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

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

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



Breezing Along with the RML Koffee Klatch

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10am MT / 11am CT


Calling all health sciences librarians in hospital and academia! Join Jean Shipman, Director, and Claire Hamasu, Associate Director, of the NN/LM MidContinental Region. Pretend we’re all meeting over coffee or tea ready to solve the problems of the library world. They’ll be thinking out loud as they mull over questions that are weighing on their minds. Maybe you’ve been mulling over these same questions? They hope you’ll join in the conversation. Some of the topics that are on their list to address:

  • New skills to add to your value.
  • What does it mean when libraries are no longer collection centric? Is there a continuum in moving from collection to focusing primarily on teaching, expert searching, patient consults, research support etc. in the new information environment?
  • How many hats do you wear? How does that impact your librarian role?
  • What new roles should we take on? What traditional roles should we give up?
  • Vision for the library.


Basic Level Courses: Disaster Health Information


The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.

This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Learn about these and other related classes here:    [jh]

Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly

How can we use assessment effectively in the classroom? Join the NN/LM Training Office for a one-hour program on classroom assessment techniques. After a brief review of the types assessment out there, we’ll review a number of different methods you can use for instantaneous feedback. From low tech polling to one minute papers, you will leave this session with new ideas for assessing learning ‘on the fly’ – no gradebook required.

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
11am MT/ 12pm CT

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
11am MT/ 12pm CT


PubMed for Librarians webinar series

Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for the PubMed® for Librarians series. Details and links to registration are below. All times are Eastern.

PubMed® for Librarians: Introduction
Thursday, January 19, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH
January 25, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. We will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping
February 1, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM helps you effectively search with keywords. We will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details and we will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.

PubMed® for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search
February 8, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will learn how to use MeSH terms the way Indexers do and we’ll explore the Index feature to build a search and explore a topic. We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries.

PubMed® for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features
February 16, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
This class will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design, we’ll look at 3 PubMed features that facilitate evidence-based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.

PubMed® for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI
Feb 23, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating settings in your My NCBI account, identify available filters in your My NCBI account, and create a custom filter.


From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

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.


NN/LM Resource Picks: PubMed Update webinar

January 25, 2017 1pm MT / 2pm CT

Presenter: Katherine (Kate) Majewski, U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

The PubMed interface didn’t change much in 2016, but the systems underlying PubMed changed in significant ways. Kate will talk a little about what’s under PubMed’s hood these days. She will also demonstrate a new alerting feature called PubMed Journals and touch on some highlights of 2017 MeSH.

For more information, visit Registration is strongly recommended. Upon completion of evaluation, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.


WEBINAR: Updated and Enhanced Online Disaster Health Information Training Classes

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Discussion Listserv:

WHEN:  Thursday, January 12, 2017 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:  Representatives from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center will show you how you can access newly updated, self-paced, online courses that introduce you to sources of critical disaster health information and get you on your way toward becoming a Disaster Information Specialist.


Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

Audio conference information
When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. We suggesting using the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar.

If you cannot use VOIP option:

Select “Call Me” to receive a call back and provide your phone number.
OR Select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 627 371 296

If asked for your Attendee ID Number and you do not see one appear on the screen, just hit # on your phone and you will be connected.  [jh]

Recruiting: NN/LM MCR Seeks Hospital Librarian Advisor For Librarian Impact On Cost Of Patient Care Study

Dear Network members

We are recruiting a practicing hospital librarian to advise the Librarian Impact on Cost of Patient Care study (read the full description of the study). The research team needs assistance in designing the study that considers the many environmental/cultural/political nuances common to library professionals working in the hospital setting. This advisor will need to commit to 3-4 hours per month and be able to attend online meetings using WebEx.

If you are interested in this appointment, please contact Claire Hamasu.