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Watch the Swearing-In Ceremony for the New NLM Director!

Swearing in ceremony for Dr. Pat Brennan

After three weeks on the job, on Monday, September 12, Patricia (Patti) Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, received her official swearing-in ceremony. The session was recorded and archived for future viewing. Betsy Humphreys, NLM Deputy Director, provided an introduction to the event. She mentioned that it was a day to look to the future, but she also referred to a few past milestones. She noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the passage of the Medical Library Assistance Act (MLAA), the legislation which gave the National Library of Medicine its current mission. Ms. Humphreys explained that during the 1960s the scope of NLM’s activities was radically expanded by Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. Then during the 1980s legislation was enacted creating the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which furthered NLM’s involvement in the area of health services research. And in the early years of this century, NLM’s resource was made publicly available, as was PubMed Central (PMC), which provided open access to articles in various biomedical journals. Ms. Humphreys then noted that Dr. Brennan was the 4th director in NLM’s modern era, and that these would be her first public remarks in her new capacity. (more…)

National Library of Medicine and AAHSL Announce 2016-2017 Leadership Fellows

The National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries have announced the five members of the 2016-2017 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one-year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 42% of fellow graduates have assumed director positions. (more…)

Two New NLM Traveling Exhibitions to Be Launched in Fall 2016!

The National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program partners with hundreds of libraries and cultural institutions across the country and around the world in an effort to provide meaningful historical and health related content to audiences in communities near you! For example, in October 2015, the National Library of Medicine made available a new traveling banner exhibition, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives. The exhibition tells the story of a vanguard of nurse activists who worked to change the way the medical profession responded to patients who had been battered. Three copies of the traveling banner exhibition are traveling around the country through 2019. (more…)

Report on the July 25 NIH Webinar on Systematic Reviews, Part of the “Medicine: Mind the Gap” Seminar Series

by Kathy Zeblisky
Medical Library Manager
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix, AZ

On July 25 the NIH presented an informative and interesting webinar as part of its Medicine: Mind the Gap series. The session recording, presentation slides, and extensive reference list are available by visiting The Opportunities and Challenges of Using Systematic Reviews To Summarize Knowledge About “What Works” in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, featuring presenter Kay Dickersin, M.A., Ph.D. This seminar series “explores research design, measurement, intervention, data analysis, and other methods of interest to prevention science.” (more…)

NLM Announces Future Plans of 2015-2016 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine has announced the future plans of its 2015-2016 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows will end the first year of the fellowship in August 2016, with all three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) in libraries in Maryland, New York, and Michigan. (more…)

New NLM Director Begins Service Today!

Today marks the beginning of a new era for the National Library of Medicine, as Patricia (Patti) Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, begins service as the 19th appointed Director of the National Library of Medicine. She is the first woman and the first nurse to serve in that role. She will be publicly sworn in as NLM Director at a ceremony at the Library on Monday, September 12. NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, who announced Dr. Brennan’s appointment in May, will be among the speakers at the event. Details of Dr. Brennan’s background were previously published in Latitudes in May. (more…)

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! (more…)

MLA’s 2016 Summer Educational Webcast

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, will be sponsoring eight (8) regional sites for the broadcast of MLA’s Educational Summer 2016 Webcast: (more…)

NN/LM PSR Membership Changes

We would like to provide you with a mid-year update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region. Since our last membership update in December 2015, we have welcomed three new members to the network. Several membership changes are also noted in this article. (more…)

NLM Training Center (NTC) Gets a New Name: National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO)

On May 1, 2016, the NLM Training Center’s name changed to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) to reflect its role in the newly awarded five-year Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The headquarters will remain at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, under the direction of Jean Shipman, Principal Investigator. Current NTO staff includes Jessi Van Der Volgen as the Assistant Director; Rebecca Brown and Cheryl Rowan as Training Development Specialists; Sarah Dickey, Program Manager; and Matt Steadman, Web Software Engineer & Media Developer.

The Cooperative Agreement ushers in a new era where the NTO will move the vast majority of its training online, collaborating with NLM and NN/LM to ensure broad access to continuing education designed to keep you up to date on NLM resources and maximize your contribution to your institutional missions. You can look forward to several new learning opportunities – available in flexible formats – on PubMed, TOXNET and other NLM resources. Stay tuned for announcements of future class offerings!

One of the most important pieces of news is that for the time being you can still find the blog and class offerings at the same URL. There is a new Twitter name and email address for your comments, questions, and ideas.