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Thank you, NER members!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Dear NN/LM New England Region members,

Thank you for your outpouring of congratulations and notes of appreciation!  I’ve greatly enjoyed working for the NN/LM NER for the past 13 years.  I will miss my New England Region, NN/LM, UMassMed, and National Library of Medicine colleagues very much!  I feel very lucky to have made so many wonderful friends in our region and nationally.  In my new position at the Massachusetts Library System, I will present professional development workshops, facilitate community partnerships, and support strategic planning for all types of libraries throughout the state.   My path will surely continue to cross with our Massachusetts members.  If you would like to get in touch with me in the future, you can find my new contact information on the Massachusetts Library System contact page in mid-September.  You can also connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter (@MichelleEberle).

I’ve always felt blessed to serve a network of librarians who make a difference in people’s lives every day – contributing to patient safety, bridging the digital divide, supporting biomedical research, and improving health literacy.  Keep up the good work!  Please stay in touch.

With appreciation,

Michelle Eberle

Invitation to Create a 5in15 Booktalk

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Our colleagues at the Massachusetts Library System extend the invitation to NN/LM NER network members to participate in their 5in15 booktalk program. MLS is particularly interested in booktalks on health and science topics that provide recommendations from multiple perspectives.

[From the Massachusetts Library System]

Massachusetts Library System

5in15 booktalks

Have you read five books?
Can you talk about them?
And can you do it in 15 minutes?

We seek well spoken readers to help us create 15 minute booktalks,
covering five titles. Each talk should cover three new titles and two
readalike or backlist titles. Each booktalk should revolve around one
central theme.

Ideas include:

• Specific genre favorites
• Best leading men/women
• Beach reads
• Holiday hits

Talks are recorded with GoToWebinar for audio and screencast capture. We will provide a slide template. You fill in the Title, speaker’s slide (with your name, title, and affiliation) and a slide for each book. Book slides should include:

• Cover image
• Title
• Author
• Release Date
• Publisher

We’ll schedule one hour to meet online. During that time, you deliver your
crafted 15 minute delivery of 5in15. The MLS Tech Team will edit the
recordings and extract the audio. On the fifth day of the intended month,
your 5in15 will be shared with the MLS membership as both a video and
a podcast.

5 in 15
For more information contact:
Kristi Chadwick, Advisor
508-357-2121 x117
866-627-7228 (toll free in MA)
Twitter @booksnyarn

“Look up medical info online, but carefully”

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Congratulations to Christine Fleuriel and Susan Bloomfield on their excellent article on health information seeking in the Portland Press Herald.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Remember, contrary to popular belief, not everything is on the Internet. Do not overlook your local public library as a great resource.

A medical library may be even more helpful. Medical libraries exist in a number of hospitals and academic institutions around the state. They are staffed by medical librarians – people with specific training to answer health care questions. Medical librarians have access to exclusive resources, those available only by subscription.

Note that most professional medical information is not given away for free by journals or professional societies. It does not appear on the Internet.

You can be a savvy health researcher. Remember though, the information you find on the Web should supplement, not replace your personal doctor’s advice. Only your doctor can answer questions about your specific, personal health and exact situation.”

NIH News in Health, June Issue

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Check out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark


 Healthy Life Can You Lengthen Your Life?
Researchers Explore How To Stay Healthy Longer

The best way to boost your chance of living a long and active life is through healthy behaviors, including regular physical activity. Read more about living healthy and longer.
 Cat looking out window Seeking Allergy Relief
When Breathing Becomes Bothersome

When sneezing, runny nose, or itchy eyes suddenly appear, allergies may be to blame. Read more about airborne allergies.

Health Capsules:

Experimental Therapy Shows Promise for Type 1 Diabetes

Complementary Approaches for Depression

Featured Website: Prescription Drug Abuse



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Vicki Contie, Writer/Editor

National Institutes of Health
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