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National Preparedness Month: Save For an Emergency

MAR News - Tue, 2018-09-25 08:00

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week of NPM focuses on a specific aspect of the overarching theme, to help individuals, families, communities and organizations consider how they plan and prepare for disasters, and offer opportunities to learn and become involved.

The theme for this week of National Preparedness Month is Save For an Emergency.

  • Plan financially for the possibility of disaster by gathering all of your financial and critical personal, household and medical information. Consider setting money aside for emergency situations.
  • Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) for your home. Organizations can use this kit to educate their staff on emergency planning.
  • Consider the costs of basic resources in Continuity of Operations planning for your organization.

As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, let’s review:

Has your organization been active in spreading awareness or developing a community program around preparedness? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

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NNLM Wikipedia FALL Edit-a-thon Call for volunteers!

NER News - Mon, 2018-09-24 11:12
NNLM Wikipedia FALL Edit-a-thon

Call for volunteers!

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 7, 2018 as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on womens health using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

We’re working hard to make our Fall edit-a-thon even more of a success than the April one. To chieve this goal we are inviting more librarians to join our Wikipedia Help Team.

Volunteers are needed for each 1-hour shift between 10AM to 8PM Eastern on November 7, 2018. If you would like to provide virtual support to the participants, join us to learn how to be prepared by creating a Wikipedia account, editing articles on medical topics, and getting ready for the day, plan to attend the following training sessions

 

  • October 17, 2PM to 2:30PM ET
    • Editing Wikipedia Articles
    • Hosted by Alicia Lillich (MCR) and Aimee Gogan (SEA)

 

Please note: you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event to be able to participate. Participants are encouraged to register in order to receive a copy of the training recordings.

NNLM staff from across the nation will be available Wednesday, November 7th from 10 am to 8 pm ET to support you as you add your citations. Check out nnlm.gov/wiki and follow along with the fun on Twitter–check for hashtag #citeNLM2018(link is external)!

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Understanding How Librarians can Support Data Science and Big Data

MAR News - Mon, 2018-09-24 08:00

In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks.

Written by Cathryn Miller, Social Sciences Librarian, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Supporting data science and big data means supporting a new form of research.  Researchers engaging in data science often find or collect big data (large volumes of data), wrangle (prepare) the data, analyze it, and create reports (Federer, 2018).  A common technique used in data science is machine learning in which machines (computers) learn how to cluster, make recommendations, predict outcomes etc based on what the machines learn from the data.  In a healthcare setting, big data and data science can transform the clinical decision-making process.

How can librarians support researchers engaging in data science?  By no means do I think that librarians must learn advanced statistics or computer programming to support data science and big data.  We can support data science and big data by extending our strengths in providing access to information and in providing instruction.  In addition, librarians may want to consider learning about research data management, “the active management and appraisal of data over the lifecycle of scholarly and scientific interest” (Jones & Pickton, 2013).

Providing Access to Information: Focusing collection development efforts on data science methodology could be very helpful, especially for researchers who are venturing into data science for the first time.  Topics for books and ebooks might include machine learning, research data management, data visualization, text mining, algorithms, R programming language, python, data wrangling etc.  Curating those resources on a LibGuide or website, along with links to websites that help people learn about data science and obtain support (eg stackoverflow.com) might be especially useful.

Organizing Workshops:  Librarians can facilitate learning by organizing workshops.  Librarians have created and shared workshop materials on a variety of data science topics; Kristin Briney at The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee made her principles of data visualizations workshop available to be reused (Briney 2017).  There are also many workshops about research data management that librarians can use such as the Research Data Management Essentials workshop created by Alisa Surkis and Kevin Read at New York University (Read & Surkis, 2018).

Services Supporting Research Data Management:  Librarians’ specialized knowledge in finding, storing and preserving information could be particularly helpful for data scientists.  Consulting with researchers to help them create data management plans, think about the way their data are documented and organized, protected, stored and shared is a task that relates to librarian skillsets.   

Librarians don’t have to become experts in data science and big data to help those collecting and analyzing big data.  By providing access to information and organizing workshops, librarians can support data scientists.  Librarian support is key to helping researchers thrive, regardless of whether their data is big or small, and regardless of the methodologies they use.

REFERENCES:

Briney, K. (2017). Data Visualization Camp Instructional Materials (2017). UWM Libraries Instructional Materials. 4.
https://dc.uwm.edu/lib_staff_files/4

Federer, L. (2018). Data Science 101

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Jones, S., Guy, M., & Pickton, M. (2013). Research data management for librarians [training booklet]. Digital Creation Centre.

Read, K & Surkis, A. (2018). Research Data Management Teaching Toolkit. Retrieved from: https://figshare.com/articles/Research_Data_Management_Teaching_Toolkit/5042998

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:17

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

Spotlight

September is National Preparedness Month. Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. This week: Check your coverage.

The Fall 2018 offering for The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI) is now available. MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity! The deadline to participate is Friday, November 9. Learn more.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available: NNLM MAR has funding available for two grants of $19,000. Libraries, community-based organizations, schools, health care providers, and other organizations that provide health programming or services within PA, NY, NJ or DE are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2018, and award funds must be spent by April 30, 2019.

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM MAR is also pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Awardees can apply for up to $2,000 for registration and travel costs. Learn more about the requirements and apply by October 12.

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Review our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops where you can meet and greet with our staff.

Stand Up for Health, successful preconference at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries – Midwest Matters, from GMR

Librarians and Research Data Management Services: Branching Out Into Big Data – MCR News

NLM/NIH News

Reflections on a ReflectionNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

The Forgotten Frontier: Nursing Done in Wild PlacesCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

A Quick Q&A with NCBI’s Quantitative Molecular Biological Physics GroupNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Twitter chat on depression on October 11 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET. This chat will cover the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for depression, with two experts to answer questions. Follow @NIMHgov and @NIMHDirector on Twitter for updates and use #NIMHchats to join the conversation.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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

NNLM Resource Picks: ClinicalTrials.gov – September 26, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this next installation of NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series! This session will focus on ClinicalTrials.gov, a National of Library of Medicine database that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. This presentation will help you learn how to navigate the site and understand the nuances and limitations of information available on ClinicalTrials.gov.

Game On! Motivate and Engage Your Staff with Gaming Strategies – October 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – In this program sponsored by SCR, learn why your institution should be intentional in creating an immersive and engaging training and development program, and how to go about hiring the right person to lead it. Attendees will learn how to create engaging staff workshops, integrate gaming into a learning management system, and use specific tools including badges and ready-made free online platforms. Leave this session inspired to increase staff engagement at your own institution!

Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library – October 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this RDM webinar that will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. This will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

Understanding Grief After an Overdose Death – November 28, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this webinar focuses on the dynamics of grief after a death caused by substance use. It begins with a look at three key questions people bereaved by an overdose death commonly ask themselves: “Why did the person die from an overdose?” “Did the person intend to die?” “Was the death preventable?” It also covers the stigma, stress, and trauma that can come with grief after a death from substance use, and it considers issues that begin to influence survivors’ experience of grief and loss long before a death occurs, such as struggling with a loved one’s addiction and the demands of caring for a chronically ill person.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – November 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. Sponsored by MAR, this class will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. Participants will learn about many resources and explore ideas for their use in community outreach education and programs. This class is appropriate for anyone providing health information to the general public including public and medical librarians, patient or community educators and healthcare professionals.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings: 

Call for Applications to the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) – Apply by December 1 for this week-long residential workshop that provides librarians and library information professionals with the opportunity to work intensively on research design and planning to conduct research, that improves practice and adds to the professional knowledgebase. The workshop will be held in Chicago from July 15–19, 2019.

HHS Awards Over $1 Billion to Combat the Opioid Crisis – The awards support HHS’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which was launched last year and enhanced this week.

The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids – this resource assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder. Includes supplementary materials for defining key terms, facts sheets and awareness materials.

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Casualties of Today’s Opioids Crisis – AHRQ Views

Making Connections: Google Dataset Search, the Data Catalog, and Linked Open Data – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog

Have questions about library advocacy? Join the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) on October 3 for the Advocacy for Everyone webinar. Library advocates from various states will share their case studies of advocating for libraries on the local, state, and national level. Guests will discuss their top advocacy tips that you can implement into your daily work. This webinar is geared toward library staff who want to more effectively communicate their library’s value to stakeholders, but aren’t sure where to start. Share your questions ahead of time on Twitter with #advocacyFAQ.

Grantseeking for Libraries – offered by WebJunction, this 1-hour, asynchronous course is designed for library professionals, library volunteers, and library development staff to learn the basics about finding grants for the library.

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

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Feedback Requested: Respond to the NNLM PSR Funding Award Survey by October 5!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-09-20 18:43

We invite your participation in NNLM PSR’s Funding Awards survey! Please submit responses by Friday, October 5.

This questionnaire is designed to assist us with a better understanding of interest in NNLM funding awards and to ascertain if there are unmet needs among Network members. Feedback will also be used to simplify the application process. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It includes a few open-ended questions about ideal funding scenarios. Responses will be used to shape future award offerings and the allocation of NNLM PSR resources.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to the results!

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Computer Science Pioneer Dr. Alan Kay to Deliver Lindberg-King Lecture on September 26

PSR News - Thu, 2018-09-20 18:40

NLM has announced that computer science pioneer Alan Curtis Kay, PhD, will deliver this year’s Lindberg-King Lecture on Wednesday, September 26, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT. The talk, titled The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It. But Is It Already Too Late?, will be broadcast live and archived for later viewing on NIH VideoCasting.

A child prodigy, Dr. Kay was an original member of the seminal Xerox-PARC group, and for his myriad innovations in computer science was awarded computer science’s highest honor, the Turing Prize. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is the president of the Viewpoints Research Institute and an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Lindberg-King Lecture honors former NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, and former NLM Deputy Director for Research and Education Donald West King, MD. The event is co-sponsored by the NLM, Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Feedback Requested: Respond to the NNLM PSR Funding Award Survey by October 5!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-09-19 14:08

We invite your participation in NNLM PSR’s Funding Awards survey! Please submit responses by Friday, October 5.

This questionnaire is designed to assist us with a better understanding of interest in NNLM funding awards and to ascertain if there are unmet needs among Network members. Feedback will also be used to simplify the application process. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It includes a few open-ended questions about ideal funding scenarios. Responses will be used to shape future award offerings and the allocation of NNLM PSR resources.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to the results!

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Funding Available for ALA Midwinter

MAR News - Wed, 2018-09-19 11:30

As part of a partnership with the All of Us Research Program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region is pleased to offer up to 20 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter. Awardees can apply for up to $2000 for registration and travel costs.

  • Eligibility – Library staff in PA, NY, NJ and DE
  • Awards will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis to the attendee’s library.
  • Libraries must be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Membership is free. Only one Professional Development award will be given per library per year (May 1-April 30).
  • ALA membership is not an allowable expense. If not a member, please budget for the non-member Early Bird rate.
  • Awardees must register for and attend the preconference “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy” – See details below*
  • Applications are due October 12, 2018 – Decisions will be made in time to register for the Early Bird Rate.

*More about the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region’s ALA Midwinter Preconference:

Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity – Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon – The purpose of this preconference is to raise awareness of implicit bias’s connection to health equity and to deepen understanding of health literacy as a tool to address health equity within vulnerable communities. The format will include presentations, facilitated table conversations, and self-reflection. Participants will explore how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community. Organizers will provide a packet of useful resources to support health literacy in the library including tools to identify their local communities’ health needs. This preconference is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, the Public Library Association, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. Ticket pricing: ALA Member: $40/50/$60 – Other Member: $40/$50/$60 – Non-Member: $40/$50/$60

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Stand Up for Health, successful preconference at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries

GMR News - Wed, 2018-09-19 11:29

On September 12 over 70 library staff members from across the US, including as far as Hawaii gathered for a full day preconference of Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness for Your Community at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) in Springfield, IL. The day is divided into four sections:

  • introduction to consumer health
  • health reference
  • health resources,
  • health and wellness programming and outreach

with break-out sessions and role-playing.

photo of the room at the preconference. Attendees are talking amongst themselves

The in-person version of Stand Up for Health meets for a full-day session and uses a Moodle companion site to assist with introductions, and 2 hours of preconference work, 2 hours of post-conference work, and ongoing discussion.

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The response from attendees is overwhelmingly positive. Including this email:

It was great! I look forward to going through the books that we got and to figuring out the best way to implement what I learned in our community. I’ve already had an occasion to use the line, “it’s not a time to talk about our personal stories, but a time to listen and help others.”

Geoff Pettys presenting at the

The preconference was made possible in part by a funding award from the Greater Midwest Region (GMR). Instructors included:

  • Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist, NNLM, GMR
  • Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Coordinator, NNLM Pacific Northwest Region;
  • Geoff Pettys, Head, Reference & Educational Services, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, NNLM Partner Outreach Library, Greater Midwest Region; and
  • Debbie Stanton, Public Services Supervisor – Information & Learning, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS, Consumer Health Information Specialist, Level 1

All participants who attended the in-person preconference session and complete the required pre and post work will receive a 12 credit Continuing Education (CE) certificate from the Medical Library Association (MLA) and be eligible to apply for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from MLA. The NNLM sponsors the application fee.

As part of our ongoing partnership with the Public Library Association and supplement funding from NNLM, the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) has developed a course on health information services for public library staff. To develop this course we partnered with WebJunction and the Public Library Association (PLA) to incorporate feedback from public library participants and best practices for online learning. The final course is designed as a cohort experience for public library staff whether in-person or online.

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Desperately Seeking News Following Hurricane Florence

SEA News - Wed, 2018-09-19 08:24

Hurricane Florence swept across the southeastern United States and devastated the coastal region. It is impossible for NNLM SEA to know which of our network members have suffered loss or damage based upon news reports.

  • Have you, your library or organization experienced ill effects from the storm?
  • Is there good news after the hurricane that you would like to share with our network members?

Several of our resource libraries have reported back the impact Florence had:

University of South Carolina, School of Medicine Library, Columbia, SC: We’re okay in Columbia, SC. The Library was closed Tuesday-Sunday but back open Monday. The Library had minor leaks around some windows but that’s typical in heavy rains. Staff maintained power in their homes throughout storm. We are very fortunate. Thinking of our colleagues in North Carolina!

Medical University of South Carolina Libraries, Charleston, SC: All is well here in Charleston. Hurricane Florence had very little impact in our area. The University was closed on Tuesday, September 12 and resumed normal operations on Monday, September 17. Thanks for thinking of us.

East Carolina University, Laupus Health Sciences Library, Greenville, NC: We were closed Wednesday-Sunday and came back to leaks in the library this morning (a couple pretty profound, but nothing totally disastrous). We have a couple folks who cannot make it back to work yet because of continued power outages or major cleanup at their homes, but nobody absorbed a total loss. Thank goodness for that.

Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives, Durham, NC: We closed at noon on Thursday and watched it drizzle and blow from our homes for 4 days. On Monday, we returned to work. As staff were coming in, we were hit with 2 tornado warnings and flash flooding through major arteries in town. Our Archives, located off campus in a rented building, had a leak this morning that so far has only damaged supplies. The library suffered only a few small leaks in the usual places.

To learn more about other institutions in NC, please see this news article from WFAE 90.7, Charlotte’s NPR News Source: Universities Announce Plans to Resume Classes, Reopen Campuses After Florence. UNC Wilmington will be closed at least through the end of the week.

While we have heard from only a handful of libraries, we would still like to hear from you! Please call our office at 410-706-2855, e-mail HSHSL-NLMsea@hshsl.umaryland.edu, or share in the comments section of this post. Let us know; we want to hear from you!

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NNLM Blog Roundup from Other Regions

SCR News - Tue, 2018-09-18 16:55

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is composed of 8 regions. Each week, other regions post some great blog stories that we’d like to share with our region! Here are some highlights from last week:

From MCR: Sharing a Precision Medicine Story with the Kansas City Community

A Kansas local shared her family’s story and discussed how precision medicine can help improve the health for all by considering each person’s genetic makeup.

From MAR: National Preparedness Month: Learn Life Saving Skills

Our Middle Atlantic Region colleagues are highlighting a different theme related to preparedness each month. This post focuses on learning life-saving skills.

From PNR: STDs on the Rise

Learn more about this recent increase in STDs and resources that libraries can refer to patrons who have questions about them.

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Public Library Spotlight: Erin Lewis, Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan, McCracken County Public Library

GMR News - Tue, 2018-09-18 16:45

Picture1Name: Erin Lewis

Title: Acquisitions and Interlibrary loan

Education: Nearing the end of my MSLS degree

How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?

Exercise and being active plays a vital role in my life. I feel so much better when I exercise and I want to help others realize the benefits of an active lifestyle.

What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?

I hope to help my community find ways to incorporate exercise into everyday life.

What is your favorite health related program or outreach that you’ve done? 

Pedal in Paducah. I love to ride my bicycle and was so excited when we had over 60 people attend our first library bike ride.

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National Preparedness Month: Check Your Coverage

MAR News - Tue, 2018-09-18 11:00

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a reminder to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s theme focuses on planning: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week of NPM focuses on a specific aspect of the overarching theme, to help individuals, families, communities and organizations consider how they plan and prepare for disasters, and offer opportunities to learn and become involved.

The theme for this week of National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage.

Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property guide.

Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.

Power outages, floods, fires, etc., can damage your physical space and disrupt service to your patrons and clients. Do you have backup plans for your staff and your library if a disaster strikes close to home? Make sure your library or agency is covered in the event of a disaster by:

Is your organization looking to get involved in spreading awareness during NPM, or developing a community program around preparedness? Check out ready.gov for graphics, videos, related web resources, and a plethora of social media content for NPM, in addition to their large selection of toolkits, and even resources for teaching kids about disaster preparedness.

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Librarians and Research Data Management Services: Branching Out Into Big Data

MCR News - Tue, 2018-09-18 10:47

In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course, to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks.

Written by: Rose Fredrick, Digital Repository Librarian, Health Sciences Library, Creighton University

Big data has a different nature than traditional research data. It is more immediate and ephemeral which creates large, eclectic datasets that are not easily categorized or managed with traditional data science tools.  It is changing the way research is done and the health sciences in particular are discovering new possibilities for studies by aggregating multiple sources of patient data, like wearable health trackers and electronic health records. These transformative studies also give health science librarians an opportunity to support data scientists by building upon existing research data management services.  The librarian’s role in research data management is well-established and this creates a natural launching point for librarians to expand into big data research services.

Many libraries already provide a full array of data services, such as advising on data management plans, metadata and organization, public access mandates, data security, and the preservation and archival of data sets.  Although big data has different needs when it comes to storage and analysis, many of the same services apply.  Librarians have expertise in the ethical implications of data privacy, publisher and funder requirements, and in curating, organizing and preserving data.  All of these skills and services can benefit big data researchers, but librarians do need to be aware of the challenges of big data.

While the knowledge base of librarianship and research data management can clearly be used advantageously for big data services, there can be barriers to librarians implementing these new services.  Perhaps the biggest barrier is training. Depending on the services being offered, at a minimum librarians will need to become familiar with the nature of big data and how that shapes the research process, the correct terminology, and what resources are available to researchers.  Furthermore, to offer the most robust services, librarians may need data science training or advanced technical training to assist with data processing. Not all institutions are prepared to train librarians so extensively nor will they experience enough demand to require a full-time data science librarian .

Librarians can offer more basic services without intensive data science and technical training, however.  A first step could be to become familiar with the terminology, issues, and processes of using big data and be ready to refer researchers with questions to useful resources.  Another option that requires a bit more investment is to offer instruction on crafting data management plans, understanding funder/publisher requirements for data, or choosing a data preservation platform.  Librarians with more time could offer one-on-one advisory sessions on the data management plan for their research projects.  Librarians without a data science background could also take advantage of training geared towards them, like the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians or the Data Sciences in Libraries Project.

Additionally, as a digital repository librarian, I wanted to determine whether my library would be able to offer services for archiving big data.  Currently, our institutional repository would not be able to house such large sets of data, so while we can advise researchers on preparing for preservation and selecting a platform, we will not be able to archive the data sets in-house.  In the future, it may be possible to collaborate with our information technology department and create an archival system using Apache Hadoop . Some libraries with enough technical resources may already be able to take that step. In the meantime, I think libraries can offer counseling on choosing from the available platforms and perhaps offer data preparation advice based on their experience from archiving smaller sets of research data. In summary, health sciences librarians have relevant expertise and services to offer to big data research and they should consider what combination of services will be the best fit for their institutions.

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Health Literacy is not a new topic for Americans

NER News - Tue, 2018-09-18 09:16
Smoke traveling across America from California

August 10, 2018 CNN satellite photo of California wildfire

Health Literacy is not a new topic for Americans.  As a nation we have been adjusting to the latest developments on how to keep ourselves healthy for decades.  Whether that be following the national Food Pyramid to the updated “healthy plate” or changing our perspective of how we prevent illness as we age.  We follow an upbeat track to health – well we intend to do that.  Sometimes we just aren’t ready or prepared.  When attending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conference in Atlanta this past week I’ve discovered campaigns that try to innovate ways to communicate the “get and stay healthy” message.

Several sessions caught my attention and I’d like to share them.  First, I attended a Pre-Conference on Health Literacy as a Driver of Healthier Communities.  This session provided links to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy @ http://www.health.gov/communication/HLActionPlan.  We reviewed the Needs Assessment with an ‘honest’ approach to who will participate versus who we really want to participate when we are looking into changing community health behaviors.  One large component of this assessment is that we are all trying to organize the same action plan and with the right resources/tools we can get the job done.  Examples used were the National Assessment of Adult Literacy which has state and county estimates and can be found at: http://nces.ed.gov/naal/estimates/StateEstimates.aspx; and Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/literacy/.  These resources can help with program planning.

Another message I’d like to share with you from this conference was from the “Challenging Traditional Methods of Public Health Messaging” session.  One speaker reminded us to look to the behavioral change not by generalized demographics but to look within each group segmentally.  For example, teens should not be grouped by age but by the things that are meaningful to them. In this case, it was music.  The teens were branded as popular, country, alternative, hip-hop and a moderate/traditional group.  Within the traditional group they were less likely to use tobacco or be part of unhealthy behaviors.  This group was about 30% of all teens.  The second group falls into popular and are more apt to follow others, perhaps for attention and they were more likely to smoke and drink in high school.  The other teen groups, alternative (Goth was mentioned), country or hip-hop had positive behavior changes in reducing or removing negative health habits (smoking, drinking) from their lifestyle when advertisements were paired with their group’s popular musicians tell their audiences that they don’t smoke or drink.  Studies showed that this messaging works!

The last two messages that had an environmental direction in health was regarding a Citizen Science study called Smoke Sense.  This is a downloadable app from the Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov/air-research/smoke-sense) that provides information about air quality, wildland fires, and smoke from those fires across the U.S.  This mobile application provides a way for users to learn how smoke affects their health, allows them to anonymously log health symptoms and smoke observations, and promotes preventive healthy behaviors around wildland fire smoke exposure.

The final segment is all about ticks, yes, those nasty little virus hoarding parasites that apparently are almost as dangerous as the world’s most deadly creature, the mosquito.  Unbeknownst to me, ticks are prolific all year around.  Dr. Mather, aka the Tick Doctor, had a great presentation regarding tick identification, removal of these little pests and how you could be a “tickspotter” https://tickencounter.org/tickspotters  as a Citizen Science project for your school or public library.  One neat fact I learned is that not all ticks are inactive in the fall and winter.   Another reason to learn more about my environment.  Happy sleuthing!

 

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HSLANJ Fall 2018 Group Licensing Offer

MAR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:40

All medical librarians in a 20-state area including the NNLM’s Middle Atlantic (MAR), Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A), and New England (NER) Regions are welcome to participate in the technology-sharing, cost-cutting consortium organized by the non-profit Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiative (HSLANJ GLI).

The deadline to participate in the Fall offer is Friday, November 9. Due to the online ordering system, no exceptions can be made regarding the deadline. The HSLANJ GLI greatly appreciates and welcomes early orders.

The Fall offer features:

  • 700+ digital resources from 12 academic publishers
  • A cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing

Please note:

  • If you haven’t participated since last fall, you will notice upgrades to the system. A training session has been recorded and linked to each librarians’ user profile; simply log into CorsortiaManager and click “More > Materials” to access the training.
  • Resources from Springer will be added to the Offer in about a week. They are not currently available due to a programming glitch.

Questions? Please contact Robert T. Mackes (570-856-5952 or robb@hslanj.org).

Founded in 1972, HSLANJ is a non-profit organization which encourages the professional development and advancement of librarianship to improve the quality of library services provided by health care organizations.  To learn more, visit www.hslanj.org.

NNLM MAR members are encouraged to view our regional member services page for more information about extended Member benefits in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Check Your Insurance Coverage

PSR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:12

This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage. Make sure your library or agency is covered in the event of a disaster. Power outages, floods, fires, etc., can damage your physical space and disrupt service to your patrons and clients. Do you have backup plans for your staff and your library if a disaster strikes close to home?

Lastly, remember to attend the webinar entitled Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations, on Thursday, September 20, at 10:30am PT. It will feature speakers from the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) along with Ann Holman from Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Find login details on our Disaster Information Specialist Webinars page.

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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Big Data in Healthcare: Finding Your Niche

GMR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 12:39

In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course, to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks.

Written by: Brenda Fay, Library Specialist, Aurora Libraries – Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

For librarians in health science libraries, big data in healthcare might be something of a stranger. Sure, we know that data is being collected about patients, but how do we librarians fit in? Depending on what type of library you work in, whether you’re a solo librarian, and perhaps even your comfort level learning new skills, knowledge and familiarity with data and data practices may or may not be something in your wheelhouse. I work in a large healthcare system within a team of fourteen librarians and library staff. Our institution has a research arm that is growing and growing, and yet none of us have really been involved in big data or data management practices at our institution. I don’t think that’s very unusual for a place that isn’t also an academic medical center. Can healthcare big data be overwhelming? Yes. Is big data in healthcare worth all the fuss? Yes.

Why should health science librarians get involved with big data in healthcare? With the ever-growing interest and use of data all around us, data isn’t going away anytime soon. Librarians are great at continually staying on top of trends and changes in our field, and I truly believe that health science librarians will become more and more involved, in one way or another, with data initiatives at their institutions. It’s better to be in front of the curve and helping guide the conversation, than trying to catch up when the ship has sailed. Learning about big data will keep librarians relevant. If we look at skills librarians already have, like organization and classification, taxonomies and metadata, those could immediately be leveraged into increasing the quality of research data management practices at our institutions by working with researchers on their data management plans, which many need to include on grant and funding applications. We should also get involved because there are so many free training opportunities available to us from MLA, NLM, and others. If MLA and NLM/NNLM think big data is worth supporting on such a large scale, I am onboard, too.

How might health science librarians get involved with big data in healthcare? This is much trickier and depends a lot on the situation you find yourself in. You might not be able to start any of these activities today or even next year, but knowing how other health science librarians work with big data in their institutions can inspire you to find a way where you are. Reference questions might lead you to big data. If you’ve ever been asked to find data, Kevin Read and his NYU librarian colleagues have created a data catalog (NYU Health Sciences Library, n.d.) for those looking for data sets to use, or for researchers to publish their own data. Assisting on systematic reviews or publications might lead you to big data. A 2018 study looked at Google Trends, an online source for accessing trends in Google’s search data, and laypeople’s searches for asthma (Mavragani, A, K, & KP., 2018). It had some methodological issues that a librarian would have likely pointed out right away. Building relationships with library users might lead you to big data. Librarians at NU Health Sciences Library had conversation with basic and clinical researchers at their institution to learn more about their data needs. These conversations allowed them to tailor library services to fill a gap in “community’s data issues including, but not limited to, the challenges they face when collecting, organizing, and sharing their research” (Read, Surkis, Larson, McCrillis, & Nicholson, 2015).

I firmly believe that working with big data in healthcare will raise the profile of health science librarians and the libraries they work in.

Bibliography

Mavragani, A., A, S., K, S., & KP., T. (2018). Integrating smart health in the US health care system: Infodemiology study of asthma monitoring in the Google era. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, e24.

NYU Health Sciences Library. (n.d.). Data catalog. Retrieved August 29, 2018, from https://datacatalog.med.nyu.edu/

Read, K. B., Surkis, A., Larson, C., McCrillis, A. G., & Nicholson, J. X. (2015). Starting the data conversation: informing data services at an academic health sciences library. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 131-135.

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Calling All Medical Librarians and Health Literacy Advocates

SEA News - Mon, 2018-09-17 11:21

Would you like to be entered into a lottery to win FREE registration to a professional association annual conference of your choice? MLA 2019 in Chicago? ALA 2019 in DC? Another conference of interest?

October is Health Literacy Month as well as National Medical Librarians Month!

At the NNLM SEA office, we beam with pride about the many people in our region doing important work to boost health literacy and provide excellence in medical librarianship – We think the world needs to know more about you!

The NNLM wants to feature you, your organization, and/or your passion for health literacy and medical librarianship in our SEA Currents blog and social media during the month of October. We will highlight as many of you as possible and can do it in a number of ways:

  • An article from an interview you conduct with an inspiring person
  • An article you write on any related topic
  • An article you collaborate on with partners
  • Videos (5 minutes or less) you create
  • Any creative method that can be featured on our blog and/or social media

Please feel free to use one of these prompts:

  1. Why it’s cool to be a medical librarian!
  2. Health literacy is…
  3. A Day in the Life (of a medical librarian or health literacy advocate)
  4. What inspires me as a medical librarian or health literacy advocate

We are open to ideas that inspire you! Even if it’s not mentioned above, feel free to reach out and let us know what you’re thinking. It’s all about YOU!

Have we mentioned lately how much we appreciate you?

Thank you for all you do every day of the year – We appreciate you enormously and we’re excited to celebrate you in October!

Contact Nancy Patterson if you’re interested in participating: npatters@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Each participant that submits an article or video will be entered in a raffle to win free registration to a professional association conference of their choice (up to $1,000).

  • The winner will be announced November 2018.
  • Eligible participants must be network members within the SEA region: AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, Puerto Rico, SC, TN, USVI, VA, WV.
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Building Trust in Biomedical Research- upcoming PNR Rendezvous

PNR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 11:11

Understanding research isn’t always easy and often there is a disconnect between the research being done and how that applies to healthcare and to us as individuals. For some, trust in biomedical research can be tenuous but it is critically important that we, the public, know the science and become informed.

Join us for our next PNR Rendezvous webinar to learn what one regional organization is doing as they work towards building public trust in biomedical research.

When: Wednesday September 19, 1:00pm PT, noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT

PNR Rendezvous session title: Community Conversations that Build Trust in Biomedical Research

Session Summary: Public trust in biomedical research is critical to ensure public support and translation into medical advances. The mission of Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) is to promote the public’s trust in biomedical research and its ethical conduct. NWABR’s informal science education and professional development programs address falling public trust in biomedical research. During this webinar, you will learn about NWABR’s cornerstone public outreach program, the Community Conversation Series. Community Conversations, located in Seattle & Spokane, WA and Portland, OR, tackle issues in biomedical research and their relationship with ethics and society. They are a model for public learning and discussion that encourage directional rather than binary thinking and seek to build trust. Community Conversations can be replicated or modified to suit your organization’s programming and goals.
The presenters will also provide an overview of their student and professional programs that support the “S” and “T” in STEM.
At the conclusion of this webinar  you will have some new ideas about how you might more deeply engage your stakeholders in STEM.

How to join: Registration is encouraged though not required.  Complete information on how to join the webinar is on the session web page 

The session will be recorded and posted on the website.

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