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September is Go4Life® Month

September  Go4Life® Month. Did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Go4Life sample exercises,  exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all! What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+.  Your library may want to sponsor Go4Lifeprogramming in September and now’s the time to start planning.

This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults. /ch


Consumer Health Information Specialization/Medical Library Association CE Offering

Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization credits or Medical Library Association CE in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse? We’ve got you covered with a 12 credit hour CE online class for providing consumer health services. Read on for the details:

CLASS: Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services

This 12 credit hour CE course defines the basics of consumer health information and then dives directly into the essential skills and information that library staff needs to help users find trustworthy, appropriate health information.


COURSE STRUCTURE: This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 4 weekly units, beginning the week of September 12th. The units build upon one another, with Week 1 providing the foundation for the rest of the course. Week 1 assignments are essential and will likely take a little more time than assignments for the remaining weeks. Time commitment: plan on an average of 3 hours per week.

September 7-9th – set up Moodle account, review class materials, create/update profile, and introduce yourself.

  • Week of September 12th (Week 1) – Consumer Health Basics
  • Week of September 19th (Week 2) – Health Reference
  • Week of September 26th (Week 3) – Health Resources: There’s a (Book, Web, App) for That
  • Week of October 3rd (Week 4) – The Library as a Healthy Place

CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION or MLA CE CREDIT: This course has been certified for 12 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 12-hour instruction requirement. The coursework also provides everything you need to qualify for Level 1 CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so register soon @

COST: No charge.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Dana Abbey (


Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information Online Course

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), 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.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016

Class Description:
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.



Disaster Information Specialist Monthly Webinar

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB  email list:

Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations

WHEN:  Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1:30pm 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:  Reports from two Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects: “Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries” and “The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”


Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see


Education – Breezing Along with the RML and Discover Recordings now available

Breezing Along with the RML – July 20, 2016

Librarians Involved in EHRs: This session features three librarians–Erica Lake, University of Utah; Kelsey Leonard, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Meghan Evans, Geisinger Health System–discuss opportunities and challenges for librarians to be involved in supporting clinical care through Electronic Health Record Systems. Panelists will discuss their current projects, how their library got involved with their EHR, and suggestions for how viewers can start a similar process at their own institutions.

View archived recording at:

Discover NLM Resources and More – Health Information Resources for Seniors – July 27, 2016

As America’s 65-and-over population potentially doubles in the next 35-years, knowing where to find reliable information about senior health will be crucial. This webinar will demonstrate senior health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other centers that address needs at various ages and levels of health. Participants will learn about the sites, how to navigate them, and ways to promote and teach them to senior populations and caregivers.

View the archived recording at:

NCBI Change to HTTPS Affects API Users

If you use NCBI only through a Web browser (like Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.), NCBI’s change will not noticeably affect you. The only change you should notice after the deadline is that a green lock icon should appear inside the box, and the web addresses of the NCBI pages you visit will start with https://.

If you or those at your institution maintain software that uses NCBI APIs or accesses NCBI servers through the Web, you should review instructions prepared by NCBI and act before the deadline (Sept 30, 2016) to ensure uninterrupted service.

NLM is making this change to improve security and privacy, and by Federal government mandate. /ch

Libraries Responding to Crises

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

Did you know libraries can play an active role in a community’s response to a crisis? They can provide information about local events and services, create reading lists and research guides, and offer less-traditional services to their communities in the wake of tragedy.  Even the simplest gesture can have meaning.

If your library wants to help your community process recent events, but is unsure how to begin, you might find inspiration in two recent articles. Community discussion spaces, moments of silence, counseling, lectures, LibGuides, and teen reading lists—there are ideas for everyone:

For more resources, see our guide to coping with disasters, violence, and traumatic events ( or explore the materials in our Disaster Lit® database. If you have not already joined, you can register for email updates (via GovDelivery: or join our email discussion list (

If you are interested in getting involved more deeply in disaster response, take a look at our Disaster Information Specialist program ( and consider taking one of the courses offered, or attending one of our monthly webinars.

Submitted by Robin Taylor, Librarian/Contractor Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center.


Domain Change: Update Your MedlinePlus Links

MedlinePlus has changed its domain from to This change is effective for all page URLs on the English and Spanish MedlinePlus sites.

The previous URLs automatically redirect to the new URLs. However, we suggest updating MedlinePlus links on your Web site to point to the new domain for the English and Spanish sites at and /da

New NIH funded biomedical data search engine prototype launched July 2016

Launched in July 2016, DataMed is a NIH funded biomedical data search engine that is currently in development.

Members of the data scientist community are encouraged to test and provide feedback.

DataMed’s an online tool for users to discover data sets across data repositories/aggregators and will possibly allow users to search beyond outside these boundaries sometime in the near future. DataMed indexes the core metadata available for most datasets.

DataMed works within the FAIR guiding principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) of datasets and assists users to find datasets and information on how they can be accessed.

The number data repositories, selected by bioCADDIE (biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery Index Ecosystem), in this early release represents a small portion of the biomedical data available. bioCADDIE requests the data science research community to make recommendations on which data repositories DataMed should cover next. (Make your suggestions here)


Webinar: Important Changes to NCBI Web Protocols

Date and time: Wednesday, July 27, 2016. 10MT, 11CT

Register Here (

The next NCBI Minute will discuss NCBI’s upcoming switch to the secure HTTPS protocol. Through this NCBI Minute, you’ll learn how this change will affect your access to NCBI pages and services and what you should do to have a smooth transition.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page. /ch