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March 2018 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-03-28 16:06

On March 27, NNLM PSR presented Perspectives in Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Xan Goodman, Health Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was the featured presenter. The session introduced health sciences librarians to the concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility. It focused on the roles of the librarian as colleague and instructor. Necessarily this webinar linked the concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility to healthcare, which is the stakeholder community that health sciences librarians support. The webinar also explored personal identities and cultures and how these particular elements translate to a deliberate practice of cultural competence and cultural humility in the workplace. You can view the webinar by visiting the Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Phishing in Medical Libraries

MCR News - Wed, 2018-03-28 16:01

A recent post on the Krafty Librarian blog highlights some eye-opening information about phishing attacks on academic and medical institutions. These incidents involved false emails that appeared to be coming from a library with links that collected patron credentials that were then sold online. A staggering amount of information was illegally accessed using this method.

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Member Highlights: Laurel Public Library, Laurel, DE

MAR News - Wed, 2018-03-28 11:22

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.

Nutritious, Quick, and FlavorFULL Cooking

This project began in 2014 in response to the high rates of obesity and obesity-related conditions in the Laurel community. The goal continues to be to reaching out to adults with these conditions, or those at risk, to engage and educate them on where and how to find reliable, accessible sources for their health information needs, as well as health information for caregivers. Additionally, the library wants to engage and inspire them in their quest for information, as well as in pursuit of healthy living, through easy, tasty recipes and food preparation techniques. The expectation is that with the knowledge and encouragement to secure reliable information resources, they will improve their quality of lives by eliminating obesity and consequently either eliminate or better manage obesity-related conditions.

To reach these goals, the Laurel Public Library created a three-session program with each session containing two parts. The first part of each session features Certified Executive Chef Carolyn “Bonnie” Aronson, teaching and demonstrating food preparation techniques through creating healthy, easy to prepare dishes. The dishes are easily replicated and employ techniques that chefs of any skill level can implement, with materials and equipment they already have or can easily purchase within their communities. She also provides hand-outs that provide tips for healthy cooking and ways to enhance flavor and make them healthier. All attendees are inspired, engaged, and motivated to cook and eat healthier.

Chef Carolyn "Bonnie" Aronson

Chef Bonnie

The second part of each session features a degreed librarian – Medical Librarian Linda Leonard in 2014 and 2015, and Adult Services Librarian Gregg McCullough in 2017 – guiding attendees through using health information resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and Delaware Libraries. Linda demonstrated MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth as well as internet searching strategies. Gregg demonstrated MedlinePlus, Go4Life, Flipster, Universal Class, and MasterFile Premier. Some attendees had little or no computer experience before this program, so an unexpected result was teaching computer navigation and inspiring individuals how easy and beneficial computer use is. Each session included select, different resources from those mentioned.

The project had successes and obstacles. All attendees reported overwhelmingly positive feedback. Everyone learned new recipes and cooking techniques, and most reported they planned to implement what they learned for their diets and those of their families. Likewise, all attendees reported they learned at least one new health information resource. Several reported planning to use what they learned about health resources when looking for health information. While the library staff hoped that all attendees would plan to use at least one health information resource presented, they met their goal to connect individuals to reliable resources and build users’ confidence in using computers to search for reliable information, and use online resources from NLM and Delaware Libraries. Additionally, individuals were motivated to use what they learned from Chef Bonnie to improve their diets, which in turn meets the library’s goal of combating or treating obesity and related conditions. The first two years included Linda leading the sessions, with library director Wendy Roberts assisting participants. In 2017, Gregg was the sole presenter, and therefore gave the presentation and assisted attendees individually. In future, they feel it would be helpful to have a second person – either a staff member or volunteer – available to assist attendees with using resources. The library’s outreach initiatives and partnerships continue to grow, so that the future publicity of this and other library events will reach wider audiences and increase engagement in library events. The library was very successful in reaching its goals for those who attended.

nutritious, quick and flavorfull cooking with chef Bonnie and Librarian Gregg. Learn how fun and easy healthy cooking is and how easy it is to find reliable health information online.Each year, the library asked attendees to attend all three sessions. In 2017, those who attended did so, while in previous years not all attendees were able to attend all three sessions. Community feedback revealed that many were interested, but fewer registered because they were unable to commit to attending all three sessions. Those who registered for 2014 and 2015 attended at least one session but approximately half attended all three. This expectation was a barrier to individuals attending, so in future the library is looking to remove this expectation and offer attendees the choice of attending whatever session or sessions they wish. While attendance has been capped at 20 attendees in prior years, changing the attendance expectation can increase attendance so that up to 20 individuals can attend each session and if multiple sessions are held, as in past years, the numbers will be higher.

This project was funded by NNLM MAR. Additionally, Laurel Public Library’s ongoing partnership with Certified Executive Chef Carolyn “Bonnie” Aronson made the food presentations possible, and partnerships with local organizations (businesses, churches, etc.) increased program publicity in the community.

Want to learn more about this and other programs at the Laurel Public Library? Visit the library’s Adult Services webpage, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can also contact Gregg McCullough, Adult Services Librarian, via email: gregg.mccullough@lib.de.us or telephone: (302) 875-3184.

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NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon – April 17th

NER News - Wed, 2018-03-28 09:18

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! We’ll be working on those diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

If you’re new to adding citations, NNLM will be hosting a webinar with Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. Dr. Heilman will give attendees an overview of the importance of Wikipedia, and will demo how to add a citation. NNLM’s webinar with Dr. Heilman is scheduled for 2-3 pm ET on Thursday, March 29th. Participants are encouraged to register for the training even if they can’t attend, as all registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar. Please note: you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event to be able to participate.

NNLM staff from across the region will be available Tuesday, April 17th from 9 am ET to 9 pm ET to support you as you add your citations. Follow along with the fun on Twitter–check for hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data—EDirect Office Hours on April 25

PSR News - Tue, 2018-03-27 16:55

On Wednesday, April 25, 11:30am-12:30pm PDT, join National Library of Medicine (NLM) staff for EDirect Office Hours. Aimed at intermediate and advanced EDirect users, this one-hour session serves as a forum where participants can get answers to EDirect questions, meet other members of the EDirect user community, and learn something new about EDirect. If you have a particular problem you’re trying to solve with EDirect but don’t know where to start, or need expert advice on the best way to extract specific information from NLM databases, then join EDirect Office Hours, an occasional series of interactive webinars, starting April 2018. Each session begins with a brief presentation on an EDirect feature or topic not covered in a previous class. The rest of the session is devoted to answering audience questions, examining EDirect use cases, and building workable solutions to problems. If you have a particular problem or question you want addressed, submit it when you register or ask during class.

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced EDirect users, including those who have completed the EDirect for PubMed course. If you are new to E-utilities and EDirect, you are encouraged to start with Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed or EDirect for PubMed. Recordings of these classes are currently available.

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Stand Up for Health in Philadelphia

NER News - Tue, 2018-03-27 15:28
Snowflakes falling in downtown Philadelphia.

Downtown Philadelphia.

Dodging snowflakes, I made my way to the Philadelphia Convention Center on the morning of Tuesday, March 20. That day, Bobbi Newman (NNLM GMR), Monique Mason (Akron-Summit County (OH) Public Library) and Carolyn Martin (NNLM PNR), and I would lead 75 public librarians through the basics of health and wellness reference services, and explore ideas for health-related programming and outreach. Stand Up for Health was one of six preconferences scheduled before the opening of the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference.

We began crafting our preconference in autumn, taking notes from NNLM’s Health and Wellness @ the Library class. As we live in different regions, we met virtually to bounce around ideas and concerns. After the holidays, we started meeting weekly to allocate topics and discuss logistics. We arrived in Philadelphia ready to greet a room full of enthusiastic participants.

The purpose of NNLM’s strategic focus on public libraries is to develop long-term partnerships and collaborations that bring NLM’s information resources to the community.~ https://nnlm.gov/public-libraries

I volunteered to open the session with an introduction to Consumer Health. Confident that I was in among people who support reading aloud, I recited the poem This is Bad Enough by Elspeth Murray and read an excerpt from Suzanne Strempek Shea’s memoir Songs from a Lead-Lined Room. I worked in two pair-and-share activities and one table discussion in my allotted hour. After the coffee break, Monique took the lead. Her segment focused on the health information reference interview. As a currently practicing public librarian, she spoke from experience.

The hottest topic cropped up after lunch. When Monique gave an overview of collection development policies, discussions bubbled up about evidence-based materials vs. popular (but not science-based) titles. Should libraries collect from sources like Dr. Oz, Dr. Mercola, Gwenyth Paltrow and Tom Brady? If libraries are spending public dollars, shouldn’t they respond to public requests for these titles? How do librarians distinguish between these selections and science-based resources?

Ultimately, there was no resolution of this sticky subject.

We shifted gears with Carolyn’s presentation on MedlinePlus and other websites from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. I give presentations on these websites as part of my job, and I appreciated Carolyn’s style. I hadn’t thought to highlight NIH websites independently of their inclusion within MedlinePlus.

As we took our last break, Bobbi asked participants to jot down successes and struggles with offering health-related public library programs. These notes were put up on flipcharts. Bobbi selected themes from the notes, and created short breakout sessions. Themes included: outreach to teens or seniors; programming topics on healthy eating or sexual health; and developing community partnerships or raising awareness of the public library as a source of health information.

Emily Plagman joined us in the late afternoon for an overview of PLA’s Project Outcome. This is a very cool assessment tool, freely available to public libraries.

Bobbi wrapped up the day by outlining the next steps. Participants would submit a take-home assignment on their library’s health collections. At that point, they will fill out the standard NNLM evaluation of the class. I am curious to hear the results.

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NLM Joins National Capital Area Institutions to Host “Flu! The 1918 Spanish Influenza in American and World History,” a Summer Seminar for K-12 Teachers

PSR News - Tue, 2018-03-27 14:38

During the week of July 16, NLM will join the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, and The Catholic University of America, to host Flu! The 1918 Spanish Influenza in American and World History, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for K-12 Teachers, organized by Virginia Tech through an NEH grant to that institution. Flu! will provide selected K-12 teachers from around the country with an opportunity to read and discuss the most recent scholarship on the 1918 Spanish Flu written by American and world historians as well as interdisciplinary studies by epidemiologists, demographers, and public health scholars. In addition, participants will have opportunities to pursue their own research topics using the diverse collections and resources of the host institutions. Seminar participants will acquire a broader understanding of the role of disease and health in American and world history, an awareness of how historical precedents inform current plans for dealing with global pandemics, and an appreciation of a complicated topic that engages scholarly as well as broad general interest.

Participants in the workshop are selected through a nationally competitive process, administered by the NEH, which closed on March 1, 2018. The selected teachers are offered a stipend for their participation through the NEH-awarded grant, intended to cover travel, lodging and other costs. The final roster of participating teachers will be posted on the seminar website in late spring. At NLM, teachers will study unique and rare print materials, including pamphlets, journals, and public health reports, to advance their research projects on the history of the 1918 Spanish Flu. The visit will provide them with a unique opportunity to examine primary sources in their original print form as well as materials that are not available in any digital collection. Also at NLM, the teachers will learn about historical and current perspectives on the 1918 influenza pandemic from the distinguished epidemiologist Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Dr. David Morens, senior advisor to the director of NIAID. The participation of Drs. Taubenberger and Morens in the seminar continues their longstanding and valued engagement with the NLM, NEH, and Virginia Tech. Previously, during the summer of 2015, they contributed to The Spanish Influenza of 1918, an NEH-funded summer seminar also organized by Virginia Tech.

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Successful Funding – Community Conversations at Westchester Public Library!

GMR News - Tue, 2018-03-27 11:00

For months our local ‘Community Conversations’ group was grappling with how to get funding to bring Alzheimer’s Speaks Founder, Lori LaBey to our area.  We had been seeing an increase in the number of patrons that were attending our Alzheimer’s Association programs here at Westchester Public Library and wanted to bring them more information on the subject.  Lo and behold, I attended my first ALA conference in Chicago and got to meet our NNLM, Greater Midwest Region Rep, Bobbi Newman. She listened to the problems we were experiencing with getting Lori to our area and spoke to me about the opportunities that NNLM offered public libraries.  After working diligently on the NNLM grant, we were overjoyed to be chosen to receive the Public Library Outreach Award for Community Conversations with Lori LaBey!

Our Community Conversations committee met to assign duties to the local partners to get the ball rolling on this event.  Working through some setbacks in November, we finally secured the dates with Lori to arrive in March. We planned for 2 events at Westchester Public Library and thought we would plan the 3rd event at a nearby local community college that had a nursing program.  We decided to have an early morning session for this event along with a 10-table health fair. Always expect the unexpected and have a backup plan! Five days before the event, we chose to cancel the community college session due to low attendance.

I proceeded to contact a neighboring high school that had a vocational health sciences program to see if they were interested in hosting Lori LaBey at their school.  They were thrilled to hear that this was a possibility and asked if she could speak to 2 classes. I immediately contacted Lori, and she was thrilled that she got the chance to talk to our future caregivers.  After speaking to the first class, the teacher introduced the student officers to Lori. The president of the class bravely told us her story that the class had decided to champion Alzheimer’s earlier in the school year when her Grandmother had passed away from this incurable disease in October 2017.  They organized a fashion show to raise funds for Alzheimer’s and wanted to donate the proceeds to Alzheimer’s Speaks!

During the 2 events at the Westchester Public Library, Lori presented the film, His Neighbor Phil, which showed how dementia relates to your own family, circle of friends, workplace, and business.  After the film, she discussed ‘caring roles’ and ‘protection vs. perceptions’ and why care partner roles are changing, as well as answer questions.  Our local Community Conversation partners provided grab-n-go food bags, water, tissues and pens for the evaluations for all the events. These educational events were free to the public.  We had a great turnout for all the sessions and Lori stayed long over the end of the program to answer the audience’s questions.

Room at a public library set with conference chairs filled with people facing a speaker at a podium

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The Future of Detecting Atrial Fibrillation

SCR News - Tue, 2018-03-27 08:49

“Atrial Fibrillation: via MedlinePlus.gov, March 2018, Public Domain.

Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) is an arrhythmia caused by a problem with the hearts electric system. An arrhythmia occurs when either the speed or the rhythm of a heartbeat is not normal. Although there are 3 types of arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation is the most common.

Currently, determining if someone is in atrial fibrillation is primarily done by use of an electrocardiogram (ECG). An ECG uses sensors attached to your upper torso to record the heart’s electrical signals. Although there are other devices that can track these signals such as event and holter monitors, they are typically used by patients at home to assist physicians in diagnosing paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

A new study is looking at smartwatches to see if they could be a viable option to alert the wearer of an Afib event.   The lead author of the study, Dr. Gregory Marcus, stated, “Our overall hope is to leverage the growing use of smartwatches to help detect atrial fibrillation without any extra effort on the part of the user.” This could lead to earlier detection so people could receive earlier treatment for a condition that doesn’t always have obvious signs and symptoms.

Read more about the study: https://consumer.healthday.com/cardiovascular-health-information-20/atrial-fibrillation-959

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Data Flash: Exploring Historical Data

PNR News - Tue, 2018-03-27 04:00

It’s so easy to think of data as a modern phenomenon, that we forget that data analysis and data visualization are phenomena which go way back.  A marvelous example is John Graunt’s Bills of Mortality, which this post by John Appleby calls “a 17th century spreadsheet of deaths in London”.  Appleby goes on to do some ultra-modern visualizations of the data, which illuminate connections that Graunt probably didn’t make at the time scientifically, but may have understood intuitively.

If you find this concept intriguing, either to read about or to explore more directly, consider taking a mosey through the series from the National Library of Medicine’s Historical Division, “Revealing Data: Explorations of Data in Collections”.  They are making historical research data available now, across many health-related fields, and in fascinating ways!   They have data in a wide range of formats, informally and formally collected, quantitative and qualitative.   And among their treasures is—you guessed it—a copy of Graunt’s magnum opus, and a post about it!

Also, if data analysis is your thing, there are many sources of data sets out there, particularly from the federal government.  Check out descriptions of what’s in the National Archives, or historical patent data, or that classic, historical census data, and others at Data.gov.   Additionally, you might want to explore data from other sources, such as from the Pew Research Center (it doesn’t go back to the 1600s, but it’s something!), and historical GIS data from the American Association of Geographers.

Enjoy your explorations into the past—which may end up transforming our future!

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Spring 2018 HSLANJ Group Licensing Offer Available Now Through April 27

SEA News - Mon, 2018-03-26 10:02

HSLANJ

All medical librarians in a 20-state area including the NNLM’s Middle Atlantic (MAR), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A), and New England (NER) Regions are welcome to participate in the technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).

Deadline to participate in the Fall Offer is Friday, April 27. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

The Spring Offer features:

  • More than 700 high-quality, digital resources from 14 academic publishers
  • A cost-savings of 15-70% off regular pricing thanks to the power of group purchasing

“The GLI eliminates the need to negotiate with vendors. And with the GLI we can get better and longer lasting discounts,” says Janina Kaldan, MLS, AHIP, medical librarian at Shinn-Lathrope Health Science Library (NJUMMH), Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ. Kaldan has purchased resources via the GLI from its inception in 2002; she currently serves as HSLANJ President.

“What I like most is the renewal and invoicing process—it’s very efficient. Getting one invoice for all the resources is very easy,” says Kaldan. Additional feedback from librarians, along with previews of vendors’ spring resources, can be found at hslanj.org/news.

The HSLANJ GLI is recognized by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) as the lead organization capable of assisting health sciences librarians obtain resources.

Please note the Spring Offer’s ordering process uses the newest version of ConsortiaManager (https://beta.consortiamanager.com), in order to further streamline and enhance the ordering/renewing process. A training session has been recorded and linked to each librarian’s user profile for viewing; simply log into CorsortiaManager and click More > Materials to access the training.

Questions? Please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or robb@hslanj.org).

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

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Join the NNLM SEA Consumer Health Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

SEA News - Mon, 2018-03-26 09:00

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) is extending an invitation for network members to join and participate in the Consumer Health Program Advisory Committee (PAC).

The Consumer Health PAC will work cooperatively with Ashley Cuffia, Consumer Health Coordinator in planning and carrying out committee work. Members are volunteers who not only possess expert knowledge of consumer health and health literacy, but also share an interest and passion to act as conduits of information within their institution and to support outreach to the community.

The responsibility of PACs includes:

  • Advise NNLM staff on the need for and relative priority of education within the program area.
  • Assist with program evaluation.
  • Ensure that programming is aligned with local needs.
  • Evaluate Consumer Health related award applications.

The PAC will meet a few times a year via web conferencing software. NNLM SEA will select up to 7 members to participate in this PAC. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague as a member, please visit: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4259568/SEA-Consumer-Health-Program-Advisory-Committee-PAC-Nomination-Form. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2018.

 

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Guides to consumer health reference

PNR News - Mon, 2018-03-26 06:10

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have been partnering to promote health and wellness reference services and programs at public libraries. NNLM coordinators often present and exhibit at local, regional and national conferences where many public library staff attend in an effort to bring awareness to the many freely and authoritative resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). These resources provide helpful and trusted information for patrons who may have health concerns as well as to help provide information for social media, brochures and programming.

But many staff feel uncomfortable or less confident when it comes to health related questions at the reference desk. Where can public library staff look for help?

One way is to take the class, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community”. This 4-week 12 CE course is designed to provide public library staff with the foundation (or a refresher) of health and wellness reference, programming, and outreach for their communities. And it’s free!  Check here for upcoming sessions.

Not interested in a class? Guides to exist to assist you in providing health reference. The Health and Medical Reference Committee (part of the RUSA division of ALA) created and maintains the Health and Medical Reference Guidelines.

NNLM has also created some guidance with a list of topics such as health literacy, evaluating websites, consumer health reference interview and more.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has a tab on their website for patients and consumers and this information can also be valuable to library staff with a list of trusted websites, evaluating websites, and tips for communicating with doctors.

Starting with these resources will help staff get started on building their knowledge around consumer health and patrons will appreciate the guidance through the maze of health information.

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Join the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

NTO News - Mon, 2018-03-26 04:44
NNLM Edit-a-thon happens April 17, 2018 in Wikipedia

NNLM Edit-a-thon happens Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Wikipedia

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! We’ll be working on those diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

If you’re new to adding citations, NNLM will be hosting a webinar with Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. Dr. Heilman will give attendees an overview of the importance of Wikipedia, and will demo how to add a citation. NNLM’s webinar with Dr. Heilman is scheduled for 2-3 pm ET on Thursday, March 29th. Participants are encouraged to register for the training even if they can’t attend, as all registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar. Please note: you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event to be able to participate.

NNLM staff from across the nation will be available Tuesday, April 17th from 9 am ET to 9 pm ET to support you as you add your citations. Follow along with the fun on Twitter–check for hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-03-23 10:37

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

Spotlight

Funding Available Now! NNLM MAR Members can apply by 11:00 PM ET on April 13 for projects starting May 15, 2018. Need more information?

Check out the Winter 2018 edition of The MAReport! This quarter, Erin Seger is highlighting the natural connection between libraries and public health education in her article, “Libraries as Health Equity Partners.

The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Spring 2018 Group Licensing Offer is now available. The deadline to participate is Friday, April 27. NNLM MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Edit-a-thon: are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! Learn more about this opportunity and follow the event on Twitter using #citeNLM2018!

NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support public library staff’s travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for public library staff from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). Please Note: If your application is accepted, NNLM MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase.

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance. Please Note: Applicants for NNLM MAR funding must have updated membership records.

New on YouTube:

NLM/NIH News

Next-Generation Data Science Research ChallengesNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Q&A: James Ostell Maps the Future—and Present—of BiotechnologyNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Manuscripts on Loan to Romance and ReasonCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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

HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages – March 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Register for this next session of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series that highlights resources from the National Library of Medicine. HealthReach offers easy access to free, quality, multilingual, multicultural health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). Join SCR and the HealthReach team to learn about the history, how to use, and the future of HealthReach.

Partnering to Transform the Care Environment for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Patients – April 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – As gender identity becomes a more contentious political topic almost by the day, healthcare professionals increasingly are interested in how they can partner with transgender and gender-expansive patients to provide informed and compassionate care. Sponsored by SEA, this presentation will review the ever-changing vocabulary around gender identity and expression, provide an overview of the information needs of both health professionals and patients, and highlight available online resources and other training opportunities that can be shared with health professionals.

Addressing a By-Product of the Opioid Addiction Crisis: Commercial Sexual Exploitation – April 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In this webinar offered by NER, participants will learn what human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are. This presentation will debunk some of the commonly held misconceptions and arm you with the true facts and statistics about prostitution. It will provide warning signs and red flags and help to identify victims in need of support. Presenters will explain the do’s and don’ts of working with victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and equip participants with the tools and resources to assist this marginalized and vulnerable group of individuals.

Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine: Perspectives of Academic Health Science Institutions – April 11, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join SCR for this webinar that will discuss methods of teaching evidence-based practice, and of assessing EBP knowledge and skills, at various medical and health sciences schools. This presentation will explain the values and challenges of teaching EBP – and strategies for addressing those challenges.

How Do Communities Welcome People Managing Mental Illnesses and the Disease of Addiction? – April 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Many communities have made concerted efforts to welcome and serve vulnerable people who manage mental illnesses and/or the disease of addiction. Very often, libraries function as the focal point for information about services, diagnoses and treatments, and other community groups turn to them for guidance. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will provide ideas about how community members can learn about behavioral health issues, so they can serve these citizens with respect and dignity.

Other Items of Interest

All of Us in the news: The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data – NY Times

The 60th annual National Library Week is just around the corner, April 8-14. This year’s theme: Libraries Lead. Learn more about upcoming events and ways to celebrate from the American Library Association, including free, promotional graphics that you can download to participate on social media!

The 2018 County Health Rankings state reports: How to use data from these new reports to improve health and increase equity – March 27, 3:00 PM ET – This year’s County Health Rankings release will include enhanced state reports that focus on persistent gaps in opportunity that contribute to poor health outcomes. Building on a strong foundation of calling attention to the many factors that influence health, these reports highlight data on social and economic disparities based on place and on race and ethnicity, in addition to providing evidence-informed strategies and examples of communities taking action to address equity. This webinar will discuss key findings from the data, differences in outcomes and opportunity based on place and race/ethnicity, and specific evidence-informed approaches for taking action.

Dental Instruments: Past and Present – April 3, 4:00-6:00 PM ET – Join Stony Brook University Libraries as they celebrate the launch of an online exhibit inspired by, Dental Instruments: Past and Present, currently on display in the Health Sciences Library. This event will provide an opportunity for visitors to experience the physical display while exploring the digitized images and complementary text of the interactive online exhibit. The launch will feature a lecture by Dr. Andrew Spielman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, NYU School of Dentistry. The full event will be held in the Health Sciences Center, 3rd Floor Galleria at Stony Brook University in New York.

Bringing the Patient Voice to Evidence Generation: Patient Engagement in Disease Registries – AHRQ Views

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 23, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-03-23 07:44

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. 

Top Items of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Online Moodle Courses

Webinars: March 26-30

Webinars: April 2 – April 6

Webinars: April 9-13

Webinars: April 16-20

On-Demand Asynchronous Online Moodle Courses

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. Visit the NPHCO Calendar for training opportunities available. 

Recordings Available on YouTube**

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

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Focus on Precision Medicine

Focus on Substance Use Disorder

Miscellaneous News

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

 

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Can UTI’s be Treated Without Antibiotics?

SCR News - Thu, 2018-03-22 11:13

“Urinary Tract Infections” via MedlinePlus.gov, August 8, 2016, Public Domain.

A new study finds that urinary tract infections (UTI’s) might have more than one treatment option.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system.  The urinary system is comprised of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.  Most infections impact the bladder and urethra but more serious risks occur if the infection spreads to the kidneys.

If you have a bladder infection caused by bacteria, a health care professional is likely to prescribe antibiotics. Which antibiotic you take is based on the type of bacteria causing your infection and any allergies you may have to antibiotics.

Often, UTIs can be cleared up with antibiotics prescribed by a health care professional.  An appropriate antibiotic is chosen based on the type of bacteria causing the infection and that individuals health history; however, 10 to 20 percent of cases do not respond to current first-line drugs.  The new study looked at new treatment options.

One of the co-authors of the study, Scott J. Hultgren, professor of molecular microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis said,  “Millions of women every year suffer UTIs, and they’re getting harder to treat.  We’ve shown that just by blocking the bacteria from adhering to the mice’s urinary tracts, we can treat the infection. This is a new way of approaching the problem of antibiotic resistance.”

Click here to read more about the study.

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Funding Tip 6 – Review the Criteria

MAR News - Thu, 2018-03-22 11:00

How do you know what makes a good funding proposal? A proposal might be very well-written, but it won’t get funded if it doesn’t meet the review criteria of the funding agency. At the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, we try to be very transparent in how we critique funding applications. The review team, consisting of NNLM MAR staff and outside reviewers, read each application carefully. Each reviewer completes a review sheet that tracks to what extent the application meets the criteria. We include the criteria in the Requests for Proposal, so that applicants can write to the criteria.

Today’s funding tip – Review the criteria before writing the application. After writing a draft, you may want to ask a colleague to read the application and review it using the criteria. Sometimes fresh eyes notice gaps or areas of potential confusion.

Funding applications are due April 13 by 11pm ET. Check out more tips on our blog.

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NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

SEA News - Thu, 2018-03-22 08:15

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! We’ll be working on those diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

If you’re new to adding citations, NNLM will be hosting a webinar with Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. Dr. Heilman will give attendees an overview of the importance of Wikipedia, and will demo how to add a citation. NNLM’s webinar with Dr. Heilman is scheduled for 2-3 pm ET on Thursday, March 29th. Participants are encouraged to register for the training even if they can’t attend, as all registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar. Please note: you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event to be able to participate.

NNLM staff from across the nation will be available Tuesday, April 17th from 9 am ET to 9 pm ET to support you as you add your citations. Follow along with the fun on Twitter–check for hashtag #citeNLM2018!

Genetics Home ReferencePubMedMedlinePlus

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Join the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on April 17!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-03-21 18:36

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! We’ll be working on those diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

If you’re new to adding citations, NNLM will be hosting a webinar with Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. Dr. Heilman will give attendees an overview of the importance of Wikipedia, and will demonstrate how to add a citation. NNLM’s webinar with Dr. Heilman is scheduled for 11am-12pm PDT on Thursday, March 29th. Participants are encouraged to register for the training even if they can’t attend, as all registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar. Please note: you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event to be able to participate.

NNLM staff from across the nation will be available Tuesday, April 17th from 9 am ET to 9 pm ET to support you as you add citations. Follow along with the fun on Twitter by checking hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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