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New NNLM PSR Office Manager: Keisha Williams!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-08-12 16:14

Hello Everyone! I’m Keisha Williams, the new Office Manager for the NNLM PSR. I’ll be coordinating the office workflow for the region.

Keisha Williams

My background is in the fast-paced travel healthcare industry where I worked in the housing capacity as a team lead and in credentialing as a specialist. In my housing role I oversaw the daily functions of the housing specialist team, ensuring that our travel healthcare professionals had housing established in various and often remote locations all over the country. We serviced all of their travel and housing needs so the only concern for the travelers was to pack a suitcase, travel and arrive at work without the daunting tasks of relocating. After working in housing for several years, I moved into the credentialing side of travel healthcare. I worked very closely with the travel healthcare professionals to ensure all the facility and state credential requirements were met prior to their start.

More recently I worked within the entertainment industry for a talent agency in the contract administration department. I performed client data management and contract administration ensuring that buyers were meeting their contractual obligations to the clients. Working in this capacity I participated in several volunteer outreach opportunities and realized I wanted to do work that was more in service to the public and meaningful to me personally, as healthcare education very much is.

I’m very excited for my new role as Office Manager with NNLM Pacific Southwest Region. As I am new to the UC system my main focuses are to master the various systems, learn the UCLA policies and procedures, support the training and outreach team, and take care of the office’s accounting and operational needs. Additional fun tidbits about me include a BA in Cinema and Television Arts. I love the art of storytelling, visually and written. I’m currently all in to The Handmaids Tale; that’s my must-watch TV! My creative outlet is writing. I’m a mom to two daughters whom I adore. I’m originally from San Diego so authentic Mexican food is my vice and fills my soul with comfort.

I look forward to working with you all and learning even more about the NNLM and how I can support the organization. Please feel free to reach out and give me a shout!

Ciao for now!

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Sign-up to Host the All of Us Journey Exhibition

MCR News - Mon, 2019-08-12 10:58

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites public libraries and community organizations to host the All of Us Journey during its visit in the MidContinental Region. The All of Us Journey is a hands-on experience to engage and build awareness about the All of Us Research Program.

The All of Us Research Program aims to sign up a million or more participants to share their health data in the interest of expanding biomedical research. The nationwide effort is designed to accelerate research and improve health by considering each individual’s lifestyle, surrounding environment and biology that can impact their health differently than others.

The Journey can make visits to events and venues within 2-3 hours of the area at each stop. The two Journey units are scheduled to stop in the following areas:

Education and Awareness Exhibit

  • Omaha, NE

September 1st-7th

  • Omaha, NE

September 8th-14th

  • Kansas City, KS

September 15th-21st

  • Kansas City, KS

September 29th-October 5th

 

Education, Awareness and Enrollment Center

  • Salt Lake City, UT

September 1st-7th

  • Lincoln, NE

September 8th-14th

  • Louis, MO

September 15th-21st

 

If you or an organization you know is interested in hosting the Journey or you know of any events where the Journey could participate, please contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

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In the Region

MAR News - Mon, 2019-08-12 08:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Michael Balkenhol, Professional Development: I attended the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on June 20-25. It was my first time attending and I’ve never seen so many librarians in one place. I attended interested sessions on health programming, food rescue and nutrition, and citizen science that I plan to incorporate into upcoming webinars and classes in the fall and spring. It was also really fun to meet a few NNLM MAR members while I was at the NNLM exhibit booth!

Michelle Burda, Site Visit: I had the opportunity to visit Brody Family Medical Library, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Allentown PA on June 30. This library was awarded NNLM MAR funding to support programming and promotion of the NLM exhibit, Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine. The exhibit is open to the staff of the hospital and the community. Additional handouts and posters of relevant historical facts about the area and George Washington were created by a work study student, and a bookmark with a QR code to the exhibit’s website was designed and given to exhibit attendees along with MedlinePlus trifolds. Having a NLM exhibit at the Lehigh Valley Medical Library gave the hospital staff an opportunity to learn more about NLM activities and resources, and the library. It was also an opportunity for the public to visit the medical library and learn about its presence, and the value it brings to not only the hospital but the community. 65 people attended the scheduled program the day I was there. The guest speaker brought 2 documents signed by George Washington that have only been on display twice in the time the speaker has owned them. The presenter was excellent and I would recommend him as a speaker at other places where the exhibit is planned. Please contact me for additional information mburda@pitt.edu.

Erin Seger, Reaching New Audiences: Over the last year, MAR has been able to teach three classes that offered continuing education credit for Certified Health Education Specialists. This is exciting for me because I am a Health Educator myself. I have been certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) since 2009, and worked as a Health Coach and Health Educator prior to my role here at NNLM. I think there is a natural connection between the field of Health Education, the mission of NNLM, and the purpose of NLM resources. Today the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), who certifies Health Education Specialists, posted an infographic that described one of the roles of a Certified Health Education Specialist as “inspiring priority populations to make the best decisions they can about their health”. Here at NNLM we can support this through our regularly scheduled national classes, and offering CHES continuing education can ensure that these professionals get the information they need from our classes. I’m excited that as of July 1, 2019, MAR was approved as a provider of CHES CE for the next 2 years. This means that our region and the others across NNLM will be able to more widely offer continuing education for these professionals. If you are a CHES or know someone who is, reach out to me at ers166@pitt.edu to be added to our CHES email list, where you will learn about the next round of CHES CE opportunities.

Kate Flewelling, Goodbye and Hello! On July 23, I had the pleasure to speak at the PA Governor’s Council on Library Development at Penn State University. I presented on services for public and academic libraries to Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries, library directors, and other stakeholders. If you would like an NNLM MAR presentation to your group, please contact us.

This summer, we are saying farewell to All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner. Veronica was instrumental in developing the All of Us Community Engagement project not only in MAR, but throughout NNLM. The programs she developed and relationships she made will continue to bear fruit throughout the pilot program and beyond. I am sure you join me in wishing her well as she explores new opportunities. We have also welcomed two new staff members: Tessa Zindren, MAR Program and Outreach Assistant, is responsible for maintaining outreach materials, responding to member and staff requests, and reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Kelsey Cowles, Academic Coordinator, is our liaison to academic libraries, particularly at 2- and 4- year colleges. She will also be our liaison to NNLM’s Research Data Management Working Group and Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons. Watch for them to introduce themselves in the next MAReport.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-08-09 13:36

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

Spotlight

Employment Opportunity: The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Community Engagement Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Member Highlights: Ellenville Public Library & Museum, Ellenville, NY – learn about one public library’s quest to engage their patrons in weekly exercise and health programming!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote National Immunization Awareness and Talk to Your Doctor Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.

Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club – MARquee News Highlights

World Breastfeeding Week – NER Update

New DOCLINE scripts for ILLiad 9.0.3 & 8.7.3 – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

On the Importance of Mentors (and Mentors Who Become Friends) – The best mentors not only provide a sounding board to try out new ideas and thoughts, they also give you the confidence to ride new waves of opportunity. But sometimes mentors become something more: They become your lifelong friends. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Meet the PubMed Central Team: Perfectionists with a Sense of Humor – PMC’s mission to provide the public with free access to medical literature, whether they are researchers, citizen scientists, or family members seeking medical information, is what drives the team. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Lifting the “Residual Veil”: Biomicroscopy of the Eye – An intense light that seems to shine directly into your brain, the quelling of the strong impulse to pull away, a professional stranger breathing so close by. Anyone who has gone forehead-to-forehead with an ophthalmologist will have some familiarity with biomicroscopy. But few of us have much sense of what might be seen in the depths of our own eyes with that devastating beam. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Zooming Through the Globus Pallidus Externa – The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative continues to find new ways to visualize neurons interconnecting into the billions of circuits that control our thoughts, feelings, and movements. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIH researchers uncover role of repetitive DNA and protein sequences in tumor evolution – A team of researchers from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, and collaborating academic research institutions developed a method to measure a type of gene mutation involved in the evolution of cancer. This type of mutation, called “repeat instability,” may be useful in early cancer diagnosis. Findings were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs that allow users to narrow search results by article type, text availability, publication date, species, language, sex, subject, journal category, and age.

NIH News in Health: the August 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Period Problems: Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Other Issue,” and, “Bulging Veins: What to Do About Varicose Veins.” Other topics include psoriatic arthritis, walking for better health, and urologic diseases.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

August 2019

NCBI Minute: A new PubMed is on its way! – August 14, 11:00-11:30 AM ET – In this webinar with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) you will experience PubMed Labs, a test site that will become the default PubMed early next year. You will get a preview of the new, modern interface, updated features including advanced search, clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development and how to provide feedback on the new PubMed.

True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – This collaborative course covers concepts related to searching for freely available public health resources, reviewing resources for bias, and thinking outside-the-box for your search strategies. Join the National Public Health Coordinating Office (NPHCO) in this session for a review of pressing issues in public health.

Fostering Resilience in Older Adults – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Resilience, the process of adapting well in the face of significant sources of distress, plays an increasingly important role in successful aging. Join this webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) to learn more about ways aging network providers and community partners can support older adults in problem solving, preparing for challenges and cultivating this essential component for well-being across the lifespan.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – August 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. To provide accurate and therefore valuable and correct support for these information needs, the print, media, and online collections on which your public library relies must be cultivated with new resources added and outdated ones weeded. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both the reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions (PNR/PSR) for this introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling, using data collected and visualized by librarians, for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. This webinar will look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 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. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

Feeding the Whole Child: Full minds and full bellies, all free at the library – August 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – What does it take to get your library or non-profit involved in the Federal Summer Food Service Program and other food insecurity efforts? What are some strategies to help ensure the success of your program, and how can you get your community engaged? Get answers to these and more questions of your own in this informative and interactive session with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR).

Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. Join this webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. This is the second installment in a series of webinars about diversity, equity, and inclusion for health sciences librarians.

Inclusive Graphic Medicine: Communication, Collections and Community – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – The emerging field of graphic medicine provides opportunities for health sciences librarian involvement at many levels. Collection development, health literacy, medical education, and promotion of resources for patient-provider communication are some of the relevant areas where librarians participate in the use of comics in healthcare and medical education. In this webinar with the MidContintental Region (MCR), three panelists will discuss their experiences with graphic medicine.

Libraries Connecting Communities to Vaccine Information & Resources – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – With vaccines being in the headlines recently, it is likely many of your library patrons are wondering if they, their children, or family members are up to date with immunizations. This webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) will provide practical information, resources, and tools for public library staff to help empower and inform their communities around vaccines. The presentation will also equip libraries to help their patrons speak with their pharmacist and other members of the care team about vaccines as well as additional health information needs.

Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Populations – August 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBTQ+ individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBTQ+ individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBTQ+ patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. This class with the New England Region (NER) will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBTQ+ patrons.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – August 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), get ready for September and National Preparedness Month with this webinar that highlights NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will also include resources for special populations and those with special needs.

September 2019

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship – September 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET), librarians will reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians – September 9-November 15, 2019 – This collaborative online course offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans. Participants are eligible for up to 32 MLA CE, dependent upon the number of modules completed.

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals – September 17, 18, 20 & 24, 2019 – Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this webinar for librarians and other information professionals will preview the new, modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development, and find out how to give NLM your feedback on the new system. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020.

ECRI Guidelines Trust – September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Medical librarians are one of the largest user groups of the ECRI Guidelines Trust. So why not take advantage of all the Trust has to offer in terms of evidence-based clinical practice guideline content? Join this webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) to hear directly from the creators of the Trust and learn how this guideline repository can facilitate your searches for up-to-date clinical practice guidelines. They will take you on a tour of their site’s content and capabilities, and share latest search features and enhancements developed with a librarian audience in mind.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out MedlinePlus for Public Librarians. This aysnchronous, hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job postings:

HSRProj Back to School Webinar: How to Search, Communicate, and Disseminate Your Research – August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by AcademyHealth through the HSRProj program, this introductory seminar explores effective search, communication, and dissemination strategies and provides an overview of resources publicly available through the National Library of Medicine for public health and health services and policy researchers to use in their work.

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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.

AJPH Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media – The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, intends to publish a special issue focusing on research that can help us better understand and address the proliferation of health misinformation on social media. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an extended proposal to Ms. Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 30.

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.

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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Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship

MCR News - Thu, 2019-08-08 19:38

Date: Sep 4, 2019, 1:00PM – 2:00PM CT

Location: WebEx

Continuing Education: 1 CE from the Medical Library Association

Register: https://nnlm.gov/class/reflections-bioinformatics-librarianship/16768

A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information.  Bioinformatics research advances in such areas as gene therapy, personalized medicine, drug discovery, the inherited basis of complex diseases influenced by multiple gene/environmental interactions, and the identification of the molecular targets for environmental mutagens and carcinogens have wide ranging implications for the medical and consumer health sectors (Rein, 2006). In this one-hour Webinar, librarians reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support. Dr. Bonnie Maidak of the National Center for Biotechnology Information facilitates.

Facilitator:

Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.

Guest Speakers:

Kumru E. Kastro, MS, MI is the Liaison Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, and first-year Engineering at Drexel University. Kumru is responsible for building library collections and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students.

Elliott Smith, MLIS is the Emerging Technologies & Bioinformatics Librarian at UC Berkeley, where he is currently supports the students and faculty of the Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Integrative Biology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. When he’s not thinking about science he rereads Jane Austen.

Jean-Paul (JP) Courneya, MS , is a bioinformationist at the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library. JP is the information resource specialist for biotechnology, bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, next-gen sequencing, molecular and cell biology bench research, and data management for research.

For more information contact the NNLM Training Office, nto@utah.edu

 

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Featured Archive: UAMS Historical Research Center

SCR News - Thu, 2019-08-08 16:26

We’re pleased to present this guest post from Tim Nutt, Director of the Historical Research Center (HRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. All photos are courtesy of the HRC. 

The Historical Research Center (HRC), a unit of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library, is the state’s only repository exclusively dedicated to the preservation of Arkansas’ medical history. For over 40 years, the HRC has collected materials and artifacts of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals and organizations from around the state.

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Edith Irby Jones Graduation Photo

Currently, the HRC has about 500 linear feet of archival collections, including the professional papers of Dr. Edith Irby Jones who, when admitted to the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1948, became the first African American admitted to a Southern white medical school. We are also honored to be the repository for the collection of M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D., United States Surgeon General from 1993- 1994. Jones served as a mentor to Elders, and the HRC is especially proud to preserve the legacies and the professional relationship of these significant  physicians.

Another signature collection is that of Dr. Oliver Wenger, a U.S. Public Health Service official, who operated the government’s venereal disease clinic in Hot Springs, Arkansas in the 1920s, the time when the city was home to gambling, prostitution, and gangsters, including Al Capone. The collection, though, does not focus solely on individuals and organizations, such as the Pulaski County Medical Society (established 1866) and Arkansas State Nurses Association. The Historical Research Center also serves as the repository for the institutional archives of UAMS.

Baby Carrier

Baby Carrier

Papers, photographs, and other paper items are complemented by the HRC’s extensive artifact collection. Ranging from a Civil War-era medical toolset to a collection of historic dental instruments to a portable anesthesia machine and everything in-between, the artifact collection documents almost every facet of medical history. One of our favorite artifacts is a WWII-era baby carrier used to protect preemies. Looking more suited to carrying a cat than a baby, the carrier was equipped with a woolen blanket, a thermometer and room for a hot water bottle. For air circulation and to protect the baby from Arkansas insects, the carrier has screened vents. It is one of our prized artifacts and one that we show to visitors. Another favorite is a scrapbook of pathology specimens that shows the devastating effects of various diseases on intestines. The scrapbook was compiled by Dr. Edwin T. Bentley in 1864, in his capacity as a surgeon with the U.S. General Hospital in Alexandria, VA. Assigned to Little Rock after the Civil War, Dr. Bentley helped found the Arkansas Industrial University Medical Department (now UAMS) in 1879. Upon his death in 1917, the scrapbook was discovered among his estate. The specimens contained in the scrapbook correspond to cases presented in the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (Washington, 1870-1888).

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Electra Vita Body Battery Belt Advertisement, 1910

One of the HRC’s collecting priorities is quack medicine. To that end, we actively seek out materials that document pseudo-medical practices. One of my favorite quack devices in our collection is the Electra Vita Body Battery Belt, which was sold in the early 1900s. Marketed toward men who were nervous, run, weak, or unambitious, the belt provided that much needed jolt of energy. The belt wrapped around one’s waist and provided continuous electrical pulses, courtesy of batteries (which kept a permanent charge) tucked inside the belt’s lining. The true medical benefits of the Electra Vita Body Battery Belt were non-existent, except for maybe a placebo effect. Who would not move around more (which would give the impression of more energy) if one was being constantly shocked?

In addition to the archival collections, the HRC also has a History of Medicine book collection. This general collection, acquired through donation and purchase, currently numbers around 6,000 volumes.

Many people do not realize that Arkansas has a rich medical history. To educate visitors about that history, the HRC installs exhibits around the UAMS campus. One recent exhibit highlighted rarely-seen artifacts from our holdings. This exhibit proved to be extremely popular as most people saw items for the first time or ones that brought back fond memories. One, in the latter category, was the 1980s-era “R.F. Ant” mascot head. R.F. Ant (the R.F. stands for Refuse) was the creation of a UAMS professor of pharmacy and visited schools to teach children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The red bulbous ant head sitting prominently in the glass case drew many to the exhibit.

We also publish digital exhibits so researchers and visitors who are not on the UAMS campus can utilize and enjoy our holdings. Issues from 1870-1922 of the Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society are viewable on our digital collections, as well as many of our photographs and artifacts. Currently, we are digitizing photographs from the M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D. collection to tell the story of this influential physician. The Historical Research Center’s digital collections are located at: https://hrcdigitalcollections.contentdm.oclc.org/.

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HRC Archival Storage

In 2016, the Historical Research Center opened its new research room and archival storage on the fifth floor of the UAMS Library. Before this, the HRC’s public and work spaces were cramped and not inviting. Now, we have a welcoming atmosphere with room for researchers. This new space, combined with a higher visibility, has resulted in about 50 researchers a year.

The Historical Research Center is fortunate to have an active friends’ group. The Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions (SHMHP) was established in 1982 with the mission of supporting the Center. The Society sponsors an annual grant program that ensures the HRC’s collections are used in historical research. SHMHP’s main activity is a yearly lecture and dinner. This event, co-sponsored by the Historical Research Center, attracts about 65 people and features a catered dinner and presentation on a medical history topic (usually related to Arkansas). The Society also co-sponsors many of the HRC’s events throughout the year, including an Open House in October (for American Archives Month and National Medical Librarians Month) and periodic lectures.

The Historical Research Center has a wonderful staff—we would not be able to do all that we do without Suzanne Easley (Assistant Director and Archivist), Calee Henderson (Digital Initiatives Librarian), and April Hughes (Administrative Analyst). Together, we make a good team in preserving and teaching about Arkansas’s medical history.

If you are in Little Rock, I encourage you to stop by and visit us. We look forward to seeing you!

Tim NuttAbout the author: Tim Nutt is currently employed as the Director of the Historical Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Previously, he was employed as the Head of Special Collections at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and as founding Deputy Curator of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System.  He also served as the founding Managing Editor and Staff Historian of the award-winning online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Nutt received a B.A. in History from the University of Central Arkansas and a masters in Library Science, with an emphasis on archives, from the University of Oklahoma. He is a past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and a Certified Archivist.

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PubMed Labs Update: Search Filters Now Available

PSR News - Wed, 2019-08-07 14:29

Users can now use filters to narrow search results in PubMed Labs by article type, text availability, publication date, species, language, sex, subject, journal category, and age. The most popular filters are included on the sidebar by default. To apply a filter, run a search and click on the checkbox next to the filter name. A checkmark will appear next to the selected filters. To display additional filters, click on the “Additional filters” button near the bottom of the page. A pop-up menu will appear showing the available filters for each category: article type, species, language, sex, subject, journal, and age.

To add items to the Filters menu:

  1. Choose a category on the left (Article Type, Species, etc.).
  2. Within each category select the desired filters to add to your Filters menu.
  3. Click Apply to add the selected filters to the sidebar menu and close the pop-up.
  4. To apply a filter to your search, click on the filter name in the menu.

More information about filters:

  • When filters are selected, a “Filters applied” message will display above your results and on the Advanced Search page.
  • Click an applied filter to turn it off.
  • To turn off all applied filters, click the “Clear all” link or the “Reset all filters” button.
  • Citations may be excluded for some filter selections because they have not yet completed the MEDLINE indexing process. For example, the “Humans” filter will return results that have been indexed with the term Humans.

For illustrations of the various features, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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Congratulations to Rachel Fenske – Recipient of the 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award!

SEA News - Wed, 2019-08-07 13:02

Rachel Fenske

Congratulations to Rachel Fenske – Recipient of the 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award!

Congratulations to Rachel Fenske, Information Services and Outreach Librarian, Assistant Librarian – Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama. She is the recipient of the 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

The Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award recognizes outstanding outreach librarians serving rural or underserved populations. Michael E. DeBakey established this award to recognize contributions to medical education and librarianship. The award honors a practicing health sciences librarian who works in the tradition of the incredible advances and medical innovations of Dr. DeBakey to provide valuable health information to underserved and rural populations.

The NNLM SEA first recognized Ms. Fenske for her work on the U.S. Virgin Islands where she conducted outreach with the Virgin Islands Department of Health, Virgin Islands Community AIDS Resource and Education, Lutheran Social Services. She provided health information education to the community in the Virgin Islands at community health fairs and other community events to minority populations. Ms. Fenske continued community health outreach while working at the University of South Alabama. Her outreach projects included work with seniors in Mobile, AL to locate free, reliable health information and work at the Children’s and Women’s Hospital to help parents and families locate reliable health information appropriate for their reading level. The NNLM SEA is thrilled that Rachel’s health information outreach will be recognized by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.

Ms. Fenske will receive her award at the Friends of the National Library of Medicine 14th Annual Gala at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

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August 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-08-07 11:57

Illustration of a woman talking with her doctorCheck out the August 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:

  • Bulging Veins: What to Do About Vericose Veins?
    Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that lie just underneath the skin’s surface. They aren’t just a cosmetic issue. If they aren’t treated, they can also cause health problems.
  • Health Capsule: More Steps for Better Health
    Walking is an easy way to exercise without needing a gym membership. It’s a popular way to burn calories, and research shows that walking is good for your health. A new study asked how many steps a day can lead to health benefits.
  • Health Capsule: What is Psoriatic Arthritis?
    You are more likely to get psoriatic arthritis if you have a family member with psoriasis or arthritis. Talking with a health care provider can help you find what treatment methods are best for you.
  • Featured Website: Urologic Diseases
    Urologic diseases and conditions include urinary tract infections, kidney stones, prostate problems, and more. Find out how urologic problems are detected and treated.

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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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR News - Wed, 2019-08-07 10:43

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

Collage of National Immunization Awareness Month book covers

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series

MCR News - Tue, 2019-08-06 18:08

Join us for the next webinar in the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series on Thursday, August 15, 2019 2 MT/3 CT

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling” is a one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. In this webinar, we’ll look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. No prior knowledge of the topic is required.

At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  •              Name the parts of a data story
  •              Apply their knowledge of data storytelling to real data
  •              Identify and explain good and bad examples of data storytelling

Presenter:

Nancy Shin, MLIS, B.Sc.
Research and Data Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Pacific Northwest Region (PNR)
University of Washington

One MLA CE Credit is available for those who register .

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NNLM Announces a New Online, On Demand, Training Opportunity: MedlinePlus for Public Librarians

MCR News - Tue, 2019-08-06 18:06

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health web resource for the public on all things health and medical related. Need information on a disease or condition? A drug, herb or supplement? A medical or diagnostic test? A healthy recipe? Health information in another language? MedlinePlus has you and your library patrons covered. Produced by the National Library of Medicine and written for the general public, MedlinePlus offers trusted, current and ad-free health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

 

The MedlinePlus for Public Librarians’ class is a free, one-hour interactive tutorial that helps you deep-mine the depth and breadth of information found on this key resource so you can provide your patrons with solid health and medical information. The class is eligible for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (link is external) and approved for 1 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.  Upon concluding the tutorial, you may print a certificate of completion. And, because this tutorial is on demand, it’s available 24/7 – just like MedlinePlus!

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

SEA News - Tue, 2019-08-06 10:35

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

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Member Highlights: Ellenville Public Library & Museum, Ellenville, NY

MAR News - Tue, 2019-08-06 08:00

NNLM MAR is pleased to share successes of health outreach projects and activities in our region. Learn what your amazing colleagues are doing to increase access to quality health information for the communities they serve.

Living Well Ellenville

Katie Sheehan-Lopez from Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ulster County leading a LWE program

Living Well Ellenville (LWE) is a program from the Ellenville Public Library & Museum, in partnership with Ellenville Regional Hospital, that began in January 2018. The program meets at the library consistently each Thursday at 10:00 AM for a leisurely walk through town. Patrons and library staff leading the walk return at 10:30 AM for a healthy snack, and water, tea, or coffee, and then participate in a wellness related program. This program offers a wide variety of activities, including cooking demonstrations, Reiki, Tai Chi, information about when to utilize the Emergency Room, urgent care and the doctor, and many more. Ellenville Regional Hospital (ERH) received a grant that ‘fit’ the program, called Healthy Hearts, which provided additional funds to supplement Living Well Ellenville. Community organizations like the Cornell Cooperative Extension are involved on a semi-regular basis, and the library also pays some special instructors out of their programming budget. Though the participant numbers ebb and flow, from the community perspective it has been a very successful program. Ellenville staff have noticed that some of their older adult patrons, “snowbirds” who winter in warmer locations, have just started coming back to attend this program, and they love it!

To learn more about Living Well Ellenville, visit the Ellenville Public Library & Museum website, or contact Library Director Kristin Fowler via email: kfowler@rcls.org or telephone: (845) 647-5530.

Living Well Ellenville logo

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NNLM Announces a New Online, On Demand, Training Opportunity: MedlinePlus for Public Librarians

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2019-08-06 01:00

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health web resource for the public on all things health and medical related. Need information on a disease or condition? A drug, herb or supplement? A medical or diagnostic test? A healthy recipe? Health information in another language? MedlinePlus has you and your library patrons covered. Produced by the National Library of Medicine and written for the general public, MedlinePlus offers trusted, current and ad-free health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

The MedlinePlus for Public Librarians’ class is a free, one-hour interactive tutorial that helps you deep-mine the depth and breadth of information found on this key resource so you can provide your patrons with solid health and medical information. The class is eligible for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (link is external) and approved for 1 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.  Upon concluding the tutorial, you may print a certificate of completion. And, because this tutorial is on demand, it’s available 24/7 – just like Medlineplus!

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Hello from Emily Hamstra: New Outreach Coordinator

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-08-05 18:44

photo of Emily HamstraHello! I’m Emily Hamstra, the new Outreach Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region. I grew up in Michigan, and currently live in Seattle.

I began my career at the University of Michigan Library, where I was an instruction librarian and the subject librarian for Kinesiology. Since moving to Seattle in 2016, I’ve worked at the Seattle Public Library and ProQuest. I’m the past-chair of the Reference and User Services Association’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (RUSA-CODES).

When I’m not at work, I enjoy reading, gardening, and walking my dog. I’m learning the ins and outs of baking sourdough bread.

I’m excited to be here, and I’m looking forward to working with you all!

Email: ehamstra@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-5112

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Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club

GMR News - Mon, 2019-08-05 14:25

Book cover images of selected August titles

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a National Health Observance which provides a key opportunity to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines at all ages.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reminds us that every year children and adults become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV and pneumonia. This year’s measles outbreaks are a key reminder of how quickly diseases can spread when people aren’t vaccinated.

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of National Immunization Awareness Month:

  • On Immunity by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

To learn more about each of these titles and to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding vaccine and immunization information, or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health.

NNLM All of Us CEN Co-branded logo

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Libraries as Partners in Health: Nashville Public Library

SEA News - Mon, 2019-08-05 13:38

Join us for the upcoming SEAside webinar Libraries as Partners in Health: Nashville Public Library.

Date: Tuesday August 27, 2019

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM  ET

Description: Started in 2016, Be Well at NPL is a health and wellness initiative of Nashville Public Library that seeks to increase access to free wellness programming and health resources. Upon receiving an All of Us Research Program community engagement award in 2018, NPL augmented its health literacy activities by increasing the visibility of trusted health resources on the NPL website, through branch displays and programming and by offering health information literacy trainings to staff.

Participants of this webinar will have an increased understanding of how to:

  • Assess staff capacity related to health reference
  • Work with a local hospital or university medical library to provide a consumer health reference training to public library staff
  • Conduct a public program using the DigitalLearn.org module for “Online Health Information”

Presenter: Elizabeth Roth, MA coordinates the Be Well at NPL initiative at Nashville Public Library. She has close to a decade of experience managing the activities of public and private health grants, from providing HIV testing in night clubs to running clinic-based quality improvement programs. When establishing new community partnerships for NPL, Elizabeth loves hearing the health service sector exclaim, “I’ve never thought about doing this at the public library, but it makes so much sense!”

Registration is free and can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2YMvg8h

For additional information, please contact April Wright.

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World Breastfeeding Week

NER News - Mon, 2019-08-05 13:21

 

The World Health Organization has named the first week of August as World Breastfeeding Week! You can read lots of important health information about breastfeeding on Twitter using #WorldBreastfeedingWeek.

Most of us know that health professionals recommend that babies be breastfed for the first 6 months, if possible. Initially, breastfeeding may require a little time and energy to get the hang of, but usually after a short time, both mother and baby settle into a routine that becomes very convenient.

One of the most important benefits of breastfeeding is the bonding that occurs between mom and baby. According to NLM’s MedlinePlus website (https://medlineplus.gov/) the following bullet points provide other health benefits of breastfeeding:

  • Breast milk naturally has all the nutrients babies need to grow and develop.
  • Breast milk has antibodies that can help prevent your baby from getting sick.
  • Breastfeeding can help prevent health problems in your baby, such as allergies, eczema, ear infections, and stomach problems.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be hospitalized with breathing infections.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to become obese or have diabetes.
  • Breastfeeding may help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Mothers who breastfeed find it easier to lose weight after pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding may help lower the risk for breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, and certain other diseases in mothers.
  • You can breastfeed almost anywhere and anytime your baby is hungry. You do not need to make formula before feeding, worry about clean water, or carry it with you when you go out or travel. And you save money on formula, which can cost $1,000 or more a year.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse or NIDA provides current info about using medical marijuana and other drugs during and pregnancy and breastfeeding. The website also has many helpful materials you can share https://www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed-medical-health-professionals/marijuana-other-drugs .

Another useful tool for breastfeeding mothers is NLM’s LactMed database (https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm) that contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.

LactMed includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and are fully referenced. A peer review panel reviews the data to assure scientific validity and currency.

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NER News - Mon, 2019-08-05 09:16

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