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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

MAR News - Tue, 2019-09-03 11:23

 

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has announced three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

  • Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  • Elderhood by Louise Aronson
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

three book covers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming, or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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Regarding Upcoming PubMed Webinars

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2019-09-03 05:41

There has been overwhelming interest in the new PubMed, and regrettably all of the upcoming “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals” webinars are filled to capacity. However, NLM wants to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn about the new PubMed, and to get their questions answered.

If you were not able to register for any of the sessions of “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals,” we recommend you start by watching “NCBI Minute: An Updated PubMed is on its Way!”  This short video was recorded earlier this month, and contains most of the information that will be presented in the upcoming webinars.

The recordings for each of the sessions of “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals” will be posted shortly after they occur on the class webpage. Additionally, a compiled Q&A, addressing the most frequently asked questions from the five webinars, will also be posted.

If you have any questions about the new PubMed, either now or after watching one of the recordings, you can always contact the PubMed team via NLM Customer Service.

The PubMed team is eager to answer questions and address concerns about the new PubMed; feel free to contact them any time.

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Recording for the Midday at the Oasis Webinar on Inclusive Graphic Medicine Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2019-08-30 13:00

On August 21, NNLM PSR hosted Inclusive Graphic Medicine: Communication, Collections and Community for the Midday at the Oasis webinar. In this session, Kathryn Houk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Elisa Cortez, University of California, Riverside and Jerry Kauppila, NNLM PSR, discuss their experiences with graphic medicine. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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Holiday Closure: NLM, SEA Office and NDCO

SEA News - Fri, 2019-08-30 12:42

This is just a reminder that NLM and the SEA and NDCO offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2019-08-30 12:38

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of Healthy Aging.

Book Covers for Women Rowing North, Elderhood and The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old

 

Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

Elderhood by Louise Aronson

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. How can you successfully navigate the advancing years? Practice healthy aging:

  • Be physically active
  • Make smart food choices
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Participate in activities you enjoy

During September – or any month – help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming … or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

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Don’t miss out on this great opportunity at the University of Missouri iSchool!

MCR News - Fri, 2019-08-30 11:20

You may have heard the exciting news that the University of Missouri’s iSchool and MU Libraries recently received an IMLS grant, “Catalysts for Community Health” (C4CH). The University of Missouri has the opportunity to offer 12 students the chance to participate in a three-year, fully-funded online interdisciplinary Master’s program targeted to develop a cohort of health librarians to serve in rural and urban underserved communities across the MidContinental Region which includes Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.

This program has opportunities for participation as potential students as well as advisory board members and community partners. Additional details regarding these specific opportunities are included below.

Are you a potential student interested in applying?

The University of Missouri is currently seeking applications from potential students who are passionate about their local communities and want to help improve access to health information at the local level. The program is especially interested in applicants located in rural and urban underserved communities. During the three-year period, the 12 students will take online classes in consumer health and librarianship, work with a local librarian and a mentor, attend professional development webinars to improve their skills and eventually be placed within their community’s public library or a community health setting, such as a health clinic or senior center. This Master’s program is completely online and is intended to allow the students to live and work in their local communities.

If you are interested in applying for the fully-funded MLS opportunity, we want to hear from you! Check out https://c4ch.missouri.edu/index.php/apply/ to apply!

Are you interested in serving on the project advisory board or as a community partner?

A vital contribution to the success of the “Catalysts for Community Health” project will be driven by the help and guidance offered by the project’s advisory board and community partners from across the MidContinental Region. The University of Missouri is currently recruiting advisory board members and community partners. We are seeking leaders from across the region that will play a crucial role in helping to shape this groundbreaking program, serve as mentors to the student cohort, and assist with evaluating the program. Partners are compensated $1200/year.

Please do consider applying to join the University of Missouri as a community partner on this exciting new project! The application is located at https://c4ch.missouri.edu/index.php/apply/.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Bossaller at bossallerj@missouri.edu.

Funding for this grant is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (TIN No 436003859).

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NNLM SEA Digest News – August 30, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-08-30 10:17

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 September 4 – September 12

Webinars September 17 – September 19

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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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Thu, 2019-08-29 10:59

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

Spotlight

Health Programming in Public Libraries Award: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications from Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with existing health programs, to support health programming in public libraries. Read the full Request for Proposal and apply by September 20 at noon ET.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote National Immunization Awareness and Talk to Your Doctor Month? 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.

In the Region – Thanks to the work of Health Professions Coordinator Erin Seger, this summer NNLM MAR was approved as a provider of continuing education for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) for the next 2 years! 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

New on YouTube: From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information, July 26, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! NLM’s Summer Town Hall – Twice a year, leadership at NLM invites the 1,700 women and men who work for the Library to a Town Hall meeting. These meetings provide an opportunity for leadership to announce new initiatives and demonstrate accountability to our team, and for staff to ask questions and share ideas, concerns, and even words of appreciation. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM Celebrates Acquisition of Selma and Lois DeBakey Papers – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has acquired the papers of sisters Selma and Lois DeBakey, PhD, pioneers in biomedical communications who used humor as one of their signature teaching techniques. These remarkable women also wrote extensively about the responsibilities of authors, editors, and reviewers and on topics such as literary ethics and etiquette. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Leather Bindings: Conservation Research on Tanning – Have you noticed that books bound before the mid-19th century are in better condition than those bound after the mid-19th century? Seemingly simple questions have an interesting way of developing into larger, more complex questions. To answer a question like, “What do you think causes dyes to fade on leather bindings?” you must tease it out into a cascade of specific, testable questions about dyes, tanning processes, leather degradation, and time. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Making Up for Lost Vision – This video outlines a new strategy aimed at restoring loss of central vision in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. The researchers’ ultimate goal is to give such people the ability to see the faces of their loved ones or possibly even read again. – 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 highlighted updates to PubMed Labs that improved search filters, and a new milestone for PubMed – the 30 millionth journal citation!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

September 2019

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship – September 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET), librarians will reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians making outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas that will enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing – September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

Family Focused Addiction Support Training: Getting your Life Back – September 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the New England Region (NER), guest presenter Maureen Cavanagh will introduce you to her newest project, Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FFAST). FFAST is a family-focused intervention designed to define and increase fluency in the language of recovery, educate on substance use disorders, and provide resources for self-care for those affected by a another’s substance use disorder. Learning the steps to care for yourself is essential in being a healthy, empathetic and effective supporter to your loved one, patient or student.

Are you podcasting? – September 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment. With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. This moderated webinar with the SoutheasternAtlantic Region (SEA) will provide an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

ECRI Guidelines Trust – September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Medical librarians are one of the largest user groups of the ECRI Guidelines Trust. So why not take advantage of all the Trust has to offer in terms of evidence-based clinical practice guideline content? Join this webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) to hear directly from the creators of the Trust and learn how this guideline repository can facilitate your searches for up-to-date clinical practice guidelines. They will take you on a tour of their site’s content and capabilities, and share latest search features and enhancements developed with a librarian audience in mind.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this training will discuss the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, demonstrate how to search and interpret the results database, and explore how health sciences librarians can advocate the importance of complying with the results submission requirements.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

Finding Clinically-Relevant Genetic Information – September 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the MidContinental Region (MCR) for this next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources! This presentation will introduce participants to resources for finding clinically-relevant genetic information, including overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI Clinical databases: ClinVar, MedGen, and the Genetic Testing Registry.

*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

Collaboration Launches Interactive Nature Program for Allegheny County Children and Families – Compendium, News for Pennsylvania Libraries

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

AJPH Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media – The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, intends to publish a special issue focusing on research that can help us better understand and address the proliferation of health misinformation on social media. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an extended proposal to Ms. Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 30.

Western Pennsylvania Health Literacy Event – Visit Carlow University in Pittsburgh on Friday, October 25 to celebrate Health Literacy Month! Hosted by the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, this free event will feature sessions on the basics of health literacy, unconscious bias, and cultural humility. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to apply health literacy techniques to their personal and professional lives.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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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Get Ready: Hurricane Dorian

SEA News - Wed, 2019-08-28 14:29

Dorian is strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it pushes through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the first storm there since 2017’s Hurricane Maria, and is an increasing danger to the Southeast U.S., including Florida, over Labor Day weekend.

Hurricane Dorian Projected Path

At a Glance

  • Hurricane Dorian is moving through the Virgin Islands.
  • A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch have been issued, there.
  • Dorian will bring heavy rain, strong winds and high surf to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • Dorian will then threaten parts of the Bahamas and the Southeast U.S. over Labor Day weekend.
  • Exactly where Dorian may strike the mainland U.S. remains uncertain.
  • Residents from the northern Gulf Coast to Florida to the Carolinas should monitor forecasts closely.

NOTE for DOCLINE Members: If your library will be closed due to the hurricane, please set your library “out of office” to temporarily deactivate lending in DOCLINE. If your library has never set your “out of office” before, please visit the NNLM DOCLINE website to learn how. Doing so will prevent requests from routing to your library during times of extended absence or special circumstances.

We encourage you to visit the following pages from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

State and Territory Resources

Puerto Rico

Florida

Dominican Republic

U.S. Virgin Islands

NLM DIMRC

MedlinePlus

Federal Agency Resources

Agencies and Organizations

  • Healthcare Ready RX Open is activated for Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Florida beginning Wednesday, 8/28.
  • Humanity Road Situation Reports (has not released a situation report yet, but they are active on Twitter)

Social Media

Social Media Hashtags

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Being Mindful About Data

NER News - Wed, 2019-08-28 10:54

If you have ever taught a class, hosted an event, or counted foot traffic in your library you have probably collected data.  I recently had the opportunity to attend the Research Data Management Roundtable hosted up at the University of Vermont where library data collection was discussed. The morning presentation focused on the library’s use of data obtained from digital learning objectives. The afternoon session had a broader theme of data ethics and the use of consent. It was a very enlightening discussion. 

My take away from that discussion reinforced my belief that information is power. What you perceive as a challenge, might not be a problem to those outside your group or community until you can back up your issue with hard facts or data. Data can tell a story when there are patterns of evidence such as repetition or grouping of facts. Having the right data will help you make your case and prove your points to the people that matter.  I know data is collected by apps and various companies, and that way more is known than I can control. On the flip side, to see if my instruction is working or the program being hosted is valuable, I collect limited data. This information is used to continue the program or figure out how to improve instruction.  

I came away being more mindful in how and why the data that is collected.  Now when I am about to get the new “free” app or solicit feedback on my latest endeavor, I pause before just blindly clicking.  I stop to ask, “Why does the data need to be collected – what is the purpose? and “How will the data be used?” There is a battle waging for control over your information, as a consumer there is a need to be conscious and fight for the right to control your information. 

Presently, there it is an uneven balance between those who collect data and the “free” apps you need to use.  Be educated on your rights when getting new technology so you can limit data collection. Even if you knowingly or unknowingly consented, once that data is out there it is hard to get control over it or get it back.  In the meantime, do your part and be conscious of what data you collect and how it is used.

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DataFlash: Stephen Few’s “The Data Loom” – A Book Review

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2019-08-27 16:26

Books with reading glasses

Stephen Few is no amateur when it comes to data analysis and data visualization; as the author of more than half a dozen books on data analysis and data visualization, this Pacific Northwest resident has become a trusted expert on the topic.

In Few’s newest book which was released this past May 2019 entitled “The Data Loom”, he does not disappoint his growing data fans.  In a time where dressing up data stories with cheap tricks (i.e. useless and misleading data visualizations to suit your own objectives) has become popular, Few reminds us of the importance of truthful data storytelling and truthful data presentations.  Few teaches us how to think critically and scientifically when it comes to thinking about our data and data presentation.  In fact, Few asserts that we don’t really live in the “Information Age” but more of the “Data Age” where data only is valuable to us after we make sense of it – i.e. through data sensemaking.

In Chapter 3 entitled “Think Scientifically”, Few reflects on the greater purpose of data sensemaking (63):

“Too often, data sensemaking focuses solely on collecting and reporting facts. However, facts are only useful if they lead to an understanding that enables decisions and actions that produce a better world.  Not every question involves causal relationships, but the most important questions do.”

Through being able to think critically and scientifically, we are in a better position to really understand and use data in a truthful and valuable way that will ultimately affect our ability to make good decisions.  Few’s knowledge of critical and scientific thinking comes shining through with many of his inspirational quotes and book references from great thinkers.  Masterfully, Stephen Few succinctly sums up a huge body of essential statistical, philosophical, and scientific works into a matter of 122 pages.  “The Data Loom” by Stephen Few is an amazingly concise work on thinking about data and a very worthwhile read!!!

Additional Reading by Stephen Few:

Show Me the Numbers

Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring

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NNLM SEA Webinar Week: September 17-19

SEA News - Tue, 2019-08-27 14:18

You heard it here first: NNLM SEA will be hosting four (yes, FOUR) webinars from Tuesday, September 17 to Thursday, September 19. Join us for this exciting “Webinar Week” as we explore predatory publishing, podcasts, Magnet facilities, and ClinicalTrials.gov. 

The details of each webinar are provided below. For more information on a specific session, please visit the class instance page. 

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing

Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Time: 2 PM ET

Presenters: Erica Brody and Hillary Miller, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Description: This session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

Registration 

Are you podcasting? 

Date: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Time: 12 PM ET

Presenters: PJ Grier, Alicia Williams, and Percy Takyi, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Description: As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment.  With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. Fostering resilience is a promising way to mitigate negative effects of stressors and prevent burnout (Houpy, J. et al. 2017). This moderated webinar is an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction. 

Registration 

Magnet Facilities and the Role Library Liaisons Can Play

Date: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Time: 2 PM ET

Presenters: Roy Brown and Alison Montpetit, Virginia Commonwealth University

Description: Magnet Recognition, offered by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), is the highest recognition for nursing excellence. Magnet-designated organizations have been recognized for nursing excellence in transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary practice, new knowledge, improvements, and innovations. In a Magnet-designated organization, nurses are engaged, supported, and empowered in a spirit of clinical inquiry to translate best evidence to the bedside in order to provide high-level patient care and improve clinical outcomes. To achieve this recognition, a facility must provide education and development for nurses at every level in their career to be more autonomous at the bedside and provide the best patient care.  To provide this type of care, a nurse must be a life-long learner and be able to engage effectively with evidence to make patient-centered decisions. Evidence-based practice training provides ripe opportunities for librarians to partner with hospital-based nurse educators to drive evidence-based practice. The webinar will focus on providing participants with a greater understanding of the Magnet Recognition Program and assist in identifying specific Magnet standards that librarians can play key roles to partner with nurses in Magnet-designated organizations or organizations on the Magnet journey.  

Registration 

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 1 PM ET

Presenter: Liz Waltman, NNLM SEA

Description: ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. In this training, participants will learn about the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, search and interpret the results database, be informed about the number of study records with results, and learn how health sciences librarians can advocate to clinical researchers the importance of complying with the results submission requirements mandated by federal law.

Registration 

 

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Public Libraries Summer Report – Part 2: NNLM Summer Reading Collaborations

SCR News - Tue, 2019-08-27 11:08

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with national associations to carry out health programs and initiatives with public libraries, to provide health information and services to patrons. NNLM network member libraries have partnered with community partners to carry out heath related programming, at times incorporating health devices into their collections and even hosting health events ranging from fitness classes to health screenings. Our Consumer Health Coordinator, Debbie Montenegro, has written a three-part series to report on her very busy summer of working with public libraries in the South Central Region (SCR). This is Part 2. 

Debbie teachingNNLM has collaborated with several national partners to incorporate health and wellness programming into libraries and other organizations, with the purpose of bringing access to health information into communities. One partnership is with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to public libraries for summer reading. Summer Reading is a big deal for public libraries, as it is their busiest time. School is out and families with young children are looking for summer activities.

For three years, NNLM has and will create the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual as a companion to CSLP’s full summer manual. For 2019, the summer reading theme is Space, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. NNLM also partnered with network members to carry out space-related programs.

two girls

One program in particular was the “Library Moon Walk” and involved three library systems and was funded by the NNLM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):

A “walk” from Upstate New York to the Moon is approximately 238,900 miles. But that’s not stopping librarians and their patrons from giving it their best shot with the Library Moon Walk! Librarians from the Mohawk Valley, Southern Adirondack, and Upper Hudson Library Systems received funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region to get their patrons moving, dancing, and learning about health and wellness.

To see the manual and related webinars, check out our summer reading page here: https://nnlm.gov/initiatives/summer-reading

To see more about this program, check out the Library Moon Walk Page here: https://librarymoonwalk.sals.edu

Like NNLM SCR on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals

SEA News - Mon, 2019-08-26 11:38

In this webinar for librarians and other information professionals you will preview the new, modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development, and find out how to give us your feedback on the new system. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020.

This webinar will be repeated for several sessions so that we can answer your questions. Please sign up for only ONE session.

Dates:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
11:00am-12:00pm ET

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Friday, September 20
2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3:00pm-4:00pm ET

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NNLM SEA Digest News – August 23, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-08-23 10:22

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 August 27 – August 28 

Webinars September 4 – September 12

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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Funding available to support Community Based Organizations

MAR News - Fri, 2019-08-23 09:01

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications from Community Based Organizations to support health programming in public libraries. The purpose of the Health Programming in Public Libraries Award is to fund Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to incorporate MedlinePlus and information about the All of Us Research Program into existing health programming. Funded CBOs would then offer programs in public libraries within the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania).

  • Period of Performance: October 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020
  • Due Date: September 20, 2019 Noon ET
  • Notification of Awards: September 30, 2019

Amount: Up to $19,500

Eligibility:
  • Community Based Organizations having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other than institutions of higher education and libraries, or
  • Cooperative Extension Service

Eligible organizations must have existing health programming that is offered to the public and be Network members in the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania). Membership is free, and open to any organization that provides or promotes health information. Awards are cost-reimbursable and are issued to the institution and not an individual.

Efforts will be made to fund programs throughout the region that have the potential to reach populations Underserved by Research.

NNLM MAR staff will work with funded programs to integrate relevant health information and NIH All of Us Research Program content into programs and to assist with making connections with local public libraries.

Full Request for Proposals

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM MAR.

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Consumer Health Minute: Collection Management

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-08-22 12:53

Back in the day, before the Internet, the majority of our resources were in print. Our patrons would enter the library to peruse our collections for information they needed or approached the reference desk to ask the librarian for assistance who would then often direct the patron to a reference tome or an item on the shelf.

Now days, it is rarer for us to turn to the printed format and many times, what we need is often found online. Publishers of consumer health reference books are also moving their content online and it is becoming more difficult to find authoritative consumer health information in books.

Many library staff have stated that their patrons want print, in other words, books. In our NNLM classes and conference sessions we often recommend specific online resources as the best resources for providing quality health information for patrons. As information providers, we need to acknowledge that certain online information is more current and more reliable.  And of course, online content can be printed.

Recently, Francesca Goldsmith, expert librarian and author, presented, “Collection Management for Healthy Communities”, on the NNLM webinar series, Kernel of Knowledge. The 1 hour session was recorded and Goldsmith provides library staff with the rationale and support in choosing appropriate online and print health related resources for your communities, as well as addressing  the issue of print books versus online resources. Goldsmith will help you feel more confident in building your library’s health collection.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Thu, 2019-08-22 12:10

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Upstate Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY – learn more about this youth-focused education program that pairs medical librarians and healthcare professionals with middle school students, to improve health literacy and inspire the pursuit of health-related careers.

Back-to-School with My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about vaccines, the impact of a heavy backpack, get a recipe for low-fat pumpkin bread, and more! Subscribe to receive My MedlinePlus via email.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote National Immunization Awareness and Talk to Your Doctor Month? 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.

In the Region – This summer, Michelle Burda visited Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine, a National Library of Medicine exhibit, at Brody Family Medical Library in Allentown PA. 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

Project Outcome: An Easy way to Measure the Impact of Library Services – MCR News

New on YouTube: Resources for Community Health Workers, June 26, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Mourning the loss of former NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. – It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., who served as the director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for more than 30 years. He was one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and continued his service as director emeritus of NLM after his retirement in March 2015. Because of his pioneering work in applying computer technology to biomedical research and health information, he is considered by many to be the country’s senior statesman for computers and medicine. Watch the Dr. Lingberg Memorial Video for a tribute to this NLM legend.

Remembering Donald A. B. Lindberg, a visionary giant with a personal touch – A world-renowned leader in applying computers to health care and a giant in the field of biomedical research, Dr. Lindberg was hailed for his visionary and transformative leadership. When people talk about people with such great influence, they often say that those who come after them stand on their shoulders. With Don, it was different. He made sure that we stood beside him. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Mapping Brain Circuits in Vivid Color – Hop aboard to fly up, down, left, and right through the information highways of the human brain! This captivating and eye-catching video was one of the winners of the 2019 “Show us Your Brain!” contest sponsored by the NIH-led Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. – 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 highlighted updates to PubMed Labs that improved search filters, and a new milestone for PubMed – the 30 millionth journal citation!

NIH funds genetic counseling resource ahead of million-person sequencing effort – The All of Us Research Program has awarded $4.6 million in initial funding to Color, a health technology company in Burlingame, California, to establish the program’s nationwide genetic counseling resource. Through this funding, Color’s network of genetic counselors will help participants understand what the genomic testing results mean for their health and their families.

Opinion: Diversity strengthens global health scienceGlobal Health Matters, a newsletter from the Fogarty International Center

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

August 2019

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – August 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), get ready for September and National Preparedness Month with this webinar that highlights NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will also include resources for special populations and those with special needs.

NNLM Delivery – August 28, 2:30-3:15 PM ET – The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is upgrading MARDelivery, our free document delivery service that has been offered to NNLM Members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware for over a decade. Not only have we upgraded to a fresh look and feel for existing MARDelivery users, but this free service will soon be extended to Members across the entire National Network of Libraries of Medicine! Join us for this brief information session about our new-and-improved document delivery platform, NNLM Delivery.

September 2019

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship – September 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET), librarians will reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians – September 9-November 15, 2019 – This collaborative online course offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans. Participants are eligible for up to 32 MLA CE, dependent upon the number of modules completed.

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community: An Introduction – September 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills for librarians making outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. The goal of this course is to offer concrete ideas that will enable librarians to initiate outreach programs with these populations. Topics include locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency.

Navigating the publishing landscape: Nuances of open access and “predatory” publishing – September 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this session will demystify the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, in particular, the rise of open access and “predatory” publishing. Predatory publishing is a term often used to describe journal publishers who engage in unethical or deceptive practices in order to make a profit. Alongside obvious publishing scams, emerging practices of established publishers, such as cascading and mirror journals, are also generating confusion and questions from both librarians and authors. Using a “train the trainer” model, attendees will learn to navigate this nuanced landscape of scholarly communication.

Family Focused Addiction Support Training: Getting your Life Back – September 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the New England Region (NER), guest presenter Maureen Cavanagh will introduce you to her newest project, Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FFAST). FFAST is a family-focused intervention designed to define and increase fluency in the language of recovery, educate on substance use disorders, and provide resources for self-care for those affected by a another’s substance use disorder. Learning the steps to care for yourself is essential in being a healthy, empathetic and effective supporter to your loved one, patient or student.

Are you podcasting? – September 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – As an alternative to radio or music playlists and primarily on mobile devices, people listen to various types of podcasts for enlightenment, learning or enjoyment. With looming board exams, pop quizzes and the need to understand basic human physiology, medical students face numerous stressors during their clinical years. This moderated webinar with the SoutheasternAtlantic Region (SEA) will provide an example of how two students found a unique outlet to cope with the high-intensity onslaught of medical education. The webinar’s goal is to inspire health sciences librarians to embrace podcast platforms as another means of teaching aspects of library orientation and instruction.

ECRI Guidelines Trust – September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Medical librarians are one of the largest user groups of the ECRI Guidelines Trust. So why not take advantage of all the Trust has to offer in terms of evidence-based clinical practice guideline content? Join this webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) to hear directly from the creators of the Trust and learn how this guideline repository can facilitate your searches for up-to-date clinical practice guidelines. They will take you on a tour of their site’s content and capabilities, and share latest search features and enhancements developed with a librarian audience in mind.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out MedlinePlus for Public Librarians. This aysnchronous, hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions.

*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 Posting: Medical Librarian/Information Specialist, ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Pennsylvanian academic library research study – You are invited to participate in a survey for a research study about assessment of outreach and student engagement efforts in academic libraries. Pennsylvanian academic library employees in a variety of positions are welcomed to participate. For more information about this study, review the Informed Consent information at the start of the survey. This study was approved by the IRB at Penn State University and Edinboro University.

New Medical Makerspace ListServ – The Ginsburg Health Sciences library is pleased to announce the creation of the Medical Makerspace ListServ. Intended to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of thoughts and experiences related to medical makerspace technologies, practices, techniques, development, and strategy, Ginsburg HSL is spearheading a structured means of information sharing with academic and clinically-based medical makerspaces and/or innovation labs. The ListServ will function as a valuable resource for medical makerspaces and medical makerspace professionals, and foster a closer sense of community in the application of emerging technologies in medicine and medical schools. To subscribe, send an email to listserv@listserv.temple.edu with “subscribe MEDICAL_MAKERSPACE_LISTSERV Yourfirstname Yourlastname” in the body of the email. If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Lyons, Innovation Librarian, at patrick.lyons@temple.edu.

AHRQ Social Determinants of Health Challenge Enters Exciting Second Phase! –  AHRQ Views

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn, exhibition and lecture – Visit the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System for the exhibition “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn,” an exploration of presenting personal illness narratives and health information through comics. The exhibition is free and open to the public during normal library hours from August 19 to September 30. To complement the exhibit, Dr. Jay Hosler will give a lecture on the art and science of science comics on August 27 at 11:30am (refreshments provided).

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

AJPH Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media – The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, intends to publish a special issue focusing on research that can help us better understand and address the proliferation of health misinformation on social media. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an extended proposal to Ms. Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 30.

OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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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SEASide Webinar — “Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results

SEA News - Thu, 2019-08-22 11:44

Date: September 10th, 2019

Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Presenter: Edwin Sperr, MLIS, Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership

Abstract: Searchers of PubMed, as with other bibliographic databases, are used to seeing their results primarily as an ordered list. While lists work well for accessing the first few dozen results of a search, they don’t do much to provide context. A list can’t convey meaningful information about those results that aren’t immediately displayed, nor does it describe the relationships between one part of a complex search and another. This lack of context is especially challenging when navigating large sets of results, as users rarely choose the most efficient search strategy the first time out. Instead they iterate through changes, often informed by little more than the difference in hits at each step.

In this webinar we’ll use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. We’ll also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Presenter Bio: Edwin Sperr, M.L.I.S. currently serves as the Clinical Information Librarian at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. Since developing the interactive tool PubVenn in 2015, Ed has explored the use of data visualization techniques in several different contexts. One can find out more about his work at https://esperr.github.io/

Register: Pre-registration for this free webinar is encouraged, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

Contact: Kirsten Burcat, MLIS, Data & Evaluation Coordinator

Continuing Education Credits: 1

To join the training session:

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NLM Announces Future Plans of 2018-2019 Associate Fellows

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-08-21 18:27

The National Library of Medicine has announced the future plans of its 2018-2019 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program provides associates with a broad foundation in health sciences information services and prepares librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows recently ended the first year of their fellowship. Three will continue for second year fellowships at health sciences libraries in the United States: at Lane Medical Library, Stanford University; Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado, and at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan. Two of the Associate Fellows will take positions at libraries in the Washington DC area: one at the National Agricultural Library and one at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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Stacy Brody

Stacy Brody will provide reference and website support for the Rural Information Center, Alternative Farming, and Natural Resources in the Information and Customer Service Branch at the National Agricultural Library. As a first-year NLM Associate Fellow, she developed planning and marketing materials for the biannual #citeNLM Wikipedia edit-a-thon, analyzed open science and data science policies, tracked policy and legislative news, and developed a scoping review protocol for mapping the uses of the Unified Medical Language System in research. She also worked on group projects examining computational reproducibility of NLM-funded research and executing a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to promote the visibility of women in library and information science.

Ms. Brody received her MI from Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information Science. She gained experience in academic libraries at the Rutgers University Libraries, providing information literacy instruction, research assistance, and pop-up reference services. She also worked at the Monmouth County Library, a public library system in her home state of New Jersey. She holds her BS in agriculture and plant science from Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke will be employed as a Medical Librarian at the Darnall Medical Library at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she will support evidence-based practice and research, provide reference and instruction, and assist in collection development and electronic access. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she evaluated bibliographic records in the Disaster Lit database using the MeSH on Demand tool to determine potential inclusion of controlled vocabulary as metadata to improve user discoverability of grey literature; interviewed organizational partners to determine data sharing barriers during infectious disease outbreaks and explored achievable goals librarians can implement to advance crisis response; and participated in the planning and post-assessment of the NLM workshop, Developing the Librarian Workforce for Data Science and Open Science.

Ms. Clarke received her MSLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She was previously employed as a librarian at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), where she provided reference support, performed literature searches, and delivered interlibrary loan requests. Prior to that, she worked at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Office of Research Protections where she worked on projects tracking human use protocols and managed the Volunteer Registry Database System. Ms. Clarke is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has a Disaster Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland University College.

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Amelia Llorens

Amelia Llorens will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at Stanford’s Lane Medical Library working with the Research & Instruction team to provide research support through literature search services and instructional sessions. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she assessed the Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians online training course, researched best practices to create an infographic helping MedlinePlus users evaluate online health information, and created visualizations of MEDLINE and PubMed Central application data. She also worked on a group project with other Associate Fellows examining author practices related to computational reproducibility and journal data and code sharing policies.

Ms. Llorens received her MSIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. While completing her degree, she worked as Serials Intern and later as Monographs Intern at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, where she selected collection items for preservation and assisted with technical services. She spent her final semester of her MSIS working at the Dell Medical School Library creating online instructional materials and teaching instructional sessions. She holds a BA in women’s and gender studies from Carleton College.

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Cecelia Vetter

Cecelia Vetter will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the University of Colorado Strauss Health Sciences Library teaching information literacy, designing assessment materials, and assisting with a course in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she designed and co-taught a workshop to school nurses on PubMed literature searching, created visualizations of MEDLINE and PubMed Central application data, and updated exhibit websites for the History of Medicine Division. She also participated in the Associate Fellow group project examining the computational reproducibility of research funded by NLM Extramural Programs.

Ms. Vetter received her MLIS from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a Research and Teaching Fellow studying pedagogy and providing information literacy instruction. While completing her degree, she worked at the UMD Special Collections and University Archives teaching primary source information literacy and held a summer internship at the Smithsonian Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. She holds a BA in art history and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Paije Wilson

Paije Wilson will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library, where she will conduct projects focusing on scientific communication and precision health. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she conducted research on the discoverability, accessibility, and availability of full clinical trial protocols; evaluated the discoverability of trials information on a subset of clinical trials data sharing platforms; and completed a project and presented a conference poster defining and describing data licensing policies, data sharing and use agreements, and other intellectual property frontiers in select NIH data repositories. She also participated in the Associate Fellow group project examining the computational reproducibility of research funded by NLM Extramural Programs.

Ms. Wilson received her MLIS from the University of Iowa. While completing her degree, she worked at the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library and the Spirit Lake Public Library and was a mentee at the University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. She holds a BA in English and a minor in Biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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