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Apply now: NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Health Professions Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine. The Health Professions Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs, focusing on NLM resources and increasing access to biomedical and health information, directed toward community health professionals, minority health professionals and public health workers.

A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply may be viewed at:



Upcoming Classes for April

Training opportunities are abundant for April 2017! Below are just a few that we have on our schedule. Looking for more? Check out our training schedule to see these, and other classes scheduled for May and beyond!

Registration closing soon! PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – April 5, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by NTO, this a-synchronous online course will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Topics also include coordinating MeSH terms the way Indexers do and exploring the Index feature to build a search. 

Registration closing soon! The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster – April 6, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET – Join SCR and Margaret Foster for the 3rd session in this monthly web conference, focusing on topics related to systematic reviews. If you missed the first two sessions, check out the recordings on YouTube.

Over Diagnosis: Why Too Many Lab Tests Are Bad for Your Health – April 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this presentation focuses on the appropriate use and interpretation of screening laboratory tests, which should be questioned as medically necessary.

PubMed for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features – April 12, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Join NTO in this a-synchronous online course for an exploration of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design, and how they work in PubMed. This course will introduce 3 PubMed products that faciliate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types. Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – April 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this 1-hour presentation will provide an overview of, the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.

Crisis in the Library: Are You Prepared? – April 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MCR, this course will use the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning developed by Dan Wilson to show participants the tools to assess risk, identify core services and resources at the library, and what can be included in a one-page disaster plan.

Promoting Health LIteracy through Easy-to-Read Materials – April 17 – May 15, 2017 – Sponsored by SEA, this a-synchronous online course will discuss the frequent disconnect between information providers and information seekers, and provide an overview of several tools you can use to evaluate the readability of print materials and patient literacy levels.

Educational Games & Health Sciences – April 18, 1:00-2:15 PM ET – Join NER for this webinar to explore educational games, game-based learning, and gamification for the health sciences. Explore the benefits and advantages of learning with games, how games intersect with the health sciences, and learn about some NIH & NLM endorsed games.

Librarianship and Data Science – April 19, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join MCR and a panel of professionals who are working in the widening world of health data for this data science webinar. Panelists will discuss their interest in data as a career focus, the required skills needed to practice their profession, and the services they would like to see offered by librarians to support their work.

The Pitt+Me® Research Recruitment Registry – April 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, join this webinar to learn about the Pitt+Me® Research Recruitment Program, a new strategic platform at the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) designed to engage the public and increase participation in research studies. Speakers will discuss the importance of improving health through research, the design of the registry website, and the process of establishing an online presence. Speakers will also address how the Pitt+Me Program helps researchers target and recruit research study participants with online ads, social media posts, videos, and mailings.

Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere – April 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Sponsored by PNR, this webinar will explore the development of freely available, online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science by a research team at Oregon Health & Science University. These OERs can be used as ‘out of the box’ courses for students, or materials for educators to use in courses, training programs, or seminars.

MAR Members! New Member Services Open House – April 20, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join MAR staff in this upcoming webinar to learn about the many services offered to NNLM Members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Whether you are new to Membership or just need a refresher, this offering will provide information about appropriate resources, MAR funding, and ideas for successful library/agency partnerships.

Teaching Topics: Get in the Picture – ACRL Framework and You – April 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NTO, this webinar offers an overview of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and how health science librarians are responding to this change in information literacy standards. Several health science librarians will present case studies on their approach to using the Framework at their institution.

HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages – April 26, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this webinar on HealthReach, a quality, multilingual, multicultural public health resource developed by the National Library of Medicine. HealthReach provides patient education materials in a number of languages and formats, a collection of tools for healthcare providers, and a collection of information on special topics, such as Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health and Mental Health.

Getting a Seat at the Table: Librarian Involvement in Interprofessional Education Activities (IPE) – April 27, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will provide an overview of IPEs and suggestions on how librarians can become involved to incorporate IPEs into professional training programs.

SEAside Webinar: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality – April 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join SEA to explore how libraries are sharing virtual, augmented and mixed reality with their communities. How will these emerging technologies impact education, the medial profession and industry? What platforms are currently available and how can librarians and educators implement them successfully?

ChooseMyPlate for National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month! Did you know the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has an entire website dedicated to healthy eating? Here are just a few of the awesome resources you can find on

Looking for MyPlate and other nutrition resources on social media? Follow:

Getting a Seat at the Table: Librarian Involvement in Interprofessional Education Activities

Join the Middle Atlantic Region and our guest presenter Shelly Warwick for this upcoming Boost Box session! Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Getting a Seat at the Table: Librarian Involvement in Interprofessional Education Activities
April 27, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Librarians and libraries are often the one resource that understands the scope of the various health fields and serves each with the same respect. With the mandate by major health science accrediting agencies to incorporate Interprofessional Education Activites (IPE) into professional training programs it would be natural to have a librarian involved in that process. But making this happen isn’t simple. This presentation will include an overview of IPE and suggestions on how librarians can become involved, as well as a case study of how one librarian got a seat at the IPE table.

Shelly Warwick, MLS, PH.D. is an Associate Professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy and Director of Library and Information Services. Shelly has served on the board of the NY/NJ MLA Chapter and as a member of the national board member of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and as an NNLM MAR grant reviewer. Her research areas are intellectual property, privacy and health literacy.


CLRC Systematic Review Workshop: 2 spaces in Syracuse, 1 in NY remain!

Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians provides information professionals with foundational knowledge about systematic reviews and an opportunity to engage in high-level discussions about involvement in such projects. The course runs on a flipped classroom model where didactic material is presented in an asynchronous online format over a period of two weeks and is followed closely by an intensive two day in-person workshop. Through a series of learning activities designed to stimulate thought and discussion, participants develop a toolkit of resources and strategies, as well as an action plan, to help foster greater involvement in systematic reviews at their institution. This course is accredited for 20 MLA CE credits.

Email Angela Thor if interested.

Online Component (All participants): April 3-16, 2017

New York City: April 17-18, 2017.

Syracuse: April 20-21, 2017.

New Member Services Open House

Are you new to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) or looking for a refresher on the many services the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) offers its members? Join MAR coordinators Lydia Collins and Elaina Vitale for this one-hour open house webinar!

April 20, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Attendees can expect to learn about appropriate resources, hear about MAR funding, and gather ideas for successful library/agency partnerships.

Not yet a Member? Fill out our application for membership today to qualify your organization for funding opportunities, free print and educational materials, opportunities for partnership, and so much more! Then register for this open house webinar, and bring your questions straight to our staff. We’re always happy to provide free consultations to organizations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

For organizations in other states, find your region to learn what services are available to you!

Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention week is just around the corner, March 19-25. What can you do to help your colleagues, patients, or community members become educated about exposure to poison? Does your organization’s emergency plan include steps for poison prevention? Poison Help from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has a wealth of programs and materials to share, including an interactive map to find poison centers in your state! Below are a few suggestions to get started on implementing a plan in your community or workplace.

In an emergency:

  • If you or someone you know may have been poisoned, call the toll-free Poison Help line right away at 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center.
  • If the person is not breathing, call 911.
  • Do not wait for signs of a poisoning before calling the Poison Help line. When you call, you will speak with a poison expert at your poison center.
  • Use the HRSA emergency checklist to guide you on what information to tell the poison expert on the phone.

Also remember:

  • Do not panic. Not all medicines, chemicals, or household products are poisonous. Not all contact with poison results in poisoning.
  • Follow the advice you receive from your poison center.

Some additional first steps include:

  • If the person inhaled poison, get to fresh air right away.
  • If the person has poison on the skin, take off any clothing the poison touched. Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • If the person has poison in the eyes, rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Your poison center can give you other first-aid advice and may save you from a visit to the emergency room.

Before an emergency happens, be prepared:

  • Follow HRSA tips for keeping the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), in a place where you can find it in an emergency.

 Help prevent poisonings:

Finding Grey Lit for Systematic Reviews: Can It Be More Black and White?

NNLM MAR Members are invited to the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) to view the Medical Library Association (MLA) webinar:  ‘Finding Grey Lit for Systematic Reviews: Can It Be More Black and White?

HSLS will serve as a host site for this webinar. There is no fee to attend but space is limited, so please RSVP today.

Location: Falk Library / 3550 Terrace St. / 200 Scaife Hall / Conference Room B

Date/Time:  Wednesday, March 22 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Falk Library is located on the 2nd floor of Scaife Hall (University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine building).  There are 2 entrances:  The Desoto St. 2nd floor entrance and the Terrace St. 4th floor entrance.

  • If you enter on the 2nd floor DeSoto St. entrance, just walk straight down the hallway and the library entrance will be on your right.
  • If you enter on the 4th floor Terrace St. entrance, take the escalator or elevator down to floor 2.  The library entrance is located beside the escalator and elevator.
  • For visuals, see the Pitt map that shows the library building and both Desoto and Terrace street entrances (click on ‘campus map’ to see parking locations)

Resources on Kidney Health

“Did you know? Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. Almost half of people starting dialysis have kidney failure caused by diabetes. Diabetes can damage your kidneys. This damage can happen over many years, without you feeling it. But, even if you have diabetes, you can take steps to help keep your kidneys healthy.” –National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies have a wealth of health information resources online to help you educate yourself, your loved ones, your community, and/or your patients on healthy kidney function for National Kidney Month. Why not get started today?

Looking for more resources, or opportunities to get active for National Kidney Month? Contact us today to learn about training and other opportunities for outreach support.

Patient Safety Awareness Week

It’s Patient Safety Awareness week, March 12-18. Whether you are a health care professional or a health care consumer, patient safety is an important topic to consider when it comes to health information. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), consumers can help prevent medical errors for themselves and their loved ones by:

  • Speaking up. Talk to your doctor about any questions or worries. Ask what they’re doing to protect you.
  • Keeping hands clean. Make sure everyone, including friends and family, clean their hands before touching you. If you don’t see your healthcare providers clean their hands, ask them to do so.
  • Preparing for surgery. Let your doctor know about any medical problems you have. Ask your doctor how he/she prevents surgical site infections.
  • Asking your healthcare provider, “Will there be a new needle, new syringe, and a new vial for this procedure or injection?” Insist that your healthcare providers never reuse a needle or syringe on more than one patient.
  • Getting Smart about antibiotics. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections – they don’t work for viruses like the ones that cause colds and flu. Ask your healthcare provider if there are steps you can take to feel better without using antibiotics. If you’re prescribed an antibiotic, make sure to take the prescribed antibiotic exactly as your healthcare provider tells you and do not skip doses. and don’t forget to watch out for deadly diarrhea!
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of infection. Some skin infections, such as MRSA, appear as redness, pain, or drainage at an IV catheter site or surgery site and come with a fever. Infections can also lead to sepsis, a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection.
  • Getting Vaccinated. Getting yourself, family, friends, and caregivers vaccinated against the flu and other infections prevents spread of disease.
  • Covering your mouth and nose. When you sneeze or cough, germs can travel 3 feet or more. Use a tissue to avoid spreading germs with your hands.

Looking for more resources?

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has some wonderful Patient Safety tools and resources to assist health professionals in creating a safe and open environment for patients.
  • MedlinePlus has a very informative Health Topics page on Patient Safety, including resources in English and Spanish.
  • The United Patient Safety Foundation has a large number of resources for getting involved in active patient safety awareness with the United Patient Safety campaign.
  • Use #PSAW2017 and #WeAreAllPatients to join the conversation on social media.
  • Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter or like our Facebook page to see more Patient Safety resources all this week!