June is Men’s Health Month, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a variety of trustworthy resources on important men’s health topics, such as prostate and testicular cancers, depression, heart disease, and HIV. Here are just a few of the men’s health resources to be found through NLM databases:
- AIDSource – Locate reliable resources on HIV/AIDS for gay and bisexual men, including resources in Spanish.
Below are some great NLM and NN/LM training opportunities for you to take advantage of this week and next. These are open to everyone, so feel free to share widely!
- Happening Friday! Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed – Sponsored by NN/LM Training Office / webinar / June 10, 2016 noon – 12:30pm ET Details and registration
- New resource for primary care! Clinical eCompanion – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / June 14, 2016 noon – 1pm ET Details and registration
- Engaging Public Libraries in Community Health Information and Services Presenter: Liz Morris – Sponsored by NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region/ webinar / June 15, 2016 4-5pm ET – No registration required, at time of event, go to: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous
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.
The pre-recorded “MLA 2016 DOCLINE Update” which aired at the NLM exhibit booth during MLA 2016 is now available. The original presentation file, including speaker notes, is also available on the DOCLINE Presentations page, here.
We invite libraries to share their thoughts on DOCLINE, as well as any insights into future needs regarding biomedical literature resource sharing for health professionals and other library patrons.
You can send comments to NLM by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE or at or discuss your ideas with Ashley Cuffia in the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office. You can contact Ashley at DOCLINE@hshsl.umaryland.edu or 410-706-4173.
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.
Earn MLA CE by reading professional journal articles. To participate, just read an article and complete your article analysis application. See preselected articles (articles are marked with the IRP icon in the JMLA). Receive 1 MLA CE contact hour for every article completed.
You can also read self-selected professional journal articles. Articles must fall within one or more of the professional competencies, MLA defined core competencies for professional success.
A maximum of 3 contact hours per year can be applied towards your AHIP application or renewal, for a total of no more than 15 contact hours per five-year credentialing period. For more information on AHIP, go to Academy of Health Information Professionals.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:
o Information retrieval;
o Skills development;
o Resource development and dissemination; and/or
o Equipment Acquisition.
Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:
o Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
o Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
o Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
o Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
o Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.
Awards are offered for up to $50,000.
Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.
The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site:
|Primary Point of Contact
Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488
Secondary Point of Contact
Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
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Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
Office Phone: 301-496-6546
All hospitals and medical facilities in the Middle Atlantic (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) regions are welcome to participate in a technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).
The consortium, in its 14th year, offers more than 500 resources from 13 highly-regarded academic publishers, at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through negotiations and the leveraging of group purchasing power. The region encompasses 14 states; Washington D.C.; Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and represents more than 26% of the nation’s hospitals and medical facilities.
More than 125 medical librarians regularly participate in the HSLANJ GLI and most agree that the biggest benefits are cost-savings and high-quality electronic resources.
“Being a medical librarian is more challenging than ever because in healthcare or hospital systems today, everyone needs mobile information,” according to Lisa Block, medical librarian, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia. 2015 was her first year participating with the HSLANJ GLI. “The biggest convenience of the consortium is you can get more for your money—there’s a big discount on resources.”
To receive a copy of the Spring 2016 Offer, please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The HSLANJ GLI is endorsed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources. Current participation is open through May 2, 2016.
Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations. To learn more, visit www.hslanj.org/gli.
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, Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C, University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System, as well as Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C, University of Maryland Baltimore.
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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
Submitted by: Network and Advocacy Coordinator Michelle Burda
The United for Patient Safety campaign, initiated by National Patient Safety Foundation, highlights and reinforces the fact that everyone plays a role in keeping patients safe and free from harm.
Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is publicly sharing stories about medical errors made at the hospital in a blog, Safety Matters, with the intention that this will help reduce the risk of future mistakes.
Patient Safety Awareness Week will be observed this year March 13-19 with an emphasis on the message that “every day is patient safety day.” Participate in the webcast, Patient Safety is a Public Health Issue Thursday March 17, 2016, 1:00 PM ET with national leaders in Patient Safety.