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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Discovering TOXNET (4 week self paced Moodle course, Mar 1-31)

TITLE: Discovering TOXNET

ABOUT: Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases with a guided, self-paced, online course. TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.

Discovering TOXNET is taught online in thirteen independent modules. The modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, and a short introductory module.

Students work on their own over a period of 4 weeks to complete any modules of interest. Variable MLA Continuing Education credit is available. Each module offers from 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. This course is offered through the Moodle course management system and includes guided interactive online tutorials, videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions via email and provide assistance throughout the course.

DATES: Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017


Teaching Topics – Classroom Assessment on the Fly (Jan 11, 1-2 ET and Feb 15, 1-2 ET)

TITLE: Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly

ABOUT: How can we use assessment effectively in the classroom? Join us for a one-hour program on classroom assessment techniques. After a brief review of the types assessment out there, we’ll review a number of different methods you can use for instantaneous feedback. From low tech polling to one minute papers, you will leave this session with new ideas for assessing learning ‘on the fly’ – no gradebook required.


Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

1:00PM – 2:00PM ET


Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

1:00PM – 2:00PM ET


SCR CONNECTions Webinar – Assessing Community Needs and Assets: Key Data Collection Strategies for Planners and Grant Writers – Jan 11, 2017

Title: Assessing Community Needs and Assets: Key Data Collection Strategies for Planners and Grant Writers

Guest Speaker: Emily Spence-Almaguer, PhD

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am CT / 9:00am – 10:00am MT

Description: This webinar will introduce participants to the basic components of a community needs assessment.  The strengths and weaknesses of various data collection methods will be reviewed and the presenter will briefly discuss strategies for incorporating needs assessment information in grant proposals.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Emily Spence-Almaguer is Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Health Equity and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems in the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health.  She also serves as Outreach Core Director for the Texas Center for Health Disparities, a National Institute of Health Center of Excellence.  She obtained her PhD from Florida International University in Social Welfare. Her research interests include program evaluation, community assessment, poverty, homelessness, community-based participatory research, and interpersonal violence. She serves as lead evaluator or investigator for several large community initiatives associated with interpersonal violence, health coaching, poverty, mental health, financial stability, homelessness and mentoring.   She has also conducted both regional and topic-specific community needs assessments.  She has published books, journal articles and community manuscripts in the areas of program evaluation, community assets and needs, intervention development, technology use in human services, and interpersonal violence.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To join the meeting:
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For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

For more information about this webinar, please visit:

Seeking New NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Executive Director

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) is seeking an enthusiastic, forward-thinking Executive Director for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).  Funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through a cooperative agreement, HSLS serves as the regional medical library headquarters for the Middle Atlantic Region, one of eight regions in the NNLM nationwide program.  NNLM MAR comprises Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  The NNLM mission is to ensure health professionals, researchers, the public health workforce, patients, families and the general public have access to quality health information.

The Executive Director is responsible for leadership, development, administration, and evaluation of all programs of the Middle Atlantic Region, including outreach services such as project funding, training, presentations, exhibits and other types of public programs.  The successful candidate will bring a dedication to outreach and educational programs which increase access to quality health information; be skilled in managing a high-performing unit; possess strong networking and collaborative skills; and have vision for national and regional programs that shape the future of the NNLM.

Review of candidates will begin February 1 and will continue until the position is filled.  A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply may be viewed at:


NIH Funding Opportunity: NLM Admin Supplement for Informationist Services

The National Library of Medicine, in conjunction with NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), published an Administrative Supplement opportunity available to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, in some cases, with other grant or cooperative agreement mechanisms (see details in the Activity Code listing of which ICs will accept applications for each activity code).  These administrative supplements provide funds to active awards of participating Institutes and Centers in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of digital research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess the impact of the informationist’s participation.

To review the announcement, please go to the NIH grants page:

Applications are due by: March 15, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Direct any questions to:

Alan VanBiervliet, Ph.D.
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-594-4882

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.