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PNR Rendezvous- All of Us Partnership

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2019-02-13 03:00

Many of you have been hearing about the work of our All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Michele Spatz.  Michele has been highlighting the NIH All of Us Research Program in our region. This program is hoping to gather data from 1 million or more participants to help improve health through precision medicine and to be reflective of our diversity.  This PNR Rendezvous session will describe the NNLM All of Us Research Program partnership and what it means for libraries. It will then highlight the Journey, the All of Us Mobile Education and Enrollment Center’s four-day visit to Hailey, Idaho, hosted by the Hailey Public Library. LeAnn Gelskey, Hailey Public Library director, will share her experience facilitating the Journey’s visit. Come learn what’s inside and how your library can “get on board” and benefit from the NNLM All of Us Research Program partnership.
The All of Us Journey continues to tour the country. Learn where they have been and future visits.

Session title: The NNLM All of Us Partnership & Inside the Journey

When: Wednesday February 20 at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT

How to attend: Registration is encouraged but not required. Full information about joining the webinar is available on the PNR Rendezvous web page.

The session will be recorded but we encourage you to attend the live session where you can ask questions and dialogue with the presenters.

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University of the Pacific Hosts NLM’s “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care” Traveling Exhibit!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2019-02-12 19:01

by Mark P. Christiansen, PhD, PA-C
Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director and Chair
Department of Physician Assistant Education
University of the Pacific
Sacramento, CA

Two adult women looking at NLM traveling exhibit display

Physician Assistants visiting the exhibit hosted in the Grand Salon

University of the Pacific has had the honor and privilege of hosting the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care. This exhibit commemorates the profession from its start at Duke University in 1967 to the present day. The exhibit highlights the collaboration of physician assistants (PAs) with a variety of other medical fields and shows how PAs have shared their knowledge with diverse communities to ensure that quality health care reaches all corners of the globe.

Two female students in white coats holding a bouquet of flowers smiling for the camera

Class of 2020 celebrating their White Coat Ceremony

University of the Pacific’s PA Program inaugural cohort of students started in January 2017, and the first class will graduate this spring. The program recently held a White Coat Ceremony for the second cohort of students (Class of 2020). This event marks the end of the student’s didactic year and the beginning of their clinical rotations. The exhibit was on display at the venue for the ceremony, giving friends and family a better understanding of the journey their PA student has embarked on, and the impact they will soon have on their patients and on society at large.

For the remainder of its stay at Pacific, through March 2, the exhibit has been centrally located in the Library on the Sacramento campus where all of the university’s programs have access to it. On February 8, an open house event was held in the Grand Salon of the Library to allow members of the campus and the greater community to view the display and to learn more about the history of the PA profession.

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A Look Back: African Americans in Medical History

SEA News - Tue, 2019-02-12 09:37

Through its Exhibition Program, the National Library of Medicine provides traveling banners free of charge to public, university, and medical libraries, as well as cultural centers across the country. These exhibitions, along with their corresponding online resources, seek to stimulate people’s enthusiasm for history and encourage visitors of all ages to learn more about themselves and their communities.

In celebration of Black History Month, we take a closer look at three traveling exhibitions on display during February that explore the role of African Americans in medicine throughout our history.

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine Contraband who served with the 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Contraband who served with the 13th Massachusetts Infantry
c. 1863-1865

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.

Educational Materials: Binding Wounds and Pushing Boundaries provides free instructional resources for educators in K-12 as well as in higher education institutions. Lesson plans and activities include an in-depth study of African American medical personnel in the U.S. Civil War, course material on understanding medical practice in the mid-nineteenth century and medical challenges generated by the war, review of primary source documents, and suggestions for additional readings and resources.

Visiting the Exhibit: The Binding Wounds exhibit is currently being hosted by two libraries –

  • University of Colorado Boulder Libraries – Boulder, Colorado
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Tompkins-McCaw Library – Richmond, Virginia

Catch the exhibit in both locations now through March 16!

Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America

 

 Food and Enslavement in Early America

Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America looks at the Chesapeake region, where European settlers relied upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition, and to gain economic prosperity. By examining the labor of slaves and food practices of the time, including those at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the exhibition explores how power was exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes during the early colonial era.

Educational Materials: Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America offers free classroom resources for K-12 and undergraduate educators and their students. These resources serve as templates for examining foodways with the historical context of European settlement and slavery during early America. Lesson plans and online materials include recipes, primary source documents, suggested readings, and a digital gallery featuring historical images from the National Library of Medicine.

Visiting the Exhibit: The Fire and Freedom exhibit is currently being hosted by two libraries –

  • Tarrant County College, Judith J. Carrier Library – Arlington, Texas
  • Samuel Merritt University, John A. Graziano Memorial Library – Oakland, California

Catch the exhibit in both locations now through March 2!

Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons Surgeons perform a hernia operation at Provident Hospital, 1941.

Surgeons perform a hernia operation at Provident Hospital, 1941.

African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community. Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons recognizes the achievements of these pioneers by examining this long tradition and highlighting contemporary surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields.

Educational Materials: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons offers several free online learning experiences that can be integrated into the classroom setting. Educators and their students can explore resources and primary source documents related to the history of early medical education, pioneers in academic surgery, and the new frontiers of contemporary surgeons. Opening Doors also features a children’s guide for younger students to learn about African American surgeons throughout history.

Visiting the Exhibit: The Opening Doors exhibit is currently being hosted by two libraries –  

  • Palo Alto College, Ozuna Library – San Antonio, Texas
  • Pohick Regional Library – Burke, Virginia

Catch the exhibit in both locations now through March 2!

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Visits to Eastern Maine Community College and Vose Public Library

NER News - Tue, 2019-02-12 08:34

Last week, I visited Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) in Bangor, Maine. I spent the morning speaking with library and Information Technology staff about mobile apps from the National Library of Medicine. EMCC received NER funds to purchase twelve tablets, expanding the library’s ability to teach NLM resources to nursing and allied health students. We focused on the resources available through TOXNET , MedlinePlus and PubMed.

We conducted sample searches in LactMed® , the database containing information about potential impacts of drugs and other chemicals on breast milk and infant blood. LactMed® suggests therapeutic alternatives, where appropriate. This database is updated monthly. TOXNET encompasses the Household Product Safety database, Haz-Map (Occupational Exposure to Chemicals) and Animal Testing Alternatives. WISER for First Responders, another TOXNET database, is relevant to EMCC’s Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science Technology programs.

We talked about adding MedlinePlus to the home screen of the tablets. This website is optimized for different devices, and is not available as an app. I directed library staff to several NNLM YouTube recordings for additional information, such as PNR’s “There’s an App for That!” and NNLM’s Resource Picks on LactMed® and LiverTox.

Library Director Janet Elvidge shared the frustrations of nursing students in using CINAHL, and we talked about usability issues with PubMed. Lastly, we looked at NLM apps HerbList and Turning the Pages.

Vose Library in Union, MaineExterior of library building

On my way back to Massachusetts, I took an exit off of Interstate 95 and headed down Route 131 to Union, Maine. The morning was gray and wet. I drove up and down hills, passing woodlands and farms. Incorporated in 1786, Union is home to 2200 residents. Motion Industries, distributor of mechanical parts, is located in this small town. Augusta (state capital of Maine) is a 40-minute drive to the west.

Like many rural towns in America, the center of Union has a post office and a general store. Vose Library is located just 0.2 miles down the hill. Director Sarah Masters greeted me warmly. She walked me through the collection of mystery novels and quilt displays. We talked about the value of displaying the work of local artists and craftspeople, and the popularity of Vose Library’s Armchair Adventure series. I was happy to meet Sarah. With luck, we will be co-presenting–along with Lisa Shaw (Maine State Library)– at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference in September 2019. Details to follow!

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Funding is Available for 2019-2020 Health Information Outreach Projects

MAR News - Fri, 2019-02-08 15:05

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM MAR.

  • Period of Performance: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
  • Due Date: April 5, 2019 4:30 PM ET
  • Notification of Awards: April 29, 2019

Eligibility: Network member organizations in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) are eligible to apply. Membership is free and open to libraries of all kinds, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments and other organizations that provide or distribute health information.

Awards to NNLM MAR member organizations help advance the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan and help us achieve two National Network Performance Measures:

  • Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of NNLM.
  • Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Available awards include:

Health Information Outreach Project: Education and outreach projects that improve access to biomedical and health information and increase the ability of the public and health professionals to use these resources.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 6 awards

NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award: Projects to support public libraries and organizations who develop programming for public libraries that involve information and education about the NIH All of Us Research program and health information literacy.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Awards Available: 3 awards up to $50,000; maximum of 6 awards of up to $20,000

Health Sciences Library Project: Projects that support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery within their institution and/or outreach community.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 4 awards

Professional Development Award: Awards to assist individuals working in MAR Network member organizations to enhance their ability to use NLM resources or keep current on topics related to NIH initiatives.

  • Amount: Up to $2,500
  • Awards Available: Minimum of 14 awards

Resources are available to help potential applicants, including:

NNLM MAR staff are available for consultation and training on applicable National Library of Medicine resources and potential projects. Complete the NNLM MAR Award Interest Form, and someone will respond within three business days.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-02-08 15:03

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

Spotlight

2019-2020 Funding Now Available: NNLM MAR Members can apply by April 5 for up to $50,000 in support of health information outreach projects. Take a look at our current opportunities and application checklist to get started. If you have questions, check out our Funding FAQs for answers. Looking for more information, or assistance in developing your application? Use the MAR Award Interest Form to tell us about your project. Our staff would love the opportunity to work with you!

Discover NNLM Training Opportunities: Check out NNLM’s newly-redesigned landing page for training. Now it’s even easier to find classes by category, continuing education, and availability!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Membership Certificates: Shout-out to Pew Medical Library at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Penfield Public Library for sharing photos of their new certificates, and for their continued membership with NNLM! Update your membership record today to receive your very own certificate from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine!

CEN Newsletter: Keep track of the latest news with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network by signing up for their new online newsletter! If you’re interested in hearing about funding and programming opportunities for your library or organization, the All of Us Research Program, health information classes, training sessions, or the latest health information resources and services available, then this newsletter is for you.

NNLM Reading Club: American Heart Month – MARquee News Highlights

Celebrate Data in February: Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week – SEA Currents

Loansome Doc System to Retire July 1, 2019 – DOCLINE Talkline

PubMed Enhancements February 2019 – Newsbits from PSR

Help for Keeping Your Healthy Eating Resolutions – NER Update

New on YouTube: More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Health Professionals, January 15, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Promoting Trust in Trustable Information – NLM is and always has been committed to providing access to trustworthy information. But for all the authoritative information we and others share online, the internet serves up false or misleading information almost as frequently. How can we—and the citizens we serve—function effectively in such an environment? – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Love Your Heart – Find posters on heart health from the NLM Digital Collections for American Heart Month – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: The call for applications for the 3rd HSRProj Research Competition is open. Applications are due on March 1, 2019.

NIMH Twitter Chat: Eating Disorders – Join the National Insitute of Mental Health on February 28 at 2:00 PM ET for a Twitter chat that will cover the common types of eating disorders, how they are treated, current research, and how to find help. Follow @NIMHgov on Twitter for updates about the chat and other information about mental health research. Post questions using #NIMHchats to join the conversation!

NIH News in Health: Check out the February 2019 issue, featuring, “From A to Zika: Understanding Emerging Diseases,” and, “Control Your Cholesterol: Protect Yourself from Heart Attack and Stroke.” Other topics include vaping trends in teens, weight management, and multilingual wellness tips!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series – Third Thursday of every month from January-May 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. There is a constant need for education and discussion. In each live session of this SCR webinar series, Margaret Foster draws from her expertise to discuss issues, provide examples, and demonstrate the steps of her Pieces process, as described in her book, Assembling the Pieces of Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians. This second run of the original series will provide more practical examples for conducting each step of a systematic review as well as look at other types of reviews.

National Library of Medicine Exhibits: Managing Information Around Public Health Emergencies and Pandemics – February 14, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), Patricia Tuohy from the NLM History of Medicine Exhibition Program will introduce the new Exhibitions Connect initiative, curated resource guides of health information resources related to individual banner exhibitions. Highlighting “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America,” as a case study, Ms. Tuohy will review their strategy for creating this resource guide, and how host venues will be able to use the guide to connect their communities to NLM resources. Christie Moffatt, HMD Digital Manuscripts Program Manager, will discuss how NLM’s Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group collects born-digital web resources on public health emergencies, such as the Ebola Outbreak of 2014, the 2016 Zika Virus health threat, and most recently, on the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Applying for All of Us Funding – Health Programs for Public Libraries – February 19, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Through collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM provides training, funding, and other engagement opportunities to support health programs and services in public libraries, and access to quality health information for the general public. Join MAR for this webinar that will include a background of the NNLM partnership with the All of Us Research Program, information about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, insights about NNLM MAR All of Us funding, and opportunities for continued involvement. Learn about several interactive programming ideas that address how health is influenced by lifestyle, environment, and genetics.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – February 20, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. Sponsored by MAR, this class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians? Join this webinar hosted by SEA to find out!

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare – February 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. This hour-long webinar with GMR will explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Grants and Proposal Writing with NNLM MAR – February 27, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Interested in applying for funding from NNLM MAR? Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. Note: this webinar is tailored to meet the needs of potential applicants in the Middle Atlantic Region. Attendance is restricted to individuals in NY, NJ, PA and DE.

Health Statistics on the Web – February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – This hands-on course with MAR 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. This program is 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. This class also offers 1 MLA CE.

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – March 1-31, 2019 – Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. This online class with PNR and MCR provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community.

Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) – March 7, 2:00-2:40 PM ET – The Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) is a set of files and software available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) that brings together many biomedical vocabularies and standards for drugs, disorders, procedures, lab tests, medical devices, organisms, anatomy, genes, and more. Join David Anderson from NLM for this brief overview of how researchers and organizations can use the rich collection of terminology data in the UMLS to enhance interoperability and discoverability in research and clinical applications.

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – March 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar that will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.

*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: 

AHRQ’s Commitment to Meeting Unmet Needs in the Healthcare System – AHRQ Views

Finding Data to Index: Data available through a consortium – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Mobile Technologies Extending Reach of Primary Care for Substance-Use-Disorders – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking grant applications to develop and test a prototype mobile/tablet technology-based application suitable for U.S. primary care settings, to serve as a low-cost user-friendly tool that primary care providers (PCPs) may use to deliver timely tailored feedback to patients following up on interventions for risky substance use. It should be designed with a specific aim of improving coordination and delivery of indicated services to primary care patients at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD). The application deadline is March 19, 2019.

Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to conduct innovative research supporting the development of a product, tool, technology, process or service for commercialization with the aim of eliminating disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations or improving health in racial/ethnic minority populations. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

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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Do You Love the GMR? Let Us Count the Ways!

GMR News - Fri, 2019-02-08 10:41

This February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is inviting you, our members and friends, to share how you’ve been impacted by the programs and services offered by our office. Have you…

  • Attended GMR training that made a difference at your organization?
  • Been awarded funding that made health information programming possible?
  • Received support on NLM resources from our team?

Share your stories on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of February and include the hashtag #ILOVEGMR for a chance to receive a gift basket from our office.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 8, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-02-08 10:13

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*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars February 13 – February 19

Webinars February 20

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

NCBI Insights

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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Celebrate Data in February: Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week

SEA News - Thu, 2019-02-07 15:01

Two upcoming data weeks, Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week, provide opportunities to share stories, learn new skills, and consider how data shapes our everyday life. No matter your role – researcher, librarian, data professional, scholar, or community member – everyone is invited to contribute and participate!

Love Data Week: February 11 – February 15, 2019  

Similar to Open Access Week, the purpose of the Love Data Week event is to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. We will share practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices.

This year’s theme focuses on data in everyday life. As data creation, gathering, and use continues to expand, its impact transforms how we move through and experience the world. This theme is being explored through two topics that offer a rich opportunity to engage many audiences:

  • Open data – What is open data? And how does it play out in our everyday life?  The answer depends on who is asking – open data for government, citizens, researchers, and businesses can mean very different things.
  • Data justice – Social justice and big data are current buzzwords, but how do these two areas intersect? Can data be used to effect social change and fight inequality, and if so, how?

Endangered Data Week: February 25 – March 1, 2019

Endangered Data Week is a collaborative effort coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions, to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost. The week’s events can promote care for endangered collections by: publicizing the availability of datasets; increasing critical engagement with them, including through visualization and analysis; and by encouraging political activism for open data policies and the fostering of data skills through workshops on curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation.

To support Endangered Data Week, consider hosting one of the following events or activities:

  • Subject-specific workshops or presentations using endangered datasets
  • Lectures or roundtables on issues of transparency, policy, or critical data literacy
  • Workshop/hackathon on organizing, reformatting, or visualizing endangered data
  • DataRescue events
  • Letter writing/advocacy campaigns
  • Data curation workshops or training
  • Data Expeditions
  • Workshops on ways to use archived websites for research
  • Web scraping/web archiving workshops
  • Data storytelling events, using tools like these, from DataRefuge

Are you planning to celebrate Love Data Week or Endangered Data Week? What activities or events do have planned at your institution? If you would like to share how your organization participated in these data weeks, please contact Liz Waltman or get in touch on social media @NNLMSEA.

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PubMed Enhancements February 2019

PSR News - Wed, 2019-02-06 14:38

The National Library of Medicine has announced several updates to enhance PubMed:

  1. Plain Language Summaries: PubMed will display plain language summaries when these summaries are supplied by the publisher. The plain language summary will appear below the abstract. They will also appear in the XML in the field and in the MEDLINE display with the label OAB.
  2. Reference Lists: In the past, reference lists have been included only in citation data coming from PubMed Central (PMC) articles. NLM now accepts reference lists supplied by publishers. Like the PMC reference lists, the publisher-supplied references will be available in the citation XML and they will display in PubMed Labs.
  3. Systematic Review [Publication Type]: Systematic Review [PT] was added to the 2019 MeSH vocabulary. NLM applied this publication type retrospectively to systematic review citations in PubMed as part of the annual MeSH update in December 2018. The search strategy for the Systematic Review filter was also updated to focus retrieval on citations to systematic reviews. This filter no longer retrieves other article types including meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, or guidelines. This change is a response to user requests for a Systematic Review filter that returns only citations to systematic reviews. Users can apply the Systematic Review filter to a search from the left sidebar or by including systematic[filter] in the search. This filter is also used for Systematic Review retrieval in PubMed Clinical Queries.

    Please note: The Systematic Review filter will retrieve broader results than searching for systematic review[pt]. The filter strategy also retrieves systematic review citations that have not been assigned the publication type; for example, citations that have not yet undergone MEDLINE indexing.

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Registration Open for 4th Annual Data Day Event

GMR News - Tue, 2019-02-05 10:07

You are cordially invited to the University of Cincinnati’s 4th Annual Data Day sponsored by The University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are topics gaining national attention.  Our 4th Annual University of Cincinnati Data Day will explore these topics in depth and highlight how researchers can expand their understanding by considering the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on their own research.

What: University of Cincinnati 4th Annual Data Day

When: Monday, April 1, 2019 9am – 4:30pm

Where: Tangeman University Center, Great Hall (located on the main campus of the University of Cincinnati)

Cost: Free

The day will be comprised of panel discussions, an interactive session where participants will learn R programming skills, and keynote speakers to start and end the day.  The first keynote speaker, Amanda Wilson, will highlight the historic All of Us Research Program that is gathering data from one million individuals to assist in delivering precision medicine by taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology among participants. The second keynote speaker, Deborah Duran, will address how diversity and inclusion are necessary considerations as we consider our research and how doing so can have an impact on us all. Panelists will discuss health disparities and health equity research from local and statewide perspectives as well as how data is being used to empower social justice.

You do not want to miss this exciting day!

For more information and registration visit: http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/blogs/dataday/

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Loansome Doc System to Retire July 1, 2019

SEA News - Tue, 2019-02-05 09:25

For all questions concerning the Loansome Doc system retirement, please contact the NLM Customer Support Help Desk.

On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. The decision to retire the system is in line with our commitment to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health.

The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

To help with this transition, a Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit is available and includes a “To Do” checklist, instructions on how to produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons, and alternatives for receiving requests from users.

NOTE: New user registration for Loansome Doc will be disabled on February 4, 2019.

Please send your questions to NLM Customer Support.

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Help for Keeping Your Healthy Eating Resolutions

NER News - Mon, 2019-02-04 15:23

 

With the first month of 2019 under our belts, how many of us are still motivated to continue with our New Year’s Resolutions we made just 4 weeks ago? According to an article by Inc. (https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/10-top-new-years-resolutions-for-success-happiness-in-2019.html), researchers say that more than 60 % of us make resolutions, but just 8% of us are successful at keeping them.

For 2019, the most common resolution made was linked to diet or eating healthy. Here in the northeast, the winter months may be a time when it can be more difficult to increase the servings of fruits and vegetables as they cost more and may not look as appealing. It also is more challenging to be active because of the cold, as well as the ice and snow can prevent us from being outdoors as much as we would like.

The following are a few free online resources and mobile apps from NLM and partner organizations that you may find helpful to motivate you to stay engaged or get back on track with your resolution to eat healthy and be active. The apps mentioned can be downloaded free and used on your iOS or android mobile device.

MyPlate and Healthy Eating,  https://healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov/

MyPlate is the model or guide that the USDA created to help us eat a balanced and healthy diet. The model encourages us to fill half of our plate at each meal with fruits and vegetables.

Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. Online tools provided include information about eating on a budget, quizzes, and tip sheets. Information about how to eat well at various stages of your life (children, students, professionals) is also discussed.

Healthy Eating website offers more than 100 delicious heart healthy recipes including recipes from regional and multicultural cuisines. There are video resources about how to prepare favorite foods like eggrolls in a healthier manner. Also available are  family resources such as how to teach young children how to cook, and parent tips how much food children require at various ages.

Fooducate http://www.fooducate.com/

Fooducate is a free app and website that evaluates foods based on how good they are for you. Using an algorithm to grade foods and giving a food one of 10 grades, from A to D. For example,

  • Food can earn an A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc.
  • The more natural, healthful, and less processed a food is, the higher grade it will receive.
  • Fooducate only uses publicly available information when evaluating a product.

This app can be helpful when shopping in the grocery store for foods as it uses a barcode scanner as part of the tool. Here are the instructions from the Fooducate website of how to use the app:

  • Scan an item’s barcode to find out key information about that food.
  • To scan a barcode, first find the barcode on the actual product. Then tap the “Scan” section of the app’s home screen. Hold the barcode up to the phone until you see it lined up inside the little box on the screen. The phone will automatically process the code and pop up the product information.
  • No barcode? Again, no problem! You can also look up foods by name in the “Browse” section of the app, or online.
  • Once you find your food, tap it to get all the information you need. Evaluate its grade, review the product details, etc.
  • If the food you scanned has a low grade, find a better option with the alternatives list. On the app’s overview page for that food, look at the bottom right corner. There, you’ll find a button labeled “alternatives.” Tap it, and you’ll find a list of 10 better foods that are similar to the one you originally entered.
  • Just want to browse? Tap the “Browse” section of the home screen and you’ll find a list of products divided into different food categories. Select a category and browse by “Top Graded,” “Popular,” or “Recent.”

Fooducate is a great reference tool, but it should not serve as a substitute for reading the Nutrition Facts label.

BAM (stands for Body and Mind) Dining Decisions, https://www.cdc.gov/bam/nutrition/mobileapp.html

BAM is a free app from the CDC created for kids ages 9 through 13 that teaches nutrition without using the words “bad” or “good”. BAM categorizes the food choices used in its interactive games as “Go”, “Slow” or “Whoa.” Kendra, the BAM food and nutrition expert helps kids learn what foods provide the right kinds and amounts of fuel.

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NLM Announces Retirement of the Loansome Doc System on July 1!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-02-04 15:06

On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. The decision to retire the system is in line with commitments to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. To begin the transition, new user registrations for Loansome Doc will be disabled on February 4. In addition, a Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit is available and includes Suggested Messaging from Libraries to Loansome Doc Users, a “To Do” checklist, instructions on how to produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons, and alternatives for receiving requests from users, such as PubMed’s “Send to: Email” feature, NCBI Outside Tool OpenURL-based service, Customized PubMed URL/Document Delivery, and Local ILL Software or web-resources. The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

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NNLM Reading Club: American Heart Month

MAR News - Mon, 2019-02-04 14:17

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of American Heart Month, a February National Health Observance.

  • Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
  • Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg
  • This Heart of Mine: a Novel by C.C. Hunter

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

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kit can be requested and shipped free from a participating National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. Applicants must sign up for membership with NNLM in order to receive a kit. A standard NNLM Reading Club Book Kit includes:

  • 8 books
  • 8 bookmarks
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of Us Research Program brochures
  • 8 reading club bags

Libraries and organizations who participated in the previous book club theme of Family Health History can request another free book club kit in this new selection. Kit requests and/or book clubs need to be received by April 30th. To request a book club kit, complete an application.

If there are any types of materials that would aid in facilitating your book club (large print books, audio books, etc), please feel free to reach out to NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner at VLM38@pitt.edu. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of your community.

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February 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-02-04 12:02

Illustration of a man getting a flu shotCheck out the February 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:

  • Health Capsule: Vaping Rises Among Teens
    A new survey found an alarming rise in the number of American teens who tried vaping last year. The study suggests that vaping may be driving an increase in nicotine use for teens.
  • Health Capsule: Wellness Tips in Spanish
    “Su Versión Más Saludable” is part of the NIH Spanish Health Information Portal. The portal captures Spanish materials from across dozens of NIH websites.

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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Measles Outbreak in Washington State

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-02-04 06:00

Many of you are aware of the recent measles outbreak in Washington state and so it is of particular concern for the PNR region. The vast majority of these cases are in Clark county,  43 cases have been reported and 32 are children under the age of 10. Of those cases 37 had not been immunized.  According to a recent PLOS article, Seattle, Spokane and Portland are included in the top 15 cities that are considered “hotspots” who have a large number of  vaccine non-medical exemptions.  Washington, Idaho, and Oregon are states that allow a “philosophical belief” exemption when it comes to vaccines.  Whatever the public’s view of immunizations, measles is a very serious health condition and is especially so for those who cannot get vaccinated due to their health as well as pregnant women and babies under the age of 1.

Where to go to provide information to your communities?

The Washington State Department of Health provides information about:

  • the numbers and counties affected
  • an outbreak toolkit for parents and the public
  • template letters for schools to parents as well as their staff
  • information in multiple languages

The CDC provides information for parents about the measles vaccine and about measles.

MedlinePlus includes:

  • an overview about measles
  • information about risk, prevention and symptoms
  • information regarding specific populations
  • information in multiple languages

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a special edition of their NIH News in Health explaining the important role vaccines have in keeping us healthy.

This information can be provided as links on your website, included in social media, and printed for your patrons and consumers to take with them. Bringing awareness with reliable health information can help reduce the spread of this outbreak and is an important step in keeping your communities safe and healthy.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 1, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-02-01 14:23

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*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars February 7 – February 19

Webinars February 20

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

NCBI Insights

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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Job Opportunity: Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM SEA, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

SEA News - Fri, 2019-02-01 14:00

Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA)
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (NNLM SEA), housed within the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), seeks a librarian to coordinate and facilitate consumer health outreach and education activities in the region. The Consumer Health Coordinator ensures an organized approach to NNLM SEA outreach services by promoting consumer health library development, providing consultation services, and assessing and responding to the information and educational needs of public and consumer health librarians. This librarian also promotes the services and products of the NLM and NNLM.

The Consumer Health Coordinator is one of a team of five librarian-coordinators who work together facilitating resource sharing, training, and cooperative projects in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, and WV. This position requires seasonal travel within the region to support the education and exhibits programs. For more information about NNLM SEA, visit http://nnlm.gov/sea.

Reporting to the Executive Director of SEA, this is a full-time, grant funded, non-tenure, and non-permanent status track faculty position at a rank of Librarian I or II. Previous professional library experience is welcome, but not required.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Identifies, develops, and teaches classes and workshops in a variety of formats addressing and promoting aspects of consumer health information and health literacy to health professionals, librarians, and the public.
  • Tracks and monitors consumer health and health literacy trends and developments improving access to health information by SEA members, healthcare and information professionals, and the public.
  • Assists in the planning, promotion, and coordination of consumer health and health literacy projects and programs in the region.
  • Assists SEA members with consumer health and health literacy questions, connecting members to NLM and NNLM resources and services.
  • Develops and reviews content on consumer health and health literacy for inclusion on the NNLM and SEA web sites, social media, and the regional electronic newsletter, SEA Currents and national newsletter, Bringing Health Information to the Community.
  • Presents information about NLM and NNLM programs in training sessions, demonstrations, meetings, exhibits, and other events. Works with other coordinators to exhibit NLM’s resources at national, regional, and state meetings of health professionals, information professionals, and the public.
  • Supports initiatives as determined by the NNLM in support of consumer health and health literacy, including outreach to public libraries, citizen scientists, and minority populations.
  • Develops educational materials for inclusion on the NNLM and SEA websites focused on consumer health and health literacy and improving access to quality consumer health information for health professionals and the public.
  • Cooperates with other Regional Medical Libraries and Offices to produce national programming and participates in national NNLM initiatives as appropriate.
  • Promotes and solicit applications for NNLM SEA awards; assisting potential applicants with their proposals, and serves as a liaison to recipients of awards monitoring their progress to completion.
  • Maintains accountability for NLM deliverables, including workshops, exhibiting, presentations, newsletter contributions, web and social media content.
  • Serves as ex-officio and support to the SEA Consumer Health Program Advisory Group.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master of Library Science or equivalent advanced degree from ALA-accredited program
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work effectively with colleagues, health professionals, and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community
  • Knowledge of PubMed, MedlinePlus, and other NLM resources
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated teaching and training experience
  • Instructional design and course development experience, including evaluation
  • Project management, strategic planning, and team leadership skills
  • Knowledge of or experience with consumer health and/or health literacy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods
  • Experience with consumer health information education and the ability to develop, plan, and conduct workshops and training, interacting confidently with audiences
  • Knowledge of or experience in medical librarianship
  • Evidence of professional and scholarly activities
  • Ability to communicate vision and motivate others; willingness to assume leadership roles as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain results from initiating and participating in team efforts
  • Effectiveness in promoting ideas while exhibiting tact and sensitivity; initiating interaction with others; and soliciting feedback from partners
  • Comfort with change, flexibility and the ability to react quickly to program alterations and task modifications
  • Experience with Moodle LMS and WebEx technologies
  • Familiarity with the MLA CE program and processes for obtaining MLA CE approval

APPLICATIONS:

Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 22, 2019. Interested applicants should apply using the following link: http://bit.ly/ConHealthLib.

MINIMUM SALARY: $55,000, commensurate with experience

BENEFITS:

Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.

ENVIRONMENT:

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track-record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Fifty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (www.hshsl.umaryland.edu), the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.   The HS/HSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7200 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at http://www.umaryland.edu/.

UMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-02-01 11:33

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

Spotlight

2019-2020 Funding Preview: Our next round of funding will be opening in early February! Read Executive Director Kate Flewelling’s NNLM MAR Funding 2019-2020 preview to learn what you can be doing now to prepare, like registering for our upcoming grants and programming webinars!

My MedlinePlus: Subscribe to My MedlinePlus for relevant health information delivered straight to your email. This week’s My MedlinePlus focused on winter weather topics like, cold weather safety for older adults, how to prevent frostbite and hypothermia, preparing for winter weather emergencies, and staying safe when exercising in cold weather.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

CEN Newsletter: Keep track of the latest news with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network by signing up for their new online newsletter! If you’re interested in hearing about funding and programming opportunities for your library or organization, the All of Us Research Program, health information classes, training sessions, or the latest health information resources and services available, then this newsletter is for you.

Explore NLM’s New Open Data Portal: Data Discovery – Newsbits from PSR

New on YouTube: PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine, January 14, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Data Discover at NLM – Did you know that each day more than four million people use NLM resources and that every hour a petabyte of data moves in or out of our computing systems? Those mammoth numbers indicate how essential NLM’s array of information products and services are to scientific progress. But as we gain more experience with providing information, particularly clinical, biologic, and genetic datasets, we’re finding that how we share data is as critical as the data itself. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Fifteenth Century Books: When Doodles Matter – It may seem hard to believe that a random scribbling or doodle on an empty page or margin of an old book could have much significance. Take for example a face drawn on an otherwise sparse title page of the NLM copy of Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum printed in the late 1480s in Leipzig, Germany. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: The call for applications for the 3rd HSRProj Research Competition is open. Applications are due on March 1, 2019.

How Naloxone Saves Lives in Opioid Overdose: Recently, MedlinePlus partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to produce an animation about this overdose treatment. The sharable video explains how naloxone works, when to use it, and how it is administered.

During Black History Month in February, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will join partners honoring the rich heritage and diversity of African Americans. During the month, OMH will also raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, and the effects of these diseases on the African American community. Utilize OMH’s Black History Month initiative page for shareable materials, including web graphics and publications, to help raise awareness in your community.

NIMH Twitter Chat: Eating Disorders – Join the National Insitute of Mental Health on February 28 at 2:00 PM ET for a Twitter chat that will cover the common types of eating disorders, how they are treated, current research, and how to find help. Follow @NIMHgov on Twitter for updates about the chat and other information about mental health research. Post questions using #NIMHchats to join the conversation!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series – Third Thursday of every month from January-May 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. There is a constant need for education and discussion. In each live session of this SCR webinar series, Margaret Foster draws from her expertise to discuss issues, provide examples, and demonstrate the steps of her Pieces process, as described in her book, Assembling the Pieces of Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians. This second run of the original series will provide more practical examples for conducting each step of a systematic review as well as look at other types of reviews.

Introduction to Library CarpentryFeb 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Join this class by NER to learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work.

National Library of Medicine Exhibits: Managing Information Around Public Health Emergencies and Pandemics – February 14, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), Patricia Tuohy from the NLM History of Medicine Exhibition Program will introduce the new Exhibitions Connect initiative, curated resource guides of health information resources related to individual banner exhibitions. Highlighting “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America,” as a case study, Ms. Tuohy will review their strategy for creating this resource guide, and how host venues will be able to use the guide to connect their communities to NLM resources. Christie Moffatt, HMD Digital Manuscripts Program Manager, will discuss how NLM’s Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group collects born-digital web resources on public health emergencies, such as the Ebola Outbreak of 2014, the 2016 Zika Virus health threat, and most recently, on the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Applying for All of Us Funding – Health Programs for Public Libraries – February 19, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Through collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM provides training, funding, and other engagement opportunities to support health programs and services in public libraries, and access to quality health information for the general public. Join MAR for this webinar that will include a background of the NNLM partnership with the All of Us Research Program, information about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, insights about NNLM MAR All of Us funding, and opportunities for continued involvement. Learn about several interactive programming ideas that address how health is influenced by lifestyle, environment, and genetics.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – February 20, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. Sponsored by MAR, this class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians? Join this webinar hosted by SEA to find out!

The Elephant in the Room: Helping Your Community Navigate the Financial Aspects of Healthcare – February 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Financial health literacy occurs at the intersection of managing personal finances and health literacy. This hour-long webinar with GMR will explore the four components of financial health literacy and how librarians can support education and awareness to empower health consumers as they navigate complex issues of terminology, insurance, unexpected costs and financial barriers to healthcare. Better understanding the financial aspects of healthcare provides one key to unlocking health equity and wellness.

Grants and Proposal Writing with NNLM MAR – February 27, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Interested in applying for funding from NNLM MAR? Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. Note: this webinar is tailored to meet the needs of potential applicants in the Middle Atlantic Region. Attendance is restricted to individuals in NY, NJ, PA and DE.

Health Statistics on the Web – February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – This hands-on course with MAR 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. This program is 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. This class also offers 1 MLA CE.

Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) – March 7, 2:00-2:40 PM ET – The Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) is a set of files and software available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) that brings together many biomedical vocabularies and standards for drugs, disorders, procedures, lab tests, medical devices, organisms, anatomy, genes, and more. Join David Anderson from NLM for this brief overview of how researchers and organizations can use the rich collection of terminology data in the UMLS to enhance interoperability and discoverability in research and clinical applications.

*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 posting: Health Program Specialist, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Harlem Health Advocacy Partners and a Case Study in Data Re-Use – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Launch of new priority area: Oral health for refugees and asylum-seekers – Evidence Aid

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities – Case Studies Sought – OCLC and the Public Library Association are working together to create a series of case studies detailing how public libraries are supporting their community’s response to the opioid crisis. This project, Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities, is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is designed to inform public library leaders about a range of community-based responses to the opioid crisis, including how libraries are addressing emerging learning, challenges, gaps, partnerships, policies, opportunities and evolving community needs.

Mobile Technologies Extending Reach of Primary Care for Substance-Use-Disorders – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking grant applications to develop and test a prototype mobile/tablet technology-based application suitable for U.S. primary care settings, to serve as a low-cost user-friendly tool that primary care providers (PCPs) may use to deliver timely tailored feedback to patients following up on interventions for risky substance use. It should be designed with a specific aim of improving coordination and delivery of indicated services to primary care patients at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD). The application deadline is March 19, 2019.

Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to conduct innovative research supporting the development of a product, tool, technology, process or service for commercialization with the aim of eliminating disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations or improving health in racial/ethnic minority populations. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

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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