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Introducing NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery

MAR News - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:50

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new web resource, NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery.

NNLM RD3 is a place for librarians, information professionals, library and information science students, and interested individuals to learn about and discuss research data management throughout the data lifecycle for biomedical and scientific research.

NNLM RD3 evolved from the eScience Portal for Librarians (originally the New England eScience Portal for Librarians) that was developed under contract between the National Library of Medicine and the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. The NNLM appreciates the New England Region’s members and advisors who helped develop the original Portal, which provided a successful model and strong foundation for this new resource.

NNLM RD3 contains subject primers, professional development events, and information on the major components of research data management: data management, storage, and sharing. The subject primers provide introductory overviews on topic areas within data literacy, physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering.

Professional development opportunities will be continuously updated. The resources compiled on the site will help you learn the basics of data management and the ins and outs of data visualization, as well serve as a guide to regional and national level activities.

Core library and information science competencies in the areas of metadata, standards, citation, and information management are critical to enabling effective data-driven discovery. Librarians and information professionals translating these competencies to the realm of data are equipped to assist organizations in effectively managing, storing, and sharing data.

Visit NNLM RD3 to learn about resources and opportunities and to join the discussion.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – May 26, 2017

SEA News - Fri, 2017-05-26 08:28

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.

Top Items of Interest

  • NNLM SE/A and NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office will be closed Memorial Day. The offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 9 AM ET.
  • Technical Bulletin: NLM @ MLA – 2017
  • NTO: NNLM Goings-on at MLA

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities

Please note that our new class registration system requires obtaining a free NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NNLM Training Office. All sessions listed below are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all. Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.

Asynchronous Online Course – Moodle

Webinars May 29-June 2

Webinars June 5-9

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Health Literacy Training Mini-Award: A Collaboration Between Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library and Coconino County Public Health District

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2017-05-25 15:32

by Claudine Taillac, M.A., MLIS
Volunteer Services & Training Librarian
Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library
Flagstaff, AZ

The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library received funding from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region to conduct a “Mini-Award,” running from February through April, 2017. The funding provided support for a partnership between the public library and the Coconino County Public Health Services District to provide a target group with a structured training program that included information, tools, and educational interventions to facilitate an understanding of how to access information and resources regarding health, both locally and electronically.

The public library reference librarian and a public health educator designed a training program that met the identified areas of need within Coconino County. These areas were: oral hygiene and the County’s preventive care voucher program; immunization education; smoking cessation; nutrition; communicable diseases; injury prevention and first aid. Training sessions were scheduled at two libraries in Flagstaff, and one library on the Navajo Reservation in Tuba City, AZ. The program was titled Living Well in 2017 and marketed as an opportunity for individuals and families to participate in hands-on training and education to achieve greater health. Marketing for the training programs was conducted through the library, the Public Health Services District, the Flagstaff Family Food Center, The Literacy Center, and several health clinics. The award provided funding to pay Youth Services staff from the library to provide child care during all but one of the trainings. Having free child care available to participants had been identified by the coordinating agencies as a determinant element in achieving successful participation rates.

Five Public Health Educators provided the training and education on the six identified areas of need, and the reference librarian provided training on how to access the online resources available through the library for trusted, research-based health information. The digital resources presented were the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health websites, as well as the Centers for Disease Control website and the Coconino County Public Health Services District’s website (e.g. Pubmed.gov, MedlinePlus.gov, Health.gov, Nutrition.gov). One of the main tools of the trainings was the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s book, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick. Training specifically correlating with this book was offered, as well as tools such as a fist aid kit and a digital thermometer, which were used to increase understanding of emergency care versus secondary care situations, with the goal of decreasing the reliance on urgent or emergency care agencies for non-emergency injuries or illnesses.

Surveys were gathered from all participants, and the results showed overwhelmingly that participants’ knowledge of health and wellness and where/how to access resources increased markedly after attending the training sessions. Specific comments from participants expressed gratitude in learning about the free wellness clinics and voucher programs offered by the Public Health Services District. Achieving these outcomes was the goal of the training sessions, and both agencies completed the program with high levels of satisfaction.

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Outreach Award Highlights: Community Health Information Resources for Seniors (CHIRS) in Nevada

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2017-05-25 15:02

by Terry Henner
Head of Outreach Services
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine

With funding from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region’s Express Award program, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), School of Medicine Savitt Medical Library initiated a community outreach program to improve access to information for the lay public and professional heath care and social services workers that care for seniors. A central aim of the project was to create a comprehensive, web-enabled clearinghouse that aggregated community and regional health and social services available to seniors, as well as external resources such as NIHSeniorHealth and similar sites. The project also developed webinars to address educational needs of health care professionals to raise awareness of resources useful in improving the clinical care of seniors. Our efforts represented a collaboration with two other organizations, the UNR Sanford Center for Aging and the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, both of which have a direct interest in serving the needs of Nevada caregivers.

dimmed classroom with attendees sitting next to computers with a screen displaying a web page in front of the roomA stakeholder meeting to review website design

The work began with a series of convening sessions that brought together a diverse group of people involved in the care of seniors: social workers, nurses, financial planners, attorneys, family members, legislators, and others. People told their stories. A woman described her struggle caring for her sister; a former triathlete and mountain climber, rendered helpless by dental-related infective endocarditis and stroke. Then, more personal accounts, all equally wrenching. Caring for seniors, we learned, can be emotionally stressful, physically exhausting, isolating, and financially draining. We also learned that incomplete access to the range of community and regional resources supporting senior caregiving is problematic and a significant challenge. Discussion gave strong evidence supporting the need for an online resource that could help identify, validate, and direct caregivers to resources for senior care and well-being. Subsequent needs assessment and input from key stakeholders was obtained through a series of structured interviews, focus groups, and questionnaires. Feedback helped define important areas for resource development and naming conventions for website navigational categories.

Construction of the web clearinghouse began with identification, annotation, and organization of resources. Ultimately, we identified roughly 400 sources for senior care. Some representative categories included: transportation services, low-income housing, Medicare and health insurance information, financial planning, elder abuse, mobility resources, and chronic disease management. After consultation and review of mockups with stakeholders, we contracted with a commercial web service to design and host the database online. During the beta stage of development, we held forums to allow community stakeholders to review the design process and offer suggestions for improvement. Although final adjustment of the website is still underway at the time of this writing, as we near completion the feedback is highly favorable. We intend to continue the work of clearinghouse enhancement, marketing of the project, and additional training on accessing resources through recruitment of service-learning students, volunteers from the community, and ongoing participation of staff from the collaborating project groups. Because Nevada has one of the fastest growing aging populations in the nation, we see expansion of efforts to improve access to senior health information resources as an ongoing priority!

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New FOA: Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative

MAR News - Thu, 2017-05-25 05:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.

OMH expects to release a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA): Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative. It is anticipated that the FOA will be available on June 1, 2017 with applications due by July 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET, and projects to start September 30, 2017.

The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative will seek to reduce significant health disparities impacting minorities and disadvantaged populations through the implementation of evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact.  The program will serve residents in counties disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic; reduce the impact of serious mental illness at the primary care level for children, adolescents and/or adults; and reduce obesity prevalence and disparities in weight status among disadvantaged children and adolescents.

View the grant opportunity page to find out more about this expected FOA.

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No Fruit Juice for Babies

SCR News - Wed, 2017-05-24 23:49

Untitled by Erwan Hesry is licensed under CC0.

orange tree

For the first time in 16 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its stance on fruit juice and recommends that no children under the age of 1 drink it. In fact, it’s fine if parents their children to forgo fruit juice altogether at any age.

The new recommendation opposes the AAP’s previous stance that it was ok for children 6 months and older to drink fruit juice. According to Dr. Steven Abrams, one of the authors of the report, there is no health benefit to drinking fruit juice. Once old enough, parents should give their kids mashed or pureed whole fruit opposed to fruit juice.

While it’s ok for older children to have limited amounts of fruit juice, the AAP is worried that all too often fruit juice replaces the whole fruits that children should be eating. These whole fruits provide kids with fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. Fruit juice, on the other hand, is often not fruit juice at all, but rather fruit “drinks” and is almost entirely sugar.

It’s important to start healthy eating habits early on. This includes developing a taste for whole fruits and vegetables opposed to juices, according to Dr. Alisa Muniz Crim, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.

For more information, please visit “No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say.”

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HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2017

MAR News - Wed, 2017-05-24 05:00

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers, PrEP and HIV navigators, as well as health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community using innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

    • Information retrieval;
    • Skills development;
    • Resource development and dissemination;
    • PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or
    • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

    • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
    • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
    • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
    • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
    • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 10, 2017.

The solicitation for the 2017 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Primary Contact
Lisa Josephowitz, Contract Specialist
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488
301-496-6546
Fax: 301-402-0642
E-mail: josephol@mail.nih.gov

Secondary Contract
Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105
Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
Office Phone: 301-496-6546
Fax: 301-402-0642
E-mail: vus@nlm.nih.gov

Please Note: Refer to the FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities) web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the “HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2017” RFQ.

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Outreach Award Highlights: A Prescription for Healthy Reading in Hawaii with Resources and Learning Opportunities for Patients and their Families

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2017-05-23 19:33

by Stacey Aldrich, State Librarian
Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS)
Honolulu, HI

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) conducted a literacy project on Oahu to benefit immigrant Micronesian families by encouraging reading, library use, and healthy resources from January 23 through April 20, 2017. For this effort, HSPLS partnered with Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children’s Pediatric Clinic, and received an outreach subaward from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region. Patients and their families who visited the clinic were invited to get a library card and go to their local branch to receive a free book. From January through April, the clinic issued 331 library cards. Roughly 50-70% of the clinic’s patients are immigrant Micronesians. New children and teen card holders visited the Kalihi-Palama, Liliha, Salt Lake-Moanalua and Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Libraries and were given free books on health, nutrition and exercise. The Micronesian patrons were excited to receive their free books. Some of them also borrowed library books and other materials.

The outreach funding also provided libraries with opportunities to host health resources orientation sessions for patrons. Kalihi-Palama and Waipahu Public Libraries hosted the workshops in February and March with a combined audience total of 29 attendees. The patrons were introduced to the diverse and authoritative NLM health resources and databases such as MedlinePlus, Pillbox and NIHSeniorHealth. We also created frequently asked topic health bookmarks highlighting related health resources that were given to the attendees.

library staff showing resources on a screen to patronsHawaii State Public Library Workshop

The patrons shared that the health resources workshops were:

  • “Very informative! Thank you for sharing information and giving instructions on how to search for medical information.”
  • “A good way to help educate our seniors that use the library and search what they’re looking for – I know how to use the computer in the library – Thanks!”

We had rich interactions with Micronesian families by meeting them in their community. During an outreach visit hosted by Linapuni Elementary School’s Parent Community Networking Center and partnering with A Teacher’s Heart, we met with 22 Micronesian children and 13 parents in attendance. The children and their parents were curious and attentive while listening to stories, creating crafts, book swapping and learning about the library’s programs, services and health resources.

We are heartened by the promising successes in this pilot project. While this funding ended in April, we are looking into ways to continue partnering with the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children’s Pediatric Clinic to encourage reading and awareness of the Health Resources our libraries offer. Two more health orientation sessions are being planned at Pearl City Public Library and Linapuni Elementary School’s Parent Club Meeting this Fall. Future outreach events at schools, churches and community centers supporting Micronesian families will be planned in order to continue efforts to encourage reading, library use and accessibility to health resources.

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2017 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Announced!

PSR News - Tue, 2017-05-23 18:44

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for the 2017 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. Quotations are due to NLM by July 10! The solicitation for the 2017 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs: community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources; health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health; faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers, PrEP and HIV navigators, as well as health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available, and is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community using innovative and evidence-based projects.

The NLM primary point of contact for the solicitation is Lisa Josephowitz, Contract Specialist, and the secondary point of contact is Suet Vu, Contracting Officer.

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David J. Lipman, MD, Leaves NLM After Nearly 30 Years of Service

PSR News - Tue, 2017-05-23 18:26

David J. Lipman, MD, who served as the director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) since its creation almost 30 years ago, is assuming the position of Chief Science Officer at Impossible Foods, a company bringing innovative molecular techniques to the food industry. Under Dr. Lipman’s leadership, NCBI has become an essential resource for biomedical researchers, health professionals, and patients, as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. During his tenure, NCBI grew from a handful of staff working to link biomedical literature and DNA sequences to a staff of hundreds who produce more than 40 integrated databases that serve scientists and the general public. Dr. Lipman has been an advocate for promoting open access to the world’s biomedical literature and launched PubMed in 1997, followed by the full-text repository, PubMed Central (PMC), in 2000. He was instrumental in implementing the NIH Public Access Policy whereby NIH-funded papers are made publicly available in PMC. Each day more than three million users access NCBI databases and download more than 50 terabytes of data.

Dr. Lipman and the GenBank team were finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, known as the Sammies, from the Partnership for Public Service. Dr. Lipman was recognized for building and heading the world’s largest and most influential repository of genetic sequence data. His research in creating rapid sequence comparison algorithms such as FASTA and BLAST has earned him an international reputation, and his journal articles describing the methods are among the most highly cited in biology. Dr. Lipman has also maintained an active research program in influenza evolution and molecular evolution of the genome and proteome. For additional commentary about his many achievements, visit NLM in Focus.

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Welcome to Chris Shaffer: New University Librarian at the University of California, San Francisco!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2017-05-23 14:44
Christopher ShafferChristopher Shaffer, MS, AHIP

Effective August 1, Christopher (Chris) Shaffer will be the next university librarian and assistant vice chancellor – academic information management at the University of California, San Francisco. For the past eight years, Chris has served as university librarian and associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. Prior to that, Chris served in two positions at the University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences; Assistant Director for Public Services from 2002-2006 and Assistant Director for Technology and Outreach from 2006-2008. From 1996-2002 Chris was the Technology Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Greater Midwest Region, based at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Chris holds a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of North Texas in Denton, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Texas A&M University in College Station.

In 2015, Chris served on the National Library of Medicine Working Group for the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director, and he has served as the Treasurer of the Medical Library Association Board of Directors since 2013. Chris brings substantial leadership experience and a forward-thinking vision for the future of libraries to his new position. Join us in congratulating and welcoming him to the Pacific Southwest Region of NNLM!

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Public Health Digital Library Quick Starter Course #1

MAR News - Tue, 2017-05-23 13:35

New from the National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO) comes this course for NNLM Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) subscribers!

June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

This course is meant to instruct new and current users of the Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) how to access the full-text articles available from the 230+ journals in the collection. Course topics covered include conducting basic searches in PubMed, creating journal table of contents alerts and using built-in filters.

The PHDL provides access to library resources, including e-journals, e-books, and other databases resources in support of evidence based practice and research. Public health departments across the country have access to information resources through a digital library available through their local intranets. Through the National Network, member libraries provide article delivery of information not found in the PHDL. Departments looking to become participants in the digital library program can find information on program requirements by reviewing NPHCO’s section of our website and then contacting them by email: PHDL@umassmed.edu or by phone: (508) 856-7633.

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Request for Quotations: HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2017

SEA News - Tue, 2017-05-23 12:20

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers, PrEP and HIV navigators, as well as health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community using innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

    • Information retrieval;
    • Skills development;
    • Resource development and dissemination;
    • PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or
    • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

    • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
    • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
    • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
    • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
    • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 10, 2017.

The solicitation for the 2017 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Primary Contact
Lisa Josephowitz, Contract Specialist
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488
301-496-6546
Fax: 301-402-0642
E-mail: josephol@mail.nih.gov

Secondary Contract
Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105
Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
Office Phone: 301-496-6546
Fax: 301-402-0642
E-mail: vus@nlm.nih.gov

Please Note: Refer to the FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities) web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the “HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2017” RFQ.

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HLAG Seeking Advanced Skills…

NER News - Tue, 2017-05-23 12:08
Hospital Libraries Advisory Group (HLAG) seeking advanced skills, survival techniques in evolving healthcare environment

desk with books and an open laptop

On Mon, May 8, 2017, NNLM NER convened an online meeting of the Hospital Libraries Advisory Group (HLAG). Our goal was to gauge the interests of regional hospital librarians before developing NNLM training opportunities for our 2017-2018 fiscal year. In preparation for this meeting, we distributed a survey to identify hot topics. Library closures and hospital mergers are foremost on the minds of hospital librarians. The needs of solo librarians, the impact of library closures on DOCLINE/ILL, and the trend toward virtual libraries are top concerns as well.

The HLAG meeting included an overview of the results from a recently released National Training Office (NTO) Training Needs Assessment. These results pointed to a national interest in honing skills in evaluating outreach activities, learning about open science and data extraction, and gaining advanced skills in searching NLM databases. We reviewed all of these results to identify the best areas for NNLM NER to provide support. We talked about best methods (webinars, in-person events, newsletter items) to engage hospital librarians in learning opportunities.

In response to the HLAG meeting, NNLN NER is developing a schedule of three webinars and one in-person event. New NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator Erin Latta will give us an update on DOCLINE during a webinar in July 2017. Erin, a New Hampshire native, works out of the NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region. She will bring an understanding of the New England environment to her presentation.

In September 2017, we will be scheduling an Advanced Search Skills webinar with Rebecca Brown from the National Training Office. Rebecca is an experienced technology instructor. She will teach us advanced techniques in using MeSH to find information on drug and pharmacological actions.

NNLM NER is looking into presenters for a Business of Healthcare webinar in January 2018. We are particularly interested in hearing from someone who will speak about the business decisions of mergers and the elimination of jobs in the healthcare market. We want to better understand the circumstances that we are all facing. Lastly, we are planning on hosting an in-person event at UMass Medical School in March 2018 to discuss the how-to’s of creating a Virtual Library.

NNLM NER hopes this suite of learning opportunities meets the needs our New England hospital librarians. We will update you on the specifics as our plans solidify.

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Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

SCR News - Mon, 2017-05-22 23:47

Untitled by Dan Gold is licensed under CC0.

pool

This week is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, and as the summer swim season approaches, adults and children will be flocking to local pools for fun in the sun and exercise. Not only is swimming a great way to have fun with family and friends, it’s also a fun form of physical activity. Just 2.5 hours of water-based (or other forms of) physical activity per week have health benefits for everyone. However, swimming, like any form of physical activity, is not risk-free. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we share and swim in, this summer and year-round. Check out some of the tips below to make sure you have the safest summer yet.

Illnesses and Germs

Chlorine can kill most germs within minutes at concentrations recommended by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and typically required by state and local health departments, but one germ, Cryptosporidium, can remain up to a week. To prevent Crypto and other illnesses, every swimmer should:

  • Stay out of the water if they have diarrhea.
  • Shower before you get in the water.
  • Not urinate or defecate in the water.
  • Not swallow the water.

Drowning

Every day, two children less than 14 years old die from drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of injury death for children ages 1–4 years. To keep swimmer safe:

  • Make sure everyone knows how to swim.
  • Use life jackets appropriately.
  • Provide continuous, attentive supervision close to swimmers.
  • Know CPR.

Pool Chemicals

Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality, but each year, mishandling of pool chemicals leads to 3,000 to 5,000 visits to emergency departments across the United States. To prevent injury by pool chemicals, pool operators should:

  • Read and follow directions on product labels.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment (for example, goggles), as directed on product labels, when handling pool chemicals.
  • Secure pool chemicals to protect people, particularly young children, and animals.
  • Add pool chemicals poolside ONLY when directed by product label and when no one is in the water.

To learn more about Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, visit the CDC’s website.

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‘Engage for Health’: A Program in a Box for Your Community

MAR News - Mon, 2017-05-22 05:00

June 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Does your library or organization offer health programming to members of your community? Are you thinking of offering a health program and are not sure where to start? If you answered yes to either of these questions then this webinar is for you!

Presenters will share information on the NNLM MAR funded project that piloted ‘Engage for Health’, a patient empowerment program that libraries and community/faith based organizations can offer to their community members. Learn about the history of the ‘Engage for Health’ program which focuses on teaching community members how to improve communication with their health care providers. This innovative program involves partnerships with The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) , the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Evaluation Office (NNLM NEO) and The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

16 libraries across the state of PA were trained on NNLM resources, evaluation techniques and assisted in the creation of an evaluation tool specifically designed for the ‘Engage for Health’ program. Those libraries were then able to offer the program in their community. Presenters will share challenges/successes and discuss how you can implement this program at your library/organization. The materials are now freely available for use across the nation. Regardless of the type of library or organization you are, this program is beneficial to all members of your community!

Presenters:
Jennifer Collins, Director, Public Affairs, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM Middle Atlantic Region
Susan Jeffery, Director, North Pocono Public Library
Cindy Olney, Assistant Director, NNLM Evaluation Office

For additional questions, please contact Lydia Collins.

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Highlights of Arizona Outreach Activities Conducted in 2016/2017!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2017-05-19 18:23

by Yamila El-Khayat
Outreach Services Librarian
Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

With an emphasis on increasing health literacy, the University of Arizona Health Sciences library has been able to reach numerous audiences in the state of Arizona with the funding support of our outreach award from the NNLM PSR. This article highlights a few key events conducted during the past year.

exhibitors view of the park with pens and brochures on the table and attendees and a person in a rabbit costume in the backgroundFlagstaff Science Festival

This year we were invited to exhibit at 11 different fairs, all related to either health or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In northern Arizona, we attended the Flagstaff Science Festival a Day at the Park, an event where we had 531 visitors to our booth. We were also invited to attend both the Graham County Health Fair and the Gila County Health and STEM Fair, attracting 741 individuals to our booth. During all three events, we featured MedlinePlus and had activities for children to learn more about health. Activities included Skeletoni kits for learning about the skeletal system and the opportunity to demonstrate a 3D printer for learning how this new technology is being used in the health sciences.

Twenty of our programs were specific to K-12 populations this year. A total of 513 children and youths attended our programs. This year we expanded our programs to reach younger children. For example, we introduced health concepts to K-5th grade students and presented a mini-introduction of MedlinePlus. Older children learned the basics of research, including how to identify the differences between reliable resources and non-trustworthy sources. Another project that we kicked off was working with middle school aged children, introducing them to research, environmental health and walking them through a problem-solving mission utilizing a 3D printer to improve health.

front of a brick building with signage reading kinyaaaanii libraryDine College Library

We were invited to talk to students about NLM’s Native Voices exhibit at Dine College in Tsaile, AZ. Patricia Bradley from the University of New Mexico and Samanthi Hewakapuge from Dine College in Shiprock, NM, joined me to put together a presentation highlighting the Native Voices exhibit. Through this effort, an iPad with the downloaded application of Native Voices was given to the Dine College Library for students to browse through the oral stories of the collection. During this presentation, we also had the opportunity to talk about medical librarianship as a career option for students to pursue.

In summary, this year offered us the opportunity to engage with 4102 people from all parts of Arizona. Forty-three events were completed including presentations and exhibits. With support from the NNLM PSR outreach award, we made new connections and have stayed in contact with current partners working to jointly increase the levels of health literacy within the state.

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GMR Update May 2017: Annotated links

GMR News - Fri, 2017-05-19 16:03

A recording of the May 2917 GMR Update is now available on YouTube. Below is an annotated list of the topics discussed with links to each talking point in the YouTube video. If you have any feedback  or ideas about how we can make GMR Updates more valuable to you, please let us know by filling out this quick survey.

The next GMR Update will be Monday, August 21 at 3pm (Eastern) / 2pm (Central).

Topics covered:
2:43 — Awards and funding
3:48 — Funded project: Merle Rosenzweig, Michigan Health Sciences Library Association (MI)
4:42 — Funded project: Don Pearson, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library (OH)
5:22 — Funded project: Melvin Thompson, Endeleo Institute (IL)
6:18 — Funded project: Phyllis Foxworth, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (IL)
7:49 — New GMR blog (also, check out our funding announcements there!)
10:42 — Partner Outreach Libraries, new change in outreach library model (Note that we’re still looking for partner libraries in Indiana and Kentucky!)
15:49 — Health Sciences Librarians Focus Group
16:51 — Course offerings
19:27 — Upcoming course: Engaging Underserved Communities
20:40 — Upcoming course: Health Services Research & Public Health Information
22:08 — Members needed for Medically Underserved Areas Work Group, Health Professionals Focus Group, and Community Outreach Focus Group
23:35 — Ordering educational materials
24:53 — New look for AIDSinfo
27:44 — Turning the Pages resource
31:22 — Question and Answer about Partner Outreach Libraries

Additionally, here are all the URLs provided during the presentation:

URLs:
GMR Funding Opportunities
Midwest Matters, the new GMR blog
Partner Outreach Libraries
Advisory Groups (Focus groups and work groups)
Course: Strategies for Engaging Underserved Communities
Course: Health Services Research & Public Health Information
Course: PubMed for Librarians (series)
Materials order form
AIDSinfo
Turning the Pages
Survey for feedback about GMR Updates

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Outreach Award Highlights: Resources and Services for Community Health Nursing Clinics Across the State of Nevada

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2017-05-19 15:08

By Katie Jefferson, MPH
Library Services Liaison
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno

The Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno (UNR Med) received an outreach subaward from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), running from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. With this funding, we partnered with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to support the community health and behavioral health nurses working in state offices. These nurses provide health services to remote and underserved communities in ten frontier and rural counties. They also serve as school nurses in districts without a school nurse. Their area of responsibility covers more than 96,000 square miles and they average about 1,000 miles of travel per month. The nursing offices do not have online resources beyond those that are freely available.

people seated in a room having a discussionRural Nevada library site visit

The Savitt Medical Library provided training that highlighted freely available, quality resources, primarily from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Our plan was to travel to each of the 13 locations to introduce ourselves and the project, the nursing LibGuide, and to provide an initial training session. We have traveled to all but two sites. The final two trips will be completed during the summer. Traveling to each location across the state allowed us to see the environments in which the nurses work. More importantly, it allowed us to begin building those relationships.

We acquired continuing education (CE) certification for our initial session, which covered MedlinePlus, HealthReach, Google Scholar and Advanced Google Searching. Additionally, we highlighted the Loansome Doc service as well as Project Echo. Project Echo is a UNR Med service that provides rural and frontier clinicians with advice and support from specialists. The initial in-person CE topics were based on phone interviews and surveys of the nurses to determine their needs. After each session, evaluations were collected. All participants noted in the evaluations that they will make changes in their practice. Some examples included:

  • Pass this information along to co-workers, social workers, and counselors.
  • Direct patients to quality information sources.
  • Provide patient handouts.
  • Improve search techniques.

The Savitt Medical Library also created a project portal with input from the nurses. It provides a one-stop-shop for their highly used information resources. Previously, each nurse had been relying on their individual set of bookmarks or Google searching each time they were seeking a resource.

Rural Nevada Nurses libguideCommunity and Behavioral Health Nursing Library Guide

Additionally, we are developing and providing a series of ten online modules, each offering CE credit. The modules will be provided using the University’s course management system, Canvas. These topics were selected based on the initial phone interviews and surveys and then they were refined after meeting the nurses. The modules will include:

  1. PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov
  2. Advanced Google Searching
  3. Infectious Diseases
  4. Mental Health
  5. Immigrant/Refugee & Language Resources
  6. Rural, Native American, Latino/Latina Health
  7. Environmental Health Topics
  8. Disaster Preparedness
  9. Drug Information
  10. Insurance Information Resources

We received very positive comments from all the nurses we met. They seemed genuinely happy to have the support we offered and to “feel not quite so all alone.” They all expressed enthusiasm about the resources we covered and our portal page. Many had suggestions about what to add to the page and what topics to cover in the online instruction. This project was rewarding for the nurse participants and for the librarians. We saw, first-hand, the remote areas where they work and what resources they need. This is a great jumping off point for the Savitt Medical Library to plan and provide other resources and services to this small but vital group of nurses providing care in the underserved areas of Nevada.

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Comics and Medicine: A FREE Librarian Brown-Bag Session!

PNR News - Fri, 2017-05-19 11:06

 

One of the more exciting recent trends in communicating about health care and medicine is that of “graphic medicine”.  As Dr. Ian Williams, who coined the phrase, writes:

“It has long been known that comics are “not just for kids”… comics and graphic novels [can] be used as a resource for health professionals, playing a valuable role in:

  • Reflecting or changing cultural perceptions of medicine
  • Relating the subjective patient/carer/provider experience
  • Enabling discussion of difficult subjects
  • Helping other sufferers or carers

Want to learn more?  Come join us at the Comics and Medicine 2017 Librarian Brown-Bag Session!   It’s free, and you’ll get to hear from MK Czerwiec, a nurse who “uses comics to help her contemplate the complexities of illness and caregiving”, and the NNLM’s own Matthew Noe, the New England Region’s graphic medicine specialist (for background on the topic in general, listen to his webinar, “Introduction to Graphic Medicine”, here).  It should be a fun time, and you’ll leave with ideas for kickstarting, or further developing, Graphic Medicine at your own library!

The session is from 12:30-2 pm at The Seattle Public Library’s downtown location (1000 Fourth Avenue in Seattle), on Saturday June 17th, in room 2 on the fourth floor.  And, if you find yourself REALLY intrigued by all this, consider attending the full Comics and Medicine conference.  There are free morning sessions before the Brown-Bag, on both “Comics and Health Literacy” and “Comics as Access”, and many more talks available for paid registrants.

Feel free to contact Ann Glusker at glusker@uw.edu with questions—we hope to see you there!

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