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Archive for September, 2013

Translational Medicine and Roles of Health Sciences Librarians (Boost Box session)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Presenter:                          Robyn Reed, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey

Date/Time:                        October 8, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:                               Online / No registration required

More Info:               

Brief Summary:  Translational medicine is a popular term used among researchers in the biomedical community.  But what does it mean?  This session will describe what translational medicine is, clarify confusing terminology, and examine the field over the last several years.  We will also discuss the roles librarians play in this area.  Insight into translational medicine will help librarians understand their current and/or future contributions in this field.  This presentation is designed for people who work with biomedical researchers or anyone who desires to learn about translational medicine.

Discovering TOXNET: From Paracelsus to Nanotechnology (Module 1)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Presenter:                          National Training Center


Date:                                   October 21 – November 5, 2013

Where:                               Online

Registration:                     Deadline of October 18, 2013

Brief Summary:  Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught in two modules. Module 1 covers the following resources: ChemIDPlus, LactMed, TOXLINE, CHEMM, REMM, and WISER.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Module 1 covers three TOXNET databases (ChemIDPlus, LactMed, TOXLINE) as well as three emergency response tools (CHEMM, REMM, and WISER). You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, discovery exercises, and solving real-life reference questions.

Audience:  Designed for health sciences librarians and health sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in the above databases and tools. (4 MLA CEs)

Affordable Care Act Navigators Discussion Postponed (Lunch with the RML Session)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Session Postponed!

We had previously announced a September 26th session (description below).  Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are postponing the session until sometime in October.  Continue to watch these weekly postings for the new date, as well as:

Description:  NN/LM MAR will be inviting Navigators from DE, NJ, NY and PA to participate on a panel discussion and answer questions about assisting consumers with the Marketplace.  Navigators play a role in all types of Marketplaces, are funded through state and federal grant programs, and must complete comprehensive training.

Federal Depository Libraries and the Affordable Care Act

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Start time: 2:00 Eastern / 11:00 Pacific

Registration: please register to attend

As libraries look ahead to the October 1 open enrollment date for the health insurance marketplace, there is an abundance of information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and many opportunities for libraries. IMLS is working with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and with WebJunction and ZeroDivide to provide library staff with the online resources and community contacts they will need to respond to questions about the Marketplace. One of the key roles that Federal Depository Libraries can play is to maintain an awareness of available resources in your area, and develop an approach for connecting patrons to those resources in the way that makes the most sense for your community.

Federal Depository Libraries are a key resource in connecting the public with documents and resources that are produced by the federal government (find a Federal Depository Library near you). Please join us for this interactive session, where we will discuss strategies for libraries to identify ACA resources, hear from a Federal Depository member library that is working to prepare for patron requests, and obtain key policy and resource updates from ACA experts.

Presented by:

  • Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Susie Butler, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Kendra Morgan, WebJunction
  • Robbie Sittel, Tulsa City/County Public Library (FDL member)

*Closed Captioning will be provided for this event.

Please note: This session is geared towards Federal Depository Libraries and the ACA (click to learn more about depository libraries). If you are a public library, archived webinars that highlight options and information for public library engagement are available on WebJunction.

Fall Offer Released from HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative

Friday, September 20th, 2013

First, the Fall Offer is now available thanks to the negotiating of the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative. All medical librarians in the MAR region are invited to participate, whether this is your first or your 12th year of participation. Group purchasing benefits all! Details and links to the offer are below.

Second, our circle of participation is ever-widening. Beginning with the Spring 2014 offer, all medical librarians in the Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) region will also be invited to participate. Feel free to reach out to your colleagues in this region and let them know how the GLI has benefitted your library. This is a huge step for the GLI!

Third, the HSLANJ organization is nearing completion of a newly-designed website, including a section devoted to the Group Licensing Initiative. Click here to visit the new website!

Details of the Fall 2013 Offer:
More than 100 medical facilities throughout the Middle Atlantic Region regularly participate in the GLI. We appreciate your support and feedback in presenting an extensive, Fall 2013 Offer, with the following features:

  • More than 845 resources
  • A cost savings of 12-75% off regular pricing
  • NEW: resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Also, please note that while the Fall 2013 Offer is open to all hospital librarians in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DE, NJ, NY and PA), please double-check the upper left-hand corner of each sheet for resource availability in your state. The New England Journal of Medicine is only available to librarians in NJ and DE. All other resources are available in all states.

Deadline for participation: Friday, November 1

  1. Download the Cover Letter, including helpful guidelines, through this link.
  2. Click here to download the Fall 2013 Offer.
  3. Please complete all forms as thoroughly as possible, even if you have submitted previous offers.
  4. Contact Project Manager Robb Mackes with any questions: or (570) 856-5952.
  5. Email your completed offer to Robb Mackes by the deadline of Friday, November 1.

Please Note – Two Options for Completing Your Offer!

The Fall 2013 Offer is an interactive, “working PDF,” meaning you can type directly into the PDF.

  • You still need to print and sign the first page of each worksheet, but hopefully this new format will save you from hand writing everything.
  • The totals from each worksheet transfer to the order summary sheet, and fields such as hospital name, contact name and bed count auto populate throughout the document.
  • Please check your numbers on the summary sheet to make sure they transferred properly. You can input correct numbers in those fields if they didn’t transfer properly.

Or use a NEW 2nd option:  Online order entry!  Key your orders online to save paper, time and energy.  Upon completion, you’ll be presented with an order summary that must be signed and emailed to Robb Mackes to complete the order.  Please contact Robb today for more details and to activate your online account.

Learn More About the GLI:

Whether you are new to the GLI or have questions about the GLI, you’re invited to visit with Robert T. Mackes, GLI Project Manager at any of the following conferences:

  • Wednesday, October 9: New York New Jersey Chapter Annual Meeting, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • Saturday, October 12 through Tuesday October 15: MAC Annual Meeting, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Wednesday, October 16 through Friday, October 18: UNYOC Annual Meeting, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, Fairport, NY – GLI Committee Member Cathy Boss is representing the GLI at this meeting
  • Thursday, October 17 through Friday, October 18: Southern Chapter Annual Meeting, Embassy Suites, Ridgeland, MS

Chapter members are welcome to contact Robert now and schedule an appointment–or simply stop by during the conferences.

Email: / Phone: (570) 856-5952

New NLM Traveling and Online Exhibition

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture has launched.  More information about the traveling exhibition can be found at: along with links to the online exhibition at and our traveling exhibition website email address Plan now to get early access to available booking slots.

Questions about a booking may be directed to Hillery York at (301) 451.4662 or Jill Newmark at (301) 435.5241.

PubMed’s New Relevance Sort

Friday, September 20th, 2013

PubMed will soon include a new relevance sort option that will be available from the “Display Settings” menu under the “Sort by” selections:

Discount Interlibrary Loan Service for NN/LM MAR Members

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) at the University of Pittsburgh, with the encouragement of NN/LM MAR, is inviting you to join them in a discounted ILL program.  HSLS provides efficient and reliable service from strong collections to fill your loans.

Under this program, HSLS will provide document delivery services to hospital libraries for a discounted rate.  The program is limited to hospitals with under 500 beds in NN/LM MAR (DE, NJ, NY and PA).


ACA Webinar Recording Available on PSR Website

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Many of you may be interested in viewing the webinar recording and/or slide presentation from the latest NN/LM PSR Midday at the Oasis, “Understanding the Affordable Care Act,” featuring Dylan Roby, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and resident health insurance expert.

He gave an excellent one-hour presentation emphasizing the three major foci of the Affordable Care Act; improving access to health care, reducing costs, and improving quality. Dylan reviewed the stages of implementing the law, and covered topics such as tax subsidies, Minimum Essential Coverage Requirements, protections for consumers, reducing waste and fraud, Medicare and Medicaid payment innovations, Accountable Care Associations, and the future outlook for health insurance coverage in the US. To access the recording and slides, please visit

Role of Libraries and Librarians in the ACA

Friday, September 20th, 2013

WebJunction’s website has been updated to reflect a question related to the role of libraries and librarians and the Affordable Care Act.

FAQ section on WebJunction

How can I explain the role of libraries in supporting the ACA to people who wonder how libraries are involved and what our role is?

Libraries have a long history of helping people access health information. A recent study supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that, in one year, 28 million people used a library computer to get health information.

We know that people will continue to go the library for health information and, as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, we can expect that many people will turn to the library for help. Librarians are experts at helping people find web sites and information they are looking for. Library workers can help people find CMS Navigators and certified application counselors in their area who have special training to help people make decisions about health insurance enrollment through the Marketplace.

Public libraries are located in nearly every community in the United States and are recognized as a valuable community resource, offering public meeting spaces, computers, and allowing for quiet conversations—making them a natural location for trained counselors to provide outreach and education efforts.