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Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries

MCR News - Tue, 2019-05-14 21:07

Project Outcome Health Survey training is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 11:00am PDT for NNLM member libraries. Registration is required for the webinar. This introductory training is designed to help public libraries measure the outcomes of health programs and services. NNLM member libraries may participate in this training before it is widely available to Public Library Association audiences beginning on May 29.

Webinar Registration Link:

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries

Date: May 16, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

Webinar (registration required): Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries

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National Women’s Health Week- May 12-18

MCR News - Tue, 2019-05-14 21:06

May 12-18 is National Woman’s Health Week (NWHW). NWHW is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Woman’s Health (OWH) and aims to remind women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.

As part of the observance, OWH reminds women to:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman checkup, preventive screenings, and vaccines.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving, and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

Visit the Office of Women’s Health web page to learn more about NWHW and activities to participate in to take steps toward a healthier life.

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Check out our open funding opportunities – Deadlines coming soon!

MCR News - Tue, 2019-05-14 21:01

The NNLM MCR has funds for Network members to help improve library services. Not only does the NNLM MCR offer funding but we want your proposal to be successful. Staff are always ready and willing to discuss whether your idea is fundable and review proposals before you submit them.

Please check out our current award opportunities listed here:

I Want To … Then Check Out … Collaborate on a program or project with a community group, school or library. Fund a public library program or programs. Conduct a programming-related project requiring larger funding in certain locations. Engage in professional development. Try out citizen science in my library. Upgrade technology. Promote diversity.
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Data Flash: Can Librarians Hack it for Health? Yes!!!

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2019-05-14 19:13

Opened book with code in the background

Can librarians hack it in a hackathon?  The answer to that question is a resounding yes!!!  As a former hackathon librarian participant, I can confidently give you my word that librarians are an asset to any hackathon team.

From April 12th-14th, 2019, I, a health sciences librarian, flew out to Spokane, WA from Seattle, WA to participate in the 2nd Annual Med Hackathon at Washington State University’s (WSU) Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM).  ESFCOM’s 2nd Annual Med Hackathon was a community health hackathon that drew people from all kinds of disciplines from computer engineering to medical librarianship!

The WSU Med Hackathon was a three-day event whose theme this year was tackling behavioral health challenges in rural Washington state with the intent of destigmatizing mental illness.  On the first day/night, we listened to a couple of keynote speakers talk about the need for mental health services especially in Washington State and we ended our night with participants pitching their problems and respective solutions to behavioral health challenges.  I was going to pitch my idea about creating a mobile app that would deliver cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy (CBT and DBT) to mental health patients, but I heard someone else pitching a similar idea to mine.  As a result, I ended up meeting up with this mental health counselor to discuss and develop our overlapping idea even more at the networking event later that evening.  Our initial team of two organically grew into a dynamic team of five people; my team had computer engineers, a mental health counselor, a graphic designer, and a health sciences librarian, me!

The beauty of the WSU Med Hackathon is the skill diversity that it encourages and promotes with each participating hackathon team!  As someone who knows very little about computer programming compared to a computer engineer, I was able to really leverage my research skills and health sciences background in order to make a meaningful team contribution.  Although, I was not able to contribute directly to the computer programming of the CBT/DBT mobile app, our team’s final and competitive product, or to the visual design of the app itself, I was able to contribute in other meaningful ways.  For example, in addition to doing all of the product and patent research for my team’s app, I was also able to provide feedback about the overall usability and design of our team’s mobile app.  As well, I was able to really apply my instructional and presentation skills by co-authoring a presentation script and co-presenting a 3-minute product pitch, which ultimately determined my team’s fate in this hackathon.

My team worked all day Saturday and into the early morning Sunday on our product.  On Sunday, we pitched for three minutes our final product, the CBT/DBT mobile app, to the three hackathon judges.  Mid-day, the hackathon winners were announced; it was announced that my team, Project Hope, had won third place for our CBT/DBT mobile app at WSU’s 2nd Annual Med Hackathon.  Our third place finishing is proof that librarians as an integral part of a team or in any collaboration is an invaluable asset!

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Upcoming Webinar: What Problem are We Trying to Solve? How Continuing Education Professionals Help Close the Gap

SEA News - Tue, 2019-05-14 14:33

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Time: 2pm ET/ 1pm CT

Guest Speakers: Dena Silva, MS, CHCP, Director of INCEDO, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center

Co-Sponsored by: SaferCare Texas (formerly the University of North Texas Health Science Center Institute for Patient Safety)

Description: Continuing education in the healthcare professions is transitioning to delivering meaningful and measureable outcomes.  INCEDO, the office of continuing education at UNT Health Science Center, offers CE programming that is interprofessional/multi-disciplinary and focuses on changing behaviors of clinicians to optimize patient care. In this webinar, insight to the inner workings and skillsets of a continuing education office will be provided along with key take-home points to initiate collaboration on innovative approaches to clinical continuing education.


  1. Describe the role of a continuing education professional;
  2. Identify 3 ways CE can close a patient safety gap; and
  3. Describe innovative approaches to using CE for healthcare professionals for improving outcomes.

Speaker Bio: Dena started at UNT Health Science Center as Program Manager, bringing with her experience as a trainer and educator. She was promoted to Director of INCEDO in late 2018 and facilitates the overall strategy and design of UNTHSC’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program and the learning experiences for its participants. As a member of the Society for Academic CME (SACME), Dena sits on the Communications Committee and is involved in the ongoing management of its website. She holds MS in Learning Technologies, and specializes bridging the technology gap in education through online learning activities, LMS implementation and oversight, as well as website content and infrastructure.

For more information: No registration is required for this class.

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the session number: 622 406 698 and password: patient
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
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    *Call in – Call: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada toll number)
    Enter access code: 622 406 698 #
    Enter the Attendee ID on your screen and press #
  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: patient

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For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

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Express Outreach Award Highlights: Show Low (AZ) Public Library Healthy Living Program!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-05-13 19:32

by Lisa Lewis
Library Services Manager
Show Low Public Library
Show Low, AZ

Our library was pleased to receive a NNLM PSR Express Outreach Award to create a Healthy Living program. Our target audience was families with young children. Our community has many young families where both parents work outside the home, children are being raised in a single parent home, or children are being raised by grandparents. Our project was to provide resources, activities, and materials to help caregivers raise these children with a healthy lifestyle. We focused on three main areas; nutrition, exercise, and emotional well-being.

women and their children sitting on a mat

Show Low Library’s “Mommy & Me Fitness” program

Our library created programming that included Mommy & Me Fitness, Mommy & Me Music, and Mommy & Me Technology. All three of these programs targeted one of our focus areas. These classes were held weekly and each class provided NNLM resources to help these families understand the importance of healthy living. The library also formed a “Raising Healthy Kids Club” which is held monthly and was is held in a discussion format with ideas being shared by participants as well as resources being provided by guest presenters.

instructors in front of a class providing cooking demostration

Cooking demo at Show Low Library

We also created a “Healthy Living Section” in our library with a variety of different materials available for check-out, including cookbooks, exercise resources, DVD’s, and children’s materials. Along with these items, we also made available for check-out kitchen items for parents to try at home to help make cooking healthy meals easier, such as an air-fryer, instapot, spiralizer, yogurt maker, etc. As part of this Healthy Living Section, the library held cooking demonstrations with the theme being cooking healthy meals on a budget.

Our community was very excited about these new programs and section at the library! There has definitely been interest in living healthy and by providing programs that are geared towards living healthy, we have found increased participation and a lot of positive feedback. We have received many requests to host more cooking demonstrations as well as provide even more workshops on exercise and staying active.

The NNLM resources have been well received and we hope to expand on the benefits by promoting this valuable information to all library users!

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Mitigating Bias in Literature Searching: A View from the Health Sciences

NER News - Mon, 2019-05-13 11:34
View of downtown Cleveland

View of Cleveland, OH. Image  by Cleveland84 CC0

Cynthia Young, MLIS, Associate Academic Dean of Library Services at Eastern Maine Community College Library, received funding to attend the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2019 Conference in Cleveland, OH. She contributed this blog post on the session “Improving Ourselves and Improving Care: Mitigating bias in literature searching in health sciences” presented by Rachel Stark, California State University – Sacramento, Molly Higgins, Library of Congress.

Are librarians biased in their health research with students? Is health literature biased? Those are the questions two librarians tried to answer in their research for a workshop at the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference (ACRL 2019) in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 11, 2019. The workshop was led as a teach-the-teacher type course. The intent was that librarians would adapt a similar training session at their own institutions.

The conference workshop was attended by mostly college health librarians and health science librarians from medical institutions. Participants were introduced to three types of bias including racism, microagressions and implicit/unconscious bias. The first activity involved using mobile devices or laptops to take the Project Implicit bias tests created by Harvard University. The implicit bias tests use repetitious images and keyboard functions to learn users unconscious bias toward various minorities including but not limited to, sexuality, gender and weight. The test results often proved difficult for participants to accept, but the intent was to help them become aware of their faults in order to better serve diverse populations.

The next activity had participants write down an assumption of themselves made by a library patron. Each person then walked around the room viewing each person’s response and putting a checkmark if they’d experienced the same. Several librarians in the room wrote, “I thought you were a student” or “where’s the real librarian?” Other assumptions included, “you must love to read” and “you’re Asian, you must be smart.” To further drive home the concept, participants then walked back around the room and put an X if they’d seen a library patron experience that bias. The most common assumptions centered on age, sexuality and race.

A slideshow and discussion around the results of the presenter’s research showed large biases in medical research. Many minority groups were underrepresented or in some cases were completely unrepresented in health literature. The largest group of represented individuals in health research was Caucasian males. Caucasian women were less represented than males. Other demographics were less represented. An example used was that even studying Japanese women in Japan does not necessarily represent Japanese American women in the United States.

The final activity split the room into groups to do live database searching. The scenario participants were given involved a 30-year-old, pre-diabetic Japanese American female who went to her librarian to try to find a food list that was specific to her diabetic needs, but also met her Japanese style diet. Each table was tasked with developing a PICO question and using a computer to try to best answer the reference question. The research on the topic was lacking. There were plenty of diabetic studies on diet, but most were not focused on Japanese American females.

What will I take from attending this workshop? Many things! First, I work closely with our nursing students every year. Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) has the highest NCLEX-RN pass rate in the state of Maine, so our students perform very in-depth research for a two-year program. In future work, I will be cognizant of broadening student’s minds concerning the biases that exist in healthcare research. The workshop leaders also encouraged us to search many types of populations while searching with students. Second, during the search activity, I learned about many databases I had never used. Embase, EthnoMed, MedEdPORTAL and SPIRAL were all new resources to me. EthnoMed proved perfect for the activity search because you could filter by population and location. These newly discovered databases will be helpful for not only assisting our nursing students, but other healthcare program students we have at EMCC. Finally, Eastern Maine Community College has a diverse student population. We serve many first-generation college students, veterans, distance education students, students with disabilities and non-traditional students. It is imperative that as the sole librarian, I am serving all students to the best of my ability without making assumptions about their needs, habits or abilities. I also oversee our student employees, so my plan is to also add some training for them on serving diverse populations. In addition, I am interested in offering this type of health bias course to our nursing instructors. I believe it would be of value to them in developing their courses.

Overall, I am very grateful to NNLM-New England for giving me the opportunity to attend ACRL 2019! I attended many wonderful sessions that will help in all aspects of my work including a session on assisting patrons with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, training student employees with future workplace skills and offering faculty mini-grants to partner with a librarian on an assignment. I look forward to using all of these tools in the future.

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America’s Health Rankings 2018: Mental Distress in the South Central Region

SCR News - Fri, 2019-05-10 12:45

America’s Health Rankings® is an annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. It is produced in a partnership between the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association.

It has many dimensions that you can explore, but since May is Mental Health Month, we’re examining Frequent Mental Distress, which refers to the percentage of adults who reported ≥14 days in response to the question, “Now, thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?”

Mental Distress in the South Central Region

Did you know that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has a reading club focused on National Health Observances? This club provides book selections and easy-to-download materials for organizations who want to tackle a reading program. The books selected for Mental Health Month are:

  • Everything Here is Beautiful, by Mira T. Lee
  • Rx: A Graphic Memoir, by Rachel Lindsay
  • Gorilla and the Bird, by Zach McDermott

If you’re short on time, you can also apply for a “program in a box” – a kit that comes with all the things you need to start a book club. Additionally, there are also a number of links in the Mental Health Reading Club Selection Guide to resources for learning more. Check it out today!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-05-10 12:41

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


Employment Opportunity: NNLM MAR is seeking a new Academic Coordinator. Consider joining our team at the University of Pittsburgh! The deadline to apply is May 15.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries – May 16, 2:00 PM ET – Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools, but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Preconference with NNLM at NJLA: Join Veronica Leigh Milliner and Michael Balkenhol in Atlantic City, NJ on May 29 from 2:00-5:00 PM ET for The All of Us Research Program and Public Libraries: New Opportunities for Health Literacy. This New Jersey Library Association Preconference will discuss programming ideas, funding opportunities, and community engagement for public libraries around issues of health literacy. Through hands-on activities, attendees will learn about authoritative health information resources and explore how to create fun and informative health & wellness programming.

New on YouTube: Health Literacy: Its Importance to You, April 8, 2019


Didn’t you used to be a nurse? – Did you know that Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine, also has an active license as a registered nurse, and is a member of the American Nurses Association? – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

TV News Anchor Norah O’Donnell Shares the Importance of Early Skin Cancer Detection in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – O’Donnell, a Texas native who spent countless hours in the sun growing up and used tanning beds in high school, speaks straightforwardly about the choices she made that likely contributed to her skin cancer. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Trapping Mosquitoes at Home – Mosquitoes, those irritating visitors to the backyard and itchy interlopers at the summer fireworks display, threatened the American way of life. At least, that’s what mosquito control boards wanted people to believe in the early 20th century. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Deciphering Another Secret of Life – There are many more secrets of life that still need to be unlocked, including figuring out the biochemical rules of a protein shape-shifting phenomenon called allostery. Among those taking on this ambitious challenge is a recipient of a 2018 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Srivatsan Raman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. – NIH Director’s Blog

All of Us Research Program Launches Data Browser, Offering Preview of Landmark Health Database – NIH’s All of Us Research Program has announced the beta release of its interactive Data Browser to provide a first look at the data that participants are sharing for health research. Participants, researchers, and other members of the public may use the online tool to learn more about the All of Us participant community and explore summary data. Later, researchers will be able to request access to the data for use in a wide range of studies that may lead to more customized ways to prevent and treat disease.

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the online application portal, by midnight ET on September 30, 2019.

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine 2019 Conference – Registration is now open for this annual conference, co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine! The theme this year is “Creating Connections: Advances in the Research Use of Electronic Health Records.” The conference will take place June 18-19 at the Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications in Bethesda, MD.

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NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum – May 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this session that will be presented by Dr. David J. Peters, Ph.D. Dr. Peters has research, teaching, and extension appointments at Iowa State University. His primary research areas include social and economic change in rural communities, rural demography, rural poverty and inequality, rural crime, and adoption of agricultural and other technologies.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – May 20-June 2, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join MAR for this interactive webinar where participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life” – May 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar focuses on Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults, along with other programs from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The session will introduce library staff, healthcare professionals and community outreach educators to the free Go4Life materials that will be useful in planning and promoting future programs. This webinar also supports the 26th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual older adult health and wellness event.

Tools for Data-Powered Discovery: NLM’s Data Discovery and Pillbox – May 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the next session of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. As the National Library of Medicine transitions to become a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, one area of focus is building a workforce for data-driven research and health. In support of this strategic goal, NLM launched Data Discovery, an online platform for making data findable, interoperable, accessible, and reusable (the FAIR principles). In addition to browser-based exploration, filtering, and visualization of data, Data Discovery includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help researchers and developers build applications that leverage its datasets. Pillbox, NLM’s pill identification and reference resource, long overdue for redesign, was rebuilt using Data Discovery as its foundation to showcase the power of this platform.

Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice – June 6, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In order to provide the best service possible and to stay true to the profession’s code of ethics we must understand the influence that culture has on our ability to “work without prejudice” according to MLA Code of Ethics (2010) and “providing the highest level of service to all library users… equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests” found in ALA Professional Ethics (2017). Cultural humility urges us to engage in critical, consistent self-reflection and critique with the understanding that being patron-centered is important to moving through an equitable profession. Sponsored by GMR, this webinar will provide an overview of cultural humility, the similarities and differences between cultural humility and cultural competency, understanding the importance of cultural humility in healthcare and health sciences librarianship, and how to adopt a cultural humility framework.

Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth – June 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join GMR for a Pride Month Kernel of Knowledge session presented by Katherine L Imborek, MD, entitled Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth. This presentation will detail foundational terms and definitions imperative for respectful interactions with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) persons. There will be a specific focus on health care needs specific to LGBTQ youth.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – June 10-23, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join this asynchronous online course with GMR to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

mHealth: Mobile Technologies to Improve Community Health – June 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the first online offering of mHealth! Learn about emerging technologies and trends, and how consumer health devices can be used to impact individual health behavior and the overall health of a community. This class draws on the latest research and trends to give participants to a big picture look at mHealth, telemedicine, and related issues. Learn about how health systems are beginning to develop or incorporate new technologies for remote patient monitoring and improving clinical care. What laws and policies have been formed to govern these devices? This course will also take a close look at community health and the role of mHealth in surveillance and public health interventions.

Libraries Connecting You to Coverage – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This PNR webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards. This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services.

*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

AHRQ’s Road Ahead: Seizing Opportunities in Three Essential Areas to Improve Patient Care – AHRQ Views

Advocating for Prevention in Communities of Color: The Role of Providers Amid the Opioid Crisis – May 13, 1:00-2:30 PM ET – Join the Office of Minority Health for this webinar, the first in a four-part series aimed at raising awareness about and addressing opioid-related disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations. The webinar will highlight key facts and statistics about opioid misuse and mortality, and the disparities that exist among racial and ethnic minority populations. Speakers will discuss principles, strategies and best practices for preventing opioid misuse, addiction and overdose, and will provide information on how providers can play a role in culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention efforts. This webinar is approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) for a total of 1 continuing education credit hour (CECH) in health education. 1 CECH has been approved for advanced-level credit.

Federal Grants Technical Assistance Webinar – May 23, 10:00-11:15 AM ET – Join the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health for this free webinar! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Region III Office (Philadelphia), will present key steps and resources for seeking federal grants. This session is recommended for community partners interested in learning more about federal grant support for health and human service programs. Individuals at all levels of experiences, from those considering a first grant submission to those with prior grant writing experience, are welcome.

Critical Appraisal for Librarians: Evaluating Randomized Controlled Trials – June 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are among the most important kinds of studies that are used to answer clinical and systematic review questions. But not all RCT studies are good enough to share with clinicians or include in reviews. This webinar will give you tools to evaluate the quality of RCT studies. Attendees will learn how to apply RCT validity criteria, spot bias, critique study methodologies, calculate basic results, interpret results, and clearly communicate the meaning and value of RCT studies to patients and clinicians. You will leave with new skills in reading and evaluating RCT studies and increased confidence in your ability to contribute to evidence-based medicine (EBM). Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Critical Contributions: Developing Research Appraisal Skills at Your Institution – June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – With the reproducibility crisis in biomedical and health sciences and the ever-present necessity of basing medical practice on valid research, medical librarians have an opening to expand their contributions to health care and raise their status by teaching critical appraisal at their institutions. Abraham Wheeler and Amy Blevins aim to get you fired up about teaching in this new area! Attendees will learn why critical appraisal is an emerging need in health sciences programs, how librarians can fill a gap in critical appraisal expertise, and how you can increase your involvement in the evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum at your institution. You will understand the essence of critical appraisal and its place in the cycle of EBM and learn steps that you can take to develop and improve your critical appraisal skills. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Getting Started with Interprofessional Education at Your Institution – July 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Develop the skills and knowledge that enable you to become involved with interprofessional education at your institution. Learn how to plan for success with an interprofessional education roadmap that addresses the core areas of librarian integration into interprofessional education–academic, clinical, and community engagement–and create an individualized action plan for IPEP involvement at your institution. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

New Directions and Continuing Commitments: Update from the NLM Director – Please join the NYU Health Sciences Library and the NYU Division of General Internal Medicine in welcoming invited speaker, Dr. Patricia Flately Brennan, RN, PhD. Dr. Brennan will join the NYU Langone Health community on May 22, 9-10 AM (Alumni Hall B) to describe the NLM’s new strategic goals in data-driven research, enhanced engagement with both professionals and the public, as well as building a workforce ready to deliver data-driven research and healthcare. NLM funding opportunities for data-science and informatics research will be described as well as shared insights and inspiration on information technology, clinical care to improve public health, and ensuring the best possible experience in patient care.

WPWVC/ ACRL Spring Conference – Join the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries on June 7 at Washington & Jefferson College for their 2019 Spring Conference. This year’s theme is Technology: Making it Work for Your Library. $25 for Members; $35 for non-Members; $15 for students.

Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – Join the New York State Area Health Education Center on July 12 in Buffalo, NY for a full day of free programming! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Attendees are eligible for 5.5 Social Work CEUs, Licensed Mental Health Counselor CEUs, Nursing CNEs or Physician CMEs. Early Bird Registration: $100 for professionals; $15 for students.

2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit – Join the Pennsylvania Library Association on July 15 for the 2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit in Summerdale, PA. This year’s summit is looking at information literacy and how it intersects with basic, civic and social, health and financial literacy, helping individuals navigate various information channels and understanding the role all libraries have in the discovery and application of credible information. Online registration is available until June 30.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

Funding Opportunity: Using Data Analytics to Support Primary Care and Community Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Population Health – A new funding opportunity from AHRQ aims to improve the health of individuals and populations at risk for suboptimal health outcomes through the use of primary care and community interventions that address chronic conditions. The deadline to apply is May 29.

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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NIH News in Health – May Issue

MCR News - Tue, 2019-05-07 19:14

Check out the May 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Mouth MicrobesThe Helpful and the Harmful

Your mouth is home to about 700 species of germs, like bacteria, fungus, and more.

Mingling SensesSynesthesia Explained

What shape does a sound make? That might sound like nonsense, but someone with this uncommon condition may know.

Health Capsules:

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Addressing Health Equity, Health Disparities through Community Partnerships

MCR News - Tue, 2019-05-07 19:06

Amanda Landayan
The Kansas City Public Library

In January I had the honor of receiving funding from the NNLM for ALA Mid-Winter Pre-conference Implicit Bias, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity. As the new Health and Wellness Librarian for the Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library system, I found the topic very relevant to my work. Health disparities in Kansas City among minorities are high, and many hospitals and organizations are working diligently to identify the root causes.

One of the topic areas mentioned was that of Implicit Bias among healthcare professionals. This topic was one of interest. Due to our social conditioning in this country providers are less likely to prescribe black and brown patients pain medications. As a public librarian and social worker, this information did not surprise me. However, it made me realize the power of the public library and how we can provide health literacy. Additionally, because my position is based on embedded librarianship, I have the capability to partner with community organizations and agencies and other non-profits to bring free health information programming into the library.

One example is with a local Non-profit Fight Back Diabetes that offers a free Q&A session with a doctor once a month on a Saturday. Each session features a specific topic about ways in which diabetes impacts the body. Also, to be held at the library each session is recorded via Facebook Live. Attendance for this program is starting to pick up. Our March session was the fullest yet with 10 participants.

Offering a program in a safe public space allows participants to ask doctors questions in an informal setting. Also, it provides doctors with opportunities to interact with patrons outside of their offices. This program is promising, and we are happy to host it within our library system.

Offering the Fight Back Diabetes Let’s Talk Diabetes program integrates many of the concepts discussed at the ALA Pre-conference. As we continue to look at health disparities in our country, I think we also need to look for health opportunities that are more relevant to the communities we work with. To partner with individuals who already do the work and building trust among our patrons. As a black woman doing community work on behalf of the library, it is always important to me that all of our partners reflect the patrons who enter the doors of our libraries every day. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the pre-conference and get new perspective and ideas on to better work with our patrons to address the root causes of health disparities, identify relevant health opportunities, and provide health literacy information in new creative ways.

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May 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-05-06 12:27

Illustration of community microbesCheck out the May issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Getting a Genetic Test
    Your doctor may suggest a genetic test to detect your risk of certain health problems, such as cancer. If you have symptoms of a disease, a genetic test may help with diagnosis.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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New NLM Tutorial Approved for MLA CE Credit: A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards

PSR News - Fri, 2019-05-03 16:33

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of a new tutorial on health data standards. This training session, of particular interest to hospital librarians and other health sciences information specialists, is intended to provide an overview of health data standards and how they are used, including relevant NLM products and services. Register for this on-demand class and complete it at your own pace to obtain one hour of Medical Library Association continuing education credit.

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Interested in Mental Health? Looking for a Great Conference? Check Out the AMHL/SALIS Annual Conference

NER News - Fri, 2019-05-03 16:07

What do you like most about your job?

A big perk to my job as an Education and Outreach Coordinator for the NNLM NER is that there are many opportunities to attend very interesting conferences.

Just last week, I was in Boston at the Countway Library of Medicine attending a 3-day annual conference of the Association of Mental Health Librarians (AMHL) and the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialist (SALIS) organizations. For the third year in a row, these 2 organizations have combined their resources and efforts to put on an exceptional annual conference with engaging speakers and presentations about timely topics in the areas of mental health and substance use disorder.

The conference was small and provided opportunity to get to know a bit about each of the participants.  I met mental health professionals from across the US, as well as Canada and the UK.  They shared the work they do in following organizations —  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at University of Washington, Hazelden Betty Ford Addiction Research Library, McLean Hospital – Belmont, Massachusetts, St. George’s University of London, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, Center on Addiction in New York City, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in New York, International Alliance for Responsible Drinking in London, University of South Florida, and University of Massachusetts Medical School. I felt honored to update the group about the outreach and education work the NNLM has been doing in New England. Over 3 days of  presentations I learned about cannabis legalization in Canada, how Art is being used as medicine, approaches to regulating alcohol marketing from a public health perspective,  how to engage minority populations in health research, the  history of mental health treatment in the US and UK, the work Louie Diaz is doing with the Middlesex Sheriff’s office in Lowell, Massachusetts providing outreach to those with SUD, we watched the documentary made about Louie – “Beyond the Wall,”, learned the true story of Phineas Gage (Google it, a fascinating story) and we received a sneak peak of a new mental health literacy project. Mentalhealthbridges, is a new website created through a multi-year NNLM grant. The site is due to go live in the next couple of months. It will be a terrific resource for consumers, as well as those involved with mental health education. This conference was the perfect lead into the month of May which is Mental Health month!

For more information about the Mentalhealthbridges website you can contact Len Levin

If you would like to know more about AMHL or are interested in attending next year’s conference (location TBD) consider joining AMHL

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Cultivating Data-Savvy Services, Bit by Bit

SCR News - Thu, 2019-05-02 15:34

We’re back after a brief hiatus, and our guest author for today’s post is Sheila Green, Health Science Center – Bryan Campus Librarian with the Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University Libraries. At the beginning of this year, she was awarded a professional development award to advance her skills in research data management from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NNLM NTO). As part of her award, she was encouraged to share lessons and outcomes from her experience. We are proud to have her in our region!

Sheila GreenI’m a subject liaison to a College of Medicine. I identify points of pain for faculty and provide library services to ease that pain. I knew research data management (RDM) services had potential, but I needed to understand researcher data processes and how they differed from my private industry background. I needed to know the questions to ask, how to listen for the pain points in their answers, and offer services within my capacity.

My first professional development course from the NNLM NTO resulted in a workshop for graduate students, faculty, and staff based on the Research Data Management Teaching Toolkit. Adapting existing tools helped me focus on issues at my institution and not the mechanics of building a workshop.

Feedback from the workshop and informal conversations unearthed interest in reproducibility and lab data processes. A casual email inquiry about RedCap support generated a response with bolded sentences from a research director – another unmet need identified. I wanted to know more to grow more services – again.

The next professional development opportunity from the NNLM NTO funded a trip to New York University Health Sciences Library to meet with the Data Services Team, observe RDM and visualization classes, meet with NYU Data Services, and attend a Columbia University Symposium Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility and Integrity in Research.

I’ve planted more RDM service seedlings since my return. The incoming College of Medicine graduate students will attend an adapted Research Data Management Hands on Workshop at orientation. The exploratory meeting with researchers about RedCap workshops is next week. Postdoc and Student Research directors are going to be exposed shortly to ways we can insert reproducible processes into their training programs.

“Data ready” isn’t just about gathering knowledge. It’s also about plowing new ground, planting ideas with researchers and leadership, cultivating opportunities that pop up, and sharing the harvest with each other.

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New Tutorial Approved for MLA CE Credit: Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect

PSR News - Thu, 2019-05-02 14:33

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of a new tutorial on MedlinePlus Connect. MedlinePlus is a website produced by NLM to provide high-quality health information written for the general public. MedlinePlus Connect is a tool that enables the integration of MedlinePlus resources into external systems like electronic health record systems, patient portals, and other applications.

This training session, of particular interest to hospital librarians and other health sciences information specialists, is intended to provide an introduction to what MedlinePlus Connect does and how, and to point to resources for implementing MedlinePlus Connect at your institution. Register for this on-demand class and complete it at your own pace to obtain one hour of Medical Library Association continuing education credit. Additionally, the course is eligible toward Competency 7, Technology and Health, for the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

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NLM Technical Bulletin Turns 50!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-05-02 14:08

Celebrate as the NLM Technical Bulletin turns 50 this month! Take a moment to reflect on its past and share your vision for its future by:

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2019 ACRL Conference Review

GMR News - Thu, 2019-05-02 14:00


I recently received an NNLM-GMR Professional Development Award to attend the 2019 ACRL Conference in Cleveland, OH, where I planned for an experience that would help inform my work with my library’s new systematic review service and my work helping to launch a new undergraduate learning community centered on critical data studies.

My ACRL experience began with a pre-conference session, OER + Scholarly Communication, where I spent the day learning about licensing agreements and the design and use of OER tools. A colleague and I are planning to build a toolkit for librarians interested in diversifying and retaining students in extracurricular innovation activities that use biomedical data, like hackathons and case competitions, so this learning opportunity was especially timely.

The conference was full of opportunities to learn about how academic librarians are working with data, offering data literacy services, and applying critical theory to librarianship. A few of my favorite sessions were:

  1. Improving Ourselves and Improving Care: Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Literature Searching, a session on designing inclusive search strategies;
  2. Sharing with the Community: Advice for Getting Your Writing Published, a session with practical tips for publishing with ACRL;
  3. Academic Library Impact: New Research from ACRL Grant Recipients, a session focused on assessing the impact of academic libraries and library services; and
  4. Setting the Stage for Civic-Minded Education: Casting New Roles for Librarians in Critical Information Literacy Instruction; a session focused on critical info lit that complimented my interests in critical data studies.

There were also several informative sessions on issues experienced by pre-tenure track librarians and issues surrounding diversity and inclusion. And, there were several social opportunities—my favorites being the WOC + LIB Social Hour and a night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I concluded my 2019 ACRL conference experience by presenting with a panel discussing recruitment and retention in STEM librarianship, alongside librarians from University of Michigan and Northwestern University. The panel was well received and presented a means to connect attendees searching for STEM librarianship jobs with open positions.

-Guest Post by Bethany McGowan, Assistant Professor of Library Science at Purdue University 

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NNLM SEA Digest News – May 2, 2019

SEA News - Thu, 2019-05-02 09:44

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.  


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity

Webinars May 7 – May 9

Webinars May 14 – May 16

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.


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