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DataFlash: Telling the Real Coronavirus Story with Data

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-02-18 12:10

The new coronavirus (i.e. COVID-19) has some people in the United States worried.  As of February 18th, 2020, there are more than 70,000 confirmed cases in China right now.  The outbreak is serious, but if you’re living in the United States, the odds are that the regular flu is a much more serious risk to your health than the coronavirus.  The CDC reported that in the 2017-2018 year, that there were over 60,000 influenza/flu associated deaths in the United States alone.  On February 18th, 2020 coronavirus fatalities peaked at 1,875 in Asia alone with one death outside of Asia so far.

Again, according to the CDC, the risk of coronavirus infection to the general public of the United States is considered “low at this time” as the general American public is unlikely exposed to this virus.  This risk of infection changes of course if let’s say you are an American healthcare worker caring for patients with COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled to China.  According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, care like washing your hands frequently as you can and staying away from crowded places where people are coughing and sneezing are more effective than wearing face masks.  According to Dr. Fauci the only people who need masks are those who are already infected to keep them from exposing others.

 A great data visualization/data dashboard on the coronavirus is one that was put out by Baltimore’s very own John Hopkins University.  Unlike some media outlets and social media, this data visualization tells a technically accurate data story of what’s going on with the coronavirus outbreak worldwide.  It takes a balanced and factual approach at looking at not only looking at the number of deaths (i.e. 1,875 as of 02/18/20), but the remarkable number of people who have recovered (i.e. 13,147 as of 02/18/20) from this viral infection.  The map on the dashboard accurately locates and quantifies the number of confirmed coronavirus cases with China having the most at 72,439 as of February 18th, 2020.  Finally, like all good data stories, the John Hopkins data visualization/story cites credible data sources like WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY in an attempt to be transparent and trustworthy.  All in all, this data visualization/story of the coronavirus makes a good attempt at a truthful depiction of the outbreak that is devoid of exaggeration and of most negative personal biases.

Data Citation:

John Hopkins University (2020). Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by John Hopkins CSSE.  https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

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Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for FYs 2021-2025

SEA News - Tue, 2020-02-18 11:37

Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-064

Key Dates
Release Date: February 12, 2020
Response Date: March 25, 2020

Related Announcements
NOT-OD-15-118

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Purpose

This Notice is a Request for Information (RFI) inviting feedback on the framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2021-2025.

NOTE: It is important to read this entire RFI notice to ensure an adequate response is prepared and to have a full understanding of how your response will be utilized.

Background

The purpose of the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan is to communicate how NIH will advance its mission to support research in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

The current NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, covering FYs 2016-2020, was submitted to Congress on December 15, 2015. As part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114–255), NIH will update its Strategic Plan every five years. The agency is currently developing an updated NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, for FYs 2021-2025, and anticipates releasing it in December 2020.

The FY 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan highlights NIH’s approach towards the achievement of its mission while ensuring good stewardship of taxpayer funds. It is not intended to outline the myriad of important research opportunities for specific diseases or conditions. Nor will it focus on the specific research missions of each component Institute, Center and Office. Those opportunities are found within strategic plans that are specific to an Institute, Center, or Office, or specific to a particular disease or disorder. (A list of Institute, Center, or Office-specific, topical, and other NIH-wide or interagency strategic plans is available at https://report.nih.gov/strategicplans/.)

The Framework for the FY 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, below, articulates NIH’s priorities in three key areas (Objectives): biomedical and behavioral science research; scientific research capacity; and scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science. These Objectives apply across NIH. In addition, several Cross-Cutting Themes, which span the scope of these Objectives, are identified.

NIH-Wide Strategic Plan Framework

Cross Cutting Themes

  • Increasing, Enhancing, and Supporting Diversity
  • Improving Women’s Health and Minority Health, and Reducing Health Disparities
  • Optimizing Data Science and the Development of Technologies and Tools
  • Promoting Collaborative Science
  • Addressing Public Health Challenges Across the Lifespan

Objective 1: Advancing Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences

  • Driving Foundational Science
  • Preventing Disease and Promoting Health
  • Developing Treatments, Interventions, and Cures

Objective 2: Developing, Maintaining, and Renewing Scientific Research Capacity

  • Cultivating the Biomedical Research Workforce
  • Supporting Research Resources and Infrastructure

Objective 3: Exemplifying and Promoting the Highest Level of Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science

  • Fostering a Culture of Good Scientific Stewardship
  • Leveraging Partnerships
  • Ensuring Accountability and Confidence in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences
  • Optimizing Operations

Request for Comments

This RFI invites input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communities, as well as the general public, regarding the above proposed framework for the FY 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan.

The NIH seeks comments on any or all of, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Cross-Cutting Themes articulated in the framework, and/or additional cross-cutting themes that may be considered
  • NIH’s priorities across the three key areas (Objectives) articulated in the framework, including potential benefits, drawbacks or challenges, and other priority areas for consideration
  • Future opportunities or emerging trans-NIH needs

NIH encourages organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional organizations) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization or membership as a whole.

How to Submit a Response

All comments must be submitted electronically on the submission website.

Responses must be received by 11:59:59 pm (ET) on March 25, 2020.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Please do not include any personally identifiable information or any information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response. The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements. This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information.

We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI opportunity with your colleagues.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

nihstrategicplan@od.nih.gov

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Citizen Science in the Library

MAR News - Tue, 2020-02-18 09:59
Kelsey Cowles

Kelsey Cowles

Although it’s currently still blustery and cold across the Middle Atlantic Region, spring will be here before we know it! We all know that spring brings sunshine and flowers, but did you know that it also brings Citizen Science Month in April? April is a great time to for folks venturing back outdoors (or staying indoors!), which means that right now is the perfect time to plan programs for your library to help patrons dive into citizen science and crowdsourcing.

This year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has expanded its partnership with SciStarter, an online community dedicated to supporting citizen science for both project managers and participants, to support Citizen Science Month. If you haven’t participated in citizen science programming before, the Introduction to Citizen Science Tutorial is a good place to start. Next, check out SciStarter’s Library and Community Guide to Citizen Science, which includes a facilitator’s kit, programs in a box, posters and other materials, book lists and books, and more. These resources will help you get started on your own citizen science programs for Citizen Science Month – or any time of the year. Additionally, NLM provides access to a variety of resources for basic health, environmental health, and genetics that can support citizen science outreach efforts in your community. National Library of Medicine resources for citizen science include MedlinePlus, Tox Town, Genetics Home Reference, and ChemIDplus.

For more information about National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists, register to attend an NNLM webinar on February 24 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET.

A great way for academic libraries in particular to engage students, faculty, and staff is to participate in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. This spring, NNLM has timed our biannual, month-long #citeNLM editing campaign to coincide with Citizen Science Month. The topic of the Spring 2020 campaign is Preventive Health & Wellness and we’ll be kicking off the month with a training webinar on April 2 at 2:00 PM ET. During the month of April, you can join #citeNLM in several ways:

  1. Participate virtually as an individual: sign up to participate in our virtual edit-a-thon on April 30, or edit health articles another time and add the project hashtag #citeNLM in the Edit Summary.
  2. Participate in-person as an individual: find an event happening near you.
  3. Host an in-person or virtual edit-a-thon at your library: use our organizer’s guide to get started.
  4. Share our campaign on social media: use #citeNLM in your posts about the event!

For more details, visit nnlm.gov/wiki.

Participating in Citizen Science Month is an excellent way to engage patrons at your library and help them translate their curiosity into action. Consider applying now for funding to support Citizen Science and crowdsourcing programs at your library!

Written by Kelsey Cowles, Academic Coordinator, for the Winter 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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Goodbye, friends, and a warm welcome to Derek Johnson!

GMR News - Mon, 2020-02-17 13:02

I want to share with everyone that this is my final week serving as the Associate Director for our program, I am beginning a new position at Creighton University in Omaha next month. I’m excited about the new challenge, but sad to be leaving so many outstanding colleagues and friends behind – as well as letting go of the many projects that

GMR staff at MCMLA exhibit

Darlene, Jacqueline, and I with Balloon Man!

we’ve brainstormed and not yet had the chance to implement yet! This position has been a career milestone, it’s been a rare opportunity to serve in the same organization that helped me get my feet under me as a new hospital librarian long ago. By far, my favorite part of this position has been connecting with our members and hearing about your successes and challenges. Our region is proud of our member organizations, there’s nothing I enjoy more than bragging about our funded projects, which you all make successful.

Image of GMR staff

Linda & I touring the new space for the University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library

In my place, our very own Health Professionals Outreach Specialist, Derek Johnson, will be stepping up to take on the Associate Director role on an interim basis. I’ve never received so much praise (unsolicited, even!) for a team member as I have for Derek, which is a testament to the collaborative work Derek has been a part of nationally. In my time working with Derek, I’ve valued his strategic thinking and deliberate process – a good contrast with my runaway enthusiasm to undertake new projects. Derek has great ideas of his own in the works and I am confident that he will elevate the success of the program and of our region. You are in good hands!

I want to thank you all for sharing your time with me and wish you all future success!

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Meet Me Monday: Edward Caldwell, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

SCR News - Mon, 2020-02-17 04:00

Edward Caldwell, NNLM SCR Health Professions CoordinatorPlease join us in welcoming the newest member of the RML team! Edward Caldwell will serve as the Health Professions Coordinator.

Prior to this position, Edward served as an Outreach Education Coordinator at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. In this role, he coordinated all outreach events for the Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas Colorectal Cancer (CRC) grant including health fairs, presentation, meetings, etc. Edward holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler.

He is excited to join the NNLM SCR, and we are equally pleased to have him as part of our team.

Contact him directly at Edward.Caldwell@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2236.

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DataFlash: A Fun but Authoritative Book on Citizen Science – A Book Review

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2020-02-14 16:40

“The Field Guide to Citizen Science: How You can Contribute to Scientific Research and Make a Difference”,  written by SciStarter experts Darlene Cavalier, Catherine Hoffman, and Caren Cooper is a fantastic read.  They do an excellent job of explaining that what defines citizen science, its history, and how you can easily become a citizen scientist with an array of citizen science projects that they highlight and recommend in their book.

I learned many interesting things about citizen science from this read.  For example, the term “citizen” at least in the United States, is associated with a contentious immigration debate about who is eligible to participate in civic life, including science and education.  As a result of this, other terms have been used to describe citizen science like community science, public participation in scientific research, participatory action research, and community based participatory research.  Despite its associated tensions with the term “citizen” in citizen science, none of the other terms is as complete or widely used as the term “citizen science”.

One thing that I was always skeptical about with citizen science was how scientists and researchers could trust citizen science data.  I learned though that with data collection and analysis from citizen scientists, that there exists a rigorous process for cleaning and collecting accurate data.  For example, generally if a data point stands out from the norm, it will undergo expert review. Also, to substantiate and validate data, citizen scientists as part of their data collection, submit photos of their specimen.  Among other things, extensive training and testing is done related to quality assurance and quality control for citizen science projects.  Lastly, I learned that almost one-quarter of citizen science projects compare data from many volunteers and validate data by independent consensus and sometimes projects request the same data in several different ways in order to double-check for errors.  It is these quality protocols that are ingrained into the citizen science project regiment that ensures citizen science data is trustworthy and valid.

For most of the book, the authors recommend various citizen science projects that are free or very affordable to do on your own or with your community.  Most of the citizen science projects can be found in SciStarter’s extensive database of citizen science projects.  As a result of Citizen Science month coming up this April 2020, the NNLM PNR group is planning a PNR-Rendezvous webinar on April 29th, 2020 at 1 PM PT, with guest speaker and SciStarter founder Darlene Cavalier.  Please stay tuned for more details!!!

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Getting the Most from NNLM: Public Health Part 2

NER News - Fri, 2020-02-14 10:52

Back in November, I wrote about databases, resources and services from NLM and NNLM that are useful for our public health partners beyond MedlinePlus and PubMed.  In that post, I covered the databases that had a broad appeal to a public health audience or that had public health information for a general audience including resources with information on HIV/AIDS, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, environmental health and more.

Public health can be siloed and territorial due to limited funding and other resources, but it’s important to know what research and programs already exist, so that programs and projects continue to advance community health and build on best practices. NLM has databases that can help public health professionals, and social and behavioral health researchers find information that hasn’t been commercially published, including about ongoing and completed research and projects.

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR ONESearch) allows public health professionals, researchers and the interested public the ability to search multiple databases for information on archived, completed and ongoing social and behavioral intervention research. Results can be filtered by Project Status, Performing Organization, Funding Organization, Initial and Final Year, State and more. NICHSR ONESearch also has datasets and methodologies.

ClinicalTrails.gov allows patients and families, researchers, and study managers to search for ongoing clinical trials and filter results by recruitment status, age or age group, sex, study type, results, funder type and more.

Disaster Lit is a resource within the NLM’s wider emergency preparedness, response and recovery database, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), and gives researchers, professionals and the public access to gray literature including conference proceedings, white papers and policy papers, videos, clinical guidance and more.  Disaster Lit includes pre-done searches on select topics and the ability to build searches to find the emergency preparedness, response and recovery information most relevant to your planning and response situation.

Doing research and building searches that produce relevant results are skills that need to be learned and practiced.  Getting the most from PubMed and other databases can be learned.  Use the PubMed Search Builder Tutorial to learn more. You can also learn to build searches in Disaster Lit with the How to Search Tutorial.

Reminder that NNLM also has classes for public health professionals. You can search the full NNLM class catalog or find NNLM webinars that are CHES eligible.

Upcoming CHES eligible classes:

February 26, 2020 from 2-3pm (ET)-From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health

March 5, 2020 from 2-3pm (ET)-Health Statistics on the Web

You can also filter classes using the keywords “public health” to find classes that have been designated useful for a public health audience.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – February 14, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-02-14 10:26

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars February 17 – February 19

Webinars February 24 – February 26

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 - Fri, 2020-02-14 07:00

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

Spotlight

Read the MAReport: This quarter, Erin Seger explores nutrition information resources for clinical and public health dieticians to use in research and patient education.

Help us improve nnlm.gov: If you have visited our website to look for training or funding opportunities, find resources on health topics, update your Membership record, order free materials, or even to contact us for assistance, we want to hear about your experience! All NNLM users are encouraged to provide feedback by completing a brief survey about the features and functions of our website. The survey will be open for response through February 29, 2020.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available Now! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and resources, and submit your proposal by April 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Heart Health and Black History 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 month, MAR coordinators are thinking about program evaluation, citizen science, and gearing up for the Public Library Association conference! Read about 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

NNLM at the Public Libraries Association Conference

MAR is heading to PLA Nashville. If you are attending the conference, stop by the NLM exhibit booth #1907 to meet us, join us for a Health in Libraries Social Hour, or attend a free cultural humility workshop!

Engaging with the Community: Learning and Applying the Essentials of Cultural Humility to Improve Health Information Outreach – February 25, 1:30-5:00 PM – Collaborate with colleagues to learn more about serving underserved communities in a culturally humble and inclusive manner. Learn about trusted health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and how you can partner with NNLM to support the All of Us Research Program. This program is free for NNLM Members – please register to attend.

Health in Libraries Social Hour – February 26, 5:30-7:30 PM – Want to connect with other conference attendees doing health work in their libraries? Nashville Public Library and NNLM-SEA will host a casual meet-up at Frothy Monkey, in Downtown Nashville. Look for us upstairs in the café area. The company is free, but you’ll have to buy your own food and drink. We look forward to seeing you there!

MAR at the NLM Exhibit booth – February 27, 3:00-5:00 PM – Michael Balkenhol and Tess Wilson; February 28, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Michael Balkenhol.

NLM/NIH News

The Wonder of Everyday Things – A library provides a window to the wonders of the world, from scientific discoveries to historical artifacts to new ideas about the universe. But it’s also a repository, of sorts, of many everyday things. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM’s Groundbreaking Work to Prevent Cervical Cancer – Currently, more than half a million women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, with 90% of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Perfect Cytoskeletal Storm – Ever thought about giving cell biology a whirl? If so, sit down and take a look at this full-blown cytoskeletal “storm,” which provides a spectacular dynamic view of the choreography of life. – NIH Director’s Blog

The Development of the DeBakey Classification of Aortic Dissection – Aortic dissection is a life-threatening catastrophic event. Without treatment, many persons experiencing this event will die within 48 hours. Before the 1950s, much like repair of aortic aneurysm, it was long thought impossible to correct aortic dissection surgically. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently announced a New MeSH supplementary concept record for Coronavirus Disease.

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

February 2020

The Importance of Digital Literacy and Its Impact on Understanding Health Information – February 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals that greatly impact their ability to find and access trusted quality health information. Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. Join this webinar with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network (CEN) to learn about digital literacy strategies to make digital health resources user friendly for all patrons and ways to help them access reliable health information online.

What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing – February 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide an overview of What Works for Health, a resource from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR). What Works for Health rates the evidence of a broad range of strategies that can affect health through changes to health behaviors, clinical care, social and environmental factors, and the physical environment. From the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Toni Lewis will discuss how those preparing funding applications can use What Works for Health when writing their evidence of need. This class will also provide examples of past funded NNLM projects that align with strategies Toni highlights. The audience will learn a practical way to use CHRR as it relates to applying for NNLM funding or other funding opportunities. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour, including 1 advanced level CECH. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Genetic Testing – February 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Advertising for DNA testing companies proliferates the media these days, but many individuals spit or swab, and then wonder how to get beyond their ethnicity results. The first questions usually asked regarding genetic testing are: “Where should I test?” and “I got my results, now what?”. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), participants will explore these questions and more in this presentation, as an introduction to the world of DNA and interpreting test results. More advanced tools will be introduced that are fun and give the researcher real information they can use. If you have tested, review your results before the session.

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists – February 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Citizen science is happening all around you! Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. In this class with the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), participants will learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries.

Applying for NNLM MAR Funding – What You Need to Know – February 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this presentation to hear about about funding opportunities and the logistics of applying for an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR). Get project ideas, insider’s tips, and a demo of our new online application. There will be a brief presentation and then an opportunity for your questions to be answered. The NNLM MAR call for proposals will be posted on February 7, 2020. If you cannot attend the live webinar but would like the information, please register. A recording of the class will be sent to all registrants.

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – February 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Taking Care of Us: Inreach for Library Staff – February 27, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Stressed out? Notice you are taking more sick days than usual or have less enthusiasm or energy than normal? Whether you are knotted up over work, personal issues, climate change, or politics, it seems like there are plenty of reasons to feel overwhelmed. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and library director, yoga teacher, and physical literacy researcher, Jenn Carson, as she teaches you how to de-stress at your desk, maintain proper posture, avoid injury, and regulate your emotions through breathing, stretching, and other techniques. Participants will learn an easy self-care routine that will help to reduce stress at work and leave you feeling recharged instead of drained. Participants will leave with digital downloads to help them remember what they learned and share with their colleagues.

Privacy Research & Clinical Text Deidentification with NLM-Scrubber – February 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – We strive to discover new clinical facts to promote evidence-based clinical sciences, but such potential discoveries are locked in electronic health record systems due to privacy concerns. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to resolve this vexing social concern. In this presentation with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), Dr. Mehmet Kayaalp will deconstruct the problem to understand what makes privacy so complex. How can we tap into big health data while preserving the privacy of the patient? One technological solution is NLM-Scrubber, a clinical text de-identification tool developed at the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Kayaalp will discuss what NLM-Scrubber offers to clinical scientists, data managers, and privacy officers in academic medical settings.

March 2020

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – March 2-27, 2020 – Consumers need access to understandable information and resources about various genetics topics. Librarians working with the public must be aware of both important issues surrounding genetics, and resources available to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Sponsored by the Southeastern and Middle Atlantic Regions (SEA/MAR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped to address the genetic health information needs of your community.

Health Statistics on the Web – March 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Participants are also eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Stronger Together: Advocacy and Inclusivity, Public Libraries and The Autism Community – March 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide a panel discussion with three guest speakers about library services for the Autism community. Hear from library and community advocates about their passion for youth services and inclusive programming.

Health Literacy in an Academic Environment – March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines a vision for organizations and professionals to take an active role in improving health literacy. Several of its underlying goals are applicable to libraries, including those in higher education. A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy.

The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction – March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In the past few years, direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests have skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of people sending in samples to companies for tests purporting to reveal secrets about their ancestry, physical health, and more. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will provide an overview of the history and current state of DTC genetic testing and explore the differences between various types of tests. It will also assess the veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies. Challenges surrounding these tests, including concerns about privacy, accuracy, and more, will be examined. Attendees will learn where to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – March 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for this webinar to learn how to effectively provide mental health information at your library. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out NNLM’s new
Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices. Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies in this 4 credit/4 module asynchronous online class. Through interactive, self-paced tutorials, discussion forums, and a synthesis exercise, users will learn what a health reference interview is, how the library can protect patrons’ health privacy and confidentiality using ethical guidelines from library associations, effective communication strategies to identify the health information needs of patrons, and simple methods for evaluating online health information that can be easily explained to patrons.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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Laying the Groundwork for Better Heart Health in 2020 and Beyond – AHRQ Views

Navigating the Health Care System – This four-unit health literacy curriculum designed by Nemours Children’s Health System can help prepare high-school-aged adolescents to be responsible for managing their own health care as they transition into adulthood. Units include definitions (health, health care, self-advocacy, health literacy), types of care (emergency department, urgent care, primary care provider), self-advocacy, and personal/family medical history; Symptoms, diagnosis, medications and vaccinations; Health insurance and adolescents’ right to privacy; and Practical application of the skills covered through real-life scenarios and role-plays. The full curriculum is available for download after creating a free account.

Black History Month: Throughout the month of February, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus on the positive impact an active and healthy lifestyle can have in helping to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities affecting the African American community. Use OMH as a resource for graphics, fact sheets and publications you can share, and join the conversation by participating in a #LoveYourHeartChat on February 19 at 2:00 PM ET. Partnering with the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this Twitter chat will raise awareness about the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle in order to overcome cardiovascular health disparities in the African American community.

American Heart Month: In February, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is focusing on the importance of social support to engaging in, and maintaining heart healthy behaviors like getting more physical activity, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress and quitting smoking. Use the American Heart Month Outreach toolkit as a resource for heart-health programming, including social media graphics and animated GIFs, fact sheets, drop-in articles, and PowerPoint slides. #OurHearts are Healthier Together!

Libraries as Partners in Healthy Communities – March 3-13, 2020 – join WebJunction for a free, two-week course to explore how your library can actively partner to promote the health of your community through responsive programs and services, and learn how to incorporate this focus into your library’s strategic plan. This course will look at the many ways public libraries are supporting community health, and provide strategies and methods to identify activities that serve the health needs of your community. WebJunction’s Dale Musselman and NNLM’s Darlene Kaskie will present this free course in two live, online sessions, on March 3 and 10, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, with two additional hours of readings and assignments for learners to complete on their own. You’ll also be encouraged to share your ideas and learning with others enrolled in the course through active discussion forums.

Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder – March 3, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – According to the Centers for Disease Control (2019), 1 in every 59 children in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of the results of the increased prevalence of ASD is a larger number of students with ASD are now participating in higher education. The transition into higher education is potentially difficult for students with ASD and support services are necessary to help make the transition successful. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association College & Research Division (PaLA CRD), this presentation will focus on how services and outreach initiatives by academic libraries can help students with ASD succeed in college.

Library Research for Water Resources – March 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – The Princeton University Library provides research services and instructional sessions to library users for finding print, digital, and online library materials for geosciences and environmental studies from governments (local, state, federal, international), societies, consultants, companies, and other information sources. This webinar is led by Emily Wild, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Studies Librarian, and focuses on how to discover information sources and products related to the topics of precipitation, water temperature, water use (water quantity), water-supply systems, surface water, groundwater, water quality, floods, droughts, and hurricanes.

Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Librarians of Color – March 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join The African American Medical Library Alliance Caucus (AAMLA) for this webinar, featuring three guest speakers, on the importance of recruiting and retaining underrepresented or minoritized librarians. Twanna Hodge will discuss the recruitment process for library residencies and recruitment strategies for early career BIPOC librarians. Tamara Nelson will discuss intentional recruiting of diverse candidates using direct strategies to recruit librarians of color that goes beyond just only posting the position, including ways to be proactive. Alan R. Bailey will discuss practices academic libraries should follow to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace – a workplace that embraces diversity and fosters success for all librarians but specifically those from diverse populations.

Basic Statistics for Research Design – March 25, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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In the Region

MAR News - Thu, 2020-02-13 11:35

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Erin Seger, Thinking About Program Evaluation: I’m currently taking a course about public health program evaluation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. It’s gotten me thinking about the different ways MAR and our partners can evaluate programs so that our stakeholders know how important our work is! Did you know that there are evaluation materials available from the NNLM National Evaluation office? In their Four Steps to an Evaluation Plan, NEO outlines some ways that an organization can get started with program evaluation. These steps include: doing a community assessment, making a logic model, developing measurable objectives, and creating an evaluation plan. This information is relevant because NNLM MAR recently announced our annual funding opportunities. It can seem like a lot of work to make a logic model and objectives before you write a grant, but doing this can definitely help strengthen a proposal because your plan will be more organized, making it clearer to reviewers what you aim to accomplish. MAR has some upcoming webinars that can help you get started with a proposal. One of these will talk about how County Health Rankings and Roadmaps can support what you put into your logic model. If you’re interested, join us on February 19 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET for What Works for Health? Using County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in Grant Writing.

Michael Balkenhol, Summer Reading and PLA: If your library is gearing up for summer reading, check out our health programming plans that compliment the summer reading theme of Imagine Your Story for 2020! Later this month, I will be heading to the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Nashville, TN. If you are heading to the conference, visit me at the National Library of Medicine Exhibit Booth #1907 on Thursday February 27 between 3:00-5:00 PM, or Friday February 28 between 11 AM and 1 PM. Hope to see you there!

Michelle Burda, Citizen Science at the NNLM Summit: I am happy to report that all of the MAR coordinators have made it safely back from snowy Salt Lake City, Utah where upon arrival there was about 8 inches of snow. We all gathered with coordinators from the other seven regions of NNLM to meet new colleagues, learn about new partnerships with community based organizations, new programs and offices at NNLM, and to exchange and brainstorm new ideas. One session that I attended that I want to share with you was focused on our involvement with citizen science. I did not know much about this program as it is one of the newer programs for NNLM. You will be hearing about more about Citizen Science Month in the weeks to come, and how you can become involved. If you don’t know much about citizen science like me, or want to see health-related projects, I would encourage you to explore our expanded partnership with SciStarter. On this page you will find an interactive tutorial that introduces you to the who, what, how, and why of citizen science. Stay tuned for information to come on Citizen Science month April 2020.

Kelsey Cowles, Returning from ALA Midwinter: Members of the MAR staff recently had the pleasure of connecting with many of our regional partners at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference in Philadelphia. It was lovely to reconnect with established partners and meet so many new colleagues! MAR also funded four Library and Information Science (LIS) students to attend the conference with us to learn about the NLM and NNLM, attend sessions, and chat with librarians at the NLM exhibit booth. Additionally, PCOM’s library and Temple University’s Health Sciences Library generously hosted me and two of the students for site visits. The students and I had a wonderful time receiving tours of the libraries and partaking in in-depth discussions about their operations. They found the experience of comparing and contrasting how the libraries at two different institutions support students and faculty very valuable. We are looking forward to working with these bright students in the future!

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High Quality Nutrition Information Resources

MAR News - Wed, 2020-02-12 16:35
Erin Seger

Erin Seger

As I prepare to speak at the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference in April, I’ve reflected on resources appropriate for dieticians and others who work in nutrition-related fields. In my role as Health Professions Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), I focus on outreach and training as it relates to public health professionals and clinicians. From my personal experience, dieticians can fit into either, or both, of these categories. When I was a hospital-based Health Educator, I worked with dieticians on nutrition lesson plans for patients. In other roles, I have met public health professionals with a nutrition background. NLM has a number of resources for both clinical and public health dieticians.

Many dieticians are familiar with PubMed from their time as students. While less well-known than PubMed itself, PubMed Special Queries can support nutrition professionals in conducting nutrition-related searches, such as those related to health disparities or AIDS. The Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries help a user find citations to published literature related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas and objectives. These SEQs are linked in the Special Queries section of PubMed, as well as through another NLM resource, PHPartners.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce

PHPartners is a portal for the public health workforce that links to news, reports, data, tools, and statistics on public health topics. A user can locate the Healthy People SEQs from the PHPartners homepage. Click any Topic Area for PubMed searches for specific objectives. For example, the Nutrition and Weight Status objective to “increase the variety and contribution of vegetables to the diets of the population aged 2 years and older” links to 113 related citations. In addition to the SEQs, PHPartners has a topic page about nutrition, linking to nutrition news, grants, education and information.

If a nutrition professional wants to expand their search beyond PubMed and PHPartners, NICHSR ONESearch is useful. This searches information in PHPartners as well as three other resources: Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC), Health Services/Sciences Research Resources (HSRR) and Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj). These resources will provide everything from citations, to datasets and research in progress, to news and reports related to health services research. Using NICHSR ONESearch can save time by searching four resources at once. When I search for information about diabetes self-management in NICHSR ONEsearch, I get a wealth of information ranging from citations, to instruments to measure self-management, to completed and ongoing programs related to diabetes self-management, and mobile applications to support self-management.

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You

MedlinePlus, NLM’s main consumer health portal, provides a wealth of nutrition information that is both trustworthy and easy to understand. From topic pages on prevalent chronic conditions requiring nutrition changes such as diabetes and heart disease, to healthy recipes, MedlinePlus is a great tool for patient education.

NNLM provides lesson plans and programs that may be of interest to dieticians. If you read a recent article by my NNLM MAR colleague Michael Balkenhol, you likely saw his description of the lesson plans and information available as part of the NNLM partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Fairytale Nutrition helps you take food and nutrition to a fantastical level with story time, cooking, and/or gardening programs.

If you work in the field of nutrition, or provide information to support someone who does, I encourage you to explore these nutrition related resources and programs.

Written by Erin Seger, Health Professions Coordinator, for the Winter 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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NLM Classification 2020 Winter Edition Now Available

PSR News - Wed, 2020-02-12 16:14

The 2020 MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) vocabulary was evaluated for inclusion in the Classification index. Several additions and changes were made to the Index and Schedules based on this review. All main index headings are now linked to the 2020 vocabulary in the MeSH Browser. A mini-systematic review of the W 775-867 Medicolegal Examination section was conducted. Additional minor updates were made to the Index and Schedules.

Summary Statistics for the 2020 Winter Edition

  • 59 index main headings added (49 from 2020 MeSH)
  • 155 index entries modified
  • 5 index headings deleted
  • 11 class numbers added (visit Class Numbers Added and Canceled (Current Edition))
  • 338 class number captions or notes modified
  • 3 schedule range headers modified
  • 2 class numbers canceled

More detailed information about the scope of the 2020 winter edition is available. The 2020 summer version will be published in mid-to-late August 2020. It will encompass the systematic review of the WD (Disorders of Systemic, Metabolic or Environmental Origin, etc.) and WO (Surgery) schedules and other miscellaneous updates. The PDF version will be published annually in the fall.

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Consumer Health Community of Practice Workshop at PLA

SEA News - Wed, 2020-02-12 11:26

To kick off the NNLM Consumer Health Community of Practice, we are hosting a free workshop ahead of PLA in Nashville with DeEtta Jones & Associates on Tuesday February 25, 1:30-5pm.  It is a half-day workshop where you have the opportunity to collaborate with other participants to learn more about serving underserved communities in a culturally humble and inclusive manner.  You will also learn about trusted health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and how you can partner with NNLM to support the All of Us Research Program.

If you would like to attend, go to the Community of Practice for Consumer Health Professionals website and select “Request a Spot.”  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Help Us Improve nnlm.gov

MCR News - Tue, 2020-02-11 19:25

Your feedback matters! If you have visited our website to look for training or funding opportunities, find resources on health topics, update your Membership record, order free materials, or even to contact us for assistance, we want to hear about your experience. All NNLM users are encouraged to provide feedback by completing a brief survey about the features and functions of our website. The survey will be open for response through February 29, 2020. We greatly appreciate your time, and valuable input toward improving nnlm.gov!

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February NIH News in Health 

MCR News - Tue, 2020-02-11 19:20

Check out the February 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing

Gut Troubles
Pain, Gassiness, Bloating, and More
It can be tricky to figure out what’s causing your stomach pain. Learn more about digestive system disorders.

Disrupted Speech
Why Do We Stutter?
Stuttering affects more people than you might think. Find out what causes people to stutter.

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New On-Demand Class –

MCR News - Tue, 2020-02-11 19:16

Now available: Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices – on demand

Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies in this 4 credit/4 module asynchronous online class. Through interactive, self-paced tutorials, discussion forums, and a synthesis exercise, users will learn:

  • What is a health reference interview
  • How the library can protect patrons’ health privacy and confidentiality using ethical guidelines from library associations
  • Effective communication strategies to identify the health information needs of patrons
  • Simple methods for evaluating online health information that can be easily explained to patrons

This is an on-demand class, open February 10, 2020 – April 30, 2020. This class is approved for 4 MLA CE credits and qualifies for CHIS Level 1 and Level 2.

To register, go to: https://nnlm.gov/classes/introduction-health-reference-ethics-and-best-practices

Contact nto@utah.edu with questions.

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Upcoming Educational Opportunities

MCR News - Tue, 2020-02-11 18:18

Knowing what you don’t know: Medical Micro-aggressions: Health care access, serving patients, and working within your community is incredibly important work. To best do this work, we need to know who we are, what we bring to the table, and what we don’t know. Join in for a lively conversation to uncover what we don’t know, and how Step One is asking the right questions of ourselves and listening to others. This session is part of the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt” series. March 18 at 10 MT/11 CT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Make it Work—Managing Your Solo or Small Hospital Library: Whether you work by yourself or with a small staff, the nitty-gritty of successfully delivering your services can be challenging. Join two successful solos (Louise McLaughlin and Helen-Ann Brown Epstein) as they discuss the importance of building partnerships throughout their organization, staying visible and valuable, all at the best possible price. April 15 at 2 MT/3 CT. (1 MLA CE) Register

How PubMed® Works: Introduction: Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. We’ll explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. We’ll do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results. And lastly, we’ll explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. March 11 from 12-1:30 MT/1-2:30 CT. (1.5 MLA CE) Register

Health Literacy in an Academic Environment: A great opportunity exists for college and university libraries to provide high-quality health information while simultaneously educating students on how to select and use credible health information. Academic libraries independently, or in collaboration with public health services, can disseminate accurate health information and build campus-wide partnerships to improve health literacy. This webinar focuses on identifying stakeholders, liability, goal setting and content creation. The webinar will highlight how a library from a mid-size university was able to collaborate with the university’s health service center to promote health literacy. March 17 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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Coronavirus Information Update

MCR News - Tue, 2020-02-11 18:14

Information available from the National Library of Medicine on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is highlighted on the NLM homepage.  This section continues to be updated as new information becomes available.  Most recent updates include:

Please continue to follow NLM_news and NLM_DIMRC  on twitter for further updates, and check the home page regularly.

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New PubMed Training Materials

MCR News - Tue, 2020-02-11 17:42

The National Library of Medicine has updated and created new training materials for you to use and/or share with your patrons about the new PubMed.

Quick Tour Videos (2 minutes each)

https://learn.nlm.nih.gov/documentation/training-packets/T0042010P/

FAQs & User Guide (linked on bottom of new PubMed home page)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/help/

Tips for Using PubMed (2-Page Fact sheet)

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/oet/ed/pubmed/Tips_for_Using_PubMed_Factsheet_2020.pdf

The New PubMed: Trainer’s Toolkit

https://learn.nlm.nih.gov/documentation/training-packets/T0022014P/

Slide decks from NLM for you to customize

All the quick tour videos in SCORM packets for you to download and insert into web pages or an LMS.

NNLM will be offering a class called How PubMed Works. This is an updated and reconfigured version of PubMed for Librarians. The upcoming March sessions are full, but watch this listserv and the NLM Technical Bulletin for additional sessions and all announcements about the new PubMed.

If you have questions about how to do something in the new PubMed, please use the streamlined, green feedback button on the bottom-right side of each page in the new PubMed.

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Celebrate American Heart Month with the NNLM Reading Club

SEA News - Tue, 2020-02-11 09:49

Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is largely preventable. There are many things people can do to reduce their risk: exercise, make healthy food choices, and also visit their healthcare provider regularly. February is American Heart Month, but any time is a good time to help raise awareness about heart disease and prevention.

To help get the conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Heart Health. Choose one of the three featured books, then download the discussion guide, promotional materials and corresponding resources. Short on time? No worries! Apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit.

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland l The Open Heart Club by Gabriel Brownstein l State of the Heart by Haider Warraich, MD

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