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New Joint NSF/NLM Funding Announcement: Generalizable Data Science Methods for Biomedical Research

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-10-11 15:33

Significant advances in technology, coupled with decreasing costs associated with data collection and storage, have resulted in unprecedented access to vast amounts of health- and disease-related data. The National Library of Medicine and the Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) recognize the need to support research to develop innovative and transformative mathematical and statistical approaches to address important data-driven biomedical and health challenges. The goal of this interagency program is the development of generalizable frameworks combining first principles, science-driven models of structural, spatial and temporal behaviors with innovative analytic, mathematical, computational, and statistical approaches that can portray a fuller, more nuanced picture of a person’s health or the underlying processes.

Specific information concerning application submission and review process is through the National Science Foundation via solicitation NSF-19-500. Applicants may opt to submit proposals via or via the NSF FastLane system. For applications that are being considered for potential funding by NLM, the PDs/PIs will be required to submit their applications in an NIH-approved format. Anyone invited to submit to NIH will receive further information on submission procedures. Applicants will not be allowed to increase the proposed total budget or change the scientific content of the application in the submission to the NIH. The results of the first level scientific review will be presented to NLM Board of Regents for the second level of review. NLM will make final funding determinations and issue Notices of Awards to successful applicants. NLM and DMS anticipate making 8 to 10 awards, totaling up to $4 million, in fiscal year 2019. It is expected that each award will be between $200,000 to $300,000 (total costs) per year with durations of up to three years. The application submission window deadline is in early January, 2019.

Collaborative efforts that bring together researchers from the biomedical/health and the mathematical/statistical sciences communities are a requirement for this program and must be convincingly demonstrated in the proposal. While the research may be motivated by a specific application or dataset, the development of methods that are generalizable and broadly applicable is preferred and encouraged. Proposals should clearly discuss how the intended new collaborations will address a biomedical challenge and describe the use of publicly-available biomedical datasets to validate the proposed models and methodology. Applicants are expected to list specific datasets that will be used in the proposed research and demonstrate that they have access to these datasets. The Data Management Plan should describe plans to make the data available to researchers if these data are not in the public domain. Some of the important application areas currently supported by the National Library of Medicine include the following:

  • Finding biomarkers that support effective treatment through the integration of genetic and Electronic Health Records (EHR) data;
  • Understanding epigenetic effects on human health;
  • Extracting and analyzing information from EHR data;
  • Understanding the interactions of genotype and phenotype in humans by linking human sensor data with genomic data using dbGaP;
  • Protecting confidentiality of personal health information; and
  • Mining of heterogeneous data sets (e.g. clinical and environmental).

Inquiries should be directed to Jane Ye, PhD at the National Library of Medicine, (301) 594-4882.

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NLM’s Tox Town Website Gets a New Look!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-10-11 14:22

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur. Enhancements of the new design, informed by extensive user research, include:

  • Enhanced search optimization
  • Improved readability

New Tox Town features reflecting consumers’ frequently asked questions include:

  • New Community Action Tools Page with guidance for community engagement and resources for finding local data;
  • Newly added Reduce Your Risk information with practical steps to avoid and address exposure; and
  • New content organization into Sources of Exposure and Chemicals and Contaminants rather than previously used neighborhood scenes.

Due to low usage, the website no longer contains Spanish-language materials.

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New Website Design for Tox Town

SEA News - Thu, 2018-10-11 13:48

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur.

The new design, informed by extensive user research has:

  • Enhanced search optimization
  • Improved readability

New Tox Town features reflecting consumers’ frequently asked questions include:

Due to low usage, the website no longer contains Spanish language materials.

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New Website Design for Tox Town

MCR News - Thu, 2018-10-11 13:46

Tox town graphic

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur.

The new design, informed by extensive user research has:

  • Enhanced search optimization
  • Improved readability

New Tox Town features reflecting consumers’ frequently asked questions include:

Due to low usage, the website no longer contains Spanish language materials.

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Abstract Display Option Added For PubMed Labs Search Results

PSR News - Wed, 2018-10-10 18:59

The community response to the launch of PubMed Labs has been outstanding. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to test new features at PubMed Labs, for example, the addition of a new view for search results. In response to user feedback, “Abstract” has been added to the DISPLAY OPTIONS of the PubMed Labs search results. Click the ‘gear’ icon at the top right of the results page and then click “Abstract” to see the new view.

Please note that PubMed Labs includes only a limited set of features, and not the full set of PubMed tools. The absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination.

Abstract display in PubMed Labs search results

Abstract display in PubMed Labs search results

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians – Scholarship Recipient Post 9

NER News - Wed, 2018-10-10 17:59

This is the ninth blog post in a series authored by twelve individuals who received scholarships to attend the 2018 Science Boot Camp held at Brandeis University on June 13-15, 2018. In this installment, describes science boot camp as a networking event. Please watch for more posts about resources from this event and views from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks.


New England Science Boot Camp 2018 – Alyssa Valcourt, MLIS

This past June, I had the opportunity to attend the 10th Annual New England Science Boot Camp held at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. During my MLIS program, it was not until my last semester that I realized that I wanted to go into science librarianship. About a year ago when I started as a Science Librarian, the New England Science Boot Camp was one of the first resources for science librarians I discovered and had been waiting to go since then!

When the time came to attend, I was excited about the topics covered. The topics included Ecology, Genetic Counselling, and Materials Science. These topics are all areas that I cover at my university and I hoped that I would be able to grasp some information through them that I could take back. I certainly have been able to do so!

Each topic had a wonderful overview of the field, followed by some research that they have done in that field. Through this, I was able to not only learn a little bit about a specific field, I was also able to then learn about HOW they are using this field to better the world we live in. The presentations and then the discussions that happened afterward, allowed me to learn from different faculty how library resources help them in their field or research, and brainstorm ways to make resources more accessible to them when needed.

Not only did Boot Camp provide great speakers about topics, it provided great discussion among other science librarians each day. There was a wonderful mix of science librarians with various experience and skills, each of us with a unique story to how we became science librarians. These discussions allowed me to reflect on what I am doing in my position and learn from others how I can improve my practices to better my users. They also allowed me to see other librarians feel stuck in the same areas I feel stuck, and that is okay! I was able to learn valuable information through the experience of others and hopefully, I was able to share some too!

The New England Science Boot Camp was a great way to learn about very specific topics, meet and network with other librarians, and learn more about science librarianship. I left Boot Camp feeling optimistic and excited for what the next school year and Boot Camp brings!

Alyssa Valcourt, MLIS
Science & Math Librarian
Rose Library 2308
Libraries & Educational Technologies
James Madison University


I hope you enjoy the latest installment of the Science Boot Camp for librarians. To read the first post please click here. For more about this year’s Science Boot Camp resources or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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From Genealogy to Genetics: Maine Library Association Annual Meeting

NER News - Wed, 2018-10-10 16:11

Row of test tubesEarlier this month,  Catherine Martin and I drove up to Newry, MA to present at the Maine Library Association Annual Meeting. Our session, From Genealogy to Genetics: Library Programming to Explore Your Roots, was scheduled for Monday, Oct 1st. The Annual Meeting opened with a panel discussion on journalism, fake news and libraries. Afterwards, Catherine attended For Flannel’s Sake and learned fun ways to use flannel boards in library programming. I opted for Community Conversations @ Your Library and learned about Conversation Cafe. Throughout the day, we learned about library technology trends, customer service techniques, and the special challenges faced by small libraries.

During our session, we presented ideas for easy family history programming. We encouraged librarians to go beyond current programs in genealogy. Catherine demonstrated how to construct a pedigree chart, noting family illnesses and causes of death.  She reviewed the elements of disease: health risk; ethnicity; kinship; and lifestyle. Catherine explained that family medical history can help identify people with higher-than-usual chance of common disorders such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers and diabetes.  Catherine demonstrated the use of Genetics Home Reference, a consumer-friendly website about genetics and human health. This resource is an excellent tool for librarians managing genetics questions at the reference desk.

Genetics and Health Literacy Programming

In preparation for our session, I queried listservs in Maine and Massachusetts to learn what public libraries are offering for genealogy programming. Many libraries offer programs for patrons doing genealogy and local history research. This summer, I attended a four-week series lead by genealogist Hillary Schau at Springfield City Library. The series included: Introduction to Genealogical Research; Census and Vital Records; Immigration, Naturalization and Migration; and Unique Records (military records, land records, wills and probate, DNA). Chicopee Public Library offers a Genealogy Open Lab every Tuesday and Thursday for patrons to receive assistance from experienced volunteers in using the library’s valuable resources (Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, FamilySearch microfilm, and local history books). I attended a genealogy-related program on using historic maps, taught by retired civil engineer Sara Campbell. Genealogy is a hot topic in public libraries!

Our session proposed genetics and health literacy programming as an offshoot of community interest in genealogy. As health information professionals, NER is available to support libraries interested in offering genetics and health literacy programming. We offer free continuing education for librarians and funding for health-related programming.

To learn more about pedigree charts, check out this resource from the Iowa Institute of Genetics.


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Community Health Maps Online Tutorial Available

PSR News - Wed, 2018-10-10 15:54

Community Health Maps (CHM) provides information about low/no cost mapping tools. The National Library of Medicine developed the resource with a focus on increasing capacity within under-served and at-risk communities. The CHM workflow can also be used by individuals and organizations needing to collect, analyze, and visualize mapping data. The blog is a mixture of mapping apps, software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have used the Community Health Maps workflow.

A self-paced, online tutorial has been developed to highlight the tools available in Community Health Maps to help users gain the skills needed to assist communities and individuals in collecting and mapping health-related data: to build a plan for collecting data; to create the forms for capturing data points; to use a mobile device to collect the data; and to visualize health data by creating online and printable maps that can be customized to meet the needs of audiences and stakeholders.

This course provides continuing education credit (CE), through the Medical Library Association (MLA), and/or a certificate of completion by enrolling in the course with NLM’s free Learning Management System.

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Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MAR News - Wed, 2018-10-10 09:29

Breast cancer affects 1 in every 8 women during their lives, and is the second most common kind of cancer in women. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are many risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include:

  • Age – the risk rises as you get older.
  • Genes – two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, greatly increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested for the genes.
  • Personal factors – beginning periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55.

For the month of October, help save lives in your community by sharing quality health information resources related to breast cancer.

  • MedlinePlus offers a very thorough introduction to breast cancer in both English and Spanish.
  • You can also learn more about breast cancer screening, prevention, and treatment from the National Cancer Institute.
  • The National Breast Cancer Foundation is offering free digital copies of their Know the Symptoms guide in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
  • Check out the FDA’s quick Q&A on mammograms.
  • has a Breast Cancer Awareness Month toolkit, including sample tweets, newsletters, and web badges that you can use to spread awareness via your website or social media.
  • The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center of Excellence for Transgender Health has some great information on breast cancer screening for transgender women and transgender men.

Is your library or organization hosting a talk on breast cancer or organizing an awareness event? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

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Funding Opportunity: ALA Midwinter Travel Awards Available

SEA News - Wed, 2018-10-10 08:38

ALA Seattle

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) is pleased to offer up to 15 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Library Awardees can apply for up to $3000 for registration and travel costs.

  • Eligibility – Any library in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV may apply.
  • Awards will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis to the individual attendee’s library. (i.e. a library must pay for an employee to attend and NNLM SEA will reimburse that library after the conference).
  • Libraries may choose to use the $3,000 to send more than one person, but NNLM SEA will not reimburse expenses beyond $3000 to a single organization.
  • Libraries must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. You may search to see if an organization is a member in the Membership directory. If not, membership is free and easy to sign up for. Only one award will be given per library.
  • If an individual is not a member of ALA, this award cannot pay for membership. Please budget for the non-member rate.
  • In addition to the full conference, each individual using award money must register for and attend the preconference “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy” – See details below*
  • Any individual that receives any funds to attend ALA midwinter will be required to fill out a short evaluation. Awardee institutions will also be asked to contribute to SEA Currents, the NNLM SEA Newsletter about the conference.
  • Applications are due October 31, 2018. Decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis. Please note Early Bird Registration for ALA Midwinter is October 24, 2018.

*More about the ALA Midwinter Preconference:

Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity – Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon – The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias’s connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities’ health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.

Ticket pricing for Preconference: ALA Member: $40/50/$60 – Other Member: $40/$50/$60 – Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

Please feel free to share this with any library you think might be interested.

Please contact Tony Nguyen, Executive Director, with questions regarding this opportunity via e-mail or call 410-706-2855.


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MLA Research Training Institute: 2019 Call for Applications

SEA News - Wed, 2018-10-10 07:20
Apply for the 2019 Research Training Institute

Applications are open through December 1, 2018, for the 2018 cohort of MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) research fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form. The institute is a weeklong residential workshop held in Chicago, July 15–19, 2019, with follow-up activities and support, mentoring, and membership in an ongoing research community. Read more in the MLA News article. For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, please contact Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.

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National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program- webinar

PNR News - Wed, 2018-10-10 04:13

The next PNR Rendezvous session will feature a current National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, Shannon Sheridan. Shannon is currently in the optional second year of the program and is working at the Hahnemann Library at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Shannon will be giving an overview of the NLM Associate Fellowship Program as well as telling us about her own experience.

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program originally began as the NLM Internship Program in 1957 and have a brief hiatus, it was renamed the NLM Associate Fellowship Program in 1966. Fellows work at the National Library of Medicine which is located on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The first year program includes 2 phases, one with a curriculum focus through experts at NLM and then an opportunity to work on projects focused study, research, and evaluation of NLM resources and services. Many National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) staff have been fellows including Lisa Boyd, Jessi Van Der Volgen, and Kate Flewelling along with many of our colleagues across the country.

We encourage attendees to come with questions whether for their own knowledge or to pass on to future health science librarians. This is a fantastic experience and the application process is now open until January 25, 2019 for the 2019 – 2020 program year.

PNR Rendezvous webinar session: In the Shoes of a Fellow: The National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program

Session summary: The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. In this PNR Rendezvous webinar, a current Associate Fellow will discuss the organization of the program, her experiences as an Associate Fellow, and some of the projects she and other fellows worked on.

When: Wednesday, October 17 starting at 1:00 PM Pacific Time, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00 PM MT

How to join: Registration is encouraged though not required. More information is available on our webpage

The session will be recorded.

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Apply by December 1 for the 2019 MLA Research Training Institute!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-10-09 19:31

Applications are open through December 1 for the 2019 cohort of the MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) research fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form. The heart of the RTI is a weeklong, residential, immersive workshop held in Chicago, July 15–19, 2019, with follow-up activities and support, mentoring, and membership in an ongoing research community. The institute offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Many of the twenty open slots for the institute are supported by either full or partial scholarships. For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.

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Apply for the 2019 Research Training Institute

MCR News - Tue, 2018-10-09 18:19

Applications are open through December 1, 2018, for the 2018 cohort of MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) research fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form. The institute is a weeklong residential workshop held in Chicago, July 15–19, 2019, with follow-up activities and support, mentoring, and membership in an ongoing research community. Read more in the MLA News article. For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, please contact Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.

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Upcoming Webinar: Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

SEA News - Tue, 2018-10-09 16:08

Date/Time: October 18, 2018 1-2 PM ET

PresentersRichard Kenny, CADC Recovery Coach, UMassMemorial Medical Center and Rob Ryan, LADC Recovery Coach, UMassMemorial Medical Center

Abstract: A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. In this webinar you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance. Rich and Rob will present an overview of the Recovery Coaching program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. They will also share the data they have collected from their program about the use of recovery coaching in the treatment of substance use disorder.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Recovering Coaching program as a method to treat substance use disorder.
  • Learn what motivational interviewing is and how to use motivational interviewing in goal-centered, and client-centered situations.
  • Understand the data that has been collected about the success of the Recovery Coaching program at the UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Register at:


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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: Meet Mary Ann Williams and Lauren Wheeler

SEA News - Tue, 2018-10-09 15:13
Willams and Wheeler

Mary Ann Williams (L) and Lauren Wheeler (R) conducting a workshop

Mary Ann Williams
Research, Education & Outreach Librarian
School of Dentistry Librarian
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences & Human Services Library

Lauren Wheeler
Information Services Librarian
University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Health literacy is becoming a vital issue at both the societal and medical professional level. The Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a Communicating with Patients workshop to help those in medical professions learn effective ways to communicate with their patients. The workshop begins by raising the participants’ awareness of the low health literacy rates in the United States as well as in Baltimore. Confronted with the realization of these rates, health professionals immediately see the need to improve their verbal and written communication with their patients.

Defining health literacy at the beginning of the workshop has been a great strategy to engage participants. We explain that health literacy is the ability to read, understand, and act on health information. The emphasis of this definition is placed on the ability of the patient to deal with the information the healthcare provider is giving them. However, it is the responsibility of the healthcare professional to provide health information that is understandable to the patient.

During the workshop, we highlight several areas where clear health communication is lacking within the healthcare setting. These areas include the language used on prescription container labels, maps, schedules and instructions posted in healthcare setting, as well as the use of unfamiliar phrases, symbols and abbreviations. Many of these things have a high literacy demand and are discouraging to patients. Our workshop brings awareness to these areas then gives suggestions for clearer communication.

While most health-related materials are written at a high school reading level, the average adult reads at a middle school level. This statistic is often shocking to the workshop participants. It helps them see the importance of health literacy. To combat the differences between health materials and average reading levels, the workshop presents simple changes the health professional can use when presenting information to the patient. We talk about using short sentences and bullet points to help focus readers. We also suggest against using polysyllabic words whenever possible. These longer medical terms can often be substituted with a shorter, easier to understand, term. For example, using blood infection instead of septicemia. One approach that often surprises our workshop participants is to use sans-serif fonts like Ariel instead of fonts with serifs, like Times New Roman. We also suggest clear ways to convey numerical concepts. These strategies include rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and using familiar analogies. Telling a patient to eat a serving of meat about the size of their palm paints a much different, and easier to understand, picture than just saying to eat a single serving of meat. Participants seem interested that such a simple change can make a difference in how a patient understands information.

During the session, we encourage active participation by asking participants to share their experiences, or how they might use what we have discussed. An example of engaging the participants is used when explaining how clear health communication is done in active voice instead of passive voice; we ask participants to translate an example paragraph into active voice. Sometimes this is a strange concept to participants because they are used to writing for academic journals, which typically require the use of passive voice.

Another way participation is encouraged during the workshop is by giving participants a few sentences that could be improved in several ways. We ask them to change these sentences to make them clearer, using the strategies talked about in the workshop. If any of the points are missed as participants discuss their changes, we go back and talk about them.

To reinforce the points which were covered, we provide a lengthier sample of text with the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score and percentage of passive sentences. They work in Microsoft Word to lower both of these numbers. Oftentimes, there is a “lightbulb moment” where the workshop participants realize that translating medical text is more difficult than they originally thought. Using this exercise makes the lecture more relatable and participants can quantifiably see how the changes they make to a passage affect health literacy.

The Communicating with Patients workshop is very popular. Health providers often see the need to communicate clearly with patients, they just need a little instruction on how to achieve this. From the follow-up survey, we believe workshop participants are happy with the strategies taught in the workshop and, from their comments, hope they are using a few of them in their everyday practice.

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ICYMI Webinar Recap for September 2018: Using US Census Bureau Data

SCR News - Tue, 2018-10-09 10:07

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!

Our September guest speaker, Susana Privett, Data Dissemination Specialist with the US Census Bureau, is no stranger to online webinar presentations. A large part of her duties include giving online and in-person trainings and workshops on data and the census bureau’s online tools. And it’s a good thing, because September was one of our highest attended webinars yet!

For those not aware, all of the data collected from the US census, performed every 10 years, is posted online and available for access from The website was recently revamped to be more user friendly and provide more opportunities for learning about census data, including additional training, news, infographics, and stories about data.

Susana demonstrated many of the features of the census website, such as QuickFacts to compare geographical data and American Factfinder, a data search tool that locates tables of population data. She also explained how census data is collected and categorized, with a breakdown of the geographic area types and an overview of census tracts and blocks. “They’re really like Russian nesting dolls,” she said, with a combination of legal and statistical geography.

Data and assessment are increasingly important topics in an era of big data and with the growth of digital data collection. Certainly anyone applying for grant funding knows the importance of data in showing evidence of need and potential for impact! The census bureau provides one possible source of data that can be utilized, and it’s freely available for anyone to use.

Susana just scratched the surface of what data the census bureau has to offer, and we hope to offer another session from her in the future for those looking to enhance their census data searching skills. Be on the lookout for that future session, and catch up with her webinar in the meantime:

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next SCR CONNECTions webinar, Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies, scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th at 10am CT / 9am MT!

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Get Ready: Hurricane Michael Takes Aim at 300-Mile Gulf Coast

SEA News - Tue, 2018-10-09 08:27

Hurricane Michael Takes Aim at 300-Mile Gulf Coast

Hurricane Michael is threatening more than 300 miles of the Gulf Coast, prompting emergency declarations in more than 100 counties from Mobile, Alabama through the Florida Panhandle and into the state’s Big Bend region. Residents are encourage to make preparations ahead of potential landfall. It is impossible for us to know the extent to which our Network Members will be impacted by this hurricane.

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

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

Hurricane Michael



Federal Agency Resources

Agencies and Organizations

Social Media

Crowdsource Resources

Finally, visit the NNLM SEA Page of Disaster Information Resources for Alerts and Feeds, State and National Specific Resources, Multilingual and Evacuation Resources, and more!

Although we are not sure what the full impact of this hurricane will have in our region, please reach out to the NNLM SEA and NDCO if we can be of assistance. We will continue to update this article with more information as the hurricane progresses to the gulf coast. Please keep us up-to-date regarding the status of your library/institution but more importantly let us know you are safe and well.

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Now accepting applications for Quarter Three Professional Development Award

GMR News - Mon, 2018-10-08 11:18

Background/Purpose: The purpose of this award is to assist individuals working in GMR Network member organizations to enhance their ability to use NLM resources or keep current on topics related to NIH initiatives.

Eligibility:  Individuals working at organizations that are Network members within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are eligible to apply. For information on membership and to apply, visit our Members page. Membership is free!

Potential Projects: 

    • Attend a professional meeting and enroll in continuing education sessions on health information
    • Attend a workshop on searching for systematic reviews for health sciences librarians that utilize PubMed.
    • Sponsor an instructor to offer a CE session on National Library of Medicine resources at a state or regional meeting for public librarians.
    • Attend a professional meeting and enroll in continuing education sessions on health information

Amount:  Up to $2,500

Additional Funding Information:  All Professional Development awards are made on a cost reimbursement basis.

Funding Period:  Awards will be offered on a quarterly basis and on a first come first serve basis until funding for that quarter is expended.

This award supports the mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Learn more and apply here.


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American Library Association 2019 Midwinter Registration is Now Open!

MCR News - Fri, 2018-10-05 16:28

The 2019 American Library Association Midwinter symposium is now open for meetings and exhibit registration! The conference will be taking place in Seattle, Washington on January 25th-29th.

This year’s symposium will be focusing on the future of Libraries, where participants will examine the future of academic, public school, and special libraries. The conference will reflect the trends that are inspiring innovation in libraries and how they will be able to adapt to the evolving needs of their communities.

If you would like to register and to learn more, visit

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