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Embracing Community: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s Medical Library

NER News - Wed, 2019-11-06 07:16
community garden under blue skies

Community Garden at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

In August, I wrote about my trip to Copley Hospital shortly after librarian Stacy Wein was notified about the library’s closure. After my visit with Stacy, I drove 40 miles to what is known as the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I wanted to learn more about the medical library at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH).

Betsy Merrill greeted me as I walked into the hospital. The Medical Library is located in the Main Lobby, and she spotted me through the glass walls. We commiserated over hospital library closures. We felt the powerlessness of Stacy’s situation. Small hospitals are struggling with their budgets, and librarians are anxious to prove their worth.

NVRH is a 25-bed critical access hospital with affiliated primary care clinics, specialty and surgical services, birthing center and emergency services. According to the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment 2018, NVRH serves a population of roughly 30,000 people. The area has a population density 48.1 persons per square mile in Caledonia County, and only 9.5 persons per square mile in Essex County. Compare this with 529 persons per square mile in Worcester County, Massachusetts (where my office is located). The Implementation Plan includes actions for addressing transportation, food insecurity and safe housing.

The Medical Library embraces community outreach to assist NVRH in addressing social determinants of health. Betsy, with a staff of volunteers, provides consumer health information in a variety of formats–brochures, books, magazines and videos. The Library offers information on support groups, and provides a public access computer for searching health-related questions.

Betsy handed me a list of Community Health Improvement projects that she participates in:

  • Healthy Choices publication: affordable community health resources
  • NVRH Community Gardens: free garden space and water access
  • AHEC MedQuest Program: high school students exploring health careers
  • Baby Cuddler Program: care for neonates withdrawing from exposure to narcotics

Betsy is involved with the hospital art gallery, Red Cross drives, and job shadowing program. She offers proctoring services for nursing and laboratory exams. She provides a monthly submission to the in-house newsletter, and serves on the Ethics Committee and Palliative Care Committee. Betsy handles these tasks in addition to her work supporting clinicians and hospital administrators.

Literature at the Heart of Medicine

Within the hospital community, Betsy organizes the Literature at the Heart of Medicine program. This facilitated reading and discussion group is coordinated through the Vermont Humanities Council. Literature at the Heart of Medicine meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday from 5:00-7:30pm.

The October read was Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet. Kirkus Review observes that the author “highlights [moments] that revealed some aspect of what she calls Slow Medicine. Sometimes, it involves nurses and doctors showing calmness, confidence, expertise, and a personal touch; sometimes, it is patients whose treatments provide revelatory moments.” Sweet is very critical of Electronic Health Records as stealing time away from the doctor-patient encounter for the benefit of pharmaceutical companies.

Sounds like an interesting read.

Sweet, V. (2017). Slow Medicine: The Way to Health. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.

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UC Libraries and IT@UC Partner to Bring Renowned NLM Data Scientist to Campus

GMR News - Tue, 2019-11-05 16:18

By Melissa Previtera and Don Jason

On September 17th and 18th, Dr. Lisa Federer, Data and Open Science Librarian for the National Library of Medicine (NLM), visited the University of Cincinnati as part of the Data and Computational Science Series (DCS2).

During her visit, Dr. Federer shared her expertise in the field of biomedical research data and data visualization through a lecture, a hands-on workshop, and meetings with various data and informatics leaders.

Dr. Federer’s lecture “If You Share it, Will They Come? Quantifying and Characterizing Reuse of Biomedical Research Data” encouraged individuals to think about how they are not only sharing and reusing data but how patterns of reuse can influence curation and preservation. She presented her talk in the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Profession’s Stanley J. Lucas, MD Board Room. Dr. Federer hosted a luncheon at the same venue. During the luncheon, she answered questions about her lecture and had in-depth conversations with UC faculty and researchers.

Lisa Federer engaged with participant learning

After the luncheon, Dr. Federer taught a hands-on workshop titled “Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Creating Customized Data Visualization with ggplot2 in R.” The workshop was held in the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library’s Dr. Stanley B. Troup Learning Space. The workshop addressed the importance of clear communication, effective visualizations, and accessibility for colorblind individuals. Dr. Richard Johansen, Data Visualization Specialist, and Mark Chalmers, Science Librarian, served as teaching assistants for the workshop.

During Dr. Federer’s time in Cincinnati, she served as the keynote speaker for the Cincinnati Area Health Sciences Library Association’s (CAHSLA) annual meeting and served as a guest speaker at the UC Libraries Faculty Meeting. She presented a talk titled “Beyond the Data Management Plan: Expanding Roles for Librarians” to both audiences. This talk gave a synopsis of emerging data science competencies for the library workforce. The talk provided a roadmap of trainings, webinars and classes librarians could complete in order to gain these professional skills.

Dr. Federer’s visit was a huge success – bringing together attendees from a variety of academic disciplines and research interests. The DCS2 planning committee hopes Dr. Federer’s visit starts conversations, expands professional networks and is the catalyst for future collaborations.

Don Jason, Health Informationist, served as site coordinator for Dr. Federer’s visit. He received logistical support from Melissa Previtera, HSL/ Winkler Center Term Librarian, Assami Semde, HSL Circulation Desk Coordinator, and Lori Harris, Interim Director of the Health Sciences Library.

The DCS2 planning committee would like to thank Dr. Federer for sharing her extensive knowledge and skills with the UC community. The committee would also like to thank UC Libraries’ Research & Data Services, the UC Digital Scholarship Center, and the UC Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science, for meeting with Dr. Federer during her visit. Finally, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Office of the Provost for funding the DCS2.

The DCS2 is a collaboration between UC Libraries and IT@UC. The series provides the UC research community with innovative workshops and distinguished speakers on advanced research data topics. Please visit the DCS2 Website to register for upcoming lectures and training sessions.
The NNLM is grateful for the outreach and engagement work of our NNLM members. If you have a program or project to share, please email us at

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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

SEA News - Tue, 2019-11-05 09:50

Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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NER Funded Grant – YWCA Women’s Breast and Cervical Health Educational Outreach Program

NER News - Mon, 2019-11-04 11:13


The following blog post was written by Alfee Westgroves. Alfee is the Women’s Health Specialist overseeing the 2019 NNLM NER Community Engagement grant awarded to the YWCA of Central Massachusetts. 

We know that women of color may be most comfortable exclusively in each other’s presence, particularly when confronting their own vulnerability. We also know that the pressures and stressors on women of color are impactful and unique, from those of white women. We further know that health disparities, namely that of breast cancer, include startling mortality rates. The NNLM made curated statistical information on health disparities easily accessible from the: CDC, NIH: National Cancer Institute, DHHS: Office of Minority Health…and all from one search engine.

The YWCA of Central MA, with support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine- New England Region, will sponsor an on-going support group for women of color who have been diagnosed with reproductive cancers (i.e., breast, cervical, ovarian, uterine). WOC & the (Big) C, or “Woc-C”, will strive to create safe space for women of color to share their stories, resources and support of each other. The group will meet for coffee and tea twice a month and is free and open to the community with pre-registration. There will also be a closed group chat for participants to utilize for immediate physical or emotional support needs. Woc-C will kick off before the end of the year.

To help reach the special population of black women in the community and build relationships, The YWCA of Central MA co-hosted a tea at summer’s end for women who serve as ministers and first ladies of local black churches. NNLM sponsored educator and cancer survivor, Dr. Joyce McNickles, PhD., to present on the topic of black women’s breast health and the importance of screening and early detection. We went to NNLM resources to easily find trusted and supporting fact sheets for tea attendees on topics such as, NIH’s “Dense Breasts: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions”- a factor in black women’s breast health. Connections such as these helped inform the developing WOC cancer support group, as well as help educate, raise awareness and strengthen our caring community.

In addition to the cancer support group for women of color, the YWCA of Central MA aims to enhance our current cancer support programming. A free workshop series will commence in December and continue into the spring to help educate survivors on developing and using available resources to support themselves and others during and after cancer. The first workshop, “Reclaiming your Optimal Health Naturally, during and after Cancer Treatment”, is scheduled for December 2nd and will feature an acupuncturist/Chinese medicine practitioner. The NNLM as a resource will be highlighted with an interactive portion, where participants may use tablet stations to browse the libraries. The stations will promote supporting information on integrative/complementary/holistic medicine via MedlinePlus, to feed the newly acquired knowledge, curiosities and interest of workshop participants.

During Breast Cancer Awareness month, we jumped into fall with an interactive breast cancer presentation at Abby’s House- shelter, housing and advocacy program for women in our community of Worcester, MA. At Abby’s House, we were able to help women engage with the health information being presented, answer questions on the vital issue and share resources to empower them as their own best health advocates. As with all of our efforts, we aim to move toward better health outcomes, with earlier cancer detection and treatment as the key.

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Graphic Medicine: Using Comics to Understand Health

MAR News - Mon, 2019-11-04 07:00
Michael Balkenhol

Michael Balkenhol

Graphic Medicine is a growing genre that combines comics or graphic novels to capture and tell health stories. Sometimes Graphic Medicine refers to informational materials like comics being used in patient handouts, but most often Graphic Medicine are memoirs or semi-autobiographical novels.

Dr. Ian Williams describes Graphic Medicine as “the intersection of the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare.” His book, The Bad Doctor, is about a young doctor balancing the stresses of life, his responsibilities and the doubts he feels while making major decisions about the lives of others. It was one of the first titles I picked up and an interesting glimpse into the pressures of practicing medicine.

Benefits to using comics in medicine are wide and varied. For medical professionals, Graphic Medicine can build empathy and help establish understanding around what it means to be a patient. For patients and the families of patients, a well selected Graphic Medicine title can help readers work through the social isolation and stigma around sickness and disease. Graphic Medicine can be a more accessible way to approach a complex health topic.

Graphic Medicine can also be an asset to collections in public libraries. Nonfiction collections about health and wellness are often costly and quickly become obsolete. Graphic Medicine titles on addiction, cancer, veterans’ health, HIV/AIDS, and mental health can fill important gaps in health and wellness collections. Additionally, if you have a medical encyclopedia and other old health reference books available, libraries can use that space to promote graphic medicine and direct health information questions to MedlinePlus! You can also order MedlinePlus brochures from NNLM MAR at no cost.

To learn more about Graphic Medicine, check out these resources!

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn! The National Library of Medicine produces traveling exhibitions, which are made available free of charge to public, university, and medical libraries, as well as cultural centers across the country. Though there is a shipping fee, contact your NNLM Regional Medical Library to inquire about funding sources. In additional to the traveling exhibition, check out the related education resources for lesson plans and learning modules.

From NLM, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn! explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that presents personal illness narratives and health information through the medium of comics. The exhibition showcases items from the NLM’s growing collection of graphic memoirs depicting people’s experiences with an array of health issues, including breast cancer, deafness, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and more.” – is a site that explores the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare. This website is home to a community of academics, health careers, authors, artists, and fans of comics and medicine. A Spanish language sister website, medicina gráfica, is also available.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Graphic Medicine Initiative – The NNLM NER Graphic Medicine initiative seeks to provide training and tools, to inform and encourage growth in the use of comics in libraries and health care settings. Check out this resources for book lists, webinar recordings, and book club programming information.

What is a Graphic Novel? – If you are thinking about incorporating graphic medicine into your teaching or programming, check out graphic novel educational tools like slides and infographics from cartoonist Jessica Abel.

NNLM All of Us Graphic Medicine and Health Storytelling program guide coverNNLM All of Us Programming (see graphic medicine) – The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has programming resources that includes a program kit on doing health programming with Graphic Medicine & Health Storytelling. This program guide offers ideas for activities and information about using Graphic Medicine as a funded project to raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program.

NNLM Reading Club – A few months ago, I wrote about the NNLM Reading Club which provides titles and program guides at no cost to NNLM Members. A stand out graphic medicine title – Rachel Lindsay’s Rx – is available for order.

Additional Reading:

For Watching:

Happy Reading!

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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

MCR News - Fri, 2019-11-01 18:50

Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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November 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2019-11-01 18:44

Illustration of a person getting an MRICheck out the November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-11-01 11:18

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


Read the MAReport: Meet the Middle Atlantic Region’s new Community Engagement Coordinator, Tess Wilson!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Check out our new Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science resource guide for information on how to participate, and follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

Join a Focus Group at the APHA Annual Meeting! The National Networks of Libraries of Medicine, Prevention Research Centers, Public Library Association, and the Midwestern Public Health Training Center are seeking Public Health practitioners to participate in focus groups to learn more about partnerships between public libraries and public health.

DOCLINE 6.2.2 released – includes “Contact Library” – DOCLINE Talkline


Thanks News Outlets for Getting the PubMed Central Word Out! – Some people access NLM’s vast bibliographic resources through the NLM website. Others arrive after a Google search or through platforms such as Ovid MEDLINE. But recently [Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan] was reminded that news outlets help people find articles in PubMed Central, too. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Truth about Black Cats – Superstitions about black cats are common even today and are reinforced especially during Halloween. For instance, folklore tells us that if a black cat crosses your path, bad luck is sure to follow. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Dare to Dream: The Long Road to Targeted Therapies for Cystic Fibrosis – When your world has been touched by a life-threatening disease, it’s hard to spend a lot of time dreaming about the future. But that’s exactly what Jenny, an 8-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis (CF), did 30 years ago upon hearing the news that [Dr Francis Collins] and colleagues in Ann Arbor and Toronto had discovered the gene for CF [1,2]. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted several new features that have been added to the new PubMed.

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

NLM Resource Highlight: Looking for resources to learn about environmental health for middle school students? Explore ToxTown’s Science Classroom to find lesson plans/activities, interactive games and activities, hands on activities, videos, informational websites and more.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

November 2019

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – November 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – November 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90-minute classes presented via WebEx that include hands-on exercises. In this first webinar, participants will 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. This class will be demonstrated in the new PubMed interface.

Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections – November 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest speaker Jessica Pettitt for the next installment in this webinar series about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart. While we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. This webinar will help participants understand what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as they are.

PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – November 15, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), attend this webinar to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This class will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. Participants will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities – November 15, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this class will discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); and an inability to act on information. The conclusion of the webinar will focus on some of the many ways in which information professionals are helping to shape these information-related factors so as to optimize every individual’s capability to not only live a long and healthy life, but also to flourish.

Thinking Outside the PubMed Box – November 18, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Do you develop or support wellness programming at your library or help patrons find health information? Do you support health sciences instructors or students at a school, college, or university? Are you familiar with PubMed, but curious if there are other resources out there that might be better suited to your patron audience? Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month: What’s New Since 1492? – November 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) in observing Native American Heritage Month with a presentation by Eugene Fracek, member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a cultural ambassador who teaches people of all ages about American Indian Tribes. In this one-hour webinar, Mr. Fracek will present an overview and perspective of the history, cultural values and behaviors, and legal issues impacting American Indian Tribes and members of those Tribes.

The New PubMed – November 20, 300-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for the next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. This session will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier.

How Public Health Can Learn From and Inform the Precision Medicine All of Us Research Program – November 21, 9:00-10:30 AM ET – The National Institute of Health (NIH)-led All of Us research program aims to enroll over one million people in the U.S. in a research cohort to improve understanding of how individual differences in lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment, and biology affect health outcomes. Recruiting a diverse research cohort is key to ensuring that findings will be broadly applicable, and All of Us strives to include participants from groups historically underrepresented in biomedical research. Join the Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this presentation to learn more about the All of Us research program, better understand how the approaches used to recruit All of Us participants can inform future public health efforts to address diversity, and share your expertise in increasing diverse participation in your own public health work.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Assessment Librarian, Stony Brook University Libraries, Stony Brook, NY

Marketplace Open Enrollment begins today, November 1, and lasts until December 15. Now is the time to visit to get ready for this year’s Open Enrollment and review your 2020 health plan options.

Library Resources for Transgender Topics: The University of Minnesota Libraries created a guide called Library Resources for Transgender Topics that compiles resources to help researchers from all disciplines and affiliations identify credible and relevant information on people who identify as transgender. The guide features relevant resources and archives, database search strategies (hedges), funding sources, and networking opportunities.

Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search – November 6, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters. You’ll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You’ll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Beyond PRISMA– Health Research Reporting Guidelines: Your new secret weapon! – November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How often have you been asked for guidance from a medical student or resident who wants to submit a case study to a journal? Maybe a systematic review team member has asked for help with a data extraction form? Or you’ve been asked to lead journal club—now what? Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from the NNLM South Central Region (SCR), this webinar will take you beyond PRISMA by introducing you to the family of health research reporting guidelines, and discuss the ways in which they can be used for more than just reporting. This class will also examine study execution assessment tools.

Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth: A Workshop – Presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene on November 19 for a public workshop to discuss the necessity of developing health literacy skills in youth, examine the research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones and transitions and measuring health literacy in youth, learn from programs and policies that represent best practices for developing health literacy skills in youth, and explore potential collaborations across disciplines for developing health literacy skills in youth. Register to attend this event in person or via live webcast!

The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship – The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000. It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 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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NNLM SEA Digest News – November 1, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-11-01 10:41

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


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars November 5 – November 13

Webinars November 15 – November 18

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

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

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

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

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

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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-10-31 21:00


Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!


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New NNLM Center for HIV/AIDS Outreach!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-10-31 15:10

The new NNLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Coordination Center (NACC) has been established at the NNLM New England Region office. Its goal is to enhance communication with current, past, and potential HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project (ACIOP) awardees and Community Based Organizations working on HIV initiatives to improve access to trusted NIH and NLM HIV/AIDS information resources. The web site includes a blog with two initial posts. More are on the way! You can also subscribe for email summaries of the blog posts and/or subscribe to the NACC listserv. The NACC Twitter handle is @NLM_HIV.

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Recording for the Midday at the Oasis Webinar on Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-10-31 12:36

On October 16, NNLM PSR hosted Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations for the Midday at the Oasis webinar series. In this session, Carli Zegers, PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas School of Nursing and Health Studies; Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies & Collections, Los Angeles Public Library; and Nora Franco, NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, address the health issues, public health implications, and health literacy needs of immigrant populations. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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Resources to Support Wildfires Response and Recovery in California

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2019-10-31 12:33

On October 27, California Governor Gavin Newsome declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. A PDF copy of the Governor’s proclamation is available. The following list of resources was compiled by the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC).

Key National Resources

Key California Resources

Key Documents

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NMLM Feature: Chocolate Therapy is Short-Lived

SEA News - Thu, 2019-10-31 09:55

Megan Bell, Reference Librarian, University of Alabama at Birmingham

My sister and I are on our way to run errands together. She is wearing an amusing shirt. As she steps out of her room, I read her shirt. “Where did you get the shirt,” I ask. “I don’t remember,” she nonchalantly replies. As we walk through stores some people, stop her and say, “wait, let me see what your shirt says.” Others glance at her shirt and nod their heads or smirk as we pass by. What has piqued so much attention?  My sister’s shirt says, “Chocolate is cheaper than therapy.” Well, as a medical librarian this little phrase piqued my attention, too.  Is chocolate truly therapeutic?  What does the literature say?

Chocolate is a sweet treat that has touched several continents. Although it originated in Mexico with the Mayas, Incas and Aztecs, today it is primarily produced in West Africa, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The United States and Europe are leading consumers. In fact, a British company created the first chocolate bar in 1847.  Why is this delicacy humorously promoted as an alternative to therapy?

Scientist are unsure what it is about chocolate exactly, but a few studies offer some clues. Chocolate contains several drug compounds that effect the human body and mind.  One study suggests the immediate effects of eating chocolate contributes to people’s habit of eating it to cope with stress. Stress is anything interfering with your optimal mental and physical health.  It can be internal, such as health problems, or external, such relationship problems. Scientists know physical stressors increase the body’s requirement for energy and nutrition; however, they do not clearly understand the exact nutritional needs emotional stressors cause. In other words, when we experience stress, our body has a greater demand for energy and nutrition; since we want an immediate fix, we turn to chocolate.

Although chocolate helps improve one’s mood or at least helps the consumer feel less negative, the mood benefits of chocolate are short-lived. In fact, although chocolate reduces tiredness, elevates mood and elicits joy, the effects last less than 30 minutes. In addition, in order to get the euphoric feeling you need to consume chocolate mindfully. In other words, do not just pop chocolate in your mouth. Instead, smell it. Notice the color. If you give conscious thought to the food you are consuming, and you will get more pleasure from it.

What is another reason people eat chocolate? Another study suggests palatable chocolate, or chocolate that is pleasant to taste as opposed to bitter or non-sweet chocolate, causes the body to release endorphin, a chemical substance that relieves pain and gives a feeling of well-being. Researchers propose it is the release of this chemical which contributes to mood elevation. This means eating sweet chocolate causes our bodies to release a chemical substance that makes us feel better.

It turns out science supports my sister’s shirt; chocolate may be cheaper than therapy, but the effects do not last as long.

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NNLM Educational Opportunities

MCR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 17:08

NNLM Resource Picks – The New PubMed:

This is the talk of the town. Explore the new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing. It will be the default PubMed system in early 2020. Be ready for the questions that you know will come your way regarding this change. In this webinar you will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier. November 20, 2019 1PM MT/2PM CT Register

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health:

Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This session will provide a basic introduction to the concept of evidence-based public health. Attendees will be introduced to the three domains of influence and Brownson et al.’s seven-step evidence-based public health process. November 5, 2019 12:00 MT/1:00 CT Register

PubMed® for Librarians – November Sessions:

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction – November 8, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register
PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – November 15, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register
PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – November 22, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities

In this webinar, we’ll discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); an inability to act on information; etc. November 15, 2019 – 2:00 MT/3:00 CT Register

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NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

MCR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 16:48

Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 20th as we add citations to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed. More information is available on Wikipedia: WikiProject Medicine/National Network of Libraries of Medicine webpage

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Survey Says?! Are You Providing Consumer Health Information? Let us hear from you!

MCR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 16:46

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center is organizing a community of  Practice for library staff who are providing consumer health information, programs and services as well as for others who are doing similar work.

We invite you to participate in a short, three question needs assessment survey in order to help us structure the community of practice so that it truly meets your needs and provides you with authentic benefits to support your work. Please take a moment to participate. Responses are requested by November 8, 2019. We hope to hear from you!

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New Project Funded to Explore Public Health and Public Library Partnerships

GMR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 14:39

The GMR is excited to announce that the Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa College of Public Health has been awarded funding for its project: Information Collaboration: Bringing Public Health Organizations and Public Libraries Together.

This project will provide resources and educational opportunities that highlight the benefits of collaboration between public health organizations and public libraries. The project will begin with a thorough assessment to fully understand the needs, interests, barriers, and opportunities for collaboration between public libraries and public health. The assessment will consist of four stages:

  1.     Establishing an Advisory Board
  2.     Conducting a Scoping Review
  3.     Collecting both Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  4.     Analyzing the Results

The results of the analysis will assist in the collection of existing materials and tools that can feed the development of practical toolkits to support both public health and public library organizations in developing partnerships.

Categories: RML Blogs

Meet the new Community Engagement Coordinator

MAR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 05:00
Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson

Hi, everyone! My name is Tess Wilson, and I am thrilled to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region team as the Community Engagement Coordinator, serving NY, NJ, DE, and PA. I work with NNLM MAR Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol to support public libraries through training and funding. I also support hospitals, nonprofits, and other organizations that partner with public libraries and spread awareness of the All of Us Research Program throughout our region. In addition, I look forward to pursuing citizen science and digital literacy initiatives through an NLM lens!

While I currently live in the hills of Pittsburgh, PA, I’m originally from the Kansas prairie! During my undergraduate studies, I worked in the Mabee Library at Washburn University. I had several jobs in the library, beginning at the circulation desk and ending with an archival internship. After graduating, I moved to Pittsburgh to attend Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts program. My focus was in poetry and publication, and I had the extraordinary opportunity to teach writing classes in underserved populations, including those at the Allegheny County Jail. After I finished this program, I served a year at Reading is Fundamental through AmeriCorps, and worked as a trainer with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA.

The library roots had taken hold early, however, and I eventually returned to the profession when I earned my MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, I was a research assistant for the Youth Data Literacy Project, an ALA Emerging Leader, and served as a Civic Information Services intern at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP). My most recent position was that of an Outreach Librarian at the CLP Office of Programs and Partnerships. I remain passionate about supporting underserved communities, addressing issues of privacy/surveillance, and advocating for intellectual freedom.

Planting a tree on the riverfront in Pittsburgh, PA

Outside my work in libraries, I stay active in the outdoor adventure community. I have a small dog that loves to join me on hikes and camping trips, and I’m getting back into the swing of kayaking after a long break! Pittsburgh is rich with environmental conservation efforts, so I lend a hand with as many tree plantings and stream sweeps as I can, and volunteer as an Urban Eco-Steward for Frick Park.

My reading interests vary widely, but I’m currently reading a fascinating book about linguistics in the digital age! I’m always in the middle of at least one vintage sci-fi trade paperback, and I can’t seem to go anywhere without a podcast queued up.

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or ideas via email:

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PLEASE REAPPLY! – Recent Graduates with master’s degrees or higher for 20 positions at the National Library of Medicine October 30, 2019 through November 3, 2019

MCR News - Tue, 2019-10-29 16:49

Due to a system malfunction the recruitment originally posted on USAJobs on October 11, 2019, for Pathways Recent Graduate positions at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) was cancelled. The 20 Pathways Recent Graduate positions will be re-posted on USAJobs 10/30/19 through 11/3/19. Anyone who applied to the initial posting MUST REAPPLY to the new announcement to be considered for this recruitment. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience of reapplying, but you must do so to be an applicant for these exciting positions.  If you wanted to apply and didn’t do so, or if you missed the initial announcement, this is your second chance!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), located on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, in Bethesda, Maryland is recruiting recent graduates with a master’s degree or higher to fill entry level positions across the Library. We’re looking for applicants with degrees in a variety of subjects including information science, library science, biological sciences, chemistry, toxicology, archives and more. The positions offer a unique opportunity to work at the world’s largest biomedical library, with a mission of acquiring, organizing, and disseminating the biomedical knowledge for the benefit of the public’s health.

The announcement will be re-posted to USAJobs on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Applications will be due by November 3. We encourage you to create a USAJobs account now to complete the application process by the deadline. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected. 20 positions are available. Learn all about USAJobs here:

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