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NLM Launches a New Traveling Exhibition, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn!”

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-01-16 19:15
Drawing of a woman covering her eyes with her hand as she hears on the phone there is an abnormality

The National Library of Medicine has announced the new traveling banner exhibition, Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn!, made available free of charge to cultural institutions across the country beginning January 30. An online adaptation of the exhibit will be available worldwide, also on January 30. The online adaptation of Graphic Medicine includes an Education component featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module. The traveling exhibition of Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn! will be visiting 50 sites across the country over the next four years. Visit the Traveling Exhibition Services website to see the tour itinerary and find this exhibition near you.

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn! explores the meaning of an emerging genre of medical literature that combines the art of comics and personal illness narrative. This approach can reveal the emotional power of these illness narratives and the clinical data they often involve. As a way of understanding illness and health care, these stories can be essential to effective treatment, healing, and understanding. Artist, educator, and New York Times bestselling author Ellen Forney guest curated the exhibition, which acknowledges and celebrates the NLM’s newly-acquired collection of graphic medicine publications.

Public Program on March 1

Complementing Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn!, NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD will host a Conversation about Graphic Medicine, a special public program which will address the place of graphic medicine within medical literature and the landscape of personal health communication in the 21st century. Dr. Brennan will be in conversation with the project’s guest curator, Ms. Forney; Dr. Michael Green, a physician, bioethicist, and professor in the Departments of Humanities and Internal Medicine at Penn State University where he cares for patients, teaches medical students and residents, and conducts research in bioethics, and has co-authored articles and publications about Graphic Medicine; and MK Czerwiec, a nurse, Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving, a senior fellow at the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, co-manager of and author of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371. This public program will be held on Thursday, March 1, from 11:00am to 12:30pm in the NLM’s Lister Hill Center Auditorium. It will be available to the world via NIH VideoCasting.

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NLM Announces Participants in Biomedical Health Research Data Management Program

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-01-16 17:09

The National Library of Medicine has announced the list of participants in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)-created program, Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians. The program began January 8, introducing librarians to data issues and policies, with the goal of implementing or enhancing data services at their institution. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

The program offers an 8-week online class, mentoring by a data librarian, and completion of a capstone project at the end of the course. The experience culminates in a summit at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, on April 10-11. NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, said, “We need data-sophisticated librarians who can assist the research process, the enterprise, in developing the resources and data services around them. The Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians program will offer the kind of training that will develop librarians’ skills and develop practical and actionable data services at their own institutions.”

Program participants from NNLM PSR include Lynn Kysh, University of Southern California; Andrea Lynch, City of Hope; and Linda Murphy, University of California, Irvine. The program was developed and is led by Jessi Van Der Volgen (Assistant Director of NNLM Training Organization) and Shirley Zhao (Data Science Librarian of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah), and is supported by co-teachers, reviewers, and mentors from libraries across the country: Marisa Conte, Anna Dabrowski, Christopher Eaker, Lisa Federer, Jen Ferguson, Jessica Gallinger, Patricia Gogniat, Tina Griffin, Margaret Henderson, Amy Koshoffer, Wladimir Labeikovsky, Tobin Magle, Sara Mannheimer, Hannah Norton, Peter Oxley, Zac Painter, Kevin Read, Franklin Sayre, Yasmeen Shorish, Vicky Steeves, Alisa Surkis, Jamie Wittenberg, and Mary Zide.

The NNLM Research Data Management Working Group will also participate in the summit and continue to serve as a resource for health sciences librarians and information professionals interested in improving their data management skills. The program complements the ongoing efforts of the NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery which serves as a resource in fostering learning and collaboration in data science to support sharing, curating, and annotating biomedical data. A complete list of program participants is available on the NLM web site.

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NIH MedlinePlus Salud Winter 2017 Issue Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-01-12 19:53
Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas on the cover of NIH Medlineplus Salud Magazine

The Winter 2017 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is now available online! Featured on the front cover of the issue is the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, who speaks out about his fight with cancer. The issue also discusses journalist Liz Hernandez and how Alzheimer’s has affected her family, breast cancer and Latinas, latest ashthma research, tips for your doctor visit, clinical trials and more!

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine and NIH MedlinePlus Salud are free, trusted consumer guides to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at (español). These magazines present the best in reliable, up-to-date health information, showcase the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research, and feature people from all walks of life talking about how they’ve handled their health challenges. NIH MedlinePlus Salud is a bilingual publication, with articles in both English and Spanish.

Both magazines are available online in HTML and PDF format. Free print subscriptions are also available for US addresses.

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NNLM Training Class: Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, January 29 – May 18

PSR News - Fri, 2018-01-12 19:24

Registration is available for the new National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) learning opportunity, Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. The course will run January 29 – May 18. Registration closes January 24.

An introductory, online bioinformatics course for librarians conducted in the Moodle learning management system, this course is designed for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; as well as for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. Modules offer in-depth exploration of several NCBI databases, including Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, Structure, ClinVar, MedGen, and Gene Testing Registry, as well as guided instructions on using BLAST to identify genetic sequences. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. The course concludes with synthesis activities built upon actual reference questions received at the NCBI Help Desk, and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.

Subject Matter Experts for this course include Peter Cooper, PhD and Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine; and Emir Khatipov, PhD, National Library of Medicine. This course is limited to 25 participants. A 10-seat waitlist is also available. For more information, contact Molly Knapp, Training Development Specialist, NNLM Training Office. Additional details are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Webinar on February 13: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data—Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-11 15:20

Want to do more with PubMed?
Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want?
Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start?

Registration is available for a one-hour introductory webinar on Tuesday, February 13, 10:00-11:00 am PST, designed to teach more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper.

This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, in preparation for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. The class will end with a look at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully provide inspiration to get out and put these lessons to use!

For questions, contact NLM.

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It’s Not Too Late to Participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2018!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-10 18:50

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® to be held January 22-28, 2018 links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health. Register your educational event or activity and join with hundreds of communities around the country participating in this annual observance.

Do you need event ideas?

Here are a few easy activity ideas to consider:

NIDA offers these and other FREE science based materials. Plan to order your materials by January 15 to receive them in time for NDAFW 2018.

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at NIDA at

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Join NIH Institutes and Centers for #NIHhealthy2018 Events in January!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-10 17:32

Next week’s #NIHhealthy2018 campaign will include the following NIH-wide social media events to help you start the new year off right!

  • A four-hour Twitter town hall on January 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST. The town hall will include a Periscope live video panel at 9:00, and a Q&A with NIH Director Francis Collins at 11:30. Throughout the four hours, NIH Institutes and Centers will be sharing information on managing stress and anxiety (9:00-10:00); healthy eating, exercise, and healthy aging (10:00-11:00); general health and wellness, and disease prevention (11:00-12:00); and kicking unhealthy habits (12:00-1:00). Follow the conversation and ask your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #NIHhealthy2018.
  • A Facebook Live event on January 18 at 10:00. The Facebook Live will cover the same four topics listed above, and will feature experts from NIA, NIMH, NHLBI, and NCI. Tune in at on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PST with your questions!
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DOCLINE Quarterly & Yearly Statistical Reports Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-10 11:51

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for October-December 2017. It’s important to note that request reports are not archived and should be saved quarterly by libraries who wish to have a historical record of statistics. The reports include:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-1A)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Summary Statistics Report (Report 5-1B)

NLM has also released the following DOCLINE yearly statistical reports for January-December 2017:

  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Borrower (Report 1-8B)
  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Lender (Report 1-8D)
  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-1AY)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1BY)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-2AY)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2BY)

DOCLINE statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online User Guide or in the NLM Customer Support Knowledgebase.

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Catalog Display Changes for Journal Titles Not in the NLM Collection

PSR News - Mon, 2018-01-08 15:33

Beginning in 2018, LocatorPlus and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Catalog displays were modified to better indicate which journals were not selected for the NLM collection. LocatorPlus and the NLM Catalog are public search interfaces to the bibliographic data about the NLM collection. Finding a record for a journal in either resource does not necessarily mean that NLM collects the title. A journal record may be added to the catalog for the following reasons:

  • the journal is selected for the NLM collection;
  • to support the processes of NLM products and services such as PubMed Central (PMC), MEDLINE, GenBank, interlibrary loan, and others.

NLM considers hundreds of journals annually but many are not selected for the collection. These journals may not be selected because they are out of scope, or because they do not demonstrate sound editorial practices, effective peer review or scientific merit. Journal selection is based on the journal guidelines from the NLM Collection Development Manual. The journal record in the catalog indicates the Library’s decision. Not selected journal title records may support:

  • the NIH Public Access Policy and research articles deposited in PMC as a result of NIH funding;
  • DOCLINE libraries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, which perform interlibrary loan and document delivery services.

In LocatorPlus, a not selected journal can be identified from the following fields in the “Summary View:”

  • Electronic Links: Access not provided by NLM
  • Location: Not at NLM
  • Call Number: Not selected

NLM no longer provides electronic links to journals that are not in the collection. For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Announces 2018 History of Medicine Lecture Series

PSR News - Mon, 2018-01-08 15:17

The National Library of Medicine has announced its History of Medicine Lecture Series for 2018. Complete details are available from the NLM History of Medicine Division. Kicking off the series on Monday, January 29, at 8:00 am PST will be Stevens Institute of Technology’s Theresa MacPhail, PhD, Assistant Professor Science and Technology Studies, who will speak on The Evolution of Viral Networks: H1N1, Ebola, and Zika. Author of The Viral Network: A Pathography of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic (Cornell University Press, 2014).

The NLM History of Medicine Lecture Series promotes awareness and use of NLM historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The series also supports the commitment of the NLM to recognize the diversity of its collections–which span ten centuries, encompass a range of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe–and to appreciate the individuals of various disciplines who value these collections and use them advance their research, teaching, and learning.

All NLM History of Medicine Lectures are free, open to the public, live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived by NIH VideoCasting. Interviews with the speakers in the History of Medicine Lecture Series are published in Circulating Now, the blog of the NLM History of Medicine Division. Explore interviews with past lecturers on the blog and stay informed about the Lecture Series on Twitter at #NLMHistTalk.

Additional events in the 2018 Lecture Series include:

  • March 1: A Conversation about Graphic Medicine, a special program in conjunction with Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn, a new NLM special display, traveling banner exhibition, and online exhibition launching soon
  • April 5: Trevor Owens, Head of Digital Content Management, Library of Congress, who will speak on Scientists Hard Drives, Databases, and Blogs: Preservation Intent and Source Criticism in the Digital History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • May 24: Heidi Morefield, MSc, 2017 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine, Doctoral student, Department of the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, who will offer the 2nd Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine, on the subject of Transplanting Technology: Dr. Michael DeBakey and Cold War Technology Transfer
  • September 20: David S. Jones, MD, PhD, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University, who will offer the 10th Annual James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture in the History of Medicine, on the subject of Making the Case for History in Medical Education
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January 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-01-08 13:09
Illustration of kids playing music in a classroom

Check out the January 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: Become Your Healthiest Self
    Make better health your resolution all year round. You can learn simple ways to prevent disease and improve your relationships, emotional well-being, physical health, and surroundings.
  • Featured Website: PregSource
    How common is morning sickness? How does pregnancy affect sleep? Does chronic disease or disability change the pregnancy experience? Pregnant women are helping researchers answer questions like these by joining the PregSource research project.

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 Resource Picks Webinar on January 31 Will Feature Genetics Home Reference!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 19:56

Registration is available for the next NNLM Resource Picks webinar on Wednesday, January 31st at 12:00 PM PDT. It will feature National Libary of Medicine’s Stephanie Morrison and will provide an introduction and exploration of Genetics Home Reference. Genetics Home Reference is the NLM website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions.

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the NLM resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities.  Recordings of past sessions are available on the NNLM Resource Picks page. Past webinars include:


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NLM Resources for Cervical Health Awareness Month

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 14:21

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The National Library of Medicine resources MedlinePlus and HealthReach provide resources in multiple languages on such topics as cervical cancer screening and HPV, including:

  • It’s a Simple Test – Cervical Cancer Screening (15 languages) – This one-page handout educates women about regular pap tests for cervical cancer screening. It uses a brief conversation between two women to convey basic information about the importance of getting a pap test on a regular basis.
  • Colposcopy (10 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout helps women prepare for a colposcopy, which is a test done to check the vagina and cervix for abnormal cells.
  • Female Exam and Pap Smear (11 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout educates women about the female exam and pap smear, which are regular health exams and tests they should have. It discusses the female pelvic exam to check for diseases of the vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries, the breast exam, and the pap smear, which checks for cancer of the cervix.
  • Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know (23 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the vaccination for the human papillomavirus (HPV). It explains that HPV types are associated with many cancers, including cervical cancer in females, as well as genital warts in both females and males, and that HPV infection usually comes from sexual contact.
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NNLM Moodle Class, “Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles” February 5 – March 30

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-03 18:02

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites participation in the eight-week Moodle course, Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles, designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. In addition to the Moodle platform, the course will include optional WebEx discussions. Course running dates are February 5 – March 30, 2018. Class size is limited to 60 students. This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

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NLM Resources for Meeting Health Goals in 2018!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-03 17:32

National Library of Medicine online resources provide tools to improve your safety, fitness, and diet in the new year! Following are a few examples of how NLM can help you meet your health goals for 2018:

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Highlights of the NNLM PSR 2017 Communication Assessment Survey!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2017-12-22 17:36

In November 2017, NNLM PSR conducted a communication assessment to help direct the RML’s communication plan to effectively meet Network members’ needs and expectations, and assist the RML to understand where improvements might be made. The questionnaire was promoted on the PSR-News announcement list and the various MLA chapter listservs in the region. Eighty-two Network members completed the survey with information and valuable feedback.

Overall, results were encouraging and suggested that our work does make a difference for health sciences librarians and information centers in the region, as illustrated by the roughly 94% of respondents who agreed that the RML is effective in improving awareness of or access to biomedical information resources, and nearly the same percentage agreeing that the RML is effective in improving awareness of NLM and NNLM services (training, funding, news, etc.). Following are additional highlights and themes from the questionnaire results.

Which libraries responded?

The majority of respondents were either academic health sciences libraries or hospital libraries.

chart showing 45 percent of survey respondents were academic health sciences library followed by 38 percent hospital libraries

NNLM PSR Communication Tools

The RML provides information and announcements through multiple channels, including the Latitudes Newsletter, which provides in-depth feature articles of professional interest; the bimonthly Midday at the Oasis Webinar, with a variety of featured speakers highlighting topics such as aging, predatory publishers, drug information services, and community health maps; the NewsBits Blog, which provides brief announcements, upcoming event information, and technology tips; and the PSR-News announcement list, which keeps Network members apprised of breaking developments from the National Library of Medicine, funding opportunities, and other notices. To help you keep up with the content of the Latitudes and NewsBits blogs, titles of postings are announced on a monthly basis in PSR-News.

In addition to these traditional communication channels, we use YouTube, Facebook and Twitter social media tools as other avenues to reach Network members with relevant information and announcements. In addition to unique content, listings from Latitudes and NewsBits are promoted on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook can also be used to post pictures of new library facilities, share success stories at institutions, and discuss professional issues and questions with colleagues from throughout the region and beyond.


In the questionnaire, Network members were asked:

  1. Which communication channel(s) were used to receive information from PSR;
  2. To rate the quality of the content PSR sends; and
  3. To rate the volume of information provided in each PSR communication channel.

Respondents were required to choose at least three communication channels. Results showed that all communication channels are used, particularly Latitudes (76%), Midday at the Oasis (70%), PSR-News (66%), and the PSR web site (52%).

chart showing 76 percent of respondents receive information via latitudes while midday second at 70 percent and psr-news third at 66 percent

To rate the quality of information, a matrix or rating scale was used with 1 being the most positive (Excellent), 2 (Good), 3 (Poor), and 4 (Don’t Know/Don’t Use). Latitudes and PSR Webinars received the best weighted average for quality of content at 1.68 and 1.70 respectively, followed by PSR-News listserv (1.89) and the website (1.90). Of the respondents who used these four communication tools, 80-88% agreed that the quality of information provided was “Good” or “Excellent.”

To rate the volume of information, the following rating scale was used: 1 being Too Much, 2 (Just Right), 3 (Not Enough) and 4 (Don’t Know/Don’t Use). Latitudes received the best rating with 83% of the respondents indicating the volume was “just right.” This was followed by PSR Webinars (79%), PSR web site (70%), and PSR-News listserv (68%). These results were echoed in the comments section where many respondents indicated that the webinars, newsletters, and listserv announcements were very valuable means of communication. Respondents were also less inclined to access NNLM and NLM information on social media as reflected in both questions; over 85% of the respondents indicated that they “Don’t Know/Don’t Use” Facebook (86%), Twitter (88%) or YouTube (94%). While many of the respondents did not have difficulty accessing or viewing social media sites or instructional videos, over one-quarter of respondents indicated firewall or other restrictions for social media sites and streaming videos.

The most highly rated suggestions for additional social media programs for the RML to adopt were LinkedIn, Skype and Instagram. Other responses included Slack and Google+. Several respondents commented e-mail is the preferred means for professional communication and that we should not use any other means since we cover enough already.

NNLM PSR Award Funding

Network members were also asked if they applied for NNLM PSR award funding in the last five years and if there were any barriers that prevented them from doing so.

chart showing 62 percent of survey respondents did not apply for funding

Over 60% of respondents indicated that did not apply for funding. Some of the respondents pointed out their programs aren’t suited to dedicating time to public-facing projects or didn’t apply to their library’s needs or capabilities. Others explained that the application process is complicated and expressed needing a mentor or someone with experience or knowledge to make the application process less challenging.

NLM Educational and Print Materials

Additionally, we asked Network members if they have ordered NLM educational and print materials from the RML within the past year.

chart showing over 70 percent of respondets didn't to order nlm educational and print materials within the past year

Over 70% of survey respondents did not order NLM educational and print materials from the RML within the past year. Those who did order used the resources for classes, health fairs, workshops and health clinics. They found the resources invaluable and expressed their love of our service. Those who did not order wished more items were available and suggested that reminders be sent from time to time.

Additional Comments

At the end of the questionnaire, we asked Network members to provide additional comments regarding NNLM or NLM programs or services. Network members in the NNLM PSR are overwhelmingly positive about the programs and services available to them. The majority of respondents were very thankful and expressed satisfaction with the overall RML program, particularly the importance of keeping Network members apprised of webinars and other events, resource updates, etc. We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the  communication questionnaire! Your feedback is highly appreciated and will help direct the RML’s communication plan to effectively meet your future needs and expectations.

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Delay for NLM Resource Sharing Availability via OCLC

PSR News - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:31

The new National Library of Medicine (NLM) interlibrary loan (ILL) resource sharing program through the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has been delayed until after January 1, 2018. For additional information, visit NLM Interlibrary Loan Service: Two Changes Effective January 1, 2018.

Notice will be provided when a new 2018 implementation date is determined and when resource sharing through OCLC is available. Until then, DOCLINE and the NLM ILL Web Portal remain as options for borrowing from NLM.

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Website Widgets for Consumer Health Resources

PSR News - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:25

Widgets are small applications that allow access to content from other websites directly on your own website. Many government organizations offer free health-related widgets, including the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other divisions under the US Health And Human Services Department (HHS). Add these widgets to your organization’s website to provide users with quick access to reliable health information and local health resources:

  • MedlinePlus Widgets: Place the MedlinePlus search box on your website and open results in the same window or a new window.
  • TOXMAP Widget: This widget created by NLM allows users to launch a TOXMAP search from a blog, wiki, or Web page.
  • CDC Widgets: Find a variety of widgets related to diseases and conditions, healthy living, injury/violence prevention and safety, interactive infographics, tobacco and smoking, and more.
  • Health Widgets from Find widgets that provide consumers with personalized recommendations for clinical preventive services based on the age, sex, and pregnancy status they enter, for themselves or a loved one, in both Spanish and English. Also find widgets with infection prevention tips and exercise recommendations.
  • Locator Widgets from SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helps users find substance abuse or mental health facilities in a specific location.
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NNLM PSR Membership Changes

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2017-12-21 12:51

We would like to provide you with an annual update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last update in December 2016, we have welcomed 15 new members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article.

New Members

California University of Science and Medicine
San Bernardino, HI
Jan Kuebel-Hernandez
Joined December 19, 2017

Hawaii Department of Health
Oahu Community Mental Health Centers
Honolulu, HI
Claire Rausch
Joined November 22, 2017

Arcadia Public Library
Arcadia, CA
Patricia Smith
Joined November 14, 2017

Guam Regional Medical City
Dededo, Guam
Melliza Young
Joined November 6, 2017

Stanislaus County Library
Modesto, CA
Olga Cardenas
Joined October 5, 2017

Mount St. Mary’s University
Los Angeles, CA
Danielle Salomon
Joined September 6, 2017

Pima County Health Department
Tucson, AZ
Kelli Stephens
Joined August 21, 2017

Mayo Clinic Learning Resource Center
Johnson Research Building
Scottsdale, AZ
Lisa Marks
Joined April 19, 2017

Mayo Clinic Patient Library & Research Center
Phoenix, AZ
Lisa Marks
Joined April 19, 2017

Mayo Clinic Patient & Health Education Library
Scottsdale, AZ
Lisa Marks
Joined April 19, 2017

NEC-Zero Project, College of Nursing, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Christina Wyles
Joined February 16, 2017

San Diego Miramar College Library
San Diego, CA
Roger Olson
Joined February 7, 2017

Polytechnic High School Library
Long Beach, CA
Annasarah Ferguson
Joined January 27, 2017

Flagstaff City – Coconino County Public Library
Flagstaff, AZ
Claudine Taillac, Librarian, Volunteer Services & Training
Joined January 24, 2017

Hawaii State Department of Health
Honolulu, HI
Joined January 9, 2017

Also, the following libraries no longer participate in DOCLINE. Please update your routing tables. While removing these libraries, check your routing tables for libraries labeled “Closed” or “Not a DOCLINE Library.” (Do not remove libraries that are listed as “Inactive” since they are most likely on vacation.)

No Longer Participating in DOCLINE

Western Nevada College
Carson City, NV

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Medical Library
Bishop, CA

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Medical Library
Cottonwood, AZ


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Health Sciences Library
Las Vegas, NV

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Gerontology Library
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Westech College
Fontana, CA

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West Hills, CA

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Outreach Videos Available on the National Library of Medicine YouTube Channel

PSR News - Tue, 2017-12-19 14:41

If you need educational videos to teach students about environmental health topics, or maybe an overview of how family caregivers can use MedlinePlus, you can find these videos and more through the Outreach and Services playlist on the NLM YouTube channel. Check out the following examples:

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