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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Announcing Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 2pm – 3pm (Eastern Time), the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed”

  • 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 for the first in the Insider’s Guide series of webinars about more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with an introduction to the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This series is geared toward 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!

Where: Online via WebEx

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News: Health Hotlines to be Retired

Health Hotlines was developed by NLM as a community service to help the public locate health-related information from organizations with toll free numbers. NLM has decided it will no longer update the Health Hotlines database because most of the information is now readily available through web search engines and because many of the organizations no longer have toll free numbers. Health Hotlines will remain online until the end of January, 2017, at which time it will be retired.

Webinar: SCR Connections – Patient Safety – September 22, 2016 – 11am-12pm PM EDT

Webinar: SCR Connections – Patient Safety

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region is hosting a webinar on patient safety. Registration is not required.

Title: Patient Safety in 2016

Guest Speaker: Dr. Thomas Ciesielski

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

 Description: This presentation will offer a definition of patient safety as well as introduce the topic of high-reliability in healthcare. External drivers influencing patient safety, mainly in new models of payment as well as educational/regulatory concerns will also be discussed.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Thomas Ciesielski currently holds the positions of Associate Program Director for Curriculum Development, Director of the Medicine Preliminary and Neurology Track, and Director of Patient Safety Education and the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program for the Graduate Medical Education (GME) consortium at the Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Ciesielski received his doctorate in medicine from Oregon Health and Science University in 2010 and served his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where he also completed a research fellowship on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in conjunction with Washington University. He is active on a number of hospital and university committees regarding patient safety and has published several works on the subject, including two chapters in The Washington Manual of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement released earlier this year.

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Beyond the SEA Webinar: Data Science 101: An Introduction for Librarians – Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12 PM ET

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenter: Lisa Federer, MA, MLIS; Research Data Informationist, National Institutes of Health Library

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Summary: The term “big data” is often tossed around in conversations about science, but what does it really mean? This webinar will explain what big data is and provide an introduction to the data science techniques that can be used to analyze it.  We’ll talk about how data science can help researchers find meaning in data and discuss some of the common techniques and tools used in a variety of different research areas.

Presenter Bio: Lisa Federer currently serves as research data informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she provides training and support in the management, organization, sharing, and reuse of biomedical research data. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and the editor of the Medical Library Association Guide to Data Management for Librarians. She holds a master’s of library and information science from the University of California–Los Angeles and graduate certificates in data science (Georgetown University) and data visualization (New York University), and she is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1.0 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.


  • Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

To Join the Webinar:

  • Go to this URL:
  • Enter the Meeting Number: 624 257 018
  • Enter the Password: beyond
  • Enter your Name, E-mail Address, and Session Password again to join the Session.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have WebEx call your phone if you do not want to use your computer’s speakers and microphone.

Technical Briefs – Important Information Prior to the Use of WebEx

Teens Teach Tech: Intergenerational Literacies

by Liz Bowen

How can public libraries address the increasing digital literacy needs of seniors while also providing valuable volunteer opportunities to young adults?

Through a program called Teens Teach Tech!

At the Frederick County Public Libraries, teens are teaching seniors how to search the Internet, create Facebook accounts and practice skills needed to succeed in today’s digital world.

Liz Bowen, teen librarian at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, believes a successful Teens Teach Tech program starts with a strong foundation: the teen volunteers. “Utilizing the teens’ technological strengths is what makes this program unique,” she relays. The teens help to create a warm, inviting environment for seniors who might be a little wary of large, classroom settings as they pursue the skills to Skype with grandchildren far away, set up a Facebook account, or send an email to an old friend. To ensure that seniors don’t feel lost, the library pairs them with a teen on an individual level, based on their specific needs. The training is completely hands-on and tailored to each individual’s technology questions and goals.

Ikem Itabor, teen volunteer, explains why he joined the program. “I wanted to be able to help others become comfortable with their computer skills because everyone in this age should be comfortable using technology,” says Ikem. “Volunteering for the Teens Teach Tech program provided me with the opportunity to help people understand a key tool in our world today, that affects how we communicate and interact with others.”

The program started at the downtown library and was held once a week over the course of two months. But Bowen quickly realized this program needed to expand to other locations as transportation can be a real barrier for seniors. The program expanded to the Urbana location where a senior center is also located. Another barrier can be providing suitable technology. Through the generosity of the Margaret Edwards Literacies Grant, laptop kits were created and are shared between library branches. The availability of this technology is a pivotal part of the program, allowing for the flexibility of learning environments.

The Teens Teach Tech intergenerational program goes beyond learning to use a mouse. Besides providing seniors with the ability to reach their technology goals, the program benefits both the teens and seniors socially and serves as an esteem-builder and confidence-booster for both groups, as well.

Libraries are places of transformation, of learning, and of acceptance. Volunteering and technology classes are just some of the many wonderful offerings in today’s libraries.

What will tomorrow hold? What we dream of today.

– Liz Bowen is the Teen Librarian at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, Maryland. She can be reached by email or phone: or (301) 600-3784. She will be presenting on the Teens Teach Tech program for the NN/LM SE/A November 16th Beyond the SEA webinar series.

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340-01 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.