As the saying goes, all good things come to an end! After nearly 10 years, librarians at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) have decided to retire the popular Systematic Review Workshop: the Nuts and Bolts for Librarians. This intensive workshop has been offered three times/year since November 2009, growing out of an internal working group to address the growing number of requests from Pitt faculty for systematic reviews. Since then, the workshop has provided instruction to more than 700 participants from across the country and Canada. The upcoming July 15-17 workshop will be the final session. There are a few remaining slots available for this course.
Instructors who contributed to this course over the years include Charles Wessel, Mary Lou Klem, Melissa Ratajeski, Linda Hartman, Barbara Folb, Rose Turner, Andrea Ketchum, and Ahlam Saleh (now at University of Arizona Health Sciences Library). Their expertise not only guided the development of the library’s systematic review service, producing over 116 publications in peer-reviewed journals co-authored by HSLS librarians, but also contributed to similar success from workshop participants!
NNLM MidContinental Region Webinar on July 17, Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers
On July 17, 1:00-2:00 PM PDT, NNLM Midcontinental Region will host a webinar featuring Dr. Judy Pasek, STEM Liaison Librarian with the University of Wyoming Libraries, speaking about research conducted at the Universities of Wyoming and Northern Colorado about the data management needs of graduate students. Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education.
The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of a new tutorial on medical terminologies and RxNorm. This training session, of particular interest to health sciences librarians and other health information specialists, provides an overview of basic concepts of medical terminologies (including what they are and why they are important), followed by a deep dive into RxNorm, an NLM-authored medical terminology specializing in drug information. To obtain one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credit for completing the course, register for this on-demand, self-paced class.
Register for the July MCR Monthly Webinar, Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers
Register for the NNLM MCR’s free monthly webinar on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 -3 pm MT!
Presenter: Dr. Judy Pasek, STEM Liaison Librarian with the University of Wyoming Libraries, will present on research conducted at the Universities of Wyoming and Northern Colorado about the data management needs of graduate students.
Register for this webinar
About the Session: Effectively managing research data is a skill set that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education
When: Jul 17, 2019 from 1 – 2PM (Pacific) | 2 – 3PM (Mountain) | 3 – 4PM (Central) | 4-5 PM (Eastern)
The Research Data Management Workgroup of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is actively recruiting Data Thesaurus Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews terms, adds new terms, and suggest connections between terms.
If you are interested in being part of the Data Thesaurus Advisory Board send you name to Mary Piorun at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1st with a brief description (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.
To learn more about about the Data Thesaurus and other resources for data-driven discovery at NNLM, visit nnlm.gov/data.
The National Library of Medicine signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) to promote free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine and the human health sciences. Under the agreement, the MHL will include digitized NLM historical materials and associated metadata in its free and open archive of historical resources. Additionally, staff of the organizations will exchange expertise to ensure and share accurate metadata for the materials, data-driven analyses of usage of the materials, as well as transparent and open engagement efforts with researchers who could benefit from knowing about the free availability of the materials.
MHL—a nonprofit organization—is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries promoting free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Through the partnership with the MHL, the NLM strengthens its connections to U.S. and international peer institutions and their communities, including Harvard University, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Wellcome Library in London and the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé in Paris. NLM holds collections spanning ten centuries of global medical history. “This agreement supports the shared goals of NLM and MHL to open these collections to new audiences and provide access that supports a variety of current and developing research methods,” said Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division.
Every decade, the Healthy People initiative develops a new set of science-based, 10-year national objectives with the goal of improving the health of all Americans. The development of Healthy People 2030 includes establishing a framework for the initiative—the vision, mission, foundational principles, plan of action, and overarching goals—and identifying new objectives.How is Healthy People 2030 being developed?
The development of Healthy People 2030 is a multiyear process with input from a diverse group of subject matter experts, organizations, and members of the public.What is the Healthy People 2030 framework?
The framework explains the central ideas and function of the Healthy People 2030 initiative and it will guide the selection and prioritization of 2030 objectives. Review the Healthy People 2030 framework.How can I provide my feedback?
HHS is soliciting feedback on the proposed revision to the definition of health literacy for Healthy People 2030. Comments should address the strengths and/or weaknesses of the recommended definition, be brief and concise (limit 250 words), make specific editing suggestions, and cite articles that support suggested changes (if any). The deadline for submission is August 5, 2019.
It’s not too late! Register for the New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming Webinar
There’s still time to sign up for the NNLM MCR’s free monthly webinar on Wednesday, June 19th at 3 pm CT. Please join our Missouri colleagues as they present “New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming: A MidContinental Regional Webinar.”
About the session: Many communities are embarking on health and wellness initiatives directed at controlling healthcare costs and preventing substance abuse. There is a role for libraries as the arbitrators of information to provide tools and education on health and wellness topics. Health information literacy is a facet of information literacy that is often not addressed through traditional library services. The presenters will introduce the audience to the trauma-based approach and resilience and explain how they utilized these approaches to inform their libraries’ programming. This presentation will provide ideas and resources that can be scaled for use at both large and small libraries of all types.
PRESENTERS: Stacy Hisle-Chaudri, Library Director, Ray County Public Library and Mackenzie Ahlberg Elliot, Teen Community Programming Specialist, Mid-Continent Public Library
Class Date: Jun 19, 2019
2 MT /3 CT
The Research Data Management Workgroup of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews terms, adds new terms, and suggest connections between terms. If you are interested in being part of the Data Thesaurus Advisory Board send your name to Mary Piorun (select hyperlink to find Mary’s e-mail address) by July 1st with a brief description (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.
The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) project created by the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth via our Health Information Outreach award.
Description: Mino Izhiwebzi uses a multifaceted approach to address chronic disease management and improved wellness among Native American Ojibwe Elders of the Bois Forte Band of Cippewa. The project’s activities will be developed and delivered by community health educators and care providers; they are community-based, culturally-responsive and tailored to the specific needs of Bois Forte Elders. Services will center on monthly Elder gatherings addressing chronic health maintenance. These gatherings will combine learning and socialization, known to promote longevity and improve health among elderly. Selected gatherings will also foster improved health among young people through their inclusion in intergenerational bonding and culturally responsive learning activities. Health-based games and cultural arts and crafts will help maintain mental acuity and hand dexterity while stimulating socialization and sustaining interest in participation. Healthful eating is encouraged with MedlinePlus nutrition information and recipes. Elders will also be offered monthly transportation to a large supermarket stocking a variety of affordable, nutritious foods.
Objectives: The primary goals of this project are to 1) facilitate health literacy and patient empowerment through improved health, wellness, and preventive care knowledge., 2) Promote proactive self-care and improved overall health through nutrition, wellness and disease management and prevention, and 3) promote and maintain community health and wellness through culturally-responsive intergenerational learning.
The Collection Development Manual of the National Library of Medicine, which establishes boundaries for the Library’s permanent collection and provides a framework for the selection of biomedical materials, is changing its name to Collection Development Guidelines of the National Library of Medicine and moving to NLM’s Bookshelf. The name change reflects emphasis on the integrating nature of the resource, in which updates are continuous and new information is incorporated with existing information. The resource will no longer be issued as discrete editions.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Strategic Plan 2017-2027 provides new opportunities to improve the experience of audiences. As part of this effort, NLM is consolidating resources to fewer common platforms. Therefore, the Guidelines will be hosted on Bookshelf with other NLM documentation and publications. Links to the Manual will be redirected to the new Guidelines through June 30. If your organization has links to the Manual, please update them to the Guidelines.
The National Library of Medicine has announced the launch of the MEDLINE Publisher Portal, a new platform for submitting and managing MEDLINE applications. The platform allows publishers to submit an application for a journal to be reviewed for MEDLINE and provides a unique link for publishers to track the progress of the review. Many publishers may be familiar with the interface, due to similarities with the PMC Publisher Portal used for PMC applications. With the first application, a publisher or society will be prompted to enter information about the journal and the publishing organization. Users wanting to avoid re-entering publisher information should apply using the Sign In feature, which will create a Publisher Profile and prevent the need to re-enter this information in subsequent applications.
The former MEDLINE Review Application was decommissioned on June 17. Applications submitted prior to June 17, but not yet reviewed, will be transferred to the new MEDLINE Publisher Portal. Publishers/editors with applications in this state do not need to take further action. NLM also announced that all MEDLINE application communication should now go to NLMMEDLINEapplication@mail.nlm.nih.gov.
On June 24th, 2019, NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region welcomes Jarrod Irwin as our new Consumer Health Coordinator. In this role, Jarrod will coordinate the development and implementation of consumer health and health literacy programs throughout the region.
Jarrod is a recent graduate of the Information School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked at Ebling Library for the Health Sciences and on the UW Libraries’ Web Services Usability and Assessment Team. In 2018, he presented at the meeting of the Medical Library Association’s Midwest chapter, where he shared strategies for public libraries to help meet transgender patrons’ health information needs. Jarrod also exhibited on behalf of Ebling Library at the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit. Before starting library school, he worked as a technical writer for the EMR software developer Epic and as a job coach for Hope Network Rehabilitation Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Outside of work, Jarrod enjoys spending time with his cat, watching science documentaries, and searching for unusual items in thrift stores.
You can e-mail Jarrod at: email@example.com
According to the CDC the number of measles cases in the first five months of 2019 has surpassed the total number of cases each year for the past 25 years. More than likely, your community has been affected even by just reading the news, social media, or knowing someone living in areas that have reported cases. Some of your patrons may be asking questions, stating opinions or perhaps wanting to know what can be done. However, your library system may be hesitant to address this topic as vaccines can be a very sensitive subject and difficult to address.
Two upcoming webinars are focusing on immunizations which may provide some helpful information for libraries, particularly public libraries. Both of these sessions are free and will be recorded for viewing later.
- Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. PT (adjust to your time zone)
FDLP webinar: “Measles, Immunizations, and Finding Accurate Health Information with MedlinePlus”
Presenters: Aimee Gogan and Andrew Plumer (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Register on the FDLP website
- Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PT (adjust to your time zone)
PNR Rendezvous webinar: “Libraries Connecting Communities to Vaccine Information & Resources”
Presenter: Rachel G. Firebaugh, Pharm.D., MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy
Registration is encouraged but not required
The Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library as an award recipient of the 2019-2020 NNLM All of Us Ambassador Program. Funding for this program stems from a critical partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and All of Us, an NIH research program that seeks to enroll one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate breakthroughs in precision medicine and advance treatment and prevention.
The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library will receive $94,000 to support the health information needs in the Columbus metropolitan area, which will enable individuals to make informed decisions concerning their healthcare. Individual projects will promote freely-available resources from NIH and NLM to increase health literacy while raising public awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program. “This award will enable us to address the largest health risks facing our community,” reports Lynda Hartel, Associate Professor and Director of the OSU Health Sciences Library (HSL) who serves as the co-principle investigator of the award made to OSU, “and make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to track and improve their own health while expanding the data and tools available to our OSU researchers working on area health priorities including obesity, chronic and infectious disease, and addictions.”
Over the next year, Lynda and her experienced team of librarians including co-principle investigator Judith Wiener and Consumer Health Librarian Missy Creed, will collaborate with strategic partners including the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), the Ohio State University College of Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, Equitas Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Library, and the NCH Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative. Together they will organize, and host health education programs and discussions for the public and provide training to CML librarians on how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library has an over 20-year history of serving outreach needs of the community as a designated Outreach Library and Resource Library within the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Columbus Metropolitan Library with its 22 branch locations inspires reading, shares resources, and connects the community through its numerous programs and activities, and is a primary partner in this program.
Please see below for descriptions of our upcoming courses that offer Category I CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists. These is no cost to attend these classes, just create a free account with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to sign up!
From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information (one hour version): This one-hour webinar will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ll touch briefly on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, we’ll review the CDC’s Refugee Health Portals and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and Specialized Information Services resources.
Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.
Reach out to Erin Seger, MPH, CHES at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about receiving CECH for these courses.
If you want to learn more about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in your area, find your region on our website.
Today’s guest post is from Karen Schaefer, Director of Langlois Public Library in Oregon. Langlois Public Library became a network member a little over a year ago when Karen learned about NNLM and began attending our classes. She applied for our PNR Professional Development award to attend ALA Midwinter. In this post, Karen shares her passion to learn more about health literacy and health information to make a difference in the health of her community.
I have a great suggestion for any librarian, especially from a small library like mine, to take advantage of the courses and grant opportunities with whatever your region is, with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). I happen to be in Oregon, which is Region 6 (The Pacific Northwest Region) PNR. Last fall, I wrote and received, funding from NNLM PNR for a Professional Development Award ($2,000!) to attend a pre-conference session “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity. The session was quite amazing and I still remember, so clearly, the impact I felt from the video on Implicit Bias that day, which left me with both questions and answers.
The Professional Development Award paid for not just the pre-conference, but also the travel, housing, meals, and conference fees for the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle. I had already loved Seattle from my old days of Regional Charity meetings I went to and then later on, my present to myself when I sold my Tucson Home Care business. This trip added to my love of the city. What was also interesting, is that our main hotel was a newbie – I mean, as in weeks old and we were the first large group for them to try out their stellar service and way beyond helpful staff. I had decided to exercise the whole time I was there and went to the fitness center and walked to the Washington Conference Center, regardless of the weather. I hate walking – but I loved it there – the damp, misty, rainy and even sunny days. After the first day, I didn’t use their fitness area so much because I had built exercise into my actual day. I would go back and forth from the hotel to the conference center many times throughout the day. It wasn’t like this BIG hike, but did I say, I hate walking! So it was pretty huge for me. Of course I was also lugging bags of vendor items back with me each day. If I could describe the conference in one word, it would have to be amazing. This was my first ALA function. I have now been the library director for 5 1/2 years. Being a Library Director in a small town means, most probably, you are more apt to put money in almost every other area of your budget than for your own professional training. So when my NNLM PNR coordinator, Carolyn, urged me to write the grant – I did just that.
I started working with NNLM PNR about a year and a half ago, with the Stand Up for Health class for public library staff with Carolyn and Bobbi. This course helped me find my place in the world of public libraries, by being able to combine my present work with my past experience of being in Human and Health Services in another life (as in pre-library). After the course I received a CHIS 1 (Consumer Health Information Specialization 1) from MLA. I then started registering for all the classes I could with NNLM. Through an opportunity with the NNLM PNR, I was invited, along with other NNLM Stand Up for Health participants, to a program during the MLA Conference in Atlanta “The MLA Symposium: Health Information for Public Librarians”. It was so great putting faces to the names of instructor’s and students of the NNLM classes I had been taking. It was a great opportunity for me, because although I had been a Library Director for 4 years, at that time, I had never been to any kind of library conference. I was a bit out of my element, and there was a small group of us invited. We were attending only the Public Library Symposium, but it was a sneak peek at what I would attend in Seattle nearly a year later. I am very grateful to NNLM PNR for the funding to make this all possible for me!
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National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Men’s Health and Pride? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
MAR at ALA: Going to the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.? Stop by the NNLM Exhibit Hall Booth on Saturday, June 22 from 2:00-4:00 PM to meet MAR Health Programming Coordinator, Michael Balkenhol!
Congratulations to the NNLM Training and Web Services Offices (NTO & NWSO) on publishing their case study, Learning to Love the LOR: Implementing an Internal Learning Object Repository at a Large National Organization.
New on YouTube: Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life,” May 22, 2019NLM/NIH News
Socio-legal Barriers to Data Reuse – The FAIR data principles—Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable—are a terrific set of goals for all of us to strive for in our data sharing, but they detail little about how to realize effective data reuse. If we are to grow innovation from our collective data resources, we must look to pioneers in data harmonization for insight into the specific advantages and challenges of data reuse at scale. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Delivering on a Commitment: The NIH Manuscript Submission Team – Every month, the NIHMS team receives approximately 6,000 to 8,000 manuscripts for submission to PubMed Central (PMC). It’s part of a mission to make government-funded research available to everyone, everywhere, at any time. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic – In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first commercial available vaccine to prevent rubella, NLM launched the exhibition Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic on June 3rd. Ashley Bowen, PhD, is guest curator of Rashes to Research. Circulating Now interviewed her about her work on the exhibition. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
In Memory of Andrew Lee – A lot of young people are driven—driven to get a good education, land a great job, find true love, or see the world. But, today, I want to honor the life of a young man who was driven by something even bigger. Andrew Lee was driven to cure kidney cancer—not only for himself, but for others as well. – NIH Director’s Blog
Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted the launch of the MEDLINE Publisher Portal, a new platform for submitting and managing MEDLINE applications.
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.
HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects – The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 12, 2:00 PM ET.
NIH News in Health: The June 2019 issue features “Parenting Teens: Guiding Kids Through Turbuent Years,” and, “Beating Bursitis: Take Care of Your Joint Cushions.” Other topics include telemedicine, smoking and heart health, and coping with cancer.NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities
NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!June 2019
mHealth: Mobile Technologies to Improve Community Health – June 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) for the first online offering of mHealth! Learn about emerging technologies and trends, and how consumer health devices can be used to impact individual health behavior and the overall health of a community. This class draws on the latest research and trends to give participants to a big picture look at mHealth, telemedicine, and related issues. Learn about how health systems are beginning to develop or incorporate new technologies for remote patient monitoring and improving clinical care. What laws and policies have been formed to govern these devices? This course will also take a close look at community health and the role of mHealth in surveillance and public health interventions.
Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place – June 19, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this first in a series of nine webinars about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion! Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that you can utilize in your own life immediately. Regardless of your identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships. Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work.
Libraries Connecting You to Coverage – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community.
New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many communities are embarking on health and wellness initiatives directed at controlling healthcare costs and preventing substance abuse. There is a role for libraries as the arbitrators of information to provide tools and education on health and wellness topics. Health information literacy is a facet of information literacy that is often not addressed through traditional library services. Sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR), this webinar will introduce the audience to the trauma-based approach and resilience and explain how they utilized these approaches to inform their libraries’ programming. This presentation will provide ideas and resources that can be scaled for use at both large and small libraries of all types.
Marketing Research Data Management (RDM) Services – June 20, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Jill Stover Heinz, the Director of User Experience at the University of Virginia, to explore strategies to market Research Data Management (RDM) services in your library. She is the author of the book, “Library Marketing: From Passion to Practice.” She’s a librarian who wants her work to connect with users, so they can benefit from all of the amazing resources and services libraries offer. Marketing offers us an effective way to connect with our users and to support data sharing and open science.
How the Trauma Informed Approach Can Help Treat Substance Use Disorder – June 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – People who experience trauma- especially Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)- are at an elevated risk for substance use disorders, mental illness, and physical disorders. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an evidence-based approach to deliver healthcare in a way that recognizes and responds to the long-term health effects of the experience of trauma. Upon completion of this webinar with the New England Region (NER), participants will be able to explain the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Substance Use Disorders, describe promising practices for implementing the trauma-informed care approach, and consider how trauma-informed care might work in your organization.
Resources for Community Health Workers – June 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an important role in connecting their communities with healthcare and services. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide information about how Community Health Workers can link their community with quality health information using resources from the National Library of Medicine. In addition to appropriate information tools for CHWs, the audience will learn about projects that have put NLM resources to use in CHW training and community education. Guest speaker, Elizabeth Schaffer, MPH, MS, CHES will join to discuss how she integrated MedlinePlus into a 100-hour CHW training program.July 2019
From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – This one-hour webinar with The Greater Midwest and Middle Atlantic Regions (GMR/MAR) will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ll touch briefly on some health challenges and barriers to care that these population groups face and discuss how to integrate cultural competence and humility into your work. Finally, we’ll review the CDC’s Refugee Health Portals and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and Specialized Information Services resources. Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE and 1 category-I contact hour for CHES/MCHES.
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction – July 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this synchronous, online class that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, and search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
RDM Solutions for Smaller Institutions – July 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Are you a trying to figure out how to incorporate RDM services at your smaller institution? Join the New England Region (NER) and guests from the Ryan Clement the Data Services Librarian at Middlebury College and Wendy Shook the Science Data Librarian, at Middlebury College, as they discuss research data management (RDM) services at a smaller liberal arts college. The webinar will introduce challenges and the innovative solutions as described in the paper “Team Based Data Management Instruction at Small Liberal Arts Colleges” and a case study from what is currently being done at Middlebury College and future plans.
PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – July 16, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This webinar will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms, how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search, the structure of the MeSH database, and look at the components of a MeSH record.
Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 17, 1:30-3:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. Learn to communicate health statistics in clear and easy to understand language. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.
*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
- Informationist (three positions available), National Institutes of Health Library, Montgomery County, MD
- Teaching & Learning Engagement Librarian, Virginia Tech University Libraries, Blacksburg, VA
- Research Data Librarian, University of Pittsburgh Library System, Pittsburgh, PA
- Research Collection Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh Library System, Pittsburgh, PA
‘Laundromat Library’ Opens In McKeesport, With The Aim Of Improving Childhood Literacy – 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station
State’s Second ‘Laundromat Library’ Coming to Olympia – The Tube City Almanac, Community news for McKeesport, White Oak, Duquesne, North Versailles and beyond
Critical Contributions: Developing Research Appraisal Skills at Your Institution – June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – With the reproducibility crisis in biomedical and health sciences and the ever-present necessity of basing medical practice on valid research, medical librarians have an opening to expand their contributions to health care and raise their status by teaching critical appraisal at their institutions. Abraham Wheeler and Amy Blevins aim to get you fired up about teaching in this new area! Attendees will learn why critical appraisal is an emerging need in health sciences programs, how librarians can fill a gap in critical appraisal expertise, and how you can increase your involvement in the evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum at your institution. You will understand the essence of critical appraisal and its place in the cycle of EBM and learn steps that you can take to develop and improve your critical appraisal skills. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Getting Started with Interprofessional Education at Your Institution – July 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Develop the skills and knowledge that enable you to become involved with interprofessional education at your institution. Learn how to plan for success with an interprofessional education roadmap that addresses the core areas of librarian integration into interprofessional education–academic, clinical, and community engagement–and create an individualized action plan for IPEP involvement at your institution. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) Consumer Health Information Librarians Interest Group – June 23, 10:30-11:30 ET – Does your library currently or have interest in providing health outreach and programming? Want to know what free and reliable health and wellness information resources are available to you for youth, adults and underserved populations? Join the ASGCLA CHIL group at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss consumer health topics of interest such as libraries response to the opiod crisis, providing health information to vulnerable populations, ready to use health programs for librarians and training and funding from your Regional Medical Library. Come and learn how to develop long-term partnerships and collaborations to share trusted health information with members of your community.
Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – Join the New York State Area Health Education Center on July 12 in Buffalo, NY for a full day of free programming! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Attendees are eligible for 5.5 Social Work CEUs, Licensed Mental Health Counselor CEUs, Nursing CNEs or Physician CMEs. Early Bird Registration: $100 for professionals; $15 for students.
2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit – Join the Pennsylvania Library Association on July 15 for the 2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit in Summerdale, PA. This year’s summit is looking at information literacy and how it intersects with basic, civic and social, health and financial literacy, helping individuals navigate various information channels and understanding the role all libraries have in the discovery and application of credible information. Online registration is available until June 30.
2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.
OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.
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Graphic Medicine is comic books and graphic novels that cover topics of health and wellness. The visual format makes the information easier to understand and digest. By reading a personal, non-fiction story, we can learn about issues we may not have experienced personally. These stories can also help us feel less alone in our own lives.
Immigrants and refugees are a diverse group of people with a variety of experiences both in their countries of origin and their new homes. Graphic novels that explore the experiences of immigrants and refugees provide glimpses into people’s lives allowing the reader to connect to and learn about individuals that make up the larger communities.
In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, here is a selection of graphic novels to learn more about the varied experiences of immigrants and refugees:
- Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters with Syrian Refugees drawn and recorded by Olivier Kugler. Kugler interviewed and photographed Syrian refugees in camps and along the road on their journeys, turning these records into a graphic novel that recounts stories of survival. From the publisher, “What emerges is a complicated and intense narrative of loss, sadness, fear, and hope and an indelible impression of the refugees as individual humans with their own stories, rather than a faceless mass.”
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi recounts her experience of coming of age in Tehran, Iran during the Islamic Revolution and her high school years in Vienna, Austria facing adolescence while also dealing with home sickness, loneliness, and navigating a new culture.
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Yang tells intersecting stories that illustrate the expectations placed on people by family and society as a new arrival and being first generation, how stereotypes and racism influence immigrants’ lives, and the importance of metaphor and stories for understanding lived experiences.
- The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Bui discusses her search to connect with her mother through her own experiences as a first-time parent. To find that connection, she has to better understand the families escape from Vietnam in the 1970’s and the difficulties of building new lives in the United States including sacrifices and hardships, but also love and support.
- I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib. From the publisher, “I Was Their American Dream is at once a coming-of-age story and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children.” And you can read an excerpt from I Was Their American Dream here.
Immigration status, race and ethnicity can all be factors in health disparities. To learn more about health disparities, visit the MedlinePlus Health Disparities Topic Page or the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. Find more information on how immigration status can impact health and healthcare access with research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
And to learn more about Graphic Medicine visit the NLM’s website for the traveling exhibit Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived, Well-Drawn. Or request a Graphic Medicine Book Club Kit for your library, school or community group to try.
The next PNR Rendezvous webinar session will be focusing on the Public Library Association (PLA) health insurance education initiative. Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, is part of a national partnership made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst. This webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community. In addition, two librarians will also provide their perspectives and tell us about their involvement with this PLA initiative.
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. PT | 12:00 p.m. Alaska | 2:00 p.m. MT
- Leighann Wood, Program Manager, Public Library Association
- Marina Rose, Adult Services Librarian, Caldwell Public Library (ID)
- Anne Bramblett, Assistant Director of Public Services, Austin Public Library (TX)
Registration is encouraged but not required. Information to join the session is provided on the webinar session webpage.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the live session but it will also be recorded and posted for viewing soon in a few days.
In addition, our October 16 PNR Rendezvous session is titled, “Health Insurance Literacy and How Librarians can Help” with Emily Vardell, Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. Registration is open for you to sign up.