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“My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy & Resilient” Video Challenge

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is encouraging anyone between the ages of 14-23 to submit a a short video – up to 60 seconds long and compete for a cash prize- ” telling us how you prepare your family, friends and community for a disaster.”  Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST.  Here’s the link for more details  Challenge Website .  [jh]



Emergency Resources for Libraries

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

If and when your library has an emergency and you need assistance you are encouraged to contact your state coordinator by calling the RML’s toll-free number, 1-800-DevRoks (338-7657) or consulting our  contact  web page or the staff directory

A couple of helpful resources are available online. The first is from the NLM and contains information about responding to water emergencies  and the second is helpful in preparing for any kind of emergency from the NN/LM Disater Ready Initiative .



2015 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards Winners Announced

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Congratulations to Network member St. Louis University School of Medicine Medical Library and the Institute for Biosecurity as one of the recipients of the Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project Awards for 2015! Their project was “The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri.”

The awards are sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Research Center through the U.S. National Library of Medicine.   Read more about all the recipients and their projects here     [jh]

Adults Seeking Health Information on the Internet

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Did you know that one third to half of the adult U.S. population has looked for health information on the Internet and that “73% of all those ages 16 and over say libraries contribute to people finding the health information they need.” That’s a lot of people! The CDC recently published a graph that further identified where these adults seeking health information lived by size of community. What the CDC doesn’t relate is whether these seekers of health information found what they were looking for. The Pew Research Center reported how the public depends on public libraries for health information. Is your public library a resource that they could tap into?  Have you promoted your resources and the skills of your staff to help your community members locate credible health information? The NN/LM MCR state coordinators are happy to assist you with ideas and training.

STEM Programming Grants for Rural Libraries

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Rural Gateways: Fostering the Development of Rural Librarians as Informal Science Facilitators is providing grant funding to rural libraries. Participating libraries will have access to public program materials, professional development, ongoing programming support, and an online peer-to-peer community. The application deadline is February 15, 2016. For more information, visit 


NLM Releases Three New Educational Apps for High School Students

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine‘s (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) is pleased to announce the launch of three interactive, educational iOS apps for high school students studying biology, chemistry and environmental health.

These FREE, readily accessible resources assist students with grasping concepts such as DNA base pairing, the Bohr model of the atom and environmental conservation. Two of the iOS apps, Bohr Thru and Base Chase, were developed in collaboration with a high school educator and are easily usable within the biology/chemistry classroom setting. The third game, Run4Green, is a fun and informative learning tool that reinforces concepts relating to environmental conservation and can be used as an engagement extension activity.

Each of the three iOS games is iPhone, iPad and iPod touch compatible, and can be freely downloaded (with no in-game purchases) today by visiting the Itunes App Store.

  • Bohr Thru: This Candy Crush style game requires users to collect and organize protons, neutrons and electrons in order to form the Bohr Model first 18 elements on the periodic table, such as Carbon, Nitrogen and Lithium. With the help of the main character, Atom, players become familiar with a variety of chemical elements and their structures. Teachers can easily implement short, in-class game sessions to enhance their students’ understanding of the periodic table as well.
  • Base Chase: Learning the bases of DNA has never been as easy with this fast paced, educational app. Players grab bases of DNA in order to complete unique DNA strands for a variety of animals. DeeNA, the game’s cartoon mascot, assists players in completing each of the required tasks. A helpful video tutorial is accessible once the game is successfully downloaded.
  • Run4Green: The importance of environmental conservation is reinforced through this interactive, Mario- style game. Topics, such as greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energies and green product purchases are emphasized throughout game play. Playing as a jolly, green and earth-shaped character, users collect coins and perform environmentally friendly tasks. The game is appropriate for students in grades 5-8.


Online Interactive Professional Development Experience: FREE MLA Courses available via The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Last week, the NN/NL MCR launched our Online Interactive Professional Development Experience, also known as “The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz” game. We are happy to report that we already have twelve players signed up to play.
People who are playing the challenges (aka courses) found in this game are earning free CE from the Medical Library Association along with game points (so you can win the game).
Right now, there are two playable challenges. One on learning about data visualization techniques (100 game points & 5 MLA CE) and the other is learning about the social media being used by researchers (100 game points & 5 MLA CE).
There are other challenges coming up on topics such as conducting an appreciative inquiry, applying SWOT to logic models, using pop culture as a teaching tool, developing library promotion skills, and more.
Those interested in checking this out can register and earn game points instantly by sharing their own knowledge and experiences in any of the challenges.
If you have any comments or question, please contact John Bramble.

NIH Curriculum Supplement Series

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The NIH curriculum supplements are teacher’s guides to two weeks of lessons on the science behind selected health topics. They combine cutting-edge biomedical discoveries with state-of-the-art instructional practices for elementary, middle, and high school. The supplements

  • Are consistent with National Science Education Standards
  • Promote critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving and communication skills
  • Incorporate real scientific data to engage and challenge students
  • Are aligned to state education standards


ONLINE CHIS and MLA CE OFFERING: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, & the Role of Medical Librarians

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization or Medical Library Association CE in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse? We’ve got you covered with a 4 credit hour CE online class on Read on for the details:

CLASS: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians.
This 4 credit hour CE course explains what a clinical trial is and why is a significant resource; demonstrates ways to search and interpret studies with results on; and discusses the unique position of health science and consumer health librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.

INSTRUCTORS: Dana Abbey (NN/LM MCR), Holly Burt (NN/LM GMR), Meredith Solomon (NN/LM NER).

COURSE STRUCTURE: This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 3 weekly modules, beginning the week January 18, 2016. The units build upon one another, with Module 1 providing the foundation for the rest of the course. Time commitment: plan on an average of 2 hours per week.

  • Week of January 11, 2016 – set up Moodle account, review class materials, create/update profile, and introduce yourself.
  • Week of January 18, 2016 (Module 1) – will explain what a clinical trial is and why is a significant resource.
  • Week of January 25, 2016 (Module 2) – will demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results from
  • Week of February 1, 2016 (Module 3) – will discuss the number of records with results and the unique position of health science librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.

MLA CE CREDIT AND/OR CHIS CE CREDIT: This course has been certified for 4 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 4-hour instruction requirement. The coursework also provides everything you need to for Level 1 or II CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. For information on CHIS ( For information on MLA CE (

REGISTRATION: Registration is open to NN/LM MidContinental, Greater Midwest, and New England Region Network members. Space is limited, so register soon.
Not sure if your library is a Network member, or do you want to become a Network member? Contact Dana Abbey (, Holly Burt (, or Meredith Solomon (

COST: No charge for online class.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Dana Abbey (, Holly Burt (, or Meredith Solomon (

EDUCATION – November Breezing and Discover Sessions

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Discover NLM and More: Veterans Health
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 1:00PM MT/2:00PM CT
Join us at:

There are currently over 21 million veterans in the United States. They often face unique health care needs as a result of experiencing combat, exposure to environmental hazards, and separation from loved ones. This presentation will highlight some of their specific health concerns, and explore health information resources that would be beneficial for both veterans and their families. This webinar is geared towards those in public health, community-based organizations, community colleges, and public libraries who provide programs and services to veterans.

Breezing Along with the RML
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – 10:00AM MT/11:00AM CT
Join us at:

  • Big Data and EHRs: John Bramble will be presenting an overview of big data, and the integration of big data into electronic health records.
  • DOCLINE Updates: Jim Honour will be providing updates on action steps that libraries need to take following the release of DOCLINE 5.2.


Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to