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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for November, 2011

Biomedical Publishing 101

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

January 18, 2012 – 1 PM ET
90 minutes

 A free Webinar via Adobe Connect

– Created by the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors*

– Sponsored and hosted by the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeastern/Atlantic Regions of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

 This 90-minute webinar provides an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online.  The complexities of publishing, in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.  Presenters include John Tagler of the Association of American Publishers, Inc. and the session will be moderated by MJ Tooey, Associate Vice President , Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library and Director of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region at the University of Maryland.

 Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication.  All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.  Key topics to be covered include:

•          The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
•          The Publishing Process
•          Publication Ethics
•          Production & Delivery
•          Practical Considerations
•          The Road Ahead

Please register at by December 31, 2011 if you plan on attending.

Connection instructions will be provided upon registration.

About Us: Community Outreach Coordinator: Nancy Patterson

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Community Outreach Cooordinator

Nancy Patterson

In October of 2009, I left my position in Resource Sharing at the Health Sciences & Human Services Library at the University of Maryland to join the Regional Medical Library team just a couple of floors up in the same building. As the new Community Outreach Coordinator, I was to fill Mandy Bayer-Meloy’s shoes. Many of you in the Region had the pleasure of working with my predecessor, Mandy, so can imagine what a daunting idea that was.

In my first week as a new RMLer, I attended the MLA Southern Chapter meeting in Memphis. I want to thank you all now for being so kind to me when I didn’t even know what my job was – Southern hospitality at its finest. Since that time, I’ve learned a great deal – about my job, of course, but even more about the Region and what works best when doing health outreach for our consumers.

I work mainly with community and faith-based groups – nonprofits, volunteer organizations, and health ministries. It’s very rewarding to work with this group of people who give of their limited time and resources so freely in an effort to help their communities. Some of the communities I visit are the poorest of the poor, yet the community leaders and volunteers feel so fortunate in life that they want to give back. It’s a great lesson in the importance of gratitude, no matter what.

NN/LM SE/A has basically 3 outreach avenues:  exhibiting, funding and teaching. In my position, I man the exhibit booth at consumer health shows, design and teach classes related to consumer/minority health, and monitor assigned NN/LM SE/A funded outreach projects. My 2-year education has provided these insights:


  • Pace the tchotchkes! If you put all of the pens out at the beginning, no one will be lured to your booth later in the day.
  • Remind people that they own the National Library of Medicine and all of its resources. It gets their attention.


  • There really is no dumb idea. If you think a Health Research Computer can be installed at the local beauty salon and people will use it, let’s talk.


  • Never go into a consumer health class to tell people what their community needs.
  • Never leave a consumer health class without asking what their community needs.

Of those three aspects of my job, I’ve evolved in my approach to teaching the most. I now discuss more than lecture and I often ask more questions than are asked of me. I’ve also added health disparities, health literacy and cultural competency components to most of my classes. Because so many of the groups I work with consist of “special populations” like racial and ethnic minorities and senior citizens, I am passionate about reducing the health disparities that exist between their communities and those of more fortunate Americans. Improving health literacy is a huge component in affecting such social change.

Over the course of the next five years of our contract, some of the plans I have in store are:

  • Creating and promoting new classes:
  • Immigrant Health
  • Nutrition Across the Lifespan
  • Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness (which addresses the strong link between a person’s happiness and health)
  • Creating outreach partnership models that can be easily duplicated – based on successful projects. The first will be based on a health ministry model.
  • Facilitating introductions between health outreach enthusiasts throughout the Region that have complementary needs and resources – as requested and also via advertised web summits.

As I head into my third year on the job, I look forward to working with all of you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas – I’d love to hear from you.

Nancy Patterson
Community Outreach Coordinator
(410) 706 2858

2012 Go Viral to Improve Health Challenge

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Following closely on the success of the “Show us Your App” contest, NN/LM  is sharing this information about another challenge from the Institutes of  Medicine (IOM).  The IOM is an arm of the National Academies which also  includes the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering , the National Research Council.  Please share this information with anyone interested in connecting people with health information via Apps.  This is a great opportunity to once again showcase  the wealth of NLM resources through Apps created for the public.

Based on the success of last spring’s event, the IOM and NAE are sponsoring the 2nd annual Go Viral to Improve Health: Health Data Collegiate Challenge. Working in interdisciplinary teams that meld technological skills with health knowledge, college students can generate powerful apps to improve health for individuals and communities. A video of last year’s first-place winners presenting their app, Sleep Bot, at the 2011 Health Data Initiative Forum.

We need your help in reaching out to students about the challenge. Information about eligibility, judging criteria, and registration is available on our webpage, and our Facebook page, . We have also developed a flyer that you can download and print to help spread the message about this year’s student challenge. I encourage you to help us get the word out by “liking” us on Facebook and forwarding information about the challenge to faculty and students who may be interested in participating. This year, a total of $10,000 in prizes will be available to the student teams who develop the best new health apps. Team registration is open until February 10, 2012.


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.