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Perinatal Project Event

Wed, 2017-04-05 09:44

Would you like to learn about an innovative project that has the potential to improve the healthy newborn outcomes  through healthier and prolonged pregnancies?

 Join us for a presentation of the Perinatal Photosynthesis Module Project developed by the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation and funded by the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Pettaway Pursuit Foundation is a maternal health and family organization aiming to empower expecting, at-risk mothers and new mothers with education and support.

The Pettaway doulas, (doulas are also known as women caregivers) will be demonstrating how mobile technology, through the use of tablets, enables the doulas to provide health education using the online resources of the National Library of Medicine to the expectant mothers and their families during home visits.  The tablets also enable the mothers to receive additional support and online engagement through video and group chats in the time between home visits.

This is a FREE community event.  All are welcome. 
The presentation will be at the University of Mass Medical School on

ThursdayApril 20th at 11AM in Amphitheatre II S4-102.

Please RSVP to Carmina Taylor (215) 284-5680,  or if you plan to attend.

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Hospital Libraries Advisory Group

Fri, 2017-03-31 09:05

Save the date!  Our Hospital Libraries Advisory Group (HLAG) will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10:00am.

NNLM-NER will convene this meeting to select topics for future webinars and in-person meetings.
Sample topics of interest to hospital librarians include: solo librarians, library closures, hospital mergers, virtual libraries, and decision-making with regards to services/collections.
This meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend at that day/time.

NNLM-NER seeks to serve hospital librarians in New England by fostering communication, facilitating partnerships, providing educational opportunities, and identifying emerging roles for health information professionals.
Questions? Please contact Margot Malachowski at

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Site Visit! St. Joseph’s School

Thu, 2017-03-23 14:59

Margot Malachowski, Education and Outreach Coordinator, visited St. Joseph’s School on a snowy first-day-of-spring.
NNLM provides technology funding in “under-connected” communities to enhance access to and use of quality health information.
Principal Michael Hackenson applied for a technology grant to purchase Chromebooks for his students.
Applicants for NNLM technology grants must provide demographic information and relevant statistics that supports the need for funding.

After the purchase of technology, our role is to train the faculty in accessing health information and lesson plans available through the National Library of Medicine.
Margot demonstrated using MedlinePlus for finding health information, including information on bullying.
She showed how to use the  Children’s Page to access lesson plans and games from Nemours Foundation, CDC, FDA and USDA.
NLM provides links to additional K-12 lesson plans on this Outreach Activities and Resources page.

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Call for 2017-2018 Award Reviewers

Thu, 2017-03-02 09:07

NNLM NER is looking for local health science information professionals to help review applications for the 2017-2018 NNLM NER funding cycle.

Reviewers will be asked to read 2-5 award applications and score them using predetermined criteria. Information about how to score and what is needed will be provided to all reviewers.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about projects going on throughout New England and providing a service to fellow organizations.

Please note, there is a shorter turn around need this year. Reviewers will get the applications to review around April 10th. Reviews will need to be completed by April 19th.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Martha Meacham – 508-856-1267

Your support of the award process, New England organizations, and NNLM NER is very appreciated.

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15-40 Connection Site Visit

Thu, 2017-03-02 09:06

This week our new Education and Outreach Coordinator Margot Malachowski visited 15-40 Connection, a Massachusetts-based organization striving to improve conversations around cancer detection. Our role is to train the staff at 15-40 Connection in best methods of using MedlinePlus and PubMed for looking up cancer information. Margot demonstrated the differences in searching MedlinePlus through Health Topics and through the search box. For those who are interested in researching more deeply, she demonstrated how to use Health Topics pages as an entry point to a PubMed search.  Margot gave a brief explanation of MeSH.

Several staff at 15-40 Connection were curious about symptom checkers.  Did you know that Symptoms is its own Health Topic in MedlinePlus?  For a triage tool, look for linked resources from the American Academy of Family Physicians or go directly to the symptom checker.

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e-Science Symposium Registration is Open

Thu, 2017-02-02 11:06

e-Science Symposium Registration is Open!

9th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium

“Libraries in Data Science: Addressing Gaps and Bridges”
Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:00am – 4:00pm
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Faculty Conference Room
Worcester, MA

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Research Data Management Roundtable

Thu, 2017-02-02 11:04

Save the Date for Upcoming Event:

Research Data Management Roundtable

“Breaking Down RDM Instruction”
Thursday, March 2, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm
University of Massachusetts Amherst
W.E.B Du Bois Library, Room 2601

Amherst, MA

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MLA Webinar Viewing

Fri, 2017-01-27 07:59

The NNLM NER will be hosting a viewing of the MLA Webinar, Searching with Ease: A Guide to Effective and Efficient Searches

February 8th, 2017 – 2:00-3:30pm

Terry Ann Jankowski, AHIP, FMLA, one of the preeminent educators on expert searching, guides novice and intermediate searchers on how to conduct any search with ease. Participants will learn how to translate search requests into strategies, identify the right steps and tools for the request and themselves, and use their results to refine their strategies.  #mlaExpertSearch

Objectives: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • translate search requests into effective search strategies using both controlled vocabulary and natural language
  • select a search method appropriate to the search request and their search styles
  • review a search strategy with its results to determine steps to take to improve the search


The in-person, live viewing of this webinar will be held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Lamar Soutter Library. Please click here for more information or to register.

If you cannot attend the live showing, but would still like to view the webinar and received MLA credit, you must register for the event.

A link to the recording, information about MLA credit, and all handouts will be emailed to all registered participants sometime AFTER the event.

Please contact Martha Meacham ( – 508-856-1267) or the NNLM NER office ( with any questions or concerns.

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Recently Awarded Project – Solving the Unsolvable

Fri, 2017-01-27 07:51

“Solving the Unsolvable”

A Recently Awarded, Focused Outreach Grant Project, Funded by the New England Region


Imagine this scenario, you are a public, high school chemistry teacher in southeastern Massachusetts. Over the past few months you have noticed that the behavior of one of your students has slowly changed. Sam, is not the best student in the class, but he is one of your favorites he is a student who frequently engages in the class discussion and always tries hard. However, these days, he seems “off”, continually tired, and he is failing chemistry, and he has not shown up for the extra help sessions he said he would come to.

You suspect Sam may be using drugs. You know the opioid epidemic is at a crisis level in the community where you teach, but so far you haven’t run into a situation like this. Should you ask Sam what is going on? If he opens up and does need help, do you know what kind of help you can offer? Should you just let guidance handle this issue, even though you know they can’t keep up with the case-load of kids who need help?

This 6-week online course is being developed by The Learning Curve Consortium and funded by the New England Region of the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine.  The course developer, Romeo Marquis (former principal and Dean of Online Education) uses a *Moodle format (see more info about Moodles below).   Romeo is a proponent of online education as it allows participants in different locations the opportunity for discussion. In this course, teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, school nurses, librarians and community health providers will have an opportunity to discuss topics related to addiction and teaching in a public school setting. The discussion questions are based on research provided by author David Sheff who wrote the book Clean (a recent campus read for the University of Massachusetts Medical School). The author shares his personal experience from the perspective of a father living with an addicted son, as well as providing evidence-based research on addiction.

The goal of this project is to gather information and data from the feedback of those who have volunteered one hour a week, for 5 weeks to share what they see, through discussion and professional experience, as needed resources to prevent, recognize and treat the disease of addiction. It is the hope of The Learning Curve Consortium to turn the data collected into a second course that can be offered to school personnel as a professional development tool.

Currently, there are about 20 participants are registered to participate, mostly from the southeastern, Massachusetts area. The discussion portion of the course will begin on February 2nd and will run until March 27th with a break for the February vacation week.


* A Moodle is an online course that offers the opportunity for many people to discuss a topic, in a secure and moderated environment.

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2017 eScience Symposium Call for Proposals!

Thu, 2017-01-19 07:34

Call for Proposals: Poster Presentation Abstracts –

The e-Science Symposium Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for participation at the 9th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian eScience Symposium, to be held on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.

This year’s symposium theme “Libraries in Data Science: Addressing Gaps and Bridges” focuses on collaborations and opportunities for librarians becoming involved in data science at their institutions. Check out the confirmed agenda at the 2017 symposium conference page!

We are interested in receiving proposals for posters that highlight librarians involved in collaborations with a research group, department, center, or lab on or off their respective academic campus.

Proposals should be tied to one of these four categories:

Data Repositories (example: developing data repositories; advising researchers on discipline-specific repositories)

Education/Training (example: data information literacy)

Funding Agencies (example: writing data management plan templates for NIH)

Institutional Models (example: solo data librarian vs center/team)

Poster Session: Awards to the Most Informative Poster in Communicating e-Science Librarianship, Poster for Best Example of e-Science in Action, and Best Poster Overall.

The deadline for submitting a Poster Session abstract is Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.

Proposal decisions will be made by Friday, February 24th, 2017

Abstracts must follow the Medical Library Association guidelines for creating a structured abstract, as outlined at

Submission Process: Click on Submit Proposal in the left navigation pane to submit your proposal. The submitting/corresponding author will need to log in or create a free eScholarship@UMMS account. Follow the entry instructions for each field.  Before you begin the online submission process, please be sure you have the following items ready:

The submission’s title

Names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors

The abstract

A list of keywords

Electronic presentation materials (PowerPoints, PDFs, etc) will be required to be submitted by Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 to be posted on the e-Science Symposium website and stored permanently with a Creative Commons License in the eScholarship@UMMS Open Access Repository following the symposium.

To submit a proposal, please refer to the submission instructions.

Questions should be directed to Julie Goldman:

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New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians

Thu, 2017-01-19 07:34

It may be cold outside and the holiday lights are up, but it is already time to look forward to summer time and the annual Science Boot Camp for Librarians!

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 14-16, 2017 on the campus of University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 2 ½ day immersion into science topics offering opportunities for librarians and library students interested in science, health sciences, and technology to learn, meet and network in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Now in its ninth year, the New England Science Boot Camp has been hosted on multiple New England campuses and has been attended by librarians and library students from various regions of the US and beyond—and has inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada!

Each science session will include one scientist presenting an overview of the field and a second scientist discussing their research applications within the field.

The topics for this year’s SBC science sessions are still TBD!

For up-to-date information, visit

Please Save the Date for 2017 New England Science Boot Camp June 14-16, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst!

For more information: 

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Join the NNLM Journal Club

Tue, 2017-01-17 13:12

Join your colleagues in reading and discussing new research in the field of health sciences librarianship! Participants will commit to attending four one-hour online sessions every three months. Outreach specialists at the Greater Midwest Region will host and present an article at each session via WebEx. After the 30-minute presentation, participants from each NNLM region will separate into online breakout rooms for a facilitated discussion led by a coordinator from your region. Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credits will be available for those who participate in all four sessions. There are a limited number of spots. Please register here (

The journal club sessions will take place from 2-3pm ET. The schedule for 2017 is as follows:

February 9, 2017 Instructional methods used by health sciences librarians to teach evidence-based practice (EBP): a systematic review

May 11, 2017 Information Needs in the Precision Medicine Era: How Genetics Home Reference Can Help

August 10, 2017 The Lived Experience and Training Needs of Librarians Serving at the Clinical Point-of-Care

November 9, 2017 Usability and Acceptance of the Librarian Infobutton Tailoring Environment: An Open Access Online Knowledge Capture, Management, and Configuration Tool for OpenInfobutton

For questions or more information please contact Martha Meacham, Education & Outreach Coordinator, NNLM NER ( 508-856-1267)

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Patricia Brennan – New ADDS

Tue, 2017-01-17 10:23

On January 6, NIH announced that National Library of Medicine (NLM) Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD will assume an additional role as NIH Interim Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS). The ADDS and team provide input to the overall NIH vision and actions undertaken by each of the 27 Institutes and Centers in support of biomedical research as a digital enterprise. Among other duties, the office oversees the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, stimulating the best developments in the data science community. This year will see the transition of trans-NIH data science initiatives to NLM, with the operational oversight of the BD2K initiatives being housed within the Common Funds programs in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI). This change builds on the recommendations by the NLM Working Group Report to the NIH Director, makes concrete steps towards the vision of NLM’s future proclaimed in the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director’s report — that the NLM become the “epicenter of data science for the NIH.” Read the NLM Press Release.

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