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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

2017 Health Literacy Leadership Institute – Early Registration Discount EXTENDED to 4/28/17

 Don’t miss this year’s Health Literacy Leadership Institute (HLLI 2017) at Tufts University School of Medicine. The program is designed for both professionals and students engaged in health literacy work. This is an advanced level program that integrates peer learning to facilitate and encourage research and best practices.  Whether you work in the community or healthcare this program will help you achieve your goals and improve health literacy. Register before April 28th to receive the early registration discount.

 WHAT:             Health Literacy Leadership Institute 2017

WHY:               To advance health literacy and build leadership in the field

WHEN:            June 12 – 16, 2017

WHERE:           Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA)

HOW:              Early registration discount ends April 28, 2017.  Register today!

For more information and to register:


Facebook:       @HealthLiteracyLeadership

If you have any questions, please email

NNLM PNR Rendezvous Webinar: Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM, PNR) is hosting their monthly webinar, PNR Rendezvous, this Wednesday April 19 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM PT, 4:00-5:00 PM ET.

Nicole Vasilevsky PhD, Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University Library will present the development of freely available, online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science by a research team at Oregon Health & Science University. The OERs can be used as ‘out of the box’ courses for students, or materials for educators to use in courses, training programs, or seminars.

To join the free webinar:

  • Go to current PNR Rendezvous session
  • Enter your name and email address
  • Enter the session password: pacific
  • Click “Join Now”
  • Follow the instructions that appear on your screen

For more information go to

The session will be recorded and is eligible for 1 MLA CE.

NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed – May 2, 2017

Want to do more with PubMed?

Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want?

Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start?

Join us on Tuesday, May 2 at 1pm EDT for a one-hour introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. We will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!

Date and time: Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

To register or for more information go to:

Questions? Contact us at

SEA Professional Development Award Available for the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference – June 18-21, 2017

Have you been accepted to present or plan to attend the 9th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference June 18-21, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA? NNLM SEA has Professional Development Awards available to help with the cost of attendance.

The International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference (EBLIP) is a biannual international conference for the library and information science community. About the conference:

Applying the best available research evidence in addition to knowledge acquired from experience to library and information practice is the main tenet of EBLIP.  There is much to do in our ever-growing and changing field: decisions must be made, practices reviewed, processes and workflows examined, policies updated, and technology implemented. For the past decade, increasing numbers of librarians and information professionals have been consulting the research literature in the fields of library and information science, and other fields such as marketing, business, management, and education, as well as conducting their own research studies, to inform their practices.

The 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference (EBLIP9) aims to bring together librarians, researchers and practitioners to discuss evidence-based practice in libraries, present research, and share best practices. The 2017 conference will consist of continuing education workshop activities and three days of keynotes, concurrent conference sessions, posters, and networking opportunities.

EBLIP9 will be held on campus at the Drexel University and downtown Philadelphia venues. EBLIP9 promises to be an exciting event as the evidence based library and information practice movement continues to gain global momentum.

For more information on NNLM SEA Professional Development Awards, see our funding page.


Request for Information: NNLM Seeks To Understand Library Research/Data-Related Services

With the arrival of Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., as the new Director of the National Library of Medicine, the NNLM is thrilled to see her excitement, enthusiasm, and emphasis on the importance data plays and will play in biomedical discovery and delivery of healthcare. This means that if your library is supporting data-related research anywhere along the research lifecycle, the RML would like to know about it.

The NNLM is broadly defining research/data services librarians as those who provide a wide range of expertise in training, consultation, or information access support for researchers at any point along the research data lifecycle. Training might include teaching data visualization, metadata standards, or data related requirements from funders, such as NIH or NSF. Consultation services may include developing or maintaining a service framework to manage researcher’s data throughout the research lifecycle. It could include collaboration with researchers to find or create data, develop effective data management strategies, analyze or visualize data, or preserve/store data. Research/data services librarians might support biomedical big data or assist with access/training on specialty software packages for statistical, geospatial, or qualitative data analysis.

Each of the Regional Medical Libraries will reach out to their Network members over the next few weeks with a series of questions designed to help increase their understanding about how Network members support the research/data-related efforts at their institutions. This understanding will inform NNLM on the types of research/data-related services being provided by NNLM Network member institutions to their communities. Understanding who provides research/data-related services will improve communication with those experts and the NNLM.

This environmental scan seeks to understand a variety services, such as staffing, job titles/descriptions, terms used to promote services, content use (original vs links to content), etc.

Note to Library Directors – If you would like to make sure your research/data-related services librarian in involved in this scan, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Link to questionnaire:


Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.