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.
Top Items of Interest
- Funding Opportunity: SEA Seeks Award Applications for Projects from May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019 (Applications Due April 15, 2018)
- Participate in the NNLM SEA Improvement Questionnaire (Survey Open Until April 20, 2018)
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News
- NDCO: Electronic Funds Transfer System – $200 Starter Awards
- MLA, PLA, NNLM Symposium: Health Information for Public Librarians – Registration and travel stipends available for Public Librarians. (May 22 – 23, 2018)
- SEA Pilot Project: Join our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Facebook Group
- SEA Spring 2018 HSLANJ Group Licensing Offer Available Now through April 27
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
Asynchronous Online Moodle Courses
- GMR: Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community (April 23 – May 20)
Webinars: April 9-13
- NER: Addressing a By-Product of the Opioid Addiction Crisis: Commercial Sexual Exploitation (April 10, 1:00 PM ET)
- SCR: Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine: Perspectives of Academic Health Science Institutions (April 11, 10:00 AM CT/11:00 AM ET)
- NTO: PubMed for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI (April 12, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET)
Webinars: April 16-20
- MCR: Healing Library Anxiety (April 18, 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT)
- MAR: How Do Communities Welcome People Managing Mental Illnesses and the Disease of Addiction? (April 18, 2:00 PM ET)
- PNR: Beyond the Memes: Social Media Evaluation (April 18, 1:00 PM PT/4:00 PM ET)
Webinars: April 23-27
- GMR: Grab and Go: Expanding and Strengthening Senior Programming (April 27, 1:00 PM CT/2:00 PM ET)
Webinars: April 30 – May 6
- SEA: Harnessing Human Power for Health: Medical Librarians & Citizen Science (May 3, 2:00 PM ET)
On-Demand Asynchronous Online Moodle Courses
- SEA: Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond
- GMR: Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health: An Introduction to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj
In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. Visit the NPHCO Calendar for training opportunities available.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- NIH News in Health – April Edition
- NIH Director’s Blog: Creative Minds: Optimizing Radio-Immunotherapy for Cancer
NLM Technical Bulletin
- NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data – Edirect Office Hours on April 25, 2018
- New Grant Funding Organizations for MEDLINE/PubMed from Europe PMC, HRA, and DHS
- RxNorm April 2018 Release Available
- NLM @ MLA – 2018
- Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Web BLAST Tabular Format (April 11, 12:00– 12:30 PM ET)
- NIH Data Science Collaborative Hackathon – April 16-18, 2018
- BLAST+ Database Improved
Focus on Data
- Friends of the National Library of Medicine: Data Science Innovation at the Intersection of Biomedical Research and the Library (Bethesda, MD, June 13-14)
Focus on Precision Medicine
- All of Us Research Program: Scientific Priorities Workshop (Day 2)
- All of Us Research Program: Scientific Priorities Workshop (Day 3)
- Soon to be Issued: Funding Announcement for All of Us Genome Centers
Focus on Substance Use Disorder
- NNLM NER Webinar: Addressing a By-Product of the Opioid Addiction Crisis: Commercial Sexual Exploitation (April 10, 1:00 PM ET)
- NIH Launches HEAL Initiative, Doubles Funding to Accelerate Scientific Solutions to Stem National Opioid Epidemic
- Circulating Now: Scientists’ Hard Drives, Databases, and Blogs
- Circulating Now: NLM Becomes an Official Part of NIH, April 1, 1968
- NLM in Focus: No Fooling: NLM Officially Became Part of NIH on April 1, 1968
- NLM in Focus: NLM Community Mapping – Creating & Supporting Citizen Scientists, Communities
- Musings from the Mezzanine: National Public Health Week 2018: Changing Our Future Together
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 recordings from NNLM available on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.
Today’s theme for National Public Health Week focuses on Injury and Violence Protection. Check out these National Library of Medicine resources to prepare for and respond to incidents of gender-based violence during and after disasters:
The NLM Public Health Resources Tutorial is a portal to explore five topic areas: Consumer Health, Disasters and Public Health Emergencies, Environmental Health and Toxicology, Health Services Research, and HIV/AIDS. The Disasters & Public Health Emergencies section links to two modules; Disaster Health Literature and Introduction to CBRNE Incidents. The tutorial and other training for disaster health information is available from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).
Gender-Based Violence and Disaster Literature Resources
- Disaster Lit®: Gender Based Violence search
- Health Resources on Pregnant Women in Disasters and Emergencies
Coping with Violence Resources
The month of April is designated as National Minority Health Month. This is a time to learn more about the health status of minority populations in the United States. The theme for this year is Partnering for Health Equity.
Throughout the month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host a series of webinars.
TOPIC: Community-Based Participatory Research in Indian Country
DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018 TIME: 2:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
This webinar will focus on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles to address health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
TOPIC: State Legislative Approaches to Reducing Behavioral Health Disparities
DATE: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 TIME: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
This webinar focuses on the results of the analysis, which were recently published in a policy brief.
TOPIC: Strategies for Building and Strengthening the CHW Effort in Your Area: A Case Study from Utah
DATE: Thursday, April 26, 2018 TIME: 2:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The webinar will focus on the history, infrastructure, strategies, goals, and progress of the Utah Broad-Based CHW Coalition.
TOPIC: Making the Invisible, Visible: Lessons Learned from a Hispanic/Latino Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Needs Assessment
DATE: Monday, April 30, 2018 TIME: 1200 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
This webinar will share findings from the latest diabetes needs assessment for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs).
There are also several other events during the month to “celebrate impactful public and private sector collaborations that advance health equity and help improve the health of the nation.” Learn more at https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/nmhm18/
Written by: Monica Riley, Serials Librarian, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
As librarians and information managers, it is our duty to stay abreast of emerging trends and technologies and how they might impact our users. Health Sciences librarians can and should get involved with big data in healthcare, but to what extent I’m not certain. There are many factors that may present challenges in providing data services including staffing, knowledge and expertise, budget, and technology deficiencies. Health Sciences librarians need to think strategically and collaboratively about what type of data services they might be able to provide, and how best to execute them. Recognizing that all aspects of data management require a specific skill set, areas for training and continuing education should be identified, and these newly learned skills put into practice on a consistent basis.
As the trend of big data and research data management becomes more massive, organizations should consider incorporating data services into their strategic plans and developing priority areas with specific timelines. While I don’t think it’s necessary nor always feasible for librarians to become data scientists, at minimum we need to be prepared to answer questions related to big data and point to resources. One thing libraries can do immediately is assemble a big data/data science working group, with a cross-section of staff who can assess the needs at their institution, and contribute unique perspectives and ideas on how best to address those needs. Through these discussions the working group can develop an action plan and establish big data initiatives. Something as simple as creating an online resource guide or other research guide with general information, tools, and resources for big data is a good way to test the waters without getting into the complexities of big data. This could be either a collaborative or individual effort.
Thinking about a user-centered approach as Elaine R. Martin discussed in her article “The Role of Librarians in Data Science: A Call to Action”, identifying user needs is the first step in determining whether or not you can successfully provide data services. Some questions that would need to be addressed are, what type of data services are your users asking for? And who on staff is readily available with the knowledge and expertise to handle those requests? This will most likely involve partnering with other departments, as well as getting valuable feedback from users.
As health sciences librarians attempt to make sense of and define their specific role in big data, for the immediate future I feel our talents would be best suited in a supportive role. Providing consultations and assistance with research data management, bringing awareness to big data resources, and possibly facilitate training on big data tools are just a few ways we can contribute. How we gather, analyze, store, and preserve information is constantly evolving, so should our roles as librarians. Although big data can be very complex, and the idea of assuming these responsibilities can be extremely daunting, I think it’s important for us to remain steadily involved in these discussions. As others may not recognize the skills and value that librarians bring to the table, we need to advocate for ourselves and create opportunities to become a part of this big data movement.
By now, you likely have decided whether or not to apply for funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. As you put the final touches on your proposal, make sure you follow the directions for submission. You do not want all of your hard work to go to waste because you sent your application late or to the wrong email address.
Submission instructions and due dates are included in all of the Requests for Proposals.Proposal Submission
One electronic version of the proposal must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the award in the subject line.
Due date: April 13, 2018 11pm ET. Late submissions will not be accepted.
As the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM South Central Region, I have the opportunity to support community partners and help serve a variety of populations. Everyone needs access to health information! A Philadelphia Pew study found that more than a third of people coming to the library are seeking health information (Library Journal). Upon attending the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia, I learned how public librarians are rising to the call in big ways.
Librarians from all over the nation held sessions that ran the gamut of subjects and ideas. Several covered the topics of outreach, community engagement, civic engagement, after school support, STEAM programming, diversity, health information, the opioid epidemic and more. I attended a session where UPenn taught us how to administer Narcan. Media outlets have picked up on this, an example below:
“In at least three major cities — Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco — library employees now know, or are set to learn, how to use the drug naloxone, usually known by its brand name Narcan, to help reverse overdoses. Their training tracks with the disastrous national rise in opioid use and an apparent uptick of overdoses in libraries, which often serve as daytime havens for homeless people and hubs of services in impoverished communities.” (CNN).
For more information, see the article in American Libraries magazine: Saving Lives in the Stacks: How libraries are handling the opioid crisis.
Other sessions were lighter hearted and intriguing. One session I walked into had a speaker fully dressed in Harry Potter-style academic regalia and led us through a visualization activity. We found out later in the session that this was a way of teaching coping skills. The session taught us how to use fandoms to build STEAM summer camps for youth and also to approach challenging topics delicately. Instead of having a session for teens on depression or suicide (what teen would come to that?) one can have a “defense against the dark arts” class. For the National Library of Medicine’s take on how to use Harry Potter to teach about science, see the exhibition page.
From striving to be the “community’s university”, to discussions of how to provide health information resources, librarians showed how hard they are working to provide resources and connections within their communities.
The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 19-23, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Attendees are invited to visit the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth 145 (May 19-21) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. All presentations are recorded and made available on the NLM Web site shortly after the meeting.
The NLM Update will be held Tuesday, May 22, 11:00 – 11:55 am, in the Centennial Ballroom (Atrium Tower, Ballroom Level). Speakers will include Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine, Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, and Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office.
Author: Aimee Gogan, Health Professionals and Evaluation Coordinator, NNLM SEA
For over twenty years, the American Public Health Association has organized National Public Health Week during the first full week of April. National Public Health Week is observed throughout the United States and aims to highlight pressing national health issues and honor important contributions to the field of public health. This year’s theme, “Changing Our Future Together,” emphasizes the power of partnerships in creating change and improving the health of our communities. Each day of National Public Health Week focuses on one critical public health topic. The links below provide a framework for each topic area, including a summary of the issue, educational resources for health professionals, and how to be an advocate in your community:
- Monday, April 2: Behavioral Health – Advocate for and promote well-being
- Tuesday, April 3: Communicable Diseases – Learn about ways to prevent disease transmission
- Wednesday, April 4: Environmental Health – Help protect and maintain a healthy planet
- Thursday, April 5: Injury and Violence Prevention – Learn about the health effects of injury and violence
- Friday, April 6: Ensuring the Right to Health – Advocate for everyone’s right to a healthy life
Ways to participate in National Public Health Week:
- Attend a National Public Health Week event in your area
- Become a National Public Health Week partner and host an activity in your community
- Join the National Public Health Week twitter chat on Wednesday, April 4 from 2PM-3PM EST
- Sign the Generation Public Health pledge and join the movement to eliminate health disparities
Thinking about hosting your own event next year? The next National Public Health Week runs from April 1-7, 2019!
The month of April is designated as Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically appears early in childhood when developmental milestones are missed and/or delayed. It is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how one interacts with the world around them. This includes learning, thinking, and social interaction.
In more recent years, it is also commonly referred to as Autism Acceptance Month by those in the Autism community who find the traditional Autism Awareness Month offensive and insufficient. Those who advocate for Autism Awareness Month state on their official website that it “promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world.”
About 1 in 68 children born in the United States have been diagnosed as having ASD. This is a condition that lasts throughout life and there are currently no cures or a set standard of care. There are a myriad of treatment options available based on what symptoms are present. Some of these treatments include:
- Behavioral management therapy
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Early intervention
- Educational and school-based therapies
- Joint attention therapy
- Medication treatment
- Nutritional therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Parent-mediated therapy
- Physical therapy
- Social skills training
- Speech-language therapy
Common activities during the month of April to raise awareness include social media campaigns, wearing the color blue, and displaying puzzle pieces.
Webinar Announcement: Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET
Presentation Summary: Citizen science enables people from all walks of life to engage in formal and informal research to advance fields spanning astronomy to zoology. This webinar will provide a general overview of citizen science, highlight recent activities to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science, and showcase free resources available to librarians who want to jump in now by promoting citizen science at libraries leading up to, during, and after Citizen Science Day on April 14.
Presenter Bio: Darlene Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes. Darlene is the founder of SciStarter, founder of Science Cheerleaders, and co-founder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, a senior advisor at Discover Magazine, a member of the EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, and she was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences “Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning” committee. She is the co-editor of “The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science” and the author of “The Science of Cheerleading” (available on iTunes). She resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and their four children.
Registrations are encouraged! This webinar is being hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR). If you haven’t taken an NNLM class or webinar before, you will be prompted to create a new account to register for this webinar. You may also go directly to the proper link below on Wednesday to attend the webinar. You will also learn about funding opportunities that may be available for health-related programs through your NNLM regional medical library. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing; please be sure to register if you would like to receive notice when the recording is available.
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Happening Tomorrow! Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond
Are you interested in citizen science? Are you looking for new ways to engage with your community members, and would you like to encourage science discovery with more of your users? If you answered yes to any of the above, then don’t miss this exciting PSR webinar featuring Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice at Arizona State University and the founder of SciStarter, a citizen science database and platform. Darlene will describe several citizen science projects in public libraries in Arizona that are part of an IMLS grant, and she’ll share resources and information to spark ideas for your library. Citizen science enables people from all walks of life to engage in formal and informal research to advance fields spanning astronomy to zoology. This webinar will provide a general overview of citizen science, highlight recent activities to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science, and showcase free resources available to librarians who want to jump in now by promoting citizen science at libraries leading up to, during, and after Citizen Science Day on April 14.
Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond – April 4, 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Note: this webinar will be recorded for later viewing. Please be sure to register if you would like to receive notice when the recording is available.
The University of Washington has an outstanding leadership opportunity for an Assistant Director of the National Evaluation Office (UW Hires Job #154666) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). This is a grant-funded Seattle-based position. If you are someone who values equitable access to health information and outreach, and enjoys conducting analysis, synthesis, and visualization of data produced in the National Network evaluation process, this position is for you. We seek someone who enjoys using the latest data wrangling, synthesis, and visualization techniques and tools to rapidly build a national evaluation program for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
We look forward to hearing from applicants with a master’s degree or higher in a relevant field and substantial engagement with the current assessment landscape. Experience in assessment and analyses, measurement, information management, and data visualization applied in community or scholarly research environments is desired. A PhD degree in evaluation or similar field of study is preferred.
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The earliest consideration date for applications is April 20, 2018.
Are you interested in citizen science? Are you looking for new ways to engage with your community members, and would you like to encourage science discovery with more of your users? If you answered yes to any of the above, then don’t miss this exciting webinar hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR), Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond, on Wednesday, April 4, at 9:00 AM PDT. The featured presenter will be Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice at Arizona State University and the founder of SciStarter, a citizen science database and platform. She will describe several citizen science projects in public libraries in Arizona that are part of an IMLS grant, and she will share resources and information to spark ideas for your library. You will also learn about funding opportunities that may be available for health-related programs and citizen science projects through your NNLM regional medical library. Registrations are encouraged!
Citizen science enables people from all walks of life to engage in formal and informal research to advance fields spanning astronomy to zoology. This webinar will provide a general overview of citizen science, highlight recent activities to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science, and showcase free resources available to librarians who want to jump in now by promoting citizen science at libraries leading up to, during, and after Citizen Science Day on April 14.
Trevor Owens, PhD, will speak at 11:00 AM PDT on April 5th at the National Library of Medicine on Scientists’ Hard Drives, Databases, and Blogs: Preservation Intent and Source Criticism in the Digital History of Science, Technology and Medicine. He is the Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress and the author of three books, the most recent of which, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, is in press with Johns Hopkins University Press. The presentation will be livestreamed globally and archived for future viewing. An interview with Dr. Owens about his work was featured in NLM’s Circulating Now blog.
The archived recording of the March 28 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages, presented by Laura Bartletta and Michael Honch from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.
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Check 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:
- Building Social Bonds: Connections That Promote Well-Being
Strong, healthy relationships are important throughout your life. Your social ties with family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others impact your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being.
- Tick Tock: Your Body Clocks – Understanding Your Daily Rhythms
Your internal biological clocks influence your sleeping and eating patterns. Learn how to keep your body’s daily cycles in sync.
- Health Capsule: Surgery May Help More People After Stroke
Brain imaging advances are helping doctors better treat patients who have a stroke.
- Health Capsule: Learn About Obesity and Cancer Risk
Doctors can’t always explain why one person gets cancer and another doesn’t. But research has shown that certain risk factors may increase a person’s chance of getting cancer. One risk factor is obesity, or having too much body fat.
- Featured Website: Healthy Teeth, Gums, and Mouths
Have questions about oral health? The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research newly redesigned website will help you find answers to your biting health questions.
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!
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is “an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.” Their mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information on population health, and to do so, IHME enlists the expertise of countless individuals, including researchers, data analysts, data scientists, and thirteen data indexers. What is a data indexer? Lyla Medeiros, a data indexer at IHME, shares more about her essential role below…
What is a data indexer? And how long have you been in the role?
Data indexers are part of a team responsible for providing librarian services to IHME. Data indexers not only catalog data for inclusion in the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), they also organize and maintain data files, provide reference services to IHME researchers, and search for and acquire new data sources. Data indexers are also responsible for creating documentation on cataloging practices, implementing improvements to process and workflows, reporting and testing technical issues that pop up in the GHDx for the Drupal development team, and managing controlled vocabularies and taxonomies, which includes researching and adding terms. I’ve been working as a data indexer for four years and three months.
What is your education/occupational background?
I earned a BA in Dance Studies and Art History at the State University of New York, Empire State College and a Masters of Library Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Before becoming a librarian, I trained to become a classical ballet dancer and teacher. I’ve taught ballet in New York, New Mexico and here in Washington.
Who do you work with at IHME?
Outside of the data services team, I work with public health researchers, data analysts, Drupal developers, and student assistants.
What types of data do you work with?
The data that IHME uses to create global health estimates comes in data file formats like .dta, .dbf, .sav, and Excel tables, Word documents, text files, .pdf documents and Access databases. When necessary, we digitize books and sometimes even microfiche. Right now, I primarily catalog health and demographic survey datasets and their related geospatial data. In the past, I’ve also worked on cataloging health statistics reports, epidemiological surveillance, and serial publications. Some other types of data we collect and catalog include vital registration, hospital discharges, censuses, disease registries and government health budgets.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I most enjoy the variety of work. For example, today I did research on stroke in order to create new keywords and planned out how to retroactively apply the new keywords to existing records, searched for and cataloged new survey data, contacted a survey provider about missing variables in a data file, and worked on a presentation I’ll be giving to on our keyword taxonomy.
What advice would you give other librarians interested in working with data/in the field of data librarianship?
I am forever thankful for the classes I took in graduate school that focused on representation and organization, metadata and semantics, indexing, creating ontologies in RDF/RDFs (Resource Description Framework/Resource Description Framework Schema) and cataloging in XML. Those classes provided me with a solid foundation for the type of work I do as a data indexer.
I would like to sincerely thank Lyla for providing us with insight into a librarian role that is quite unique, and quite essential. If you would like to learn more about IHME, the GHDx, and many of their ground breaking projects and visualizations, please visit healthdata.org.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging to attend the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium taking place at this year’s Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The Symposium will take place on May 22nd and 23rd.
Stipends are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with an emphasis on equal distribution across the nation. Applications will be accepted while space is available. You must be working in a US-based public library and have an interest or role in providing health information to the public in order to qualify. For accepted applications, registration to the symposium will also be fully funded in addition to the $500.
Additionally, in an effort to support public librarians from our region, NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for attendees from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). Please Note: If your application is accepted, NNLM-MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase.
Attendees will learn about the All of Us Research Program, what others are doing to engage the public in health information, available resources for providing health information to patrons, and more. There will also be opportunities to network with other public and health librarians from across the country.
Apply for a stipend online using our online application form. If you have any questions about the symposium or concerns about sufficient funding, please contact Veronica Leigh Milliner (All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator – NNLM MAR) at VLM38@pitt.edu.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
Presenter: Eileen G. Harrington, Health and Life Sciences Librarian, Priddy Library, The Universities at Shady Grove, University of Maryland Libraries
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Presentation Summary: With the plethora of diseases and medical conditions people face and environmental health issues encountered around the world, medical researchers and governmental regulators can’t tackle them on their own. This is where citizen science comes into play: where legions of people who often have no medical or scientific background contribute to and participate in research projects. This webinar will provide an overview of citizen science, as well as its variants such as volunteered geographic information, crowdsourcing and patient-led research. Health-focused librarians from a variety of settings will discover how they can support already-existing citizen science projects and gain tips on creating their own.
Presenter Bio: Eileen G. Harrington is the Health & Life Sciences Librarian at The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. Previously, she oversaw the Naturalist Center at the California Academy of Sciences, a natural history museum, aquarium and planetarium in San Francisco, CA. Her book, Exploring Environmental Science with Children and Teens (ALA Editions, 2014) includes a chapter on citizen science programs in libraries. Eileen has been a formal and informal educator both in the United States and in Latin America. She has a bachelor of arts in environmental studies and biology from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University, Toronto, and a master‘s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Member Highlights: Laurel Public Library, Laurel, DE – learn how this library took the initiative to engage and inspire their community in the quest for health information, and the pursuit of healthy living through cooking. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.
National Minority Health Month begins next week! The theme for 2018 is Partnering for Health Equity, which highlights partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels that help reduce disparities in health and health care. Check out the NMHM webpage for social media events, upcoming webinars, and free promotional materials that you can use to support #NMHM18.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
Funding Available! Just two weeks remain to apply for health information outreach funding through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. Organizations in DE, NJ, PA and NY are eligible to apply for up to $19,000 for projects starting May 15. Applications are due on April 13, 2018 at 11pm ET. We look forward to funding some great projects!
- Review the Requests for Proposals
- Watch a 70 minute webinar for the insider’s take on applying.
- Keep up with Weekly Funding Tips – this week: Funding Tip 7 – Get letters of support
The Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) Spring 2018 Group Licensing Offer is now available. The deadline to participate is Friday, April 27. NNLM MAR members are eligible for this cost-saving opportunity!
NNLM Edit-a-thon: are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! Learn more about this opportunity and follow the event on Twitter using #citeNLM2018!
NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support public library staff’s travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. NNLM MAR will also purchase roundtrip airfare for public library staff from our region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). Please Note: If your application is accepted, NNLM MAR staff will be in touch to coordinate airfare purchase.
Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance. Please Note: Applicants for NNLM MAR funding must have updated membership records.
Celebrate Citizen Science Day! – SEA Currents
Stand Up for Health in Philadelphia – NER Update
New on YouTube: Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 2, March 14, 2018 – sponsored by GMRNLM/NIH News
Reflections on the Work of the Research Data Alliance – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Quick Q&A with NCBI’s Evolutionary Genomics Research Group – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
- Snapshots of Life: Building Muscle in a Dish
- Wearable Scanner Tracks Brain Activity While Body Moves
– NIH Director’s Blog
WWI—“Can Women Physicians Serve in the Army?” – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.
NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!
Partnering to Transform the Care Environment for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Patients – April 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – As gender identity becomes a more contentious political topic almost by the day, healthcare professionals increasingly are interested in how they can partner with transgender and gender-expansive patients to provide informed and compassionate care. Sponsored by SEA, this presentation will review the ever-changing vocabulary around gender identity and expression, provide an overview of the information needs of both health professionals and patients, and highlight available online resources and other training opportunities that can be shared with health professionals.
Addressing a By-Product of the Opioid Addiction Crisis: Commercial Sexual Exploitation – April 10, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In this webinar offered by NER, participants will learn what human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are. This presentation will debunk some of the commonly held misconceptions and arm you with the true facts and statistics about prostitution. It will provide warning signs and red flags and help to identify victims in need of support. Presenters will explain the do’s and don’ts of working with victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and equip participants with the tools and resources to assist this marginalized and vulnerable group of individuals.
Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine: Perspectives of Academic Health Science Institutions – April 11, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join SCR for this webinar that will discuss methods of teaching evidence-based practice, and of assessing EBP knowledge and skills, at various medical and health sciences schools. This presentation will explain the values and challenges of teaching EBP – and strategies for addressing those challenges.
How Do Communities Welcome People Managing Mental Illnesses and the Disease of Addiction? – April 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Many communities have made concerted efforts to welcome and serve vulnerable people who manage mental illnesses and/or the disease of addiction. Very often, libraries function as the focal point for information about services, diagnoses and treatments, and other community groups turn to them for guidance. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will provide ideas about how community members can learn about behavioral health issues, so they can serve these citizens with respect and dignity.
Beyond the Memes: Social Media Evaluation – April 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – In this webinar, you will learn the basics about social media analytics, and how to use the data to evaluate social media campaigns and programs. You will also learn the basic principles of evaluation, such as creating realistic outcomes and objectives for your social media activities. After this PNR Rendezvous, you’ll be able to evaluate and report on your social media activities, and have a basic understanding of evaluation principles.Other Items of Interest
Job Posting: Diversity Fellow, SUNY Upstate Medical University Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY
The 60th annual National Library Week is just around the corner, April 8-14. This year’s theme: Libraries Lead. Learn more about upcoming events and ways to celebrate from the American Library Association, including free, promotional graphics that you can download to participate on social media!
Partnerships for Health Equity Drive HHS Observance of National Minority Health Month 2018 #NMHM18 – The Office of Minority Health
Learning Health Systems: Continuing The Conversation – AHRQ Views
MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)