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So you want to be an outreach librarian? Spotlight on Judith Wiener

GMR News - Wed, 2018-02-07 09:05

This month’s spotlight brings us to the far eastern reach of the GMR, the state of Ohio. Say hello to Judy Wiener, who has been a GMR outreach librarian since…well, let’s find out more about her in her own words. Thanks, Judy, for all you do in support of the NNLM mission.judy_wiener_headshot

Name: Judith A. Wiener, MA, MLIS
Title: Associate Director and Assistant Director, Collections and Outreach, The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library

Our five questions:

  1. How long have you been in the role of an outreach librarian?  I have served as an outreach librarian to the GMR at the OSU Health Sciences Library since 2009.
  2. How did you get involved in outreach? My background is in special collections and public history so the focus of my entire professional career has always had a public outreach component. In 2009, I was asked to extend my outreach responsibilities beyond the special collections department of our library when I accepted the position as Assistant Director for Special Collections and Outreach.
  3. What is your favorite outreach project that you’ve done so far? I feel most proud of the work we have done to develop a consumer health course for public librarians in Ohio. This year, the program will have an even larger reach when we record a webinar that can be viewed upon demand in the future. I find connecting public librarians to the resources they need to meet the needs of their customers extremely rewarding.
  4. What outreach activity do you hope to do in the future? We are currently working with our colleagues across the OSU Library System to develop outreach programming to help support the information needs of those deeply impacted by the opioid crisis. We are at the beginning phase of developing a needs assessment plan but hope we can pull together resources and programs that will help those on the frontline of this issue in our state.
  5. What is the one thing you wished you had known before you got started in outreach? I wish I knew how much support was available as an outreach librarian. At first,  I was not aware of all of the resources and help available from colleagues and from the GMR office and it was overwhelming! I felt like I was drinking out of a firehose. In time I have learned that everyone is willing to help and to collaborate in order to make outreach programming a success.
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Feeling Sappy about Dale Prince

SEA News - Tue, 2018-02-06 15:04

Dear Colleagues in the SEA Region –

Some of you may have heard this news in other ways, if so, I apologize for the duplication.

Why I am feeling “sappy” about Dale Prince…

Sappy = Sad and happy.

Sad for me, the HS/HSL, the SEA, and the NNLM.

Happy for Dale Prince who has been selected as the new Director of Libraries at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Dale has been here at the HS/HSL for almost 20 years, starting as our Head of Circulation. He moved to the RML as a Coordinator in 2002 and then became the Executive Director in 2011. Through it all he has been a superb “frolleague,” and an essential member of the HS/HSL Leadership Team even though we had to endure him during his Billy Idol white hair days.

He has contributed so much professionally and personally to the SEA and the HS/HSL and to say we are going to miss him is an understatement.

His last day here will be May 1 which we greatly appreciate since it gets us through this agreement year and the dreaded end of the year RML reports.

We have begun recruiting for his replacement as. Please see the position description. Deadline for applications? March 2.

We have plans for an Acting ED who will overlap a bit with Dale to insure continuity. More about that later.

Please join me in congratulating Dale. He will be great as a director and LSUHSC is lucky to have him! He says this is the part where I break into uncontrollable sobs!

Best –

M.J.

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA

Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library

Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Director, National DOCLINE Coordinating Office

University of Maryland, Baltimore

601 West Lombard Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

mjtooey@hshsl.umaryland.edu

410.706.7545 – Voice

410.706.3101 – Fax

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Consumer Health Class for Public Libraries, second cohort opportunity

PNR News - Tue, 2018-02-06 11:28

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting public library staff to participate in the online training, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community.” This is a 4-week, online, asynchronous (all self-paced) course where participants will earn 12 continuing education (CE) credits and a certificate. The course is designed to provide public library staff with core competencies of providing health information services and the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies.

The course will begin March 5, 2018, with new content released each Monday. Plan to spend about 3 hours on coursework each week between March 5 and April 1. One additional week will be provided to catch up on assignments if needed. However, because each week involves online discussion with your peers, it is important to keep up with the weekly topics and not attempt to catch up at the end.

This opportunity is part of a project to improve the course content and format to meet the unique needs of public library staff. Participants will be asked to take a short pre- and post-course surveys.

In addition to receiving a certificate for 12 CE hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA), the NNLM will also sponsor the application fee for a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from MLA. You will receive a certificate in the mail as well as a digital badge to use online.

If you are interested please complete this online form.

You will be contacted on February 26, 2018, to let you know if you have been selected for the program.

If you have any questions please contact:

Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA
Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
bobbi-newman@uiowa.edu

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Welcome Karen Coghlan, Education & Outreach Coordinator

NER News - Tue, 2018-02-06 10:58

 

NER is happy to welcome our newest staff member, Karen Coghlan. Karen is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama Library Science School. Karen also holds a MS In Biology from Tufts University and JD from Villanova. Karen has worked as a STEM/Technology high school and middle school teacher and as a long-term substitute teacher for biology. Karen will be overseeing NER’s research data management program and representing NER on the RDM Working Group.  Her email address is karen.coghlan@umassmed.edu and her direct line is 508-856-2223.

We look forward to soon sharing more about Karen and the great work she will contribute to the region.

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MLA Symposium: Health Information for Public Librarians

PNR News - Tue, 2018-02-06 10:28

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has joined forces with the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to provide a health information symposium for public librarians that runs concurrent with the last day and a half of MLA ’18, including the Tuesday Silver and Gold Networking Dinner.  Health Information for Public Librarians is a symposium which provides a unique opportunity for both public and health sciences librarians to learn and network.

U.S.-based public librarians with interest or responsibility in providing health information to their communities qualify for a free registration for the 1-1/2- day symposium.  MLA headquarters staff will review the application for compliance before sending a confirmation email. Attendance is limited to 150 qualified public librarians, who commit to attending the symposium by registering. Applicants beyond 150 will be placed on a waiting list.

Eligible applicants can also apply for a stipend for up to $500 from the NNLM Greater Midwest Region (deadline March 1, 2018).  Click here for the NNLM Greater Midwest Region stipend application.  In addition to the $500 stipend, more funding support to defray travel costs is also available from the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region.  After first applying for the NNLM Greater Midwest Region stipend, public librarians in the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington state) should contact Carolyn Martin, NNLM Pacific Northwest Region Consumer Health Coordinator (martinc4@uw.edu) about obtaining additional funding  to defray or cover the entire cost of a round trip plane ticket to Atlanta (deadline for NNLM Pacific Northwest Region funding is March 23, 2018).

In short, you only have to commit your time to expand your knowledge of health information and to develop your network of peers in public libraries, health sciences libraries, and NNLM.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understand how advances in precision medicine are affecting the need for public health information and learn about the All-of-Us objectives
  • Understand the competencies for public health information, self-assess, and create a personal development plan
  • Connect health sciences librarians with public librarians involved in health information
  • Learn about available resources for learning, networking, and outreach, including from MLA, PLA, and NNLM
  • Overcome barriers to providing health information to the public
  • Learn what others are doing to engage the public in health information
  • Learn about national strategies and trends in areas of health disparities, social determinants of health, disease control, and prevention

The symposium will be held during the last day and a half of MLA’s  annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to
  • noon, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It is recommended to review the full details on the MLA conference website if interested in attending.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Space is limited to a maximum of 150 public librarians.

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February is African American History Month

SCR News - Tue, 2018-02-06 09:37

“Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters” via www.loc.gov, 1863-1865, Public Domain.

February is African American History Month and there are a variety of organizations hosting events throughout the month.  With so much going on it is impossible to provide a complete list of resources and events available nationally and locally, but we’d like to spotlight a few.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History:  Learn more about Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History” and his efforts “disseminating information about black life, history and culture to the global community.”

Smithsonian Education:  There is a great list of black history teaching resources, including reading lists for young people between the ages of 3 and 10.

The National Park Service:  Learn about the park sites dedicated to African American history and culture.

The National Archives:  The Archives hold a wealth of material documenting the African American experience, and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.

The NNLM SCR would like to spend African American History Month focusing on health-related issues that are specific to or largely impact African Americans.  Continue to check our blog weekly for new stories in line with this theme.

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Accepting Applications – NNLM MCR Technology Improvement Award

MCR News - Mon, 2018-02-05 18:45

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of Technology Improvement Awards.

These awards seeks to enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software that is utilized to ensure access to high quality health information.

Previous awards funded digital signage with health messaging and a virtual reality lab. Not sure if your project is within scope? Send a brief letter of intent with a project summary and estimated budget to Alillich@kumc.edu and we will happy to review and advise.

The NNLM MCR will fund awards up to $1,500 each.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday April 20, 2018 – Midnight MT

FUNDING PERIOD: May 1, 2018 thru January 25, 2019.

View the full project guidelines, an application checklist, or begin your online application.

QUESTIONS TO: Alicia Lillich @ Alillich@kumc.edu or 913-588-7355

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Wednesday: How to Run an NCBI-Style Hackathon at Your Institution

MAR News - Mon, 2018-02-05 17:19

Coming up this week on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, NCBI will present a webinar that will show you how to plan and run an NCBI-style hackathon at your own institution!

NCBI organizes 2-3-day hackathons at sites throughout the United States. In these events, participants work in small collaborative groups on workflows, scripts or applications to create bioinformatic solutions to problems in fields such as text mining, next-gen sequence analysis, medical informatics, and many others. Code from Hackathon projects is available on the public NCBI Hackathon GitHub site. This hour-long webinar will show you how to plan and run an NCBI-Style Hackathon at your own institution.

Date & time: Wed, Feb 7, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. A few days after the live presentation, you can view the recording on the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

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Calling Public Library Staff for Online Training

MCR News - Mon, 2018-02-05 13:49

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting public library staff to participate in the online training, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community.” This is a 4-week, online, asynchronous (all self-paced) course where participants will earn 12 continuing education (CE) credits and a certificate. The course is designed to provide public library staff with core competencies of providing health information services and the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies.

The course will begin March 5, 2018, with new content released each Monday. Plan to spend about 3 hours on coursework each week between March 5 and April 1. One additional week will be provided to catch up on assignments if needed. However, because each week involves online discussion with your peers, it is important to keep up with the weekly topics and not attempt to catch up at the end.

This opportunity is part of a project to improve the course content and format to meet the unique needs of public library staff. Participants will be asked to take a short pre- and post-course surveys.

In addition to receiving a certificate for 12 CE hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA), the NNLM will also sponsor the application fee for a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from MLA. You will receive a certificate in the mail as well as a digital badge to use online. 

If you are interested please complete this online form.

You will be contacted on February 26, 2018, to let you know if you have been selected for the program.

If you have any questions please contact:

Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA

Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

Greater Midwest Region (GMR)

bobbi-newman@uiowa.edu

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Couples Teamwork Program: Shaping a Strong Future with Chronic Illness

NER News - Mon, 2018-02-05 12:12

The following is the first in a series of blog posts written by NER funded grant recipients. Through these posts we hope to share with you how NLM resources are helping those in need in New England.

This week’s blog post was written by Elyce Waksman, the Couples Teamwork Program Manager from the YWCA of Central Massachusetts . Elyce writes about The Couples Teamwork program developed in Worcester, Massachusetts that brings couples together to share information and resources as they navigate the physical, emotional, and financial aspects of a family coping with a chronic illness.

Facing a lifelong diagnosis with a partner or loved one can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to control you. With teamwork and a set of strategies for tackling life’s complex issues, you and your loved one can manage the illness and live strong, happy, and healthy lives together. That’s what YWCA Central Massachusetts Couples Teamwork Program participants learned in October and November of 2017. A group of couples facing various chronic illnesses came together every weekend to learn from experts, share their experiences with each other, build friendships, and set goals for a strong future. This program is open to all adults with a chronic illness and their caregiver (such as a partner, parent, sibling, or child.

On October 1, 2017, the group came together for the first time at Summit ElderCare® on Grafton Street in Worcester and set goals for themselves with the guidance of clinical psychologist Elizabeth T. Austin, Psy.D., who specializes in chronic disease management. Throughout the seven weeks, participants learned how to access accurate and reliable medical information online through resources from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). Austin led participants through a workshop on emotional balance, resilience, and healthy communication. Dietitian Jennifer Fournier helped participants experience mindful eating, taught them about the nutrition contents of common foods, and even provided some delicious (and nutritious!) recipes. With professionals Elizabeth Myska, P.C., and Patricia Altomare, Esq., participants had the opportunity to ask questions about their legal and financial concerns like healthcare, retirement, and estate planning. Personal trainer Stephanie Puentes worked with each couple to make individualized fitness plans that would suit each person’s needs. The program ended with a Wellness Resource Fair, connecting participants directly with local resources. Our participants raved about the wide range of information presented each week, as well as the benefits of sharing and learning from each other in this FREE program.

So how did this unique and comprehensive program come to be?

In 2015, a group of women in the YWCA community found that they had similar experiences and struggles in their caregiving relationships. This group of women and their spouses discovered the mutual benefits from sharing knowledge, asking questions, and just venting. But they had a lot of questions and concerns that they could not figure out on their own. Together they envisioned what has now become the Couples Teamwork Program, a seven-week series for individuals with chronic illnesses and their loved ones to learn from experts on the subjects that matter most to them, gain access to local and online resources, and support each other. In partnership with Fallon Health Summit ElderCare® and with funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NNLM NER), we have had the wonderful opportunity not only to make these women’s vision a reality, but to provide this program free of charge for members of the Greater Worcester community.

Another session of the Couples Teamwork Program is beginning March 3,  and will continue through April 14, 2018, on Saturday mornings 10AM-12PM at either the YWCA, or at Summit Eldercare, both are located in Worcester.   To register or for more information, please contact Elyse Waksman at healthprogram@ywcacentralmass.org.

The following is a link to the promotional flyer for the next session of the Couples Teamwork program, please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested in learning more.

http://bit.ly/2E6lnfO

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PubMed Commons to be Discontinued

SEA News - Mon, 2018-02-05 08:44

PubMed Commons has been a valuable experiment in supporting discussion of published scientific literature. The service was first introduced as a pilot project in the fall of 2013 and was reviewed in 2015. Despite low levels of use at that time, NIH decided to extend the effort for another year or two in hopes that participation would increase. Unfortunately, usage has remained minimal, with comments submitted on only 6,000 of the 28 million articles indexed in PubMed.

While many worthwhile comments were made through the service during its 4 years of operation, NIH has decided that the low level of participation does not warrant continued investment in the project, particularly given the availability of other commenting venues.

The discontinuation plan is as follows:

  • New comments will be accepted through February 15, 2018.
  • Comments will continue to be visible on the PubMed and PubMed Commons websites through March 2, 2018.
  • Users wishing to access the comments after March 2, 2018, will be able to download them from NCBI’s website.

Many thanks to all of you who participated in this experimental effort to enhance the opportunities for interaction about published biomedical literature.

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PubMed Commons to be Discontinued

NTO News - Mon, 2018-02-05 01:30

From the NCBI Insights Blog:

PubMed Commons has been a valuable experiment in supporting discussion of published scientific literature. The service was first introduced as a pilot project in the fall of 2013 and was reviewed in 2015. Despite low levels of use at that time, NIH decided to extend the effort for another year or two in hopes that participation would increase. Unfortunately, usage has remained minimal, with comments submitted on only 6,000 of the 28 million articles indexed in PubMed.

While many worthwhile comments were made through the service during its 4 years of operation, NIH has decided that the low level of participation does not warrant continued investment in the project, particularly given the availability of other commenting venues.

The discontinuation plan is as follows:

New comments will be accepted through February 15, 2018.

Comments will continue to be visible on the PubMed and PubMed Commons websites through March 2, 2018.
Users wishing to access the comments after March 2, 2018, will be able to download them from NCBI’s website.

Many thanks to all of you who participated in this experimental effort to enhance the opportunities for interaction about published biomedical literature.

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February 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-02-02 16:06
Illustration of woman looking at goldfish

Check out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: How to Find a Cancer Doctor
    Cancer changes your life and the lives of those around you. Finding the right cancer doctor (called an oncologist) and treatment facility is an important step to getting the treatment and support you need.
  • Featured Website: Bullying Prevention
    Bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior among peers where there is power imbalance. Find out how to spot the signs and respond to bullying and cyberbullying.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-02-02 10:00

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

Spotlight

All NNLM MAR funding opportunities are currently closed. In March, we will announce opportunities to apply for projects starting May 15, 2018. Now is the perfect time to start meeting with potential partners and consulting with NNLM MAR staff on health information outreach ideas. Contact us to set up a consultation.

Dr. Matthew Lin, Director of the Office of Minority Health, announced earlier this week the 2018 theme for National Minority Health Month: Partnering for Health Equity. Stay tuned for more details about how you can get involved in #NMHM18!

It’s National Wear Red Day®! Did your organization participate by wearing red, or offer a program to raise awareness about heart disease being the number 1 killer of women? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to present a full-day preconference in conjunction with PLA 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. This preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services, coach you through understanding your community’s needs, and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Details.

Promoting Healthy Communities: as part of our joint consumer health initiative with the Public Library Association, we are encouraging network members to submit a brief write-up about their health and wellness programs to ALA’s Programming Librarian website, so that others may benefit from your success! Learn more about this opportunity.

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.

DataFlash: Electronic Lab Notebooks – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — February 7, 2018 – SEA Currents

New on YouTube: Moving from Data to Health Equity Action: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, January 10, 2018

NLM/NIH News

All of Us Research Program Seeking “Use Cases” Describing Research Questions: the All of Us Research Program is reaching out to prospective researchers, community organizations, and citizen scientists for ideas on research questions that the program could help answer. Submit your ideas to provide information for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop, coming up on March 21–23, 2018.

Connecting Computing Research with National PrioritiesNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Want to do more with PubMed?NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

New ‘Liquid Biopsy’ Shows Early Promise in Detecting CancerNIH Director’s Blog

Collecting Data about Tuberculosis, ca. 1900Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM Classification 2018 Winter Edition Now AvailableNLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

PubMed Commons to be DiscontinuedNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

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!

Space is limited! Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – February 5-March 30, 2018 – This semi self-paced online course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

Learning to Liaise with Health Professions – February 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Health professions programs are growing rapidly and in numerous disciplines, each with their own distinct standards and cultures of practice. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will explore various health professions and educational environments, such as community colleges, hospitals, universities, and more. Next, the course will focus on how educational standards for health professions inform library instruction, research support, and collection services. The instructors will share best practices for working with health professions from the literature and personal experience; participants will also be able to provide feedback and share their experiences.

Managerial Perspectives on the Role of Public Libraries in Disaster Response – February 8, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Michal Linder Zarankin, PhD, adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech, will discuss managers’ perceptions of how their public service organizations can support their communities in disaster response. For this webinar, she will focus on public libraries. Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.

In-person opportunity! PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – February 12, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Taught by an experienced medical librarian, this in-person class at Lincoln University (PA) will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information. Participants are eligible for 3 MLA CE.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed – February 13, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join NLM for this introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. Participants will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world.

Shared Decision Making: Patient Empowerment – February 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will address patient empowerment by introducing attendees to consumer shared decision making (SDM) tools, including the historical background of SDM, examples of various types of decision support tools, and their functionality. Learn about free, easy-to-read, health information resources and SDM tools, and tips and techniques for implementing this workflow in your organization.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed – March 5-22, 2018 – This series of interactive workshops from NLM will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of five 90-minute sessions (plus an optional “office hours”), students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1 – March 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. Join MAR for this webinar that will help participants gain a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community. This class will examine the benefits of LGBT-focused cultural competency for the health care team, identify electronic, print, and other resources for building quality LGBT collections and reference materials, offer ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community, and identify inter-professional opportunities for librarians.

Other Items of Interest

HSLS Receives Funding Under National Partnership With the NIH All of Us Research ProgramLibrary Insider, University of Pittsburgh’s University Times

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 – February 2, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-02-02 07:15

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*

Online Asynchronous Moodle Course

Webinars: February 5-9

Webinars: February 12-16

Webinars: February 19-23

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 below 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 accountprior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunitiesto register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guideto understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.

 

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New NNLM PSR Library Director Profile: Keir Reavie, City of Hope, Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-02-01 18:23

by Keir Reavie, MLIS, Director, Library Services
Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

I’m happy to be back in California, in the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), and working in a health sciences environment as Director, Library Services, Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library, City of Hope. I’ve been in Southern California for four months and it was great seeing colleagues at the first Joint Meeting I’ve attended since 2011, when I was living in Northern California and a member of the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG). I had been living in New York City since early 2011, where I worked as the Associate Director of the Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, and on the John Torrey Papers digitization project at the Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden. Those of you interested in the history of science or botany in America, or the history of nineteenth-century America, should check out the John Torrey Papers. To get more intimate with Torrey’s correspondence, you can also help transcribe the papers, so historians and other researchers can more easily search and retrieve information from the documents.

I received my MLIS from the University of Western Ontario and took my first position as a health sciences librarian in the Medical Library at the University of Manitoba. I then worked at the Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit. While at Wayne State I was active in the Greater Midwest Region of the NNLM, as a member of the Advisory Board and chair of the Education Committee. I moved to California in 2000, to take a position in the Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF I worked closely with the School of Medicine to integrate information literacy into the evidence-based medicine curriculum, and later managed the library’s education and information services. In 2006 I went on to work at the University of California, Davis (UCD), where I managed the health sciences libraries and the biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences departments of the UCD Libraries. As a member of NCNMLG, I served as president in 2007/2008, and member of the planning committees for Joint Meetings in 2008 and 2011. I worked closely with the NNLM PSR, and was always happy to assist at NLM exhibits at health sciences conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area, to help promote NLM resources.

It’s an exciting time to be working at the City of Hope. It is a non-profit organization that is growing rapidly, and was recently re-accredited as one of 49 NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. It will be a challenge to develop and maintain the library’s central role as a place of learning for faculty, students, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals as the organization grows. The Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is a leader in research to understand how biology affects diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes. City of Hope has recently acquired a precision medicine research group, the Translation Genomics Research Institute, located in Phoenix, AZ. Translational science is a high priority for the organization. The Graduate School is applying to start a new Master’s program in translational science. In addition, City of Hope has extensive education programs, including the renowned nursing research and clinical investigation training programs. City of Hope has also developed a comprehensive strategy to cure type I diabetes.

To support the growing enterprise, the Library plans to add additional staff and rethink the use of library space, to create collaborative environments for researchers, pharmacists, nurses, and clinicians; support translational science; and help expand educational programs in the City of Hope. The Library recently started reporting to the Chief Informatics Officer, so we will also be closely linked to City of Hope’s informatics strategy, particularly the centralization of informatics and bioinformatics educational programs. Again, I’m glad to rejoin the NNLM PSR and look forward to working closely with professional librarians throughout the region, and hopefully take some time to explore Los Angeles and Southern California!

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PubMed Commons to Be Discontinued

PSR News - Thu, 2018-02-01 18:19

PubMed Commons has been a valuable experiment in supporting discussion of published scientific literature. The service was first introduced as a pilot project in the fall of 2013 and was reviewed in 2015. Despite low levels of use at that time, NIH decided to extend the effort for another year or two in hopes that participation would increase. Unfortunately, usage has remained minimal, with comments submitted on only 6,000 of the 28 million articles indexed in PubMed.

While many worthwhile comments were made through the service during its 4 years of operation, NIH has decided that the low level of participation does not warrant continued investment in the project, particularly given the availability of other commenting venues. The discontinuation plan is as follows:

  • New comments will be accepted through February 15, 2018.
  • Comments will continue to be visible on the PubMed and PubMed Commons websites through March 2, 2018.
  • Users wishing to access the comments after March 2, 2018, will be able to download them from NCBI’s website.
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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — February 7, 2018

SEA News - Thu, 2018-02-01 15:22

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on February 7 to emphasize the continuing disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on the U.S. black/African American (black) population.

In 2014, non-Hispanic blacks represented 12% of the U.S. population (1), and the estimated 471,500 blacks living with diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV infection accounted for 43% of all persons living with diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV (2). In 2016, blacks represented 12% of the U.S. population (1), and blacks with new HIV diagnoses accounted for 44% of all new HIV diagnoses (https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-report-2016-vol-28.pdf)

In 2014, among blacks living with diagnosed HIV infection, in 38 jurisdictions with complete reporting of CD4 and viral load data, 69.8% received HIV medical care, and 51.5% were virally suppressed (viral load test of <200 copies of HIV RNA/mL) (2). A study reported in this issue of MMWR found racial and ethnic disparities in viral suppression and transmission risk (3).

CDC supports a range of efforts to reduce the risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV infection among blacks. Additional information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/features/BlackHIVAIDSAwareness.

National Library of Medicine Resources

References

  1. US Census Bureau. Population and Housing Unit Estimates Datasets 2016. Washington, DC: US Census Bureau; 2016. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/data-sets.2016.html
  2. CDC. Diagnosis of HIV infection in the United States and dependent areas, 2016. HIV surveillance report, 2016, vol. 28. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-report-2016-vol-28.pdf
  3. Crepaz N, Dong X, Wang X, Hernandez AL, Hall HI. Racial and ethnic disparities in sustained viral suppression and transmission risk potential among persons receiving HIV care—United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:113–8.

Source

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — February 7, 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:113. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6704a1

 

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National Wear Red Day

SCR News - Thu, 2018-02-01 09:04

“Painted red.” by Tim Marshall via Unsplash, July 26, 2016, CCO.

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day.  Everyone is encouraged to wear red to raise awareness about the #1 killer of women…. heart disease.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.  2018 marks the 15th year that this day of awareness has taken place.

Medlineplus.gov lists two types of heart disease that affect women more than men:

  • Coronary microvascular disease (MVD) – a problem that affects the heart’s tiny arteries
  • Broken heart syndrome – extreme emotional stress leading to severe but often short-term heart muscle failure

Although symptoms of heart disease may vary, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have a list of signs and symptoms for reference.  Any signs or symptoms should be discussed with your doctor immediately.

For tips on how to be heart healthy, visit fda.gov to learn more about heart health for women!

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