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NLM Acquires the Papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD

PSR News - Thu, 2020-03-12 15:16

The National Library of Medicine has announced the acquisition of the papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. This is the first collection of papers from a former HHS Secretary acquired by the NLM and will be part of the archival collections of the world’s largest medical library. Dr. Sullivan is an African American physician who served as secretary of HHS from 1989-1993 and as dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) from 1975-1989 and from 1993-2002. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH was first established as an Office under the NIH Director through Secretary Sullivan in 1990 and was elevated to an Institute in 2010.

The Louis W. Sullivan Papers consist of his HHS chronological correspondence, action/briefing files, daily calendars, speeches, news clippings, White House memorabilia, event photographs, and honorary degrees and awards. The collection documents Secretary Sullivan’s efforts to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use, including stopping the introduction of Uptown, a cigarette designed for marketing to minority communities; introduce new and improved food labels; initiate a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative; and increase the National Institutes of Health budget over $5 billion.

Dr. Sullivan earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in 1954 and his medical degree in 1958 from Boston University School of Medicine. After holding positions at Harvard Medical School, Seton Hall College of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, and Boston City Hospital, Dr. Sullivan returned to Morehouse College in 1975 to serve as dean and director of the Medical Education Program. Under his leadership, the Medical Education Program became independent from Morehouse College in 1981 and was renamed Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Dr. Sullivan served as president and dean of MSM prior to and following his tenure as secretary of HHS. He was also chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009 and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006.

Dr. Sullivan is chairman of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions and is the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). He is the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins University Press) and his autobiography Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine (with David Chanoff, 2014, University of Georgia Press).

The NLM History of Medicine Division houses the papers of prominent public health leaders, including other officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (and its predecessor the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare), including Faye Abdellah, Edward Brandt, Emery Johnson, and June Osborn; the papers of NIH Directors Harold Varmus, Bernadine Healy, Donald Fredrickson, James A. Shannon, Robert Marston; and the papers of Surgeons General Regina Benjamin, Jocelyn Elders, C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Julius Richmond, and Luther Terry. Information about Dr. Sullivan’s papers and the hundreds of other manuscript collections held by the NLM History of Medicine Division is available through NLM’s online finding aids, detailed research guides to manuscript collections.

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In the Region

MAR News - Wed, 2020-03-11 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Erin Seger, Sharing Quality Information During an Outbreak: Many public health departments across the country are on alert as the number of cases of COVID-19 increase in the United States. Unfortunately, as a disease spreads, it seems that misinformation does as well. Luckily, health professionals and librarians can go to the National Library of Medicine homepage for high quality resources about this outbreak. There are several NLM resources that provide information about COVID-19: Disaster Lit offers useful, timely information for health departments and others addressing the outbreak, while MedlinePlus offers information they can provide to their communities. PubMed,, and other tools are also linked to provide a variety of information. Last week, the National Academy of Medicine also published an article titled, COVID-19: An Urgent Call for Coordinated, Trusted Sources to Tell Everyone What They Need to Know and Do. I suggest checking these out to ensure that you’re well informed!

Michelle Burda, Promoting Good Nutrition: March is National Nutrition Month with the 2020 theme Eat Right, Bite by Bite. To celebrate this observance, I will be teaching a one-hour webinar, Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources. This class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition, and topics relating to nutrition. Participants are eligible for 1 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA), and this class is also applicable to a MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization. As always, this NNLM class is completely free for anyone to attend, so if you want to learn more about nutrition and quality nutrition information resources, please register and join me on March 19 at 1:30 PM ET!

Kelsey Cowles, Countering Health Misinformation: Tess Wilson and I recently had the pleasure of attending MisinfoCon 2020 at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. Speakers and attendees included academic researchers, employees of public health nonprofits, representatives from companies like Facebook, government experts, journalists, librarians, and more. This interdisciplinary conference created a perfect atmosphere for collaboration in addressing the problem of health misinformation on the internet, with particular attention focused on combating anti-vaccine messages and the rapid spread of Coronavirus-related misinformation. Presenters discussed how misinformation spreads on social media, how both regular people and experts can act most effectively to correct it, how journalists can fight fake health news, how fact-checking organizations work, and why misinformation can be so appealing. A more detailed write-up is forthcoming!

Michael Balkenhol, Promoting Mental Health and Wellness: I recently attended the Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN. I was introduced to several new fantastic resources that NNLM MAR’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Tess Wilson will share in our upcoming webinar, Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00 PM ET. It was great to meet and speak with so many public library workers who are working to meet their patrons where they are, including those experiencing trauma, homelessness, and/or mental illness. The webinar will be recorded and all registrants will be notified via email when the recording, slides, and handouts are available. Register today!

Tess Wilson, Variations on Community Engagement: Last week, I was a guest lecturer for a Community Engagement class within the University of Pittsburgh’s LIS program. We used the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Threat Modeling framework to examine the information-seeking practices and concerns of different communities, and we explored some of the NNLM’s recommended community health data resources. I will also represent NNLM MAR at Pitt’s Community Engaged Scholarship Forum. This day-long workshop explores a wide variety of community work happening on campus and in the city at large.

Kate Flewelling, Share Back: Last week I read with interest, Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, an excellent report by the Public Library Association and WebJunction, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. I especially enjoyed reading the excellent and detailed case studies of how libraries big and small, rural and urban, have responded. I highly recommend reading the report and case studies, then consider applying for NNLM MAR funding to support information-driven campaigns in your community.

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ICYMI Webinar Recap: Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals

SCR News - Wed, 2020-03-11 05:00

SCR CONNECTions will be back with new programming later this year, but we still have lots to share with you here on Blogadillo! Over the next several weeks, in case you missed it (ICYMI), we will be recapping some of the exceptional webinars that NNLM SCR has hosted over the course of the past year. If you would like to access an archived version of this webinar along with others we have hosted, please click here.

In case you missed it, our June 12, 2019 webinar was presented by Alice Jaggers, MSLS, (now formerly) Outreach Coordinator at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library. Alice developed a graphic medicine collection in her library in March 2017, has compiled a preliminary database of graphic medicine titles, maintains a blog on this subject, and co-runs the website She shared with us her passion and her work regarding graphic medicine and the positive impact on empathy it can have for students, patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

 Essentially speaking, the term graphic medicine is used to describe comics about health. This communication medium has received an increase in attention over the last decade due in part to findings that these tools are well-suited to honing empathetic communication in healthcare-related populations. This webinar facilitated the discussion on graphic medicine and medical humanities by diving into implications of emotional understanding and recognition of humanity in health. 

Alice started off by defining empathy as the practice of acknowledging another’s perspective and making an effort to improve communication. She shared with the audience several examples of graphic medicine comics by authors MK Czerwiec RN, MA, Meredith Li-Vollmer PhD, MA, Brian Fies, Tom Hart, and others. She went on to discuss applications for this type of literature, stating that it is versatile in nature and applicable to nearly all perspectives involved in medicine and healthcare.

Alice highlighted for the audience a number of valuable resources, including the NLM’s online Graphic Medicine Exhibition Collection which houses digital examples of this type of resource as well as educational resources for students in middle school and beyond. NNLM’s New England Region has spearheaded a graphic medicine initiative that includes access to free book club kits on various topics.

Alice wrapped up this webinar by talking about the workshop she co-hosted at her library, which was not targeted to any specific audience. “Comic Nurse” MK Czerwiec spoke on this subject and participants coming from highly varied perspectives used crayons and paper to make their own comics about healthcare. Alice reported that participants, regardless of their writing or drawing skills, were surprised at how much emotion their creations evoked and how much introspection and empathy this project promoted.

This webinar is available to watch on YouTube, and Alice’s contact information is listed below.

Alice Jaggers, MSLS

Look out for blog posts in the coming weeks which will recap more NNLM SCR webinars.

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Benchmarking Study of Hospital Libraries Webinar

MCR News - Tue, 2020-03-10 15:42

Join us as we discuss a recent survey to assess the current landscape of hospital libraries by collecting benchmarking data from hospital librarians in the U.S. and other countries. Since the last MLA benchmarking survey in 2002 hospital libraries have faced significant changes including downsizing, position and library elimination, and hospital mergers. The results suggest implications for hospital librarians regarding staffing levels and the depth of services within their unique settings, especially within the context of rapidly expanding health systems.

Study Authors & Presenters:

Angela Spencer
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Reference Librarian
Saint Louis University

Elizabeth Mamo
Library Director
Rochester Regional Health

Brooke L. Billman
Senior Manager, Governance Operations
College of American Pathologists

Mar 11, 2020
10:00 MT/11:00 CT
Register Here

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Dianne Babski Named Acting Associate Director of NLM’s Division of Library Operations!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-03-09 18:31

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Diane Babski

National Library of Medicine Director Patti Brennan has named Dianne Babski as Acting Associate Director, Division of Library Operations (LO) at the National Library of Medicine effective March 1, 2020. In this role, Ms. Babski is responsible for the budget, facilities, administration, and overall management of one of NLM’s largest divisions. She is responsible for more than 450 staff who provide health information services to a global audience of health care professionals, researchers, administrators, students, historians, patients, and the public. In her acting role, Ms. Babski oversees a national network of over 8,000 academic health science libraries, hospital and public libraries, and community organizations to improve access to health information. Ms. Babski will also serve as the Scientific Review Administrator to the federal advisory committee recommending journals for MEDLINE (Literature Selection Technical Review Committee) and will represent NLM to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the Association of Research Libraries.

Ms. Babski has served as the Deputy Associate Director for LO since April 2013. As Deputy, she led the inaugural year for the Data Science @NLM Training Program for NLM staff, served as acting head of the Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and Acting Head of the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology. Prior to joining NLM in 2005, Ms. Babski worked in the Scientific Review Program of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, developing peer review tools and database resources. She also worked on the NASA SPACELINE data project that supplied space life sciences citations and indexing to MEDLINE. She has a BS in Biology and Biochemistry and Master of Information Management (MIM) from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Spring 2020 #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is coming!

MCR News - Mon, 2020-03-09 18:17

Edit a thon promoWikipedia’s health topics pages are visited a staggering 7 billion times a year, making it possibly the world’s most popular health information resource. The objective of #citeNLM is to improve the credibility and content of medical and health-related articles on Wikipedia by adding citations and information from National Library of Medicine (NLM) sources

The spring #citeNLM campaign period will run from April 1-30, 2020. Host your own event during the campaign period or join us for our virtual #citeNLM Edit-a-thon on Thursday, April 30. Sign-up on our dashboard today to participate!

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Happy 1st Birthday DOCLINE 6!

MCR News - Mon, 2020-03-09 18:14

Birthday graphicOne year ago, “New DOCLINE” went live for borrowing and lending. 35 years ago, DOCLINE was launched! Click here to view some statistics about Year 1.

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Register Now for the Healthy People 2030 Launch Event on March 31!

MCR News - Mon, 2020-03-09 18:05

On March 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! The event is at the George Washington University, and you can attend via webcast, 11:00 – 1:00 MT/12:00 – 2:00 CT. For more information and register here.

Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. At the event, the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives will be highlighted. The session will also feature a panel discussion showcasing how select organizations and communities have successfully used Healthy People to promote health and address the social determinants of health, health equity, and well-being.

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Webinar: Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community

MCR News - Mon, 2020-03-09 18:03

A panel about library services for the Autism community.

Panelist bios:

Dina Bishara is a mother of two children, including a 6th grader on the autism spectrum. She is a co-founder of the Iowa City Autism Community and involved in a variety of autism and mental-health related advocacy efforts. Additionally, she is a Program Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County, Iowa.

Angela Pilkington is the Children’s Services Coordinator for the Iowa City Public Library. You will find her leading Storytimes and big events for the library, working on the Children’s Room Desk, or driving the Bookmobile around Iowa City. She loves interacting with patrons and trying out new ideas for programs, especially ones that benefit the entire community. Her passion is to serve the youth of Iowa City and make them feel at home in their library.

Erin Silva is the Youth & Teen services librarian at the North Liberty Library. Her job allows her to incorporate her passion for advocacy and inclusivity for kids and teens from all walks of life. She also serves on the board of Houses into Homes, a local non-profit providing beds, furniture, and household items for families and individuals who are exiting homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations, using donated and gently used items.

Jessie Witherell is the mother to an eight-year-old little boy on the autism spectrum and the co-founder of The Iowa City Autism Community. She also is actively involved in organizing autism-friendly events in her community and is a dedicated disability justice advocate.

Class Date:

Region/Office: National
Mar 12, 2020
9:00 MT/10:00 CT

Register here

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#CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Preventative Health and Wellness

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2020-03-09 15:13

Wikipedia is used for health information by 50-70% of physicians. Help us improve health information on Wikipedia.Wikipedia’s health topics pages are visited nearly 7 billion times a year. Citing National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources in Wikipedia articles improves the credibility of the content. #CiteNLM is a campaign to improve the quality of Wikipedia’s health-related articles. #CiteNLM Wikipeadia Edit-a-thons are held twice annually. The Spring #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, focusing on preventative health and wellness, will be held virtually on April 30, 2020. Libraries are encouraged to participate in the virtual edit-a-thon, or host their own events throughout the month of April.

To get ready for the upcoming #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, attend the training on Thursday, April 2 , 2020 (10-11am Alaska, 11-noon Pacific, noon-1pm Mountain).

When planning an Edit-a-thon event in your library, or to participate virtually on April 30th, sign up for the campaign on the #citeNLM Dashboard. The dashboard tracks involvement in the edit-a-thon.

Whether you’ve participated in #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons in the past, or this is your first time, check out the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon guide for a comprehensive list of resources and information about participating in the #citeNLM event.

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Register Now to Attend the Healthy People 2030 Launch on March 31!

PSR News - Mon, 2020-03-09 15:01

On March 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! The event is at the George Washington University, and registration is available to attend the event via webcast. Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. At the event, the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives will be highlighted. The session will also feature a panel discussion showcasing how select organizations and communities have successfully used Healthy People to promote health and address the social determinants of health, health equity, and well-being.

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Member Spotlight: Western New York Library Resources Council

MAR News - Mon, 2020-03-09 08:00

The Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) is a not-for-profit consortium of libraries and library systems serving 6 counties of Western New York. WNYLRC is a member-driven organization serving all types of libraries including public, academic, school, and special libraries. As recipients of a recent All of Us Community Engagement Award, Heidi Ziemer, Grace Di Virgilio, and Olivia Helfer are hoping to jumpstart health literacy for librarians in the region. Heidi has been an integral part of the Council for 30 years, most recently the Continuing Education Coordinator, and now as the Outreach and Digital Services Coordinator. Grace and Olivia co-coordinate the Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP), and while Grace has been part of HLSP for over 20 years, Olivia joined the team 6 years ago.

Olivia Helfer, Heidi Ziemer, and Grace Di Virgilio

Olivia Helfer, Heidi Ziemer, and Grace Di Virgilio

For Grace and Olivia, NLM resources are a part of their daily information arsenal. From PubMed to Pillbox to, they regularly use and promote these incredible, freely available resources. In addition to sharing resources with hospital staff, Olivia also provides the public with information about NLM resources at outreach events where she represents the Committee for Health Information Access (CHIA). Through CHIA, the public is introduced to consumer-facing NLM resources such as MedlinePlus and Genetics Home Reference.

WNYLRC has been a member of NNLM MAR for several years. On behalf of WNYLRC, Grace has received multiple professional development awards, welcoming NNLM MAR trainers to Buffalo to teach consumer health classes. Our most recent endeavor, to create a more health literate community, would not be possible without the assistance and guidance of those working at NNLM MAR. Through this award, we are partnering with public, school, and special libraries across Western New York to help staff earn their Consumer Health Information Specialization as well as give them funds to hold health-focused programs at their libraries. Though this is an ongoing initiative, we have had positive feedback from many librarians who are glad they have had the opportunity to learn about such useful health resources. We have also been encouraged by the interest shown from our area state legislators about the importance of hospital library resources as well as consumer health resources, especially for our distressed urban and rural areas. We anticipate the information learned by these librarians to continue to impact the public, from children to adults, for years to come. Thanks for making this sort of long-term, impactful change possible, NNLM MAR!

Written with contributions from Heidi Ziemer, Grace Di Virgilio, and Olivia Helfer of WNYLRC, for the Winter 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Now Available: New Quick Tours and On-Demand Class for the “New” PubMed

PSR News - Fri, 2020-03-06 16:31

PubMed Essentials is intended for students, health care professionals, and researchers looking for quick training on the new PubMed. In a series of nine brief, interactive lessons, PubMed Essentials covers the basics of using PubMed. This series of tutorials, listed below, is available in three formats:

What is in PubMed? 3 min(s) PubMed: Find articles on a topic 1 min(s) PubMed subject search: How it works 4 min(s) PubMed: Find articles by author 2 min(s) PubMed: Find articles from a citation 2 min(s) PubMed: Find articles by journal 2 min(s) PubMed: Find the latest treatments for a disease or disorder 2 min(s) PubMed: Get the full text for an article 2 min(s) PubMed: Save searches and set e-mail alerts 2 min(s)
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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2020-03-06 11:58

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


Funding Available Now! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and resources, and submit your proposal by April 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Celebrate Nutrition with the NNLM Reading Club – Looking for easy and free health programming? Check out the latest NNLM Reading Club book kit, which includes book selections, a discussion guide, and materials to talk about nutrition.

NNLM Human Genetics Film Kit: The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) is providing film kits to up to 250 public libraries across the United States. Promote health literacy in your community with four films, discussion guides, and customizable marketing materials designed to support public libraries in raising scientific literacy and awareness of precision medicine. Applications are open until March 16.

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focusing on Preventative Health & Wellness will take place on Thursday, April 30. Get ready to #citeNLM by joining MAR and SEA for a training webinar on April 2 to learn more about participating in the edit-a-thon or hosting your own in-person event!

Happy Birthday DOCLINE 6! – DOCLINE Talkline

NNLM Supporting Citizen Science Month at Public Libraries

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has expanded its partnership with SciStarter to support Citizen Science Month in April 2020! Through citizen science and crowdsourcing, NNLM can engage communities in addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation. Community participation in the research process also builds trust between NNLM and the communities that we serve. SciStarter and NLM have put together a curated and publicly accessible page of activities to support Citizen Science month and other related activities in your community – featured projects address environmental and health issues through citizen science.

Do you run programs at your library? Interested in receiving a free Citizen Science Program Kit? During the month of April, NNLM and SciStarter seek to host citizen science activities in select cities. Weekly webinars for the library community will be available leading up to the month of April, for programming support and Citizen Science questions. Sign up today to receive a program kit with instructions for facilitating an event at your library!


Share Your Thoughts on NIH’s Research Priorities – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is developing its next NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, and we’re asking for your input. This plan will help NIH capitalize on new opportunities for scientific exploration. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Structural Biology Points Way to Coronavirus Vaccine – an NIH-funded team of researchers has created the first atomic-scale map of a promising protein target for vaccine development – the so-called spike protein on the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced updated eligibility guidelines and library responsibilities in DOCLINE. The most significant change is that the number of journals required to join DOCLINE has been reduced to ten, enabling more libraries to participate. NNLM Members can contact the DOCLINE Coordination Office with questions or concerns.

Request for Information: Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight ET, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

NIH News in Health: The March 2020 issue is now available, featuring, “Maintain Your Muscle: Strength Training at Any Age,” and, “Finger Numbness: Could It Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?” Other topics include improving care through telehealth, alcohol-related death, and Asian-language resources.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

March 2020

Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community – March 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide a panel discussion with three guest speakers about library services for the Autism community. Hear from library and community advocates about their passion for youth services and inclusive programming.

Health Literacy in an Academic Environment – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 19, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this one hour class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition as related to other health-related topics will be discussed. NLM, NIH and other government agency resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – March 24, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) for this class that 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. Participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE, applicable to a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

NLM’s History of Medicine Division: A Treasure Trove of Medical Materials – March 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. Their holdings, in a variety of digital and physical formats, spans ten centuries from nearly every part of the globe. In this session you will learn how the History of Medicine Division approaches acquisition and conservation; discover hidden treasures in the collection, and get to know who uses this vast collection.

April 2020

#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training – April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This April, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the Spring 2020 #citeNLM Edit-a-thon as we add citations to Wikipedia articles on preventive health and wellness. In preparation for the edit-a-thon, join the Middle and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (MAR/SEA) for this hands-on training to gain an overview of the importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource, more about the ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project, how to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hosting an edit-a-thon for your community, and adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming for Summer Reading! – April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – For a second year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! For Imagine Your Story 2020 we have incorporated fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy into program plans for nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, dental health storytime, and more. During this one-hour webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. Intended for those who work in public libraries, but open for anyone who is interested in health programming.

Nicotine, It’s a Brain Changer – April 8, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Nicotine is a highly addictive neurotoxin. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest presenters to explore the effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain, review Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products, methods and content, learn about the health risks of using ENDS, and review current resources for treating nicotine dependence.

Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success – April 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), in this webinar two health sciences librarians will provide an overview of open science services (OSS) and research in libraries and outline the challenges encountered in supporting researchers in this space. This presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how libraries can build on their support of open science by aligning programs and services with the goals of their research communities and institutions. As practitioners, the presenters will also share ideas around adopting sustainable “open” approaches into their own work and research.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – April 20-May 3, 2020 – You’re a library worker – you’re already helping those in your community find health information. What are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? This class will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

*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

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is just around the corner, March 30-April 5, 2020. There are several ways you can get involved to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol!

Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Librarians of Color – March 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join The African American Medical Library Alliance Caucus (AAMLA) for this webinar, featuring three guest speakers, on the importance of recruiting and retaining underrepresented or minoritized librarians. Twanna Hodge will discuss the recruitment process for library residencies and recruitment strategies for early career BIPOC librarians. Tamara Nelson will discuss intentional recruiting of diverse candidates using direct strategies to recruit librarians of color that goes beyond just only posting the position, including ways to be proactive. Alan R. Bailey will discuss practices academic libraries should follow to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace – a workplace that embraces diversity and fosters success for all librarians but specifically those from diverse populations.

Finding Toxicology-related Information in 2020 Using PubChem and Other NLM Resources – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – TOXNET (the TOXicology Data NETwork) was retired on December 16, 2019 as part of the reorganization associated with NLM’s current strategic plan. Most of TOXNET’s databases have been incorporated into other NLM resources, e.g., PubChem and Bookshelf, or continue to be available elsewhere. This webinar will describe where former users of TOXNET can now go for information, and provide an overview and examples of the toxicology- and chemical safety-related information now available in PubChem.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Pandemic! NLM Resources for Librarians to Assist Researchers and the Public in Understanding the Coronavirus and Influenza – March 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with guest speakers from the National Library of Medicine, join this webinar to learn how to locate and navigate the consumer health resources in MedlinePlus, NLM’s disaster health resources on Coronavirus and influenza, and understand the types of data freely-available through the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources for the influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 to guide researchers to the most relevant information.

Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis – March 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Public libraries are respected local institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. As community anchor institutions, libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the opioid crisis that has gripped the country. After 16 months of research, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address the opioid crisis in their communities. Sponsored by WebJunction, Panelists in this webinar will share resources, including ideas for organizations to partner with, additional perspectives to consider, and strategies for getting started.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

University of Utah Summer Teacher Institute – The University of Utah will be hosting a 6.5-day “Health and Science for All” workshop this summer for Elementary, Middle and High School life science and health teachers. Participants will develop engaging ways to communicate with the public about important science and health topics related to the All of Us Research Program, and to support program goals. Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2020.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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 – March 6, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-03-06 09:42

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


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars March 9 – March 11

Webinars March 12 – March 17

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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April 2 Training Webinar for the #citeNLM Spring 2020 Event!

PSR News - Thu, 2020-03-05 15:00

The next NNLM #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will take place on April 30, focusing on articles related to Preventive Health and Wellness. During the all-day online event, you are invited to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine resources such as MedlinePlus, PubMed, and Genetics Home Reference. Participants can follow the hashtag #citeNLM on Twitter throughout the day to ask questions, post photos, and share personal experiences. Librarians, educators, and other aspiring Wikipedians can also join the spring campaign by hosting an event for their students, faculty, or communities.

Participate in the hands-on training on April 2 to learn more!

Date and time: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 11:00AM – 12:00PM PDT

In this one-hour webinar, presenters will review:

  • The role of Wikipedia and the importance of edit-a-thons
  • Participating in the #citeNLM Virtual Edit-a-thon by joining the event dashboard
  • How to become a Wikipedia editor
  • Citing NLM resources and best practices for editing articles on medical and health topics
  • Hosting your own in-person event anytime in April using the #citeNLM Guide for Organizers

For more information about #citeNLM and to join the spring 2020 campaign, visit the project page.

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15-40 Connection 3 Steps Detect in Massachusetts Vocational/Technical High Schools

NER News - Thu, 2020-03-05 08:53

business card and button from 15-40.orgIn 2018-2019, NER provided funding to 15-40 Connection to support the 3 Steps Detect program at Massachusetts vocational and technical high schools.  This blog post is an excerpt from the final report submitted to NER in May 2019.

The goal for this project was to establish program partnerships to teach 3 Steps Detect and share National Network of Libraries of Medicine and MedlinePlus resources, with a focus on Massachusetts Vocational/Technical Schools. Key contacts were identified as staff connected with health teachers, Health Track program directors, and/or Wellness Department Chairs. 15-40 Connection established communication with these contacts through emails, phone calls, and conferences.

In the implementation phase, to maintain consistency across all locations, the same Powerpoint presentation was used for all high school audiences. The presentation includes stories and lessons from cancer survivors in either live speaker of video format, as well as tips and suggestions for practicing the 3 Steps Detect. The presentations conclude with talking points for MedlinePlus as a trusted resource for health information, as well as handouts with listed as a resource. In the case of the Train-the-Trainer model, teachers were given access to the Powerpoint and presentation script, as well as supplemental materials (worksheets, handouts, and activities) which could be used during the lesson implementation.

The largest challenge to this project came in the scheduling phase. We had hoped to complete education in more Vocational schools within the grant timeline, however getting the schools to commit to a date proved to be a challenge. While there was genuine interest in our program from many of the contacts we connected with, many schools were focused on other current problems such as the opioid crisis and vaping.

We found that many of our program partners were inspired to engage with the education in a more meaningful way. They identified with our mission to share early detection education with as many people as possible, and found creative ways to extend the education into their wider community. Students at Lunenburg High School designed and created bulletin boards and digital posters to be shared on TV screens around the school. Nursing students at Worcester State University broke up into groups and shared 3 Steps Detect through tablings, interactive activities, and education sessions both on- and off-campus. These projects allowed early detection education to reach beyond our original target audience and impact the wider school community.

15-40 Connection is saving and improving lives through education. By learning how to recognize potential symptoms, when to act on those symptoms, and how to advocate for themselves with healthcare providers, students are empowered. Our programs are reaching audiences at a vulnerable age, and giving student health skills that they will be able to use for life. We are also providing trusted resources and relevant articles through our partnership with NNLM, including online, printed, and verbal references encouraging people to use MedlinePlus.

15-40 Connection teaches young people to detect cancer

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Become a Member of the NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center’s (NACC) Advisory Board!

MCR News - Wed, 2020-03-04 16:48

NACC is looking for people with experience working with people living with HIV to become members of our Advisory Board. The Advisory Board provides NACC with feedback and recommendations on programming and outreach activities. Advisory Board meetings are held quarterly via the web and are limited to an hour. <<READ MORE>>

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Upcoming webinar from the American Chemical Society: An Overview of NLM’s Post-TOXNET Resources

MCR News - Wed, 2020-03-04 16:45

TOXNET (the TOXicology Data NETwork) was retired in December 2019 as part of the reorganization associated with the NLM Strategic Plan. Most of TOXNET’s databases have been incorporated into other NLM resources such as PubChem and Bookshelf, or continue to be available elsewhere.

Join Bert Hakkinen and Evan Bolton from the National Library of Medicine to learn where former users of TOXNET can now go for information.

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 17 at 11:oo MT/12:00 CT

A live Q&A session will follow the webinar.

To read about where to find TOXNET information, see:
TOXNET Update: New Locations for TOXNET Content:

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Citizen Science Month (and Beyond)! @ Your Library – A free webinar (SciStarter)

MCR News - Wed, 2020-03-04 16:40

In support of Citizen Science Month, here is an opportunity to learn more about this exciting topic and how your library can get involved, please consider attending this free online event Friday, March 6, 2020 from 12pm– 1pm Mountain Time / 1pm-2pm Central Time

Citizen science can build upon your existing STEM programs or introduce a whole new world of STEM engagement opportunities for library patrons. From tracking species migrations to measuring light pollution or searching online for new galaxies, citizen science invites patrons to engage in REAL research projects and contribute to scientific knowledge. Discover how libraries are serving as community hubs for citizen science with support from the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter and Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. We invite you to join this free, interactive webinar “Citizen Science Month and Beyond!” and discover how you can access the many FREE resources to help introduce, facilitate, or promote citizen science in your library…yes, even THIS April!

Learn more about citizen science at

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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