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Register Now: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt

SEA News - Wed, 2019-06-05 12:18

An AAHSL/MLA/NNLM webinar collaboration

  • Are you confused about all the topics under the umbrella of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
  • Are you overwhelmed by all things swirling around in our world today?
  • Are you ready to have less frustrating conversations?

Then Save the DATES!

Conversations that Matter includes both internal and external dialogues about our similarities and our differences. Each webinar will showcase examples across various subordinated and marginalized inter-sectional identities as well as give us all time to reflect, organize, and do our own work in claiming responsibility for our privileges and full lived experiences

June 19, 2018 : Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place: Register here!

Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that you can utilize in your own life immediately. Regardless of each your identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships.

Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work. Our experiences, choices, and impact, both intentional and unintentional, matter. This is the starting place.

August 21, 2018 : Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others

Have you experienced an optical illusion where you don’t initially see all of the options? Was the dress blue with gold stripes? Were you team Laurel or Yanny? Can you see the rabbit and the duck?

Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. This is why we may assume there is a monster in the garage when we haven’t experienced an earthquake before – we literally don’t have the experience to pull from to understand what is happening. We believe what we know – whether we know it or not.

Take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. The role of perception is directly linked to all that we are conscious of as well as all of the stuff we aren’t! We must learn our habits to be able to be open to understand something we don’t understand.

October 16, 2018 : Being a Better Ally to All

Every organization has a group of stakeholders, staff, and volunteers who must foster effective communication through conflict, change, and crisis. With increased comfort and confidence, you can be prepared to hold and encourage others to have the challenging conversations that lead to better collaboration and teamwork. Developing a culture based on listening, speaking up, and taking responsibility builds teams of cooperation for the short- and long-term.

November 13, 2019 : Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections

We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart whether that is on the other side of the country, continent, or planet. And while we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. We may be well intended when we enter or step back from a conversation. We know better, but what we don’t know how to do is fix it right?

Make sure that everyone understands what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as you are. Spoiler alert – its not about them – it is all about you!

January 22, 2020 : That’s Not Funny! Or is it?

To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? I don’t think so! Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke.

March 18, 2020 : Knowing what you don’t know: Medical Micro-aggressions

Health care access, serving patients, and working within your community is incredibly important work. To best do this work, we need to know who we are, what we bring to the table, and what we don’t know. Join in for a lively conversation to uncover what we don’t know, and how Step One is asking the right questions of ourselves and listening to others.


May 13, 2020 : I am … Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101

What better sexual identities way to learn about than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.

July 15, 2020 : I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!

Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This course contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here!

August 12, 2020 : I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned

Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures.

Save the TIME: 12 pm EST, 11 am MST. 10 am CST, 9 am PST

All Webinars will be broadcast at the above time. Each webinar is 60 minutes.

Registration Fee? Absolutely NOT! but register early as each webinar is limited to 1,000 participants.

All expenses for the webinar series are being underwritten by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

The NNLM PNR is hosting the series via WebEx and providing close captioning.

MLA is providing CE accreditation.

Recordings of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training site and on

Please visit the NNLM training site for a list of current and previously hosted classes:

CE? Of Course!

One hour of MLA CE credit is available for each webinar! There is NO fee for CE credit.

If you are not able to participate, don’t worry. A video of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training site and MLANET and available for your viewing. MLA CE credit also will be available up to 1 year from the live webinar.


Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP,
pulls together her stand up comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead teams to want to work together. With a sense of belonging and understanding, colleagues take more risks with their ideation, conserve precious resources through collaboration, and maintain real connections with clients over time.

It is through Jessica’s work in Student Affairs, as a college administrator, in South Carolina, Oregon, New York, and Arizona, that she realized her love for the conversations across difference. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, Social Justice Training Institute Alumna, and a Certified Speaking Professional, Jessica has taken the typical diversity talks to the next level of social justice conversations examining privilege, oppression, entitlement, and our collective responsibility to make change while connecting difficult topics with employee retention, crisis management, and increasing innovation and profits.

Jessica blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. Having traveled and lived in a variety of communities and environments all over the world, while also engaging with education as student, teacher, administrator, and active community member, Jessica uses her take on life to lead participants through a safe but confrontational process of examination, self-reflection, and open dialog that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

With her attention now turning to larger associations and corporate leadership, Jessica is pulling from the past 15 years of direct experience to lead teams to try instead of avoiding a stretch. It is in this trying that clients uncover a deeper sense of belonging, resourceful collaboration opportunities, and reignite their creativity and innovative ideation. Learning, feeling, and being Good Enough Now allows for teams to do the best they can with what they have and persist long into the future no matter the crisis, topic, or challenge.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Cristina A. Pope, Chair, AAHSL Standing Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Cristina A. Pope, MS, MSM, AHIP
Health Sciences Library Director
Syracuse, NY 13210


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New NNLM PSR Education and Outreach Librarian: Julie Botnick!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2019-06-04 18:14

Hello everyone! My name is Julie Botnick and I am a new Education and Outreach Librarian for the NNLM PSR at UCLA.

I recently completed my Master of Library and Information Science degree here at UCLA. As part of my studies, I worked as a Curatorial and Instruction Intern at UCLA Special Collections for History of Medicine and the Sciences, just downstairs from the NNLM PSR office.

Julie Botnick holding a specimen at Zion National Park

I have worked at a broad range of repositories, including the archives at 20th Century Fox and Zion National Park (where we rehoused the historic natural history specimen collection, pictured to the right here!), and the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in West Hollywood.

I have a background in education and program development, including development of educational texts, conferences, and training in outdoor, food, and environmental education; working as an educator at a living history museum; managing a business education institute for artists; and teaching undergraduates in the UCLA Department of History.

I look forward to working with you all on education and outreach initiatives. I also welcome food and hike recommendations across our region! Please feel free to contact me at

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Eating with the Ecosystem: Citizen Science Project

NER News - Mon, 2019-06-03 16:36

What New England foods do you associate with summertime in New England?   I bet “Lobstah” and “Fried Clams” are in your top ten answers. Being a “Foodie” who has lived in New England my whole life, I am very in tune with using local ingredients choosing recipes that celebrate New England’s local species and seasonal harvest. So when WGBH (my favorite local NPR station) aired a story with the title, “Just 5 Types of Fish Dominate Our Seafood Counters, It Doesn’t Have to be This Way,” they had me at Hello!

The story was about a citizen science project called “Eat Like a Fish,” that was coordinated by Eating with the Ecosystem, a small nonprofit whose mission is to promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood, through healthy habitats, flourishing food webs, and short, adaptive supply chains (

This citizen science project was a bit different than a typical citizen science project that studies wildlife in their natural habitat. The “Eat Like a Fish” project studied wildlife in a human habitat, specifically in New England markets, kitchens, and tables linking ocean to plate.

The project enlisted the help of 86 seafood-eating, citizen scientists who gathered data from weekly shopping expeditions, home cooking experiments, and dinner-table taste tests. For 26 weeks these scientists searched seafood markets, supermarkets, farmers’ markets and seaside fishing piers looking for 52 New England seafood species. Every week, each participant was randomly-assigned 4 seafood species to search for. The first goal of the project was to understand how well the New England retail marketplace reflected the diversity of the wild seafood from their nearby ocean ecosystems. When the participants searched for and/or located their weekly assigned seafood species, they noted where they found it and where they didn’t. When they found a species they were assigned, they took it home and made it for dinner. The second project goal was to use their lived experiences to help explain why they found the seafood where they did, and did not, and why a species may be difficult to find and what can be done to create a greater diversity in the number of species found.

The following species of seafood led the pack in the availability in the marketplace:

  • Lobster (found 80% of the time)
  • Sea Scallops (found 69% of the time)
  • Soft shell Clams (found 64% of the time)
  • Cod (found 57 % of the time)
  • Haddock (found 52% of the time)

In contrast, 32 species were found 10% or less of the time

There is lots more information about this project in the article. Of particular interest were the participants stories of cooking with a new seafood species, as well as important lessons for diversifying market demand for local seafood.  Link to the article:

For the Eat Like a Fish, Diversifying New England’s Seafood Marketplace, Citizen Science Project Executive Summary,

Did you know that Citizen Science is an important NLM initiative? Here is a link the a new NLM flyer that has many Citizen Science resources that will help you explore your inner Scientist – .

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Express Outreach Award Highlights: University of Nevada Savitt Medical Library Partners with Community Health Nursing Clinics Serving Rural Areas

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-06-03 15:56

by Katie Jefferson, MPH, Library Services Liaison
Mary Shultz, MS, Library Director
Savitt Medical Library
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno

The Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, received an outreach subaward from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), running from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. This was the third year the Savitt Medical Library received outreach funding, enabling it to build on efforts from previous years. With this funding, we again partnered with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to support the community health and behavioral health rural 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, flight nurses and nurses in the Nevada mines. Their area of responsibility covers more than 96,000 square miles and they average about 1,000 miles of travel per month. The rural nursing offices do not have online resources beyond those that are freely available.

In the first award year, 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. In addition we traveled to 11 (of 13) nursing clinic locations and introduced ourselves, the project, the nursing LibGuide and provided a training session. Traveling to each location across the state allowed us to see the environments in which the nurses work and allowed us to begin building partnerships. After the site visits the Savitt Medical Library created a project portal and continuously updated it with input from the nurses. During our visits, we received many suggestions for additional links and categories. It provides “one-stop shopping” for their highly used information resources. Prior to our visits, each nurse relied on their individual set of bookmarks or searched Google to seek resources.

Screenshot of Welcome page to the Information Portal for Community and Behavioral Health Nurses of Rural Nevada

Community and Behavioral Health Nursing Project Portal Library Guide

In the 2018-2019 award year we focused on developing and creating new materials to provide a series of ten online training modules. We acquired continuing education (CE) certification for all three award years and will continue offering CE credit through April 2020. The modules are provided through 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 include:

  1. Health Information for non-English Speakers
  2. Infectious Disease Resources
  3. Google Searching
  4. Rural and Native American Resources
  5. Disaster Preparedness Resources
  6. PubMed and
  7. Mental Health Resources
  8. Environmental Health Resources
  9. Drug Information
  10. Wrap up and Miscellaneous Resources
Screenshot of Project Portal and the Online Training Modules of Information Portal for Community and Behavioral Health Nurses of Rural Nevada

Online Training Modules – Health Information Resources for non-English Speakers

The Savitt Medical Library will continue to promote the Project Portal and the Online Training Modules widely. The online training makes it possible for the nurses to access materials without having to travel. It was a challenge to make additional visits during the award period due to the nurses’ limited time and scheduling conflicts. We are making arrangements with the clinics to make another round of visits over the summer to continue building the relationships. Another barrier to note is that many of the clinics appear to be in transition, decreasing from the original 14 rural and frontier clinics to just nine. We suspect some of this is due to the recent retirements of several nurses and positions being left unfilled. Throughout the course of the award 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, our portal page and sharing the resources with their colleagues. They also welcomed us back when scheduling allows.

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. We are honored to have been the recipient of NNLM outreach funding for the last three years. This funding allowed us to reach health care providers in very underserved areas and provide services to this small but vital group of nurses providing care in the underserved areas of Nevada. We appreciate the funding and support we have received from the NNLM PSR and the great team of nurses we worked with!

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2019 Health Literacy Summit “A Sharper View Through the Lens of Health Literacy”

GMR News - Mon, 2019-06-03 13:04

Educational. Engaging. Inspiring. These were words used to summarize the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.

With almost 300 attendees from 25 states, this year’s Summit captured the attention of many professionals looking to broaden their health literacy lens. A majority felt energized to take on the next step of a health literacy project and included comments, such as:

Conference Laugh Conference Poster Conference Conversation

“Lots of great resources! This presentation went quickly, but I look forward to reviewing things and sharing with my team when I get back.”

“The conference speakers inspired me to look at the services our agency delivers (i.e. ESL, correctional education, computer literacy, etc.) through a different lens. We have offered some health literacy workshops in the past, but these were offered as stand-alone activities. Following the conference, we plan to more fully integrate health related content into our daily activities with all learner populations.”

“Excellent Summit! This event has standing in the field, which makes it attract really good people, both new and experienced!”

In a 1-week follow-up survey, participants responded they are likely to use the health literacy research and practice-based tools presented at the Summit within one or more of the following areas:

  • interpersonal communication-print, audiovisual, web, or social media content-navigation of your facility (72%).
  • Prepare individuals you serve to access, understand and act on health information and services (67%).
  • Broaden your organization’s view of the role health literacy plays in all aspects of health, health care and patient/member experience (59%).
  • Include the population you serve in the design, implementation and evaluation of health information and services (59%).
  • Integrate health literacy into planning, evaluation, patient safety and/or quality improvement (51%)
  • Utilize health literacy principles and interventions to improve patient outcomes (44%).

You can find session recordings and materials at

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Scholarship Recipient’s Observation of the Research Data Alliance Plenary Meeting

NER News - Mon, 2019-06-03 12:23

This is the second blog post in a series authored by several individuals who received professional development scholarships for completing the Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. In this installment, a scholarship recipient, Alyssa Grimshaw, describes her professional development opportunity to attend the Research Data Alliance.  For more information about upcoming research data management classes, webinars and events please visit the NNLM Data Driven Discovery Website and the  NNLM NER website.

Alyssa Grimshaw, Access Services/Clinical Librarian – Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University

I had the pleasure of being part of the 1st cohort of the “Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians” offered by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office. To further our knowledge about research data, the cohort was given the opportunity to attend additional trainings.

With this professional development award, I was able to attend the 13th plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance in Philadelphia, PA on April 2-4th, 2019. The theme of plenary session was “With Data Comes Responsibility”. The Research Data Alliance sessions are considered working sessions, so it’s much more hands-on interaction then typical conferences with lecture style talks. Research Data Alliance is an international group and it was interesting to see how other countries handle their data and the policies that their countries have initiated. The theme of the session was brought out in several discussions with a strong message of advocating for countries to realize the importance of data that their countries are outputting and making them realize that their data are an asset, rather than a burden.

The most interesting data concept that I learned about during the sessions was synthetic data. Synthetic data are datasets that are generated programmatically and have been around since 1992. Synthetic data did not originate in the medical field but could change the way medical professionals use and share data. The advantage of synthetic datasets is that the data are generated from original research data and have added noise in the dataset to ensure privacy and randomization of patient information in medical data. Synthetic data can also reduce costs by making biomedical data available at scale and support real world application and AI development. This allows researchers to be more comfortable sharing their research with small population sizes without having to be concerned with patient information being identifiable. One example of synthetic data that was shared was a health care research project where researchers used the technology to generate slightly different views of the original radiology images. Something I would never have thought was possible!

I think a valuable lesson learned at this conference was that all data is not created equal. There are vast amounts of low-quality data and significantly fewer good quality datasets. I think that libraries are in a perfect place in institutions to help educate health care professionals how to assess the quality of the datasets, which will result in better quality research for the entire medical community. This conference was vital to my better understanding of not only research data management, but how data scientists view and use data. I encourage any librarian that would like to become data-savvy to attend the NLM/NNLM RDM workshops and courses.


For more about data science or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM Data Driven Discovery Website and the  NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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June 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-06-03 12:04

Illustration of a father talking to his teenage sonCheck out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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The NNLM Library Program Kit on Men’s Health is Now Available

MCR News - Mon, 2019-06-03 11:07

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering a free and ready-to-use program kit for libraries in observance of Men’s Health Month. The program kit includes helpful guides, activities, promotional materials, and men’s health information resources your library can use to bring awareness on the importance of men’s health in your community.

You can access these kits and resources at or by clicking on the links below.


The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on the national health observances. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

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Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth Webinar-Understanding the Health Care Needs of Youths in the LGBTQ+ Community

MCR News - Mon, 2019-06-03 11:04

During Pride Month, you can learn how you can provide for the health information needs of youths in the LGBTQ+ community by participating in the webinar Caring for LGBTQ + Youth featured in the Kernel of Knowledge session.

Katherine L Imborek, M.D., will discuss the importance of providing for the specific health care needs of youth in the LGBTQ+ community and best practices in connecting with LGBTQ+ members.

The webinar will be held on June 7, from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. CT. If you would like to attend, please register at If you’re interested in learning more ways you can promote health information resources for the LGBTQ+ community, go to

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2019 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Announced!

PSR News - Fri, 2019-05-31 19:41

The National Library of Medicine has announced the solicitation of proposals for 2019 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. The proposal submission deadline is July 12!

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. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these projects:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community. This encompasses both individual groups wishing to enhance their own services, as well as several cooperating for the purpose of this project;
  • Public libraries wishing to serve communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve the public health in the area of HIV/AIDS-related services;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project. At least one of the organizations managing the project must be a community-based organization, library, or department of public health.

The primary point of contact for the solicitation is Angela Hawn, ORAU Procurement Section Manager.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-05-31 12:19

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!


Connect, Reflect, Elevate: NLM at the MLA Annual Meeting – Over 1,000 medical librarians, informationists, educators, researchers, students, and activists attended the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual meeting in Chicago this May. The annual meeting, the Association’s 119th, provides time to connect with colleagues, reflect on the past, and look forward to “elevate” the profession.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the NNLM Reading Club – MARquee News Highlights

EFTS Future Viability – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Intersections of Informatics and Librarianship: Tisha Mentnech Reports from the AMIA Informatics Summit – MCR News

New on YouTube: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library, May 21, 2019


NLM Launches MAGPIE Web Tool – MAGPIE (Map Assisted Generation of Procedure and Intervention Encoding) is an interactive tool to help users (e.g., professional coders, researchers, clinicians) find SNOMED CT and ICD-10-PCS codes for medical procedures and interventions. – NLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

Next Up for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Program – How are librarians applying informatics? This is the question we want to answer in re-envisioning the NLM Biomedical Informatics training program. The survey-style course, most recently hosted by Augusta University in Georgia, provided a sampling of the vast realms of informatics research and application in the health sciences. We want to build on the success of that course by targeting the specific skills and knowledge that librarians can use right now to tackle real-world challenges. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM Associate Fellows: A Blast from the Past and PresentNLM in Focus asked the eight former Associate Fellows who are still at NLM about their favorite memories and cool moments from their Fellowships and careers. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Hot Spots of Human Destruction: The Howard Bishop Papers – Howard Bishop was confident that he knew what was best for people and that people needed to be told. In the 1940s and 1950s Bishop sent thousands of letters to celebrities, businessmen, politicians, companies of all sorts, and anyone else he  identified in the act of encouraging unhealthy habits. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Fundamental Knowledge of Microbes Shedding New Light on Human Health – One exciting example of NIH-supported basic research is the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), which began 12 years ago as a quest to use DNA sequencing to identify and characterize the diverse collection of microbes—including trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses—that live on and in the healthy human body. – NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the online application portal, by midnight ET on September 30, 2019.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

What Problem are We Trying to Solve? How Continuing Education Professionals Help Close the Gap – June 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Continuing education in the healthcare professions is transitioning to delivering meaningful and measureable outcomes. INCEDO, the office of continuing education at UNT Health Science Center, offers CE programming that is interprofessional/multi-disciplinary and focuses on changing behaviors of clinicians to optimize patient care. In this webinar with South Central Region (SCR), insight to the inner workings and skillsets of a continuing education office will be provided along with key take-home points to initiate collaboration on innovative approaches to clinical continuing education.

DOCLINE Talkline: Did You Know… – June 6, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In the upcoming session of DOCLINE Talkline, Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead and Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator will share some Tips & Tricks for DOCLINE 6 use.

Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice – June 6, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In order to provide the best service possible and to stay true to the profession’s code of ethics we must understand the influence that culture has on our ability to “work without prejudice” according to MLA Code of Ethics (2010) and “providing the highest level of service to all library users… equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests” found in ALA Professional Ethics (2017). Cultural humility urges us to engage in critical, consistent self-reflection and critique with the understanding that being patron-centered is important to moving through an equitable profession. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide an overview of cultural humility, the similarities and differences between cultural humility and cultural competency, understanding the importance of cultural humility in healthcare and health sciences librarianship, and how to adopt a cultural humility framework.

Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth – June 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for a Pride Month Kernel of Knowledge session presented by Katherine L Imborek, MD, entitled Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth. This presentation will detail foundational terms and definitions imperative for respectful interactions with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) persons. There will be a specific focus on health care needs specific to LGBTQ youth.

Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study – June 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR), this one-hour introductory webinar will provide an opportunity for librarians to explore the concept of using data for decision-making through an example of an environmental scan case study. Participants will learn how to plan and conduct an environmental scan, collect and curate existing data, and how to analyze data using Voyant-Tools. In this webinar, the case study findings will be presented and we will also discuss how data and conclusions can be used to plan future programs or initiatives. No prior knowledge of environmental scanning or data tools are required.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – June 10-23, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join this asynchronous online course with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – June 11-July 9, 2019 – Join NNLM staff for a 4 week, self-paced, online course on nutrition information resources available through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Participants are eligible for 4 MLA CE.

Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals – June 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Graphic medicine is comics about health. This communication medium has received an increase in attention over the last decade. A major reason for this is due to findings that it is well suited to increase empathy in healthcare students, healthcare professionals and caregivers. This webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) will deepen the discussion on graphic medicine and medical humanities by diving into implications of emotional understanding and recognition of humanity in health. Participants of this webinar will examine the use of comics to communicate various perspectives in the healthcare process.

mHealth: Mobile Technologies to Improve Community Health – June 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) for the first online offering of mHealth! Learn about emerging technologies and trends, and how consumer health devices can be used to impact individual health behavior and the overall health of a community. This class draws on the latest research and trends to give participants to a big picture look at mHealth, telemedicine, and related issues. Learn about how health systems are beginning to develop or incorporate new technologies for remote patient monitoring and improving clinical care. What laws and policies have been formed to govern these devices? This course will also take a close look at community health and the role of mHealth in surveillance and public health interventions.

Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place – June 19, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this first in a series of nine webinars about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion! Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that you can utilize in your own life immediately. Regardless of your identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships. Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work.

Libraries Connecting You to Coverage – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community.

New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many communities are embarking on health and wellness initiatives directed at controlling healthcare costs and preventing substance abuse. There is a role for libraries as the arbitrators of information to provide tools and education on health and wellness topics. Health information literacy is a facet of information literacy that is often not addressed through traditional library services. Sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR), this webinar will introduce the audience to the trauma-based approach and resilience and explain how they utilized these approaches to inform their libraries’ programming. This presentation will provide ideas and resources that can be scaled for use at both large and small libraries of all types.

How the Trauma Informed Approach Can Help Treat Substance Use Disorder – June 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – People who experience trauma- especially Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)- are at an elevated risk for substance use disorders, mental illness, and physical disorders. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an evidence-based approach to deliver healthcare in a way that recognizes and responds to the long-term health effects of the experience of trauma. Upon completion of this webinar with the New England Region (NER), participants will be able to explain the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Substance Use Disorders, describe promising practices for implementing the trauma-informed care approach, and consider how trauma-informed care might work in your organization.

Resources for Community Health Workers – June 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an important role in connecting their communities with healthcare and services. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide information about how Community Health Workers can link their community with quality health information using resources from the National Library of Medicine. In addition to appropriate information tools for CHWs, the audience will learn about projects that have put NLM resources to use in CHW training and community education. Guest speaker, Elizabeth Schaffer, MPH, MS, CHES will join to discuss how she integrated MedlinePlus into a 100-hour CHW training program.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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Critical Appraisal for Librarians: Evaluating Randomized Controlled Trials – June 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are among the most important kinds of studies that are used to answer clinical and systematic review questions. But not all RCT studies are good enough to share with clinicians or include in reviews. This webinar will give you tools to evaluate the quality of RCT studies. Attendees will learn how to apply RCT validity criteria, spot bias, critique study methodologies, calculate basic results, interpret results, and clearly communicate the meaning and value of RCT studies to patients and clinicians. You will leave with new skills in reading and evaluating RCT studies and increased confidence in your ability to contribute to evidence-based medicine (EBM). Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Contributions: Developing Research Appraisal Skills at Your Institution – June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – With the reproducibility crisis in biomedical and health sciences and the ever-present necessity of basing medical practice on valid research, medical librarians have an opening to expand their contributions to health care and raise their status by teaching critical appraisal at their institutions. Abraham Wheeler and Amy Blevins aim to get you fired up about teaching in this new area! Attendees will learn why critical appraisal is an emerging need in health sciences programs, how librarians can fill a gap in critical appraisal expertise, and how you can increase your involvement in the evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum at your institution. You will understand the essence of critical appraisal and its place in the cycle of EBM and learn steps that you can take to develop and improve your critical appraisal skills. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Getting Started with Interprofessional Education at Your Institution – July 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Develop the skills and knowledge that enable you to become involved with interprofessional education at your institution. Learn how to plan for success with an interprofessional education roadmap that addresses the core areas of librarian integration into interprofessional education–academic, clinical, and community engagement–and create an individualized action plan for IPEP involvement at your institution. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

WPWVC/ ACRL Spring Conference – Join the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries on June 7 at Washington & Jefferson College for their 2019 Spring Conference. This year’s theme is Technology: Making it Work for Your Library. $25 for Members; $35 for non-Members; $15 for students.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – Join the New York State Area Health Education Center on July 12 in Buffalo, NY for a full day of free programming! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Attendees are eligible for 5.5 Social Work CEUs, Licensed Mental Health Counselor CEUs, Nursing CNEs or Physician CMEs. Early Bird Registration: $100 for professionals; $15 for students.

2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit – Join the Pennsylvania Library Association on July 15 for the 2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit in Summerdale, PA. This year’s summit is looking at information literacy and how it intersects with basic, civic and social, health and financial literacy, helping individuals navigate various information channels and understanding the role all libraries have in the discovery and application of credible information. Online registration is available until June 30.

2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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New NNLM PSR Education and Outreach Librarian: Zoe Pettway Unno!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2019-05-30 18:46

Greetings! I am excited to have joined the NNLM PSR RML as an Education and Outreach Librarian. I look forward to working with network members and health professionals through training that promotes electronic access to health information from the NLM.

My library training and experience has included exposure to public, special, and academic libraries. I started my library career in the healthcare sector as a medical librarian and then the manager of Library Services and Physician Education at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center; followed by roles as Science Librarian at California State University, Fullerton, and Science and Engineering Librarian and Head, Science and Engineering Library, at USC. You’ll find more information about my background via my ORCID iD.

As an Education and Outreach Librarian my focus areas will include outreach to health professionals and research data management education. In addition, I will work with my PSR RML colleagues on other education areas, exhibits, and evaluation activities in the region.

I want to learn about your interests and encourage you to reach out to me with your emerging information needs. Feel free to send communications to my email address!

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Zoe Pettway Unno, Education and Outreach Librarian

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Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the NNLM Reading Club

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Book jacket covers for This is How it Always Is, Little and Lion, and Mama's Boy

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of LGBTQ Pride Month, celebrated each June.

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding LGBTQ health information or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: LGBTQ Pride Month.

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village which, in June 1969, protested against the discrimination and oppression suffered by LGBQT individuals. The Stonewall riots marked the beginning of the LGBQT movement for equality. PRIDE month is a celebration of accomplishments to date, a remembrance of those who sacrificed their life for LQBQT equality and a call for continued commitment to the cause.






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Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the NNLM Reading Club

GMR News - Thu, 2019-05-30 12:16

Image of three book covers, titles, and authorsThe NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of LGBTQ Pride Month, celebrated each June.

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding LGBTQ health information or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: LGBTQ Pride Month.

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village which, in June 1969, protested against the discrimination and oppression suffered by LGBQT individuals. The Stonewall riots marked the beginning of the LGBQT movement for equality. PRIDE month is a celebration of accomplishments to date, a remembrance of those who sacrificed their life for LQBQT equality and a call for continued commitment to the cause.

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Intersections of Informatics and Librarianship: Tisha Mentnech Reports from the AMIA Informatics Summit

MCR News - Thu, 2019-05-30 09:38

I was Tisha fortunate to be a part of the inaugural cohort RDM 101 Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Science Librarians in Spring 2018 . That experience continued my learning about RDM practices in librarianship. One aspect that particularly stuck with me are the multitude of roles for librarians to be involved with data. The announcement for the funding came at an opportune time. I had recently been accepted to teach a workshop on reproducibility at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Informatics Summit in San Francisco in March. Initially, I was only going to attend the workshop because of the cost of the full conference but the call for funding provided me with the ability to attend and focus on their data science track.

I wanted to attend the data science track of AMIA Informatics Summit because I was also going to be a student in the RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians cohort focusing on data science practices for librarians. I knew this introduction would be a chance to see the intersections of librarianship and informatics as it relates to data science.  The workshop I taught, “Innovative Tools for Research Reproducibility and Data Sharing” was a kickstart to my learning at the conference. Questions that I was getting during the workshop about some of the information included things about ontologies, metadata, and repositories, much of which was a part of the RDM 101 course. Seeing the informaticists looking for discipline specific information on these needs began to lay the groundwork of connections between the 2 fields and demonstrated the similarities that informaticists and librarians.

The sessions that stood out to me were ones on open data and data science. One session that I took the most away from was: “Patients, Populations and Data Science.” The different talks within the session that were stand outs for my connection of information professionals were: “On the Role of Question Summarization and Information Source Restriction in Consumer Health Question Answering”,  “Extracting Biomedical Terms from Postpartum Depression Online Health Communities”, and “Modeling Depression Symptoms from Social Network Data through Multiple Instance Learning.” Each of these sections highlighted something about using open data or known data mining and data ethics. For me, one aspect of data librarianship that is most important is data literacy and ethics. Many people that were a part of the corpus of the data collected for these were not made aware that the data would be used in these ways, which brings up the question of using public data and how informed are the users creating the data. I think that as someone who teaches data literacy, this opened my eyes to things that need to be reinforced in the communities we support. This also brought up more ethical data questions that I have for research overall. I will not go into too much detail but this session opened my eyes and piqued my interest more in why having a data librarian involved in the IRB process is an avenue that I personally want to explore.

Overall, I was expecting to learn more about the intersections of informatics and librarianship. The Summit gave me more an overview of how the two disciplines could benefit each other. There are similarities in the theory of both library science and informatics. Data librarians could definitely benefit from partnering with the informatics departments if they are interested in taking their skills more technical. A symbiotic benefit for informaticists and librarians is with ontology, metadata, thesauri, and/or index development. One thing that I noticed and that was mentioned in the opening keynote from Greg Simon, President, Biden Cancer Initiative, is that there are so many home grown solutions to problems that are capitalized on and not enough creation with our peers.  This really hit home to me and is something that I am still thinking about today.

I am truly grateful for the experience that the NTO funding provided me. Learning about the ways in which librarians can support data outside of a traditional library role is something that I think needs to be discussed in more library and information programs and throughout library careers. There is not a one size fits all for librarians and the settings they work and exploring the intersections of librarians and informaticists helped remind me of that.

Tisha Mentnech (Tee-sha Mint-Nitch) she | they Research Librarian for Life Sciences and Research Impact Research Engagement North Carolina State University Libraries

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Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR News - Thu, 2019-05-30 08:00

 a story from our Americas by Dustin Lance Black, and This Is How It Always Is by Laurie FankelThe NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of LGBTQ Pride Month, celebrated each June.

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding LGBTQ health information or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: LGBTQ Pride Month.

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village which, in June 1969, protested against the discrimination and oppression suffered by LGBQT individuals. The Stonewall riots marked the beginning of the LGBQT movement for equality. PRIDE month is a celebration of accomplishments to date, a remembrance of those who sacrificed their life for LQBQT equality and a call for continued commitment to the cause.

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