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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for September, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The Fellowship: curriculum and projects

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

·         Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others

·         Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips, attendance at a Pow-Wow and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus

·         Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine

·         Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff

·         Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

·         A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2013)

·         Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance

·         Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2014.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at  Application deadline is February 4, 2014.   Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or

Join the NLM Training Center for a New Online TOXNET Class

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Would you like to learn more about the environmental health resources available from the National Library of Medicine?  Join the NLM Training Center (NTC) from October 21 – November 5, 2013 for Module 1 a new online class, called “Discovering TOXNET:  From Paracelsus to Nanotechnology.” 

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Module 1 covers three TOXNET databases (ChemIDPlus, LactMed, and TOXLINE) as well as three emergency response tools (CHEMM, REMM, and WISER).  Module 2 covers the risk assessment databases and will be offered at a later date.  You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, discovery exercises, and solving reallife reference questions.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in the following TOXNET and emergency response tools:  ChemIDPlus, LactMed, TOXLINE, CHEMM, REMM, and WISER. 

How much time?

3 hours of work on your own time followed by a 1 hour synchronous session using Adobe Connect.  Participants who complete the class requirements are eligible for 4 MLA Continuing Education credits.


Asynchronous work on your own (allow 3 hours):  October 21 – 31, 2013

Synchronous Adobe Connect session:  November 5, 2013, 1 pm ET (12 pm CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT)

How to Register?

Enrollment is limited, so register soon!  Visit:



Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA – CE Classes 2013

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

All CE courses will be offered on Sunday, October 13. Below please find the course titles, times, and descriptions of the CE offerings.

Kristi Holmes

Translational Science Support at Your Institution: A Roadmap for Success (4hrs)
Kristi Holmes

Time: 8 AM – 12 Noon

Traditionally, medical libraries have provided information resources and technology in support of educational, research, and patient care objectives. The complexity of translational science research and its multidisciplinary approach offer prime opportunities for many different types of libraries to create visionary library-based translational science programs. This class will provide medical libraries with an initial foundation to develop and/or supplement translational science programs for their institutions. Topics to be discussed include an introduction to the concept of translational science and Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs), Team Science, a discussion of stakeholders for advancing translational science efforts, strategies for initiating collaborations with stakeholders, and a review of possible services and resources that can be implemented to establish a library-based translational science program. 

Carrie Iwema
Personal Genomics, Personalized Medicine, & You (4hrs)

Instructor: Carrie Iwema

Time: 1-5 PM

Advances in DNA sequencing technologies have greatly reduced the cost of whole genome sequencing and created fascinating new areas of study—personal genomics and personalized medicine. Empowered by recent technological advancements, scientists now have the ability to rapidly compare genetic alphabets of groups of people who show a particular trait with those that don’t. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) companies use this information to offer genotyping technology relatively inexpensively to the general public. Access to your personal genome enables you to identify genetic risk factors or inheritable disease markers you are carrying and can help you and your doctor choose the appropriate medications, dosages, and healthcare strategies. This course will expose medical librarians to info they can bring to their patrons (consumers, researchers, and clinicians), including breaking news, available online resources, the role of social media, and health-focused genetic testing and analysis services provided by DTC retail genomic firms.

Andrew Youngkin
Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials
Instructor: Andrew Youngkin (NN/LM SE/A)

Time: 8 AM – 12 noon (Offsite)

Building on concepts of understanding learning styles and how to organize and ‘chunk’ instructional content for the online environment, this course’s main goal is to teach librarians best practices for creating effective screencasts (video-based online instruction modules) using Adobe Captivate and other similar tools. Student learning outcomes include: the ability to determine what content does and does not work well in screencast form; the ability to divide content into logical chunks that are most appropriate for online learners; an understanding of best practices for creating content for their topic (e.g. storyboarding, script writing, and voiceover/narration); an understanding of what hardware and software tools work best for which content (and best sources for acquiring needed tools); and the ability to assess the effectiveness of screencasted content.

Kate Flewelling
PubMed for Experts
Instructor: Kate Flewelling (NN/LM MAR)

Time: 1-5PM (Offsite)

Designed as an advanced class for experienced MEDLINE searchers. This hands-on class will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches. Attendees are encouraged to contribute past and present difficult searches to discuss with the class.


*** Each CE workshop will include snack breaks and lunch will be “on your own.”  ***


This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Beyond the SEA – Harnessing the Power of GIS: Tips on Getting Started – September 18, 2013

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Time: 12 Noon ET

Presentation: Harnessing the Power of GIS: Tips on Getting Started

Presenter: Julie Spangler, GISP Senior GIS Analyst, JMT Technology Group, Baltimore, MD and Adjunct Faculty Member, Geospatial Applications Program, Community College of Baltimore County.
Julie is a Senior GIS Analyst with 14 years of experience in database and information management. She holds a Master of Science in Applied Information Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Planning, and a Professional Certificate in Database Management Systems, all from Towson University.

Summary: A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a powerful tool for analyzing data to better understand relationships, patterns and trends. Because GIS is used across a broad spectrum of industries, it can also seem very confusing and challenging to implement and support.  The purpose of this webinar will be to:

  • Offer a basic understanding of the technology and framework
  • Investigate some of the primary sources for readily available basemap data
  • Discuss how to evaluate basemap data for use in health investigations
  • Highlight some uses and applications of GIS within the health field
  • Outline a course of action to learn more

What do you need to join this conference?

  • 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 (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some other reason cannot let Adobe connect call you phone, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

Test your connection:

Get a quick overview:

Free Informational Webinars on the Affordable Care Act For Faith-Based Organizations Begin September 10th

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The HHS Partnership Center is hosting a series of interactive webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how to utilize it. The Go2Meeting webinars require registration but are open to the public. Each will include a question and answer session at the end.

You can find full information and registration information via the link below. An overview of the webinar schedule is:

Tuesday, September 10th at 4pm EST: The Health Care Law – Health Insurance Marketplace 101A presentation on the main provisions in the health care law (the Affordable Care Act) and how to access care in your community. Topics include the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance, and how to receive updates on implementation of the law. A brief question and answer session will provide answers to commonly asked questions.

Please send any questions to prior to September 10 at Noon EST.

Tuesday, September 17th at 7pm EST: Understanding the Health Insurance MarketplaceThis webinar is for those who help people make informed health coverage decisions. The webinar includes a detailed review of the Marketplace (Exchanges), includes eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application. This session covers many of the same topics as the Health Insurance Marketplace 101 session, but it is provided in more depth.

Please send any questions to prior to September 17th at Noon EST.

Tuesday, October 8th at 4pm EST: How to Enroll in the Health Insurance MarketplaceAre you ready for the health care law, what some may know as Obamacare, health reform or the Affordable Care Act? We will explain the health care law, show you how to enroll in health insurance and answer your questions. Open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014. Health insurance will be available for every American as a result of the health care law.

Please send any questions to prior to October 8 at Noon EST.

Tuesday, October 16th at 7pm EST: How to Enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace

(same as above) Please send any questions to prior to October 16 at Noon EST.


Find complete information on the HHS Partnership Center’s “ACA 101” webinar series here:


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.