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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for July, 2013

Register for PubMed® for Trainers (It’s free!)

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Offered by the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Would you like to gain new skills, brush up on existing PubMed skills and collaborate with colleagues to help create effective training strategies?  The NTC, along with the Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA, is offering PubMed® for Trainers (PMT). PMT is held in 4 sessions; 3 online and 1 in person session (attendance in all is expected). The last of the four sessions will be in-person at the Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. Upon completion, the class is eligible for 15 hours of MLA CE credit.

The class runs from October 31 – November 14, 2013. 

This hands-on course consists of 9 presentations created by the National Library of Medicine, live demonstrations, hands-on exercises, group work and discussions, and networking opportunities over the course of four sessions.  You can expect an additional 2-3 hours of independent homework. 

By the end of the course, you should:

  • Have a functional knowledge of the MEDLINEdatabase
  • Understand behind the scenes details of how PubMed translates your search
  • Know how to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  • Customize your search results and save search strategies using My NCBI
  • Increase you knowledge of how to more effectively search for drugs, diseases, and patient centered research.

The dates and times for the four class sessions are:

  1. Thursday, October 31, 2013 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
  2. Monday, November 4, 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
  3. Thursday, November 7, 10-12 ET (online via Adobe Connect)
  4. Thursday, November 14, 9-4:30 ET (in-person in Savannah)

For more information and to register, visit

Press Release from Group Licensing Initiative

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Ground-Breaking News for SE/A Librarians*

The SE/A Region is excited to partner with the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) and their innovative Group Licensing Initiative (GLI). Participation in this cost-saving consortium, offering high-quality electronic resources, could be available to you as early as the spring of 2014. More than ten years old, the GLI leverages group purchasing power for more than 100 health facilities throughout the MAR Region by offering outstanding electronic resources at the lowest prices possible.

In order to open participation to our region, the HSLANJ GLI is conducting a very brief survey.*

All librarians in the region should have received an email from Robb Mackes recently, inviting them to complete this 12-question survey designed to take no more than 10 minutes. Please do so at your earliest convenience.

If you did not receive a survey link, or for more information, contact:

Robert T. Mackes, MLS, AHIP
Executive Director, HSLANJ
Project Manager, Group Licensing Initiative

Many thanks and we look forward to opening participation in the HSLANJ GLI to the SE/A Region!

*Per licensing agreements with vendors, participation in the GLI is available to hospitals and other non-profit healthcare-related organizations.  Additionally, for-profit hospitals are also included at the discretion of the vendor.  We are forbidden from offering GLI pricing to academic institutions such as medical schools or other university settings, as well as for-profit corporations.


What We Learned: MLA13

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

By Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technology and Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

MLA 2013 proved to be a very busy meeting for me—as a participant, presenter, and newly appointed member of credentialing committee. Though my attention was pulled in multiple directions, I would say the bulk of my energy was geared towards preparing and delivering what I hoped were well-rehearsed presentations. As I reflect on the conference, it seems that I learned as much from the process of prepping and delivering these presentations as I hoped conference attendees did from the content. The adage about “getting out what you put in” seemed to ring true in this instance. The experience of presenting at MLA along with so many talented health science information professionals was of tremendous value and constituted many major “What We Learned” moments.

The structure of the MLA Tech Trends panel, on which I participated this year, was a particularly refreshing take on the panel presentation. Having not only a session moderator (Michelle Kraft), but also Social Media Jockeys Nicole Dettmer (Twitter) and Amy Blevins (Google), forced presenters to focus on their message, all without the aid of presentation technology they themselves could control. The Tech Trends panel presentation allowed me to elevate my efforts to place a greater focus on both my topic and the audience so that I could effectively convey a concise, targeted message. I certainly emerged from the experience with stronger speaking skills that will prepare me for future presentations.

I also picked up new bits of information from the poster and paper presentations, which will allowed me to develop ideas for new projects and suggestions to strengthen existing ones. I did, however, find myself with a little less time to indulge in a lot of sessions by giving several of my own presentations and having to attend more business meetings than in the past. Luckily, with much of the content on the conference site prior to the meeting and the session recordings available soon after the conference, I felt that despite being so busy in Boston, I could still view and enjoy much of the other material I would have otherwise missed. The conference site does a great job to facilitate both an in-person and a virtual conference experience.

If you have questions, comments, or want to follow up, please let me know (

Reminder: Two more days to provide feedback to NN/LM SE/A

Wednesday, July 10th, 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

So you want to Tweet your library . . . .

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

By David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A Region

Twitter is not for everyone, but a growing number of social media users are joining this arena and it is important to reach them. According to the Statistic Brain website, as of 05/07/2013 there are:

  • 554,750,000 active registered Twitter user
  • 135,000 new registrations every day
  • 58 million tweets each day
  • 115 million active Twitter users each month
  • at least 40% of Twitter users watch but do not tweet

These figures represent a substantial audience, and while not everyone will flock to your site, you can rather quickly develop a following and share crucial information with your constituents who do tweet.

But how easy is it, you may ask? How can I possibly find the time? Well, here is my quick guide for joining and managing the Twittersphere.

Join Twitter:

Go to Twitter and register for an account (set up a Gmail account rather than use a personal work email for the purpose of registration).
Start following:

You can use the search box in Twitter to find people to follow.

Search for NLM or Medical Library or CDC or Health, and follow the ones you like.

You can also follow @NNLMSEA and then follow some of the same accounts we follow.


Start tweeting:

You can either retweet other’s tweets or create your own.

To retweet, just hover over the post you want to share and click on “retweet.”

To create your own tweet, click in the “Compose new tweet” box and start typing.

Remember that tweets are only 140 characters, so use your space wisely:

Use a URL shortener, e.g., or Bitly

Put URLs in the first half of the tweet

Use @ handles to identify yourself (helps develop a following)

Use hashtags (#) to make your tweets searchable by keyword




Advanced Social Media:

Pick a Twitter tool like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck.

Personally, I prefer Hootsuite because it is web based and I can use it from any computer.

If you tweet from a smart device, you may prefer the Tweetdeck app.


and a host of other options. This tool has made it much easier to manage multiple accounts, but as a beginner, you can easily run things directly from Twitter.

Nitty Gritty:

With my tweeting tools before me, I scan through the list of tweets at a specific time (usually around 10am). I select five or six tweets that seem of interest to the Region and retweet them. I click on the hyperlinks in the tweets to pull up the corresponding web page. I then take that URL and post it to our SE/A Facebook page with a basic descriptive sentence. If other items of interest appear during the day, I may do additional tweets, but for the most part I try to get information out at a time during the day when most folks have already done several hours of work and might be taking a break to catch up on the latest information. Tweeting for only 15 minutes two or three times a week can reach a large audience and market your library as a quality source of information.

If you have specific question or need help, please let me know ( I love talking about information sharing, especially with social media.


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.