicine recently added new terminology about systematic reviews to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). In addition, the PubMed search filter for systematic reviews has been updated. To learn more about these and related changes to MeSH, MEDLINE, and PubMed, visit:

  • 2019 MeSH Highlights: This webinar, presented in January 2019, explained the changes in MeSH for 2019, including the introduction of the publication type “Systematic Review” and subject heading “Systematic Reviews as Topic.” A recording of the webinar is available.
  • MEDLINE Data Changes—2019: This article details the MEDLINE data changes implemented with the 2019 MeSH. NLM added the publication type “Systematic Review” retrospectively to appropriate existing MEDLINE citations. With this re-indexing, you can retrieve all MEDLINE citations for systematic reviews and identify systematic reviews with high precision.
  • PubMed Updates February 2019: NLM updated the search strategy for the Systematic Reviews filter to focus retrieval on citations to systematic reviews. The Systematic Reviews filter was originally introduced in PubMed in 2002 (New PubMed Filter: Systematic Reviews).
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UMN Hosts Successful Data Workshop for Researchers

GMR News - Thu, 2019-03-14 15:50

Librarians from the University of Minnesota’s Health Sciences Library in the Twin Cities made the 160 mile trek to the University’s coordinate campus in Duluth to conduct a special half-day workshop for researchers on data management. The workshop was part of a Research Data award that was funded through the GMR. Julie Davis, workshop participant and Project Coordinator for the Research for Indigenous Community Health Center in the College of Pharmacy stated, “My most valuable takeaways were learning more about best practices and concrete strategies related to file naming, file organization, project documentation, and data preservation.”

To read more about the workshop, please visit the the University of Minnesota’s News Website.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Thu, 2019-03-14 12:00

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


Read the MAReport: This quarter, Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger wrote about recent updates to Clinical eCompanion, a no-cost point of care resource for clinicians, that make it easier to use with a smartphone or tablet in her article, “Going Mobile with Clinical eCompanion.”

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR offices will be closed on Friday, March 15 for the University of Pittsburgh Spring holiday.

2019-2020 Funding Available: NNLM MAR Members can apply by April 5 for up to $50,000 in support of health information outreach projects. Take a look at our current opportunities and application checklist to get started. If you have questions, check out our Funding FAQs for answers. Looking for more information, or assistance in developing your application? Use the MAR Award Interest Form to tell us about your project. Our staff would love the opportunity to work with you!

NNLM at NJLA: Are you headed to the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference in May? Come meet and greet with MAR staff! Check out the NNLM preconference, The All of Us Research Program and Public Libraries, to hear about how public libraries can support health literacy, and to learn about health programming ideas. Attend Health and Wellness 101 to learn about collections, resources, and fun ways to help support community health and wellbeing.

Last Call! The All of Us Journey is still looking for partners when it comes to Philadelphia and Harrisburg. If you are interested in hosting the Journey at an event, volunteering, or would like more information about this opportunity, please contact NNLM MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner at

Congratulations to Medical Library Association awardees from the Middle Atlantic Region – MARquee News Highlights

New on YouTube: Grants and Proposal Writing, February 27, 2019


All of Us Speaker Series featuring NIH Director Francis Collins: The All of Us Research Program will launch a Speaker Series in partnership with the National Library of Medicine tonight, March 14 at 7:00 PM ET with an inaugural talk by National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins. Dr. Collins will discuss the importance of All of Us, how far the research program has come, provide a preview of the program’s future, and take questions from viewers. The All of Us Research Program Speaker Series will be streamed through YouTube Live. Closed captioning in English and Spanish will be available. For more information, visit

An Introduction to Authority-based Security – NLM is working to unleash the potential of data and information to accelerate and transform biomedical discovery. But access has its risks. Big risks. We need to find a way to deliver access while simultaneously controlling and protecting the data. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Hosting the Washington Conservation Guild – Last month, on February 7, 2019, forty-five members of the Washington Conservation Guild (WCG) held their floating monthly meeting in the Rotunda and History of Medicine Reading Room at the National Library of Medicine. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: The call for applications for the 3rd HSRProj Research Competition has been extended. Applications are due on March 29, 2019.

GeneEd to retire on March 31, 2019: Selected content has been integrated into Genetics Home Reference (GHR) to create a single access point at the National Library of Medicine for consumer level genetics information. The determination of what content to add to GHR was based on a survey of GeneEd users and on an analysis of usage metrics. Find the selected GeneEd materials in the “Classroom” section. If you have any questions, please contact NLM customer support.

NLM Launches a New Exhibition – The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physicians, a banner exhibition and companion online adaptation. The exhibition opens March 18, 2019 in commemoration of Women’s History Month.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – March 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for the third in a series of webinars presented for the Association of College and Research Libraries Health Special Interest Group (ACRL HSIG). This presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – March 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar that 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.

What’s Nutrition Got to Do With It? An Introduction to Online and Community-Based Resources for Successful Aging – March 20, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, the purpose of this presentation is to review the mission and vision of Meals on Wheels America – the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing the community-based nutrition and meal services field. In addition, this presentation will review popular nutrition and meal services provided by the nationwide network of community-based senior nutrition programs, and outline the documented impact these services have recipient health and wellbeing. Webinar participants will also learn about high-quality education and training offered by the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging – an online resource center, hosted by Meals on Wheels America.

Keeping Up with the Information Onslaught – March 21, 12:30-1:30 PM ET – Are you suffering from your own information explosion? How as health information professionals can we sustainably organize all that “stuff” that matters to us while keeping up with the literature for both our customers and ourselves? In this webinar Sponsored by MAR, Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, Informationist at the Health Sciences Library Virtua in Mt Laurel, NJ will further discuss her recent article about organizing your resources sustainably. Learn what, how and why to organize your personal and professional collections. Have no fear of tossing and deleting. She will help us design our very own organizing plan.

Health and Wellness at the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services – March 25-April 26, 2019 – Are you interested in consumer health? Does an interactive, robust learning experience with other engaged librarians appeal to you? If so, Join MCR & PSR for this class! Centered around eight core competencies, this interactive 4-week online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. Participants are eligible for 12 MLA CE, including credit toward the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from MLA.

Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of LGBT Populations – March 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join GMR for a 2019 update on health resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBT individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBT patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. This class will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBT patrons. New to this course: resources for emergency preparedness and response.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – March 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with NTO to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

ToxTutor – March 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join PNR for the next NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. This session will focus on ToxTutor, a self-paced toxicology tutorial, including the history of the resource, how it has evolved over the last 20 years, and the most recent updates and enhancements from 2018.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – March 28, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by GMR, this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas to enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Summer Library Programming and Library Moon Walk – April 2, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – NNLM has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! A Universe of Stories is coming to public libraries this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Join MAR for this webinar that will explore the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual, and feature librarians from the Library Moon Walk, a MAR-funded project to get patrons moving, dancing, and learning about health and wellness in New York.

Music and Movement at the Library! An Interactive Music Based Program for Infants and Toddlers – April 3, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In 2016, the Mt. Zion District Library (IL) realized that the community was lacking in activities and programs for children under 2 years old. This exciting program that they created allows children to participate in singing interactive songs, investigate instruments such as drums, xylophones, and maracas as well as learn sign language, and more. Not only is this a super fun program, but it’s also educational and full of great benefits! Join this webinar with GMR to learn how to implement a similar program at your library; no background in music is required!

Health Literacy: Its Importance to You – April 8, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Are you curious as to why health literacy is important to you or anyone in the healthcare field? This introductory hands-on class with MAR will help you understand why this is an issue in healthcare. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore the impact health literacy plays in patient care and discuss how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – April 15-28, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information, but what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join NNLM for this 2-week, asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace, and explore the aspects of a healthy workplace including physical, mental, and emotional components.

Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources – April 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the first online offering of this course and get ready to spend this summer celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with your community and network partners! Instructor Debbie Montenegro, NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and recently recognized NASA Solar System Ambassador, will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you get your summer programming together. Get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

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

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Spring to It! Developing Messages for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2019 –

Advancing Patient Safety Beyond the Hospital – AHRQ Views

#RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Workforce Education and Training – Join RHIhub on Monday, March 18 at 2:00 PM ET for a Twitter chat to discuss the education and training of the rural health workforce, including how rural training is different, factors that determine how likely a student is to practice in a rural area, and strategies to improve your rural community’s rural health workforce. Use #RuralHealthChat to join the conversation!

Join the Megathon Challenge to Help Accelerate Alzheimer’s Research – April 13th is Citizen Science Day, aimed at involving everyday folks in carrying out real-world scientific research. Public libraries and their communities will have the opportunity to participate in the Megathon Challenge from 1:30 to 3:30 PM ET to help speed up Alzheimer’s research by playing an online game called Stall Catchers. Your efforts will help answer important questions about a drug that could be used in Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Enlisting the aid of citizen scientists who play the game could save researchers a year in sifting through data for the project.

Developing Environmental Health Literacy: Interactive, Problem-Based Science Kits for Diverse Community Audiences – March 20, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Participants of this webinar will learn about interactive community environmental health education kits. These hands-on kits are on topics including lead poisoning prevention (water and housing), water quality (urban and rural), healthy homes, skin cancer, breast cancer, and pesticide use in the home. The kits were developed in partnership with community groups in diverse communities across the country and Science Take-Out, a science education company. Webinar participants will be able to request free kits for use with their own community groups by May 2019, or they can order them online for later use. Sponsored by the New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA); Free for members / $10 for non-members. Available CE credit: 1 CHES / 1 CPH

Serving Patrons with Disabilities in Your Library or Clinic – April 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn how to create welcoming environments for and communicate clearly with people with disabilities in academic and hospital settings. Through a hands-on activity, discussion, live quizzes, and information on resources that address the health information needs of people with disabilities, you will be better able to assist patrons with disabilities and the clinicians who treat them. You will leave with ideas for immediate improvements to your website and quick fixes to your library space, guidelines for clearly and confidently communicating with people with disabilities, and knowledge and skills for making plans for larger improvements. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Mobile Technologies Extending Reach of Primary Care for Substance-Use-Disorders – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking grant applications to develop and test a prototype mobile/tablet technology-based application suitable for U.S. primary care settings, to serve as a low-cost user-friendly tool that primary care providers (PCPs) may use to deliver timely tailored feedback to patients following up on interventions for risky substance use. It should be designed with a specific aim of improving coordination and delivery of indicated services to primary care patients at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD). The application deadline is March 19, 2019.

2019 Summer Intramural Fellowship Program – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting applications for time-limited Fellowship opportunities. AHRQ’s mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable and to work with the HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. The AHRQ Intramural Fellowship Program provides opportunities for individuals to work with leading health services researchers in the conduct and support of research on “real life” issues that support the Agency’s mission and contributes to improvements in health care. Fellows are also afforded the opportunity to work with administrative protocols, gain access to AHRQ-sponsored data sets, and apply statistical analysis methods to broaden the Fellow’s understanding of health services research and the Agency’ effect on the healthcare system. The deadline to apply is March 26.

Create an obesity prevention game for the chance to win! Join the Office on Women’s Health in helping women and girls live healthier lives with Shape of Health: An Obesity Prevention Game. Research shows that video games can help improve health, so we’re challenging organizations and individuals to create a web- or mobile-based game focused on obesity prevention or weight control. Submit your concept by March 31 for the chance to win up to $77,000 in prize money!

Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to conduct innovative research supporting the development of a product, tool, technology, process or service for commercialization with the aim of eliminating disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations or improving health in racial/ethnic minority populations. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

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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Funded Project: HAMA Reaching Haitian Communities with Health Information

NER News - Thu, 2019-03-14 09:35

The following blog post was written by Brenda Lormil, a recent recipient of NNLM NER grant funding. Brenda shares the work she and her team are doing to connect Haitian community members across Massachusetts to primary care and health resources in Haitian Creole.

Group of teens who completed the HAMA training

Teens who attended the HAMA training to learn about the importance of primary care.

From May to October of 2018, Haitian American Medical Association (HAMA) had the rewarding opportunity to serve and present health education to members of the Haitian community in the greater Boston area. The forums were predominantly held in Haitian Creole, the native language of the people, in order to facilitate comprehension of the presented material. In total, 17 sessions were completed that targeted teenagers, adults, and senior citizens in the Haitian community. The importance of primary care was one of the prioritized focus points of our educational forums. 


When we began our project, it was our understanding that the Haitian community lacked primary care providers. We quickly learned that they do in fact have established care, however accessing the healthcare system is where the real problem resides. Language barriers, fear, suboptimal prior experiences, misunderstanding of the different levels of care (primary care vs. urgent care vs. ER) contributed to the lack of access to healthcare.


Many of the businesses, faith-based communities and schools had planned their summers in early spring. For this reason, we had to remain flexible and reschedule accordingly – an unexpected barrier during this project. This in turn caused us to extend our tour into October to accommodate certain locations (originally planned to end in August 2018).


We are most proud of the data collection we were able to obtain on our health education tour. We surveyed our audience after each session, and this allowed us to measure our impact and gain a better understanding of our communities needs. This information has now become a guide for HAMA in selecting topics of education for our 2019 health education tour. Yes, it was that good and we are doing it again! We thank our sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine – New England Region (NNLM-NER) – for without their support this project would not be possible!

Group of Haitian seniors who completed the HAMA training

Haitian seniors who attended the HAMA training to learn about the importance of primary care.

Visit HAMA’s website, to learn more about the Health Tour and their other projects.

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Consumer Health Minute: National Health Observances

PNR News - Thu, 2019-03-14 09:00

One way to easily incorporate health programming and health information at your library is highlighting national health observances. A number of resources are freely available and 2 of those are highlighted here.

Recently the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) put together resources for public libraries that align with National Health Observances throughout the calendar year. Though it is mid March, libraries can still incorporate images and resources in social media and online content but can consider using next year as well. Upcoming NNLM classes and webinars are also listed that relate to the monthly observance which library staff can attend to learn more the featured health topic. Many webinars are recorded for viewing when more convenient. Stay tuned for future national health observances content. provides toolkits for National Health Observances. Tips for your patrons are provided as are ways for libraries and organizations to raise awareness regarding a particular health condition or topic.

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Join the New NLM Traveling Exhibition Listserv!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-03-13 17:17

Are you interested in the latest news on NLM traveling exhibitions, as well as current happenings and information about NLM health information resources that can enhance hosting of a traveling exhibit? If so, then join the new Making Exhibition Connections listserv, just launched by NLM Traveling Exhibition Services. You can also share experiences about hosting an exhibition!

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Public Library Association and NNLM Join in Supporting the All of Us Research Program

SEA News - Wed, 2019-03-13 10:03

The Public Library Association (PLA) has expanded its partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In 2017, the two organizations launched Promoting Healthy Communities, a nine-month project to assess health information needs among public librarians and share free health literacy resources. The goal of Promoting Healthy Communities is to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.

Starting this month, PLA and NNLM will team up to raise awareness of the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program, a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the U.S., to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine. This new effort will be a cornerstone of the All of Us and NLM partnership.

At the heart of All of Us is a drive to address inequity in the health care system, which compelled the PLA Board of Directors to approve a formal partnership in late 2018. This work aligns with the recent addition of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice as a goal in PLA’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. Public libraries can help improve health outcomes for all populations within their community, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research and medical advancements, through health outreach, programming, and partnership.

Over the next 15 months, PLA and NNLM will work together to support public libraries to increase health literacy, address health research inequities, and strengthen community partnerships with health advocates and providers. The partnership will support community engagement around All of Us by elevating the role of public libraries in locating reliable health information and creating connections through library spaces and technology.

Through the partnership with PLA, NNLM will be able to advance its goal of supporting public libraries in meeting the health information needs of their communities by providing:

  • health information training for public library staff;
  • funding and other resources to support health programming, including digital literacy training; and
  • connections to medical libraries and other NNLM network members in their area.

Additional information about All of Us can be found at Information on PLA’s health initiatives can be found at

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March PNR Rendezvous- Climate Change and Health

PNR News - Wed, 2019-03-13 04:12

One topic of conversation that is often considered more neutral is the weather. However, that has changed over the years as the focus sometimes centers of extreme weather or talks of hotter summers, more storms, melting glaciers, etc. These conversations are now sometimes turning into heated debates and we may not always understand the science of climate change and how that affects our lives. The next PNR Rendezvous webinar session will be focusing on climate change and how it is not only affecting those in Alaska but also those in other parts of the country.

Our speaker will be Michael Brubaker, Director of Community Environment and Health, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, who has been working in the Alaska Tribal Health System for over twenty years. His areas of focus include health impact assessments, climate change, environmental health and achieving safe, healthy sustainable communities.

Below are the details of when and how to join the webinar.

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 1-2PM (Pacific) | 12-1PM (Alaska) | 2-3PM (Mountain) | 3-4PM (Central) | 4-5PM (Eastern) | 11AM-12PM (Hawaii)

Presentation: Climate Change and Community Health in Rural Alaska

This session provides an overview of climate change in rural Alaska, the impacts on the environment and observed health effects. The presentation includes specific community examples, and also explores some examples of adaptations that are being applied in Alaska through the tribal health system. Effects of climate change on health in general will also be addressed.

How to join the session: Registration is encouraged but not required. Complete information to log on is available on our PNR Rendezvous web page

We encourage you to join the live session but it will be recorded for viewing within a week.

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