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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

July 2016 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





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Safeguarding Our Health
Vaccines Protect Us All

We live in a time when vaccines can protect us from many of the most serious illnesses. Staying current on your shots helps you—and your neighbors—avoid getting and spreading disease. Read more about vaccines.





A Blurry Worldview
Understanding Myopia

Blurry distant vision is the main symptom of myopia, a condition that affects about a third of American adults. If you have myopia, you’ll have trouble seeing things far away, but you’ll be able to see nearby things clearly. Read more about myopia.






Health Capsules


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National Health Observances – July 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of April. By supporting National health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

Source: 2016 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Changes to MedlinePlus

On Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, the MedlinePlus team will update the domain to “” for all page URLs on the English and Spanish MedlinePlus sites, including health topic pages, drug monographs and encyclopedia articles.

For example, the URL for the English health topic page “Asthma” will change from


The URL for the Spanish health topic page “Asthma” will change from


The old URLs will automatically redirect to the new URLs for the foreseeable future. However, we suggest updating your pages to point to and concurrent with this update.

This update does not change the site contents or design.

For questions regarding this update, please contact the MedlinePlus support team via their online form.


Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2016-2017

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016.

“This program has been an unqualified success since its launch in 2002,” observed NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys. “We are so pleased to be a partner in it, and to witness its positive impact on the participants — both fellows and mentors — and on the management of libraries across the nation.”

AAHSL President Ruth Riley said: “The Leadership Fellows Program has an outstanding record of fulfilling AAHSL’s goal to produce the next generation of excellent executive leaders of academic health sciences libraries. In partnership with the National Library of Medicine, the Program serves as an exemplar of leadership development in library science, information technology, and academic medicine, helping to ensure that the future of academic health sciences libraries is very bright.”

The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-two fellows and 59 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2016. To date, 28 fellows have received director appointments and over 50% have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

What Participants Are Saying

Fellow 2002-03: As a member of the first cohort I’ve continued to be amazed at the quality retained and further refined as the Leadership Fellows Program has evolved. The perspective it provided has continued to sustain me in the decade plus since my fellowship year.

Mentor 2011-12: The program has given me the opportunity of mentoring a talented and visionary librarian. I’ve learned at least as much as I’ve given. I now have a fresh perspective on my own leadership role at my institution and insights into other libraries. I’m looking forward to following my fellow’s career. Our profession is in good hands.

Mentor 2014-15: I found the program energizing. It gave me time and reason to focus on the big picture, instead of the miscellany of day-to-day operations, and reconnected me to some of the passion that infuses librarianship as a profession.

Fellow 2014-15: It has given me ideas and confidence to seek positions of greater leadership in the mid term. In the present, I’ve gotten some practical skills that are already useful in my current position.

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a year-long fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

The program is designed to:

• Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
• Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;
• Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
• Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
• Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
• Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
• Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
• Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the July 22, 2016 deadline for potential fellows for the 2016-2017 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting Carol Jenkins at the address below by July 22nd.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at on the AAHSL website. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

SEAside Webinar – Navigating the Institutional Review Board for Librarianship Research

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET

Presenter: Carolyn Schubert, MLIS, Health Sciences & Nursing Librarian, Rose Library, James Madison University.

Co-Sponsor: MACMLA Research and Assessment Committee

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

Summary: Librarians are encountering more opportunities to conduct original research and contribute to evidence based practices, but only 26% believe they have the educational training to conduct these tasks (Kennedy & Brancolini, 2012). One key step in this process is navigating an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to assure participants are treated in an ethical manner. What does it mean to protect research participants today? What does an IRB look for? What tips, tricks, and best practices can save you time with this process? Discussion of these questions and more are the focus of this webinar.

Presenter Bio: Carolyn Schubert is the Health Sciences & Nursing Librarian at James Madison University. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2009. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning in nursing and health sciences, especially biomedical informatics and evidence based practice, and research and assessment of librarianship. She is currently a member of JMU’s Institutional Review Board. She also participated in the 2015 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1.5 hours 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.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • 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 reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

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Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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