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PubMed Labs Update: Add Citations to the Clipboard!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2019-04-09 15:47

The Clipboard feature is now available in PubMed Labs, allowing users to temporarily save and collect selected citations from one or more searches. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to develop features on the PubMed Labs platform, and this new version of PubMed will eventually replace the current PubMed. Visit An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way for more information.

Add Items to the Clipboard in PubMed Labs
To add items to the Clipboard from search results, use the “More actions” icon at the top of the page and choose “Send to: Clipboard.” A drop-down menu of options will display where users may add selected items, all results on the page, or all results to the Clipboard (up to a maximum limit of 500 citations). Individual items can also be added to the Clipboard from the abstract page using the “More actions” icon.

screenshot of the adding items feature on the pubmed labs page

Send citations from search results to the Clipboard

View and Curate Items in the Clipboard
Navigate to the Clipboard by clicking the “Clipboard” link under the search box. This link will only appear after one or more items have been added to the Clipboard; the link is not present when the Clipboard is empty. On the Clipboard page, use the check boxes to select items to be saved, emailed, or removed from the Clipboard. The Clipboard can store up to a maximum of 500 citations at a time and will expire after eight hours of inactivity. Future updates will add the ability to permanently save items to My NCBI Collections. In the meantime, please use the save or email options to retain results from PubMed Labs.

PubMed Labs is under active development and new features will be introduced on a regular basis as the system is enhanced. Please note that the absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. NLM welcomes feedback. To submit comments, questions, or concerns, use the “Feedback” button available on each page of PubMed Labs.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on ToxTutor Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-04-08 17:48

The archived recording of the March 27 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic is ToxTutor, a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology for users of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and toxicology databases. The webinar is presented by Dr. Pertti (Bert) Hakkinen, the Senior Toxicologist and the Toxicology and Environmental Health Science Advisor at NLM. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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RDM in the Big Apple!

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-04-08 15:53

We are very excited and pleased to share this guest post by Kathryn Vela, the Washington State University’s (WSU) Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s (ESFCOM) Health Sciences Librarian.  Kathryn was selected through a competitive application for professional development funding from the National Training Office (NTO), to participate in a mentoring opportunity having completed the NNLM online training course RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians.  Welcome Kathryn!

As a health sciences librarian with an interest in data, I was extremely excited to be part of the first cohort of the online course “Research Data ManagementA picture of Kathryn Vela in NYC. for Biomedical and Health Science Librarians” in early 2018. It was a delightfully educational experience, and as an unexpected bonus, I was eligible to apply for funding from the NTO to continue my research data management (RDM) education. I submitted a proposal for and received funding to visit the NYU Health Sciences Library and learn from their data services team. I wasn’t the only one with this idea; three other librarians from my cohort were also interested in an NYU site visit, and so we coordinated to plan the trip together.

The site visit was a two-day event, with a third day spent at a symposium at Columbia University. Much of this time was spent discussing how the NYU HSL data services have developed over the last few years, including the Data Catalog Collaboration Project. We (i.e. the visiting librarians) also shared how we were engaging in data services at our own institutions. These conversations gave us the opportunity to learn from some data experts, ask questions, and share ideas.

We also had the chance to sit in on two different classes provided by the NYU librarians. One class was part of a larger research course and provided an overview of basic RDM practices, and the other was about creating data visualizations in Excel. Since I would like to provide more data-related instruction, this was incredibly beneficial and gave me a lot of ideas to incorporate into my own work.

The symposium at Columbia University was called “Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility and Integrity” and featured a number of enlightening panel discussions on topics like transparency in scientific journals and bias in research. I enjoyed the opportunity to attend thisA picture of the New York City skyline.symposium while I was in New York because it gave me some interesting insights into the inner workings of academic research.

Overall, it was a whirlwind trip, but I definitely came back with a brain bursting full of new knowledge and ideas to try at my institution. Since most of my RDM learning has taken place online, it was nice to have the opportunity to talk to other like-minded people face to face, and to see RDM expertise in action. The NYU data librarians were welcoming and informative, and I greatly appreciate their support for this site visit.

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Data Flash: The Impact of the NIH-NLM-NNLM in U.S. Communities

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-04-08 10:53

A picture of the physical building of the National Library of Medicine.

April 7th-13th, 2019 is National Library Week. The American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Week theme is simple, but compelling: how libraries equate to building strong communities.

In honor of National Library Week, the NNLM PNR’s Dragonfly will go back in time and explore the origins of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine.

The NLM, located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, was founded in the year 1836 as the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office, the medical literature repository of the U.S. Army Surgeon General. It is the world’s largest biomedical library and has been searched billion of times by millions of people around the world. NLM also founded and funds the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

The historical formation of the NNLM goes back to 1965 when it was called the Regional Medical Library (RML) Program and consisted of 11 regional medical libraries. The RML Program was the manifestation of the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, which authorized the NLM to provide grant funding to improve the condition and potential of American medical libraries; among the many grants that came from the Medical Library Assistance Act, a grant for the development of a national systems of regional medical libraries was given to the NLM.

It wasn’t until 1990, that the RML Program became what is known as the NNLM.  The current overarching mission of the NNLM is to “provide all U.S. health professional with equal access to biomedical information” and to “improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health”.

Last year in 2018, the NNLM and the Public Library Association (PLA) forged a new partnership that increased public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services, called the “Promoting Healthy Communities Initiative”.  In 2017, the NNLM was honored to be selected as a community partner of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s All of Us Research Program which has a mission to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs enabling individualized prevention, treatment and care. All of Us will partner with one million or more people across the United States to provide the most diverse biomedical data resource in history. All of Us will make this resource available to all researchers, helping them to gain better insights into the biological, environmental, and behavioral factors that—separately and combined—influence health.

PLA has now joined forces with NNLM to promote NIH’s All of Us Research Program. and work together with public libraries to increase “health literacy, address health research inequities, and strengthen community partnerships with health advocates and providers.”

The NNLM is proud of the PLA partnership, a strong reminder of how libraries build strong communities of health through such collaborations and outreach. Happy National Library Week everyone!!! Enjoy being a part of your community and effectively, your medical/health sciences/public library!

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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

NER News - Mon, 2019-04-08 10:25










The blog post that follows was written by Saba Shahid, Chief Smiling Officer of The Art Cart. In May of 2018 The Art Cart received a Community Engagement Grant Award from the NNLM NER to create an online training program to about how use art as therapy for the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder impacting dopamine producing neurons in the brain. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include rigidity of limbs, tremors, gait and balance problems, micrographia, and loss of fine and gross motor control. More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s Disease and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month! Every April organizations from around the world spread awareness about Parkinson’s Disease through advocacy, events, and special projects. The Art Cart is an organization based out of Worcester, MA that is doing just that.

As part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, The Art Cart will be releasing the second edition of the Let’s Combat Micrographiaä interactive workbook. This workbook has been developed to improve micrographia or small handwriting in people living with Parkinson’s disease. Through a special collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, a branch of the National Institute of Health, there is an additional Virtual Workshop series that will be available later this month to allow those with Parkinson’s and professionals treating people with Parkinson’s to learn how to improve this symptom. UMASS Medical School’s Lamar Souttier Library will have a copy of the second edition book available later this month.

Through Facebook, The Art Cart (@smilethroughart) is promoting awareness about Parkinson’s disease through their Smile Through Artä Workshops. They’re encouraging self-reflection and remembering how to live better with symptoms instead of feeling burdened by them. Participant, Tim MacMillian says, “I am stronger than Parkinson’s as Parkinson’s has taught me to always be strong, never give up, and to face the disease head on.” His wife, Deb MacMillian, says, “To be a caregiver means to be supportive, patient, and encouraging.” Hear their stories and many others by visiting The Art Cart’s Facebook page and website.

To learn more about The Art Cart please visit

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NNLM Reading Club: Mental Health Awareness

MAR News - Mon, 2019-04-08 08:00

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of Mental Health Awareness, a May National Health Observance.

  • Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T Lee
  • RX: A Graphic Memoir by Rachel Lindsay
  • Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott

three book jackets

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding mental health information or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: Mental Health.

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kit can be requested and shipped free from a participating National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. Applicants must sign up for membership with NNLM in order to receive a kit. A standard NNLM Reading Club Book Kit includes:

  • 8 books
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of Us Research Program brochures
  • 8 reading club bags

Libraries and organizations who participated in the previous book club themes of Family Health History and Heart Health can request another free book club kit in this new selection. Kit requests must be received by April 30th. To request a book club kit, complete an application.

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NLM @ 2019 MLA Annual Meeting!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2019-04-05 18:59

The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 3-8 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Attend the following sessions to learn more about National Library of Medicine products and services, and also visit Booth 208 (May 4-6) to talk with NLM staff!

NLM Update
Tuesday, May 7 (11:00 – 11:55)
Location: Grand Ballroom CDEF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)
Speakers: Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director; Janice Kelly, Acting Deputy Director, Specialized Information Services; Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations; Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office

Other NLM Sessions

DOCLINE Users Group
Sunday, May 5 (Noon – 12:55)
Location: Randolph 1AB (East Tower, Concourse/Bronze Level)
PubMed Update
Sunday, May 5 (1:00 – 1:55)
Location: Randolph 1AB (East Tower, Concourse/Bronze Level)
Elevating Health Equity: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Join us as we #CiteNLM and help improve health articles on Wikipedia with trusted, evidenced-based information from NLM products.
Monday, May 6 (2:00 – 3:25)
Location: Grand Ballroom B (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

NLM Booth Schedule
The NLM booth (#208) will be open Saturday, 5-7:30pm, Sunday noon-5:30, and Monday 10-5. Rather than the previous emphasis on theater presentations, there will be experts on hand to answer questions, take feedback, and discuss the latest NLM news. This approach focuses directly on talking to the users, trainers, and promoters of NLM products. Online updates will still be presented through the NLM website, blogs and social media, webinars, and the NLM Technical Bulletin. A table is available with a list of NLM products, the times representatives will be at the NLM booth, and links to any recent news. Feel free to stop by the booth anytime with questions or feedback!

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Participate in National Health Observances on Minority Health, Citizen Science and More

MCR News - Fri, 2019-04-05 16:48

April features Minority Health Month, Citizen Science Day, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and Air Quality Awareness Week.

Libraries can engage their communities in these health-related celebrations with helpful resources and promotional materials offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on noteworthy national health observances like National Immunization Awareness Month in August or Family Health History Day in November. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach.

Resources and promotional materials for April are available at Here is a list of the items:

Minority Health Month Citizen Science Day National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Air Quality Awareness Week
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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-04-05 13:22

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


2019-2020 Funding Applications Due: The deadline to submit an application for current funding opportunities is today, April 5 at 4:30 PM ET.

NNLM Member Highlight: Learn about the work that MAR partner Libraries without Borders is doing to support literacy in community spaces. Check out the PBS’ feature, When a laundromat becomes a library.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit: Members in the Middle Atlantic Region (NY, NJ, PA, DE) can order by April 30 to receive this program-in-a-box that explores DNA and space, just in time for summer programming!

Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference: Check out our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops to learn where you can meet and greet with MAR staff! If you would like to schedule a few minutes to speak with us about your projects or opportunities for partnership, please contact us.

HSLANJ Spring 2019 Offer – Medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern/Atlantic and New England Regions are welcome to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiave. The deadline to participate in the Spring offer is Friday, May 3.

NNLM Reading Club: Complete an application by April 30 to receive the next NNLM Reading Club book kit, featuring three book selections in support of Mental Health Awareness for May. The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” book kit with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs of their communities.

In-person training opportunity: Join Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol for a half or full day of free programming on April 18 at the Rochester Regional Library Council Training Center. Michael will be offering two NNLM classes, “Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community,” and, “Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library.” Registration is required. Participants are eligible for a total of 4 MLA CE.

It’s National Public Health Week! – MARquee News Highlights

Libraries: Foundations of Strong, Healthy Communities – SEA Currents

Consumer Health Minute: Celebrate National DNA Day – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR


National Public Health Week 2019: How NLM Brings Together Libraries and Public Health – This guest post by Derek Johnson from GMR reflects on the question, “How does the National Library of Medicine (NLM) increase access to trustworthy health information to improve the health of communities across the United States?” – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Naming, Networks, and Power in Histories of Medicine in Africa and Networked History: Developing Quantitative Models of Qualitative Phenomena – Viral Networks, Reconnected reunites three scholars who participated in the January 2018 Viral Networks workshop at NLM to share the progress of their research and their thoughts about the future of the digital humanities and the history of medicine. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM Associate Fellows 2008–2009…10 Years On – Ten years ago, the National Library of Medicine welcomed four recent library science graduates to form a cohort of Associate Fellows who would spend the year learning about NLM, working on projects, and taking those first steps in shaping their careers. NLM in Focus caught up with them to find out where their careers have taken them and what might lie ahead in their next ten years. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

NICHSR Tutorial: Finding and Using Health Statistics – This new, interactive course is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics. – NLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

NIEHS preps for disaster, health research with derailment scenario – A workshop in Tucson explored needed health research and coordination among partners after a mock chemical release. – The Environmental Factor, Your Online Source for NIEHS News

NIH News in Health: The April 2019 issue of NIH News in Health is now available, featuring, “Cancer Care Widens Its Reach: Reducing Cancer Health Disparities,” and “The Inflamed Brain: Recognizing Encephalitis and Meningitis.” Other topics include tonsillitis, alcohol consumption, and mental health.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

The Highs and Lows of Medical Cannabis, Opioids and Non-Opioid Pain Management – April 8, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This Kernel of Knowledge webinar, sponsored by GMR, will provide perspectives of medical cannabis, opioids and non-opioid pain management by an early adopter physician in Illinois, Leslie Mendoza Temple MD, ABOIM. This session will help participants become familiar with the basics of endocannabinoid physiology, therapeutic applications and risks, the potential impact of medical cannabis on opioid prescriptions and spending, clinical experience on pain management, and trusted resources from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health related to medical cannabis and opioid misuse.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – April 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with SCR to learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. This session will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details, and explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.

Predatory Publishing Practices – What Librarians Need to Know – April 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – The current academic discussion surrounding predatory publishing and practices is growing. More and more often, librarians find themselves in the role of facilitating decisions about whether a journal is reputable and where to publish. As publishing has become more complex, so have the questions that librarians need to field. Join this webinar with SCR to learn about predatory publishing in the context of the changing publishing industry, understand why scholars might publish in disreputable journals, discover the impacts on science and health, and gain tools to make informed decisions.

DOCLINE Talkline: What’s New? – April 10, 2:00-2:30 PM ET – This show-and-tell webinar with NDCO is for everyone using DOCLINE 6.0 and will cover routing options, type-ahead/auto-suggest menus, Retired Requests display, Receipting Lend Requests, Updated Library Profile, Journals & Holdings, Switch Library, Lend Alerts – Rush & Urgent Patient Care, Delivery Method(s), International Offerings, and more!

Needs Assessments in Research Data Management: What Do We Know and Where are the Gaps? – April 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries have provided research data services in various capacities for over a decade. As a result, many librarians have published on their respective institutions service needs evaluation that determined their service capacity and scope. This webinar with GMR will summarize the current state of published literature, in aggregate, regarding those research data services needs assessments. Participants in this webinar will have an understanding of what is currently known of Research Data Management needs and where the gaps in research are relative to institution type, disciplines supported, and demographics.

There’s an App for That! Tips to Evaluate Consumer Apps for Health – April 17,1:00-2:00 PM ET – Mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of health and wellness applications? By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help their users make informed decisions about the apps they choose to download. This webinar with SEA focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provides information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

Tips and Tricks for Learning Data Visualization – April 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Data visualization in the health sciences can help reveal insights and trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. A clear visualization can convey more information than an endless spreadsheet. However, learning new tools can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time tackling a subject. Data visualization tools, in particular, can have high learning curves and it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the resources and tutorials available. This PNR Rendezvous session will discuss tips and tricks for learning data visualization, with a focusing on two tools, Tableau and ArcGIS.

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

A Nursing Liaison’s Role in Evidence-Based Practice – April 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a key part of healthcare today and is of growing importance to nursing practice. The increasing interest in EBP provides librarians with an avenue for partnering with nursing colleagues and demonstrating the value librarians can bring to an organization. This SEA webinar will situate evidence-based practice in modern healthcare and describe how it has become central to nursing practice. The webinar will focus on identifying key roles and strategies librarians can employ to support nurses in applying evidence-based practice to patient care.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – April 26, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this class will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. This class is eligible for 2 hours of MLA Continuing Education credit that can be counted toward a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job postings:

With New QuestionBuilder App AHRQ Takes Exciting Step Forward in Digital Healthcare – AHRQ Views

National Library Week is just around the corner, April 7-13. It’s not too late to participate! Check out the American Library Association’s 19 Ways to Celebrate National Library Week, sign up to participate in the Megathon Challenge for Citizen Science day on April 13, and download or order some free Libraries Transform materials to spread awareness of how Libraries = Strong Communities.

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

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

Raising the Bar on Evidence Research: Library Leadership in Systematic Review Management – April 25, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join this webinar, sponsored by Covidence, to learn from a panel of library professionals about best practices for providing an effective systematic review service. Evidence research activity is escalating in all academic areas, and presenters will share insights about why it’s important to have a strategy to efficiently facilitate review progress and keep research quality high.

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

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 5, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-04-05 09:44

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


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars April 8 – April 9

Webinars April 10 – April 11

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

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

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

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

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


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NER News - Thu, 2019-04-04 16:25

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Libraries: Foundations of Strong, Healthy Communities

SEA News - Thu, 2019-04-04 13:19

Connection, education, participation, and empowerment—these are defining characteristics of strong and healthy communities.

A recent partnership between the National Network Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program seeks to build and strengthen these characteristics in communities across the U.S. The mission of the NNLM is to “to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.”

The All of Us Research Program aims to advance discovery in biomedical research and improve health by providing more precise, individualized treatments for disease. The All of Us Research Program is a clinical trial that seeks the participation of over one million individuals traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research—people of color, women, people of diverse sexual orientations and identities, and people from diverse environments and socioeconomic backgrounds—to make biomedical advancements possible.

The NNLM/All of Us partnership empowers public libraries to educate the public about the All of Us Research Program and connect participants with health information. Through the partnership, libraries are encouraging people to take an active role in their health, by asking questions, learning about data privacy and informed consent, and learning how to find reliable health information. Libraries are also encouraging the public to participate in discussions about research ethics and genetics, and to think critically about these issues when assessing the value of their own contributions, as individual participants, to clinical research, medical advancements, and health of their communities. Libraries empower their communities by listening to their health needs, convening discussions, offering health and wellness programs, and finding answers to their health related questions.

Libraries truly are the foundations of strong and healthy communities through connection, education, participation, and empowerment. The NNLM encourages you to celebrate National Library Week, April 7-13, and discover how libraries are building a strong community.


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May is Mental Health Month. Get the conversation started with help from the NNLM Reading Club

SEA News - Thu, 2019-04-04 07:53

Because mental health conditions are real, common and treatable, May is recognized as Mental Health Month – as noted on the National Health Observances calendar. To help raise awareness and to find a variety of trustworthy resources and program ideas to help educate and reduce the stigma often associated with mental health disorders, choose one of the NNLM Reading Club’s featured selections. Read the book, share the information, and start the conversation.

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NLM Releases Newly Revised Health Statistics Tutorial!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-04-03 15:22

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) at NLM has just announced the release of the newly revised tutorial, Finding and Using Health Statistics. Written by staff at AcademyHealth, this tutorial is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.

This new, interactive course is divided into four sections:

  • About Health Statistics
  • Common Terms
  • Health Data Sources
  • Finding Health Statistics
the glossary section of the National Information Center on Health Services Research  & Health Care Technology website

National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology Glossary

Each section contains a quiz to help you determine your understanding of the course. The section on Finding Health Statistics provides an overview of the key organizations important in any research that requires statistical information. A detailed glossary is also included in the course. The course is eligible for 3 CE hours from the Medical Library Association. A certificate is also available upon completion of the course.

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Employment Opportunity: NNLM PNR Outreach Coordinator

SEA News - Wed, 2019-04-03 09:48

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) seeks an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual for the position of Outreach Coordinator in the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR). The goal of the NNLMis to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The incumbent will be part of a collaborative outreach team promoting access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. As a core position in the RML, the Outreach Coordinator promotes health literacy by providing education on the resources produced by the National Library of Medicine for all audiences, including health professionals, medical librarians, public librarians, patients and the general public, community colleges libraries, minority serving institutions with programs in the health sciences, and state or regional professional associations.

The RML is funded by a cooperative agreement grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and works closely with the other seven regions of the NNLM, five National Coordinating Offices and the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) headquartered at the NLM. Funding for this position is contingent on grant funding continuing in out years. The UW NNLM program is housed in the HSL, a unit of the University Libraries. The HSL is a leader among the national community of academic health sciences libraries and has long been known for innovative information management programs and services.

For a complete job description and application details please see:

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New for NNLM MAR members: Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit

MAR News - Wed, 2019-04-03 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is here to help with your summer health programming! As partners of the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s A Universe of Stories, we are excited to offer a program-in-a-box that explores DNA and space! This kit is available only to NNLM members in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Programs in this kit are designed for kids and teens, but can be adapted to any audience.

Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit materialsThe Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit includes:

  • 3 Storytime Books: The Baby Biochemist: DNA, Mousetronaut, and Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody
  • 1 copy of Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library
  • Lesson plans for modeling DNA with candy and making DNA sequence bracelets.
  • Program supplies: pipe cleaners, tooth picks, and beads
  • Brochures to connect patrons to reliable sources of health information
  • Information about the All of Us Research Program

Each NNLM MAR member organization may order one kit. The deadline to order is April 30, 2019. Kits will be mailed by May 24, 2019.

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NIH News in Health – April Issue

MCR News - Tue, 2019-04-02 19:20

Check out the April 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Cancer Care Widens Its Reach
Reducing Cancer Health Disparities
Researchers are looking at ways to expand access to cancer prevention and treatment.

illustration-cartoon-brain-feeling-unwellThe Inflamed Brain
Recognizing Encephalitis and Meningitis
Knowing the symptoms of brain swelling is important so you can get medical help as quickly as possible.

Health Capusules

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Upcoming MLA-approved CE Courses

MCR News - Tue, 2019-04-02 19:11

Reserve your virtual seat today for these upcoming courses approved by the Medical Library Association for continuing education and the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. The Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) will help you keep current in the consumer health information field and obtain an additional, recognized level of expertise. MLA hours earned through the CHIS program may be used for credit in MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals.


Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

STARTS: May 6, 2019 (6-week online course)

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies.

Continuing Education: 8 hours


Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

STARTS: July 30, 2019 (one, 2-hour online session)

Participants will develop knowledge of the subject matter and resources with hands-on activities. They will get to know their community by examining health status data and using that information to develop outreach programming and instruction. They will build skills in communication and instruction through a guided activity to identify web-friendly health information resources. Finally, they will explore how technology can simultaneously improve health information access and create barriers.

Continuing Education: 2 hours


Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services

STARTS: September 9, 2019 (4-week online course)

Centered around eight core competencies, this interactive 4-week online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. The course starts by preparing you with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community. Together we will examine issues of literacy, health literacy, and the health information needs of special populations. By understanding the needs of your own community and the information-seeking behaviors of users, you will be prepared with the right tools and resources even before the questions are asked.

Continuing Education: 12 hours

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Webinar Announcement: DOCLINE Talkline – What’s New?

SEA News - Tue, 2019-04-02 07:34

On Wednesday, April 10th from 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET/1:00 – 1:30 PM CT/12:00-12:30 PM MT/11:00-11:30 AM PT, the DOCLINE Team will host a “What’s New?” Webinar.

This webinar is for everyone using DOCLINE 6.0 and will cover:

  • Routing options
  • Type-ahead/auto-suggest menus
  • Retired Requests display
  • Receipting Lend Requests
  • Updated Library Profile
  • Journals & Holdings
  • Switch Library
  • Lend Alerts – Rush & Urgent Patient Care
  • Delivery Method(s)
  • International Offerings

… and more!

This will be show & tell only, please continue to use the “Ask the Help Desk” form if you have questions or comments.

Registration suggested, but not required. Register for the DOCLINE – What’s New? WebinarTo Join the Training Session 

  1. Go to NIH WebEx
    2. Enter your name and email address.
    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 the 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: 624 154 729

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

DOCLINE Talkline - Whats New

Link to Recordings

If you are unable to attend a session, webinars are recorded and added to the NNLM YouTube DOCLINE Talkline Playlist within one week.

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Consumer Health Minute: Celebrate National DNA Day

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2019-04-02 02:09

Congress approved the first National DNA Day in April 2003 to celebrate both the completion of the Human Genome Project and the anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) continues to celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25. The goal of National DNA Day is to offer students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances might impact their lives.

Libraries can provide information to the public, to local schools and visiting homeschoolers about DNA Day activities and events provided by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Visitors to the website will be able to:

  • find events in your area and across the country
  • download the activity starter kit to plan an event at your library
  • view activities to do in your library, schools, or for patrons to do at home

One of the featured activities is titled, “Everything You Need to Know About Getting DNA Out of Strawberries“. This low cost activity uses common materials and the strawberries can be either fresh or frozen. Complete instructions are provided in both English and Spanish. Prefer not to host the activity? Just provide copies of the instructions for patrons to take home and try. Either way it provides a fun interactive opportunity for the public to learn more about genetics.

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