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New NNLM Accounts

Fri, 2016-12-16 11:23

Hello everyone!

The New England Region has had a new website for a couple weeks now, and there’s a great new system for registering for classes.

Instead of filling out a form every time you’re interested in a class, individuals now create accounts and have their classes connected to this one account. For some easy to follow videos and instructions on how to create a new account check out this page:

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Library and Information Practice Conference

Thu, 2016-11-03 07:25

Conference registration is now open!

Plan your attendance at EBLIP9, the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference June 18-21, 2017 in Philadelphia, USA.

Registration is open now.


Full conference pricing includes snacks throughout the conference, three lunches, an opening night reception, and second night conference banquet dinner in addition to keynotes, program sessions, and poster sessions:

Early Bird registration: $480 (now though February 28, 2017)
Standard registration: $565
Student registration: $300

One-day registration is also an option that includes the reception, dinner, and/or lunch as scheduled that day.

Pre-conference workshops are priced separately and may be registered for separately.


The theme of EBLIP9 is “Embedding and Embracing Evidence.” The Call for Papers and Posters is open through November 15, 2016.  To submit an abstract, visit

To learn more about the conference, its theme, or more about the proposal submission and review process, visit


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NAHSL 2016 – Quick Recap

Thu, 2016-10-27 10:44

Group of librarians posing in a circus themed photo booth.

The 2016 North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries conference was this past week.
As you can see above, the New England team had a great time with the theme Imagine! Innovate! Inspire!
More of the conference photo booth pictures are available here:

NAHSL had a number of excellent speakers and topics including:
Jack Hughes, M.D. – Access, Costs, and Quality: The Iron Triangle of Healthcare
Susan Keane Baker, M.H.A. – Speed Stuns and Other Customer Service Tactics
William Powers – Data for Humans: A Healthier Revolution
Barbara A. Epstein – National Update

Last but not least, the #NAHSL2016 Twitter story is also available to review. Relive the conference in 140-character snippets!

NAHSL was a great success and we thank all the coordinators for their hard work.

If you’d like to attend NAHSL 2017 it will be in Waltham, Massachusetts.
You can follow the NAHSL 2017 twitter account to stay up to date.

Have a wonderful day!

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2017-2018 NLM Associate Fellows

Thu, 2016-10-20 09:31



Apply to be an NLM Associate Fellow!

Position(s): National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows
How many: between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year
Fellowship: one-year with an optional second year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services
Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland


When: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Stipend: $53,435; additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance; up to $1,500 in relocation funding
Eligibility: recent graduate (within the past two years) with a master’s in information science/library science
Deadline for applications: January 27, 2017
Apply online here:
Contact information: Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301.827.4284 or


MORE about us:

Interested in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, and digital communication? So are we.

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Library of Medicine.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

Supported attendance at national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others

  • Additional seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Rotation at the NIH Library (by arrangement)
  • Experienced mentors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to complete a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($53,435 in 2016)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation funding



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Spotlight: Kathleen Crea & Assessment in Action

Thu, 2016-10-13 10:43

Kathleen Crea is standing next to a conference poster regarding the UConn Health Assessment in Action project.

University of Connecticut Health Center
Kathleen Crea — Assessment in Action Project Team Leader – Cohort 1

In 2012, American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries was awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop and administer a program called “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA). The purpose of this research initiative was to provide training to academic librarians on methods to pursue “action research” at their local campuses that demonstrate how effective library services – instruction, reference, collections, library space, and outreach – do contribute to “student success” as measured by academic achievement, graduation rates, career preparation, successful licensure, etc. Training for librarians was provided at ALA conferences. Each project was designed, executed and analyzed over a 14-month period. After completion, team leaders were asked to present their findings at a June ALA conference (2014, 2015 and 2016).

Assessment in Action research projects have been completed by teams working in 200 academic institutions worldwide, including those in forty-one states, the District of Columbia, four Canadian provinces and Australia.

University of Connecticut Health Center library was chosen to participate in Cohort 1, with reference librarian Kathleen Crea as project team leader, director Evelyn Morgen (now retired), Arta Dobbs and three clinical faculty and educational administrators. The UConn Health team created and delivered an electronic survey to all UConn medical students asking them to describe “in their own words” ways in which their information competencies improved as they moved through medical school, how their effective use of clinical resources evolved over four years, which source(s) they consider “must have” by third or fourth year, and what instructional sessions by librarians proved most useful to them for developing these evidence based medicine (EBM) skills. The instrument included a variety of question formats and scales, and space for open-ended responses encouraging individualized answers.

This collection of feedback provides an intriguing snapshot of how medical students “consume” library information resources over years, and provides evidence for faculty that this group benefits from a series of hands-on library instruction over years, especially targeted “just in time” sessions on evidence-based medicine resources, pharmacology or clinical mobile app training.

Ms. Crea presented a poster about the UConn Health AiA Library EBM survey at the April 2015 AAMC North Eastern Group on Educational Affairs conference held at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.  More recently, twenty Assessment in Action project team leaders from New England libraries were invited by ACRL and the Massachusetts Library System to present at the New England Assessment in Action Symposium, held Sept 13, 2016 in Worcester at Assumption College. Posters from this meeting can be viewed here:

  • ALA/ACRL Assessment in Action program is described in full at: A searchable archive of AiA projects from Cohorts 1, 2 and 3 including poster abstracts, images and full project descriptions can be viewed here: AiA online collection.
  • Librarian Eric Ackerman (Cohort 1) edited an AiA casebook published by ACRL in 2016, entitled “Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant”. He invited 27 AiA team leaders to showcase their inquiry methods and results, divided by three sections: Assessing Information Literacy and Library Instruction; Assessing Outreach, Services and Spaces; Longitudinal Assessment. Crea wrote one of the chapters in this book.
  • Finally, the March 2016 issue of ACRL College and Research Libraries includes an informative article entitled “Assessment as Action Research: Bridging Academic Scholarship and Everyday Practice”, written by Kara Malenfant, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Debra Gilchrist who were each key architects and faculty for all three cohorts of this grant. Link to the article here: (open access).
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Annual Update – Recording Available

Tue, 2016-10-11 13:00

For anyone who missed the Annual Update or would like to watch it a second time, the video can be found here:

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mary Piorun, PhD
Acting Director,
Associate Director
NN/LM NER and the
Lamar Soutter Library
UMass Medical School

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NLM In Focus: Scientists

Fri, 2016-10-07 12:49

Do you know any scientists at the National Library of Medicine?

In this week’s “Focus on NLM Scientists” NLM introduced Kim Pruitt, PhD, staff scientist at NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Dr. Pruitt shares how a subscription to Science magazine paid off, why she learned to interrupt people, and how she feels about working at NIH.


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Instructional Design Webinar Series

Fri, 2016-10-07 11:11
Save the dates!

The NNLM/NER will be hosting in person showings of the MLA Instructional Design
Webinar Series (

  • October 18, 2016 – 2-3:30pm – What’s Theory Got to Do with It? Learning Theories, Instructional Design, and the Librarian
  • October 26, 2016 – 2-3:30pm – Designing Online Instruction: It’s Not Just for Distance Education Anymore
  • November 9, 2016 – 2-3:30pm – Don’t Flip Out! Exploring Team-Based Learning
  • November 22, 2016 – 2-3:30pm – Setting Yourself Up for Success with Learning Assessment

Join colleagues to participate in MLA’s four-part series on instructional design helps novice and experienced
teachers and course designers be more effective in how they design, deliver and evaluate their face-to-face
and online instruction. In person sessions will be held in the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School. Attendees will earn 1.5 CE credits for each course attended. Recordings of
the webinars will be posted at a later time.

Specifics on each course and registration information will be sent out soon.
Please contact Martha Meacham, OR 508-856-1267, with any questions.


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NER Staff Update: New Education and Outreach Coordinator

Fri, 2016-10-07 11:05


Hello everyone,

Please join us in welcoming Martha Meacham, MLIS, MA to the NN/LM New England Region.
Martha will be working as an Education and Outreach Coordinator. Martha joins us from the
Veterans Administration VISN1 Knowledge Information Service. Previously, she was a Library
Fellow in the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass Medical School, and has worked as a librarian in
a variety of other medical settings including the Patient Resource Library at Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Martha received her Master of
Science in Library and Information Science, and a Master of Arts in History, with an emphasis
on medical history, from Simmons College in Boston. Prior to librarianship, Martha earned her
BS in Psychology and worked as a mental health counselor. Martha is interested in information
and health literacy, patron and librarian education, and advocacy and marketing for libraries.

Martha can be reached at | 508-856-1267.

Mary Piorun, PhD
Interim Director
NN/LM NER and the
Lamar Soutter Library
UMass Medical School
p) 508-856-2206


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MLA Funds

Fri, 2016-10-07 10:41

2017 EBSCO/MLA Annual Grant


In order to enable more librarians to attend Medical Library Association (MLA) annual meetings, EBSCO Information Services has generously donated money to the MLA Scholarship Endowment to provide stipends up to $1,000.00 each to four (4) librarians for travel and conference-related expenses, to be known as the EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant. If you need funding to attend the annual meeting, please consider applying.



  • Applicant must be a member of MLA.
  • Applicant must be currently employed as a medical librarian.
  • Applicant must have between two and five years experience as a health sciences librarian at the time of the annual meeting.
  • Applicant must complete an application form including a 200-word statement answering the question, “What do you expect to gain professionally and/or personally by attending the MLA annual meeting?”
  • No more than one awardee from any given institution will be awarded the grant in a single year.
  • Visit MLANET – Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships – EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant for details and the application form.
  • Applications are due to MLA by Monday, December 1, 2016. Please email Jeanne Sadlik, Jury Chair at mailto:jsadlik@luc.eduif you have questions.


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NER Funding Extended

Thu, 2016-10-06 07:16

The NN/LM New England Region is able to accept a second round of applications for the following awards.

Please note:

  • Program work needs to be completed by April 30, 2017
  • Submissions accepted until November 10, 2016
  • Additional information is available here: —  including the link to the funding recording from August


Focused Outreach  Increase access to NLM resources in focused outreach areas via short-term outreach projects.Current Locations:

  • Providence/Pawtucket, RI
  • Southeastern and Cape Cod, MA
$5,000 Community Engagement  Support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. $10,000 Exhibit  Provide members with the opportunity to promote health information resources at state and local venues. $2,000 Community Preparedness  Assist Network Members in becoming active participants in their communities’ emergency preparedness, response, and recovery planning. $7,500 Technology  Enhance technology access to and delivery of health information for Network Members, health professionals, and consumers. $7,500 Knowledge/Data Management  Support projects that stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge/data management and information/research services at the health care or research institution. $10,000 Resource Sharing  Support projects that broaden access to health information. $7,500 Member Programs  Support the development of instructional programs that improve the knowledge and skills of librarians and health information professionals. $5,000


Please contact Mary Piorun if you have any questions.



Mary Piorun, PhD

Associate Director

NN/LM NER and the

Lamar Soutter Library

UMass Medical School


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Farewell from Director Elaine Martin

Thu, 2016-09-29 11:14

On behalf of: Elaine Martin, Director, NN/LM NER & Lamar Soutter Library

It is with mixed emotions that I depart my position as director of the Lamar Soutter Lbrary, University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), Worcester, after 18 years in the position and director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region for the past 15 years. Effective October 3rd, I will assume the position of director and chief executive officer of the Francis A.  Countway Library at the Harvard Medical School.  While it has been a great pleasure being in Worcester, I am ready for a change and looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities the future holds in Boston.

Certainly one of the highlights of my career at the UMMS was being awarded our first five-year contract to serve as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM, NER) in 2001. At that time, I had been at the library less than 3 years and it was seen perhaps as ambitious and maybe a little bit bold to compete for the contract. But with the encouragement and support from you our network members, NAHSL, the hospital librarians group and the resource library directors, we were able to convince the National Library of Medicine reviewers and site visit team that we all were prepared for this responsibility.

Others have heard me say that our RML (e.g., regional medical library as NER is also called) has passed through the various stages of development: from infancy during its first five years, through adolescence (2nd-3rd contracts) and now into adulthood. As we enter this current five-year term (2016-21), we are embarking into our fourth cycle, and at the end of it, we would have been your RML for 20 years! How exciting it has been to be part of that developmental journey.  I would like to take this opportunity to call your attention to just some of the many accomplishments we have all achieved during this time.

Our region has led the way in many new and exciting outreach initiatives. We have focused on bringing the National Library of Medicine’s resources and services to both underserved populations and librarians throughout the six New England states. Some of these projects have been through our talented RML office staff and others through you our network members via our robust subcontract and awards programming. Through our Focused Outreach program, we have developed a unique approach for developing the community partnerships and library linkages needed to effectively deliver information to those who need it, when they need it, where they need it, in the format they need it–all within a defined geographical area in order to make a difference there. In addition, network members have received funding for outreach projects that provide public libraries access to consumer health information, linking high school students to careers in the health sciences, and engaging consumers, hospital librarians, outreach workers and health professionals in collaborative programming addressing major public health topics such as opioid addition and veteran’s health. We have led the country in fostering the role of librarians in both Knowledge Management (KM) and eScience, e-research, and big data. In doing so, we have created a KM toolkit and funded pilot projects in hospital libraries throughout the region. With respect to eScience we have formed a community of health sciences, sciences and engineering librarians working together to identify the competencies needed to be able to provide library-based data services, and we offer a variety of programming designed to address the learning needs of this community. We developed a specialized digital library aimed at bringing resources to state public health workers, who normally would have no access to full-text electronic journals. This pilot project has now become a national initiative.

Most of all, what I have experienced, is that you our regional members are open to exploring new ways, new technologies and new collaborations that enhance librarian roles in the provision of health information to those who need it.  There are a remarkable number of leaders I have had the pleasure to work with over these many years. While too many to mention all,  I would like to give a shout out to just a few who have helped shaped our region over the years: Tovah Reis and Marianne Slocomb (both now retired)—for their work with the public libraries and health sciences libraries in Rhode Island; Kenny Marone (also retired)—for her consumer health initiatives in New Haven;  Marianne Burke (VT) –for her work in rural medicine; Janet Cowen (retired) and Patty Kahn—for their work with in HSLIC in Maine; Margo Colletti (MA) for her teaching us Knowledge Management and Anne Fladger (MA) for her work on the Hospital Library Advocacy Committee. It was a privilege for me to have had the opportunity to work with all of these outstanding library leaders.

Finally, I can’t leave this position, without recognizing the hard-working and dedicated librarians who have served you as the RML staff over the years.  Those early founders of this RML (Debbie Sibley, Javier Crespo, Mark Goldstein, Penny Glassman, Michelle Eberle) took an empty office space in Shrewsbrury (since there wasn’t space at the Lamar Soutter Library) and built the backbone of the program we have today. I leave the RML in great hands, under the leadership of Mary Piorun. She has served as the RML associate director and now as acting director of the library and NER.  She and the current staff are ready and able to continue delivering the exciting and innovative programs and services envisioned many years ago throughout the remainder of this grant period and beyond. I wish them and all of you much success.  And I look forward to working with you all in different collaborations in my new role at the Countway.

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Healthy People – Welcoming Public Comments

Thu, 2016-09-29 09:12

Participate in the Healthy People 2020 Process!

Spread the word!

Tell your colleagues and friends about this great learning opportunity. Forward this email or tweet about the webinar.

We’re happy to invite you to participate in the Healthy People 2020 process! The latest public comment period will be open from October 6 through October 27, 2016.

The Healthy People team is requesting your comments on an objective that we’re considering adding to the HIV topic area.

To participate in the public comment period, visit beginning on October 6. We will accept your comments through 5:00 p.m. ET on October 27.

Public comment periods are a cornerstone of Healthy People 2020. We look forward to hearing from you!


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NER Annual Update

Thu, 2016-09-29 08:49


The NN/LM New England Region will be hosting its Annual Update on October 6th at 1:00 PM. We will be introducing our newest staff members, providing a summary of the 2011-2016 contract, and sharing an overview of the 2016-2021 cooperative agreement. We encourage other regions to tune in to hear what we are up to and possibly identify areas for future collaboration!

Please register at: and spread the word!

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