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NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Tue, 2018-03-20 17:03

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! We’ll be working on those diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

If you’re new to adding citations, NNLM will be hosting a webinar with Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. Dr. Heilman will give attendees an overview of the importance of Wikipedia, and will demo how to add a citation. NNLM’s webinar with Dr. Heilman is scheduled for 2-3 pm ET on Thursday, March 29th. Participants are encouraged to register for the training even if they can’t attend, as all registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar. Please note: you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event to be able to participate.

NNLM staff from across the region will be available Tuesday, April 17th from 9 am ET to 9 pm ET to support you as you add your citations. Follow along with the fun on Twitter–check for hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium

Tue, 2018-02-13 17:52

May 22-23, 2018 – Atlanta, GA

The Medical Library Association, Public Library Association, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine invite you to attend a new symposium designed to bring public health librarians, health sciences librarians, and health professionals together to learn from each other on how best to serve the diverse health needs of our community.

Why attend the Symposium?

  • Learn about educational, financial, and community engagement resources for health literacy outreach
  • Meet colleagues with the same concerns about barriers and challenges in providing literacy services
  • Understand national initiatives on reducing disparities in health

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging to attend the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium. Stipends are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with an emphasis on equal distribution across the nation. A deadline of March 1st is in place for first consideration.  To learn more about the symposium and apply for a travel stipend please visit: We hope to see you there!

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Recruiting Advisor for the Librarian Impact on Cost of Patient Care Study

Tue, 2018-02-13 17:47

Dear Network members,

We are recruiting an additional hospital librarian to advise the Librarian Impact on Cost of Patient Care Study. The research team needs assistance in developing the study that considers the many environmental/cultural/political nuances common to library professionals working in the hospital setting. This advisor will need to commit 3-4 hours per month and be able to attend online meetings using WebEx.

If you are interested in this appointment, contact John Bramble (

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Heart Health Information Resources webinar

Mon, 2018-02-12 13:59

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 1pm MT/2pm CT

Discover NLM Resources and More series

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Dive into heart health resources from the National Institutes of Health with Annette Parde-Maass, NNLM MCR Education and Outreach Coordinator. She will focus on resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and how they can help you and the people you serve. She’ll provide an overview of each site, demonstrate some sample searches, and show you where to find educational and outreach materials, including multilingual or multicultural pieces and orders for hard copies. She’ll also give you time to search the sites yourself and share findings with others.

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Cultural Competence for Information Professionals webinar

Mon, 2018-02-12 13:58

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10am MT/11am CT

Breezing Along with the RML series

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According to the National Association of Social Workers, cultural competence is “a congruent set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable a person or group to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.” This webinar will provide an introduction to cultural competence, discuss why it is important and how it applies to the work of information professionals.

Guest Speaker: Shaundra Walker, PhD, Interim Library Director of the Ina Dillard Russell Library at Georgia College

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Accepting Applications – NNLM MCR Technology Improvement Award

Mon, 2018-02-05 18:45

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of Technology Improvement Awards.

These awards seeks to enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software that is utilized to ensure access to high quality health information.

Previous awards funded digital signage with health messaging and a virtual reality lab. Not sure if your project is within scope? Send a brief letter of intent with a project summary and estimated budget to and we will happy to review and advise.

The NNLM MCR will fund awards up to $1,500 each.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday April 20, 2018 – Midnight MT

FUNDING PERIOD: May 1, 2018 thru January 25, 2019.

View the full project guidelines, an application checklist, or begin your online application.

QUESTIONS TO: Alicia Lillich @ or 913-588-7355

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Calling Public Library Staff for Online Training

Mon, 2018-02-05 13:49

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting public library staff to participate in the online training, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community.” This is a 4-week, online, asynchronous (all self-paced) course where participants will earn 12 continuing education (CE) credits and a certificate. The course is designed to provide public library staff with core competencies of providing health information services and the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies.

The course will begin March 5, 2018, with new content released each Monday. Plan to spend about 3 hours on coursework each week between March 5 and April 1. One additional week will be provided to catch up on assignments if needed. However, because each week involves online discussion with your peers, it is important to keep up with the weekly topics and not attempt to catch up at the end.

This opportunity is part of a project to improve the course content and format to meet the unique needs of public library staff. Participants will be asked to take a short pre- and post-course surveys.

In addition to receiving a certificate for 12 CE hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA), the NNLM will also sponsor the application fee for a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from MLA. You will receive a certificate in the mail as well as a digital badge to use online. 

If you are interested please complete this online form.

You will be contacted on February 26, 2018, to let you know if you have been selected for the program.

If you have any questions please contact:

Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA

Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

Greater Midwest Region (GMR)

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NNLM Members Directory: MidContinental Region Members’ Profiles Updated

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:49

Some of the MidContinetal Region’s members may not be able to find their member profiles int the  NNLM Members Directory.  The  Member Services project is currently updating MCR  member records  of those members who completed  the online membership renewal questionnaire in 2017.   If you cannot find your organization’s  record it may have been moved to “Inactive.”  It’s  simple to change the organization’s status with the help of the MCR staff.  Please contact either the Member Services Coordinator or the NNLM coordinator in your state to resolve this  problem.

Jim Honour,  Member Services Coordinator


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WISER 5.1 Released

Fri, 2018-01-19 10:43

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion listserv:

WISER 5.1 is now available on all platforms! Take a quick look at what’s included in this release.

Tutorial Videos

Check out WISER’s new series of YouTube videos. These videos introduce WISER’s functionality, walk through a known substance scenario, and explore WISER’s protective distance mapping feature in detail. Take a look!

Coming Soon : WebWISER enhancements and WISER 5.2, which adds three toxic syndromes (toxidromes) and related content to CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) to all WISER platforms.   [jh]


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Genetics Home Reference webinar – Jan 31st

Thu, 2018-01-18 15:49

Join us for the January NNLM Resource Picks Webinar!

TitleGenetics Home Reference

Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH, from the National Library of Medicine

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 31st  at 12 PM PT/ 1 PM MT/ 2 PM CT / 3 PM ET

Summary: Join us for an introduction and exploration of Genetics Home Reference (GHR) presented by Stephanie Morrison, MPH.

Stephanie is the Team Coordinator for GHR at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) so you’ll be in good hands. Genetics Home Reference is the NLM website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. Feel free to peruse it before the webinar and come with questions:

Register: To register, please visit:

Continuing Education: 1 MLA CE credit is available for those who register and complete the evaluation form!


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WEBINAR: Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience

Fri, 2018-01-12 19:18

Join us for Midday at the Oasis:

Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience

Description: This session will focus on a grant funded partnership between a local homeless service agency and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department to serve homeless patrons, with or without mental illness in Glendale, California.

Presenters: Tiffany Barrios, Library Supervisor and Mary Leasure, Social Worker, Glendale Public Library, Glendale, California

Class Date: Jan 17, 2018

Typically held the third Wednesday of alternating months:

1-2PM (Pacific) | 4-5PM (Eastern) | 11AM-Noon (Hawaii) | 2-3PM (Arizona) | 10-11AM (American Samoa) | 7-8AM Thursday (Guam)

Please register now for the Midday at the OASIS Session!

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Moodle Class Announcement: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

Fri, 2018-01-12 10:03

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites you to participate in Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions. This course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

DatesFebruary 5 – March 30, 2018

Register: To register for this class, please visit:

The class size for this course is limited to 60 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating.

Course instructors for the winter session are Ann Glusker, Pacific Northwest RegionDerek Johnson, Greater Midwest RegionAlicia Lillich, MidContinental Region, Ann Madhavan, Pacific Northwest Region, Tony Nguyen, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, and Elaina Vitale, Mid-Atlantic Region.

Please contact Tony Nguyen with questions.

Description: The Big Data in Healthcare:  Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

Participants will have the opportunity to share what they learned with the instructor from each section of the course content either through WebEx discussions or Moodle Discussions within each Module. These submissions can be used to help support the student’s views expressed in the final essay assignment.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

NOTE: Participants will articulate their views on why health sciences librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians should play in this emerging field. Participants are encouraged to allow their views to be published on a NNLM online blog/newsletter as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic. Your course instructors will reach out to you following the completion of the course.

On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there are completion deadlines). While offered primarily asynchronously, your course instructors plan to offer opportunities in which participants can join a WebEx discussion to discuss some of the content.

Course Expectations: To complete this course for nine hours of MLA contact hours, participants are expected to:

  • Spend 1-2 hours completed the work within each module.
  • Commit to complete all activities and articulate your views within each module.
  • Complete course requirements by the deadline established in each module.
  • Coordinate with a course instructor to publish your observations/final assignments on a NNLM blog/newsletter
  • Provide course feedback on the Online Course Evaluation Form

Grading: Grades for this course is simply a pass/fail grading system. When your submission meets the assignment’s expectations, you will receive full credit for the contact hours for that Module. For submissions that are unclear or incomplete, you may be requested for more information until your instructor approves.

  • For discussion posts, your activity will be marked as complete after you’ve submitted a discussion AND your instructor assigns a point to mark as complete
  • If you participate in WebEx Journal Club Discussions (when available), your instructor will assign points in the Discussions for that module.
  • Students have the option to accept fewer contact hours. However, you will need to inform your course instructors ahead of time.


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Participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2018

Wed, 2018-01-10 12:12

It’s not too Late to Participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2018

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

Do you need event ideas?

Here are a few easy activity ideas to consider:

  • Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. This quiz is a fun way to test teens’ drug and alcohol knowledge and helps provide the facts.
  • Print the “I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because…” pledge cards and ask youth to answer the question: “Why do you want to shatter the myths about drug use?” Take a picture and share it with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on Twitter and Facebook by including the hashtag #NDAFW with your photo.
  • Test teens’ knowledge of drugs and alcohol with the NDAFW BINGO card. Download the card and the glossary and play this game with others.
  • Register Your Event!

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

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at NIDA at /da

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Know the Science: How Medications and Supplements Can Interact

Thu, 2018-01-04 16:42

Let your health care providers (including doctors, pharmacists, & dietitians) know about any dietary supplements you’re taking so that you can discuss what’s best for your overall health. Learn more about dietary supplements from the NCCIH. /da

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Upcoming Public Library Programming Award

Thu, 2018-01-04 14:02

The NNLM MCR will be making available funding for the Public Library Programming Project Award. We will fund five awards up to $1,500 each.

The purpose of this award is to fund public library programming to increase the awareness of and education on health topics incorporating NLM and/or NNLM health information resources (e.g., MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference),  relevant to their service community, with a particular focus on the public health priorities of their community and programs for underserved populations. Examples of programming projects include hosting a health fair, healthy cooking classes, mind/body programming (e.g., yoga, meditation), chronic illness self-management, and supporting health initiatives such as the All of Us Research Program.

To be eligible for funding your organization must be an NNLM MCR member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by visiting the NNLM Member Directory. Not a member, join today, it’s free.

Funding Period: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The award will open January 12, 2018. Please visit the MCR funding page for more information and links. /da

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Upcoming K-12 Partnership Award

Thu, 2018-01-04 13:57

The NNLM MCR will be making available funding for the K-12 School Partnership Award. We will fund four awards up to $2,500 each.

The purpose of this funding is to support new or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce NLM biomedical resources that could serve as a model for other partnerships. Examples of projects include raising awareness of NLM health information resources, participation in health fairs, or developing media resources featuring NLM health information resources.

To be eligible for funding your organization must be an NNLM MCR member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by visiting the NNLM Member Directory. Not a member, join today, it’s free.

Funding Period: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The award will open January 12, 2018. Please visit the MCR funding page for more information and links. /da

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Meet Your New Year’s Resolutions Using National Library of Medicine Resources!

Tue, 2018-01-02 16:57

Find tools for improving your safety, fitness, and diet in 2018 using online resources from the National Library of Medicine.  Here are a just a few examples of how the National Library of Medicine can help you meet your health goals for 2018:

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Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Wed, 2017-12-20 13:55

How do light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, St. John’s wort, melatonin, and vitamin D stack up as treatments for SAD? The current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest has all the latest research /da

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Teachers: Classroom Resources on Drug Effects

Wed, 2017-12-20 13:45

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has free resources just for teachers! Explore lessons, activities, and drug facts to educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use – /da

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Happy Holidays

Tue, 2017-12-19 15:15

We hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.

Many of the MCR coordinators will be away next week.

The Utah offices will be open Wednesday and Thursday, December 27-28.

There will be no Education email or RML News next week.

We look forward to working with you in the New Year!

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