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SCR News - Tue, 2018-09-11 14:58
Work in Progress photo

“Work in Progress Coworking.” by John Schnobrich via, January 19, 2018, Public Domain.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is composed of 8 regions.  Each week, other regions post some great blog stories that we’d like to share with our region!  Here are some highlights from last week:

NNLM – Greater Midwest Region

Native Voices: An Exercise in History; Collaboration and Fun:  This blog shares information about their traveling exhibit that “explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.”


NNLM – New England Region

Words Matter:  This blog highlights some of the stigmas and stereotypes that prevent those with addiction issues from seeking or receiving proper medical treatment.


NNLM – Pacific Southwest Region

Register Now for New NLM Webinar Series Beginning September 6!  Learn more about this 5 week interactive series that “will focus on the roles and products of the NLM related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records (EHRs) systems and clinical research.”

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Apply Today! Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians

SEA News - Tue, 2018-09-11 12:03

Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons,  practical activities and a final project. The course runs October 15 – December 14, 2018.

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

Applications are due September 20, 2018.

Additional details and the online application are available here.

For questions, please contact the NNLM Training Office

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Public Library Spotlight: Tina Viglucci, Hispanic Services Director, Gail Borden Public Library

GMR News - Tue, 2018-09-11 09:56

photo of the front of Gail Borden Public Library

Name: Tina Viglucci

Title: Hispanic Services Director

Education: MSIS University at Albany, SUNY

How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?

Through collaborations with partners in our community including the two major hospitals in the area, Presence St. Joseph and Advocate Sherman. They are leading efforts to bring together organizations to actively engage our Latino community in being aware of health related issues including nutrition information and diabetes prevention and treatment.

Why is health literacy important in your community?

We all lead incredibly busy lives and focus our attention on jobs, errands, what needs to be done to survive each day. Yet we know being proactive about our health is essential, so we must look for ways to provide information in relevant, engaging and accessible ways.

What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?

To prevent disease and promote physical and mental health for ourselves and our children.

What is your favorite health-related program or outreach that you’ve done? 

The 6-week workshops we held with Presence St. Joseph Hospital to help reduce obesity in children were particularly informative and enjoyable. Children participated in cooking and exercise activities while their parents learned about nutrition and healthy eating habits. They all came together at the end of each program to eat what the kids had prepared and talk about what they experienced and learned. The kids received chefs hats at the end and the parents took home binders with all the week’s lessons and recipes. Everyone had a great time!

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SEASide Webinar: Why Library Partners are Critical to the All of Us Research Program – Sep 27, 2018 – 1 PM ET

SEA News - Tue, 2018-09-11 08:24

Pre-Register: Pre-registration for this free webinar is strongly encouraged, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

Presenter: April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA

Abstract: Why are libraries essential to building a comprehensive educational experience for participants in the All of Us Research program? What can your library do to support this initiative?

The NIH All of Us Research Program endeavors to build a databank of genetic information from at least 1 million participants from diverse backgrounds who will share their health data over a period of 10 years with the goal of discovering individualized treatments for and diagnoses of diseases. The All of Us Research Program has partnered with the National Library of Medicine and NNLM to help public libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users by providing health information training for public library staff, funding and other resources to support health programming and activities, and connections to medical libraries and other NNLM members in their area.

Join April Wright, NNLM SEA All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, to: learn about the All of Us Community Engagement Network, All of Us resources available, and discover how you and your library can be engaged with this national initiative and bring healthy outcomes to your community.

Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.0 contact hour of continuing education credit award by the Medical Library Association. Participants will receive a code to which they will enter in medlib-ed.

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Updated Homepage and Logo Coming for Mobile Device Users of PubMed Labs

PSR News - Mon, 2018-09-10 16:41

PubMed Labs is a responsive Web site that can generate different display options depending on a user’s device size, e.g., mobile phones. Mobile device users that access PubMed Labs will soon notice a slightly updated homepage and logo. Additionally, the “What is PubMed Labs?” question will be replaced by “What’s new for PubMed Mobile?” The production PubMed Mobile ad to PubMed Labs will also be modified to encourage users to try the new PubMed Labs mobile design.

Side by side comparison of PubMed Labs and PubMed Mobile

Updated PubMed Labs homepage for mobile users.

PubMed Labs is under active development and new features and functionality are regularly added. Please note the absence of a PubMed feature in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. To submit comments, questions, or concerns, use the Labs Feedback button. For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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National Preparedness Month: Learn Life Saving Skills

MAR News - Mon, 2018-09-10 16:09

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week of NPM focuses on a specific aspect of the overarching theme, to help individuals, families, communities and organizations consider how they plan and prepare for disasters, and offer opportunities to learn and become involved.

The theme for this week of National Preparedness Month is Learn Life Saving Skills.

The first person on the scene is the first responder, even if they are not a professional. Don’t find yourself unprepared for this role! There are several ways to learn basic lifesaving skills:

Are you already a trained medical responder? Take a look at resources for first aid and other live-saving skills in Disaster Lit®. You may be able to earn continuing education (CE) credit while renewing your skills.

What other kinds of lifesaving skills can make a difference in disasters? Protect your home and your family by learning:

Is your organization looking to get involved in spreading awareness during NPM, or developing a community program around preparedness? Check out for graphics, videos, related web resources, and a plethora of social media content for NPM, in addition to their large selection of toolkits, and even resources for teaching kids about disaster preparedness.

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STDs on the Rise

PNR News - Mon, 2018-09-10 15:29

Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported the dramatic increase of sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S.  In fact, for the fourth year in a row the numbers have continued to rise. Among the rise, specific sexually transmitted diseases include:

  • gonorrhea has been diagnosed in 555,608 cases in preliminary 2017 data (an increase of 67%  from 2013)
  • syphilis has been diagnosed in 30,644 cases (an increase of 76% from 2013)
  • chlamydia was reported with more than 1.7 million cases in 2017

These three diseases can be treated with antibiotics but gonorrhea has become antibiotic resistant over the years with only one antibiotic remaining effective, ceftriaxone. Many cases go undiagnosed or untreated which can lead to even more cases, infertility, stillbirths, and an increase in HIV.

Though a number of factors contribute to this increase of STDs , stigma can be a big factor. Sexual issues, especially sexual diseases, often carry the added issues of embarrassment, stigma, and privacy concerns. This is especially true in smaller towns and rural areas where social networks and fewer healthcare options can make confidentiality difficult. An NPR story highlights the difficulty public health officials face in Clackamas County Oregon.

Libraries, especially public libraries, can start the conversation by providing information on social media, brochures, and web links. If available, collaborating with local health professionals and public health, and community agencies can provide additional support.

Here are some freely available and authoritative resources you or your patrons may find helpful as they seek treatment and additional information regarding STDs.

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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Learn Life-Saving Skills

PSR News - Mon, 2018-09-10 15:17

This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Learn Life-Saving Skills. The first person on the scene is the first responder, even if they are not a professional. There are several ways to learn basic lifesaving skills:

If you are already a trained medical responder, check out resources for first aid and other live-saving skills in Disaster Lit® to earn continuing education (CE) credit while renewing your skills. 

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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Announcing New Funding Opportunities for Public Libraries

PNR News - Mon, 2018-09-10 12:40

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Under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), and in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program, the NNLM PNR is pleased to request proposals for a new round of funding opportunities for projects involving public libraries.  NNLM PNR public library member organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to apply. If your organization is not currently a member, it’s easy to join!

Proposals submitted by Wednesday, October 24, 2018 will receive fullest consideration.

If you plan to submit a proposal, we need a brief statement of intent no later than Wednesday, October 3. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

Keep reading to find brief descriptions and links to detailed information about current funding opportunities.

All of Us Research Program Community Health Outreach Award, 2 or more awards up to $12,000 each.

The purpose of this award is to improve access and use of quality health information for informed decisions about health in underserved communities; to support libraries in developing health literacy projects; and to increase awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Possible ideas for projects include:

  • Using community health needs assessments and the expertise and community reach of library partnerships to co-create an actionable and sustainable plan with library specific offerings that address health priorities and support health literacy.
  • Creating programs and services to increase health literacy focused on the importance of heredity, biology and environment for health.
  • Developing and offering resources and programming related to the National Health Observances identified as a priority by the All of Us Research Program.
  • Creating programs and services to develop knowledge of citizen science.
  • Symposia, or educational events for librarians about health literacy and the skills to identify, access, retrieve, evaluate, and use relevant electronic health information resources in addition to other approaches for consumer health education.
  • Train-the-Trainer projects that enhance the skills of library/organization staff and other consumer health information intermediaries to train a target population on locating and evaluating health information.
  • Promotional activities, including health fairs, exhibits and events to increase awareness and use of electronic resources, including NLM resources and the All of Us Research Program.

All of Us Research Program Technology Improvement Award, 5 or more awards up to $5,000 each.

This award seeks to enhance the capacity of a library to offer electronic health information services to underserved audiences by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.

Potential projects may include the following (other creative ideas are encouraged):

  • Upgrading equipment in a computer lab or learning center to facilitate hands-on computer-based instruction.
  • Establishing a mobile workstation (i.e. with laptop, printer, and projector on a rolling cart) to be used when providing information services outside of the library.
  • Creating unique Web-based health information literacy tutorials, learning modules, mobile applications or data mashups.
  • Developing digital literacy tutorials, programs or services especially designed to meet the needs of underserved populations.
  • Installing adaptive hardware and software to better enable individuals with disabilities to access computer-based health information.
  • Installing or improving wireless internet in the library.

Also, if you are interested in support for continuing education, consider applying for a Professional Development Award, to expand professional knowledge and encourage state of the art services for consumers seeking health information.

For information on writing a proposal, watch the recording of a special webinar held on Thursday, July 12 at 1pm Pacific Time. The webinar featured Cathy Burroughs, NNLM PNR Associate Director, who gave an overview of the NNLM PNR funding program,  plus 3 special guests who share their tips and inspiring project ideas, having successfully applied for NNLM PNR funding in the past.

We want to fund good ideas and hope to see proposals from all states of the NNLM PNR!

If you have a question, please drop us a line ( We welcome all questions and input.

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Get Ready: Hurricane Florence Targets East Coast

SEA News - Mon, 2018-09-10 08:19

As the likelihood that Hurricane Florence will strike somewhere along the East Coast increases, residents are encouraged to make preparations ahead of a potential landfall. Our list of disaster information can help before and after a storm or other weather emergency.

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.



Federal Agency Resources

Agencies and Organizations

Social Media

Crowdsource Resources

Finally, visit the NNLM SEA Page of Disaster Information Resources for Alerts and Feeds, State and National Specific Resources, Multilingual and Evacuation Resources, and more!

Updates: September 13, 2018

Please visit the Public Health Emergency Page for more Emergency Declarations as they are made and information about Public Health Emergency Declarations.

Update September 16, 2018

Hotlines for dialysis patients from KCER:

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Plan Ahead! Reserve your 2019 NNLM SEA Class or Webinar

SEA News - Fri, 2018-09-07 11:49

Would you like to have the NNLM SEA provide a CE at your organization’s 2019 conference? Below is a list of courses available. Most sessions can be presented in person or webinar. Please feel free to reach out to the coordinator to discuss details.

Ashley Cuffia | 410-706-3102 |

Aimee Gogan | 410-706-4673 |

Additional classes may be available. Please review the NNLM Class Descriptions and discuss the class with Ashley or Aimee for more information. We look forward to working with you!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-09-07 11:17

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


Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019. Details.

September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Make and Practice Your Plan.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Review our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops where you can meet and greet with our staff.

Applications Open: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians – NTO News

Native Voices: An Exercise in History; Collaboration and Fun – Midwest Matters, from GMR

Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, Week, and Month – Blogadillo, News from SCR

New on YouTube: Health Statistics on the Web, August 24, 2018


How much does it cost to keep data?NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Finding Hope: A Woman’s Place is in the LabCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Wash, Rinse, Dry—and Fold in LearningNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

2018 Recovery Month Toolkit: Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and to celebrate individuals living in recovery. The Toolkit and PSAs can be used to organize events, issue proclamations, and increase public awareness. Learn more about Recovery Month 2018 and how you can get involved.

NIH News in Health: Check out the September 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Breathe Easier: Dealing with Bad Air Quality,” and, “Smelling Sickness: Body Odor May Be Sign of Disease”. Other topics include preventing lead exposure, weight loss to help knee arthritis, kidney disease studies, and safe disposal of prescription drugs.

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!

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 13, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by GMR, this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians who want to initiate outreach programs for underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their communities. Topics to be covered include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Assessing a Community – By The Numbers with Census Data – September 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this workshop will train participants on using the most relied-on source for detailed, up-to-date socio-economic statistics covering every community in the nation. This forum is designed for organizations that use data for community analysis, grant writing, needs assessment, and planning. With hands on training, attendees will use tools to gain a better understanding of the Census terms and geography levels, learn differences between 2010 Census for population numbers/basic characteristics, and American Community Survey for social/economic characteristics such as age, household income, poverty status, disability, transportation and housing.

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations – September 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC), this presentation will describe steps that libraries can take to develop Continuity of Operations plans to deal with the new reality in disaster preparedness. The development and maintenance of real life collaboration between two military libraries, one federal library, and one local hospital library will be explored in the discussion.

Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this RDM webinar that will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

New Classes On-Demand! EvalBasics 1-4 – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this four-part series on basic evaluation methods for community and user assessment, project and evaluation planning, and basic data collection and evaluation techniques. This series is especially useful to those who are responsible for designing and implementing evaluation of projects or services. Each class is self-paced, takes approximately one hour to complete, and is worth 1 Medical Library Association CE, so a total of four credits is possible for the entire EvalBasics series.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Year in Review – HHS Blog

Nominate a Research Topic For an AHRQ Evidence Review – To support evidence-based decision-making, AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program is seeking topic nominations for upcoming evidence reviews. AHRQ’s network of EPCs reviews relevant scientific literature on a wide spectrum of clinical and health services topics. Nominations received by the September 21 deadline will be considered among research projects in fiscal year 2019. Nominations will be reviewed according to selection criteria. Preferred nominations will be those with high potential to impact clinical practice and health outcomes. Email for questions.

HealthyNJ to be Retired – The website, HealthyNJ, will be officially retired on September 15, 2018, after almost 20 years of service to New Jersey’s health care consumers and libraries. For quality consumer health information, try MedlinePlus.

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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NNLM SEA Digest News – September 7, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-09-07 07:08

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 – Top Stories

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Webinars September 10 – 14

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

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

Focus on All of Us/Precision Medicine

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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Sharing a Precision Medicine Story with the Kansas City Community

MCR News - Thu, 2018-09-06 16:05

Founder and President of the Turner Syndrome Global Alliance Kelly Ranallo shared her family’s story and discussed the importance of making precision medicine available to everyone at the Kansas City launch of the All of Us Research Program. Ranallo emphasized how precision medicine can help improve the health for all by taking into account each person’s genetic makeup.

Go to the video of her talk to hear more about her family’s journey.

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ICYMI Webinar Recap for August 2018: Reaching the Agricultural Community

SCR News - Thu, 2018-09-06 09:50

This past month, we hosted Natalie Roy, co-founder and executive director of AgriSafe Network, a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and safety of farmers and ranchers. The unique health issues faced by communities of agricultural workers across the country make organizations like Natalie’s essential in reaching individuals in those communities.

In her presentation, Natalie described some of the challenges facing these groups, including:

  • Lower literacy rates
  • Greater work-related risks
  • Low income households
  • Limited accessibility to information and care

She also spoke about some of the work that AgriSafe is doing to reach these communities, such as:

  • Ongoing needs assessment
  • Training for rural health professionals
  • Partnerships with other agricultural centers, rural research centers, and other nonprofit organizations

So, what is the connection here for all of you? We hope this presentation introduced or re-emphasized the needs of a unique population that might be served by some of your institutions, as well as a unique nonprofit organization that works directly with that population.

Natalie herself mentioned wanting to gain a greater understanding of what libraries do, for example, and encouraged the creation of innovative partnerships between libraries and agricultural centers, particularly in addressing the issue of health literacy and sharing information about free, easy-to-use resources.

In addition to AgriSafe Network, there are a number of institutions Natalie covered in her talk that could serve as potential partners in the field. The US Agricultural Safety and Health Centers, an effort by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are located throughout the country and would be happy to connect with other groups interested in working with agricultural communities. Find your nearest Ag Center online!

Be sure to check out our next SCR CONNECTions webinar, Assessing a Community – By the Numbers with Census Data, scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th at 10am CT / 9am MT!

Follow NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and give us your thoughts on this webinar!

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Native Voices: An Exercise in History; Collaboration and Fun

GMR News - Thu, 2018-09-06 09:49

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness is a traveling exhibition that explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.  This past summer, The University of Cincinnati had the opportunity to host the exhibit while collaborating with a series of speakers.  Here is an overview of the success of the exhibit and their programming, from Associate Director of Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library & Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, Lori Harris:

The University of Cincinnati was honored to be selected as one of the host sites for the Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness exhibition.  With a planning committee that consisted of faculty from the College of Medicine, Department of Biological Sciences, faculty librarians, archivists and various community partners, our goal was to highlight Native American History and Culture as it related to the Cincinnati Ohio region.

Our inaugural event focused specifically on 3-5 year-old children and was held in the University of Cincinnati’s main library – Langsam Library.  We hosted 24 children from the Arlitt Child & Family Research & Education Center, which serves preschool children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.  The program included dramatic skits that introduced a brief play about the Iroquois legend of the Three Sisters and its corresponding gardening tradition.  There were also activity stations and multi-media fun held in our Student Technology Resource Center (STRC).

Video was taken of children in front of a green screen and was then superimposed onto an image of the Great Plains and an American Indian village complete with moving buffalo.  The children never once lost interest and each child was presented with a parting gift of the book entitled:  D is for Drum:  A Native American Alphabet by Debbie and Michael Shoulders and Irving Toddy.  There was an accompanying exhibit of Native American children’s books from the University of Cincinnati’s Children’s Collection.

On Thursday, July 26, Dr. Suzanne Singer launched the Native Voices exhibit opening with a keynote presentation.  After introductions by Xuemao Wang, Dean, University of Cincinnati Libraries; Philip Diller, MD/PhD, Chair and Fred Lazarus Jr Endowed Professor of Family and Community Medicine; and Bleuzette Marshall, PhD, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at UC Dr. Singer, an Energy Systems and Thermal Analyst in the Computational Engineering Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA was introduced.  Her talk focused on the intersections between land, energy, and health in the Navajo community.  Attendees were encouraged to visit the exhibit and enjoy some of the catered hors d’oeuvres after Dr. Singer’s talk. In addition to the Native Voices exhibit, a supplementary poster presentation also ran concurrently with the exhibit and was on display alongside the Native Voices listening stations. The posters were a capstone project from a UC Medical Botany class taught by Theresa M. Culley, Ph.D. and Eric Tepe, Ph.D during spring semester, 2018. The posters examined how Native Americans used indigenous plants to maintain health and hygiene throughout the Ohio Valley.

Throughout the 6-week period the University of Cincinnati Libraries hosted keynote speakers that included professors and historians from the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University; as well as lecturers from the Lloyd Library and Cincinnati Museum Center.

This experience has given the University of Cincinnati an opportunity to broaden current relationships with local universities and colleges as well assisting us in building new partnerships with some of our local and regional community partners who have an interest in the history and relationship of Native Peoples in the Ohio region.

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The Music of All of Us: Memphis and Nashville Awarded NNLM All of Us Funding

SEA News - Thu, 2018-09-06 09:31

by April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA Region

NNLM SEA is excited to welcome Memphis and Nashville public libraries as partners in the All of Us Community Engagement Network!


One of Memphis Public Library’s (MPL) strategic goals is to “reach beyond its walls with creative partnerships that make a difference in people’s lives.” As a library with full service radio and television stations, they offer health information programming and an extensive line-up of diverse community-related programming including book talks, local music, international news, accessible programming, information on legal issues, and policy discussions.

Having received funding from the NNLM All of Us Research Program Community Engagement initiative, Memphis Public Library plans to leverage the well-established Health Information Center (HIC) at the Benjamin J. Hooks Central Library to “build health-centric initiatives at several branch libraries across the city.” This supports MPL’s dual mission to expand its collections while enriching its neighborhood branches. In addition, the project will serve to more deeply connect the Health Information Center with local health organizations and universities and initiatives, such as Healthier Tennessee’s Memphis Healthier Neighborhoods, taking a community-based approach to increasing health literacy.

Another strategic goal aims to push the library from a supporting player to a leader in community conversations. Memphis was the first library to receive funding from the NNLM All of Us Research Program Community Engagement initiative and is certainly taking the lead in building a viable experience for participants in the All of Us Research program and the populations they serve.


In 2017, Nashville Public Library (NPL) won the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award.  It boasts such features as the Civil Rights Room, an active program space that promotes understanding, communication, and civil discourse. The library also takes great pride in its tradition of puppetry and presentation of literature-based puppet shows.

Like its Western Tennessee neighbor, Nashville Public Library is no stranger to health and wellness initiatives. Be Well at NPL “aims to provide access to free health and wellness activities, education, and resources in a safe and welcoming environment. In 2017, in partnership with several community organizations, NPL delivered 1,737 health and wellness programs serving 20,549 Nashville residents. Activities include but are not limited to yoga and meditation, aerobic exercise, nutrition education, and mental health counseling. These services, along with the library’s health-related collections, provide support for residents as they pursue active, healthy lifestyles. With funding from NNLM through the All of Us Research Program Community Engagement initiative, NPL aims to build more robust partnerships with local universities, medical libraries, and other organizations.  These partnerships will build upon the work of Be Well at NPL and provide training to library staff to promote expertise in health information literacy.


We look forward to seeing the work these library systems will do in the future!


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Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, Week, and Month

SCR News - Wed, 2018-09-05 21:29
Split road surrounded with trees.

Split road surrounded with trees.

National Suicide Prevention Week will take place September 9th-15th. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and September is National Suicide Month. One way you can raise awareness around the risks of suicide is by joining others around the world as they cycle around the globe to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. According to the World Suicide Prevention Day website, a person dies every 40 seconds by suicide and there are “many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has made an attempt.”

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another”. This is fitting, considering this year’s theme: The Power of Connection. Other risk factors a person might exhibit is:

  • Talking about killing themselves
  • Being a burden to others
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from activities and/or loss of interest

For more assistance and further resources, see the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Begin actions to promote healing and remember to:

  • Ask
  • Keep them Safe
  • Be There
  • Help Them Stay Connected
  • Follow Up

You can also find a wide variety of resources on the MedlinePlus topic page on suicide. To help spread the world on social media, use the hashtag: #BeThe1To

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Register Now for New NLM Webinar Series Beginning September 6!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-09-05 18:30

Registration is available for a new National Library of Medicine five-week interactive webinar series, Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health. Sessions will focus on the roles and products of the NLM related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records (EHRs) systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support clinical researchers.

Dates and times will be Thursdays at 9:00 AM PDT, beginning September 6. Webinars will consist of brief presentations, activities, and Q&A and will run about 30 minutes. The first session of the series will touch on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE). Overall goals of the series are for participants to be able to:

  • Use the jargon associated with health IT to be able to communicate effectively with IT staff and administrators.
  • Name relevant health data standards and describe how they are used.
  • Describe NLM products and services that enrich and inform EHRs and other health data systems.
  • Identify roles for librarians on the health IT team and in the research process.
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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Make and Practice Your Plan!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-09-04 17:19

The first weekly theme provided by NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center for this National Preparedness Month is Make and Practice Your Plan. provides tips for putting together your family/household plan. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, property, and critical documents. Commuters should also have a plan in case a disaster occurs while they are traveling between work and home. At the National Library of Medicine, National Preparedness Month also means that responders and healthcare workers should review and update their plans. Responders can start by packing their Digital Go Bag. Save valuable time with tools on your laptop or smart device for responder safety, surveillance and alerts, psychological health, and medical and health information.

Pro tip: internet access may be slow or nonexistent in a disaster. Check the offline functionality of your apps ahead of time by turning on Airplane mode on your device.

Is your organization building or revising its disaster playbook? You will find over 3,000 exercises and plans in the Disaster Lit® database. If your plan is up to date, learn how NLM is developing virtual reality tools to plan and run collaborative exercises and training. Lastly, there are two webinars this week of interest:

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