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Spotlight on Outreach to Promotores de Salud at the University of Arizona in Tucson!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-06-13 16:30

During the National Library of Medicine Update at the 2018 MLA Annual Conference in Atlanta, several short videos were featured highlighting NNLM outreach activities throughout the country. One of the vignettes provided an overview of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Health Science Library’s (UAHSL) efforts to work with Promotores de Salud, a key outreach audience across the state. In its role as NNLM Resource Library, UAHSL has had great success with this group of community health workers. The video features Yamila El-Kkayat, UAHSL Outreach Librarian; Jerry Perry, Associate Dean, University of Arizona–Tucson Libraries; and Kay Deeney, NNLM PSR Education & Outreach Librarian. Check out this animated short film!

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NNLM SEA, NDCO closed Memorial Day, May 28, 2018

SEA News - Wed, 2018-06-13 12:06

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, SEA Region, the National DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) will be closed on

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Funding Awarded to Continue Workshop Series for MN’s Latino Community

GMR News - Wed, 2018-06-13 11:00

 

The GMR office is excited to announce that Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) has been granted a Heath Information Outreach Award for the continued development and implementation of a Health and Wellbeing Workshop Series for Minnesota’s Latino community.

Background:

Last year, the GMR funded CLUES to design and pilot a health and wellbeing workshop series for Minnesota’s Latino community. The workshop series covers topics across well-being, including healthy behaviors (healthy eating, active living, tobacco cessation), communication, and dealing with difficult emotions (regulation of feelings and its expression, trauma). Based on positive outcomes and feedback from the pilot, the GMR is funding CLUES to continue their outreach and education series to low-income, first or second generation Latino individuals and families who face multiple barriers when accessing traditional health care system living in southern Minnesota.

Project Description

This project has two objectives. First, is to enhance the recently piloted curriculum to include topics that were requested by participants, such as teen and sexual health. Second, is to implement the workshop series. Each workshop will consist of six classes. Workshops will be led by CLUES Community Health Workers, who live and work in the target communities, and will include live streaming or pre-taped sessions by CLUES mental health professionals. Each workshop course will connect participants to National Library of Medicine Resources, including MedlinePlus, to provide families with access to resources for increasing their knowledge of health topics long after the workshops. All classes are developed and delivered in Spanish.

Outcomes

CLUES will utilize the newly developed curricula and results from the pilot sessions to conduct additional groups in the future throughout the Twin Cities and rural Minnesota. Funding from the NNLM will be leveraged to seek additional funding to continue this effort into the future. As well, CLUES hopes to continue the project long-term and offer sustainable peer-to-peer training opportunities in Year 3.

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June PNR Rendezvous webinar next week

PNR News - Wed, 2018-06-13 07:41

The next PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar is coming up.

Session title: Unlocking the Potential of De-identified Clinical Datasets

Presenter: Bas de Veer, Bio-Medical Informatics Services Manager for UW Medicine IT Services

When: Wednesday, June 20 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT

Healthcare systems generate a ton of data on a daily basis. The primary purpose of this data is billing and clinical decision making. But great secondary use of this data is research. This webinar will discuss the potential uses, best practices and common hurdles of de-identified clinical datasets.

Registration is encouraged but not required. However, attending the live session will allow for questions. The session will be recorded and posted on the PNR Rendezvous web page a few days after the live session.

Medical Library Association CE credit is available for both the live and the recorded session.

More information about how to join the session is available on the PNR Rendezvous webpage.

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Course Registration Now Open – Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

MCR News - Tue, 2018-06-12 16:11

Would you like to better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this area? If so, consider registering for Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles.

COURSE:

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

INSTRUCTORS:

Instructors for this course include NNLM coordinators from PNR, MCR, GMR, MAR, and SEA.

COURSE STRUCTURE:

This course is designed to last 8 weeks and students should expect to spend 1 – 2 hours per week completing readings, watching videos, and submitting assignments.

MLA CE CREDIT:

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

REGISTRATION:

The class size for this course is limited to 40 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating. Space is limited, so register soon.

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Moodle Class Announcement: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – July 9 – August 31, 2018

SEA News - Tue, 2018-06-12 15:45

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites you to participate in Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions. This course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

DatesJuly 9 – August 31, 2018

Register: To register for this course, please visit the class details page.

The class size for this course is limited to 40 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating.

Course instructors for the winter session are Ann Glusker, Pacific Northwest RegionDerek Johnson, Greater Midwest RegionAlicia Lillich, MidContinental RegionAnn Madhavan, Pacific Northwest RegionAimee Gogan, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, and Elaina Vitale, Mid-Atlantic Region.

Please contact Aimee Gogan with questions.

Description: Class Overview

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

Participants will have the opportunity to share what they learned with the instructor from each section of the course content either through WebEx discussions or Moodle Discussions within each Module. These submissions can be used to help support the student’s views expressed in the final essay assignment.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

NOTE: Participants will articulate their views on why health sciences librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians should play in this emerging field. Participants are encouraged to allow their views to be published on a NNLM online blog/newsletter as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic. Your course instructors will reach out to you following the completion of the course.

On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there are completion deadlines).

Course Expectations: To complete this course for nine hours of MLA contact hours, participants are expected to:

  • Spend 1-2 hours completed the work within each module.
  • Commit to complete all activities and articulate your views within each module.
  • Complete course requirements by the deadline established in each module.
  • Coordinate with a course instructor to publish your observations/final assignments on a NNLM blog/newsletter
  • Provide course feedback on the Online Course Evaluation Form

Grading: Grades for this course is simply a pass/fail grading system. When your submission meets the assignment’s expectations, you will receive full credit for the contact hours for that Module. For submissions that are unclear or incomplete, you may be requested for more information until your instructor approves.

  • For discussion posts, your activity will be marked as complete after you’ve submitted a discussion AND your instructor assigns a point to mark as complete
  • If you participate in WebEx Journal Club Discussions (when available), your instructor will assign points in the Discussions for that module.
  • Students have the option to accept fewer contact hours. However, you will need to inform your course instructors ahead of time.

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

 

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites you to participate in Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions. This course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

DatesJuly 9 – August 31, 2018

Register: To register for this course, please visit the class details page.

The class size for this course is limited to 40 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating.

Course instructors for the winter session are Ann Glusker, Pacific Northwest RegionDerek Johnson, Greater Midwest RegionAlicia Lillich, MidContinental RegionAnn Madhavan, Pacific Northwest RegionAimee Gogan, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, and Elaina Vitale, Mid-Atlantic Region.

Please contact Aimee Gogan with questions.

Description: Class Overview

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

The Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

Participants will have the opportunity to share what they learned with the instructor from each section of the course content either through WebEx discussions or Moodle Discussions within each Module. These submissions can be used to help support the student’s views expressed in the final essay assignment.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

NOTE: Participants will articulate their views on why health sciences librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians should play in this emerging field. Participants are encouraged to allow their views to be published on a NNLM online blog/newsletter as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic. Your course instructors will reach out to you following the completion of the course.

On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there are completion deadlines).

Course Expectations: To complete this course for nine hours of MLA contact hours, participants are expected to:

  • Spend 1-2 hours completed the work within each module.
  • Commit to complete all activities and articulate your views within each module.
  • Complete course requirements by the deadline established in each module.
  • Coordinate with a course instructor to publish your observations/final assignments on a NNLM blog/newsletter
  • Provide course feedback on the Online Course Evaluation Form

Grading: Grades for this course is simply a pass/fail grading system. When your submission meets the assignment’s expectations, you will receive full credit for the contact hours for that Module. For submissions that are unclear or incomplete, you may be requested for more information until your instructor approves.

  • For discussion posts, your activity will be marked as complete after you’ve submitted a discussion AND your instructor assigns a point to mark as complete
  • If you participate in WebEx Journal Club Discussions (when available), your instructor will assign points in the Discussions for that module.
  • Students have the option to accept fewer contact hours. However, you will need to inform your course instructors ahead of time.

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

 

 

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Vitamin D and Pregnancy

SCR News - Tue, 2018-06-12 08:52
Photo of a couple holding baby shoes.

“Baby Shoes” by Drew Hays via Unsplash, August 7, 2015, CCO.

A NIH study shows a correlation between Vitamin D and miscarriage. “Our findings suggest that vitamin D may play a protective role in pregnancy,” said the study’s principal investigator Sunni L. Mumford, Ph.D.

Vitamins aid in helping with normal growth and development in the body. Vitamin D is used to absorb calcium, one of the main components of building bones. Vitamin D also plays a role in the nervous, musculoskeletal, and immune systems.

Vitamin D is obtained naturally through your skin when exposed to sunlight. It can also be obtained through diet or supplements. Foods that provide vitamin D include:

  • Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • Beef liver
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks

Those who do not maintain sufficient levels of Vitamin D are at risk for osteoporosis or rickets. The new NIH study also finds that too little Vitamin D could increase the risk for miscarriage. From the news release, “Among women who became pregnant, each 10 nanogram per milliliter increase in preconception vitamin D was associated with a 12-percent lower risk of pregnancy loss.”

Although the article does not discuss cause and effect, it does acknowledge that more research is needed. Read the entire NIH press release.

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Professional Development Opportunities from the PNR

PNR News - Mon, 2018-06-11 17:30

The NNLM PNR supports the professional development of its Network Members in several ways, including:

  • PNR Rendezvous
  • PNR Professional Development Lending Library
  • MLA Webinars
  • PNR Professional Development Awards

In addition to our popular PNR Rendezvous, which is a monthly webinar series presented focusing on various topics such as health, research, resources, librarianship, and technology for attendees to incorporate into their work, The NNLM PNR also provides other educational opportunities. The Professional Development Lending Library is a collection of books on topics of interest to medical librarians. Topics included are Administration/Management, Consumer Health, Copyright/Licensing, Data Management, Library Instruction, and Solo Librarianship. Book loans are free to our Network Members. The Medical Library Association provides several educational webinars per year to meet the needs of health information professionals, and the NNLM PNR buys a site license providing access, for which Network Members may register. And, the NNLM PNR also provides Professional Development Awards, which are designed to enable individuals at Network Member institutions to expand professional knowledge through continuing education to provide state of the art services to healthcare providers, researchers and/or consumers seeking health information. Stay tuned for a new round of Professional Development Awards to be announced soon, and please let us know if you have any ideas for additional ways the NNLM PNR can support your professional development.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on Healthy Aging Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-06-11 16:25

The archived recording of the May 30 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Healthy Aging: Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information, presented by Stephanie Dailey and Olivia Kent from National Institute on Aging and Andrew Plumer, from the Reference and Web Services Section at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

Note: To switch to full screen, click on the full screen icon in the bottom corner of the video player. To exit the full screen, press Esc on your keyboard or click on the Full screen icon again. If you have problems viewing full screen videos, make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Adobe Flash Player.

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Member Highlights: Adams County Library System, Gettysburg, PA

MAR News - Mon, 2018-06-11 10:00

NNLM MAR is pleased to share successes of health outreach projects and activities in our region. Learn what your amazing colleagues are doing to increase access to quality health information for the communities they serve.

Sensory Storytime

Sensory Storytime banner with child drawings replacing individual lettersSensory Storytime is an initiative of the Adams County Library System (ACLS) to provide meaningful early literacy experiences for children who may have sensory processing or autism spectrum disorders, and families who may therefore feel uncomfortable in more typical storytime settings. This was achieved through staff education in sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders, and training in delivery of high-quality sensory storytime sessions, utilizing available local, regional, and national resources. Materials and tools to accomplish this come from sources such as NLM, the American Library Association, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, PennCares Support Services, and other libraries that currently provide such services.

The target population group for the project is children with Sensory Processing Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their caregivers. The project also targets ACLS Youth Services Staff for education and training to work with the targeted population. Awareness was also raised across the county as the program was promoted and marketed. This would include health care providers such as pediatricians, and others who come in contact with young children.

Children standing together as part of a group gameFrom 2005 to 2011, the number of Adams County residents receiving some type of autism support services increased by 236%. More than half of those receiving services were under the age of 12. Across the United States, the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is rising, from 1 in 80 children in 2010 to 1 in 45 children in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to Sensory Storytime, the Adams County Library System offered no specialized programming for this burgeoning population. Providing such a program has been shown to have a significant impact on literacy and language skills.

Sensory Storytime at the Gettysburg branch of the Adams County Library System was begun as a pilot project to provide early literacy experiences to this underserved population. The original plan was to conduct an eight-week session, every Monday, beginning on March 5 and ending on April 23, 2018. However, due to the overwhelming positive feedback, and capacity attendance, the library system will continue the program on an ongoing basis every Monday morning at 10:30 am. PennCares Support Services will continue as partners, offering any future required training, and assisting in the planning and implementation of the storytime sessions themselves.

Child interacting with toys in a tub full of waterPlans are already in place to offer the program at the Trone Memorial Library in East Berlin, Pennsylvania, another Adams County Library member. This will begin in June 2018. After the East Berlin library begins the program, it will expand to Harbaugh-Thomas library in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, this fall. That means 50% of the libraries in the system will be conducting this program in less than a year after the initial discussions, which is cause for celebration. In a survey completed by parents at the end of the eight-week pilot period, one of the mothers shared, “The kids love being able to participate, it has helped them step out and be brave. We are so thankful for this program!” Without this program, a staple of library programming for young people might not have been experienced by these early learners.

This project was made possible through partnership with PennCares Support Services, and funding from NNLM MAR.

Want to learn more about this and other ACLS programs? Check out the Adams County Library System website, or contact George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator, via email: georgem@adamslibrary.org or telephone: (717) 334-5716.

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GMR Funds the Iowa Public Health Research Center at Allen College

GMR News - Mon, 2018-06-11 09:28

 

The GMR office is excited to announce that Allen College in Waterloo, IA has been granted a Health Information Outreach Award for its project, Iowa Public Health Research Center (IPHRC) at Allen College.

Background:

Due to the prevalence of underserved health communities, medically underserved areas, and remote rural conditions, Northeast Iowa has an especially intense need for programming that provides area health departments with research assistance and access. When we examine Northeastern Iowa as a whole, 40% or 10 of 25 corresponding counties are ranked 60+ out of 99 counties in terms of underserved health communities; 76% contain portions and/or populations that are considered medically underserved; and a substantial 72% of counties are rural. A shortage of health care providers within these areas and lack of access to services, whether because of distance or socioeconomic status, only intensifies these issues. In addition, 90% of health departments and health-focused nonprofits in these regions are not affiliated with a health organization. Subsequently, these entities overwhelmingly lack direct access to the literature, tools, and training needed to implement truly effective evidenced-based health initiatives.

Project Description

Allen College’s Barrett Library will provide 25 counties in Northeast Iowa with no-cost equal access to library materials. Allen College’s IPHRC project librarian will be available throughout the funding period to respond to item requests; locate, assess, and share resources; answer questions; produce literature reviews; and collaborate with healthcare providers to find the best solutions for their needs. In order to ensure that everyone involved knows how to best navigate federal health information resources, programming will include training sessions for interested participants and train-the-trainer initiatives for library staff.

Outcomes

The overall goal of this project is to enhance area institutions’ ability to educate residents about health issues and provide innovative solutions to community health problems. Data will be collected and tracked noting the number of research requests fulfilled and a robust marketing campaign will support ongoing contact with participants.

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Bigelow Free Library hosts “For All the People” Exhibit

NER News - Sat, 2018-06-09 12:12
This editorial cartoon supports compulsory health insurance to protect workers from losing their livelihoods due to sickness.

“Protected,” American Labor Legislation Review, 1919 Courtesy National Library of Medicine

On June 7, I headed north on Route 70 to visit the Bigelow Free Library in Clinton, MA.  The drive through rural Central Massachusetts is pretty–farms and green, open space. When I arrived, Library Director Marie Mueller greeted me and walked me downstairs to the “For All of the People” exhibit. Marie is actively promoting health-related programming at her small library. A recipient of LSTA’s Framework for Health Literacy award, Bigelow Free Library is making a push to raise awareness of the public library’s role in health literacy.

This spring, Bigelow Free Library offered a diabetes self-management series for Spanish speakers, hosted off-site by nearby Clinton Hospital. For the summer, the library offers a weekly walking program in an adjacent park with a monthly “Walk with a Doc”. Participants have an opportunity to walk and talk with a doctor. For an at-home learning opportunity, the library website features a link to a recent PLA podcast on health literacy.

I met Marie virtually when she participated in NNLM NER’s Community Health Engagement COI. Glad for the opportunity to visit her library, I am impressed with everything she is doing.

For All the People

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) administers a traveling exhibition program. These exhibitions run the gamut from forensic medicine to intoxicants to Harry Potter. The “For All the People” exhibit takes us through the history of the health care reform debate. The publicly visible part of the exhibit is several banners for display. NLM provides lesson plans and a bibliography for programming ideas.

The first banner takes us to the early 20th century, when labor unions and the Urban League raised concerns about high rates of accidents, disease and infant mortality. Moving into the 1920’s, the next banner focuses on citizen groups partnering with doctors and nurses to bring health care into the community. The next banner highlights activist groups, such as the Black Panthers and farm workers organizations, that opened clinics and food pantries in their neighborhoods. The feminist health movement (anyone remember Our Bodies, Ourselves?) and AIDS activists are featured on another banner. The exhibit concludes with a banner on the 21st century conflicts over the Affordable Care Act and the controversy surrounding delayed care at the Veterans Health Administration hospitals.

If you are traveling through Central Massachusetts, I encourage you to stop into the Bigelow Free Library (54 Walnut Street, Clinton, MA 01510). The library is open Tue-Sat. The exhibit will be up until July 15. Please check the website for hours and updated information.

To learn more about NLM’s Traveling Exhibitions, please check the History of Medicine webpage.

 

 

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The Dish on “The Dish”

MCR News - Fri, 2018-06-08 16:54

Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program, produces a video blog called The Dish that can update you on this ambitious effort to recruit a million or more people to share their biomedical data. You can view his comments on his YouTube channel.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-06-08 10:10

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

Spotlight

Member Highlights: Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Poughkeepsie, NY – Learn how this library brought health and wellness to their community through a library speaker series featuring medical professionals. Has your library developed a similar program? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

NLM Redesign: The National Library of Medicine website has a new look! Check out the improved design, which aims to provide users with a more efficient path to NLM tools and resources and adapts to any device’s screen size.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Connect with MAR: MAR coordinators would love the chance to speak with you in person about your projects, and opportunities for potential partnership! Review the schedule of upcoming conferences where you can meet and greet with our staff.

Headed to ALA? So is NNLM! – MARquee News Highlights

NIH Releases Inaugural Strategic Plan for Data Science! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

NLM/NIH News

NIH News in Health: the June 2018 issue of NIH News in Health is now available! This month’s features include, “Dealing With Trauma: Recovering From Frightening Events,” and “Herpes Can Happen to Anyone: Share Facts, Not Fears“.

The Evolution of Data Science Training in Biomedical InformaticsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Inspiring the Next Generation: Fifth Annual Science Day at NIHNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Chinese Anti-Tuberculosis Flyers, ca. 1940Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

The National Library of Medicine is accepting applications to its Michael E. DeBakey fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2019. Application materials must be submitted by September 28. Read the full NLM announcement for more information and instructions on how to apply.

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!

Just Talk About It: Using Mental Health Education to Prevent and Treat Substance Use Disorder – June 12, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by NER, Carl Antisell from the Minding Your Mind organization will share the story of his journey through addiction to recovery. Carl will discuss what to look for as warning signs of potential mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Learn to look beyond the stigma associated with mental health, and use strategies with students, friends and family to address signs of difficulty using vocabulary that invites engagement and that shows empathy, care and respect.

A New Kind of Village: Combating Loneliness among Older Adults – June 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Loneliness among the aging population has been shown to have health risks equivalent to those of smoking and diabetes, with an overall 26% increase in mortality. Join SCR for this webinar to explore how government agencies, solution providers, healthcare, education and multiple other industries can act together to develop solutions designed to help people rebuild social connections and engagement with their communities.

Research Data Management Services: Beyond Analysis and Coding – June 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – There is more to RDM services than the technical skills necessary for data management. Soft skills and non-technical skills are very important when setting up RDM services, and continue to be important to the sustainability of services. Reference skills, relationship building, negotiation, listening, facilitating access to de-centralized resources, policy knowledge and assessment, are all important to the success of a service. In this webinar Margaret Henderson, hosted by SEA, will discuss these skills and show you how to start RDM services, even if you don’t feel confident about your statistical skills or knowledge of R.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 20, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by SCR, this class will teach you the basics of providing consumer health information at your library, from the health reference interview and planning your own health program, to free health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other trustworthy sources. Participants are eligible for 2 MLA CE.

Unlocking the Potential of De-identified Clinical Datasets – June 20, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Healthcare systems generate a ton of data on a daily basis. The primary purpose of this data is billing and clinical decision making, but great secondary use of this data is research. This PNR webinar will discuss the potential uses, best practices and common hurdles of de-identified clinical datasets.

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – June 22, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – This MAR presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Health Programming Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR), University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, Pittsburgh, PA

Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis – from the Rural Health Information Hub, this new topic guide identifies rural-specific initiatives and funding opportunities, program examples, and tools and resources focused on prevention, harm reduction, and treatment, to help address this crisis in your rural community.

An Overview of the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program – June 21, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – from the NPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council, this webinar will focus on an overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a key element of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The presentation will also highlight the program’s engagement efforts with community and healthcare provider organizations. The audience will learn about how to become involved with All of Us and will be able to share information with those they serve and/or represent.

EXCITE Transformation for Libraries – The State Library of Connecticut is accepting applications for this intensive team-based experiential learning program for librarians that will teach collaboration and innovation skills, result in programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, lead to cultural change at libraries, and sustain project impact through extended training. Applications are due June 14, 2018.

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 – June 08, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-06-08 07:40

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*

Webinars: June 11-15

Webinars: June 18-22

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars and classes.

NNLM Webinars Available 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

Focus on Substance Misuse

Miscellaneous News

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 Guideto understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

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

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NNLM Professional Development Awardee, Rachael Lebo attends Adapting | Transforming | Leading, the 2018 MLA Conference

GMR News - Fri, 2018-06-08 05:00

The theme to this year’s MLA conference was Adapting. Transforming. Leading.  These three words make up many of the definitions of librarianship.  I saw this theme time and again throughout the conference and I took away knowledge and ideas which will guide me in adapting, transforming, and leading at my own institution.

Thanks to the support from the NNLM/GMR’s Professional Development Award, I attended the Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference for the first time this past May 18th – 23rd.  Due to this funding, I was able to attend one of the many CE courses offered at this year’s conference.

I attended CE300 Not Just Numbers: Teaching Students to Think Using Practical Curriculum Exercises.  This CE course focused on educating medical school students with engaging evidence-based medicine (EBM) exercises.  I originally signed up for this CE course, because I believed it would build on my knowledge and generate ideas that I could use for my school’s EBM case in their objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE).  However, I took away a great deal more.  The exercises and ideas taught during this CE course were geared toward all levels of learning, from first-year medical students through residents.  In fact, one of the exercises would probably be entertaining to use in faculty training as well.  The instructors of this course had us doing the exercises as if we were the medical students.  By doing this, we were able to see things as the students would – see the challenges, fun, understanding, and complications involved.  While all of the exercises were implemented and used with the medical school at the Louisiana State University Health – Shreveport, I saw how easily I can adapt these exercises to my own medical school or other health sciences departments.  I have divided many of the exercises into different groups such as, exercises I want to use for our lunch-n-learn sessions, possible small group exercises, and ideas I want to propose for the future.  Thanks to the generosity and creativity of the LSU Health – Shreveport librarians, I was able to take away a lot of ideas and possible opportunities from this CE course.

The lightening talks and poster sessions gave me a greater respect for our profession, because while we may all fall under the health sciences librarian umbrella – all of our jobs are so very different!  I took home a lot of information and a long “to-do” list of things into which I want to delve deeper or new tools I want to explore and utilize.

The Silver and Gold theme of the networking dinner was one that really hit me throughout the entire conference.  The idea of silver and gold friends comes from an old song that I learned at Girl Scout camp, Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.  I started in my current position in October 2017 after completing an internship for the past year at another institution.  I took the time to meet up with my past colleagues who have become such blessed friends and other friends whom I’ve met in various ways.  There were many times throughout the conference that I found myself surrounded by old and new friends, whether it was during educational sessions or impromptu lunches and dinners.

Everybody I met, whether I knew them previously or just met them, introduced me to somebody else.  Our job duties are growing exponentially and having this amazing network allows us to grow stronger and bolder in our careers.  We challenge each other and learn from each other.  Getting the chance to attend MLA ’18 and taking the CE300 course taught me new ideas and challenged me to become a stronger librarian.  Thanks to the GMR’s Professional Development Award, I’m ready to adapt, transform, and lead so that I can give rise to my ideas, both successes and failures, and watch our profession continue to get stronger.

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Report on the ARL Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-06-07 15:48

by Annabelle Nuñez, MA
Associate Director, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

I received a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region to travel to Minneapolis, MN, to attend the Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Preconference on May 9-11, 2018. The symposium, hosted by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL), offered programming to help participants learn ways in which they can lead their organizations towards creating more equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) climates.

Knowledge River alumni holding fingers up signifying their cohort numberLeft to right: Freddy Martinez-Garcia, Annabelle Nuñez, Mark A. Puente, Jolie Graybill, & Teresa Miguel-Stearns

On the first day, the preconference, Judith Katz and Fred Miller of the Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc., led us through a full day of engaging conversation and activities. We were asked to identify and reflect on the state of our respective organization’s EDI culture. We worked through various exercises to learn about inclusive frameworks to use in the development of organizational systems to support greater inclusion in our libraries. The next day, our opening keynote speaker was DeRay Mckesson, host of Pod Save the People podcast. Mr. Mckesson is an American civil rights activist and former school administrator. We heard about his work as a teacher and administrator and his contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement. He spoke to the injustices associated with being black in America, particularly with respect to law enforcement. Later in the day, I attended a session entitled Acting on the Ithaka Report: Design Thinking for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Libraries—Part 1: Understanding the Issues. According to the Ithaka survey sent to 1,498 directors in academic libraries, over three quarters of the librarians reporting identified as white, and nearly 90% of the leadership reporting also identified as white.  We discussed the report findings and identified a real urgency to put into place systems in our libraries that support the path to EDI in the library profession. Some strategies discussed included provisioning pipeline programs, expanding EDI context in library and information education, and cross-cultural training for the existing workforce. On the last day, the most notable session I attended was a presentation of best practices and lessons learned from a few institutions participating in the ACRL Diversity Alliance program. This was of special interest to me as our health sciences library works with the university’s School of Information to sponsor a Knowledge River graduate assistant each year. The National Library of Medicine supports this collaboration.

In 2016, leadership at the University of Arizona Libraries created a charge to form a diversity committee to create a path of inclusion for the organization. Currently, I am a member of the Diversity Social Justice and Equity Council (DSJEC), as a representative of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. Attending the symposium gave me an opportunity to learn new approaches for assessing our library culture and environment. I plan to share this information with my DSJEC colleagues so that we may integrate these frameworks in the development of our EDI programming and organizational structures. Overall, the sessions and peer networking were a great way to share and gain knowledge on the practice of EDI work. This symposium was very educational and inspiring and I look forward to working with our library Council using the resources and information shared. If the symposium becomes a regular event, I highly recommend this opportunity for anyone who works in a library!

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Meet NNLM NER & All of Us at ALA 2018

NER News - Thu, 2018-06-07 13:59

Hello New England Librarians!

Catherine Martin PhotoPlease join Catherine Martin, the Community Education Coordinator for the All of Us Research Program, during the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018.  Schedules will be quite busy, so the best way to meet up and share potential plans for community engagement at your library will be to schedule a time directly with Catherine. You can reach Catherine at catherine.martin@umassmed.edu and find her at the conference. You can also connect with any of our other coordinators anytime https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/about/contact.  We look forward to our future connection!!

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Professional Development Award Recipients Announced

SEA News - Thu, 2018-06-07 13:04

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region is pleased to announce the recipients of the Professional Development Award. The purpose of this award is to strengthen the professional knowledge and experience of individual network members to improve access to health information for healthcare providers and consumers and to build professional capacity in support of the goals of the NNLM.

Current recipients of the award are:

Georgia Health Sciences Library Association

  • Project Manager: Carolann Curry, GHSLA Continuing Education Chair
  • Budget: $1,500
  • Project Description: This award will be used to support an in-person CE training on systematic reviews to members of GHSLA to help with developing and managing a systematic review service and matching review type to research questions.

Humanity Road, Boydton, VA

  • Project Manager: Cat Graham, Chief Operations Officer
  • Budget: $1,474.30
  • Project Description: The project will be used to conduct public education outreach to Increase awareness and use of NLM information resources, and establish the local library and the NLM as a primary source for reliable and authenticated content by training the public in the use of medical information resources.

MLA Mid-Atlantic Chapter

  • Project Managers: Roger Russell, Chair, MAC Professional Development Committee & Emilie Ludeman, Co-Chair MAC Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Budget: $3,000
  • Project Description: This project will be used to support travel expenses for the MAC Annual Meeting for MLA CE classes and also support the leadership panel planned during the Annual Meeting.

Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association

  • Project Manager: Lindsay Blake, Chair Elect, Program Chair of Southern Chapter/MLA
  • Budget: $4,500
  • Project Description: This project will be used to support the travel expenses for guest speakers at the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual meeting covering topics on Data, Diversity and Inclusion, and challenges for academic and hospital libraries in the future.

Please take a moment to congratulate this year’s Professional Development awardees! Currently funds are still available for the Professional Development Award. This award will remain open until funds are depleted. Apply while funds are still available!

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Funding Awarded to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library

GMR News - Thu, 2018-06-07 09:18

We at the GMR office are happy to announce that the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library (SIUSML) has been granted a Health Information Outreach award in support of their 3D printing program.

Project

Description – The 3D printing program will create anatomical models for physicians and surgeons in Southern Illinois University’s 9 clinical science departments in Springfield, IL.  The models can be used prior to a procedure to train residents working in the clinics, to educate current medical school students about basic anatomy or particular health conditions, and to educate patients about their condition or promote wellness.  Print files from the National Institute of Health’s 3D Print Exchange (https://3dprint.nih.gov/) as well as those from SIU Physicians will be used.

Objectives – The 3D printing program aims to 1) raise awareness of the resources and expertise of the SIUSML and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 2) improve collaboration between the SIUSML staff and the School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, and clinicians 3) and educate faculty, staff, students, clinicians, and patients about about basic anatomy using 3D printed models.  As they say, a picture, or in this case, an anatomical model, is worth a thousand words, especially when helping health care professionals and patients visualize anatomy and potential surgeries.  These models can be used to explain a health problem or procedure more effectively than mere words.

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