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New Class: Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities using NLM Resources

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is pleased to announce a new class available from the Pacific Northwest Region: Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities using NLM Resources.

This class will provide an introduction to developmental disabilities, tools to evaluate quality websites and learn about NLM resources to answer health related needs, caregiver information, ideas for programming, as well as ways to provide awareness to the community regarding developmental disabilities.

Attendees are eligible for 1 MLA CE credit for attending the webinar only, and 3 MLA CE credits for pre-class reading, webinar, and class exercises. This course is also eligible towards the Consumer Health Information Specialization offered by MLA.

The first session of this new class will be held on November 10 at noon PT (3:00 PM ET). Registration is required.

Please visit the description page for more details and registration.

November Grey Lit Conference

The Grey Lit Team is proud to offer a professional development award to attend the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature at the New York Academy of Medicine November 28 -29, 2016.  The conference brings together librarians from across the globe and focuses on research and innovation in the field of grey literature.  If you are thinking about attending this event but have limited professional development options, then this is an opportunity for you.


The award will be available to anyone in the United States and will cover the cost of the conference registration fee. Registration fees will be reimbursed to you after the conference. There are a total of six awards:

  • One full conference registration
  • Two one-day passes
  • Three student full conference registrations.

If you are interested in attending this conference please fill out this form by November 1, 2016.


Awardees will be contacted by November 7th, 2016.  We look forward to your responses.


Supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System

Continuing Education Activity on Risk Reduction for SIDS

Continuing Education Activity on Risk Reduction for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death: Curriculum for Nurses

Sponsored by  Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), this continuing education (CE) activity  for nurses explains the latest research on SIDS, other sleep-related causes  of infant death, and ways to reduce the risk of both of these types of deaths.  The CE activity also outlines how you can communicate risk-reduction messages to parents and caregivers in just a few minutes.

Learn how to teach parents and caregivers to keep their babies safe and healthy so they can grow up to make a difference—just like you.

NLM Resources to Prevent Domestic Violence

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Domestic violence is a form of abuse that often involves a spouse or partner, but it can also be directed towards a child, older adult, or other family member. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine has domestic violence prevention resources available for the general public and special populations, such as older adults, children/teens, non-English speakers, and individuals who are HIV positive:

  • General Public: MedlinePlus has a Health Topics page on Domestic Violence, including links to prevention and safety planning information, how to find an expert, and information for children and teens.
  • Older Adults: Find a summary about elder abuse and links to prevention and reporting resources on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Resources in document, video, and audio format, in multiple languages, are available on HealthReach under the topic of domestic violence.

MLA Rising Stars

The MLA Rising Star program has been developed to give members the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics needed to  become a leader in MLA.

Eligible applicants:

  • must be a MLA member throughout the duration of the program
  • must have attended at least one national MLA annual meeting
  • must have demonstrated interest and commitment to professional service through participation in activities or conferences related to medical librarianship

Applications are due no later than November 1. Also included in the application:

  • A brief (one page) personal statement describing the applicant’s background, previous professional service, goals for MLA involvement, how she/he would benefit from the program, and potentially contribute to the group’s learning;
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s library director indicating support for time to participate in all aspects of the program and attendance at the annual meetings (funding is available to attend one day of the MLA Board meeting in Seattle).

Visit MLAnet for more details and application instructions.

Recruiting for NLM Associate Fellows

From the National Library of Medicine (NLM):

Interested in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, and digital communication? So are we.

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Library of Medicine.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Rotation at the NIH Library (by arrangement)
  • Experienced mentors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to complete a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($53,435 in 2016)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation funding

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2017.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at:

NOTE: Application deadline is January 27, 2017.

Between 4 and 6 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-827-4284 or


Health Education Week

October 17-21 is National Health Education Week. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), National Health Education Week brings, “attention to public health issues and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education and health promotion in society. ”

Visit the SOPHE page on this initiative to download a promotional toolkit, which includes daily themes and suggested activities for anyone who desires to take an active role in creating partnerships to build community health.

Use the hashtag #NHEW2016 on social media to help promote Health Education!

5 Types of Information on Breast Cancer from NLM

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Breast cancer is a dangerous disease which impacts one in eight women sometime during their lives.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Library of Medicine has a wide variety of reliable breast cancer information available, ranging from genetic information to multilingual resources.  NLM has hundreds of online resources, so here is just a sampling of a few NLM resources that provide different kinds of information on breast cancer:

  • Information for Older Adults: Learn about risk factors, tests/diagnosis, treatment, latest research, and more on breast cancer at NIH Senior Health.
  • Consumer Health Information: MedlinePlus provides a summary on breast cancer for the general public, plus numerous links to reliable sites with research, health check tools, videos and tutorials, journal articles, and more.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on breast cancer in over 15 languages on MedlinePlus, and check HealthReach for multilingual handouts, video, and audio.
  • Clinical Trials: Search for open studies related to breast cancer at

Free webinar series for #HealthLiteracy

In celebration of Health Literacy Month, Health Literacy Innovations is offering a free webinar series, presented by Aracely Rosales, Content Expert and Multilingual Director of Health Literacy Innovations.

Health Literacy: From Problems to Solutions
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 2-3PM ET

Designing with Health Literacy in Mind
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 2-3PM ET

Advancing Health Literacy: The New Health Literacy Precaution Tool Kit and Other Resources
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 2-3PM ET

Details and Registration

Resources from NLM on Alzheimer’s Disease

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

More than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.  September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and the National Library of Medicine provides online resources for all types of populations to learn about diagnosis, prevention, and treatments for the disorder:

  • Resources for the general public: MedlinePlus provides a Health Topics page on Alzheimer’s Disease that links to resources on symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and research about the disease.  Information on Alzheimer’s is also available in 17 languages through MedlinePlus.
  • Resources for older adults: The NIHSeniorHealth site from NLM and the National Institute on Aging provides a detailed but understandable description of Alzheimer’s disease, available on a page with simple navigation, re-sizable text, and options to change color contrast on the page for users with vision trouble.
  • Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Caregivers of someone with Alzheimer’s disease can access lists of useful resources on the Alzheimer’s Caregivers page on MedlinePlus or through the NLM 4 Caregivers list of links.