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Summer ’16 issue of the MAReport is now available!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Closing out the summer, NN/LM MAR is proud to share the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, the MAReport! In this edition:

Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale shares her thoughts about the exciting features of the PubMed commenting system in her Academic Outreach article, Focus on PubMed Commons.

Health Professions Coordinator Kate Flewelling discusses resources and initiatives for quality dental care in her Out and About article, Oral Health.

Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins discusses K-12 resource trainings and guides from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in her Consumer Connections article, Back to School with NLM Resources.

Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda highlights some extensive National Institute on Aging (NIA) resources for Go4Life Month in her Sharing & Caring article, Celebrate Go4Life.

Anja Bouchard shares her experiences as a Librarian with the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in our featured  Member Spotlight.

Executive Director Renae Barger gives a brief overview of new NN/LM MAR funding opportunities in her MAR Highlights article, New Round of Funding is now available!

MAR Director Barbara Epstein shares her thoughts on the impact of special advisory groups in her Director’s Musings article, Looking Forward with New MAR Advisory Group Members.

To read the entire Summer 2016 newsletter or find articles from a previous edition, please visit:

New webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites you to join us for a new bimonthly webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks. Every two months, we will highlight National Library of Medicine resources. Learn about NLM resources directly from NN/LM and NLM staff!

First up:

Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!

September 28, 2016 3-4pm ET


Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to

  • learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
  • take action to increase preparedness
  • participate in community resilience planning

The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

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.

NN/LM MAR welcomes to Elaina Vitale!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

MAR has a new Academic Coordinator!  We are pleased to welcome Elaina Vitale as the MAR Academic Coordinator.  Elaina will have primary responsibility for increasing awareness of, and providing training in the use of NLM’s information resources to librarians, faculty and staff at academic institutions, with an emphasis on community colleges and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health.  She will also assist in coordinating MAR educational programs that create opportunities for information professionals to increase their skillset and support various phases of research data management.

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

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.

Health Literacy 3.0 (Boost Box)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Health Literacy 3.0 / January 12, 2016 / noon-1:00pm / no registration required/ 1 MLA CE

If you’re still counting syllables in sentences and checking readability formulas in the hopes of making health information health literacy appropriate, you might want to tune into this webinar.

Speaker Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas refers to these and other supposed best practices about simplification as “wardrobe malfunctions” in a field that has gone through much evolution in the last 25 years.

In an ever more complex worlds, Christina will talk about the limits of simplicity and discuss newer approaches to communicating health effectively.

Christina Zarcadoolas is a sociolinguist and internationally recognized expert in health literacy and public understanding of health and science. She focuses on analyzing and closing the gaps between expert & lay knowledge and understanding, paying particular attention to how people make meaning out of complex things. The New England Journal of Medicine called her critically acclaimed book, Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action, “required reading” for public health communication professionals.

Chris is a Professor at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health and prior to that she was at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and had a long tenure on the faculty at Brown University Center for Environmental Studies. She is the Founder and Director of the New York Roundtable on Public Health Literacy.

She recently launched which is an ever-expanding free library of communication and design lessons for health and safety communicators.

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.

Saving time with PubMed Subject-specific Queries (Focus on NLM Resources)

Friday, November 20th, 2015


Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!

Date / Time:  December 17, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required


Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities (Boost Box)

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Hospital and clinical librarians are not going to want to miss this one! Participants receive 1 MLA CE

Summary: In this session we will discuss the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. We will especially consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing.

Presenters: Heather N. Holmes, AHIP, is the Clinical Informationist for Summa Health System’s Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals in Akron, OH. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. She has presented at several international meetings including MLA and the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (ACME) and was invited to the International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML) in Brisbane, Australia, in 2009. Holmes is a 2010 recipient of the National Library of Medicine’s biomedical informatics fellowship held in Woods Hole, MA, as well as one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers for 2011. She is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and the 2014 recipient of the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship. She is on the faculty in the department of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, as well as a member of the Master Teacher Guild.

Date / Time: December 8th /Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required