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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

SEAside Webinar: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality: Uses and Applications – Friday, April 28, 2017 2 PM ET

Date/Time: Friday, April 28, 2017, 2:00 PM ET

Presenter: Jen Bishop, Online Services and Emerging Technology Supervisor for Carroll County Public Library; Liz Sundermann, Data, Communications, and Services Coordinator, Division of Library Development & Services, Maryland State Department of Education.

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

Presentation Summary: Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are hot technology topics, but how will these emerging technologies impact education, the medical profession, and industry?  What platforms are currently available and how can librarians and educators implement them successfully? In this webinar, we will explore how libraries are sharing virtual, augmented, and mixed reality with their communities.

Presenter Bios: Liz Sundermann-Zinger is the Data Communications and Services Coordinator for the state library agency in Maryland. She has helped provide technology and computer science educational opportunities to youth and families across the state, including computer science concepts for preschoolers, Minecraft Edu programs and classes, Virtual Reality environment creation for teens, and is currently developing a statewide online makerspace for public libraries.

Jen Bishop is the Online Services and Emerging Technologies Supervisor for Carroll County Public Library, where she enjoys researching, piloting, and sharing new technologies with the community. She has helped launch new technology initiatives, including CCPL’s 3D printing service, Exploration Point! makerspace, and virtual reality.

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: SEAside Webinar: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality: Uses and Applications
  • Host: Tony Nguyen
  • Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
  • Session number: 622 891 774
  • Session password: SEATech

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NNLM SEA and NDCO Closed – March 14, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM),  Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) are closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017 due to inclement weather in Baltimore, MD where our offices are located.

Pilot Project: Join our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Facebook Group

The NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) is piloting a new Consumer Health Information Specialists Facebook group and you’re invited to join!

If you’re a member of the Southeastern/Atlantic region with a passion in Consumer Health Information, this group is for you. You’ll be able to connect with like-minded health information professionals.

Working on your Medical Library Association (MLA) Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)?

Great news! If you’re currently taking classes to earn MLA CHIS Level 1 or 2, the NNLM SEA has an offer exclusively for its members. Join our new Facebook group and we’ll pay the CHIS application fee.

  • You must be a member of the NNLM SEA Region.
  • Complete the courses needed to earn either MLA CHIS Level 1 or Level II.
  • Download and complete the form available from the MLA CHIS website.
  • Send your completed application to
  • NNLM SEA will submit your application to MLA and take care of your application fee. ($55 for members and $75 for non-members.)

The offer will apply whether or not you are a member of MLA or not.

Already have MLA CHIS Level 1 or 2?

  • We encourage you to join our new Facebook Group!
  • Your insights and contributions to Consumer Health are greatly appreciated as members share, interact and encourage each other.

Terri Ottosen and Nancy Patterson, Outreach and Education Coordinators, will facilitate and administer the group on Facebook and will add people that request to join, provided you are earning or have earned your CHIS certification.

We’re excited about our new Facebook group and hope you’ll join and make it a great way to connect with others in the Region who are interested in consumer health and share information and share items of interest with the group. We envision the group page as a place to comment on and “like” posts, discuss issues with providing consumer health services, coordinate with others, and collaborate to share projects and ideas.

This pilot project is an experiment, so we will seek your feedback to improve and modify the project as we go along. We hope this group will serve as a “meeting place” for those interested in and passionate about consumer health. We also hope this project allows for better sharing and collaboration throughout the Region, as well as to promote partnerships and comradery amongst those in the group.

Learn more about the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization

For questions, please contact Terri Ottosen or Nancy Patterson.

March NIH News in Health Now Available

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services





Check out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research: To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark

Understanding Food Allergies
How to Prevent Peanut Allergy and More

People who have serious reactions to certain foods must be careful about what they eat, and what others eat around them. There’s no cure for food allergies. Researchers are learning more about how to prevent and treat food allergies.






Screening tests can help catch chronic health conditions early. But, sometimes, being tested may cause more harm than good.






Health Capsules

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.  Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you! Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services – Open for Registration

Interested in consumer health? Registration is now open for the spring offering of the 4-week online class Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services. This free online course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. Attendees will participate in a robust class that includes four weeks of interactive instruction, discussion, and activities followed by an additional week to complete a final project. This course was developed to help all library staff provide excellent services and health information to consumers, patients, students, and other members of the community.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this class, participants can expect to spend between 3 and 4 hours per week to fulfill the requirements of this course. Upon completion, participants will be awarded 12 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE units. In addition, this is an approved CHIS class; participants who complete the class are eligible to apply for Level I or Level II of the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA.

NNLM librarians Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Librarian from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) and Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist from the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) are teaming up to teach this class!

The class will run from March 20 – April 21, 2016. We will be using Moodle for this free, self-paced class. More information will be sent out to registrants by March 17, and the course will open Monday morning, March 20th. Register now at NOTE: If this time frame doesn’t work for you, the next session will be taught in June.

Please contact Kelli by email if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in this NNLM course!

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.