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NLM Funding Opportunity: RML Cooperative Agreements for 2021-2026!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-06-08 19:06

The National Library of Medicine has announced that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities for 2021-2026 are open for applications until September 11. You can read the announcement of the FOA here and review the FOA here.

You will see a couple of notable changes. One is that NNLM is being renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine, retaining the NNLM acronym.

The most significant news is the regions are being reconfigured and UCLA (NNLM PSR) will be competing for the first time since the regional medical libraries were established. The new region encompasses the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest.

Region 5: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific

As you can see, Arizona will be moving to Region 4. We are extremely grateful that our colleagues in Arizona have done an outstanding job providing outreach to underrepresented populations, and we will miss their presence in the region.

All are welcome to attend a technical assistance webinar, which will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm PST. The meeting will review the purpose and objectives of the FOA, review application instructions, and address questions from the community concerning the FOA. All prospective applicants are invited to participate. Submit questions in advance to Following the meeting questions and answers will be posted at For more information, see

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Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the NNLM

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2020-06-08 16:05

NLM has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) inviting cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs), the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.

The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission.

The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage.

Letters of intent are due by August 11 and applications are due September 11, 2020.

A technical assistance webinar will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PT.


Scientific/Research Contact
Alan VanBiervliet, MA PhD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301- 594-4882

Peer Review Contact
Zoe Huang, MD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-594-4937

Financial/Grants Management Contact
Samantha Tempchin
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-496-4221

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DataFlash: LitCovid vs. COVID-19 Portfolio Tool

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2020-06-08 14:37

For those of you who are curious about the differences between two new COVID-19 tools, LitCovid and COVID-19 Portfolio Tool, here are some answers!

As you already know, LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.  Though, LitCovid is limited to articles in PubMed, includes research on other coronaviruses such as MERS, divides the articles into different categories (e.g. Mechanism, Transmission, Diagnosis, and Treatment), and shows the countries of origin on a world map.

This contrasts with the “iSearch” COVID-19 Portfolio Tool, which like LitCovid is a comprehensive, expert-curated source for publications related to COVID-19.  Though, COVID-19 Portfolio Tool has the following features that distinguish it from LitCovid:

  1. includes both publications and preprints (the medRxiv, SSRN, arXiv, bioRxiv, Research Square and ChemRxiv);
  2. is curated by subject matter experts to focus coverage on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19;
  3. allows searching of full text and/or supplemental data in addition to titles and abstracts;
  4. leverages the cutting-edge analytics available in our iSearch tool, including powerful search functionality and faceting;
  5. includes interactive visualizations that allows users to select topics within their search results for download or further queries; and
  6. makes it easy to download results at any point as a CSV or Excel file.
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NLM Publishes FOA for NNLM 2021-2026 Cooperative Agreements

MAR News - Mon, 2020-06-08 12:24

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeking cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission. The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.

The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization on September 11, 2020.

A technical assistance webinar will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET. For more information, see

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African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2020-06-05 15:18

In light of recent events including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at NNLM PSR stand with the African American community. In this article, you will find resources related to African American mental health, anti-racist reading materials, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health. This list will be refreshed as we receive updates from our members and partners.

Please note that APHA’s upcoming Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series begins on June 9, 2020.

We support this statement from the African American Medical Library Alliance:

We are hurting, frustrated and our emotions are raw.

The cumulative toll of microaggressions, institutional racism, police brutality, and state-sanctioned violence coupled with the emotional labor of navigating a predominantly white profession is exhausting. We are tired of not being seen, heard, included, or appreciated for the value that our unique voices, experiences and perspectives bring to the narrative.

We appreciate the sentiments of our fellow caucuses and colleagues throughout the Medical Library Association. Collectively, we share community with other marginalized members who live in dread that the color of their skin, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, language, culture, nationality, age, ability status, and religion make them targets of violence and possibly death.

We are committed to using our collective voices in bringing about change in the profession and the Association.

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kelsa Bartley, Chair
Michael S. Fitts, Chair-Elect
Shenita Peterson, Immediate Past Chair
Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP, National Program Committee, Co-Chair 2021
Shannon Jones, AHIP, Caucus Mentor
Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, MLA Past President
Tamara Nelson, AHIP, MLA Information Services Domain Hub Chair
Aidy Weeks, AHIP, Virtual Engagement Committee

African American Mental Health Resources
  1. Mental Health America: Black & African American Communities And Mental Health
  2. HHS Office of Minority Health: Mental and Behavioral Health – African Americans
  3. HHS Office of Minority Health: Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – July
Anti-Racist Reading Lists from our Members (books available electronically)
  1. Los Angeles Public Library: Black Lives Matter – Essential Readings for Adults and Teens
  2. San Francisco Public Library: Understanding Structural Racism
Cultural Competency
  1. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competency for the Information Professional
  2. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competencies and the Strategic Prevention Framework
  3. HHS: Think Cultural Health – Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
NLM African American and Race History
  1. Leonidas H. Berry and the Fight to Desegregate Medicine
  2. For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform
  3. Circulating Now from NLM – African American History
Racism and Science
  1. COVID-19 and Health Inequities
  2. NLM Special Lecture: Gender, Race, and Power in Science
  3. Beginning June 9: APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series
PubMed Central Articles
  1. Alang S, McAlpine D, McCreedy E, Hardeman R. Police Brutality and Black Health: Setting the Agenda for Public Health Scholars. Am J Public Health. 2017;107(5):662‐665. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.303691
  2. Bowleg L, Maria Del Río-González A, Mbaba M, Boone CA, Holt SL. Negative Police Encounters and Police Avoidance as Pathways to Depressive Symptoms Among US Black Men, 2015-2016. Am J Public Health. 2020;110(S1):S160‐S166. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305460
  3. Edwards F, Lee H, Esposito M. Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity, and sexProc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019;116(34):16793‐16798. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821204116
  4. Hall JM, Fields B. “It’s Killing Us!” Narratives of Black Adults About Microaggression Experiences and Related Health Stress. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2015;2:2333393615591569. Published 2015 Jul 9. doi:10.1177/2333393615591569
  5. Schneider JA, Lancki N, Schumm P. At the intersection of criminal justice involvement and sexual orientation: Dynamic networks and health among a population-based sample of young Black men who have sex with men. Soc Networks. 2017;51:73‐87. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2017.04.001
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Network Member Spotlight: Seattle Public Library named the Gale/ Library Journal Library of the Year

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2020-06-05 14:39

Seattle Public Library logo, Library of the Year 2020The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has been named the Gale/ LJ Library of the Year. This well-deserved award recognizes SPL’s commitment to the community. Library Journal editors Meredith Schwartz and Lisa Peet write, “In recent years, SPL has turned its attention outward, actively listening to community needs and transforming its work to make equity a top priority, earning it the 2020 Gale/LJ Library of the Year award.” The award recognizes SPL’s use of’s Racial Equity Toolkit for creating and reviewing policies, procedures, and services, and acknowledges this work is not simple. SPL responds to community needs, providing a wi-fi hotspot lending program, creating partnerships with community organizations and groups, eliminating overdue fines, and so much more.

Read more about SPL and the award in Library Journal and in Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner’s quarterly message.

Congratulations, SPL!

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Application period open for the 2021-2026 cycle of the Network of the National Library Medicine (NNLM) 

SEA News - Fri, 2020-06-05 11:18

A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been published seeking cooperative agreement (UG4) applications for Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) as the central component of the renamed Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RMLs carry out regional and national programs in support of the mission. The FOA also solicits proposals for RMLs to host one or more of the NNLM Offices, which are functional units that serve the entire NNLM program.

 Funding Opportunity Announcement

The full description of the funding opportunity, award and eligibility information, application submission instructions, and other details are available on the Funding Opportunity Announcement webpage: Applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization on September 11, 2020.

A technical assistance webinar will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2020 from 3:00-4:00pm ET. For more information, see


Scientific/Research Contact
Alan VanBiervliet, MA PhD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301- 594-4882

Peer Review Contact
Zoe Huang, MD
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-594-4937

Financial/Grants Management Contact
Samantha Tempchin
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-496-4221


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New Tutorial Available: Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice!

PSR News - Thu, 2020-06-04 20:17

The Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice tutorial is available now from the PubMed Online Training page on the NLM Web site. This tutorial was created to help clinicians, including nurses and allied health professionals, develop a clinical question using the PICO framework and efficiently find relevant biomedical literature using PubMed. The tutorial was designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes. This tutorial replaces the PubMed for Nurses tutorial.

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NNLM SEA Digest News – June 4, 2020

SEA News - Thu, 2020-06-04 15:43

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.  


Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Moodle LMS Asynchronous Course Opportunities

Webinars June 4 – June 11

Webinars June 17 – June 23 

Visit the NNLM Training Schedule for all upcoming webinars, scheduled, and on-demand classes. For past webinars and classes, please visit the NNLM on YouTube**

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NCBI Insights

NNLM SEA Communications

* Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.
  • Not all Training Opportunities listed provide MLA CE credit. Please refer to the class page to see if a specific session offers credit.

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

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Article – Community Engagement Technology for Identifying the Health and Wellness Needs of the Ray County Community

MCR News - Thu, 2020-06-04 12:55

Stacy Hisle-Chaudri
Ray County Library
Richmond, Missouri

Data is changing the landscape of information technology. It has an impact on the decision making process for many library services. Health and wellness programming is one of many areas in which data-driven technology tools can assist libraries in the decision making process. The Ray County library was a recipient of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContential region’s Community Engagement Technology grant. During the grant term, the Ray County Library, a small rural library in Missouri, utilized Orange Boy’s Savannah community engagement technology tool to collect information regarding library use for health and wellness programming.

During the months of data collection, Savannah gathered and analyzed information regarding how library customers interacted with the library and its services. Some of the areas of analysis included: check-outs, library visits, program attendance, and general activity and engagement with services. For this project, one of the initial questions that prompted the grant was what types of health and wellness programs are needed in our community? To answer this question, we wanted to have a better understanding of how customers are utilizing the library.

The data gathering process revealed many interesting characteristics of our library customers. Users primarily circulate adult and children’s print materials, and the majority of frequent visitors who check-out items are over the age of 45. Additionally, library users seem to live in particular areas of the county. The majority of users are from the surrounding town, with additional concentrations in the townships in the southern portion of the county and smaller numbers of users from the northern and northwestern portions of the county. One possible reason for this concentration of users may be the proximity to the Ray County Library. Residents who live in the northwest side of the county tend to travel via routes that do not take them into the city of Richmond regularly. Additionally, the library has many users who come only occasionally to utilize a specific service such as, print or fax a document.

With the increased knowledge of community needs from Savannah, we were able to correlate the acquired data with information found in area health reports from Community Commons, a community based non-profit organization that tabulates health reports nationwide. Through this process, we have identified three key health indicators for the community: mental health, substance abuse, and heart disease. Subsequently, the three areas in which we plan to increase health and wellness related programming are mental health, general healthy habits, and substance abuse. The library has existing programs and partnerships that cover two of the identified areas: substance abuse and healthy habits. The library is an active partner in the Ray County Coalition for Youth, which is a community-based organization that works with youth and community organizations that support youth to fight substance abuse by providing education and alternative programs and support to area youth. The library also hosts programs each month for seniors that are led by a nurse from the area hospital.

Future programming plans include collaborating with the local extension office to provide healthy eating and exercise programs for children and working with area mental health service providers to provide mental health programming.

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Article – Library Marketing and Communication Conference

MCR News - Thu, 2020-06-04 12:51

We were fortunate enough to receive a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region to attend the Library Marketing and Communication Conference in St. Louis, Missouri November 11th through 12th.

This conference is unique as it’s the only conference specific to marketing and communications for libraries. It was a good mix of beginners to professionals including librarians and marketers. This award also gave us an opportunity to be a part of a cohort.

Taira Meadowcroft: I’d been eyeing this conference for some time and was excited to get the opportunity to attend. Throughout the conference I made many connections with others in my field and learned that we are all dealing with the same issues in some way. Telling our library story is difficult, but I learned ways to make it easier. The session Making the Message Accessible: Basic Website, Social Media, and Print Tips to Ensure your Message is Accessible to the Visually Impaired Community was the most impactful to me. As a person who does our social media and designs some print material, I didn’t often step back and ask “how accessible is this information?” I learned what social media platforms allow for alternative text and what colors/fonts are best to use. These are small changes, but even a small change makes a difference. I also highly enjoyed the mentorship part of this award. I didn’t have a lot of marketing and communications connections outside my library. I appreciated getting to know these individuals and learning about their wins and struggles with communications. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the support of MCR.

Sara Motsinger: This conference has been on my radar since its first year, and I was exceptionally excited to have the opportunity to attend. This award made it possible for me to engage with library marketing professionals as well as those of us thrust into a marketing role within our small libraries. Spending time with the other awardees was as much a learning opportunity as spending time in the conference, as I was able to learn tips and tricks from my fellow awardees and strategically attend conference sessions in order to share my notes and impressions with the other MCR awardees. I was delighted by the wide range of topics presented and was able to attend such diverse offerings as “First Impressions Matter: How to Win Friends in Admissions and Influence Prospective Students,” learn how to “Effectively Create and Market Your Library with Videos,” and learn more about how to effectively use memes in ”A New Memes of Engagement.” Returning to my library, I have been able to implement many of the strategies and tips to my monthly marketing efforts and feel more creative in my endeavors due to the influx of ideas and inspiration provided by this excellent conference.

Natalie Newville: This award was an amazing opportunity to connect with other professionals in our field. I appreciated the cohorts willingness to share ideas and resources with each other. Each member of the cohort came from such diverse backgrounds and job duties that it was very helpful to discuss our challenges and successes at our own libraries. I came away with new ways to handle things which may come up, and new strategies to reach our intended audiences when marketing MRRL. The time that Jim spent mentoring the group was invaluable. He has a great deal of marketing experience, and he does a great job of sharing that experience with the cohort. Additionally, he is a great listener and helps the cohort come to their own conclusions, which I appreciate.

Kristin White: The Library Marketing and Communications Conference has by far been one of the best professional development opportunities offered to me during my time as a librarian. I learned so much in the short two days that we attended! I feel very fortunate to have had a mentor like Jim as well. He helped me determine next steps for my team going forward to implement a style guide in our library as well as a good direction with our social media efforts.

My favorite experiences during the conference include: meeting and getting to know my cohorts, librarians are awesome! All of the amazing keynote and conference sessions (my favorite was “Why is This So Hard? The Top 20 Things You Need to Know to Make Social Media Work for Your Library!”.)! And, exploring the St. Louis Arch with new found friends and colleagues!

I would, and have, recommend librarians and library staff attend this conference if marketing and communications is part of their position. Thank you for the opportunity.

Rachelle Brandel: Attending the conference gave me a sounding board to voice my concerns and ideas with like minded library professionals from a wide array of backgrounds. I acquired new ideas, validated considered possibilities, and cemented prior knowledge through seminars, conversations, and review. This conference made me excited about marketing and passionate to share what I’d learned with my coworkers. The ability to speak with leaders in marketing software, voice my concerns, and discuss solutions made my library’s situation feel seen. This conference gave me a network of library and marketing professionals and I have recommended it to almost every librarian I’ve met and will continue to do so.

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NLM 2020-2021 Associate Fellows Announced!

MCR News - Thu, 2020-06-04 12:43

Two of the four new Associate Fellows are from the MCR – Congratulations to Levi and Brianna who are both at the University of Missouri!

The National Library of Medicine has announced its 2020-2021 cohort of four Associate Fellows; Brianna Chatmon, Allison Cruise, Levi Dolan, and Amanda Sawyer. The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.

More information on the Associate Fellowship Program is available from the NLM website.

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NIH News In Health – June issue available

MCR News - Thu, 2020-06-04 12:35

June 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

illustration of a passenger in a car talking to the driver Safe Driving

Protecting Yourself Behind the Wheel

Whether you’re a new driver or have been driving for decades, it’s important to think about what keeps you safe.

  illustration person confused over what friend is saying Communication Breakdown How Aphasia Affects Language

Even if your loved one has difficulty communicating, they can still be part of the conversation.


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Going Back to School During COVID 19 – How France is Doing It

NER News - Thu, 2020-06-04 09:02









Before joining the NNLM NER, I was a public high school teacher at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Massachusetts. Ten years ago, I said yes to the French teacher in our school looking for a volunteer to host 2 French teachers (who teach English) for 2 weeks as my high school participated in an exchange experience with a school in France.  The French students participating in the exchange stayed with the families of students enrolled in Algonquin’s French program. Through involvement with the exchange program I came to know and become good friends with Jeanne-Marie Bacher, vice principal and English teacher from Institution Saint-Paul Saint-Etienne (

St. Paul’s is home to 1300 students ages 5 through 18. The school is located in the heart of the city of St. Etienne. St. Etienne is 34 miles southwest of the city of Lyon (the second largest city in France) and has a population of 172,023.

It’s been 10 years and 4 more student exchange opportunities have occurred. Even though I now work for the NNLM, my family continues to host our friend every other year as she and one of her colleagues brings 30 of their students to central Massachusetts for the French exchange program.

While other European countries have chosen to keep schools closed, the French government has said that keeping kids in school will prevent them from falling behind.  On May 11, the country began opening some primary schools and a group of St. Paul’s staff and faculty returned to their school to prepare for the return of their students.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, Whatsapp and Zoom have allowed us to keep in touch with our friends, not only to make sure everyone is healthy, but to also to compare notes about how each of our countries is fairing during these difficult months. As New England starts the process of re-opening, I thought it would be of interest to share what it’s been like for another country to navigate the process of re-opening their schools. On Friday morning, May 22 (for me it was morning, St. Etienne is 6 hours ahead of us in the eastern time zone) we talked through Zoom. It was a treat to see not only Jeanne-Marie who is the vice principal, but also Cyril, the high school government teacher, Philipe, who teaches high school history and Sandra, the principal’s assistant.








The following is some background information to put the experiences I will share into context. From March 14 through May 11 France was in lockdown with all schools and non-essential businesses closed. Each week during that time the country’s interministerial health committee (Comité interministériel pour la santé) comprised of the country’s ministers (health, economic, education and labor) addressed the country to communicate the most current information about COVID-19 and the impact of this pandemic on their country. This committee was created with the aim of improving population health and reducing health inequalities through better coordination on all matters affecting health determinants, such as socioeconomic, geographic, environmental and educational issues.

During the lockdown there were strict restrictions on travel. “Each day we were allowed 1 hour out of the house to exercise, walk the dog or shop for food. We were asked to write down the time as we left our homes, and we were allowed to travel just 1 kilometer.” FYI, for those of you like me, who have forgotten the metric system,   1 kilometer is .62 miles. Exceptions to the travel rules were made for those taking care of aged family member or those emplyed at an essential job. Citizens were advised to keep official documentation (work certificate papers) allowing travel, either on their person or as a QR code on their phone. Roadblocks were set up around the country, and the fine for not having the documentation if stopped by the police was 135 euros, which is $149.75. Travel restrictions are still in place now even as the country has begun re-open.  One hundred kilometers is the maximum distance you can travel as of May 13.

Similar to the US, during the lockdown, the French teachers used Zoom, Skype and other technology to maintain connection with their students. However, lack of internet connectivity and computers prevented some students from participating in the virtual classes, especially those whose families relocated to the countryside during the lockdown,

Monday, May 11 was the first week St. Paul school was open. Faculty and staff who were able, returned and began preparing for their students to return the following week. Classrooms were re-arranged and logistics to aid in efficient movement and less crowding were developed. Creating signage and making corridors one-way by locking doors so passages were either in or out, were put in place as part of the social distancing protocols that were required.

As French schools have begun to reopen, some parents have chosen not to send their children back to school.

“What I have heard quite a bit is that families are afraid of the virus and of becoming infected,” said Marie Lugnier, secretary general of the Rhône department’s parent association. “If they are able to keep their children at home, because there is at least one parent who is not working or has not yet resumed work, they prefer to keep them.”

Many of St. Paul’s students take public transportation to travel to and from school. Because public transportation is a health risk, attendance at school during the re-opening has been just 30% of what it was before COVID-19. St. Pauls has been re-opening in phases. On May 18, just the 7 and 8 graders returned, with 61 of the 180 students in attendance. This past week the 9 and 10 graders started back and 71 of the 172 students returned.

It has been necessary split the school day into a morning session 9AM-Noon for half of the students, and an afternoon session from 2PM-5PM for the rest of the students. Typically, the school day begins at 8AM, there is a long lunch period from noon to 2PM as many of the students living close by either walk or take public transportation home to eat their lunch. Before OVID-19 students would return from lunch at 2PM and the school day ended at 5PM.  Because St. Paul’s building is in the middle of the city it has a smaller footprint than schools in the US that house a 1300 student population. The typical class size before the pandemic was about 30 students. To accommodate the new protocol requiring 4 square meters (1 meter equals about 3.3 feet) distance between desks in the classroom 15 students are allowed in each classroom. Additionally, everyone must wear a paper mask provided the educational ministry. The masks are disposed of after each morning or afternoon session, teachers use 2 masks every day. Each morning and before the afternoon session all surfaces in the classroom are wiped down and disinfected by the custodians. The cost for masks, hand sanitizer and additional cleaning materials is estimated to be about 10,000 euros. Jeanne-Marie is hoping they will have just a couple of months of spending this amount of money to keep their school protected from the virus.

Jeanne-Marie and the others are quick to say that the return back to school does not resemble what teaching in their school used to be. Because just 30 percent of their students are attending school right now, classes consist of mostly of listening and talking with the students. Their teaching goal is not introducing new concepts, it is to make sure the students are OK emotionally and mentally, as well as being physically healthy.

The last day of school is July 4. The start for new school year in the fall was is scheduled for Sept 1st.  Each day, long memos from the educational minister and school educational board provide more information, however, they have not been told what coming back to school in the fall will look like. Right now, their best guess is that it will be a combination of remote and in school teaching.


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Apply to Host a Library Carpentry Workshop for Your Organization!

SEA News - Wed, 2020-06-03 16:09

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern Atlantic region (SEA) is pleased to offer Library Carpentry workshops for up to ten SEA member institutions to support the development of data science and computational skills.

Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. Their goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices.

Note: Library Carpentry workshops are traditionally offered face-to-face, but they’ve been adapted to an online format. Due to COVID-19, the NNLM SEA strongly recommends organizations host remote sessions.


Workshops are approximately 16 hours long. For remote workshops, the Carpentries organization recommends four 4-hour sessions. Workshops can accommodate up to 20 learners. We encourage workshop hosts to invite information professionals from neighboring institutions to fill the 20 spots if your organization is unable to fill all spots. The Carpentries organization requests two months of planning time for each workshop.

If you are selected, the Carpentries organization will provide for remote workshops:

  • Four instructors to lead lessons
  • Planning, scheduling, and registration support
  • An informational webpage for your workshop participants
  • Pre and post workshop evaluation

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing your own video conferencing platform (Zoom, WebEx, etc.) if possible (accommodations can be made if you do not have access to a video conferencing platform through your organization)
  • Finding two volunteers who are familiar with the subject matter in the lesson plans, to attend the workshop as helpers
  • Advertising your workshop to potential participants
  • Completing an Activity Report for NNLM SEA after the event

If you are interested in hosting an in-person workshop before April 30, 2021, please discuss additional requirements and considerations with the Carpentries organization if awarded.

More Information

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience. The instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. Biomedical and health sciences librarians and LIS students are encouraged to participate.

In this interactive, hands-on workshop you will learn core software and data skills, with lessons including:


Your organization must be a NNLM Network Member. If your organization is not a Network Member, they can join for free!

All participants must be prepared to observe The Carpentries Code of Conduct in workshops.

Apply Now

Applications are open now! The deadline to apply is Friday, July 3, 2020.

For questions, please contact Kiri Burcat and Tony Nguyen.

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A Library-based Data Retrieval and Management Training Program for Clinical Researchers

GMR News - Wed, 2020-06-03 09:52


The GMR office is happy to announce funding for the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University via our Health Information Outreach award:

Description:  This project endeavors to create an end-to-end training program that introduces clinical researchers to clinical database architecture and clinical coding standards, teaches them how to translate their research questions into queries that will allow them to extract data properly, and how to do so in a way that supports transparency and reproducibility while still respecting guidelines for proper data sharing.

They will promote improved communication and collaboration between data analysts and clinical researchers to make them better partners in research projects. To promote reusability of research reports and database queries within Northwestern’s research community, they will provide workflows for preservation through our next-generation research data management (RDM) system to make these resources discoverable.

They hope to bolster support for our local research community to use clinical research data from the Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouses and also parlay this experience to develop a blueprint of best practice workflows for clinical research data education and training that could be applied in libraries at other institutions.

Objectives: 1) Create an end-to-end Clinical Data Retrieval and Management Program for researchers that teaches them how clinical data is collected, stored, and retrieved, how to identify their research population of interest, how to create practical data retrieval workflows for their clinical research projects, and best practices for ensuring that the research reports for these projects are reproducible and reusable. 2) Promote improved communication and collaboration between data analysts and clinical researchers to make them better partners in research projects. 3) Enhance reusability of clinical reports and database queries by creating workflows and training for preserving them in our next-generation research data management system and making them discoverable to Northwestern’s research community. 4) Build a template for clinical research data education and training for other institutions based on the results of this project.

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Consumer Health Minute: Men’s Health

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2020-06-03 09:31

Father’s Day is June 21 and many will be celebrating the fathers and sons in their families. June is also Men’s Health Month and is a great time to highlight the importance of health and wellness of the men in your community.

Men tend to put off preventative health measures such as regular check-ups as well as checking in with a health professional for medical care. The CDC states that men live an average of 5 years less than women. Your library or organization can promote men’s health for all ages with simple social media messages, highlighting web resources, wearing blue, and more.

  • The NNLM provides an electronic bulletin slide as well as a program kit with resources and program ideas.
  • The Office of Minority Health also provides social media tools as well as information about Wear Blue Day (June 19).
  • Refer your patrons to the MedlinePlus health topic page, Men’s Health, for information and tips to stay healthy.
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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Wed, 2020-06-03 08:00

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


COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC:
Get the latest research information from NIH:

Celebrate Men’s Health Month: The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is raising awareness for men’s health by promoting the the Five Plays for Men’s Health to encourage men and their families to practice and implement healthy decisions and habits. The plays will highlight the importance of heart health, daily exercise, regular check-ups, smoking dangers and mental health. Visit the Men’s Health Month webpage for the Five Plays for Men’s Health, downloadable materials and access to men’s health resources.

Share your story with us! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.  Currently, we would love to hear about how you are connecting with your patrons and/or community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blog submissions must be a minimum of 200 words (preferably in 3 paragraphs).

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

A Library-based Data Retrieval and Management Training Program for Clinical Researchers – Midwest Matters

Trusted Resources for Caregivers – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020


Sustaining Commitment During Times of ChallengeNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for our Digital Age – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Will Warm Weather Slow Spread of Novel Coronavirus? –  NIH Director’s Blog

NIH Preprint Pilot in PubMed Central – NCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

NIH News in Health: The June 2020 issue is now available, featuring, “Safe Driving: Protecting Yourself Behind the Wheel,” and, “Communication Breakdown: How Aphasia Affects Language.” Other topics include heart disease treatments, cataracts, and COPD.

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue announced the full transition to the new and improved PubMed.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

June 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – June 8-July 3, 2020

When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for Our Digital Age – June 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET

Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on Ongoing Low-Morale Experiences – June 11, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Boost Box: Consumer Health Data Literacy – June 11, 3:00-4:00 PM ET

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – June 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

July 2020

Getting Started with Information Outreach in your Community: An Introduction – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – July 10-August 7, 2020

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis – July 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This – July 15, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

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

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

AHRQ’s Signature Data Resources Poised to Inform the Battle against COVID-19 – AHRQ Views

On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors – June 3, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition – June 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This webinar is sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and is free to attend.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses – June 23, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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Trusted Resources for Caregivers 

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-06-02 18:51

Caregivers are individuals or groups of individuals who provide direct care to children, the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses who require assistance in their everyday lives.  

We at NNLM PSR are committed to promoting equitable, accessible health information. The following resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other government agencies provide vetted, reliable sources of online health information for caregivers. 

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Three-generation family standing together 

Caregiving has been explored in different ways by NNLM Regional Medical Libraries. Our colleagues at NNLM Middle Atlantic Region developed a guide to key consumer health resources for caregivers, and NNLM New England Region recently hosted a presentation by Fred Muench of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction, who provided an overview of the useful and free tools for families affected by substance use disorder. 

NLM also actively develops resources for caregivers. NLM 4 Caregivers was a project initiated by the NLM, designed to increase awareness of NLM resources among caregivers who seek health information online. Though the pilot project has ended, the resources are still available. NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center’s Coping with Disasters: Health Information Guide includes a broad range of helpful resources for individuals, families, and caregivers before, during, and after disasters and emergencies.  

Caregiving is hard, and caregivers often feel stress. MedlinePlus has a comprehensive list of caregiver consumer health materials covering how to administer care, but it also covers the important topics of burnout, stress reduction, and self-care for caregivers.  

Other governmental resources include the Substance Use and Mental Health Administration’s Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders and the CDC’s resources for caregivers of older adults and adults with disabilities and for parents. 

Finally, look out for Kelli Ham’s article, “Wayfinding along the Caregiving Journey: Resources for Informal Caregivers,” forthcoming from the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. The resources chosen for this article include general comprehensive sites; guides and handbooks for special audiences or circumstances; benefits and services locators; and resources for end-of-life caregiving. 

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PNR Weekly Digest: June 2, 2020

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2020-06-02 11:04

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Coming Soon: NLM PNR Funding Opportunities
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), will soon announce the following funding opportunities:

  • Community Health Award
  • Professional Development Award
  • Technology Improvement Award

Learn more about these funding opportunities on the blog

Explore Digital Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club
Join with the NNLM Reading Club as we explore Digital Health Literacy this month to learn more about the bits and bytes driving today’s healthcare system. Discover what we need to know to fully participate in this rapidly evolving approach in how we prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses…see the list of selected book titles on the blog

DataFlash: LitCovid
LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up to date scientific information about COVID-19.  Right now, it is the most thorough resource on the subject through providing access to a growing number of relevant articles in PubMed…learn more about LitCovid on the blog

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account

*Library responses to COVID-19: Impacts on ongoing low-morale experiences: As the COVID-19 Pandemic develops and libraries create immediate, short-term, and long-term responses, Kendrick has been tracking these responses’ impact on already established low-morale experiences. Kendrick will summarize the markers and impacts of low-morale experiences, share the latest results of her survey, and answer attendees’ questions about the survey and/or low morale experiences. Countermeasures to workplace abuse and neglect will also be discussed. June 11 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease: We have long known that 75% of emerging diseases begin at the human-animal interface. RNA viruses including HIV, SARS, novel influenza strains and COVID-19 all trace their origins to animal reservoirs and environmental factors. What role can information specialists play in developing sustainable One Health cultures and mindsets at local, regional, national and international levels? Attend this PNR Rendezvous session to learn more. June 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Eval Basics: This course is made up of 4 separate on-demand classes. Take them all or select individually. The classes help guide in the planning and assessing of a health related program. Each class is eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

Lighting Up Our Lives: How Light Influences Our Mental and Physical Health: Dr. Burgess will examine how light reaches the brain and can alter brain centers that regulate circadian (body clock) timing, sleep, and mood. Specific properties of light, such as intensity, wavelength, and timing, will be discussed, as will individual differences in light sensitivity. June 30 at 8:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and how to attend this live NIH videocast

Understanding Global Climate Change and How It Affects Air Quality and Human Health: Attend this free NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences webinar session which is part of the “Climate, Environment, and Health Seminar Series”, a series of compelling scientific talks on how climate change affects human health and the role of environmental health science in achieving climate sustainability and resilience. June 10 at 8:00 a.m. PT. Register

*Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online Course: The American Red Cross’s Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 is an online course designed to help individuals support themselves and lend support to others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak. The topics covered in the course include recognizing stress, practicing mental health first aid, caring for yourself, supporting your family and supporting your coworkers.

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“Decoration Day, Pandemics, and the National Library of Medicine,” from the NLM Director’s blog

NIH Preprint Pilot in PubMed Central

Download high-quality graphics from the NCBI Multiple Sequence Alignment Viewer (MSAV)

Seeking Leek Island: An Interview with Pamela Robertson

*“3D Printing the Novel Coronavirus,” from the NIH Director’s blog

The June issue of NIH News in Health is now available with articles on safe driving, aphasia and more

*Llama antibody engineered to block coronavirus

Autism risk estimated at 3 to 5% for children whose parents have a sibling with autism

*Building an Innovative Analytics Platform to Study COVID-19

NINR Research: Markers in Blood Can Help Identify Risk for Complications After Mild TBI

PhenX Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Assessments Collection

*Spotlight on COVID-19 and Health Disparities: Opportunities to Achieve Better Understanding and Equality for Vulnerable Populations

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*Resources: COVID-19:

The American Society of Human Genetics Scholars Initiative
The American Society of Human Genetics has launched a new initiative designed to prepare individuals for professional success. The program is intended for late stage graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or early-career researchers interested in committing to advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives. Those selected receive an annual enrichment fund to support career development activities, complimentary ASHG membership for two years, and much more! Deadline to apply is June 11, 2020.

*Science Librarianship in the time of COVID-19
A Virtual Half Day Conference: Hosted and Planned by the Boston Library Consortium’s (BLC) Engineering Community of Interest (COI) and the Chemistry Community of Interest (COI) on Wednesday, August 5. Submit your proposal for a 15 minute presentations that feature a developed idea or question OR for 5 minute lighting talks that address a more brief topic or question. 300 word proposals due Sat. June 20th.

Clinical Trials: A Lay-Led Intervention for War and Refugee Related Trauma
This behavioral study, sponsored by the University of Washington, the NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Seattle Pacific University and Case Western Reserve University, seeks Islamic, Somali volunteers age 18-65 years old to examine the efficacy and feasibility of a program called Islamic Trauma Healing on PTSD, depression, somatic symptoms and quality of life among refugees. Study to be conducted at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash.

The Aging LGBTQ+ Community – Healthcare, Financial Planning and Long Term-Care
The University of North Dakota has created a list of resources that address the needs of the older LGBTQ community. The items on the list include guidance on mental and physical health disparities, long term care and financial planning, as well as general resources for the LGBTQ community.

HIV Surveillance Reports 
The CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention has published an updated HIV Surveillance Report, Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018, as well as a supplemental report, Estimated HIV Incidence and Prevalence in the United States 2014–2018. The reports include data on HIV incidence by race/ethnicity, particularly among Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx communities.

Videos Produced by Kids Across America’s Communities with Important Messages on Marijuana Prevention
Middle and high school students can play an important role in marijuana use prevention efforts. Watch the winning entries of the “420 Remix Counter-Ad PSA Contest” organized by the North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC).

*Back to Work Safely
The American industrial Hygiene Association features expert, industry-specific guidance for both businesses and consumers to safely re-open and re-engage as they emerge from the COVID-19 quarantines, including guidelines for libraries.

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