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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Webinar – Health Disparities: You know there’s a need, now prove it

Health Disparities: You know there’s a need, now prove it! (Boost Box) – Sponsored by MAR / February 24, 2017 noon -1 pm ET. Most of us can see with our own eyes that inequity exists, including in health access and outcomes. How do we prove it to policy makers, grant funders and other decision makers? Are there model interventions that we can replicate? This entry-level presentation will explore online sources of reliable health statistics, research and evidence-based community interventions. The emphasis of this presentation will be on free information resources and may be of particular interest to community-based organizations, public health workers, public library staff and others who do not have access to academic library resources. Details and registration

New Moodle Class: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) and Mid-Continental Region (MCR) Regions invites you to this 9 week, self-paced, asynchronous course to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

February 27 – April 28, 2017

Description: The Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. This course is taught in Moodle and is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there will be completion deadlines). Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes” forum, top picks from the NNLM MCR and PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club articles, and completion of the course “Big Data Fundamentals” from the Big Data University.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role that big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective.
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians are to support big data initiatives. (Students are encouraged to publish their views on one of the NNLM MCR or SEA publications as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic).

Students who sign up for this course agree to:

  • Commit to spend the full 9 contact hours learning about and articulating their views on the course topic (this includes the 1.5 contact hours from the Big Data University’s course).
  • Complete the course requirements by the deadline establish in each course offering.
  • Provide course feedback (strengths/weaknesses) on the MLA Online Course Evaluation form.

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

To register for this class, please visit: Please note that our new class registration system requires obtaining a free NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NNLM Training Office.

This class is limited to the first 30 registrants. Afterwards we will take a wait list.

Please contact John Bramble at or Tony Nguyen at with questions.

Free Online CE Class: Discovering TOXNET

Anything on this list below spark questions? If so, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for Discovering TOXNET to learn how to use TOXNET to find answers to questions about:

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Environmental Justice
  • Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials
  • Lead and Human Health
  • Outdoor Air
  • Pesticide Exposure
  • Water Pollution
  • Pesticides Used for Mosquito Control
  • Drugs and chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed
  • Superfund Sites (Remember Love Canal?)
  • Environmental releases of over 600 toxic chemicals by U.S. industrial facilities
  • Health effects of chemicals in more than 10,000 common household products
  • Dose-response assessment for over 500 chemicals
  • Over 400,000 chemicals

ABOUT: Learn about TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) environmental health databases with a self-paced, online course. TOXNET is a web-based suite of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.


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DATES: This is a 4 week, self-paced course. Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017


  • Discovering TOXNET is taught online in thirteen independent modules.
  • You can pick and choose the modules you want to complete and receive CE credit for what you complete.
  • Modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, Household Products Database, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, Drug Information Portal and an introductory module.
  • Students work on their own over a period of 4 weeks.
  • Instructors are available to answer questions via email and provide assistance throughout the course.
  • MLA Continuing Education credit is available for the modules you complete, for a total of 12 CE credits.
  • The course is offered through Moodle and includes guided interactive online tutorials, videos, and discovery exercises.


Beyond the SEA Webinar: Entrustable Professional Activities – February 15, 2017 12 PM ET

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:00 PM ET

Presenter: Joey Nicholson, MLIS, MPH, AHIP, Education and Curriculum Librarian, NYU Health Sciences Library

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Summary: EPAs and the idea of Competency Based Medical Education are generating a lot of attention from all aspects of medicine. This webinar will include an introduction to the topics, discuss opportunities they provide for librarians to engage with learning at hospital and academic medical centers, and provide insight into how our profession is pursuing engagement with the medical education community on these matters.

 Presenter Bio: Joey Nicholson is the Education and Curriculum Librarian at NYU School of Medicine, working with students, staff, and faculty to integrate information and technology literacy throughout undergraduate medical education. In addition to his role at NYU, he is a PhD Candidate at Maastricht University, School of Health Professions Education focusing on programmatic assessment of evidence-based medicine in undergraduate medical education.

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 encouraged, but not required. Visit our webinar page to sign up! You will need to create a FREE account prior to registration. Learn how to register from the NTO.

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PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe 4 MLA Credits

PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe   4 MLA Credits

Instructor: Kate Flewelling, MLIS, Health Professions Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, University of Pittsburgh,

This hands-on, in person course will provide an overview of evidence based research and practice.  It will cover definitions of terms, hierarchies of quantitative and qualitative evidence, formulating an evidence-based question, developing effective search strategies in PubMed to identify appropriate citations, and introduce the concept of critical appraisal of the evidence.

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Where: Langston Hughes Memorial Library, Lincoln University, 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352 (Directions:

Register: Please note that we have a NEW class registration system which requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes.

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.