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SEAside Webinar: The Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Response – July 12, 2018 2 PM ET

SEA News - Thu, 2018-06-21 17:03

Date/Time: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Presenter: J. Aaron Johnson, PhD, Interim Director, Institute of Public and Preventive Health and Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Augusta University, Augusta, GA

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Aimee Gogan.

Presentation Summary: This presentation will briefly examine the history behind the US opiate crisis as well as current epidemiology including variations by region and state. The second half of the presentation will describe some of the evidence-based efforts available for treating opiate use disorders as well as efforts being implemented to prevent future use. The presentation concludes with promising examples being implemented in other countries and a discussion of some of the barriers associated with implementing similar approaches in the US.

Presenter Bio:  J. Aaron Johnson, PhD is Interim Director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. For more than 15 years, his research interests have been focused on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices, primarily in substance abuse. Currently, he is Principal Investigator on 3 grants including a training grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide training on alcohol and drug Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to health professional students across the Augusta University campus; an Offender Reentry Program grant from SAMHSA to initiate substance abuse treatment services with incarcerated persons and successfully transition them to community-based treatment upon release; and a health literacy grant from the National Library of Medicine that is also focused on incarcerated populations. His work has been funded by a number of federal and state agencies as well as private foundations and has been widely published in journals across many disciplines.

Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.0 contact hour of continuing education credit award by the Medical Library Association. Participants will receive a code to which they will enter in medlib-ed.

Pre-Register: Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

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HOPE Recuperative Care Center offers exactly that – hope and care

GMR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 14:17

At the end of a quiet and unassuming neighborhood street in Pontiac, Michigan, a red-brick church stands forlorn. No sign indicates whether the tired building continues to hold Sunday-morning services; however, it respectfully stands erect. It’s here that I met Misa Mi on a warm October morning last fall. As the Director of Curriculum Evaluation and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, as well as the school’s health information specialist, she received a GMR grant in 2016 to fund a health literacy project for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center, a non-profit, short-term, skilled-nursing facility for patients discharged from area hospitals following illness or surgery. Launched in 2015, the HOPE Recuperative Care Center is the only place in Michigan that offers medically supervised shelter to homeless patients who, otherwise, would be recovering on the street.

One of ten beds in the refurbished church building now known as the HOPE Recuperative Center

One of five bunk-beds in the refurbished church building now known as the HOPE Recuperative Care Center

Dr. Mi kindly greeted me and then walked us to the side entrance. It took a couple minutes before the overnight janitor opened the locked door and escorted us up a dimly-lit, short flight of stairs to what was formerly the sanctuary. The church still retained its lofted beamed ceiling, organ chimes, and stainless glass windows. However, now replacing the pews were five wire-framed bunk beds neatly arranged in rows each with a curtain for semi-privacy. The choir loft stored boxes of health supplies.

Where once I imagined was a pulpit, Deborah, the facility nurse manager, received us. Standing next to a single desk with a large MAC computer and laser printer, we exchanged introductions before she launched into a description of the health literacy project.

“All of the guests have been trained on the computer,” she said looking at the modern machine sitting strangely out of place in the low-tech environment. “Misa did a wonderful job making it user friendly. The level is understandable for all of our guests. We’ve had people say, ‘I don’t even know how to turn on a computer,’ but after the training, they are able to look up health information for themselves. Then they start asking questions, ‘How do I get an email?’ It’s great to see their self-esteem grow.”

URL for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center Health Information website

The URL for the HOPE Recuperative Care Center Health Information website

With her National Network of Libraries of Medicine award, Dr. Mi  purchased the computer and printer. Then she aggregated easy-to-read and trustworthy MedlinePlus health information on topics such as wound care, frostbite, bug bites, diabetes, asthma, and depression: conditions and diseases that homeless people encounter all too frequently. With her customized, easy-to-access Google website, Dr. Mi dedicated her time to train staff and guests. She also employed an OUWB medical student through the school’s community service and engagement program. The student was available for continuity of onsite health information training for newly arriving guests and staff.

At the time I visited HOPE, 23 clients, both guests and staff, had been surveyed. Health literacy scores improved 75% between the pre and post training questionnaires with clients indicating that MedlinePlus was now a primary source for finding health information. Dr. Mi’s ultimate goal of the outreach project was to help reduce homeless patients’ visits to hospital emergency rooms by developing their skills in finding and using trustworthy health information from the National Library of Medicine and other health professional organizations.1 She seems well on her way to achieving this goal.

You can read Misa Mi’s HOPE Recuperative Care Center Project Report as well as learn how to apply for your own NNLM funding opportunity to improve access to health information, increase engagement with research and data, expand professional knowledge, and support outreach that promotes awareness and use of NLM resources in local communities.

$10,000 grant awarded will impact health of homeless patients at HOPE

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HerbList: An Informative App to Better Understand Herbs and Herbal Products

MCR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 14:03

NIH’s National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has released a new mobile app called HerbList. HerbList is an innovative way to deliver information about herbal safety and effects to users. The information is supported by research-based data on herbs and herbal supplements.

The app was created in an effort to inform the public about the effects of specific products. This can help consumers, health care specialists, and patients keep informed. If you would like to learn more about HerbList, visit the NCCIH website or go to HerbList App.

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NLM Announces New Version of TOXMAP!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 13:34

A new version of TOXMAP is now available from the National Library of Medicine. It does not require browser plug-ins and provides improved usability on mobile devices. The new TOXMAP has several updated datasets, including:

Please note: The previous versions of TOXMAP, TOXMAP classic and the Flash version of TOXMAP, will be retired on June 28, 2018.

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Funding Awarded to Teaching Health Literacy to Underserved Youth in Milwaukee County

GMR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 09:33

The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the creation of a youth health literacy curriculum through the Medical College of Wisconsin via our Health Information Outreach award.

Project:

Description:  This project will Implement a sustainable youth health literacy curriculum in a health education course at Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center in Wauwatosa School District in Milwaukee County Wisconsin.  The proposed youth health literacy curriculum, which has a focus on self-efficacy and social interactions, will become a sustainable component of an existing health education course. The project will provide youth with sustainable and transferable health information seeking skills, a defined asset and necessity to become educated consumers of quality health information and services and making health decision.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) develop health literacy instruction based on “Youth Health Literacy: A Toolkit to Strengthen Health Literacy” developed at the New Mexico Department of Health Office of School and Adolescent Health, to be integrated into an existing health education course.  And to 2) empower students to independently seek quality health information using NLM resources and how to search and critically evaluate online health information; skills that have been found to be essential for making health decisions now and in the future; skills that the students can build on after leaving the facility.

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NIH Launches Mobile App HerbList

SCR News - Thu, 2018-06-21 08:12

“Screenshot of HerbList” via NIH.gov, June 12, 2018, Public Domain

The National Institute of Health and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health have released a great health resource that is available instantly at your fingertips! The mobile app HerbList is available for free on the Apple store and on Google Play.

HerbList was designed to give consumers access to information about popular herbs and herbal supplements quickly and easily on mobile devices. Users can access information about the safety and effectiveness of herbal products. They can also link to additional resources for more information and mark favorite herbs to quickly view them again and access them offline.

“Providing an app for users is part of NCCIH’s effort to inform consumers and health care providers within the complementary and integrative health space. People are considering herbs and herbal supplements for various reasons, and it is important that they are aware of what the research says about safety and effectiveness ” said David Shurtleff, Ph.D., acting director of NCCIH.

Another great resource for Herbs and Supplements is MedlinePlus’ Herbs and Supplements webpage.

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NLM Update PowerPoint Presentations @ MLA 2018

PSR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 19:48

The NLM Update was held at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Atlanta, GA, on May 30. Three speakers presented on NLM and data science; NLM 2017-2027 Strategic Planning; the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; and NLM-wide projects.

The NLM Update slides are available.

  • Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine (slides: 1 – 15)
  • Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations (slides: 16 – 46)
  • Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (slides: 47 – 58)
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NNLM MAR Says Goodbye to Lydia Collins

MAR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 16:05

A special message from NNLM MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling:

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins

MAR Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins has accepted a position with the All of Us Research Program Training and Education Center, located in the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. In her role as Participant Engagement Lead, Lydia will be tasked with creating an All of Us Research Program Participant Engagement Series, to assist in ongoing education, engagement and retention of All of Us participants. She will also be utilizing her consumer health background and skills to develop educational learning resources related to topics important to the All of Us Research Program, such as genomic data and research ethics, which will be available to wide audiences.

Lydia and I started within days of each other in October 2011 as Coordinators for the new MAR. Since then, she has been our primary liaison to public libraries, community- and faith-based groups and K-12 professionals. Due in large part to Lydia’s efforts, public libraries now make up 30% of MAR members, our largest single organization type.

A few other highlights:

  • Since May 2013, Lydia has conducted 404 outreach activities reaching over 4000 participants.
  • Lydia created three classes for Consumer Health Information Specialization credits:
    • More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Health Professionals
    • NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources
    • Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
  • With Carrie Banks from the Brooklyn Public Library, Lydia spearheaded the creation of a Consumer Health Information Librarians Interest Group within the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association.
  • With participation of other NNLM and NLM staff, Lydia led a partnership with ALA to create the Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit that co-brands health-related “Because” statements.

Although we will miss Lydia in the MAR offices, please join me in congratulating her on her new position.

We are currently recruiting a Health Programming Coordinator, who will hope to have on board in the fall. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact nnlmmar@pitt.edu for assistance or training in National Library of Medicine resources.

Best,

Kate

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Announcing New Funding Opportunities

PNR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 13:49

The NN/LM PNR is pleased to request proposals for a new round of funding opportunities!  NNLM PNR member organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to apply. If your organization is not currently a member, it’s easy to join!   If  you have an idea but are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these types of awards, please drop us a line (nnlm@uw.edu). We welcome all questions and input.

Applications submitted by August 15, 2018 will receive fullest consideration. If you plan to submit a proposal, we need a brief statement of intent no later than July 25. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu.

Here are brief descriptions and links to detailed information about current funding opportunities:

Community Health Outreach Award, two awards up to $12,000 each.

This award is to support outreach partnership projects with aims to improve access and use of quality online health information for informed decisions about health in underserved communities. Possible ideas for projects include: 1) Developing an actionable and sustainable plan with library specific offerings to address community health priorities; 2) Symposia, or educational events for health care providers or librarians about health literacy and the skills to identify, access, retrieve, evaluate, and use relevant electronic health information resources for patient and consumer health education; 3) Train-the-trainer projects that enhance the skills of library/organization staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information; 4) Acquiring and implementing information technology to facilitate access to authoritative health information resources; 5) Health fairs, exhibits and events to increase awareness and use of electronic resources, including NLM resources.

Data Engagement Award, two awards up to $9,500 each.

This award seeks to build partnerships that demonstrate engagement in research and data through the sharing of expertise and resources. Possible activities include: 1) Developing knowledge and skills of librarians, students, researchers, clinicians or public health workforce about best practices for organizing, managing, sharing and visualizing data; 2) Conducting an environmental scan/needs assessment and with key partners, co-create a road map with actionable plans to start a Research Data Management service in the institution; 3) Collaborating with librarians and clinical staff on use of data in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to improve patient outcomes; 4) Promoting literacy in data science by sponsoring or developing teaching or learning programs or internships with a school of Library and Information Science or other appropriate partner.

Technology Improvement Award, 5 awards up to $5,000 each.

This award seeks to enhance the capacity of a library or community organization to offer electronic health information services to underserved audiences by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

In short, we want to fund good ideas and hope to see proposals from all corners of the NNLM PNR!

Also, if you are interested in support for continuing education, consider applying for a Professional Development Award, to expand professional knowledge and encourage state of the art services to healthcare providers and/or consumers seeking health information.

 

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GMR Funds Community Health Engagement Partnership in Cincinnati

GMR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 13:06

Tiffany Grant, PhD, Assistant Director for Research and Informatics at the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library, applied and received a GMR award for a community partnership to improve health literacy and address health disparities.

Project Background:

Racial and ethnic minorities, those in rural and/or urban areas, and those living in medically underserved areas are at high risk for health-related disparities. Low-income wages, reduced government services, and low educational attainment are a few reasons why these population groups have significant barriers overcoming food insecurity, obesity, mental health issues, as well as access to health care. Working collaboratively with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Interact for Health, and the Children’s Home of Cincinnati, Tiffany, serving as the principal investigator for the award, will engage in Narrowing the Health Gap in Cincinnati.

The team’s research identified hypertension and obesity as the most common health conditions in Cincinnati which often results in heart disease, a leading cause of death in the metropolitan area. Cincinnati also experiences higher rates for diabetes and asthma compared to the rest of Ohio. African American men and women in Cincinnati have lower life expectancy rates compared to their counterparts, and the children in Cincinnati Public Schools are significantly overweight compared to the national average. Studies have shown that childhood obesity increases the risk of adult obesity and can predispose individuals to the development of other chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Tiffany’s team will address health literacy in order to improve these diseases.1

Project Description and Outcomes:

A map highlighting the Cincinnati neighborhood of West End

West End, the neighborhood targeted for Narrowing the Health Gap in Cincinnati

Tiffany’s team of health professionals will develop a website specific to the health concerns of residents living in the West End, a neighborhood identified as one of the ten poorest in Cincinnati.2 To reach the largest audience, Tiffany and her colleagues will engage with the West End Community Research Advisory Board (WE C-RAB), a 20-member group ranging in age from 12 to 73 years. The board will provide input on how to make health information easy-to-read and understand as well as access. Based on their conversations, Tiffany’s project team will develop a customized health information kiosk to be located in a strategically determined geographic location in the West End. Under consideration are Saint Vincent DePaul, the Carl H. Lindner YMCA, or the Seven Hill Neighborhood Houses. The health information kiosk will be managed remotely allowing for software updates. Google Analytic reports will assist in evaluating website usage and video views to gain insight into the information seeking behavior of the targeted population. Additionally, a self-monitoring blood pressure unit will be purchased. The machine can count the number of uses but not the number of unique users. Also, as part of engagement, a nutritionist and a culinary instructor will teach several classes to educate West End families about the role of developing better eating habits such as less salt intake, more fruits and vegetables, meal planning, and moderation of fast-foods. The goal is for obesity, diabetes, and hypertension to improve for the West End population as a result of the health literacy project.

1 Cincinnati Health Department Strategic Plan 2017

2 CityLink Center

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Funding Awarded to Effingham Public Library

GMR News - Wed, 2018-06-20 10:01

I’m thrilled to announce that the GMR has funded the Effingham Public Library‘s Mobility for All program!

effinghamPL

Effingham Public Library

Description:  Effingham Public Library will partner with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to provide “Mobility for All” a monthly chair yoga training that will provide strengthening exercises that anyone can do as well. During these sessions the Library will offer instruction and free resources from the National Library of Medicine such as Exercise & Physical Activity:  Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging, Getting Fit for Life and Go 4 Life Tip Sheets

Goals and Objectives: The goals for “Mobility for All” are two-fold.  First, “Mobility for All” will address the prevalence of overweight adults in Effingham County.  Second, the project will also combat the continued increase in physical inactivity.

To meet these goals, Effingham Public Library’s “Mobility for All” will host a minimum of 150 participants in training sessions over the 12-month project.  Health resources from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health will be shared with participants at each session.

 

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NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center Gets a New Website Design!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-06-19 19:31

The National Library of Medicine just released a new design for the Disaster Information Management Research Center website and the Disaster Lit® database. The new design improves access to key resources on natural and man-made disasters, as well as public health emergencies such as emerging infectious diseases. The Disaster Lit database complements PubMed with information from hundreds of sources concerning disasters and public health emergencies. Over 14,000 reports, guidelines, training courses, websites, etc., from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and more are included in Disaster Lit.

NLM keeps the Disaster Health Information Guides up to date by linking directly to searches of Disaster Lit and PubMed. This ensures that the latest articles and resources are always at users’ fingertips. Keep up with DIMRC! Join the announcement list, or the weekly or daily Disaster Lit update digest, and follow DIMRC on Twitter.

Disaster Information Management Research Center website

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Visualize NLM’s Household Products Database!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-06-19 19:25

The National Library of Medicine Household Products Database (HPD) provides access to manufacturer developed Safety Data Sheets/SDS (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets/MSDS) which describe the chemical properties of each product, physical data, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, handling, disposal, personal protection, and spill/leak procedures. As required by OSHA, information within each SDS is targeted to help those exposed to chemicals at work. Consumers may also find information that can help them safely use a product.

Now you can visually explore the number and types of products in HPD. Hover over data bubbles to see the number of products in each type, click on the bubbles (or the links to their right) to view,  or double click on the bubbles/links to search HPD.

Household Products Database

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Funding Awarded to the University of North Dakota’s Information Needs Assessment Project

GMR News - Tue, 2018-06-19 16:30

The GMR office is happy to announce the funding of the Information Needs Assessment of Unaffiliated North Dakota Rural Health Professionals & Biomedical Researchers project at the University of North Dakota via our Health Information Outreach award.

Project:

Description:  This is the last phase of a multi part effort to provide North Dakota unaffiliated health professionals and biomedical researchers with access to a variety of information resources, including those not freely available.  Evidence-based workshops and train-the-trainer sessions will be implemented to meet the information needs of targeted groups.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) Provide training sessions to address the information needs identified via the data and assessment of the two earlier phases of the project.  And 2) Complete a comprehensive analysis of the information needs assessment data from the two earlier phases.

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Job Opportunity: NNLM SEA Outreach, Education, and Communications Coordinator

SEA News - Tue, 2018-06-19 12:47

Outreach, Education, and Communications Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA)

Health Sciences and Human Services Library

University of Maryland, Baltimore

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (NNLM, SEA, RML), housed within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), seeks a librarian to oversee the development and implementation of professional health information topics, training areas, and coordination of the communications program for the regional medical library. The Outreach, Education and Communications Coordinator develops and teaches in-person and online courses to promote access to health information. The coordinator creates and coordinates an outreach plan and related projects to address the health information needs of healthcare providers and information professionals. This librarian is also responsible for managing the region’s social media program, as well as creating content for the region’s website and newsletter. In partnership with other Regional Medical Libraries and Offices, the coordinator produces national programming and collaborates with other SEA coordinators to exhibit NLM’s resources at national, regional, and state meetings.

This is a full-time, grant funded, non-tenure, and non-permanent status track, faculty position reporting to the Executive Director of the SEA. The position is one of a team of four librarian-coordinators who work together to facilitate resource sharing, training, and cooperative projects in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV. For more information about NNLM SEA, visit http://nnlm.gov/sea.

Previous professional library experience is welcome, but not required.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identifies, develops, and teaches classes and workshops in a variety of formats addressing and promoting access to biomedical information to health professionals, librarians, and the public.
  • Develops outreach projects improving information access for health professionals and their intermediaries in the region with special emphasis on services to unaffiliated health professionals, minority health professionals, public health workers, and hospital librarians.
  • Coordinates an overall outreach plan taking into consideration the health information needs of health care providers and information professionals
  • Develops educational materials for inclusion on the NNLM and SEA websites particularly in the areas of access to quality health information for health professionals
  • Coordinates communication and promotion of NLM, NNLM, and NNLM SEA programs, resources, and services including but not limited to exhibits, webinars, presentations, librarian advocacy, featured articles for SEA Currents, and contact with health and health informational professionals and community associations.
  • Coordinates, implements, and evaluates the SEA social media program to determine appropriate promotional communications support of NLM, NNLM, and NNLM SEA programs, resources, and services.
  • Develops strategies and materials promoting the use of NLM and NNLM products and services to target populations such as health professionals, librarians, and the public.
  • Maintains standards of accessibility for all resources created and maintained in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Cooperates with other Regional Medical Libraries and Offices to produce national programming
  • Promotes and solicit applications for NNLM SEA awards; assisting potential applicants with their proposals, monitor progress and follow-up for awards in progress
  • Works with other coordinators to exhibit NLM’s resources at national, regional, and state meetings of health professionals, information professionals, and the public.
  • Participates in other activities of the SEA that lead toward improved health information access, use, and literacy in the region.
  • Serves as ex-officio and support to the SEA Medical Librarians Program Advisory Group

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master of Library Science or equivalent advanced degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals, and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Knowledge of PubMed, MedlinePlus, and other NLM resources
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Project management, strategic planning, and team leadership skills
  • Instructional design and course development experience, including evaluation
  • Experience with teaching and training
  • Experience with health information education with the ability to develop, plan, and conduct workshops and training, interacting confidently with audiences
  • Knowledge of, or experience in medical librarianship
  • Evidence of professional and scholarly activities
  • Ability to communicate vision and motivate others; willingness to assume leadership roles as needed
  • Demonstrated ability in obtaining results from initiating and participating in team efforts
  • Effectiveness in promoting ideas while exhibiting tact and sensitivity; initiating interaction with others; and soliciting feedback from partners
  • Comfort with change, flexibility and the ability to react quickly to program alterations and task modifications
  • Experience with Moodle LMS and WebEx technologies

APPLICATIONS:

Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by July 20, 2018. Interested applicants should apply using the following link: http://bit.ly/OECCRML.

MINIMUM SALARY: $55,000, commensurate with experience

BENEFITS: Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.

ENVIRONMENT:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track-record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Fifty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (www.hshsl.umaryland.edu), the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.   The HS/HSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7200 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at http://www.umaryland.edu/.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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New Research Looks at Long-Term Impact of Tonsillectomies

SCR News - Tue, 2018-06-19 10:20

“Tonsillitis.” via MedlinePlus.gov, April 11, 2017, Public Domain.

When I was in grade school, it seemed as if nearly every kid would miss a week of school to have their tonsils removed. They would return to school bragging about their recovery spent eating ice cream, drinking milkshakes, and watching cartons.  I can almost acutely recall being jealous of these classmates.  After reading new research that evaluates the long-term health risks of tonsillectomies, I realized maybe I shouldn’t have been quite so jealous!

Tonsils are located at the back of the throat. These are knobs of tissue with one located on either side.  Tonsils are part of the lymphatic system which works to clear infections and keep the balance between body fluids.  Specifically, the tonsils, in concert with the adenoids, work by preventing germs from coming in through the mouse and nose.

A tonsillectomy is a procedure to remove the tonsils. This is typically recommended for those that suffer from recurrent infections of the tonsils or when the tonsils are enlarged enough that they obstruct breathing.  For adults, the tonsils are occasionally removed when there is concern for a tumor.

Over half a million tonsillectomies are performed annually in the United States but little research has been done to determine the long-term health risks associated with this procedure. A new study released by the University of Melbourne is the first to look at potential risks.  Their results suggest that individuals who undergo a tonsillectomy are at 3x the risk of their counterparts for diseases of the upper respiratory tract such as asthma, influenza, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD.

Read the entire study findings to learn more.

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Call for Applicants: Sewell Stipend to Attend the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting

SEA News - Tue, 2018-06-19 06:44

Is your position related to public health? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public health field for a few days? Then you need to apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo. This year’s meeting theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The meeting will be held Nov. 10 – 14 in San Diego, CA.

We anticipate funding approximately 8 non-local librarians (at least $1,235) and 2 local librarians (at least $730). The award will reimburse you for the cost of APHA membership and early-bird conference registration. Non-local librarians receive additional funds to help offset the cost associated with travel.

The eligibility requirements are below.

  • be a librarian or information specialist with an MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree;
  • work with or have accepted a librarian/information specialist position that now includes, or will include in the near future, working with public health practitioners or PH/PH-related students, staff, and faculty; and
  • be a United States citizen or have permanent resident status (i.e., a holder of a green card)

To apply, visit: https://sites.google.com/view/sewellstipend/apply. The deadline is Wednesday, July 18, at 11:00 PM CST. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Glenn (emily.glenn@unmc.edu). See a list of past recipients reports about attendance at the conference benefited them professionally: https://sites.google.com/view/sewellstipend/past-recipient-meeting-reports.

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Feedback for PubMed

PNR News - Mon, 2018-06-18 19:15

PubMed Labs is an experimental site being used to test new technologies, features, and directions for PubMed. It’s also a way to offer feedback to the National Library of Medicine for PubMed 2.0, which will be released in December 2018. PubMed Labs, which consists of all the records found in PubMed, is being used to test new and different features as well as including existing features in its interface. The goal is to improve user experience, and additional features are being added all the time.

PubMed Labs includes a new search algorithm that uses machine learning to more accurately find the best matches. There are several unique aspects, including the default for search results (best match), a revamped search results page, and better mobile optimization. Conduct your searches in PubMed Labs to experiment with potential changes and give your feedback. View a 20 minute presentation by Kathi Canese from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the 2018 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting to learn more.

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Sewell Travel Award for Public Health – 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo

MCR News - Mon, 2018-06-18 18:45

Call for applicants 2018

Is your position related to public health? Would you like an opportunity to immerse yourself in the public health field for a few days? Then you need to apply for the Sewell Travel Award for Public Health and attend the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo. This year’s meeting theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The meeting will be held Nov. 10 – 14 in San Diego, CA.

We anticipate funding approximately 8 non-local librarians (at least $1,235) and 2 local librarians (at least $730). The award will reimburse you for the cost of APHA membership and early-bird conference registration. Non-local librarians receive additional funds to help offset the cost associated with travel.

The eligibility requirements are below.

  • be a librarian or information specialist with an MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree;
  • work with or have accepted a librarian/information specialist position that now includes, or will include in the near future, working with public health practitioners or PH/PH-related students, staff, and faculty; and
  • be a United States citizen or have permanent resident status (i.e., a holder of a green card)

Application form. The deadline is Wednesday, July 18, at 11:00 PM CST. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Glenn (emily.glenn@unmc.edu). See a list of past recipients reports about attendance at the conference benefited them professionally.

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