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MAR News - Fri, 2018-05-11 10:21

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Spotlight

All of Us: Did you miss the NNLM All of Us webinar on April 30? Watch the recording on YouTube to learn more about getting involved with the All of Us Research Program.

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

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Big Data in Healthcare – Opportunities for Librarians – SEA Currents

New on YouTube: How Do Communities Welcome People Managing Mental Illnesses and the Disease of Addiction? April 18, 2018

NLM/NIH News

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year residency fellowship at NLM on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The program offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.

NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

It’s Public Service Recognition Week. NLM staff answer: What does public service mean to you?NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

“Facts and Inferences”—Digitizing Shadows from the Walls of Death, Part 1 and Part 2Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

New MedlinePlus Health Topics: Teen Depression, Dislocated Shoulder and Eosinophilic Esophagitis

The National Library of Medicine is now accepting applications to its Michael E. DeBakey fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2019. Application materials must be submitted by September 28. Read the full NLM announcement for more information and instructions on how to apply.

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!

EMPOWER: A Community-Based Approach to Improve Care for Women with Newborns Affected by Perinatal Substance Use Disorder – May 15, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this webinar will describe how one rural community collaborated to create a screening, referral and support program called EMPOWER (Engaging Mothers for Positive Outcomes with Early Referrals). Learn how this innovative approach helps support women and improves outcomes by identifying and addressing barriers to care for patients, health care providers and their community.

Improved Standalone BLAST database and programs: now with taxonomic information – May 16, 12:00-12:30 PM ET – Through this NCBI webinar you will learn how to download and use BLASTdbv5 and the new BLAST programs to limit searches to taxonomic groups and to retrieve sequences from the database by taxonomy without the often difficult step of first downloading an identifier list.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds – May 29, 1:00-2:00 PM – The Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds project enabled Torrance State Hospital patients to learn how to access reliable health information to implement a healthy lifestyle. Patients participated in goal setting, technology instruction, exercise, learning about MedlinePlus and have performed simple research assignments. Join MAR for this webinar to learn more about the program and how it impacted Torrance patients and staff.

NNLM Resource Picks: Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information – May 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join PSR for this next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series. This session will focus on seniors’ use and access to quality health information, highlighting resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and MedlinePlus.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 4-29, 2018 – Join GMR for a 4 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency and humility, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources. This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

Pride at the Library: LGBTQ Programming For All Ages – June 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The LGBTQ community is an underserved and vulnerable population, often facing misinformation and censorship. Libraries have a unique capability to reach out to this group, providing a safe space to access materials and gather together, as well as provide education to the larger community. Sponsored by MAR, this talk will discuss how to develop engaging LGBTQ programming for all ages, gain the support of your administration, locate community partners, promote your programs, deal with media attention, and manage complaints.

Just Talk About It: Using Mental Health Education to Prevent and Treat Substance Use Disorder – June 12, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by NER, Carl Antisell from the Minding Your Mind organization will share the story of his journey through addiction to recovery. Carl will discuss what to look for as warning signs of potential mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Learn to look beyond the stigma associated with mental health, and use strategies with students, friends and family to address signs of difficulty using vocabulary that invites engagement and that shows empathy, care and respect.

Other Items of Interest

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Notice: the AHRQ National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC, qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov) Web site will not be available after July 16, 2018. Details.

Mountain States Regional Health Equity Webinar: Communications Solutions to Achieving Health Equity with Populations Living with Disabilities – May 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This webinar by the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) will outline cross-cutting strategies that can support more inclusive and accessible approaches to implementing Healthy Communications and Health Information Technology (HCHIT). Presenters will share ways to engage the disability community to meet the needs and preferences of people living with disabilities, and they will provide an overview of progress on related objectives among people with disabilities.

Data Catalog Collaboration Information Session at MLA – May 21, 2:30-3:25 PM ET – Is your library interested in highlighting research data generated at your institution? Are you invested in helping researchers share and discover data that is not readily accessible elsewhere online? Come learn about implementing an institutional data catalog and the collaborating group of librarians that support it at an information session at MLA 2018 in Atlanta.

Introduction to Software Carpentry for Librarians – May 24, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET – Join the ACRL University Libraries Section for an introduction to Software Carpentry for Librarians by Cam Macdonell and Clara Llebot Lorente. The rise of carpentry workshops in academic libraries comes out of scientists long standing need to effectively adopt and apply computing skills to their research practices. Assistant Professor Cam Macdonell will orient participants to the rise of carpentry education, how librarians can get involved, and carpentry communities’ future directions. Data Management Specialist Clara Llebot Lorente will discuss how she applies carpentry in her credit graduate course, during professional consultations, and in projects with university partners.

Today’s Nurses: Poised to Fill Needs in Primary Care – AHRQ Views

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 – May 11, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-05-11 07:28

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 Item of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Online Moodle Courses

Webinars: May 14-18

Webinars: May 28 – June 1

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars and classes available for you to attend.

Past Webinars 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 Precision Medicine/NIH All of Us Initiative

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM 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.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

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

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Free mini-Conference on Blockchain Technology in Libraries

MCR News - Thu, 2018-05-10 15:32

You might be interested in participating in the Library 2.018 mini-conference: “Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession,” which will be held online on Thursday, June 7th, from 1-4pm MT/ 2-5pm CT.

This is a free event, being held online: REGISTER HERE

This event is being organized in partnership with Drs. Sue Alman and Sandra Hirsh from the San Jose State University School of Information as part of their IMLS-funded investigation of the potential uses of blockchain technology for the information professions.

Blockchain technology has the potential for libraries to accomplish much more than housing electronic credentials. The technology enables a broader impact within the community and around the globe. Some suggestions being explored for blockchain applications in libraries include building an enhanced metadata center, protecting Digital First Sale rights, supporting community-based collections, and facilitating partnerships across organizations. This mini-conference will provide participants with an overview of blockchain technology and information about current applications within the information professions. Join the discussion on ways that blockchain technology can be used in libraries. https://ischoolblogs.sjsu.edu/blockchains.

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NIH All of Us Research Program National Launch in Pasco, WA

PNR News - Thu, 2018-05-10 14:18

Tania Bardyn, NNLM PNR Director & Jane Delgado, President and CEO, NAHH

Sunday, May 6 was a beautiful sunny day in Pasco, WA for the NIH’s All of Us Research Program National Launch Event to celebrate the opening of program enrollment to adults age 18+ who are living in the United States. NLM through its National Network of Libraries of Medicine is an NIH All of Us strategic partner. NNLM PNR joined with the National Alliance of Hispanic Health (NAHH), Mid-Columbia Libraries, Richland City Public Library and Tri-Cities Community Health along with many other community partners at a Health and Wellness Fair for the Pasco event. The event was held in the Pasco Town Square and featured a main stage with entertainment all day and live-streaming of Dr Francis Collins, Director, NIH, officially launching the event and Eric Dishman, Director, NIH All of Us Research Program, talking about the historic nature of the program and its importance to the future of health. Tania Bardyn, Director, NNLM PNR spoke on the Pasco main stage as did Jane Delgado, President & CEO, NAHH.

Our event had a fiesta feel to it. The NNLM PNR booth was staffed by Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director, NNLM PNR and Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator with assistance from Fanny Cordero, Spanish Interpreter. We shared lots of NLM and All of Us resources throughout the day and yes, even participated in a bit of zumba!

Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director, NNLM PNR, Fanny Cordero, Spanish Interpreter and Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator

Michele Spatz & Edgar Del Rico, Senior Director for Innovation and Program Development, NAHH

Zumba!

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Searching for Health Information Online

SCR News - Thu, 2018-05-10 10:20
MedlinePlus Logo

“MedlinePlus Logo” via medlineplus.gov, January 2018, Public Domain.

The quantity of health information available is both an advantage and disadvantage for those turning to the internet to try and self-diagnose their symptoms.  For example, a google search for “racing heartbeat” returned 1,710,000 results in less than a second.  How does one determine if the website they are browsing has accurate and complete information?

Utilizing a trusted health resource to perform a search will significantly narrow the results down to credible sources with relevant information.  For example, I did the same search, “racing heartbeat” on a health resource website and came up with only 62 results but from sources such as the National Institute of Health, Mayo Clinic,   and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The health resource that I used is MedlinePlus.gov, a website produced by the National Library of Medicine, that offers a plethora of information about diseases, conditions and wellness.  The site offers current information and there are no “sponsored links” during searches or advertising anywhere on the site.

Take a video tour of the site today!

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Big Data in Healthcare – Opportunities for Librarians

SEA News - Wed, 2018-05-09 14:12

by Douglas J. Joubert, Informationist, NIH Library, Washington, DC

Over the last seven weeks, in the Big Data in Healthcare – Opportunities for Librarians, we learned about big data and data science within the context of five distinct disciplines. This essay will provide an overview of big data and data science within each of the five disciplines, with a focus on how librarians can support researchers working in these fields.

Although not focused exclusively on Big Data, a recent report has strongly advocated for an increased role for librarians in the field of data science (Burton, Lyon, Erdmann, & Tijerina, 2018). This report outlines a multi-faceted framework for understanding the internal (within the discipline) and external (within the broader science disciplines) drivers that are changing the way in which we think about data.

Data science is one those terms that can take on different meanings, based on a particular practice area. One of the more popular representations of data science is that of Drew Conway. Conway represents data science as the intersection between three primary domains [Figure 1]. It is not vital that librarians be experts in each of the three domains that comprise this Venn diagram, nor is it even possible. What is important, and serves as the primary thesis of this essay is that librarians be grounded in how researchers in each of these areas produce, organize, and analyze data.

The Data Science Venn Diagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 1: The Data Science Venn diagram[1].

This course introduced us to a number of different perspectives on the topic of big data. The first view was provided by a data informationist (Lisa Federer) who works for a large biomedical research center. She defined big data as having a number of distinct qualities. This first of these qualities is the amount of data being produced, commonly referred to as its volume (Federer, 2017). The second quality is the variety of the data, specifically, pulling data from many different sources, in many different formats (Federer, 2017). The third feature of big data is the rate in which the data is being produced, or its velocity (Federer, 2017). Last, is data veracity. This refers to how much trust we place in the source of the data and the data quality (Federer, 2017). Additional definitions were provided by two social scientists, a practicing clinician, and a nursing researcher.

The nursing perspective provided some additional insights that are worth exploring. First is the unique role that nurses play in the delivery of health care, and how this role influences big data research (Brennan, 2015). Second, Dr. Brennan emphasized that terms like the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), big data, and precision medicine mean different things to different people (Brennan, 2015). The role for nursing to play is making these terms meaningful to patients and their families. Last, she emphasized that these tools need to be understood from the nursing experience, which takes a more humanistic approach when compared to the traditional medical model of health care delivery. Nurses are focused on getting the goals of precision medicine into the “hands of the people” (Brennan, 2015). All of these different perspectives are needed to fully understand the role of big data and how big data is changing the way that we conduct research, deliver health care, and make informed decisions.

Using three elements from Martin’s User-Centered Data Management Framework for Librarians, I will advocate for the increased role of librarians in both data science and big data initiatives. These elements are: (1) Service, (2) Best Practices for Data Management, and (3) Literacy (Martin, 2016).

Libraries have a long and rich history of providing services to different user groups. Adding data services as a component to more traditional library services allows libraries to respond to an increased demand for specialized levels of support for data science. Potential roles for librarians could fall into the following categories (1) data extraction, (2) data wrangling, (3) data analysis, or (4) data visualization (Hamalainen, 2016). Some of these skills, like data extraction or data analysis, can be performed without much additional training. Data wrangling and data visualization are not out of reach for most librarians, if they get supplemental training. These four areas also require the least amount of overhead when compared with, for example, hosting a data repository.

Also, many data service questions are very similar to the types of reference questions that librarians have traditionally answered. For example:

  • Knowing where to find authoritative and curated datasets
  • Knowing the best methods for searching datasets
  • Knowing how to choose the best software solutions
  • Knowing about current metadata schemas for data

Each week in this class presented us with a different challenge for managing data, and innovative solutions for dealing with these challenges. We also learned that these challenges are being addressed by local and national initiatives. At the federal level, a 2013 report was released by the Office of Science and Technology that outlined a number of important policy principles (Holdren, 2013). Many of these principles align to the work of libraries, and present us with numerous opportunities. The first is helping researchers comply with changing grant requirements. Second is working with researchers in efforts to maximize transparency and accountability in terms of collecting and storing data. Last is connecting researchers with tools like the Open Science Framework to support data sharing and increasing reproducibility.

As someone who has spent a great deal of his professional life teaching library users, this topic resonates the most with me. Also, I feel that librarians make some of the best teachers. Teaching about data literacy, data analysis, and data management offers incredible potential for librarians. It has been my experience that starting small is the best entry point into teaching these topics, for example, working with a colleague to develop a data literacy class, or volunteering to serve as a teaching assistant or back-up for a more seasoned teacher. Teaching a class in R or Python are admirable goals. However, it might not be the best place to start, nor is it necessarily the right solution for your library. Finally, look for both formal and informal professional development opportunities. This MOOC (Big Data in Healthcare[2]) and Best Practices for Biomedical Research Data Management[3] are just two recent examples of librarian-led data management classes. However, Meet Up groups[4] and connections developed through Social Media are also wonderful way to learn and network.

References

Brennan, P. (2015). Big Data in Nursing. Bethesda: NINR Big Data Bootcamp.
Burton, M., Lyon, L., Erdmann, C., & Tijerina, B. (2018). Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science in Libraries.
Federer, L. (2017). Data Science 101. NNLM Beyond the SEA Webinar Series.
Hamalainen, H. W. (2016). Geoscience Librarianship 101: Making Sense out of “GeoReference.” Baltimore.
Holdren, J. P. (2013). Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research. Retrieved from https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostp_public_access_me mo_2013.pdf
Martin, E. (2016). The Role of Librarians in Data Science: A Call to Action. Journal of eScience
Librarianship, e1092. http://doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2015.1092

 

[1] http://drewconway.com/zia/2013/3/26/the-data-science-venn-diagram
[2] https://nnlm.gov/moodle/enrol/index.php?id=703
[3] https://learn.canvas.net/courses/1854
[4] http://www.datacommunitydc.org/calendar/  or https://www.meetup.com/find/s

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Funding Awarded to Charlevoix Public Library for “Improving Health Awareness Through Access to Quality Health Information”

GMR News - Wed, 2018-05-09 13:58

I am excited to announce funding for this project led by Susan Kroll!

Project Description:

This project will load 20 iPads with NLM consumer health information for adults and children. This project is a partnership between the Charlevoix Public Library and the Munson Charlevoix Hospital Education Department. The iPads will be placed in the Library, the Hospital Wellness Workshop facility, in selected physicians’ and school nurse offices and used in health clinics for American Indians and community senior events. The Health Librarian will train the health professionals to use the iPads and review specific NLM databases. The information will be reviewed semi-annually to ensure that the resources are up to date. The rural counties of Antrim and Charlevoix counties which constitutes the Library and Hospital’s patron base have many health challenges associated with obesity, diabetes, and alcoholism. Access to mental health professionals and specialists is scarce. These chronic health issues combined with a general population that has limited computer skills make this an ideal environment to provide NLM health information for adults and children on user-friendly iPads. The mission of the Charlevoix Public Library is to connect the community to resources that educate, enrich and empower. The Library has been a partner with the Munson Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop since inception, providing community health information based on NLM resources. The Wellness Workshop supports the Hospitals’ mission to improve the health and wellness of the community through health education, nutrition classes, and health screenings.

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NNLM Resource Picks: Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information – May 30, 3 PM ET

SEA News - Wed, 2018-05-09 09:48

Date/Time: May 30, 2018 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Presenters: Stephanie Dailey and Olivia Kent from National Institute on Aging and Andrew Plumer, from the Reference and Web Services Section, NLM

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Kay Deeney.

Abstract: This webinar focuses on seniors and their use and access to Quality Health Information. Resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and NLM’s MedlinePlus will be highlighted. NIA offers a variety of health information for seniors including exercise and physical activity campaigns such as Go4Life and Fit4Function, and resources such as the Talking with Your Doctor Toolkit. MedlinePlus has various resources of seniors.

By the way, May is Older Americans Month, so this webinar is fitting!

To register please visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/nnlm-resource-picks-healthy-aging-promoting-healthy-living-older-adults-through-quality-health

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NNLM Resource Picks: Healthy Aging – Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information

MCR News - Tue, 2018-05-08 19:06

May 30, 2018

1:00PM-2:00PM MDT,  3:00PM – 4:00PM ET

Please register: https://nnlm.gov/class/nnlm-resource-picks-healthy-aging-promoting-healthy-living-older-adults-through-quality-health

This webinar focuses on seniors and their use and access to Quality Health Information Resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and NLM’s MedlinePlus will be highlighted. NIA offers a variety of health information for seniors including exercise and physical activity campaigns such as Go4Life and Fit4Function, and resources such as the Talking with Your Doctor Toolkit. MedlinePlus has various resources of seniors.

By the way, May is Older Americans Month, so this webinar is fitting!

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. /da

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Seaside Webinar: NLM Strategic Plan – A NNLM SEA Network Member Forum – June 6, 2018

SEA News - Tue, 2018-05-08 14:59

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 2 PM ET

Hosts: Aimee Gogan, Health Professionals and Evaluation Coordinator and Tony Nguyen, Technology and Communications Coordinator

Abstract: Earlier this year, the National Library of Medicine released A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health National Library of Medicine Strategic Plan 2017–2027.

The NNLM SEA Region is interested in ideas and suggestions on how we can support the region with the new strategic plan. Do you have ideas of how your institution intends to support the strategic plan? Please join us in this open forum of idea sharing.

The forum will be structured around the three pillars outlined in the strategic plan.

  1. Innovate, create, and maintain a sustainable digital ecosystem to keep pace with the data demands of the research enterprise.
  2. Engage a wide range of audiences to ensure the right information gets delivered to them at the right time.
  3. Inspire and empower the data-driven workforce of the future.

This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts with other network members and NNLM.

To register: https://nnlm.gov/class/seaside-webinar-nlm-strategic-plan-nnlm-sea-network-member-forum/8415.

 

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Congratulations to Rachael Lebo, Professional Development Awardee!

GMR News - Tue, 2018-05-08 12:13

Congratulations are in order!  Rachael Lebo has been funded through the GMR office to attend the 2018 Medical Library Association meeting later this month in Atlanta.  As a first time attendee she is looking forward to taking advantage of some evidence based medicine instruction.  This knowledge will support the library’s participation in the objective structured clinical examination at her home institution, the University of South Dakota.  We are looking forward to seeing Rachael and hopefully you at MLA 2018 this year.

So, how about you?  Are you thinking of attending a conference in the next year?  While interest has surpassed our supply for the professional development funds in our first quarter, be sure to check out the GMR’s funding opportunities.  As the year progresses, more funds will become available for professional development awards.  We eagerly await your application.

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Can “Sundowning” in Alzheimer’s Patients be Treated?

SCR News - Tue, 2018-05-08 09:57
Picture of elderly lady crying.

“Grandma Crying Moment.” by Jeremy Wong via Unsplash, July 1, 2017, CCO.

A new study confirms earlier research about what causes sundowning in Alzheimer’s patients.  This could lead to a pharmacological treatment to eliminate this issue.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that typically begins in those 60 years and older.  It is the most common type of dementia and impacts parts of the brain that handle thought, memory and language.  There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and the symptoms grow progressively worth with time.

Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer’s that occurs as daylight begins to fade.  It presents as increased irritability, restlessness, or confusion. This will occasionally persist during nighttime hours as well making it difficult for patients and their caregivers to get proper sleep.

Previous research had suggested that this phenomenon was connected to circadian rhythm and a new research team has confirmed it.  ’We have shown that the circadian clock in mice is closely linked to an aggression centre in the mouse brain by a cell circuit. The human brain has those same groups of cells that the circuit goes through. With this knowledge, we are now enabled to target this circuit pharmacologically and target cells that make people aggressive at the end of the day’, said Timothy Lynagh, a member of the research team who confirmed the connection.

It is estimated that treatment in humans could begin in approximately 20 years.

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Welcome New All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator

SEA News - Mon, 2018-05-07 13:19

We are happy to announce that, on April 16th, April Wright joined the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region as the new All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator. She is responsible for working with public libraries to build programs and awareness around the All of Us National Research Program and health information literacy.

April has worked both in and on behalf of public libraries including work with Lubuto Library Partners, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit which takes a holistic, culturally relevant approach to library services for vulnerable children in Zambia.  Locally, she is active in various community literacy initiatives. She enjoys art, writing, music, birding and cooking.

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Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference

MAR News - Mon, 2018-05-07 08:00

MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Below are details on conferences and workshops where you could have the chance to meet and greet with our staff. If you have additional questions or would like to know about other in-person events, please contact us.

MAR at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair – Calling K-12 educators in the Pittsburgh area! MAR Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda and other MAR staff will be engaging middle and high school students in hands-on health activities as well as providing information on K-12 STEM resources for students, educators and parents at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) Public Day on May 17 from 8:00am-3:30pm.

MAR at the Medical Library Association MAR Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale and MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling will be presenting at MLA in Atlanta for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium May 22-May 23. Vitale and Flewelling will be on a panel on May 22 from 11:00-11:55am as part of the “Building a Consumer Health Information Practice: What Resources Are Out There?” session. They will be discussing NNLM funding and programs like Engage for Health, and more tips and tricks for new consumer health librarians.

MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner will be facilitating a session with other regional NNLM Community Engagement Coordinators on May 22 from 4:30-5:25pm. This “Health Literacy Heroes” session will be a chance for symposium attendees to debrief together about the day’s activities and to draft a plan of how they will implement health programs at their institutions and health information skills in their own professional development.

MAR at the Nassau County Library Association – MAR Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale will be presenting at the Nassau Library System in Uniondale, NY for the Nassau County Library Association. Vitale will offer “Opioid Use Awareness and Health Information Resources” for NCLA. The training will be held on May 30 from 10:00am-noon; to register visit the NCLA website.

MAR at the New Jersey Library Association MAR Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale and MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling will be exhibiting at NJLA May 31-June 1 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, NJ. Stop by to pick up some Libraries Transform materials, information about NLM resources, and to tell us what kind of health outreach you are up to in your library!

MAR at the Central PA Health Sciences Library Association  MAR Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda will be presenting on disaster and emergency preparedness resources on June 8 at the CPHSLA conference in Johnstown, PA.

MAR at the American Library Association – Will you be at ALA in New Orleans? MAR Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale and MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling are excited to present “’Engage for Health’: a Patient-Doctor Communication Program @ Your LibraryJune 23 from 2:30-3:30pm. The session will introduce participants to the ‘Engage for Health’ program and share just how easy it is to implement this health literacy program for your community!

Join MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner on Sunday June 24 from 1:00-2:00pm for “Professional Development 101: Get Involved, Get Ahead, and Make a Difference”. In this session, attendees will hear about Milliner’s experience working in and with public libraries and from two other library professionals and their professional journeys. This session will also include casual roundtable discussions on topics of getting involved in ALA and local library associations, advice for professional development opportunities, making a career plan, and working on professional committees. Attendees will walk away with tangible next steps about ways to enhance their professional careers.

Milliner and NNLM-SCR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Rachel Tims will also be available at the Learning Roundtable Training Showcase on Sunday June 24 from 3:00-5:00pm on the Exhibit Hall Floor. This fun, informal event is a chance for attendees to hear about training, resources, and professional development opportunities for libraries. Come learn about NNLM’s partnership with the All of Us Research Program and public libraries, free health resources for your library, Consumer Health Information Specialization sponsorship, and free library staff trainings/professional development available from NNLM.

MAR at Holy Family University – Do you live in or around Philadelphia, PA? MAR Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale will be offering a 3-hour version of “PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine” on July 27 from 9:00am-noon for any interested participants. Attendees will learn principles of evidence-based practice and learn about trusted resources like Genetics Home Reference, ClinicalTrials.gov, and PubMed Health, and are eligible for 3 MLA CE. The training will be held at Holy Family University; to register visit the class page.

MAR at Philadelphia Trans Wellness – MAR Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger will be presenting “Trusted Resources to Support Transgender Health” at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference on August 3 from 9:00-10:00am. NNLM MAR will also have an exhibit table at this conference from August 2nd– August 4th.

MAR at Northern New York Library Network Join MAR Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale in Potsdam, NY for a day of health programming, “What the Health? Information Resources for Librarians.” Vitale will offer “Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community” and “PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine” on August 10 from 10:00am-1:30pm. Participants are eligible for 3.5 MLA CE, and can register and read more about the event on the NNYLN website.

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A Unique Data Experience: Reflections on ESFCOM’s Inaugural Hackathon

PNR News - Mon, 2018-05-07 05:00

Today’s blog is by Nancy Shin, Sewell Memorial Fund Librarian Fellow at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Welcome, Nancy!

The most extraordinary thing happened to Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM) the weekend of April 13 -15, 2018.  ESFCOM hosted its inaugural Hackathon, which was organized by the College Technology Incubator Officer, Andrew Richards.  It was well attended by people from all walks of life and subject expertise including students and healthcare providers.  So, the big question is what exactly is a hackathon and why all the hype?

A hackathon is a social event that is focused on building small, innovative, and new technology projects.  It brings together teams of people to work on a common project within an overarching theme; at the end of the event, teams formally present their projects for judging.  The hackathon can last from 4 hours to 1 week (sleep is optional) and can involve large cash purses as prizes.  Typically, projects are technological and can result in the development of a new app or feature on a website in response to a theme; in the case of ESFCOM’s Hackathon, the theme was “challenges in rural healthcare.” The common misconception about a hackathon is that it is an event that is strictly designed for computer programmers, engineers, and software developers – i.e. anyone who codes! However, other skills like research, design, project management, data management, and leadership are also important to the dynamic of an ideal hackathon team.

Arguably the first hackathon was hosted by OpenBSD in 1999, which is an operating system; ten developers came together to work on various software problems over the span of a week (Davis, 2016).  Since then, hackathons have more famously been hosted by various companies like Facebook and Yahoo in 2005 and 2006, respectively, in order to catalyze new innovations in a relatively “risk-free” and “creative” environment (Davis, 2016). In general, hackathons are organized by one of the following communities: open source software companies, tech companies, sponsored competitions, and community institutions (Davis, 2016).

PTme, the winning team

In the health field, a big community hackathon organizer is the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which often hosts hackathons with a bioinformatics theme.  Although the ESFCOM’s Hackathon was heavily inspired by MIT’s “Grand Hack & Hacking Medicine,” what makes the community hackathon at ESFCOM so different and unique from other health hackathons is that it encourages a diverse skillset to tackle healthcare problems.  For example, the winning team PTme was made up of a diverse skillset that included developers, medical students, business leaders, and engineering students while my own hackathon team was made up of a mathematician, bioengineer, computer engineer, designer, and health/data librarian.  Another unique feature of the ESFCOM’s Hackathon was the involvement of health librarians in the Spokane area in creating a “Research Station” that provided active research and data management for the participating teams.  The volunteer librarians were able to provide direct research support to assist with each team’s research and data management needs.  It is those two qualities, skill diversity and library support, which makes ESFCOM’s Hackathon one of a kind and a successful model for other health communities/organizations to follow for their future hackathons!

References:

Davis, R. C. (2016). Hackathons for libraries and librarians. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 35(2), 87-91. doi:10.1080/01639269.2016.1208561

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Children of Incarcerated Parents

PNR News - Fri, 2018-05-04 17:27

There are over 2.7 million children in the United States who have a parent who is incarcerated. Children who have a parent in prison are impacted in many ways, including mental and physical health. They may face financial hardship, trauma, or social stigma. Disruption of family live may lead to additional problems and negative outcomes for children. Organizations that offer family-oriented support programs for children of incarcerated parents include Youth.gov, which was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, composed of representatives from 20 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. See their resource page for information for parents and caregivers, teachers, and social work and clinical professionals. The U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Corrections also provides guidance and links to programs on their Children of Incarcerated Parents page. And the Child Welfare Information Gateway, which is a service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information on how to support children and families of prisoners. The National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus has resources on childhood and teenage depression and trauma and family issues. Public libraries and community-based organizations can help to direct those in need to these resources.

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NNLM Research Data Management Webinar on June 14

PSR News - Fri, 2018-05-04 14:43

Registration for the first session of the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series is now available. Research Data Management Services: Beyond Analysis and Coding will be offered on Thursday, June 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT. The instructor will be Margaret Henderson, Health Sciences Librarian, San Diego State University Library.

Summary: There is more to RDM services than the technical skills necessary for data management. Soft skills and non-technical skills are very important when setting up RDM services, and continue to be important to the sustainability of services. Reference skills, relationship building, negotiation, listening, facilitating access to de-centralized resources, policy knowledge and assessment, are all important to the success of a service. Margaret Henderson will discuss these skills and show you how to start RDM services, even if you don’t feel confident about your statistical skills or knowledge of R.

For additional information or questions, contact Tony Nguyen.

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NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series: Research Data Management Services: Beyond Analysis and Coding – June 14, 2:00 PM ET

SEA News - Fri, 2018-05-04 10:10

Date/Time: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT

Presenter: Margaret Henderson, Health Sciences Librarian, San Diego State University Library, San Diego, CA

Contact: For additional information or questions, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Abstract: There is more to RDM services than the technical skills necessary for data management. Soft skills and non-technical skills are very important when setting up RDM services, and continue to be important to the sustainability of services. Reference skills, relationship building, negotiation, listening, facilitating access to de-centralized resources, policy knowledge and assessment, are all important to the success of a service. Margaret Henderson will discuss these skills and show you how to start RDM services, even if you don’t feel confident about your statistical skills or knowledge of R.

Presenter Bio: Margaret Henderson was recently appointed Health Sciences Librarian at San Diego State University Library. She is liaison to the College of Health and Human Services and is also working with other Librarians at SDSU to set up RDM services. Previously, she spent three and a half years setting up RDM services at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries. Margaret has been a biomedical librarian for over 30 years and is a Distinguished member of the Academy of Healthcare Information Professionals. She has presented and written on many library topics over the years, and wrote the book, Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2016, Rowman & Littlefield).

Registration: Please visit our class page to sign up!

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Upcoming: All of Us Twitter Chat

MAR News - Fri, 2018-05-04 08:00

Join the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine(NLM), and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) on May 8th at 1 PM ET for a Twitter chat about the All of Us Research Program!

The All of Us Research Program is opening for national enrollment on Sunday, May 6, with a goal to eventually enroll one million or more people. As an extension of the national launch, this Twitter chat will be an opportunity for the program leaders to come together to answer questions about the research program, share how people can join the program, and talk about how participating in All of Us can advance precision medicine and change the future of health research. Come with your own questions or simply participate to learn more. Topics will include:

  1. What is Precision Medicine? What are some examples of how precision medicine is used today?
  2. What is the NIH’s All of Us Research Program and how will it help advance precision medicine?
  3. Why are large-scale research programs like NIH’s All of Us Research important for the future of health research?
  4. Why is diversity important in clinical research?
  5. How will NIH’s All of Us Research enroll 1 million+ people? How can people get involved?
  6. What is the potential value to participants who decide to volunteer for the NIH’s All of Us Research Program?
  7. Someone wants to sign up for the NIH’s All of Us Research Program today. What does the participant experience look like?
  8. How will the NIH’s All of Us Research Program keep participant data safe?
  9. Your chance to share experiences—has Precision Medicine made a difference in your life?

Use #JoinAllOfUs to join the conversation – your insights and observations are welcome!

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NNLM SEA Digest News – May 4, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-05-04 07:22

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

Top Items of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Asynchronous Online Moodle Courses

Webinars: May 7 – 11

Webinars: May 14-18

Webinars: May 28 – June 1

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.

Past Webinars 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/NIH All of Us Initiative

Focus on Substance Misuse

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM 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.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

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

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