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Calculators featured on BMJ Insider’s

The NN/LM MCR is tooting our own horn! We’re delighted that the BMJ Insider’s Quarterly Newsletter featured our calculators in it’s “In the News” spot. Their lead in is “Put your library where your money is: Free ROI calculator.” We hope lots of health sciences library use the calculator and submit their data. By the way have you calculated your library’s value recently? The calculators are available from the NN/LM MCR web site. /ch



Member Interviews on Effective Practices on Health Sciences Librarianship

The NN/LM MCR understands that our Network members have considerable experience and knowledge regarding successful library practices. Because of this, we embarked on a project to share the collective wisdom in our region by asking our members: “What is your top effective practice in health sciences librarianship?” During the last year, three additional Network members have taken the time to share some of the practices that have helped them find success as health sciences librarians:

We greatly appreciate the information these participants provided and hope you will take some time to view the videos and consider how you can incorporate some of these practices. The entire series (with all previous interviews) is available as a YouTube playlist. In sharing these interviews, the NN/LM MCR hopes to create an awareness of effective practices in health sciences librarianship. /al

NLM Theater Presentations at the 2016 MLA Conference

Didn’t go to MLA in Toronto, missed some of the presentations in the NLM booth, want to see one of the presentations again? Recordings of all the presentations covering topics from DOCLINE and PubMed to the new Learning Resources Database are available for your convenient viewing. They run from 10-25 minutes so you can schedule them in when you have moments free. /ch

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

Register at

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.