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“Show Me Value” at MCMLA Annual Meeting”

Wed, 2017-09-27 12:27

You’ve got your best MCMLA buddies in a huddle. Together you come up with a message that gets your stakeholders thinking about the value of librarians and libraries. Should be outrageous, should be boisterous, should be fun! It’s not to be missed — the NNLM MCR’s “Show Me Value” session on Wednesday morning at the MCMLA annual meeting.

  • Wednesday – October 11, 2017
  • 9:30-10:00A
  • Grand Ballroom, Tiger Hotel


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Fellowship: Pediatric Evidence-Based Practice Librarian

Mon, 2017-09-25 18:55

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund is sponsoring a 1-year fellowship for an Evidence-Based Practice Librarian at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2017. Applicants who cannot meet the application deadline, should consider contacting Dr. Wu, Chair, Evidence Based Medicine Program ( and/or Kay Hogan Smith, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences ( directly about their interest.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Pediatrics is seeking a creative, energetic, and self-motivated librarian for a newly created, temporary (one year) appointment as Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Librarian at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. UAB Department of Pediatrics has embarked on an exciting initiative to integrate evidence-based practice principals and techniques into regular clinical procedures. The Department is adding a librarian to act as a key architect of this program, working closely with the Chair of Evidence Based Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics and in consultation with the Senior Research Librarian at UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences.

Required: Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited school.

Preferred: Demonstrated familiarity with biomedical literature databases, including PubMed/Medline, and with the basic elements of evidence-based practice. The ideal candidate will show a strong customer focus, initiative, flexibility, creativity, and the ability to work well in a busy clinical environment. The candidate should be able to work both independently and in teams and demonstrate excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. This is an excellent position for a newer health sciences librarian eager to make an impact by inaugurating a successful EBP program, or funding for a sabbatical for a seasoned librarian wishing to experience this unique opportunity for practical experience in this area. It affords the librarian the opportunity to work in close partnership with practicing pediatricians and fellows, including going on rounds with practitioners to better understand their clinical dilemmas.

This position is a full-time position, reporting to the Chair of Evidence Based Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $45,000.00 with excellent fringe benefits. Submit letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to contacts below by September 30th. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. /ch



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NLM MARC Records 6XX Field

Mon, 2017-09-25 18:35

NLM is considering correcting the inaccuracies in how it codes the 6XX field. NLM recognizes that some libraries may rely on the indicator in the 6XX fields for internal processing. If your library falls into this category, you should read the NLM Technical Bulletin article on what is being considered. NLM is requesting comments. /ch

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Show Me Value at MCMLA Annual Meeting

Mon, 2017-09-25 17:24

Remember the Seinfeld episode where character George Costanza becomes obsessed with the perfect comeback, only to fall flat? Don’t be that guy! If only George had been able to attend the NNLM MCR’s “Show Me Value” session to actively learn creative ways to articulate value, under pressure, in a short amount of time. You will be amazed how you can develop an effective message to your stakeholders and users in 15 minutes or less. Save this event to your schedule.

  • Wednesday – October 11, 2017
  • 9:30-10:00A
  • Grand Ballroom, Tiger Hotel


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LinkOut for Libraries: From Icons to Full Text and Everything in Between

Fri, 2017-09-22 17:05

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, join NLM staff for a LinkOut for Libraries Webinar.

  • Have you wondered why you see duplicate icons on citations in PubMed? Or why you don’t see icons where you expect?
  • Are you switching vendors and don’t know how that will affect your service?
  • Were you suddenly given the responsibility for your library’s LinkOut account and don’t know where to start?

Get answers to these questions and more. We will go back to the basics of LinkOut and show you how to get the most of your library’s service. Take an inside look at the three NLM linking services, LinkOut, Outside Tool, and LinkOut Local, and how they differ. Learn why multiple icons display on citations in PubMed and how to see only the ones you want.

Following a 30-minute presentation, LinkOut experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 11am – Noon MT/12 – 1pm CDT

To register:

After the live presentation, a recording will be available on the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources Web page and in the Learning Resources Database.

Source: NLM Tech Bull. 2017 Sep-Oct;(418):b9.


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Wed, 2017-09-20 17:39

Join NIH Director Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Volklow, and an expert from American Society of Addiction Medicine  in a Tweet chat. They’ll be available for a conversation about opioid use disorder:

  • Impact on public health
  • How the stigma against opioid use and addiction impacts recovery
  • Methods and resources promoting prevention and recover

When: Friday, September 29, 2017 . 12pm MT, 1pm CT at #OpioidAwareChat 


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Recording for Informed Is Best – breastfeeding resources

Wed, 2017-09-20 13:44

The recording of “Informed Is Best: Health Information Resources to Support Breastfeeding Families” from the Discover NLM Resources and More series is now available on NNLM MCR YouTube Discover Playlist. You can also check out other recent MCR recordings such as:

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Coordinator Retiring

Mon, 2017-09-18 16:54

One of the stalwarts of the NNLM MCR is retiring. Who am I referring to? See if you can guess. She started in 2003 as our Network Membership Liaison and led a pilot on consortium licensing. We decided that there was a more crucial issue for her to tackle and she began our efforts in supporting and teaching members how to advocate for themselves. She developed tools for them to use such as the value calculators and the toolkit for hospital librarians. Her “Whooo Says” column has provided advice for over 9 years on topics including networking, employing business skills, learning the organization, and fantasy football. She has published in non-library journals to increase awareness of how librarians contribute to healthcare. If you guessed Barb Jones, our Missouri/Library Engagement Coordinator, you’re correct. Barb has decided to retire and knit her way around the world. She leaves a legacy of work for us to build on and we wish her well – even as we wish she’d stay. Barb’s last day will be September 29, 2017. Please join us in wishing her an adventurous retirement. /ch


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Emergency Access Initiative Activated for Harvey and Irma

Fri, 2017-09-15 13:47

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has activated the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) for September 15, 2017 – October 14, 2017 in response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey which devastated Florida and several Caribbean islands, as well as parts of South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from more than 650 biomedical journals and more than 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the hurricanes in the southeastern United States and Caribbean, please let them know of this service.

Resources on Hurricanes and Flooding

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please visit NLM Customer Support or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or +1.301.594.5983 internationally.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Society for Microbiology Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, Taylor & Francis, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer. /ch


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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Wed, 2017-09-13 21:38
October 28, 2017, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

Please check back after October 1, 2017 to locate collections sites near you (


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What is a Clinical Trial?

Wed, 2017-09-13 15:47

The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007 clarified requirements for clinical trials including submission to In 2014 NIH required that all NIH funded clinical trials be submitted to At that time it revised the definition of a clinical trial. Since 2014 NIH has written regulations on submitting results to the database.

Within the research community there is again questions about the definition of a clinical trial. To meet the NIH criteria for a clinical trial the answer to all four questions below must be “yes.”

  1. Does the study involve human participants?
  2. Are the participants prospectively assigned to an intervention?
  3. Is the study designed to evaluate the effect of the intervention on the participants?
  4. Is the effect being evaluated a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome?

You would think answering these questions would be clear cut. However, there are nuances that can make it not easy. If you are working with researchers you may be pulled into the discussion about whether their research is a clinical trial. This affects what NIH grants they can apply for and of course affects whether or not they are required to submit their study and results to To learn more about what is or isn’t a clinical trial, faqs and case studies,  check out the Open Mike blog. /ch

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PubMed Journal Selection and the Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication Webinar

Wed, 2017-09-13 09:38

October 6, 2017 at 11am MT/12pm CT

Register for this webinar

Join staff of the U.S. National Library of Medicine to learn how journals are selected for MEDLINE and PubMed Central, how NLM has responded to an evolving scholarly communication ecosystem, and how to use NLM resources in assessing the quality of a publication.


  • Describe some issues and concerns surrounding the current publishing landscape.
  • List the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. National Library of Medicine in collecting and providing access to biomedical literature.
  • Explain what is referenced in the PubMed database.
  • Find the complete list of journals in MEDLINE and in PubMed.
  • Describe the selection criteria for the different components of the PubMed database.
  • Find additional resources for authors and librarians on assessing publication quality.


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NIH Encouraging Early Stage Investigators

Tue, 2017-09-12 15:49

If you provide information support for researchers, be aware that NIH has announced its new Policy Supporting the Next Generation Researchers Initiative. NIH is prioritizing applications from principle investigators who are Early Stage Investigators or Early Established Investigators. This policy is meant to encourage more applications from less experienced researchers. An overview of the policy is available on Open Mike, NIH’s blog on funding issues. Consider taking advantage of this change by offering these researchers your support in the preparation of their biosketches and the evidence supporting their proposals. /ch

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Disaster Information: More From DIMRC

Fri, 2017-09-08 16:20

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB  email discussion list:

As hurricane season continues, Hurricane Harvey recovery is overlapping with Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia. Meanwhile, wildfires are raging in the northwest US, and an earthquake struck Mexico this morning.

Now is a good time to focus on the Preparedness Month theme: Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) can help. The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has resources to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Our information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Find reliable resources in these information guides to current disasters:

Search the disaster literature

Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS

Program Manager, Disaster Information Specialist Program

Disaster Information Management Research Center

301-827-5878       [jh]

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Beyond Books: Public libraries address the social determinants of health – September Breezing webinar

Thu, 2017-09-07 17:22

Beyond Books: Public libraries address the social determinants of health

Breezing Along with the RML Series
September 20, 2017 10am MT/11am CT
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Join Anna Morgan from the Healthy Library Initiative as she discusses public libraries, their influence on social determinants of health, and their importance for community well-being. The Healthy Library Initiative has worked with Philadelphia area public libraries in identifying how the libraries address social determinants of health and how they can build on those programs. To read more about Healthy Library Initiative and what they do, visit

Anna Uma Morgan, MD, MSc, MSHP is a general internist and recently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Morgan’s work is focused on community-based interventions for addressing the social determinants of health. As a clinical scholar, she worked primarily with the Healthy Library Initiative, a partnership between Penn and the Free Library of Philadelphia aimed at harnessing the power of public libraries to improve population health. She continues to practice primary care in underserved populations.

Questions? Contact Annette Parde-Maass, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or 402.280.4156.

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Disaster Information: New Resource About Hurricane Irma

Wed, 2017-09-06 13:50

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB  Email Discussion List:

The USGS has created a new web page for the incoming hurricane, Irma  .


Emily C. Wild

Librarian (Physical Scientist)
U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Library
Denver Federal Center
ph: (303) 236-1003

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Webinar from GMR on Providing Health Information to Public Library Customers

Fri, 2017-09-01 10:47

I’m a Librarian, Not a Doctor! Providing Health Information to Public Library Customers

September 18, 2017 12:30-2pm MT/1:30-3pm CT

Hosted by NNLM GMR as part of their Kernel of Knowledge Series


1.5 hours MLA CE

Medical questions are among the most dreaded at any public library service desk: How do I ask for more information without prying (and, how do I avoid getting way too much information)? What’s my best place to start? What databases and books do I need in my library, and how do I use them? How do I know a website contains reliable information? What if I just can’t find the answer? Discover the reference desk basics for answering your customers’ medical questions, where (and how) to draw the line, and when and where to refer your patients… oops… customers.


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Libraries Transform: Health Literacy Toolkit webinar

Fri, 2017-09-01 10:44

Libraries Transform: Health Literacy Toolkit

September 14, 2017 at 12pm MT/1pm CT


October is Health Literacy Month. The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) have created a Health Literacy Month toolkit for the Libraries Transform campaign. Join Amanda J. Wilson (NNLM) and Jeff Julian (ALA) as they discuss NNLM’s mission to support health literacy efforts in libraries and explain how to use the key messages, data, and marketing materials to promote health literacy at your library.

1 MLA CE is offered for this session


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Disaster Information: ASPR TRACIE Volunteer Management Topic Collection

Thu, 2017-08-31 17:14

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Email Discussion List:

ASPR TRACIE released its Volunteer Management Topic Collection today!

During large-scale disasters or extended health emergencies, healthcare facilities may need to augment their teams (often with volunteers) to continue to provide patient care. Protocols defining when and how volunteers will be used; how they will be identified; how they will be credentialed and assigned; and how their work will be managed and evaluated must be developed as part of an organization’s emergency response plan. The resources in this Topic Collection include guidance and strategies, targeted legal information, and planning templates to assist healthcare facilities with successfully incorporating volunteers into their disaster management plans. In addition, some key resources for professionals responsible for the day-to-day management of a public health/healthcare volunteer program are included.

Click HERE to check out all of ASPR TRACIE’s completed Topic Collections and other resources.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Technical Resources, Assistance Center, & Information Exchange (TRACIE)

1844-5-TRACIE (587-2243) | |


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Hurricane Harvey Resources from HHS

Wed, 2017-08-30 19:14

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has resources to help affected communities respond and recover. The kinds of information you will find include safe use of drugs after a natural disaster, food and water safety, staying safe after the storm, reentering and cleaning your home, medical facilities and shelters, and resources for helping children and adults cope with anxiety, worry, and anger.

ASPR was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. /da

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