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Archive for June, 2013

What We Learned: Exhibiting at a Nursing Conference

Friday, June 28th, 2013

By David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator

SE/A coordinators exhibit at over 20 conferences every year, and many of those are for nursing associations and groups. Personally, I find these groups very interesting and quite diverse. Recently, while exhibiting at a nursing conference in Nashville, TN, I had the pleasure of speaking with many nurse educators about NLM and the resources we offer. While it was great to hear how much they love us and how they frequently use MedlinePlus and Pubmed, it was even more rewarding to help them discover new resources for their students.

To a person, they all commented on how their students lack awareness about toxic substances their incoming patients might have encountered. The discussions centered on teaching new nursing students about collecting patient histories and other intake information. I showed them ToxTown ( and they were rather excited to have such a well-developed resource to share with their students and incorporate into their own curricula. They really appreciated having teacher resources to easily incorporate into their classes, the ability to direct students to an interactive website, and the wealth of supporting information at an accessible level.

Naturally, this led to a second discussion about another valuable resource, GeneEd ( Again, they loved the resources for teachers and the clear, accessible layout of the site. In particular, they liked that they could use the site to provide a refresher for their students, and in some cases, expose their students to the basics of genetics. The majority of their students are coming straight from high school and they felt that the site meshed well with the educational levels of incoming students without overwhelming them. One particular segment of GeneEd that they particularly liked was the section on Biostatistics. More than one of them remarked that they could benefit from the section in refreshing their own understanding of the topic.

I had the pleasure of speaking to nearly 100 people at this conference, and with over 300 visitors to the booth it was a very successful event for SE/A. The nursing community has a wide range of interests and it is very rewarding to show nurses in clinical practice how we can help them with databases like LactMed (, LiverTox (, and DrugInfo ( Additionally, there was great interest in MedlinePlus Connect ( and Clinical Trials (

MedlinePlus Connect is becoming increasingly important to nursing as Electronic Health Records have become ubiquitous in clinical settings. Many of the nurses I spoke with were familiar with EHRs but had little knowledge of where the patient care resources were coming from in the systems used by their institutions. Connecting a familiar resource (MedlinePlus) with direct patient care through an EHR system really resonated with them, and they had questions about how to make it happen. Having cards on the topic made it much easier to provide them with basic information that they could take back to their administrators and IT groups.

Clinical Trials is evolving into a well-rounded research database as more and more results are added. The attendees appreciated the ability to connect their patients to potential trials related to specific conditions, and those who were conducting research appreciated being able to connect to results and data in such a direct fashion.

It is truly amazing to get out of the library and into the places where practitioners, researchers, and educators gather to discuss issues crucial to their profession. Being able to help them at a place and time when their minds are focused on their practice and profession in such a directed manner is a unique opportunity for sharing the wealth of resources and services from NLM. If you would like to get involved in exhibiting, we offer exhibit awards throughout the year ( If you have any questions, want to exhibit with us, or just want to drop in at an exhibit, check with me ( and I can provide you with more information.


What We Learned: The Tufts Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

By Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health  Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

Thanks to a Leadership Scholarship from the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), I was able to attend the annual Health Literacy Leadership Institute at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, the week of June 10-14, 2013. This is only the second year of the Institute, a one-week intensive program that prepares participants to:

  • Identify health literacy as an organizational/systems problem that includes the skills of health care professionals and consumers;
  • Name audience-specific health literacy competencies and the curriculum content to address them
  • Write measureable health literacy learning objectives and an evaluation plan that includes outcome and process measures; and
  • Outline a health literacy curriculum or educational program based on sound adult learning theory and effective teaching strategies. (

In my position as Consumer Health Coordinator, I regularly teach health literacy and other consumer health classes to a variety of audiences. However, I enjoyed one of the best learning experiences of my career at the Institute due to the interaction and sharing of ideas with my fellow participants, the fantastic faculty, and amazing guest lecturers. As the only librarian, I found it particularly interesting to hear the perspectives and curriculum/program ideas from others in a wide variety of industries and disciplines.

For example, the input from one young woman who works at an advertising agency specializing in medical messages, orphan drugs, and rare diseases, gave me many “light bulbs” and “aha” moments about how, traditionally, librarians are not great at marketing themselves or their work. The perspectives of an anesthesiologist working in an environment with Chinese immigrants, many of whom speak Cantonese, was encouraging and inspiring by showing that health professionals are also engaged and interested in health literacy. Everyone that participated was amazing and I learned a great deal from each and every one.

The faculty and guest lecturers were equally impressive. The course director is Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, an adjunct Clinical Instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she teaches skills-oriented health literacy courses to health professionals in training. The guest lecturers included Dr. Clifford Coleman, a practicing physician and faculty member at Oregon Health & Science University who has integrated health literacy into the Family Medicine Residency curricula; Julie McKinney, a Health Literacy Specialist with expertise in health literacy curriculum resources for adult educators and health professionals; and last, but certainly not least, Dr. Andrew Pleasant, the Director of Health Literacy and Research at Canyon Ranch Institute in Tucson, Arizona, who works to design, implement, and evaluate health literacy programs to help communities create positive change. On one of these amazing days, we were able to focus on adult learning theory, which was of great interest to me personally since I am an “accidental teacher” without formal education on this topic.

On the fourth day of the week, all that we learned and absorbed was shared through presentations by participants. These presentations focused on our curriculum or program ideas with an emphasis on measureable objectives, evaluation plans, and the elements of our logic models. Each participant gave feedback to the others and was able to ask specific questions of the group concerning the specifics our plans. It was very valuable and helpful to bounce our plan ideas off the group and get feedback based on all that we had experienced over the week. On the final day, there was an additional invited group who joined us for a Fellows Forum to explore the idea of the establishment of a health literacy association.

I will never forget my experience at the Tufts Health Literacy Leadership Institute, and I think librarians should be participants at all future Institutes. I certainly hope that I am invited back for the Friday forums in the coming years. Please consider attending if you have an interest in, or a passion for, health literacy. It was intense but invigorating, both professionally and personally. I am so grateful for the opportunity and want to thank AAHSL, J. Dale Prince, and M.J. Tooey for their support. I also want to thank my fellow participants, the faculty, and the guest lecturers of the Institute for one of the best educational experiences ever.

Invitation to provide feedback to NN/LM SE/A

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Dear Network Members:

The Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library is extending an invitation for all network members to provide feedback about the strengths of its program and future directions it should take.  This project will help us prepare for an upcoming site visit from the National Library of Medicine on August 15.  The goal of the site visit is to help SE/A and NLM understand how the RML is serving its network membership, learn how SE/A can strengthen its program to meet current and emerging needs in the region, and gather ideas for how NLM can support the national network.

To access our feedback form, please click on the link below. You can answer as many questions as you want or provide other comments:

The responses from this questionnaire will be provided unedited (but without names attached) to those involved in the site visit, specifically the visiting site team along with staff from SE/A and NLM.  These responses will also be included in the site team’s written report, which is made available to SE/A staff.  SE/A, in turn, may decide to share the site visit report with advisors or advisory groups such as our Regional Advisory Committee.

Your responses are very important to us, so please take a few moments to send your feedback!  We will be collecting feedback through July 12.


J. Dale Prince
Executive Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Southeastern/Atlantic Region
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland

Beyond the SEA – June 19, 2013 – Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Beyond the SEA: June 19, 2013– Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library

Time: 12pm EDT

The NN/LM-SE/A Technology Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) proudly presents “Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library”, a panel discussion, in which four experts will share how they’ve intercepted and managed various technological or organizational barriers pertaining to technology within their libraries. The Technology RAC and invited speakers hope to facilitate discussion and inspire solution-oriented ideas among audience members facing similar challenges or barriers in their own institutions.


Kimberley Barker, MLIS               

Kimberley is Manager for Technology Education and Computing at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia and Chair of the Technology Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern-Atlantic region. Kimberley tweets @KR_Barker.


Jean Siebert, MLS, MBA, AHIP  

Jean began as a reference librarian at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. She now works at the West Virginia University (WVU) Health Sciences Library as the Collection Manager/Reference Librarian and has a secondary appointment with the emerging WVU School of Public Health.  She continues to be interested in how to use technology to help solve library users’ problems and provide better patient care. Jean will present on overcoming challenges presented in teaching EndNote X6 and offers suggestions to others considering offering instruction on this product.  Jean tweets @jeansiebert.

Emily Brennan, MLIS     

Emily is a Clinical Services Librarian in the Reference and Education department of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library. She is the liaison to the College of Medicine and Physical Therapy Program, and goes on clinical rounds in the hospital with the pediatrics department. Emily teaches students, staff and faculty about mobile device apps through monthly workshops, outreach events, and curricular classes. Emily will present on barriers – technological and otherwise – encountered with mobile devices and on the solutions she created to overcome them. Barriers encountered on clinical rounds and during instruction include: app limitations, improperly functioning webpages on mobile devices, ranges of devices and platforms, complicated download instructions for library-provided apps, and challenges associated with the inability to easily record mobile sessions on the university’s lecture capture software. Emily has managed to overcome these barriers through research and creativity, and will share her experiences with you. Emily’s Twitter contact is @emilybren.

Oliver Obst, PhD             

Dr. Obst, joining the panel from the University of Munster, in Munster, Germany studied biology and has worked as a subject specialist at the University and Regional Library Münster since 1993 and became the director of the Branch Library of Medicine in 1996. Since 1994, he has been a member of the German and European MLA— the European Association for Health Information and Libraries– and has served as the national delegate of the EAHIL for Germany since 2007. His hobbies include horseback archery and acting. Dr. Obst will be presenting on organizational barriers encountered during a 2010 project to develop an tablet lending program where creative budgeting and strategic planning were essential to the project’s success and continued growth. Dr. Obst is on Twitter @obsto.

Alisha Miles, MLIS         

Alisha, (previously a solo hospital librarian who also worked directly with Clinical Informatics and setting up the hospital EHR), is now the Assistant Director for Public Services at Mercer University’s Medical Library.  Alisha will provide tips for overcoming barriers to librarian involvement with the EHR as well as other Meaningful Use aspects. The suggestions are based on her experience as a solo hospital librarian working directly with the Clinical Informatics Department. Alisha can be found online and blogging as Alisha764.

What do you need to join these conferences?
• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone

How do I connect?
Go to this URL:
• Enter as a Guest
• Sign in with your first and last name

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.


NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2013-2014 Call for Applications

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

“NLM continues to be pleased with the success of this collaboration with AAHSL,” said NLM director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. “Since 2002, this leadership program has been invaluable in preparing library managers who are rising stars to move into directorship positions.”

AAHSL president M.J. Tooey said, “AAHSL was one of the early organizations to recognize the importance of identifying and preparing future leaders. Our program, in partnership with NLM, has for more than a decade been a model for best practices in association leadership development programs. We are justifiably proud of the program and of the future leaders it has nurtured.”

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

Fifty-five fellows have participated in the program in the first eleven classes. To date, twenty-two fellows have been appointed to director positions.

“The program has been invaluable to me as I guide and develop a library at a new medical school,” said Nadine Dexter, fellow, class of 2006-2007, and director at University of Central Florida. “I am using many of the concepts and principles, as well as tapping into the network of colleagues. Even when the program is over, ideas and connections continue.”

Tania Bardyn, fellow, class of 2010-2011, and director, University of Washington, said, “The things taught in the program are not just about being a director, but about the means of leading, identifying the key issues we face today in health sciences libraries, and thinking of it as your ticket to change librarianship.”

Evelyn Morgen, mentor, class of 2011-2012, and director at University of Connecticut, stated, “I think both of us—my fellow and I—added to our leadership skills and to our understanding of current issues facing academic medical libraries. It was especially interesting to see all this from the perspective of multiple institutions and ranges of career development.”

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

The program is designed to:

• Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
• Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;
• Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
• Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
• Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
• Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
• Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
• Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the August 1, 2013, deadline for potential fellows for the 2013-2014 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by August 1.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb, Program Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

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.