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Resources from NLM on Alzheimer’s Disease

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Friday, September 30th, 2016

We have a great line-up of classes for the Month of October! For the full list of upcoming training opportunities available to the Middle Atlantic Region, please visit our training schedule page, or check out our list of class offerings.

Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond
Sponsored by SEA / 1 month asynchronous course / Starts October 10
Details and Registration

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
Sponsored by MAR / 90 minute webinar / October 12, 11am ET
The focus of this session will be on health insurance enrollment.
Details and Registration

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed
Sponsored by NLM / 60 Minute webinar / October 19, 2pm ET
Join us for the first in the Insider’s Guide series of webinars about more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with an introduction to the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This series is geared toward librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper.
Details and registration

Boost Box: NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course
Sponsored by MAR / 60 minute webinar / October 25, 1pm ET (note special day and time)
In this session, recent attendees will discuss the benefits of attending and key “takeaways.” Project Kathy Davies will discuss the application process and format of the course. This session comes at a perfect time for potential applicants, as applications for the 2017 courses open in October.
Details and registration

Webinar: Achieving Health Equity- One Policy at a Time

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Achieving Health Equity- One Policy at a Time

When: September 22, 3-4PM ET

Attend a webinar hosted by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team. Presenters will: describe components of a “health equity lens” used to analyze proposed state legislation, articulate opportunities and challenges to applying a “health equity lens”, and share examples of training and resource materials.


  • Gail Brandt, Health Equity Coordinator for the Office of Healthy Communities, Washington State Department of Health
  • Paj Nandi, Director of Community Relations and Equity, Washington State Department of Health
  • Sheryl Pickering, WIC Tribal Liaison and Office Legislative Coordinator for the Office of Nutrition Services, Washington State Department of Health

Full abstract and speaker biographies

Details and Registration

World Humanitarian Day

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Today, August 19, 2016, we honor humanitarian aid workers who stand on the front lines and deliver assistance to those in need.

Are you a humanitarian aid worker? Check out the Center for Disease Control (CDC) section on traveler’s health, with a special page dedicated to humanitarian aid workers. Here you will find a vast collection of resources for travelers of all types, including health notices, updates on the latest vaccines, and mobile apps to aid in your international journeys.

For resources on disaster relief, visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Here you will find information on all types of disasters, emergency response tools, and training courses available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For more information on World Humanitarian Day, visit:

New Reserarch and Patient Education Videos from NLM

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Check out the latest videos from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) for nurses and nursing students:

  • NLM Resources for Nurses: Research – In less than four minutes learn about 15 different resources—all free, reliable and online—to support nursing research and promote quality health outcomes.
  • NLM Resources for Nurses: Patient Education – In only 2 ½ minutes learn about 11 different resources—all free, reliable and online—to help patients and their families learn more about diseases, disorders, conditions, and treatments.

And once you’ve watched the videos, please share this video with your colleagues, patrons, and students. Information like this wants to be shared!

Want more videos on quality health resources? Subscribe to the NLM YouTube Channel.

Help Wanted: Special Advisory Group Members

Monday, June 6th, 2016

For 2016-2021, NN/LM MAR will be focusing outreach efforts to reach new populations and organizations providing health information services that will benefit from access to the NN/LM and NLM’s evidence-based biomedical and health information resources. These include: public health workers; community health workers; patient educators; extension professionals; staff at Area Health Education Centers, rural health clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers; health sciences librarians; librarians and staff at public libraries, K-12 schools, community colleges and other 2 and 4 year colleges and universities; seniors; soldiers, veterans and military families; community- and faith-based organizations; and minority, underrepresented, refugee and immigrant populations.

As you can imagine, this is a tall order! Therefore, as in the past contract cycle, we are assembling advisory groups to guide our efforts in reaching constituents of these target populations.

MAR Special Advisory Groups (SAGs) for 2016-2021 are:

  • Academic will focus on librarians, faculty, students and staff at university health centers at community colleges, and other 2- and 4-year colleges supporting health sciences programs, as well as other disciplines where NLM resources are useful, such as health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health.
  • Consumer Health will focus on reaching consumers through library staff at public libraries and schools, school nurses, K-12 health and science educators, and staff at community- and faith-based organizations.
  • Health Sciences will focus on health sciences librarians and consist of appointed representation from regional MLA chapters and other health sciences library groups.
  • Hospital Services will focus on hospital librarians, and others providing biomedical and health information services in the hospital setting including nurses, patient educators, continuing medical education coordinators and others.
  • Health Professionals and Public Health Workers will focus on health professionals without access to a medical library, with an emphasis on those working in minority and underrepresented communities, public health workers; community health workers, extension professionals, and staff at Area Health Education Centers, rural health clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Much of our programming and outreach is directed in response to feedback from our advisory groups. SAG members are generous professionals representing the diversity of our region and target populations. They unselfishly volunteer their time and expertise to enthusiastically endorse the NN/LM mission. SAG members are active partners in the development, assessment and advancement of health information programming throughout our region. Specifically, SAG members:

  • Advise MAR staff on programs to improve health professionals’ and consumers’ awareness of and access to biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on NLM resources;
  • Assist MAR staff in assessing health information needs by monitoring activities in their state, regional area, and profession;
  • Identify partner organizations, training and funding opportunities to promote NLM resources;
  • Serve as ambassadors throughout the region and among their constituencies in furthering the goals of and encouraging participation in NN/LM and NLM programs

SAG membership is rotating, with members serving 1 or 2 year terms. Meetings are held virtually on a quarterly basis.

If you are interested in being more involved in informing MAR programs, consider volunteering to serve on one of our SAGs. Applications are being accepted through June 24.

Nominations sought for Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

From the Friends of the National Library of Medicine:

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine ( seek your nominations for this year’s


  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
  • Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • The official nomination form
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • All nominations must be received by May 1, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):

Mail: Friends of the National Library of Medicine

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500

Bethesda, MD 20814

Email:, Fax:  301-657-1296

It’s not too early to be thinking of Summer Reading – Special webinars from MAR

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Our February and March Boost Box sessions will be of special interest to libraries who use the themes set by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) or the Illinois Reading Enrichment and Development (iREAD) program:  Both summer reading themes involve a focus on health, wellness, sports and achievement.  If you are interested in learning more about resources to support your summer reading 2016 program, then tune in for the February and March 2016 NN/LM MAR Boost Box sessions.

Gear Up for Summer Reading 2016: Resources for Adults and Seniors / February 9, 2016 / Noon –1pm ET

Presenter:  Lydia Collins, NN/LM MAR Consumer Health Coordinator

Description:  Summer reading programs are a long standing tradition for public libraries across the nation. The 2016 summer reading theme from CSLP is “Wellness, Fitness, and Sports” and for iREAD it is “Read-For the Win!” Both summer reading themes involve a focus on health, wellness, sports and achievement.  Tune in to learn about National Library of Medicine and other reliable resources that you can use to support your summer reading program for adults and seniors. Ideas on how to engage these adult populations in a love of reading and healthy lifestyles will also be included. Lastly, learn where to locate freely available health information resources that you can order and distribute at your library this summer.

Summer Reading 2016 Playground: Resources for Children and Teens / March 8, 2016 / Noon – 1pm ET

Presenter:  Lydia Collins, NN/LM MAR Consumer Health Coordinator

Description:  Are you in charge of planning and organizing the summer reading program for children and/or teens at your library? Do you want ideas on how to use National Library of Medicine and other reliable resources to enhance your library’s offerings? If so, then join us for this informative webinar which will provide you with an introduction to fun and interactive health resources for children and teens on nutrition, sports, and healthy living. The 2016 summer reading theme from CSLP is “Wellness, Fitness, and Sports” and for iREAD it is “Read-for the Win!” Come and learn about freely available curriculum and online health tools that can be incorporated into your summer reading program for youth. Let NN/LM MAR help you prepare for a summer of reading, sports and wellness fun for youth in your community.

Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information; End with a Plan

Friday, January 8th, 2016

If you want to develop a project that requires stakeholder support, you need more than a solid plan. You need to build the case for both the need and potential success of your program. In February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will offer a four-session webinar series on how to use program evaluation tools and methods to develop a program plan that you can promote to stakeholders, such as funding or partnering organizations. Community assessment will allow you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project, as well as help you build relationships with potential partners. You will learn about planning tools that help you connect program activities to desired outcomes and add a strong evaluation component to your project proposal. The information in this workshop will help you organize both your project ideas and supporting data in preparation for proposal writing.

*             (Webinar 1) How people adopt new ideas. Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project.

*             (Webinar 2) Meeting the Community through Community Assessment. Gather community information that is most effective for planning your project.

*             (Webinar 3) Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs. Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results.

*             (Webinar 4) Adding Evaluation to Your Plan and Next Steps: Proposal Writing. Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full proposal.

Dates and Times:

This webinar series will be offered at two different times during the month of February.

Session 1: Classes will meet Monday 2/1; Wednesday 2/3; Monday 2/8; and Wednesday 2/10. All sessions will be held from noon – 1 pm Eastern time.

Session 2: Classes will meet Tuesday 2/16; Thursday 2/18; Tuesday 2/23; and Thursday 2/25. All sessions will be held from 4 -5 pm Eastern time.

(We will record sessions for those who with schedule conflicts.)

Registration is required. To sign up, go to this link to select your preferred session

and click on “Register” to fill out the registration form.

Participants are eligible to receive 1, 2, 3, 4, or 8 hours of continuing education (CE) credit from the Medical Library Association. One hour of CE will be earned for each live or recorded webinar attended (up to 4 CEs), and an extra four CEs can be earned for a four-part homework assignment. All webinars must be viewed and homework completed and sent to the instructor by the deadline.

Upcoming Sexual Health Trainings from MAR

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Join NN/LM MAR for three upcoming trainings relating to Sexual Health. All trainings are via webinar with audio through your phone.

Introduction to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library (Boost Box) / Oct. 13, 2015 noon-1pm ET

Description: This presentation will introduce librarians and others to the extensive, unique collections of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library. Providing resources to researchers, advocates, medical professionals, law enforcement, allied organizations, and the public since 2000, the NSVRC Library may be considered the largest collection of materials on sexual violence and prevention in the world, currently housing a collection of over 35,000 unique titles. Learn how PCAR and NSVRC can provide valuable resources and training materials for the medical profession, public health practitioners, and academic institutions nationwide.

Presenters: Karen Litterer, MSLS, Head Librarian, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and Melissa Powers, MSLS, Librarian, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

No registration required. 1 MLA CE will be provided.


HIV/AIDS Resources / October 14, 2015 noon-1pm ET

Allison McDougall, AIDSinfo Deputy Project Manager and Christina Copty, AIDSource Project Coordinator, will present about NLM HIV/AIDS resources, including AIDSinfo and AIDSource.

AIDSinfo offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public. AIDSource was developed by NLM to ensure that those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a source of quality reviewed current content, and provides access to HIV/AIDS-related information both within and outside of the federal government.

The presentation will cover the many features of AIDSinfo and AIDSource, including the portfolio of AIDSinfo mobile apps.

No registration required. 1 MLA CE will be provided.


Building Collections and Connections for LGBT Health Awareness: improving the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons / November 10, 2015 3pm – 4:30pm ET

Outreach Coordinator Kate Flewelling will teach this new course. Participants will:

  • develop a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community.
  • have an increased awareness of the importance of LGBT education for health care providers and the role of implicit bias in healthcare.
  • discover resources that can be utilized in reference interactions.
  • be able to identify electronic, print, and other resources for building a LGBT collection.
  • will gain ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community.

Registration required. Participants who attend the webinar and complete a short practice exercise will receive 2 MLA CE