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National Preparedness Month: Check Your Coverage

MAR News - Tue, 2018-09-18 11:00

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week of NPM focuses on a specific aspect of the overarching theme, to help individuals, families, communities and organizations consider how they plan and prepare for disasters, and offer opportunities to learn and become involved.

The theme for this week of National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage.

Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.

Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.

Power outages, floods, fires, etc., can damage your physical space and disrupt service to your patrons and clients. Do you have backup plans for your staff and your library if a disaster strikes close to home? Make sure your library or agency is covered in the event of a disaster by:

Is your organization looking to get involved in spreading awareness during NPM, or developing a community program around preparedness? Check out for graphics, videos, related web resources, and a plethora of social media content for NPM, in addition to their large selection of toolkits, and even resources for teaching kids about disaster preparedness.

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Librarians and Research Data Management Services: Branching Out Into Big Data

MCR News - Tue, 2018-09-18 10:47

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: Rose Fredrick, Digital Repository Librarian, Health Sciences Library, Creighton University

Big data has a different nature than traditional research data. It is more immediate and ephemeral which creates large, eclectic datasets that are not easily categorized or managed with traditional data science tools.  It is changing the way research is done and the health sciences in particular are discovering new possibilities for studies by aggregating multiple sources of patient data, like wearable health trackers and electronic health records. These transformative studies also give health science librarians an opportunity to support data scientists by building upon existing research data management services.  The librarian’s role in research data management is well-established and this creates a natural launching point for librarians to expand into big data research services.

Many libraries already provide a full array of data services, such as advising on data management plans, metadata and organization, public access mandates, data security, and the preservation and archival of data sets.  Although big data has different needs when it comes to storage and analysis, many of the same services apply.  Librarians have expertise in the ethical implications of data privacy, publisher and funder requirements, and in curating, organizing and preserving data.  All of these skills and services can benefit big data researchers, but librarians do need to be aware of the challenges of big data.

While the knowledge base of librarianship and research data management can clearly be used advantageously for big data services, there can be barriers to librarians implementing these new services.  Perhaps the biggest barrier is training. Depending on the services being offered, at a minimum librarians will need to become familiar with the nature of big data and how that shapes the research process, the correct terminology, and what resources are available to researchers.  Furthermore, to offer the most robust services, librarians may need data science training or advanced technical training to assist with data processing. Not all institutions are prepared to train librarians so extensively nor will they experience enough demand to require a full-time data science librarian .

Librarians can offer more basic services without intensive data science and technical training, however.  A first step could be to become familiar with the terminology, issues, and processes of using big data and be ready to refer researchers with questions to useful resources.  Another option that requires a bit more investment is to offer instruction on crafting data management plans, understanding funder/publisher requirements for data, or choosing a data preservation platform.  Librarians with more time could offer one-on-one advisory sessions on the data management plan for their research projects.  Librarians without a data science background could also take advantage of training geared towards them, like the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians or the Data Sciences in Libraries Project.

Additionally, as a digital repository librarian, I wanted to determine whether my library would be able to offer services for archiving big data.  Currently, our institutional repository would not be able to house such large sets of data, so while we can advise researchers on preparing for preservation and selecting a platform, we will not be able to archive the data sets in-house.  In the future, it may be possible to collaborate with our information technology department and create an archival system using Apache Hadoop . Some libraries with enough technical resources may already be able to take that step. In the meantime, I think libraries can offer counseling on choosing from the available platforms and perhaps offer data preparation advice based on their experience from archiving smaller sets of research data. In summary, health sciences librarians have relevant expertise and services to offer to big data research and they should consider what combination of services will be the best fit for their institutions.

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Health Literacy is not a new topic for Americans

NER News - Tue, 2018-09-18 09:16
Smoke traveling across America from California

August 10, 2018 CNN satellite photo of California wildfire

Health Literacy is not a new topic for Americans.  As a nation we have been adjusting to the latest developments on how to keep ourselves healthy for decades.  Whether that be following the national Food Pyramid to the updated “healthy plate” or changing our perspective of how we prevent illness as we age.  We follow an upbeat track to health – well we intend to do that.  Sometimes we just aren’t ready or prepared.  When attending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conference in Atlanta this past week I’ve discovered campaigns that try to innovate ways to communicate the “get and stay healthy” message.

Several sessions caught my attention and I’d like to share them.  First, I attended a Pre-Conference on Health Literacy as a Driver of Healthier Communities.  This session provided links to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy @  We reviewed the Needs Assessment with an ‘honest’ approach to who will participate versus who we really want to participate when we are looking into changing community health behaviors.  One large component of this assessment is that we are all trying to organize the same action plan and with the right resources/tools we can get the job done.  Examples used were the National Assessment of Adult Literacy which has state and county estimates and can be found at:; and Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit at  These resources can help with program planning.

Another message I’d like to share with you from this conference was from the “Challenging Traditional Methods of Public Health Messaging” session.  One speaker reminded us to look to the behavioral change not by generalized demographics but to look within each group segmentally.  For example, teens should not be grouped by age but by the things that are meaningful to them. In this case, it was music.  The teens were branded as popular, country, alternative, hip-hop and a moderate/traditional group.  Within the traditional group they were less likely to use tobacco or be part of unhealthy behaviors.  This group was about 30% of all teens.  The second group falls into popular and are more apt to follow others, perhaps for attention and they were more likely to smoke and drink in high school.  The other teen groups, alternative (Goth was mentioned), country or hip-hop had positive behavior changes in reducing or removing negative health habits (smoking, drinking) from their lifestyle when advertisements were paired with their group’s popular musicians tell their audiences that they don’t smoke or drink.  Studies showed that this messaging works!

The last two messages that had an environmental direction in health was regarding a Citizen Science study called Smoke Sense.  This is a downloadable app from the Environmental Protection Agency ( that provides information about air quality, wildland fires, and smoke from those fires across the U.S.  This mobile application provides a way for users to learn how smoke affects their health, allows them to anonymously log health symptoms and smoke observations, and promotes preventive healthy behaviors around wildland fire smoke exposure.

The final segment is all about ticks, yes, those nasty little virus hoarding parasites that apparently are almost as dangerous as the world’s most deadly creature, the mosquito.  Unbeknownst to me, ticks are prolific all year around.  Dr. Mather, aka the Tick Doctor, had a great presentation regarding tick identification, removal of these little pests and how you could be a “tickspotter”  as a Citizen Science project for your school or public library.  One neat fact I learned is that not all ticks are inactive in the fall and winter.   Another reason to learn more about my environment.  Happy sleuthing!


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HSLANJ Fall 2018 Group Licensing Offer

MAR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:40

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’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).

The deadline to participate in the Fall offer is Friday, November 9. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

The Fall offer features:

  • 700+ digital resources from 12 academic publishers
  • A cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing

Please note:

  • If you haven’t participated since last fall, you will notice upgrades to the system. A training session has been recorded and linked to each librarians’ user profile; simply log into CorsortiaManager and click “More > Materials” to access the training.
  • Resources from Springer will be added to the Offer in about a week. They are not currently available due to a programming glitch.

Questions? Please 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.  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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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Check Your Insurance Coverage

PSR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:12

This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage. Make sure your library or agency is covered in the event of a disaster. Power outages, floods, fires, etc., can damage your physical space and disrupt service to your patrons and clients. Do you have backup plans for your staff and your library if a disaster strikes close to home?

Lastly, remember to attend the webinar entitled Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations, on Thursday, September 20, at 10:30am PT. It will feature speakers from the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) along with Ann Holman from Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Find login details on our Disaster Information Specialist Webinars page.

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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Big Data in Healthcare: Finding Your Niche

GMR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 12:39

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: Brenda Fay, Library Specialist, Aurora Libraries – Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

For librarians in health science libraries, big data in healthcare might be something of a stranger. Sure, we know that data is being collected about patients, but how do we librarians fit in? Depending on what type of library you work in, whether you’re a solo librarian, and perhaps even your comfort level learning new skills, knowledge and familiarity with data and data practices may or may not be something in your wheelhouse. I work in a large healthcare system within a team of fourteen librarians and library staff. Our institution has a research arm that is growing and growing, and yet none of us have really been involved in big data or data management practices at our institution. I don’t think that’s very unusual for a place that isn’t also an academic medical center. Can healthcare big data be overwhelming? Yes. Is big data in healthcare worth all the fuss? Yes.

Why should health science librarians get involved with big data in healthcare? With the ever-growing interest and use of data all around us, data isn’t going away anytime soon. Librarians are great at continually staying on top of trends and changes in our field, and I truly believe that health science librarians will become more and more involved, in one way or another, with data initiatives at their institutions. It’s better to be in front of the curve and helping guide the conversation, than trying to catch up when the ship has sailed. Learning about big data will keep librarians relevant. If we look at skills librarians already have, like organization and classification, taxonomies and metadata, those could immediately be leveraged into increasing the quality of research data management practices at our institutions by working with researchers on their data management plans, which many need to include on grant and funding applications. We should also get involved because there are so many free training opportunities available to us from MLA, NLM, and others. If MLA and NLM/NNLM think big data is worth supporting on such a large scale, I am onboard, too.

How might health science librarians get involved with big data in healthcare? This is much trickier and depends a lot on the situation you find yourself in. You might not be able to start any of these activities today or even next year, but knowing how other health science librarians work with big data in their institutions can inspire you to find a way where you are. Reference questions might lead you to big data. If you’ve ever been asked to find data, Kevin Read and his NYU librarian colleagues have created a data catalog (NYU Health Sciences Library, n.d.) for those looking for data sets to use, or for researchers to publish their own data. Assisting on systematic reviews or publications might lead you to big data. A 2018 study looked at Google Trends, an online source for accessing trends in Google’s search data, and laypeople’s searches for asthma (Mavragani, A, K, & KP., 2018). It had some methodological issues that a librarian would have likely pointed out right away. Building relationships with library users might lead you to big data. Librarians at NU Health Sciences Library had conversation with basic and clinical researchers at their institution to learn more about their data needs. These conversations allowed them to tailor library services to fill a gap in “community’s data issues including, but not limited to, the challenges they face when collecting, organizing, and sharing their research” (Read, Surkis, Larson, McCrillis, & Nicholson, 2015).

I firmly believe that working with big data in healthcare will raise the profile of health science librarians and the libraries they work in.


Mavragani, A., A, S., K, S., & KP., T. (2018). Integrating smart health in the US health care system: Infodemiology study of asthma monitoring in the Google era. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, e24.

NYU Health Sciences Library. (n.d.). Data catalog. Retrieved August 29, 2018, from

Read, K. B., Surkis, A., Larson, C., McCrillis, A. G., & Nicholson, J. X. (2015). Starting the data conversation: informing data services at an academic health sciences library. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 131-135.

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Calling All Medical Librarians and Health Literacy Advocates

SEA News - Mon, 2018-09-17 11:21

Would you like to be entered into a lottery to win FREE registration to a professional association annual conference of your choice? MLA 2019 in Chicago? ALA 2019 in DC? Another conference of interest?

October is Health Literacy Month as well as National Medical Librarians Month!

At the NNLM SEA office, we beam with pride about the many people in our region doing important work to boost health literacy and provide excellence in medical librarianship – We think the world needs to know more about you!

The NNLM wants to feature you, your organization, and/or your passion for health literacy and medical librarianship in our SEA Currents blog and social media during the month of October. We will highlight as many of you as possible and can do it in a number of ways:

  • An article from an interview you conduct with an inspiring person
  • An article you write on any related topic
  • An article you collaborate on with partners
  • Videos (5 minutes or less) you create
  • Any creative method that can be featured on our blog and/or social media

Please feel free to use one of these prompts:

  1. Why it’s cool to be a medical librarian!
  2. Health literacy is…
  3. A Day in the Life (of a medical librarian or health literacy advocate)
  4. What inspires me as a medical librarian or health literacy advocate

We are open to ideas that inspire you! Even if it’s not mentioned above, feel free to reach out and let us know what you’re thinking. It’s all about YOU!

Have we mentioned lately how much we appreciate you?

Thank you for all you do every day of the year – We appreciate you enormously and we’re excited to celebrate you in October!

Contact Nancy Patterson if you’re interested in participating:

Each participant that submits an article or video will be entered in a raffle to win free registration to a professional association conference of their choice (up to $1,000).

  • The winner will be announced November 2018.
  • Eligible participants must be network members within the SEA region: AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, Puerto Rico, SC, TN, USVI, VA, WV.
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Building Trust in Biomedical Research- upcoming PNR Rendezvous

PNR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 11:11

Understanding research isn’t always easy and often there is a disconnect between the research being done and how that applies to healthcare and to us as individuals. For some, trust in biomedical research can be tenuous but it is critically important that we, the public, know the science and become informed.

Join us for our next PNR Rendezvous webinar to learn what one regional organization is doing as they work towards building public trust in biomedical research.

When: Wednesday September 19, 1:00pm PT, noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT

PNR Rendezvous session title: Community Conversations that Build Trust in Biomedical Research

Session Summary: Public trust in biomedical research is critical to ensure public support and translation into medical advances. The mission of Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) is to promote the public’s trust in biomedical research and its ethical conduct. NWABR’s informal science education and professional development programs address falling public trust in biomedical research. During this webinar, you will learn about NWABR’s cornerstone public outreach program, the Community Conversation Series. Community Conversations, located in Seattle & Spokane, WA and Portland, OR, tackle issues in biomedical research and their relationship with ethics and society. They are a model for public learning and discussion that encourage directional rather than binary thinking and seek to build trust. Community Conversations can be replicated or modified to suit your organization’s programming and goals.
The presenters will also provide an overview of their student and professional programs that support the “S” and “T” in STEM.
At the conclusion of this webinar  you will have some new ideas about how you might more deeply engage your stakeholders in STEM.

How to join: Registration is encouraged though not required.  Complete information on how to join the webinar is on the session web page 

The session will be recorded and posted on the website.

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St. Charles City-County Librarian Spreads the Word about Precision Medicine

MCR News - Fri, 2018-09-14 18:06

Check out the blog post “The Future of Health: Precision Medicine” created by Alison Griffith, a Consumer Health Librarian for the St. Charles City-County Library. In Griffith’s blog, Ask Alison, she describes how the Precision Medicine Initiative is aiming to better understand every individual’s genetic makeup, lifestyle, and their surrounding environment.  Health professionals can then use the information to develop more precise and effective treatments  for every individual.

Visit Ask Alison on St. Charles City County Library’s website to read more about precision medicine.

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National Preparedness Month: Resources You Can Use

NER News - Fri, 2018-09-14 14:03

September is National Preparedness Month and there’s still time to make and practice your plan, learn life saving skills, check your coverage and save for an emergency.

National Preparedness Month 2018 Logo. Disasters Happen Prepare Now Learn How. FEMA,

Week 1’s theme was Make and Practice Your Plan

No one knows when an emergency will happen, but making and practicing your plan now will help you during and after.

Here are some planning resources to get you started:


Week 2’s theme was Learn Life Saving Skills

Knowing basic first aid and other life skills means that you can help your family and community during an emergency.


Week 3’s theme is Check Your Coverage


Week 4’s theme is Save for an Emergency


And always make sure you’re following trusted sources for resources and updates on social media to avoid scams and hoaxes.  On twitter, follow @nnlmner, @fema, @femaregion1 (New England), @nws, local news outlets, and local and state government accounts.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-09-14 12:16

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


September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Learn Life Saving Skills.

Member Highlights: Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019. Details.

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Review our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops where you can meet and greet with our staff.

Upcoming Training for Health Sciences Library Staff – MARquee News Highlights

New on YouTube: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian, August 27, 2018


An Oath Grounded in the ConstitutionNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Talking Hardware and Software with OCCS Director Ivor D’SouzaNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

PubMed Labs Responsive Web SiteNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

My MedlinePlus: MedlinePlus is retiring topic-specific email updates, but you can still receive all the latest and greatest in consumer health information by subscribing to My MedlinePlus! This weekly newsletter includes information on diseases and conditions, tips on health and wellness, the newest MedlinePlus recipes, and much more!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Assessing a Community – By The Numbers with Census Data – September 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this workshop will train participants on using the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation. This forum is designed for organizations that use data for community analysis, grant writing, needs assessment, and planning. With hands on training, attendees will use tools to gain a better understanding of the Census terms and geography levels, learn differences between 2010 Census for population numbers/basic characteristics, and American Community Survey for social/economic characteristics such as age, household income, poverty status, disability, transportation and housing.

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations – September 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC), this presentation will describe steps that libraries can take to develop Continuity of Operations plans to deal with the new reality in disaster preparedness. The development and maintenance of real life collaboration between two military libraries, one federal library, and one local hospital library will be explored in the discussion.

Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this RDM webinar that will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death – November 28, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It begins with a look at three key questions people bereaved by an overdose death commonly ask themselves: “Why did the person die from an overdose?” “Did the person intend to die?” “Was the death preventable?” It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use, and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – November 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. Sponsored by MAR, this class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. Participants will learn about many resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs. This class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.

New Classes On-Demand! EvalBasics 1-4 – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this four-part series on basic evaluation methods for community and user assessment, project and evaluation planning, and basic data collection and evaluation techniques. This series is especially useful to those who are responsible for designing and implementing evaluation of projects or services. Each class is self-paced, takes approximately one hour to complete, and is worth 1 Medical Library Association CE, so a total of four credits is possible for the entire EvalBasics series.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Clinical Medical Librarian, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Health Sciences Library, Kansas City, MO

Realizing Simulation’s Potential to Improve Health Care Delivery – AHRQ Views

DCCP Metadata + Basic Science – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Can Capturing More Detailed Data Advance Health Equity? – Culture of Health Blog, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Have questions about library advocacy? Join the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) on October 3 for the Advocacy for Everyone webinar. Library advocates from various states will share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local, state, and national level. Guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start. Share your questions ahead of time on Twitter with #advocacyFAQ.

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 – September 14, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-09-14 07:00

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.  

NEW NLM Resource!


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars September 17 – 21

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

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

Miscellaneous News

Focus on 

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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National Celiac Disease Awareness Day

SCR News - Thu, 2018-09-13 17:15
Celiac Disease

“Celiac Disease.” Via, August 30, 2018, Public Domain.

Today is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.  The first awareness day was held in 2010.  The date, September 13th, was chosen in honor of Dr. Samuel Gee who was a leader in celiac disease research.  He was born September 13, 1939.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that impacts the gastrointestinal system.  Those diagnosed with celiac disease must avoid gluten.  Consuming gluten causes damage to the small intestines.  It is estimated that nearly 1 in 141 Americans have celiac disease although the majority of them do not know it.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases lists possible long-term complications of Celiac Disease:

  • malnutrition, a condition in which you don’t get enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need to be healthy
  • accelerated osteoporosis or bone softening, known as osteomalacia
  • nervous system problems
  • problems related to reproduction

To learn more about celiac disease and available resources, visit the National Celiac Association website.

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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PubMed Labs Responsive Web Site

MCR News - Thu, 2018-09-13 11:05

PubMed Labs continues to be updated based on your feedback. This responsive Web site that can generate different display options depending on a user’s device size (monitor, tablet, mobile phone, etc.) Mobile device users that access PubMed Labs will soon notice a slightly updated homepage and logo:

Check it out and feel free to submit your comments, questions or concerns using the Labs Feedback button.


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MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities for 2019

PSR News - Wed, 2018-09-12 18:48

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, diseases and organisms that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include maintaining existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2019 version of MeSH, and other global changes.

Important Dates

  • November 28, 2018: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations.
  • Mid-December 2018: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2019 MeSH.

For details about the impact on searching from November 28 to mid-December, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2018.

In addition, an alternate link to provide access to 2019 MeSH is available from the top navigation bar on the MeSH Browser homepage. The default year in the MeSH Browser remains 2018 MeSH for now. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2019 MeSH and the alternate link to 2018 MeSH.

Categories: PSR, RML Blogs

Join us for Breezing Along with the RML – Research Data Management (RDM) Update

MCR News - Wed, 2018-09-12 18:01

Join us next Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2pm MT/3pm CT for an update on Research Data Management.


Categories: RML Blogs

Color Gradients & Better Reading for All

SCR News - Wed, 2018-09-12 17:38

Sometimes office conversation here at SCR turns to controversy around typing conventions or punctuation, such as the Oxford Comma or the debate around two spaces after a period. But we’re not looking to start any trouble, so we will avoid those topics! However, accessibility is something that we think about often and not just because we require all of our documents to be 508 accessible.

In the Healthy Aging class that is taught by NNLM coordinators, I have occasionally included a section on web usability and design. For instance, we know that older adults (which means these issues will eventually affect everyone) have difficulty when:

  • Color contrast is low
  • Pages are too cluttered with information
  • Text is smaller than 16px

There are many built-in tools that can assist with those issues. But accessibility isn’t just about responding to losses in vision. It’s about helping those with sensory and attention challenges (legal disclaimer: this blog does not reflect official policy).

Traditional reading is not something that everyone is able to do easily. At least, this is the premise of an Atlantic article from 2016 by James Hamblin: “People who don’t read well in this one particular way tend to fall behind scholastically early in life. They might be told they’re not as bright as other people, or at least come to assume it. They might even be diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, or a learning disability, or overlooked as academically mediocre.”

One proposed solution? Color gradients in text. Using the Chrome browser plug-in Beeline Reader (this is not an endorsement or paid advertisement; however, this app brought attention to this approach), take a look at the following text from the Atlantic article:

passage in gradient color

The idea is that people have trouble with line to line transitions, sometimes skipping lines before returning to the correct line in an environment where all text is the same color. With color gradients or perhaps other types of formatting, this problem is corrected. The gradients draw the reader to the correct line and subsequently allows them to focus better on the passage.

Here is the same text without the color gradient:

The color gradients might be helpful not just with return sweeps, but simply in
keeping people’s attention – so they’re less likely to dart from tab to tab. Bias
sees an important role for this technology in the era of waning attention spans.
He’s 64 years old and describes himself as a “slow but good reader” who “can
sometimes stay with something for a long time.” But in recent years, he’s
sensed a decline in his attention, and has a feeling that this is a growing
problem. “Can we multitask?” he asks, rhetorically. “The research, more and
more, shows that we all suck at it.”

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Categories: RML Blogs

Apply Today! Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians

GMR News - Wed, 2018-09-12 17:06

Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons,  practical activities and a final project. The course runs October 15 – December 14, 2018.

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

 Applications are due September 20, 2018.

 Additional details and the online application are available here.

 For questions, please contact the NTO:

Categories: RML Blogs

Hurricane Florence Targets East Coast

SEA News - Wed, 2018-09-12 13:07

As Hurricane Florence will strike along the East Coast, residents are encouraged to make preparations ahead of potential landfall. It is impossible for us to know which of our DOCLINE members will be impacted by this.

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

For resources from NLM and other trusted sources regarding hurricane preparedness, please visit the NNLM SEA post on Hurricane Florence. This post will be updated regularly with new and additional content as the hurricane hits the coast.

Although we are not sure what the impact of this hurricane will have in our region, please reach out to the NNLM SEA and NDCO if we can be of assistance. Please keep us posted regarding the status of your libraries but more importantly let us know you are safe and well.

Categories: RML Blogs

Health information for hurricanes and tropical storms

MCR News - Wed, 2018-09-12 11:27

From the DISASTER-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion list:

HHS Secretary Azar declared Public Health Emergencies in North Carolina and South Carolina Due to Hurricane Florence. In addition the Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists​ in the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Result of Hurricane Maria was renewed.


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeast Atlantic Region has been working with the National Library of Medicine to collect hurricane resources on one page. Note: the blog post is dated September 10, but it will be updated as needed. Please check back for new resources over the coming days.


Many areas will experience power outages due to the hurricane, and Tropical Storm Mangkhut has left much  of the U.S. Territory of Guam without power. The resources below provide guidance, factsheets, and more for first responders, healthcare providers, and others who are dealing with power outages or anticipate them.



For more information on Public Health Emergencies:



Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS

National Library of Medicine

Specialized Information Services Division

Disaster Information Management Research Center


“Support for librarians providing disaster information outreach to their communities.”    [jh]

Categories: RML Blogs