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Upcoming Webinar on Sharing, Discovering, and Citing COVID-19 Data and Code in Generalist Repositories

SEA News - Tue, 2020-04-21 12:11

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health is hosting a free webinar for researchers to learn how to share, discover, and cite COVID-19 data and code in generalist repositories on Friday, April 24 from 2:00-3:45 p.m. ET.

The biomedical research community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the associated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving. Open science and the timely sharing of research data have played a critical role in advancing our understanding of COVID-19 and accelerating the pace of discovery.

Researchers will have an opportunity to hear from multiple generalist repositories about the ways each repository is supporting discoverability and reusability of COVID-19 data and associated code. The NLM will also provide an overview of available COVID-19 literature.

The webinar will be available via NIH VideoCast.

Instructions on submitting questions will be made available closer to the webinar. Interested participants are encouraged to bookmark this page for the latest updates and follow #NIHdata on Twitter.  The webinar will be recorded and available a week after the live event.

See the agenda on the ODSS website.

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Webinar recordings available for CHES CECH

MAR News - Tue, 2020-04-21 09:14

Were you interested in attending a webinar from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, but unavailable during the live session? Three recorded webinars from February and March are now available for CHES CECH. Register on the NNLM website for credit from each course recording by selecting the hyperlink in the title of the course.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant WritingRecording available for CHES CECH until 8/19/2020 – This session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies (i.e., policies, programs, systems & environmental changes) that can affect health through changes to: health behaviors; clinical care; social and environmental factors; and the physical environment. Our Guest speaker from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. NNLM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, Erin Seger will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities.

Advanced CECH: 1


By the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Describe how to use What Works for Health when writing a grant proposal
  2. Define the evidence ratings in County Health Rankings What Works for Health
  3. Describe at least three examples of past NNLM-funded projects that relate to the evidence categories in What Works for Health

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health Recording available for CHES CECH until 8/26/2020 – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.

Advanced CECH: 0


Participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe evidence-based public health
  2. Identify a public health need and formulate an answerable question
  3. Locate and search applicable literature and resources

Health Statistics on the Web – Recording available for CHES CECH until 9/5/2020 – This course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Advanced CECH: 0


At the conclusion of the class, participants will:

  1. Identify selected key websites for use in the location of data sets and statistics for use at the local, state and national level, including PHPartners and MedlinePlus.
  2. Discuss of the types of data sets and statistics available on the Internet.
  3. Define the 4-step process used to successfully locate relevant health statistics for a particular circumstance or issue.
  4. Describe where to locate additional health statistics training through the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., these programs are designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Advanced level CECH is indicated on a course by course basis above.

Reach out to Erin Seger, MPH, CHES at with any questions about receiving CECH for these courses.

If you want to learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in your area, find your region on our website.

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NIST and OSTP Launch Effort to Improve Search Engines for COVID-19 Research

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-04-20 15:56

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) have just launched a joint effort to support the development of search engines for research that will help in the fight against COVID-19. The project was developed in response to the March 16 White House Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset.

In this effort, NIST will work initially with the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the National Library of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health). The team will apply the successful, long-running program of expert engagement and technology assessment called the Text Retrieval Conference, or TREC, to the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a resource of more than 44,000 research articles and related data about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses. The TREC-COVID program goals include creating datasets and using an independent assessment process that will help search engine developers to evaluate and optimize their systems in meeting the needs of the research and health-care communities.

The team will first release a series of sample queries for the biomedical research community, developed by team members at the National Library of Medicine, OHSU and UT Health. Registered participants in TREC-COVID will use their information retrieval and search systems to run the queries against the CORD-19 document set and return their results to NIST. Biomedical experts will then review test results, including document relevance rankings, to assess the overall performance of the retrieval systems.

Using proven TREC protocols, NIST will score the submissions and post the scores, the retrieval results themselves, and the lists of key reference documents to the TREC-COVID website. These “test collections” can then be used by information retrieval researchers to evaluate and enhance the performance of their own search engines. This effort is intended to help researchers understand how search systems could best support medical researchers when available information is developing quickly, as in the current pandemic.

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has been releasing an expanded CORD-19 document set each Friday to capture the most recent articles on COVID-19 and related coronaviruses. Later rounds of TREC-COVID will use the larger releases of CORD-19 and expanded query sets. Participants will have one week to submit their search results, and within about a week NIST will post results, with an expected spacing of about two weeks between each new dataset round being released. The team initially anticipates conducting five consecutive rounds of search system assessments. Interested organizations are invited to register to participate in the TREC-COVID program on the NIST website.

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New Search Interface Launched for WHO COVID-19 Database

PSR News - Mon, 2020-04-20 14:21

The World Health Organization is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19 into a database, which has been available since January 26. A more powerful search interface was just launched on April 14. The majority of citations referenced are published journal articles. The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated every weekday with content from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying literature from around the world. Multiple search strategies that are under continual revision are used to obtain this global perspective. New research is added regularly.

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Celebrate National Library Week with the Book Spine Poetry Contest!

SEA News - Mon, 2020-04-20 11:12
Book Spine Poetry Contest

National Poetry Month | April 1 – 30

Book spine poetry


Calling all Maya Angelous, Pablo Nerudas, and Claude McKays! In honor of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, NNLM SEA is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive free registration to ALA Annual 2021 or the conference of their choice*!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  2. Stack them up!
  3. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  4. Take a photo and share it with us!

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted throughout National Poetry Month: Wednesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 30.

Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging @NNLMSEA or email your submission to Liz Waltman ( Individuals can submit up to three times.

Have fun and we look forward to reading all the amazing poems!


*Conference registration is for one person, up to $1000, and is non-transferable.

Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.

Book spine poetry

Book spine poetry

Book spine poetry

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National Library Week Spotlight: Molly Montgomery

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2020-04-20 05:00

In honor of National Library Week, PNR asked Molly Montgomery, Director of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, to reflect on her career and current work at ICOM. 

Hello, everyone! My name is Molly Montgomery and I am the Director of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM). 

Molly Montgomery in front of a conference poster.I received a dual master’s in Library Science and Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University, we’ll just say, a number of years ago! It was a program specifically created for those of us who wanted to go into health librarianship which is exactly what I was looking for. I spent the first part of my career working in special library settings. I worked as a librarian for the American Heart Association and then as a hospital librarian for a large health care system in Dallas. I then moved into academic librarianship as the health sciences librarian at Idaho State University, and I’ve been at ICOM for just over two years. 

Making the transition from working in special libraries to academic libraries was definitely challenging for a number of reasons (so. many. committee. meetings & so. much. teaching), but I have enjoyed the experience. It has been rewarding to help shepherd the next generation of health care providers through what can be a very grueling time in their lives. 

One of the primary accomplishments of my career so far has been building the ICOM library from the ground up. ICOM is a new school (we are still two years away from graduating our first class) and I was hired just 4.5 months before the start of our inaugural class. I spent most of that time in a semi-state of panic and stress about everything that had to be decided on and implemented. What ILS to use?  What about interlibrary loan? Gotta build a website. What databases are the highest priority? Don’t forget strategic plans and policies! I survived largely thanks to the amazing and supportive medical librarian community. Librarians near and far took time to answer my emails and phone calls about every aspect of what it takes to run a library. Thank you if you were one of the many people who came to my rescue! 

Photo of Molly Montgomery, hiking.

Now that things are somewhat settled, I’ve been able to get back to focusing on my professional interests which include social determinants of health, health equity, and pretty much everything related to evidence-based medicine. I spend way too much time reading articles on these topics, but there is always something new to learn. 

Away from work, you’ll find me hiking or snowshoeing or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors. I’m participating in the 52 Hike Challenge this year, so you may see me on a trail near you this summer! I am also a huge fan of board games like Carcassone, Ticket to Ride, Castle Panic, King of New York, and my current obsession, Wingspan. 

I’m somewhat active on Twitter, so feel free to find me there @MedLibMolly.

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This Citizen Science Project Wants Your Dirt 

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2020-04-20 03:00

“Wouldn’t it be amazing if the cure for cancer is literally in our back yard?” asks Kathy M., a citizen scientist from Fort Myers, Florida. Through the University of Oklahoma’s What’s in Your Backyard?: Citizen Science Soil Collection Program, this could be possible.

Fungi, used many antibiotics and other medicines, is found in soil. Researchers need new fungi to create new medicine.

What's in your Backyard citizen science kit. Includes a scoop, instructions for participating, and two plastic bags

The What’s in Your Backyard program asks you to send a sample of your soil to researchers at the University of Oklahoma. One small sample of soil could include dozens of fungi. This means you could have fungi in your soil that leads to groundbreaking (ha!) new medicine.

So, I had to try it.

I requested a kit through the What’s in Your Backyard website, and received the kit in the mail 2 weeks later. The kit includes a small scoop, a plastic bag for the sample, an additional ziplock bag, clear instructions for collecting the soil sample, and a form to fill out with information about the sample.

The soil sample needs to be taken from an area of your yard doesn’t get a lot of traffic, isn’t carefully tended, and is free from chemical or biological hazards. Once I found just the spot, I followed the instructions for collecting the sample.

hand holding a soil sample

Next, I filled out the form included in the kit and sent the form and soil sample to the University of Oklahoma. Join me in following the progress of my soil sample by tracking sample #120673 on the project’s website.

What’s in Your Backyard is a simple project for all ages and is an excellent opportunity to learn and stay curious from home. The project website provides many fascinating resources, including; a behind the scenes look at the process for testing the soil samples, curriculum guides, fantastic fungi facts, and more.

It’s free to participate in this project. The University of Oklahoma accepts donations to cover the cost of the kit.


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