The National Library of Medicine has announced the future plans of its 2018-2019 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program provides associates with a broad foundation in health sciences information services and prepares librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows recently ended the first year of their fellowship. Three will continue for second year fellowships at health sciences libraries in the United States: at Lane Medical Library, Stanford University; Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado, and at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan. Two of the Associate Fellows will take positions at libraries in the Washington DC area: one at the National Agricultural Library and one at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Stacy Brody will provide reference and website support for the Rural Information Center, Alternative Farming, and Natural Resources in the Information and Customer Service Branch at the National Agricultural Library. As a first-year NLM Associate Fellow, she developed planning and marketing materials for the biannual #citeNLM Wikipedia edit-a-thon, analyzed open science and data science policies, tracked policy and legislative news, and developed a scoping review protocol for mapping the uses of the Unified Medical Language System in research. She also worked on group projects examining computational reproducibility of NLM-funded research and executing a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to promote the visibility of women in library and information science.
Ms. Brody received her MI from Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information Science. She gained experience in academic libraries at the Rutgers University Libraries, providing information literacy instruction, research assistance, and pop-up reference services. She also worked at the Monmouth County Library, a public library system in her home state of New Jersey. She holds her BS in agriculture and plant science from Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
Sarah Clarke will be employed as a Medical Librarian at the Darnall Medical Library at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she will support evidence-based practice and research, provide reference and instruction, and assist in collection development and electronic access. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she evaluated bibliographic records in the Disaster Lit database using the MeSH on Demand tool to determine potential inclusion of controlled vocabulary as metadata to improve user discoverability of grey literature; interviewed organizational partners to determine data sharing barriers during infectious disease outbreaks and explored achievable goals librarians can implement to advance crisis response; and participated in the planning and post-assessment of the NLM workshop, Developing the Librarian Workforce for Data Science and Open Science.
Ms. Clarke received her MSLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She was previously employed as a librarian at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), where she provided reference support, performed literature searches, and delivered interlibrary loan requests. Prior to that, she worked at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Office of Research Protections where she worked on projects tracking human use protocols and managed the Volunteer Registry Database System. Ms. Clarke is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has a Disaster Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland University College.
Amelia Llorens will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at Stanford’s Lane Medical Library working with the Research & Instruction team to provide research support through literature search services and instructional sessions. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she assessed the Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians online training course, researched best practices to create an infographic helping MedlinePlus users evaluate online health information, and created visualizations of MEDLINE and PubMed Central application data. She also worked on a group project with other Associate Fellows examining author practices related to computational reproducibility and journal data and code sharing policies.
Ms. Llorens received her MSIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. While completing her degree, she worked as Serials Intern and later as Monographs Intern at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, where she selected collection items for preservation and assisted with technical services. She spent her final semester of her MSIS working at the Dell Medical School Library creating online instructional materials and teaching instructional sessions. She holds a BA in women’s and gender studies from Carleton College.
Cecelia Vetter will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the University of Colorado Strauss Health Sciences Library teaching information literacy, designing assessment materials, and assisting with a course in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she designed and co-taught a workshop to school nurses on PubMed literature searching, created visualizations of MEDLINE and PubMed Central application data, and updated exhibit websites for the History of Medicine Division. She also participated in the Associate Fellow group project examining the computational reproducibility of research funded by NLM Extramural Programs.
Ms. Vetter received her MLIS from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a Research and Teaching Fellow studying pedagogy and providing information literacy instruction. While completing her degree, she worked at the UMD Special Collections and University Archives teaching primary source information literacy and held a summer internship at the Smithsonian Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. She holds a BA in art history and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Paije Wilson will complete her second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library, where she will conduct projects focusing on scientific communication and precision health. As a first-year Associate Fellow, she conducted research on the discoverability, accessibility, and availability of full clinical trial protocols; evaluated the discoverability of trials information on a subset of clinical trials data sharing platforms; and completed a project and presented a conference poster defining and describing data licensing policies, data sharing and use agreements, and other intellectual property frontiers in select NIH data repositories. She also participated in the Associate Fellow group project examining the computational reproducibility of research funded by NLM Extramural Programs.
Ms. Wilson received her MLIS from the University of Iowa. While completing her degree, she worked at the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library and the Spirit Lake Public Library and was a mentee at the University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. She holds a BA in English and a minor in Biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
The NIH All of Us Research Program has awarded $4.6 million in initial funding to Color, a health technology company in Burlingame, CA, to establish the program’s nationwide genetic counseling resource. With the goal of speeding up health research breakthroughs, All of Us plans to sequence the genomes of 1 million participants from diverse communities across the United States. Through this funding, Color’s network of genetic counselors will help participants understand what the genomic testing results mean for their health and their families. As one of the most ambitious research programs in history, the All of Us Research Program aims to create the largest and most diverse health research resource of its kind. Participants from all parts of the country share health information over time through surveys, electronic health records and more. Some participants also are invited to contribute blood and urine samples for analysis. Researchers will be able to use this data to learn more about how biology, behavior, and environment influence health and disease, which may lead to discoveries on how to further individualize health care in the future.
Over time, the program anticipates providing several kinds of information to participants, including: information on ancestry and traits, drug-gene interactions (pharmacogenomics) and genetic findings connected with high risk of certain diseases. Genomic results from All of Us, although produced at a high quality in specially certified labs, should be confirmed by a health care provider before a participant makes any changes to their care. The pharmacogenomic information may help participants work with their health care teams more effectively to make choices about certain prescription drugs. Genetic findings tied to 59 genes associated with risk of specific diseases, like breast cancer or heart disease, for which there are established medical guidelines for treatment or prevention will also be returned to participants. To ensure that the program uses the most current knowledge in the fast-moving field of clinical genetics, All of Us is following guidance from professional organizations such as the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium.
As health-related information is made available, all participants will have access to genetic counseling services from Color. A small percentage of people will have DNA results, such as a variation in the breast cancer gene BRCA1, that may be important for treatment or screening. This information can also be valuable to their immediate family members who may share the same genetic variant. For All of Us, that could amount to tens of thousands of participants out of its eventual 1 million. Color will deliver the results to these participants in genetic counseling sessions, highlighting any important findings they may want to discuss with a health care provider.
Color will offer educational materials and telecounseling in multiple languages, as well as access to in-house licensed clinical pharmacists who can help participants have more effective conversations with their health care providers. Genetic counselors will also be able to help connect participants to health care providers who can address their particular health risks. To help guide its genetic counseling services, Color’s steering committee is led by Amy Sturm, M.S., CGC, LGC, president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. It also includes leadership of the American Board of Genetic Counseling. The steering committee will help ensure that Color delivers top-quality genetic counseling and serves as a platform for training future generations of genetic counselors. Color has built software and digital tools that remove traditional barriers to genetic counseling and clinical genetic testing. It has conducted more than 15,000 genetic counseling sessions to help people across the country understand their DNA information. For an overview of the outputs that Color will provide, watch this 90-second YouTube video featuring Eric Dishman, Director of the NIH All of Us Research Program.
The recording of the August 2019 “What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling” webinar is now available. This session is part of the NNLM Research Data Management webinar series, a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. In this session, Nancy Shin, NNLM PNR’s Research and Data Coordinator, provides an one-hour introductory on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Nancy covers the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. To view the webinar, click on the YouTube player below.
It is with great sadness to share the news of the passing of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., who served as the Director of the National Library of Medicine for more than 30 years. He was one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and continued his service as Director Emeritus of NLM after his retirement in March 2015. Because of his pioneering work in applying computer technology to biomedical research and health information, he is considered by many to be the country’s senior statesman for computers and medicine. Dr. Lindberg died on August 16 following a fall; he was 86.
When he joined NLM as Director in 1984, Dr. Lindberg predicted that computers would become increasingly useful in biomedical research and patient care, medical informatics would emerge as a formal research field and academic discipline, and progress in cancer research and molecular biology would become a matter of immediate personal concern. A consummate planner, he took a long view by developing long-range plans for NLM that helped him deliver on his predictions. Under his leadership, NLM embraced the Internet, enabling the public, health providers, and scientists gain new or improved access to medical literature via PubMed and PubMed Central; clinical trials and their results via ClinicalTrials.gov; and consumer health information via MedlinePlus. He played an integral role in the establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of NLM that provides access to biomedical and genomic information. He also served as the first director of the government-wide Office of High-Performance Computing and Communications.
Dr. Lindberg was incredibly well read, in medicine and beyond. A discussion about one of NLM’s many products and services would inevitably be informed by insight from the latest book he was reading about history, sailing, or the latest medical breakthrough. His thirst for knowledge made him ideally suited to lead the largest biomedical library in the world. Dr. Lindberg came to NLM after a distinguished career at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a pioneer in applying computer technology to health care. Trained as a pathologist, he reinvented himself to become a leader in the use of computers in medicine. He helped establish the American Medical Informatics Association and became its founding president. He made notable global contributions to information and computer science activities for information used in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. The Medical Library Association (MLA) awarded Dr. Lindberg Honorary Membership in 2013 and established the Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship in 2003. His MLA oral history was published in 2016.
Dr. Lindberg created programs that changed fundamentally the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed. He will be remembered for his outstanding leadership, his vision and passion for transforming access to medical information, and as a civil servant who was committed to excellence, transparency, integrity, and public trust.
The NNLM Training Office recently announced a new online, on demand, training opportunity: MedlinePlus for Public Librarians.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health web resource for the public on all things health and medical related. Need information on a disease or condition? A drug, herb or supplement? A medical or diagnostic test? A healthy recipe? Health information in another language? MedlinePlus has you and your library patrons covered. Produced by the National Library of Medicine and written for the general public, MedlinePlus offers trusted, current and ad-free health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
The MedlinePlus for Public Librarians class is a free, one-hour interactive tutorial that helps you deep-mine the depth and breadth of information found on this key resource so you can provide your patrons with solid health and medical information. The class is eligible for the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization and approved for one (1) continuing education credit. Upon completing the tutorial, you may print a certificate of completion. And, because this tutorial is on demand, it’s available 24/7 – just like MedlinePlus!
Please note the following content disclaimer for the course issued by the NNLM Training Office (NTO): “MedlinePlus is always updating! Some content may have changed since the publication of this tutorial. Subscribe to the MyMedlinePlus Weekly Newsletter to stay informed, or contact the NTO with questions.”
A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. Bioinformatics research advances in such areas as gene therapy, personalized medicine, drug discovery, the inherited basis of complex diseases influenced by multiple gene/environmental interactions, and the identification of the molecular targets for environmental mutagens and carcinogens have wide ranging implications for the medical and consumer health sectors (Rein, 2006). Register for this one-hour webinar on Wednesday, September 4, 11:00AM – 12:00PM PDT, presented by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information to hear reflections on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.
Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.
Kumru E. Kastro, MS, MI is the Liaison Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, and first-year Engineering at Drexel University. Kumru is responsible for building library collections and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students.
Elliott Smith, MLIS is the Emerging Technologies & Bioinformatics Librarian at UC Berkeley, where he currently supports the students and faculty of the Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Integrative Biology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
Jean-Paul Courneya, MS, is a bioinformationist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library. JP is the information resource specialist for biotechnology, bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, next-gen sequencing, molecular and cell biology bench research, and data management for research.
Get ready for a new PubMed!
Register for this webinar on Tuesday, September 17, 8:00 – 9:00am PDT, designed for librarians and other information professionals, to see a preview of the new and modern PubMed with updated features, including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You will also learn about features that are still under development and find out how to give feedback on the new system. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020. This webinar will be repeated for several sessions so that all questions are answered. You only need to sign up for one session.
Hello Everyone! I’m Keisha Williams, the new Office Manager for the NNLM PSR. I’ll be coordinating the office workflow for the region.Keisha Williams
My background is in the fast-paced travel healthcare industry where I worked in the housing capacity as a team lead and in credentialing as a specialist. In my housing role I oversaw the daily functions of the housing specialist team, ensuring that our travel healthcare professionals had housing established in various and often remote locations all over the country. We serviced all of their travel and housing needs so the only concern for the travelers was to pack a suitcase, travel and arrive at work without the daunting tasks of relocating. After working in housing for several years, I moved into the credentialing side of travel healthcare. I worked very closely with the travel healthcare professionals to ensure all the facility and state credential requirements were met prior to their start.
More recently I worked within the entertainment industry for a talent agency in the contract administration department. I performed client data management and contract administration ensuring that buyers were meeting their contractual obligations to the clients. Working in this capacity I participated in several volunteer outreach opportunities and realized I wanted to do work that was more in service to the public and meaningful to me personally, as healthcare education very much is.
I’m very excited for my new role as Office Manager with NNLM Pacific Southwest Region. As I am new to the UC system my main focuses are to master the various systems, learn the UCLA policies and procedures, support the training and outreach team, and take care of the office’s accounting and operational needs. Additional fun tidbits about me include a BA in Cinema and Television Arts. I love the art of storytelling, visually and written. I’m currently all in to The Handmaids Tale; that’s my must-watch TV! My creative outlet is writing. I’m a mom to two daughters whom I adore. I’m originally from San Diego so authentic Mexican food is my vice and fills my soul with comfort.
I look forward to working with you all and learning even more about the NNLM and how I can support the organization. Please feel free to reach out and give me a shout!
Ciao for now!
Users can now use filters to narrow search results in PubMed Labs by article type, text availability, publication date, species, language, sex, subject, journal category, and age. The most popular filters are included on the sidebar by default. To apply a filter, run a search and click on the checkbox next to the filter name. A checkmark will appear next to the selected filters. To display additional filters, click on the “Additional filters” button near the bottom of the page. A pop-up menu will appear showing the available filters for each category: article type, species, language, sex, subject, journal, and age.
To add items to the Filters menu:
- Choose a category on the left (Article Type, Species, etc.).
- Within each category select the desired filters to add to your Filters menu.
- Click Apply to add the selected filters to the sidebar menu and close the pop-up.
- To apply a filter to your search, click on the filter name in the menu.
More information about filters:
- When filters are selected, a “Filters applied” message will display above your results and on the Advanced Search page.
- Click an applied filter to turn it off.
- To turn off all applied filters, click the “Clear all” link or the “Reset all filters” button.
- Citations may be excluded for some filter selections because they have not yet completed the MEDLINE indexing process. For example, the “Humans” filter will return results that have been indexed with the term Humans.
For illustrations of the various features, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:
- Period Problems: Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Other Issues
Getting your period is a fact of life for most women. But every woman’s period is different. How do you know if yours is causing problems that it shouldn’t?
- Bulging Veins: What to Do About Vericose Veins?
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that lie just underneath the skin’s surface. They aren’t just a cosmetic issue. If they aren’t treated, they can also cause health problems.
- Q&A: Dr. Stacey Missmer on Painful Periods in Teens
NIH News in Health has a conversation with Dr. Stacey Missmer, an NIH-funded women’s health specialist at Michigan State University.
- Health Capsule: More Steps for Better Health
Walking is an easy way to exercise without needing a gym membership. It’s a popular way to burn calories, and research shows that walking is good for your health. A new study asked how many steps a day can lead to health benefits.
- Health Capsule: What is Psoriatic Arthritis?
You are more likely to get psoriatic arthritis if you have a family member with psoriasis or arthritis. Talking with a health care provider can help you find what treatment methods are best for you.
- Featured Website: Urologic Diseases
Urologic diseases and conditions include urinary tract infections, kidney stones, prostate problems, and more. Find out how urologic problems are detected and treated.
NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!
The NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) webinar series is a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities. Topics include, but are not limited to, understanding a library’s role in RDM, getting started, data management planning, and different RDM tools.
Registration is currently available for What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling, on August 15, 1:00-2:00 PM PDT, a one-hour introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling using data collected and visualized by librarians for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. This webinar will look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling. No prior knowledge of the topic is required.
Registration is available for the next “NCBI Minute” webinar on Wednesday, August 14, 8:00-8:30 AM PDT, to see a preview of PubMed Labs, a test site that will become the default PubMed early next year. The session will cover the new, modern interface, as well as updated features including advanced search, clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development and how to give feedback on the new PubMed.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. A few days after the live presentation, you can view the recording on the NCBI YouTube channel. For more information visit the Webinars and Courses page.
The MedlinePlus Healthy Recipes page was recently reorganized into 11 categories: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Salads, Side Dishes, Soups, Snacks, Dips, Salsas, and Sauces, Breads, and Desserts. Each category has its own landing page. Bon appetit!
Highlights of One-Day Workshop: “Libraries as Partners in Health: an NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health”
NNLM PSR recently awarded professional development funds to six public librarians from the Pacific Southwest region to attend a special one-day event called Libraries are Partners in Health: an NNLM Consumer Health Seminar. The event took place on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Md. Attendees from PSR included Marta Brandes-Miesner (San Diego Public Library), Cathy Crosthwaite (Sacramento Public Library), Guadalupe Gonzales (Anaheim Public Library), Jen Lemberger (Santa Barbara Public Library), Lisa Lewis (Show Low Public Library, Show Low, AZ), and Robin Salthouse (Southeast Regional Library, Gilbert, AZ).
The morning began with an overview of NNLM, its public library initiatives, NNLM’s partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program and the NNLM Community Engagement Network. Attendees then met with their regional representatives for a group discussion; the PSR librarians learned more about NNLM resources and services, and each one shared details about their unique programs and their library’s approach to health information services. Just before lunch, attendees took a brief tour of the National Library of Medicine.
The afternoon provided an opportunity for attendees to help develop program-in-a-box outlines based on selected National Health Observances (NHOs). Librarians chose their topic of interest and participated in a fast-paced brainstorming activity; the program ideas that were generated will be developed into actual program kits for use by any interested library.
Nearly 50 librarians attended the event from around the country, and the feedback was very positive. The following recaps from three PSR librarians provide a glimpse of the overall experience and the value received.
Marta Brandes-Miesner from San Diego Public Library provided this summary:
As the Program Development Coordinator for the San Diego Public Library, I develop systemwide programming for a diverse population, of all ages and backgrounds. Having been in this position for only six months, I have mainly focused on existing tween, teen and some elementary level STEM and STEAM collaborations. The partnerships I have been nurturing are those that provide such programs as college Prep-Test courses, computer programming and teen entrepreneurship classes. Thus, when I was approached by NNLM and the All of Us Research Program, I was not quite sure how it tied in with my work. Although the demographic I work with fluctuates between youth and some adult interests, I felt somewhat hard pressed to see a way to combine my work with some of these other initiatives.
However, when I was given the opportunity to attend the Libraries as Partners in Health: an NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health, I welcomed the chance to make more connections. Trusting my instincts that there was much more to this than I was seeing, led me on a path to the NNLM Seminar. I am so glad I received NNLM PSR professional development funding to support my attendance at this opportunity! Between the exposure to possible funding opportunities and grants for libraries, opportunities for both children and adult programming and the vast scope of what is offered within the realm of health literacy, I now have a much better view of the possibilities. Healthy cooking, homeopathy, memory care and outreach, and health literacy for new parents are among the many ideas that I hadn’t thought about incorporating into the arena of health literacy. I have discovered that I may want to program differently for different branches depending upon the health needs of their communities, information that has already been gathered through other resources, i.e. illnesses, conditions or health needs being more prevalent in certain areas of the city. I also feel as though I was made more aware of the fact that NNLM is not expecting us to act as recruiters for the All of Us Research Program and that they are great supporters of literacy and of providing access to health literacy information.
Moving forward, I have a few ideas in mind that I would like to try to tackle. I would like to try to encourage managers who are interested but may be hesitant for various reasons (such as our laborious grant writing policies) to apply for small grants to get more resources for their underserved communities. Secondly, I would like to approach a few branches with large new parent populations to host one of the What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick Story Times. Finally, I would really like to try to start a systemwide citizen science program, where families can check out Citizen Science Kits. I have a few other ideas for this citizen science theme that could tie in with monthly programming and I feel that there are many ways that health literacy and the All of Us Research Program could be a part of this. I am excited to bring these to the table and move forward with these new ideas. I am truly enthusiastic and excited about where these new ideas might take us and about the exciting knowledge and resources that we can bring to our communities!
Lisa Lewis from Show Low Public Library shared these insights:
I was very excited to receive this invitation to attend the Libraries as Partners in Health: an NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health. I am the library manager for Show Low Public Library in Show Low, AZ, but I am also the President of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. I was looking forward to not only making connections and gaining inspiration for my public library, but also gain information that I could share with the over 1200 rural and small libraries across the country that are members of ARSL. I was not disappointed!
This seminar was full of wonderful, useful, and relevant information that I could take right back to my library and put into action. This is exactly why so many rural and small libraries love ARSL, because the ideas that are shared are extremely doable no matter how small of a library you have.
My brain was going 100 miles an hour as I tried to write down all of the wonderful programs that were being offered at libraries all over and new ideas that kept popping up in my mind as discussions were unfolding. Looking at health literacy in a whole new light and realizing the scope led me to see how libraries can contribute so much to the health and wellness of our communities.
I would love to see more extensive training on this. One day was not enough! I would love to be able to attend a 2- or 3-day workshop that would involve so much more. More networking, more program ideas, more resources, how to navigate the NNLM website which is overflowing with great resources, grant opportunities, presentations, sharing of successful programs, etc., etc., etc.
Thank you for this opportunity. I hope there will be more!!
Robin Salthouse from the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, Arizona offered these takeaways:
I left my day after the June NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health with a better understanding of the amazing resources we have available to us as public librarians. As an Adult Services Supervisor, I have worked with my staff to strengthen our health literacy skills over the last two years. Seeing the NIH Campus, and working with the Regional NNLM staff during the day brought into focus how this organization works to support and strengthen our understanding of the many services available to us. Our large suburban community in Gilbert, AZ, has a large population under 20 years old, but we still see many other visitors from a variety of cultures, and ages. We especially see a large upsurge in our over-55 population during the winter and into early spring as “snowbirds” enjoy our mild weather. Library staff need to know how to access reliable and valid health information both in and outside the library walls to meet the needs of a varied population.
Learning more about the All of Us Research Program strengthened my understanding of what NIH is trying to achieve by gathering biologic samples from underrepresented populations for biomedical research. The goal to engage with diverse communities, and examine environment and lifestyle to develop precision medicine and improve health literacy is important. I look forward to working with my staff, our community and NNLM to help get the word out about this vital project.
Meeting our counterparts during the regional breakout session was a great way to share ideas and understand the challenges facing our specific communities, and possibly applying their experiences to our own community. I heard how one library is using the NNLM Book Club discussions to make their community feel more comfortable asking for health resources. Our staff has selected a title from the NNLM Book Club, and plans to use the meeting as an opportunity to share the many .gov health resources. I also heard how NNLM funding has provided one of our Arizona rural libraries with the ability to loan cooking equipment like an air fryer so residents can prepare healthier meals.
The NLM tour provided some valuable information about the changes coming to the Exhibitions Connect program where NLM makes, free of charge, banner exhibitions that “explore the intersection of science, medicine, and history.” Our library has been fortunate to have three of these exhibitions in our library. We would like to continue bringing them in to educate our customers on a variety of topics. It is a great way to start a conversation about both library materials as well as online resources. I have already notified our administrator who coordinates hosting the exhibits, to join the Making Exhibition Connections listserv.
The final activity I participated in was designing a consumer health program for Healthy Aging Month. Our group, with several NNLM regional coordinators brainstormed ideas that would appeal to this demographic. Many of us felt that having one or a series of events that addressed end of life issues would serve our older adult customers. Our topics are not discussions that people typically enjoy discussing. Knowing how to arrange for long-term care, working with care providers, creating a Medical Power of Attorney or arranging burial arrangements are important. Having frank and unbiased support could prevent future devastating or costly problems.
We have found having a book display with passive activities engage our customers, and through the support of NNLM webinars and the National Health Observances, our staff has solid resources to provide library materials and resources that help start conversations about healthcare. Getting together with all the NNLM staff and seeing the NIH campus was invaluable to better understanding the government resources available to promote health literacy in our communities.
Nora Franco attended the event as well, and shared her perspective as the NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian:
I was very excited to participate in the Libraries as Partners in Health event and meet with librarians from across our region to discuss their engagement with the NNLM. The group shared their personal experiences and backgrounds, from holding a Master’s in Public Health, to serving as the President of the Association of Small and Rural Libraries, to advocating for their LatinX community. The intimate setting allowed each of us to learn about ways to incorporate health information into services and programs and how the PSR can support them.
The second half of the seminar found participants separated into new groups for a brainstorming session titled “Designing Your Consumer Health Programs with the NNLM.” The group I worked with focused on creating self-care kits, which brought up several questions and ideas for the table to consider. Group members proposed ideas for LGBTQIA+ teens and healthy relationships, older adults, and language resources for healthcare professionals about gender, pronouns, and LGBTQIA+ sexual health. Perhaps the most significant piece of this activity was the acknowledgment of how some of our privileges allow us to define self-care, such as being cis-gendered, being white, and living in a financially stable household. Considering how our communities survive in order to live safe and healthy lives is an important piece to providing access to health information, and I was glad we were able to start this conversation.
In summary, this event provided NNLM PSR a great opportunity to meet and connect with creative, dedicated librarians who are passionate about improving health literacy in their communities. For more information about this topic or any of our other programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to supporting public libraries in our region with resources, training, and assistance for health-related programs.
Registration is available for the free webinar Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe, hosted by the NNLM New England Region on August 28, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT. Get ready for September and National Preparedness Month with NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted.
As a result of attending the session, participants will be able to:
- Locate disaster and emergency preparedness information for consumers/public.
- Locate disaster and emergency preparedness for special populations.
- Locate disaster and emergency preparedness for those with disabilities.
- Locate disaster and emergency preparedness mobile Apps for consumers/public.
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library Hosts “Against All Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health” NLM Traveling Exhibit!
by Annabelle Nuñez, M.A.
Associate Director, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
The National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, Against All Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health, is on display at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library in Tucson July 1 – August 10, 2019. The six-banner traveling exhibition features the work communities did to improve health at home and in other destinations around the world. The banners are photographic narratives representing the collaborations between families, scientists, health advocates, governments, and international organizations working to prevent disease and improve medical care. They show the collaborations that were formed to examine the relationship between inequity and illness, and they outline the work that enabled communities to actively participate in planning for a healthy future.
The exhibition showcases health education programs such as Oral Rehydration Therapy, which teaches mothers how to treat childhood diarrhea. Also shown is the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra or Landless Workers’ Movement in Brazil, a program that empowers poor citizens to begin subsistence farming on land left idle by agricultural corporations. The exhibition also looks at historic public health campaigns that have changed today’s attitudes. For example, the role of the AIDS activist significantly raised awareness about health inequities associated with HIV and AIDS. This motivated public health stakeholders to identify problems that put some individuals at higher risk for the disease, and to work towards solutions for lifesaving policies and practices.
This exhibition is produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. You can visit the online exhibit to locate additional digital content.
The recording of the June 2019 DOCLINE Talkline webinar is now available. DOCLINE Talkline is a webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine. To view the webinar, click on the YouTube player below.
Presenters, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead provided DOCLINE 6.0 tips and tricks, including:
- Working with Requests: as a Lender
- Routing: how it works & making it work for you
- Working with Requests: as a Borrower
Register now for Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians, also known as RDM 101, an asynchronous online NNLM Moodle course that will take place from September 9 – November 8, 2019. The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. There are eight self-paced modules and students may customize their experience by completing the modules of most interest and use to them. There is no charge to participate in the class. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be eligible to claim up to 32 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association. Credit will be dependent on the number of modules completed. To receive credit, components must be submitted by November 8.
Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 registrants, so don’t delay!
On May 22, 2019, Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) users received a communication from Janice Swiatek, director of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library at the University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center, stating that UConn would be unable to continue operating the EFTS billing agent for DOCLINE interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions past December 31, 2019.
The Medical Library Association, in collaboration with UConn and the National Library of Medicine, is developing upgraded technical specifications and a business model to be operated by MLA for a successor to the current EFTS. Assuming MLA can implement a high-quality, cost-effective, and sustainable solution for EFTS, the MLA Board of Directors supports this initiative to provide an essential service to the health sciences library community. Should this process prove successful, MLA will communicate the terms of the new EFTS user agreement by the end of August. The goal is to ensure continuity of service for EFTS during a transition from UConn to MLA.
For more information, visit this blog post from the NNLM National DOCLINE Coordination Office.
NNLM Webinar on August 7, “Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy”
Registration is now available for the one-hour NNLM webinar on Wednesday, August 7, at 11:00 AM PDT, Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy, hosted by the New England Region. The medium of comics is uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Comic narratives also offer a means for public health practitioners to share their dilemmas and a multiplicity of perspectives on complex health issues and policies. Comics can disclose the political, emotional, and ethical dimensions of public health practice. And importantly, graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.