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GMR Welcomes Back UIC as an Outreach Library

GMR News - Mon, 2018-10-01 11:06

The GMR is pleased to announce that the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) is once again active in our Network outreach. UIC becomes the second Partner Outreach Library (POL) in Illinois, joining Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Congratulations, UIC LHS!

UIC librarians, as do our other Partner Outreach Librarians, will help the GMR identify potential outreach opportunities in the state; train consumers, public librarians, unaffiliated health care providers, and other Illinoisans in health information access; exhibit and promote NLM and NIH resources, as well as those of NNLM and UIC.

Carmen Howard, UIC LHS-Peoria, is the designated POL for UIC LHS. However, since UIC has libraries in Chicago, Rockford, Urbana, as well as Peoria, other librarians will also assist in outreach.

You can meet up with our latest POL librarians at the 2018 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL, October 9-11, 2018.

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ALA Midwinter Travel Awards Available

NER News - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:40

ALA Midwinter Logo

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NNLM NER) is pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Library Awardees can apply for up to $3,000 for registration and travel costs.

  • Eligibility – Any library in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT may apply.
  • Awards will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis to the individual attendee’s library. (i.e. a library must pay for an employee to attend and NNLM NER will reimburse that library after the conference).
  • Libraries may choose to use the $3,000 to send more than one person, but NNLM NER will not reimburse expenses beyond $3,000 to a single organization.
  • Libraries must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. You may search to see if an organization is a member in the Membership directory. If not, membership is free and easy to sign up for. Only one award will be given per library.
  • If an individual is not a member of ALA, this award cannot pay for membership. Please budget for the non-member Early Bird rate.
  • In addition to the full conference, each individual using award money must register for and attend the preconference “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy” – See details below*
  • Any individual that receives any funds to attend ALA midwinter will be required to fill out a short evaluation: https://nnlm.gov/neo/members/evalmaterials#prodev. Awardee institutions may be asked if they would contribute to blog postings about the conference.
  • Applications are due October 17, 2018 – Decisions will be made in time to register for the Early Bird Rate.

*More about the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region’s ALA Midwinter Preconference:

Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity – Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon – The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias’s connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities’ health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $40/50/$60 – Other Member: $40/$50/$60 – Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

Please feel free to share this with any library you think might be interested.

Please contact Martha Meacham (martha.meacham2@umassmed.edu – 508-856-1267)

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National Medical Librarians Month Feature: IRB Service Helps Researchers and Patients

SEA News - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:17

Everly Btown
Everly Brown, MLIS
Head of Information Services
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library

Since 2011, the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has been operating a successful free service to review consent forms for researchers on campus. The University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been a champion of the service and regularly directs principal investigators (PIs) to submit their consent documents to our online submission form. Although the IRB requires that consent forms be written at a seventh-grade reading level, PIs rarely meet this stipulation. When a consent document is submitted for review, a team of trained HS/HSL librarians and staff from the Information Services department receives an email with the document attached. After taking scheduling and availability into account, one of the team members will then volunteer to review the document. It typically takes many hours over several days to modify the documents to an appropriate level for research participants.

The consent form review team uses Microsoft Word to evaluate the forms. We select an option under “proofing” to show readability statistics after running a spelling and grammar check. This allows us to assess the document’s number of passive sentences, its Flesch Reading Ease, and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. With this standard to measure against, we use Word’s Track Changes and Comments to suggest modifications to adjust the reading level and replace passive sentences. Typical edits include substituting complicated terminology for simpler terms, breaking up long sentences, using bullet points, and removing redundant and irrelevant passages. If we have questions for the PI or explanations to make, we use the Comment feature in Word. Since this program’s implementation in 2011, we have revised 159 consent forms with 18 so far this year. Consent forms have ranged from 3 to 36 pages long. A few unique submissions were a graphic that was given to study participants and a study requirement flyer. We were obliged to change our turnaround time from 3 business days to 5 as we continue to receive more submissions each year, many of which are 10-20 pages in length.

The HS/HSL staff works rigorously on the consent forms, as we strongly value patient advocacy and clear health communication. The service has increased the library’s visibility on campus, facilitated new relationships with faculty, and given Information Services staff some of our more challenging projects. We’ve heard back from grateful researchers and received positive feedback from our satisfaction surveys. We have been asked to present on best practices for writing consent forms during a monthly research seminar sponsored by UMB’s School of Nursing and plan to develop this presentation into a workshop and an article. Finally, we now have a presence on the Human Research Protections Program’s website with a note that strongly encourages researchers to use this free service. We are confident that research subjects have benefited from our efforts.

October is Health Literacy Month and National Medical Librarians Month! This month we will feature profiles of health literacy advocates and medical librarians in the NNLM SEA region. There’s still time to participate. If you have a story you’d like to share, please visit this post to learn how.

 

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NNLM Wikipedia FALL Edit-a-thon Training Sessions

SEA News - Mon, 2018-10-01 08:04

NNLM Wikipedia FALL Edit-a-thon

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 7, 2018 as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

Get ready for our #CiteNLM2018 Fall Edit-a-thon by attending our upcoming training sessions throughout October:

Please note: Even if you cannot attend the sessions, participants are encouraged to register in order to receive a copy of the training recordings.

NNLM staff from across the nation will be available Wednesday, November 7th from 10 am to 8 pm ET to support you as you add your citations. Check out nnlm.gov/wiki and follow along with the fun on Twitter–check for hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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Course Opportunity to Better Understand the National Opioid Crisis

MCR News - Fri, 2018-09-28 14:36

Check out the upcoming course “Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I Begin” instructed by Michelle Burda, an education and health literacy coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region. This one-hour course on Nov. 28 will give participants a better understanding of the opioid crisis that is negatively impacting the nation. Students will learn how to give users effective health information on opioid abuse, prevention, and treatment;, find resourceful statistics on opioid use; and create outreach programs for their library or organization.

For more information, go to nnlm.gov.

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Network Members in the Spotlight!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:50

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!

Jerry Kauppila is the new NNLM PSR Program and Outreach Assistant for the NNLM All of Us program effective August 15.

Nora Franco is the new NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, beginning August 1.

M. Wynn Tranfield is the new Physical and Basic Sciences Librarian at UCLA, effective August 8.

Jennifer Fiterre is the new medical librarian at Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park, CA.

Chris Shaffer, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for academic information management at the University of California, San Francisco, began a three-year term as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) senior representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) on July 1.

Terry Henner, Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Savitt Medical Library, is the author of the article “A Community and Medical Library Collaboration to Address Senior Caregivers Barriers to Health Services Access,” published in the April-June 2018 issue of the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet.

Jeff Loo is the new Clinical Librarian at the University of California, San Diego Library.

Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library at the City of Hope, is featured in a video chat as part of her participation in the NNLM Biomedical and Health Research Data Management (RDM) for Librarians spring 2018 course, followed by a two-day Capstone Summit held at the NIH campus.

Evelyn Kobayashi, Library Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Health Sciences Library in San Leandro, CA, was featured in a post on NLM’s Circulating Now blog about hosting the Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions NLM traveling exhibit in September 2018.

Kathleen Carlson, former Education Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, is the author of the article “One Librarian’s Participation in the 19th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL19),” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 18(3), 2018.

Carrie Grinstead, Medical Librarian at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Health Sciences Library, is the lead author of the article “ProjectShare: Partnering With Nursing Professionals to Track Local Research,” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 18(3), 2018.

Kelli Hines, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Western University of Health Sciences Harriet & Philip Pumerantz Library, co-authored the article, “Accuracy and Usability of Medication Identifiers for Solid Oral Medications,” published online in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in July, 2018.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-09-28 11:46

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

Spotlight

September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Save for an Emergency.

The MAReport: the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter is now available! This quarter, Education & Healthy Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda is challenging YOU to raise health literacy awareness in your library, organization or community! Check out her article on Health Literacy Month for tools and resources you can use to promote health literacy during the month of October, and all year long.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due next week on October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019.

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM MAR is also pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Awardees can apply for up to $2,000 for registration and travel costs. Learn more about the requirements and apply by October 12.

Call for Volunteers: NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – NNLM is inviting more librarians to join our #citeNLM2018 Wikipedia Help Team for the Fall Edit-a-thon! Learn how you can help to improve the health information available on Wikipedia.

Understanding How Librarians can Support Data Science and Big Data – MARquee News Highlights

“Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles” Guest Essay – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Big Data Science: What Librarians Offer – SEA Currents

Creating our own pathway – MCR News

The Fall 2018 offering for The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI) is now available. MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity! The deadline to participate is Friday, November 9. Learn more.

New on YouTube: Accessible Library Customer Service, September 19, 2018

NLM/NIH News

Asking the right questions and receiving the most useful answersNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Twitter chat on depression on October 11 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET. This chat will cover the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for depression, with two experts to answer questions. Follow @NIMHgov and @NIMHDirector on Twitter for updates and use #NIMHchats to join the conversation.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

Next Week! NNLM Wikipedia Fall 2018 Edit-a-thon training – October 3, 2:00-2:30 PM ET – Register for this three-part training series in preparation for our Fall 2018 Edit-a-thon! Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? This introductory session will provide an overview on the importance of Wikipedia for librarians, and will outline upcoming training opportunities, as well as give information about the upcoming Edit-a-thon to improve existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health!

Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies – October 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – In this program sponsored by SCR, learn why your institution should be intentional in creating an immersive and engaging training and development program, and how to go about hiring the right person to lead it. Attendees will learn how to create engaging staff workshops, integrate gaming into a learning management system, and use specific tools including badges and ready-made free online platforms. Leave this session inspired to increase staff engagement at your own institution!

Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this RDM webinar that will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

Sharing and Management of Disaster Related Data – October 18, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Managing and sharing data have become important issues in the context of research data. When it comes to disaster-related data, when time is of the essence, it’s even more important to ensure that data are properly collected, managed, and curated. Data must also be shared with the appropriate stakeholders to get information out to everyone who needs it, when they need it. Join the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) for this webinar that will discuss best practices for data management and data sharing and how they apply to disaster-related data.

Inside Our Minds – November 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Inside Our Minds is a Pittsburgh-based organization that works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness. As an entirely peer-controlled organization, Inside Our Minds works in response to the lack of people with lived experience of the mental health system involved in leading and advising mental health advocacy organizations. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will discuss the foundations of Inside Our Minds and its commitment to community-based radical mental health programming, providing an overview of what Inside Our Minds offers and why it is important for our community.

Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death – November 28, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It begins with a look at three key questions people bereaved by an overdose death commonly ask themselves: “Why did the person die from an overdose?” “Did the person intend to die?” “Was the death preventable?” It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use, and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – November 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. Sponsored by MAR, this class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. Participants will learn about many resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs. This class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Join the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association (UNYOC/MLA) for their 54th Annual Meeting, November 14-16 at Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. This year’s theme is “Crossing Borders: Breaking Boundaries.” UNYOC Members receive a $50 reduction in the registration rate, so join or renew before registering for the conference. Register before October 17 to take advantage of the early bird rate.

Taking Action to Promote Health Equity Series: Show Me the Money — Innovative Funding Approaches to Promote Health Equity – October 3, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Public health organizations often are frustrated by the lack of specialized funding to promote equity. Categorical funding by disease may restrict the types of interventions needed to tackle the complex causes of health disparities. Join this Dialogue4Health web forum, which will feature place-based initiatives that are leveraging diverse funding, assets, and commitments of multiple sectors, while at the same time involving the community members in meaningful ways to advance health equity.

Call for Applications to the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) – Apply by December 1 for this week-long residential workshop that provides librarians and library information professionals with the opportunity to work intensively on research design and planning to conduct research, that improves practice and adds to the professional knowledgebase. The workshop will be held in Chicago from July 15–19, 2019.

Preventing One Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: Start With the ABCS – AHRQ Views

Cataloging EHR Data: Experiences at NYU Langone Health – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Grantseeking for Libraries – offered by WebJunction, this 1-hour, asynchronous course is designed for library professionals, library volunteers, and library development staff to learn the basics about finding grants for the library.

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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NNLM SEA Digest News – September 28, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-09-28 07:14

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars October 1-5

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

Focus on Substance Misuse

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Data Flash: Who doesn’t love going to the fair?

PNR News - Fri, 2018-09-28 05:45

In this case, a free, online DATA FAIR!  Next week, October 1 through 5, ICPSR (the international data consortium/data archive/data education and research organization) will be holding the 2018 ICPSR Data Fair .  The number of offerings is impressive, and there’s enough variety that there’s something for everyone—diversity and inclusion, training, sharing, tools, and more.  You register for each session individually (but don’t forget the Tweetchats!).   Best of all, no costs for registration or travel!

And, if online learning and participation is appealing, you might also consider involving your library or organization in International Open Access Week, October 22-28.  You can share a blog post about your open access “successes, challenges and ideas”, and see what others are doing around the world.

Last but not least, let us know if you come across other opportunities like this that our Pacific Northwest colleagues might be interested in–we’re always happy to spread the word!

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NLM Disaster Information Specialist Webinar on October 18: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-09-27 14:19

The next NLM Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar will be held Thursday, October 18, at 10:30 am PDT. It is open to anyone wishing to attend. Some of you may remember speaker Lisa Federer from her UCLA days!

TOPIC: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data

Managing and sharing data have become important issues in the context of research data. When it comes to disaster-related data, when time is of the essence, it’s even more important to ensure that data are properly collected, managed, and curated. Data must also be shared with the appropriate stakeholders to get information out to everyone who needs it, when they need it. This webinar will discuss best practices for data management and data sharing and how they apply to disaster-related data.

SPEAKER: Lisa Federer, Data Science and Open Science Librarian, National Library of Medicine

Lisa joined NLM in August 2018. Previously, Lisa was a Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she led the library’s Data Services Team and designed a curriculum of data-related training. She holds an MLIS from UCLA, and graduate certificates in Data Science from Georgetown University and New York University.

LOGIN: Meeting URL (Open in Internet Explorer browser):

Event Key: 1234

Audio conference information:

When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. NLM suggests using the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar. If you cannot use VOIP option:

Select “Call Me” to receive a call back and provide your phone number. OR Select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.

  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
  • Access code: 626 798 379

If asked for your Attendee ID Number and you do not see one appear on the screen, press # on your phone and you will be connected.

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Upcoming Webinar: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12 2 PM ET

SEA News - Thu, 2018-09-27 12:11

Join NNLM for the next iteration of the Research Data Management webinar series: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library October 12, from 2-3 pm ET. To register for this free webinar, visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/Rtraining. Can’t make it on the 12th? Don’t worry, the webinar will be recorded!

This webinar will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar participants should have a better understanding of:

  1. R curriculum before the pilot project
  2. Our evaluation of data-related training before the pilot project
  3. The components of the pilot project
  4. The development of our training plan
  5. How OSF was used for project management
  6. Format and frequency of classes during the pilot project
  7. Post-pilot evaluation

Instructor Bios:

Doug Joubert joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library in 2004. He is a customer-oriented practitioner with extensive experience in providing comprehensive research and information services support to researchers working in the areas of public health and health care policy. In this role, Doug provides his clients with services that support of the missions of the NIH and select HHS staff divisions. As part of his duties at the NIH Library, he identifies and provides guidance on the effective use of emerging technologies and recommends strategies to capitalize on them. Practice areas include data analytics, data visualization, GIS, and teaching.

Candace Norton joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library as a National Library of Medicine (NLM) second year Associate Fellow in 2017. Prior to joining the NLM Associate Fellowship Program, Candace managed a small corporate library for a pharmaceutical and life sciences consulting company in Bethesda, MD. During her fellowship appointment, she has pursued projects and training in areas related to pharmacovigilance monitoring, systematic reviews, bibliometric analysis, and data visualization.

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Webinar Announcement: An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice: A Librarian’s Guide

SEA News - Thu, 2018-09-27 08:02

For questions, please contact Tony Nguyen, NNLM SEA.

The NNLM SEA is pleased to offer An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice: A Librarian’s Guide. This three-part webinar series provides a comprehensive overview of evidence-based practice. Essential tools for clinical inquiry are addressed, including: developing PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) questions, searching the literature, exploring levels of evidence, and critically analyzing and appraising research articles. The series will also discuss the role of the librarian in teaching, practicing, and supporting evidence-based practice.

Registration for each session is required. To access the series, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/classes/introduction-evidence-based-practice-librarians-guide. WebEx details will be provided after registering for each session. Please note that the WebEx log in information is different for each session.

Session 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice & PICO

November 13, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

After completing this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the importance and steps of evidence-based practice
  • Identify the role of the librarian in teaching, practicing, and supporting evidence-based practice
  • Formulate a clinical question based on the scope of the requestor’s problem, PICO, and question type

To register for session 1: https://nnlm.gov/class/1-introduction-ebp-pico/9016

Session 2: Searching

December 11, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

After completing this class, participants should be able to:

  • Locate background and foreground information
  • Develop effective search strategies in order to find relevant evidence

To register for session 2: https://nnlm.gov/class/2-searching/9017

Session 3: Appraisal and Application

January 15, 2019 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

After completing this class, participants should be able to:

  • Describe study designs and the hierarchy of evidence
  • Choose appropriate study design based on question type
  • Apply descriptive and inferential statistics to understand research findings studies

To register for session 3: https://nnlm.gov/class/3-appraisal-and-application/9018

Presenters

Emily Brennan, MLIS, is a Research Informationist in the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library. She is the liaison to the College of Medicine students and faculty, as well as hospital nurses and residents. As a member of the hospital’s Value Institute, she teaches evidence-based practice courses for clinicians, and also provides literature for hospital guidelines, evidence briefs, and clinical decision support tools.

Amanda Davis, MPH, RD, CHES is a Senior Evidence-based Practice Analyst with the Value Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She promotes evidence-based practice through the facilitation of hospital guideline development which includes critically appraising research using the GRADE criteria, developing evidence-based clinical decision support tools for transition into the electronic medical record. She also supports EBP education for clinical staff, residents, and dietetic interns. Amanda has 10 years of research experience and 13 years of clinical experience as a registered dietitian.

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Call for Volunteers: NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

MAR News - Thu, 2018-09-27 08:00

In April of this year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine hosted a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to add citations to Wikipedia articles on rare diseases, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, PubMed, and the NIH resource Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center.

Are you interested in improving the health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Good news! You can Join NNLM for another Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, this time focusing on trusted resources for women’s health information.

We’re working hard to make our Fall edit-a-thon even more of a success than the April event! To achieve this goal, we are inviting more librarians to join our #citeNLM2018 Wikipedia Help Team. Volunteers are needed for each 1-hour shift, from 10:00 AM-8:00 PM ET on November 7, 2018.

You can sign up to provide virtual support to participants by contacting the RML staff listed in the Schedule Table from our project page. Register and plan to attend our upcoming training sessions, to prepare for the event:

  • Session 1, October 3: This introductory session will provide an overview on the importance of Wikipedia for librarians, and will outline upcoming training opportunities, as well as give information about the Edit-a-thon. Hosted by Elaina Vitale (MAR) and Ann Glusker (PNR).
  • Session 2, October 17: In this session, learn how to be prepared by creating a Wikipedia account, editing articles on medical topics, and getting ready for the event day. Hosted by Alicia Lillich (MCR) and Aimee Gogan (SEA).
  • Session 3, October 31: The final session will provide a highlight of women’s health resources from the National Library of Medicine, including how to identify and evaluate pertinent information resources for possible use during the edit-a-thon. Hosted by Karen Coghlan (NER) and Erin Latta (NDCO).

We look forward to your help!

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Celebra y Prepárate for Hispanic Heritage Month!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-09-26 19:53

September 15 marks the kickoff of Latino/a (Latinx), also known as Hispanic Heritage Month! Fun fact: the month of observing and honoring Latinx History started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and expanded to a full 30 days in 1988. In addition to celebrating our history, nurturing and rejoicing in our health is equally as important! We know filling our plates with healthy food choices and exercising are among the many ways to improve our health – but have you added preparing for disasters and emergencies to this list? When disasters or emergencies occur we may suffer from psychological or physical trauma, but organizing ourselves ahead of time may aid or prevent them if we do experience these events. September is also National Preparedness Month, and me siento muy excited (Selena fans will appreciate the joke), to share both Spanish and English resources available to help people create their personal plans.

The 2018 themes are found on Listo.Gov and listed below, along with coinciding resources and topics. Visit the links for more information and feel free to send me your thoughts and suggestions!

Planee Para Un Emergencia Foto

La imagen muestra a una mujer embarazada con una burbuja de pensamientos que contiene imágenes que representan elementos de los preparativos que se enumeran a continuación. Logotipo de Habilidades para Salvar Vidas en forma de salvavidas. Logotipo Listo con una marca de verificación.

Week 1: Make and Practice Your Plan

Week 2: Learn Life Saving Skills

  • Practice fire drills & escape plans.
  • Install natural gas & smoke detectors.
  • Gather supplies in case of power outages.

Week 3: Check Your Coverage

Week 4: Save For an Emergency

Do you feel ready if a disaster or emergency occurs? What resources or tools have you used to help you prepare? As this video demonstrates, you can’t add a disaster to your calendar ahead of time, but you can add your plan. So the next time you celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, take a moment to refresh your plan and ready yourself!

Nora standing next to the Discovery of Gold mural outside the Hispanic Reading Room in the Library of Congress

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Upcoming webinar: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library

MCR News - Wed, 2018-09-26 16:32

Join NNLM for the next iteration of the Research Data Management webinar series: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library October 12, from 2-3 pm ET. To register for this free webinar, visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/Rtraining. Can’t make it on the 12th? Don’t worry, the webinar will be recorded!

This webinar will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar participants should have a better understanding of:
1. R curriculum before the pilot project
2. Our evaluation of data-related training before the pilot project
3. The components of the pilot project
4. The development of our training plan
5. How OSF was used for project management
6. Format and frequency of classes during the pilot project
7. Post-pilot evaluation

Instructor Bios:
Doug Joubert joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library in 2004. He is a customer-oriented practitioner with extensive experience in providing comprehensive research and information services support to researchers working in the areas of public health and health care policy. In this role, Doug provides his clients with services that support of the missions of the NIH and select HHS staff divisions. As part of his duties at the NIH Library, he identifies and provides guidance on the effective use of emerging technologies and recommends strategies to capitalize on them. Practice areas include data analytics, data visualization, GIS, and teaching.

Candace Norton joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library as a National Library of Medicine (NLM) second year Associate Fellow in 2017. Prior to joining the NLM Associate Fellowship Program, Candace managed a small corporate library for a pharmaceutical and life sciences consulting company in Bethesda, MD. During her fellowship appointment, she has pursued projects and training in areas related to pharmacovigilance monitoring, systematic reviews, bibliometric analysis, and data visualization.

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Upcoming NNLM Data Webinar on October 12: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library

PSR News - Wed, 2018-09-26 16:25

Register now to join NNLM for the next session of the Research Data Management webinar series: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library, on October 12, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT. This webinar will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. It will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot. The instructors will be Doug Joubert and Candace Norton from the NIH Library.

The NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) webinar series is a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities.

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Call for Volunteers: NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on November 7 Focusing on Women’s Health!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-09-26 16:15

Participate in the NNLM Fall Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Wednesday, November 7, and make it more successful than the April event, which focused on rare diseases! To achieve this goal, join the Wikipedia Help Team and NNLM staff across the nation and volunteer for a one-hour shift between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST to add citations to, and improve existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health, using trusted NLM and NIH resources. Utilize your research skills to make Wikipedia a better, more evidence-based resource for people looking for information on women’s health! In order to participate, you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event.

Sign up to provide virtual support to participants by contacting RML staff listed in the Schedule Table. Our own Nora Franco, PSR Consumer Health Librarian, will participate from 1:00-2:00 PM PST. Also, plan to attend and register for the three-part NNLM Wikipedia Fall 2018 Edit-a-thon training on October 3, 17, and 31, 11:00-11:30am PDT. If you are unable to attend all sessions, registrants will receive a recording of the entire training. Session 1 on 10/3 will provide an introductory overview on the importance of Wikipedia for librarians, and will give information about the Edit-a-thon. In Session 2 on 10/17, learn how to be prepared by creating a Wikipedia account, editing articles on medical topics, and getting ready for the event day. The final session on 10/31 will provide a highlight of women’s health resources from the NLM, including how to identify and evaluate pertinent information resources for possible use in the Edit-a-thon.

On November 7, you can follow along with all the fun on Twitter, with hashtag #citeNLM2018!

illustration of a woman looking at a computer screen with hashtag citeNLM2018

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NNLM Wikipedia FALL Edit-a-thon Call for Volunteers!

MCR News - Wed, 2018-09-26 13:53

We’re working hard to make our Fall edit-a-thon even more of a success than than our April event! To achieve this goal, we are inviting more librarians to join our #citeNLM2018 Wikipedia Help Team. Volunteers are needed for each 1-hour shift from 9AM to 7PM CT / 8AM to 6PM MT on November 7, 2018.

Want to utilize your research skills to make Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resources? Sign up to provide virtual support to participants by contacting the RML staff listed in the Schedule Table. Plan to attend and register for the following training sessions:

October 3, 1PM to 1:30PM CT / 12PM to 12:30 MT
Introduction to the NNLM Edit-a-thon and WikiProject Medicine
Hosted by Elaina Vitale (MAR) and Ann Glusker (PNR)

October 17, 1PM to 1:30PM CT / 12PM to 12:30 MT
Editing Wikipedia Articles
Hosted by Alicia Lillich (MCR) and Aimee Gogan (SEA)

October 31, 1PM to 1:30PM CT / 12PM to 12:30 MT
Women’s Health Resources
Hosted by Karen Coghlan (NER) and Erin Latta (NDCO)

We look forward to your help!
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Self-paced Online Health Information Searching Resouce for the Public

GMR News - Wed, 2018-09-26 12:10

DigitalLearn.org, the Public Library Association’s collection of short self-directed tutorials for the public to increase their digital literacy, now features a course all about researching health topics on the Internet. Developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the new course was designed to help learners understand and evaluate health information while avoiding potentially harmful or misleading sources. Consider linking this course on your library or organization’s website and social media.

View the course here.

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Announcing: Fall 2018 HSLANJ Group Licensing Offer Now Available

SEA News - Wed, 2018-09-26 11:56

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PRINCETON, NJ (September 21, 2018) – HSLANJ members, primarily medical librarians located throughout the state of New Jersey, recently identified the #1 most valuable service that HSLANJ provides: the Group Licensing Initiative (GLI)! This is according to a summer 2018 membership survey conducted by the organization’s Strategic Direction Task Force.

While we are thrilled about this news, we are also excited to continue outreach to librarians throughout the three National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) regions that we serve with the GLI (Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), and Northeast Region (NER).

Why do medical librarians value participation in the GLI?

First, there is no membership fee in order to participate in the GLI. All medical librarians in the three regions covering 20 states are welcome to participate as they’re able, as budgets allow, in either or both Spring or Fall Offer periods.

The HSLANJ GLI is recognized by the NNLM as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources.

Deadline to participate in the Fall Offer is Friday, November 9. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

Questions? Please see www.hslanj.org or contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or rtmackes@gmail.com).

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.

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