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Resources for K-12 Health & Science Education

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Discover NLM Resources and More

Resources for K-12 Health & Science Education

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1pm MT / 2pm CT

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine has K-12 lesson plans, a resource page and twitter feed for K-12 educators, and sites designed specifically for children and teens? If you would like to learn more about these health and science resources, join us for our webinar on Wednesday, February 22. Annette Parde-Maass, MCR Education and Nebraska Outreach Coordinator, will walk through the resources, give examples on how they could be used, and ask participants to brainstorm and share additional purposes applicable to their own settings.

Are there specific K-12 NLM resources you want to know more about? Email prior to February 15th with the resource and any questions you would like addressed.

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

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]

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

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

Friday, January 6th, 2017

January 23 – February 10, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), 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.

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.


Information and News: Free Online Course “Health in Humanitarian Crises”

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016



From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion list:   The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering a free online course “Health in Humanitarian Crises.” The course, which starts February 6, 2017, lasts for three weeks, and will require approximately four hours of work per week. The course will answer questions such as:

  • What are the key health needs in humanitarian crises?
  • How can we develop responses to health needs in humanitarian settings with maximum impact?
  • How will we respond to health needs in the future?

The course will be particularly relevant to healthcare practitioners and NGO staff, especially those in low- and middle-income countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. It will also be valuable to individuals studying health or development and to anyone with an interest in the challenges of delivering healthcare in a crisis setting.

Learn more about the course and how to register:

The DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB archives are available at



Simple, Free, and Painless: Community Engagement at Your Library

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

11:00am – 12:00pm CT / 10:00am – 11:00am MT

Community engagement is easier than you think, and its benefits can be extraordinary. In this hands-on session we’ll explore why community engagement can make a difference to your library, and discuss simple steps to get you started. You’ll leave the session with 40+ plus ideas for community engagement, and a customized plan for your library and your community.

Speaker: Jennifer Peters is the Community Engagement Administrator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. She has worked as an archivist, a nonprofit executive, fundraiser, and currently oversees statewide programs to encourage libraries to build partnerships and engage with their community.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To join the meeting:

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter the session number: 620 309 599 and password: webinar
  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 this access code: 620 309 599 #
  • Enter the participant code given to you in the application and press #

*Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection.

  1. If you are using a mobile device, your event password is: webinar

To view live captioning, open in a separate browser window.

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

For more information about this webinar, please visit: /da


Loansome Doc: Robust Access to Full Text Articles

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Many health professionals have access to full text articles thanks to their academic or hospital  health sciences library.  Those practitioners, and the public who are not affiliated with those kinds of libraries of course need to use alternative services. Loansome Doc is that robust alternative service.  Most people in health sciences librarianship are familiar with the service.  Those who aren’t familiar will discover it’s administered by the National Library of Medicine.  An unaffiliated health professional, or the public, can register and choose an “ordering library.”  After the ordering library accepts them, all they need do is to find the article they need, using PubMed, and then order it.  Usually the ordering library will charge a small fee for the article and can deliver it quickly.  A health sciences library, using DOCLINE, can opt to offer the service and become a Loansome Doc provider.  The MidContinental Region needs more providers too. If you are interested in providing this vital service talk to your state coordinator.  [jh]

Free Webinar to Learn About NLM Associate Fellowship Program

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

You are invited to a National Library of Medicine (NLM) webinar on the NLM Associate Fellowship Program.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 2:00 pm MT/ 3:00 pm CT

Are you…

  • Interested in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, and/or digital communication?
  • Interested in joining a cohort of recent library science graduates in learning through curriculum, project work, mentoring, conference attendance, field trips, publications, and presentations?
  • Interested in a one-year fellowship that launches your career and includes a stipend of $53,435, financial support for health insurance, relocation funding, and fully-backed conference attendance?

Then JOIN US! Hear from Kathel Dunn, Coordinator of the NLM Associate Fellowship Program; current Associates Kendra Godwin, Megan Kellner, Tyler Moses, and Candace Norton; second year associate Loan Nguyen; and alumni associate Erin Foster, now a Data Services Librarian at Indiana University School of Medicine. They’ll talk about the interview process, learning about NLM, mentoring opportunities, conference attendance, project work, and more!

Registration is not required.
To join the meeting:
Use this link:
Meeting number (access code): 624 303 320
Meeting password: nlm8600


NLM Resources Help Students Prepare for National History Day

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine is helping young historians discover its rich collections related to the National History Day 2017 theme, “Taking a Stand.”

Through NLM resources, students can discover individuals taking a stand for the inclusion of women and African Americans in medicine; for improved mental health care and for recognizing domestic violence as a serious health issue. They can also discover how individuals took stands on smoking, AIDS, and other health issues, and how the federal government took a stand against the mislabeling of foods and drugs sold to the public and helped standardize packing.

For more information, please visit NLM in Focus. /da