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America’s Health Rankings 2018: Mental Distress in the South Central Region

SCR News - Fri, 2019-05-10 12:45

America’s Health Rankings® is an annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. It is produced in a partnership between the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association.

It has many dimensions that you can explore, but since May is Mental Health Month, we’re examining Frequent Mental Distress, which refers to the percentage of adults who reported ≥14 days in response to the question, “Now, thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?”

Mental Distress in the South Central Region

Did you know that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has a reading club focused on National Health Observances? This club provides book selections and easy-to-download materials for organizations who want to tackle a reading program. The books selected for Mental Health Month are:

  • Everything Here is Beautiful, by Mira T. Lee
  • Rx: A Graphic Memoir, by Rachel Lindsay
  • Gorilla and the Bird, by Zach McDermott

If you’re short on time, you can also apply for a “program in a box” – a kit that comes with all the things you need to start a book club. Additionally, there are also a number of links in the Mental Health Reading Club Selection Guide to resources for learning more. Check it out today!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-05-10 12:41

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

Spotlight

Employment Opportunity: NNLM MAR is seeking a new Academic Coordinator. Consider joining our team at the University of Pittsburgh! The deadline to apply is May 15.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries – May 16, 2:00 PM ET – Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools, but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Preconference with NNLM at NJLA: Join Veronica Leigh Milliner and Michael Balkenhol in Atlantic City, NJ on May 29 from 2:00-5:00 PM ET for The All of Us Research Program and Public Libraries: New Opportunities for Health Literacy. This New Jersey Library Association Preconference will discuss programming ideas, funding opportunities, and community engagement for public libraries around issues of health literacy. Through hands-on activities, attendees will learn about authoritative health information resources and explore how to create fun and informative health & wellness programming.

New on YouTube: Health Literacy: Its Importance to You, April 8, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Didn’t you used to be a nurse? – Did you know that Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine, also has an active license as a registered nurse, and is a member of the American Nurses Association? – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

TV News Anchor Norah O’Donnell Shares the Importance of Early Skin Cancer Detection in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – O’Donnell, a Texas native who spent countless hours in the sun growing up and used tanning beds in high school, speaks straightforwardly about the choices she made that likely contributed to her skin cancer. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Trapping Mosquitoes at Home – Mosquitoes, those irritating visitors to the backyard and itchy interlopers at the summer fireworks display, threatened the American way of life. At least, that’s what mosquito control boards wanted people to believe in the early 20th century. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Deciphering Another Secret of Life – There are many more secrets of life that still need to be unlocked, including figuring out the biochemical rules of a protein shape-shifting phenomenon called allostery. Among those taking on this ambitious challenge is a recipient of a 2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Srivatsan Raman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. – NIH Director’s Blog

All of Us Research Program Launches Data Browser, Offering Preview of Landmark Health Database – NIH’s All of Us Research Program has announced the beta release of its interactive Data Browser to provide a first look at the data that participants are sharing for health research. Participants, researchers, and other members of the public may use the online tool to learn more about the All of Us participant community and explore summary data. Later, researchers will be able to request access to the data for use in a wide range of studies that may lead to more customized ways to prevent and treat disease.

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the online application portal, by midnight ET on September 30, 2019.

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine 2019 Conference – Registration is now open for this annual conference, co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine! The theme this year is “Creating Connections: Advances in the Research Use of Electronic Health Records.” The conference will take place June 18-19 at the Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications in Bethesda, MD.

NIH facilitates first Tribal data-sharing agreement with Navajo NationNIH News

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum – May 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this session that will be presented by Dr. David J. Peters, Ph.D. Dr. Peters has research, teaching, and extension appointments at Iowa State University. His primary research areas include social and economic change in rural communities, rural demography, rural poverty and inequality, rural crime, and adoption of agricultural and other technologies.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – May 20-June 2, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join MAR for this interactive webinar where participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life” – May 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar focuses on Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults, along with other programs from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The session will introduce library staff, healthcare professionals and community outreach educators to the free Go4Life materials that will be useful in planning and promoting future programs. This webinar also supports the 26th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual older adult health and wellness event.

Tools for Data-Powered Discovery: NLM’s Data Discovery and Pillbox – May 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the next session of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. As the National Library of Medicine transitions to become a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, one area of focus is building a workforce for data-driven research and health. In support of this strategic goal, NLM launched Data Discovery, an online platform for making data findable, interoperable, accessible, and reusable (the FAIR principles). In addition to browser-based exploration, filtering, and visualization of data, Data Discovery includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help researchers and developers build applications that leverage its datasets. Pillbox, NLM’s pill identification and reference resource, long overdue for redesign, was rebuilt using Data Discovery as its foundation to showcase the power of this platform.

Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice – June 6, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In order to provide the best service possible and to stay true to the profession’s code of ethics we must understand the influence that culture has on our ability to “work without prejudice” according to MLA Code of Ethics (2010) and “providing the highest level of service to all library users… equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests” found in ALA Professional Ethics (2017). Cultural humility urges us to engage in critical, consistent self-reflection and critique with the understanding that being patron-centered is important to moving through an equitable profession. Sponsored by GMR, this webinar will provide an overview of cultural humility, the similarities and differences between cultural humility and cultural competency, understanding the importance of cultural humility in healthcare and health sciences librarianship, and how to adopt a cultural humility framework.

Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth – June 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join GMR for a Pride Month Kernel of Knowledge session presented by Katherine L Imborek, MD, entitled Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth. This presentation will detail foundational terms and definitions imperative for respectful interactions with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) persons. There will be a specific focus on health care needs specific to LGBTQ youth.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – June 10-23, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join this asynchronous online course with GMR to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

mHealth: Mobile Technologies to Improve Community Health – June 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the first online offering of mHealth! Learn about emerging technologies and trends, and how consumer health devices can be used to impact individual health behavior and the overall health of a community. This class draws on the latest research and trends to give participants to a big picture look at mHealth, telemedicine, and related issues. Learn about how health systems are beginning to develop or incorporate new technologies for remote patient monitoring and improving clinical care. What laws and policies have been formed to govern these devices? This course will also take a close look at community health and the role of mHealth in surveillance and public health interventions.

Libraries Connecting You to Coverage – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This PNR webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards. This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

AHRQ’s Road Ahead: Seizing Opportunities in Three Essential Areas to Improve Patient Care – AHRQ Views

Advocating for Prevention in Communities of Color: The Role of Providers Amid the Opioid Crisis – May 13, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Join the Office of Minority Health for this webinar, the first in a four-part series aimed at raising awareness about and addressing opioid-related disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations. The webinar will highlight key facts and statistics about opioid misuse and mortality, and the disparities that exist among racial and ethnic minority populations. Speakers will discuss principles, strategies and best practices for preventing opioid misuse, addiction and overdose, and will provide information on how providers can play a role in culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention efforts. This webinar is approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) for a total of 1 continuing education credit hour (CECH) in health education. 1 CECH has been approved for advanced-level credit.

Federal Grants Technical Assistance Webinar – May 23, 10:00-11:15 AM ET – Join the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health for this free webinar! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Region III Office (Philadelphia), will present key steps and resources for seeking federal grants. This session is recommended for community partners interested in learning more about federal grant support for health and human service programs. Individuals at all levels of experiences, from those considering a first grant submission to those with prior grant writing experience, are welcome.

Critical Appraisal for Librarians: Evaluating Randomized Controlled Trials – June 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are among the most important kinds of studies that are used to answer clinical and systematic review questions. But not all RCT studies are good enough to share with clinicians or include in reviews. This webinar will give you tools to evaluate the quality of RCT studies. Attendees will learn how to apply RCT validity criteria, spot bias, critique study methodologies, calculate basic results, interpret results, and clearly communicate the meaning and value of RCT studies to patients and clinicians. You will leave with new skills in reading and evaluating RCT studies and increased confidence in your ability to contribute to evidence-based medicine (EBM). Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Contributions: Developing Research Appraisal Skills at Your Institution – June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – With the reproducibility crisis in biomedical and health sciences and the ever-present necessity of basing medical practice on valid research, medical librarians have an opening to expand their contributions to health care and raise their status by teaching critical appraisal at their institutions. Abraham Wheeler and Amy Blevins aim to get you fired up about teaching in this new area! Attendees will learn why critical appraisal is an emerging need in health sciences programs, how librarians can fill a gap in critical appraisal expertise, and how you can increase your involvement in the evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum at your institution. You will understand the essence of critical appraisal and its place in the cycle of EBM and learn steps that you can take to develop and improve your critical appraisal skills. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Getting Started with Interprofessional Education at Your Institution – July 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Develop the skills and knowledge that enable you to become involved with interprofessional education at your institution. Learn how to plan for success with an interprofessional education roadmap that addresses the core areas of librarian integration into interprofessional education–academic, clinical, and community engagement–and create an individualized action plan for IPEP involvement at your institution. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

New Directions and Continuing Commitments: Update from the NLM Director – Please join the NYU Health Sciences Library and the NYU Division of General Internal Medicine in welcoming invited speaker, Dr. Patricia Flately Brennan, RN, PhD. Dr. Brennan will join the NYU Langone Health community on May 22, 9-10 AM (Alumni Hall B) to describe the NLM’s new strategic goals in data-driven research, enhanced engagement with both professionals and the public, as well as building a workforce ready to deliver data-driven research and healthcare. NLM funding opportunities for data-science and informatics research will be described as well as shared insights and inspiration on information technology, clinical care to improve public health, and ensuring the best possible experience in patient care.

WPWVC/ ACRL Spring Conference – Join the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries on June 7 at Washington & Jefferson College for their 2019 Spring Conference. This year’s theme is Technology: Making it Work for Your Library. $25 for Members; $35 for non-Members; $15 for students.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – Join the New York State Area Health Education Center on July 12 in Buffalo, NY for a full day of free programming! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Attendees are eligible for 5.5 Social Work CEUs, Licensed Mental Health Counselor CEUs, Nursing CNEs or Physician CMEs. Early Bird Registration: $100 for professionals; $15 for students.

2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit – Join the Pennsylvania Library Association on July 15 for the 2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit in Summerdale, PA. This year’s summit is looking at information literacy and how it intersects with basic, civic and social, health and financial literacy, helping individuals navigate various information channels and understanding the role all libraries have in the discovery and application of credible information. Online registration is available until June 30.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

Funding Opportunity: Using Data Analytics to Support Primary Care and Community Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Population Health – A new funding opportunity from AHRQ aims to improve the health of individuals and populations at risk for suboptimal health outcomes through the use of primary care and community interventions that address chronic conditions. The deadline to apply is May 29.

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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NIH News in Health – May Issue

MCR News - Tue, 2019-05-07 19:14

Check out the May 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Mouth MicrobesThe Helpful and the Harmful

Your mouth is home to about 700 species of germs, like bacteria, fungus, and more.

Mingling SensesSynesthesia Explained

What shape does a sound make? That might sound like nonsense, but someone with this uncommon condition may know.

Health Capsules:

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Addressing Health Equity, Health Disparities through Community Partnerships

MCR News - Tue, 2019-05-07 19:06

Amanda Landayan
The Kansas City Public Library
AmandaLandayan@kclibrary.org

In January I had the honor of receiving funding from the NNLM for ALA Mid-Winter Pre-conference Implicit Bias, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity. As the new Health and Wellness Librarian for the Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library system, I found the topic very relevant to my work. Health disparities in Kansas City among minorities are high, and many hospitals and organizations are working diligently to identify the root causes.

One of the topic areas mentioned was that of Implicit Bias among healthcare professionals. This topic was one of interest. Due to our social conditioning in this country providers are less likely to prescribe black and brown patients pain medications. As a public librarian and social worker, this information did not surprise me. However, it made me realize the power of the public library and how we can provide health literacy. Additionally, because my position is based on embedded librarianship, I have the capability to partner with community organizations and agencies and other non-profits to bring free health information programming into the library.

One example is with a local Non-profit Fight Back Diabetes that offers a free Q&A session with a doctor once a month on a Saturday. Each session features a specific topic about ways in which diabetes impacts the body. Also, to be held at the library each session is recorded via Facebook Live. Attendance for this program is starting to pick up. Our March session was the fullest yet with 10 participants.

Offering a program in a safe public space allows participants to ask doctors questions in an informal setting. Also, it provides doctors with opportunities to interact with patrons outside of their offices. This program is promising, and we are happy to host it within our library system.

Offering the Fight Back Diabetes Let’s Talk Diabetes program integrates many of the concepts discussed at the ALA Pre-conference. As we continue to look at health disparities in our country, I think we also need to look for health opportunities that are more relevant to the communities we work with. To partner with individuals who already do the work and building trust among our patrons. As a black woman doing community work on behalf of the library, it is always important to me that all of our partners reflect the patrons who enter the doors of our libraries every day. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the pre-conference and get new perspective and ideas on to better work with our patrons to address the root causes of health disparities, identify relevant health opportunities, and provide health literacy information in new creative ways.

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May 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-05-06 12:27

Illustration of community microbesCheck out the May 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: Getting a Genetic Test
    Your doctor may suggest a genetic test to detect your risk of certain health problems, such as cancer. If you have symptoms of a disease, a genetic test may help with diagnosis.

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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New NLM Tutorial Approved for MLA CE Credit: A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards

PSR News - Fri, 2019-05-03 16:33

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of a new tutorial on health data standards. This training session, of particular interest to hospital librarians and other health sciences information specialists, is intended to provide an overview of health data standards and how they are used, including relevant NLM products and services. Register for this on-demand class and complete it at your own pace to obtain one hour of Medical Library Association continuing education credit.

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Interested in Mental Health? Looking for a Great Conference? Check Out the AMHL/SALIS Annual Conference

NER News - Fri, 2019-05-03 16:07

What do you like most about your job?

A big perk to my job as an Education and Outreach Coordinator for the NNLM NER is that there are many opportunities to attend very interesting conferences.

Just last week, I was in Boston at the Countway Library of Medicine attending a 3-day annual conference of the Association of Mental Health Librarians (AMHL) and the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialist (SALIS) organizations. For the third year in a row, these 2 organizations have combined their resources and efforts to put on an exceptional annual conference with engaging speakers and presentations about timely topics in the areas of mental health and substance use disorder.

The conference was small and provided opportunity to get to know a bit about each of the participants.  I met mental health professionals from across the US, as well as Canada and the UK.  They shared the work they do in following organizations —  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at University of Washington, Hazelden Betty Ford Addiction Research Library, McLean Hospital – Belmont, Massachusetts, St. George’s University of London, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, Center on Addiction in New York City, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in New York, International Alliance for Responsible Drinking in London, University of South Florida, and University of Massachusetts Medical School. I felt honored to update the group about the outreach and education work the NNLM has been doing in New England. Over 3 days of  presentations I learned about cannabis legalization in Canada, how Art is being used as medicine, approaches to regulating alcohol marketing from a public health perspective,  how to engage minority populations in health research, the  history of mental health treatment in the US and UK, the work Louie Diaz is doing with the Middlesex Sheriff’s office in Lowell, Massachusetts providing outreach to those with SUD, we watched the documentary made about Louie – “Beyond the Wall,” https://beyondthewallfilm.com/, learned the true story of Phineas Gage (Google it, a fascinating story) and we received a sneak peak of a new mental health literacy project. Mentalhealthbridges, is a new website created through a multi-year NNLM grant. The site is due to go live in the next couple of months. It will be a terrific resource for consumers, as well as those involved with mental health education. This conference was the perfect lead into the month of May which is Mental Health month!

For more information about the Mentalhealthbridges website you can contact Len Levin Leonard_Levin@hms.harvard.edu

If you would like to know more about AMHL or are interested in attending next year’s conference (location TBD) consider joining AMHL https://www.mhlib.org/.

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Cultivating Data-Savvy Services, Bit by Bit

SCR News - Thu, 2019-05-02 15:34

We’re back after a brief hiatus, and our guest author for today’s post is Sheila Green, Health Science Center – Bryan Campus Librarian with the Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University Libraries. At the beginning of this year, she was awarded a professional development award to advance her skills in research data management from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NNLM NTO). As part of her award, she was encouraged to share lessons and outcomes from her experience. We are proud to have her in our region!

Sheila GreenI’m a subject liaison to a College of Medicine. I identify points of pain for faculty and provide library services to ease that pain. I knew research data management (RDM) services had potential, but I needed to understand researcher data processes and how they differed from my private industry background. I needed to know the questions to ask, how to listen for the pain points in their answers, and offer services within my capacity.

My first professional development course from the NNLM NTO resulted in a workshop for graduate students, faculty, and staff based on the Research Data Management Teaching Toolkit. Adapting existing tools helped me focus on issues at my institution and not the mechanics of building a workshop.

Feedback from the workshop and informal conversations unearthed interest in reproducibility and lab data processes. A casual email inquiry about RedCap support generated a response with bolded sentences from a research director – another unmet need identified. I wanted to know more to grow more services – again.

The next professional development opportunity from the NNLM NTO funded a trip to New York University Health Sciences Library to meet with the Data Services Team, observe RDM and visualization classes, meet with NYU Data Services, and attend a Columbia University Symposium Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility and Integrity in Research.

I’ve planted more RDM service seedlings since my return. The incoming College of Medicine graduate students will attend an adapted Research Data Management Hands on Workshop at orientation. The exploratory meeting with researchers about RedCap workshops is next week. Postdoc and Student Research directors are going to be exposed shortly to ways we can insert reproducible processes into their training programs.

“Data ready” isn’t just about gathering knowledge. It’s also about plowing new ground, planting ideas with researchers and leadership, cultivating opportunities that pop up, and sharing the harvest with each other.

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New Tutorial Approved for MLA CE Credit: Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect

PSR News - Thu, 2019-05-02 14:33

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of a new tutorial on MedlinePlus Connect. MedlinePlus is a website produced by NLM to provide high-quality health information written for the general public. MedlinePlus Connect is a tool that enables the integration of MedlinePlus resources into external systems like electronic health record systems, patient portals, and other applications.

This training session, of particular interest to hospital librarians and other health sciences information specialists, is intended to provide an introduction to what MedlinePlus Connect does and how, and to point to resources for implementing MedlinePlus Connect at your institution. Register for this on-demand class and complete it at your own pace to obtain one hour of Medical Library Association continuing education credit. Additionally, the course is eligible toward Competency 7, Technology and Health, for the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

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NLM Technical Bulletin Turns 50!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-05-02 14:08

Celebrate as the NLM Technical Bulletin turns 50 this month! Take a moment to reflect on its past and share your vision for its future by:

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2019 ACRL Conference Review

GMR News - Thu, 2019-05-02 14:00

 

I recently received an NNLM-GMR Professional Development Award to attend the 2019 ACRL Conference in Cleveland, OH, where I planned for an experience that would help inform my work with my library’s new systematic review service and my work helping to launch a new undergraduate learning community centered on critical data studies.

My ACRL experience began with a pre-conference session, OER + Scholarly Communication, where I spent the day learning about licensing agreements and the design and use of OER tools. A colleague and I are planning to build a toolkit for librarians interested in diversifying and retaining students in extracurricular innovation activities that use biomedical data, like hackathons and case competitions, so this learning opportunity was especially timely.

The conference was full of opportunities to learn about how academic librarians are working with data, offering data literacy services, and applying critical theory to librarianship. A few of my favorite sessions were:

  1. Improving Ourselves and Improving Care: Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Literature Searching, a session on designing inclusive search strategies;
  2. Sharing with the Community: Advice for Getting Your Writing Published, a session with practical tips for publishing with ACRL;
  3. Academic Library Impact: New Research from ACRL Grant Recipients, a session focused on assessing the impact of academic libraries and library services; and
  4. Setting the Stage for Civic-Minded Education: Casting New Roles for Librarians in Critical Information Literacy Instruction; a session focused on critical info lit that complimented my interests in critical data studies.

There were also several informative sessions on issues experienced by pre-tenure track librarians and issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. And, there were several social opportunities—my favorites being the WOC + LIB Social Hour and a night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I concluded my 2019 ACRL conference experience by presenting with a panel discussing recruitment and retention in STEM librarianship, alongside librarians from University of Michigan and Northwestern University. The panel was well received and presented a means to connect attendees searching for STEM librarianship jobs with open positions.

-Guest Post by Bethany McGowan, Assistant Professor of Library Science at Purdue University 

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NNLM SEA Digest News – May 2, 2019

SEA News - Thu, 2019-05-02 09:44

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars May 7 – May 9

Webinars May 14 – May 16

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

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

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

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

 

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Visit the All of Us Journey in Emporia, Kansas Today!

MCR News - Wed, 2019-05-01 17:25

The All of Us Journey and the Mobile Education and Enrollment Center is visiting Emporia, KS, now through May 4th. The Journey Exhibit’s first visit will be held at Emporia Public Library.

Emporia Public Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine welcomes visitors to explore the Journey Exhibit to learn about precision medicine and the All of Us Research Program.

The goal of the All of Us Research Program is to sign up a million or more participants to share their health data in the effort to expand biomedical research. The nationwide effort is designed to accelerate research and improve health by considering each individual’s lifestyle, surrounding environment and biology that can impact their health differently than others. Those who share their information about their health will be studied by researchers over a period of time. What they learn and discover with help improve health for all of us and future generations.

 

Following is the Journey schedule for the Emporia and Kansas City area:

April 30-May 1

Emporia Public Library

2023 W 6th Ave.

Emporia, KS 66801

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

May 2- 3

Emporia Public Library

2023 W 6th Ave.

Emporia, KS 66801

7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

May 4

Emporia Public Library at the Cinco De Mayo Festival

Downtown Emporia, KS

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

May 7-8

National Alliance for Hispanic Health & Central Avenue Betterman Association – Kansas City

Bethany Park

1120 Central Ave.

Kansas City, KS 66102

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

May 9-10

National Alliance for Hispanic Health & Central Avenue Betterman Association – Kansas City

Bethany Park

1120 Central Ave.

Kansas City, KS 66102

11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Where will the Journey bus travel to next? Go to https://www.joinallofus.org/en/journey to check out upcoming visits.

 

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Wed, 2019-05-01 12:32

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Spotlight

Employment Opportunities: NNLM MAR is seeking a new Academic Coordinator, and a Program and Outreach Assistant. Consider joining our team at the University of Pittsburgh!

HSLANJ Spring 2019 Offer – Medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern/Atlantic and New England Regions are welcome to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiave. The deadline to participate in the Spring offer is this Friday, May 3.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

We’re headed to MLA! Many of our NNLM and NLM colleagues will be attending the Medical Library Association conference in Chicago, IL over the next week! You can connect with MAR staff during any of the following events:

  • Elaina Vitale (MAR) and Derek Johnson (GMR) will co-teach CE502, Advancing Health Equity through Evidence-Based Public Health: How to Find the Evidence on May 4 from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM.
  • Elaina will deliver an immersion session, “Elevating Health Equity: Wikipedia-Edit-a-thon” with Aimee Gogan (formerly SEA) and Alicia Lillich (MCR) on May 6 from 2:00-3:30 PM.
  • Elaina will co-present a poster, “Collaboration and Innovation: NNLM’s Nationwide Online Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons”.
  • Join NNLM staff on May 6 for our Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon! It’s not too late to participate, in person or remotely, and help improve Wikipedia articles related to health disparities! Make sure to follow along on Twitter throughout the day with #citeNLM to ask questions, post photos, and share your Wikipedia experience.
  • Kate Flewelling will present a paper, “Distracted in the library: Supporting staff and patrons with ADHD” on May 7 from 4:35-4:50 PM.
  • Kate, Elaina, and Michelle Burda will be available with other NNLM and NLM staff at the NLM exhibit booth throughout the conference.
  • The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network will also be spending some time at the NLM booth this year. Watch a short video to learn more, then stop by and talk to the All of Us Engagement Coordinators about how you can get involved in the CEN!

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries – May 16, 2:00 PM ET – Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools, but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

You’re Invited to Attend a Symposium about All of Us! – Join the All of Us Research Program on May 6 for the next event in their Speaker Series, “From Data to Discoveries: Creating a Research Program for All of Us. ” As the All of Us Research Program marks its first year working to build the largest, most diverse research program of its kind, this symposium will address what it takes to create an engaged participant community and its potential for scientific impact.

New on YouTube: Summer Library Programming and Library Moon Walk, April 2, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Code-Breaking Librarians – Did you know that librarians helped crack enemy codes in support of the US war effort during World War II? – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Focus on Valerie Schneider—Diving Deep into Information Engineering – Ironically, if it weren’t for a fish, this developmental biologist and deep-sea diver might not have rediscovered her love of genetics and landed a career as a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Personalized Combination Therapies Yield Better Cancer Outcomes – Gratifying progress has been made recently in an emerging area of cancer medicine called precision oncology. It’s a bold attempt to target treatment to the very genes and molecules driving a cancer, aiming to slow or even halt its growth. But there’s always more to learn. Now comes evidence that, while a single well-matched drug might be good, a tailored combination of drugs that attack a cancer in multiple ways at once might be even better. – NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the online application portal, by midnight ET on September 30, 2019.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

Eye Health Across a Lifespan – May 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – May is Health Vision Month! To get more information about eye health, this webinar features a guest presentation from the director of EyeMobile for Children, a California-based program providing eye exams and vision care for the underserved. Participants of this SCR webinar will get a quick look at how important eye health is from infancy to the elderly. The presentation will discuss topics which may affect all ages and cover issues which may have no symptoms.

LinkOut Consolidation – May 9, 2:00-2:45 PM ET – Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for a webinar to answer questions about the LinkOut Consolidation Announcement. A 15 minute presentation will go over what this consolidation means for you, and how to continue to see your library’s icon in PubMed. Following the presentation will be a 30 minute question and answer session with LinkOut experts. This webinar is aimed at librarians whose institutions currently have a LinkOut for Libraries service set up.

The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum – May 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this session that will be presented by Dr. David J. Peters, Ph.D. Dr. Peters has research, teaching, and extension appointments at Iowa State University. His primary research areas include social and economic change in rural communities, rural demography, rural poverty and inequality, rural crime, and adoption of agricultural and other technologies.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – May 20-June 2, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join MAR for this interactive webinar where participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life” – May 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar focuses on Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults, along with other programs from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The session will introduce library staff, healthcare professionals and community outreach educators to the free Go4Life materials that will be useful in planning and promoting future programs. This webinar also supports the 26th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual older adult health and wellness event.

Tools for Data-Powered Discovery: NLM’s Data Discovery and Pillbox – May 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the next session of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. As the National Library of Medicine transitions to become a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, one area of focus is building a workforce for data-driven research and health. In support of this strategic goal, NLM launched Data Discovery, an online platform for making data findable, interoperable, accessible, and reusable (the FAIR principles). In addition to browser-based exploration, filtering, and visualization of data, Data Discovery includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help researchers and developers build applications that leverage its datasets. Pillbox, NLM’s pill identification and reference resource, long overdue for redesign, was rebuilt using Data Discovery as its foundation to showcase the power of this platform.

Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice – June 6, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In order to provide the best service possible and to stay true to the profession’s code of ethics we must understand the influence that culture has on our ability to “work without prejudice” according to MLA Code of Ethics (2010) and “providing the highest level of service to all library users… equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests” found in ALA Professional Ethics (2017). Cultural humility urges us to engage in critical, consistent self-reflection and critique with the understanding that being patron-centered is important to moving through an equitable profession. Sponsored by GMR, this webinar will provide an overview of cultural humility, the similarities and differences between cultural humility and cultural competency, understanding the importance of cultural humility in healthcare and health sciences librarianship, and how to adopt a cultural humility framework.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job postings:

The DCCP at MLA 19: Interested in Data Discovery? Come to the Information Session on the Data Catalog Collaboration Project – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

New Directions and Continuing Commitments: Update from the NLM Director – Please join the NYU Health Sciences Library and the NYU Division of General Internal Medicine in welcoming invited speaker, Dr. Patricia Flately Brennan, RN, PhD. Dr. Brennan will join the NYU Langone Health community on May 22, 9-10 AM (Alumni Hall B) to describe the NLM’s new strategic goals in data-driven research, enhanced engagement with both professionals and the public, as well as building a workforce ready to deliver data-driven research and healthcare. NLM funding opportunities for data-science and informatics research will be described as well as shared insights and inspiration on information technology, clinical care to improve public health, and ensuring the best possible experience in patient care.

Federal Grants Technical Assistance Webinar – May 23, 10:00-11:15 AM ET – Join the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health for this free webinar! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Region III Office (Philadelphia), will present key steps and resources for seeking federal grants. This session is recommended for community partners interested in learning more about federal grant support for health and human service programs. Individuals at all levels of experiences, from those considering a first grant submission to those with prior grant writing experience, are welcome.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – Join the New York State Area Health Education Center on July 12 in Buffalo, NY for a full day of free programming! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Attendees are eligible for 5.5 Social Work CEUs, Licensed Mental Health Counselor CEUs, Nursing CNEs or Physician CMEs. Early Bird Registration: $100 for professionals; $15 for students.

Critical Appraisal for Librarians: Evaluating Randomized Controlled Trials – June 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are among the most important kinds of studies that are used to answer clinical and systematic review questions. But not all RCT studies are good enough to share with clinicians or include in reviews. This webinar will give you tools to evaluate the quality of RCT studies. Attendees will learn how to apply RCT validity criteria, spot bias, critique study methodologies, calculate basic results, interpret results, and clearly communicate the meaning and value of RCT studies to patients and clinicians. You will leave with new skills in reading and evaluating RCT studies and increased confidence in your ability to contribute to evidence-based medicine (EBM). Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Contributions: Developing Research Appraisal Skills at Your Institution – June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – With the reproducibility crisis in biomedical and health sciences and the ever-present necessity of basing medical practice on valid research, medical librarians have an opening to expand their contributions to health care and raise their status by teaching critical appraisal at their institutions. Abraham Wheeler and Amy Blevins aim to get you fired up about teaching in this new area! Attendees will learn why critical appraisal is an emerging need in health sciences programs, how librarians can fill a gap in critical appraisal expertise, and how you can increase your involvement in the evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum at your institution. You will understand the essence of critical appraisal and its place in the cycle of EBM and learn steps that you can take to develop and improve your critical appraisal skills. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Getting Started with Interprofessional Education at Your Institution – July 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Develop the skills and knowledge that enable you to become involved with interprofessional education at your institution. Learn how to plan for success with an interprofessional education roadmap that addresses the core areas of librarian integration into interprofessional education–academic, clinical, and community engagement–and create an individualized action plan for IPEP involvement at your institution. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit – Join the Pennsylvania Library Association on July 15 for the 2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit in Summerdale, PA. This year’s summit is looking at information literacy and how it intersects with basic, civic and social, health and financial literacy, helping individuals navigate various information channels and understanding the role all libraries have in the discovery and application of credible information. Online registration is available until June 30.

Funding Opportunity: Using Data Analytics to Support Primary Care and Community Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Population Health – A new funding opportunity from AHRQ aims to improve the health of individuals and populations at risk for suboptimal health outcomes through the use of primary care and community interventions that address chronic conditions. The deadline to apply is May 29.

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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Registration Open for Pittsburgh Systematic Review Workshop July 15-17

PSR News - Tue, 2019-04-30 14:05

Registration and course details are available for the popular Systematic Review Workshop: the Nuts and Bolts for Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System. The session will be held on Monday July 15 – Wednesday July 17, 2019. The Welcome Reception and dinner buffet will be on Sunday, July 14. For questions about the course, contact Charlie Wessel, 412-648-8730.

Feel free to share this notice with colleagues. The workshop has limited seating and quickly reaches capacity, so don’t delay!

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Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Professional Development Scholarship

NER News - Tue, 2019-04-30 13:56

This is the first blog post in a series authored by several individuals who received professional development scholarships for completing the Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. In this installment, a scholarship recipient, Jennifer Chaput, describes her professional development opportunity in data science.  For more posts about resources from this funding opportunity and views from other scholarship recipients please keep watch in the upcoming weeks.
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Jennifer Chaput – STEM Librarian

In 2018, I participated in the National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) course “Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians”. This year the NNLM made available a training grant for members of that class cohort to pursue additional professional development. I received funding from this grant for a site visit with my course mentor at the NYU Health Sciences Library in New York City.

Along with three other members of my class cohort, I spent two days in March 2019 meeting with the NYU Health Sciences librarians, observing classes, meeting the NYU main campus Data Services team, and attending a symposium on data rigor and reproducibility at Columbia University.

The main portion of our site visit involved discussions with the NYU Health Sciences librarians to talk about their work and get perspectives and suggestions on how to offer successful research data programming and classes. For me, the most useful discussions were the ones on assessment of programming and on active learning ideas. We also discussed how to create a presence for data services at our institutions. Continued small steps and continually putting yourself out there in any way possible are the most important takeaways. These small steps will lead to more opportunities and connections over time, and though the pace may seem slow, looking back will allow you to see how your program has grown. I can see this myself in how much our program has grown in the year since I took the RDM 101 course, and I am looking forward to expanding more using the new ideas gained from this visit.

Our group also observed two classes taught by the librarians. In “Data Visualization in Excel for Biomedical Research”, we participated in the class as learners and came away with new tricks and tools in Excel to simply but effectively visualize data. This type of information is something that any researcher (or librarian!) can use and I look forward to incorporating this material into my work. We also observed a Research Data Management 101 workshop for first-year PhD students. Educating graduate students and early-career researchers on best practices for data management is essential to improving research data rigor and reproducibility and making data more open and accessible. I have been teaching a version of this workshop at my own institution and I got some helpful tips and updates of the material.

We also met with the main NYU campus Data Services team after a beautiful spring afternoon walk through some of New York City’s parks. It was interesting to see perspectives on how such a large institution manages their data services program. My institution has a much smaller data program and it was helpful to see how research data services could be scalable. It was also useful to see how they have integrated data services through the entire campus and include the humanities departments, not just STEM as is often a typical focus for RDM services.

The last day of the trip we attended “A University Symposium: Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility and Integrity in Research” at Columbia University. I greatly enjoyed hearing about the perspectives of the journal editors on the other side of the practice that I prepare researchers for during the session on “Journal Editor Perspectives on Rigor and Transparency”.  I also enjoyed the opening talk on “Recognizing Influences and Biases in Research” by Dr. Brian Nosek, which was engaging and interactive, and which helped us learn how our brain processes what we see and how difficult it can be to overcome what our brains are telling us.

The research data related training opportunities that have been provided by the NNLM National Training Office have been invaluable in my education and training as a data librarian, and in developing the research data management services at my library. I highly encourage anyone interested in further training to investigate the RDM courses and opportunities offered by the NNLM. My thanks to them for this continued education grant, and to our hosts at the NYU Health Sciences Library for a great trip!

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For more about data science or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM Data Driven Discovery Website and the  NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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Highlights of Funding Collaboration Between NNLM PSR and the Public Library Association on Project Outcome Activities

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-04-29 19:09

by Samantha Lopez
Program Officer
Public Library Association,
a division of the American Library Association
Chicago, IL

The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, has added another collaborative project to its ongoing partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Through this partnership with NNLM, PLA has expanded its performance measurement toolkit, Project Outcome, with the addition of standardized health surveys designed to help public libraries measure the impact of their health programming and services. Funding for the creation of the new surveys was provided by three of NNLM’s eight regional medical libraries: MidContinental, Pacific Southwest, and South Central.

Project Outcome is a free online toolkit that helps public libraries measure the impact of their programs and services by providing standardized surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. Measuring outcomes helps libraries demonstrate their effectiveness beyond attendance and door counts. By using standardized surveys, participants of Project Outcome can aggregate their outcomes data consistently across different programs, locations, and time, as well as compare their aggregate data at regional, state, and national levels. Since launching in 2015, Project Outcome has collected over 200,000 patron surveys from nearly 1,500 public libraries across the U.S. and Canada.

Icons representing early childhood literacy, digital learning, education/lifelong learning, health, job skills, economic development, civic/community enagement and summer reading

Project Outcome provides standardized outcome surveys in these eight library service areas. Photo Credit. https://www.projectoutcome.org/about

Project Outcome’s standardized surveys measure four key outcomes: knowledge, confidence, application and awareness. The new health surveys, developed by NNLM, will help public libraries better understand how their programs and services are helping patrons learn more about being healthy, feel confident about taking care of their or their family’s health, adopt or maintain a healthier lifestyle, and increase their awareness of health-related resources and services provided by the library.

Libraries have the option to select from two types of health surveys: immediate and follow-up. The immediate survey gauges patrons’ intent to change a behavior, while the follow-up survey captures whether patrons did change as a result of the library program or service. For instance, the immediate health survey asks patrons if they feel more confident taking care of their or their family’s health and the follow-up health survey asks patrons if they are better able to take care of their or their family’s health. The combination of these two surveys will help libraries demonstrate their impact on health services more effectively to their communities and beyond.

With funding support from the NNLM, Pacific Southwest Region, PLA was able to quickly integrate the health surveys into Project Outcome’s online toolkit, training resources, and data dashboards and reports. These tools help libraries get free access to standardized outcome measures and visualizations, helping them save time and resources in their data collection. In addition to the health surveys, libraries receive training and resource support to increase their understanding of the importance of providing community health programs and services.

The goal of this collaborative project between PLA and NNLM is that public libraries will use the new health surveys to measure their impact, make strategic decisions around programming to help create healthier communities, and better advocate for the public library as a trusted health information resource. To learn more about how PLA’s Project Outcome is helping turn better data into better libraries, please visit the website or contact us.

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NNLM PSR Mini-Award Highlights: American University of Health Sciences Health Academy

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2019-04-26 18:38

by June Kim
Librarian
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, CA

As a result of receiving NNLM PSR Mini-Award funding, the American University of Health Sciences, in conjunction with the local non-profit organization 100 Black Men, presented a two-day intervention to underserved youth in the community on August 13-14, 2018. The sessions involved demonstrations on performing CPR & first aid procedures, making BMI calculations, as well as taking vital signs, measuring girth, and understanding nutrition. The library component of the project involved a research tutorial for MedlinePlus. The research tutorial included an activity for students to search for answers to specific questions, and a lesson on determining the credibility of information based on URL address endings and other various criteria.

Wallace Burney presenting project to audience

Winner of project contest Wallace Burney

The more mature participants demonstrated an existing understanding of keyword and database searching. Use of quotation marks to find exact phrases was the most interesting and well-received lesson for all participants. I was especially impressed with the ability and knowledge of Lance Robert Jr., a 2nd grade student who was able to narrow down a search list to eight results using the quotation mark method. They were also well aware of the prevalence of “fake news” on the internet, and the significance of URL addresses when exploring websites. For future information literacy lessons regarding websites, I would provide an activity in which they evaluate and determine whether a list of websites is fake or real.

a young man standing in front of his tabletop presentation

Runner-up Lance Robert Jr.

A major lesson learned from the project was to prepare for a variety of age and learning levels. While MedlinePlus was adequately challenging for elementary school participants, the few high school level participants required a more advanced tutorial, perhaps on PubMed and how to conduct a literature review. I also realized that requiring use of MedlinePlus for their project would have guaranteed their continued use of the resource. In future endeavors, I would make the assignment more research-intensive, and require a short written paper for their project, with at least two citations to MedlinePlus content. Further, I would encourage continued use of MedlinePlus (as opposed to Google) by finding and sharing an interesting article in the database on a topic chosen by the participants themselves.

This experience has given me an idea of the information literacy levels of varying age groups, and what types of activities and lessons are appropriate and engaging. It has also motivated me to continue improving my research instruction skills. It has reminded me of the importance of outreach and education for underrepresented youth, as well as the need for collaboration and support from organizations like NNLM to carry out these goals.

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NLM and NNLM at the Medical Library Association 2019 conference

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2019-04-26 14:07

Are you heading to Chicago to attend the annual Medical Library Association conference? If so, know that NLM and NNLM will be there too. Add us to your schedule.

Exhibit Hall: Stop by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit booth (#208) which open Saturday, 5-7:30), Sunday noon-5:30, and Monday 10-5. Experts will be on hand to answer questions, take feedback, and discuss the latest NLM news.  Check the NLM Technical Bulletin to view the list of selected NLM products, the times those representatives will be at the booth, and links to any recent news. Don’t see the product that you are interested in or a time that works for you? Please stop by the booth anytime to be connected with someone who can help. Unlike past conferences, this year’s exhibit will place more emphasis on talking to YOU, our users, trainers and promoters of NLM products rather than theater presentations.

NLM Update: Tuesday, May 7  from 11:00  – 11:55  a.m. in the Grand Ballroom CDEF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Docline Users Group: Sunday, May 5 from 12:00  – 12:55 p.m. in the Randolph 1AB (East Tower, Concourse/Bronze Level)

PubMed Update: Sunday, May 5 from 1:00  – 1:55 p.m. in the Randolph 1AB (East Tower, Concourse/Bronze Level)

Elevating Health Equity: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Monday, May 6 from 2:00  – 3:25 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom B (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

In addition NNLM has employment opportunities where you can schedule a time to meet with respective representatives:

  • NNLM Pacific Northwest Region: Outreach Coordinator, email Associate Director Cathy Burroughs (cburroug@uw.edu) to meet at MLA
  • NNLM Middle Atlantic Region: Academic Coordinator, email Executive Director Kate Flewelling (flewkate@pitt.edu) to meet at MLA

Of course, many NNLM staff will be presenting CE, papers, posters, and sessions as well as attending various business meetings, and we’ll also be at the NLM exhibit booth. We hope to see you there!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-04-26 10:40

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

Spotlight

STEM Program in a box: Members in the Middle Atlantic Region (NY, NJ, PA, DE) can order the Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit by April 30, just in time for summer programming!

NNLM Reading Club – Mental Health Awareness: Complete an application by April 30 to receive the next NNLM Reading Club book kit, featuring three book selections in support of Mental Health Awareness for May. The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” book kit with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs of their communities.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference: Check out our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops to learn where you can meet and greet with MAR staff! If you would like to schedule a few minutes to speak with us about your projects or opportunities for partnership, please contact us.

HSLANJ Spring 2019 Offer – Medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern/Atlantic and New England Regions are welcome to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiave. The deadline to participate in the Spring offer is Friday, May 3.

NNLM Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Join us LIVE on May 6 at the Medical Library Association conference in Chicago to help improve Wikipedia articles related to health disparities! If you are not attending MLA, you can still participate remotely. Watch a brief introduction from Amanda Wilson, head of the National Network Coordinating Office, and learn more about this wonderful opportunity to help improve consumer health information on Wikipedia.

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries – May 16, 2:00 PM ET – Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools, but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

You’re Invited to Attend a Symposium about All of Us! – Join the All of Us Research Program on May 6 for the next event in their Speaker Series, “From Data to Discoveries: Creating a Research Program for All of Us. ” As the All of Us Research Program marks its first year working to build the largest, most diverse research program of its kind, this symposium will address what it takes to create an engaged participant community and its potential for scientific impact.

CEN at MLA: The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network will be spending some time at the NLM booth at MLA this year. Watch a short video to learn more, then stop by and talk to the All of Us Engagement Coordinators about how you can get involved in the CEN!

Citizen Science Day Megathon Promotes Alzheimer’s Disease Research! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Tips to Co-Host/Run an Edit-a-thon – NER Update

New on YouTube: Keeping Up with the Information Onslaught, March 21, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Science and Medicine Need Women – The first woman ever to be an institute director at NIH, Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, took the helm at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in 1974. It took 17 more years for Dr. Bernadine Healy to become the first—and so far only—female director of NIH. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

It’s the NLM Technical Bulletin’s Golden Anniversary! – For 50 years, searchers and librarians have been relying on the NLM Technical Bulletin to find out about everything from changes to NLM products to solutions to perplexing search questions. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

A Great War Postscript: Spring 1919 – Major Stanhope Bayne-Jones of the U.S. Army Medical Corps was ready to go home. He had spent more time on duty at the Western Front than most of his fellow Americans; he had arrived with the very first of the American Expeditionary Force, Base Hospital #4, in May 1917, and served as a medical officer first with Britain’s Sherwood Foresters regiment, and later with the American forces. He was still on duty the morning of the cease-fire, near St. Mihiel, and was nearly killed just a few minutes before it took effect. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the online application portal, by midnight ET on September 30, 2019.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

LinkOut Consolidation – April 26, 12:00-12:45 PM ET – Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for a webinar to answer questions about the LinkOut Consolidation Announcement. A 15 minute presentation will go over what this consolidation means for you, and how to continue to see your library’s icon in PubMed. Following the presentation will be a 30 minute question and answer session with LinkOut experts. This webinar is aimed at librarians whose institutions currently have a LinkOut for Libraries service set up. The webinar will be hosted again on May 9 with the same content to allow as many librarians as possible to participate, and it will be recorded.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – April 26, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this class will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. This class is eligible for 2 hours of MLA Continuing Education credit that can be counted toward a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Eye Health Across a Lifespan – May 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – May is Health Vision Month! To get more information about eye health, this webinar features a guest presentation from the director of EyeMobile for Children, a California-based program providing eye exams and vision care for the underserved. Participants of this SCR webinar will get a quick look at how important eye health is from infancy to the elderly. The presentation will discuss topics which may affect all ages and cover issues which may have no symptoms.

LinkOut Consolidation – May 9, 2:00-2:45 PM ET – Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for a webinar to answer questions about the LinkOut Consolidation Announcement. A 15 minute presentation will go over what this consolidation means for you, and how to continue to see your library’s icon in PubMed. Following the presentation will be a 30 minute question and answer session with LinkOut experts. This webinar is aimed at librarians whose institutions currently have a LinkOut for Libraries service set up.

The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum – May 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this session that will be presented by Dr. David J. Peters, Ph.D. Dr. Peters has research, teaching, and extension appointments at Iowa State University. His primary research areas include social and economic change in rural communities, rural demography, rural poverty and inequality, rural crime, and adoption of agricultural and other technologies.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – May 20-June 2, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join MAR for this interactive webinar where participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life” – May 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar focuses on Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults, along with other programs from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The session will introduce library staff, healthcare professionals and community outreach educators to the free Go4Life materials that will be useful in planning and promoting future programs. This webinar also supports the 26th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual older adult health and wellness event.

Tools for Data-Powered Discovery: NLM’s Data Discovery and Pillbox – May 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the next session of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. As the National Library of Medicine transitions to become a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, one area of focus is building a workforce for data-driven research and health. In support of this strategic goal, NLM launched Data Discovery, an online platform for making data findable, interoperable, accessible, and reusable (the FAIR principles). In addition to browser-based exploration, filtering, and visualization of data, Data Discovery includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help researchers and developers build applications that leverage its datasets. Pillbox, NLM’s pill identification and reference resource, long overdue for redesign, was rebuilt using Data Discovery as its foundation to showcase the power of this platform.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

Job postings:

  • Outreach Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Seattle, WA
  • Academic Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, Pittsburgh, PA
  • User Services Supervisor (PT, multiple positions), Stony Brook University Libraries, Stony Brook, NY

Learning from the Data Curation Network – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Strategies for wellness for those experiencing microaggressions plus workplace stress – April 30, 12:00 PM ET – In this webinar, Dr. Nicole A. Cooke of the University of Urbana-Champaign, will introduce the theme and concepts of microaggressions and workplace stress and will moderate the event. Two librarians and a counselor educator will share strategies for personal responses by individuals, allies and upstanders, and discuss ways to change workplace culture. ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will provide opening remarks. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the ALA-APA Emotional Wellness page.

Tips for Using Move Your Way Resources – April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Join the Move Your Way campaign for this webinar to learn how to use their free campaign materials in your physical activity initiatives. Presenters will share tips and strategies to help you add Move Your Way digital tools to your website, promote Move Your Way resources on social media, and print and distribute posters and fact sheets in community settings. Stay tuned for a second Move Your Way webinar this summer where they will be sharing implementation tips and lessons learned from the Move Your Way pilot communities.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – Join the New York State Area Health Education Center on July 12 in Buffalo, NY for a full day of free programming! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Attendees are eligible for 5.5 Social Work CEUs, Licensed Mental Health Counselor CEUs, Nursing CNEs or Physician CMEs. Early Bird Registration: $100 for professionals; $15 for students.

Funding Opportunity: Using Data Analytics to Support Primary Care and Community Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Population Health – A new funding opportunity from AHRQ aims to improve the health of individuals and populations at risk for suboptimal health outcomes through the use of primary care and community interventions that address chronic conditions. The deadline to apply is May 29.

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