Did you know the National Institutes of Health has a variety of online wellness toolkits? As you think ahead to the new year, use these tools to find ways to improve your well-being in any area you’d like. Explore your emotional health, your stress adaptability, your physical health, your relationships, and how to protect yourself from disease.
The November 2018 issue of NIH News in Health is available online. In this issue, learn ways to make your community healthier and read about treatment options for acid reflux.
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM ET
Registration: Details about the webinar, including how to register can be found by clicking here.
Description: On October 10, 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts to solicit public input on proposed key provisions that could serve as the foundation for a future NIH policy for data management and sharing. The feedback obtained will help to inform the development of a draft NIH policy for data management and sharing, which is expected to be released for an additional public comment period upon its development. To further engage stakeholders, NIH will be hosting a webinar on the proposed key provisions on November 7, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET.
Comments on the proposed key provisions will be accepted through December 10, 2018, and can be made electronically by visiting the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Policy.
For a perspective on the importance of obtaining robust stakeholder feedback on this topic, please see the latest Under the Poliscope by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz.
This live session will include an overview and search demonstrations for each database. LactMed contains information on drugs, dietary supplements, and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers might be exposed. It includes information on the levels of those substances in breast milk and infant blood, as well as possible adverse effects in a nursing infant. LiverTox provides information about drug induced liver injury caused by prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbals and dietary supplements.
Presenter: James Knoben, PharmD, MPH, Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine
Presenter: Dr. Phil Anderson
The presentation will be recorded. To view prior NNLM Resource Picks offerings, please visit https://nnlm.gov/classes/nnlm-resource-picks.
In case you haven’t heard, the NNLM’s second Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, focusing on Women’s Health, is happening tomorrow! We really hope you will join us, as an editor, learner, observer, cheerleader, or whatever role fits for you. (If you want to edit, be sure to sign up for a Wikipedia account if you don’t have one, and if you want to tweet, the hashtag is #citenlm2018 )
As an extra inducement, during the shift hosted by the NNLM-PNR, 3-5 PM Pacific Time, we will feature Wikipedian Monika Sengul-Jones. We’re all lucky to have her as a knowledgeable, energetic, generous, and exciting presence during this time!
So, this is our Wikipedia project page, which has most of the information you’ll need, including the WebEx information (since this is an all-online event):
And, you’ll see a GoogleDoc link there, which will connect you to a wide range of Women’s Health resources you can check in with, as well as a great grid that has options for which Wikipedia pages might need more work than others.
Finally, if you want more training in advance, check out the recordings here (due to technical glitches the third one isn’t up yet!):
There was also a great training last spring:
Hopefully all this will get you started– we’re so excited some of you will be participating! And, keep the questions coming! (Email me, Ann Glusker, at glusker (AT) uw.edu)
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region presents a free webinar featuring the Pittsburgh-based organization, Inside our Minds.
Inside Our Minds works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness. As an entirely peer-controlled organization, Inside Our Minds works in response to the lack of people with lived experience of the mental health system involved in leading and advising mental health advocacy organizations. This webinar will discuss the foundations of Inside Our Minds and its commitment to community-based radical mental health programming, providing an overview of what Inside Our Minds offers and why it is important for our community.
Guest Speaker: Alyssa Cypher, MPA, Executive Director, Inside Our Minds
Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 3 PM ET / 2 PM CT / 1 PM MT
Speaker Bio: Alyssa Cypher serves as a board member for the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR). She also works with a number of peer-led mental health initiatives for teens and young adults, serving as the mental health specialist for Creative Nonfiction’s Writing Away the Stigma program and a qualitative consultant for the Supporting Our Valued Adolescents (SOVA) research project – a study that utilizes closed social media platforms to observe how adolescents use social connection to learn about depression and anxiety. Alyssa was recently honored for her work as a Pittsburgh Business Times 30 Under 30 winner.
For More Information: https://nnlm.gov/class/boost-box-inside-our-minds
Registration is required for this class.
Please join us in congratulating Aimee Gogan as she prepares for the next phase of her career. Aimee has accepted a new position at the National Library of Medicine. Her last day with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) will be November 23rd.
Aimee started as an Intern at the HS/HSL in the Resource Sharing and Services Division before starting at NNLM SEA. There she curated digital collections for the Digital Archive. Since starting her career at NNLM, she has hit the ground running by supporting our outreach and educational programs to Health and Health Information Professionals. She’s made significant contributions to many projects within NNLM and supported many initiatives including the launch of the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, Research Data Management programming, and NNLM’s evaluation programs. She will be missed throughout the region and in the SEA office.
Please join us in congratulating Aimee on her new opportunity and wish her the best of luck in her new position.
“Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn” traveling exhibit coming from the NLM to the UW Health Sciences Library!
As you may know, the University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the location of the Pacific Northwest region of the NNLM. Starting today (through December 22), it will also be hosting the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit titled, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn”. We are so excited to present this vibrant and trend-setting event! Graphic medicine uses the graphic novel or comic format as a way to provide information and tell stories of illness and health; this exhibit (curated by graphic artist Ellen Forney) consists of 6 banners which will be displayed in the library. In addition, we will host artist David Lasky for a talk on his work (which includes the art work for the comic series “Pandemic in Seattle”) and a drop-in comics workshop, in the HSL Pacific Room on November 14 from 1:00 – 4:00.
Can’t make it to Seattle to see the exhibit in person? There are some great online instruction materials using the exhibit: one on mental health for grades 7-10, and one for college-level and adult audiences. There’s even an online exhibit collection to peruse! Last but not least, the exhibition is booked through 2022– check here to see if it may be coming to a city near you!
NLM Names Dr. Olivier Bodenreider as Acting Director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Olivier Bodenreider, MD, PhD, as Acting Director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), effective November 1, 2018. Dr. Bodenreider currently serves as Chief of the Cognitive Science Branch and the Acting Chief of the High-Performance Computing and Communications Branch of the LHNCBC. He is highly regarded senior scientist at NLM and a designated principal investigator within the NIH intramural research program. Dr. Bodenreider’s work has facilitated the use of standard drug terminology both in both informatics research and electronic health record systems. He received the NLM Board of Regents Award for Scholarship or Technical Achievement, “In recognition of his exceptional leadership in the dissemination of NLM drug information sources through graphical and programming interfaces.”
Dr. Bodenreider received a M.D. degree from the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Medical Informatics from the Henri Poincaré University of Nancy, France in 1993. Prior to joining the NIH, Dr. Bodenreider was assistant professor for Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Nancy, France, Medical School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. As Acting Director, Dr. Bodenreider will work closely with Milton Corn, MD, Deputy Director for Research and Education, NLM and Acting Scientific Director, LHNCBC; and Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director of NLM.
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 Wikipedia Fall Edit-a-Thon (Participate on Nov 7)
- Join the NNLM Reading Club!
- Employment Opportunity: NNLM PSR Education and Outreach Librarian
- MLA Calls for 2019 Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) Applications (Apply by Dec 1)
- Fall 2018 HSLANJ Group Licensing Offer Now Available (Participate by Nov 9)
- Funding Opportunity: All of Us Community Engagement Project Award (Apply by Nov 11)
- NLM Recruiting for 2019-2020 Associate Fellows (Apply by Jan 25, 2019)
Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month
- The Joy of Medical Librarianship
- Meet Rachel F. Fenske, MLS, Outreach Librarian Creating PATHS for Health Literacy
- Health Literacy Month at the Community Health Education Center
- Paws to Read @ the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital – Family Resource Center Library
- De-Stress Days for Students but not so De-Stressful for Librarians!
- “What are you doing here?”- Advancing Health Literacy Outside of Medical Libraries
- Meet Marlena Barber, MLIS – From Internships to Professional Service to Assistant Director: How to Chart your Course as a Medical
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity
- GMR: Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (Nov 5 – Nov 30)
- PSR: Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services (Nov 12 – Dec 14)
Webinars November 2 – 13
- SCR: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information (Nov 6, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET)
- NNLM: Beginner Public Health Digital Library Quick Starter Course (Nov 8, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET)
- SEA: Introduction to EBP & PICO (Nov 13, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET)
Webinars November 14 – November 15
- SCR: Help Us Combat the World’s Most Dangerous Animal with an App! (Nov 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET)
- PNR: New Horizons for NLM Traveling Exhibitions (Nov 14, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT)
- SEA: Getting off the Ground with Graphic Medicine (Nov 15, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- The NIH Director: Wearable Ultrasound Patch Monitors Blood Pressure
- The NIH Director: MicroED: From Powder to Structure in a Half-Hour
- This National Diabetes Month, care for your health after gestational diabetes
- NIH to fund national data collection on new mothers with disabilities
- Immune culprits linked to inflammation and bone loss in gum disease
- NLM Names Dr. Olivier Bodenreider as Acting Director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
- NLM Mourns the Loss of Elizabeth Fee, PhD, former Chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division
NLM Technical Bulletin
- PubMed Health to be Discontinued October 31, 2018; Content Will Continue to be Available at NLM
- NCBI dbVar releases updated human reference structural variation (SV) data files and tutorials
- Improved search for eukaryotic and viral proteins and gene names
- Circulating Now: The Truth About Black Cats
- Circulating Now: Revealing Data: Investigating The Hospital’s File Sizes
- NLM in Focus: NLM Associate Fellow Achieves and Inspires
- NLM in Focus: The Joy of Stacks
- Musings on the Mezzanine: Technology and Data in Mental Health
- Musings on the Mezzanine: Thank a Medical Librarian
NNLM SEA Communications
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Check out the November 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:
- Nurturing Healthy Neighborhoods: Communities Affect Health
NIH-funded researchers are looking at how the environment around us, from how many trees we can see to how far we have to travel to get fresh food, influences our health.
- Feeling the Burn? Options for Acid Reflux
Most people have occasional heartburn. Getting it often may signal a disease.
- Health Capsule: Daily Aspirin May Not Benefit Healthy Older Adults
A new study found that, for healthy older adults, taking a low-dose aspirin each day didn’t extend life or prevent a first heart attack or stroke.
- Health Capsule: Oral Health Tips for Caregivers
Do you take care of an elderly parent or other older adult? If so, remember that a healthy mouth can help them enjoy food, chew better, eat well, and avoid pain and tooth loss.
- Featured Website: Cancer Fact Sheets
NIH’s Cancer Fact Sheets answer common questions about more than 70 topics in cancer, including specific cancer types, prevention, detection, treatment, and possible causes.
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!
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!Spotlight
The MAReport: read the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter! This quarter, we shined a spotlight on Deena Caswell, MSLIS, from the Cherry Hill Public Library in New Jersey, and her amazing work in creating programs that focus on LGBTQ populations and topics.
NNLM Fall 2018 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: it’s not too late to participate! Join NNLM on November 7th as we add citations to, and improve existing Wikipedia articles on Women’s Health, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources and National Institutes of Health Resources.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Awards: NNLM MAR is accepting applications for the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award, for projects that broaden access to, and awareness of health information resources, aim to increase health literacy for the general public in their service community, and raise awareness of the All of Us Research Program.
- For projects between $20,000 and $50,000, applications are due next Friday, November 9.
- For projects up to $19,000, applications are due in two weeks, on Friday, November 16.
- If funded, all projects must be completed by April 30, 2019.
- Watch a brief video to learn more about this opportunity from NNLM MAR’s Executive Director.
The Fall 2018 offering for The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI) is still available. MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity! The deadline to participate is next Friday, November 9. Interested in future participation? Join us on Monday, November 5 for a 1-hour webinar to learn more about the HSLANJ GLI, with Project Manager Robb Mackes!
Resources for Coping with Trauma – MARquee News Highlights
Reading is Healthy! Introducing the NNLM Reading Club – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR
New Health Literacy Tools: in collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the Libraries Transform Campaign has developed eight new Because statements on a variety of topics, to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Sign up for Libraries Transform to access the Health Literacy Toolkit, which contains posters, postcards, bookmarks and other materials that you can download for free!NLM/NIH News
Technology and Data in Mental Health: Applications for Suicide Prevention – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Halloween Treats from the National Library of Medicine – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
The Truth About Black Cats – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
– NIH Director’s Blog
Apply for the 2019-2020 NLM Associate Fellowship Program – The National Library of Medicine is currently accepting applications for their Associate Fellowship Program, a one-year residency program for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project work and is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more about this opportunity and submit your application before January 25, 2019.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!
Happening Monday! HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative – November 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar about the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI). Project Manager Robb Mackes will provide an overview of the GLI, including the benefits and what you need to consider in order to participate. If you have been thinking about participating, this is a perfect opportunity to have your questions answered! 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 this technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium.
Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services – November 12-December 14, 2018 – Are you interested in consumer health? Does an interactive, robust learning experience with other engaged librarians appeal to you? If so, join MCR and PSR for this offering! Designed to cover eight core competencies, this free online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. Participants are eligible for up to 12 MLA CE as well as credit toward the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from MLA.
Help Us Combat the World’s Most Dangerous Animal with an App! – November 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Mosquitoes are the world’s most dangerous animal, and there is something we can all do to reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted disease in our communities. Join SCR for this webinar to find out why mosquitoes are so dangerous and to learn how NASA Earth-observing satellite data is being used in an effort to predict, monitor, and respond to vector-borne disease around the world. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a program that connects with citizen scientists of all ages to monitor changes in the frequency, range, and distribution of potential disease vector mosquitoes by reporting observations using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper app.
Inside Our Minds – November 16, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Inside Our Minds is a Pittsburgh-based organization that works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness. As an entirely peer-controlled organization, Inside Our Minds works in response to the lack of people with lived experience of the mental health system involved in leading and advising mental health advocacy organizations. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will discuss the foundations of Inside Our Minds and its commitment to community-based radical mental health programming, providing an overview of what Inside Our Minds offers and why it is important for our community.
Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death – November 28, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It begins with a look at three key questions people bereaved by an overdose death commonly ask themselves: “Why did the person die from an overdose?” “Did the person intend to die?” “Was the death preventable?” It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use, and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person.
Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – November 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. Sponsored by MAR, this class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. Participants will learn about many resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs. This class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.
Health and Nutrition Literacy: The Social Determinants of Health, Healing & Patient Safety – December 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Healthy People 2020 recognizes that, “Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities.” We know that taking care of ourselves by eating well and staying active, avoiding smoking & nicotine, getting immunizations and screening tests, adequate sleep and having access to healthcare when we are sick all influence our health. These factors are called the Social Determinants of Health and play out in our overall health and wellness. The ability to understand these factors and how they interact with, “the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness and quality of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships” plays a key role in our health healing & ultimately reflects in our recovery response to healthcare services. Sponsored by SCR, this presentation will not only explain these intersections of life, health literacy and society but also offer community-based and programmatic solutions.
From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources – December 6, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. Sponsored by NER, this session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.Other Items of Interest
Job posting: Coordinator, Library Services, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Be a better advocate for yourself, one medical study at a time – WRVO Public Media, NPR
- Finding Data to Index: Experimenting with PMC
- Data Catalog Collaboration Project receives CTSA Great Team Science Contest Award for Top Importance
– Data Catalog Collaboration Blog
Who Doesn’t Love a Good Story? Using Stories in Academic and Community-Based Health Education – November 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Are you looking for ways to grab attention, increase recall, and improve understanding in your bioscience, clinical, or community-based health information literacy skills courses or workshops? Stories are a well-documented means for accomplishing these goals! They are an innovative pedagogical tool that supports active learning, builds context, transcends culture, and brings complex ideas to life. Join this MLA webinar to gain fundamental knowledge and strategies on using stories in health education. You will discuss benefits and challenges of using stories and experience, and interact with stories as part of your learning. And you will leave inspired to spin tales in your next class! #MLAStories. The cost of this webinar is $65 for MLA members/ $85 for non-members.
Easy Steps to Building a Team-Based Systematic Review Service-A new model – Novemver 9, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM ET – The Philadelphia chapter of MLA is sponsoring a CE course at Temple’s Ginsburg Library. If you are interested in implementing a team-based systematic review service at your library, but don’t know where to begin, this course is for you. It will support librarians who have to educate, guide, and support researchers throughout all stages of the process. This interactive course will consist of hands-on learning activities, give you the tools to be successful, and perhaps the confidence needed to lead a systematic review team! Earn 2 MLA CE credits and meet with your local library colleagues during this engaging class. Lunch and CE credits included with cost.
Apply now to participate in the 2019 Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians! – Craving more confidence in leading EBM sessions for medical students? Puzzled on how to guide students about study design and in depth critical appraisal? Frustrated with statistics? This six week online program will develop librarian’s critical appraisal skills via enhanced understanding of research design, biomedical statistics, and clinical reasoning to apply knowledge in teaching target populations. The program will take place January 23-March 4, 2019. Participants may be eligible for up to 35 MLA CE credits (approval pending).
Call for Applications to the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) – Apply by December 1 for this week-long residential workshop that provides librarians and library information professionals with the opportunity to work intensively on research design and planning to conduct research, that improves practice and adds to the professional knowledgebase. The workshop will be held in Chicago from July 15–19, 2019.
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The In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Webinar Recap series will provide a summary of our monthly SCR CONNECTions webinars. We’ll go over highlights from our guest speakers’ presentations and give some additional thoughts about the connections our attendees could be making from the presented topics!
Do you struggle making obligatory trainings interesting and engaging for your staff? Want to learn how to turn “boring” and “mandatory” into “motivated” and “self-driven”? Then our last SCR CONNECTions webinar is one you don’t want to miss!
Our guest speakers hail from Cline Library at Northern Arizona University, where gamification transforms staff and student worker training into a fun and engaging experience. Andrew See, Head of User Services and Experience, laid out solid justification not only for gamification, but for hiring a dedicated training coordinator to design and coordinate the learning needs for new and current staff. It ensures consistency and helps keep your staff engaged, increasing retention, reducing time needed for onboarding, and saving money in the long term.
Bridget Rowen, who works with Andrew as the Training Coordinator for User Services and Experience, provided a look at some of the gamification tools and strategies she has used for Cline Library, from buttons and badges to scavenger hunts and chore wars. Some keys to gamifying training are making it interactive, giving instant feedback to the user, providing opportunity for competition, and the optimism to succeed.
Another important thing to consider when designing your training is whether gamification is right for you and your needs. Serious topics often shouldn’t be gamified, for example. And remember that it’s supposed to be fun, so don’t get too attached to something that’s not working and be prepared to move on and try something new!
Check out the full webinar here:
The next SCR CONNECTions webinar is sure to be a popular one! Learn how you can assist NASA with one of their citizen science efforts and Help Us Combat the World’s Most Dangerous Animal with an App! on Wednesday, November 14th at 10am CT / 9am MT!
The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program creates lively and informative exhibitions and resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collection and health information resources of the National Library of Medicine. In a new initiative, several NLM exhibitions are being made available exclusively to NNLM member organizations. These exhibitions are designed to engage diverse audiences about a variety of topics in the history of medicine. Lesson plans and other resources are included in the online content of each exhibit.
Until December 15, 2018, NNLM PNR members are invited to sign up to host an exhibition, for a 6-week booking period of your first or second choice from January 2019 through April 2021. (Note: you must be an NNLM PNR member to sign up. However, if your organization is not a member yet, it is easy to join).
Some important details:
- Exhibition availability varies – dates are available from January 2019 until April 2021.
- Selecting from a set itinerary of 6-week booking periods, you can designated your preferred booking period, and NLM will try to accommodate your request.
- Each host will be responsible for the cost and arrangements for outgoing shipping from their location to the next host of the exhibit. FEDEX 3-day super saver service is the required shipping method. For those without a FEDEX account, another reliable service such as UPS or DHL may be used as long as it meets the 3-day service with tracking.
- NLM will provide support to those hosting by providing exhibitor resources as well as outgoing shipping information to let host venues know where and when to ship the exhibition to the next host venue. Host institutions will be required to complete a brief survey about their experience hosting the exhibit.
Want to know a little more about hosting a traveling exhibit? Watch the NNLM Resource Picks webinar session, “Making the Most of Your National Library of Medicine Traveling Banner Exhibition”.
This is a great opportunity to have first dibs on booking one of the NLM traveling exhibits. Please feel free to contact Carolyn Martin, NNLM PNR Consumer Health Coordinator, if you have any questions!
Guest Speaker: Dorian Janney, GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign Coordinator and Lead for NASA Satellite Collaborations, GFSC/NASA/ADNET
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 11 AM ET/10 AM CT / 9 AM MT
Description: Mosquitoes are the world’s most dangerous animal, and there is something we can all do to reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted disease in our communities. Join us to find out why mosquitoes are so dangerous and to learn how NASA Earth-observing satellite data is being used in an effort to predict, monitor, and respond to vector-borne disease around the world.
In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a Citizen Science effort and the newest GLOBE field measurement campaign, GLOBE Mission Mosquito! This program connects with citizen scientists of all ages to monitor changes in the frequency, range, and distribution of potential disease vector mosquitoes by reporting observations using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper app. Participants are encouraged to download the free app here before the webinar.
Speaker Bio: Dorian Janney works at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She is the Education and Outreach Specialist for Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission as well as the GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign Coordinator and Lead for NASA Satellite Collaborations. She is a GLOBE Program Master Trainer, and enjoys going outside with people of all ages to assist them in learning more about this fantastic planet we all live on! She was a classroom teacher for over thirty years, and served as the head of the science department at a middle school which focused on Aerospace Technology and Astronomy. Feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
For more information: https://nnlm.gov/scr/professional-development/connections. No registration is required for this class.
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Written By: Ariel Pomputius, MLIS, Biomedical & Health Information Services, University of Florida
When you tell friends and family that you are going to become a librarian, someone will always make a comment about “it’ll be nice to spend all day reading books” or “do you study shelving in library school”. You can explain how most of the work you do these days, particularly as a medical librarian, is on the computer, because librarianship is about providing access to information, no matter the format. Your day as a medical librarian may include teaching, rounding, database licensing, searching, some work with actual physical books, cataloging, managing data, and working with new technologies, but it won’t look terribly thrilling to an outside observer.
So I’ve been thinking about how to share the excitement of what I do. Yes, a lot of my work is on the computer, but the way my work makes me feel is much more satisfying.
Librarianship is not just teaching, it’s Q to James Bond, providing valuable tools of information literacy so that people can conquer their questions and defeat ignorance.
It’s not just database licensing, it’s an elaborate dance of diplomacy between vendor and librarian to ensure that the best information is accessible whenever and wherever needed.
It’s not just crafting a data management plan, it’s riding out to capture a wild mustang herd of raw data and tame it to a usable and useful format.
It’s not just cataloging, it’s creating an elaborate pirate map so that others can find a treasured resource.
It’s not just a literature search, it’s an epic quest for answers.
I am sure I will still get comments about reading books all day or competitive shelving from non-librarian friends and family. But maybe through this comic about how it feels to do a really intense literature search, I can help some of them understand why I absolutely love what I do.
And yes, thrilling adventure soundtracks are what I listen to when I do tough literature searches.