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Article: A Perfect Partnership between HOSA Students, Teachers and Librarians

MCR News - Tue, 2019-12-10 19:04

Julie Abbott, Utah HOSA President
Buffy Blunck, Riverton High School HOSA Advisor
Cynthia Cox, Bingham High School HOSA Advisor
Trudy Pecorelli, Riverton High School HOSA Advisor
Inakhshmi Rashid, Utah Alumni Vice President

Note: Julie, Buffy, Cynthia, Trudy, and Inakhshmi Rashid received professional development funding from the NNLM MCR to attend MCMLA 2019 in Omaha, NE.

HOSA members at MCMLAHOSA Future Health Professionals, better known as HOSA, is a student-led curriculum based organization. HOSA provides amazing opportunities for students attending middle school, high school and then continues into undergraduate level degrees. The partnership continues for our healthcare alumni. HOSA is an international organization currently in 49 states and countries including Canada, Puerto Rico, and China. HOSA offers career awareness by having guest speakers, field trips and internships. HOSA sponsors 58 different competitions which help the participants improve their knowledge and skills. Participating in chapter activities, conferences and competitions allow students to network and learn new skills. When students place at state competition, they have the opportunity to participate in the International Leadership Conference and competitions. There is a place for every student in HOSA. HOSA also focuses on giving back to the community.  Our current national Service Project is the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. HOSA is a fun way to get involved, while helping students build incredible networking opportunities and it looks amazing on a resume.

As teachers, we found that students were creating projects for our classes using sources such as Google, WebMD and Wikipedia. These sites were not offering students the depth of knowledge that we were looking for. Students were also discovering that much of the content they were looking for online was blocked by district filters, thus leaving the students to do their research at home.

HOSA ambassadors program logoIn the Fall of 2015, Utah HOSA partnered with the NNLM MCR at the University of Utah and the National Library of Medicine to incorporate the tools found on www.medlineplus.gov into our classrooms. As students began using this resource, it became evident that we needed to spread the word and let more students and teachers know about this resource. We started by developing a series of lesson plans that teachers can share with students to improve their medical literacy skills and help them identify credible sources online.  Ultimately, we have created a level 1 nearpod lesson that walks students through the resources on MedlinePlus. It is created in an “I do, we do, you do” format. Completion of the nearpod with 90% accuracy gives the students a Level 1 National Library of Medicine Ambassador Certificate that is presented to them at state competition. Upon completion of Level 1, students can collaborate with a partner in a deck.toys digital escape room activity in which they are given puzzles that are solved with content located on medlineplus.gov.  Upon successful completion of the deck.toys activity, students are awarded a Level 2 National Library of Medicine Ambassador Certificate. Escape Game graphic

We have rolled out this program across the state of Utah and in various states across the country, through hands-on presentations at multiple leadership conferences.  We have found that students are actively using this site in their classroom assignments and research projects and are incorporating up-to-date and peer reviewed information.

The program has made an impact on a variety of students, ranging from high school to college students. In college, students are held to a higher standard when it comes to the validity of their research, so knowing reliable skills to find such information is crucial to them doing well. Medline plus in particular is a great resource, as it is relatively simple to use, and has a wide variety of subjects and source material relevant to the needs of University students. Pre-med students in particular find it useful for classes like anatomy, or for researching on various projects.

HOSA members at MCMLAThe highlight of our attendance at the MCMLA conference was the realization that librarians are a hidden gem in our high schools and universities. We thank you for your hospitality, kindness and for inspiring us to direct our students towards the library.

 

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Applications Open for Library Carpentry Workshops in Baltimore and Salt Lake City!

GMR News - Mon, 2019-12-09 14:45

The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) are pleased to host Library Carpentry workshops this spring and provide professional development funds to support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. Biomedical and health sciences librarians and LIS students are encouraged to participate.

In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Participants may apply to attend the workshop series in either:

  • Baltimore, Maryland – March 19-20, 2020 or
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – March 26-27, 2020

To broaden access to this exciting training, we invite applications to cover the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City. Travel costs will be reimbursed after travel occurs.

Eligibility:

Your organization must be a NNLM Network Member. If your organization is not a Network Member, they can join for free!

You must be able to commit to traveling for the workshop dates:

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore – March 19-20, 2020
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City – March 26-27, 2020

You must be able to bring a laptop computer.

All participants must be prepared to observe The Carpentries Code of Conduct in workshops.

Applications to participate and receive funding are due Friday, January 10, 2020. Notice of acceptance to the Library Carpentry Workshop will be announced on or before January 31, 2020.

See full details and apply via the online application: https://nnlm.gov/nto-sea/funding/library-carpentry-professional-development-award.

For questions, please contact the NTO at nto@utah.edu or NNLM SEA at HSHSL-NLMsea@hshsl.umaryland.edu

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2019 American Association of Health Sciences Libraries Data Scholarship Report

GMR News - Mon, 2019-12-09 12:59

2019 American Association of Health Sciences Libraries Data Scholarship Report:
2019 Southeast Data Librarian Symposium, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

In October 2019 Lauren Robinson, Medicine Liaison Librarian at the University of Kentucky, was awarded the AAHSL/NNLM Data Scholarship. With this award, Lauren attended the 2019 Southeast Data Librarian Symposium hosted by Tulane University.

About the Conference

The Southeast Data Librarian Symposium (SEDLS) “is intended to provide a low-cost opportunity for librarians and other research data specialists to gather and explore developments in the field of data librarianship, including the management and sharing of research data” (SEDLS website). In addition, attendees have the opportunity to network and build partnerships with colleagues from all over the southeast.

At the 2019 Symposium, Lauren participated in hands-on activities on Python and the Open Science Framework (OSF), as well as, attended presentations and panels on data visualization, mapping, data services, and data management. The daily schedule was a nice mixture of presentations, panels, discussions, and active learning sessions.  Furthermore, Lauren hoped that attending the 2019 SEDLS would provide her the opportunity to meet and discuss with other professionals in the region were approaching and implementing data services at their institutions. SEDLS allowed her the opportunity to interact with institutions from across the southeast region. These interactions allowed her to think critical about the services she provides at her home institution and how she can implement improvements to those services.

Themes

  • Many institutions are still in the beginning stages of formulating and establishing data services. Some institutions have a dedicated data service librarian or team of librarians, but just as many libraries are currently seeking to develop or fill data positions.
  • Data visualization and data references services are often discussed together, but often require a variety of skill sets.
  • Developing cross-campus partnerships are instrumental. These partnerships may be with the Research Compliance Office, Graduate School, or other research support offices.

Future Goals

Over the next year, Lauren use much of what she learned about the Open Science Framework and from her colleagues across the southeast to inform her the research data trainings she will be providing at the University of Kentucky.  In addition, as a member of the University of Kentucky Libraries’ Research Data Services Committee she hopes to start a discussion on Amnesia, a data anonymization tool, and how the Open Science Framework could be incorporated in to data services and trainings at the University of Kentucky.

Overall, attending SEDLS provided an excellent opportunity to learn from colleagues in her region to better understand the landscape of data services across the southeast.

Lauren Robinson, Medicine Liaison Librarian
University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library
Lexington, KY

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Call for Proposals: 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference

NER News - Mon, 2019-12-09 11:14
Logo for the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference with a reflex hammer and question mark in a speech bubble

Logo by Cathy Leamy

Hey New England, do you have something to say about graphic medicine?  Are you a librarian with a unique approach to integrating graphic medicine into your collections and outreach?  Are you a creator with a unique approach to creation and dissemination? Are you a researcher with insights into how graphic medicine can be used for outreach and communication?

NNLM NER is excited to announce our support for the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference organized by the MCPHS Center of Health Humanities and supported by MCPHS University Libraries, the School of Healthcare Business, and the School of Professional Studies. We had a blast and learned a lot in Worcester in April for the 2019 New England Graphic Medicine event and it’s time to do it again on the MCPHS Boston Campus in March, 2020.

Call for proposals is now open for the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference and the planners want to hear from you.  Find full details and submission requirements here.  Deadline to submit is January 10, 2020.

Get your conference proposals in and stay tuned for more information for attendees.  We hope to see you in Boston in March!

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Meet Me Monday: Bailey Sterling, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

SCR News - Mon, 2019-12-09 10:49

BaileyE. Bailey Sterling is a Digital Communications Specialist, newly contracted by the NNLM SCR to manage its social media presence, Blogadillo, and various other online communication channels.

Bailey is currently a graduate student at the University of North Texas pursuing her Master of Library Science degree. She is specifically interested in health literacy as it pertains to children and families and how analog gaming could address problems in this realm. She serves as a Senator for the College of Information on the Graduate Student Council at UNT and was one of the recipients of the NNLM’s Student Outreach Award in Fall 2019.

Do you have something you’d like to see featured on Blogadillo? If so, or if you have any further questions about NNLM’s social media and blog moving forward, Bailey can be reached at ebaileysterling@gmail.com.

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

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2019 Highlights of the NNLM SEA

SEA News - Mon, 2019-12-09 09:08

Over the past year, the staff at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) collaborated with other NNLM regional medical libraries and offices to develop national programs that support the initiatives of the National Library of Medicine. By enhancing our collaboration, we were able to launch a number of programs that benefit our network members:

The NNLM SEA staff exhibited at over 31 conferences and community events reaching over 10,000 attendees. Additionally, the NNLM SEA has supported over 300 educational sessions that reached almost 14,000 attendees over the past year. As we look forward to 2020, we plan to offer programming tied to the launch of the new PubMed, offer Library Carpentry workshops, collaborate and conduct outreach to community-based organizations that support the HIV/AIDS populations, and many more exciting new projects and programs to develop and support our network members.

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Consumer Health Minute: What’s New “About MedlinePlus”

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-12-09 06:35

As many of you know, MedlinePlus is the comprehensive consumer health information resource from the National Library of Medicine. It made its debut in 1998 with 22 health topics and had 116,000 hits by the end of its first month.  Take a look at more recent statistics:

  • In 2018, 277 million users viewed MedlinePlus more than 700 million times
  • Information sourced from over 1,600 selected organizations
  • 40,000 links to authoritative health information in English
  • 18,000 links to authoritative health information in Spanish
  • Links to resources in more than 60 languages (documents, audio, video)

MedlinePlus has gone through a number of changes over the years. Recently, its “About MedlinePlus” web page has been expanded and updated to help librarians, community organizations, health professionals, and the public to be more knowledgeable about the resource and better utilize it. Highlights include:

MedlinePlus is a reliable health resource to provide quality health information to your patrons, your patients, and the communities you serve. The new “About MedlinePlus” provides the additional information you need to know this is an authoritative and trusted online resource.

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Rural America: Impact of Disability on Poverty and Health

NER News - Fri, 2019-12-06 14:47

On Nov 14, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the annual “Rural America at a Glance” report. The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) issues this 6-page report. The ERS studies Rural Poverty and Well-being with a focus on the economic, social, spatial, temporal and demographic factors that affect the poverty status of rural residents.

Higher disability rates reported in rural areas and the SouthIn 2018, the ERS looked at the intersection of race/ethnicity and rural poverty. This year’s report looks at the intersection of disability and rural poverty. While employment is growing nationwide, there are low labor force participation rates in isolated rural counties. The population in these counties are older, less educated and are more likely to be disabled. This graph shows the distinct differences of disability in urban (metro) areas and rural areas.

According to ERS definitions, micropolitan counties are rural areas located near urban clusters of 10,000-49,999 persons. Noncore counties are more isolated and do not enjoy the benefits of nearby urban communities.

The 2013 American Community Survey estimated that 15.1% of the rural population have disabilities. As a result, these rural residents may not have adequate, reliable transportation. Not only does this impact employment and educational opportunities, but also access to specialized healthcare.

In a recent NNLM webinar, participants identified transportation as impacting health outcomes above lack of broadband, insurance and providers. If transportation is a concern in your area, please see the Rural Health Information Hub’s Transportation to Support Rural Health Care topic guide.

This guide includes information such as:

  • States are required to cover non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) to Medicaid beneficiaries who need transportation in order to access medically needed services.
  • Rural transportation providers who provide a fixed-route service are required to comply with ADA and be accessible. They must provide ADA complementary paratransit service for those individuals with disabilities who cannot use fixed-route service.
View Recording, Do Assignment and Earn 2 MLA CEs

On National Rural Health Day, we hosted a webinar entitled “From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources.” Anyone interested in this topic may watch the recording and contact me for the assignment. Please email margot.malachowski@umassmed.edu. NOTE: there is a 10-second delay in the audio for this recording.

The assignment is due on January 7, 2020.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-12-06 10:34

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

Spotlight

Resolutions for 2020 – Have you already started planning your New Year’s resolutions? Many of our federal partners have resources to help you bring in 2020 the active and healthy way. If your resolution involves healthy eating and improving your nutrition, MedlinePlus has resources on fruits and vegetables, healthy recipes and health check tools. The National Institutes of Health also has Wellness Toolkits with health tips. If your resolution involves exercise and physical fitness, start with visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reading the physical activity guidelines to find out how much physical activity you need. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign also has resources, tools, videos, and more to help your active and healthy resolutions. Learn more.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application by January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply by January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote AIDS Awareness? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

Eligibility Guidelines Updated – DOCLINE Talkline

Margaret McGhee Appointed Chief of NLM Public Services Division! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

NLM/NIH News

The Pursuit and Power of Alignment – As a staff scientist at NLM, Valerie Schneider found that NLM’s strategic plan has become a valuable framework for organizing NLM’s mission and providing direction and focus—especially when talking about data science. A recent project at NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) highlights why it’s important to ensure alignment between projects and strategy. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

3D Neuroscience at the Speed of Life – A fluorescent worm makes for much more than a mesmerizing video. It showcases a significant technological leap forward in our ability to capture in real time the firing of individual neurons in a living, freely moving animal. – NIH Director’s Blog

Visualizing World AIDS Day – Annually on December 1st, World AIDS Day energizes the public to unite in the fight against AIDS and to commemorate those individuals who have lost their lives to the disease. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted resources like LactMed moving to the NCBI Bookshelf in preparation for the retirement of TOXNET.

Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance – December 16, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Hosted by NIH, the purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will not be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent through a comment form. Comments on the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be submitted electronically through Friday, January 10, 2020. Participants may also send questions in advance of the webinar to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

December 2019

Registration closing soon! More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Professionals – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course is an introduction to free health information and educational resources for K-12 professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other trusted organizations. Participants will learn about consumer health sites with an emphasis on MedlinePlus, covering general health resources, drug information, multi-cultural and multi-language resources, career/professional resources, and youth heath issues.

Substance Use Disorder and Heredity: It’s a Family Disease – December 10, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for a special webinar that explores the many facets of substance use disorders in teens, through a candid interview with a Recovery High School student, her father, and her grandmother. Participants will learn about the roles of genetic predisposition and choice in the disease of addiction, and become familiar with quality information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other partners.

Staying Healthy Abroad – December 11, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Are you preparing for holiday travel? Has winter inspired you to get out and see the world? Maybe you have questions about what vaccines are required. Perhaps you and your travel companions have preconceived ideas regarding travel, especially when it comes to international trips. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this webinar will discuss a number of strategies by which to reduce risk to a minimum.

NCBI Tools for Evaluating Genetic Information – December 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, for an overview of three selected NCBI resources. This session will give a brief overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI databases useful for evaluating genetic information. This includes BLAST (the basic local alignment search tool), Gene, a gene-based view of genome data and annotation that supplies key connections between genetic maps, sequence, expression data, protein structure, function and homology data, and Nucleotide, a compendium of DNA/RNA sequences submitted and generated by researchers from around the world.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability – December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy? Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for a webinar to explore these issues.

January 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for a 4 week, self-paced, online course on nutrition information resources available through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This course includes 2, 1-hour presentations, exercises, and access to additional learning content, such as videos, quizzes and a useful online resource guide.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

2020 MeSH Highlights – January 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Each year the Medical Subject Headings are updated with changes, additions and deletions. This class will highlight new and important changes to MeSH and discuss how they will impact you as a PubMed searcher. Experts from the National Library of Medicine will also be available to answer your questions about the changes. This presentation will feature updates to the Infections tree, additional clinical trial publication types, updates to Cell Death terms, and additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

*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:

It’s a Wrap! Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information Course – WebJunction, the learning place for libraries

Working on Ourselves: Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Literature Searching – December 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee for this webinar to define implicit bias and identify bias in academic health sciences research; develop techniques to address implicit bias in reference interactions including how to craft research questions and search queries; and explore techniques for running workshops for librarians.

Research by the Numbers: Measuring and Increasing Impact – December 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you are new to publication metrics or want to learn about the latest developments and best practices in the area, scholars from the Taubman Health Sciences Library are your guides! This webinar will explore publication metrics that quantify the impact of individual researchers, research groups, and journals and discuss the latest citation-based indicator and visualization tools. You’ll learn the strengths and weaknesses of each metric, how to teach authors ways to maximize the impact of their work, and gain insights from a new research impact initiative at Taubman. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – December 6, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-12-06 10:31

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 December 10 – December 11

Webinars December 18

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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Apply by January 10 for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 18:13

Applications are open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians Spring 2020 (February 24 – April 24). The course is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) and goes beyond the basics of research data management. The training will expand on concepts from RDM 101:Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians.

Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. The application deadline is January 10, 2020.

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December 16 Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 18:03

NIH will be hosting an informational public webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance on Monday, December 16, from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m. PST. The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will NOT be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent electronically by Friday, January 10.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE YOU WILL ABLE TO VIEW THE WEBINAR THROUGH WEBEX, YOU MUST USE THE SPECIFIED PHONE LINE TO BE CONNECTED TO THE AUDIO. YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO CALL-IN VIA YOUR COMPUTER.

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TOXNET Update: LactMed Moved to Bookshelf

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 17:43

As noted previously in the Technical Bulletin, TOXNET will be retired on December 16. One of the most popular TOXNET databases is the Drugs and Lactation Database, usually called LactMed, which has been moved to the NCBI Bookshelf and will continue to be updated there. LactMed is a curated database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Records may include a summary, therapeutic alternatives to selected drugs, references to the scientific literature, and links to credible organizations and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases.

LactMed debuted in 2006 and has grown to nearly 1,500 records. It is heavily used by both healthcare providers and the public. With the decision to retire the TOXNET interface, LactMed has been moved to a different platform, NCBI’s Bookshelf. You can already access LactMed at its new Bookshelf location. Users who would like more information about using the new interface can find it at Accessing LactMed Content from NCBI Bookshelf or as a PDF.

Since the TOXNET API and mobile site will also be retired, LactMed data will no longer be available through those means. In addition, the LactMed apps for Android and iOS devices will be retired. Current users of the LactMed apps are encouraged to continue accessing LactMed via Bookshelf. Alternatively, the dataset can be downloaded from NLM’s Data Distribution site and through the NLM Open Access subset.

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Resolve to Stay Active: A Fitbit Kit for Your Community

GMR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 16:39

January traditionally is the month for making new resolutions usually with a goal to lose those extra pounds packed on during the winter holidays. Now is the opportunity to help your community make that fitness health resolution and keep it. How? Apply by Friday, December 20th for a one-time award of Resolve to Stay Active Fitbit Kit.

Resolve to Stay Active: A Fitbit Kit supports public libraries or other community organizations which serve populations that are underrepresented in biomedical research in providing access to health technology and consumer health resources. While interest in health-related programs and services has increased, many libraries and other community organizations lack adequate funding to provide health-related materials. The Resolve to Stay Active Fitbit Kits will lower barriers to providing health-related programs and outreach in public libraries and other community organizations.

Any network member within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is eligible to apply. However, GMR member public libraries that serve populations underrepresented in biomedical research receive first consideration. Not an NNLM member? Not a problem. It’s easy to apply. Visit our Members page.

Awardees will receive one Program Kit containing:

  • Fitbit Inspire HR (quantity: 20)
  • Your Data, Your Devices, Your Apps: Use Technology for Your Health handouts (quantity: 100)
  • MedlinePlus bookmarks (quantity: 100)
  • NNLM All of Us trifold brochures (quantity: 100)
  • Book: Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library, ISBN: 978-0838916278

Need program ideas for helping your community start and stay active?

Collage of book cover images: This Heart of Mine, Heart, and Beautiful Affliction

  • Create an outdoor story walk.
  • Sponsor a library yoga class.
  • Select an NNLM Reading Club Heart Health book. Then encourage your readers to discuss the book while taking a brisk walk.
  • Install a stationary bicycle or treadmill with a USB connection to listen to an audible book.
  • Work with a local sponsor to install a blood pressure machine.
  • Ask a community health clinic to give mini-med talks about preventing heart disease, cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

We can’t wait to receive your award-winning ideas. Supplies are limited. Apply now!

Fitbit is the official wearable device of the NIH All of Us Research Program.

To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, visit https://joinallofus.org/nlm.

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Applications Open for Library Carpentry Workshops in Baltimore and Salt Lake City!

SEA News - Thu, 2019-12-05 14:40

The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) are pleased to host Library Carpentry workshops this spring and provide professional development funds to support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. Biomedical and health sciences librarians and LIS students are encouraged to participate.

In this two-day interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:

Participants may apply to attend the workshop series in either:

  • Baltimore, Maryland – March 19-20, 2020 or
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – March 26-27, 2020

To broaden access to this exciting training, we invite applications to cover the costs of travel and attendance, up to $1,500 for Baltimore, and $1,200 for Salt Lake City. Travel costs will be reimbursed after travel occurs.

Eligibility:

Your organization must be a NNLM Network Member. If your organization is not a Network Member, they can join for free!

You must be able to commit to traveling for the workshop dates:

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore – March 19-20, 2020
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City – March 26-27, 2020

You must be able to bring a laptop computer.

All participants must be prepared to observe The Carpentries Code of Conduct in workshops.

Applications to participate and receive funding are due Friday, January 10, 2020. Notice of acceptance to the Library Carpentry Workshop will be announced on or before January 31, 2020.

See full details and apply via the online application: https://nnlm.gov/nto-sea/funding/library-carpentry-professional-development-award.

For questions, please contact the NTO at nto@utah.edu or NNLM SEA at HSHSL-NLMsea@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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DataFlash: Applications Open for RDM 102 (Spring 2020)

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-12-05 13:35

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians (Spring 2020) Biomedical and health sciences librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online training course going beyond the basics of research data management, sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). This course will expand on concepts covered in RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, and threaded throughout will be the librarian’s role in research reproducibility and research integrity and include practice in using Jupyter Notebooks. The course topics include an overview of data science and open science, data literacy, data wrangling, data visualization, and data storytelling.

The program spans 9 weeks from February 24 – April 24, including 5 modules of asynchronous content, a catch-up week, and a synchronous online session during the week of April 20. The format includes video lectures, readings, case studies, hands-on exercises, and peer discussions. Under the guidance of a project instructor, participants will complete a Final Project to demonstrate improved skills, knowledge, and ability to support data science services at their institution. Expect to spend about 6 hours each week on coursework and the project.

Applications are due January 10, 2020.

Additional details, including application link, are available at https://wp.me/p8Qzkf-2LX.

For questions and concerns, please contact the NTO at nto@utah.edu

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

SEA News - Wed, 2019-12-04 11:16

The NNLM Reading Club is pleased to recognize World AIDS Day, celebrated each December 1st. Since World AIDS Day was first observed more than 30 years ago, scientific research has led to progress in preventing and treating HIV. Even so, today millions of people live with HIV and a cure is yet to be discovered. HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others. And those who are HIV positive live with the trauma of stigma and discrimination. Knowledge about HIV may lead to taking action to prevent its spread and also help reduce the stigma of this disease so those living with HIV receive needed support.

To help spark an important conversation about HIV/AIDS, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: HIV/AIDS Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding HIV/AIDS information. Short on time? We’ve got you covered! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai | Taking Turns by MK Czerwiec | When We Rise by Cleve Jones

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Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians (Spring 2020)

SEA News - Wed, 2019-12-04 11:14
Course Description

Biomedical and health sciences librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online training course going beyond the basics of research data management, sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). This course will expand on concepts covered in RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, and threaded throughout will be the librarian’s role in research reproducibility and research integrity. It will also include practice in using Jupyter Notebooks through an open-source browser-based application (JupyterHub) that allows users to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations, and narrative text.

The major aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course topics include an overview of data science and open science, data literacy, data wrangling, data visualization, and data storytelling.

To have a successful experience in this course, we recommend that you are familiar with the concepts covered in RDM 101 and statistical concepts addressed in these videos:

Components
The program spans 9 weeks from February 24 – April 24, including 5 modules of asynchronous content, a catch-up week, and a synchronous online session during the week of April 20. The format includes video lectures, readings, case studies, hands-on exercises, and peer discussions. Under the guidance of a project instructor, participants will complete a Final Project to demonstrate improved skills, knowledge, and ability to support data science services at their institution. Expect to spend about 6 hours each week on coursework and the project.

Instructors

  • Shirley Zhao, MSLIS, MS, Assistant Librarian (Clinical), Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, The University of Utah
  • Leah Honor, MLIS, Education & Clinical Services Librarian, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Tess Grynoch, MLIS, Research Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian, Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Nancy Shin, MLIS, NNLM PNR Research and Data Coordinator, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington
  • Vicky Steeves, MLIS, Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility, Division of Libraries & Center for Data Science, New York University

CE Credits
Participants who complete all modules, the Final Project, and the course evaluation will receive 36 hours of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

What does it cost?
There is no charge for participating in the program.

Important Dates
  • Application deadline: January 10, 2020
  • Notifications begin: January 21, 2020
  • Course: February 24 – April 24, 2020
Applications

Who can apply?
Applications are open to health science information professionals working in libraries located in the US. Applicants must have previous training or experience in research data management through the RDM 101 course or attest to the objectives listed here. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.

How to apply
Complete the online application form by January 10, 2020. The application will gather the following information:

  • Name, email address, phone number, state, place of employment, current job title.
  • Did you complete RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians? (It is not required for RDM 102).
  • Please briefly describe your knowledge or experience in research data management and/or data science.
  • Why do you want to take this course?

Questions?
Contact NTO.

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NIH to Host Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance

MCR News - Tue, 2019-12-03 19:50

NIH will be hosting an informational public webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance on Monday, December 16, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will NOT be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent through the link provided below.

Instructions for Accessing Webinar:

  • To view the webinar presentation, please click here
  • To call-in to the webinar:
    • U.S. and Canadian participants can dial: 866-844-9416 and enter passcode: 4009108
  • For international participants, please refer to the table of toll-free numbers found here.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE YOU WILL ABLE TO VIEW THE WEBINAR THROUGH WEBEX, YOU MUST USE THE SPECIFIED PHONE LINE TO BE CONNECTED TO THE AUDIO.  YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO CALL-IN VIA YOUR COMPUTER.

Participants may also send questions in advance of the webinar to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov

Comments on the draft policy and draft supplemental guidance can be made electronically here through Friday, January 10, 2020.

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NIH to Host Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance

GMR News - Tue, 2019-12-03 16:02

NIH will be hosting an informational public webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance on Monday, December 16, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will NOT be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent through the link provided below.

Instructions for Accessing Webinar:

  • To view the webinar presentation, please click here
  • To call-in to the webinar:
    • U.S. and Canadian participants can dial: 866-844-9416 and enter passcode: 4009108
  • For international participants, please refer to the table of toll-free numbers found here.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE YOU WILL ABLE TO VIEW THE WEBINAR THROUGH WEBEX, YOU MUST USE THE SPECIFIED PHONE LINE TO BE CONNECTED TO THE AUDIO.  YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO CALL-IN VIA YOUR COMPUTER.

Participants may also send questions in advance of the webinar to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov

 

Comments on the draft policy and draft supplemental guidance can be made electronically here through Friday, January 10, 2020

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