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Archive for January, 2013

Announcing MAR Funding Opportunities

Friday, January 25th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that MAR funding has been posted for the 2013-2014 contract year.  The application deadline is March 15, 2013 for projects that run May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014.

Funding is a great way to provide health information outreach to a professional or consumer audience, or to pilot a new service you have been wanting to offer.  It is a great way to get recognition within your institution or community.  You are encouraged to review these opportunities and consider applying!

Details are available at:
We also encourage you to look at previously funded projects:

Also, listen to presentations for previously funded projects in our Lunch with the RML series:

We look forward to seeing your applications.

Emergency Response Guidebook App

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat accidents during the critical first 30 minutes. It is integrated into the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) to provide on-scene support. PHMSA and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) joined forces in producing two apps for the Emergency Response Guidebook. For more information, including links to the apps:

Job Ad: Head, ILL Unit, National Library of Medicine

Friday, January 25th, 2013

NLM is recruiting public service leaders with a background in collection access or resource sharing to head our busy ILL Unit (approximately 250,000 transactions annually).  NLM is a lend-only ILL participant.  The majority of our ILL traffic arrives through DOCLINE and we serve as the library of last resort for interlibrary loan in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  We are looking for professionals who enjoy a team environment, a busy atmosphere and have a passion for collection access.

The announcement will be open for five days.  The short time period reflects NLM’s effort to hire talented people quickly.  We’re sending out this pre-announcement to give you time to spread the word to interested colleagues, or to consider your own application.  Because of the short time frame, it would be advantageous to create a USAJobs account now and upload a resume to it.

The announcement is available in USAJobs ( and from “Jobs at NLM” on NLM’s home page:

FDA Info on Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Friday, January 25th, 2013

On January 18 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication on metal-on-metal hip implants.

The FDA is providing updated safety information and recommendations to health care providers.  This new information is based on the FDA’s current assessment of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the benefit-risk ratio derived from available data, evaluation of the published literature, and the results of the June 2012 Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Advisory Panel meeting.

Please consider sharing the posting using the following links:

Safety Communication:


Available Classes Offered from the Midcontinental Region

Friday, January 25th, 2013
The NN/LM MCR is happy to announce that registration is now open for two classes from Pat Wagner.  Each will consist of two one-hour online webinars, with "homework" assigned after the first webinar, and results to be reviewed in the second webinar.  MLA CE credit is pending.
Both classes are at no-charge and preference for registration will be given to MidContinental Region members first.   Class size is limited.   For more information on the classes see registration at:
  • Improving the Effectiveness of Your Print Media -  Jan 29, 2013 and Feb. 12, 2013 at 1 pm (ET).
  • Institutional Politics - Earning Trust and Respect with Your Peers and Executives - Feb. 19, 2013  and March 12, 2013 at 1 pm (ET).
Register no later than Feb. 12, 2013.
Prior to class, attendees will be notified with additional details on the webinars.  Contact Marty Magee for more information at

Data Management in Biomedical Research Presentation

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Data Management in Biomedical Research:  Information Challenges and Practical Strategies / co-sponsored by the Harrell Health Sciences Library and the CTSI

WhoMike Conlon, PhD, Associate Director and COO, CTSI, University of Florida and a panel of experts speaking on national data management trends and challenges

When:  March 26, 2013 / Noon – 4 pm / Lunch will be provided.

WherePenn State College of Medicine, Lecture Room D

Register:  Robyn Reed,

Launch of Open Access Journal on Electronic Clinical Data

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Electronic Data Methods Forum are pleased to announce the official launch of eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to improve patient outcomes). eGEMs is an open access journal focused on using electronic clinical data to advance research and quality improvement, with the overall goal of improving patient and community outcomes. Authors are welcome to submit papers, images, or other media focused on data methods, informatics, governance, and the learning health system.

Select to access:

Room Still Available for ABCs of DNA Offered at METRO

Friday, January 25th, 2013
METRO and the NY-NJ Chapter of the Medical Library Association are co-hosting a 4-hour CE class entitled ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers.  The class is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR).
Description:  Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in a manner that is understandable. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information.
This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project. Ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be covered with regard to privacy, discrimination, and potential legislative impact on medicine and society.
A variety of reliable health information resources will be demonstrated, including, but not limited to: Genetics Home Reference,, Combined Health Information Database (CHID), National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), and MedlinePlus.
Instructor:  Carrie Iwema, PhD, MLS is an information specialist in molecular biology at the University of Pittsburgh.  Carrie has a special interest and expertise in genomics, DNA and personalized medicine.
Who?  This 4-hour hands-on class is intended for public librarians and health sciences librarians who work with the public.
When?  February 6, 2013 from 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Where? At METRO, 57 East 11th Street, 4th floor
Register at

Value of Library Study Published in JMLA

Friday, January 18th, 2013

MAR is delighted to report that the “Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study” has now been published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Marshall JG, Sollenberger J,  Easterby-Gannett S, Morgan LK, Klem ML, Cavanaugh SK, Oliver KB, Thompson CA, Romanosky N, Hunter S. The value of library and information services in patient care: Results of a multi-site study. Journal of the Medical Library Association 2013 Jan; 101(1):39-46.

MAR will be making the full study results available on our website early next week:  Please join us in wishing hearty congratulations to all the authors who worked so diligently on this study.

Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, January 18th, 2013


  • Neil Rambo, Director, Health Sciences Libraries & Knowledge Informatics, NYU School of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, NY
  • Laraine Tursi, Director, Medical Library, Coney Island Hospital, NY
  • Karen Parry, Manager of Information Services, East Brunswick Public Library, NJ
  • Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chief Operating Officer, Queens Library, NY
  • Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian/Assistant Secretary, State Library of Louisiana

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                March 28, 2013