Professional development opportunities for data librarians and research data management are a great way to develop skills, network with other professionals, and gain new knowledge about your field. While most events are currently online, many groups that offer online events have offered in-person events and conferences in the past, and will hopefully do so again when they are able.
Here is a round-up of places to watch for announcements and information about professional development opportunities. Not all of these are specifically data-related, but may have topics that are relevant to data librarianship, data management, or data science. Many data librarians are also science librarians, so there is often an overlap in content and programming.
While events are being offered online many organizations are offering free or reduced cost programming, but this is not the case for all. Please check the announcements for specific events for more information.
- NER and NNLM – NER, the other regional NNLM offices, and the NNLM National Training office frequently offer webinars and other events. The training calendar is here.
- ACRL New England RDSIG – The Research Data Special Interest Group of ACRL New England offers events throughout the year. View a list of their events or join their mailing list on their website.
- RDAP – The Research Data Access and Preservation Association (RDAP) hosts an annual conference as well as webinars throughout the year. View webinar information here, or learn about the annual RDAP Summit.
- RDA – The Research Data Alliance hosts webinars and other educational opportunities throughout the year, along with an annual Plenary. The 2020 Plenary will be virtual this year. For more information: RDA | Research Data Sharing without barriers
- FORCE11 – The FORCE11 organization focuses on research communications and e-Scholarship. Many of their events have data management related components. They offer an annual conference, a scholarly communication institute, and more.
- DataOne – DataOne offers webinars, training, and self-guided learning materials.
Boot Camps are regional conferences for science librarians and may have data topics included. Some boot camps may have online events throughout the year, though their main conference is usually during the summer. Some events were either cancelled or virtual in 2020, keep an eye on their postings for information about 2021.
- Southeast Science Boot Camp
- New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians
- True North Science Boot Camp
- STEM Librarians South
- Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians
- The ACRL Science and Technology section has a LibGuide with information about most of the science bootcamps and other professional development opportunities.
- The #datalibs hashtag on twitter is very active. People share information about upcoming events, articles, and other topics relevant to data librarianship
- The Datalibs listserv offers announcements, calls for proposals, and opportunities for discussion on related topics. Subscribe here.
- The NER Staying Informed webpage also has more links to organizations, blogs, and other resources.
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Date: Tuesday, October 13
Time: 1 PM ET/12 PM CT
Description: The National Library of Medicine provides a variety of resources to locate the most up-to-date information on drugs. Part of the Health Sciences Libraries Webinar Series, this one-hour webinar designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists will provide an overview of locating relevant consumer and clinical drug information, as well as normalized names for clinical drugs. The session will include interactive audience participation with hands-on exercises, polls, and discussion.
The Health Sciences Libraries Webinar Series is a collaborative series intended to explore products and services provided by the National Library of Medicine through case studies. The HSL series aims to support the work of health sciences and hospital librarians as they serve their institutional communities. The webinars will explore NLM resources through real world examples provided by experienced librarians.
Registration: Registration is free and can be accessed through the NNLM class instance.
For additional information, please contact Liz Waltman.
“For I know that diversity is important, not based just on gender, or your race or ethnicity, but your unique experiences, your perspectives and solutions that you bring to the table. … Don’t shy away from your experiences, your challenges, your joys. Yes, they are wonderfully complicated, but they shape who you are.” ~Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine 
About 13 percent of the U.S. population identify as Black or African American, but only 5 percent of active physicians do. Eighteen percent of people list themselves as Hispanic or Latino while the representation among doctors is less than 6 percent.   In order to talk about diversity and equity in health care, we must also discuss diversity and equity in the medical profession.
For the month of October, the NNLM Reading Club recommends three memoirs that explore the personal experiences of physicians of color.
Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, traces the author’s journey from child in a Mexican village to migrant farmworker in California to brain surgeon and researcher. Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, looks at how both Black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. Finally, The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper, MD, recounts the experiences of an African American emergency room doctor amid personal struggles that include her history with an abusive father and racial conflict faced in the ER ward.
To learn more about these books and their authors and to find related information from the National Library of Medicine and other authoritative sources, visit NNLM Reading Club’s Racism and Health: Diversity in Medicine.
 Rappleye, E. (2018, June 4). Eight inspiring quotes from 2018 medical school graduation speeches. Retrieved September 28, 2020, from Becker’s Hospital Review.
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The Network of the National of Library of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the All of Us Research Program have expanded a partnership with SciStarter to support awareness of, and engagement in, citizen science projects that advance research on human and environmental health. A new, four-part public series of virtual events will provide accessible, bilingual resources to 1) introduce citizen science programs and hands-on projects to the public and 2) library staff and leaders from community-based organizations (CBOs) in bringing citizen science to their audiences.
The first hour of each online event is open to the public. The final half-hour will provide step-by-step instructions and links to resources to support library staff and leaders from community-based organizations (CBOs) seeking to facilitate citizen science programming for their audiences. Three Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credits are offered upon completion of the 90-minute program for eligible participants.
Turn your curiosity about health issues into impact with citizen science!
Live closed captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) will be available for each event.
RSVP for Events
Registration for all events is available at SciStarter.org/NLM:
- 9/30 at 2 PM ET | Citizen Science & Libraries: Advance Alzheimer’s Research Online Presentation and Q&A
- 10/21 at 2 PM ET | Citizen Science & Libraries: Fight Plastic Pollution Through Citizen Science Online Presentation and Q&A
- 11/18 at 2 PM ET | Citizen Science & Libraries: Create your own air quality sensor with CanAir.io
- 18 de noviembre a las 4 p.m., hora del este | ¡Crea tu propio sensor de calidad del aire con CanAir.io!
- 12/16 at 2 PM ET | Citizen Science & Libraries: Help Develop RNA-based Medicines Online Presentation and Q&A
SciStarter has collaborated with NNLM on Citizen Science Day in 2019, Citizen Science Month in 2020 and the Summer Reading Meets Citizen Science program in 2020. In a blog post about the Summer Reading Program, Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., director of NLM said, “Libraries serve as vital community hubs, and this collaboration presents a perfect opportunity to help the public understand how health research impacts all of us. Working with our vast network of public libraries, we hope to contribute to medical breakthroughs that may lead to more tailored disease prevention and treatment solutions for generations to come.”
Libraries are quickly becoming community hubs for citizen science. These online events fit well with the mission to use libraries to strengthen communities and transform lives through education and lifelong learning.
Offering a safe and healthy environment is a top priority for public libraries as they pivot their services to address the health concerns posed by COVID-19. Many libraries are not able to open their doors to large gatherings making this fall event programming more valuable than ever.
There are many ways for anyone who is curious or concerned about local or global issues to engage.
To get started, go to SciStarter.org/NLM to:
- Sign up for a free SciStarter account
- Access the free, “Introduction to Citizen Science” online, self-guided tutorial in English and Spanish
- Review and participate in any of the featured projects
- Explore health resources from NNLM and All of Us
- Select one or more of the free virtual events to tune into and register. Then, tune in and engage!
Are you a library staff member or leader from a community-based organizations (CBO) who is interested in co-hosting a virtual event with SciStarter and NNLM in the coming months? Opportunities are still available! Sign up for email updates and come to office hours: CitizenScienceMonth.org/MailingList
For other health programming ideas, visit the NNLM Citizen Science Website.
To learn more about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the CDC Coronavirus site.About the Partners
SciStarter.org is the place to find, join, and contribute to science by providing people access to more than 3,000 searchable formal and informal research projects, events, and tools. SciStarter also offers a coordinated place to earn credit for your contributions across projects and platforms. More than 100,000 global citizen scientists are registered members of the SciStarter community.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) operates the Training and Education Center (TEC) to support the All of Us Research Program. Training and educational materials are targeted to key audiences using a Team Science framework, highlighting NLM and National Institutes of Health (NIH) resources and using the expertise of national partners. The TEC collaborates with NNLM’s Community Engagement Network (CEN). The CEN focuses on NNLM’s mission to improve the public’s access to health information and provide awareness of All of Us to communities that are underrepresented in biomedical research by partnering with libraries across the United States. The CEN is designed to leverage the mission of the NNLM to help libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users. The All of Us Research Program has a simple goal: for one million or more people to share health information for research. In the future, researchers can use this data to conduct thousands of health studies.
Written by Michael Balkenhol, Health Programming Coordinator, for the Fall 2020 edition of The MAReport quarterly newsletter.
Please join the NNLM in celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month! To celebrate, we have a contest for YOU to have fun with health literacy and win a prize. Special thanks to our colleagues in the Southeastern Atlantic Region for allowing us to adapt this event for our Pacific Southwest members.
Who Can Participate?
Any NNLM PSR members affiliated individually or organizationally are welcome to participate.
Not a member yet and want to join? Sign up here!
What Do I Have to Do?
For the month of October, we want you to share with us health memes, created by YOU! Here’s how you can create one:
- Select one of the images below or use public domain/reuse-free image to start your meme. Image sources include Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons, Unsplash, Creative Commons Search, or NLM’s Digital Collections.
- Twitter images should be a width/height: minimum 600 x 335 pixels to maximum 1200 x 675. The aspect ratio should be 16:9 with a maximum image size of 15mb for Twitter.
- Facebook images should be at a maximum 1200 x 630 pixels.
- Create your health meme. You can use a free service such as imgflip to create your meme.
Every submission will be entered into a lottery and three (3) winners will be randomly chosen the first week of November. Each individual can submit up to THREE different health themed memes to increase your chance at winning. Start NOW and submit through October 31st!
Looking for Inspiration?
Feel free to use one of these reuse-free images to create a health meme:
How Should I Share My Meme?
- Post your tweet/FB post publicly. Tag your organization and NNLM PSR and add #NNLMPSRmeme so we can find and reshare your post.
- Follow us on Facebook or like us on Twitter to see other submissions and our winners announcement
- Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your Health Meme to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will share it on our accounts and credit you with your submission.
- Please note that by submitting an entry, you are giving us permission to freely share your post on our accounts with stated credit to you.
What Do I Get?
All Pacific Southwest Region participants will be entered into a drawing to receive funding for a continuing education opportunity related to health information. Possible prizes include:
- One individual registration for The Inclusive Manager’s Toolkit, a 10-week online course for anyone in a formal or informal leadership or managerial role who wants to have inclusive and practical tools for maximizing workforce performance.
- A Medical Library Association Continuing Education Passport, which gives you access to over 60 recorded webinars and self-paced courses on instruction, systematic reviews, data management, research trends, and more.
- A book bundle featuring selected fiction and non-fiction titles from NNLM’s Reading Club on topics such as digital health literacy, heart health, LGBTQ health, and more.
- Certification fees for professional specializations—ex. Disaster Information Specialization (MLA), Certified Health Education Specialization (NCHEC)
- Registration/tuition fees for a health info-related conference, course, or other CE opportunity agreed upon with NNLM PSR staff
Whatever you select, registration must be completed by March 31, 2021.
When Will Winners Be Announced?
We will draw for three winners the first week of November. Winners will be notified via social media, and we’ll share the name of our award winners on social media! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you don’t miss out on anything.
Thank you for all you do to promote health literacy in the PSR region – Keep up the great work!
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We still have some spots available for the Library Marketing Professional Development Award. Check out the website for more information at https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding.
The Library Marketing Professional Development Award supports librarians or library staff of MCR member institutions to attend the Library Marketing & Communications Conference which will be held online November 4-6, 2020. In addition to attending the conference, the award recipients will also receive individual coaching and mentoring for the duration of the award period in the area of library engagement.
We will close the funding award on September 30th so please apply soon so that we can quickly review applications.
This funding opportunity is available to all MCR member institutions located in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.
Please join the NNLM in celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month. To celebrate, we’re hosting a Meme Contest!
Who Can Participate?
All NNLM SEA members – if you’re not a member and wish to join, you can do so here.
What Do I Have to Do?
For the month of October, we want you to share health memes, created by YOU! Here’s how you can create one:
- Select one of the images below or use a free stock image from Pixabay, Unsplash, or other source.
- No copyrighted images will be accepted.
- Twitter images should be a width/height: minimum 600 x 335 pixels to maximum 1200 x 675 pixels. The aspect ratio should be 16:9 with a maximum image size of 15mb for Twitter.
- Facebook images should be at a maximum 1200 x 630 pixels.
- Create your health meme. You can use a free service such as imgflip to create your meme.
- Please make sure your memes are appropriate and respectful.
- Any determined to be inappropriate will be removed.
Names of players will be entered into a lottery for a prize listed below. Each individual can submit THREE different health themed memes to get three chances at winning! Start NOW and submit through October 31st!
Looking for Inspiration?
Feel free to use one of these images to create a health meme if you are unable to find a free image:
How Should I Share My Meme?
- Start sharing now until October 31st via your Twitter of Facebook accounts.
- Make sure that your post is “viewable for the public” so that we can see your submission.
- Be sure to tag @NNLMSEA on Facebook or Twitter and include #NNLMmeme in your post.
- We’ll reshare your post so that others can see your creativity!
- Tag your library or organization too in your social media post!
Don’t want to use your own social media account? E-mail your Health Meme to Liz Waltman directly who will share it on our Social Media account and credit you with your submission.
What Do I Get?
If you’re in the SEA region, you will be entered into a drawing and can select one of the following continuing education opportunities:
- Take The Inclusive Manager’s Toolkit, a 10-week online course for anyone in a formal or informal leadership or managerial role who wants to have inclusive and practical tools for maximizing workforce performance.
- Have the administrative fees covered to host Library Carpentry Workshops, a program designed to build software and data skills within library and information-related communities to empower people to use software and data in their own work.
- You can receive free conference registration or continuing education opportunity (virtual or in-person) of your choice up to $1,500 for one person.
Whatever you select, registration must be completed by March 31, 2021.
When Will Winners Be Announced?
We will draw a winner the first week of November. Winners will be notified by e-mail and we’ll share the name of our award winner on social media!
Thank you for all you do to promote health literacy in the SEA region – Keep up the great work!
Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *In the Dragonfly:
*Announcing *new* NNLM PNR Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Health Information Outreach
The NNLM PNR is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a *new* COVID-19 Health Information Outreach Award. Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are eligible to receive up to $15,000 to pilot and/or develop programs that address community health needs resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic. If you plan to submit a proposal, please email a brief statement of intent no later than Friday, October 16. Deadline to apply is October 30…read the blog post for more information
October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!
Please join the NNLM in celebrating Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month! Learn more about a contest and prizes we have for YOU to celebrate
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 clases and create a free account
PubMed Central®: Join the NNLM Resource Picks session focusing on PubMed Central. PubMed Central (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). September 30 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
25 Years of Occupational Safety and Health in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing: The Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education: Year after year, agriculture ranks among the most hazardous work sectors in the U.S. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed an extensive agricultural safety and health program to address the high risks of injuries and illnesses experienced by workers and families in agriculture. Through cooperative agreements, NIOSH supports extramural research and prevention programs at university centers in 10 states. The SW Ag Center was created at the University of Texas Health Science Center. This presentation will give an overview of the SW Ag Center and a history of the research and outreach undertaken over the last 25 years. October 14 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Environmental Justice & Community-Engaged Research in Communities of Color: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and low-wealth communities have been shown to host disproportionate numbers of environmental hazards and Locally Undesirable Land Uses (LULUs) including landfills, incinerators, petrochemical operations, refineries, industrial animal operations, among other uses. This proportionate burden is known as environmental injustice which is caused by racism embedded in our social, economic, planning, and environmental policies. In this presentation, the speaker will talk about how community-engaged research approaches including community-university partnerships, public science, citizen science, and community-owned and managed research (COMR) can be used to study and address these issues. October 20 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Rural Health Resources: This webinar will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. We will explore websites from the National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Rural Health Information Hub and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. November 19 at 11:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Better On The Outside After Being Inside – Improving Health Literacy and Self-Care For Incarcerated Persons: This presentation describes findings from an Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities project, funded by the National Library of Medicine. The project aims to engage justice-involved individuals with health education to enhance their knowledge and use of health services and resources. This project won the Frank Bradway Rogers Health Information Advancement Award from the Medical Library Association in 2020. Join the PNR Rendezvous session to learn more about this award winning project. December 9 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.
Racial Healing for Ourselves, Our Communities and Our Future: Attend webinar #4 in the American Public Health Association’s Advancing Racial Equity webinar series. September 29 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT. Register
*Collections and Facilities: Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19: Join the WebJunction webinar from the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project to hear how some organizations are implementing policies and procedures around the use of these various treatments and considerations that could inform your own local decisions. You’ll also hear an update on REALM testing efforts and the development of project resources. October 8 at 12:00 p.m. PT. RegisterNews from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:
The NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for short-term outreach projects that focus on bringing HIV/AIDS health information resources to consumers. Awarded projects will start on November 9, 2020 and run through April 30, 2021. The maximum funding per award is $16,593.50. The application due date is October 30, 2020
New central webpage with information about NLM Traveling Exhibitions, Get Involved: Host NLM Traveling Exhibitions, with information on programming ideas and how to apply including the 2 new exhibits, Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health and This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities, these will be available to apply starting October 13
Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:
- Hazards During Cleanup Work Following Wildfires
- Opioid Addiction – Incarceration Pipeline: A National Health Crisis Compounded in Rural Areas
- *Topic Collection: COVID-19 and Community and Faith-Based Organizations Resources for Operating in a COVID-19 Environment
- *Topic Collection: COVID-19 and Institutions of Higher Education (IHE): Resources for Operating IHEs in a COVID-19 Environment
- *Topic Collection: COVID-19 and K-12 Schools: Resources for Operating K-12 Schools in a COVID-19 Environment
- *Topic Collection: COVID-19 and Minority/Vulnerable Populations: Resources for Outreach and Protection of At-Risk Individuals in a COVID-19 Environment
National Hispanic Heritage Month
It is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and histories of the Hispanic and Latino communities. During this observance, HRSA shines a light on the generosity of Hispanic and Latino organ donors, and the lives saved by their selfless gifts. We also raise awareness of the more than 22,000 Hispanics and Latinos waiting for a life-saving organ. The success of a transplant is often greater when organs are matched between people of the same racial or ethnic background. So, the more of us who register, the better the chance that those on the waiting list will find the right match. Share the gift of life during National Hispanic Heritage Month by joining the 165 million people in the U.S. who have already signed up to be organ, eye, and tissue donors. To sign up, visit organdonor.gov or donaciondeorganos.gov.
*Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities. Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Grants will be awarded in two waves in 2020 and 2021. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 2, 2020.
APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series: Discussion Guide (Part I)
The American Public Health Association now has a discussion guide to accompany their Advancing Racial Equity webinar series to help use the webinars to initiate or deepen anti-racism efforts in your organizations, schools and communities.
- a summary of each webinar
- pre-webinar reflection questions
- post-webinar discussion questions
- an activity
- resources for each webinar
Learn more about both the webinar series and the guide on the APHA website
Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit
This toolkit compiles emerging practices and resources to support rural communities seeking to build community paramedicine and mobile integrated health programs across the United States. This toolkit presents practical strategies that can help rural communities build successful community paramedicine programs. In particular, it focuses on existing programs that have successfully provided rural community paramedicine services. It also offers guidance for implementation, evaluation, dissemination, and sustainability.
FDA’s Food and Cosmetics Information Center Answers Your Questions
FDA’s Food and Cosmetic Information Center (FCIC) answers questions about nutrition and the safety and labeling of food, dietary supplements and cosmetics.
*‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids with Autism Learn to Wear Face Masks
Sesame Street’ is working to help kids with autism adapt to wearing face masks and other realities of living through a pandemic” with an online initiative featuring muppet Julia, who has autism. A series of videos shows “Julia going on a virtual playdate with Elmo, practicing wearing a face mask during a video call with her dad and learning to deal with changes as she visits the park for the first time in a long time. Read the Disability Scoop article for more information
*Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused healthcare providers to change how they operate to continue to provide essential services to patients. Ensuring immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of respiratory illness during the upcoming influenza season. Visit the CDC website for more information
*COVID-19 Fact Sheets in multiple languages
The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project, in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing, has created COVID-19 Fact Sheets in over thirty languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Amharic and more.
Health Campaign: The Race to 200M
The American Nurses Association and Sanofi Pasteur Race to 200M campaign is designed to ignite urgency around flu vaccination, especially among the 200 million Americans at most risk for the complications of flu: people over the age of 50 and people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes. The campaign emphasizes the importance of helping to protect against flu during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Be an Advocate for Health Literacy on Wikipedia: Join our Fall Edit-a-thon focused on Maternal and Child Health!
What are the benefits of flossing twice a day? When should I take this new prescription from my doctor? How does an HIV screening test work? Who do I ask for help about my anxiety?
Each day, people make decisions about their health. While many of us can rely on health professionals and systems dedicated to our care, our own health literacy is a powerful tool for everyday healthy living and advocacy. The Health Resources & Services Administration defines health literacy as, “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions.” With the influx of health information these days, health literacy, including equitable access to health literacy development, is more important than ever.
We invite you to celebrate Health Literacy Month with us by improving access to health information on Wikipedia, one of the world’s most popular resources for crowdsourced health information. Whether it’s double-checking sources or adding new content, there are lots of ways you can help make health information on Wikipedia better for all users. Here are a few ways to join in:
- Join our #citeNLM Edit-a-thon Fall Campaign! Help us improve Maternal and Child Health content on Wikipedia throughout October. Follow the steps on our Edit-a-thon homepage to sign up and get started. We even include training materials, so folks of all Wiki editing skills can participate. This is a great way to sharpen your information literacy skills and even find good examples to share with your users.
- Want to edit with some colleagues? Join our live editing event on October 29th, 10a-12p PDT and learn on the spot how to edit with Wikipedians of all levels.
- Not so sure about health information on Wikipedia to begin with? Sign up for our free webinar, “Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia,” presented on October 14th at 11a PDT. Learn from Dr. Monika S. Jones, digital culture studies expert, about how health information works on Wikipedia and strategies for evaluating its many health-related articles.
Is your organization celebrating Health Literacy Month in other ways? Interested in facilitating an Edit-a-thon at your own institution? We want to hear from you! Tag us on Facebook or Twitter, or email me at email@example.com to share what you’ve been doing.
The events and resources mentioned in this blog post are coordinated by NNLM staff across our eight regions and NLM’s Office of Engagement and Training.
Want to join in on all our Wiki fun and not yet an NNLM PSR member? Join us today! Thank you for all that you do and happy editing!
As part of the NNLM Student Engagement Initiative, the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR) librarians are excited to announce the first professional development award dedicated to Library and Information Science (LIS) students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC). The NNLM, made up of eight different regions across the U.S., aims to serve these populations with equal access to health information and promoting a workforce representative of them is one way to reach this goal.
This program aims to help students meet the following objectives:
- introduce the student to medical librarianship and explore areas of interest,
- prepare them to work in a health sciences library, and
- provide them with tools to navigate the complexities and issues of working as BIPOC in a primarily white institution.
The award will pair the student in an ALA-accredited program with a BIPOC librarian working in a health sciences position or providing health information. The award provides up to $2,000 for students to participate in meetings, conference sessions, conduct a research project, and other activities designed for them to learn the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by health sciences librarians. The goal of the award is to promote awareness of health sciences librarianship to LIS students who may not be familiar with the field or conducting research within it. Students will participate in the program from Fall 2020 until no later than April 30, 2021.
The PSR are also seeking BIPOC librarians to participate in the program as well. We invite people from a variety of backgrounds and different types of health science libraries to share their stories as a BIPOC, challenges, and what they love most about being medical librarians. All librarian participants will be compensated up to $300; please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join and/or have suggestions.
The PSR librarians created an ongoing list of references and resources, which include:
- Where are All the Librarians of Color? The Experiences of People of Color in Academia, edited by Rebecca Hankins and Miguel Juarez. Sacramento, Library Juice Press, 2015.
- Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success, edited by Shannon D. Jones and Beverly Murphy. Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.
- Microaggressions in Librarianship blog
For more information and the application form, please refer to the Funding Opportunities listing for BIPOC LIS Students Professional Development Award. Completed applications are due on Friday, October 16th at 11:59p PDT.
Interested LIS students, please email your complete application or send any questions to email@example.com.
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Recordings for the NNLM PSR Subawards Webinar & Research Data Management (RDM) Webinar Series Now Available!
On September 22, 2020, NNLM PSR hosted a special funding webinar, NNLM PSR Subawards: Guidelines, Resources, and Answers! . This webinar welcomed awarded project liaisons to the 2020-2021 NNLM PSR subaward program, going over some key points in subaward guidelines, demonstrating the DRS data reporting system, providing an overview of some of the resources NNLM PSR offers for subawardees, and answering any questions subawardees have for NNLM staff. To view the webinar, visit the NNLM PSR YouTube playlist or click on the YouTube video player below.
On September 24, 2020, the NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) Webinar Series presented, Operationalizing the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance in Research Data Management, with speaker, Stephanie R. Carroll, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. This webinar focuses on the CARE Principles and identifies practical tools for implementing the CARE Principles alongside the FAIR Principles in the context of the open science and open data environments. This webinar may be of interest to those working with Indigenous data or collections, as well as metadata librarians and those interested in open access policies and managing institutional repository. To view the webinar, visit the NNLM Research Data Management YouTube playlist, or play the video below.
On October 1, 2020, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will retire the previously stand-alone websites, Genetics Home Reference, HealthReach and ToxTown, and move most of the content to MedlinePlus, NLM’s flagship website for health information for patients, families, and the general public. This change is part of NLM’s initiative to align and consolidate the Library’s consumer health information to make it easier for online health information seekers to find and navigate trusted health information from NLM.
Genetics Home Reference
As noted in the NLM Technical Bulletin article, information from the Genetics Home Reference website is now available in a new topic section called MedlinePlus Genetics. The topic page includes information on more than 1300 genetic conditions, 1475 genes, all of the human chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). There you will also find the Help Me Understand Genetics primer, which offers a basic explanation of how genes work and how mutations cause disorders, as well as current information about genetic testing, gene therapy, genetics research, and precision medicine. As knowledge of the genetic basis of diseases steadily increases and genetic testing becomes more prevalent, MedlinePlus will continue to produce reliable genetic disease information. The URLs for Genetics Home Reference content that has been integrated will redirect to the corresponding pages on MedlinePlus. Additionally, selected information from Genetics Home Reference will be available via data files and API, and via MedlinePlus Connect.
Additional information is available on the MedlinePlus is the New Home of Genetics Home Reference page.
Most material previously available at HealthReach will become accessible via MedlinePlus. Established in 2007 as the Refugee Health Information Network, HealthReach has provided access to free, high-quality multilingual consumer health information resources for those providing services to individuals with limited English proficiency. HealthReach users are invited to explore health information in multiple languages on MedlinePlus:
Tox Town offered high quality consumer-level non-technical information about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health. NLM invites users to visit topics related to environmental health, safety, and toxicology on MedlinePlus. Also, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) offers related resources that may be of interest:
Other News related to MedlinePlus
A new topic has been added to MedlinePlus: Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing. This page underscores the importance of regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects and washing your hands often to avoid becoming infected by germs.
The AIDSource website was discontinued on September 14, 2020 and will transition to the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR). After the transfer, content can be accessed at https://hivinfo.nih.gov/ and https://clinicalinfo.hiv.gov/. NLM will temporarily host a page on the aids.nlm.nih.gov domain directing users to access AIDSource content at these new URLs. NLM recommends that users update their browser’s bookmarks. Also, users are invited to visit topics related to MedlinePlus topic page, HIV/AIDS, available in on MedlinePlus, available in English and Spanish.
On the horizon, NLM will also retire Pillbox on January 29, 2021. This includes the Pillbox drug identification and search websites as well as production of the Pillbox dataset, image library, and application programming interfaces (APIs). Pillbox’s final data and image update will continue to be available as static files to support research, development, and education. These files will not be updated and should not be used for pill identification. MedlinePlus Drugs, Herbs and Supplements is a trustworthy source of consumer-focused drug information and DailyMed continues to provide the FDA drug label (package insert) for all marketed drugs in the United States. Please note, these resources do not provide pill identification.
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The NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for short-term outreach projects that focus on bringing HIV/AIDS health information resources to consumers. Awarded projects will start on November 9, 2020 and run through April 30, 2021. The maximum funding per award is $16,593.50. The application due date is October 30, 2020.
Community-based organizations (CBOs), community health centers, public libraries, and other organizations working with people living with HIV are encouraged to apply. Projects must include some aspect of broaden access to and awareness of HIV/AIDS health information resources throughout the United States. This can be achieved through educational programming, training programs, and the use of technology.
Organization applying for this award must be NNLM members. Membership is free. Please refer to the RFP for detailed information about NNLM membership, the online application process, and information required for the project proposal and budget. (https://nnlm.gov/nacc/funding). Applications must be submitted through the NNLM online application system.
Please feel free to contact Penny Glassman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the award, your application, the submission process, or the deadline. We are happy to review any drafts or answer questions related to your project or application.
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As announced earlier this year in the NLM Technical Bulletin “New Library Services Platform to Support Library Operations” NLM is migrating from Voyager to Alma, and from LocatorPlus to PrimoVE. This migration aligns with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Strategic Plan 2017-2027 to modernize infrastructure, consolidate systems, and streamline workflows. NLM is also investigating the use of the NLM Catalog, which shares many features with LocatorPlus.
If you are a regular user of the NLM Catalog and are familiar with many of its features, we invite you to participate in a short survey to help us determine the important features that are used frequently in the NLM Catalog. This survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete.
The survey will close after 200 responses have been received.
Please contact Jennifer Diffin, Head, Library Technology Services Section, (email@example.com) with questions.
The NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center (NACC) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for short-term outreach projects that focus on bringing HIV/AIDS health information resources to consumers. Awarded projects will start on November 9th and run through April 30, 2021. The maximun funding award is $16,595.50. The application due date is October 30, 2020.
Community-based organizations (CBOs), community health centers, public libraries, and other organizations working with people living with HIV are encouraged to apply. Projects must include some aspect of broaden access to and awareness of HIV/AIDS health information resources. This can be achieved through educational programing, training programs, and the use of technology … read more