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Recently Awarded Project – Solving the Unsolvable

“Solving the Unsolvable”

A Recently Awarded, Focused Outreach Grant Project, Funded by the New England Region


Imagine this scenario, you are a public, high school chemistry teacher in southeastern Massachusetts. Over the past few months you have noticed that the behavior of one of your students has slowly changed. Sam, is not the best student in the class, but he is one of your favorites he is a student who frequently engages in the class discussion and always tries hard. However, these days, he seems “off”, continually tired, and he is failing chemistry, and he has not shown up for the extra help sessions he said he would come to.

You suspect Sam may be using drugs. You know the opioid epidemic is at a crisis level in the community where you teach, but so far you haven’t run into a situation like this. Should you ask Sam what is going on? If he opens up and does need help, do you know what kind of help you can offer? Should you just let guidance handle this issue, even though you know they can’t keep up with the case-load of kids who need help?

This 6-week online course is being developed by The Learning Curve Consortium and funded by the New England Region of the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine.  The course developer, Romeo Marquis (former principal and Dean of Online Education) uses a *Moodle format (see more info about Moodles below).   Romeo is a proponent of online education as it allows participants in different locations the opportunity for discussion. In this course, teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, school nurses, librarians and community health providers will have an opportunity to discuss topics related to addiction and teaching in a public school setting. The discussion questions are based on research provided by author David Sheff who wrote the book Clean (a recent campus read for the University of Massachusetts Medical School). The author shares his personal experience from the perspective of a father living with an addicted son, as well as providing evidence-based research on addiction.

The goal of this project is to gather information and data from the feedback of those who have volunteered one hour a week, for 5 weeks to share what they see, through discussion and professional experience, as needed resources to prevent, recognize and treat the disease of addiction. It is the hope of The Learning Curve Consortium to turn the data collected into a second course that can be offered to school personnel as a professional development tool.

Currently, there are about 20 participants are registered to participate, mostly from the southeastern, Massachusetts area. The discussion portion of the course will begin on February 2nd and will run until March 27th with a break for the February vacation week.


* A Moodle is an online course that offers the opportunity for many people to discuss a topic, in a secure and moderated environment.

2017 eScience Symposium Call for Proposals!

Call for Proposals: Poster Presentation Abstracts –

The e-Science Symposium Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for participation at the 9th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian eScience Symposium, to be held on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.

This year’s symposium theme “Libraries in Data Science: Addressing Gaps and Bridges” focuses on collaborations and opportunities for librarians becoming involved in data science at their institutions. Check out the confirmed agenda at the 2017 symposium conference page!

We are interested in receiving proposals for posters that highlight librarians involved in collaborations with a research group, department, center, or lab on or off their respective academic campus.

Proposals should be tied to one of these four categories:

Data Repositories (example: developing data repositories; advising researchers on discipline-specific repositories)

Education/Training (example: data information literacy)

Funding Agencies (example: writing data management plan templates for NIH)

Institutional Models (example: solo data librarian vs center/team)

Poster Session: Awards to the Most Informative Poster in Communicating e-Science Librarianship, Poster for Best Example of e-Science in Action, and Best Poster Overall.

The deadline for submitting a Poster Session abstract is Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.

Proposal decisions will be made by Friday, February 24th, 2017

Abstracts must follow the Medical Library Association guidelines for creating a structured abstract, as outlined at

Submission Process: Click on Submit Proposal in the left navigation pane to submit your proposal. The submitting/corresponding author will need to log in or create a free eScholarship@UMMS account. Follow the entry instructions for each field.  Before you begin the online submission process, please be sure you have the following items ready:

The submission’s title

Names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors

The abstract

A list of keywords

Electronic presentation materials (PowerPoints, PDFs, etc) will be required to be submitted by Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 to be posted on the e-Science Symposium website and stored permanently with a Creative Commons License in the eScholarship@UMMS Open Access Repository following the symposium.

To submit a proposal, please refer to the submission instructions.

Questions should be directed to Julie Goldman:

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians

It may be cold outside and the holiday lights are up, but it is already time to look forward to summer time and the annual Science Boot Camp for Librarians!

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 14-16, 2017 on the campus of University of Massachusetts Amherst, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 2 ½ day immersion into science topics offering opportunities for librarians and library students interested in science, health sciences, and technology to learn, meet and network in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Now in its ninth year, the New England Science Boot Camp has been hosted on multiple New England campuses and has been attended by librarians and library students from various regions of the US and beyond—and has inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada!

Each science session will include one scientist presenting an overview of the field and a second scientist discussing their research applications within the field.

The topics for this year’s SBC science sessions are still TBD!

For up-to-date information, visit

Please Save the Date for 2017 New England Science Boot Camp June 14-16, 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst!

For more information: 

Join the NNLM Journal Club

Join your colleagues in reading and discussing new research in the field of health sciences librarianship! Participants will commit to attending four one-hour online sessions every three months. Outreach specialists at the Greater Midwest Region will host and present an article at each session via WebEx. After the 30-minute presentation, participants from each NNLM region will separate into online breakout rooms for a facilitated discussion led by a coordinator from your region. Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credits will be available for those who participate in all four sessions. There are a limited number of spots. Please register here (

The journal club sessions will take place from 2-3pm ET. The schedule for 2017 is as follows:

February 9, 2017 Instructional methods used by health sciences librarians to teach evidence-based practice (EBP): a systematic review

May 11, 2017 Information Needs in the Precision Medicine Era: How Genetics Home Reference Can Help

August 10, 2017 The Lived Experience and Training Needs of Librarians Serving at the Clinical Point-of-Care

November 9, 2017 Usability and Acceptance of the Librarian Infobutton Tailoring Environment: An Open Access Online Knowledge Capture, Management, and Configuration Tool for OpenInfobutton

For questions or more information please contact Martha Meacham, Education & Outreach Coordinator, NNLM NER ( 508-856-1267)

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