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Webinar: The Opportunities and Challenges of Using Systematic Reviews To Summarize Knowledge About “What Works” in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Presented by: Kay Dickersin, Ph.D., Director, The Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When: Monday, July 25, 2016, 11-12 MT, 12 -1 CT

Presented via NIH Videocast (

For planning purposes please register. (

Whether discussing priorities for comparative effectiveness research (CER) from a funder’s or researcher’s perspective, understanding knowledge gaps, or setting guidelines for care, systematic reviews of existing research hold the promise of scientifically summarizing “what works” at any point in time. Dr. Dickersin will review models of how systematic reviews are being used globally to plan, implement, and derive recommendations from CER. Dr. Dickersin will then review some of the existing challenges to using systematic reviews and methods being used to address these challenges.

Dr. Dickersin will accept questions about her presentation via email at and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

For more information, contact the Office of Disease Prevention at

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, contact Jonathan Hicks at or (301) 827-5564. Closed captioning will be provided. /ch

Call for Submissions to the Merge & Converge Tech Forum: Partnering with Technology Champions

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Would you like to share your success story for collaborating with technology champions outside of the library?

The Merge & Converge Tech Forum Planning Group is looking for panelists who want to share their IT collaboration success stories as either a “technology therapy” for those of us struggling with new technology initiatives in our institutions or an inspiration to those of us looking for new and exciting ventures.  Have you participated in your college’s Learning Management System (LMS), integrated library resources in your hospital’s Electronic Health Record (EHR), collaborated on 3D printing/imaging, Big Data projects, instructional technologies, or other exciting tech projects?

If so, we want to hear from you and (if possible) your non-library technology collaborators! [NOTE: Some funding may be available to defray the cost of attendance for non-library personnel]

The Tech Forum will be taking place on Monday, October 24 from 3:30-5pm central time. The full conference schedule is available at

If you are interested in serving on this panel, please fill out the following form by Monday, August 1, 2016. Submissions should be around 250 words or less. Panelists will be notified of acceptance by September 1, 2016.


MEDLINE/PubMed Production Improvement

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Beginning in the fall of 2016, NLM will provide publishers with access to the PubMed Data Management System for direct publisher editing of citations.This will mean that publishers will be responsible for updating and correcting publisher supplied citations. This will also mean that librarians should contact the publisher when they see errors in the citation.

In parallel, a new Indexing Management System is also in development to improve the indexing workflows for assigning MeSH terminology to MEDLINE/PubMed citations. More details are available in the Jul-Aug 2016 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch

Free Webinar – Teaching Topics: Open & Close with Impact

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact

Will be offered twice: August 25th and September 22nd

1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm CT

Spend 60 minutes with Jessi Van Der Volgen and Rebecca Brown, Training Development Specialists with the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), to learn ways to incorporate opening and closing activities that will enhance learning and evoke critical thinking. After attending this session you will be eligible for one hour of MLA CE credit.

Here are the questions we’re hoping to answer for you today:

  1. Why should we craft how we begin and end a class?
  2. What’s the difference between an ice-breaker and an opener?
  3. What are some ideas for openers I can put into place?
  4. What are some content-related activities I can incorporate into the last class or last minutes of class?
  5. How can I support critical thinking till the very end?
  6. How can I get feedback about course content without using a traditional evaluation tool?

Registration is required. For more details, visit: 


Wellcome Trust to Launch Open Access Journal

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Wellcome Trust, one of the biggest non-governmental funders of biomedical research, plans to launch it’s own open access journal. This online journal will publish Wellcome-funded research only and is scheduled to start this fall. The model will be of  immediate publication followed by transparent invited peer review, with inclusion of supporting data.

Full press release from Wellcome Trust

Science Insider posting


July Breezing and Discover Webinars

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Breezing Along with the RML

Librarians Involved in EHRs

July 20, 2016 10am Mountain/ 11am Central

This session will feature a panel of librarians discussing opportunities and challenges for librarians to be involved in supporting clinical care through Electronic Health Record Systems. Panelists will discuss their current projects, how their library got involved with their EHR, and suggestions for how viewers can start a similar process at their own institutions.

Panelists are:

  • Erica Lake, Associate Director, Hope Fox Eccles Health Library, University of Utah
  • Kelsey Leonard, Health Information Services Librarian, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville
  • Meghan D. Evans, Community Health Librarian, Geisinger Health System

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Health Information Resources for Seniors

July 27, 2016 1pm Mountain/ 2pm Central

Presenter: Annette Parde-Maass, Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

As America’s 65-and-over population potentially doubles in the next 35-years, knowing where to find reliable information about senior health will be crucial. This webinar will demonstrate senior health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other centers that address needs at various ages and levels of health. Participants will learn about the sites, how to navigate them, and ways to promote and teach them to senior populations and caregivers.

Registration is not required for either session. Captioning will be provided, and the sessions will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

Apply for: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at on the AAHSL website. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, /ch

Webinar Announcement from HRSA/EMSC

Friday, June 24th, 2016

From  DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program will host a webinar at 3:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, July 6, to introduce the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) team based at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Charles Macias, MD, MPH, will direct the EIIC with executive leadership shared by Krisanne Graves, PhD, RN; Kate Remick, MD; and Manish Shah, MD, MS.

Webinar link and call in details are as follows:  Adobe Connect link:

Call-in: 1-517-308-9396;  Toll Free 1-800-593-9975

Participant passcode: 1994980

Best regards,

The EMSC National Resource Center


Upcoming MLA Webinar: Are all systematic review created equal?

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Systematic reviews are generally regarded as being among the highest quality forms of evidence in evidence-based medicine. But, are all systematic reviews created equal?

Join Connie Schardt for an MLA webinar to learn the answer to this question and develop your skills in understanding and critically evaluating systematic reviews.

Schardt, AHIP, FMLA, is the retired Associate Director for Research & Education, Medical Center Library & Archives at Duke University, co-director of two annual workshops in Evidence-Based practice for librarians, and a frequent presenter of MLA webinars and continuing education courses on research and evidence-based practice.

The live event is Wednesday August 10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., central time.

For more information and to register, please visit:


PubMed Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

PubMed was first released two decades ago in January 1996 as an experimental database under the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) retrieval system. The word “experimental” was dropped from the Web site in April 1997, and on June 26, 1997, a Capitol Hill Press conference officially announced free MEDLINE access via PubMed.  Improvements to PubMed continued over the 20 years. The near future will include a new PubMed data management system that will streamline data submission for publishers and provide an interface for immediate correction of citation errors. More details on PubMed enhancements are available in the May-June issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch