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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 Class on Consumer Health Services

Interested in consumer health? Registration is now open for the spring offering of the 4-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This free online course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent services and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements of this course. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA.

NNLM librarians Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Librarian from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) and Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist from the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are teaming up to teach this class!

The class will run from March 20 – April 21, 2016. We will be using Moodle for this free, self-paced class. More information will be sent out to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20th. Visit the Class Details page to Register today.

NOTE: If this time frame doesn’t work for you, the next session will be taught in June.

Please contact Kelli by email if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in this NNLM course!

Resources on Bleeding Disorders

March is bleeding disorders awareness month. Below are a few resources to get started on educating yourself and others about this important health observance.

MedlinePlus Health Topics – includes resources for understanding what it means to have a bleeding disorder, common symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, patient handouts, and links to related genetic conditions.

Hemophilia Federation of America – programs and services for spreading awareness, including news and stories, social media advocacy, and more.

Office of Women’s Health – Facts sheets, stories, and specific information for women with bleeding disorders

Want to get more information through social media? Follow @NNLMMAR on Twitter or like our Facebook page for shared resources throughout the month of March, and follow #Hemophilia and #BleedingDisorders to join the conversation!

Upcoming Classes for March

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

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

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

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

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.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed

Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present the three-part webinar series, Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed.

This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, and we encourage students to follow along. Before registering for these classes, we strongly recommend that you:

  • Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed“, or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.
  • Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)
  • Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (for more information, see the Installing EDirect page).
  • Install the EDirect software (for more information, see the Installing EDirect page).

Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.

Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:

  • Part 1: Getting PubMed Data: Tuesday, February 21, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 2: Extracting Data from XML: Tuesday, February 28, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 3: Building Practical Solutions: Tuesday, March 7, 1-2:30 PM ET

Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series.

Details and Registration

HSLANJ 45th Anniversary, Full-day Symposium

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) presents a special full-day Symposium and Reception to celebrate its 45th anniversary! Featuring design anthropologist, Nancy Fried Foster and librarian and UX guru, Pete Coco. This event is offered with support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR).

Using Ethnography and User Experience in Health Sciences Libraries
March 20, 2017
Symposium: 8 am – 5 pm
Reception: 5 – 7 pm
7 MLA CE Credits pending

Details and Registration

This CE event and reception is open to HSLANJ members and non-members.

Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey

$120 symposium and reception
$25 reception only

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017