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New Online NNLM Class Offering – Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Role

Dear Members with an interest in exploring their role in big data in healthcare –

Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity…

New online class offering – Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM), Mid-Continental Region (MCR) and Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Regions invites you to this 9 week, self-paced, asynchronous course to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

February 27 – April 28, 2017

Description: The Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. This course is taught in Moodle and is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there will be completion deadlines). Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes” forum, top picks from the NNLM MCR and PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club articles, and completion of the course “Big Data Fundamentals” from the Big Data University.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role that big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective.
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians are to support big data initiatives. (Students are encouraged to publish their views on one of the NNLM MCR or SEA publications as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic).

Students who sign up for this course agree to:

  • Commit to spend the full 9 contact hours learning about and articulating their views on the course topic (this includes the 1.5 contact hours from the Big Data University’s course).
  • Complete the course requirements by the deadline establish in each course offering.
  • Provide course feedback (strengths/weaknesses) on the MLA Online Course Evaluation form.

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

To register for this class, please visit: Please note that our new class registration system requires obtaining a free NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NNLM Training Office.

This class is limited to the first 30 registrants. Afterwards we will take a wait list.

Please contact John Bramble at or Tony Nguyen at with questions.

Free Online CE Class: Discovering TOXNET

Anything on this list below spark questions? If so, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for Discovering TOXNET to learn how to use TOXNET to find answers to questions about:

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Environmental Justice
  • Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials
  • Lead and Human Health
  • Outdoor Air
  • Pesticide Exposure
  • Water Pollution
  • Pesticides Used for Mosquito Control
  • Drugs and chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed
  • Superfund Sites (Remember Love Canal?)
  • Environmental releases of over 600 toxic chemicals by U.S. industrial facilities
  • Health effects of chemicals in more than 10,000 common household products
  • Dose-response assessment for over 500 chemicals
  • Over 400,000 chemicals

Learn about TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) environmental health databases with a self-paced, online course. TOXNET is a web-based suite of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.

(Look for the Login button to start the registration process)

This is a 4 week, self-paced course
Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017


  • Discovering TOXNET is taught online in thirteen independent modules.
  • You can pick and choose the modules you want to complete and receive CE credit for what you complete.
  • Modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, Household Products Database, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, Drug Information Portal and an introductory module.
  • Students work on their own over a period of 4 weeks.
  • Instructors are available to answer questions via email and provide assistance throughout the course.
  • MLA Continuing Education credit is available for the modules you complete, for a total of 12 CE credits.
  • The course is offered through Moodle and includes guided interactive online tutorials, videos, and discovery exercises.


Resources for K-12 Health & Science Education

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

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

MCR Voices Podcast Series Launched!

The NN/LM MCR has launched the first episode of our new podcast, MCR Voices.
In this episode, Claire Hamasu interviews Jim Bothmer, of Creighton University, on his vision of the future in his library and medical libraries in general.
We hope you will take a few minutes to listen and learn about effective practices in the region. You can listen to the podcast on YouTube: or learn more on our website:  (bbj)

Hospital Librarian Advisor For Librarian Impact On Cost Of Patient Care Study

Thanks to the hospital librarians who volunteered as advisors for the study the NN/LM MCR is developing on the librarian impact on the cost of patient care. It was a difficult choice to make. We selected Shawn Steidinger who works at InterMountain Primary Children’s Hospital. As we plan the implementation of this study, Shawn will provide us with the reality check of whether the steps are feasible in the hospital environment and make suggestions based on her experience as a hospital librarian. We appreciate Shawn’s willingness to contribute to the planning. /ch

Reminder: Social Media Stream

Would you like to keep up with health information shared on social media feeds without cluttering up your personal accounts? Or perhaps you are unable to access social media at your library, but you’d like to stay looped in with what is going on. Our Social Media Streams are still available to help you view and access feeds from NIH, NLM, or NN/LM, member libraries in the region, and research enterprise social media feeds. These bring in the latest Tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, and blogs on one screen that you can scroll through and use to stay connected.

Please contact Alicia Lillich, MCR Technology Coordinator, if you have any questions. /al



Member Participation Welcomed!

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]

MedPrint, Loansome Doc and EFTS

These friendly reminders are a service of your MCR Member Services Coordinator and apply primarily to DOCLINE participants:

  • We encourage all DOCLINE users to  participate in the Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS.) It’s an efficient and easy way to pay for your interlibrary loans borrowed from other libraries. Here are 5 reasons to join.  To learn more about the program click here
  • Likewise, DOCLINE users can participate in the Loansome Doc program. This program provides full text access to unaffiliated heath professionals.  Any DOCLINE library has the ability provide this vital service.
  • Why not consider committing to the MedPrint – Medical Serials Print Preservation progam? We can’t always be certain that journal articles will be available electronically.    [jh]

Introduction to Graphic Medicine

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