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NLM Educational Materials

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Teaching PubMed, MedlinePlus, or other NLM resources?  On the NN/LM NER site, you can print a variety of National Library of Medicine educational materials.  Our most popular NLM education materials include:

  • Overview of NCBI resources
  • MedlinePlus trifold
  • PubMed Basics
  • PubMed MeSH
  • PubMed My NCBI
  • Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries
  • Resources for Teachers, Classroom Resources from the NLM

NN/LM NER Network Members can request professionally printed NLM educational materials.  We can send you MedlinePlus bookmarks, ClinicalTrials brochures, consumer health brochures, and more for display in your library and for your presentations/events.

Please contact us at with any questions regarding our educational materials.

MedlinePlus trifold


Book a NLM Traveling Exhibit

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Visitors discussing exhibits.
Did you know that your library can host a National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Travelling Exhibit?
NLM travelling exhibits available include:
  • Opening Doors:  Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons (2015,2016)
  • A Voyage to Health (2015,2016)
  • Harry Potter’s World:  Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine (2016)
  • Life and Limb:  The Toll of the American Civil War (2017)
  • Every Necessary Care and Attention:  George Washington and Medicine (2017)
  • Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries:  African Americans in Civil War Medicine (2018 and beyond)

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about our Traveling Exhibition Services. If you don’t see your question here, please send us an e-mail at

  • How do I book a traveling exhibition?

    If you are interested in booking one of our traveling exhibitions, browse the list of options on the Book A Traveling Exhibition page. Roll your mouse over an exhibition title. Select “Book Now/Tour Itinerary” and review the available dates. Select “Book Now” to let us know your preferred dates for hosting the show. If the dates you selected are still available, you will receive an e-mail that contains a confirmation letter that includes your hosting date as well as other general information. Because our online tour schedule is updated weekly, some dates listed as available may not be so. If the dates you selected are not available, we will send you an email with some alternative dates for hosting the exhibition.

  • How much does it cost to host an exhibition?

    The National Library of Medicine does not charge a booking fee to borrow a traveling exhibition. The only expense for your institution is the cost for shipping the show, one way. Host institutions ship banner and poster exhibitions using Federal Express two-day service for a cost estimated between $200 and $500, depending on distance. If your organization does not have a Federal Express account, Jill Newmark must be notified After speaking with Ms. Newmark, you may use UPS or DHL Express as long as you ship the exhibition containers using two-day or overnight service.

  • Can we charge admission for a traveling exhibition?

    Our traveling exhibitions are part of the outreach and education mission of the National Library of Medicine and must be made available free-of-charge to the public.

  • What happens before I receive the exhibition?

    About four weeks before your opening date, we will send you an email reminder about your upcoming booking, including contact information for the venue hosting the exhibition before you. That venue’s contact person will get in touch with you to verify your shipping address and confirm the shipping arrangements.

  • How will I know where to send the exhibition after the exhibition closes at my institution?

    About two weeks before your exhibition closes, the Exhibition Program will send you an email reminder with contact information for the next venue that is scheduled to host the show. You will need to contact that organization to confirm shipping arrangements and the shipping address.

  • How many people does it take to install an exhibition and how long will it take?

    Assembling the banner exhibition is relatively simple but is best accomplished by two people working as a team. You can plan on spending one to two hours unpacking, assembling, and installing the exhibition at your location.

  • How do I repack the exhibition?

    The exhibition is repacked into the plastic graphics containers in which the exhibition was received. Each banner structure (rod and foot) is packed in an individual cloth bag. The graphics are each packed in individual round cloth cylinders. These are then placed inside the plastic graphics containers–three cloth bags and three cloth cylinders per graphics container.

  • Will I receive information about the exhibition that I can use for publicity?

    You will receive images that you can use for outreach and publicity purposes from the Exhibition Program via email approximately four weeks before the opening date of your exhibition. In addition, please check the “More Info” page for your traveling exhibition for additional downloadable materials, including a PR information sheet, and sometimes an exhibition brochure and poster in a pdf format, which you are free to print out and distribute.

  • Why do I need to complete a Host Venue Report?

    We ask you to complete a Host Venue Report so we can learn about what went well with your hosting experience and see how we can better serve you. The Host Venue Report is a short form that you can complete online and return to us via e-mail at

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TBT: Health Literacy Webinar

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Throwback Thursday:  Check out this excellent webinar by our former Healthy Communities COI Leader, Deb Clark.

Creating an Effective Health Information Handout

Date: October 10, 2012, 2- 3 PM
Hosted by the Healthy Communities COI
Guest Speaker: Deborah Clark, Stephens Memorial Hospital, NN/LM NER Healthy Communities COI Leader

Learn how to create an effective health information handout. Our Healthy Communities, Community of Interest Leader, Deb Clark, will teach you the basics, using plain language principles and document design. She will also share examples of easy-to-read materials for you to use as models for your own handouts. Learn skills that will help you play a greater role in patient education at your hospital or organization. This is a two-part program. Between October and December, participants will create their own handouts with support from mentors and peers. On December 12th (2012), participants can share their handouts and further explore plain language, easy-to-read materials, and design techniques

DOCLINE maintenance & DOCLINE 5.1

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


NLM announces the upcoming release of DOCLINE 5.1 on December 11, 2014. The latest version of DOCLINE will allow libraries to turn off checking LinkOut as the source for embargo periods during routing for all titles.   The global on/off setting is only displayed for LinkOut participants. Additionally, we have added a new summary count of holdings by format and by type of embargo (e.g., LinkOut, manual, none).

To learn more about the upcoming changes, including screenshots, see the Release Notes:

The Regional Medical Libraries and CISTI have been testing the new version over the past two weeks. They can answer any DOCLINE questions and provide assistance to libraries in their regions.   The vendors (Clio, ILLiad, QuickDOC, and Relais) were given the opportunity to validate their software against DOCLINE 5.1.

We plan to release DOCLINE 5.1 the morning of Thursday, December 11, 2014.

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