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Data Flash: Hospital or academic or data-interested librarian? 2 opportunities for data-related training, free!

PNR News - Mon, 2018-08-27 08:30

Whether you’re in a hospital or academic or research center or other data-related setting, take a look at these two amazing training opportunities—there’s something for everyone!  And they’re free!

1) “Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health

When we did our regional data needs assessment last year, many of you who are hospital librarians said that you wanted to be able to “speak IT”; in other words, to know more about data standards such as UMLS, SNOMED CT, and more.

Well, here’s your chance!  This interactive webinar series consists of five 30-minute Thursday sessions (each at 9 AM Pacific Time).   It “focuses 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. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support researchers”.  You’ll learn about not only UMLS and SNOMED CT, but also RxNorm, LOINC, Common Data Elements and the Value Set Authority Center.

Want to dazzle your IT team?  Take this class!

2) Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians

If research data management is more your focus, perhaps for those of you in academic or research center settings, this training could be for you.   It can be tough to “pick up” the skills needed to be a support for researchers, and so an intensive guided course with amazing teachers and assigned mentors is a wonderful chance to immerse yourself and kick start your involvement.

“Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, “Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians”, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons,  practical activities and a final project. The course runs October 15 – December 14, 2018.  The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.”

Applications are due September 20, 2018.  Note that a letter of commitment from your library is part of the application!

Additional details and the online application are available here, and for questions, please contact the NNLM’s National Teaching Office at  nto@utah.edu .

Of course, we here in the Regional Medical Library are also standing by and always happy to help!

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Apply Now for NNLM Online Course: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:44

Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons, practical activities and a final project. The course runs from October 15 – December 14, with a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

Applications must be submitted by September 20. Additional details and the online application are available by visiting the NTO website. For questions, contact the NTO.

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Get Ready for National Preparedness Month!

SEA News - Fri, 2018-08-24 12:27

by: Aimee Gogan, Data & Evaluation Coordinator, NNLM, SEA Region

 

As we gear up for National Preparedness Month in September, it’s time to start thinking about how we can prepare ourselves and our families for disasters and emergencies. Learning lifesaving skills; checking insurance policies for flood, earthquake, and tornado coverage; and taking practical safety steps can make a huge difference in the event of a disaster. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other federal government resources listed below can help you prepare your families, communities, institutions for emergency situations. Also, make sure to mark your calendars for our SEAside Webinar on September 6 at 2PM ET: Preparedness and Response for Public Health Emergencies, the Mission of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

NNLM Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery Resources

MedlinePlus

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC):

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Other resources

The HHS emPOWER Map 3.0 gives every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code.

The Ready Campaign also offers trainings, webinars, and other resources, including Social Media Preparedness Toolkits.

SAMHSA offers a Disaster Distress Helpline

National Preparedness Month 2018 Weekly Themes:

Week 1: September 1-8 – Make and Practice Your Plan

Week 2: September 9-15 – Learn Lifesaving Skills

Week 3: September 16-22 – Check Your Insurance Coverage

Week 3: September 23-29 – Save for an Emergency

 

 

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-08-24 10:36

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Southwest PA Area Health Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA – learn about this AHEC’s amazing program that collaborates with community health centers, public libraries and other community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons. Has your organization developed a similar program? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

MAR Executive Director Kate Flewelling was interviewed for an NLM in Focus article about the 2007-2008 NLM Associate Fellow cohort.

Applications Open: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians – NTO News

Happy Birthday National Park Service! – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Just Remember to ALGEE: The SCR Team Learns Mental Health First Aid – Blogadillo, News from SCR

New on YouTube: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing SDOH in the Community, August 21, 2018

NLM/NIH News

Imagine our future…and help make it happenNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

Revealing Data: The Psychological Clinic Explores IQ in 1911Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

2018 Recovery Month Toolkit: Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and to celebrate individuals living in recovery. The Toolkit and PSAs can be used to organize events, issue proclamations, and increase public awareness. Learn more about Recovery Month 2018 and how you can get involved.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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!

Registration closing soon! ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – August 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of 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. Sponsored by MAR, this one hour webinar will introduce the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, teach participants how to search and interpret the results database, and share how librarians can advocate to researchers the importance of complying with federal results submission requirements.

How to Save a Life – Administering Naloxone 101 – September 5, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this session will show you how it is possible to effectively recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and successfully administer naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Distributing naloxone to laypersons has resulted in thousands of overdose reversals and many saved lives. This webinar will provide a live demonstration of how to administer naloxone, and discuss where you can acquire this life-saving drug.

Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health – September 6, 12:00-12:40 PM ET – Register for this five-part interactive webinar series that focuses 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. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support researchers. This first session will touch on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE).

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

Using Recovery Coaches in Substance Use Disorder Treatment – October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – A Recovery Coach is a person who helps remove the personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, links the newly recovering person to the recovering community and serves as a personal guide and mentor in the management of personal and family recovery. Join NER for this webinar where you will learn what motivational interviewing is and how it aids in the change process and communicates acceptance.

New Classes On-Demand! Serving Diverse Communities – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this three-part series of online trainings about accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities. Each training session is offered individually, and attendees can choose to participate in one or all sessions. The trainings are offered on-demand and can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. Each training session will offer 1 hour of MLA CE upon completion.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

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

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NNLM SEA Digest News – August 24, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-08-24 07:56

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 – Top Stories

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle: Asynchronous LMS Course Offerings

Webinars August 27-31

Classes On-Demand (Self-Paced Classes through Moodle LMS)

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars and 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

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

Highlights: Data Science and Research Data Management

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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Happy Birthday National Park Service!

PNR News - Fri, 2018-08-24 05:00

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act and thus created the National Park Service. The parks system includes over 400 areas which includes national parks, monuments, military parks, battlefields, historical parks, historical sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and even the White House. Every year, millions of people visit the these areas and last year’s top 10 most visited national parks included 2 in the PNR region: Olympic National Park and Glacier National Park. 

Both these and other designated areas that are part of the National Park Service, which strives to preserve the beauty and wonder of our beautiful country so we and others may continue to experience the wonder of nature whether the landscapes or the wildlife. Many who visit come away with a greater appreciation of the need to protect the environment and awed by the breathtaking views.

Taking a hike through the natural areas is both healthy physically and mentally. But visiting these park systems can also include history lessons such as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park which has a unit in both Skagway, AK and Seattle, WA.

Every year the librarians in Kalispel, MT area take a hike through Glacier National Park. This year, they offered an invitation to attendees of the Pacific Northwest Library Association conference. They graciously offered to plan a gentler hike to allow those less experienced hikers to tag along. The Avalanche Lake Trail provided amazing views along the way and at the trail’s end, sparkling Avalanche Lake. It was a great opportunity to become better acquainted with colleagues scattered in the region while getting outdoors. For many, it was a first time visit to Glacier.

Happy Birthday NPS! We hope you can continue to do what you were initially established to do…

“The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

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Hurricane Lane Resources to Support Hawaiian Islands

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-08-23 19:33

On August 21, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Lane. The emergency proclamation allows the state to be proactive by pre-positioning state assets to support county emergency responders.  On August 22, the President approved Governor Ige’s request for presidential disaster declaration to provide appropriate assistance for emergency measures to save lives and protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.

With assistance from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), we have compiled many hurricane resources including information guides with curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key National Resources

Key Hawaii Resources

Emergency Alerts

Social Media

Twitter

Facebook

YouTube

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Do You Smell That?

SCR News - Thu, 2018-08-23 17:14
Child Smelling Flowers

“Child Smelling Flowers.” By Annie Spratt via Unsplash.com, May 14, 2018, CCO.

Have you ever been around someone who insists they smell an odor that you and others are unable to smell?  There’s a scientific name to describe this phenomenon:  phantom odor perception.

A new study from the National Institutes of Health determined nearly 1 in 15 Americans have phantom odor perception.  This conclusion was drawn after researchers examined over 7,000 participants who were all asked if they occasionally smelled an unpleasant odor.  Although a distortion in the sense of smell might not seem like a serious medical condition, smells can alert to danger such as smoke, gas leaks, or spoiled food.

Phantom odor perception is not the only potential explanation for a change in the ability to smell.  Other potential causes include:

  • A stuffy nose caused by the cold or flu
  • Allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Certain medications
  • Cancer treatments
  • Head injury

Judith A. Cooper, Ph.D., acting director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) said, “Problems with the sense of smell are often overlooked, despite their importance. They can have a big impact on appetite, food preferences, and the ability to smell danger signals such as fire, gas leaks, and spoiled food.”

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Applications Open: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians – Applications Due Sep 20, 2018

SEA News - Thu, 2018-08-23 13:08

Course Description
Health sciences librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online biomedical and health research data management training course, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. Familiarity with the research lifecycle is recommended but not required.

The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

Course Components
The online asynchronous component of the program is 7 weeks from October 15 – December 14 with a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will also be a week for catch-up.  The format includes video lectures, readings, case studies, hands-on exercises, and peer discussions. There will be optional weekly office hours. Expect to spend up to 4-5 hours each week on coursework. Participants will complete a Final Project Plan/Proposal, demonstrating improved skills, knowledge, and ability to support data management services at their institution.

CE Credits
Participants who complete all modules, the Final Project Plan, and the course evaluation will receive MLA CE credit (exact number of hours to be determined). No partial CE credit is granted.

Instructor
The instructor is Tisha Mentnech, MSLIS, Research Librarian from the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.

Who can apply?

  • Applications are open to health science librarians in the United States.
  • Applications from libraries currently looking to develop or enhance research data management training and services are encouraged.
  • A letter of institutional support is required. See application instructions below.
  • Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.

What does it cost?
There is no charge for participating in the program.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: September 20, 2018
  • Notifications begin: October 1, 2018
  • Online Course: October 15 – December 14, 2018

Application Details

  • Name and Contact Information
  • Current Role/Title
  • Place of Employment
  • Briefly describe your current experience or interest in research data management.
  • Briefly describe the current status of research data management services at your library, including any barriers to implementation.
  • This training will have been worthwhile for you and your institution if…

Application Instructions
Please fill out the online Application Form, and upload a PDF of your current CV and your letter of institutional support. The letter of institutional support must be from your supervisor and address:

  1. time for participation in the online course;
  2. the library’s commitment to or plans for adding or enhancing research data management services.

Please submit your application via the online form by September 20, 2018:
https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4521556/Biomedical-Health-RDM-Training-Participant-Application-Fall-2018

Questions? Contact NTO at nto@utah.edu.

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Just Remember to ALGEE: The SCR Team Learns Mental Health First Aid

SCR News - Wed, 2018-08-22 20:07
MHFA Logo

MHFA Logo

Have you ever been in a situation where a friend or family member seemed to be experiencing mental distress and you didn’t know how to help? Do you wish you knew more about mental illness and how to identify signs and symptoms? Then a Mental Health First Aid training might be right for you!

The SCR team had the opportunity to attend a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training earlier this summer. Mental health is an area all of us are passionate about, and unfortunately it’s also an area that seems to be trending lately, with rising substance use disorders (often associated with mental health issues) and the suicides of several prominent figures in the past several years. We were looking for a way to get more information on what we might be able to do to help, and MHFA was one of the most highly recommended suggestions we received!

MHFA training is designed to give participants the information and strategies needed to provide support, a type of “first aid,” to those in immediate need of mental health care. It is not a replacement or substitution for the care of a mental health professional, of course, but it allows the average person to be able to assist someone in distress and help get them the care they do need.

We received our MHFA training from Metrocare Services, the largest provider of mental health services in Dallas County with an array of services for people with mental and developmental disabilities. Our instructor, Abel Hernandez, ensured our 8 hour training was infused with his enthusiasm and compassion for helping others, and he emphasized that anyone can learn to provide mental health first aid.

The important thing is to remember to ALGEE! This five-step action plan for individuals to provide help to someone who may be in crisis, call ALGEE, is a central component of the course and provides an easy-to remember set of actions to follow.

ALGEE:

  1. Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  2. Listen nonjudgmentally
  3. Give reassurance and information
  4. Encourage appropriate professional help
  5. Encourage self-help and other support strategies

With this process, and good knowledge of mental health issues and appropriate care, you might, as Abel has, literally save a life! If you’re interested in finding a MHFA training near you, be sure to check out the course finder on the MHFA website.

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It is Contact Lens Health Week

SCR News - Tue, 2018-08-21 08:40

Official Logo.” Via CDC.com, August, 2018, Public Domain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with partners, is promoting the fifth annual Contact Lens Health Week August 20-24, 2018. This year’s campaign theme is “Healthy habits mean healthy eyes” and focuses on encouraging contact lens wearers to practice safe contact lens habits every day.

It is estimated that 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses.  Proper usage and care of contact lenses is important to avoid eye infections.  Every year, nearly 1 in 500 contact lens users suffer serious complications from infections due to not following care instructions.  In some cases, these complications lead to blindness.

The Contact Lens Health Week campaign messages cover three key areas:

  1. Healthy contact lens hygiene habits
  2. Risk associated with improper contact lens use
  3. Regular visits to an eye care provider

For additional resources, visit the official webpage for Contact Lens Health Week and download their toolkit.

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What Did You Do This Summer? Summer Camp

NER News - Mon, 2018-08-20 19:01

One of the questions always asked on the first day back from summer break is: “What did you do this summer?” For many kids summer camp may be involved, either as a camper or as a camp counselor. Summer camp experiences can have a multitude of positive influences, such as building character, teaching independence and exploring new frontiers and gaining different skills. This summer, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at several summer camps. Of course for kids at camp, hands on engaging activities and experiments have to be involved (and of course the messier the better.)

In one program high school aged kids were gaining technology skills using mapping software called ARC GIS (https://www.arcgis.com/index.html),as a guest speaker, I was able to review data literacy and had the campers evaluate what characterizes a good data set. Using pre-selected data sets, the campers used a checklist to critically evaluate the data set. One of the data sets involved cell phone coverage in various countries, and one camper who was traveling out the country to visit relatives in Africa found it fascinating that their cell phone would still work.

In another camp, at the Everett Haitian Community Center, I was asked to create a program on kids health. In this camp visit we discussed what foods to eat for healthy teeth and explored the ToxNet databases. The campers learned about the pH scale that measures the strength of acids and bases. We mixed household chemicals to blow up a balloon, made elephant toothpaste and cleaned pennies with a weak acid. They learned about how the environment can impact human health and what they can do to stay healthy.  It was a great experience. I hope the kids had as much fun as I did.

Listed below are some of my favorite resources that were highlighted in the camps:  

  • NNLM RD3 website for information about data literacy and a data thesaurus
  • At NLM there are various TOXNET databases related to toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases one of my favorites is is Tox Map 
  • There are online games such as TOXinvaders (National Library of Medicine) an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad available free from the Apple Store.
  • Tox Mystery is an interactive learning site helping children age 7 to 10 find clues about toxic substances that can lurk in the home
  • There is Tox Town where you can  explore places and situations where you might be exposed to hazardous chemicals and contaminants and learn how to minimize your risk.
  • The Households Products Database contains health and safety information on household products from arts and crafts supplies to cleaners,personal and even pet care products.

The great news is even if summer camp is over it is never too late to stop exploring and gain new skills.  As the school year gears up and if you are curious about what chemicals are in the products you use everyday, such as your toothpaste or shampoo, look at the ToxNet databases you might be in for a surprise. Or maybe your stuck in a line, download and play ToxInvaders on your i-Phone. It is great entertainment for you and the kids and it may help them brush up on their science for the upcoming school year.

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians – Scholarship Recipient Post 7

NER News - Mon, 2018-08-20 16:48

This is the seventh blog post in a series authored by twelve individuals who received scholarships to attend the 2018 Science Boot Camp held at Brandeis University on June 13-15, 2018. In this installment, describes science boot camp as a networking event. Please watch for more posts about resources from this event and views from scholarship recipients in the upcoming weeks.
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New England Science Boot Camp 2018

As a MLS student or early career librarian, attending professional development conferences can be daunting. You, as a first-time attendee, are surrounded by experienced librarians with well-established careers and positions within their institutions. Often the library professionals are not only attending, but also presenting at the event. In order to ask questions or create networking opportunities, you find yourself pushed outside of your comfort zone to initiate often awkward and forced conversation. I think we have all been through this before and it is not unique to the librarian experience, but it is overwhelming nonetheless.

Fully expecting this sort of awkwardness at the New England Science Boot Camp 2018, I prepared for the event by asking my assigned mentor a myriad of questions. I also sought advice from other librarians at my library who had attended the boot camp before. I was surprised to find that when I arrived at Brandeis University, I did very little initiating. People approached me and asked about my library, graduate student experience, and personal interests. I found the environment to be inviting and inclusive. While all of the sessions were informative and eye-opening, I found myself equally enjoying the conversations I had with others about their libraries, librarian career paths, and the projects and research they were involved in. Some of the most interesting stories were about the previous lives of librarians. I met ecologists, teachers, engineers, and people from all walks of life. I quickly found myself approaching others, and without any forced awkwardness, I sat with them at breakfast, walked with them to sessions, hung out with them during the breaks, and laughed with them at the dorm in the evenings.
Many of the librarians who are return attendees to the boot camp told me, “this is my favorite conference.” I believe it! The three-day event was informative, interesting, and honestly, it was a lot of fun. The fact that people continue to attend year after year, and create lasting professional relationships and friendships, should be enough to convince every MLS student and early career librarian to apply for a scholarship or register to attend the annual New England Science Boot Camp. It is a positive, energizing, and surprising experience. I think we can all agree that we need more of those in our personal and professional lives.

I would like to thank the New England Science Boot Camp for offering scholarships to attend this wonderful 3-day event. Also, I’d like to thank all of the awesome librarians who attended. You made me feel welcome from the very start to the very end!

Emily Ping O’Brien
Metadata and Discovery Assistant – Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MLS Student – Texas Woman’s University

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I hope you enjoy the latest installment of the Science Boot Camp for librarians. To read the first post please click here. For information about last weeks reflection please click here. For more about this year’s Science Boot Camp resources or other upcoming events, please visit the NNLM NER website, or contact anyone in the NNLM NER office.

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September is National Preparedness Month!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-08-20 16:36

Every September, National Preparedness Month reminds us to take time to prepare for disasters, which can happen any time. This year’s theme is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week in September, NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will distribute email messages highlighting NLM, NIH, and other government resources that will assist everyone in learning how to prepare for disasters. In addition, DIMRC will host a webinar September 20, at 10:30am PDT entitled Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations. It will feature speakers from DIMRC along with Ann Holman from Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Also, the recording and slides are now available from the August 9 Disaster Information Specialist webinar Data Management in Disasters & Public Health Emergencies, featuring National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow Nicole Strayhorn, who discussed the results of her project to identify open data sources and data sharing policies used during disasters and public health emergencies. Access the recording and slides, as well as a handout of all the links mentioned during the webinar, by visiting the DIMRC website. And finally, follow DIMRC on Twitter to stay prepared all year long!

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Comics’ Medicinal Value Featured in NLM Traveling Exhibit Hosted by San Diego Public Library

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2018-08-20 15:55

by Laura S. Kyle
Assistant, Arts and Culture Exhibitions
San Diego Public Library

The medical world is opening to comic books. No, your surgeon isn’t learning scalpel technique from Superman, but professional caregivers and their patients increasingly turn to graphic literature when communicating about sickness and death.

Man dressed as Han Solo looking at one the Graphic Mediicine displays

A costumed Hans Solo learns about the emergence of medical graphic literature from an NLM exhibit at the San Diego Public Library.

It makes sense: Although they carry authority, words are distant and weak just when the human experience is most complex and deeply nuanced. Add pictures, however, and interpretation comes into play. What’s ineffable begins to be understandable. Think of an emoji. That’s the message behind a traveling exhibit from the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. “Text and images work together to create meaning neither conveys alone,” states a banner in the exhibit, titled Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn.

The exhibit’s six banners explain the elements of graphic literature and why the genre is so effective for medical communication. From a patient’s perspective, graphic literature’s friendly and familiar approach can counterbalance the cold, hard facts of medicine. For caregivers, it can open insight to a patient’s experience and provide feedback on quality of care. What’s more, well-designed graphics can convey a wealth of technical information at a memorable glance.

Each banner has examples from medical graphic texts such as Cancer Vixen: A True Story, by Marisa Acocella Marchetto; Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, by Sarah Leavitt; and Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, by MK Czerwiec. The exhibit’s curator, Ellen Forney, herself creates such literature about her own experiences as a patient.

Until recently, the exhibit was at an especially opportune venue: San Diego’s Central Library during July 2018, just a few blocks from Comic-Con, the granddaddy of popular culture events. San Diego’s Comic-Con is such a big deal that events spill over into the Central Library. As a result, thousands of attendees were exposed to Graphic Medicine and the emerging concept of graphic medical literature. The exhibit generated an unusual amount of interest and heavy viewing traffic while in San Diego. The NLM has received numerous requests from organizations hoping to borrow the already wait-listed exhibit. Send your organization’s application today!

And that thing about Superman teaching surgeons? It’s not so far-fetched. Penn State University, for example, has a Graphic Medicine press. Among its offerings are “comics used in medical training and education, as well as monographic studies and edited collections from scholars, practitioners and medical educators.”

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Funding Announcement: NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

SEA News - Mon, 2018-08-20 09:13

Earliest Submission Date: September 22, 2018

Purpose: The NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities program is focused on putting research knowledge into practice by providing information resources tailored to meet the needs of health disparity populations and their health care providers. Many factors influence use of information in health decisions, including physical access factors (such as availability of libraries or Internet connectivity in the context of a health visit or personal health decision), personal access factors (such as readability, understandability and presentation format of health information), and factors related to social determinants of health.

A project can develop and deploy a new information resource or service, or expand and improve an existing resource or service in order to meet the needs of a health disparity population. For a proposed project to be competitive there must be evidence that the intended audience is a health disparity population and/or their healthcare providers. A population is a health disparity population if there is a significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality or survival rates in the population as compared to the health status of the general population.

To learn more about this grant, please visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-19-001.html

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Back to School Readiness- College Health

PNR News - Mon, 2018-08-20 05:00

Many young adults are preparing to enter college. It is an exciting time where they can meet new friends and gain new experiences. For many, it is a step towards becoming independent and learning life skills. However, most are probably not thinking about their health. Providing some information resources with tips is one way to prepare students.

Both the CDC and MedlinePlus offer information and links to topics such as:

  • Eating health in the dining hall
  • Preventing sexual assault
  • Depression
  • Managing stress
  • Sexual health
  • College health services

Alcohol and other substances are sometimes a first experience in college. Many students are ill equipped to handle the peer pressure or just may not realize the risks involved. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have information especially for parents and students to review. The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides Easy-to-Read Drug Facts covering some of the more common drugs used, information about the effects of drugs and more. Parents and students should take the time to talk about these issues. Talking may not prevent all poor choices but it is a step towards a healthier and safer college experience.

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Learning about NLM’s Dietary Supplement Label Database

NER News - Fri, 2018-08-17 07:09

Collection of assorted pills, tablets and capsules.Here at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), we are responsible for raising awareness of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). With that in mind, I sent a survey to New England hospital librarians in May 2018. I offered a list of NLM databases and services. I asked librarians to identify the topics they were most interested in learning about. Dietary supplements and LinkOut were tied for first place. These results are handy. The first topic allows us to raise awareness of a database; the second prompts us to explore a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Dietary Supplement Label Database

According to this 2013 announcement from the National Institutes of Health:

Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) is a joint project of the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Library of Medicine. The database was developed as a resource for the research community, health care providers and the public. DSLD provides ready access to label information for dietary supplements marketed in the United States. The content of this class is relevant for those working in consumer health information services.

We will be offering a webinar this fall to explore the DSLD. Dietary Supplement Database: Advanced Search and Download is scheduled for 2:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 13. This webinar gives an overview of the database, including filtering for ingredients, specific populations (pregnant/lactating, children, seniors) and health claims. We will review methods of downloading data sets.

For those working directly with consumers, we will highlight the Dietary Supplements Health Topics page in MedlinePlus.gov. Many of the linked resources are to the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and the DSLD.

In November: Webinar on LinkOut

In response to the interest in LinkOut, we are scheduling a webinar with Erin Latta from the National DOCLINE Coordination Office. Stay tuned for details. I hope you will join me in learning about these freely available databases and services from the National Library of Medicine.

 

Categories: RML Blogs

Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-08-17 05:00

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Southwest PA Area Health Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA – learn about this AHEC’s amazing program that collaborates with community health centers, public libraries and other community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons. Has your organization developed a similar program? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

It’s Back to School time! NNLM has numerous training opportunities for library staff and others who want to increase their ability to do health programming and provide health information. Many classes are eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The next round of PubMed for Librarians begins August 29. Register for any (or all) of the PML classes to learn more about PubMed and enhance your searching skills!

New on YouTube: NNLM Resource Picks – Environmental Health & Toxicology, July 25, 2018

NLM/NIH News

Happy anniversary to me!NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What do you get when the world’s largest medical library and the world’s largest encyclopedia meet up? – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

From Juggling to BiomechanicsNIH Director’s Blog

Revealing Data: Why We Need Humans to Curate Web CollectionsCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH News in Health: Check out the August 2018 issue of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Bionic Movements: Connecting Mind and Machine,” and “Care Connection: Loneliness Affects All Ages”. Other topics in this edition include preventing shingles, caring for concussions, and palliative care.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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!

Registration closing soon! Connections4Health: A Person-Center Approach for Addressing SDOH in the Community – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join this MAR webinar to learn about Connections4Health from Program Director Mike Bowersox. Connections4Health is a Southwest PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program designed to partner with community health centers and community-focused organizations to address the broader, unmet social health needs of their patients or patrons, such as food security, housing and employment. Rooted in a person-centered philosophy, C4H recruits, trains, and mentors college student volunteers (Community Health Fellows) to work collaboratively with people, helping them bridge the gaps that exist between basic needs and health.

Health Information in Public Libraries: Study Results – August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by GMR, Professor Catherine Arnott Smith, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present some of the most interesting findings from two studies of public library workers and health information that she’s conducted since 2015. The first was a national survey conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Specialized Information Services Unit of the National Library of Medicine, focused on challenges for public libraries during Affordable Care Act signups. The second study, conducted in 2018 with funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, involved focus groups with library workers from all sizes of public libraries nationwide, talking about challenges and opportunities that arise around health information in the public library space.

Health Statistics on the Web – August 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. This course offers 1 MLA CE and has been approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for 1 CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – August 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of 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. Sponsored by MAR, this one hour webinar will introduce the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, teach participants how to search and interpret the results database, and share how librarians can advocate to researchers the importance of complying with federal results submission requirements.

Accessible Library Customer Service – September 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will provide an overview of disability including appropriate terminology, creating an accessible environment, and evaluating library practices for way-finding, emergency preparedness, and web resources. Other topics include budgeting for accessibility, accessible employment, specific service needs, potential partner organizations, and a plethora of tips and resources for future use.

New Classes On-Demand! Serving Diverse Communities – Looking for more asynchronous learning? Try this three-part series of online trainings about accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities. Each training session is offered individually, and attendees can choose to participate in one or all sessions. The trainings are offered on-demand and can be completed in one sitting or over several sessions. Each training session will offer 1 hour of MLA CE upon completion.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

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

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NNLM SEA Digest News – August 16, 2018

SEA News - Thu, 2018-08-16 15:41

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

Top Items of Interest

NNLM News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle: Asynchronous LMS Course Offerings

Webinars August 20-24

Classes On-Demand (Self-Paced Classes through Moodle LMS)

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars and 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

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Miscellaneous News

Highlights: All of Us/Precision Medicine

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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