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Archive for April, 2013

5/14/13 Join us to get an update on Meaningful Use and its impact on the healthcare environment.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Join us to get an update on Meaningful Use and its impact on the healthcare environment – don’t just hear about it, know about it!

On May 14th at 10am Janice McCallum will be presenting Meaningful Use Briefing for MedLibs  hosted by the NNLM/NER – COI – Health IT. Janice is a leading authority on commercial applications of healthcare data across all stakeholder groups, including providers, clinicians, payers, life sciences, government and patients.

She currently works as Managing Director of Health Content Advisors, where she advises STM publishers, Health IT companies, healthcare analytics firms, and healthcare providers that produce data as a primary or secondary business.

Join us for a webinar on May 14, 2013 to learn more. 
Time: 10 – 11 AM EST
Register on our NER Training Calendar

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits. I am a community relations officer in our Northeast Regional office in South Burlington Vermont. My jurisdiction includes New England, NY, and south to VA and WV.

USCIS works with local governments, libraries and qualified immigration service providers to ensure immigrants receive accurate information about immigration benefits. To ensure health information providers are aware of USCIS and our resources, in addition to the attached I have prepared the following snapshot:

1) Need help with your USCIS forms?

You can file USCIS forms yourself, but many people choose to have help. You may need help writing in the answers to questions on USCIS forms or translating documents into English. You can get this type of limited help from anyone. This person should only charge you a small fee and not claim to have special knowledge of immigration law and procedure. Not sure what immigration benefit to apply for or which USCIS forms you need to file? Then you may need immigration legal advice. Only attorneys or accredited representatives can:

  • Give you legal advice about which forms to submit
  • Explain immigration options you may have
  • Communicate with USCIS about your case


2) Are you getting the right immigration help?

Many people offer help with immigration services. Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so. While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. This is against the law and may be considered an immigration services scam. If you need help filing an application or petition with USCIS, be sure to seek assistance from the right place, and from people that are authorized to help. Going to the wrong place can:

  • Delay your application or petition
  • Cost you unnecessary fees
  • Possibly lead to removal proceedings


The attached “UPIL Brochure…” is available in several languages here.

In addition to reporting an immigration scam to your State Attorney General or Consumer Protection office anyone (including those reporting a complaint on behalf of someone else) can and should report immigration scams to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). See:

More information on immigration is provided by the FTC here:

Submitted by Ted Albers, USCIS Northeast Regional Community Relations Officer,
South Burlington, VT 802-660-5007

NER Hires new Education and Outreach Coordinator

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Hello!  Today is my third day as the new  NN/LM, NER Education & Outreach Coordinator and I cannot tell you how excited I am to be here.  I hope to meet some of you at MLA next week.  Please see the announcement below sent out by Mary Piorun.  My email is and I look forward to working with you.

We are pleased to announce that Meredith Solomon will be joining the NER staff starting April 22, 2013 as our Education and Outreach Coordinator. Meredith has been working in libraries since 1991. She graduated with her MLS in August of 2006 from Emporia State University via their Distance Learning Program while living in Oregon. Before she started her master’s degree and during her schooling she worked as a paraprofessional Library Technical Assistant at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, Oregon. After graduation Meredith was accepted into the 2006-2007 National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program where she worked on a project indexing Old Medline Records and created a prototype which morphed into the Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine. Following the fellowship program, Meredith took a position as Outreach Librarian for the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, in which she focused on promoting Maryland Health GoLocal before it became defunct. In this position she also traveled throughout the state of Maryland training nurses, dieticians, public health works, mental health works and members of the general public about NLM and its products. After working in Maryland, Meredith returned to the hospital environment in 2011 accepting a position at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia working with residents, physicians, nursing researchers, medical students and other hospital staff. Meredith has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the National Library of Medicine, their products and services. Meredith brings to the region a proven record of outreach, education, and knowledge of the issues facing hospital libraries. Meredith will be overseeing the regions disaster preparedness initiatives and coordinating Docline and membership services, as well as teaching PubMed, Medlineplus and other NLM databases.

Please join us in welcoming Meredith to our region.

We are excited to have her.

PTSD Resources for Survivors and the Public

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

To provide assistance following the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the explosion in Texas, the National Center for PTSD, US Department of Veterans Affairs, has posted the following material. These pages link to an abundance of targeted information:

Resources for Survivors and the Public
Includes: Acts of Violence, Terrorism, or War: Triggers for Veterans
Resources for Providers Responding to Sudden Trauma

Prominent links are posted to these resources on the National Center for PTSD Website These resources will be publicized using social media (on PTSD Facebook and Twitter accounts) so please monitor those sites and repost/retweet.

Mary M. LaMarca, Librarian
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Department of Veterans Affairs
White River Junction, Vermont

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