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Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:    Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources

The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak has resulted in an explosion of information on many aspects of managing the disease from a clinical and public health perspective. There is also considerable interest in related topics such as legalities of quarantine; ethics of vaccine development; shaming and isolation of Ebola survivors, family members of the deceased and Ebola orphans; food security; and the effects on healthcare for other medical conditions in areas with extremely limited resources. How does one make sense of the outpouring of information from news media, social media, publications and guidelines from international agencies, national governments, NGOs, and professional associations; situation reports; maps and other tools for visualizing the outbreak? What about health messaging materials like infographics, radio jingles, banners, TV interviews, and webinars? Join us to discuss the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the National Library of Medicine.

Presenter:  Cindy Love is a medical librarian with over 20 years’ experience in public health information management at the National Library of Medicine. As part of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, Cindy has developed information resources for every major U.S. and international disaster in the last 5 years. She first co-authored a bibliography on “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever” in 1996. It ranks #8,569,688 on Amazon’s list of bestselling books.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 9, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

  • Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
  • A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
  • Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
  • For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
  • Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
  • Pass-Code: 745907

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MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Hope you can join us!

Elizabeth Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

nortone@nlm.nih.gov

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

Tornadoes, Chemical Spills, Flooding, Are You Prepared? 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Presenter:       Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:               Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9, 2014 / 10-11:30 am (ET)

Where:             Online

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=489

Summary:  The goals of the class are to raise awareness of the need for emergency preparedness, response planning, and to provide tools for enhancing preparedness for librarians. Participants will learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for their libraries, how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and through the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure.

Participants who attend the webinar and complete a short practice exercise will receive 5 MLA CEs.

Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself (METRO Mobile Computing SIG Webinar)

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Presenter:       Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:               Thursday, October 16, 2014 / 3-4:30 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Register:           http://metro.org/events/544/

Summary:

You’ve read the recent headline: 4.5 million hospital records were compromised in a cyberattack. Learn tips to protect yourself, your family, and your library users in our highly connected world. We’ll discuss:

  • What you need to know about your personal information on the Web
  • How others get information about your online activities
  • How to protect yourself from phishing emails and scams
  • How to manage your online reputation
  • What to do if your online privacy is compromised
  • Risks of cloud computing

Please note that this meeting will be conducted in webinar format. Attendance will be remote and accessible from any computer with a reliable Internet connection. Registration is required in order to receive webinar access.

Update on Ebola / CDC Webinar / NLM Resources

Friday, September 26th, 2014

***As the West Africa Ebola outbreak continues, here’s a reminder of NLM resources that may be of value.***

All of these resources, and others, are listed on the guide “Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources” at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/ebola_2014.html. The guide is frequently updated and now has a section on “Situation Reports” and has added links to “Free Resources from Publishers.”

Disaster Lit continues to add guidelines from CDC, World Health Organization and others; reports; government documents; factsheets and more.

http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ebola+OR+hemorrhagic&search.x=45&search.y=11&search=Search

The NLM Emergency Access Initiative, http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/, is available through October 17 for free access to 650 journals, 4,000 reference books and databases. Virology, epidemiology, and infectious disease textbooks have been the most popular.

*NEW* The “Virus Variation: Ebolavirus Resource” for genome and protein sequences is now available from the NLM National Center for Biotechnology Information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genome/viruses/variation/ebola/

Ebola topic pages for the general public are available from MedlinePlus in English (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ebola.html) and in Spanish (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/ebola.html).

NATIONAL CALL: ASPR/CDC Invites YouWebinar on Ebola Preparedness: Detailed Hospital Checklist / Monday, Sept. 29, 3-4 pm ET

You can access this webinar via the following call-in and URL information: Dial in numbers: 888-325-0345. Restrictions may exist when accessing toll free numbers using a mobile telephone.

For Participants:

URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/

Conference number: PW8836414

Audience passcode: 9909990

Participants can join the event directly at: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW8836414&p=9909990&t=c

Please note that this webinar will support the first 1,000 attendees, but the webinar will be recorded and available at www.phe.gov < http://www.phe.gov/preparedness/Pages/default.aspx >  for future reference.

***Is the Ebola outbreak a topic of interest in your communities or institutions? We’d like to get an anecdotal idea of the nature of requests (if any) you may be getting for Ebola-related information. Please send your observations to cindy_love@nlm.nih.gov, not the list, and I will summarize for sharing.***

NLM Resource Update: Haz-Map Adds 497 New Agents

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated Haz-Map with 497 new agents. It now covers 10,133 biological and chemical agents.

Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.

More information can be found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/hazmap.html.

Check Out the Latest Issue of the MAReport

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Disaster Health Information (Lunch with the RML session)

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Presenters:

  • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine

 

Date / Time:  Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

 

Summary:  Knowing where to find reliable and authoritative information on a timely basis is key for all preparedness and response activities. Critical information is highly scattered across many diverse sources and can be difficult to find. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will provide a review on how to navigate through the information maze to efficiently access the best information possible from both government and non-government sources.

Ebola Outbreak Resources from National Library of Medicine

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

A new web page, Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources, is now available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international and local organizations and individuals providing Ebola outbreak-related services in West Africa, as well as friends and family of people in the affected region. NLM has activated the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in West Africa.

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/ebola_2014.html

Emergency Access Initiative: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov
NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/ebola_emergency_access.html

Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

 

When:   Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (ET)

Where: Penn Stater, State College, PA

NOTE:  A block of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate of $109/night. Use code

DISK14A. Room block expires Oct. 4th—so reserve your hotel room now!

 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, in conjunction with the Altoona Public Library, are partnering to offer a one-day symposium. The goals of the symposium are:

  • To improve workplace readiness and
  • To bring the library community together with the emergency planning community, first responders, public health workers, and community-based groups charged with disaster-related responsibilities and to provide a forum for discussing roles libraries and information professionals can play in supporting future disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts

 

Agenda: http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_summit2014/

 

Who should attend?: All public library staff, medical library staff, the emergency planning community, and other interested colleagues

 

Cost: $10 per person includes morning break and lunch

 

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/nzlxr7q

 

Apply for an award to attend: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) offers professional development awards to support your registration, travel, and per diem expenses: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/prof_dev_awards2014.html

 

Pre-Symposium Webinar of Interest: September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Join the NN/LM MAR for this informative webinar:

 

How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Disaster Health Information

 

Date / Time:  Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/ (Online / No Registration Required)

Presenters:

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
National Library of Medicine

Summary: Knowing where to find reliable and authoritative information on a timely basis is key for all preparedness and response activities. Critical information is highly scattered across many diverse sources and can be difficult to find. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will provide a review on how to navigate through the information maze to efficiently access the best information possible from both government and non-government sources.

How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Disaster Health Information (Lunch with the RML session)

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Presenters:

  • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Knowing where to find reliable and authoritative information on a timely basis is key for all preparedness and response activities. Critical information is highly scattered across many diverse sources and can be difficult to find. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will provide a review on how to navigate through the information maze to efficiently access the best information possible from both government and non-government sources.