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Archive for March, 2013

Making PubMed Work for You

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Location:         Free, Online, Asynchronous

Date:                 May 20 – June 7, 2013


Description:  This beginning class is intended to develop basic searching techniques and search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE.  The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system.  Topics covered include using MeSH and search qualifiers, limiting search results, and refining your search.  This course will provide an in-depth view of the system and demonstrate utilizing the features of PubMed to  search effectively.  Participants who complete course requirements will be eligible for 3.5 MLA CE credits.  This class is an approved course for Level I (non-health sciences) Consumer Health Information Specialization.  Questions?  Contact Kate Flewelling at

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetics Information for Consumers

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Presenter:      Carrie Iwema, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology, University of Pittsburgh

When:              Friday, April 12, 2013 / 8:30 am – 1 pm

Where:            WNYLRC Training Center, Buffalo, NY


The Ropes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner (NJ)

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Presenter:      Missy Harvey, Technology  & Communication Coordinator, MAR

Location:         MLA-Phil, UMDNJ Health Sciences Library at Stratford, NJ

Date:                 April 11, 2013


Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Presenter:      Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Location:         Online

Date:                 March 29 and April 5, 2013



Even if you missed the first session, you can still register to join us for the next session.

MAR has Reorganized Our Website

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

As a result of focus groups and usability testing, MAR has restructured our website ( to provide entry points for the populations we serve:  libraries, unaffiliated health professionals, K-12 professionals, and organizations providing consumer health information.  We’ve heard your voices and have redesigned our site to focus on you!

New Subject Categories

We added 4 new tabs/categories directing you to content designed specifically to meet your needs:

  • Libraries arranged by type of library:
  • Health Professionals

For health professionals unaffiliated with a medical library, public health professionals, mental health professionals, minority health professionals, and those working at Critical Access Hospitals:

  • K-12 Professionals

For K-12 health and science educators, as well as those providing after-school programming in a K-12 school, community-based or faith-Based Organization:

  • Consumer Health

For libraries, community-based and faith-based organizations providing consumer health information:

More Highlights

  • We added selected NLM resources to each page to get you started with resources to meet your needs
  • We added your primary MAR contact person on each page—so you’ll know who can answer your questions or concerns

So visit our redesigned website and let us know what you think!

WISER for iOS 3.1 Released

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

We have some very exciting news  – the new update for WISER (the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) has just been released in the Apple App Store. So, for those of you who interact with the people who help with public safety & public health, or who wear those hats yourself, I’d encourage you to get the latest update. This update sees an expansion in our user profiles (First Responder, Hazmat, EMT, & the new Hospital Provider & Preparedness Planner profiles), the integration of our Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) tool, & the inclusion of the ERG 2012 data from the Department of Transportation (DOT). Please see the details below… & let people know – word of mouth recommendations from trusted people like you are our best form of getting the word out.

The National Library of Medicine WISER for iOS 3.1, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available.  Here’s a look at what’s new in this release:

o    New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles

o    Acute care guidelines for 6 known mass casualty agents/agent classes

o    The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material

o    The new CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST), a help identify tool designed

  • Emergency Response Guidebook data is now updated to the ERG 2012; WISER for the iPhone includes a custom ERG 2012 tool

WISER for iOS 3.1 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WISER for Android 1.1, which includes the same CHEMM integration and ERG 2012 updates detailed above
  • Updates to our Windows and WebWISER platforms to include CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 data, and more

WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

Hospital Libraries: Spring 2013 HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative Offer

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013



PRINCETON, NJ (March 14, 2013)—For the 11th year, the Group Licensing Initiative formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), has prepared an offer listing more than 446 resources from 10 vendors, at a cost savings of 15-60% off regular pricing. This March 2013 offer is extended to all hospital librarians throughout the Mid-Atlantic region (DE, NJ, NY and PA).

Participation has grown from 75 to more than 100 Mid-Atlantic hospital libraries during the past year. Known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation, the non-profit Group Licensing Initiative strives to provide  access to the highest-quality, current electronic resources in the form of medical journals, books and databases, and at the most cost-effective pricing available thanks to the organization’s leverage of group purchasing strategy.

To receive a copy of the March 2013 offer, please contact Project Manager Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, at 570-856-5952 or Deadline for participation is April 15.

For more information, on the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, including FAQs and testimonials, see

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

NLM’s Lecture Series: Evaluating Health Communication (Part 2)

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

The second lecture in NLM’s five-part lecture series is coming up on Wednesday, March 27th from 3:30-6:00 PM in the Lister Hill Auditorium (Building 38A).

We will have two distinguished speakers, Drs. Nancy Harrington and Linda Neuhauser, joining us. The title of the session is: “The Brave New World of Health Communication Evaluation.”  More information about Dr. Neuhauser is attached.  Dr. Harrington’s CV is available at:  Lecture series details are included below.

The event will be videocast live and archived at:

Thank you to Dr. Gary Kreps and those who joined us for his exciting lecture to kick-off the series on March 4th Dr. Kreps’ lecture can also be found on under “Past Events.”   

Better health: Evaluating health communication

There are more and increasingly diverse ways for health information to reach the public. The interest among Americans to receive health information also remains high compared to most other topics. To maximize the impact of health information on the nation’s well being and empower consumers, communicators need to know whether their messages are reaching the right audience, whether the information is understood, and whether the materials make a difference in decision-making and health outcomes. As a result, evaluation is an integral and crucial part of health communication.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will host a spring lecture series to highlight innovative approaches and best practices in evaluating health communication. As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NLM diversify their use of mass communication channels to dispatch health information, a fresh consideration of evaluation’s cutting edge is timely and important.

NLM and NIH employees are encouraged to attend this series, as are members of the public, other governmental agencies, as well as faculty and students from area universities. The lectures will feature discussion and participation by audience members.

Lecture 2 – March 27th, 3:30-6:00 pm Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A, National Library of Medicine

“The Brave New World of Health Communication Evaluation.”

Nancy Harrington Ph.D., Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Department of Communication, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky.  Dr. Harrington specializes in eHealth, persuasive message design, tailored messaging, and physician-patient communication.

Linda Neuhauser DrPH., Clinical Professor of Community Health and Human Development, Co-Principal Investigator of Health Research for Action, School of Public Health, University of California – Berkeley.  Dr. Neuhauser specializes in the development of health promotion programs through the use of community participatory health intervention research, and user-centered study design.

Gary Kreps, Ph.D., discussant

Lecture 3 – April 10th, 3:30-5:00 pm, Lister Hill Visitors Center, Building 38A, National Library of Medicine

Andrew Pleasant Ph.D., Health Literacy and Research Director, Canyon Ranch Institute; The Ohio State University College of Nursing. A pioneer in health literacy research and evaluation, Dr. Pleasant is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy and the Scientific Committee of the International Public Communication of Science and Technology Network.

Gary Kreps, Ph.D., discussant

Lecture 4 – April 29th, 3:30-5:00 pm, Balcony B, Natcher Building 45, National Institutes of Health

Brad Hesse Ph.D., Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Hesse directs several of NCI’s cancer communication research initiatives, including the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) and the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication (CECCR).

Gary Kreps, Ph.D., discussant

Lecture 5 – TBD

Gary Kreps, Ph.D., discussant

Webinar on Nutrition/Obesity/Health Indicators

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

HP2020 tools:  Nutrition/Obesity Webinar:  and National Library of Medicine PubMed  &

Preservation Week Webinar

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Digital Memories: preserving personal digital photos, documents, and videos

Sponsored by

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)

National Network Office

National Library of Medicine

April 23, 2013 from 3-4 PM EDST


Calling Number:  1-888-850-4523

Participant Code: 825882

As part of National Preservation Week, the National Library of Medicine will sponsor a one- hour webinar for NN/LM members on preserving personal digital photos, documents and videos.  A panel of NLM staff including Walter Cybulski from the Preservation and Collection Management Section and Stephen Greenberg, Christie Moffatt, and Ginny Roth from the History of Medicine Division will discuss how to preserve personal digital information.

Presenters’ Biographical Information

Walter Cybulski is a Preservation Librarian in NLM’s Preservation and Collection Management Section.  He supervises a digitization lab, serves as collections disaster response chief and has taught preservation classes at the University of Maryland and Catholic University.

Stephen Greenberg earned his PhD from Fordham University and his library degree from Columbia.  For over twenty years he has provided collection access and public services in the History of Medicine Division here at NLM.

Christie Moffatt, MSLS, is an archivist in the History of Medicine Division and manager of the Digital Manuscripts Program.  Her primary focus is on the development of NLM’s Profiles in Science Web site at, which provides access to the digitized manuscript collections of leading innovators in science, medicine, and public health.

Ginny Roth is Curator for the Prints & Photographs collection in the History of Medicine Division.  Her areas of specialization include collection management, visual resource cataloging, and photography.

Roxanne Beatty is the webinar moderator.  She is the Web Program Specialist in the History of Medicine Division and earned a MLIS from The Catholic University of America in May 2011.