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New Member Services Open House

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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

Friday, March 17th, 2017

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?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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)

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Monday, March 13th, 2017

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!

Apply for Funding Today!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), invites applications for projects beginning May 14, 2017 and ending April 30, 2018.

Five award types are available for outreach projects that:

  • Enhance clinicians’ and public health workers’ abilities to find and use biomedical and health information in practice and for patient education;
  • Strengthen the involvement of libraries in assisting with health and disaster information needs before, during and after an emergency;
  • Promote a culture of health literacy within an organization;
  • Support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery; and
  • Increase the ability for patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information.

Applicants may request up to $15,000.  The application deadline for these is 5:00 pm ET on Monday, April 17, 2017.

While funds are available, applications are also being accepted on a continuous basis for awards that:

  • Promote and demonstrate NLM products to target populations while exhibiting at a local or regional meeting or conference.
  • Increase awareness of NLM products and biomedical and health information support services offered by libraries, community- and faith-based organizations, health departments, health centers and other organizations serving as conduits of information access.
  • Expand professional knowledge and experience in order to provide improved health information access and delivery.
  • Support NNLM collaboration with Network members to plan symposia or large-scale professional development activities that address current trends in the healthcare landscape and their impact on information access and delivery.

Review all of our funding opportunities before beginning your application. Questions about funding or about specific awards can be directed to

Upcoming Classes for March

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has a great line-up of courses for the month of March! Below are just a few of our upcoming offerings, and you can register for all of them TODAY! Don’t forget to check our training schedule periodically for new additions, or to see upcoming opportunities for April, May and beyond.

NNLM MAR also offers in-person training opportunities to Members in New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania and Delaware. We can tailor any of our courses to suit your specific needs or interests for training. Take a look at our Class Descriptions page to learn more about the variety of courses we offer, and then contact us!

Registration closing soon! We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making
A-synchronous online course via Moodle with one live webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
March 1 – March 31, 2017
Details and Registration

Registration closing soon! Discovering TOXNET
A-synchronous online course via Moodle, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 1 – March 31, 2017
Details and Registration

Registration closing soon! Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information
Webinar, sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
March 2, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
Details and Registration

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster
Monthly webinar series, sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR)
March 2, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm ET
Details and Registration
Watch the recording of the first session from February

Applying for NNLM MAR funding
Webinar, sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
March 3, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30pm ET
Details and Registration

Introduction to Graphic Medicine
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 7, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Public Data for Public Health Advocates – Building and Sustaining a Statewide Data Service
Webinar, sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR)
March 8, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 9, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm ET
Details and Registration

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
A-synchronous online course via Moodle, sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA)
March 13 – April 17, 2017
Details and Registration

Invite More Action! How to create interactive, student-centered learning environments
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 14, 2017, 1:00 – 1:30pm
Details and Registration

Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library
Webinar, sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
March 14, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Instructional Design
Webinar, sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR)
March 15, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 15, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed
Webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region
March 15, 2017, 4:00 – 5:00pm ET

PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 22, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence Based Public Health
Webinar, sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
March 22, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, & Health
Webinar, sponsored by the New England Region (NER)
March 27, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
Details and Registration

PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
Webinar, sponsored by the National Training Office (NTO)
March 29, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Details and Registration

How to make the most of your National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition!
Webinar, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
March 29, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00pm ET
Details and Registration

Pennsylvania Community College Library Consortium Meeting

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Join members of the Pennsylvania Community College Library Consortium (PCCLC) at the Harrisburg Area Community College for a half-day of free health programming! All are welcome to attend.

April 27, 2017, 9:00am – 2:00pm ET

Presentations will include:

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks & Benefits: Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – Elaina Vitale, NNLM MAR Academic Coordinator

Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials. Audience is anyone providing health information to the general public, including healthcare instructors, public and medical librarians, patient educators. Attendees are eligible for 1.5 MLA CE, CHIS levels 1 & 2.

Learning to Liaise with Allied Health – David Nolfi, Duquesne University Health Sciences Librarian

Allied health programs are growing rapidly and in a multitude of areas, each with their own distinct standards and cultures of practice. This hands-on, interactive course will facilitate attendees’ exploration of allied health professions and education programs through guided activities. Instructors will facilitate a group discussion to help participants compare and contrast allied health professions, as well as identify interprofessional opportunities. Finally, the instructors will provide time for participants to reflect, plan, and collaborate on ways implement their knowledge upon return to their institution.  Throughout the session, the instructors will share best practices from the literature and personal experience when working with allied health programs. Additional benefits of the course including identifying other colleagues working with similar allied health programs, allowing for the development of a peer network among librarians working with similar programs.

For more details and registration information, visit our PCCLC meeting event page.

Upcoming: Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The Gene resource at NCBI is a central hub for accessing nearly all molecular and literature resources for a particular gene. You can easily answer the most common questions and perform the most common tasks by starting in Gene. In this upcoming webinar, Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database, you will learn about the structure and contents of the Gene resource and how to use Gene to answer the following questions about a gene:

  • Where is the gene located (chromosome and position) in the genome assembly?
  • What are the Reference genomic, transcript and protein sequences for the gene?
  • What variations are present in the gene and are they associated with disease?
  • In what tissues and under what conditions is the gene expressed?
  • What are the equivalent genes (homologs) in other species?

Join the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and presenters Peter Cooper and Bonnie Maidak for this special Bioinformatics Education session on March 9, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 pm ET. Registrants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Details and Registration

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NNLM SCR), please consider the following upcoming training series!

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster
Guest Speaker: Margaret J. Foster, MLIS, MPH
Date: 1st Thursday of every month from February – July 2017
Next Session: March 2nd
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am CT / 9:00am – 10:00am MT
Social Media Hashtag: #piecesQA

Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. Pieces is a monthly, interactive web conference to address some of these issues for a wide range of audiences, whether it’s health science librarians or their constituents.

Series Dates: Each webinar will be an hour long at 10am CT on the first Thursday of every month beginning in February 2017 and ending in July 2017. Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

  • February 2, 2017 – How do you determine if a research question is right for a systematic review? Note: session has passed. Watch the recording on YouTube.
  • March 2, 2017 – What searches beyond the typical databases should be done?
  • April 6, 2017 – What happens after the search?
  • May 4, 2017 – What free software is useful for conducting review?
  • June 1, 2017 – How can a librarian support other types of reviews (scoping, integrative, rapid)?
  • July 6, 2017 – What are the new developments in review methods?

Social Media: These sessions will be interactive, with various prompts presented during the presentation as well as on social media. Use the hashtag #piecesQA for discussion!

Speaker Bio: Margaret Foster is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and serves as the Systematic Reviews Coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library with a joint position at the School of Public Health and the College of Medicine of the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center.  Her work with systematic reviews began more than a decade ago while completing her Masters of Public Health.  In her current position, she provides consultations for researchers in medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, education, and other disciplines and has published 25 articles applying or describing systematic review methods and evidence based practices since 2009. In addition, she is the founder and convener of the Medical Library Association Systematic Review Special Interest Group and developed a popular continuing education course about systematic reviews which has trained over 550 librarians.

To Join the Meeting:

  1. Go to WebEx.
  2. Enter the session number: 628 313 634 and password: pieces
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  5. Select your audio connection preference:
    *Call in – Call: 1-877-668-4493 (US/Canada Toll-free)
    Enter access code: 628 313 634 #
    Enter the participant code on your screen and press #
    *Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection
  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: pieces

For live captioning, please use

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

Discover NNLM Resource Guides

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing US health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. In line with this, coordinators with NNLM promote programs and resources created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies.

NNLM has developed many programs to promote the  wealth of biomedical and health information tools available through these agencies, but as a consumer, health professional, librarian, or public health worker, you may be wondering how you can find even more resources that are tailored to your specific needs. Fortunately, our coordinators have met this challenge in the creation of NNLM Resource Guides.

Guides serve as comprehensive online collections of resources and tools that are relevant to specific audiences or topics. Across the Network we have over 40 Guides on a wide range of topics from general consumer health to emergency preparedness, to evaluating health information on the internet.

Here are a few Guides created and maintained by coordinators in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):

  • Academic Libraries – for librarians, professionals, and students at the collegiate level
  • Consumer Health – resources on a variety of topics such as adult and teen health, educators, caregivers, multicultural and more
  • Disaster & Emergency Preparedness – including resources on developing an emergency response plan, and state contacts for disaster management
  • Health Outreach and Programming – learn how to integrate health information resources into your own programming
  • Health Professionals – resources for rural health, public health workers, minority health workers, and more
  • Hospital Libraries – resources for hospital librarians and health professionals
  • K-12 Resources – resources on a variety of topics for K-12 educators, administrators and nurses, including environmental health and genetics
  • Multicultural Resources – topics surrounding immigrant, refugee and other multi-cultural populations including multi-lingual resources and minority health
  • Free Materials – a guide to finding free materials online from reputable government and non-government agencies
  • Proposal Writing – a tool for planning, evaluating and writing your grants and proposals

Looking for more? Contact NNLM MAR for consultations and to learn about upcoming opportunities for training, or check out other Regions to find the rest of our online Resource Guides.