The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) have just launched a joint effort to support the development of search engines for research that will help in the fight against COVID-19. The project was developed in response to the March 16 White House Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset.
In this effort, NIST will work initially with the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the National Library of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health). The team will apply the successful, long-running program of expert engagement and technology assessment called the Text Retrieval Conference, or TREC, to the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a resource of more than 44,000 research articles and related data about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses. The TREC-COVID program goals include creating datasets and using an independent assessment process that will help search engine developers to evaluate and optimize their systems in meeting the needs of the research and health-care communities.
The team will first release a series of sample queries for the biomedical research community, developed by team members at the National Library of Medicine, OHSU and UT Health. Registered participants in TREC-COVID will use their information retrieval and search systems to run the queries against the CORD-19 document set and return their results to NIST. Biomedical experts will then review test results, including document relevance rankings, to assess the overall performance of the retrieval systems.
Using proven TREC protocols, NIST will score the submissions and post the scores, the retrieval results themselves, and the lists of key reference documents to the TREC-COVID website. These “test collections” can then be used by information retrieval researchers to evaluate and enhance the performance of their own search engines. This effort is intended to help researchers understand how search systems could best support medical researchers when available information is developing quickly, as in the current pandemic.
The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has been releasing an expanded CORD-19 document set each Friday to capture the most recent articles on COVID-19 and related coronaviruses. Later rounds of TREC-COVID will use the larger releases of CORD-19 and expanded query sets. Participants will have one week to submit their search results, and within about a week NIST will post results, with an expected spacing of about two weeks between each new dataset round being released. The team initially anticipates conducting five consecutive rounds of search system assessments. Interested organizations are invited to register to participate in the TREC-COVID program on the NIST website.
The World Health Organization is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19 into a database, which has been available since January 26. A more powerful search interface was just launched on April 14. The majority of citations referenced are published journal articles. The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated every weekday with content from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying literature from around the world. Multiple search strategies that are under continual revision are used to obtain this global perspective. New research is added regularly.
National Poetry Month | April 1 – 30
Calling all Maya Angelous, Pablo Nerudas, and Claude McKays! In honor of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, NNLM SEA is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive free registration to ALA Annual 2021 or the conference of their choice*!
- Grab some books (at least 3)
- Stack them up!
- Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
- Take a photo and share it with us!
How to Enter
Submissions will be accepted throughout National Poetry Month: Wednesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 30.
Have fun and we look forward to reading all the amazing poems!
*Conference registration is for one person, up to $1000, and is non-transferable.
Questions? Nancy Patterson is happy to assist.
In honor of National Library Week, PNR asked Molly Montgomery, Director of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, to reflect on her career and current work at ICOM.
Hello, everyone! My name is Molly Montgomery and I am the Director of Library Services at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM).
I received a dual master’s in Library Science and Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University, we’ll just say, a number of years ago! It was a program specifically created for those of us who wanted to go into health librarianship which is exactly what I was looking for. I spent the first part of my career working in special library settings. I worked as a librarian for the American Heart Association and then as a hospital librarian for a large health care system in Dallas. I then moved into academic librarianship as the health sciences librarian at Idaho State University, and I’ve been at ICOM for just over two years.
Making the transition from working in special libraries to academic libraries was definitely challenging for a number of reasons (so. many. committee. meetings & so. much. teaching), but I have enjoyed the experience. It has been rewarding to help shepherd the next generation of health care providers through what can be a very grueling time in their lives.
One of the primary accomplishments of my career so far has been building the ICOM library from the ground up. ICOM is a new school (we are still two years away from graduating our first class) and I was hired just 4.5 months before the start of our inaugural class. I spent most of that time in a semi-state of panic and stress about everything that had to be decided on and implemented. What ILS to use? What about interlibrary loan? Gotta build a website. What databases are the highest priority? Don’t forget strategic plans and policies! I survived largely thanks to the amazing and supportive medical librarian community. Librarians near and far took time to answer my emails and phone calls about every aspect of what it takes to run a library. Thank you if you were one of the many people who came to my rescue!
Now that things are somewhat settled, I’ve been able to get back to focusing on my professional interests which include social determinants of health, health equity, and pretty much everything related to evidence-based medicine. I spend way too much time reading articles on these topics, but there is always something new to learn.
Away from work, you’ll find me hiking or snowshoeing or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors. I’m participating in the 52 Hike Challenge this year, so you may see me on a trail near you this summer! I am also a huge fan of board games like Carcassone, Ticket to Ride, Castle Panic, King of New York, and my current obsession, Wingspan.
I’m somewhat active on Twitter, so feel free to find me there @MedLibMolly.
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if the cure for cancer is literally in our back yard?” asks Kathy M., a citizen scientist from Fort Myers, Florida. Through the University of Oklahoma’s What’s in Your Backyard?: Citizen Science Soil Collection Program, this could be possible.
Fungi, used many antibiotics and other medicines, is found in soil. Researchers need new fungi to create new medicine.
The What’s in Your Backyard program asks you to send a sample of your soil to researchers at the University of Oklahoma. One small sample of soil could include dozens of fungi. This means you could have fungi in your soil that leads to groundbreaking (ha!) new medicine.
So, I had to try it.
I requested a kit through the What’s in Your Backyard website, and received the kit in the mail 2 weeks later. The kit includes a small scoop, a plastic bag for the sample, an additional ziplock bag, clear instructions for collecting the soil sample, and a form to fill out with information about the sample.
The soil sample needs to be taken from an area of your yard doesn’t get a lot of traffic, isn’t carefully tended, and is free from chemical or biological hazards. Once I found just the spot, I followed the instructions for collecting the sample.
Next, I filled out the form included in the kit and sent the form and soil sample to the University of Oklahoma. Join me in following the progress of my soil sample by tracking sample #120673 on the project’s website.
What’s in Your Backyard is a simple project for all ages and is an excellent opportunity to learn and stay curious from home. The project website provides many fascinating resources, including; a behind the scenes look at the process for testing the soil samples, curriculum guides, fantastic fungi facts, and more.
It’s free to participate in this project. The University of Oklahoma accepts donations to cover the cost of the kit.
You’re invited to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on Preventative Health and Wellness using the trusted National Library of Medicine resources. The virtual event is taking place April 30, 2020. Visit https://nnlm.gov/wiki for more information on how to participate.
By holding #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, we can:
- Make it easier to get credible, evidence-based health information online
- Disseminate NLM sources and increase their reach
- Leverage network members’ expertise, experiences, and audiences
- Engage NNLM members nationwide
There have been four DOCLINE releases within the last six weeks. To find out what you might have missed, register now to join the DOCLINE Team for Getting the Most Out of DOCLINE on Wednesday, April 29 at 11:00AM PDT. The webinar will be hosted by the DOCLINE Team members from NLM and the National DOCLINE Coordination Office. They will provide a brief system overview including current statistics, recent enhancements, power user tips for best results, and answer user questions.
Please submit your questions in advance. The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend.
When you put together an event, you don’t want attendees to know what goes on behind the scenes. But it’s important to draw back the curtain and note that the 2020 New England Graphic Medicine Conference (NEGM20) was supposed to be an in-person conference held on MCPHS’s Boston campus March 26-28. NEGM20 became an online event in about two weeks.
And for having to pivot so quickly from in-person to online, learning a new platform, and learning on the fly, the event went fairly smoothly.
We had a few technical issues. Pin-chia Feng recorded her remarks since she couldn’t join live, but we weren’t able to play the recording during the session. But our attendees and presenters were kind enough to bear with us as we worked to put on an event we could all be proud of.
And it did work. We learned a lot, adjusting as we went. We missed seeing people, but being online, we were able to reach more people, averaging 90+ people per session, and we reached people from across the United States and around the world.
NEGM20 organizer and host A. David Lewis, in his opening remarks, thanked everyone for staying home to attend and although we had to be apart to be together, attendees found ways to create community in the chat box and on social media using #NEGM20. Several attendees shared sketch notes using #NEGM20, but we also contracted with Sandy Bartholomew (@SandyBee) to be our official sketch notetaker for every NEGM20 session.
NEGM20 can continue with every session posted to the NNLM YouTube Channel’s Graphic Medicine Playlist. You can (re)watch and share with colleagues who couldn’t join us.
NNLM NER is proud to be an NEGM20 partner and to continue to support Graphic Medicine in New England and beyond. Our continued involvement is evolving and expanding.
We’re continuing to promote Graphic Medicine to new audiences through the Graphic Medicine Book Club Kits. Kits are free to organizations in New England and to those outside of New England with some restrictions. Book Club Kits are a program in a box that allow organizations to try graphic medicine with their staff, patrons and clients.
We also host a semi-regular webinar series, Graphic Medicine: Beyond the Books. Find registration to future webinars and material from past webinars on the Graphic Medicine: Beyond the Books page and webinar recordings are available on the NNLM Graphic Medicine YouTube Playlist.
Finally, the NNLM NER Graphic Medicine Initiative website is getting an update that will bring together resources that address some of graphic medicine’s most frequently asked questions, such as: Where can I learn more about Graphic Medicine? And Where do I find Graphic Medicine titles?
Stay up to date Graphic Medicine announcements from NER and partners by joining the NER Graphic Medicine Initiative Listserv. And we look forward to seeing you online and in-person soon.
The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) have partnered together to create free resources for library staff to support their community’s digital literacy needs. Resources include a curriculum guide for library staff to teach digital literacy by using health topics and a series of online modules designed to teach basic Internet skills. Available in English and Spanish, the modules are designed to help new internet users navigate the online world.
Learn more about why digital literacy is so important to health, participate in virtual trainings, access free resources to help your library support digital health literacy, and promote your digital literacy training sessions to individuals in your community in partnership with NNLM and All of Us.
Visit nnlm.gov/allofus/digitalhealthliteracy to access these resources and opportunities and more!
Looking for more ways to engage your community around digital literacy?
Try promoting citizen science as a way for your community to practice digital literacy skills, learn about factors that impact health, and contribute meaningful data to scientific research!
To get started, check out our online course “Introduction to Citizen Science,” a free, online class developed in partnership with SciStarter. This course is for any member of the public who is interested in learning about citizen science and how they can participate in citizen science activities both online and in-person.
Visit scistarter.org/nlm to access citizen science resources.
NNLM invites you to learn and share innovative ways to continue supporting the digital literacy needs of your communities with your colleagues in the NNLM network.
These opportunities have been brought to you in partnership with All of Us, a national research program seeking one million or more people from across the United States to help speed up medical research. Learn more about All of Us at joinallofus.org/internetskills.
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 SEA Funding Applications Due April 26
- NLM Webinar: Preprints in PubMed Central
- Tell us how we’re doing! NNLM SEA Planning and Assessment Questionnaire open until April 30th
- NNLM SEA Announces the Book Spine Poetry Contest!
Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*
Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities
- Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services (May 4 – Jun 1)
- Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library (May 6 – Jun 3)
Webinars April 22 – April 28
- Leading with Compassion during the COVID-19 Crisis (Apr 22, 12 PM ET)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians (Apr 23, 2 PM ET)
- Self Care for Library Staff (Apr 28, 12 PM ET)
- Genetics, Genomics, and Precision Medicine – Past, Present and Future (Apr 28, 2 PM ET)
Webinars April 29 – April 30
- Dementia Awareness for Public Libraries (Apr 29, 3 PM ET)
- What’s All This Talk About Citizen Science? (Apr 29, 4 PM ET)
- Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community (Apr 30, 2 PM ET)
- How PubMed Works: Introduction (May 5, 2 PM ET)
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News
- The NIH Director’s Blog: Antibody Points to Possible Weak Spot on Novel Coronavirus
- NIH to launch public-private partnership to speed COVID-19 vaccine and treatment options
- NIH study validates decontamination methods for re-use of N95 respirators
- Diet may help preserve cognitive function
- Musings from the Mezzanine: The New World Ahead
- Circulating Now: Screening the Nurse: Film, Fear, and Narrative From the 1940s to the 1970s
- NLM Technical Bulletin: New PubMed to Replace Legacy PubMed in Mid-May
- Rapid access to SARS-CoV-2 (Wuhan coronavirus) data from the current public health emergency
- Recalculation of prokaryotic reference and representative genome assemblies
- Streamlined submission of SARS-CoV-2 data with rapid turnaround
- SRA cloud sequences hold the promise of additional discoveries related to COVID-19
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.
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!Spotlight
COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus
NLM Resource Update: The new PubMed will become the default site on or after May 18, 2020. A new, yellow banner has been added to legacy PubMed to notify users of the timing.National Network of Libraries of Medicine News
Funding Available: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and submit your proposal by April 30 at 12:00 PM ET.
In the Region – This month, MAR coordinators are preparing for the Wikipedia edit-a-thon, creating more offerings for Certified Health Education Specialists, staying connected through conferences, and providing mental health information to public libraries! Read about our recent activities to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in NY, NJ, PA and DE. – MARquee News Highlights
Free Resources for Public Libraries: The Public Library Association (PLA), National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the All of Us Research Program (All of Us) have partnered together to create free resources for library staff to support their community’s digital literacy needs. Resources include a curriculum guide for library staff to teach digital literacy by using health topics and a series of online modules designed to teach basic Internet skills. Available in English and Spanish, the modules are designed to help new internet users navigate the online world. Visit the digital health literacy page to access these resources and opportunities and more!
Flu Near You: “Spread the word. Not the flu” – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR
COVID19 Spanish Language Materials Resource Available! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR
New on YouTube: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library, March 24, 2020
Share your story with us! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Currently, we would love to hear about how you are connecting with your patrons and/or community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blog submissions must be a minimum of 200 words (preferably in 3 paragraphs).NLM/NIH News
The New World Ahead – Each of us is experiencing the world in a whole new way. New work practices, new modes of engaging with family and friends, new worries, and new approaches to practicing healthy habits. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Screening the Nurse: Film, Fear, and Narrative from the 1940s to the 1970s – In the early decades of the twentieth century, American nursing leaders came to see the motion picture as a quintessentially modern instrument of education, training, and recruitment. In their view, movies were a powerful tool to transform public opinion about nursing, to instruct new recruits in the mysteries of nursing practice, and to keep the qualified nurse abreast of new developments in the field. The result was that many hundreds of films were produced by nurses, hospitals, health departments, and nursing schools that aimed to recruit men and women into the profession, to teach nurses about the ideas and techniques of their field, and to educate the public about the role of the nurse in health care. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
Antibody Points to Possible Weak Spot on Novel Coronavirus – Researchers are working hard to produce precise, 3D molecular maps to guide the development of safe, effective ways of combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. While there’s been a lot of excitement surrounding the promise of antibody-based tests and treatments, this map you see above highlights another important use of antibodies: to inform efforts to design a vaccine. – NIH Director’s Blog
The National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has created resources to assist with virtual learning during the pandemic. These include STEM (K-12) resources and career training resources (for scientists at all career stages).
Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared that more MeSH supplementary concept records for COVID-19 were added in April.
NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight ET, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities
NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!April 2020
Leading with Compassion During the COVID-19 Crisis – April 22, 12:00-1:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), join join library leaders as they discuss how they are leading with compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how they are making decisions, what is influencing them and the challenges they have experienced along the way. Participate with your questions and ideas – we are all in this together.
ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians – April 23, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for this webinar to learn about the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov, how to search and interpret the results database, and how health sciences librarians can advocate the importance of complying with the results submission requirements to clinical researchers.
Putting the Self Back in Self-Care: Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 – April 28, 12:00-1:30 PM ET – Whether you are working remotely or within the library building, COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In a profession where the desire to serve the public often subsumes the needs of library workers, our panelists will share strategies for self-care as well as tips for overcoming challenges related to (re)creating a work-life balance that can be done for free, remotely or in the building. This webinar is sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR).
Genetics, Genomics, and Precision Medicine – Past, Present and Future – April 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will present an overview of the topics of genetics and genomics. Presenters will explore why genetics is relevant to everyday life, where it shows up, why you should care and why having a basic knowledge is important. There will be discussion of key terminology, technology supporting modern precision medicine, and the role of computing in genomics. No experience with bioinformatics computing is needed to take this class. The goal is for participants to leave comfortable talking about modern genomics and precision medicine, some key parts of its history and the future of the field.
Research Symposium: Reporting, Recording, and Remembering the 1918 Influenza Epidemic – April 29, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – A public research symposium involving Virginia Tech students studying the history of data in social context through individual and collaborative primary-source research at the National Library of Medicine and elsewhere, and as part of their course Topics in the History of Data in Social Context. During the symposium, the students will present their research on various aspects of the 1918 pandemic. This symposium is sponsored by the NLM History of Medicine Division in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities.
Dementia Awareness for Public Libraries – April 29, 3:00-4:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and presenter Christine Damon (MSEd, MFCS), a gerontologist and adult educator who has trained nationally on dementia care as they introduce dementia resources, increase understanding of dementia and strategies that can be deployed to enhance communication and support for patrons with dementia and their families, and present an opportunity to contribute to our understanding of the disease by raising awareness of the All of Us Research program.
Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community – April 30, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn more about the following topics: locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency. Some basic concepts of program planning and evaluation within a culturally diverse environment will be covered as wellMay 2020
Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services – May 4-June 1, 2020 – Sponsored by the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), this interactive 4-week online course provides a rich learning experience to build all the essential skills for providing consumer health information services. A new topic area each week will expand on familiar concepts and provide exposure to new concepts, techniques and resources to take your skills to the next level.
Exploring Data Literacy Needs at Your Institution – May 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss how data literacy initiatives can be integrated into different institutions. Join Theresa Burress and Emily Mann, Science Librarian and Student Success Librarian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, respectively, as they discuss some of the successes and challenges they experienced as they co-led a faculty learning community at their institution to start a campus conversation about data literacy.
How PubMed Works: Selection – May 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Look at the roles and responsibilities of NLM in collecting and providing access to biomedical literature, including the NLM process for evaluating publishers. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).
Preprints in PubMed Central – May 8, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM ET – Join our National Training Office (NTO) and Kathryn Funk, the Program Manager for PubMed Central, to learn about the current preprint landscape and NIH Preprint Pilot and to contribute your thoughts to shaping NLM’s approaches to accelerating access to research results through preprints.
How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) – May 12, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database, including the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search in PubMed. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).
I am…Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101 – May 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – What better ways to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.
How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping) – May 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).On-Demand Learning
Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.
A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services.
Bibliometric Training – Provided by the NIH Library, this series is a collection of thirteen free online videos that introduce viewers to the theories and practices of bibliometric analysis, as implemented by the NIH Library’s bibliometric service program. The goal of the series is to show how NIH does bibliometrics for research evaluation, to act as a springboard for others to get started with bibliometrics so that they feel more comfortable moving beyond this series on their own.
Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand – This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course begins with searchinag PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information, chemicals and with chemical nomenclature, and lliterature related to genetics and genomics.
Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization Online On Demand – This class is intended as a quick-start guide to creating effective data visualizations and is geared toward a general audience with no prior experience creating visualizations. Participants will use Tableau Public, a popular free tool, to visualize data.
Dissemination and Disasters: Using Information to Save Lives – This hour-long, asynchronous course will introduce you to the four phases of emergency management. You’ll be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine to access life saving information about hurricanes, opioids, radiological incidents, and chemical spills. Specifically, demos of MedlinePlus, DisasterLit, REMM, and WISER will be shown.
Drug Terminologies and RxNorm – This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of medical terminologies (including what they are and why they are important), followed by a deep dive into RxNorm, an NLM-authored medical terminology specializing in drug information.
Finding and Using Health Statistics – Written by staff at AcademyHealth and provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this tutorial on finding and using health statistics is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.
Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to what MedlinePlus Connect does and how, and point you to resources for implementing MedlinePlus Connect at your institution.
Grants and Proposal Writing – Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.
In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning – Provided by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), this asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning, why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan, and provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.
Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices – Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies through interactive, self-paced tutorials and a synthesis exercise.
MedlinePlus for Public Librarians – This hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions. The class takes about an hour to complete and provides an auto-generated certificate of completion at the end.
Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health – This course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020.
PubMed Essentials – Are you looking for a way to kick start your PubMed search skills? PubMed Essentials is made up of 9 very short video-modules with built-in, interactive exercises so you can explore PubMed at your own pace.
Serving Diverse Communities – this three-part series of online trainings is focused on accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities, including accessing health information in multiple languages, finding data on health disparities, and building cultural competence and humility into the workplace.
*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.Other Items of Interest
- Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Stony Brook University Libraries, Stony Brook, NY
- Associate Director for Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
- Resident Librarian, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
- Outreach Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, Iowa City, Iowa
IMLS Announces New Stimulus Funding for Communities Across America – Institute of Museum and Library Services
Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19 – Join the Medical Library Association for this series of free, live, online conversations! These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help you address professional and personal pain points related to the current crisis. You can also share ideas for topics and presenters, or volunteer to present.
- Managing Remote Workers and Work – April 21, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Michell Kraft, AHIP, Medical Library, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, and Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP, Mayo Clinic Libraries, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
- Moving Instruction Online in a Hurry! – April 28, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Ruby L. Nugent, Health Sciences Library, University of Nevada–Las Vegas, and Brandi Tuttle, AHIP, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University, Durham, NC.
- Supporting Oral Health in the Time of COVID-19 – May 5, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Dental Caucus leadership members Amanda Nevius, Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University, Boston, MA; Nicole Theis-Mahon, AHIP, Health Sciences Libraries University of Minnesota–Minneapolis; and Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah–Salt Lake City.
- Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 Research – May 12, 1:00-1:30 PM ET – Marie Ascher, Health Sciences Library, New York Medical College–Valhalla; Abraham Wheeler, AHIP, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University–East Lansing; Rachel Pinotti, AHIP, Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; and Amy Blevins, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine–Indianapolis.
Health Information for Distance Learning – April 21, 1:00 PM ET – As nearly all academic training and support has moved to remote learning, supporting students and faculty in health sciences programs can be a challenge. At the same time, many librarians are worried about their own health and the health of their families. In this session free session provided by the Pennsylvania Library Association, two experienced academic health sciences librarians will provide tips and resources for supporting health sciences programs and finding high quality health information remotely.
Combating Digital Health Inequality in the Time of Coronavirus – April 23, 10:00-11:00 AM ET – This webinar will describe how community organisations (including libraries) have worked to support people who might otherwise be excluded, by providing access to technology and building digital skills, confidence and digital health literacy. This is a free webinar hosted by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries section.
Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has released the 2020 Scholarship Program Application and Program Guidance. NHSC scholars are health professional students studying to become primary medical or dental providers. HRSA provides financial support to these future clinicians for up to four years and, in exchange, they commit to serve a minimum of two years in high-need, underserved communities. Scholars receive one year of financial support (up to four years) for each year of service at an NHSC-approved site. The application cycle closes on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM ET.
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The new PubMed will become the default site on or after May 18. A new, yellow banner has been added to legacy PubMed to notify users of the timing. Visit the New PubMed Transition FAQs for more information.
NLM will continue adding features and improving the user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future. For additional information about the development of the new PubMed, visit:
- The New PubMed Updated: Summary Display with Full Author List, Send to: Citation manager, PubMed Format, and More
- Thanks for Your Feedback on the New PubMed
- New Features in PubMed Labs: Email and Save Citations, Find Associated Data, and More
- The New PubMed is Here
- The New PubMed Updated: Homepage, User Guide, My NCBI Alerts and Collections, and More
- PubMed Labs Update: Using Filters
- PubMed Labs Update: Library LinkOut using Outside Tool
- PubMed Labs Update: Add Citations to the Clipboard
- PubMed Labs Update: Advanced Search, History, and Search Details
- An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way
In collaboration with Cornerstones of Science, NNLM is offering a new resource to public libraries to help library staff support citizen science outreach efforts in local communities through a fun, accessible and loanable kit for families. The Test The Waters Family Exploration Kit is available now during Citizen Science month (April 2020). Within each kit are four family-friendly citizen science water-themed activities and all the instructions and materials needed to conduct each activity.
The kits are shipped free to the first 500 requesting libraries. They come in a lockable plastic tote and can fit on a typical library shelf. If your library is closed, no worries – you can specify when it ships. That said, kits must be requested by April 30, 2020. To request your kit, click here.
The collaboration with Cornerstones of Science is part of NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program which seeks to shine a light on citizen science as a means to connect people with research that has real-world impact.
The National Network of Library of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects.
The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM SEA.
- Visit the SEA Funding Opportunities page for details on all available project awards.
- Period of Performance*: May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021
- Application Due Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020 11:00 PM PT
- New This Year! Applications are only accepted via the NNLM Online Applications System. Please allow extra time to familiarize yourself with the new system requirements and watch a brief video tutorial about submitting an application.
- Your NNLM Account MUST be tied to the correct Institutional Organization in order to apply for a project award.
- Academic Institutions: Please consult with your Sponsored Programs Office prior to applying for any project award. If your Sponsored Programs Office insists on submitting an application, they must create an NNLM Account prior to the submission deadline.
- Refer to the SEA Funding Toolkit to help you develop your proposal.
* Due to the extension for proposals, we understand that projects will likely not begin May 1.
Eligibility: Network member organizations in the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (AL, DC, GA, FL, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV, and the USVI) are eligible to apply. Membership is free and open to libraries of all type, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments, and other organizations that provide or distribute health information.
Awards to NNLM SEA member organizations help advance the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan and help the NNLM achieve two National Network Performance Measures:
- Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of the NNLM.
- Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.
Visit the SEA Funding Opportunities page for details on all available project awards. All award proposals are accepted via an online form linked from the award description. Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2021. For 2020-2021, the project award categories include:
- Professional Development: To enable individuals at SEA Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers. Amount: Up to $1,500
- Exhibitor Award: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, NNLM programs or SEA member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit. Amount: Up to $2000
- Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources; or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges, and universities. Amount: Up to $15,000
- Express Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources; or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges, and universities. Amount: Up to $5,000
- Medical Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of health sciences/medical librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems. Amount: Up to $15,000
- Express Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems. Amount: Up to $5,000
- Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software. Amount: Up to $15,000
- Express Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software. Amount: Up to $5,000
- Research Data Management Project Award: To provide support for projects that strengthen and promote the library’s involvement in biomedical discovery and data-powered health. Amount: $19,000
NNLM SEA staff are available for consultation and training on applicable NLM resources and potential projects. Someone will respond within three business days.
Dear members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region –
I hope this message finds you, your colleagues and families healthy and safe. NNLM MAR staff are working remotely and continuing to provide high quality services to our members. I am, as always, grateful for their creativity, energy and professionalism.
Please continue to make use of our services, including:
- New PubMed Online Training and Trainer’s Toolkit
- Over 20 On-Demand and numerous Scheduled training opportunities
- Request tailored trainings for your staff or professional group
- Participate in NNLM virtual interactive programs with SciStarter and Wikipedia
- Apply for funding to support your health information outreach, data and professional development projects. Applications due April 30 at noon ET.
As we continue to provide services to you, our members, we also want to hear from you! We would love to highlight your organization’s efforts to serve during the pandemic. Share your stories with us and we may feature you in a future blog posting!
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if there is anyway we can support you and your organization at this time.
Executive Director, NNLM MAR
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) staff are always working on something new! Whether we’re developing and teaching classes, exhibiting or presenting at conferences, visiting our Members and Partners, or spending time in the office, our work focuses on advancing the progress of medicine and improving public health through access to health information. Read about some of our more recent activities, highlighted below, to learn what your Regional Medical Library is doing to support health outreach and programming in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Kelsey Cowles, Preparing for the April #CiteNLM Wikipedia Editing Campaign: Although almost everything seems unpredictable these days, here at NNLM we have been working to maintain and even expand our planned slate of virtual activities like webinars and courses. One great way to stay involved from wherever you may be working is to participate in NNLM’s April #CiteNLM Wikipedia editing campaign. The goal of this campaign is to improve information about preventive health and wellness on Wikipedia, one of the most visited websites in the world. You are welcome to participate at any time during the month of April, whether you have a full free afternoon or just want to make edits occasionally throughout the month – and no editing experience is needed! To learn more about joining NNLM’s campaign to improve health information on Wikipedia, please visit nnlm.gov/wiki.
Erin Seger, Creating More Offerings for Certified Health Education Specialists: During my time working from home in efforts to flatten the curve, I’ve been focused on creating more on-demand opportunities for our Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) audience. We’ve been able to offer CHES credit for our live webinars, but would like to create more on demand opportunities for those who are CHES certified. In some positions, it’s hard to commit to a mid-day 60 minute session, even if the topic does interest you! For this reason, I’m working on adding assessments to end of our recorded webinars, so that CHES can view the recording and pass the assessment for continuing education. I am also working with coordinators across NNLM to approve some of our current on-demand offerings for CHES. I hope that very soon, we’ll be able to send a post out to our 400+ CHES listserv subscribers letting them know how to access these opportunities. If you’re CHES certified and want the latest NNLM opportunities delivered via email, subscribe to CHES updates from NNLM MAR, or send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Tess Wilson, Staying Connected Through Conferences: Last week, I virtually attended two conferences: “Libraries Stepping Up! Serving the Needs of Communities in Crisis” from Library 2.0 and the Global Digital Humanities Symposium from Michigan State University. Both featured lively discussions across digital platforms and timely information for attendees from various disciplines. As Youth Services Division Chair for the Pennsylvania Library Association, I will soon be coordinating selections for my division’s sessions at the annual conference. Proposals have been pouring in from all corners of the state, with a wide range of topics. I also had a session accepted to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2020 Symposium. I will present health information resources pertaining to teen health.
Michael Balkenhol, Providing Mental Health Information to Public Libraries: At the end of March, I taught the webinar Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library. The webinar was filled with many library staff who are working remotely as public libraries began to close. If you were not able to attend, you can check out the recording online. If you are earning your Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), complete a brief evaluation after watching the recording to claim MLA CE. The class resource list and slides are also available for your use. Stay safe and take care!
Preprints—scholarly manuscripts posted by the author(s) to openly accessible platforms, usually before peer review—are gaining increased attention as a means for rapid dissemination of scientific research results. NLM is preparing to launch a pilot project to test the viability of making preprints resulting from NIH-funded research available via PubMed Central. Lessons learned from the pilot will inform future NLM efforts with preprints.
Join Kathryn Funk, the Program Manager for PubMed Central, on May 8 at 11:30 EDT to learn about the current preprint landscape and NIH Preprint Pilot and to contribute your thoughts to shaping NLM’s approaches to accelerating access to research results through preprints.
Date and time: Friday, May 8, 2020, 9:30-11:00 MT/10:30-12:00 CT
Register here: https://nnlm.gov/class/preprints-pubmed-central/24087
Leading is hard. Global pandemics are harder still. Leading during a global pandemic is not only hard, but it is also traumatic, upending and confusing with competing priorities, community needs, personal values and more. Let’s spend time learning together. Library leaders will join us to discuss how they are leading with compassion. Learn how they are making decisions, what is influencing them and the challenges they have experienced along the way. Participate with your questions and ideas – we are all in this together.
Apr 22, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM MT/11:00AM – 12:30PM CT
How PubMed Works is a series of four 90-minute classes presented via WebEx. The individual classes are:
- How PubMed Works: Introduction
- How PubMed Works: Selection
- How PubMed Works: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
- How PubMed Works: ATM (Automatic Term Mapping)
Classes are scheduled in May and June. Register for each separate session. (1.5 MLA CE for each session
Whether you are working remotely or within the library building, COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In a profession where the desire to serve the public often subsumes the needs of library workers, our panelists will share strategies for self-care as well as tips for overcoming challenges related to (re)creating a work-life balance that can be done for free, remotely or in the building.
Apr 28, 2020
10:00AM-11:00AM MT, 11:00AM – 12:30PM CT