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Consumers and Evidence-Based Practice

You are invited to join us at UMassMed School for the Medical Library Association webinar, Consumers and Evidence-Based Practice: Understanding the Evidence Behind the Headlines, presented by Connie Schardt.  The NN/LM NER purchased the rights for our members to view it together onsite at UMassMed School’s Lamar Soutter Library in Worcester, MA.  If you cannot attend the webinar at UMassMed School, your consortia may view the webinar recording.  Please contact Meredith Solomon to request access to the recording and participant manual.

To attend the webinar at UMassMed on Wednesday, August 12th at 2 PM, please register in our regional training calendar.  You can apply CE units from this webinar towards the Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization.


National Library of Medicine (NLM) Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART®)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART®) is a bibliographic resource on the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®). It covers teratology and other aspects of developmental and reproductive toxicology and  contains references to literature published since the early 1900s.

DART was initially funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Center for Toxicological Research of the Food and Drug Administration, and the NLM.  Some meeting abstracts and non-MEDLINE literature are historically included in DART.  However, new citations come only from PubMed; a  search profile is used to retrieve these.

Users can search by terms, title words, chemical name, Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (RN), and author.  Search results are displayed in relevancy ranked order, but may also be sorted by publication date, entry month, author, or title.

DART is accessible at

Getting Started in Evaluation – Evaluation Guides from the OERC

[Guest post by Karen Vargas]

New to the world of evaluation? What is your boss talking about when she says she wants you to measure outcomes, not outputs?  What is an indicator? How many responses should you get from your surveys?

Sometimes people think evaluation is just the form that you fill out at the end of a class or event. But in fact evaluation can start at the beginning of the project when you do a community assessment and evaluation includes building support for your project from your stakeholders. And it continues through making an evaluation plan as part of your project, gathering data, analyzing data, and reporting the data back to the stakeholders in a way that it is useful.  Here is a model that the CDC uses to describe the evaluation framework:

The Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) has a series of three booklets entitled Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects that guide people through the evaluation process, from needs assessment to analyzing data.  While focusing on “health information outreach” this series of books can be used to learn how to do evaluation for any type of project.

Booklet 1: Getting Started with Community-Based Outreach

  • Getting organized: literature review; assembling team of advisors; taking an inventory; developing evaluation questions
  • Gathering information: primary data; secondary data, and publicly accessible databases
  • Assembling, Interpreting and Acting: summarizing data and keeping stakeholders involved

Booklet 2: Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects

  • Planning your program with a logic model to connect activities to outcomes
  • Planning your process assessment
  • Developing an outcomes assessment plan, using indicators, objectives and an action plan

Booklet 3: Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data

  • Designing data collection methods; collecting data; summarizing and analyzing data for:
    • Quantitative methods
    • Qualitative methods

The books can be read in HTML, downloaded as a PDF or physical booklets can be ordered for free from the OERC by sending an email request to:

Learn more about the CDC’s Evaluation Framework:

NLM Library Technician Position

An announcement for a Library Technician, GS-1411-07/08 will be posted this week on USAJobs, Thursday, July 23, 2015 and will close on Monday, July 27, 2015.  The position is in the Collection Management Unit (CMU), Preservation and Collection Management Section (PCM) of Library Operation’s Public Services Division (PSD). The incumbent will work closely with the CMU Head and will perform a variety of library collection maintenance activities as well as assist with Library Operation’s digitization projects.

The announcement will be posted for five days and is open to all US citizens as well as Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligible Candidates). This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that has someone already been selected.

Please send this announcement to anyone who might be interested and is eligible to apply.  Please contact Mary Kate Dugan, Head, Collection Management Unit at 301-435-7113 or, or NIH Human Resources specialist Douglas Bruno at 240-406-8230 for further information.

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