When: Friday, March 6, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET.
Where: Online only
About: Citizen science can build upon your existing STEM programs or introduce a whole new world of STEM engagement opportunities for library patrons. From tracking species migrations to measuring light pollution or searching online for new galaxies, citizen science invites patrons to engage in REAL research projects and contribute to scientific knowledge. Discover how libraries are serving as community hubs for citizen science with support from the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter and Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. We invite you to join this free, interactive webinar “Citizen Science Month and Beyond!” and discover how you can access the many FREE resources to help introduce, facilitate, or promote citizen science in your library…yes, even THIS April!
Learn more about citizen science at CitizenScienceMonth.org.
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
ICYMI Webinar Recap: Development and Testing of Digital Health Approaches to Promote Health Behavior Change
SCR CONNECTions will be back with new programming later this year, but we still have lots to share with you here on Blogadillo! Over the next several weeks, in case you missed it (ICYMI), we will be recapping some of the exceptional webinars that NNLM SCR has hosted over the course of the past year. If you would like to access an archived version of this webinar along with others we have hosted, please click here.
In case you missed it, our January 9, 2019 webinar was conducted by Jylana Sheats, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Tulane University. She shared with us her research on health behavior modification and how technology affects chronic illness in select New Orleans, Louisiana communities. Her aim is to reduce obesity and chronic disease-related problems among underserved and vulnerable communities via development of both individual- and community-centered technological resources.
Dr. Sheats began by introducing mHealth, a term which broadly describes mobile health devices and programs such as wearable trackers and apps. Mobile phone use is pervasive in most American communities, so Dr. Sheats is focused on meeting people where they are by promoting health via mobile devices. Mobile intervention research is underrepresented in racial/ethnic minority groups; in her studies, she examined how these mobile devices and programs could be beneficial to personal and community health, and how they could be used to encourage “health behavior change”.
Two separate studies were outlined in this presentation.
The first study used a survey to examine obesity-related health perceptions and behaviors of African American/Black communities in New Orleans in order to “inform the development of a mHeath diet intervention”. Based on responses from survey, Dr. Sheats developed and adapted mobile health intervention text messages and videos based on criteria outlined by respondents. She worked with an African American chef to create “cooking videos to model healthy cooking practices” for the target population. After these resources were created, feedback from members of this population was used to revise messaging, tailor-making it to increase overall efficacy of health behavior change communication. After refining this content, a feasibility study was conducted to assess the resources created as a result of this research.
Study number two, OurVoice NOLA, conducted in conjunction with the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Stanford Medicine, used the Health Neighborhood Discovery Tool mobile app to help “Citizen Scientists” in New Orleans identify areas of their neighborhoods which either helped or hindered positive health behavior. Participants took a 20-30 minute walk and recorded, via photos and audio, their impressions of neighborhood features which could potentially affect healthy behavior. The walks were mapped; the maps and impressions were recorded in hopes that community stakeholders and representatives could visualize problem areas and enact policy change to improve their respective jurisdictions. Use of the Health Neighborhood Discovery Tool aims to empower community members to report issues and suggest actionable changes which affect community health and to facilitate communication among neighbors about the areas in which they live. OurVoice research is being conducted internationally.
Moving forward, Dr. Sheats plans to share her research with the communities where it was conducted, develop resources to address findings, increase awareness of community resource availability, and communicate with peers how to continue programs and projects like these in New Orleans.
To learn more about OurVoice research, click here.
This webinar is available to watch on YouTube, and Dr. Sheats’ contact information is listed below.
Jylana L. Sheats, PhD, MPH
Look out for blog posts in the coming weeks which will recap more NNLM SCR webinars.
See the NNLM Training Calendar for a full list of educational opportunities.
Benchmarking Study of Hospital Libraries: Join us as we discuss a recent survey to assess the current landscape of hospital libraries by collecting benchmarking data from hospital librarians in the U.S. and other countries. Since the last MLA benchmarking survey in 2002 hospital libraries have faced significant changes including downsizing, position and library elimination, and hospital mergers. The results suggest implications for hospital librarians regarding staffing levels and the depth of services within their unique settings, especially within the context of rapidly expanding health systems. This survey discussion will provide information to inform the development and implementation of effective advocacy for hospital libraries. March 11, 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT (1 MLA CE) Register
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library: Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, 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. March 24, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT (1 MLA CE) Register
NLM’s History of Medicine Division: A Treasure Trove of Medical Materials: The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. Their holdings, in a variety of digital and physical formats, spans ten centuries from nearly every part of the globe. We are excited to have Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD, AHIP, Section Head, Rare Books & Early Manuscripts join us for a virtual tour of this NLM treasure trove. March 25, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT. (1 MLA CE) RegisterAdditional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.
Pandemic! NLM Resources for Librarians to Assist Researchers and the Public in Understanding the Coronavirus and Influenza: Attend this FDLP free webinar with NLM expert, Andrew Plumer. Following this webinar, participants will be able to: Locate and navigate the consumer health resources in MedlinePlus on Coronavirus and influenza, locate and navigate NLM’s disaster health resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019, describe the types of data freely-available through the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources for the influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 so that they can guide researchers to the most relevant information. March 25, 12:00 MT/1:00 CT Register
In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning: This course defines and describes continuity of operations (COOP) planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan in case of emergencies. This course also provides a one-page continuity plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan. Learn more and register for this free class from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
Librarians Respond to Coronavirus and Other Pandemics: Three librarians active in state, regional, and national initiatives, will discuss roles librarians in all types of settings can take on during public health emergencies such as the current coronavirus outbreak. Not only do librarians support their specific patrons, they also serve a larger public community. The unique combination of research and evaluation skills is essential in times when myths and misinformation fuel fear around these types of events. Credible resources, ways to partner with internal and external agencies, and ideas on how to add value to your institution will all be covered in this one-hour webinar. No registration is required, just make sure you’re a member of Library 2.0 (free). You will need to be logged into Library 2.0 to participate in the webinar or watch the recording afterwards. March 26, 2:00 MT/3:00 CT. Learn more about attending this webinar
Our thoughts are with the Nashville community today as they face repairs and recovery from the destructive tornado that struck overnight. If you are in or around the hard-hit area, please let us know by phone or email how you are faring and if there is anything we can do to help.
At a Glance
- A tornado struck parts of Nashville and central Tennessee early Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020.
- Nine individuals have been reported dead across four counties: Davidson, Putnam, Benton, and Wilson
- Approximately 50,000 households and businesses were left without power
- At least 45 buildings collapsed in Nashville and multiple other buildings sustained damage, primarily in the downtown and east precincts
- The National Weather Service said that as of 2:50 a.m., there were no longer tornado warnings in middle Tennessee
State and Territory Resources
Visit the NNLM SEA Page for additional Federal and State Emergency Management Contact Resources.
NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC)
We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.
- Tornadoes: Health Information Guide
- Coping with Disasters, Violence, and Traumatic Events: Health Information Guide
- DIMRC: Disaster Lit Search: Resources on Power Outages
- DIMRC: Disaster Lit Search: Disaster Lit Search: Resources on Power Outages (includes Spanish translations)
- Tornadoes Topic Page (en español)
- Disaster Preparation and Recovery (en español)
- Coping with Disasters (en español)
Reliable Resources for Tornado Preparedness & Response
- National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL): Tornado Basics
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Tornadoes
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Ready.gov – Tornadoes (en español)
- American Red Cross: Emergency App
- National Weather Service: National Weather Service Mobile
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Behavioral Health Disaster Response
NNLM SEA Resources
Social Media Hashtags
Spring is just around the corner in the MidContinental Region! Springs means longer days, warmer temperatures, and colorful flowers. It also means that Citizen Science Month is coming in April! April is the perfect time for people to experience new activities, inside and/or outside. For libraries, this means that now is the time to plan programs that introduce your patrons to citizen science and crowdsourcing.
This year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has expanded its partnership with SciStarter, an online community dedicated to supporting citizen science for both project managers and participants, to support Citizen Science Month. If you are new to citizen science and are looking for help with citizen science programming, start with the Introduction to Citizen Science Tutorial. Also, check out SciStarter’s Library and Community Guide to Citizen Science, which includes a facilitator’s kit, programs in a box, posters and other materials, book lists and books, and more to get you on your way. These resources are great for starting your own citizen science program for Citizen Science Month but can be used anytime during the year. Also, NLM provides access to a variety of resources and materials for basic health, environmental health, and genetics that can support citizen science outreach efforts in your community. National Library of Medicine resources for citizen science include MedlinePlus, Tox Town, Genetics Home Reference, and ChemIDplus.
Academic libraries looking for ways to engage students, faculty and staff in crowdsourcing activities can participate in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. In conjunction with Citizen Science Month, NNLM has chosen April for our biannual, month-long #citeNLM editing campaign. The topic of the Spring 2020 campaign is Preventative Health and Wellness. Join us for a training webinar on April 2 at 2pm ET to get started. You can take part in #citeNLM during the month of April in many ways:
- Participate virtually as an individual: sign upto participate in our virtual edit-a-thon on April 30, or edit health articles another time and add the project hashtag #citeNLM in the Edit Summary.
- Participate in-person as an individual: find an event happening near you.
- Host an in-person or virtual edit-a-thon at your library: use our organizer’s guideto get started.
- Share our campaign on social media: use #citeNLM in your posts about the event!
For more details, visit nnlm.gov/wiki.
Taking part in Citizen Science Month is a great way to introduce patrons to scientific research and to help them turn curiosity into impact. Explore the opportunities today!
Margie Sheppard – MCR Kansas Technology Coordinator
Strength Training at Any Age
Building muscle can keep your body working properly. Find out how to get started.
Plus, check out our online-only Q&A with Dr. Roger Fielding on Strength Training for Older Adults.
Could It Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Learn the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome and ways to find relief.
In July, the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy is hosting a five-day data science bootcamp at the NIH Campus in Maryland for U.S. high school teachers, community college instructors, and tribal college faculty that teach STEM courses. It is a free program. Anyone selected to participate will also receive reimbursement for transportation, housing, and per diem expenses incurred during the program. Register by April 1, https://events.cancer.gov/sbmab/ds-bootcamp!
Check out the March 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:
- Maintain Your Muscle: Strength Training at Any Age
Building muscle can keep your body working properly. Find out how to get started
- Finger Numbness: Could It Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Learning the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome and ways to find relief.
- Q & A: Dr. Roger Fielding on Strength Training for Older Adults
NIH News in Health has a conversation with Dr. Roger Fielding, an NIH-funded exercise and aging specialist at Tufts University.
- Health Capsule: Improving Care Through Telehealth
Technology can be especially valuable for people in remote areas or places with few medical professionals. Using portable devices, health care providers can test and treat patients without them coming into the office.
- Health Capsule: Alcohol-Related Deaths Increase Nationwide
A recent study found that deaths involving alcohol more than doubled in the U.S. between 1999 and 2017.
- Featured Website: Asian-Language Resources
Get information about conditions that affect your bones, joints, muscles, and skin in several Asian languages. NIH has free, easy-to-read information in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
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!
Good nutrition, combined with physical activity, can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, and promote your overall health. Unfortunately, social factors such as poverty or inadequate food options may lead to obesity, malnourishment, and poor health. National Nutrition Month®, recognized each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating habits, and raising awareness of food insecurity.
To spark the conversation, check out the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources for Nutrition. Choose one of the three featured books:
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food – Tenth Anniversary Edition by Barbara Kingsolver
- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
- Delicious!: A Novel by Ruth Reichl
For each of the featured book selections, you can download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding health information. Short on time? No worries! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit that includes everything you need to host a book club, delivered to your institution.
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!Spotlight
Read the MAReport: This quarter, Tess Wilson wrote about the intersection of digital and health literacy in her article, “Bridging the Digital Divide in Public Housing Communities,” which highlights an NNLM MAR-funded program that provides access to mobile computing labs for public housing residents.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
Help us improve nnlm.gov: If you have visited our website to look for training or funding opportunities, find resources on health topics, update your Membership record, order free materials, or even to contact us for assistance, we want to hear about your experience! All NNLM users are encouraged to provide feedback by completing a brief survey about the features and functions of our website. The survey will be open for response through February 29, 2020.
NNLM Human Genetics Film Kit: The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) is providing film kits to up to 250 public libraries across the United States. Promote health literacy in your community with four films, discussion guides, and customizable marketing materials designed to support public libraries in raising scientific literacy and awareness of precision medicine. Applications are open until March 16.
Funding Available Now! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and resources, and submit your proposal by April 10 at 12:00 PM ET.
NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focusing on Preventative Health & Wellness will take place on Thursday, April 30. Get ready to #citeNLM by joining MAR and SEA for a training webinar on April 2 to learn more about participating in the edit-a-thon or hosting your own in-person event!
DOCLINE Beta Test Participants Needed – DOCLINE Talkline
A Guide to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) for Public Libraries – Midwest Matters, from GMRNLM/NIH News
What Does Black History Month Mean to Me? – Learn what NLM is doing to foster health equity among African Americans, particularly African American women. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Living Content: Digitizing Magnetic Media at NLM – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been adding film and video titles to the NLM Digital Collections database for about seven years. The more material NLM is able to place online, the easier it is for people to find and view our rare collection no matter where they are on the globe. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
Seven Questions for a Rare Disease Warrior – In raising awareness of rare diseases, Dr. Francis Collins interviews David Fajgenbaum, immunologist and NIH grantee, for his perspective on rare diseases as a doctor, patient, researcher, and advocate. – NIH Director’s Blog
Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced updated eligibility guidelines and library responsibilities in DOCLINE. The most significant change is that the number of journals required to join DOCLINE has been reduced to ten, enabling more libraries to participate. NNLM Members can contact the DOCLINE Coordination Office with questions or concerns.
Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities
NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!March 2020
Health Statistics on the Web – March 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.
Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community – March 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide a panel discussion with three guest speakers about library services for the Autism community. Hear from library and community advocates about their passion for youth services and inclusive programming.
Health Literacy in an Academic Environment – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.
The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 19, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this one hour class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition as related to other health-related topics will be discussed. NLM, NIH and other government agency resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – March 24, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) for this class that will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. Participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE, applicable to a Consumer Health Information Specialization.
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. 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.
NLM’s History of Medicine Division: A Treasure Trove of Medical Materials – March 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) History of Medicine Division has one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. Their holdings, in a variety of digital and physical formats, spans ten centuries from nearly every part of the globe. In this session you will learn how the History of Medicine Division approaches acquisition and conservation; discover hidden treasures in the collection, and get to know who uses this vast collection.April 2020
#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training – April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This April, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the Spring 2020 #citeNLM Edit-a-thon as we add citations to Wikipedia articles on preventive health and wellness. In preparation for the edit-a-thon, join the Middle and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (MAR/SEA) for this hands-on training to gain an overview of the importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource, more about the ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project, how to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hosting an edit-a-thon for your community, and adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources.
Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming for Summer Reading! – April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – For a second year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! For Imagine Your Story 2020 we have incorporated fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy into program plans for nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, dental health storytime, and more. During this one-hour webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. Intended for those who work in public libraries, but open for anyone who is interested in health programming.
Nicotine, It’s a Brain Changer – April 8, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Nicotine is a highly addictive neurotoxin. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest presenters to explore the effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain, review Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products, methods and content, learn about the health risks of using ENDS, and review current resources for treating nicotine dependence.
Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success – April 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), in this webinar two health sciences librarians will provide an overview of open science services (OSS) and research in libraries and outline the challenges encountered in supporting researchers in this space. This presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how libraries can build on their support of open science by aligning programs and services with the goals of their research communities and institutions. As practitioners, the presenters will also share ideas around adopting sustainable “open” approaches into their own work and research.
Wellness in the Library Workplace – April 20-May 3, 2020 – You’re a library worker – you’re already helping those in your community find health information. 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 the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for 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.)? This class will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.
New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out NNLM’s new
Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices. Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies in this 4 credit/4 module asynchronous online class. Through interactive, self-paced tutorials, discussion forums, and a synthesis exercise, users will learn what a health reference interview is, how the library can protect patrons’ health privacy and confidentiality using ethical guidelines from library associations, effective communication strategies to identify the health information needs of patrons, and simple methods for evaluating online health information that can be easily explained to patrons.
*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
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is just around the corner, March 30-April 5, 2020. There are several ways you can get involved to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol!
- Order or download free materials that you can share and display in your library or classroom.
- Incorporate informational videos and activities like the NDA IQ Challenge into your existing health programs or curriculum.
- Register for your high school students to participate in NDA Chat Day on April 1 to have their questions answered by expert scientists.
- See the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s online guide for everything you need to host your own NDAFW event including toolkits, program ideas, materials, and more!
Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder – March 3, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (2019), 1 in every 59 children in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of the results of the increased prevalence of ASD is a larger number of students with ASD are now participating in higher education. The transition into higher education is potentially difficult for students with ASD and support services are necessary to help make the transition successful. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association College & Research Division (PaLA CRD), this presentation will focus on how services and outreach initiatives by academic libraries can help students with ASD succeed in college.
Supporting the Health of Trans and Gender Expansive Youth: The Role of Social Workers, Case Managers and Community Health Workers in Advocating for our Youth – March 4, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The provision of inclusive and affirming care for transgender and gender expansive youth is critical to the health of individual youth, their families, and the community. Sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center (HMAHEC) with support from the Adirondack Health Institute (AHI), and Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), this webinar will focus on the importance of identity affirming care for the overall health and well-being of transgender and gender expansive youth, including a review of the social context of growing up transgender or gender expansive today and identifying ways to practice inclusive and affirming care. This will include opportunities to consider how to make systems, services, and spaces more inclusive, culturally appropriate and humble, and the fluency of terminology.
Library Research for Water Resources – March 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The Princeton University Library provides research services and instructional sessions to library users for finding print, digital, and online library materials for geosciences and environmental studies from governments (local, state, federal, international), societies, consultants, companies, and other information sources. This webinar is led by Emily Wild, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Librarian, and focuses on how to discover information sources and products related to the topics of precipitation, water temperature, water use (water quantity), water-supply systems, surface water, groundwater, water quality, floods, droughts, and hurricanes.
Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Librarians of Color – March 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join The African American Medical Library Alliance Caucus (AAMLA) for this webinar, featuring three guest speakers, on the importance of recruiting and retaining underrepresented or minoritized librarians. Twanna Hodge will discuss the recruitment process for library residencies and recruitment strategies for early career BIPOC librarians. Tamara Nelson will discuss intentional recruiting of diverse candidates using direct strategies to recruit librarians of color that goes beyond just only posting the position, including ways to be proactive. Alan R. Bailey will discuss practices academic libraries should follow to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace – a workplace that embraces diversity and fosters success for all librarians but specifically those from diverse populations.
Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis – March 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Public libraries are respected local institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. As community anchor institutions, libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the opioid crisis that has gripped the country. After 16 months of research, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address the opioid crisis in their communities. Sponsored by WebJunction, Panelists in this webinar will share resources, including ideas for organizations to partner with, additional perspectives to consider, and strategies for getting started.
Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
University of Utah Summer Teacher Institute – The University of Utah will be hosting a 6.5-day “Health and Science for All” workshop this summer for Elementary, Middle and High School life science and health teachers. Participants will develop engaging ways to communicate with the public about important science and health topics related to the All of Us Research Program, and to support program goals. Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2020.
2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.
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“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country.” Dr. Nancy Messonnier stated at a news conference about COVID-19 given on Tuesday 2/25/2020. Dr. Messonnier is the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
For this month’s blog post I had hoped to write about nutrition since March is nutrition month. However, with so much public attention and media coverage being given to COVID-19, organizations like NLM take their mission of improving public health by making trustworthy health information available to everyone, very seriously. Therefore, it seems important to us here in the NER to give you another place you can go to and get up-to-date health information, based on facts, about the coronavirus outbreak.
This week’s blog post will address some COVID-19 questions we have heard. We hope to provide you with answers and some useful resources you can use to get the latest fact-based information about this coronavirus.
What is coronavirus?
It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
How many people and what countries have been affected by this virus?
As of 2/28/2020 when this blog post was written, COVID-9 has sickened more than 83,800 people, according to official counts. At least 2,866 people have died, all but 78 in mainland China. The disease has been detected in at least 56 countries, most involving people who traveled from China, where the outbreak originated. The New York Times has an up-to-date, interactive map you can use to get this information.
Is COVID-19 more contagious than the flu?
Although the research for COVID-19 has just begun, scientists estimate that each person with this virus could infect between 1.5 and 3.5 people if containment measures are not in place. This respiratory virus travels through the air, when a sick person, breaths, talks, coughs or sneezes. The virus spreads through the expelled droplets that fall to the ground. Coronavirus can only travel about 6-feet, we don’t know how long the virus can live on surfaces.
Seasonal flu is a less contagious virus. On average, people infected with the flu tend to infect 1.3 other people. When compared to COVID-9, the difference in rate of spreading the virus may seem small but, the animation provided in the following link illustrates a striking contrast in how contagious the seasonal flu is compared to this coronavirus. https://nyti.ms/3886KTB
Have more people died from COVID-19 compared to other viruses?
Early indications suggest the fatality rate for this virus is considerably less than another coronavirus, MERS, which kills about 35 percent of people who become infected, and SARS, which kills about 10 percent. All of the diseases appear to latch on to proteins on the surface of lung cells, but MERS and SARS seem to be more destructive to lung tissue.
“Among 17,000 people who were infected with COVID-19 in China, 82 percent had mild infections, 15 percent had severe symptoms and 3 percent were classified as critical”, said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of emerging diseases at the World Health Organization, on Feb. 7. “Less than 2 percent of the people with confirmed infections had died. Many of those who died were older men with underlying health problems”, Dr. Van Kerkhove said.
Recently celebrities on social media have posted pictures of themselves wearing masks as they travel, how effective are masks for protection?
“The mask itself can become contaminated and serve as a source of infection, actually doing more harm than good,” states Dr. Jonathan Grein, Medical Director of Cedars-Sinai Hospital Epidemiology. “If wearing a mask, I caution touching it.” The CDC also doesn’t recommend to the general public using facemasks as a method of protection from coronavirus or other respiratory illnesses. “You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it,” the CDC said. “A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.”
What can I do to prepare for COVID-19?
The CDC has been clear in their message to Americans. Be prepared for a possible outbreak in your community. What does being prepared look like? Preparing for an outbreak is similar to preparing for any other natural disaster, such as a hurricane. The following are easy precautions each one of us can take to lessen our chances of catching this virus:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- Staying home when you are sick;
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; and
- Getting a flu shot if you have not already done so.
NPR recently shared a detailed preparedness plan for your home. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/26/809650625/a-guide-how-to-prepare-your-home-for-coronavirus
How long before a vaccine will be available for COVID-19?
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases hopes to have a Phase 1 trial starting within the next three months, barring any unforeseen obstacles. However, Dr. Fauci warns that after initial trials it still takes time to for testing to make sure a vaccine is safe and effective. In a best-case scenario, Dr. Fauci predicts a vaccine is at least 1 year away from becoming available to the public.
What are some NLM resources I can access for COVID-19?
The following picture is of NLM’s homepage that shows you more health and medical information about COVID-19, take a look https://www.nlm.nih.gov/.
We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2020–2021! CFAs have also been issued for NNLM PSR Outreach Mini-Awards and Professional Development Awards. Funding opportunities for All of Us awards will be announced in April. Complete details for the awards, including the number available, maximum funding amount, potential projects, and application instructions for the new online applications accessed on and submitted through the website, are available on the NNLM PSR web site. Proposals submitted by Friday, April 10 will receive priority consideration.
After April 10, applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, until all award funds are allocated. All NNLM PSR Network members are eligible to apply for any of the awards. Project activities and professional development events must be conducted between May 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021. No extensions beyond 4/30/21 will be possible since this is the last year of the current five-year NNLM funding cycle. Funding will be distributed on a cost-reimbursement basis. Award recipients are required to submit activity reports, professional development evaluation reports, and final project reports, as applicable. Upon completion of projects or events, all award recipients are expected to submit an article for the NNLM PSR Latitudes newsletter blog, with highlights of the experiences and lessons learned.
Express Outreach Awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, and minority health practitioners. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support smaller projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming or one-day events such as health fairs. Both awards have the ultimate goal of promoting knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for healthcare providers and consumers. Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to improve skills by attending professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines.
To find out about further award details, new online application procedures, and hear highlights of previously awarded projects, please register to join us for an informational funding webinar on March 11 at 1:00 PM PDT! Also available is the NNLM PSR Funding Guide, designed to answer questions about the entire award process, from application to final reporting. And remember that RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. We look forward to seeing your proposals!
The following information was sent by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).
Please continue to refer to the National Library of Medicine for updates on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
For Continuity of Operations planning, businesses and libraries may want to review these resources:
- On February 12, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- If you complete the freely available NLM online course In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning you will end up with a fully developed one-page plan.
In addition, the Federal Depository Library Program has scheduled a free webinar, “Pandemic! NLM Resources for Librarians to Assist Researchers and the Public in Understanding the Coronavirus and Influenza”, on March 25 at 11:00 a.m. PT. The session will be recorded.
NNLM PNR will continue to post information and resources about the coronavirus in the Dragonfly blog as information becomes available.
“The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which used to be called the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is a new type of coronavirus. It causes respiratory illness in people. It was first identified in Wuhan, China.
COVID-19 can spread from person to person. This usually happens through respiratory droplets – when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes, and you breathe it in. Most often, you need to be close to the person (within 6 feet) for it to spread this way. It might be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes. But this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. ” MedlinePlusOnline Resources
Coronavirus Testing from MedlinePlus
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) summary from The National Library of Medicine. NLM is operated by the United States federal government, is the world’s largest medical library.
Cornaviruses including COVID-19 from the National Institute on Allergies and Infectious Diseases. NIAID conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. NIAID is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NIH – Coronavirus The national Institutes of Health’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary page. An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world.
CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), national public health institute of the United States.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary The situation summary page regarding COVID-19, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC – Guidance for Employers Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronavirus Health topic page from the World Health Organization (WHO), an agency of the United Nations that focuses on world public health.
NAACHO – Directory of Local Health Departments National Association of County Health Officials
- The New York Times – Coronavirus News Updates Live news updates from The New York Times. University of Iowa affiliates can get free online access without monthly page view limits: Register at accessnyt.com
- CNN – Coronavirus News Updates Live updates from CNN
- Al Jazeera – Coronavirus Coronavirus outbreak news from Al Jazeera English.
- BBC News – Health News British Broadcasting Company’s (BBC) Health news page.
- The Washington Post Coronavirus outbreak news
Maps & Visualizations
- Interactive Map – Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time. From Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.
The National Network of Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects.
The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM SEA.
- Visit the SEA Funding Opportunities page for details on all available project awards.
- Period of Performance: May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021
- Application Due Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:59 PM ET
- New This Year! Applications are only accepted via the NNLM Online Applications System. Please allow extra time to familiarize yourself with the new system requirements and watch a brief video tutorial about submitting an application.
- Your NNLM Account MUST be tied to the correct Institutional Organization in order to apply for a project award.
- Recommended Webinar: Applying for NNLM SEA Funds (March 9, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET) – Learn the New Application Process and have your questions answered!
- Academic Institutions: Please consult with your Sponsored Programs Office prior to applying for any project award. If your Sponsored Programs Office insists on submitting an application, they must create an NNLM Account prior to the submission deadline.
Eligibility: Network member organizations in the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (AL, DC, GA, FL, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV, and the USVI) are eligible to apply. Membership is free and open to libraries of all type, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments, and other organizations that provide or distribute health information.
Awards to NNLM SEA member organizations help advance the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan and help the NNLM achieve two National Network Performance Measures:
- Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of the NNLM.
- Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.
Visit the SEA Funding Opportunities page for details on all available project awards. All award proposals are accepted via an online form linked from the award description. Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2021. For 2020-2021, the project award categories include:
- Professional Development: To enable individuals at SEA Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers. Amount: Up to $1,500
- Exhibitor Award: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, NNLM programs or SEA member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit. Amount: Up to $2000
- Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources; or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges, and universities. Amount: Up to $15,000
- Express Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources; or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges, and universities. Amount: Up to $5,000
- Medical Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of health sciences/medical librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems. Amount: Up to $15,000
- Express Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems. Amount: Up to $5,000
- Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software. Amount: Up to $15,000
- Express Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software. Amount: Up to $5,000
- Research Data Management Project Award: To provide support for projects that strengthen and promote the library’s involvement in biomedical discovery and data-powered health. Amount: $19,000
NNLM SEA staff are available for consultation and training on applicable NLM resources and potential projects. Someone will respond within three business days.
NNLM PSR Exhibit Presence at the University of Arizona Annual Connect2STEM Event in Phoenix Makes an Impact!
Note: Nora Franco and Naomi Bishop collaborated on the following post.
Nora Franco, Consumer Health Librarian, and Kelli Ham, Community Engagement Librarian for NNLM PSR, both attended the 5th annual Connect2STEM event at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. The event is officially the largest STEM-related event held in downtown Phoenix on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The scope and scale of the event allowed Nora and Kelli to provide outreach in several of PSR’s program areas, including consumer health, citizen science, and the All of Us Research Program.
Consumer Health Outreach
Nora staffed an exhibit table for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library with Librarian Naomi Bishop and intern Kelley Howard. Naomi and Kelley designed a quiz to promote health literacy skills and a very popular zine-making station to engage with the families and exhibit visitors. The event provided the community with opportunities to interact with simulated medical environments such as hospitals and surgical centers, as well as witness live dissections on cow eyeballs and hearts! Many families had elementary age children, but there were activities for all ages, including infants, toddlers, and teens. One grandparent who filled out a comment card at the end of the day stated:
“It was great that the different exhibits appealed to all ages. My grandkids were 5 years, 7 years and 9 years, and it was appropriate for all. The teaching demonstrations were out of this world. Everything was well thought out and the demonstrators did an excellent job explaining things.”
Exhibit visitors learned about MedlinePlus and the use of consumer health information, and the event was a great opportunity for the community to learn about health sciences librarianship. Many of the teens and young adults were very interested in the sciences or research but not necessarily set on becoming a healthcare professional. When presented with the idea of becoming a health sciences librarian working with researchers and health information, their eyes lit up! Overall, the Connect2STEM was a unique opportunity to engage youth of all ages and let them experience the wonders of STEM hands-on, encouraging them to one day pursue a degree or occupation in one of the related fields.
Citizen Science and the NIH All of Us Research Program
Connect2STEM was the perfect opportunity to introduce the concept of citizen science and how lay people without a science background can participate in meaningful research. Arizona State University librarian Dan Stanton joined Kelli at the booth to showcase citizen science kits and to highlight several health-related projects on SciStarter for Citizen Science Month in April. Exhibit visitors were excited about the projects and to learn that many of the kits are available for check out at several public libraries in the greater Phoenix area.
In addition to citizen science materials, Kelli provided information about precision medicine, All of Us, Genetics Home Reference, and MedlinePlus. The exhibit was situated next to the All of Us Arizona table, providing the opportunity to reinforce related concepts and distribute informational handouts and brochures. Visitors were intrigued and interested in contributing to research, healthy communities, and learning more about their own health.
The Connect2STEM event was a highly successful outreach event. Traffic to the two separate booths was non-stop the entire day, reaching at least 250 visitors. Many thanks to our network member librarians Naomi Bishop and Dan Stanton in helping us achieve our outreach goals!
Announcing the NNLM Human Genetics Film Kit! Through our partnership with the NIH All of Us Research program, we are providing free film kits to up to 250 public libraries across the United States. Because we know how difficult programming and resources for providing health information can be in small and rural libraries with limited budget and personnel, Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) members receive first consideration.
The Human Genetics Film Kit comes with four films, discussion guides, and customizable marketing materials. Applications are open until March 16. Selected public libraries can expect to receive their kits by April 30, 2020.
Learn more about the NNLM Human Genetics Film Kit at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/funding/human-genetics-film-kits
Apply to receive a film kit at https://nnlm.gov/ZNv
University of Utah Summer Teacher Institute applications NOW OPEN: The University of Utah announced its next Summer Teacher Institute “Health and Science for All” on their website Teach.Genetics. Utah will be hosting a 6 ½ day workshop this summer for Elementary teachers, Middle and High School life science and health teachers to develop engaging ways to communicate with the public about important science and health topics related to the All of Us Research Program and to support program goals. Please refer to their website for more information and feel free to share the link with any eligible K-12 teachers in your local communities.
The National Library of Medicine’s DOCLINE Team has announced revised DOCLINE Eligibility Guidelines and Library Responsibilities. The most significant change is the number of journals required to join DOCLINE which has been reduced to ten, enabling more libraries to participate.
NLM’s DOCLINE Team has announced revised DOCLINE Eligibility Guidelines and Library Responsibilities. The most significant change is the number of journals required to join DOCLINE, which has been reduced from twenty-five to ten, enabling more libraries to participate.