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Health Information in Multiple Languages

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Did you know that many patients and healthcare providers often have difficulty identifying good sources of non-English language health information? Many librarians, health care providers and patients are familiar with MedlinePlus.gov. What they may not know is that the National Library of Medicine also provides health related articles in 44 other languages; from Amharic and Arabic, to Urdu and Vietnamese. Spanish has it’s own MedlinePlus site, MedlinePlus en español. Foreign language teachers and students can also use these articles for language learning and practice.

This service benefits people who prefer to read health information in their native language. Users can navigate the collection of health information in multiple languages either by language or by topic. A page listing all of the languages covered is linked from the bottom right corner of MedlinePlus.gov’s homepage. Users can browse these languages and click through to the page listing all of the topics covered for a given language. Additionally, a languages box is displayed on the right side of the English language Health Topic pages. The languages box lists the languages with links on that topic in MedlinePlus. This box also links users to the collection of health information in multiple languages.

Health information in multiple languages serves many people around the world. This benefits those who have a better understanding when they read the health information in their native language. Physicians, health clinic personnel, hospital librarians and public librarians serve patients and care givers who seek health information in their native languages. Please share this excellent resource with those you know who may benefit from understanding more about their health and wellness in their own language.

Direct link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/languages.html

High School Librarians: SPIE Digital Library Freely Available to High Schools in the U.S.

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

SPIE is pleased to announce that the SPIE Digital Library, one of the most extensive, widely cited digital libraries in the dynamic field of optics and photonics, is now available to high school students and faculty in the United States at no cost.

Any U.S. high school that is interested should contact Olga Kurochkina (olgak@spie.org) for details on how to subscribe to the SPIE Digital Library at no cost.

The SPIE Digital Library contains the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics research with over 415,000 papers from conference proceedings, 11 peer-reviewed journals, and 210 eBooks. Content covers the broadest range of applied optics and photonics science and engineering papers anywhere. Among the technologies covered are astronomy, biomedical optics and medical imaging, defense and security, lasers and sources, mathematics, and nanotechnology.

This program complements SPIE’s other support of education and outreach programs which totaled $3.4 million in value in 2014.

This Press Release provides more information on this program.

NLM Teleconference to Report on RFI and New Funding Mechanism for 2016-2021

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) (http://nnlm.gov) can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information.  Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements.  This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects.  A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015.

Join NLM in a teleconference to hear about the responses to the RFI and learn about Cooperative Agreements:

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / 4 pm (ET)
  • Teleconference Number:  1-888-450-5996
  • Participant Passcode: 662939

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

Ring in 2015 with 8 MLA CEs, a Project Plan, and MAR Funding to Make it Happen!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

MAR invites applications for our next round of funding opportunities which are due March 13, 2015.  Funding is designed to support our network members, as well as to encourage outreach activities aligned with the NN/LM mission to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve the public’s access to information so they can make informed decisions about their health.

Libraries, information centers, health centers, community- and faith-based organizations, and others providing health information services are encouraged to apply for a variety of awards that:

  • improve health information services
  • increase awareness and access to biomedical information
  • educate and empower consumers to make informed decisions about their health
  • prepare librarians and staff to meet the needs and challenges of the changing healthcare environment

To coincide with this new round of funding, MAR has teamed up with Outreach and Evaluation expert, Cindy Olney, from the NN/LM Outreach and Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) to offer a 4-part webinar series, eligible for up to 8 MLA CEs.

Mapping an Outreach Project:  Start with Information; End with a Plan is designed for anyone who wants to garner support, financial or otherwise, for a new project or service.  You will learn how assessment and evaluation can be effective tools for project planning and proposal writing.  Assessment enables you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project.  It also helps you build relationships with potential partners.  Adding evaluation methods to your program plan helps you “begin with the end in mind,” making desired results the centerpiece of your project proposal.  This class will elaborate on information contained in the OERC Planning and Evaluation booklets.

  • Webinar 1:  January 12:  Noon-1:00 pm

Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project

  • Webinar 2:  January 14:  Noon-1:00 pm

Gather information about your target audience that is most effective for planning your project

  • Webinar 3:  January 26:  Noon-1:00 pm

Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results

  • Webinar 4:  January 28:  Noon-1:00 pm

Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full project proposal

These classes will be followed by a special 2-hour Grants and Proposal Writing course, offered online February 2nd / 10 am – Noon.

These classes will focus special attention on applications for MAR funding.  However, information presented is relevant to many types of outreach and project proposals.

ToxWorld: Free Environmental Science Resources for Tribal College Libraries, Tribal Libraries, and American Indian Studies Programs

Monday, December 15th, 2014

On January 13, 2015, 1:00 pm CT, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to present a free webinar focusing on environmental science resources for American Indian libraries and communities.

ToxWorld: Free Environmental Science Resources for Tribal College Libraries, Tribal Libraries, and American Indian Studies Programs

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides a number of free environmental health resources for a variety of educational levels and ages.  The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region will present a one-hour webinar on free science databases from NLM on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.  Resources covered will include resources for K-12 teachers and students, lay persons, college students, researchers and health professionals.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Central Time

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/toxworldscr. On the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once logged into the room the system will prompt you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

Test Your Connection: Run the Acrobat Connect Connection Test to ensure your configuration is compatible with the web meeting system. If you have problems completing the test or installing required software, please visit the Adobe Support website or call Adobe Connect Technical Support at 800-945-9120.

This webinar will be recorded and available to be viewed at a later time.

Questions? Contact Karen Vargas at 800-338-7657 or karen.vargas@library.tmc.edu

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All of us in MAR would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Barbara Epstein, Renae Barger, Michelle Burda, Sue Burke, Lydia Collins, Kate Flewelling, Missy Harvey, and Tristan Lucchetti

Check Out Our Fall Issue of The MAReport!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

PA Forward: Libraries Create Healthier Pennsylvania Communities (Lunch with the RML session)

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Presenter:  Kathy Silks, Project Manager, PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries / Pennsylvania Library Association

Date / Time:  Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:     This webinar will introduce PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an action plan designed to communicate libraries’ essential role in preparing citizens to meet the demands of life.  Libraries can help solve some of our society’s biggest economic and social challenges, and that includes the health of our citizens.  Research shows that nothing – not age, income, employment status, education level, or racial and ethnic background – affects health status more than literacy skills.  Through print and online resources, public programs, community outreach services, and on-staff information experts, libraries help people learn healthy habits, make healthier decisions, and actively manage their own and their family’s well-being.

We will share information about PA Forward’s focus on health literacy and four other essential literacies, its partnerships with eight statewide healthcare organizations, and the high-tech and high-touch ways libraries link citizens of all ages to the most reliable information available to help them prevent disease and manage their health.

For Science Educators: Environmental Health Student Resources

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides online environmental health student resources for students in grades 1-12.  The following resources are free and have been vetted by science professionals.  The resources can be used by science educators in their classrooms, in after-school programs, in home-school programs, and by students for their academic research assignments.

  • Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8):  Provides middle school students and educators with information on common environmental health topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
  • Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+):  Teach basic toxicology principles; written at the introductory college student level.
  • Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+):  Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products ranging from personal hygiene products to landscape care products.
  • ToxTown (Grades 6-12+):  Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances. Includes classroom materials. Also available in Spanish.
  • TOXMAP (Grades 9-12+):  Uses maps of the United States to visually explore Superfund and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites and data from the EPA. Includes classroom materials.
  • Native Voices Exhibition Lesson Plans & Activities (Grades 6-12):  Familiarize students with Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian healthcare by using the NLM Native Voices exhibition Web site content materials.
  • ToxMystery (Grades 1-5):  Teaches elementary school students about toxic substances in the home. Game format; includes lesson plans and activities. Also available in Spanish.

Ebola Information for Children and Families

Monday, October 27th, 2014

HHS Administration for Children and Families has released Ebola: Planning Considerations for Human Services Programs.  You can get this resource at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohsepr/resource/ebola-planning-considerations.