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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?
Contact NTO.

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

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

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

Instructions for Accessing Webinar:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructions for Accessing Webinar:

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

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

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

 

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

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NER Funded Grant Project – HPV Educational Interventions in American Indian Populations

NER News - Tue, 2019-12-03 11:59

The following blog post is about a current NER-funded grant project. The post was written by the Team Maureen organization, Dr. Allesandro Villa, Lisa Bennett Johnson and Kelly Welch.

No one should die of an HPV-related cancer. Dr. Alessandro Villa from the Division of Oral Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Team Maureen, a nonprofit dedicated to ending cervical cancer by educating about HPV, have utilized NNLM funds this year to work toward that auspicious goal. Together, they are conducting HPV-related cancer education among health care providers working with American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) populations across the US with the long-term goal of decreasing the disease burden and mortality rates from preventable HPV-related cancers.

Based on information from an assessment done by Dr. Andria Apostolou of the Indian Health Service, it was clear that oral health care providers serving AI/AN populations were lacking important training and information on HPV and were also receptive to increasing their role in HPV prevention.  Team Maureen and Dr. Villa, who have worked together on numerous other oral HPV related projects, combined efforts to meet these needs in partnership with the Indian Health Service’s Division of Oral Health.

The program, HPV Educational Interventions in American Indian Populations, is working to engage with Tribal oral health providers and connect them to high quality resources and materials about HPV. One of these resources was a custom-made Oral HPV Toolkit, adapted by Team Maureen to be specific to the AI/AN population and their health care system. A key component of the Toolkit highlights the resources of NNLM including PubMed, Medline and MedlinePlus, where providers can find quality information for themselves, and for their patients.

Both the Toolkit and NNLM reference materials were presented during the key note at the Dental Updates conference in June 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over 150 providers attended the key note presentation delivered by Dr. Villa. Team Maureen hosted an educational table where attendees could ask questions and receive additional resources, including a physical copy of the newly adapted Toolkit and NNLM reference sheet.

Based on post-program survey data, most of the providers who attended the program significantly improved their knowledge about HPV related cancers and current HPV immunization guidelines. The providers look forward to educating their patients about cancer prevention and the importance of the HPV vaccine.

Although efforts will continue on this project throughout the year, recent accomplishments and highlights to date will be presented by Indian Health Service’s Nathan Mork, DDS at the 7th Annual HPV-Related Cancer Summit on December 6th in Marlborough, MA. Registration is open to all medical and dental providers at www.tinyurl.com/HPVSummit2019.

For more information about the Team Maureen organization, visit their website https://teammaureen.org/

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December 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2019-12-03 11:46

illustration of food covering half of the face of a clockCheck out the December 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: Veggie Eating Boosted By Tasty Names
    Everyone knows they should eat more vegetables. But only about 10% of Americans eat the recommended number of veggies per day. A recent study found that tasty descriptions can encourage people to make healthier choices.
  • Health Capsule: Safety Tips for Physical Activity
    Staying active is key for good health. No matter your age or fitness level, getting more physical activity will help support your body and mind. Experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
  • Featured Website: Finding Treatment for Drug Use Disorder
    If you or a loved one needs treatment for a drug use problem, it can be challenging to know where to start. NIH has step-by-step guides to finding treatment for teens and adults, as well as guides for friends and family. Find more information on treatment options and available resources.

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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December NIH News in Health newsletter now online

MCR News - Mon, 2019-12-02 21:13

Check out the December 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.

Image of fruit and clockTo Fast or Not to Fast Does When You Eat Matter?

Not eating for stretches of time could have health benefits for some people. But not all fasting diets are backed by science. Learn more about research on fasting.

Staying in the Hospital? Safety Tips for Your Visit

Being an informed patient can help lower the risk of medical errors and infections when you’re in the hospital. Here’s what you should know.

 

Health Capsules

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Applications are open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management

MCR News - Mon, 2019-12-02 21:00

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

More information about the course and the application process is available online . Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. The application deadline is January 10, 2020.

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12th Annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

MCR News - Mon, 2019-12-02 19:10

Kristen DeSanto
Strauss Health Sciences Library
University of Colorado

I was fortunate to receive a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region, and I used it to attend the 12th Annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference, presented by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). The conference took place in Washington, DC from November 11th to the 13th. As a clinical librarian at the Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, I wanted to gain a better understanding of the problem of diagnostic error and learn how I could support my patrons in the diagnostic process.

There were roughly 500 people in attendance at the conference, the majority of whom were physicians, residents, and medical students. Another difference between this and medical librarian conferences is that SIDM invited patients and patient advocates to attend the conference at a reduced price. Each day started with a brief statement from a patient or family member of someone affected by diagnostic error, including misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis. It was a powerful way to start each day, and a good reminder of why we were there. On the last day of the conference there was an extended session of presentations by family members, including a discussion of how they partnered with clinicians and policy makers to advocate for policy changes.

Diagnostic error can be rooted in system-related errors, such as an inefficient organizational processes, or cognitive errors, which could include insufficient knowledge or critical thinking and synthesis skills. I was more interested in the latter, and how library resources or librarian services could play a role. One of the sessions addressed improving diagnosis by improving competency-based education. The author discussed the SIDM’s three-year project to develop a consensus Curriculum to Improve Diagnosis. The curriculum includes key competencies with learning objectives and milestones.

Patients were also encouraged to play an active role in decreasing diagnostic error. I learned about the Checklist for Getting the Right Diagnosis, which can be used with patients and their caregivers to make sure they’re communicating complete and accurate information to their providers. This could be an important resource for consumer health librarians to provide to their patrons.

I enjoyed the conference and getting to learn about a problem that is important to the patrons I work with, and appreciate the support provided by MCR.

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

NTO News - Mon, 2019-12-02 17:09

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

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

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

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

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

Course and Project Instructors

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

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

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

Important Dates

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

Applications

Who can apply?

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

How to apply

  • Complete the online application form by January 10, 2020.
  • The application will gather the following information:
    • Name, email address, phone number, state, place of employment, current job title
    • Did you complete RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians? (It is not required for RDM 102).
    • Please briefly describe your knowledge or experience in research data management and/or data science.
    • Why do you want to take this course?

Questions?

Contact NTO.

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Register for 2020 MeSH Classes Coming in January!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-02 15:31

Join the National Library of Medicine and NNLM Training Office for two training events in January 2020, highlighting the 2020 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and how to adjust to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.

  1. NLM Webinar: 2020 MeSH Highlights
    Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2020 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) on Friday, January 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST. A brief presentation will feature:

    • Updates to the Infections tree
    • Additional clinical trial publication types
    • Updates to Cell Death terms
    • Additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

    Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer questions.

  2. NNLM Class: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
    Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Join NNLM for MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching on Friday, January 17, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST to learn:

    • How does this affect your PubMed searches?
    • What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy?
    • How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches?
    • How do you check your saved searches and alerts?

For more information about 2020 MeSH, visit What’s New in MeSH.

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Margaret McGhee Appointed Chief of NLM Public Services Division!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-02 15:01

woman smiling dressed in a business suit

Margaret McGhee

National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Margaret McGhee as Chief, NLM Public Services Division. She will assume this role on December 9. Ms. McGhee will lead the Division responsible for several key NLM programs, including MedlinePlus, the main web site, customer service, management and preservation of the collection, and delivery of onsite services and interlibrary loans. Ms. McGhee brings solid experience in serving a variety of library users to her new position.

Ms. McGhee comes to NLM from the NIH Library, whose mission is to serve the biomedical researchers, clinicians and administration of the NIH, where she is the Chief of the Education Services Branch. She has experience overseeing the Library’s efforts to optimize customer experience using the Balanced Scorecard strategic planning tool, and managing the informationist program, bibliometrics services, instruction and training, communications, and outreach and marketing program.

From 2016-2018, Ms. McGhee was the Head of the Collection Management Unit in the Preservation and Collection Management Section of NLM, where she directed a portfolio to maintain the physical collections and provide information services to library users. She served as the Technology Librarian in the NLM National Network Office managing library services, contracts and grants from 2014-2016. From 2005-2014 she was a Librarian in the MEDLARS Management Section of NLM’s Bibliographic Services Division, supporting MEDLINE/PubMed and other NLM databases. She started her professional career in 1984 as a Technical Literature Searcher at CPC International in Bedford Park, IL. Margaret has an MLIS from the University of Texas, Austin, and BS degrees in biology and chemistry from Quincy University, IL.

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Public Health and Library Partnerships at APHA

MAR News - Mon, 2019-12-02 10:04
Erin Seger

Erin Seger

At the beginning of November, I coordinated a session at the American Public Health Association Annual conference in Philadelphia about library and public health partnerships. I spoke about National Library of Medicine Resources for the public health workforce including Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR), Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj), Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC), and Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners). Also included were resources that public health professionals can use with their communities such as MedlinePlus and ToxTown. In addition, I highlighted services from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine that public health organizations can benefit from, such as training, programs, and funding. Because I coordinated this session in partnership with four other partner organizations in the Middle Atlantic Region, the strength of the work of NNLM MAR’s partners was an important part of this session.

Alison Wessel discussed a project she was involved with during her time with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Library. This library did an assessment of thirty-three public libraries in the state of Delaware to better understand the health information needs of the community and training needs of public library staff. Alison discussed the design and results of this survey and some of the activities that occurred in response to these results, such as placing social workers in public libraries and offering mental health first aid training.

Chad Thomas from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health discussed four emergency preparedness projects that he oversaw in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. These projects included training library staff in emergency preparedness, developing library emergency response roles, and disseminating bookmarks with public health messaging. In addition to collaborating with the local library branches, these projects incorporated resources from the National Library of Medicine, such as the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC).

Alison Wessel, Erin Seger and Rachel Feuerstein-Simon

Rachel Feuerstein-Simon from the University of Pennsylvania shared the results of a project that evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of an opioid reversal training that was facilitated by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia. She explained that as a result of this training, participants were more likely to say that they “completely agree” that they would help someone experiencing an overdose. These trainings also showed knowledge gain among participants, including improved knowledge about the indicators of an opioid overdose.

Kelly Sines with Philadelphia FIGHT discussed a digital literacy program developed at Philadelphia FIGHT’s Critical Path Learning Center. This was a hybrid online-in person course called Upgrade Your Health! that taught critical health literacy skills such as finding health information online, how to use personal health management devices, and how to communicate effectively with healthcare providers. Upgrade Your Health! incorporated MedlinePlus as the primary tool for locating quality health information and used the NNLM program Engage for Health for the training on talking with your doctor.

While all of these speakers discussed projects that addressed different public health topics that were initiated by diverse organizations, there was a common thread between all of them – that libraries are important public health partners. Public libraries were a local partner in many of these projects, and the National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine played a role as national and regional partners, offering trusted resources and programming, as well as funding for many of these projects. These projects make it clear that we can improve health information access and public health through continued partnership.

Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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NLM SEA Funding Announcement: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Project Awards

SEA News - Mon, 2019-12-02 07:44

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) seeks applications to support Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Projects. The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Award is to enable organization to address all phases of disaster management; including preparedness, mitigation, recovery, and response with the aid of information resources available from the National Library of Medicine and/or the NIH. A disaster is defined as an incident that has become so severe that it cannot be controlled or fully addressed by local resources.

Projects are encouraged to incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Increase access to high quality biomedical and health information
  • Improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations
  • Improve access to library and information services
  • Prepare organizations to effectively prepare for and/or respond to disasters using evidence-based practices
  • Integrate and promote NLM’s disaster-related resources, services, and tools into educational program or continuity plans
  • Enhance disaster preparedness through education, programming, and partnerships
  • Develop solutions and mechanisms that support the continuity of health information-based services
  • Train individuals, professionals, and communities to effectively find authoritative disaster health information
  • Encourage collaboration between libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, hospitals, and first responders to develop programs or engage in joint exercises that enhance coordination of resources in response to a disaster
  • Projects that include a biomedical information or health literacy component must incorporate National Library of Medicine resources, like PubMed, CLinicalTrials.gov, or MedlinePlus. You can refer to the NLM list of Databases, Resources, and APIs for a complete overview of resources by topic.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Awards Available: Up to ten (10) Project Awards

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 5, 2020, 11:30 PM ET

SEA staff are available for consultations. Please email NNLM SEA to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Project Award for details regarding the award, eligibility, and to access the application.

 

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The NNLM Reading Club Honors World AIDS Day

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-11-28 20:30

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

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

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

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The Poetry of Preparedness

GMR News - Wed, 2019-11-27 15:41

Disaster_typesIt is not often that I get to summon forth the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns, but last month’s preconference continuing education classes at the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual conference brought his words to mind, often stated as, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. Not only can we apply this phrase to disaster preparedness and response, but also to learning about disaster preparedness and response.

Through the combined efforts of the Midwest Chapter MLA continuing education planning team, Kathy Koch and Angie Tucker; and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC); we were able to offer training at the 2019 Midwest MLA conference to help participants meet the additional, non-required continuing education courses of the MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate. The classes included “A Seat at the Table: Working with the Disaster Workforce” and “Disaster Health Information Resources: The Basics” in a one-stop shop kind of day.

Nine participants, including four public librarians, took advantage of this opportunity not only for the training, but to gain continuing education credit toward the MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate. Combined with the required six online FEMA courses, participants simply needed to add two more CE hours to apply for their certificate. Three participants were on the GMR Emergency Preparedness working group, and another was a non-librarian participant.

What sort of emergencies had our attendees experienced? Tornadoes and floods were the top two in the Midwest. Also of concern were ice storms, fires, and even a hurricane or two–admittedly not while living in the Greater Midwest.

What plans went awry? Despite the best intentions, more than one participant commented that they had trouble finding the time to take the classes, but this one-day, seven-CE offering solved that problem. Another participant shared that these classes helped to shift their understanding of their role in disaster management: “Before the training, I assumed our responsibility as information specialists was to focus on preserving information.  I now have a better understanding of my role in disaster management and I am better prepared to lead my organization in coordinating, disseminating, and recording information to meet our community needs.”

Finally, this truly sums up what the training is all about: “I hope that I never have to use these resources, but if I do, I will be well prepared!”

In addition to the Midwest Chapter MLA continuing education planning team, Kathy Koch and Angie Tucker, the GMR thanks Dr. Darrell Williams, Administrator of the Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Military Affairs in Wisconsin for his enlightening presentation; Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) for her never-ending guidance and expertise; and Michele Stricker, New Jersey Deputy State Librarian, Lifelong Learning, for her detailed presentation and her assistance with planning..

For those of you who wish to learn more about emergency preparedness and response, please see the resources shared on the GMR Preparedness and Response Guide.

 

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on the New PubMed Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-11-27 12:40

The November 20 recording of the NNLM Resource Picks webinar, The New PubMed, is now available. Hosted by Karen Coghlan, New England Region’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, the webinar provides an overview of the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. It also provides the reasons for the change and how this new improved PubMed will make mobile searching easier. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below or go to the NNLM Resource Picks YouTube page.

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NNLM SEA, NDCO and NLM Holiday Schedule – Thanksgiving 2019

SEA News - Wed, 2019-11-27 10:36

The NNLM SEA staff would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

NLM will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving.  NLM will be open for business on Friday, November 29, 2019.

NNLM SEA and NDCO offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Wed, 2019-11-27 08:03

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Applications Due: Library and Information Science (LIS) students can apply by Thursday, December 5 for funding to attend the ALA Midwinter Conference in January 2020 and participate in meetings, the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth, and other activities designed to learn about health information outreach and the All of Us Research Program. Please share this opportunity!

Respond Today: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is Monday, December 2, 2019.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The MAR Offices will be closed November 28-29 during the University of Pittsburgh holiday break.

The New PubMed is Here! After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched an updated version of PubMed. Learn what has changed with this upgrade and start using the new PubMed today!

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote American Indian Heritage or Family Health History? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

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

Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science and Edit-a-Thons – NER Update

NLM/NIH News

Thanksgiving – What I am Giving Thanks for This Year – Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan shares what she is thankful for as the director of NLM. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Giving Thanks for Biomedical Research – This Thanksgiving, Americans have an abundance of reasons to be grateful—loving family and good food often come to mind. Here’s one more to add to the list: exciting progress in biomedical research. – NIH Director’s Blog

Scrub Away the Thanksgiving Troublemakers – Pine-cone crafts, cranberry sauce, and…poultry handling. As Thanksgiving and other winter holidays approach, many of us find ourselves thinking about these things. More than 60 years ago, and not just for the holidays, the Communicable Disease Center (now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) was thinking about food safety, too. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced the upcoming retirement of the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal.

NBA Star Kevin Love Shares Mental Health Struggles in NIH MedlinePlus Magazine – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

December 2019

Astronaut Health: Health Information Resources to Support Science Education – December 5, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Public and school libraries throughout the nation have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing this year with the reading theme “A Universe of Stories”. Join the South Central Region (SCR) for this class that will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you continue to incorporate science and health programming into the library. Learn about partnerships and programs that took place this year for the Summer of Space, and get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

Engaging Parents and Caregivers in Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Recovery – December 5, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Fred Muench, PhD, President of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Fred will present on family-based interventions to engage parents and caregivers, as well as data on the resources the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids offers for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.

Data Visualization: Theory to Practice – December 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) to take data visualization instruction to the next level and start creating your own visualizations. This webinar will consist of an overview of data visualization, a discussion of ethical considerations to take when creating visualizations, and a demonstration of a free, in-browser data visualization tool that you can start using immediately.

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

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

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

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

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

January 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this hands-on, asynchronous online class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Participants will learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient, and will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. This class will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and provide opportunities to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

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

*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

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Maize Day: The day after Thanksgiving is recognized annually as Maize Day and celebrates the traditional role of corn in Native American cultures. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, corn is low in phosphorus which can help protect your bones and blood vessels. After the holidays, incorporate some corn and other ingredients to help you and your family get back on track to living active and healthy. Try vegetables such as squash, beans, mushrooms, persimmons, and asparagus. For more ways to enjoy corn, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.

ECRI Guidelines Trust celebrates one year anniversary with a new website – Since launching in November 2018, the ECRI Guidelines Trust has made tremendous progress with an inventory of more than 1,400 clinical guidelines from 131 guideline developers, including 568 Guideline Briefs and TRUST Scorecards. The resource serves thousands of physicians, nurses, students, medical librarians, and other healthcare professionals from more than 85 countries and territories worldwide. In celebration of their 1st anniversary, ECRI has launched a new, redesigned website which showcases their growing content and provides an enhanced user experience.

New course on health insurance enrollment added to PLA’s DigitalLearn website – In coordination with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2020, which runs November 1–December 15, 2019, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan.

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

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

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

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Webinar: For Everyone: A 21st Century Academic Library

MCR News - Tue, 2019-11-26 19:52

For Everyone: A 21st Century Academic Library
Guest Speaker: Jon Cawthorne, Dean of the Wayne State University Library System and the University’s School of Information Sciences
Date: Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Time:   8:00am – 9:00am PT / 9:00am – 10:00am MT / 10:00am – 11:00am CT / 11:00am – 12:00pm ET

Description: Organizational change in libraries requires addressing confounding factors such as unwritten rules, traditions, and assumptions that underlie the “iceberg” of culture and potentially hinder progress. Hear about the values that help drive excellence at Wayne State University Libraries.  Participants will learn from institutional examples at Wayne State as well as lessons from the highly successful Library Diversity Alliance (now the ACRL Diversity Alliance Program).

Speaker Information: Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D. is dean of the Wayne State University Library System and the University’s School of Information Sciences. He began his library leadership career in Detroit, as director of the Detroit Public Library’s flagship branch, where he was later named interim deputy director to lead the entire 24-branch system through an organizational transition.

Before joining Wayne State University, Cawthorne was privileged to lead West Virginia University Libraries as dean. There, he established the WVU Digital Publishing Institute, to advance open-access scholarship through new digital pathways for academic publication and dissemination of knowledge. He has also held leadership positions at Florida State University, Boston College, and San Diego State University.

Cawthorne currently chairs the ACRL Diversity Alliance program, which unites 36 academic libraries that share a commitment to growing the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. He holds a M.L.S. degree from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in managerial leadership in the information professions from Simmons College.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To Join the Meeting
  1. Copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://nih.webex.com/
  2. Enter the session number: 623 218 715​ and password: webinar
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  5. Select your audio connection preference:
    *Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection
    *Call from WebEx – Enter your direct phone number and press 1 when prompted
    *Call in – Call: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada Toll number)
    Enter access code: 623 218 715 #
    Enter the Attendee ID on your screen and press #
  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: webinar

For more information: https://nnlm.gov/scr/training/connections

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