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Finding Health Twitter Chats

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Twitter chats are a great way for healthcare professionals to learn about resources related to specific health topics, raise public awareness of heath issues, and share their organization’s resources with other professionals and the general public.  During a Twitter chat, one or more accounts hosting the chat will pose questions through their tweets, and attendees of the chat will answer the questions through tweets that include a hashtag specific to the chat (like #HIVAgingChat).

Where can you find information on upcoming Twitter chats specifically on health topics? Here are three ways to locate Twitter chats related to health and wellness topics, which healthcare professionals on Twitter may want to attend:

  • Follow NLM Twitter Handles – If you follow NLM_OSP (the Twitter account for the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch), then you’ll often see announcements on upcoming Twitter chats related to health awareness and outreach topics.  There are currently 18 Twitter accounts maintained by National Library of Medicine, and many of the accounts promote and participate in health-related Twitter chats on a regular basis.
  • Check FYI Weekly Health Resources Newsletter – The Office of Minority Health publishes a weekly email bulletin called FYI: Weekly Health Resources, which lists information on grants, fellowships/scholarships, program resources, and more (including upcoming Twitter chats) related to minority health.
  • Check the Twitter Chat Schedule on Symplur – The website Symplur tracks popular healthcare-related hashtags and also includes a weekly schedule of healthcare tweet chats, including a list of upcoming one-time and irregularly scheduled tweet chats.

For similar announcements and opportunities from the Middle Atlantic Region, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

New class! Make Your Point: Basic Principles of Data Visualization Design

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

NN/LM MAR, the National Evaluation Office and the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) are pleased to offer this new one hour webinar.

Make Your Point: Basic Principles of Data Visualization Design

Data visualizations are everywhere these days: social media, infographics, data dashboards, and trendy organizational reports.  A good data visualization communicates dense amounts of information quickly and effectively.  A bad one is a hodgepodge that creates confusion. To create effective data visualizations, you need to know the basic principles of chart design. These principles apply whether you are using sophisticated data visualization technology or tried-and-true Excel. In this webinar, we will describe a process for developing a chart that helps you make your point without making a mess. (This webinar provides 1 credit of MLA continuing education.)

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern

Date: July 19

Location: Online webinar. Call-in instruction will be provided to registered participants a week prior to the training session.

Registration required:


Cindy Olney is the Assistant Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Evaluation Office (NEO, formally known at the NN/LM OERC).  She has been a program evaluator for more than 25 years.

Karen Vargas is the Evaluation Specialist of the NEO.  Prior to joining the office in February 2015, she was the Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator for NN/LM South Central Regional Medical Library, located in the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.


Join us March 29 to learn about NIH syndicated content!

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

NIH syndicated content – NIH offers a free and easy way for you to get trusted, up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health directly onto your website.  You do not need to write your own health content or worry about updating web pages. NIH content will populate on your web page with your website’s existing look and feel. Join us to learn how!

Presenters: Brooke Dine, Head, Web & Information Management Unit Public Services Division National Library of Medicine and Elizabeth Norton, Disaster Information Management Research Center Specialized Information Services Division National Library of Medicine

Date / Time: March 29 /Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Mobile Technologies in Libraries – Changing the way we work (Tech Time)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

What:  TechTime

When:  January 21, 1:30PM   / Archives


Mobile Technologies in Libraries – Changing the way we work/ Ann Whitney Gleason MLIS, AHIP

The use of mobile technology in libraries to enhance resources and services is a growing trend. People all over the world  are already using mobile technology in their personal lives to find information, communicate with friends and family, shop, and keep track of daily appointments. Mobile technology allows people to look up information anytime, anywhere at the point of need, whether for work or personal needs. Librarians have been experimenting with making library resources accessible on mobile devices as well as providing services through the use of mobile technology in the library for several years now. In this presentation, we will explore some of the ways that libraries are leveraging mobile technology to change the way librarians work and to communicate with the people we serve.

Awardee Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, April 17th, 2015


Project: Development of a Service for NIH Public Access Compliance

Awardee: NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York, NY

Description:  In response to the policy change and the amount of articles not in compliance, the NYU Health Sciences Libraries will partner with the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Office of Science and Research (OSR) to develop a service that will:

  • Educate researchers on the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Notify researchers when a publication associated with their grant award has not been successfully deposited into PubMed Central digital archive.
  • Assist researchers in submitting their peer-reviewed manuscript into PubMed Central.
  • Meet and discuss with scientific journal publishers best practices for submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts on the researcher or author’s behalf.

Project: Assessing the Health Information Needs of the Madison County Rural Health Council

Awardee:  Central New York Library Resources Council, Syracuse, NY

Description:  With this project, the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) will work with the Madison County (NY) Rural Health Council to determine their information needs and develop a relationship with the organization. This is a preliminary project which will hopefully lead to further engagement with this organization. The Madison County Rural Health Council is a relatively new organization of stakeholders from Madison County which was formed to “catalyze information sharing, access to healthcare and linkages among providers to improve the health of the people in Central New York.” Representatives on the Council include Madison County Mental Health, Madison County Office for the Aging, Madison County Public Health, Community Memorial Hospital, Oneida Healthcare, the Community Action Program, and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Project:  Capital District Hospital Library Catalogs Technology Improvement Project Proposal

Awardee:  Capital District Library Council (CDLC), Albany, NY

Description:  The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) will purchase and implement web-based public access online library catalogs for 11 hospital libraries that are members of CDLC’s Hospital Library Service Program.  CDLC will also create a new union catalog of 11 hospital libraries.  Making these catalogs and their holdings available online will provide faster and more efficient access to library health and medical information resource holdings.  Efficient access to information will improve the provision of healthcare to the patients and clientele of these member hospitals.

Date / Time:  April 30th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

New NIH BD2K Funding Opportunity

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

A new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) funding opportunity is available, Supplements to Support Interoperability of NIH Funded Biomedical Data Repositories, with an April 20 application due date. NIH is accepting administrative supplement requests to support projects that will establish or improve interoperability among NIH funded biomedical data repositories. Improved interoperability is expected to lead to increased efficiency of repositories’ operations and cost reductions, which are significant factors of the NIH’s long-term sustainability plans for the biomedical data repositories. Each supplement request should be associated to a collaborative project consisting of a biomedical data repository supported by an active NIH-funded parent grant, and one or more collaborating sites that together implement the interoperability goals of this FOA. The collaborating sites may be other biomedical data repositories, or may provide computational tools and data standards, or perform other activities that facilitate interoperability among data repositories. Supplement requests will only be accepted from active NIH-funded parent grants that primarily support biomedical data repositories with an overall annual budget above $500,000 in direct costs.

Valentina di Francesca (NHGRI) will be organizing an administrative review panel for these supplements as a group. Administrative review is expected to occur in May 2015, and completed by August 24, 2015. Awards are expected to be made in August/September 2015.

Webinar: Digital Humanitarians

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and 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:  Digital Humanitarians

Our April 9th webinar will feature Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation.  He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups.  Among his many accomplishments, Patrick served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Volunteer Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick and his work at

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing at

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Altmetrics in Practice

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

We’d like to take the opportunity to invite you to an upcoming webinar Altmetrics in Practice, at 9 am ET April 9th.  The webinar will include a run through of the basics of altmetrics, and we’ll discuss some of the ways librarians are using the data to support researchers in their funding applications and to help them better manage their digital identities.

CMS, ONC Release Proposed Rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Eight objectives for advanced use of electronic health record systems:

MAR and SE/A Medical Librarians Invited to Participate in Spring 2015 Group Licensing Offer

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

PRINCETON, NJ (MARCH 13, 2015)—All medical librarians in the MAR and SE/A Regions are invited to participate in the Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), through their Spring 2015 Offer.  Nearly 500 resources from 11 vendors will be available through the Offer, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power.

The Spring Offer is now available.  To receive a copy of the Offer, please contact Robert Mackes at (570) 856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases.  More than 120 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources.

Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served.  Feel  free to contact Robert about scheduling a meeting or presentation about the GLI, at your next chapter, state organization, or local consortium meeting.

The deadline to participate in the Spring Offer is Friday, April 24.  Check the HSLANJ Facebook page for links to blog articles, previewing vendors’ new resources available through the Spring Offer:

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.  This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.