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Webinar: Community Health Challenges: Training, Language and Programming for Libraries

Tue, 2019-11-26 19:50

Join us for the second webinar in the series related to the project, Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities. We will host Community Health Challenges: Training, Language and Programming for Libraries on Tuesday, December 17, at 1 MT/2 CT.

The webinar will highlight approaches, resources, and programs that can help reduce stigma and fear surrounding the opioid crisis, and promote healthier communities. The content was informed by our cross-sector discussions, and we thank you for pointing us to the issues and resources that guided the development of this. This free, live webinar is open to all, and the link to the recording will be made available afterwards. I invite you to share the registration link with your colleagues, constituents, and networks.

If you missed the first project webinar, you may access the recording here. You’ll also receive the announcement for our third webinar, which scheduled for March 2020, in conjunction with the publication of the project’s call-to-action paper.

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Webinar: Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability

Tue, 2019-11-26 19:47

How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy?

Register now to join us to discuss this question and more during our Midday at the Oasis on Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability.

Class Date:
Dec 18, 2019
2 MT/3CT


Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones.

Gabriela Sandoval works with community-based organizations in several parts of California—with a focus on communities struggling to make ends meet—to develop a better understanding of where and why utility shutoffs occur, how shutoffs impact the health of families and communities, and how to stop them, and will share what all librarians and health information providers need to know about the topic.

Lana Adlawan has been active as a leader in the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and was named an ALA Emerging Leader in 2009. She has worked for several large, urban public library systems and is currently a manager in the Sonoma County Library system, which kept three of its branches open for community members to recharge devices, gather, rest, and talk to neighbors during the recent Kincade Fire. She will share her firsthand experiences offering continuous library services in a time when evacuation orders were in place for parts of her library system.

One MLA CE Credit is available to those who register.

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

Tue, 2019-11-26 12:59

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Mon, 2019-11-25 20:51

The NNLM MidContental Region offices will closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

NLM will be closed on Thursday.

We wish you all a very happy holiday!

Thanksgiving graphic

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National Health Observances

Wed, 2019-11-20 19:51

Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

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The new PubMed is here!

Wed, 2019-11-20 19:49

After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, NLM is ready to start rolling out the new PubMed to users everywhere! The PubMed communications team has released a series of key messages about the new PubMed, which appear below.

Also, today a new banner was posted on the PubMed homepage encouraging users to try the new PubMed. And finally, an NLM Technical Bulletin article has just been published, ( providing more details on what’s new in the new PubMed. This is the start of a “soft launch” which will take place over the following weeks and months during which time NLM will ramp up promotion of the new PubMed. NLM expects the new PubMed to become the default option in the spring of 2020.

Key messages:

  • The new PubMed is available now! Try it!  You can start using the new PubMed today at, or by clicking on the banner at
  • The new PubMed offers a clean, easy-to-use interface, and was designed from the ground up to be mobile-friendly. The new PubMed interface was built using modern web standards, with a responsive layout, making it easier for new users on any type of device to find what they’re looking for.
  • The new PubMed is designed to help you find what you need, fast. The improved Best Match sort order uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to help elevate the most relevant articles to the top of your results list. Improved citation and title sensors are built into the search box, making it even easier to find an article based on known citation information.
  • While it may look different, the new PubMed includes the features you rely on, and gives you access to the same trusted bibliographic data. The new PubMed includes the key features that have long been a part of PubMed, including:
    • customizable filters to help you narrow your search,
    • tools to save and share your search results,
    • an Advanced Search Builder that lets you search for terms in a specific field, see how your search is being translated, and review your search history; and,
    • options to set up e-mail alerts to be notified when new results are available.
  • Starting in spring 2020, all PubMed users will be redirected to the new PubMed. Stay tuned to banner messages on all PubMed pages for more details.
  • The new PubMed will continue to evolve to meet user needs. NLM is committed to continued PubMed development, and will continue adding features and improving the user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future.
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New EFTS Platform

Wed, 2019-11-20 19:43

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed specifications of a new Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) platform.  MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

What happens if a minimum of 750 users do not sign up by January 10? EFTS will cease to operate no later than December 31, 2020.

The MidContinental Region has 70 members who use EFTS as their DOCLINE billing system.  If you wish to continue with EFTS, you’ll need to request a user agreement from MLA (one request per DOCLINE Library Identifier or LIBID).  User agreements will be sent to you electronically starting this week.

You can learn more about the new platform features, enhancements, and fees by going to the MLA EFTS web page.

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American Indian and Alaska Native Health Portal and Arctic Health to Retire

Fri, 2019-11-15 18:34

The American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal ( will be retired on December 16, 2019.

The Arctic Health portal moved to a new home on September 28, 2018. The University of Alaska Anchorage will continue to host and maintain the publications database at Content from NLM-hosted Arctic Health has been moved to the new site and the search engine has been enhanced. Please bookmark for Arctic Health. The current NLM site ( will no longer be available after December 16, 2019.

Please visit the MedlinePlus entry for American Indian and Alaska Native Health.

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Tutorial Aids Consumers Signing Up for Health Insurance

Wed, 2019-11-13 02:55

A new online tutorial that helps consumers sign up for health insurance is available from the Public Library Association just in time for the 2020 open enrollment period.

The course, Using to Enroll in Health Insurance, covers the basics of securing coverage through, the health insurance exchange website operated by the U.S. federal government.

The 18-minute tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan. It was created as part of PLA’s Libraries Connecting You to Coverage initiative, a national partnership to assist uninsured consumers with ACA enrollment made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst.

Open enrollment runs through Dec. 15 in states that use the Federal Marketplace Platform.

The tutorial can be accessed via, PLA’s free online digital literacy training curriculum designed to help people increase their digital skills. All 24 online courses on are video-based with narration and captions, and written in plain language. The lessons were designed to be taken independently, anywhere and anytime, by learners, but can also be used by libraries and other community groups for one-on-one instruction and classroom teaching.


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In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

Tue, 2019-11-12 19:01

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce a new online course “In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning.” This asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan. This course also provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.

This self-paced course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and provides four MLA continuing education (CE) credits.

This course was developed by Dan Wilson, Associate Director for Collections & Library Services / School of Nursing Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia. Dan is the former coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

Review the NLM Disaster Information Management (DIMRC) Training Course page to see a list of free online courses, and to learn how you can earn the MLA Disaster Information Specialist certificate.

Take the course here:

Read more about the course:

  • NLM Training: In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning. NLM Tech Bull. 2019 Nov-Dec;(431):b4.
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Citizen Science Month (and Beyond) at Your Library

Tue, 2019-11-12 17:35

Citizen science can open up a world of free STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons. From identifying butterflies to measuring light pollution, citizen science offers unique ways to engage every patron and allow them to contribute to the greater scientific community.

A webinar on Thursday, Nov. 14, will show you how you can access many free resources to help introduce, shape, or support citizen science in your library. Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library: Ideas, Tips, and Resources from SciStarter and STAR Net will take place from 2-3 p.m. Central Standard Time, 1-2 p.m. MST.

At the webinar, the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) will showcase impactful STEAM learning opportunities that put a focus on the Earth, such as citizen science, in 2020.

With support from the National Library of Medicine and based on feedback from the Citizen Science Association’s Citizen Science Day working group, SciStarter and Arizona State University are pleased to announce Citizen Science Month in April 2020.

Learn more and register at:

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Library Tools Support November Health Observances

Wed, 2019-11-06 18:50

Libraries can now access free tools to support national health observances for the month of November. The entire month is dedicated to marking National American Indian Heritage Month and National Family Health History Month.

The available resources can be used to help libraries celebrate and bring awareness on the importance of family health history and American Indian heritage in their communities. These tools include health information resources, webinars, free materials, electronic bulletin slides, social media materials, a ready-to-use library program kit and an NNLM Reading Club book kit

You can access these resources at or by clicking on the links below.


National American Indian Heritage Month

National Family Health History Month


The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on the national health observances. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

Fri, 2019-11-01 18:50

Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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NNLM Educational Opportunities

Wed, 2019-10-30 17:08

NNLM Resource Picks – The New PubMed:

This is the talk of the town. Explore the new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing. It will be the default PubMed system in early 2020. Be ready for the questions that you know will come your way regarding this change. In this webinar you will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier. November 20, 2019 1PM MT/2PM CT Register

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health:

Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This session will provide a basic introduction to the concept of evidence-based public health. Attendees will be introduced to the three domains of influence and Brownson et al.’s seven-step evidence-based public health process. November 5, 2019 12:00 MT/1:00 CT Register

PubMed® for Librarians – November Sessions:

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction – November 8, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register
PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – November 15, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register
PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – November 22, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities

In this webinar, we’ll discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); an inability to act on information; etc. November 15, 2019 – 2:00 MT/3:00 CT Register

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NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wed, 2019-10-30 16:48

Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 20th as we add citations to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed. More information is available on Wikipedia: WikiProject Medicine/National Network of Libraries of Medicine webpage

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Survey Says?! Are You Providing Consumer Health Information? Let us hear from you!

Wed, 2019-10-30 16:46

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center is organizing a community of  Practice for library staff who are providing consumer health information, programs and services as well as for others who are doing similar work.

We invite you to participate in a short, three question needs assessment survey in order to help us structure the community of practice so that it truly meets your needs and provides you with authentic benefits to support your work. Please take a moment to participate. Responses are requested by November 8, 2019. We hope to hear from you!

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PLEASE REAPPLY! – Recent Graduates with master’s degrees or higher for 20 positions at the National Library of Medicine October 30, 2019 through November 3, 2019

Tue, 2019-10-29 16:49

Due to a system malfunction the recruitment originally posted on USAJobs on October 11, 2019, for Pathways Recent Graduate positions at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) was cancelled. The 20 Pathways Recent Graduate positions will be re-posted on USAJobs 10/30/19 through 11/3/19. Anyone who applied to the initial posting MUST REAPPLY to the new announcement to be considered for this recruitment. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience of reapplying, but you must do so to be an applicant for these exciting positions.  If you wanted to apply and didn’t do so, or if you missed the initial announcement, this is your second chance!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), located on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, in Bethesda, Maryland is recruiting recent graduates with a master’s degree or higher to fill entry level positions across the Library. We’re looking for applicants with degrees in a variety of subjects including information science, library science, biological sciences, chemistry, toxicology, archives and more. The positions offer a unique opportunity to work at the world’s largest biomedical library, with a mission of acquiring, organizing, and disseminating the biomedical knowledge for the benefit of the public’s health.

The announcement will be re-posted to USAJobs on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Applications will be due by November 3. We encourage you to create a USAJobs account now to complete the application process by the deadline. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected. 20 positions are available. Learn all about USAJobs here:

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TOXNET Website to be Retired, Most Content Will Remain Available

Mon, 2019-10-14 15:13

from NLM Technical Bulletin:

On December 16, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) website will be retired. Most content will remain available through other NLM databases as well as from external websites.

TOXNET has served as an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health information. The most frequently used databases are being incorporated into three NLM core resources: PubChem, an open chemistry database; PubMed, a resource for biomedical literature; and Bookshelf, a free online resource to access books and documents in life science and healthcare.

Several resources in TOXNET came from other organizations, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and will continue to be available from those sources. Some databases will be retired.

The TOXNET transition page provides a list of its databases and how to access their content. Please check that page and the NLM Technical Bulletin for updates.

If you have questions, please contact NLM Customer Support at

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October is Health Literacy Month

Fri, 2019-10-11 18:03

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Health Literacy Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

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New PubMed Slides for New Users

Fri, 2019-10-11 17:51

Please follow the link below for slides introducing new users to PubMed.

Introduction to PubMed – NNLM Slides to Adapt

These slides were designed to introduce PubMed to new users who have no prior experience with PubMed, and can be presented in about 45 minutes, as-is. However, we encourage you to abridge, expand, adapt and/or redistribute these slides to better meet the needs of your audience:

  • We especially encourage you to review the examples provided, and to replace them with examples more appropriate to your audience.
  • Additionally, five slides (numbers 1, 2, 6, 13, and 38) should be either removed or modified, depending on your specific needs.

 These slides are free of copyright restriction, but we appreciate attribution to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

These slides were created by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and adapted by the Office of Engagement and Training (OET) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the beginning of October, 2019. Please keep your materials up to date by testing all examples and assertions using PubMed Labs ( and by monitoring the PubMed news via the NLM Technical Bulletin (

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