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Announcing the November 2019 NNLM Reading Club Book Selections

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-10-31 21:00


Knowing your family’s health history paints a picture of potential health problems from one generation to the next. This knowledge is a powerful tool for early detection or prevention of diseases you may be at risk for. Want to learn how to find and share your family health history with your doctor? Let National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving Day help get the conversation started this holiday season and throughout the year.

For November 2019, the NNLM Reading Club announces three new NNLM Reading club books. Visit Book Selections and Health Resources for Family Health History to download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding family health history information… or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!


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New NNLM Center for HIV/AIDS Outreach!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-10-31 15:10

The new NNLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Coordination Center (NACC) has been established at the NNLM New England Region office. Its goal is to enhance communication with current, past, and potential HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project (ACIOP) awardees and Community Based Organizations working on HIV initiatives to improve access to trusted NIH and NLM HIV/AIDS information resources. The web site includes a blog with two initial posts. More are on the way! You can also subscribe for email summaries of the blog posts and/or subscribe to the NACC listserv. The NACC Twitter handle is @NLM_HIV.

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Recording for the Midday at the Oasis Webinar on Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-10-31 12:36

On October 16, NNLM PSR hosted Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations for the Midday at the Oasis webinar series. In this session, Carli Zegers, PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas School of Nursing and Health Studies; Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies & Collections, Los Angeles Public Library; and Nora Franco, NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, address the health issues, public health implications, and health literacy needs of immigrant populations. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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Resources to Support Wildfires Response and Recovery in California

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2019-10-31 12:33

On October 27, California Governor Gavin Newsome declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. A PDF copy of the Governor’s proclamation is available. The following list of resources was compiled by the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC).

Key National Resources

Key California Resources

Key Documents

Search NLM Disaster Lit database:

Social Media

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NMLM Feature: Chocolate Therapy is Short-Lived

SEA News - Thu, 2019-10-31 09:55

Megan Bell, Reference Librarian, University of Alabama at Birmingham

My sister and I are on our way to run errands together. She is wearing an amusing shirt. As she steps out of her room, I read her shirt. “Where did you get the shirt,” I ask. “I don’t remember,” she nonchalantly replies. As we walk through stores some people, stop her and say, “wait, let me see what your shirt says.” Others glance at her shirt and nod their heads or smirk as we pass by. What has piqued so much attention?  My sister’s shirt says, “Chocolate is cheaper than therapy.” Well, as a medical librarian this little phrase piqued my attention, too.  Is chocolate truly therapeutic?  What does the literature say?

Chocolate is a sweet treat that has touched several continents. Although it originated in Mexico with the Mayas, Incas and Aztecs, today it is primarily produced in West Africa, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The United States and Europe are leading consumers. In fact, a British company created the first chocolate bar in 1847.  Why is this delicacy humorously promoted as an alternative to therapy?

Scientist are unsure what it is about chocolate exactly, but a few studies offer some clues. Chocolate contains several drug compounds that effect the human body and mind.  One study suggests the immediate effects of eating chocolate contributes to people’s habit of eating it to cope with stress. Stress is anything interfering with your optimal mental and physical health.  It can be internal, such as health problems, or external, such relationship problems. Scientists know physical stressors increase the body’s requirement for energy and nutrition; however, they do not clearly understand the exact nutritional needs emotional stressors cause. In other words, when we experience stress, our body has a greater demand for energy and nutrition; since we want an immediate fix, we turn to chocolate.

Although chocolate helps improve one’s mood or at least helps the consumer feel less negative, the mood benefits of chocolate are short-lived. In fact, although chocolate reduces tiredness, elevates mood and elicits joy, the effects last less than 30 minutes. In addition, in order to get the euphoric feeling you need to consume chocolate mindfully. In other words, do not just pop chocolate in your mouth. Instead, smell it. Notice the color. If you give conscious thought to the food you are consuming, and you will get more pleasure from it.

What is another reason people eat chocolate? Another study suggests palatable chocolate, or chocolate that is pleasant to taste as opposed to bitter or non-sweet chocolate, causes the body to release endorphin, a chemical substance that relieves pain and gives a feeling of well-being. Researchers propose it is the release of this chemical which contributes to mood elevation. This means eating sweet chocolate causes our bodies to release a chemical substance that makes us feel better.

It turns out science supports my sister’s shirt; chocolate may be cheaper than therapy, but the effects do not last as long.

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NNLM Educational Opportunities

MCR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 17:08

NNLM Resource Picks – The New PubMed:

This is the talk of the town. Explore the new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing. It will be the default PubMed system in early 2020. Be ready for the questions that you know will come your way regarding this change. In this webinar you will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier. November 20, 2019 1PM MT/2PM CT Register

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health:

Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? This session will provide a basic introduction to the concept of evidence-based public health. Attendees will be introduced to the three domains of influence and Brownson et al.’s seven-step evidence-based public health process. November 5, 2019 12:00 MT/1:00 CT Register

PubMed® for Librarians – November Sessions:

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction – November 8, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register
PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – November 15, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register
PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – November 22, 2019 9:00 MT/10:00 CT Register

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities

In this webinar, we’ll discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); an inability to act on information; etc. November 15, 2019 – 2:00 MT/3:00 CT Register

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NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

MCR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 16:48

Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 20th as we add citations to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed. More information is available on Wikipedia: WikiProject Medicine/National Network of Libraries of Medicine webpage

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Survey Says?! Are You Providing Consumer Health Information? Let us hear from you!

MCR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 16:46

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center is organizing a community of  Practice for library staff who are providing consumer health information, programs and services as well as for others who are doing similar work.

We invite you to participate in a short, three question needs assessment survey in order to help us structure the community of practice so that it truly meets your needs and provides you with authentic benefits to support your work. Please take a moment to participate. Responses are requested by November 8, 2019. We hope to hear from you!

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New Project Funded to Explore Public Health and Public Library Partnerships

GMR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 14:39

The GMR is excited to announce that the Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa College of Public Health has been awarded funding for its project: Information Collaboration: Bringing Public Health Organizations and Public Libraries Together.

This project will provide resources and educational opportunities that highlight the benefits of collaboration between public health organizations and public libraries. The project will begin with a thorough assessment to fully understand the needs, interests, barriers, and opportunities for collaboration between public libraries and public health. The assessment will consist of four stages:

  1.     Establishing an Advisory Board
  2.     Conducting a Scoping Review
  3.     Collecting both Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  4.     Analyzing the Results

The results of the analysis will assist in the collection of existing materials and tools that can feed the development of practical toolkits to support both public health and public library organizations in developing partnerships.

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Meet the new Community Engagement Coordinator

MAR News - Wed, 2019-10-30 05:00
Tess Wilson

Tess Wilson

Hi, everyone! My name is Tess Wilson, and I am thrilled to join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region team as the Community Engagement Coordinator, serving NY, NJ, DE, and PA. I work with NNLM MAR Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol to support public libraries through training and funding. I also support hospitals, nonprofits, and other organizations that partner with public libraries and spread awareness of the All of Us Research Program throughout our region. In addition, I look forward to pursuing citizen science and digital literacy initiatives through an NLM lens!

While I currently live in the hills of Pittsburgh, PA, I’m originally from the Kansas prairie! During my undergraduate studies, I worked in the Mabee Library at Washburn University. I had several jobs in the library, beginning at the circulation desk and ending with an archival internship. After graduating, I moved to Pittsburgh to attend Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts program. My focus was in poetry and publication, and I had the extraordinary opportunity to teach writing classes in underserved populations, including those at the Allegheny County Jail. After I finished this program, I served a year at Reading is Fundamental through AmeriCorps, and worked as a trainer with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA.

The library roots had taken hold early, however, and I eventually returned to the profession when I earned my MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, I was a research assistant for the Youth Data Literacy Project, an ALA Emerging Leader, and served as a Civic Information Services intern at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP). My most recent position was that of an Outreach Librarian at the CLP Office of Programs and Partnerships. I remain passionate about supporting underserved communities, addressing issues of privacy/surveillance, and advocating for intellectual freedom.

Planting a tree on the riverfront in Pittsburgh, PA

Outside my work in libraries, I stay active in the outdoor adventure community. I have a small dog that loves to join me on hikes and camping trips, and I’m getting back into the swing of kayaking after a long break! Pittsburgh is rich with environmental conservation efforts, so I lend a hand with as many tree plantings and stream sweeps as I can, and volunteer as an Urban Eco-Steward for Frick Park.

My reading interests vary widely, but I’m currently reading a fascinating book about linguistics in the digital age! I’m always in the middle of at least one vintage sci-fi trade paperback, and I can’t seem to go anywhere without a podcast queued up.

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or ideas via email:

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PLEASE REAPPLY! – Recent Graduates with master’s degrees or higher for 20 positions at the National Library of Medicine October 30, 2019 through November 3, 2019

MCR News - Tue, 2019-10-29 16:49

Due to a system malfunction the recruitment originally posted on USAJobs on October 11, 2019, for Pathways Recent Graduate positions at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) was cancelled. The 20 Pathways Recent Graduate positions will be re-posted on USAJobs 10/30/19 through 11/3/19. Anyone who applied to the initial posting MUST REAPPLY to the new announcement to be considered for this recruitment. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience of reapplying, but you must do so to be an applicant for these exciting positions.  If you wanted to apply and didn’t do so, or if you missed the initial announcement, this is your second chance!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), located on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, in Bethesda, Maryland is recruiting recent graduates with a master’s degree or higher to fill entry level positions across the Library. We’re looking for applicants with degrees in a variety of subjects including information science, library science, biological sciences, chemistry, toxicology, archives and more. The positions offer a unique opportunity to work at the world’s largest biomedical library, with a mission of acquiring, organizing, and disseminating the biomedical knowledge for the benefit of the public’s health.

The announcement will be re-posted to USAJobs on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Applications will be due by November 3. We encourage you to create a USAJobs account now to complete the application process by the deadline. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected. 20 positions are available. Learn all about USAJobs here:

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Librarians Supporting Authors: Interview With Author Karen Iverson

NER News - Tue, 2019-10-29 15:52

Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this weeks blog features an interview with the author Karen Iverson. She is the author of, ‘Winning the Breast Cancer Battle: Empowering Warriors and Guiding Loved Ones.”   It is a hopeful and inspiring story that keeps you wanting to know more. I had the pleasure of interviewing Karen in person about her journey to become an author, below are a few of the questions and her insightful answers.

Where did you get the idea/inspiration for the book?

I have always loved writing. Since I was a little girl, I wrote poetry and stories. I found I enjoyed journaling. In college, I took English classes and it confirmed my love of writing. I always wanted to write a book but when diagnosed with breast cancer I started journaling. For some reason I liked the tactile sensation of writing. I would fold a piece of paper in half and would write what I could to make myself feel better. I then put it down and re-read it a few days later and would edit it. I would write new sentences and it looked like a jumbled mess, but to me made perfect sense. I realized was writing a book and I wanted to share my experiences, so others would have some knowledge on how to empower their journey and guide loved ones. I put it down the project for awhile but picked it back up to make this book. When I was a child, my dad died of cancer and it took years to process because I didn’t know how to get through it. This awareness went into the tip session located at the end of the book

 What challenges did you face in writing this book?

There is always the aspect of, “is this book good enough and is this going to help people?” It is something that periodically a little bit of doubt creeps up in your mind but you have to have faith that it will help people in a way not expected and help them in the future. The second challenge, when doing the journal and writing I realized I didn’t tell anyone. I decided to show it to another woman who also had breast cancer and I shared a journal entry with her and this put me in a vulnerable position. Before I only shared journal articles with mom. I read her the journal entry and there was just dead silence on the other side the phone and it just stayed silent and I didn’t know how to interpret it. I kept thinking,why is she not saying anything?  When we started talking again, she would change the subject. After that, I stopped writing and I though it didn’t reach her or affect her. It took a while and I start journaling and writing again because I needed to. It made me realize that there is always a critic out there who doesn’t like the work or think it is any good, but there hundreds if not thousands whom this book going to help and need the information. That was a challenge.

What challenges did you find in becoming a published author?

I knew nothing about getting a book published. As much as knew could write well, I did not know anything about publishing, I didn’t think could get a traditional publisher to publish the book. The reason for that was, I could imagine my book sitting on a pile with other books and why would the publisher pick my book? That was because of a fear I heard about the publishing business. I chose to self publish the book. Self publishing was at first tabue but it is now more accepted, with many resources available to guide one through the process.

What have you found rewarding about the experience?

Three things:  I found it very rewarding to know I can help people through words that are written in the book. Second thing, it is an amazing feeling to have the first copy in your hands and say “I did this I accomplished a dream of mine.” The third thing, I was at a writing conference and I received an award, the “Difference Maker” award. It helped reaffirm that what I am doing in the book is going to make a difference in others’ lives and that others are seeing that as well.

 What advice do you have for other potential authors?

You have to really be dedicated and it takes a lot of work and financial support to publish a book. You have to want it enough and have to want it so badly so that you make it happen and you will publish a book.


I highly recommend this book. It is currently available online at The author’s journey is eye opening and the tips, on questions to ask along the journey, are perceptive. There is supplemental information and helpful websites in the resource section of the book. In addition, health information on many health topics can be found at the National Library of Medicine in MedlinePlus. 

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Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Conference: Navigating into Public Health Resources

GMR News - Mon, 2019-10-28 12:34

The Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA) received a GMR Expert Speaker Award for our annual conference in Lansing, Michigan, October 2-4, 2019. Thanks to the award, we were able to bring Cecilia Vernes to the conference, where she offered a Continuing Education course, True North: Navigating your way to Freely Available Public Health Resources. Ms. Vernes is the Education Coordinator for the NNLM National Public Health Coordination Office at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library. Her course at the MHSLA conference was attended by academic health sciences librarians, hospital librarians, and non-librarians who are interested in or have roles relating to public health. Ms. Vernes discussed NLM resources such as Toxnet, PHPartners, and PubMed, as well as other freely available online public health resources such as GreenFILE. She also walked us through the process she uses to find and appraise public health literature and offered a case study from her own recent work on PFAS in drinking water (unfortunately especially relevant to Michigan residents).

MHSLA is grateful to GMR for the Expert Speaker Award, which helped us to bring an out-of-state CE instructor to our relatively small regional conference. Course attendees walked away with an improved sense of how to find less accessible resources, literature, and documents related to public health issues.

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NMLM Feature: Celebration of October National Days at the Health and Wellness Library

SEA News - Mon, 2019-10-28 10:19

Dana Ladd, Health and Wellness Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University, Topkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

The Health and Wellness Library, a partnership of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, VCU Health, and the VCU Health Auxiliary, is a library for patients, their family members, and the community to find reliable consumer-level health information. Although the librarian and staff would love to celebrate National Taco, Homemade Cookies, Sausage Pizza, Pasta, Cupcake, Seafood Bisque, Boston Cream Pie, Food, and Chocolate Days (we enjoy eating) with a display and samples we plan to celebrate National Get Smart About Credit Day with a free program about financial health literacy aimed at seniors.  We plan to bring in a speaker to teach seniors about financial health and also educate them about financial and health insurance scams. Although we do not have programs around all the many wonderful food days in October, we will serve boxed lunches to the guests at the financial health literacy program.

To mark health literacy month in October we also plan to conduct health literacy programs.  The library staff has partnered with the health system’s patient education department.  We plan to have multiple health literacy pop up events at our downtown medical center and at satellite locations.  At an information table, the librarian and a patient education nurse will talk to health care providers about health literacy and will demonstrate MedlinePlus as a source of reliable consumer health information for their patients.  For the month of October, the library will feature a health literacy display and handouts.

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National Medical Librarians Month: Katja Wolfe

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-10-28 07:00

In honor of National Medical Librarians Month in October, we are featuring librarians in the PNR region who are medical/health sciences librarians as well as those who provide health information to their communities.  We are fortunate to have Katja Wolfe, from the Soldotna Public Library, be our guest blogger for the last post in this series.

Where do I work? Soldotna Public Library, Soldotna, Alaska. Katja Wolfe

I am a public librarian at a busy rural library on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula in Southcentral Alaska. While I am not a medical librarian, I have had an interest in health-related reference services and programming ever since I started working at the library. That’s partly because I was a researcher for a chronic disease management organization before I became a librarian, and I never lost my desire to help people lead better and happier lives. I also work in a town that is home to the largest hospital on the Kenai Peninsula (separated from the library only by a parking lot and a couple of trees), and it is one of my library’s aims to have relevant and accurate information and resources available for its patients and the community at large at all times.

I am not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that health literacy skills are crucial to making sense of the large amount of health information available in print and on the internet. The patrons we encounter on a daily basis may simply be looking for information on healthy living or find themselves unexpectedly in need of information about a serious health issue. It is my job, and that of my coworkers, to help them find information that is accurate, timely, and easy to understand.

Enter the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. I was very excited to discover that there is a professional development resource for public librarians like me to learn about health reference, and I have freely shared this resource with my fellow coworkers.  I have taken four courses and several webinars offered by the NNLM, all of them related to providing quality health reference services to patrons of all ages and all abilities. The first two courses I took, Health on the Range and Stand up for Health, helped me learn how to assess community health needs and focus on issues particular to rural areas such as the Kenai Peninsula. Part of the latter course helped me assess and improve our health and wellness collection. I also attended Beyond an Apple a Day, taught by Carolyn Martin, this past spring at our state library conference. The half-day training introduced Alaska librarians to resources such as MedlinePlus, available through the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Finally, I completed Wellness in the Library Workplace this April, which gave me a lot of great ideas to prevent burnout and make the workplace less stressful. And, if you didn’t already know, being a public librarian can get pretty stressful and overwhelming. This year, I applied for and received the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialist (CHIS) Level I certification at no cost thanks to the NNLM. I am looking forward to continuing my education and work toward Level II.  Soldotna Public Library

In July 2019, I was invited to attend the Libraries as Partners in Health seminar at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. What an amazing opportunity. The seminar included a review of available health reference resources, a tour of the campus (including a tour of the National Library of Medicine), a lively discussion about health-related programming, and an opportunity to meet and network with peers in my region of the U.S. I am grateful that I was able to attend this meeting.

All of this to say that I really appreciate the resources and support that are available to public libraries like mine. It has greatly improved the way we provide consumer health reference at my library.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2019-10-25 12:39

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


Read the MAReport: This quarter, Executive Director Kate Flewelling talks about how you can help plan the future of health information outreach at NNLM by providing feedback on our five-year cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard!

It’s National Health Education Week! Celebrate with us by learning more about the role of health educators as an important resource in the community and in health focused organizations like NNLM.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Request for Information (RFI): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is supported by a cooperative agreement (UG4) that operates on a five-year cycle. As we prepare for the start of the next cycle (in May 2021), we are seeking input and feedback from the public on ways to ensure that the NNLM can continue to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The deadline to respond is December 2, 2019.

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote Health Literacy Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year. You can also explore health literacy with the NNLM Reading Club.

Save the Date for the next NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, coming up on November 20, 2019! Check out our new Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science resource guide for information on how to participate, and follow #CiteNLM to get the latest details as they become available.

NMLM Feature: Yoga, Tai Chi Research Shows Public Librarians Already Know – SEA Currents

Resources You Can Use: Health Literacy Month – NER Update


Addressing Social Determinants of Health with FHIR Technology – We all know that whether you get an annual flu shot or smoke affects your health. But nonmedical social and economic factors are also large influences on health. To achieve better health outcomes, leading organizations are working to identify and address SDOH needs as well as medical needs. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

One Little Girl’s Story Highlights the Promise of Precision Medicine – Starting about the age of 3, Mila Makovec’s parents noticed that their young daughter was having a little trouble with words and one of her feet started turning inward. Much more alarmingly, she then began to lose vision and have frequent seizures. Doctors in Colorado diagnosed Mila with a form of Batten disease, a group of rare, rapidly progressive neurological disorders that are often fatal in childhood or the teenage years. – NIH Director’s Blog

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted several new features that have been added to the new PubMed.

NLM Launches a New Exhibition in Recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week – In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 20-26, 2019), the National Library of Medicine announced This Lead Is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities, an online exhibition that opened October 15, 2019.

New PubMed Recap: Did you miss A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals? A recording, a list of key points and an FAQ page are now available from the webinar.

NLM Special Lecture: Gender, Race and Power in Science – October 31, 10:00-11:00 AM ET – Angela Saini, British science journalist, broadcaster, and author, will present a lecture on “Gender, Race, and Power in Science”. Saini has a master’s degree in engineering from Oxford University and is a former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She has written for The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired, and Science, and she regularly presents science programs on the BBC. Saini will explore how prejudice can affect scientific research on race and gender and will describe her efforts to uncover manipulation of evidence, abuse, and wrongdoing by those in power. She will also address the inadvertent and inappropriate use of race by mainstream scientific researchers in health and genetics. Drawing from themes in her two most recent books, “Superior: The Return of Race Science” and “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong”, she will show why researchers need to be careful not to conflate social gender and racial disparities with biological differences.

NLM Resource Highlight: Looking for resources to learn about environmental health for middle school students? Explore ToxTown’s Science Classroom to find lesson plans/activities, interactive games and activities, hands on activities, videos, informational websites and more.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

November 2019

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – November 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices. In addition to 1 MLA CE, this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – November 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90-minute classes presented via WebEx that include hands-on exercises. In this first webinar, participants will learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings. This class will be demonstrated in the new PubMed interface.

Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections – November 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and guest speaker Jessica Pettitt for the next installment in this webinar series about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where everyone can see everyone easily even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart. While we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. This webinar will help participants understand what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as they are.

PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – November 15, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the NNLM Training Office (NTO), attend this webinar to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This class will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. Participants will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Consumer Health Information Justice: Identifying and addressing information-related factors that contribute to health disparities – November 15, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this class will discuss many of the different types of information-related factors that can diminish an individual’s capability to live a long and healthy life, such as an inability to recognize and articulate one’s information needs; unawareness of and/or insufficient access to sources of relevant, comprehensible, and credible health information; limited health literacy (including inadequate digital health literacy skills); and an inability to act on information. The conclusion of the webinar will focus on some of the many ways in which information professionals are helping to shape these information-related factors so as to optimize every individual’s capability to not only live a long and healthy life, but also to flourish.

Thinking Outside the PubMed Box – November 18, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Do you develop or support wellness programming at your library or help patrons find health information? Do you support health sciences instructors or students at a school, college, or university? Are you familiar with PubMed, but curious if there are other resources out there that might be better suited to your patron audience? Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this class will introduce you to a range of trustworthy and freely available online health information resources developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Awareness of these resources will help you “think outside the PubMed box” when assisting patrons or developing programming, allowing you to better tailor your resource usage and recommendations to particular contexts.

The New PubMed – November 20, 300-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for the next installment of NNLM Resource Picks, our collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. This session will preview the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about the reasons for the change and how this new improved Pub Med will make mobile searching easier.

How Public Health Can Learn From and Inform the Precision Medicine All of Us Research Program – November 21, 9:00-10:30 AM ET – The National Institute of Health (NIH)-led All of Us research program aims to enroll over one million people in the U.S. in a research cohort to improve understanding of how individual differences in lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment, and biology affect health outcomes. Recruiting a diverse research cohort is key to ensuring that findings will be broadly applicable, and All of Us strives to include participants from groups historically underrepresented in biomedical research. Join the Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this presentation to learn more about the All of Us research program, better understand how the approaches used to recruit All of Us participants can inform future public health efforts to address diversity, and share your expertise in increasing diverse participation in your own public health work.

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

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Grey (Literature) Matters: Structuring Your Google Search – November 6, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join Sarah Bonato for the second of a two-part series on grey (literature) matters. You’ll learn how to address the challenges of Google searches, adapt a database search, employ decision aids, set search limits, optimize data saturation, track search results, and select a search scope. You’ll also examine examples of published research projects that used Google and look at alternative search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, MillionShort, and WolframAlpha. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Beyond PRISMA– Health Research Reporting Guidelines: Your new secret weapon! – November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How often have you been asked for guidance from a medical student or resident who wants to submit a case study to a journal? Maybe a systematic review team member has asked for help with a data extraction form? Or you’ve been asked to lead journal club—now what? Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) with support from the NNLM South Central Region (SCR), this webinar will take you beyond PRISMA by introducing you to the family of health research reporting guidelines, and discuss the ways in which they can be used for more than just reporting. This class will also examine study execution assessment tools.

Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth: A Workshop – Presented by the National Academy of Sciences, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will convene on November 19 for a public workshop to discuss the necessity of developing health literacy skills in youth, examine the research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones and transitions and measuring health literacy in youth, learn from programs and policies that represent best practices for developing health literacy skills in youth, and explore potential collaborations across disciplines for developing health literacy skills in youth. Register to attend this event in person or via live webcast!

The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship – The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledge base, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000. It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Professional Development Grant – Whether you are in the middle of your career, new to it all, or have worked for many years, the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is an opportunity for an amazing professional journey into education or research. The grant is open to librarians working in a hospital, health system or similar clinical settings. Grant funds can be used for professional development through MEDLIB-ED or to help attend the MLA Annual Meeting or CE courses. It may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting research such as a statistician to help with survey design, analyses etc. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019.

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Survey Says?! Are You Providing Consumer Health Information? Let us hear from you!

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2019-10-24 11:34

The NNLM Community Engagement Center is organizing a community of  Practice for library staff who are providing consumer health information, programs and services as well as for others who are doing similar work.

We invite you to participate in a short, three question needs assessment survey in order to help us structure the community of practice so that it truly meets your needs and provides you with authentic benefits to support your work. Please take a moment to participate. Responses are requested by November 8, 2019. We hope to hear from you!

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Make Your Voice Heard – Help Plan the Future of Health Information Outreach

MAR News - Thu, 2019-10-24 09:24
Kate Flewelling

Kate Flewelling

Every five years, the National Library of Medicine calls for “new ideas to help improve access to health information and help inform the design of the” National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). Responses to the Request for Information (RFI) will help shape the funding and outreach priorities for the 2021-2026 project period.

Who should respond to the RFI?

Long Answer: “health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, and the public.”

Short Answer: You

The National Library of Medicine has a list of topics on which you can provide feedback, including:

  • Priorities NNLM should address. Consider themes related to the NLM Strategic Plan for 2017-2027.
  • Strategies to reach new and existing audiences more effectively, especially minority and underserved populations.
  • Effective ways to partner with libraries, health organizations, and community organizations to reach health professionals, researchers, and the public.
  • The top three health information outreach priorities for your organization in the next five years.
  • Strategies to support staff at NNLM member organizations in their knowledge and ability to support NLM products and services.
  • Types of NNLM engagement activities to promote NLM’s wide array of offerings to all audiences.
  • Responsibilities and benefits of NNLM membership.
  • Types of organizations that could be potential members for the NNLM.

Even the current geographic configuration of the NNLM is open for suggestions!

Is there a service that we currently offer that you especially appreciate? Now is the time to express that too!

At the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), we are always open to feedback and suggestions from our members. However, we are limited to activities within the scope of our current 2016-2021 Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of NNLM, to ensure we will meet your health information needs and those of your community through 2026.

Responses do not need to be long, nor do they need to address every topic– in fact, the maximum submission length is 3 pages. Anonymous submissions are also accepted.

With your help, we will continue to provide U.S. health professionals with better access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to trusted health information now and in the future.

Responses are due December 2, 2019. Read the full Request for Information for additional details.

Written by Kate Flewelling, Executive Director, for the Fall 2019 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.

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It’s National Health Education Week!

MAR News - Wed, 2019-10-23 15:13

During the third week of October, the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) celebrates National Health Education Week. The goal of NHEW is to increase national awareness of major public health issues and promote a better understanding of the role of health education.

Have you heard of the field of health education, or do you know someone who is a Health Educator? It can sometimes be a misunderstood title, but this is a profession with its own definition from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health Educators focus on helping individuals and communities adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. They may do this through health education programs or policies. They might also focus on identifying the health needs of their community, or serving as a health resource person. Given their wide range of skills, Health Educators are important resources for communities and health focused organizations where they work.

What academic background do Health Educators have? Many universities across the United States offer bachelor’s degrees in fields such as Health Promotion or Community Health Education. Some Health Educators may have a Master’s in Public Health. In addition, someone with this type of background can become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Having this credential helps a Health Educator show their competence in many different health education responsibilities.

The role of the Health Educator is a natural fit with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s mission to promote equal access to health information. Health Educators can help their communities connect to trusted sources of health information and ensure understanding of this information.

Did you know that NNLM offers training for Health Educators and public health professionals? We do! In the last year, we have been approved by NCHEC to offer continuing education credit for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). Most recently, we have offered this credit for three of our courses:

We hope to expand our offerings in 2020, and continue engaging with our growing audience of Health Educators.

Celebrate National Health Education Week with us! If you are CHES certified and would like to be added to the NNLM email list to learn about future CE opportunities for Health Educators, reach out to Erin Seger via email: For information about NHEW events, visit the SOPHE website.

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NMLM Feature: Yoga, Tai Chi Research Shows Public Librarians Already Know

SEA News - Mon, 2019-10-21 11:38

Jonathan Dolce, Branch Supervisor, Lake County Library System, Astor & Paisley County Libraries

Yoga: the numbers are in

According to a recent ALA-YaTsALL (Yoga and Tai Chi Sessions for America’s Limber Librarians) survey, 21% of librarians are now offering public yoga and tai chi sessions. Statistically, this marks the highest level of public library interest in fitness in recorded history. “It only made sense, really” says lead researcher Ben Denstretch.

“We have already been doing yoga and tai chi all these years. We simply had to put names with the repetitive poses we perform during our daily work. Hatha, ashtanga, even bikram when the a/c goes out – we’ve done it all!”

As a result, the increased popularity of yoga and tai chi in libraries has decreased membership in gyms. Sadly, local chambers of commerce have noted this shift: “Many former instructors are struggling, and switching industries”. One instructor says, “It’s good that I double majored. I still have massage therapy to fall back on.”

The Future of Massage Therapy and Libraries

These are in fact prophetic words. State librarian, Oma Gutness says, “Oh! Massage therapy? Yes, at every conference, we always have massage therapists on hand for our attendees!” Currently, librarians are taking advantage of online databases – that tax payers pay for – that demonstrate massage therapy techniques. One bubbly librarian says, “We are expanding our programming reach into the untapped demographic of desk weary executives who would otherwise not patronize libraries. I mean, who doesn’t want a massage after a hard day of spreadsheets and email?!”

Below, Chart A demonstrates common public library yoga poses. Chart B demonstrates common library Tai Chi movements.

Enjoy your work. You are already masters. Namaste.

Chart A:

Chart B:

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