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#LibHealthChat on Twitter October 25th

Friday, October 14th, 2016

October 25, 2016 at 12pm MDT/1pm CDT

Join the Office of Minority Health (@MinorityHealth) in a Twitter chat about resources and information that libraries provide in regards to health and minority communities. Use #LibHealthChat to participate.

From tweet by @MinorityHealth.

MEDLINE Marks Its 45th Year!

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

MEDLINE has gone from 22 users to 601 million and from thousands to billions of searches. Check out what else has changed over the last 45 years in this NLM In Focus article. /ch

October Discover Webinar

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

October 26, 2016, 1-2 pm MT/ 2-3 pm CT

SIS Outreach Portal

Are you involved in outreach to underserved communities or special populations or know people who are and would like to learn about some wonderful free resources? Join us to learn more about key resources in the National Library of Medicine’s Outreach Activities & Resources portal. Participants will have the opportunity to try out some of the fun tools  and websites for minority health, caregivers, environmental health,  and more.

Registration is not required. Join the webinar at this link: . The webinar will be recorded and posted to our website.

/cm Final Rules

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule (link is external) that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information.  At the same time, the National Institutes of Health has issued a complementary policy (link is external) for registering and submitting summary results information to for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. A news release includes links that provides summaries and a table to better understand the changes.

Important elements of the final rule include:

  • Providing a checklist for evaluating which clinical trials are subject to the regulations and who is responsible for submitting required information;
  • Expanding the scope of trials for which summary results information must be submitted to include trials involving FDA-regulated products that have not yet been approved, licensed, or cleared by the FDA;
  • Requiring additional registration and summary results information data elements to be submitted to, including the race and ethnicity of trial participants, if collected, and the full protocol;
  • Requiring additional types of adverse event information; and
  • Providing a list of potential legal consequences for non-compliance. /ch

New CHIS Certification Funding Available

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

If you are a librarian that has completed continuing education requirements for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), and would like to apply for the certificate, we have a new funding award to support you.

Each award covers the fee for one CHIS certificate application (up to $75). The application for the certificate must take place between May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017.

Learn more about funding requirements at:

Questions? Contact Christian Minter at

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the K-12 School Partnership Award.

The purpose of this funding is to support new or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, academic, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce NLM health information resources that could serve as a model for other partnerships. Examples of projects include raising awareness of NLM health information resources, participation in health fairs, or developing media resources featuring NLM health information resources. The NN/LM MCR will fund two awards up to $2,500 each.

Single year Awards: Project performance period will begin and end within the NN/LM MCR budget period: May 1, 2016 thru April 30, 2017.

  • Application Due Date: September 30, 2016
  • Notification of Award: October 10, 2016

Prior awarded projects:

  1. Public library partnership with a six county prevention coalition to provide teen health outreach programming in the areas of youth mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and depression.
  2. Academic library partnership with a middle school and a volunteer community health organization to instruct students on evaluating and using online health information.
  3. Public library partnership with an elementary school to conduct  fun after school programming for K-3 on health topics incorporating play to engage participants in healthy behaviors and body functions.
  4. High school library partnership with health careers academy to create public service announcements relevant to the student’s medical and bioscience curriculum.
  5. Hospital library partnership with a school serving K-8 students with chronic illnesses to provide instruction to bolster health literacy skills.

For application instructions and to access the online submission form click here.

Award contact: Dana Abbey @ or 303/724-2110.



Webinar: Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations Part 2

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016


From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

WHEN:  Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC and SPEAKERS:  Tania Bardyn and her team from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division, developed a mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington State.  This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices.

Also, Sarah Carnes, a virtual intern with the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, will present about her project “Design and Delivery of an Outreach Strategy to Increase Awareness of Disaster Information Resources.” She will present on the process she used to design a program for Massachusetts public libraries to increase awareness and use of disaster information resources. She will also discuss how she delivered the strategy and synthesized their feedback to refine the strategy and accompanying products.



Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see


August Discover Webinar

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Resources for Addressing Community Health Needs

August 24, 2016 1pm MT/ 2pm CT,

Presenter: Dana Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator, NN/LM MCR

There are numerous factors that have the potential to influence the health of your community members including quality of life, health behaviors, utilization of and access to health care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.

In this hands-on session you will:

  • Utilize tools for researching these factors at the local level.
  • Identify authoritative health information resources for program planning.
  • Identify potential community partners.

Who should attend?

  • Public libraries and community organizations planning health outreach activities.
  • K-12 staff involved in student health care and/or health and science curriculums (librarians, nurses, teachers).
  • Public health grant writers.
  • Anyone who interested in knowing about these great resources.

September is Go4Life® Month

Monday, August 8th, 2016

September  Go4Life® Month. Did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Go4Life sample exercises,  exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all! What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+.  Your library may want to sponsor Go4Lifeprogramming in September and now’s the time to start planning.

This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults. /ch


Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information Online Course

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016

Class Description:
This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.