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Beyond the SEA Webinar: Genetics, Genomics, and Precision Medicine – Past, Present and Future 

SEA News - Mon, 2020-04-06 13:15

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 2pm ET/1pm CT/12pm MT/11am PT

Registration: Visit the NNLM class page to register for this webinar.

Description: This webinar will present an overview of the topics of genetics and genomics. We will explore why genetics is relevant to everyday life, where it shows up, why you should care and why having a basic knowledge is important. There will be discussion of key terminology and technology supporting modern precision medicine. We will talk about computing and its role in genomics.   No experience with bioinformatics computing  is needed to take this class. The goal is for participants to leave comfortable talking about modern genomics and precision medicine, some key parts of its history and the future of the field.

Presenter Bio: Jean-Paul is a Genomic data scientist at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore. He holds a masters in Biological Sciences from Towson University. Jean-Paul has extensive experience in molecular, cell biology and bioinformatics from years working with Physician Scientists in translational immunology and rheumatology labs. His contributions to science have been in the areas of Orthopaedics, Immunology, Functional Genomics and Rheumatology. In the library he provides instruction in Open Science skills like programming, research data management and cloud computing and support to the Bioinformatics and Data services provided in the library to faculty staff and students of UMB.  His interests include training for life science research, gene expression analysis, and using open sequence data for making new discoveries.

To join the webinar

1.Go to https://nih.webex.com/nih/k2/j.php?MTID=t44c84d268b02a7e27684a3d5ecf5fa1b
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: Nnlm
4. Click “Join Now”.
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To join the session by phone only 

To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
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3. Access code: 626 370 008

For assistance, please contact April Wright at adwright@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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Citizen Science Needs You! Help Fight COVID-19

PNR Dragonfly - Sun, 2020-04-05 21:00

During Citizen Science Month, NNLM PNR is featuring simple, health-related citizen science projects that you can lead as either a virtual library program event; share through your library’s social media; or for you to do as a private citizen. NLM has partnered with SciStarter.org to bring you these important projects. This week, we feature a vitally important project called “The COVID-19 Citizen Science Project.”

It’s no secret we’ve all been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are sheltering in place while continuing to support our communities: We’re expanding access to online library resources and offering virtual programming as we work remotely or from within our closed libraries. ”Stressful” is an understatement. Yet while we work, thoughts of COVID-19 are never far from mind.

This is where the collective impact of citizen science provides a tangible way to help. The COVID-19 Citizen Science (CCS)  project has just been launched by physician-scientists at the University of California San Francisco, offering a way for people from every walk of life to help in the battle against this virus. The project seeks ordinary people age 18 or over to help advance scientists’ understanding of the disease. All that’s needed to participate is a smartphone and the ability to download the app.

The project’s goal is to learn what behaviors slow the spread of the virus and what factors increase or lessen the long-term health impacts of COVID-19. Through the project’s app, participants self-report their symptoms daily (healthy or not) and complete simple surveys. People have the option to provide their location, allowing researchers to determine how geography may affect the spread of infection.

In return, researchers will share updates, create and post maps related to reported behaviors and symptoms, and inform participants of what they discover. The more who participate, the better and more reliable the data, so scientists encourage participants to share the project with at least five other individuals. Libraries are perfectly positioned to help spread the word.  To host a virtual library event, share on social media or participate, visit: SciStarter’s COVID-19 Citizen Science or the COVID-19 Citizen Science Project.

Important note: In deciding to participate myself, I learned it’s best to request the App directly from either SciStarter’s website or from the COVID-19 Citizen Science Project’s website via your Smartphone rather than through the Apple Store or Google Play.

 

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April 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2020-04-03 13:07

illustration of an adult showing a child flashcards of smiley facesCheck out the April 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:

  • Health Capsule: Opioid Facts for Parents
    Parents can have an open conversation with their child about the risks of opioids by knowing the facts and also better able to spot signs of a problem. NIH has developed a guide to help begin the conversation.

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!

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DOCLINE Update: New “Print Resources Available” Filter Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2020-04-03 13:06

The National Library of Medicine’s DOCLINE Team has released DOCLINE, version 6.2.8! To assist libraries in locating lenders that have access to their print collection, DOCLINE’s Search Libraries now offers a Print Resources Available filter.

screenshot of DOCLINE's filter function

Libraries Search Filters display in DOCLINE 6.2.8

When selected, this filter shows only libraries that have indicated physical collection access. The Libraries Search filter uses a new checkbox, added to the DOCLINE Library Profile which allows lenders to indicate whether they have access to their print collection. NOTE: The DOCLINE Routing Algorithm has NOT been updated to include “Print Resources Available.”

This indicator is presently set to NO for all DOCLINE libraries. If you have physical collection access and can ‘fill from print,’ please update your DOCLINE Library Profile.

To update your “Print Resources Available” status:

  1. From the Libraries menu, choose Manage Library.
  2. Scroll to Lend Information>Loaning Policies and click Edit.
  3. Check Print Resources Available and click Update Library.

screenshot of DOCLINE's print availibility

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2020-04-03 11:09

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

Spotlight

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

10 Ways to Stay Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Working remotely and want to stay involved? Looking for ways to participate in classes and events while practicing social distancing? Check out NNLM MAR’s list of ways to stay connected!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Available: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and submit your proposal by April 30 at 12:00 PM ET.

DOCLINE Update | New Filter! “Print Resources Available” (v6.2.8) – DOCLINE Talkline

Staying Active and Healthy During National Minority Health Month – SEA Currents

Consumer Health Minute: CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

The Ebola Vaccine: A Race Against Time – Blogadillo, News from SCR

New on YouTube: The DNA to Z of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Separating Fact from Fiction, March 17, 2020

NLM/NIH News

NLM Is Open for Business! – NLM, and the entire NIH community, is well prepared to keep our operations going while we’re unable to go to our offices at NIH. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

F is for False Noses: A Dose of Humor from Joyce Dennys – The soldiers and civilians who endured the First World War often used humor to offset the terror they experienced and to bolster morale while tackling the challenges of the war. One charming example was donated to the National Library of Medicine in 2014. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Bringing Needed Structure to COVID-19 Drug Development – What makes this image such a big deal is that it shows—in exquisite detail—how the coronavirus attaches to human cells before infecting them and making people sick. – 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 continued updates to the New PubMed.

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight ET, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

April 2020

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement – April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – For a second year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! For Imagine Your Story 2020 we have incorporated fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy into program plans for nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, dental health storytime, and more. During this one-hour webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. In addition to summer reading, we will look at how public libraries are responding to service reductions and closures during the COVID-19 Crisis with virtual engagement and programming opportunities. We will explore unique programs as well as resources you can easily replicate or share with your patrons.

Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success – April 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), in this webinar two health sciences librarians will provide an overview of open science services (OSS) and research in libraries and outline the challenges encountered in supporting researchers in this space. This presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how libraries can build on their support of open science by aligning programs and services with the goals of their research communities and institutions. As practitioners, the presenters will also share ideas around adopting sustainable “open” approaches into their own work and research.

Strategies and Resources to Maintain Sobriety During COVID-19 – April 9, 2:00-3:15 PM ET – Did you know that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection? Recovery is hard. It has become even more challenging as we live with uncertainty, distancing, and other barriers to connection that have recently occurred because of COVID-19. The coronavirus epidemic and the stay-at-home safety measures we have been asked to implement create additional challenges that can have an effect on an individual’s ability to maintain sobriety. Join this webinar presented by the NNLM New England Region (NER) and several behavioral health and addiction support professionals from central Massachusetts as they share strategies, insight and practical ideas for accessing virtual resources, locating the most helpful support and sources of connection, as well as some tangible guidance for navigating the specific situations and circumstances COVID-19 is presenting to those pursuing recovery.

Providing Virtual Programming in a Health Crisis – April 10, 12:30-1:30 PM ET – Our buildings may be closed, but our libraries should be open. See how you can provide vital health programming to your patrons at little cost and without extensive technology. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and Tony Iovino, Assistant Director for Community Services for the Oceanside (NY) Library as he discusses how his library has already provided dozens of virtual health information programs for patrons of all ages. Topics discussed will be types of programming, technology used, staff training, use of outside experts, and how to present health programming at little or no cost.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – April 15-May 13, 2020 – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Regions (PNR/PSR), this hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers, and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and the class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Connecting Communities to Health Information: Graphic Medicine Kits at the Public Library – April 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – To combat health misinformation and stigma, Darien Library in Connecticut created Graphic Medicine Kits to circulate within their community. During this webinar with the New England Region (NER), hear about the creation, promotion, and circulation of these kits, successes and potential improvements in the process, and the NNLM grant that made it all possible.

Make it Work—Managing Your Solo or Small Hospital Library – April 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Whether you work by yourself or with a small staff, the nitty-gritty of successfully delivering your services can be challenging. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and two successful solos in this webinar as they discuss the importance of building partnerships throughout their organization, staying visible and valuable, all at the best possible price.

“Testing the Waters” Program in a Box Kit Reveal – April 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Through citizen science, NNLM can engage communities in addressing societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation. Collaborations between communities and researchers build capacity to address problems and meet research goals. Join the NNLM Training and Education Center (TEC) and Cornerstones of Science for this webinar to learn about a new Citizen Science Program-in-a-Box Kit. Discover the activities, contents, and how you can order a kit!

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – April 23, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for this webinar to learn about the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, how to search and interpret the results database, and how health sciences librarians can advocate the importance of complying with the results submission requirements to clinical researchers.

Genetics, Genomics, and Precision Medicine – Past, Present and Future – April 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will present an overview of the topics of genetics and genomics. Presenters will explore why genetics is relevant to everyday life, where it shows up, why you should care and why having a basic knowledge is important. There will be discussion of key terminology, technology supporting modern precision medicine, and the role of computing in genomics. No experience with bioinformatics computing is needed to take this class. The goal is for participants to leave comfortable talking about modern genomics and precision medicine, some key parts of its history and the future of the field.

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services.

Bibliometric Training – Provided by the NIH Library, this series is a collection of thirteen free online videos that introduce viewers to the theories and practices of bibliometric analysis, as implemented by the NIH Library’s bibliometric service program. The goal of the series is to show how NIH does bibliometrics for research evaluation, to act as a springboard for others to get started with bibliometrics so that they feel more comfortable moving beyond this series on their own.

Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand – This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course begins with searchinag PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information, chemicals and with chemical nomenclature, and lliterature related to genetics and genomics.

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization Online On Demand – This class is intended as a quick-start guide to creating effective data visualizations and is geared toward a general audience with no prior experience creating visualizations. Participants will use Tableau Public, a popular free tool, to visualize data.

Dissemination and Disasters: Using Information to Save Lives – This hour-long, asynchronous course will introduce you to the four phases of emergency management. You’ll be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine to access life saving information about hurricanes, opioids, radiological incidents, and chemical spills. Specifically, demos of MedlinePlus, DisasterLit, REMM, and WISER will be shown.

Drug Terminologies and RxNorm – This course will introduce you to the 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.

Finding and Using Health Statistics – Written by staff at AcademyHealth and provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this tutorial on finding and using health statistics is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.

Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to what MedlinePlus Connect does and how, and point you to resources for implementing MedlinePlus Connect at your institution.

Grants and Proposal Writing – Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning – Provided by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), this asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning, why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan, and provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.

Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices – Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies through interactive, self-paced tutorials and a synthesis exercise.

MedlinePlus for Public Librarians – This hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions. The class takes about an hour to complete and provides an auto-generated certificate of completion at the end.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health – This course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020.

PubMed Essentials – Are you looking for a way to kick start your PubMed search skills? PubMed Essentials is made up of 9 very short video-modules with built-in, interactive exercises so you can explore PubMed at your own pace.

Serving Diverse Communities – this three-part series of online trainings is focused on accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities, including accessing health information in multiple languages, finding data on health disparities, and building cultural competence and humility into the workplace.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

Survey of US academic libraries documents COVID-19 pandemic responses – Illinois News Bureau

Free online courses from Penn State Extension – Penn State Extension is offering more than 50 courses from their online library for free through the month of April! Get on-demand access from Penn State subject matter experts in areas like food safety, nutrition and preparation, environmental stewardship, healthy families, and more.

Host or Facilitate Remote, Live-Streamed Citizen Science Events in a Pinch – Looking to host a virtual event, or transition your previously in-person event to a virtual format? Then this is the virtual training for you! The Science Friday and SciStarter teams share tips to facilitate citizen science virtual events for schools and general audiences in April via this recorded webinar that was presented on March 25, 2020.

Disrupting Links: A Webinar on Criminal Justice and Health Equity – April 6, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – As part of the annual Science of Health Equity Summit, this webinar is a discussion about the intersection of the criminal justice system and health disparities. Hear from panelists working to disrupt these links.

Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19 – Join the Medical Library Association for this series of free, live, online conversations! These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help you address professional and personal pain points related to the current crisis. You can also share ideas for topics and presenters, or volunteer to present.

  • Professional Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19: Masks and More – April 7, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Lori Harris, Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, will share the story of how her library pulled together to provide masks to clinicians. Kimberly Yang, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, MD, will share resources for medical librarians serving various constituencies in this time of COVID-19. They will invite you to share your stories, resources, and ideas on how you can maintain and build professional partnerships.
  • COVID-19 Searching: Strategies and Sources – April 14, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Sarah T. Jewell, Medical Library, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY, and Margaret Jane Foster, AHIP, Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University–College Station, will explore searching for COVID-19 resources in this time of rapidly updating databases.
  • Managing Remote Workers and Work (tentative title)- April 21, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Michell Kraft, AHIP, Medical Library, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, and Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP, Mayo Clinic Libraries, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

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

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

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Virtual Citizen Science Month Events and Support

GMR News - Fri, 2020-04-03 10:26

NNLM is pleased to share the recording of the webinar, “Host or Facilitate Remote, Live-Streamed Citizen Science Events in a Pinch,” presented by our partners at SciStarter and Science Friday. You can find the recording, slides, and other resources for your online CitSciMonth event in this blog post. After viewing we are asking you to please complete this survey, so we can evaluate the webinar.

In addition, SciStarter is offering their services, Zoom account, and promotional support (all at no cost) to anyone who needs help creating or modifying a virtual Citizen Science Month event in April.

Here’s one idea to consider: Host an online Storytime or Book Club Reading using the new book, The Field Guide to Citizen Science (available online and in print). This new book is written by the experts at SciStarter, and we can arrange to have one of the authors or editors participate in your online event for an author Meet-and-Greet. Together, we can select one of the 50 citizen science projects featured in the book and do a real-time demonstration with the viewers to engage them in a project! If this is of interest to you, please email Caroline Nickerson atCarolineN@scistarter.org. You are also invited to join us for one of our weekly Citizen Science Month event planning calls this Thursday! Details on attending weekly Citizen Science Month planning calls are available.

Upcoming webinars: We’re offering a free webinar this Friday to help you learn more about digital accessibility in resources like PowerPoint. Register for the upcoming webinar and learn how to make electronic content shared accessible.

And…stay tuned to Science Friday on your local public radio station this Friday. Citizen Science Month and The Field Guide to Citizen Science are scheduled to be featured on air!

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NNLM SEA Digest News – April 3, 2020

SEA News - Fri, 2020-04-03 09:52

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

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars April 7 – April 10

Webinars April 15 – April 23

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

** Please note that NNLM recordings on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

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Citizen Science News and Future Events

MCR News - Thu, 2020-04-02 16:31

NNLM is pleased to share the recording of the webinar, “Host or Facilitate Remote, Live-Streamed Citizen Science Events in a Pinch,” presented by our partners at SciStarter and Science Friday. You can find the recording, slides, and other resources for your online CitSciMonth event in this blog post. After viewing we are asking you to please complete this survey, so we can evaluate the webinar.

In addition, SciStarter is offering their services, Zoom account, and promotional support (all at no cost) to anyone who needs help creating or modifying a virtual Citizen Science Month event in April.

Here’s one idea to consider: Host an online Storytime or Book Club Reading using the new book, The Field Guide to Citizen Science (available online and in print). This new book is written by the experts at SciStarter, and we can arrange to have one of the authors or editors participate in your online event for an author Meet-and-Greet. Together, we can select one of the 50 citizen science projects featured in the book and do a real-time demonstration with the viewers to engage them in a project! If this is of interest to you, please email Caroline Nickerson at CarolineN@scistarter.org. You are also invited to join us for one of our weekly Citizen Science Month event planning calls this Thursday! Details on attending weekly Citizen Science Month planning calls are available.

Upcoming webinars: We’re offering a free webinar this Friday to help you learn more about digital accessibility in resources like PowerPoint. Register for the upcoming webinar and learn how to make electronic content shared accessible.

And…stay tuned to Science Friday on your local public radio station this Friday. Citizen Science Month and The Field Guide to Citizen Science are scheduled to be featured on air!

Thank you for taking the time to create online events that connect us all together.

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CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan

SEA News - Thu, 2020-04-02 15:40

Have you ever considered earning your CHIS or taking the leap from Level 1 to Level 2? Right now NNLM is offering an accelerated learning plan to quickly earn CHIS in about a month through free, online, self-paced classes.

And remember, NNLM SEA sponsors the CHIS application fee for Level 1 or Level 2 for our members, including renewals!

What is CHIS?

CHIS is an acronym for Consumer Health Information Specialization, a program by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The CHIS program offers training in providing health information services to consumers, and recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills. NNLM provides free, online training in support of CHIS, and can sponsor your CHIS application or renewal fee, making this specialization completely free to you. Once you’ve completed 12 credits of training per guidelines below, simply fill out this form to get your CHIS application fee sponsored by NNLM. Any library staff member or library student in the U.S. interested in providing health information to the public is eligible for sponsorship.

Why Get CHIS?

Librarians know the lifesaving and life-enhancing value of accurate evidence-based health information. By earning CHIS, you acquire skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. Your CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public you serve that you are committed to offering quality consumer health information services and to staying current with developments in consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.

CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan

For a detailed plan on available courses, download the CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan or visit nnlm.gov/training.

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Public Health Foundation Offers COVID-19 Training Opportunities

PSR News - Thu, 2020-04-02 14:58

The Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network has created search tools to locate various training opportunities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). TRAIN is a national learning network that aggregates training opportunities for public health, healthcare, and preparedness professionals from thousands of training providers.

The searches are live and will update as new training is added to TRAIN. Currently, specific opportunities are available focusing on COVID-19, personal protective equipment, and crisis and emergency risk communication. An additional search on infection control in long-term care facilities will be added shortly.

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NNLM SEA COVID-19 Regional Awareness and Information Sharing

SEA News - Thu, 2020-04-02 09:46

Like many libraries and organizations across the country, NNLM SEA has transitioned to telework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we are not currently working in our offices, we are striving to provide our region and members with the same level of service and support.

During this time where many libraries are providing virtual support, we know that there are also hospital librarians working on the front lines to support healthcare providers, public librarians addressing the varied concerns of their communities, and health sciences librarians helping faculty transition their courses to online formats.

We want to hear your stories and share them with our network members. Please consider sharing a story about how your library and staff have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • What steps has your library taken?
  • What is your library doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Do you have resource guides you can share?
  • Are you working the front line in hospitals?
  • Are you providing virtual sessions to the public to help them understand COVID-19?
  • Is there an MVP librarian you’d like us to feature?

Please email us your story or reach out to set up a time to chat by phone. Either way, we would be honored to highlight your organization’s efforts to serve during the pandemic and very grateful for the opportunity to inspire others in the process.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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New On-Demand Course Available – Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization

SEA News - Wed, 2020-04-01 14:27

Earn MLA CEs while you practice your data visualization skills!

Data Visualization enables us to quickly glean insights and patterns from data and communicate its key aspects intuitively, persuasively, and memorably. In this session, participants will discuss the fundamental principles of effective visual data communication as they critique and evaluate existing visualizations. They will also locate sources for downloadable data, and develop simple interactive visualizations using Tableau Public, a free and popular data visualization tool.

This class is intended as a quick-start guide to creating effective data visualizations and is geared toward a general audience with no prior experience creating visualizations.

This is an online, asynchronous class, offered via Moodle, the NNLM’s learning management system.

To learn more or to register: https://nnlm.gov/class/cool-creative-communications-dazzling-data-visualization-online-demand/23692

Questions? Contact Kiri Burcat

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April NNLM Book Selections are Now Available!

MCR News - Wed, 2020-04-01 14:10

Citizen science is research done by everyday people, anytime, anywhere, to help answer questions scientists can’t answer alone. In order to turn curiosity into impact, Citizen Science Month is recognized annually in April. Community libraries can serve as a hub for citizen science by mobilizing patrons to collect data and spread the word about their efforts, and participants can develop a deeper understanding of scientific and health literacy through their active involvement in the scientific process.

Our friends at SciStarter have easy citizen science ideas to share and some health-related projects selected in collaboration with NLM. There are many citizen science projects that can be done even in a backyard or from home.
To learn more, visit NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Citizen Science. Choose one of the three featured books. Then either host a digital book club discussion or, when your library reopens, apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit.

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Staying Active and Healthy During National Minority Health Month

SEA News - Wed, 2020-04-01 09:50

With Americans advised to stay in and around their homes, this National Minority Health Month (April) the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will feature the theme Active & Healthy and focus on safe ways all communities can stay physically active and advance mental and emotional wellness.

Join OMH throughout April as we encourage everyone to stay active and support physical, mental and emotional wellness. This year, we invite everyone to join #ActiveandHealthy, a national social media campaign that will focus on ways we can stay active and healthy in and around the house while following the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Daily themes will highlight steps people can take in and around the home to maintain and sustain an active and healthy lifestyle while reducing stress and anxiety.

#ActiveandHealthy will promote and share ways we can stay active and healthy during #NMHM2020 and throughout the year. OMH is also asking individuals to use the hashtag to post their own stories, ideas or tips about staying active and healthy. The campaign will include creative ways to keep older adults and children safe and physically engaged, along with ideas to stay connected with friends, family and communities.

OMH and national partners will also use the hashtag to promote the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign.

Below are ways you can get informed, get involved, and get connected this National Minority Health Month:

Join the conversation by using the hashtags and sharing your stories, tips, resources, and best practices with the community on how to stay #ActiveandHealthy around your home. Daily themes include:

  • Wellness Mondays
  • Trivia Tuesdays
  • Work Out Wednesdays
  • Throwback Thursdays
  • Family Fridays
  • Spotlight Saturdays
  • Empowerment Sunday

Take the OMH weekly Active & Healthy Quiz as part of Trivia Tuesdays via our social media channels to test your knowledge of physical activity and nutrition while also getting resources on how to stay active and support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Spread the word virtually by downloading our National Minority Health Month Toolkit full of resources, sample social media messages, and downloadable graphics.

Submit your virtual community events and activities to the Office of Minority Health Events Calendar and share photos from your virtual event on social media by using the hashtags #ActiveandHealthy, #EmotionalWellness and #NMHM2020.

Sign up for email updates on OMH’s website to learn more about National Minority Health Month, and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Remember—becoming Active & Healthy in and around your home to stay physically and mentally well, while doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19, is possible through simple changes to your daily routine—so get involved this #NMHM2020.

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Consumer Health Minute: CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2020-04-01 09:00

Last month’s Consumer Health Minute focused on health reference. Providing any type of health information services can feel a little intimidating but that doesn’t have to be the case. Learning more about various health resources and services can help prepare you and your staff to feel more knowledgeable and confident.  The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) works with the Medical Library Association to provide continuing education toward obtaining CHIS.

What is CHIS?
CHIS is an acronym for Consumer Health Information Specialization, a program by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The CHIS program offers training in providing health information services to consumers, and recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills. NNLM provides free, online training in support of CHIS, and can sponsor your CHIS application or renewal fee, making this specialization completely free to you. Once you’ve completed 12 credits of training per guidelines below, simply fill out this form to get your CHIS application fee sponsored by NNLM. Any library staff member or library student in the U.S. interested in providing health information to the public is eligible for sponsorship.

Why Get CHIS?
Librarians know the lifesaving and life-enhancing value of accurate evidence-based health information. By earning CHIS, you acquire skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. Your CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public you serve that you are committed to offering quality consumer health information services and to staying current with developments in consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.

CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan
Right now NNLM is offering an accelerated learning plan to quickly earn CHIS in about a month through free, online, self-paced classes. For more information download the Plan.

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Science anytime, anywhere: Celebrate Citizen Science Month with the NNLM Reading Club

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-03-31 21:00

Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World by Sharman Apt Russell l The Crowd and the Cosmo: Adventures in the Zooniverse by Chris Lintott l Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes in an Age of Extinction by Mary Ellen Hannibal

Citizen science is collaborative research done by everyday people, anytime, anywhere, to help answer questions scientists can’t answer alone. In order to turn curiosity into impact, Citizen Science Month is recognized annually in April to promote all things citizen science. Libraries can serve as a hub for citizen science in their communities by mobilizing patrons to get involved in collecting data and spreading the word about their efforts, and participants can develop a deeper engagement in scientific and health literacy through their active involvement in the scientific process. There are many citizen science projects that can be done in a backyard or from home. Our friends at SciStarter have easy citizen science ideas to share and even some health-related projects selected in collaboration with NLM.

To learn more, visit NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Citizen Science. Choose one of the three featured books. Then either host a virtual book club discussion or, when your library reopens, download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding health information. Short on time? No worries! Apply for a a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit.

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April NNLM Webinars

MCR News - Tue, 2020-03-31 19:32

#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training
April 2
12 MT/1 CT
Registration and Info: https://nnlm.gov/class/citenlm-wikipedia-edit-thon-training/22567

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming for Summer Reading!
April 7
1 MT/2 CT
https://nnlm.gov/class/summer_reading

Nicotine, It’s a Brain Changer
April 8
1 MT/2 CT
Registration and Info: https://nnlm.gov/class/nicotine-it-s-brain-changer/22358

Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success
April 9
12 MT/ 1 CT
Registration and Info: https://nnlm.gov/class/supporting-open-science-health-science-libraries-sharing-strategies-sustainability-and-success

Overview of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
April 14
1 MT/2 CT
Registration and Info: https://nnlm.gov/class/overview-health-resources-and-services-administration-hrsa/22704

PNR Rendezvous: Make it Work—Managing Your Solo or Small Hospital Library
April 15
2 MT/3 CT
Registration and Info: https://nnlm.gov/class/pnr-rendezvous-make-it-work-managing-your-solo-or-small-hospital-library/21733

Connecting Communities to Health Information: Graphic Medicine Kits at the Public Library
April 15
12 MT/1 CT
Registration and Info: https://nnlm.gov/class/connecting-communities-health-information-graphic-medicine-kits-public-library/23455

PNR Rendezvous: What’s All This Talk About Citizen Science?
April 29
2 MT/3 CT
Registration and Info: https://nnlm.gov/class/pnr-rendezvous-whats-all-talk-about-citizen-science/23459

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How Does a Library Respond to a Global Health Crisis?

MCR News - Tue, 2020-03-31 19:28
NLM Musings from the Mezzanine

Patti Brennan, Director National Library of Medicine

Around the world, scientists, public health officials, medical professionals, and others are working to address the coronavirus pandemic.

At NLM, we’ve been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the novel coronavirus) and aid in the response to COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus). By enhancing access to relevant data and information, NLM is demonstrating how libraries can contribute in real time to research and response efforts during this crisis.

Read the full blog post.

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On Demand Classes

MCR News - Tue, 2020-03-31 19:22

Training opportunities available any time.

A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/birds-eye-view-health-data-standards
Enhance your knowledge on the roles and products of the National Library of Medicine related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records systems and clinical research.

Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/chemicals-drugs-and-genetics-searching-pubmed-and-beyond-online-demand
Learn how to search Pubmed for drugs and genetics using MeSH, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA).

Dissemination and Disasters: Using Information to Save Lives
https://nnlm.gov/classes/dissemination-and-disasters-using-information-save-lives
Learn basic emergency and disaster management concepts and related NLM resources like MedlinePlus, DisasterLit, REMM, and WISER databases

Drug Terminologies and RxNorm – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/drug-terminologies-and-rxnorm
Learn 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

EvalBasics 1: Community Assessment – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/communityassessment
Learn a four-step process for conducting community assessment that includes data collection, interpretation, and use.

EvalBasics 2: Planning Outcomes-Based Programs – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/planningoutcomes
Create an outcomes-based project plan using a logic models

EvalBasics 3: Data Collection for Program Evaluation – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/datacollection
Good data collection tools follow 3 key principles: decrease perceived risk, increase perceived benefit, & decrease cost. Learn how to apply these principles in developing questionnaires and interviews.

EvalBasics 4: Data Analysis for Program Evaluation – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/dataanalysis
Learn how to work with qualitative and quantitative data to assess program value and make effective decisions

Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/getting-right-information-patients-using-medlineplus-connect
Learn how terminology standards make patient educational materials accessible through electronic health record systems, health apps, and other systems via MedlinePlus Connect

Grants and Proposal Writing-On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/grants-and-proposal-writing
Get a general overview of the NNLM funding processes for and the level of detail required for a successful proposal.

Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices – On demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/introduction-health-reference-ethics-and-best-practices
Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies through hands on tutorials

MedlinePlus for Public Librarians
https://nnlm.gov/classes/medlineplus-public-librarians
Learn all about MedlinePlus in this one-hour interactive tutorial.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health: An Introduction to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj
https://nnlm.gov/class/online-resources-support-evidence-based-practice-population-health-introduction-medlineplus
Public health professionals and librarians alike will find this class useful

PubMed Essentials 2020 – On Demand
https://nnlm.gov/classes/pubmed-essentials-demand
Learn the 9 the essential topics you need to know to use PubMed effectively.

Serving Diverse Communities: Accessing Reliable Health Information in Multiple Languages
https://nnlm.gov/class/serving-diverse-communities-accessing-health-information-multiple-languages/8320
Focus your knowledge about health information resources related to working with diverse communities with this 3 part, 3 hour series

Serving Diverse Communities: Building Cultural Competence and Humility into the Workplace
https://nnlm.gov/class/serving-diverse-communities-accessing-health-information-multiple-languages/8320
Focus your knowledge about health information resources related to working with diverse communities with this 3 part, 3 hour series

Serving Diverse Communities: Finding Data on Health Disparities
https://nnlm.gov/class/serving-diverse-communities-accessing-health-information-multiple-languages/8320
Focus your knowledge about health information resources related to working with diverse communities with this 3 part, 3 hour series

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Webinar- Strategies and Resources to Maintain Sobriety During COVID-19 

MCR News - Tue, 2020-03-31 18:47

Strategies and Resources to Maintain Sobriety During COVID-19 

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020

12-1:15 MT/1-2:15 CT

Webinar Registration Link – https://nnlm.gov/class/strategies-and-resources-maintain-sobriety-during-covid-19/23708

 Presenters:

  • Scott Pelletier, M-CTTS, LADCII, CMA Behavioral Health Coach, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
  • John Monfredo, MA, MSW, LCSW, PsyD Candidate, Substance Use Clinician, Addictions Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
  • Michael Earielo, Director Spectrum Health System Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Center, Worcester, MA
  • Joseph Tobin, Peer Coordinator, Spectrum Health System Everyday Miracles, Peer Recovery Center, Worcester, MA
  • Amy Nichols, Certified Addictions Recovery Coach (CARC), Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA

Audience: Individuals with substance use disorder and people supporting others with substance use disorder.

Webinar Description:

Did you know that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection? Recovery is hard. It has become more challenging as we live with uncertainty, distancing, and other barriers to connection that have recently occurred because of COVID-19. The coronavirus epidemic  and the stay-at-home safety measures we have been asked to implement create additional challenges that can have an effect on an individual’s ability to maintain sobriety. We invite you to a webinar presented by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and several behavioral health and addiction support professionals from central Massachusetts as they share strategies, insight and practical ideas for accessing virtual resources, locating the most helpful support and sources of connection, as well as some tangible guidance for navigating the specific situations and circumstances COVID-19 is presenting to those pursuing recovery.

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