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Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)!!

The work of medical librarians should be recognized throughout the year, but October is our official month of observance and celebration. Be sure to take some time, during this month especially, to illustrate to those in your institution your value and the positive impact of having a health sciences information professional on staff. Use this year's theme, Avoid Misinformation! Take the Right Path: Partner with your Medical Librarian, and the promotional materials on this page to help remind doctors, nurses, students and administrators, that when it comes to finding credible health information quickly and efficiently, there are no better partners than medical librarians.

Display the new 2021 poster (print or electronic) throughout your institution and on its webpages.

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Letter-sized poster

Add this email signature to help reinforce your message with every email you send. 

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 Download email signature

Elevate your search skills to better help your library users avoid health misinformation by taking this self-paced course:

The Art of Expert Searching: Searching Beyond PubMed

Take the NMLM’s theme of Avoid Misinformation! Take the Right Path: Partner with Your Medical Librarian as inspiration for learning. Expert searching is an art mastered by librarians. This self-paced course will raise your searching skills to an expert level and help you better assist your patrons in avoiding medical misinformation. Take advantage of all the tools and resources offered through the class and learn how to develop complex, effective search strategies. Download the worksheets and forms and put your skills to practice right away.

Print, email and post the following infographics showing that clinicians make better decisions when partnering with medical librarians

You can use infographics in several different ways:

  • Print it out and post it where your colleagues will see it
  • Email it to your colleagues with a message outlining the service you provide
  • Post it to social media. Note: MLA is also posting on social media about this infographic; be sure to like- and share these posts on your own social media accounts to help raise awareness.

 Make Better Decisions With a Medical Librarian (1) (111KB PDF)

 Make Better Decisions With a Medical Librarian (2) (45KB PDF)

 Make Better Decisions With a Medical Librarian (3) (133KB PDF)

Free poster images for NMLM and throughout the year!


Product Description
Poster: "Get reliable, trustworthy health information" - jpg (501KB)
 Poster: "Provide Better Care. Make Better Decisions. Save Costs" - pdf (796KB)
nmlm_poster_2016-thumb (3).jpg Poster: "Aim for Excellence" - pdf (887KB) 
nmlm_poster_2015 (3).jpg Poster: "Are You A Risk Taker?" - jpg, - pdf (5.94MB)
nmlm_poster_critical_thumb.jpg Poster: "Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times" - jpg - pdf (3.56MB)
nmlm_poster_saving_thumb.jpg Poster: "Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives" - jpgpdf (9.15MB)
nmlm_poster_roi_thumb.jpg Poster: "Medical Librarians: Your Best Return on Investment" - jpg - pdf (3.57MB)
nmlmposter_ultimate_sm.jpg Poster: "Medical Librarians: Your Ultimate Search Engine" - jpg (2.38MB)
nmlm_2010_pathways.jpg Poster: "Vital Pathways: Better Outcomes Through Health Literacy." - jpg (914KB)
nmlmposterdigedeep_thum.jpg Poster: "Dig Deep" - jpg (80KB)
nmlm_fishing_thumbnail.jpg Poster: "Fishing for Quality Health Information?" - jpg(3.06MB)
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Critical Knowledge
Saving You Time
Best ROI
Ultimate Search Engine
Dig Deep

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Promote your services whenever you send an emaill by using one of the email signatures below!

Competencies
Aim for Excellence
Risk Taker
Critical Knowledge
Best ROI

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Communicate Your Value through Marketing and Advocacy (Recorded Webinar)

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Making your Library Promotion Pop! Practical Design Principles and Tools for the Non-Designer (Recorded Webinar)

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Ready, Set, Influence! Participating in the Business of Your Health Care Organization (Recorded Webinar)

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JMLA October 2013 issue: Featuring a series of articles on new and evolving roles for health sciences information professionals

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PowerPoint "Myths and Truths About Library Services" (PowerPoint, 2MB): What myths do your administrators believe? Do they think that patient care can remain high quality without library services, that everything is available for free on the Web, or that technology has replaced librarians? Perhaps they think that closing your library will save money. Counter these and other common myths with this presentation, which you can revise to meet your specific needs.  

For further information about National Medical Librarians Month, please contact Tomi Gunn, 312.419.9094 x11.