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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 7, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-12-07 09:55

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.  


Funding Opportunities

Apply by December 11, 2018

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars December 7 – December 11

Webinars December 12

Webinars December 13

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

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

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 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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Join Dr. Francis Collins on Facebook Live!

SEA News - Fri, 2018-12-07 08:55

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018

Time: 3:15 – 3:45 PM ET

Inspiring and fostering today’s students in STEM careers to serve as the next generation of scientists is important to our nation’s future. To that end, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins will host a conversation with middle school students to answer their questions about becoming a scientist, and discuss the excitement of pursuing a career in biomedical research. This conversation, featuring Johnson Creek Middle School in Wisconsin, will be livestreamed on Facebook.

NIH is the largest public supporter of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $30 billion in to achieve its mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. For over a century, NIH scientists have paved the way for important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Comprised of 27 Institutes and Centers, NIH conducts and supports basic, clinical, and translational biomedical research, and investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for common and rare diseases.

We invite you to stream this Facebook Live on December 10, 2018 from 3:15 – 3:45 pm ET. You can learn more about the event on our event page. Post any questions you have in the comments section during the livestream. Dr. Collins will respond to as many as he can.

To stream the event, please visit:

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Thu, 2018-12-06 11:46

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


Join NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Milliner as one of the panelists for the ALSC webinar: Leadership in Youth Services Part 2: Leadership in Action on December 11 at 2:00 PM ET. Working with children in a library setting provides vast opportunities to create and hone leadership skills if you know where to find them. By cultivating these skills in yourselves and others, you will elevate your profession and your community by creating and implementing beneficial programs and services. This webinar will provide you with the tools you need to recognize these skills within yourself and within your role in the children’s department. This is a free webinar, preregistration is highly suggested.

Help Shape the Next Decade of Healthy People: Submit Your Comments – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments on the proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030. Public comment is an essential part of developing Healthy People. Previous public comments on the Healthy People 2030 framework helped shape the mission, vision, and goals of Healthy People 2030. Members of the public — both individuals and organizations — are now invited to review and submit comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 objectives through January 17, 2019.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Join NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Veronica Milliner, and other members of the American Library Association’s New Members Round Table for a Twitter chat on Friday, December 14 at 2:00 PM ET. The topic will be: What Kind of Librarian Are You? Whether you are still in library school or a librarian still trying to find their path, join us for a discussion in discovering what type of library you want to work in and what kind of librarian you want to be. Share stories of how you found the job you love, share tips for finding where you want to be, and more. Follow the discussion and join us on Twitter! #NMRTchat

It’s National Influenza Week! – MARquee News Highlights

Holiday Meals and Food Allergies/Special Diets – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Big Data and Bias – NER Update

On Behalf of HSLANJ – Many thanks to all librarians who participated in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Fall 2018 Offer via the Group Licensing Initiative. We appreciate the continued support and growth. Group purchasing power benefits more than 130 hospitals throughout a 20-state area of the U.S. Please note: we anticipate releasing the Spring 2019 Offer on March 15. We look forward to negotiating with vendors to once again cultivate a list of quality resources for your consideration. Just a reminder: No “membership” is required; all medical librarians in the NNLM MAR, SE/A and NER Regions are welcome to participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative. For more information, contact Project Manager Robb Mackes: (570) 856-5952 or

New on YouTube: Inside Our Minds, November 16, 2018


With GratitudeNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

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

NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Cataloging and Metadata News—2019NLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

Apply for the 2019-2020 NLM Associate Fellowship Program – The National Library of Medicine is currently accepting applications for their Associate Fellowship Program, a one-year residency program for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project work and is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more about this opportunity and submit your application before January 25, 2019.

ToxMystery, a game about chemicals in the household, will be retired on December 31, 2018. The game was built in the Adobe Flash, a format not supported on tablets, most Web browsers, and other educational devices. For learning activities about chemicals and environmental health, visit the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Kids’ Pages and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Learning and Teaching portal.

NIH News in Health: Check out the December 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Plan Your Plate: Shifting to a Healthy Eating Style,” and, “Safe Sleep for Baby: Reducing the Risk of SIDS.” Other topics include probiotics to stop Staph, inspiring others to move more and eat better, and personal stories about participating in clinical research.

NLM Introduces “Exhibitions Connect,” a New Opportunity for Institutions Hosting NLM Traveling ExhibitionsExhibitions Connect, an NLM Exhibition Program opportunity, provides curated collections of informative and promotional materials related to the topics explored in NLM exhibitions and tailored to host venue patrons. Additionally, it promotes collaboration with National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

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!

Wikidata, Librarians and Research Data Management -December 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join PNR for the next segment in the NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) series, a collaborative, bimonthly offering intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. This session will host Wikidata expert and librarian Katie Mika, who will introduce the WikiCite initiative to build a database of open citations to support free and computational access to bibliographic metadata and will identify simple, high impact ways for to get involved. As experts in the intersection of bibliographic metadata, information discovery, and interdisciplinary research, librarians are a tremendous resource for this community.

From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources – December 11, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. Sponsored by NER, this session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

Cultural Competence and Its Effect on Healthcare: Notes from the Field – December 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – As a health care provider, it is important to know your community and the culture of the community. How you respond to certain situations can impact the health of the community. While cultural competence is important within underserved communities, it is also important in providing care to mainstream communities as well. Join SCR for this webinar that will discuss the terms cultural competence and cultural humility and the implications of these terms. This session will also discuss how a person becomes culturally competent and the biggest indicator of cultural competence.

How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension – December 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Extension offices are trusted partners for libraries of all kinds! They are strong community resources, and in addition to providing practical, trusted information to communities, can offer incredible educational opportunities for libraries. Join MAR for this webinar to hear how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. Learn about these programs, and how programs like these could benefit your patrons.

Health News Review: Critically Analyzing Information in the News – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The public is exposed to a tsunami of health information in the news on a daily basis, including much information which is contradictory or misleading. Sponsored by GMR, this session will introduce attendees to, an award winning resource designed to help the public critically analyze claims about health care interventions in the news. provides an objective, independent analysis of health care journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Emergency Preparedness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. The sample topic for this session is Emergency Preparedness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for emergency preparedness programming for individuals, families and organizations.

Other Items of Interest

Job posting: Data and Evaluation Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA), University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL)

New HHS Checklist Helps First Responders Ensure Language Access and Effective Communication During Emergencies – HHS News

Advancing the Science of Moving Research into Practice – AHRQ Views

Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative – Compendium, News for Pennsylvania Libraries

Implementing upstream approaches to build a healthier Middlesex County – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation is leading a two-year project that unleashes the skills and talents of public librarians to advance health equity among residents of Greater Middlesex County. The project mobilizes a grassroots health literacy initiative called Just for the Health of It created by the East Brunswick Public Library, a single branch public library in central New Jersey.

NACCHO Model Practices Awards Program – The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Model Practices Program. The program honors and recognizes outstanding local health initiatives from across the nation, and shares and promotes these practices among local health departments through the Model Practice Database. The deadline for submission is December 12, 2018.

ALA’s New Member’s Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications to the Shirley Olofson Memorial Award. Given on an annual basis, the award provides $1,000 to help offset the cost of attending ALA Annual Conference, which takes place this year in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25, 2019. Shirley Olofson passed away while serving her term as NMRT president. The NMRT honors Olofson’s leadership and commitment to the profession with this award given in her memory. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Funding Opportunity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Health Data for Action: Leveraging Health Data for Actionable Insights (Data Access Award) (HD4A) program will support innovative research that uses the available data to answer important research questions. Applicants under this Call for Proposals (CFP) will write a proposal for a research study using data from one of the following four data providers: the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), OptumLabs, CareJourney, or athenahealth. The proposed studies should enable relevant, innovative, and actionable research that uses the available data to answer important, policy-relevant questions. Successful applicants will receive access to these data, which are described in greater detail in the CFP. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2018.

ALA’s New Member’s Round Table (NMRT) is now accepting applications for the NMRT Professional Development Grant. Given on an annual basis, the award is intended to help offset the cost of attending the ALA Annual Conference. The upcoming Annual Conference will be held June 20 – June 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The $1,000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration. You must be a current NMRT member to apply. Member dues are $15. To join, visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2018.

The Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) at the Fogarty International Center at NIH is collecting case examples of health research in humanitarian crises, focusing on specific challenges and strategies for this type of research. Full details are available in the call for cases. This is a part of a broader project on Advancing Health Research in Humanitarian Crises and was also described in a recent blog post associated with Humanitarian Evidence Week and Evidence Aid. The call for case examples is written broadly, to include examples of health research conducted in armed conflict, forced displacement, natural disasters, and major disease outbreaks, in low, middle, and high-income country settings. The deadline for submission is January 21, 2019.

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program provides grants to support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. The deadline to apply is February 15, 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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Holiday Meals and Food Allergies/Special Diets

PNR News - Thu, 2018-12-06 06:16

Are you planning your holiday menus for when your friends and families are gathering during the holiday season?  It can be fun to plan what foods and beverages to serve until Cousin Bill states he is no longer eating gluten, your best friend is lactose intolerant, your boss is vegan, Grandma is diabetic, and your nephew announces he is bringing his roommate who has specific religious dietary restrictions. Suddenly menu planning becomes a challenge that seem insurmountable.

holiday food buffet

Providing a fun festive gathering includes being a hospitable one as well. Letting your guests know they are welcome and that you are considerate of their dietary needs not only creates a place of hospitality but one of safety. While some of these diets are voluntary and may be a lifestyle choice, others may be for cultural or religious reasons and even a matter of life or death. Here are some suggestions to help you accommodate your guests:

  • Educate yourself and about dietary restrictions and ask your guests for information and suggestions
  • List the ingredients of each dish and save the labels of purchased items so your guests can refer to them to know if an item is safe to eat
  • Stick to simple basic recipes such as roasting a vegetable with only minimal salt and pepper, the more ingredients a recipe includes the fewer can enjoy it
  • Keep extra flavorings and ingredients on the side such as candied pecans for sweet potatoes in a separate condiment bowl
  • Wash your hands, cooking utensils and surfaces frequently while preparing food so as to not cross contaminate
  • Consider a meal where guests ‘build their own’ meal such as a taco bar where options are available

Learn more about food allergies at the FDA and MedlinePlus

Tips for in the kitchen are from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)

Information about food and culture are available from EthnoMed and  Culture Care Connection

For information about a variety of diets and dietary restrictions, visit the MedlinePlus food and nutrition page

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ICYMI Webinar Recap for November 2018: Help NASA Track Mosquitoes with the GLOBE Observer App

SCR News - Thu, 2018-12-06 04:00

The In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Webinar Recap series will provide a summary of our monthly SCR CONNECTions webinars. We’ll go over highlights from our guest speakers’ presentations and give some additional thoughts about the connections our attendees could be making from the presented topics!

It might sound weird to be excited about a session on mosquitos, but our last SCR CONNECTions webinar with guest speaker, Dorian Janney, fulfilled all of our excitement and more! Dorian serves as GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign Coordinator for NASA, and shared with us all the juicy details about NASA’s campaign to track and monitor mosquito populations and how anyone, including you, can participate!

Mosquitoes are in fact the world’s most dangerous animal, responsible for more human deaths than any other species. In order to help fight the risk of mosquito-borne disease like malaria and Zika, NASA tracks the movement of different types of mosquitoes.

While monitoring mosquito populations may seem like a surprising role for NASA, the observation capabilities of the International Space Station and the 18 satellites NASA maintains in orbit provide the information necessary to predict the spread of mosquitoes across the nation. Satellites provide data on precipitation, soil moisture, vegetation, surface temperature, and relative humidity, all factors that influence mosquito breeding conditions.

Data from orbit isn’t the only source NASA needs to effectively track these pests, however. They also need help from people like you! The average citizen can support NASA’s efforts by downloading the free app, GLOBE Observer, and use it to report mosquito habitats in your area. The app includes a step-by-step guide, and the process is simple: Observe, Analyze, Identify, and Eliminate!

You can download the GLOBE Observer app from the GLOBE Program homepage, and be sure to check out more information about how NASA is engaging and educating students and the public around the world in data collection and the scientific process.

Our next SCR CONNECTions webinar is also the last one of 2018! Join us as we hear from an experienced healthcare professional about Cultural Competence and Its Effect on Healthcare on Wednesday, December 12th at 10am CT / 9am MT!

Check out the full webinar here:

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NLM 2018 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-12-05 19:39

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded eight HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2018, in the 25th round of the program, including two projects at San Francisco Public Health Foundation. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community, as well as their caregivers. Congratulations to all the recipients!

AIDS Foundation Houston
“Project HELP (HIV Education Learning and PrEP)”
With focus on individuals in the Fifth Ward, an underserved Houston neighborhood with a high HIV prevalence rate, the goal of Project HELP is to use community stakeholders, trained as community health workers (CHWs), to disseminate HIV/AIDS and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) resources to improve and increase access to accurate information. Project HELP will disseminate National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS information resources. In addition, in collaboration with the University of Houston Honors College Community Health Worker Initiative (CHWI), Project HELP will include information about the AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) PrEP website training trainings for local health care providers and community members on how to become CHWs. AFH will educate the CHWs on how to use the NLM HIV/AIDS and PrEP resources, implement community outreach techniques, and develop HIV and PrEP fact sheets and resource cards. The training information provided will engage and encourage individuals to access NLM HIV/AIDS resources and the AFH PrEP website as the “go to” resources for accurate information. The AFH and CHWI training will prepare CHWs to also implement outreach activities. To support the effort of the CHWs, AFH will launch a digital campaign to heighten awareness of the NLM HIV/AIDS resources among the general public.

Black Girl Health
“Pop the Question (PTQ) (phase 4)”
Pop the Question (PTQ) IV is a national social media campaign using Facebook and Instagram to increase awareness about HIV prevention, specifically pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). By connecting Black women to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS resources, educating them about PEP and PrEP, offering them support, and teaching them how to transfer this knowledge to their own self-care, Black Girl Health (BGH) can educate African American women to make informed decisions regarding their health. The nationwide social media campaign targets African American women 18 to 55 years of age through engagement with a national social media influencer. BGH will create a culturally relatable media campaign that will disseminate PEP and PrEP information via engaging videos, support the message with infographics that further relate information on PEP/PrEP medications, and direct women to the BGH website through a ‘call to action’ assessment quiz that encourages interactive engagement and connects visitors to NLM HIV/AIDS and PEP/PrEP resources, including AIDSinfo and PrEP Navigator. The PTQ campaign benefits public health by engaging African-American women with high-quality, relatable information that encourages them to take preventative measures to control their health. The campaign also gives community organizations, navigators, and advocates culturally relevant resources to use when interfacing with clients.

Comunidades Unidas/Communities United
“PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for your Future“
The goal of the Comunidades Unidas’ PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for Your Future project is to increase the accessibility of HIV/AIDS-related health information and resources among Latinx (Latino/Latina) and LGBTQ+ individuals, specifically men who have sex with men (MSM), residing in Salt Lake County, Utah. Comunidades Unidas aims to fight stigma and empower these populations to better prevent, manage, and treat HIV/AIDS via increased connection to National Library of Medicine (NLM) online HIV/AIDS resources and information and access to local pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services. Comunidades Unidas, in collaboration with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, will train staff, promotoras (community health workers), and youth leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, NLM online resources, and local HIV prevention services such as PrEP. Once trained, these individuals will act as ambassadors and peer mentors of the project and disseminate information and provide navigation assistance for resources related to PrEP and other HIV/AIDS prevention services.

Philadelphia FIGHT
“Frontline TEACH Online: Empowering HIV Professionals to Take Control of Their Education”
The Frontline TEACH Online project goal is to close the gaps in competence among professionals in HIV and allied fields by providing high-quality, accessible educational content geared towards health care and social services professionals working with people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. Frontline TEACH Online also aims to address the gaps in provider competency that prevent people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) from engaging in care by targeting professionals who are key gatekeepers in stemming the tide of HIV infection. Philadelphia FIGHT will develop eight webinars, which can be viewed sequentially or out-of-sequence, to create a time-test FIGHT treatment education program for health care providers and prescribers, nurses, social workers and case managers, community health workers, frontline staff, and others working with PLWHA. The program content will address provider competency through high-quality HIV educational information developed from NLM resources.

The Prevention Collaborative, LLC
“Amigos y Amantes” (“Friends and Lovers”)
The goal of this project is to continue and expand the work of a currently funded National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) initiative to create and market HIV educational online and print resources that feature information and links to NLM HIV/AIDS resources, using original, serialized stories on Instagram. To help reduce stigma, the Prevention Collaborative will create two new stories featuring relatable characters based on actual community members, who will help develop the structure and content of the stories. All stories will reference and link to NLM resources to engage the target communities in three key topics of HIV education: advocacy of regular HIV testing and the use of NLM resources to find testing locations; endorsement of PrEP/PEP for HIV prevention; and promotion of the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. The intended nationwide audience for the proposed project is men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals of color who are living with or at risk for HIV infection, and anyone affected by HIV (e.g., family members or caregivers of people living with HIV). Trained peer outreach specialists will use the Instagram platform and content to engage with followers and provide additional harm reduction counseling and links to resources. All work will be conducted by the partner organizations in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team with expertise in research, content development, health education, HIV/AIDS, and outreach to MSM and transgender communities.

San Francisco Public Health Foundation
“HIVEOnline.Org: Improving Access to Comprehensive, HIV-Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health Information” is a virtual hub for disseminating best practices, has become a comprehensive online resource for HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health. HIVE aims to improve online access to, and knowledge about, HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health information for people affected by HIV. HIVE will expand its online science-based content on pre-exposure prophylaxis, post-exposure prophylaxis, and treatment as prevention/undetectable equals untransmittable, use preferred language, and improve access to the National Library of Medicine’s online HIV/AIDS information. HIVE aims to increase retrievability, functionality, and accessibility to help people affected by HIV have safe pregnancies, reproductive autonomy, and access to state-of-the-art health care.

San Francisco Public Health Foundation
The pleasePrEPme website expands access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) through an online searchable, location responsive national PrEP provider directory, in collaboration with; local HIV-prevention resources in English and Spanish for patients and providers in all 50 states; and experienced navigators to provide assistance via online chat, text, or phone. The goal of the project is to improve access to PrEP services by meeting the need for no-cost, fully accessible PrEP navigation training for frontline staff, case managers, PrEP navigators, administrators, and other non-clinician staff at clinics and departments of public health. The training content will include video and print media and NLM resources such as AIDSinfo, MedlinePlus, AIDSource (particularly the PrEP Navigation Resources pages of the website), and The project will be promoted via social media and email outreach, utilizing listservs such as the California PrEP Navigators Google Group, and social media channels such as pleasePrEPme’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The benefits of an online PrEP navigation training program include staff’s ability to complete modules from their office or home, without the time or expense of travel.

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
“HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care”
The HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care project is a collaborative effort among UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC); AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.; the Worcester Public Library; and the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to increase use of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources in Worcester, MA. The project will increase access to NLM HIV/AIDS information resources, PrEP navigator resources, and other HIV/AIDS-related information resources by developing a web-based training module and health education information, and training outreach workers to support the health information needs of clients visiting the UMMHC HIV/AIDS clinics.

Additional information about this funding program, including an overview and list of projects funded in previous years, is posted on NLM’s Specialized Information Services website. These awards are issued annually, and the request for proposals is announced every spring. If you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity, now is not too early to begin consideration of project proposals and identifying potential collaborative partner organizations!

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on LactMed & LiverTox Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-12-05 18:57

The archived recording of the November 28 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic is LactMed and LiverTox. The presentation familiarizes participants with the drug toxicity resources LactMed and Livertox available online from the National Library of Medicine.

Presenter: James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA serves as Drug Information Consultant in the Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine. He provides expert advice to NLM with respect to drug-related databases and serves as the NLM editor for LactMed and LiverTox.

Presenter: Philip O. Anderson, Pharm.D., FCSHP, FASHP is the author of LactMed and a Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where he heads the course on drug information. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Year-End NLM Cataloging and Metadata Update

PSR News - Tue, 2018-12-04 19:09

The National Library of Medicine adopted the 2019 MeSH vocabulary for cataloging on November 19. Accordingly, MeSH subject headings in LocatorPlus were changed to reflect the 2019 MeSH vocabulary and appear in that form as of November 19. When year-end processing (YEP) activities are completed in late November, the NLM Catalog database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2019 MeSH. Until then, there will be a hiatus in the addition of new and edited bibliographic records to the NLM Catalog. The Winter version of the NLM Classification, to be published in mid-to-late-January 2019, will encompass changes resulting from new and changed MeSH terms for 2019 as well as additional minor updates to the index. The main index terms will continue to link to 2018 MeSH until the Winter 2019 edition is published in January.

An NLM Classification number appears in many terms in the MeSH Browser and is supplied annually by the NLM Cataloging and Metadata Section (CaMMS) when the MeSH term points to a single classification number in the Classification Index. These class numbers are current as of the Winter 2018 edition of the NLM Classification. They will be updated with the publication of the 2019 Winter edition in January.

For a complete list of updates, including changes and additions to qualifiers (subheadings) and publication types, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Seeks Host Sites for 2019-2020 Second-Year NLM Associate Fellows: Apply by April 1!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-12-04 18:55

The National Library of Medicine is seeking host sites for the 2019-2020 second year for its current group of NLM Associate Fellows. The deadline for letters of interest is April 1, 2019. Information on hosting NLM Associate Fellows is available on the NLM web site. Host sites are health sciences libraries which can offer a strong opportunity for an early-career health sciences librarian, with exposure to the full range of work and experiences of the institution. NLM is seeking host sites that are willing to fund the stipend and health insurance, while NLM provides funding for professional development, interview, colloquium attendance, and relocation.

Following is brief backgrounds on the Associates. You are welcome to contact them to ask for their resumes or further understand their interests. All of the Associates are interested in a second year.

  • Stacy Brody is interested in public health, policy, ethics, and outreach. She enjoys planning events, facilitating partnerships, and building coalitions. She also has experience teaching in formal and informal settings. Familiar with online tools, such as Canva, Piktochart, Hootsuite, and Sprout Social, she has utilized them in marketing and content creation. For her second year, she is interested in learning to conduct systematic reviews and to explore health information provision to diverse populations, from policy makers to patients.
  • Sarah Clarke is interested in research data management, reference, systematic reviews, and working as a liaison to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.
  • Amelia Llorens is interested in consumer health, data visualization, and organization of information. She has experience with Qlik and database experience using MySQL and PHP. She is willing to learn new tools and programming languages.
  • Cecelia Vetter is interested in instruction, health information literacy, scholarly communication, reference, and clinical librarianship.
  • Paije Wilson is interested in biomedical research data management, reference, scholarly publishing, health literacy, and instruction. She is greatly interested in expanding on her skills in data management and gaining professional experience in instruction. Ultimately, she is excited to learn anything that may help future practitioners, researchers, and students in the medical field.

For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.

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NLM Announces 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-12-04 18:52

Following its April 27, 2018, call for applications to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, NLM has announced its seven 2019 DeBakey Fellows. NNLM PSR is represented among the recipients by Michael Kronenfeld, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA, University Librarian, A.T. Still Memorial Library, A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences; and Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, PhD, Professor Emerita Arizona State University, for their research project, The History of Health Science Librarianship.

For a complete list of Fellows and other information about the program, visit the NLM web site. Congratulations to all the recipients!

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It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week!

MAR News - Tue, 2018-12-04 12:25

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 2-8, 2018, is a national awareness campaign focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established NIVW in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

Why December? Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past seasons have shown that few people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November.

Flu isn’t a “bad cold” and can result in serious health problems (complications), such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can sometimes even lead to death. During the 2017-2018 flu season, CDC estimates flu caused:

  • 49 million flu illnesses – more than the combined populations of Texas and Florida
  • 960,000 flu hospitalizations – more than the number of staffed hospital beds in the United States
  • 79,000 deaths – more than the average number of people who attend the Super Bowl each year

Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu. During the 2016-2017 flu season, flu vaccine prevented an estimated:

  • 5.3 million flu illnesses – about the population of the Atlanta metropolitan area
  • 2.6 million flu medical visits – more than the number of students in all K-12 schools in Florida
  • 85,000 flu hospitalizations – more than the number of hospital beds in California and Oregon

What can you do at your institution or in your community to support NIVW?

  • Utilize the CDC’s 2018 NIVW Digital Media Toolkit to encourage your colleagues, patrons and community members to protect themselves this season. This toolkit includes upcoming events and activities, and communication materials such as sample messages to use in your newsletters, social media, and print-outs to post on your bulletin boards or other information spaces.
  • Share the latest flu videos from the CDC – all of these are around 1 minute, so they are perfect to incorporate into other programs, or just to share on your institution’s webpage!
  • Share resources from MedlinePlus – The National Library of Medicine’s consumer health information website provides topical health information for immunization, flu and flu shots – in multiple languages!
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Library Carpentry – Scholarship Recipient Post 3

NER News - Tue, 2018-12-04 10:30

This is the third blog post in a series authored by 7 individuals who received scholarships from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM NER)  to attend the Library Carpentry Training held at Brown University on October 22nd and October 23, 2018. In this installment, a scholarship recipient describes the benefits of working together in a Library Carpentry Training.  Please watch for more posts about resources from this event and views from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks.


Library Carpentry Blog Post written by Tess Grynoch

Ever since Carpentries workshops were introduced to me at the Research Data and Preservation Summit earlier this year, I’ve been eager to experience a workshop myself, so I jumped at the opportunity to attend the Library Carpentry Workshop at Brown University.

Although all the Carpentries’ lessons are online, and anyone can work through them (an interesting fact I learned at the workshop), the workshop provided a positive learning atmosphere and designated time for learning with peers. The learning with peers aspect was particularly useful in finding out how others have used or plan to use OpenRefine, Git, UNIX Shell, and regular expressions. All the UNIX Shell shortcuts for sifting through files and folders including the ability to view the top portion of a file and changing file names in bulk were particularly useful for me as I am facing a shared drive cleanup and hope to practice some of the commands during this endeavor. The cordial atmosphere was also beneficial for beginner and advanced learners alike as it made it easier to ask for help from the roving helpers or the person sitting next to you. As a future Carpentries instructor, it was insightful to see how the different lessons were taught and how the class was managed.

I would recommend future Library Carpentry workshops to all interested librarians particularly data, institutional repository, systems, and cataloging librarians. Thank you to NEASIST, Brown University Library, and NESCLiC for hosting the wonderful workshop and thank you to NNLM NER for providing the travel stipend to get me there.

Tess Grynoch
Research Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School


For more about Library Carpentry or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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Library Outreach Student Award Recap: Katie Pierce-Farrier

SCR News - Tue, 2018-12-04 04:00

The annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association is one of our biggest events of the year. We hold our advisory board meetings, exhibit, and sometimes offer continuing education. One of the highlights for us is being able to bring our Library Outreach Student Award winners with us to show them the ropes. In this three-week series, we’ve asked some of them to reflect on their experiences.

I attended the 45th annual SCC MLA Conference this month as part of the NNLM Student Outreach Award. The conference lasted five days and I attended two continuing education classes. The first class was on servant leadership and finding your personal leadership style. The class talked about how being a leader doesn’t necessarily mean you are in a management position. With servant leadership, your focus is on making the people around you better. It is about asking “How can I help?” and truly meaning it. The other continuing education class I attended focused on PubMed searching techniques. I learned how to look at just clinical trials, build clinical queries for latest research, and the class explored the PubMed’s new websites.

One of my favorite parts of SCC were the posters, round-tables and paper presentations. There was everything from Lego workshops toHarry Potter Exhibits to research data management and scholarly communications research. UNTHSC is looking to develop their scholarly communication activities, and I learned more about what other institutions are doing such as workshops for publishing, presenting and literature searching. Another presentation discussed a survey they sent out to staff to determine how the faculty was utilizing the library and what areas the library could help with. Lastly, there was a paper on MLA’s Rising Star Program and ALA’s Emerging Leaders Program. That presentation was a crash course in what those programs have to offer and how they can help mid-career librarians grow and develop professionally.

Overall, SCC was a fantastic experience. Attending the conference pushed me out of my comfort zone, and everyone there was very warm, welcoming and supportive. I got to meet so many new faces and learn about the exciting things happen in libraries across South Central Region. I look forward to attending again next year.

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December 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-12-03 11:38

Illustration of healthy foodsCheck out the December 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:

  • Featured Website: Personal Stories
    Have you ever wondered who takes part in clinical research studies? Hear personal stories from volunteers and researchers who are helping others and moving science forward.

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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HSLANJ GLI Wraps Up 2018, Looks Forward to 2019

SEA News - Mon, 2018-12-03 11:25

Many thanks to all librarians who participated in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Fall 2018 Offer via the Group Licensing Initiative. We appreciate the continued support and growth. Group purchasing power benefits more than 130 hospitals throughout a 20-state area of the U.S.

Please note: We anticipate releasing the Spring 2019 Offer on March 15. We look forward to negotiating with vendors to once again cultivate a list of quality resources for your consideration.

A special invitation for SEA medical librarians: Project Manager Robb Mackes is currently scheduling appointments with medical librarians in February, especially those located in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Speaking engagements at chapter meetings are also welcome. (As an example, the October NAHSL Chapter Meeting featured the breakout session: “A Conversation About Group Licensing for Hospital Libraries.”)

Just a reminder: No “membership” is required;  all medical librarians in the NNLM/MAR, SEA and NER Regions are welcome to participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative.

For more information, contact Project Manager Robb Mackes: (570) 856-5952 or

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Community Outreach to Hope and Recovery

NER News - Mon, 2018-12-03 09:30


The following blog post was written by Romeo Marquis, a recent recipient of NNLM NER grant funding. Romeo shares the work he and his team are doing with an interfaith ministry providing hope and recovery support for addiction to the Worcester, MA community.

The mission of Community Outreach to Hope and Recovery is to provide education, resources and referrals to families with loved ones in various addictions and to do so within a faith-driven environment. In November of 2016, Blessed Sacrament Church conducted an open forum for parishioners to identify the stigma associated with substance use disorder. As a result of that event, parishioners asked where they could get more information to help some of their loved ones suffering from addiction. “Where can we learn more, and where can we get help?”

Outreach ministries have long been a priority at Blessed Sacrament Church, so applying for a grant from NLM/NER seemed like a logical approach. We applied for a community outreach grant in hope of reaching out to the greater Worcester interfaith community, recognizing that addiction affects all faiths and that the need for a strong faith component is essential to recovery. Our grant application also included the need to provide relevant technologies helpful in reaching out in ways not possible in traditional group meetings.

Upon receipt of financial support from NLM/NER, we began to develop an online resource using Microsoft’s OneNote Notebook. The intent of the notebook is to provide a one-stop place for viewers to get information about the disease of Substance Use Disorder and support services available within the greater Worcester community.

As with traditional notebooks, different sections (tabs) arranged by topic include multiple pages. The notebook continues to grow in content and will continue to grow throughout the grant period and beyond. Various community agencies have their own page in the notebook. The notebook is available to any person with internet access on any device – computer, tablet or smart phone.

In addition to the online notebook, group informational and sharing meetings are held. Specific topics are presented by key persons from community service agencies that provide addiction related services. These meetings are promoted through the greater Worcester interfaith community.

Recognizing that some families might not necessarily have the technological resources to gain access to the online notebook, the grant also provides funding for three laptops and two monitors. These purchases enable us to establish internet stations in the education center at Blessed Sacrament Church. In addition, two of the laptops are streaming laptops with carrying cases. These can be brought to other locations as need, including neighborhood groups and private homes where our online resource collection can be shared and discussed.

The first interfaith prayer service associated with our growing resource bank and group meetings is planned for Tuesday, December 11. Speakers will be included from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith communities. Most would agree that faith is an essential element of recovery. Our interfaith approach is based on the similarities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam rather than on their differences. All three faiths emanate from the same origin of monotheism. This interfaith approach enables collaboration in new ways as we work together to address the opioid epidemic and other forms of addiction.

This approach would not have been possible without the support of our grant from NLM/NER and the ongoing support of their staff. Questions are answered promptly. Online resources are always available. More than providing financial support, NNLM NER becomes a partner.

Our online notebook is available to all and can be viewed at  In addition to the online notebook and group presentations and support sessions, we also have an extensive email list to inform our friends of new developments. Our interfaith community continues to grow. We fully expect to extend this process even after the grant funding period expires. All are welcome – faith communities, support agencies, small groups and individuals. For questions and comments, please contact or 978-606-7023 (voice/text.)

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Tis the Season to…Spit?!

PNR News - Mon, 2018-12-03 04:15

woman with test tubeGuess what one of the most popular gifts purchased was during the 2017 holiday season?  Direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Yes, apparently a lot of spitting happened around that time or at least required it for discovering something about one’s health and ancestry.  These kits have been featured on celebrity shows, the news, and one particular brand was even on Oprah’s list of Favorite Things. Most likely it will continue to be a popular item this holiday season particularly with discounted prices and appealing (and rather aggressive) advertising directed at those wanting to know more about themselves. Many of these kits are even bought for numerous family members without even being requested.

But, should the public purchase these kits without a second thought? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) think not. In fact, they and other agencies, associations, and organizations have attempted to caution those who are wanting to spit their genetic information into a tube. The “Think Before You Spit” campaign began in 2011 and has been regularly reprised by the CDC over the years.  Limitations of these sorts of tests were a concern when they first appeared on the market and continue to be even now. The validity and quality of these tests, whether for ancestry or health, need to be understood by users. No standard exists for these types of tests. Genetic testing is very complex and new discoveries and advances are continually occurring.

And what about privacy? Unfortunately, these types of genetic tests are not required to comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act) as are genetic tests done through your healthcare provider. Many of these companies do offer a Terms of Use or similar statement which often includes some sort of privacy statement written in very complex terms. A company’s version of privacy may be very different from the consumer’s interpretation.

So, think before you spit. It can be easy to be caught up in the excitement to learn about your background but the reality is you are giving up very unique information about yourself once you send in that tube of spit as well as others such as your children if you have them do a test as well, which by the way, raises issues of pediatric consent and other ethical issues. Educate yourself and those who you know are considering using this type of test because you are giving away very unique information about yourself.

Where can you find information about direct to consumer genetic testing?

Then ask yourself:

  • What do you hope to learn from the results of the test?
  • Are you prepared to learn something totally unexpected?
  • How will this affect your family?
  • Are you okay with having your genetic information available to others?

Also, ask your doctor or healthcare provider whether this type of test would provide useful information for your health

If you decide that you still want to take the test consider these questions, provided by Genetics Home Reference, when choosing a company.

This is all information you can provide not just for yourself but for you library patrons and others in the communities you serve whether in social media postings, in a newsletter or on your website. Provide your community with access to authoritative resources so they can make the decision about whether or not to use a direct-to-consumer genetic test as informed health consumers.

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Meet Me Monday: Kimberly Yee, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

SCR News - Mon, 2018-12-03 04:00

Kimberly Yee is the Social Media Assistant at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region(SCR) at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. She currently assists in the NNLM SCR’s web and social media presence and does photography as well.

Kimberly is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Management at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has previously held two back-to-back media internships with the City of Arlington Office of Communications.

Contact Kimberly at

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NNLM PSR Sponsors MLA’s “Using Stories” Webinar

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2018-12-03 01:00

NNLM PSR sponsored seven sites for the MLA webinar, Who Doesn’t Love a Good Story? Using Stories in Academic and Community-Based Health Education. Discussion focused on narrative storytelling and how it can be used to support academic health sciences instruction and community-based education initiatives. Several site hosts commented positively about the content and interactive teaching aspect of the webinar (the benefits and challenges of using stories were debated, and relevant applications were shared).

We have a limited number of surplus codes to access a recording of the webinar. Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in viewing the recording. Once your request has been approved, you will receive a code that will provide access to resources, an evaluation, and a certificate to claim 1.5 MLA CE contact hours.

The following sites hosted the live webcast:


Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries
Host: Adrienne Brodie


University of California, San Francisco
Host: Min-Lin Fang

Kaiser Permanente
Host: Ana Macias

San Diego State University
Host: Margaret Henderson

Santa Clara Valley Health and Human Services
Host: Judith Mills


Hawaii State Hospital
Host: Lisa Anne Matsumoto


University of Nevada, Reno
Host: Mary Schultz

Thank you to all of our hosts! Please subscribe to the PSR-News email list for announcements about 2019 sponsorships.

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MEDLINE Data Changes for 2019

PSR News - Fri, 2018-11-30 19:07

NLM has announced the notable data changes made to MEDLINE during the annual maintenance known as Year-End Processing (YEP) for 2019. Highlights include:

  • For 2019, 73 MeSH headings were either changed or deleted and replaced with more up-to-date terminology.
  • 402 new MeSH Headings, plus 20 new Publication Types, were added to MeSH in 2019. A complete list is available in PDF format, New Headings with Scope Notes, Annotations and Tree Locations.
  • Twenty new publication types are available for 2019; 16 will be used only by NLM Cataloging and four will be used for MEDLINE indexing.
  • For 2019, NLM has continued its project of reviewing subheadings in order to improve indexing consistency and efficiency and to make MEDLINE searching easier and more straightforward. The new MeSH heading Workforce was created to replace /manpower.

For a complete list of updates, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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