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FREE Pub Med for Trainers Class coming to VT

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Register for PubMed® for Trainers (It’s free!)

Offered by the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Would you like to gain new skills, brush up on existing PubMed skills and collaborate with colleagues to help create effective training strategies?  The NTC, along with the University of Vermont, is offering PubMed® for Trainers (PMT).

PMT is held in 4 sessions; 3 online and 1 in person session (attendance in all is expected). The last of the four sessions will be in-person at the Bailey Howe Library, University of Vermont in Burlington. Upon completion, the class is eligible for 15 hours of MLA CE credit.

The class runs from July 9 – July 30, 2013. 

This hands-on course consists of 9 presentations created by the National Library of Medicine, live demonstrations, hands-on exercises, group work and discussions, and networking opportunities over the course of four sessions.  You can expect an additional 2-3 hours of homework.

By the end of the course, you should:

  •  Have a functional knowledge of the MEDLINEâ database
  • Understand behind the scenes details of automatic term mapping (ATM)
  • Know how to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  • Increase you knowledge of how to search for drugs, diseases, and patient centered research
  • Develop a one hour PubMed class using a rapid design technique

The dates and times of the four class sessions are:

  1. Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
  2. Tuesday, July 16 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
  3. Tuesday, July 23 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
  4. Tuesday, July 30, 9-4:30 ET (in-person in Burlington)


To register, visit

Free – Dear Abby – Friends and Family Health Kit

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Dear Abby Friends and Family Health Kit is a collection of 20 quick to read, easy to understand publications from the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health and the General Services Administration’s Federal Citizen Information Center.

Health topics include:

  • Asthma
  • Glucose Meters
  • Heart Disease
  • Menopause
  • Sleep Problems
  • Tattoos and Permanent Makeup
  • And More!

Order a FREE kit for yourself and more to share with friends and family. You can also read the publications electronically.

Health Sciences Libraries article featured in the Maine Policy Review

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Congratulations to Susan Bloomfield, Deborah Clark, Dina McKelvy and Lucinda White on their excellent article, Health Sciences Libraries, featured in the Maine Policy Review. The article highlights ways health sciences libraries support clinicians, work with patients and consumers, keep administrators informed of changing industry trends, health care regulations and the latest research, and support technology including mobile devices and EMRs. Read the article at:

JCHI new column looking for authors

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet (JCHI) has a New Column, “Patient/Patron Perspectives”. This is a brand-new column and Amy Knehans, my co-editor, and I are looking for any information professionals in any type of library (public, academic, hospital) who would be interested in writing for this new column.

Amy and I have developed the scope so far- this is not binding- and any feedback or ideas are welcome! If you are interested, please reply to Amy and me at our emails address, within the scope. We will send you the authors’ guidelines, schedule (the column first publishes in the Vol 17, No 4 issues, with an August 2013 deadline) asap. Scope is below:

“This column is intended to illustrate the perspectives of consumers of health information found on the Internet.  The column provides an arena for consumer and health-sciences information professionals to share their use, attitudes, beliefs and understanding of health-related information found on the Internet.  Consumer use of the Internet for health information is large and growing.  According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, specific diseases and treatment continue to dominate people’s online queries and, for one-third of U.S.adults, the Internet is a diagnostic tool. (report: Health Online 2013)

The emerging consumer role can have implications for health care relationships. There are benefits and dangers associated with health advice on the Internet.  Each article in the Consumer/Patient Perspectives’ column will focus on consumers of health and their perspectives on consumer-health found on the Internet.  Any librarians interested in submitting comments or material for publication should contact Mary Ellen Nolan, MLS, AHIP and Amy Knehans, MLIS, AHIP.  Ms. Nolan’s e-mail address is and Ms. Knehans’ e-mail is, respectively.  Please enter the e-mail subject line, PROPOSAL FOR JCHI ARTICLE.


Column Co-Editors:

Mary Ellen Nolan, MLS, AHIP

Consumer Health Librarian

New Hanover County Public Library

201 Chestnut Street

Wilmington, NC 28401


Amy Knehans, MLIS, AHIP

The George T. Harrell Library

M.S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State University

P. O. Box 850

Hershey,  PA 17033″

If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or anything, let Amy and me know.  This is an exciting opportunity for any librarians who are interested in consumer health to become published authors, and to share your great ideas or insights with other librarians who deal with consumer health.

Hope to hear from you all soon.


Mary Ellen Nolan and Amy Knehans

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