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NMLM Feature: De-Stress Days for Students but not so De-Stressful for Librarians!

Thu, 2018-10-25 05:34


Arlene and massage team

Arlene and the massage team at De-Stress Days

Arlene Haessler, MLIS, LMT
Campus Librarian
University of St Augustine for Health Sciences Library

Here at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, our students work very hard and take little time for relaxation. Last summer I heard that Student Services (SS) on the Austin, TX campus held a De-Stress Fest prior to finals with therapy dogs, massage therapy, meditation and healthy snacks. I decided the St Augustine campus students needed their own de-stress event too. I approached SS and asked if we could put something like this together here. The answer was a resounding yes, if I did the leg-work, they would provide the budget. This was great because our library doesn’t have a budget for these types of projects.

I am not sure who at the Austin campus decided to use the term De-Stress to describe the campus event, but I liked the alliteration of De-Stress Days and De-Stress Fest so stayed with it for our campus.

The flyer I was sent about the Austin campus event referenced an online article titled Taking Breaks Found to Improve Attention by Rick Nauert Ph.D.

My goals for the event were

  1. Provide students with opportunities for breaks as well as tools for relaxation.
  2. Provide a variety of options and times for students to participate.
  3. Encourage students to see the Library and library staff, as well as Student Services as resources for more than just providing access to materials, answers to questions or a quiet place to study.
  4. Have fun!

Rather than having one event in one day, we decided to offer three days of programming:

Day 1: Relax and Renew with Yoga and Meditation

Day 2: Healthy Snacks and Massage with Student Volunteers

For Day two, 2 graduating PTs volunteered to do massage during the student lunch break and we provided healthy snacks.

Day 3: Time with Therapy Animals and More Massage

Massage: Contracting with outside massage therapists was the costliest part of the program. I felt strongly that the students shouldn’t work for an event that is for the students. I reached out to my professional association, the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), through their Facebook page and asked for LMTs interested. I located three local LMTs able to provide the service on the date we selected. I asked for copies of their licenses and liability insurance and confirmed they were able to receive payment through our company credit card. We ended up with 3 LMTs on Day 3 and they provided massage sessions for thirty-two students.

Therapy Animals: We used the Therapy Animal Coalition, based in Jacksonville, FL.

I originally arranged for three dogs and one cat but someone in our campus administration questioned having the animals at all due to allergies and requested we at least not have the cat.

The students were excited about the event before and after and we are all looking forward to doing it again in December. While there is little I would do differently for the next time, there were a couple of problems to be aware of going forward.

First, I did not have enough snacks and drinks, they were all gone in less than an hour. My original budget allowed for about $250 for the snacks and drinks. I, naively, only spent less than $200 thinking it would be enough. While the number of students we have on campus is variable with a lot of blended classes, I would at least double the amount of snacks and drinks I purchased next time.

Second, less than two days before the certified therapy animals were scheduled, I received an email from the interim campus director questioning our plans. Because our campus student services person had approved it through the Student Services department, it had not occurred to us there may be other approvals we would need. I was told we did not allow animals on campus because of allergies and other problems. I informed her that these were certified therapy animals and were used by the Mayo Clinic as well as other institutions for similar events. Furthermore, we had the therapy animal teams scheduled to be in one room and not wandering around campus, so I did not believe there was any problem with allergies, injuries or phobias. However, I was worried I may end up having to cancel the best part of the event before it even got started. Frankly, I was feeling devasted and unsupported, thankfully, the Student Services advisor assured me we were fine, and approval was given by his department head. Finally, we were able to get the okay from this person but going forward I would have to make sure to include her in the initial planning to avoid any conflict.

My final recommendation, if you are considering a similar event is get at least twice as much food and drink as you think you need and make sure all the campus (or whatever your institution) bigwigs are informed of your plans well ahead of time!


Dogs teams relaxingStudents and therapy dog teams relaxing together in the Heritage Lounge

Seated Massage Onsite seated massage assists ‘De-Stressing’ in many situations. Here
Arlene provides massage to returning military families and workers at
Sigsbee  in Key West, FL after Hurricane Wilma storm surge caused
major devastation to homes and businesses throughout the Florida Keys


Crystal, R., Krista, G., & Kathryn, R. (2016). Supporting Student Wellness: “De-stressing” Initiatives at Memorial University Libraries. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, Vol 10, Iss 2 (2016), (2), doi:10.21083/partnership.v10i2.3564

Lesneski, T. T. (2017). GET MOVING. Library Journal, 142(15), 36-39

Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Taking Breaks Found to Improve Attention. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 16, 2018, from

Pomputius, A. a. (2018). Mind over Matter: Using Technology to Improve Wellness. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 37(2), 177-183.

Ruhlmann, E. (2010). Libraries, Hospitals Join Forces to Promote Wellness in Body and Mind. American Libraries, (4), 14.

Tukhareli, N. (2017). Bibliotherapy-based Wellness Program for Healthcare Providers: Using Books and Reading to Create a Healthy Workplace. Journal of The Canadian Health Libraries Association, Vol 38, Iss 2 (2017), (2), doi:10.5596/c17-010



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MLA CHIS Training Opportunity! Health and Wellness at the Library Online Class Starts November 12!

Wed, 2018-10-24 12:35

Are you interested in consumer health? Are you interested in a highly interactive, robust learning experience with other engaged librarians? If so, join us! Registration is now open for the 4-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. Centered around eight core competencies, this free online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. Completing the class gives you all the credits you need to apply for CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from the Medical Library Association! The course teaches you the tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community. Together we will examine issues of literacy, health literacy, and the health information needs of special populations. By understanding the needs of your own community and the information-seeking behaviors of users, you will be prepared with the right tools and resources even before the questions are asked.

From there we will explore authoritative resources for just about any type of health question, apps and mobile health technologies, how people are using social networking for health questions, and how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations in your community. Participants will learn about core print reference and other materials for library collections, quality web resources beyond the major sites, and tips for helping library users evaluate health materials they encounter on their own.

A new topic area each week will expand on familiar concepts and provide exposure to new concepts, techniques and resources to take your skills to the next level. This course requires a final project; participants will have the opportunity to develop a real program or other project that can be implemented at his or her own workplace.

Important Note: This course is intended for all librarians and staff who serve members of the public, including public librarians, hospital librarians, and academic librarians.  Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements of this course. Upon completion of all required coursework, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. Anyone who has taken and completed the Stand Up for Health class is not eligible to take this course for CE or CHIS credit. The Stand Up for Health class is based on this course content, and it is only available to public librarians.

NNLM librarians Kelli Ham, Community Engagement Librarian from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) and Dana Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator from the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) are teaming up to teach this class!

The class will run from November 12 through December 14. We will be using Moodle for this free, self-paced class. More information will be sent out to registrants by November 5th. Register now!

Please contact Kelli or Dana by email if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in this NNLM course!

Kelli Ham

Dana Abbey

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: What are you doing here?”- Advancing Health Literacy Outside of Medical Libraries

Wed, 2018-10-24 08:40

Alex Carroll, MSLS, AHIP
Research Librarian for Engineering and Biotechnology
James B. Hunt Jr. Library
NC State University

As a librarian with “engineering” in his job title, one of the questions I routinely get at medical library conferences is “shouldn’t you be at an engineering conference?” It’s a fair question, since historically there has been a firewall between the clinical research conducted within academic medical centers and the applied science research performed at land-grant research universities. However, with the increased emphasis on interdisciplinary research from funders like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), many research teams now utilize engineering approaches to investigate health-related problems, which is creating new opportunities for medical librarians at institutions that aren’t typically thought of as medical libraries. An institutional priority on facilitating interdisciplinary research is exactly what brought me to NC State University, where as a medical librarian I get to do far more than just be a resident expert on PubMed.

One of the communities I support here is the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), which trains future generations of biomedical engineers to design patient-centered hardware and software solutions in collaboration with clinicians. To supplement the observational field work these students do within local health-care settings, BME students also must learn how to find health information so that they can understand the needs of their patient populations and navigate the complexities of the healthcare economics landscape. At NC State, I teach BME students how to interpret epidemiology data to assess the prevalence of specific diseases and medical conditions, and how to evaluate journal articles and patent literature to assess current treatment options. I also help BME students understand the complexity of bringing a solution to market by demonstrating how to locate relevant FDA regulatory information and discussing which Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes apply to their device for billing and reimbursement. It is immensely rewarding to watch these students’ projects evolve from fuzzy ideas into fully developed prototypes, and occasionally into nationally and internationally renowned undergraduate projects.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll introducing a faculty researcher in Hunt Library’s Teaching and Visualization Lab

The mission of land-grant universities is to make the knowledge of the university available to the public, which creates opportunities for librarians with a wide variety of expertise to impact health literacy. At NC State, we help our community members better understanding the complex information systems and news streams that surround them by hosting events that feature leading data journalists like Mona Chalabi and Alberto Cairo. We are embedded within interdisciplinary research institutes like the Comparative Medicine Institute, which facilitates ground-breaking translational research studies. We encourage our researchers to adopt open research practices for the processes and the products of their science, increasing the public’s access to current information on complex medical topics. We don’t just teach students and faculty how to run BLAST searches – we demonstrate how biomolecular databases like Gene can make their findings available to the public. So even if I am one of the only librarians at the NC State who self-identifies as a medical librarian, I am surrounded by colleagues who are advancing health literacy within North Carolina.

Mona ChalabiMona Chalabi, Data Editor at Guardian US, presented on
data visualization in the Hunt Library Auditorium

But perhaps the best thing about working as a medical librarian at an academic research library is the variety of people I get to engage with – each day brings different audiences and different opportunities. On Monday, you’re helping agricultural engineers find schematics for a storm water runoff system that will protect local watersheds. On Tuesday, you’re judging research posters at a graduate student symposium. On Wednesday, you’re showing civil engineering students how to find the standards needed to build a bridge that complies with the newest Environmental Protection Agency regulations. On Thursday, you’re guiding textile engineers through the process of filing a 510(k) for a new medical device. And on Friday, you’re finally getting around to answering those emails from your colleagues in the library that have been piling up since Monday. Although, I suspect that last one isn’t so unique to those of us outside of traditional medical libraries.

Alex Carroll demonstratingAlex Carroll demonstrates using BLAST to find for biological sequence information

So the next time you see a new engineering librarian at MLA Annual, instead of asking why they are there, try asking “what took you so long?”

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Employment Opportunity: NNLM PSR Education and Outreach Librarian

Wed, 2018-10-24 06:44

The NNLM PSR Region is now hiring an Education and Outreach Librarian.

The application deadline for first consideration is November 20, 2018.

Details for this position are available on the UCLA website.

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply online. Applications should include: a cover letter describing qualifications and experience; a current curriculum vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and the names and addresses for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of commitment to serve the people of California and to maintain the excellence of the university.

For questions, please contact:

Alan Carr, Associate Director

NNLM Pacific Southwest Region

UCLA L. Darling Biomedical Library

(310) 825-7263

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NLM Recruiting for 2019-2020 Associate Fellows

Tue, 2018-10-23 12:57

Positions: National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a fellowship for recent library science graduates with a formal curriculum including 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.

You will:

  • Select projects ranging from operations to research and development; project opportunities are 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, policy, and digital communication
  • Grow professionally and learn in a cohort, participating in an established curriculum, as well as through informal facilitated learning workshops, and informational interviews
  • Experience rotations such as to the NIH Library (by arrangement); Clinical Informationist experience at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Network and shadow senior staff at the National Library of Medicine
  • Develop leadership skills through a leadership curriculum, behavioral assessments, and regular self-development activities
  • Receive support from experienced mentors
  • Attend professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA annual meeting
  • Have an opportunity for a second optional year depending on fellow interest and available placements/institutions/proposals

How many: Between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year

Fellowship: One-year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services; A second optional year depending on fellow interest and available placements/institutions/proposals

Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

When: September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020

Stipend: $56,233; 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 25, 2019

Apply online here

Contact information: Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301.827.4284 or

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2019. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at Associate Fellowship Program: How to Apply. Application deadline is January 25, 2019. Between 3 and 6 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-827-4284 or

The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space, where we have regular cultural events for staff and the public. Excellent restaurants, shops, transportation, and entertainment make Bethesda a great place to work, and the wealth of museums, monuments, parks, sports and cultural activities in the Washington metropolitan area provides ample recreation opportunities. A metro subway station (Medical Center on the red line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and North Virginia. We also have free parking.

NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.


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NLM Traveling Exhibits – An Opportunity for SEA Network Members

Tue, 2018-10-23 08:37

The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program creates lively and informative exhibitions and resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collection and health information resources of the National Library of Medicine. These exhibitions and supportive educational resources engage diverse audiences and explore a variety of topics in the history of medicine. The National Library of Medicine provides traveling banner exhibitions free of charge to public, university, and medical libraries, as well as cultural centers across the country. Each exhibition has an accompanying web presence with additional resources and activity ideas.

NLM is making several exhibitions available exclusively to NNLM member organizations. If you have wanted to host an exhibition but were intimidated by years-long waiting periods, now is your chance to bring an exhibition to your library, school or community setting.

Exhibition availability varies – dates are available from January 2019 until April 2021. Please visit this post to see what exhibits are available to NNLM Network Members.


  • A set itinerary of 6-week booking periods will be established that will allow for up to 6 host venues per 12-month period.
    • We will do our best to accommodate each request.
    • Schedules will be finalized in mid-December.
  • Each host library will be responsible for the cost and arrangements for outgoing shipping from their library to the next host library.*
    • FEDEX 3-day super saver service is the required shipping method.
    • For those without a FEDEX account, another reliable service such as UPS or DHL may be used as long as it meets the 3-day service with tracking.
  • NLM will provide support to host libraries by providing exhibitor resources to assist with hosting. Additional information provided includes:
    • Outgoing shipping information to know where and when to ship the exhibition next.
  • Host institutions will be required to complete a brief survey about their experience hosting the exhibit.

Once you know when/if your organization is hosting an exhibition, consider organizing related programming around the exhibition.

* Shipping costs, guest speaker and other programming fees are a great use of NNLM SEA Project Awards. NNLM SEA Network Members may be able to apply for an Exhibitor Award to offset shipping costs. Currently applications are closed. Requests for proposals will be announced in early 2019 for projects from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

To see which exhibitions are available and to indicate your interest in hosting, please complete the NLM Traveling Exhibition Form by November 9, 2018. You may need to sign in to your NNLM Account to prior to accessing the form.



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NLM Traveling Exhibit Availability to NNLM Network Members

Tue, 2018-10-23 08:36

The National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Program creates lively and informative exhibitions and resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collection and health information resources of the National Library of Medicine. These exhibitions and supportive educational resources engage diverse audiences and explore a variety of topics in the history of medicine. The National Library of Medicine provides traveling banner exhibitions free of charge to public, university, and medical libraries, as well as cultural centers across the country. Each exhibition has an accompanying web presence with additional resources and activity ideas.

NLM is making several exhibitions available exclusively to NNLM member organizations. If your institution is interested in hosting any one of these exhibits, please visit this post to learn how!

A Voyage to Health – Explores the history of Kaho’olawe and traditional voyaging, and how the resurgence of Native Hawaiian culture helped heal the soul of the community. (Available Now)

Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World – The magic in J.K. Rowling’s series of Harry Potter novels is partially based on Renaissance traditions which played an important role in the development of Western Sciences, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. (Available December 2018)

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture – The title comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that “Centering the experience of people with AIDS allows us to see how critical they were and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.” (Available December 2018)

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health – Examines stories of the community groups that are making a difference in global health around. (Available January 2019)

Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons – Recognizes the achievements of early black physicians who not only became skilled practitioners, but also educators and trailblazers and highlights contemporary surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields. (Available April 2019)

Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine – During Washington’s lifetime, with the practice of medicine slowly becoming a licensed profession, he called on a growing class of experts and new knowledge about the spread and prevention of disease. Even so, Washington encountered the limits of medicine when faced with serious illness. (Available May 2019)

Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War – Explores the experiences of disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. (Available June 2019)

The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-paper” – Explores the story behind Gilman’s indictment of the medical profession in her short story titled “The Yellow Wall-paper” and the social conventions she encountered which restricted women’s professional and creative opportunities. (Available June 2019)

“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors – The four bodily humors – blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm- were understood by Shakespeare, and the generations before him to define people’s physical and mental health and to determine an individual’s personality, as well. (Available August 2019)

From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry – Explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use microorganisms for health and commercial purposes. (Available August 2019)

Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives – In the latter half of the 20th century nurses pushed the larger medical community to recognize the harm of domestic violence, to adequately respond to victims’ needs, and to work towards prevention. (Available December 2019)

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine – The participation of African American men and women in the war effort challenged the prescribed notions of both race and gender, and pushed the boundaries of the role of blacks in America. (Available April 2020)

For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform – Tells the lesser-known story of how movements of ordinary citizens helped shape the changing American health care system. (Available January 2021)

Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions – Explores the factors that have shaped the changing definitions of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace. (Available January 2021)

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: Meet Marlena Barber, MLIS – From Internships to Professional Service to Assistant Director: How to Chart your Course as a Medical Librarian

Mon, 2018-10-22 08:11
Marlene Barber

Marlena Barber, MLIS
Assistant Director of Collections and Historical Services
Laupus Health Sciences Library
East Carolina University – Greenville, NC

“Volunteer at libraries and archives while still in school. Look into internships, including virtual internships if available.”

Yunting Fu, MLS
Research, Education & Outreach Librarian
School of Nursing Librarian
Health Sciences & Human Services Library
University of Maryland – Baltimore, MD

When I first met Marlena Barber, the Assistant Director of Collections and Historical Services at Laupus Health Sciences Library at East Carolina University in 2013, she had been on board as a Collection Services & Metadata Librarian for a couple months. We started to get familiar with each other by sitting on the same committees and going to various meetings and events. The more I got to know her, the more I was impressed by how much extra work she has taken on besides the job responsibilities, and amazed by how well she was able to manage all of them.

So when I learned that she recently moved up to the position of Assistant Director, I took the chance to interview her with the hope she can share her wisdom of building a successful career, and more importantly, to inspire those who want to follow the path of medical librarianship.

What is your expert area in librarianship, and what are your main job responsibilities?
I believe that cataloging resources would be my specialized area in librarianship (though, there’s always more to learn with evolving technologies!). I provide guidance with collection development, collection management, and material donation management for electronic, print circulating, and historical collections at the Laupus Health Sciences Library. I also currently supervise five direct reports and six indirect reports.

What do you strive to accomplish in your current job?
Currently, I am working toward increasing efficiencies with resource description of the library’s circulating and online materials. I am also completing various courses with the American Association of State and Local History to broaden my knowledge set in managing historical collections. My goal is to complete work that will lead to increased educational opportunities for our students, faculty and staff, and members of the community who use and view our resources.

What is the biggest misconception people may have about your job?
People might think I work a lot with physical books and helping guests of the library, but that’s actually a rarity for me. My work is primarily behind the scenes working with electronic resources, historical items, and the employees at the library.

What does a typical work day involve?
It is a variety. Some items that usually happen daily are me reviewing and responding to emails, attending meetings, reviewing cataloged records from an employee who I have been training, corresponding with our sister library on various technical issues, and planning events, exhibits, and projects with employees. For instance, a research project I am working on for the Charleston Conference spurred a new project today of upgrading a large number of catalog records for electronic resources.

What makes your job unique?
I do such a variety of work, but it is tied together in that I oversee resource description for a variety of material types including the library’s circulating resources, the archival collections, and the artifacts. I supervise three departments at my library: Collection Services, History Collections, and The Country Doctor Museum. I oversee collection development, historical event programming, exhibit development, and I work on promotion of each at the library. My work with the museum is primarily administrative, but I also aid in promoting the collections and events and in staffing needs from the library.

What aspect do you like least of your job?
Delivering negative feedback or news to employees would be the thing I like the least.

What advice would you like to impart to current and future LIS students who are considering a career path similar to yours?
Take coursework both in cataloging and in archives to broaden your knowledge base. Volunteer at libraries and archives while still in school. Look into internships, including virtual internships if available.

After become a librarian, get involved in academic and professional organizations: I am Past Chair of MLA’s Technical Services Section. I have chaired and served on a number of search committees at the library level. I serve on a university committee that works on various issues regarding Faculty Welfare. I also recently completed two years of service as a faculty senator. All of this committee work has helped me get to learn about the different work that is going on all over campus.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – October 19, 2018

Fri, 2018-10-19 08:28

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


Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars October 22-26

Webinars October 29 – November 2

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: Meet Rachel Johnson, CAE, Communications Services Division Chief Prince William County Public Library System Office of Community Engagement

Thu, 2018-10-18 11:17
Prince William County Public Library System

Prince William Library System Director Deborah Wright and Assistant Director Joslyn Bowling Dixon (center, left to right) receive a Certificate of Completion upon solidifying collaborative consumer health program plans for the year with partners from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Prince William County Health District

Rachel Johnson, CAE
Communications Services Division Chief
Prince William County Public Library System Office of Community Engagement
Prince William, VA

October is Health Literacy Month, a time to focus on your overall health and well-being, and get access to resources and information to help you do so. The Prince William Public Library System provides a valuable asset to our users on their journey to a healthier self. Not only does the Library offer resources in both digital and print, but we have recently begun to offer health and wellness programs to our patrons.

In addition to numerous databases, the library also provide access to the Health and Wellness Resource Center for our users. This digital resource offers carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials for informational purposes. Our premium online resources provide our users access to health and medical journals, videos, and general interest publications.

Aside from our databases, we provide our library patrons access to many personal health and wellness improvement books, eBooks, and audio materials. Resources like Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book by Daniel Harris is available in multiple formats. This guide to meditation debunks its misconceptions and provides a wealth of techniques. How to Be Well: The Six Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank Lipman helps patrons learn the habits and tactics to improve health and establish lifelong vitality.

Starting this month through November, we plan to offer a number of different health-focused programs throughout the library system including everything from Child & Me Yoga to Healthy Holiday Eating to a Community Health Open House. At the Community Health Open House, we intend to bring together representatives from local and regional agencies to answer questions our community members have related to health topics like heart attacks, strokes, and hypertension. We are excited about all of the upcoming programs we have scheduled throughout our library system and invite you to attend!

Bull Run Regional Library and Potomac Community Libraries are increasing their efforts to provide more resources as part of a greater Consumer Health initiative. This initiative includes partnerships with other health-related organizations in the county and throughout Virginia. This is a developing initiative that we will enhance our resources in the coming months for the public.

If you are in Prince William County, VA, we hope you visit the Public Library and take advantage of many of the health and wellness opportunities available!

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NNLM SEA Funding Announcement: All of Us Community Engagement Project Award

Tue, 2018-10-16 13:13

The All of Us Research Program’s goal is to learn how differences between us might lead to different types of treatments. With a goal to have one million people participate in this study, researchers may use this information to improve the health for everyone. As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) is pleased to offer the All of Us Community Engagement Project Award.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 11, 2018

The purpose of the SEA All of Us Community Engagement Award is to support libraries for projects that improve health information literacy, improve access to, awareness of, and skills to locate high quality biomedical and health information, and improve understanding and importance in participation of clinical trials, including the All of Us Research program.

Potential Project Ideas

  • Hosting a symposium or panel presentations at public libraries that serve underrepresented or diverse populations on understanding clinical trials, informed consent, and what it means to participate in research.
  • Incorporating NLM health and science information resources and the All of Us Research Program community resources into new or existing health programs within public libraries. See National Health Observances for some ideas.
  • Training programs that educate finding and evaluating consumer health information found on the Internet and incorporate the All of Us Research Program.
  • Placing web-accessible computers in locations where they can be used by under-represented and minority populations to locate health information, free clinics, community health centers, and information on clinical trials, like the All of Us Research Program.
  • Train-the-trainer projects that enhance the skills of library staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information, clinical trials and informed consent, or the All of Us Research Program.
  • Exhibiting at community health fairs or presenting at local meetings to promote health literacy, NLM products and services, and the importance of participating in medical research.
  • Other creative ideas that integrate health information outreach and the All of Us Research program are strongly encouraged.

SEA staff are available for consultations. Please email NNLM SEA to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the All of Us Community Engagement Project Award for details regarding the award, eligibility, and to access the application.

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Seeking News Following Hurricane Michael

Tue, 2018-10-16 12:45

Hurricane Florence swept across the southeastern United States and devastated the Gulf Coast. It is impossible for NNLM SEA to know which of our network members have suffered loss or damage based upon news reports.

Have you, your library or organization experienced ill effects from the storm?

Is there good news after the hurricane that you would like to share with our network members?

We would still like to hear from you! Please call our office at 410-706-2855, e-mail, or share in the comments section of this post.

Let us know; we want to hear from you!

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: Medical Librarianship with Ruth Riley – LibraryVoicesSC Podcast Episode 64

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:36

Ruth RileyRuth A. Riley, MS, AHIP
Assistant Dean for Executive Affairs
Director of Library Services
School of Medicine Library
University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC









Curtis R. Rogers, Ed.D. Communications Director South Carolina State Library – Columbia, SC

Dr. Curtis Rogers, Communications Director for the South Carolina State Library and producer of the LibraryVoicesSC podcast, discusses medical librarianship, the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Library, and more with Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services at the USC School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina.

Ruth has served as Director of the USC School of Medicine Library since 2000. She has worked in three other academic health sciences libraries including the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, the Alfred Taubman Medical Library at the University of Michigan, and the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri.

Since 2012, Ruth has also served as the Assistant Dean for Executive Affairs at the USC School of Medicine. She is presently serving as Past-President of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and has served as Chair of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association and Chair of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries.

Listen online at Podbean, Stitcher, or TuneIn Radio today!

The episode is also featured on the South Carolina State Library website:

Links featured in this episode:

USC School of Medicine Library:
Medical Librarian’s Month:




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Upcoming GMR Webinar: Addressing Latino Health and Wellness Disparities

Mon, 2018-10-15 11:29

Date/Time: October 24, 2018 1 PM CT/2 PM ET

Addressing Latino Health and Wellness Disparities Through Virtual Community Health and Wellness Workshops

This session will provide attendees with background information about the Latino community both in the United States and in Minnesota. An overview of current demographics and health issues will be covered. The presenters will then describe how they designed, implemented, and evaluated the virtual health and wellness workshop series, covering mental health and wellness topics, targeting the Latino community in rural Minnesota towns.* The session will wrap up with considerations that other organizations can use when targeting outreach efforts to the Latino population within their local and hard-to-reach rural communities.

Register Here:

This session will be presented by Carla Kohler, Manager of Community Health Services and Dr. Benjamín Feigal, Director of Mental Health Services at CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio).

*This workshop series was developed with funding support from the GMR

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NIH Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Provisions for a Future Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy

Fri, 2018-10-12 15:45

On October 10, 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts to solicit public input on proposed key provisions that could serve as the foundation for a future NIH policy for data management and sharing.  The feedback we obtain will help to inform the development of a draft NIH policy for data management and sharing, which is expected to be released for an additional public comment period upon its development.

Comments on the proposed key provisions will be accepted through December 10, 2018, and can be made electronically by visiting here.

To further engage stakeholders, NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the proposed key provisions on November 7, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET. Details about the webinar, including how to register can be found by clicking here.

For a perspective on the importance of obtaining robust stakeholder feedback on this topic, please see the latest Under the Poliscope by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz.

Questions about the proposed provisions may be sent to the NIH Office of Science Policy at

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Webinar Announcement: Help Us Combat the World’s Most Dangerous Animal with an App!

Fri, 2018-10-12 14:15

Title: Help Us Combat the World’s Most Dangerous Animal with an App!

Guest Speaker: Dorian Janney, GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign Coordinator and Lead for NASA Satellite Collaborations, GFSC/NASA/ADNET

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 10am CT / 9am MT

Description: Mosquitoes are the world’s most dangerous animal, and there is something we can all do to reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted disease in our communities. Join us to find out why mosquitoes are so dangerous and to learn how NASA Earth-observing satellite data is being used in an effort to predict, monitor, and respond to vector-borne disease around the world.

In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a Citizen Science effort and the newest GLOBE field measurement campaign, GLOBE Mission Mosquito! This program connects with citizen scientists of all ages to monitor changes in the frequency, range, and distribution of potential disease vector mosquitoes by reporting observations using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper app. Participants are encouraged to download the free app here before the webinar.

Speaker Bio: Dorian Janney works at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She is the Education and Outreach Specialist for Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission as well as the GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign Coordinator and Lead for NASA Satellite Collaborations. She is a GLOBE Program Master Trainer, and enjoys going outside with people of all ages to assist them in learning more about this fantastic planet we all live on! She was a classroom teacher for over thirty years, and served as the head of the science department at a middle school which focused on Aerospace Technology and Astronomy.  Feel free to contact her at

For more information: No registration is required for this class.

To Join the Meeting

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  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: webinar

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For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: Meet Dr. Cynthia Baur, Director, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park

Fri, 2018-10-12 10:32

 Cynthia Bauer and Student Team

Dr. Cynthia Baur (center) and the Center for Health Literacy student team at
the spring 2018 Health Literacy Huddle, UMD School of Public Health

Interview by Mary Ann Williams, MSLS
Research, Education & Outreach Librarian
School of Dentistry Librarian
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences & Human Services Library

“Librarians and libraries are essential to developing health literate societies.”

 1) Please tell us about the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and what you strive to accomplish there.

 I am the Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park. We aim to educate people about limited health literacy and how and why it affects healthcare and public health outcomes. We research many different aspects of limited health literacy and look for practical solutions at different levels from increasing individual knowledge and health-promoting actions to healthcare system performance that puts patients and caregivers at the center of care processes. We also work on guidelines and policies that can influence how people find, communicate about, and use health information and services.

2) What inspired you to pursue the work you do today?

My personal experiences as a new mother 23 years ago inspired me to work on health communication and health literacy issues. I was overwhelmed and confused by the information I was getting from the healthcare system, and I thought it would be a worthy purpose to try to make all types of health information and services easier to understand and use. I expected it would be a short-term project and then I would move on and work on other problems! Obviously, I didn’t know or anticipate the many obstacles – educational, cultural, institutional, financial, political, and more – to clearly communicating about health.

3) If you only had one Health Literacy tool to use, what would it be?

My pick is the CDC Clear Communication Index because I was one of the co-creators while working at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. My colleague Dr. Christine Prue (a Terp alum) and I identified the need for science-based criteria about how to clearly communicate public health information and recommendations. She and I led a team to develop and test the Index. It has proved to be a remarkably flexible tool for improving the presentation of many types of information, not only health.

4) What role(s) can you see libraries/librarians (medical or public) taking to support health literacy initiatives?

 I think librarians and libraries are essential to developing health literate societies. We included libraries as key partners in the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy (2010) because they are information hubs for all types of communities: urban, rural, large or small. Librarians are passionate about getting reliable information in people’s hands, and we need more people committed to finding and using the highest quality information in decision-making. I use the public library in my neighborhood, and I am impressed by the many ways libraries now make information available to a wide range of users. I’m also impressed that librarians are embracing their role as health information providers and can get a Consumer Health Information Specialization from the Medical Library Association.





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New Website Design for Tox Town

Thu, 2018-10-11 13:48

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur.

The new design, informed by extensive user research has:

  • Enhanced search optimization
  • Improved readability

New Tox Town features reflecting consumers’ frequently asked questions include:

Due to low usage, the website no longer contains Spanish language materials.

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Funding Opportunity: ALA Midwinter Travel Awards Available

Wed, 2018-10-10 08:38

ALA Seattle

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) is pleased to offer up to 15 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Library Awardees can apply for up to $3000 for registration and travel costs.

  • Eligibility – Any library in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV may apply.
  • Awards will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis to the individual attendee’s library. (i.e. a library must pay for an employee to attend and NNLM SEA will reimburse that library after the conference).
  • Libraries may choose to use the $3,000 to send more than one person, but NNLM SEA will not reimburse expenses beyond $3000 to a single organization.
  • Libraries must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. You may search to see if an organization is a member in the Membership directory. If not, membership is free and easy to sign up for. Only one award will be given per library.
  • If an individual is not a member of ALA, this award cannot pay for membership. Please budget for the non-member rate.
  • In addition to the full conference, each individual using award money must register for and attend the preconference “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy” – See details below*
  • Any individual that receives any funds to attend ALA midwinter will be required to fill out a short evaluation. Awardee institutions will also be asked to contribute to SEA Currents, the NNLM SEA Newsletter about the conference.
  • Applications are due October 31, 2018. Decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis. Please note Early Bird Registration for ALA Midwinter is October 24, 2018.

*More about the ALA Midwinter Preconference:

Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity – Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon – The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias’s connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities’ health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.

Ticket pricing for Preconference: ALA Member: $40/50/$60 – Other Member: $40/$50/$60 – Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

Please feel free to share this with any library you think might be interested.

Please contact Tony Nguyen, Executive Director, with questions regarding this opportunity via e-mail or call 410-706-2855.


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MLA Research Training Institute: 2019 Call for Applications

Wed, 2018-10-10 07:20
Apply for the 2019 Research Training Institute

Applications are open through December 1, 2018, for the 2018 cohort of MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) research fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form. The institute is a weeklong residential workshop held in Chicago, July 15–19, 2019, with follow-up activities and support, mentoring, and membership in an ongoing research community. Read more in the MLA News article. For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, please contact Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.

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