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Archive for January, 2014

MAR Announces New Funding Opportunities

Friday, January 31st, 2014

NN/LM MAR announces a new round of funding for projects to be completed May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.

Available Awards

  • New!  Emergency Preparedness / Library Partnerships
  • New!  Health Information Awareness
  • Outreach to Consumers:  now includes funding for underserved, minority populations
  • Medical Library Projects
  • Exhibitor Awards:  now includes K-12 nurses, health / science teachers or librarians
  • Professional Development
  • Outreach to Health Professionals:  now includes funding for…
    • community college faculty, librarians and/or students affiliated with health sciences programs at their college
    • minority health students or health professionals, or health professionals serving medically underserved areas / populations

Apply now!  Applications accepted until March 14, 2014

To learn about funding MAR has awarded previously:

PechaKucha Basics for Presentations (Boost Box session): Now Available for MLA CE

Friday, January 31st, 2014

MAR now offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per Boost Box session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:       Rebecca Abromitis, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Date / Time:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  PechaKucha is a dynamic presentation format well-suited for the average human attention span of nine minutes. This session will introduce the basic principle of PechaKucha (20 slides + 20 seconds narration per slide = ~7 minutes).  By replacing text and bullet points with imagery, clarity, and simplicity, this method allows you to present manageable and memorable chunks of information to colleagues and students.  Also included are potential uses for PechaKucha; how to plan your talk; and where to find public domain images.

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  • If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone:  1-888-850-4523, Participant Code:  172486.

Navigating Health Information for Community Colleges

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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


Date / Time:  The class is offered on 2 different dates—choose the date you prefer

Thursday, February 6, 2014 / 11 am – 12:30 pm (ET)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014 / 2 – 3:30 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Summary:  This class is for community college librarians to learn more about how their students can research the health literature, find consumer health information, and to learn about mobile apps/social media to find what they need. The class includes introductions to PubMed and MedlinePlus.  Registration priority will be given to NN/LM members in NY, NJ, PA and DE.

Libraries Receive Funding for Community Disaster Preparedness Programs

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Check out this great article about libraries that had received NN/LM MAR funding in the past:

Register for Pittsburgh’s Systematic Review Workshop: Limited Spaces Available!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

NOTEIf MAR Network members are interested in this workshop, consider applying for a Professional Development Award.  We have some limited funds available for events to be completed by 4/30/2014:

Limited Spaces Available:  Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians

April 7 – 9, 2014

2.5 Days – 20 MLA Continuing Education Credits

Where:  Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Take your search skills and librarian expertise to the next level by attending this 2.5 day workshop. This course provides a comprehensive framework and discussion of the librarian’s role in the systematic
review process, with special emphasis on successful completion of the literature search.

Sessions will feature a mixture of small and large group discussion, interactive lectures, and hands-on exercises. Topics covered will include: 1) Understanding the structure and purpose of systematic
reviews; 2) The reference interview and communication issues; 3) Approaches to comprehensive literature searching; and 4) Project organization.

Who should attend:  Health science and medical librarians who aspire to learn more about the comprehensive literature search process and to advance their core knowledge required for systematic review collaboration.

For more information and registration:

Training Classes for Public Health Preparedness and Response

Friday, January 31st, 2014

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:    Training Classes for Public Health Preparedness and Response


The public health workforce, other disaster-related professionals, volunteers and the many others who support their work need continuous training to maintain and advance their skill sets.  This webinar and conference call will feature representatives from TRAIN (, the Public Health Foundation’s free learning resource for searching, registering for and tracking on-site or distance learning courses.  Dr. Lois Banks, TRAIN Director, and Erin Bougie, TRAIN Program Assistant, will demonstrate how TRAIN operates as a tool for both learners and course providers.  Representatives from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center will also share information about accessing training courses through the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, February 13th, click on

  • Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
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  • For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
  • Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
  • Pass-Code: 745907

Or, if you are in the area you can attend the meeting in person at our offices at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD, Suite 440. Park in the visitor’s parking lot (we will validate your parking), walk to the middle building (Democracy Two) and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Suite 440 is around the corner behind the elevators.

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see

Important Role of Historically Black Colleges in Science and Engineering

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran articles highlighting the important role of historically black colleges in training undergraduates who go on to earn doctorates in science and engineering.

DHHS/FDA-The Safety Reporting Portal

Friday, January 31st, 2014

As of January 13, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting voluntary and mandatory reports of dietary supplement adverse events online.

The secure reporting portal was implemented to simplify and allow for easy reporting of these events by manufacturers, distributers and the public. The FDA will also continue to accept paper 3500A and 3500 reporting forms.

The Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act requires the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of a dietary supplement marketed in the United States to report to the FDA any serious adverse events received when their product is used in the United States. The FDA also strongly encourages physicians to file voluntary reports of adverse events experienced by their patients after using dietary supplements.

The new online reporting capability is now available through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Safety Reporting Portal. To submit a dietary supplement adverse event report, please visit

The Disappearing Medical Library

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Disappearing Medical Library:

AHRQ Webinar on Evidence-Based Resources for Advanced-Practice Nurses

Friday, January 31st, 2014

AHRQ in collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), is hosting a Webinar on February 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET, on the use of evidence-based recommendations to inform clinical practice.  After participating in this Webinar, advanced-practice nurses will be able to:

  • Describe the five major steps in conducting a systematic review.
  • List the evidence-based resources available on the AHRQ Web site, including those available through the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program.
  • Locate the resources available on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Web site, including the Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) tool.
  • Explain how the EHC Program resources, USPSTF recommendations, and the ePSS tool can be integrated into clinical decisionmaking by advanced-practice nurses.
  • Download the ePSS application to a personal digital assistant or mobile device.

Select to register.

This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standard and is approved f