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SEA Currents

Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

NN/LM Resource Picks Webinar: AIDSource and AIDSinfo

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:00 pm ET
Registration is required.

More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Having access to quality, current information is vital in helping to improve the research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Join us to learn more about two great information resources – AIDSource and AIDSinfo. These websites feature information from both federal and nonfederal sources, and include medical practice guidelines, clinical trials, statistics, mobile apps, and so much more! Resources are useful for health professionals, researchers, educators, and the general public.

Guest speakers:
Andrew Plumer, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division
Alison McDougal, PMP, AIDSinfo Project Manager

2017 CHIS Moodle Class Schedule

The NN/LM SE/A is happy to announce the 2017 consumer health Moodle classes for 2017. These classes count towards Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) and are free and open to anyone regardless of NN/LM region.

  • January 9 – February 6 – From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health on the Internet
  • February 6 – March 13 – Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library
  • March 13 – April 17 – ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
  • April 17 – May 15 – Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials
  • May 15 – June 12 – The Canny Consumer: Resources for Consumer Health Decision-Making
  • June 12 – July 31 – Health & Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services
  • July 31 – August 28 – Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web
  • August 28 – October 2 – Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • October 2 – October 30 – Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans
  • October 30 – November 27 – Grants and Proposal Writing

In addition to these 11 CHIS Moodle classes, two classes, Keeping Up with PubMed and Making PubMed Work for You, will be “on-demand” via Moodle in the new year. You will be able to take these year-round and at your own pace. Modifications were made to these existing classes to eliminate interactions with fellow students and instead, you’ll interact directly with the class facilitator, Terri Ottosen, Outreach and Education Coordinator, to get feedback on your assignments. The classes employ videos and other materials to help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and is intended to help supplement other instruction on PubMed offered through the National Training Office (NTO) and NN/LM Regions. Here is a description of each of these classes:

Making PubMed Work for You – This class will help to improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free, public interface to the MEDLINE database of biomedical journal literature citations. Look for Automatic Term Mapping, Managing Search Results, the Details box and applying filters in Week 1.  Searching with MeSH will be covered in week 2. In week 3, we will look at My NCBI and the Topical Queries.

Keeping Up with PubMed – This intermediate level class will help to improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free, public interface to the MEDLINE database of biomedical journal literature citations. This course builds on the first PubMed Moodle course: Making PubMed Work for You.  Topics we’ll cover include MeSH (Module 1); subsets, filters, and My NCBI including applying Filters (Module 2);  email alerts of new citations, creating tables of contents alerts through the NLM Catalog (Module 3); and LinkOut plus two literature databases linked to PubMed (Module 4).

To see a description of the CHIS classes and/or register online, please visit:

For questions or comments, please contact Terri Ottosen,

Beyond the SE/A: Virtual Supermarket Program: Grocery Delivery as Food Access – December 14, 2016 12 PM ET

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenter: Laura Flamm, Director of Healthy Eating and Active Living, Baltimore City Health Department

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Nancy Patterson.

Presentation Summary: Many grocery stores and online retailers are offering grocery delivery.  What if grocery delivery could solve America’s food access and food desert issues?  The Baltimore City Health Department’s Baltimarket Virtual Supermarket Program presents on the past, present, and future of their innovative public-private partnership – offering considerations for starting your own “Virtual Supermarket” and policies to watch that will open up online grocery stores for low-income consumers.

Presenter Bio: Laura Flamm is the Director of Healthy Eating and Active Living at the Baltimore City Health Department. In this role, she oversees the Baltimarket food access programs, which include the Virtual Supermarket, Healthy Stores, and Neighborhood Food Advocates. She also oversees community-based walking promotion initiatives. Laura believes that our communities become stronger when we fight for our right to foods and environments that nurture us.

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

To Join the Webinar:

  • Topic: Beyond the SEA: Baltimarket
  • Host: Nancy Patterson
  • Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
  • Session number: 627 508 021
  • Session password: nnlmsea

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Technical Briefs – Important Information Prior to the Use of WebEx:

NIH Requests Information on Strategies for Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

Today, in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts<>, NIH published a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks public comments on strategies for data management, sharing, and citation in order to consider:

(1) what, when, and how data should be managed and shared; and,

(2) setting standards for citing shared data and software.

The complete RFI, as well as instructions on how to comment, can be found on the NIH OSP website<>.  NIH will consider all public comments before taking next steps.

Additional information about the importance of this RFI can be found in an ?Under the Poliscope?blog<> published today by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy.

For more information, please contact the NIH Office of Science Policy by email<> or by telephone at 301-496-9838.


NTO Training Needs Assessment

Learning: you do it every day because you’re curious and you want to stay informed. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can help you learn what you care about…and we’d like to do it on your terms.

Please complete our training needs assessment. By doing so, your responses will guide NN/LM in developing programs:

  • on the topics you want
  • at the right level
  • in a format that works for you

This needs assessment is being conducted by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) and is estimated to take 10-15 minutes to complete. It will close on November 30, 2016. Your response is sincerely appreciated.


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.