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Citizen Science Day Megathon Promotes Alzheimer’s Disease Research!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-04-22 15:33

To celebrate Citizen Science Day 2019, the Stall Catchers Megathon took place around the world on Saturday, April 13th. Citizen Science Day is an annual event to celebrate participation and engagement in real science by members of the general public. On April 13th, libraries in many parts of the country hosted the Megathon, a worldwide event for anyone to join in to analyze real research data in a game format. Local teams gathered in many locations, including public libraries, enabling this global project to have a small town feel while regular people did real science.

To build community engagement through citizen science projects in public libraries, NNLM PSR partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, and Arizona State University, which had been working with public libraries in the Phoenix area on citizen science projects for over a year. The project focused on building relationships and capacity in public libraries across the country as community science centers, culminating in a common Citizen Science Day event. Citizen science projects can fall into many different scientific disciplines, including medical research. The Stall Catchers online game was created by the Human Computation Institute to support Alzheimer’s research being conducted at Cornell University; participants watch short video clips displaying blood flow in the research mice’s brains and determine if the blood is flowing or stalled.

Dan Stanton, Arizona State University librarian and Director of Library Programs at SciStarter:

I feel like I’ve been working on this since Citizen Science Day 2018! So for me, the amazing thing about Citizen Science Day 2019 was the progress made in getting the word out about the critical role libraries can play in Citizen Science. In the past year we’ve gone from localized displays and other programming, to a national campaign for libraries that included weekly open planning calls; quality promotional resources including bookmarks, posters, and a detailed Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science; and a project focused on a topic that touches everyone, and includes cool science and a clear explanation of how participating contributes to ongoing scientific research. I want to thank NNLM PSR, and especially Kelli Ham, for being such important partners in the movement to connect Citizen Science and libraries!

The Los Angeles Public Library hosted multiple Megathon sites, and was declared the “winner” of the points challenge during the event. Here are some of the winning citizen scientists who participated at the Los Angeles Central Public Library composed of staff from NNLM, SciStarter, and LAPL, as well as other local citizen scientists:

participants of Citizen Science Day holding up laptops and mobile devices displaying the stall catchers app

Citizen Science Day participants at Los Angeles Public Library

The EyesOnAlz blog posted an early peak at the #Megathon research results. The post indicates that the research question addressed on Saturday was whether stalls occur more frequently in the brains of mice that have high blood pressure, and if that stalling can be reversed.

“Despite a slightly rocky road, we broke some serious records during the Megathon weekend! Never before have we done so much research in a single Stall Catchers event, and had so many people playing at the same time. We were featured on Science Friday, and Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio! Plus, we were thrilled to have Australia & Asia join us in a last minute self-organized pre-Megathon event, as well as a group of students from Dickson County High School who were keen to do their part on Monday, and help us finish up analysis of the Megathon dataset!!”

Darlene Cavalier, Founder of SciStarter and Professor of Practice at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU, added, “The collective accomplishments of Citizen Science Day would not have been possible without the support of NNLM PSR. The support enabled libraries and others to host community-centered events and promote ongoing citizen science programs in ways that transcend a single day.”

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Resource Round-Up: New England Graphic Medicine ComicCon

NER News - Mon, 2019-04-22 14:31
 Poster boards with art produced by New England Graphic Medicine ComicCon attendees.

Art produced by New England Graphic Medicine ComicCon attendees.

As part of NNLM NER’s ongoing commitment to supporting the integration and expansion of graphic medicine in the outreach work of our partners, NER hosted the very well received New England Graphic Medicine ComicCon on April 10.

If you couldn’t attend or want a refresher on some of the resources presented, check out the links below to get caught up.  And thank you to all of our presenters for contributing to a successful and educational day.

Vermont’s own Rachel Lindsay started the day off by walking attendees through the process of creating her book Rx and the thought that went into all of the design choices from panel placement and lettering to character design. Listen to Rachel discuss her book at an event earlier in the month at Harvard.

Brittany Netherton and Matthew Noe (Matthew’s slides) shared their experiences creating and maintaining graphic medicine collections at their institutions and opened the session up to discussion.  Check out the links below for useful resources they shared:

A. David Lewis talked about creating a graphic medicine course, lessons learned, best practices and possible barriers. And he streamed it live, too. Check out the recording here.  He also makes his course presentations available on Youtube.  Check out the first presentation and find others on his Youtube channel.

To see what attendees had to say, check out the #NEGraphicMedCon tag on twitter or the round-up post by Jerry Kauppila from NNLM PSR.

If you weren’t able to attend, but are interested in giving feedback on ways NNLM NER can support graphic medicine, you can fill out the three question survey here: https://forms.gle/oW7bTW9VmHpbYrF26

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Tips to Co-Host/Run an Edit-a-thon

NER News - Mon, 2019-04-22 12:55

May 6th is fast approaching for MLA and the Spring NLM edit-a-thon.  We hope you’ve been keeping an eye on our WikiProject page <nnlm.gov/wiki>, as we’ve been adding more training materials and event details! Our topic this spring is Health Disparities.  

If you can’t make it in person, consider hosting an edit-a-thon at your institution.  Training videos and guides with tips and steps to host your own edit-a-thon are available.

Why run an edit-a-thon? Listed below are just a few reasons
  1. It helps build the encyclopedia
  2. It builds relationships in the community
  3. It provides access to topic experts, and to offline source materials
  4. It encourages editors to learn from each other, and to learn by doing
  5. It entices people to become new Wikipedians
  6. It helps new Wikipedians contribute their knowledge and expertise
  7. Increase information literacy and access
  8. It gives you a reason to have a part
  9. It makes you feel good – you are helping make the world a better place
  10. It’s fun!

We have curated a list of resources for hosting your own edit-a-thon:

If you are hosting your own, we’d love to hear from you! If you plan on using the Outreach Dashboard to track participation, please be sure to link to the CiteNLM campaign.

We hope to see you in person or online #CiteNLM2019 on May 6 for the Spring NLM edit-a-thon!

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NNLM New England Region Hosts the New England Graphic Medicine ComicCon & Workshop

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2019-04-19 17:11

On April 10th, the NNLM New England Region (NER) hosted the New England Graphic Medicine ComicCon at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

RX A Graphic Memoir book cover

The day was filled with sessions for artists, educators, and librarians, discussing the joining of science and art in graphic medicine mediums to help promote NNLM’s mission:

“…to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.”

The conference kicked off with keynote speaker, and current NNLM Reading Club Kit author, Rachel Lindsay. Rachel presented Reclaiming Patient Narrative Through Graphic Medicine, and discussed her life story that led to the creation of RX: A Graphic Memoir. You can find out more about RX by applying for a reading club kit containing Rachel’s book.

One of the panelists, Maki Naro, is a self-proclaimed illustrator, science communicator, and nerd. Maki talked about Creating Science Comics: Communicating Big Ideas in Small Panels. In 2014, Maki’s comic Vaccines Work. Here are the Facts was published on his website.

TheNib.com is a site that “looks at what is going down in the world, all in comics form.” Vaccines Work remains one of the site’s most relevant and popular posts as measles and whooping cough outbreaks continue around the nation.

Vaccines Work. Here are the Facts.

Gluten The Facts and The Fad

Cover of booklet from Vermont dairy farm seriesOther sessions included collection management, course and program design, and a case study of a cartooning project connecting migrant dairy workers in Vermont with cartoonists to document mental health issues associated with trauma and isolation, El Viaje Más Caro / The Most Costly Journey.

NER is leading the way in supporting graphic medicine as a means of communicating the NNLM mission. This conference was a great jumping off point. PSR members can apply now for several graphic medicine titles in our reading club kits, and watch out for more graphic medicine tie-ins in the near future!

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-04-19 12:52

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

Spotlight

STEM Program in a box: Members in the Middle Atlantic Region (NY, NJ, PA, DE) can order Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit by April 30, just in time for summer programming!

NNLM Reading Club – Mental Health Awareness: Complete an application by April 30 to receive the next NNLM Reading Club book kit, featuring three book selections in support of Mental Health Awareness for May. The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” book kit with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs of their communities.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Congratulations and farewell to Elaina Vitale – Academic and Data Services Coordinator Elaina Vitale will be leaving NNLM MAR in June. We are excited for her to advance her career at Dartmouth, where she has accepted a position as a Research and Education Librarian. We’ll miss you, Elaina!

Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference: Check out our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops to learn where you can meet and greet with MAR staff! If you would like to schedule a few minutes to speak with us about your projects or opportunities for partnership, please contact us.

HSLANJ Spring 2019 Offer – Medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern/Atlantic and New England Regions are welcome to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiave. The deadline to participate in the Spring offer is Friday, May 3.

NNLM Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Join us LIVE on May 6 at the Medical Library Association conference in Chicago to help improve Wikipedia articles related to health disparities! If you are not attending MLA, you can still participate remotely. Watch a brief introduction from Amanda Wilson, head of the National Network Coordinating Office, and learn more about this wonderful opportunity to help improve consumer health information on Wikipedia.

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries – May 16, 2:00 PM ET – Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools, but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

New on YouTube: Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits, February 20, 2019

NLM/NIH News

Expanding Access, Improving Health – NLM delivers on the commitment to “democratiz[ing] access to the products and processes of scientific research” by supporting the NIH Public Access Policy. This policy, passed by Congress in 2008, requires authors funded by NIH to make publicly accessible in PubMed Central (PMC) any peer-reviewed paper accepted for publication. Now, over a decade after the NIH Public Access Policy went in to effect, PMC makes more than 1 million NIH-funded papers available to the research community and the public. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Present at the Creation: Building the National Center for Biotechnology InformationNLM in Focus spoke with three scientists who were with NCBI in the beginning—and are still there. With wit and wisdom that only 20/20 hindsight can bring, these three NCBI leaders share the early struggles, uncertainty, and excitement from the first decade of NCBI. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Commelin’s Worldwide Botanical WebHorti Medici Amstelodamensis Rariorum … Plantarum Historia, usually ascribed to Jan Commelin and Caspar Commelin, is one of several beautiful botanical atlases published in the Dutch Republic in the years prior to the work of taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the online application portal, by midnight ET on September 30, 2019.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources – April 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the first online offering of this course and get ready to spend this summer celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with your community and network partners! Instructor Debbie Montenegro, NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and recently recognized NASA Solar System Ambassador, will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you get your summer programming together. Get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

A Nursing Liaison’s Role in Evidence-Based Practice – April 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a key part of healthcare today and is of growing importance to nursing practice. The increasing interest in EBP provides librarians with an avenue for partnering with nursing colleagues and demonstrating the value librarians can bring to an organization. This SEA webinar will situate evidence-based practice in modern healthcare and describe how it has become central to nursing practice. The webinar will focus on identifying key roles and strategies librarians can employ to support nurses in applying evidence-based practice to patient care.

LinkOut Consolidation – April 26, 12:00-12:45 PM ET – Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for a webinar to answer questions about the LinkOut Consolidation Announcement. A 15 minute presentation will go over what this consolidation means for you, and how to continue to see your library’s icon in PubMed. Following the presentation will be a 30 minute question and answer session with LinkOut experts. This webinar is aimed at librarians whose institutions currently have a LinkOut for Libraries service set up. The webinar will be hosted again on May 9 with the same content to allow as many librarians as possible to participate, and it will be recorded.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – April 26, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this class will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. This class is eligible for 2 hours of MLA Continuing Education credit that can be counted toward a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Eye Health Across a Lifespan – May 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – May is Health Vision Month! To get more information about eye health, this webinar features a guest presentation from the director of EyeMobile for Children, a California-based program providing eye exams and vision care for the underserved. Participants of this SCR webinar will get a quick look at how important eye health is from infancy to the elderly. The presentation will discuss topics which may affect all ages and cover issues which may have no symptoms.

LinkOut Consolidation – May 9, 2:00-2:45 PM ET – Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for a webinar to answer questions about the LinkOut Consolidation Announcement. A 15 minute presentation will go over what this consolidation means for you, and how to continue to see your library’s icon in PubMed. Following the presentation will be a 30 minute question and answer session with LinkOut experts. This webinar is aimed at librarians whose institutions currently have a LinkOut for Libraries service set up.

The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum – May 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this session that will be presented by Dr. David J. Peters, Ph.D. Dr. Peters has research, teaching, and extension appointments at Iowa State University. His primary research areas include social and economic change in rural communities, rural demography, rural poverty and inequality, rural crime, and adoption of agricultural and other technologies.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join MAR for this interactive webinar where participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. 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.

Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life” – May 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar focuses on Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults, along with other programs from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The session will introduce library staff, healthcare professionals and community outreach educators to the free Go4Life materials that will be useful in planning and promoting future programs. This webinar also supports the 26th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual older adult health and wellness event.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job postings:

  • Outreach Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Seattle, WA
  • Academic Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, Pittsburgh, PA
  • User Services Supervisor (PT, multiple positions), Stony Brook University Libraries, Stony Brook, NY

WHO releases first guideline on digital health interventions – On April 17, the World Health Organization released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services.

With New Challenge Competition, AHRQ Asks Innovators for a Tool to Forecast the Future – AHRQ Views

Libraries are protectors of democracy, says new director of Lancaster County library system [Q&A] – Formerly director of Adams County’s library system, Karla Trout wants to see that kids have more access to books than she did as a child. – Lancaster Online

A partnership between academic and public librarians: “What the Health” workshop series – Journal of the Medical Library Association

State of America’s Libraries Report 2019 – American Library Association

Tips for Using Move Your Way Resources – April 30, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Join the Move Your Way campaign for this webinar to learn how to use their free campaign materials in your physical activity initiatives. Presenters will share tips and strategies to help you add Move Your Way digital tools to your website, promote Move Your Way resources on social media, and print and distribute posters and fact sheets in community settings. Stay tuned for a second Move Your Way webinar this summer where they will be sharing implementation tips and lessons learned from the Move Your Way pilot communities.

Funding Opportunity: Using Data Analytics to Support Primary Care and Community Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Population Health – A new funding opportunity from AHRQ aims to improve the health of individuals and populations at risk for suboptimal health outcomes through the use of primary care and community interventions that address chronic conditions.

Health Care Education Association (HCEA) 2019 conference – Proposals are still being accepted for the HCEA 2019 conference, happening in Nashville, TN, October 23-25. The theme of this year’s conference is Striking a Chord: Creating Harmony in Patient Education. Abstracts should address one of the following: (1) Measuring the Impact and Outcomes of Health Education Programs, Materials, and Interventions, (2) Technology in Health Education: Best health education practice integration, or (3) Creating Health Education Processes and Programs: Evidence-based practices. The deadline to submit is April 26.

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

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 19, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-04-19 11:19

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 Opportunity

Webinars April 23 – April 24

Webinars April 25 – April 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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Apply to be NNLM MAR’s Academic Coordinator

MAR News - Thu, 2019-04-18 09:55

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to, and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through a cooperative agreement, HSLS serves as the regional medical library headquarters for the Middle Atlantic Region, one of eight regions in the NNLM nationwide program. NNLM MAR comprises Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The NNLM mission is to ensure health professionals, researchers, the public health workforce, patients, families and the general public have access to quality health information.

The Academic Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs aimed at library staff working in academic institutions, with a special focus on community colleges, research universities and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health. The position has an expanded role in aligning NNLM MAR programs for academic libraries with new and changing NLM initiatives. This position is NNLM MAR’s liaison to initiatives aligned with NLM’s call for a new generation of “data-savvy librarians”.

For a complete job description and application details please see the full job posting.

Application review will begin May 15, 2019.

NNLM MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling will be at the Medical Library Association conference and would be happy to speak with anyone interested in the position. Please email her (flewkate@pitt.edu) to set up a time.

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Report on the 4th Annual “Data Day” at the University of Cincinnati

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-04-17 18:11

by Elena Azadbakht
Health Sciences Librarian
University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

In early 2018, I secured a spot in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s inaugural RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, conducted by the National Training Office (NTO). I learned quite a bit about research data management (RDM) during the eight-week online course. At the time, I was the Health and Nursing Librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi, and I wrote about my RDM 101 experience in a post on the Southern Chapter’s blog, Southern Salutations. I have since moved into my current position as the Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), but I remain intensely interested in developing a robust RDM program.

During the first week of April, I visited the University of Cincinnati (UC) for a few days, also courtesy of the NNLM NTO. I attended UC’s 4th annual Data Day and had the opportunity to learn about the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ data initiatives in the meantime. Amy Koshoffer, UC Science Informationist and a RDM 101 course mentor, graciously served as my host for the trip. Rebecca Morgan, librarian at the University of Louisville, also attended. It was nice to have a “buddy” who was there with similar aims.

Rebecca and I met with the Research and Data Services (RDS) team as well as liaisons and informationists at the UC Health Sciences Library. We also toured key library and campus spaces. All the while, we learned about how the RDS team does their work, such as taking a close look at their consultation form/log, and how their RDM program came about and has evolved. It was amazing hearing about these things from the people doing the work in the context in which it takes place (as opposed to reading about it in a formal publication or presentation.)

Data Day was a bit different than what I’d expected, but in a good way. Before studying the schedule, I had imagined it would be almost entirely hands-on skills development – the “how” of research data. And while the event featured a power session that introduced participants to the R programming language, most of the day’s sessions focused instead on the big picture of research data – the “why.” Drawing in over 100 attendees, Data Day serves as a community building venture for those interested in data and data issues at UC and within the region. This year’s theme was Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Data. Keynote speakers included Amanda J. Wilson, Head of the NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, who presented on the All of Us Research Program, and Debra Guadalupe Duran, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, who discussed big data’s impacts on health disparities.

I would ultimately like to host a similar, albeit smaller, event here at UNR. My co-workers and I are brainstorming ways we can support RDM and data science skills development on our campus. Amy and her colleagues emphasized educational activities as a starting point, e.g., tailored workshops based on the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum, and described how they came together to create a strategic plan and a set of goals for data at UC. Rebecca also noted how her library has established a similar sort of group. Since my return, we’ve made plans to establish a data working group within the UNR Libraries. We already have a LibGuide, a Canvas module available to all faculty and staff, and have led a few workshops on RDM. But we’ll use UC and others as a guide when developing our own goals in this area.

Not everything I encountered or heard about at UC is applicable or achievable at UNR – at least not immediately. But I feel a lot more confident that we’re on the right track with RDM and data science. Over time, some of the distinctive aspects of UC’s program will find their way into our work at UNR. Starting small and planning on a “slow burn” is perfectly okay! Moreover, visiting other campuses and their libraries is invigorating, as is meeting colleagues who are interested in the same topics and issues as you are. Apart from Rebecca, I also met librarians from Miami University (in Oxford, OH) and the University of Kentucky who attended Data Day. Now I have a handful of fellow librarians that I can easily reach out to when an interesting data-related idea springs to mind or when planning a data-related activity or event. Although I’m not adverse to cold calling other librarians who I’ve noted are doing interesting activities, it is great to have built a rapport with specific individuals within the NNLM and RDM communities! This was also one of the primary benefits of the RDM 101 course itself.

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Register Now for NLM LinkOut Consolidation Informational Webinars on 4/26 and 5/9!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-04-17 15:07

Join the National Library of Medicine for a webinar to answer questions about the LinkOut Consolidation Announcement. A 15-minute presentation will review what this consolidation means for libraries, and how to continue to see your library’s icon in PubMed. Following the presentation, there will be a 30-minute question and answer session with LinkOut experts. This webinar is aimed at librarians whose institutions currently have a LinkOut for Libraries service set up. The webinar will be hosted twice with the same content to allow as many participants as possible.

Date and Time: Friday, April 26, 9:00-9:45am PDT

Date and Time: Thursday, May 9, 11:00-11:45am PDT

After the live presentations, recordings will be available on the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources Web page and in the Learning Resources Database.

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Project Outcome Health Survey

MCR News - Tue, 2019-04-16 21:03

For Public Libraries:

Most of you may already be familiar with Project Outcome. NNLM has partnered with them to develop the Project Outcome Health Survey.

A sneak peek training will be available for NNLM member libraries, before it is widely available to PLA audiences beginning on May 29, 2019. This introductory training is designed to help public libraries measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. The webinar registration information is below.

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries

Date: May 16, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 am PT

Webinar (registration required): Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries

Project Outcome is a FREE toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of essential library services and programs by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. Project Outcome also provides libraries with the resources and training support needed to apply their results and confidently advocate for their library’s future.

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Explore the All of Us Journey Exhibit in St. Louis Today

MCR News - Tue, 2019-04-16 16:33

The All of Us Journey, a traveling exhibit that teaches visitors about precision medicine and the All of Us Research Program, is visiting St. Louis, Mo., now through April 26.

The Journey Exhibit, along with its Mobile Education and Enrollment Center, will be at A.T. Still University at the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and at two campuses of St. Louis University.

The All of Us Research Program aims to sign up a million or more participants to share their health data in the interest of diversifying biomedical research. The nationwide effort is designed to accelerate research and improve health by considering each individual’s lifestyle, surrounding environment and biology that can impact their health differently than others.

Following is the Journey schedule for the St. Louis area:

April 15-18

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

A.T. Still University

1500 Park and Carroll Street

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

April 22-23

St. Louis University

South Campus

1309 Carr Lane Ave.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

April 24-26

North Campus

3614 West Pine Mall Blvd

Across the street from

Busch Student Center

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Where will the Journey bus travel to next? Go to https://www.joinallofus.org/en/journey to check out upcoming visits.

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Recording of April DOCLINE Talkline Webinar Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:45

The recording of the April 2019 DOCLINE Talkline webinar is now available. DOCLINE Talkline is a webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine. To view the webinar, click on the YouTube player below.

Presenters, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead provided an overview of features in DOCLINE 6.0, including:

  • Routing options,
  • Type-ahead/auto-suggest menus,
  • Retired Requests display,
  • Receipting Lend Requests,
  • Updated Library Profile,
  • Journals & Holdings,
  • Switch Library,
  • Lend Alerts – Rush & Urgent Patient Care,
  • Delivery Method(s), and
  • International Offerings.

If you have any questions or feedback about DOCLINE 6.0, write to the NLM Help Desk, view the DOCLINE 6.0 FAQs, or contact the National DOCLINE Coordination Office.

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NLM Now Accepting Applications for the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020

PSR News - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:25

The National Library of Medicine has announced that applications are open for the 2020 Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, supporting research in NLM’s historical collections, which include the Michael E. DeBakey papers, representing the diverse areas in which he made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy. The NLM collections span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe.

Anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status, who has not previously received this Fellowship may apply, including non-U.S. citizens. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 30, 2019. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by The DeBakey Medical Foundation, in honor and memory of Michael E. DeBakey (1908–2008), a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world. He was a visionary supporter of the NLM, playing a pivotal role in its transformation from the Armed Forces Medical Library in the 1950s, in the establishment of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the 1960s, in launching NLM’s outreach initiatives in the 1990s, and in promoting the digitization of its indexes to pre-1960s journal articles.

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Congratulations and farewell to Elaina Vitale

MAR News - Tue, 2019-04-16 13:39

NNLM MAR Academic and Data Services Coordinator Elaina Vitale has accepted a position as Research and Education Librarian, Biomedical Libraries, Dartmouth. Her last day will be June 14, 2019.

Elaina joined NNLM MAR in April 2016 from the American Institute of Physics. Since then, she has gone from the newest staff member to one of the most senior in the office. Elaina has steadily increased her responsibilities by identifying new methods for aligning Network activities with changing NLM priorities, supporting national data initiatives, citizen science and Wikipedia Edit-a-thons. She has used innovative ways to reach out to academic library staff, especially at 2- and 4- year schools and non-medical campuses.  In addition to working with other NNLM staff on a CE, Special Content Session AND a poster at the Medical Library Association Conference in Chicago, Elaina will be recognized as a 2019-2020 Rising Star.

Elaina will be missed as a colleague in the MAR office – we are sad for us but very excited for her.

We will begin recruitment for an Academic Coordinator immediately – stay tuned for a position announcement!

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 12, 2019

SEA News - Fri, 2019-04-12 10:41

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 Opportunity

Webinars April 16

Webinars April 17

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, 2019-04-12 08:00

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

Spotlight

STEM Program in a box: Members in the Middle Atlantic Region (NY, NJ, PA, DE) can order Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit by April 30, just in time for summer programming!

NNLM Reading Club – Mental Health Awareness: Complete an application by April 30 to receive the next NNLM Reading Club book kit, featuring three book selections in support of Mental Health Awareness for May. The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” book kit with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs of their communities.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

In-person training opportunity: Join Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol for a half or full day of free programming on April 18 at the Rochester Regional Library Council Training Center. Michael will be offering two NNLM classes, “Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community,” and, “Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library.” Registration is required. Participants are eligible for a total of 4 MLA CE.

Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference: Check out our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops to learn where you can meet and greet with MAR staff! If you would like to schedule a few minutes to speak with us about your projects or opportunities for partnership, please contact us.

HSLANJ Spring 2019 Offer – Medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern/Atlantic and New England Regions are welcome to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiave. The deadline to participate in the Spring offer is Friday, May 3.

NNLM Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Join us LIVE on May 6 at the Medical Library Association conference in Chicago to help improve Wikipedia articles related to health disparities! If you are not attending MLA, you can still participate remotely! Learn more about this wonderful opportunity to help improve consumer health information on Wikipedia.

Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries – May 16, 2019 2:00 pm ET – Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools, but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

NLM/NIH News

Keep up with changes to NLM resources: Subscribe to the Technical Bulletin

Building Data Science Expertise at NLM – The Library is rolling out a new Data Science @NLM Training Program that will provide targeted training to all of NLM’s 1,700 staff members. We are also inviting staff from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to participate so that everyone in the expanded NLM workforce has the opportunity badge reading “Data Science @NLM Training Kickoff” to become more aware of data science and how it is woven in to so many NLM products and services. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Data Science and You: NLM Staff Speak Out – As the National Library of Medicine seeks to serve as a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, NLM in Focus asked seven staff members to tell us how they fit into data science. Their answers are encouraging. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What Makes a Murderer: Dr. Bernard Glueck’s Psychological EvaluationsCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM @ MLA – 2019NLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information

NIH News in Health: The April 2019 issue of NIH News in Health is now available, featuring, “Cancer Care Widens Its Reach: Reducing Cancer Health Disparities,” and “The Inflamed Brain: Recognizing Encephalitis and Meningitis.” Other topics include tonsillitis, alcohol consumption, and mental health.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

Needs Assessments in Research Data Management: What Do We Know and Where are the Gaps? – April 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Libraries have provided research data services in various capacities for over a decade. As a result, many librarians have published on their respective institutions service needs evaluation that determined their service capacity and scope. This webinar with GMR will summarize the current state of published literature, in aggregate, regarding those research data services needs assessments. Participants in this webinar will have an understanding of what is currently known of Research Data Management needs and where the gaps in research are relative to institution type, disciplines supported, and demographics.

There’s an App for That! Tips to Evaluate Consumer Apps for Health – April 17,1:00-2:00 PM ET – Mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of health and wellness applications? By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help their users make informed decisions about the apps they choose to download. This webinar with SEA focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provides information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

Tips and Tricks for Learning Data Visualization – April 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Data visualization in the health sciences can help reveal insights and trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. A clear visualization can convey more information than an endless spreadsheet. However, learning new tools can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time tackling a subject. Data visualization tools, in particular, can have high learning curves and it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the resources and tutorials available. This PNR Rendezvous session will discuss tips and tricks for learning data visualization, with a focusing on two tools, Tableau and ArcGIS.

Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources – April 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the first online offering of this course and get ready to spend this summer celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with your community and network partners! Instructor Debbie Montenegro, NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and recently recognized NASA Solar System Ambassador, will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you get your summer programming together. Get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

A Nursing Liaison’s Role in Evidence-Based Practice – April 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a key part of healthcare today and is of growing importance to nursing practice. The increasing interest in EBP provides librarians with an avenue for partnering with nursing colleagues and demonstrating the value librarians can bring to an organization. This SEA webinar will situate evidence-based practice in modern healthcare and describe how it has become central to nursing practice. The webinar will focus on identifying key roles and strategies librarians can employ to support nurses in applying evidence-based practice to patient care.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – April 26, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this class will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. This class is eligible for 2 hours of MLA Continuing Education credit that can be counted toward a Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join MAR for this interactive webinar where participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. 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.

*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

State of America’s Libraries Report 2019 – American Libraries Association

Job postings:

  • Reference and Online Services Librarian, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Library, Camden, NJ
  • Supervisory Librarian, Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division, Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
  • Outreach Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Seattle, WA

 

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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Reorganization for NLM Outreach Services!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-04-10 19:34

Joyce Backus, NLM Associate Director for Library Operations, has announced that the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) will be renamed the Office of Engagement and Training (OET) and become NLM’s organizational home for outreach. This renamed office will be led by Amanda J. Wilson, who has served as the head of the NNCO since January 2017. Beginning in June 2019, OET will include the program and staff of the National Network Coordinating Office and additional staff with primary outreach responsibilities from the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) and other NLM organizations. SIS staff and any other NLM staff assigned to the OET will receive formal notices in May 2019 and reassigned in June 2019. OET will work with staff in NLM program areas, including the Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL), to improve coordination of outreach activities within NLM and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Establishment of OET follows the extensive work of the NLM Outreach Functional Audit team. The audit created an overview of all NLM outreach activities and demonstrated the extent to which outreach is an NLM-wide effort. The report recommended the creation of a central office to coordinate and lead NLM’s outreach activities, while recognizing that some outreach activities are closely tied to specific programs and services and should remain within their program units. NLM Leadership agreed with these recommendations, which support the NLM Strategic Plan. As the new outreach home, the NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET) will provide for NLM and NNLM: 

  • A leader for outreach with budgetary authority for outreach activities
  • Consolidation of staff whose work is primarily outreach and who are now distributed
  • Authority to plan and coordinate outreach activities
  • Evaluation standards and guidelines for outreach and engagement assessment
  • Liaisons with key NLM units to coordinate closely-related activities
  • Shared resources, including a single Learning Management System, to increase efficiency and reduce duplication
  • Increased efficiency for acquisitions to reduce duplication
  • Leadership of a community of practice

Creating this home for outreach will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities, ease the burden on subject matter experts, and produce a more accountable and coherent approach to this vitally important function across NLM. The OET will have primary responsibility for developing trans-NLM outreach materials, as well as planning, coordinating, and evaluating outreach efforts across NLM. Communications strategies for outreach efforts will be developed by OCPL in collaboration with OET for consistency of messaging, branding, and promotion, including social media and the NNLM.

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My Bibliography Version 3.0 Coming Soon!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-04-10 17:57

My Bibliography is an application developed by the National Library of Medicine to help organize citations to your publications and to assist eRA Commons users with managing publication or product compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. My Bibliography version 3.0, the redesigned and rebuilt new version to be released soon, includes useful new tools and a streamlined interface that facilitates a workspace to quickly view publications’ compliance status, initiate submissions to the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS), and organize publications and awards data using the new searching, filtering, and sorting options. To see a series of illustrations previewing the new interface, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. There is an additional article with more information for eRA Commons users.

My Bibliography’s streamlined interface displays options to manage citations, add citations, search, and sort at the top of the page. The unique URL to share bibliographies with others is also found at the top of the page. There are three options to add author-specific article citations: using the My Bibliography citation search tool to find citations in PubMed, uploading citations from a file, or using My Bibliography templates to create citations manually. Citations stored in My Bibliography can be downloaded in MEDLINE format by checking the boxes next to the citations to include in an export file and selecting the option “Export file (MEDLINE)” in “Manage citations.” Citations can be sorted by author name (either in ascending or descending order), by publication date (newest to oldest or oldest to newest), or by recently updated citations. Locating citations can be accomplished by entering article PMCID, citation PMID, article title words, author name, DOI, or journal title in the search box. Citations stored in My Bibliography can be shared with others using the personal URL displayed at the top of the page. The public version of My Bibliography displays all the citations currently stored in your bibliography.

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Register for the 2019 New England Science Boot Camp!

NER News - Wed, 2019-04-10 16:31

Join us for the 11th Anniversary of the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians, to be held on June 5-7, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.

Science Boot Camp is an immersive experience that provides librarians with the opportunity to network with peers and learn about topics in physical sciences, health sciences, life sciences, and technology.

The themes for this year’s SBC science sessions are:

  • Assistive Technologies
  • Social Justice in Science
  • Remote Sensing

 To register, and to see more information about Science Boot Camp visit the NE Science Boot Camp page at: https://sites.google.com/view/nesciboot/home

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This year, we will be awarding scholarships for current library school students, early-career science librarians, and library staff. The application form link is: Science Boot Camp Scholarship Application Form.

The link can also be found on the Science Boot Camp web site in a drop down menu from the registration page.

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Santiago Canyon College Library Hosts NLM’s “Pick Your Poison” Traveling Exhibit

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-04-10 14:57

by Alice Ho
Librarian
Santiago Canyon College Library
Orange, CA

After traveling across the country for three years, the NLM traveling exhibit Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions arrived in Southern California. From March 27 to May 3, students and library users will be able to enjoy this nicely done exhibit at the Santiago Canyon College library in the city of Orange.

Banners with individual topics on tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and opium for the Pick Your Poison exhibit

NLM’s “Pick Your Poison” Traveling Exhibit

This exhibit explores the use of tobacco, alcohol, opium, cocaine and marijuana in the history of America. It demonstrates some of the factors that have shaped the changing definitions of some of these mind-altering drugs from medical miracle to social menace. The exhibit was developed by the National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, and was curated by Dr. Manon Parry, Professor of Medical History at the Vrje Universiteit, Amsterdan, and Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Public History at the University of Amsterdam.

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