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Study Examines Use of Mobile Health Applications among U.S. Adult Populations

This study examined the use of mobile health applications (mHealth apps) among the U.S. adult population. It also investigated the respondents’ attitude towards helpfulness of mHealth apps for achieving health behavior goals, medical care decision-making, and asking a physician new questions or seeking a second opinion. In a national sample of adults who had smartphones or tablets, 36 % had mHealth apps on their devices. Among those with apps, 60 % reported the usefulness of mHealth apps in achieving health behavior goals, 35 % reported their helpfulness for medical care decision-making, and 38 % reported their usefulness in asking their physicians new questions or seeking a second opinion.

If you have users asking about mHealth apps, see the reviews in Plains to Peaks Post on mobile apps by NN/LM MCR librarians participating in the Mobile App Experience Project. /ch

NN/LM Training Office is New Name for NTC

On May 1, 2016, the NLM Training Center’s name changed to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) to reflect their role in the new 5-year Cooperative Agreement with the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Cooperative Agreement ushers in a new era where the NTO will move the vast majority of its training online, collaborating with NLM and NN/LM to ensure broad access to continuing education designed to keep you up to date on NLM resources and maximize your contribution to your institutional missions. You can look forward to several new learning opportunities – available to you in flexible formats – on PubMed, TOXNET and other NLM resources. /ch

Diseases Jumping from Animals to Humans: Recording

At the annual Joseph Leiter Memorial Lecture held earlier this month, guest speaker Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, talked about her specialty—diseases that jump from animals to humans. “Most of the infectious diseases that we see today like Ebola, MERS, even Zika originated from an animal host,” she told the audience. ““How can we stop them or stop them from expanding their range?” The recording of Dr. Mazet’s lecture is available from the NIH Videocast site. /ch

Webinar: Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed

Join Hilda Bastian, from NCBI, for a brief instructional webinar on finding systematic reviews using PubMed Health and PubMed.

Date and time: Friday, June 10, 2016 from 10-10:30 MT, 11-11:30 CT

Click here to register. /ch

HealthReach webinar from MAR

Focus on NLM Resources: HealthReach

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Noon-1:00P Eastern/11A-Noon Central/10-11A Mountain

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Presenter: Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Description: HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. In Spring 2016, the site was redesigned.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

Courtesy of NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)


PubMed for Librarians Training in June

PubMed for Librarians: Search, Find, ATM, myNCBI, MeSH

Join the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for the free online class “PubMed for Librarians.” Classes in June 2016 are now open for registration.

The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit. Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them.

The segments are as follows:

  • Introduction to PubMed
  • MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  • Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
  • Building and Refining Your Search
  • Customization – My NCBI

For more information and the registration link, see the NTO announcement,


Catch the Highlights! – Professional Development Award Winners Share Back

Catch the Highlights! – Professional Development Award Winners Share Back
Thursday, June 16, 2016
10:00 am MT/ 11:00 am CT
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Catch the Highlights! is an opportunity for Professional Development Award winners to share what they learned from their educational activities. We have two presenters:

  • Liz Kellermeyer will share about her experience in the “PubMed for Trainers” class.
  • Jameson Watkins will share about his experience at the “Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces Symposium.”

Registration is not required. Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Questions? Contact Christian Minter.

June Breezing and Discover Sessions

Breezing Along with the RML

Topic: New RML Projects for 2016-2021
Wednesday June 15, 2016
10-11:00A Mountain Time/11-12:00P Central Time
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May 1st marked the beginning of a new 5-year Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine. We have some exciting changes and new projects and funding opportunities to share with you. Our guest speakers will include representatives from the NN/LM National Coordinating Offices sharing about their role in providing services to Network members. This includes the Training Office, Evaluation Office, Web Services Office, DOCLINE Coordination Office, and Public Health Coordination Office. We will also be sharing new activities for our MidContinental Region project areas: community engagement, education, library engagement, research enterprise, member services, technology, and evaluation. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get an update on what we have in store for our members!

Registration is not required. For login instructions, visit: Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Topic: Health Services Research – NLM Resources for Health Quality, Costs and Access
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1pm MT/ 2 pm CT
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Presenter: Patricia Gallagher, National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a suite of resources to assist you in research related to health quality, costs, and access. These resources are maintained by NLM’s National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR). Join us for an overview of three key websites, and learn how they can help fulfill your research needs.

  • HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress): A citation database of projects in progress. It provides a comprehensive set of descriptions of health services research grants and contracts from governmental and private funders, with information from the mid-1990s to the present.
  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources): A database of information about data resources – datasets, instruments and software – used by researchers in health services research, behavioral and social sciences, and public health.
  • HSRIC (Health Services Research Information Central): A current-awareness web portal with links to freely available publications, databases, and more in areas important to health services research.  The website places special emphasis on grey literature. It includes topics such as comparative effectiveness research, public health systems and services research, domestic violence and health disparities.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who is involved in research on health quality, costs, or access.
  • Anyone who teaches academic courses related to health services research.
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about these great resources.

Registration is not required. For login instructions, visit: Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
June 2, 2016
9-10 am MT/ 10-11 am CT

Presenter: Community Engagement Coordinator, Dana Abbey

This presentation will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and/or seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared. The examples in this session will focus on a nutrition and food label program for families to align with the summer reading 2016 theme.

This class has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association and is eligible for MLA Level 1 and Level 2 Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

Registration is required. Visit this link to register:

Questions? Contact Dana Abbey.


NLM’s New Director: Dr. Brennan

On May 11, 2016, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, announced that Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, will be the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Dr. Brennan will begin her work at the National Library of Medicine in August. Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. She also directed Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records.  Dr. Brennan also conducts external evaluations of health information technology architectures, and works to repurpose engineering methods for health care.

The complete announcement is available on the NLM site.