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(via Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region, on behalf of Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine)

I am pleased to present you with A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, the NLM Strategic Plan for 2017-2027:

As it approaches its third century, the National Library of Medicine will do for data what it has done for the literature – create the tools to make it FAIR, guide the development of repositories to store it in a safe and accessible manner, and develop the linkages that makes seamless pathways between the literature, models, data, visualization tools, and people. The NLM will play a critical role in driving the shift to data-powered research and the inherent growing demand for access to our resources. We will foster new kinds of scientific communication while preserving the world’s biomedical knowledge in sustainable ways. In partnerships across NIH and around the world we will bring together the people and processes that create biomedical knowledge for health care, health, and economic growth.

This plan will guide us as we expand and enhance our research, development, training, and or literature and data resources to make more biomedical data easier to find, use, and understand. In doing so, we are fully committed to partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the NIH Institutes and Centers, NIH grantees, scientists, health professionals, and members of the public.

Over 1700 NLM staff members, hundreds of national and international librarians, informatics professionals, biomedical scientists, data scientists, clinicians, public health specialists, and other stakeholders advised us as we charted a pathway for the next ten years. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine plays a key role in bringing the NLM to the scientific, clinical, and lay communities. We value its members as collaborators and look to a future of growth in outreach and impact.

Even though the plan is now in final form, I welcome your comments and advice, too, as we begin its implementation. I invite you to be our partner in the adventure.

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(via Elizabeth Kiscaden-Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

Join National Library of Medicine Director Patricia Brennan, RN, PhD today at 1:00 PM CT (2:00 PM ET) via live stream as she hosts “A Conversation About Graphic Medicine” with pioneers from this emerging genre of literature that combines the art of comics and the personal illness narrative. In addition to graphic medicine authors Ellen Forney and Michael Green, MS, MD, Dr. Brennan will be joined by MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, author of the graphic memoir Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, co-author of  The Graphic Medicine Manifesto, and co-manager of

To access the live-stream, go to The presentation will be recorded and archived.

Posted in Library Organizations, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Sarah Miles, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – South Central Region)

We are pleased to announce our next SCR CONNECTions webinar, Sustaining your Organization’s Future: Mentoring and Succession Planning in Libraries presented by guest speakers Julie Leuzinger and Jennifer Rowe of the University of North Texas Libraries. The session will be held Wednesday, March 14th at 10am CT / 9am MT. Please mark your calendars for this fabulous session!

Please see below for full details or visit our website<> for instructions to join the session. No registration is required. Please share this announcement with any colleagues that might be interested!

Thank you also to those who joined us for our February webinar, Preparing for the Worst: Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness. The recording for the session is now available! Please visit the Archived Webinars<> page on our website or view the video on our YouTube:

Title: Sustaining your Organization’s Future: Mentoring and Succession Planning in Libraries
Guest Speaker: Julie Leuzinger, Head of Library Learning Services, and Jennifer Rowe, Social Sciences & Community Engagement Librarian, University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 10am CT / 9am MT

Description: Are you concerned about who will carry on the work when you leave your library? Would you like to have a network of mentors to guide you professionally? In the business sector, it has long been recognized that mentoring is beneficial to both the mentee and mentor, can result in greater organizational effectiveness, and can be used in conjunction with succession planning to ensure that the organization has a skilled pool of internal candidates who are prepared to fill vacancies and leadership roles. Julie Leuzinger and Jennifer Rowe will discuss results of a recent survey of librarians on the prevalence of succession and mentoring plans in academic, public, school, and special libraries and share conclusions, best practices, and takeaways for giving your organization a boost with increased mentoring and succession planning.

Speaker Bio: Julie Leuzinger, Head of Library Learning Services at the University of North Texas, serves as subject librarian for the Department of Political Science and has 20 years of management and supervisory experience. Her research interests are library management, succession planning, mentoring, and political participation among college students. She is active in her local League of Women Voters and received her MLS from Texas Women’s University in 2006.

Jennifer Rowe, Social Sciences and Community Engagement Librarian at the University of North Texas, serves as subject librarian for departments of Anthropology, Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Behavior Analysis, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management and Disaster Science, Public Administration, Rehabilitation and Health Services, and Social Work. She coordinates the UNT Eagle Commons Library Funding Information Network resources and outreach to the local nonprofit community as well. She received her MLS from UNT in 2012.

For more information: No registration is required for this class.

To Join the Meeting

1. Go to WebEx<>.
2. Enter the session number: 625 134 493 and password: webinar
3. Please provide your name and email address.
4. You may need to read the notice regarding toll-free numbers and click Accept.
5. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
6. Select your audio connection preference:
*Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection
*Call from WebEx – Enter your direct phone number and press 1 when prompted
*Call in – Call: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada toll number)
Enter access code: 625 134 493 #
Enter the Attendee ID on your screen and press #
7. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: webinar

For live captioning, please use
For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

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(via Carolyn Martin, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Northwest Region)

When: Wednesday, February 21, 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska time, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 4:00pm ET (please note your time zone)

PNR Rendezvous webinar session: “Hope from Our Grandmothers: Decolonizing Data through Stories of Resilience”

Much research has been historically rooted in controlling American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and other indigenous peoples to exploit land and natural resources, or even heredity and group identity. Yet, AI/AN community ties, tribal sovereignty rights and claims, and cultural values are emerging as critical elements of resiliency key to reversing the very health and social issues that have plagued indigenous populations as a whole since the dawn of colonization. The practice of research and utilizing information collected by means of observation, hypothesis-testing, repetition of experiment and sound conclusions to inform decision-making, have been integral to indigenous survival and wellbeing for centuries. This webinar will review some of the modern scientific values in comparison to AI/AN ways of knowing and provide examples of indigenous research concepts as they align with decolonizing data.

Presenter: Rose James, PhD (Lummi), Director of Evaluation and Research for the Urban Indian Health Institute<>

How to connect: Registration is encouraged but not required. Register and learn how to connect at

1 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit is available.

Recording will be posted a few days later at, scroll down to Past Classes

Hope you can join us on what is sure to be an informative session!

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(via Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting public library staff to participate in the online training, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community<>.” This is a 4-week, online, asynchronous (all self-paced) course where participants will earn 12 continuing education (CE) credits and a certificate. The course is designed to provide public library staff with core competencies of providing health information services and the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies.

The course will begin March 5, 2018, with new content released each Monday. Plan to spend about 3 hours on coursework each week between March 5 and April 1. One additional week will be provided to catch up on assignments if needed. However, because each week involves online discussion with your peers, it is important to keep up with the weekly topics and not attempt to catch up at the end.

This opportunity is part of a project to improve the course content and format to meet the unique needs of public library staff. Participants will be asked to take a short pre- and post-course surveys.

In addition to receiving a certificate for 12 CE hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA), the NNLM will also sponsor the application fee for a Consumer Health Information Specialization<> certificate from MLA. You will receive a certificate in the mail as well as a digital badge to use online.

If you are interested please complete this online form<>. You will be contacted on February 26, 2018, to let you know if you have been selected for the program. If you have any questions please contact:

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(via Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Institutes of Health is in a furlough status as of Monday, January 22, 2018, due to an absence of federal appropriations. According to the FY 2018 HHS Contingency Staffing Plan for Operations in the Absence of Enacted Annual Appropriations, “The plan for maintaining access to databases includes the minimum staff required to identify and correct dynamic access problems caused by changes in the volume and types of use. (During a shutdown, there would be no routine updating of databases that is normally a major part of these database operations.) In addition, the plan for continuation of IT infrastructure services represents only the bare minimum to sustain the essential infrastructure for keeping the National Library of Medicine data center operational for serving the external biomedical databases that are used in the provision of non-Federal health care.”

What does this mean for librarians and patrons?

  • Databases such as MedlinePlus and PubMed are online but will likely not be updated during the Federal shutdown.
  • E-mails and customer support requests to NLM will not be answered.
  • NLM will not fill ILL requests or provide technical support to DOCLINE/Loansome Doc. Contact the National DOCLINE Coordinating Office, at, if you have questions.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, including the GMR Office, is open! Please contact the Office, at, if you need assistance.

Posted in Greater Midwest Region NN/LM, Legislation, Library Organizations, National Library of Medicine (NLM) | No Comments »

(via Molly Knapp, University of Utah)

NLM Webinar: “2018 MeSH Highlights”

Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature the following topics.

  • change of contraindications from a subheading to a MeSH heading
  • new publication types
  • updates to the terminology for isotopes and radioisotopes
  • additional terminology for viruses, smoking, and sugars
  • restructuring in the plant and animal terminology

Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.

Date and time: Friday, January 5, 12:00-12:30 PM CST

To register:

Posted in National Library of Medicine (NLM), Webinars | No Comments »

The NLM has released a request for information regarding Next-Generation Data Science Challenges in Health and Biomedicine. From the RFI, the NLM, “seeks community input on new data science research initiatives that could address key challenges currently faced by researchers, clinicians, administrators, and others, in all areas of biomedical, social/behavioral and health-related research.” The deadline for response is Nov 1, 2017.

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(via Rebecca Brown, University of Utah)

This is the National Library of Medicine webinar for which you’ve been waiting. Receive answers to the following questions and more.

  • Have you wondered why you see duplicate icons on citations in PubMed?
  • Or why you don’t see icons where you expect?
  • Are you switching vendors and don’t know how that will affect your service?
  • Were you suddenly given the responsibility for your library’s LinkOut account and don’t know where to start?

We will go back to the basics of LinkOut and show you how to get the most of your library’s service. Take an inside look at the three NLM linking services, LinkOut, Outside Tool, and LinkOut Local, and how they differ. Learn why multiple icons display on citations in PubMed and how to see only the ones you want. Following a 30-minute presentation, LinkOut experts will be available to answer your questions.

To register, go here or here.

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(via Dr. Stephen Greenberg, National Library of Medicine)

The History of Medicine Division of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) reminds individuals interested in researching the history of surgery, cardiac care, medical education, health care policy, and the wide variety of other fields with which Michael E. DeBakey was associated during his 75-year career, to apply for the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2018 by Saturday, September 30, 2017.

As noted in a previous announcement, this Fellowship provides up to $10,000 to help offset the costs associated with visiting NLM to conduct research in the Michael E. DeBakey archives and related collections, studying the vast range of subjects which informed, or were informed by, Michael E. DeBakey’s professional career. Applications are invited from anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status. Non-U.S.-citizens may apply.

To apply for the NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, please review the fellowship announcement carefully and then visit this online application portal, which is maintained by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) in cooperation with the NLM.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, National Library of Medicine (NLM) | No Comments »