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STEM Program in a box: Members in the Middle Atlantic Region (NY, NJ, PA, DE) can order Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit by April 30, just in time for summer programming!
NNLM Reading Club – Mental Health Awareness: Complete an application by April 30 to receive the next NNLM Reading Club book kit, featuring three book selections in support of Mental Health Awareness for May. The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” book kit with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs of their communities.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
In-person training opportunity: Join Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol for a half or full day of free programming on April 18 at the Rochester Regional Library Council Training Center. Michael will be offering two NNLM classes, “Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community,” and, “Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library.” Registration is required. Participants are eligible for a total of 4 MLA CE.
Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference: Check out our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops to learn where you can meet and greet with MAR staff! If you would like to schedule a few minutes to speak with us about your projects or opportunities for partnership, please contact us.
HSLANJ Spring 2019 Offer – Medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern/Atlantic and New England Regions are welcome to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiave. The deadline to participate in the Spring offer is Friday, May 3.
NNLM Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Join us LIVE on May 6 at the Medical Library Association conference in Chicago to help improve Wikipedia articles related to health disparities! If you are not attending MLA, you can still participate remotely! Learn more about this wonderful opportunity to help improve consumer health information on Wikipedia.
Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries – May 16, 2019 2:00 pm ET – Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools, but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.NLM/NIH News
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Building Data Science Expertise at NLM – The Library is rolling out a new Data Science @NLM Training Program that will provide targeted training to all of NLM’s 1,700 staff members. We are also inviting staff from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to participate so that everyone in the expanded NLM workforce has the opportunity badge reading “Data Science @NLM Training Kickoff” to become more aware of data science and how it is woven in to so many NLM products and services. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Data Science and You: NLM Staff Speak Out – As the National Library of Medicine seeks to serve as a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, NLM in Focus asked seven staff members to tell us how they fit into data science. Their answers are encouraging. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
What Makes a Murderer: Dr. Bernard Glueck’s Psychological Evaluations – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
NLM @ MLA – 2019 – NLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information
NIH News in Health: The April 2019 issue of NIH News in Health is now available, featuring, “Cancer Care Widens Its Reach: Reducing Cancer Health Disparities,” and “The Inflamed Brain: Recognizing Encephalitis and Meningitis.” Other topics include tonsillitis, alcohol consumption, and mental health.NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities
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Needs Assessments in Research Data Management: What Do We Know and Where are the Gaps? – April 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries have provided research data services in various capacities for over a decade. As a result, many librarians have published on their respective institutions service needs evaluation that determined their service capacity and scope. This webinar with GMR will summarize the current state of published literature, in aggregate, regarding those research data services needs assessments. Participants in this webinar will have an understanding of what is currently known of Research Data Management needs and where the gaps in research are relative to institution type, disciplines supported, and demographics.
There’s an App for That! Tips to Evaluate Consumer Apps for Health – April 17,1:00-2:00 PM ET – Mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of health and wellness applications? By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help their users make informed decisions about the apps they choose to download. This webinar with SEA focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provides information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.
Tips and Tricks for Learning Data Visualization – April 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Data visualization in the health sciences can help reveal insights and trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. A clear visualization can convey more information than an endless spreadsheet. However, learning new tools can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time tackling a subject. Data visualization tools, in particular, can have high learning curves and it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the resources and tutorials available. This PNR Rendezvous session will discuss tips and tricks for learning data visualization, with a focusing on two tools, Tableau and ArcGIS.
Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources – April 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the first online offering of this course and get ready to spend this summer celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with your community and network partners! Instructor Debbie Montenegro, NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and recently recognized NASA Solar System Ambassador, will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you get your summer programming together. Get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!
A Nursing Liaison’s Role in Evidence-Based Practice – April 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a key part of healthcare today and is of growing importance to nursing practice. The increasing interest in EBP provides librarians with an avenue for partnering with nursing colleagues and demonstrating the value librarians can bring to an organization. This SEA webinar will situate evidence-based practice in modern healthcare and describe how it has become central to nursing practice. The webinar will focus on identifying key roles and strategies librarians can employ to support nurses in applying evidence-based practice to patient care.
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – April 26, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this class will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. This class is eligible for 2 hours of MLA Continuing Education credit that can be counted toward a Consumer Health Information Specialization.
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join MAR for this interactive webinar where participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.
*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.Other Items of Interest
State of America’s Libraries Report 2019 – American Libraries Association
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- Supervisory Librarian, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division, Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
- Outreach Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Seattle, WA
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Joyce Backus, NLM Associate Director for Library Operations, has announced that the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) will be renamed the Office of Engagement and Training (OET) and become NLM’s organizational home for outreach. This renamed office will be led by Amanda J. Wilson, who has served as the head of the NNCO since January 2017. Beginning in June 2019, OET will include the program and staff of the National Network Coordinating Office and additional staff with primary outreach responsibilities from the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) and other NLM organizations. SIS staff and any other NLM staff assigned to the OET will receive formal notices in May 2019 and reassigned in June 2019. OET will work with staff in NLM program areas, including the Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL), to improve coordination of outreach activities within NLM and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
Establishment of OET follows the extensive work of the NLM Outreach Functional Audit team. The audit created an overview of all NLM outreach activities and demonstrated the extent to which outreach is an NLM-wide effort. The report recommended the creation of a central office to coordinate and lead NLM’s outreach activities, while recognizing that some outreach activities are closely tied to specific programs and services and should remain within their program units. NLM Leadership agreed with these recommendations, which support the NLM Strategic Plan. As the new outreach home, the NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET) will provide for NLM and NNLM:
- A leader for outreach with budgetary authority for outreach activities
- Consolidation of staff whose work is primarily outreach and who are now distributed
- Authority to plan and coordinate outreach activities
- Evaluation standards and guidelines for outreach and engagement assessment
- Liaisons with key NLM units to coordinate closely-related activities
- Shared resources, including a single Learning Management System, to increase efficiency and reduce duplication
- Increased efficiency for acquisitions to reduce duplication
- Leadership of a community of practice
Creating this home for outreach will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities, ease the burden on subject matter experts, and produce a more accountable and coherent approach to this vitally important function across NLM. The OET will have primary responsibility for developing trans-NLM outreach materials, as well as planning, coordinating, and evaluating outreach efforts across NLM. Communications strategies for outreach efforts will be developed by OCPL in collaboration with OET for consistency of messaging, branding, and promotion, including social media and the NNLM.
My Bibliography is an application developed by the National Library of Medicine to help organize citations to your publications and to assist eRA Commons users with managing publication or product compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. My Bibliography version 3.0, the redesigned and rebuilt new version to be released soon, includes useful new tools and a streamlined interface that facilitates a workspace to quickly view publications’ compliance status, initiate submissions to the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS), and organize publications and awards data using the new searching, filtering, and sorting options. To see a series of illustrations previewing the new interface, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. There is an additional article with more information for eRA Commons users.
My Bibliography’s streamlined interface displays options to manage citations, add citations, search, and sort at the top of the page. The unique URL to share bibliographies with others is also found at the top of the page. There are three options to add author-specific article citations: using the My Bibliography citation search tool to find citations in PubMed, uploading citations from a file, or using My Bibliography templates to create citations manually. Citations stored in My Bibliography can be downloaded in MEDLINE format by checking the boxes next to the citations to include in an export file and selecting the option “Export file (MEDLINE)” in “Manage citations.” Citations can be sorted by author name (either in ascending or descending order), by publication date (newest to oldest or oldest to newest), or by recently updated citations. Locating citations can be accomplished by entering article PMCID, citation PMID, article title words, author name, DOI, or journal title in the search box. Citations stored in My Bibliography can be shared with others using the personal URL displayed at the top of the page. The public version of My Bibliography displays all the citations currently stored in your bibliography.
Join us for the 11th Anniversary of the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians, to be held on June 5-7, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.
Science Boot Camp is an immersive experience that provides librarians with the opportunity to network with peers and learn about topics in physical sciences, health sciences, life sciences, and technology.
The themes for this year’s SBC science sessions are:
- Assistive Technologies
- Social Justice in Science
- Remote Sensing
This year, we will be awarding scholarships for current library school students, early-career science librarians, and library staff. The application form link is: Science Boot Camp Scholarship Application Form.
The link can also be found on the Science Boot Camp web site in a drop down menu from the registration page.
by Alice Ho
Santiago Canyon College Library
After traveling across the country for three years, the NLM traveling exhibit Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions arrived in Southern California. From March 27 to May 3, students and library users will be able to enjoy this nicely done exhibit at the Santiago Canyon College library in the city of Orange.
This exhibit explores the use of tobacco, alcohol, opium, cocaine and marijuana in the history of America. It demonstrates some of the factors that have shaped the changing definitions of some of these mind-altering drugs from medical miracle to social menace. The exhibit was developed by the National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, and was curated by Dr. Manon Parry, Professor of Medical History at the Vrje Universiteit, Amsterdan, and Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Public History at the University of Amsterdam.
The Office of Minority Health and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities are co-hosting a bilingual Twitter chat about physical activity and good nutrition on Wednesday, April 17th at 2 pm ET. They’ll chat about all things public health, celebrate everything public health has accomplished and talk about where the movement is going.
The Public Library Association (PLA) has added another collaborative project to its ongoing partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
Through this partnership, PLA will launch a new survey intended to measure the effectiveness of public libraries’ consumer health programming in Project Outcome, the association’s free toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library services and programs. Funding for the creation of the new survey was provided by three of NNLM’s eight regional medical libraries: MidContinental, Pacific Southwest, and South Central. The survey will be added to Project Outcome in April 2019.
“With this new survey, PLA seeks to expand public libraries’ capacity to apply outcome data in decision-making and planning around consumer health programming and services,” remarks PLA President Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, PhD. “We’re thrilled to team up with NNLM on this important project.”
In March, PLA announced it will team up with NNLM to raise awareness of the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program, a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the U.S., to accelerate research and improve health. In 2017, the two organizations launched Promoting Healthy Communities, a nine-month project to assess health information needs among public librarians and share free health literacy resources. The goal of Promoting Healthy Communities is to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.
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About the Public Library Association (PLA)
The Public Library Association is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.
Through this partnership, PLA will launch a new survey intended to measure the effectiveness of public libraries’ consumer health programming in Project Outcome, the association’s free toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library services and programs. The survey will be added to Project Outcome in April 2019.
“With this new survey, PLA seeks to expand public libraries’ capacity to apply outcome data in decision-making and planning around consumer health programming and services,” remarks PLA President Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, Ph.D. “We’re thrilled to team up with NNLM on this important project.”
In 2017, PLA and NNLM lead by GMR launched Promoting Healthy Communities, a nine-month project to assess health information needs among public librarians and share free health literacy resources. The goal of Promoting Healthy Communities is to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.We invite you to join us for a free webinar about Project Outcome for NNLM Public Library Members
Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT
Webinar (registration required): Project Outcome for NNLM Public Library Members
Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:
- Understand what Project Outcome is and how to use it;
- Know what outcomes can be used to measure the success of their health programs and services; and,
- Be able to implement Project Outcome evaluation in their library.
Project Outcome is a free online toolkit provided by the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association. Project Outcome is free to all U.S. and Canadian public libraries. To learn more, visit www.projectoutcome.org.
The Health Services Research Information Central has added a new topic category covering data literacy and management.
The new topic page is intended to serve as an introduction to the topics of data science, data literacy, data management, data sharing, and research reproducibility. Though the emphasis is on health data, information from the broad data science community is included.
Visit the new topic page!
When was the last time you used Wikipedia? With more than 7 billion views a year on over 155,000 health topic pages, Wikipedia may be the most popular online health information resource. Acknowledging that Wikipedia is a highly trafficked source for health related topics, it is then vital that we strive to improve the content and citations provided in health and medicine articles to ensure that our health professionals, patients, and patrons have access to high-quality, reliable information.
Building on the success of two past events, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is continuing its efforts to improve consumer health information on Wikipedia with its third Edit-a-Thon on May 6, 2019. Using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Genetics Home Reference, we will be working to add citations to existing Wikipedia articles related to health equity. New to editing Wikipedia? Get ready for the event by watching our past training hosted by Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. In this introductory session, Dr. Heilman provides an overview of the importance of Wikipedia and demonstrates how to add a citation to existing articles.
New for this Edit-a-Thon is an in-person editing session held at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Led by Aimee Gogan, Alicia Lillich, and Elaina Vitale, the immersion session will describe the importance of Wikipedia as a resource for health information and how librarians can utilize their research skills to make Wikipedia a better evidence-based resource. Not only will attendees participate in live editing of health equity articles, they will become part of a community of Wikipedians dedicated to improving health information. If you will be attending MLA, please join us on Monday, May 6 from 2:00-3:25 PM for this lively and engaging session!
Whether you attend the immersion session at MLA or host an event at your organization, we look forward to working with you on May 6 to improve health equity information on Wikipedia. Check out nnlm.gov/wiki to learn more about the event and make sure to follow along on Twitter throughout the day with the hashtag #citeNLM to ask questions, post photos, and share your Wikipedia experience. See you on May 6!
Data is everywhere and trying to make sense of it can be overwhelming and complex but also revealing. Data visualization helps to communicate more clearly the significance of the information. How to do that? Come and attend the April session of the PNR Rendezvous to learn some tips and tricks from staff from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s National Evaluation Office.
Below are the details of when and how to join the webinar.
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 1-2PM (Pacific) | 12-1PM (Alaska) | 2-3PM (Mountain) | 3-4PM (Central) | 4-5PM (Eastern) | 11AM-12PM (Hawaii)
Presentation: Tips and Tricks for Learning Data Visualization
Data visualization in the health sciences can help reveal insights and trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. A clear visualization can convey more information than an endless spreadsheet. However, learning new tools can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time tackling a subject. Data visualization tools, in particular, can have high learning curves and it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the resources and tutorials available. This PNR Rendezvous session will discuss tips and tricks for learning data visualization. The tools we will be focusing on are Tableau and ArcGIS.
We encourage you to join the live session but it will be recorded for viewing within a week.
Join us for April Breezing Along with RML – Shavonne Washington-Krauth from Creighton University will present What is Your Unconscious Bias?
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 2 MT/3 CT
Recent articles in Preventing Chronic Disease and The Nation’s Health chronicle how public libraries can complement the efforts of public health workers in community outreach and engagement. Data tell us that more Americans visit public libraries in a year (1.39 billion) than they do health care providers (990 million). More so, over 40% of computer-using patrons report using libraries to search for health information. However, we also know many individuals struggle with accessing and understanding the health information they encounter every day.
This challenge begs the question, “How does the National Library of Medicine (NLM) increase access to trustworthy health information to improve the health of communities across the United States?” Read more from here.
Mark your calendars and tell your friends!
Wednesday, April 10th from 2:00 – 2:30 PM ET – What’s New? Webinar
This webinar is for everyone using DOCLINE 6.0 and will cover:
- Routing options
- Type-ahead/auto-suggest menus
- Retired Requests display
- Receipting Lend Requests
- Updated Library Profile
- Journals & Holdings
- Switch Library
- Lend Alerts – Rush & Urgent Patient Care
- Delivery Method(s)
- International Offerings
… and more!
This will be show & tell only, please continue to use the “Ask the Help Desk” form if you have questions or comments.
Registration suggested, but not required.
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Link to Recordings
If you are unable to attend a session, webinars are recorded and added to the NNLM YouTube DOCLINE Talkline Playlist within one week.
Save the Date! Webinar: Flooding in the Midwest: One University’s Efforts to Reach Out to the Community
WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 1:30PM ET
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: This Disaster Information Specialist webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts. No registration is required.
Elayne Saejung, MS, Director of Emergency Management, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Teresa Hartman, MLS, Education & Research Services Librarian, McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Aileen Warren, MSW, PHR, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, University of Nebraska Medical Center
TOPIC: Flooding in the Midwest: One University’s Efforts to Reach Out to the Community
After the devastating floods in March, 2019, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) stepped up to provide outreach to their community, both in Nebraska and Iowa. A collaborative effort between the UNMC Office of Emergency Management, the McGoogan Library of Medicine, and the Human Resources department led to efforts ensuring that internal students, faculty, and staff, as well as residents of the states of Iowa and Nebraska received updated information on health and safety resources and guidelines. In this webinar, the three speakers will discuss the collaboration, their outreach efforts, and key outcomes to this point
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The Clipboard feature is now available in PubMed Labs, allowing users to temporarily save and collect selected citations from one or more searches. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to develop features on the PubMed Labs platform, and this new version of PubMed will eventually replace the current PubMed. Visit An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way for more information.
Add Items to the Clipboard in PubMed Labs
To add items to the Clipboard from search results, use the “More actions” icon at the top of the page and choose “Send to: Clipboard.” A drop-down menu of options will display where users may add selected items, all results on the page, or all results to the Clipboard (up to a maximum limit of 500 citations). Individual items can also be added to the Clipboard from the abstract page using the “More actions” icon.
View and Curate Items in the Clipboard
Navigate to the Clipboard by clicking the “Clipboard” link under the search box. This link will only appear after one or more items have been added to the Clipboard; the link is not present when the Clipboard is empty. On the Clipboard page, use the check boxes to select items to be saved, emailed, or removed from the Clipboard. The Clipboard can store up to a maximum of 500 citations at a time and will expire after eight hours of inactivity. Future updates will add the ability to permanently save items to My NCBI Collections. In the meantime, please use the save or email options to retain results from PubMed Labs.
PubMed Labs is under active development and new features will be introduced on a regular basis as the system is enhanced. Please note that the absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. NLM welcomes feedback. To submit comments, questions, or concerns, use the “Feedback” button available on each page of PubMed Labs.
The archived recording of the March 27 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic is ToxTutor, a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology for users of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and toxicology databases. The webinar is presented by Dr. Pertti (Bert) Hakkinen, the Senior Toxicologist and the Toxicology and Environmental Health Science Advisor at NLM. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.
We are very excited and pleased to share this guest post by Kathryn Vela, the Washington State University’s (WSU) Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s (ESFCOM) Health Sciences Librarian. Kathryn was selected through a competitive application for professional development funding from the National Training Office (NTO), to participate in a mentoring opportunity having completed the NNLM online training course RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. Welcome Kathryn!
As a health sciences librarian with an interest in data, I was extremely excited to be part of the first cohort of the online course “Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Science Librarians” in early 2018. It was a delightfully educational experience, and as an unexpected bonus, I was eligible to apply for funding from the NTO to continue my research data management (RDM) education. I submitted a proposal for and received funding to visit the NYU Health Sciences Library and learn from their data services team. I wasn’t the only one with this idea; three other librarians from my cohort were also interested in an NYU site visit, and so we coordinated to plan the trip together.
The site visit was a two-day event, with a third day spent at a symposium at Columbia University. Much of this time was spent discussing how the NYU HSL data services have developed over the last few years, including the Data Catalog Collaboration Project. We (i.e. the visiting librarians) also shared how we were engaging in data services at our own institutions. These conversations gave us the opportunity to learn from some data experts, ask questions, and share ideas.
We also had the chance to sit in on two different classes provided by the NYU librarians. One class was part of a larger research course and provided an overview of basic RDM practices, and the other was about creating data visualizations in Excel. Since I would like to provide more data-related instruction, this was incredibly beneficial and gave me a lot of ideas to incorporate into my own work.
The symposium at Columbia University was called “Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility and Integrity” and featured a number of enlightening panel discussions on topics like transparency in scientific journals and bias in research. I enjoyed the opportunity to attend thissymposium while I was in New York because it gave me some interesting insights into the inner workings of academic research.
Overall, it was a whirlwind trip, but I definitely came back with a brain bursting full of new knowledge and ideas to try at my institution. Since most of my RDM learning has taken place online, it was nice to have the opportunity to talk to other like-minded people face to face, and to see RDM expertise in action. The NYU data librarians were welcoming and informative, and I greatly appreciate their support for this site visit.
April 7th-13th, 2019 is National Library Week. The American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Week theme is simple, but compelling: how libraries equate to building strong communities.
The NLM, located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, was founded in the year 1836 as the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office, the medical literature repository of the U.S. Army Surgeon General. It is the world’s largest biomedical library and has been searched billion of times by millions of people around the world. NLM also founded and funds the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).
The historical formation of the NNLM goes back to 1965 when it was called the Regional Medical Library (RML) Program and consisted of 11 regional medical libraries. The RML Program was the manifestation of the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, which authorized the NLM to provide grant funding to improve the condition and potential of American medical libraries; among the many grants that came from the Medical Library Assistance Act, a grant for the development of a national systems of regional medical libraries was given to the NLM.
It wasn’t until 1990, that the RML Program became what is known as the NNLM. The current overarching mission of the NNLM is to “provide all U.S. health professional with equal access to biomedical information” and to “improve the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health”.
Last year in 2018, the NNLM and the Public Library Association (PLA) forged a new partnership that increased public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services, called the “Promoting Healthy Communities Initiative”. In 2017, the NNLM was honored to be selected as a community partner of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s All of Us Research Program which has a mission to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs enabling individualized prevention, treatment and care. All of Us will partner with one million or more people across the United States to provide the most diverse biomedical data resource in history. All of Us will make this resource available to all researchers, helping them to gain better insights into the biological, environmental, and behavioral factors that—separately and combined—influence health.
PLA has now joined forces with NNLM to promote NIH’s All of Us Research Program. and work together with public libraries to increase “health literacy, address health research inequities, and strengthen community partnerships with health advocates and providers.”
The NNLM is proud of the PLA partnership, a strong reminder of how libraries build strong communities of health through such collaborations and outreach. Happy National Library Week everyone!!! Enjoy being a part of your community and effectively, your medical/health sciences/public library!
The blog post that follows was written by Saba Shahid, Chief Smiling Officer of The Art Cart. In May of 2018 The Art Cart received a Community Engagement Grant Award from the NNLM NER to create an online training program to about how use art as therapy for the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder impacting dopamine producing neurons in the brain. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include rigidity of limbs, tremors, gait and balance problems, micrographia, and loss of fine and gross motor control. More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s Disease and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month! Every April organizations from around the world spread awareness about Parkinson’s Disease through advocacy, events, and special projects. The Art Cart is an organization based out of Worcester, MA that is doing just that.
As part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, The Art Cart will be releasing the second edition of the Let’s Combat Micrographiaä interactive workbook. This workbook has been developed to improve micrographia or small handwriting in people living with Parkinson’s disease. Through a special collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, a branch of the National Institute of Health, there is an additional Virtual Workshop series that will be available later this month to allow those with Parkinson’s and professionals treating people with Parkinson’s to learn how to improve this symptom. UMASS Medical School’s Lamar Souttier Library will have a copy of the second edition book available later this month.
Through Facebook, The Art Cart (@smilethroughart) is promoting awareness about Parkinson’s disease through their Smile Through Artä Workshops. They’re encouraging self-reflection and remembering how to live better with symptoms instead of feeling burdened by them. Participant, Tim MacMillian says, “I am stronger than Parkinson’s as Parkinson’s has taught me to always be strong, never give up, and to face the disease head on.” His wife, Deb MacMillian, says, “To be a caregiver means to be supportive, patient, and encouraging.” Hear their stories and many others by visiting The Art Cart’s Facebook page and website.
To learn more about The Art Cart please visit www.smilethroughart.com.