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AAHSL and NLM Announce 2019 Leadership Fellows and Mentors

PSR News - Wed, 2018-08-15 19:32

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have announced the five members of the 2018-2019 cohort of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one-year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 54% of fellow graduates have assumed director positions.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences for fellows and offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with the cohort of participants. Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. Mentors work closely with their fellows throughout the year, and host their fellow’s visit to their library. The candidate pool for fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognition of a substantial record of leadership accomplishment and potential for a director position.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows and Mentors 2018-2019

Blair Anton, MLIS, MS, AHIP, Associate Director, Informationist Services, William H. Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Mentor: Melissa De Santis, MLIS, AHIP, Director, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO.

Amy Blevins, MALS, Associate Director for Public Services, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

Mentor: Terrie R. Wheeler, AMLS, Director, Samuel J. Wood Library and C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY.

Mellanye Lackey, MSI, AHIP, formerly Associate Director of Education and Research, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; currently transitioning to a new position and library in 2019.

Mentor: Chris Shaffer, MS, AHIP, University Librarian, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Information Management, University of California, San Francisco, CA.

Katherine (Katie) Prentice, MSIS, AHIP, Associate Director for User Experience & Assessment, Schusterman Library, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, OK.

Mentor: Ellen Nordre Sayed, MLS, MAcc, AHIP, Director, MCW Libraries, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Randall Watts, MDiv, MS, AHIP, Associate Director/Associate Professor, Health Sciences Library, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN.

Mentor: M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, Associate Vice President Academic Affairs, Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

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New NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian: Nora Franco!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2018-08-10 19:31

Hola! My name is Nora Franco, and I would like to say hello as the new Consumer Health Librarian for the NNLM PSR at UCLA! My passion for medical librarianship began as an LIS student at the University of North Texas, where I was first exposed to the array of librarian specializations, including health sciences librarianship. While in the Health Informatics program, I was able to complete an internship at the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), part of the Specialized Information Services (SIS) division at NLM. Joining the PSR team makes me feel things have come full circle!

Nora Franco

Nora Franco

I come to the West Coast after living on no coast, AKA the Midwest, working as an embedded Clinical Medical Librarian for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Health Sciences Library. For anyone unfamiliar with the history of Clinical Medical Librarians, the program began nationally at UMKC through a National Library of Medicine grant. While in Kansas City, I worked closely with the School of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy constituents. One of my favorite instructional sessions that I developed was a Consumer Health Information Resources course for the Drug Information Center. Not only was I able to expose pharmacy residents to quality health information resources, including NLM products, but I was able to learn about provider-patient communication, and how medical librarians can facilitate the development of them. Other activities while at UMKC and Kansas City include:

I am very fortunate and excited to work closely alongside other PSR staff members, particularly Kelli Ham, former PSR Consumer Health Librarian. While Kelli takes on her new position with the All of Us Research Program, I will assist her in many of her outreach efforts. Feel free to reach out to me with questions or to get to know me better by sending an email message, or giving me a call at 310-794-6572. I look forward to meeting and learning from the variety of PSR Network members!

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DOCLINE 6.0 Release Update

PSR News - Thu, 2018-08-09 15:17

DOCLINE 6.0 will be released in mid-to-late September.  Adjusting the release date allows NLM the necessary time to accommodate user needs.  This release will ensure that all DOCLINE libraries have a new, secure login.  In addition, all borrowing requests, including those for indexed articles or books, can be placed using either the PMID or manual methods.

Look for new features soon!  Based on your feedback, the DOCLINE Team at NLM will be adding new features on a continuous basis over the next months based on priority, with the most critical features first, followed by reports, activity summary, contact library, and additional requesting methods.  New features will be announced as they are released.

Once the DOCLINE Team announces the preview period, it is recommended that DOCLINE users try the redesigned system, test the new login, and familiarize yourself with the interface.  The existing DOCLINE will remain in use for borrowing and lending during this time.

Please continue to send the DOCLINE Team feedback.  Your suggestions will be considered for possible inclusion in a future update.

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August 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-08-06 11:37

Illustration of a child wearing the robotic exoskeleton in a laboratory
Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Q & A: Dr. Steve Cole on Loneliness
    Excerpts from a conversation with Dr. Cole, who heads the NIH-funded Social Genomics Core Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Health Capsule: Preventing Shingles
    Shingles most commonly occurs in adults over 50, but it can appear at any age. There are now two shingles vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can help prevent shingles or lower the extent of the effects it may cause.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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NNLM PSR Sponsors MLA Education Webinar

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-08-01 11:44

NNLM PSR sponsored seven sites for the MLA webinar, Aligning the Three Pillars of Effective Instruction: Outcomes, Teaching, and Assessment for Health Sciences Librarians. Feedback was positive and several hosts reported that the session was effective for both new and experienced teachers. One host commented, “The webinar was great! It was exactly what I was looking for to build the skills of our team.” Another noted that the webinar was “very practical and transferable to other librarians who teach in various areas, such as data science or scholarly communication.”

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

The following sites hosted the live webcast:


Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries
Host: Adrienne Brodie


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

Kaiser Permanente
Host: Ana Macias

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Host: Danielle Salomon

Western University of Health Sciences
Host: Kelli Hines


Hawaii State Hospital
Host: Lisa Anne Matsumoto


University of Nevada, Reno
Host: Mary Schultz

Thanks to everyone who made it possible for members from our region to attend! In November 2018, NNLM PSR will sponsor another MLA webinar: Using Stories to Support Academic Instruction and Health Education. Be on the lookout for an announcement from the PSR-News email list.

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Recording of Inaugural DOCLINE Talkline Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-30 18:03

The recording of the inaugural DOCLINE Talkline webinar on July 25 is now available. DOCLINE Talkline is a webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine. To view the webinar, click on the YouTube player below.

Presenters, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead gave an overview of the upcoming redesigned DOCLINE 6.0. In this session, attendees were able to:

  • Understand the Google sign-in process,
  • Link accounts to DOCLINE, and
  • Get a sneak peek at library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.

If you have any questions or feedback about DOCLINE 6.0, write to the NLM Help Desk, view the DOCLINE 6.0 FAQs, or contact the National DOCLINE Coordination Office.

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Dr. Dina Paltoo Named NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-30 17:45

NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Dina Paltoo, PhD, MPH, as NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development. In this role, she leads NLM’s policy and legislative activities which promote access to scientific data and information, as well as health information technology. Dr. Paltoo had performed the duties in an interim capacity since April 2018 while on detail from the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her official appointment took effect July 9, 2018.

Dr. Paltoo was previously the Director of the Division of Scientific Data Sharing Policy within the OSP. While there, she was responsible for overseeing NIH policy efforts in scientific data sharing and management, open science, and genomics and health. Prior to taking on that role, she was the Director of OSP’s Genetics, Health, and Society Program. Dr. Paltoo joined OSP from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she was a program director in genetics and pharmacogenetics and led activities to promote the sharing of these and other data. She has also served as a scientific advisor on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Personalized Healthcare Initiative, was a National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellow, and taught at Howard and Morgan State Universities. Dr. Paltoo received her PhD in physiology and biophysics from Howard University, was a postdoctoral fellow in cellular biophysics and biochemistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and earned an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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DOCLINE 6.0 E-mail Updates

PSR News - Fri, 2018-07-27 13:21

Beginning July 27, all NLM emails about the DOCLINE 6.0 upgrade will come from They will not be posted on the DOCLINE-L listserv. Those who subscribe to DOCLINE-L will receive emails about DOCLINE 6.0 only occasionally, and only from the DOCLINE Team.

The new service allows the DOCLINE team at NLM to better support libraries through the transition to DOCLINE 6.0 with:

  • Full HTML messages,
  • Images,
  • Direct links to webinars, DOCLINE support, help videos, and more.

The DOCLINE-L discussion listserv will still be available. If you are subscribed to DOCLINE-L, you will remain a member of the listserv. If you have any questions, write to the NLM help desk, view the DOCLINE FAQs, or the National DOCLINE Coordination Office.

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NLM Establishes a Five-Year Development Plan for MEDLINE!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-07-24 14:38

In December 2016, the National Library of Medicine established the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) Indexing Assessment Project to evaluate the impact on users of assigning MeSH terms to MEDLINE citations. The project findings confirmed the value of MEDLINE indexing and the value of applying selected non-subject metadata to MEDLINE citations. In response to the findings and as part of its Strategic Plan, NLM created the five-year development plan, MEDLINE 2022. A Working Group, comprised of members from across all NLM departments, was charged with the plan’s implementation.

MEDLINE 2022 has eight specific goals describing challenges that must be addressed to maintain the usefulness of MEDLINE as a tool for discovering and analyzing the biomedical research literature:

  1. Investigate the use of authoritative vocabularies in MEDLINE indexing in addition to, or as a partial replacement for MeSH, for some topics or types of metadata, for example, chemical names.
  2. Implement a range of indexing methods to ensure the timely assignment of MeSH or terms from other approved vocabularies to MEDLINE citations.
  3. Support the discoverability of content.
  4. Support the pharmacology and toxicology research communities by sustaining and improving the discoverability of chemical information in MEDLINE/PubMed citations.
  5. Support NIH and other funding organizations by ensuring the discoverability of funding information in MEDLINE/PubMed.
  6. Support the genetics research community by adding relevant gene information to MEDLINE/PubMed citations.
  7. Support the NLM pivot to data science as described in the new NLM Strategic Plan.
  8. Update MEDLINE journal requirements to support these goals and strategies.

The goals of MEDLINE 2022 align with the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan, most importantly Goal 1: Accelerate discovery and advance health by providing the tools for data-driven research. MEDLINE has provided access to the biomedical literature for more than 45 years, evolving as publishing and information retrieval have evolved. The MEDLINE 2022 project aims to ensure that MEDLINE continues to evolve to meet the needs of users in an age of data-driven discovery. NLM will keep its many stakeholders informed of progress with the implementation of MEDLINE 2022 by publishing future NLM Technical Bulletin articles with details about different aspects of this project.

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All of Us: Imagining the Future; Pondering the Past – Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium, Atlanta 2018

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2018-07-23 16:24

by Peg Eby-Jager, A.M.L.S.
Librarian | Consumer Health Information Specialist

“All is flux; nothing is stationary.”
Heraclitus (c.535 – c.475 BC)

“Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.”
George Carlin (1937 – 2008)

CHIS Quest
When I found out about the Public Librarians Symposium, late and serendipitously, I’d been scouting for continuing education credits in light of a fast approaching deadline for renewing my Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certificate; I was a surprised to learn that travel awards were available to public librarians as well. Great news! My thoughts then quickly shifted back to the sobering present with the realization that I’d need to be in Atlanta in about three weeks. Quick work, collegiality, and good fortune were needed, and thankfully everything fell into place. I registered for the meeting, booked travel and accommodations, and leveraged a change in my work schedule. Being awarded a travel grant was, as they say, just gravy, and I was looking forward to attending the Symposium, earning CHIS credits, connecting with colleagues, and learning about the All of Us Research Program – a precision medicine initiative that I knew next to nothing about.

The Symposium

“This year’s conference also offers something special: a symposium dedicated to health information for public librarians…designed to help public librarians develop skills in providing consumer health information to enhance health and well-being and to encourage and expand health literacy throughout the communities.”

From NLM Director’s blog, Musings from the Mezzanine

All of Us

“The All of Us Research Program, is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.”


I was in the go-mode for Atlanta. But first, gentle reader, a brief detour through patient data history.

Interest in Consumer Health
The one constant among my professional interests since earning a library degree in 1985 is my abiding interest in consumer health information. And during those thirty-plus years, there have been seismic changes in virtually every aspect of health care – patient records included. My first job as a freshly minted librarian was with the Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities (CPHA), a think tank, whose primary data asset comprised anonymous, patient-level records supplied by over 25% of North American acute care facilities. That was a huge data set, to be sure. However, the limitations of those records compared to what I would be hearing about at the Symposium makes all the difference between planting a single seed and the bounty reaped from a worldwide harvest.

Among CPHA’s many study reports and products was an annual series of books that listed average length of hospital stay, organized by diagnoses and stratified by a few additional criteria. It would never make the NY Times best-seller list, but it was CPHA’s hot product, bringing in significant income that fueled research. And CPHA was pushing the envelope, as their public health researchers worked to develop new analytical models yielding a more precise picture of how precious medical resources were being utilized.

Finding ways to accurately measure utilization of medical resources was The Holy Grail. But in the 1980s, CPHA’s anonymous hospital discharge records offered only a static slice of patient data and were not linked to any longitudinal cohort. Further, patient medical records were typically handwritten by physicians and stored in paper files in their offices. The necessary technology and infrastructure did not yet exist.

book titled Length of Stay showing the front cover and the book opened to pages with lots of data

In 1985, the availability of patient data from longitudinal studies was greatly limited. “Length of Stay” data were derived from anonymous hospital discharge records and were not linked to patient medical records. (Photo credit: Peg Eby-Jager)

To be clear: back in the day, CPHA’s published studies and data products were a big deal. It wasn’t unusual for a client to refer to us as “the only game in town.” But the All of Us Program, as I would soon learn at the Symposium, intends to change the game entirely. Building and sustaining the largest, most diverse, markedly innovative, longitudinal patient data set is the goal. “Change” hardly describes what is in store; a better term would be “reinvention.”

And what better place than Atlanta, a city that has reinvented itself time after time, to begin learning about All of Us?

MLA & M.J.T.
Day One of the Symposium began with a beautiful buffet breakfast offering a range of choices from bacon-and-eggs to copious fresh fruits and yogurt. My body clock was still set on PDT, but a second cup of coffee fueled a speedy circumnavigation of the Hyatt’s Regency Ballroom. Tables were quickly filling, the Symposium would soon kick off, and I didn’t see a single familiar face.

Mary-Kate Finnegan presenting a poster at a symposium

Mary-Kate Finnegan from University of the Pacific in Stockton presenting a poster at the symposium

Pretty quickly, I was invited to join a table near the podium. A friendly person called me over, and introduced herself as “M.J. Tooey,” whose name that I recognized as a past president of MLA. After a warm welcome, introductions, and a little get-acquainted chat with everyone at the table, M.J. clued me in on what to expect at the kickoff.

I had closely followed MLA’s pre-conference planning instructions, and I’d studied the presentations and posters that would be available to Symposium attendees. I knew which presentations I’d attend and which posters I wanted to see. I’d familiarized myself with the Hyatt map, and I knew where to be and when to be there. I definitely had a plan. But M.J. Tooey made sure that I knew that Patti Brennan, the current director of the National Library of Medicine, would soon be joining our table prior to giving her keynote speech. And that was just so very thoughtful and considerate of her. Moments like this leave lasting impressions.

Data-Driven Discovery
Patti Brennan’s keynote focused on “data-powered health” and the critical role of the All of Us Research Program’s one million-plus cohort to the future of precision medicine. Beginning with a quick overview of NLM’s strategic plan, she invited us to consider that every research article begets its own data set, and then to imagine the biomedical discovery implications of harnessing vast quantities of data that are made widely available. She talked about the need to find new ways to get information into the hands of laypeople and how those data could be used by citizen scientists. Dr. Brennan compellingly argued that massive data resources offer a “foundational substrate” for knowledge and discovery, and that the All of Us data set will be a prime factor in data-driven biomedical discovery.

Dr. Brennan is focused on a future in which myriad data-rich resources are widely available. She spoke about radical new possibilities for understanding health rather than focusing primarily on the study of disease states. But a diverse data set is key to success, and building a representationally diverse cohort of over one million people contributing data and biosamples will not be easy. The massive scale of the project is simply mind-boggling.


Patti Brennan writes regularly about the value of that ambitiously imagined, data-driven future on her blog, NLM Musings from the Mezzanine. “[W]e released NLM’s strategic plan, A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. Concurrently the National Institutes of Health announced a draft Strategic Plan for Data Science.”

Precision Medicine

“[P]recision medicine is ‘an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.’ …It is in contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration for the differences between individuals.”

From Genetics Home Reference


All of Us and Public Librarians
Public librarians may play a role in helping to raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program, and Dr. Brennan raised the question of how that role could be fostered. Toward the end of her talk, she posed the question of what can be done to assist public libraries, and I’ll be interested to see what sort of outreach takes place. Public librarians, however, do not need to wait for direction. MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) offers an excellent starting point.

I truly enjoyed the CHIS courses I took, and after completing Level I requirements, I pushed a little harder and earned a Level II certificate. I learned a lot, and I’d encourage my public library colleagues – not just librarians, but paraprofessionals as well – to take an introductory course. Building on my public service skills and more effectively helping patrons achieve greater health literacy is the greatest benefit of CHIS coursework. There is no charge for the courses; you can pace yourself. And there’s no pressure to complete work on a certificate. The bottom line is that the benefits are well worth the effort, for us and for our patrons!


“By earning your CHIS, you acquire skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community.” Learn more about CHIS at the Medical Library Association website. NNLM offers a sponsorship which covers the CHIS application fee for library personnel who take the required number of courses.

CHIS Courses

  • Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
  • Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Find more CHIS opportunities by browsing the list of all NNLM classes.

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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Summer 2018 Issue Available Online!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-07-18 15:49
cover of NIH Medlineplus magazine with comedian Matt Iseman

The Summer 2018 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is host of “American Ninja Warrior” and comedian Matt Iseman, who shares how he has coped with rheumatoid arthritis. The issue also features articles on kidney transplant, multiple sclerosis, blood pressure, immunotherapy and other news from NIH.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is available online in both HTML and PDF format. You can also receive a print subscription or e-mail alerts.

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NLM Announces Digitization of Materials from the Leonidas H. Berry Papers

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-16 17:56

The National Library of Medicine has announced new public access to over 1,600 letters, photographs, and other materials selected and newly-digitized from the Leonidas H. Berry Papers 1907-1982 archival collection, celebrating the career and personal life of the trailblazing physician and civil rights advocate. Social justice activist, medical pioneer, and influential member of the African American community, Dr. Leonidas Berry advocated for racial justice within the medical profession and access to equal care for all patients, and developed innovative techniques and new instruments in the field of gastroenterology. His work is recognized as part of the NLM traveling banner exhibition For All the People: A Century in Citizen Action in Health Care Reform; and the online adaptation of the exhibition features all 1,686 digitized items in a digital gallery.

To learn more about the variety of items included and the meaning of this collection, follow a Circulating Now blog series during the week of July 16; what would be Dr. Berry’s 116th birthday. On Tuesday, July 17th, Abigail Porter, an exhibition researcher at the NLM, explores Dr. Berry’s career-long battle against racial discrimination in the medical profession. This post features letters written by Dr. Berry in the 1950s and 60s, in which he declined, in protest, an invitation to a medical conference held at a segregated venue in New Orleans, pushed for a high-ranking hospital appointment he’d been denied due to discrimination, and called for the integration of the National Medical Association.

In Wednesday’s installment, NLM exhibition coordinator Nicole Orphanides delves into Dr. Berry’s groundbreaking contributions to the fields of gastroenterology and endoscopy. One of the first African American physicians to use gastroscopy, he invented an attachment that improved visibility. This article features Dr. Berry’s letters to his colleagues about gastroscopy. On Thursday, the series continues with a post from Ashley Bowen, NLM exhibition curator, who looks at Dr. Berry’s life through the personal and professional ephemera (items used temporarily) in the Berry Papers collection, including conference programs, party napkins, and luggage tags. Finally, on Friday, Beatrix Hoffman, a professor of history at Northern Illinois University and guest curator of For All the People, wraps up the series by exploring Dr. Berry’s impact on medicine and society.

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NCBI Bookshelf Update: Searching by MeSH Fields and Keywords Now Supported!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-16 17:41

As of July 12, the NCBI Bookshelf supports searches by MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) fields, including MeSH Major Topics [MAJR], MeSH Subheadings [SH], and MeSH Terms [MH]. Bookshelf populates these MeSH fields in its index from the MeSH assignments in the NLM Catalog.

Bookshelf now also supports searching by author supplied keywords. These keywords are indexed along with autogenerated concept phrases in the Bookshelf Concept Phrases and Keywords field [KYWD]. For more information about using these and other Bookshelf search fields, visit the Search Field Descriptions and Tags section of Bookshelf Help.

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New NNLM Webinar Series “DOCLINE Talkline” Begins July 25 with an Introduction to DOCLINE 6.0!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-07-11 15:56

The NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) is hosting a new webinar series, DOCLINE Talkline!, designed to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine. In the inaugural session, on July 25, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead, will provide an introduction to DOCLINE 6.0. Topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding the Google sign-in process
  • Linking accounts to DOCLINE
  • Sneak preview of library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. In order to give the presenters the best opportunity to meet user needs, feel free to ask questions in advance of the webinar.

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AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) Website Ceasing Operations July 16

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-09 16:17

An announcement posted on the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) website states that “because federal funding through AHRQ will no longer be available to support the NGC,” the site will shut down after July 16. A similar AHRQ online database, the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse, also will close up shop after July 16. The NGC debuted in 1998 as a repository of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. Created through a partnership of AHRQ, the AMA and the American Association of Health Plans (which later merged with the Health Insurance Association of America to become America’s Health Insurance Plans), the NGC’s mission was “to provide physicians and other health care professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use.”

In addition to being the go-to place for users to find comprehensive clinical guidelines that meet the clearinghouse’s stringent inclusion criteria free of charge, the NGC also provides structured summaries of many of the guidelines, providing a valuable service to primary care physicians and other health care professionals seeking quick, easily digestible information. At last check, the site offered about 1,400 guideline summaries that can be browsed by clinical specialty, MeSH tag or contributing organization. As recently as last November, AHRQ was making improvements to the clearinghouse. On Nov. 16, 2017, it launched the National Guideline Clearinghouse Extent Adherence to Trustworthy Standards (NEATS) Instrument, designed to assess the degree to which a guideline adheres to the Institute of Medicine’s standards for trustworthiness. Through the tool, users could quickly determine the processes used to develop guidelines, and choose those they considered the most rigorously developed.

The clearinghouse will continue to post summaries of new and updated clinical guidelines even as the shutdown date approaches; new summaries will be posted through July 2. At present, it is unclear whether another organization will take over the NGC’s operations. The clearinghouse’s announcement noted that “AHRQ is receiving expressions of interest from stakeholders interested in carrying on the NGC’s work. It is not clear at this time, however, when or if NGC (or something like NGC) will be online again.” It also is unclear what, if any, role AHRQ would play if another stakeholder chose to continue operating the NGC. AHRQ’s future also remains uncertain. The fiscal year 2019 budget proposed by President Donald Trump would consolidate AHRQ into the NIH as a new agency titled the National Institute for Research and Quality.

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June 2018 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-07-05 13:54

On June 20, NNLM PSR presented Libraries and the All of Us Research Program: Opportunities for Community Engagement in Public Libraries for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Kelli Ham, NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian, provided an overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program and ways in which NNLM will support new health programs, technology improvement, and even citizen science programs in libraries through partnerships, training, and funding. The objective of the webinar is to inform and start a conversation to foster ideas for community engagement in public libraries, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations.. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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Express Outreach Award Highlights: Leveraging Health Literacy and Community Health Resources to Improve Senior Care in Nevada

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-07-03 18:47

by Terry Henner
Head of Outreach Services
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine

Benadryl and other drugs containing diphenhydramine and their possible side effects

Information about Benadryl and other products containing diphenhydramine listing their possible side effects, how the body processes the drug, sleep hygiene habits & alternatives to diphenhydramine.

The physical, emotional, and financial burden on family caregivers is an increasingly prevalent and important health concern in the United States. Eighty percent of adults requiring long-term care currently live at home or in the community, with 90% of their care provided by unpaid family caregivers. With funding from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region’s Express Outreach Award program, the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Savitt Medical Library, initiated a community outreach program to improve access to information for lay and professional caregivers. One aim of the project was to enhance content in a web-enabled clearinghouse of community and regional health and social services. There was also recognition by our project partners of a need to improve access to quality discharge planning materials utilized by the community of professional case managers, and to encourage best practices in accordance with health literacy standards. Working with hospital care managers the project team helped to identify, index, and organize over 800 locally developed documents used in the process of discharge planning. A subset of the document texts were evaluated through automated health literacy algorithms to assess reading level and appropriateness for patients. Results indicated that the majority of patient education materials were written at an 11th grade or higher reading level. After interviewing professionals working in case management and patient care, several key areas related to health issues and well-being of seniors were identified, including abuse of Benadryl as a sleep aid, driving safety, and calcium needs for seniors for bone health. Text-heavy existing documents were redesigned to create abbreviated infographics that were more easily read and comprehended by patients or family caregivers. Project outcomes should result in a more prepared and confident patient population upon discharge from hospitals and a community of professional caregivers better able to identify key community resources for patient referral.

As with many projects that require coordination of effort between multiple organizations, the course of our progress was occasionally stalled because of schedule conflicts and competing priorities. Because aspects of the project relied heavily on student labor, other challenges included recruitment of students who possessed not just appropriate skills backgrounds, but also schedule availability, access to transportation, and levels of commitment to completing project goals.

Sustainability of this project will depend on ongoing volunteerism, both from the Savitt Medical Library and staff from our university partner, the Sanford Center for Aging, as well as contributions of Vista volunteers and university students engaged in service learning activities. By expanding and improving the content of a website to aid caregivers in finding health information and community resources, we believe our work will help the population and elders and others dependent on caregivers live more independent and fulfilling lives. Through greater awareness of health literacy issues, we expect case managers and discharge planners to be better able to provide their clients with more useful and comprehensible information, promote better self-management, and more effectively connect them with community resources for assistance.

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NNLM Education & Outreach Librarian Kay Deeney Announces Retirement on June 28!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2018-07-02 19:30

NNLM PSR Education & Outreach Librarian

Kay Deeney

It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region and UCLA on June 28. I have been part of the RML since May, 2001, in various roles teaching, exhibiting and promoting NLM resources in numerous ways, such as coordinating the monthly Midday at the Oasis webinar series.

I started out as a clerk in a hospital library in New Jersey in the late 1970’s. After receiving my MLS degree at Rutgers University, I began my career in 1981 at the UCLA Louise M Darling Biomedical Library in a one-year temporary position. I served as a Reference Librarian in the Biomedical Library for nearly 20 years. My primary responsibilities involved literature searches, working at a very busy reference desk and providing instruction to various groups and classes. During this time, I gained significant expertise with NLM’s MeSH and MEDLARS systems, as a back-up instructor for the weeklong Fundamentals of MEDLARS Searching and Initial Online Training course, from 1987–90.

In 2001, I transitioned to the NNLM PSR and my latest job title has been Education & Outreach Librarian. During my tenure in the RML, I have had primary responsibility for managing the education and exhibits program, and providing outreach and training to various audiences, including health sciences libraries, public libraries, community colleges, Native Americans, and health professionals, particularly school nurses, who I successfully reached with presentations at a number of national and state school nurse association meetings. I also made great inroads reaching promotores (community health workers) through exhibiting and presenting at their annual conferences. Some of the presentations were delivered in Spanish! Over the years, I developed a number of courses in both in-person and online formats, such as PubMed Clinics of North America: A Problem-based Approach to PubMed Searching, PubMed Rediscovered: Hidden Treasures in Searching, and Teaching with Technology: Tips, Techniques and Tools. I also regularly updated Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use. I also pioneered the development of a Moodle-based course to promote the Results Section of NLM’s, as the result of my participation in a NNLM National Initiative. As Associate Director Alan Carr has noted, “Kay is regionally and nationally recognized for her expertise with NLM resources, especially PubMed.”

I have been professionally active throughout my career, most notably in the Medical Library Association (MLA), particularly the Consumer and Patient Health Information and Public Health/Health Administration Sections, and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA). I have published several articles in the Bulletin/Journal of the Medical Library Association. At the 2015 MLA Annual Meeting, I presented the contributed paper Assessing Librarian Learning Needs Over Time, which analyzed the trends and differences in NNLM PSR Network member learning needs over ten years. I collected five data sets using an online questionnaire tool. I have been a Member of MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1983 and received the MLGSCA Louise Darling Achievement Award in 2000. In addition, I served on the Adult Congenital Heart Association Board of Directors from 2011-2015, including one year as Secretary.

I’ll miss my colleagues and network members in the Region, and I will especially miss my annual trips to the MLA Hawaii-Pacific Chapter annual meetings where I provided workshops on various topics and promoted NLM resources. My husband has been retired for a few years, and I look forward to joining him. We’ll be traveling, hiking and reading. I can finally finish some of my beading projects, and get better at my hammer dulcimer playing!

The good news is that I will return to my position on recall status, beginning August 1. I will be at 43% time for one year. So, save those PubMed questions for me until then!

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July 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-02 19:14
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Check out the July issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Discover Herbal Products
    NIH’s new app, “HerbList,” features an alphabetical list of herbs with a picture of the plant next to each name. Use the app to explore what the science says about over 50 common herbs and herbal products.
  • Featured Website: Smokefree 60+
    Are you 60 or older? Do you need help quitting smoking? Visit the Smokefree 60+ website for strategies and tools proven to help smokers quit.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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NCBI Labs Project Update: PubMed Journals Discontinued on June 15

PSR News - Wed, 2018-06-27 19:05

On June 15, PubMed Journals, an NCBI Labs project, was discontinued. It was launched in September 2016 as part of NCBI Labs, a product incubator for delivering new features and capabilities to NCBI end users. PubMed Journals helped people follow the latest biomedical literature by making it simple to find and follow journals, browse new articles, and included a Journal News Feed to track new arrivals, news links, trending articles and important article updates.

NLM appreciates the feedback provided by users that helped to make PubMed Journals a productive test of new ideas. In the time the experiment ran, nearly 20,000 people followed 10,453 distinct journals and each customer followed three journals on average. Though PubMed Journals will no longer exist as a separate entity, NLM hopes to add its features into future NCBI products. For more information about NCBI Labs visit the NCBI Insights blog.

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