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Library Marketing Professional Development Award

MCR News - Mon, 2021-03-22 19:43

Ashley Granger
University of Missouri

The University of Missouri library marketing team does a multitude of tasks, but one of them is to maintain our social media accounts, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  Because the library wants to focus on different branches of our main library, and to highlight what our various departments do, the marketing team made the decision to have “reporters” create posts on a schedule to make sure there was a variety of content.  This was my introduction into social media marketing.

My favorite posts would probably be classed as “bookstagram” posts: memes, book covers, and posts of that nature.  This helps to tell patrons what new books we’ve received and provides both serious content and fun book-related posts for our followers.  We also have people from special collections who post technical information, posts about user experiences, and reposts from students who have tagged us.  Our library Instagram was even featured on a Buzzfeed article about the best library accounts to follow, and featured a picture of one of my posts, which led to an increase of followers.  I found myself increasingly enjoying the social media aspect of my job and brainstorming more ideas of content that could be posted.  But where would I start?  I had little experience with marketing and what would work best for our followers.

I saw an email about the Library Marketing Professional Development Award through the Network of the National Library of Medicine that provided an application, open to staff and faculty, to receive a grant to attend the marketing conference in 2020.  I applied and received the grant.

The conference was, to put it lightly, incredible for me.  I took pages and pages of notes.  I googled software and websites and book titles that were mentioned, my LinkedIn account was flooded with invitations, and I was even able to connect with someone who was co-authoring a book about social media in academic libraries, and I submitted a case study about our library’s Instagram page to be included.  I learned about the best color/fonts to use on posts, how many words should be a on post for the most impact, and even how long it takes a person to become engaged in a video. As a paraprofessional cataloger, I never expected to be published anywhere, or have this kind of knowledge available to me.

The grant also included a mentor, Jim, who I meet with monthly.  Jim helped me narrow the focus of my project from pages of notes and ideas to a focused plan to post a weekly “tip” about our library to get more information out to our Instagram followers on a regular basis with the same hashtag to provide consistent content that is under a common theme (and hashtag).  This will allow the marketing team to view the analytics and track the traffic for those posts to see if this is valuable content, or if our marketing efforts would be better spent on something else.

I found the entire experience to be incredibly helpful and rewarding.  It provided me with information, the chance to network with others, and a way to take an idea of mine and put it to practical use.  I learned how to approach others with my ideas in a concise and professional way, and how to shift gears when something wasn’t working.  I have never had a formal mentor before and wasn’t sure how helpful it would be, but my meetings with Jim have been invaluable.  I could not have done this project without him.

While my project is still ongoing, I am excited to have had the opportunity for this grant, and to have met the people I did, and to gain the knowledge I now have.  I highly recommend this grant program and the conference itself.  I’m not a marketing librarian, or a social media librarian – just a paraprofessional library employee who posts on Instagram, and I still found it extremely relevant.  If your job includes anything with social media, accessibility, or marketing, I guarantee you will learn something new at this conference.

The post Library Marketing Professional Development Award first appeared on MidContinental Region News.
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Infographics: Tips, Tools, and Resources

SEA News - Mon, 2021-03-22 11:04

Written By: Kiri Burcat, Data & Evaluation Coordinator, NNLM SEA

Advocacy and communication are a part of many librarians’ jobs. Infographics are a popular way to present information visually, and can help to communicate your point more clearly, more persuasively, and more memorably. Very few of us, however, have formal art or design training.  Fortunately, for health information and outreach professionals, there are already many infographics on popular topics.

Here are a few reliable resources for health and wellness infographics*:

The American Heart Association has a collection of infographics focused on healthy living. Two favorites: choosing seasonal produce and staying cool during warm weather workouts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has infographics for many different public health issues. You can look for them on any CDC topic page, but here are a few selections:

The National Institutes of Health maintains a Flickr account with photos, scientific illustrations, and an album of infographics.

If you still want to make your own from scratch, there are several available tools. Venngage, Canva, and Piktochart are popular and approachable options. Whichever program you choose, a few foundational design tips can build your confidence and help your infographics look more polished:

Learn about the rule of thirds. Use grids and guides to place elements for visual interest and compositional balance.

Use hex codes or RBG values to precisely match colors and draw inspiration from existing palettes. Adobe Color is one tool that you can use to choose color schemes. It includes an accessibility tool, which identifies potential color conflicts and simulates how your palette will look to individuals with different types of color blindness. Here, I uploaded a picture of the NNLM Data Roadmap graphic, and the program created a color palette. The hex codes are provided under the swatches so I can match them in my design program:

Screenshot of the color match tool in Adobe Color.

In some programs, you can fill a shape element with a photo to get a more custom look for your photos or elements. For presentations, I’ll sometimes do this with my photo and a circle element:

Square photo of Kiri Burcat                             Round photo of Kiri Burcat.

Explore possibilities beyond your software’s default photos, fonts, and icons. High-quality visual elements go a long way toward elevating your infographics, and usage rights and access can be affordable. With proper attribution, some free sources include: Unsplash (for photos), Google Fonts, and The Noun Project (for icons).

For more visual information topics from the NNLM, check out archived webinars on:

Or our on-demand class about data visualization: Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization

*Note and comply with attribution and usage guidelines

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2021-03-19 10:39

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

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://covid19.nih.gov/

BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness: Join the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) March 24-26 for a free virtual symposium for library staff focused on their health and wellness. You can register to attend and learn more about the symposium on the event page.

Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: NNLM is excited to announce a new, free virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities.  Through paper session, panels, and a networking space, symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. You can register to attend and learn more about the symposium on the event page.

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

Paula Mozen, Director of LIFE INTERRUPTED, Shares Her Filmmaking Journey – MCR News

National Sleep Awareness Week: Sleep… or the Hygiene of the Night – SEA Currents

New Regional Medical Libraries Designations 2021-2026: Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. You can find more information here.

NLM/NIH News

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

Learning from my Irish HeritageNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Finding New Ways to Fight Coronavirus … From Studying BatsNIH Director’s Blog

Placing Women in Medicine: Maude Abbott and the Archaeology of FriendshipsCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 – Office of Minority Health (OMH)

The UNITE Initiative: Charging Forward on the Road to Racial Equity in the Biomedical Workforce

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced that the new CORE Problem List Subset of SNOMED CT is available for download.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

March 2021

Addressing Health Misinformation at the Scale of the Internet – March 22, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Get Started using PolicyMap – March 23, 11:00 AM-12:00PM ET

NLM’s Human Genetics Resources for Clinicians and Biologists – March 23, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Ethical Issues in Citizen Science Research – March 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

BLOSSOM! Building Life-Long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale and Mindfulness – March 24-26

How PubMed® Works: ATM – March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

NIMH Livestream Event: Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults – March 30, 1:00-1:30 PM ET

Improving Social Connection among People with Disabilities – March 30, 3:00 PM ET

#CiteNLM Virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – March 31, 1:00-3:00 PM ET

Intersectionality in Health Disparities: Focus on Black Transgender Women – March 31, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

April 2021

Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic – April 8 & 9, 12:00-5:00 PM ET

From Being to Doing: Anti-Racism as Action at Work – April 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries – April 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

Social and Environmental Determinants of Maternal Health Disparities and a Roadmap to Effective Solutions – April 20, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

PNR Rendezvous: Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19 – April 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out our list of on-demand classes that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*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:

Addressing health inequity in disparities of cancer outcomes – OUPblog

2021 Virtual Forum for Migrant and Community Health – March 22-26, 2021 – Sponsored by the National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), and Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA)

SOPHE 2021dX Annual Conference – April 6-9, 2021 – Sponsored by SOPHE

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 19, 2021

SEA News - Fri, 2021-03-19 10:34

Welcome to the Network of the National Library 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*

Webinars March 22 – March 25

Webinars March 31 – April 13

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.

The post NNLM SEA Digest News – March 19, 2021 first appeared on SEA Currents.
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Coming Soon: New Regional Medical Libraries Designations 2021-2026

GMR News - Fri, 2021-03-19 09:39

Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. The start date for the new Cooperative Agreement is May 1, 2021.

The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.  The emphasis of the RML program is to bring quality health, public health, and biomedical information resources within reach of the public and all health and public health professionals.

Among other objectives, each RML is expected to:

  • Develop approaches to promote awareness of, improve access to, and enable use of NLM’s resources and data,
  • Develop and support a diverse workforce to access information resources and data, and support data-driven research,
  • Provide community-driven innovative approaches and interventions for biomedical and health information access and use.

 For the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement period, seven Regional areas are defined:

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NNLM Offices and Centers serve the NNLM program and are defined as:

The NNLM Web Services Office will develop and maintain reliable Web services for NNLM public and internal needs.

The NNLM Training Office will plan, create, share, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate an instructional program and educational materials based on key NLM products and services for a variety of audiences. NTO will assess and ensure a standard of high-quality for NNLM instructors and instructional content.

The NNLM Public Health Coordination Office will enhance the public’s health by expanding NNLM’s engagement with the diverse public health workforce through access to licensed literature,  coordinating training on NLM resources, and facilitating partnerships with public health institutions.

The NLM Evaluation Center will collaborate with RML, Office, and Center (ROC) staff to develop strategies and standardized approaches for evaluating outreach and education services

For more information, please refer to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Organizational Handbook, https://nnlm.gov/national/guides/network-national-library-medicine-nnlm-organizational-handbook.

The post Coming Soon: New Regional Medical Libraries Designations 2021-2026 first appeared on Midwest Matters.
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NNLM Transition Statement 2021-2026

NER News - Fri, 2021-03-19 06:00

Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. The start date for the new Cooperative Agreement is May 1, 2021.

The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.  The emphasis of the RML program is to bring quality health, public health, and biomedical information resources within reach of the public and all health and public health professionals.

Among other objectives, each RML is expected to:

  • Develop approaches to promote awareness of, improve access to, and enable use of NLM’s resources and data,
  • Develop and support a diverse workforce to access information resources and data, and support data-driven research,
  • Provide community-driven innovative approaches and interventions for biomedical and health information access and use.

 For the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement period, seven Regional areas are defined:

Map of the United States divided into seven regions.

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NNLM Offices and Centers serve the NNLM program and are defined as:

The NNLM Web Services Office will develop and maintain reliable Web services for NNLM public and internal needs.

The NNLM Training Office will plan, create, share, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate an instructional program and educational materials based on key NLM products and services for a variety of audiences. NTO will assess and ensure a standard of high-quality for NNLM instructors and instructional content.

The NNLM Public Health Coordination Office will enhance the public’s health by expanding NNLM’s engagement with the diverse public health workforce through access to licensed literature,  coordinating training on NLM resources, and facilitating partnerships with public health institutions.

The NLM Evaluation Center will collaborate with RML, Office, and Center (ROC) staff to develop strategies and standardized approaches for evaluating outreach and education services

For more information, please refer to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Organizational Handbook, https://nnlm.gov/national/guides/network-national-library-medicine-nnlm-organizational-handbook.

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Coming Soon: New Regional Medical Libraries Designations 2021-2026

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2021-03-18 18:03

Last June, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2021-2026 Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Health sciences libraries submitted proposal applications in September.  An official announcement from the NLM regarding the new RMLs is forthcoming. The start date for the new Cooperative Agreement is May 1, 2021.

The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.  The emphasis of the RML program is to bring quality health, public health, and biomedical information resources within reach of the public and all health and public health professionals.

Among other objectives, each RML is expected to:

    • Develop approaches to promote awareness of, improve access to, and enable use of NLM’s resources and data,
    • Develop and support a diverse workforce to access information resources and data, and support data-driven research,
    • Provide community-driven innovative approaches and interventions for biomedical and health information access and use.

 For the 2021-2026 cooperative agreement period, seven Regional areas are defined:

A map of the United States with numbers and colors allocated to different regions. Below this picture you will learn the regional states and numbers.

Region 1: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Region 2: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Region 3: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Region 4: Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Region 7: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

NNLM Offices and Centers serve the NNLM program and are defined as:

The NNLM Web Services Office will develop and maintain reliable Web services for NNLM public and internal needs.

The NNLM Training Office will plan, create, share, deliver, coordinate, and evaluate an instructional program and educational materials based on key NLM products and services for a variety of audiences. NTO will assess and ensure a standard of high-quality for NNLM instructors and instructional content.

The NNLM Public Health Coordination Office will enhance the public’s health by expanding NNLM’s engagement with the diverse public health workforce through access to licensed literature,  coordinating training on NLM resources, and facilitating partnerships with public health institutions.

The NLM Evaluation Center will collaborate with RML, Office, and Center (ROC) staff to develop strategies and standardized approaches for evaluating outreach and education services

For more information, please refer to the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Organizational Handbook, https://nnlm.gov/national/guides/network-national-library-medicine-nnlm-organizational-handbook.

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Southeast United States to Face Severe Weather

SEA News - Thu, 2021-03-18 15:27

Severe weather, including tornadoes and thunderstorms, is expected through Thursday evening, March 18th in the southeastern United States. 

 AccuWeather local StormMax 85 mph.

At a Glance

  • The greatest threat of severe storms is along the Atlantic Seaboard, stretching from Florida to Virginia.
  • Tornadoes, strong wind gusts, large hail, flash flooding, and frequent lightning strikes are possible.
  • Major cities at risk for severe weather during part of Thursday include Macon and Savannah, Georgia; Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, West Virginia; and Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida.

State and Territory Resources

Visit the NNLM SEA Page for additional Federal and State Emergency Management Contact Resources.

Alabama

Florida

Georgia

Mississippi

North Carolina

South Carolina

Virginia

Reliable Resources for Tornado Preparedness & Response

MedlinePlus

Mobile Apps

NNLM SEA Resources

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Join the Virtual #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

SEA News - Thu, 2021-03-18 10:22

Since 2018, the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) has been holding bi-annual #CiteNLM Edit-a-thons to improve the credibility and content of medical and health-related articles on Wikipedia. This month, join us for a fun live event that makes getting started with editing Wikipedia a breeze!

On Wednesday, March 31 from 1-3 PM ET, join your colleagues and NNLM staff for a live editing session as we work to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles related to healthy aging. Held via Zoom, participants will engage in large group and breakout sessions to chat about Wikipedia, edit articles, and connect with the #CiteNLM community. No prior experience required – staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide live demonstrations to get you started.

To register for the event, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/Zap

Questions? Contact Liz Waltman at ewaltman@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

At the top of the image is the logo of the Network of the National Library of Medicine in blue. Below is the text '#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, March 31, 2021.'

 

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Help NNLM Improve its Funding Process!

GMR News - Thu, 2021-03-18 04:16
The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Greater Midwest Region is requesting feedback regarding our funding process. Whether you have applied for funding through NNLM or not, your feedback will be valuable in helping us continuously improve our funding program. Please consider taking 10 minutes to fill out the following questionnaire:  https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cXRc7nUbo98wqbk The questionnaire will remain open until March 31, 2021. We appreciate your time!The post Help NNLM Improve its Funding Process! first appeared on Midwest Matters.
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NNLM SEA Announces the Healthy Haiku Contest!

SEA News - Wed, 2021-03-17 10:19

During the month of April, we will be sharing Healthy Haikus created by YOU! In honor of National Poetry Month, NNLM SEA is hosting a Healthy Haiku contest for our members. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive free registration to the  ALA Annual 2021 or MLA ‘21 virtual conference*!

Use this creative outlet for your pandemic angst, healthy-living tips, ailment woes, or anything at all that is health related. Make it light or make it heavy, funny or serious, but make it!

The Rules

Write a three-line poem, following the syllable pattern 5-7-5. No need to rhyme, just go with the flow!

We ask you to write
On health, pets, COVID-19
Please share your haiku!

Need inspiration for topics? Check out the April National Health Observances, including:

  • National Public Health Week
  • National Minority Health Month
  • Every Kid Healthy Week
  • DNA Day
  • Patient Experience Week
How to Enter
  • Share your haikus now through April 30th on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Make sure your post is “viewable for the public” so we can see your submission.
  • Tag @NNLMSEA onFacebook or Twitter and include #HealthyHaiku.
  • If applicable, tag your library or organization.
  • Individuals can share up to three unique haikus.
  • We’ll reshare your posts so that others can see your creativity!

Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your healthy haiku to Liz Waltman (ewaltman@hshsl.umaryland.edu) who will share it on our social media accounts and credit you with your submission.

Have fun and we look forward to reading all the amazing haikus!

*Conference registration is for one person and is non-transferable.

Margherita pizza with the haiku 'I ate the whole thing...Why, oh why, did I eat it? Pandemic comfort.'

The post NNLM SEA Announces the Healthy Haiku Contest! first appeared on SEA Currents.
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Paula Mozen, Director of LIFE INTERRUPTED, Shares Her Filmmaking Journey

MCR News - Tue, 2021-03-16 15:43

In this post, Paula Mozen, Director of the documentary LIFE INTERRUPTED, shares  the story of her journey with this film about the experiences of three breast cancer survivors. Portions of the original post have been edited for clarity.

I was a documentary filmmaker long before I became a breast cancer survivor. When I was first diagnosed, I wanted to take care of my situation and move on. The last thing I wanted to do was to make a film about it, a project that I knew would take several years to fundraise and complete. As time passed and I gained perspective on my own situation, I realized I was NOT alone; there are hundreds of thousands of us out here. In the United States, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2021, an estimated 330,000 new cases will be diagnosed.

Breast Cancer is indeed an epidemic. It can be found across all age, gender, socio-economic, ethnic, and geographic groups. It does not discriminate; however, as we know, access to quality healthcare can be very discriminatory.

                                                                     MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

Holding these truths together plus having the inside track to my own experience, I decided to make the film I wish I could have seen when I was diagnosed – both times. I wanted LIFE INTERRUPTED to put a face to the statistics and tell meaningful stories in order to inspire change.

Breast cancer patients are often asked to make their own choices in terms of treatments available. The moment the diagnosis is received, each person must gather information and make life-altering decisions under extreme emotional duress, all in a relatively short period of time. While individual circumstances are unique, hearing about the personal journeys from articulate women who have traveled this road before is invaluable for navigating treatments and keeping hope alive. Knowledge is power; the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer depends on this.

Persistence is a common theme for indie filmmakers and breast cancer survivors alike. Just when you think you are finished, there is usually another mountain to climb.

From Berkeley to Berlin to Beirut and back to Bozeman, MY LIFE INTERRUPTED was screened, was reviewed, and won several awards at festivals. After these events, I wanted to connect directly with audiences who cared about the themes and issues the film covered, including healthcare advocates, providers, and survivors. My hope was to provide empowerment for survivors to be self-advocates  and to share with family members, advocates and healthcare providers what it truly means to survive breast cancer.

I learned about the All of Us Research Program (http://joinallofus.org/nlm) and partnership with NNLM through Julie Sherwood, the Partnership & Community Engagement Manager for the Wichita Public Library. After a series of emails, a partnership was formed that would involve collaborations with NNLM staff from throughout the organization, including Brittney Thomas, Brian Leaf, Linda Loi, Darlene Kaskie, Michele Spatz, George Strawley, Asih Asikin-Garmager, Richard McLean, Helen Spielbauer, Rachel Maller, Holly Stevenson, Laura Bartlett, and Frost Keaton.

Beginning March 3rd through April 15th, NNLM and I look forward to presenting the LIFE INTERRUPTED Virtual Screening Series which includes live interactive panel discussions in partnership with The Black Women’s Health Imperative, The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Asian Health Coalition, Henry Ford Health System, Greensboro AHEC and Nashville Public Library.

During the panel discussions, hear from medical or research professionals who specialize in breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and advocates who represent populations historically underrepresented in medical research. Panelists will share their experiences and knowledge on diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, living with breast cancer, advancing treatments and cures for breast cancer, and advocating for precision medicine and diversity of medical research through programs like All of Us.

It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work with the entire team so far, a group of talented, motivated and detail-oriented individuals who are dedicated to creating the best possible audience user experience. Everyone is focused on making each event engaging, interactive, relevant and accessible. To work with a team like this is – well – a filmmaker’s dream come true; we are all on the same page, doing the right thing for the right reasons, all to empower patients and share meaningful stories.

Thank you to Paula Mozen for the work she is doing and for contributing to this blog post. We look forward to seeing the great things that come from this project.

Below are all the upcoming free virtual screenings and LIVE Q&A panel discussions. For more information or to attend any of these upcoming events, visit watch.eventive.org/lifeinterrupted.

Free Virtual Screenings start March 16 and continue through April 15.

LIVE Q&A Panel Discussions

Monday, March 22 at 2 pm MT presented by ACCESS: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services

Wednesday, March 31 at 4 pm MT presented by the Asian Health Coalition

Friday, April 2 at 2 pm MT presented by Henry Ford Health System

Monday, April 15 at 2 pm MT presented by Greensboro AHEC and Nashville Public Library

 

For more information on the film LIFE INTERRUPTED and to sign up for the free screening, click here: https://watch.eventive.org/lifeinterrupted. .

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Intersectionality in Health Disparities: Focus on Black Transgender Women

SEA News - Tue, 2021-03-16 11:18

The Network of the National Library of Medicine Southeastern Atlantic and Pacific Southwest Regions are excited to announce the first NNLM webinar dedicated to the health information needs of transgender individuals and communities.

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Black and Latinx transgender individuals experience not only social and economic inequities but also racial biases in healthcare. This webinar is an exploration of the effects of intersectionality and social determinants of health on transgender women of color. In particular, this webinar will highlight the lived experience of one Black transgender woman and provide insights from a physician with expertise in healthcare for transgender women.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 health disparities experienced by BIPOC transgender women and describe how intersectionality impacts those health disparities.
  • Identify 3 domains of the social determinants of health disrupting the lives of transgender women of color.

Guest Speakers

Aryah Lester, author, speaker and educator, is a black woman of transgender experience from New York living in Washington DC. She is committed to advocacy and health for transgender communities. She is chair of the State of Florida Health Department’s Transgender Work Group and the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, a board member of Equality Florida’s TransAction Florida committee and a member of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Transgender Networking Group. She founded Trans-Miami, an advocacy group and community space for non-conforming South Florida residents, and the National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). She currently works as Deputy Director of the Transgender Strategy Center, an organization based in Washington, DC, that elevates and amplifies transgender voices and leadership within communities across the United States.

Dr. Cheryl Holder, Fellow in the American College of Physicians, has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved populations. She has served as a National Health Service Corp Scholar, Medical Director of one of Miami’s largest community health centers and participated in NIH and CDC health advisory and programmatic review panels. Since 2009, as faculty at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, she focuses on teaching the impact of social determinants of health on health outcomes, addressing diversity in health professions through pipeline programs, increasing awareness of HIV prevention and health impact of climate change. Dr. Holder also serves in leadership roles in several other medical and climate change-focused organizations. Most recently, TED Talk selected her 2020 presentation, “The Link Between Climate Change, Health and Poverty,” as one of top 25 Editor’s Picks.

Class Date and Time

Wednesday, March 31, 2 PM ET

Registration

https://nnlm.gov/ZaY 

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PNR Weekly Digest: March 16, 2021

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-03-16 10:44

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

*Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium
We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities. The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. April 8-9, 2021…learn more about the symposium and how to register on the blog

Consumer Health Minute: Herbs at a Glance and HerbList app
Do you have clients or patrons requesting information about herbs and botanicals for health? Rather than providing information from questionable sources, turn to the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH NCCIH)…learn more of what the NCCIH has to offer on the blog

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account.

BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness symposium: This free three-day virtual symposium will bring together experts on morale in libraries, invisible services in libraries, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels, including management, with key takeaways to improve library staff’s health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff regardless of employment status and to library science students. This virtual even provides 8 continuing education (CE) credits. March 24 – 26. Learn more and register 

NLM’s Human Genetics Resources for Clinicians and Biologists: Within the NLM, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) was set up to support biological and biomedical researchers, initially by collecting and making available genome and gene sequence data, and then genetic variation information. More recently, clinical studies with genetic data have been included for translational researchers, as well as resources to assist clinical practitioners with patient care. After attending this webinar, you will be able to direct clients to relevant resources & support. March 23 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Intersectionality in Health Disparities: Focus on Black Transgender Women: This webinar is an exploration of the effects of intersectionality and social determinants of health on transgender women of color. In particular, this webinar will highlight the lived experience of one Black transgender woman and provide insights from a physician with expertise in healthcare for transgender women. March 31 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and how to register

*Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19: This is a presentation on librarian visioning, leadership, management, and trial by fire. It provides a unique perspective on launching and leading an international network of librarian volunteers in a new role: emergency responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how Elaine Hicks lead an international team who ushered the Librarian Reserve Corps (LRC) into reality. Nearly a year later, the LRC continues to provide expertise and guidance on a myriad of scholarly communications issues concerning COVID-19 research. Elaine, Stacy Brody, and Sara Loree were awarded Library Journal’s 2021 Librarians of the Year in recognition of their important work. April 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register   

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

Data Science for Science Teachers Boot Camp: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) Data Science for Science Teachers Boot Camp is an intensive research training course designed specifically for STEM educators working with students in underserved communities. This boot camp will enable educators to learn data science techniques and facilitate integration of this highly desired, cutting-edge skill set in their coursework. The boot camp is designed for educators teaching high school or post-secondary STEM courses. The boot camp will be held virtually July 12-16, 2021 and the deadline to apply is April 9, 2021. 

Radical Self Care & Wellness for Information Professionals series: The African American Medical Librarians Alliance invites you to attend the last 2 sessions of the Radical Self Care & Wellness for Information Professionals webinar series!

  • “An Imposter’s Guide to Health & Fitness” with featured speaker Kari Jordan on Thursday, March 17 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. Register
  • “Stress, or Really the Failure to Manage Stress is Killing Us” Dr. Marya Shegog, Health Equity & Diversity Coordinator at Lazarex Cancer Foundation will present on March 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PT. Register

Mental Health First Aid and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Libraries: Join this WebJunction webinar to learn how libraries can be better prepared to respond using the principles of trauma-informed care, and how Mental Health First Aid can equip staff with the knowledge and confidence to communicate with compassion, even in difficult situations. Learn ways to apply a trauma-informed approach to library services, internal and external policies and practices, and how to build connections with other community providers. April 13 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“Dismantling Structural Racism”, from the NLM Director’s blog

ClinicalTrials.gov updates the PRS Guided Tutorials, step-by-step instructions for data providers

Elizabeth Blackwell: “That Girl There Is Doctor In Medicine” Part I

National Library of Medicine Seeking Comments on Use of Common Data Elements in NIH-funded Research, responses due May 10, 2021

*“CRISPR-Based Anti-Viral Therapy Could One Day Foil the Flu—and COVID-19”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Women in Science and Engineering

*Women’s History Month, Women Who Lead NIH’s COVID Response

Office of Data Science Strategy Celebrates Women’s History Month

*When to Test website adds new features: Guidance for K-12 and businesses

Eviction during pregnancy linked to earlier births, reduced birthweight, according to NICHD-funded study

*Saving Lives in the ICU, New device could help prevent or treat multiple organ failure

Two rich new resources for men’s health research

FYI:

 *COVID-19 Resources

Report: 2019 Urban Diabetes Audit
The Urban Indian Health Institute Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Summary Report, Audit Years 2015–2019, uses data from Urban Indian Health Programs and the Indian Health Service Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit to highlight strengths and disparities in the health of urban AI/AN patients with diabetes. This report aims to inform data collection, research, prevention funding and programmatic efforts to ensure success in diabetes care, prevention and outcomes for urban AI/AN patients.  Learn more about this report

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – March 20
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is held on the first day of Spring to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved in prevention and get treated for HIV. This year’s observance will take place on March 20 and the theme is “Zero is Possible Together: Innovation + Awareness.” The rate of HIV/AIDS in the AI/AN population is significant, and stigma and fear can keep people from seeking help. According to the CDC, from 2010 to 2017, the number of new HIV diagnoses increased 39 percent among AI/AN communities. And four out of every five infected knew they had the virus. Getting tested is the first step in protecting your health and stopping the spread of the virus to others. For more information about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatments, testing services and downloadable materials, visit the Indian Health Service National HIV/AIDS Program webpage.

National Library Week 2021: Welcome to Your Library
The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs. Check the ALA website for scheduled celebrations and a day-to-day guide for librarians

*When you’ve been fully vaccinated
People who are fully vaccinated can start to do some things they stopped doing because of the pandemic. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places. Read more of the CDC guidance

National Nutrition Month®
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. Visit the eatright.org website to learn more

Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More Tech-Driven, Presenting More Big Challenges
A plurality of experts think sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism and rampant misinformation take hold in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, a portion believe life will be better in a ‘tele-everything’ world where workplaces, health care and social activity improve. Read the Pew Research article

Community Health Workers: Walking in The Shoes of Those They Serve
By harnessing trust, community health workers are becoming a powerful force for achieving health equity. Read more at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health blog post

EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool
The EPA’s Environmental Justice mapping and screening tool, EJSCREEN, now includes important new functions such as climate indicators on sea-level rise and flooding. Try EJSCREEN and learn how data can help protect your community.

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Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-03-15 11:00

We are excited to announce that registration is open for a new NNLM virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities.

What is the Symposium about?  Graphic with blue gradient background and faded white outline of a coronavirus. NNLM icon at top. Text reads ‘Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic. A Virtual Symposium. April 8-9, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. We are excited to feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
  • Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Washington, DC
  • Elisabeth Wilhelm, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Immunization Division, Atlanta, GA
  • Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY

There will also be paper sessions, panels, and a networking space; more information will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Who is the Symposium for?

NNLM invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students.

When is the Symposium?

April 8-9, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Alaska Time / 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT

How can I attend the Symposium?

Free registration is now open on our symposium website.

Questions about the Symposium?

Be sure to check our website soon for more information on the agenda, networking sessions, code of conduct, and a general FAQ. Any other questions can be sent to Tony Nguyen at ttnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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National Sleep Awareness Week: Sleep… or the Hygiene of the Night

SEA News - Mon, 2021-03-15 10:54

Written By: Nancy Patterson, Network Education, Outreach and Engagement Librarian, NNLM SEA

The topic of sleep as it relates to health is all the rage lately. We’ve seen it all – lack of sleep is the “new cancer”, recommendations and checklists for good sleep hygiene, rankings of most beneficial stages of sleep and how long we should spend in each… it’s enough to make you want to curl up, tune out and just take a nap.

Wooden engraving of a man sleeping in a field under a smiling moon

Wood engraving from Némésis médicale illustrée, v. 2, p. 170, circa 1840

But sleep is not a new topic at all; it’s been on our collective minds for ages as a recent trip down rabbit holes in the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division collections confirmed. We have learned MUCH through time, though. As example, take this excerpt from the 1870 publication, Sleep, or, The Hygiene of the Night, which includes such tantalizing chapter headings as Sleeping with the Old, Sleeping in Prisons, and Sleeping with Consumptives:

“It is not only unwise, it is unnatural and degenerative, for one person to pass the night habitually in the same bed or room with another, whatever may be the age, sex, or relationship of the parties. Unwise, because it impairs the general health and undermines the constitution, by reason of the fact, that the atmosphere of any ordinary chamber occupied by more than one sleeper, is speedily vitiated, and hat in this vitiated condition, it is breathed over and over again for the space of the eight hours usually passed in sleep, amounting, in the aggregate, to one third of a man’s entire life. Unnatural, because it is contrary to our instincts; and it is lowering, because it diminishes that usual consideration and respect which ought to prevail in social life.”

Screenshot from an NLM digital collections book with a blue box outlining the quote from the previous paragraph in this post.

Screenshot from NLM HMD collections web page, page 29 in 1870 publication, Sleep, or, The Hygiene of the Night

As you may expect, that excerpt is from the chapter, Pure Sleeping Rooms. We’ve either come a long way or have become comfortable with our degenerate status!

So much of the current-day focus on sleep centers on the notion that we are living in unprecedented times in terms of stress levels and daily pressures we face and the related high numbers of people who contend with anxiety and depression. Another focus is the worrisome ways we medicate, over-medicate or self-medicate in order to simply get some shut-eye. Again, this is not new – While the following advertisement from the late 1800’s may also fall under “snake oil”, it’s a testimony to the concerns of the day:

Advertisement for the sleep remedy Dodds Nervine, cira 1860-1900

Advertisement, circa 1860-1900

Moving on to 1942, the message may be more about maintaining productivity than the value of an individual’s health, but sleep is on the radar, so to speak:

Cartoon of a man sleeping in bed with the text 'Plenty of sleep keeps him on the job.'

Poster from the U.S. Public Health Service, circa 1942

Some of the artifacts in the History of Medicine Division collections convey to today’s standards, as portrayed in this public health campaign from the 1980’s:

Rows of cartoon sheep intermixed with three images of a man having trouble falling asleep. Text for the advertisement reads 'Trouble sleeping? Don't be sheepish...if insomnia persists, see your doctor...'

Poster from US Department of Health and Human Services sleep campaign, circa 1980

The lightheartedness of this post aside, healthy sleep hygiene IS critical to one’s overall health and insomnia is no laughing matter. Don’t be sheepish about getting help from your physician if you’re contending with any sleep disturbances.

Beyond just getting enough sleep, current recommendations for good sleep hygiene include:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
  • Avoid caffeine, especially in the afternoon and evening
  • Avoid nicotine
  • Exercise regularly, but don’t exercise too late in the day
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks before bed
  • Avoid large meals and beverages late at night
  • Don’t take a nap after 3 p.m.
  • Relax before bed, for example by taking a bath, reading or listening to relaxing music
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom cool
  • Get rid of distractions such as noises, bright lights, and a TV or computer in the bedroom. Also, don’t be tempted to go on your phone or tablet just before bed.
  • Get enough sunlight exposure during the day
  • Don’t lie in bed awake; if you can’t sleep for 20 minutes, get up and do something relaxing
  • See a doctor if you have continued trouble sleeping. You may have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. In some cases, your doctor may suggest trying over-the-counter or prescription sleep aid. In other cases, your doctor may want you to do a sleep study, to help diagnose the problem.

Read more about Healthy Sleep on MedlinePlus, which includes the recommendations above.

NNLM SEA wishes you sweet dreams & a happy National Sleep Awareness Week!

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NNLM SEA Digest News – March 12, 2021

SEA News - Fri, 2021-03-12 10:23

Welcome to the Network of the National Library 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*

Webinars March 16 – March 23

Webinars March 24 – April 9

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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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2021-03-12 08:00

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

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://covid19.nih.gov/

BLOSSOM! Building Life-long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale, and Mindfulness: Join the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) March 24-26 for a free virtual symposium for library staff focused on their health and wellness. You can register to attend and learn more about the symposium on the event page.

Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: NNLM is excited to announce a new, free virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities.  Through paper session, panels, and a networking space, symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. You can register to attend and learn more about the symposium on the event page.

Network of the National Library of Medicine News

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library Receives NNLM PSR Funding: “Information Resource Dissemination for Minority Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Consumer Health Minute: Herbs at a Glance and HerbList app – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

How attending the Library Marketing and Communications Conference Molded our 2021 Marketing Plan – MCR News

The Stigma of Language – MCR News

Request for Information (RFI): NIH Effort to Advance Racial Inclusion in Biomedical Research – SEA Currents

NH/VT Hospital Libraries Focus Group – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

Walking in Each Other’s Shoes: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

On-the-Spot Gene Readouts Offer Clues to How Cells WorkNIH Director’s Blog

Israeli Study Offers First Real-World Glimpse of COVID-19 Vaccines in ActionNIH Director’s Blog

Elizabeth Blackwell: “That Girl There Is Doctor In Medicine” Part ICirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine Seeking Comments on Use of Common Data Elements in NIH-funded ResearchDataScience@NIH, Driving Discovery Through Data

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced that the new CORE Problem List Subset of SNOMED CT is available for download.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

March 2021

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Library Marketing Professional Development Experience – March 16, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Navigating the new PHDL Page – March 17, 4:30-5:30 PM ET

Improve Mental Health and Dementia Research By Playing Games on Your Phone – March 18, 11:00 AM ET

How PubMed® Works: MeSH – March 18, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

Addressing Health Misinformation at the Scale of the Internet – March 22, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

NLM’s Human Genetics Resources for Clinicians and Biologists – March 23, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Ethical Issues in Citizen Science Research – March 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

BLOSSOM! Building Life-Long Opportunities for Strength, Self-Care, Outlook, Morale and Mindfulness – March 24-26

How PubMed® Works: ATM – March 25, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

#CiteNLM Virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – March 31, 1:00-3:00 PM ET

Intersectionality in Health Disparities: Focus on Black Transgender Women – March 31, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

April 2021

Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic – April 8 & 9, 12:00-5:00 PM ET

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information – April 9, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

From Being to Doing: Anti-Racism as Action at Work – April 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Telehealth in Rural Public Libraries – April 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET

Social and Environmental Determinants of Maternal Health Disparities and a Roadmap to Effective Solutions – April 20, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

PNR Rendezvous: Launching and Leading the Librarian Reserve Corps: Developing an agile librarian network in response to COVID-19 – April 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out our list of on-demand classes that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

*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

Advanced Search Strategy Design for Complex Topics: Strategy Development Including Text Mining 2021 – April 22 & April 29, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $300 Members / $525 Non-members

2021 Virtual Forum for Migrant and Community Health – March 22-26, 2021 – Sponsored by the National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA), and Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA)

SOPHE 2021dX Annual Conference – April 6-9, 2021 – Sponsored by SOPHE

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic: An NNLM Virtual Symposium

SEA News - Thu, 2021-03-11 14:51

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce a new, free virtual symposium focused on addressing the COVID-19 Infodemic in our communities.

Graphic with blue gradient background and faded white outline of a coronavirus. NNLM icon at top. Text reads ‘Responding to the COVID-19 Infodemic. A Virtual Symposium. April 8-9, 2021.'

What is the Symposium about?

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the disparities of underserved, minority and underrepresented communities. This includes ensuring equal understanding of accurate health information, education in hard hit communities and valuing inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19.

The NNLM Virtual Symposium is an opportunity to address misinformation and mistrust, raise awareness about the pandemic and efforts to combat it. Through paper session, panels, and a networking space, symposium attendees can expect to come away from this experience with a better understanding of COVID-19 as well as strategies and programs that can be used to engage with communities. NNLM is excited to feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA
  • Gregg Orton, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), Washington, DC
  • Elisabeth Wilhelm, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Immunization Division, Atlanta, GA
  • Chris Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration and Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, New York, NY

Who is the Symposium for?

NNLM invites anyone who is interested in learning more about information-related issues during COVID-19, which includes, but is not limited to: health professionals, librarians, researchers, community-based organization staff, and students. Free continuing education credits will be available for attendees from the Medical Library Association and from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

When is the Symposium?

April 8-9, 2021
9 am – 2pm PT/ 12 pm – 5 pm ET

How can I attend the Symposium?

Free registration is now open on the symposium website: https://nnlm.vfairs.com/en/registration.

Questions about the Symposium?

Be sure to check the symposium website for more information on the agenda, networking sessions, code of conduct, and a general FAQ. Any other questions can be sent to Tony Nguyen at ttnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library Receives NNLM PSR Funding: “Information Resource Dissemination for Minority Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2021-03-10 17:14

 a worldwide pandemic and logos of university of arizona health sciences library, ventanilla de salud, el rio health, and the national library of medicineThe Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR) awarded the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library funding for a project entitled, “Information Resource Dissemination for Minority Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Yamila El-Khayat is the principal investigator and program manager for the project, and Lara Miller will provide the program assessment. This project has a multi-tiered approach for information literacy instruction and training. A team of librarians, including PSR Consumer Health Librarian Nora Franco, will train 2nd-year medical students to identify and evaluate reliable health information resources. The students will conduct a series of information workshops for community health workers/promotores or health information consumers. Recruits for both the training and instruction sessions will be members of the Latinx and Native American communities.

The trainers will use health information resources and products of the National Library Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other government agencies with COVID-19 information resources. Training will include evaluating the resources for source reliability and cultural relevancy. Sessions will be conducted on Facebook Live, the Tucson Mexican Consulate’s “Ventanilla de Salud” channel. As the team works with Native communities, the trainers will use broadcast radio and infographic handouts to disseminate information. Additionally, they will identify and work with health network contacts to build upon existing Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) efforts. An NIH initiative to deliver accurate information and education to communities of color on the importance of inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19 and address health disparities.

The medical students, the community health workers/promotores, and the project participants will learn skills to evaluate and use information resources to work with their respective clients and communities. The first instruction series runs from February 10 to March 3, 2021, facilitated in partnership with associates and participants of the Ventanilla de Salud program. For more information, please contact Yamila El-Khayat.

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