Resources for Health Sciences Librarianship

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Getting Started

Get to know the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - New England Region.

Basic Medical Library Management Overview
This NN/LM site is for both professional and non-professional librarians new to health or hospital libraries it seeks to provide instant access to quality resources which will help the librarian meet the needs of the patron.

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Connecting with other medical librarians
Stay up to date on the latest news and trends in medical librarianship.

  • Our Communities of Interest provide the opportunity to learn more about healthy communities, health literacy, healthIT and healthcare workforce issues. Each COI has an e-newsletter and offers webinars.
  • NN/LM blogs
  • New England Region's blog brings you important messages from the National Library of Medicine and other announcement to support the provision of health information.
  • NLM email lists provide announcements about MedlinePlus, AIDSinfo, Citing Medicine, Disaster Outreach, DOCLINE, Tox-Environ-Health, PHPartners, PubMed, RXNORM and more. The National Library of Medicine also offers RSS Feeds for News, Podcasts and Webcasts.
  • NLM Technical Bulletin is your source for the latest searching information, is produced by:
    MEDLARS Management Section, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Subscribe via email or RSS. Contents are not copyrighted and are freely reproducible.
  • NAHSL listserv helps you connect with your North Atlantic Health Science Libraries colleagues. Our major announcements are forwarded to this list as well as our blog.
  • MEDLIB listserv is a discussion list for Medical Library Association members and other health science librarians to share important information about administrating their libraries and furthering the profession.

Library Associations



State Level

Consortia Level

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State Libraries and Regional Library Systems




New Hampshire

Rhode Island



Understanding how medical terminology is "built" helps librarians communicate effectively with medical personnel and patients. Below are some links that will help you familiarize yourself with the lingo.

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Health Care Provider Locators

MedlinePlus Directories
Doctors, dentists, donating cord blood, dog guide schools. You name is you will find it here. MedlinePlus is a great starting point for locating physicians, care providers, hospitals and other health care support resources.

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Professional Development Opportunities

  • National Library of Medicine National Training Center
    The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) offers e-learning and in-person classes related to NLM products and services. The NTC supports the effective use of NLM information products and services by health sciences librarians, public librarians, health professionals, and the public health workforce; and provides leadership to the NN/LM regions related to e-learning delivery methods and instructional best practices for adult learners.
  • PubMed: From NLM Tutorial and Quick Tours
    Learn more about PubMed with the online tutorial and quick tours. The quick tours are brief animated tutorials with audio for using PubMed. Topics include searching PubMed, My NCBI and searching PubMed's MeSH Database.
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology Tutorials
    From the National Library of Medicine's Specialized Information Services, these tutorials provide a basic understanding of toxicology as an aide for users of toxicology literature in the National Library of Medicine's toxicology and environmental health databases.
  • NCBI Online Education
    What is the National Center for Biotechnology Information? How can you use it for your research. Here is your starting point to learn more about resources offered by NCBI.
  • e-Science Portal for New England Librarians
    Includes science primers for life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. Learn about opportunities for e-Science professional development.

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