As the biomedical literature increases at a significant rate in PubMed, NCBI has continuously experimented and investigated ways to improve the overall search quality and user experience. An updated version of PubMed, which will eventually replace the current version, is now available on the experimental PubMed Labs platform. The updated version of PubMed includes the following features. To see graphical illustrations from PubMed Labs, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
- Enhanced Search Results
PubMed now offers a new relevance sort option named Best Match as an alternative to the default date sort, making it easier for users to find what they seek. Best Match uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm that is trained on aggregated user searches. The Best Match algorithm ranks search results according to several relevance signals, including an article’s popularity, its publication date and type, and its query-document relevance score. Full details about Best Match are available in the PLOS Biology article, Best Match: New relevance search for PubMed.
Search results now include snippets, which are highlighted text fragments from the article abstract that are selected based on their relatedness to the query and give users additional information to help them decide if an article is useful. Additional improvements to the interface make it easier to discover related content, e.g. similar articles, references, and citations. Also, in the updated version of PubMed, the underlying document data that is indexed has been newly generated by merging content from PubMed, Bookshelf, and PubMed Central (PMC), so that relevant information not ordinarily available in a PubMed record, e.g. reference citations from PMC, can be displayed.
- Responsive Design
The updated PubMed features a mobile-first, responsive layout that offers better support for accessing PubMed content with the increasingly popular small-screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The interface is compatible with any screen size, which provides a fresh, consistent look and feel throughout the application, no matter how it is accessed.
- Updated Technology
The updated version of PubMed uses Solr, an open-source enterprise search system, for document indexing, and MongoDB for storage and retrieval. In addition to its scalability and reliability, Solr also provides many powerful out-of-the-box search functionalities, such as wildcards (‘*’), groupings, and joins. For example, unlike the current version of PubMed, the updated version does not limit the number of variants for wildcards. The MongoDB storage solution provides default data replication between different data centers, which ensures redundancy. The updated PubMed runs on a modern cloud architecture that provides scalability and a reliable backup environment. The updated PubMed uses the Django Web framework on the front-end, making use of the latest web technologies and standards.
- User-Driven Development
The updated PubMed continues to be validated by prioritizing and aligning features based on user research including usability testing and continuous feedback from users.
Please note the updated version does not include the complete set of features currently found in PubMed; however, NLM is iteratively adding functions and improving the system. Feedback is welcome! Submit comments, questions, or concerns using the PubMed Labs Feedback button.
The NNLM and the Public Library Association are teaming up to bring awareness about NIH’s All of Us Research Program
The Public Library Association and the National Network of Libraries of medicine are joining together to support the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program in an effort to accelerate research and improve health.
Find out more about their partnership by going to ALA news.
The National Library of Medicine has announced the launch of Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physicians, a banner exhibition and companion online adaptation. The exhibition opens March 18, in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Rise, Serve, Lead! highlights the lives and achievements of over 300 women physicians who have made a difference through their medical practice and research, work as activists, service as administrators, and mentorship to the next generation of physicians. It presents a selection of the physician biographies featured in the 2003 NLM exhibition, Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians, showcasing the work of these doctors to connect to a contemporary audience.
The online adaptation of Rise, Serve, Lead! includes an education component featuring a new K-12 lesson plan and a digital gallery of works from NLM Digital Collections. These books and journal articles were authored by some of the doctors profiled in the exhibition and give a view into both their scientific research and experiences in a male-dominated field. The banner exhibition will be on display through the month of March in the Rotunda of the first floor of the NLM Building 38 on the Bethesda campus of the NIH.
Check out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:
- The Skinny on Fat: The Good, the Bad, and Unknown
Find out which fats to add to your diet and which to replace.
- Practicing Gratitude: Ways to Improve Positivity
Make a habit of noticing what’s going well in your life. It could have health benefits.
- Q&A: Dr. Ronald Krauss on Dietary Fat
NIH News in Health has a conversation with Dr. Krauss, an NIH-funded researcher who studies dietary fat, blood cholesterol, and heart disease risk at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.
- Health Capsule: Detecting Colorectal Cancer
Many tests are available that can detect colorectal cancer during its early stages.
- Health Capsule: Physical Activity May Lessen Depression Symptoms
Physical activity can help improve your health and quality of life. Not getting enough can increase your risk for some diseases and mental health issues.
- Featured Website: NIH Social Media
Follow NIH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more! You can also sign up for health newsletters that interest you to keep up with the latest. Or, watch videos and listen to podcasts on our YouTube and iTunes channels.
NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!
Does this sound familiar? Your institution’s records are relegated to boxes in a back room, basement or or simply tossed without review. Join us on Thursday, March 14th 2019, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM as we host Nadia Dixson, the Somerville City Archivist, as she presents, “How Did We Get Here: Maintaining Records for Long Term Institutional Memory.” Avoid costly mistakes, and even see a return on investment, by learning how to identify, preserve, and maintain appropriate historic records. This webinar introduces practical information and tools necessary to identify records of enduring value and start an archives program that will benefit your institution and preserve institutional memory.
Upon completing this webinar, you’ll be:
• Introduced to the essential elements of an archives/records management program
• Learn about appropriate goals for your institution’s archives program
• Learn about the value of including various types of records in an online archive
• Learn how one city solved the problem of making archival records available for easy access
This webinar is free and open to anyone interested, but advance registration is required. Please register at this link:
Wednesday, March 20 – 2 MT/ 3 CT
Join us for Breezing Along with the RML – Report from ALA Midwinter Preconference Attendees
For the March session of Breezing Along with the RML, we will hear from two network members who attended the Implicit Bias, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity preconference that was offered at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in January 2019. You’ll also hear more about how these preconference attendees received professional development funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Regional Medical Library that made their trips possible.
· Levi Dolan, Graduate Library Assistant, University of Missouri Health Sciences Library
· Robin Newell, Executive Director, Emporia Public Library
April 13th is Citizen Science Day, aimed at involving everyday folks in carrying out real-world scientific research.
Public libraries and their communities will have the opportunity to participate in the Megathon Challenge from 1:30 to 3:30 pm EST to help speed up Alzheimer’s research by playing an online game called Stall Catchers.
What is Stall Catchers?
Stall Catchers is a citizen science game where players, also known as “catchers,” around the world analyze real data. The app is part of the EyesOnALZ project led by Cornell University.
How do you play?
Players review recorded images of blood vessels in the brains of mice and try to identify the vessels as flowing or stalled. Anyone from the ages of 6 to 88 years old can participate. No specific knowledge or scientific background is required.
Why should I join the Megathon Challenge?
Your efforts will help answer important questions about a drug that could be used in Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Enlisting the aid of citizen scientists who play the game could save researchers a year in sifting through data for the project.
How can I become a catcher?
To join the “catching” event, sign-up at https://stallcatchers.com/megathon-register#info. Once you’ve joined, you will be taken to Stall Catchers to start practicing and to become familiar with the game before the main event.
Can my library host a Megathon Challenge event?
Yes! Your library can be a part of the worldwide event by filling out an easy online form. To learn more about how your library can get involved, visit SciStarter to find helpful tools and resources. They include the Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science, which provides the information you need to succeed with citizen science activities at your library. Establishing your library as a place for your community to practice citizen science will aid research while allowing your patrons to understand their world better.
A devastating series of tornadoes ripped through Alabama on Sunday, killing at least 23 people in one county. It is impossible for NNLM SEA to know which of our network members have suffered loss or damages based upon news reports.
- Have you, your library or organization experienced ill effects from the tornadoes?
- Is there good news after the tornadoes that you would like to share with our network members?
A number of resources from the National Library of Medicine are available:
- MedlinePlus: Tornadoes
Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC):
- Health Information Guides on topics including floods, tornadoes, and fires and wildfires.
- Health information guides on infectious diseases including emerging infectious diseases and Pandemic Influenza
- Disaster Recovery
- Children in Disasters
- Pregnant Women in Disasters
- Ethics in Disaster Medicine
- Disaster Lit: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
- Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag, including LibraryFloodsby NLM
- Disaster Information Specialist Program
We would like to hear from you! Please e-mail our office at e-mail HSHSL-NLMsea@hshsl.umaryland.edu, or share in the comments section of this post. Let us know; we want to hear from you!
In observation of Women’s History Month, each week of March the Dragonfly will feature a National Library of Medicine exhibit that highlights the history of women in health, science, and society. This week highlights the nursing profession through the “Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection“.
The nursing profession is made up of about 3 million registered nurses in the United States and many more world wide and is one of the most diverse professions available. Nursing began within the home with women taking care of ill or incapacitated family members. Since then, nursing has expanded to include not only women but men as well. Nurses work in a variety of settings including but not limited to hospitals, clinics, K-12 schools, research labs, universities, long term care facilities, law firms and even in libraries. A nurse may work independently and collaboratively, and nurses are now many patient’s primary healthcare provider. Nurses have been instrumental in promoting the health of individuals and communities as well as in progress of clinical care, public health, and scientific advancements. We celebrate and honor the work of nurses of the past, the present and the future during Women’s History Month and all year long.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Division acquired an archive of 2,588 postcards from American nurse and collector Michael Zwerdling, RN. This unique archive consists of postcards with images of nurses and the nursing profession from around the world, produced between 1893 and 2011 with many examples coming from the “Golden Age” of postcards—roughly 1907 to 1920. These images of nurses and nursing are informed by cultural values; ideas about women, men, and work; and by attitudes toward class, race, and national differences. By documenting the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, these postcards reveal how nursing was seen during those times. Pictures of Nursing provides a way to understand the types of images that are represented in the full collection.
The online exhibit includes a digital gallery of over 500 images from the postcard collection. Viewers can browse through a selection that highlights nurses, the nursing profession, and nursing as informed by cultural values. In addition, educators will find a lesson plan for high school students to examine some of the postcards visually and to consider how images affect social perception of nursing. A higher education module encourages students to consider the complex relationship between idealized American gender roles, wartime propaganda, and female military nurses’ real experiences during World War I and World War II.
Pictures of Nursing is also a traveling exhibit which your library or organization may wish to host. Learn more about booking the exhibit on its Book An Exhibition web page.
Want to visit the exhibit? It will be at the Lewiston City Library in Lewiston, ID Januay 6 – February 15, 2020.
Need a Program Idea for March? Participate in the National Health Observances on Nutrition, Women’s History, and Poison Prevention
March features National Nutrition Month, Women’s History Month and National Poison Prevention Week.
Libraries can engage their communities in these health-related celebrations with helpful resources and promotional materials offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
The materials are part of a campaign that NNLM is launching to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on noteworthy national health observances like National Immunization Awareness Month in August or Family Health History Day in November. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach.
Resources and promotional materials for March are available at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/resources/national-health-observances. Here is a list of the items:
National Nutrition Month
- Electronic bulletin slide: National Nutrition Month: MedlinePlus
- Printer-friendly handout (8.5″X11″): Your Guide to Eating Well
- Printer-friendly poster (11″X14″): Because Knowledge is the Key Ingredient in Nutrition
- Nutrition Month Library program kit: The NHO nutrient month program kit: The kit has a creative and easy guide filled with an activity plan and health information resources on nutrition that anyone can use at their library.
- Webinar on March 18, 2019 (1:00-2: 00 pm ET): Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources
- Electronic bulletin slide: Women’s History Month: MedlinePlus
- Electronic bulletin slide: Women’s History Month: Online Exhibit
- Electronic bulletin slide: National Poison Prevention Week: MedlinePlus
- Electronic bulletin slide: National Poison Prevention Week: Household Products
- Electronic bulletin slide: National Poison Prevention Week: Poison Helpline
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!Spotlight
Read the MAReport: The first issue of 2019 is available! This quarter, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda talked about “Public Health Information Resources on Suicide Prevention.”National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
The MAR offices will be closed Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5 while we attend an NNLM staff Summit. We will respond to all requests when we return.
2019-2020 Funding Available: NNLM MAR Members can apply by April 5 for up to $50,000 in support of health information outreach projects. Take a look at our current opportunities and application checklist to get started. If you have questions, check out our Funding FAQs for answers. Looking for more information, or assistance in developing your application? Use the MAR Award Interest Form to tell us about your project. Our staff would love the opportunity to work with you!
NNLM at NJLA: Are you headed to the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference in May? Come meet and greet with MAR staff! Check out the NNLM preconference, The All of Us Research Program and Public Libraries, to hear about how public libraries can support health literacy, and to learn about health programming ideas. Attend Health and Wellness 101 to learn about collections, resources, and fun ways to help support community health and wellbeing.
Neurodiversity in the Workplace – NER Update
New Tools Available for First Responders Involved with Mass Decontamination – Newsbits from PSR
Gearing Up For Pi Day! – SEA Currents
Upcoming Training Opportunities: PubMed for Librarians – MARquee News Highlights
New on YouTube: Applying for All of Us Funding – Health Programs for Public Libraries, February 19, 2019NLM/NIH News
On Becoming – At what point can one say, “I am a librarian”? Is it on entry to a graduate program in library science? When assuming that first professional position? As one grows in skill and sophistication or achieves some recognition for the unique expertise of the profession? – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Fantastic Voyages through the Historical Audio-Visual Collections at the National Library of Medicine – An interview with Dr. Oliver Gaycken, Associate Professor, Department of English, Core Faculty, Film and Comparative Literature Programs, University of Maryland. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
- Thoughts from the Front Lines of Rare Disease Research
- More Progress Toward Gene Editing for Kids with Muscular Dystrophy
– NIH Director’s Blog
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine: This quarter, comedian Bob Saget talks about his long-time advocacy for scleroderma. Other featured topics include the Opioid Crisis, Acute Flaccid Myelitis, and the HPV Vaccine. Subscribe to receive NIH MedlinePlus Magazine delivered to your home or office, or order MedlinePlus Magazine in bulk for your library.NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities
NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!
Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) – March 7, 2:00-2:40 PM ET – The Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) is a set of files and software available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) that brings together many biomedical vocabularies and standards for drugs, disorders, procedures, lab tests, medical devices, organisms, anatomy, genes, and more. Join David Anderson from NLM for this brief overview of how researchers and organizations can use the rich collection of terminology data in the UMLS to enhance interoperability and discoverability in research and clinical applications.
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – March 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this class is designed to assist librarians, public health workers, health professionals, and the general public in locating authoritative information on nutrition and topics relating to nutrition. Background information on the importance of nutrition information to other health-related topics will be included, and resources for locating nutrition-related statistics and evidence-based practice will also be identified.
PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – March 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join MAR for the third in a series of webinars presented for the Association of College and Research Libraries Health Special Interest Group (ACRL HSIG). This presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.
Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – March 19, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this webinar that will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.
What’s Nutrition Got to Do With It? An Introduction to Online and Community-Based Resources for Successful Aging – March 20, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, the purpose of this presentation is to review the mission and vision of Meals on Wheels America – the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing the community-based nutrition and meal services field. In addition, this presentation will review popular nutrition and meal services provided by the nationwide network of community-based senior nutrition programs, and outline the documented impact these services have recipient health and wellbeing. Webinar participants will also learn about high-quality education and training offered by the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging – an online resource center, hosted by Meals on Wheels America.
Keeping Up with the Information Onslaught – March 21, 12:30-1:30 PM ET – Are you suffering from your own information explosion? How as health information professionals can we sustainably organize all that “stuff” that matters to us while keeping up with the literature for both our customers and ourselves? In this webinar Sponsored by MAR, Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, Informationist at the Health Sciences Library Virtua in Mt Laurel, NJ will further discuss her recent article about organizing your resources sustainably. Learn what, how and why to organize your personal and professional collections. Have no fear of tossing and deleting. She will help us design our very own organizing plan.
Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of LGBT Populations – March 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join GMR for a 2019 update on health resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBT individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBT patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. This class will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBT patrons. New to this course: resources for emergency preparedness and response.
*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.Other Items of Interest
Job posting: Assistant Professor and Electronic Resources Librarian, The University of Toledo Libraries, Toledo, OH
Step by Step, Improving Heart Health in America – AHRQ Views
National Library Week 2019: The Pennsylvania Library Association is pleased to offer a media toolkit to be used for celebrating National Library Week in April. Included is a proclamation template, press release template, interactive display idea, patron comment card/quote collection form, social media hashtags, and resource links. You are encouraged to customize the materials with your own library information and use these for outreach to your local media including radio, TV, newspapers, and also for your own newsletters, community engagement, and programming.
Blockchain & Decentralization for the Information Industries – March 11-April 21, 2019 – Blockchain technology is a trend on the brink of revolutionizing the public and private sectors, and it is on the radar of many who are curious about its global disruptive potential for accessing and sharing information among individuals, organizations, and governments. This San Jose State University MOOC will provide a background for individuals involved with libraries, urban planning, government agencies, publishing & other organizations to understand the issues and applications of distributed ledger technology. The topics will include: overview of blockchain technology; implementation issues, considerations, and challenges; related decentralized systems; potential applications; and, future directions.
NMRT March Live Chat: Harnessing Social Media for Promotion of your Library Services: Join NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner and other members of the American Library Association’s New Members Round Table on March 12 at 2:00 PM ET for this Twitter chat! Hear and talk with others about what your library is doing to harness social media or what new and innovative ideas you would like to try to market your services via social media. Look for @caseytitsch and use #nmrtchat on follow and join the conversation on Twitter!
Preparing Adolescents for a Lifetime of Investing in their own Healthcare – March 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET -The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP)’s Person and Family Engagement Council member Linda Miller will be one of the featured presenters on this state-wide webinar. As a high school health teacher, Linda developed a core health topic for her 10th grade students with a hope to change the way we educate our youth as it pertains to their self-care and communications with health care professionals. In addition to Linda, the webinar will include two individuals from the Adolescent Health Initiative at Michigan Medicine. These individuals help to run a program designed to empower youth to actively participate in their own health care for lifelong engagement in the health system. This one hour webinar is appropriate for anyone interested in patient engagement and teaching others how to take an active role in their care. It is offered at no cost and a certificate of attendance will be provided.
Take Your Research Guides from Good to Great – March 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Take your research guides from good to great with techniques and guidance from an experienced web professional and LibGuides expert! Learn how to make your guides user friendly on multiple device types; how to identify and fix accessibility problems, especially for users with disabilities; and how to get user data that enable you to improve your guides and demonstrate their impact. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Serving Patrons with Disabilities in Your Library or Clinic – April 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn how to create welcoming environments for and communicate clearly with people with disabilities in academic and hospital settings. Through a hands-on activity, discussion, live quizzes, and information on resources that address the health information needs of people with disabilities, you will be better able to assist patrons with disabilities and the clinicians who treat them. You will leave with ideas for immediate improvements to your website and quick fixes to your library space, guidelines for clearly and confidently communicating with people with disabilities, and knowledge and skills for making plans for larger improvements. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Mini-grant Funding for Health Outreach in Public Libraries: PLA’s health insurance education initiative, Promoting Healthy Communities: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, is part of a national partnership made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Community Catalyst. The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering funding for public libraries to implement consumer outreach and education activities around health insurance and health information. Up to 70 U.S. public libraries will be awarded $500 mini-grants through the application process. The Round 2 mini-grant application will remain open until 12:59 AM ET on Wendesday, March 6, 2019. Priority will be given to recipients of first-round, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage funding, and grant-associated activities must be completed by May 1, 2019.
Mobile Technologies Extending Reach of Primary Care for Substance-Use-Disorders – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking grant applications to develop and test a prototype mobile/tablet technology-based application suitable for U.S. primary care settings, to serve as a low-cost user-friendly tool that primary care providers (PCPs) may use to deliver timely tailored feedback to patients following up on interventions for risky substance use. It should be designed with a specific aim of improving coordination and delivery of indicated services to primary care patients at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD). The application deadline is March 19, 2019.
Create an obesity prevention game for the chance to win! Join the Office on Women’s Health in helping women and girls live healthier lives with Shape of Health: An Obesity Prevention Game. Research shows that video games can help improve health, so we’re challenging organizations and individuals to create a web- or mobile-based game focused on obesity prevention or weight control. Submit your concept by March 31 for the chance to win up to $77,000 in prize money!
Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to conduct innovative research supporting the development of a product, tool, technology, process or service for commercialization with the aim of eliminating disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations or improving health in racial/ethnic minority populations. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.
MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)
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.
- Gearing Up For Pi Day!
- ALA Midwinter Recap: Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy
- Free NLM Webinar: Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System
- NNLM SEA Seeks Applications to Fund 2019-2020 Projects
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunity
Webinars March 7 – March 14
- Burnout Among Healthcare Professionals: The Unrecognized Safety Imperative (Mar 7, 2 PM ET)
- Introduction to the Unified Medical Language System (Mar 7, 2 PM ET)
- How Did We Get Here? Maintaining Records for Long Term Institutional Memory (Mar 14, 1 PM ET)
Webinars March 18 – 19
- Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (Mar 18, 1 PM ET)
- PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine (Mar 18, 2 PM ET)
- Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Mar 19, 3 PM ET)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Thoughts from the Front Lines of Rare Disease Research
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Students Contribute to Research Through Ovarian Art
- Data Sharing Uncovers Five New Risk Genes for Alzheimer’s Disease
- Older Biologic Age Linked To Elevated Breast Cancer Risk
- NLM and Wellcome Complete Partnership to Provide Free Access to Hundreds of Years of Medical Research
- Musings on the Mezzanine: On Becoming
- Circulating Now: Medicine On Screen: Films and Essays From The National Library of Medicine
- Circulating Now: Informative Beauty: Anatomical Animation By Frank Armitage
- NLM in Focus: Don’t give up hope: Bob Saget talks about Scleroderma in NIH MedlinePlus
- New Norovirus GenBank Submission Service
- Big changes coming to My Bibliography in 2019!
- Propose a project for NCBI’s first ever Women’s BioData Science Hackathon May 8th-10th
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.
We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2019–2020! Calls for Applications have also been issued for NNLM PSR Outreach Mini-Awards and Professional Development Awards. In addition, there are two new categories of awards: All of Us Community Engagement Awards and All of Us Technology Improvement Awards! Complete details for the awards, including the number available, maximum funding amount, potential projects, and application instructions, are available on the NNLM PSR web site. Proposals submitted by Friday, April 12, will receive priority consideration.
Applications will be accepted continuously and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. All NNLM PSR Network members are eligible to apply for any of the awards. Project activities or professional development events must be conducted between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020, and funding will be distributed on a cost-reimbursement basis. Award recipients are required to submit activity reports, exhibit evaluation reports, professional development evaluation reports, and final project reports, as applicable. Upon completion of projects or events, all award recipients are expected to submit an article for the NNLM PSR Latitudes newsletter blog, with highlights of the experience and lessons learned.
Express Outreach Awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, Regional Extension Centers, and minority health practitioners. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support smaller projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming or one-day events such as health fairs. Both awards have the ultimate goal of promoting knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for healthcare providers and consumers. Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to improve skills by attending professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines.
The new All of Us Technology Improvement Award supports infrastructure that improves access to consumer health information in public libraries or other organizations (e.g., for the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software that enhances the capacity of a library or organization to improve health literacy). The All of Us Community Engagement Award is broader and is designed to support projects that improve health information literacy; access to high-quality biomedical and health information; and awareness of clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program.
RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. We look forward to seeing your proposals!
“Alexis, what is neurodiversity?” She answers me, “Neurodiversity is the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits, regarded as part of normal variation in the human population (used especially in the context of autistic spectrum disorders).”
When I read last week’s press release from Worcester Polytecnic Institute, “WPI Researchers Urge High-Tech Firms to Leverage Talents of Neurodiverse Workers,” I realized we have come a long way. My perception was confirmed when I read additional data on this topic. The following statistics were cited in a recent article from Understood.org about the public’s attitude regarding children with LD (learning disabilities).
- 79% of Americans believe that children learn in different ways.
- 96% of parents think that with proper teaching kids can make up for LD.
- The most positive finding: 8 out of 10 people agree that “children with LD are just as smart as you and me.”
When my son was struggling in school 20 years ago, the term “neurodiversity” didn’t exist. I wish it did! It may have paved the rocky road we had in K-12 , college (and continue to have in adulthood), with a little grease, so when we hit the bumps associated with a significant learning disability we could have slid over them instead of tripping and falling.
Here is the Press Release about the WPI research on the value of neurodiversity in the workplace that gives me hope for the many young adults out there struggling to be valued, as well as gainfully employed, and financially independent.
The research focuses on 5 arguments to encourage high-tech companies to invest in a neurodiverse workforce:
- Neurodiverse employees often have specialized skillsets not always found in neurotypical or “normal” employees, such as excellent concentration, logic, and visual thought.
- A workforce with diverse perspectives can help companies create products for a varied consumer base.
- A growing demographic of neurodiverse people allows companies to be attuned to workforce trends.
- Neurodiverse workers think and problem solve in different ways, which can lead to greater innovation.
- Companies that proactively employ neurodiverse people may avoid the need for external agencies to impose quotas.
Did you know that one of the National Library of Medicine’s partner organizations is the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) https://www.nichd.nih.gov ?
NICHD was founded in 1962, with a mission to investigate human development throughout the entire life process, with a focus on understanding disabilities and important events that occur during pregnancy.
Since then, research conducted and funded by NICHD has helped save lives, improve wellbeing, and reduce societal costs associated with illness and disability.
On the NICHD website you can find research as well as information about many health topics related to their mission.
Eleanor Loiacono, researcher and professor in the WPI Foisie Business School says that she hopes her research will help companies that are struggling with making their staff more neurodiverse.
“Including those who are neurodiverse in the high-tech workforce can contribute not only to a company’s bottom line and society’s call for greater diversity and inclusion, it can help promote greater mental health within a society that is facing one of the greatest mental health crises it has ever seen.”
The NNLM NER e-Science Forum will be held Friday, March 29thth, 2019, from 9:30AM to 3:30PM at the Holiday Inn® and Suites Marlborough, 265 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752 (www.holidayinn.com/marlborough). This forum is taking place in lieu of the e-Science Symposium.
The purpose of this event is to initiate and maintain a regional dialogue on e-Science, identify ways libraries can better support patrons and researchers, and ways that libraries can deliver relevant and effective research data management services at their institutions. The theme of this year’s Forum is Research Data Management 2020 and 2030.
Have you ever wondered about research support methods and considered a data lab at your library? This year’s keynote speakers are: Amy L. Nurnberger, the Program Head of Data Management Services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Daniel Sheehan, the Head of GIS & Statistical Software Services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This will be followed by lightning talks. The afternoon will consist of group breakout sessions where participants can engage in hands on activities visualizing what research data management practices will look like in the future. This is a great opportunity to network, gain a few new skills, and learn about recent developments in e-science librarianship.
9:30 – 10:00 AM Arrival, networking, light snacks
10:00 – 12:00 PM RDM 2020 – Speaker and project sharing (lightning talks)
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch & Networking
1:00 – 3:00 PM RDM 2030: Envisioning the Future: Challenges, Feasibility and Solutions: Hands on Workshop
This professional development event is free and open to anyone interested, but advance registration is required for all presenters and attendees, we have a limited capacity so please register now.
We hope to see you there!
Have you implemented a Research Data Project and want to share what you know or learned about your projects with others? Consider presenting a lighting talk at the Forum. Please fill out a brief
Lightning Talk Proposal Form at: https://goo.gl/forms/uM6wQldEP8S3lN5A2
First responders and emergency managers in the United States now have a science-based chemical decontamination decision tool and updated guidance on how best to decontaminate a massive number of people after chemical exposure. This second edition of the guidance, called Primary Response Incident Scene Management or PRISM, incorporates new scientific evidence on emergency self-decontamination, hair decontamination, the interactions of chemicals with hair, and the effects of a combined decontamination strategy referred to as the “triple protocol.”
PRISM introduces the triple protocol, comprised of disrobing and conducting dry decontamination, wet decontamination using the ladder pipe system with high volume/low pressure water deluges from fire trucks, and technical (or specialist) decontamination. The clinical research showed that, taken together, the three steps of the triple protocol remove 99.9% of chemical contamination. To further aid first responders and emergency managers, experts from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) collaborated with University of Hertfordshire researchers to devise a decision-support tool called ASPIRE or the Algorithm Suggesting Proportionate Incident Response Engagement. The tool helps responders determine which decontamination approaches will work best in a given situation.
ASPIRE and the guidance are integrated into the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) web-based resource created by ASPR and NLM as part of a suite of preparedness and emergency response tools that includes the CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), Dermal Exposure Risk Management and Logic for Emergency Preparedness and Response (DERMaL eToolkit), and now ASPIRE. The guidance and ASPIRE also are incorporated into the latest edition of the WISER CHEMM mobile app, expected to be available soon.
We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!
Elisa Cortez is the new Medical Education and Clinical Outreach Librarian at the University of California, Riverside, Orbach Science Library. She was previously at Loma Linda University Libraries for 18 years, most recently as Chair of User Services at the Del Webb Library.
Elizabeth Grossman is the new Medical Librarian at Scripps Memorial Hospital Medical Library in La Jolla, CA. She replaces Kimberly Baker, who retired in April 2018.
Ann Glusker is the new Sociology, Demography and Quantitative Research Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, beginning March 1. She was previously the Librarian/Research and Data Coordinator for the Regional Medical Library in the Pacific Northwest Region.
Mary Wickline, medical librarian at the University of California, San Diego, passed away on December 8 after a long illness. She was the liaison to the Nursing and Allied Health Department and over the years helped many of its members with their projects for academic advancement. Mary was also a faithful volunteer for NNLM PSR exhibits!
Mabel Trafford, Medical Library Manager at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, is featured in a BMJ Insider’s Newsletter article posted online on November 30.
Jill Barr-Walker and Iesha Nevels, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Library, are co-authors of the article “Creating value through outreach in a hospital setting: a case study from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Library,” published in the October 2018 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
David Coleman, Medical Librarian & Informationist at Straub Medical Center Arnold Library in Honolulu, is the primary author of the article, “Impact of a Collaborative Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Education Program on Clinical Operations” published online in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, October, 2018.
Mellanye Lackey is the newly appointed Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Pat Vader, Executive Director of the Pumerantz Library at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, retired on February 1, 2018, after 20 years of service. She initially joined the staff in 1999 to migrate the card catalog database from DOS program to a graphical user interface call SIRSI Workflows. Karoline Almanzar, MLIS, is now Interim Director of the Pumerantz Library. She has worked at Western University for 18 years.
Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) has received a part-time appointment to the NNLM All of Us Training and Education Center (TEC) as Participant Engagement Coordinator. She is currently at 20% effort and will transition to 40% effort on May 1.
The annual celebration of the irrational number pi is just around the corner!
To prepare for the festivities on March 14, check out these great resources for planning pi based activities for your library or organization. From pie baking, an Einstein birthday bash, or a pi memorization contest, your possibilities for a Pi Day celebration – much like pi itself – are endless!Programming Librarian
Looking for a Pi Day activities for the whole family? This program model from the Programming Librarian features planning advice, marketing information, budget details, and day of activities sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange
This post from the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange features Pi Day activities and strategies from libraries around the country. Find lesson plans for all ages, activity ideas, and even a Pi Day Pinterest board!TeachPi.org
At TeachPi.org, search more than 50 ideas for making Pi Day entertaining, educational, tasty, and fun! Compile a recipe book of pies and desserts, dress up like birthday-boy Albert Einstein, or lead a round of Pi Day carols to celebrate the unofficial national holiday.Exploratorium
Pi Day is the perfect time to brush up on your math skills. Provided by the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California, these hands on activities will help everyone explore the unique characteristic of pi.ACRL TechConnect
Celebrate Pi Day with data science! In this article from ACRL TechConnect, read how the University of California – San Francisco Library utilized their Makers Lab to introduce UCSF community members to Python and Raspberry Pi.National Library of Medicine
Interested in learning the rich history of pi? This article from NLM Circulating Now explores our long fascination with pi – from early mathematicians to our contemporary celebrations of Pi Day.
Are you planning any Pi Day activities at your library or organization? We would love to feature you! If you are willing to share please send any photos, lesson plans, or Pi themed activities to Liz Waltman or find us on social media @NNLMSEA.
NLM is interested in feedback from regular users of GeneEd as we determine how best to make this transition. Please share your thoughts in a brief survey.
In partnership with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM SEA recently awarded 15 Professional Development Awards for library staff to attend ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle. In addition to the full conference, each individual using award money attended the preconference session “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy.” During this preconference, participants learned about implicit bias’s connection to health equity and explored how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy to ensure a lasting impact for improving the health of their community.
In this post we hear from awardees on their biggest takeaways from the preconference session, including strategies for addressing implicit bias and ideas for tackling health equity at their own libraries.
The pre-conference workshop on implicit bias made me more aware of the connection between implicit bias and health equity, particularly in minority populations, and the importance of using health data to reduce those gaps. I gained knowledge of various health data tools and resources, and how to utilize health literacy as a tool to address health disparities.
Morehouse School of Medicine | M. Delmar Edwards, M.D., Library
Michele Spatz’s talk during the workshop, “Health Literacy as a Librarian’s Health Equity Tool” demonstrated how librarians can improve patients’ health literacy skills to address health disparities. This talk provided an overview of health literacy and its implications and the speaker provided resources and tools librarians can use to provide better services and programs to their patrons. The workshop was a valuable experience that not only provided information that librarians can use to improve service to the communities they serve but also provided a time for librarians to network with one another and explore ideas that libraries can do to address health inequities.
VCU Libraries | Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
Racism has deeply inundated all of the institutions of America, and one big takeaway from the pre-conference is that implicit bias training is not enough. To talk of achieving health equity, our society has to deeply interrogate all the systems that touch our marginalized populations. We need to critically analyze the medical education curricula and the implicit biases many of our medical educators hold. We need to deeply analyze medical guidelines that were created without the science of black and brown voices (and their bodies). This deep interrogation must touch the library as well. We have to question the information, the studies, the reports and the papers that use mostly white populations. I like that this conversation has started, but we have to go further.
Health Sciences Research Librarian
Virginia Tech University Libraries
I developed a greater understanding of health literacy, understanding that is multidimensional. Libraries, specifically public libraries, have the ability to remove the barriers preventing individuals from knowing and understanding their own health. I encourage everyone to take the first step in overcoming implicit biases, by identify and acknowledge those biases. You can do this at https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/.
Sequoyah Regional Library System
The implicit bias section of the pre-conference encouraged participants to acknowledge that we all have biases, that this does not make us bad people, and provided some strategies on how to C.H.E.C.K. them:
CONNECT- Identify & acknowledge your own biases
HONOR- Recognizing when your bias is triggered
ENGAGE- Disconfirm, counter-stereotyping and perspective taking of the situation
COMMUNICATE with people with
Manager, Library Services
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine | Louis Calder Memorial Library
I felt led to reach out to the All of Us program in my state and offer to collaborate and build a partnership with libraries/librarians. The pre-conference showed me that building this partnership would have a great impact on health care in my state.
Instruction & Research Librarian
University of Mississippi Medical Center | Rowland Medical Library
I was struck by the statistic that 88 out of 100 people lack needed health literacy skills. This is especially important because, as we know, implicit bias is widespread even among healthcare professionals, putting underserved populations at a great disadvantage when it comes to their medical care. Fortunately, libraries can help. Partnerships, health literacy programming, and having a seat at the table are all ways that libraries can support health equity in their communities.
Rachel Millard Placchetti
Adult Services, Department Head
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
My biggest takeaways from attending the preconference involved the realization that while implicit bias may be unintentional, subtle, and unconscious, the implications of society’s implicit biases results in explicit policies and regulations reflecting those biases. Many rules, regulations, and policies are the product of societal implicit bias. Recognizing instances where these rules, regulations, and policies serve as a means to deny the provision of the most effective library service possible to patrons requiring information is ultimately the turning point at which we can acknowledge where we may have internalized these biases as acceptable. Through introspection, we can acknowledge what may trigger or activate our implicit biases, thereby, giving us an opportunity to check these biases and provide a more equitable information service by listening, understanding where we might make incorrect assumptions about patron priorities, and communicating with empathy and kindness.
Miami-Dade Public Library System
While typically uncomfortable when reflecting with strangers, speaking amongst the group about times we’ve witnessed or experienced an implicit bias really helped me understand how bias is built-in to everyone, and we can only combat it by confronting and analyzing it. The speakers were diverse in background but singular in the message that as information professionals, we have the ability and obligation to develop smart partnerships in our communities to address bias and disparity.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center