Recorded Webinars

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region offers webinars on hot topics in health sciences librarianship and the latest updates to National Library of Medicine resources.

Register for upcoming webinars on our training calendar.

Supporting Medical Education in a Primary Care Clerkship

Date: May 4, 2016

Guest Speaker: Paul Bain, a Reference and Education Librarian at Harvard's Countway Library of Medicine

Are you interested in hearing how other libraries support primary care clerkship programs?  Join us in this informal and short webinar to hear our colleague, Paul Bain, share his experience teaching Evidence-Based Medicine in a Primary Care Clerkship.  There will also be time for questions and to get ideas from other teaching librarians.

Complying with the NSF's New Public Access Policy and Depositing a Manuscript in the NSF-PAR

Date: April 19, 2016

Guest Speaker: Hope Lappen, Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian at Brown University and Andrew Creamer, Science Data Management Librarian at Brown University

In 2016 the National Science Foundation (NSF) rolled out its new online public access repository, NSF-PAR for investigators funded by the NSF to deposit their manuscripts to comply with its new Public Access Policy. The NSF’s policy and its new publications repository differ in several key ways from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) public access policy and PMC, particularly in terms of requirements for compliance and procedures for deposit. While NIH grants may make up the majority of biomedical institutions’ research funds, the NSF is also an important source of biomedical funding, especially for career awards, research training grants, and translational research. In this webinar we will walk participants through the requirements for compliance and the process for deposit and share insights provided by the NSF Policy Office.

Referring Patrons to Reliable Immigration Services and Information

Date: March 4, 2016

Guest Speaker: Ted Albers, USCIS Northeast Regional Community Relations Officer

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits. A USCIS community relations officer will offer suggestions about how to refer library patrons who may need immigration information or services to qualified immigration service providers.

Make an Impact with Your Online Content:  Design for Usability and Accessibility

Date: February 8, 2016

Guest Speaker: Sandy Williams Hilfiker, MA, Director of User-Centered Design and Principal of CommunicateHealth, Inc

Join us for a webinar that delves into the latest evidence-based, applied tips to make your online health information and services more appealing, accessible, and usable for your audiences — particularly for users who don’t have strong reading or health literacy skills. Using the latest version of HHS’ Health Literacy Online, Sandy Williams Hilfiker, Director of User-Centered Design at CommunicateHealth, will walk us through the latest research trends to make your online (including mobile!) health content effective and impactful. 

Librarians  ❤ Health Literacy

Date: May 4, 2016

Guest Speaker: Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES, President and co-founder of CommunicateHealth, Inc.

We have a crush on health literacy. Maybe you do, too. Or maybe you only like it as a friend. And of course it’s possible that you have no idea what health literacy is. Whatever kind of relationship you have, it’s about to get better. Join us on for a webinar chock full of practical health literacy tips and tricks from Stacy Robison, President of CommunicateHealth and creator of the weekly We ❤ Health Literacy series. 

Technology Today: Evaluation 2.0: Trends, New Ideas, Cool Tools

Date: March 5, 2015

Guest Speaker: Cindy Olney is the acting assistant director of the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. About 25 years ago, she kicked off her evaluation career by designing a really long survey full of yes-no questions and five-point scales.

Evaluation 2.0: Trends, New Ideas, Cool Tools The era of long surveys full of yes-no questions and five-point scales is waning. The emerging trend in evaluation practice emphasizes interaction and social engagement of stakeholders. This webinar will present tools and methods designed to accommodate this trend. Topics include story-based evaluation methods, technology tools to support data collection, and data visualization techniques that can generate broad interest in evaluation findings.

Present a Health Literacy CME/CNE Program

Date: March 4, 2015

Guest Speaker: Michelle Eberle, Health Literacy Coordinator, NN/LM NER

Would you like to offer a health literacy CME/CNE program?  Michelle Eberle would like to share materials she created for a CME program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth.  She'll provide you with a presentation description and objectives to apply for CME at your hospital.  Then, she'll walk you through her slides and share tips for how you can customize the program. Following the webinar, Michelle will provide you with the slides for your own use. 

Technology Today: Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself

Date: December 10, 2014

Guest Speaker: Missy Harvey is the Technology & Communication Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine / Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR). She previously served 16 years as the Computer Science Librarian for Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for Drexel University. Missy teaches a variety of courses for NN/LM MAR to promote health information awareness, teaching methods, and emerging technology trends impacting the health sciences. She recently co-authored “Privacy and Security Issues for Mobile Health Platforms” in the July 2014 issue of Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).

Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself You’ve read the recent headline: 4.5 million hospital records were compromised in a cyberattack. Learn tips to protect yourself, your family, and your library users in our highly connected world. We’ll discuss:

  • What you need to know about your personal information on the Web
  • How others get information about your online activities
  • How to protect yourself from phishing emails and scams
  • How to manage your online reputation
  • What to do if your online privacy is compromised
  • Risks of cloud computing

Who should attend: Librarians, archivists, and others who are interested in online privacy and security.

HealthIT: Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Date: November 12, 2014

Mina Davenport, MLS, CT; USCF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA Dina MCKelvy, MLA, AHIP, Library Manager for Automation & Planning, Main Medical Center Library, Portland, ME

NAHSL 2014: RML-NLM-MLA Update

Date: October 9, 2014
Hosted by the NN/LM NER

This year we are doing something different.
The annual RML-NLM-MLA Update will be done online. This format allows more members to attend and ask questions. Don’t fret, there is time scheduled at the NAHSL conference to discuss what you hear, as well as a Q&A session during the presentation. This presentation will also be recorded for future viewing.

Regional Medical Library – Mary Piorun
National Library of Medicine – Martha Fishel
Medical Library Association – Linda Walton (MLA President)

Hospital Library Chat: Partnering at the Point of Care

Date: October 7, 2014

Amy Knehans, MLA, AHIP, Clinical Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine

Collaborations can advance nursing care and improve patient outcomes. Nurses need easy access to specific resources to practice evidence based care and they require effective skills to use them. Librarians provide the evidence-based resources and support training. This session will describe a successful partnership in introducing and promoting the Nursing Reference Center (NRC) at the Point of Care throughout the Department of Nursing via the shared governance Council structure. Participants will be encouraged to share how they are collaborating with nurses at their institutions to support evidence based practice and nursing research activities.

Compelling Counts: Trends in Evaluation Data Reporting

Date: September 23, 2014
Hosted by the Healthy Communities COI

Guest Speaker: Cindy Olney, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

The presentation will highlight trends in evaluation information use that make evaluation reports more engaging for different stakeholder audiences.

Technology Today: Ready, Set, Go!: Easy-to-use online tools to create effective tutorials

Date: September 4, 2014

Guest Speaker: Andrew Youngkin. Andrew Youngkin is the Emerging Technologies & Evaluation coordinator for the Southeastern Atlantic regional medical library at the University of Maryland Health Sciences & Human Services Library in Baltimore.

This presentation features a select group of easy-to-use, (mostly) free online tools to plan and create online tutorials (aka–screencasts). Key features of these online tutorial creation tools will be demonstrated and best practices for screen-casting, including voice-over narration and story-boarding, will be discussed.

PubMed Basics

Date: August 7, 2014

Instructor: Stephanie Friree, Outreach and Technology Coordinator, NN/LM New England Region.

To hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop general search strategies that will take advantage of the various interface access points of PubMed. The difference between PubMed and MEDLINE will be explained. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Interpreting Search Results, understanding Related Articles, Searching with MeSH, Journal searching (Single Citation Matcher) and establishing a My NCBI account. This one-hour class is an overview to demonstrate using the aforementioned features of PubMed to search effectively.

A Scan of Medical History: Digitization Awardee Project Highlights

Date: July 8, 2014

Guest Speakers and projects include:

  • Amy E. LaVertu, Associate Librarian at the Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library, will present the Tufts Digitization Award, which concerned digitizing and making publically available valuable documents and images concerned with public health initiatives, early female and African-American students, and the first regional medical program in the U.S.
  • Melissa Grafe, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, Yale University Library, will present the Yale Digitization Award which focused on digitizing and making publically accessible materials collected by William Van Duyn, a former smoker, including a large amount and variety of advertisements, news articles, and other material related to tobacco and cigarette smoking.
  • Sarah McCord, Associate Director of Information Literacy Services, Associate Professor, and Joanne Doucette, Associate Director of Knowledge Management, Assistant Professor, from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Libraries will present their Express Digitization Award, which involved the digitization, transcription, and the building of a database to make accessible historical prescription recipe books.

Three sites and the resulting projects that received Digitization Awards from the NNLM/NER in the last year will be showcased in this webinar. Speakers from each project will give an overview of the project, the goals, the value of the collections worked on, results, lessons learned, and tips for others.

This webinar will be useful for librarians, archivists, or anyone who has historical or archival materials and is looking for ideas of what can be done with them. Additionally, it will give insight and practical examples to those who may want to apply for the NN/LM NER Express Digitization Grants.

Please contact the speakers directly for a copy of their presentation.

Hospital Library Chat: Communicating the Library’s Value to Enrich and Engage Users

Date: July 2, 2014

Guest Speakers: Erin Wimmer, Teaching and Learning Librarian, Jeanne Le Ber, Associate Director for Education & Research and Tallie Casicci, Innovation & Research Associate; Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.

Communicating the value provided by a library’s staff, services and resources is key not only to ensuring understanding of what the library has to offer, but also to identifying and cultivating champions. Members of the Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah will discuss steps they are taking to identify the value provided by the organization, build programming and resources to support this value, and communicate it to users. Proposed strategies are scalable to a variety of needs and situations. Participants will have the opportunity to make additional suggestions, and identify practical ways to adapt proposed strategies to their institutions.

Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis - Health Care Workforce COI

Date: June 24, 2014
Hosted by the Health Care Workforce COI and NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center.

Instructor: Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Many of us use questionnaires to learn about our stakeholders’ attitudes and knowledge. Let’s picture this as a burger: The data we collect is like the meat in the filling, and we wrap the data in a tasty bun (summaries, graphs, and charts) to present it.

Meat: We want to use the best ingredients for our filling and collect good data. The question “What is a ‘good’ response rate?” often comes up. What does “response rate” mean, and why is it important? And how do you know what your response rate is? We’ll go over practical steps you can take to increase the number of people who complete and return the questionnaires that you send to them. We’ll also talk about some strategies for addressing low response rates.

Bun: Once you have administered a questionnaire, what do you do with all those numbers? The next section of this webinar will be about preparing and presenting those numbers. It will provide a very quick review of basic quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics and suggestions for selecting types of charts or graphs to illustrate your data.

From Coverage to Care: Connecting the Newly Insured to the Health Care System

Date: Jun 17, 2014
Hosted by the Healthy Communities COI

Instructor: Jennifer Syria from the Region I External Affairs, Office of the Regional Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

In April, President Obama announced that more than 8 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Many community organizations, including libraries, will play a role in helping the newly insured understand how to use their new health insurance coverage. This webinar will focus on the information and resources available to help consumers learn about the importance of health insurance and how to appropriately navigate the health care system. Topics will include key terms, how to select a health care provider, when and where to seek health services and why prevention and establishing a medical home with a primary care provider is important.

Adding Value to EHRs: Infobuttons and Meaningful Use

Date: April 30, 2014
Hosted by the HealthIT COI and University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center.

Guest speakers include:

  • Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, University of Utah, School of Medicine will present results of a systematic review on clinical questions raised by clinicians and tools that help answer these questions by integrating EHR systems with online knowledge resources. He will also discuss how these tools are being disseminated via the “HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval Standard” (a.k.a, Infobutton Standard) and the EHR Meaningful Use certification program.
  • John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), co-Chair of the national HIT Standards Committee, co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee and a practicing Emergency Physician. As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 14000 employees and two million patients. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Eastern Massachusetts. As co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee he facilitates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide. As co-Chair of the Massachusetts HIT Advisory Committee, he engages the stakeholders of the Commonwealth to guide the development of a statewide health information exchange.

This webinar is the second in a series on ways librarians can add value to electronic health records. The goals of this webinar are threefold: to give librarians a clear understanding of what infobuttons are and how they work; to deepen their understanding of the needs of clinicians using EHR's; and to highlight requirements for Meaningful Use that may provide opportunities for medical librarians. Dr. Halamka's presentation is available for viewing

Hospital Library Chat: Information Audit

Date: April 24, 2014
Guest Speaker: Jeannine Gluck, Director, Easter Connecticut Health Network Library

This one-hour class presents the basics of information auditing, an information science technique for in-depth needs assessment. While it is not specific to libraries, it can be used to determine the needs of a department, a new function in your institution, or a group intended for outreach. The audit consists of determining the needs of your target group, and the resources available to them. Information flow is charted to uncover the gaps, and recommendations are made. .

Hospital Library Chat: Learn Evernote

Date: March 27, 2014
Guest Speaker: Molly Higgins, UMass Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library

Technology only works if you can make it work for you! Come learn about how to maximize your mobile technology with Evernote, a cross-platform suite of apps that lets you type, write, draw, and clip everything you need to remember in one place. Join us and learn about how to use the tool/app called Evernote, presented by Molly Higgins, Library Fellow, Lamar Soutter Library. .

Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Date: March 24, 2014
Hosted by the Health Care Workforce Community of Interest

This webinar, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest, will be an overview of some lesser-known but equally valuable information resources maintained by the National Library of Medicine. Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, will discuss public health resources including the public health portal,, and Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). Meredith Solomon, Education and Outreach Coordinator, will present on the tools and resource available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center. These include web-based programs and portable apps designed for first responders and other medical personnel responding to biohazard emergencies.

Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians and Infobuttons

Date: March 19, 2014
Hosted by the HealthIT COI and University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center

Guest speakers include:

  • Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, University of Utah, School of Medicine will present results of a systematic review on clinical questions raised by clinicians and tools that help answer these questions by integrating EHR systems with online knowledge resources. He will also discuss how these tools are being disseminated via the “HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval Standard” (a.k.a, Infobutton Standard) and the EHR Meaningful Use certification program.
  • Taneya Koonce, MSLS, MPH, Eskind Biomedical Library will share the Eskind Biomedical Library’s successful approaches for integrating highly relevant evidence into the institution’s electronic medical record, outpatient ordering systems, and online patient portal.
  • Lauren Yaeger, MA, MLIS, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Medical Library will talk about clinical librarianship/rounding with the patient care team, Evidence Based Medicine Quality Initiative Project with the residents, and integrating clinical decision support at the point of care.

Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics Book Discussion

Date: March 4, 2014
Hosted by the Health Literacy Community of Interest

Book discussion with the authors, Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz.

Creative Health Literacy Projects

Date: Feburary 11, 2014
Hosted by the Health Literacy Community of Interest

Learn about three creative health literacy projects. Presenters include:

  • Margo Coletti (Director of Knowledge Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Consenting Adults Project
  • Nancy Goodwin (Tremaine Library, Middlesex Hospital), Rewriting the Hospital’s Admission Booklet
  • Paula Raimondo (Head of Research, Education and Outreach Services for the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library), Communicating with Patients Workshop

CDC Clear Communication Train-the-Trainer

Date: January 28, 2014
Hosted by the Health Literacy Community of Interest
Guest Speakers: Anne Conner, Littleton Regional Hospital

Anne Conner, the NER’s Health Literacy COI Leader, created a presentation on the CDC Clear Communication Index to share with departments at her hospital. The CDC Clear Communication Index (Index) is a new research-based tool to plan and assess public communication materials. Cynthia Baur, the CDC’s Senior Advisor for Health Literacy, presented an introduction to the Index at our Community of Interest’s September webinar. You can watch the recording of the September webinar on our Health Literacy Community of Interest website. The Index may be new to staff at your organization and presents a great opportunity to be the first to spread word about this helpful resource and use it to create and assess communication materials such as patient education resources. Anne will demo her presentation for you and share her experience working with diabetes education and the infusion department. You can borrow the presentation she created to use at your own hospital/organization.

Conducting a Health Information Reference Interview

Date: January 16, 2014
Host: Connecticut State Library
Guest Speakers: Margot Malachowski, Outreach Librarian, Baystate Health

Learn the basics of conducting a health information reference interview: identifying the condition that the patron wants to learn about, narrowing to the most relevant information, giving information from more than one source, and clarifying that you retrieved the correct information. Margot Malachowski, Outreach Librarian for Baystate Health, will give you tips on quick-and-dirty searching for impatient patrons. You will learn guidelines for maintaining confidentiality and objectivity at the reference desk. You will learn best uses of MedlinePlus, subscription databases, the Massachusetts Health Connector, “Find a Doctor” websites, and mobile apps in reference work. We will point you toward resources to help you chose print materials for your library.

National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Information

Date: January 9, 2014
Host: Connecticut State Library
Guest Speakers: Michelle Eberle, NN/LM NER Consumer Health Information Coordinator

Come for a guided tour of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s health information site for patients and families. MedlinePlus includes 900+ health topics in English and Spanish, a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, drug and supplement information, surgery videos, the latest health news, directories and much more. You will also learn about specialized NLM health information websites and databases for senior health, medicines, dietary supplements, genetics, and environmental health and toxicology. In addition to an overview of NLM consumer health information resources, the presenter will highlight the latest trends in consumer health and health information literacy.

Affordable Care Act: Resources for Librarians

Date: November 1, 2013
Healthy Communities, Community of Interest (COI)
Guest Speakers: Michelle Eberle, Margot Malachowski with Ray Hurd, Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Region 1 and 2

This session will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance marketplace, and where to find training and official resources from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. We will cover the basics of your state’s health insurance marketplace and where you can refer your patrons for more help. In addition, participants will learn about, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health database.

Hospital Library Chat: The Art of Negotiation

Date: September 25, 2013
Hospital Library Chat
Guest Speaker: Barbara Epstein, MSLS, Director, HSLS, University of Pittsburgh

Barbara Epstein, MSLS, Director, HSLS, University of Pittsburgh will begin with an overview of negotiating strategies: identifying goals; analyzing stakeholders, allies, opponents and competitors; identifying alternatives and mutual benefits; and achieving the best possible outcomes. The second part of the session will focus on vendor negotiations and other applied examples of the strategies discussed.

CDC's Health Literacy Agenda

Date: September 11, 2013
Hosted by the Health Literacy COI
Guest Speaker: Cynthia Baur, Senior Advisor, Health Literacy, Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Centers for Disease Control

In this webinar, participants will learn how CDC promotes and implements the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. CDC has developed a number of tools, including its own version of the Action Plan, internal metrics, a Council to oversee clear communication activities and progress, and an Index to plan and assess public health communication products. Dr. Cynthia Baur, chair of CDC’s Health Literacy Council and plain language lead, will explain CDC’s strategy and progress and suggest how public health and libraries can mutually support health literacy improvement. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: describe CDC’s health literacy goals and objectives; identify tools CDC uses to promote health literacy; and explain opportunities for public health-library collaboration in health literacy improvement.

Referring Patrons to Reliable Immigration Services and Information

Date: July 10, 2013
Hosted by the Healthy Communities and Health Literacy COIs
Guest Speaker: William Albers, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits. A USCIS community relations officer will offer suggestions about how to refer library patrons who may need immigration information or services to qualified immigration service providers.

Conducting Outreach with Immigrants in Your Area

Date: April 10, 2013
Hosted by the Healthy Communities and Health Literacy COIs
Guest Speaker: Lorena Sprager, Clear Language Group

We will discuss ways to establish a relationship with immigrant communities as well as ways to partner with them to conduct outreach. We will also address how fear related to the current climate towards immigrants affects outreach and share a new, free resource that supports people who conduct outreach with immigrants. Then we will learn about a specific outreach project and how it impacted the immigrant community it was intending to reach.

Top 10 Things Every Health Communicator Needs to Know About People

Date: March 6, 2013
Hosted by the Healthy Communities and Health Literacy COIs
Guest Speaker: Susan Weinschenk, PhD, Weinschenk Institute, LLS

It seems reasonable to think that if you communicate clearly then people will understand and take appropriate action. But that’s not how the human brain works. People filter information according to unconscious beliefs and expectations. From her book, 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, Dr. Susan Weinschenk has picked her top 10 “things” about people that you need to know in order to design clear, intuitive and engaging communications that match the way people think, work, and relate.

Once upon a time, there was an evaluation report that people actually read.

Date: February 14, 2013
Hosted by the Healthy Communities and Health Literacy COIs
Guest Speaker: Cindy Olney, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Sound like a fairy tale? Exactly! A report format that follows a typical story-telling structure can help you communicate your project's story so that stakeholders may actually pay attention. In this format, you use evaluation data to complement, not overpower, the most important messages you want to convey. The OERC’s, Cindy Olney will describe how to use a story format to report evaluation findings. This format can be adapted for written reports, presentations, and even elevator speeches.

Creative Approaches to Health Information Outreach

Date: January 9, 2013
Hosted by the Healthy Communities COI
Guest Speakers: Irena Bond, Manuela Raposo, Nery Garcia, Margot Malachowski, and Nina Zeldin

Interested in health information outreach, but not sure where to start? Learn from four health information outreach projects about whole process of conducting an outreach project – how to plan, apply for funding, identify community partners, foster collaborations, include assessment and evaluation into your project, implement the project, respond to barriers, increase support for the project, and sustain the project.

AHRQ Effective Health Care Program

Date: November 14, 2012
Hosted by the Health Literacy COI
Guest Speaker: Tara Schuh

Tara Schuh, AHRQ Regional Office Lead, presents an overview of AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program. We will explore Tara will show you how your organization can brand the Effective Health Care materials and teach you about opportunities for AHRQ CME programs.

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, participants can share their handouts and further explore plain language, easy-to-read materials, and design techniques

Demonstrating "Community Benefit" for Your Institution

Date: January 12, 2012
Hosted by the Healthy Communities COI
Guest Speaker: Deborah Clark, Stephens Memorial Hospital and Michelle Eberle, NN/LM NER

"If you're like me, you're always looking for ways to show your library's value. One way to demonstrate value to your hospital administrators is by providing "community benefit" they can document on their IRS filing to justify non-profit status. Join us for a discussion of what qualifies as community benefit, how to document it, and learn ways hospital libraries can contribute to their institution's community benefit report." - Deborah Clark

10 Ways Your Library Can Contribute to Health Literacy

Date: December 8, 2011
Hosted by the Health Literacy COI
Guest Speaker: Michelle Eberle, NN/LM NER and Caroline Marshall, Danbury Hospital

Come learn ten easy ways librarians can do to increase health literacy. We will talk about approaches from the HHS National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy and also the AHRQ Universal Precautions Toolkit. Caroline Marshall and Michelle Eberle will present easy ways you can contribute to health literacy in a big way.

Community Outreach Program Planning

Date: October 6, 2011, 2- 3 PM
Hosted by the Healthy Communities COI
Guest Speaker: Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Kurtz-Rossi and Associates

The Healthy Communities - Community of Interest (COI) brings you health and literacy educator Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed., presenting oncommunity health program planning and development. She will talk about her recent experience working with community based organizations (CBOs) in Providence RI serving the Latino community and CBOs in rural Maine serving seniors. Her presentation will include a discussion of ideas and strategies for community assessment, forming partnerships, and planning and implementing community health programs. She will also draw on the experience of Healthy Communities COI members and hopes you too will share the creative ideas and strategies that have
worked for you.

TOXNET: Your Source for Environmental Health and Toxicology Information

Dates: Feburary 10, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST
Guest Speaker: Shannon Jordan, MPH and Chemist, NLM/SIS

Shannon Jordan from the Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine presented an outstanding webinar for the NN/LM New England Region highlighting TOXNET technical databases including: ChemIDPlus, HSDB, TOXLINE, CCRIS, DART, GENETOX, IRIS, ITER.


Health Information Literacy Webinar
Date: December 11, 2009
Time: 11 AM - 12 PM


The New England Regional Medical Library presents Jean Shipman, Director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, who will review the Medical Library Association’s Health Information Literacy Research Project that was funded by the National Library of Medicine. She will share how this two-year project has helped to educate health care providers about the key role medical librarians can play with improving their institution’s health literacy efforts in addition to how results of the project have been disseminated.

Public Health Online Resources - Virtual Tour of
Date: February 3, 2009
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Presenter: Hathy Simpson, MPH

This session will provide an overview of public health information resources available from the public health web portal,

Emerging Roles for Medical Librarians...As the Library as Place Evolves

Date: March 27, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM - 12 PM
Facilitated by Michelle Eberle
Guest speakers include: Eric Albright ( Director, Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library); Richard Kaplan ( Dean of Learning and Library Resources, Massachusetts College and Pharmacy and Health Sciences Library); and Elaine Martin ( Director of Library Services, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine / New England Region)

Changes in technology and electronic access to health information are revolutionizing library services. Come learn about the trends at three of the top medical libraries in New England. Find out how three experienced resource library directors are coping with changes in library as place. Discussion will focus on new roles for medical librarians as the library as place evolves.