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Upcoming Beyond the SEA Webinar: Improving Your Spreadsheets Using Art Principles

SEA News - Thu, 2019-07-18 14:20

Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Presenter: Jonah Calinawan, an accountant turned artist. Jonah holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Description: One day at work, Jonah realized he was composing his spreadsheets as if they were photographs. That moment was a springboard for Jonah’s signature presentation on Improving Spreadsheets Using Art Principles.

In this webinar, Jonah will share simple ideas and guidelines for presenting and formatting spreadsheets (and Tableau dashboards) for maximum impact and understandability. To make this presentation as tailored as possible to your needs, Jonah is looking for examples that he could use during the webinar. If you are willing, please send a redacted spreadsheet or Tableau dashboard snapshot that you normally would circulate to your users and audiences to jonahcalinawan@gmail.com.

Registration: Registration is free and can be accessed through the NNLM class instance.

For additional information, please contact Kiri Burcat.

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Langlois Village Healthy Initiative

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-07-18 09:00

Today’s guest post is from Karen Schaefer, Director of Langlois Public Library in Oregon.  Langlois Public Library became a network member a little over a year ago when Karen learned about NNLM and began attending our classes. Her library applied for the Technology & Community award.  In this post, Karen shares how the library used the funding to start a health station and update its health collection.

What does a small town librarian do for fun?  She writes a cool grant (and gets it) to start a health station and update the health collection of the public library.  I first started working with the Pacific Northwest Region of NNLM, after I answered an announcement from my State Library. It was regarding a national program between public libraries and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. They were looking for librarians to apply for an opportunity to bring health in to your library. I was accepted into the program and a year later wrote this grant for my library.

The library is in a small town (village really), and tends to have a higher number of older people coming in (just don’t tell them they are ‘older’). Now, I don’t know if you know when this happened, if it did to you too, but it happened overnight to me. Bam, it was the day after my 40th birthday, no kidding. The previous night I could read the menu just fine, ordering my birthday dinner and all. The next morning I couldn’t have seen the items on a menu if you were holding it from the table next to me. Then I got it – reading glasses are your new best friend!

The new Health Station is a best friend to our patrons who need a boost from the regular equipment in our 4 public computers.  Yes, I said 4 – we are very small. The health station is located in a nice quiet corner, nestled actually IN the “Health” section of the collection.  An over-sized monitor with special lighting and an ergonomically designed keyboard with large print keys, also with special lighting that comes up from the bottom – what more could you ask for – except a special mouse for those people with stiff, sore, or any kind of hands that need an easier mouse to hold on to.

Our 4 public computers already have MedlinePlus on them, but this computer has additional links of some of the more popular health sites like USDA and NIH, with its 27 different health sites and centers affiliated with it. Once I went through even the ‘beginner’ health and library classes, I quickly realized if my patrons were getting all of their health info from the internet, I wanted the information to also be as accurate as possible.  Then the collection was next. I had already learned from one of my class assignments, that I had a very outdated health section.  I remember saying to my web-mates and the instructor, that it was “pathetic”.  I had already been the director for 4 years and the only health items I had added to the collection were about Lyme Disease. I had several patrons with it and I wanted them to have books and DVDs they could bring home. But what about diabetes, cancer, eating disorders, or stress disorders like panic attacks and depression!?

They are all available now, as well as board games, cards, and kits. The USDA has a program called choosemyplate.gov. Now the library has a kit and game to teach good healthy eating to children and their caregivers. Do you want to learn how to talk with your teenager better – about ‘their’ issues – checkout some of the junior and young adult books. Do you want to know how to deal with your own health issue – for me it is stress induced emotional eating right now. I went beyond the usual scary suspects  – cancer, heart, diabetes, lung disease, and Alzheimer’s and I took it further than just physical – to emotional, family, and community health. All of these are important to a healthier you and a healthier community.

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Check out the new Health Programming for Summer Reading Kit

MCR News - Wed, 2019-07-17 15:37

Library staff can obtain a free and ready-to-use program kit focused on health topics for their summer reading program on this year’s theme A Universe of Stories. The Summer Health Reading Program engages children to explore literacy through fun and interactive science-based activities.

The program kit includes helpful guides, activity plans, promotional materials, and health information resources your library can use to have a successful summer reading in your community.

You can access the kit and resources at nnlm.gov or by clicking on the links below.

 

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on national health observances like National Senior Health & Fitness Day or Americans with Disabilities Act Day. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances#toc-3 or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

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The NNLM Library Program Kit on Americans with Disabilities Act is Now Available

MCR News - Wed, 2019-07-17 15:32

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering a free ready-to-use program kit for libraries in observance of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day on July 26th. The program kit includes helpful guides, activities, promotional materials, and health information resources your library can use to bring awareness on the importance of the ADA in your community.

You can access the kit and resources at nnlm.gov or by clicking on the links below.

 

The materials are part of NNLM’s campaign to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on the national health observances. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach. If you would like to be informed on upcoming health observances, go to https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/national-health-observances#toc-3 or sign up for our CEN newsletter for monthly updates.

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MCR Webinar Tomorrow – July 17th – Register Now

MCR News - Tue, 2019-07-16 17:52
Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers : A MidContinental Region Webinar

Wednesday, July 17 | 2 MT/ 3 CT
Registration

Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education.

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Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information

MCR News - Tue, 2019-07-16 17:49

Webjunction webinar

14 August 2019 | 1 MT/2 CT

Information and Registration

Wikipedia is a go-to resource for health and medical information, not just for the general public but for health care providers as well. Over 50% of physicians, and 94% of medical students use Wikipedia to find medical information on the internet.* It may be popular but library staff want to know how reliable it is and how to assess quality on behalf of their patrons.

Join the webinar to learn about WikiProject Medicine, an organization of volunteers dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting accurate medical information on Wikipedia, and how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports strengthening the ability of public libraries nationwide to find reliable and authoritative medical and health information online for information seekers. Learn about the upcoming online course Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information that will empower you to confidently guide your patrons to reliable resources on the internet. The free four-week course will be offered in the fall of 2019.

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MCR Class: Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

MCR News - Tue, 2019-07-16 17:40

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Aug 12, 2019 to Sep 9, 2019

Registration

This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization  continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. 4 CE credits.

 

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DOCLINE reminders

MCR News - Tue, 2019-07-16 17:15

Reminders about some upcoming changes as DOCLINE finishes its transition to the new platform:

  • ‘old’ DOCLINE (5.2) is retiring on 7/31/19
  • ‘new’ DOCLINE (6.0) URL (currently https://newdocline.docline.gov) reverting to https://DOCLINE.gov planned for 8/12/19
  • Users are urged to download or otherwise save DOCLINE 5.2 Request Reports for future reference.
  • The only request data available after 7/31 will be in DOCLINE 6 for requests placed after 3/1/19.

For more information:

DOCLINE Update || Old DOCLINE (5.2) final reports posted

Final Reports Posted to Legacy DOCLINE

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Funding Awarded to the University of Iowa’s Gathering Welcome Project

GMR News - Tue, 2019-07-16 16:04

The GMR office is excited to announce funding for the Gathering Welcome: Creating a Curriculum to Teach Health Literacy to Immigrant and Refugee Women via our Health Information Outreach award.

Project:

Description:  The result of this project will be a cohesive, vetted curriculum designed to improve the health literacy and health information access and outcomes of refugee women living in Johnson and Linn counties in Iowa. This project will develop a formal curriculum in collaboration with the College of Education, the Obermann Center Public Engagement Working Group, and the School of Public Health.  The new curriculum will be tested through delivery to the target population by SLIS students, encouraging them to understand the challenges of meeting the needs of traditionally underserved individuals and promoting the NLM’s consumer health information resources.  This project is meant to create replicable programming for other community organizations and has the additional benefit of engaging SLIS students with traditionally underserved communities using NLM resources.

Objectives:  The primary goals of this project are to 1) increase knowledge regarding the health information needs and health literacy of refugee women. This will result in public health, information, and resettlement organizations being better equipped to address the gaps in displaced women’s abilities to access health information for themselves and their families.  2) Develop an effectual program to improve the health literacy of refugee women so that they will be better equipped to seek health information and, ultimately, care in the US. 3) Promote health librarianship, working with traditionally underserved populations, and NLM community health information resources to SLIS students. 4) Disseminate the project findings and resultant initiative to library science schools and community organizations so that they will be able to implement this programming in their communities.

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Discovering Rutland County Libraries through #VTPassport

NER News - Tue, 2019-07-16 10:48
Someone holding a passbook.

#VTPassport program, Summer 2019

This June, I took a drive up to Vermont to set the groundwork for this year’s Focused Outreach work. NNLM NER is looking for ways to support health information dissemination in Rutland County. My first appointment was to speak with Jason Broughton, Vermont State Librarian. I was curious to hear his impressions of the health information needs of Rutland County. NNLM NER is funding the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) to support Vermont public libraries in addressing health literacy issues. I proposed that NNLM NER might work with library staff at Rutland Regional Medical Center and Castleton University to support nursing scholarship and research. Jason was enthusiastic about that idea, and introduced me to Vincent Livoti, Consultant for Special Populations at VTLIB. Vincent works to reach those who are underserved and underrepresented.

Jason talked to me about the lack of state funding for public libraries, as well as the struggle to fund continuing education for public library staff. We talked about the shifting demographics of Vermont and the resulting tensions among Vermonters. He told me about a joint program with the Vermont Historical Society. From July-September, public libraries will host community conversations with Paul Searls, author of Repeopling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century.

Following Searls’s presentation, attendees will be invited to share their own perspectives on their communities. How can we use the lessons of history to frame our planning going forward? What is important to preserve, and when is it important to move forward? How can we balance different interests and create a Vermont that works for everyone?~Vermont Historical Society

On my way out, I grabbed an orange Vermont Passport to join in this fun summer program designed by the Vermont Library Association. Vermont residents are encouraged to visit public, school and academic libraries to get stamped. At the end of the summer, participants bring passports into their home libraries to have stamps counted. Staff sends this information to the Passport Committee, and participants are eligible for a prize.

As a librarian who visits libraries whenever I travel, I love this idea!

I decided to focus on Rutland County libraries. My first stop was Sherburne Memorial Library in Killington. Director Jane Ramos recently returned from presenting at ALA on the Vermont Fairy Tale Festival.

Next up: Rutland Free Library, featured in this news article to raise awareness of the #VTPassport program.

Outside of clapboard building with red mailbox labeled book drop.

Bailey Memorial Library, North Clarendon VT

I had an afternoon appointment at the Rutland Regional Medical Center, but I had just enough time to stop into Bailey Memorial Library in North Clarendon (photo). Library Director Barbara Smith was very gracious, and interested to hear about the work NNLM NER is doing with Vermont libraries.

The next day, I drove up to visit two hospital libraries in northern Vermont (more on that in a future blog post). On my return to Rutland County, I stopped into the Roger Clark Memorial Library in Pittsfield. My visit was captured for their Facebook page.

From Pittsfield, I took a ride up to Chittenden Free Library. At first, I could not get into the library. I thought the door was locked. I double-checked the operating hours as many rural libraries have minimal hours. I gave the sticky door another try, and it opened. I got in to have my passbook stamped.

I drove down to Proctor Free Library for my last stop of the day. I discovered a lovely library nearby a marble bridge crossing Otter Creek.

During my last day in Rutland County, I headed to the Fair Haven Free Library. This was one of the few libraries that open at 8:30am, and is the only Carnegie library in Rutland County.

I got my last #VTPassport stamp at Castleton Free Library. Castleton is home to Vermont’s first institution of higher education. I look forward to work with librarians at Castleton University, Rutland Regional Medical Center and Vermont Department of Libraries in the coming months.

 

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PNW Rocks the Library are Partners in Health Seminar in Bethesda, MD

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-07-15 21:00
group photo of librarians from PNR who attended the Seminar

Attending the Libraries are Partners in Health seminar were: (in photo from left to right, back to front: Michele Spatz, NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator; Katja Wolfe, MPH, Assistant Director, Soldotna Public Library, Soldotna, AK; Sara Cobb, Wellness Director, Nampa Public Library, Nampa, ID; Kathy Robins, Systems Administrator, Billings Public Library, Billings, MT; Amy Hille, Assistant Librarian, East Adams Library District, Ritzville, WA; Cheryl Martin, Library Services Specialist, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, WA; and Toan Lam-Sullivan, Chinese Regional Librarian, Holgate, Midland and Woodstock Libraries, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR.

Six librarians from the Pacific Northwest attended the recent Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The NNLM Pacific Northwest Region had broad representation at the seminar with at least one public library partner from each of the five states it serves.

During the seminar, information was shared on NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program as well as the NNLM Community Engagement Center, its goals and the support it provides to public libraries. A regional sharing session among PNR participants ensued where each individual shared their library’s current approach to providing health information services and programs to their community along with their future hopes and goals for doing so. It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, information and resources in support of each other’s efforts. While on campus, participants enjoyed a quick tour of the National Library of Medicine.

An afternoon session was held in which program-in-a-box ideas in support of a National Health Observance (NHO) were brainstormed. Participants chose the NHO they wanted to focus on and, in doing so, had an opportunity to interact with library staff from across the United States. The NNLM Community Engagement Center plans to build out the program-in-a-box ideas shared at the seminar so interested library staff can offer them to their communities.

To keep current on the NNLM Community Engagement happenings, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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Midwest Data Librarian Symposium Call for Proposals

GMR News - Mon, 2019-07-15 14:54

Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) invites session proposals for its 5th symposium taking place at University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL) on September 30 – October 1, 2019.

MDLS is a low-cost, 2-day, hands-on, unconference style event for Midwesterners who support research data management and research data services (RDS) at their institutions. The greater data community, not limited to data librarians, is invited to present interactive sessions at this year’s event. Presenters from all disciplines and regions are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due on July 31, 2019.

Full details and the application form can be found on the MDLS website.

Questions?  Contact us at mwdatalibsym@gmail.com

Follow us on Twitter: @MW_DataLibSym

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Desperately Seeking News: Hurricane Barry

SEA News - Mon, 2019-07-15 07:52

Parts of the Southeast have been impacted by floods and wind as a result of Hurricane Barry however, it is impossible for us to know which of our network members have suffered loss or damage based upon news reports. If you, your library, or your organization have experienced ill effects from the storm, please share your story in the comments.  Alternatively, we also want to hear good news. Let us know; we want to hear from you!

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Think Before You Ink

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-07-15 07:43

tattoo being createdJuly 17 is National Tattoo Day which celebrates the rich history of tattoos as well as the artists. Tattoos which were once more commonly associated with sailors and rock stars but rarely found among physicians and teachers. Now days, it is rarer to find someone who doesn’t sport a tattoo or who hasn’t considered getting one. According to a 2015 Harris Poll, about 3 of 10 people have a tattoo and those that do usually have more than one.

Tattoos can be a form of self-expression, cultural reasons, a way to preserve a memory or experience, while others may do it on a dare. No matter the reason, some thought should go into the decision. Facts to consider include the reason why, long term factors, but also health considerations.

No matter how you feel about tattoos, they do involve health risks such as:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Keloids, a type of scar that forms during healing
  • Infections, such as hepatitis

The FDA provides 7 questions to consider to decide if tattoos are right for  you:

  1. Should I be concerned about non-sterile needles or the ink itself?
  2. What does the FDA know about inks?
  3. What about do-it-yourself tattoo inks and kits?
  4. What kinds of reactions have been seen with tattoos?
  5. If I get a tattoo and develop an infection or other reaction, what should I do?
  6. What about later on? Could other problems occur?
  7. What’s the bottom line?

Check the FDA web page for answers to those questions but also know that MedlinePlus provides information from a number of authoritative resources to consider regarding the health and safety of tattooing before heading to the parlor.

In addition, learn more about the history of tattoos from the Smithsonian Institute.

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Twinsburg Public Library Receives NNLM Public Library Partnership Award

GMR News - Sun, 2019-07-14 16:00

Map location Twinsburg OhioTwinsburg Public Library is located in northeast Ohio, between Akron and Cleveland. It’s famous for its annual Twins Days Festival held in August. Because of its commitment for providing information and education to the community, the Library is using its award to host three speaker programs in August to raise awareness of health issues impacting Twinsburg: addiction, online behavior, and vaccinations.

Supporting evidence from the proposal indicates that Summit County schools fall short of the 80% vaccination rate. Vaccine hesitancy, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles, for example, has seen a 30% increase globally.

More than half of persons who took a survey at Twinsburg Public Library revealed that they either use a substance or know a family member who does. The library recommends a public education program raising awareness of addiction.

A recent incident brought awareness for Internet Safety training. The library will invite Elizabeth L. Jeglic Ph.D., author of “Protecting your Child from Sexual Abuse” and provide copies of her book as well as copies of a children’s book titled, “Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web,” which will help give parents the tools to discuss abuse and online predators with smaller children.

MedlinePlus and All of Us information will be shared at each program so that the community will become knowledgable of trustworthy, accurate health information.

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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Dementia Outreach, an NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award

GMR News - Sun, 2019-07-14 14:07

The Greater Midwest Region is pleased to offer one of four All of Us Public Library Partnership Program Awards to Jim DiDonato, Director of Round Lake Area Public Library and Christine Damon, Gerontology/Adult Educator. They will expand upon Tales and Travels, a program that NNLM funded in 2015-2016 and received a 2017 Library of Congress Best Practices Honoree.

Tales and Travel is designed to use library materials to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s Disease. In a comfortable setting, librarians and volunteers lead the group as they read a travel story, browse through picture books, and converse about a chosen country or region of the United States.

“Stigma about dementia often keeps people from seeking diagnosis and treatment; it also precipitates withdrawal from favorite activities and places due to a lack of acceptance. The public library can help to counteract this stigma while increasing community participation by assisting the public to learn more about dementia and by welcoming this group of too-often forgotten people into their facilities,” Jim DiDonato explained.

Library staff and trustees will benefit from training about the disease and about supportive strategies for interacting with people living with dementia. The program includes an introduction to National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and a dementia awareness curriculum that includes definition and characteristics of dementia as well as an introduction to general communication, library-specific, and environmental strategies that support people with dementia and their care partners. In-person curriculum-based training will be delivered at public libraries in northeastern Illinois, southern Illinois, and southeastern Wisconsin. Evidence shows that in these states, the number of adults over 65 years of age will see increasing rates of  Alzheimer’s:

  • Illinois – 220,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 260,000
  • Wisconsin – 110,000 in 2018 with an expected increase of 18.2% by 2025 to 130,000

Higher numbers of dementia are seen among certain ethnic populations, notably African Americans and Latinos. The Round Lake Area Library serves a large Latino population (38.9%). Culturally humble dementia education and support are especially relevant for engagement and understanding.

Because Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect a diverse, substantial, and growing population, the project’s focus on dementia also presents an opportunity for increased public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program to advance medicine and improve treatment and care for all of us. All training and partnering libraries will share information about the research program.

Public libraries taking part in the Dementia & All of Us Research Awareness Program include:

Round Lake Area Public Library (IL), Antioch Public Library District (IL) Fremont Public Library (IL), Warren-Newport Public Library (IL), Whitefish Bay Public Library (WI), Dwight Foster Public Library (WI), Muskego Public Library (WI), Bridges Library System (WI)

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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NNLM Public Library Partnership Award Supports Health Information Toolkits

GMR News - Sun, 2019-07-14 12:52

Stephanie Swanberg photoStephanie Swanberg, Assistant Professor and Information Literacy and eLearning Librarian for the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine received one of four NNLM Public Library Partnership awards. With her award, the OUWB Medical Library was able to take on a medical student as an intern for the first time.

She said, “This is the perfect time for OUWB to host summer internships as our M1 students have made it through their first year and have the foundational knowledge and skills to now apply to their internship work,” Swanberg said.

Emily Yuen, M2, helped develop a set of ready-made health education toolkits to be used by the Auburn Hills Public Library as part of its programming in 2019-2020.

“As a future pediatrician, Emily enthusiastically delved into developing two toolkits on bone health and the heart for kids and was so excited to learn about how libraries and health professionals can work together to promote healthy lifestyles and health literacy,” Swanberg said.

Swanberg said Yuen’s previous experience, knowledge, work ethic, and outgoing personality made her the ideal intern.

“This truly was a collaborative internship where Emily worked with experts from many different areas of OUWB and the community: the medical library, the public library, medical school faculty, and medical education staff,” Swanberg said.

OUWB Summer Internships Benefit Students, Community Alike

The NNLM All of Us Public Library Partnership Award allows for the development of projects and programs that increase access to and capacity to use National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other authoritative health information resources to enable individuals to make informed decisions about their health. Each award recipient receives up to $20,000.

The award also supports the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) mission to increase public and participant awareness and understanding of the NIH All of Us Research Program using approved health literacy topics, programs, and materials in support of public libraries providing outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research (UBR) criteria as defined by the NIH All of Us Research Program.

Learn more about JoinAllofUs.org

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OSU Health Sciences Library Hosts the Journey

GMR News - Sun, 2019-07-14 11:10

The OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) hosted the NIH All of Us Research Program Mobile Education and Engagement Exhibit at the Wexner Medical Center plaza in June. During the two-day event, more than 200 persons learned about precision medicine through activities and information. The Wexner Medical Center also served as an enrollment center, one of the first health science libraries to participate in this role.OSU Wexner Medical Center hosting Journey June 11 & 12 text

The All of Us Research Program aims to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs through data provided by 1 million or more volunteer participants. The program is open to any person living in the United States. Unlike a single research study focused on a specific disease or community, the All of Us Research Program will be a resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide range of health conditions. This information will help researchers learn more about different diseases and treatments, and participants will learn more about their health status and receive important information to share with their family members.

As a recipient of the All of Us Community Engagement Network Ambassador Program Award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Lynda Hartel, Judith Wiener, and Missy Creed support the library’s outreach activities with community partners to promote education on the topic of precision medicine, and Ohio’s identified community health priorities which include chronic and infectious disease, mental health and addictions, and obesity.

Journey on OSU Medical Campus “The OSU Health Sciences Library is uniquely situated to be involved in the All of Us initiative,” said Lynda Hartel, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences and Library Director. “We are surrounded by remarkable researchers who will access this data to conduct studies and we want to contribute to this effort. By teaming up with librarians from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, we can make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to improve their own health while helping to make medical history.”

Look for more stories of their community outreach work throughout the year.

To learn more about the All of Us Research Program, please visit JoinAllofUs.org.

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Get Ready: Tropical Storm Barry Set to Hit Northern Gulf Coast Saturday Morning

SEA News - Fri, 2019-07-12 13:55

Tropical Storm Barry is intensifying and is expected to make landfall Saturday as a hurricane along the northern Gulf Coast, spreading widespread torrential rain up the lower Mississippi Valley, leading to major river flooding and flash flooding in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, along with storm-surge flooding and strong winds.

According to Weather.com:

  • Tropical Storm Barry will move ashore along the northern Gulf Coast Saturday morning.
  • A major threat of rainfall flooding is in play over the northern Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley.
  • New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are among the cities in a high risk for flooding rainfall.
  • Hurricane, tropical storm and storm-surge warnings have been issued for the northern Gulf Coast.
  • Storm-surge flooding will also add to the water worries, particularly along and east of Barry’s track.
  • Power outages are likely in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.

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.

Disaster Information Management Research Center

 MedlinePlus

HealthCare Ready Rx Open is activated for LA and MS for this storm. Rx Open helps patients find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disasters.

Federal Agency Resources

Social Media

Social Media Hashtags

  • #StormBarry
  • #TropicalStormBarry

Although we are not sure what the full impact of this hurricane will have in our region, please reach out to the NNLM SEA and NDCO if we can be of assistance. We will continue to update this article with more information as the hurricane progresses to the gulf coast. Please keep us up-to-date regarding the status of your library/institution but more importantly let us know you are safe and well.

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