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New Online NNLM Class Offering – Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Role

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Dear Members with an interest in exploring their role in big data in healthcare –

Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity…

New online class offering – Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM), Mid-Continental Region (MCR) and Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Regions invites you to this 9 week, self-paced, asynchronous course to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

February 27 – April 28, 2017

Description: The Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. This course is taught in Moodle and is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there will be completion deadlines). Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes” forum, top picks from the NNLM MCR and PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club articles, and completion of the course “Big Data Fundamentals” from the Big Data University.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role that big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective.
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians are to support big data initiatives. (Students are encouraged to publish their views on one of the NNLM MCR or SEA publications as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic).

Students who sign up for this course agree to:

  • Commit to spend the full 9 contact hours learning about and articulating their views on the course topic (this includes the 1.5 contact hours from the Big Data University’s course).
  • Complete the course requirements by the deadline establish in each course offering.
  • Provide course feedback (strengths/weaknesses) on the MLA Online Course Evaluation form.

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

To register for this class, please visit: Please note that our new class registration system requires obtaining a free NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NNLM Training Office.

This class is limited to the first 30 registrants. Afterwards we will take a wait list.

Please contact John Bramble at or Tony Nguyen at with questions.

Free Online CE Class: Discovering TOXNET

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Anything on this list below spark questions? If so, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for Discovering TOXNET to learn how to use TOXNET to find answers to questions about:

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Environmental Justice
  • Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials
  • Lead and Human Health
  • Outdoor Air
  • Pesticide Exposure
  • Water Pollution
  • Pesticides Used for Mosquito Control
  • Drugs and chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed
  • Superfund Sites (Remember Love Canal?)
  • Environmental releases of over 600 toxic chemicals by U.S. industrial facilities
  • Health effects of chemicals in more than 10,000 common household products
  • Dose-response assessment for over 500 chemicals
  • Over 400,000 chemicals

Learn about TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) environmental health databases with a self-paced, online course. TOXNET is a web-based suite of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.

(Look for the Login button to start the registration process)

This is a 4 week, self-paced course
Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017


  • Discovering TOXNET is taught online in thirteen independent modules.
  • You can pick and choose the modules you want to complete and receive CE credit for what you complete.
  • Modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, Household Products Database, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, Drug Information Portal and an introductory module.
  • Students work on their own over a period of 4 weeks.
  • Instructors are available to answer questions via email and provide assistance throughout the course.
  • MLA Continuing Education credit is available for the modules you complete, for a total of 12 CE credits.
  • The course is offered through Moodle and includes guided interactive online tutorials, videos, and discovery exercises.


5 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Breezing Along with the RML

5 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10am MT / 11am CT

Healthcare is an ever-changing field with new policies, discoveries, and technology. Librarians are in a unique position to help others navigate the wealth of health information and resources related to these changes. In this presentation, you will learn about five healthcare trends predicted for 2017. Come prepared to share your thoughts and ideas for how these trends may influence librarian roles and outreach.

Presenter: Christian Minter, Education Coordinator, NNLM MidContinental Region

MCR Voices Podcast Series Launched!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
The NN/LM MCR has launched the first episode of our new podcast, MCR Voices.
In this episode, Claire Hamasu interviews Jim Bothmer, of Creighton University, on his vision of the future in his library and medical libraries in general.
We hope you will take a few minutes to listen and learn about effective practices in the region. You can listen to the podcast on YouTube: or learn more on our website:  (bbj)

Hospital Librarian Advisor For Librarian Impact On Cost Of Patient Care Study

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Thanks to the hospital librarians who volunteered as advisors for the study the NN/LM MCR is developing on the librarian impact on the cost of patient care. It was a difficult choice to make. We selected Shawn Steidinger who works at InterMountain Primary Children’s Hospital. As we plan the implementation of this study, Shawn will provide us with the reality check of whether the steps are feasible in the hospital environment and make suggestions based on her experience as a hospital librarian. We appreciate Shawn’s willingness to contribute to the planning. /ch

Member Participation Welcomed!

Monday, January 30th, 2017

NN/LM members are always welcome to jump in and assist with MCR programming.  In what kinds of MCR activities may members volunteer? Please visit  this web page to learn more. Examples are in writing, presentations, teaching, exhibiting, and more.  In some cases members have seen a niche that can use their expertise and volunteer. Some times members are asked to serve on task forces, working groups, committees or boards. Your ideas and time are valuable. If you’d like to learn more about involvement please contact your state coordinator. It’s just a matter of sharing your skill set with the NN/LM community! [jh]

MedPrint, Loansome Doc and EFTS

Monday, January 30th, 2017

These friendly reminders are a service of your MCR Member Services Coordinator and apply primarily to DOCLINE participants:

  • We encourage all DOCLINE users to  participate in the Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS.) It’s an efficient and easy way to pay for your interlibrary loans borrowed from other libraries. Here are 5 reasons to join.  To learn more about the program click here
  • Likewise, DOCLINE users can participate in the Loansome Doc program. This program provides full text access to unaffiliated heath professionals.  Any DOCLINE library has the ability provide this vital service.
  • Why not consider committing to the MedPrint – Medical Serials Print Preservation progam? We can’t always be certain that journal articles will be available electronically.    [jh]

Introduction to Graphic Medicine

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The NN/LM New England Region is sponsoring a webinar so that you can learn about the emerging field of graphic medicine, or, use of comics in healthcare. Register for this event to take place on March 7th: 11-12 MT, 12-1 CT. /ch

Debrief and Discuss Computing Overview-BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Weekly Sessions With Your Colleagues (MLA CE Contact Hours Available)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Dear Network member data geeks or those interested in learning neat things about data and how it will save the planet…

Please consider joining a 30 minute debrief/discussion shortly following the BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science weekly webinars. The debriefing/discussion will start after a 10 minute break after the series session ends.

If you attend both the debriefing and BD2K GFDS can earn you 2 MLA CE contact hours. No registration is required.

If you can’t attend the live sessions, you can participate asynchronously.

This week’s topic is: Modern Computing: Cloud, Distributed, & High Performance

Speaker: Umit Catalyurek of The Ohio State University, Columbus

Webinar Date/Time: January 27, 2017 / 10 am MT-11 am CT

Debrief Date/Time: January 27, 2017 / 11:10 am MT-12:10 pm CT

If you are new to the topic or series, past sessions have been posted to the BD2KCCC’s YouTube Channel

The debrief/discussion will be held online here: WebEx Use the following information to access: Event number: 622 290 379 Event password: dataisc00l

To shape the discussion, we will address these questions:

  1. In the context of health information access (organization of information, research, findability, etc.) what role can the librarian play to support researchers in their data lifecycle at your institution?
  2. What assets do librarians have to bring to the table?
  3. What skills do librarians need?
  4. What Resources are needed?
  5. Who are the most important stakeholders librarians need to align with to get a seat at the table?

Summaries of the discussions will be posted to at a location to be announce in the future (likely in the P2PP).

If you have questions about this post, please contact or 801 585 5743 – jb

Professional Development Funding Available for Evidence-Based Practice Institute

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Are you planning to apply for the 2017 Supporting Clinical Care Institute in Evidence-based Practice for Medical Librarians? Librarians from MidContinental Region member institutions are eligible for funding to attend this institute. For  funding application instructions, visit our professional development award page.

The Institute will be held from July 16-19, 2017 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Join the priority registration list for the best chance at getting a spot: If you’re on the priority list, registration opens February 15th, a full month before registration for everyone else.


  • $ 1,400.00 US Dollars (includes single accommodation for 4 nights, conference registration, opening night dinner and all breakfasts, lunches, and refreshment breaks.)
  • $    850.00 US Dollars (only available to Denver residents. Includes conference registration, opening night dinner, and all lunches and refreshment breaks).

For more information on the institute, go to

For more information on the MCR professional development award, go to