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NNLM SEA Webinar Week: September 17-19

SEA News - Tue, 2019-08-27 14:18

You heard it here first: NNLM SEA will be hosting four (yes, FOUR) webinars from Tuesday, September 17 to Thursday, September 19. Join us for this exciting “Webinar Week” as we explore predatory publishing, podcasts, Magnet facilities, and ClinicalTrials.gov. 

The details of each webinar are provided below. For more information on a specific session, please visit the class instance page. 

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing

Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Time: 2 PM ET

Presenters: Erica Brody and Hillary Miller, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Description: This session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

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Are you podcasting? 

Date: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Time: 12 PM ET

Presenters: PJ Grier, Alicia Williams, and Percy Takyi, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Description: As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment.  With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. Fostering resilience is a promising way to mitigate negative effects of stressors and prevent burnout (Houpy, J. et al. 2017). This moderated webinar is an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction. 

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Magnet Facilities and the Role Library Liaisons Can Play

Date: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Time: 2 PM ET

Presenters: Roy Brown and Alison Montpetit, Virginia Commonwealth University

Description: Magnet Recognition, offered by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), is the highest recognition for nursing excellence. Magnet-designated organizations have been recognized for nursing excellence in transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary practice, new knowledge, improvements, and innovations. In a Magnet-designated organization, nurses are engaged, supported, and empowered in a spirit of clinical inquiry to translate best evidence to the bedside in order to provide high-level patient care and improve clinical outcomes. To achieve this recognition, a facility must provide education and development for nurses at every level in their career to be more autonomous at the bedside and provide the best patient care.  To provide this type of care, a nurse must be a life-long learner and be able to engage effectively with evidence to make patient-centered decisions. Evidence-based practice training provides ripe opportunities for librarians to partner with hospital-based nurse educators to drive evidence-based practice. The webinar will focus on providing participants with a greater understanding of the Magnet Recognition Program and assist in identifying specific Magnet standards that librarians can play key roles to partner with nurses in Magnet-designated organizations or organizations on the Magnet journey.  

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ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 1 PM ET

Presenter: Liz Waltman, NNLM SEA

Description: ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. In this training, participants will learn about the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, search and interpret the results database, be informed about the number of study records with results, and learn how health sciences librarians can advocate to clinical researchers the importance of complying with the results submission requirements mandated by federal law.

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 2: NNLM Summer Reading Collaborations

SCR News - Tue, 2019-08-27 11:08

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is Part 2. 

Debbie teachingNNLM has collaborated with several national partners to incorporate health and wellness programming into libraries and other organizations, with the purpose of bringing access to health information into communities. One partnership is with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to public libraries for summer reading. Summer Reading is a big deal for public libraries, as it is their busiest time. School is out and families with young children are looking for summer activities.

For three years, NNLM has and will create the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual as a companion to CSLP’s full summer manual. For 2019, the summer reading theme is Space, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. NNLM also partnered with network members to carry out space-related programs.

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One program in particular was the “Library Moon Walk” and involved three library systems and was funded by the NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):

A “walk” from Upstate New York to the Moon is approximately 238,900 miles. But that’s not stopping librarians and their patrons from giving it their best shot with the Library Moon Walk! Librarians from the Mohawk Valley, Southern Adirondack, and Upper Hudson Library Systems received funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region to get their patrons moving, dancing, and learning about health and wellness.

To see the manual and related webinars, check out our summer reading page here: https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/summer-reading

To see more about this program, check out the Library Moon Walk Page here: https://librarymoonwalk.sals.edu

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A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals

SEA News - Mon, 2019-08-26 11:38

In this webinar for librarians and other information professionals you will preview the new, modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development, and find out how to give us your feedback on the new system. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020.

This webinar will be repeated for several sessions so that we can answer your questions. Please sign up for only ONE session.

Dates:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
11:00am-12:00pm ET

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Friday, September 20
2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3:00pm-4:00pm ET

Register here:  https://nnlm.gov/classes/new-pubmed-highlights-information-professionals

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NNLM SEA Digest News – August 23, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:22

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.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars August 27 – August 28 

Webinars September 4 – September 12

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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Funding available to support Community Based Organizations

MAR News - Fri, 2019-08-23 09:01

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications from Community Based Organizations to support health programming in public libraries. The purpose of the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award is to fund Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to incorporate MedlinePlus and information about the All of Us Research Program into existing health programming. Funded CBOs would then offer programs in public libraries within the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania).

  • Period of Performance: October 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
  • Due Date: September 20, 2019 Noon ET
  • Notification of Awards: September 30, 2019

Amount: Up to $19,500

Eligibility:
  • Community Based Organizations having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other than institutions of higher education and libraries, or
  • Cooperative Extension Service

Eligible organizations must have existing health programming that is offered to the public and be Network members in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania). Membership is free, and open to any organization that provides or promotes health information. Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution and not an individual.

Efforts will be made to fund programs throughout the region that have the potential to reach populations Underserved by Research.

NNLM MAR staff will work with funded programs to integrate relevant health information and NIH All of Us Research Program content into programs and to assist with making connections with local public libraries.

Full Request for Proposals

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM MAR.

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Consumer Health Minute: Collection Management

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-08-22 12:53

Back in the day, before the Internet, the majority of our resources were in print. Our patrons would enter the library to peruse our collections for information they needed or approached the reference desk to ask the librarian for assistance who would then often direct the patron to a reference tome or an item on the shelf.

Now days, it is rarer for us to turn to the printed format and many times, what we need is often found online. Publishers of consumer health reference books are also moving their content online and it is becoming more difficult to find authoritative consumer health information in books.

Many library staff have stated that their patrons want print, in other words, books. In our NNLM classes and conference sessions we often recommend specific online resources as the best resources for providing quality health information for patrons. As information providers, we need to acknowledge that certain online information is more current and more reliable.  And of course, online content can be printed.

Recently, Francesca Goldsmith, expert librarian and author, presented, “Collection Management for Healthy Communities”, on the NNLM webinar series, Kernel of Knowledge. The 1 hour session was recorded and Goldsmith provides library staff with the rationale and support in choosing appropriate online and print health related resources for your communities, as well as addressing  the issue of print books versus online resources. Goldsmith will help you feel more confident in building your library’s health collection.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Thu, 2019-08-22 12:10

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Upstate Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY – learn more about this youth-focused education program that pairs medical librarians and healthcare professionals with middle school students, to improve health literacy and inspire the pursuit of health-related careers.

Back-to-School with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about vaccines, the impact of a heavy backpack, get a recipe for low-fat pumpkin bread, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote National Immunization Awareness and Talk to Your Doctor Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

In the Region – This summer, Michelle Burda visited Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine, a National Library of Medicine exhibit, at Brody Family Medical Library in Allentown PA. Read about more of our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

Project Outcome: An Easy way to Measure the Impact of Library Services – MCR News

New on YouTube: Resources for Community Health Workers, June 26, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Mourning the loss of former NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. – It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., who served as the director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for more than 30 years. He was one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and continued his service as director emeritus of NLM after his retirement in March 2015. Because of his pioneering work in applying computer technology to biomedical research and health information, he is considered by many to be the country’s senior statesman for computers and medicine. Watch the Dr. Lingberg Memorial Video for a tribute to this NLM legend.

Remembering Donald A. B. Lindberg, a visionary giant with a personal touch – A world-renowned leader in applying computers to health care and a giant in the field of biomedical research, Dr. Lindberg was hailed for his visionary and transformative leadership. When people talk about people with such great influence, they often say that those who come after them stand on their shoulders. With Don, it was different. He made sure that we stood beside him. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Mapping Brain Circuits in Vivid Color – Hop aboard to fly up, down, left, and right through the information highways of the human brain! This captivating and eye-catching video was one of the winners of the 2019 “Show us Your Brain!” contest sponsored by the NIH-led Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using. The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs that improved search filters, and a new milestone for PubMed – the 30 millionth journal citation!

NIH funds genetic counseling resource ahead of million-person sequencing effort – The All of Us Research Program has awarded $4.6 million in initial funding to Color, a health technology company in Burlingame, California, to establish the program’s nationwide genetic counseling resource. Through this funding, Color’s network of genetic counselors will help participants understand what the genomic testing results mean for their health and their families.

Opinion: Diversity strengthens global health scienceGlobal Health Matters, a newsletter from the Fogarty International Center

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

August 2019

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – August 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), get ready for September and National Preparedness Month with this webinar that highlights NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will also include resources for special populations and those with special needs.

NNLM Delivery – August 28, 2:30-3:15 PM ET – The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is upgrading MARDelivery, our free document delivery service that has been offered to NNLM Members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware for over a decade. Not only have we upgraded to a fresh look and feel for existing MARDelivery users, but this free service will soon be extended to Members across the entire National Network of Libraries of Medicine! Join us for this brief information session about our new-and-improved document delivery platform, NNLM Delivery.

September 2019

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship – September 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET), librarians will reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians – September 9-November 15, 2019 – This collaborative online course offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans. Participants are eligible for up to 32 MLA CE, dependent upon the number of modules completed.

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians making outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas that will enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing – September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

Family Focused Addiction Support Training: Getting your Life Back – September 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the New England Region (NER), guest presenter Maureen Cavanagh will introduce you to her newest project, Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FFAST). FFAST is a family-focused intervention designed to define and increase fluency in the language of recovery, educate on substance use disorders, and provide resources for self-care for those affected by a another’s substance use disorder. Learning the steps to care for yourself is essential in being a healthy, empathetic and effective supporter to your loved one, patient or student.

Are you podcasting? – September 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment. With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. This moderated webinar with the SoutheasternAtlantic Region (SEA) will provide an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

ECRI Guidelines Trust – September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Medical librarians are one of the largest user groups of the ECRI Guidelines Trust. So why not take advantage of all the Trust has to offer in terms of evidence-based clinical practice guideline content? Join this webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) to hear directly from the creators of the Trust and learn how this guideline repository can facilitate your searches for up-to-date clinical practice guidelines. They will take you on a tour of their site’s content and capabilities, and share latest search features and enhancements developed with a librarian audience in mind.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out MedlinePlus for Public Librarians. This aysnchronous, hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions.

*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 Posting: Medical Librarian/Information Specialist, ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Pennsylvanian academic library research study – You are invited to participate in a survey for a research study about assessment of outreach and student engagement efforts in academic libraries. Pennsylvanian academic library employees in a variety of positions are welcomed to participate. For more information about this study, review the Informed Consent information at the start of the survey. This study was approved by the IRB at Penn State University and Edinboro University.

New Medical Makerspace ListServ – The Ginsburg Health Sciences library is pleased to announce the creation of the Medical Makerspace ListServ. Intended to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of thoughts and experiences related to medical makerspace technologies, practices, techniques, development, and strategy, Ginsburg HSL is spearheading a structured means of information sharing with academic and clinically-based medical makerspaces and/or innovation labs. The ListServ will function as a valuable resource for medical makerspaces and medical makerspace professionals, and foster a closer sense of community in the application of emerging technologies in medicine and medical schools. To subscribe, send an email to listserv@listserv.temple.edu with “subscribe MEDICAL_MAKERSPACE_LISTSERV Yourfirstname Yourlastname” in the body of the email. If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Lyons, Innovation Librarian, at patrick.lyons@temple.edu.

AHRQ Social Determinants of Health Challenge Enters Exciting Second Phase! –  AHRQ Views

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn, exhibition and lecture – Visit the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System for the exhibition “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn,” an exploration of presenting personal illness narratives and health information through comics. The exhibition is free and open to the public during normal library hours from August 19 to September 30. To complement the exhibit, Dr. Jay Hosler will give a lecture on the art and science of science comics on August 27 at 11:30am (refreshments provided).

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

AJPH Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media – The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, intends to publish a special issue focusing on research that can help us better understand and address the proliferation of health misinformation on social media. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an extended proposal to Ms. Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 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.

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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SEASide Webinar — “Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results

SEA News - Thu, 2019-08-22 11:44

Date: September 10th, 2019

Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Presenter: Edwin Sperr, MLIS, Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership

Abstract: Searchers of PubMed, as with other bibliographic databases, are used to seeing their results primarily as an ordered list. While lists work well for accessing the first few dozen results of a search, they don’t do much to provide context. A list can’t convey meaningful information about those results that aren’t immediately displayed, nor does it describe the relationships between one part of a complex search and another. This lack of context is especially challenging when navigating large sets of results, as users rarely choose the most efficient search strategy the first time out. Instead they iterate through changes, often informed by little more than the difference in hits at each step.

In this webinar we’ll use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. We’ll also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Presenter Bio: Edwin Sperr, M.L.I.S. currently serves as the Clinical Information Librarian at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. Since developing the interactive tool PubVenn in 2015, Ed has explored the use of data visualization techniques in several different contexts. One can find out more about his work at https://esperr.github.io/

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

Contact: Kirsten Burcat, MLIS, Data & Evaluation Coordinator

Continuing Education Credits: 1

To join the training session:

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To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:

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NLM Announces Future Plans of 2018-2019 Associate Fellows

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-08-21 18:27

The National Library of Medicine has announced the future plans of its 2018-2019 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program provides associates with a broad foundation in health sciences information services and prepares librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows recently ended the first year of their fellowship. Three will continue for second year fellowships at health sciences libraries in the United States: at Lane Medical Library, Stanford University; Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado, and at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan. Two of the Associate Fellows will take positions at libraries in the Washington DC area: one at the National Agricultural Library and one at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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Stacy Brody

Stacy Brody will provide reference and website support for the Rural Information Center, Alternative Farming, and Natural Resources in the Information and Customer Service Branch at the National Agricultural Library. As a first-year NLM Associate Fellow, she developed planning and marketing materials for the biannual #citeNLM Wikipedia edit-a-thon, analyzed open science and data science policies, tracked policy and legislative news, and developed a scoping review protocol for mapping the uses of the Unified Medical Language System in research. She also worked on group projects examining computational reproducibility of NLM-funded research and executing a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to promote the visibility of women in library and information science.

Ms. Brody received her MI from Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information Science. She gained experience in academic libraries at the Rutgers University Libraries, providing information literacy instruction, research assistance, and pop-up reference services. She also worked at the Monmouth County Library, a public library system in her home state of New Jersey. She holds her BS in agriculture and plant science from Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke will be employed as a Medical Librarian at the Darnall Medical Library at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she will support evidence-based practice and research, provide reference and instruction, and assist in collection development and electronic access. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she evaluated bibliographic records in the Disaster Lit database using the MeSH on Demand tool to determine potential inclusion of controlled vocabulary as metadata to improve user discoverability of grey literature; interviewed organizational partners to determine data sharing barriers during infectious disease outbreaks and explored achievable goals librarians can implement to advance crisis response; and participated in the planning and post-assessment of the NLM workshop, Developing the Librarian Workforce for Data Science and Open Science.

Ms. Clarke received her MSLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She was previously employed as a librarian at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), where she provided reference support, performed literature searches, and delivered interlibrary loan requests. Prior to that, she worked at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Office of Research Protections where she worked on projects tracking human use protocols and managed the Volunteer Registry Database System. Ms. Clarke is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has a Disaster Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland University College.

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Amelia Llorens

Amelia Llorens will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at Stanford’s Lane Medical Library working with the Research & Instruction team to provide research support through literature search services and instructional sessions. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she assessed the Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians online training course, researched best practices to create an infographic helping MedlinePlus users evaluate online health information, and created visualizations of MEDLINE and PubMed Central application data. She also worked on a group project with other Associate Fellows examining author practices related to computational reproducibility and journal data and code sharing policies.

Ms. Llorens received her MSIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. While completing her degree, she worked as Serials Intern and later as Monographs Intern at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, where she selected collection items for preservation and assisted with technical services. She spent her final semester of her MSIS working at the Dell Medical School Library creating online instructional materials and teaching instructional sessions. She holds a BA in women’s and gender studies from Carleton College.

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Cecelia Vetter

Cecelia Vetter will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the University of Colorado Strauss Health Sciences Library teaching information literacy, designing assessment materials, and assisting with a course in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she designed and co-taught a workshop to school nurses on PubMed literature searching, created visualizations of MEDLINE and PubMed Central application data, and updated exhibit websites for the History of Medicine Division. She also participated in the Associate Fellow group project examining the computational reproducibility of research funded by NLM Extramural Programs.

Ms. Vetter received her MLIS from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a Research and Teaching Fellow studying pedagogy and providing information literacy instruction. While completing her degree, she worked at the UMD Special Collections and University Archives teaching primary source information literacy and held a summer internship at the Smithsonian Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. She holds a BA in art history and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Paije Wilson

Paije Wilson will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library, where she will conduct projects focusing on scientific communication and precision health. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she conducted research on the discoverability, accessibility, and availability of full clinical trial protocols; evaluated the discoverability of trials information on a subset of clinical trials data sharing platforms; and completed a project and presented a conference poster defining and describing data licensing policies, data sharing and use agreements, and other intellectual property frontiers in select NIH data repositories. She also participated in the Associate Fellow group project examining the computational reproducibility of research funded by NLM Extramural Programs.

Ms. Wilson received her MLIS from the University of Iowa. While completing her degree, she worked at the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library and the Spirit Lake Public Library and was a mentee at the University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. She holds a BA in English and a minor in Biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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NIH All of Us Research Program Plans Genome Sequencing and Genetic Counseling for Participants

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-08-21 18:03

The NIH All of Us Research Program has awarded $4.6 million in initial funding to Color, a health technology company in Burlingame, CA, to establish the program’s nationwide genetic counseling resource. With the goal of speeding up health research breakthroughs, All of Us plans to sequence the genomes of 1 million participants from diverse communities across the United States. Through this funding, Color’s network of genetic counselors will help participants understand what the genomic testing results mean for their health and their families. As one of the most ambitious research programs in history, the All of Us Research Program aims to create the largest and most diverse health research resource of its kind. Participants from all parts of the country share health information over time through surveys, electronic health records and more. Some participants also are invited to contribute blood and urine samples for analysis. Researchers will be able to use this data to learn more about how biology, behavior, and environment influence health and disease, which may lead to discoveries on how to further individualize health care in the future.

Over time, the program anticipates providing several kinds of information to participants, including: information on ancestry and traits, drug-gene interactions (pharmacogenomics) and genetic findings connected with high risk of certain diseases. Genomic results from All of Us, although produced at a high quality in specially certified labs, should be confirmed by a health care provider before a participant makes any changes to their care. The pharmacogenomic information may help participants work with their health care teams more effectively to make choices about certain prescription drugs. Genetic findings tied to 59 genes associated with risk of specific diseases, like breast cancer or heart disease, for which there are established medical guidelines for treatment or prevention will also be returned to participants. To ensure that the program uses the most current knowledge in the fast-moving field of clinical genetics, All of Us is following guidance from professional organizations such as the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium.

As health-related information is made available, all participants will have access to genetic counseling services from Color. A small percentage of people will have DNA results, such as a variation in the breast cancer gene BRCA1, that may be important for treatment or screening. This information can also be valuable to their immediate family members who may share the same genetic variant. For All of Us, that could amount to tens of thousands of participants out of its eventual 1 million. Color will deliver the results to these participants in genetic counseling sessions, highlighting any important findings they may want to discuss with a health care provider.

Color will offer educational materials and telecounseling in multiple languages, as well as access to in-house licensed clinical pharmacists who can help participants have more effective conversations with their health care providers. Genetic counselors will also be able to help connect participants to health care providers who can address their particular health risks. To help guide its genetic counseling services, Color’s steering committee is led by Amy Sturm, M.S., CGC, LGC, president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. It also includes leadership of the American Board of Genetic Counseling. The steering committee will help ensure that Color delivers top-quality genetic counseling and serves as a platform for training future generations of genetic counselors. Color has built software and digital tools that remove traditional barriers to genetic counseling and clinical genetic testing. It has conducted more than 15,000 genetic counseling sessions to help people across the country understand their DNA information. For an overview of the outputs that Color will provide, watch this 90-second YouTube video featuring Eric Dishman, Director of the NIH All of Us Research Program.

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Project Outcome: An Easy way to Measure the Impact of Library Services

MCR News - Wed, 2019-08-21 17:59

Check out the free Project Outcome toolkit that allows public libraries to collect and share information about how their services impact their community, including in the area of health.

The kit provides patron surveys and easy to use tools to record data that measure the outcome of their services. This allows libraries to better understand how their resources and programs are being used and the impacts on their community, which empowers libraries to determine what they can do to improve.

Project Outcome will focus on addressing the patron’s knowledge, confidence, application, and awareness in the programs and services offered by the library. Service areas covered by standardized surveys include health, civic and community engagement, early childhood literacy, education, and lifelong learning, digital learning and economic development.

To learn more about Project Outcome and start your toolkit today, go to www.projectoutcome.org.

Project Outcome is made possible by the Public Library Association (PLA) in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Association of College of Research Libraries, and Community Attributes Incorporated.  NNLM partnered with PLA on the health survey.

 

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Recording of August 2019 NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2019-08-20 18:46

The recording of the August 2019 “What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling” webinar is now available. This session is part of the NNLM Research Data Management webinar series, a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. In this session, Nancy Shin, NNLM PNR’s Research and Data Coordinator, provides an one-hour introductory on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Nancy covers the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. To view the webinar, click on the YouTube player below.

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NLM Mourns the loss of former Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2019-08-20 13:38

Donald Lindberg

Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.

It is with great sadness to share the news of the passing of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., who served as the Director of the National Library of Medicine for more than 30 years. He was one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and continued his service as Director Emeritus of NLM after his retirement in March 2015. Because of his pioneering work in applying computer technology to biomedical research and health information, he is considered by many to be the country’s senior statesman for computers and medicine. Dr. Lindberg died on August 16 following a fall; he was 86.

When he joined NLM as Director in 1984, Dr. Lindberg predicted that computers would become increasingly useful in biomedical research and patient care, medical informatics would emerge as a formal research field and academic discipline, and progress in cancer research and molecular biology would become a matter of immediate personal concern. A consummate planner, he took a long view by developing long-range plans for NLM that helped him deliver on his predictions. Under his leadership, NLM embraced the Internet, enabling the public, health providers, and scientists gain new or improved access to medical literature via PubMed and PubMed Central; clinical trials and their results via ClinicalTrials.gov; and consumer health information via MedlinePlus. He played an integral role in the establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of NLM that provides access to biomedical and genomic information. He also served as the first director of the government-wide Office of High-Performance Computing and Communications.

Dr. Lindberg was incredibly well read, in medicine and beyond. A discussion about one of NLM’s many products and services would inevitably be informed by insight from the latest book he was reading about history, sailing, or the latest medical breakthrough. His thirst for knowledge made him ideally suited to lead the largest biomedical library in the world. Dr. Lindberg came to NLM after a distinguished career at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a pioneer in applying computer technology to health care. Trained as a pathologist, he reinvented himself to become a leader in the use of computers in medicine. He helped establish the American Medical Informatics Association and became its founding president. He made notable global contributions to information and computer science activities for information used in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. The Medical Library Association (MLA) awarded Dr. Lindberg Honorary Membership in 2013 and established the Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship in 2003. His MLA oral history was published in 2016.

Dr. Lindberg created programs that changed fundamentally the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed. He will be remembered for his outstanding leadership, his vision and passion for transforming access to medical information, and as a civil servant who was committed to excellence, transparency, integrity, and public trust.

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 1: The Oklahoma Symposium

SCR News - Tue, 2019-08-20 11:45

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is Part 1. 

Earlier this year, our Executive Director, Consumer Health Coordinator, and All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator had the opportunity to present at the Health Literacy Symposium held by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and sponsored by the NNLM SCR, the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library (University of Oklahoma), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Public librarians from across the state of Oklahoma were in attendance, from both urban and rural areas. The Symposium was titled, A Familiar Story with a New Title: Social Determinants of Health in Libraries, Literacy Programs, and Communities. A description of the symposium is as follows:

“Because of their expertise and accessibility, librarians and literacy personnel engage with people from all walks of life, with various socioeconomic situations, with diverse educational backgrounds, and a myriad of health needs. These conditions, called social determinants of health, impact not only the health of library users and learners, but their health literacy and their ability to use community resources” (Symposium flyer).

The part I found most instructional as a presenter, were the share-back sessions where each public librarian got to report on what their library had been working on and what they had in store for the summer, which is now coming to an end. How time flies!

Moon Landing Anniversary EventThe Oklahoma public libraries reported conducting health-related programming including nutrition and healthy cooking classes for adults and children. Libraries also partnered with organizations such as Blue Zones; YMCA; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program; nutritionists; and even hospital systems. They conducted fitness sessions on yoga, tai chi, and dance for patrons. Some also incorporated health conscious items into their collections, such as blood pressure monitors and scales. Along with community partners, libraries also hosted health screenings, CPR classes, Medicare counsel, and health awareness programs. Other programs include monthly health challenges and other active programs such as maintaining community gardens or going on story walks. They also created resource guides for health provider locations.

Libraries in Oklahoma also took the national Summer Reading “Space” theme to another level and incorporated it into health programming. Librarians created programs including Space Story Walks, astronaut training in the park, walking to the moon events and moon walk sack races!

We’ll share more about NNLM involvement in moon-walking on the next post!

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Call for Requests to host National Library of Medicine exhibit, “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America”

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2019-08-20 06:18

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a wonderful program of traveling exhibits that focus on history, literature, health issues and professions. They consist of banners but there is online content as well. The banners allow for programming and collaborating with organizations in your community such as a school, a health clinic, an academic institution, or community organization.

The NLM Exhibition Program has an opportunity to host one of their newer exhibits, “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America”.

NLM traveling exhibit "Politics of Yellow Fever"

This six-banner traveling exhibition explores how party politics shaped the response to the yellow fever epidemic in 1793 Philadelphia where Philadelphians confronted yellow fever in the absence of an effective cure or consensus about the origins of the disease.  Medical professionals, early political parties, and private citizens seized on the epidemic to advance their respective agendas. As a result, Philadelphia’s sick and dying received medical care informed as much by politics as by the best available science.  Politics of Yellow Fever tells the story of how Philadelphia’s sick, anxious residents responded to yellow fever using an uneasy blend of science and politics.

If you would like to host “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America”, please complete a Call for Requests Response Form and submit your completed form to: NLMCallForRequestsSubmissions@mail.nlm.nih.gov by September 23, 2019 at 8:59 p.m., PT.

For more information on Exhibitions Connect and Call for Requests, please visit the Exhibitions Connect web page.

Consider subscribing to the MAKING-EXHIBITION-CONNECTIONS  listserv for future official announcements.

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Favorite Experiences at the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians

NER News - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:09

This is the final blog post in a series authored by several individuals who received scholarships to attend the and the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians. In this installment, a scholarship recipient, Anne Marie Engelsen, the Science Reference Librarian at Fogler Library at the University of Maine, describes her favorite parts of the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians.  For more information about the New England Science Boot Camp presentations including videos please see the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians website.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

I was lucky enough to get a scholarship to attend the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians for the second year in a row. Thank you to the Scholarship Committee and NNLM for the opportunity! This year was another success, and I was so glad to visit the University of New Hampshire’s gorgeous campus. Here are my 5 favorite parts of Science Boot Camp this year (in no particular order).

 

  1. Citizen Science

For the capstone talk Wednesday night, Malin Clyde (Community Volunteer State Specialist at the University of New Hampshire Extension) spoke about citizen science and her initiative, Nature Groupie, which lists citizen science volunteer opportunities in New England. We also learned about other citizen science initiatives like Zooniverse, a website that links people to small computer-based tasks for an active research project, Aurorasaurus, an app that lets people report active aurora borealis sightings around the world, and SciStarter, a larger scale list of active citizen science projects. For those who enjoy being outdoors and want to contribute to conservation or research projects, citizen science is a great opportunity! If you’d like more information about how you can link citizen science into the library, check out The Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science from Arizona State University and SciStarter.

 

  1. Social Justice in Science

The second theme of Boot Camp (the others being Remote Sensing and Assistive Technologies) was my favorite by far. The first presenter was Sofia Lemons, a Lecturer in Computer Science from the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, who explored the way bias is built into computing systems. When so much of our society and lives rely on computing systems, it’s important to remember that computers are not inherently without bias because computers are made by people, and no person is without bias. This is seen when researchers find that facial recognition is only accurate for white male users. The second presenter was Dr. Elena Long, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. Dr. Long’s talk was equal parts workshop and call to action, highlighting the issue of deadnames in academic publications. Changing names on past publications is significant for trans academics because not doing it can out the academic as trans, which may result in discrimination. The choice becomes either outing themselves or losing some publications in a CV. In a nice change of pace, Dr. Long had the librarians workshop to discuss the barriers, systematic or otherwise, that might prohibit a name changing process from publishers. So what can we do? As librarians, we have a specific role that bisects the academic and publishing spheres and could help support this type of change. If we can connect, organize, and spread the message, we can create some ripples that can help combat the bad ripples that come from the issue itself.

 

  1. UNH Brewing Science Lab

One of the tours I went on Wednesday Morning was the Brewing Science Lab (complete with samples!!). UNH is the country’s only university that has a distribution license for the beer produced from its brewing science lab, rather than partnering with local breweries. The lab supports a Brewing Science minor and performs analytical testing for New Hampshire Breweries. While we were there, we got to see all of the equipment and science that goes into making beers and ciders, then taste some of the beers made by students! They had a gose that used an invasive seaweed for its salty kick and an IPA with a basil-y finish. It was interesting to see the (admittedly tiny) lab that created some tasty brews and see the passion that Cheryl Parker, Brewery Manager, had for the program and teaching students.

 

  1. Science Librarians

One of the main draws of Science Boot Camp for me is the community of science librarians that I get to see when I’m there. I was fortunate enough to have two fantastic mentors both years I attended Boot Camp- Sue O’Dell from Bowdoin College and Liz Fowler from the University of New Hampshire. Being from a fairly remote institution (UMaine is so far from anything), I love having this chance to spend time with librarians from around New England for some outside perspective and networking. The intentionally casual atmosphere of the conference allows for relationship building and general collegiality without too much of the pressure that other conferences have. I look forward to this part of the conference the most!

 

  1. Snacks

Conference snacks can be hit or miss, but my snack experience at Science Boot Camp has been overwhelmingly positive both years. This year, UNH catering provided homemade chocolate pudding (!!!), chocolate-covered strawberries (!!!), snack mix, and more delectable delicacies. I was pleasantly surprised, and I now want nothing less than scratch-made pudding at every conference I go to. Well done.

 

 

Anne Marie Engelsen

Science Reference Librarian

Fogler Library | University of Maine

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For more information about science librarianship, other upcoming events, or scholarships or funding 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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Bringing Healthy Ideas to Life: NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards!

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-08-19 15:01

 

Do you have a great idea to advance health literacy and advance health equity in your community? Bring your great idea to life by applying for one of the NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards! We’re delighted to offer 3 Community Engagement Awards, each up to $100,000. Please note: award applications for any amount up to $100,000 will be considered.

The goals of the Community Outreach Awards are to foster awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program and promote health literacy and health equity through:

  • improving consumer access to quality, evidence-based health information
  • providing programs, education and outreach focused on addressing community health needs
  • addressing digital health literacy skills development
  • increasing the understanding and importance of participation in clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program

Creative approaches to meeting the health literacy needs through community engagement are encouraged.  Consider focusing on any topics that support the aims of NIH All of Us Research Program, such as how biology, environment or lifestyle influence health.

The period of performance for these awards is: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020. Please note: awarded projects may request an extension through December 2020 to complete activities.

Priority for awards will be given to public libraries, or to organizations with an established public library partner carrying a significant role in the project.

Eligible applicants must be from institutions that are members of the NNLM PNR; if you don’t have a membership, membership is free and open to institutions interested in improving equitable access to health information.  To apply for membership, submit an online membership application.  NNLM PNR members who have not previously received NNLM funding or have only received funding once before are encouraged to apply.

Interested in applying? Please note the following deadlines:

  • Letter of Intent providing a brief description of the proposed project, must be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Please send your Letter of Intent to: nnlm@uw.edu and include Community Engagement Award in the subject line.
  • Submission deadline for your completed application is Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 3:00 Pacific Time (late submissions will not be accepted). Please send your completed application to nnlm@uw.edu and include Community Engagement Award in the subject line.

For more information about this award and for tips on writing your proposal check out our Proposal Writing Toolkit. There you’ll find helpful suggestions for how to include All of Us awareness in your project proposal, guidelines for submitting a letter of intent and step by step tutorials on how to complete your project application.

Questions? Please drop us a line: nnlm@uw.edu. We welcome all questions and input. We look forward to funding your good ideas!

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Reaching Around the World: Grantees’ Big Summer

NER News - Mon, 2019-08-19 09:45

Brittany Netherton and Brenda Lormil two NNLM NER grantees had big summers presenting the work they’re doing at events in San Diego and Sweden!

Brittany from the Darien Library had the opportunity present on graphic novels in the library at the San Diego Comic-Con and her work with Graphic Medicine.

From Brittany:

“On Thursday, July 18 I delivered a lightning round presentation during San Diego Comic-Con’s Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians. The audience included librarians and educators from across North America. My presentation defined Graphic Medicine broadly, and then I spoke about Darien Library’s intentional Graphic Medicine collection development and marketing over the past year. As I was discussing the importance of other libraries creating similar collections, and sharing different resources they could use to get started, I saw people throughout the room snapping pictures of the slides and taking notes. I ended my presentation with an announcement of our NNLM NER grant, which drew excited applause from the audience. After the presentation, an NNLM representative from the San Diego area introduced herself to me, and said that Graphic Medicine is something they’re working on right now, and that she was happy to see me presenting on it.

A few weeks after the presentation, I received a text message from one of the librarians who helped plan the conference. He wanted me to know that in their recap of the event, one of the event organizers said that my Graphic Medicine presentation was particularly well-received and had attendees talking. They see Graphic Medicine as an area they want to intentionally highlight next year, and asked if I might be interested in joining the planning committee.”

 

Brenda and partners from Northeastern University School Health Academy (NEUSHA) took HAMA and NEUSHA’s great work developing a model for supporting a quality continuing nursing education (CNE) program that addresses culturally competent services, advocating for health and safety needs of students and strengthening global health for Haitian American students and their families.  HAMA and NEUSHA presented the CNE program they created to participants at the 2019 School Nurses International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden on July 25.  Read the full abstract of the project that Brenda presented on.

 

Congratulations to Brittany and Brenda on their great accomplishments this summer!  NNLM NER is proud to support the work they’re doing in their communities and look forward to reporting on more of the great work of our grantees soon.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-08-16 13:04

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Upstate Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY – learn more about this youth-focused education program that pairs medical librarians and healthcare professionals with middle school students, to improve health literacy and inspire the pursuit of health-related careers.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote National Immunization Awareness and Talk to Your Doctor Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

In the Region – This summer, Michael Balkenhol attended the ALA annual conference in Washington, D.C. where he had the opportunity to catch up with a few of our Members, and attended some interesting sessions that will inspire future NNLM programs! Read about more of our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

Kindling Health Topics through Kindles – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

New on YouTube: Resources for Community Health Workers, June 26, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Engaging Users to Support the Modernization of ClinicalTrials.gov – NLM aims to make ClinicalTrials.gov an even more valuable resource with a renewed commitment to engage with and serve the people who rely on it. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Shining a Spotlight on Individual Neurons – Here you get a close-up look at pyramidal neurons located in the hippocampus, a region of the mammalian brain involved in memory. – NIH Director’s Blog

Leaders of NIH’s All of Us Research Program Recap Progress and Next Steps – In the first major publication to come from the All of Us Research Program, consortium leaders highlight the program’s efforts to advance precision medicine and its early success in building a diverse participant community.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using. The current issue recently highlighted updates to PubMed Labs that improved search filters, and a new milestone for PubMed – the 30 millionth journal citation!

NIH News in Health: read the August 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Period Problems: Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Other Issue,” and, “Bulging Veins: What to Do About Varicose Veins.” Other topics include psoriatic arthritis, walking for better health, and urologic diseases.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

August 2019

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

Feeding the Whole Child: Full minds and full bellies, all free at the library – August 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – What does it take to get your library or non-profit involved in the Federal Summer Food Service Program and other food insecurity efforts? What are some strategies to help ensure the success of your program, and how can you get your community engaged? Get answers to these and more questions of your own in this informative and interactive session with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR).

Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. Join this webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. This is the second installment in a series of webinars about diversity, equity, and inclusion for health sciences librarians.

Inclusive Graphic Medicine: Communication, Collections and Community – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – The emerging field of graphic medicine provides opportunities for health sciences librarian involvement at many levels. Collection development, health literacy, medical education, and promotion of resources for patient-provider communication are some of the relevant areas where librarians participate in the use of comics in healthcare and medical education. In this webinar with the MidContintental Region (MCR), three panelists will discuss their experiences with graphic medicine.

Libraries Connecting Communities to Vaccine Information & Resources – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – With vaccines being in the headlines recently, it is likely many of your library patrons are wondering if they, their children, or family members are up to date with immunizations. This webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) will provide practical information, resources, and tools for public library staff to help empower and inform their communities around vaccines. The presentation will also equip libraries to help their patrons speak with their pharmacist and other members of the care team about vaccines as well as additional health information needs.

Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Populations – August 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBTQ+ individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBTQ+ individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBTQ+ patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. This class with the New England Region (NER) will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBTQ+ patrons.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – August 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), get ready for September and National Preparedness Month with this webinar that highlights NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will also include resources for special populations and those with special needs.

NNLM Delivery – August 28, 2:30-3:15 PM ET – The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is upgrading MARDelivery, our free document delivery service that has been offered to NNLM Members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware for over a decade. Not only have we upgraded to a fresh look and feel for existing MARDelivery users, but this free service will soon be extended to Members across the entire National Network of Libraries of Medicine! Join us for this brief information session about our new-and-improved document delivery platform, NNLM Delivery.

September 2019

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship – September 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET), librarians will reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians – September 9-November 15, 2019 – This collaborative online course offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans. Participants are eligible for up to 32 MLA CE, dependent upon the number of modules completed.

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians making outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas that will enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals – September 17, 18, 20 & 24, 2019 – Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this webinar for librarians and other information professionals will preview the new, modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development, and find out how to give NLM your feedback on the new system. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020.

ECRI Guidelines Trust – September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Medical librarians are one of the largest user groups of the ECRI Guidelines Trust. So why not take advantage of all the Trust has to offer in terms of evidence-based clinical practice guideline content? Join this webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) to hear directly from the creators of the Trust and learn how this guideline repository can facilitate your searches for up-to-date clinical practice guidelines. They will take you on a tour of their site’s content and capabilities, and share latest search features and enhancements developed with a librarian audience in mind.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out MedlinePlus for Public Librarians. This aysnchronous, hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions.

*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

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn, exhibition and lecture – Visit the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System for the exhibition “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn,” an exploration of presenting personal illness narratives and health information through comics. The exhibition is free and open to the public during normal library hours from August 19 to September 30. To complement the exhibit, Dr. Jay Hosler will give a lecture on the art and science of science comics on August 27 at 11:30am (refreshments provided).

HSRProj Back to School Webinar: How to Search, Communicate, and Disseminate Your Research – August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by AcademyHealth through the HSRProj program, this introductory seminar explores effective search, communication, and dissemination strategies and provides an overview of resources publicly available through the National Library of Medicine for public health and health services and policy researchers to use in their work.

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

AJPH Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media – The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, intends to publish a special issue focusing on research that can help us better understand and address the proliferation of health misinformation on social media. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an extended proposal to Ms. Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 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.

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 – August 16, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-08-16 10:54

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 Opportunities

Webinars August 20 

Webinars August 21

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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