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Archive for May, 2015

PubMed for Trainers class series in Dallas, TX, March 2016

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills?  Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers in Dallas. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:

  • Fill any gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed
  • Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  • Identify what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information
  • Improve your PubMed search technique
  • Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  • Employ the features and functions of PubMed for use in searching and training
  • Experience peer collaboration and learning


What is the format of PubMed for Trainers?
PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online plus 1 in-person class.


When is PubMed for Trainers?
The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

Session One (online): March 3, 2016 10am-11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Two (online): March 10, 2016 10am–11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Three (online): March 17, 2016 10am–11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Four (in-person): March 24, 2016 9:00am–4:30PM ET (This class will be held at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library).


What should I expect from the class?
The classes consist of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.


How many MLA CE Credits will I get?
When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours.

If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.


For a complete description, go to:

To register, visit:


2015 Annual Meeting of the Regional Medical Libraries and Centers

Friday, May 15th, 2015

We were delighted to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Regional Medical Libraries and Centers Friday, May 15. This is our annual in-person meeting where we learn from and collaborate with our counterparts throughout the NN/LM program.


Pictured left to right:

Marcus Spann, MLIS – Community Health Coordinator
Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP – Associate Director
L. Maximilian Buja, MD – Director
Adela Justice, MLS – Consumer Health Coordinator
Michele Woods, MLIS, JD – Technology Coordinator
Lindsy Frazer, MLIS, MS, PhD – Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator
Owen Ellard, MLIS – Senior Advisor

NN/LM Web Developers Conference

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

NN/LM South Central Region Technology Assistant Melissa Salas and Associate Director Jon Goodell attended the annual NN/LM Web Developers Conference May 14 in Austin, Texas. The website infrastructure is administered by NN/LM’s Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC) and content is produced by the various NN/LM Regional Medical Libraries, Offices, and Centers.

NN/LM Web Developers Conference Attendees

NN/LM Web Developers Conference Attendees

Job Ad: Research Support and Education Librarian

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences seeks a highly motivated research support and education professional who enjoys providing both personalized and group information services in academic, clinical or public health settings. This professional will be involved in both traditional and digital academic service-oriented environments serving the research and academic communities of the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, the Tulane National Primate Research Center, and graduate programs in the health sciences.


The Research Support and Education Librarian is a research, reference and user services librarian, who also  is specifically tasked to provide Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH) resources, tools and training, as well as research support  in biomedical and public health resources to the departments, programs and library user community in the Health Sciences Center at Tulane University.  This librarian provides research and data management support, information services, reference transactions, access to health information resources; teaches classes in the library’s education program, and plans specialized instruction and programming tailored to the clinical, biomedical research and public health community. Additionally the librarian participates in the library’s liaison support to faculty and departments.



ALA accredited MLS or its equivalent in the biomedical/clinical and public health sectors with at least 1-2 years’ relevant experience in a library.

Reference experience in an academic medical center or clinical or public health setting.

Evidence of experience teaching the use of health sciences resources including Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH) and NCBI resources/tools.

Excellent presentation, instruction, and communication skills.

Demonstrate a strong background in the use of information technologies, information management tools, and analytical and searching skills.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and will be no less than $44K.

How to Apply:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To apply, and to ensure full consideration applicants must submit a letter of application, current résumé/CV and names with full contact information of at least 3 professional references. Please go to (IRC7062) for more information and to submit your documentation.

See full position announcement at:

Tox Town

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Tox Town Town neighborhood now has a new photo-realistic look. The location and chemical information remains the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life locations. The Town scene is available in HTML5, allowing it to be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including cell phones (iphones and androids), ipads, ipad minis, and tablets. Tox Town uses color, graphics, sounds and animation to add interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health. Visit the updated Town neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical town. Survey

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 is an online training website that offers over 3,500 professionally produced video courses on topics such as computer programming, graphic design, web development and project management. Hundreds of software applications are covered and new courses are added each week.

Spotlight on NN/LM SCR Staff: Marcus Spann

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Arkansas state liaison

Areas of expertise/Interest:

Systematic searching of medical databases


Health Information Literacy



Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Southern University, B.A. Political Science (Go Jags!)

Louisiana State University, M.L.I. S. (Go Tigers!)

Favorite Books:

Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Fire by Kristin Cashore

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs


Tennis, Football, Traveling, Cooking, Jogging/Gym, Reading, Music, Movies and Art




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Semantic MEDLINE Webinar Wednesday, May 20

Monday, May 11th, 2015

We are pleased to have two guest speakers for our webinar next week. MarceloFiszman, MD, PhD, Research Scientist, and Michael J Cairelli, DO, Medical Informatics Postdoctoral Fellow, both from the NLM Cognitive Science Branch at the Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications, will present their work on Semantic MEDLINE. Semantic MEDLINE is a very exciting tool used for literature based discovery.

Semantic MEDLINE  is a web application developed by the National Library of Medicine that summarizes MEDLINE citations. Natural language processing methods are used to extract semantic predications from titles and abstracts. Predications are presented in a graph that links to MEDLINE citations.

The webinar will be from 10:30 to 11:30am CST, Wednesday, May 20. Read more on our SCR CONNECTions page.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year (some statistics cite closer to 1 in 4 adults). May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so this is a great opportunity to open dialogue and share toolkits and other resources. There are several excellent websites devoted to the topic of Mental Health and related issues.

Also, May 4-10, 2015 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Mental health infographic

Spotlight on NN/LM SCR Staff: Michele Woods

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Michele Woods, JD, MLIS, Technology Coordinator

Louisiana state liaison

Areas of expertise/interest:

Instruction, E-Licensing, Grant Writing, Digital and Media Archives, Copyright, Public Health Law, Law and Medicine resources, PubMed, LexisNexis, Westlaw other specialized and general library databases


Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Louisiana State University, B.A. Major: Political Science, Minor: Sociology

Louisiana State University, M.L.I.S.

Southern University Law Center, Juris Doctorate

Favorite books:  To Kill A Mockingbird, Secret Life of Bees, Invention of Wings, Purpose Driven Life, The Firm, King of Torts

What I Am Reading Now:  The Broker, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Hobbies:  Reading, traveling, attending football and basketball sporting event, spending time with family and friends visiting museums, and music festivals.


Phone: 713-799-7123

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