The National Institutes of Health is launching the first phase of a pilot project designed to test the viability of making preprints resulting from NIH-funded research searchable in PubMed Central (PMC), a widely-used digital archive of full-text articles and, by extension, discoverable in PubMed, a database containing more than 30 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature. The NIH Preprint Pilot, a project of the National Library of Medicine, is intended to increase early discoverability of NIH-supported research results, maximizing the possible impact of the research. Phase one of the pilot will focus on preprints relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Preprints are complete and public drafts of scientific journal articles, not yet peer reviewed, and they are playing a key role in accelerating dissemination of research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19.
In the first phase of the pilot, NLM is leveraging the iSearch COVID-19 portfolio tool developed by NIH’s Office of Portfolio Analysis to identify relevant preprints posted to eligible preprint servers. NLM will select preprints that either list an NIH-affiliated author or acknowledge NIH grant support and include them in PMC. Following standard NLM practice, a citation for each preprint record in PMC will also be available in PubMed to further increase the discoverability of this content. Results of NIH-funded research made available as preprints will become more easily discoverable in PMC and PubMed. PMC stores content in a common format, providing a central repository that allows users to quickly search its entire full-text collection, including accepted author manuscripts, published articles, and, now, preprints supported by NIH.
Preprint records will be clearly marked as preprints. Large banners will explain that the papers have not been peer reviewed and link to information about the pilot for additional context. Newly created filters will also provide users with the option to exclude preprint records from search results in both PMC and PubMed. NLM will pay close attention to the early outcomes of the first phase of the pilot and hopes to expand the scope in subsequent phases to include the full spectrum of NIH-funded research. In future phases, NLM also plans to simplify the process for NIH investigators to identify preprints supported by NIH grants using NLM’s My Bibliography tool and establish faster, more automated, curation workflows. Across its multiple phases, the NIH Preprint Pilot is expected to run for a minimum of 12 months.
June 11th – 10:00am MT/11:00am CT
As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kendrick has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed.
NLM is preparing to launch a pilot project to test the viability of making preprints resulting from NIH-funded research available via PubMed Central (PMC). The primary goal of the NIH Preprint Pilot will be to explore approaches to increasing the discoverability of early NIH research results. The pilot will begin the week of June 8, 2020 and will run for a minimum of 12 months. Lessons learned during that time will inform future NLM efforts with preprints.
The pilot will initially focus on increasing the discoverability of preprints with NIH support relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic. NLM is leveraging the iSearch COVID-19 portfolio tool developed by the NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis to identify preprints reporting on COVID-19 research supported by the NIH intramural or extramural programs. This narrowly scoped first phase should allow NLM an opportunity to streamline workflows and refine the details of implementation with a set of articles for which there is a growing demand for accelerated access. Learn more here!
Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *In the Dragonfly:
Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the NNLM
NLM has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) inviting cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program…learn more about the FOA on the blog
Network Member Spotlight: Seattle Public Library named the Gale/ Library Journal Library of the Year
The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has been named the Gale/ LJ Library of the Year. This well-deserved award recognizes SPL’s commitment to the community…read more about SPL and this award on the blog
Announcing NEW NNLM PNR Funding Opportunities
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce the following funding opportunities:
- Community Health Award
- Professional Development Award
- Technology Improvement Award
Consumer Health Minute: Men’s Health
June is Men’s Health Month and is a great time to highlight the importance of health and wellness of the men in your community. our library or organization can promote men’s health for all ages with simple social media messages, highlighting web resources, wearing blue, and more…read the blog post for tools to highlight men’s health
NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM. Learn how to register for classes and create a free account
Serving Diverse Communities: Serving Diverse Communities is a three-part series of online trainings focused on accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities. Each training session is offered individually, and attendees can choose to participate in one or all sessions. The trainings are offered on-demand and can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. Each training session will offer 1 hour of MLA CE upon completion. Register by clicking on each individual session title.
- Accessing Health Information in Multiple Languages
- Building Cultural Competence and Humility into the Workplace
- Finding Data on Health Disparities
Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing for CHES CECH: This is a registration page for Certified Health Education Specialists to receive continuing education credit for viewing the recording of this session of the NNLM webinar, Boost Box, which took place on February 19, 2020. This recording will be available for CHES CECH through August 19, 2020. After registering, you will receive an enrollment code via e-mail and a link to the recording. After viewing the course recording, you will be asked to complete a quiz based on the course content. Learn more about this class and register
Health Statistics on the Web for CHES CECH: This is a registration page for Certified Health Education Specialists to receive continuing education credit for viewing the recording of the NNLM class Health Statistics on the Web, which took place on March 5, 2020. This recording will be available for CHES CECH through September 5, 2020. After registering, you will receive an enrollment code via e-mail and a link to the recording. After viewing the course recording, you will be asked to complete a quiz based on the course content. Learn more about this course and register
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-based public health for CHES CECH: This is a registration page for Certified Health Education Specialists to receive continuing education credit for viewing the recording of the NNLM class From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-based public health, which took place on February 26, 2020. This recording will be available for CHES CECH through August 26, 2020. After registering, you will receive an enrollment code via e-mail and a link to the recording. After viewing the course recording, you will be asked to complete a quiz based on the course content. Learn more about this class and register
Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.
Updated BLAST RefSeq rRNA databases for identification and phylogenetic analysis: Learn about NCBI’s curated marker rRNA sequences (targeted loci) for Bacteria and Archaea (16S) and Fungi (18S, 28S and ITS) from type strains, which are now available as a distinct set of BLAST databases. You will learn how to access these data and use these databases and BLAST to help identify organisms and explore their diversity. June 17 from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PT. Register
Fatherhood: Building Self-Sufficient and Resilient Families: The Dibble Institute webinar will describe the roles of Responsible Fatherhood programming in state and nonprofit fatherhood organizations by highlighting two Ohio-based programs. June 10 at 1:00 p.m. PT. Register
*Healthy Moms, Strong Babies during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The March of Dimes Facebook Live webinar series features material and infant health experts who will provide information and answer questions on the latest COVID-19 information and its impact on the health of moms and babies. Learn more about these events on the March of Dimes Facebook page
*Tackling Child Poverty in the Wake of COVID-19: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine webinar will discuss policies and programs that address the threat that childhood poverty poses to children’s physical and mental health. June 18 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and registerNews from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:
*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information Portal
- Exercise Starter Kit for Preparedness in a Pandemic
- Rural Health and COVID-19
- Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19
The CDC has compiled Sample Training Plans, Guidance, and Resources for COVID-19 contact tracers, case investigators and team leads. They have also developed guidance for Homeless Service Providers and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created an interactive map of State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance, including links out to each state’s specific reopening plans.
The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published data and resources on COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S. They have also released an updated version of the Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19, which features several upcoming webinars.
The Public Health Institute’s Berkeley Media Studies Group has published a guide on Communicating about Racial Equity and COVID-19: Connecting Data to Context.
And the RWJF has published a brief on Health Equity Principles for State and Local Leaders in Responding to, Reopening and Recovering from COVID-19.
StrongHearts Native Helpline
The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally-appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for AI/ANs, available every day from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT. They provide peer support and advocacy, information and education about domestic violence and dating violence, personalized safety planning, crisis intervention and referrals to Native or Tribal-based domestic violence service providers. Please dial 1-844-762-8483 to access services.
*Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times
As libraries begin to consider offering services and programming in new or reimagined ways, some are looking at how to use outdoor spaces as a way to connect and engage with their communities. From parking lots to baseball diamonds, there are public spaces in every community that can provide ways for people come together, while remaining safely distanced. Read the full WebJunction post
*Public Library Association Resources on COVID-19
The PLA Board of Directors and staff are committed to providing information on the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members. They have compiled some information to consider as your library, community, and family respond to the crisis.
*American Library Association Pandemic Preparedness: Resources for Libraries
This ALA webpage provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention and preparation. Some of the resources are specific to seasonal influenza outbreaks and the 2019/2020 COVID-19 pandemic, but can be used more universally to help educate and inform decisions on pandemic prevention and preparedness.
The National Library of Medicine has announced that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities for 2021-2026 are open for applications until September 11. You can read the announcement of the FOA here and review the FOA here.
You will see a couple of notable changes. One is that NNLM is being renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine, retaining the NNLM acronym.
The most significant news is the regions are being reconfigured and UCLA (NNLM PSR) will be competing for the first time since the regional medical libraries were established. The new region encompasses the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest.
Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific
As you can see, Arizona will be moving to Region 4. We are extremely grateful that our colleagues in Arizona have done an outstanding job providing outreach to underrepresented populations, and we will miss their presence in the region.
All are welcome to attend a technical assistance webinar, which will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm PST. The meeting will review the purpose and objectives of the FOA, review application instructions, and address questions from the community concerning the FOA. All prospective applicants are invited to participate. Submit questions in advance to NLMEPLM@mail.nlm.nih.gov. Following the meeting questions and answers will be posted at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/RML.html. For more information, see https://nnlm.gov/workbook#tech.
NLM has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) inviting cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.
The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission.
The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage.
Letters of intent are due by August 11 and applications are due September 11, 2020.
A technical assistance webinar will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PT.
Alan VanBiervliet, MA PhD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301- 594-4882
Peer Review Contact
Zoe Huang, MD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Financial/Grants Management Contact
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
As you already know, LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. Though, LitCovid is limited to articles in PubMed, includes research on other coronaviruses such as MERS, divides the articles into different categories (e.g. Mechanism, Transmission, Diagnosis, and Treatment), and shows the countries of origin on a world map.
This contrasts with the “iSearch” COVID-19 Portfolio Tool, which like LitCovid is a comprehensive, expert-curated source for publications related to COVID-19. Though, COVID-19 Portfolio Tool has the following features that distinguish it from LitCovid:
- includes both publications and preprints (the medRxiv, SSRN, arXiv, bioRxiv, Research Square and ChemRxiv);
- is curated by subject matter experts to focus coverage on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19;
- allows searching of full text and/or supplemental data in addition to titles and abstracts;
- leverages the cutting-edge analytics available in our iSearch tool, including powerful search functionality and faceting;
- includes interactive visualizations that allows users to select topics within their search results for download or further queries; and
- makes it easy to download results at any point as a CSV or Excel file.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeking cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission. The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.
The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-20-001.html.
Applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization on September 11, 2020.
A technical assistance webinar will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET. For more information, see https://nnlm.gov/workbook#tech.
In light of recent events including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at NNLM PSR stand with the African American community. In this article, you will find resources related to African American mental health, anti-racist reading materials, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health. This list will be refreshed as we receive updates from our members and partners.
Please note that APHA’s upcoming Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series begins on June 9, 2020.
We support this statement from the African American Medical Library Alliance:
We are hurting, frustrated and our emotions are raw.
The cumulative toll of microaggressions, institutional racism, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence coupled with the emotional labor of navigating a predominantly white profession is exhausting. We are tired of not being seen, heard, included, or appreciated for the value that our unique voices, experiences and perspectives bring to the narrative.
We appreciate the sentiments of our fellow caucuses and colleagues throughout the Medical Library Association. Collectively, we share community with other marginalized members who live in dread that the color of their skin, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, language, culture, nationality, age, ability status, and religion make them targets of violence and possibly death.
We are committed to using our collective voices in bringing about change in the profession and the Association.
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kelsa Bartley, Chair
Michael S. Fitts, Chair-Elect
Shenita Peterson, Immediate Past Chair
Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, National Program Committee, Co-Chair 2021
Shannon Jones, AHIP, Caucus Mentor
Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, MLA Past President
Tamara Nelson, AHIP, MLA Information Services Domain Hub Chair
Aidy Weeks, AHIP, Virtual Engagement Committee
- Mental Health America: Black & African American Communities And Mental Health
- HHS Office of Minority Health: Mental and Behavioral Health – African Americans
- HHS Office of Minority Health: Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – July
- Los Angeles Public Library: Black Lives Matter – Essential Readings for Adults and Teens
- San Francisco Public Library: Understanding Structural Racism
- NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competency for the Information Professional
- NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competencies and the Strategic Prevention Framework
- HHS: Think Cultural Health – Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
- Leonidas H. Berry and the Fight to Desegregate Medicine
- For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform
- Circulating Now from NLM – African American History
- COVID-19 and Health Inequities
- NLM Special Lecture: Gender, Race, and Power in Science
- Beginning June 9: APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series
- Alang S, McAlpine D, McCreedy E, Hardeman R. Police Brutality and Black Health: Setting the Agenda for Public Health Scholars. Am J Public Health. 2017;107(5):662‐665. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.303691
- Bowleg L, Maria Del Río-González A, Mbaba M, Boone CA, Holt SL. Negative Police Encounters and Police Avoidance as Pathways to Depressive Symptoms Among US Black Men, 2015-2016. Am J Public Health. 2020;110(S1):S160‐S166. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305460
- Edwards F, Lee H, Esposito M. Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity, and sex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019;116(34):16793‐16798. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821204116
- Hall JM, Fields B. “It’s Killing Us!” Narratives of Black Adults About Microaggression Experiences and Related Health Stress. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2015;2:2333393615591569. Published 2015 Jul 9. doi:10.1177/2333393615591569
- Schneider JA, Lancki N, Schumm P. At the intersection of criminal justice involvement and sexual orientation: Dynamic networks and health among a population-based sample of young Black men who have sex with men. Soc Networks. 2017;51:73‐87. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2017.04.001
Network Member Spotlight: Seattle Public Library named the Gale/ Library Journal Library of the Year
The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has been named the Gale/ LJ Library of the Year. This well-deserved award recognizes SPL’s commitment to the community. Library Journal editors Meredith Schwartz and Lisa Peet write, “In recent years, SPL has turned its attention outward, actively listening to community needs and transforming its work to make equity a top priority, earning it the 2020 Gale/LJ Library of the Year award.” The award recognizes SPL’s use of Seattle.gov’s Racial Equity Toolkit for creating and reviewing policies, procedures, and services, and acknowledges this work is not simple. SPL responds to community needs, providing a wi-fi hotspot lending program, creating partnerships with community organizations and groups, eliminating overdue fines, and so much more.
Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the Network of the National Library Medicine (NNLM)
A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been published seeking cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission. The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.
Funding Opportunity Announcement
The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-20-001.html. Applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization on September 11, 2020.
A technical assistance webinar will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 3:00-4:00pm ET. For more information, see https://nnlm.gov/workbook#tech.
Alan VanBiervliet, MA PhD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301- 594-4882
Peer Review Contact
Zoe Huang, MD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Financial/Grants Management Contact
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
The Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice tutorial is available now from the PubMed Online Training page on the NLM Web site. This tutorial was created to help clinicians, including nurses and allied health professionals, develop a clinical question using the PICO framework and efficiently find relevant biomedical literature using PubMed. The tutorial was designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes. This tutorial replaces the PubMed for Nurses tutorial.
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.
- Apply to Host a Library Carpentry Workshop for Your Organization!
- Explore Digital Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club
- June 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!
- Trusted Resources for Caregivers
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities
- Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library (Jun 8 – Jul 3)
- Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services (Aug 3 – Aug 28)
Webinars June 4 – June 11
- SCR CONNECTions: Pop the Question (Jun 10, 11 AM ET)
- Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on ongoing low-morale experiences (Jun 11, 12 PM ET)
- Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy (Jun 11, 3 PM ET)
Webinars June 17 – June 23
- Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World (Jun 17, 12 PM ET)
- Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease (Jun 17, 4 PM ET)
- Searching LactMed and LiverTox for Drug Effects (Jun 23, 1 PM ET)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Discussing the Need for Reliable Antibody Testing for COVID-19
- Study ties stroke-related brain blood vessel abnormality to gut bacteria
- NIH to test one-dose antibiotic for the prevention of maternal and infant sepsis
- Study confirms effective, less toxic alternative to standard treatment for adults with Burkitt lymphoma
- Musings from the Mezzanine: Sustaining Commitment During Times of Challenge
- Circulating Now: When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for Our Digital Age
- NLM Technical Bulletin: Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice: New Tutorial Available
- NIH Preprint Pilot in PubMed Central
- Download high-quality graphics from the NCBI Multiple Sequence Alignment Viewer (MSAV)
- Orthologs Are A-Swimming and A-Buzzing in RefSeq!
- Expanded average nucleotide identity analysis now available for prokaryotic genome assemblies
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.
Article – Community Engagement Technology for Identifying the Health and Wellness Needs of the Ray County Community
Ray County Library
Data is changing the landscape of information technology. It has an impact on the decision making process for many library services. Health and wellness programming is one of many areas in which data-driven technology tools can assist libraries in the decision making process. The Ray County library was a recipient of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContential region’s Community Engagement Technology grant. During the grant term, the Ray County Library, a small rural library in Missouri, utilized Orange Boy’s Savannah community engagement technology tool to collect information regarding library use for health and wellness programming.
During the months of data collection, Savannah gathered and analyzed information regarding how library customers interacted with the library and its services. Some of the areas of analysis included: check-outs, library visits, program attendance, and general activity and engagement with services. For this project, one of the initial questions that prompted the grant was what types of health and wellness programs are needed in our community? To answer this question, we wanted to have a better understanding of how customers are utilizing the library.
The data gathering process revealed many interesting characteristics of our library customers. Users primarily circulate adult and children’s print materials, and the majority of frequent visitors who check-out items are over the age of 45. Additionally, library users seem to live in particular areas of the county. The majority of users are from the surrounding town, with additional concentrations in the townships in the southern portion of the county and smaller numbers of users from the northern and northwestern portions of the county. One possible reason for this concentration of users may be the proximity to the Ray County Library. Residents who live in the northwest side of the county tend to travel via routes that do not take them into the city of Richmond regularly. Additionally, the library has many users who come only occasionally to utilize a specific service such as, print or fax a document.
With the increased knowledge of community needs from Savannah, we were able to correlate the acquired data with information found in area health reports from Community Commons, a community based non-profit organization that tabulates health reports nationwide. Through this process, we have identified three key health indicators for the community: mental health, substance abuse, and heart disease. Subsequently, the three areas in which we plan to increase health and wellness related programming are mental health, general healthy habits, and substance abuse. The library has existing programs and partnerships that cover two of the identified areas: substance abuse and healthy habits. The library is an active partner in the Ray County Coalition for Youth, which is a community-based organization that works with youth and community organizations that support youth to fight substance abuse by providing education and alternative programs and support to area youth. The library also hosts programs each month for seniors that are led by a nurse from the area hospital.
Future programming plans include collaborating with the local extension office to provide healthy eating and exercise programs for children and working with area mental health service providers to provide mental health programming.
We were fortunate enough to receive a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region to attend the Library Marketing and Communication Conference in St. Louis, Missouri November 11th through 12th.
This conference is unique as it’s the only conference specific to marketing and communications for libraries. It was a good mix of beginners to professionals including librarians and marketers. This award also gave us an opportunity to be a part of a cohort.
Taira Meadowcroft: I’d been eyeing this conference for some time and was excited to get the opportunity to attend. Throughout the conference I made many connections with others in my field and learned that we are all dealing with the same issues in some way. Telling our library story is difficult, but I learned ways to make it easier. The session Making the Message Accessible: Basic Website, Social Media, and Print Tips to Ensure your Message is Accessible to the Visually Impaired Community was the most impactful to me. As a person who does our social media and designs some print material, I didn’t often step back and ask “how accessible is this information?” I learned what social media platforms allow for alternative text and what colors/fonts are best to use. These are small changes, but even a small change makes a difference. I also highly enjoyed the mentorship part of this award. I didn’t have a lot of marketing and communications connections outside my library. I appreciated getting to know these individuals and learning about their wins and struggles with communications. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the support of MCR.
Sara Motsinger: This conference has been on my radar since its first year, and I was exceptionally excited to have the opportunity to attend. This award made it possible for me to engage with library marketing professionals as well as those of us thrust into a marketing role within our small libraries. Spending time with the other awardees was as much a learning opportunity as spending time in the conference, as I was able to learn tips and tricks from my fellow awardees and strategically attend conference sessions in order to share my notes and impressions with the other MCR awardees. I was delighted by the wide range of topics presented and was able to attend such diverse offerings as “First Impressions Matter: How to Win Friends in Admissions and Influence Prospective Students,” learn how to “Effectively Create and Market Your Library with Videos,” and learn more about how to effectively use memes in ”A New Memes of Engagement.” Returning to my library, I have been able to implement many of the strategies and tips to my monthly marketing efforts and feel more creative in my endeavors due to the influx of ideas and inspiration provided by this excellent conference.
Natalie Newville: This award was an amazing opportunity to connect with other professionals in our field. I appreciated the cohorts willingness to share ideas and resources with each other. Each member of the cohort came from such diverse backgrounds and job duties that it was very helpful to discuss our challenges and successes at our own libraries. I came away with new ways to handle things which may come up, and new strategies to reach our intended audiences when marketing MRRL. The time that Jim spent mentoring the group was invaluable. He has a great deal of marketing experience, and he does a great job of sharing that experience with the cohort. Additionally, he is a great listener and helps the cohort come to their own conclusions, which I appreciate.
Kristin White: The Library Marketing and Communications Conference has by far been one of the best professional development opportunities offered to me during my time as a librarian. I learned so much in the short two days that we attended! I feel very fortunate to have had a mentor like Jim as well. He helped me determine next steps for my team going forward to implement a style guide in our library as well as a good direction with our social media efforts.
My favorite experiences during the conference include: meeting and getting to know my cohorts, librarians are awesome! All of the amazing keynote and conference sessions (my favorite was “Why is This So Hard? The Top 20 Things You Need to Know to Make Social Media Work for Your Library!”.)! And, exploring the St. Louis Arch with new found friends and colleagues!
I would, and have, recommend librarians and library staff attend this conference if marketing and communications is part of their position. Thank you for the opportunity.
Rachelle Brandel: Attending the conference gave me a sounding board to voice my concerns and ideas with like minded library professionals from a wide array of backgrounds. I acquired new ideas, validated considered possibilities, and cemented prior knowledge through seminars, conversations, and review. This conference made me excited about marketing and passionate to share what I’d learned with my coworkers. The ability to speak with leaders in marketing software, voice my concerns, and discuss solutions made my library’s situation feel seen. This conference gave me a network of library and marketing professionals and I have recommended it to almost every librarian I’ve met and will continue to do so.
Two of the four new Associate Fellows are from the MCR – Congratulations to Levi and Brianna who are both at the University of Missouri!
The National Library of Medicine has announced its 2020-2021 cohort of four Associate Fellows; Brianna Chatmon, Allison Cruise, Levi Dolan, and Amanda Sawyer. The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.
More information on the Associate Fellowship Program is available from the NLM website.
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Before joining the NNLM NER, I was a public high school teacher at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Massachusetts. Ten years ago, I said yes to the French teacher in our school looking for a volunteer to host 2 French teachers (who teach English) for 2 weeks as my high school participated in an exchange experience with a school in France. The French students participating in the exchange stayed with the families of students enrolled in Algonquin’s French program. Through involvement with the exchange program I came to know and become good friends with Jeanne-Marie Bacher, vice principal and English teacher from Institution Saint-Paul Saint-Etienne (https://www.institutionsaintpaul.org/)
St. Paul’s is home to 1300 students ages 5 through 18. The school is located in the heart of the city of St. Etienne. St. Etienne is 34 miles southwest of the city of Lyon (the second largest city in France) and has a population of 172,023.
It’s been 10 years and 4 more student exchange opportunities have occurred. Even though I now work for the NNLM, my family continues to host our friend every other year as she and one of her colleagues brings 30 of their students to central Massachusetts for the French exchange program.
While other European countries have chosen to keep schools closed, the French government has said that keeping kids in school will prevent them from falling behind. On May 11, the country began opening some primary schools and a group of St. Paul’s staff and faculty returned to their school to prepare for the return of their students.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, Whatsapp and Zoom have allowed us to keep in touch with our friends, not only to make sure everyone is healthy, but to also to compare notes about how each of our countries is fairing during these difficult months. As New England starts the process of re-opening, I thought it would be of interest to share what it’s been like for another country to navigate the process of re-opening their schools. On Friday morning, May 22 (for me it was morning, St. Etienne is 6 hours ahead of us in the eastern time zone) we talked through Zoom. It was a treat to see not only Jeanne-Marie who is the vice principal, but also Cyril, the high school government teacher, Philipe, who teaches high school history and Sandra, the principal’s assistant.
The following is some background information to put the experiences I will share into context. From March 14 through May 11 France was in lockdown with all schools and non-essential businesses closed. Each week during that time the country’s interministerial health committee (Comité interministériel pour la santé) comprised of the country’s ministers (health, economic, education and labor) addressed the country to communicate the most current information about COVID-19 and the impact of this pandemic on their country. This committee was created with the aim of improving population health and reducing health inequalities through better coordination on all matters affecting health determinants, such as socioeconomic, geographic, environmental and educational issues.
During the lockdown there were strict restrictions on travel. “Each day we were allowed 1 hour out of the house to exercise, walk the dog or shop for food. We were asked to write down the time as we left our homes, and we were allowed to travel just 1 kilometer.” FYI, for those of you like me, who have forgotten the metric system, 1 kilometer is .62 miles. Exceptions to the travel rules were made for those taking care of aged family member or those emplyed at an essential job. Citizens were advised to keep official documentation (work certificate papers) allowing travel, either on their person or as a QR code on their phone. Roadblocks were set up around the country, and the fine for not having the documentation if stopped by the police was 135 euros, which is $149.75. Travel restrictions are still in place now even as the country has begun re-open. One hundred kilometers is the maximum distance you can travel as of May 13.
Similar to the US, during the lockdown, the French teachers used Zoom, Skype and other technology to maintain connection with their students. However, lack of internet connectivity and computers prevented some students from participating in the virtual classes, especially those whose families relocated to the countryside during the lockdown,
Monday, May 11 was the first week St. Paul school was open. Faculty and staff who were able, returned and began preparing for their students to return the following week. Classrooms were re-arranged and logistics to aid in efficient movement and less crowding were developed. Creating signage and making corridors one-way by locking doors so passages were either in or out, were put in place as part of the social distancing protocols that were required.
As French schools have begun to reopen, some parents have chosen not to send their children back to school.
“What I have heard quite a bit is that families are afraid of the virus and of becoming infected,” said Marie Lugnier, secretary general of the Rhône department’s parent association. “If they are able to keep their children at home, because there is at least one parent who is not working or has not yet resumed work, they prefer to keep them.”
Many of St. Paul’s students take public transportation to travel to and from school. Because public transportation is a health risk, attendance at school during the re-opening has been just 30% of what it was before COVID-19. St. Pauls has been re-opening in phases. On May 18, just the 7 and 8 graders returned, with 61 of the 180 students in attendance. This past week the 9 and 10 graders started back and 71 of the 172 students returned.
It has been necessary split the school day into a morning session 9AM-Noon for half of the students, and an afternoon session from 2PM-5PM for the rest of the students. Typically, the school day begins at 8AM, there is a long lunch period from noon to 2PM as many of the students living close by either walk or take public transportation home to eat their lunch. Before OVID-19 students would return from lunch at 2PM and the school day ended at 5PM. Because St. Paul’s building is in the middle of the city it has a smaller footprint than schools in the US that house a 1300 student population. The typical class size before the pandemic was about 30 students. To accommodate the new protocol requiring 4 square meters (1 meter equals about 3.3 feet) distance between desks in the classroom 15 students are allowed in each classroom. Additionally, everyone must wear a paper mask provided the educational ministry. The masks are disposed of after each morning or afternoon session, teachers use 2 masks every day. Each morning and before the afternoon session all surfaces in the classroom are wiped down and disinfected by the custodians. The cost for masks, hand sanitizer and additional cleaning materials is estimated to be about 10,000 euros. Jeanne-Marie is hoping they will have just a couple of months of spending this amount of money to keep their school protected from the virus.
Jeanne-Marie and the others are quick to say that the return back to school does not resemble what teaching in their school used to be. Because just 30 percent of their students are attending school right now, classes consist of mostly of listening and talking with the students. Their teaching goal is not introducing new concepts, it is to make sure the students are OK emotionally and mentally, as well as being physically healthy.
The last day of school is July 4. The start for new school year in the fall was is scheduled for Sept 1st. Each day, long memos from the educational minister and school educational board provide more information, however, they have not been told what coming back to school in the fall will look like. Right now, their best guess is that it will be a combination of remote and in school teaching.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic region (SEA) is pleased to offer Library Carpentry workshops for up to ten SEA member institutions to support the development of data science and computational skills.
Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.
Note: Library Carpentry workshops are traditionally offered face-to-face, but they’ve been adapted to an online format. Due to COVID-19, the NNLM SEA strongly recommends organizations host remote sessions.
Workshops are approximately 16 hours long. For remote workshops, the Carpentries organization recommends four 4-hour sessions. Workshops can accommodate up to 20 learners. We encourage workshop hosts to invite information professionals from neighboring institutions to fill the 20 spots if your organization is unable to fill all spots. The Carpentries organization requests two months of planning time for each workshop.
If you are selected, the Carpentries organization will provide for remote workshops:
- Four instructors to lead lessons
- Planning, scheduling, and registration support
- An informational webpage for your workshop participants
- Pre and post workshop evaluation
You will be responsible for:
- Providing your own video conferencing platform (Zoom, WebEx, etc.) if possible (accommodations can be made if you do not have access to a video conferencing platform through your organization)
- Finding two volunteers who are familiar with the subject matter in the lesson plans, to attend the workshop as helpers
- Advertising your workshop to potential participants
- Completing an Activity Report for NNLM SEA after the event
If you are interested in hosting an in-person workshop before April 30, 2021, please discuss additional requirements and considerations with the Carpentries organization if awarded.
The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. Biomedical and health sciences librarians and LIS students are encouraged to participate.
In this interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:
All participants must be prepared to observe The Carpentries Code of Conduct in workshops.
Applications are open now! The deadline to apply is Friday, July 3, 2020.
For questions, please contact Kiri Burcat and Tony Nguyen.
The GMR office is happy to announce funding for the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University via our Health Information Outreach award:
Description: This project endeavors to create an end-to-end training program that introduces clinical researchers to clinical database architecture and clinical coding standards, teaches them how to translate their research questions into queries that will allow them to extract data properly, and how to do so in a way that supports transparency and reproducibility while still respecting guidelines for proper data sharing.
They will promote improved communication and collaboration between data analysts and clinical researchers to make them better partners in research projects. To promote reusability of research reports and database queries within Northwestern’s research community, they will provide workflows for preservation through our next-generation research data management (RDM) system to make these resources discoverable.
They hope to bolster support for our local research community to use clinical research data from the Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouses and also parlay this experience to develop a blueprint of best practice workflows for clinical research data education and training that could be applied in libraries at other institutions.
Objectives: 1) Create an end-to-end Clinical Data Retrieval and Management Program for researchers that teaches them how clinical data is collected, stored, and retrieved, how to identify their research population of interest, how to create practical data retrieval workflows for their clinical research projects, and best practices for ensuring that the research reports for these projects are reproducible and reusable. 2) Promote improved communication and collaboration between data analysts and clinical researchers to make them better partners in research projects. 3) Enhance reusability of clinical reports and database queries by creating workflows and training for preserving them in our next-generation research data management system and making them discoverable to Northwestern’s research community. 4) Build a template for clinical research data education and training for other institutions based on the results of this project.