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Fur-get the Stress

NER News - Tue, 2019-11-26 08:58

The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has started a program called “Fur-get the stress”. There are games, coloring, museum passes, and other activities, but the main highlight is a therapy dog that comes in every other week. Finn (short for Finnegan) is the dog that visits the library. He is a 2 ½ year old labradoodle (a lab, poodle mix). The students and the staff love him.

Student gather around therapy dogLots of schools have started trying to find ways to increase student wellness. This seems especially important in high pressure, intense places like medical school. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that approximately 50% of students experienced burnout, a state defined by emotional exhaustion associated with work-related stress, feelings of detachment toward patients, and a low sense of personal accomplishment. The American Medical Association published the article Medical school burnout: How to take care of yourself which talks about the reasons for and strategies to overcome the immense pressure and burnout that occurs. One place that many schools and students have not looked for relief is from the library. But many libraries are now putting on programming and advocating for student wellness.

At the Columbia University Medical Center, a weekly visit from a dog can bring 20-100 students, most who “end the encounter feeling lighter, happier, and more relaxed.” The library at Harvard Medical School has regularly brought in therapy dogs for many years and continues to grow its program in response to demand. The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library on the Medical Campus of Yale University found the library had “the opportunity to reinvent itself not only as a place to study and socialize but also a place that provides opportunities for relaxation and stress reduction through opportunities such as a therapy dog program.”

There is a growing body of research literature that has been produced that supports the use of therapy animals in the treatment of a number of conditions. There is the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) term of Animal Assisted Therapy. A search of articles with with Animal Assisted Therapy as a MeSH term brings up 538 results. MedlinePlus directs searchers to a resource from the Mayo Clinic about the use and benefits of Pet Therapy. A February 2018 article from the NIH News in Health titled The Power of Pets details the health benefits of Human-Animal Interactions.

Ultimately, the way libraries are interacting with students is changing. The library has always been a safe place that provided students with information and services that they needed. With the changing nature of what students need, it is a good time for libraries to re-evaluate what types of information and services can be provided. It might be wellness activities, help with research and projects, or just a quiet place to escape or study. Libraries will continue to play an important role in student’s lives.

A version of this blog post was originally posted on NNLM NER Associate Director Martha Meacham’s blog, here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

MCR News - Mon, 2019-11-25 20:51

The NNLM MidContental Region offices will closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

NLM will be closed on Thursday.

We wish you all a very happy holiday!

Thanksgiving graphic

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-11-22 12:30

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

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, learn about the BeautiFitstrong Camp for Girls from our Member Spotlight: Audra Anusionwu.

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

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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

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

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

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

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

In the Region – Check out the photos from our 3rd annual planning retreat on Twitter or Instagram! Read about more of our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights

Kickstart the New EFTS Platform: Update – DOCLINE Talkline

NLM/NIH News

How NIH Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Improve Operations – Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, from the online marketplace to the laboratory! When you read an article or shop online, the experience is probably supported by AI. And scientists are applying AI methods to find indications of disease, to design experiments, and to make discovery processes more efficient. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What a Memory Looks Like – Your brain has the capacity to store a lifetime of memories, covering everything from the name of your first pet to your latest computer password. But what does a memory actually look like? – 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 the upcoming retirement of the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal.

The Neighborhood Atlas—Free Social Determinants of Health Data for All! – Developed at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Neighborhood Atlas is a user-friendly, online tool that enables customized ranking and mapping of neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage across the full U.S., including Puerto Rico. – Inside NIA, a Blog for Researchers

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

Request for proposals: Single Cell in the Cloud codeathon at NYGC in JanuaryNCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

December 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2020

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

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

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning. This asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning, why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan, and provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan. This course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and provides four MLA continuing education (CE) credits.

*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

Job Postings:

How the media can help fight the flu – Made by History, The Washington Post

Using Antibiotics Safely in Hospitals: Then, Now, and Beyond – AHRQ Views

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NNLM SEA Digest News – November 22, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-11-22 11:26

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.  

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars December 3 – December 6

Webinars December 10 – December 11

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

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

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

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

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

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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Fall 2019 Now Available Online!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-11-21 16:35

basketball player on a cover of NIH MedlinePlus magazine

The Fall 2019 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is NBA star, Kevin Love, who talks about his experiences with anxiety and the importance of removing stigma surrounding men and mental health. In addition, the issue features articles on stuttering, family medical history, Lewy body dementia and sleep.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. To receive a print version, use the order form to have the magazine delivered to your home or office. It ships four times a year and is free to subscribers.

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NLM Announces First Venues Selected for Exhibitions Connect Initiative!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-11-21 14:43

The National Library of Medicine has announced the first fourteen (14) sites selected as part of Exhibitions Connect, an initiative that encourages host venues to engage with and disseminate NLM health information resources to their communities as part of the experience of hosting NLM banner exhibitions.

Over forty libraries responded to the Call for Requests to feature Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America and use their hosting of this exhibition as an occasion to connect patrons and colleagues with NLM health information resources. A panel of NLM staff reviewed the responses and selected fourteen proposals considered exceptional. Congratulations to the three NNLM PSR sites selected: Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, AZ; California State University, Fullerton, Pollak Library; and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library in Tucson!

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EFTS: Electronic Fund Transfer System Update

SEA News - Thu, 2019-11-21 14:10

The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) is an online billing system for interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions. EFTS collects an ILL charge from a borrowing library, on behalf of the lending library, and pays it to the lender, less a transaction fee.

  • Participating libraries are able to exchange funds for the payment of ILLs instead of creating their own invoices and writing checks to each other.
  • EFTS only processes the financial component of ILL transactions between a borrower and a lender, using ILL transaction information provided to EFTS by the lender.
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE platform is the preferred service to match a lender with a borrower.
  • The fulfillment of the ILL by the lender is managed outside of EFTS and DOCLINE, by the lender.

EFTS is currently operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) and has been since 1996, when UCHC and NLM collaborated to create EFTS.

On May 22, 2019, UCHC informed EFTS users that UCHC would regretfully cease EFTS operations on December 31, 2019, a date later extended to December 31, 2020. This announcement has understandably created major concerns for the many libraries that depend on the EFTS service. Since this announcement, MLA, UCHC, and NLM have collaborated on an MLA solution to launch a new and enhanced EFTS platform. UCHC has agreed to extend the current EFTS operations until MLA’s EFTS platform is operational, to ensure a continuity of service.

MLA has developed the specifications of a new EFTS platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020. Users can pay for the cost of the US $275 Activation Fee from their existing EFTS account at UCHC*.

For information on the new EFTS features, enhancements, and fees, and to request a user agreement, please consult the EFTS information page. To request a user agreement, go to MLANET.

* Payment of the US $275 is due only if MLA proceeds with the actual development. MLA will notify signed up users of its decision, at which time payment of the activation fee will be due.

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National Health Observances

MCR News - Wed, 2019-11-20 19:51

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

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The new PubMed is here!

MCR News - Wed, 2019-11-20 19:49

After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, NLM is ready to start rolling out the new PubMed to users everywhere! The PubMed communications team has released a series of key messages about the new PubMed, which appear below.

Also, today a new banner was posted on the PubMed homepage encouraging users to try the new PubMed. And finally, an NLM Technical Bulletin article has just been published, (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/nd19/nd19_pubmed_new.html) providing more details on what’s new in the new PubMed. This is the start of a “soft launch” which will take place over the following weeks and months during which time NLM will ramp up promotion of the new PubMed. NLM expects the new PubMed to become the default option in the spring of 2020.

Key messages:

  • The new PubMed is available now! Try it!  You can start using the new PubMed today at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/, or by clicking on the banner at www.pubmed.gov.
  • The new PubMed offers a clean, easy-to-use interface, and was designed from the ground up to be mobile-friendly. The new PubMed interface was built using modern web standards, with a responsive layout, making it easier for new users on any type of device to find what they’re looking for.
  • The new PubMed is designed to help you find what you need, fast. The improved Best Match sort order uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to help elevate the most relevant articles to the top of your results list. Improved citation and title sensors are built into the search box, making it even easier to find an article based on known citation information.
  • While it may look different, the new PubMed includes the features you rely on, and gives you access to the same trusted bibliographic data. The new PubMed includes the key features that have long been a part of PubMed, including:
    • customizable filters to help you narrow your search,
    • tools to save and share your search results,
    • an Advanced Search Builder that lets you search for terms in a specific field, see how your search is being translated, and review your search history; and,
    • options to set up e-mail alerts to be notified when new results are available.
  • Starting in spring 2020, all PubMed users will be redirected to the new PubMed. Stay tuned to banner messages on all PubMed pages for more details.
  • The new PubMed will continue to evolve to meet user needs. NLM is committed to continued PubMed development, and will continue adding features and improving the user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future.
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New EFTS Platform

MCR News - Wed, 2019-11-20 19:43

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed specifications of a new Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) platform.  MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

What happens if a minimum of 750 users do not sign up by January 10? EFTS will cease to operate no later than December 31, 2020.

The MidContinental Region has 70 members who use EFTS as their DOCLINE billing system.  If you wish to continue with EFTS, you’ll need to request a user agreement from MLA (one request per DOCLINE Library Identifier or LIBID).  User agreements will be sent to you electronically starting this week.

You can learn more about the new platform features, enhancements, and fees by going to the MLA EFTS web page.

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New Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) Platform Update!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-11-20 18:29

Electronic Fund Transfer System logo with the letters EFTS and the DOCLINE Billing Component underneath it

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020. As of November 20, 2019, nearly 500 libraries have signed up to receive a user agreement.

EFTS is an online billing system for interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions that collects an ILL charge from a borrowing library, on behalf of the lending library, and pays it to the lender, less a transaction fee.

  • Participating libraries are able to exchange funds for the payment of ILLs instead of creating their own invoices and writing checks to each other.
  • EFTS only processes the financial component of ILL transactions between a borrower and a lender, using ILL transaction information provided to EFTS by the lender.
  • The National Library of Medicine DOCLINE platform is the preferred service to match a lender with a borrower.
  • The fulfillment of the ILL is managed outside of EFTS and DOCLINE by the lender.

EFTS has been operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) since 1996, when UCHC and NLM collaborated to create it. In May, 2019, UCHC informed EFTS users that UCHC would cease EFTS operations on December 31, 2019, later extended to December 31, 2020. This announcement has understandably created major concerns for the many libraries that depend on the EFTS service. Since this announcement, MLA, UCHC, and NLM have collaborated on an MLA solution to launch a new and enhanced EFTS platform. UCHC has agreed to extend the current EFTS operations until MLA’s EFTS platform is operational to ensure a continuity of service.

For information on the new EFTS features, enhancements, and fees, and to request a user agreement, please consult the EFTS information page. MLA has also collected answers to questions current EFTS users and potential participants may have:

  • MLA will send out the user agreement to the list of libraries who requested a user agreement, once it has been completed and vetted by several libraries.
  • All libraries that want to use the new EFTS need to sign up, with one agreement per DOCLINE LIBID (Library Identification).
  • There is no automatic sign up of libraries in a consortium (each library needs to sign up individually).
  • If you replied to UHCH’s May 2019 survey regarding your willingness to kickstart a new EFTS platform, you still need to sign up.
  • If you are a current user of EFTS, you will have the option to pay the new registration fee using your current EFTS funds and will have the option to have your funds transferred directly from the current EFTS to the new EFTS.
  • If you are not a current user of EFTS, please join the new EFTS. MLA forecasts to have it active in April 2020.

For more information, contact Kevin Baliozian, MLA executive director.

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A Data Analytics Research Training Fellowship Opportunity …

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2019-11-20 17:47

Image of the DART Fellowship Logo

The DART Fellowship is a cohort training and development program, including a two-day hands-on training at The University of Texas at Arlington followed by 5 online modules, providing a guided pathway for information professionals to acquire data literacy skills using common methodologies applied toward public health efforts. Throughout the program, the cohort will work collaboratively with guiding researchers – professionals currently engaged in the work the participants are learning – in order to complete a component of a research project.

There is no charge for participating in the program; in addition, travel scholarships are included with acceptance for all participants & guides.

You can find more information here: https://library.uta.edu/scholcomm/research-data/dart-fellowship

They will begin accepting applications on December 1st.  Please note though, priority will be given to those candidates that live and work in the South Central Region (SCR) of the USA.  Good luck!!!

Questions or interested in serving as a research guide? Email dataCAVE@uta.edu.

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Common Ground: Community, Courts, Kids, and Education Conference

GMR News - Wed, 2019-11-20 12:48

“I had the privilege of attending the Common Ground: Community, Courts, Kids, and Education conference on November 7, 2019. The speaker for the day was Dr. Leonard Sax, a physician and psychologist focused on issues around child development and parent/child dynamics. He shared many tools with the attendees to help them better connect with the students. However, what I most connected with was learning about some of the research that has been conducted into how children develop and the tools and characteristics that need to be developed within them in order for them to grow into successful and healthy adults. It turns out that self-control is a strong indicator of these positive attributes. It was fascinating, especially when thinking about our current culture and how we seem to be pushing towards faster everything and more instantaneous feedback”.

–Amanda McKay, Effingham Public Library, Director

Conference Crowd

Adam Roloff, with SIU School of Medicine attended to represent and promote the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the Greater Midwest Region. “I was so happy that I could be there! Dr. Sax was a phenomenal speaker and I was telling the library director here about him and she suggested that I should find out his contact information and maybe we could see about getting a grant for him to come and speak here at SIU next year. So I’d call that a success!”

–Adam Roloff

 

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A Librarian Can Address Substance Use Disorder

NER News - Tue, 2019-11-19 09:41

This is conference session for my job at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region. That means I get to attend lots of different conferences and meet and connect with a lot of different people. I was at NAHSL last week, and then I attended the symposium, Communities in Crisis: Libraries Respond to the Opioid Epidemic.

The Communities in Crisis: Libraries Respond to the Opioid Epidemic symposium is aimed at librarians and how they respond to Substance Use Disorder. This is an unfortunate necessity. Mainly public librarians, but other libraries as well, are having to address substance use in their communities and in the library. Patrons, coworkers, their own families – almost everyone has been exposed to or had to deal with someone affected by Substance Use Disorder. There are well over 100 people here at this symposium today, which is enough of a testament to how important this topic is.

From the OCLC’s report Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities, “The United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic, and public libraries across the country are choosing to respond to this public health emergency locally. As central community institutions open to all, public libraries are finding themselves on the front lines of the opioid crisis. Together with community partners, public libraries are providing critically needed information and services, organizing education and training events, and supporting prevention and recovery efforts.”

(Side note on language; the proper terminology is Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Not, drug abuse, or substance misuse, addict, etc. SUD is less stigmatizing and acknowledges that it is a chronic medical condition, rather than a moral failing. Also, while there is a huge focus on the opioid crisis right now, there are many other substances and issues that people may be dealing with.)

I truly wish this was not a topic that libraries had to address. But they do, and libraries are in an important position in the community. My job while attending the symposium is to help librarians have the information tools and resources for their own edification and to share with patrons. I think that given the controversy and misinformation that often surrounds SUD, it is more important than ever to make sure people are getting good, reliable, vetted information. Here are a few of the resources I am promoting:

However, while this symposium is a great opportunity to share information, more significantly, it is an opportunity for so many people come together and support each other. Like I said, there are well over 100 people at the symposium. They are all learning about and starting to break down the stigma surrounding SUD. Unfortunately, people may have to deal with SUD in their work or in their lives, but they now have a whole community to connect with. Librarians love their communities, their patrons, and other librarians. They love to be able to help to make all these groups better. A librarian is not going to be able to solve all the problems facing SUD in libraries, but in some small way librarians can address Substance Use Disorder.

Martha Meacham exhibiting

A version of this was originally posted on NNLM NER Associate Director Martha Meacham’s blog, here.

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Getting the Most from NNLM: Public Health

NER News - Tue, 2019-11-19 09:02

If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably familiar with what NLM, NNLM and NNLM NER do.

Over the last month, I’ve spent time at public health conferences in Connecticut, Massachusetts and the national American Public Health Association Conference and had similar conversations at all three.  Although many public health partners are familiar with MedlinePlus and PubMed, a lot of them don’t know that these resources are part of a larger group of resources and services. If you work in public health or have public health partners, here are a few reminders or new ideas for how NLM and NNLM can work for you.

Databases and Online Resources

NLM creates and maintains a wide array of databases of health information ranging from information for the general public to highly specialized. You can search all NLM databases, but here is a sample of databases for public health partners:

  • AIDSource offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV-related resources on topics including living with HIV, HIV prevention and treatment, HIV statistics and surveillance, HIV and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) navigation, and more, in both English and Spanish.
  • The LactMed App information about maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider. You can also find this information online.
  • The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) develops and provides access to health information resources and technology for disaster and public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology can help you find environmental health and resources across NLM suite of databases.
  • Community Health Maps provides information about low/no cost mapping tools including case studies and projects that organizations have done using these tools.
  • Partners in Information Access for Public Health Workforce (PHPartners) is committed to helping the public health workforce find and use information effectively and includes listings for trainings, conferences, internships, jobs and more. PHPartners is a collaboration of government agencies, public health organizations and health science libraries.

Webinars and Classes

All NNLM regions create and host webinars that are free and available nationally.  Webinars and classes cover a wide variety of health, information and data management topics including some that may be of interest to public health professionals.

Search the full NNLM class catalog or find NNLM webinars that are CHES eligible.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) is a certification for individuals with a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in health education or significant coursework in the field.

Funding

Funding is available to all NNLM members.  Learn more about funding opportunities and recent funded projects.

To learn more about funding from NER, attend the NNLM NER Funding Meeting on December 16 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA).  This is a chance to hear about projects that have previously been funded and connect with NER staff. Learn more about the funding meeting and to register.

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The New PubMed is Here!

MAR News - Tue, 2019-11-19 07:00

After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched an updated version of PubMed, a free resource that supports the search and retrieval of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences literature, with the aim of improving health–both globally and personally.

Available to the public online since 1996, PubMed was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NLM, located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The PubMed database contains more than 30 million citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed biomedical literature. It does not include full-text journal articles; however, links to the full text are often present when available from other sources, such as the publisher’s website or PubMed Central (PMC).

You can start using the new PubMed today by visiting the site directly, or by clicking on the banner on pubmed.gov. What exactly is new with the new PubMed?

  • The new PubMed offers a clean, easy-to-use interface, and was designed from the ground up to be mobile-friendly. The new interface was built using modern web standards, with a responsive layout, making it easier for new users on any type of device to find what they’re looking for.
  • The new PubMed is designed to help you find what you need, fast. The improved Best Match sort order uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to help elevate the most relevant articles to the top of your results list. Improved citation and title sensors are built into the search box, making it even easier to find an article based on known citation information.

While it may look different, the new PubMed still includes the features you rely on, and gives you access to the same trusted bibliographic data. The new PubMed includes the key features that have long been a part of PubMed, including:

  • customizable filters to help you narrow your search,
  • tools to save and share your search results,
  • an Advanced Search Builder that lets you search for terms in a specific field, see how your search is being translated, and review your search history; and,
  • options to set up e-mail alerts to be notified when new results are available.

Starting in Spring 2020, all PubMed users will be redirected to the new PubMed. Stay tuned to banner messages on pubmed.gov for more details, or subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on this and other National Library of Medicine tools you may be using. NLM is committed to continued PubMed development, and will continue adding features and improving user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future.

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The New PubMed is Here!

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-11-18 18:38

The new PubMed is now available!

The new PubMed offers a streamlined and easy-to-use interface. The new PubMed interface was built using modern web standards and with a responsive layout, making it easier for mobile use.

Screenshot of the new PubMed homepage accessed on a mobile device, including basic search.

The new PubMed is designed to help you find what you need, fast. The improved Best Match sort order uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to help elevate the most relevant articles to the top of your results list. Improved citation and title sensors are built into the search box, making it even easier to find an article based on known citation information.

The new PubMed includes the key features that have long been a part of PubMed, including:

  • customizable filters to help you narrow your search
  • tools to save and share your search results
  • an Advanced Search Builder that allows you to search for terms in a specific field, see how your search is being translated, and review your search history
  • options to set up e-mail alerts to be notified when new results are available

Starting in spring 2020, all legacy PubMed users will be redirected to the new PubMed. Stay tuned to banner messages on all PubMed pages for more details.

The new PubMed will continue to evolve to meet user needs. NLM is committed to continued PubMed development, and will continue adding features and improving the user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future.

Interested in learning more? Register for the NNLM Resource Picks webinar featuring the new PubMed, Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 12pm PT, 1pm MT. And, follow the latest news in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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The “New” PubMed Is Here!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-11-18 17:36

An updated version of PubMed is now available! The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version. You can also click on the new blue banner on the legacy PubMed home page to try the new PubMed. The new responsive layout offers better support for accessing PubMed content with the increasingly popular small-screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The interface is compatible with any screen size, which provides a fresh, consistent look and feel throughout the application, no matter how you access it. A single, responsive website means that the features you use on the desktop are also available on your mobile device, including library icons for libraries participating in the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service. Find highly relevant articles more easily using the Best Match sort, now the default sort order in PubMed. Best Match uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm that is trained on aggregated user searches. The Best Match algorithm ranks search results according to several relevance signals. For more information about Best Match, visit the article, Best Match: New relevance search for PubMed.

screenshot of the new pubmed.gov website with a blue background and a search function

The new PubMed homepage

The new PubMed includes the following features you rely on for searching, as well as saving and sharing your results.

  • Access the same trusted database of more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature.
  • Activate the default filters or customize the filter menu to meet your needs.
  • Use the Results by Year graph to see trends in literature over time or to refine your search results by publication year.
  • Save your search results to a file, email your results to yourself or a colleague, or send your results to a clipboard, collection, or your NCBI My Bibliography.
  • Go to the advanced search page to search for terms in a specific field, see the search details, review your search history and combine searches to create complex search strings.
  • Save your search and create an email alert.

NLM will continue adding features and improving the user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future. For more details on the features in the new PubMed, watch the recorded webinar, “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals.

Other articles of potential interest:

The New PubMed Updated: Homepage, User Guide, My NCBI Alerts and Collections, and More
PubMed Labs Update: Using Filters
PubMed Labs Update: Library LinkOut using Outside Tool
PubMed Labs Update: Add Citations to the Clipboard
PubMed Labs Update: Advanced Search, History, and Search Details
An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way

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TOXNET Update

PSR News - Mon, 2019-11-18 14:52

As noted previously in the NLM Technical Bulletin, TOXNET will be retired on December 16. Most content will remain available through other NLM databases, as well as from external websites. Currently available information about where to find that content appears in the Technical Bulletin.

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Report on The Open Access 2019 Conference

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-11-18 14:44

By Daina Dickman, MA, MLIS, AHIP
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Sacramento State University

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Open Access 2019 Conference: Open for Whom? Research Equity for Campus and Community, at San Jose State University, with the assistance of an NNLM PSR Professional Development Award. The conference theme focused on research equity, and I was able to hear many thoughtful presentations and speakers from California (and one presenter visiting from Texas). I presented my own paper on censorship concerns in medical library institutional repositories as part of a panel with Melissa Seelye of San Francisco State University, exploring the tensions between open access ideals and corporate interests. As a focused one-track conference, a common conversation was contributed to by all presenters and attendees.

For me, a highlight of the conference was hearing Alexa Hight, of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s presentation about the open access publishing fund her library administers. I am always interested in the creative and practical ways that libraries can promote open access publishing as a viable path for scholarship at their institutions.

As a new librarian to the Pacific Southwest Region, I appreciated the chance to meet and network with new local colleagues, including the health sciences librarian at San Jose State University. I highly recommend that health sciences librarians consider conferences that aren’t just focused on medical librarianship. I always come away with new ideas which I am excited to apply to my own work, and appreciate the opportunity to share the medical librarian perspective with colleagues from other areas of librarianship. Smaller regional conferences are also a great place to practice your presentation skills before the MLA Annual Meeting!

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