National Network of Libraries of Medicine
English Arabic Chinese (Simplified) French Hindi Japanese Korean Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish

RML Blogs

New Moodle Asynchronous On-Demand Class: PubMed Essentials

SEA News - Wed, 2018-06-27 07:29

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) is happy to announce the rollout of a new self-paced, on-demand PubMed class.

What is the class about?

This class is about PubMed, a free resource that provides access to the National Library of Medicine database of citations and abstracts. If you’ve wondered what disciplines are included in PubMed or how to search for a specific article, this short course is for you.

How long does the class take to complete?

The course is designed to take approximately one hour to complete.

Who should take this class?

If you are new to PubMed or just want a refresher this class is for you.

What is the format of the class?

The class is made up of 12 very short video-modules (2-3 minutes each) with interactive exercises built into each video-module so you can explore PubMed at your own pace. PubMed Essentials is available via Moodle 24/7 (upon registration).

Can I earn MLA CE for this class?

Yes, upon completion of the course and the evaluation, the course is approved for 1 MLA CE credit.

Register here:

Categories: RML Blogs

Report on ACH Four-Day 2018 ENRICH Course, “Nurturing Resilience: Communication Skills for Building Healthier Organizations”

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-06-26 19:46

by Melliza C. Young, MD, CCP, CHCQM, CDE
Patient Education Manager
Guam Regional Medical City
Dededo, Guam

It was a great honor to represent Guam and the Micronesian islands from the Western Pacific region at the ENRICH (Enriching Relationships in Communication and Healthcare) course, organized by the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH). This year’s ENRICH theme was Nurturing Resilience: Communication Skills for Building Healthier Organizations, held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown in Florida from May 31 to June 3. As one of the recipients of the ACH 2018 Health Equity Scholarship, my presence at the course would not have been possible without the generous support I received from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Southwest Region’s (NNLM PSR) Professional Development Award.

ENRICH participants.

2018 ENRICH scholarship recipients. From left: Melliza Young (Guam Regional Medical City), Peggy Lucien (Boston Medical Center), Haruka Kelly (San Francisco VA), Bich Dang (Baylor College of Medicine), Felipe Barreto (Hospital Universitario Gaffrée e Guinle), Rukiya Wongus (University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc.), Amanda Wright (University of California, San Francisco)

ACH is an organization of professionals from multiple disciplines (e.g. educators, patient advocates, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, hospital administrators, etc.) who are dedicated to improving communication and relationships in healthcare. More than 200 ACH-member and non-member professionals representing multiple disciplines from all over the nation, and from as far as Guam and Brazil, participated in this year’s ENRICH Course. Tim Gilligan, MD, the ENRICH Course Director, officially opened the course and welcomed the participants in the general session. The 2018 ENRICH scholarship recipients were also recognized during the Welcome Session, followed by Dr. Gilligan’s presentation about what relationship-centered means and an overview of the ENRICH course format. During the course of a four-day training, I was immersed in various activities such as a workshop track, an integrated learning group, and the keynote sessions.

Workshop Track
The ENRICH course typically offers five different workshop tracks: (1) improving patient experience with relationship-centered communication skills; (2) coaching and feedback through relationship, reflection and intentional change; (3) communication skills for effective conflict engagement; (4) fostering resilience; and (5) culture, diversity, and hierarchy. I specifically took the track on Improving Patient Experience with Relationship-centered Communication Skills, which offered didactics in teaching a critical set of communication competencies that healthcare professionals must demonstrate for the delivery of high-quality care. It was led by ACH Faculty Facilitators Auguste H. Fortin IV, MD, MPH, FACP, FACH (co-author of the book Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method (3rd edition) and Stuart Sprague, PhD. The workshop introduced the three evidence-based, fundamental skills on relationship-centered communication:

Skill Set One: The Beginning of the Encounter – wherein the healthcare professional begins to create rapport quickly through greeting and introductions, attending to the client’s comfort by engaging in “small talk before big talk,” and in minimizing communication barriers. This was followed by eliciting the “list” of client’s concerns, acknowledging each item on the list, and encouraging the client to be exhaustive of their list by asking “What else?” Once the healthcare professional reviewed the list and established the client’s priorities, he/she will state their own agenda for the encounter and gently negotiate with the client.
Skill Set Two: Relationship-Centered – during this stage the healthcare professional builds trust with the client by engaging in conversation using open-ended questions/requests, asking explicitly about their ideas and expectations as they listen attentively and reflectively. While the client’s perspective or personal story is explored, the healthcare professional recognizes and names any emotion displayed and responds appropriately with empathy. Empathy can be expressed with statements of feelings or nonverbal emotional expressions. It is also at this skill level that the healthcare professional transitions the encounter towards their own agenda.
Skill Set Three: Ending the Encounter – during this final stage, the healthcare professional shares information to the client in small chunks using plain language followed by assessment of their understanding using the A-R-T (Ask-Respond-Tell) loops. The encounter ends as information is clarified using plain summaries, eliciting final questions, and with the healthcare professional acknowledging and assuring support.

Speaker at the ENRICH Forum

Lyuba Konopasek, MD, during her keynote presentation: “Combating Burnout, Promoting Clinician Well-Being: What Can We Do?” 

The didactic presentations of each relationship-centered communication skill was followed by active skills practice through small group sessions. My small group session of three course participants was facilitated by Stuart Prague, PhD, Rosalind De Lisser, FNP and Lynda Tang, DO. Each participant was asked to provide a scenario for a particular skill that he/she would like to role play – whether relationship-centered skills 1, 2, or 3, or a combination of any. Coaching and feedback were actively exchanged throughout the session, ensuring that each participant is satisfied or confident about the skill/s. My takeaway from this workshop track is the increased awareness that communication skills, similar to learning a procedural technique or any other skill, can be learned and enhanced through practice. The feedback I received during the role play and case-based skills practice helped me internalize communication as an essential “procedure” in my occupational role as a patient educator. More importantly, the workshop track helped broaden my perspective during any type of communication dynamics to simply be mindful of how and what I do to contribute positively and meaningfully to that dynamic.

Learning Group
This is a unique feature of the ENRICH course that cultivates a learner-centered environment by allowing the participants to develop their own learning objectives for the course and focus on personal learning needs while working on their communication skills and awareness of interpersonal interactions. The ACH facilitators’ role is to collaborate with the group participants to fashion exercises towards helping accomplish each participant’s learning goals. Similar to the Workshop Track, there are several options in the Learning Group: Integrated Group, Narrative Group, Case-based Group, Intact Teams, Leadership Group, and Coaching Group. For my particular interest, and being a first-time attendee, I participated in one of the Integrated Groups that was facilitated by Carol Chou, MD, Denise Mohess, MD, and Sumita Kalra, MD. Our group met daily over the four-day ENRICH course. We had a total of seven course participants who actively collaborated in addressing a number of personal and professional challenges in communication that each experienced. Given that the principles of confidentiality and trust are innate to the format of ENRICH Learning Groups, we all had the opportunity to openly brainstorm approaches to various interpersonal and interprofessional communication dilemmas. We also role played and practiced challenging scenarios that, in some instances, broke emotional boundaries in a sincere, eloquent manner. Personally, I found the Learning Group to be the most meaningful part of the ENRICH course because the experience elevated my self-awareness and inspired me to communicate purposefully.

Keynote Sessions
There were two keynote speakers at the ENRICH Course: Lyuba Konopasek, MD on Combating Burn Out, Promoting Clinician Well-Being: WHAT CAN WE DO?, and Patrice Buzzanell, PhD, on Communicative Construction of Resilience for Well-Being. Dr. Konopasek is the Director for Professional Development and Well-Being at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York and is a member of the ACGME Task Force on Physician Well-Being. She began her presentation by introducing the guiding principles from the Charter on Physician Well-Being published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and posited that such charter applies to the various disciplines in the health care industry since well-being is a shared responsibility at different levels – individual, professional, organizational, and societal. She likewise highlighted IHI’s (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) philosophy from the Triple Aim to Quadruple Aim, “that the care of the patient requires care of the provider.” However despite having these guiding principles that touch on clinician well-being, current data reveal that at least one U.S. physician commits suicide every day and the culprit is high prevalence of burnout. Dr. Konopasek defined burnout as a response to occupational stress having three dimensions – emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and cynicism, and inefficacy or lack of personal achievement. Burnout is measurable using tools such as the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), Mayo Well-Being Index, Gallup Engagement Survey, and C-Change. She then addressed the key drivers of burnout that can lead to several personal and professional repercussions, such as alcohol and substance use, depression, decreased patient satisfaction, and decreased productivity and professional effort. Dr. Konopasek therefore asserted that “both individual-focused and organization-focused strategies can increase engagement and decrease burnout” among clinicians and healthcare professionals alike. She introduced an Institutional Roadmap for Well-Being that she hopes organizations will adopt, as well as some practical skills at the level of both organizational and individual well-being. Finally, she concluded her presentation by leaving some positive psychology that one can reflect at the end of each day: “Think of one person you helped, and one thing you learned.”

Dr. Buzzanell, a Professor & Chair of the Department of Communication, University of South Florida and an Endowed Visiting Professor, School of Media & Design in Shanghai Jiaotong University, was the second keynote speaker. She began her presentation by sharing her personal story of resilience. Additionally, she encouraged the audience to recall our own stories of resilience – whether extraordinary happenings that turn our world upside down, or simply an everyday or ordinary resilience. Resilience, according to Dr. Buzzanell, is a process “constituted in and through communicative processes that enhance peoples’ abilities to create new normalcies; is neither something we do alone nor an inherent characteristic that only some people have; situates processes of reintegration and transformation in human interaction and network structures; relies upon discursive and material processes; and develops over the lifespan of individuals, communities, and institutions.” She also succinctly described the five key processes for constructing resilience: (1) crafting normalcy (talk and say and do); (2) foregrounding productive action while backgrounding negative feelings (legitimizing); (3) affirming identity anchors (who-person, spiritual); (4) maintaining and using communication networks (ties to rely on); and (5) putting alternative logics to work (reframing). By facilitating a brief reflection exercise among the audience, Dr. Buzzanell demonstrated and explained how language, interaction, and networks help to cultivate and implement resilience processes. She emphasized that resilience is a multilevel and overlapping series of processes that spans individuals, dyadic, and family, as well as occupational, organizational, societal, cultural, national and global. Although “how communication facilitates or hinders this process remains murky,” she challenged the audience to “consider how adaptation and transformation act separately and together to develop futures that enable people not only to survive but also to consider more viable futures.”

To journey thousands of miles away from home for the purpose of scholarly gain is a demonstration of my strong interest and commitment to improving health literacy in our island communities through effective delivery of health-related information. Health literacy requires an individual to obtain, process, and understand health information in order to make informed decisions about their health. Hence, a relationship-centered communication is essential in building rapport and in enhancing the experience between individual patients and their families, healthcare providers and healthcare systems towards the development, nurturing and improvement of an individual’s health literacy. The ENRICH course hosted by ACH provided me an exceptional venue for a comprehensive and intensive training in relationship-centered communication. As a first-time attendee, I had the opportunity to learn and practice the skills that are key to improving encounters between healthcare professionals and patients under the guidance of seasoned ACH faculty and facilitators. Eliciting the “list” will definitely guide patient educators in providing access to more personalized, relevant health information while also allowing us to deliver it more efficiently. In addition, immediately putting into action the skills I learned on self-awareness, as well as attentive and reflective listening will pave the way to using empathetic statements intentionally and liberally in my face-to-face encounters with very diverse clients. Furthermore, these learned skills in relationship-centered communication have made me confident to engage in challenging conversations with patients, and even with colleagues. Indeed, this ENRICH course empowered me with new knowledge and enhanced communication skills that I hope to infuse in the daily processes of my department and within our hospital community at the Guam Regional Medical City within the next six months!

Categories: PSR, RML Blogs

GMR Funds Innovative Pilot Program to Teach Graduate Students Research Data Management

GMR News - Tue, 2018-06-26 16:12


The GMR office is excited to announce that Tina Griffin at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been granted a Research Data Award to develop the Research Data Management Best Practice Implementation Program for Graduate Students in STEM and Health Sciences!


Today, data management practices by students are largely learned by conforming to the laboratory culture and adopting habits from the environment in which they work. There is no known national mandatory data management training for students. The recent NLM strategic plan (PDF) recognizes the importance of the role of libraries in advancing open science and data management, and many academic libraries are heeding the call by providing research data management education services.

Project Description

This project will pilot a flipped classroom model to present students with appropriate research data management practices in an eight-week intensive program. In this program, the students are expected to engage with the instructional content outside the classroom, while using the in-person classroom time to engage in activities that demonstrate competency and understanding of the content. The 8-week program will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Data management principles;
  2. Deep Dive – discipline standards, DMP draft;
  3. Project map, project narrative starts;
  4. Folder structure develops;
  5. File naming, table of contents, indexing develop;
  6. Templates develop;
  7. DMP finalized, project narrative finalized; and
  8. Ongoing practice, personal policy developed

The classroom time will be used by the students to systematically develop and holistically integrate these practices in to their research projects. This pilot project is unique in that it addresses both education about data management practices and the integration of best practices into the research workflow in a personalized manner.


The outcome of this pilot may introduce a new method to serve more students in a more effective manner with better long-term adoption of data management best practices. It also begins a longitudinal study to determine how these practices may contribute to successful dissertation/thesis completion and/or how they may prepare students for the workforce.

Categories: RML Blogs

World Health Organization Releases ICD-11

SCR News - Tue, 2018-06-26 08:42
Medical Photo

“Picture.” by RawPixels via Unsplash, March 18, 2018, CCO.

The World Health Organization has released the newest version of the International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11.  The ICD tracks health trends and statistics globally.  The nearly 55,000 unique codes identify injuries, diseases, symptoms, and causes of death.  These codes are the common language that health care professionals use to share information worldwide.

This new version of ICD has been in progress for several years and involved a large team of contributors.  Due to the scope of the project, it will not start being used until 2022.  This will allow time for users to familiarize themselves with the new product and prepare for implementation.

One new feature that is being touted as user friendly is a fully electronic version of the product which is a first for ICD.  There are also new chapters that include traditional medicine and sexual health.  The sexual health chapter is most notable for reclassifying transgender so that is no longer a mental health condition.  Another well publicized addition to ICD-11 is gaming disorder is now listed as an addictive disorder.

WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Metrics and Measurement, Dr Lubna Alansari, says: “ICD is a cornerstone of health information and ICD-11 will deliver an up-to-date view of the patterns of disease.”

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Categories: RML Blogs

How Do You Maintain Science Learning While on Summer Break? Citizen Science

NER News - Mon, 2018-06-25 14:27

With summer break on the horizon, the question becomes what can I do with my kids that is entertaining and keeps their curiosity?  The answer is citizen science.

This is where data collection and/or analysis is distributed to members of the public –  kids, adults – collect the data.  Or on rainy days, data, such as images of space, are made available to the public and you can be the scientist and analyze it.  From a data perspective, citizen scientist information is useful for gathering observational data in many locations at the same time or for performing pattern analysis.

There are many projects:

If you want to stay local or are going on a trip you can still be a citizen scientist. The great news is these activities can be done anywhere by anyone so there is no reason for the kids to say “I’m bored” instead have them be a citizen scientist for a day, a week or for the summer.

Categories: RML Blogs

GMR Funds a Womens Health Education Series at Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library

GMR News - Mon, 2018-06-25 13:54
Jamie Paicely, Library Director

Jamie Paicely, Library Director

Jamie Paicely, Director of Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library in Steger, Illinois, received funding for Women’s Health Wednesdays, a series of one-hour community health sessions for women.


Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library is located in a racially diverse community: 45% White, 25% Black or African American, and 25% Hispanic or Latino. “Our library users tend to be mostly black and Hispanic.” The community also is low-income. “Our school district is 76.82% free or reduced lunch students.” Jamie wants to increase her patrons’ understanding of quality health information resources so they can make better informed health care decisions. “There is a lot of inaccurate and out dated information on the Internet, and we strive to provide up-to-date and accurate information to our patrons,” Jamie wrote in her project application.

Project Description:

Partnering with two community health organizations, the public library will host nine one-hour women’s health sessions for both younger and older adults: heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, autoimmune disease, and diabetes. Franciscan Health will teach fitness and nutrition as part of their Healthy Choices program, and Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, a federally qualified health clinic, will emphasize the importance of medical care, dental care, mental health care and addictions treatment services. The entire health education series is about wellness and prevention. Not only is the general information important, “[participants] also need to know that they can go to Aunt Martha’s, even with no insurance, and get the help they need to stay healthy.”

At the end of each session, Jamie will demonstrate MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine consumer health database. “I will show them how to search the topic of that day’s lesson… I want to also encourage them to use this platform to seek out information on other topics that may not be covered by our classes.”


The library has the capacity to host up to 60 people per session. “In the past we have had about 10 people who steadily attend our health and informational programs… We also see a number of mothers who are stay-at-home mothers who come into the library during school hours and visit or use the computers.” The library director intends to grow this number with targeted advertising and a gift incentive for attending seven or more sessions.

Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library

Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library

Participants will complete a pre and post survey for each class. “We plan to use NNLM’s ‘Process Evaluation Blank Worksheet’ after each session so we can identify issues that may need to be addressed before the next session. We want to do this each time so that we can make sure that we are learning and growing just as we hope the participants are.” Jamie’s overall objective is for participants to retain, find, and apply health information. “We want to educate them to take ownership and keep following up with themselves to be accountable for what they learned.” We want the same thing, too. Good luck, Jamie, and we look forward to your accomplishments.

Categories: RML Blogs

Employment Opportunities Around the Region

MAR News - Mon, 2018-06-25 13:16

Did you know that NNLM MAR shares employment opportunities for librarians and other information professionals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and some of our neighboring states? You can keep up with current employment opportunities by subscribing to our Weekly Postings. Below are some opportunities that are currently available, separated by state.


Interested in working for NNLM? Do you have experience with health or STEM programming? This is the last call for applications for the Health Programming Coordinator position with the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Applications are due June 27, 2018.

New York New Jersey Delaware Maryland Ohio

Do you have openings for librarians or information professionals at your institution? Send us an email at with a link to the online description, and we will include it in our Weekly Postings.

Categories: RML Blogs

MeSH on Demand: New Tutorial Available

PSR News - Fri, 2018-06-22 15:45

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced a new five-minute video tutorial, MeSH on Demand: Finding MeSH Terms in Your Text. MeSH on Demand is a tool that uses the NLM Medical Text Indexer (MTI) to identify relevant Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms in text of up to 10,000 characters. The tool enables users to create their own set of MeSH terms for any text, as well as use those terms to perform custom PubMed searches. The tutorial describes the tool’s interface, and explains its output and principles of operation.

For more information on MeSH on Demand, visit MeSH on Demand Update. This tutorial and many other tutorials are available from the MeSH Learning Resources page and the NLM Learning Resources Database.

Categories: PSR, RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-06-22 11:25

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


The MAReport: the Spring 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter is now available! This quarter, Michelle Burda talks about the broad potential uses for one of NNLM’s favorite publications in her article, “Five Ideas for Program Planning Using NIH MedlinePlus, the Magazine“.

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Health Programming Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). Applications are due June 27, 2018.

Headed to ALA in New Orleans this week? So is NNLM! Check out the schedule of events where you can chat with our staff about NLM resources, health programming, and opportunities for partnership!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Outreach Highlight: Escape the Unit, Pittsburgh, PA – take a few minutes to check out this video on an NNLM funded project, an escape room developed as part of the nurse residency program for newly hired graduate level nurses working at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

Request for Quotations: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects – MARquee News Highlights

Graphic Medicine and LGBTQ Health – NER Update

Read our Teaching Tips Booklet – NTO News

New on YouTube: Pride at the Library: LGBTQ Programming for All Ages, June 5, 2018

NNLM MAR Says Goodbye to Lydia Collins – Congratulations to Lydia Collins, who has accepted a position with the All of Us Research Program Training and Education Center. In her role as Participant Engagement Lead, she will be utilizing her consumer health background and skills to develop educational learning resources related to topics important to the All of Us Research Program. We’ll miss you, Lydia!


Web Redesigns: The National Library of Medicine and Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) websites have been revamped! These new designs aim to provide users with a more efficient path to key resources and tools.

From Collection to CommitmentNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What are you reading this summer?NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Summer 2018 NIH Data Hackathon July 23-25, 2018 – NCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NIH Director’s Blog

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!

NNLM Journal Club: Open Science – June 28, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join your RML staff and colleagues in reading and discussing new research in the field of health sciences librarianship! Hosted by GMR, this session will focus on Open Science, and what it means for medical librarians and information professionals. This is a great opportunity to stay up-to-date on emerging research and network with fellow colleagues!

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – July 9-August 31, 2018 – This semi-self-paced online course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from Cognitive Class. The class size for this course is limited to 40 students, so register today!

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community – July 9-August 5, 2018 – This 4-week 12 CE online course is designed to provide public library staff with the foundation (or a refresher) of health and wellness reference, programming, and outreach for their communities. Participants will learn the importance of health literacy and the differing needs of a diverse community, gain increased confidence in providing multi-lingual health reference, and increased ability to evaluate the quality of health information in a variety of formats.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Promote Framework Principles Adoption, Student Engagement and Active Learning – July 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join PNR for the first in a four-part webinar series on Universal Design for Learning: Accessibility in the Library. Universal Design for Learning principles support and maximize the learning experience for students. Implementing well-thought-out checkpoints and processes improve access for all students, promote the use of research-based practices, and increase student success.

The Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Response – July 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SEA, this presentation will briefly examine the history behind the US opiate crisis as well as current epidemiology including variations by region and state. Participants will learn about some of the evidence-based efforts available for treating opiate use disorders as well as efforts being implemented to prevent future use. The presentation concludes with promising examples being implemented in other countries and a discussion of some of the barriers associated with implementing similar approaches in the US.

In understanding the All of Us Research Program – July 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Have you ever wondered why some people need four blood pressure medications and others only need one? Or how our environment and nutrition impacts our risk for developing cancer or Alzheimer’s disease? Register for this MAR session to learn about the National Institute of Health’s new initiative to advance precision medicine. Learn about how the program works and the lessons learned in the first year at the University of Pittsburgh site from co-investigator Dr. Mylynda Massart. Hear ideas about how public libraries can become involved and engage their communities in this exciting program.

Making Sense of Numbers; Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 31, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. This 1.5 hour class will explore risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective, and participants will be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Call for Applicants for the Sewell Stipend to Attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting – Is your position related to public health? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public health field for a few days? Then you need to apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo. This year’s meeting theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The meeting will be held November 10-14 in San Diego, CA. The deadline to apply is July 18.

HHS recognizes June 27 as National HIV Testing Day. This year’s theme is “Doing It My Way, Testing for HIV.” Learn how you can get involved on social media (#HIVTestingDay) and find awareness resources from Use the HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator to find local testing sites and other HIV/AIDS services.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

Categories: RML Blogs

NNLM SEA Digest News – June 22, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-06-22 07:13

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

Top Items of Interest

 NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Moodle Course

Webinars June 25-29

Webinars July 9-13

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars and classes.

NNLM Webinars Available on YouTube**

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Miscellaneous News

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


Categories: RML Blogs

SEAside Webinar: The Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Response – July 12, 2018 2 PM ET

SEA News - Thu, 2018-06-21 17:03

Date/Time: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Presenter: J. Aaron Johnson, PhD, Interim Director, Institute of Public and Preventive Health and Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Augusta University, Augusta, GA

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Aimee Gogan.

Presentation Summary: This presentation will briefly examine the history behind the US opiate crisis as well as current epidemiology including variations by region and state. The second half of the presentation will describe some of the evidence-based efforts available for treating opiate use disorders as well as efforts being implemented to prevent future use. The presentation concludes with promising examples being implemented in other countries and a discussion of some of the barriers associated with implementing similar approaches in the US.

Presenter Bio:  J. Aaron Johnson, PhD is Interim Director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. For more than 15 years, his research interests have been focused on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices, primarily in substance abuse. Currently, he is Principal Investigator on 3 grants including a training grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide training on alcohol and drug Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to health professional students across the Augusta University campus; an Offender Reentry Program grant from SAMHSA to initiate substance abuse treatment services with incarcerated persons and successfully transition them to community-based treatment upon release; and a health literacy grant from the National Library of Medicine that is also focused on incarcerated populations. His work has been funded by a number of federal and state agencies as well as private foundations and has been widely published in journals across many disciplines.

Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.0 contact hour of continuing education credit award by the Medical Library Association. Participants will receive a code to which they will enter in medlib-ed.

Pre-Register: Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

To Join the Webinar

To Join the Training Session

1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID).
3. Enter the session password: nnlm
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click this link.

To Join the Session by Phone Only

  • To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada):1-650-479-3208
  • Global call-in numbers
  • Access code: 627 227 643

To update this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link.

Categories: RML Blogs

HOPE Recuperative Care Center offers exactly that – hope and care

GMR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 14:17

At the end of a quiet and unassuming neighborhood street in Pontiac, Michigan, a red-brick church stands forlorn. No sign indicates whether the tired building continues to hold Sunday-morning services; however, it respectfully stands erect. It’s here that I met Misa Mi on a warm October morning last fall. As the Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, as well as the school’s health information specialist, she received a GMR grant in 2016 to fund a health literacy project for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center, a non-profit, short-term, skilled-nursing facility for patients discharged from area hospitals following illness or surgery. Launched in 2015, the HOPE Recuperative Care Center is the only place in Michigan that offers medically supervised shelter to homeless patients who, otherwise, would be recovering on the street.

One of ten beds in the refurbished church building now known as the HOPE Recuperative Center

One of five bunk-beds in the refurbished church building now known as the HOPE Recuperative Care Center

Dr. Mi kindly greeted me and then walked us to the side entrance. It took a couple minutes before the overnight janitor opened the locked door and escorted us up a dimly-lit, short flight of stairs to what was formerly the sanctuary. The church still retained its lofted beamed ceiling, organ chimes, and stainless glass windows. However, now replacing the pews were five wire-framed bunk beds neatly arranged in rows each with a curtain for semi-privacy. The choir loft stored boxes of health supplies.

Where once I imagined was a pulpit, Deborah, the facility nurse manager, received us. Standing next to a single desk with a large MAC computer and laser printer, we exchanged introductions before she launched into a description of the health literacy project.

“All of the guests have been trained on the computer,” she said looking at the modern machine sitting strangely out of place in the low-tech environment. “Misa did a wonderful job making it user friendly. The level is understandable for all of our guests. We’ve had people say, ‘I don’t even know how to turn on a computer,’ but after the training, they are able to look up health information for themselves. Then they start asking questions, ‘How do I get an email?’ It’s great to see their self-esteem grow.”

URL for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center Health Information website

The URL for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center Health Information website

With her National Network of Libraries of Medicine award, Dr. Mi  purchased the computer and printer. Then she aggregated easy-to-read and trustworthy MedlinePlus health information on topics such as wound care, frostbite, bug bites, diabetes, asthma, and depression: conditions and diseases that homeless people encounter all too frequently. With her customized, easy-to-access Google website, Dr. Mi dedicated her time to train staff and guests. She also employed an OUWB medical student through the school’s community service and engagement program. The student was available for continuity of onsite health information training for newly arriving guests and staff.

At the time I visited HOPE, 23 clients, both guests and staff, had been surveyed. Health literacy scores improved 75% between the pre and post training questionnaires with clients indicating that MedlinePlus was now a primary source for finding health information. Dr. Mi’s ultimate goal of the outreach project was to help reduce homeless patients’ visits to hospital emergency rooms by developing their skills in finding and using trustworthy health information from the National Library of Medicine and other health professional organizations.1 She seems well on her way to achieving this goal.

You can read Misa Mi’s HOPE Recuperative Care Center Project Report as well as learn how to apply for your own NNLM funding opportunity to improve access to health information, increase engagement with research and data, expand professional knowledge, and support outreach that promotes awareness and use of NLM resources in local communities.

$10,000 grant awarded will impact health of homeless patients at HOPE

Categories: RML Blogs

HerbList: An Informative App to Better Understand Herbs and Herbal Products

MCR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 14:03

NIH’s National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has released a new mobile app called HerbList. HerbList is an innovative way to deliver information about herbal safety and effects to users. The information is supported by research-based data on herbs and herbal supplements.

The app was created in an effort to inform the public about the effects of specific products. This can help consumers, health care specialists, and patients keep informed. If you would like to learn more about HerbList, visit the NCCIH website or go to HerbList App.

Categories: RML Blogs

NLM Announces New Version of TOXMAP!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 13:34

A new version of TOXMAP is now available from the National Library of Medicine. It does not require browser plug-ins and provides improved usability on mobile devices. The new TOXMAP has several updated datasets, including:

Please note: The previous versions of TOXMAP, TOXMAP classic and the Flash version of TOXMAP, will be retired on June 28, 2018.

Categories: PSR, RML Blogs

Funding Awarded to Teaching Health Literacy to Underserved Youth in Milwaukee County

GMR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 09:33

The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the creation of a youth health literacy curriculum through the Medical College of Wisconsin via our Health Information Outreach award.


Description:  This project will Implement a sustainable youth health literacy curriculum in a health education course at Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center in Wauwatosa School District in Milwaukee County Wisconsin.  The proposed youth health literacy curriculum, which has a focus on self-efficacy and social interactions, will become a sustainable component of an existing health education course. The project will provide youth with sustainable and transferable health information seeking skills, a defined asset and necessity to become educated consumers of quality health information and services and making health decision.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) develop health literacy instruction based on “Youth Health Literacy: A Toolkit to Strengthen Health Literacy” developed at the New Mexico Department of Health Office of School and Adolescent Health, to be integrated into an existing health education course.  And to 2) empower students to independently seek quality health information using NLM resources and how to search and critically evaluate online health information; skills that have been found to be essential for making health decisions now and in the future; skills that the students can build on after leaving the facility.

Categories: RML Blogs

NIH Launches Mobile App HerbList

SCR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 08:12

“Screenshot of HerbList” via, June 12, 2018, Public Domain

The National Institute of Health and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health have released a great health resource that is available instantly at your fingertips! The mobile app HerbList is available for free on the Apple store and on Google Play.

HerbList was designed to give consumers access to information about popular herbs and herbal supplements quickly and easily on mobile devices. Users can access information about the safety and effectiveness of herbal products. They can also link to additional resources for more information and mark favorite herbs to quickly view them again and access them offline.

“Providing an app for users is part of NCCIH’s effort to inform consumers and health care providers within the complementary and integrative health space. People are considering herbs and herbal supplements for various reasons, and it is important that they are aware of what the research says about safety and effectiveness ” said David Shurtleff, Ph.D., acting director of NCCIH.

Another great resource for Herbs and Supplements is MedlinePlus’ Herbs and Supplements webpage.

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Categories: RML Blogs

NLM Update PowerPoint Presentations @ MLA 2018

PSR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 19:48

The NLM Update was held at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Atlanta, GA, on May 30. Three speakers presented on NLM and data science; NLM 2017-2027 Strategic Planning; the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; and NLM-wide projects.

The NLM Update slides are available.

  • Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine (slides: 1 – 15)
  • Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations (slides: 16 – 46)
  • Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (slides: 47 – 58)
Categories: PSR, RML Blogs

NNLM MAR Says Goodbye to Lydia Collins

MAR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 16:05

A special message from NNLM MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling:

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins

MAR Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins has accepted a position with the All of Us Research Program Training and Education Center, located in the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. In her role as Participant Engagement Lead, Lydia will be tasked with creating an All of Us Research Program Participant Engagement Series, to assist in ongoing education, engagement and retention of All of Us participants. She will also be utilizing her consumer health background and skills to develop educational learning resources related to topics important to the All of Us Research Program, such as genomic data and research ethics, which will be available to wide audiences.

Lydia and I started within days of each other in October 2011 as Coordinators for the new MAR. Since then, she has been our primary liaison to public libraries, community- and faith-based groups and K-12 professionals. Due in large part to Lydia’s efforts, public libraries now make up 30% of MAR members, our largest single organization type.

A few other highlights:

  • Since May 2013, Lydia has conducted 404 outreach activities reaching over 4000 participants.
  • Lydia created three classes for Consumer Health Information Specialization credits:
    • More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Health Professionals
    • NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources
    • Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
  • With Carrie Banks from the Brooklyn Public Library, Lydia spearheaded the creation of a Consumer Health Information Librarians Interest Group within the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association.
  • With participation of other NNLM and NLM staff, Lydia led a partnership with ALA to create the Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit that co-brands health-related “Because” statements.

Although we will miss Lydia in the MAR offices, please join me in congratulating her on her new position.

We are currently recruiting a Health Programming Coordinator, who will hope to have on board in the fall. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact for assistance or training in National Library of Medicine resources.



Categories: RML Blogs

Announcing New Funding Opportunities

PNR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 13:49

The NN/LM PNR is pleased to request proposals for a new round of funding opportunities!  NNLM PNR member organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to apply. If your organization is not currently a member, it’s easy to join!   If  you have an idea but are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these types of awards, please drop us a line ( We welcome all questions and input.

Applications submitted by August 15, 2018 will receive fullest consideration. If you plan to submit a proposal, we need a brief statement of intent no later than July 25. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

Here are brief descriptions and links to detailed information about current funding opportunities:

Community Health Outreach Award, two awards up to $12,000 each.

This award is to support outreach partnership projects with aims to improve access and use of quality online health information for informed decisions about health in underserved communities. Possible ideas for projects include: 1) Developing an actionable and sustainable plan with library specific offerings to address community health priorities; 2) Symposia, or educational events for health care providers or librarians about health literacy and the skills to identify, access, retrieve, evaluate, and use relevant electronic health information resources for patient and consumer health education; 3) Train-the-trainer projects that enhance the skills of library/organization staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information; 4) Acquiring and implementing information technology to facilitate access to authoritative health information resources; 5) Health fairs, exhibits and events to increase awareness and use of electronic resources, including NLM resources.

Data Engagement Award, two awards up to $9,500 each.

This award seeks to build partnerships that demonstrate engagement in research and data through the sharing of expertise and resources. Possible activities include: 1) Developing knowledge and skills of librarians, students, researchers, clinicians or public health workforce about best practices for organizing, managing, sharing and visualizing data; 2) Conducting an environmental scan/needs assessment and with key partners, co-create a road map with actionable plans to start a Research Data Management service in the institution; 3) Collaborating with librarians and clinical staff on use of data in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to improve patient outcomes; 4) Promoting literacy in data science by sponsoring or developing teaching or learning programs or internships with a school of Library and Information Science or other appropriate partner.

Technology Improvement Award, 5 awards up to $5,000 each.

This award seeks to enhance the capacity of a library or community organization to offer electronic health information services to underserved audiences by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

In short, we want to fund good ideas and hope to see proposals from all corners of the NNLM PNR!

Also, if you are interested in support for continuing education, consider applying for a Professional Development Award, to expand professional knowledge and encourage state of the art services to healthcare providers and/or consumers seeking health information.


Categories: RML Blogs

GMR Funds Community Health Engagement Partnership in Cincinnati

GMR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 13:06

Tiffany Grant, PhD, Assistant Director for Research and Informatics at the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library, applied and received a GMR award for a community partnership to improve health literacy and address health disparities.

Project Background:

Racial and ethnic minorities, those in rural and/or urban areas, and those living in medically underserved areas are at high risk for health-related disparities. Low-income wages, reduced government services, and low educational attainment are a few reasons why these population groups have significant barriers overcoming food insecurity, obesity, mental health issues, as well as access to health care. Working collaboratively with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Interact for Health, and the Children’s Home of Cincinnati, Tiffany, serving as the principal investigator for the award, will engage in Narrowing the Health Gap in Cincinnati.

The team’s research identified hypertension and obesity as the most common health conditions in Cincinnati which often results in heart disease, a leading cause of death in the metropolitan area. Cincinnati also experiences higher rates for diabetes and asthma compared to the rest of Ohio. African American men and women in Cincinnati have lower life expectancy rates compared to their counterparts, and the children in Cincinnati Public Schools are significantly overweight compared to the national average. Studies have shown that childhood obesity increases the risk of adult obesity and can predispose individuals to the development of other chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Tiffany’s team will address health literacy in order to improve these diseases.1

Project Description and Outcomes:

A map highlighting the Cincinnati neighborhood of West End

West End, the neighborhood targeted for Narrowing the Health Gap in Cincinnati

Tiffany’s team of health professionals will develop a website specific to the health concerns of residents living in the West End, a neighborhood identified as one of the ten poorest in Cincinnati.2 To reach the largest audience, Tiffany and her colleagues will engage with the West End Community Research Advisory Board (WE C-RAB), a 20-member group ranging in age from 12 to 73 years. The board will provide input on how to make health information easy-to-read and understand as well as access. Based on their conversations, Tiffany’s project team will develop a customized health information kiosk to be located in a strategically determined geographic location in the West End. Under consideration are Saint Vincent DePaul, the Carl H. Lindner YMCA, or the Seven Hill Neighborhood Houses. The health information kiosk will be managed remotely allowing for software updates. Google Analytic reports will assist in evaluating website usage and video views to gain insight into the information seeking behavior of the targeted population. Additionally, a self-monitoring blood pressure unit will be purchased. The machine can count the number of uses but not the number of unique users. Also, as part of engagement, a nutritionist and a culinary instructor will teach several classes to educate West End families about the role of developing better eating habits such as less salt intake, more fruits and vegetables, meal planning, and moderation of fast-foods. The goal is for obesity, diabetes, and hypertension to improve for the West End population as a result of the health literacy project.

1 Cincinnati Health Department Strategic Plan 2017

2 CityLink Center

Categories: RML Blogs