Are you looking for a way to kick start your PubMed search skills? PubMed Essentials is made up of 10 very short video-modules (2-3 minutes each) with interactive exercises built into each video-module so you can explore PubMed at your own pace. PubMed Essentials is an on-demand, online class that is available via Moodle 24/7 (upon registration).
Learn More & Register – On Demand
On May 18, the new and improved PubMed replaced the legacy system as the default site. The comprehensive PubMed User Guide is available from the homepage and under the “Help” link on every page in PubMed.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Resources for Data Driven Discovery (RD3) web portal fosters learning and collaboration in data science and data management.
The Research Data Management Workgroup of the NNLM is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews and suggests resources for the RD3 web portal. If you are interested in being part of the RD3 Content Advisory Board send your name to Mary Piorun at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1st with a brief narrative (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.
Meetings will be monthly until all current resources have been reviewed, and quarterly thereafter.
The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi (Eat Well, Live Well) project created by the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth via our Health Information Outreach award.
Objectives: The primary goals of this project are to 1) introduce children to the impact of food on physical, emotional and social wellbeing, 2) improve nutrition literacy, and 3) act as a friendly format to share information with caregivers in the lives of children.
Description: The above objectives are accomplished through creation of two culturally-responsive, age-appropriate activity books, one for the developmental range of 3rd-4th grade, the other for 5th-6th grade. The books incorporate MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus for Kids, and MedlinePlus for Teens information as well as other National Library of Medicine resources. Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi books are crafted with Native American children in mind but also designed to be widely appreciated and raise cultural awareness across many audiences.
Native American communities and cultures are sources of strength that can aid in healing and improving the livelihood of Native Americans. By respectfully incorporating Ojibwe (a large tribe in the northern U.S.) culture and language, Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi heightens awareness of food-associated factors that contribute to physical and emotional health. Native Americans live with some of the nation’s most significant health disparities. While the causes are immensely complex, it is widely recognized that food insecurity, associated food behaviors, and malnutrition are major influences.
By providing access to trustworthy up to date information, Minwanjige, Mino Bimaadizi empowers Native Americans to take better control of their health and make more informed food-associated decisions early in life while supporting caregivers in facilitating healthful eating.
There is a new literature search hub that is available for the 2019 novel Coroavirus that was developed as a collaboration between the journal Nature and the US National Institutes of Health’s intramural research programme.
LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up to date scientific information about COVID-19. Right now, it is the most thorough resource on the subject through providing access to a growing number of relevant articles in PubMed – i.e. about 17,000. Unlike doing the conventional keyword searches for “COVID-19” or “nCOV”, LitCovid has a sophisticated search function that identifies 35% more pertinent articles. As well, the articles are organized by topic as well as by geographic location.
NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian Kelli Ham has announced her retirement on July 1! Her last day of work will be Monday, June 29. Kelli joined the NNLM PSR staff in 2005 as Consumer Health Librarian. In September, 2017, she transitioned to the new role of Community Engagement Librarian in support of the NNLM All of Us program. During her fifteen-year tenure, Kelli’s determination and dedication have led to an outstanding career of numerous accomplishments. Kelli has excelled at virtually every task she has undertaken.
Kelli’s passions include health literacy, digital literacy, and awareness and skill building of digital accessibility. Over the years she has conducted many library training sessions, conference presentations for librarians and health professionals, and in-person sessions for members of the public. Kelli has had an extremely successful track record as a course developer and author. As Community Engagement Librarian, she conducted outreach to improve health literacy and awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program through exhibits, presentations, promotion of citizen science projects, and supporting libraries through programs such as the NNLM Reading Club.
Kelli’s adeptness in building regional partnerships has led to many successful collaborations. Partners have included the Institute for HealthCare Advancement (IHA), which sponsors an annual health literacy conference, and InfoPeople, a training arm of the California State Library. With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, Kelli spearheaded the outreach effort in our region by leveraging her relationships with all state libraries in the region. She also created an ACA LibGuide and co-authored two chapters in the MLA monograph The Affordable Care Act: A Librarian’s Practical Guide. For her remarkable accomplishments related to ACA outreach, Kelli was nominated for and received the 2015 UCLA Librarian of the Year Award! More recently, Kelli worked with the SciStarter team at Arizona State University on a project culminating in a nationwide event on Citizen Science Day 2019. This successful endeavor served as a springboard for a national NLM-sponsored effort for 2020 Citizen Science Month.
Kelli also spearheaded a multi-year partnership with the California State Library to improve the capacity of public librarians to provide mental health information and services to their communities. As part of this effort, she attended 16 hours of training and received certifications in Mental Health First Aid; developed a four-hour class and trained over 150 librarians in ten locations in California and Arizona; and served as an advisor on the Mental Health Advisory Committee. Kelli was invited as a Featured Speaker at the 2016 California Library Association Conference to deliver the inaugural training.
As a course developer, Kelli created the 12-unit continuing education course, Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services, particularly noteworthy because hundreds of participants successfully completing it achieved MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) certification with one comprehensive class. It has been an ever-successful course offering that remains in high demand today. The course also served as the basis and model for another highly popular and valuable NNLM class for public library staff, Stand Up for Health. In conjunction with the Health & Wellness class, Kelli was the principal author and editor of the resource, Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff. This comprehensive professional development resource enabled public library staff to build competencies in providing excellent consumer health services to users. The Toolkit was used as a course textbook in several library school courses and as a benchmark for consumer health services in some library systems. While the Toolkit is no longer in print, the core competencies therein were adopted by the Medical Library Association in 2018 as the educational criteria for attaining CHIS certification.
Kelli has been very active in professional associations, particularly the American Library Association (ALA) and the Medical Library Association (MLA). A highlight was an invitation in 2012 to join the ALA Reference and User Services Association Reference Services Section (RUSA RSS) Guidelines subcommittee. This working group developed new Health and Medical Reference Guidelines, which replaced the Guidelines for Medical, Legal, and Business Responses published ten years earlier. She was originally appointed for a 2-year commitment, but agreed to continue for an additional two years to see the process through to completion. Kelli also served as the chair of the MLA Education Annual Program Committee (formally the Continuing Education Committee) in 2017-2018, after serving as a committee member for the three previous years.
And finally, look for Kelli’s article “Wayfinding along the Caregiving Journey: Resources for Informal Caregivers,” on the verge of appearing in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, volume 24, issue 2!
Join us in congratulating Kelli on this occasion of her well-deserved retirement!
by Katie Ball, Special Projects Associate
Sacramento Public Library
The Sacramento Public Library (SPL) received a 2019-2020 All of Us Community Engagement Award from the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM PSR). This award was used to create the first health literacy focused program for SPL, the Brain Health Initiative (BHI). The goal of the BHI was to facilitate the process of healthy aging by delivering information on Alzheimer’s disease and techniques to improve brain health. We aimed to reach our goal by providing the following activities:
- Fidget Blanket Workshops: We partnered with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a one-hour class on Healthy Living for your Brain and Body. Following the class, participants were given the opportunity to create a fidget blanket for their loved one.
- Health Liaison training: A branch representative from each library in our system was selected to become a Health Liaison and received training on trusted Health Literacy resources, Alzheimer’s disease, and health resources in the community.
- Blood Pressure Drop-in Clinics: We partnered with Samuel Merritt University RN to BSN program to provide blood pressure checks at our branches, staffed by Registered Nurses (pictured). We provided patrons with information on how to lower their blood pressure, as well as the connection between good heart health and good brain health, and gave away blood pressure monitors to track readings at home.
- Senior Resource Packs: At outreach events, we gave away Senior Resource Packs, which were tote bags filled with the What to Do For Senior Health book from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, a pill splitter, a travel alarm clock, a pill organizer, and printouts on senior-focused health care and tips for better brain health.
- Brain Health Kits: To encourage patrons of all ages to participate in brain fitness activities at any time, we introduced Brain Health Kits, available to be checked out from branches throughout the system. These kits include tactile and word puzzles, conversation starters, trivia books, and information from the Alzheimer’s Association for how to better care for your brain.
- Targeted outreach: We identified vulnerable populations throughout Sacramento County to engage with in order to distribute Senior Resource Packs and share information about blood pressure drop-in clinics and fidget blanket workshops. We also partnered with the local All of Us office to have a representative accompany SPL at outreach events.
One of the successes from the BHI came out of one of our Fidget Blanket Workshops, held at our Valley Hi—North Laguna branch. A woman attended, and said she was unaware of the fidget blanket portion. SPL staff explained that all of the supplies would be provided for free and there was a sewing instructor available to help troubleshoot any issues. The woman was dubious, as she was the primary caregiver for her mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. The attendee was an experienced sewer, but wasn’t sure she could dedicate two hours to creating a fidget blanket. SPL staff encouraged her to stay for an hour and whatever she wasn’t able to complete in that time, she could take the supplies home to later finish the blanket. The woman agreed and she got to work.
As she created her blanket and sewed the pieces together, she shared stories with the instructor, letting her know how she was rusty and she never took the time to be creative anymore because she was so busy caring for her mother, even though she knew it was good for exercising her brain. Almost to the minute, an hour later, she completed her blanket (pictured) and said to the instructor, “Wow, I did something good for me and good for my mother, all at the same time!”
With the stay-at-home orders that were put in place for the state of California to slow the spread of Coronavirus, SPL had to cancel multiple BHI activities that were scheduled in the months of March and April. This was disappointing, as our blood pressure drop-in clinics had been well-received by the community and we were on a good trajectory to grow attendance at our Fidget Blanket Workshops, but we look forward to continuing the work started in this project when we re-open. We plan to continue in-reach and outreach to distribute Senior Resource Packs, as well as explore ways to market the Brain Health Kits to caregivers, senior facilities, and the general public. Our partnership with Samuel Merritt University will continue for the next three years, which will enhance our health-related programming. We will also pursue more opportunities for collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association. Finally, we will be adapting BHI information and resources for use in our Library AF programs for young adults, aimed at the 20s-40s age group. There are many excellent resources developed in this project and partnerships that were formed that can be utilized for future health programs at SPL.
We are happy to bring you a series of guest blog posts that will highlight some of the completed projects from Year 4 subawardees. We hope you enjoy this little peek into what network libraries are doing with their funding; perhaps you will even get some inspiration for your own future projects!
Our second entry comes from the Fort Worth Amputee Coalition.
About 1.9 million people are living with limb loss in the United States. People lose their limbs for many reasons. Fifty two percent lost their limb(s) due to complications related to vascular disease (including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease), 45 percent lost their limb(s) due to a traumatic accident, and less than 2 percent had an amputation due to cancer. According to national hospital discharge data, the number of amputations performed in Texas increased 15 percent from 2007 to 2012, almost twice the United States rate of 8.4% [Texas Fact sheet Amputee Coalition].
Thanks to a grant for the South-Central National Library of Medicine the Fort Worth Amputee Coalition was able to increase awareness and education capacity to utilize health information by providing access, resources and knowledge to amputees, caregivers and health care professionals on how to live healthier lives after limb loss.
This grant facilitated several areas of need in the North Texas Region. First, we were able to redesign our web site. Check out our new page at https://fwac13.org/ to see resources available for you or your patients. Second, we held a continuing medical education event for clinical providers. We provided education credit for 42 of the 52 participants on the post-operative and transitional care for a new amputee. Third, we have continued to build the peer visitor program adding 12 new peer visitors in our area.
Our goal to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention has been significantly improved with the help of the National Library of Medicine.
Thank you to our friends at FWAC! Stay tuned for another guest post next week.
After 18 years of service to the NNLM PSR, the last eight as Associate Director, and overall career of more than 30 years with the UCLA Library, Alan Carr has announced his upcoming retirement on July 1. His last day of work will be Monday, June 29. Nisha Mody, UCLA Health & Life Sciences Librarian, will become interim Associate Director on June 1.
Alan joined the RML in 2002 as Outreach Coordinator and also briefly served as Member Services & Exhibits Coordinator before his appointment as interim Associate Director in 2012. Prior to these positions, Alan was a librarian in the UCLA Biomedical Library Reference Division. Immediately after his 2002 appointment, Alan launched into the effort of coordinating an HIV/AIDS Information Summit, which was held in March, 2003, on the UCLA campus. He chaired the Steering Committee which planned the event, worked closely with event co-host California AIDS Clearinghouse, was master of ceremonies for the day, and subsequently wrote an article about the successful day-long event, which was published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
As Associate Director, Alan provided leadership for RML staff in the accomplishment of several major initiatives. He led the team effort to write the successful cooperative agreement funding proposal for NNLM PSR to serve as the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library. He also led RML staff efforts to conduct two site visits with NLM review teams, in 2013 and 2019. He developed strong relationships with National Library of Medicine staff, managed RML personnel and budgets, and provided general grant management. He oversaw preparation of administrative supplement funding proposals, to enhance main grant funds. He also worked closely with Kelli Ham on the RML’s response to NLM’s high priority of supporting Network members as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was rolled out in 2013. Alan and Kelli co-authored an article about development of an ACA LibGuide for the NNLM PSR website, which was published in the May 2014 issue of MLA News.
Alan was active in professional associations throughout his career, particularly the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) chapter. He served on and chaired numerous MLGSCA committees, and also served as Treasurer in 1999-2000 and President in 2003-2004. For his involvement and dedication to the chapter, he received the MLGSCA Louise Darling Achievement Award in 2006. More recently Alan served a three-year term as MLA Chapter Council Representative for MLGSCA in 2012-2015. He has been a Distinguished Member of MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals since 1996. In addition, in 2017-2018 Alan served as Chair of the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles, a professional organization consisting of all UCLA librarians.
Nisha Mody is a health sciences information professional and a certified speech-language pathologist. She has worked with education and health professionals in private practice, skilled nursing, hospital, K-12, and higher education settings for 11 years. She is passionate about equity and centering marginalized populations. In her spare time, Nisha pursues creative non-fiction writing and is the host of MigrAsians, a podcast about creative and political Asians and their story of migration. She is also a proud cat mom to her sister cats, Sonya and Vera.
Nisha is currently the functional lead for Teaching in Learning in User Engagement. As functional lead she serves as a member of the User Engagement Leadership Council and manages a group of approximately ten librarians and staff who lead teaching and learning activities, foster continual improvement of face-to-face and online instruction, and promote professional development and reflective instructional practice for library staff. Nisha is an exceptional writer. She has a number of publications and participated as a chapter author with User Engagement colleagues in a recently published ACRL monograph, Leading Change in Academic Libraries, Chapter 7, “User Engagement: A Matrix Reorganization.”
Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *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
Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather any Situation: PubChem is the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. You can use PubChem to search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. And, you can use PubChem to find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more. Join this session of the NNLM Resource Picks on May 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Pop the Question: POP THE QUESTION has leveraged the power of community, technology, and social media to facilitate its mission to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS among minority women. The campaign aims to help women learn to “pop the question”, or talk to their partners about HIV/AIDS, and educate them about how to include PrEP and PEP into their regular self-care routines. It includes three phases of digital outreach geared toward African American women, including prevention and treatment using National Library of Medicine resources. June 10 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Learn how to join the session on the SCR Connections webpage.
*Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World: While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar, please find tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19. June 17 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library: This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. July 10 – August 7. (4 MLA CE) Register
Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis: Kalamazoo is a midsized city in southwest Michigan with a growing number of incidents of opioid usage. Although the issue had yet to have a significant effect on the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL), some staff wanted to raise awareness and prepare for the possibility of an overdose in the library. Participants will learn how KPL took very proactive steps to educate staff on opioid use, stock anti-overdose at public desks, partner with social service agencies, and advocate for changes in the state laws. July 14 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.
*COVID-19 and Collections Care: This 90-minute FDLP webinar will include background information on the coronavirus and CDC guidelines while introducing participants to recommendations for mitigating risks related to handling and care of collections materials. June 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT. Register
What Should Librarians Know About Differential Privacy and the 2020 Census?: Publishing high quality data while protecting the privacy of respondents are dual mandates for the U.S. Census Bureau. As the result of increasing computing power and access to individual data from third parties, the Bureau is adopting a new algorithm, based on differential privacy, to protect respondent privacy. This FDLP session will cover the new algorithm, its impact on published data, and what librarians should know. June 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Register
*Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis: This WebJunction webinar explores common civil legal issues associated with times of crisis and provides guidance on ways for public libraries to respond to patron questions. June 11 at 12:00 p.m. PT. RegisterNews from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:
*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:
- COVID-19: How to Get Reopening Right
- Science and Tech Spotlight: COVID-19 Testing
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Staffing Resources
- The CDC has developed several Communication Resources that can be used to provide factual and reliable information to the public. These resources include guidance documents, a social media toolkit, digital buttons and badges, public service announcements and videos, including an American Sign Language Video Series.
- The U.S. Census Bureau has released an updated version of the interactive data hub on its COVID-19 resource page. The resource page is designed to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives has compiled a list of Reopening Guidance Currently Available by State, including guidance for faith-based organizations and places of worship.
- The HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care has created a COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and FQHC look-alikes.
- The HHS Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its Emergency Use Authorizations webpage to include information on diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to diagnose and respond to COVID-19.
- The National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses have published guidance for parents Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting From COVID-19. Resources are downloadable and available in a number of languages.
- And the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis maintains up-to-date data and maps on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties.
Federal Program: USDA Summer Food Program
The USDA Summer Food Service Program offers funding on a per-meal basis to organizations providing meals to low-income children during the summer. Families can use the Summer Meal Site Finder to find local providers, and community organizations that would like to become a Summer Meal Site can contact their state’s USDA Food and Nutrition Service agent.
*COVID-19 Toolkit: Federal Depository Library Program
As Federal depository library staff and patrons are dealing with library closures, virtual work environments, and virtual service environments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding all of the information you need, and finding reliable information can be daunting. From this toolkit, you can access:
- Information for Federal depository library staff on FDLP operations during the pandemic.
- Reliable U.S. Government information resources for FDLP patrons.
- Downloadable images you can use for your library website to link patrons to your COVID-19 information pages or research guides.
*Important Call to Action: Notify GPO as Your Library Reopens
Please notify GPO using this form as your library begins to reopen and change operating statuses due to COVID-19. GPO staff members are tracking this information for the purposes of resuming shipments and general communication. This will help us support you and your library effectively and efficiently.
*CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019: Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education
As some institutes of higher education (IHE) open in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following considerations for ways in which IHEs can help protect students and employees (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) and slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
HRSA Study Sets Baseline for Health Outcomes and Behaviors in the Middle Childhood Population
A paper published in Pediatrics by researchers in HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau provides a broad new profile of health outcomes and behaviors in the middle childhood population. Middle childhood refers to ages 6 through 11. Using data from the combined 2016 and 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health, the researchers examined sociodemographic, health status, family, and neighborhood characteristics of 21,539 U.S. children in this age range.
According to the 2018 Pennsylvania LGBT Health Needs Assessment, more than 1 in 4 LGBT people had not come out to any of their healthcare providers, often due to fear of a negative reaction. Further, nearly a third of respondents reported that their healthcare provider was slightly or not at all competent about LGBT health issues. In partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is working to remove barriers to care for LGBT people.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a leading agency when it comes to health promotion for the LGBT community. Through a mix of behavioral change, clinical changes, and policy changes, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center works toward health equity for the LGBT patient population in Pennsylvania.
The organization has provided training on promising practices in caring for LGBT clients to nearly 150 staff members at addiction treatment centers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. The training content addressed how minority stress contributes to higher rates of substance abuse in the LGBT community, what barriers to care exist for the population, and how addiction treatment specialists can deliver affirming care that supports recovery.
“I think the training did a great job at clearing up appropriate terminology to use, as well as how to be LGBT aware and supportive as it pertains to our client base,” one participant reported.
In addition to providing education to healthcare providers, the organization has promoted health literacy among healthcare consumers. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center operated an all-gender-inclusive outreach campaign designed to fully educate LGBT people about cervical Pap tests. This program was developed in response to research findings that showed LGBT community members who were assigned female at birth were significantly less likely to be up to date with cervical Pap tests, as compared to the national average. The campaign included visits to public libraries to deliver information about recommendations about cervical Pap tests, local LGBT-affirming healthcare providers, and consumer health resources like MedlinePlus.
For the team at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, the most valuable feature of their partnership with NNLM MAR is the connection to data-driven resources and learning opportunities. Webinars on key topics like consumer health information justice are critical to both staff and program development. The organization is keenly aware of the power that data has to better educate its community members, drive improvement in its programming, and support advocacy efforts aimed at promoting health equity. The nonprofit’s commitment to data-driven health programming is exemplified through its partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to implement a biannual needs assessment used to measure health disparities impacting the state’s LGBT population.
The organization’s successful partnership with public health professionals in state government has earned it recognition. In 2019, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center was recognized by the Pennsylvania Commission on Women with the Breast Cancer Community Partner Award. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health honored the organization with its 2017 Rural Health Program of the Year Award.
Learn more about Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center at www.bradburysullivancenter.org. More information about health disparities impacting LGBT Pennsylvanians can be found at www.livehealthypa.com/LGBT.
Written by Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center staff for the Spring 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.
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.
- Training Materials for New PubMed
- NNLM SEA Welcomes Our 2000th Member, New Freedom Farm!
- Upcoming Webinar on Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
- NLM 2020-2021 Associate Fellows Announced!
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities
- Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library (Jun 8 – Jul 3)
- Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services (Aug 3 – Aug 28)
Webinars May 27 – June 10
- Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times (May 27, 2 PM ET)
- Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather any Situation (May 27, 3 PM ET)
- From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (Jun 2, 2 PM ET)
- SCR CONNECTions: Pop the Question (Jun 10, 11 AM ET)
Webinars June 11 – June 24
- Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on ongoing low-morale experiences (Jun 11, 12 PM ET)
- Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy (Jun 11, 3 PM ET)
- Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World (Jun 17, 12 PM ET)
- From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health (Jun 24, 2 PM ET)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Enlisting Monoclonal Antibodies in the Fight Against COVID-19
- NIH-funded study to investigate pregnancy outcomes resulting from COVID-19 pandemic
- Autism risk estimated at 3 to 5% for children whose parents have a sibling with autism
- Investigational ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine protects monkeys against COVID-19 pneumonia
- Musings from the Mezzanine: Emergency Funding Allows NLM to Expand COVID-19 Research and Services
- Circulating Now: Leonidas Berry and the African Methodist Episcopal Church
- NLM Technical Bulletin: The New and Improved PubMed is Here!
- Expanded average nucleotide identity analysis now available for prokaryotic genome assemblies
- April 2020 RefSeq annotations: bottlenose dolphin, killer whale, bumble bee and more
- Changing of the Guard: A New Acting Director for NCBI
- RefSeq release 200 is public
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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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://www.nih.gov/coronavirus
NLM Resource Update: On May 18, the new and improved PubMed replaced the legacy system as the default site. The comprehensive PubMed User Guide is available from the homepage and under the “Help” link on every page in PubMed.
Read the MAReport: This quarter, Tess Wilson and Michael Balkenhol wrote about the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award, which provided funds to community-based organizations to bring programming in their area of expertise into public libraries. Read more about the award in their article, “Bringing Health Programming into Public Libraries.”National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotors / Health and Wellness: Training for Promoters – Blogadillo, News from SCR
NNLM SEA Welcomes Our 2000th Member, New Freedom Farm! – SEA Currents
In the Region – MARquee News Highlights
Civics 101: Census – NER Update
New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020NLM/NIH News
Emergency Funding Allows NLM to Expand COVID-19 Research and Services – At NLM, we’ve been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19). We were fortunate to receive $10 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides emergency funding for federal agencies to combat the coronavirus outbreak. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Leonidas Berry and the African Methodist Episcopal Church – Dr. Leonidas Berry was born into a strong religious tradition. According to his 1982 autobiography I Wouln’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey: Two Centuries of an Afro-American Minister’s Family, one of the first things his grandfather John Berry did after escaping the Gardner Plantation for the Union Army was join a church choir. His father, Llewleyn Berry, discovered his gift for preaching early in life when he used to practice giving “sermons” to animals at Butler—the family farm in Virginia where Leonidas was raised. While Dr. Berry neglected to follow his preacher father to the pulpit, he was a dedicated member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Over the course of his life Dr. Berry coordinated many medical outreach and service events through the religious institution. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
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NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!May 2020
Introduction to Mindfulness: Nourishing Ourselves in These Times – May 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In light of the COVID crisis, this Zoom presentation blends learning, participant sharing and brief practices: straw breathing, gentle stretching, guided meditation, silent sit and gratitude. Emphasis is on strengthening our collective immune system and our responsibility (response+ability) to sharpen self-regulation skills in service to the Greater Good.
Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.June 2020
From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020 – This hands-on class sponsored by MidContinental Region (MCR) will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach and leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.
New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.
Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-Morale Experiences – June 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies, has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.
Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Data Literacy includes the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data as a part of a larger questioning process – a critical skill in today’s world. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome.
Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World – June 17, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 8 out of 10 deaths related to COVID-19 are individuals aged 65 years and older. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will learn tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19.
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join the New England Region (NER) for this class, which will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.On-Demand Learning
Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.
- A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards
- Bibliometric Training
- Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand
- Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization Online On Demand
- Dissemination and Disasters: Using Information to Save Lives
- Drug Terminologies and RxNorm
- Finding and Using Health Statistics
- Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect
- Grants and Proposal Writing
- In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning
- Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices
- MedlinePlus for Public Librarians
- Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health
- PubMed Essentials
- Serving Diverse Communities
*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
- Director, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- Head, Library Resource Acquisitions Unit, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
- Liaison Services Librarian, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
- Data Services & Research Impact Librarian, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Hempstead, NY
On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.
Equal Access for Every Ability – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The mission of every public library centers around providing access to information and services to everyone who visits its branches; but increasingly patrons are interacting with libraries through apps, social media, and websites. Is your library’s digital front door as easy to enter as your physical one? Are there virtual obstacles that make your library less inviting to visitors with limited abilities? Sponsored by PLA; $43 for PLA members/ $59 for non-members/ $129 for groups.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors – June 3, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to perform excellent peer reviews and write articles that pass peer review. You will learn about the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) peer review process, the importance of peer reviewers to research in our field, and ways to find your strengths as a peer reviewer and an author. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
The National Library of Medicine has announced its 2020-2021 cohort of four Associate Fellows; Brianna Chatmon, Allison Cruise, Levi Dolan, and Amanda Sawyer. The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.
More information on the Associate Fellowship Program is available from the NLM website.
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 2 PM ET/1 PM CT
Description: This one-hour webinar will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ll touch briefly on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, we’ll review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.
At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the current landscape of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the United States
- Explain the difference between cultural competence and humility and how they influence workplace environments
- Identify reliable websites that provide quality health information in multiple languages
Continuing Education: Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.
This class also offers 1 MLA CE and is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) credit.
Registration: Registration is free and can be accessed through the NNLM class instance.
For additional information, please contact Liz Waltman.
We are happy to bring you a series of guest blog posts that will highlight some of the completed projects from Year 4 subawardees. We hope you enjoy this little peek into what network libraries are doing with their funding; perhaps you will even get some inspiration for your own future projects!
Our first entry comes from Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Sciences Library in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotors / Health and Wellness: Training for Promoters (Community Health Workers)
The one-year, 2019/2020 NNLM-SCR Express Outreach Project: Salud y Bienestar: Entrenamiento Para Promotores / Health and Wellness: Training for Promoters (Community Health Workers) is now complete, so the time is right to share results of the project within our region!
BACKGROUND: The aim of this project was to increase knowledge on Suicide Prevention, HIV/AIDS, and National Library of Medicine and other authoritative health information resources by providing training for current and future Community Health Workers (CHWs) and those they serve in the U.S./Mexico border region of south-central New Mexico. Training was also open and provided to interested community members, public health or other personnel, educators, and students in this region.
PROJECT PARTNERS & SUPPORT: The project partners included medical librarians at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (project lead), and personnel at Southern Area Health Education Center at Center for Health Innovation (SoAHEC@CHI). Project support was also provided by the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Community Health Workers, that provided six continuing education units (CEUs) per session for state certified CHWs; and, the Dona Ana Community College, Community Health Worker Program that made training sites available and promoted the training to their enrolled students. Funding from NNLM-SCR supported contracted services including a Project Consultant, Project Trainer, and Project Translator (English/Spanish); training site fees at one remote location, CEU fees, mileage to training sites, and a laptop and data projector for use by trainers.
TRAINING: Between August 2019 and March 2020, a total of eight, six-hour sessions were offered at five rural and/or underserved locations that included Deming, Anthony, Sunland Park, Las Cruces, and Mescalero, NM. Five sessions were provided on the topic of Suicide Prevention (utilizing the Question, Persuade, Refer – QPR program) and three sessions were offered on HIV/AIDS. These training topics were chosen by the project partners based on the high prevalence of incidents and increasing number of cases within New Mexico populations. Each session (with the exception of the last session that had limited internet connectivity) included three hours of hands on computer training by the medical librarians on NIH/NLM and other high-quality online resources related to the topic areas and beyond.
OUTCOMES: All goals and objectives were met/exceeded, as evidenced by the following:
- Total number of training participants equaled 114, of which were (57) CHWs; (26) Student CHWs; and (31) Other
- Overall, 74% of the participants increased at least one-level from pre- to post-training knowledge on Suicide Prevention
- Overall 94% of the participants increased at least on-level from pre- to post-training knowledge on HIV/AIDS
- Of the 114 total training participants, 83 of which were CHWs or CHW students, 100 responded favorably on the NNLM Training Session Evaluation Form that they plan to start using at least one resource or tool they learned about in the training
- Follow-up contacts with training participants revealed that 70% personally used an NLM online resource, such as MedlinePlus or MedlinePlus en Espanol post-training; and 93% responded that they had shared information with a friend, family, or community member about an NLM online resource post-training.
- 100% of the 57 Certified CHWs who attended the training sessions received CEUs required for on-going certification from the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Community Health Workers.
TAKE-AWAYS: Most significantly, the project team learned something new about the community/population where each training occurred. In all sessions, we were made aware of, or reminded, of the barriers (in some cases extreme) that many community members face in these remote, and/or underserved areas in obtaining healthcare, mental healthcare, and access to much needed health information. Listening to stories from “frontline” workers about people in persistent crisis and the
selfless commitment that CHWs and others have demonstrated to help them, is in large part what made this overall experience so rewarding for the Project Team. We plan to find meaningful ways to sustain and expand this project post funding. A Lightening Talk on the project will take place during the virtual 2020
Medical Library Association Conference in August.
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Congratulations to NNLM MCR Kansas/Technology Liaison, Margie Sheppard for being recognized as a Spring 2020 Textbook Hero by the University of Kansas.
Textbook Heroes are members of the KU community who’ve taken extraordinary initiative to increase access to and affordability of required course materials by implementing and advocating for OER and other low and no cost course materials. We launched this initiative in Spring 2019 to acknowledge and express gratitude for advocacy and innovation in course materials affordability at the University of Kansas.
As Chair of KU Libraries’ Board of Advocates, Margie has been very supportive of open education work as a way to address student and instructor needs. She believes in this work deeply, such that she, with her partner Mike, made a significant donation to KU Libraries to support that work. We were thrilled to be able to acknowledge her efforts in early March at a KU Libraries event. COVID arrived at KU the following week, which impacted our plans to promote more immediately. Last week, we issued a press release announcing Spring 2020 Heroes, which was featured in Friday’s KU Today. Margie’s profile is available at: https://lib.ku.edu/textbook-heroes/margie-sheppard.
Dr. Patti Brennan has announced that NLM has received $10 million as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides emergency funding for federal agencies to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The funding is being used to support activities to improve the quality of clinical data for research and care; accelerate research including phenotyping, image analysis, and real-time surveillance; and to enhance access to COVID-19 literature and molecular data resources. The following activities highlight many of the investments that NLM is making with this emergency funding.
The novel coronavirus is driving a need for standardized COVID-19 terminology and data exchange that will allow clinicians and scientists to communicate more effectively and consistently. NLM will use the supplemental funds to support the addition of codes for COVID-19-related laboratory tests within LOINC (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) and to provide implementation guidelines and training in use of the standards. NLM is also enabling sharing of COVID-19 terminology updates through the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), which makes available value sets and clinical terminologies. Value sets are codes from standard terminologies around specific concepts or conditions and are used as part of electronic clinical quality measures or to define patient cohorts, classes of interventions, or patient outcomes. This important work will facilitate the analysis of electronic health record data and support effective and interoperable health information exchange.
NLM is updating terminology for coronavirus-related drugs and chemicals through resources such as the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing and cataloging biomedical literature, and ChemIDplus, a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). This work aligns terminology to facilitate the identification of chemicals and drugs used to treat, detect, and prevent COVID-19 and other coronavirus-related infections, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
NLM’s intramural research program is using virus genomics, health data, and social media data to identify community spread of COVID-19. Researchers are applying machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to chest X-rays to differentiate viral pneumonia from bacterial pneumonia – expanding knowledge of the process of the SARS-CoV-2 viral infection and assisting in the identification of best practices for diagnosis and care of COVID-19 patients. NLM research in natural language processing contributed to development of LitCovid, a curated literature hub for tracking scientific publications about the novel coronavirus. It provides centralized access to more than 13,500 relevant articles in PubMed, categorizes them by research topic and geographic location, and is updated daily.
NLM’s extramural research program is focusing on novel informatics and data science methods to rapidly improve the understanding of the infection of SARS-CoV-2 and of COVID-19. In April, NLM issued two Notices of Special Interest (NOT-LM-010 and NOT-LM-011) seeking applications (due in June) in these areas: the mining of clinical data for ‘deep phenotyping’ (gathering details about how a disease presents itself in an individual, fine-grained way) to identify or predict the presence of COVID-19; and public health surveillance methods that mine genomic, viromic, health data, environmental data or data from other pertinent sources such as social media, to identify spread and impact of SARS-Cov-2.
NLM is also improving access to published coronavirus literature via PubMed Central (PMC). In response to a call by science and technology advisors from a dozen countries to have publishers and scholarly societies make their COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications immediately accessible in PMC, along with the available data supporting them, nearly 50 publishers have deposited more than 46,000 coronavirus-related articles in PMC with licenses that allow re-use and secondary analysis. Articles in the collection have been accessed more than 8 million times since March 18. NLM will use supplemental funds to improve the article-submission system to better accommodate publisher submissions and accelerate release of these critically important articles. On the PubMed side of literature offerings, NLM supplemental funds will support integrating LitCovid metadata. Novel sensors are being developed to leverage LitCovid metadata when directing users to curated COVID-19 content. The new infrastructure will permit PubMed to rapidly add additional disease-specific sensors in the future.
As of May 7, NLM’s GenBank resource has 3,893 SARS-CoV-2 sequences from 42 different countries that are publicly available. NLM created a special site, the “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 data hub,” where people can search, retrieve, and analyze sequences of the virus that have been submitted to the GenBank database. In late March, NLM joined the CDC-led SPHERES consortium, a national genomics consortium which aims to coordinate U.S. SARS-CoV-2 sequencing efforts and make data publicly available in NLM’s GenBank and Sequence Read Archive (SRA), and other appropriate repositories. Supplemental funds will allow GenBank to further enhance the submission workflow, establish and promote use of metadata sample standards, and develop a fully automated SARS-CoV-2 submission workflow that incorporates quality checks, as well as ‘automated curation’, to provide standardized annotation of the SARS2 genomes submitted to GenBank.
SRA is positioned as a ready-made computational environment for public health surveillance pipelines and tool development. SRA metagenomic datasets from both environmental samples and patients diagnosed with COVID-19 can reveal patterns of co-occurring pathogens, newly emerging outbreaks, and viral evolution. NLM supplemental funds are being used to prototype SRA cloud-based analysis tools to search the entirety of the SRA database. These tools can provide efficient search for SARS-CoV-2, identify genetic patterns, and monitor newly submitted data for specific viral patterns.
NLM supplemental funding also supports the identification and selection of web and social media content documenting COVID-19 as part of NLM’s Global Health Events web archive collection. This content documents life in quarantine, prevention measures, the experiences of health care workers, patients, and more. NLM is also participating as an institutional contributor to a broader International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Novel Coronavirus outbreak web archive collection.
Welcome to David Brown as our new Membership/Diversity & Inclusion and Wyoming Outreach Coordinator.
David Brown holds a doctorate of education with a specialization in health education from Teachers College, Columbia University and he holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. In addition he holds two Masters of Arts Degrees from Columbia University – one in computers and education and another in health education. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®). He currently serves as the Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator for the MidContinental region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
David has been involved in training public heath professionals for the last 15 years, teaching and supervising research in health education and public health at a number of universities in both the United States and abroad. He has served on the board of directors for the Society for Public Health Education. He currently serves on the Divisional Board for the Certification of Health Education Specialists with The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. He has also served on several editorial boards related to health education and promotion.
Please welcome Kiara Comfort, our new NNLM MCR’s Education and Nebraska Outreach Coordinator, based out of Creighton.
Kiara graduated with her Master’s in Library and Information Science from University of Missouri. Kiara has not wasted time getting connected to the health sciences library community. She is currently the Freshman Board Member of the ICON Library Consortium in Nebraska as well as a member of MLA and MCMLA. Kiara has six years working in the public library sector and maintains a Public Library Certification with the Nebraska Library Commission. While working at the Omaha Public Library, she built strong relationships with the community through a variety of engaging outreach programs. Kiara is a former member of the Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA), which we are egger to tap into so we can further introduce health information as a career path option with this group. For those of you who know Christian Minter at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, she was Kiara’s practicum site advisor on a variety of interesting projects. These included assisting the development of the library’s consumer health information collection, conducted research on staffing models used by the McGoogan Library to explore transitioning their library to 24/7 access, and expanded her expertise as a PubMed user. Kiara also spend a significant amount of time as a healthcare worker during her nine years as a dental assistant.