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Hope, Healing and the ADA: New Perceptions on Mental Health

[Announcement from the New England ADA Center]

Hope, Healing and the ADA: New Perceptions on Mental Health
In Recognition of the 26th Anniversary of the ADA,
Join us for Ice Cream and Discussion with Oryx Cohen
of the Empowerment Center and Co-Producer of “Healing Voices”

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
200 Portland St. Boston, MA 02114
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

26 years after the passage of the ADA it is clear that people with mental health and substance use issues are still far from a central concern in considering who has rights and who has responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It might be the right time and place to revitalize attention to integrating people with mental health and substance use conditions into the promise of the ADA

Free and open to the public.

View the Healing Voices movie trailer.

RSVP to Stacy Hart, New England ADA Center, at 800-949-4232 or

Please submit accommodation requests by Thursday, August 4th.

HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative: Surveying the NER


PRINCETON, NJ (July 18, 2016)— All member hospital libraries in the NN/LM’s New England Region (NER) should have received an email from Robert Mackes of the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) and their Group Licensing Initiative (GLI). The GLI is interested in gathering opinions via a very basic survey.

The NER has invited the HSLANJ GLI to expand participation in the Group Licensing Initiative to the entire New England Region. This will allow for greater participation and additional leverage in negotiating the lowest pricing possible for quality electronic resources. Participation in the Group Licensing Initiative is planned for the NER beginning in the spring of 2017.

The NN/LM Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR) and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources. More than 125 libraries in the MAR and SE/A regularly participate.

Background: HSLANJ is a non-profit organization with the goals of encouraging the professional development and advancement of librarianship and improving the quality of library services provided by health care organizations in New Jersey and was founded in 1972.

In 2002, HSLANJ launched an innovative, ground-breaking program, the Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), which researches, approves and establishes relationships with vendors of electronic resources, negotiating all pricing and assisting participants with licensing needs.

NER Librarians: Please check your email for a link to the HSLANJ GLI’s survey and please complete it at your convenience. There are less than 15 questions. Participating in the survey does not obligate you to participate in the Group Licensing Initiative.

If you did not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact:

Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP
HSLANJ Executive Director
GLI Project Manager

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012347 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

NCBI Minute: Important Changes to NCBI Protocols

[NCBI announcement]

In two weeks, we’ll 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.

Date and time: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Registration URL:

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.

* NCBI YouTube channel:

* Webinars and Courses:

Are All Systematic Reviews Created Equal?

Join us at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA to view this MLA webinar.

Date: August 10th, 2-3:30 PM eastern time
Register now!

Webinar Description:

The number of published systematic reviews has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years. Are they all good? Like any other study, a systematic review needs to be read with a critical eye. There are specific criteria for critically appraising a published systematic review. Understanding these criteria and applying them to a systematic review will give you more confidence in the conclusions you draw from a review.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

identify the criteria for critically appraising a published systematic review;
identify the tools and resources that are available to help readers with this task; and
understand the layout of a forest plot, the graphical representation of the conclusions of a systematic review or meta analysis.
We will evaluate several systematic reviews to put into practice the guidance presented in this webinar.


Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA, retired as the associate director for research & education for the Medical Center Library & Archives at Duke University in 2013. She is currently adjunct faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where she teaches an online course: “Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and the Medical Librarian.” Since 2008, she has been codirector of the three-day workshop, “Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians,” which is held annually in Denver, CO. Schardt also codirects the Australian Evidence Based Practice Librarians’ Institute, a three-day workshop for medical librarians held in different locations in Australia.

NER Consortia Viewing at a Later Date:

We purchased a site license. NER consortia can request access to the recording of the webinar to view at a later date. Contact Michelle Eberle for more information.

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